Legs Pivoted To Head Patents (Class 248/168)
  • Patent number: 10627043
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a magnetic mounting assembly can include a flange portion. The flange portion may include a base plate coupled to a magnet and including a first hinge along a first edge and a second hinge along a second edge. The flange portion may also include a sidewall extending from the base plate and including a hinge along a distal end of the sidewall. Further, the flange portion may include a mounting plate including a hinge configured to mate with the hinge of the sidewall to provide a mounting surface configured to pivot about the hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Magnacurve LLC
    Inventor: Joseph Wargo
  • Patent number: 10591240
    Abstract: A retractable support assembly for a firearm. The assembly includes a swiveling support structure configured for attachment to or adjacent to the forward end of a firearm extension component on the firearm. The support structure, when attached, is substantially centered on the longitudinal axis of the firearm barrel and permits movement of the longitudinal axis of the firearm barrel relative to a position fixed by deployment of the assembly for variable aiming of the firearm. The assembly includes a plurality of legs pivotably connected to the support structure for movement between an extended position wherein the assembly supports the outer end of the longitudinal axis of the firearm and a retracted position. The assembly also has a leg-locking mechanism connected to the support structure for locking the legs in the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: BLK LBL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Dalton Francis Beachli, Juraj Antonak
  • Patent number: 10568432
    Abstract: Disclosed is a foldable five-star foot, comprising a center body and five legs; each one of the legs is provided with a first mounting block and a second mounting block; each one of the first mounting blocks corresponds to a first mounting groove; each one of the second mounting blocks corresponds to a second mounting groove; and the first and second mounting grooves are formed on the center body. The first mounting groove and the second mounting groove are internally provided with a pair of a first connecting block and a second connecting block; each one of the first connecting blocks is connected with each corresponding one of the first mounting blocks, and each one of the second connecting blocks is connected with each corresponding one of the second mounting blocks. The five-star foot is advantaged in simple and reliable structure, convenient folding, large application scope and easy popularization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: ANJI JINTAI FASTENER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jinqian Yu
  • Patent number: 10520132
    Abstract: A deployable prop is provided that is capable of transitioning from an undeployed state to a deployed state in which the prop can be used to support an object against or adjacent to a structural surface. In one embodiment, the deployable prop includes a bistable “carpenter's” tape, a foot member that is engaged to one end of the tape, and a head member that is engaged to the other end of the tape. The tape, foot member, and head member can be placed in an undeployed state that has “roll” shape and in a deployed state in which the tape extends substantially linearly between the foot and head members and can be used to support an object against or adjacent to a structural surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: River Front Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony M. Brown, Donald R. Brown, Thomas J. Harvey, Toby J. Harvey
  • Patent number: 10508765
    Abstract: An extendable leg 10 for a tripod, the leg 10 comprises two or more leg-stages 11b, 11c, each leg-stage 11b, 11c moveable axially relative to one or more of the or each other leg-stages to lengthen or shorten the leg. The leg 10 includes a clamp assembly to releasably prevent the relative movement when the leg is at the desired length. The clamp assembly includes a leg brake 22a moveable between a first leg-stage locking position and a second leg-stage release position. In order to control movement of the leg brake 22a between the first and second positions, an actuation means 16 is provided. A cable 17 is operably connected at a first end to the actuation means 16 and at a second end to the leg brake 22a, such that operation of the actuation means 16 causes the cable 17 to move the leg brake 22a.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: THE VITEC GROUP PLC
