For Bicycle Patents (Class 340/432)
  • Patent number: 10293880
    Abstract: A bicycle suspension control apparatus includes a user operating device and a controller. The controller is operatively coupled to the user operating device to selectively control a pair of bicycle suspensions between a plurality of operating states. The controller selectively changes the operating states of both of the suspensions to different ones of the operating states in response to a single operation of the user operating device. The controller includes a receiving part, a storage part and a control part. The receiving part receives combination information indicating at least one combination of the operating states from among combinations of the operating states of the suspensions. The storage part stores the combination information received by the receiving part. The control part controls the suspensions based on the combination information stored in the storage part when the user operating device is operated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Tadashi Ichida, Hideki Ikemoto, Toyoto Shirai
  • Patent number: 10203095
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a helmet with hidden light sources includes: fixing a helmet housing with at least one light transmitting portion to a base mold; providing a light source protector and a light source belt, and fixing the light source protector to the light source belt, wherein the light source belt comprises a circuit board and a plurality of light sources mounted on, wherein the light source protector comprises a plurality of accommodating holes corresponding to the light sources one by one, and the light sources each are received in a corresponding accommodating hole and enclosed by the light source protector and the circuit board; aligning the light sources to the light transmitting portion and fixing the light source protector to an inner surface of the helmet housing; and injecting a buffer material into the base mold to form a base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: SHENZHEN QIANHAI LIVALL IOT TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yong-Zheng Ye, Bo Zheng, Zhi-Ming Li
  • Patent number: 10137328
    Abstract: The invention pertains to a stationary exercise bike along with a display that provides instruction to lead a rider through an exercise program. The invention allows a rider to obtain benefits of a group, instructor-led class though the rider's schedule does not permit the rider to participate in the class. The invention also describes a method of exercising with the foregoing bike and display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Mad Dogg Athletics, Inc.
    Inventor: John Baudhuin
  • Patent number: 10093391
    Abstract: The invention provides a wireless control system for a bicycle, including at least one actuator having at least a pressed state and a released state, and a control unit configured to generate a first control signal responsive to the pressed state and a second control signal responsive to the released state, and to transmit the first control signal and the second control signal to at least one bicycle component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: SRAM, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Jordan, Todd Squires
  • Patent number: 10078139
    Abstract: A helmet for tracking compliance information associated with a rider is disclosed. The helmet comprising a Global Positioning System (GPS) configured to trace a complete path covered by the rider. Further, the helmet comprises a set of biometric sensor configured to capture biometric sample of the rider at regular intervals, when the rider is in motion. Furthermore, the helmet comprises a data processing platform. The data processing platform maintains a database configured to store a profile data of the rider such as biometric information and identity profile of the rider. The data processing platform enables a biometric data analysis module configured to classify the complete path into a compliant path and a non-compliant path by analyzing the biometric information and biometric samples captured from the rider. Further, the data processing platform enables a data transmission module to transmit the compliant path and the non compliant path to a remote server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: HCL TECHNOLOGIES LTD.
    Inventor: Jasbir Singh Dhaliwal
  • Patent number: 10065652
    Abstract: A method and system for driver monitoring by fusing contextual data with event data to determine context as cause of event is provided. The method includes detecting an event from event data received from one or more inertial sensors associated with a vehicle of a driver or with the driver. The method also includes determining a context from an audio or video feed received from one or more devices associated with the vehicle or the driver. Further, the method includes fusing the event with the context to determine the context as a cause of the event. In addition, the method includes assigning a score to a driver performance metric based at least on the context and the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Lightmetrics Technologies PVT. LTD.
