Legrest Or Footrest Interconnected To Move Relative To Bottom And Concurrent With Bottom Or Back Patents (Class 297/68)
  • Patent number: 10485719
    Abstract: A seating unit includes: a base; a frame including opposed arms; a backrest; a seat, the seat including a front portion and a rear portion; a footrest; a lift mechanism attached to the base, the frame and the seat; a lift drive unit attached to the lift mechanism; a reclining mechanism attached to the seat and the backrest; a recline drive unit attached to the reclining mechanism; a footrest mechanism attached to the base and the footrest; and a footrest drive unit attached to the footrest mechanism. The lift mechanism controls the movement of the frame, seat and backrest between an upright position and a lift position. The reclining mechanism is configured to control the movement of the backrest and seat between the upright position and a reclined position. The footrest mechanism is configured to control the movement of the footrest between the upright position and an extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Ultra-Mek, Inc.
    Inventor: Marcus L. Murphy
  • Patent number: 10130535
    Abstract: A four bar apparatus and method are provided for lifting, lowering, providing exercise and facilitating self-propelled transit. The apparatus includes an actuator and interconnected four-bar lifting mechanism, which includes a crank, a coupler, a rocker, and a frame. Each of the crank, coupler, rocker and frame are rotatably interconnected, and operation of the actuator moves a lift point of the coupler, with the lift point connectable to a vest-type garment or belt worn by a user of the apparatus, with the lift point following a J shape path or an S shape path to lift the user from a shoulder or hip area, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: The Research Foundation for The State University of New York
    Inventors: Anurag Purwar, Bipin Birari
  • Patent number: 10098472
    Abstract: A recliner chair bed includes a first frame, a second frame, a backrest, and a leg rest. The first frame has front and rear ends. The second frame fits comfortably and moves telescopically inside and outside of the first frame. The leg rest is attached to the front end of the first frame. The backrest is attached to the rear end of the first frame. The independent movement of the back and leg rests helps in achieving desired position for comfort. The recliner chair bed provides stability, can be moved on to any fixtures such as furniture and toilet and also can be converted into a bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventor: Krishna Mohan Naga Venkata Khandrika
  • Patent number: 10010185
    Abstract: A furniture member may include a base frame, a seat bottom and an ottoman assembly. The seat bottom is attached to the base frame and defines a seating surface. The ottoman assembly may include a drive assembly that moves an ottoman platform relative to the seat bottom and the base frame among a retracted position, an extended position and a raised position. The ottoman platform includes a support surface that faces upward and away from a ground surface in the retracted, extended and raised positions. The ottoman platform is disposed beneath the seating surface in the retracted position and moves linearly in a horizontal direction from the retracted position to the extended position. The ottoman platform moves linearly in a vertically upward direction from the extended position to the raised position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: La-Z-Boy Incorporated
    Inventors: Chad E. Adams, Larry P. LaPointe, Jason Rains, Jason Bryson, Ericka Norling, Tahir Ahmad
  • Patent number: 9808090
    Abstract: A footrest device for armchairs or sofas has two footrest panels, which have substantially the same width, and are movable under the thrust of a crank mechanism between an extracted operating position, in which the two footrest panels project from the front of a support frame, and a retracted rest position, in which the two footrest panels substantially overlap one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: CIAR S.p.A.
