Body Garments Patents (Class 2/69)
  • Patent number: 10767297
    Abstract: The present invention provides a substrate having a unidirectional water transport property, the substrate comprised of a fluid permeable structure and including: an inner side surface; and an outer side surface having a higher absorbent capacity than the inner side surface, wherein the inner side surface has a hydrophobic surface layer extending continuously over at least one section thereof, the hydrophobic surface layer having a predetermined thickness which, in use, produces a substantial hydrophobic property to contacting water, whilst allowing for water contacting the inner side surface of the substrate to wick through the hydrophobic surface layer into the substrate; and wherein the substrate is respectively comprised of hydrophobic channels and hydrophilic channels which respectively extend between the inner side surface and the outer side surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Newtech Textile Development Company (Shanghai) Co.
    Inventors: Tong Lin, Hongxia Wang, Hua Zhou
  • Patent number: 10766287
    Abstract: Aspects are directed to printing a garment and include a method having steps of providing a fabric panel containing polyester, applying an ink layer to a first area of the fabric panel, curing the ink layer, and applying a sublimation dye to the first area and a different second area of the fabric panel. Application of the sublimation dye causes the first area and the second area to have different color saturations. Other aspects include a garment with a fabric panel containing polyester that has a first surface with a first area and a different second area. The garment also includes an ink layer on the first surface and located at the first area and a sublimation dye absorbed by a portion of the fabric panel at the second area and on a surface of the ink layer at the first area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, INC.
    Inventors: Louie LaBonte, Scott Mon, Tiffany Peterson
  • Patent number: 10739817
    Abstract: A flexible display screen system and method includes an article that has a flexible material configured to cover at least a portion of a person's anatomy or at least a portion of an object. At least one flexible display screen is secured on the flexible material. A computer system is configured to provide image information for controlling a display of images on the flexible display screen. The computer system is configured to control the display of images on the flexible display screen in response to the sensor signal. The sensor may sense flexing of the flexible display screen or flexible material. Alternatively or in addition, the flexible display screen or flexible material may be controlled to flex, in response to the images displayed on the flexible display screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventors: Gregory A. Piccionelli, Ted R. Rittmaster
  • Patent number: 10736366
    Abstract: A breathable garment for heating or cooling independently the body of a wearer. The breathable garment includes an inner electrically heatable substrate intended to be facing the body of the wearer in use; a forced air supply mechanism for supplying forced air into the space between the inner electrically heatable substrate and the body of the wearer; an intermediate perforated substrate; an outer waterproof, water-vapour-permeable substrate; and a mechanism for maintaining a gap between the intermediate perforated substrate and the outer substrate, making up an air chamber to allow turbulent airflow across the entire garment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: MAT PRODUCT & TECHNOLOGY, S.L.U.
    Inventor: Colin Bell
  • Patent number: 10709174
    Abstract: The invention relates to a garment (1) for a newborn (3) made from a film-like material, comprising a back portion (2) to be placed under the back, a leg portion (4) for placing under the legs and two wing elements (6, 8) for swathing a chest, arm and abdominal region of the newborn (3), wherein the leg portion (4) is arranged adjacent to the back portion (2) and the two wing elements (6, 8) are arranged adjacent to the back portion (2) on the arm side, wherein the leg portion (4) is designed together with a leg-cover portion (5) as a pouch element having an opening (10) facing the back portion (2) for inserting the legs of the newborn (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Fritz Stephan GmbH Medizintechnik
    Inventors: Heike Stephan, Jana Zimmermann
  • Patent number: 10699087
    Abstract: A system configured to display an augmented-reality user interface for a barcode reader using a heads-up display assembly is provided. An augmented reality adapter having a camera and a presentation generator is configured to identify a unique identifier associated with a handheld barcode reader and provide an augmented reality display based on data captured by the handheld barcode reader. The presentation generator may position the augmented reality display based on a location of the unique identifier within the field of view (FOV) of the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Zebra Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Ozgur Ozserin, James Roger Morley-Smith
  • Patent number: 10667566
    Abstract: An article of apparel and method include a structure configured to enclose a human body part, a pressure sensor array including multiple pressure sensors separately positioned at locations within the structure, wherein each pressure sensor is configured to output a signal indicative of an amount of pressure being exerted on the pressure sensor by an external mechanical force, an electronic display, and a controller. The controller is configured to receive signals from the pressure sensors and, based on a sequence and a timing of the signals as received, determine a command related to a function of a device. The electronic display is configured to display information related to the function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Hamid Alipour, Holli Pheil, Mark VanWeerd
  • Patent number: 10660382
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein relate generally to devices, systems and methods for optimizing and masking compression in a biosensing garment. The biosensing garment has a first fabric portion configured to be disposed about a circumferential region of a user, the first fabric portion having an inner surface including electrode sensor assembly configured to be placed in contact with the skin of the user, the first fabric portion having a first compression rating; and a second fabric portion extending from the first fabric portion, the second fabric portion having a second compression rating less than the first compression rating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Honeywell Safety Products USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Joanna Berzowska, Frederic Chanay, Maria Elina Nurkka
