Collapsed To A Compact Bundle Having All Rigid Elongated Elements Extending In A Single Longitudinal Direction Patents (Class 297/16.2)
  • Patent number: 10285503
    Abstract: Apparatus and associated methods relate to a collapsible chair having a collapsible lateral support rod, a pair of front legs, a pair of front chair support rods, and a pair of mechanical junctions configured to couple with an associated pair of poles, such that the collapsible chair is adapted to collapse into an easy-to-carry volume. In an illustrative example, the mechanical junctions may be releasably and/or shock-cord-coupled to various support rods and/or legs. The mechanical junctions may include locking mechanisms to lock the associated poles into a fixed position relative to the mechanical junctions, for example. The collapsible chair may include gear loops for hanging of gear from the collapsible chair. In various embodiments, a collapsible chair may advantageously provide a full size, lightweight chair configured for compact storage in a stowage bag for high portability during outdoor hiking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventor: Robert Steven Graybill
  • Patent number: 10172463
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are portable, collapsible rocking chairs for outdoor use. These rocking chairs have a plurality of chair arms (each chair arm having a proximal end and a distal end), a removable seat coupled to and supported by the distal ends of the plurality of chair arms, and a rocker assembly for rocking. An exemplary rocker assembly includes two rocker rails, one or more cross bars coupled to the rocker rails, and a plurality of arm ports for removably receiving the proximal end of each chair arm. Some rocker assemblies also include one or more hubs coupled to each rocker rail. The chair arms may comprise one or more hollow pole segments and an elastic cord coupling the pole segments and the rocker assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: RECREATIONAL EQUIPMENT, INC.
    Inventors: Jon Arruda, Steve Nagode, Nasahn Adam Sheppard
  • Patent number: 10159356
    Abstract: A three pivot point foldable frame has first and second lower front hubs, first and second upper front hubs, a lower rear hub, and an upper rear hub. Six support members interconnect the hubs. First and second support members pivotally engage each other at a first pivot. Third and fifth support members pivotally engage each other at a second pivot. Fourth and sixth support members pivotally engage each other at a third pivot. A child seat or bedding having a receptacle formed therein is engaged to the upper hubs. The frame folds out to an operating position and in to a compact position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Regalo International, LLC
    Inventors: Mark A. Flannery, Brian M. McMahon, Caleb Summers
  • Patent number: 9974388
    Abstract: The folding chair comprises a group of foot pipes, a group of seat frame pipes, a group of rotating connection pipes, a group of locking pipes and fabric. The group of foot pipes comprises a left and a right foot pipes. Armrest fixing pieces are fixedly installed on the upper ends of the foot pipes. A limiting piece is fixed in the middle of the foot pipes. A sliding piece is sleeved below the limiting piece. The upper ends of the four rotating pipes are rotatably connected with the seat frame pipes through a seat frame rotating piece; the other end of the four rotating pipes is rotatably connected with another linkage pipe of the four rotating pipes through a rotating piece fixed thereto; the rotating pipes are symmetrically arranged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Inventor: Feng Lv
  • Patent number: 9854914
    Abstract: A folding chair enables a user to easily change directions in a sitting state. The user's posture can be supported to prevent sagging in response to the weight of the sitting user. The folding chair includes a lower block having a first stopper connected with an end of each of the legs of the chair. The first stopper parts limit the other ends of the legs from rotating in the lower central direction. An upper block has a second stopper that horizontally rotates based on an axial connection to the lower block and is connected to an end of each of a plurality of support parts. The second stoppers limit the other ends of the support parts from rotating in the lower central direction. A seat connects the other ends of the support parts. The legs and the support parts can be folded or unfolded in the same directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: ING LEISURE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ji Soo Yoo
  • Patent number: 9468297
    Abstract: First and second U-shaped cross-members each include a front portion, a rear portion, and a cross bar connecting the front portion to the rear portion. The front and rear portions of the cross-members are pivotally connected with each other at central portions thereof. Left and right frame side assemblies are pivotally connected to the cross-members and have lateral portions that extend generally parallel the cross bars of the cross-members. The cross-members are mutually movable from a generally X-shaped setup condition in which the cross bars of the cross-members are transversely spaced apart from one another and the lateral portions of the left and right frame side assemblies also are transversely spaced apart from one another, to a generally flat collapsed condition in which the left and right frame side assemblies are nested within an envelope defined by the collapsed cross-members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: GCI Outdoor Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel R. Grace
