Combined Patents (Class 280/816)
  • Patent number: 10040185
    Abstract: A skateboard tool system (100) may comprise a first arm (200), a second arm (300), a third arm (400) attached to a body (500) with each arm forming an overall “T” shape and each arm having a distal end attached to a useful implement. To gain mechanical advantage, the body (500) may contain or be integrated with a rethreading tool (540). The centralized location of the re-threading tool in combination with the “T” shape allows for a superior purchase or grip while rotating the re-threading tool. The body may define various voids to comport with a unique “L” shaped screw driver (600), the screw driver having a shorter (605) and a longer (607) longitudinal member giving additional leverage in rotating a Phillip head screw driver (610). A cutting blade is retained within the body for ease of access and safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Inventor: Reginald S. Davis
  • Patent number: 9878230
    Abstract: A concealed compartment system for use with a skateboard is provided by a riser with a rail body having a deck mounting surface and a truck mounting surface with the riser acting as a spacer between the skateboard deck and at least one truck when assembled together, the riser further including a channel projecting at least partially through the rail body in which one or more items may be stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Inventor: Kevin Seele
  • Patent number: 9764219
    Abstract: A skateboard deck includes: a body with a top surface and a lateral centerline, the body including a nose portion with a nose apex and a tail portion with a tail apex, wherein the nose apex and the tail apex are above the top surface of the body; wherein the total length of the body spans from a forwardmost surface of the body located along the nose portion to a rearmost surface of the body located along the tail portion, further wherein the nose apex is located between the length defined by the forwardmost surface of the body and the lateral centerline and the tail apex is located between the length defined by the rearmost surface of the body and the lateral centerline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Inventor: Logan DeBiase
  • Patent number: 9199156
    Abstract: Ski or similar device for sliding on snow having a mounting aid for a binding (28) or for components thereof, which aid is mounted on the top face (32) of the ski and is especially in the form of a binding plate (10), wherein the mounting aid or binding plate (10) is durably connected to the top face (32) of the ski in such a manner that ski (23) and mounting aid or binding plate (10) form an integral constructional unit in terms of the mechanical properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Madshus AS
    Inventor: Gunnar Bjertnaes
  • Patent number: 9073479
    Abstract: The present inventive compact generator, light emitting wheel hub has an improved light and armature assembly that simplifies manufacturing, improves function and durability of the light emitting wheel hub. The inventive wheel hub is useful for such wheels used in skate board, roller skate, in-line roller skate, wheel chair, and like apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Inventor: Soon Chang Kwon
  • Patent number: 8973946
    Abstract: A ski pole comprises an elongate pole having a distal end and a proximal end. A grip is attached to the proximal end of the pole and is configured for grasping by a user. A basket assembly is coupled proximate to the distal end of the pole. The basket assembly comprises a generally disk shaped body and a plate defining a bottle opener embedded in the body, the bottle opener defines a plate opening configured for at least partially receiving a cap of a bottle therein and prying the cap from the bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventor: Alexander William Carr
  • Publication number: 20150054235
    Abstract: A method of fabricating a snowboard or ski is provided. In one embodiment, a trench is routed at the face of a core. A thermosetting polymeric solution is poured into the trench. The thermosetting polymeric solution is cured to form a thermosetting polymeric mold. A region between the outer perimeter of the core and the outer perimeter of the trench is removed without stripping the thermosetting polymeric mold so as to form a sidewall integrally surrounding the core.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Clifford Lee
  • Publication number: 20150028576
    Abstract: A skate shield for use with ice skates. The skate shield includes a rigid shell made at least of outer and inner layers of fiber reinforced plastic or polymer (FRP), and a fastener assembly for releasably securing the shell to a boot portion of the ice skate. The shell includes a medial side portion interconnected to a lateral side section via a top portion. A reinforced section formed by reinforcing layers laminated between the outer and inner layers is provided in at least one of the medial side portion and the lateral side portion of the shell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Kurt Schatz, J. R. Scott Mitchell, Michael Smart
  • Patent number: 8757665
    Abstract: An insert for a sports board comprising an outer ring unit comprising a threaded top piece and a threaded bottom piece and an inner insert unit comprising a threaded top piece and a threaded bottom piece. The outer ring unit is installed into a mounting hole that penetrates through a sports board. The top and bottom pieces of the outer ring unit each comprises a flange with a diameter greater than the diameter of the mounting hole. The top piece and the bottom piece of the outer ring unit are both hollow, thereby creating an insert hole for the inner insert unit when the top piece and bottom piece of the outer are screwed together. The top piece and the bottom piece of the inner insert unit are installed into the insert hole created by the top piece and bottom piece of the outer ring unit and screwed together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: SkiBling, Inc.
