Ball And Socket Type Patents (Class 248/181.1)
  • Patent number: 10422469
    Abstract: An improved tripod head including a cylindrical body having a cavity and a ball joint rotationally positioned into the cavity. A stem is attached to the ball joint, the stem having an attached camera mount configured to accept and hold a camera steady during operation. A positional feature provided on a front portion of the cylindrical body, the positional feature providing to a larger range of motion when the stem is in a horizontal position compared to the prior art. The stem in a horizontal position corresponds to portrait mode photography.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: New Ideas Manufacturing LLC
    Inventor: Graham Clark
  • Patent number: 10419649
    Abstract: A directionally adjustable mounting device is disclosed for use with a small electronic device such as a wireless camera. Also disclosed is a method of using the mounting device. The mounting device has a housing for receiving the camera extending from and rotatable about bearing. A socket of the housing is biased into frictional contact with the bearing by a spring to inhibit movement of the camera relative to the bearing. The mount is configured to receive an opposing force on the housing to overcome the spring force and allow the camera to be repositioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Arlo Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: William A. Gilbert
  • Patent number: 10386012
    Abstract: A tripod with flexible legs with a mounting interface for a camera, mounting clip, or electronic device that is movable into a variety of positions. The mounting interface may move around a spherical mating surface and may also be moved to a position perpendicular to the main axis of the tripod. The legs may have ball and socket connectors with external gripping rings adapted to wrap around an object such as a pole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Vitec Holdings Italia SRL
    Inventor: Noah Balmer
  • Patent number: 10363885
    Abstract: An automobile rearview mirror is provided having a driving video recording function that includes a rearview mirror body. The body has a housing, a mirror, a first pivot holder and a second pivot holder mounted at the housing and respectively defined therein is a ball socket and a position-limiting passage. The passage is an open-ended passage disposed in communication with the ball socket and having an inner diameter gradually increased toward an open end thereof. A camera module is provided which includes a camera holder, an image capture device mounted in the camera holder for capturing images. A connection rod extends from the camera holder and is inserted through the position-limiting passage to suspend the camera holder outside the rearview mirror body and has a ball located at an inner end thereof that couples to the ball socket of the first pivot holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Inventor: Jack Tang
  • Patent number: 10279092
    Abstract: A mounting ring for a ventricular assist device or other device used in the heart includes a plate adapted to be secured to the exterior of the heart by rigid anchors such as hook, pin, or screw. When hooks are used, they can be pivotally mounted to the plate so that the hooks can rotate from retracted positions to advanced positions. A tool can be included in a mounting ring kit to move the hooks from their retracted positions to their advanced positions so that the hooks secure the plate to the heart. Preferably, all of the hooks are advanced simultaneously. The VAD or other device is then secured to the plate. The plate can be mounted to the heart in less time than required to install a traditional mounting ring by suturing to the heart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: HeartWare, Inc.
    Inventor: Lance Lynn Andrus
  • Patent number: 10118286
    Abstract: A lifting device includes a framework (2) and a manipulator arm (8) pivotally connected to the framework. The manipulator arm includes a first end portion (19) and a second end portion (13) adapted to carry a tool (20). A balancing arrangement (7; 30, 39) includes a first part (7a; 30a; 39a) connected to the framework and a second part (7b; 30b; 39b) adapted to interact with the first end portion. At least one of the manipulator arm and the balancing arrangement includes a first balancing device (11; 31; 34), which is extendable to ensure that interaction between the second part and the first end portion is maintained. The first balancing device is adapted to generate a first balancing force which maintains a moment balance about the first joint. The manipulator arm has at least two rotational degrees of freedom in a first spherical coordinate system (17).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: LOFS SPECIALMASKINER AB
