Tilting Support Surface Patents (Class 248/371)
  • Patent number: 11364820
    Abstract: A vehicle seat (1) is provided with a cushion frame (5) that can be moved up and down by means of a link mechanism (6). To assist the upward movement of the cushion frame (5), a torsion bar (14) is disposed in a connection pipe (12) having both ends secured to a pair of left and right rear links (11, 11). A position holding member (24) holds the torsion bar (14) and is supported by the connection pipe (12), whereby the positional shift of the axis of the torsion bar (14) is suppressed. The position holding member (24) engages an extension portion (16) extending perpendicular to the shaft portion (15), and thus, does not rotate around the axis relative to the torsion bar (14). Therefore, in the position holding member (24), portions requiring reinforcement against a transverse force from the torsion bar (14) are limited a narrow range, and the position holding member (24) can be reduced in size and weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: TS TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takatoshi Nakazawa, Wataru Honda, Hiromi Taniguchi
  • Patent number: 11297956
    Abstract: An orthopedic baby seat including an inflexible base, having a triangular planar cushion, of a flexible support material, wherein the base tapers towards a front end in a substantially fish-tail-shaped planar configuration. The base is configured to receive and support a baby's bottom. The seat further includes a back support, extending upwardly from and at least partially around the base, in a C-formation and to a height of at least to a bottom of the baby's ribcage, with an opening of the C-formation directed towards the front of the seat. The back support includes at least one layer of a flexible sheet material, having a number of spaced, upwardly extending retaining formations, and a number of elongated battens, retained by the retaining formations and extending longitudinally upwardly from the base, providing a rigid, vertically, and flexible lateral support to a baby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Inventor: Lizhan Boshoff
  • Patent number: 11277929
    Abstract: Personal computing device covers having stands are disclosed. A disclosed example apparatus includes a protective cover to at least partially cover a personal computing device. The cover includes a fixed panel to be thermally coupled to a chassis of the personal computing device to define a heatsink of the personal computing device, and a foldable panel to be rotatably coupled to the fixed panel via a hinge to support the personal computing device to stand at an angle from a surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jeff Ku, Juha Paavola, Mark Carbone, Shantanu Kulkarni, Mikko Makinen, Gustavo Fricke
  • Patent number: 11234528
    Abstract: A removable swim-up dock bar is described. The dock bar is removably attachable to a submerged foundation of an existing dock and may have adjustable seats or adjustable legs to ensure proper height and stability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Inventor: Thomas Theodoran
  • Patent number: 11215313
    Abstract: A display mount is described. The display mount includes a wall bracket and a wall mount assembly connected to the wall bracket. The wall mount assembly includes a wall plate. The display mount also includes at least one articulating arm with a first end of the at least one articulating arm connected to the wall plate. The display mount further includes a mount head assembly connected to a second end of the at least one articulating arm. The mount head assembly is configured to receive a display thereon. The wall mount assembly also includes a vertical height adjustment mechanism that is configured to adjust the vertical height of the wall plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Snap One, LLC
    Inventors: Derrick Alan Beil, Emily Patricia Jones, Robert Eugene Brunett, III
  • Patent number: 11065502
    Abstract: A height adjustment mechanism for exercising apparatus includes a first frame body and a second frame body being slidable relative to the first frame body in an adjusting direction. The second frame body has a series of positioning holes. A pressing member is disposed at one side of the first frame body for tightening or loosening the second frame body. A slidable block is limitedly movable along the first frame body in the adjusting direction. A pin member is received in the slidable block and operable to be engaged in a selected one of the positioning holes so that movement of the second frame body causes movement of the slidable block within a limited range. When the slidable block moves toward bottom of the limited range, the pressing member is pulled inward by at least one connecting arm to a tightening position to clamp the second frame body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Johnson Health Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Noel R. Johnson
  • Patent number: 11047519