  • Patent number: 9315165
    Abstract: A vehicle interior device, in particular to an aircraft interior device, includes at least one power supply interface and at least one power supply unit. The power supply unit is implemented by an energy harvesting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: RECARO Aircraft Seating GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Markus Höllerer
  • Patent number: 9066597
    Abstract: A compact collapsible chair includes upper tubes, leg tubes, a central tube connector and a seat back. The upper tubes are formed from detachable sections. Lower ends of the upper tubes are inserted into upper holes in the central tube connector, and upper ends of the leg tubes are inserted into lower holes in the central tube connector. Upper ends of the upper tubes fit into tube receptacles in the seat back. No part of the upper tubes other than the upper and lower ends contacts any part of the collapsible chair. The upper holes are disposed in an upper portion of the central tube connector that swivels over a lower portion into which the lower holes are bored. The upper portion and the attached upper tubes swivel about a cylinder that passes through the upper and lower portions but does not extend above or below the central tube connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: FIMAX International Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Youn Jae Lee
  • Patent number: 9016796
    Abstract: A portable stool for providing convenient seating comprising: a base, where the base is placed on a surface during use of the stool; a support post, where the support post extends vertically from the base; a telescoping post connected to the support post, where the telescoping post is vertically adjustable; openings along the telescoping post; seat posts, where the seat posts extend vertically from the openings; and a nylon seat attached to each distal end of the seat posts. The telescoping post may include three openings and a seat post extends from each opening. In one particular embodiment, the posts extend at an angle from each opening. The support post may include an adjustment slot. Inherently the portable stool further includes a collapsed position and an extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventor: Erwin Portis
  • Patent number: 8997766
    Abstract: A walking stick chair includes a main stick, a seat unit, a support unit, and a linking unit. The seat unit includes a sleeve member connected in a fixed position to the main stick, and a seat member connected pivotally to the sleeve member and operable between a folded state and an unfolded state. The support unit is connected pivotally to the main stick. The linking unit is connected pivotally to the support unit and the seat member. When the seat member is at the unfolded state, the walking stick chair serves as a chair, and when the seat member is operated from the unfolded state to the folded state, the walking stick chair is converted from the chair to a walking stick.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: Chih-Ting Pao
  • Publication number: 20150091336
    Abstract: A self-aligning, compactable, collapsible seating structure formed by sections of hollow tubing, each hollow tubing component has a first end having a first diameter and a second opposing region having a second, reduced diameter. Reduced diameter regions are insertable into said tubing regions having a first diameter to form a self-aligning joint. A pair of rigid, U-shape frames are rotatively connected together to form an A-frame shaped support. Dimensions of the chair in an operational, deployed configuration may be reduced along two dimensions (i.e., height, length) into a compacted configuration for storage or transport. The novel chair may be compacted into a thin bundle that may be rolled up in and contained within fabric that forms a portion of the chair. In its compacted, rolled up state, the novel chair is suitable for transportation within a backpack or other such enclosure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: Christopher Loney
  • Patent number: 8991915
    Abstract: A utility tray apparatus is provided which is attachable to lightweight foldable chairs. The chairs generally consist of tubular frames with fabric seat and backrests. The utility tray apparatus has a body portion and a tray portion. The body portion has two channels formed therein. The channels are suitable for receipt of the tubular leg members of the chair. The channels are tapered such that an interference fit is achieved when the diameter of the tubular leg member matches the width of the respective channel. An attachment member may be provided which fits within the channels of the body portion. The attachment member having a clamp on the bottom thereof suitable for clamping to a square or circular tubular member, such as a rail on a deer stand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Inventor: Stanley Mittelsted
  • Patent number: 8991920
    Abstract: A collapsible infant bouncer comprising support assembly configured with a pair of intersecting support rods pivotally articulated to one another, each support rod configured with at least a top link and a bottom link foldable about a folding joint, and a flexible seating member mounted on the support assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Tiny Love Ltd.
