Plural Leg Patents (Class 248/163.1)
  • Patent number: 10537174
    Abstract: A magnetic leg glide apparatus for holding an outdoor furniture article against a ground surface in windy weather conditions includes a base member that includes a mounting plate constructed of a magnetic material and having a circular and planar configuration and that includes a fastener having a linear configuration extending away from a bottom side of the base member. The magnetic leg glide apparatus includes a glide member having a bottom wall constructed of a magnetic material of an opposite polarity to the magnetic material of the base member, the glide member having a side wall extending upwardly from a peripheral edge of the bottom wall, the side wall defining an open top and an interior area accessible via the open top for operably receiving a leg of the outdoor furniture article. The base member and the glide member are magnetically attracted to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Inventor: Theresa Quintong
  • Patent number: 10527289
    Abstract: A portable grill and method of using the same. The portable grill can be stowed in a fully compact state with grill bars, leg members, and tension bars stored within an elongated container formed by frame members of the portable grill. Removable end caps can be snugly attached to end portions of the container to seal the container and help retain the frame member together, the end caps being formed of flexible heat resistant material, and usable as heat mitts. When in a fully assembled state, the grill bars of the portable grill are placed under tension by use of tension bars that are configured to be shorter than the grill bars, and which can retain the frame members at a parallel distance from one another that is less than the length of the grill bars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Industrial Revolution, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter Pontano
  • Patent number: 10508672
    Abstract: A joint for furniture includes furniture piece that has a first hole that extends through a surface of the furniture piece and out the furniture piece, and that has a second hole with an opening in the furniture piece. A leg is fitted to the furniture piece. The leg has a hole. A curved tenon piece includes a head. The curved tenon piece is curved sufficiently to allow the curved tenon to enter the first hole through the surface of the furniture piece, to exit the first hole, to extend through the hole in the leg and to enter into the second hole so that the head leg is held snugly to the furniture piece by the curved tenon piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Inventors: Benjamin Che-Ming Chang, Tian Tian Yang
  • Patent number: 10490886
    Abstract: A mount for mounting an object, such as non-exclusively a radar sensor, on a surface, such as one of a vehicle, the mount comprising: a carrier; a fixed length strut which has a fixed length from a mounting point arranged to engage the surface and a pivot point about which it is mounted pivotally on the carrier; and two variable length struts, which each have a variable length from a mounting point arranged to engage the surface and a pivot point about which it is mounted pivotally on the carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: TRW Limited
    Inventors: Robert Styles, Luke Keene
  • Patent number: 10471866
    Abstract: A vehicle seat including: a seat pad made of foamed resin; and a seat cover being integral with the seat pad, wherein a seating surface of the seat pad includes a seating part and a bank part, wherein a portion of the seat cover covering a seat inner side portion of the bank part includes a seat cover main part and a planar reinforcing member arranged on a back side of the seat cover main part, wherein the reinforcing member is configured by a material bendable and deformable towards a seat pad side and includes a general section and a flexible section which can be more easily bent towards the seat pad side than the general section, and wherein a portion of the reinforcing member covering a peak side of the bank part is configured by the flexible section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tomoki Nii
  • Patent number: 10451214
    Abstract: An anti-rotation structure, a tube structure, or photographic support with the anti-rotation structure comprises a first tube including a first groove or a first rib axially thereof. A second tube fitting to the first tube having an exterior thereof comprises a corresponding second rib second groove to the first groove or the first rib. When the first tube moving relative to the second tube, the first rib or the second rib moves along the corresponding second groove or the first groove. The groove defines the movement of the rib when the first tube moves relative to the second tube to effectively ensure the movement between the first tube and the second tube in a linear or straight line direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: GUANGDONG SIRUI OPTICAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jie Li, Xiaoyun Hu
  • Patent number: 10436244
    Abstract: A swivel joint includes a support tube, an inner post, a limit member and an adjustor. The support tube includes a tube body having a top open end, a receiving groove, and a through hole communicating with the receiving groove. The inner post is disposed in the tube body, and has a limiting groove. The limit member is disposed in the receiving groove, and has a stop portion disposed in the limiting groove, and an anchor portion disposed in the receiving groove. The adjustor extends into the receiving groove through the through hole and abuts against the limit member near the anchor portion to limit the anchor portion from moving toward the top open end such that the limit member prevents a releasing movement of the inner post through the top open end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: MODERNSOLID INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chin-Jui Hung
