Ball And Socket Type Patents (Class 248/288.31)
  • Patent number: 10316479
    Abstract: Queue management systems allow a long queue/line of people to be held in a relatively small area. However, if there is no queue/line the system may frustrate users. The invention provides in one aspect a queue management gate 110 comprising an attachment device 150 for attaching the queue management gate to a stanchion 30 of the type used in queue management systems which include flexible tapes extending between stanchions to form lanes, the gate further comprising a relatively rigid movable barrier 60, movable in a substantially horizontal plane, the gate for allowing access between adjacent lanes formed by the queue management system such that users may avoid walking through the empty lanes formed by the queue management system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: SHORTCUTQ LTD
    Inventor: Jonathan Green
  • Patent number: 10052905
    Abstract: A binder clip to deliver method of carrying stack of papers can be further implemented outside its application zone, with the redesign of the previous annexed wings and clip body of U.S. Pat. No. 9,199,506 introduces the Multi-Use Binder Clip with moveable protruded structures; that suspends along the folded edges of the clip body with incision cuts at the contour center plane and clip body sides; which protruded structure is formed by shaping a nominal diameter wire derives two half loops and one full loop wire components, lengths at each sides, shape, angle, and bend counter to each other, hinges to the clip body along with prior art grip handles; where the redesigned binder clip provides many more applicable functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Inventor: Stephen Sophorn Lim
  • Patent number: 9207322
    Abstract: A compact LIDAR pointing assembly can comprise a body, first and second ferrules, and a clip component that can be used to maintain an engagement between the first and second ferrules and an alignment of light emanating from the first and second ferrules relative to received light propagating along an optical axis of the assembly. The ferrules can be pivoted to adjust the orientation of the light emanating from the ferrules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Coherent Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: David Hwang, Jesse William Fisher
  • Patent number: 9016645
    Abstract: An adjustable mounting assembly has first and second mounting portions. The first mounting portion has an engagement arm with an adjustable end having first engagement teeth disposed about a first axis of rotation. The end portion has an adjustable second portion rotatable about the first axis of rotation, and having second engagement teeth that intermesh with the first engagement teeth to retain the second portion in an adjustable pan-position. The second portion has third engagement teeth disposed about a second axis of rotation angularly offset from the first axis of rotation. A second mounting portion is adjustably attached at an attachment portion to the first mounting portion, and the attachment portion has fourth engagement teeth disposed about the second axis of rotation that intermesh with the third engagement teeth to retain the second mounting portion is a selected tilt position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: QSC Audio Products, LLC
    Inventors: Dave Neil Simpson, Bernard Francis Hawkins, Yasushi Richard Shimabukuro, Jason Delarm, Douglas William Teulie, Alex Aranda
  • Patent number: 8998157
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide a molar media mount for positioning a media display device in unobscured view and direct line of sight of a patient. In some embodiments, the molar media mount includes a first end that attaches to a mounting arm of a medical device and a second end that attaches to and holds the media display device. In some embodiments, the second end includes a ball joint for setting an angle of the media display device that corresponds to the direct line of sight. In some embodiments, the molar media mount includes a set of articulating points that position a media display screen in a direct line of sight of a person in an examination seat In some embodiments, the medical device is a dental light. In some embodiments, the media display device attaches to the dental light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: Casey F Culberson
  • 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: 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
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8960622
    Abstract: A surgical instrument stabilizer system that includes an articulating boom that is releasably connectable to a surgical table side rail. The articulating boom includes an actuator, a multi-directional flexible arm having a first end region attached to the actuator, and a cable extending through the flexible arm. The cable has one end region connected to the actuator and another end region connected to a preload tensioning mechanism. The actuator is operable to tighten and loosen the cable, and the preload tensioning mechanism maintains an amount of tension in the cable when the actuator loosens the cable. The system further includes a surgical instrument-supporting member that is attached to a second end region of the flexible arm and is configured to releasably retain a surgical instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: CooperSurgical, Inc.
