Armrest Or Headrest Patents (Class 248/118)
  • Patent number: 11554701
    Abstract: A brake operation portion that allows a manual brake operation is included in a vehicle cabin, the brake operation portion includes a grip portion, and an elbow rest member is provided at, in the vehicle rear side of the grip portion, a position on which an elbow of a driver can abut in a state in which the driver grips the grip portion so as to be capable of operating the grip portion. Thus, even a physically disabled driver may freely perform a driving operation and easily manually perform a delicate brake operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Inventors: Ryo Oyama, Takeshi Sasaki, Masaaki Aoki
  • Patent number: 11491072
    Abstract: A wearable apparatus for assisting muscular strength includes a back support, and a connection chain having a first end portion coupled to the back support to be rotatable upward or downward. The connection chain extends from the back of the wearer to a side thereof and includes a plurality of rotary elements arranged abreast laterally, each rotary element being rotatably coupled to an adjacent rotary element laterally. The wearable apparatus further includes an upper arm module that extends in a direction in which an upper arm of the wearer extends, one end portion of the upper arm module coupled to a second end portion of the connection chain to be rotatable upward or downward with respect to the one end portion. The upper arm module generates a rotational force for rotating the upper arm of the wearer upward or downward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Kyu Jung Kim, Hyun Seop Lim, Ki Hyeon Bae, Ju Young Yoon, Dong Jin Hyun, Kyung Mo Jung
  • Patent number: 11331057
    Abstract: A cap for a c-arm medical imaging device with an image intensifier comprises a plate sized and shaped to cover an exterior facing surface of the image intensifier. The plate is transparent to x-rays and has a planar center with a planar outer surface and a planar inner surface to face the image intensifier. A retainer is carried by the plate to retain the plate on the image intensifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Inventors: Peter M. Stevens, John Colin Stevens
  • Patent number: 11281257
    Abstract: In example implementations, a housing is provided. The housing includes a display housing portion, an input housing portion, and an energy absorbing material that is inserted along an edge of the input housing portion. The input housing portion is movably coupled to the display portion. A top surface of the energy absorbing material lies on a same plane as a top surface of the input housing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Kuan-Ting Wu, Wei-Chung Chen, Chien-Ting Lin
  • Patent number: 11154140
    Abstract: A headrest is described having a vertically adjustable element, an adjustable lap rest, and a cup. The vertically adjustable element has a lower end and an upper end, where the vertically adjustable element has a height, h1, when fully extended and has a height, h2, when collapsed, where h2<h1. The adjustable lap rest element has a first portion that is attached to the lower end of the vertically adjustable element and has a second portion comprising a fold-out. The fold-out, in a horizontal configuration, functions as a lap rest and, in a vertical configuration, functions to increase the height of the headrest, when fully extended, from the height, h1, to height h1+h3. The cup is attached to the upper end of the vertically adjustable element, where the cup has an angularly adjustable mechanism. A modular version of the headrest and a kit storing the headrest are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Inventors: Jay Patrick Cooke, Benjamin Templeton Cooke
  • Patent number: 11021114
    Abstract: A door trim assembly includes an armrest, a pull handle, including a receiver, and a bracket joining the armrest and the pull handle. The bracket includes a connection feature that engages with the receiver. The bracket is cantilevered to the pull handle and includes a second end with an abutment surface engaging the armrest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jesus Miranda Lujan, Sandra Cristina Alvarado Gomez, Joseph Andrew Hickey, Bhavani S. Thota, Linh Doan
  • Patent number: 10875464
    Abstract: A vehicle seat and a quick-release supporting device thereof are provided. The quick-release supporting device includes a limiting member, a carrier, and two engaging structures. The carrier is fastened to the limiting member for carrying an object. The two engaging structures are respectively fastened to two rail holes of the limiting member. Each engaging structure includes an engaging member and a knob. The engaging member has a threaded portion and a positioning fork respectively arranged on two opposite portions thereof, and the threaded portion at least partially protrudes from the corresponding rail hole. The knob is screwed to the threaded portion, so that the engaging member is movable relative to the limiting member for reducing a distance there-between. The two positioning forks can be detachably inserted into two gaps between two headrest clips and a seat back, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Inventors: Szu-Han Tsao, Ching-Hsing Lin
  • Patent number: 10864105
    Abstract: An orthopedic cock-up wrist brace and splint for people with arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, sprains, fractures, tendonitis, repetitive strain injury, osteoporosis, or other wrist injury. The splint having a specially designed hourglass shape formed using medical fit data in addition to established sizing data and refined after comprehensive studies and testing. The splint supplied as a stand-alone product or as part of a wrist brace system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Inventor: Sarah Dillingham
