With Wearing Apparel Or Body Support Patents (Class 362/103)
  • Patent number: 9470411
    Abstract: An illuminating undergarment carries a series of illuminating devices for emitting light and presenting a glow from underneath an outer garment. The undergarment can be tailored in any suitable form factor, such as a slip for placement under a skirt or skirt portion of a dress or other form factors for use under dresses, blouses, pants, etc. The undergarment comprises a series of illuminating device retention members affixed to a surface of the undergarment body. Examples of retention members include a pocket and a retention strap. The illuminating devices are removably attached to the undergarment by the retention members. The illuminating devices can be arranged in a random pattern, in a pattern representing an object, in a pattern representing text, etc. and any combination thereof. The illuminating devices are powered by a portable power supply and can be controlled by a circuit and/or a switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Inventor: Jami Rose Ramsey
  • Patent number: 9464780
    Abstract: A durable LED light engine includes an printed circuit board including LEDs mounted thereon positioned between a substantially U-shaped top enclosure and a bottom enclosure. Once assembled together using alignment holes and projections, the open spaces in the combination of the substantially U-shaped top enclosure, the printed circuit board and the bottom enclosure are filled with a plastic sealant. Once cooled, the plastic sealant holds the combination of the substantially U-shaped top enclosure, the printed circuit board and bottom enclosure together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: General LED, Inc.
    Inventors: Michele Kun Huang, Glenn Freeman
  • Patent number: 9443918
    Abstract: A light-emitting device having a curved light-emitting surface is provided. Further, a highly-reliable light-emitting device is provided. A substrate with plasticity is used. A light-emitting element is formed over the substrate in a flat state. The substrate provided with the light-emitting element is curved and put on a surface of a support having a curved surface. Then, a protective layer for protecting the light-emitting element is formed in the same state. Thus, a light-emitting device having a curved light-emitting surface, such as a lighting device or a display device can be manufactured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yohei Momma, Tomohiko Suganoya, Saki Obana
  • Patent number: 9410694
    Abstract: An illuminated vest comprises an enclosure including a light-emitting diode and control electronics that control the light emitting diode. Coupled to the enclosure is a belt made of passive material. A limb loop is created by an optical fiber structure that includes a first end and a second end. The light-emitting diode is optically coupled to the first end of the fiber optic structure. The optical fiber structure is also independent of passive material, such that the optical fiber structure forms a structure for the vest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: NOXGEAR, LLC
    Inventors: Simon Curran, Thomas Walters
  • Patent number: 9371986
    Abstract: Flexible LED light arrays particularly suitable for use in clothing and other articles are disclosed. The light arrays are disposed on flexible printed circuit boards (PCBs). The flexible PCBs include substantially sinusoidal metal contact traces, along which the LEDs are attached at an angle preselected to minimize stresses in the expected directions of bending. The flexible PCBs may have control electronics provided on separate, attachable control boards, which may be either flexible or rigid. The flexible LED light arrays may also be arranged in master-slave configurations with a number of arrays, in which one master control array or board is attached to a number of slave arrays and handles external communication for the slave arrays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Erogear, Inc.
