Apparel Patents (Class 219/211)
  • Patent number: 10772371
    Abstract: A face mask apparatus is formed with a breathing chamber that provides adjustable warm and humidified air for inhalation. The breathing chamber heats cold air that is breathed in through the face mask during normal breathing, which is worn over the nose and mouth of a person. A temperature gauge monitors temperature for future adjustment of the amount of heat generating current. The air in the chamber is heated for inhalation by a resistive carbon fiber tape. The temperature of the resistive material (and by extension the warm air generated), is regulated/adjusted by increasing or decreasing the current output settings on the power source. Warm and humidified air is produced. The face mask may be part of a balaclava hood or a hat, or to other head gear, or as a stand alone with straps around the head, optionally with an adjustable solar powered battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Inventor: Robert Sabin
  • Patent number: 10768450
    Abstract: Systems, methods, devices, and other techniques for heating a lens to mitigate fogging. The methods can include identifying a temperature of the lens, identifying an ambient temperature of an environment of the lens, determining whether the lens is susceptible to fogging based at least on the temperature of the lens and the ambient temperature of the environment of the lens, and in response to determining that the lens is susceptible to fogging, causing a heating element to apply heat to the lens to mitigate fogging of the lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Lineage Logistics, LLC
    Inventor: Christopher Frank Eckman
  • Patent number: 10758068
    Abstract: A heating blanket for a motorized wheelchair includes: a windproof and waterproof fabric which covers a thermal lining having Velcro fasteners attached to at least one position thereof, has windproof and waterproof functions, and has a zipper and a zipped entrance/exit formed on the front and back sides thereof; at least one heating plate which is inserted into a back side windproof and waterproof fabric via the zipper and is detachably mounted on the thermal lining, wherein the heating plate is woven with carbon yarns so that the heating plate generates heat when electricity is applied; an electric wire, a connection part, an adjustment part, and a connection jack for supplying electricity to the heat plate, wherein the heating blanket is characterized in that the connection jack is connected to the outside to allow the heating plate to be heated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Inventor: Dongha Suh
  • Patent number: 10744736
    Abstract: A composite article is provided for use as a heat spreader, a cooling element or as part of the heating system for a wide variety of items. The composite article can include at least one sheet of compressed particles of exfoliated graphite or graphitized polymer. A protective coating may be aligned or adhered with a surface of the sheet. The article may also include at least on of a fiber reinforced polymer, a fiber weave or fiber mat or combinations thereof, aligned with at least one of the first surface of the sheet or a second surface of the sheet. The composite article can include a plurality of strips of compressed particles of exfoliated graphite, of graphitized polymer or combinations thereof, which are woven together and/or it can include cut outs, slits or other perforations to provide flexibility, stretchability, and breathability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: NeoGraf Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Deanna J. Burwell, Helen K. Mayer, Martin D. Smalc, Lawrence K. Jones, Gerald F. Hoffert, Mark A. Sullivan, Andrew D. Wild, Craig A. Butrick
  • Patent number: 10738413
    Abstract: A glove dryer may include a vehicle mounting arrangement (e.g., a cup holder insert or a docking station) such that the glove dryer may be maintained in an upright orientation while the vehicle is accelerating, turning, traveling over bumps, decelerating, etc. A glove dryer may include an automatic controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventor: Daniel Durham
  • Patent number: 10721977
    Abstract: A temperature regulation system for regulating the temperature of a body includes at least one temperature sensor adapted to generate a temperature measurement that relates to a temperature of a given portion of a body, at least one flexible support to be directly or indirectly positioned against or in proximity of a given portion of the body, at least one temperature adjustment element adapted to provide heat and/or cold to a given portion of the body, arranged on or in the flexible support, a memory unit adapted to store at least one temperature related threshold value, a logical unit in wire or wireless communication with the memory unit and adapted to perform logical processing, a controlling unit in wire or wireless communication with the logical unit, with the temperature sensor and with the temperature adjustment element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: CLIM8
    Inventors: Julien Gilles Gueritee, Florian Patrick Paul Miguet, Pierre Mouette
  • Patent number: 10619888
