Adjustable Vertically Patents (Class 248/161)
  • Patent number: 10506882
    Abstract: A versatile item of home furniture having multiple sections joined by glides to allow all sections to be nested or encapsulated together in an ottoman configuration or, alternatively, be positioned as steps in a step configuration. The sections may include being in a seating configuration wherein the steps are disengaged from each other and include cushions received in recesses at the tops of the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Inventor: Jenny E Caulk
  • Patent number: 10458634
    Abstract: An adjustable light for a medical environment comprises a first housing adapted for engagement with a handle of an overhead light, a second housing including a lamp operatively connected to a power source for generating illuminating light, and a flexible shaft extending between and interconnecting the first housing at a proximal end of the shaft and the second housing at a distal end of the shaft. The first housing is adapted to be releasably coupled to the handle of the overhead light over a work area such that the flexible arm and the second housing are selectively movable relative to the first housing toward a target in the work area for illuminating the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Palmetto Biomedical Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence M. Boyd, John J. Ratcliffe
  • Patent number: 10452107
    Abstract: An electronic device includes: a first unit having a display; and a second unit having an input part, and is constructed such that the first unit and the second unit are detachable. The second unit includes a socket capable of housing a lower side of the first unit. The socket has a bottomed socket body that opens on a side in which the lower side (a predetermined side) of the first unit is housed. The socket body is provided with a through-hole for draining water that establishes communication between an outside and an inside of the socket body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yusuke Katsuyama, Kenichi Shindo
  • Patent number: 10383779
    Abstract: The invention relates to an operating table column (10) for an operating table (100), said operating table column comprising a basic body (12) and a column head (14) to which a patient support (103) may be connected. Further, the operating table column (10) comprises a first linear actuator (20) and a second linear actuator (22) which are independently adjustable for changing the position of the column head (14) relative to the basic body (12). The first linear actuator (20) and the second linear actuator (22) each are oriented and arranged so as to perform an actuating motion in vertical direction when activated. The first linear actuator (20) is mechanically connected to the column head (14) via a first connecting area (30), and the second linear actuator (22) is mechanically connected to the column head (14) via a second connecting area (32).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: MAQUET GMBH
    Inventor: Guido Koch
  • Patent number: 10344907
    Abstract: A jack stand for a vehicle includes a plurality of walls joined together to form a body, the body being hollow. A base is formed by lower edges of the walls and a top surface joins top edges of the walls. One of the walls includes a wall opening and the top includes a top opening, the wall opening and the top opening extending towards one another, meeting proximate the top edge of one of the walls, thereby forming a single, continuous opening extending from the top into one of the walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Jackpoint Jackstands LLC
    Inventor: John A. Walton
  • Patent number: 10349544
    Abstract: In an electronic device, a socket side first fitting part and a socket side second fitting part, which constitute one shape of a recess and a projection, are formed near a hinge on a principal surface of a socket of a second unit from which a first unit is detachable. In a state in which a principal surface of an input unit and a principal surface of the socket are substantially parallel to each other, an input unit side first fitting part and an input unit side second fitting part, which constitute another shape of the recess and the projection, are formed on the principal surface of the input unit so as to respectively fit to the socket side first fitting part and the socket side second fitting part of the socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yusuke Katsuyama, Kenichi Shindo, Futoshi Kuriyama
  • Patent number: 10342327
    Abstract: A device for table elevation includes: two decorative covers; two guiding bases connected by a connecting rod and each having four fixed sides; plural guide bearings provided in pairs, each pair arranged opposite, and at an angle with respect to, each other; two guide posts having plural guided sides corresponding in number and position to the fixed sides, the guided sides being in contact with the guide bearings so that the guide posts can slide with respect to the guiding bases respectively, the guide bearings abutting against the guided sides in the aforesaid pairs; two driving units each including an elevating rod; and a tabletop with a guide post fixing base fixed at the top ends of the guide posts and of the elevating rods so as to move vertically with the elevating rods and the guide posts while the decorative covers and the guide posts stay vertical and stable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventors: Yu-Chen Lin, Tung-Yi Lin
  • Patent number: 10330246