    Inventor: Anders Kristofer Nelson
  • Patent number: 9351799
    Abstract: A battery headlamp assembly that includes a light engine bezel, an adjustable linkage supporting the bezel and including an electrically conductive system terminating at the bezel. Also, a headband assembly supports the adjustable linkage and includes a longitudinal rigid-flex circuit assembly. This assembly has a strip of rigid-flex circuit having two longitudinally opposed ends and including battery contacts on the ends. Also, two networks of electrical components are each supported by and electrically connected together, and to one of the battery contacts, by the strip of rigid-flex circuit, which includes conductive traces connecting both the networks to the electrically conductive system and to each other, to power the bezel from the battery contacts and to permit communications between the networks. In addition, a further electrically conductive element, electrically connects at least one conductive trace of the rigid-flex circuit to the electrically conductive system of the adjustable linkage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Riverpoint Medical, LLC
    Inventor: John Thomas Ferguson
  • Patent number: 9338915
    Abstract: A wearable electronics assembly includes one or more electronic modules coupled to a wearable electronics fabric. Each of the one or more electronic modules includes one or more plated through holes, through each of which is coupled an electrically conductive wire. The electrically conductive wire is stitched through the plated through hole and to a fabric onto which the electronic module is attached. The electronic module can include one or more electronic components coupled to a printed circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Flextronics AP, LLC
    Inventors: Weifeng Liu, Anwar Mohammed, Zhen Feng
  • Patent number: 9322545
    Abstract: The disclosed invention is a system that provides high visibility for a motorcyclist (and possible passenger) in the form a jacket (or other garment). The jacket (or other garment) has lights, for example light-emitting diodes (LEDs), incorporated into the jacket at desired locations. The lights provide increased visibility of the person wearing the jacket, for example, a motorcyclist, particularly at night. In addition, the location, arrangement, and color of the lights (or sets of lights) can convey information (in addition to increasing the general visibility of the motorcyclist).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Inventor: Scott Wansor
  • Patent number: 9316385
    Abstract: A backlight device (lighting device) (12) according to the present invention includes a chassis (14) having an opened section (14b), optical members (15) disposed to cover the opened section (14b) in the chassis (14), LEDs (light source) (17) disposed outside of the chassis (14), and lens members (light guide members) (20) disposed in such a structure as to penetrate the chassis (14), the lens members guiding the light from the LEDs (17) into the chassis (14). An LED housing chassis (light source housing member) (19) that stores therein the LEDs (17) is attached to the chassis (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yasutoshi Maeda
  • Patent number: 9310068
    Abstract: An illumination assembly for making a driver of a vehicle visible to an observer includes a front panel and a back panel that may be positioned on the driver. A shoulder strap is coupled to the front and back panels. A primary processor is coupled to the front panel. A primary transceiver is coupled to the front panel. A light emitter is coupled to the back panel. The light emitter selectively emits light. The light emitter may make the driver visible to the observer. A remote control may be selectively coupled to the vehicle. A remote processor is coupled to the remote control. A remote transceiver is coupled to the remote control. The remote transceiver is operationally coupled to the primary transceiver. An actuator is coupled to the remote control. The actuator is operationally coupled to the remote processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Inventor: Ronald Mason
  • Patent number: 9265129
    Abstract: An adapter cable includes a first adapter, a second adapter, and a wire. The first adapter includes a sensor, a light source, and a processor. The sensor generates a detecting signal when sensing that the first adapter is picked up. The processor is connected between the sensor and the light source. The processor turns on the light source when receiving the detecting signal output from the sensor. The wire is connected between the first adapter and the second adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chih-Chen Lai
  • Patent number: 9262917
    Abstract: Provided is a safety directional indicator to improve highway safety. Embodiments of the invention include devices for guiding a driver of a vehicle in a desired direction, typically away from highway workers, pedestrians, curbs, and opposing lanes of traffic. Specifically included is a safety directional indicator system comprising a flexible belt with a plurality of light transmitting bars disposed along the belt and having a plurality of LEDs disposed at one elongated end of each light transmitting bar and in operable communication with a control system for illuminating the LEDs in a manner to indicate a direction for traffic. Safety devices according to the invention can be stand-alone devices, devices capable of being attached to objects or structures at a highway scene, or configured to be worn on a person's body. An object of the safety devices according to embodiments of the invention is to increase driver awareness of highway situations especially during conditions of restricted visibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Inventors: Paul Haynes, David Eric Collins
  • Patent number: 9243796
    Abstract: An LED lamp uses a flexible metal fabric as a heat sink. At least one light emitting diode is attached to a circuit board that is mounted on a heat conducting member. The flexible heat sink is attached to the heat conducting member, such that heat generated by the light emitting diode and circuit board is conducted to the flexible heat sink. The flexible heat sink can be deformed to fit in a variety of spaces. The flexible heat sink dissipates the heat generated by the LED lamp without the need for a fan. The flexible heat sink may be made from braided copper fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Putco, Inc.