  • Patent number: 10278299
    Abstract: A stand for an electronic device includes a base, a ring, a hinge, a cover and a hinge receiving wall and an adhesive provided on a surface of the base so that the base can be attached to the electronic device. The ring further includes a cylindrical engaging portion on a portion of the ring. The hinge includes a protrusion and an engaging groove which is formed by a cutout space on a side of the hinge. The hinge is received a shape corresponding to the engaging portion of the ring in the engaging groove. The cover for covering the hinge in the cover is received a shape corresponding to the hinge to snugly fit the hinge therein. The hinge receiving wall receives the protrusion of the hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: SPIGEN KOREA CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Dae-Young Kim
  • Patent number: 10273999
    Abstract: A mortise and tenon joint for furniture, includes a mortise piece and a tenon piece. The mortise piece includes a cut-out region. The cut-out region includes a surface. A mortise is located at the cut-out region. A tenon piece includes a tenon sized to fit within the mortise. The tenon piece has a surface that matches the surface of the cut-out region so that when the tenon is within the mortise, the tenon piece can be rotated into a first orientation so that the surface of the tenon piece is flush with the surface of the cut-out region, and the tenon piece can be rotated into a second orientation so that the surface of the tenon piece is not flush with the surface of the cut-out region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventors: Benjamin Che-Ming Chang, Tian Tian Yang
  • Patent number: 10221992
    Abstract: A tool holder. The tool holder is mounted to a platform (9) and comprises a plurality of legs (1) extending from respective positions on the platform (9) for connecting the platform (9) to respective positions on the workpiece. Each leg (1) has a first joint system (8a) at its platform end allowing each leg (1) to pivot relative to the platform (9). Each first joint system (8a) has an actuator arrangement (34) having a first operating mode in which the actuator arrangement (34) is configured to apply a load to move the respective leg (1), and a second operating mode in which the actuator arrangement (34) is configured to allow free movement of the respective leg (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventors: Adam George Antrum Rushworth, Dragos Aurelian Axinte, John Marcus Allen, James Kell, Ralph Graham Anderson
  • Patent number: 10113691
    Abstract: A stabilizing device for a portable computing device, a display system comprising the stabilizing device and a portable computing device, and the use of a stabilizing device for holding a portable computing device are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: SAFETRAY PRODUCTS LIMITED
    Inventor: Alison Grieve
  • Patent number: 10053138
    Abstract: A motion assembly that produces pitch and roll motions includes lower and upper plates. A pivotable coupling having upper and lower shafts extending from its center is coupled between the upper and lower plates. At least two linear actuators are coupled between the plates. Extension and retraction of the actuators pivots the upper plate about the pivotable coupling relative to the lower plate. A vehicle includes two steerable propulsion wheels coupled to a chassis. A lower plate of a pitch and roll assembly, similar to that just described, couples to the chassis via a slew bearing. Seating is coupled to the upper plate. The seating rotates with respect to the chassis via controlled rotation of the slew bearing with reference to the chassis. The seating can be rotated to point in any direction with respect to the chassis regardless of the direction the steerable propulsion wheels move the chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: OCEANEERING INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: Samuel T. Foster, Michael Wayne Boshears, Andrew Wayne Grant, Frank Peter Hass, Clifford Allen Jennings, Eric Arthur King, Kenneth Thomas Kroslowitz, Suhas Subhaschandra Malghan, Stephen A. Sywak
  • Patent number: 9881595
    Abstract: Improvements in a tilting, lifting stand are presented. The tilt, lift stand is for a musical instrument stand or to elevate/tilt a speaker and or amplifier and rigidly supports a sousaphone brass type instruments, speaker or amplifier in an in a stored and in a playable or elevated position. The stand supports all or the majority of the weight of the instrument or speaker or amplifier in a static position to relieve the weight of the musical instrument or speaker or amplifier. The stand has legs that are extendable to rest on multiple levels as might be found in a stadium. The stand further has a securing mechanism that gently grasps a tubular section to hold the musical instrument. The speaker stand can be easily collapsed for transportation and storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Randall May International Incorporated
    Inventor: Randall Lee May
  • Patent number: 9842509
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a 6 degree-of-freedom motion hexapod simulator assembly comprising of a fixed base, a displaceable simulator platform comprising of a load bearing structure, and 6 linear actuators having upper ends thereof interconnected with the load bearing structure by three pairs of two-degree of freedom joints and lower ends thereof interconnected with the fixed base by means of three pairs of two-degree of freedom joints. The two degree of freedom joint comprises of two rotatable pivot means which are oriented 90° with respect to each other. One pivot means runs through the other pivot means. At the connection with the load bearing structure the center of one joint of a pair of joints is separated by part of the load bearing structure from the center of the other joint of the pair of joints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: E2M TECHNOLOGIES B.V.