    Inventors: Jolyon Torbitt, James Brady, James Guest
  • Patent number: 10399703
    Abstract: An articulated support includes a base and pitch-roll-yaw assembly having a pitch/roll subassembly and a yaw subassembly. The pitch/roll subassembly includes a central member configured for spring-loaded rotation about a pitch/roll axis, and the yaw subassembly has a U-shaped member configured (a) at end portions to engage under-wing connection lugs of an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) and (b) at a central portion to mate to the central member of the pitch/roll subassembly in a rotatable manner providing for rotation of the yaw subassembly about a yaw axis. The pitch/roll subassembly and yaw subassembly are further co-configured to define first and second fixed yaw positions in which a fuselage of the UAS is, respectively, parallel to and perpendicular to the pitch/roll axis, permitting roll motion and pitch motion of the UAS when mounted on the articulated support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: AAI Corporation
    Inventors: Graham Schill, Sean Marshall Baity, Kyle W. McCool, Leonard T. Katilas
  • Patent number: 10370072
    Abstract: A fixture for mounting a laser to an extended edge, such as ship bulkhead, so that precision measurements can be made at close ranges, including over-the side situations. The fixture has a set of attached mounting plates, the first of which includes a ring assembly on which multiple types of lasers can be mounted. The fixture also has a plate with a hook and clamping mechanism to secure the fixture to the extended edge. Gussets connect the plates at an angle that helps creates a wide range of sight for the laser, as well as a secure rotational pivot point to assist with laser mounting after the fixture is attached to an edge. This fixture allows the laser operator to forgo tripods and similar fixtures which, at ground level and close quarters, allow only a limited field of view, as well as elevated, over the side situations, which are awkward and unsafe for set up and adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Ryan Grate, Javier Esparza
  • Patent number: 10322762
    Abstract: A height adjustable seatpost assembly is basically provided with a first telescopic member, a second telescopic member, a positioning structure, an operating structure and an electric actuator. The second telescopic member is telescopically movable within the first telescopic member. The positioning structure is provided on one of the first and second telescopic members. The positioning structure includes a pair of longitudinal spaced positioning members configured to engage the other of the first and second telescopic members, respectively. The operating structure is at least partly movable with respect to the other of the first and second telescopic members in the longitudinal direction. The operating structure includes a release member that is disposed between the positioning members. The release member selectively disengages one of the positioning members. The electric actuator moves the operating structure relative to the other of the first and second telescopic members in the longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventor: Toyoto Shirai
  • Patent number: 10281081
    Abstract: An improved leg for an apparatus for supporting an object. The improved leg may be provided as at least one leg of a tripod for supporting an object, the tripod having a plurality of legs each having upper and lower leg assemblies that are arranged in moving relation with each other, wherein the at least one leg is configured to prevent that leg of the apparatus from collapsing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Oberwerk Corporation
    Inventor: Kevin Busarow
  • Patent number: 10273111
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device or a pair of devices for lifting, maneuvering, winding or unwinding reels, each comprising a center retractable member having an adjustable length; a first and second angularly-oriented vertical support bar, each pivotally mounted, at its proximal end, on opposite ends of the center retractable member, wherein the first and second angularly-oriented vertical support bars are pivotally joined to each other at their distal ends; a reel support member mounted on the joint of the first and second angularly-oriented vertical support bars, wherein the reel support member is adapted to removably by received by the bore of the reel; and a means for adjusting the length of the center retractable member, thereby moving the reel support member upward and downward, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: SONOCO DEVELOPMENT, INC.
    Inventors: Russell Paul Grabowski, Xiaokai Niu
  • Patent number: 10082239
    Abstract: Equipment is temporarily supported above the ground by a self-supporting, readily erectable and transportable mast. The mast comprises a pneumatically inflatable elongate tube having a first end to which the equipment is coupled and a second end coupled to a ground support tripod. The mast is provided with bracing structure adapted to brace the tube when inflated and including respective flexible members extending from each tripod leg to the first end of the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Indian Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Tommy Caswell
  • Patent number: 10047899
    Abstract: An extendable leg (11) for a tripod (10) (for supporting an optical apparatus such as a video camera), the leg being V-shaped and having telescopic side members (15,16) to enable the length of the leg to be varied with hinge means to connect the side members to each other at an apex of the V, means to connect the side members to a head (12) of the tripod which allow the angle of the V to vary with extension and retraction of the leg, and clamping means (50) to clamp the side members at a required length; wherein the leg has a mechanism for controlling the extension and retraction of the side members when the locking means is released whereby the apex of the leg is constrained to move generally linearly in the lengthwise direction of the leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Vitec Group PLC
    Inventors: James Edward Guest, Richard Arthur Lindsay
  • Patent number: 10012465
    Abstract: A modular device support system including a top body for attaching to any device needing support and a main body capable of connecting to the top body. The main body has two attachment pivots connected to opposing side walls, the attachment pivots may be pivotably mounted to the opposing side walls so that each attachment pivot can be adjustably positioned in at least one position of a plurality of positions. At least one accessory can connect to the attachment pivots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Inventor: George Liechty
  • Patent number: 9863553
    Abstract: A laser target assembly, which doubles as a pipe plug, has an outer sheath with a first end that fits within the end of a cut section of pipe, and a second, larger-diameter end that fits into the bell of an uncut section. A circular interior panel, made of tough plastic, is positioned in about the middle of the sheath perpendicular to its central axis. A lower half of the panel, which functions as the target, is opaque; the balance is transparent. A target scale, having evenly-spaced linear markings, is provided on the opaque portion of the panel. A bubble level, positioned within the larger-diameter end adjacent the panel, enables a pipe layer to position the target scale in a vertical orientation. Interior handles are used to adjust axial alignment of target assembly and remove the target assembly when it is installed within a bell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Inventor: Wesley Arlen Coates
  • Patent number: 9746268
    Abstract: A pole assembly includes a slide mounted reciprocally to a pole. The slide includes an upper extremity, a lower extremity, and a handle between the upper extremity and the lower extremity. First and second jaws are mounted reciprocally to the slide between gripping positions for gripping the pole therebetween and released positions for releasing the pole therebetween. The slide is disabled from moving reciprocally relative to the pole, in the gripping positions of the first and second jaws. The slide is enabled for moving reciprocally relative to the pole, in the released positions of the first and second jaws. Each of the first and second jaws reciprocates obliquely relative to the pole from the released position away from the pole and the upper extremity of the slide, and the gripping position toward the pole and the upper extremity of the slide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Inventor: Allan W. Antell
  • Patent number: 9650754
    Abstract: A parking stand for a detachable front loader assembly including a support leg pivoted to a boom, which is able to pivot between an extended and a retracted position. A set of parallel struts engage a locking plate, which is attached to the support leg. Being engaged within locking mechanism divots, the support leg is secured within an optimally extended position. Extending the parking stand support leg into a parking configuration is achieved by way of a series of semi-automated actions that are triggered and propelled by way of hydraulic movement of a loader's boom and bucket. Such semi-automated actions include unlocking, extending, and securing the support leg. Retraction of the support leg is similarly executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Ignacio Alonso Martinez, Jose Rene Liñan, Damien Faivre
  • Patent number: 9564111
    Abstract: A guitar support stand includes a mounting plate that is attachable to a stable support such as a musical piece of equipment having a substantial weight. A guitar support member is releasably attached to the mounting plate and includes at its upper end a support bracket for supporting the neck portion of a guitar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Inventor: Mark W. Hankins
  • Patent number: 9480332
    Abstract: Provided is a height-adjustable table configured such that a height adjustment member rotates in response to an operation of an actuation unit, thereby being released from a locked state, and when an upper plate of the table is vertically lifted to a desired level, the operation of the actuation unit is stopped, and the height of the upper plate is adjusted step by step. Optimal space utility and a simple inner structure of the height-adjustable table can be accomplished, thereby reducing manufacturing cost and increasing user convenience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: SKE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Moon Gyu Han
  • Patent number: 9463352
    Abstract: A health aid, a health aid kit, and a method for treating neck, shoulder and back pain including a first elongated member, a second elongated member, and an attachment connecting the first and second elongated members and configured for the first and second elongated members to move between an open position, wherein a bottom end of each of the first and second elongated members are separated by a first distance, and an engaged position, wherein the bottom ends are separated by a second distance that is less than the first distance. Wherein the health aid kit includes instructions for carrying out the methods for treating neck, shoulder and back pain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: SHARE SOLUTIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Davidow, Stacey Bell, Hiroko Davidow, Johnny Shealy
  • Patent number: 9291454
    Abstract: In a stake-out marker for staking out buildings and the like with a foot plate (10) and a carrier plate (16) carrying a reflection element (22) the carrier plate (16) can be adjusted relative to the foot plate (10) between a transport position in which the carrier plate (16) lies substantially parallel to the foot plate (10) and a work position in which the carrier plate (16) stands vertically to the foot plate (10). The foot plate (10) has at least one perforation (48, 50, 56) with a first edge (52) running parallel to the carrier plate (16), standing in its work position, in the reference plane (20) of the reflection element (22), and with a second edge lying vertically to the first edge in a plane running vertically to the foot plate (10) through the center of the reflection element (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Inventor: Georg Rothbucher
  • Patent number: 9188843
    Abstract: A photography supporting frame comprises a base seat and supporting legs sequentially arranged around the base seat. Connecting bosses are arranged around the base seat; clamping teeth are sequentially arranged on the peripheries of the connecting bosses. The supporting legs each comprise a locating hook, a ball, a spring, an insertion piece, a foot shaft sleeve and a supporting leg rod. The ball and the spring are sequentially arranged in a cavity of the insertion piece from up to down; the locating hook is arranged in the middle of the upper portion of the insertion piece and connected to the ball. The insertion piece is arranged in the foot shaft sleeve. One end of the foot shaft sleeve is connected to one of the connecting bosses, and the other end of the foot shaft sleeve is arranged on the supporting leg rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Lap Shun Manufacture Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shuqiang Li
  • Patent number: 9027895
    Abstract: A portable support for supporting equipment above a surface having an opening to a subsurface space. The support includes a head, an elevator on the head, and legs connected to the head for supporting the head above the surface. Each of the legs has a foot for engaging the surface when supporting the head above the surface. The support also includes an elongate rod vertically mounted on the elevator for movement between a raised position, in which an upper end of the rod extends above the head, and a lowered position, in which a lower end of the rod extends below the feet of the legs to extend into the subsurface space. The support includes an instrument platform positionable on the lower end of the rod when in the lowered position to support the equipment in the subsurface space when the rod is in the lowered position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: SECO Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Hunter, James M. Copeland, Christopher James McNeill
  • Patent number: 8967585
    Abstract: A guitar stand has a base section, a pair of first frames arranged at an opened position or a closed position, a pair of second frames and a pair of third frames arranged at the use position or the folded position. A slider for holding the first frames at the closed position and the second frames at the folded position is mounted to upper ends of the first frames. The first frames, second frames and the third frames are opened at the same time by unlocking the slider, and the guitar stand in a folded state can be brought into a use state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Hoshino Gakki Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hajime Furuta, Yuko Naganawa
  • Patent number: 8942550
    Abstract: A kit for supporting and multi-directionally aiming a heat source. The kit includes a heat air gun, a tripod, and an extension arm. The tripod and/or the extension arm support(s) the heat air gun so as to allow the heat air gun to be supported while having multi-directional aiming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Inventor: Milton Carter
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140299726
    Abstract: A support for supporting equipment includes at least one elongate leg element at least partially supporting an apex selectively, detachably mountable to equipment, where the leg includes a first end proximate the apex and a second end distal the apex, and where the leg is pivotal about an axis proximate the first end throughout a limited arc. A securement assembly pivotably interconnects the first end of the leg with the apex. The securement assembly has selectable resistance to movement along the arc as a result of selectively increasing or decreasing the resistance between at least three friction plates having surfaces in face-to-face engagement with one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventors: Joseph M. JOHNSON, Matthew L. BURK
  • Patent number: 8783241
    Abstract: A Dutch oven lid holder having a horizontally oriented support ring. Three support leg members have their top ends telescopically received in tubular coupling members formed on the support ring. The area beneath the support ring and within the perimeter of the support leg members defines a lid storage space. A lid support assembly has a horizontally oriented tubular sleeve portion having a tension coil spring passing therethrough. The opposite ends of the coil spring are detachably secured to brackets on the support ring. A vertically oriented anchor leg has its top end adjustably received on a T-connector portion extending downwardly from the tubular sleeve portion. The anchor leg has a hook on its bottom end that loops under the handle of a Dutch oven lid. Anchor arms extending inwardly from the respective support leg members would maintain a downward force on the Dutch oven lid causing the coil spring to be place under tension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: CompMaid, LLC
    Inventors: Gary E. Sauter, Dale A. Sauter
  • Patent number: 8752798
    Abstract: Embodiments of golf bag support mechanisms are disclosed herein. Other examples and related methods are also generally described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: John H. Loudenslager
  • 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: 8684327
    Abstract: Equipment is temporarily supported above the ground by a self-supporting, readily erectable and transportable mast. The mast comprises a pneumatically inflatable elongate tube having a first end to which the equipment is coupled and a second end coupled to a ground support tripod. The mast is provided with bracing structure adapted to brace the tube when inflated and including respective flexible members extending from each tripod leg to the first end of the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Indian Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Tommy Caswell
  • Patent number: 8637752
    Abstract: A strap mounted instrument stand includes a pair of hingedly connected plates. The stand is movable between a closed position, in which the plates lie against one another in a generally flat configuration, and an open position, in which the plates are disposed at an angle with respect to one another. A bracket extends in a generally normal direction from one of the plates to support a musical instrument when the stand is in the open position. A securement member secures the plates together in the closed position. Releasing the securement member allows the stand to move to the open position. The stand holds a musical instrument, such as a guitar, in an upright position when not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Inventor: Paul Innocenti
  • Patent number: 8596597
    Abstract: There is disclosed a paint roller support device attachable or integrally mounted to a roller frame handle or extension handle. The support device comprises a pair of legs that are pivotable with respect to each other, thereby defining open and closed positions, and further pivotable away from the roller frame handle or extension handle. When the legs are in the open position and oriented away from the long axis of the roller frame/extension handle, the support device provides a generally planar support surface by which the roller frame/extension handle can be placed on the floor, on a table or against a wall such that a nap of a roller cover is spaced apart from the resting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Inventor: Simone Spicer
  • Patent number: 8573393
    Abstract: The examples provided describe a golf bag with a legged stand, and a golf bag collar assembly, each having a spring loaded leg cap hinge constructed to provide improved strength, reduced weight, strong holding force when the legs are closed, and a reduced retraction force when the legs are opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Eric V. Cole, Douglas W. Anderson, Maximiliano A. Lopez, Greg J. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 8540202
    Abstract: A support mechanism for supporting an electronic device is disclosed. The support mechanism, comprises at least one connecting assembly; and at least one pair of support portions, each of the at least one pair of support portions comprising a first support member, a connecting member comprising a first connecting end and a second connecting end, and a second support member; wherein the first support member is rotatably connected to the connecting member at the first connecting end, the second support member is rotatably connected to the second connecting member at the second connecting end, and the second support members of each of the at least one pair of support portions are rotatably connected to each other by the at least one connecting assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wu-Zhu Hu, Wu-Qi Li, Ben-Xiang Zhao, Tang Li
  • Patent number: 8534620
    Abstract: A spreader device and a modular stand system including the spreader device are disclosed. The spreader device is configured to detachably couple with and support a stand unit, and to function independently as a stand when detached from the stand unit. Each arm of the spreader device may detachably and rotatably couple with a leg of the stand unit. The modular stand system may also include a monopod where both the spreader device and the stand unit are configured to engage the monopod. The functionality an configurability of each component in the modular stand system may permit increased system flexibility using a small number of components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Camera Dynamics GmbH
    Inventors: Robert Zierer, Jolyon Torbitt, Philip Christopher Dalgoutte
  • Patent number: 8496212
    Abstract: A bipod comprises first and second tubular, spring-loaded telescopically extendable legs terminating distally in substantially triangular, claw-like end effectors. Each end effecter includes a substantially planar central segment having an upper surface defining a polygon resembling a truncated triangle with the first, second and third corners projecting downwardly at an acute angle. The first second and third downwardly projecting corner segments define substantially planar, triangular claw members, and so form a cup-shaped three pointed claw ideally well suited to grasp but not sink into any terrain surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Keng's Firearms Specialty, Inc.
    Inventors: Da Keng, Maciej W. Matuszczak
  • Patent number: 8448561
    Abstract: A mount system including a tray mountable to a port and a table translatable with respect to the tray. A mounting station is positioned on the table. There is a telescoping support for the tray. A drive mechanism translates the table to alternately conceal the mounting station within the port and to deploy the mounting station through the port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Alf L. Carroll, III, Donald L. Chaloupka, Katherine E. Hoffman, Nathaniel J. Ward
  • Patent number: 8398037
    Abstract: A support having a plurality of elongate hollow leg members, each of which is at least partially supporting an apex selectively, detachably mountable to equipment. At least one leg member has a circumferential wall of a thickness along a major portion of its length no more than approximately 0.04 inches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Inventors: Joseph M. Johnson, Matthew L. Burk
  • Publication number: 20130048804
    Abstract: A guitar stand has a base section, a pair of first frames arranged at an opened position or a closed position, a pair of second frames and a pair of third frames arranged at the use position or the folded position. A slider for holding the first frames at the closed position and the second frames at the folded position is mounted to upper ends of the first frames. The first frames, second frames and the third frames are opened at the same time by unlocking the slider, and the guitar stand in a folded state can be brought into a use state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Applicant: HOSHINO GAKKI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hajime FURUTA, Yuko NAGANAWA
  • Publication number: 20130026315
    Abstract: A tripod leg adjustment device including a protection cap having a body that is provided with three axially through slots spaced equally around the one circumference of the body, and three pairs of supporting slab with each pair of supporting slabs disposed abut each slot; a rotary disk that is pivotally mounted on the protection cap by an axially mounting means, the rotary disk having three protrusions extends through the three slots with each of the protrusion provided at its free end an inwardly inclined slope; leg sleeves, with each of the leg sleeve pivotally mounting on a pair of supporting slabs, wherein one end of the leg sleeve provided with a rounded portion and with at least two laterally disposed guiding slope portions in different inclining angles that are complementary to the inwardly inclined slope on the protrusion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Applicant: Foshan Nanhai Chevan Optical Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Li-Hwa Lee
  • Publication number: 20130001381
    Abstract: A support mechanism for supporting an electronic device is disclosed. The support mechanism, comprises at least one connecting assembly; and at least one pair of support portions, each of the at least one pair of support portions comprising a first support member, a connecting member comprising a first connecting end and a second connecting end, and a second support member; wherein the first support member is rotatably connected to the connecting member at the first connecting end, the second support member is rotatably connected to the second connecting member at the second connecting end, and the second support members of each of the at least one pair of support portions are rotatably connected to each other by the at least one connecting assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD
    Inventors: WU-ZHU HU, WU-QI LI, BEN-XIANG ZHAO, TANG LI
  • Patent number: 8317141
    Abstract: A tripod configured with three tripod legs pivotally attached to a tripod plate comprises as components a coupling device, a connecting arrangement for the non-latching engagement of two tripod legs and a locking arrangement, which has a locking piece with a latching action and which has detent elements. In this way, in a closed position the tripod legs can be connected to and detached from each other very easily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: NEDO GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Walter H. Fischer
  • Patent number: 8297566
    Abstract: The present invention is directed towards ball and socket joint connectors which, when interconnected, form a flexible assembly. Each connector includes a body with a first and second end portion. An external socket engaging surface is provided at one end of the body. The other end of the body has an internal cavity. The socket engaging surface of one connector is snapped into the internal cavity of another to interconnect the connectors. The internal cavity end portion may be of a material that is less subject to creep, and which may have high stiffness. The socket end portion may be made of a softer material that allows for sufficient deflection to allow for mating but is not as subject to creep as this portion is predominantly in compression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Day Men US, Inc
    Inventor: JoeBen Bevirt
  • Patent number: 8294815
