Adjustable To Multiple Use Positions Patents (Class 297/161)
  • Patent number: 10966529
    Abstract: A portable workstation is an apparatus that provides a work seat, surface, and convenient resources for desk work. The apparatus is also configured to collapse for ease of transport. The apparatus includes a chair frame, a pack, a backing, a first telescoping table panel, a second telescoping table panel, a first shoulder strap, and a second shoulder strap. The chair frame provides support for the user. The pack can be utilized to store a laptop, chargers, paper, writing implements, and other items. The backing serves as protection for the collapsing components in the closed configuration. The first telescoping table panel and the second telescoping table panel extend into operative and resting positions relative to each other. The first shoulder strap works in conjunction with the second shoulder strap to provide a mechanism for the user to conveniently carry the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Inventor: Jolie Downs
  • Patent number: 10639221
    Abstract: A coil spring mattress and adjustable foundation assembly includes a coil spring mattress; and an adjustable foundation including a mattress support surface including a head and back section hingedly connected to an intermediate section at one end and a leg and foot section hingedly connected to the intermediate section at another end, wherein the intermediate section includes a first portion and a second portion. The intermediate or seat section is configured to increase in length upon articulation of the head and back section and/or the leg and foot section from a flat position or an increase in inclination of any section. Likewise, the intermediate or seat section is configured to decrease in length upon articulation of the head and back section and/or the leg and foot section from an inclined position to a flat position or a decrease in length upon declination of any section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: DREAMWELL, LTD.
    Inventors: Kenneth L. Kramer, Jeffrey M. Woodall, Francis Jan
  • Patent number: 10638851
    Abstract: An adjustable foundation and process includes a mattress support surface including a head and back section hingedly connected to an intermediate section at one end and a leg and foot section hingedly connected to the intermediate section at another end, wherein the intermediate section includes a first portion and a second portion, wherein the first portion is hingedly connected to the head and back section and the second portion is hingedly connected to the leg and foot section. The intermediate or seat section is configured to increase in length upon articulation of the head and back section 18 and/or the leg and foot section 22 from a flat position or an increase in inclination of any section. Likewise, the intermediate or seat section 20 is configured to decrease in length upon articulation of the head and back section 18 and/or the leg and foot section 22 from an inclined position to a flat position or a decrease in length upon declination of any section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: DREAMWELL, LTD.
    Inventor: Kenneth L. Kramer
  • Patent number: 10506884
    Abstract: An adjustable foundation and process includes a mattress support surface including a head/back section hingedly connected to an intermediate section at one end and a leg/foot section hingedly connected to the intermediate section at another end, wherein the intermediate section includes a first second portions, wherein the first portion is hingedly connected to the head/back section and the second portion is hingedly connected to the leg/foot section. The intermediate section is configured to increase in length upon articulation of the head/back section and/or the leg/foot section from a flat position or an increase in inclination of any section. Likewise, the intermediate section is configured to decrease in length upon articulation of the head/back section and/or the leg/ foot section from an inclined position to a flat position or a decrease in length upon declination of any section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: DREAMWELL, LTD.
