Included In Shield For Face Patents (Class 2/427)
  • Patent number: 10485284
    Abstract: A head and eye protection apparatus for use in conjunction with a helmet that envelops a wearer's head, the helmet having a front opening that enables the wearer to see. The helmet has upper and side edges that surround the front opening. A goggle provides a transparent viewing lens supported by a peripheral frame. The frame includes an upper frame section, left and right side frame sections and a lower frame section. The goggle frame is suspended via a dual suspension system wherein a first apparatus seats the goggle frame to the helmet, and a second apparatus seats the goggle frame to the user's face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Inventor: George Guffin, III
  • Patent number: 10441466
    Abstract: Disclosed are goggles. The goggles are provided so that they comprise: a main body unit worn on the face of a user; a lens unit that is coupled to the main body unit and has a fastening protrusion formed to protrude toward the main body unit; and a fastening unit that has a fastening recess formed therein and is coupled to the main body to lock and unlock the fastening protrusion, wherein the fastening unit includes a body part movably coupled to the main body unit and a guide protrusion for guiding the moving direction of the body part, the main body unit has a guide hole formed at a position corresponding to the guide protrusion, the guide protrusion being received in the guide hole, and the fastening unit further included a protrusion part coupled to the body part to push the fastening protrusion outward such that the lens unit is separated from the main body unit when the fastening protrusion is unlocked according to the movement of the body part into the main body unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: BOARDRIDERS IP HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Seung Yun Han, Kyung Sub Lim
  • Patent number: 9861529
    Abstract: Provided are mask removable type automatic shading goggles in that a welding helmet is manufactured in a goggle shape, so that the mask removable type automatic shading goggles can replace the existing heavy and large welding surface; the mask removable type automatic shading goggles can also be used for both an arc welding work and a grinding work, a cutting work, and a gas welding work; and if necessary, the mask part can be easily attachably and detachably coupled to the goggle part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: SERVORE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Woon Su Seo
  • Publication number: 20150143619
    Abstract: A lens assembly provides an interchangeably removable frame and lens for a face mask for use in adjusting to a variety of different conditions that a user may encounter. The lens assembly beneficially provides a user with an option to interchangeably attach and detach a different lens to a face mask for a plurality of different conditions, including, but not limited to, a variety of weather conditions, a variety of eyesight accommodations, or a preferred design aesthetic. The lens assembly also beneficially provides for an easier and more efficient removal and replacement of the lens from the face mask, without a user having to remove the mask from the user's face.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: ADAM PAUL CROSS
  • Publication number: 20150135419
    Abstract: A support frame for releasably attaching a facemask to a goggle including at least one vent and its method of use are disclosed. In one non-limiting embodiment, the support frame includes a nose bridge and two legs extending from the nose bridge. The nose bridge and the two legs are adapted and arranged to releasably attach the facemask to a bottom surface of the goggles. The nose bridge and two legs are arranged such that the at least one vent is unobstructed when the facemask is attached to the goggles by the support frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: The Burton Corporation
    Inventors: Trevor J. Moore, James D. Laughlin
  • Patent number: 8769728
    Abstract: A goggle mask is provided. The goggle mask includes at least one check valve device with a soft body and at least one valve disk. The soft body is integrally connected with the soft nose masking portion of the goggle mask. The soft body has a draining hole. The valve disk is adapted to movably cover the draining hole. With this arrangement, there are no hard objects that come into contact with the user's face, so the user may feel less uncomfortable. A check valve device and a method for manufacturing a check valve device of a goggle mask are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Qbas Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chih-Cheng Shiue
  • Patent number: 8678582