  • Patent number: 10660442
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a meditation apparatus comprising a meditation seat and articulated pad that is lightweight, compact, and easy to transport that is suitable for indoor and outdoor use, wherein the articulated pad is pivotally connected to the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Calyx Cushions LLC
    Inventor: Harry Miles
  • Patent number: 10653192
    Abstract: An article of self-light-emitting clothing includes an article of clothing, a driver device and a group of electric coupling switches. The article of clothing includes a light-emitting component, and first and second arrangement areas, and when the article of clothing is folded, the first and second arrangement areas can contact each other; otherwise, the first and second arrangement areas are separated. The driver device includes a battery and a switch circuit. The group of electric coupling switches includes first and second couplers disposed on the first and second arrangement area, respectively. When the first coupler and the second coupler are electrically coupled to each other, the switch circuit is in open-circuit status to disconnect the battery and the light-emitting component. When the first coupler is not electrically coupled to the second coupler, the switch circuit is conducted to enable the battery to supply power to the light-emitting component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: DEFEND GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chih-Chiang Chen
  • Patent number: 10612174
    Abstract: A top cover comprises a woven web of warp yarns and fill yarns, with a first plurality of the fill yarns (and/or the warp yarns) being non-spandex, non-core spun elastomeric yarns and a second plurality of the fill yarns (and/or the warp yarns) being non-elastomeric yarns whereby the top cover has a wash activated patterning so as to have a bulky look or texture after it is laundered, especially the first time it is laundered, which allows the top cover to serve as a top cover without the need for additional processing such as ironing or pressing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Standard Textile Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Saravan Muthanandam, Richard Stewart
  • Patent number: 10555565
    Abstract: Reflective articles of wear are disclosed. The reflective articles of wear can include an elastomeric material and reflective components coupled to the elastomeric material. The elastomeric material forms a plurality of apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Morgan, David Turner
  • Patent number: 10549564
    Abstract: Aspects are directed to printing a garment and include a method having steps of providing a fabric panel containing polyester, applying an ink layer to a first area of the fabric panel, curing the ink layer, and applying a sublimation dye to the first area and a different second area of the fabric panel. Application of the sublimation dye causes the first area and the second area to have different color saturations. Other aspects include a garment with a fabric panel containing polyester that has a first surface with a first area and a different second area. The garment also includes an ink layer on the first surface and located at the first area and a sublimation dye absorbed by a portion of the fabric panel at the second area and on a surface of the ink layer at the first area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Louie LaBonte, Scott Mon, Tiffany Peterson
  • Patent number: 10546501
    Abstract: A system and method for tracking rental equipment such as fleet watercraft is disclosed. The system and method includes a communication system and a waterproof and weatherproof GPS tracking device that is easily attached to each watercraft and integrated into the communication system. The communication system further includes a client application running on a client computing tracking device. The client application can receive GPS tracking data from the GPS tracking device, interpret the data in various beneficial ways, and graphically display the interpreted data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Inventor: Magnus Berggren
  • Patent number: 10517408
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a child wrap, which may be in the form of a continuous piece of fabric and include a center panel, left and right shoulder straps, a bottom strap, and left and right panels, at least one of which is elongated. The panels preferably attach to one another via hook and loop fasteners as they wrap around the child. Preferably, the child's arms are free while wearing the wrap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Inventor: Deidre Vaughn Emerson
  • Patent number: 10492614
    Abstract: An ergonomic device (shoulder relaxer) that attaches to the back of a chair. The ergonomic device is useful for allowing the occupant of the chair to rest their hands behind the chair back, thus helping the user to hold their shoulders in a different position, thus relaxing the user's shoulders and improving the ergonomics of the chair. The device comprises a main loop band configured to fit over the chair back, with optional straps to ensure that the main loop band maintains the desired position on the back. The portion of the main loop band that passes over the back chair side has a hand support pouch attached to it, with openings configured to support both of the user's hands while held behind the back of the chair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Inventor: Medha Gupta
  • Patent number: 10481022
    Abstract: This invention pertains to a low cost, low noise strain sensor based on a web of continuous core-shell nanofibers with conductive shell and mechanically robust core that can be attached or embedded on a variety objects for directional monitoring of static or dynamic changes in mechanical deformation and pressure. This is a low cost, highly sensitive strain sensor, with low noise and ease of integration for different applications from synthetic tactile skins, to vibrational and health monitoring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: TEXAVIE TECHNOLOGIES INC.