    Inventor: Kenneth L. Kramer
  • Patent number: 10322807
    Abstract: A passenger seat tray table mechanism that deploys by way of a controlled sequence of translational and rotational movements. Dependent on tray table mechanism position, the mechanism provides simultaneous unlocking of one motion and locking out of another motion in a predetermined mechanical sequence to avoid passenger entrapment and collisions with surrounding cabinetry of furniture. A wide range of table positions are achievable while all possible paths of table movement can be controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: Kristopher Charles Moulton, Ian Lawrence Frost
  • Patent number: 9708066
    Abstract: A deployment mechanism for a seat table has a non-linear motion slide comprising a primary carriage movable back and forth along a primary track. A secondary carriage is coupled to the primary carriage and moves with the primary carriage. A secondary non-linear track runs non-parallel with the primary track. The secondary carriage is coupled to the secondary track and is movable back and forth along the secondary track. The coupling between the secondary carriage and the primary carriage allows relative movement between the carriages in a transverse direction and allows relative rotation between the secondary carriage and the primary carriage about a perpendicular axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Inventors: James Thompson, Keith Newell, Neil Rogers
  • Patent number: 9221376
    Abstract: A tray for use in a vehicle may include a base sized and shaped to fit within a vehicle cup holder and a tray attachable to the base and repositionable on the base to different positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Inventor: Forrest S. Baker
  • Patent number: 8985684
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a single arm adjustment mechanism for supporting an object, the single arm adjustment mechanism comprising: a support arm; an upper adjustment assembly coupled to an upper end of said support arm, said upper adjustment assembly capable of being coupled to said object such that said object pivots about a first axis; and a lower adjustment assembly capable of being fixed to a support and pivotally coupled to a lower end of said support arm such that said support arm pivots about a second axis parallel to said first axis in order to maintain said object in a desired angular orientation with respect to said support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Singapore Technologies Aerospace Ltd
    Inventors: Guoying Zheng, Soo Siong Richard Tan, Kuan Sheng Tan
  • Patent number: 8979190
    Abstract: A tray attached to a pivot housing, support arm, and armrest clamp may be easily and quickly detached and reattached to an armrest on a chair. The tray may rotate around an arm hub when a stationary lower index plate in the arm hub is displaced from an upper index plate in the index housing. The tray is restrained from rotation when the upper and lower index plates are in contact with one another. The tray may be disconnected from the support arm while the support arm remains clamped to an armrest. The armrest clamp includes a bevel gear driven in rotation by a clamping ring on the support arm. The bevel gear drives rack gear attached to a traveling clamp jaw. Rotating the clamping ring displaces the traveling clamp jaw relative to a stationary clamp jaw, enabling the armrest clamp to securely clamp to an armrest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventors: Demetrius Madrigal, Bryan Ulrich McClain, Raymond Donald Mueller, Anthony Printis
  • Patent number: 8851564
    Abstract: A chair with a foldable desk includes a support leg having a crossbar. A seat plate installed above said support leg includes an upper seat, a lower cover and a coupler into which the crossbar is rotatably inserted. The seat plate rotates between a vertical position and a horizontal position. A back installed above a rear side of the seat plate is capable of tilting forward and rearward with tilting means. A desk installed above a side of the support leg includes an upper plate with an attachment member on its bottom. The upper plate may swing between an upper position and a lower position within an angle range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Inventor: Won ho Seo
  • Patent number: 8668257
    Abstract: A foldable bracket of a chair contains a positioning rod, a first rotating rod, a connector, a second rotating rod, and a supporting plate. The positioning rod is connected with the chair. The first rotating rod is rotatably coupled with the positioning rod. The connector is joined with the first rotating rod. The second rotating rod is rotatably coupled with the connector, and the supporting plate is connected to the second rotating rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Inventor: Yao-Chuan Wu
  • Patent number: 8628142
    Abstract: A chair includes a base, a seat supported on the base, and a support member having an upper portion and at least one lower portion that is lower than the upper portion. The at least one lower portion of the support member is attached to at least one of the base and the seat. The upper portion of the at least one support member is attached to the at least one lower portion. A portion of the upper portion defines an offset positioned inwardly toward the seat relative to other sections of the upper portion. A tablet is moveably attached to the upper portion such that it is moveable from a first position to a second position. The offset is positioned so it supports the tablet when the tablet is in the second position and transfers a substantial amount of load supported by the offset to the support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Knoll, Inc.