    Inventors: Pieter Van Lookeren Campagne, Rabin El Zaher
  • Patent number: 9815490
    Abstract: A motion assembly that produces pitch and roll motions includes lower and upper plates. A pivotable coupling having upper and lower shafts extending from its center is coupled between the upper and lower plates. At least two linear actuators are coupled between the plates. Extension and retraction of the actuators pivots the upper plate about the pivotable coupling relative to the lower plate. A vehicle includes two steerable propulsion wheels coupled to a chassis. A lower plate of a pitch and roll assembly, similar to that just described, couples to the chassis via a slew bearing. Seating is coupled to the upper plate. The seating rotates with respect to the chassis via controlled rotation of the slew bearing with reference to the chassis. The seating can be rotated to point in any direction with respect to the chassis regardless of the direction the steerable propulsion wheels move the chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: OCEANEERING INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: Samuel T Foster, Michael Wayne Boshears, Andrew Grant, Frank Peter Hass, Clifford Allen Jennings, Eric Arthur King, Kenneth Thomas Kroslowitz, Suhas Subhaschandra Malghan, Stephen A Sywak
  • Patent number: 9810974
    Abstract: A tripod for a photographing apparatus is provided. The tripod includes a plurality of legs, a bracket, to which the legs are coupled, a support that is coupled to the bracket, and contact members, each of which defines an upper end portion of the corresponding leg. Each contact member includes a first surface provided at an upper end of the contact member and defining a first angle with a longitudinal axis of the leg, and a second surface extending from the first surface and defining a second angle with the first surface. The first surface and the support contact each other when the corresponding leg is in a folding state, and the second surface and the support contact each other when the corresponding leg is in an unfolding state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Eun Ho Chi, Myung Gyu Kim, Sang Eon Kim
  • Patent number: 9631767
    Abstract: This application discloses a camera including a holding element and a base assembly. The holding element further includes a camera portion for holding a camera sensor, an extended portion that extends from the camera portion, and a fastener structure coupled to an end of the extended portion located opposite another end of the extended portion where the camera module is located. The base assembly further includes a base shaped to rest against a supporting surface, a joint structure configured to mate with the fastener structure, and a magnet configured to magnetically couple the camera to the supporting surface. In some implementations, the camera further includes a mounting structure that is configured to be attached and fixed onto the supporting surface. The camera is mounted onto the supporting surface when the base of the base assembly magnetically adheres onto the mounting structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Adam Scott Kilgore, Adam Duckworth Mittleman, Jason Evans Goulden
  • Patent number: 9625790
    Abstract: An essentially flat support base plate for mounting a piece of photographic equipment such as a photographic tripod head (camera mount) or camera. A preferred embodiment includes an aluminum base plate assembly formed with at least one threaded stud which is sized to fit into corresponding holes in selected pieces of photographic equipment. The stud is made of a non-ferrous material, such as titanium, to enable the plate and stud to be black anodized. The threaded stud is preferably welded in place to ensure that the stud is firmly and permanently attached to the base plate and cannot rotate independently of the plate. A base plate so formed has an elegant and aesthetically pleasing appearance and the base plate can be attached to or detached from any selected piece of equipment plate without the use of any tools (i.e., to make it tool free).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Inventor: Larry J. Tiefenbrunn
  • Patent number: 9559738
    Abstract: A tablet device is provided, which includes a first member, a second member and a pivot unit. The first member pivots on the second member via the pivot unit. The pivot unit includes a shaft, a twist sheet, a washer and a twist spring. The twist sheet is telescoped on the shaft. The twist spring is telescoped on the shaft and is connected to the twist sheet. The washer is disposed between the twist sheet and the twist spring. The shaft is connected to the second member. The twist sheet is fixed to the first member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Wistron Corp.