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a holder for a tablet electronic device that comprises: a base member having a slot formed on the base member; and a main clamp including a stand mounted to the base member and extending upwardly and an arm arranged at one end of the stand and extending substantially perpendicularly from the stand. The arm comprises at least one flexible fastener protruding from a bottom of the arm. Further, a position of the at least one flexible fastener corresponds to a position of the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Comark LLC
    Inventors: Jason Lee, M. D. Hsu, Dean Miller
  • Patent number: 11009179
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a lighting control console (01) for controlling a lighting system, digital adjusting commands being generated in the lighting control console (01), which commands can be transmitted to the lighting devices of the lighting system via data links, and said lighting control console (01) comprising at least one digital processor and at least one digital memory for generating, managing and storing the adjusting commands, and said digital processor and said digital memory being arranged in a console housing (08), and a control panel (07) having at least one control element, in particular a key button (04) and/or at least one slide control (05) and/or at least one rotary control, being provided at the upper side of the console housing (08), which control panel allows users to enter control commands, and said lighting control console (01) comprising at least one screen (02), and said screen (02) being arranged in a screen housing (03), wherein said screen housing (03) is mounted, with the aid
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: MA LIGHTING TECHNOLOGY GMBH
    Inventor: Michael Adenau
  • Patent number: 10953770
    Abstract: A vehicle seat (1) is provided with a cushion frame (5) that can be moved up and down by means of a link mechanism (6). To assist the upward movement of the cushion frame (5), a torsion bar (14) is disposed in a connection pipe (12) having both ends secured to a pair of left and right rear links (11, 11). A position holding member (24) holds the torsion bar (14) and is supported by the connection pipe (12), whereby the positional shift of the axis of the torsion bar (14) is suppressed. The position holding member (24) engages an extension portion (16) extending perpendicular to the shaft portion (15), and thus, does not rotate around the axis relative to the torsion bar (14). Therefore, in the position holding member (24), portions requiring reinforcement against a transverse force from the torsion bar (14) are limited a narrow range, and the position holding member (24) can be reduced in size and weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: TS TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takatoshi Nakazawa, Wataru Honda, Hiromi Taniguchi
  • Patent number: 10890288
    Abstract: A device for supporting an electronic display includes a base, a display mount having a first position and a second position relative to the base, and a connection mechanism positioned between the base and the display mount. The connection mechanism is configured to rotate and translate the display mount from the first position to the second position according to a torque curve. The torque curve includes a discovery stage adjacent the first position, an initiation stage rotationally after the discovery stage, and an approach stage rotationally after the initiation stage. The connection mechanism applies a force toward the first position in the discovery stage. The connection mechanism having an initiation force applied toward the first position that is greater than the force in the discovery stage. The approach stage having an approach force applied toward the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Kae-Ling Jacquline Gurr, Jonne Aapi Harju, Eric Paul Witt, Timothy Guyton Escolin, Ryan Eugene Whitaker, Young Soo Kim, James David Wahl, Daniel Clark Park, Bruce James Sandmeyer, Scott Ashley Rutschman, William Loren Emery
  • Patent number: 10881208
    Abstract: A chair includes a support mechanism 2 interposed between a leg 1 and a seat 3, wherein the support mechanism 2 is arranged below the seat 3, is configured to each individually and movably support the seat 3, at least at two locations in a front-rear direction and two locations in a left-right direction, along a predetermined trajectory, and the support mechanism 2 includes: a seat inclining mechanism Q or a seat inclining function configured to downwardly incline a tip side in a movement direction of the seat 3 in accordance with movement of the seat 3, and further includes: a center-of-gravity movement mechanism P or a return-force generation mechanism configured to generate a return force in a direction of returning the seat 3 having moved from a reference position (S) in a front-rear or left-right direction, to the reference position (S) by using a center-of-gravity movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: KOKUYO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toshiki Yajima, Takao Sugano, Yasuhiro Shibamoto, Fei Xu
  • Patent number: 10859200
