Bottom Or Back With Means To Alter Contour Patents (Class 297/284.1)
  • Patent number: 11229292
    Abstract: An air cushion device for a seat includes at least one first air cushion and a second air cushion, first and second air inlets, first and second air ducts, and a device preventing the second air duct from being pinched off by a fixing wire of a seat cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: Alfmeier Präzision SE
    Inventors: Erich Dörfler, Ronny Gehlmann
  • Patent number: 11229293
    Abstract: A removable and adjustable headrest capable of being manually installed without the assistance of a tool and which is adjustable about at least one axis is presented herein. The headrest includes a headrest frame, an adjustable clamping mechanism, an adjustable neck mechanism, a rocking arm assembly connected between the headrest frame and the adjustable neck mechanism, and at least one activation lever. The activation lever being connected to the headrest frame and being manually disposable between a normal position and an activated position. When the activation lever is held in the activated position, a gear assembly is disengaged, allowing the headrest to be manually tilted about an axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Inventor: Ali Budiman
  • Patent number: 11224292
    Abstract: A seat core material having reduced deformation, extremely excellent dimensional accuracy, sense of unity, and strength is thus provided. The frame member and the foamed particle molding are integrated in the seat core material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: JSP CORPORATION
    Inventors: Keiichi Hashimoto, Katsunori Hisamatsu, Atsuo Takayama
  • Patent number: 11186205
    Abstract: The invention relates to a motor vehicle seat for motor vehicles comprising an adjustment device for a backrest head adjustment, the motor vehicle seat having a backrest, which has a backrest frame as the first component of the backrest head adjustment and a backrest head as the second component of the backrest head adjustment, and an actuator. The backrest head is pivotably connected to the backrest frame and the actuator has a driving element and a movable element, the actuator being connected to the backrest frame and the backrest head and it being possible to carry out a linear movement by means of the actuator. The driving element of the actuator is rigidly connected to the backrest frame or backrest head and the movable element of the actuator has a guide element which engages in a guide arranged on the backrest frame or backrest head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Faurecia Autositze GmbH
    Inventor: Bernd Römer
  • Patent number: 11167675
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a seat framework configured including a first frame and a second frame that are capable of supporting an occupant, and a link including a first swing shaft via which the first frame is coupled to one end side of the link and a second swing shaft via which the second frame is coupled to another end side of the link; a first cover that is attached to a back face of the first frame on an opposite side from a front face configured to support the occupant, that covers a back face side of the first frame; and a second cover that is attached to a back face of the second frame on an opposite side from a front face configured to support the occupant, that covers a back face side of the second frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: NHK SPRING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Matsuzawa, Kenichi Katsube, Daisuke Tanaka
  • Patent number: 11166861
    Abstract: The invention provides a measurement apparatus (jig) comprising at least one adjustable component to enable at least one measurement to be taken for bespoke configuration of customised seated user equipment (such as a wheelchair). It is particularly suited for use in the design or construction of a sporting wheelchair or disabled apparatus. The jig may comprise part of a system comprising measuring means for taking measurements relating to the set configuration of adjustable components of the jig. The measuring means may comprise electronic or optical means, such as position sensors, pressure sensors, or a camera. The system may also comprise a computer-implemented modelling component arranged to generate a visual representation of the customised wheelchair or other appliance constructed in accordance with the set configuration of adjustable components of the jig.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Roma Medical Aids Limited
    Inventor: John Pitt
  • Patent number: 11109687
    Abstract: An ergonomic pad includes a bladder formed of a pliable material and a granular material disposed within the bladder and at least partially filling the bladder. A port is coupled to the bladder and configured to enable evacuation of air from the bladder. The bladder also includes a sealable opening distinct from the port to add or remove the granular material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: Rebecca Cook
  • Patent number: 11089448
    Abstract: According to some embodiments, systems, methods, computer program code, and means are provided to receive a broadcast request and a message from a first mobile device where the first mobile device is associated with a first user, compare information in the message to information in a preferences database to match the message with at least a first recipient of the message, and to transmit the message to a second mobile device associated with at least the first recipient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Refinitiv US Organization LLC
    Inventor: Mans Olof-Ors
  • Patent number: 11076697
