With Electrical Feature Patents (Class 297/217.3)
  • Patent number: 10449874
    Abstract: A seat is configured to suitably restrain a warping of a connecting portion in a signal transmission path, when the connecting portion is disposed inside a through hole provided in a pad member of the seat. The seat includes: a pressure sensor that detects a seating pressure of a seat occupant; a leading wire of the transmission path that extends from the pressure sensor; a cable of the transmission path that extends from an electronic control unit for a signal output from the pressure sensor; a warp restraining member that restrains a warping of a connecting portion of the leading wire and the cable; and a through hole formed in a pad member of the seat, from one end to another end in the thickness direction of the pad member. The warp restraining member is inserted into the through hole to thereby pass the transmission path through the through hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: TS Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shinji Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 10425236
    Abstract: An electrical power and data system for group seating arrangements includes a DC power supply for converting an AC voltage input to a DC low voltage output, a low voltage main line and at least one branch line with a power output in communication with the DC output, and an occupancy sensor at a seating area for generating an occupancy signal. The power output of the branch line positionable at the seating area, and configured to supply power to a portable electronic communications device. A switch energizes and de-energizes the electrical power output in response to the occupancy signal, and the branch line, main line, and DC power supply cooperate to provide electronic communications between the portable electronic device and the electronic data network when the DC power supply is energized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Inventors: Norman R. Byrne, Peter J. Maher
  • Patent number: 10421411
    Abstract: A monitor adapted for mounting in an automobile headrest is provided. A screen structure of the monitor is pivotable about an upper edge thereof, such that the monitor occupies little volume within the headrest. A viewing angle of the screen structure is independently adjustable by a viewer, such that the viewer can continuously select the optimum viewing angle with changing conditions inside the automobile. The screen structure automatically retracts into a housing when struck. Thus, the monitor poses little risk of injury to passengers. The housing of the monitor is attachable to the headrest with screws, which provides a very sturdy connection and reduces the chances of the housing becoming detached from the headrest during a vehicle collision. The hinged connection between the screen structure and the housing is preferably constructed of interconnected components made from sturdy materials, such as metals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: VOXX INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Chung L. Chang
  • Patent number: 10419662
    Abstract: A photographing method for an intelligent flight device and an intelligent flight device are provided in the technical field of electronic devices. The method includes: determining a light source angle, where the light source angle is an angle between a current beam direction of a target light source and a vertical direction, the target light source is a light source capable of generating a shadow of the intelligent flight device, and the vertical direction is a direction perpendicular to a horizontal plane; according to the light source angle, determining a position of a shadow on the horizontal plane; and shooting a picture or a video based on a current photographing angle of the intelligent flight device and the position of the shadow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Beijing Xiaomi Mobile Software Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tao Chen, Ke Wu, Jin Han, Huayijun Liu
  • Patent number: 10413070
    Abstract: A system of controlling various actuators associated with human support surfaces is disclosed. Such a system is made up of a support surface, a controller, and an actuator. The system may optionally include batteries, a means of charging the batteries, and a graphical user interface as well as a communication link between the graphical user interface and the support surfaces. The actuators are capable of altering contour and/or firmness, of a support surface, they may be vibrational or heating/cooling in nature, and they may also alter the overall relative position of a support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventor: Steven Jerome Caruso
  • Patent number: 10413084
    Abstract: A system of controlling various actuators associated with human support surfaces is disclosed. Such a system is made up of a support surface, a controller, and an actuator. The system may optionally include batteries, a means of charging the batteries, and a graphical user interface as well as a communication link between the graphical user interface and the support surfaces. The actuators are capable of altering contour and/or firmness, of a support surface, they may be vibrational or heating/cooling in nature, and they may also alter the overall relative position of a support surface to another support surface, and/or to the ground plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventor: Steven Jerome Caruso
  • Patent number: 10390752
    Abstract: Embodiments include systems, methods, and computer program products for monitoring progression of Parkinson's disease. Aspects include receiving pressure data from a plurality of pressure sensors, the pressure sensors being positioned on a chair. Aspects also include analyzing the pressure data to determine the severity of a unified Parkinson's disease rating scale factor for a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Maryam Ashoori, Justin D. Weisz
  • Patent number: 10391887
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a seat bottom coupled to a floor of a vehicle to move relative to the floor and a seat back coupled to the seat bottom to move relative to the seat bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Faurecia Automotive Seating, LLC
    Inventors: Dale J. Frye, Jeffery T. Bonk
  • Patent number: 10391889
    Abstract: A system for controlling a seat of a vehicle includes a relax mode to ensure ride quality to a passenger seated on a rear seat and sequentially drive respective electrically-powered portions of the rear seat to positions to secure the ride quality, a monitor mode to sequentially drive the respective electrically-powered portions of the rear seat so as to view a monitor apparatus primarily attached to a rear surface of a front seat, a reading mode to sequentially drive the respective electrically-powered portion of the rear seat so as to allow the passenger to perform reading by using a lighting lamp attached to a rear seat region, and a return mode to sequentially drive the respective electrically-powered portions of the front seat and the rear seat to positions just before moving the front seat and the rear seat to predetermined standard portions or the positions of the respective modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Mi-Sun Kwon, Sang-Do Park, Hoon-Bok Lee, Ji-Hee Han, Sang-Woo Park, Cheol-Joo Kim, Sang-June Lee
  • Patent number: 10376061
    Abstract: A swivel base assembly, for use in conjunction with an electrically powered chair, is disclosed. The swivel base assembly provides the necessary electrical power to the electrically powered chair without the electrical power cord becoming entangled around the upstanding column, or similar support structure, upon which the body portion of the electrically powered chair is mounted upon the swivel base assembly if the electrically powered chair is rotated multiple times through means of an angular displacement or movement of 360° or more, as a result of the disposition of a rotary electrical connected interposed between the swivel base assembly and the electrically powered chair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: HHC CHANGZHOU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Chih Hsiung Liu, Mei Jun Xu, Zhi Liang Gao, Ya Xin Wu
  • Patent number: 10351020
    Abstract: An occupant support adapted for use in a vehicle includes a seat bottom coupled to a floor of the vehicle and a seat back configured to pivot about a seat-back pivot axis relative to the seat bottom between an upright position and a folded-forward position. The occupant support further includes a seat-motion controller configured to control movement of the seat back relative to the seat bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Faurecia Automotive Seating, LLC
    Inventor: Wojciech Smuk
  • Patent number: 10092107
    Abstract: An outdoor seating assembly is disclosed herein. The outdoor seating assembly includes a seat support structure; a seat portion coupled to the seat support structure, the seat portion configured to accommodate an individual disposed in a seated position; a seat back portion coupled to the seat support structure, the seat back portion configured to support a back of the individual; and at least one photovoltaic panel, the at least one photovoltaic panel attached to one of the seat portion and the seat back portion, the at least one photovoltaic panel geometrically conforming to a curvature of the one of the seat portion and the seat back portion. In one embodiment, at least one photovoltaic panel is coupled to the seat portion in an angularly adjustable manner. In another embodiment, at least one reflective device is provided for reflecting a portion of the solar radiation striking a seat member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Inventor: Mark Johns Walker
  • Patent number: 10082791
    Abstract: A vehicle including an autonomic vehicle control system is described. A method for operating the vehicle includes, during operation of the autonomic vehicle control system, determining vehicle and environmental operating conditions and extra-vehicle conditions when the autonomic vehicle control system is activated. A confidence level associated with operation of the autonomic vehicle control system is determined based upon the vehicle operating conditions, the environmental operating conditions and the extra-vehicle conditions. The confidence level associated with the operation of the autonomic vehicle control system is transmitted via an operator interface device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Gary P. Bertollini, Joseph F. Szczerba, Roy J. Mathieu
  • Patent number: 10035443
    Abstract: A head restraint assembly is presented herein. The assembly includes a head restraint pad, post, nonconductive collar, and electronic male component. The post is connected to and configured for supporting the head restraint pad. The nonconductive collar is configured to connect to the post, the collar including at least one region of conductive material. The electronic male component is configured to be wired to the region of conductive material of the collar via the post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Rami Sayed, Ricco Bates
  • Patent number: 10023315
    Abstract: A passenger seat table assembly including a table movable between a fully stowed position and a fully deployed position through at least one intermediate position in which the table rotates relative to a support arm, wherein the table rotates in a first direction relative to the support arm as the table moves from the fully stowed position toward the at least one intermediate position, and rotates in a second direction opposite the first direction as the table moves from the at least one intermediate position toward the fully deployed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: John Kuyper, Ian L. Frost
  • Patent number: 9949620
    Abstract: A support system for minimally invasive surgical instruments. A platform supports one or more minimally invasive surgical instruments that extend through a guide tube into a patient. The platform is supported by at least one support arm link that is coupled to a base a rotational joint. The rotational joint's axis of rotation is aligned with a point at which the guide tube enters the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Eugene F. Duval, Thomas G. Cooper
  • Patent number: 9950793
    Abstract: A seat integrating a loudspeaker system includes a seat having a seat body with a horizontally oriented seat bottom and a seat back secured thereto. The seat back includes an upper end and a lower end, wherein the lower end is positioned adjacent the seat bottom. The loudspeaker system includes a sound assembly mounted within the seat for selective movement between a storage orientation in which the sound assembly is housed and hidden within a support housing mounted along the seat and a use orientation extending from the support housing in which the sound assembly is positioned for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Inventor: Dennis A Tracy
  • Patent number: 9943174
    Abstract: Powered recliner chairs, assemblies for use in the chairs, and components for use in the assemblies are provided. Electrical systems for use in the chairs, and components for use in the assemblies are provided. Control systems and methods for operating powered recliner chairs are also provided. Any given chair may be locally and/or remotely controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Inventors: Matthew D. Jacobs, Frederick D. Jacobs, Terry Plumert
  • Patent number: 9898942
    Abstract: A hanging-strap information display device is a device provided in a hanging strap (10) including a hanging band part (11) hung in a movable body in a swingable manner and a hold part (12) provided on the hanging band part, and includes a display unit (14) disposed at a position that squarely faces a passenger that grips the hold part (12), a support shaft part (13) that supports the display unit (14) on the hanging band part (11) in a rotatable manner about a rotation center line, a weight (15) provided on a lower side in a vertical direction than the rotation center line of the display unit (14), and resonance reduction members (16, 17) that is connected between the hanging band part (11) and a position away from the rotation center line of the display unit (14) and reduces resonance of the display unit (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Aki Kaizu, Eiji Matsuo, Masashi Kamiya
  • Patent number: 9896002
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly is provided. The seat assembly includes a front seat assembly having a front seat bottom adapted to be mounted to the vehicle body and a front seat back adapted to be mounted to the vehicle body adjacent to the front seat bottom. A sensor cooperates with at least one of the front seat bottom and the front seat back. An actuator is disposed on at least one of the seat bottom and seat back. The seat assembly includes a rear seat assembly behind the front seat assembly. A vehicle seat controller receives an input indicative of a rear occupant seated information and convey a signal to an actuator to move a front seat assembly to an accommodation position in response to the input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: LEAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Winsen C. Zouzal, Gerald Patrick
  • Patent number: 9809174
    Abstract: An entertainment system that is used in a barbershop or a beauty shop that includes a chair having a seat, the chair defines a cavity, at least one display device, a movable member attached to the seat portion and to the display device, the display device is housed within the cavity when the movable member is in a retracted position, and at least one audio output. The display device can be either a computer, a tablet, a smart phone, a game console, or an electronic gaming device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Inventors: Adrian Torres, Nancy O Torres
  • Patent number: 9802705
    Abstract: An aircraft passenger seating system comprises an array of floor panels (4) fixed within an aircraft cabin deck section (1), the floor panels (4) providing an array of discrete fixing means for removable attachment of a plurality of passenger seating units. The seating units may be of mutually different configurations each having a common footprint, such that the different configurations are interchangeable without having to re-arrange other seating units. The common footprint may be provided by a common size and shape of floor panel (4) or the floor panels (4) may provide a regular array of discrete fixing means such that the configurations may be positioned regardless of the position of the floor panels (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: BRITISH AIRWAYS PLC
    Inventors: Peter Cooke, Paul Grader
  • Patent number: 9796306
    Abstract: A headrest for a vehicle seat includes a center part and at least one side wing disposed on a side of the center part in a movable manner between a neutral position and a range of comfort positions. A retaining strut is coupled to the side wing at a living hinge disposed on a first end of the retaining strut. The retaining strut is further coupled to the center part in a longitudinally movable manner at a second end of the retaining strut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Carsten Schauf, Uwe Wagner, Daniel Hari, Kilian Vas
  • Patent number: 9717345
    Abstract: A system of controlling various actuators associated with human support surfaces is disclosed. Such a system is made up of a support surface, a controller, and an actuator. The system may optionally include batteries, a means of charging the batteries, and a graphical user interface as well as a communication link between the graphical user interface and the support surfaces. The actuators are capable of altering contour and/or firmness, of a support surface, they may be vibrational or heating/cooling in nature, and they may also alter the overall relative position of a support surface to another support surface, and/or to the ground plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Inventor: Steven Jerome Caruso
  • Patent number: 9703375
    Abstract: A display device uses a display panel to display a graphical object representing a function to initiate on a device for selection by a user. An eye tracker generates a line-of-vision signal that is dependent on a line of vision of the user. A sensor device ascertains, in a predetermined holding region by which the user holds the operator control apparatus with at least one hand, a holding pressure of the at least one hand and generates a pressure signal that is dependent on the holding pressure. A control device uses the line-of-vision signal to check whether the user looks at the object, in which case the selected function is initiated if the pressure signal satisfies a predetermined initiation criterion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Marcus Kuehne, Ulrich Mueller
  • Patent number: 9648374
    Abstract: A display system mounted within a vehicle is provided, where the system monitors the user's position within the vehicle's seat and automatically adjusts the location of the display to compensate for variations in the size or seating position of the user, thereby helping to alleviate the eye strain, fatigue, neck and back pain that often accompany the improper use of a monitor for an extended period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: ATIEVA, INC.
    Inventors: Peter Dore Rawlinson, Eric Obers
  • Patent number: 9635944
    Abstract: A system of controlling various actuators associated with human support surfaces is disclosed. Such a system is made up of a support surface, a controller, and an actuator. The system may optionally include batteries, a means of charging the batteries, and a graphical user interface as well as a communication link between the graphical user interface and the support surfaces. The actuators are capable of altering contour and/or firmness, of a support surface, they may be vibrational or heating/cooling in nature, and they may also alter the overall relative position of a support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Inventor: Steven Jerome Caruso
  • Patent number: 9630717
    Abstract: An aircraft seating assembly having a back support, a seat bottom, a connection frame, and a convertible armrest. The width of the back support being such that, when two back supports are placed adjacent, the gap between adjacent sides is minor. The convertible armrest having a design which allows the armrest to pivot downward, from a first or deployed position, to a second or stowed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Encore Interiors, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeremy Wilkens
  • Patent number: 9571987
    Abstract: A seat management system includes a moving apparatus capable of wirelessly communicating directly with each of a plurality of terminal devices while autonomously moving, and an information management apparatus. The information management apparatus includes a first storage section storing therein a seat layout chart, a receiving section operable to receive identification information of a user of each of the terminal devices and current position of the moving apparatus, acquired and transmitted by the moving apparatus, a seat specifying section operable, based on layout positions of a plurality of seats indicated in the seat layout chart, and the received current position, to specify one of the seats on which a specific one of the terminal devices as a replier of the identification information is used, and a seat layout chart update section operable to add the identification information to the specified seat in the seat layout chart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Sumio Yamada
  • Patent number: 9567085
    Abstract: A divider unit (100) for a passenger seat has a slide rail (120) that is fixed onto a side shell (12) surrounding the seat. A plate-like divider (150) is equipped with two linear guides (170) inserted in the slide rail (120) and slides within the slide rail (120). A stopper (130) attached to a front end of the slide rail (120) has a tapered surface (132), and the divider (150) is stopped when a front end of the divider (150) rides over the tapered surface (132), thereby preventing generation of collision noise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: JAMCO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michihito Suzuki, Masaji Ozaki
  • Patent number: 9555726
    Abstract: Described are video monitor assemblies (10) including a bezel assembly (16) coupled to a passenger seatback (12), wherein the bezel assembly includes a monitor (30) and a bezel (28), the monitor coupled to the bezel via low load fasteners (44) and high load fasteners (46), wherein the low load fasteners (44) are configured to fail or shear from a force applied to the monitor (30) during a head impact, and the high load fasteners (46) are configured to withstand the force applied to the monitor during the head impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Zodiac Seats US LLC
    Inventors: Aamir Jafri, Roberto Cervantes, David Tripp
  • Patent number: 9533764
    Abstract: The present disclosure pertains to a seat device for an aircraft or spacecraft with at least one photoelectric device, which is designed to provide electrical energy such that this energy can be used to charge or supply an electrical device, and/or amplify audio signals, and/or transmit data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Riedel, Stefan Mahn
  • Patent number: 9527479
    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: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH
    Inventor: Uwe Schneider
  • Patent number: 9469255
    Abstract: A monitor-mounting system for a headrest of a land vehicle includes a bushing subsystem constructed to be coupled to the headrest; and a monitor-mounting plate constructed to be coupled to the bushing subsystem. The monitor-mounting region extends outwardly of the headrest and is constructed for fixedly receiving a monitor. The headrest is constructed with dual posts and dual post guides, and the bushing system is constructed with dual bushings, each being constructed to couple to a corresponding one of the dual post guides, or to a corresponding one of the posts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: ROSEN ELECTRONICS, LLC
    Inventor: Curtis C. Kucera
  • Patent number: 9390571
    Abstract: A chair with storage and/or charging capabilities is provided. In accordance with some embodiments of the disclosed subject matter, the chair comprises: a chair base portion having a space that has been formed in the chair base portion; a chair back portion connected to the chair base portion; one or more arms that extend between the chair base portion and the chair back portion; an adjustable solar panel comprising one or more solar modules that is rotatably connected to an end of the chair back portion by a hinge joint; a safe positioned within the space formed in the chair base portion; and one or more electrical connectors connecting the one or more solar modules to the power storage unit, wherein the one or more electrical connectors are routed through at least a portion of the chair back portion and the one or more arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Inventor: Benjamin Z. Kupfer
  • Patent number: 9370260
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present invention are directed to a children's bouncer apparatus. In various embodiments, the apparatus includes a support frame, seat assembly configured to support a child, and bouncer control device. The support frame includes one or more semi-rigid support arms that extend above a base portion and suspend the seat assembly above the base portion. The bouncer control device is configured to impart a driving force on the seat assembly, thereby causing the seat assembly to continuously oscillate at the natural frequency of the children's bouncer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Kids II, Inc.
    Inventors: David Gilbert, Peter D Jackson, Alex E Soriano, Jing Ru Chen
  • Patent number: 9290271
    Abstract: A vehicle seat carrier device includes at least one vehicle seat carrier unit which is provided to be arranged in at least one assembled state on at least one backrest unit of a seat unit. The vehicle seat carrier unit has at least one base unit and at least one cover unit which is embodied separately from the base unit and which is provided to be connected to the base unit in the assembled state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: RECARO Aircraft Seating GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Christoph Schürg, Tim Schreyer
  • Patent number: 9285150
    Abstract: A refrigerator according to an embodiment of the present invention includes a driving assembly that is mounted on the case and an underside of the agitating assembly to generate a driving force for swinging the agitating assembly, and a refrigeration cycle for producing cold air to be supplied to the storage chamber and the cooling device. The cooling device further includes a starting torque supply mechanism supplying mechanical or electric energy to the agitating assembly, to initiate a swinging motion of the agitating assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Yeonwoo Cho, Yanggyu Kim, Younseok Lee
  • Patent number: 9241574
    Abstract: A furniture control (100) for the installation into an electrically adjustable piece of seating furniture (200) comprises a control housing (10) that contains control components for activating motors of the piece of seating furniture and features a recess (15) into which an operating part (20) can be inserted, the operating part and a sensor for detecting whether the operating part (20) is inserted into the control housing (10). The operating part features a flat sensor module (30) with a touch-sensitive surface. The operating part (20) is designed for detecting a respective position-dependent touch actuation of the surface of the sensor module (30) and for generating a respective actuation signal for the control components based on a detected touch actuation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: LOGICDATA Electronic & Software Entwicklungs GmbH
    Inventor: Walter Koch
  • Patent number: 9182163
    Abstract: A refrigerator according to an embodiment of the present invention includes: a body having a storage chamber; a door selectively opening or closing the storage chamber; a cooling device including: a case of which a front surface is open and mounted at a side in the storage chamber; an agitating assembly that is swingably disposed in the case; a cover that is rotatably mounted on the case to open or close the front surface of the case; and a driving assembly that is mounted on the case and an underside of the agitating assembly to generates a driving force for swinging the agitating assembly; a refrigeration cycle for producing cold air to be supplied to the storage chamber and the cooling device; and an anti-interference mechanism disposed at the agitating assembly and the case, wherein the anti-interference mechanism is configured to prevent the agitating assembly from hitting against an inner surface of the case while the agitating assembly swings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Yeonwoo Cho, Yanggyu Kim, Younseok Lee
  • Patent number: 9156374
    Abstract: In a vehicle seat, left and right first frames extending in a front-rear direction are disposed apart from each other in a lateral direction. Each first frame includes a bottom wall to which a load sensor for measuring a weight of an occupant is attached, and sidewalls extending upward from left and right sides of the bottom wall. One or each of front and rear end portions of the left first frame is connected to a corresponding end portion of the right first frame by a connecting member. The bottom wall of at least one of the left and right first frames includes a connecting portion that is an end portion of the bottom wall to which the connecting member is connected and which extends outward in the front-rear direction farther beyond outer edges of the sidewalls, bending around the connecting member to its outer side in the front-rear direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: TS TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takeshi Akutsu