  • Patent number: 10792182
    Abstract: An arm retainer for supporting a patient's arm at a desired position on an articulatable support assembly secured to an operating table. The arm retainer includes a rigid arm tray (11) provided with a pair of spaced openings (16) for securement of a disposable arm support liner (10) to the tray. The arm support liner (10) is comprised of a sheet of malleable material (13) with a soft engagement surface (14) for skin contact with the patient and is provided with a predetermined cut configuration for wrapping the malleable liner (10) about the patient's arm for retention of the arm therein. The liner (10) has two spaced foldout tabs (17) aligned with the corresponding tray openings (16) for securing the liner to the tray (11) by folding the tabs (17) through respective of the openings (16) and thereafter against the bottom side (9) of the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Encore Medical, LP
    Inventors: Brett Sanders, Keith J. Harper
  • Patent number: 10782008
    Abstract: A lightening mouse pad with multiple light sources comprises: a mouse pad body; a plurality of lightening boxes, each of the lightening boxes is respectively arranged on each corner of the mouse pad body; a plurality of light guiding bars, each of the light guiding bars is arranged around the mouse pad body and is arranged between two adjacent lightening boxes; each of the lightening boxes therein comprises: a printed circuit board which is provided with a control circuit; and two light emitting diodes which are respectively arranged on two surfaces of the printed circuit board, the control circuit supplies a power source to the two light emitting diode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: HADES-GAMING CORP.
    Inventors: Ho Lung Lu, Hung Jen Chou
  • Patent number: 10736419
    Abstract: A portable work support device and support for a key board and a pointing device, such as a mouse, for use by occupants of reclining capable office chairs having an adjustable fitted footrest assembly connected to the chair that will provide the seated chair user the ability to achieve a desired pelvis/feet triangulation stabilization effect while reclined by having the seated user's feet placed correctly in an attached footrest thereby producing a tactile input or cue that will lead to the desired muscle or motor output, causing the seated user to actually sit all the way back in the chair, and to be in a posture biomechanically neutral for using and working on the portable work support device, a work station removably housing the portable work support device, and a foot rest assembly to which a chair can be tethered so that a computer user can be properly positioned in a reclining position in the chair and have reduced posture issues when using the work support device while using computer or like equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventor: Eugenia Koulizakis
  • Patent number: 10729234
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a slant-adjusting unit which is convenient to adjust the slant of the flat plate supported by the legs and furniture having the unit. and a slant-adjusting unit 200, comprising a first spherical plate 210, second spherical plate 220 having an inner curved surface in facing relation to an outer curved surface of the first spherical plate 210, and a third spherical plate 230 having an outer curved surface in facing relation to an inner curved surface of the first spherical plate 210, and furniture 1, comprising a flat plate 100, the slant-adjusting unit 200 connected to any position of the flat plate 100, a column portion 300, and connected to the slant-adjusting unit 200, and the flat plate 100 integrated with the first spherical plate 210 to adjust the slant at will.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Inventor: Morio Kojima
  • Patent number: 10661723
    Abstract: A mounting bracket for seatback in-vehicle entertainment including: a base bracket including posts and a hinge mount; a first inner bracket including grooves corresponding to the posts and, when each of the posts is received in its corresponding groove, a first opening for a first headrest post is formed and a second opening for a second headrest post is formed; a second inner bracket including openings corresponding to the posts, a third opening overlapping the first opening and a fourth opening overlapping the second opening; and a cover including fifth and sixth openings and, when the cover is disposed over the second inner bracket, first inner bracket and base bracket, the fifth opening overlaps the third and first openings to permit the first headrest post to pass therethrough and the sixth opening overlaps the fourth and second openings to permit the second headrest post to pass therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventor: Joseph C. Caltabiano
  • Patent number: 10602850
    Abstract: A portable medical apparatus for supporting a patient's arm having a top surface, a bottom surface, a peripheral surface, and an outer layer. The top surface has a front edge and a back edge opposite the front edge. The top surface defines a concave depression that extends into the top surface and slopes downward from the back edge to the front edge. The bottom surface is opposite the top surface. The peripheral surface connects the top surface to the bottom surface. The outer layer is connected to a portion of the peripheral surface and defines a pocket between the outer layer and the portion of the peripheral surface. The pocket has an opening adjacent to the top surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Inventor: Christopher Corey Green
