Bottom And Back Tiltable As Unit Patents (Class 297/325)
  • Patent number: 10398230
    Abstract: This invention provides a chair frame with high strength and high stability, including a base front supporting tube, a base rear supporting tube, a base right supporting tube and a base left supporting tube. A pedal support is connected to a front driving tube through a connecting rod mechanism. Two ends of a main motor telescopic rod mechanism are respectively fixed to the front driving tube and the base rear supporting tube. Two ends of a backrest motor telescopic rod mechanism are fixedly connected to a backrest front driving tube and a backrest rear driving tube. An upper frame is fixedly connected to a connecting piece thereof. The base right supporting tube and the base left supporting tube are fixedly connected to a connecting piece thereof. Two sides of the front driving tube are further connected to a clamping piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: TAIZHOU LUCKY PRETTY MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Mingyang Ma
  • Patent number: 10258158
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a dual motor lift chair for the elderly, which comprises a base, a seat lift, a back flexing mechanism and a leg flexing mechanism. The seat lift is arranged on the base, and the back flexing mechanism and the leg flexing mechanism are arranged on the seat lift. The present invention has a reasonable structure. When in the standing assistance configuration, the overall height of the lift chair increases, and the lift chair inclines forward at a certain angle, so that the center of gravity of the elderly rises and moves forward. Hence, an effective result of standing assistance is achieved, and the experience effect of the standing assistance is ensured. Furthermore, by setting the leg flexing mechanism and the back flexing mechanism, the flex of the body may be adjusted, and hence the comfortability of the chair is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Haining Meihui Machinery LLC
    Inventors: Zhong Qiang Fei, Xi Qi Sun, Wei Zhong Chu, Shao Qiang Fei
  • Patent number: 10207599
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a seat cushion frame provided at a seat cushion; a seatback frame structuring a seatback, the seatback frame being rotatably coupled to a front-rear direction rear end portion of the seat cushion frame via a rotation axle; a drive unit disposed at a front-rear direction front side of the seat cushion frame; and a first driving force transmission unit that couples the drive unit with the rotation axle and transmits driving force of the drive unit to the rotation axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yuji Yagi
  • Patent number: 9848704
    Abstract: A lift and recliner chair which is positionable in multiple reclining positions including both a Trendelenburg and zero-gravity position, in which using an actuator mechanism the position of the back frame can be adjusted in any lift and/or reclining position the chair is capable of achieving without requiring any movement or adjustment to the position of the seat frame or footrest. The actuator mechanism is secured between the back frame and the seat frame or another component of the lift/recline assembly that follows or moves with the seat frame as the chair is moved between a lift and reclining position, while in one embodiment the angle of the footrest is independently adjustable using a separate actuator mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Inventors: W. Edward Pollard, James Olcheski
  • Patent number: 9700140
    Abstract: A seating unit that includes a linkage mechanism adapted to adjust between closed, extended, and reclined positions is provided. The linkage mechanism includes an adjustment mechanism having a motor and a track that is coupled to the motor and that extends from a front portion of the seating unit to a rear portion of the seating unit. The linkage mechanism also includes a motor activator block slidably coupled to the track and movable along the track using the motor, as well as a single drive link that is attached to the motor activator block. The motor activator block includes a carriage body that slidably attaches the motor activator block to the track and one or more mounting tabs that extend from the carriage body toward the rear portion of the seating unit and that are coupled to the single drive link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: L&P Property Management Company
    Inventor: Gregory Mark Lawson
  • Patent number: 9661927
    Abstract: A furniture member powered mechanism providing both lift and zero gravity operating positions includes a first torque tube having first and second connecting links fixed thereto. The connecting links are each rotatably connected to a first or second connecting arm. The first and second connecting arms are rotatably connected to a gear housing. A positioning motor connected to the gear housing displaces a slide member coupled to the gear housing. Slide member motion displaces the first and second connecting arms, displacing and rotating the first torque tube. First and second connecting plates are rotatably connected to the slide member. A second torque tube is fixed at opposite ends to each of first and second arm rest portions of a furniture member base portion. The first and second connecting plates are also connected to the second torque tube such that slide member displacement rotates the base member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: La-Z-Boy Incorporated
    Inventors: Alexander M. Hegedus, Eric B. Harwood
  • Patent number: 9408764
    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: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: La-Z-Boy Incorporated
    Inventor: Larry P. LaPointe
  • Patent number: 9277822
    Abstract: A furniture member powered mechanism providing both lift and zero gravity operating positions includes a first torque tube having first and second connecting links fixed thereto. The connecting links are each rotatably connected to a first or second connecting arm. The first and second connecting arms are rotatably connected to a gear housing. A positioning motor connected to the gear housing displaces a slide member coupled to the gear housing. Slide member motion displaces the first and second connecting arms, displacing and rotating the first torque tube. First and second connecting plates are rotatably connected to the slide member. A second torque tube is fixed at opposite ends to each of first and second arm rest portions of a furniture member base portion. The first and second connecting plates are also connected to the second torque tube such that slide member displacement rotates the base member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: La-Z-Boy Incorporated
    Inventors: Alexander M. Hegedus, Eric B. Harwood
  • Patent number: 9078796
    Abstract: An apparatus for raising and lowering a payload, particularly a chair and its user to provide assistance with the sit-to-stand task. The apparatus comprises a platform, a left lifter assembly, a right lifter assembly, means to power both lifter assemblies, and means to control the raising and lowering thereof. Means to sense and correct sideways tilt, desirable to preclude excessive tilt if one of the lifters fails, are described. The user may use an existing, favorite chair, including a reclining chair, which is placed upon the platform without modification. In a low position, the platform is very close to the floor, providing comfort during sitting. In a high position, the platform is greatly elevated, to provide a full measure of sit-to-stand assistance. The apparatus doesn't interfere with posterior foot placement during the sit-to-stand process, and doesn't interfere with reclining while sitting. The apparatus is easily deployable, movable, and storable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Inventor: Shawn Anthony Hall
  • Publication number: 20150145291
    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: January 28, 2015
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: La-Z-Boy Incorporated
    Inventor: Larry P. LaPointe
  • Publication number: 20150145295
    Abstract: A seat having a bucket and a supporting structure on which the bucket is fixed. The height of the bucket on the supporting structure is adjustable. A lower sub-assembly of the supporting structure forms a seat subframe and of which at least one bucket support is mounted movable in height following at least one lower guide rail. An upper sub-assembly of the supporting structure is assembled movable in rotation relative to the lower sub-assembly around a pivot axis which is situated close to a lower end of the lower guide rails and situated close to a lower end of the upper sub-assembly. The bucket is fixed to the bucket support in an articulated manner at the seat base and has at least one guide element fixed to the backrest and sliding in an upper guide rail of the upper sub-assembly situated above the lower guide rails.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: LAURENT CECINAS, CHRISTIAN MORAIS
  • Publication number: 20150137565
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a highchair for babies or small children, comprising a lower base part (11) and an approximately bowl-shaped seat (12), which is attached in the upper area of the base part and which comprises an outer seat bowl (20) that is somewhat larger in holding volume and an inner seat bowl (21) that is somewhat smaller in holding volume and that can be fit into the outer seat bowl. The inner seat bowl can be fastened to the outer seat bowl so that also larger children can sit in the highchair after the inner seat bowl has been removed. Furthermore, an inclined position of the seat in relation to the base part is preferably provided, for which purpose the seat is moved along a brace attached to the rear of the seat or a bow (15) that defines a circular path and during said movement the brace is guided in or on a guiding device (14) connected to the base part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: David Kho, Hiroshi Ono
  • Publication number: 20150108805
    Abstract: Vehicle seat (1) having a seat part (2) and a backrest (3), wherein the supporting structure (44) of the seat part or the backrest, in particular the side part thereof, integrally has at least one spring element (40, 31) a pivot point (P) and/or a safety belt connection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2012
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Jorg Linnenbrink, Ingo Kienke, Ulrich Riedel
  • Patent number: 8991925
    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: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: La-Z-Boy Incorporated
    Inventor: Larry P. LaPointe
  • Patent number: 8979201
    Abstract: Dynamic furniture supports a seated or reclining user. The furniture includes a base, an actuator, a seat platform, and a back platform. The actuator is in circular connection to the base. The seat platform is in circular or excentric connection to the actuator assembly. The back platform is in circular or excentric connection to the actuator assembly. The actuator assembly, seat platform and back platform may be restricted in movement along paths by assemblies of the circular or excentric connections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Exciting Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Erb, Mark M. Erb
  • Publication number: 20150054315
    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: October 13, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Bobby Donovan, Nikki White
  • 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: 20150042130
    Abstract: An access-optimized infant support device comprising a lower support frame and a seat or resting portion supported on the lower support frame, whereby the lower support frame maintains the seat or resting portion at a height allowing a line-of-sight eye-contact interaction between an infant on the seat or resting portion and an adult seated at a standard dining table, and also allows close proximity between the infant on the seat or resting portion and an adult seated on a standard sofa.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: KIDS II, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas M. PERRIN, Stephen R. BURNS
  • Patent number: 8944454
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a tilt-in-space wheelchair that limits the shift of the center of a gravity of a wheelchair occupant during tilting. The wheelchair comprises a main frame adapted to be supported on a surface by wheels, a seat frame for supporting a occupant, and an arc plate for slidably or rollably supporting the seat frame with respect to the main frame. The arc plate defines a first track and a second track that guide the tilting of the seat frame relative to the frame. The first track and second track may have non-constant curvatures. Further, the first track and second track may be arranged non-concentrically on the arc plate and may have different lengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Pride Mobility Products Corporation
    Inventors: Corey Blauch, James Patrick Mulhern
  • Patent number: 8926017
    Abstract: A chair of the type commonly found in a home or office and having a stationary back, a pair of arms, and a rotatable seat cradle that is located between the arms. The seat cradle includes a lumbar portion lying against the stationary chair back to support the user's lower back and a seat cushion portion to support the user's pelvis. The lumbar portion and the seat cushion portion of the seat cradle are connected to one another so as to rotate together as a unit relative to the stationary back and the arms of the chair. By virtue of the foregoing, the hips and spine of the user will be continuously aligned whenever the user shifts his weight in the chair, whereby to maximize user comfort and improve user posture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventors: James E. Grove, Dennis J. Colonello
  • Publication number: 20140361591
    Abstract: A vehicle seat including: a connection mechanism; a seat cushion connected to an interior structure of a vehicle via the connection mechanism and displaced between a first state and a second state at which the seat cushion is arranged at a position closer to a front part-side of the vehicle; and a seat back, wherein the connection mechanism includes an arm part and an attaching part, wherein a sitting surface of the seat cushion at the first state gradually inclines upwardly from the rear towards the front of the seat, and wherein, by inclining the arm part more forwards than at the first state, the seat cushion is displaced to the second state and a front part-side of the seat cushion is moved more downwardly than at the first state, whereby the sitting surface is made more horizontal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: Satoru KUNO
  • Publication number: 20140361592
    Abstract: A vehicle seat including: a connection mechanism; a seat cushion connected to an interior structure of a vehicle via the connection mechanism and configured to be displaced between a first state and a second state at which the seat cushion is arranged at a position closer to a front part-side of the vehicle than at the first state; and a seat back, wherein a sitting surface of the seat cushion at the first state gradually inclines upwardly from the rear of the seat towards the front of the seat, and wherein the connection mechanism is configured to displace the seat cushion to the second state and move a front part-side of the seat cushion more downwardly than at the first state, whereby the sitting surface of the seat cushion is made more horizontal at the second state than at the first state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: Satoru KUNO
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8888184
    Abstract: The invention relates to a tilting device (5) for a chair, comprising a lower plate (6) and an upper plate (7). An elastic body (8) is located therebetween. The lower plate (6) has a bulge (9) in the vertical direction, by means of which the tilting device (5) is placed onto the upper end of a gas spring (2). The seat plate (3) of the chair is fastened to the upper plate (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Topstar GmbH
    Inventors: Stefan Meyer, Peter Wagner
  • Patent number: 8888183
    Abstract: A chair has a supporting frame, a seat portion for supporting an occupant, and a back portion for supporting the back of a seated occupant. The portion is reclinable relative to the supporting frame between a generally upright position and a generally reclined position. A preference control is operatively engaged between the back portion and a chair component, wherein displacement of the back portion toward the generally reclined position causes displacement of the chair component. The preference control is adjustable to vary the amount of displacement of the chair component caused by a given amount of displacement of the back portion toward the generally reclined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Formway Furniture Limited
    Inventors: Kent Wallace Parker, Paul Michael Wilkinson, Lyall Douglas Stewart, Daryl Owen Neal, Martyn Walter Goodwin Collings, Peter Alan Tierney
  • Patent number: 8870285
    Abstract: A child safety seat assembly includes a detachable child seat and a base. The child seat has a seatback, and a foremost end opposite to the seat back. The base includes a shell body, an adjustable platform and a latch mechanism. The shell body has a first and a second end edge opposite to each other. The first end edge is at a height that is greater than that of the second end edge. The adjustable platform is operable to releasibly attach with the child seat. The adjustable platform and the child seat attached with each other are movable in unison between a first state where the foremost end is near the first end edge, and a second state where the foremost end is away from the first end edge and below the first end edge of the shell body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Wonderland Nurserygoods Company Limited
    Inventors: Bruce L. Williams, Gregory S. Sellers, Curtis M. Hartenstine, Nathanael Saint
  • Publication number: 20140284979
    Abstract: A seat adjustment apparatus for a vehicle includes a pair of seat adjustment mechanisms, a drive source positioned close to one of the pair of seat adjustment mechanisms and far from the other one of the pair of seat adjustment mechanisms, and a connecting member transmitting a drive power to the pair of seat adjustment mechanisms, wherein the connecting member includes a first portion transmitting the drive power to the one of the pair of seat adjustment mechanisms and having a first torsional rigidity, the connecting member includes a second portion transmitting the drive power to the other one of the pair of seat adjustment mechanisms and having a second torsional rigidity, and the first torsional rigidity differs from the second torsional rigidity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hideo NIHONMATSU, Yoshihiro Fujita
  • Patent number: 8840175
    Abstract: The present invention is a convertible multifunction overbed table and chair, or more specifically, the present invention is a medical furnishing that serves as an adjustable overbed table in a first configuration and a wheeled transport chair in a second configuration. The present invention may also serve as a medical staff work station, provide storage of patient records and medical charts, storage for the patient's personal effects, personal mirror, IV stand, catheter bag stand, secure storage for portable oxygen, and serve as a patient walker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Inventor: J. Gordon Short
  • Publication number: 20140262566
    Abstract: A lift mechanism a power wheelchair includes linear actuators on opposing sides of the chair that provide a space into which a tilt mechanism can nest when the lift mechanism is in its retracted position. The linear actuators perform both the function of operating the lift mechanism and structurally supporting at least a part of the lift mechanism. The lift mechanism and tilt mechanism are each self-contained modules that can be optionally installed into the power wheelchair.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Pride Mobility Products Corporation
    Inventors: Jonathan Davis, John Carminati, David Laslo, James Patrick Mulhern
  • Patent number: 8827366
    Abstract: An infant care apparatus includes a base; a drive mechanism disposed on the base; a controller electronically coupled to the drive mechanism; and a support device coupled to the drive mechanism. The support device is configured to be moved in both a horizontal and vertical direction relative to the base by the drive mechanism. The drive mechanism is controlled by the controller to move the support device in a plurality of motion profiles relative to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Thorley Industries LLC
    Inventors: Frederick Karl Hopke, Henry F. Thorne, Mary J. Koes, Robert D. Daley
  • Patent number: 8770664
    Abstract: A reclining chair having two stable positions of repose: an upright position and a reclined position. The chair having two peripheral supports and multiple intermediate supports disposed between the peripheral supports. Both the peripheral supports and the intermediate supports having integrated legs with three contact areas. In the upright position, only the first and the second contact areas contact the support surface, while in the reclined position only the third contact area contacts the support surface. The chair has a seat, a backrest, and an optional headrest. Armrest supports may be positioned on exterior sides of the peripheral supports to form an armrest and provide additional lateral stability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: University of South Florida
    Inventor: Daniel Jose Leal
  • Publication number: 20140145475
    Abstract: A seating apparatus that is capable of both sliding and pivoting thereby lending to advantageously positioning a hunter in relation to their prey. By enabling a seat portion to horizontally slide along a plane, the hunter can reposition away from an object, e.g., a tree. Additionally, the seat portion of the apparatus is capable of pivoting in either direction thereby enhancing line of sight to hunting game.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Inventors: John P. Ross, Donald J. Ross
  • Patent number: 8662585
    Abstract: A motion seat for use in a vehicle motion simulator comprises a seat back, a seat pan, a first actuator coupled to a linkage assembly located on one side of the seat pan, a second actuator coupled to an identical linkage assembly on the other side of the seat pan, and a third actuator coupled to a linkage assembly on the aft end of the seat pan, wherein the first and second actuators are effective to independently produce roll right and roll left motion of the seat pan while collectively creating upward and downward heave motion of the seat pan and the third actuator is effective to create surge motion of the seat pan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Industrial Smoke & Mirrors, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew W. Garvis, Dennis P. Wilhelm, Richard E. Johnson, Steven G. Lansrud
  • Patent number: 8661579
    Abstract: An apparatus in an example comprises a seat, a torso support, and a connector. The seat comprises a rigid core. The torso support is coupled with the seat. The connector is coupled with the seat and/or the torso support. The connector is removably connectable with an accessory that serves to at least in part support a weight of a patient relative to a load-bearing surface. A location of the patient on the seat with a front of the patient faced toward the torso support and the connector coupled with the accessory allows control by a caregiver of an upper body of the patient for and during transfer of the patient by the caregiver from a start location to a target location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Inventors: James P. Orrico, Mario M. Orrico
  • Patent number: 8646840
    Abstract: A vehicle seat assembly includes a base portion, a support bracket, a seatback frame and a cushion frame. The support bracket is pivotally coupled to the base portion about a first axis. The seatback frame is pivotally coupled to the support bracket about a second axis that is spaced apart from the first axis. The cushion frame is pivotally coupled to the support bracket about a third axis that is spaced apart from both the first and second axes, such that the seatback frame and the cushion frame move with the support bracket relative to the base portion when the support bracket pivots about the first axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Slavko Stojanovic, Aaron Pfau, Randy Dale, Richard Miller, Masashi Okumura, Hiroki Matsui, Chiyoko Murata, Takenori Kiyose, Kimihiro Yano
  • Patent number: 8622473
    Abstract: A chair includes a seat and a supporting structure associated for positioning of the seat in an orientation in which the seat has a downward inclination towards its front edge. The supporting structure includes an elongate member on each side of the chair, each member extending substantially continuously between the seat and a rearward region of the chair via a floor-engaging region of the supporting structure. Each elongate member has a generally loop-shaped configuration, with the seat end region of the elongate member overlying the opposite end region of the elongate member, and has an inherent resilience with a bias in which the seat end region is spaced from the opposite end region in the unoccupied state of the chair and the seat has the desired forwardly-downward inclination, wherein the resilience is selected such that the seat end region approaches or comes into engagement with the opposite end region when the chair is occupied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Inventor: Susan Walsh
  • Patent number: 8616640
    Abstract: A chair includes a base that has a generally U-shaped member. The generally U-shaped member is comprised of a front member attached to a first end portion and a second end portion. A seat is supported on the base and is moveable from an upright position to a reclined position. A first resilient member is attached to the first end portion of the generally U-shaped member. A second resilient is attached to the second end portion of the generally U-shaped member. End portions of the first and second resilient members are attached to the seat adjacent to a rear portion of the seat. The first and second resilient members are sized and configured to resiliently move or flex such that the seat is positioned at the reclined position when a user sits on the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Knoll, Inc.
    Inventor: Hendrik R. van Hekken
  • Patent number: 8590969
    Abstract: Dynamic furniture having platforms in dynamic attachment to an actuator assembly that in turn is in dynamic attachment to a base. Use of motional platforms supported by a motional actuator assembly permits an article of the furniture to conform to the many and varied body positions a user wants, and allows a user to more easily change body positions while remaining within the furniture, and in medical scenarios may obviate most needs to transfer a patient from one article of furniture to another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Exciting Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Erb, Mark Erb
  • Patent number: 8562060
    Abstract: A vehicle seat device in which a seat can be simply and reliably held at a storage position. In a vehicle seat, a vehicle width direction outer side end portion of a seat cushion is supported so as to be capable of rotating around a drive shaft having an axis along a vehicle front-rear direction, and the seat cushion can be switched between a seating configuration at which an occupant can be seated and a storage configuration at which the seat cushion stands erect along a vehicle cabin inner side surface, due to being rotated around the drive shaft by a driving motor. Further, the vehicle seat which is in the storage configuration is held at the storage configuration by a striker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignees: Toyota Shatai Kabushiki Kaisha, Toyota Boushoku Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hideyuki Kato, Takahiro Sugama, Masami Natsume, Tetsuya Abe
  • Publication number: 20130200675
    Abstract: A seat base frame has pairs of tracks, each having an upper rail longitudinally displaceably guided relative to a lower rail and lockable by means of a locking device on the lower rail. A seat structure is connected to the upper rails, and a transverse support extends substantially perpendicular to the upper rails and is connected thereto. The transverse support is fixed in the axial direction thereof relative to the upper rails and rotatably connected thereto, wherein an actuating lever and a control lever are disposed rotationally fixed relative to each other and spaced apart from each other on the transverse support such that each can be engaged by a locking device for adjusting the locking device between a locked position fixing the upper rail relative to the lower rail and a release position releasing the upper rail relative to the lower rail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Inventors: Wilfried Beneker, Andre Dick, Toralf Müller, Stephan Springenberg, Dirk Hanisch
  • Patent number: 8500203
    Abstract: Dynamic furniture having platforms in dynamic attachment to an actuator assembly that in turn is in dynamic attachment to a base. Use of motional platforms supported by a motional actuator assembly permits an article of the furniture to conform to the many and varied body positions a user wants, and allows a user to more easily change body positions while remaining within the furniture, and in medical scenarios may obviate most needs to transfer a patient from one article of furniture to another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Exciting Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Erb, Mark Erb
  • Patent number: 8469449
    Abstract: An automatically adjustable chair structure essentially includes a chair body, a base, an extension bar, at least one first cushion mechanism, and at least one second cushion mechanism. When a user sits on the chair body, the user's body weight is cushioned by the first and second cushion mechanisms. In addition, the two sled runner-shaped supports lying on the floor and the pivotable design of the extension bar allow the extension bar to move backward. Thus, the tilt angle of the chair body can be automatically changed to suit the user's sitting posture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Inventor: Ghi-Hwei Kao
  • Publication number: 20130147248
    Abstract: A vehicle seat for a vehicle that comprises a seat structure and at least one seat rail arrangement is provided. At least one adapter device is provided between the seat structure and the at least one seat rail arrangement in order to ensure a sliding motion and/or pivoting motion of the vehicle seat. Also provided is a vehicle, as well as a method for manufacturing a vehicle seat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
  • Patent number: 8434808
    Abstract: A vehicle seat has a seatback movable between an upright position and a horizontal position, a seat bottom movable between a use position perpendicular to the seatback and a stowage position parallel to the seatback, and a lock mechanism for holding the seat bottom at the stowage position when the seat bottom is moved to the stowage position. When the seatback is moved to the horizontal position, the vehicle seat has a dive-down state where the seatback and the seat bottom are stacked on top of the other. The seat bottom has a detection lever that, when the seat bottom becomes the dive-down state, comes into contact with a floor panel and is displaced. In the lock mechanism, when the detection lever is displaced, the function of holding the seat bottom at the stowage position becomes ineffective.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignees: TS Tech Co., Ltd., Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hirohisa Abe, Toshiyuki Tsujibayashi, Toshihiko Tsuda
  • Publication number: 20130099539
    Abstract: An ophthalmic examination chair includes a seat for supporting a patient thereon, a support base for supporting the seat, a tilt guide assembly for tiltably moving the seat with respect to the support base, and a tilt driving assembly. The tilt driving assembly includes a motor operatively connected with a drive element and a drive transmission element operatively connected with the drive element. The drive transmission element is further operatively connected with the seat for moving the seat when the motor is activated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicant: RELIANCE MEDICAL PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventor: RELIANCE MEDICAL PRODUCTS, INC.