    Inventors: Ravi Shenoy, Krishna A G, Gururaj Putraya, Soumik Ukil, Mithun Uliyar, Pushkar Patwardhan
  • Patent number: 10047681
    Abstract: A method for detecting and controlling a load weight of a vehicle by means of a tire pressure of the vehicle and a device are provided. The method includes the steps of installation setting, detecting the load weight, and controlling an electric switch. The device includes tire pressure detectors installed on rear wheels of the vehicle and connected with a processor which is input with a preset tire pressure value and able to receive the tire pressure detected by the tire pressure detectors. The processor is connected with an electric switch of the vehicle. The processor compares the tire pressure detected by the tire pressure detectors with the preset tire pressure value, and controls the electric switch to turn on/off a power source of the vehicle. The device is capable of detecting and controlling the load weight of the vehicle by detecting a change of the tire pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Inventor: Fang-Jun Chai
  • Patent number: 10024527
    Abstract: A lighting device including one or more emitters configured to emit a first spectrum and a second spectrum; a switching mechanism with at least two switching elements configured to change an emitted light from a first spectrum to a second spectrum, and to change a blink pattern of emitted light; a feedback mechanism configured to provide tactile feedback when the illumination device is activated or deactivated, or when a mode of operation is changed; a translucent unitary housing extending substantially upward and inward from a base of the device; and a power source received in the housing. The first spectrum may be a non-visible light spectrum and the second spectrum may be visible light spectrum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: S&S Precision, LLC
    Inventors: Johnny E. Swan, Andrew C. Borland
  • Patent number: 9908227
    Abstract: A quick disconnect storage compartment for handheld devices disclosed herein. The storage compartments incorporated into the handle of the handheld device so that objects stored within the handle are concealed and not noticeable to others. The quick disconnect feature requires that the user depress two buttons on opposite sides of each other so that a cover or endcap that covers an opening of the handle for accessing the object within the handle does not inadvertently become dislodged but requires that the user intentionally and actively depress the buttons with opposing forces with his or her fingers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: NUNCHUCK GRIPS, LLC
    Inventor: Mike Tysong Yin
  • Patent number: 9771017
    Abstract: An electric toy vehicle according to the present disclosure comprises an illuminated handlebar including a hollow tube having a first end and a second end. The illuminated handlebar also includes a light disposed within the hollow tube and between the first end and the second end of the tube and a switch electrically coupled to the light and disposed at one of the first end and the second end of the hollow tube. The toy vehicle further includes a motor electrically coupled to the switch and a battery electrically coupled to the motor, the light and the switch. The light is visible within the hollow tube when the switch is activated and the motor powers the electric toy vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: DYNACRAFT BSC, INC.
    Inventors: Bill Talios, John Bisges, David Castrucci
  • Patent number: 9722355
    Abstract: A power adapter is provided for a computer including a power port and a housing defining an aperture. The power adapter includes a power head, a lock head disposed on the power head and a main housing including a body affixed to a security element, wiring for supplying power to the computer extending through the body to the power head and a lock system selectively actuatable with a key to orient the lock head in first and second orientations. The first orientation is characterized in that the power head is movable relative to the aperture for power head insertion into and removal from the power port. The second orientation is characterized in that the power head is immovable relative to the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Xingquan Dong, Zhao Lin, Licen Mu, Qiuyi Yu, Weifeng Zhang
  • Patent number: 9694811
    Abstract: An intelligent intervention method based on an integrated tire pressure monitoring system includes monitoring a tire pressure and a tire temperature of a vehicle, and monitoring, a wheel speed of the vehicle; transmitting the tire pressure, the tire temperature and the wheel speed to a host; judging in real time whether the vehicle is in a normal status or in an abnormal status, via integrating the tire pressure, the tire temperature and the wheel speed; producing a deviation signal, when the tire pressure, the tire temperature and the wheel speed deviate from normal thresholds and transmitting the deviation signal to an intelligent intervention system; and performing intelligent intervention to slow down the vehicle in a straight line until the vehicle stops, when the deviation signal is received. The method enables the vehicle to run safely until stopping even in case of tire blowout, so as to prevent rollover or collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Inventor: Yanping Lai