    Abstract: A method of making a protective shield is provided. The method comprises molding an arcuate lens blank having an optical center displaced from an apex of the lens to a position near or beyond the edge of the protective shield. This reduces the object shift as wearer of the lens shifts gaze from a normal straight ahead line of sight to an activity specific line of sight that is vertically displaced from the normal straight ahead line of sight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan W. Reichow, Karl Citek
  • Patent number: 8549672
    Abstract: A protective face mask system according to the present invention comprises a flexible mask body including an opening for receiving a lens, nose portion, a central portion positioned to the rear of and extending at least partially above the nose portion, a central receiving slot located between the nose portion and the central portion, right and left temple portions, each temple portion having a shaped receiving opening therethrough, left and right cheek portions, and at least one groove located adjacent one of the left and right cheek portions. A lens is provided sized to be received upon and cover the lens opening. The lens includes right and left temple portions including openings therein positioned to correspond to and align with the openings of the mask body when the lens is positioned for attachment to the mask body. The lens including at least a portion that snappingly engages the groove when a portion of the lens is inserted into the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: KEE Action Sports I LLC
    Inventor: Simon Benjamin Stevens
  • Publication number: 20130145526
    Abstract: A protective face mask with a mask body and a removable lens. A lens retaining assembly connects the lens to the mask body. Typically, the lens retaining assembly includes a retaining plug and a locking strap to selectively capture the lens. The locking strap flexes between a locked and open position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Inventor: LESTER V. BROERSMA
  • Patent number: 8434168
    Abstract: A rotational engagement component to engage a lens for facial protection, to headwear such as a helmet worn on the head of a user. The device features one or a plurality of mounts engageable to the helmet. A pivot engaged with the mount and with the lens, allow rotation of the lens from an as-used position in front of the user, to a horizontal stowed position. The pivot is translatable in its engagement to the mount allowing for translation of the lens in the stowed position to adjust its center of gravity on the user's head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Inventor: Roy Paulson
  • Publication number: 20130014316
    Abstract: Facial coverings and eyewear systems are provided herein for improving the ease and comfort of wearing facemasks with a goggle. In some embodiments, a facemask frame is provided that can removably attach to a facemask or face covering to a goggle. In some embodiments, a separate facemask, such as a cloth covering, can be provided. In some embodiments, a facemask can be interconnected with the facemask frame to secure the facemask relative to the goggle during use for covering a portion of the wearer's face.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Applicant: Oakley, Inc.
    Inventors: James Nelson Castro, Hans Karsten Moritz, Casey Aaron Jones
  • Patent number: 8281417
    Abstract: A mask for aquatic activities, the mask comprising a relatively rigid frame carrying at least one transparent lens, and a flexible skirt joined with a perimeter of the frame. The mask also includes a strap for holding the mask against a user's head and buckles for adjusting the length of the strap. The buckles are joined with lateral sides of the frame by brackets extending from the lateral sides. The brackets are made of a selected flexible material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Cressi-Sub SA
    Inventor: Carlos Alberto Godoy
  • Patent number: 8272075
    Abstract: A method for fabricating a frameless diving includes the following steps. First, providing a lens; next, coating an adhesive on an edge of the lens; then, forming a first flexible layer made of a silica gel on the edge of the lens; thereafter, forming a second flexible layer made of another silica gel on the first flexible layer. The first flexible layer has a plurality of protrusions and may enables the lens covered with the first flexible layer to be spaced apart from a high-temperature mold for a proper distance, so as to prevent the first flexible layer from falling off from the lens due to the high temperature when molding the silica gel. The protrusions are exposed out of the second flexible layer, so as to vary the design and shape of the frameless diving mask abundantly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: E. Home Outdoors Inc.
