Armrest For Writer Patents (Class 248/118.1)
  • Patent number: 11455001
    Abstract: A keyboard device includes a keyboard module and a palm rest module. The palm rest module is arranged beside a lateral side of the keyboard module, and supports a wrist of a user. The palm rest module includes a pedestal, a casing and an adjusting element. The casing is disposed on the pedestal. The adjusting element is arranged between the pedestal and the casing. A position of the casing relative to the pedestal is adjustable through the adjusting element. In a first usage state, the casing is moved toward the keyboard module or moved away from the keyboard module through the adjusting element. In a second usage state, the casing is rotated about the adjusting element and relative to the keyboard module, so that an included angle is formed between the casing and the lateral side of the keyboard module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Inventors: Shu-An Huang, Chun-Lin Chu
  • Patent number: 11304511
    Abstract: An ergonomic keyboard apparatus comprising a keyboard frame including an ergonomic contour defined in part by a gabled portion of the keyboard frame that is pitched into a contoured peak that forms a first slope and a second slope on either side of the keyboard frame. A plurality of keys are disposed within the keyboard frame such that key tops of each of the plurality of keys follow the ergonomic contour of the keyboard frame. A wrist pad coupled to the keyboard frame has a gabled center portion and a surface contour that corresponds to the ergonomic contour of the keyboard frame defined by its gabled portion, first slope, and second slope. Each location along at least a portion of the surface contour of the wrist pad is elevated to at least a height of corresponding key tops of the plurality of keys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Logitech Europe S.A.
    Inventors: Sylvain Sauvage, Maxence Perret-Gentil, Lars Holm Lauridsen
  • Patent number: 11214936
    Abstract: Skid-steer type power unit engageable with an implement using an attachment assembly including an attachment frame and a hitch. An arcuate frame member is located forwardly of the attachment frame and is engaged therewith in such a way that the frame member pivots about a vertical axis located forwardly of the frame member and generally centrally positioned relative to the attachment frame. The frame member pivots in response to actuation of a hydraulic cylinder. The power unit includes a system for transferring weight of the implement rearwardly onto the power unit. A belt-drive power-take off system on the power unit powers the implement's operation. An underbelly drop spreader is located between the front and rear wheels of the power unit and a brine delivery system distributes brine from nozzles located rearwardly of the rear wheels. A unique control panel permits operation of all systems on the power unit and implement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Inventors: Roscoe J. Lehman, Christopher A. Nolt, Chad R. Badger
  • Patent number: 11073922
    Abstract: A mouse includes a button portion and a deformable holding portion. The button portion has an upper housing and a lower housing. The upper housing is assembled to the lower housing. The deformable holding portion is connected to the button portion and includes at least one electroactive material layer and a flexible material layer. The flexible material layer covers the electroactive material layer. When the electroactive material layer is in an energized state, the deformable holding portion has a first shape. When the electroactive material layer is in an unenergized state, the deformable holding portion has a second shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Chicony Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yi-Hung Wang
  • Patent number: 10948999
    Abstract: The metal and plastic composite keyboards disclosed herein each include a two-part top bezel, which in turn includes a metallic first top bezel and a plastic second top bezel. The metallic first top bezel and a plastic second top bezel are attached to one another at respective overlapping regions and the two-part top bezel is attached to a bottom bezel to form a metal and plastic composite keyboard. The plastic second top bezel may include an electromagnetic window that reduces or eliminates interference on one or more antennas within a hingedly connected display, when the display is pivoted against the keyboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Anthony James Hewett, Minh Cao Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10517393
