With Heat Exchanger Or Means To Provide Fluid Or Vapor Treatment Patents (Class 297/180.1)
  • Patent number: 10821862
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly includes a cushion and a trim layer. A permeable heater is disposed between the cushion and the trim layer. An air mover is in fluid communication with the permeable heater. The permeable heater and the air mover are operable to respectively heat or cool a seating surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Russman, Daniel Boccuccia, Chih-Wei Tang
  • Patent number: 10814751
    Abstract: A method for adjusting a temperature of a temperature adjustable seat is disclosed. The method includes detecting a clothing item of an occupant of the temperature adjustable seat; determining a type of the detected clothing item; and adjusting the temperature of the temperature adjustable seat based on the determined type of the detected clothing item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventor: Andrei Dragan
  • Patent number: 10787100
    Abstract: A vehicle seat is provided. The vehicle seat includes a side frame, a tilt arm, a cushion panel, a receiving surface, and a pad support. The tilt arm extends from a coupling portion coupled to the side frame to a seat front side. The cushion panel is coupled to a front end portion of the tilt arm and support a front end portion of the cushion pad. The receiving surface supports the cushion pad from below. The pad support has a flange that extends downward from both ends in a seat-width axis of the receiving surface. The receiving surface is a substantially strip-shaped continuous surface. The flange is continuous within a range in which the receiving surface is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Atsushi Ninagawa
  • Patent number: 10640019
    Abstract: The present invention is a child car seat that effectively controls the temperature of the seat for a child seated on the child car seat. The child car seat includes a base unit that is fixed and a cushion unit that is mounted on the base unit. The base unit includes a fan and a duct system with plurality of openings to circulate and blow air towards the surface of the child car seat for cooling and drying purpose. The cushion unit includes a heating element sealed within the cushion unit and adhered to the foam of the cushion unit. Upon mounting the cushion unit, the power supply is activated to the child car seat and the child car seat can be controlled through a wireless remote controller to change temperature of the child car seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventor: Kyle C. St. Onge
  • Patent number: 10464454
    Abstract: A vehicle seat is provided that includes a seat base, a cushion on the seat base, one or more channels formed in the cushion, and a moisture sensor located in the seat base to sense liquid in the one or more channels. The sensed liquid indicates a wet seat condition which may be used to control usage of the seat and drying of the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Aaron Halonen, Stuart C. Salter, Paul Kenneth Dellock, David Brian Glickman, Anthony Richard Walser, Johnathan Andrew Line
  • Patent number: 10442314
    Abstract: To provide a vehicle interior component having a sufficient air intake performance and excellent appearance, and a vehicle therewith. A luggage side trim is arranged between a seat back of a seat for an occupant and a vehicle body side portion. The luggage side trim includes a trim body that includes an air inlet port through which air in a vehicle interior is taken. The trim body includes a mountain-shaped swell portion. The air inlet port is arranged at a range that includes a second wall section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignees: KASAI KOGYO CO., LTD., SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuji Yoshihara, Akihisa Kogure, Shunya Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10376200
    Abstract: A system is provided for collecting and logging the frequency of flatulence of a person in a selected time period as well as the duration of each occurrence of flatulence. The log entries provide determination of the body cells signaling of the person indicative of the person's health condition whereby underlying diseases may be detected and treated in their early stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventor: Hong Min Kim
  • Patent number: 10226125
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an effect control system of a screening facility chair and a method thereof, and the effect control system includes an input device for transmitting chair angle control information or effect control information input from a user to a management server; the management server for transmitting the chair angle control information or the effect control information to a corresponding motion chair; and the motion chair for adjusting a slope according to the chair angle control information or providing an effect synchronized with an image according to the effect control information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: CJ 4DPLEX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hyun Park, Myung Chul Kim, Chang Woo Nam
  • Patent number: 10195971
    Abstract: A vehicle seat capable of efficiently utilizing air delivered from an air conditioning device and thereby adjusting the temperature of heat generated by a seat heater is described. A vehicle seat comprises a seat heater between a cushion pad and a surface skin. A heater wire affixed to a seat base material of the seat heater is disposed at a position to partially overlap air passages formed on the cushion pad. Moreover, the heater wire is formed on the seat base material, is disposed at a position to partially overlap a plurality of through-holes having a greater width than the heater wire, and extends while avoiding center portions of the through-holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: TS Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yuichiro Hoshi
