Signal, Lamp Or Reflector Patents (Class 206/573)
  • Patent number: 10215331
    Abstract: A portable light includes a base having a deployable pole pivotably supported on the base, and a light source supported on the deployable pole. A latch is configured to retain the deployable pole in a deployed position and to release the deployable pole from the deployed position at which it is retained. The latch includes a latch plate that is biased to move toward the deployable pole to engage a base end thereof when the deployable pole is in the deployed position and that is movable to release the deployable pole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Streamlight, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond L. Sharrah, Jonathan R. Sharrah
  • Patent number: 9440784
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an automobile safety kit and methods of using the same. Specifically, the present invention comprises safety articles contained within a rigid, resilient and easily-openable container having items therein useful for protecting automobile passengers during a flood or other natural disaster event. The kit preferably comprises a length of resilient rope having a carabineer or other connector on an end thereof, a seatbelt cutter, a window hammer for breaking an automobile window, and a pair of magnetic clamps having handles thereon for utilization by a user to remain on or in proximity to the automobile or other metal structure, especially during a flood.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Inventors: Julie Freund, Kristen Anderson, Sidney Dickinson, Audrey Godsell, Theresa Grivas, Caroline Rausch
  • Publication number: 20140042054
    Abstract: A carrying case includes a first panel which has a first panel outer surface and a first panel inner surface, where the first panel outer surface displays an image on a whiteboard material. The carrying case includes a second panel comprising a second panel outer surface and a second panel inner surface. The carrying case further includes at least one hinge rotatably coupling the first panel to the second panel along an axis, where the hinge is configured to allow the first panel and the second panel to fold close and couple the first panel inner surface to the second panel inner surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2012
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Inventor: Walter L. Jones, JR.
  • Publication number: 20140008265
    Abstract: A musical pizza box includes a box material foldable into a pizza box having a lid hingedly attached to a base and a pizza box audio module. The pizza box audio module preferably includes a speaker, a microchip board capable of receiving a microchip mounted on the microchip board, at least one power source, electrical wiring electrically connecting the speaker, the microchip board, and the power source, and an activation mechanism. When the box material is folded to form the pizza box, the microchip is mounted to the microchip board, and the lid is moved from a closed state to an opened state, the activation mechanism is triggered to cause any recorded audio message stored on the microchip to be emitted by the speaker. Methods of manufacturing a musical pizza box and methods of advertising are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Inventor: Gaetano Francesco Ruggiero
  • Patent number: 8599097
    Abstract: A collapsible portable stand comprises support legs and a mast that collapse into a small equipment enclosure or case, forming one single, integral unit that provides for storage, stable support for a device that is mounted onto the mast, and portability. The legs and mast are operatively connected to the case and preferably have extendable length. In an embodiment, the legs and mast are connected to the case via hinges that provide for the legs and mast to rotate with respect to the case. The case preferably has wheels and an extendable handle for ease of transport when the legs and mast are collapsed into the case. An embodiment includes an internal storage case that has a moveable cover that can include controls for and/or connections to a device stored in the internal storage case. An alternative embodiment includes a larger portable stand that has components that are external of the case and/or are independent of a case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Air Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Lawrence Shane Intravatola
  • Publication number: 20130248412
    Abstract: A case for a device includes a plurality of walls defining a cavity and an opening to the cavity. A first one of the walls is opposite the opening and is configured as a support surface to support a portion of a first housing of the device and also has a first recess therein configured to receive a portion of at least a first end of a band of the device. A second one of the walls defines an edge of the opening that is configured to extend along a center support of the band with the optical element of the device being positioned between the second one of the walls and the support surface when the device is received in the cavity. The case also includes a lid configured to cover the opening and to selectively enclose the interior cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Maj Isabelle Olsson, Matthew Wyatt Martin, Joseph John Hebenstreit, Peter Michael Cazalet
