Tiltable Patents (Class 297/313)
  • Patent number: 10524595
    Abstract: A sleep system includes a pair of riser members spaced apart by a predetermined distance. A rigid connective member between the riser members may provide this spacing. A flexible sheet extends between the riser members and may be secured to the riser members by respective clamps that hold the ends of the sheet to the respective riser members. A flexible load-bearing member, such as a sleeve that encloses one or more cushion elements, may be situated atop the flexible sheet to provide support to the user's head and neck at a height selectable by the user adjusting one of, or both of, the clamps on the riser members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Inventor: David Rager
  • Patent number: 10486571
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a chair in which attachment strength of a holding member and the chair is enhanced and an attachment state can be stably maintained. A legged chair includes a leg member, a support post connected to the leg member, a metal frame integrated with the support post, the metal frame forming a seated portion, an awakening device configured to awaken a seated person, a battery configured to supply electric power to the awakening device, an ECU that controls the awakening device, and a holding cover configured to hold the battery and the ECU. The holding cover is attached to the highly rigid metal frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: TS Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinji Sugiyama, Yukitaka Tadachi
  • Patent number: 10368651
    Abstract: A balance and stability system for use by an individual who is required to maintain a standing position for a prolonged period includes a balance reference and support pad positioned to contact the individual at their shins while standing at a work station, which balance and support pad is mounted on a support structure including an elongate support arm such that the pad is at the proper vertical and horizontal location to provide a balance point of contact with the individual's shins and, yet, a completely open space is provided between the pad and the floor to thereby allow for free movement of the individual's feet forward, backward, and side-to-side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventors: Catherine DeNardo Sitek, Gerald Thomas Sitek
  • Patent number: 10188245
    Abstract: A toilet inhibits an occupant from exiting the toilet. Sensors positioned on the toilet detect the application of pressure on the toilet by an occupant that is consistent with an occupant attempting to exit the toilet, and/or movements of an occupant that are consistent with an occupant attempting to exit the toilet. The sensors cause an actuator to change the angle of the toilet seat, which inhibits exiting the toilet. The toilet may also be constructed to signal an attendant when actions by an occupant are consistent with actions indicating an attempt by the occupant to exit the toilet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventors: Robert Rife, Leah Vining
  • Patent number: 9896003
    Abstract: A shoulder support adjuster includes a shoulder support, a bending angle adjusting mechanism, and a bending position adjusting mechanism. The bending angle adjusting mechanism and the bending position adjusting mechanism are provided within the shoulder support of a vehicle seat. At the bending angle adjusting mechanism, a bending angle of the seatback is adjusted by inflating an airbag. Further, at the bending position adjusting mechanism, by inflating the airbag and airbags, a flexed position of a shoulder plate is moved downward, and a bending position of the seatback changes downward. The bending position of the seatback is thereby adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroshi Tamura, Akira Kaneko
  • Patent number: 9649957
    Abstract: A seat assembly for a vehicle including a base presenting a pair of opposing angular surfaces spaced from one another and a cushion slidably engaging the opposing angular surfaces for tilting relative to the base into alternate orientations. The seat also includes a resistance element for maintaining the cushion in a desired orientation relative to the base. The cushion includes a sliding element which is movable between a disengaged position for adjusting the orientation of the cushion within predetermined limits established by the angular surfaces and an engaged position where the sliding element interfaces with the resistance element to restrict movement of the cushion relative to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Kurt A. Seibold, Duane Potes, Jr., John Gomez, Joseph A. Gasko, Jeffrey David Laho
  • Patent number: 9568809
    Abstract: The invention provides for an adjustment arrangement (10) for a camera. The adjustment arrangement (10) comprises a turn plate (20), an upper turn plate (18), a stick (12) and a gearwheel (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Berry Hoof van
  • Patent number: 9533610
