Having Article Attaching Means Patents (Class 2/6.2)
  • Patent number: 10432840
    Abstract: A fusion night vision system has a plurality of hinged joints that allow an operator to adjust the distance between the left eye piece and the right eyepiece while allowing a row of pixels from a display to be maintained viewable through the right eye piece parallel with an imaginary line formed by an optical axis of the left eye piece with an optical axis of the right eye piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: L-3 Communication-Insight Technology Division
    Inventors: Matthew Reed, Joseph W. Robbins, IV
  • Patent number: 10334903
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a helmet that includes an outer shell, a heads-up information system that comprises a display, and an attachment assembly. The heads-up information system is movable from a storage position within the outer shell to a use position in which the display of the heads-up information system is visible by a user, without obstructing the field of vision of the user, when the helmet is worn by the user. The attachment assembly is coupled to outer shell and the heads-up information system, and is operable to move the heads-up information system between the storage position and the use position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Hamid Abdollahi, Raymond C. M. Leung
  • Patent number: 10162168
    Abstract: An improved monocular/binocular bridge and helmet mounting device employing same for an optical device are provided. The mounting device herein includes a mount with a bridge attachment for providing multiple options for a monocular or binocular viewing. An adjustment mechanism for adjusting the pupillary/interpupillary positioning of attached viewing device(s) moves the devices linearly from side-to-side. Multiple options are provided for moving attached devices to any of multiple stowed positions out of the user's line of sight when the optical device is not in use. The bridge attachment and multiple stow positions also allow the unit to be adapted for a variety of viewing devices. A mounting bracket on the viewing device allows the viewing device to be selectively attached to a helmet mount or firearm accessory mounting rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Wilcox Industries Corp.
    Inventors: James W. Teetzel, Travis S. Mitchell, Nathaniel G. Wright
  • Patent number: 10051909
    Abstract: An intelligent safety helmet with front play of rearview is provided. The helmet includes a helmet body and several ventilation holes designed on it. The helmet body is set in the back with a rearview camera electrically connected with the intelligent hardware set in its front. The intelligent hardware includes a removable main bracket installed on one side of the helmet body, and the main bracket is installed with an optoelectronic device and a front-facing camera in the front via a rocker arm module, so that the user can use the front-facing camera to take pictures and store them in the memory or activate the rearview camera and project the image onto the optoelectronic device for view of rear conditions by the user. The user can use a transmissive optical module set in front of the eyes to play the pictures taken by the back-facing camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Inventor: Ming Zhang
  • Patent number: 9913507
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a helmet that includes an outer shell, a heads-up information system that comprises a display, and an attachment assembly. The heads-up information system is movable from a storage position within the outer shell to a use position in which the display of the heads-up information system is visible by a user, without obstructing the field of vision of the user, when the helmet is worn by the user. The attachment assembly is coupled to outer shell and the heads-up information system, and is operable to move the heads-up information system between the storage position and the use position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Hamad Abdollahi, Raymond C. M. Leung
  • Patent number: 9769551
    Abstract: A headphone includes an ear-cup housing having an internal surface defining an internal chamber, a hole extending through the ear-cup housing, and a cable anchor device within the ear-cup housing proximate the hole. The cable anchor device includes a first support member attached to the internal surface on a first side of the hole, a second support member attached to the internal surface on a second side of the hole opposite the first side, and a cross member extending between the first support member and the second support member. A method of fabricating a headphone having such a cable anchor device includes inserting a cable through a cable hole extending through the ear-cup housing and wrapping the cable around the cross member of the cable anchor device at least once.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Skullcandy, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter M. Kelly, David G. Vogt, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9631899
    Abstract: A helmet assembly is provided including a front mount configured to attach to the front of the helmet above a brim of the helmet, a mandible for protecting a portion of the user's face, a lower edge rim mounting portion such as a halo attached along the lower edge of the helmet for securing the mandible to a helmet and providing power and data conduits. The front mount provides a center top mounting arrangement that operatively connects a center top location of the face shield to a center front mount on the helmet. The mount provides frontal bracket portions for mounting accessories. The helmet assembly provides a helmet shell with a curved shape having a surrounding reinforcing ridge. A reeling system is provided for adjusting front and lower chin straps. Other improvements in helmet assemblies are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Revision Military S.a.r.l.