    Inventors: Shoshana Oren, Giora Shachal
  • Patent number: 8979184
    Abstract: A camp chair that levels to accommodate uneven ground and swivels. In the various embodiments, the camp chair includes a swivel assembly between the seat and the legs. The camp chair collapses into a compact portable configuration for transportation and expands into an operable seating configuration. The length of each leg is individually adjustable to allow leveling of the camp chair for use on an uneven or inclined surface. The camp chair optionally includes attachment points for connecting accessories. The swivel assembly allows the seat and any attachments to rotate freely about the vertical axis of the camp chair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventors: Todd W. Stafford, Michael Allison
  • Patent number: 8979188
    Abstract: The present invention is a single leg sitting device which has a collapsible leg which fits inside the seat for compact transportation or to turning the seat into a walking stick.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventors: Walden Blaine Crabtree, Jr., Lee Thomas Gately
  • Publication number: 20150048657
    Abstract: A folding lounge chair for resting on a ground surface has an arrangement of struts mutually hinged so that the struts are able to be bundled in a common parallel pack for compact storage and for carrying about. When unfolded, the user sits on a cloth such as a towel which is supported at the top of upright struts at one end of the cloth and by the ground surface and by further struts in contact with the ground. A sun shade is mounted on the upright struts in a position for shading the user, and may be folded out of the way when not wanted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: Joseph Michael Sabina
  • Patent number: 8931831
    Abstract: A lightweight, compact foldable beach chair is presented. The present invention beach chair features an upper seatback portion and a lower sand engagement portion. The seatback portion forms the backrest of the chair and the sand engagement portion anchors the chair in sand. The beach sand itself serves as the seat support for a user. The seatback and sand engagement portions are interconnected by a hub such that the seatback portion and sand engagement portion can rotate about the hub from an open, ready for use position, to a closed position for carrying. The new beach chair includes a detent system such that the seatback and sand engagement portions lock together when in the open and closed positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Inventor: Gregory Bassenian
  • Publication number: 20140368003
    Abstract: A chair assembly comprising a backrest, a fan assembly, and an airflow guide associated with the backrest in a manner such that airflow emitted from the fan assembly exits the chair assembly through the backrest. The assembly in various embodiments is, for example, a collapsible lawn chair, a quad chair, a bleacher chair, or an accessory for a wheelchair.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicant: TRAVELING BREEZE LEISURE PRODUCTS LLC
    Inventors: Gregory Alan Squires, Steven Lee Garner
  • Publication number: 20140346818
    Abstract: The present application provides a folding chair including a first backrest tube, on which a first through-hole bracket is sleeved; a second backrest tube, on which a second through-hole bracket is sleeved; a first connecting component connecting the first backrest tube and the second backrest tube; a first intersecting tube including a first front-leg tube and a first rear-leg tube which are articulated to one another; a second intersecting tube including a second front-leg tube and a second rear-leg tube which are articulated to one another; and a second connecting component connecting the first intersecting tube and the second intersecting tube. The folding chair further comprises a first waist-rest portion and a second waist-rest portion which are symmetrically arranged, and are configured to fit a waist curve when the folding chair is unfolded.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: ZHEJIANG HENGFENG TOP LEISURE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Baoqing YANG
  • Patent number: 8876203
    Abstract: A chair operable between an extended configuration and a collapsed configuration includes one or more legs, a handle and a locking mechanism. The one or more legs support a seat and the handle extends away from the seat opposite the one or more legs. The locking mechanism includes a lock plug disposed in an elongate trough. Movement of the handle between the extended and collapsed configurations involves depressing the lock plug and flipping the trough to an opposite side of the lock plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Abida LLC
    Inventors: Roland A. Haertl, David E. Gilman
  • Publication number: 20140312659