    Inventor: Ting-Fu Lee
  • Patent number: 8166578
    Abstract: An apparatus for releasably locking a protective eye lens to the housing of a protective face cover is disclosed. The apparatus is configured to have an inner and outer lock. The inner lock couples the protective eye lens to the housing. The inner lock can release the protective eye lens from the housing through the use of a release unit. An activator on the release unit is guarded by the outer lock to prevent inadvertent movement of the activator and consequent unintended release of the protective eye lens from the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Kingman International Corporation
    Inventor: William Tan
  • Publication number: 20120060266
    Abstract: A protective face mask system according to the present invention comprises a flexible mask body including an opening for receiving a lens, nose portion, a central portion positioned to the rear of and extending at least partially above the nose portion, a central receiving slot located between the nose portion and the central portion, right and left temple portions, each temple portion having a shaped receiving opening therethrough, left and right cheek portions, and at least one groove located adjacent one of the left and right cheek portions. A lens is provided sized to be received upon and cover the lens opening. The lens includes right and left temple portions including openings therein positioned to correspond to and align with the openings of the mask body when the lens is positioned for attachment to the mask body. The lens including at least a portion that snappingly engages the groove when a portion of the lens is inserted into the slot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Applicant: KEE ACTION SPORTS I LLC
    Inventor: Simon Benjamin Stevens
  • Publication number: 20120047638
    Abstract: A goggle mask is provided. The goggle mask includes at least one check valve device with a soft body and at least one valve disk. The soft body is integrally connected with the soft nose masking portion of the goggle mask. The soft body has a draining hole. The valve disk is adapted to movably cover the draining hole. With this arrangement, there are no hard objects that come into contact with the user's face, so the user may feel less uncomfortable. A check valve device and a method for manufacturing a check valve device of a goggle mask are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2011
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Applicant: QBAS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chih-Cheng Shiue
  • Publication number: 20110258758
    Abstract: The invention relates to an eye protection mask for the practice of outdoor sports, the mask including an eye protection lens, a peripheral frame to which the lens is fixed, the frame demarcating an opening closed by the lens, the frame having an orifice opening out at the rear of the shield and to the outside, a lateral deflector fixed to the frame opposite the orifice so as to channel a flow of air coming from the front of the mask to form an air flow tangentially to the orifice, such that the airflow formed creates a depression by venturi effect in the area of the outer inlet of the orifice.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2011
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Applicant: SALOMON S.A.S.
    Inventors: Gilles RENAUD-GOUD, Quentin VERHAEGHE
  • Patent number: 8011026
    Abstract: A protective face mask system according to the present invention comprises a flexible mask body including an opening for receiving a lens, nose portion, a central portion positioned to the rear of and extending at least partially above the nose portion, a central receiving slot located between the nose portion and the central portion, right and left temple portions, each temple portion having a shaped receiving opening therethrough, left and right cheek portions, and at least one groove located adjacent one of the left and right cheek portions. A lens is provided sized to be received upon and cover the lens opening. The lens includes right and left temple portions including openings therein positioned to correspond to and align with the openings of the mask body when the lens is positioned for attachment to the mask body. The lens including at least a portion that snappingly engages the groove when a portion of the lens is inserted into the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Kee Action Sports I LLC
    Inventor: Simon Benjamin Stevens
  • Publication number: 20110179541
    Abstract: A lens assembly for securing in an opening in a face plate of a face protector has a first, retainer lens of shape and dimensions configured to be secured in the front opening of a face plate and having a curvature substantially matching the curvature of the face plate. A second lens of smaller dimensions is secured behind the first lens to provide a lens-in-a-lens configuration. The lens assembly may be releasably secured in the face plate opening and the second lens is interchangeable with sets of lenses having different properties such as lens shade. The retainer assembly has a back cover and a gasket or spacer between the back cover and second lens to allow second lenses of different depths to be secured in the assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2011
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Inventor: Jerry Dean Wright
  • Patent number: 7895680
    Abstract: Disclosed is a protective mask of the kind having particular application for covering the eyes, ears, nose and chin of one playing the game of paintball. The protective mask has a lens that can be quickly and easily removed for replacement as a consequence of paint splatter or cracking such as that caused by the impact thereagainst of a paintball traveling at high speed. The protective mask also has a detachable head strap that is coupled to the lens through the mask. More particularly, a hole formed through an ear covering section of the mask is axially aligned with a hole formed through an ear covering section of the removable lens. One end of the detachable head strap is tied to a first connector. The first connector includes an upstanding locking catch that is moved into the axially aligned holes formed through the mask and the lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Inventor: Kenneth K. Anderson
  • Publication number: 20100186153
    Abstract: A goggle is provided that can comprise a goggle frame and a bend control component. The goggle frame can define opposing lateral portions and a central portion. The goggle frame can comprise a bridge disposed at the central portion of the goggle frame. The goggle frame can be generally flexible upon exertion of a bending force on the goggle frame. The bend control component can extend along the bridge of the goggle frame. The bend control component can be configured to enhance flexural strength of the goggle at a bridge thereof for reducing preferential bending of the goggle frame at the bridge. In some embodiments, the bend control component is formed separately from the goggle frame. In other embodiments, the bend control component can be secured to the frame using fasteners and/or one or more protrusions and corresponding recesses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2009
    Publication date: July 29, 2010
    Applicant: Oakley, Inc.