  • Patent number: 10160354
    Abstract: A vehicle air-conditioning seat comprising a blower and a heater therein, wherein at least one of a temperature adjustment region whose temperature is configured to be adjusted by the blower and a temperature adjustment region whose temperature is configured to be adjusted by the heater is divided into a plurality of regions, wherein the vehicle air-conditioning seat has a cool mode where temperature adjustment is performed only by the blower, a heat mode where the temperature adjustment is performed only by the heater, and a mixed mode where the temperature adjustment is performed by both of the blower and the heater, and wherein, in the mixed mode, the temperature adjustment is performed for each divided region by varying at least one of a blowing amount by the blower and a heating amount by the heater for each divided region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Seiya Nishimura, Fumitoshi Akaike
  • Patent number: 10093269
    Abstract: A passenger protecting device 10 for a vehicle has: a side airbag portion 20 that is accommodated at an interior of a side support portion 14B, and that, by receiving a supply of gas and inflating at a time of an oblique side collision of a vehicle, causes the side support portion 14B to bulge-out toward the seat upper side; and a seat cushion airbag portion 22 that is accommodated at an interior of the seat portion 14A, and that, by receiving a supply of gas and inflating at a time of an oblique side collision of the vehicle, causes the seat portion 14A to bulge-out toward the seat upper side and raises the femoral region D of the passenger P, and whose inflation is completed later than the side airbag portion 20.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Ippei Kobayashi, Mitsuyoshi Ohno, Atsushi Nakashima
  • Patent number: 9914540
    Abstract: A seating assembly comprising: a frame having an opening; a support surface spanning the opening in the frame; a variable thermal resistance device that opposes the support surface when the variable thermal resistance device is in a closed state in which airflow is obstructed, the variable thermal resistance device being movable from the closed state to an open state in which airflow is not obstructed and from the open state to the closed state; and an actuator coupled to the variable thermal resistance device. The actuator is operable to actuate movement of the variable thermal resistance device between the open and closed states.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Trevor M. Laib, Anthony R. Parkington, Shawn A. Claflin, Henry V. R. Fletcher, III
  • Patent number: 9908447
    Abstract: A seat air conditioning device that blows out air from a seat, supplied from an interior air conditioning unit that air-conditions a space in a passenger compartment for a vehicle, includes: a floor-side duct and a seat-side duct. The floor-side duct is disposed adjacent to a floor of a vehicle body member forming the space in the passenger compartment and is connected to the interior air conditioning unit. The air supplied from the interior air conditioning unit flows through the floor-side duct. The seat-side duct is disposed adjacent to the seat and communicates with the floor-side duct through a connecting duct. The connecting duct is configured to be deformed to follow displacement of the seat, and is arranged along a vehicle harness that connects a floor-side wiring member disposed adjacent to the floor and a seat-side wiring member disposed adjacent to the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuusuke Tanaka, Yasuhiko Niimi, Takahisa Fujii
  • Patent number: 9738183
    Abstract: A receiving device on a vehicle seat for a holding element of a fastening system which has a receiving element of an equipment part to be fastened, which receiving element can be fixed on the holding element. The holding element is provided with a cover element having a cover opening. The receiving device has a holding part which is reversibly secured on the holding element. The cover element has a casing body which emerges from the cover opening and has cover-element slotted guides that are open with respect to the holding element within the casing body. The casing body of the cover element at least partially surrounds a body of the holding part, and the open side of the cover-element slotted guides of the cover element engages in the holding element whereby the cover element is mounted and is guided in a telescopically movable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Robert Szlag
  • Patent number: 9649964
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes: a seat pad; a seat cover that covers a surface of the seat pad; a seat frame that supports the seat pad from an inner side the seat pad; and an assembly component that is assembled into the seat frame through a penetration hole formed in the seat cover. The assembly component is provided with: a bezel that is fixed to the seat frame through the penetration hole from an outer side of the penetration hole, the bezel including an outer frame arranged to cover a periphery of the penetration hole from the outer side; and a backing member that includes an inner frame arranged to cover the periphery of the penetration hole from an inner side of the penetration hole, the backing member being insert-molded in the seat pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Taku Imajo