    Inventor: Massimo Carrera
  • Patent number: 9504328
    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: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: American Leather Operations, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas A. Garland
  • Patent number: 9326606
    Abstract: A furniture member having a tilt position mechanism includes a base frame positioned on a floor surface. A first operating mechanism is connected to the base frame defining a tilt mechanism. The tilt mechanism includes a tilt motor connected to a rear member of the base frame. A torque tube positioned forward of the tilt motor is displaced by operation of the tilt motor. First and second rotation links are rotatably connected to the base frame and fixed to the torque tube. A pivot tube is positioned rearward of the torque tube and connected by first and second journal links to the support frame. The journal links are shorter than the rotation links such that torque tube forward and upward displacement forwardly rotates the journal links and displaces the pivot tube, creating a furniture member rear tilt position having the torque tube elevated above the pivot tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: La-Z-Boy Incorporated
    Inventor: Larry P. LaPointe
  • Patent number: 9314099
    Abstract: A mechanical stretching device of a convertible sofa includes left components, right components, a switch component, and a locking spring. The left components are fixedly connected to the right components by fixing components. The switch component is mounted on the left components or on the right components. The left components and the right components respectively include a foot plate, a first foot lever, a second foot lever, a third foot lever, a fourth foot lever, a fifth foot lever, a side plate, a rotating shaft transmission member, 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 back member, a calf plate, a first support member, a second support member, a linkage member, a protective member, a seahorse member, and a bottom foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Remacro Machinery & Technology (Wujiang) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xiaowei Huang, Shunyun Qin, Xiaohong Li, Haibo Wang, Guoli Zou
  • Patent number: 9161627
    Abstract: Device for synchronizing the tilt of the back and the seat of a chair, of the type comprising a back frame, a seat frame and a support constrained to, or coincident with, the base of the chair, as well as at least one first crank hinged to the support and a front portion of the seat frame, and at least one second crank hinged to the support and a rear portion of the seat frame, so that the afore said at least one first and one second crank constitute a four-bar linkage with the seat frame. Advantageously, the device provides that the back frame is integral with the afore said at least one first crank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: DONATI S.P.A.
    Inventor: Armando Donati
  • Patent number: 9113712
    Abstract: A method of converting a recliner from manual actuation to powered actuation that includes providing a recliner having a frame, a recliner mechanism with a base coupled to the frame and a hinged linkage movably coupled to the base, and a manual actuator that releases the hinged linkage to move under an occupant-applied force. The method also includes disconnecting and removing the manual actuator from the recliner and, without disassembly of the recliner mechanism from the frame, removing a spring assist device extending between the hinged linkage and the base, installing a drive unit to the recliner mechanism, installing a power actuator on the frame with electrical communication to the drive unit, and establishing electrical communication between the drive unit and a source of electrical power, so that activation of the power actuator causes the drive unit to move the hinged linkage under powered actuation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Klaussner Furniture Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: C. William Wittenberg, Jr., Glenn Michael Kahn
  • Patent number: 8991925
    Abstract: A lift chair includes a frame assembly including a chair portion rotatable with respect to a base portion. A lift mechanism portion is positioned in a base portion cavity. The lift mechanism portion includes a lift motor and a drive assembly connected to the lift motor having a slide. A lift tube connects the slide to the chair portion. The lift tube upon actuation of the lift motor displaces the chair portion between a nominal and a full lift position by slide displacement in a slide lifting direction. First and second guide members are positioned on opposite sides of the drive assembly and connected to a base portion base platform. The lift tube is connected to both the first and second guide members to distribute a weight load from the chair portion via the lift tube to the slide, and by the guide members to the base platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: La-Z-Boy Incorporated
    Inventor: Larry P. LaPointe
  • Patent number: 8979186
    Abstract: A power mechanism for a recliner having a limiter controlling the relative angle between a transfer linkage and arm affixed to the drive axle as the transfer linkage applies tangential force to the arm to rotate the drive axle. The limiter prevents the relative angle between the transfer linkage from over collapsing to minimize strain on the linkage assembly and the motor driving the rotation of the drive axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Lucas R. Walz, Peter J. Fynboh, Jeffrey Cooper, Joseph L. Anibas, Nicholas J. Robinson, Richard E. Gorka, John R. Breen, Timothy A. Brandtner