    Abstract: A chair with cold protection hand pockets includes a chair body having a seat, a backrest upward extended from a rear edge of the seat, and two armrests located above two lateral side of the seat; and a base located below the chair body to support the seat at a predetermined height from the ground. Two cold protection hand pockets are provided on front ends of the two armrests. Each of the cold protection hand pockets encloses a receiving space having an inlet opening, via which a user may extend one hand into the receiving space. When the chair is used outdoors, the user may rest two arms on the armrests with two hands extended through the inlet openings into the receiving spaces of the cold protection hand pockets to achieve the purpose of protecting hands against cold and wind while keeping hands warm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: FTI GROUP (HOLDING) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: FTI GROUP (HOLDING) COMPANY LIMITED
  • Patent number: 8864223
    Abstract: A collapsible quad chair has a frame selectively moveable between a collapsed configuration of the chair and a use configuration of the chair, and a fabric frame cover attachable to the frame to define a back portion and a seat portion of the chair. A support is coupled to the frame and a plate is mounted on the support. The plate is sized and shaped to provide a user sitting in the chair with a surface suitable for allowing the user to rest a dish of food while eating a meal while sitting in the chair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: American Recreation Products, LLC.
    Inventors: Nels Larson, Erin Doubleday, Matt Wagner
  • Publication number: 20140306493
    Abstract: A swiveling folding chair is provided. The chair swivels independently of the legs of the chair. The chair includes a drawstring to fold the arms or legs of the chair.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventors: Michael Obolewicz, Craig A. Hills
  • Patent number: 8794698
    Abstract: A foldable, deployable chair for video game controller presentation has a folding frame supporting a chair seat, a back support, and left and right armrests, a substantially planar hand controller support surface extending from the forward end of one of the left and right armrests to the forward end of the other left and right armrest, the controller support surface pivoted to a frame extension at one end, and resting on a frame extension at the other end, surface is substantially horizontal and may be raised and rotated about the pivot at the frame extension at the one end, allowing a user to be seated and then lowered about the pivot, presenting the controller support surface the seated user in a position within comfortable reach of a user's hands, and a fastening interface on the hand controller support surface adapted to fasten the hand-operable controller devices to the support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Inventor: Bryan K. Halsey
  • Patent number: 8764105
    Abstract: A folding chair having at least one offset pyramid hinge, two chair legs, a chair-backing, and a seating member which can fold substantially flat in a closed position, and can substantially lock open in an opened position. The offset hinge of the chair promotes the chair remaining in either a flattened or open position by positioning the intersecting junctions at apices which are offset from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventor: Alexander Gendell
  • Publication number: 20140167455
    Abstract: A folding and reclining chair has first left and right side poles pivotally attached to left and right rear feet. Risers are pivotally attached to the left and right side poles. An angle fitting is rigidly attached to each riser. Back poles are pivotally attached to the angle fittings. A flexible material is attached to or supported by the back poles to provide a back rest. A position lock may be associated with the angle fitting for locking the back pole into one of two or more positions. The chair may be a quad type chair having sliding front and rear connectors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: PRO PERFORMANCE SPORTS, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Allen Holland
  • Patent number: 8720988
    Abstract: Certain embodiments described herein are directed to portable devices operative as high chairs. The devices are collapsible to facilitate easy set-up and take down and can be configured in many different manners. In certain embodiments, safety features may also be included in the devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Tomfoolery Designs, LLC
    Inventors: Nathan A. Underwood, Christine F. Underwood
  • Patent number: 8702166