    Abstract: A tripod (1) for mounting a camera or the like is disclosed. The tripod (1) comprises a support (5) having three legs (40) which are moveably mounted at a proximal end about the support (5) and circumferentially equidistant from each other. The legs (40) are moveable between an expanded configuration to support the tripod (1) and a folded configuration when the legs (40) lie adjacent to each other. In order to retain the legs in the folded configuration, at least one leg (40) includes a magnet (11) spaced distally along the leg (40) from the support. Each of the other two legs (40) includes a further magnet (12) or a magnetically attracted portion to magnetically engage the magnet (11) and releasably retain the tripod (1) in the folded configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: The Vitec Group PLC
    Inventors: Michael Rosskopf, Richard Wenman, Jolyon Torbitt
  • Patent number: 10093371
    Abstract: A bicycle seatpost assembly comprises a first cylinder, a second cylinder, a mounting structure, a first engagement portion, and a second engagement portion. The second cylinder is configured to be telescopically received in the first cylinder. The mounting structure is attached to a distal end part of the second cylinder. The mounting structure is configured to fixedly mount a bicycle saddle to the distal end part of the second cylinder. The first engagement portion is provided to an outer periphery of the second cylinder. The second engagement portion is configured to engage with the first engagement portion such that a circumferential position of the mounting structure relative to the second cylinder is selectively adjustable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventor: Toyoto Shirai
  • Patent number: 10028586
    Abstract: The chair is of the type with mutually synchronous adjustment between back inclination and seat inclination, namely via a region between a respective zero position of back inclination (R0) and seat inclination (S0) and a respective maximum back inclination and seat inclination. The chair has a substructure (1) which is intended for placing on the floor and on which a base (2) is fastened rigidly. A seat support (6) which has a seat region and a back region is connected to the base (2). Furthermore, the chair includes two backrest bows (3) which are deflectable differently with respect to each other and are fastened on one side to the base (2) and on the other side to the back region of the seat support (6). The two backrest bows (3) are coupled independently of each other to the base (2) on a stationary first axis of rotation (D1). The seat region of the seat support (6) is coupled to the base (2) on a stationary second axis of rotation (D2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Vitra Patente AG
    Inventor: Thomas Schneider
  • Patent number: 9856704
    Abstract: A slip joint assembly that is usable with a well includes first, second and third tubular housing sections; and first and second mandrels. The first tubular housing section is adapted to connect to a first tubing string segment; the second tubular housing section is adapted to connect to a second tubing string segment; the third tubular housing section disposed between the first and second tubular housing sections; the first mandrel forms a slidable connection with the first tubular housing section; and the second mandrel forms a slidable connection with the second tubular housing section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Edgar Jose Montiel, Michael Gratzinger
  • Patent number: 9809136
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for damping an upper suspension part in at least one spatial direction (X, Y, Z) with respect to a lower suspension part movable relative thereto, wherein a spring apparatus which acts between the upper suspension part and the lower suspension part is provided for damping, wherein an actuating element is provided by way of which a force can be introduced into the device bidirectionally in the operating direction of the spring apparatus, wherein the actuating element is actuable via a control apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Grammer AG
    Inventors: Erwin Haller, Jens Kolb
  • Patent number: 9745719
    Abstract: A work vehicle has an operator cabin and an adjustable seat, which is supported by a seat mount surface located within the operator cabin. An elongated opening opens to the interior of the cabin. A mechanical control system may include an operator input device, such as a joystick device, which is mounted to the adjustable seat and which moves therewith as the adjustable seat is slid along a first axis. The mechanical control system includes a port, which is located beneath the seat mount surface and spaced from the elongated opening. A mechanical linkage, such as a push-pull cable, extends from the operator input device, through the elongated opening and the port, and to the exterior of the operator cabin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Dean A. Boyce, Amanda N. Owen
  • Patent number: 9737125
    Abstract: An electric hairdryer comprises an electric motor, having an electric motor shaft, on which an air fan is assembled, said hairdryer comprising moreover an electric motor protecting device including a tapering body arranged between the electric motor and the air fan, and so designed as to hold therein an electric fan impeller hub, at a base portion of said electric fan, and to prevent a clearance from forming between the motor shaft bushing or ball bearing and the air fan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: ELCHIM S.P.A.