  • Publication number: 20150054315
    Abstract: A seating-unit mechanism includes various components that control a position of the seat and backrest and that control an extension and retraction of an ottoman and footrest. For example, the mechanism includes a linear actuator that controls a seat pitch (e.g., height and level of recline). In addition, the mechanism includes an ottoman-linkage drive mechanism, which might include a drive link or another linear actuator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Bobby Donovan, Nikki White
  • Publication number: 20150054316
    Abstract: A seating-unit mechanism includes various components that control a position of the seat and backrest and that control an extension and retraction of an ottoman and footrest. For example, the mechanism includes a linear actuator that controls a seat pitch (e.g., height and level of recline). In addition, the mechanism includes an ottoman-linkage drive mechanism, which might include a drive link or another linear actuator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: L & P PROPERTY MANAGEMENT COMPANY
    Inventors: BOBBY DONOVAN, STEPHEN SIMONS, EDDIE POWELL
  • Patent number: 8960785
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a seat cushion movable in a front-rear direction, an ottoman provided at a front portion of the seat cushion such that the ottoman can be stored and unfolded to function as a footrest, and a transmitting mechanism which moves the ottoman from a stored position to an unfolded position in association with change of a position of the seat cushion in the front-rear direction from a rear side position which is a normal use position to a front side position which is a comfortable position, and which moves the ottoman from the unfolded position to the stored position in association with return of the position of the seat cushion in the front-rear direction from the comfortable position to the normal use position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Boshoku Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Satoru Kuno
  • Publication number: 20150026890
    Abstract: The invention relates to an emergency power supply device (200) for an electromotive furniture drive (100) of a piece of furniture (1), comprising a housing in which at least one energy accumulator is arranged, a connection cable having at least two power lines and several auxiliary lines for connecting to the electromotive furniture drive which is to be associated therewith, a socket for connecting a control unit of the electromotive furniture drive which is to be associated therewith, at least one control element which, when actuated, electrically connects the electric connections of the at least one energy accumulator to the at least two power lines of the connection cable. The housing is designed as a shell housing comprising securing sections and an inner compartment for receiving the at least one energy accumulator, said at least one control element and at least one night light. The invention also relates to an electromotive furniture drive (100) and a piece of furniture (1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Armin Hille, Thomas Schröder
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140239675
    Abstract: A seating furniture piece with a seat surface and a leg-rest able to pivot outwards about a pivot axis, wherein the chair can be pivoted between a sitting and a lying position, for which purpose the seat surface can be shifted to the rear relative to a fixed frame, and the leg-rest is coupled to the seat surface in such a manner that it is pivoted when the seat surface is shifted to the rear. The leg-rest comprises a gear and teeth are arranged on the front frame of the seat surface, the teeth meshing with the gear to pivot the leg-rest about the pivot axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: KINTEC-SOLUTION GMBH
    Inventors: Boris Besler, Andreas Hortig
  • Publication number: 20140145476
    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: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hidetaka NAGAYASU
  • Publication number: 20140132038
    Abstract: The invention relates to a multi-link lift chair frame for a lift chair, which has a reasonable structural and multifunctional design, is highly reliable, and is capable of implementing a lying position, a relaxing position and a sitting position of a lift chair seat. The multi-link lift chair frame includes a deployment mechanism, a footrest mechanism, a backrest mechanism, a mounting and locating mechanism, a support mechanism, and a limit mechanism. Through adjusting the footrest mechanism, the backrest mechanism, the mounting and locating mechanism, and the support mechanism in the lift chair, the lift chair is adjusted among three positions: the lying position, the relaxing position and the sitting position, implementing multiple functions on one lift chair. More demanding requirements on a lift chair are met, and costumers can purchase less lift chairs or chairs of different positions, thereby reducing the cost.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: HHC CHANGZHOU INC.
