Adjustable Platform Patents (Class 248/178.1)
  • Patent number: 10349757
    Abstract: An adapter (1) for fastening a goods carrier to a longitudinal support profile (2) comprises a connecting element (13) to which the goods carrier can be connected, and a mounting structure (12) by means of which the adapter (1) can be detachably fastened to the support profile (2). The mounting structure (12) has adjusting mechanism (1222) with which the adapter (1) can be adjusted to a released position, a suspended position and a fixed position. In the released position the adapter (1) can be freely arranged on the support profile (2) and removed from it. In the suspended position the adapter (1) can be fastened to the support profile (2) and at the same time can be moved along the support profile (2). In the fixed position in the adapter (1) is rigidly connected to the support profile (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: VISPLAY INTERNATIONAL AG
    Inventor: Harald Jerabek
  • Patent number: 10271045
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an apparatus for testing an object, the apparatus including a guide means and a testing means, and capable of easily and quickly testing an object from a position where an operator wants, and of testing an object from various positions, thereby significantly improving the testing efficiency, and also having a simple configuration so that it is easy to manufacture and maintain at reduced cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: ISMEDIA CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seong Cheol Hong, Jong Dae Lee
  • Patent number: 10174879
    Abstract: A gimbal includes a main body and a clamping mechanism rotatably connected to the main body. The clamping mechanism includes an adaptor connecting the clamping mechanism to the main body. The adaptor includes a connecting member connecting the adaptor to the main body. The clamping mechanism further includes a holding portion rotatably connected to the adaptor and one or more damping members disposed between the holding portion and the adaptor. The one or more damping members are configured to provide a resistance to a rotation of the holding portion with respect to the adaptor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xifeng Zhao, Guoyao Liu
  • Patent number: 10168735
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a display member, a glass plate that has an area larger than that of a front face of the display member, the glass plate covering the overall front face of the display member, a frame that has a first holding portion holding a portion of the glass plate corresponding to a circumference of the display member, and an outer covering member surrounding a side portion of the glass plate. The outer covering member has a second holding portion that is inserted between the glass plate and the frame and holds a portion of the glass plate not held by the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takeshi Mori, Akira Iwamoto, Kenichi Shindo, Tetsuya Urimoto
  • Patent number: 9983464
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus for photographing a bedding plane, the apparatus including: a pair of vertical supports; a horizontal support having both ends coupled to the pair of vertical supports, respectively; a main body mounted on the horizontal support so as to be movable in a horizontal direction; a length adjustment unit mounted on the main body so as to be rotatable about the horizontal support, and having a length variable structure for adjusting a length thereof in a direction perpendicular to a longitudinal direction of the horizontal support; a camera mounting jig coupled to the length adjustment unit; a camera mounted on the camera mounting jig; and a level detector mounted on the horizontal support to detect a horizontal state by measuring a degree of inclination of the horizontal support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources
    Inventors: Bok Chul Kim, Kyoungtae Ko, Sung-Ja Choi
  • Patent number: 9904147
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a gimbal for carrying an imaging device. The gimbal comprises a first support frame, a locking device arranged on the first support frame, and a second support frame hinged with the first support frame and being capable of driving in rotation of the first support frame. The locking device is configured to carry the imaging device. The first support frame comprises two first struts. The gimbal further comprises at least one center of gravity (CG) adjusting unit, the at least one CG adjusting unit being arranged at least within one of the first struts. The at least one CG adjusting unit is configured to adjust the center of gravity of the first support frame. The gimbal of the present invention can adjust the center of gravity of the first support frame through the CG adjusting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: SZ DJI OSMO TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yan chong Zhao
  • Patent number: 9880451
    Abstract: A camera mounting system has an upper mount component, a lower mount component, and a base mount component. The upper mount component secures the camera and has a ball protrusion that reciprocally couples with a socket of the lower mount component. The upper mount component can rotate 360 degrees relative to the lower mount, and can pivot 90 degrees or more relative to the lower mount component. The lower mount component couples with the base mount component in a plurality of orientations. This camera mounting system allows for a large range of motion for the camera relative to the mounting system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher Aaron Clearman
  • Patent number: 9598903
    Abstract: An apparatus for mounting an X-ray device or other electronic device, or a PAN disrupter or other mechanical device onto a ladder, the apparatus broadly comprising a horizontally extending mounting plate, a horizontally extending engagement bracket, a vertically extending mounting plate, and a hinge. The horizontally extending mounting bracket and the horizontally extending engagement bracket each include a rung engagement tab. The horizontally extending engagement bracket is slidable in relation to the horizontally extending mounting bracket for securing the apparatus to a ladder rung via the rung engagement tabs. The horizontally extending mounting plate stabilizes the electronic or mechanical device via the ladder rung and the vertically extending mounting plate supports the weight of the electronic or mechanical device on a lower ladder rung. The hinge pivotably connects the horizontally extending mounting plate and the vertically extending mounting plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Richard Dean Miller