  • Patent number: 9684911
    Abstract: Described herein is, inter alia, a method and a device for providing a number of rental vehicles at a station, determining at least one of a number of rental vehicles available at the station and a number of vehicle-receiving spaces available at the station, and sending the at least one of a number of rental vehicles available at the station and a number of vehicle-receiving space available at the station to a user. A distance and historical use of stations are also considered to suggest preferred stations and provide incentives associated therewith. A graphical user interface and a systems adapted to carry the method are also provided hereby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Inventor: Mathieu Audet
  • Patent number: 9630459
    Abstract: An apparatus for monitoring a tire pressure of a vehicle includes a cornering force estimator configured to estimate a cornering force of a tire using inertial information and steering information of the vehicle, a pneumatic trail calculator configured to calculate a pneumatic trail using the cornering force and the steering information, and a tire pressure checker configured to determine whether the tire pressure is insufficient based on the pneumatic trail calculated by the pneumatic trail calculator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Moo Ryong Choi
  • Patent number: 9629273
    Abstract: A display device includes a supporting member, and a display member detachably joined to the supporting member. The display member includes a first case 20, first connecting terminals 23, and a first joint surface 31. The supporting member includes a second case 36, second connecting terminals 38, and a second joint surface 40. The first case 20 has a terminal mounting hole 42 formed. The first connecting terminal 23 is inserted into the terminal mounting hole 42. The first case 20 has a first seal member 47 that seals a gap between the first connecting terminal 23 and the terminal mounting hole 42. The distal end of the first seal member 47 is exposed on the first joint surface 31, comes into contact with the second joint surface 40, and surrounds the distal ends of the first and second connecting terminals 23 and 38 to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignees: PANASONIC CORPORATION, HOSIDEN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mitsuru Ogawa, Naoki Jinde, Hideaki Taketsu, Masaharu Mikawa
  • Patent number: 9610996
    Abstract: A bicycle includes a frame and a seat post removably engaged with the frame. A light source is supported by the seat post. A power source is supported by the seat post. A switch is disposed between the light source and the power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: James Neugebauer, Torsten Gerhardt, Bruce Southey, Simon Potticary, James Lloyd, Richard Craven, Jonathan Mundy
  • Patent number: 9603403
    Abstract: A motorcycle helmet indicator assembly is provided that includes a passive and active illumination means. The assembly is either built-into or is an attachable assembly for a motorcycle helmet, wherein a short range wireless protocol is utilized to synchronize the motorcycle brake lights and turn signals with two indicators along secured along the rear of the motorcycle helmet. Each of the indicator bezels is surrounded by a passive reflector surface, wherein the helmet is visible in low light whether the motorcycle indicators are energized or not. This promotes visualizing motorcyclist in traffic and in low light conditions, improving awareness of the motorcyclist's position in traffic and improving his or her safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Inventor: Angela Boutte
  • Patent number: 9593764
    Abstract: A bicycle component operating apparatus is basically provided with a controller. The controller is configured to electrically adjust an input position of at least one operating member for starting operation of at least one bicycle component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventor: Akinori Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 9527540
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing adequate lighting and sighting for a bicycle are disclosed. A lighting system that includes an illumination ring configured to be coupled to a wheel is also disclosed. The illumination ring is configured to simultaneously project light forward and to the side of a front wheel and to project light rearward of and to the side of a rear wheel. The illumination ring may be mounted to or integrated with the bicycle wheel. Methods of controlling light sources on the illumination ring are also disclosed. The lighting system can include an inductor module 5320 for powering lights of the illumination ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Revolights, Inc.