    Inventors: Chen-Yi Liang, Jen Hao Liu, Ming-Ju Hsieh, Cheng Hsing Liu
  • Patent number: 9464753
    Abstract: A camera support bowl clamp device comprises a bowl member of a pan tilt head suitable for supporting a broadcast or motion picture camera arranged within a recessed member of a camera support, whereby said bowl member is attached at one end of a shaft and a clamping cup arranged at an opposite end of said shaft, whereby said opposite end extends through said recessed member of a camera support; wherein said clamping cup located at a first limit position applies a clamping force to a surface of said recessed member of a camera support which subsequently pulls said bowl member, via said shaft, down into said recess and applies a second clamping force from a surface of said bowl to a cooperating surface of said recessed member, and at a second limit position releases said clamping force to said recessed member which subsequently releases said second clamping force by separating said surface of said bowl from said cooperating surface of said recessed member; characterized in that said clamping cup further compri
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Vitec Videocom GMBH
    Inventors: Franz Mayer, Leonhard Jaumann
  • Patent number: 9377158
    Abstract: Improvements in a tilting, lifting stand are presented. The tilt, lift stand is for a musical instrument stand or to elevate/tilt a speaker and or amplifier and rigidly supports a sousaphone brass type instruments, speaker or amplifier in an in a stored and in a playable or elevated position. The stand supports all or the majority of the weight of the instrument or speaker or amplifier in a static position to relieve the weight of the musical instrument or speaker or amplifier. The stand has legs that are extendable to rest on multiple levels as might be found in a stadium. The stand further has a securing mechanism that gently grasps a tubular section to hold the musical instrument. The speaker stand can be easily collapsed for transportation and storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Randall May International, Inc.
    Inventor: Randall Lee May
  • Patent number: 9371855
    Abstract: A flexure based linear bearing includes top and bottom parallel rigid plates; first and second flexures connecting the top and bottom plates and constraining exactly four degrees of freedom of relative motion of the plates, the four degrees of freedom being X and Y axis translation and rotation about the X and Y axes; and a strut connecting the top and bottom plates and further constraining exactly one degree of freedom of the plates, the one degree of freedom being one of Z axis translation and rotation about the Z axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Inventor: George M. Voellmer
  • Patent number: 9341206
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a support channel assembly that secures and supports a bundle. The support channel assembly includes a support channel having a bottom and two sides and at least one flange. Each side of the support channel having a hook at a distal end. The flange has a top, a bottom and sides. The flange includes a locking tie receiving area for receiving a locking tie to secure the bundle and a support channel engaging area for receiving the hooks of the support channel to secure the flange to the support channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Panduit Corp.
    Inventors: Rodney Rouleau, James Banaszak
  • Patent number: 9318084
    Abstract: A horizontal support system for a percussion instrument support the percussion instrument in a horizontal position without the necessity for permanently altering the instrument structure. Preferably, the percussion instrument includes a shell having first and second open ends, a first hoop affixed to the first open end, a second hoop affixed to the second open end of said shell, and a drum head provided at one end. The support system includes a plurality of support legs. Each support leg includes a main support member; a foot member selectively positioned adjacent one end of the main support member; first and second hoop engagement members that engage the hoops of the percussion instrument. The plurality of support legs supports the percussion instrument in a horizontal position with the drum head facing up or in a tilted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Pearl Musical Instrument Co.