  • Publication number: 20130186802
    Abstract: A portable container wherein and food may be heated by a built-in and manually powered heating system without removal of the food from the container. Unlike typical containers, the device incorporates reheats the contents using human-powered energy. The device is composed of a sealable food containment chamber, a power generator, a heating element and electronics to minimize overheating of the contents. Many portable insulated food containers on the market are capable of storing food for short time periods within a specific range of temperatures. The goal is to preserve the temperature as close to the original containment temperature as possible. If food is contained longer than the rated time, or the container is opened and closed frequently, the food temperature degrades rapidly. The device addresses this problem because the food may be reheated within the existing chamber without removing it.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2012
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Inventor: Yul Williams
  • Publication number: 20130180880
    Abstract: A gift box for presenting a gift to a recipient is disclosed. The gift box comprises a bottom portion, a top portion pivotally hinged to the bottom portion, memory, a camera secured to the box and an actuation switch coupled to the camera to activate the camera to record an image of the recipient when the top portion is opened relative to the bottom portion to expose the gift to the recipient, wherein the image is stored in the memory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Inventor: Marc Finkel
  • Patent number: 8365918
    Abstract: An emergency notification flashing system comprising a warning triangle, a flashlight, and a caution vest to alert oncoming motorists to a disabled vehicle, an accident, or similar hazard is herein disclosed. The warning triangle and the flashlight are placed on the roadside next to the disabled vehicle or accident. The warning triangle and the flashlight comprise a plurality of illumination means which visually alert oncoming vehicle and pedestrians of the upcoming hazard. A user is to wear the caution vest which includes reflective means to alert oncoming vehicles and pedestrians. The warning triangle, flashlight, and caution vest are stored within a case when not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Inventor: Jose E. Andino
  • Publication number: 20130023184
    Abstract: A package for a product is provided. The package has a speaker arranged to emit sound in a first direction. The package includes a wall is disposed adjacent the speaker and shaped to reflect sound emitted from the speaker in a second direction around the product within the package. The reflected sound is then emitted through a side of the package.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Inventor: Joseph Bell
  • Publication number: 20120318706
    Abstract: A first aid kit organized with pockets containing first aid and emergency preparedness supplies and equipment and a system for refilling. Each pocket in the kit contains supplies and equipment useful in providing initial care for a particular illness or injury and is quickly identified through textual labels and transparent elements. The pockets are connected into a strip of pockets which is folded to fit within a case. The strip of pockets is easily deployed from the case facilitating rapid and accurate identification, selection, and acquisition of items appropriate for initial care of a particular illness or injury by comprehensive visual presentation of the organizational scheme and the supplies and pieces of equipment themselves.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Applicant: Genuine First Aid International Ltd.
    Inventor: Michael Holstein
  • Patent number: 7837038
    Abstract: A gift package includes: a box body having a partitioning plate dividing an inner space in the box body into first and second chambers and adapted to abut against an article, the box body being provided with a lid for covering and uncovering an access opening of the box body; a signal output unit mounted in the second chamber; a circuit board mounted securely in the second chamber and provided with a controller that is electrically coupled to the signal output unit for controlling activation and deactivation of the signal output unit; and a switch operable through a selected one of the lid and the article to activate the signal output unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Inventors: Han-Chao Chang, Jen-Lin Chen
  • Patent number: 7513633
    Abstract: An emergency lighting device and system comprising a lighting device is disclosed. The lighting device may comprise with photo-luminescent plastic to make the lighting device visible in the dark. In particular embodiments, a bracket in a storage container capable of being mounted on a wall secures a flashlight in the storage container. Utilization of the system with a flashlight enables the individual to move to a safer location, find their way out of the area, or to help others without an emergency light station nearby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2009
