Hat Patents (Class 362/106)
  • Patent number: 8333485
    Abstract: There is provided hands-free lighting, components thereof, and other accessories combined with the hands-free lighting. The hands-free lighting is preferably lighted headgear including hats and includes various accessories for use therewith, such as a protective switch guard associated with hat packaging surrounding an activation switch to prevent inadvertent activation while still allowing intentional actuation thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Inventor: Michael Waters
  • Patent number: 8334762
    Abstract: A communications assembly is adapted for use with a helmet worn by a person riding a vehicle with a light indication system. The communication assembly includes a control circuit fixedly secured to the helmet. An illumination display is operatively connected to the control circuit and fixedly secured to a back surface of the helmet. The illumination display emits light rearward of the helmet. A transmitter is electrically connected to the light indication system of the vehicle for transmitting signals as a function of a status of the light indication system. A receiver is electrically connected to the control circuit for receiving the signals transmitted by the transmitter. The receiver forwards the signals onto the control circuit such that the control circuit operates the illumination display in concert with the light indication system of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Inventor: Randall Gerald Szeljack
  • Patent number: 8328384
    Abstract: A flashlight mount includes a clamp-type positioning element and an elongate clamping element pivotally connected to an upper section of the clamp-type positioning element. To fasten a flashlight to the mount, an engaging section on a lateral side of the flashlight is inserted into a C-shaped groove on a lateral side of a fastening extension of the elongate clamping element. Once the engaging section is inserted in the C-shaped groove to the greatest extent possible, a limiting recess at one end of the flashlight is engaged with a projection at the corresponding end of the fastening extension to fix the flashlight in position to the elongate clamping element. Then, an object to be clamped is inserted into an insertion space extending laterally into the clamp-type positioning element, before a lower screw rod is rotated upward to secure the clamp-type positioning element to the object in a clamping manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Day Sun Industrial Corp.
    Inventor: Ching-Hsiang Wang
  • Publication number: 20120298887
    Abstract: A terrain visualization device is disclosed, the device comprising a wearable mounting structure adapted to be fixed to a user. The device also includes a light emitting unit attached to the mounting structure and configured to project a predetermined contrast pattern onto terrain when the mounting structure is fixed to a user. Also disclosed is a method for traversing terrain comprising fixing a wearable mounting structure to a user, the mounting structure having a light emitting unit attached thereto, traversing the terrain, and projecting a predetermined contrast pattern onto the terrain using the light emitting unit, so that the topography of the terrain can be determined from distortion of the contrast pattern. A method for illuminating a ski run is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Inventor: Julian Stevens
  • Patent number: 8303129
    Abstract: A dual-ended illumination device that is fastened to a user's wrist is herein disclosed, comprising a small cylindrical flashlight having a first end with at least three (3) white light-emitting diodes (LED's) and a second end having at least one (1) red LED. A four position switch located at a midpoint on a housing provides for OFF-WHITE-RED-BOTH positions. The flashlight attaches to one's wrist by use of a nylon strap secured with a fastening means. It is positioned on either the inside or outside of the wrist to suit a desired illumination need. An inside position would be used when reading a book, or performing physical tasks. The outside position would be used when riding or bike or walking, with perhaps all lamps illuminated to serve as a warning light to others. The device is viewed as being especially valuable in areas where it is impossible to hold a flashlight or have others hold one while performing work with both hands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Inventor: Scott Thielen
  • Patent number: 8292484
    Abstract: An illumination poi is provided, comprising light emitters and light waveguides optically coupled to the light emitters. In some embodiments, the light waveguides are optical fibers. A microchip light controller, associated with the light emitters, varies the light entering the optical fibers, and facilitates spectacular light pattern upon rotation of the illumination poi in the dark.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Inventor: Shahar Cohen
  • Patent number: 8282234
    Abstract: A personal protection system for providing a sterile barrier around medical/surgical personnel. The system includes a helmet over which a hood or a toga suspended. Integral with the helmet is a ventilation fan. The helmet also includes a light assembly for illuminating the surgical field. The helmet includes a front nozzle from which air from the ventilation fan is discharged. The light assembly is mounted to the helmet and is located below the front nozzle. Air discharged from the front nozzle blows heat generated by the light assembly away from the light assembly. In some versions of the invention, the light assembly includes a control arm connected to the light assembly for pivoting the light assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Brian VanDerWoude, Marshall Proulx, Jacob C. Foor, Douglas Campbell, David H. Grulke
