Bracket Moved By Mechanical Operator (e.g., Spring, Threaded Shaft, Pulley And Rope) Patents (Class 248/125.2)
  • Patent number: 10495252
    Abstract: A supporting frame for holding a display includes a fixed base, a gas spring, a cam, a cantilever arm and a connecting element. The gas spring extends along a first direction and is disposed on the fixed base. The cam is against a pressure bearing head of the gas spring. The cantilever arm has a first end connecting to the cam. The connecting element is pivotally connected to the cantilever arm so as to hold the display. When the cantilever arm rotates toward the fixed base to cause the cam rotating, the gas spring is pressed. The gas spring is able to have various levels of elastic force and thus the display is adapted to stop at any height between a raised position and a lowered position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Inventors: Yi-Xin Lee, Ching-Hui Yen, Chin-Chuan Lu
  • Patent number: 10413797
    Abstract: A bicycle rack assembly includes a first upright unit that is selectively positioned on a support surface. The first upright unit has an upper end and the upper end receives a rear axle of a first bicycle. In this way a rear wheel of the first bicycle is spaced from the support surface to spin freely when the first bicycle is mounted and pedaled. A second upright unit is slidably coupled to the first upright unit and the second upright unit is selectively positioned on the support surface. The second upright unit has a top end and the top end receives a rear axle of a second bicycle. In that way a rear wheel of the second bicycle is spaced from the support surface to spin freely when the second bicycle is mounted and pedaled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventor: Ladson Nesbitt
  • Patent number: 10408375
    Abstract: A method for in situ relocation of an underground utility including the steps of inserting, extending, raising and continuing to raise. The inserting step is carried out by the inserting of at least one lifting member down into the ground alongside the underground utility. The extending step extends a lifting bracket from the at least one lifting member. The raising step raises the lifting member causing the lifting bracket to engage a portion of the underground utility. The continuing step continues to raise the lifting member until the underground utility reaches a predetermined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Inventors: Michael A. Trout, Steven M. Trout
  • Patent number: 10351001
    Abstract: A vehicle trim assembly that includes a trim and a display device having a display screen with a first display zone and a second display zone. The display device is movable relative to the trim between a first stable position, in which the first display zone is visible and the second display zone is hidden by the trim, and a second stable position, in which the first display zone and the second display zone are both visible. The second stable position is offset relative to the first stable position along a first direction perpendicular to the display screen in the first position, in the direction toward which the display screen is facing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Faurecia Interieur Industrie
    Inventor: Julien Beauregard
  • Patent number: 10287148
    Abstract: A display hoist includes a first clamp configured to be coupled to a first portion of a telescoping support member, a second clamp configured to be coupled to a second portion of the telescoping support member, and an actuator assembly extending between the first clamp and the second clamp. The actuator assembly includes an actuator motor, a piston including a first end and a second end, the first end of the piston mechanically coupled to the first clamp, the second end of the piston operably coupled to the actuator motor, and a housing disposed over at least a portion of the piston and enclosing the actuator motor, the housing including a top end and a bottom end, the housing mechanically coupled at the top end to the second clamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventors: Bruce Urban, Reginna Eatman, Anthony Firmani, Max Skaare, Paul R. Sylvia, Scott Olive, John Curtis, Thomas Frawley
  • Patent number: 10278494
    Abstract: A system is delineated for mounting a provided television. The system includes a frame having a central aperture formed by an internal surface of the frame, wherein the aperture is sized to accommodate an outer perimeter of the provided television. The system also includes a casegood including a weighted region to minimize risk of tipping the system and means for coupling the frame to the casegood such that a front panel surface of the provided television when mounted within the frame is located in proximity to a rear edge of the casegood.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventors: Troy A. Hollis, Ben Lewis, Sam Panchit
  • Patent number: 10100907
    Abstract: A novel deformation motion mechanism with precise motion precise motion and structural robustness is achieved. A deformation motion mechanism includes: an elastic ring member shaped symmetrically with respect to a center line, wherein one end of the elastic ring member is fixed and the other end is movable along the center line; a drive unit which is placed within the elastic ring member and is arranged to rotate a feed screw engaged with both ends of the elastic ring member along an operating line orthogonal to the center line, to press or stretch the elastic ring member along the center line; and a plurality of flexible arms which connects the drive unit to the elastic member in at least a direction of the center line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Minoru Kurose, Yoshihiko Katsuyama, Kazuo Hamada, Takuro Kobayashi, Naoto Tanimichi, Tsui Happy
  • Patent number: 9955780
