Connected To Chair Or Seat For Relative Movement Patents (Class 297/423.19)
  • Patent number: 10524578
    Abstract: A conveyance seat for reducing the degree of rattling includes a link group for switching a state of an ottoman, an advancing/retreating member for moving straight while advancing/retreating for moving each link, and a tip end receiver attached to a tip end portion of the advancing/retreating member and for receiving drive force of the advancing/retreating member to transmit the drive force to the link group, which includes a sub-link assembled to one of two crosslinks via a rivet and for swinging by the transmitted drive force. In a case where a first trajectory upon rotation of a fixing portion of the tip end portion of the advancing/retreating member about the point of support in rotation and a second trajectory upon rotation of a portion of the sub-link about the rivet are projected onto a virtual plane perpendicular to an axial direction of the rivet, both trajectories cross each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: TS Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takayoshi Katori
  • Patent number: 10448745
    Abstract: A split ottoman linkage is provided that has a slotted upper ottoman bracket. The slot of the upper ottoman bracket is shaped to maintain the pivotal coupling between the upper ottoman bracket and a front ottoman link in normal operation. If an entrapment is encountered as the split ottoman linkage closes, the slotted connection allows the upper ottoman bracket to pivot away from the entrapment to provide some relief.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: L&P Property Management Company
    Inventors: Gregory Mark Lawson, Jason Allan Bryant
  • Patent number: 9901503
    Abstract: A mobile patient bed may be used for moving a patient between at least two locations during a medical procedure. The mobile patient bed may comprise an interface configured to selectively couple the mobile patient bed to at least one medical system and at least one processor configured to receive a medical system command via the interface and process the medical system command when the mobile patient bed is coupled to the at least one medical system, receive and process a user command when the mobile patient bed is not coupled to the at least one medical system, and refrain from processing the user command when the mobile patient bed is coupled to the at least one medical system. The mobile patient bed may also comprise a seat and a plurality of motors configured to independently position the seat along a plurality of axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: OPTIMEDICA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Steven S. Christensen, Antonio D. Lucero, Brian Riley, Eric B. Lafay, David D. Scott
  • Patent number: 9751631
    Abstract: A reduced profile legrest system has a legrest frame having at least two opposing edges, a width, and a centerline being a point that is half of the width. Also, at least two linkage mechanisms can each deploy and retract the legrest frame. Each linkage mechanism can have a first end and a second end. The second ends of the linkage mechanisms are attached to the legrest frame, and are offset from at least one of the two opposing edges toward the centerline. The offset can be a distance between the second ends and is approximately 15% to approximately 50% of the width. The offset can also be a distance between the second end and the centerline and is greater than 0.0 and less than or equal to 0.70 of the first distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: PAC SEATING SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Hector Noel Marini, Michael Edward Boyle
  • Patent number: 9616784
    Abstract: A vehicle seat in which an angle of a seatback with respect to a seat cushion is adjustable and which includes an ottoman in front of the seat cushion includes: an association mechanism which operates the seatback and the ottoman in association with each other; and an association prohibition mechanism, wherein when a tilting operation to tilt the seatback forward from a normal usage position is performed so as to decrease a relative angle of the seatback with respect to the seat cushion, the association prohibition mechanism disables an association function of the ottoman caused by the association mechanism according to the tilting operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hidetaka Nagayasu
  • Publication number: 20150115684
    Abstract: A foot support (30) for a vehicle seat (1) includes a footrest (32) which is movable from an out-of-use position into a use position. The footrest (32) is guided by a linear guide during the movement from the out-of-use position into the use position. A drive unit (34) is provided for driving the footrest (32). The drive unit (34) includes at least one spindle (40) with at least one spindle nut (42, 44), which is arranged on the spindle (40) and is rotatable relative to the spindle (40). The spindle (40) runs in the transverse direction and includes two threaded regions (46, 48) with threads oriented in opposed directions. A vehicle seat (1) is provided with the foot support (30).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Erik Weber, Eckhard Kirch
  • Publication number: 20150108816