    Inventors: John Kent Frankovich, Bryan Duggan
  • Patent number: 9415820
    Abstract: The present invention is to provide a turn signal lamp for bicycle, which includes a casing having a front side made of transparent material, a circuit board disposed inside the casing, a battery electrically connected to the circuit board, a light indication switch disposed close to a handle of the bicycle and configured to generate an operation signal to the circuit board according to a user's operation, a light source plate disposed inside the casing and each having light units disposed thereon for receiving power and control signal from the circuit board and enabling the light units to emit light constantly or blinkingly, and at least one light guide plate disposed inside the casing and configured to form at least two surface lights from point lights emitted by the light units, so as to produce a light indication of turning right or left through the front side of the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Inventor: Kuo Chi Yang
  • Patent number: 9391471
    Abstract: A method comprising supplying current to charging elements, a charging element producing a configurable magnetic field polarity, magnetic field polarities produced by the charging elements according to a charging polarity code. The method determines a relative position between a receiving element and a charging element, receiving elements fixedly electrically connected according to the charging polarity code, responsive to determining, re-configuring a magnetic field polarity of one or more of the charging elements due to movement of the receiving elements relative to the charging elements, and inducing a charging current by the charging elements in the receiving elements to increase power transfer from the charging elements to the receiving elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION
    Inventor: James R. Wood
  • Patent number: 9373260
    Abstract: A visual locating device for a motor vehicle, comprising a light signal generator coupleable with an antenna of the motor vehicle, and electronic control means responsive to an activation/setting command to control the light signal generator to cause emission of a light signal suitable to enable visually locating said motor vehicle. The electronic control means comprise user-controllable setting means to set a light emission mode of the light signal generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: FCA Italy S.p.A.
    Inventors: Andrea Mainini, Antonio Erario
  • Patent number: 9302592
    Abstract: An electrical battery exchanging system for reuse application is disclosed. The system includes: a number of rechargeable battery packs, a battery condition detecting module, a user ID checking module, a power source, a charging controlling module. Since the system can monitor conditions of rechargeable battery cells of the rechargeable battery packs and uses user ID for operating control purpose, it has benefits of conveniently exchanging low-power battery with fully charged one, easily sorting out end-of-life batteries and getting them for recycle or reuse, simply charging service fee and stably operating under a business model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Go-Tech Energy Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Hung-Lan Lin, Li-Zen Lai
  • Patent number: 9296441
    Abstract: A hands-free signaler can include a gesture-detection sensor configured to detect a change in state associated with movement of a portion of a user's body other than one or both of his hands. A controller can be configured to assess whether a change in state detected by the gesture-detection sensor resulted from an intentional or an unintentional gesture by the user. The signaler can have an illuminable indicator. The controller can be further configured to selectively activate the illuminable indicator in a manner corresponding to a detected change of state assessed by the controller to have resulted from a respective intentional gesture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Inventor: Michael P. Hutchens
  • Patent number: 9267800
    Abstract: A system for assisting a driver of a biomechanically-driven vehicle having at least one wheel (R), such as a bicycle, includes a device (DET1) for determining the speed of the vehicle, another device (DET) for determining the heading of the vehicle, a magnetometer (M) with at least two measurement axes for supplying data to determine the heading of the vehicle, and a device for supplying information relating to a movement of the vehicle, based on the speed of the vehicle, the slope of the rolling surface, and the heading of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignees: MOVEA, COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
    Inventors: Jérôme Doutaz, Stéphanie Riche, Thimothée Jobert
  • Patent number: 9264105
    Abstract: A communication device includes a sensor, an antenna, and a notification component. The sensor is configured to detect magnetic field strength. The antenna is configured to generate a magnetic field. The antenna is further configured to communicate with a wireless device that is configured to generate a magnetic field during communication. The notification component is configured to notify a positional offset between the antenna and the wireless device based on output signal indicative of the magnetic field strength. The sensor is arranged with respect to the antenna such that an effect of the magnetic field generated by the antenna on the output signal is suppressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: FUNAI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Naoyuki Wakabayashi, Norito Tsujimoto
