Stand Patents (Class 248/127)
  • Patent number: 11141240
    Abstract: A transfer device can include a housing including first and second docking cups, each of the first and second docking cups configured to receive and lockably engage a receiver of a transfer system; a security mechanism positioned inside the housing, the security mechanism including: first and second security levers; a first biasing member engaged with the first security lever and configured to bias the first security lever towards engagement with the receiver; and a second biasing member engaged with the second security lever and configured to bias the second security lever towards engagement with the receiver; and an indicator coupled to the security mechanism and at least partially visible from outside the housing, the indicator configured to indicate to a user of the transfer system whether the receiver is lockably engaged with one of the first and second docking cups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Nexxspan Healthcare, LLC
    Inventors: Alexander Bally, Eric Richard Colburn
  • Patent number: 11124281
    Abstract: In one aspect, a device for providing propulsion in water is provided by the present disclosure. The device includes a parallel mechanism including at least five rigid bars and at least five joints, each joint being positioned between two of the rigid bars and configured to allow movement of the at least five rigid bars, a first servo motor coupled to a first rigid bar included in the at least five rigid bars, a second servo motor coupled to a second rigid bar included in the at least five rigid bars, and a controller coupled to the first servo motor and the second servo motor and configured to actuate the first servo motor and the second servo motor according to a predetermined pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: ARIZONA BOARD OF REGENTS ON BEHALF OF ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Daniel Aukes, Mohammad Sharifzadeh, Kevin Nichols, Yuhao Jiang
  • Patent number: 11068030
    Abstract: A stand that is attachable to a back surface of an electronic device or a protective case for the electronic device. The stand includes a base portion, two legs, and two pivoting spring arms. Each leg pivots at a leg axis along an arc between a stowed position and an extended position. The two pivoting spring arms are attached to the base portion at a first end and attached to a respective one of the legs at a second end. Each pivoting spring arm is configured to apply a spring force to the leg to, alternately, force leg toward the stowed position or the extended position depending on the starting position of the leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Otter Products, LLC
    Inventors: Richard K. Marcks, Jr., Jeffrey C. Wicks
  • Patent number: 10646043
    Abstract: The present invention is a moveable stool that includes a wheeled member having wheels, a stably support member and at least one flexible element. Stably support member is formed of a bottom cavity, a top flat surface for user to stand on and support element(s). When a user is not standing on top flat surface, then the wheels are free to move and stool is displaceable from one position to another. After the stool reaches at desired position and the user steps up on top flat surface, non-skid support element(s) connects with ground wheels of wheeled member are restricted from movement. Restricted movement of wheels prevents movement of stool on ground/floor. When user steps down from top flat surface, flexible element(s) retracts stably support member which raises support element(s) and disconnects contact between support element and ground. Wheels in contact with ground/floor are freed rendering stool again for portability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventor: David G. North
  • Patent number: 10512582
    Abstract: A supporting module and a motion assistance apparatus including the same, the supporting module including a supporting frame including a sliding guide, a sliding joint configured to slide along the sliding guide, and an elastic module provided in the supporting frame, and configured to provide an elastic force to the sliding joint, are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Byungjune Choi, Youn Baek Lee, Jeonghun Kim, Se-Gon Roh, Minhyung Lee, Jongwon Lee, Hyun Do Choi
  • Patent number: 10446124
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a guitar stand that includes a base, an upright support, and, optionally, a music holder. The top surface of the base may be at an inclined angle relative to a floor or surface on which the base (and guitar stand) is positioned. The top surface of the base is designed to receive, and make available for use, one or more effects pedals that a guitarist might choose to employ during a performance. The upright support, which is attached to the base at an inclined angle, is designed to hold two guitars. A music holder, if present, is attached to the end of the upright support opposite the support's attachment to the base, is designed to hold music, an electronic device for displaying information (e.g., music), or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Inventors: Adam Daniel Jacobson, Ryan Patrick Sauter
  • Patent number: 10362697
    Abstract: A support for a mobile electronic device which includes a rigid elongated base strip approximately a length of a mobile electronic device. The base strip is longer than wide and has a first end, a second end, an upper surface, and a lower surface. An elongated layer of material, having upwardly projecting micro-suction cups, is secured to the upper surface of the base strip. According to a first aspect, a rigid support member is provided that, when in an operative position, extends substantially vertically from the upper surface at the second end of the base strip. According to a second aspect, an attachment band is provided that enables the base strip to be mounted to a human hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Inventor: Chen-Kee Yuan
  • Patent number: 10149556
    Abstract: A desktop pendant stand is provided, having a base with a center and an outer perimeter edge. One or more arms are attached to the base. The arm has a lower portion extending upwards from the base, and an upper portion extending above the lower portion. A cylindrical orifice is located on an inside of the upper portion of the arm. A stand magnet is located in the orifice. A clasp assembly is provided, having a mechanical clasp for connection to a bail of a pendant. A clasp magnet is pivotally connected to a distal end of the clasp by a connector. The clasp magnet is magnetically connectable to the stand magnet to suspend the mechanical clasp downward from the upper portion of the arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Tooth Fairy Designs, Inc.