    Inventors: James P. Elwell, Trent Quick
  • Patent number: 9234654
    Abstract: A twinkling hair band mainly includes a band main body and a light guiding decoration coupled to the band main body, where the light guiding decoration has a base and at least two light diffuser plates. Two light-emitting elements corresponding to each light diffuser plate and a control circuit controlling each light-emitting element to wink in sequence are configured inside said base, and a power source switch for turning on and off electricity is configured on the base. Whereby, the corresponding light diffuser plate twinkles immediately when each light-emitting element winks in sequence through the coupling of the band main body and light guiding decoration so as to profit decoration to the band main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Inventor: Hua-Cheng Pan
  • Patent number: 9226703
    Abstract: Provided is a holder which comprises at least two probe mount portions into which a light-transmitting probe for emitting light from the tip thereof or a light-receiving probe for receiving light through the tip thereof is inserted from above and is to be put on the head of a subject, the holder being characterized by further comprising: a linear backbone portion that extends in a first direction that is perpendicular to the above-described direction from above; and at least two linear branch portions that extend in a second direction that is perpendicular to the above-described direction from above and is different from the first direction, wherein the lower end portions of the probe mount portions protrude from the lower surface of the backbone portion or a branch portion and are tapered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: SHIMADZU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Inoue, Takashi Amita, Satoru Kohno, Akihiro Ishikawa, Yoshinori Masuda, Haruhide Udagawa
  • Patent number: 9226369
    Abstract: A coordinated lighting system capable of affixation to a wearable garment is provided. According to more particular aspects of the invention, the system includes: a controller and a plurality of light emitting diodes (LEDs) arranged as a chain, at least one of the plurality of LEDs operatively connected to the controller. The controller is configured to: determine at least one of (a) a quantity of the plurality of LEDs and (b) an arrangement of the plurality of LEDs; and generate one or more lighting instructions based on the at least one of (a) the quantity of the plurality of LEDs and (b) the arrangement of the plurality of LEDs. A method for providing a coordinated lighting system is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: ADAFRUIT INDUSTRIES
    Inventor: Limor Fried
  • Patent number: 9155168
    Abstract: A user wearable device may be implemented with a light source to provide illumination to an area of interest. In one example, the light source may be selectively operated by switches, physical displacement (e.g., movement) of the device, or other approaches. In another example, the device may be implemented as a wristwatch to display time, date, or related information to a user. In another example, the device may be implemented with appropriate processing or communication components to perform other tasks. In other embodiments, various methods of using, operating, or manufacturing such devices are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: SureFire, LLC
    Inventors: Luis Araujo, Kevin Skehan, Douglas J. Port, Ammar Burayez
  • Patent number: 9148949
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an electronic textile (1) comprising the steps of: providing a textile carrier (2) comprising a plurality of conductor lines (6a-b); releasably attaching (101) the textile carrier (2) to a rigid support plate (20); providing (102) a conductive substance on the textile carrier (2) in a pattern forming a plurality of sets of connection pads (5a-b) on the textile carrier (2), each set of connection pads defining a component placement position for placement of an electronic component (3), and each set of connection pads (5a-b) comprising a connection pad overlapping one of the conductor lines, the connection pad having a connection pad length (Lcp) in a direction parallel to the conductor line and a connection pad width (Wcp) in a direction perpendicular to the conductor line, wherein the connection pad width (Wcp) is at least one percent of an extension (Wtc) of the textile carrier (2) in the direction perpendicular to the conductor line; automatically placing (103) electronic component
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Guofu Zhou, Johannes Adrianus Maria Rademakers, Petrus Antonius Henricus Snoeijen, Josephus Henricus Gerardus Bax, Frank Anton Van Abeelen, Liesbeth Van Pieterson
  • Patent number: 9033534
    Abstract: Described herein are hands-free vision aids that may be used for low-vision reading. These vision aids may be beneficial for individuals with low-vision disorders such as age-related macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa, and other visual disorders. The vision aids described here comprise an optical system with one or more light sources configured to provide a rectangular field of illumination with high illuminance levels bounded by high contrast perimeter. Such an illumination field greatly illuminates a targeted viewing region while reducing glare that arises from illuminating peripheral regions. Some vision aids use green light with high illuminance values for improving visual acuity and comfort for long-duration reading. The optical system of a vision aid may be configured to fit onto and/or integrate with eyeglass frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Jasper Ridge Inc.
    Inventors: Peter G. Borden, Peter H. Muller
  • Patent number: 9015965
    Abstract: The sole section of a shoe includes a midsole and an outsole, with the midsole being made from a translucent material. An illumination system is located inside the translucent midsole, causing the translucent midsole to be internally illuminated when the illumination system is active. Due to the translucent nature of the midsole light from the illumination system reflects internally throughout the midsole, increasing illumination. The light will also illuminate adjacent translucent components, such as the outsole if it is also made from a translucent material. Light from the illumination system can be blocked, such as by an opaque outsole or colored mold injection, and used to form an illuminated design or logo. By blacking out or covering sections of the translucent midsole, shapes and letters of visible light can be created in the negative space of the obstruction sections. This allows illuminated designs to easily be incorporated into footwear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventor: Roy Robert Smith, III
  • Patent number: 9010954
    Abstract: A plurality of pairs of skates, where each skate has a blade or inline wheels and has a light bar for illuminating a skating surface, are wireless and remotely controlled. A remote controller, which includes an input device, determines the desired illumination characteristics of the pairs of skates and transmits wireless signals indicative of the desired illumination characteristics. Light controllers responsive to the wireless signals cause the desired illumination from the light bars of the skates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Glo-Blades International Inc.
