Motor Actuated Patents (Class 297/330)
  • Patent number: 10881575
    Abstract: A walk rehabilitation robot includes a weight supporting part having an elevating and lowering part which is connected to a vertical supporting part and moves up and down, and a seating part which is connected to the elevating and lowering part for supporting a trainee who sits on the seating part; and a walk actuating part which is connected to the weight supporting part and is installed on the ground, with weight supporting links which are connected to footrests to train the walking of the trainee and which are separately mounted side by side on both side thereof. The walk actuating part includes a first actuating part for forward and backward movements according to the walk tracking of each footrest, a second actuating part for upward and downward movements of the footrests caused by rotation of the weight supporting links, and a third actuating part for rotation of the footrests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: CUREXO, INC.
    Inventors: Jeongwoo Han, Younghwan Kim, Dongmyung Min, Jeonghyun Lee
  • Patent number: 10857049
    Abstract: An armchair comprising a seat chassis supported on a support chassis by a pair of support columns, a chair back structure pivotally attached to a rear end of the seat chassis and to the support chassis, and a leg support structure pivotally attached to a front end of the seat chassis and connected to a beam, wherein the beam is attached the chair back structure. A first actuating device is mounted to the chair back, where a protracting end of the first actuating device is connected to the seat chassis. The armchair further comprises a second actuating device mounted to the support chassis, a footrest connected to a protracting end of the second actuating device, a third actuating device attached to the seat chassis, and a seating structure connected to a protracting end of the third actuating device and mounted above the seat chassis, wherein the seating structure includes an operative position projecting upwards and forwards by the third actuating device at a tilting angle from the seat chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: J&D Furniture LLC
    Inventors: Janet Schwartz Feldman, Derek Feldman, Aviv Rottenberg, David Yassaf, Gilad Davidi, Alex Padwa
  • Patent number: 10842692
    Abstract: A wheelchair includes a lower assembly including a lower frame having wheels rotatably mounted thereto, an upper assembly including an upper frame supporting a seat, a backrest and at least one movable armrest, and a lift mechanism configured to move the upper assembly relative to the lower assembly between a lowered position and a raised position, wherein a user can move sideways out of the seat in the raised position with the movable armrest lowered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Inventor: Daniel Bryant
  • Patent number: 10835088
    Abstract: An apparatus for aiding a toilet user in standing up, has a simple structure for aiding a toilet user in standing up, in which a movable seat where the toilet user sits is automatically movable to have lifting movement and pivoting movement, and minute pivoting movement is possible, thereby simplifying the structure and assisting the toilet user in safely standing up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Inventor: Soon Young Song
  • Patent number: 10806654
    Abstract: A mobility chair has a base frame with a seat bottom, a seatback, motorized drive wheels, and safety wheels, an actuated hoist with a mast, boom, winch, and sling that has a stowed configuration and an operative configuration, and outriggers that have a retracted configuration proximate to the base frame and an extended configuration ahead of the mobility chair. The boom is raised and its forward portion is rotated ahead of the frontmost section of the seat while its rear portion remains behind the boom. The seatback can be raised from the base frame and can also be hingedly connected to the seat bottom which rotates relative to the base frame through a bracket in the front section so that as the seatback is raised, the seat bottom rotates with the seatback into an upright standing configuration with the seat bottom aligned with the seatback in the vertical orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Inventor: Larry Nelson Cheek
  • Patent number: 10781898
    Abstract: A motorized positioning apparatus for a seating unit includes a motor assembly that is configured to move a linkage assembly though a series of positions that arrange the seating unit in a closed position, open position, or extended position. The motor assembly attaches directly to a footrest drive link by way of a mounting tube. In addition, the motor assembly may attach either to a base rail of the seating unit or to a rear pivot link by way of a rear mounting tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: L&P PROPERTY MANAGEMENT COMPANY
    Inventors: Gregory Lawson, Michael Crum
  • Patent number: 10780810
    Abstract: An actuator comprises a housing, a motor, a drive mechanism and a clutch coupled to the drive mechanism. The motor is mounted displaceably relative to the housing. A displacement of the motor relative to the housing is operative to actuate the clutch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Schukra Gerätebau GmbH
