Socket Captures Ball In Upper Hemisphere Patents (Class 248/181.2)
  • Patent number: 9885383
    Abstract: A rotational degree of freedom joint constraint system is disclosed. The system can include joint constraint hardware, such as a first component and a second component. The first component can have a rotational interface, and a constraint feature associated with the rotational interface. The second component can have a socket operable with the rotational interface to facilitate relative movement of the first component and the second component in at least one rotational degree of freedom. The second component can form an opening configured to facilitate movement of the constraint feature therein upon the relative movement of the first component and the second component. The rotational degree of freedom joint constraint system can also include a locking mechanism operable with the constraint feature. Movement of the constraint feature within the opening can be preventable by the locking mechanism to constrain the relative movement of the first component and the second component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Shane E. Wilson, Hans P. Naepflin
  • Patent number: 8967564
    Abstract: A tree mount bracket having a threaded member and a fixture support member that are joined to one another. The threaded member includes a shaft with a tip and a head and external threads. The fixture support member has a housing that includes a cylindrical wall and a base wall that defines a base wall opening. The cylindrical wall also defines a wire slot for accommodating a wire. The fixture support member can be embodied as a side mounted fixture support member; two side mounted fixture support members; a fixture support plate; a fixture support assembly; and, a ball shaft and a tightening ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: Philip A. Colarusso
  • Publication number: 20140168890
    Abstract: A holder for an electronic device includes a head configured to removably receive and securely hold the electronic device. The head includes a first portion and a second portion that is slidably movable with respect to the first portion for adjustment to a size of the electronic device, wherein the first and second portions are biased toward each under a force of a spring. A damper is operatively positioned between the first portion and the second portion so as to dampen the movement of the second portion with respect to the first portion under the bias of the spring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Inventor: Brandon Barnard
  • 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: 8720837
    Abstract: A support frame for supporting an electronic device includes a fixing base for grasping the electronic device, two support assemblies, an angle adjusting mechanism connecting the fixing base to the support assemblies, and an adjusting plate. The angle adjusting mechanism includes a connecting member, a mating member, and an adjusting assembly. The connecting member is connected to the support assembly. The adjusting assembly includes an adjusting shaft and an adjusting cap engaged with the adjusting shaft. The connecting member and the mating member are sleeved on the adjusting shaft. The adjusting plate is sleeved on the adjusting shaft, and positioned between the connecting member and the mating member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wu-Qi Li, Wu-Zhu Hu, Tang Li
  • 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: 8459599
    Abstract: A support stand includes a base; two support rods rotatably mounted to the base; a positioning rod retained on the base, the positioning rod can remain in a bent state after being bent by itself; and a support board removably positioned above the base by the corporation of the support rods and the positioning rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Bin Du, Wen-Rong Chen, Hui Li, Cong Huang
  • Patent number: 8419309
    Abstract: A pivoting ball mount provides four essentially equal and (generally) evenly spaced constraints on the ball, creating a ball and socket joint in which the “socket” is composed of four small constraining pads of equal size and equally spaced around the surface of the ball or sphere. If a sphere is constrained by four equidistant points, each point will exert the same amount of force on the sphere. If additional pressure is applied to one point, the pressure exerted by the other points will rise to match this increased pressure. The effect of constraining a smooth ball by four equidistant points is to create the equivalent of a ball and socket joint in which the force required to rotate the ball at a particular rate is about the same in any direction. The ball is constrained by four equidistant points such that the relative movement between the ball and housing is smooth and predictable in any direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Wimberley, Inc.
    Inventor: David L. Wimberley
  • 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: 8061920
    Abstract: The present invention provides four essentially equal and (generally) evenly spaced constraints on the ball. It is the equivalent of a ball and socket joint in which the “socket” is composed of four small constraining pads of equal size and equally spaced around the surface of the ball or sphere. If a sphere is constrained by four equidistant points, each point will exert the same amount of force on the sphere. If additional pressure is applied to one point, the pressure exerted by the other points will rise to match this increased pressure. The effect of constraining a smooth ball by four equidistant points is to create the equivalent of a ball and socket joint in which the force required to rotate the ball at a particular rate is about the same in any direction. The ball is constrained by four equidistant points such that the relative movement between the ball and housing is smooth and predictable in any direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Wimberley, Inc.