    Inventor: Roberto Sabbatini
  • Patent number: 9585485
    Abstract: A seating device can include a seat and a base connected to the seat to support the seat. A tilt mechanism can be connected to at least one of the base and the seat. The tilt mechanism can include at least one of (a) at least one seat connecting member connecting the seat to an upper portion of the base, (b) a plurality of resilient fingers that are attached to the base to engage a floor and flex in response to a user providing a force while sitting or leaning on the seat, and (c) an elastomeric floor engagement member that is attached to the base and has a bottom peripheral portion that contacts a floor and is flexible in response to a user providing the force. In some embodiments, the tilt mechanism may include all of elements (a)-(c).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Knoll, Inc.
    Inventors: Seth Murray, Bret Recor, Adam Deskevich, Michael Harper, Robert A. Melhuish, Hendrik R. van Hekken, Simon Gatrall, Pinida Jan Moolsintong, Alexander Kwok Yin Ko, Steven Howard Janssens
  • Patent number: 9527456
    Abstract: A device for retaining flat, approximately rectangular appliances such as tablet computers or mobile telephones in the interior of a motor vehicle, has a fastening apparatus for fastening the device to a vehicle component, a retainer for accommodating the appliances, and a transfer assembly, which is provided between the retainer and the fastening apparatus and with which the retainer can be moved into different positions in relation to the vehicle component. The transfer assembly has a support element, which is arranged on the fastening apparatus and which has a first revolute joint having an axis of rotation oriented approximately vertically, and a pivot arm, which is arranged near the upper end of the support element and which has a second revolute joint having an axis of rotation oriented approximately horizontally. The pivot arm is connected to the retainer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Kinetix AG
    Inventors: Peter Ackeret, Juergen Siegfried Skott, Andreas Michael Keller
  • Patent number: 9504315
    Abstract: An adjustable gas pressure spring includes a gas pressure spring portion, a gas reservoir and a connecting means fluidically connecting the gas reservoir and the gas pressure spring portion with each other. The spring force of the gas pressure spring portion is adjustable by means of pressure equalization with the gas reservoir and/or the ambient pressure. Such a gas spring is provided in an adjustable column, in particular an adjustable table column. The table column is in turn provided in a height-adjustable table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: KESSEBÖHMER PRODUKTIONS GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Melf Hansen
  • Patent number: 9261226
    Abstract: An extension/retraction device includes a cylindrical stationary leg section having a base at the upper end thereof, a cylindrical movable leg section in which the stationary leg section is fitted so as to be slidable in the longitudinal direction, an engagement tube having an upper end formed in a stepped shape and installed in the stationary leg section so as to be coaxial with the movable leg section and so as to be pivotable about the cylinder axis of the movable leg section, a pressing spring installed within both the movable leg section and the stationary leg section, a pulling spring held within the pressing spring, a guide tube having an upper end affixed to the base and installed in the engagement tube, an engagement section fitted to the lower end of the engagement tube, and a spacer installed between the lower end of the guide tube and the engagement tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Inventor: Kazuo Higashi
  • Patent number: 9039090
    Abstract: A mechanism for vertically adjusting a component on a shaft has a collet sleeve riding on the shaft. A spiral track of the component's hub receives a radially outwardly projecting pin on the collet sleeve. The outer surface of the collet sleeve and the inner surface of the hub are tapered so that the hub can rotated one direction to advance the hub on the collet sleeve and compress the collet sleeve onto the shaft to frictionally lock the collet sleeve to the shaft. Because the hub is joined to the collet sleeve by the pin, this also locks the vertical position of the component. Conversely, the hub can be oppositely rotated to release the compression of the collet sleeve so that the collet sleeve, and therefore the vertical component, is slidable on the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Leggett & Platt Canada Co.