    Inventor: Hendrik R. van Hekken
  • Publication number: 20130249256
    Abstract: A chair, such as, e.g., an easy chair or, a recliner, may include a compartment, a tray, or both. The compartment may have an open position and a closed position and may include a panel configured for a specific purpose. For example, the panel may include a cup holder, a storage slot, and an outlet. The outlet may include a power outlet, a USB port, an ethernet port, or the like. The tray may rotate about a shaft and/or an arm of the chair so that does not pose a nuisance to a user of the chair. The tray may include a mechanism to slide the tray between a first position and a second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: Meco Corporation
    Inventors: Don Payne, JR., Linda West Schumann, Kenneth C. Peacock, Steven Ralph McNay
  • Publication number: 20130181490
    Abstract: A self-leveling apparatus, a tray table for use with a seat comprising such an apparatus, and a method of maintaining a horizontal level of a mounting member are provided. The self-leveling apparatus comprises: a gear train rotatable about a fixed reference point, the gear train comprising a first gear fixedly mounted to the reference point; a rotatable last gear, and an odd number of rotatable intermediate gears meshing between the first gear and the last gear; and a mounting member adapted to be coupled the last gear, the mounting member having a surface capable of being positioned horizontally; wherein the last gear is further adapted to rotate locally about its axis an equal and opposite amount to a system rotation by the gear train about the reference point, thereby maintaining the surface horizontal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Applicant: SINGAPORE TECHNOLOGIES AEROSPACE LTD
    Inventor: SINGAPORE TECHNOLOGIES AEROSPACE LTD
  • Patent number: 8480172
    Abstract: A universal reclining armrest system for use with an articulated examination chair. The system includes an armrest adapter having a universal aperture for receiving a post portion of an armrest assembly. The armrest adapter further includes a splined peg for coupling to a pivoting mechanism of an articulated chair. The pivoting mechanism enables the chair to move throughout an operable range of motion while maintaining a fixed rotational position of an attached armrest adapter. The armrest assembly further includes an adjustable joint to provide 360° of rotational adjustment to the armrest relative to the fixed position of the armrest adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Inventors: Jeff Baker, Mike Bradfield, Brad Baker
  • Patent number: 8424900
    Abstract: Stroller trays and methods of mounting the same on strollers are disclosed. An example stroller tray mates with a tray mount mounted to the stroller frame proximate a seat. The example tray includes a tray portion and an arm. The tray portion is cantilevered on the arm to extend in front of or over a portion of the seat. When mounted to the stroller, the stroller tray does not extend completely from one side of the stroller frame to the other to facilitate egress to the stroller seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Kolcraft Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Christine A. Ryan, Rachel Fine, Ross Carl, Chen Er-Jui, Iftinca Ioan Liviu, Matthew James Oblak, Wesley E. Thomas
  • Publication number: 20120267923
    Abstract: A chair including a writing tablet that can be used with both a right handed and a left handed seat occupant. The chair includes a writing tablet that is supported on a tablet arm. The tablet arm is pivotable beneath the seating element of the chair such that the tablet arm can be positioned on either the right side or left side of the user. The writing tablet is pivotally mounted to the tablet arm such that the writing tablet can pivot toward and away from the seat occupant. The writing tablet is further movably mounted to the tablet arm such that the writing tablet can move toward and away from the seat occupant. The seating element of the chair is pivotably mounted to a support structure including chair legs and preferably caster wheels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2012
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Applicant: Krueger International, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy J. Bouche
  • Publication number: 20120223548
    Abstract: A platform assembly comprising a mount and an elbow that includes a horizontal portion and a vertical portion. The vertical portion is rotatably mated to the mount. An elongate arm is rotatably mated to the horizontal portion and a platform is slidably and non-rotatably disposed on the arm. The mount includes a slot formed around a portion of its circumference and the vertical portion includes a protrusion that engages the slot to limit rotation of the vertical portion with respect to the mount. The arm includes a cylindrical portion and the horizontal portion of the elbow includes a cylindrical socket that receives the cylindrical portion of the arm. The horizontal portion includes a slot formed around a portion of the circumference of the cylindrical socket and the arm includes a protrusion that engages the slot to limit rotation of the arm with respect to the horizontal portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2011
    Publication date: September 6, 2012
    Applicant: BRAVO SPORTS
    Inventors: Jerry Sharber, Jack B. Lovley, II
  • Patent number: 8256835
    Abstract: A tablet adjustment mechanism is provided to control the movement of a tablet of a seat assembly between a lowered non-use or stowed position under the armrest and a raised or use position, and further control the tablet's movement between an inward use position and an outward use position. The adjustment mechanism includes a plunger inside of a pivot element, the plunger's longitudinal and rotational or pivotal movements being controlled by a pin engaging a slot in the plunger, and also by a guide pin traversing an arcuate slot in a tablet support arm. The adjustment mechanism may limit lateral or sideward movement of the tablet when the tablet is in its fully lowered or stowed position and during at least some of the pivotal movement toward its raised position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Irwin Seating Company