  • Patent number: 8277069
    Abstract: A head gear that provides entertainment and effective advertising with a main body and an attached visor body having an upper portion and a lower portion pivotably connected to each other. The main body fits over or around a wearer's head. The upper portion of the visor body has an area for receiving markings, and along the perimeter of the area is a plurality of light source for illuminating the entire area. A user can make different markings in the area. In an open position, the upper portion is at a substantially right angle relative to the lower portion such that the area with the markings is displayed to a viewer in a forward position. In a closed position, the area is concealed and protected by the lower portion. Use of ultraviolet light emitting diodes and phosphorescent or fluorescent markings provide enhanced entertainment and advertisement value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Inventor: Steve Zuloff
  • Publication number: 20120243211
    Abstract: Helmet mounted lighting apparatus and method of manufacture. May utilize LED light source and battery power unit designed for mounting for example on a fire-fighting helmet. May couple with helmet or to an ornamental leather shield typically mounted on the front of a fire-fighting helmet. Enables enhanced visual field at night for benefit of the user. Apparatus is made of material suitable for the harsh conditions encountered by fire suppression and emergency personnel and is mounted in such a fashion as to not conflict with the typical physical features of the helmet or shield. The apparatus includes at least one lamp provided at a front side of the casing, a switch part provided remote to or in one side of the casing, a battery or series of batteries provided remotely or in the interior of the casing and optional time-out, power level adjustment, voltage and/or current control circuitry.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Inventor: Christian BOULAN
  • Publication number: 20120243210
    Abstract: A multiply purpose helmet shell that has more than one light emitting diodes that is embedded in the shell. The helmet shell is designed and constructed in such a way to give visual identification to the wearer. The multiply purpose helmet shell lighting system is powered by battery and other lithium-ion or dry cell batteries that can be mounted within or on the helmet shell; and the lighting system can be turned on and off manually or automatically.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2012
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Inventor: Stephron D. Brown
  • Publication number: 20120236543
    Abstract: A device for holding an independently introduced flashlight to the visor of a common baseball cap or its facsimile. The purpose is to provide a convenient and simple means for carrying on one's person, a hands-free and directed light source by interfacing a cap and flashlight. It is more for use on a soft cap with a stiff visor or brim than a hard hat. Said flashlights normally contain light emitting diodes (LEDs) or incandescent bulbs. The device is comprised of two clips that are permanently fastened together. One clip holds the flashlight which is snapped into position, the other attaches to the cap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2011
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Inventor: Mark Cameron Torgerson
  • Publication number: 20120236544
    Abstract: The current invention is directed to an attachment band for secure interconnection with a conventional safety helmet that allows the helmet to be accessorized to a user's taste and need, including the inclusion of functional features, such as, lighting accessories.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2011
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Inventor: Robin Dorman
  • Patent number: 8269619
    Abstract: A wireless light indication and control device connected with a helmet is provided. The wireless light indication and control device includes a direction detector, a wireless transmitter, and at least one light element, wherein the direction detector senses a movement of the helmet to generate a turning signal, the wireless transmitter receives the turning signal and cooperates with a frequency hopping unit and a matching unit to generate a wireless signal, and the light element includes a wireless receiver for receiving the wireless signal. As the user wears the helmet of the present invention, the light can generate warning effect based on the movement of the helmet, so as to provide the user a more comprehensive traffic safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Abocom Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Chien-Liang Lee
  • Publication number: 20120224356
    Abstract: An illuminated protective hard hat includes at least one work light and plurality of safety lights. The hat provides a hands-free illumination. The safety lights are set to flashing for higher visibility in dangerous work zones. This illuminated protective hard hat can be used by anyone working in a construction zone, such as flaggers or road workers. It can also be utilized by miners, utility personnel, or anyone else working in dimly lit or dark environments. The hat is worn like a standard hard hat but has a power switch connected to a power source to selectively turn on or turn of the safety lights and the work light.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Publication date: September 6, 2012
    Inventors: TROY FISCHER, DONALD QUNELL
  • Patent number: 8192043