    Abstract: A method of controlling a heating system is provided that includes having at least one heater assembly, the heater assembly comprising a plurality of heater units, each heater unit defining at least one independently controlled heating zone, supplying power to each of the heater units through power conductors electrically connected to each of the independently controlled heating zones in each of the heater units, and modulating power supplied to each of the independently controlled heating zones. A voltage is selectively supplied to each of the independently controlled heating zones such that a reduced number of independently controlled heating zones receives the voltage at a time, or at least a subset of the independently controlled heating zones receive a reduced voltage at all times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Watlow Electric Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Mark D. Everly, Michael W. Ruhr, Louis P. Steinhauser, Mark L. Hoven, Richard T. Williams
  • Patent number: 10587219
    Abstract: A transparent film has an adhesive backing adapted to emanate heat through heating elements incorporated throughout the film. The film is applied to a front surface of a solar panel array to provide the heat necessary to melt snow and ice. The device is provided with temperature sensors, inverters, and a battery to enable the device to self-activate and to accumulate and store electric power. When the accumulated snow and ice have been melted, the device de-activates and the transparent nature permits sunlight to enter and charge the solar cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Inventors: Trinity A. Sandoval, Aaron A. Morris
  • Patent number: 10555577
    Abstract: A massaging boot assembly for massaging a foot includes a boot that may be worn on a foot. A massage unit is coupled to the boot and the massage unit selectively massages the foot when the boot is worn. The massage unit is selectively turned on and off. A heating unit is coupled to the boot such that the heating unit is in thermal communication with the boot. The heating unit is selectively turned on to selectively heat the foot thereby enhancing therapeutic relief of the foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Inventor: Florence Omoruyi
  • Patent number: 10538868
    Abstract: A seat heater includes a substrate. A formed heating wire is disposed on the substrate. A sewing thread attaches the formed heating wire to the substrate. A method of fabricating the seat heater includes forming a straight heating wire into a formed heating wire having miniature wave shape, feeding the formed heating wire onto a substrate, and attaching the formed heating wire onto the substrate by sewing a thread.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: IGB Automotive Ltd.
    Inventor: Goran Bajic
  • Patent number: 10531519
    Abstract: An electrical heating device includes at least one support; at least one ohmic heating resistor; and at least one temperature sensor. The heating resistor includes a heating conductor strand, which is laid out on, or in, the support in a track-like, curving, or meandering pattern to span a heating field. The heating conductor strand includes a measurement loop formed by at least two heating conductor sections that are separated from one another, and, in each case, are connected together electrically conductively at one end, and which are laid out around the temperature sensor and form a delimited measurement field. The temperature sensor is placed in a measurement position within the measurement field spanned by the measurement loop so that it is positioned as a function of a surface area formed by the measurement field at a greater or smaller distance from an opening of the measurement loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: GENTHERM GMBH
    Inventor: Gábor Vörös
  • Patent number: 10512297
    Abstract: A pneumatic energy conversion mechanism for use with footwear generates electricity from foot-strikes. The mechanism comprises: at least one air-chamber with an outlet disposed to be compressed on foot strikes and decompressed when the foot is lifted; a micro-electrical generator supported within a support air tube pneumatically connected with the at least one air-chamber's outlet, at its one end, while having its other end open; at least one unidirectional axial-flow micro-turbine, such as the wells turbine, having all its blades exposed to the airflow, thus providing a powerful torque the same micro-electrical generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Inventor: Vassilios Vamvas
  • Patent number: 10479582
    Abstract: A utility bag having a plurality of panels defining an interior and an exterior, the interior including a cavity configured to receive an item. The utility bag includes a heater element disposed in the cavity, a battery pack configured for electrical communication with the heater element for powering the heater element, and a controller removably coupled in selective electrical communication to the battery pack. The controller is shaped and sized to mechanically mate with the battery pack for electrical communication therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation
    Inventors: Jason R. Crowe, Douglas G. Schwartz
  • Patent number: 10466782
    Abstract: An article of clothing comprises a glove, at least one electric operational element attached to the glove, an electrical contact point for the electric operational element, and at least one cable that electrically connects the electric operational element to the electrical contact point. The cable is attached to the glove and runs mainly in at least one neutral region of the glove in a neutral direction with respect to a change in length upon a movement of a hand or of a finger. Further, a method of manufacturing such an article of clothing is shown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: WORKAROUND GMBH
    Inventors: Konstantin Brunnbauer, Hans Christian Sittig, Paul Guenther
  • Patent number: 10441491