    Abstract: A device for supporting an electronic display includes a base, a display mount having a first position and a second position relative to the base, and a connection mechanism positioned between the base and the display mount. The connection mechanism is configured to rotate and translate the display mount from the first position to the second position according to a torque curve. The torque curve includes a discovery stage adjacent the first position, an initiation stage rotationally after the discovery stage, and an approach stage rotationally after the initiation stage. The connection mechanism applies a force toward the first position in the discovery stage. The connection mechanism having an initiation force applied toward the first position that is greater than the force in the discovery stage. The approach stage having an approach force applied toward the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Kae-Ling Jacquline Gurr, Jonne Aapi Harju, Eric Paul Witt, Timothy Guyton Escolin, Ryan Eugene Whitaker, Young Soo Kim, James David Wahl, Daniel Clark Park, Bruce James Sandmeyer, Scott Ashley Rutschman, William Loren Emery
  • Patent number: 10856660
    Abstract: A chair according to the present invention is a chair comprising a leg 1 arranged on a floor surface, a leg support pole 13 erected from the leg 1, a support base 4 fixed at an upper end of the leg support pole 13, a seat 2 arranged above the support base 4 and a support mechanism 5 interposed between the support base 4 and the seat 2 and configured to support the seat 2 movably in a front-rear direction and a left-right direction. Additionally, in the support mechanism 5, a left-right support part 51 is attached to the support base 4 movably in a left-right direction, a front-rear part 52 is attached to the left-right support part 51 movably in a front-rear direction, the seat 2 is attached to the front-rear support part 51, and the support base 4 has an arm attachment part 6.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignees: KOKUYO CO., LTD., TAKANO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yojiro Kinoshita, Toshiki Yajima, Kenta Shiozawa, Tomoaki Ichikawa
  • Patent number: 10842275
    Abstract: [Problem] The present invention provides a chair and a cover member of the chair that include a cover which can appropriately maintain the appearance of the chair while preventing a sitting person from touching a movement mechanism moving below a seat at the time of movement of the seat or a backrest. [Means for Solving the Problem] A chair according to the present invention is provided with cover members 71, 72 for covering a movement mechanism 5 to support a seat movably at least one direction of front-rear direction and left-right direction, and is configured so that the cover members 71, 72 include a plurality of through-holes 71x, 72x arranged lengthwise and breadthwise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: KOKUYO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yojiro Kinoshita, Hideshi Hamaguchi, Ippei Iwahara
  • Patent number: 10724674
    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: January 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Nite Ize, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Vogel, Paul Turner
  • Patent number: 10720094
    Abstract: A display apparatus includes a display screen and circuitry. The circuitry receives a user input that corresponds to a viewing mode of the display screen. The circuitry detects a state of the display screen based on the received user input. The detected state corresponds to one of a rolled state or an unrolled state of the display screen. The circuitry controls a motion of the display screen based on the received user input. The control of the motion corresponds to at least the change in the detected state of the display screen or a change in a swivel angle of the display screen about a swivel axis. The swivel angle corresponds to a rotation of the display screen about the swivel axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hyehoon Yi, Toshihiko Fushimi, Lindsay Miller, David Young
  • Patent number: 10561892
    Abstract: A position adjusting device for exercising apparatus includes a first frame body and a second frame body that are relatively displaceable in a longitudinal direction. A pressing member and a control assembly are respectively disposed at opposite sides of the first frame body. The control assembly has an axle portion and a deflection portion with an elastically extendable distance therebetween. At least one connecting arm connects the deflection portion and the pressing member. The control assembly is rotatable about the axle portion, so that the deflection portion is movable from a first position through a second position to a third position. When the deflection portion is in the first position, the distance is between a maximum length and a minimum length. When the deflection portion is in the second position, the distance is the minimum length. When the deflection portion is in the third position, the distance is the maximum length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Johnson Health Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Noel R. Johnson
  • Patent number: 10555613
    Abstract: A remote control footrest for elevating an injured foot includes a base having a top side, a bottom side, a front side, a back side, a right side, a left side, and a cavity. The top side has a pole aperture extending through to the cavity. A lift means is coupled to the base within the cavity. An adjustable support pole is coupled to the base through the pole aperture and is in operational communication with the lift means. The lift means adjusts a length of the adjustable support pole. A footrest is coupled to the adjustable support pole and is configured to support a foot or a leg of a user. A remote control is in wireless communication with the lift means to adjust the length of the adjustable support pole and thus a height of the footrest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Inventor: Samuel Harris
  • Patent number: 10543390
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method to assist with using a pendula seating device, said device comprising a spherical foot, a seating portion, a body being secured at a first end to said foot and at a second end to the seating portion and a position-measurement sensor being secured to said device. The invention also relates to a remote electronic object carrying out said method by the processing unit thereof, the remote electronic object also comprising output means and means ensuring communication with said seating device. Said electrical object also comprises a memory of programs comprising instructions of a computer program product the execution or interpretation of which by the processing unit causes the implementation of the assistance method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: ACTIVE BASE
    Inventors: Olivier Hugou, Guilbaut Colas
  • Patent number: 10507741
    Abstract: An actuator includes a motor, a gear assembly, a pulley selectively rotatable about an axis by the motor via the gear assembly, at least one biasing member, a first cable connected at one end to the pulley, and a second cable connected at one end to the pulley. The pulley is rotatable in a first pulley direction to a first actuation position to increase tension in the first cable and is rotatable in a second pulley direction opposite the first pulley direction to a second actuation position to increase tension in the second cable. The at least one biasing member is operable to bias the pulley in the second pulley direction when the pulley is in the first actuation position and to bias the pulley in the first pulley direction when in the pulley is the second actuation position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: LEGGETT & PLATT CANADA CO.
    Inventors: Paul Tindall, Horia Blendea, Robert J. McMillen
  • Patent number: 10479230
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes: a seat frame that serves as at least a portion of a skeletal structure; a fixed bracket that is fixed on the indoor wall, the fixed bracket including a connection part having a connection surface that is substantially orthogonal to a seat width direction and extending in a substantially vertical direction; a link member in which one end is swingably connected with the connection part and the other end is connected with the seat frame, the link member being swingable in a direction substantially parallel with the seat width direction set as a swinging center axis; and a regulation part which extends from the connection part in a direction substantially parallel with the swinging center axis, the regulation part being configured to regulate, by abutting on the link member in the seat front-and-rear direction, that the link member swings beyond a preset swinging range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yushi Shinozaki, Masahide Kimura
  • Patent number: 10442318
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes: a seat frame that serves as at least a portion of a skeletal structure; a fixed bracket that is fixed on the indoor wall, the fixed bracket including a connection part having a connection surface that is substantially orthogonal to a seat width direction and extending in a substantially vertical direction; a link member in which one end is swingably connected with the connection part and the other end is connected with the seat frame, the link member being swingable in a direction substantially parallel with the seat width direction set as a swinging center axis; and a regulation part which extends from the connection part in a direction substantially parallel with the swinging center axis, the regulation part being configured to regulate, by abutting on the link member in the seat front-and-rear direction, that the link member swings beyond a preset swinging range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yushi Shinozaki, Masahide Kimura
  • Patent number: 10400937
    Abstract: An adjustable monitor stand that can hold a monitor includes a carrier, a base, and a low friction insert. First and second channel insertion portions extend from a curved lower surface of the low friction insert. Each has outer walls to be received by and fixedly engage with first and second base channels formed in a curved upper surface of the base, respectively, to prevent movement of the low friction insert with respect to the base. The first and second channel insertion portions each have inner walls to receive first and second protrusions extending from a curved lower surface of the carrier, respectively, and permit the carrier to be moved about a non-vertical axis as the first and second protrusions slide along the inner walls. The first and second protrusions of the carrier also form a frictional engagement with the inner walls of the first and second channel insertion portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Crestron Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Howard Balch, Fred Bargetzi, Wendy Feldstein, Dhirendra Patel, Dan Previti, William Rehak, George Feldstein