  • Patent number: 9089223
    Abstract: A system and method for incorporating occupancy-detecting technology into furniture is provided. More particularly, the invention relates to detecting occupancy using a detection pad coupled a portion of a bed. The detection pad may include an aluminized polymer material, a metalized and/or conductive fabric, an aluminum sheet, a metal screen, an aluminum tape, a wire grid, or other metalized material or fabric. A controller determines the corresponding response based on single-occupancy or dual-occupancy detection by one or more detection pads. A processor receives information regarding changes in capacitance and determines when a change in voltage satisfies a threshold. Based on a determination of occupancy, or lack thereof, a variety of corresponding features of the adjustable bed may be activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: L&P Property Management Company
    Inventors: Ryan Edward Chacon, William Robert Rohr, Avinash Madadi
  • Patent number: 9066604
    Abstract: A baby swing and bouncer which includes a base to be places on a surface, a seat frame for carrying a seat for seating a child, two support leg disposed between the base frame and the seat frame for supporting the seat frame, and two connecting structure for coupling the seat frame to an upper end of the two support legs, respectively. A lower end of each support leg has a lower straight section rotatably coupled to the base frame, and an upper end of each support leg has an upper straight section rotatably coupled to a corresponding connecting structure. The rotation axes of the lower straight sections and the upper straight sections of the first and second support legs are parallel to each other. The relative rotations of at least one of the lower and upper straight sections of the two support legs are driven by a drive mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Inventor: Jung Tsai Chen
  • Patent number: 9070209
    Abstract: A moving control console having a touchscreen, a motor connected to the digital display unit and a housing in which the digital display unit is movable in different stages. The user interface graphics animations on the digital display are matched to the movement of the digital display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignees: VOLKSWAGEN AG, AUDI AG
    Inventors: Brian Ng, Maria Esther Mejia Gonzalez, William Brian Lathrop
  • Patent number: 9039081
    Abstract: A wire harness for a vehicle seating assembly includes a body portion having a plurality of engagement hooks adapted for engagement with a vehicle seat cushion pan. A latticework of interconnected lateral support members are bound by a peripheral frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Majid Arefi, Michael Medoro, Khaled Ayyash, Curtis D. Stanhope, Johnathan Andrew Line
  • Patent number: 9033284
    Abstract: An inceptor is provided including a control stick mounted to a seat. The control stick is movable about at least a first axis. A fly-by-wire inceptor control system is housed within a portion of the seat. The inceptor control system is configured to provide input signal indicative of movement of the control stick to a flight control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORATION
    Inventor: Michael G. Van Staagen
  • Patent number: 9022469
    Abstract: A mounting system includes a cradle disposed in a headrest in a vehicle, and a primary adapter. The cradle is shaped and dimensioned to receive the primary adapter. The primary adapter includes first to fourth lips forming a recess in the primary adapter. The recess is shaped and dimensioned to receive a first computing device or a secondary adapter. The first computing device, or a bezel of the secondary adapter, is substantially flush with an outer surface of the headrest upon mounting the first computing device or the secondary adapter to the primary adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Voxx International Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick M. Lavelle, James R. Tranchina
  • Patent number: 9016279
    Abstract: The system supplies oxygen for a flight crew member of an aircraft and has an oxygen source, an oxygen mask, and a circuit connecting the oxygen source to the oxygen mask. The system is integrated into an aircraft seat, which has at least one foot bearing a sitting surface and a back. The oxygen source may be a cylinder of gaseous oxygen under pressure. The oxygen mask can be housed in a compartment inside the sitting surface of the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: AIRBUS Operations S.A.S.
    Inventor: Bernard Guering
  • Patent number: 9004588
    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: May 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Johnson Safety, Inc
    Inventor: Chung Lung Chang
  • Patent number: 9004589
    Abstract: A seat cushion of a vehicle seat includes a cushion made of foam and at least one motor assembly located on or near an upper surface of the cushion. The at least one motor assembly includes a plurality of transducer cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Boshoku America, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Mark Rockwell, Douglas J. Krueger, Jr., Anup Viswanathan, Daniel Jerome Wiegand