    Abstract: A wearable massage and/or compression device for applying controllable scrolling or intermittent sequential forces, such as compression forces, to the body and limbs of a user comprises an elongated fabric body sized to encircle a limb of a user, one or more shape-memory wires carried by the fabric body and configured to apply a compression pressure to the limb through the fabric body upon changing shape in response to a stimulus, and a micro-processor based controller for selectively actuating the one or more shape-changing elements to reduce the effective diameter of the device encircling the limb, to thereby apply pressure to the limb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Recovery Force, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew W. Wyatt, Brian J. Stasey, Mark Gummin
  • Patent number: 10388418
    Abstract: A method is presented for collecting and removing radon from a confined area, a storage box or articles of clothing. The method includes collecting radon from the confined area or around a storage box via at least one collector, connecting each of a plurality of radon adsorbers to a corresponding power supply or power source such as a battery, capacitor, fuel cell, etc. diverting, via a plurality of valves, the collected radon or radon daughters through one or more of the plurality of radon adsorbers, and receiving, via a plurality of radon storage units, radon or radon daughters held by the plurality of radon adsorbers for a predetermined period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Charles L. Arvin, Michael S. Gordon
  • Patent number: 10372213
    Abstract: A haptic glove comprises a glove body including a glove digit corresponding to a phalange of a user hand. The glove digit has a first ribbon layer of a first average width and a second ribbon layer of a second average width greater than the first average width. The first and second ribbon layers are configured to be positioned on a first surface of the digit and formed lengthwise along a bend centerline of the glove digit that bisects a surface of the glove digit. A central axis of the second ribbon layer is aligned with a central axis of the first ribbon layer. The first ribbon layer comprises a first extendible material having a first range of elastic extensibility and the second ribbon layer comprises a second extendible material having a second range of elastic extensibility greater than the first range of elastic extensibility of the first ribbon layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Sean Jason Keller, David R. Perek, Tristan Thomas Trutna, Garett Andrew Ochs, Nicholas Roy Corson, Raymond King
  • Patent number: 10362812
    Abstract: A fabric device includes a fabric and an electronic module. The fabric includes a fabric body configured to contact or to be worn on an object, and has a first surface configured to contact the object, and a second surface opposite to the first surface. The fabric body is internally formed with a passage unit which has a plurality of passages intersecting and communicating with each other. The electronic module is disposed in the fabric body and includes a plurality of electronic components, in the form of strips, extending into the passage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Inventor: Steven Yue
  • Patent number: 10301766
    Abstract: Disclosed is a laundry treatment apparatus and, more particularly, to a laundry treatment apparatus which is reduced in size to enhance portability. The laundry treatment apparatus includes a body configured to be separably coupled to a support structure provided at the outside of the laundry treatment apparatus, the body serving to support clothes, a suction portion provided in the body to inhale outside air to the inside of the body, a fan configured to introduce the outside air to the inside of the body through the suction portion, a heater configured to heat the air introduced through the suction portion, and an exhaust portion provided in the body to discharge the air passed through the heater to the outside of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jinhwan Jung, Byunghyun Yi
  • Patent number: 10305395
    Abstract: Disclosed is a triboelectric energy harvester including an electrolyte solution comprising an electrolyte, and a friction material layer configured to contact the electrolyte solution, wherein the friction material layer is configured to be used as an electrode, and wherein frictional electricity is generated in response to the electrolytic solution contacting the friction material layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Research & Business Foundation Sungkyunkwan University
    Inventors: Sangwoo Kim, Sungsoo Kwak, Seongsu Kim, Taeyun Kim, Wanchul Seung, Hanjun Ryu, Hongjoon Yoon, Jeonghwan Lee, Juhyuck Lee
  • Patent number: 10292438
    Abstract: Electrically heated, cold weather garments, are provided that include carbon nanotube heating elements. A garment may include a lightweight, stretchable, form-fitting fabric for covering portions of the body of a wearer of the garment; a plurality of flexible, electrical heating element stitched to the fabric by sewing; an electronic controller for controlling current flowing through each of the heating elements in a pulse-width modulated fashion, to thereby independently control the heat generated by each heating element; a plurality of potentiometers for controlling the level of power supplied to each heating wire; and a master power level potentiometer for controlling the power supplied to each of the heating wires in a uniform and simultaneous fashion. A controller may utilize a combination of analog and digital-like signals to control in a pulse-width modulated fashion the current flow through the heating elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventor: David Fortenbacher