    Inventor: John G. Fischer
  • Patent number: 10038467
    Abstract: A protective cover with deployable supportive brace includes a housing, a bending member, and a support member. The housing has a receiving opening, and a recessed track. The bending member also has a bent portion, and a guide. The bent portion is received in the receiving opening, and has a first section, and a second section. The guide is received in and movable along the recessed track. The support member is received in the receiving opening, is pivotable relative to the first section, and has two end portions. One end portion is secured to the second section, and the other end portion is adjacent to the first section. When pulled out and deployed, the support member and housing can support the mobile device in a free-standing manner for long term viewing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Li-Wen Tien
  • Patent number: 9288563
    Abstract: A mounting bracket system for mounting a loudspeaker monitor onto a microphone stand pole without requiring disassembly of either the loudspeaker monitor or the microphone stand. First and second mounting brackets may be mounted to a loudspeaker monitor or other product to be mounted. An indent on each mounting bracket is configured to engage a microphone stand or another elongated, pole-like structure, supporting the weight of the loudspeaker monitor through frictional forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: The TC Group A/S
    Inventors: David Kenneth Hilderman, Calvin K. Ma, Damon Langlois
  • Patent number: 9216670
    Abstract: A child restraint system includes an infant carrier and a base adapted to be mounted on a passenger seat in a vehicle in a vehicle mode. The infant carrier is also configured to be mounted on a stroller frame in a stroller mode. The infant carrier includes a seat shell and a carrying handle coupled to the seat shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: Dorel Juvenile Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Nathan W Heisey
  • Patent number: 9038956
    Abstract: Certain embodiments described herein are directed to devices configured to retain, at least for some period, and provide pre-launch support kites such as stunt kites. In certain instances, the device positions stunt kites of various sizes and design, including, for example, delta wing kits, diamond kits and foil kits, in a reclined position to provide pre-launch stability and wind flow/spill-over across the face of the kite to help prevent unintentional or premature launch. If desired, optional control line upright supports can be present that permit minimum control line pull-back thereby reducing the recline of the kite to bring the face of the kite into the wind and thereby launch the kite. The control line upright supports may also prevent the kite from falling completely face down on the surface, thereby requiring a reset of the kite on the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: NMERXION LLC
    Inventor: Oscar Bryant
  • Patent number: 8967559
    Abstract: This invention relates to a stand attachment structure for attaching a stand that supports a low-profile display unit, such as a liquid crystal display, in an upright position, and to a rear cabinet. In the rear cabinet (1), a stand mounting part (10) including a temporal fixing means (13) is provided to allow temporal fixation of a stand (5) to the rear cabinet (1). The stand mounting part (10) includes a hook (11) for retaining the stand (5) in a predetermined orientation, and a reinforcing rib (12) having functions of reinforcing the hook and of guiding an engagement tab (52) disposed on the stand (5) for insertion. Then, the stand (5) is temporarily fixed to a display unit (P) by engaging the engagement tab (52) disposed on the stand (5) with the hook (11), and finally secured to the display unit (P) with a set screw (B1) after temporal fixing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenji Ogura, Yuki Kita, Akihiro Fujikawa, Hideo Yonezawa, Tsukasa Fujimoto
  • Patent number: 8968654
    Abstract: A fluid delivery system includes a laboratory instrument that operates using fluid retained in one or more containers. The containers are supported on a motor-driven lift that is configured to transport the containers between a lowered position suitable for handling and an elevated position suitable for the delivery of fluid to the instrument by gravity. The lift includes a bench-mountable base, a tubular column extending upward from the base, an elongated lead screw extending longitudinally through the column, a drive mechanism for rotatably driving the lead screw, a carriage slidably mounted over the tubular column and mechanically coupled to the lead screw, a platform removably coupled to the carriage for supporting the containers, and a control system for regulating operation of the drive mechanism. During operation, a slot provided in the column restricts travel of the platform along a predefined path that is linear in part and helical in part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Automation Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Matthew Kendall, Matthew Charles Tierney, Joseph Scott Cantara