    Inventor: David L. Wimberley
  • Patent number: 8025262
    Abstract: A collet portion including a cup-shaped collet is fixed to an upper end of a vertically movable body vertically movable relative to a connecting portion to which upper ends of the legs of a tripod assembly are pivotally coupled. The collet is flexible and is formed with plural slits extending radially. The collet receives a semispherical bowl leveler as making contact with a semispherical surface of the bowl leveler at a cup-shaped inside surface thereof. The bowl leveler is combined with the collet portion by means of a bolt and is free to tilt back/forth and sideways as guided by the collet. An upper end portion of the vertically movable body is provided with a collar at place outside the collet, the collar vertically movable relative to the vertically movable body. The collar includes an abutment portion on an inside surface thereof, the abutment portion capable of being abutted against an outside surface of the collet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Heiwa Seiki Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Minoru Yamaguchi
  • Publication number: 20110147548
    Abstract: Disclosed is a ball head for a camera tripod. The movement of the ball head is finely adjusted in front, rear, left, and right directions through mechanical manipulation. Since a conventional ball head is mounted with a ball on a tripod, after a user releases the ball head from the pressure and freely adjusts the ball head in front, rear, left, and right directions by a hand, the user fastens a knob of fixing the ball to press the ball so that a lower plate of supporting the ball tightens the ball to fix the ball. Such a conventional ball head has disadvantages in that the user has to release the pressure applied to the ball by unfastening the knob and then finely adjust a photographing angle to a desired degree by using the hand when the repeated fine adjustment of the photographing angle is required in a state that the heavy telescope lens or photographing appliances is mounted on the tripod after the photographing angle has been primarily adjusted by the hand of the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2009
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Inventor: Pil-sik Kang
  • Patent number: 7748670
    Abstract: A television rotational support apparatus provides unlimited rotation of a removably mounted viewing screen, through a full 360 degree rotation. Pivot of the viewing screen mount provides for pivotal positioning of a viewing screen. The apparatus is compact with regard to size and with regard to distance between a mounting object and a viewing screen. The relatively short distance between mounting object and removably mounted viewing screen insures that minimal leverage force is imposed on the mounting object. Components of the apparatus such as the motor, gears, and battery/receiver provide for removal for replacement or service. A remote control provides for remotely rotating the viewing screen mount and hence the viewing screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Inventor: Steven C. Veldez
  • Patent number: 7735791
    Abstract: A supporting arm with a suction cup and a handle for attaching various equipment within a mechanical vehicle. The arm is composed of a suction cup, a push button, which slides within a housing, a rigid part, connected with the housing, and a hinging part, connected with the rigid part by means of a joint. The arm is provided with an elastic support for resting on a dashboard, which is situated opposite to the mounting joint of the suction cup under its hinged part, and with a ball joint, located above the elastic support and connected to the handle, which is fitted with an electrical connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Bury SP Z.O.O.
    Inventor: Henryk Bury
  • Patent number: 7300028
    Abstract: A tripod head includes a cylindrical housing 1 having connection member at one end for a tripod, a ball joint (2) rotatably and pivotally arranged in the housing (1), a bearing element (4) for the ball joint (2), having a sliding surface (7) contacting the circumference of the ball joint (2) and arranged so as to be axially displaceable and rotatable in the housing (1), and a device (5) for fixing the ball joint (2) and having a support (6) for the bearing element 4 and an adjusting device (25) in operative connection with the support (6) in order to displace the bearing element against the ball joint to achieve the clamping action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2007
    Inventor: Philippe Vogt
  • Patent number: 7290740
    Abstract: A universal mounting assembly for quick mounting of an object to a stand device. The mounting assembly includes a body having a support surface, a front face and an opposed mounting surface configured to mount to the support stand. The front face intersects the support surface and defines an opening into a receiving socket of the body. The body further defines an elongated slot extending along and into the receiving socket from the support surface. The elongated slot having a transverse width dimension smaller than that of the receiving socket, although it is suitable to receive a transverse width dimension of the button device neck portion. The receiving socket is formed and dimensioned for sliding receipt of the transverse width dimension of the head portion therein as the neck portion simultaneously slides along the elongated slot to a dock position. The mounting assembly further includes a resilient retaining arm cantilever disposed in the receiving socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2007
    Inventors: Gregory T. Joy, Jon M. Congdon
  • Patent number: 7229053
    Abstract: A tripod for supporting apparatus in general and, in particular, for optical or photographic apparatus and the like. The tripod has a spider, a pillar arranged to be housed with a stem of the pillar in a through-hole formed through the spider, and a head arranged for receiving the apparatus and connected to a first end of the pillar. In the closed-up or fully retracted condition, that is, in the most compact condition of the tripod, the head is at least partially housed inside the through-hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Assignee: Lino Manfrotto + Co. S.p.A.