    Inventors: Carlos Reyes, James Nelson Castro, Hans Moritz, Steve Oldham
  • Publication number: 20090229043
    Abstract: There is disclosed a protective head gear comprising a helmet having a brim positioned above the eyes of the wearer, a face protector covering at least a portion of the face of the wearer, and an adapter comprising an elongate cross member for securing the face protector to the helmet along the brim. There is also disclosed an adapter for attaching a face protector having a pair of strap receiving slots moulded therein to a helmet, comprising a cross member secured to the helmet, and a pair of support arms for insertion into the strap receiving slots. Additionally, there is disclosed face protective gear for use with a helmet having a brim positioned above the eyes of the wearer, comprising a cross member comprising a lip moulded along an upper edge, and a pair of goggles depending from the cross member When the cross member is secured to the helmet, the lip overlaps the brim.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2006
    Publication date: September 17, 2009
    Applicant: EYE TACTICAL INC
    Inventor: Raymond Cyr
  • Publication number: 20090113607
    Abstract: A mask includes a body having a through hole with which a goggle is engaged. Two first holes are defined in the body and located on two ends of the through hole. The goggle includes two side parts which are located on inside of the through holes. Two positioning plates each have a first positioning hole and a second positioning hole which communicates with the first positioning hole. Two locking members each have a protrusion which extends through the first hole, the side part and the first positioning hole, the positioning plates are then pulled to shift the protrusions to be engaged with the second positioning holes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2007
    Publication date: May 7, 2009
    Inventor: Sheng-Jen Lian
  • Patent number: 7490359
    Abstract: A lightweight face shield which protects the face of the wearer from debris and/or hazardous materials, such as biological materials, and is particularly well suited for medical and dental applications. The face shield utilizes a two-piece tiered structure with a preferably canted retention frame joined through an inclined structure member to a shield frame member below which is retained a transparent shield, and above which a minishield. The shield frame member is retained forward of the retention frame member so as to retain the peripheral portions of the shield separated from the face of the user, providing improved ventilation and reduced fogging of the transparent shield. A trampoline style support arm is described that provides solid retention, compliant comfort, and reduced material requirements. Optional locking hinge assemblies for the support arms and a nose bridge are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Assignee: OP-D-OP, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy J. Landis
  • Publication number: 20090038057
    Abstract: A closed face motorcycle helmet includes a shell with an eyeport and a shield attached for hinged motion between a closed position covering and sealing the eyeport and an open position displaced above the eyeport. A hinge plate is attached to the shell on each side and includes a socket into which a hub of the shield is rotatably disposed for hinged movement of the shield. A lever assembly having a downwardly extending lever and a hub with two dowels is attached to the bottom of the hinge plate. The lever assembly is manually movable between a central home position, a forwardly rotated shield cracking position, and a rearwardly rotated shield restraining position. A motion plate is attached to a lower edge of the shield and covers the hub and dowels of the lever assembly when the shield is closed. Surfaces on the inside of the motion plate interact with the dowels of the lever assembly to provide multiple precision shield control functions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2007
    Publication date: February 12, 2009
    Inventor: Erik H. Tews
  • Publication number: 20080313792
    Abstract: The present invention provides full-face polycarbonate goggles for use with an open-face helmet for comprehensive face and head protection for motorcycle riders. The goggles are optically transmissive so that, not only can the wearer see out, but also an onlooker can identify the wearer's facial features.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2007
    Publication date: December 25, 2008
    Inventor: Ernest J. Pino
  • Publication number: 20080184464
    Abstract: A helmet includes a windscreen with a housing for holding a windscreen wiper device being positioned in a chin portion of the helmet. A motive power fitting is provided for a windscreen wiper head and a windscreen wiper rod. The motive power fitting is fixed inside a casing. The windscreen wiper rod coordinates with a fixing axle with one side of the windscreen wiper rod being connected to the conveying portion of the motive power and the other side of the windscreen wiper rod being connected to the windscreen wiper head. The windscreen wiper device on the windscreen wiper head is tightly fixed on the protection windscreen on the protection helmet. The windscreen wiper device includes a power supply with the output being connected to the motive power device. The helmet may be used by a driver on a rainy or foggy day for increasing safety during such weather.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2008
    Publication date: August 7, 2008
    Inventor: Ka Wai Chen
  • Publication number: 20080115260
    Abstract: In the case of an integral helmet with a helmet shell (1) which protects the head, with a visor opening (2) and with a chin part (4) which defines the lower side of the visor opening (2) and is provided with a plurality of functional elements and at least partially with a decorative surface, simpler handling and savings on weight can be achieved in that the chin part (4) is formed with a supporting part (8) which carries the functional elements, and in that the decorative surface is formed by at least one surface part (9) which is connected to the supporting part (8).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2007
    Publication date: May 22, 2008
    Inventors: Christian SCHULZ, Oliver SCHIMPF
  • Publication number: 20080086795
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a protective mask adapted to be worn by a person engaging in the game of paintball. The mask has a main body to cover the front, sides, mouth and ears of a user's face. It also has a removable flexible transparent lens that locks into a rigid support frame formed in the mask. The mask also has a strap to securely support the mask on a wearer's head, and a removable face engaging element provided to accommodate a face of the wearer. This face engagement element evenly engages around the wearer's face in a cushioned manner because its face engagement portion is made of foam that engages the user's face along the entire perimeter of the face engagement element. The face engagement element is securely locked onto the mask by locking clips that fit into openings on both sides of the face engagement element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2007
    Publication date: April 17, 2008
    Inventors: Raymond Cyr, Richmond Ilalia, Zbigniow Migos, Marie-Pierre Gendron
  • Patent number: 7342210
    Abstract: A wireless remote control is provided for an auto-darkening lens (ADL) system used in a welding helmet, respirator system or other device to control or to adjust settings of an ADL of a controllable light shutter. A display system facilitates providing information indicating the operative settings and/or conditions of the controllable light shutter. A wired remote control for controlling or adjusting an ADL also uses a display system with indicators to indicate the operative settings and/or conditions of the ADL. The display may include a number of indicators, an alpha-numeric display, a heads-up display or other display. The display may include discrete indicators in the peripheral field of view of one eye of a user a controllable. The invention also includes methods of using a remote control for an ADL and of making an ADL to provide for future use of a wireless remote control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2008
    Assignee: LightSwitch Safety Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: John D. Fergason
  • Patent number: 7181778
    Abstract: A dive mask having a pair of replaceable lenses comprises a soft, flexible skirt for bearing against the diver's face, an inner lens frame having a pair of openings for receiving the lenses and a peripheral member integrally molded into the skirt for permanent retention therein and a removable outer lens frame having a pair of lens openings and a peripheral member shaped to bear against the lenses adjacent the skirt. A sealing gasket is preferable molded into the inner lens frame along the lens openings to prevent water leakage into the face side of the lenses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2007
    Inventors: Dean R. Garraffa, Douglas J. Toth
  • Patent number: 7168095
    Abstract: A method of using a face protector includes providing a face protector including a lens and a face plate configured to protect the forehead, eyes, cheeks, jaw, chin, mouth, ears, and nose of a user without protecting substantially the remainder of the user's head; applying the face protector to the user's head; wearing the face protector during an activity; and removing the face protector after the activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Inventor: Jerry D. Wright