    Inventors: Peyman Servati, Frank K. Ko, Saeid Soltanian, Amir Servati
  • Patent number: 10463097
    Abstract: An article of apparel is disclosed that includes zones with a textile having a structure than changes or is otherwise modified by a physical stimulus, such as the presence of water or a temperature change, to modify a property of the textile. The zones may be along a center back area and/or side areas of the apparel, and the textile may increase in air permeability when exposed to water. In some embodiments, slits are formed in the textile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael R. Baron, Karin E. Carter
  • Patent number: 10463179
    Abstract: Body compression sleepwear preferably includes a body portion and a neck portion. The body portion includes a first body sheet and a second body sheet. An outer perimeter of the first and second body sheets are sewn to each other with the exception of a straight end. The neck portion includes a first neck sheet and a second neck sheet. Opposing ends of the first and second neck sheets are sewn to each other to form the neck portion and an entrance opening. The neck portion is sewn to the straight end. The material of the body portion and the neck portion is preferably fabricated from a combination Polyester and Lycra fabric. The size of the compressive sleepwear is smaller than the user to exert compressive force on the outer surface of the user. The user inserts their legs and arms through the neck portion and into the body pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Inventor: Matthew J. Mundt
  • Patent number: 10426343
    Abstract: A physiology detecting garment, a physiology detecting monitoring system, and a manufacturing method of a textile antenna are provided. The physiology detecting garment detects and collects physiology information of a wearer. The physiology detecting garment includes a garment, a textile antenna and a detecting device. The textile antenna is made of a conductive composition including a conductive nanowire and a polyurethane polymer. The textile antenna is thermal-compression bonded to the garment. The detecting device is electrically connected to the textile antenna and emits a detecting signal via the textile antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Hong-Dun Lin, Wen-Hsien Sun, Yong-Syuan Chen, Chih-Lung Chen, Yen-Hsien Lee, Pei-Fen Zhen, Jing-Wen Tang
  • Patent number: 10405589
    Abstract: A support garment for use during resistance training. The support garment includes an elastic frontal portion. In addition, the support garment includes two upper arm sleeves located on opposite sides of the elastic frontal portion. Each upper arm sleeve is configured for wear on an upper arm of a user above the elbows of the user. The user positions one arm in each upper arm sleeve and positions the elastic frontal portion across a chest of the user during resistance training. Additionally, the upper arm sleeves are biased inwardly by the elastic frontal portion to provide support during a resistance exercise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Inventor: Michael Womack
  • Patent number: 10398159
    Abstract: The invention relates to new types of modulators of the cold menthol receptor TRPM8, to methods of modulating the TRPM8 receptor using these modulators; and in particular the use of the modulators for inducing a sensation of coldness; and also the articles and compositions produced using these modulators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: BASF SE
    Inventors: Thomas Subkowski, Claus Bollschweiler, Jens Wittenberg, Wolfgang Siegel, Ralf Pelzer
  • Patent number: 10378127
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes a yarn comprising a blend of jade-containing fibers, such as jade-containing polyester fibers, with hydrophobic cotton fibers and optionally conventional fibers. The jade in the jade-containing polyester fibers provides the yarn with a cooling effect when it contacts a person's skin. The hydrophobic cotton fibers provide the yarn with hydrophobicity. When included in a fabric that also contains yarn having hydrophilic properties in a manner such that a higher percentage of the hydrophobic yarn is present on the back surface of the fabric than on the front surface of the fabric, the fabric has a cooling and moisture-wicking effect. The yarn may be used as the fill of a denim twill weave to provide denim clothing having enhanced cooling and moisture-wicking properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: VF Jeanswear, L.P.