    Inventor: Paolo Speggiorin
  • Patent number: 7021592
    Abstract: An easily adjustable scope mounting head and stand. The stand includes a stabilized base with a vertical rod extending upward. The scope mounting head is attached to the vertical rod. A ball and socket joint is located on one end of the mounting head and an adjusting knob is located on the opposite end. The ball is equipped with accessible mounting mens for attaching a spotting scope or similar article. When the user slackens the adjusting knob, the ball and socket joint is free to move in roll, pitch, and yaw. In addition, the entire mounting head can rotate about the vertical rod and slide up and down the vertical rod. When the user tightens the adjusting knob, all degrees of freedom are locked. Thus, the single adjusting knob provides all needed adjustment for the height and orientation of the spotting scope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Inventor: Raymond V. Brandes
  • Patent number: 6513774
    Abstract: An adjustable mounting apparatus includes a mounting post having a ball at one end. Opposed clamping members clamp the ball from opposite sides of the mounting post. The clamping members engage the ball with line contact. The clamping members are at a fixed distance apart from each other on a first side of the ball. An adjustable locking member secures the clamping members together on a second side of the ball for loosening and tightening the clamping members about the ball. This allows the clamping members to be rotated about the ball and tightened thereon. A mounting fixture is secured to the clamping members to allow devices to be mounted thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2003
    Inventor: Michael J. Hailson
  • Patent number: 6439518
    Abstract: This present invention discloses apparatus and a method for mounting a camera on a tripod platform for taking pictures and this mounting apparatus includes a cradle cup mounted on a tripod platform and an O ring mounted in a groove on the inside diameter of the cradle cup, and a pear shaped or oblate spheroid shaped ball attached to the bottom of a camera and the ball attached to the camera is set into the cradle cup and the ball sets on O ring in the groove on the inside diameter of the cradle cup. The inside diameter of the O ring is less than the diameter of the pear shaped ball attached to the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2002
    Assignee: Plastics Engineering Co.
    Inventor: Ralph Theodore Brotz
  • Patent number: 6347424
    Abstract: A motion absorbing conveyance system (1) for transferring personnel and/or objects between a floating vessel (2) and an installation (20), for example, an oil platform, where the vessel (2) and the installation (20) exhibit a relative movement, which system (1) comprises a boom (7), provided with an articulated connection to the vessel (2), a variable length gangway (6), having an articulated connection to the vessel (2), and a frame (8) joining together the ends of the boom (7, 31) and the gangway (6, 33) opposite to the articulated connection. On the installation (29) there is provided a ball seat (19). At the outer end of the gangway (6) is provided a ball (18), which is adapt to engage with the ball seat (19) on the installation (20), such that the ball/seat connection is capable of accommodating triaxial relative movement between the vessel (2) and the installation (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2002
    Assignee: Pevatek A/S
    Inventor: Per Vatne
  • Patent number: 6267341
    Abstract: For performing a surface measurement procedure on one side of a complex part such as a stamped steel inner door panel having compound curves, a magnetic swiveling support device for securing the opposite side of the part without adding projecting structure such as clamps or fixtures on the one side which interferes with the measurement process. Functionally, the magnetic swiveling support provides a non-clamping apparatus to accurately secure a complex part having a curved surface for surface measurement by automatic digital measuring techniques and equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2001
    Assignee: DaimlerChrysler Corp.
    Inventors: Todd J. Fleming, George Husulak, Robert S. Rekar, Donald J. Ponagajba
  • Patent number: 6254044
    Abstract: A tabletop tripod is disclosed. The tripod has a base with a cavity defined in one side thereof, a stationary leg fixedly mounted on the base, two pivoting legs pivotally mounted on the base each having a driving means engaging each other received in the cavity of the base and an equipment base with a threaded stud extending upwardly therefrom pivotally mounted on the base to attach a camera. In such an arrangement, the two pivoting legs can be opened up simultaneously to make using the tripod more convenient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2001
    Inventor: Li-Hwa Lee
  • Patent number: 6209830
    Abstract: This present invention discloses apparatus for mounting a camera on a tripod platform and the camera having a pear shaped ball attached to the camera bottom and the pear shaped ball placed into a cradle cup attached to the platform of a tripod, which makes for a rapid mounting or removal of the camera from the mounting without the neccessity of unscrewing any of the mounting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Assignee: Plastics Engineering Co.
    Inventor: Ralph T. Brotz