    Abstract: A helmet including a lighting system integrated into said helmet, the lighting system comprising a first layer; light emitting means mounted to said first layer; controller means mounted to said first layer for controlling said light emitting means; wiring means for linking said light emitting means to said controller means; a second layer fixably attached to said first layer thereby providing an area between said first and second layer for said light emitting means, controller means, and wiring means; power means fixably attached to said second layer for powering said controller and light emitting means; and operating means functionally linked to said controller means for operating said controller means. The application also discloses lighting system contained in a shell that that can be attached to an existing helmet. This application also discloses a lighting system contained in a flexible material that can be fitted onto an existing helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Inventor: Vernon Lombard
  • Patent number: 8193940
    Abstract: A signal device is provided for identifying and communicating a location or hazard, concealed within a housing on a hard hat having a pocket. Further provided is a detachable housing to be placed in the pocket. Embodiments incorporate a speaker for audible identification, a light emitting diode (LED) for visual identification and a global positioning sensor (GPS) for identifying the wearer's location and various circuits and systems that utilize the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Inventors: Timothy Alan Cummings, Joseph Nick Filadelfia, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8172419
    Abstract: An enhanced lighting device having a means providing for the affixing to most conventional eyeglass frames. The unobtrusive lighting device generally comprises an enclosure having a cavity for the containment of a light emitting diode, a powering means and a sliding tensionable clamp for attaching the enclosure to for example, the bridge of a pair of conventional eyeglasses. Additionally, a pair of support posts provides an alignment means whereby the direction of the light is perpendicular to that of the eyeglass frame. A presentation plate is attachable to the front of the device, and may be decorated to provide a fashionable look.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Inventors: RoseAnna Elizabeth Gasparre, Jennifer Jo Dick
  • Patent number: 8167448
    Abstract: A baseball cap lamp that is suitable for displaying and illuminating a baseball cap when the cap is not being worn includes a lamp shaft having a light socket and a cap stand carried by the lamp shaft at the light socket. An alternative illustrative embodiment of the baseball cap lamp includes a lamp shaft, an LED panel carried by the lamp shaft, a plurality of LEDs provided on the LED panel and a cap stand carried by the lamp shaft at the LED panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Inventor: David Borrows
  • Patent number: 8157402
    Abstract: An illuminated helmet with a plurality of lamps positioned in at least one recess, a controller to operate the lamps in a flashing pattern, and a proximity sensor to activate the controller and lamps upon detection of a user's head. The recesses for the lamps and other components are located in a non-impact area of the helmet. The lamps are arranged to be visible to a viewer from any angle, and the flashing patterns of the lamps are programmed to draw the attention of the human eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Barseventy, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen James Huss, Bryan Joseph Nielsen
  • Patent number: 8157403
    Abstract: A clip light, for detachably mounting the clip light to a visor of a cap, includes a light arrangement and a detachable clip member. The light arrangement includes a light housing and a light device supported within the light housing, wherein the detachable clip member is detachably coupling with the light housing, wherein the detachable clip member is adapted to be detached for replacing to another type of clip member for different purposes. The detachable clip member is rotatably coupling with the light housing, such that a projecting angle of the light from the light source is adapted to be adjusted via a rotation manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Inventor: Chi Hung Fermi Lau
  • Patent number: 8152322
    Abstract: A heat dissipating helmet provides a heat dissipating material portion. One or more high powered LEDs may be in thermal contact therewith providing a significant portion of a heat sink to remove heat from the LEDs to maintain them at a proper operating temperature during operation. The heat dissipating material may be also in contact with air flow as the helmet moves through space thereby allowing convection to assist in removing heat from the helmet. Furthermore, heat moving elements located internal to the helmet may assist in transferring heat to the heat dissipating material from the scalp of a wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Inventor: Patrick McGinty
  • Publication number: 20120081885
    Abstract: Illuminated clothing accessories are disclosed. A glove includes a glove, light emitting elements disposed proximate finger tips of the glove, a controller coupled to the light emitting elements to control illumination thereof, a power supply coupled to the controller, and light reflecting elements disposed on a top surface of the glove. A headpiece includes a front panel on a top portion of the headpiece. The headpiece includes a top portion having a plurality of light emitting elements arranged thereon. A rim is connected to a bottom end of the top portion. A controller is coupled to the light emitting elements to control illumination thereof. A power supply is coupled to the controller and the plurality of light reflecting elements are disposed on the top portion and the rim of the headpiece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2011
    Publication date: April 5, 2012
    Applicant: I PEE HOLDING LLC.