    Inventors: Joachim Carl, Gunter Maierhofer, Maxime Samain
  • Patent number: 10682271
    Abstract: An electric-assisted leisure lifting recliner includes a back frame pivotably mounted to a seat frame unit. A footrest unit includes a connecting portion pivotably connected to a front end of the seat frame unit. First and second frames are pivotably connected to a base unit and the seat frame unit and are operable to move the seat frame unit vertically. A telescopic rod is pivotably connected to an actuating block and the connecting portion. An actuator pivotably connected to the actuating block can move the footrest unit to an extended state and to recline the back frame. When the connecting portion abuts against the seat frame unit, the telescopic rod can be shortened to independently recline the back frame. When a length of the actuator is shortened, the first and second frames and the seat frame unit are lifted, and a rear end of the seat frame rises.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Inventor: Chang-Chen Lin
  • Patent number: 10632031
    Abstract: A lift chair frame is disclosed having an adjustable seat including a front support bar assembly including a left member and a right member connected to the left member, a rear support bar assembly opposite the front support bar assembly along a longitudinal direction, a left support bar connected to the front and rear support bar assemblies, and a right support bar opposite the left support bar along a lateral direction that is perpendicular to the longitudinal direction and connected to the front and rear support bar assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Pride Mobility Products Corporation
    Inventors: Robert O'Leary, David Burke, Richard Warren, Kris Hamby, Mike Zablocky
  • Patent number: 10632868
    Abstract: An occupant support includes a vehicle seat. The vehicle seat includes a seat bottom and a seat back coupled to the seat bottom. The occupant support further includes a lift system coupled to the seat bottom and seat back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Faurecia Automotive Seating, LLC
    Inventor: Robert C. Fitzpatrick
  • Patent number: 10583797
    Abstract: A vehicle seat assembly includes a seat, an arm connected to the seat, a carrier supported by the arm, and an airbag supported by the carrier. The arm is moveable between a stowed position and a deployed position. The carrier is spaceable from the seat when the arm is in the deployed position. The airbag is inflatable to an inflated position in a direction toward the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Alan George Dry, Daniel Ferretti, Brian Robert Spahn, Benjamin Yilma
  • Patent number: 10569732
    Abstract: An arm rest attachable to a seat for a vehicle occupant to sit on includes a pair of side members, a pair of front members, and an airbag. The side members are at left and right sides of the vehicle occupant, extend in a front-rear direction, and are coupled to the seat. The front members are in front of the vehicle occupant and extend inward in a width direction of the seat from the side members. The airbag deploys toward the vehicle occupant from at least one of the pair of side members or the pair of front members. The airbag includes a lateral abutment unit that abuts on the side members and a front abutment unit that abuts on the front members. The airbag has a substantially-triangular cross section taken in a substantially horizontal direction, the cross section including the lateral abutment unit and the front abutment unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Isamu Nagasawa
  • Patent number: 10562417
    Abstract: A reclining seat assembly comprises a lower seating structure having an inboard side and an outboard side and a seatback pivotally affixed to the lower seating structure, the seatback having an inboard side and an outboard side. A gear system operatively couples one of the inboard side or the outboard side of the seatback to the corresponding inboard side or outboard side of the lower seating structure. The gear system operatively rotates the seatback relative to the lower seating structure. An actuator is coupled to the gear system to move the seatback between angular positions. A metal rod extends between the inboard side and outboard side of the seatback and has an inboard end and an outboard end. A threaded fastener assembly operably couples the inboard end and the outboard end of the metal rod to the inboard side and the outboard side of the seatback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Gabalski, Jung Jeon, Joseph Michael Kish, Macit Aktas
  • Patent number: 10524971
    Abstract: A lift chair comprising: a lift that transitions the lift chair between a resting position and a standing position; a user interface that receives one or more user inputs indicating a request to transition the lift chair between the resting position and the standing position; a controller circuit communicatively coupled to the lift and to the user interface, the controller circuit configured to cause the lift to transition the lift chair from the resting position to the standing position, in response to a single user input, at a first speed over a first time period followed by a second speed over a second time period, the first speed being slower than the second speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Pride Mobility Products Corp.
