With Reel For Winding Cord Patents (Class 248/492)
  • Patent number: 8870137
    Abstract: This disclosure of the previously presented invention describes a small sized collapsible frame for use in certain embodiments of said apparatus for adjustably mounting a tablet PC or other personal electronic device, including additional examples of its many adjustment and attachment features. A mounting means, such as a suction cup assembly, is attachable to various surfaces and is connected to a hanger from which cordage or straps descend to the suspended frame. The miniaturized frame features a crossover arrangement of two slats enabling expansion and contraction of either a width or a height dimension of said frame. The invention comprises various swappable stabilizer elements to separately regulate the orientation and attachment of the mounted device(s) to any surface; and herein, the threadable stabilizer cleats that attach to the cordage are described in particular detail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Inventor: Stephen R. Jacobson
  • Publication number: 20140158853
    Abstract: A picture frame and hanger combination features a reel for winding and unwinding of the cord, a locking mechanism to lock the cord in any of a number of partially unwound states of different length, and a frame bordering a picture opening for receiving a picture in a position facing outward from the picture opening to a front side of the frame. The frame has a hollow cavity positioned and sized to accommodate the reel and locking mechanism, which may be combined into a single unit, in positions at least partially recessed in the frame and concealed from the front side thereof. The recessing of the reel into the frame avoids bulky installation on the rear of the frame that may otherwise prevent the frame from lying closely against the wall or other upright surface behind the picture frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventor: Deborah L. Folk
  • Patent number: 8474778
    Abstract: The invention provides an apparatus for adjustably mounting a tablet PC, portable personal computer, or flat panel video display, which is particularly suited for use during travel and in rugged conditions. The apparatus enables stable and versatile emplacement of a tablet PC by incorporating multiple independent adjustment and attachment elements. A mounting means, such as a suction cup assembly, is attachable to various surfaces and is connected to a hanger from which cordage or straps descend to a suspended frame. The frame features clips, resilient spacers, and adjustable dimensions to securely hold any commercially available tablet PC therein. The frame may further comprise various swappable stabilizer elements to separately regulate the orientation and attachment of the tablet PC to a surface. In a preferred embodiment, the apparatus is mounted to a windshield and the frame positions the tablet PC over the center console in an automobile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Inventor: Stephen R. Jacobson
  • Patent number: 8342470
    Abstract: Hangers and methods for supporting an item from a structure. In some examples, the hanger includes a body configured to support the item and lines configured to bear tension, the lines supporting the body from corners of the structure. In some examples, the hanger includes an adjustment mechanism mounted to the body and coupled to the lines, wherein the adjustment mechanism is configured to selectively adjust the position of the body relative to the structure. In some examples, the method includes forming a portion of a first line into a first loop, forming a portion of a second line into a second loop, placing the first loop over the first corner of the structure, placing the second loop over the second corner of the structure, securing the item to the first line, and securing the item to the second line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventor: Dorota Shortell
  • Patent number: 8282062
    Abstract: A tilting device is disclosed. The tilting device may include: an arm, on which a tilt-shaft is formed; a tilt-base coupled to the tilt-shaft in a manner that allows tilting; a pulley rotatably coupled to the tilt-base; a wire, which is wound around the pulley, and of which either end is coupled to either side of the arm on opposite sides of the tilt-shaft; and a driving unit, which drives the pulley. An embodiment of the invention enables tilting operations using a smaller driving device, and also allows manual operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Sentronix Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jae-Woo Jun, Han-Jin Park, Tae-Ho Yun, Dong-Su Moon, Kyung-Su Park, Jung-Kyu Yim, Dong-Won Choi
  • Patent number: 7673409
    Abstract: A sign holder arrangement for the support of a sign from an overhead support. The holder arrangement comprises an upper sign holder assembly clamped upon an upper edge of the sign and a lower sign holder assembly clamped upon a lower edge of the sign. At least one outer support clip is disposed peripherally around the upper sign holder. The clip has a cable attached thereto and to the overhead support to hold the sign therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2010
    Assignee: Rose Displays, Ltd.
