With Occupant-propelled Walker Or Skater Frame Patents (Class 297/5)
  • Patent number: 11395782
    Abstract: A device providing intelligent assistance in mobility for disabled people and others includes a mobility device and a lifting device detachably mounted on the mobility device. The lifting device includes a base frame, a retractable bracket structure, several wheels, a sitting pad, and a backrest. The wheels are mounted on a lower surface of the base frame and drive the lifting device to move. The retractable bracket structure is mounted on an upper surface of the base frame. The sitting pad is detachably mounted on the retractable bracket structure, and the backrest is rotatably mounted on the retractable bracket structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: Ping An Technology (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chaoping Qin, Tian Xia, Mei Han, Peng Chang, Bo Gong
  • Patent number: 11253417
    Abstract: A foldable walker having an arcuate front and rear leg frames pivotably connected by a hinge which permits the two leg frames to covert from an open configuration, with the front wheels engaging the ground and spaced a first distance from the rear wheels, to a folded configuration with the front wheels closer to the rear wheels. The walker includes a seat which can convert from a horizontal seat position to a vertical backrest position, and a height adjustable and pivotable foot rest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Darling June, PBC
    Inventor: Anna Cerilli
  • Patent number: 11213442
    Abstract: A mobility apparatus having: a base having casters; a handle assembly pivotally attached to the base; a locking mechanism operable to place the handle assembly into a plurality of positions corresponding to an operating mode of the apparatus, and maintain the handle assembly in one of the plurality of positions; an actuating mechanism coupled to the locking mechanism to actuate the locking mechanism; and wherein the locking mechanism comprises: a hub fixedly secured to the base; a hub ring rotatably secured within the hub and comprising attachment means for the handle assembly; a gas spring mechanism coupled to the hub ring to provide a mechanical advantage to assist an operator in lifting a patient; a breaking mechanism for the casters, wherein the breaking mechanism is operable to lock and unlock the casters simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Blue Orchid Care Inc.
    Inventor: Sina Afshani
  • Patent number: 11135124
    Abstract: An external structural brace apparatus for supporting a user in a semi standing position on a surface includes first and second support extension beams that to attach to the surface, also included is a channel having a base with first and second legs, wherein the first and second legs extend in the same direction from opposing sides of the base, the first leg is affixed to the first support structure and the second leg is affixed to the second support structure, the channel can be lockably positioned along the first and second beams. In addition, a saddle seat with a midpoint extension portion, the saddle is attached between the first and second legs and positioned such that the midpoint extension extends opposite of the base, wherein operationally the user partially rests their buttocks on the saddle and leans their back against the base to assume a semi supported standing posture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Inventor: John Threlfall
  • Patent number: 11000131
    Abstract: A game furniture is disclosed herein. It comprises a game table having a table board, a plurality of table legs fixedly connected at a bottom of the table board and a through hole at a center of the table board for accommodating a user; and a seat having a chair plate unit and a plurality of chair legs pivotally connected to the chair plate unit, wherein the plurality of chair legs are respectively engaged with the plurality of table legs when the plurality of chair legs are spread out to parallel to the chair plate unit to decrease a height of the chair plate unit, and wherein the seat is separated from the game table for use when the plurality of chair legs are erected perpendicular to the chair plate unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Jin Sun Gee Plastics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chung-Jen Cheng
  • Patent number: 10857059
    Abstract: A walker with a vertical extension for assisting a user in moving from a walking position to a more-erect position is provided. In one embodiment, the vertical extension has secondary hand grips that can assist a user in standing more erect after being in a hunched-over position while using the walker. For example, the plurality of secondary hand grips can be arranged along the vertical extension to allow a user to climb the plurality of secondary hand grips to progressively stand more erect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Inventor: James S. Irsay
  • Patent number: 10772788