    Inventors: Robert Williams Davies, Brett Alan Shoemaker
  • Patent number: 10513206
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a seat back having a front surface and a rear surface, a panel movable along the rear surface from a stowed position adjacent the rear surface to a deployed position facing the front surface, and an airbag supported on the panel and inflatable toward the front surface to an inflated position in which the airbag contacts the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Spahn, Benjamin Yilma, Alan George Dry, Johnathan Andrew Line, S. M. Akbar Berry, Jeffrey Charles Paddock
  • Patent number: 10492613
    Abstract: A furniture member may include a seat assembly and a legrest assembly. The seat assembly includes a seat bottom and a seatback. The legrest assembly may include a legrest platform and articulating arm assemblies. Each articulating arm assembly may include first and second link-housings and first and second control links. The first link-housings may be rotatably attached to the seat bottom. The second link-housings may be rotatably attached to respective first link-housings and the legrest platform. The first control links may be disposed within respective first link-housings. Rotation of the first link-housings relative to the seat bottom may cause relative movement between the first control links and the first link-housings and relative movement between the first control links and the second link-housings. The second control links may be disposed at least partially within respective second link-housings and may be movably coupled to the second link-housings and to the legrest platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: La-Z-Boy Incorporated
    Inventors: Larry P. LaPointe, Chad E. Adams, Gerald G. Stotz
  • Patent number: 10426677
    Abstract: A transport chair is provided that includes a base frame, a seat assembly pivotally mounted to the base, and a footrest assembly pivotally mounted to the base frame, the footrest assembly being associated with the seat assembly so as to pivot in unison with the seat assembly until the seat assembly is pivoted forward to an extent at which the footrest assembly contacts the floor or ground, at which point the footrest assembly does not pivot further upon further forward pivoting of the seat assembly. Further embodiments of the transport chair allow the seat assembly to recline, alone or in unison with a leg rest assembly, while the footrest remains in position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignees: The UAB Research Foundation, MOVI Medical, LLC
    Inventors: William Ferniany, Lloyd Cooper
  • Patent number: 10357107
    Abstract: Powered recliner chairs, assemblies for use in the chairs, and components for use in the assemblies are provided. Electrical systems for use in the chairs, and components for use in the electrical systems are provided. Control systems and methods for operating powered recliner chairs are also provided. Any given chair may be locally and/or remotely controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Inventors: Matthew D. Jacobs, Frederick D. Jacobs, Terry Plumert
  • Patent number: 10349744
    Abstract: Powered recliner chairs, assemblies for use in the chairs, and components for use in the assemblies are provided. Electrical systems for use in the chairs, and components for use in the electrical systems are provided. Control systems and methods for operating powered recliner chairs are also provided. Any given chair may be locally and/or remotely controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventors: Matthew D. Jacobs, Frederick D. Jacobs, Terry Plumert
  • Patent number: 10290984
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a seat base and a retractable electrical connectivity device mounted to the seat base. The electrical connectivity device may be mounted in a receptacle incorporated into the seat base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: John J. Salvia, III, Christopher M. Vargo
  • Patent number: 10271654
    Abstract: The invention relates to seating/reclining furniture, in particular an armchair or a chair, having a back part, a seat part and an adjustable footrest arrangement that is pivotable relative to the seat part between an inwardly folded basic position beneath a seating surface of the seat part and an outwardly folded position of use, wherein the footrest arrangement comprises a frame and a foot part pivotable relative to the frame, and wherein an adjustment member variable in length by means of an actuating motor for pivoting the foot part is supported at a front cross strut fixed to a frame and is connected to a movable rear adjustment traverse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: HIMOLLA POLSTERMÖBEL GMBH
    Inventors: Helmut Mitschke, Robert Brandhuber
  • Patent number: 10232745
    Abstract: A module for a vehicle seat comprises a drive cable, an actuator, and a transmission assembly. The actuator is coupled to the transmission assembly to drive the transmission assembly. The drive cable is coupled to the transmission assembly and moves as a result of the actuator being activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Faurecia Automotive Seating, LLC
    Inventor: Ludovic Ferre
  • Patent number: 10219659