    Inventor: Christopher Pritchard
  • Patent number: 9010710
    Abstract: A telescoping support stand comprising a first tube partially defining a first enclosed area and a second tube partially defining a second enclosed area. A first end of the second tube may be telescopically slidable within the first tube. The telescoping support stand may also comprise a first locking mechanism attached to the second tube. The first locking mechanism may releasably secure the first tube to the second tube. The telescoping support stand may also comprise a first air exchange aperture dimensioned to allow air to flow between the first and second enclosed areas. The telescoping support stand may further comprise a release mechanism and a release rod attached to the first locking mechanism. The release mechanism may comprise a displacement member adjacent to the release rod, the displacement member being configured to displace the release rod and release the first locking mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Primos, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan E. Young, Anthony A. Foster
  • Publication number: 20150096474
    Abstract: An apparatus for supporting a person's upper torso while kneeling and leaning forward against another substantially vertical surface while keeping the user's hands free. The device features a horizontal base connected to a rigid, canted support structure that extends up and away from the base to a planar surface. The support structure can be outfitted with a support member to contact the substantially vertical surface and provide further stability. Furthermore, the device can be outfitted with a horizontal tray including a reservoir to store tools and other objects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventor: THADDEUS R. HILL
  • Publication number: 20150076295
    Abstract: A telescopic support stand (1) comprises a telescopic column (2) extending along a longitudinal axis (X) and a supporting base (10) provided with a sleeve (15) intended to receive a base portion (3a) of the column (2) along which there is defined an opening bordered by an edge (15a) through which the column (2) is inserted into and extracted from the sleeve (15), the column (2) being provided with a coupling device (30) which can be moved between a coupling configuration (W) in which the column (2) is coupled with the sleeve (15) and a release configuration (W?) in which the column (2) is released from the sleeve (15), the coupling device (30) comprising an abutment element (31) which can move radially within the column (2) between the coupling configuration (W) in which an end portion (40) of the abutment element (31) projects radially from the column (2) and the release configuration (W?) in which the abutment element (31) is withdrawn towards the interior of the column (2), the end portion (40) and the edg
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Michele FIORESE
  • Patent number: 8967560
    Abstract: Embodiments include a balance mechanism having a first cam and a second cam configured to convert a variable force exerted by the energy storage member into a substantially constant force applied to a mounting portion. The balance mechanism may be useful for balancing forces such that a user can set the height of an electronic display and/or other equipment attached to the balance mechanism at a number of heights within the range of travel allowed by the mechanism. Lift mechanisms, display positioning apparatuses, and height adjustable desks incorporating a multi-cam balance mechanism are also provided. A method of positioning a display is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Ergotron, Inc.
    Inventors: Mustafa A. Ergun, Robert W. Fluhrer, Thiem Wong, Saeb Asamarai, John Cain
  • Publication number: 20140353452
    Abstract: The present technology provides an extendable pillar having a lower section with a base column, and an upper section with an upper column. The base column includes a ratchet mechanism that operates with a fastener rod in the upper column. When the ratchet mechanism is in a locked position, the position of the upper section is fixed. When the ratchet mechanism is in an open position, the upper section can slide along the base column to extend or compress the length of the pillar. In certain embodiments, the upper column and the base column include friction connection mating components. The friction connection mating components cooperate to allow the upper section to slide along the base column when a sufficient force is applied to the upper section, while supporting the upper column at a fixed position when the force is removed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Donna Baker Schwenk, Pierre-Marc Tardy
  • Patent number: 8899535
    Abstract: A mounting apparatus for repeatable positioning of an item may include a first mount, a second mount, and a third mount. The first mount may be configured to receive a first member coupled to the item wherein the first mount may constrain the first member against movement along three mutually-orthogonal directions. The second mount may be configured to receive a second member coupled to the item and constrain the second member against movement along two of the directions. The third mount may be configured to receive a third member coupled to the item and constrain the third member against movement along one of the directions. The first, second, and third member may be at least partially-spherical and may be engaged to the respective first, second, and third mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Curtis M. Ashford, Brian A. Bollinger
  • Publication number: 20140339383
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a mast having an elongated arm movable between a deployed position and a service position. The elongated arm is attached by a rotatable hub. A receiver is spaced from the hub and configured to selectively prevent rotation of the mast.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: V.I.T. Products, Inc.