    Inventors: Greg A. Drapes, Chad Komlofske
  • Patent number: 8746520
    Abstract: A carrying case that is adjustably mountable to a binding of a snowboard includes a bag and a mounting strap configured for attaching at the bag. A plurality of generally vertical slots, at least one first angled slot and at least one second angled slot are established either through the mounting strap or between the mounting strap and the bag. The generally vertical slots are configured to receive a toe strap of a snowboard binding therethrough while one of the first and second angled slots are configured to receive an ankle strap of the snowboard binding therethrough. When the carrying case is disposed at a snowboard, the toe strap of the binding passes through one of the generally vertical slots, while the ankle strap of the binding passes through an appropriate one of the first and second angled slots to secure the carrying case to the binding and snowboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Inventor: Michael J. Buth
  • Patent number: 8662539
    Abstract: A scooter having a marking device that is movable from a first position, in which the marking device does not contact the surface on which the scooter is being operated, and a second position, in which the marking device contacts the surface on which the scooter is being operated. The scooter includes a scooter body which rotatably supports the marking assembly. The marking assembly includes a marking portion which creates markings on a riding surface when in frictional contact with the riding surface. The marking assembly also includes a foot actuation portion which is accessible to the user and allows the user to activate the marking assembly while riding. In one arrangement, the marking portion includes a removable cartridge with marking elements that create markings on the riding surface when in frictional contact with the riding surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Razor USA, LLC
    Inventor: Robert Hadley
  • Publication number: 20130334803
    Abstract: A scooter having a marking device that is movable from a first position, in which the marking device does not contact the surface on which the scooter is being operated, and a second position, in which the marking device contacts the surface on which the scooter is being operated. The scooter includes a scooter body which rotatably supports the marking assembly. The marking assembly includes a marking portion which creates markings on a riding surface when in frictional contact with the riding surface. The marking assembly also includes a foot actuation portion which is accessible to the user and allows the user to activate the marking assembly while riding. In one arrangement, the marking portion includes a removable cartridge with marking elements that create markings on the riding surface when in frictional contact with the riding surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Applicant: RAZOR USA LLC
    Inventor: RAZOR USA LLC
  • Patent number: 8555908
    Abstract: A system for structural support of light weight outdoor tents and shelters utilizing two or more hiking or trekking poles and a connecting light weight ridge pole assembly that serves as the roof support truss providing the occupant(s) will full head room use for the width of the ridge pole assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Heartfire Designs LLC
    Inventor: Judith Deborah Gross
  • Patent number: 8506140
    Abstract: A safety illumination device that is mountable to an edge of a ski or snowboard is provided. The device has a curved exterior housing with a front window panel along the convex front portion, an upper window panel along the top and a concave cutout along the rear portion. A circuit board containing control circuitry, a power source and two arrays of lights is housed within the exterior housing. When the device is turned on, light is emitted through the window panels. This assists persons uphill and downhill from the user to see the user in the dark. Selection of an illumination pattern is controlled by a magnetic wand that the user waves over the upper surface of the device. Users may thus easily operate the device and customize their lighting experience. The device is secured to a ski or snowboard via the concave cutout and a pair of screws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Inventor: Roland Edmisten
  • Publication number: 20130161934
    Abstract: A snowboard system and methods are disclosed adapted for board stabilization while a user attaches the snowboard binding and boot from a standing position. The system includes an anchoring stake, a retainer and retractable cord, and an anchoring line, or loop. A safety retainer line from the stake may also be provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Inventor: Avery C. Johnson
  • Patent number: 8414029