    Abstract: A pad for supporting a user's wrists, lower arms, and keyboard while typing has a support panel, a shelf, a supportive liner, and a textured liner. The support panel is a semi-rigid piece of flat material that has the supportive liner covering a top surface and the textured liner covering a bottom surface. The shelf is connected along one edge of the support panel so that the shelf can act as a riser that supports one end of the keyboard. The shelf and the support pad work in concert to create a sufficiently level typing surface for the user. As such, the user's wrists do not need to be bent while typing. Specifically, a height of the shelf is less than a height of the support panel. This configuration enables the typing surface of the keyboard to be placed coplanar to the top surface of the pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Inventor: Noel Webb
  • Patent number: 10481558
    Abstract: A wrist wearable device repositioning assembly for relocating a front face of a wrist wearable device on a wrist includes a recess that is positioned in a bottom of a block to define a pair of arms. The recess is configured to insert a wrist of a user. The arms position a top of the block on a side of the wrist. The block is pliable so that the block is configured to conform to contours of the wrist that is positioned in the recess. A coupler is coupled to the top of the block and is configured to couple the block to a back face of a wrist wearable device. Coupling of a band of the wrist wearable device to the wrist fixedly positions the block and a front face of the wrist wearable device on the side of the wrist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Inventor: Blake Robinson
  • Patent number: 10399680
    Abstract: A displacement mechanism of a tray table mounted on an armrest of a seat, said mechanism allowing to correct the lie angle of said tray table keeping it substantially horizontal, said seat being provided with a displacement mechanism, said displacement mechanism of a tray table providing a lever, hinged in the front-upper zone of the armrest where said tray table is arranged, said lever allowing said tray table to rotate in a longitudinal vertical plane, a hinge, arranged at the end of said lever opposite to the one hinged to the armrest, allowing said tray table to rotate according to an arc of a circle lying in a substantially vertical transversal plane, coupling means, provided under said tray table, and downward facing, when said tray table is in a use position, in proximity of said hinge, said lever being hinged on the armrest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: GEVEN S.P.A.
    Inventor: Getullio Veneruso
  • Patent number: 10198087
    Abstract: A computer mouse with a translating module is disclosed. According to certain embodiments, the computer mouse is designed to work with different types of translating modules depending on the application that the user wishes to use or the types of tasks that the user would like to perform with the help of the computer mouse. According to certain embodiments, the translating module on the computer mouse can be adjusted based on a given user's hand characteristics and/or based on the ease of use of the computer mouse as determined by a given user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Corsair Memory, Inc.
    Inventors: Chiu Wei Chen, Felix Guerra, Jason Christian
  • Patent number: 10045612
    Abstract: An ergonomic computer accessory for use with hand operated computer peripherals, such as computer mice, touchpads or trackpads, comprising a base and two hinged, multi-angle, reversible, opposing surfaces, one for a working surface and the other for wrist support. During operation, the working surface is positioned so the user's hand is at a more natural angle to provide ergonomic benefits such as reducing muscular and skeletal strain on the user's hand and wrist. The opposing adjustable wrist support surface is oriented such that the user's wrist rests at an ergonomic angle without compressing the carpal tunnel on the flat surface of the wrist. Both the working surface and wrist support surface may be reversed to be oriented for either left and/or right handed users by flipping the base, wrist and working surfaces over to their appropriate positions. The base, wrist and support surfaces may be adjusted to lie flat for transporting the accessory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Inventor: Robert P. Freeman, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9927890
    Abstract: A computer controlled pointing device having, a telescoping wrist support integral with and associated with the pointing device, so as to permit adjustable extension and retraction from the pointer device housing, to accommodate the preferred support position of an individual user's wrist. The means from effecting such adjustable incremental extension and retraction of the wrist support includes coupling means for releasable locking of the wrist support in a fixed position relative to the housing of the pointing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Inventor: Perry Perlman