    Abstract: An inclining toilet-seat lift is an apparatus that aids and supports a user while transitioning from a standing position to a sitting position, and vice versa, in order to relieve himself or herself. The apparatus includes a U-shaped base, a plurality of supporting legs, a platform, a posterior-bracing plate, an excrement-receiving hole, and a lifting mechanism. The U-shaped base upholds the plurality of supporting legs and the lifting mechanism. The plurality of supporting legs upholds the platform and the posterior-bracing plate. The platform supports and mounts the posterior-bracing plate, which rotates about a first edge of the platform and supports a user as the user sits down and stands up. The excrement-receiving hole allows a toilet or a bucket to collect excrement without the excrement coming into contact with the platform and the posterior-bracing plate. The lifting mechanism lowers and raises the posterior-bracing plate onto and from the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventor: Joe Armstrong
  • Patent number: 10219624
    Abstract: The invention relates to seating/reclining furniture, in particular to an armchair or chair, having a back part, a seat part and an adjustable footrest arrangement that is pivotable between an inwardly folded base position beneath a seating surface and an outwardly folded position of use relative to the seat part, wherein the footrest arrangement comprises a frame that is a component of the seat part or is attached to the seat part and a footrest pivotable relative to the frame, and wherein the footrest has a base part and an extension that is movable relative to the base part between the base position and the position of use, such that the footrest is shorter in an intermediate position than in the position of use and in the base position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: HIMOLLA POLSTERMÖBEL GMBH
    Inventor: Robert Brandhuber
  • Patent number: 10160352
    Abstract: A motor vehicle seat includes a reclining or pivotable backrest, on which an electrical load is arranged and a transmission device for transmitting signals and/or power between the electrical load and a vehicle-side device. Signals and/or power can be contactlessly transmitted by the transmission device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Joerg Wiegelmann
  • Patent number: 10143607
    Abstract: An operator chair comprises: a connection portion; a first parallel arm linkage to which an adjustable seat module is connected, the first parallel arm linkage being rotatably connected to the connection portion and to an armrest; a first actuator for driving the first parallel arm linkage between a first position and a second position, and thereby regulating a seat portion of the seat module between a first, substantially horizontal position corresponding to a sitting position of a user, and a second, at least partially vertical position corresponding to an at least partially standing position of the user, respectively; a second parallel arm linkage rotatably connected to the static fundament and to the connection portion; and a second actuator for driving the second parallel arm linkage so as to regulate at least the vertical position of the connection portion relative to the fundament.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Norsap AS
    Inventor: Andreas Ravn
  • Patent number: 10130835
    Abstract: A Three combination exercise table-chair device intended to reduce the pain and symptoms associated with low back pain & sciatica. This device is designed to be used by qualified operators in physical therapy offices, chiropractic offices, and rehabilitation clinics. By means of electric motors and gearboxes, the operator can adjust a moveable foot pad which raises the lower torso through varying degrees of incline to provide stretching, flexibility and range of motion. These functions are achieved by using three specific exercises of the Williams Exercise Protocol. The Williams Exercise Protocol is a specific set of exercises that are further described in the description of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventor: David Kenneth Leonard
  • Patent number: 10117797
    Abstract: A lift chair comprising: a lift that transitions the lift chair between a resting position and a standing position; a user interface that receives one or more user inputs indicating a request to transition the lift chair between the resting position and the standing position; a controller circuit communicatively coupled to the lift and to the user interface, the controller circuit configured to cause the lift to transition the lift chair from the resting position to the standing position, in response to a single user input, at a first speed over a first time period followed by a second speed over a second time period, the first speed being slower than the second speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: PRIDE MOBILITY PRODUCTS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert Williams Davies, Brett Alan Shoemaker
  • Patent number: 10021992