    Inventors: James M. Brink, John P. Conner
  • Patent number: 8079553
    Abstract: A peripheral device support assembly. The peripheral device support assembly includes two detachable armrest and support tray adapted to be attached to each arm of an office chair. The detachable armrest and support tray includes a mount for securing the armrest support unit to a chair arm and a first portion hingedly attached to the mount for allowing the first portion to swivel in relation to the mount. The detachable armrest and support tray also includes a second portion pivotally connected to the second portion such that the first portion folds back over a second portion for storage. A tray spans the distance between the second portion of each detachable armrest and support tray to provide additional workspace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Inventor: Steve Martin
  • Publication number: 20110221241
    Abstract: A school desk is provided. The school desk has a frame and a desktop engaging the frame. The seat member engages the frame also to space the seat away from the desktop. Between the frame and the desktop, on the underside of the desktop, there are a plurality of brackets to allow for the adjustment of the desktop. That is to say, the desktop, when the adjusters are loosened, can be moved closer to the seated pupil or further away from the seated pupil, and the adjusters locked down to hold the desktop in a preselected position with respect to the seated pupil.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2011
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Inventor: Clarence Wenske
  • Publication number: 20110031785
    Abstract: A chair arm transformable into a work surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2010
    Publication date: February 10, 2011
    Inventor: DANIEL V. STEENSON
  • Patent number: 7862111
    Abstract: A multi-functional adjustable tray that mounts on the arm of a chair to provide a comfortably accessible work surface to support a computer mouse and other IO devices. The adjustable tray may be easily mounted to an arm of a chair and provides width, length, rotation, and storage adjustments. The adjustable tray includes a platform that is pivotally connected to an armchair stop. The armchair stop may be supported by adjustable guides that may be secured to the chair arm by a compression element. The tray may include one or more rotatable joints to allow the platform or IO devices to be tilted to a comfortable working angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Inventor: Daniel V Steenson
  • Publication number: 20100295338
    Abstract: A collapsible tray for use with portable chairs. The tray is mounted to the chair frame by a mounting bracket or clamp. The horizontal support is connected to the vertical support by a pivoting connector, which allows the tray to swing out of the way for easy access. The tray surface itself is made of flexible material and is attached to two tray supports. The two tray supports are connected using two hinged extensions connected to either end of the tray supports. The hinged extensions are connected to the horizontal support by a connector to the support allowing the extensions to pivot and fold. Opening or closing the tray may be accomplished by folding the extensions in or out. The tray can be easily collapsed which allows it to be stored with the chair, or carried in the storage bag with the chair itself.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2009
    Publication date: November 25, 2010
    Inventor: Kenneth Reed Crowe
  • Patent number: 7798072
    Abstract: A stowable table assembly comprising a hinge block, a tabletop, and a support carrying the tabletop. The support is pivotably attached to the hinge block for rotation about a hinge axis. The tabletop is thereby rotatable about the hinge axis between a use position and a stowing position. The tabletop is furthermore movable relative to the support. A releasable locking mechanism associated with the hinge block and the support prevents rotation of the tabletop unless the tabletop is in a predetermined position relative to the support. The locking mechanism is released in response to movement of the tabletop to the predetermined position thereby permitting the tabletop to be rotated toward its stowing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Becker Automotive Design, Inc.
    Inventors: Howard B. Becker, Ronald T. Weaver
  • Patent number: 7726732
    Abstract: A chair mountable desk apparatus includes a clamp is removably positioned on an armrest. A first panel has a top side, a bottom side and a perimeter edge. The first panel is mechanically coupled to the clamp and a computer mouse is positionable on the top side. The first panel has a first lateral edge, a second lateral edge, a first end edge and a second end edge. A second panel has an upper surface, a lower surface, and a peripheral edge. A rod is attached to the lower surface and extends outwardly from the peripheral edge. A sleeve is attached to the bottom side of the first panel nearer to the first end edge than the second end edge. A keyboard is positionable on the upper surface. The sleeve receives the rod to position the second panel adjacent to the second lateral edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Inventor: Sherrina J. Keating
  • Publication number: 20100006364
    Abstract: A vehicle seat assembly comprises a base; a seat mounted to swivel relative to the base; and a console having first and second segments, the first segment mounted to swivel with the seat relative to the base and the second segment being mounted to remain in fixed position as the seat and first console segment swivel. The console's two segments lie in a generally common horizontal plane and are separated by an arcuate spacing so that the first segment is located proximate the operator and the second segment is located distally of the operator. This arrangement of the seat assembly components allows the seated operator to rotate in the seat through a substantial arc, with the first console segment rotating as well while the second console segment remains stationary.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Publication date: January 14, 2010