  • Patent number: 9235271
    Abstract: An input device includes a small footprint keyboard with touch pad functionality. By disposing the touchpad and the mouse keys in the lower part and surrounded by the first and the second groups, one achieves a substantial ergonomic advantage in that the frequently used QWERTY keys are accessible, while at the same time the touch pad is within reach of any finger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Inventor: Richard Steenfeldt Berg
  • Patent number: 8944390
    Abstract: A connection mechanism is configured in particular for the connection of armrests to cosmetic tables or cosmetic chairs. The mechanism includes a base element (1). The base element (1) has a fastening section (1a) for fastening to a piece of furniture, in particular a piece of furniture for sitting or reclining. The base element also has a fastening element (2) configured for attachment to a part to be connected to the piece of furniture, in particular an armrest. The fastening element (2) is configured for a detachable connection to the fastening section (1a). The fastening section (1a) has a receiving device (1b) for receiving a region (2b) of the fastening element (2). A securing device (3) is provided that engages in the receiving device (1b) in the region (2b) of the fastening element (2) when said fastening element is received therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Soleni Classic GmbH
    Inventors: Manuel Deerberg, Tom Orlitz
  • Patent number: 8851431
    Abstract: An anatomic support for hand and wrist includes a body having an upper surface, a side surface and an inferior surface. The upper surface has a shape that enables a user that operates a keyboard or the like to place his/her hand on said upper surface so as to have his/her wrist and hand permanently and anatomically supported.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Inventors: Lecy Maria Vasconcelos Quiroga, Ricardo da Cunha Fontes, Marco Aurelio Lopes Ramalho, Mario Luiz Novaes Avila
  • Patent number: 8705227
    Abstract: A latching mechanism for latching a wrist rest to a keyboard defining two latching holes, includes an actuating member slidably coupled to the wrist rest, and two hook members rotatably coupled to the wrist rest. The actuating member includes an abutting post, sliding between an unlatching position extending out of the wrist rest and a latching position hidden in the wrist rest. When the wrist rest contacts the front sidewall, the actuating member slides to the latching position, the hook members extend out of the wrist rest; when the actuating member returns to the unlatching position, the hook members disengage from the latching hole to retract into the wrist rest. A wrist rest and a keyboard assembly having the latching mechanism are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Wen-Hua Yu
  • Patent number: 8451225
    Abstract: A cushion that provides support for the heel of the hand and wrist, elevates the wrist and minimizes pressure on the central hand/wrist area of nerves, tendons, and vessels while using a computer mouse. A cushion having an upper and lower surface connected by at least one side wall, with a fixation to a computer mouse, surrounding a resilient pad. The lower surface is low friction, to slide on a separate planar surface. The top surface is soft. The middle layer(s) is of varying resilient materials that support the sides of the heel of the hand/wrist, while leaving the central area open. The size of this cushion may vary, to support different sized hands, while using a computer mouse. The connection to the mouse is variable to fit different sizes and shapes of computer mouse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Inventor: Harriett Gidley Loomis
  • Patent number: 8369074
    Abstract: A keyboard device for use with a tablet personal computer includes a base body and an upper cover. The base body includes a handle and plural keys. The handle is integrally formed with the base body. The upper cover has a receptacle for accommodating the tablet personal computer. The upper cover is connected with the base body. In addition, the upper cover is rotatable with respect to the base body in order to open or close the upper cover of the keyboard device. When the upper cover of the keyboard device is opened, the tablet personal computer is stored within the receptacle, so that the user may input characters or symbols to the tablet personal computer by depressing the keys. Whereas, when the upper cover of the keyboard device is closed, the keyboard device may be carried by grasping the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Primax Electronics Ltd.