    Abstract: The present invention relates to safety mats for power motion furniture, power motion furniture systems comprising electronic architecture including the safety mats, and methods of using the same. In particular, the present invention provides object sensing safety mats for use with power motion furniture wherein the safety mats sense obstructions of movement between an extended or raised configuration of the power motion furniture and prevents movement or return of the extended or raised configuration when an obstruction is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Raffel Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Tyler Mesko, Richard M. Weeden, Douglas A. Dorn
  • Patent number: 10022284
    Abstract: A life assistance system includes an automatic liftable chair and an autonomous mobile robot connected to the automatic liftable chair via a network. The life assistance system assists a user in the action of standing up from the automatic liftable chair. The life assistance system is configured such that upon reception of a stand-up assist instruction by the autonomous mobile robot, the automatic liftable chair executes a first assisting action and that upon detection of a load applied to a handle of the autonomous mobile robot, the automatic liftable chair executes a second assisting action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazunori Yamada, Mayu Yokoya, Hidetsugu Maekawa, Yoji Yamada, Pei Di
  • Patent number: 10021980
    Abstract: A seating unit that includes a linkage mechanism adapted to adjust between closed, extended, and reclined positions is provided. The linkage mechanism includes a linear actuator primarily coupled to a seat mounting plate for carrying out automated adjustment of the linkage assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: L&P Property Management Company
    Inventor: Gregory M. Lawson
  • Patent number: 10020150
    Abstract: A method operates an electromotive adjusting device of a motor vehicle. The adjusting device contains a relay which has two contacts. The relay is switched by an electric current flow across the contacts or by an electrical voltage drop between the contacts given a first condition. The relay is switched without an electric current flow across the contacts or without an electrical voltage drop between the contacts given a second condition. An electromotive adjusting device of a motor vehicle, in particular an electromotively operated tailgate, contains such a relay which has two contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft, Hallstadt
    Inventors: Toni Nagler, Markus Rosenthal
  • Patent number: 9994139
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a leg rest device for a vehicle. The leg rest device includes: a leg rest coupled to the front side of a seat cushion of a vehicle; a driving unit to fold and unfold the leg rest upward and downward; and a tilting unit that has a side coupled to the leg rest and the other side coupled to the seat cushion. In particular, the tilting unit tilts the leg rest forward at a predetermined angle when the leg rest is unfolded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: HYUNDAI DYMOS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Sung Chol An, Jin Ho Seo, Jun Kyu Kim, Chan Uk Park, Myeong Sub Kim, Yun Ho Kim, Dong Hwan Kim
  • Patent number: 9867747
    Abstract: A raising wheelchair comprises a wheeled frame and a raising system mounted to the frame and supporting a seat and a backrest. The raising system is configured to be movable between a lowered position and a raised position. The raising system includes at least one double-armed lever including a first lever member and a second lever member, a coupling member fixedly mounted to the frame, wherein the first lever member and the second lever member are pivotally coupled to the coupling member, and a coupling mechanism translationally coupled or pivotally coupled to a second end of the first lever member, pivotally coupled to a second end of the second lever member, and coupled to the backrest. The raising system maintains an orientation of the backrest relative to the ground that is substantially constant throughout substantially an entire range of movement between the lowered position and the raised position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Dane Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Balz Maurer, Fabian Wolter
  • Patent number: 9845852
    Abstract: A motorized positioning apparatus for a seating unit includes a motor assembly that is configured to move a linkage assembly though a series of positions that arrange the seating unit in a closed position, open position, or extended position. The motor assembly attaches directly to a footrest drive link by way of a mounting tube. In addition, the motor assembly may attach either to a base rail of the seating unit or to a rear pivot link by way of a rear mounting tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: L&P Property Management Company
    Inventors: Gregory Lawson, Michael Crum
  • Patent number: 9797418
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to prevent breakage of a unidirectional filter part for high-pressure oil. A hydraulic device 100 supplies oil to a high-pressure oil channel L1 and a low-pressure oil channel L2 from an oil tank 102 via a supply pump 104. The hydraulic device 100 includes an accumulator 106 capable of accumulating a hydraulic pressure of the oil supplied to the high-pressure oil channel from the supply pump; a filter part 120 disposed between the supply pump and a connection point N1 at which the high-pressure oil channel connects to the accumulator, along a direction in which the oil is supplied; and a check valve 110 capable of preventing a backflow of the oil to the filter part, and disposed between the filter part and the connection point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HITACHI POWER SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Tetsuya Hashimoto, Yasuhiko Okuda
  • Patent number: 9730518
    Abstract: Powered recliner chairs, assemblies for use in the chairs, and components for use in the assemblies are provided. Electrical systems for use in the chairs, and components for use in the assemblies are provided. Control systems and methods for operating powered recliner chairs are also provided. Any given chair may be locally and/or remotely controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Inventors: Matthew D. Jacobs, Frederick D. Jacobs, Terry Plumert
  • Patent number: 9713559
    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: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: 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
  • Patent number: 9650777
    Abstract: A toilet assembly includes a base that may be positioned on a support surface. A bowl is positioned on the base. The bowl may collect a user's waste. An actuator is coupled between the base and the bowl. The actuator may adjust a height of the bowl with respect to the base. A lever is coupled to the actuator. The lever may actuate and de-actuate the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Inventor: Billy R. Roberts
  • Patent number: 9555727
    Abstract: The invention relates to a headrest that is retained on a vehicle seat by at least one support rod (12) and that has at least one adjustment part (13) that can be moved relative to the back rest by at least one drive mechanism (14, 15, 16, 22) having at least one first drive (14, 15) that is fixed to the adjustment part and a second drive (16, 22) that is fixed to the back rest. The special feature is that the drive (14, 15, 16, 22) has an overload safety device (17) that can be moved from a starting position into a release position when a maximum force acting on the adjustment part (13) is exceeded, and, in the release position, the drive (14, 15, 16, 22) is at least partially relieved of the force acting on the adjustment part (13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: GRAMMER AG
    Inventor: Maximilian Kotz
  • Patent number: 9452692
    Abstract: A seat mounting system is provided that allows a vehicle passenger seat, preferably a rear passenger seat mounted within the rear portion of the passenger cabin, to move laterally (i.e., side-to-side), fore-aft (i.e., forwards-backwards), and rotationally. As a result, an occupant of the passenger seat can optimize their seat position for the task at hand, e.g., relaxing, obtaining additional leg and/or shoulder room, rotating inwards during a conversation with others in the car, rotating outwards to aid vehicle egress, etc. Seat movement may be performed automatically or manually using dual track assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: ATIEVA, INC.
    Inventors: Peter Dore Rawlinson, Daniel Jefferson Muir
  • Patent number: 9433295
    Abstract: A zerowall motorized multi-position recliner chair mechanism is disclosed wherein, in accordance with a first embodiment, the chair seat rails are stably supported by means of a pair of oppositely disposed support linkage systems connected to the chair base rails. In addition, the rear sections of the pair of oppositely disposed support linkage systems are pivotally connected to the base rails at first pivot points, while the drive motor is pivotally mounted upon an integral structural unit so as to permit the drive motor to pivot around a second pivot point which is coaxially disposed with respect to the first pivot point. In this manner, the drive motor is substantially fixed, or at least positionally constrained, at a predetermined position with respect to the base rails, thereby providing additional stability to the chair. In accordance with a second embodiment, the drive motor is attached directly to the rear base rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Inventor: Michael A. Crum
  • Patent number: 9421138
    Abstract: The present invention provides a self-propelling standing commode wheelchair that can be positioned over a standard toilet seat. The present invention includes a wheeled frame, and an inverted U-shaped seat pivotally mounted thereon. The wheeled frame includes a pair of armrests, which is attached to a pair of gas struts that allows the present invention to be erected into a standing configuration. The present invention also includes a plurality of footrests and straps to stabilize the user in an upright position. The present invention further includes stabilizers, wherein the stabilizers are attached to the armrests, and are adapted to contact the ground when the present invention erects into the standing configuration. The stabilizers are configured to prevent the present invention from tipping over, and can be elevated above the ground when the present invention is lowered into a sitting configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Inventor: Neil Slater
  • Patent number: 9282827