    Abstract: A seating assembly includes a frame that has an upper portion that defines an attachment aperture and a lower portion. A bracket is coupled to the lower portion. A cable has a first end and a second end that is coupled to the bracket. The cable is operable between a support position and a compressed position. A guide-sleeve is operably coupled with the cable and is disposed within the attachment aperture of the upper portion of the frame. The guide-sleeve includes retention tabs that are operably coupled to the upper portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Ratan Howlader, Robert Charles Shipley, David Frederick Lyons, Sean Bayle West, Spencer Robert Hoernke, Macit Aktas, Thomas J. Susko
  • Patent number: 11052800
    Abstract: A seat core material of the present invention is a seat core material for vehicle including a thermoplastic resin expanded bead article and a frame member embedded in a peripheral edge portion of the expanded bead article. The frame member includes a front frame part, a rear frame part, and two side frame parts interconnecting the front frame part and the rear frame part. Slits crossing the two side frame parts are formed along a longitudinal direction with continuous parts left intact outside the side frame parts on both ends of the expanded bead article. The slit penetrates or does not penetrate the expanded bead article in a thickness direction. The continuous parts are formed in a curved shape or a bent shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: JSP CORPORATION
    Inventors: Atsuo Takayama, Keiichi Hashimoto, Katsunori Hisamatsu
  • Patent number: 11040644
    Abstract: A seating posture is stabilized for the shoulders of a passenger seated on a vehicle seat. A vehicle seat is provided with a seat back configured to support the seated person from the rear. A shoulder support portion of the seat back configured to support a corresponding one of the shoulders of the seated passenger includes an air cell configured to expand when air is supplied. When the air cell expands, one end portion of the shoulder support portion on the outside in the width direction of the vehicle seat moves more forward than the other end portion of the shoulder support portion on the inside in the width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: TS Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kensuke Mizoi, Ryuzaburo Abe, Kenichi Niitsuma, Soichiro Tanaka, Chihiro Muto, Takeshi Ito, Ai Furuta
  • Patent number: 11041737
    Abstract: A method, a device and a system for processing a flight task are provided. The method comprises receiving a loading request for flight data, searching for corresponding flight data according to the loading request, processing located flight data in response to the loading request, and loading the located flight data to control a corresponding aerial vehicle to perform a corresponding flight task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Bo Peng, Jiaxiang Fang, Weifeng Liu
  • Patent number: 11021090
    Abstract: A seat assembly is provided having a seat bottom and at least one bladder mounted to the seat bottom adjacent a forward surface and filled with a compressible material. The bladder is moveable between a storage position and at least one leg-support position. A valve is in fluid communication with the at least one bladder. A vacuum pump in fluid communication with the valve. The compressible material is compressed under vacuum pressure generated by the pump when the valve is closed in the storage position. The compressible material is expanded when the valve is open to move the at least one bladder to the leg-support position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: LEAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mladen Humer, David Gallagher, Francesco Migneco, Walter T. Cichocki, Ted Smith
  • Patent number: 11019930
    Abstract: A load support structure for a chair includes a tensile material on which a load support surface configured to receive a load of a seated person is formed, a pair of support sections (51) to which the tensile material is attached, and which is elastically deformable in response to a force acting from the tensile material, a first reinforcing section (41) which is disposed to be spaced apart from the pair of support sections (51) in a surface perpendicular direction perpendicular to the load support surface, is located on a side opposite to the load support surface, and extends along an extending direction of the support section, and a connecting body which connects each of both end portion sides of the support section (51) with a corresponding end portion side of both end portion sides of the first reinforcing section (41), in which the support sections (51) are disposed outside the first reinforcing section (41) in a view of the surface perpendicular direction from the load support surface side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: OKAMURA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroshi Masunaga, Syouichi Izawa
  • Patent number: 11007901
    Abstract: A seat comprising: cushioning made from flexible material comprising a blind cavity, an instrumented unit made from flexible material received inside the cavity, this instrumented unit comprising: an oblong housing, this oblong housing comprising sidewalls that extend mainly toward the inside of the instrumented unit from an entrance situated on one of the side faces of the instrumented unit, this entrance being suitable for allowing an electric device to be inserted into the housing, and the electric device received in its entirety inside this housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: CROUZET AUTOMATISMES
    Inventors: Dorian Laugt, Ludovic Niguet
  • Patent number: 10973333
    Abstract: A stadium seat having a seat back structure that is movable from a seat back forward position to a seat back rearward position. The seat back structure has an occupant contact surface. In the seat back forward position, the occupant contact surface has a planar contour. In the seat back rearward position, the occupant contact surface has non-planar contour.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Adient Luxembourg Holding S.á r.l.
