Having Platform For Mounting Article Directly Above Stationary Stand (e.g., Tripod Head) Patents (Class 248/177.1)
  • Patent number: 10371317
    Abstract: A quick locking device having a fixing mount; a fixed pressing groove and a movable pressing groove arranged opposite thereto on the fixing mount; a pulling rod connected to the fixed pressing groove and the movable pressing groove, so as to adjust the opening and closing of the movable pressing groove; a pivot shaft; a cam lever pivotally connected to the pulling rod through the pivot shaft, so as to adjust the opening or closing distance between the fixed pressing groove and the movable pressing groove; and a rotational positioning locking mechanism installed in the cam lever, wherein the rotational positioning locking mechanism comprises a positioning groove formed on the pivot shaft, a positioning member arranged in the cam lever and movably engaged with the positioning groove, and a locking operation member controlling the movement of the positioning member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventor: Xiaoming Chen
  • Patent number: 10323785
    Abstract: A holder for a tablet, comprising a plate having a flat, planar front side for placing a tablet thereon, and a backside. The plate is generally rectangular in shape and having four corners with rotatable retention members disposed at three of the four corners. Each of the retention members are seated in a notch of the plate and all the retention members are rotatable to a position to form a continuous, flat surface along the plate and are rotatable to positions to retain a tablet on the holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventor: Yoshio Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10100975
    Abstract: A fixture includes a main body and a fastening unit. The main body includes a passage and the fastening unit is disposed at the main body. The fastening unit includes a tension member and an adjusting member. The tension member includes a first end portion, a surrounding portion and a second portion. The first end portion is connected to the main body. The surrounding portion is connected to the first end portion and the second end portion. The second end portion is passed through the passage for forming a fastening space surrounded by the first end portion, the main body and the surrounding portion. The adjusting member disposed at the main body is coupled with the tension member and is rotated about an axis relative to the main body so as to adjust the fastening space. The axis passes through the main body but not the fastening space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventor: Chin-Chu Chen
  • Patent number: 9696611
    Abstract: A panoramic device includes a base member and a clamp member rotatably interconnected within a single plane of rotation with the base that includes a first rotatable knob to selectively inhibit the rotation of the clamp member with respect to the base. The upper surface includes a central region that is at a different elevation than another portion of the upper surface. The clamp includes a pair of opposed surfaces suitable to detachably secure a camera thereto. The one of the opposed surfaces is maintained in a fixed relationship with respect to the clamp member. The other one of the opposed surfaces is in a movable relationship with respect to the clamp member using a second rotatable knob. The first knob and the second knob are rotatably connected with respect to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Really Right Stuff, LLC
    Inventor: Joseph M. Johnson, Sr.
  • Patent number: 9532474
    Abstract: A mounting system for removably mounting a portable electronic device to an object comprises a base, a mount, and a locking component. The base includes a central aperture and connects to an object on which the portable electronic device will be mounted. The mount includes a coupler and a device connector for connecting to the portable electronic device. The coupler includes a shaft that may be at least partially received within the central aperture of the base. The locking component is integrated with the base and is shiftable between a locked mode in which it retains the coupler in the base and an unlocked mode in which it allows the coupler to be released from the base. The locking component includes a ring with a detent, a catch that engages the detent, and a lever which can shift the locking component between the locked mode and the unlocked mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Garmin Switzerland GmbH
    Inventors: Kathryn M. Gutschenritter, David F. Lammers-Meis, Robert M. Kalis
  • Patent number: 9417508
    Abstract: An inversely foldable camera tripod being rapidly assembled, comprising legs assemblies being rapidly assembled and being refracted by a first switch, a main body assembly capable of controlling the legs assemblies to rotate 180° around a shaft by a second switch, a central shaft assembly supporting a tripod head or a camera, and a tripod head assembly assembled with the tripod; the tripod is provided with legs being rapidly assembled; and the assembly and refraction of the legs are controlled by a simple-to-operate switch. The tripod can be inversely folded by 180° under the control of the switch, thus reducing the length of the tripod. When the tripod is positioned non-horizontally due to the factor of environment, an adjustable tripod head sphere can stay level during turning, so that the camera installed on the turntable is ensured to be horizontal and can rotate 360° horizontally via operating a locking device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Inventor: Yongjian Yang