  • Publication number: 20150041348
    Abstract: A medical instrument holding apparatus (stand) that holds a medical instrument having a functional unit, includes: an instrument housing unit capable of housing at least a part of the instrument; and a coordination unit which coordinates with the functional unit when at least apart of the instrument is housed in the instrument housing unit. Thus, as the medical instrument is housed in this medical instrument holding apparatus, coordination between the two is possible.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Hirokazu SEKINO, Atsuya HIRABAYASHI, Daisuke KAWAKAMI
  • Patent number: 8950591
    Abstract: A ponytail holder apparatus has a base, an elongate support element extending upwardly from the base, and a holder element operably mounted on the elongate support element so that the holder element is positioned above the base. The holder element is comprised of a front surface and a rear hook element extending downwardly from the holder element. The drawstring ponytail may be hooked by the rear hook element and draped over the front surface to hang from the holder element over the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventor: Anita McDowell
  • Publication number: 20150014494
    Abstract: A dispenser assembly secures an object, such as a bottle of nail polish, within a tilting repository at an orientation and angle efficacious for accessing the object with one hand. Pressure applied to the repository tilts it to a desired angle for facilitated access and manipulation of the object. After the pressure is removed, the center of gravity for the repository and object is met, and the repository returns to its starting position prior to receiving the exerted force. A bracket portion provides a support for the assembly. Sidewalls that extend form a base in the bracket portion include slots. The repository portion includes rods that slide into the slots, thereby forming a cradle. The repository may then tilt in response to an exerted force applied to the object in the repository. A brace hinges up from the base to hold the repository at a desired angle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Beverly Harding, Robert Harding
  • Patent number: 8925682
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for a children's convertible dual mode step stool that includes both a single-step mode and a double-step mode. A moveable housing, coupled to a base housing, selectively and lockably maintains either of two different ninety degree orientations to present a desired one of either a single-step mode or a double-step mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Genimex Jersey Ltd.
    Inventors: David Dennys Chitayat, Pieter Schouten
  • Publication number: 20140361130
    Abstract: A device stand for supporting and protecting mobile devices is described. The stand includes holders that secure the mobile device to the stand and bumpers that provide protection to the mobile device. The mobile device may be secured to and removed from the device stand.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2013
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: James Randolph Fenton
  • Patent number: 8902575
    Abstract: An exemplary support assembly is provided for supporting an electronic device on a supporting surface. The support assembly includes a shell receiving the electronic device, and a back-support. The shell defines an elongated sliding rail. The back-support includes a prop stand, and a prop seat slidable in the sliding rail. One side of the prop stand is rotatably engaged in the prop seat and serves as a spindle. The other sides of the prop stand are thus movable between a folded position substantially coplanar with the prop seat and a supporting position angled relative to the prop seat. When the other sides of the prop stand are in the supporting position, a tilt angle of the electronic device on the supporting surface is adjustable by sliding the prop seat in the sliding rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Cong-Bing Zhou, Chia-Te Yu, Lin-Lin Pan, Quan-Chang Cheng
  • Patent number: 8891232
    Abstract: A support stand suitable for a hand-held device is provided. The support stand has a first support member and a second support member. The second support member slidably fits the first support member and could be temporarily fixed at different positions on the first support member to adjust the length of the support stand. The hand-held device has a display screen and an antenna. Because the length of the support stand is variable, the hand-held device could be laid on the table by various inclination angles. Besides, the projections of the support stand and the antenna on the display screen are not overlapped, and the influence of the support stand made of metal on the signal of the antenna would be lowered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventor: Cheng-Lin Wang
  • Publication number: 20140326851
    Abstract: The invention relates to a frame (1, 100) for holding an ironing board (2) comprising a floor element to be positioned on a floor and a clamping means (7, 8; 107, 108) provided on said floor element for clamping cooperation with support legs of said ironing board (2). A first preferred embodiment is comprised of a frame that comprises a tubular frame (100). A second preferred embodiment is comprised of a frame that comprises a slab (1). Said frame (1, 100) furthermore comprises a guiding system for a chair (3; 106), so as to be able to move to and fro along the ironing board (2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventor: Victorine Gladys DE LEEUW-BROUWN
  • Publication number: 20140306084
    Abstract: A collapsible stand including plurality of side members, each having one or more fastener elements operable to removably engage one another to assemble a base capable of supporting a supportable object. The collapsible stand can further include a stabilizer, a support member guide, and a support member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventor: Dale R. Klinzmann
  • Patent number: 8860577
    Abstract: The motion-activated hunting light includes a telescoping tripod that includes a plurality of motion sensors that are directed around the tripod in order to form 360 degrees of surveillance. The motion-activated hunting light includes a red light that is illuminated once at least one of the motion sensors is activated. The red light may illuminate for a pre-determined amount of time, and provides a warning to persons in the immediate vicinity of the hunting light. After a pre-determined amount of time of illumination of the red light, at least one spotlight shall illuminate in order to alert a hunter to the presence of a wild game. An optional speaker may work in conjunction with the spotlight to provide an audible alarm or to broadcast sounds that lure in a predatory animal and work as an audible luring means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventors: Charles F. Chumas, Charles J. Chumas
  • Publication number: 20140263918
    Abstract: A novel display stand is described. The display stand includes: (i) a housing; and (ii) a supporting frame retractable from the housing; and wherein when the supporting frame is retracted from the housing, and in an operational state of the display stand, the supporting frame contacts the housing and is immobilized with respect to the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Koh Hong LYE
  • Patent number: 8833708
    Abstract: A support structure for providing internal vertical support within an underground water storage system, including a column member, a foot spreader module adapted for fitting to a lower end of the column member to support the column member in a substantially vertical orientation on an underlying surface, and a head spreader module adapted for fitting to an upper end of the column member to support an overlying surface relative to said underlying surface, whereby the column member with said foot and head spreader modules fitted thereto forms a column support for supporting a ground surface above the water storage system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Inventor: Jack McKenzie Droomer
  • Publication number: 20140230295
    Abstract: A free-standing display fixture includes a main body having a top edge, a bottom edge, a right side panel, a center panel and a left side panel. Each of the left side panel, the center panel and the right side panel include interior surfaces and the interior surfaces of the left side panel and the right side panel face each other. Located between and coupled to left side panel and right panel are a plurality of uniquely arranged display components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: TARGET BRANDS, INC.
    Inventor: Laura L. Hawkins
  • Patent number: 8770566
    Abstract: A removably supporting mechanism is provided for a workpiece holding device that can hold and release a workpiece. The workpiece holding device is removably supported on a crossbar extending substantially orthogonal to a workpiece conveying direction of a press machine. The removably supporting mechanism has a guide pin and a guide pin hole. The guide pin is fittable into and engageable with the guide pin hole. One of the guide pin and the guide pin hole is disposed on the workpiece holding device side, whereas another of the guide pin and the guide pin hole is disposed on the crossbar side. The guide pin and the guide pin hole can perform alignment of the workpiece holding device and the crossbar in a direction substantially orthogonal to an inserting direction of the guide pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Aida Engineering, Ltd.