    Inventors: Ralph Haney, Zhihong Zhang
  • Patent number: 9013281
    Abstract: This invention relates to electronic wearable articles such as clothing. The invention is an integrated wearable article (e.g. an electronic glove) that allows a user to signal to others the user intent for direction. The electronic glove includes a glove, a chevron-shaped light integrated with the glove that points away from the user when glove is on the hand of the user to indicate intended direction, and an electronic circuit including a switch mechanism with a first contact assembly on the thumb and a second contact assembly on the index finger of the glove, wherein the electronic circuit detects when the first contact assembly touches the second contact assembly to actuate the light, and a battery to power the electronic circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Zackees, Inc.
    Inventors: Zachary James Vorhies, Murat Ozkan, Roger Fred Challender
  • Patent number: 9004712
    Abstract: The invention disclosed provides a convertible safety body cover with interchangeable light patterns. The safety body cover has an outer front panel permanently connected to an outer rear panel. A first light pattern is mounted to an inner front panel that is removeably mounted to the outer front panel. A second light pattern is mounted to an inner rear panel that is removeably mounted to the outer rear panel. The light pattern panels are removed and replaced with different light pattern panels to create different visual effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventor: Thomas R. Bass
  • Patent number: 9004711
    Abstract: An eyeglass light assembly is disclosed. The eyeglass light assembly includes an ultra lightweight and configurable eyeglass light adapted to removably and interchangeably attach to an eyeglass frame or to be integrally formed with the eyeglass frame. The eyeglass light is adapted to provide a multiplicity of angle, pivot, and rotation configurations for varied use and adaptation at directing emitted light from an eyeglass frame. The eyeglass light is adapted to pivot and bend in various locations. The eyeglass light provides for hands-free use when mounted. In one embodiment, the eyeglass light includes and a flexible stem upon which the light is coupled. The stem is further coupled to clip members adapted to couple to one another to secure the assembly to eyeglass frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventor: Helen Kallou Gerolemou
  • Patent number: 8992038
    Abstract: An illumination system is housed in a footwear, the footwear including a sole and an upper. A structure and a liner form inner layers connected to the upper. A plurality of illumination sources are electrically connected to a power source and positioned adjacent to the liner. The illumination sources are positioned between the liner and upper. A batting is designed to be light diffusing, while the upper has a light diffusing section. The light emitted from the plurality of illumination sources is diffused as it passes through the batting and light diffusing section. Aesthetic designs can be creating, either through the arrangement of the plurality of illumination sources or the provision of a light impermeable section on the upper. The light impermeable section, in combination with the light diffusion section, can be used to form or outline an aesthetic design. The result is an internally illuminated footwear with diffused light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Inventor: Roy Robert Smith, III
  • Publication number: 20150077978
    Abstract: A shoe includes a sole, an upper and a light-emitting unit. The upper includes a main body that is connected to the sole and that cooperates with the sole to define a foot-receiving space, and an outer layer that is mounted on the main body and that cooperates with the main body to define an accommodating space having a opening. The outer layer has a light-transmissive portion. The light-emitting unit is accommodated in the accommodating space and is capable of emitting light to pass through the light-transmissive portion. The light-emitting unit is removable from the accommodating space through the opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Denise Chen
  • Patent number: 8979295
    Abstract: Rechargeable lighted glasses are provided having one or more light sources mounted thereto and powered by a rechargeable power source. The rechargeable power source can be recharged through a recharging interface mounted to at least one of the temple arm portions of the rechargeable lighted glasses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventor: Michael Waters
  • Patent number: 8975606
    Abstract: A finger-mounted illuminating device is disclosed. This device specifically addresses the problem of maintaining hands-free capability in a low or no light environment. This embodiment is a compact structure made of sturdy plastic or other material, which is mounted to the finger(s) and contains various types of illumination output, power source, thumb activated button(s), and circuits to manipulate the illumination needs as required by the operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventor: Paul Bowers
  • Publication number: 20150062875
    Abstract: A foaming shoe with built-in luminous component can include a luminous component embedded in a shoe body. A groove may be arranged on the shoe body. A luminous embedment groove is arranged on the shoe body along any one or more parts, i.e. the vamp, the cylinder and the side edge of the bottom, the luminous component comprises a luminous controller and a plurality of luminous bodies electrically connected with the luminous controller via an electric wire, the luminous controller is embedded in the accommodating groove, the plurality of luminous bodies are embedded in the luminous embedment groove on the shoe body, a packaging cover is arranged, in a covering manner, on the bottom in correspondence to the accommodating groove, a light-permeable cover is arranged, in a covering manner, on the shoe body in correspondence to the luminous embedment groove, and the plurality of luminous bodies are connected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: John Gou