    Inventors: Walter von Pechmann, Samuel C. Yoon, Ben Lane, Keith Lipford, Brian Lipford
  • Patent number: 8919705
    Abstract: A fastening device for fixing lines in the engine compartment of a motor vehicle, in particular lines for the air conditioner. Fastening recesses are provided in the engine compartment, on which the fastening device can be anchored. The fastening device has a clip base for this purpose. A clip head is used for fastening the fastening device to the line. At least one of the fastening clips is situated so it is longitudinally movable on the compensating rail, so that the fastening device can be adapted to the installation situation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Artem Seryi
  • Patent number: 8910914
    Abstract: A mount that is useful for mounting electronics equipment such as audio or video equipment such as a microphone or a camera in a desired orientation has first and second interconnected body members that retain a swivel adapter that is movable in a ball and socket swivel joint relative to the body members. The body members rotated on threaded connections to thereby adjust the tightness of the swivel adaptor retained between the body members. A stop prevents inadvertent disassembly of the assembled mounting apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Audix Corporation
    Inventor: Fred Bigeh
  • Patent number: 8870146
    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: December 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Nite Ize, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Vogel, Paul Turner
  • Publication number: 20140299561
    Abstract: A storage system is provided. The storage system includes a shelf, a number of elongated frame members and a number of support assemblies having a spherical coupling. The support assemblies are coupled to beams. The frame members extend downwardly from the support assemblies and are coupled to the shelf. The support assemblies' spherical coupling allows for the frame members to be disposed at an adjustable angle relative to the shelf. Thus, regardless of the spacing of the beams, the support assemblies are directly coupled to the beams.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: Penn United Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark P. Noah, Michael Kelley
  • Publication number: 20140286713
    Abstract: A prop head bearing device used for a shield support and to receive a prop head includes a prop head bearing main body with a prop head receiving portion, a flange adjacent to the prop head receiving portion and a flange bore, and a receiving portion adjacent to the flange and remote from the prop head receiving portion. The prop head bearing device may also include a securing element including a securing element bore adapted in shape to the receiving portion, such that in the mounted state the securing element is locked with respect to the bore direction of the flange bore and that the securing element bore is aligned to the flange bore.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: Caterpillar Global Mining Europe GmbH
    Inventors: Swetlana Horn, Ulrich Pletsch
  • Patent number: 8840077
    Abstract: A surgical instrument stabilizer system that includes an articulating boom that is releasably connectable to a surgical table side rail. The articulating boom includes an actuator, a multi-directional flexible arm having a first end region attached to the actuator, and a cable extending through the flexible arm. The cable has one end region connected to the actuator and another end region connected to a preload tensioning mechanism. The actuator is operable to tighten and loosen the cable, and the preload tensioning mechanism maintains an amount of tension in the cable when the actuator loosens the cable. The system further includes a surgical instrument-supporting member that is attached to a second end region of the flexible arm and is configured to releasably retain a surgical instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: CooperSurgical, Inc.
    Inventors: Walter Von Pechmann, Samuel C. Yoon, Ben Lane, Keith Lipford, Brian Lipford
  • Patent number: 8820336
    Abstract: The present invention features an umbrella holder system with ball joint for shade angle adjustment. The system features a general U-shaped base, a ball joint and an umbrella with a handle. The ball joint has an upper opening adapted to receive the umbrella handle and a lower part connected to the U-shaped base. The U-shaped base can be secured to a support structure via a screwed handle. The ball joint has a ball with a threaded rod or a plurality of holes for position securing. The umbrella is pivotably attached to the U-shaped case and can be secured to a desired position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventor: Dennis Duane Schneberger
  • Patent number: 8814116
    Abstract: A portable navigation assembly is disclosed. In at least one embodiment, the portable navigation assembly includes a portable navigation device including a housing, the housing including a speaker port defined by a speaker port periphery; and a mount including a connector arm. In at least one embodiment, the connector arm is adapted to be connected to the portable navigation device around at least a portion of the speaker port periphery without covering at least a portion of the speaker port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: TomTom International B.V.
    Inventor: Martin Riddiford
  • 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: 8777176
    Abstract: A device for mounting solar modules/solar panels on props that are introduced into the ground of the mounting location, wherein supports that can be connected on top of or on the props are arranged by means of fastening means that allow vertical compensation and/or lateral compensation for deviations of the introduced props from the perpendicular, with a rail (3) that can be connected to the prop (2), a T-shaped or L-shaped or U-shaped connecting flange (4) with at least one connector (8) for a support (5), and a rocker bearing (6) that allows the connection between the rail (3) and the connecting flange (4) to be established.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: HatiCon GmbH
    Inventor: Gido Genschorek
  • Patent number: 8753030
    Abstract: A knuckle assembly for mounting an electrical device includes a rotatable knuckle mount, an articulated knuckle and an electrical device mount. Two knuckle elements forming the articulated knuckle each include an open cavity, which together form a closed cavity. One of the knuckle elements is pivotally attached to the rotatable knuckle mount and the other includes the electrical device mount. A grommet is positioned in the closed cavity; and a fastener engages the knuckle elements and extends through the grommet. The grommet includes spherical or spheroidal segments complementary to the inner surfaces of the closed cavity and in interfering fit when assembled. The grommet is in non-rotational engagement with one of the knuckle elements. Wires extend through the grommet adjacent a central through hole. A fastener extending through the central through hole draws the knuckle elements together to fix the grommet and seal the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: U.S.T.E., Inc.