    Abstract: An operating device is proposed for an electrically height-adjustable table having at least one electrical drive (EA) for adjusting the height of a table top (TP) of the table, and a controller (CTRL) for controlling the drive (EA). The operating device has an actuating element (BE, EMS, CS) to be arranged in the region of the table top (TP), a force sensor (FS), which is designed to measure a force acting on the table top (TP), and an evaluation circuit (EV).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Inventor: Walter Koch
  • Patent number: 9933106
    Abstract: A support comprises a device mount adapted to be connected to a user device such as a monitor. The device mount is supported on a first pivot for rotational motion about a first axis of rotation. A slide assembly comprises a carriage where the carriage is mounted for translational movement and supports the first pivot such that the first axis of rotation may be moved transversely. The support may be mounted on a technology cart comprising an upright supported on wheels where the upright supports a movable work platform. The support may be located in front of and closely adjacent to the upright where the movement of the pivot allows the user device to be rotated without interference from the upright.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Inventor: Jeffrey P. Stark
  • Patent number: 9863572
    Abstract: A lifting device configured to adjustably hold a display device at a certain height includes a support frame configured to support the display device, a shaft, a toothed gear, and a rack secured on the support frame. The shaft includes a wide portion secured on the display device and a narrow portion carrying the toothed gear, friction between the wide portion and the narrow portion being sufficient to hold the static weight of the display device. The toothed gear meshes with the rack. An upward or downward push on the display device drives the gear to move up and down along the rack to adjust the height of the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Inventors: Shih-Chi Liu, Shih-Tse Chen
  • Patent number: 9803816
    Abstract: In various embodiments, a street lighting device with a first light source for illuminating the street plane from above is provided. The device may include a second light source located at a closer position to the street plane than said first light source; a sensor sensitive to the occurrence of conditions of reduced ambient visibility; and a controller connected to said sensor and capable of activating said second light source in the presence of said conditions of reduced ambient visibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: OSRAM GmbH
    Inventors: Alessandro Bizzotto, Simone Capeleto, Matteo Toscan
  • Patent number: 9644785
    Abstract: A stand for a musical keyboard is both stable in a deployed configuration and conveniently compact and portable in a collapsed configuration. The separation of the arms and legs may not change in width as the height of the stand is adjusted. The stand has two “floating” V's, one for the arms and one for the legs. These components slide vertically in slots in a central column and are locked in place with clamps that wrap around the column. To adjust the height of the stand, a user loosens either or both the top and/or bottom clamp (arm clamp or leg clamp) and slides the associated floating V up or down along the center column, then re-tightening the clamp when adjustments are finished. For transport and storage, the user loosens each clamp and rotates the arms or legs in, towards the column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: U.S. Band & Orchestra Supplies, Inc.
    Inventor: William M. Carpenter
  • Patent number: 9597445
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for controlling fluid flow provided by an apparatus to a patient's eye during a surgical procedure. The method includes automatically adjusting an irrigation fluid source to a predetermined height during the surgical procedure using the apparatus, receiving a request either that the irrigation fluid source be moved to a different height from the predetermined height or that a manual adjustment mode be entered, and ceasing automatic adjusting and requiring manual adjustment of the height of the irrigation fluid source until the surgical procedure is completed or an indication received to resume automatic height adjustment of the irrigation fluid source. As an alternative, fluid flow rate or intraocular pressure may be maintained, and the design may include making adjustments to default values in other modes based on the adjustment made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Abbott Medical Optics Inc.
    Inventors: Catherine P. Ha, Wayne S. Wong, Michael J. Claus
  • Patent number: 9271572
    Abstract: A household lift is provided with a stationary base and rack, wherein the movement of the drive gears and an associated movable portion is supported for linear motion parallel to the rack by at least a pair of extensible slides that are oriented at approximately right angles to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Inventor: Paul J. Fenelon
  • Patent number: 9016640
    Abstract: A stationary base with at least two door shrouds extending from a tower portion. The tower portion has at least one groove communicating with a groove guide. An actuating housing is attached to the groove guide and connected to at least one force member positioned between the base and the actuating housing. At least one containment door is positioned in a door groove adjacent each door shroud. Each containment door communicates with the actuating housing with at least one guide pin positioned in a guide slot of each containment door, the guide slot being angled at a predetermined angle to translate vertical movement of the actuating housing to horizontal movement of each containment door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: RKS Design, Inc.