  • Patent number: 9085255
    Abstract: This invention relates to a ventilation means, particularly for ventilating surfaces close to or in contact with persons, having at least one air-ducting means which comprises at least a barrier layer, a covering layer and, therebetween, a distribution layer, at least one barrier layer being arranged on a side of said distribution layer facing away from the user, and at least one covering layer being arranged on a side of said distribution layer facing toward a person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: Gentherm GMBH
    Inventor: Martin Krobok
  • Publication number: 20150137566
    Abstract: A collapsible chair has a frame selectively moveable between a collapsed configuration of the chair and an extended configuration of the chair, and a seat that is coupled to the frame. The seat has a first material layer and a second material layer wherein the first layer and the second layer cooperatively define a seat pocket. A seat pad is selectively moveable between a stored configuration wherein the seat pad is located in the seat pocket and a portable configuration inside the seat membrane pocket and a portable configuration, wherein the seat pad is removed from the seat pocket and usable as a portable seat pad.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Matt Wagner, Scott Neilson
  • Publication number: 20150115669
    Abstract: A climate controlled child transport. The climate controlled child transport includes a child transport, where the child transport is configured to transport a child. The climate controlled child transport also includes an environmental control, where the environmental control is configured to control an environmental condition within the child transport. The climate controlled child transport further includes an environmental monitor, where the environmental monitor is configured to monitor the environmental condition within the child transport.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Danielle Kagan, Christopher Kagan
  • Publication number: 20150118426
    Abstract: An in-situ molded foam core structural plastic article having an outer shell with an interior cavity filled with expandable polymer beads which when expanded substantially fill the interior cavity forming a thermal bond with the shell. The bead and shell are of a similar plastic composition enabling the articles to be reground and recycled. Various articles are disclosed including structural panels, and automotive seat, load floor, interior panel, bumper and running board components. An apparatus for forming the articles and an associated method of manufacture are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Richard W. ROBERTS
  • Publication number: 20150097399
    Abstract: The disclosure provides systems and methods for a heating system with a seat having a first heating element, a floor heating panel located at least partially under the seat, and a controller operatively coupled to the first heating element and the floor heating panel and configured to implement control logic that receives at least one input and thereby control the first heating element and the floor heating panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Fue C Vue
  • Publication number: 20150091338
    Abstract: A conveyance seat includes: a seat frame; and an attachment device attached to the seat frame. The seat frame includes two members rotating relative to each other around their respective shafts parallel to each other, and respective connecting structures configured to connect the attachment device to one of the two members and to the other of the two members in such a manner that the attachment device is rotated in conjunction with the relative rotation between the two members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicants: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA, SHIROKI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroaki HAYASHI
  • Patent number: 8944145
    Abstract: A vehicle seat air-conditioner includes a seat on which an occupant sits, a heat exchanger that adjusts the temperature of a conditioned gas, a blower that supplies the conditioned gas to the seat, a seat covering layer provided on a surface of the seat and facing the seated occupant, and a flow channel provided on an underside of the seat covering layer that pass the conditioned gas that is introduced by the blower. The vehicle seat air-conditioner is adapted to convey heat of the conditioned gas to an occupant side of the seat covering layer by directly blowing out a portion of the introduced conditioned gas to the occupant side of the seat covering layer, and to perform heat exchange with the occupant side of the seat covering layer by circulating a portion of a remainder of the conditioned gas through the flow channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hidenori Esaki
  • Publication number: 20150028634
    Abstract: A vehicle seat, in particular a passenger seat for a bus, includes a seat member with a seat upholstery carrier and seat upholstery, which is rigidly arranged on the seat upholstery carrier; the vehicle seat also includes a backrest with a back upholstery carrier and back upholstery, which is rigidly arranged on the back upholstery carrier; and a support structure for receiving forces which act on the vehicle seat. The support structure is constructed as a rigid carrier frame arranged at the peripheral side outside the seat member and the backrest and which is connected to the seat upholstery carrier and the back upholstery carrier. The carrier frame has carrier rails which are arranged in pairs and which extend along opposing lateral edges of the seat member and the backrest.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Michael SCHERELLO, Achim BURMEISTER