    Inventors: David E. Pitcher, Rebecca Suciu, Thomas P. Burrous, Alan L. Stenfors, Sidney Rose
  • Publication number: 20090278018
    Abstract: A lifting device of a display apparatus to allow for an upward/downward movement of the display apparatus and to improve a utility in installation space. The lifting device includes at least one wire coupled to the display apparatus, a lifting unit connected to the wire to move the display apparatus in a first direction or a second direction using a first force acting on the display apparatus. The lifting unit includes a position retainer to apply a second force counter to a weight of the display apparatus in order to maintain the display apparatus at a position, if the first force is removed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2009
    Publication date: November 12, 2009
    Applicant: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jae Hoo PARK, Boo Keun Yoon
  • Patent number: 6682198
    Abstract: A circular mirror has a frame with peripheral groove and a peripherally mounted gooseneck which is dimensioned to be wrapped around the periphery of the frame and received in the groove. According to the invention, the gooseneck is long enough so that it can be used to support the mirror in a variety of ways. For example, the gooseneck can be extended its full length with its end bent into a hook and then hung from a door. The gooseneck can also be bent into a semi-circle or similar configuration to be used as a table top stand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2004
    Assignee: Ingenious Designs LLC
    Inventor: Joy Mangano
  • Patent number: 5454539
    Abstract: A holder for a plate designed to be mounted on a vertical wall or other surface having a circular plate-engaging rigid wire ring and a plurality of bendable wire loops spaced about and secured to such wire ring, such wire loops being adapted to be bent over and around the edges of the plate positioned on said ring to secure such plate fixedly against the ring. Also secured to such ring is a hang loop adapted to engage over a projection such as a nail or screw to hang said ring and associated plate on a wall or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 3, 1995
    Inventor: Doris M. Lafontaine
  • Patent number: 4773623
    Abstract: A retractable holder for an article includes first and second housing members. The first housing member has a first wall and a generally perpendicular peripheral side wall. The second housing member has a second wall generally parallel to the first wall which is engageable with the first housing member to define a hollow inner compartment. A holder is rotatably enclosed within the housing. The holder has a peripheral side wall spaced inwardly from the peripheral side wall of the first housing member. The holder retains a spring to bias the holder in a rotational direction. An attachment member is coiled around the peripheral side wall of the holder and extends externally from the housing for attachment to an article. A locking member engages with the holder to retain the holder against rotational movement after the attachment member has been dispensed to a desired finite length. A clip can be attached to the exterior of the housing for storage of the article when not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1987
    Date of Patent: September 27, 1988
    Assignee: The Answer Company
    Inventor: Richard Nabinger
  • Patent number: 4556184
    Abstract: An extendible ceiling hook comprises an apparatus for suspending a hanging plant at various distances from a ceiling for the purposes of ease of maintenance, appearance and the general well being of the plant. An extension line, wound on an extension spool inside the extendible ceiling hook may be reeled in or out or made to rest at a desired distance from the ceiling by raising or lowering the suspended plant pot in a controlled fashion. The suspended plant can also be easily rotated to any desired angle to fully exploit any available sunlight and further enhance its appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 1983
    Date of Patent: December 3, 1985
    Inventor: Daniel J. O'Sullivan
  • Patent number: 4463924
    Abstract: A lockable picture hanging and straightening device for securing a picture to a wall. The device has a channel member which passes into and is locked into a rectangular member. A reel is attached to the rectangular member and a line acting as an adjustable length linkage is affixed from a convenient corner of the painting to the reel, and the reel is tightened to an extent that the picture is level. The point of attachment of the line to the picture must be on the side of the picture which is too low.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 1982
    Date of Patent: August 7, 1984
    Inventor: Mario W. Conti