  • Patent number: 10394351
    Abstract: A display device includes a display module, a connecting circuit board, and a side frame. The display module has a display panel and a frame housing. The frame housing supports the display panel and has a first side. A surface of the first side is configured with a recess. The connecting circuit board is disposed corresponding to the recess. The connecting circuit board is connected to the display panel and passes through the recess. The side frame is disposed at the first side and connected to the frame housing. The side frame covers the connecting circuit board, the recess and the first side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: INNOLUX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Lien-Chen Chien, Shih-Yuan Feng
  • Patent number: 10377275
    Abstract: An occupant support adapted for use in a vehicle includes a seat frame, a seat pad, and a suspension system. The seat frame is adapted to couple with the vehicle for movement with the vehicle. The seat pad is adapted to provide a comfortable support interface. The suspension system provides relative movement between the seat pad and the seat frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Faurecia Automotive Seating, LLC
    Inventors: Cedric Ketels, Rod Goodrich, Matthew K. Benson, Alfred H. Bransdorfer
  • Patent number: 10245979
    Abstract: An actuator includes a motor, a gear assembly, a pulley selectively rotatable about an axis by the motor via the gear assembly, at least one biasing member, a first cable connected at one end to the pulley, and a second cable connected at one end to the pulley. The pulley is rotatable in a first pulley direction to a first actuation position to increase tension in the first cable and is rotatable in a second pulley direction opposite the first pulley direction to a second actuation position to increase tension in the second cable. The at least one biasing member is operable to bias the pulley in the second pulley direction when the pulley is in the first actuation position and to bias the pulley in the first pulley direction when in the pulley is the second actuation position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: LEGGETT & PLATT CANADA CO.
    Inventors: Paul Tindall, Horia Blendea, Robert J. McMillen
  • Patent number: 10245195
    Abstract: An armchair comprising a seat chassis supported on a support chassis by a pair of support columns, a chair back structure pivotally attached to a rear end of the seat chassis and to the support chassis, and a leg support structure pivotally attached to a front end of the seat chassis and connected to a beam, wherein the beam is attached the chair back structure. A first actuating device is mounted to the chair back, where a protracting end of the first actuating device is connected to the seat chassis. The armchair further comprises a second actuating device mounted to the support chassis, a footrest connected to a protracting end of the second actuating device, a third actuating device attached to the seat chassis, and a seating structure connected to a protracting end of the third actuating device and mounted above the seat chassis, wherein the seating structure includes an operative position projecting upwards and forwards by the third actuating device at a tilting angle from the seat chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: J&D Furniture LLC
    Inventors: Janet Schwartz Feldman, Derek Feldman, Aviv Rottenberg, David Yassaf, Gilad Davidi, Alex Padwa
  • Patent number: 10207808
    Abstract: A seat structure for a passenger seat, and a passenger seat. In one embodiment, the seat structure comprises a seat pan for mounting on a frame structure of the passenger seat in a manner such that the seat pan is moveable in forward and backward directions relative to the frame independently from movement of a seat back of the passenger seat; and biasing means for biasing the seat pan in a default position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignees: ST ENGINEERING AEROSPACE LTD., TENRYU AERO COMPONENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Guo Ying Zheng, Charles Fakhri Baz, Teruo Sawada
  • Patent number: 10179622
    Abstract: A seat post having a quill head with a top surface, a lower cradle rotatable with respect to the top surface about an axis (X), and an upper cradle, reciprocally coupled for clamping the saddle rails (R) of a bicycle. The seat post includes front and rear fasteners connecting the upper cradle to the quill head, and front and rear pivots in which the front and rear fastener are respectively engaged in order to adjust the rails (R) angle with respect to the quill head. The quill head includes front and rear seats in which the pivots are respectively rotationally engaged, the axes (Y,Z) of the pivots being displaced substantially at a same distance (D) from the axis (X), regardless of rails (R) angle adjustment; the top surface has a convex shape, the lower cradle includes a lower concave seat suitable to engage the top surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: SELLE ROYAL S.P.A.