    Inventors: Shawn D. Lafrenz, Matthew G. Jordan
  • Patent number: 9239173
    Abstract: Apparatus and techniques for mounting frameless photovoltaic modules reduce module stress induced by the mounting configuration. Interface strips and strip/rail spacing configured to relieve module stress by reducing or eliminating module sag are used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: Apollo Precision (Fujian) Limited
    Inventors: Roger Balyon, Michael Meyers
  • Patent number: 9221168
    Abstract: The workbench includes one or more trestle units (102) having pairs of legs (104) joined to each end of a cross-piece (106) by a hinge unit (108) which allows the legs to fold flat against each other and against the cross-piece of the trestle for storage. The hinge has a stop which allows the legs to be positioned away from each other and away from the crosspiece of the trestle to form a stable trestle unit. The workbench further includes a plurality of beams (500), wherein said beams are adapted to be connected to at least one trestle so as to form a supporting framework for a work piece. A folding brace (110) between pairs of legs further stabilizes the trestle. The beams and trestles have holes (126) in their ends, and the beams and the trestles have regularly spaced holes (128) in them. Pegs can be inserted into and through the holes, and they have locking parts on them, allowing them to lock onto the trestle or beam. Pegs can have two latches for attachment to different beams or trestles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Inventor: Mark Lockyer Boyd
  • Patent number: 9187914
    Abstract: A roofing bracket is configured to securely and removeably attach to a standing seam of a roofing panel. The roofing bracket has a first section and a plurality of second sections, each section having a base that defines a top and bottom face. A pressure clamping device extends between the first section and each of the plurality of second sections. A plank support system is selectively mountable onto the first section and configured to receive and retain a plank therein. The plank support system defines a plank support face and an angle lift mechanism configured to place a plank in a substantially horizontal position. A clamping adjustment mechanism is mounted onto each of the plurality of second sections and is configured to apply a torque to the first section and each of the second sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Inventor: Mario Lallier
  • Patent number: 9117951
    Abstract: The present invention provides a solar cell module support structure comprising: a first support for a solar cell module to be received and supported; a connecting portion connected to the first support; a main frame connected to the connecting portion so as to support the solar cell module and the first support, having the connection portion mounted thereon and having a mounting groove formed along the length thereof so that the location of the connecting portion can be adjusted along the length thereof; second supports which are provided on the lower side of the main frame, support the main frame from the ground surface, are provided in a plurality, and are arranged in a separated manner from each other; and a connection wire for mutually connecting any one of the second supports with another second support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: ENERSOLAR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Gi Ju Park, Doo Yeol Park
  • Patent number: 9074796
    Abstract: Apparatus and techniques for mounting frameless photovoltaic modules reduce module stress induced by the mounting configuration. Mounting clamps and rail/clamp spacing configured to relieve module stress by reducing or eliminating module sag are used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Apollo Precision (Kunming) Yuanhong Limited
    Inventors: Kedar Hardikar, Ashraf Khan, Roger Balyon
  • Publication number: 20150136917
    Abstract: A refractory casting tube for a mould for continuously casting molten metal is provided with a top part (33) and a bottom part (35) which dips into the molten metal in the inner mould space (6) during the casting. A refractory deflection element (35) is integrated in the funnel-shaped or similarly shaped inlet (34) of the top part (33) and is shaped in such a manner that a fluid-dynamic dissipation is generated on the molten metal (21) during casting in said inlet (4, 34). The molten steel therefore flows into the mould roughly as a uniform flow with a homogeneous and stable distribution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Christian Dratva
  • Patent number: 9015955
    Abstract: The present document describes a container for storing and drying garments or sport equipment, the container comprising an external envelope comprising a resistant material; and a ventilation structure through which air can be blown for drying the garments or sports equipment, the ventilation structure supporting the external envelope, the ventilation structure comprising hanging elements for hanging the garments or sports equipment thereon, the ventilation structure capable of adopting a retracted position and an extended position in which the ventilation structure occupies more space than in the retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventors: Jean-François Vezina, Pierrot Lebel
  • Publication number: 20150090846
    Abstract: A modular stand system is adjustable in the transverse direction and height and is adapted for HVAC system components that need to be elevated above a support surface. In certain embodiments, the modular stand systems herein are advantageously used to support HVAC variable refrigerant flow (VRF) units.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: William J. Crowley
  • Patent number: 8960634