    Abstract: The seat frame has a left and a right link, a left and a right side part and a transverse tube which connects the two side parts. The links are connected to the transverse tube for conjoint rotation. The transverse tube has a main tube located between the side parts, a left end piece assigned to the left side part and a right end piece assigned to the right side part. The main tube is connected to the two end pieces in respective overlapping regions. The main tube is manufactured from a material, preferably from steel, which has an at least 20% higher tensile strength than the material of the end pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: C. Rob Hammerstein GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Sascha Eckhoff, Joerg Woelfel, Juergen Kill
  • Patent number: 9227530
    Abstract: A vehicle seat with a height adjustable seat bottom, includes a side frame (30) which constitutes left and right frames of the seat bottom, a linkage configured to render a height of the side frame adjustable, and an operation knob assembly (10) including an operation knob (12) for adjustment of the height of the side frame (30). The operation knob assembly (10) includes a fixing portion (15) protruding toward the side frame (30) and being fixed to the side frame (30) in a position inwardly of the operation knob (12) with respect to a direction of an axis (11) of rotation of the operation knob (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignees: TS TECH CO., LTD., IMASEN ELECTRIC INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masayuki Hoshi, Yuusuke Satou, Mitsunobu Nishioka, Takuto Esaki
  • Patent number: 9155394
    Abstract: A chair having a retractable leg rest connected to at least one of the chair seat and legs. The leg rest includes spaced-apart telescoping members that are orientated in a plane transverse to the legs. A fabric extends between the telescoping members. The telescoping members are extensible along the third plane to extend and retract the fabric relative to the seat, upon which the user's legs may rest when the fabric is extracted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Inventor: Joshua Cohen
  • Patent number: 9072386
    Abstract: A sitting arrangement (1) is disclosed. Said sitting arrangement includes a support frame (2), seat part (4) and backrest (3). The seat part (4) is articulately connected to the support frame (2) in at least one mounting mechanism (8a, b) located below a sitting surface of the seat part (4). At least one balance spring (14) is mounted between the seat part (4) and the support frame (2). The sitting arrangement may be used as an element of a chair, settee or longseat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Ekornes ASA
    Inventor: Albert Solheim
  • Patent number: 9016786
    Abstract: The invention relates to an item of seating furniture comprising a seat, a column, a base, a spring device for cushioning the up and down movement of the seat and a pendulum device for inducing a pendular response of the column by means of the seat, and a device for automatically adjusting the pendular return force in accordance with the weight of a person occupying the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventor: Josef Glöckl
  • Publication number: 20150108804
    Abstract: A seat pan assembly including a fixed seat pan frame defining a substantially horizontal forward portion and a rear portion at an angle to horizontal, and a seat pan pivotally supported on the fixed seat pan frame, the seat pan having a pivot axis established through a width of the seat pan such that the seat pan is free to pivot relative to the fixed seat pan frame between substantially horizontal and an angle to horizontal. An aircraft passenger seat including a seat pan assembly adapted to adjust independent of seatback recline motion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Peter C. Meister, Aravinda Mahabaleshwara
  • Publication number: 20150091351
    Abstract: A portable aquatic chair that is suspendible within a contained body of water such as, but not limited to, a pool or spa. The chair includes an at least partially collapsible and lightweight frame that facilitates installation and transport of the chair. The chair is supported during use by the containment structure of the aquatic body (e.g., by a pool deck and side wall). Chair embodiments according to the invention support a user in a partially submerged but seated and upright position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: Keith Chlapaty
  • Publication number: 20150091338
    Abstract: A conveyance seat includes: a seat frame; and an attachment device attached to the seat frame. The seat frame includes two members rotating relative to each other around their respective shafts parallel to each other, and respective connecting structures configured to connect the attachment device to one of the two members and to the other of the two members in such a manner that the attachment device is rotated in conjunction with the relative rotation between the two members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicants: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA, SHIROKI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroaki HAYASHI
  • Publication number: 20150084389
    Abstract: An adjustment unit for a vehicle seat in a vehicle is disclosed. Said adjustment unit comprises a longitudinal adjustment mechanism for adjusting the vehicle seat along a direction of travel of the vehicle, said longitudinal adjustment mechanism comprising a first rocker that is mounted in such a way as to be rotatable about a transverse direction extending perpendicular to the direction of travel of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Sascha Müller, Andreas Kinzer, Eckhard Kirch, Joachim Mühlberger