    Abstract: A scooter having a marking device that is movable from a first position, in which the marking device does not contact the surface on which the scooter is being operated, and a second position, in which the marking device contacts the surface on which the scooter is being operated. The scooter includes a scooter body which rotatably supports the marking assembly. The marking assembly includes a marking portion which creates markings on a riding surface when in frictional contact with the riding surface. The marking assembly also includes a foot actuation portion which is accessible to the user and allows the user to activate the marking assembly while riding. In one arrangement, the marking portion includes a removable cartridge with marking elements that create markings on the riding surface when in frictional contact with the riding surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Razor USA, LLC
    Inventor: Robert Hadley
  • Patent number: 8375967
    Abstract: A walking aid with irritant dispenser includes a shaft having upper and lower ends and defining a hollow chamber configured to contain an irritant. A compressed air cartridge is positioned in the shaft in fluid communication with the chamber. A trigger is operatively coupled to the air cartridge and configured to cause air to be released from the cartridge into the chamber when actuated. A piston situated in the chamber is movable between an upward configuration when the trigger is not actuated and a downward configuration when the trigger is actuated. The lower end of the shaft defines an outlet in fluid communication with the chamber through which the irritant is released when the piston is at the downward configuration. The chamber includes a predetermined amount of fluid pressure such that infusion of air from the compressed air cartridge increases the pressure and urges the piston toward the downward configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Inventors: Shane Stratton, Sean Patterson
  • Patent number: 8356614
    Abstract: One possible embodiment could be a self-defense walking stick and a process of operating same, the stick comprising of a shaft having two ends, a first end and a second end; a grip having a body with a top end and a bottom end, the top end having a top aperture connected to a top open-ended channel, the bottom end having a bottom aperture connected to a bottom open-ended channel that receives the first end of the shaft; an aerosol irritant dispensing canister comprising of a pressurized cylinder of irritant connected to activating and dispensing mechanisms, wherein a portion of the canister is retained within the top open-ended channel to expose the activating and dispensing mechanisms above the top end; and a tip connecting to the second end to interact with a surface of a ground being traversed by the operator using the stick.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Inventor: John Wayne Forrester
  • Patent number: 8356840
    Abstract: A marking device that is supported by a personal mobility vehicle, such as a scooter, is movable from a first position, in which the marking device does not contact the riding surface, and a second position, in which the marking device contacts the riding surface. The marking device includes an attachment portion and a marking portion that creates markings on the riding surface as a result of frictional contact with the riding surface. The marking device can also include an actuation portion which is accessible to the user and allows the user to move the marking device to the second position. In one arrangement, the marking device includes an elastic marking member which is configured to bend in order to maintain contact with the riding surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Razor USA, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Hadley, Steve Sramek, Bradley James Williams
  • Publication number: 20120297646
    Abstract: A multi-adaptable power automated apparatus used for gaining traction on various surfaces comprising: snow, and/or ice to name some. Further assisting with accelerating, decelerating, turning, and/or stopping of a person(s) and/or vehicle(s); yet further compatible in/or on water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Inventor: Jean Brault
  • Patent number: 8235424
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a ski pole comprises a first pole end, a second pole end opposite the first pole end, and a shaft connecting the first and second pole ends. A map comprises a first map end and a second map end opposite the first map end. A container is coupled to the shaft of the ski pole. The first map end of the map is coupled to an inside portion of the container. The container is configured to contain the map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Inventor: Evan Garcia
  • Patent number: 8215676