  • Publication number: 20140375089
    Abstract: A seating cushion for treating and alleviating pain and discomfort related to pelvic pressure and pelvic organ prolapse. The seating cushion applies pressure to the pelvic crotch area of a user. The seating cushion comprises a base cushion portion for providing padding and an elevated and elongated central portion for applying pressure to the pelvic crotch area of a user while the user is seated thereon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Ambreen S. Qureshi, Asif M. Sheikh
  • Publication number: 20140346819
    Abstract: To obtain a vehicular seat with which the expansion and deployment of expanding portions can be completed in a short amount of time. A vehicular seat has: a seat cushion; a first expanding portion that is provided in the seat cushion on one side thereof with respect to a seat width direction center and which, upon receiving a supply of gas, is expanded and deployed; a second expanding portion that is provided in the seat cushion on the other side thereof with respect to the seat width direction center and which, upon receiving a supply of gas, is expanded and deployed in such a way as to oppose the first expanding portion across a central space portion in the seat width direction; and gas supplying device which, when actuated at the time of a frontal impact of the vehicle, supplies gas to the first expanding portion and second expanding portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Osamu Fukawatase, Aya Yamamoto
  • Publication number: 20140346820
    Abstract: A seat has a sitting surface and a back surface completely covered with an arrangement including first, second, and third layers. The first layer is formed of a seat material or leather and has a first side facing a user and a second side facing away from the user. The second side of the first layer is arranged on the second layer. The second layer has a third side facing the first layer and a fourth side facing away from the first layer. The second layer has an absorber to absorb moisture with a first component layer facing the first layer and having a first hydrophilicity and a second component layer having a second hydrophilicity greater than the first hydrophilicity. The third layer has an air duct layer. The second component layer faces the third layer, and the fourth side is arranged on the third layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2012
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: SYMPATEX TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
    Inventors: Stefan Brandt, Mhamed Mouhassin
  • Patent number: 8888573
    Abstract: A seat conditioning module for a seat conditioning assembly including an air mover, an intake port, outtake port, wherein at least one of the intake port, the outtake port, or both are in fluid communication with a seat surface. A valve assembly with at least two apertures movably disposed between the air mover and the at least one intake and at least one outtake ports. An actuation device for moving the valve assembly to control the passage of the fluid through the at least two apertures. An optional conditioning device in fluid communication with the air mover and the seat surface. A control device for at least controlling the position of the at least two apertures of the valve assembly, the activation of the optional conditioning device, the operation of the air mover, or any combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: W.E.T. Automotive Systems AG
    Inventors: Goran Bajic, Syed Iqbal, Dmitri Axakov, Matthew Zuzga
  • Patent number: 8870281
    Abstract: A portable chair with heat exchange pockets including a pair of pockets disposed on the rear side of the chair back section, each of the pair of pockets having an insulated layer disposed in an interior cavity lining a rear wall, a bottom wall, a left wall and a right wall; and an impermeable layer conductive to heat disposed parallel the rear wall on the chair back section, through which impermeable layer heat exchange is enabled between a person sitting in the chair and a plurality of extant ice packs or heating packs as preferred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Inventor: Anthony A. Boone
  • Publication number: 20140292043
    Abstract: A conveyance seat includes: a seat cover; a seat pad foamed so as to be integrated with part of the seat cover; and an interrupting portion provided in part of the seat cover and inhibiting integration of the seat pad with the seat cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tomoki NII, Yoshiyuki MURATA
  • Patent number: 8840176
    Abstract: A heated and cooled seating unit is disclosed with an apparatus to determine if the chair is in use, such as a pressure sensor, or an electric sensing apparatus. This apparatus controls the heating apparatus and powers the heat off, to conserve power, in the event that a person or object is not seated in the chair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Inventor: Dean Mouradian
  • Patent number: 8827372
    Abstract: A blowing pad, a fabrication method of the blowing pad, and a blowing system using the blowing pad are provided. The blowing pad includes a main foam formed of a foamed porous synthetic resin, and a duct embedded in the main foam, wherein the main foam includes an air inlet to which an air inlet tube is inserted and a plurality of vent holes, each of which is connected to the duct, wherein the duct is formed of any one of natural rubber, synthetic rubber, and non-porous plastic, wherein the air inlet tube is connected to an external blowing pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Frontis Corp.