    Inventors: Ravi K. Sawhney, Kavinder Singh, John Vernon
  • Publication number: 20150083883
    Abstract: A four bar linkage boom arm imaging stand assembly system and related methods are provided. The stand includes a height-adjustable imaging platform. The imaging platform is configured for holding a scanning device. The stand is configured to be mobile. The stand is also configured to be stable while moving a scanning device to a desired height and position. The stand is configured such that the imaging platform remains at a consistent orientation throughout the entire range of possible heights. The stand includes a unique brake feature for maintaining the imaging platform at a desired height.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Mark J. Meuret, Adam J. Warden, Isaac H. Gipson, Aaron A. Hudlemeyer, Deighton E. Brunson
  • Publication number: 20150014493
    Abstract: An improvement of display elevating device comprising one supporting portion, a retraction portion and a base, wherein, the supporting portion contains a front panel and a spherical pivot head for fixing a display, wherein the front panel is provided with a spherical clamp for fixing the spherical pivot head, wherein the retraction device consists of a pillar connecting upwards to the supporting portion and a sleeve connecting downwards to the base, said pillar is fixed with a pneumatic cylinder, wherein an axial valve of the pneumatic cylinder is inserted into the base, and the sleeve is provided with an inner groove and a block connecting to the pillar, a key is provided on the base, used for the control of a transmission part to the axial valve of the pneumatic cylinder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Chung-Shiu WU, Ming-Hsin WEI
  • Patent number: 8876069
    Abstract: A container mixing stand for securing a container for mixing includes a base plate, a first holding member connected to the base plate and a second holding member movably connected to the base plate and spaced from the first holding member for receiving a container between the first and second holding members. The stand also includes a first pulley assembly having a lever arm movable between a rest position and a tensioning position, and a second pulley assembly coupled with both the second holding member and the first pulley assembly. Movement of the first pulley assembly from the rest position to the tensioning position causes the second pulley assembly to move the second holding member into contact with the container for securing the container in position during mixing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: United States Gypsum Company
    Inventor: Scott D. Cimaglio
  • Patent number: 8864092
    Abstract: A television mount assembly suitable for mounting a television to a wall, especially over fireplaces and other obstacles. The mount assembly secures a television (TV) to a wall via two arms and a spring mechanism thereby allowing it to extend away from the wall while at the same time allowing the television to swivel. It includes a mechanism to straighten the television as it is positioned close to the wall. The spring mechanism is calibrated by means of a calibration screw, spring block, and locking screws. A handle enables a user to grasp the mount assembly for changing the position of the television. A temperature gauge on the handle displays ambient temperature proximate to the television to warn users if the temperature is too high for the television to safely operate. A means of setting a maximum extension prevents the television from extending beyond a point set by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Inventor: Brian Newville
  • Publication number: 20140284435
    Abstract: A monitor stand for supporting a screen unit is provided. The monitor comprises a supporting unit, a mounting unit, at least one contact wall and at least one brake unit. The brake unit includes a resisting block capable of moving between a first position and a second position. A lower frictional threshold force is generated between the resisting block and the contact wall if the resisting block is at the first position; an upper frictional threshold force is generated between the resisting block and the contact wall if the resisting block is at the second position. The mounting unit moves against the supporting unit and toward a first direction or a second direction, and the resisting block is at the first position if the mounting unit moves toward the first direction, and the resisting block is at the second position if the mounting unit moves toward the second direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
  • Publication number: 20140263881
    Abstract: An adjustable mailbox post comprises a vertical support member rotatably attached to a cross-member. The cross-member extends through a transverse channel in the support member, such that a forward arm of the cross-member extends from the forward side of the support member, and a rear arm of the cross-member extends from the rear side of the support member. The forward arm supports a mailbox platform, to which a mailbox can be attached. Using a spring mechanism and/or an extendable strut, the forward arm of the post can be lifted from a horizontal position appropriate for mail delivery to an elevated position, in which the mailbox is out of the reach of passing snow-plows. Latching mechanisms are used to secure the forward arm of the post in either the horizontal delivery position or the elevated safety position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Jeffrey Bryan
  • Publication number: 20140166824