  • Patent number: 9068690
    Abstract: A clamp assembly includes a single adjustment mechanism that allows for adjustment of an object supported on the clamp assembly along two axes. The adjustment mechanism connects to a bracket and a support rod on which the object is mounted to lock a desired position of the object in place when desired and to allow for adjustment of that position, when desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Inventor: Kenneth J. Herzog
  • 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: 8979055
    Abstract: A tripod head includes a shell, an adjusting member, a supporting member, and a locking member. The shell defines a receiving space and an adjusting opening communicating with the receiving space. The adjusting member includes a spherical adjusting portion and a connecting portion connected to the adjusting portion. The adjusting portion is received in the receiving space, and the connecting portion passes out of the shell through the adjusting opening. The adjusting portion adjusts a position and angle of the connecting portion relative to the shell by rotating in the receiving space. The supporting member supports the adjusting portion in the receiving space. The locking member locks the adjusting portion between the supporting member and the shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chih-Hao Chu
  • Publication number: 20150053831
    Abstract: A support head (1) for video-photographic equipment comprising a base (2), a first body (5) rotating with respect to the base so as to oscillate about a first axis of rotation (X) of the head, and a first lever (10) extending from the first body along a longitudinal axis (A) and comprising a first end (12a) housed in a seat (13) obtained in the first body and a second end (12b) spaced from the first body. The first lever (10) may oscillate with respect to the first body about an axis of oscillation (P), passing through the first end (12a) and incident with the longitudinal axis (A), between an operating position in which the first lever is designed to control the oscillation of the first body about the first axis of rotation and a non-operating position of minimum encumbrance of the support head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: LINO MANFROTTO + CO. S.p.A
    Inventor: Federico Battaglia
  • 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: 8823883
    Abstract: A supporting device includes a support, serving to support a main body of the display unit, formed by injection molding using a transparent material. A display unit includes the supporting device. The display unit includes a main body having a screen and a supporting device to support the main body. The supporting device includes a support connected to the main body and a stand connected to the lower part of the support. The support includes a transparent member formed by injection molding using a transparent material. The transparent member is disposed between the main body and the stand to support the display unit, and is formed by insert injection molding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sang Hak Kim, Eun Serb An, Hyun Jun Jung, Seung Hoon Oh, Sang Bong Jeon
  • Patent number: 8794575
    Abstract: A quick-release device for clamping a quick-change plate of an optical device in a guide on a baseplate, the quick-change plate and the guide comprising complementarily formed guide surfaces, the guide comprising first and second mounting elements adjustable relative to each other, and a device for fixing the quick-change plate in place designed for adjusting the distance of the mounting elements to each other, characterized in that the device for fixing the quick-change plate in place comprises a lever engaging with a cam in a slotted link disposed in the first mounting element, such that a motion of the lever adjusts the first mounting element relative to the second mounting element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Inventor: Philippe Vogt
  • Patent number: 8733715
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for mounting a video recording device to the pylon of a ski boat such that the video recording device tracks the motion of the skier during a ski run in response to movement of the ski rope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: High Gear Specialties, inc.
    Inventor: Michael F. Lee
  • Publication number: 20140097310
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to methods, materials, and devices for making and displaying globe ice lanterns and other ice structures. In a first implementation of the invention, an ice globe is produced. The ice globe can be produced with an insulating base that prevents the bottom of the ice globe from freezing solid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Inventors: Jennifer A.S. Hedberg, Thomas W.S. Hedberg
  • Patent number: 8672278
    Abstract: A multiuse platform and system having a flexible shape-retaining shaft for engaging, holding and pointing devices (e.g., imaging devices like cameras or video recorders). It includes a respositionable mounting system having a flexible assembly having a first end and a second end, the assembly adapted to be repetitively positioned into a plurality of orientations by moving the assembly into a first particular orientation wherein the assembly retains the particular orientation until the assembly is moved into a second particular orientation; and a first mounting head, coupled to the first end, for engaging a first mating structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Grifiti LLC
    Inventors: Philip G. Wessells, Andrew Lee Choy, Michael E. Woods
  • Patent number: 8584995
    Abstract: A compact and portable, multi-function camera support device. The modular and variable plurality of components provide alteration of the device's configuration, build size and structural attachment to respond to locations physicality and user requirements. A self-supporting device that can be orientated and attached in various positions upon any structure, vehicle or terrain. Inter-changeable linear frame members and complementary hub profile engagement plate inserts provide the structure and engagement of mounting collar combinations that can linearly re-position and circumferentially rotate. Collars and detachable articulating limbs are employed singularly or paired to connect; equipment mounting plates, limb sets, attachments or wheel sets. Enabling transformation from a single axis vertical bracket to a vehicle mount, scaffold mount, wheeled dolly mount, or rail track support for camera movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Sean Anthony Joseph Russell
    Inventor: Sean Anthony Joseph Russell
  • Patent number: 8559666
    Abstract: A speaker device having a speaker section firmly fixed to a stand section so the orientation of the speaker section relative to the stand section can be easily adjusted. The speaker device includes a speaker section, a stand section, and a fastening section for fastening the speaker section and the stand section to each other. The speaker section includes an engaging groove section, and a curved, contact receiving section which allows the angle of the speaker section relative to the stand section to be adjusted. The fastening section includes an engaging section engaging with the engaging groove section, and a screw thread section connected to the engaging section and engaging with a screw thread hole formed in the stand section. The fixation of the speaker section to the stand section can be adjusted by rotating the screw thread section to engage the screw thread section with the hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Fujitsu Ten Limited
    Inventor: Kiyosei Shibata
  • 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: 8505867
    Abstract: A mount for mobile electronic devices such as a satellite dish antenna system. The mount includes a tripod and an elongated post member supported on it by a universal joint or pivot mechanism. The post member extends along a longitudinal axis and the pivot mechanism allows the post member to be moved about two, substantially perpendicular pivotal axes relative to the tripod to align the longitudinal axis of the post member with the vertical. Once the axis of the post member is aligned vertically, the alignment system of the attachable satellite dish will then have a proper reference from which to aim or direct the dish (e.g., azimuth and elevation) for best reception and transmission. The mount includes an arrangement of cables extending between the tripod legs and adjustable straps extending between each tripod leg and the post member to provide a very strong and stable support for the satellite dish antenna system that is attachable to the upper end of the vertically aligned post member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Winegard Company
    Inventor: Timothy John Conrad
  • Patent number: 8500075
    Abstract: In one aspect, the present invention includes loading and carting system having support mechanisms each including pairs of telescoping members extending away from each other and an object sling extending between the pairs. The system further includes a reversible platform to which the support mechanisms are mounted, where the platform includes on a first side thereof a set of base portions in which the support members are mounted and on a second side thereof wheel mounts to which wheels can be mounted. The first side may be configured to support a bulky object during a carting process and the second side configured to support the object during a loading or unloading process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Affinity Labs of Texas, LLC
    Inventors: Harlie D. Frost, Russell W. White
  • Patent number: 8464994
    Abstract: A folding tool stand includes a platform connected to a base frame. The platform is pivotally and slidingly connected at a first side thereof to the base frame and is pivotally connected at a second side thereof to links that are pivotally connected to the base frame. A leg support is pivotally connected to the base frame. A locking device is provided to maintain the platform in an extended position. In the collapsed position, the platform is guided by the links to be positioned along the base frame. In the extended position, the links guide and support the platform in a position spaced from the base frame. In a first embodiment, spring members bias the platform into the extended position. In an alternate embodiment, a driving device is used to provide support to the second side of the platform during the expansion and collapse of the folding tool stand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Rexon Industrial Corp., Ltd.
    Inventor: Cheng-Hung Chiu
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8366062
    Abstract: A tripod head comprises a mount and an angle adjustment mechanism for adjusting and locking the angle of the mount with respect to a tripod. The mechanism comprises an elongated handle. The handle is adapted to rotate around its longitudinal axis to lock the angle of the mechanism when rotated in one direction and unlock the angle of the mechanism when rotated in the other direction. The handle comprises a proximal portion and a distal portion. The distal portion is attached at a pivot point whereby the distal portion can pivot between an operative position in line with the proximal portion and a storage position generally perpendicular to the proximal portion. The handle further comprises a locking device for releasably locking the distal portion in the operative position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Mamiya America Corporation
    Inventors: Hao Liu, Robert M. Rose
  • Patent number: 8360373
    Abstract: Some embodiments of a product display apparatus may provide consumers with access to samples of portable electronic devices while maintaining the security of the sample devices. The display apparatus can present the sample devices in a manner that encourages consumers to view and operate the user interface of the samples even though each sample unit cannot be physically moved from the display apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Blake M. Johnson, Joseph H. Bowser
  • Patent number: 8308114
    Abstract: A mounting bracket for an electronic flight bag (EFB) includes a frame having a track and a mounting assembly that is having a base and a support that is moveably connected to the base and can be selectively fixed in position on the track. The mounting bracket may allow for singlehanded adjustment of the position of the mounting assembly with respect to track at one of at least two discrete locations along the track, or at any desired position along the track. Further, the mounting bracket may provide a single mechanism for both securing the EFB to the mounting assembly and orienting the support with respect to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Tensolite LLC
    Inventors: Merritte DeBuhr, Jeffrey Bitant, Daniel Richards
  • 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: 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: 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: 8256726
    Abstract: A support head (1) for video-photographic apparatuses (7) comprises a base (3) which can be fastened to a support structure (4) of said head (1), a platform (2, 2a) fixed rotatably to said base (3) about an axis of rotation (X), a slide (5) provided with attaching means (6) for attaching said apparatus (7) removably associable with said platform (2, 2a) so as to slide along a positioning direction (Y), a locking device (9, 10, 11, 12) for locking said slide (5) on said platform (2) in a desired position (P), and a positioning system (20) for positioning said slide (5) on said platform (2, 2a) provided with generating means (22) for generating a signal which is variable along said positioning direction (Y) and is correlated with said position (P), (and?) detector means (21) positioned on said platform (2, 2a) and capable of detecting said signal, said generating means (22) for generating a variable signal being provided on said slide (5) and configured in such a way that a specific value of said detected signa
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Lino Manfrotto + Co. S.p.A.
    Inventor: Roberto Bordignon
  • Patent number: 8235334
    Abstract: A foldable support for a tablet computer or other object is an upright, self-standing or anchorable device. A base having foldout wings is adapted to be rotated in place and anchored under the legs of a person in a seated position, or under the person's torso for a reclining or supine person. The support includes a body with a recessed portion into which the base is attached about a horizontal axle to enable the rotation. Two arms are rotatably pinned together with the other ends attached to ball joints on the body and a receptacle. The receptacle holds the tablet computer or other object and includes a frame housing with rotatably attached rods that extend outwardly from side openings in the frame. A gripper is mounted to the far end of each rod to hold the corners or edges of the tablet computer or other object mounted between the grippers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Inventor: Mark Kobal
  • Patent number: 8230863
    Abstract: A medical assembly includes a platform which is securely mountable to an operating room fixture, and a plurality of arms or arm modules coupled to the platform and each with a grasper for holding a surgical instrument or port. The medical assembly is particularly applicable for laparoscopic surgery although it is not limited thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Mini-Lap Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Sundaram Ravikumar, H. Allan Alward, Steven J. Wysocki, Guy L. Osborne
  • Patent number: 8201979
    Abstract: A collapsible lighting device has a main body surrounded by a collar whose position is adjustable along the longitudinal axis of the main body. Pivotally connected or hinged legs are attached to the collar and to the main body with struts. When the collar is on one position, the legs deploy outward from the main body to the extent permitted by the struts, thereby allowing the legs to support the collapsible lighting device upright. A lamp head is attached to a member which telescope from the main body. When deployed, the lamp head can be switched on to provide illumination. When the collar is another position, the legs are drawn in toward the main body to form a cylindrical shape. The lam head can be positioned so that when the telescoping member is retracted into the main body, the collar surrounds the exterior of the lamp head, thus protecting the lamp head for transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Pelican Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Deighton, Darren Judd
  • Patent number: 8196878
    Abstract: A multiuse platform and system having a flexible shape-retaining shaft for engaging, holding and pointing devices (e.g., imaging devices like cameras or video recorders). It includes a respositionable mounting system having a flexible assembly having a first end and a second end, the assembly adapted to be repetitively positioned into a plurality of orientations by moving the assembly into a first particular orientation wherein the assembly retains the particular orientation until the assembly is moved into a second particular orientation; and a first mounting head, coupled to the first end, for engaging a first mating structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Grifiti LLC