  • Patent number: 10285850
    Abstract: A holding element is intended to be affixed to an active article of clothing at two spaced apart locations. It is provided with first electrical terminals for connection to an activation unit, which is to be secured to the article of clothing by the holding element, second electrical terminals for connection to a functional component of the active article of clothing and electrically conductive paths between the first and second terminals, the second electrical terminals being placed where the holding element is intended to be affixed to the article of clothing. The holding element is arranged to hold the activation unit between the holding element and the article of clothing between the two spaced apart locations and the holding element is flexible so that it shapes itself around the activation unit when the activation unit is introduced between the holding element and the article of clothing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Inuheat Group AB
    Inventors: Stefan Carlsson, Rickard Rosendahl
  • Patent number: 10257888
    Abstract: An electric heating pad for a water tank includes a substrate, a heating layer paved on the substrate, a leading wire that is electrically connected to the heating layer, and a fastener that fixes the leading wire. The substrate is configured with a first through hole that latching to the leading wire. The fastener includes a first fixed part and a second fixed part that are arranged on two faces of the substrate. The second fixed part is configured with a clamp part, and a second through hole matching to the leading wire is arranged at the clamp part. The fastener further includes a connecting rod that connects the first fixed part to the second fixed part, the substrate is configured with a third through hole, and the connecting rod passes through the third through hole to make the substrate be clamped between the first fixed part and the second fixed part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Shenzhen Genesis Lighting Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Zhelan Xie
  • Patent number: 10201195
    Abstract: Methods and systems for heating of heated clothing are provided. An example system may include system comprising one or more heating components placed within one or more zones of the heated clothing and configured to receive electrical current from one or more voltage converters independently. The system may also include a battery configured to provide power to the voltage converters. The system may also include a controller configured to control an output voltage of the one or more voltage converters, wherein the output voltage is provided to the one or more heating components. The controller may be configured to receive temperatures from the temperature sensors located in heating components, an ambient temperature from the ambient temperature sensor, and user-defined temperatures. The controller may adjust the output voltage based on the temperatures received from the temperature sensors and adjust ambient temperature and user-defined temperatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: CYBERX ENGINEERING INC.
    Inventors: Kirill Khaliuta, Sergei Belov, Stanislav Komissarov, Timofei Kotsiubinskii, Dmitrii Danilov, Oksana Temirbekova
  • Patent number: 10136734
    Abstract: An electrically-heated wearable blanket with auto shut-off switch that includes a blanket portion disposed between a first edge, a second edge, a third edge, and a fourth edge, the blanket portion having a front surface and a back surface, wherein a person wearing the electrically-heated wearable blanket with auto shut-off switch is in operational communication with a boustrophedonic heating element disposed within the blanket portion by means of a control pad disposed on a first cord in circuit with the heating element, and a second cord releasably interconnects the heating element alternately among at least three external power sources including a rechargeable battery pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventor: Renee Dewitt
  • Patent number: 10085495
    Abstract: The clothing having a frontal land and a rear land includes: a thermal storage unit provided on at least one portion of the frontal land of the clothing; and a planar thermoconductive sheet located in a planar between the frontal land and the rear land, the planar thermoconductive sheet having a thermal conduction path to the thermal storage unit, and the planar thermoconductive sheet being higher in thermoconductivity than the frontal land and the rear land. The planar thermoconductive sheet includes a resin component and graphite particles. Basal plane of each graphite particle is parallel to the direction of the plane of the planar thermoconductive sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hidetoshi Kitaura, Naomi Nishiki, Kazuhiro Nishikawa, Kimiaki Nakaya, Atsushi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10049554
    Abstract: An apparatus for an embedded sensor cable assembly, where a first cable assembly includes a cable portion and a connector portion. The cable portion includes a first embedded sensor and a second embedded sensor, where the first embedded sensor is electrically coupled to the second embedded sensor and where the first embedded sensor and the second embedded sensor is capable of registering orientation measurements. A microcontroller is electrically coupled to the connector portion, first embedded sensor and the second embedded sensor, where the microcontroller is capable of receiving the orientation measurements from the first embedded sensor and the second embedded sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Dawn N. Ahukanna, Fraser I. MacIntosh, Laura F. Storey, Dominik Ullmann, Matthew J. Warren