    Inventors: Stéphane Lebel, Edward R. Hall, Michael James McGinn, Dominic Giroux Bernier, Richard Coomber, Curtis Herman
  • Patent number: 9625989
    Abstract: A head mounted display is used in a state of being mounted on a user's head and includes a convex lens disposed at a position facing the user's cornea when the head mounted display is mounted. An infrared light source emits infrared light toward the convex lens. A camera captures an image including the user's cornea in a subject. A housing houses the convex lens, the infrared light source, and the camera. The convex lens is provided with a plurality of reflection regions that reflects infrared light in an inside of the convex lens. The infrared light source causes a pattern of infrared light to appear on the user's cornea by emitting infrared light to each of the plurality of reflection regions provided in the convex lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: FOVE, Inc.
    Inventors: Lochlainn Wilson, Bakui Chou, Keiichi Seko
  • Patent number: 9532621
    Abstract: Integrated helmet systems provide convenient and modular use of electronic devices with a protective helmet. In addition to ease of use, weight savings and space savings also may be realized in certain embodiments. A flexible printed circuit board is used as a power bus to deliver electrical power from a battery pack to various electronic devices. Examples of devices used with protective helmets include: night vision goggles; helmet-mounted display units; ear phones; communication headsets; camera systems; biometric sensors; microprocessors; identify friend or foe devices (IFFs); and GPS devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Revision Military S.a.r.L.
    Inventors: David Redpath, Marie-Pierre Gendron, Stéphane Lebel
  • Patent number: 9101175
    Abstract: Integrated helmet systems provide convenient and modular use of electronic devices with a protective helmet. In addition to ease of use, weight savings and space savings also may be realized in certain embodiments. A flexible printed circuit board is used as a power bus to deliver electrical power from a battery pack to various electronic devices. Examples of devices used with protective helmets include: night vision goggles; helmet-mounted display units; ear phones; communication headsets; camera systems; biometric sensors; microprocessors; identify friend or foe devices (IFFs); and GPS devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Revision Military S.a.r.l.
    Inventors: David Redpath, Marie-Pierre Gendron, Stéphane Lebel
  • Patent number: 9005120
    Abstract: A vital signs monitor system is integrated with personal protective equipment (“PPE”) so that upon wearing the PPE, the monitor is placed in an operational position to monitor a vital sign. In one embodiment, the vital signs sensor comprises a thermal sensor located at a mouth guard to automatically make operational contact with tissue under the tongue when the mouth guard is worn. A second vital signs monitor comprising reflective pulse oximetry devices senses oxygen saturation and heart rate. Vital signs data are communicated to an RF module located in an associated helmet for transmission to a remote location. A gateway at that remote location receives the transmitted vital signs data and forwards that data to a data collection, organization, and access system that is programmed to make the vital signs data available over the Internet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventor: Richard H. Ryan
  • Patent number: 8984665
    Abstract: An improved helmet mounting device for an optical or other viewing device is provided. The helmet mount includes a mounting assembly removably attachable to the helmet and a pivoting assembly having a first end pivotally attached to the mounting assembly and a second end opposite the first end. A fore and aft adjustment assembly is attached to the second end of the pivoting assembly and a left and right adjustment assembly is rotatably attached to the fore and aft adjustment assembly. The left and right adjustment assembly is pivotal relative to the fore and aft adjustment assembly about a first generally vertical axis. An optical device mounting member is attached to the left and right adjustment assembly and the optical device mounting member is removably attachable to the optical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Wilcox Industries Corp.
    Inventors: Marc J. Celona, Dominic R. Goupil, Gary M. Lemire, James W. Teetzel, Justin D. Harris
  • Patent number: 8834394
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a device for reducing brain and cervical spine injury includes a headpiece sufficiently designed to secure to a user's head, the headpiece having a first attachment member; a support harness sufficiently designed to secure to the user's torso, the support harness having a second attachment member; and a telescoping member having a main tube and a series of progressively smaller diameter tubes nested within each other, wherein the smaller diameter tubes are adapted to extend and compress in a linear plane by the intake and outflow of fluid, wherein the telescoping member has a first engaging member for engaging the first attachment member, and wherein the telescoping member has a second engaging member for engaging the second attachment member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Inventor: Jamshid Ghajar
  • Patent number: 8826463
    Abstract: Pivoting helmet mounts for an optical device are provided. In one aspect, a breakaway connector which is selectively configurable between breakaway and nonbreakaway configurations is provided. In a further aspect, a strap mount system for securing the helmet mount to the helmet employs a rotating ratchet assembly to adjust tension in the strap. In another aspect, a helmet mount for an optical device comprises a track assembly attached to a helmet to allow stowing of the optical device in a further retracted position. The track mount system may further include electrical connectors for attaching a power supply and an electronic device. In another aspect, a mounting bracket allows helmet-mounted optics to be shared with a weapon accessory mount. In a further aspect, a optical sighting device for a weapon combines a reflex sight a night vision goggle to allow targeting at night or in other low-light conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Wilcox Industries Corp.
    Inventors: James W. Teetzel, Gary M. Lemire, David G. Kent, Marion H. Van Fosson
  • Publication number: 20140243630
    Abstract: Provided according to embodiments of the present invention are methods of monitoring individuals that include securing a photoplethysmography probe to at least one of a pre-auricular region and a post-auricular region of the individual and obtaining photoplethysmography signals from the photoplethysmography probe. Photoplethysmography probes and helmets related to such methods are also described herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA RESEARCH FOUNDATION, INC.
    Inventors: Richard J. Melker, Neil Euliano, Brian Fuerhlein
  • Patent number: 8813269
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an improved sports helmet including a quick release connector assembly for the faceguard that allows for rapid disconnection of the faceguard from the helmet shell. The connector includes a bracket, and a coupler mechanism featuring an elongated pin, a head component, a spring, a retractable engaging element and a washer. The connector assembly is moveable between a use position wherein the faceguard is secured to the shell by the bracket and the coupler mechanism, and a released position wherein the bracket and the faceguard are disconnected from the shell. An inwardly directed actuation force that lacks a rotational component is applied to the elongated pin to move from the use position to the released position. In addition, the sports helmet includes an adjustable pad assembly comprised of an inflatable bladder and a pad member, wherein the bladder displaces the pad member towards the center of the shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Riddell, Inc.
    Inventors: Vittorio Bologna, Thad M. Ide, Nelson Kraemer, Ralph J. Infusino
  • Patent number: 8689366
    Abstract: A strap for use in a mask attachment assembly. The strap includes a hook pad provided on a first portion of a surface of the strap located and having a first width extending perpendicularly to a longitudinal axis of the strap. The hook pad includes a plurality of hooks. Loops are provided on a second portion of the surface of the strap. The second portion has a second width extending perpendicularly to the longitudinal axis of the strap. The plurality of loops extend entirely across the second width and are configured to engage the plurality of hooks in a releasable and engageable manner. The second width is greater than the first width, and an outer edge portion of the first portion of the surface surrounding at least a portion of the hook pad, wherein the outer edge portion does not include any hooks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: RIC Investments, LLC
    Inventor: Peter Chi Fai Ho
  • Patent number: 8671467
    Abstract: Systems and devices for protecting a user's head and for integrating accessories with a head protection system. The head protection system uses a rigid shell worn on the user's head and the rigid shell has a power/data bus located inside a preconfigured channel inside a halo housing attached to the shell. This power/data bus is accessible to peripherals using distinct connection points both inside and outside the shell. Removable protection accessories are also provided and attachable to the shell using an attachment subsystem located on the inside edge of the shell. The attachment subsystem has a number of recesses which mate with tabs on the removable protection accessories. Once attached to the shell, the removable protection accessories are lockable into place using a suitable locking mechanism. A nape protection attachment, a mandibular guard attachment, a visor attachment, and other protection accessories may be attached to the shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Her Majesty the Queen in right of Canada, as Represented by the Minister of National Defence
    Inventors: David W. Tack, Harold A. Angel
  • Patent number: 8555424
    Abstract: A helmet comprises a shell, a visor, a face seal, a biasing means and two guiding mechanisms. The two guiding mechanisms, each located on a different side of the shell, connect the visor to the shell. Under a bias of the biasing means, the guiding mechanisms are operative to guide the visor along a pre-determined trajectory defined by the geometry of the guiding mechanisms. Each one of the two guiding mechanisms is further provided with a guiding track arrangement which comprises a first track portion and a second track portion. The first slider slidingly engages the first track portion while the second slider slidingly engages the second track portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Inventor: Danny Higgins
  • Patent number: 8495763
    Abstract: Safety helmet of the type comprising a chin guard rotatably pivoted to the shell between a pulled down position, at the lower end of the front opening of the shell, and at least one raised position over said front opening, and at least one reversible locking device of the chin guard in such at least one raised position, the reversible locking device comprising at least one follower, integrally rotatable with the chin guard, and at least one corresponding countering element, constrained with at least one degree of freedom to the shell, or vice versa, such countering element being intended for its engagement with the aforesaid at least one follower at least in proximity of said raised position of the chin guard, as well as means for manually regulating the position and/or the motion of said at least one countering element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Nolangroup S.p.A.