  • Patent number: 10555830
    Abstract: A fixture for immobilizing an arm of a patient for insertion of a catheter for coronary investigation and intervention has a fixture board for insertion under a mattress carrying a patient. The fixture board further has a link for attaching an arm holder to the fixture board. The arm holder is arranged adjacent an elbow of the patient and has an arm support and a belt for attaching the arm to the arm support. In addition, a wrist holder is attached to the arm holder for supporting the wrist. The wrist holder may be sterilized and disposable. An instrument table is connected to said fixture board via a link. The distance between the arm holder and the fixture board may be adjustable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Inventors: Hampus Bergenudd, Per Ekdahl
  • Patent number: 10548791
    Abstract: An arm support for a supine patient includes a support which can easily be attached to or removed from a standard medical table pad, and which supports the patient's forearms at an angle parallel to the body, with the biceps at right angles to the body. The arm support may include arm rests which may be slideably moved to accommodate patients with narrower or broader shoulder widths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Inventors: Tim Michaelis, Talmage Barth, Michael Price, Ryan O'Hara, Holden Brown, Nicole Nielsen Davis
  • Patent number: 10537193
    Abstract: The head rest device is a cushion. The head rest device is configured to cushion the head of a person in a face-down position. The head rest device further provides accommodations to allow the person to insert a plurality of arms into the interior of the head rest device. The head rest device is further configured as a pedestal. The pedestal is a structure configured to support a personal data device in an elevated position relative to the supporting surface on which the head rest device rests. The head rest device comprises a foam curvilinear block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Inventor: Kenneth Cayler
  • Patent number: 10500997
    Abstract: A headrest includes a first assembly. The first assembly includes a first threaded shaft that is integrated with a first magnetized rotor of a first motor. Rotation of the first motor and the first threaded shaft results in vertical translation of a first threaded nut carrier such that a height of the headrest is adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick Maloney, Michael Steven Medoro, Chris Fredriksson, Johnathan Andrew Line, Christian J. Hosbach
  • Patent number: 10456970
    Abstract: An armrest for a captain's chair of a vehicle includes an outer layer and an inner layer including a foaming agent and defining a hollow core. At least one of the inner layer and the outer layer may include a reinforcing material and/or may be varied in thickness along its length. The armrest may include a third layer defining the hollow core. A related method includes heating a parison having a first and second layers, mixing a foaming agent into the second layer prior to heating, feeding the heated parison between mold halves, clamping the heated parison by moving the mold halves together, and pushing the layers of the heated parison outward, using blown air, such that the first layer is adjacent the mold and the second layer forms a hollow core of the armrest, the hollow core being partially filled by expansion of the second layer during cooling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Raj S. Roychoudhury, Michael Medoro
  • Patent number: 10415921
    Abstract: According to an example aspect of the present invention, there is provided a rifle rest comprising a base, a support protruding from the base, a lever which is coupled to the support via a joint, a support element which is connected to the lever, a rifle holder which is coupled to the lever and comprises a pad, and wherein the pad is configured to be moved by changing a position of the support element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Nousio
    Inventor: Jaakko Nousiainen
  • Patent number: 10393364
    Abstract: A mouse pad structure includes a pad, a light source module, a control member, and a bendable wire. The light source module is installed in the pad. The control member is disposed corresponding to the pad. One end of the bendable wire is electrically connected to the light source module, the other end of the bendable wire is electrically connected to the control member, the bendable wire is provided for adjusting a distance between the control member and the pad. Accordingly, by collapsing or unfolding the bendable wire, the control member and the pad are spaced apart by a certain distance. Therefore, movement of a mouse cord is prevented from being obstructed by the control member, so a mouse can move smoothly, and smooth operations of the mouse are ensured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Inventor: Hung-Jen Chou
  • Patent number: 10357110
    Abstract: A chair, in particular an office chair, has a backrest which is coupled to a seat support by way of a backrest support. The chair further has a seat face. For tool-free chair assembly the backrest support is constructed in two pieces having a first support member which is associated with the seat support and having a second support member which is associated with the backrest and which is joined to the seat-support-side first support member in a positive-locking plug type connection and is locked therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: BOCK 1 GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Martin Potrykus, Armin Sander