    Applicant: Sears Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: L. John Koutsky, Dale R. Ropp, Bradley T. Hebeler
  • Patent number: 7530632
    Abstract: A seating unit includes a tubular support extending upwardly from a chair frame, a retainer telescopingly engaging an upright open end of the support, and an armrest mounted on the retainer. The retainer is keyed at both ends to prevent undesired rotation of the armrest. Accessories are mounted to the retainer, and are positionable at use and non-use positions relative to a seated user. The accessories include a cup holder, a container, a hook for hanging items under the cup holder or container, and different tablets. One tablet includes a wheeled leg that extends downwardly from a center of gravity of the tablet, the leg supporting the tablet and reducing cantilever forces on the retainer. The back and seat comprise a flexible member co-molded onto a supportive partial-perimeter frame member and includes back and seat sections that matably engage corresponding surfaces of the frame member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2009
    Assignee: Steelcase Development Corporation
    Inventors: John M. Kaloustian, Russell Plant, Robert L. Stewart, Paul Thomas Cornell
  • Publication number: 20090108641
    Abstract: A multi-functional adjustable tray that mounts on the arm of a chair to provide a comfortably accessible work surface to support a computer mouse and other IO devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2008
    Publication date: April 30, 2009
    Inventor: DANIEL V. STEENSON
  • Publication number: 20090039620
    Abstract: Stroller trays and methods of mounting the same on strollers are disclosed. An example stroller tray mates with a tray mount mounted to the stroller frame proximate a seat. The example tray includes a tray portion and an arm. The tray portion is cantilevered on the arm to extend in front of or over a portion of the seat. When mounted to the stroller, the stroller tray does not extend completely from one side of the stroller frame to the other to facilitate egress to the stroller seat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2008
    Publication date: February 12, 2009
    Inventors: Christine A. Ryan, Rachel Fine, Ross Carl, Chen Er-Jui, Iftinca Ioan Liviu, Matthew James Oblak, Wesley E. Thomas
  • Patent number: 7478868
    Abstract: The invention relates to an armchair tablet hinge system. According to the invention, the tablet (1) is mounted to an armrest of the armchair by means of a support (4), said support containing a hollow shaft (5). The end of the hollow shaft is provided with a head (6) to which the tablet (1) is articulated by means of a cam-shaped element (7). In addition, rod (10) is housed in the aforementioned shaft (5) and is pushed against the cam-shaped element (7) by means of a spring (11). Moreover, the end of the rod (10) can be inserted into a notch (13) in the cam (7) in order provisionally to block the rotation of the tablet (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2009
    Assignee: Figureas International Seating, S.A.
    Inventor: Jose Figueras Mitjans
  • Patent number: 7478867
    Abstract: A breastfeeding chair includes a baby rest unit mounted adjustably on an armrest unit. The baby rest unit includes a support rod, an extension arm and a baby rest member. The support rod is mounted on a front end of the armrest unit and is movable upward and downward for height adjustment. The extension arm is mounted rotatably on the support rod and is turnable upward and downward to adjust an inclined angle with respect to a horizontal direction. The baby rest member is mounted on the extension arm opposite to the support rod and is pivotable to move forward and backward relative to the front end of the armrest unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2009
    Inventor: Chi-Nan Weng
  • Publication number: 20080224505
    Abstract: A lap/end table that attaches to the frame of a typical folding chair. The table is connected by a bracket on one end that provides a range of motion to allow the table to be used in several positions. The positions are the lap position, the end table position, or a folded or stored position. The table is adjustable to the user and chair size by incorporating a hinge and leg that provide advantages in the different positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2007
    Publication date: September 18, 2008
    Inventor: John Louis Gerard
  • Publication number: 20080073946
    Abstract: The present invention is an assembly adapted for attachment to a chair. It includes a first embodiment adapted to support a computer keyboard (w/mouse platform) and a second embodiment adapted to support a computer mouse only. Both embodiments are releasably secured to the armrests of a chair and are pivotally and longitudinally adjustable. The keyboard-supporting embodiment is connected to both armrests and the mouse only supporting embodiment is connected to a left armrest for a left-handed mouse user and to the right armrest for a right-handed mouse user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2006
    Publication date: March 27, 2008
    Inventor: Kathie Maione
  • Patent number: 7311354
    Abstract: A seat for aircraft provided with integrated components for the user's comfort includes an outboard armrest to which is mounted a folding table that is movable between a stowed position where it lies on top of the armrest to an operational position. The armrest also includes a monitor and other components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2007
    Assignee: 3861589 Canada Inc.