  • Patent number: 10034456
    Abstract: A heatable pet garment comprised of a garment covering the body of an animal with an opening for the head of said animal and at least two openings for the legs of said animal; a heat device within said garment to produce heat to warm said garment; a rechargeable electrical source to power said heat device; a mechanism to recharge said electrical source; and a control unit to turn said electrical source on and off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Inventor: John H. Pomponio
  • Patent number: 9986655
    Abstract: An equipment strap is provided. The equipment strap includes at least one strap, the at least one strap configured to hold together a plurality of electronic devices as a bundle of the electronic devices. The equipment strap includes at least one panel attached to the at least one strap. The at least one panel includes at least one cable integrated therein. The at least one cable is configured to couple to the plurality of electronic devices, wherein the at least one cable provides an electrical interconnection among the plurality of electronic devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: VCE IP Holding Company LLC
    Inventors: Thaddeus Stoner, Donald Norbeck
  • Patent number: 9951466
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a high-heat-delivery device suitable for use in an hair straightener, a hair curling iron or an ironing apparatus and suitable for heat transfer to a substrate by direct contact with said substrate, comprising at least one element (A) having a heat transfer contact surface area and at least one element (B) having a heat transfer contact surface, wherein the element (A) comprises a thermoconductive thermoplastic polymer composition comprising at least one polymer and a thermoconductive additive and wherein element (B) comprises a thermoplastic polymer composition comprising a polymer and at least one thermo-releasable substance. Further, the present invention relates to a method for releasing a thermo-releasable substance. Furthermore, the present invention relates to an ironing apparatus, a hair straightener and a hair curling iron comprising the high-heat delivery device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: DSM IP ASSETS B.V.
    Inventors: Travis Baughman, Robin Elisabeth Maria Jacobus Daenen, Alexander Antonius Marie Stroeks, Franciscus Johannes Marie Derks, Pieter Gijsman
  • Patent number: 9818993
    Abstract: A wearable power source system is provided. The wearable power source system embodies a wearable power assembly having a wearable adapted to retain a power source, and a tool adapted to be powered by the retained power source. An electrical connection may connect the tool to the power source. A user may don the wearable power assembly, whereby a tool's power source is worn by its user, making handling the tool less of a burden. Clothing relative to the wearable power source system will be designed and become part of the user. Slacks, jackets, vest, apron, wristband, belt, hat jewelry, belly/fanny pack, and other such clothing/personal embodiment items will be designed to become part of the person and the wearable power source system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventor: Lana Mae Zink
  • Patent number: 9802057
    Abstract: A resonant radio frequency diathermy heat applicator, including a flexible pad, an inductive coil with moderate defined resistance, fixed tuning capacitors, connecting cable and shielding that is broadly tuned to the signal source in a manner that eliminates the requirement for variable tuning elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Viatherm Therapeutics LLC
    Inventor: Robert M. Unetich
  • Patent number: 9781958
    Abstract: The present invention provides a signal gear for cyclist to give brake and turn signals to other road users while the cyclist has full control of the handle bar and brake. The signal gear of the present invention is preferably a glove with finger portions. Control and activation of the turn and/or brake signals is mainly by using electrical conductive nature of the signal glove as a switch of the signaling component which is either incorporated with the glove or with the vehicle (e.g. bicycle). The signaling component can emit turn/brake light signal or transmit an activation signal to a light emitting device to give turn/brake light signal. The turn and brake light signals are in yellow and red color, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Inventor: Koon Hang Lau
  • Patent number: 9769918
    Abstract: A flexible laminate (1) includes an electrically non-conductive substrate (2) with a substantially planar configuration, an electrically conductive element (3) on a surface of the electrically non-conductive substrate, and a layer (4) on a surface of the electrically non-conductive substrate (2). The electrically non-conductive substrate (2), the electrically conductive element (3) and the layer (4) are coaxially punctured forming a punctured region (6). They are connected to each other through a mechanical connection element (5) which extends through the electrically non-conductive substrate (2), the electrically conductive element (3) and the layer (4) at the punctured region (6). The cross-sectional area of the electrically conductive element (3) at the location of the punctured region (6) is larger than the cross-sectional area of the electrically conductive element (3) outside the punctured region (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: ALT TECHNOLOGIES B.V.