    Inventors: Michael L. Schrimmer, Arno Schrimmer
  • Publication number: 20120014009
    Abstract: Rear view mirrors for use with a brim of a hat. Telescopic arms extend from the brim and are pivotable and swivelable from a central ball joint and have rear view mirrors disposed on the distal ends thereof that are pivotable and swivelable on the ball joints that transition from the distal end of the telescopic arms and the rear view mirrors. The rear view mirrors and telescopic arms are articulated by the user to provide the desired field of vision behind the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2010
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Inventor: James Prendamano
  • Patent number: 8087801
    Abstract: The invention provides a light-emitting device, which includes a water-proof enclosure, a motion-actuated switch, a controller, a memory unit, a light-emitting array, a driving unit, and a battery. The motion-actuated switch is capable of generating a triggering signal if an external force presses on it. Furthermore, when the controller is under the start condition, it can selectively generate a lighting signal according to the triggering signal. The memory unit is applied for storing a plurality of default patterns. The light-emitting array includes a plurality of light-emitting diodes. The driving unit is capable of selecting one of the default patterns according to the lighting signal in a pre-determined way, and driving the light-emitting array lighting based on the default pattern. Particularly, the pre-determined way is in a proper sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Inventor: Shen-Ko Tseng
  • Publication number: 20110317402
    Abstract: This invention relates generally to an illumination system and, more particularly, to an illumination system that is configured for attachment to the frame portion of a pair of eyeglasses. The illumination system includes a light source and a multi-axis pivot assembly to permit directional adjustment and focus of a beam of light. An adapter clip is provided to facilitate attachment to the temple arm portion of the eyeglasses. The adapter clip includes a plurality of grooves positioned between two flexible side portions to allow the clip to be slid along the temple arm to a desired position and snapped into a locked position. The illumination system is fully adjustable in terms of light intensity and direction of the light beams.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Publication date: December 29, 2011
    Inventor: Michael Cristoforo
  • Patent number: 8083365
    Abstract: A helmet lighting system includes a housing configured for attachment to a helmet wherein a lighting module includes a power source, plurality of light sources, signal receiving means configured to receive operational signals from one or more associated vehicles and a controller configured to selectively control the plurality of light sources responsive to said signal receiving means receiving said operational signals. In this manner, the lighting module may mimic brake lights and strobe lights associated with a motorcycle for example thereby rendering the motorcycle and rider more visible. Flexible ends of the housing allow the housing to attach securely to different helmet styles. Alternatively the lighting module may be integrated with the helmet. An emergency mode allows the helmet to be used as a warning device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Inventors: Howard G. Cohen, Axel Weller
  • Patent number: 8070307
    Abstract: A light-emitting warning device of a safety helmet, including a helmet main body, a light guide element and a light source control mechanism. An annular locating groove and a receiving cavity are formed on an outer face of the helmet main body. Two end sections of the locating groove communicate with the receiving cavity via two through holes formed in the helmet main body. An elongated flexible strip body is received in the locating groove. Two end sections of the light guide element extend through the through holes into the receiving cavity to connect with the light source control mechanism. The light source control mechanism projects light into the light guide element, and emits as a lighting ring along the periphery of the helmet main body. The light guide element communicates with an interior of the helmet main body to avoid dropping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Inventor: Chang-Hsien Ho
  • Patent number: 8070308
    Abstract: A bicycle light system has front and rear (white and red) lights with mounting brackets to secure on a bicycle helmet. A rechargeable battery is contained in the rear light casing, with an electrical cord extending between the front and rear light casings. The front light casing has controls for both front and rear lights, which can include different power levels and preferably a flash mode for the front light. 360° visibility preferably is provided via the front light, which projects colored light, such as amber, toward the sides. In a preferred embodiment the battery is rechargeable using a micro USB connection, a serial bus configuration widely used for cell phones, so that the battery will ordinarily be rechargeable via a cell phone recharging cable or a connection to a computer. Helmet mountings for the front and rear light casings have a quick-release feature enabling the lights to be easily and quickly removed from the helmet, such as for recharging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Light & Motion Industries