  • Patent number: 8985618
    Abstract: The invention relates to a wheelchair which comprises: a underframe (1) to which front steerable wheels (6) and rear drive wheels (7) are fixed at a distance from one another; a sealing frame (3) which is height-adjustably fixed to said underframe (1), mounted so as to be able to pivot about a rotational axis (D), and which can be incline-adjusted with regard to the horizontal line (H) as well as height-adjusted; and a backrest frame which is connected to the seating frame (3) consisting of two longitudinal tubes (9) lying opposite each other and at least one transverse tube (10) which interconnects these longitudinal tubes (9); a) said seating frame (3) being connected to the underframe (1) by means of at least two telescopic tubes (2) each formed from one lower (2b) and one upper (2a) tube; b) the lower ends of these lower tubes (2b) being rigidly fixed to said underframe (1), and the invention being characterised in that; c) the upper ends of the upper tubes (2a) are connected to the seating frame (3) in t
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Otto Bock Mobility Solutions GmbH
    Inventor: Heinrich Perk
  • Publication number: 20150076880
    Abstract: A vehicle seat with a modular vehicle seat frame is disclosed. The seat frame includes a first side module and a second side module which is arranged located opposite. A front, rear upper and middle cross brace are seat width-adaptably arranged between the side modules. Between the front and the rear cross brace a spring structure is stretched out, which spring-elastically supports a seat cushion of the vehicle seat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Christian Kuhley, Juergen Maier, Eduard Wolf, Michael Hoefgen-Allmann
  • Publication number: 20150054323
    Abstract: An aircraft is provided and includes a fixed frame including a ledge and a seat pan on which seating elements for seating an aircraft crewperson are disposable. The seat pan includes a hinge about which the seat pan is pivotable relative to the fixed frame and a flange disposable on the ledge to establish a first pivot position for the seat pan relative to the fixed frame and a seat pan lifter coupled to the fixed frame and selectively interposable between the flange and the ledge to establish a second pivot position for the seat pan relative to the fixed frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: AMI Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Bradley Mastrolia, John Hampton, James Tulloch, Jeremy Ochs
  • Publication number: 20150054316
    Abstract: A seating-unit mechanism includes various components that control a position of the seat and backrest and that control an extension and retraction of an ottoman and footrest. For example, the mechanism includes a linear actuator that controls a seat pitch (e.g., height and level of recline). In addition, the mechanism includes an ottoman-linkage drive mechanism, which might include a drive link or another linear actuator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: L & P PROPERTY MANAGEMENT COMPANY
    Inventors: BOBBY DONOVAN, STEPHEN SIMONS, EDDIE POWELL
  • Publication number: 20150042137
    Abstract: A seating assembly with a base, a seat and a back which have interlocking features, and a strap latch removeably securing the back to the base with a portion of the seat sandwiched therebetween. The strap latch comprises a strap affixed to one component, with a latch attached to its free end, and a catch member affixed to another component. The seat may also be configured to appear horizontal but to have a rearward incline when occupied, by affixing the seat webbing to a fixed forward member and a floating rear member, and attaching the floating member to a fixed rear member via straps, wherein the straps and the seat webbing have sufficient elasticity to allow the floating member to be depressed when a downward force is applied to the seat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Martin Krause, Donald Newfer, Steven Stieglitz
  • Publication number: 20150028641
    Abstract: A seat configured to provide support for a user at various positions, such as standing position or a seated position, is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Mark Stent, Matthew Wiacek, Alex Manning
  • Patent number: 8925908
    Abstract: A spring (10), for a locking device of a vehicle seat, is designed as a yoke spring defining an axis (A) and made of a spring wire. A cross section diameter (q) has one leg (10a) on each of both ends of the spring wire. The two legs (10a) can pivot relative to each other in a circumferential direction of the axis (A), thereby transitioning the spring (10) from a relaxed state into a tensioned state. At least one first winding (10b) is provided between the legs (10a) that is wound completely around the axis (A) and having a winding diameter (di) in the relaxed state. At least one adjacent second winding (10b) is provided between the legs (10a) and disposed offset along by the axis (A) by a pitch (h), wherein the second winding (10b) may optionally be wound not fully about the axis (A). The second winding (10b) has a winding diameter (d2) in the relaxed state. The pitch (h) is less than the cross section diameter (q).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Components GmbH & Co. KG.