    Abstract: A rollator designed to provide low-radius rotational mobility while a user is engaged in motion with a foldable and height adjustable frame allowing a user to have a natural full gait. The foldable frame has an angled upright U-shaped main frame section and a base U-shaped frame section mounted to the angled upright U-shaped frame and a U-shaped intermediate frame section mounted to the angled U-shaped upright frame section and the base U-shaped frame section. A moveable seat assembly is slideably mounted to the U-shaped support assembly to assume desire positions. A pair of rear wheels are mounted to the frame and a pair of front wheels are mounted to yoke mechanisms which are mounted on the frame. A brake assembly including brake levers are mounted to the frame, the brake assembly being operatively connected to the pair of rear wheels to brake the rear wheels with each of the brake levers being adapted to transfer braking force from the user hand grip lever to the rear wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Inventors: Jeffrey Kapec, Jacob Turetsky, Yukiko Naoi, Johnathan Thayer, Phillippe D. Katz, Paul Reamey
  • Patent number: 10638844
    Abstract: A base seat, which is adapted for being used with a bed, a chair or a sofa, includes a fixation base, a first rocking mount disposed above the fixation base and driven by a first drive device to reciprocatingly swing back and forth relative to the fixation base, a second rocking mount disposed above the first rocking mount and driven by a second drive device to reciprocatingly swing from side to side relative to the first rocking mount, and a swivel mount disposed above the second rocking mount and driven by a third drive device to rotate about an imaginary vertical axis. As such, the base seat can swing back and forth, swing from side to side, and rotate, independently or simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignees: Ruoey Lung Enterprise Corp.
    Inventor: Lung-Tan Shih
  • Patent number: 10206518
    Abstract: A compact jumper for an infant or young child. The compact jumper includes a support frame, at least one resilient member, and a child-receiving apparatus. The support frame is configured for resting on a support surface and the at least one resilient member is coupled to a portion of the support frame. The child-receiving apparatus is supported by the at least one resilient member, with a collar mounting the resilient member to the child-receiving apparatus, and is guided by a portion of the support frame. The child-receiving apparatus is movable with respect to the support surface as the child moves and jumps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: KIDS II, INC.
    Inventors: Stephen R. Burns, Alex Soriano, Blake D. Pomeroy, Cary Costello
  • Patent number: 9770381
    Abstract: A safety walker provides a strap that actuates to allow a person to enter into the safety walker and then raise the strap between their legs. The strap prevents ground level falls. The safety strap is actuated by a strap actuator that may pivot about a pivot attached to the movable support frame. The strap actuator may be locked into a secure position with the strap in an elevated position by a latch. The strap actuator may be coupled to a handle actuator by one or more linkages, or the strap actuator and handle actuator may be a one-piece rigid member that rotates about a single pivot on the moveable frame. A coupling member may extend between a left and right strap actuator proximal to the back end of the strap actuators and the safety strap may be attached to the coupling member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Safety Walker LLC
    Inventor: Michel Fulkerson
  • Patent number: 9757304
    Abstract: A safety walker has a support extension that extends from the front of the moveable support frame toward the back end opening and is centrally located. A user may enter the safety walker and straddle the support extension and the actuate the support extension up to a secure position, whereby in the event of a fall the support extension will support the user. The support extension may be coupled with art actuator system having a motor to raise or pivot the support extension. A safety strap may be attached to the extended end of the support extension and extend above the support extension towards the front of the movable support frame. The safety strap may provide a flexible support that is more comfortable for support in the event of a fall. A gate may be coupled with an actuator system and automatically close as the support extension is lifted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Safety Walker LLC
    Inventor: Michel Fulkerson
  • Patent number: 9579249
    Abstract: A safety walker provides a strap that actuates to allow a person to enter into the safety walker and then raise the strap between their legs. The strap prevents ground level falls. The safety strap is actuated by a strap actuator that may pivot about a pivot attached to the movable support frame. The strap actuator may be locked into a secure position with the strap in an elevated position by a latch. The strap actuator may be coupled to a handle actuator by one or more linkages, or the strap actuator and handle actuator may be a one-piece rigid member that rotates about a single pivot on the moveable frame. A coupling member may extend between a left and right strap actuator proximal to the back end of the strap actuators and the safety strap may be attached to the coupling member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: SAFETY WALKER LLC
    Inventors: Michel Fulkerson, Joshua W. Frank
  • Patent number: 9511256
    Abstract: A therapeutic muscle exercise device for assisting subjects in maintaining and regaining muscle tone through the use of functional electrical stimulation has an extremity support and a functional electrical stimulation controller. The extremity support is mounted on a mobile support which allows the device to be easily used when the subject is laying on a bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: RESTORATIVE THERAPIES, INC.