  • Patent number: 9248341
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and computer program for transferring data are presented. In the method, pedalling data is received in a processor, wherein the pedalling data characterize pedalling quantity measured from the force transmission system of a bicycle. A transmission data frame comprising a first sub-frame including at least a portion of the pedalling data is formed, and the transmission data frame is outputted for wireless transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Polar Electro Oy
    Inventors: Esa Tuulari, Jari Miettinen
  • Patent number: 9090304
    Abstract: A bicycle control device includes a base member, an operating member and a force sensor. The operating member is movably mounted relative to the base member from a rest position along an operating path. The force sensor is operated by physical contact by movement of the operating member along the operating path. The force sensor is configured to output at least one control signal based upon an operation force of the operating member acting on the force sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventor: Toshio Tetsuka
  • Patent number: 9090300
    Abstract: A bicycle-use measuring apparatus includes a sensor, a signal amplifying section and a gain control section. The sensor is configured to be installed on a bicycle having a rotating part. The signal amplifying section amplifies an output of the sensor. The gain control section adjusts a gain of the signal amplifying section in accordance with changes in a rotational state of the rotating part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventor: Satoshi Kitamura
  • Patent number: 9079533
    Abstract: Programmable devices and associated methods for alerting pedestrians and vehicle operators are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Inventors: Peter Pottier, Valentin Siderskiy
  • Publication number: 20150106996
    Abstract: The present invention provides a signal gear for cyclist to give brake and turn signals to other road users while the cyclist has full control of the handle bar and brake. The signal gear of the present invention is preferably a glove with finger portions. Control and activation of the turn and/or brake signals is mainly by using electrical conductive nature of the signal glove as a switch of the signaling component which is either incorporated with the glove or with the vehicle (e.g. bicycle). The signaling component can emit turn/brake light signal or transmit an activation signal to a light emitting device to give turn/brake light signal. The turn and brake light signals are in yellow and red color, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: Koon Hang Lau
  • Patent number: 9013285
    Abstract: In a method for displaying warning signals using an electronic device while riding a bicycle, the method firstly detects any acceleration of the electronic device in three predefined axes in real time using a gravity sensor of the electronic device, and detects any angular velocity of the electronic device around any of the three predefined axes using a gyroscope of the electronic device. Secondly, the method determines a current driving condition of the bicycle according to any detected acceleration and any detected angular velocity of the electronic device. The method displays warning signals on the display screen of the electronic device according to the current driving condition of the bicycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Chi Mei Communication Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Heng-Yi Juang
  • Publication number: 20150102919
    Abstract: An intelligent system for a bicycle is provided with a control assembly including a seat bag control device, a sensor device, a digital camera, a lighting device, a warning device, and a power supply for supplying DC power to above components; and a display assembly including an LCD screen, a processing module, a communications module, and a power module for electrically interconnecting the LCD screen, the processing module, and the communications module. The seat bag control device includes a microprocessor, a memory, and a wireless communications module. The sensor device includes an optical sensor, a thermometer, an acceleration sensor, a barometer, a gyroscope, an electronic compass, a radar, and a GPS. The digital camera includes a rear camera. The lighting device includes an auxiliary light, a rear light, a directional light, and a decoration light. The warning device includes a loudspeaker and a vibration module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventor: Tau-Jeng Hsu
  • Patent number: 8952793
    Abstract: A bicycle electrical system is provided with a first electric component, a second electric component, and a third electric component. The first electric component includes a first electric power line communication section. The second electric component includes a second electric power line communication section. The third electric component includes a third electric power line communication section. The first and second electric power line communication sections are connected with a first electric power line such that the first and second electric power line communication sections conduct communications via the first electric power line. The second and third electric power line communication sections are connected with a second electric power line such that the second and third electric power line communication sections conduct communications via the second electric power line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Shimaro Inc.
    Inventors: Taihei Nishihara, Takafumi Suzuki, Shun Kou
  • Publication number: 20150035661
    Abstract: A two-way interactive light control device includes a plurality of lamps. Each lamp includes a microcomputer processer, a controlling code setting unit, a controlled code setting unit, a signal transmitting and receiving unit, a light drive unit and light emitting diodes. When the device is started, it can receive a wireless signal automatically and decode to identify whether the lamp is the same product. If there is no same lamp around, the device will set itself as the controller to keep searching the same lamps and to drive the light emitting diodes to twinkle. When the device receives a signal from the same lamps, the same lamps will be the controlled with their light emitting diodes to twinkle synchronously. Thus, when many same lamps meet, they can provide safe and warning effects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: CHIN PIAO CHEN
  • Patent number: 8935030
    Abstract: A vehicle control device is disclosed which calculates a drive torque requirement Treq as a target running force output value for a vehicle on the basis of the amount of driving operation by a driver; calculates a correction torque ?Treq for suppressing vehicle sprung body vibration; controls an engine and an electric motor on the basis of a post-correction drive torque requirement Tareq which is derived by correcting the drive torque requirement Treq with the correction torque ?Treq, and controls the indication of the operation state of the electric motor. The correction torque ?Treq includes at least a feed-back control amount ?Tfb as a disturbance-based correction amount. The indication of the operation state of the electric motor is conducted on the basis of a target running force output value for display in which the influence of the feed-back control amount ?Tfb is reduced as compared with the value Tareq.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshitaka Oikawa
  • Publication number: 20140354419
    Abstract: Tools, techniques, strategies, devices, and systems are provided for processing and communicating the status of the operation of a vehicle using the visual effects of lighting devices. A lighting system is provided that uses a wide range of sensors, automated functionality, and communication modules for providing visual indications to others regarding the state of a bicycle and/or its operator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: Ethan Perry FRIER
  • Patent number: 8881776
    Abstract: A bicycle bag protects a bicycle while the bicycle is secured to a rack, such as a vehicle bicycle rack. The bicycle bag includes resealable openings configured to allow the bicycle (and bag) to be securely attached to a wide variety of different rack types. Additionally, because there is risk of obscuring the tail lights of a vehicle for rear-mount racks when a bicycle bag is on the bike and the bike on the rack, the bicycle bag includes pockets designed to support a tail-light system that can be connected to the vehicle to provide additional lighting and safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Inventor: Gabriel S. Waters
  • Patent number: 8878658
    Abstract: A bicycle shift notification apparatus is provided with a transmission state determining component, a bicycle shift notification device and a controller. The transmission state determining component determines a current operating state of a bicycle transmission having a plurality of speed stages. The bicycle shift notification device produces a notification based on a determination of the current operating state by the transmission state determining component. The controller is operatively coupled to the bicycle shift notification device. The controller activates the bicycle shift notification device to produce the notification in accordance with a preselected notification pattern based on determining that a predetermined condition exists. The controller does not activate the bicycle shift notification device to produce the notification while determining that the predetermined condition does not exist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventor: Nobukatsu Hara
  • Publication number: 20140300456
    Abstract: A signaling and alarm device that is attachable, without using tools, to a bicycle or other conveyance using a flexible fixture and S-hook fastener. By way of two slide switches and one push-button switch located on the device housing, the device is able to achieve an alarm mode, an audible signaling mode, and a visual signaling mode. When in alarm mode, an alarm is activated by vibration. Waterproof housing encloses a battery compartment, electronic circuit board, and piezo siren.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2013
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventor: Nathan Parks
  • Patent number: 8851719
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing adequate lighting and sighting for a bicycle are disclosed. A lighting system that includes an illumination ring configured to be coupled to a wheel is also disclosed. The illumination ring is configured to simultaneously project light forward and to the side of a front wheel and to project light rearward of and to the side of a rear wheel. The illumination ring may be mounted to or integrated with the bicycle wheel. Methods of controlling light sources on the illumination ring are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Revolights, Inc.
    Inventor: John Kent Frankovich
  • Patent number: 8830045
    Abstract: A light display is mounted on the spokes of a rotating bicycle wheel. The display includes a plurality of individual arrays of lights forming a set. The set of arrays are attached together into a single rigid light display apparatus attached to a spoke of the wheel at the tip of each array of lights. At least one sensors on the apparatus, senses the angular velocity and angular position of the rotating wheel. A microprocessor, is mounted on one of the arrays of lights and connected to the sensor, and is further connected to a shared electrical bus which traverses every array of lights. The shared electrical bus is formed by the electrical connection of all the arrays of lights in a line or loop topology. Each array of lights has at most two connection points to the shared electrical bus. The microprocessor modulates the plurality of arrays of lights via the shared electrical bus and without a direct connection to every array of lights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Inventor: Dan Goldwater
  • Publication number: 20140240113
    Abstract: Programmable devices and associated methods for alerting pedestrians and vehicle operators are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: MY BELL INC.
    Inventors: Peter Pottier, Valentin Siderskiy
  • Patent number: 8803674
    Abstract: A turn signal system for a bicycle comprises a left and right front and rear turn signal and a rear alert signal that has multi-mode operation. The system is battery powered and can be adapted to an electric bicycle having a variety of power voltages. The system includes a controller and a multi-axis accelerometer to actuate the alert signal in the event of sudden deceleration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventor: Damon Langlois
  • Publication number: 20140203923
    Abstract: A display Apparatus, an illumination apparatus and a vehicle having a projector device are disclosed. The projection device is disposed at the front of the vehicle through a mounting device, which is movably joined onto the vehicle, and can convert an image signal, which is outputted from an image data source, into a projection image to project the projection image on the ground in front of the vehicle in a determined distance. A user may adjust an angle of the mounting device relative to the vehicle for changing the determined distance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicants: DARFON ELECTRONICS CORP., DARFON ELECTRONICS (SUZHOU) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jung-Chi Lai, Wen-Yen Chen
  • Patent number: 8723658
    Abstract: A method of managing physical effort expended by a user of a human-propelled vehicle provided with a control unit connected to an electric motor that is powered by a battery and that is arranged to take the place at least in part of the user for the purposes of propelling and of braking the vehicle, as a function of a program executed by the control unit in order to manage the physical effort expended by the user. A vehicle adapted to this method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: IMW-Productions
    Inventors: Eric Jean, Bruno Garin
  • Patent number: 8723659
    Abstract: A bicycle gear shift indicator comprises a shift sensor and a controller. The shift sensor configured detects a shifting operation of a shifter. The controller is operatively coupled to the shift sensor to determine a continuous shifting operation of the shifter based on a gear shift selection signal from the shift sensor. Furthermore, the controller is configured to operate a notification device that generates a shift notification corresponding to one or more gear shifts based on a continuous operation time of the shifter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventor: Toshio Tetsuka
  • Patent number: 8717155
    Abstract: A brake warning device and method includes acquiring acceleration data of a bicycle, and calculating a specific parameter according to the acceleration data acquired within a preset interval using a preset calculation method. The bicycle is determined to be decelerating if the specific parameter is less than a preset threshold value. A brake light of the brake warning device is turned on to warn that the bicycle is braking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hung-I Lin
  • Publication number: 20140118128
    Abstract: A smart horn in the form of a combination dual tone, high decibel bicycle horn and beacon light is disclosed. In one embodiment, the smart horn includes a horn for producing sound, a light source for producing light and a housing in which the horn and light source are included. The housing includes light ports and sound ports. The sound ports surround the light ports.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: ORP Industries LLC
    Inventors: Toren Orzeck, Timothy Steven Glaser, Vincent O'Malley, Cory Evan Pearman, David S. Perry
  • Publication number: 20140118129
    Abstract: A hands-free signaler can include a gesture-detection sensor configured to detect a change in state associated with movement of a portion of a user's body other than one or both of his hands. A controller can be configured to assess whether a change in state detected by the gesture-detection sensor resulted from an intentional or an unintentional gesture by the user. The signaler can have an illuminable indicator. The controller can be further configured to selectively activate the illuminable indicator in a manner corresponding to a detected change of state assessed by the controller to have resulted from a respective intentional gesture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Inventor: Michael P. Hutchens