    Inventor: Keisuke Takeda
  • Patent number: 8770561
    Abstract: A method, process and apparatus for repairing and repainting vehicles and vehicle components, specifically auto body repair and vehicle body components. The method and process reduce vehicle painting preparation time and eliminate material and waste material in the repair and repainting process. The apparatus is directed a vehicle component support stand which simulates the mounting of the body components on a vehicle to reduce time and expenses in the component repair and replacement process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventor: Morris Gagnon, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140175236
    Abstract: A frame assembly structure includes two lateral panels, a corner post, and a positioning element. The positioning element has an elongate body portion. A. shoulder portion extends from each of two ends of the body portion. An included angle is formed between the shoulder portion and the body portion. The shoulder portion has two hanger holes each having a round hole expanding to form a recess. The body portion has two through holes centrally. Hanger nails are disposed at each lateral panel, and correspond in position to the hanger holes. Heads of the hanger nails penetrate the round holes such that the recesses receive bodies of the hanger nails engageably, allowing two adjacent lateral panels to be connected at right angle. The corner post is engaged with the two adjacent lateral panels and engaged with the positioning element by passing fastening elements through the through holes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Inventor: Minh Trong Thi NGUYEN
  • Patent number: 8752799
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a stand for a cooler containing cooling solution. The cooler further includes an attached flexible tubing outlet for draining the cooling solution through the flexible tube outlet into a medical cuff for reducing swelling of injured tissue. The stand further comprises a cylindrical container with a cavity for receiving through the opened top end of the lateral sidewall the cooler therein. An elongated pedestal is further defined by a top end and a bottom end. The top end of the pedestal is attached underneath the bottom side of the container. The container is supported in an upright position a distance above the surface of the ground. An aperture is located in the lateral side wall for receiving the flexible tubing outlet therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Inventor: Sheila Elaine Johnson
  • Publication number: 20140131531
    Abstract: A support post includes a first tube with a first support face at its end and at least one groove in the first support face. The support post further includes a second tube with a barrel at its end having a diameter smaller than the first tube and dimensionally matched to a hole in the first support face. The second tube further includes at least one track on the barrel that engages the at least one groove and at least one hook on the barrel that engages a flange in the interior of the first tube. The second tube further includes a second support face at an end of the barrel that engages the first support face. The components are dimensioned so as to form a tight fit between the first and second support faces and the hook and flange to prevent bending motion between the first and second tubes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Inventors: Ronald A. Zimmer, Annah Preloger
  • Publication number: 20140071598
    Abstract: A cup holder accessory mount. The cup holder accessory mount includes a device body. The cup holder accessory mount further includes a mounting surface located at a first end of the device body. The mounting surface is non-porous, The mounting surface is configured to support a suction device of a suction-mounted accessory. The cup holder accessory mount further includes a device base located at a second end of the device body. The device base is configured to fit in a cup holder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Inventors: Robert Carreon, Dave Carreon, Matthew Carreon
  • Patent number: 8641000
    Abstract: A tile holder and methods of its use are described. Embodiments of the tile holder are adapted to mounting to suitable objects and removably and replaceably receiving tiles and the like. Embodiments of the tile holder comprise a substantially rectangular parallelepiped shaped tile frame having a frame having a face plate having an aperture for exposing a face of the tile and the like, a back plate removably and releasably fastened to the frame and having a stud for mounting to a post having a receiving hole for receiving the stud of the back plate and locking the back plate to the post with a fastener, another fastener for fastening the post to a suitable object, and an optional escutcheon for optionally fastening the post to the escutcheon and the escutcheon to a wall or other suitable object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Inventor: Frances W. Eide
  • Patent number: 8629943
    Abstract: A television device includes a flat-plate main body, and a stand supporting the main body. The stand includes: a base member including a bottom face section and a pair of bearing sections projecting upward from the bottom face section; a shaft member bridged between the bearing sections; an arm member including a leg section rotatably fixed to the bearing sections, and a body section provided to bend from the leg section, provided with a lower screw hole and an upper screw hole, and fixed to the support object; and a receiving member including a lower section provided on the bottom face section, a middle section upstanding at a first angle from the lower section and including a first screw hole corresponding to the lower screw hole, and an upper section provided at a second angle from an upper end of the middle section and provided with a second screw hole corresponding to the upper screw hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Hidetoshi Takashima
  • Patent number: 8611076
    Abstract: A multi-positional stand and under-cabinet mount for a tablet computer comprising a mounting plate, a hinge member, a base member, a hinge pin, 2 cam-actuated handles, a base mount and an attachment knob. The mounting plate can be temporarily coupled to the center of the back of a tablet computer with hook-and-loop (or similar) two-part, fastening material (of prior art). The mounting plate can be rotationally attached to the flat face on the top front of the hinge member allowing the attached tablet computer to rotate. The bottom of the hinge member can be pivotally attached to the front of the base member with the hinge pin oriented horizontally allowing the recline angle of said tablet computer to be adjusted. The angular position of the hinge member and base member can be locked in place, in any one of an infinite number of angular positions within a range, by the manipulation of the 2 cam-actuated handles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Autumn Horizons, Inc.