    Abstract: An adjustable support may have one or more screw piles at its base. The bottom side of a bottom plate may be welded to the screw pile. A top plate may be positioned on top of the bottom plate. A threaded stud is then placed over a nut/bushing affixed to the top side of the top plate and threaded into and through the nut/bushing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: Concrete Alternatives & More, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert G. Tarapchak
  • Patent number: 8667655
    Abstract: An apparatus for securing a drive system to a ring in a medical imaging gantry, the ring defining a central longitudinal axis. The apparatus includes a ring having an outer race and an inner race rotatively mounted within the outer race, the inner race defining inner race teeth about a portion of its circumference, The apparatus also includes a drive system having a drive gear, defining drive gear teeth that are engaged with the inner race teeth, and defining tooth clearance there between. A mounting assembly is also included having at least one mounting bar rigidly attached to the outer race outer facing surface, the mounting bar including a transverse face being substantially perpendicular to the ring outer race circumference, at least one mounting plate secured to the drive system and transverse face of the at least one mounting bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Robert Campbell, Jeff Scribner
  • Patent number: 8641005
    Abstract: A container mixing stand including a base plate, and a first wall and a second wall connected to the base plate, where the first wall is spaced from the second wall for receiving a container between the first and second walls. A tensioning mechanism independent of the first wall and the second wall is positioned adjacent to at least one of the first wall and the second wall. The tensioning mechanism is movable between a rest position and a tensioning position, where moving the tensioning mechanism to the tensioning position causes at least one of the first wall and the second wall to move along the base plate toward the container and secure the container between the first wall and the second wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: United States Gypsum Company
    Inventor: Scott D. Cimaglio
  • Patent number: 8596591
    Abstract: A display positioning apparatus is provided for lifting, supporting, and/or positioning a load, such as a display. The apparatus includes a support and a bracket adapted to couple to a display movably coupled to the support along a range of travel. A balance mechanism is operatively coupled to the bracket and support to counterbalance the bracket and display. In some cases the balance mechanism includes a torquing spring member operatively coupled with a cam member to provide a substantially constant counterbalancing force along the range of travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Ergotron, Inc.
    Inventors: John Theis, Saeb Asamarai, Peter Segar
  • Publication number: 20130304251
    Abstract: A computer-controlled robotic platform with a collapsible lifting arm that positions a non-destructive inspection (NDI) sensor for scanning inside tunnel regions of a composite structure such as an integrally stiffened wing box. The lifting arm of a modified scissor lift mechanism can be collapsed to a very low height to pass through narrow sections of the integrally stiffened wing box, and also extended by more than a factor of three to reach the maximum height of the wing box tunnels. The system performs a vertical position sensing and control process that uses inverse kinematics to enable position control using data from a standard rotational encoder on the motor to determine vertical position. The system produces simulated encoder pulses that represent unit vertical displacements of a distal portion of a modified scissor lift mechanism using a forward kinematics equation in which the rotation angle of a lead screw is an input variable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventors: Jeffry J. Garvey, James C. Kennedy, James J. Troy
  • Publication number: 20130292521
    Abstract: A carrier for carrying patient fluids comprising a carrying frame, a support base, at least one container holder, attached to the carrying frame distal from the floor, configured to receive a container of medication, the container holder being movable between an upward position and a downward position, a holder activator spaced from the container holder and positioned between the container holder and the floor, coupled to the container holder, and configured such that the container holder moves toward a downward position in response to a first movement of the holder activator, and toward an upward position in response to a second movement of the holder activator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Applicant: NOTION MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventor: Mark P. Chepurny
  • Publication number: 20130284864
    Abstract: Described herein is a safety restraint mechanism for a mast assembly. The safety restraint mechanism comprises a tension line attached to a lever and a winch mechanism such that operation of the winch mechanism translates a carriage assembly along the mast. A cam brake including an engagement profile at a first end thereon is pivotally attached to the lever at a second end. The cam brake is also pivotally attached to the carriage assembly such that the engagement profile pivots into a brake position or a free lift position relative to a tension force acting on the lever. The lever is pivotally attached to the second end and includes a kickstand. The engagement profile having a protruded portion to abut the tubes in a brake position and a relief portion to space the cam brake from the tubes in a free lift position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2012