  • Publication number: 20150062959
    Abstract: The invention generally relates to an illuminated sports system. In certain embodiments, the system includes a device configured to be worn by a user that includes a first portion having a first illumination source and a second portion having first control circuitry configured to at least transmit or receive data associated with the device. The system also includes a movable piece of sports equipment including a second illumination source and second control circuitry configured to at least transmit or receive data associated with the movable piece of sports equipment. At least one of the first and second control circuitries is configured to sense when the user possesses the movable piece of sports equipment and modify an emission of at least one of the first and second illumination sources based on the user possessing the movable piece of sports equipment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Daniel John Wilson
  • Patent number: 8960948
    Abstract: A light and associated mounting body is disclosed which is suitable for mounting on straps of different widths. In a particular embodiment the body can be mounted to the strap, for example a collar or the like, without removing the collar from the object it is attached to.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: The Flewelling Ford Family Trust
    Inventor: Timothy D. F. Ford
  • Patent number: 8952610
    Abstract: A method for producing electroluminescent textiles and to electroluminescent textiles produced accordingly is provided. A layer arrangement (10) of an electroluminescent textile comprises a textile substrate (1), a protective layer (2), a first transparent conductive layer or front electrode (3), a light-emitting layer (4), a dielectric layer (5), a second conductive layer or back electrode (6), a conductive rail (7), and a cover layer (8). As associated method is further provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Hochschule Niederrhein
    Inventors: Maike Rabe, Evelyn Lempa, Christine Maria Steinem
  • Publication number: 20150036323
    Abstract: A pair of goggles that includes lighting, which produce patterns of illumination across the surface of the goggles that contains said lighting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Joshua C. Kelly, Ariel Macaulay Bruton, Christopher Kelly
  • Patent number: 8938892
    Abstract: Articles of footwear and footwear systems include modules, e.g., for sensing physical and/or physiological characteristics associated with use of the footwear or for performing other functions. Such systems and methods may use physical or other interaction(s) between the module and the article of footwear for activating and/or deactivating the module and/or sensing devices included with the module, for confirming whether the module and footwear are authorized for use with one another, and/or for automatic data algorithm selection methods. Additionally, such systems and methods also may use the activation and/or authentication systems for the module for data input to the module. Some examples of such systems and methods may utilize magnets and magnetic sensing systems and/or light (or other radiation) sources and sensing systems for activation, authentication, data input, and/or algorithm selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Whipple Case, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20150023005
    Abstract: An illumination assembly structured to be supported on an individual, including a garment worn by the individual, having a base connectable to the garment and an adjustment assembly connected to the base. An illumination source is connected to the adjustment assembly and moveable therewith relative to the base. The adjustment assembly is disposed in movable interconnecting relation between the illumination source and the base and is cooperatively structured therewith to facilitate adjustable, multi-directional movement and multi-positional placement of the illumination source on the base. The base may be removably connected to a mounting structure connected to the garment, wherein the mounting structure is dimensioned and configured to be unobtrusive when not connected to the base and disposed in underlying relation to an over garment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Kendel C. Cain
  • Publication number: 20150016093
    Abstract: In another implementation, a signaling apparatus includes a glove that is configured to be worn on a hand of a user; a first light source that extends along and is affixed to at least a portion of a lateral side of the glove, the lateral side of the glove corresponding to a lateral side of the user's hand that includes, at least, the user's fifth digit, fifth metacarpal, and ulna bone; and a second light source that extends along and is affixed to at least a portion of a medial side of the glove, the medial side of the glove corresponding to a medial side of the user's hand that includes, at least, the user's radial bone and one or more of: (i) the user's first metacarpal and first digit, and (ii) the user's second metacarpal and second digit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Benjamin M. Wilson
  • Publication number: 20150015161