  • Patent number: 10345918
    Abstract: An input system includes a first base portion and a second base portion that each include a keying surface. A base portion manipulation mechanism couples the first base portion to the second base portion. The base portion manipulation mechanism includes a moveable coupling that is configured to allow relative movement of the first base portion and the second base portion into at least one of a tented orientation and a splayed orientation. A locking mechanism provides a biasing force that causes an engagement between portions of the moveable coupling that resists relative movement of the first base portion and the second base portion absent an unlocking force, wherein the locking mechanism is responsive to the unlocking force that overcomes the biasing force to allow relative movement of the first base portion and the second base portion into the at least one of the tented orientation and the splayed orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Key Ovation, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Norwalk, Chris Linegar
  • Patent number: 10271743
    Abstract: A system for facilitating measurement of a person's blood pressure. The system has a cuff that is configured to: a) be operatively situated in relationship to a person's arm; and b) strategically exert pressure on the person's arm to controllably restrict blood flow therein. An arm positioning assembly is configured to be operatively engaged by a hand on the person's arm to consistently place the person's arm in relationship to the cuff with the cuff operatively situated in relationship to the person's arm as a blood pressure measurement is taken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Higi SH LLC
    Inventors: John R. Collins, Jeffrey D. Flammer
  • Patent number: 10264884
    Abstract: A sitting apparatus having: a frame; an upwardly facing surface on the frame for supporting a user in a sitting position; a first arm support on the frame defining a first surface against which a user's arm can be rested with the user in the sitting position on the upwardly facing surface; and a first connecting assembly acing between the frame and first arm support. The first connecting assembly and first arm support are configured so that the first arm support surface can pivot relative to the frame around at least first and second different axes to change a relationship between the first arm support surface and the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventor: Aaron DeJule
  • Patent number: 10267350
    Abstract: The present invention includes an apparatus, to be used during a medical procedure to support a patient's arm, which generally includes an armboard and an optional wrist support device attached to a patient that may be removably connected to the armboard, and a general method of use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Semler Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John E Lassetter, Philip Benz, Matthew Semler
  • Patent number: 10172686
    Abstract: Described herein is an arm stabilization member for dampening inadvertent movement of the arm of a user during a surgical procedure, comprising an arm support and a movement mechanism coupled to the arm support. The arm support comprises an outer frame sized to support at least a portion of the user's arm and an inner pad lining an inner surface of the outer frame and configured to conform to the user's arm. The movement mechanism comprises a counterbalance system movably connected by joints and configured to compensate for the gravitational forces exerted by the arm of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Novartis AG
    Inventor: Steven T. Charles
  • Patent number: 10159354
    Abstract: Described in an example embodiment herein is a portable headrest. The portable headrest may be deployed on a surface in front of a user, such as a tray table on an aircraft or a desk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: DBDI, LLC
    Inventors: Donald Rayburn, William Raftery
  • Patent number: 10149403
    Abstract: A console drawer to be mounted on a server rack, including: a mouse storage unit storing a mouse; and a mouse cable storage unit including a winding unit around which a mouse cable of the mouse is wound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventor: Kouji Iizuka
  • Patent number: 10123708
    Abstract: A system for facilitating measurement of a person's blood pressure having: a) a cuff that is configured to: i) be operatively situated in relationship to a person's arm; and ii) strategically exert different pressure on the person's arm to controllably restrict blood flow therein; and b) a base assembly that supports the cuff. The base assembly is configured to allow selective placement of the cuff in first and second different positions relative to the person with the person in a measurement taking position. The cuff in the first position is configured to be operatively situated in relationship to the person's left arm. The cuff in the second position is configured to be operatively situated in relationship to the person's right arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: higi SH LLC
    Inventors: John R. Collins, Jeffrey D. Flammer
  • Patent number: 10095264