    Inventor: Chooseok Yoon
  • Publication number: 20140239677
    Abstract: A seating assembly comprising: a frame having an opening; a support surface spanning the opening in the frame; a variable thermal resistance device that opposes the support surface when the variable thermal resistance device is in a closed state in which airflow is obstructed, the variable thermal resistance device being movable from the closed state to an open state in which airflow is not obstructed and from the open state to the closed state; and an actuator coupled to the variable thermal resistance device. The actuator is operable to actuate movement of the variable thermal resistance device between the open and closed states.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Trevor M. Laib, Anthony R. Parkington, Shawn A. Claflin, Henry V.R. Fletcher, III
  • Publication number: 20140210236
    Abstract: A chair (1) for relieving back pain of a user, with a seat surface (2) and a backrest (3), wherein a backrest angle (4) between backrest (3) and seat surface (2) is adaptable. At least one support element (5) for supporting the upper body of the user, when the latter is in an intended sitting position, is arranged on the backrest (3), wherein the support element (5), in the intended sitting position, can preferably be arranged, or is arranged, under the armpits of the user. The support element (5) is designed in such a way, and arranged on the backrest in such a way, that it can be moved by the user in order to obtain a desired support of the upper body at a predefined backrest angle (4) while he is in the intended sitting position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: EEM AG
    Inventor: Hans Ruf
  • Patent number: 8789883
    Abstract: A cushion structure of a vehicle seat is provided. The cushion structure includes a cushion pad formed of expanded resin and configuring a cushion part of the vehicle seat, the cushion pad being provided with a groove part, and a reinforcing sheet material which is harder than the cushion pad and is provided integrally with an upright wall face of the groove part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignees: Toyota Boshoku Kabushiki Kaisha, Denso Corporation
    Inventors: Hidehiro Itou, Yasuhiko Niimi
  • Patent number: 8777320
    Abstract: The present invention is drawn to a ventilation system for a “climate object”, in particular all components with which the user of a vehicle may come in contact in a passenger compartment such as, for example, a steering mechanism for a vehicle, a dashboard, an armrest, a door paneling, a seat cover, a heating blanket, a padding, a cover or a seat, all which include at least one air flow device to guide air through the climate object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: W.E.T. Automotive Systems AG
    Inventors: Andreas Stoll, Johnathan Zhang, Thomas Fries, Yu Tong, Denise Philipp
  • Publication number: 20140175846
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an armrest that includes a rotating shaft, an intake port, an exhaust port, an internal duct and a cup holder. The rotating shaft is disposed in the rear end of the armrest body and configured to pivotally connect the armrest body to a seat so that the armrest body may alternate between a retracted position in which the armrest functions as a seatback and an unfolded position in which the armrest functions as an armrest. The intake port, exhaust port, and internal duct are configured to provide heating and cooling of the cup holder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Man Ju Oh, Jae Woong Kim, Jae Woo Park, Tae Soo Sung
  • Publication number: 20140152058
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly includes a seat structure. A carrier is disposed on the seat structure and includes a matrix of fluid transfer lines. A spacer material is positioned over the carrier. A trim cover is disposed over the spacer material. A desiccant is made from a volcanic ash and is supported by the seat structure. The matrix of fluid transfer lines thermodynamically influences a relative temperature of the trim cover through both the carrier and the desiccant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Paul Bryan Hoke, Clay Wesley Maranville, John W. Jaranson, Michael Kolich, Daniel Ferretti, Jeroen Lem
  • Publication number: 20140152056
    Abstract: A heating device suitable for attachment to a bicycle seat. The device comprises a heating cushion having a seating surface. Further, the device comprises a seat cover configured to hold the cushion on top of the seating surface of the bicycle seat. The cushion is provided with one or more recesses in its seating surface. Also, the seat cover comprises one or more portions of flexible sheet material configured to cover said one or more recesses such that one or more cavities are formed between the one or more portions of flexible sheet material and the cushion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventors: Mikael Harstad, Hans Abrahamsson