    Assignee: Pelican Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Scott Ermeti
  • Publication number: 20080135041
    Abstract: A ventilator assembly for removing contaminants in cooking exhaust includes a hood portion having a hood plenum, and a duct portion in fluid communication with the hood portion, where the duct portion has an inside cross-sectional area that is less than half of an average inside cross-sectional area of the hoodplenum. A fan is in fluid communication with the duct portion for drawing the cooking exhaust through the hood portion to the duct portion. At least one ultra-violet lamp is disposed in the duct portion, where the ultra-violet radiation from the lamp reacts with the cooking exhaust to generate ozone for oxidizing contaminants in the cooking exhaust.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2006
    Publication date: June 12, 2008
    Inventor: Russell Robison
  • Patent number: 7356952
    Abstract: A merchandising system having a power distribution device associated with a package support system, and a package having a sensory output such as an image display capable of using power, data and/or signals provided from the power distribution device to produce a desired output when the package is associated with the package support system. Packaging materials of the package form the coupling medium for contactless coupling such as capacitive coupling of a controlled signal provided to the package support system to a display on the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: William R. Sweeney, Kristen M. Totty, Robert J. Maher
  • Patent number: 7202484
    Abstract: A cognitive stimulating sterilizing device for providing visual, tactile and, or audible stimulation for infants while selectively sterilize select items and the surrounding ambient, including a housing adapted for removable connection to cribs, changing tables and similar furniture, ultraviolet light generating source in the housing for sanitizing items in the housing when closed and the ambient when opened, audio source and compartments for holding and storing select items. The housing may include reflective and, or transparent surfaces for directing, reflecting and, or passing ultraviolet light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Inventor: Sylvia Tantillo
  • Patent number: 6971761
    Abstract: A protective flashlight case includes left and right pieces with front and rear ends. The rear ends of the two case pieces are formed in a closed loop shape so as to enclose a key ring clip of a flashlight. A hollow space defined by the walls of the loop permits the case, with the flashlight enclosed, to be attached to a key chain, article of clothing, or other support. The case protects flashlights from harsh, rugged conditions as well as from water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2005
    Assignee: Armament Systems and Procedures, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin L. Parsons
  • Patent number: 6951232
    Abstract: A power tool, such as, for example a router. In some aspects, a router includes a base, a housing and a hand grip attachable to one of the base and the housing, and the hand grip may be contoured to fit a hand of an operator and may be at least partially formed of an elastomeric material. In some aspects, a router includes a housing and a hand grip connected to the housing. In some aspects, a router is operable above a workpiece and under a table. In some aspects, a router includes a base, a motor housing and an adjustment mechanism supported by at least one of the base and the motor housing for adjusting the position of the motor housing relative to the base. In some aspects, a case for a router includes a base plate operable to support a router with a bit attached to the router.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2005
    Assignee: Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation
    Inventors: Randy McDonald, Dale Borchardt, Troy Thorson, Jeffrey C. Hessenberger, Christopher Berg, Jeffrey S. Holly
  • Publication number: 20040035744
    Abstract: A children's kit for illuminative decoration of the exterior shell (17) of a pumpkin, without requiring a carving knife. The kit (10) consists of packaging (12), light pegs (60), a pattern sheet (30), a tool (100), and light (25). The light pegs (60) are a light transmissive material that can be colored and have a length at least equal to the pumpkin shell thickness. Each light peg (60) has a first end (66) that is convergent to pierce the exterior shell wall (17) and is operative to collect light, a shaft portion (68) to transmit light to a second end with an enlarged peg head (62). The enlarged peg head (62) protrudes above the shell surface and is operative to disperse light. The pattern (30) locates the light pegs (60) on the pumpkin shell (15), with the tool (100) used to drive the light pegs (60) through the pumpkin shell. The light (25) is placed inside the open interior of the pumpkin (14) to illuminate the light pegs (60).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2003