    Inventors: Philip G. Wessells, Andrew Lee Choy, Michael E. Woods
  • Patent number: 8181920
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for a drive thru terminal equipment stand comprising a base, a vertical support having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end is connected to the base, a framework connected to the second end of the vertical support, and a plurality of equipment supporting surfaces connected to the framework. The vertical support is operable to adjust the height of the framework along a vertical axis of the vertical support relative to the base. The framework and the plurality of equipment supporting surfaces are operable to rotate about the longitudinal axis of the vertical support. The plurality of equipment supporting surfaces are operable to support a plurality of employee equipment selected from the group consisting of a monitor, a keyboard, a computer mouse, a printer, a scanner, and a telephone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: E.F. Bavis & Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael E. Brown
  • Patent number: 8157225
    Abstract: The invention relates to a monopod device for use with a camera, which uses one or more constant force helical springs to counterbalance the weight of a camera and lens, as well as a camera tilt mechanism, the combination of which effectively provides weight compensation that significantly reduces the lifting force required by a user to move the camera and provides stable image capture, camera control, and a reduced footprint when compared to existing tripods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Inventor: Richard Earl Kephart
  • Patent number: 8141827
    Abstract: Provided is a tripod structure of a stand, which is combined on a central post of the stand and allows the leg units of the stand to be folded, and includes: an upper tripod unit having a central post orifice and at least three leg unit connection parts evenly arranged at the outer periphery of the central post and formed with at least an accessory part, wherein the upper tripod unit is fastened at a preset location of the central post of the stand via the central post orifice, and each leg unit of the stand is respectively hinged with each leg unit connection part; and a lower tripod unit having a post plug and at least three moveable support rod connection parts evenly arranged at the outer periphery of the post plug, and each moveable support rod connection part is correspondingly formed with a leg unit buckling part and formed with at least an accessory part, wherein the post plug is installed at the distal end of the central post of the stand, and hinged to the leg unit and the moveable support rod conne
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: LINCO Inc.
    Inventor: Chien-Ting Lin
  • Patent number: 8028963
    Abstract: A monopod support especially for video filming comprises a rod at the longitudinally opposite ends of which are provided a base and an attachment for a video-photographic apparatus, respectively. The rod is rotatable with respect to the base about a substantially longitudinal axis of the rod and at least one shock-absorbing element of the type having a viscous coupling is interposed between the base and the rod in order to damp the vibrations resulting from the rotational movement of the rod with respect to the base about the axis of the rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Lino Manfrotto + Co. S.p.A.
    Inventor: Paolo Speggiorin
  • Patent number: 8007188
    Abstract: A stabilized mount stably supports a motion-sensitive, image capture device, such as a cellular telephone or a personal digital assistant, on a support surface, such as a tripod or analogous camera equipment. The device is operative for capturing an image over a field of view along an optical axis perpendicular to an image plane. The mount includes a holder for holding the device during image capture, and a fixed base integral with the holder and lying in a base plane perpendicular to the image plane when the base is supported by the support surface in a supported orientation. The base is operative for steadily positioning the holder and the device on the support surface in the supported orientation during the image capture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: The Tiffen Company LLC
    Inventor: Hans Robert Orf
  • Patent number: 8006946
    Abstract: A bird feeder that includes a bird feed holder having open top and bottom ends, a plurality of feeding ports disposed in a sidewall defining the holder, a plurality of perches each associated with an inlet of an associated feeding port and a removable base for engaging with the bottom end of the holder, the removable base having a closed position for sealing the bottom end of the holder so as to retain the bird feed therein and an open position in which the base is removed from the holder to enable access to the bottom end of the holder. One embodiment has a manually operated latch member supported by the base and supported for radial engagement so as to enable releasable securing of the removable base to the holder. In another embodiment a manually operated latch couples to a main body portion, the latch being supported for rotation with respect to the main body portion to releasably secure the base assembly to the housing. Also disclosed is a feeder support apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Droll Yankees, Inc.
    Inventor: James Vincent Bonnema
  • Patent number: 7988108
    Abstract: A tripod support for video-photographic equipment comprises a crosspiece with a tube, a column with a shaft sliding inside the tube of the crosspiece, the column having a plate arranged to be fitted at one end of the shaft and an end plug arranged to be fitted at the axially opposite end of the shaft as well as removable fixing means between the plate and shaft and between the shaft and plug respectively to remove the plate and plug from the shaft and the shaft from the tube. The fixing means onto the plate and onto the plug are mutually connectable, as an alternative to being connected to the shaft, to directly fix the plate and the plug to the opposite ends of the tube of the crosspiece when removed from the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Gitzo S.A.