    Inventors: Roxanne Lo, Christopher McCaslin, Doug Foss, Damon Campbell, Daniel T. Emerson
  • Publication number: 20110235311
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of protecting a pedestrian or cyclist from accidental collision with a vehicle wherein a first strip is directly or indirectly mounted on the rear of a user; the first strip including a plurality of light emitting devices that emit red light upon activation by a power means; and a second strip that is directly or indirectly mounted on the front of a user; the second strip including a plurality of light emitting devices that emit white, near white light upon activation by a power means; the first and second strips preferably forming an integral part of a garment worn by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Applicant: LEDwear Limited
    Inventor: Steven STONE
  • Patent number: 8025432
    Abstract: This invention relates to a miniature, battery operated, air tight light emitting module having a LED/LEDS that projects at least two different frequencies of light energy. The LEDs are mounted in a protective air-tight shell. The LEDs are activated by a magnetic field of associated magnetic rings. The attachment mechanism to hold the module(s) to safety hard hats and helmets consists of an elastic band allowing a module or series of modules to be attached to the exterior surface of various types of helmets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Inventor: Lee Wainright
  • Publication number: 20110210685
    Abstract: A lighted hat includes a hat unit comprising a crown including a pocket on one side, a visor, and an adjuster; a light assembly on the hat unit; and a removable power supply device in the pocket and comprising a rechargeable battery and a control assembly including a push button switch, a slide switch for switching the power supply device to a flashlight or illumination mode, and a light emitting member. In the flashlight mode, a pressing of the push button switch causes the light emitting member to electrically connect to the battery for light emission, and a next pressing of the push button switch causes the light emitting member to electrically disconnect from the battery. In the illumination mode, the light assembly is electrically connect to the battery such that a pressing of the push button switch cause the light assembly to emit light, blink, or turn off.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Publication date: September 1, 2011
    Inventor: Sung-Yie Liao
  • Patent number: 7988313
    Abstract: An illuminated headgear (10), with an energy absorbing support structure (11), operationally coupled to an outer shell (12), with illuminated graphical lighting displays, containing graphical representations that are illuminated by lights (25a-25f), the lighting displays being integrated with the outer shell instead of being supported on the supporting structure (11), and further comprising graphical support membrane (82), enabling individuals to make and apply their own unique graphical representations to light-transmissive windows (13, 14) in the generally opaque outer shell (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Inventor: Mark R. Kutnyak
  • Patent number: 7980719
    Abstract: A digital light used with stage items. The digital light can form a portion of a stage performers costume, by for example illuminating a logo of the or a shape or color onto that costume. The digital light can also form effects when used in conjunction with phosphor paint. Another aspect includes using the digital light to signal the performer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Production Resource Group, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Jeremiah J. Harris
  • Publication number: 20110157874
    Abstract: A lighting device includes a housing, one or more light sources, one or more lenses and an attachment mechanism or clip. The housing includes a front end, a lower surface, and an upper surface. The one or more light sources are positioned at a front end of the housing. The one or more lenses are positioned proximate to the light sources. The clip or the attachment mechanism is coupled to the lower surface of the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Publication date: June 30, 2011
    Applicant: EVEREADY BATTERY COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Earl K. Sant, Lai King Ma, Frank F. Huang
  • Patent number: 7959315
    Abstract: A simple, low-cost wearable ornament system is disclosed that allows the user to easily interchange ornaments and may be used on wearable items such as garments, footwear, belts, hats, helmets, purses, backpacks, tote bags, scarves and other items. The system generally comprises a reinforced opening, grommet or eyelet in the garment, headwear or other item, an extended base, a screw cap, bottom housing and a decorative item or ornament member. A user desiring to change the design on the ornament system can easily interchange an existing ornament member with a new ornament member without damaging the wearable item and, if desired, without having to remove the garment or other wearable item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Inventor: Suen Ching Yan
  • Patent number: 7950074
    Abstract: A hard hat which includes an outer shell constructed entirely of clear acrylic that is additionally provided with a means to internally illuminate the clear acrylic outer shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: W.W. Grainger, Inc.