  • Patent number: 9544480
    Abstract: A gimbal device includes a controller for controlling a gimbal mechanism to which an imaging device is fixed. The controller includes an angular velocity signal acquisition unit, a relative angle acquisition unit, and an angular velocity signal synthesizer. The angular velocity signal acquisition unit acquires first to third angular velocity signals. The relative angle acquisition unit acquires first and second relative angles. The angular velocity signal synthesizer generates from the first to third angular velocity signals and the first and second relative angles, first to third rotational shift angular velocity signals which are signals of a first rotational shift angular velocity about an axis parallel to a first correction axis, a second rotational shift angular velocity about an axis parallel to a second correction axis, and a third rotational shift angular velocity about an axis parallel to a third correction axis, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: JVC KENWOOD CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hidehiro Katoh, Kensuke Taguchi, Kazuhiko Kobayashi, Kazuyuki Takao, Teppei Kubota, Itsuki Kato
  • Patent number: 9524542
    Abstract: This invention comprises a system and a method for inspecting the inside of delayed petroleum coking vessels to identify deformations, detect and determine the severity of other defects, and visually observe the inside of the inspected vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Custom Industrial Automation Inc.
    Inventors: Richard D. Clark, Daryl K. Rutt, John David Stratton
  • Patent number: 9452911
    Abstract: An angularly adjustable and reversible saddle that replaceably, angularly, and reversibly attaches to a ground-based hoist including a boom having a free distal end with a lateral through bore, and replaceably supports a component. For example, when applied to the automotive industry, the ground-based hoist can be a motor hoist and the component can be any component requiring positioning from below the automobile, such as, a transmission, a gas tank, a rear end, etc. The angularly adjustable and reversible saddle includes a receiver and a mounting apparatus. The receiver replaceably supports the component. The mounting apparatus depends from the receiver and replaceably, angularly adjustably, and reversibly attaches to the ground-based hoist via the lateral through bore of the free distal end of the boom of the ground-based hoist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Inventor: Michael J. Tipton
  • Patent number: 9417509
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes a multi-functional device for mounting a camera or video camera and methods of using the same. The device comprises a base unit and one or more accessories. In preferred embodiments, the base unit may comprise mounting channels and an attachment accessory may be secured to the base unit using a quick-release attachment. In preferred embodiments, the accessories may comprise one or more accessories from the group consisting of a main handle assembly, adjustable feet, a tripod mount, a gimbal stabilization assembly, a dolly assembly, interlocking articulating feet, and a shoulder support assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: CAM CADDIE
    Inventor: Daniel McElderry
  • Patent number: 9322652
    Abstract: A method for determining, in relation to a surveying instrument, target coordinates of a point of interest, or target, identified in two images captured by a camera in the surveying instrument. The method comprises determining coordinates of the surveying instrument, capturing a first image using the camera in the first camera position; identifying, in the first image, an object point associated with the target; measuring first image coordinates of the object point in the first image; rotating the surveying instrument around the horizontal axis and the vertical axis in order to position the camera in a second camera position; capturing a second image using the camera in the second camera position; identifying, in the second image, the object point identified in the first image; measuring second image coordinates of the object point in the second image; and determining the coordinates of the target in relation to the surveying instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Trimble AB
    Inventors: Nick Mein, Set Svanholm, Christian Graesser, Michael Vogel
  • Patent number: 9298103
    Abstract: An exposure apparatus is provided for performing a unidirectional scan-exposure. The exposure apparatus includes a base and a plurality of wafer stages on the base for loading/unloading wafers and successively moving from a first position to a second position of the base cyclically. The exposure apparatus also includes alignment detection units above the first position of the base for detecting alignment marks on the wafer and aligning the wafers and a cylindrical reticle system above the second position of the base. Further, the exposure apparatus includes an optical projection unit between the cylindrical reticle system and the base for projecting light onto the wafers for an exposure. Further, the exposure apparatus also includes an illuminator box and a main control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING INTERNATIONAL (SHANGHAI) CORPORATION
    Inventors: Qiang Wu, Chang Liu, Jing'an Hao
  • Patent number: 9298099
    Abstract: An exposure apparatus is provided for performing an unidirectional scan-exposure. The exposure apparatus includes a base and a wafer stage group having a plurality of wafer stages on the base for holding wafers and successively moving from a first position to a second position of the base cyclically. The exposure apparatus also includes an alignment detection unit above the first position for detecting wafer stage fiducials at the first position and alignment marks on a wafer on the wafer stage to align the wafer. Further, the exposure apparatus includes a reticle stage on the second position for loading a cylindrical reticle and causing the cylindrical reticle to rotate around the center axis of the reticle stage and an optical projection unit between the reticle stage and the base for projecting light passing through the cylindrical reticle onto exposure regions on a wafer on the wafer stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING INTERNATIONAL (SHANGHAI) CORPORATION
    Inventors: Qiang Wu, Yanlei Zu, Huayong Hu, Yiming Gu
  • Patent number: 9223189
    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: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: LINO MANFROTTO + CO. S.P.A.