    Inventors: Phillip F. Aydelette, Edward J. Broyles, Jr., E. Ashley Harris, Leigh Jillion Humphrey, Carole C. McFee, Jason C. Napier, John T. Strickland
  • Patent number: 10368592
    Abstract: Provided is an intelligent garment, in which a heating temperature of the garment is adjusted by sensing a size of an aperture of a garment body that is changed according to user control. The garment includes: a garment body; a heater provided in the garment body; a controller adjusting a heating temperature of the heater; and a temperature adjusting unit inputting an adjusting signal to the controller, and the adjusting signal being used for adjusting the heating temperature, wherein the temperature adjusting unit generates the adjusting signal to the controller according to a change in the size of the aperture provided in the garment body through which a body part of a user passes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: SANGMYUNG UNIVERSITY SEOUL INDUSTRY-ACADEMY COOPERATION FOUNDATION
    Inventor: Jung-Sim Roh
  • Patent number: 10342367
    Abstract: An infant comfort cloth system includes a substrate having a length between a first edge and a second edge, and a width and configured to be worn over a shoulder of an adult caregiver. The system also includes one or more storage pockets formed adjacent the first edge and a pillow portion spaced away from the second edge a first predetermined distance and spaced away from the one or more storage pockets a second predetermined distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventor: Evangelos Dimotsantos
  • Patent number: 10327487
    Abstract: Systems or methods for anatomy patterning a garment are provided. Anatomy patterning is any deliberate manipulation of a garment's pattern in order to change the perceived shape of a wearer of the garment toward a desired appearance. Additionally, the garments that result from use of these systems and methods for anatomy patterning are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: VF Corporation
    Inventors: Darren J. Peshek, Justin T. Mark, Brian Marion, Kyle Stephens, Donald Hoffman, Stephen H. Zades
  • Patent number: 10330441
    Abstract: Systems and methods for creating an immersive training environment for urban operations training that simulates a mission site and related computer program products are provided. Data specific to a mission site to be simulated can be provided. The data can be analyzed to create an accurate depiction of the mission site to be simulated. Visual imagery of one or more structures of the mission site can be generated based on the analysis of the data. One or more structures that have the visual imagery of the mission site to be simulated can be created. Further, the one or more structures can be positioned to provide a physical simulation of the mission site based on the analysis of the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: MILITARY WRAPS, INC.
    Inventor: K. Dominic Cincotti
  • Patent number: 10327489
    Abstract: A water proof moisture management garment and a method of constructing such a garment in accordance with the present invention utilizes at least three layers. An outer layer may comprise a stretch woven textile treated with a durable water repellant finish. The outer layer may be micro-perforated to permit perspiration to evaporate through the micro-perforations. An inner layer may comprise a moisture management textile to facilitate the transport of perspiration away from the skin of a wearer. An intermediate layer may bond the outer layer to the inner layer. The intermediate layer may provide holes to permit the evaporation of perspiration from the inner layer through the micro-perforations of the outer layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Luke A. Pezzimenti
  • Patent number: 10306971
    Abstract: A convertible bullet-proof backpack and vest includes a body section divided into a front portion, a middle portion, and back portion. The middle portion has a head slot opening, and the front and back portions have respective sections of bullet-proof fabric integrated therein. A zipper runs around an outer perimeter of the front and back portions. In a backpack configuration, the zipper secures the outer perimeters of the front portion and the back portion together thereby forming a hollow backpack interior between them. In a bullet-proof vest configuration, the zipper is unzipped thereby allowing a user to insert their head through the head slot opening such that the front portion hangs in front of a torso of the user and the back portion hangs behind the torso of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventor: Wei Zhang
  • Patent number: 10299520