    Inventor: Kurt Seibold
  • Patent number: 10960799
    Abstract: A car seat lumbar support unit performs an elevating operation of an upper bracket relative to a lower bracket which determines a degree of curvature of a seat back by using a first motor, a first transfer screw, and a first nut member (first elevating unit) that are easily designed and manufactured, and performs an elevating operation of the lower bracket and the upper bracket which determines a curved position of the seat back by using a second motor, a second transfer screw, and a second nut member (second elevating unit), wherein a rotary cylinder is organically coupled so that the first elevating unit and the second elevating unit are independently operable without being restricted by each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: DAEDONG SYSTEM CO., LTD
    Inventors: Ho Chul Lee, In Seob Ju, Jung Jo Lim
  • Patent number: 10953779
    Abstract: A seat with an alertness-maintaining device that can efficiently secure a drive source (for example, a motor) when the drive source is internally housed and a vibratory stimulus is imparted to the occupant. The present disclosure relates to a seat with an alertness-maintaining device, the seat being provided with an alertness-maintaining device for imparting physical force to the occupant to promote alertness. A load-supporting portion for supporting the load on the back of the occupant is installed, and a device drive unit for imparting physical force to the occupant, the device drive unit that forms the alertness-maintaining device, is attached to the load-supporting portion. The device drive unit is provided with a drive source and a support member. The support member is attached to the load-supporting portion while grasping a part of the load-supporting portion by a drive source attachment surface portion and a load-supporting portion-clamping piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: TS Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinji Sugiyama, Haruki Mochizuki
  • Patent number: 10926677
    Abstract: The present teachings relate to a neck fan for a vehicle seat for generating a usable air flow that emerges from the neck fan toward a passenger, said neck fan being provided with at least one air conveying device for generating a usable air flow in the region of a headrest or the upper end of a seat back. It is provided that one or more compensating means are provided, by means of which asymmetrical climatic conditions caused by interfering currents in the area surrounding a passenger can be compensated for, and that one or more compensating means act asymmetrically on the usable air flow and/or impart an asymmetry to the cross-section of the usable air flow, at least in the region of an outlet of the neck fan, said asymmetry relating to at least one geometric or thermodynamic parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: GENTHERM GMBH
    Inventors: Alexander Rappl, Jochen Pfaff, Johann Würl
  • Patent number: 10918212
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a heating chair including: a chair having a mounting groove of a predetermined depth on an upper surface of a seat; a thermal pad mounted in the mounting groove of the seat; a carbon fiber heating element provided on an upper surface of the thermal pad so as to emit heat by the application of power; a heating plate provided on an upper side of the carbon fiber heating element so as to be heated by the carbon fiber heating element; a conductive cover plate having a floating structure and covered on an upper side of the heating plate so as to form a thermal air layer between the heating plate and the conductive cover plate; and a finishing silicon finishing the edges of the mounting groove of the seat such that the thermal air layer is sealed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignees: UNION CITY CO., LTD., PITCHCABLE Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Dong Wook Lim
  • Patent number: 10912699
    Abstract: A method of securing a patient onto an operating table when the patient is in a position such as the trendelenburg position and apparatus therefor including a kit. A viscoelastic pad is used to support and hold a patient on a medical procedure table during a medical procedure performed while the table, and thus the patient lying thereon, is in an inclined position, such as the Trendelenburg position. The viscoelastic pad has characteristics which promote a minimization of pressure forces on the patients body, as well as promote a secure cushioning and holding of the patient in a desired position on the table, in order to minimize injury to the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Inventors: Alessio Pigazzi, Glenn Keilar
  • Patent number: 10906442
    Abstract: A vehicle seat (1), in particular utility vehicle seat, has a seat cushion (2), a backrest (3), and a massage system (10), which has a plurality of pressurizable elements (12) and a controller (14) for a targeted activation of the pressurizable elements (12) to achieve a massage effect. The pressurizable elements (12) are each separately pressurizable via connecting lines (16). The massage system (10) connects to a connection (22) of an external compressed air supply, in particular a compressed air supply of a vehicle, for a supply of a pressurized medium. The pressurizable elements (12) are arranged on an occupant-facing side of a foam part of a padding of the backrest (3). This is particularly in a region between the foam part and a cover of the padding. Further pressurizable elements (12) are arranged on an occupant-averted side of a foam part of a padding of the backrest (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Adient Luxembourg Holding S.à.r.l.