    Inventors: Guo-Qiu Lu, Hai-Gang Sheng
  • Publication number: 20140132039
    Abstract: The invention relates to a reclining lift chair frame with scissor mechanisms that has a reasonable structural and multifunctional design, is highly reliable, and can implement a lying position, a relaxing position, and a sitting position of a lift chair seat. The reclining lift chair frame includes a deployment mechanism, a footrest mechanism, a backrest mechanism, a mounting and locating mechanism, a support mechanism, and a limit mechanism. Through adjusting the footrest mechanism, the backrest mechanism, the mounting and locating mechanism, and the support mechanism in the lift chair, the lift chair is adjusted among three positions: the lying position, the relaxing position and the sitting position, so as to implement multiple functions in one lift chair. More demanding requirements on the lift chair are met, and costumers can purchase less lift chairs or chairs of different positions, thereby reducing the cost.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: HHC Changzhou Inc
    Inventors: Guo-Qiu Lu, Hai-Gang Sheng
  • Patent number: 8696534
    Abstract: An article of furniture suitable for sitting comprising of a seat, a hinging and lowering seatback, and a coaster wheeled pedestal base with a means of securing human feet; whereby providing its user with a fast, convenient, and safe means of seating, stretching, exercising, and laying flat to rest without the article of furniture having to be laboriously manipulated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Inventor: Sihar Ahmad Karwan
  • Publication number: 20140091601
    Abstract: A reverse drive assembly for recliner in which a motor is mounted at the end of the horizontal track, proximate to the rear of the recliner. A traveler assembly having a reverse transfer linkage having a greater bend is positioned along the track forward of the motor, wherein the traveler assembly actuates extension of an ottoman assembly and the reclining of a seat back.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Inventors: John R. Breen, Peter J. Fynboh, Jeffrey Cooper, Joseph L. Anibas, Nicholas J. Robinson, Richard E. Gorka, Lucas R. Walz
  • Patent number: 8663019
    Abstract: Gaming machine chairs and wagering game systems and machines with a gaming chair are presented herein. A gaming chair is disclosed that includes a base, a seat portion supported by the base, and at least one actuator attached to the seat portion to selectively move the seat portion. A movable shroud at least partially circumscribes the base and the actuator(s) to inhibit access thereto. The movable shroud is attached to the actuator(s) for concurrent movement therewith. Optionally, the base may be attached to both the seat portion and the actuator(s). In this instance, the actuator(s) may be pivotably mounted to a chair support structure, whereas the base may lack a direct connection to the chair's support structure. An optional flexible boot at least partially circumscribes the base and the actuator(s). The moveable shroud and flexible boot cooperate to substantially conceal and inhibit access to the base and the actuator(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: WMS Gaming Inc.
    Inventors: Paul M. Lesley, Robert Glenn
  • Publication number: 20140049078
    Abstract: Fitting for an item of seating furniture and item of seating furniture. A fitting is proposed which comprises a pivotable leg support segment, wherein said fitting comprises a separate spring which serves to secure the leg support segment in a storage position while not being used.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Inventors: Andreas HORTIG, Boris BESLER
  • Publication number: 20130341974
    Abstract: There is provided a chair-type massage apparatus which, while having a low-height backrest, affords an adequate massage effect without forcing a user to take an uncomfortable position. The chair-type massage apparatus 1 comprises: the seat 2; the base frame 8 for supporting the seat 2 on a floor; the backrest 3 disposed at the rear of the seat 2 for the support of user's back; and the massage section 6 incorporated in the backrest 3, for performing a massage on a user sitting on the seat 2, and further includes the up-and-down means 15 for switchably changing the height of the backrest 3 vertically within a range between the housing position where the lower part of the backrest 3 is stored under the seat 2 and the protruding position where the lower part of the backrest 3 is raised to an upper location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Applicant: DAITO ELECTRIC MACHINE INDUSTRY COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Tetsuya Ishikawa, Shinsaku Shimizu
  • Publication number: 20130313866
    Abstract: A seating unit (1) comprises a fixed housing (10) containing a primary seat with a reclinable back arranged to recline in such a manner that it remains within the housing. The seating unit is suitable for a aircraft cabin and may further comprise a leg-rest arranged to cooporate with the seating portion to form part of a substantially flat surface when the back is reclined in a substantially horizontal position. The seating unit may further comprise a secondary seat (3) positioned to face the primary seat, the secondary seat having a seating portion positioned to cooporate with the leg-rest of the primary seat to form a portion of the substantially flat surface when the back of the primary seat is reclined in the substantially, horizontal position. Privacy between seats and use of available space within an aircraft cabin may be optimised by arranging at least some of the seats in an echelon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: British Airways PLC
    Inventors: Ian DRYBURGH, Simon LUNN, Russel MULCHANSINGH
  • Publication number: 20130313867
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a seat cushion movable in a front-rear direction, an ottoman provided at a front portion of the seat cushion such that the ottoman can be stored and unfolded to function as a footrest, and a transmitting mechanism which moves the ottoman from a stored position to an unfolded position in association with change of a position of the seat cushion in the front-rear direction from a rear side position which is a normal use position to a front side position which is a comfortable position, and which moves the ottoman from the unfolded position to the stored position in association with return of the position of the seat cushion in the front-rear direction from the comfortable position to the normal use position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Satoru KUNO