    Inventors: Shu-Wei Chou, Chun-Nan Su, Chun-Che Wu, Tun-Shin Wang
  • Patent number: 8360058
    Abstract: The present invention is a system for administering nitrous oxide. The system includes an adjustable post mechanism attached to a dental chair. A mounting surface structure includes a top surface and a bottom surface. The bottom surface of the mounting surface structure attached to a top end of the adjustable post mechanism. A fluid control system for controlling the flow of nitrous oxide and oxygen is attached to the mounting surface structure. A nitrous oxide and oxygen supply, vacuum source, a breather bag, and a nasal delivery interface system are fluidly connected to the fluid control system and a patient. The breather bag is vertically mounted to a top surface of the mounting surface structure. In operation, the present invention provides a system for administering anesthesia/analgesia gas which provides convenient and direct access to a medical practitioner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Inventor: David J. Ahearn
  • Patent number: 8348205
    Abstract: An expandable armrest of a wheel chair includes a fixed part having a first pivotal portion which includes a first pivotal hole. A movable part is pivotably connected to the first pivotal portion of the fixed part by its second pivotal portion. A first transverse hole and a second transverse hole are defined in the second pivotal portion. A slide member is slidably inserted into the slots of the second pivotal portion and has an inclined hole in which an engaging member is engaged. The engaging member has a first end and a second end. A trace that the engaging member moves in the inclined hole constantly intersects a trace that the first end moves in the first transverse hole and a trace that the second end moves in the second transverse hole, such that the movable part is positioned by controlling the movement of the slide member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Karma Medical Products Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chih-Chuan Yang
  • Patent number: 8272600
    Abstract: A keyboard support having a generally flat keyboard supporting surface and a track extending along an outer periphery of the keyboard support. A mouse support has a generally flat mouse supporting surface and is coupled to the keyboard support by a track follower that engages the track for movement along the track. A coupling arm engages the track follower and allows pivoting of the mouse support with respect to the keyboard support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Workrite Ergonomics, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephan Copeland, Derek Timm
  • Patent number: 8196884
    Abstract: A dual-purpose fixing stand for a computer screen and a keyboard holder includes: a main body, having an axial pivoting hole disposed at the middle of a distal surface at an end of an axle pivotal disk and a plurality of positioning grooves coaxially disposed around the external periphery of the axial pivoting hole; a universal connector, pivotally and axially coupled to another end of the axle pivotal disk, and a support plate coupled to the universal connector for selectively mounting the computer screen or the keyboard holder; a fixing base, having a support bottom selectively connected to the top or the bottom of a table, and two stand plates convexly disposed with an interval apart and at the top of a distal surface to accommodate and axially and pivotally couple the axle pivotal disk of the main body, and a positioning pin installed individually at positions on the lateral side corresponding to the positions of a plurality of positioning grooves of the axle pivotal disk for providing an elastic extensio
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Inventor: Vance Chiang
  • Patent number: 8079553
    Abstract: A peripheral device support assembly. The peripheral device support assembly includes two detachable armrest and support tray adapted to be attached to each arm of an office chair. The detachable armrest and support tray includes a mount for securing the armrest support unit to a chair arm and a first portion hingedly attached to the mount for allowing the first portion to swivel in relation to the mount. The detachable armrest and support tray also includes a second portion pivotally connected to the second portion such that the first portion folds back over a second portion for storage. A tray spans the distance between the second portion of each detachable armrest and support tray to provide additional workspace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Inventor: Steve Martin
  • Patent number: 8016250
    Abstract: A portable ergonomic workstation that is substantially a multiple purpose apparatus with applicable uses for small electronic repair, costume jewelry, factory assembly, hobbyists, craft workers, the physically challenged, etc. It includes a support frame that is attached to an arm rest base with an arm rest pad while accommodating multiple removable adjustable attachments that secure working materials. The apparatus allows optimal positioning of the upper body and the secured working materials. In one embodiment, the arm rest base attaches to incline extensions in an adjustable elevated pivotable position over the frame and attachments. This embodiment can also function as a standalone apparatus without attachments, in conjunction with existing non-ergonomic apparatuses or working materials. In another embodiment when a height adjustment is not desired or efficient the the support frame does not include the incline extensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Inventor: Daniel Wayne Mead