    Publication date: February 26, 2004
    Inventors: Barry Brown, Michael Hennessey
  • Publication number: 20010030193
    Abstract: A Sunscreen Container is provided which includes a sunscreen-filled container equipped with a reflective surface. The container has a plane bottom surface, a substantially planar side wall surface which is formed to define a bottle, squeeze-tube, or jar, and a plane top surface of an upper lid. The reflective surface is secured firmly in place with an adhesive material which connects one side of the reflective surface to the plane top surface, the plane surface, or the planar side wall surface of the container. The reflective surface may be secured in place with a water resistant adhesive which attaches one side of the reflective surface to a plane surface of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2000
    Publication date: October 18, 2001
    Inventor: Michael T. Miller
  • Patent number: 6223899
    Abstract: A tool box assembly having lighting and warning functions, including a tool box body having a receiving recess in a central portion of one lateral end thereof, an integrated circuit control device retained in the receiving recess, and a transparent light converging lens fittingly abutting against the receiving recess. The receiving recess has a stepped rim, which is provided with a plurality of retaining posts projecting therefrom and lying in a horizontal state for retaining the light converging lens. A periphery of the light converging lens is provided with a plurality of retaining notches for receiving the retaining posts of the tool box body. Three generally slanting abutting grooves of three different sizes are arranged by order of size between each two retaining notches. The smallest abutting grooves just abut against the retaining posts of the tool box body when the light converging lens is rotated so that the light converging lens is firmly positioning in the receiving recess of the tool box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2001
    Inventor: Tsai-Chien Shih
  • Patent number: 6135286
    Abstract: A thermally insulating luminous container with an O-ring construction having a primary container having inner and outer walls and a removable cover. A plurality of secondary containers may be affixed to the outer wall of the primary container, which secondary containers have inner and outer walls and removable attached covers. The container may be constructed by blow-molding hypoallergenic thermoplastic material, and may contain a compass and a signaling mirror. These containers are suitable for holding water, oxygen supplements and enhancers, food, medicines and first aid supplies. The containers may be supplied to survivors of natural disasters or used for general utility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2000
    Inventor: Mathew A Strumor
  • Patent number: 6053315
    Abstract: A tool box includes a base and a cover each having an opening formed by a pair of arms which are pivotally together at a pivot pin. A light device is pivotally coupled to the base and the cover at the pivot pin, for allowing the light device to be rotated about the pivot pin and to light the cover and the base when the base and the cover are opened, such that the user may easily view and fetch the tools received in the tool box in the dark places. The cover includes a hand grip having a chamber for receiving one or more batteries and for energizing the light device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2000
    Inventor: Ghing Hsiu Yao
  • Patent number: 5992620
    Abstract: An accident report kit for providing accessories that may be used to record the details of a traffic accident in a single case. The accident report kit includes a carrying case with a main portion and a tray portion. The main portion of the carrying case has spaced apart front and back walls, a bottom wall, and a pair of spaced apart side walls. The main portion has a top edge along the front, back and side walls defining a top opening into the main portion. The carrying case has a top flap substantially covering the top opening of the main portion. The main portion of the carrying case has a plurality of generally rectangular divider panels therein forming a plurality of compartments. The tray portion of the carrying case has a back panel and a perimeter lip extending around the back panel of the tray portion to define a tray space therein. The perimeter lip of the tray portion is pivotally coupled to the back wall of the main portion adjacent a side wall of the main portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1999
    Inventor: Ronald P. Holtom
  • Patent number: 5875895