    Inventors: Frank Hermansen, Carl Winefordner, Mark Rane
  • Patent number: 10144469
    Abstract: A bicycle saddle apparatus includes a pair of saddle shape holding members that support a mid-section of a saddle base extending between the front and rear attachment sites of the rails. Each saddle shape holding member may include a rod with two opposite end portions. A first saddle-attaching portion of each rod is coupled to the saddle base. A second, opposite post-attaching portion of each rod is coupled to a top portion of a seat post or to a rail that is coupled to the seat post. The rods extend symmetrically from the seat post to left and right sides of the saddle mid-section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventor: Shinji Marui
  • Patent number: 10126787
    Abstract: An example mounting enclosure comprises a frame to be arranged between a display device and a support structure, a slidable access cover to slidably engage the frame of the mounting enclosure, a mounting interface to connect the frame to the support structure, a computing device reception bracket to receive a computing device, and a power supply storage portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Randol D. Aldridge, Yu Wei Tan, Cheng Yan Chiang, Jeffrey A. Lev
  • Patent number: 10059010
    Abstract: A manipulator arm module includes a hollow spool with corresponding top and bottom spool ends. An upper envelope member has a bottom ring rotatably attached to the top spool end, a top ring oriented at an angle to the bottom ring, and struts rigidly connecting the rings. A top drive rotates the bottom ring with respect to the spool. A manipulator arm comprises a plurality of modules the bottom spool end of one module rotatably attached to the top ring of a next lower adjacent module. Each ring is rotationally driven independently. A stabilizer is connected between adjacent spools and allows the adjacent spools to move closer together or farther apart, and resists relative rotative movement of the adjacent spools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Inventors: Ahmad Kamal Bakir, Najib Jomha
  • Patent number: 10051751
    Abstract: A display device with a support member selectively converted between a support stand for supporting the display device for viewing, and a carrying handle for conveniently carrying the display device. A mounting apparatus may be mounted on a rear side of a display device that has a support member selectively convertable to be a support stand for supporting the display device for viewing, or a carrying handle for conveniently carrying the display device. The support member has an internal swivel assembly that guides the support member along a fixed path between a support stand mode and a carrying handle mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: G.A.E.M.S, Inc.
    Inventors: Dean Thomas Mercier, Kevin O'Doherty
  • Patent number: 9976694
    Abstract: A mounting base for supporting and rotating an instrument about two perpendicular axes is disclosed. The mounting base includes a vertical column; a rotatable platform attached to the column by a revolute joint; a rail around the column; at least one rod, an end of the at least one rod connecting with the revolute joint; at least one sliding mechanism, connecting with the other end of the at least one rod, the sliding mechanism sliding on the rail. The mounting base is light and easily controlled with arbitrary azimuth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: XIDIAN UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Xuechao Duan, Hong Bao, Baoyan Duan, Shufei Feng, Bi Cheng
  • Patent number: 9964252
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for the stable and zero backlash adjustment of a camera-holding device around at least one tilting axis, in particular on a device for multi-channel image capture, wherein the adjustment device (1) comprises two plates joined to one another so as to be tiltable, and wherein the upper plate as camera support plate (2) carries the camera (K) at least indirectly and is connected to the lower plate acting as base plate (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Inventor: Florian Maier
  • Patent number: 9926079
    Abstract: An aircraft passenger seat having a seat bottom movable between a stationary position for taxi, take-off and landing and a movable position during flight in which at least one of a leading edge and a trailing edge of the seat bottom deflects downward in response to a downward load applied thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: B/E AEROSPACE, INC.