    Inventors: Luca Gafforio, Gabriele Tomasoni, Alberto Salvetti
  • Patent number: 8201275
    Abstract: A protective goggle assembly includes a protective goggle having two side straps, each side strap comprises a free end and a first surface attachment region adjacent to the free end on at least one surface of each side strap; and a strap assembly that encircles the user's head, on each side of the strap assembly a second surface attachment region is provided that is configured to engage the first surface attachment region of the side straps. Free ends of the base band of the strap assembly are connected to an elastic ring to form a complete encircling band. The base band has a tail for securing the base band in position on a helmet. The complete encircling band is configured to fit around a soldier's helmet and the elastic ring being configured to fit over and around a night vision goggle mount at a front of the helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Revision Military Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Packard, Kimberly Borsa, Adam North Lazar, James Patrick Radigan
  • Patent number: 8181269
    Abstract: A helmet mount for night vision apparatus including a night vision goggle rotatable between operative and inoperative positions. Retractable stop means are included on the mount for obstructing the rotation of the goggle from its inoperative to operative position without obstructing the rotation of the goggle from its operative to its inoperative position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Exelis, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond Aguero, Todd Michael Neff, Mark Edwin Oesterreich, Roy Holmes
  • Patent number: 8166577
    Abstract: Provided is a helmet including a half helmet-shaped helmet main body including a main body through hole at each side thereof; a shield that is rotated vertically at a front side of the helmet main body and inserted into the helmet main body and has a through hole at each end thereof so as to be detachably connected to the helmet main body; and a holder having a penetrating connection shaft at its lower surface, the penetrating connection shaft capable of being inserted through the main body through hole and the shield through hole from the outside of the helmet main body and connecting the shield to the helmet main body so as to be rotated vertically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: HJC Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chang-Seob Lee
  • Patent number: 8113200
    Abstract: A respirator mask has a removably mounted support frame that adjustably and removably mounts a corrective lens frame. The corrective lens frame further has a molded bridge with a biasing member embedded therein. A pivotal tab on the support frame is received in one of a plurality of detents on the lens frame for releasably securing the lens frame in the desired position on the support frame. Laterally disposed mounting lugs on the support frame are received in integrally molded pockets in the respirator mask.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Avon Protection Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian E. Davis
  • Patent number: 8028344
    Abstract: A hinge mechanism for attaching ear accessories to a helmet allows an accessory to be attached at a point outside the helmet shell utilizing, for example, a slidable mounting rail, and to reach under the edge of the helmet shell so that the accessory is supported in contact with the wearer's head. The hinge mechanism is well suited for use in connection with military helmets that have a “bulge” or protrusion over the ear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Artisent, Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Rogers, Charles H. Rogers, Darwin Keith-Lucas
  • Patent number: 7996917
    Abstract: A mounting assembly for universally rotatably adjusting a night vision device with respect to a helmet is provided that includes a first attachment mechanism for connection to the night vision device; a second attachment mechanism for connection to the helmet; and a universally rotatable joint for universally rotatably adjusting the night vision device with respect to the helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Norotos, Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathon R. Prendergast
  • Patent number: 7958567
    Abstract: A safety fastener for mounting fitting equipment such as suspension and retention systems onto a ballistic helmet. The nut portion of the fastener fits substantially within a grommet that is attached to a strap that forms part of the suspension or retention systems. The nut retains, rather than clamps, the grommet to the helmet. The grommet can be pulled off the nut. The pull-out force is less than the fastener fracture force. The configuration of the fastener allows ballistic threat energy to be absorbed by helmet deformation and delamination along with grommet pull-out to provide energy dissipation in stages which avoids the creation of secondary projectiles from the fastener itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Brad Sutter, Charles F. Acker, David Burke
  • Patent number: 7945967
    Abstract: A bridge assembly couples a vision system to a helmet or headgear to allow a user to alternatively align an eyepiece of the vision system in front of a left or right eye of a user. The bridge assembly includes a receiver for removably mounting the vision system. The receiver is coupled to a slide assembly providing side-to-side movement of the vision system relative to the helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: L-3 Insight Technology Incorporated