  • Patent number: 8424969
    Abstract: In a vehicle seat (1), in particular a motor vehicle seat, vehicle seat, in particular motor vehicle seat, which may be transferred from at least one position of use suitable for conveying passengers into at least one pivoted-forward position of non-use, comprising a base (9), at least one rocker (13) which is linked at least indirectly to the base (9), in particular to a front foot (11) attached to the base (9), a seat cushion (3) which is linked to the rocker (13), at least one link (27, 29) which is linked at least indirectly to the base (9), in particular to the front foot (11) attached to the base (9), at least one rear foot (21) which is linked to the link (27, 29) and is releasably locked to the base (9), and a backrest (5) which is pivotably linked to the rear foot (21) about a backrest pivot axis (33), the seat cushion (3) is linked by means of an articulated joint (35) directly to the backrest (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: KEIPER GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Joachim Kämmerer
  • Patent number: 8419130
    Abstract: The invention concerns a seat tilt apparatus (3) for an electric wheelchair, which wheelchair comprises a chassis (1) and a seat (2). The seat tilt apparatus comprises; a base member (11), which is fixable to the chassis and provided with at least one first guide slot (16); a seat supporting member (40) which is arranged to supportably receive the seat, movable in relation to the base member and guided by the first guide slot; and a linear drive means (17) which is connected to the base member and to the seat supporting member, for moving the seat supporting member along a motion path, in relation to the base member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Permobil AB
    Inventor: Hakan Bergman
  • Patent number: 8414054
    Abstract: A simplified tilt-integrated suspension mechanism includes first and second supporting legs to support an upper frame and a lower frame on one side of a seat section, and third and fourth supporting legs to support the lower frame and the upper frame on the other side of the seat section. The first and third supporting legs are pivotally connected to the upper frame on the same axial line. The second and fourth supporting legs each include a lower supporting leg portion pivotally connected to the lower frame, and an upper supporting leg portion pivotally connected to the lower supporting leg portion by a pivot pin and slidably joined to the upper frame. A releasable locking means may also be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Namba Press Works Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takao Komatsubara, Tomohiro Gohara, Akira Kuroki
  • Patent number: 8292365
    Abstract: A child chair includes a seat, a frame, a reclining adjusting device, a locking device, and a bouncing device. The seat pivoted with the frame. The reclining adjusting device mounted on the seat capable of moving between a locking status and a release status, the seat movable relative to the frame when the reclining adjusting device is in the release status. The locking device mounted on the seat for retaining the reclining adjusting device in the release status. The bouncing device mounted between the seat and the frame for bouncing the seat along a direction relative to the frame when the reclining adjusting device is retained in the release status by the locking device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Excellerate Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mulin Lu, Hong-Bo Chen, Fu-Sian Yu, Chih-Wei Wang
  • Patent number: RE45281
    Abstract: Dynamic furniture having platforms in dynamic attachment to an actuator assembly that in turn is in dynamic attachment to a base. Use of motional platforms supported by a motional actuator assembly permits an article of the furniture to conform to the many and varied body positions a user wants, and allows a user to more easily change body positions while remaining within the furniture, and in medical scenarios may obviate most needs to transfer a patient from one article of furniture to another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Exciting Inc.
    Inventors: Scott C. Erb, Mark M. Erb