    Inventors: Peter Müller, Volker Windecker
  • Publication number: 20140368011
    Abstract: A furniture member includes a frame, a slide member, first and second bars, an axle, and first and second leg members. The frame includes a chair portion movable relative to a base among nominal, reclined and lift positions. The slide member is connected to the motor and displaceable relative to the base. The first bar is connected to the slide member and the chair portion. The first bar moves the chair portion among the nominal, reclined and lift positions. The axle is mounted to the base portion. The leg members are attached to the axle and include fore and aft feet. The second bar is connected to the chair portion and slidably connected to the axle. The second bar rotates the axle in a first direction in response to movement into the reclined position and rotates the axle in a second direction in response to movement into the lift position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicant: La-Z-Boy Incorporated
    Inventor: LARRY P. LAPOINTE
  • Patent number: 8899684
    Abstract: An adjustable seat assembly providing a compact size with the ability to pivot or tilt the lower seat frame manually and independent of the seat back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Techonology Company
    Inventor: Kurt A. Seibold
  • Publication number: 20140346828
    Abstract: Describes are passenger seats including a seat pan assembly with a reclining mechanism, a seat back pivotally coupled to the aft end of the seat pan assembly, and a lumbar mechanism coupled to the seat back and/or the seat pan assembly. As examples, the seat pan assembly includes at least one track having a reclining path and a sleeper path, and a sleeper selection control configured to pull a diverter into a position substantially blocking the opening to the reclining path and to push the diverter into a position substantially blocking the opening to the sleeper path. In certain cases, the seat pan assembly also includes a tilting mechanism with a fixed component and a variable component adjustably engaged with each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: Larry Richard Gaither, Timothy W. Terleski, Chirag Patel
  • Patent number: 8876138
    Abstract: The present invention provides a wheelchair device configured to reduce the likelihood that a user might fall out of a wheelchair. The device includes a wheelchair frame, a lever, and a seat cushion, whereby the seat cushion is flexible and configured to sink into a recessed and angled orientation when occupied by a user. The sunken seat cushion serves to encourage a user to attain proper posture and further serves to reduce the chances that a user might fall forward out of the seat. The lever of the present invention is attached to the underside of the wheelchair device and comprises a handle portion and a flat base portion with a curved upper surface. A forward actuation of the handle results in the lever rotating about the wheelchair, causing the base to contact and lift the seat cushion to a level that facilitates the exiting of the wheelchair device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventor: Francis Wilde
  • Publication number: 20140306495
    Abstract: A patient carrier comprises a patient support configured to be locatable above a toileting receptacle. The patient support includes a back support portion, a leg support portion, and a seat support portion. The patient support is movable about a first axis between an upright orientation and an inclined orientation. The seat support portion is movable about a second axis relative to the back support portion and leg support portion, and is operable to transition between a seating configuration and a toileting configuration when the patient support is in the inclined orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: UNIVERSITY HEALTH NETWORK
    Inventors: Gerald Thomas GRIGGS, Geoffrey Roy FERNIE, Adam Mathew SOBCHAK, Emily Catherine KING, Tilak DUTTA
  • Publication number: 20140306504
    Abstract: The invention relates to a vehicle seal (100) having a tilt adjustment device, more particularly as a component of a rear row of seats of a motor vehicle, comprising a backrest and a seat part (12A), which is movably arranged about a horizontal pivot axis (Y1) for setting the seat tilt independent of the backrest by means of a seat tilt adjustment device, wherein the pivot axis (Y1) runs between a moving cushion part (12A-1) and a fixed cushion part (12A-2). It is provided that the tilt adjustment device has an upper support plate (40) and a lower support plate (30), wherein the moving cushion part (12A-1) rests on the upper support plate (40), wherein an actuator (50), arranged between the support plates (30, 40), can effect a movement of the upper support plate (40) relative to the lower support plate (30), whereby the moving cushion part (12A-1) can be moved from an essentially flat un-raised position into a tilted raised position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventors: Hans-Joachim Boy, Bernd Winkelhake, Lars Dänekas
  • Patent number: 8851564
    Abstract: A chair with a foldable desk includes a support leg having a crossbar. A seat plate installed above said support leg includes an upper seat, a lower cover and a coupler into which the crossbar is rotatably inserted. The seat plate rotates between a vertical position and a horizontal position. A back installed above a rear side of the seat plate is capable of tilting forward and rearward with tilting means. A desk installed above a side of the support leg includes an upper plate with an attachment member on its bottom. The upper plate may swing between an upper position and a lower position within an angle range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Inventor: Won ho Seo