    Inventors: Ross F. Barber, Ronald W. Ciccone, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7913695
    Abstract: An improved mouth guard designed for use with protective equipment such as helmets and other head gear is disclosed. The invention provides a convenient means to temporarily affix the mouth guard to sports equipment, or other object when the mouth guard is removed, rather than using a conventional or traditional tethering strap. The disclosed mouth guard can be quickly removed from a user's mouth and quickly attached to a helmet component, player's finger, or other piece of equipment to allow the mouth guard to remain rigidly affixed to the player without a loose tethering strap such as used in conventional mouth guards. The invention also is applicable to other mouth guard devices which may be used for dental treatment applications to secure a dental appliance temporarily when removed from the user's mouth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Inventors: John J. Moore, Timothy Moore
  • Patent number: 7908667
    Abstract: Embodiments of a fixture secured, securable to, or integral with the outer shell of a helmet of the type that has a bulge or protrusion on a side thereof to facilitate convenient positional adjustment, attachment and removal of multiple accessories include a fixture for securely receiving an accessory, wherein the fixture comprises a rail for slidably and adjustably receiving a plurality of accessories thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Artisent, Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Rogers, Charles H. Rogers, Darwin Keith-Lucas
  • Publication number: 20110055993
    Abstract: The invention relates to a helmet including a protective shell. The protective shell includes an upper part and a lower part extending towards the bottom of the helmet. The upper part includes a sandwich composite material including two skins, disposed on either side of a core, themselves including a plurality of composite tissue layers, The lower part includes a monolithic composite material. The invention applies in a general manner to protective helmets and more particularly in the field of aeronautics where the rigid structure allows head equipment to be fixed directly onto the protective shell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2010
    Publication date: March 10, 2011
    Applicants: THALES, ARTS
    Inventors: Joël BAUDOU, Philippe VIOT
  • Patent number: 7877817
    Abstract: A mask attachment assembly for use in attaching a mask in a sealed position on the user's face. The mask attachment assembly includes a panel member with a sleeve extending along the panel member, and one or more straps extending through and slidable within the sleeve. The strap includes a first attachment assembly on a first end of the strap for engaging a first engagement member on a first side of the mask, and a second attachment assembly on a second side of the strap for engaging a second engagement member on a second side of the mask. The strap is repositionable by releasing the attachment assemblies, sliding the strap through the sleeve of the panel and re-engaging the attachment assemblies. A patient interface device and a strap are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: RIC Investments, LLC
    Inventor: Peter Chi Fai Ho
  • Patent number: 7849517
    Abstract: Embodiments of a fixture secured, securable to, or integral with the outer shell of a helmet to facilitate convenient positional adjustment, attachment and removal of multiple accessories include a fixture, attachable to the helmet, for securely receiving an accessory, wherein the fixture comprises a rail for slidably and adjustably receiving a plural of accessories thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Artisent, Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Rogers, Duco W. Noordzij, Mathew M. Correa
  • Patent number: 7845353
    Abstract: Mask apparatus and methods for providing positive airway pressure therapies are disclosed. The mask apparatus includes a mask secured to the mount with the mask cantilevered from the mount. A circumferential band, a first lateral stabilizing band and a second lateral stabilizing band secure the mount to the head of a user. The methods include securing a mask apparatus to the head of a user and administering a positive airway pressure therapy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: AEIOMed, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven S. Bordewick, Bruce Bowman, David Markovich, Laurel D. Brandt, Mark J. Weimholt, Amy Raatikka
  • Patent number: 7814578
    Abstract: A helmet is provided herein for protection of the head of a user. A shell, chin bar, breath deflector, and head light are provided. The chin bar is fixed between the right and left sides of the shell. A face shield system is pivotally secured to the shell to pivot up and away from the face of the user leaving only a chin bar running below the mouth of the user in front of the face of the user. The breath deflector moves with the face shield. The light is secured to a center portion of the chin bar and includes a switch integrated with the light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Arctic Cat Inc.
