With Head Or Ear Engaging Attachments Patents (Class 351/123)
  • Patent number: 10627633
    Abstract: Smart glasses comprise a glasses frame. The smart glasses further comprise a pair of glasses legs connected to two lateral portions of the glasses frame respectively, each of the glasses legs having a first end and a second end, wherein the second end of each of the glasses legs bends inwardly to form a first arc portion. In addition, the smart glasses further comprise a pair of clamping members each disposed at one of the glasses legs, wherein each of the clamping members comprises an elastic clamping element, said elastic clamping element being disposed at the inner side of said second end, wherein said elastic clamping element having a free end that bends inwardly to form a second arc portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: HISCENE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD
    Inventor: Chunyuan Liao
  • Patent number: 10420678
    Abstract: A pair of safety glasses including a pair of arms extending from opposite sides of an eye glass shield member. A terminal end of each of the arms, opposite the eye shield member, includes a near terminal region curves inwardly toward the other arm and a far terminal region, further from the eye shield member than the near terminal region, that curves outwardly and wherein the far terminal region includes a trap defined by a hole through the far terminal region in communication with a slit extending from the hole to an exterior side of the far terminal region with a protrusion extending into the hole, from an edge of the hole, near the slit. The pair of safety glasses includes an earplug lanyard coupled through each hole of the pair of arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Inventor: Jeffrey S. York
  • Patent number: 10278480
    Abstract: Disclosed is an auricle retainer that is configured to conveniently retain an auricle of a wearer. The auricle retainer may include an earpiece and an arm connected to the earpiece. The arm may be configured to engage a helix of the auricle for retaining the auricle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Mario Casas
  • Patent number: 10268054
    Abstract: An eyewear is configured to receive at least one interchangeable ornament. The eyewear includes at least one temple arm having a cavity defined therein and at least one ornament receiving member configured to removably receive at least one ornament thereon. The at least one ornament receiving member is detachably engageable with one of the at least one temple arm and extends into the cavity of the at least one temple arm when connected thereto. An ornament receiving system is adapted for the eyewear. A method mounts at least one ornament to an eyewear are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: 9023-2349 QUEBEC INC.
    Inventors: Alain Lachambre, Sherrill Nettleton
  • Patent number: 10034798
    Abstract: A hearing protection device is provided including a sound attenuating element and a stem extending from the sound attenuating element, wherein the stem comprises multiple curved segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventor: Robert N. Falco
  • Patent number: 9855171
    Abstract: A pair of safety glasses including a pair of arms extending from opposite sides of an eye glass shield member. A terminal end of each of the arms, opposite the eye shield member, includes a near terminal region curves inwardly toward the other arm and a far terminal region, further from the eye shield member than the near terminal region, that curves outwardly and wherein the far terminal region includes a trap defined by a hole through the far terminal region in communication with a slit extending from the hole to an exterior side of the far terminal region with a protrusion extending into the hole, from an edge of the hole, near the slit. The pair of safety glasses includes an earplug lanyard coupled through each hole of the pair of arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: 3R PRODUCTS, LLC
    Inventor: Jeffrey S. York
  • Patent number: 9813798
    Abstract: A headset comprises an ear cup, at least one speaker, an adjustable ear cup shaper, and circuitry. The ear cup shaper is adjustable into at least two configurations, wherein a first of the configurations creates no depression or a first amount of depression in the ear cup and a second of the configurations creates a second amount of depression in the ear cup, where the second amount is greater than the first amount. The circuitry is operable to determine which one of the configurations the ear cup shaper is configured into, and set an audio setting applied to an audio signal output to the speaker based on the determined one of the configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: VOYETRA TURTLE BEACH, INC.