    Inventors: Andrew Bruce Barriskill, Scott Simcox, Robert Flesher, Susan Harkema
  • Patent number: 9510990
    Abstract: Attachments, apparatuses, and methods for partial weight bearing gait training are described. Attachments for partial weight bearing gait training may include a structure sized and configured for attachment to a walker, an undampened elastic member, and a harness. Apparatuses may include a walker with a walker frame and at least two wheels, a harness support base frame connected to the walker, a suspension arm coupled to the harness support base frame, an undampened elastic member connected to the suspension arm, and a harness connected to the undampened elastic member. Related methods of assembling a gait training apparatus and of using a gait training device are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Inventors: Michael J. Workman, Ernest P. Robison
  • Patent number: 9468579
    Abstract: A safety walker provides a strap that actuates to allow a person to enter into the safety walker and then raise the strap between their legs. The strap prevents ground level falls. The safety strap is actuated by a strap actuator that may pivot about a pivot attached to the movable support frame. The strap actuator may be locked into a secure position with the strap in an elevated position by a latch. The strap actuator may be coupled to a handle actuator by one or more linkages, or the strap actuator and handle actuator may be a one-piece rigid member that rotates about a single pivot on the moveable frame. A coupling member may extend between a left and right strap actuator proximal to the back end of the strap actuators and the safety strap may be attached to the coupling member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Safety Walker LLC
    Inventor: Michel Fulkerson
  • Patent number: 9357854
    Abstract: A juvenile walker includes a seat supported for movement on a movable base. The elevation of the seat can be changed by a caregiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Dorel Juvenile Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian C Sundberg, Laura K Raffi, Ward A Fritz
  • Patent number: 9198823
    Abstract: A walker and standing aid provides lift assist handles operably coupled to opposing tracks connected to the walker. The handles can transition between lift and adjustment configurations whereby when in the lift configuration, a person's weight can be supported thereby and when in the adjustment configuration the lift assist handle can be elevationally adjusted relative to the track. For preferred embodiments, the handles are infinitely adjustable within a range of motion along the tracks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Inventor: Christopher Justin Whited
  • Patent number: 8967642
    Abstract: An apparatus having an upper frame adapted to at least partially encircle a person; a lower frame; a scissor mechanism for coupling the upper frame to the lower frame, wherein the distance between the upper frame and the lower frame can be varied by adjusting the scissor mechanism; and a telescoping rod coupled to the scissor mechanism for locking the scissor mechanism, wherein the distance between the upper frame and the lower frame is locked by the telescoping rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Entropy Enterprises, LLC
    Inventor: Kourosh Bagheri
  • Publication number: 20150035321
    Abstract: A safety frame for baby walking, includes: an air filled round rack; a support portions, formed on the round rack; a pen portion, formed on the round rack at one side thereof away from the support portions; and a foot rest portion, formed on the support portions and allowing said baby's feet to rest thereon, where the round rack is formed with a seat and a plurality of through holes. Whereby, air will be filled up in side an air space through the above structures when the air enters the round rack, allowing the safety frame to be expanded to a use state that a baby can be seated on the seat and the baby's feet can be passed through the through holes, thereby to settle the baby thereon. Therefore, the present invention is of multi-use and multi-purpose, achieving baby protection, broad and convenient use range and a low price.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: CHIU-SAN LEE
  • Patent number: 8944458