    Inventors: Michael P. Leonhardt, Glenn M. Tyson
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140054343
    Abstract: This application relates to a mobile device mount and method of using the mount. In some embodiments, a mobile electronic device mount includes: a base configured to secure a first mobile electronic device to a second item; a body configured to receive and retain the first mobile electronic device; and a connector configured to connect the base to the body, wherein the connector includes a rotational component that allows the base and body to move from up to 360 degrees relative to each other in a first plane and move at least 170 degrees relative to each other in a second plane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Inventor: Brett J. Longo
  • Patent number: 8636257
    Abstract: A support and cushioning device for supporting and holding an electronic device includes a first supporting assembly, a fixed bracket, an adjusting board, and a plurality of elastic members. The adjusting board is mounted to the distal end of the first support assembly. The fixed bracket is elastically mounted to the adjusting board by means of a plurality of elastic members. The fixed bracket includes a base body and a plurality of holding arms extending out from a periphery of the base body. The plurality of holding arms and the base body cooperatively define a holding space for holding an electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Meng-Yu Tsou, Cong-Cong Wang, Jing-Hui You
  • Patent number: 8616384
    Abstract: A rigid strip attached to a vertical surface provides a plurality of ball socket clips which independently hold a balled end of a bag clip to independently retain each bag clip upon the common surface of the strip, the strip being attachable to a vertical surface in a location desired to store a plurality of bags, with each clip being maintained on each attached bag due to each balled end being withdrawn from each respective ball socket clip without disruption of the clip from the retained bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Inventor: Christopher D. Tucker
  • 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: 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: 8602376
    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: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Nite Ize, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Vogel, Paul Turner
  • Publication number: 20130299652
    Abstract: A stand or support for a planar or tablet computing device, comprising: a base, the base may define a slot; wherein the slot is of sufficient length and width, which may be adjustable, for receiving a side of the planar or tablet computing device for supporting the same in a vertical position or at angle with respect to vertical; a ball-shaped shaft support removably disposed within a socket defined by the base; a support shaft removably secured to the ball-shaped shaft support; and a support plate for supporting the planar or tablet computing device; wherein the support plate is removably attachable to the support shaft and the position of the support plate may be adjusted so that a side or upper surface of the support plate contacts the planar or tablet computing device disposed in the slot to provide additional support for the planar or tablet computing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2011
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventor: Bernard John Graham
  • Publication number: 20130292524
    Abstract: Guitar-securing device characterized in that it comprises an element for fastening to a surface, which has an arm, a structural element, connected to said arm, and that runs via the rear part of the guitar, said structural element having at least a first element for connection to a first stud for a strap of said guitar and/or an element for joining to the neck of the guitar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2011
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Applicant: LLEVINAC, S. L.