    Abstract: A lifting stand for adjusting headrest includes a linear drive device and a connecting link assembly. The connecting link assembly includes a first fastener, a second fastener, a first connecting link, a second connecting link, a third connecting link, and a fourth connecting link. The first and second links are pivotally connected to the first fastener, the other end of the first connecting link is pivotally connected to the third connecting link which is connected to the second fastener, and the second connecting link is pivotally connected to the fourth connecting link which is connected to the second fastener and the third connecting link. The linear drive device is connected to the first fastener, and its output end is connected to the third connecting link. The lifting stand can automatically adjust the position of the headrest and keep a nice appearance for sofas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: DONGGUAN WEIHONG HARDWARE AND PLASTIC PRODUCTS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Wei Lu
  • Patent number: 9277824
    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: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: John R. Breen, Peter J. Fynboh, Jeffrey Cooper, Joseph L. Anibas, Nicholas J. Robinson, Richard E. Gorka, Lucas R. Walz
  • Patent number: 9273764
    Abstract: Drive of a seat adjusting device, especially for motor vehicles, with a spindle that is fastened on a first of two rails, which are adjustable with respect to each other by at least one mounting on one end of the spindle, and with a transmission driven by a motor that is mounted on the second rail, whereby the mounting is a single piece stamped bent part with a first area with at least one fastener opening and a second area that is offset upward relative to the first area for holding one end of the spindle, whereby the first area and the second area are connected to form a single piece by a transition area, whereby the second area is designed with a slot with legs lying opposite each other, at least in sections, and opposite a slot between which the end of the spindle can be fixed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: IMS GEAR GMBH
    Inventors: Christian Geiges, Wolfram Hofschulte, Michael Woehrle, Guenter Weissenseel
  • Patent number: 9241855
    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: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: La-Z-Boy Incorporated
    Inventor: Larry P. Lapointe
  • Patent number: 9155388
    Abstract: A lift-recliner chair includes a base section, movable seat and backrest sections and a powered actuator for relative moving the seat and backrest sections. The seat section is pivotally mounted with respect to the base section and the backrest is pivotally mounted with respect to the seat section. The base and seat sections each have a pair of side panels arranged substantially parallel with respect to each other on both sides of the chair with the actuator means enclosed in the interior region of the chair in all adjustment positions of the chair. The base and seat sections are arranged telescopically and moveable respect to the base section. The actuator has a first range of movement for moving the backrest with respect to the seat section and a second range of movement for moving the seat section and backrest with respect to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: INTEGRATED FURNITURE TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED
    Inventor: Dale Robertson
  • Patent number: 9113714
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for the movement of resting components of a sofa, an armchair or the likes, such as a headrest movable between a lowered position and a raised position, a back movable between a substantially erected configuration and a downwardly inclined configuration, a seat movable between a backward position and a forward position, and a footrest movable between a lowered, substantially vertical position and a raised position. Such a device comprises a telescopic member equipped with a movable portion controlled by a motor and able, jointly with further connection members, to place in reciprocal relation and to move said headrest, back, seat and footrest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: NATUZZI S.P.A.
    Inventor: Pasquale Natuzzi
  • Patent number: 9039078
    Abstract: A seating unit that includes a linkage mechanism adapted to move the seating unit between seat-lift, closed, extended, reclined, and seat-lift positions is provided. The linkage mechanism includes a seat-mounting plate mounted to a footrest assembly, a base plate fixedly mounted to a lift assembly, a back-mounting link rotatably coupled to the seat-mounting plate, a seat-adjustment assembly with a bellcrank, and a linear actuator for automating adjustment of the linkage mechanism. In operation, a stroke in a first phase of the linear actuator generates a force on the bellcrank that translates the seat-mounting plate rearward in a consistent angle of inclination and rotates the back-mounting link from a reclined to an upright orientation. A stroke in a second phase acts to collapse the footrest assembly. A stroke in a third phase causes the lift assembly to raise and tilt the seating unit, thereby accommodating egress and ingress of an occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: L&P Property Management Company
    Inventors: Gregory M Lawson, Jason Allan Bryant