    Abstract: A camera support device includes: a first rotating member to which an imaging device is fixed; a second rotating member having first and second arm portions interposing the first rotating member therebetween and supporting the first rotating member turnable by the first and second arm portions; a support member interposed between the first and second arm portions and supporting the second rotating member turnably; an operation member changing a distance between the first and second arm portions; a first engagement portion formed by a serration formed on a contact surface of at least one of the first and second arm portions and the first rotating member; and a second engagement portion formed by a serration formed on a contact surface of at least one of the first and second arm portions and the support member and being set to have an engagement depth different from that of the first engagement portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yuki Matsuhashi, Mamoru Nakamura
  • Patent number: 8292240
    Abstract: Stand, in particular camera stand, comprising: a receptacle for mounting an apparatus, in particular a camera; and at least one leg which is connected to the receptacle and comprises at least two telescopic units (T1, T2), of which a first telescopic unit (T1) is connected to the receptacle and a second telescopic unit (T2) is displaceable relative to the first telescopic unit and can be locked in a desired position in relation to the first telescopic unit (T1), characterized in that two locking points set apart in the longitudinal direction of the leg are provided between the second telescopic unit (T2) and the first telescopic unit (T1) for locking the telescopic units (T1, T2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Camera Dynamics GmbH
    Inventors: Dieter Hein, Dagmar Wessels
  • Patent number: 8292249
    Abstract: A foldable tool stand includes a main shaft, a pair of base plates affixed to the main shaft and two pairs of legs. The main shaft has a first end, a second end, and positioning members respectively provided at the first end and the second end for securing a machine tool. The legs are movable from an extended supporting position to support the stand on the floor to a collapsed position where the legs are closely aligned along the main shaft. By means of utilizing the foldable characteristic of the legs, the foldable tool stand and the machine tool carried on the foldable tool stand provide significant benefits because of its high mobility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Rexon Industrial Corp., Ltd.
    Inventor: Cheng-Hung Chiu
  • Patent number: 8276858
    Abstract: A stand used for supporting spools of wire and the like includes a cam which is operable to increase the length of a leg to thereby raise the spool of wire off of the ground. The stand is adjustable to allow its use with different sizes of spools of wire. The stand allows a single person to raise a spool of wire weighing thousands of pounds off of the ground and support the same to allow the spool to rotate freely upon an axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Southwire Company
    Inventors: David Jordan, Michael Jordan
  • Patent number: 8231088
    Abstract: The invention relates to an integrative three-segment tripod. The tripod has a main bracket and at least one stand leg having an upper segment, a middle segment and a lower segment. The upper segment, the middle segment, and the lower segment are each telescopically connected together. The stand leg further includes a locking unit and a safety device. The locking unit fixes the middle segment to the upper segment and simultaneously fixes the lower segment to the middle segment. The safety device is associated with the locking unit and keeps the locking unit in the fixing state when the locking unit is in the locking position. Therefore, each stand leg of the tripod can be controlled easily by a single locking unit, and the safety device prevents the rotation lever from inadvertent release.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Ningbo Weifeng Image Equipment Group Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Weiming Lu
  • Patent number: 8226055
    Abstract: The leg device includes a base portion, extendable legs rotatable with respect to the base portion, and leg support members for rotatably supporting the extendable legs, wherein the extendable leg includes the first tubular member having a fitting hole portion formed in the vicinity of the upper end thereof. The second tubular member that is adjustable with respect to its protruding length from the lower end of the first tubular member is inserted into the first tubular member. The leg support member includes a pivot portion rotatably fitted in the fitting hole portion. In a state where the extendable leg is contracted, the upper end of the second tubular member is positioned upward of the pivot portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Velbon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Koichiro Nakatani
  • Patent number: RE45058
    Abstract: An intravenous (IV) pole system for supporting medical equipment having a base with legs, a mast engaged to the base, and a lifting mechanism including a gas spring engaged to the base and the mast. Each of the legs includes at least one wheel. The lifting mechanism is constructed to position the legs in an extended configuration and a retracted configuration. The lifting mechanism is further constructed to raise the legs and wheels relative to the base and relative to a surface. The lifting mechanism is configured to position the wheels proximate to the mast in the retracted configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Streamline, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Blankenship, Brent G. Norman, Samuel A. Blankenship