Fan Directly Attached To A Chair Or Seat Component Patents (Class 297/180.14)
  • Patent number: 10889217
    Abstract: A vehicle seat comprises a frame member, a plate-shaped support member, and a blower. The frame member includes a pair of opposed frames disposed opposite to and separately from each other, and a first connecting frame by which the pair of opposed frames are connected. The plate-shaped support member is disposed between the pair of opposed frames and configured to receive a load from an occupant. The blower is attached to the support member, and part of the blower is disposed on a side of the first connecting frame that is opposite to an occupant side thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: TS TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Koji Onuma, Kazuki Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10836236
    Abstract: A vehicle has a climate control system using a heat pump having a condenser heat exchanger that exchanges heat between refrigerant and working fluid within a hot fluid chamber, and an evaporator heat exchanger that exchanges heat between refrigerant and working fluid within a cold fluid chamber. A super-heated fluid pressure vessel may be in fluid communication with the cold fluid chamber by way of a heat exchanger and an electrically controlled variable delivery valve, and has an electric heater that may be powered by a drivetrain battery or by a shore power source. The hot fluid chamber provides heat to at least one cabin heat exchanger and to at least one ambient air heat exchanger. The cold fluid chamber is connected to at least one vehicle interior cooling module, to a waste heat source, and to a cold fluid chamber to outside heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: International Truck Intellectual Property Company LLC
    Inventors: Gerald L. Larson, Dean Oppermann
  • Patent number: 10773617
    Abstract: An automobile seat and an automobile are provided. The automobile seat comprises a seat cushion and a backrest, and at least one of the seat cushion and the backrest is provided with a temperature adjusting system comprising a temperature adjusting device and a fan (300). In the automobile seat, the traditional heating pad and ventilation device are replaced by providing, in a temperature adjusting system, a fan (300) and a temperature adjusting device formed by serially-connected devices wherein a convertible cooling module (100) and a heating module (200) are connected, thereby achieving the integrated design of ventilation heating and cooling, avoiding the interference between the two sets of devices, thus reduces manufacturing and processing costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Langfang Golden Time Technology Development Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Haitao Zhang
  • Patent number: 10773615
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes an air mover within a seatback. First and second inlet channels extend from an occupant seatback surface and a seatback lower portion, respectively, to the air mover. The air mover includes first and second outlet channels, and the air mover selectively and alternatively moves air from at least one of the first inlet channel to one of the first and second outlet channels or the second inlet channel to the first outlet channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Murphy McElroy, Jeffrey Michael Attala, Josif Salanta, Mukdam Kena
  • Patent number: 10703236
    Abstract: There is provided a vehicle seat including: a seatback; a seat cushion; an airflow generating device that generates a difference in pressure between a supporting surface side and a side opposite the supporting surface, and that generates an airflow; and a cushion layer that is provided at, of the seatback or the seat cushion, a side at which the airflow generating device is disposed, and that structures a portion of the supporting surface side, and that is structured to include a main air permeable portion that is set to a predetermined void ratio and through which a majority of the airflow generated by the airflow generating device passes, and an auxiliary air permeable portion, which is set to a void ratio that is lower than that of the main air permeable portion and whose air permeability is lower than that of the main air permeable portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shota Higashihara
  • Patent number: 10688897
    Abstract: A seating assembly includes a seatback defining an enlarged elongate vertical aperture. A bladeless fan is disposed in the elongate vertical aperture. The bladeless fan includes a base with an air mover disposed therein. A bladeless air loop is in fluid communication with the base. An open lattice cushion support is disposed on the seatback. The open lattice cushion support is exposed from a rear portion of the seatback and is configured to allow air from the bladeless fan to move from a rearward portion of a seat, through the open lattice cushion support and into contact with an occupant resting against the seatback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Anthony Prozzi, Tyler Carpenter, Jeremy John Malick, Nicolas Thetard
  • Patent number: 10647230
    Abstract: A seat air conditioner is applied to a seat disposed in a vehicle interior space and includes a seat back portion which supports an upper body side of a user and a seat cushion portion that supports a lower body side of the user. The seat air conditioner includes multiple air flow ducts provided in at least one of the seat back portion or the seat cushion portion and define an air flow passage for air to be blown out from the seat or air to be drawn into the seat. Some of the multiple air flow ducts are configured to be independent from the other air flow ducts such that air, which is different in temperature from the air flowing through the other air flow ducts, is allowed to flow through the some air flow ducts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takahisa Fujii, Hideaki Kako
  • Patent number: 10632877
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes: a seat main body including a seat face side at which occupant sits; a blower device provided at the seat main body and that blows air when operated; an exhaust portion provided at the seat main body and that exhausts air blown from the blower device to the seat face side of the seat main body; an intake portion provided at the seat main body and that takes in air; and a suction device provided at the seat main body and that takes in air through the intake portion when operated, and the suction device forming an air current at the seat face side of the seat main body at a vicinity of the seat occupant, the air current including at least a portion of air that is exhausted to an outer side of the seat main body from the exhaust portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Keiichi Kondo, Kazuyuki Shiga, Kento Yoshida
  • Patent number: 10572022
    Abstract: The invention relates to a control device with sensory feedback (1) comprising: a detector (11) of gestures of the hand (9) of a user (3), a sensory feedback unit (15) connected to the gesture detector (11) and providing sensory feedback to the user (3) in accordance with the gestures of the user's hand (9), characterised in that the sensory feedback unit (15) includes a unit (17) for blowing a stream of air towards an area (19) for detecting gestures of the hand (9) of the user (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: DAV
    Inventor: Jean-Marc Tissot
  • Patent number: 10549661
    Abstract: A vehicle seat and seating system is disclosed that includes a seat portion (e.g., seat bottom, seat back) defining a cavity with an inlet in fluid communication with a vehicle cabin and an outlet in fluid communication with an ambient environment. The cavity with the inlet and outlet provide an exhaust to allow air in the cabin to escape to the ambient environment when the air is pressurized due to, for example, a vehicle door closing. An acoustic seal is provided adjacent the cavity and is configured to seal at least a portion of the passageway to reduce or dampen sound from entering the cabin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: LEAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mark Karges, Kyle Smith, Mark Allyn Folkert
  • Patent number: 10532679
    Abstract: A vehicle seat comprises a frame member, a plate-shaped support member, and a blower. The frame member includes a pair of opposed frames disposed opposite to and separately from each other, and a first connecting frame by which the pair of opposed frames are connected. The plate-shaped support member is disposed between the pair of opposed frames and configured to receive a load from an occupant. The blower is attached to the support member, and part of the blower is disposed on a side of the first connecting frame that is opposite to an occupant side thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: TS TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Koji Onuma, Kazuki Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10507746
    Abstract: A vehicle seat according to the present invention includes: a seat back frame constituting a framework of a seat back; a blower disposed in the seat back; a bracket to which the blower is fixed; and a cover member provided on the rear side of the seat back frame. Herein, the bracket is fixed to the cover member with the seat back frame being held between the bracket and the cover member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: TS TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Atsushi Okimura, Tatsumi Konno, Wataru Nishii, Yuji Nakano, Hiroshi Izawa, Hiromi Taniguchi
  • Patent number: 10479240
    Abstract: A seat element that includes a supporting structure, a padding configured to serve as a support for a user, and a ventilation system having at least one fan and a duct defining an air passageway placing the fan and the padding in communication. The duct has a first member and a second member fixed to one another, the first member being arranged between the supporting structure and the padding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: FAURECIA SIÈGES D'AUTOMOBILE
    Inventors: Florent Longatte, Didier Duriez, Jacques Robert
  • Patent number: 10479239
    Abstract: A seat element includes a supporting structure, padding resting on the supporting structure and configured to serve as a support for a user, and a ventilation system having at least one fan and at least one duct placing the padding and the fan in communication. The duct is formed of a flexible material which preferably comprises a foam of polyolefin and/or ethylene-propylene-diene monomer (EPDM) and/or acrylonitrile butadiene (NBR).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: FAURECIA SIÈGES D'AUTOMOBILE
    Inventors: Mathieu Boquet, Florent Longatte, Didier Duriez, Laurent Chabert, Sandeep Bhor, Izajmahamad Desai, Stephane Ly
  • Patent number: 10434908
    Abstract: An air conditioning seat configured to blow temperature-adjusted air and including: a seat including a seat cushion and a seat back; a lateral member which is provided along the seated person seated on the seat on a lateral side of the seated person; a first air duct which is provided in the lateral member and is configured to guide the temperature-adjusted air towards the seated person; and a first air outlet from which the temperature-adjusted air is configured to be blown out from first the air duct, wherein the temperature-adjusted air is configured to be directed and blown out towards at least one of a knee and a lower leg portion of a leg of the seated person through the first air outlet, the at least one of the knee and the lower leg portion being positioned on a front side than a front end of the seat cushion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Fumitoshi Akaike, Hiroshi Tsuji
  • Patent number: 10433647
    Abstract: A plurality of first spring members is each disposed to bridge between a back frame and a first support member, and a blower unit is disposed on an opposite side to a cushion member side on the first support member. Second spring members and third spring members are each disposed to bridge between a cushion frame and a second support member, and a blower unit is disposed on an opposite side to a cushion member side on the second support member. Then, the blower units ensure being supported to the spring members without overlapping of the support members and the blower units on the spring members in a thickness direction of a seat back or a seat cushion. This ensures a space in the thickness direction of the seat back or the seat cushion to be efficiently used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: TACHI-S CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ippei Jibiki, Kazuyoshi Arata
  • Patent number: 10426272
    Abstract: A buoyant pool lounge chair frame and buoyant pool lounge chair using the same are disclosed. In one embodiment of the buoyant pool lounge chair for supporting a person while the buoyant pool chair is floating in water, frame members collectively form an open chair frame including a back frame and leg frame pivotally coupled thereto. Buoyant cushions are attached to the frame members to form a chair seat, a backrest, and a leg rest. A pair of rear pivotal coupling and clutch assemblies are coupled to the seat frame and to the back frame to adjust and fix the angle of recline of the back frame relative to the seat frame. Similarly, a pair of front pivotal coupling and clutch assemblies coupled to the leg frame and to the back frame to adjust and fix the angle of extension of the leg frame relative to the seat frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: TRC Recreation, LP
    Inventors: Matthew J. Iles, Christopher B. Holland, Michael V. Nelson
  • Patent number: 10399470
    Abstract: There is provided a vehicle seat (car seat) comprising a seat cushion pad (seat body) having an air passage connected to an outlet port (114), and a blower having an inlet port (113) and configured to feed air taken in through the inlet port (113) to the air passage. The blower (100) is located on the lower side of the seat cushion pad (seat body) that is opposite to an occupant's side on which an occupant is to be seated, and the inlet port (113) is directed upward that is a direction toward the seat cushion pad (seat body).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: TS TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sachio Kobayashi, Hayato Shimazaki, Kazuhiro Oshima
  • Patent number: 10358061
    Abstract: There is provided a vehicle seat including: a seat main body having a major surface facing a user seated; a first air passage extending from an air conditioning device of a vehicle toward the seat main body so as to guide air from the air conditioning device to the seat main body; an outlet communicating with the first air passage and opened toward a first region of the major surface through the seat main body; a second air passage having an inlet which is opened toward a second region of the major surface through the seat main body so as to suck air from the second region; and a blower configured to suck air in the second air passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Fumitoshi Akaike, Seiya Nishimura
  • Patent number: 10327556
    Abstract: Disclosed is a climate control device, comprising a distribution insert and an air mover attached to the distribution insert. The air mover includes two or more diverter openings moving a fluid through the distribution insert and through a support device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: GENTHERM GMBH
    Inventor: Denis Michel Miron
  • Patent number: 10293720
    Abstract: A vehicle seat according to the present invention includes: a seat back frame constituting a framework of a seat back; a blower disposed in the seat back; a bracket to which the blower is fixed; and a cover member provided on the rear side of the seat back frame. Herein, the bracket is fixed to the cover member with the seat back frame being held between the bracket and the cover member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: TS TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Atsushi Okimura, Tatsumi Konno, Wataru Nishii, Yuji Nakano, Hiroshi Izawa, Hiromi Taniguchi
  • Patent number: 10272806
    Abstract: A vehicle seat comprises a seat cushion part, having a cushion element, and a backrest part, at least one of which has an air conditioning device with a fan unit and an air conditioning insert. The air conditioning insert has an air distribution space, which is delimited on one side by at least one top layer. The air distribution space supplies air through the fan unit via the bottom layer located opposite the top layer and the air from the air distribution space is dispersed via the top layer. The air distribution space is separated by at least one separating element extending between the top layer and the bottom side, such that one air outlet plate is associated with the fan unit. At least one air outlet opening rests on the plane of the separation element that is associated with the bottom side of the air distribution space such that the at least one air outlet opening supplies air to both the one and the other partial region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: I. G. BAUERHIN GMBH
    Inventors: Stefan Bauer, Thorsten Schleucher
  • Patent number: 10232748
    Abstract: There is provided a vehicle seat including: a seat main body having a major surface facing a user seated; a first air passage extending from an air conditioning device of a vehicle toward the seat main body so as to guide air from the air conditioning device to the seat main body; an outlet provided to a side portion of the seat main body and opened so that air from the first air passage is blown out along the side portion of the seat main body; a second air passage having an inlet opened toward the major surface so that air blown out from the outlet is sucked from the major surface; and a blower configured to suck air in the second air passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Fumitoshi Akaike, Seiya Nishimura
  • Patent number: 10179525
    Abstract: A vehicular seat having a seat cushion and a seat back, which are configured to be provided with air flow layers capable of being formed by a relatively simple step, is configured to be provided with: the seat cushion on which a vehicle occupant is seated; the seat back against which the vehicle occupant seated on the seat cushion rests his or her back; a fan disposed below the seat cushion; an air delivery duct for delivering to the seat cushion and the seat back, air delivered from the fan; and a seat cover for discharging the air delivered from the air delivery duct, from the surface of the seat cushion and the seat back to the side on which the vehicle occupant is seated. A plurality of groove spaces through which air delivered from the air delivery duct is caused to flow are formed inside the seat cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: TACHI-S CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuyoshi Arata, Takao Tsutsui
  • Patent number: 10101804
    Abstract: A content interaction system and method allow a user to simultaneously interact with a piece of content using the five senses (touch, sound, sight, smell and taste) of the user. In one embodiment, the content interaction system may have a plurality of devices wherein the user may integrate one or more of the devices together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Z5X Global FZ-LLC
    Inventors: Chamli Tennakoon, Subhash Chandra, Amit Goenka
  • Patent number: 9944149
    Abstract: A hood article and a method of use for a seat conditioning assembly. The hood article including an air-impermeable housing with an internal hollow chamber and at least a first aperture adapted and a second aperture to connect an air mover to a collar device of an air distribution system assembly. The hood article used for fluidly connecting the air mover to the air distribution system assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: GENTHERM GMBH
    Inventors: Peter P. Efthymiou, Paul Stichhaller, Marinko Lazanja, Matthew Zuzga
  • Patent number: 9868373
    Abstract: A seat with a warmer may include a heating unit mounted on a rear side of a seat back and radiating heat toward a rear seat; an air duct disposed close to the heating unit on the seat back, extending up and down on the seat back, and passing air therein, and a blowing unit disposed in the air duct generating a sucking force in the air duct so that air heated by the heating unit flows into the air duct, and sending out the heated air in the air duct to a floor under the rear seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Man Ju Oh, Jae Woo Park, Jae Woong Kim
  • Patent number: 9857119
    Abstract: The invention provides a cooling apparatus with vented backrest and an optional air intake and circulation system for dual functioning as (1) a cooler effective to maintain food and beverages below ambient temperatures and (2) a seat with vented backrest that provides cooled air to the individual seated on the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Inventor: Thomas Keenan
  • Patent number: 9845031
    Abstract: A seat with a warmer may include a heating unit mounted on a rear side of a seat back and radiating heat toward a rear seat; an air duct disposed close to the heating unit on the seat back, extending up and down on the seat back, and passing air therein, and a blowing unit disposed in the air duct generating a sucking force in the air duct so that air heated by the heating unit flows into the air duct, and sending out the heated air in the air duct to a floor under the rear seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Man Ju Oh, Jae Woo Park, Jae Woong Kim
  • Patent number: 9796307
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes: a seat back having an upper frame; a fan provided in the seat back; a lumbar plate that is provided in the seat back and elastically supports a waist of a seated occupant from a rear side; and a support member that elastically supports the fan in an area at a height between the lumbar plate and the upper frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignees: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tomohiro Awatani
  • Patent number: 9789796
    Abstract: A ventilated seat having a jounce zone, including a seat jounce zone and a back jounce zone, configured to deform when the ventilated seat and an occupant are subjected to a dynamic force includes a frame, a seat portion, a back portion, and a cylindrical blower. The seat portion is connected to the frame and has a porous seat cover portion and the seat jounce zone. The back portion is connected to the frame and has a porous back cover portion and the back jounce zone. The cylindrical blower is attached to the frame, is disposed at least partially outside of the jounce zone, and is operatively connected to one of the porous seat cover portion and the porous back cover portion such that air flows through the respective porous cover portion to provide ventilation to the ventilated seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Brennon L. White
  • Patent number: 9783088
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a pad configured to support a body of a seated occupant. The pad has a transverse air passage extending in a direction along a back surface of the pad and a plurality of longitudinal air passages each having one end connecting with the transverse air passage and the other end open to a front surface of the pad. The transverse air passage has a first transverse air passage connecting an air introduction hole from a fan or an air discharge hole to the fan and the longitudinal air passage directly with each other, and a second transverse air passage connecting the air introduction hole or the air discharge hole and the longitudinal air passage with each other via a resistant body having a resistance against an air flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Fumitoshi Akaike, Akari Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9776542
    Abstract: A vehicle heating apparatus is a heating apparatus to be mounted on or built in a vehicle seat at a position below a sitting portion of the vehicle seat. The vehicle heating apparatus includes: a housing having an intake port, a blowing port, and an internal space serving as a flow path of air from the intake port to the blowing port; a fan provided in the internal space of the housing; and a heater provided in the internal space of the housing. In a usage state where the vehicle heating apparatus is mounted on or built in the vehicle seat, the blowing port is located above the intake port and opens downwardly with respect to a horizontal direction. Thereby, the amount of heating required for the heater is further reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takehiko Ise, Yoshiaki Kurosawa, Atsunori Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 9694716
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes: a front tilt mechanism including a front panel that is bridged between left and right side frames of a seat cushion and connected with the left and right side frames at connection points, the front panel being configured to pivot about the connection points in a height direction to adjust an angle of a seating surface of a front portion of the seat cushion; and an air conditioner mounted to the seat cushion, the air conditioner including: a slide mechanism that allows to change a distance between a front pivot-mounting part and a rear pivot-mounting part with a slide movement, wherein the air conditioner is bridged between the lower surface of the front panel and the cylindrical pipe and configured to allow the front panel of the front tilt mechanism to pivot about the connection points with a slide movement of the slide mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hideo Masuda
  • Patent number: 9622588
    Abstract: According to certain arrangements, a climate controlled bed includes an upper portion comprising a core with a top core surface and a bottom core surface. The core includes at least one passageway extending from the top core surface to the bottom core surface. The upper portion of the bed further includes at least one fluid distribution member positioned above the core, wherein the fluid distribution member is in fluid communication with at least one passageway of the core. The fluid distribution member is configured to at least partially distribute fluid within said fluid distribution member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Gentherm Incorporated
    Inventors: Michael J. Brykalski, John Terech, Dusko Petrovski
  • Patent number: 9610516
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the present disclosure provide a system for controlling a physical effect in a theater, the system comprising: an audio/video (A/V) component, the A/V component being capable of processing A/V media that is associated with data indicating when the physical effect should be activated; a show control device communicably linked to the A/V component, the show control device being capable of translating the data into one or more signals that are capable of causing the physical effect to be activated; and a control assembly communicably linked to the show control device, the control assembly capable of receiving the one or more signals and activating the physical effect in response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: SIMEX INC.
    Inventors: David Gairns, Gabi Hoffknecht
  • Patent number: 9533609
    Abstract: A motor vehicle seat with a ventilating device comprises (a) a ventilating insert (5) that is placed into a recess on the side of an upholstery core facing a seated person, (b) an air-permeable upholstery layer covering the side of the ventilating insert facing the seated person, and (c) a ventilator (12), at least partially inserted into an indentation in the side of the upholstery core facing the seated person, that sucks in the air from partial areas of the seating surface and provides it to those partial areas. At least a portion of the air flow between the ventilator and the upholstery covering occurs via an air-distribution layer (10) of the ventilating insert (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: I. G. BAUERHIN GMBH
    Inventor: Stefan Bauer
  • Patent number: 9517709
    Abstract: A vehicle seat is obtained capable of suppressing the occurrence of wrinkles in natural leather employed in a cover while suppressing a reduction in seating comfort of the seat. A non-woven fabric is disposed between a foam member and a foam member, so as to cover a portion of contact with the buttocks of a seated occupant, as viewed from above. The non-woven fabric suppresses extension and contraction of natural leather at the pressed portion, thereby suppressing the occurrence of wrinkles in the natural leather at the pressed portion. By only suppressing the extension-contraction amount of the natural leather at the portion where wrinkles are liable to occur, the occurrence of wrinkles in the natural leather can be suppressed while suppressing a reduction in the seating comfort of the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: NHK SPRING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toshiyuki Kitajima, Tuyoshi Mutoh
  • Patent number: 9469228
    Abstract: According to one or more embodiments, a seat climate control assembly for a seat includes a seatback and a headrest, the seat climate control assembly includes an air intake port positioned on a top portion of the seatback and in fluid communication with the headrest, and an air controller in fluid communication with the air intake port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Luther Wang, Frank Wu, James Eum
  • Patent number: 9435554
    Abstract: A cooling or heating seating system creating an open, unbounded, temperature-controlled zone for personnel, said seating system having HVAC equipment for producing and delivering cooled or heated air, a first air outlet disposed in a deck member, a second air outlet disposed in a seat back member, and a first air return disposed in the seat back member between a seat member and a seat back rest. The system may be transportable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: ATHLETIC RECOVERY ZONE, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Cothren, William Quillen, Sr.
  • Patent number: 9346384
    Abstract: The present teachings relate to a ventilating apparatus for a body supporting means, comprising: at least one air conveying means, at least one air guiding means, and at least one outlet opening in an area of the body supporting means, which is associated with the neck of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Gentherm Automotive Systems (China) Ltd.
    Inventors: Jonathan (Yu) Zhang, Steve (Fubing) Peng, Amy (Yakun) Yuan, Ted (Chunlong) Shi
  • Patent number: 9173500
    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: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Traveling Breeze Leisure Products LLC
    Inventors: Gregory Alan Squires, Steven Lee Garner
  • Patent number: 9139118
    Abstract: A ventilation apparatus (500) serves to cool the seat cushion (120) of a seat (100), in particular of a vehicle seat. This seat cushion (120) has a seating surface (122), a rear face (127) and an underside (121). The underside (121) of the seat cushion (120) and the seat frame (110) form a cavity (190). The ventilation apparatus (500) has a radial fan (515) for arrangement in said cavity (190), which radial fan (515) has an inlet (512) and an outlet (518). An air distribution arrangement (530) connects to the output of a U-shaped air deflection device (520) that extends from the air outlet (518) of the radial fan (515) to an inlet (532) of the air distribution arrangement (530) and includes a plurality of air deflection conduits (525).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: EBM-PAPST ST. GEORGEN GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Hansjoerg Berroth
  • Patent number: 9108551
    Abstract: A cover has a breathable first portion arranged on a seating side of a seat structure member, a second portion that is laminated to the first portion and inhibits penetration of resin foam material, and a passage portion through which air passes that is provided on the second portion. A protruding portion is arranged face-to-face with the passage portion while the cover is arranged in a cavity, and the cushion is formed with an interposed member that is less rigid than the cover being interposed between the passage portion and the protruding portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiroki Ota
  • Patent number: 9096157
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly with a cooling system includes a seatback structure with a permeable passenger support which is coupled with the seatback structure. The passenger support has a back support surface and a rear surface. A concave shell has a peripheral edge which is coupled with the rear surface of the passenger support. A conduit member has an intake opening between the passenger support and the shell and an exhaust opening. An air chamber is coupled with the exhaust opening of the conduit member and has a fan on an exterior portion of the air chamber to draw air from the back support surface through the air chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Paul Bryan Hoke, Michael Kolich, John W. Jaranson, Marc Kondrad
  • Patent number: 9027991
    Abstract: A racing bucket seat and a cooling system for racing cars is capable of effectively suppressing the rise of a driver's body temperature, meeting safety regulations. The racing bucket seat includes a plurality of shell through holes formed in a seat shell, an outer shell fixed on the seat shell to cover the shell through holes from a rear side of the seat shell and formed with a layer-like flow passage between the outer shell and a rear surface of the seat shell, and an air intake port introducing the air into the flow passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Nissan Motorsports International Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hisashi Ishida, Yutaka Suzuki, Daisuke Takezaki, Shohei Ezaki
  • Patent number: 9016777
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an armrest for a vehicle. The armrest includes: an intake port which is formed in a front surface of a front end of an armrest body; an exhaust port which is formed in a rear end of the armrest body; a blower which is installed in the armrest body and connected to the intake port by an intake duct; a plurality of cup holders which are arranged in a row above the intake duct; an exhaust duct which extends from the blower and branching off into a plurality of diverged parts that pass by the respective cup holders and are connected to the exhaust port; and a thermoelement which is provided on each of the cup holders and is brought into close contact with the exhaust duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Man Ju Oh, Jae Woong Kim, Jae Woo Park
  • Patent number: 8998311
    Abstract: A seat frame for a vehicle seat comprises an upholstered seat cushion, a seat frame, an upholstery support structure attached thereto and a fan housing with a radial fan. The fan housing has an axial inlet and a radial outlet for the passage of air. The fan housing is supported in the seat frame by means of a holder which includes at least one frame-shaped receptacle adapted to receive the radial outlet of the fan housing and at least one locking element for connecting itself to the fan housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: I. G. Bauerhin GmbH
    Inventors: Dmitri Axakov, Markus Weber, Steffen Alter
  • Publication number: 20150091340
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly includes a seat base and a seat back. A coverstock is disposed over the seat base and the seat back. A plurality of button-tufts are disposed on a top surface of at least one of the seat base and the seat back and are operably coupled with the coverstock. The plurality of button-tufts include an orifice extending through the button-tufts. A fan is in communication with the orifice and is configured to move air through the orifice, thereby providing air flow to a vehicle passenger resting on the coverstock.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Hulway
  • Publication number: 20150084384
    Abstract: A vehicle heating apparatus (100A) of the present disclosure is a heating apparatus to be mounted on a vehicle seat (11) at a position below a sitting portion (S) of the vehicle seat (11). The vehicle heating apparatus (100A) includes: a housing (10) having an intake port (2), a blowing port (3), and an internal space (4) serving as a flow path of air from the intake port (2) to the blowing port (3); a fan (6) provided in the internal space (4); a heater (7) provided in the internal space (4); and a mounting structure (8) adapted to mount the housing (10) to the vehicle seat (11) in such a manner that the housing (10) is movable in a width direction of the vehicle seat (11). Therefore, the vehicle heating apparatus (100A) of the present disclosure is highly convenient for occupants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Takehiko Ise, Yoshiaki Kurosawa, Atsunori Hashimoto