    Inventors: George Truett Lowe, David Jesse Gove
  • Patent number: 8882063
    Abstract: A snowmobile maintenance device including a pair of stands to secure the rear and middle portion of a snowmobile allowing a snowmobile to be tipped onto its edge for repair. The device includes a first stand and second stand. The first stand securely attaches to the snowmobile bumper and extends a length perpendicular to the length of the snowmobile. A second stand is attached to the steering post of the snowmobile parallel to and oriented to the first stand. The stands are adjustable in length and include a base allowing the snowmobile to be easily tipped onto its side and supported by the stands and its existing skis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Inventor: Brady Dyrdahl
  • 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: 20140283894
    Abstract: Installation of solar energy systems is made easier through the use of augur tubes. The base augur tube accommodates telescoping sections which enable these systems to exhibit a smaller footprint with enhanced power ratings. A tracking head is provided in which dual axis tracking is provided using a single drive mechanism. These features are employed either together or independently.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2013
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventor: Charles Silver
  • Publication number: 20140247542
    Abstract: A mounting pole for high voltage equipment can be adjusted at particular increments to provide for installations at various heights. A base section includes a right-side flange, a left-side flange, and a center web formed substantially in the shape of an I-beam with a front channel. The center web includes a first set of adjustment holes. The base section also includes a control mounting bracket to receive hardware for securing a control unit for a high voltage switch. A channel assembly is slideably contained within the front channel. The channel assembly includes a second set of adjustment holes, and a set of mounting holes to receive hardware for securing the high voltage switch. The base section and the channel assembly are configured so that the first and second set of adjustment holes can be selectively aligned during field operations to set the mounting pole at one of multiple height increments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: Thomas & Betts International, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Fong, Daniel L. Gardner, Geoffrey Reed, Philip DiParisi
  • Patent number: 8820693
    Abstract: A telescoping support stand comprising an extendable leg that includes a first tube partially defining a first enclosed area and a second tube partially defining a second enclosed area. A first end of the second tube may be telescopically slidable within the first tube. The telescoping support stand may also comprise a locking mechanism attached to the second tube. The locking mechanism may releasably secure the first tube to the second tube to prevent longitudinal movement of the first tube relative to the second tube. The telescoping support stand may also comprise a first air exchange aperture dimensioned to allow air to flow between the first and second enclosed areas. The telescoping support stand may include a plurality of extendable legs and a single release member that operates all of the locking mechanisms of the plurality of extendable legs. Corresponding methods of assembly and operation are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Primos, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan E. Young, Anthony A. Foster
  • Patent number: 8814109
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for a seat post assembly that is adjustable to an upper, intermediate, and lower seat post position using a locking member and a sleeve member coupled to an actuator for securing and releasing an inner tube with respect to an outer tube. The actuator may move the sleeve member to release the locking member from engagement with the outer tube to adjust the inner tube and thus the seat post assembly to the upper, intermediate, or lower seat post positions. The actuator and the sleeve may be biased into an initial position that urges the locking member into engagement with outer tube to lock the inner tube to the outer tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Fox Factory, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Laird, John L. Calendrille, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140191634
    Abstract: A hair stylist device comprises a top and bottom board, each having a plurality of opposed bristles for retaining strands of bulk artificial or commercial hair therebetween for performing hairstyling operations, and including a hinge mechanism for opening and closing the boards around the bulk hair retaining it loosely but securely, while allowing the removal of strands of bulk hair without opening the device providing optimal gripping ability to the bulk hair while permitting removal of hair without unnecessary loss. The board inner surfaces each may have a generally planar pad with plural embedded bristles extending in a direction perpendicular to one surface of the pad. A longitudinal hinge connects the two boards to each other and a lock can secure the opposite longitudinal ends to each other. Compartments disposed at a surface of the boards provide storage for any necessary accessories required for the braiding or weaving process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2014
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Inventor: Nadra Safia Smiley
  • Patent number: 8763963
    Abstract: A panel supporting device with elevating function includes a supporting frame, a supporting sleeve, a guiding cover member, a driving block, a lead screw and a positioning liner. The supporting frame includes a plurality of guiding posts. The supporting sleeve is disposed between the guiding posts and connected to the panel. The guiding cover member fixedly covers an outside of the supporting sleeve and has a plurality of guiding holes in which the guiding posts penetrate. The driving block is fixed inside the supporting sleeve and has a screw hole and an inserting slot. The lead screw is accommodated inside the supporting sleeve and screwed in the screw hole. The positioning liner is accommodated inside the supporting sleeve and penetrates the inserting slot, thereby preventing the supporting sleeve from tilting or vibrating during up and down movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventor: Chin-Chu Li