    Inventor: Harald Klein
  • Patent number: 10897998
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to the field of seat design and manufacture, in particular to a lumbar support seat. The disclosure is achieved by the following technical solution: a lumbar support seat, comprising a lumbar support and a gas spring; the lumbar support closely fits with the back of human body through the expansion of the gas spring when the back is moved, to provide continuous and uniform uplift force. An object of the disclosure is to overcome defects of the prior art and provide a lumbar support seat. When the user moves on the seat back and forth, the lumbar support may move synchronously in contact with the back of the human body, to fit with the waist in real time, thereby increasing the supporting force in waist position of the human body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Anji Shengxing Office Furniture Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yaping Ou, Qingsong Wu
  • Patent number: 10881226
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an adjustable pillow. The adjustable pillow includes a main body and a replaceable pillow module. A groove is arranged on a middle of the main body. A shape of the groove matches with a shape of the replaceable pillow module. And the replaceable pillow module is arranged in the groove. The replaceable pillow module is able to be made of different materials and/or the replaceable pillow module is able to have different thicknesses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: SHENZHEN YOUMIOU TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD
    Inventor: Jixiang Ou
  • Patent number: 10858031
    Abstract: The invention relates to a steering wheel (1), especially a leather steering wheel, comprising a steering wheel skeleton (10), a foam padding (11) surrounding the steering wheel skeleton (10) at least partially and a wrapping (12) which encompasses the foam padding (11) at least in portions, wherein adjacent longitudinal edges (13) of the wrapping (12) are covered by a profile bead (20), in particular a decorative bead (24), the profile bead (20) including at least one anchoring element (21) which is fixed directly in the foam padding (11) for fastening the wrapping (12). Moreover the invention relates to a method of manufacturing such steering wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: DALPHI METAL ESPANA S.A.
    Inventor: Alejandro Del Rio Garcia
  • Patent number: 10850655
    Abstract: A shape adapting system of a cushion assembly and method of forming a shape adapting system of a cushion assembly include an array of cells that retain a fluid, a fluid exchange sub-system coupled to the cells, wherein the fluid exchange sub-system fluidly connects the cells together, and at least one valve coupled to the fluid exchange sub-system. The valve(s) is configured to move between an open position in which the fluid is able to migrate among the cells to change a shape of the support base, and a closed position in which the shape of the support base is maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Mithra Sankrithi, Sergey Barmichev
  • Patent number: 10843610
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a headrest body provided at an upper portion of a seat back rotatably supported by a seat cushion on which an occupant is seated. The headrest body is covered with a skin material. The headrest body includes a driving body that is configured to form a swelling portion that is a portion of the skin material in a seat-height direction swelling toward a front side of the seat at a surface of a seat front side of the skin material and change a formation position of the swelling portion in the seat-height direction by being operated inside the headrest body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Keita Iwasaki, Keisuke Toda
  • Patent number: 10813809
    Abstract: A patient immersion sensor includes a radio detection and ranging (RADAR) apparatus to determine a time of flight (TOF) of a RADAR pulse and a reflected signal that is reflected by a patient or by a portion of a patient support surface supporting the patient. The TOF is indicative of an immersion depth or a distance toward bottoming out of a patient supported on the patient support surface, such as a mattress or a pad. The RADAR apparatus emits pulses of very short duration so as to be able to detect objects, such as a patient or a portion of a mattress or pad, at very close distances. The RADAR apparatus may use time-of-flight (TOF) between transmission of the pulse and receipt of a reflected signal to determine a distance toward bottoming out by the patient, thereby to determine if the patient is properly immersed into the patient support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank E. Sauser, Steven D. Baker
  • Patent number: 10813461
    Abstract: A method for fabricating a custom anatomical cushion and a device to capture pressure controlled shape is provided. The device comprises, generally, a flexible membrane enclosing floating beads adapted to be completely immersed and freely moving inside a fluid. The device further comprises a mesh adapted to stop the floating beads from going outside of the flexible membrane as a result of a pressure increase or decrease inside the flexible membrane. The device is being fluidly connected to a pressure control system adapted to increase and/or decrease the internal pressure of the flexible membrane and comprises a vibration/leveling system adapted to adjust the fluid level inside the flexible membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Equipements Sportifs Keku Inc.