  • Publication number: 20140291950
    Abstract: A medical chair includes a seat supported by a base and actuators adapted to both tilt and lift the seat with respect to the base. A controller controls the actuators to both lift and tilt the seat as the seat moves from the sitting position to the standing position. The movement from the sitting position to the standing position assists in the egress of an occupant from the chair, while the movement from the standing position to the sitting position assists in the ingress of an occupant to the chair. A backrest on the chair remains substantially vertically oriented during movement between the sitting and standing position so as to provide more comfort to the occupant during the sit-to-stand or stand-to-sit movement. The backrest also moves in a manner that generally keeps the occupant's torso vertically aligned with his or her hips during this movement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher S. Hough, John P. Zerbel, Richard A. Derenne, Matthew A. Cutler
  • Publication number: 20140265497
    Abstract: A medical chair includes a seat supported by a base and actuators adapted to both tilt and lift the seat with respect to the base. A controller controls the actuators to both lift and tilt the seat as the seat moves from the sitting position to the standing position. The movement from the sitting position to the standing position assists in the egress of an occupant from the chair, while the movement from the standing position to the sitting position assists in the ingress of an occupant to the chair. A backrest on the chair remains substantially vertically oriented during movement between the sitting and standing position so as to provide more comfort to the occupant during the sit-to-stand or stand-to-sit movement. The backrest also moves in a manner that generally keeps the occupant's torso vertically aligned with his or her hips during this movement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher S. Hough, John P. Zerbel, Richard A. Derenne, Cory Patrick Herbst, Collin Ian Ostergaard, Jill Christine Denna, Marianne Barbara Grisdale, Siarhei Murauyou
  • Publication number: 20140265496
    Abstract: An adjustable support apparatus used to support a person in a specific position over an extended period of time, and method of using the same. The apparatus has a base, an adjustable plate clamp assembly with upper and lower plates, a pivot within the apertures of the plates and adjustably retained between the plates, and a support member attached to the pivot and adapted to support a load. The adjustable plate clamp assembly has upper and lower plates. The upper plate has a central upper aperture, a first end pivotally attached to the base, and a second end. The lower plate has a central lower aperture, a first end, and a second end pivotally attached to the second end of the upper plate. The first end of the lower plate bears against the base, the plates together form an acute angle, and the apertures are aligned with one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Alan Magelund, Alain Mercier
  • Publication number: 20140217793
    Abstract: An article of furniture and seating system are disclosed. The article of furniture comprises a base providing a seating area and a support coupled to the base. A linkage couples the support to the base so that the support can be presented in a generally upright position and in a generally forward position relative to the base. The seating system comprises a base comprising a seat and a backrest comprising a first surface and a second surface. A member couples the backrest for movement on a path of travel relative to the base. The backrest is moveable to an upright position and to a forward position. When the backrest is in the first position the first surface is presented in a generally downward orientation. When the backrest is in the second position the first surface is presented in a generally forward orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Huu-Toan Antoine Nguyen, Jesse Menayan, Michael Waalkes, Robert Arko, Timothy Stuive
  • Publication number: 20140210236
    Abstract: A chair (1) for relieving back pain of a user, with a seat surface (2) and a backrest (3), wherein a backrest angle (4) between backrest (3) and seat surface (2) is adaptable. At least one support element (5) for supporting the upper body of the user, when the latter is in an intended sitting position, is arranged on the backrest (3), wherein the support element (5), in the intended sitting position, can preferably be arranged, or is arranged, under the armpits of the user. The support element (5) is designed in such a way, and arranged on the backrest in such a way, that it can be moved by the user in order to obtain a desired support of the upper body at a predefined backrest angle (4) while he is in the intended sitting position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: EEM AG
    Inventor: Hans Ruf
  • Publication number: 20140203608
    Abstract: An adjustable furniture apparatus is disclosed. The furniture apparatus includes a frame, an internal support structure, an incline assembly having a first and a second inclinable section, a plurality of lifting devices configured to selectively incline and support the first and second inclinable sections, and a cover disposed over portions of the incline assembly to form a comfortable seating intimate activity surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Inventor: Edward Phillips
  • Publication number: 20140159453