    Inventors: Cameron Baker, Martin Darbyshire
  • Patent number: 9829802
    Abstract: This conveying hand is used for conveying a conveyed object in an adsorbed state with a negative pressure, and comprises a pad having a contact portion that contacts the conveyed object and a concave portion having an internal space that can be evacuated; a base that moves while loading the pad; a first elastic member that movably supports the pad on the base in the direction of gravity of the conveyed object and restricts a movement of the pad on the base in the direction perpendicular to the direction of gravity; and a second elastic member that seals a space communicating with the internal space of the concave portion and movably supports the pad on the base in the direction of gravity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yasunao Matsuhira
  • Patent number: 9797546
    Abstract: A pivotal device for a support of an electric device includes a base and a flip module. The base includes a compartment. At least one first track is disposed in the compartment and is arcuate. At least one friction device is coupled to and movable relative to the base. The flip module includes a first sliding member and a second sliding member. The first sliding member is received in the compartment and is movable relative to the base along a contour of the at least one first track. The at least one friction device abuts the first sliding member. The first sliding member includes a second track. The second track is arcuate. The second sliding member is coupled to the first sliding member and is movable relative to the first sliding member along a contour of the second track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: LEOHAB ENTERPRISE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chao-Chi Lin
  • Patent number: 9784406
    Abstract: A pivotal device for a support of an electric device includes a base and a flip module. The base includes a compartment. At least one first track is disposed in the compartment and is arcuate. A pressing member is connected to the base via an adjusting member. The adjusting member is coupled to and movable relative to the base. The pressing member and the adjusting member are jointly movable toward to or away from the base. The flip module is received in the compartment and is movable relative to the base along a contour of the at least one first track. The flip module is located between the base and the pressing member. The pressing member abuts a side of the flip module opposite to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Leohab Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chao-Chi Lin
  • Patent number: 9758072
    Abstract: An auxiliary tractor seat for providing additional seating in a tractor cabin is provided herein. The auxiliary tractor seat includes a mounting plate defining one or more mounting holes, configured to receive an auxiliary tractor seat bolt, so as to couple the auxiliary tractor seat to tractor seat. A base plate is coupled to the mounting plate so as to provide a substantially flat seating surface. A lower seat back coupled to at least one of the mounting plate and the base plate, an upper seat back at least partially disposed above the lower seat back, and a hinge coupled to the lower seat back and the upper seat back so as to permit the upper seat back to transition from an upright position to a horizontal position. The auxiliary tractor seat is coupled to the tractor seat such that suspension supports the auxiliary seat and provides shock absorption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Hy-Capacity Inc.
    Inventors: Chad Vaudt, Aric Lange
  • Patent number: 9657887
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for the stable and zero backlash adjustment of a camera-holding device around at least one tilting axis, in particular on a device for multi-channel image capture, wherein the adjustment device (1) comprises two plates joined to one another so as to be tiltable, and wherein the upper plate as camera support plate (2) carries the camera (K) at least indirectly and is connected to the lower plate acting as base plate (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Inventor: Florian Maier
  • Patent number: 9641123
    Abstract: System and method for mounting one or more photovoltaic modules includes one or more flexible rods, including a first end and a second end opposite the first end, each of the one or more flexible rods further including an inner core and a first jacket surrounding the inner core between the first end and the second end. The first end is configured to be attached to at least one photovoltaic module using one or more first adhesive materials. The second end is configured to be inserted into at least one hole of a modular rail and attached to at least the modular rail using one or more second adhesive materials. The one or more flexible rods are configured to allow at least a lateral movement in a first direction between the photovoltaic module and the modular rail and support at least the photovoltaic module in a second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Alion Energy, Inc.