    Abstract: A fabric-based item may adapt to and adjust the biometric state of an individual that is wearing or touching the fabric-based item. The fabric-based item may be a cover for a seat in a vehicle, an article of clothing, a wrist band, or other suitable fabric-based item. The fabric-based item may include one or more sensors that gather biometric information about the individual and one or more environmental control devices that adjust or maintain the environment around the individual based on the biometric information. The sensors may include temperature sensors, humidity sensors, pressure sensors, heart rate sensors, or other sensors that gather biometric information about the user. The environmental control elements may be used to control the temperature, humidity, airflow or other aspect of the environment around the individual based on the biometric state of the individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin A. Shaffer, James H. Foster
  • Patent number: 10278514
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a child wrap, which may be in the form of a continuous piece of fabric and include a center panel, left and right shoulder straps, a bottom strap, and left and right panels, at least one of which is elongated. The panels preferably attach to one another via hook and loop fasteners as they wrap around the child. Preferably, the child's arms are free while wearing the wrap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Deidre Vaughn Emerson
  • Patent number: 10274898
    Abstract: The combination of a wearable device and a security assembly. The wearable device has a band configured to extend at least partially around a limb of a user to maintain the wearable device operatively supported on the user's limb. The security assembly has a flexible sensor configured to define an electrical circuit path. The flexible sensor is secured to the band in an operative state. A stabilizing assembly is configured to bear a part of the flexible sensor against the wearable device with the stabilizing assembly in an operative state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Se-Kure Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger J. Leyden, David M. Adams
  • Patent number: 10271587
    Abstract: A band includes a tubular body configured to be worn on a user's body and a pocket supported by the tubular body, where the pocket defines a cavity and has an access opening providing access to the cavity, and where the pocket is configured to removably receive an electronic module in the cavity through the access opening. An input device is connected to the tubular body and has a port exposed to the cavity of the band, where the port is configured for removable connection to a connector of the electronic module when the electronic module is received in the cavity. The input device may include a button configured to receive user input and a wireless transmitter to transmit a signal to an external device based on the user input. The input device may also include a haptic feedback mechanism for communicating haptic signals to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Jamian R. Cobbett, Monica Judge, Summer Schneider, Kevin C. Sze, Christopher L. Andon, Shannon Becker, Lindsey Hunt, Brian L. Kash, Hien Tommy Pham, Craig Rowley, Bill Webb, Quinn Fitzgerald, Ariana Manesh, Simon Quay
  • Patent number: 10264829
    Abstract: A wet sportswear takeoff helping device for the upper sportswear that is worn extremely tight to the wearer's skin; where the takeoff helping device includes one or more guides for guiding the corresponding drawstrings and a handgrip used for activation. The guides are made on the back part of the upper sportswear, each guide begins close to the hemline and propagates to the upper part of the sportswear in a continuous way, or having one or more interruptions formed along the guide. Pulling of the handgrip by the wearer's hand causes lifting of the sportswear's hemline towards the wearer's neck to facilitate removal. The invention is applicable to an ordinary T-shirt takeoff device for helping elderly or disabled people to take off the upper garment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventor: Michel Forko
  • Patent number: 10258090
    Abstract: A torso garment, such as a brassiere or brief, includes a body formed of inner and outer layers, the body including at least one torso band extending from a portion of the body, where the inner and outer layers overlap along a fold line of the torso garment. The torso garment includes an elastomeric band positioned between the inner and outer layers proximate the fold line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: BHI Branded Apparel Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: Michael D. Abbott, Roger D. Warren, Reginald L'Italien
  • Patent number: 10245454
    Abstract: A firefighter's protective garment including an outer shell, moisture barrier and thermal barrier in which the thermal barrier is constructed with spacers on its inner surface such that air can circulate between the garment and the firefighter wearing it. The garment redistributes metabolic heat over a larger surface area, and increases metabolic cooling and firefighter comfort. In the preferred embodiment of the invention, the spacers are strategically attached to those areas of the thermal barrier which find themselves opposite those parts of the human body having the highest rates of perspiration and metabolic heat transfer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: INNOTEX INC.