    Inventor: Jean-Luc Lessard
  • Patent number: 10786081
    Abstract: A connector mechanism for boats that can be retrofit into existing seats or manufactured therewith which preferably allows a person to recline and lounge in a boat chair that may have previously only been suited for sitting upright.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Inventor: Eric Martin Levin
  • Patent number: 10743668
    Abstract: An inlet-outlet valve device includes a main body configured in such a manner that an air tube having an air flow passage is coupled to the main body and a first securing portion and a second securing portion secured to a retaining member located inside a seat. The first securing portion is secured to a first position on the retaining member with a first securing portion fastening member. The second securing portion is secured to a second position on the retaining member via a second securing portion fastening member. The second securing portion includes an insertion hole through which the second securing portion fastening member is inserted. The insertion hole is an elongated hole extending in a direction that connects the first securing portion and the second securing portion to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignees: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Makoto Sakai, Ryosuke Mizuno, Tomokazu Seki, Katsuya Nozue, Shunsuke Tanaka, Kenji Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 10703225
    Abstract: Provided is a vehicle seat capable of stably supporting buttocks of a seated occupant in an adaptive manner according to each right-to-left width of the seated occupant's body, which width is different from occupant to occupant, during a turn of a vehicle. The vehicle seat includes a seat cushion (2) having a seat surface (8) and configured to support buttocks of the seated occupant from below, and a right and left pair of side supports (9, 9) provided on right and left sides of the seat surface, which side supports bulge upward to be higher than the seat surface and allowed to laterally support the buttocks of the seated occupant from either side. Each of the right and left pair of side supports (9, 9) is movable individually in the right-to-left direction with respect to the seat surface. During a turn of the vehicle, one of the side supports on an outer side of the turn is moved inward so as to support the buttocks of the seated occupant from the outer side of the turn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomoo Ito, Makoto Ota, Atsumi Sakurai, Kenta Hirayama, Kenichi Yoshikawa
  • Patent number: 10668842
    Abstract: A lumbar support device for a vehicle seat permits vertical and fore-aft adjustment of the support or forces exerted on the back of an operator seated on the vehicle seat. The lumbar support device includes a lumbar panel resiliently flexibly attached to the seat frame and/or seat shell to permit fore and aft movement of the lumbar panel relative to the seat back, the lumbar panel arranged to bear against the seat back, and a cam element having a cam surface bearing against the lumbar panel to apply force to the lumbar panel toward the seat back, the cam element supported on the seat frame and/or seat shell for movement relative to the lumbar panel and relative to the seat shell and/or seat frame, the cam element configured to vary the force applied to the seat back based on the movement of the cam element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Sears Manufacturing Co.
    Inventors: William W. Tuman, II, Edward A. Stulik, Daniel J. Alexander
  • Patent number: 10647434
    Abstract: Provided is a seat cushion for at least one vehicle seat, in particular an aircraft seat, including at least one bolster including at least one layer made of a plastic material. In the at least one plastic material layer at least one stabilizing means is embedded. The at least one stabilizing means has a bending stiffness which is higher with respect to the plastic material layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Greiner aerospace GmbH
    Inventor: Norbert Karl Hessenberger
  • Patent number: 10632037
    Abstract: Examination or procedure tables and chairs which can be moved into positions in more efficient and desirable ways to better meet the needs of the patient and medical service providers. In particular, a plurality of actuators which cause the seat, leg rest and foot rest of the table or chair to move and which may, if desired, be independently programmed to provide mechanically independent movement of the seat, leg rest and foot rest to desirable positions needed to provide ease of entry or transfer by the patient to the equipment including positioning the highest portion of the seat to a home or patient entry position no more than nineteen inches from the floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey H. Baker, Bradley H. Baker, Darren D. Walters
  • Patent number: 10632869
    Abstract: A seat device for a vehicle includes a first airbag being disposed at a side wall portion of a recessed portion which is configured to accommodate an occupant of a seat therein, and a second airbag being disposed at an outer peripheral rim portion of the recessed portion, the outer peripheral rim portion which is connected to the side wall portion. The first airbag and the second airbag expand to form a support shape at the recessed portion in a seat width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Ryosuke Mizuno, Katsuya Nozue, Shogo Sakai