  • Patent number: 8747418
    Abstract: A trajectory guide for providing access to a target site of a living subject along a desired path comprises a baseplate including a clamp lock, a guide member at least partially contained within the baseplate and having a channel therein, a plurality of adjustable legs each including a first end and a second end, wherein the first end is coupled to the baseplate, and a leg lock coupled to each adjustable leg and moveable between an unlocked position and a locked position in order to set a desired length of the adjustable leg, wherein the adjustable legs and the guide member are structured to be adjusted to provide an infinite number of trajectories in three-dimensional space extending through the channel in the guide member toward a target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Monteris Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Salman Qureshi, Mark Grant, Genius Dacpano
  • Patent number: 8733712
    Abstract: Provided herein is a monopod or device for supporting a photographic instrument or accessory, such as a camera. The monopod or device comprises extendable members, e.g., an extendable mounting member with a mounting assembly and an extendable middle member with a threadably engagable, rotatable locking mechanism, a base member and an extension mechanism. The locking mechanism is configured to quickly lock the extendable members at an extended length or to collapse the same. The extension mechanism is disposed within the extendable and base members and secured independently to the same. This configuration enables a single smooth release with extending motion of the locking mechanism to telescopically extend or, conversely, collapse the extendable member portions of the monopod device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventor: Ye Xu
  • Patent number: 8714508
    Abstract: A telescoping support stand comprising a first tube partially defining a first enclosed area and a second tube partially defining a second enclosed area. A first end of the second tube may be telescopically slidable within the first tube. The telescoping support stand may also comprise a first locking mechanism attached to the second tube. The first locking mechanism may releasably secure the first tube to the second tube. The telescoping support stand may also comprise a first air exchange aperture dimensioned to allow air to flow between the first and second enclosed areas. The telescoping support stand may further comprise a release mechanism and a release rod attached to the first locking mechanism. The release mechanism may comprise a displacement member adjacent to the release rod, the displacement member being configured to displace the release rod and release the first locking mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Primos, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan E. Young, Anthony A. Foster
  • Patent number: 8646731
    Abstract: A workpiece support assembly includes workpiece supporting roller assemblies each including a roller rotatably attached to an end of a swing arm. The roller assemblies are mounted to a frame forming a space between the rollers. A workpiece is positioned within the space and is supported in rolling contact by the rollers for rotation about its long axis. The space between the rollers is increased or decreased to support workpieces of various diameters by rotating the swing arms. The position of the rollers, and thus the distance therebetween are maintained or held by a swing arm lock that engages each swing arm and restrains the swing arms against rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Inventor: Grant Burles
  • Publication number: 20140036519
    Abstract: A support tube is formed of a length of flexible material that is shaped into a spiraling coil. The coils can be tightened by twisting to form a rigid tube. By twisting and lengthening the coils, the rigid tube can be adjusted as desired to have an appropriate diameter and length. The friction between the overlapped coils secures the tube once tightened. Different materials and modifications to the material, such as an abutment, can be made to customize the spiraling support tube for a desired function.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Inventor: Raymond L. Cloward
  • Patent number: 8622355
    Abstract: The present disclosure could generally provide a system for use with a furniture or desk assembly having an extendible leg assembly and retaining system. In one embodiment, the system could be easily and safely adjustable, while maintaining a particular height and overall structural integrity of a furniture or desk system to, for example, withstand considerable weight and pressure exerted thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Paragon Furniture LP
    Inventors: Steven Pryor, Robert L. Stewart
  • Patent number: 8590849
    Abstract: A support post for a safety fence assembly. The support post has a floor engaging end that has a number of claws, a shaft coupled at one end to the floor engaging end, a first longitudinally extending telescoping tube, a second longitudinally extending telescoping tube adapted for sliding telescoping engagement with the first telescoping tube, a ceiling engaging end, and an over-center locking lever assembly. Each of the claws has a number of sharp penetrating points for engagement with a supporting surface. The shaft has a free end which is threaded along at least a portion of its length. The first longitudinally extending telescoping tube has an internal nut for threaded engagement with the shaft. The ceiling engaging end is coupled to the second telescoping tube. The over-center locking lever assembly fixes the relative position of the first and second telescoping tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Inventor: Jonathan Jonny Melic