    Inventors: Andrea Zen, Daniele Vigolo
  • Patent number: 7984882
    Abstract: There is disclosed a tripod head for mounting a device to be held (such as an illumination device) to a support base at an adjustable angle of depression or elevation. The tripod head is designed to avoid increase in size of a mounting member that supports the device to be held. Furthermore, hand fingers are prevented from entering an arc-shaped groove formed in a disk used to adjust the angle of the held device; otherwise, the fingers would be injured. The tripod head permits a mounting member 3, which is used to hold the device 10 to be held, to be mounted on a support base 2 such that the angle of depression or elevation of the device can be adjusted. The mounting member 3 has a mounting shaft 32 mounted to the support base 2. The mounting shaft 32 extends horizontally through the support base and is rotatably pivoted to it. The mounting shaft has a front-end portion extending through the support base. A disk 33 is mounted to the front-end portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: Shashin Denki Kogyo
    Inventor: Yutaka Terashita
  • Patent number: 7959123
    Abstract: An object support includes a support base and at least two legs. The support base includes at least two leg yokes and an insert boss. Each leg includes a retention projection and at least one tubular leg section. A fastener or the like is inserted through the retention projection and the leg yoke to retain the leg relative to the support base. A set-screw or the like is threaded through a top of the support base to limit the angular travel of the tubular leg relative to the support base. A spring loaded retention pin is retained in the insert boss. An object support insert includes an object insert pin and an accessory retention device. A ball detent preferably extends radially from an end of the object insert pin. A retention groove is formed in a perimeter of the object insert pin for engagement with the retention pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Inventor: John J. Kitscha
  • Patent number: 7959116
    Abstract: A multiply configurable tripodal mounting bracket having multiple permanently bendable solid metal support rods, means for clamping a first end of each support rod in a fixed tripodal arrangement, and means for securing a second end of each support rod relative to an external surface, such as a vehicle floorboard. The mounting bracket also includes means for fixing an external device, such as a portable desk or laptop computer, to the clamp portion of the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Inventor: Jeffrey D. Carnevali
  • Patent number: 7954774
    Abstract: A step is cut into a stationary or movable flange in a two-flange engagement. As the two flanges are brought closer to one another by tightening a nut or knob attached to a central shaft, contact is established along the edge of the step. Contact along this line does not create a point contact about which the flanges will pivot. Therefore, consistent friction is obtained when tension is applied by tightening the nut and the flanges are brought into contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Inventor: Clay David Wimberley
  • Patent number: 7934687
    Abstract: An appendage elevation support structure is disclosed. The appendage elevation support structure includes a platform defining a central axis. A plurality of legs is secured to the platform in a substantially radial configuration about the central axis to support the platform above a surface. A frame having a plurality of support members is carried by the platform. A plurality of slings is carried and supported by the frame. The slings are adapted to cooperate to cradle and support a human appendage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Inventors: Richard A. Crook, Jennifer L. Crook
  • Patent number: 7934688
    Abstract: A device for facilitating unassisted donning of SCUBA equipment includes at least one support, a platform connected to the at least one support for supporting at least one SCUBA tank, and a securing element in contact with the device for holding the at least one SCUBA tank in place atop the platform. The platform is height-adjustable for holding the at least one SCUBA tank at about the torso level of a diver so that the diver is able to stand upright when donning the at least one SCUBA tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Inventors: James Wilk, Robert Wilk, Phil Ventura, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7905463
    Abstract: A multi-axis gimbal has each axis defined by a respective spherical shell driven by a flat, compact motor attached to the driven shell and to a next outer shell (or to an external mounting platform, in the case of the outermost shell). The shells rotate about respective axes. In one configuration, the outermost shell is referred to as the “azimuth” shell because in use it rotates about a vertical axis. The next inner shell is an elevation shell that rotates about a first horizontal axis that is orthogonal to the axis of the camera or other sensor payload. An optional third shell can be used to provide “roll” motion, such as rotating a camera about its axis to obtain a particular rotational orientation with respect to a target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Assignee: Optical Alchemy, Inc.
    Inventors: Heidi Burnham, Marc Daigle
  • Patent number: 7857268
    Abstract: A suction-type mounting bracket device for use with a portable electronic device includes a crossbar, an adjustable mount, at least two support posts, at least two suction cups, and a control lever. The adjustable mount is slidably provided on the crossbar for the portable electronic device to connect thereto. The support posts each have a first end connected to connecting sections provided on the crossbar and a second end connected to the suction cups. The control lever is connected to the suction cups for controlling the suction cups to attach to or release from a smooth surface. With these arrangements, the portable electronic device may be stably and firmly mounted in a car via the suction-type mounting bracket device and may be adjusted to different angular positions for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Inventor: Yan-Jie Chiu