  • Patent number: 10618437
    Abstract: A vehicle seat installed with a vehicle occupant restraining device, the vehicle seat includes: a seat cushion frame including a seat cushion side frame; a seatback frame supported swingably about a reclining rod and including a seatback side frame; an engaging portion disposed at a seat rear end side of the seat cushion side frame and at a seat lower side relative to the reclining rod, and protruding toward a seat transverse direction inner side; a first movable member disposed along the seatback side frame, a lower end portion of the first movable member being extended to position at a seat front side of the engaging portion; and a first driving member configured to extend the first movable member in a case in which a vehicle collision at a seat front side occurs or a vehicle collision at the seat front side is predicted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Osamu Fukawatase, Mitsuyoshi Ohno, Shun Ito
  • Patent number: 10588810
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing traction to the lower back, where in one embodiment, a lumbar traction device has a back support, a base and a movable support structure connected between the base and the underside of the back support. The support structure enables the back support to move with respect to the base. When a user lies on the lumbar traction device, the user's weight causes the back support to move with respect to the base to apply tension to the user's back. The back support may have two separate portions on which the upper and lower back rest. The two portions of the back support move in opposite directions to provide traction on the back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Inventors: Kelley Brown, Mark L. Berrier
  • Patent number: 10582784
    Abstract: A cushion assembly includes a neck pillow and a side pillow. The neck pillow includes a supporting body with a supporting surface which, when viewed from a left side or a right side of the neck pillow, comprises a convex-shaped cervical support area and a concave-shaped head support area, a rigid portion with a rigid portion hardness, and a soft portion arranged on an upper side of the rigid portion. The soft portion has a soft portion hardness which is less than the rigid portion hardness. The supporting body is configured so that each of a head and a cervical spine of a person using the pillow rests on the soft portion. The side pillow includes a support body with a supporting surface which has a rising forearm support area, a convex-shaped wrist support area, a concave-shaped finger support area, and a convex-shaped grab area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Inventor: Boris Biebl
  • Patent number: 10486832
    Abstract: A method of protecting a monument during manufacturing of a vehicle. The method includes attaching a plurality of brackets to the monument prior to installation in the vehicle, each of the plurality of brackets having corresponding fasteners facing outwardly relative to the monument. The method also includes connecting a blanket to the corresponding fasteners. The method also includes installing the monument in the vehicle, disconnecting the blanket, and removing the plurality of brackets from the monument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Ryan Nelson Marcelo Abelon, Cory M. Hitchcock, Toai Dac Tran, Thomas Ralph Smith, Jr., Jon Burton Shaw
  • Patent number: 10486553
    Abstract: A vehicle system includes a seat state acquisition unit (160) that acquires an orientation about a vertical axis of a seat on which an occupant of a vehicle sits, a vehicle state acquisition unit (170) that acquires a current or future acceleration relating to the vehicle, and a seat control unit (180) that deforms at least a part of the seat on the basis of the orientation of the seat acquired by the seat state acquisition unit and the acceleration acquired by the vehicle state acquisition unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kenta Hirayama, Hajime Ishihara, Manabu Matsumoto, Muneatsu Minato, Yosuke Nishimura
  • Patent number: 10479248
    Abstract: A vehicle seat including: a surface cover covering a surface of the vehicle seat; a pad; a shape change unit including an air bag configured to expand and contract and configured to change a shape of the surface of the vehicle seat; and a buffer member provided between the air bag and the surface cover, wherein the buffer member is configured to be deformed elastically by expansion and contraction of the air bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hideyuki Izukawa
  • Patent number: 10463165
    Abstract: An air mattress includes a plurality of air cell groups including air cell groups corresponding to the back area, the buttock area and the thigh area of a person lying on the air mattress, each of which groups being made of a plurality of air cells, an air supply/release pump, an air tube connecting the air cell groups corresponding to the back area and the thigh area to the air supply/release pump and connecting the air cell group corresponding to the buttock area to the air supply/release pump in an independent system for each other, and a controller for controlling, when the back area is raised, so that the pressure of the air cell groups corresponding to the back area and thigh area is increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: PARAMOUNT BED CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshinori Ishibashi, Rika Matsumiya, Kenta Ohno
