Rotatable Patents (Class 248/349.1)
  • Patent number: 10330467
    Abstract: A rotary stage assembly includes a platform and a rotary drive defining an axis of rotation. The platform is mounted on a spindle for receiving rotary movement from the rotary drive. A cylindrical wall is attached to the platform receiving rotary movement from the rotary drive and is coaxial with the axis of rotation defined by the rotary drive. The cylindrical wall defines an inner surface including reference patterns. An imaging assembly images the reference patterns on the inner surface of the cylindrical wall. The imaging assembly detects angular orientation and tilt of the platform from an axis of rotation of the platform from imaging the reference patterns on the inner surface of the cylindrical wall. A controller calculates angular orientation and tilt of the platform from the location of said reference patterns signaled from the imaging assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Virtek Vision International ULC
    Inventor: Kurt D. Rueb
  • Patent number: 10189492
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a running gear having a carrier plate and a first roller, a second roller and a third roller, which are arranged on the carrier plate. Simplified handling and/or increased stability of the running gear is produced if the first roller can rotate about a first rolling axis running parallel to a plane of extent of the carrier plate and the second roller can rotate about a second rolling axis running parallel to the plane of extent and the third roller can rotate about a third rolling axis running parallel to the plane of extent. The invention further relates to an arrangement having at least two such running gears, wherein at least two such running gears are connected to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Jung Hebe- und Transporttechnik GmbH
    Inventor: Birol Gündogan
  • Patent number: 10018297
    Abstract: A turn plate assembly for support of the steered wheels of a vehicle on a precision planar surface. The assembly includes an approach plate establishing a planar surface to within an established measurement tolerance. The approach plate is coupled to a base plate underlying a bearing assembly consisting of a plurality of ball bearings retained between the base plate and an underside of a rotating support disc. An upper surface of the rotating support disc is coplanar with an upper surface of the approach plate. Resting on the upper surface of the rotating support surface, a translational surface or mat is temporarily secured in place by magnetic adhesion. During use, translational forces exerted on the translation surface or mat by a vehicle wheel assembly may overcome the magnetic adhesion, enabling the translational surface or mat to translate relative to the underlying rotating support disc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Hunter Engineering Company
    Inventors: Brian M. Cejka, Michael T. Stieff
  • Patent number: 9999795
    Abstract: A motorized rotational dance pole assembly is provided. The dance pole can be rotated by an adjustable and controllable motor assembly to provide controlled rotation of the pole at varying speeds. Further, the pole may have a fixed non-rotating mode, as well as a free rotational mode. Operation of the motorized rotational dance pole may be controlled by a remote wireless controller which may be programmable and reprogrammable to adjust operation of the dance pole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Inventors: Katarzyna Lucja Jarosz, Stella Fink
  • Patent number: 9829148
    Abstract: A rotatable platter for monitors comprising a platter member fixedly attached to a rotating plate member. The rotating plate member is connected, by way of an annular ball bearing member to a fixed plate member. An opening made through a center portion of the platter member allows for at least one cable to pass therethrough. The cable passes through a hollow opening forming part of the annular annular ball bearing. A peg engaging one of two possible channels controls the degree of allowable rotation of the platter member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventor: Samuel Choquette
  • Patent number: 9695585
    Abstract: A dome-shaped shelter, which is readily manually assembled and disassembled, as needed, the shelter comprising a plurality of side-by-side generally triangular shaped arched segments enclosing a generally circular area, a support base with each of the segments comprising a lower end resting on the support base and a pair of spaced apart rigid upwardly arched side members converging upwardly from the lower end and a weather and UV resistant covering skin, a latch assembly securing each arched side member of a segment to the adjacent arched side member of an adjacent segment, a rigid vertical support mast releasably secured at the center of the encircled area, and manually releasable locking means securing the segments to the mast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Inventor: Donald S. Seiford, Sr.
  • Patent number: 9690173
    Abstract: A rotating mount includes an imaging device, a stand cover connected to the imaging device, a mounting plate configured to fix a position of the imaging device and having an insertion hole formed in one area thereof, and a pivot joint connected to the stand cover and having a protrusion inserted into the insertion hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Sung Jin Jung
  • Patent number: 9671058
    Abstract: A rotating mechanism used for rotating a screen includes a supporting stand and a base. An end of the supporting stand is connected to the screen. The supporting stand is for supporting the screen. The base is placed on a supporting surface, so as to support the supporting stand and the screen on the supporting surface. The other end of the supporting stand is fixed on the base. The base includes a first cover and a second cover. The other end of the supporting stand is connected with the first cover. The second cover is detachably installed on the first cover and contacts with the supporting surface. At least one of the first cover and the second cover is rotatable relative to the supporting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventors: Wei Wang, Shao Bo Peng, Jitao Li
  • Patent number: 9579995
    Abstract: The invention relates to a commercial vehicle seat having a seat substructure supporting part and a seat substructure base part each attached underneath a seat part, the seat substructure supporting part being movable and/or height-adjustable relative to the seat substructure base part, where the seat substructure supporting part comprises an upper supporting part joined to the underside of the seat part and a lower supporting part joined to the base part, wherein at least one roller bearing with a roller bearing ring, which extends orbitally about a notional rotary axis running in the vertical direction of said vehicle seat, is arranged between the upper supporting part and the lower supporting part, in order to rotatably support said upper supporting part relative to said lower supporting part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: GRAMMER AG
    Inventor: Erwin Haller
  • Patent number: 9414979
    Abstract: The crossing of one's legs while sitting often results in sensations of tingling and discomfort and difficulty in returning to an erect position and walking. The underlying causes of these sensations are often associated with serious health conditions due to the potential of losing balance and falling as well as formation of blood clots in the legs that can lead to premature death. A support device and associated methods for use alleviate the symptomatic effects of sitting with crossed legs by supporting the heels of the user in a position that separates the legs from mutual contact or contact with the surfaces of the support device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Inventor: William Davis
  • Patent number: 9279536
    Abstract: A self-balanced adjustable mounting system for a flat panel display. A display interface having a hollow, semi-spherical shell portion is attached to the flat panel display. The semi-spherical shell is formed with a generally constant radius of curvature. The center of the radius of curvature is disposed proximate the center of gravity of the flat panel display with the display interface attached. The display interface is received in a guide structure that has a bearing portion engaging the outer surface of the semi-spherical shell, and a second bearing portion engaging the inner surface of the semi-spherical shell through an aperture formed in the semi-spherical shell. The semi-spherical shell is guided between the first and second bearing portions so that the flat panel display and device interface are generally rotatable about the center of the radius of curvature of the semi-spherical shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Milestone AV Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Jay Dittmer, Derek L. Derks
  • Patent number: 9211812
    Abstract: The invention relates to a utility vehicle seat with a seat part, with a backrest part and with a seat substructure for arrangement on a bodywork part of a utility vehicle. The seat substructure including a rotation adjustment device having a roller body bearing unit for rotating at least the seat part about a vertical axis, a longitudinal adjustment device and a transverse adjustment device. The rotation adjustment apparatus is arranged between two longitudinal rail units or transverse rail units, in such a way that a vertical extension of the rotation adjustment apparatus amounts to a maximum of 150% or 100% of a vertical extension of the longitudinal rail units or the transverse rail units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: GRAMMER AG
    Inventor: Erwin Haller
  • Publication number: 20150098079
    Abstract: A system and a method for determining a position and an orientation of an object relative to a defined reference frame is disclosed. A plurality of targets are disposed at known locations relative to the defined reference frame. A head assembly is disposed on the object, where the head assembly includes a plurality of cameras. The head assembly determines the position and the orientation of the object from location data associated with the plurality of targets and image data from the plurality of cameras.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: Hilti Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Paul Yalden MONTGOMERY, Andreas WINTER, Till Cramer
  • Patent number: 8968333
    Abstract: A support assembly for supporting a remotely-controlled instrument driver, including a first member, a second member for supporting the instrument driver, and an interface assembly for allowing the second member to rotate relative to the first member about a first axis, and for allowing the second member to rotate relative to the first member about a second axis that forms an angle relative to the first axis, wherein the interface assembly comprises a ball that is rotatable relative to the first member, and a shaft extending through the ball, the shaft configured for coupling to the second member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Hansen Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Lau Yu, Daniel T. Adams, Frederic H. Moll
  • Patent number: 8967578
    Abstract: A swivel device on which a chair can be secured, and which is configured to allow the easy elimination or reduction of accumulated dirt and/or sand. The swivel device may include a mounting device, and a base, wherein the mounting device is connected to the base so that the mounting device can rotate with respect to the base. The swivel device may further include a device for keeping a chair stationary on the mounting device, a first cavity located between the mounting device and the base, and a device for aiding rotation of the mounting device with respect to the base located in the first cavity. There may be a first opening of the mounting device leading to the first cavity, leading to a first opening of the base, which leads to an area outside of the swivel device. The swivel device accommodates all straight and lounge chairs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: Joseph N. Laurita
  • Publication number: 20150034788
    Abstract: A projection system, configured to project a radiation beam onto a target, includes a rotatable frame (8) configured to rotate about an axis defining a tangential direction and a radial direction, wherein the rotatable frame holds a lens configured to focus the radiation beam in only the tangential or radial direction; and a stationary part comprising a substantially stationary lens configured to focus the radiation beam in only the other of the tangential or radial direction. Provisions are made to prevent moments to be exerted on the lens held by the rotatable frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Arno Jan Bleeker, Thomas Josephus Maria Castenmill, Pieter Willem Herman De Jager, Heine Melle Mulder, Koen Jacobus Johannes Maria Zaal, Theodorus Petrus Maria Cadee, Danny Maria Hubertus Philips, Ruud Antonius Catharina Maria Beere, Roger Anton Marie Timmermans
  • Patent number: 8894121
    Abstract: A table having a vertical support structure and a tabletop that is rotatable relative to the vertical support structure. The rotatable tabletop is configured to lock and unlock at a variety of positions relative to the vertical support structure via a latch mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: PACCAR Inc
    Inventors: Benjamin C. Eilers, Benjamin T. Grover, Jonathan Duncan, Wallace A. Peltola
  • Patent number: 8851432
    Abstract: A base assembly removably and adjustably receives a tool and includes a base and a wall extending outwardly from the base. First and second openings are disposed in the wall. First and second cutouts are disposed in the wall to receive the tool. A pivot pin is removably received by the first and second openings. The tool is removably disposed on the pivot pin. A locking ring is disposed on the pivot pin. The locking ring is in a locked position to prevent movement of the pivot pin and in an unlocked position to allow movement of the pivot pin, thereby allowing the tool to be easily moved between positions and securely locked in a desired position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Mark A. Chiasson, Henry Maxwell, Thomas R. Faucher, John Lefavour, Richard Robicheau
  • Publication number: 20140291466
    Abstract: A rotary platform includes a rotating top plate rotatable about axis and a stationary base plate fixed in relation to the axis. A plurality of bearing elements is disposed in a cavity defined, at least in part, by the base plate and the top plate. The top plate is supported by the plurality of bearing elements, which are rotatable in any direction and about any axis. The top plate is flexible and flexes independently of the base plate. Flexing of the top plate allows the top plate to maximize contact with as many of the bearing elements as possible to improve the load carrying capacity of rotary platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Centricity Corporation
    Inventor: Richard M. Amendolea
  • Patent number: 8840079
    Abstract: A projecting apparatus having an adjusting function includes a projector having an adjusting side; and an adjusting device disposed at the adjusting side and including a rotatable base pivoting on the projector, a moving mechanism disposed on the projector, a fixed mechanism comprising a fixed base, and a fixed component disposed on the fixed base, and an adjusting component connected to the fixed component and the moving mechanism. When the adjusting device is adjusted, the adjusting device drives the projector to rotate about an axial center of the rotatable base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Delta Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Hsing-Tsung Lin, Lin-Hung Tsai
  • Patent number: 8827227
    Abstract: The present invention is to provide an electric display device turning base capable of stabilizing and turning a direction of a thin-screen display device. This display device turning base is provided with a first base portion; a mounting and fixing portion; a pair of arc guide rails installed in the mounting and fixing portion in such a manner that a center point of an arc thereof is arranged on a horizontal line passing through a gravity center of the thin-screen display device mounted and fixed to the mounting and fixing portion and extending in a left and right direction; a support roller for supporting the arc guide rails turnably around the horizontal line in a state that the center point of the arc guide rails is arranged on the horizontal line, the support roller being rotatably installed in the first base portion in a standing manner; and an electric drive mechanism for turning the arc guide rails around the horizontal line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshiki Nagaoka, Katsutoshi Okada, Naoki Asakura, Norio Yamashita
  • Publication number: 20140224952
    Abstract: A slidable, rotatable, platter support apparatus and method of use thereof, wherein the platter support apparatus comprises a single ring having a U-shaped channel therewithin with bearings disposed within the channel, and wherein the channel opens to the bottom portion of the ring. The ring further comprises a gripping material on the surface of the ring opposite the bearing channel, thereby forming a top surface for securing a platter to the platter support apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Inventor: Teresa G. Mosley
  • Patent number: 8753029
    Abstract: A system and method for inverting a cubical device 100 that inverts one or more faces of the cubical device 100 in a single fluid motion. In an embodiment, the cube faces are split in two face piece assemblies 210, in an alternative embodiment faces have only one invertible section 802, 702. The face piece assemblies 210 are initially held by cubical device 100 with a particular side facing inward. Operating the cubical device 100 causes one or more face piece assemblies 210, 803 to expand out from the center point of the cubical device 100, to rotate, and then collapse inward until cubical device 100 is reformed with the particular side of the faces in an outward-facing orientation. The joints, links and gears in the mechanism restrict the degrees of freedom to one such that the entire inversion movement is coupled. Multiple applications are proposed for the device, and embodiments having actuators for driving the inversion are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: The Trustees of Dartmouth College
    Inventor: Solomon G. Diamond
  • Patent number: 8752710
    Abstract: A mobile screening device for the screening of soil and other materials has a chassis (1), which is carried by at least one wheel (1.1) or a similar member, and a screen frame (2), which is carried by the chassis (1) and which includes at least one screen (5) that is supplied with material to be screened. The screen frame (2) is pivotable around a primarily vertical turning axis (7) in relation to the chassis (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Inventor: Magnus Frost
  • Patent number: 8740169
    Abstract: This display screen turning apparatus includes a first rotation support portion formed to be horizontally rotatable with respect to a base and a second rotation support portion formed to be horizontally rotatable with respect to the base independently of the first rotation support portion, for horizontally rotating a display screen portion by rotating at least either the first rotation support portion or the second rotation support portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kunio Sawai, Katsuhiko Makino
  • Patent number: 8740170
    Abstract: An adjustable rotation base includes a base housing and a transportation arrangement. The base housing has a bottom side, an upper side for coupling with the supporting post to support the outer umbrella in an upright manner, and a receiving cavity indently formed on the bottom side of the base housing, wherein the base housing includes a stationary unit provided at the bottom side for sitting on the ground surface in a stationary manner, and a plurality of transferring wheels rotatably supported at the bottom side of the base housing. The transportation arrangement is provided at the base housing to operate the base housing between an idle mode and a transportation mode in which the stationary unit is upwardly lifted to allow the transferring wheels being sitting on the ground surface, such that the base housing is adapted to be transported on the ground surface via the transferring wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Oliver Joen-An Ma
    Inventor: Wanda Ying Li
  • Patent number: 8690109
    Abstract: An automatic gap adjustor is provided. The automatic gap adjustor includes an upper cammed disk, a lower cammed disk spaced apart from the upper cammed disk, and a resilient spring element therebetween. The upper cammed disk includes a first plurality of cams on an upper axial surface and a second plurality of cams on a lower axial surface. The lower cammed disk includes a third plurality of cams on an upper axial surface and a fourth plurality of cams on an undercut portion spaced apart from the upper axial surface. Opposing cams can be radially offset from each other, such that reciprocating axial movement of the upper disk relative to the lower disk can achieve a stepped rotation of the upper disk. Rotation of the upper disk can drive the automatic gap adjustor along a threaded support to eliminate a gap along a portion thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Haworth, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard G. Haworth, Harold R. Wilson
  • Patent number: 8672283
    Abstract: A projection device including a turntable module and a projection module is provided. The turntable module includes a first turntable and a second turntable. The first turntable is disposed on a surface. The second turntable is disposed on the first turntable and connected to the first turntable, and rotates relative to the first turntable by revolving along a rotation axis. The projection module is disposed on the turntable module and fixed to the second turntable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Coretronic Corporation
    Inventors: Wei-Ju Chen, Chi-Chen Chen
  • Publication number: 20140061427
    Abstract: A combined pad structure contains a disc base and a body. The disc base includes an anti-slid area defined on a bottom end thereof. The body includes a circular groove defined on a bottom end thereof to receive the disc base and includes a limiting portion formed on four corners of the bottom end thereof. Thereby, when the body is placed onto the disc base, the disc base is limited in the circular groove of the body, hence the body allows being rotated along the disc base. Also, when the body disengages from the disc base, they allow being used respectively, thus increasing using functions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventor: PI-CHAO CHANG
  • Publication number: 20140014801
    Abstract: A rotatable seat for a sucker has a stationary plate and a rotating plate. When in used, the stationary plate is attached to the platform of the car by tape or other ways. Because an outside surface of the rotating plate is smooth, the assistant device can be attached to the smooth outside surface easily and securely by sucker. Then the assistant device is connected securely to the platform. Because a mounting segment of the rotating plate is mounted in a mounting hole of the stationary plate, and multiple outside positioning segments on the mounting segment engage with multiple inside positioning segments on the mounting hole, the rotating plate and the stationary plate are relatively rotatable, and are selectively held at specific angles. Thus, the assistant device can be adjusted to a fine visual angle for the user on the passenger seat or the rear seat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventor: Lee-Yeh LU
  • Patent number: 8616268
    Abstract: A constant temperature circulator assembly may include a circulator head assembly having a fixed display and a base ring assembly adapted for connection to a container wherein the circulator head assembly movably engages the base ring assembly so that an orientation of the fixed display may be selectively adjusted with respect to the base ring assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Preston Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Philip Preston
  • Patent number: 8608124
    Abstract: A rotating and tilting cake stand comprising a rotation assembly, a base assembly, and a platter. The rotation assembly has a fixed portion and a rotatable portion. A rotation control mechanism controlling the rotation of the rotatable portion relative to the fixed portion. The base assembly has a base portion and a support portion that connects to the rotation assembly. Within the base assembly is a tilt-support arm that is connected to the rotation assembly and support portion with a pin that allows the tilt-support arm to pivot, causing the platter to tilt. In the base portion, a lock engages the tilt-support arm to either inhibit or allow the tilt-support arm to move freely. The lock is manipulated by a button in the base portion that is connected to a rotational pivot that is connected to the lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Wilton Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Catherine Franczyk, Stephanie Goode, Roy Melling, Hugh Melling, Kristian Buschmann
  • Publication number: 20130327913
    Abstract: This disclosure provides an apparatus 100 and system 100 for a rotatable mounting of stage devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventor: Hermann Fruhm
  • Patent number: 8596626
    Abstract: A workpiece carrier (2) comprises a rotary frame (3) and a driving part (22), both of which are rotatable about a driving axle (4). The rotary frame (3) can be driven by a motor (6), and carries a plurality of workpiece holders (13) which are distributed around the driving axle (4) so as to be rotatable about holder axes. Mounted in the driving part (22) on a mount is a pinion (25) which engages with a stationary central wheel (21) and a ring gear (27) of a transmission part (26), at the centre of which lies an output point (29) which is at a distance of an eccentricity from the driving axle (4). Driving apertures (28) on the transmission part (26), through which driving pins (19) of the workpiece holders (13) project, are also at the distance of the eccentricity from the holder axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Oerlikon Trading AG, Trubbach
    Inventors: Stefan Esser, Martin Zäch
  • Patent number: 8584428
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments of multi-component spin hardware for connecting structural framing members to other structural framing members while allowing desired portions of the framing members to pivot, selectively displacing the framing members to variable positions. The spin hardware generally includes a top bracket, a bottom bracket, and a counter bracket assembly. The spin hardware bracket assemblies can be installed along a vertical axis to provide maximum flexibility and creativity while pivoting structural framing members in any number of configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Inventor: Timothy Pulver
  • Patent number: 8561957
    Abstract: A multifaceted trivet with multifaceted functionality includes a trivet (50) within a basket (54), a trivet (50) that may serve as a lid and a trivet with a rotatable base. The trivet (50) within a basket (54) provides further insulation by use of the basket (54). The basket (54) has serving handles (56) which allows a heated item to be placed within the basket and easily carried to a serving area The trivet (50) that may serve as a lid may function as a trivet on which a pot or container may be placed or may fit as a lid of a particular pot or container. The trivet (50) having a rotatable base rotates for greater access to a serving dish support by the trivet (50). The trivet with a rotatable base may further include a basket having wheels (58) for placing the trivet (50) within to carry the trivet (50) and the serving dish and to provide an alternative movement of the trivet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Temp-Tations LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan Levine, Tara McConnell
  • Publication number: 20130256492
    Abstract: A thin-type collapsible foot stand includes a base unit, a first rotatable unit and a second rotatable unit. The base unit includes a base body having a first pivot portion, a first connection portion and a first extending portion. The first rotatable unit includes a rotatable platform having a second pivot portion corresponding to the first extending portion, a second connection portion corresponding to the first connection portion, and a second extending portion corresponding to the first pivot portion. The second rotatable unit includes two rotatable support frames. Each rotatable support frame includes a support body disposed between the base body and the rotatable platform, a first pivot structure connected between one end portion of the support body and the first pivot portion, and a second pivot structure connected between the other end portion of the support body and the second pivot portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2012
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
  • Patent number: 8544390
    Abstract: A lazy susan type device for holding food items has a top and a base that are snap fit to one another when the device is in use. The top and base can therefore be easily separated from one another to facilitate independent washing of those two parts. The snap fit device is a toroidal ring having multiple flexible “L”-shaped arms secured about the outer periphery of the ring. Each arm is momentarily displaced in a radially inwardly direction when the top and base are in the process of being interconnected to one another. The inherent bias of each arm causes each arm to abruptly return to a position of repose when the top and base are fully interconnected to one another. The displacement of each arm when returning to its position of repose is a radially outward displacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Inventor: Scott M. Bahnsen
  • Publication number: 20130229569
    Abstract: A multi-axis positioning device adapted to hold and position an electronic device such as a smart phone. A system using the positioning device and a smart phone adapted to utilize the smart phone to provide positioning commands to the positioning device. The system may provide positioning commands based upon pre-programmed instructions, or may position based upon analysis of the images being taken in real time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Inventors: JoeBen Bevirt, Josh Guyot
  • Patent number: 8523122
    Abstract: A display apparatus for portable electronic device including a base, a plurality of mounting sleeves, a plurality of mounting posts, a plurality of mounting brackets, and a power supply unit. The base has a lockable panel that conceals an interior space at least partially defined by the base. The mounting sleeves are coupled to the base. The mounting posts are lockingly engaged with the mounting sleeves in the interior space at least partially defined by the base. The mounting brackets are secured to the mounting posts, each of the mounting brackets fixedly retaining a respective portable electronic device of a plurality of portable electronic devices so that the respective portable electronic device is rigidly secured relative to the base. The power supply unit is concealed and has a plurality of power ports shaped to receive automotive accessory power plugs from the portable electronic devices fixedly retained in the mounting brackets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Blake M. Johnson, Joseph H. Bowser
  • Patent number: 8490342
    Abstract: A support means (100) for engaging a batten, joist or the like (200), includes a circular rotatable plate (110). The plate has depending legs (112) for engaging the support means with a support structure such as a pedestal jack or the like, in a manner which allows the support means to be rotated about a vertical axis passing through the centre (111) of the plate. The support means (100) further includes two opposed upstanding walls (120, 122) defining a gap for receiving the batten, joist or the like. The walls are disposed either side of the axis and extend from a centermost position closest to the axis (111) to a distal end farthest from the axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Inventor: Henry Greaves
  • Patent number: 8485482
    Abstract: A retaining system according to example embodiments of the present invention may include a base plate that includes a cam and alignment guides, where the cam defines both a locked position and an unlocked position, and a support shoe that includes alignment tabs and a locking tab, where the support shoe is configured to be inserted into the alignment guides when the cam member is in the unlocked position. Upon insertion of the support shoe into the alignment guides, the cam may be configured to engage the locking tab of the support shoe and bias at least one of the alignment tabs into engagement with at least one of the alignment guides as the cam advances from the unlocked position to the locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc.
    Inventors: John Peter Patalak, Donald Eric Krueger, Henry Thomas Fowler
  • Patent number: 8478368
    Abstract: A portable electronic device includes a main body, a cap body and a hinge assembly. The cap body is movably attached to the main body, and the hinge assembly is disposed between the main body and the cap body. The hinge assembly includes a sliding portion and a rotating portion connected to each other. When the cap body and the main body are totally overlapped, the cap body is selectively to rotate or to slide with respect to the main body over the hinge assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: Chang-Hwang Chiou, Ching-Shih Chen, Yun-Long Tun
  • Patent number: 8474775
    Abstract: A foldable and adjustable supporting apparatus is provided, including a base, an adjusting element, a receiving element and a positioning unit. The apparatus provides support to an object, such as, portable electronic device, to stand in various tilt angles. The receiving element is coupled to the base, and can rotate more than 270°. The adjusting element and positioning element located on the base are responsible for maintaining the tilt angle of the rotated receiving element. The apparatus, when not in use, can be folded into a box-like appearance. When in use, the apparatus can be expanded to provide support to portable electronic device to remain in standing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Inventor: Eagle Fan
  • Patent number: 8459474
    Abstract: A rotary fitting for a corner cupboard comprises a lower and an upper mounting bracket; a supporting column having a main tube and being designed to be rotary mounted to the mounting brackets such that it rotates about its longitudinal axis; and at least two pie cut-shaped shelves to be supported by the supporting column fixed for rotation with the main tube. The supporting column includes a lower length adjusting assembly comprising a support element fixed in the main tube and comprising a recess; a screw element having a head fitting in the recess and a threaded shaft; a nut element arranged on the threaded shaft; and a lower end element fixed to the nut element and movable within the main tube; and an upper length adjusting assembly comprising a tube element partially arranged within the main tube; and a clamping element releasably clamping the tube element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Vauth-Sagel Holding GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Claus Sagel
  • Patent number: 8434729
    Abstract: A multifaceted trivet with multifaceted functionality includes a trivet within a basket, a trivet that may serve as a lid and a serving tray. The trivet within a basket provides further insulation by use of the basket. The basket has rotatable handles which allows a heated item to be placed within the basket and easily carried to a serving area. The trivet that may serve as a lid may function as a trivet on which a pot or container may be placed or may fit as a lid of a particular pot or container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Temp-tations LLC
    Inventor: Tara McConnell
  • Patent number: 8430088
    Abstract: The rotating grill top accessory involves a circular grill grate that is rotatably mounted atop a base that is placed atop an existing grill grate of an existing grill. The circular grill grate has a lip along a periphery of said grill grate so as to prevent items from rolling off of the circular grill grate either from rotating of said circular grill or otherwise. The circular grill grate rotates atop the base, which includes securing means to secure the accessory onto an existing grill grate. At least one handle extends vertically and is provided to aid in rotation of the circular grill grate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Inventor: Richard Gallaher
  • Publication number: 20130099085
    Abstract: The hexapod comprising a preferably plate-shaped receptacle on which at least five, preferably six rods mounted in joints are arranged wherein the other end of each rod is articulated on a mounting, wherein all the mountings can be moved along a circular railway of movement characterized by each mounting being arranged on a separate support ring wherein the respective support ring including the mounting arranged on it are movable, and by each support ring constitute the rotor or part of a rotor of an electromotive drive means comprising also a ring-shaped stator assigned to the individual support ring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Inventor: Martin Schwab
  • Publication number: 20130037680
    Abstract: The device for the rotation of objects having a base with a central supporting protuberance, which base is integral to the object or is designed so that an object can be secured thereon. The relationship of the radius of the base to the height of the central supporting protuberance is within a range of 40-2000.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Inventor: Evgeniy Vladimirovich Bushkovskiy
  • Patent number: 8360373
    Abstract: Some embodiments of a product display apparatus may provide consumers with access to samples of portable electronic devices while maintaining the security of the sample devices. The display apparatus can present the sample devices in a manner that encourages consumers to view and operate the user interface of the samples even though each sample unit cannot be physically moved from the display apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Blake M. Johnson, Joseph H. Bowser