    Inventor: Larry J. Loizzo
  • Publication number: 20110122601
    Abstract: There is provided hands-free lighting, components thereof, and other accessories for being combined with the hands-free lighting. The hands-free lighting is preferably lighted headgear including hats and includes various accessories for use therewith, such as lighted headgear having two switch or actuator devices mounted thereto. The two switch devices can include a temporary switch device and a maintained switch device. The lighted headgear can further include a switch guard associated therewith. The lighted headgear can alternatively or also include a switch cover. The switch guard and/or the switch cover can be associated with packaging configured to mount to the lighted hat to substantially prevent inadvertent activation while still allowing intentional actuation thereof, or substantially prevent activation thereof, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Inventor: Michael Waters
  • Patent number: 7934846
    Abstract: A welding helmet having a headband that fits upon a head of a welder, and a face shield with a viewing port having a light filtering window that pivots on the headband between a raised up non-shielding position and a lower down shielding position has an automatic lighting system with a power source component secured to a interior bottom surface of a top portion of the face shield, and an illumination component secured to a top exterior surface of the top portion of the face shield for lighting a work area outside the helmet. The energizing of the lighting system is responsive to the position of the raising and lowering of the face shield of the helmet so as to permit the welder to better perceive his/her surroundings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Inventor: Kenneth H. Schwanz
  • Patent number: 7905620
    Abstract: An electrical power system is described, including a distribution system configured to supply electrical power to a bicycle helmet system and a power source configured to supply power to one or more elements associated with the bicycle helmet system using the distribution system, the power source being housed within a protective element of a bicycle helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Assignee: Shabaka, LLC
    Inventor: Kerry Harris
  • Patent number: 7901104
    Abstract: A motorcycle safety helmet shell with one or more light emitting diodes molded or embedded therein. The motorcycle helmet shell is designed and arranged in a manner to provide visual recognition and/or identification of the wearer. The LED safety lighting system may be powered by a battery, or any other electrochemical device, i.e., dry cell or lithium-ion battery combination, mounted within or without the helmet shell; and may be manually and/or automatically activated. One or more lenses may cover one or more of the light emitting diodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Inventors: Maurice A. McLean, Stephon D. Brown
  • Publication number: 20110051400
    Abstract: A helmet lighting system includes a housing configured for attachment to a helmet wherein a lighting module includes a power source, plurality of light sources, signal receiving means configured to receive operational signals from one or more associated vehicles and a controller configured to selectively control the plurality of light sources responsive to said signal receiving means receiving said operational signals. In this manner, the lighting module may mimic brake lights and strobe lights associated with a motorcycle for example thereby rendering the motorcycle and rider more visible. Flexible ends of the housing allow the housing to attach securely to different helmet styles. Alternatively the lighting module may be integrated with the helmet. An emergency mode allows the helmet to be used as a warning device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2009
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Inventors: Howard G. Cohen, Axel Weller
  • Patent number: 7883233
    Abstract: An assembly for providing illumination to a selected incident area includes a support; a first illumination device coupled to the support, the first illumination device including a first light emitting device and a first lens positioned for focusing light emitted by said first light emitting device; a second illumination device coupled to the support, the second illumination device including a second light emitting device and a second lens positioned for focusing light emitted by said second light emitting device; the first and second lenses projecting defocused images of the respective first and second light emitting devices to the selected incident area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Designs for Vision, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Feinbloom, Kenneth Braganca, Peter Yan
  • Patent number: 7874693
    Abstract: An illuminated cap in one embodiment includes a crown having a visor and a nonrigid arc member around a bottom edge of an inner surface of the crown. A light source assembly includes a circuit board, light emitting members connected to the circuit board, a switch connected to the circuit board, and at least one cell on the circuit board. A transparent member on a rear strap of the crown has a groove, with the light emitting members mounted therein. The transparent member is lit when the light emitting members are activated. A translucent member on an outer surface of the transparent member includes openings arranged as a predetermined shape. Emitted light is adapted to pass through the transparent member and to further pass through the openings to show the predetermined shape as a warning to rear incoming vehicles in the night.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: Chuan Cheng Hat Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sung-Yie Liao