  • Patent number: 10457167
    Abstract: Provided is a seatback structure for a seatback provided with a lower seatback support and an upper seatback support pivotably connected to the upper end of the lower seatback support. An actuator (17) is fixedly secured to one of a pair lower side frames (6) of a seatback frame (F), and an output end (17a) of the actuator is configured to move linearly along a length of the lower side frame, and a link (25) is provided with an upper end pivotally connected to a part of a corresponding upper side frame (7) and a lower end pivotally connected to the output end of the actuator. The upper end portion of the lower side frame and the lower end portion of the corresponding upper side frame comprise plate members facing laterally each other in an overlying relationship, and at least partly interposing the link therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: TS TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Haruki Mochizuki, Kazuhiro Mishiba, Kazuya Miyawaki
  • Patent number: 10449878
    Abstract: A seat trim cover management system for seat cushion length adjustment includes a seat cushion base having stationary portion and an adjustable portion wherein the stationary portion and the adjustable portion include a horizontal top surface and a vertical front surface. An adjustment mechanism is in mechanical communication with the stationary portion and the adjustable portion and is configured to manipulate the adjustable portion. A cover material includes a first end attached to the horizontal top surface of the stationary portion or the adjustable portion, and at least one seat cover management system is attached to a second end of the cover material and is configured to maintain tension between the first end and second end of the cover material while the cover material shrouds the gap created between the stationary portion and the adjustable portion when at the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Dorel M. Sala
  • Patent number: 10427555
    Abstract: Improvement is made in a configuration of a movable portion movable to adjust a length of a seat cushion. A vehicle seat includes a seat cushion having a fixed portion and a movable portion movable relative to the fixed portion for adjustment of a length of the seat cushion, and also includes a notch arranged on the movable portion as a movable portion side engagement portion and an engagement plate piece arranged on the fixed portion as a fixed portion side engagement portion. The engagement plate piece is movable between i) a locking position engaged with the notch to bring the movable portion into an unmovable state, and ii) an unlocking position released from the notch to bring the movable portion into a movable state. The movable portion includes a pressing wire to move the engagement plate piece from the locking position to the unlocking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: TS Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryuzaburo Abe, Takayuki Inose
  • Patent number: 10418203
    Abstract: A push switch of the present disclosure has: a resin case that has a recess, a through hole, and a groove; a connection terminal; an upper protection sheet; and a lower protection sheet. The through hole penetrates from a bottom part of the recess to a lower surface of the resin case, and the groove is provided on the lower surface of the resin case. The through hole and the groove are connected to each other, and the through hole overlaps with the lower protection sheet in plan view. The groove has a first area and a second area, and of the first area and the second area, only the first area overlaps with the lower protection sheet in plan view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masatoshi Enomoto, Tomoki Kuroyabu
  • Patent number: 10383452
    Abstract: To provide a bottom for a bed apparatus that can relieve the sensation of being pressed and that at the same time is lightweight, easy to transport and can be cleaned easily. A bottom for a bed apparatus having a back-raising mechanism, includes a flexing bottom that is arranged between a back bottom and a hip bottom and can be flexed. In a back-raising operation, the flexing bottom flexes between the back bottom and the hip bottom while sliding downward over the surface of the uprising back bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: PARAMOUNT BED CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Katsuyoshi Nomura, Takeshi Yanagihara, Yuji Nakano, Takaki Matsumoto, Tatsuya Shimada, Dan Kageyama, Eita Hirai, Shinnosuke Kubota
  • Patent number: 10377278
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a seat bottom and a seat back. The seat back is coupled to the seat bottom to move relative to the vehicle seat. The vehicle further includes a support mechanism coupled to the vehicle and configured to vary support provided to an occupant sitting on the vehicle seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Faurecia Automotive Seating, LLC
    Inventors: Cedric Ketels, Tristan J. Vanfossen
  • Patent number: 10376063
    Abstract: An integrated assembly is provided with both an adjustable lumbar support and a head tilt. The assembly is easily installed on any of a number of different seating units, and can be adjusted to accommodate seating units with a variety of back widths, and heights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: L&P Property Management Company
    Inventors: Robert Dean Donovan, Nikki White, Nick Yang, Derek Sun, Eric Shen