    Abstract: A walker having four substantially straight elongate members each having upper and lower ends and a spacer assembly for keeping two elongate members at a parallel and spaced apart relationship with respect to each other. The other two elongate members are each mounted to a handle member defining two spaced apart U-shaped assemblies. A removable seat assembly adjustably positioned at predetermined heights so that a user can walk while seated to relieve his body from the weight stress. Optionally, a reinforcement base assembly is used to provide greater structural support for the walker. The walker can include arm rests and an adjustable frame to cooperate with users of different dimensions. The walker can also be collapsed for storage or transportation purposes using hingedly mounted elongate members and a pivoting U-shape base assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventors: Marcio C. Ferez, Jorge Arturo Delgado
  • Patent number: 8894078
    Abstract: A juvenile walker includes a rolling base and a child restraint coupled to the rolling base to move therewith. The child restraint is adapted to support a child using the juvenile walker. The rolling base includes a lift carrier and a child-restraint lift coupled to both the child restraint and the lift carrier to vary a height of the child restraint above ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Cosco Management, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph F Brewin, Gerald C Palmer
  • Publication number: 20140300071
    Abstract: A wheelchair having a detachable walker. The walker can be mechanically attached and detached from the wheelchair easily so that the user can safely rise from a sitting position on the wheelchair to a standing position assisted by the walker. During that transition, the user has the wheelchair attached to the walker in case the user falls backwardly or gets tired and wants to again be seated in the wheelchair. When the user has reached the standing position, the user can ambulate in a space intermediate the walker and the wheelchair or simply detach the walker from the wheelchair and continue ambulating while relying solely on the walker for support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventor: Carole PURDUE
  • Publication number: 20140296039
    Abstract: A walker apparatus includes a framework having upstanding front and rear support members connecting upper and lower sections. The upper section is mounted atop upper ends of respective front and rear support members. The upper section includes a pair of side members each having opposed front and rear ends coupled to respective front and rear support member upper ends. The upper section includes a rear support member extending between rear ends of respective upper section side members. The upper section includes a front support member pivotally coupled at a proximal end to a front support member upper end and releasably coupled to another so as to be movable between open and closed configurations. The apparatus includes a lower section having first and second supports bars each having an outwardly arcuate configuration and positioned so as not to create a trip hazard when the front support member is open.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventors: Jimmy Wayne Shaw, Jewel Marie Shaw
  • Publication number: 20140265457
    Abstract: An infant support structure includes a frame, at least one sliding or translating member movably coupled to the frame, a seat support, and at least one resilient member coupling the seat support and at least one translating member together. The frame contains at least two substantially parallel members that are reconfigurable in a compact configuration and an extended configuration. When the frame is configured in the extended configuration, the translating members are able to move from one end of the frame to the other, simulating an infant walker. The resilient members coupling the sliding members and seat support together enable the infant support structure to serve as an infant jumper/bouncer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Juliette Marlene Welch, Robert M. Goszewski
  • Publication number: 20140175841
    Abstract: There is a provided a collapsible walker. The walker includes a pair of spaced-apart, arc-shaped support members. Each support member has a proximal end, a distal end and an apex spaced therebetween. Respective rods extend from the distal ends towards the proximal ends of the support members. A seat extends between and connects to the apexes of the support members. A basket with a pair of spaced-apart ends members operatively connects to and extends between the support members. The end members are positioned adjacent to the distal ends of the support members. Each end member operatively connects to both a respective one of the rods and a respective one of the support members. The walker includes a pair of connection brackets for connecting the end members to the walker. Each connection bracket extends from a respective one of the support members to a respective one of the rods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: EVOLUTION TECHNOLOGIES INC.