  • Patent number: 8579242
    Abstract: An elevating mechanism for a projection apparatus includes a bottom cover, a resetting element having a first elastic member, a sliding mount, a screw stud sleeve, a screw stud, and a second elastic member. The sliding mount is disposed on a first side of the bottom cover and leans against the resetting element, and the sliding mount has an opening, at least one slot and a thread structure. The screw stud sleeve has a plurality of engaging teeth engaging within the slot. The screw stud has a thread structure and the thread structure of the screw stud meshes with the thread structure of the sliding mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Coretronic Corporation
    Inventors: Chien-Chang Huang, Fan-Chieh Chang
  • Publication number: 20130292527
    Abstract: A vertically movable stand for a display device includes: a guide member which is fixed on a base member; a vertically movable member which is vertically movably attached on the guide member, and supports a display; a first friction part which is provided between the guide member and the vertically movable member; and a second friction part which is provided between the guide member and the vertically movable member, at a position displaced from the first friction part toward a side of the base member. A frictional force of the second friction part is set greater than a frictional force of the first friction part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2010
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventors: Yoshihito Mochizuki, Hsi-ming Chen
  • Patent number: 8573546
    Abstract: A dolly used for filming includes a vertical telescopic column having a filming head or camera positioned on the end thereof. The column includes a movable tube placed externally around a stationary main column; the movable tube is connected to the end of the telescopic column. A camera-supporting element is in turn movably mounted on the movable tube, and a tilting mechanism is included as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Inventors: Alfredo Vallés Navarro, Andrés Vallés Navarro
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20130256474
    Abstract: A snowmobile maintenance device including a pair of stands to secure the rear and middle portion of a snowmobile allowing a snowmobile to be tipped onto its edge for repair. The device includes a first stand and second stand. The first stand securely attaches to the snowmobile bumper and extends a length perpendicular to the length of the snowmobile. A second stand is attached to the steering post of the snowmobile parallel to and oriented to the first stand. The stands are adjustable in length and include a base allowing the snowmobile to be easily tipped onto its side and supported by the stands and its existing skis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Inventor: Brady Dyrdahl
  • Patent number: 8534618
    Abstract: A CPAP oxygen delivery device wherein a tube system eliminates excess hose and wherein a base connector positioned in the support frame may be in a T- or cross-configuration and the cross-configuration allows a supplemental therapeutic material to be delivered, and wherein the pitch of an adjustable arm may be varied to alter the vertical position of the CPAP mask.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Inventor: Audie L. Mays
  • Patent number: 8523122
    Abstract: A display apparatus for portable electronic device including a base, a plurality of mounting sleeves, a plurality of mounting posts, a plurality of mounting brackets, and a power supply unit. The base has a lockable panel that conceals an interior space at least partially defined by the base. The mounting sleeves are coupled to the base. The mounting posts are lockingly engaged with the mounting sleeves in the interior space at least partially defined by the base. The mounting brackets are secured to the mounting posts, each of the mounting brackets fixedly retaining a respective portable electronic device of a plurality of portable electronic devices so that the respective portable electronic device is rigidly secured relative to the base. The power supply unit is concealed and has a plurality of power ports shaped to receive automotive accessory power plugs from the portable electronic devices fixedly retained in the mounting brackets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Blake M. Johnson, Joseph H. Bowser
  • Patent number: 8511655
    Abstract: A seat post is disclosed. The seat post includes a pneumatic cylinder, a hollow pneumatic piston, a gap, a seal, a hydraulic cylinder, a hollow hydraulic piston, and a valve. The gap exists between the pneumatic cylinder and the pneumatic piston and communicates with the inside of the pneumatic piston. The seal is disposed at the pneumatic cylinder for sealing the gap. The hydraulic cylinder is disposed in the pneumatic piston and communicates with the inside of the pneumatic piston. One end of the hydraulic piston passes through pneumatic piston and is inserted into the hydraulic cylinder. The other end is disposed in the pneumatic cylinder and communicates with the inside of the pneumatic cylinder. The valve connects the pneumatic piston and the hydraulic cylinder for opening or closing the communication between the pneumatic piston and the hydraulic cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Durashox Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yan-Ting Wu
  • Patent number: 8511624
    Abstract: A height-adjustable display device for a display includes a base defining a chamber, a supporting member and a latching member. The supporting member is received and vertically movable in the chamber. The supporting member is connected to the display. The supporting member defines a plurality of grooves arranged a vertical direction. The latching member is pivotedly mounted to the base. The latching member includes a hook able to be received in one of the grooves, thereby retaining the supporting member in a desired vertical position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chao Tang, Zhong-Jie Luo, Jie-Yi Shu, Jian-Hui Dai, Chun-Che Yen, Te-Sheng Jan, Yu-Tao Chen