    Inventor: Brigitte Giasson
  • Patent number: 7216930
    Abstract: A multi-functional adjustable tray that mounts on the arm of a chair to provide a comfortably accessible work surface to support a computer mouse and other devices. The adjustable tray may be easily mounted to either arm of a chair and provides width, length, rotation, and storage adjustments. The adjustable tray includes a generally planar platform and is pivotally connected to an armchair stop supported by adjustable guides secured to the chair arm by a compression element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2007
    Inventor: Daniel V. Steenson
  • Patent number: 7131688
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a multi-functional adjustable mouse tray that mounts on the arm of a chair to provide a comfortably accessible work surface to support and use a computer mouse and other devices. The adjustable tray is easily mounted to either arm of a chair and provides width, length, rotation and storage adjustments. The adjustable tray includes a platform and is pivotally connected to an armchair attachment body. The armchair attachment body includes an armchair stop pivotally connected to the platform, parallel guides that are adjustably attached to the armchair stop, and at least one compression element for securing the parallel guides against the chair arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2006
    Inventor: Daniel V. Steenson
  • Patent number: 7025416
    Abstract: A chair having a pair of channels for receiving the posts of an independent, removable desktop. A locking mechanism is provided to secure one of the desk posts within its receiver channel. The locking mechanism may be easily released to extract the desk post from the receiver to remove the desktop when it is not needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2006
    Inventors: Oriel Ramirez, Jose M Rives
  • Patent number: 6877806
    Abstract: A folding tray assembly is provided and includes a support member and a tray member, whereby the tray member is pivotably supported by the support member and moveable relative thereto between a use position and a stowed position. The folding tray assembly further includes a locking mechanism operable to selectively lock the tray member to the support member in one of either the use position or the stowed position. The locking mechanism is housed within the tray member such that the mechanism is not visible or accessible by an occupant, but rather remotely actuated by a handle or lever. In addition, the tray assembly eliminates external supports by providing support within the tray member, thereby providing an open space below the tray member and giving the tray assembly a generally L-shape in the use position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Assignee: E & E Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark L. Cutshall, Joe Parker, Lawrence Scott
  • Patent number: 6871120
    Abstract: A device (22, 24) for actuating a seat element comprises an actuator (26, 28) equipped with a transducer designed to supply a crude measurement value representing the current position of the actuator. The actuator provides for calculation of a corrected value of the current position of the actuator, from each crude measurement value supplied by the transducer, and calculation of a refining correction function. The device also provides for processing the corrected value of the current position of the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2005
    Assignee: Labinal
    Inventor: Laurent Nivet
  • Patent number: 6716144
    Abstract: The present invention provides and exercise device and methods designed to assist the exerciser in all abdominal strengthening exercises by use of an adjustable resilient means to provide resistance and absorb impact for the exerciser's eccentric range of motion, while supporting or boosting exerciser's concentric range of motion. This device offers maximum support for the exerciser's hips and back through the full range of abdominal exercises. The device includes a seat member and back member pivotally connected so that the seat and back provide a horizontal platform for the exerciser's use in a full range of abdominal exercise. When the preferred embodiment is not in use, the back member and seat member fold together for ease of storage or portability. A second embodiment offers the advanced exerciser adjustable foot positioning and back member positioning and is supported by an external frame assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2004
    Inventor: Tessema Dosho Shifferaw
  • Patent number: 6691627
    Abstract: An attachable table for a lawn chair with a hinged (9) and adjustable leg (7). The tabletop (6) attaches to any lawn chair with two Velcro straps (10), which are put through slots (1) at one end of the tabletop. The height is acquired by attaching the flat slotted (7) leg (2) to a hinged pierced flat piece (8) attached to the opposite side of the tabletop, with a carriage bolt (4) and a wing nut (5). The leg adjusts to the desired height as needed for any individual lawn chair by sliding the two flat slotted leg pieces together and then tightening the carriage bolt and wing nut together. All of the pieces are constructed of plastic except the carriage bolt and wing nut, which is made of metal. All of the corners are rounded and the edges are beveled to eliminate sharpness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Inventors: Elizabeth Einsel, Mary Holben
  • Patent number: 6422646