    Inventors: Bradley S. Kosel, Timothy W. Benedict
  • Patent number: 7810168
    Abstract: An adjustable mounting arrangement is provided for mounting a vision system to a helmet. The mounting system includes a mount assembly having a latch pivot that can be removably affixed to a helmet mount. The mounting assembly further includes a base that is rotatable about the latch pivot. The base includes a tilt adjustment mechanism positioned to bear against a paddle portion extending from the latch pivot for adjusting the tilt angle of the base relative to the helmet mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: L-3 Insight Technology Incorporated
    Inventors: Matthew Reed, Tim Loring
  • Patent number: 7729063
    Abstract: A mechanism for adjusting the angular position of an optical device with respect to a field helmet is disclosed. The mechanism includes an optical device mounting component for coupling to the optical device. A field helmet mounting component is provided for coupling to the field helmet. The field helmet mounting component is rotatably coupled to the optical device mounting component about an axis of rotation. An angular adjustment mechanism is engaged between the optical device mounting component and the field helmet mounting component. The angular adjustment mechanism includes a translating member that is moveably translatable along an axis of translation for engaging a surface of either the field helmet mounting component or the optical device mounting component. Translation of the translating member along the axis of translation induces rotation of the optical device mounting component about the axis of rotation for adjusting the angular position of the optical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: ITT Manufacturing Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles D. Willey, Todd Michael Neff
  • Publication number: 20100107292
    Abstract: The invention relates to headsets comprising at least a supporting shell and a moving visor that can be displaced between two extreme positions. The headset includes a system for securing the visor in any position between the two extreme positions by friction between the visor and the supporting shell, the friction being produced by at least one microfibre felt element. The invention applies to the field of headsets in general for users of motorized craft such as in aeronautics and automobiles for example.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2009
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Applicant: Thales
    Inventors: Yves Chevallier, Laurent Laluque, Guy Meyer
  • Patent number: 7649701
    Abstract: A magnetically activated switch assembly is provided. The magnetically activated switch assembly includes a magnet and a magnetic circuit. The magnetic circuit includes a magnetically activated switch, a first set of flux conductors, and a second set of flux conductors. The first set of flux conductors has first flux conductor flanges adapted to conduct flux from ends of the magnet. The second set of flux conductors is slidingly positioned relative to the first set of flux conductors and is adapted to conduct flux from the first set of flux conductors to the magnetically activated switch. The first set of flux conductors are adapted to rotate clockwise or counter-clockwise and to tilt up or down. The first magnetic circuit is adapted to conduct flux to activate the magnetically activated switch only when the first flux conductor flanges are rotationally aligned with ends of the magnet and tilted to an operational position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Assignee: Norotos, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathon R. Prendergast, Charles R. Patton, III
  • Patent number: 7562658
    Abstract: A holding device for a respiratory mask, especially for use in the field of sleep medicine, includes a headband which, in an application position, extends from the forehead area of the patient to behind the ear area of the patient, whereby the headband is provided with a flexible reinforcing insert for reinforcing the headband in a lateral direction. This makes it advantageously possible to provide the mask retention forces, which are necessary for reliably applying a respiratory mask, in a manner that is very compatible with regard to ergonomics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2009
    Assignee: MAP Medizin Technologie GmbH
    Inventors: Stefan Madaus, Harald Vögele
  • Publication number: 20090133178
    Abstract: A helmet mount for night vision apparatus including a night vision goggle rotatable between operative and inoperative positions. Retractable stop means are included on the mount for obstructing the rotation of the goggle from its inoperative to operative position without obstructing the rotation of the goggle from its operative to its inoperative position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2007
    Publication date: May 28, 2009
    Applicant: ITT MANUFACTURING ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Raymond Aguero, Todd Neff, Mark Edwin Oesterreich, Roy Holmes
  • Patent number: 7461408
    Abstract: An improved head ornamentation such as a mask, cap, hat or headdress which is designed to be supported by a wearer's head and is moveable relatively thereto by the wearer's body movements or a mechanical device controlled by the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2008
    Inventor: Gerald L. Barkdoll
  • Patent number: 7444683