    Abstract: A scooter having a marking device that is movable from a first position, in which the marking device does not contact the surface on which the scooter is being operated, and a second position, in which the marking device contacts the surface on which the scooter is being operated. The scooter includes a scooter body which rotatably supports the marking assembly. The marking assembly includes a marking portion which creates markings on a riding surface when in frictional contact with the riding surface. The marking assembly also includes a foot actuation portion which is accessible to the user and allows the user to activate the marking assembly while riding. In one arrangement, the marking portion includes a removable cartridge with marking elements that create markings on the riding surface when in frictional contact with the riding surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Razor USA, LLC
    Inventor: Robert Hadley
  • Patent number: 8146947
    Abstract: A scooter having a spark generating device that is movable from a first position, in which the spark generating device does not contact the surface on which the scooter is being operated, and a second position, in which the spark generating device contacts the surface on which the scooter is being operated. The scooter includes a scooter body which rotatably supports the spark assembly. The spark assembly includes a spark portion which creates sparks when in frictional contact with a riding surface. The spark assembly also includes a foot actuation portion which is accessible to the user and allows the user to activate the spark assembly while riding. In one arrangement, the spark portion includes a removable cartridge with spark elements that emit sparks when in frictional contact with a riding surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Razor USA, LLC
    Inventor: Bob Hadley
  • Patent number: 8021284
    Abstract: An exercise device is provided for enabling a user to obtain a full body workout. By attaching the device at selected positions on the hands, feet, arms, legs, or torso, different muscle groups of a user's body can be isolated for training and strengthening purposes. The exercise device includes two or more pieces of tubing material fitted together in a telescoping manner. Pressurized air within the tubing provides a user with resistance to movement in order to tone and strengthen the muscles. At one end of the telescoping tubing material is a handgrip and at the other end is a strap of a suitable resilient or elastic material that allows a user to securely place a foot or hand in for exercise purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Edison Nation, LLC
    Inventor: Gregory Bruce
  • Patent number: 7942450
    Abstract: There is provided a snowboard capable of drawing attention of a back sliding person more appropriately than the related art. A snowboard including: a board (20) having a sole member (21); LEDs (60 to 69) which are arranged between a snow contacting point (21a) of a nose (20c) side of the board (20) and a snow contacting point (21b) of a tail (20d) side of the board (20); a front foot binding fixed to the board (20) for fixing the front foot of a user; and a back foot binding fixed to the board (20) for fixing the back foot of the user, wherein the sole member (21) is translucent and covers the LEDs (60 to 69); and the LEDs (60 to 69) are arranged in positions to emit light to the outside of the board (20) through the sole member (21) and are arranged between the front foot binding and the back foot binding to indicate the length between the front foot binding and the back foot binding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: River Field Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hironobu Kawano, Nobuhisa Saitoh
  • Publication number: 20110049857
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a ski pole comprises a first pole end, a second pole end opposite the first pole end, and a shaft connecting the first and second pole ends. A map comprises a first map end and a second map end opposite the first map end. A container is coupled to the shaft of the ski pole. The first map end of the map is coupled to an inside portion of the container. The container is configured to contain the map.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2009
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Inventor: Evan Garcia
  • Patent number: 7837232
    Abstract: A hand held protective ski appliance including a ski no longer than 18? inches long and including a handle extensive with the direction of the ski and spaced therefrom about 3? inches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Inventor: William M. Richards
  • Publication number: 20100154851
    Abstract: An illuminated apparatus for assisting movement is provided that is able to illuminate surface areas upon which one walks, hikes, skis, skates, runs, reads from, signals, examines or studies. The illuminated apparatus for assisting movement may provide both broad and focused illumination. The device may ensure safe footing, solid purchase, and stable load bearing by providing illuminated assistance for foot, ski and skate placement, as well as the placement of singular and multi-pole fixtures used for activities such as hiking, climbing, skiing, skating, running, and walking. The illuminated apparatus for assisting movement may be compact and lightweight.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Applicant: 3D RELIEF, INC.