  • Patent number: 7168102
    Abstract: Closed air space devices and methods of use for full body bio hazard type suits that eliminates condensation and fogging from forming on the face masks and the window visors of the suit. The devices and methods have a sealed closed air space that can be formed from flexible see-through plastic in a cone shape that can be sealed between the mask and the visor. The closed air space can be pre-sealed to the visor/outer wall of the suit and have a second end fitted with an elastic type band that allows the wearer to attach and detach the closed space by wrapping the band about their face mask. Other embodiments use flat see-through plastic sheets, and sheets that attach about the neck of the user to form the closed air spaces between the face mask and the window visor of the suit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: University of Central Florida Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: John P. Holmquist, Alejandro Mancuso, Par Ostberg, Par Axelsson
  • Patent number: 7159250
    Abstract: A pair of swimming goggles includes left and right frames made of hard material, a head strap and a connection frame connecting the left and right frames and made of soft material. Supporters respectively extend from the inner ends of the peripheral surfaces of the frames opposite to the fastener base. A fill zone is defined in each of the inner surfaces of the frames opposite the supporters. A head strap is connected to the fastener base of each of the left and right frames. The connection frame includes a nose bridge and left and right pads connecting with opposite ends of the nose bridge. Receiving recesses are respectively defined in the junctions between the nose bridge and the pads for respectively receiving the supporters therein. Junction portions are respectively formed at the left and right pads corresponding to the fill zone of each of the left and right frames for being filled in the fill zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Inventor: Herman Chiang
  • Patent number: 7150047
    Abstract: An indicator system and method for an auto-darkening lens or other device that is intended to be placed relatively close to the face of a wearer includes one or more indicators adjacent the lens and generally provides the indicators in the peripheral field of view of the wearer, allowing the indicators to be discerned without having to focus eye vision on them and while allowing the wearer to direct eye focus on a work piece or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2006
    Assignee: LightSwitch Safety Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: John D. Fergason
  • Patent number: 7146654
    Abstract: Swimming goggles have a left frame, a right frame and a connecting frame connecting the left frame and the right frame. The left frame and the right frame are made of hard material. Enveloping frames are respectively formed adjacent to the inner surfaces and slightly offset relative to outer rims of the peripheral surfaces. Fastener base are respectively formed on outward sides of the enveloping frames for movably receiving head strap. The connecting frame is made of soft material, and includes a nose bridge, a left pad and a right pad respectively on left and right sides of the nose bridge. Thus head strap easily move through the fastener base made of hard material, while the left pad and the right pad touch a user softly. The nose bridge supports the support portions of the left frame and the right frame reliably, so the swimming goggles are used comfortably and avoiding distortion of the left frame and the right frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Inventor: Herman Chiang
  • Patent number: 7077128
    Abstract: An eye-wear article (93) for use with a respiratory mask (1) comprises a flat piece of transparent polymeric material providing a visor portion. The flat piece of polymeric material has shaped portions in a lower edge that fit over respective selected parts of the mask, and elongate tabs (95) that extend from each side and are inserted into respective guides (97) on the head harness (7, 8) of the mask to cause the flat piece of polymeric material to adopt a curved configuration and locate the visor portion in front of the eyes of the wearer. The tabs (95) can slide in the guides (97) to permit the eye-wear article to be moved out of engagement with the mask and onto the top of the wearer's while the mask is being worn, without disturbing the position of the mask on the wearer's face and without affecting the respiratory protection provided by the mask.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2006