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly includes a seatback. A seat base includes a first thigh support and a second thigh support. A self-locking cam system is operably coupled with the first thigh support and the second thigh support, including a torque tube. A plurality of cams are disposed along the torque tube and are operably coupled with a plurality of spring guides. The self-locking cam system is configured to move the first thigh support and the second thigh support from a lowered position to a raised position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Alan George Dry, Gunnar Groesbeck, Johnathan Andrew Line
  • Patent number: 8985694
    Abstract: An item of seating furniture including a base, a seat unit with a seat surface, and a leg unit moveable in relation to the seat unit and having a leg support surface. The leg unit is displaceable via a movement mechanism between a storage position wherein the leg support surface is arranged under the seat unit and a use position wherein the leg support surface is arranged in front of the seat unit. The movement mechanism has an intermediate support displaceable via a pivoting guide, wherein the pivoting guide has a pivot lever between the intermediate support and the seat unit or the base, and the movement mechanism has a guide with a sliding member. The sliding member is guided on the intermediate support, and the leg unit is attached to the sliding member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Kintec-Solution GmbH
    Inventor: Matthias Fischer
  • Publication number: 20150061343
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a seat back, a seat bottom, and a thigh extender assembly. The thigh extender assembly includes an extension bracket assembly attached to the seat bottom, a thigh support attached to an end of the extension bracket such that the thigh support is moveable between a retracted position and an extended position, and a trim cover assembly disposed over the extension bracket assembly. The extension bracket assembly includes a seat bracket and an extension bracket with the extension bracket being moveable relative to the seat bracket such that when the thigh support moves between the retracted position and the extended position the extension bracket is concealed. The trim cover assembly is held fixed with respect to the seat bracket with the thigh support moving relative to the trim cover assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: LEAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: BRADLEY C. DUNCAN, BENEDICT J. MESSINA
  • Publication number: 20150028647
    Abstract: A furniture member includes a leg rest assembly connected to a base frame of a furniture member and extensible away from a stowed position by movement in a direction coincident with a lateral centerline of the furniture member to a fully extended position. A leg rest mechanism is connected to the base frame and the leg rest assembly. A linkage assembly includes a first clamshell housing rotatably connected to the leg rest mechanism having a first extension link also rotatably connected to the leg rest mechanism positioned within the first clamshell housing. A second clamshell housing is rotatably connected to the first clamshell housing and to a leg rest mount board of the leg rest assembly having a first mount board link positioned within the second clamshell housing also rotatably connected to the first clamshell housing and to the leg rest mount board.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: La-Z-Boy Incorporated
    Inventor: Larry P. LaPointe
  • Patent number: 8939514
    Abstract: In an aspect, a leg support for a vehicle occupant is provided, and includes a leg support base and a leg engagement member. The leg support base is connected (or is connectable) to a center console of the vehicle. The leg engagement member may be integral with the leg support base or may be extendable from the leg support base. The leg engagement member is configured to engage the laterally outer face of a lower leg of a vehicle occupant. The leg engagement member has a leg engagement surface that has a lower edge and an upper edge. The lower edge is positioned to engage the lower leg of the vehicle occupant above the lateral malleolus of the fibula of the vehicle occupant. The upper edge is positioned to engage the lower leg of the vehicle occupant above a midpoint of the fibula and below the superior epiphysis of the fibula.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Inventor: Mohamed Ali Baig
  • Publication number: 20150021959
    Abstract: A chair has a seat portion having a front, a rear and sides. The chair also has a footrest adjustable between at least two positions: a retracted position and an extended position. The footrest is cantilevered from the seat portion in the extended position. The chair also has a plurality of members connected by a plurality of linkages permitting the members to pivot with respect to each other. The plurality of members is adapted to hold the footrest in the retracted position and to support the footrest in the extended position. The chair also has a cover for hiding the plurality of linkages when viewed from a lateral position when the footrest is in the extended position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Thomas A. Garland
  • Patent number: 8931846
    Abstract: A seat for a transport vehicle includes a seat surface, an armrest, and a child armrest. The child armrest is configured to adopt an adult position and a child position. In the adult position the child armrest is arranged in a stowed position in which the child armrest is incorporated in a contour of the armrest. In the child position the child armrest is arranged in a use position in which the child armrest has a reduced spacing from the seat surface in the vertical direction and a reduced spacing from an opposing armrest in the horizontal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Lufthansa Technik AG
    Inventor: Harald Merensky
  • Patent number: 8905483
    Abstract: A portable footrest device is provided, the footrest having a first and a second support portion, each of the first and second support portions having a first and second connector elements configured for releasable connection to a structure; and a first and a second foot portion coupled to said first and second support portions, wherein said first and second foot portions are configured to couple and decouple. A method for utilizing an enclosed space to rest a user's feet on a footrest, the foot rest having a foot portion is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Compass Designs LLC
    Inventor: Ryan Block
  • Patent number: 8888189
    Abstract: A vehicle footrest system allows an occupant seated in a rear seat to brace their feet and that is capable of inhibiting load from concentrating at the heels of an occupant. A footrest system is provided with: a reclining device that rotates an upper end part side of a seatback in the direction of arrow A and holds it at a predetermined angle of rotation; and a slide device that slides a front seat in the direction of arrow B with respect to a vehicle body floor. When an occupant seated in a rear seat uses a footrest portion of the seatback, the reclining device is operated and the upper end part side of the seatback is inclined toward the vehicle front side. Further, the slide device is operated and a slide portion of a seat cushion is moved in a vehicle front-rear direction along a rail portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroshi Tamura, Hideki Kobayashi, Shinji Fujita
  • Patent number: 8888190
    Abstract: A wheelchair includes a pivotable mechanism. The pivotable mechanism allows for a pivoting movement about an axis defined by an interface between adjacent components. These components may be (a) a seat member and a back member, (b) a seat member and a footrest, (c) a foot rest and a footplate support, (d) a baseplate and a footplate, or (e) a back member and a headrest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: American Track Roadsters, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory Alan Peek
  • Patent number: 8870289
    Abstract: A foldable leg rest has a slide base, a first folding assembly, a second folding assembly, a first stage drive mechanism and a second stage drive mechanism. The slide base has a slide frame. The first folding assembly has a first frame pivotally connected to the slide frame. The second folding assembly has a second frame pivotally connected to the first frame. In use, the first stage drive mechanism is operated to drive the first frame to pivot relative to the slide frame and the second stage drive mechanism is operated to drive the second frame to pivot relative to the first frame. Therefore, the legs of a sitter can be stretched and placed on the folding assemblies so as to enhance comfort and minimize fatigue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Inventor: Wan-Yu Li
  • Publication number: 20140265511
    Abstract: A vehicle seat can include a seat bottom frame having a front, a back opposite the front, and enclosing a volume. Pivotally connected to the back of the seat bottom frame can be a seat back frame and pivotally connected to the front of the seat bottom frame can be a seat leg rest. The seat leg rest has a length. Mounted in the volume of the seat frame are at least two leg rest springs which are connected to the leg rest. When the leg rest springs are actuated, the seat leg rest can be directly pivoted approximately and incrementally parallel with the seat bottom frame. The two leg rest springs are mounted a first distance apart and the first distance is less than half of the length of the leg rest.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Hector Noel Marini
  • Publication number: 20140217799
    Abstract: In an aspect, a leg support for a vehicle occupant is provided, and includes a leg support base and a leg engagement member. The leg support base is connected (or is connectable) to a center console of the vehicle. The leg engagement member may be integral with the leg support base or may be extendable from the leg support base. The leg engagement member is configured to engage the laterally outer face of a lower leg of a vehicle occupant. The leg engagement member has a leg engagement surface that has a lower edge and an upper edge. The lower edge is positioned to engage the lower leg of the vehicle occupant above the lateral malleolus of the fibula of the vehicle occupant. The upper edge is positioned to engage the lower leg of the vehicle occupant above a midpoint of the fibula and below the superior epiphysis of the fibula.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventor: Mohamed Ali Baig