  • Patent number: 8007061
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention may provide a storage panel guiding device, which is configured to dampen movement of a storage panel movement using magnetic attractive force to thereby reduce damper friction. The storage panel guiding device of the present invention comprises the following: a magnetic damper including a first magnetic body, a second magnetic body and a thin plate interposed therebetween; a storage panel to which the first magnetic body is attached; a guide panel to which the second magnetic body is attached; a slide rail having a slot in which the guide panel can move; and a storage case accommodating the magnetic damper, the storage panel and the guide panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Medison Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jung Sik Song
  • Patent number: 7861984
    Abstract: An anatomical support for hand and wrist is provided. A first embodiment relates to a support for hand and wrist provided with a protruding region, which serves as an anatomical abutment for the central region of the palm of the hand of a user. The remaining parts of the upper surface of the support anatomically accommodate both the wrist and the remaining regions of the anterior portion of the palm of the hand of said user. A second embodiment relates to a support provided with an upper portion made of a substantially elastic material. There is a hollow between the upper part of the inferior portion and the internal portion of the upper portion, and said hollow is filled up with a highly viscous and nearly solid buttery substance, which enables he upper portion to by shaped by pressure to fit both the wrist and the hand of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: De Sousa Freitas, Eduardo Luis Bueno
    Inventor: Lecy Maria Vasconcelos Quiroga
  • Patent number: 7810767
    Abstract: A medical procedure armrest includes a base and a post that is attached to and extends upwardly from the base. An upper end of the post supports a blood pressure reading apparatus. A bar has a first end and a second end. A coupler is attached to the first end of the bar. The coupler is attached to the post. A housing has a top wall, a bottom wall and peripheral wall extending between the top and bottom walls. The second end of the bar is coupled to the housing. A cushioning member is attached to an upper surface of the top wall of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Inventor: Dorothy M. Harris
  • Publication number: 20100230557
    Abstract: An accessory for use with a portable device with a top and bottom surface includes a platform for facilitating the use of a mouse; and a jaw incorporating an upper and a lower portion forming, in use, a gap to receive the side of a portable device; wherein the upper and lower portions are configured to respectively engage, in use, the top and bottom surfaces of said portable device; whereby the jaw releasable secures the accessory to said portable device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2009
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Inventor: Roland Ian Healey
  • Patent number: 7757321
    Abstract: A system of modular, detachable cushions having surfaces containing hook and/or loop fasteners that fasten to mating loop, open weave or hook surfaces to define adjustable, conformal contoured support surfaces at user contact surfaces and appliances producing fatigue and/or abrasion (e.g. automotive seats, chairs, compartment walls, desks, footwear, helmets, tools etc.). The cushions can include air, elastomer, fabric, fiber, foam, liquid, gel, and/or rubber cushioning materials or combinations thereof arranged in envelopes, pads, cavities or tiered assemblies. The cushions include surfaces fitted with one or more layers of cushioning materials or envelopes of cushioning material and one or more regions of fastener materials that mate with interconnecting fasteners at the contact surface or appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Inventor: Nathaniel Calvert
  • Patent number: 7717374
    Abstract: A keyboard palm rest assembly comprises a frame having an opening therethrough, the opening located corresponding to a position of a palm of a user when the user is utilizing a keyboard located adjacent the opening. The keyboard palm rest assembly also comprises a panel coupled to the frame and disposed across the opening, the panel enabling an airflow therethrough from a side opposite the user's palm to a side corresponding to the user's palm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Dean Depay
  • Patent number: 7575205