    Inventor: Julian Liu
  • Patent number: 8678425
    Abstract: A rollator wheelchair is provided comprising a frame provided with at least two wheels, a first chair section mounted to the frame and a second chair section mounted to the frame, the first chair section comprising a back support and a first seat portion, and the second chair section comprising a second seat portion, wherein the first and second chair sections provide a seating arrangement, wherein the first chair section is detachable and wherein the second chair is arranged such that when the first chair section is detached a free walking space is present between the at least two wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: BOBErgo B.V.
    Inventors: Martijn Schaaper, Bauke Jan Bokma de Boer, Hugo van de Watering
  • Publication number: 20140031176
    Abstract: Example ambulation aid apparatus and associated methods of manufacture are disclosed and described herein. An example ambulation aid apparatus includes an ambulation aid body formed as a integral part, the integral part formed in monocoque construction to provide support for mobility of a user through the integral part, the integral part providing a plurality of grippable areas to facilitate user movement and support through the integral part. Another example ambulation aid apparatus includes a primary panel formed in monocoque construction to provide support for and assist in mobility of a user through the skin of the monocoque primary panel, the primary panel formed to interrelate with one or more subassemblies to provide an integrated monocoque part to assist in providing support for and improved mobility of the user through the integrated monocoque part. Example methods of manufacture are also disclosed and described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: Empathium Mobility, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy Frank Knopow, Jennifer R. Harris
  • Patent number: 8540256
    Abstract: An up-right walker for supporting a patient with up-right posture. The up-right walker includes side frames having a back leg frame and a front leg frame. Wheels are coupled to the back leg frame and to front leg frame for contacting a surface for enabling motion. A first support frame is disposed at the top of the first side frame and a second forearm support frame disposed at the top of the second side frame. A first support structure is coupled to the first support frame and a second support structure is coupled to the second forearm support frame. The first and second support structures are configured to have an angled slope not parallel to the surface engaged by the wheels. A knee support fixture may be provided that includes a knee support platform and a pivoting repository for receiving and supporting a knee therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Inventor: Thomas Grady Simpson
  • Patent number: 8468622
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a portable lifting apparatus that includes an actuator and a lifting mechanism, which includes a parallel bar, a first coupler, a second coupler, a first rocker, a second rocker, and a frame that are each rotatably connected, so that operation of the actuator moves the parallel bar in a J-shaped path while maintaining a constant orientation of the parallel bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: The Research Foundation of State University of New York
    Inventors: Anurag Purwar, Thomas Galeotafiore, Justin Miles, Jeffrey Renert
  • Patent number: 8434780
    Abstract: A rollator is disclosed in this invention. The rollator includes: a base frame; front wheel assemblies and rear wheel assemblies respectively mounted on both sides of the base frame; an inverted U-shaped supporting pipe; a H-shaped armrest bracket; connection pieces having block grooves thereon; a slide control lever for cooperating with the block grooves; a seat plate; a spring element; wherein the base frame is provided with unidirectional hinged seats; both bottom ends of the supporting pipe are hinged to the base frame, and both side arms of the supporting pipe are provided with slide holes facing each other; the armrest bracket has bottom portions hinged to the unidirectional hinged seat. The rollator has a simple structure and can be used for various situations in both folded and unfolded state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Genteel Homecare Products Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Qingfeng Li
  • Patent number: 8308239
    Abstract: An infant support structure that supports a child above a support surface is disclosed. The infant support structure includes a frame, a seat, and an elastic member that supports the seat for vertical and horizontal movement relative to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Lundeen
  • Patent number: 8303033
    Abstract: An infant support structure includes a frame member defining a central area, a seat disposed in the central area and coupled to the frame member, and a leg member pivotally coupled to the frame member and movable between a deployed position extending outwardly from the frame member and a folded position adjacent the frame member. A support member has a first end movably coupled to the frame member and an opposite second end pivotally and slidably coupled to the leg member. The second end is slidable along the leg member as the leg member is moved between the deployed position and the folded position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Lundeen