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Audra A. Wilson, Christopher P. Henderson, Desmond T. Curran, Brian Cormack
  • Patent number: 7062796
    Abstract: Periscope Swim Goggles are swimmer's goggles with a periscope situated above the water line that projects the view that is ahead of the swimmer through a fiber optic cable to a viewer located on the goggle's eyepiece. Generally, an open-water swimmer using the free style or crawl stroke must occasionally sight on a landmark to swim toward. Periscope Swim Goggles would enable the swimmer to continually swim directly along the desired path without lifting the head for sighting. Conventional swimming goggles are typically comprised of two eyepieces contoured and gasketed for an air-tight fit around each eye socket and an elastic strap that wraps around the head holding the eyepieces tight to the face. In one embodiment of the invention, the periscope is positioned and secured at the back of the head by the elastic strap of the goggles. The fiber optic cable leaves the periscope and follows the elastic strap to the viewer which is mounted to the front of the eyepiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2006
    Inventor: Philip Allan Dixon
  • Patent number: 7003802
    Abstract: In a face mask for use in the practice of paint-ball games or other such activities requiring effective shielding of the face, a large unitary lens is applied to an aperture extending from the brow to the chin and from one temple to the other. The lens is secured by a pair of releasable clips that can be quickly manipulated for cleaning or replacement of the lens in a matter of seconds. A semi-conical breath deflector extends behind the lens from the nose bridge to the base of the lens channeling the breath away from the lens and towards ventilating slits in the base of the mask. The slant of the deflector avoids any obstruction of the field of vision such as created by the lens frame of conventional goggles and face masks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Assignee: JT USA, LLC
    Inventor: Lester Broersma
  • Patent number: 6957447
    Abstract: A combination wrap-around mask and goggle is made from a single transparent and flexible plastic material monolithically formed in a single cavity mold. The structure is devoid of any cavities or protrusions that could interfere with the easy withdrawal of the device from the mold. Front to back oriented ribs, gussets and fins are used to impart rigidity to various areas of the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2005
    Assignee: JT USA, LLC
    Inventor: Lester V. Broersma
  • Publication number: 20040221375
    Abstract: A face shield for headgear comprises a generally transparent main lens, adapted for engagement to the headgear. The main lens comprises a curved inner and outer main lens surfaces and has a central recessed portion with a curved recessed inner lens surface and a curved recessed outer lens surface. The recessed inner lens surface and the recessed outer lens surface are respectively offset from the curved inner and outer main lens surfaces. The recessed portion is adapted to receive a secondary lens such that a sealed air gap is formed between the secondary lens and the main lens, thereby forming a sealed double pane lens having condensation reduction properties.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2004
    Publication date: November 11, 2004
    Inventor: Thomas D. A. Douglas
  • Publication number: 20040031089
    Abstract: With reference to FIG. (2), a helmet (2) for an aircraft crew member (1) is provided with a device (10) for forming an eye-shielding curtain (11) of air in front of the crew members eyes. The air exhausts to the ambient atmosphere (9) by way of an escape path (12) beneath the lower edge of the visor (4), as indicated by arrow (13).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2003
    Publication date: February 19, 2004
    Inventor: Richard James Holmes
  • Patent number: 6691314
    Abstract: For a firefighter, a combination of protective gear comprises a face mask, a head harness, and a protective hood adapted to cover the wearer's head, except for at least a portion of the wearer's face, and to cover an outer perimeter of a window portion of the face mask. The protective hood is attached to the head harness, preferably to flexible straps of the head harness, so that the protective hood is attachable to the face mask, along with the head harness, and so the protective hood is detachable from the window portion, along with the head harness. The protective hood is attached thereto via stitches or is attached thereto detachably, as via snap fasteners or hook-and-loop fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Assignee: Morning Pride Manufacturing, L.L.C.