  • Publication number: 20140110978
    Abstract: This patent pertains to patient contact compensating wheelchairs. One implementation includes a motorized base that includes a battery and a seat positioned above the base. In one instance, the seat can include a moisture permeable structure configured to support a patient and a fan configured to move air below the moisture permeable structure to carry moisture from the patient away from the moisture permeable structure. Another implementation includes a set of patient contact objects configured to alternatively contact first and then second portions of an underside of the moisture permeable structure so that at a first time more of the patient's weight is supported at the first portion than at the second portion and at a second time more of the patient's weight is supported at the second portion than at the first portion, to relieve contact pressure of the patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Inventor: David Kurt Schneider
  • Patent number: 8702165
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a seat cushion, and a seat back including a blower. The seat back includes an interior pad facing an outer circumference of the seat back other than a part of the seat back at a rear side, and a fabric seat cover covering the interior pad to configure an exterior covering. The seat cover includes a seated occupant's side surface portion and a rear surface portion joined together to form a bag-like configuration. The interior pad is formed with an air guiding path which guides air from the blower to a surface of the seat back at a seated occupant's side. A part of the rear surface portion which does not cover the interior pad is formed as a permeation block portion having permeability lower than that of the seated occupant's side surface portion so as to block the permeation of air from the outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Boshoku Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroki Oota
  • Patent number: 8678492
    Abstract: A DC powered refrigeration package supplies refrigerant to an evaporator coil that is incorporated into the driver's seat of a race car. The DC-powered compressor, condenser and condenser fan are contained within an enclosure that can be situated behind the driver's seat. The refrigeration circuit chills the seat to below freezing, favorably to about 20° F. or below.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Inventor: David Benton
  • Publication number: 20130306297
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and vehicles are provided for providing adaptive automatic climate control functionality for a vehicle. A sensor is configured to detect when a manual override of an automatic climate control feature of a vehicle has occurred. A processor is coupled to the sensor, and is configured to initiate the automatic climate control feature for the vehicle and adjust a calibration of the automatic climate control feature when the manual override has been detected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: BIBIN SEBASTIAN, TODD M. TUMAS
  • Publication number: 20130292972
    Abstract: There is disclosed a heater for an automotive vehicle or other article of manufacture. The heater typically includes a first conductive medium and a second conductive medium disposed upon a carrier. In a preferred embodiment, the first conductive medium includes a first section and a second section that are electrically connected by a second conductive medium. The second conductive medium preferably exhibits a positive thermal coefficient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventors: Shaun Calvin Howick, Goran Bajic
  • Patent number: 8523279
    Abstract: Disclosed is a vehicle seat assembly with built-in heater having a configuration to minimize formation of creases. The vehicle seat assembly of the present invention comprises a seat heater. The seat heater is structured as a unit and comprised of a substrate and a heating wire. The heating wire has a first heater section and a second heater section. In the first heater section, a part of the segments bent on the left side extend leftward across the center. In the second heater section, a part of the segments bent on the right side extend rightward across the center. These segments are overlapped when viewed in the vertical direction. This configuration minimizes formation of creases in the middle area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignees: NHK Spring Co., Ltd., Kurabe Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Nakamura, Akitoshi Yamashita, Hiroshi Yagame, Takanori Nagai
  • Patent number: 8500194