  • Patent number: 8764112
    Abstract: Seating furniture including a base fixed in position during use, a seat unit with a seat surface, and a leg unit moveable in relation to the seat unit and having a leg support surface. The leg unit is displaceable by a movement mechanism between a storage position and a use position. The movement mechanism transfers the leg unit from the storage position into the use position, and has an intermediate support displaceable in relation to the seat unit or the base by a pivoting guide. The pivoting guide has a first pivot lever between the intermediate support and the seat unit or the base, and the movement mechanism has a sliding guide with a sliding member guided in a translatory manner on the intermediate support, and the leg unit is attached to the sliding member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Kintec-Solution GmbH
    Inventor: Matthias Fischer
  • Patent number: 8746802
    Abstract: A chair base having a retractable foot platform is preferably formed from steel and includes a movable carriage. The foot platform is affixed to linkages attached to a rotatable rod. By moving a handle attached to the rod, the retractable foot platform can be pivoted and extended or withdrawn as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Inventor: Fabio G. Delmestri
  • Publication number: 20140084659
    Abstract: A modular footrest assembly allowing an independent height and swivel adjustment functionality for a pedestal or wall-mounted seat configured in a modular manner. The footrest swivel is independent of the seat swivel and is obtained by manually lifting the seat until the swivel latch is disengaged. The footrest is then rotated and manually laid down to position on a bottom height limit. The footrest height adjustment is independent of the footrest swivel and is optional. The footrest may include a lockable piston element activated by a foot button to modify the bottom height limit position. The footrest swivel position may be manually changed in any height position and the height adjustment is the same after the swivel position modification. A damper may be added to the system to prevent a free drop of the foot support during a manual swivel adjustment operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: BAULTAR I.D. INC.
    Inventors: Etienne Archambault, Augustin Archambault
  • Publication number: 20140070590
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a lower leg rest adjusting device and an infant carrier therewith for adjusting an angle of a lower leg rest pivoted to a body of an infant carrier. The leg rest adjusting device includes an operating component, a pair of angle-fixing structures and a pair of linking components. Two ends of the lower leg rest adjusting device are pivoted to the body by the pair of angle-fixing structures, and the pair of angle-fixing structures selectively being engaged with the lower leg rest. An end of each linking component is connected to the operating component, the other end of each linking component is connected to the corresponding angle-fixing structure, the operating component driving the pair of linking components to pull the pair of angle-fixing structures to be unlocked from the lower leg rest so as to adjust the angle of the lower leg rest.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Inventors: Zhi-Ren Zhong, Fang-Ming Li
  • Publication number: 20140021765
    Abstract: A footrest apparatus for a vehicle seat includes a fixed member fixed to the vehicle seat, a footrest movable between a retracted position and an operating range, and a link mechanism which connects the fixed member and the footrest to each other and moves the footrest between the retracted position and the operating range by extending and contracting. The link mechanism includes a pair of link members which rotate in synchronization with each other, each of which is formed as a plate that is orthogonal to a widthwise direction of the vehicle seat, and a connecting member formed as a plate which extends in the widthwise direction, wherein common edges of the pair of link members are connected to opposite ends of the connecting member in the widthwise direction, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Inventors: Hiroyuki SUZUKI, Takuji YAMAZAKI, Takayuki SAKURAI
  • Patent number: 8615827
    Abstract: A person-support apparatus comprises a lower frame, a support, and an upper frame. The support is coupled to the lower frame. The upper frame is supported on the support above the lower frame. The upper frame includes a head support section and a foot support section including a first portion and a second portion. The first portion and the second portion are configured to support at least a portion of the lower extremities of a person supported on the person-support apparatus. No components of the first portion and the second portion are removed from the first portion and the second portion when the first portion and the second portion are moved from a first position to a second position. The person-support apparatus can be configured to support any one of the posterior pelvic region and the feet, calf region, upper torso, or feet of a person on the foot section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Newkirk, Richard H. Heimbrock