    Inventors: William L. Grilliot, Mary I. Grilliot
  • Publication number: 20030106140
    Abstract: This invention relates to an improved diving mask, wherein the mask body shows, in cross section, a substantially truncated-conic shape or anyway with diverging walls starting from the glass area towards the face-supporting edge and without undercuts. This allows different advantages, among which, above all, to considerably approach the lenses to the face so as to guarantee a visual angle wider than the usual masks. Moreover the inner air volume is decreased with consequent less problems caused by the water pressure, when one dives at a certain depth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2002
    Publication date: June 12, 2003
    Inventor: Meroni Bruno
  • Patent number: 6564384
    Abstract: A helmet, such as used by firefighters, includes a compass mounted on the inside of the helmet in a location that will be easily visible to the wearer when necessary but will be positioned so it will not distract the wearer at other times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2003
    Inventor: Joseph D. Kiser
  • Patent number: 6401716
    Abstract: A face mask for covering the nose and mouth of the wearer for supplying breathing gas thereto and a pair of strapless goggles which are easily and quickly donnable. The goggles are detachably attachable to the face mask by a tongue-and-groove connection wherein the tongue of the goggles is snapped into the face mask groove. Buttons are provided at the groove entrance for locking the tongue in the groove, the goggles being removable by depressing the buttons and sliding the tongue out over the depressed buttons. A face mask strap is coupled with hooks on the goggles frame for holding the goggles sealingly against the wearer's face. A vent is provided for supplying breathing gas to the goggles for venting thereof so as to prevent the entrance of smoke or disabling gases and to defog the lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2002
    Assignee: Scott Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall Jay Sword, Jose Tadeo Vergara De Castro, Imraan Aziz
  • Patent number: 6381749
    Abstract: A protective mask adapted to be worn by persons engaging in physical games comprises a body consisting of a lens receiving portion, a nose portion, a chin portion, a brow portion, opposite cheek portions and opposite side temple portions; the lens receiving portion displays an opening which is covered by a removable flexible transparent lens having its opposite extremities configured with engagement portions that mount the lens to the body. A pair of anchor clamps are inserted at each opposite end of the lens to further secure the engagement of the lens to the mask body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2002
    Assignee: Leader Industries Inc.
    Inventor: Raymond Cyr
  • Patent number: 6374424
    Abstract: A protective face mask with a concavo-convex shield of methyl methacrylate that covers the wearer's entire face. A nose piece at the concave face of the shield presents laterally spaced fingers to engage the wearer's nose on opposite sides for spacing the shield from the face. Temple sidepieces hinged to the shield on opposite sides are engageable over the wearer's ears to hold the nose piece against the wearer's nose, thus securely positioning the mask on the wearer's head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2002
    Inventor: Thomas R. Tredup
  • Patent number: 6343386
    Abstract: A padding member is made from soft material and comprises a main ring portion, a connecting portion extending from an outer side of the main ring portion for engaging with a main frame of a pair of swimming goggles, and an annular contact flange extending from an inner side of the main ring portion for intimate contact with a wearer's eye socket. The connecting portion includes an engaging piece extending radially inward from an inner periphery thereof, the engaging piece including an engaging edge. An engaging portion extends radially inward from the annular contact flange, thereby defining a cushioning space between the engaging piece and the engaging portion. The engaging edge of the engaging piece and the engaging portion are bonded together to seal the cushioning space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2002
    Inventor: Terry Chou
  • Patent number: 6102033
    Abstract: A replaceable lens attachment system for respiratory devices and methods of use. The replaceable lens attachment system includes a face shield having rotatable attachment members and a replaceable lens. The rotatable attachment members include cams and flanges. The attachment system may further comprise a helmet respirator with support elements disposed thereon. The method includes bowing the lens and inserting it into the frame. The rotatable attachment members are rotated to urge the lens into the frame and cover the frame. The flanges and support elements provide impact resistance to the lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Gary A. Baribeau, James A. Burns, William A. Mittelstadt, William J. Swanson