    Inventor: Federico Battaglia
  • Patent number: 9109743
    Abstract: The hexapod comprising a preferably plate-shaped receptacle on which at least five, preferably six rods mounted in joints are arranged wherein the other end of each rod is articulated on a mounting, wherein all the mountings can be moved along a circular railway of movement characterized by each mounting being arranged on a separate support ring wherein the respective support ring including the mounting arranged on it are movable, and by each support ring constitute the rotor or part of a rotor of an electromotive drive means comprising also a ring-shaped stator assigned to the individual support ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Inventor: Martin Schwab
  • 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: 9004419
    Abstract: A support device for a tripod includes a base body. On the base body, a pan turning body is provided turnably in the horizontal direction. On the pan turning body, a tilt turning body is provided turnably in the up-down direction. The support device also includes a pan fixing operation body fixing the pan turning body with respect to the base body, and a tilt fixing operation body fixing the tilt turning body with respect to the pan turning body. The support device further includes a tilt turning operation body turning the tilt turning body with respect to the pan turning body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Velbon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Koichiro Nakatani
  • 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: 20150028171
    Abstract: A system (1) for mounting video/photographic equipment (2) on a support head (3), the system comprising a mounting plate (4) which can be fixed to a lower part of the equipment and a seat (20) which is formed in a body (21) of the head and which can house the plate so that the plate can slide along a longitudinal axis (X). A hook (30) is provided on the head and is arranged to pivot between a first, seat-closing, position in which the plate is retained in the seat and a second, seat-opening, position in which the plate is free to enter or leave the seat along an insertion axis (Z) substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal direction (X). The head further comprises locking means for locking the plate inside the seat (20) in a desired position on the longitudinal axis, which comprise a pin (35) which is fixed to the hook and can be translated relative thereto, and which is adapted to bear on the body of the head in order to urge the hook into the first position against the plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Davide Guidolin, Paolo Speggiorin
  • Patent number: 8915478
    Abstract: An easily transportable apparatus for carrying critical care equipment, such as an EKG unit, needed by a patient being transported on a conventional gurney, stretcher, or like patient transport device. The apparatus is adjustable so that it can be conveniently attached to gurneys having side rails with different spacing. Additionally, the apparatus includes an equipment support platform to which the critical care equipment can readily be connected. This platform can be connected and disconnected to a tray component that is connected to a turntable. The turntable can be readily rotated 360 degrees so that the equipment can easily be viewed by caregivers located in both the front and rear of the patient transport device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Inventor: Adolfo Perez
  • Patent number: 8882073
    Abstract: A support arrangement for a solar module includes a post having a first surface section. A support structure includes a connecting element presenting a second surface section facing the first surface section in a direction of a joint surface normal of the first and second surface sections. A stop element is arranged in the surface normal direction offset to the first and second surface sections. A first form-fitting connection exists between the stop element and the post and a second form-fitting connection exists between the stop element and the connecting element, providing vertical support of the connecting element relative to the post. The first and second form-fitting connections are producible at different heights of the connecting element relative to the post. A fastening element holds in place the first surface section and the second surface section relative to each other in the direction of the joint surface normal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Habdank PV-Montagesysteme GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Martin Habdank, Peter Habdank, Ralf Baumann
  • Publication number: 20140259984
    Abstract: A head assembly includes a first portion including a first member and a first motor coupled to the first component, the first member configured to rotate about a first axis of rotation. The head assembly also includes a second portion including a second member and a second motor coupled to the second component, the second member configured to rotate about a second axis of rotation, the second axis of rotation being different than the first axis of rotation. The head assembly also includes a third portion including a clamping assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: KONECRANES PLC
    Inventor: Joe Yustus
  • Publication number: 20140203156