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Inventors: Darrell K. Vandegrift, James S. Arnold
  • Patent number: 8570723
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed towards a support structure for electronic displays, such as a computer display monitor, tablet, or the like, such that a cable actuated hinge moves the display from an elevated vertical position away from a user to a lower horizontal position closer to the user. In one embodiment, a computer display is pivotally connected to at least one display arm. The other end of the display arm(s) are pivotally connected to a base. One or more cable(s) are pivotally connected to the base. The cable(s) attaches to the display such that when the display arm(s) is pivoted downward the cable(s) pulls against the display arm(s) and toward the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Myerchin Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Christian P. Myerchin
  • Patent number: 8567729
    Abstract: A locking mechanism provides a base connected to a column. The base, generally square, receives the round column. The base has feet and an opposite lower plate. Within one foot, a pedal extends into the base and engages the column to raise it. Upwardly from the lower plate, the column has an upper plate, a side plate outwardly from the upper plate, and a plurality of bolts secured through the pattern of apertures in the two plates. The side plate has an aperture that receives a stem that has a handle upon one end and a tab upon the opposite end. Turning of the handle places the tab beneath the lower plate, locking the column to the base while turning the handle in the opposite direction moves the tab away from the lower plate so that the column may elevate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Inventor: Stephen C. Nemish
  • Patent number: 8526178
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a processing portion and a user interface portion. The user interface portion is slidably coupled to the processing portion along a first axis. The apparatus also includes a stand that is hingedly coupled to the user interface portion. The stand rotates about a second axis orthogonal to the first axis. In some embodiments, the stand includes a U-bar. When the stand is coupled to the processing portion in an open position, the U-bar is able to receive cables therethrough. When the stand is coupled to the processing portion in a closed position, the stand is positioned within a recess, adapted to receive the stand, of the processing portion. In some embodiments, the user interface portion is removable from the processing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Flextronics AP, LLC
    Inventors: Chun-Ting Wu, Yu-Tsiang Lin
  • Publication number: 20130214102
    Abstract: A power rail assembly includes a base, a bracket, a guiding member, a sliding seat, a screw member, a screw rod, and a driving motor. The base includes a top surface and a bottom surface. The bracket is disposed on the top surface vertically. The guiding member is disposed on the bracket and provides two guiding slots. The sliding seat includes a connection portion and two sliding portions. The two sliding portions protrude outwardly on the connection portion and embed into the two guiding slots respectively, so that the sliding set is movably disposed on the guiding member. The screw member is fixed on the connection portion and provides a screwing trough. The screw rod is disposed in an accommodating portion of the bracket and passes through the screwing trough, so that the screw member is engaged with the screw rod. The driving motor is fixed on the bracket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2012
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Applicant: Wistron Corporation
    Inventors: Wei-Chia HUANG, You-Gang WONG
  • Patent number: 8490930
    Abstract: A telescopic supportive apparatus includes an external tube, an internal tube, a mount, a toothed wheel, a handle, a first detent and a second detent. The internal tube is telescopically inserted in the external tube and formed with a series of recesses. The mount is secured to the external tube. The toothed wheel is supported on the mount and formed with teeth for insertion in the recesses. The handle is supported on the mount. The first detent is movably located on the mount and formed with a ratchet for engagement with the teeth. The second detent is movably located on the mount and formed with a ratchet for engagement with the teeth. The damping unit is located on the mount for damping the spinning of the toothed wheel and therefore the insertion of the internal tube into the external tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Inventor: Han-Ching Huang
  • Publication number: 20130168511
    Abstract: An ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus including a body, a control panel installed on the top of the body, and a height adjusting device to adjust a height of the control panel. The height adjusting device includes an installation bracket for installation of constituent elements of the height adjusting device, a drive motor to generate rotational power, and at least one arm having one end rotatably coupled to the installation bracket and another end rotatably coupled to the control panel. A clutch unit is placed operationally between the drive motor and the arm to selectively cutoff power transmission between the drive motor and the arm. Thus, the height of the control panel is manually adjustable after the clutch unit cuts off power transmission between the drive motor and the arm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2013
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: SAMSUNG MEDISON CO., LTD.