    Inventors: Ingmar Cees Johannes Van Der Linden, Jelmer Douwe Sminia
  • Patent number: 9677842
    Abstract: There is provided a protective glove to cover at least a portion of a hand of an archer during the shooting of arrows from a bow, which glove is designed to resist a broken arrow from puncturing through the glove and entering the flesh of the user. In particular, there may be a palm section, made of a first arrow puncturable material that covers the palm of the users hand. There may also be a protective section, located on the glove covering the back of the hand of the user, made of a second material that has a weight-to-strength value of at least that of steel, coupled to the palm section and positioned so that a broken arrow being shot from a bow will have a higher likely hood of hitting the protective section than hitting areas not having the protective section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Shooting Edge Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Anthony W. Carlston, Ronney D. Carlston, Bruce F. Childs
  • Patent number: 9642404
    Abstract: A gown (100) having a body-covering portion (101) and an outer layer (111) coupled to the body-covering portion, thereby defining a pocket (112), is provided. The outer layer can include a film layer (116) having a thermally reflective side (101) disposed facing the body-covering portion. In a patient warming system (600), a warming device (601) can be provided. The warming device can be placed in the pocket to warm a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Medline Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew J. Giles, Francis A. Czajka
  • Patent number: 9629203
    Abstract: A radiant heat barrier insulation system includes a first substrate with a first layer of aluminum thereon. The system also includes a second substrate with a second layer of aluminum thereon. The first substrate is positioned to oppose the second substrate such that a gap is defined between the first substrate and the second substrate. The gap is filled with a randomly-oriented nest of carbon nanotube fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Edward F. Downs, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9572397
    Abstract: A heated insole for a shoe has an insole body, a heating element, and a removable assembly. The insole body has a recess, and the heating element delivers heat to at least a portion of the insole body. The removable assembly is removable from and insertable into the recess of the insole body, and includes a battery and a control circuit that is configured to control heating of the heating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Schawbel Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Veronica M. Zsolcsak, Micha Eizen, Thomas John William Bayes, Ian Nicholson Whitehead, Karl Winkler
  • Patent number: 9545222
    Abstract: A physiological monitoring system for noninvasively monitoring physiological parameters of a subject, comprising a fitness monitoring system for monitoring physiological parameters of a subject engaged in a physical activity, in accordance with one embodiment of the invention, includes (i) a monitoring garment adapted to cover at least a portion of a subject's torso, (ii) a magnetometer subsystem including a first magnetometer and a second magnetometer, wherein the first and second magnetometers are responsive to changes in distance therebetween, wherein the magnetometer subsystem is configured to generate and transmit a signal representative of a change in the distance between the first and second magnetometers, wherein the first and second magnetometers are incorporated into the monitoring garment, and wherein the first and second magnetometers are proximate to the subject's chest region when the monitoring garment is worn by the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: adidas AG
    Inventors: P. Alexander Derchak, George McLean
  • Patent number: 9538807
    Abstract: An assembly for inclusion in a heated insole has a heating member and a frame. The frame has a connector that allows a person to couple a battery to and decouple the battery from the heating member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Schawbel Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Veronica M. Zsolcsak, Micha Eizen, Thomas John William Bayes, Ian Nicholson Whitehead
  • Patent number: 9538806
    Abstract: A shoe has a heated insole with a battery-receiving portion. A battery is insertable into and removable from the battery-receiving portion of the shoe's insole while the insole is disposed within the shoe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Schawbel Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Veronica M. Zsolcsak, Micha Eizen, Thomas John William Bayes, Ian Nicholson Whitehead
  • Patent number: 9516907
    Abstract: A solar-assisted garment is described, which includes a garment body having a rear surface panel, front surface panel and interior surface between the panels, a solar panel on the front surface panel, a heating element in electrical communication with the solar panel and a rechargeable battery so that as the solar panel generates electrical current the heating element generates heat within the interior surface, the rechargeable battery in electrical communication with the solar panel for storing energy from the solar panel, and to provide electric current to the heating element. The garment further includes a USB device for charging the battery using one or more of a laptop, PC, or AC charger adaptor to an AC mains, and a DC charging adapter plug adjacent the USB device for permitting charging of the battery via connection to a secondary DC/DC universal adapter that in turn is connected to a DC power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Inventor: Elizabeth A Guidry