    Abstract: Cases or holders for cell phones, personal digital assistants, portable video/music players, electronic books, electronic tablets and other handheld and/or free-standing display devices, as well as the devices themselves are disclosed. In different embodiments, a versatile protective holder that can allow placement on any surface for hands-free viewing, with full adjustment of viewing angle in landscape and/or portrait orientations; directional sound reflecting and baffling; easier cleaning and viewing of the device's screen; easier grasping by the user; wearing of the device using a belt clip or arm or waist band; as well as attachment to an automobile, bicycle, or other vehicle are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Zero Chroma, LLC
    Inventors: Brian E. Le Gette, David Reeb
  • Patent number: 8960615
    Abstract: A modular foundation includes a central portion and at least three legs non-rotatably secured to and extending from the central portion. The at least three legs are substantially equally spaced apart from each other wherein each leg includes a proximal end and a distal end. A basket is attached to the distal end of each leg wherein the basket is configured to be secured in a selected position. A platform is pivotally attached to the central portion wherein the platform is configured to move from a vertical position to a horizontal position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: ARE Telecom Incorporated
    Inventors: Dion Johnson, Mike Clifton
  • Patent number: 8931193
    Abstract: A firearm support apparatus has a support frame having an elongate longitudinal center body and a lateral crosspiece having right and left sides that extend outwardly from the center body. The apparatus also includes a forward cradle assembly, a rearward cradle assembly, an outwardly extending flanges, and a pair of adjustable legs for adjusting the height of the lateral crosspiece with respect to the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Inventors: Mark Bogart, Daniel Bogart
  • Patent number: 8915476
    Abstract: A leg device that is capable of simultaneously releasing three extendible/contractible legs from a locked state with a single action is provided. A tripod, which is a leg device, has a base. A tripod head is attached to a tripod head attaching portion of the base. A middle extendible/contractible leg, a one-side extendible/contractible leg, and an opposite-side extendible/contractible kg are pivotally attached to a leg attaching portion of the base. Gripping all the three extendible/contractible legs, i.e. the middle extendible/contractible leg, the one-side extendible/contractible leg, and the opposite-side extendible/contractible kg, together causes the middle extendible/contractible leg, the one-side extendible/contractible leg, and the opposite-side extendible/contractible leg to simultaneously shift from a locked state to an unlocked state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Velbon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Koichiro Nakatani
  • 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: 20140338132
    Abstract: A multi tool with a handle arranged along a longitudinally aligned axis. The handle has a first end and a second end and a housing for containing a first tool. The multi tool also has a prop which interoperates with the first handle and provides stability against overturning of the multi tool when supporting a device. The multi tool also has a mount which is interoperable with either the handle or the prop. The mount will maintain a device in an upright position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: GEYSER VENTURES LLC
    Inventors: Toren Orzeck, Matthew Jellett
  • 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: 8863430
    Abstract: A bipod kit for a firearm has a bipod leg mounting body and a firearm structural component. The bipod leg mounting body has a substantially round central passage defining an interior side surface thereof and has two leg mounting structures on an exterior side surface thereof generally opposite the interior side surface. The firearm structural component can be mounted on the firearm at an OEM (original equipment manufacturer) mounting structure thereof. The firearm structural component includes a bipod mounting portion integral therewith. The bipod mounting portion is cylindrical and is rotatably mounted within the central passage of the bipod leg mounting body. The bipod mounting portion is configured such that a barrel of the firearm extends through a central passage thereof when the firearm structural component is mounted on the firearm at the OEM mounting structure thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Inventor: Dale Avery Poling
  • 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: 20140291472
    Abstract: A system for mounting decorative objects, such as Christmas trees, is disclosed. The system can include a base and a plurality of inserts. The base can comprise a plurality of feet that have a retracted position for ready storage and a deployed position for supporting a tree. The base can further comprise a locking mechanism for locking the feet in the retracted position, the deployed position, or both. The base can further comprise an adapter for receiving one or more inserts. The inserts can comprise a consistent outer diameter, for insertion into the adapter, and a variety of inner diameters for use with a variety of tree diameters. The insert can be installed on the trunk of a tree and then installed into the adapter on the base simplifying the tree erection process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Polygroup Macau Limited (BVI)
    Inventor: Chi Yin Alan Leung
  • Publication number: 20140263883
    Abstract: A tool holder. The tool holder is mounted to a platform (9) and comprises a plurality of legs (1) extending from respective positions on the platform (9) for connecting the platform (9) to respective positions on the workpiece. Each leg (1) has a first joint system (8a) at its platform end allowing each leg (1) to pivot relative to the platform (9). Each first joint system (8a) has an actuator arrangement (34) having a first operating mode in which the actuator arrangement (34) is configured to apply a load to move the respective leg (1), and a second operating mode in which the actuator arrangement (34) is configured to allow free movement of the respective leg (1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Adam George Antrum RUSHWORTH, Dragos Aurelian AXINTE, John Marcus ALLEN, James KELL, Mark Hugh RAFFLES