    Inventors: Jordi Canivell Grifols, Ricard Escalada Recto, David MaƱosa Ripoll
  • Publication number: 20130270404
    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: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventors: David J. Prince, Jeffrey Mensing, Joe Funk
  • Publication number: 20130264450
    Abstract: A mount that is useful for mounting electronics equipment such as audio or video equipment such as a microphone or a camera in a desired orientation has first and second interconnected body members that retain a swivel adapter that is movable in a ball and socket swivel joint relative to the body members. The body members rotated on threaded connections to thereby adjust the tightness of the swivel adaptor retained between the body members. A stop prevents inadvertent disassembly of the assembled mounting apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2012
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Applicant: AUDIX CORPORATION
    Inventor: Fred Bigeh
  • Publication number: 20130264451
    Abstract: A manikin holder for holding the manikin noiselessly and stably is provided. The manikin holder has a body which has a lower portion having a ball joint rotatably connected to a clamp and an upper portion integrated with a stationary bolt rod of half cylinder shape and with horizontal grooves; a movable bolt rod of half cylinder shape a, which is in close contact with the stationary bolt rod and formed therein horizontal grooves; a fastening bolt penetrating through the stationary bolt rod and the movable bolt rod; a locking nut for the fastening bolt; grooves in the stationary bolt rod and the movable bolt rod for being clamped by an elastic seal ring; two pairs of mounting grooves along flanges of the stationary bolt rod and the movable bolt rod; and elastic rings elastically mounted on the mounting grooves.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Inventor: Tae Bong JUNG
  • Publication number: 20130228663
    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: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Applicant: CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Brett Zubiate, Sarjoun Skaff, Amir Degani, Howie Choset
  • Publication number: 20130175413
    Abstract: A support for a camera phone provides a simple way of securely cradling a wide range of camera phone sizes, irrespective of whether the phone is provided with a case. The support also provides a handle assembly for stably supporting the cradled phone by hand, or with an integrated tripod mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2012
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Inventor: Charles Waugh
  • Publication number: 20130168275
    Abstract: A case for retaining and transporting an electronic tablet includes means for coupling the case to a swivel of a mounting system. The case also includes a tablet retaining portion and a flap movable between an open position wherein the display screen is viewable and a closed position wherein a portion of the flap covers the display. The means for coupling the case to the swivel include a reinforcing plate forming part of, or retained by, the tablet retaining portion of the case. In addition, the means for coupling the swivel to the case can include a threaded aperture defined by the reinforcing plate or a member attached to the reinforcing plate. The threaded aperture is configured to threadably receive a threaded stud forming part of the swivel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Inventor: James R. Hennessey
  • Patent number: 8469325
    Abstract: A musical instrument stand includes a clamping unit and a support unit connected with the clamping unit. The support unit includes a base frame and a connecting module. The connecting module includes a connecting portion and a spherical universal connector. The clamping unit includes a clamp assembly, a spherical mounting seat, and a positioning nut. The mounting seat has an external thread onto which the positioning nut is screwed onto and has a periphery provided with at least two elongate slits. Thus, the mounting seat of the clamping unit is pivotally connected with the universal connector of the support unit so that the support unit can be pivoted relative to the clamping unit so as to adjust the angle of the support unit freely and variably.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Inventor: Tsung-Yao Yu
  • Publication number: 20130153721
    Abstract: A supporting apparatus for an electronic device includes a ball joint and a holding mechanism for holding the electronic device. The electronic device is secured in the holding mechanism by spring pressure and is capable of being stably held in different orientations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicants: HON HAl PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: WEN-HUA YU
  • Publication number: 20130134275
    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: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Applicant: ADAPTIV TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventor: ADAPTIV TECHNOLOGIES LLC
  • Publication number: 20130126689
    Abstract: The apparatus for a dual-armed hunting display includes a base plate and a first arm and a second arm movably coupled to the base plate. The first arm and the second arm are each movable around at least two axes. The first arm is spaced apart from the second arm. The embodiment of the apparatus also includes a first holding member coupled to a distal end of the first arm and a second holding member coupled to a distal end of the second arm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Inventor: Nathan Brett Richards
  • Publication number: 20130099075
    Abstract: A support device includes a base, a support tube, and a support bracket. The support tube includes a plurality of support units coaxially connected together in order, the support tube has a first end fixed to the base, and a second end opposite to the first end. The support bracket is adjustably mounted to the base via the support tube, the support bracket is fixed to the second end of the support tube. Each support unit of the support tube includes a linking base and a linking head opposite to the linking base, the linking base of each support unit is adjustably ball hinged with the linking head of one adjacent support unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: JIN-XIN WANG, BEN-XIANG ZHAO, WU-ZHU HU, WU-QI LI, TANG LI
  • Patent number: 8424823
    Abstract: A stand, especially a floor stand, with a movable arm with an attachment section provided at the end of the arm for an object to be held by means of the stand, especially an imaging device in the form of an ultrasound head, with the attachment section being supported movably on the arm via a ball-and-socket joint comprising a ball head carrying the attachment section and a head holder supporting the ball head on the arm side, with a locking device being provided for releasable locking of the ball head (32) in its adopted position in the head holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Franz Fadler, Paul Weidner, Satchi Panda
  • Patent number: 8413398
    Abstract: Ball pivot assemblies for mounting panels to a cable regardless of panel geometry or orientation include a ball pivot. The ball pivot includes geometry configured to enable a panel to pivot about the ball pivot in a plurality of orientations in a plurality of planes with respect to the cable. One or more implementations of the present invention can include a ball socket configured to receive the ball pivot, and provide a secure interface between the ball pivot assembly and the panel. Also, systems of at least one implementation of the present invention include a plurality of panels mounted to one or more cables using one or more ball pivot assemblies. In addition, one or more implementations of the present invention include methods of mounting panels using one or more ball pivot assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: 3form, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles B. Allred, Brian Hillstrom, Guillaume Martin, Jeremy Porter
  • Publication number: 20130078855
    Abstract: A mount for supportably engaging an article. The mount includes a bulbous member that may include a convexly shaped surface area. The convexly shaped surface area may be supportively contactable with a first interconnect portion of a carrier member. An attachment member that is operatively associable with a device may be removably engageable with a second interconnect portion of the carrier member. The carrier member may be moved throughout a continuum of positions defined by the convexly curved surface area of the bulbous member. Additionally, the bulbous member may be supportably engaged by a variety of embodiments of support structures for supporting or mounting the mount.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Applicant: IOMOUNTS LLC
    Inventors: David Hornick, Tamas Kovacs, Anthony Velasquez
  • 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: 8353608
    Abstract: A holding hole of a holding body has an edge portion and an inner peripheral surface which is a concavely curved surface connected to the edge portion. In a light source unit which supports a light source, projections are formed at three locations, and each of front surfaces thereof has a convexly curved line having a curvature radius longer than that of the inner peripheral surface. When the light source unit is inserted into the holding hole, the front surfaces of the projections at the three locations are brought into point contact with the edge portion at contact portions on the convexly curved lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: Alps Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Someno, Toshiaki Konno
  • Patent number: 8336844
    Abstract: A ceiling fan mounting system (10) is disclosed which includes an upper pre-mounted assembly (12) and a lower hanging assembly (13). The upper pre-mounted assembly includes a mounting plate (14) with a peripheral flange (16) having threaded mounting holes (17) therein. The upper assembly also includes a hanger (21) coupled to the mounting plate and having a stepped ball holding flange (23) with a beveled interior facing surface (24). The lower hanging assembly includes a downrod (29) coupled to a ball joint (31) and a canopy (32). The ball joint is configured to be received within the hanger ball holding flange and has a series of deformable ridges (33). The canopy includes a central opening defined by a central, stepped flange (35) adapted to receive and nest flushly against the exterior of the hanger ball holding flange. The canopy stepped flange fits flushly against the exterior of the hanger ball holding flange so as to encircle the C-shaped holding flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Hunter Fan Company
    Inventor: Richard A. Pearce
  • Publication number: 20120312946
    Abstract: A support and cushioning device for supporting and holding an electronic device includes a first supporting assembly, a fixed bracket, an adjusting board, and a plurality of elastic members. The adjusting board is mounted to the distal end of the first support assembly. The fixed bracket is elastically mounted to the adjusting board by means of a plurality of elastic members. The fixed bracket includes a base body and a plurality of holding arms extending out from a periphery of the base body. The plurality of holding arms and the base body cooperatively define a holding space for holding an electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., FU TAI HUA INDUSTRY (SHENZHEN) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: MENG-YU TSOU, CONG-CONG WANG, JING-HUI YOU
  • Publication number: 20120248166
    Abstract: A mounting assembly for interconnecting a first object and a second object has a link assembly having a first end that couples the first object, and a second end that couples the second object, and a top plate assembly coupled to the second end of the link assembly. The top plate assembly includes an upper plate having a plurality of holes for attachment to a receiving device or electronic device, and a lower plate coupled to the second end of the link assembly. The lower plate is connected to the upper plate only through a plurality of shock and vibration absorption members, thereby improving the shock and vibration absorption effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2011
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Inventors: Adam Gold, Wayne Chen
  • Patent number: RE43806
    Abstract: Couplers with ball-shaped heads are mounted on a pair of objects, and a split arm assembly is interposed along a line of juncture between the pair of couplers and clamped together about the heads thereof. However, before that time, a spring is interposed between the pair of elongated arm sections in the assembly to produce a differential in the reaction of the respective pairs of end portions in the arm sections to the clamping forces so that the assembly is formed into a bifurcated arm assembly at one of the heads. That one head is also compressible so that after the split arm assembly has been rotated in relation to the one head, or vice versa, to set the angle of the line of juncture with respect to one or both of the objects, further clamping of the assembly operates to interlock the assembly with the heads of the pair of couplers to rigidify the connection made by the assembly between the pair of heads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: National Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey D. Carnevali