    Inventor: Klas-Arne Lof
  • Patent number: 10066779
    Abstract: A stand assembly for holding handheld electronic devices in a multitude of positions or locations having a first section with a curved end magnetically attached to second section having and indented surface. The first section also attaches to a surface, the second section either is contiguous with a portable electronic device, a carrying case, or other item; or has a means to attach to another surface. A high-friction elastomeric material, or similar friction producing material, helps to secure the first and second sections together, or the second section against another flat magnetic surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Nite Ize, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Vogel, Paul Turner
  • Patent number: 10023002
    Abstract: An engraving tool for allowing a craftsperson to engrave an object, such a ring or other jewelry, while allowing a discrete number of degrees of freedom but restricting all others. In an embodiment, an engraving tool includes a base portion coupled to a manipulator housing portion that is rotatably attached to the base portion such that the manipulator housing portion may be rotated in a first degree of freedom (e.g., rotated in a horizontal plane with respect to a vertical axis of the base portion). The engraving tool further includes a manipulator secured to the manipulator housing portion in a U-shaped socket such that the manipulator is configured to be rotated in a second degree of freedom (e.g., rotated in one particular vertical plane with respect to the horizontal plane). A ring holder is attached to manipulator and configured to secure a ring for engraving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Yamsi Leather and Silver LLC
    Inventor: John Livingston Hyde
  • Patent number: 10025166
    Abstract: A camera mount for coupling a camera to a user's wrist is described. The camera mount includes a swivel component that rotates relative to a wrist component when an above-threshold amount of force is applied on the swivel component. A rippled spring component is coupled between the swivel component and the wrist component, and exerts an outward force upon the swivel component in response to a compressive force exerted on the rippled spring component by the swivel component. A strap couples to each of two sides of the wrist mount component, and is configured to secure the camera mount to the user's wrist. The camera mount can additionally include a base component and a padding component, and a screw to couple each camera mount component together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher Aaron Clearman
  • Patent number: 10006657
    Abstract: A fan assembly for creating an air current includes an air outlet mounted on a stand. The stand includes a base and a body tiltable relative to the base. Each of the base and the body has an outer surface shaped so that adjoining portions of the outer surfaces are substantially flush when the body is in the untilted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventors: Peter David Gammack, James Dyson, Alexander Stuart Knox
  • Patent number: 9976587
    Abstract: Coupling by means of which a first and a second component are connectable to each other, having the following features: a coupling bolt having a fastening end, a holding head and a supporting section arranged therebetween, in which the holding head and the supporting section are connected to each other by means of a web, which is tapered with respect to the holding head, and the fastening end is fastenable at the first component, a holder having a keyhole and an abutting portion, in which an edge of the keyhole encloses a non-planar surface, the coupling bolt is lockable in the keyhole in a form-fit manner by means of an inserting-pivoting-movement and the holder is fastenable at the second component by means of a fastening structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: BÖLLHOFF VERBINDUNGSTECHNIK GmbH
    Inventors: Vanessa Heimann, Alexander Vorderwisch
  • Patent number: 9967439
    Abstract: A camera including at least one camera lens disposed on or in the outer surface of a front wall of housing and an inwardly projecting concave dome recessed within a rear wall of the outer surface of the housing. The housing lacks protrusions extending rearwardly of the rear wall. The dome may be semi-spherical in shape, symmetrically bifurcated by a longitudinal bisector of the housing, and asymmetrically bifurcated by a latitudinal bisector of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Netgear, Inc.