  • Patent number: 7871174
    Abstract: A head band for diagnostic instruments comprising a light source and a battery has, at its back support part (12), a flat housing (21) for adjusting and fixing the head band length by means of a rotary knob (22). An accumulator module (31) optimized with regard to volume, weight and weight distribution can be mounted and detached by means of bayonet-type grooves (25) at the housing (21) and pins (33) at the accumulator module (31), and can be fixed by means of a resilient spring (26) at the housing (21) and a recess (34) in the accumulator module (31) without impairing the function of the rotary knob (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: Heine Optotechnik GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Oliver Heine, Dirk Schade, Stefan Knesewitsch, Gerhard Guegel, Anton Schneider, Elisabeth Gingelmeier
  • Patent number: 7862194
    Abstract: An embodiment of a baseball style cap and stereo combination having a crown, a brim/bill, a sweatband, and two amplified stereo speakers concealed within the brim/bill is disclosed. The baseball-style cap combination further includes a battery holder/forehead cushion housing a battery holder concealed within an inner surface of the baseball-style cap combination by a flap. Also included are wires connecting the battery holder to an amplifier concealed within the sweatband and wires connecting the amplifier to the speakers. A stereophonic music generator sends a music signal which is provided to the amplifier by any suitable means of communication, like an audio cord or wireless by means of infrared or Bluetooth wireless technology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Inventor: John G. Seade
  • Publication number: 20100307931
    Abstract: There is provided hands-free lighting, components thereof, and other accessories combined with the hands-free lighting. The hands-free lighting is preferably lighted headgear including hats and includes various accessories for use therewith, such as a protective switch guard associated with hat packaging surrounding an activation switch to prevent inadvertent activation while still allowing intentional actuation thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2010
    Publication date: December 9, 2010
    Inventor: Michael Waters
  • Publication number: 20100309651
    Abstract: A portable light source for connection to a hardhat. The portable light source has a battery housing with an LED light mounted in a swivel portion that is connected to the battery housing. The housing also has a mounting post that engages an aperture on the side of the hardhat for holding the portable light source in place.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2009
    Publication date: December 9, 2010
    Inventor: Robert Timothy Uzar
  • Patent number: 7845816
    Abstract: A helmet including a lighting system integrated into said helmet, the lighting system comprising a first layer; light emitting means mounted to said first layer; controller means mounted to said first layer for controlling said light emitting means; wiring means for linking said light emitting means to said controller means; a second layer fixably attached to said first layer thereby providing an area between said first and second layer for said light emitting means, controller means, and wiring means; power means fixably attached to said second layer for powering said controller and light emitting means; and operating means functionally linked to said controller means for operating said controller means. The application also discloses lighting system contained in a shell that that can be attached to an existing helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Inventors: Vernon Lombard, Lonnie Goodman
  • Patent number: 7843326
    Abstract: The disclosed system provides headgear, i.e., a Firefighter Helmet, with forward illumination that also acts as a personal rescue detection system for quickly finding a downed of lost firefighter. More specifically, the headgear includes a forward illuminating light that has unique characteristics that are easily detected in a smoke filled space by using a handheld photodetector probe that is tuned to the exact characteristics of the light source. The handheld probe has a somewhat narrow directional response to allow a directed search for a downed firefighter or other emergency personnel in a smoke filled noisy environment that hinders normal visual and audible search methods. The handheld photodetector probe produces a unique audio tone that is proportional in volume to the intensity of the exact-characteristics-light-source thus allowing a sweeping motion of the probe to immediately determine the relative direction to a firefighter who is down or requiring assistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Inventors: Judd R. Weber, Eric Ermer, John T. Huston
  • Publication number: 20100289433
    Abstract: A clip light, for detachably mounting the clip light to a visor of a cap, includes a light arrangement and a detachable clip member. The light arrangement includes a light housing and a light device supported within the light housing, wherein the detachable clip member is detachably coupling with the light housing, wherein the detachable clip member is adapted to be detached for replacing to another type of clip member for different purposes. The detachable clip member is rotatably coupling with the light housing, such that a projecting angle of the light from the light source is adapted to be adjusted via a rotation manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2009
    Publication date: November 18, 2010
    Inventor: Chi Hung Fermi Lau