    Abstract: A display device is disclosed. The display device comprising: a display unit including a display panel providing an image; a housing being apart from the display unit and including an electrical unit; and a cable electrically connected with the display panel and the electrical unit, wherein the electrical unit provides the display panel with a signal and/or power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Inventors: Seokbong Han, Hyunjung Kang, Munhwan Kim, Kyoungjun Lee, Chunsoo Chang, Dongwoo Cho
  • Patent number: 10077951
    Abstract: A mount configured for use with a recirculation heat exchanger of an aircraft environmental control is provided including a rectangular base having a length of about 14 inches (35.56 cm) and a width of about 6 inches (15.24 cm). A support extends vertically from the base. A top surface of the support is arranged at a 10° angle below a horizontal plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Inventors: Luke J. Mayo, Patrick McCord, Donald E. Army
  • Patent number: 10064684
    Abstract: In an operation-mode indicating system, a first light emitting device is located within a peripheral visual field of an operator and is controllably connected to a controller. The peripheral visual field is defined around a center visual field of the operator while the operator is looking at a predetermined site. A body support apparatus is capable of performing an operation to the predetermined site. The controller controls the first light emitting device to emit first light in a first operation mode of the body support apparatus and second light in a second operation mode of the body support apparatus. The first light and the second light are visually distinguishable from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Inventors: Satoru Nakamura, Minoru Takahashi, Kazuhiro Hongo, Tetsuya Goto, Yosuke Hara, Jun Okamoto
  • Patent number: 10064483
    Abstract: A support device adapted for improving the ergonomic support for the arm and wrist and forearm of a user of computer-related input devices is provided. The support device may include a body interconnecting a base to two spaced apart wing supports oriented at latitudinal and longitudinal support angles relative to the supporting surface on which the devices slides. Each wing provides waterfall edges along its periphery. The void between the wing supports, the supine triangular shape, and the waterfall edges facilitates a more neutral position of the forearm and wrist supporting between the two wing supports, reducing pressure points there along, and avoiding direct pressure to the carpal tunnel canal and mid-forearm regions that house anatomical structures that may be impacted by high pressures. The latitudinal support angle can be adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Inventor: Dennis Alan Mitchell
  • Patent number: 10045626
    Abstract: An elbow rest is configured to secure at least one of a user's elbow in a retained position while in a seated position. A user can then support their head with their hand or hands without their elbow or elbows slipping, sliding or moving. The elbow rest includes at least one support panel and a flexible strap attached thereto. In one embodiment, an elbow rest has a first and a second support panel with a flexible strap extending therebetween. In this embodiment, a person can rest their right and left elbows on the flexible strap proximal to the opposing support panels. The user can then support their head with both hands. The flexible strap may be detachably attached to the support panel to allow an adjustment of the flexible strap length between the support panels. A flexible strap may include non-slip surfaces to further prevent elbow and/or strap slippage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Inventor: Stephen H Cheetham
  • Patent number: 9998615
    Abstract: A wearable helmet system with integrated peripherals may be provided. In some embodiments, the integrated peripherals may be provided without a helmet, but configured to be adapted into a helmet to form a helmet system consistent with embodiments of the present disclosure. The helmet system may comprise a helmet adapted for sports play. The helmet may be integrated with a plurality of peripheral devices such as, for example, but not limited to, at least one camera configured to capture video data, at least one microphone configured to capture audio data, a communications module, a power module, and a processing module. The processing module is configured to control an operation of the integrated peripheral devices based on, for example, but not limited to, instructions received via the communications module and a location of the helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: FIELDCAST LLC
    Inventors: Saeed Z Anwar, Tenzing P. Tshering
  • Patent number: 9986838
    Abstract: A head support apparatus for supporting a head of a person. The head support apparatus includes a tube and a rod configured to slidably and lockably couple to the tube. A cup and pad are coupled to an upper end of the rod. In use, a lower end of the tube bears on a support. A person's chin is rested on the pad whereby the weight of the person's head is supported by the head support apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Inventor: Joseph R. Biggs
  • Patent number: 9943430