    Abstract: A storage and display tower assembly transported and distributed in a compact and disassembled kit form in a box. The components thereof are easily and readily assembled to the configuration selected by the user to provide the desired appearance and use. The shelves, pinch clamps, weighted base and first and second sets of rods of the kit are removed from the box. The rods of the first set are threaded into upright securement to the base; a first shelf is slid through its openings on the rods; the lower ends of the second set of rods are threaded on top of the top ends of the respective rods of the first set with a stabilizing and article display shelf sandwiched and fixed between them; and a second shelf is slid through its openings onto the rods of the second set. Using the support clamps, the first and second shelves are mounted at the desired heights to the first and second sets of rods, respectively. Decorative balls, plates and/or lamps can be attached at the top of the tower thereby defined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1999
    Inventor: Shahriar Dardashti
  • Patent number: 5823329
    Abstract: An infant's food dish includes a sound unit which is enabled by a switch, the state of which can be changed merely by bringing an object into proximity with the switch. Suitably the switch is magnetically operable and the object is the magnetized tip of a feeding utensil such as a spoon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1998
    Inventor: Brian G. Roberts
  • Patent number: 5779044
    Abstract: A carrier for a basketball including a cover defining a cavity and an inner core element positioned within the cavity. The inner core element includes a first half and a second half. Each half has a first side and a second side which are hingedly connected together, and each has a semispherical cavity formed therein and both semispherical cavities together forming a ball cavity adapted to hold a basketball. The inner core element is formed of a strong material capable of supporting a seated man and positioned in the cavity of the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1998
    Inventor: James D. Myers, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5738700
    Abstract: An illumination fixture (10) for a vehicular air cleaner housing (14), which is arranged and configured to position the fixture in the interior (13) of the housing's intake section (27). The illumination fixture is also arranged and configured to illuminate through a screen (20) of the intake section the exterior (41) of the housing with a source of illumination (16). The illumination fixture includes a panel (11) having an outer circumference (12) configured to pass through the interior (13) of the intake section. The panel includes one or more apertures each in which a source of illumination is positioned. Diametrically opposed mounting bracket attachment sites are also positioned in the panel to which fasteners are positioned for attaching mounting brackets to the panel. Mounting brackets (17) each include a panel attachment site (18) for attachment to the panel and an intake section attachment site (19) for attachment to the intake section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1998
    Inventor: Gary L. King
  • Patent number: 5690231
    Abstract: A clay sculpturing kit is described which is used to shape clay, store clay and display the finished sculpture. The clay sculpturing kit includes a base and a covering where the base receives the covering such that the base is obscured from view. The concept of using the same device as a work place for shaping the clay and also for displaying the clay is made possible by a surface which is easily wiped clean after the clay is sculptured into a final piece of art.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 25, 1997
    Assignee: Sculptura, Incorporated
    Inventor: Steve Erickson
  • Patent number: 5682993
    Abstract: A multipurpose cover for transporting and protecting a portable personal computer is formed by upper and lower rectangular trays joined by a zipper. The computer remains attached to and partially enclosed by the trays while being operated, and may be conveniently connected to an external printer, monitor or other peripheral device through apertures formed in at least one of the rectangular trays. Elastic flaps equipped with snap fasteners cover the apertures when not in use, and rubber struts may be attached to the bottom of the lower tray to control the angle of keyboard. A company name or logo may be embossed on an external surface of the cover for advertising purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 4, 1997
    Assignee: SamSung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kwang-ho Song
  • Patent number: 5572820
    Abstract: A roadside emergency kit that is compact, simple to store, reusable and readily available in times of emergency, for use in a motor vehicle. The kit incorporates a brightly coloured signalling banner with a compact storage device and a device for cleaning the windows of the vehicle. The signalling banner is foldable and may be mounted on the interior of a vehicle window. It can be stored easily in the storage device. The storage device is incorporated in a device that may also be used for cleaning the window, such as an ice scraper. The signalling banner can be made highly visible in less than ideal weather conditions by utilizing the cleaning device to clean the outer side of the vehicle window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 12, 1996
    Assignee: Mallory Industries Inc.