  • Publication number: 20130300177
    Abstract: An ottoman device includes an ottoman, a link mechanism supporting the ottoman and configured to selectively move the ottoman to a deployed position and a retracted position, and a base bracket configured to support the link mechanism to a front edge of a vehicle seat, the base bracket being configured to be fixed to a front edge portion of a cushion frame of the vehicle seat and to a side slide rail which is provided to be movable integrally with the cushion frame in a width direction and which is positioned below the front edge portion to support the cushion frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Applicant: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yukifumi Yamada, Naoki Goto
  • Patent number: 8505134
    Abstract: The invention relates to a nursing bed (1) comprising a base (2) supported on the ground and a sleeping surface (3) supported by the base (2) and comprising a back rest (4), a seat part (5) and a leg rest (6), the nursing bed being characterized in that it allows for clearance with a lateral movement of translation (20), used to enable the leg rest (6) to move laterally in relation to the seat part (5), or vice versa, the seat part (5) in relation to the leg rest (6), according to a movement of translation oriented in a direction which is essentially transversal to the sleeping surface (3), in such a way as to clear the front access to the seat part (5), and a regulator for varying the seat of the seat part (5) and/or the leg rest (6) in relation to the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Inventor: Pascal Charles Antoine Poyet
  • Publication number: 20130200663
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a travel footrest. A sheet of durable fabric is provided. The sheet is approximately the width of a passenger vehicle seat and hangs from a strap wrapped around the neck support or tray table of the seat in front and extends forward onto the user's seat. The user sits on the lower end of the fabric such that the user's own weight provides a second support point in addition to the neck rest of the seat in front. The user places his or her feet on the portion of the fabric that is between his or her own seat and the seat in front and finds his or her feet to be fully and stably supported. The user can adjust the height of the foot rest by adjusting the amount of slack in the fabric.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Inventor: Monti Marsters
  • Patent number: 8500664
    Abstract: A massage chair with a foot massaging device, which includes a seat unit, a backrest unit, and the foot massaging device located at a front portion of the seat unit, can make the structure simpler, the weight lighter, and the cost lower all at once. The massage chair is provided under the seat unit 2 with a back-and-forth motion mechanism 15 joined to the foot massaging device 5, and when the back-and-forth motion mechanism 15 protrudes forward, the foot massaging device 5 advances to a using position U which is located in front of the seat unit 2 and at which a lower leg of a user can be massaged, while when the back-and-forth motion mechanism 15 retracts backward, the foot massaging device 5 is housed in a housing position P formed under the seat unit 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Daito Electric Machine Industry Company Limited
    Inventors: Koichi Numata, Shinsaku Shimizu, Shigeki Noda
  • Publication number: 20130181498
    Abstract: A chair leg rest assembly includes a supporting arm pivotally coupled to a chair seat, and a leg rest frame that can slide along and be selectively positioned on the supporting arm for providing a support plane. An upper end of the supporting arm is flanked by two pivot holders that are fixed to the seat. One of the pivot holders has a pawl portion to be engaged with a pawl portion of a pawl core that is received in the upper end of the supporting arm and resiliently pushed outward. As the supporting arm pivots against and is positioned with respect to the pivot holders, the leg rest frame can be retracted under or expanded before the seat. Then the leg rest frame can slide outward and to support a user's stretched legs on the support plane thereof. The leg rest assembly is thereby easy to operate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2012
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Inventor: Tsai Hsuan-Chin
  • Publication number: 20130169018
    Abstract: Seating furniture including a base fixed in position during use, a seat unit with a seat surface, and a leg unit moveable in relation to the seat unit and having a leg support surface. The leg unit is displaceable by a movement mechanism between a storage position and a use position. The movement mechanism transfers the leg unit from the storage position into the use position, and has an intermediate support displaceable in relation to the seat unit or the base by a pivoting guide. The pivoting guide has a first pivot lever between the intermediate support and the seat unit or the base, and the movement mechanism has a sliding guide with a sliding member guided in a translatory manner on the intermediate support, and the leg unit is attached to the sliding member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Inventor: Matthias FISCHER
  • Publication number: 20130113263