    Abstract: An assembly for mounting a night vision device to a helmet is provided that includes a helmet with a mounting device attached to the helmet, and a mounting assembly carrying a night vision device and having a helmet mounting surface for connection to the mounting device, wherein a break away connector is connected between the mounting device and the helmet mounting surface of the mounting assembly for establishing a break away connection between the helmet mounting surface of the mounting assembly and the mounting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Assignee: Norotos, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathon R. Prendergast, Ronald R. Soto
  • Patent number: 7234173
    Abstract: Helmet attachment apparatus and methods are disclosed. In one embodiment, an apparatus for attaching a device to a helmet includes a first shell member coupled to a second shell member by at least one expandable member. The first and second shell members are adapted to approximately conform to first and second surface portions the helmet. When the first and second shell members are engaged with first and second engagement portions of the helmet, the expandable member is tensioned to secure the first and second shell members to the helmet. At least one of the first and second shell members includes a mount adapted to be attached to the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Michael B. McCalla
  • Patent number: 7219370
    Abstract: Pivoting helmet mounts for an optical device are provided. In one aspect, a breakaway connector which is selectively configurable between breakaway and nonbreakaway configurations is provided. In a further aspect, a strap mount system for securing the helmet mount to the helmet employs a rotating ratchet assembly to adjust tension in the strap. In another aspect, a helmet mount for an optical device comprises a track assembly attached to a helmet to allow stowing of the optical device in a further retracted position. The track mount system may further include electrical connectors for attaching a power supply and an electronic device. In another aspect, a mounting bracket allows helmet-mounted optics to be shared with a weapon accessory mount. In a further aspect, a optical sighting device for a weapon combines a reflex sight a night vision goggle to allow targeting at night or in other low-light conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2007
    Assignee: Wilcox Industries Corp.
    Inventors: James W. Teetzel, Gary M. Lemire, David G. Kent, Marion H. Van Fosson
  • Patent number: 7181776
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device to rotate a previously unrotatable receiver used with helmets, preferably aircraft helmets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2007
    Assignee: AVOX Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond M. Necci, Valentin A. Castro
  • Patent number: 7082620
    Abstract: A head protective device incorporating a sweat band bandana having a front portion secured to a head protective device and the rear portion bandana unsecured. The bandana in the first position has the free ends of the bandana overlapping and stored withthin the head encircling member of the head protective device although the ends may also extend down for tying. A second position has the bandana extending downwardly from the head protective device and the bandana has the free ends tied behind the head for the purpose of securing the head protective device against accidental removal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2006
    Assignee: GWB, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald J. Rongione
  • Patent number: 6957449
    Abstract: A helmet mount for a night vision device is provided having means to attached to headgear, such as a helmet, wherein the mount is rotatable between a use position and a stowed position about an axis that is substantially parallel to the attachment means. In one embodiment, a position adjustment assembly comprises a rotary plate, a helmet block rotationally coupled to the rotary plate and a spring-biased ball and socket system located between the helmet bock and rotary plate. In another embodiment, a tilt adjustment assembly may include a gear system wherein rotation of a lever produces rotation of a night vision device relative to a user's eyes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2005
    Assignee: Norotos, Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathon R. Prendergast
  • Patent number: 6938276
    Abstract: A shroud plate for headgear is provided that may comprise a shell, an insert, a lock, a release mechanism wherein the shell extends around at least a portion of the insert has a smooth surface with rounded edges and corners and is shaped to match the contour of the headgear, and at least one attachment point wherein the attachment point is laterally movable within a restricted area. Further, the shroud plate may be attachable to headgear at a single attachment point and may be given rotational stability by an elevated ridge or a plurality of legs which may extend over or wrap around an edge of the headgear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2005
    Assignee: Norotos, Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathon R. Prendergast
  • Patent number: 6912727
    Abstract: A head harness for supporting a night vision device is provided. The head harness includes a frame assembly and padding coupled to the frame assembly. The padding is configured to contact at least one of a forehead and a cheek of the face of a user of the head harness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2005
    Assignee: ITT Manufacturing Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Harrison L. Buchanan, Jr.