    Inventors: Michael James Gorey, Scott William Schultz
  • Publication number: 20100109310
    Abstract: A seated skiing device having an adjustable heel protrusion and a fixed toe protrusion is provided. The distance between the toe and heel protrusions are adjustable such that the seated the skiing device may engage toe and heel bindings of a snow ski set to a riders ski boot. In this manner, the seated skiing device is engageable to the snow ski of the rider without any additional tools. Also, a seated snowboarding device is disclosed herein. The seated snowboarding device is removably attachable to standard front and rear bindings of a snowboard.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2010
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Inventor: Erikka Gulbranson
  • Publication number: 20090236841
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a lighting system for a sporting apparatus. In one embodiment, a sporting board apparatus includes an elongated board structure having top surface, a bottom surface, and edge surfaces. The sporting board apparatus further includes a light system having a plurality of light sources coupled to a power supply. In addition, the sporting board apparatus may include a switching mechanism to control the supply of electrical power from the power supply to the light sources, and a select mechanism to control one or more light programs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2009
    Publication date: September 24, 2009
    Inventor: Seth Borges
  • Publication number: 20090230667
    Abstract: An integrated pole-to-ski coupling arrangement that provides coupling formations on a ski pole and ski that releasably connect the pole and ski to create a unitary ski-pole combination that leaves the rear tail of the ski clear and unencumbered. A pole coupling formation may be placed on either the shaft or the grip of the pole, and a ski coupling formation may be placed on the boot bindings or attachments thereto. Optionally, the surface formation of the boot bindings may be employed as ski coupling formations. Multiple pole and ski coupling formations allow for a secure and rigid connection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2009
    Publication date: September 17, 2009
    Inventor: Stuart J. Starry
  • Publication number: 20090224526
    Abstract: Electronically releasable boot for sport-utensils a bike or ski and more, integrate with a moveable projecting sole profile supported in the boot, working in several directions of force by an electronically frequency-measured semi-rigid roller-locking-telescope, without triggering electronic release signals by stepping in, code-protected against improper use, that the setting radio-controlled electronically transmitted to a display shows to check for correct setting of the boot, and to allow an electronic release for a boot-sole from the connection 5+6 of the sport-utensil, by means of an electronic circuit or remote controlled by order.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2008
    Publication date: September 10, 2009
    Inventors: Heinz Bildner, Carolyn Bildner
  • Publication number: 20090066073
    Abstract: There is provided a snowboard capable of drawing attention of a back sliding person more appropriately than the related art. A snowboard including: a board (20) having a sole member (21); LEDs (60 to 69) which are arranged between a snow contacting point (21a) of a nose (20c) side of the board (20) and a snow contacting point (21b) of a tail (20d) side of the board (20); a front foot binding fixed to the board (20) for fixing the front foot of a user; and a back foot binding fixed to the board (20) for fixing the back foot of the user, wherein the sole member (21) is translucent and covers the LEDs (60 to 69); and the LEDs (60 to 69) are arranged in positions to emit light to the outside of the board (20) through the sole member (21) and are arranged between the front foot binding and the back foot binding to indicate the length between the front foot binding and the back foot binding.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2007
    Publication date: March 12, 2009
    Applicant: RIVER FIELD CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hironobu Kawano, Nobuhisa Saitoh
  • Patent number: 7484765
    Abstract: A snowboard support device for use in lift assist transport. The device may have a base, an extension shaft and a handle member or the like. In one embodiment, the handle serves as a housing to cover the extension shaft in its closed position and provides an engagement surface for non-fixed, gravity-based engagement of a chair lift seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Inventor: David John Harper
  • Publication number: 20080290121
    Abstract: A tool for opening and closing a boot buckle that has a latching lever including a base portion and a longitudinally extending first working head with an opening sized to engage the latching lever. A tongue portion projects from the base portion into the opening, and this opening may be formed as an annulus. Teeth may be provided on the internal sidewall of the opening. A second working head may be provided with a socket portion thereon to mount a tool piece. A lidded compartment may be formed in the base portion. A cord may mount to the base portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2008
    Publication date: November 27, 2008
    Inventors: Frederick M. Wise, Alex M. Wise, Brett M. Wise
  • Publication number: 20080190197