    Abstract: A medical light-source device for securing a long illumination time required for operations in the medical field, has an LED illumination section including an LED element; a holder to put the LED illumination section on a head of the operator; a battery power supply section that supplies power to the LED illumination section; a charger having an AC adaptor capable of being connected to a commercial power supply for charging the battery power supply section; and a battery holding belt to put the battery power supply section and the charger on the body of the operator. The battery holding belt has a switch section to switch on/off the LED illumination section and to adjust intensity of illumination of the LED element; and a control section to control a constant current, which is associated with the intensity of illumination, supplied to the LED illumination section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicants: ACP JAPAN CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shoichi NAKAMURA
  • Publication number: 20150003047
    Abstract: A display apparatus for lighted footwear, having a spring switch, a battery-powered integrated circuit sealingly encapsulated, a plurality of illuminators, and a wiring harness connecting the illuminators to points of the integrated circuit, the integrated circuit being configured for activating the illuminators in a sequential pattern that can include repeated activation cycles when the spring switch is subjected to an effective acceleration. The display apparatus preferably includes the battery being sealingly encapsulated together with the spring switch and the integrated circuit; an ON/OFF switch can be included for selectively producing a deep sleep state of the integrated circuit that is unresponsive to the spring switch. Also disclosed is footwear incorporating the display apparatus, wherein the encapsulated enclosure is located within a sole heel portion of the shoe, and the illuminators are distributed on the footwear for external view.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: Fujian Yibao Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jiayang Lin
  • Publication number: 20150002806
    Abstract: Eyeglasses include a front with a pair of lenses and a first arm and a second arm, which are articulated to sides of the front via respective hinges and are able to turn between an extended position and a folded position where they are set the first behind and the second in front of the front. A hinge for articulation of the second arm is connected to the front in such a way that it can turn through 180° about an axis orthogonal to an axis of the hinge. The arms may moreover incorporate a front lighting system and/or a voice-recognition sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: Paola Santarelli
  • Patent number: 8919982
    Abstract: A lighting system mounted on an article of clothing. The light system comprises at least one illuminating wire mounted on the article. The illuminating wire is connected to a power source and a processing unit. The power source can be a solar strip. The processing unit is capable of analyzing the rhythm of music and commanding the illuminating object to flash based on the music. In some embodiments, the lighting system comprises a wireless receiver that can receive wireless signal such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, radio frequency, and voice command. The lighting effects of the lighting systems on different articles of clothing can be coordinated to form a special light show such as a light symphony.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Inventor: Gabriel Pulido, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8919989
    Abstract: A piezoelectric generator utilizes to accept a force for generating electric energy and comprises a flexible material and a piezoelectric element set. The piezoelectric element is positioned in the flexible material. The piezoelectric element set is formed by the plurality of piezoelectric elements connected in series, each piezoelectric element comprises a piezoelectric material and a metal sheet. The piezoelectric material has piezoelectricity. When the piezoelectric material suffers a stress, the piezoelectric material will generate a voltage by the deformation. The flexible material has a first elasticity coefficient. The piezoelectric element set has a second elasticity coefficient. The second elasticity coefficient is larger than the first elasticity coefficient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Inventor: Shen-Ko Tseng
  • Publication number: 20140376209
    Abstract: A wearing apparel includes at least a seam line and an elongated sleeve extended adjacent to the seam line. A LED light module has a flexible wire configuration allowing freedom of movement when the wearing apparel is worn. The LED light module includes a flexible light string received along the elongated sleeve and a power supply electrically connected to the light string. The light string generates a light effect thereby illuminating the wearer for ornamental and safety purpose.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: Quanns Wanlap Leung
  • Patent number: 8917187
    Abstract: The invention disclosed herein is a securely attached portable, wearable device to enhance safety, visibility and communication capability of safety personnel when such personal leave their vehicles. The device provided is configured to be securely attached to the wearer, and is capable of emitting variable visual and audio signals actuated by a control panel component which is designed so that the user can activate various options of visual and audio signals while in flight. The device may further include GPS capability for tracking, activation and deactivation functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: 425, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin D. Matte
  • Publication number: 20140362561