  • Patent number: 8448906
    Abstract: A support apparatus includes a support member having at least one thread, a collar attached to the support member that is moveable along the one or more threads of the support member and at least one arm assembly attached to or positioned on the collar. The one or more threads may include a ridge formed on the support member or a groove formed in the support member. The one or more arm assemblies are configured to hold an object such as, for example, a monitor, copy holder, liquid crystal display or light fixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Knoll, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Sapper, Ronald Snyder
  • Patent number: 8405959
    Abstract: An vertical positioning unit for an image display unit includes an elastic member having a biasing part extended in a length direction of the vertical positioning unit to constantly exert an elastic force in a direction across a moving direction of a sliding member which is mounted to a stand member to be movable up and down. Accordingly, a slim structure of the stand member may be achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ok Keun Lee, Jin Kwon, Sang Il Park, Eui Seok Kim
  • Publication number: 20120312937
    Abstract: A portable, collapsible piñata support is disclosed having a base platform, and upstanding member, a support arm, and a pulley system tether. The base platform is a liquid or granular weight fillable element with an open interior volume, adapted to accept water or sand for stabilizing the device while in use. The upstanding member is a telescoping rod that is removably and pivotally attached to the base member and hingedly attached to the support arm. The support arm extends from the upstanding member to support the piñata, while a pulley system runs from the upstanding member to the distal end of the support arm for controlling the height of the piñata suspended therefrom. The device is quickly deployable and stowable by removing the base from the supports and collapsing the supports about their common hinge point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2012
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Inventors: Bruce Weber, Susan Weber
  • Patent number: 8305740
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a body with a slide member, a supporter connected to the slide member to support the body placed on a plane, and a fastener combining the supporter and the slide member to make the supporter locate at a first position of the slide member. When the body is applied a force, the supporter moves along the slide rod to locate at a second position to adjust an angle between the body and the plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: ASUSTeK Computer Inc.
    Inventor: Chih Wei Chuang
  • Patent number: 8282053
    Abstract: An apparatus for adjusting the length of a leg of a boat lift is described wherein the length of the leg may either be shortened or lengthened without the necessity of entering the water in which the boat lift is positioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Inventor: Herman E. Mensching
  • Patent number: 8267360
    Abstract: A height adjustable holding apparatus for holding an object is provided. The height adjustable holding apparatus includes a support, a moving part, a holding unit, an elastic member, and a linking unit. The moving part is movable along the support, wherein the object connects to the moving part to be movable along the support. The holding unit is disposed at a top end of the support. The elastic member is disposed at a bottom end of the support. One end of the linking unit connects to the moving part and the other end extending around the holding unit to connect to the elastic member. When moving the object along the support to a desired position, the object substantially remains balanced at the desired position by the cooperation of the holding unit, the elastic member and the linking unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Qisda Corporation
    Inventor: Yung-Chun Su
  • Patent number: 8228668
    Abstract: A lift system having a first pulley and a biasing member having a first portion operatively coupled to the first pulley. A first tension member can be operatively coupled to the first pulley. The lift system may be configured to provide a constant force to the first tension member during a defined angle of rotation of the first pulley. Such a constant force can be used to counterbalance the weight of a display supported by a stand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Ergotron, Inc.
    Inventors: Saeb Asamarai, Robert W. Fluhrer
  • Patent number: 8220765
    Abstract: A counterbalance mechanism counterbalances an eccentric mass on a rotating shaft supported by a frame. A first pulley is coupled to and concentric with the shaft. An arm is coupled to the shaft to rotatably support a second at a first distance from the first pulley. A third pulley is fixedly coupled to the frame at a second distance from the first pulley. A fourth pulley is rotatably coupled to and concentric with the third pulley. A spring is fixed at a first end to the frame and has a second end that is coupled to the fourth pulley such that the spring provides a restoring force as the fourth pulley is rotated. A first cable has a first end that is coupled to the fourth pulley and a second end that is coupled to the frame through the third pulley after passing over the first and second pulleys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventor: David W. Bailey
  • Publication number: 20120153098
    Abstract: A portable table support that connects a collapsible table and capable of provide support of a stationary table. The portable table support includes a lower support structure, a platform disposed on a top surface of the lower support structure, and a pair of adjustable end supports. The a pair of adjustable end supports are attached to the platform such that each of the pair of adjustable end supports have a pair of members that move linearly with respect to each other in opposite directions along a horizontal plane. Further, the pair of adjustable end supports are individually positioned opposite each other at each end of the platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Inventor: Jeffrey Riach