    Inventors: Shelley Anne Wetzel, Mark Steven Palmquist
  • Publication number: 20130327903
    Abstract: A mechanical support for thermal or electric systems. The support is hollowed, and includes two bearing surfaces, substantially parallel to each other, and separated from each other by a lateral surface defining a perimeter. The lateral surface includes through openings, distributed along at least one row substantially parallel to the bearing surfaces. The support includes at least one stiffening flange, in contact with the lateral surface of the support, all along the perimeter of the lateral surface, on or in the vicinity of the or of each row of through openings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventor: Romain BERTHIER
  • Patent number: 8596604
    Abstract: The invention disclosed herein is directed to a system, method and apparatus for a base used in connection with a device. In one embodiment of the invention, the base is used in connection with entertainment and gaming devices such as slot machines, video poker and blackjack, video games, and other entertainment and gaming devices. The base may support the entertainment or gaming device, and may comprise a top surface on which said device may be positioned, a first side panel positioned substantially perpendicularly to the top surface, a second side panel positioned substantially perpendicularly to the top surface and opposed to the first side panel, and a front panel positioned substantially perpendicularly to the top surface and the first and second side panels. In one embodiment of the invention, the base is modular and may be easily and repeatedly assembled and disassembled for servicing, maintenance, reconfiguration, shipping and/or relocation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Inventor: Arthur Kubach
  • Patent number: 8567739
    Abstract: A connection mechanism is used for rotatably connecting a first object and a second object. The connection mechanism includes a positioning member capable of being inserted in a first fixing hole defined in the first object and the engaging hole defined in the second object for connecting the first object and the second object. The positioning member is slidable in the first fixing hole and in the engaging hole to interchange between a first position and a second position, the positioning member is received in the first fixing hole and the engaging hole to restrict the first object from rotating relative to the second object in the first position, and at least move out of the first fixing hole or the engaging hole to allow the first object to rotate relative to the second object in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Cong-Bing Zhou
  • Publication number: 20130264439
    Abstract: A connection system includes a feature module that supplies various functionalities, a portable countertop stand having an upright section that selectively receives the feature module and an umbilical connecting the portable stand to an external appliance to deliver utilities to the portable countertop stand. A utility port selectively delivers at least one utility to the feature module when engaged with the upright section. A utility receiver removably engages the utility port by hand without the use of tools and selectively receives a predetermined set of utilities when the feature module engages the upright surface. A connection interface detects when the feature module is engaged with the upright section and the predetermined utility set required by the engaged feature module. After the feature module is engaged, the connection interface prompts the utility port to release the predetermined utility set to the feature module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Inventors: PAUL B. ALLARD, ROBERT RYAN BRADLEY, JAMES W. KENDALL, STEVEN J. KUEHL, DOUGLAS D. LECLEAR, ALAN S. LUCAS, ANDREW M. TENBARGE, JOHN J. VONDERHAAR, GUOLIAN WU
  • Patent number: 8534617
    Abstract: A support apparatus for supporting a device includes a fixing portion detachably secured to the device, and a rotating portion rotatably coupled to the fixing portion. The fixing portion defines an opening for allowing the support apparatus to be hand-held, and, when placed on a supporting surface, is capable of being rotated to form different viewing angles for the device. A device assembly using the support apparatus is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ting-Kai Wang, Xiao-Guang Cheng
  • Patent number: 8536827
    Abstract: A device for mounting a mobile electronic device to an alternating current charger is provided. The mount allows the user to charge a mobile electronic device with the alternating current charger provided by the original equipment manufacturer of the mobile electronic device. The mount also protects the mobile electronic device from damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Inventor: James Robert Gourley
  • Patent number: 8526197
    Abstract: A coupling member for stably and easily performing coupling of an object to be supported and a stand and movement after the coupling, and an electronic device having the same are provided The coupling member coupling a plate-shaped object to be supported and a stand having a base and a supporting pillar, includes: a first fixing part which is fixed to a rear face of the object to be supported; a holding part attached to the first fixing part with a gap therebetween; a second fixing part which is fixed to the supporting pillar of the stand; and a cavity housing the supporting pillar of the stand, which is provided between the first and second fixing parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Hidetoshi Takashima
  • Patent number: 8516877