    Inventors: Richard Kulavik, Andy Logan
  • Patent number: 9804411
    Abstract: A skin contact pad for eyeglass frames that helps increase the friction between the skin and the eyeglasses. The skin contact pad has a body with a face surface that touches the skin of a person wearing the eyeglasses. Concavities are formed on the skin contact pad. Each of the concavities has a concave surface defined within an encompassing base. The encompassing base of each concavity is independent and complete. As the concavities move across skin, the skin bulges slightly into the concavities. As the skin moves under the concavities, the bulges move and a slight suction is created within the concavities that bias the skin contact pad toward the skin. The bias that is created helps hold the eyeglasses in place on the head of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Inventor: Erik Lier
  • Patent number: 9733487
    Abstract: A retaining device joins with a frame from a pair of eyeglasses to securely retain the eyeglasses to the ears and head. The device is a unitary piece having no fasteners or moving parts, such that the device easily attaches and detaches to the frame. The device includes an arm portion that joins with an arm from the frame. The arm portion includes a front end disposed towards the glasses, and a rear end disposed towards the ears. The arm portion includes a slot that is configured to receive the arm section of the frame. The arm may slide or frictionally snap into the slot. An extension portion extends from the arm portion to partially wrap around the ears, retaining the frame on the ears during rigorous physical activity and while sweating around the ears.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Inventors: Pinna Ly, Rebecca S. Tecson
  • Patent number: 9645409
    Abstract: A pair of foldable spectacles has a two-lens front piece (30) to which two side pieces (20a, 20b) are pivotally connected by means of resilient corner hinges (25). The front piece (30) has a central hinge assembly (40) by means of which the front piece can be folded to a position where its lenses (31, 32) are held between and protected by the side pieces (20a, 20b). Each side piece (20a, 20b) has a first portion (21) which is connected to the front lens piece (30) by a resilient corner hinge (25), a second portion (22) which forms a free end portion of the side piece, and a resilient transition portion (23) between the first and second portions (21, 22). Thanks to the resilient corner hinges (25) and the resilient transition portion (23) of the two side pieces (20a, 20b), the spectacles (10) in use are held in place in a reliable manner since the side pieces (20a, 20b) are pressed against the side of the user's head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Inventor: J├Âran Lundh
  • Patent number: 9594256
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a thermoplastic laminate for an eyewear, a decorative part comprising the thermoplastic laminate and a preparation process therefore. In particular, during the preparation of the laminate, a high frequency welding machine is used for bonding thermoplastic layers. The present invention uses a high frequency welding machine for the instant welding of the thermoplastic layers. Good bonding strength exists between different layers. Further, the patterns of the core layer are intact, and have high-definition images. The patterns are located in the core layer, not affected by external environmental factors, and not easily abraded. Further, multiple surfaces of the part for an eyewear have patterns, increasing the beautiful appearance of the part for an eyewear, and meeting the requirements of customers to the largest extent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: OKIA OPTICAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yan Zhang, Chi Ho Lam
  • Patent number: 9477095
    Abstract: It is a subject of the present invention to provide eyeglasses which can be easily put on and off with one hand and which are capable of preventing shifts of the eyeglasses when worn. The present invention relates to eyeglasses 100 comprising a pair of right and left lenses R, a front frame portion 1 supporting the lenses R, a pad portion 2 mounted to a center of the front frame portion 1, a temple portion 5 extending rearward from an end portion on one side of the front frame portion 1 and an abutting portion 10 formed at an end portion on the other side of the front frame portion 1, wherein the temple portion 5 is hooked to an ear while the abutting portion 10 is in a state in which it abuts a side surface of a face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: CHARMANT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yuji Okuda
  • Patent number: 9470905
    Abstract: A device that shifts some weight of eyeglasses from the bridge of a wearer's nose to the wearer's ears using a pair of novel glider comfort assemblies and a pair of flexible plastic semi-circular pieces that are placed on the ears of the wearer. Use of this device may avoid headaches and prevent discomfort such as nasal congestion and other maladies that can result directly from the eyeglass placing undo pressure on the bridge of the nose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Inventor: Daniel G. Alcaraz
  • Patent number: 9417459
    Abstract: Hair securement devices are included on eyeglasses to help resist slippage off the head of a person wearing their eyeglasses on top of their head, when not is use. The hair securement devices are located on the inwardly facing surface of the lower inner frame of the glasses, in a place where they do not touch the face of the wearer when they are in place on the wearer. The hair securement devices may be a toothed device, or may be a suitable type of protrusion that will stick into the hair of the wearer, and resist slippage. Furthermore, methods of making the eyeglass with an integral hair securement device are disclosed, as are methods of making a separate hair securement device to be adhered to a pair of eyeglasses. A method of using the device is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Inventor: Nancy M Oram
  • Patent number: 9368884
    Abstract: A system is described that consists of components that are magnetically and electronically coupled together. The electronic coupling allows signals and power/ground to couple between the various components. The magnetic coupling allows the portable system to come apart without damaging the components when an element of a component gets unexpectedly snagged after passing an obstacle. The components can be easily collected and reassembled to reconstruct the system. Furthermore, the positioning of the magnets in the magnetic coupling provides a lock and key combination in that the pattern and anti-pattern between mating surface couplings can be designed to only allow one orientation when the units are coupled. This restriction in orientation prevents the power leads from shorting to ground or other signal leads during the reassembly thereby preventing damage to the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: TrackThings LLC
    Inventor: Thaddeus John Gabara
  • Patent number: 9236050
    Abstract: Apparatus and method that improves speech recognition accuracy, by monitoring the position of a user's headset-mounted speech microphone, and prompting the user to reconfigure the speech microphone's orientation if required. A microprocessor or other application specific integrated circuit provides a mechanism for comparing the relative transit times between a user's voice, a primary speech microphone, and a secondary compliance microphone. The difference in transit times may be used to determine if the speech microphone is placed in an appropriate proximity to the user's mouth. If required, the user is automatically prompted to reposition the speech microphone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: Vocollect Inc.
    Inventor: David R. DiGregorio
  • Patent number: 9210399
    Abstract: A head-wearable device includes a support structure having a center support with a nosepiece configured to rest on the nose of a user. A first side arm extends from a first end of the center frame support, and an earpiece extends therefrom. The earpiece defines a first portion adjacent the side arm and a second portion remote from the side arm. A display is affixed to the support structure and is positionable adjacent an eye of the user. The device is configured to be wearable in a first position with the first portion of the earpiece in contact with the ear of the user and the display positioned above a center of a line of sight of the user and in a second position with the second portion of the earpiece in contact with the ear and the display positioned over the center of the line of sight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Liang-Yu Chi
  • Patent number: 9158116
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention relate to temple and ear horn assemblies for head worn computers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Osterhout Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Ralph F. Osterhout, Greg Hires, Nima L. Shams, John D. Haddick, Joseph Rejhon Duggan, Patrick John William Casey, Nicholas Polinko
  • Patent number: 9140906
    Abstract: Devices for eyewear and eyeglasses providing in situ adjustability to stabilize and maintain positioning of the eyewear and/or eyeglasses on a user are disclosed. The devices are further suitable for use in conjunction with a retainer strap and/or integrated with a retainer strap. The devices are further suitable for integration into the manufacture of eyewear and/or eyeglasses. Embodiments of the device and methods of employing the same are set forth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: HUGGOPTICS, LLC
    Inventors: Alan Wanderer, David Yakos, Seth Carlstrom
  • Patent number: 9104044
    Abstract: Devices for eyewear and eyeglasses providing in situ adjustability to stabilize and maintain positioning of the eyewear and/or eyeglasses on a user are disclosed. The devices are further suitable for use in conjunction with a retainer strap and/or integrated with a retainer strap. The devices are further suitable for integration into the manufacture of eyewear and/or eyeglasses. Embodiments of the device and methods of employing the same are set forth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: HUGGOPTICS, LLC
    Inventors: Alan Wanderer, David Yakos, Seth Carlstrom
  • Patent number: 9033492
    Abstract: A frame for glasses, masks for professional or sports use, adapted to support at least one corrective and/or protective lens in a position which during use is located in front of the ocular region of the user, the frame including at least one through opening which is open toward the skin of the user who is wearing it, and at least one waterproof and vapor-permeable functional arranged so as to obstruct in a vapor-permeable manner the at least one opening to allow vapor permeation of the skin of the user, preventing a return of condensation toward the skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: GEOX S.p.A.
    Inventor: Mario Polegato Moretti
  • Publication number: 20150131049
    Abstract: The present eyewear includes a pair of lenses, a pair of releasable connectors connected to respective inner ends of the lenses, temples pivotally connected to respective outer ends of the lenses and a rigid strap connected between the rear ends of the temples. The strap is further characterized as having parallel legs connected to the rear ends of the temples, transition segments having a first shape extending from the substantially parallel legs to an arc-shaped base which extends along the back of the user's head when worn The transition segments are bendable by a user causing them to change from their first shape to a second shape and to maintain the second shape unless bent further by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: Clic Goggles, Inc.
    Inventor: Ron Lando
  • Publication number: 20150103305
    Abstract: The Auxiliary Eyeglasses Support is a support arm that is firmly attached to a person's ear, and extends forward to support the front portion of the eyeglasses. This will prevent the eyeglasses from slipping down on a person's nose. The Auxiliary Eyeglasses Support maybe used singly on only one side of the head, or as a pair on both sides of the head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventor: Tiblez Adal
  • Patent number: 8960895
    Abstract: A spectacle frame comprises two opposite lens support elements (10,20) and two opposite flexible temples (30,40). Each support element (10,20) has a channel (13,23) with an attachment seat (14,24). Each temple (30,40) has an end having attachment members (33,43) that are suitable to engage the attachment seat (14,24) of a respective support element (10,20). Each temple (30,40) is suitable to slide along the channels (13,23) of the two opposite support elements (10,20) such that the attachment members (33,43) of a temple (30,40) engage the attachment seat (14,24) of the support element (10,20) opposite to said temple (30,40).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Silvietta S.r.l.
    Inventors: Roberto Cargnel, Valter Paganin
  • Publication number: 20140375946
    Abstract: A frame for eyeglasses comprising a front frame portion adapted to support lenses and first and second side portions extending from opposing sides of the front frame portion and configured to end at a user's temples so as to be supported by the user's temples when worn, without being supported by the user's ears.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Robert A. Rochford, Mark Best
  • Patent number: 8894200
    Abstract: An eyewear frame has a forehead bridge that rests and is supported on a forehead of a user. A lens is mounted to the frame and both the lens and the frame are free of contact with a nose of the user. A pair of temples extends continuously from the forehead bridge and rest on and is supported by sides of a head of the user above ears of the user without touching the ears of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Addo Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Jaclyn L. Jirsa, Roy P. Prosise
  • Patent number: 8882263
    Abstract: A pair of eyeglasses includes a pair of temple units, each including a main temple segment, a temple end piece, and an engaging mechanism. The temple end piece is disposed at an inner lateral side of the main temple segment and has a connecting segment disposed between a fastenable segment and a guide segment and swingably connected to the main temple segment. The temple end pieces of the temple units are movable between an engaging position, where the fastenable segments are fastened to the main temple segments via the engaging mechanisms, and a disengaging position, where the fastenable segments are disengaged from the main temple segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Yih Tah Optics Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Ming-Hsiang Tsai
  • Publication number: 20140253866
    Abstract: Spectacles with a built-in computer that include a curvilinear frame that is defined by a frontal anterior face with opaque panels of high impact materials and another posterior counter-front face. This frame is linked in a solidarity manner with a set of temples that are prolongations on each side of the frame. The frame contains at least two peripheral visors, one upper visor and one lower visor, distant from each other, that define an enclosure together with the concave posterior counter-front face of the frame. This enclosure contains a set of elements defined by: a central printed circuit block, a cooling block, a battery and coolant circulation conduits. In collaboration with the aforementioned elements, the enclosure also contains: at least one LED screen and a convex lens with a bridge that supports the frame on the user's nose.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: Sergio Martin Carabajal
  • Patent number: 8820921
    Abstract: A system and method for connecting eyeglasses or a similar device to the ear of a person, while enabling the device to be selectively raised and lowered as needed. A set of ear anchors attach to a wearer's head. Each of the ear anchors has a pinna loop that is sized to encircle the pinna of the ear. An arm is supported by each of the ear anchors. Each arm extends forward of the ear anchors toward the eyes of the wearer. The temple elements of the eyeglasses interconnect with the arms using connectors. The connectors can be formed into the structure of the arms or can be separate elements that mechanically attach to the arms. The connectors engage the temple elements yet enable the temple elements to be selectively manipulated between a functional position and a raised position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventors: Erik Lier, Lars Langli
  • Patent number: 8794758
    Abstract: An eyewear temple arm apparatus for an eyewear device including an elongated body member having a proximal end portion configured to mount to the eyewear device. The temple arm apparatus includes a functional element, an elongated flexible tether; and a guide base. The base is movably mounted to the elongated body member for movement thereof along a fixed path in a direction generally longitudinally therealong between a first position and a second position. In the first position, the guide base is positioned proximate to a proximal portion of the body member, while in the second position, it is oriented proximate to a distal portion thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: ReadyMax, Inc.
    Inventors: Bill E. Brauner, Eivind Clausen
  • Patent number: 8789941
    Abstract: The side (1) includes an articulation front end (2) adapted to be articulated to a frame front face via a hinge (5) and a free rear end (3), a core (6) extending inside the side. One of the front and rear ends of the core (6) is anchored (8) in one of the front and rear ends of the side and the side includes, fixed to it, driving and shaping means (11, 16) for driving the other of the ends of the core, movably mounted in the other of the ends of the side and to deform the side and thus to modify its contour and curvature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Inventors: Richard Chene, Alain Miklitarian, Olivier Rodi, Dominique Delamour
  • Patent number: 8752957
    Abstract: A detachable eyeglass frame includes a lens frame, a pair of hollow temples, a pair of temple inserts and a pair of hinges. The temple insert resembles a stick ending with a blade having a pocket for receiving the asymmetrical V-shaped hinge. The hinge has a column at one tip and a screw receiving column at the other. The temple insert is received by a sleeve formed within the temple and furthermore the hinge is inserted to the pocket of the temple insert for connecting the temple to the lens frame through a screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Dongguan Action Optic Resources Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Choon Kheang Ng
  • Patent number: 8733926
    Abstract: An adjustment device for eyeglasses includes a column. The column includes a first end. The first end includes an aperture. The aperture is operable to be removably joined at least partially to an earpiece on the eyeglasses. A channel is disposed at least partially within the column. The aperture is further configured to allow access to the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventor: Ethel M. Stewart
  • Patent number: 8696111
    Abstract: Provided are spectacle frames and a manufacturing method thereof, in which a front of the spectacle frames is formed by processing a celluloid plate of plastic, and temples are mounted on the front of the spectacle frames, thereby manufacturing the spectacle frames using the celluloid plate. The present invention does not require injection molding and an injection mold, and by processing both a hinge part and the front of the spectacle frames, the spectacle frames that can be applied to various wearers' face sizes can be manufactured with only the front of the frames having a single size. Also, by merely changing a design, various designs of the spectacle frames can be realized with only the front of the frames having a single size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Inventor: Jung Tae Chang
  • Publication number: 20140078463
    Abstract: A pair of eyeglasses includes a pair of temple units, each including a main temple segment, a temple end piece, and an engaging mechanism. The temple end piece is disposed at an inner lateral side of the main temple segment and has a connecting segment disposed between a fastenable segment and a guide segment and swingably connected to the main temple segment. The temple end pieces of the temple units are movable between an engaging position, where the fastenable segments are fastened to the main temple segments via the engaging mechanisms, and a disengaging position, where the fastenable segments are disengaged from the main temple segments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: YIH TAH OPTICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: MING-HSIANG TSAI
  • Publication number: 20140071397
    Abstract: Hair securement devices are included on eyeglasses to help resist slippage off the head of a person wearing their eyeglasses on top of their head, when not is use. The hair securement devices are located on the inwardly facing surface of the lower inner frame of the glasses, in a place where they do not touch the face of the wearer when they are in place on the wearer. The hair securement devices may be a toothed device, or may be a suitable type of protrusion that will stick into the hair of the wearer, and resist slippage. Furthermore, methods of making the eyeglass with an integral hair securement device are disclosed, as are methods of making a separate hair securement device to be adhered to a pair of eyeglasses. A method of using the device is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Inventor: Nancy M Oram
  • Patent number: 8590539
    Abstract: A headgear-earwear assembly and a method of assembling the same. The headgear-earwear assembly can include an earwear and a headgear adapted to be coupled together. The earwear can include an elongated member, such as a cord, and an earpiece coupled to the elongated member. The headgear can include a major surface and a channel oriented substantially along the major surface of the headgear. The channel can be configured to removably house at least a portion of the length of the elongated member. The headgear can further include an aperture positioned adjacent the channel and open to the channel. The aperture can include an undulating shape along at least a portion of its length. The method can include positioning at least a portion of the elongated member in the channel, such that at least a portion of the length of the elongated member is removably housed in the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventor: Laurent Froissard
  • Publication number: 20130278883
    Abstract: Spectacles having a lens frame and arms connected thereto and a retaining strap which can be fastened to the spectacles. A receiving device is provided on the free end of at least one arm, which receiving device interacts with a connecting element to which a retaining strap is undetachably fastened, e.g. moulded on. A plurality of receiving devices can be disposed at predetermined positions between the front end of each arm and the free end thereof. This has the advantage that the retaining strap can be adapted individually to the shape of the head, the hair length and possible individual preferences of the wearer of the spectacles. Thus the retaining strap can be immovably fastened not only to the free end of the arm but also to a front end of the arm, that is to say where the arm adjoins the hinge, and all intermediate positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Inventor: Eberhard LENZ
  • Publication number: 20130278882
    Abstract: An adjustment device for eyeglasses includes a column. The column includes a first end. The first end includes an aperture. The aperture is operable to be removably joined at least partially to an earpiece on the eyeglasses. A channel is disposed at least partially within the column. The aperture is further configured to allow access to the channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2012
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Inventor: Ethel M. Stewart
  • Publication number: 20130235330
    Abstract: An eyeglass attachment for interchangeably coupling with eyeglasses having at least one lens having an outer peripheral edge, and a frame including a nose bridge and two spaced-apart side ear-stems. The ear-stems are pivotally connected to the outer peripheral edges of the lens and include a distal end having a catch. A pair of removable tips connect to corresponding distal ends of the ear-stem and include a hollow cavity member having a rectangular downwardly facing notch having an abutment surface. The attachment means includes an adjustable strap means integrally coupled between a pair of clip assemblies each including a removable means for connecting with the catch of the ear-stems. The clip assemblies include a fastening means for connecting to the adjustable strap, and a pin for pivoting the removable and fastening means about an axis. The pin includes an earpiece holding means for securing a wire therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Inventor: LAK CHEONG
  • Patent number: 8523351
    Abstract: An eyeglass attachment for interchangeably coupling with eyeglasses having at least one lens having an outer peripheral edge, and a frame including a nose bridge and two spaced-apart side ear-stems. The ear-stems are pivotally connected to the outer peripheral edges of the lens and include a distal end having a catch. A pair of removable tips connect to corresponding distal ends of the ear-stem and include a hollow cavity member having a rectangular downwardly facing notch having an abutment surface. The attachment means includes an adjustable strap means integrally coupled between a pair of clip assemblies each including a removable means for connecting with the catch of the ear-stems. The clip assemblies include a fastening means for connecting to the adjustable strap, and a pin for pivoting the removable and fastening means about an axis. The pin includes an earpiece holding means for securing a wire therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Inventor: Lak Cheong
  • Patent number: 8485658
    Abstract: An eyewear retainer includes a flexible elongated arm and a flexible leg extending downwardly from the posterior end of the arm. Elastic bands on the arm receive and engage a wide range of temple arms of eyewear. The leg extends behind a wearer's ear when the temple arm of the eyewear is engaged by the elastic bands. The retainer is buoyant and may include a bulbous buoyancy cell containing a buoyant object on the lateral side of the leg. Thermal medium compartments are attached to the medial side of the retainer arm and retainer leg. Each thermal medium compartment removably contains a thermal medium, such as a cooling medium or a heating medium. A pressure sensitive skin-contacting adhesive is provided on the outer skin-contacting side (i.e., the medial side) of the thermal medium compartment located on the retainer leg. The retainer leg and arm may be comprised of a material including a thermochromic additive and/or a hydrochromic additive configured to change color when the retainer is submerged in water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Inventor: Thomas Muller
  • Patent number: 8454158
    Abstract: An apparatus to facilitate wearing eyewear and a wireless headset at the same time is disclosed. The apparatus may include a first tubular element that may be configured to be slipped over a temple of the eyewear. The apparatus may also include a second tubular element that may be configured to receive an around the ear securing element coupled with, or included with, the wireless headset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Inventors: Glenn Joseph Dillard, Belinda Faye Baker
  • Publication number: 20130077043
    Abstract: The present invention comprises a universal, modular and multi-functional eye wear system, including a pair of lenses, a pair of temples pivotally connected to the outer part of the lenses, a tail accessory connector connected to the distal end of the temple and an interchangeable multi-functional tail accessory. The universal modular design allows for a multitude of interchangeable options for color, style, prescription, comfort and functionality. The tail accessory connector allows for constrained or unconstrained relative axial rotation between the temple and the tail accessory. The eye wear system gains additional functionality through the integration of a optional bridge connector, or optional wireless communication retention capabilities. This invention has novel and superior functionality, operational flexibility and consumer features over existing products and helps to improve safety of roadways for drivers and pedestrians that use digital communications devices and eye wear.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Inventor: Sean Thomas Moran
  • Patent number: 8322850
    Abstract: An eyeglass device includes a lens unit and a pair of temple pieces connected to the lens unit. Each temple piece includes a rigid upper portion and a soft lower portion. The rigid upper portion has a rigid front end connected to the lens unit, and a rigid rear end. The soft lower portion has a front soft section disposed below and connected to the rigid front end, a rear soft section connected to the rigid rear end, and an intermediate soft section disposed between the front and rear soft sections and below the rigid upper portion. The intermediate soft section and the rigid upper portion cooperatively define an elongate gap therebetween. The soft lower portion has a bottom abutment face extending from the front soft section to the rear soft section for contacting a user's ear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: All-Logic Int. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shun-Tien Yang
  • Patent number: 8287123
    Abstract: The present invention provides an eyeglass frame without nose pads that can adapt to difference in face size and can exert sufficient fixation force. A nose pad-less eyeglass frame 1 that is not provided with nose pads, wherein supporting members 3 for fixing an eyeglass frame to a face are attached on temples 2, and the supporting members 3 are movable in longitudinal directions of the temples 2 so that the positions of the supporting members 3 are adjustable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Bridge Corporation
    Inventor: Tsutomu Miyashita
  • Patent number: 8262219
    Abstract: An earstem for eyeglasses is provided that can incorporate an interchangeable elastomeric traction member disposed in a recessed seat which extends along a length of the earstem to provide a contact area between the earstem and the head. The traction member can be disposed along the bottom portion of the earstem and/or around the periphery of the earstem. The traction device can be detachably coupled to the earstem so that the traction device can be exchanged to accommodate different needs or situations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Oakley, Inc.
    Inventors: Duane J. Lee, Kevin K. Grant, An Tran
  • Patent number: 8197061
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device used to protect the ears from the sun Exemplary embodiments of the invention include ear shades for use with a pair of glasses The temple arm of the glasses generally comprises an anterior end, a posterior end, an ear support portion, and a shading portion The anterior end of the temple arm may be configured to be operatively connected to a lens holding portion of the glasses and the ear support portion rests on the ear The shading portion may be operatively connected to the ear support portion and cooperates with the ear support portion to create a downward-opening cavity into which the top of the user's ear extends to shade at least the top of the user's ear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Inventor: Daniel J. Kindl
  • Patent number: 8174569
    Abstract: An image display apparatus, which is mounted on a head or face of a wearer attachably and detachably and allows the wearer to view an image and hear sound, includes a long formed temple supported by a temporal region of head or an ear when the wearer is wearing the image display apparatus; a speaker that generates sound, a sound generating face thereof being insertable into the ear at a vicinity of an opening of the ear; and a position adjusting mechanism that holds the speaker, attachably to and detachably from the temple, and movably at least substantially along a surface of the temporal region of the head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Yasushi Tanijiri, Sei Mitsui, Hiroshi Yamaguchi
  • Publication number: 20120033176
    Abstract: An earstem for an eyeglass is provided that can exhibit a dampening effect as the earstem is over-rotated or deflected from a deployed position to a deflected position. In some embodiments, a suspension component of the earstem can be operative to pivot relative to the frame until reaching a deployed position. The rigid elongate body can be operative to pivot relative to the frame beyond the deployed position. In this regard, the suspension component can be attached to the rigid elongate body along a posterior portion of the suspension component such that pivoting of the rigid elongate body beyond the deployed position causes deflection of the suspension component to dampen further pivoting of the rigid elongate body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Publication date: February 9, 2012
    Applicant: Oakley, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Ogren, Ryan Anthony Calilung