    Inventor: John W. R. Mallory
  • Patent number: 5560491
    Abstract: A rescue alert kit (10) is provided herein. The kit includes an envelope, preferably a transparent envelope (20), which includes a reclosable opening (22). A high decibel whistle (27) is secured thereto. The envelope includes elements (23) which enables the envelope to be hung or to be secured to a wall. Within the envelope are a chemiluminescent safety light (70) and fire evacuation safety instructions (40) and optionally also a smoke alarm battery test checklist. In addition, the envelope includes an attention flag (51), the attention flag being rectangular and being made of a material having light reflective, or retroreflective, or phosphorescent, or fluorescent properties, and having a plurality of safety appliques thereon (53, 54, 55). The safety appliques are made from a material having phosphorescent, or fluorescent, or light reflective or retroreflective properties. The attention flag includes a grip, e.g., a suction cup (59) secured thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 1, 1996
    Assignee: Rescue Alert and Lifeline Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Romaniuk, Thomas A. Stanley
  • Patent number: 5520595
    Abstract: A beam of electromagnetic wave is suspended at an adjustable distance above a floor or an ice surface by a mechanism that generates electromagnetic wave energy and detects that same energy bounced back from a reflector plate placed a distance apart from the generator source. This beam of electromagnetic transmission suspended across the distance between the transceiver and reflector keeps an electric switch open and an electric alarm disabled or silent. Whenever the invisible beam is broken or cut by any obstruction, such as a skate's boot or leg, the alarm mechanism is energized and it will signal an interruption. The alarm signal indicates how high the skater did not reach, so that a practicing skater can be certain of step by step upward progress by constantly trying to keep the alarm off or silent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 28, 1996
    Inventor: Allan W. Lee
  • Patent number: 5429285
    Abstract: A receptacle which is installed inside a rim of a spare wheel mounted in a car trunk. The receptacle has a bowl including a circular side wall and a bottom having a fixing hole, an overall shape of the bowl being capable of substantially snugly fit inside a rim of a spare wheel, and a cap for detachably covering the bowl. The receptacle can be used as a container for storing various objects which would have been easily scattered otherwise, a reservoir for containing liquid, e.g. lubricant when refilling the antifreeze, a toolbox, and a portable traffic sign.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 4, 1995
    Inventor: Tae-hyung Kim
  • Patent number: 5429244
    Abstract: A rescue kit (10) for marking the position of a person or persons. The rescue kit (10) includes a balloon (12) having a body and a neck, and a canister (34) defining a cavity for containing a lighter-than-air gas (18) for inflating the balloon (12). The canister (34) is provided with a hole (58) for accessing the cavity and is provided with a membrane (26) covering the hole (58). The rescue kit (10) also includes a spool (32) which receives a securing line (20). The securing line (20) defines first and second ends, the first end of the securing line (20) being attached to the balloon (12), and the second end of the securing line being attached to the spool (32). Further, an inflating mechanism (50) is provided for selectively rupturing the membrane (26) of the canister (34) and communicating the lighter-than-air gas (18) from the canister (34) to the balloon (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 4, 1995
    Inventor: James L. McCreary
  • Patent number: 5421460
    Abstract: The motor-vehicles emergency equipment described consists of a hollow multi-section rod (1) with, at one end (2), a knife blade (24) and a striker (22). The equipment is designed to be kept in an easily accessible place in the vehicle so that it can be used to free the occupants rapidly in an emergency by cutting the safety belt with the knife blade (24) and, if necessary, breaking the windows with the striker (22). Kept in the same end of a rod are a folded-up accident-reporting form, a folding accident warning triangle, wax crayons, pens and a small lamp. Kept in other parts of the rod are a roll of measuring tape, a disposable camera and a flashing light. Various special accessories are thus kept in individual sections of the hollow rod for use in an emergency, in particular in the event of car accident.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 6, 1995
    Inventor: Charles Bosshard
  • Patent number: 5413223
    Abstract: A holder for an emergency flashlight having a construction capable of holding reserve batteries and a reserve miniature bulb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 9, 1995
    Inventor: Woo J. Kang
  • Patent number: 5221003