  • Patent number: 8151812
    Abstract: A sit down and stand up walker for assisting a user during walking and when not walking in a standing, partially standing or sitting positions with partial or full weight bearing support and with means to change from standing, partially standing to sitting positions with partial weight bearing support to a fixed elevation with full weight bearing support in any varied or repeated sequence. The partial or full weight bearing means supports a seat assembly which includes a seat and front body support with adjustable positioning to provide pelvic stability. The angle of the seat assembly relative to a flat ground surface is maintained at any elevation of the seat assembly between a standing and sitting position. The weight bearing means is responsive to the variable force supplied by the user as the user walks, stands or sits allowing the seat assembly to move up or down.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Inventor: Eli Razon
  • Publication number: 20110067739
    Abstract: A multi-functional foldable frame is revealed. The multi-functional foldable frame includes two C-shaped frames, two H-shaped frames, and a flat rack. By the H-shaped frame pivoted to and located with each vertical segment of the two C-shaped frames and a demountable horizontal tube part of the other H-shaped frame, the frame is folded inward around an axis respectively located on a connection between the two C-shaped frames and the H-shaped frame. Thus the volume of the frame after being folded is reduced and this is beneficial to easy carrying and transportation. Moreover, the frame is applied to bath chairs, chamber pots, walking aids, shelves and so on.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2009
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Inventor: Ching-Hsiu Ma
  • Patent number: 7735499
    Abstract: An activity walker has three wheeled legs positioned about an adjustable trunk surround member. The trunk surround member is hinged to open and is curved to approximate a users oval-shaped midriff. An adjustable closure on the torso/trunk surround member compensates for users of various girths. A flexible sling support extends across the interior of the surround member from its rear portion to its front portion, with fixed rearward attachments and a releasable front attachment to the interior of the surround member. This sling support is shaped to pass between a user's legs and provides body/trunk support when the user is standing upright. A length of each leg may be adjustable. The lateral extension of each leg outwardly from the surround member may be adjustable to reconfigure the stance/footprint of the walker. A friction pin may be utilized to adjust the rolling rate of each wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Inventor: Paul A Pennise
  • Patent number: 7669863
    Abstract: A walker for use by those with limited mobility. The walker includes a seat assembly that assists the user in rising from a seated position or sitting from a standing position. The seat assembly is mounted in a frame and includes at least one gas spring mounted between the seat assembly and the frame that deflects the seat assembly while the user is rising from the seat or dampens the deflection of the seat when the user is sitting. The walker may include other capabilities and attachments, including a braking system and mountings for ancillary equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Assignee: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    Inventors: Mark Steiner, James Signor, Michael Heligman, Danielle Kocher, Tyler E. Bellamy
  • Publication number: 20090224499
    Abstract: The mobilizer consists of an open, inverted ā€œUā€ shaped frame when view from above with the legs or the ā€œUā€ pointed towards the rear. Pivoting caster wheels are attached to the front lower corners and rear wheel support arms extend rearward and curve downward each bearing a smaller non-pivoting wheel. Two vertical upright support members rise from the frame and are equipped with height adjustment mechanisms. Horizontal arm support assemblies, each with a hand grip and brake handle are attached to the upper ends of the support members. The user is supported by his elbows and shoulder girdle resulting in decompression of his spine. The arm support assemblies can be pivoted 180 degrees so that the grip portions and the hand brake levers face the rear of the mobilizer at about waist height. This allows the user to stand and grasp the handles as he walks forward.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2009
    Publication date: September 10, 2009
    Applicant: THE DASHAWAY COMPANY
    Inventors: Stanley Dashew, Charles Blount
  • Publication number: 20090033052