  • Publication number: 20140252183
    Abstract: A hoop support device (202) supports a hoop assembly (100). The hoop assembly comprises a structural hoop (102) and a plurality of wires. The hoop support device comprises a pedestal (206) having a mounting feature (224, 226) for mounting the hoop and a cover (208 pivotally mounted or mountable to the pedestal for rotation about a pivot axis (510). The cover has at least a lateral portion (250, 252) and a peripheral portion (254) for enclosing at least one said wire in an installed/closed condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Eli C. Warren, Erik W. Hatton
  • Patent number: 8827220
    Abstract: An assembling arrangement serves for securing a tubular furniture leg to the top plate of a piece of furniture. The assembling arrangement comprises a through opening formed in the top plate, a top mounting, which spans the through opening on the top side of the top plate, a bottom mounting, which spans the through opening on the bottom side of the top plate and is attached to the leg, a first bore formed through the top mounting and a second bore formed through the bottom mounting in line with the first bore, a screw having a shaft extending downwards in the leg via the first bore, the through opening and the second bore, a nut for the screw shaft placed in the leg, and an anchoring mechanism for firmly anchoring the nut in the leg in the secured state of the leg. The assembling arrangement is inexpensive and strong and can advantageously be used for mounting legs upon cantilever tables and chairs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Midform A/S
    Inventors: Steen Mandsfelt Eriksen, Gunilla Mandsfelt Eriksen
  • Patent number: 8827232
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to shelving systems and methods that are adaptable to a number of applications, including building heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (“HVAC”) systems, shelving units for holding children's games and toys, closet organizers with hangers and shelves, storage systems in a garage or workshop, storage shelves over a garage door, and as a shelving unit for audio and visual equipment. The shelving unit includes a means for attachment to an overhead member, such as a steel beam, wood rafter, wood joist, wood beam, or ceiling, a generally J or L shaped bar, the ability to raise or lower the J or L shaped bar to provide for storage at different heights, an extension member removably coupled to the J or L bar, and wherein the extension member has a length that provides for storage space of different widths. In another aspect, an inverted shelving stand is provided. In still a further aspect, a U shaped swiveling hanging unit is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Quick-Sling, LLC
    Inventor: William J. Crowley
  • Publication number: 20140238747
    Abstract: An auger stand is provided for a utility truck with a boom, motor and auger to install telephone poles. The stand securely holds the nine foot, 350 pound auger in an upright position to facilitate its detachment from and reattachment to a drive shaft of the motor. Without laying the auger down, the truck boom and motor are then used to install pole anchors or perform other tasks. The auger stand has a base with several radially extending legs that form a stabile platform that rests on the ground. A collar is secured near the top of the auger shaft. Several ratchet straps join the outer ends of the legs to the auger collar to form a stable pyramid structure that holds the auger upright. The legs folds up to facilitate transport and storage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventor: Paul J. Fabian
  • Publication number: 20140231601
    Abstract: A tripod includes a platform, a connecting element, a leg element, and an operation element. The platform includes a bottom surface, and a first bevel gear extending downward from the bottom surface. The connecting element includes an upper end, a lower end opposite to the upper end, and a side surface connected between the upper end and the lower end. The connecting element is connected to a center of the platform, and defines a spherical cavity on the side surface. The leg element is connected to the lower end of the connecting element. The operation element includes a spherical body, a second bevel gear, and an adjustable leg. The spherical body and the adjustable leg respectively connected to two opposite ends of the second bevel gear. The spherical body is rotatably received in the spherical cavity, and the second bevel gear engages with the first bevel gear.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: CHENG-SHIUN WU
  • Patent number: 8807337
    Abstract: According to the invention, a golf bag is disclosed. The golf bag may include a frame and a removable cover. The frame may include a top member at a top most portion of the frame, and a bottom member at a bottom most portion of the frame. The removable cover may include a central portion, a first coupling member, and a second coupling member. The first coupling member may be coupled with at least a portion of a top of the central portion. The second coupling member may be coupled with at least a portion of a bottom of the central portion. The first coupling member may be reversibly coupled with a top most portion of the top member. The second coupling member may be reversibly coupled with a bottom most portion of the bottom member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: BarSix, LLC
    Inventor: David H. Barcik
  • Patent number: 8807493
    Abstract: A stackable wheeled bucket stand and method is disclosed. The bucket stand includes an elliptical support ring configured to support a bucket, a plurality of leg assemblies, each leg assembly connected to the support ring, and a plurality of wheels, each wheel connected to a leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventor: David Kamon, II