  • Patent number: 9480291
    Abstract: A glove accessory includes a hand portion, a thumb portion and an index finger portion. The accessory is configured to be applied over a gloved hand of a user. At least one of the thumb portion or the index finger portion or both maintain a touch screen active tip that is in electrical communication with the hand portion of the glove accessory, sufficient to allow electrical contact with the skin of the wearer below a wrist of the gloved hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Inventors: Diane Joffe, Stacey Abrahams
  • Patent number: 9386819
    Abstract: An insole for a shoe includes at least a plate of thermoplastic material and a heating element. The thermoplastic plate is fully customizable. Fully customizable soles for shoes with heating elements, and a method for obtaining insoles or soles, especially for winter shoes are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: FOOTBALANCE SYSTEM OY
    Inventor: Erkki Hakkala
  • Patent number: 9366708
    Abstract: An apparatus including a flexible substrate; a component supported by the flexible substrate; a first input electrode, supported by the flexible substrate and configured to form a first capacitor with a second input electrode and to provide an input to the component; and a first output electrode, supported by the flexible substrate and configured to form a second capacitor with a second output electrode and to provide an output from the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Richard White, Samiul Haque
  • Patent number: 9189022
    Abstract: A glove electronic device includes a plurality of peripherals, each of which is affixed to an adhesive cover and attachable to a location in at least one of finger portions, a wrist portion and a hand portion of the glove electronic device. Configuration of the plurality of peripherals on the glove electronic device is adaptable during use of the glove electronic device. The device also includes a transceiver for sending information captured by one or more of the plurality of peripherals and for transmitting information to one or more of the plurality of peripherals. The device further includes a processor configured to operate one or more of the plurality of peripherals responsive to a movement associated with the glove electronic device or body signals being sensed from sensors attached or worn on the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: William T Burgess
  • Patent number: 9179734
    Abstract: A heated insole for a shoe has an insole body and a battery. The insole body has a battery-receiving portion. The battery is configured to be removable from and insertable into the battery-receiving portion while the insole is disposed within the shoe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Schawbel Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Veronica M. Zsolcsak, Micha Eizen, Thomas John William Bayes, Ian Nicholson Whitehead
  • Patent number: 9072577
    Abstract: A cooling assembly is provided for cooling selected parts of the body of a patient to treat hyperthermia or to induce mild hypothermia in the treatment of strokes. The assembly includes a self-contained cooling unit containing a water supply, a battery operated refrigeration unit and circulating pump. A cooling member is connected to the cooling unit and is adapted for receiving cooled water and contacting selected parts of the patient to cool the patient. The cooling member can be a vest, wrap, blanket, chair, hood or cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Inventor: Joseph G. Ferko, III
  • Publication number: 20150136753
    Abstract: The present inventive concept relates to electrically-powered, thermal-regulated apparel or heated garments and a controller and related methods of operation thereof. The thermal-regulated apparel item includes a heating assembly having a substrate and shielding layers with an electrical resistance heating element located therebetween. The controller is linked to the heating element and receives measured electrical resistance values from a thermistor or a voltage level of a thermocouple positioned along the heating element and in response, varies an electrical power output to the electrical resistance heating element such that the measured or monitored resistance value of the thermistor, or voltage level of the thermocouple, is maintained relatively constant with respect to a predetermined resistance value or voltage level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Charles E. Cronn, Cupid Roberts, Tony Connor
  • Publication number: 20150136754
    Abstract: Disclosed is a wireless heating system for motor vehicles, wherein the system includes gloves and handle bar heating pads, each having imbedded heating elements. The heating elements are in electrical communication with metal contact points disposed on the gloves and the heating pads. The contact points are disposed on locations that correspond to the palm and pinky portions of the user's hand when the user's hand grips the heating pads while wearing the gloves. The heating pads are turned on or off via a power switch, and are in electrical communication with a power source. When the heating pads are on, the heating elements can produce heat while the contact points of the gloves are in direct contact with the contact points of the heating pads, whereby directly contacting the contact points of the gloves and the heating pads complete an electrical circuit to provide power to the heating elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Keith Yester