    Abstract: A mounting and suspension system for mounting non-contact sliding measurement devices to the side of objects that slide on snow or ice like skis, snowboards, sleds, luges, and ice skates. A base component permanently attached to the sliding object allows a quick disconnect of the rest of the device. A linkage component permits the retraction of the measurement device relative to the sliding object in such a way that the measurement device remains aligned with the surface being measured while minimizing lateral displacement and fully retracted vertical height such that accurate measurement is obtained at any angle of sliding object relative to the surface of snow or ice. A bias device keeps the measurement device in firm contact with the surface without interfering with the use of the sliding object. A safety device prevents injury to user and damage to measurement device in case of impact with an external obstacle or fall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2008
    Publication date: August 14, 2008
    Inventor: Richard A. Kirby
  • Publication number: 20080150242
    Abstract: The invention relates to a skating sports device, in particular skating boot, comprising an exchangeable blade holder (14), connected to a boot by means of sole and heel plates (4 and 5). An exchangeable blade (1) may be clipped in the exchangeable blade holder (14), which is held under tension in the front and rear region by locking clip buttons (2) which may be operated without tools. A torsion duplex cross (3), formed by torsion and flexion bars (3a and 3b) absorbs the torsion and flexional forces occurring during skating and neutralizes the same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2006
    Publication date: June 26, 2008
    Inventor: Holger Wurthner
  • Patent number: 7377551
    Abstract: A collapsible snowboard pole is presented. In exemplary embodiments of the present invention a snowboard pole can be provided with a manually expandable and compressible shaft, a basket at the tip, and a handle at the top. The basket can slide between a lower tip-ward (distal) position for storage and an upper top-ward (proximal) position for use. In exemplary embodiments of the present invention the pole can be expanded to full length and disengaged from a docking mechanism located at the back of a snowboard with one hand, while a user is in motion on the snowboard. Once disengaged, the user can easily deploy the basket to its full upward extension for use. Additionally, a user can dock a collapsed pole and secure it in a docking mechanism, or can insert the pole tip in a docking mechanism, then collapse the pole and then secure it in the docking mechanism, all with one hand while in motion on the snowboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Inventors: Jon Silverman, Guy Barretta, Jason Billig
  • Patent number: 7063345
    Abstract: The invention relates to a safety ski binding (1) with a toe and a heel binding (4, 5) and an electronic circuit arrangement (6). This circuit arrangement (6) comprises a computer unit and a memory system as well as a sensor system (8) for detecting at least one set safety release value of the safety ski binding (1). The circuit arrangement (6) has at least one electronic evaluation device (13, 14) with a software-driven, programmable micro-controller (39, 40), the micro-controller (39, 40) having a non-volatile memory system (41, 42) or being connected to a non-volatile memory system (41, 42). This micro-controller (39, 40) is programmed to store manually altered settings of the safety release value and/or changing states of the safety ski binding (1) detected by the sensor system (8) in the memory system (41, 42).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2006
    Assignee: ATOMIC Austria GmbH
    Inventor: Helmut Holzer
  • Patent number: 7025373
    Abstract: A safety ski binding (1) with a toe and a heel binding (4,5) and an electronic circuit (6) incorporating an electronic display device (7) and sensor system (8) for displaying at lest one set safety release value of the safety ski binding (1). An evaluation device (13,14) is provided in both the toe binding (4) and the heel binding (5), each of which has at least one sensor (15,16) for detecting at least the set safety release values. Each of the evaluation devices (13,14) respectively has a separate power supply system (21,22) and transmitter between them, only a single display device (7) being provided on the toe binding or on the heel binding (4,5), in particular a display (25) with graphic capability, in order to display the respective values or states of the toe and heel binding (4,5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2006
    Assignee: Atomic Austria GmbH
    Inventor: Helmut Holzer
  • Patent number: 6772778
    Abstract: A multi-functional walking stick that holds a variety of useful and safety-enhancing tools and devices in an efficient manner that eliminates the need to separately carry similar tools and devices on one's body when walking, hiking, traversing, climbing, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Inventors: Rik M. Morosini, Robert Fenzke
  • Patent number: 6715794
    Abstract: The roller cane invention has a handle at one end, thereof, and a rubber tip at the other end. The cane's handle is used as the roller skate's foot support plates. The cane's hand grip wrap is used as the roller skate's shoe fastening cords, wrapped and tied around each plate and shoe. The cane's main shaft seperates into four component shafts that fasten to the under side of the foot support plates to form the wheel axle shafts and wheels, of the roller skates. A portion of the cane's shaft also is used to make a socket driver tool, and friction brake, used on the roller skates. A pouch, attaches to a belt, and carries a hex key screw driver tool, and components not used on the roller skates, yet necessary when constructing the walking cane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2004
    Inventor: Carl Leapold Frank
  • Patent number: 6619823