    Abstract: The inventive adjustable keyboard support assembly includes a mounting unit and an adjustable keyboard tray. The mounting unit has an elongated track having opposing first and second ends and opposing top and bottom surfaces; and (b) first means and second means for attaching the mounting unit to the work surface. The first means includes a generally c-shaped clamp having opposing first and second ends, a first substantially horizontal region adjoining a second substantially vertical region, a side flange extending from the second region at the first end of the clamp, and a center flange extending from the second region between the first and second ends of the clamp. The center flange is attached to the first end of the track. The adjustable keyboard tray can be attached to the mounting unit by slidingly engaging it to the bottom surface of the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2009
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventor: Kenneth J. Kirchhoff
  • Publication number: 20090189028
    Abstract: A keyboard palm rest assembly comprises a frame having an opening therethrough, the opening located corresponding to a position of a palm of a user when the user is utilizing a keyboard located adjacent the opening. The keyboard palm rest assembly also comprises a panel coupled to the frame and disposed across the opening, the panel enabling an airflow therethrough from a side opposite the user's palm to a side corresponding to the user's palm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2008
    Publication date: July 30, 2009
    Inventor: Dean Depay
  • Publication number: 20090154981
    Abstract: An apparatus for relieving and preventing repetitive stress on a portion of a user's hand while using the keyboard and/or a mousing device on a notebook computer, the apparatus comprising: an elongated pad portion smaller in width than the bottom portion of the notebook computer; and a mousing opening cutout from the elongated pad portion adapted to surround the mousing portion of the notebook computer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2007
    Publication date: June 18, 2009
    Inventor: Michael E. Zuckerman
  • Patent number: 7527234
    Abstract: A mouse tray apparatus includes a substantially planar mouse tray pivotally mounted at a bottom mid-portion thereof to a base such that as an operator moves a mouse over a top surface of the mouse tray, a weight of the operator's hand on the mouse causes the tray to tilt downward in a direction corresponding to a location of the mouse on the mouse tray. A bias force can be provided to resists tilting of the mouse tray away from a horizontal position, so that as the operator moves a mouse over a top surface of the mouse tray, a weight of the operator's hand on the mouse overcomes the bias force and causes the mouse tray to tilt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2009
    Inventor: Mark Simic
  • Patent number: 7481402
    Abstract: A forearm support is provided for use within electrostatic sensitive areas. The forearm support has a bottom and one or more sides. Preferably, the top, bottom and sides are made of a flexible electrically conductive fabric which forms an interior filled with a resilient foam. As measured from the support's top surface to its bottom surface, the support has an electrical resistance value of less than 1×109 ohms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2009
    Inventor: Candice Woodward
  • Patent number: 7469866
    Abstract: Apparatus to permit handicapped persons with arm and/or hand injury to manipulate a variety of objects. A extension supports a clamp on one end opposite a hand rest on the other. Straps are used to secure the forearm and hand in place on the apparatus. A bar, which extends outwardly from the rest, can have a variety of items attached to permit manipulating them with the apparatus. A supplemental structure can be attached to the apparatus on the side opposite to the clamp and rest with an open channel along the extension to better engage elongated items. Straps can also be used to secure the elongated items within the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2008
    Inventors: Tyler M. Thompson, Joseph R. Jacobs
  • Publication number: 20080042019
    Abstract: A glass substrate carrier assembly has a shelf and multiple pickup caps. The shelf is connected electrically to ground and has a bar, two stands and two brackets. The bar has two ends. The stands are mounted respectively on and extend down from the ends of the bar, are connected electrically to ground and are electrically conductive. The brackets are electrically conductive, are mounted respectively on and extend perpendicularly inward from the stands below the bar and face each other, and each bracket is T-shaped and has a distal edge and multiple tabs. The tabs are electrically conductive and are mounted on and extend perpendicularly from the distal edge of the bracket. The pickup caps are electrically conductive and are mounted on the tabs. Static electricity will pass through the pickup cap, the tab, the bracket and the stands to ground so static electricity will be removed from the shelf.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2006
    Publication date: February 21, 2008
    Applicant: Prime View International Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jui-Chung Cheng, Tung-Yin Shiue
  • Publication number: 20070284487
    Abstract: A device for operating a computer mouse comprises a platform having a holding area, preferably a recess, in the platform in which a computer mouse may be operated. The platform should be of a sufficient length and width for the computer operator's forearm to rest thereon. A cushion may be added to the platform. The device should be mounted to adjust longitudinally along and rotate axially about an armchair for either left- or right-handed mouse use. A related system and method are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2007