    Abstract: A surgical eye wear and light combination (10) is disclosed having a frame (11), a lens (12, and a light assembly (13). The eye wear frame also includes a pair of oppositely disposed temple arms (18) and a flexible head band (21) extending between the temple arms. The Light assembly includes a light housing (23), a battery pack (24), and an insulated conductor (25). The light housing has a main body portion (27) and a headlamp (28). The battery pack includes a battery pack housing (37) and at least one battery (38) therein. In use, the weight of the battery is separated from the weight of the majority of the eye wear and light housing. Also, if the wearer tilts his or her head downwardly the weight of the heavier battery simply pushes against the back of the wearer's head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: David Neal Faircloth
  • Publication number: 20140355255
    Abstract: A light emitting shoe has a shoe body and a light emitting module. The light emitting module is mounted in the shoe body and has a cell box, a controller, a light emitting unit and a switch. The cell box has a box base, a cell space, a cover, a first electrode and a second electrode. The cell space is formed in the box base and has an opening located at a top side of the box base. The cover is connected with the box base and selectively shelters the opening. The first electrode and the second electrode are mounted in the cell box. The controller is mounted in the shoe body and electrically connected with the first electrode and the second electrode. The light emitting unit and the switch are electrically connected with the controller. Replacing the cell mounted in the cell box is easy for a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: CHENG-CHUNG HSU
  • Publication number: 20140347845
    Abstract: A lighting system mounted on an article of clothing. The light system comprises at least one illuminating wire mounted on the article. The illuminating wire is connected to a power source and a processing unit. The power source can be a solar strip. The processing unit is capable of analyzing the rhythm of music and commanding the illuminating object to flash based on the music. In some embodiments, the lighting system comprises a wireless receiver that can receive wireless signal such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, radio frequency, and voice command. The lighting effects of the lighting systems on different articles of clothing can be coordinated to form a special light show such as a light symphony.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventor: Gabriel Pulido, JR.
  • Patent number: 8894231
    Abstract: A position sensitive illumination system for a patient includes an illumination source and at least one sensor structured and configured to selectively activate the illumination source in dependence of movement of the patient. Illumination source and/or sensor may be provided to one or more portions of a patient interface, e.g., a mask assembly, to thereby allow automatic activation of the illumination source when the patient moves to a predetermined position. Illumination source provides a directed lighted path for the patient as the patient moves about, e.g., during nocturnal visits to the bathroom, thereby avoiding the awakening of a bed partner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: ResMed Limited
    Inventor: Philip R. Kwok
  • Publication number: 20140340877
    Abstract: Flexible, fabric-encapsulated light arrays particularly suitable for use in clothing are disclosed. The light arrays are light-emitting diode (LED) arrays disposed on flexible printed circuit boards (PCBs). The flexible PCBs include substantially sinusoidal metal contact traces, along which the LEDs are attached at an angle preselected to minimize stresses in the expected directions of bending. The PCBs may also include enlarged metal contact pads and a coverlay arrangement to prevent delamination. The light arrays are contained within pockets that may be made of conductive fabric in order to form a Faraday cage. Systems and methods are also disclosed that use local and wide-area controllers to send words, images, and video to the light arrays substantially in real time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventor: Anders Kristofer Nelson
  • Patent number: 8892220
    Abstract: A system for controlling a plurality of wearable wireless light-bearing units is disclosed. The light-bearing units may comprise lighting elements coupled to garments such as those used in the performing arts and entertainment. The system comprises a control unit wirelessly communicating with light-bearing units. The light-bearing units comprise a control box coupled to a plurality of lights. Operators can control one or more of the light-bearing units in synchrony with each other and with other audio-visual elements using standard protocols. The device also provides a library of preprogrammed effects and can perform self-diagnostic functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Iluminate LLC
    Inventors: Miral Kotb, Alan Grow
  • Patent number: 8888346
    Abstract: An illuminating shoelace device includes an illuminating unit and a light guide fiber. The casing of the illuminating unit includes a first through hole and a first opening, and the illuminating unit includes the first light emitting element therein for emitting light to the first opening. One end of the light guide fiber passes through the first through hole and then is plugged in the first opening to receive the light emitted by the light emitting element. The first through hole and the fastening structure in the first opening can hold the light guide fiber to prevent it from falling out from the opening easily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventor: Shen-Ko Tseng