    Abstract: A seat adjustment apparatus for a vehicle includes a first bracket, a second bracket defining an accommodating void with the first bracket, a pawl, and a pawl reverse spring, The pawl includes a ratchet portion, a pawl side reverse wall portion, and a pawl side return wall portion, the ratchet portion allowing a relative rotation of the first and second brackets in a first direction and prohibiting a relative rotation of the first and second brackets in a second direction in a case where the pawl is biased to rotate in a normal direction, the pawl side reverse wall portion allowing the relative rotation in the second direction so that the pawl is reversed by being biased to rotate in a reverse direction, the pawl side return wall portion bringing the pawl to be returned by being biased to rotate in the normal direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2012
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Applicant: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
  • Publication number: 20130099538
    Abstract: A seating device, in particular on a flight passenger seating device includes a moveably mounted primary unit and a moveably mounted secondary unit. The seating device has a locking unit which, depending on at least one operating position of the secondary unit, avoids a movement of the primary unit relative to a mounting unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicant: RECARO AIRCRAFT SEATING GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: RECARO Aircraft Seating GmbH & Co. KG
  • Publication number: 20130099546
    Abstract: A chair with articulable support sections and an integrated lift system may have support sections mechanically linked such that a single actuation control device may articulate multiple sections. The chair includes configurable accessories directed to the comfort of an occupant of the chair. The support sections may include air cells to adjust firmness of support section surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicant: HILL-ROM SERVICES, INC.
    Inventor: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8403420
    Abstract: A reversible footrest includes an upper mounting device having attachment mechanisms mountable to either side of a wheelchair. An upper mounting device is connected to the lower mounting device which has a first support member that is capable of supporting a foot of a wheelchair user. A second mounting device having a support rod and supporting mechanism may be used to allow the reversible footrest to be raised or lowered. A second support member may also be used to support the lower leg of the wheelchair user. The attachment mechanisms and leg supporting components of the footrest are capable of being reversed to allow use on either side of the wheelchair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Inventor: Ramon Billescas
  • Publication number: 20130032668
    Abstract: Passenger seating arrangements are detailed. At least some arrangements permit each passenger to access an aisle of a vessel without contacting an adjacent passenger. Movable footwells may be utilized to floor-level access when retracted and function as steps when extended as a seat is converted to a bed. This structure authorizes decrease in seat pitch without decrease of bed length, permitting additional seating to be included in a cabin of a vessel without diminishment of passenger comfort.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Publication date: February 7, 2013
    Inventors: Benjamin Foucher, Philippe Roy
  • Publication number: 20120267921
    Abstract: A leg and foot support structure applied to tiltable armchairs, comprised of a quadrangular rigid structure, said quadrangular rigid structure being lifted by means of feet; a pivotable quadrangular articulated frame for supporting the feet that is assembled on the front half and within said rigid structure; moving parts of said structure being operated by driving assemblies comprised of articulated arms connected and actuated simultaneously by a driving unit. An inner sliding frame composed of two quadrangular structures that slide over each other through articulated arms pivoted to the respective structures and to a rigid articulated frame that is angularly moved in order to be underneath a seat structure; said quadrangular structures start their relative slippage only after the articulated rigid frame reaches an end of its angular displacement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Inventor: Percival Lafer
  • Publication number: 20120248831
    Abstract: A chair has a seat portion having a front, a rear and sides. The chair also has a footrest adjustable between at least two positions: a retracted position and an extended position. The footrest is cantilevered from the seat portion in the extended position. The chair also has a plurality of members connected by a plurality of linkages permitting the members to pivot with respect to each other. The plurality of members is adapted to hold the footrest in the retracted position and to support the footrest in the extended position. The chair also has a cover for hiding the plurality of linkages when viewed from a lateral position when the footrest is in the extended position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Applicant: AMERICAN LEATHER, INC.