    Abstract: An apparatus for assisting people with walking wherein those apparatus are reconfigurable to provide seating in either the forward-facing, or the rear-facing direction, includes a foldable, wheeled frame assembly, a seat mounted to the frame, and a reversible cross-arm, or backrest, for reconfiguring the apparatus from a rear-facing seating arrangement to a forward-facing seating arrangement. In a further aspect, hinged arms, one on each side of the frame assembly, are operable to at least partially rotate in a plane adjacent to the plane of the frame to which it is attached, thereby offering alternative positions of the arms that are convenient to the forward-facing seating position and the rear-facing seating position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2007
    Publication date: February 5, 2009
    Inventors: Scott N. Bradshaw, Bernarde Linde
  • Patent number: 7422550
    Abstract: The present invention is a gait therapy device which facilitates the lower extremities particularly the action of flexion at the hip and knee to aid a patient in assisted ambulation, as well as knee, foot and ankle action. The gait trainer apparatus comprises: (a) a moveable frame adapted to move along the ground; (b) at least one motion responsive wheel attached to the frame and adapted to contact the ground and to turn as the frame moves along the ground, and at least one wheel having an offset motion portion having a right side and left side; (c) a left foot attachment, the left foot attachment connected to the left side of the offset motion portion by a flexible or elastic member; and (d) a right foot attachment, the right foot attachment connected to the right side of the offset motion portion by a flexible or elastic member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2008
    Inventors: Michelle Pinero, Andrea Roth
  • Patent number: 7416197
    Abstract: A frame has a foot support and rear wheel support for two rear wheels spaced apart for stability. A front steering column, pivotally attached to the frame, may have a single wheel or spaced apart double wheels for greater stability for a four wheel vehicle. A seat support pedestal extends upwardly from the frame near the back to support a rotatable seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2008
    Inventors: Stephen Mackin, Ernest Newton
  • Publication number: 20080157569
    Abstract: A child walker is provided that includes a frame having a plurality of wheels. The walker includes a handle that is positionable in a first position and a second position. A seat is attached to the frame when the handle is in the first position. When the handle is in the second position, it is positioned to be gripped by a standing child.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2008
    Publication date: July 3, 2008
    Inventors: Peter Jonathan Myers, Thomas N. Koltun, Abdelkrim Bedja
  • Publication number: 20080054685
    Abstract: A mobility device for use by the elderly or disabled persons, that does not require standing, balancing or walking and is propelled by leg paddling of a user, is disclosed. The mobility device comprises a pair of base members, an inverted U-shaped member disposed between the base members, front legs extending downwardly at 45 degrees with respect to the base members with swiveling wheels, a front cross bar disposed between the front legs, such that the front cross bar and the front legs define an opening receiving a user's legs while paddling. Also provided are rear legs with fixed wheels, handles extending outwardly at 70 degrees with respect to the base members, brakes engaging rear wheels, the brakes actuated by levers disposed on the handles, a seat, a back rest and arm rests.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2006
    Publication date: March 6, 2008
    Inventor: Dean Huynh
  • Patent number: 7306548
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus and method are provided for permitting a seated user to perform a variety of upper and lower body exercises without the need to leave a seated position. According to one embodiment, the exercise apparatus includes a support base, and first and second foot assemblies each configured to receive a respective foot of a seated user of the apparatus, and a pulley assembly. The pulley assembly has a pulley line and a hand-graspable component that is manipulable by the seated user for performing upper body exercise movements, while at least one of the foot assemblies provides resistance for the upper body exercise movements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2007
    Assignee: J. True Martin Irrevocable Trust
    Inventors: J. True Martin, Wallace Kent Martin
  • Patent number: 7234722
    Abstract: A stroller for transporting a child includes a wheeled frame including at least two base rails interconnected by a cylindrical hub, a spine, and a bracing linkage. A basket attaches to the spine, confining the child and supporting a seat ring. The seat ring includes upper and lower connected concentric arcs having different radii and supports a seat back on its lower arc. The seat back reclines, and the seat ring rotates from center. A seat base is supported on the frame and includes a platform movable between an extended position disposed inside the seat ring and a retracted position withdrawn from the seat ring. The stroller permits the child to be safely and comfortably transported in a standing, seated, or reclined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Assignee: Stroller Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Karen Jacy Madigan, Lynn Furton McIntyre, Daniel Lee Bizzell, Ian Douglas Kovacevich, Kevin James Dahlquist