  • Publication number: 20130307298
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided comprising a base, a seat, a torso rest, and leg supports for the right and left legs, respectively, of a patient placed on the therapy apparatus. The seat, torso rest, and leg supports may be connects to the base by a seat mechanism, torso mechanism and leg mechanisms, respectively. The seat mechanism, torso mechanism and leg mechanisms may be movable in a simultaneous and/or coordinated manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2012
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Inventor: Rani Meiki
  • Publication number: 20130234477
    Abstract: A couch or chair has a frame, a movable seat, a movable back, a movable footrest, and a linkage connected to the seat, back, and footrest to shift same between different positions on the frame. A drive has a motor, a transmission, a drive housing holding the motor and transmission and secured to the frame underneath the seat, and a rigid tube having a front end fixed to the housing and a rear end. A mounting bracket fixed to the rear end of the tube is secured to the frame, and a drive element in the tube is connected to the transmission. A slide on the tube between the ends thereof engages the drive element and is connected to the linkage to shift the seat, back, and footrest. A cable is connected to the motor, extends rearward along the tube past the bracket, and carries a plug.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Inventor: Christoph SICHELSCHMIDT
  • Publication number: 20130154314
    Abstract: An office chair including a linking mechanism between a movable chair seat and a pivotable chair back. The mounting arrangement between the chair back and the chair seat includes swing arm assembly that is pivotally connected to the chair seat. When the chair seat moves forward, the swing arm assembly moves with the chair seat and causes the chair back to pivot and move relative to a stationary support arm. The stationary support arm includes a curved support face that moves within a movement slot formed on the swing arm assembly. The movement slot includes a roller that helps guide relative movement between the two components. The chair seat includes a thigh support portion that allows the user to adjust the seat depth as desired.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: OFFICE MASTER
    Inventor: Francisco Romero
  • Patent number: 8419124
    Abstract: A reclining chair is provided. The reclining chair has back, seat, and leg sections. The reclining chair has movable arm rests. In some embodiments, storage units are provided as part of the reclining chair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth L. Kramer, Marshall S. Dahneke, Reed N. Wilcox, Franz Gaag, David T. Schwanemann, Rainer B. Teufel, Peter A. Koloski, Thornton K. Lothrop, Ryan R. Berger
  • Patent number: 8398168
    Abstract: A glider-recliner-style seating unit (glider recliner) that includes a linkage mechanism adapted to move the glider recliner between closed, extended, and reclined positions is provided. The glider recliner is powered by a linear actuator that facilitates automated adjustment of the linkage mechanism. This adjustment of the linear actuator is sequenced into a first phase and a second phase. A stroke of the linear actuator in the first phase acts to adjust the linkage mechanism between the closed and extended positions by extending or retracting ottoman(s) attached to a footrest assembly. A stroke in the second phase acts to adjust the linkage mechanism between the extended and reclined positions by translating a seat-mounting plate forward or rearward at a consistent inclination angle while, concurrently, tilting a back-mounting link. Accordingly, the phase sequencing ensures that the linkage mechanism commences adjustment within the second phase only once the first-phase adjustment is substantially complete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: L & P Property Management Company
    Inventor: Gregory M. Lawson
  • Publication number: 20130049411
    Abstract: A furniture member providing powered occupant lift includes a mechanism having a mechanism support base, a support base side movably connected to the mechanism support base, and a mechanism inner portion connected to the support base side. The mechanism inner portion includes a seat back portion; a leg rest portion; and a first drive assembly connected to the mechanism inner portion sequentially operating to extend the leg rest portion from a stowed to a fully extended position followed by seat back portion rotation from an upright to a fully reclined position. A second drive assembly connected between the mechanism support base and the support base side displaces the support base side and the mechanism inner portion with respect to the mechanism support base. A frame structure connected to the support base side is moved to at least a forward fully raised position by operation of the lift/drive mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Applicant: La-Z-Boy Incorporated
    Inventor: Larry P. LaPointe
  • Publication number: 20120292879
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a transport chair 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.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2011
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Inventors: William Ferniany, Lloyd Cooper
  • 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: 20120241234
    Abstract: A chair for use by a person with limited lower-body mobility, the chair having a height adjustable seat and chair sides that fold down to form a ramp or bridge to facilitate lateral movement by a user between the chair and an adjacent surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2010
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Applicant: Wright HI/LO Solutions Ltd.