    Abstract: A chair support apparatus includes partially affixed first and second flexible panels with a first and second outer periphery portion respectively, also a plurality of channels are formed between the first and second flexible panels bounded by the partial affixment. Also, a plurality of straps are disposed within each one of the channels, wherein each of the straps has a pair of extensions that extend beyond the first and second outer peripheries, each strap has a slip fit engagement within each channel allowing relative movement between the first and second flexible panels and the strap. Operationally, each of the strap extensions is engaged to a beam of a chair for drawing taut a plurality of portions of the first and second flexible panels resulting in a remaining plurality of portions of the first and second flexible panels drooping from the relative movement as between the taut portions to retain accessories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Inventor: Paul Edward Brunner
  • Patent number: 8690236
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a frame having a collapsed configuration and an expanded configuration. A first membrane is coupled to the frame and includes a seat portion with first and second openings. A second membrane is couplable to the first membrane and/or the frame and is configured to be moved between a first position in which the second membrane covers the first and second openings, and a second position in which the first and second openings are not covered by the second membrane. The frame and the first membrane are configured to support a user in a seated position when the second membrane is in the first position and the frame is expanded, the first and second openings are each configured to receive a leg of a user when the second membrane is in the second position and the frame is expanded to support the user in a standing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Swimways Corporation
    Inventors: Kristine Rose Gorinas, John P. Oliver
  • Patent number: 8646835
    Abstract: The present invention relates to lightweight collapsible portable chairs. In one embodiment, the portable chair has a sling and a chair frame which includes a first pair of bars and a second pair of bars. Each bar of the first pair of bars includes a joint configured to contact a ground surface. In another embodiment, the chair frame includes a front of bars, a back pair of bars, a pair of joints and a center bar configured to securely couple the pair of back joints to each other. In some embodiments, the chair frame includes a front support assembly. In other embodiments, the chair frame includes a pair of lower bars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Alite Designs, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel B. Homans, Tae Wan Kim
  • Patent number: 8511747
    Abstract: A collapsible chair includes a collapsible seat having a front portion and an opposing rear portion and a collapsible back. The collapsible back includes a first back support member and a second back support member. Each of the first back support member and the second back support member includes an arcuate portion extending toward the front portion of the collapsible seat. A back membrane is coupled to the back support members and spans a distance between the back support members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Strongback, LLC
    Inventor: Laurence Lougee
  • Patent number: 8459741
    Abstract: A chair is provided that permits a chair user to configure the chair to accommodate uneven terrain. The chair user manually grasps a strap, additionally grasps the chair at another location, and moves the strap toward the top of the chair. The strap movement releases in a coordinated manner a group of telescoping leg posts from their fixed securement, whereupon the telescoping leg posts individually adjust to respective heights such that a seating portion of the chair is supported at a level disposition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Inventors: Paul John Mazzola, Fred Heys
  • Patent number: 8454084
    Abstract: The portable chair of the disclosure includes: hubs respectively installed at both left and right sides of the chair; a central support frame connecting both left and right hubs; front and rear leg frames respectively having base ends separably coupled to the lower front and rear outer peripheral surfaces of the respective hubs and respectively having free ends disposed in a manner of radially extending toward the ground surface; front and rear pole frames respectively having base ends separably coupled to the upper front and rear outer peripheral surfaces of the respective hubs and respectively having free ends disposed in a manner of radially extending toward the sky; and a fabric sheet coupled to the free ends of the front and rear pole frames. The structural rigidity is excellent, and the chair may land on the ground surface in a stable posture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Inventor: Jeh-Kun Lah
  • Patent number: 8449026
    Abstract: A seating assembly adapted to be readily converted between an inoperative storage configuration and multiple operative seating configurations, including: a frame sub-assembly, wherein the frame sub-assembly includes a back section, a seat section, and a telescoping leg support section; a ground engaging leg sub-assembly; and body support member. An adjustable headrest that releasably retains a beach towel is provided. Integrated storage pockets for retaining, personal articles, paraphernalia, music players, drink bottles, etcetera are yet further provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Inventors: Gilbert Michael Gutierrez, Shawn Marie Price