    Abstract: A support adapted to cooperate with a pedestal type chair for holding a keyboard at an optimal operating position for a user seated in said chair, said support including a clamp adapted for retrofittable attachment to the stem of a pedestal chair, a first transversely extending arm extending laterally from said clamp and passing through a first elbow to a first generally vertical extending post, a second vertical extending post pivotally fitted to said first vertical extending post and passing through a second elbow to a second transversely extending arm and a platform adapted for slidable and pivotal attachment to said second transversely extending arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2002
    Inventor: Michael Francis McNally
  • Patent number: 6412862
    Abstract: An assembly for mounting a table, tray or other removable component to a chair to support a laptop computer or other appliance includes a socket that can be permanently mounted in the chair arm and a bracket or mounting assembly that can be mounted on the bottom of the removable component. The socket includes a sleeve with a collar mounted on the top of the sleeve. The collar surrounds the area around a hole in the chair arm through which the socket sleeve extends. The sleeve is attached to an internal frame member. A spring biased plug shifts within a cavity in the sleeve. A rigid pin located on the bottom of the removable component is inserted through a central opening in the collar into the cavity, forcing the plug into the sleeve. The table is firmly supported by the socket, but it is free to rotate in a horizontal plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2002
    Inventors: Randy Wayne Dickerson, Eddie Clifton Brinkley
  • Publication number: 20020067057
    Abstract: A convertible clinical chair/table apparatus for allowing patients to easily and conveniently get in and out of the clinical chair. The convertible clinical chair/table apparatus includes a wheel assembly; and also includes a seat assembly including first and second frame members; and further includes a backrest assembly being pivotally attached to the seat assembly; and also includes a footrest member being pivotally attached to the seat assembly; and further includes an armrest assembly being detachably mounted to the seat assembly; and also includes a seat lift assembly being mounted to the seat assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2000
    Publication date: June 6, 2002
    Inventor: Belinda D. Thornton
  • Patent number: 6375257
    Abstract: A tablet arm apparatus providing a re-positionable and stowable tablet work surface which is easily mounted on a chair or integrated into a chair design is described in which movement in each axis is independent and is accomplished by an articulating arm assembly or a single inexpensive two-axis hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2002
    Assignee: JOFCO, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Wooding, Joan Burgasser, Mark Blackgrave, John Stutsman, Gregory Saul
  • Patent number: 6161898
    Abstract: An adjustable highchair, comprising a seat which is associated with a frame by virtue of seat position adjustment elements, characterized in that the seat position adjustment elements comprise actuation elements which are arranged in an upward region of the seat which can be accessed easily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2000
    Assignee: Brevi S.r.l.
    Inventor: Mauro Brevi
  • Patent number: 6142559
    Abstract: A seating product is disclosed. The seating product includes a base having a base frame assembly with a pair of side panels. At least one of the side panels has a slot. The seating product also includes a mounting arm having a mounting assembly with a first mounting, bracket adapted to be inserted through the slot in the side panel of the base frame assembly for attachment to the base. An improvement to a seating product with a base and a surface supported by a mounting arm is also disclosed. The improvement includes the base having a base frame assembly with a pair of side panels. The improvement also includes a mounting arm having a mounting assembly with a first mounting bracket adapted to be inserted through a slot in a side panel of the base frame assembly for attachment to the base. The mounting arm may include a worksurface (tablet). The tablet may be coupled for pivotal and/or translating movement with respect to the base. The seating product may be an upholstered chair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2000
    Assignee: Steelcase Development Inc.
    Inventors: Jess Allen Sorel, Christopher Lyle Domina, David Eric Simon
  • Patent number: 6129414
    Abstract: An articulation for folding frames comprising a hollow internal support, which is adapted to support the ends of respective rods which are pivoted to the internal support in two spaced points, and a pair of bar-like elements, each being provided with a first end pivoted to a respective rod and a second end pivoted to a pivot; the pivot being slideable in a slot formed in the internal support and being fixed to an external support which is movable with respect to the internal support so as to define at least two positions: an open position, in which the rods form an angle with respect to each other, and a closed position, in which the rods are folded and substantially parallel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2000
    Assignee: Brevi S.r.l.
    Inventor: Mauro Brevi
  • Patent number: 6126236
    Abstract: An adjustable baby chair is disclosed. The baby chair has a first locking device; a height adjusting device; a seat adjusting device; a second locking device; and a foot rest. With such an arrangement, the feet of the chair are foldable, the angle, height of the seat are adjustable, the seat is fixed after the baby is seated in the seat and the height of the foot rest is adjustable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2000
    Inventor: Sung-Tsun Wu