    Inventor: Donald W. Wright
  • 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: 20120193946
    Abstract: An adjustable furniture such as a recliner chair or adjustable bed comprising a base, an intermediate support and a back support. Both the intermediate support and the back support are guided for movement relative to the base by a second guide means while the base moves along a first guide means. The first guide means include at least one guide associated with one of the base and intermediate support and at least one follower associated with the other of the base and intermediate support. The second guide means includes at least one guide associated with one of the base support and the back support and at least one follower associated with the other of the base support and the back support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2010
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Inventor: Dale Robertson
  • Patent number: 8201877
    Abstract: An adjustable chair (1) includes a control unit (2) having an on/off switch (24), an extending operation button (22), and a retracting operation button (23); a reciprocating unit (3) having a limit member (34), a screw-type slide (33) threadedly put on a lead screw (32) and adapted to move between the limit member (34) and a DC motor (31), and a linkage; and two foot, seat, and back adjustment units (4) disposed in the arms (12) respectively, each foot, seat, and back adjustment units (4) having a linkage so that pressing the extending operation button (22) will tilt a seat (14) and a back (13), and extend a foot rest (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Inventors: Ping Hsieh, Huey-Shiang Julie Lee
  • Publication number: 20120139300
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide adjustable or convertible seats for use in aircraft and other passenger transport vehicles. The seats are designed to use non-parallel slides and a single actuator for certain movements of the seat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2011
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Inventors: JEAN CHARLES MARAIS, Joel Marais
  • Patent number: 8123289
    Abstract: In one aspect, the present invention relates a reclining lift chair frame used in a reclining lift chair. The reclining lift chair frame utilizes a position holding mechanism to eliminate the free (idle) fall of the footrest of the reclining lift chair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: I-Trust Better Life Corp
    Inventors: Jian-Ming Qiu, Yan-Jun Zhang, Zhi-Liang Gao, Xiao-Xiang Zhang
  • Patent number: 8113573
    Abstract: A seat articulation mechanism including a seat pan member that travels along a pathway defined in a seat articulation linkage as the entire mechanism translates between an upright and sleeping configuration through a lounge configuration. The mechanism further includes main and secondary translation linkages, one of which is driven by a single actuator to drive the mechanism between the upright and sleeping configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: BE Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventor: Bobby Wayne Lawson
  • Publication number: 20120025019
    Abstract: A passenger vehicle seat comprising, a seat back, a seat pan and a leg rest supported by a support frame, the leg rest of each seat moveably mounted relative to the support frame in a manner to allow it to move between (a) a stored position and (b) a fully deployed position where the seat pan and the leg rest are substantially coplanar, and wherein the seat pan is configurable between a substantially horizontal position, and one or more selected from an inclined and reclined position, and wherein the leg rest and the seat pan are coupled via an articulated coupling, so that movement of at least one selected from the leg rest and seat pan can cause movement of the other of the leg rest and seat pan.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Inventors: James Dominic France, Amitai Halfon
  • Publication number: 20120013151
    Abstract: An ergonomic task chair having a front and a rear, including a laterally extending seat having a front and a rear, a back brace disposed above the rear of the seat, and a knee support disposed in the front of the chair, wherein the back brace and the knee support have a first position where there is a first minimum distance between the back brace and the knee support and a second position where there is a second minimum distance between the back brace and the knee support, the second minimum distance being less than the first minimum distance, wherein movement from the first minimum distance to the second minimum distance is triggered by a downward movement of the seat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Applicant: NADA CONCEPTS, INC.