    Abstract: A portable travel box includes: a light-reflective plate foldably pivotally secured to a bottom portion of a main case and extendibly retained on a base frame which is extendibly dismantled from a bottom portion of the main case for retroreflective purpose or for a quick flashing warning just by an immediate extending operation of the light-reflective plate for warning a rear car positioned on a rear side of the travel box; an upper cover sealably formed on an upper portion of the main case having a first-aid kit and a tool box respectively detachably stored in an upper chamber formed in an upper portion of the main case to be covered by the upper cover, so that the upper cover can be uncovered and the first-aid kit can be taken out from the case for first aid use, while the tool box may also be taken out from the case for a convenient repair or maintenance job for a case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 22, 1993
    Inventor: Hsiu-Wei Chang
  • Patent number: 5188450
    Abstract: A cushion grip and spare battery holder is provided comprising a first piece with two receptacles. The first receptacle retains a flashlight, the second receptacle is designed to retain a spare battery within it. The invention also provides a hood which covers the end of a flashlight which houses the bulb and reflector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1993
    Inventor: George Anderson
  • Patent number: 5156274
    Abstract: Automobile emergency signaling apparatus in the nature of a kit includes an envelope having a transparent front panel. A HELP sign is mounted to an upper portion of the front panel apprising approaching motorists of an emergency situation and a plurality of trouble signs which are sized to fit in the envelope below the HELP sign indicate the specific nature of the disabled motorist's problem. To use the kit, the disabled motorist positions the applicable trouble sign in the envelope so that it faces the front panel of the envelope below the HELP sign thereon. The kit is then mounted to the automobile or other support using a magnetic strip attached to the rear panel of the envelope so that the HELP and operative trouble signs face approaching motorists. The combination of the two different signs together describe the disabled driver's particular problem and instruct the approaching motorists of the best way to alleviate the problem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1992
    Inventors: John M. Williams, Jr., Mary A. Williams
  • Patent number: 5154600
    Abstract: An illumination kit includes at least one candle member, wherein the candle member is formed with a plurality of circumferential luminescent bands circumferentially mounted to a side wall of the candle, with the candle mounted to a base permitting its transport and repositioning. The kit further includes a flashlight and radio receiver mounted relative to the base for use during emergency conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1992
    Inventor: Paul J. Sylvestre
  • Patent number: 5095845
    Abstract: An emergency signaling system (10) is provided for simultaneously reflecting electromagnetic energy in two distinct bandwidths of the electromagnetic spectrum. The inflatable bladder (20) includes a first portion (22,24) reflective of electromagnetic energy in a visual portion of the electromagnetic spectrum, and a second portion (30) being reflective of electromagnetic energy external the visual portion of the electromagnetic spectrum. Inflatable bladder (20) is depolyed by applying a pulling force to the lanyard cord (50) which triggers release of a lighter-than-air gas from a cartridge (90). The expansion of the inflatable bladder (20) causes the closure flap (62) of the storage case (61) to be unlatched from the front wall (67), allowing the inflated bladder to ascend therefrom. Inflatable bladder (20) is tethered to the storage case (60) by way of a cord (50), the cord (50) being unwound from the cord storage assembly (70) of storage case (60).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1992
    Inventor: Betty J. Murphy
  • Patent number: 5012923
    Abstract: A subdividing structure is fitted and secured within and disposed at the bottom of a carton, box, package of similar container structure to receive and position within the container road flares for transportation storage and use. The subdividing structure is constructed either from interfitting members which together form an "egg crate" like set of compartments, one for each flare or from high density foam formed with a plurality of spaced compartments. The subdividing structure compartments are each of a size and configuration to hold a single flare and of a height such that the ends of the wire support for the respective flares are disposed above the top of the subdividing structure so that the wire ends do not trap the flares in their respective compartments or otherwise hinder removal of the flares from their respective compartments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 7, 1991
    Inventor: Robert Hayes
  • Patent number: 5002179
    Abstract: In general, contact lens cleaning kits include a plurality of separate elements which represent a carrying/storage problem. A simple, portable kit includes an elongated cylindrical casing defined by a base containing disinfectant or cleaning solution for receiving a lens carrier, which is dependent from a disc threaded into the top end of the base; a hollow cylindrical barrel mounted on the disc and carrying a removable syringe containing lens cleaning solution; and a cover connected to the syringe nozzle and to the barrel, the cover carrying a spring clip of the type used to hold a pen in a pocket and a small mirror on the spring clip to facilitate insertion of the contact lenses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 26, 1991