  • Publication number: 20130088053
    Abstract: A pitman-style foldable frame structure has an innovative and unique assembled design. The frame structure includes foldable panels, a central spindle, lateral frames, oblique connecting rods, a control device, and a central connecting frame. The frame structure offers improvement over the prior art in lowering the material cost and increasing structural support strength and rigidity of the pitman-style foldable frame and achieves practical advancement and better industrial utilization effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2011
    Publication date: April 11, 2013
    Applicant: SHIN FANG PLASTIC INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuan-Ming Chen, Tuan-Yu Chen, Yen-Yu Chen
  • Patent number: 8388056
    Abstract: A heated collapsible article of furniture is provided. The article of furniture has a collapsible frame movable from an open orientation to a collapsed orientation. A heating element is formed integrally with the article of furniture and is configured for converting electrical energy to thermal energy. A rechargeable electrical storage device is couple to the heating element and configured to receive electrical energy photovoltaically and provide the electrical energy to the heating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Inventors: ReAnna Gayle Smith, Kyle Matthew Smith
  • Patent number: 8322785
    Abstract: Collapsible articles of furniture comprise at least one leg assembly including a first leg and a second leg, each with an upper leg segment and a lower leg segment coupled together by a link. The two links are pivotally connected to each other for movement between an open position wherein the first and second legs cross each other to form a generally X-shaped configuration and a closed position wherein the upper and lower leg segments are aligned, the upper leg section of the first leg receivable within the lower leg section of the second leg and the upper leg section of the second leg is receivable within the lower leg section of the first leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: GCI Outdoor, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel R. Grace, Scott J. Kasper
  • Patent number: 8272684
    Abstract: A swiveling folding chair is provided. The chair includes a fabric seat; a plurality of legs; a primary control tree having a first control shaft and having first, second, third, and fourth collars mounted on the control shaft. The legs are each attached to the first control collar, and, support arms are each attached to the second control collar and to the fabric seat. Elongate support members are each attached at one end to one of the legs and at the other end to the fourth control collar. Elongate brace members are each attached at one end to one of the arms and at the other end to the third control collar. The second control collar rotates about the first control collar so the seat rotates independently of the legs. The seat and legs fold into a stowed orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Revolve, LLC.
    Inventors: Michael Obolewicz, Craig A Hills
  • Patent number: 8262157
    Abstract: A collapsible and foldable composite chair with back slats and seat slats held together by a fabric material. A fold line hinge into the fabric material which normally wears out over time is reinforced to prevent such early wear outs with a cell foam material, preferably a closed cell polyolefin strip. As a result the slats do not wear though the slat pockets in the material and the fold line hinge endures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Inventor: Leslie Aisner Novak
  • Patent number: 8251442
    Abstract: Two-way foldable outdoor chair selectively foldable from set-up position to a first flatly folded position or to a second bundled position may be prevented from being folded to the second position while at all times remaining foldable to the first position and may include an adjustable reclining position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: GCI Outdoor, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel R. Grace
  • Patent number: 8205934
    Abstract: The portable chair frame that supports a sling of the preferred embodiments includes a brace, a first pair of collapsible bars, a second pair of collapsible bars, and two joints that each provide a point of contact with a ground surface. Each collapsible bar has a first end coupled to the brace and a second end that provides a sling interface for the sling. The joints are included in each of the collapsible bars of the first pair of collapsible bars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Alite Designs, Inc.
    Inventor: Samuel B. Homans
  • Patent number: 8152236
    Abstract: A restraining apparatus for a child consists of a frame with a back; the back of the frame has parallel back rods which can be adjusted lengthwise and a bottom foldably attached to the back by lockable hinges. The back and the bottom each have a foundation rod further comprising a stop. The apparatus also has a cover for the frame. The cover has an upper portion containing a plurality of slots, and a plurality of straps which fit removably through the slots to adjust to the height of the child to be restrained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Inventor: Amanda Romero
  • Patent number: 8141944
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a seat frame having an expanded configuration and a collapsed configuration. The seat frame includes a support member and four elongate members. A first elongate member is of a first pole type, a second elongate member is of a second pole type, and a third and fourth elongate member are of a third pole type defined by a length and a shape. Each of the elongate members are pivotably connected to the support member. When the seat frame is in the expanded configuration, the first and second elongate members have a first end disposed at a front portion of the seat frame and a second end disposed at a back portion of the seat frame; and the third and the fourth elongate member have a first end disposed at the back portion of the frame and a second end disposed at the front portion of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Swimways Corporation
    Inventors: David Reeb, Paul Robinette
  • Patent number: 8136873
    Abstract: A foldable rest support including a frame has at least four sections articulated together about an axis to which is associated a bearing surface, two of the sections constituting the suspension arms. According to the disclosed embodiments, two other of the sections constituting the feet of the support, each foot having a truncated V shape, and the bearing surface links the sections constituting the suspension arms in order to at least partially cover at least one of the lateral faces of the foldable support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Inventors: Denis Fritsch, Frederic Frilloux
  • Publication number: 20120032418
    Abstract: A stroller has a seat assembly with a seat bottom and a seat back that is movable from an upright in-use orientation to a forward folded orientation closer to the seat bottom. A structure such as an arm bar extends across the seat assembly above the seat bottom and in front of the seat back. The structure is in a raised in-use position with the seat back in the in-use orientation. The structure moves from the in-use position to a lowered stowed position closer to the seat bottom when the seat back is moved to the folded forward orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2010
    Publication date: February 9, 2012
    Applicant: teutonia Kinderwagenfabrik GmbH
    Inventors: Louis Doucette, Thomas Perrin, Matthew Ransil, Todd Sorzano, Brady M. Schroeder
  • Patent number: 8066323
    Abstract: An apparatus for sitting is provided including a semi-flexible fulcrum band having an inner surface, the inner surface integrally including at least one penetration member, wherein the semi-flexible fulcrum band is configured to hold together a plurality of leg members having different varieties, permitting the plurality of leg members to spread above and below the fulcrum band into a supporting position. The apparatus further includes a flexible seat portion containing a plurality of pockets, each pocket configured to receive an upper end of one of the plurality of leg members when the plurality of leg members are in the supporting position, whereby the flexible seat portion is adapted for supporting a person sitting on said flexible seat portion. Finally, the at least one penetration members is configured to penetrate at least one of the plurality of leg members when the person sits in the flexible seat portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Inventor: Timothy Lee McCabe
  • Patent number: 8056969
    Abstract: Collapsible articles of furniture are provided which have at least one leg assembly which includes a first leg and a second leg. The first leg has a first upper leg segment and a first lower leg segment coupled to the upper leg segment by a first link and the second leg has a movable second upper leg segment and a fixed second lower leg segment coupled to the upper leg segment by a second link. The two links are pivotally connected to each other for movement between an open position wherein the first and second legs cross each other to form a generally X-shaped configuration and a closed position wherein the upper and lower leg segments are aligned with each other and the upper leg section of the first leg is received within the lower leg section of the second leg and is aligned with and telescopically received within the lower leg section of the first leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: GCI Outdoor, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel R. Grace, Scott J. Kasper
  • Patent number: 8056982
    Abstract: A collapsible, compactable chair or seating apparatus having a pair of rigid frames hingedly connected to one another to form an A-frame configuration. Both frames may be collapsed so that the frame dimensions of the chair in an operational, deployed configuration may be reduced in two dimensions (i.e., height, length) when collapsed into a compacted configuration for storage or transport. The novel chair may be compacted into a thin bundle that may be rolled up in and contained within fabric forming a portion of the chair. In its compacted, rolled up state, the novel chair is suitable for transportation within a backpack or other such enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Inventor: Christopher Loney
  • Publication number: 20110254325
    Abstract: A swiveling folding chair is provided. The chair swivels independently of the legs of the chair. The chair includes audio speakers exterior of the back support of the chair.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2011
    Publication date: October 20, 2011
    Inventors: Michael Obolewicz, Craig A. Hills
  • Patent number: RE43847
    Abstract: A support including a frame having a tension member coupled to the frame is disclosed. The frame has a collapsed configuration and an expanded configuration. The tension member is disposable in a first position to provide support for an arm of a user and a second position to be carried on a shoulder of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Kelsyus, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Edward Le Gette, David Reeb, Alan Tipp, Justin Saul Werner, Inna Alesina