    Abstract: A stand for supporting and retaining a personal electronic device may include a base and a unified frame having a curved shape between a first end and a second end. The first end of the unified frame may be coupled to the base. A support member may be coupled to the second end of the unified frame, and be configured to support and retain the personal electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: WILD WEST INVESTMENTS, LLC
    Inventor: Gavin Stener
  • Patent number: 8757819
    Abstract: Interactive systems can include various components that are packaged together and easily assemblable. An interactive system can comprise a mount, a display device, a projector, an input device, and a processing device. The display device, the projector, the input device, and the processing device can together provide an electronic display system, while the mount can carry these other various components and assist in connecting them to one another. The mount and the other components of the interactive system can be conveniently packaged and sold as group for convenient installation by one or two persons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas MacDonald, John Helton, Dale Miller, Michael Boyle, Peter W. Hildebrandt, Johnny Fuglsang Jessen, Edgar B. Montague, JeanLuc Camarda, Heinrik Soerensen Prang
  • Patent number: 8714842
    Abstract: A tripod head comprising a resilient force adjusting mechanism which includes a rotating operation part, a cam which is coupled to the rotating operation part and slides with the rotation of the rotating operation part, and a cam follower coming into contact with cam surfaces of the cam, wherein the cam follower is supported by a counterbalancing mechanism, and the counterbalancing mechanism is configured in such a manner that the magnitude of a resilient force to be imparted on the spring is variable in accordance with a position where the cam follower comes into contact with the cam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Heiwa Seiki Kogyo Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Nobuyuki Hida
  • Patent number: 8651438
    Abstract: A collapsible 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 device upright. An operational unit is attached to a member that telescopes from the main body. When the collar is another position, the legs are drawn in toward the main body to form a cylindrical shape for facilitating transportation. The operational unit can be positioned so that when the telescoping member is retracted into the main body, the collar surrounds the exterior of the operational unit, thus protecting the operational unit for transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Pelican Prodcuts, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Deighton, Darren Judd
  • Patent number: 8616508
    Abstract: A portable mobile media device adapter to enable secure and adjustable mounting of a mobile media device on a standard tripod or other supporting devices to allow hands-free viewing and operation of the mobile media device. The portable mobile media device adapter consists essentially of a snap-on shell portion; a flat tablet portion which has one flat surface and one decorated surface, the flat surface adhered to the outside surface of the snap-on shell portion, the decorated surface further has a surface aperture, one threaded nut further having a threaded through hole disposed permanently within the flat tablet portion; and an elongated kick stand assembly having a top end and a bottom end, the top end further has one horizontal threaded through hole and one matching threaded bolt wherein the matching threaded bolt fastens the top end to the threaded nut of the flat tablet portion, the bottom end further has an elongated bottom threaded bolt extending downwardly therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Inventor: Jesse D. Coleman
  • Patent number: 8608120
    Abstract: A ball-and-socket joint assembly includes a stationary object, a movable object, and a mounting apparatus. The mounting apparatus has first and second rigid link sections, each link section having an upper socket section and a lower socket section, so that an upper receiving space is defined by the two upper socket sections and a lower receiving space is defined by the two lower socket sections. The assembly further includes an upper coupler having an upper ball that is received for rotation inside the upper receiving space, with the movable object secured to the upper coupler, and a lower coupler having a lower ball that is received for rotation inside the lower receiving space, with the stationary object secured to the lower coupler. A link member secures the link sections together with the upper ball retained inside the upper receiving space, and with the lower ball retained inside the lower receiving space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Adaptiv Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Wayne Chen, Adam Gold
  • Patent number: 8596892
    Abstract: A pan and tilt head for supporting a payload such as a TV, video or motion picture camera comprising a base and a tiltable support including a platform for receiving a payload pivotally mounted on the base to tilt about a horizontal axis to either side of a neutral position in which the platform is generally horizontal. A balancing mechanism for the platform includes an adjustable spring mechanism mounted on the base to enable a pre-load in the spring mechanism to be varied and means coupling the tilting support to the spring mechanism. Adjustable mounting for one end of the spring mechanism includes an upright post mounted on the base and having rotary height adjustment. A manually operable rotary thumb wheel is mounted on the base for rotation about an upright axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: The Vitec Group PLC
    Inventors: Andrew Derek Murrow, Jolyon Francis Torbitt
  • Publication number: 20130313384
    Abstract: A support device for a tripod includes a base body. On the base body, a pan turning body is provided turnably in the horizontal direction. On the pan turning body, a tilt turning body is provided turnably in the up-down direction. The support device also includes a pan fixing operation body fixing the pan turning body with respect to the base body, and a tilt fixing operation body fixing the tilt turning body with respect to the pan turning body. The support device further includes a tilt turning operation body turning the tilt turning body with respect to the pan turning body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2012
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: VELBON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Koichiro Nakatani
  • Patent number: 8556218
    Abstract: Disclosed is a stop brake for a tripod head, particularly for film or television cameras. The tripod head may include (a) a substantially cylindrical brake caliper, which has a main body for insertion into a receiving opening in a housing part of the tripod head and (b) a brake block for engaging with a brake disk, and (c) a locking device in order to engage and disengage the brake block with/from the brake disc. An expanding section is provided in the region of the outer circumference of the main body of the brake caliper. The expanding section is deflected radially outward in the direction of an inside wall of the receiving opening upon engaging the brake block with the brake disc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Camera Dynamics GmbH
    Inventors: Bartholomäus Daisenberger, Dagmar Wessels, Martin Giersiepen
  • Patent number: 8544811
    Abstract: A display positioning apparatus is provided for lifting, supporting, and/or positioning a load, such as a display. The apparatus includes a base and a lift arm adapted to couple to a display, the lift arm pivotally coupled to the base providing a range of travel. A balance mechanism is operatively coupled to the lift arm and the base to counterbalance the lift arm and display. In some cases the balance mechanism includes a torquing spring member to counterbalance the lift arm and an attached display along the range of travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Ergotron, Inc.
    Inventors: John Theis, Saeb Asamarai, Peter Segar, John Cain
  • Patent number: 8534934
    Abstract: The present invention is a dynamically balanced, lightweight multifunctional, camera stabilization device that allows a film or digital video camera to be flown out of arms reach of the operator and maintain orientation toward the subject matter, while allowing the operator smooth control of rotation or pan of the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Inventor: Peter L. Carney
  • Patent number: 8517323
    Abstract: Lid holder apparatus including a lid holder body is attached to the bottom horizontal surface of a cabinet and is pivotally movable between a position in which the lid holder body is completely under the cabinet and a position wherein the lid holder body extends from the cabinet and is utilized to hold a lid upside down.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Inventor: Leroy Gregory
  • Patent number: 8475060
    Abstract: An accessory for use on a camera crane has a first plate attachable to an end of the camera crane arm. A second plate is pivotally attached to the first plate and moveable into a first position and into a second position perpendicular to the first position. First and second latches secure the second plate into the first and second positions, respectively. The accessory allows a camera head on a camera crane arm to be quickly and easily reoriented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment, Inc.
    Inventor: Leonard T. Chapman
  • 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: 8464990
    Abstract: A pole mounted rotation platform and wind power generator that is secured to an existing structure, which may or may not be vertical, to augment an existing power grid. The pole mounted rotation platform and wind power generator includes a wind sail assembly and a platform capable of rotating about the existing structure. The pole mounted rotation platform and wind power generator may be assembled, secured, leveled and aligned to the existing structure as component parts and in such a manner that any existing equipment on the existing structure does not need to be repositioned or relocated. During usage, the wind sail assembly rotates about the existing structure via the rotation platform, the resulting rotational energy is converted to electrical power, and the electrical power is output to a suitable power-using, -storing or -converting system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Idea Labs, Inc.
    Inventor: Juan Esteban Flores
  • Patent number: 8366064
    Abstract: A ball-and-socket joint assembly includes a stationary object, a movable object, and a mounting apparatus. The mounting apparatus has first and second rigid link sections, each link section having an upper socket section and a lower socket section, so that an upper receiving space is defined by the two upper socket sections and a lower receiving space is defined by the two lower socket sections. The assembly further includes an upper coupler having an upper ball that is received for rotation inside the upper receiving space, with the movable object secured to the upper coupler, and a lower coupler having a lower ball that is received for rotation inside the lower receiving space, with the stationary object secured to the lower coupler. A link member secures the link sections together with the upper ball retained inside the upper receiving space, and with the lower ball retained inside the lower receiving space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Adaptiv Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Wayne Chen, Adam Gold
  • 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: 8342464
    Abstract: A stand having a stand head for holding an object, having a stand column which supports the stand head and stands with its lower end on the ground, having at least one support leg which stands with its free end on the ground and supports the stand column, having a first joint which connects the support legs to the stand column in a movable fashion, such that the inclination of the stand column can be set by means of an adjustment of the first joint, and having a detachable leg locking arrangement which locks the support leg in a defined position relative to the stand column, wherein a counterweight is attached to the lower end of the stand column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventor: Peter Reinke
  • Patent number: 8317152
    Abstract: A bracket for supporting an electronic device includes a receiving part, a rotating arm, a base, and a locking device. Two opposite ends of the rotating arm are connected to the electronic device and the base. The locking device includes a locking mechanism positioned on the rotating arm, and a locked part positioned on the base. The locking mechanism includes a locking member, an elastic member, and an operating member. The locked part defines a locked position and an unlocked position, the locking member is capable of moving from the locked position to the unlocked position, the elastic member provides an elastic force to keep the locking member in the locked position so that the rotating arm stops moving, the operating member is operable to enable the locking member to overcome the elastic force to move to the unlocked position so that the rotating arm is capable of rotating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Cong-Bing Zhou
  • Patent number: 8303126
    Abstract: The present invention is a cell phone stand to secure a cell phone or a camera with video recording capability that includes a plurality of support legs with a plurality of front support legs, a plurality of side support legs and a plurality of back support legs, a cell phone base plate or a camera base plate with a raised perimeter to secure the cell phone or camera that is supported by the support legs. There is also a plurality of rotator cuffs disposed around the base plate to rotate the front support legs and the back support legs under the base plate, a built-in light and one or more batteries housed in a battery casing to provide electric power to the built-in light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Inventor: Randall Moya, Jr.
  • 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: 8267359
    Abstract: An adjustable tilt solar panel support system including a support post, a pivot bracket attached to the support post in a generally upright orientation and having a pivot pin hole for accommodating a pivot pin, and further having at least one adjustment opening; a rotational support cradle having a pivot pin hole in alignment with the pivot pin hole of the pivot bracket, such that the support cradle is pivotally attached to the pivot bracket, the support cradle further including at least one adjustment opening which aligns with the adjustment opening of the pivot bracket. An adjustment pin is selectively inserted into and through the adjustment openings of the support cradle and pivot bracket to secure the support cradle at a selected angle, and wherein the removal of the adjustment pin permits the rotational support cradle to pivot on the pivot bracket about the pivot pin. Beam holders for securing support beams are disposed atop the rotational support cradle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Thompson Technology Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony A. Zante, Monty Mullins, Craig Stager, Daniel S. Thompson
  • Patent number: 8267361
    Abstract: An attachment for a photographic instrument including a camera, comprising a transverse rotatable member having a top arcuate vertical support. A first top arcuate member is comprised of a gap and a second top arcuate member has an arcuate recess, wherein the top arcuate vertical support is connected to the respective first and second top arcuate member, which forms a seat as a housing of a universal joint. The universal joint is affixed to a shaft having a concentric bearing, which is further affixed to the camera mount, so that the camera mount can be rotated. A pin is affixed to the universal joint opposite to where the shaft is affixed. When the shaft having the bearing is downwardly and rotatably positioned inside of the recess, the pin is also upwardly positioned inside of the gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Acratech, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott D. Dordick
  • 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: 8238087
    Abstract: A portable computing device is disclosed. The portable computing device can take many forms such as a laptop computer, a tablet computer, and so on. The portable computing device can include a single piece housing and a display module. The display module can include a protective top glass cover that is bonded to a plastic display frame and surrounded by a seal frame. The display module can also include a display panel and its associated circuitry suspended from the display frame below the protective glass cover. The display module is coupled to the single piece housing mounting clips in a manner that allows the display module to move relative to the single piece housing during an impact event. The plastic display frame can include inserts that provide structural support near openings in the single piece housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen R. McClure, Joshua D. Banko, John P. Ternus, Matthew B. Morris, Peter M. Thompson, Kevin Gibbs, Timothy G. Van Vorhis, Martin B. Adamcyk, Arthur J. Lucchesi, Brian S. Carpenter
  • 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