    Abstract: An occupant detection system including a seat assembly comprising a seat cushion having a seating surface, a heating element adjacent the seating surface, said heating element formed of electrically conductive material, a heating circuit electrically coupled to the heating element, said heating circuit configured to supply an electrical current to the heating element effective to generate heat by the heating element, an occupant detection circuit electrically coupled to the heating element, said occupant detection circuit configured to detect an occupant presence near the heating element, and an isolation circuit interposed between the heating circuit and the heating element, said isolation circuit configured to prevent the heating circuit from influencing the occupant detection circuit, said isolation circuit comprising a common mode choke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Fischer, Ludger Oel, Georg Hofmann
  • Publication number: 20130119715
    Abstract: A vehicle seat suspension assembly includes a rear support for engagement with a torsion tube of a vehicle seat. First and second spring members have end portions engaged with the rear support. Intermediate cushion pan connectors are disposed on each of the first and second spring members. A cross support is coupled with the first and second spring members and includes power and data wiring apertures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2012
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Medoro, Majid Arefi, Khaled Ayyash, Johnathan Andrew Line, Michael Kolich, James Patrick Creighton, Robert J. Sack, Laura Olivia Ortega Maynez
  • Publication number: 20130119716
    Abstract: A rotatable circular crossection cervical pillow is manually rotated in a continuous fashion as desired by a person whenever a fresh clean contact spot is sought, or a contact spot of variable support is sought, while the pillow is still attached to a seat back. The rotatable pillow is a cylinder of medium and/or firm high density polyurethane foam. An axial through-hole in the center permits the snug insertion of a rigid length of tubing to give the pillow axial rigidity. Swivel fixtures are attached at each end of the pillow by virtue of the central tube. A fabric cover with an opening closure covers the entire polyurethane cylinder snugly. Optionally the cover may carry therapeutic imparting elements therein. Straps with adjustable buckles are attached to each swivel fixture. Therefore, the cervical pillow rotates easily while still strap-attached to the seat back.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2013
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Inventor: Charles J Stronconi
  • Patent number: 8439437
    Abstract: A seat with a heating device is provided which realizes a configuration in which the arm, palms and finger tips of a user can easily be warmed when the user uses the seat with the heating device. When the user is seated in a seat with a heating device and feels cold due to it being winter, the user controls a switch to heat the seat, whereby energization of heating elements 3a, 3b, 3c is started which are connected to a power supply via electric wires. When the energization of the heating elements 3a, 3b, 3c is started, heat generated thereby is conducted to skin materials 2a, 2b, 2c and surfaces of the skin materials are warmed. When the user places his or her arm on an armrest portion 5, the arm is warmed via the skin material 2c, whereby the user can feel the sensation of comfortableness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Naruaki Akai, Norio Abe, Naohito Asami, Kazuaki Hioki, Koji Yoshimoto, Kazumi Nagayama, Yoshimitsu Fujiwara, Satoshi Arima, Hideaki Konishi, Hiroyuki Ogino, Ryuta Kondou
  • Patent number: 8439436
    Abstract: An arrangement structure for a duct is provided, enabling formation of an air intake opening of the duct such as to be widely open on the side of a seatback and improvement in strength of a striker holding the seatback. The arrangement structure includes a vehicle seat with a seatback and a lock mechanism provided on the seatback and engaging with a striker supported on a vehicle sidewall to lock the seatback at a standing position; and the duct provided on the side of the seatback, extending in the up and down direction and flowing air. The striker has an inclined portion extending from the engaging position of the seatback and the lock mechanism toward outside with respect to a vehicle lateral direction and toward the vehicle rear side. The duct is disposed on the side of the seatback and on the front side of the inclined portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tomotake Kato
  • Publication number: 20130113239
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a seat main body, a heating portion provided in the seat main body, a degree-of-contact measuring portion that measures a degree of contact between the seat main body and an occupant seated on the seat main body, and a control portion that controls an amount of heat output from the heating portion such that the amount of heat increases according to an increase in the degree of contact between the seat main body and the occupant, and decreases according to a decrease in the degree of contact between the seat main body and the occupant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Applicant: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA