Combined Patents (Class 297/217.1)
  • Patent number: 10485348
    Abstract: A chair including a support, a backrest with a backrest frame hingedly connected to the support, a seat bottom with a seat frame hingedly connected to the backrest and a bracket extending rearward from the seat frame, a linkage arm with a proximal end hingedly connected to the support at a fixed vertical position and a distal end hingedly connected to the bracket, and a return mechanism. Rotation of the seat bottom from a closed position to an open position causes, by way of interaction between the linkage arm and the bracket, the seat bottom to move forward from the support and the backrest to rotate about the support and recline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Series International, LLC
    Inventor: Alvaro Mauricio Olarte
  • Patent number: 10464456
    Abstract: A method for adjusting an adjustable component in a seat assembly includes the steps of: (1) providing a seat assembly having an adjustable support plate and a sensor; (2) supporting a seat occupant on the seat assembly; (3) moving the support plate into contact with the seat occupant; (4) sensing a pressure value applied to the support plate using the sensor as the support plate contacts the seat occupant; and (5) retaining the support plate in a deployed position. The movement of the support plate is configured to cease when the pressure value is initially detected or when the pressure value exceeds a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Boccuccia, Andres Senatore, John Wayne Jaranson, Alexander Alborzi Calderon
  • Patent number: 10420679
    Abstract: The system of the preferred embodiments is an ear treatment device including: an electrical power supply; an electric heater coupled in electronic communication to the electrical power supply; a spray nozzle coupled to a fluid passageway; a fluid reservoir coupled to the opposite end of the fluid passageway from the spray nozzle; at least one of I) a pump, II) an ultrasonic mist generator, and III) a vapor generator designed to cause the fluid from the reservoir to flow through the fluid passageway and out of the spray nozzle; wherein the electric heater is adapted to heat the fluid in at least one of A) the reservoir, B) the fluid passageway, and C) the spray nozzle; wherein the nozzle is adapted to spray the fluid into the ear canal of a user. Preferably the ear treatment device of the preferred embodiments is designed to treat earaches in a user, and possibly to assist in the promotion of drainage of fluid from a user's middle ear and in some cases to treat ear infections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Inventors: Victoria Fan, Russell D. Fernald
  • Patent number: 10384663
    Abstract: Provided is a vehicle electrification charge reducing apparatus, including: a steering operating device, a steering actuator; and a displacement transmitting system configured to transmit a displacement of the steering operating device to the steering actuator. At least one of the steering operating device, the steering actuator, or the displacement transmitting system includes two members that are engaged with each other through intermediation of a viscous lubricant agent so as to move relatively when the steering operating device is operated. A self-discharge type charge eliminator is fixed to a surface of a specific member forming the displacement transmitting system and the like, and the self-discharge type charge eliminator diselectrifies the specific member through self-discharge so as to decrease a charge amount of the specific member, to thereby decrease a difference in charge amount between the two members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koshi Yamada, Toshio Tanahashi, Hisashi Yabuki, Kazuhiko Omasa, Yoji Kanehara, Nagataka Sassa
  • Patent number: 10152296
    Abstract: In at least one embodiment, an apparatus for providing a tactile output associated with an audio output is provided. The apparatus includes a head unit that is coupled to a plurality of tactile transducers with each tactile transducer being positioned in a seat of a vehicle. The head unit is configured to receive a command indicative of a desired tactile feedback for a seat of the vehicle, the desired tactile feedback is associated with an audio output that is played back by one or more speakers in the vehicle. The head unit is further configured to transmit a control signal indicative of the desired tactile feedback to be provided by a tactile transducer in the seat of the vehicle such that the tactile transducer generates the desired tactile feedback at the seat while the one or more speakers in the vehicle playback the audio output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Harman International Industries, Incorporated
    Inventor: Christopher Michael Trestain
  • Patent number: 10064784
    Abstract: The present disclosure concerns an adjustable bed facility including a system for executing a computer-based safety-action during a motor-actuated adjustable bed position adjustment, comprising an adjustable bed facility comprising a computer-based controller, an actuator, and a sensor, the computer-based controller providing control of adjustable bed position adjustments, the actuator configured to adjust a height of the adjustable bed facility upon receiving a height-adjustment command from the computer-based controller, and the sensor for determining an actuator action parameter measured value of the actuator, the computer-based controller in communicative connection with the sensor to monitor and compare the motor action parameter measured value to an actuator action parameter normal operation value range, and when the controller determines the monitored motor action parameter measured value is outside the range of the actuator action parameter normal operation value range the controller sends a safety-ac
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Inventor: Martin B. Rawls-Meehan
  • Patent number: 10039678
    Abstract: A seating furniture chassis including: a lever mechanism (2) for raising and lowering a seat face of a seating furniture item; a connecting mechanism (4) for connecting the lever mechanism (2) to the seat face; and a drive mechanism (3) for actuating the lever mechanism (2). A plane is defined by way of the connecting mechanism (4), in which plane the seat face lies in the mounted state. The seating furniture chassis (1) has a clearance below the plane, which clearance is free from the lever mechanism (2) and the drive mechanism (3). A footrest of the seating furniture item is pivotable into the clearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: INNOTEC MOTION GMBH
    Inventor: Michael Mackert
  • Patent number: 10024425
    Abstract: A transmission external bump stimulation system includes a transmission of an automobile vehicle selectively operating in a mode allowing direct vehicle operator transmission gear shifts. At least one vehicle seat is positioned in the automobile vehicle supporting a vehicle operator during operation of the automobile vehicle. A shaker device is positioned in direct contact with the seat. The shaker device produces a shock wave defining an individual pulse of mechanical energy during a gear shift of the transmission initiated by the operator during operation in the mode. The shock wave is directed toward the operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Steffen Hanika, Yaya Kaba
  • Patent number: 9931996
    Abstract: In certain embodiments, a mobile entertainment system includes a screen assembly with a display and a signal generating device. A housing pivotally coupled to the screen assembly can have a lower portion, an upper portion, and a housing cavity sized and shaped to receive the screen assembly. The upper portion can receive at least a portion of the signal generating device. At least a portion of the screen assembly can rotate through an opening in the lower portion. A shell can receive the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Johnson Safety, Inc.
    Inventor: Chung Lung Chang
  • Patent number: 9640224
    Abstract: A data storage system allows a subscriber to store data at the time the subscriber experiences the date with an indication, such as a press of a button or a voice command. The indication causes a request to obtain and store the data to be issued. For example, the subscriber can store music while listening to it, store or request movies while viewing them, or store movie soundtracks while viewing movies. The entire music file can be stored, for example, in a vehicle in which the subscriber is traveling. For some environments, such as storage in a cellular telephone, a portion of the music is stored in a format compatible for that environment, such as cellular telephone ring tone format. When the indication is received, a determination is made as to which music is required, generally by determining the time of the indication. The music heard by the listener is then downloaded for storage in accordance with the subscriber's request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Inventors: David C. Isaacson, Diana L. Fitzgerald
  • Patent number: 9618935
    Abstract: A remote controlling and lifesaving apparatus using a wearable device system within a car is provided. The remote controlling and lifesaving apparatus using a wearable device system within a car performs lifesaving according to biometric information of a passenger when a car accident occurs, and provides technology for measuring biometric information of the passenger through the wearable device system when the car accident occurs and performing rapid post management for the passenger based on the measured biometric information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Inventor: Sun Jong Yang
  • Patent number: 9585486
    Abstract: A method and apparatus include attaching a lighted cup holder to a seating arrangement. The lighted cup holder includes a cup holder body and a light-producing light source, with the cup holder body being attached to the seating arrangement and having a cup receptacle therein, the light-producing source being disposed within the cup receptacle for illuminating the receptacle. A light-sensitive element operatively connected to the light source selectively controls production of light by the light source in such a manner that illumination of the cup holder is provided only under conditions where visibility is reduced to the point that it becomes difficult to locate the cup holder. The light-sensitive element is mounted on a master lighted cup holder and controls illumination of the master lighted cup holder and one or more slave lighted cup holders operatively connected to the master lighted cup holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: RAFFEL SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventor: Ken Seidl
  • Patent number: 9549619
    Abstract: Flexible cushions include structures configured to secure to a mattress or other sleeping surface, permitting cushion re-shaping to divide or otherwise configure a sleeping space. Cushions join to the mattress via an L-shaped plate that seats against a side an under a bottom of the mattress. The cushion is supported by the L-shaped plate, which may extend inside the cushion or otherwise mate with a flexible shaping pipe in the cushion. The flexible pipe in the cushion allows the cushion to be shaped in any fashion with sufficient human force while retaining its shape when slept on. The L-shaped plate is joined to an opposite latch plate that secures to an opposite side of the mattress by an adjustable belt that runs between the L-shaped plate and latch plate. The belt may run under the mattress and join to any number of structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Inventor: Yoshimichi Hashiba
  • Patent number: 9480873
    Abstract: An adjusting structure of an elliptical trainer contains: a base including an upright column, two rotatable posts rotatably connected with the upright column, two driving rods rotatably coupled with the two rotatable posts, a rotating device mounted on the base, and two shafts fixed on two side surfaces of the rotating device. Each shaft is in connection with an adjuster which has a fixing disc, an adjustment disc, and a positioning element. The fixing disc has a plurality of first orifices and a plurality of limiting stems. The adjustment disc has two opposite arcuate slots, a first hole, and a hollow tube. The positioning element is inserted into one of the plurality of first orifices via the hollow tube and the first hole, a hollow fitting sleeve is fitted with the hollow tube, and the hollow fitting sleeve is fitted with each driving rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: High Spot Health Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yen-Chi Chuang
  • Patent number: 9211823
    Abstract: Pillow holders that have a sleeve for receiving and retaining a pillow coupled, optionally releasably, to a flexible and resilient enclosure (optionally less than a complete enclosure) for a headrest. The enclosure stretches over the headrest. The sleeve is made of a flexible and resilient material, and is coupled to the enclosure at a position that places the pillow in position to support the neck of the user of the headrest. The enclosure may optionally have a strap. The strap may be releasably and/or slidingly coupled to the enclosure. Optionally, the tube or sleeve may also be slidingly coupled to the strap. The pillow holder is designed for pillows of various shapes and sizes, including standard-sized pillows and stuffed toys. The enclosure may additionally be coupled to headrest supports. More than one enclosure may be coupled to one strap. The strap may optionally be worn as a shoulder strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Inventor: Sharon Campa
  • Patent number: 9090332
    Abstract: A noise reduction device, including a microphone for detecting noise, a noise controller for reversing the phase of noise detected by the microphone based on information outputted from the microphone, and a speaker for outputting sound based on information outputted from the noise controller, is arranged at a seat surrounded by a shell portion having a cavity, wherein a speaker is disposed in the cavity of the shell portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshifumi Asao, Hiroyuki Kano, Masaaki Higashida, Tsuyoshi Maeda, Toshihiro Ezaki
  • Publication number: 20150145296
    Abstract: Equipment and processes generate a seating solution by obtaining occupant data, calculating body dimensions from the occupant data, and calculating a best-fit body arrangement for an occupant. Occupant data may be obtained in various ways using available computational devices and software or by manually measuring the relevant dimensions on the occupant. A user interface for inputting occupant metrics and/or occupant measurements may be provided in a mobile terminal included in the vehicle or separate from the vehicle, thus giving users increased flexibility while maximizing simplicity and usability for the user or other personnel obtaining the data. Once an occupant's best-fit body arrangement is determined, it may be altered by changing the predetermined criteria to achieve optimum comfort, safety, and therapeutic benefit as well as used for providing improved comfort on a continuous basis and/or in response to detected or predicted vehicle, road, or atmospheric conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2015
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: James T. Hotary, Samuel Baudu, Robert C. Fitzpatrick, Dana R. Lowell, Gregory Brncick
  • Publication number: 20150137568
    Abstract: A suspension mat (14) for a vehicle seat comprises one or more suspension springs (16) for supporting a cushion (28), a support plate (18) attached to the one or more suspension springs, a mobile plate (34) coupled with the support plate, a flat spring (26) arranged between the support plate and the mobile plate and a switch element. The mobile plate is arranged movable between a first and a second position relative to the support plate. The flat spring biases the mobile plate toward the first position. The switch element is located between the support plate and the flat spring, in such a way that when the mobile plate moves against a bias of the flat spring toward the second position, the flat spring presses and actuates the switch element. The flat spring may e.g. comprise a washer spring, a plate spring, a dome-shaped flat spring and/or a cantilever flat spring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Philippe Boyer
  • Publication number: 20150137569
    Abstract: A vehicle seat suspension mat (10) comprises one or more suspension springs (16) for supporting a seat cushion (22) and an occupancy sensor module (24) supported by at least one suspension spring. The module includes a first plate (26) having a switch element (38) arranged thereon and a second plate (28) mounted in a cantilevered manner to the first plate, in such a way that the first and second plates form together a pair of jaws, which the switch element is arranged between. The first and second plates are configured so as to move closer together against their resiliency in response to compressive forces acting on the first and second plates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Guenter Goedert
  • Publication number: 20150090778
    Abstract: A removable personalized seat marker assembly that is temporarily installed on the user's seat at an event to personalize the user's seat. The user may easily remove the seat marker assembly and keep it as memorabilia of the event. The removable seat marker assembly comprises a personalized marker that enhances the experience of attending an event by allowing the user to customize their seat at the event by choosing from a variety of templates, personal user information, or event information, such as user's name, and/or the event name, date, and/or place. The seat marker assembly comprises a body having a front panel and a rear panel forming at least one enclosed compartment therein. The body comprises one or more attachment portions for installing the seat marker assembly to a seat. The front panel of the body comprises a clear window for displaying a personalized marker printed with information about the user and the event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: Stephen M. Trongone
  • Publication number: 20150084387
    Abstract: The construction machine includes a floor plate, a seat and a control box provided on the floor plate, a support plate having an end portion, in a left-right direction, configuring a supporting end portion, on which the control box is mounted, a second slide rail that extends in a front-rear direction and is attached to a lower surface side of the support plate, and a reinforcing block that extends in a direction crossing the second slide rail in a plan view. The reinforcing block has a portion extending toward an end surface of a supporting end portion from a position in an area of the second slide rail in a plan view, and the portion being attached to the supporting end portion of the support plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicants: Kabushiki Kaisha Kobe Seiko Sho (Kobe Steel, Ltd.), KOBELCO CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshimune MORI, Kouji Fujikawa, Yasumitsu Fujii
  • Publication number: 20150075575
    Abstract: A mobility assistance apparatus includes first and second frames positioned on left and right sides of a user; a hinge arm mechanism coupled to the first and second frames; and a harness or a walking seat coupled to the frames to transfer at least a portion of the user's body weight from the legs and to transfer weight through the user's hip or pelvis to the first and second frame enabling the user to stand or walk for an extended period without requiring the user's arms to hold the frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Robert J. Karlovich
  • Patent number: 8979194
    Abstract: Passenger seat for a system of passenger seats of an aircraft cabin, comprising: a seat body, an energy harvesting system for providing electrical energy, in particular for use in the passenger seat electrical net and/or aircraft electrical net, wherein an energy harvesting device of the energy harvesting system is provided to the seat body, wherein the energy harvesting device is adapted for capturing from the seat body ambient energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Zodiac Aerotechnics
    Inventors: Gunter Boomgarden, Mark Niedostatek, Wolfgang Rittner, Rüdiger Meckes
  • Publication number: 20150054322
    Abstract: The telescopic seating systems, and foldable chairs and related components for use within telescopic seating systems, of the present disclosure may incorporate occupant support elements within a space between a top surface of a seat frame structure and a bottom surface of the seat frame structure. Springs may be attached to the top surface of the chair frame structure and configured to extend into the space. Alternatively, or additionally, a chair cushion may extend into the space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Frederick Jacobs, Matthew Jacobs
  • Publication number: 20150054318
    Abstract: A slot chair includes a frame, a seat coupled to the frame, and a pair of legs coupled to the seat. The slot chair also includes a slot in a backing that is located approximately three-quarters of the total height of the char as measured from the lowermost portion of the chair and a pouch coupled to the frame and surrounding the slot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Alan J. HOWARD
  • Publication number: 20150035330
    Abstract: A travel seat locking system including a travel seat comprising a front seating surface, a back surface, left and right sides, and left and right stroller securing members respectively positioned on the left and right sides of the travel seat. A stroller is provided comprising a frame having at least one front leg, at least one rear leg, a passenger seating area, and a pair of left and right seat securing members connected to the frame for releasable engagement with a respective one of the left and right stroller securing members of the travel seat. At least one of the travel seat or stroller comprising an actuator to release the engagement between the left and right stroller securing members of the travel seat and the left and right seat securing members of the stroller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: ARTSANA USA, INC.
    Inventors: Michael L. Longenecker, Bruce L. Williams
  • Publication number: 20150021963
    Abstract: An integral training potty comprised of a child safety seat and waste collection apparatus, allowing a small child to evacuate his or her bowel or bladder. The waste collection apparatus being removable, without disturbing or removing the seated child. The waste collection apparatus optionally having a liner for the waste collection bowl. Alternately, the present invention is an integral training potty comprised of a child's stroller and a waste collection apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Marcel Reed
  • Publication number: 20150015036
    Abstract: A rocker includes a frame and a seat coupled to the frame for receiving an infant therein. The frame includes a front and a rear frame portion generally oppositely extending along a longitudinal axis. The first and second frame portions are pivotally coupled together to move between an upright configuration and a collapsed configuration. The front and rear frame portions include rocking surfaces that are configured to rock on a support surface in a side-to-side motion transverse to the longitudinal axis, with the infant positioned in the seat in a head-to-foot longitudinal orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: KIDS II, INC.
    Inventor: Alex SORIANO
  • Patent number: 8899677
    Abstract: A compact seat cushion that may be expanded to reveal a banner wherein the banner may be changed in accordance with the desires of the user is provided. In a preferred embodiment, the device comprises a foldable length of material which, when in a folded position, may be used as a seat cushion, and when in an expanded, unfolded position, may be used as a banner to display letters, logos, messages or other insignia. In certain embodiments, the device comprises a plurality of conjoined panels, each comprising a closed compartment comprising padded material. One or more of the panels comprise an upper layer and a lower layer joined together to form a compartment comprising padding. A plurality of strips is adapted for cooperative coupling insignia. A user desiring to form a banner may do so easily by coupling letters or phrases to the unfolded seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: Unsil C. Hurlburt
  • Publication number: 20140346823
    Abstract: A vehicle seat assembly is provided. The assembly includes a seat back member and a haptic alert assembly. The haptic alert assembly includes a first actuator incorporated into the seat back member. The first actuator is configured to generate at least a first portion of a haptic alert.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: MARK A. STEBBINS, RAYMOND J. KIEFER
  • Publication number: 20140339867
    Abstract: An infant care apparatus includes a base; a drive mechanism disposed on the base; a controller electronically coupled to the drive mechanism; and a support device coupled to the drive mechanism. The support device is configured to be moved in both a horizontal and vertical direction relative to the base by the drive mechanism. The drive mechanism is controlled by the controller to move the support device in a plurality of motion profiles relative to the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: Frederick Karl Hopke, Henry F. Thorne, Mary J. Koes, Robert D. Daley
  • Patent number: 8888175
    Abstract: A pod assembly for use in an aircraft that includes a seat with a seat bottom and a seat back, a shell that at least partially surrounds the seat, and a bed associated with the shell. The bed is movable between a stowed position and a deployed position where the bed is generally flat. The bed is supported by the shell in the deployed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Zodiac Seat Shells US LLC
    Inventors: Elijah Dobrusin, Nevenka Prijic, Eric Long, Scott Savian
  • Patent number: 8882500
    Abstract: An integrated dental care apparatus includes a patient chair and a dental care unit. The dental care unit is mounted on a floor while the dental care unit and the patient chair are structurally connected by a structure which supports the patient chair. Both the dental care unit and the patient chair have means for enabling them to be turned in relation to a vertical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Planmeca Oy
    Inventors: Jan Fröjdman, Arto Virta, Timo Müller, Arto Huotari
  • Publication number: 20140327281
    Abstract: A warning device for a car seat base includes a car seat base, a support leg and a color signal revealing mechanism. The car seat base is capable of mounting on a vehicle seat and provided with a support face for supporting a car seat thereupon and a signal window for showing signals by colors. The support leg is movably and rotably mounted to the car seat base. Once the length of the support leg is not yet good enough to abut the car seat base, or someday the lock means of the support leg is failed, the weight of the support leg would carry itself moving downward, by this way to cause the signal element to reveal a warning signal from signal window to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: LERADO (ZHONG SHAN) INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: HUNG-CHUNG HOU, YU-TE CHOU, CHIN-HU WANG, YU-LE LIN
  • Publication number: 20140312659
    Abstract: A chair with cold protection hand pockets includes a chair body having a seat, a backrest upward extended from a rear edge of the seat, and two armrests located above two lateral side of the seat; and a base located below the chair body to support the seat at a predetermined height from the ground. Two cold protection hand pockets are provided on front ends of the two armrests. Each of the cold protection hand pockets encloses a receiving space having an inlet opening, via which a user may extend one hand into the receiving space. When the chair is used outdoors, the user may rest two arms on the armrests with two hands extended through the inlet openings into the receiving spaces of the cold protection hand pockets to achieve the purpose of protecting hands against cold and wind while keeping hands warm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: FTI GROUP (HOLDING) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: FTI GROUP (HOLDING) COMPANY LIMITED
  • Publication number: 20140306838
    Abstract: In some aspects, a portable car-seat assembly for installation in a vehicle includes a temperature sensor that detects an ambient temperature inside the vehicle. The portable car-seat assembly also includes a location detector that detects a location of the car-seat assembly. The car-seat assembly is configured to initiate a predetermined action in response to detecting an unsafe passenger-condition based on the temperature. For example, a message indicating the temperature and the location of the car-seat assembly can be sent to a remote recipient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventor: Justin Edward Beumler
  • Publication number: 20140284974
    Abstract: The invention relates to a locking and inclination-adjustment assembly for locking and adjusting the inclination of a part, especially a pivotable backrest (R, R1, R2) of a vehicle, comprising a lock striker (30) arranged on the car body and a lock (S) arranged on the part, said lock (S) being joined to the lock striker (30) when in a locked position (I, II) and being detachable from the lock striker (30) when in an unlocked position (III). It is provided that the lock (S) arranged on the part has rotary catches (10, 20) with corresponding locking pawls (15, 25), whereby the part can be moved and locked in several reversible latching positions (I, II) on the lock striker (30) that engages with the lock (S), and the part can be moved into the unlocked position (III) separately from the lock striker (30).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventors: Hans-Joachim Boy, Robert Wagels, Reinaldo Mensch
  • Patent number: 8840181
    Abstract: A monitoring and/or entertainment system, especially for a child seat, having at least one electronic assembly for displaying/recording images, films or film sequences, and having a moulded body in which the at least one electronic assembly is mounted and held. In order that the monitoring/entertainment system can be used for a child seat when the seat shell of the child seat is aligned in the direction opposite to the direction of travel, the moulded body has at least one fixing element which is arranged to form a force-based connection to the base frame of the child seat, wherein when the moulded body is in the state in which it is fixed to the base frame of the child seat the front side of the moulded body and the electronic assembly mounted in the moulded body face towards the seat shell of the child seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Cybex Industrial Ltd.
    Inventor: Martin Pos
  • Publication number: 20140265476
    Abstract: A passenger seat and a passenger service supply system is provided, comprising a seat with a seating and a backrest, and a passenger service module providing a passenger service such as conditioned air, a personal light, data network access or a similar service. A passenger service module supply line is connected to the passenger service module with a first end, and comprises an interface, which is adapted to connect a second end of the passenger service module supply line to a central supply line of a means of transport. The passenger service module supply line is thereby at least partly integrated into the seating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Uwe SCHNEIDER
  • Publication number: 20140265478
    Abstract: An adjustable seat indicating assembly is provided and includes a stationary component attached to a stationary part of an adjustable seat assembly, a movable component attached to a movable part of the adjustable seat assembly, and an indicating component that changes state upon an interaction between the stationary component and the movable component, wherein the indicating component indicates that the movable part of the seat is in a desired seating position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: COMMERCIAL VEHICLE GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: Andrew Schultz, Robert A. Maston
  • Publication number: 20140265479
    Abstract: Systems an methods of adjusting a seat in a vehicle are discussed. Such a system can include a vehicle seat that can have a plurality of adjustable aspects, such as a headrest, seat back, armrests, lumbar support, etc. The system can also include display component that can visually present one or more options associated with settings for the vehicle seat. Additionally, there can be an input component that can receive one or more selections of the one or more options, and there can be a control component that can determine one or more adjustments based at least in part on the one or more selections. The vehicle seat can adjust a subset of the plurality of aspects based at least in part on the one or more determined adjustments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: COMMERCIAL VEHICLE GROUP, INC.
    Inventor: Paul Bennett
  • Publication number: 20140265475
    Abstract: A seat load detection apparatus includes: a load detector detecting part of a load acting on a vehicle seat which is capable of changing the posture of a seatback forward from the first stage position as a most upright position of a seatable position to the forwardly inclined position which is a forwardly inclined position on which the passenger cannot be seated; a load body determination unit determining a load body acting on the vehicle seat on the basis of a detected load detected by the load detector; a seat posture detector detecting the forwardly inclined position of the seatback; and a state determination unit determining the state change of the vehicle seat on the basis of the variation of the detected load and restrict the determination of the state change of the vehicle seat on the basis of an output from the seat posture detector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
  • Publication number: 20140265464
    Abstract: A compact seat cushion that may be expanded to reveal a banner wherein the banner may be changed in accordance with the desires of the user is provided. In a preferred embodiment, the device comprises a foldable length of material which, when in a folded position, may be used as a seat cushion, and when in an expanded, unfolded position, may be used as a banner to display letters, logos, messages or other insignia. In certain embodiments, the device comprises a plurality of conjoined panels, each comprising a closed compartment comprising padded material. One or more of the panels comprise an upper layer and a lower layer joined together to form a compartment comprising padding. A plurality of strips is adapted for cooperative coupling insignia. A user desiring to form a banner may do so easily by coupling letters or phrases to the unfolded seat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Unsil C. Hurlburt
  • Patent number: 8827363
    Abstract: The invention relates to a chairlift seat (3), the width thereof extending in a transverse direction (I-I). The seat (3) is to be moved in a longitudinal direction (II-II) and comprises a bicycle (2) transport device (1) secured thereto. The transport device (1) includes supporting means (6) extending in a first direction (III-III) substantially parallel to the transverse direction (I-I) of the seat (3). At least one receiving and holding device (8), carried by the supporting means (6), is shaped such as to receive and hold at least one first wheel (2a) of a bicycle (2) oriented in a plane (P) substantially perpendicular to the first direction (III-III). The transport device (1) is arranged behind the seat (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Sommital
    Inventor: Yves Lagier
  • Publication number: 20140246887
    Abstract: A pressure-responsive B-surface seat occupancy sensor unit for detecting an occupancy state of a seat comprises a pressure sensor arranged on a base plate. The pressure sensor includes a printed circuit board having a first surface with at least two electrodes and a second surface, with which the PCB is arranged on the base plate, and a membrane element arranged in facing relationship with and spaced from the electrodes so as to deflect under pressure and establish an electrical contact between the electrodes. The base plate includes one or more fixation elements, by means of which the base plate is fixable to the structural frame, the seat cushion and/or the cushion-supporting springs of the seat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2012
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: IEE INTERNATIONAL ELECTRONICS & ENGINEERING S.A.
    Inventors: Harald Clos, Laurent Federspiel, Peter Jonas, Guenter Goedert, Philippe Boyer, Roberto Orsello, Christian Bour
  • Publication number: 20140210239
    Abstract: A vehicle seat assembly has a vehicle seat with a seat base and a seat back. The vehicle seat has at least one actuator configured to move one of the seat back and seat base along a path between a first position and a second position. A sensor has a generally planar surface defining a sensing area. A controller is in communication with the actuator and the sensor. The controller is configured to, in response to receiving a sliding input on the sensing area, control the at least one actuator to move the one of the seat back and seat base along the path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Arjun V. Yetukuri, David A. Hein
  • Patent number: 8789885
    Abstract: A chair which comprises a frame including a pair of frame sides, with each frame side having a top edge and an interior surface. A seating platform is then connected to the frame, the seating platform including a plurality of dowel rods spanning between the frame sides and spatially arranged to define a plurality of channels. One or more plant-growing mediums are situated within at least one of the channels, wherein one or more plants can grow such that a turf is formed to combine with the seating platform. In this manner a user is partially supported on the chair by the turf. A splash pan is further connected to the frame sides, and a grow grid is between the splash pan and the seating platform and underlying the plurality of dowel rods to provide a support layer for each plant-growing medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: pomme de terre design, LLC
    Inventors: Jesse Jon Salensky, Kristi L. Helfer
  • Publication number: 20140203602
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for an adaptive, multi-axis suspension system providing both coarse and fine suspension for a passenger seat. Coarse suspension control is provided to maintain the passenger seat and passenger within a selected position regardless of the weight of the passenger seat and the passenger. Fine suspension control is provided by monitoring and analyzing vibration characteristics in time and/or frequency domains to determine a variable amount of damper resistance to be exerted by a magnetorheological (MR) device. A nominal damper resistance of the MR device is selected based on the combined weight of the passenger seat and the passenger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Inventors: Jody G. Robbins, William E. Woodbury, II, Scott A. Boster, Mark J. Miskill
  • Publication number: 20140167460
    Abstract: A control element for a vehicle seat includes a bladder configured to be filled with a pressure medium and which includes first and second films connected together along a connecting seam to form a bladder chamber. The connecting seam may have a shape of a polygon, e.g., a square or rectangle, with rounded corners, wherein the sides connecting the corners are curved in a concave manner toward the interior of the polygon. The shape of the connecting seam and thus the shape of the resulting bladder chamber may prevent or reduce the occurrence of constrictions and/or kinks when filling the bladders, which may ensure a reliable and durable operation of the control element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Inventors: Markus Prexl, Andreas Foistner, Alexander Selhorst
  • Publication number: 20140159446
    Abstract: A shopping cart liner includes a body configured to nest in the child seat portion of a shopping cart. The body may define one or more openings positioned to enable the feet of a child seated in the shopping cart to protrude through the body, and the shopping cart liner includes a track at least partially embedded in a portion of the shopping cart liner. A clip is slidingly engaged with the track, and defines an opening for attaching an item to the shopping cart liner. An item such as a toy, teething ring, pacifier, or other item may be attached. The body may be padded, and, and may include one or more pockets. The shopping cart liner may include a seat belt for securing a child to the shopping cart liner, and may be used in combination with a pillow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: The Boppy Company, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Fair, Kristin A. Tidwell, Catherine P. McNeil, Clarice Bonzer