    Inventors: John Kui Yin Ramones, Jennifer Sarah Ouk, Beau Oyler, Yulian Bagirov, Jared Hull Aller, Charles Lyman Bates, III
  • Patent number: 9913388
    Abstract: A universal magnetic mounting assembly having a case assembly with a hole that has a first circumference, and a rear wall, first and second lateral walls, and top and bottom walls. The rear wall has interior and exterior faces. The case assembly cradles an electronic device. A magnet has an interior wall, a perimeter edge having a second circumference, an exterior wall, an angled wall, and an interior edge. The angled wall is concavely shaped and extends from the exterior wall to the interior edge. The magnet protrudes through the hole, whereby the first circumference is larger than the second circumference. A cover plate has a third circumference larger than the first circumference and is ferromagnetic and/or metallic. The cover plate is positioned between the electronic device and the interior face of the rear wall. Further having a mounting device with a base and a spherically shaped metallic surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Inventor: Hamid McHatet
  • Patent number: 9726961
    Abstract: A camera mounting system is provided. The camera mounting system includes a manifold member coupled to a camera mount device, such as a tripod. One or more rods may be coupled to the manifold member. The one or more rods provide a support structure to mount one or more of a camera, photography equipment, and audio equipment. The system may further include a ball joint and a clamp wherein the ball joint and the clamp operate to couple an additional rod to an end of a rod coupled to the manifold member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Inventor: Gary Andrew Myers
  • Patent number: 9664345
    Abstract: A task lamp with a housing having a lower end adapted to rest on a support surface, a distal end located above the surface, and a light source at or near the distal end of the housing. The lower end of the housing has at least two angled surfaces that are adapted to rest on the support surface, one at a time, so as to support the light source at a particular location relative to the angled surface, where the location is different for each angled surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Light Corporation
    Inventor: Stephan Copeland
  • Patent number: 9660334
    Abstract: A collapsible ground plane for a mobile UHF satcom antenna mounted on a riser comprises a hub and a plurality of conductive members, some of which extend radially from the hub with additional conductive members that extend peripherally between adjacent distal ends of the radially extending conductive members. Each conductive member is flexible so as to yield upon an impact, and return to its original shape when the impact is relieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: R.A. Miller Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Abraham G. Corliss, Roger A. Cox, Paul E. Miller
  • Patent number: 9613705
    Abstract: In an exemplary embodiment, the method includes: determining whether a used capacity of first physical units initially configured to be programmed based on a first programming mode reaches a preset capacity and whether specific data stored in the first physical units matches a preset condition; and if the used capacity of the first physical units reaches the preset capacity and the specific data stored in the first physical units matches the preset condition, selecting at least one physical unit from second physical units initially configured to be programmed based on a second programming mode, and programming the selected physical unit based on the first programming mode. Accordingly, the writing speed decreased by the fully written buffer area may be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: PHISON ELECTRONICS CORP.
    Inventor: Chih-Kang Yeh
  • Patent number: 9505597
    Abstract: A load-bearing top plate which provides contact with a vehicle chassis by means of a bearing plate and is the part of a jack employed in cars and other vehicles for hoisting heavy loads to a certain small height or moving bodies at rest for a short distance exerting high pressure on them. It is characterized in that it has a lower piece, and a upper piece which is in contact with the vehicle and enables intended position of the aforementioned rotatable load-bearing top plate by first rotating over the aforesaid lower piece and then locking. One pin connects the aforementioned lower piece and upper piece. A pushing element is inserted around the aforesaid pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: ARIKAN KRIKO VE MAKINA SANAYI TICARET ANONIM SIRKETI
    Inventor: Cem Güney Ayana
  • Patent number: 9474392
    Abstract: A display system may include a retaining puck for retaining a product, the retaining puck including a main body having a side surface and a bracket recess, wherein at least a portion of the side surface is continuous except for the bracket recess, and a bracket having a mounting flange configured to mate with the bracket recess, wherein the mounting flange is received by the bracket recess, and an outer surface of the mounting flange is aligned with the continuous portion of the side surface of the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Richard P. Howarth, Wesley Bryan Hamm, Federico F. Tio, Frank Craig Thaler, Russell John Kaaihue Heirakuji
  • Patent number: 9377156
    Abstract: A magnetic ball joint, usable in connection with a convertible stand/table, as well as in other applications, utilizes an array of interleaved magnets and ferromagnetic bodies to both magnetically engage and retain a magnetically-attractive ball using concentrated magnetic force as well as to provide frictional resistance to movement of the ball in the joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Helping Hands International Holdings Limited
    Inventor: Chi Shing Wong
  • Patent number: 9372385
    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 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Really Right Stuff, LLC
    Inventor: Joseph M. Johnson, Sr.
  • Patent number: 9374921
    Abstract: A display apparatus according to the embodiment of the present invention includes a display body outputting an image signal; a stand supporting the display body and disposed on an installing surface; and a swivel member disposed in a bottom part of the stand and rotating the stand at a certain angle in a status where the stand is disposed on the installing surface, wherein the swivel member, includes a plurality of rotatable rolling members mounted in the bottom part of the stand, and the plurality of rolling members have the same revolution center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Chul Lee, Byungkil Lim, Myungwhoon Lee, Jonghyun Byeon, Jaeho Kim, Jeongrok Lee, Hyunbyung Cha, Yongho Lee
  • Patent number: 9255660
    Abstract: A camera fixing device includes a fixing assembly fixed to an external component, a mounting assembly for mounting the camera; and a connection assembly connected between the fixing assembly and the mounting assembly; the connection assembly comprises a first ball head, the mounting assembly comprises a second ball head, a first end of the connection assembly comprises a first receiving space which receives the first ball head and allows the first ball head to rotate therein, and a second end of the connection assembly comprises a second receiving space which receives the second ball head and allows the second ball head to rotate therein. Due to the fact that the ball head can rotate in the corresponding receiving space, the camera fixing device of the present invention can flexibly rotate and realize an omnidirectional shooting in a three-dimension space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: SHENZHEN AEE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD
    Inventor: Xianzhi Zhang
  • Patent number: 9243737
    Abstract: An attachment portion of a tripod is formed with an opening that penetrates in a longitudinal direction of the tripod, the rail member of the shooting sliding device is provided with an adapter for attachment to the tripod, a first contact surface between the adapter and the rail member is a flat surface, a second contact surface between the adapter and the tripod has a curved surface, an attaching female screw is embedded at the center of the attachment side of the tripod in the second contact surface, the tightening handle has a grip, and a male screw projecting from one end of the grip, the adapter is placed on the attachment portion of the tripod, the male screw of the tightening handle is screwed into the female screw embedded in the adapter through the opening of the attachment portion of the tripod, the curved surface of the second contact surface of the adapter and the curved surface on the inner side of the attachment portion of the tripod come into surface-contact with each other and come into conta
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: HEIWA SEIKI KOGYO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Nobuyuki Hida
  • Patent number: 9182153
    Abstract: A low friction ball bearing tracker assembly for use in spatial object, particularly solar tracking, the assembly including a housing, having a base and top cover affixed to the housing, the housing further including a spherical chamber for receiving a rounded orb and ball bearings sufficient to surround at least fifty percent of the surface area of the orb, for allowing the orb to swivel, and translate, while tracking the spatial object, the orb being affixed to a solid shaft having an oval cross section, such as an ellipse, with major and minor axes, whereby the solid shaft holds a plate for retaining an array of panels, the top cover of the assembly further including a recessed channel along the inner circumference of the top cover to accommodate additional ball bearings to allow additional range of low friction motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Inventor: Luanne Moore
  • Patent number: 9161110
    Abstract: A loudspeaker mount includes a coupling member and a platform attached to the coupling member. The platform includes a wall defining a planar face configured for disposal of a loudspeaker. The coupling member may be clamped to a handle bar of a bicycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Speaqua Corp.
    Inventor: Steven G. Patsis
  • Patent number: 9151459
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a headlamp assembly can comprise: a reflector, a mounting bracket, a housing, and a light source. The reflector can have a lip at a light source opening and a peripheral rim with a reflector portion extending from the lip to a peripheral rim. The mounting bracket can be configured to attach to the reflector. The mounting bracket can comprise attachment structures configured to mate with the lip, and adjustment features that enable horizontal, vertical, and pivotal adjustment. The light source can extend into the reflector through the light source opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: SABIC GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES B.V.
    Inventors: James Robert Wilson, Russell Damian Bloomfield, Arunachala Parameshwara, Poovanna Theethira Kushalappa, Triloka Chander Tankala, Ankit Kumar Garg, Subrata Nayak
  • Patent number: 9140405
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide a pivot mechanism and/or system that includes a support member defining a cavity and an extension member at least partially located within the cavity. In some cases one or more inner surfaces of the cavity can provide one or more pivots defining multiple pivot axes about which the extension member is generally pivotable through corresponding pivot ranges. The extent of the pivot ranges can be defined by the cavity within the support member. In some cases cooperating clamp members engage the extension member and the support member to retain the extension member within the cavity. The clamp members may also include sliding surfaces that slidingly engage with the support member to provide frictional resistance to pivoting movement of the extension member. Electronic display pivoting and positioning systems are also provided as are methods for positioning and pivoting electronic displays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Ergotron, Inc.
    Inventors: David J. Prince, Jeffrey Mensing, Joe Funk
  • Patent number: 8979058
    Abstract: A tripod head panel device of a tripod head comprises a tripod head panel and a removably mounted snap-fit plate. The tripod head panel comprises a fixed plate, a moveable plate mounted underneath the fixed plate, and a driving plate mounted underneath the moveable plate. The fixed plate comprises a supporting base plate and a first retaining wall protruding upward from the supporting base plate. The moveable plate comprises a supporting base plate and a second retaining wall protruding upward from the supporting base plate, with a driving hole provided in the center of the moveable plate. The driving plate comprises a base mounted underneath the moveable plate and a handle extending from an end of the base, with an offset cam inside the driving hole formed on the seat. The snap-fit plate is mounted on the supporting base plate between the first and the second retaining walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Lap Shun Manufacture Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shuqiang Li
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8979050
    Abstract: A positioning device includes a base, a press board, an antislip piece, and a positioning unit. The base includes an opening, and a mounting space. The mounting space is mounted on a rod. The press board is slidably mounted in the opening. The antislip piece is mounted on the press board and is close to the mounting space. The antislip piece is made of elastic material and is softer than the press board. The positioning unit includes a shaft mounted on the base and a driving member rotatably and eccentrically connected with the shaft. The driving member is driven between a pressing position for locking the rod and a releasing position for unlocking the rod. Thus, the user only needs to drive the driving member to lock or unlock the rod so that the rod is locked or unlocked easily and quickly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventor: Tsung-Yao Yu
  • Patent number: 8979041
    Abstract: An apparatus for supporting a tablet includes a case for receiving the tablet. A swivel includes a socket and a ball disposed and retained therein. The ball is selectively rotatable relative to the socket. The ball is coupled to the case and the socket is coupled to a mounting post. The mounting post is releasably fixed to a mounting bar. The mounting bar defines a mounting slot configured to fix the apparatus relative to a structure, such as a microphone stand or the like. The apparatus includes clamping mechanisms to enable a user to selectively fix and release the components of the apparatus such that a user can configure and fix the apparatus to a desired position for interfacing with the tablet, and then lock the apparatus in that desired position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: The Music People, Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Hennessey, James Robinson
  • Publication number: 20150069192
    Abstract: A method for determining the depth of field for a specific distance by means of measuring optics comprises manual optical focussing of the measuring optics by means of the human eye without projection onto a focussing screen or intermediate projection surface, monitoring of the movement of the measuring optics mechanism during focussing, determining and indicating the adjusted distance from the movement, wherein, with consideration of focal distance, aperture, hyperfocal distance and circle of confusion, the range of the depth of field to the adjusted distance is arithmetically determined and indicated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventor: Philippe VOGT
  • Patent number: 8925216
    Abstract: A clothes drying apparatus mounted to a building structure (e.g., a ceiling, wall, or floor) and including a slider track coupled to the building structure, and a frame (e.g., at least two frames) secured to the slider track for sliding between a stored position and an extended position. The frame is pivotable relative to the building structure. For example, the frame can be secured to the slider track, and the slider track can be pivotable relative to the building structure. Preferably, the slider track includes an inner member coupled to the building structure and an outer member coupled to the frame. The apparatus can further include transverse brackets supporting the slider track. For special mounting situations, the apparatus can further include longitudinal brackets supporting the transverse brackets and/or a back mounting bracket at least partially supporting the transverse brackets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: James Lutz
  • Patent number: 8919710
    Abstract: An apparatus for positioning a device. The apparatus includes a coupling member, a first arm, a second arm, and a sloped support member. The coupling member defines a first opening and a second opening. The first arm passes through the first opening, and the coupling member is movably connected to the first arm. The second arm passes through the second opening. The sloped support member is releasably connected to the second arm. The apparatus has at least five degrees of freedom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Carnegie Mellon University
    Inventors: Brett Zubiate, Sarjoun Skaff, Amir Degani, Howie Choset
  • Patent number: 8910927
    Abstract: An archery bow holding device that is preferably mounted to a ball joint assembly for attachment to a table top, bench or like surface, and provides a movable mount for the archery bow holding device that holds an archery bow for performing work thereon. The preferred ball joint assembly includes a cylindrical housing that is slotted on opposite sides thereof from a center opening in the housing top and contains a ball that mounts a stem that the archery bow holding device is secured to, with the stem fitted through a slot through the housing top, to tilt between the slots and pivot when the ball in unlocked and, with the ball locked, provides a rigid mount to the archery bow holding device that includes a main beam that is bent to provide a rest for an archery bow limb positioned and clamped there against for an operator to work on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Berry's Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin J. Lee, Tony James Berry
  • Patent number: 8857779
    Abstract: An adjustable holder (1) for a concave holographic grating (2) for enabling the correct positioning of the grating vis-à-vis a light entrance port (15) and a light exit port (20), characterized in, that it comprises a grating hinge (10) fixed to said grating, said grating hinge (10) enabling rotational adjustment of the grating position with respect to said holder (1), the center point of the rotational adjustment being located at the vertex of said grating (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: GE Healthcare Bio-Sciences AB
    Inventors: Mikael Hornqvist, Patrik Akerstrom, Stig Tormod
  • Patent number: 8833018
    Abstract: The invention relates to a mounting system and to a method for mounting a dividing wall (1) on at least one holding device (2, 3), for example a holding rod or a holding post. Furthermore, the invention relates to a device for dividing regions. To this end, a first mounting device (23 to 28) which can be mounted on the holding device (2, 3) and a second mounting device (23 to 28) which can be mounted on the holding device (2, 3) are used. Furthermore, a mounting element (35) is provided which can be mounted on the first mounting device (23 to 28) and has a receptacle (36), in which a dividing wall (1) can be received in a non-clamping manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: KL MEGLA GmbH
    Inventor: Peter Reinecke
  • Patent number: 8807495
    Abstract: A load-absorbing device introduces load forces such as cable forces or tensioning forces of sheet-shaped structures into supporting structures (10). At least one load-absorbing part (36, 40) can be anchored on the supporting structure (10) via a bearing element (24). The load-absorbing part (36, 40) has a transmission body (36) forming a convexly shaped transmission surface guided on the bearing element (24) on a carrier surface formed from surface parts adapted to the convexity of the transmission surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Carl Stahl GmbH
    Inventor: Michael Kiefer
  • Patent number: 8789802
    Abstract: A protective case system for a tablet computing device is described herein. The protective case enables a person that does not want to or is physically unable to hold a tablet computing device to interact with an inserted tablet computing device. In addition to the foregoing, other aspects are described in the claims, description, and drawings that form this document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Stand For Stuff LLC
    Inventors: Martin A. Springer, Jeremy Ellison, Jake Levine
  • Patent number: 8771290
    Abstract: The present invention, in another aspect, relates to a microstereotactic table. In one embodiment, the microstereotactic table includes a plate member having a first surface, an opposite, second surface, a body portion defined therebetween, a plurality of leg members, each of them removably engaged with the plate member, respectively, and a passage is formed between the first surface and the opposite, second surface of the body portion of the plate member and along a longitudinal axis, wherein a step is formed within the passage, and wherein the step is formed such that the distance from the step to one of the first surface and the opposite, second surface along the longitudinal axis is a predetermined length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Vanderbilt University
    Inventors: Jason E. Mitchell, Robert F. Labadie, J. Michael Fitzpatrick
  • Patent number: 8753031
    Abstract: A holding device for medical instruments with a bracket on which at least one medical instrument can be affixed and with at least one joint to position the bracket and/or the medical instrument, so that the at least one joint is configured as a ball and socket joint that is equipped with at least one bearing shell and one pivot ball and whose pivot angle around the longitudinal axis of the joint is restricted by a pivot guard. The pivot guard is positioned inside the pivot ball to provide a holding device for medical instruments whose pivot guard allows for a compact structure of the ball and socket joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Karl Storz GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Jochen Stefan, Uwe Bacher
  • Patent number: 8740160
    Abstract: The present invention is directed towards ball and socket joint connectors which, when interconnected, form a flexible assembly. In some embodiments, the ball and socket joint connectors are designed and constructed such that the interference fit of the ball and socket causes creep in the material resulting in more even frictions in the various ball and socket joints. In some embodiments, the ball and socket joint connectors utilize an over-molded strip around the outside of the connector to facilitate in their use for gripping. In an exemplary embodiment utilizing the aforementioned ball and socket joint connectors, a tripod apparatus uses legs comprising the ball and socket joint connectors for support and for gripping objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Daymen US, Inc.
    Inventor: Joeben Bevirt
  • Patent number: 8740161
    Abstract: A holder for sustaining a handheld electronic device is provided. The holder includes a sucker and a positioning device. The sucker has a central and peripheral portion. The positioning device, which is disposed on a side of the sucker, comprises a housing, a ball, a clamping assembly and a rod. The housing is disposed on the sucker and has a receiving space for the ball and the clamping assembly. The rod has a first end connecting to the central portion of the sucker and a second end extending towards the receiving space. When the rod is led to position the sucker onto an object, the clamping assembly is adapted to restrict the ball simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventor: Wen-Sheng Hsu
  • Patent number: 8702339
    Abstract: A clamp is for clamping a first member to a second member. The clamp comprises a lever that is rotatably coupled to the first member and a plunger. The lever comprises a handle and a cam that rotate together about a rotational axis. Rotation of the lever about the axis in a first direction cams the plunger towards the second member to couple the first and second members together and wherein rotation of the lever about the axis in a second, opposite direction cams the plunger away from the second member to uncouple the first and second members from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Manic Nomad, LLC
    Inventor: Trent Ballentine
  • Patent number: 8668179
    Abstract: A mounting device that securely supports an electronic device to a surface such as a vehicle dashboard. The mounting device comprises a flexible base for placement on a mounting surface and a bendable frame attached to or otherwise coupled with the base to permit the base to be shaped to at least partially conform to contours on the mounting surface. The base may be partially formed of a material that provides sufficient friction between its lower surface and the mounting surface to resist unwanted movement. The frame may be formed of aluminum and may include a central portion and a plurality of appendages each independently movable about at least two axes of movement. Each of the appendages may include a connecting link joined to the central portion and a pair of arms extending from the connecting link and movable relative to one another and relative to the central portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Garmin Switzerland GmbH
    Inventors: Joshua A. Corn, Jeffrey D. Minelli, Brian G. Schoenfish, Marcus A. Moilanen, Stephen P. Waite
  • 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: 8602662
    Abstract: A camera and accessories clamping mount that includes an assembly of ball and socket members rotatably and moveably interconnectable having an anterior end and a posterior end, a top connector disposed atop the anterior end and a bottom connector disposed on the posterior end, wherein the bottom connector is releasably attachable to a clamp, said clamp attachable to an extant surface, and an extant camera, or other accessory device having a ¼-20? female thread mount, is releasably attachable to the top connector, whereby said camera or other accessory device is supportable and positionable through a range of positions by means of the assembly of ball and socket members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Inventor: John Mans
  • Patent number: 8602368
    Abstract: A load-absorbing device for introducing load forces, in particular cable forces in support devices for tent-shaped coverings and the like, has at least one load-absorbing part (9) on a supporting structure (7). The load-absorbing part (9) is provided on a transmission body (17) forming on at least part of its outer surface, a convex transmission surface (21) which transmits the load forces and which is guided on the supporting structure (7) on carrier surface formed from concave surface parts adapted to the convexity of the transmission surface (21). A load-absorbing node is formed allowing a ball joint-like mobility of the load absorbing part (9) relative to the supporting structure (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Carl Stahl GmbH
    Inventor: Michael Kiefer
  • Patent number: 8511625
    Abstract: A holding device for medical instruments, with a bracket on which at least one medical instrument can be affixed and with at least one joint to position the bracket and/or the medical instrument, so that the at least one joint is configured as a ball and socket joint that is provided with at least one bearing shell and a pivot ball and that can be converted between a position that releases the joint and one that blocks the joint. To provide a holding device for medical instruments that is simple to operate, makes possible a rapid blocking and releasing of the at least one joint, and in addition ensures that unintentional release of the blocking is excluded to the greatest extent possible, it is proposed with the invention that the bearing shell should be of rigid configuration and the pivot ball should be capable of being affixed in the bearing shell by clamping by at least one blocking element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Karl Storz GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Jochen Stefan, Uwe Bacher