    Inventor: Thomas A. Garland
  • Publication number: 20120217773
    Abstract: A multipurpose folding chair is disclosed. The chair includes a frame that may be configured for a variety of applications. Locking mechanisms may secure leg portions, a backrest portion, and a footrest portion of the chair in multiple positions relative to a seat of the chair. The chair may be configured to receive a container such as a backpack. In the container receiving configuration, a shoulder strap of the container may be used to carry both the container and the chair. The chair may be equipped with wheels to facilitate portability. The chair includes an integral lumbar support element to support the back of the user. The chair may be optionally equipped with a footrest, armrests, and/or a headrest.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Inventor: Ambert Jue
  • Patent number: 8251452
    Abstract: Gaming chairs include a seat sized to receive a user, a frame coupled to the seat, and a tension mechanism. The frame includes at least a foot-actuated-input-device support portion configured to support a foot-actuated input device, such as associated with a video game, in a position to receive inputs from a user's foot when the user is seated on the seat. The tension mechanism is in tension when a user is seated on the seat and applies pressure with a foot against a foot-actuated input device supported by the foot-actuated-input-device support portion and applies pressure against a back portion of the seat with the user's back. In some embodiments, the tension mechanism includes one or more straps and may be described as a strap system. In some embodiments, the gaming chair includes an extended configuration and a collapsed configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Inventor: Jason D. Hill
  • Publication number: 20120086257
    Abstract: A novel foot rest for a salon chair specifically designed to allow a user to rest one of their feet on the step as they move around a customer sitting in the chair. The orthopedic footrest is attached to the base of the chair positioned far enough out from the base to provide a support for the user to rest his/her feet but not too far so as to impede the stylist movement about the chair. Resting one foot on the elevated step puts relieves stress on the user's feet, hips, back and joints thereby reducing pain and injury to the same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Publication date: April 12, 2012
    Inventor: Allyson Wald
  • Publication number: 20120056462
    Abstract: The invention relates to a mechanical stretching device for a multifunctional convertible sofa, which is mainly applied to a convertible sofa, and is a furniture component. The mechanical stretching device includes a first foot lever, a second foot lever, a third foot lever, a fourth foot lever, a side plate, a first connecting rod, a second connecting rod, a third connecting rod, a fourth connecting rod, a fifth connecting rod, a sixth connecting rod, a first support member, a second support member, a linkage member, a seahorse member, a rotating shaft transmission member, a spring, and a bottom connecting rod.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2010
    Publication date: March 8, 2012
    Applicant: MAN WAH FURNITURE MANUFACTURING (HUIZHOU) CO.,LTD
    Inventor: Manli Wong
  • Publication number: 20110248544
    Abstract: A release system for a furniture member leg rest assembly extended from an actuation mechanism includes an actuation mechanism, the actuation mechanism having a leg rest assembly movable between a fully retracted and a plurality of extended positions inclusive, including a fully extended position. A pantograph link of the leg rest assembly is rotatably connected to the actuation mechanism. An extension link is rotatably connected to the actuation mechanism and moves in extension and retraction directions. A member is in contact with the extension link and in releasable contact with the pantograph link. The member is in contact with the pantograph link when the member is operating to push the pantograph link outward toward the fully extended position. The member is spatially separable from the pantograph link when an object is contacted by the leg rest assembly during return from any of the extended positions toward the fully retracted position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2010
    Publication date: October 13, 2011
    Applicant: La-Z-Boy Incorporated
    Inventors: Chad E. Adams, Larry P. LaPointe, Eric B. Harwood, Richard E. Marshall, Michael R. Mero, JR.
  • Publication number: 20110221252
    Abstract: A hinged fitting for an article of seating furniture, which has a supporting element which is capable of being swung, by means of a swing over joint, from a basic position to the side of the seat to an end position that is located in front of the seat to form a leg rest, with the top or lateral surface of the supporting element in the basic position becoming the bottom surface thereof in the end position, has a displacement device, by means of which the end position of the supporting element can be displaced to a position in front of the seat or the base frame of the article of seating furniture beyond the position defined by the swing over joint.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2010
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Applicant: VEL VEGA - DESIGN E TECNOLOGIA IND. UNIP. LDA.