    Abstract: A handheld tool includes a handle for holding by a user, an attachment arm extending from the handle that is configured to connect to a user-assistive device, a first inertial measurement unit (“IMU”) mounted to the attachment arm to acquire measurements of one or more of a motion or an orientation of the user-assistive device and to generate feedback data indicative of the measurements, an actuator assembly coupled to manipulate the user-assistive device via the attachment arm in at least two orthogonal dimensions, and a motion control system coupled to receive the feedback data from the first IMU and coupled to provide commands to the actuator assembly to provide auto-leveling of the user-assistive device to a frame of reference while the user manipulates the handheld tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Verily Life Sciences LLC
    Inventors: Anupam J. Pathak, Michael M. Allen
  • Patent number: 9937778
    Abstract: A vehicle door sealing assembly includes a door trim panel and an inner frame panel defining a door cavity, a window positioned proximate the door trim panel and the inner frame panel, a beltline seal disposed between the door trim and inner frame panels and in selective engagement with the window and a leak seal extending between the door trim panel and the beltline seal to divert a flow of air from the door cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Chester Stanislaus Walawender, Fouad Hafiani, Stephen Laczay, Sheri Reck
  • Patent number: 9914406
    Abstract: A vehicular passenger compartment trim panel assembly, a vehicular door assembly and a method of removing a vehicular passenger compartment trim panel assembly. The assembly includes a trim panel and a retention assembly where the retention assembly includes a fastener and a fastener cover. The fastener cover is sized and shaped such that when the fastener cover is secured within an aperture that is formed in the trim panel, a gap formed between them that is visible around a periphery of the A-surface defines a substantially constant width. In addition, a through-the-thickness dimension of the fastener cover includes a localized thinning in a portion of the periphery that is adjacent the clip. Such construction permits tool-free engagement of the fastener cover at the localized thinning so that the gap may be widened in response to such engagement so that the clip becomes disengaged to permit access to a screw or related fastener that is situated underneath the fastener cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher J. Hemker
  • Patent number: 9861205
    Abstract: An armrest for a chair includes a first slideable member moveably positioned within a support post and a second slideable member moveably positioned within the support post. The first slideable member is moveably positioned within a channel of the second slideable member such that the first slideable member is moveable relative to the second slideable member. An actuator is connected to the first and second slideable members. The actuator can optionally be included that is actuatable from a locked position to an unlocked position. The first and second slideable members are immovable within the post when the actuator is in the locked position and the first and second slideable members are moveable within the post when the actuator is in the unlocked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Knoll, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Hector, Khalid Masoud
  • Patent number: 9810371
    Abstract: In an arm support apparatus, an weight attachment is provided for at least one specified link in links of a support member supporting a mount to be movable based on rotation of at least one of the links around a corresponding at least one of the joints. The at least one specified link is associated with at least one specified degree of freedom. The weight attachment is configured such that one or more weight members are attachable thereto. When the one or more weight members are attached to the weight attachment, the weight attachment is configured to substantially balance in weight with the mount on which the part of the arm is mounted while applying supporting force to the part of the arm mounted on the mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Inventors: Satoru Nakamura, Kazuhiro Hongo, Tetsuya Goto, Yosuke Hara, Jun Okamoto
  • Patent number: 9770115
    Abstract: A cushion for supporting a wrist of a user on a flat surface comprises an elongated flexible enclosure that has an outside surface and that defines an internal volume within. The internal volume contains a filling that includes a resilient padding material and at least one silver wire. Preferably the padding material includes horse hair. The enclosure preferably includes a cotton fabric material made with a warp-faced twill weave, or other tight weave, such that the padding material is unable to penetrate the fabric material. In use, upon absorption of sweat form the user's wrist through the enclosure and into the filling, or by washing of the cushion in water, the at least one silver wire produces silver ions as an anti-bacterial agent on the enclosure and within the internal volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Inventors: Grigoriy Shikhelman, Aleksandr Artamonov
  • Patent number: 9725020
    Abstract: A high-performance sports car having: a frame that supports a pair of front wheels and a pair of rear wheels; a passenger compartment that is formed on the inside of the frame and is arranged between the front wheels and the rear wheels; at least one door, which is hinged to the frame to allow access to the passenger compartment; at least one seat, which is arranged inside the passenger compartment to the side of the door; and a rigid protection panel which is integral with the door and, when the door is closed, is arranged alongside the seat in line with the head of the occupant of the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Ferrari S.p.A.
    Inventor: Marco Fainello
  • Patent number: 9706646
    Abstract: An origami enabled manufacturing system. The system uses origami design principles to create functional materials, structures, devices and/or systems having an adjustable size and/or shape. An operational device can be coupled to a planar substrate shaped and sized to correspond to a desired origami shape of an origami pattern. A plurality of planar substrates can be coupled together by a plurality of connection members that corresponds to one or more crease of the origami pattern. An array of planar substrates can be formed that convert into a three dimensional structure with origami shape. The resulting three-dimensional structure provides smaller projection area, higher portability and deformability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignees: Arizona Board of Regenst acting for and on behalf of Arizona State University, Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC, Wayne State University
    Inventors: Hanqing Jiang, Hongyu Yu, Goran Konjevod, Yong Xu
  • Patent number: 9616789
    Abstract: A seat headrest having at least one side cushion, a base and a plurality of headrest connection points for use in conjunction with existing, standard car headrests. The seat headrest may have a first side cushion and a second side cushion to provide head and neck support by serving as headrests on the sides of a users head. The user may be any individual in a passenger vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Cardiff Products
    Inventors: Jason Arriola, Will Regan
  • Patent number: 9609948
    Abstract: A rotating armrest apparatus includes a handle, a rotating device disposed at one end of the handle, an elevation adjustment device disposed at another end of the handle, and a rotatable armrest disposed on top of the elevation adjustment device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Inventors: Zhiqiang Qi, Yong Chern Ng
  • Patent number: 9596984
    Abstract: The invention provides methods and devices for securing the head of an animal in position while obtaining objective measurements associated with eye health. In one aspect, the devices comprise a rest for receiving a portion of the animal's head and a pole configured to enable the rest to pivot about a first axis of rotation and rotate about a second axis of rotation perpendicular to the first axis of rotation. In an embodiment, the rest can move up and down the second axis of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Nestec SA
    Inventors: Wei Wang, Tyler Simpson, Virginia Louise Wilson, Dwight Estes Howdeshell
  • Patent number: 9554959
    Abstract: The improved positioning device, for use in hip, pelvis or bariatric surgery, securely and safely supports a morbidly obese patient lying in the lateral decubitus position at one side of an operating table so the surgeon may stand close to the anterior side of the patient. The support device includes a double-ended bracket having a pair of oppositely positioned padded end portions secured to an angular bracket post adapted to securely mount to an operating table via a question mark-shaped bracket. The angular bracket arm vertically adjusts to support the patient on one side, with the padded end portions applied to bony prominences such as the symphysis pubis and the lower side anterior superior iliac spine. The support device is used in combination with a posterior pelvic support plate, and a pair of anterior-posterior chest support plates to retain the patient in a secure and stable manner during surgery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Inventor: Ronald M. Carn
  • Patent number: 9486289
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a brace being mounted on a person's body part and having a hard fitting surface. The apparatus also includes a load device, a support, a securing member, a brake, a switch device, and a soft film. The load device has a hard receiving surface receiving the fitting surface of the brace. The support movably supports the load device. The securing member secures the fitting surface to the receiving surface and enables the load device to move and follow movement of the person's body part and the brace against resistance applied from the support. The brake limits movement of the load device. The switch device switches operation modes of the apparatus, at least, between a free mode and a limiting mode. The soft film is arranged between the receiving and fitting surfaces for smooth movement of the person's body part on the load device in the limiting mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Inventors: Hideki Okuda, Kazuhiro Hongo, Tetsuya Goto, Yosuke Hara, Jun Okamoto