    Abstract: An ergonomic chair having a cooperatively adjustable seat is herein disclosed. The seat may be adjusted to position a user of the chair in a physiologic attitude that approaches the neutral position. Wheels and foot pads add to the ergonomics, and a top pad extending the seat may also be used.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: HealthPostures, LLC
    Inventors: Jared Elliott, Nathan Wenninger
  • Publication number: 20140145482
    Abstract: A seat assembly is provided that may include a seatback and a seat bottom. The seatback may extend generally upright. The seat bottom may be connected to the seatback and may include a frame and a seat bottom adjustment mechanism. The seat bottom adjustment mechanism may include first and second cushion pans that are movable relative to the frame and movable relative to each other between first and second configurations. The first and second cushion pans may support one or more seat cushions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Inventor: Walter W. Holzhueter
  • Publication number: 20140132051
    Abstract: A seat with a contoured pan comprises of two concavely shaped pads adapted to support the thighs of a user at an optimal angle to the horizontal plane. The seat further includes a linkage between the pads that allows for roll movement as a user sits on the seat. The combined features enable a user to be directed into a comfortable seating position that emulates the shape of the spine when standing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: FREEDMAN SEATS LTD
    Inventor: Simon Andrew Freedman
  • Patent number: 8720994
    Abstract: A system for adjusting the relative position between two furniture parts includes a first part provided on one side with at least two parallel guide surfaces at a prefixed distance X apart, a second part facing the first part, an eccentric multi-lobe cam, the continuous profile of which is composed of tangential curves disposed such as to form an odd number n of pairs of opposing arcs, each pair of arcs having the same center of curvature with the sum of the radii of curvature being equal to X, the cam being housed between said two parallel guides and being pivoted to said second part on the eccentric pin, and means for rotating the multi-lobe cam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: IMARC S.p.A.
    Inventor: Claudio Gorgi
  • Publication number: 20140091601
    Abstract: A reverse drive assembly for recliner in which a motor is mounted at the end of the horizontal track, proximate to the rear of the recliner. A traveler assembly having a reverse transfer linkage having a greater bend is positioned along the track forward of the motor, wherein the traveler assembly actuates extension of an ottoman assembly and the reclining of a seat back.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Inventors: John R. Breen, Peter J. Fynboh, Jeffrey Cooper, Joseph L. Anibas, Nicholas J. Robinson, Richard E. Gorka, Lucas R. Walz
  • Publication number: 20140077554
    Abstract: [Problem] The present invention relates to a seat lifter capable of changing the height or inclination of an inner side lower arm and outer side lower arm of a seat cushion and addresses the problem of providing a seat lifter wherein the welding position of a rod to a link remains fixed. [Solution] Links (link members) (19, 191, 61, 161) are provided with shaft sections (31a, 119b, 61a, 161b) having through holes and are rotatably held on the outer peripheral surfaces of the shaft sections (31a, 119b, 61a, 161b). Rods (53, 69) are inserted through the through holes of the links (19, 191, 61, 161) and welded.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: SHIROKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hidehiko Fujioka, Toshiharu Ito
  • Publication number: 20140077536
    Abstract: A seat assembly may include a seat bottom and a seatback. The seat bottom may include a seating surface and a first cargo surface. The seat bottom may be movable between a first position in which the seating surface may face upward and a second position in which the first cargo surface may face upward and the seating surface may face downward. The seatback may include a backrest surface and a second cargo surface. The seatback may be movable relative to the seat bottom between a third position in which the backrest surface may face a front end of the seat assembly and a fourth position in which the second cargo surface may face upward and is substantially level with the first cargo surface when the seat bottom is in the first position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2012
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: CHRYSLER GROUP LLC
    Inventor: Carl Mather
  • Patent number: 8672405
    Abstract: Chaise longue comprising a sofa frame (2), seat part (4) and back rest (3). The seat part (4) comprises side bars (9a, b), cross bars (10a, b) and seat springs (7). The seat part (4) is rotatably connected to the sofa frame (2) by means of mounting devices (8a, b) below the sitting surface of the seat part. One or more balance springs (14) are arranged between the seat part (4) and the sofa frame (2). A shutter or flap (16) is rotatably mounted to the seat part with pivotable joints (17a,b). The flap is furthermore rotatably connected to the sofa frame in point at the opposite end from the joints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Ekornes ASA
    Inventor: Albert Solheim
  • Publication number: 20140070586