    Publication date: December 13, 2007
    Inventor: Robert G. Dalecki
  • Patent number: 7229231
    Abstract: A joint includes a plurality of plates each including a first portion and a second portion for overlapping the first portion of the next one of the plates. Each of the plates may define a plurality of apertures each for receiving a fastener. Each of the plates may include a tab formed thereon for connection with an article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Inventor: Mei-Yun Yu
  • Patent number: 7207539
    Abstract: A leg-mounted mouse pad for use with a computer cursor control device, said mouse pad comprising a generally oval-shaped flexible platform having a bottom surface and a top surface, wherein at least a portion of said top surface is adapted for use with a computer cursor control device. At least two bilaterally opposed pockets formed adjacent a perimeter of each half of the oval shaped mouse pad, the pockets adapted to contain a weighted media suitable for positioning the flexible platform on the leg of a user, the platform being substantially flexible such that when weight is contained with the pockets, the platform substantially conforms the surface of the user's leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2007
    Inventor: Ronald Jacobs
  • Patent number: 7159827
    Abstract: An arm support with mouse pad including a clamp for mounting to a workstation desk, connected rotationally to a support structure. The support structure including three rotationally interconnected shafts, a mouse pad connected to the first shaft and a forearm rest connected to the third shaft. The clamp specifically designed such that the support structure can be rotated 360 degrees around a vertical axis from a using position extending from the front edge of the desk at various angles, to a storage position under the lower surface of the desk without disconnecting from the clamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Inventor: Andrea Bombelli
  • Patent number: 7108234
    Abstract: A keyboard support device provides a user with ergonomic positioning of the hands during keyboarding to prevent ailments such as carpal tunnel syndrome. The support device provides surfaces to receive a keyboard and mouse. Wedge shaped inserts can be used to alter the particular angle of the keyboard and mouse thereby providing a user with flexibility to position the hands at a desired angle. A first embodiment can be constructed of a closed cell foam in a molding or injection molding process. A second embodiment provides an inflatable support device especially suited for users who travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Inventors: Eugene B. Ritchey, Craig E. Ritchey
  • Patent number: 7073762
    Abstract: A computer mouse pad comprises a rigid base and a plurality of paper sheets arranged in a stack and detachably fixed to the base. Each of the stacked sheet is detachably fixed to a sheet immediately below it in the stack. The sheets are provided with printed messages on upper surfaces thereof. A coating is applied to the upper surfaces of the sheets. The coated upper surfaces are resistant to being written upon, thereby preventing accumulation of carbon, graphite and ink markings, which tend to contaminate the roller ball, prevent proper mouse tracking and adversely affect curser control. When worn, the uppermost sheet is removed, thereby exposing the next sheet in the stack and its message, for use as the upper surface of the mouse pad. Timely refreshment of the upper surface is encouraged by provision of a mouse pad in which the information conveyed by successive sheet removal creates a serial effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Inventor: Leonard B. Pearson
  • Patent number: 7028971
    Abstract: An articulating arm is infinitely adjustable within a pre-determined range. A pivot arm has arcuate surfaces extending therefrom with a brake pivotally mounted to intersect a path of rotation of the arcuate surfaces. Two heat treated shoes provide the arcuate surfaces. The brake is a plate that is controlled to lock or unlock the pivot member relative to a bracket to which the pivot member is pivotally connected. A support is pivotally connected to the pivot member at an end opposite of the bracket. The brake is unlocked manually by forcing the support upward when the support is in a locked position relative to the pivot member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Assignee: Ergostream Products Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy P. Scott
  • Patent number: 6951325
    Abstract: A forearm and wrist support apparatus for keyboard operators. The support apparatus attaches to a working surface and provides a comfortable resting place for the forearms of the keyboard operator. A supporting base of the apparatus comprises of a rigid lower member, side members attached to left and right sides of the lower member, and a sloping front member. Each side member includes a horizontal slot that forms a track for a sliding arm support that is housed within the apparatus. The sliding arm support has a flat rectangular shape and includes tabs on both sides to extend and retract the sliding arm support. The apparatus further includes a cushion comprising a pad attached to the front and side members that extends to the rear of the apparatus. A cover material covers the external surfaces of the front and side members. The apparatus also includes an attachment system comprising a screw clamp attached to the lower surface of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2005
    Inventor: Ruben Lopez-Apodaca
  • Patent number: 6938862
    Abstract: A portable elbow support having a hanger portion, a horizontal stabilizing portion, a vertical stabilizing portion, a support platform, and an elbow receiving portion that is coupled to the support platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2005
    Inventor: Solomon J. Orona
  • Patent number: 6932304
    Abstract: A wrist support device for supporting a wrist of a user while the user is using a computer mouse. The wrist support device includes a base member being designed for being selectively coupled to the computer mouse. A cushion member is coupled to the base member whereby the cushion member extends upwardly from the base member. The cushion member is designed for supporting the wrist of the user to reduce the stress on the wrist of the user when a hand of the user is positioned on the computer mouse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Inventor: Joseph Villamar
  • Patent number: 6923505
    Abstract: An ergonomic arm support system maintains a neutral position for the forearm. A mechanical support structure attached to a chair or other mounting structure supports the arms of a sitting or standing person. The system includes moving elements and tensioning elements to provide a dynamic balancing force against the forearms. The support structure is not fixed or locked in a rigid position, but is an active dynamic system that is maintained in equipoise by the continuous operation of the opposing forces. The support structure includes an armrest connected to a flexible linkage or articulated or pivoting assembly, which includes a tensioning element such as a spring. The pivoting assembly moves up and down, with the tensioning element providing the upward force that balances the downward force of the arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2005
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Michael J Siminovitch, Jeffrey Y Chung, Steven Dellinges, Robin E Lafever
  • Patent number: 6894894
    Abstract: A base for a laptop computer. In one embodiment, the base has an upper surface with a keyboard and a lower surface opposite the upper surface. The lower surface may have two depressions extending from a forward edge to a rear edge of the lower surface. The depressions are configured to engage both the upper and side surfaces of the user's legs in a manner that restricts relative motion between the base and the user's legs. In one embodiment, the depressions may have a rough texture and/or a skid-resistant material to further restrict motion of the base relative to the user's legs. In another embodiment, first and second support members may be movably attached to the base to move from a stowed position to an unstowed position for providing more surface area to engage the user's legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2005
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Lynne Zarek, Paul T. Parker, John M. Wechkin
  • Patent number: 6847352
    Abstract: The present invention 10 discloses a computer mouse having a body with an ovate palm support area 38 and a planar peripherally receding support 42 for the hypothenar mass and left 40 and right anterior buttons 44 eccentrically positioned askew the apex of the ovate form with one button located on a platform 46 and elevated and angularly positioned relative to the other button 40 that is substantially planar. The button platform 46 could also be selectively movable along a limited distance of the anterior periphery of the body to allow a user 12 to adjust the present invention 10 to conform to different sized hands and fingers of varying lengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2005
    Inventor: Juan J Lantigua
  • Patent number: 6843454
    Abstract: A wrist rest assembly for use along the front edge of a device to be operated by a person's hands or fingers, such as in front of a computer keyboard, including an elongate base on which is supported an elongate pad comprising a layer of gel within the covering. The pad has sufficient thickness between its top and bottom surfaces and width between its edges to afford supporting a users wrists on said top surface with a portion of the layer of gel beneath and conforming to the supported wrists and to afford significant motion of the top surface of the pad with the supported wrists relative to the bottom surface in a plane generally parallel to the upper surface of the base. The base has a top portion supporting the pad, a bottom portion adapted to be supported on a horizontal surface; and structure that allows the top portion to be supported on the bottom portion with the top surface of the pad at a predetermined one of several different distances above that horizontal surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2005
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Robert J. Wolf, Thomas J. Barnidge, Wayne K. Darvell, Kenneth J. Kirchhoff