    Inventor: Matthias Fischer
  • Publication number: 20110215200
    Abstract: In one embodiment now described, and according to one aspect of the invention. There is provided a leg rest mechanism 100. The leg rest mechanism is suitable for use with a seat pad 200 of a seat arrangement 300 in a passenger vehicle (not shown). The leg rest mechanism 100 comprises a support member 110 adapted for at least partially supporting a passenger's weight; and an extension arrangement 400. The extension arrangement 400 comprises a pair of horizontal support mechanisms 120 for supporting the support member 110, an adjustable support mechanism 160 and a drive arrangement 20.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2010
    Publication date: September 8, 2011
    Inventor: Marsel Mejuhas
  • Patent number: 7988235
    Abstract: A vehicle seat that embodies a foot support assembly that is movable from a stowed position proximate the seat back to a deployed position wherein the assembly extends rearwardly of the seat. The foot support assembly of the vehicle seat includes a sub-assembly that comprises a pair of side-support members that support a footrest, the sub-assembly being positioned so as to automatically pivot downwardly as the foot support assembly is moved into its deployed position. The footrest is pivotally connected to the pair of side-support members for movement from a stowed position between the side-support members to a deployed position wherein it extends outwardly from the side-support members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Inventor: Robert Clough
  • Publication number: 20110037303
    Abstract: An electronic switch for controlling a motor. The switch includes at least one deflectable resistor including a substrate having a first configuration. The substrate being bendable to a second configuration relative to the first configuration. A layer of conductive material is disposed on a surface of the substrate, wherein the layer of conductive material having a resistance that changes predictably when an electrical signal is applied thereto. The change of resistance of the layer of conductive material reflects an amount of deflection between the first configuration and the second configuration and for various configurations in between. A motor assembly is coupled to the at least one deflectable resistor. The deflectable resistor, when positioned in the first configuration turns off the motor assembly. Also, the deflectable resistor when bent towards the second configuration and away from the first configuration turns on the motor assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2010
    Publication date: February 17, 2011
    Inventors: David B. Beck, Ryan Willard
  • Publication number: 20100320809
    Abstract: A pedicure lounger for supporting a person during a pedicure comprises a seat support, a foot support and a mover assembly. The seat support supports at least a portion of the person during the pedicure. The foot support is coupled to the seat support. The mover assembly selectively moves the foot support relative to the seat support rotationally and translationally between an extended configuration and a retracted configuration. The mover assembly includes a hinge member that is coupled to the foot support. Further, the hinge member provides a rotation axis about which the foot support rotates relative to the seat support. Moreover, the hinge member is slidable relative to the seat support. In particular, the hinge member can slide translationally relative to the seat support during translational movement of the foot support relative to the seat support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2010
    Publication date: December 23, 2010
    Inventors: Jon W. Roleder, William W. Chow
  • Publication number: 20100109387
    Abstract: A seat and a seat system for a means of transport. The seat includes a seat surface, a backrest, and an adjustable leg support and/or foot support arranged in the region in front of the seat surface. The leg support and/or foot support is configured to be divided in the longitudinal direction into two parts, and the two parts are configured to be adjustable separately.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2009
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Applicant: Lufthansa Technik AG
    Inventor: Harald MERENSKY
  • Publication number: 20100102612
    Abstract: The present invention is related to a chair leg rest assembly or kit. The assembly or kit may include, among other things, a leg rest and a frame for extension and retraction of the leg rest. In addition, the invention may include a roller assembly connected to the leg rest for covering the frame. The invention is also related to a combination of the chair leg rest assembly or kit with a chair. In such a combination, the invention also includes a back which hingedly rotates independently from a seat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2008
    Publication date: April 29, 2010
    Applicant: L & P Property Management Company
    Inventors: Joseph L. Walters, Dana E. Lockwood, Robert Ripplinger, Jim Riegsecker