    Inventor: Alnoor Dhalla
  • Patent number: 4951817
    Abstract: A carrier for a portable electronic paging device is provided and consists of a receptacle formed out of protective material having an open top for closely receiving the paging device therewithin. The rear wall has a cutout area with an elastic band extending across the cutout area so that a mounting clip on the paging device can project therethrough and attach onto a belt of a person using the paging device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 28, 1990
    Inventors: Anthony Barletta, Joseph V. Ottomanelli, George Spector
  • Patent number: 4901664
    Abstract: A survival kit apparatus is set forth wherein the same provides for a container formed with a pivotally mounted lid securable about a forward face of the container. The kit includes a selectively illuminated compass formed within the lid and a secondary storage container formed through the lid containing food rations and cutlery therein. The interior of the container includes a spool of flexible tether line formed with axially extending axles from the spool. A valved pressurized helium container has secured thereto an inflatable signal balloon and a flashlight removably positioned within a padded tubular support holder removably secured within the container along a forwardmost wall thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 1989
    Date of Patent: February 20, 1990
    Inventor: Sylva Labrecque
  • Patent number: 4840497
    Abstract: In a first embodiment, a storage case for conventional accordion-fold cardboard sunshades is formed as an elongated generally rectangular case. The case is closed on three sides and is open at one end for the reception of the folded cardboard sunshades. The case is formed from two generally rectangular rigid plastic sheets which are joined along two longitudinal sides and on along bottom edges by strips of a flexible plastic sheet material. The case may be compressed to a minimum thickness when the sunshades are removed, but expands to accommodate the sunshades in a protected environment. In a second embodiment, the sunshades case is formed as a generally rectangular receptacle having one open end provided with a hinged support bracket. The receptacle is formed from a tough flexible plastic sheet material and may be printed with a warning sign for use by motorists as a highway distress signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 20, 1989
    Inventors: Sue E. Harber, James L. Harber
  • Patent number: 4830579
    Abstract: An improved portable compressor kit for use with motor vehicles including a detachable light. The compressor kit has an electrical cord which is plugged into the cigarette lighter socket of a vehicle. The case is wired so that it supplies electricity to the compressor held by the case and also to a light held by the case. The light may be unplugged from its connection with the case as may be the conductor which leads from the cigarette lighter socket, and this conductor may then be plugged into the removable light to provide a portable light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 16, 1989
    Assignee: Alltrade, Inc.
    Inventor: Se L. Cheng
  • Patent number: 4787017
    Abstract: A memorial light system for housing a candle comprises a base box with a lid to provide access therein. The lantern body houses a candle. The lantern body has a door to permit placement of a candle within the lantern body. The lantern body has a base plate with means on the base plate and on the lid for releasably connecting the lantern body to the lid of the base box. When not in use, the lantern body may be housed in the base box with the lid secured shut to protect the lantern from the elements and to provide a tidy appearance at the grave site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 1988
    Date of Patent: November 22, 1988
    Assignee: Panta Fos Enterprises Inc.
    Inventor: Steve Vrettos
  • Patent number: 4697706
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to life spotting package comprising a lighter than air inflatable cylindrical device of an international orange composite having an inflated diameter of the order of one foot in diameter and a length of the order of five feet. A mirror finish helical strip of highly light reflective material runs from the top of the cylinder and winding axially 360.degree. down and around the cylinder to its bottom. The cylinder is of a metallic foil over plastic composite and is radar reflective. The bottom of the cylinder has an apron for the attachment of signaling devices by way of grommet eyelets and velcro patches. The cylinder is provided by a helium charged no return cannister. There is provision for introducing the helium from the cannister into the inflatable cylindrical device making the cannister part of the airborne lighter than air cylindrical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1986
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1987
    Inventor: Donald L. Schaller