    Inventors: Anders Swahn, Neil Morris, Kevin Hennessy, Thomas Peter Hunt, Paul Adriani
  • Patent number: 9581287
    Abstract: The disclosed invertible structures rely on combinations of translational movements to effect inversion. An exemplary invertible structure includes a track operable to be slidably coupled to at least two connectors of a longitudinal structure. The track may have a slot having a plurality of translational axes for translational movements of the connectors of the longitudinal structure that would effect the inversion of the longitudinal structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: UCP International Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: David Jalbert, David Simonelli
  • Patent number: 9573641
    Abstract: A seat assembly (10) for a bicycle, the seat assembly (10) having a seat (34) and a mounting assembly (50) located proximate a front of the seat (34) and being connected thereto, a hub (22) for receiving mounting assembly (50) in a rotatable manner, the axis of rotation (88) being diagonal with respect to horizontal and vertical planes, the arrangement being such that the seat (34) can move from side to side, and a lower frame member (24) extending between the hub (22) and a seat post mounting element (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Inventor: Jan Wojewodzki
  • Patent number: 9538675
    Abstract: Cases or holders for cell phones, personal digital assistants, portable video/music players, electronic books, electronic tablets and other handheld and/or free-standing display devices, as well as the devices themselves are disclosed. In different embodiments, a versatile protective holder that can allow placement on any surface for hands-free viewing, with full adjustment of viewing angle in landscape and/or portrait orientations; directional sound reflecting and baffling; easier cleaning and viewing of the device's screen; easier grasping by the user; wearing of the device using a belt clip or arm or waist band; as well as attachment to an automobile, bicycle, or other vehicle are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: ZERO CHROMA, LLC.
    Inventors: Brian E. Le Gette, David Reeb
  • Patent number: 9392859
    Abstract: A cervical spine and head supporting device is described herein for supporting a user's head when extended at least partially over the sink or basin. The device maintains alignment of the head with the neck or spine particularly as the user moves their head relative to the device or sink to prevent or minimize straining of the user's neck while washing their hair. The device generally comprises a base which is shaped for positioning within a sink or basin, a support column adjustable attached to the base, a supporting member extending from the support column, and a head support which is shaped to support a posterior region of a head of a user, where the head support is pivotably coupled to the supporting member such that the head support is adjustable with a movement of the head when the head is moved relative to the supporting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Inventor: John Barman
  • Patent number: 9310837
    Abstract: A rotating mechanism for a computer or similar device cooperates with a case to hold the computer or similar device in a desired position. The rotating mechanism has a cradle to receive the computer or similar device and a mounting disk to attach to the case. The cradle has an aperture to cooperate with the mounting disk to secure the computer or similar device to the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: WORLD RICHMAN MANUFACTURING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Iordanka Koleva Mulhern, Saharut Sirichai
  • Patent number: 9241558
    Abstract: A case can include a front cover and a back cover. The back cover can include a back edge, a device support assembly including a main device region and a tab, and a flap including an exposure region and a tab region. The case can include a top edge and a bottom edge. The back cover can be configured to be removably coupled to a first electronic device. The back cover can be configured to be removably coupled to a second electronic device when the first electronic device is not coupled to the back cover. The first electronic device can include a first camera lens and first dimensions. The second electronic device can include a second camera lens and second dimensions different from the first dimensions of the first electronic device. The flap can be configured to be placed in an exposed configuration and a closed configuration. Other embodiments are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Henry Law, Xin Fu
  • Patent number: 9057479
    Abstract: An exemplary embodiment of a wall-mounted aiding mechanism for firmly attaching an object to a vertical wall and which is proofed against external impacts includes a casing, a sliding plate and an adjusting screw. The casing defines a first receiving space to receive the sliding block which performs a collaring or shearing action on a fastener such as a screw. The adjusting screw passes into the receiving space of the casing. The adjusting screw engages with the sliding block to lift the sliding block to a topmost position of the receiving space or disengages with sliding block to let the sliding block drop onto the neck of the fastener and hold it secure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chien-Hung Lee
  • Patent number: 9047043
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an electronic apparatus, including: a base chassis formed as a unitary member from a transparent material and having two faces positioned on the opposite sides to each other and individually formed as a first mounting face section and a second mounting face section; a display unit having a display panel thereon and attached to said first mounting face section of said base chassis; a control circuit board attached to said second mounting face section of said base chassis; and a rear cover attached to said second mounting face section of said base chassis and configured to cover said control circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shuhei Yukawa, Masafumi Tanaka, Yutaka Ogasawara, Tooru Kuronuma