  • Patent number: 7108004
    Abstract: A mobility aiding device, such as a walker, a wheelchair, a transport chair, a shower seat or a rollator, are used in providing support to injured or ailing persons during activity or movement. A solid two-piece seating platform is provided with a structural support for distributing the weight of the user to the frame. Furthermore, the two pieces of the seating platform are inter-hinged, enabling the entire device to fold up into a storage position. A lock is provided for maintaining the structural support in place, and a handle is provided for facilitating folding the device into the storage position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Assignee: Random Products In Trust
    Inventors: Ross Lyell Cowie, Bjarki Hallgrimsson
  • Patent number: 7083557
    Abstract: A device to facilitate stretching before engaging in athletic activities, particularly golf, is disclosed. Two inverted U-shaped members are permanently affixed to the ground using mounting plates or any other potential means. One of the U-shaped members runs underneath the other in a transverse direction generally along the center of each member. The top surfaces of the U-shaped members are designed to provide three differing levels of height thereby allowing a variety of stretches to be performed by the user. An informational sign depicting a variety of stretches may be included. One or multiple users may use this device to help facilitate a variety of stretches to improve flexibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2006
    Assignee: Innovative Biomechanical Solutions, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Paul Phipps
  • Patent number: 7055836
    Abstract: An immobilizing mechanism of a baby-walker includes an upper part up and down movably fitted to a lower frame of the walker, a base connected to a lower portion of the upper part in an up and down displaceable manner, and a button fitted on the lower frame; the upper part is biased upwards by several springs, and has a resilient portion, which can engage the lower frame to prevent the upper part from moving up after the upper part is depressed; a spring is arranged between the upper part and the base such that a lower end of the base is normally farthest away from the upper part; the button is used for disengaging the resilient portion from the lower frame; thus, the mechanism can be made to support the baby-walker instead of the wheels by depressing the upper part, and can become inactive when the button is pressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Inventor: Fei-Da Cheng
  • Patent number: 7025364
    Abstract: A stroller has a pivotable seat which may be latched at any rotational angle desired. In addition, a support tray positioned beneath the seat can be folded into a stored position and the height of the support platform adjusted to accommodate the height of the baby occupying the seat, which permits the stroller to be used as a walker and as a play station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2006
    Inventor: William A Clarke
  • Patent number: 7017924
    Abstract: A child's walker includes a pair of oppositely spaced A-frames provided with wheels conjoined to a lower portion thereof. Each A-frame has an apex centrally positioned above the wheels and pivotal about the apexes. A semi-spherical seat section is nested intermediate of the A-frames and includes an anchor bracket conjoined to an anterior surface thereof for maintaining the seat section at a stable position. The seat section has a pair of spaced openings for receiving the child's legs therethrough, and is formed from flexible, padded material. Such a seat section is adjustably pivotal about a horizontal fulcrum axis passing through the A-frame apexes. A tray is mateable to the anchor bracket and protrudes horizontally from the seat section. The tray is disengageable from the anchor bracket for assisting a caregiver to fold the walker to a compact shape during transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Inventor: Marie A. Lambert
  • Patent number: 7008357
    Abstract: A seat exercise device for use onboard a mobile platform such as a commercial aircraft is disclosed, wherein a passenger engages the exercise device while seated to reduce the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) during extended periods of travel. The preferred embodiment of the present invention comprises a leg support secured to a passenger seat and a foot support secured to a lower end of the leg support. A trombone spring is secured between the leg support and the foot support such that a passenger may push down on the foot support to flex and contract thigh muscles. Additionally, a pivot spring is secured between the leg support and the foot support such that a passenger may pivot the foot support to flex and contract calf muscles. Accordingly, the flexing and contracting of leg muscles increases blood circulation and reduces the risk of DVT during long flights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Edward R. Winkler