  • Patent number: 8191322
    Abstract: An extensible payload system including mounting equipment and a mast system removably coupled to the mounting equipment. The mast system includes a plurality of nested mast sections, at least one cable, and a pull block assembly. The plurality of nested mast sections include a first mast section and a second mast section nested within the first mast section. At least one cable is rollably coupled to the first mast section. The pull block assembly is coupled to an end of the second mast section. The pull block assembly has a cable receiving opening. The cable is routed into the cable receiving opening and is coupled to the pull block assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Inventors: Frank Liestenfeltz, Kurt Liestenfeltz, Brian D. Gibson, Phillip D. Gibson
  • Patent number: 8181921
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments of a platform telescoping system which comprises a platform, a first supporting arm, a second supporting arm, a telescopic driving mechanism which comprises a first power output, end and a rotational driving mechanism which comprises a second power output end. The first power output end is integrated with the second supporting arm and causes the second supporting arm to move in a first direction, and the second power output end is integrated with the platform and causes the platform to pivot between a first position and a second position. The second supporting arm telescopes with respect to the first supporting arm for adjusting the position of the platform. The space occupied by the platform telescoping system may be reduced while its functions enhanced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Shenzhen Mindray Bio-Medical Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zhiyuan Shi, Xiaohong Chen
  • Patent number: 8177174
    Abstract: A monitor lift mechanism that can be utilized in connection with a desk having a stationary work surface. The monitor lift mechanism is movable between a retracted position in which a monitor is positioned beneath the work surface, and an extended position in which the monitor is positioned above the work surface for viewing. The monitor lift mechanism includes a lift bar that is movable between a retracted position and an extended position through the use of a block and tackle pulley and lift cylinder arrangement. A latch mechanism holds the lift bar in the retracted position and can be released upon depression of a monitor door coupled to the lift bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Krueger International, Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis G. Griepentrog
  • Publication number: 20120104192
    Abstract: A telescopic supportive apparatus includes an external tube, an internal tube, a mount, a toothed wheel, a handle, a first detent and a second detent. The internal tube is telescopically inserted in the external tube and formed with a series of recesses. The mount is secured to the external tube. The toothed wheel is supported on the mount and formed with teeth for insertion in the recesses. The handle is supported on the mount. The first detent is movably located on the mount and formed with a ratchet for engagement with the teeth. The second detent is movably located on the mount and formed with a ratchet for engagement with the teeth. The damping unit is located on the mount for damping the spinning of the toothed wheel and therefore the insertion of the internal tube into the external tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2010
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Inventor: Han-Ching Huang
  • Patent number: 8146869
    Abstract: A base structure can support a monitor. A fixed portion is firmly disposed on the rear casing of the monitor and contains at least one slide rail. A slide portion can move up and down the slide rail. A spring is linked to the fixed portion and the slide portion. One end of the push bar is pivotally linked to the slide portion. A first stand is firmly disposed on the rear casing. A second stand is pivotally linked to the first stand. Another end of the push bar is pivotally linked to the second stand. In this manner, the monitor may adjust the expanding angle of the second stand so as to place the monitor on the desk or hang the monitor on the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: TPV Electronics (Fujian) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xiao Wang, Lixia Wang, Wen-Hsiung Huang
  • Patent number: 8112856
    Abstract: A clamp of an anti-vibration spring includes a pipe body and a sheathing element fixed to an end the pipe body. Another end of the pipe body is fixed to a covering element. The sheathing element is passed through the external periphery of the pipe body. The pipe body includes a screw rod screwed at the moving element, and an end of the screw rod is protruded from an end of the covering element and fixed at a driving element. A connecting element between the sheathing element and the moving element positions the sheathing element and the moving element. Each sheathing element has a connecting portion including a transversal slot, two clamping disc, and an insert portion on the clamping disc connected to the transversal slot and fixed by a positioning element. By turning the driving element, the anti-vibration spring is compressed or released between the two clamping discs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Yakita Metal Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chia Hao Huang
  • Patent number: 8104933
    Abstract: A connector for connecting a lamp to a pole, includes a frame and a bracket pivotably attached to the frame. The frame has multiple positioning holes defined therein, and the bracket has two slots defined corresponding to the positioning holes. A blot extends through the frame and the bracket, and a screw is selected to extend through one of the positioning holes and a corresponding slot to fix the bracket to the frame with a required angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignees: Fu Zhun Precision Industry (Shen Zhen) Co., Ltd., Foxconn Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: You-Xue Liu, Ci-Jin Mo