    Inventors: Victor Toso, Benjamin G. Pratt, David J. Prince
  • Publication number: 20110309658
    Abstract: A stroller seat pod includes a seat bottom having front, left side, right side, back, top, and underside; seat back having first piece and second piece, first piece and second piece slidably connected to one another; first piece of seat back being hingedly connected to seat bottom such that seat back and seat bottom have first seat position and second seat position, wherein, in first seat position, seat back and seat bottom have open configuration for sitting, and wherein, in second seat position, seat back and seat bottom have a closed configuration for storage; second piece of seat back being connected to first piece of seat back such that first piece of seat back and second piece of seat back have first backrest position and second backrest position, wherein, in first backrest position, first piece of seat back and second piece of seat back are extended relative to one another to increase seat back area for sitting, wherein, in second backrest position, first piece of seat back and the second piece of seat
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Publication date: December 22, 2011
    Inventors: Ascanio Carimati Di Carimate, Andrew Serbinski, Richard Wyant
  • Publication number: 20110248529
    Abstract: A rocking furniture member includes an occupant support member supporting an occupant of the furniture member. A frame is connected to the occupant support member and supports the seat portion for rocking motion with respect to a furniture member support surface. An elastically resilient member connecting the occupant support member to the frame permits occupant induced rocking motion of the occupant support member with respect to the support surface. The resilient member is a monolithic bar having a uniform cross section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2010
    Publication date: October 13, 2011
    Applicant: La-Z-Boy Incorporated
    Inventors: Larry P. LaPointe, Chad E. Adams
  • Publication number: 20110198894
    Abstract: An adjustable chair (1) includes a control unit (2) having an on/off switch (24), an extending operation button (22), and a retracting operation button (23); a reciprocating unit (3) having a limit member (34), a screw-type slide (33) threadedly put on a lead screw (32) and adapted to move between the limit member (34) and a DC motor (31), and a linkage; and two foot, seat, and back adjustment units (4) disposed in the arms (12) respectively, each foot, seat, and back adjustment units (4) having a linkage so that pressing the extending operation button (22) will tilt a seat (14) and a back (13), and extend a foot rest (11).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2010
    Publication date: August 18, 2011
    Inventors: Ping Hsieh, Huey-Shiang Julie Lee
  • Publication number: 20110043006
    Abstract: An entertainment seat (10) including a seat back (18) and seat base (24) having a seat architecture for providing structural support relative to a base (floor) and also having two seat motion actuators (92, 94) located toward the front of the seat (10) for providing seat movement in response to a seat motion control system (16) for operating the seat motion actuators (92, 94), the seat (10) also includes armrests (26, 28) which form a portion of the seat back (18).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2009
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Applicant: JOHNSON CONTROLS TECHNOLOGY COMPANY
    Inventors: Timothy R. Butt, Robert E. Allen, Dinu V. Moraru, Dustin J. Shedlarski
  • Publication number: 20110043005
    Abstract: The invention relates to a piece of seating furniture (10), more particularly to an upholstered piece of furniture, comprising a substantially horizontal main segment (20), on the top surface of which a sitting surface (22) is provided, and a leg segment (40), on the top surface of which a supporting surface (42) is provided. The leg segment (40) can be moved relatively to the main segment (20) between a stowed position and a functional position in which the leg segment (40) is disposed in front of a front edge of the main segment (20) and is oriented such that the supporting surface (42) extends substantially in a horizontal direction. In the stowed position, the leg segment (40) is located at least in part underneath the main segment (20) and is at an angle in relation to the functional position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2009
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Inventor: Matthias Fischer