    Abstract: A conveyance seat includes: a seat base; a support portion which supports the occupant from the back side; a flip-up mechanism which flips up the seat base; a biasing member which biases the support portion forward; an engagement portion which is engaged with the support portion to hold the support portion in a upright state against the biasing force; a cancel mechanism which cancels the engagement between the engagement portion and the support portion; and a return mechanism which returns the support portion from a state where the engagement with the engagement portion is canceled by the cancel mechanism to a state where the support portion is engageable with the engagement portion. The return mechanism performs the return operation in accordance with the inclination angle of the support portion inclined forward by the biasing member after the engagement between the engagement portion and the support portion is canceled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: TS TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoichi Tachikawa, Masato Watanabe
  • Publication number: 20140070585
    Abstract: A lift chair includes a frame assembly including a chair portion rotatable with respect to a base portion. A lift mechanism portion is positioned in a base portion cavity. The lift mechanism portion includes a lift motor and a drive assembly connected to the lift motor having a slide. A lift tube connects the slide to the chair portion. The lift tube upon actuation of the lift motor displaces the chair portion between a nominal and a full lift position by slide displacement in a slide lifting direction. First and second guide members are positioned on opposite sides of the drive assembly and connected to a base portion base platform. The lift tube is connected to both the first and second guide members to distribute a weight load from the chair portion via the lift tube to the slide, and by the guide members to the base platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: La-Z-Boy Incorporated
    Inventor: Larry P. LaPointe
  • Publication number: 20140054941
    Abstract: A piece of seating furniture has a seat plate (1) with a lower seat framework (2) arranged on the underside of said seat plate (1). Also provided is a tilting device (4), by means of which the person sitting on the piece of furniture can execute a tilting movement about a point of rotation located in the seat region. The tilting device (4) is formed by a structural unit which is separate from the seat plate (1) and is arranged on the seat plate (1) of the piece of furniture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Inventors: Stephan Meyer, Peter Wagner
  • Publication number: 20140021760
    Abstract: A seating unit that includes a seat-lift assembly adapted to move the seating unit between a closed and a seat-lift position is provided. The seat-lift assembly includes a drive linkage mechanism, and a lift linkage mechanism. The seat-lift assembly is attached to a seat linkage mechanism that includes a seat-mounting plate, a base plate coupled and a linear actuator for automating adjustment of the linkage mechanism. In operation, the drive linkage mechanism is moveably interconnected to the base plate and adapted to independently raise at least a first portion of the seat frame with respect to the base plate, the first portion being raised at a first rate, and the lift linkage mechanism is moveably interconnected to the seat-mounting plate, and adapted to independently raise at least a second portion of the seat frame with respect to the seat-mounting plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2012
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Applicant: L & P PROPERTY MANAGEMENT COMPANY
    Inventor: GARY MASTERS
  • Patent number: 8628144
    Abstract: A reinforcement assembly for reinforcing a seat belt apparatus for use with a seat assembly is provided. The seat assembly includes a seat back frame having a pair of downwardly directed side frame members affixed to the vehicle floor. A top frame member traverses the pair of side frame members. A seat cushion frame is pivotally supported on the seat back frame. The reinforcement assembly includes a floor bracket and an elongated vertically aligned reinforcement member. The floor bracket includes a first side which faces the vehicle floor and an opposite second side. The reinforcement member is positioned between the pair of side frame members and includes a first end and an opposite second end. The first end is affixed to the top frame member of the seat back frame. The second end includes a mounting surface which contacts the second side of the floor bracket and in which the mounting surface is affixed to both the floor bracket and the vehicle floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter James Moegling, Todd Rupert Muck, Robert Joseph Hazlewood, Masroor Fahim
  • Publication number: 20130334855
    Abstract: The assembly contains a base and a tilt adjustment member. The base has a frame with a seat attachment piece for attaching the frame to a seat cushion of a seat. A locking element is configured in the frame and has a number of notches. In front of the locking element, the frame has a fastening section so that the tilt adjustment member can be accommodated. Each of the lateral sides of the frame has a through hole for a control rod to thread through. The tilt adjustment member contains a swing block, a seat, a locking piece, and a twisting element. By configuring the locking element and the tilt adjustment member on the base, and by using the control rod to engage the locking piece of the tilt adjustment member to interact the notches of the locking element, the seat can be tilted with simple operation and limited effort.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Inventor: SU-MING CHEN