    Abstract: A wheel having an illuminating device includes an illuminating assembly with a ring-shaped magnet located in a center of the illuminating assembly. The ring-shaped magnet has a central hole and two flexible bushes are respectively engaged with the central hole from two sides of the ring-shaped magnet. The ring-shaped magnet is located between two bearings. Two wheel frames clamp the illuminating assembly positioned and a shaft extends through the two flexible bushes. Each of the wheel frames has apertures for receiving the illuminating items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2003
    Inventor: Ming-Li Dai
  • Patent number: 6592150
    Abstract: A new and improved hand held training device for instructing able bodied and disabled skiers. A gripping bar is attached proximal to the top of a pole member which declines to be attached to a planar member on bottom. The planar member includes a curved up front-end running surface and a normal sliding section for moving the device forward. A rearwardly inclined and extended suspension member attaches and suspends one or more downward extended anti-skid members (fins and adjustable flaps) above and substantially to the rear of the normal sliding section of the planar member. Preferred suspension members include said pole member (which inclines and extends rearward from the planar member), and a rearwardly inclined and extended addition to the planar member. To operate, able bodied skiers use one device having a crossbar on top. Whereas, disabled skiers use two devices having a gripping bar and forearm cuff.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2003
    Inventor: Joseph F. Kernan
  • Patent number: 6550789
    Abstract: At least one walking member is detachably connectable to an in-line skate to enable the wearer of the in-line skate to connect the walking member to the in-line skate, thus enabling the wearer to walk while wearing the in-line skate. Two walking members can be provided on alternative sides of the in-line skate wheels to provide a more stable platform for the wearer of the in-line skate. Since the two walking members are removable, the walking members do not detract from the aerodynamic and functional performance of the in-line skate, and can be manufactured together with the skate or, alternatively, can be added to the skate after purchase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2003
    Inventor: Richard S. Gaster
  • Patent number: 6530581
    Abstract: A novel vibration resistant illuminating roller in which all the electronic parts are connected to the circuit board by dint of the soft lead. Each illuminating kit, battery compartment, circuit board are provided with the upper and lower cushion device. The illuminating kit has two illuminators, oppositely disposed in the transparent hub cover. Two illuminators are supported by the cushion and emit the light on both sides of the illuminating roller. The cushion device furnishes great vibration and impact resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2003
    Inventor: Fang-Cheng Lai
  • Patent number: 6454335
    Abstract: A tool for assisting in the latching and unlatching of boot buckles has an elongated member, an opening at a forward end for receiving an end of a tensioning lever therein, and a loop, for engaging a pair of ski boots such that a single, small compact tool can be used as both a latching tool and a boot carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2002
    Assignee: Ski Tool Company, LLC
    Inventor: Robert I. Wishnick
  • Patent number: 6446983
    Abstract: A device for disabling or otherwise allowing the wearer of an in-line skate to walk on the in-line skate without activating the wheels may include a clamping member to clamp the wheels. A switch may be activated which in turn activates or deactivates the clamping member. A walking member may also be provided, the walking member being coupled to the skate and moveable between first and second positions. In the first position the walking member may be secured such that the wearer may walk on the walking member. In the second position, the walking member is positioned such that it will not interfere when skating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2002
    Inventor: Richard S. Gaster
  • Patent number: 6431733
    Abstract: An illuminated sports board has a riding platform having a top surface and a bottom surface, a microcontroller mounted on the top surface, a power source operably connected to the microcontroller, an electro-luminescent sheet positioned on the riding platform, an electrical circuit electrically connecting the microcontroller to the electro-luminescent sheet, and a translucent resin layer covering both the riding platform and the electro-luminescent sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2002
    Inventors: Branden W. Seifert, Kenneth Nevarez
  • Patent number: 6428050
    Abstract: A motorized skate employing an electric motor with rotor being a drive wheel. A boot or clamp for holding the foot of a user is attached to a rail that supports the boot or clamp. The drive wheel has one or more permanent magnets attached to said drive wheel with opposite magnetic poles adjacent to one another. One or more electromagnets are attached to the rail to which the drive wheel is rotatably connected. A sensor determines the location of the permanent magnets. This information is utilized to assure that the electromagnets are energized only when the resultant magnetic fields will interact with the magnetic fields of the permanent magnet to produce a force on the drive wheel that will cause rotation in the desired direction. Three principal embodiments are employed. In a first embodiment, a computer periodically activates a switch to send pulsed voltage to the electromagnets; the percentage of the period of each pulse during which the voltage is non-zero determines the speed of the drive wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2002
    Inventors: Adam K. Brandley, John R. Irwin