    Inventors: Claude Barbeau, Eric St-Arneault, Maxime Bigonnesse
  • Patent number: 10238156
    Abstract: A suit wearable by a human user includes a torso section, two arm sections extending from an upper portion of the torso section, and two leg sections extending from a lower portion of the torso section. At least one of an arm section and a leg section includes at least one exterior surface region that is uneven and having at least one of a different surface friction property and a different surface roughness property in relation to at least one exterior surface region of the torso section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: UNDER ARMOUR, INC.
    Inventors: Mark Cumiskey, Kevin Fallon, Chris Laughman, Diaa Abbas
  • Patent number: 10231493
    Abstract: A modular utility vest system comprised of a harness portion and at least one frontal vest portion, the modular vest being constructed and arranged for independent use or removable engagement with an existing backpack. The harness portion includes a top element having an open slit for slidable engagement with a top handle on an existing backpack and two shoulder straps extending from opposing ends of the top element, each strap having adjustable buckling elements. The vest portion is comprised of a top end having a second buckling element and at least one pocket attached thereto. In use, the harness portion is positioned overtop of an existing backpack top handle, whereby the two shoulder straps on the harness portion lay overtop and are coupled to the shoulder straps on the existing backpack and the cooperating buckling elements on the vest portion are attached to the harness portion and depends vertically therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventor: George Sarantos
  • Patent number: 10201081
    Abstract: A system comprises an article comprising one or more fabric layers, a plurality of electronic devices, each being incorporated into or onto one of the one or more fabric layers, and one or more communication links between two or more of the plurality of electronic devices. Each of the plurality of electronic devices can comprise a flexible substrate coupled to the fabric layer, one or more metallization layers deposited on the flexible substrate, and one or more electronic components electrically coupled to the one or more metallization layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher Jezewski, Ravi Pillarisetty, Brian Doyle
  • Patent number: 10188220
    Abstract: Seat covers, more particularly, seat covers having a seat covering portion adapted to cover at least a portion of a seat, and an occupant covering portion adapted to simultaneously cover at least a portion of a human occupant of said seat. Exemplary seat covers may be fitted or non-fitted in design, and may include a retention mechanism for releasably securing the seat covering portion to a seat. Exemplary seat covers may be configured for use with, among other things, furniture such as reclining chairs, and motorized vehicle seats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventor: Tisha M. Reaves
  • Patent number: 10178882
    Abstract: An electric garment includes an article of clothing, a first electrical device attached to the article of clothing, and a retractable connector assembly. The retractable connector assembly includes an electric cord electrically connected to the first electrical device, a first connector, and a retractable unit that includes an elastic member connected to the electric cord. The first connector is movable relative to the article of clothing between a concealed position and an exposed position. When the first connector is moved from the concealed position to the exposed position, the elastic member is deformed for generating a restoring force to move the first connector back to the concealed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Inventor: Steven Yue
  • Patent number: 10143252
    Abstract: Integrating dynamic materials into articles for adjustable physical characteristics (e.g., aesthetic, functional) can include various systems and methods. For example, in response to a human's body heat, a dynamic material may change shape to allow additional permeability in an article of clothing. Similarly, in response to the presence of moisture, an article of clothing may change shape to prevent the introduction of rain into an internal portion of the article. Additionally, it is contemplated that the shape changing material may change shape that affects a geometric structure of the article as a whole (e.g., protrusions, dimples, vents, etc.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew D. Nordstrom, Patrick Williams
  • Patent number: 10128564
    Abstract: A passive repeater garment includes a clothing item and a plurality of flexible antenna apparatuses, each including an electromagnetically reflective layer; an insulation layer, which can be dielectric; an arrangement of conductors, including a first antenna, a second antenna, a coupling element, a reflector; an antenna layer; and a protective cover layer. The conductors can be made from conductive threads. The first and second antennas can include a dipole antenna, a rhombic antenna, a planar antenna, or a Yagi-Uda antenna, and an undulating portion. Also disclosed is a system of passive repeater garments, including a plurality of personal assemblies of passive repeater garments, each assembly configured for a human user, and including a plurality of passive repeater garments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Inventor: Michael Clyde Walker
  • Patent number: 10119208