    Abstract: A drop test apparatus includes a base panel, at least one height adjustment member attached to the base panel, and at least one angle adjustment member pivotally attached to the at least one height adjustment member. The at least one height adjustment member has a portion protruding upward from the base panel. A height of the portion is variable. The at least one angle adjustment member is configured for supporting a device thereon and capable of rotating to different angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yin Le, Yu-Lin Liu, Qiang Zhang
  • Publication number: 20130200226
    Abstract: An inflatable apparatus, for use in supporting a device such as a sex toy, the inflatable apparatus comprising: an inflatable portion which serves as a main structural element of the apparatus; a holding portion which extends into the inflatable portion, and which defines a holding aperture bounded by a holding surface, the holding surface being adapted for frictional engagement with a device inserted into the holding aperture, wherein the holding portion is adjustable such that such frictional engagement can be adjusted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2011
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Inventor: James Hamilton
  • Publication number: 20130200225
    Abstract: The invention relates to a rod-shaped base body with at least one bearing surface which can be brought to bear against at least one counter-bearing surface of a bearing device for fastening to a further rod-shaped base body and/or a functional component for forming a framework. The rod-shaped base body can be a fibre-composite material, particularly carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic, and the rod-shaped base body has a recess as positioning mark determining the position of the further base body and/or the functional component in relation to the rod-shaped base body in the framework by the positive engagement due to the at least one bearing surface and at least one counter-bearing surface bearing against one another. The invention also includes a framework system having a rod-shaped base body of this type. The object of the invention is additionally achieved by a method for producing a rod-shaped base body of this type.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2012
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Inventors: Claus Fastert, Martin Röhrig, Manila Brandt, Carsten Barlag
  • Publication number: 20130193281
    Abstract: A connector for an equipment support includes a housing having an interior area defined by a wall. The interior area extends inwardly from an opening on one end thereof. The wall has one or more longitudinal slots extending through the wall. The connector includes one or more engagement pads positioned in the interior area and being radially moveable in the longitudinal slot. The engagement pads have an exterior engagement surface and a tapered interior engagement surface. The connector includes a plunger moveably positioned in the interior area. The plunger defines a tapered exterior surface that tapers radially inward from a first end thereof and terminates at a seating end. The tapered exterior surface slidingly engages the tapered interior engagement surface. The plunger defines an activation portion. The engagement pads move radially in response to a force applied to the activation portion of the plunger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2013
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: THE MUSIC PEOPLE, INC.
    Inventor: The Music People, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130193283
    Abstract: A work table having elevated support members is disclosed. The work table includes a plurality of generally parallel support arrangements. Each of the plurality of generally parallel support arrangements including a plurality of raised portions, wherein the plurality of raised portions are distributed substantially evenly along each of the plurality of generally parallel support arrangements. Each of the plurality of raised blocks defines an opening configured for receiving an attachment. The work table also includes an adaptor plate. The adapter plate may include a base member and a plurality of inserts, wherein the plurality of inserts are spaced apart for insertion into a plurality of raised block openings to removably attach the adaptor plate to the work table.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Inventor: Mark T. Miller
  • Patent number: 8498101
    Abstract: A support frame is adapted to provide support to a display device, and includes a pivot seat module, a first support module and a second support module. The pivot seat module is adapted to be mounted to the display device for rotation relative to the display device about a first axis passing through the display device. The first support module is coupled to the pivot seat module, and is disposed to form an angle with a backside of the display device for supporting the display device at a substantially upright position. The second support module is coupled to the pivot seat module, is pivotable relative to the pivot seat module about a second axis that is orthogonal to the first axis, and cooperates with the first support module to support the display device at a lying position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventors: I-Ting Chiang, Sung-Yu Hsieh, Kuo-Hsing Wang, Chun-Chieh Chen, An-Ting Wang, Hsiu-Wei Yeh, Wei-Fan Tsai
  • Patent number: 8464988
    Abstract: The present invention features a keyboard instrument stand having concave sides on the main beam. A set of legs is pivotably attached to the sides of the beam, wherein the beam can stably rest on the extended legs. The unique positioning of the legs provide for many advantages, including reduction in rocking of the stand during a performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Inventor: Brock B. Walker