    Abstract: A method for making a textile sensor and a textile sensor can include selecting a combination of variables from the group consisting of yarn variables, stitch variables, and textile variables; and knitting an electrically conductive yarn in the textile sensor in accordance with the selected combination of variables, wherein the combination of variables is selected so as to provide a controlled amount of contact resistance in the textile sensor. The method and textile can further include a capacitive textile-sensor having at least two integrally knit capacitor plate elements and having a configuration adapted for a sensing activity. Resistance in the textile sensor can automatically calibrate to a stable baseline level after the textile sensor is applied to a body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: FOOTFALLS AND HEARTBEATS LIMITED
    Inventor: Simon Adair McMaster
  • Patent number: 10115143
    Abstract: Systems and methods for selection and creation of custom athletic jerseys are described. The athletic jerseys combine two different jerseys. For instance, the jersey may have a front half consisting of one jersey and back half consisting of another jersey. The jerseys may be related to a number of different sports teams, for instance, professional sports teams, college sports teams, and high school sports teams. This allows a fan to own a single jersey that represents multiple points in a player's career. Automatic validation of the license associated with each jersey may be provided and the purchase price of the athletic jersey may include relevant licensing fees. Additionally, a user interface may be provided that allows a user to select amongst a number of possible options.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Inventor: Shannon J. Lory
  • Patent number: 10111474
    Abstract: A garment comprises a torso portion including a volume reduction arrangement. The volume reduction arrangement includes a first strap that crosses a second strap, a first strap adjustment member, and a second strap adjustment member. The first strap adjustment member is coupled to a right side of the torso portion. A first portion of the first strap is coupled to a left side of the torso portion, and a second portion of the first strap engages the first strap adjustment member on the right side of the torso portion. The second strap adjustment member is coupled to the shell on the left side of the torso portion. A first portion of the second strap is coupled to the right side of the torso portion, and a second portion of the second strap engages the second strap adjustment member on the left side of the torso portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Under Armour, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Keathley
  • Patent number: 10096118
    Abstract: In an image processing method, an object is located within an image. An area around the object is determined and divided into at least first and second portions based upon image information within the area. The object can then be classified based upon both image information in the first portion of the area and image information in the second portion of the area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Futurewei Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Yu Huang, Hongbing Li, Jun Tian, Hong Heather Yu
  • Patent number: 10080700
    Abstract: A harness for lifting a person in conjunction with a walker apparatus includes a seat portion made with flexible webbing. Two flexible, adjustable back straps are each fixed with a rear edge of the seat portion proximate one of two opposing lateral edges. Two flexible, adjustable front straps are each fixed with a front edge of the seat portion proximate one of the lateral edges. The back straps and front straps each include a connection mechanism for fixing with the walker apparatus. As such, with the harness under the person either in a prone position or a seated position, the back straps extend up the person's back and around his shoulders such that the back straps may be pulled forward and the walker apparatus raised so as to lift the person from the prone position into the seated position, or from the seated position into a standing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Inventor: Kourosh Bagheri
  • Patent number: 10076143
    Abstract: A glove having a top surface and a bottom surface is described herein. The top surface and the bottom surface each have an inner surface and an outer surface. The glove includes a plurality of resistance bands, which can be configured to be removably attached to the glove. The resistance bands can be removably attached at connection points on the outer surface of the glove. The glove can also include at least one adjustable resistance mechanism connected to the glove. The adjustable resistance mechanism is configured to adjust degrees of resistance to motion via the resistance bands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Inventors: Dean R. Marriott, Daniel A. Sawchuk, Jonathan Aaron Cheung
  • Patent number: RE47809
    Abstract: A swaddling blanket and pouch combination (SBPC) (10) that allows an infant to be comfortably and easily swaddled. The blanket (12) is comprised of a right blanket flap (28) and a left blanket flap (46) and includes a designated area to which is removably attached the pouch (70). The pouch features a lower end (78) which includes an opening and closing means that allows an infant's soiled diaper to be easily removed and replaced or to take a rectal temperature. The SBPC (10) is used by first placing the left blanket flap (46) over the pouch (70), which is then followed by placing the right blanket flap (28) over the pouch. The right and left blanket flaps (28,46) as well as the pouch (70) are preferably held in place by hook and loop fasteners (88).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Inventor: Hindi R. Zeidman