Hat Patents (Class 362/106)
  • Publication number: 20080030977
    Abstract: An adapter for a portable light source permits a module to be attached to the portable light source and powered by the power source of the portable light source. In one embodiment of the invention, the power source is a battery and the adapter includes a bottom plate and a housing defining a compartment that holds the module. In this embodiment, the bottom plate of the adapter features a positive contact opening and a negative contact opening adapted to receive and electrically communicate with the positive and negative terminals of the battery. The bottom plate of the adapter also includes positive and negative contact leads which communicate with the contact openings and the module so that the latter receives power from the battery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2007
    Publication date: February 7, 2008
    Inventors: Joseph Bobbin, John Devaney, Mark Dirsa
  • Patent number: 7311413
    Abstract: A lighting device for use with a helmet, having a fastening site and a plurality of lamps. A base member is employed and includes at least one support that projects from the same. The support holds at least one lamp. A flexible sheath extends over the support, the lamp, and at least a portion of the base member to form an enclosure. The sheath possesses an opening to allow light to pass from the lamp to the exterior of the sheath. The sheath also includes an outer surface of frictional material to allow the sheath to be frictionally fixed in at least a first and second position at the surface of the helmet. A fastener links the sheath to the helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2007
    Inventor: Mark E. Barnes
  • Patent number: 7304442
    Abstract: A three-component, protective headgear or helmet, and circuits therefor is provided with a battery-powered LED head lamp, which may be used by construction workers, search and rescue persons, cyclists, police, fireman, and the like. The battery may be replaceable or rechargeable and has long-term, uniform output characteristics driven by unique circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2007
    Inventor: Walter R. Colwell
  • Patent number: 7303302
    Abstract: An electrical power system for crash helmets is described, including a distribution system configured to supply electrical power to a helmet system, a power source configured to supply power to the helmet system over the distribution system, the power source located in a helmet component. Also described is a battery configured to provide an electrical current to a helmet system, an electrical distribution system configured to provide a path for the electrical current between the battery and the helmet system, and a housing formed within the helmet and configured to house the electrical system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2007
    Assignee: ACSAS Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Kerry Harris
  • Patent number: 7281826
    Abstract: A headband comprises a magnifying lens and a detachable assembly comprising a battery compartment received in a well and including a top recessed member, a ridge in the recessed member, a bottom magnet magnetically connected to the well, and a bottom cover; illumination means including a cavity inside a bottom recess; and connection means including a hollow T-shaped post including a top pivot member, a bottom pivot member having a peripheral groove, and two rounded projections at both sides of the top pivot member for pivotably coupling to the cavity; and a hollow, parallelepiped base including an interior peripheral protrusion matingly coupled to the groove, two opposite side pins pivotably coupled to the recessed member, and a bottom toothed member matingly, pivotably coupled to the ridge. The assembly can be detached by inserting a pointed object into a through hole on the well to disengage the magnet from the well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2007
    Assignee: Gem Optical Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tsung Hui Huang
  • Patent number: 7264368
    Abstract: A position indicator (10) for a helmet (1), for example a bicyclist's safety helmet, comprises a protruberant diffuser (12) containing one or more electroluminescent strips (60, 61); at least part of the emitted light is distributed through the diffuser (12), preferably by means of an internal convex reflector (62) which contains the power supply (70, 71, 72). A second strip is preferably arranged to be directly visible through a transparent window in the diffuser (12). The indicator is releasably attached to the helmet, for example by means of magnets (30), and may be arranged to detach in the event of an accident so as not to impair the normal function of the helmet. The diffuser preferably forms an illuminated band extending along the side of the helmet (1); the front (15) and rear (16) ends of the indicator may be distinguished from each other. A position indicator system comprises two indicators arranged symmetrically on either side of the helmet, so as to indicate the orientation of the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2007
    Inventor: Paul David Sherring
  • Patent number: 7240883
    Abstract: A head mount lamp seat comprises a pivotal unit, a movable unit and a rotary unit; wherein the movable unit is rotatably connected to one end of the pivotal unit; and another end of the pivotal unit is rotatably connected to the rotary unit; and a lamp is installed to the rotary unit. The rotary unit is rotatable horizontally with respect to the another end of the movable unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2007
    Inventor: Su-Chang Liao
  • Patent number: 7234831
    Abstract: The disclosed device is directed towards an illumination headgear. The illumination headgear comprises a crown having a lower edge. A brim is disposed on the crown proximate to the lower edge. The brim has a rim disposed along the perimeter of the brim distal from the lower edge. An array of light emitting diodes is integral within the brim and proximate to said rim. The array of light emitting diodes is focused to form a contiguous beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Inventor: Edward B. Hanley
  • Patent number: 7220037
    Abstract: The present invention provides an article of clothing with a backlit display that emits light through a mask that allows signage to be placed on the garment. The garment has attached to its surface by clips or snaps a display module having a substantially flat envelope enclosing an electro-luminescent lamp and a mask. The electro-luminescent lamp layer is energized by an electrical signal from an control electronic circuit that passes its signal through the clips or snaps. The electro-luminescent layer may be divided into segments where each segment functions as an independent electro-luminescent layer receiving a potential having a pattern of illumination that is determined by the control electronic circuit. The invention can be used in safety apparel where the resulting pattern is a bright surface having the shape of a caution warning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2007
    Assignee: Lightsport Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen J. Petre
  • Patent number: 7207896
    Abstract: A training aid for practicing a golf swing. Two laser pointers are mounted at opposite ends of a bar that is affixed to a hat. The laser pointers are horizontally and vertically adjustable and are adjusted such that the laser beams from the two laser pointers cross at a desired point in front of the user. While maintaining the proper stance for a golf swing, the beams are adjusted to intersect each other a short distance above the golf ball. Any movement of the head will cause the beams to shift. This provides immediate feedback to the user and is useful in training the user to execute a golf swing while keeping the head in a certain position and motionless.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2007
    Inventor: Mark S. Sudol
  • Patent number: 7204713
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a converter for converting a dive light into a canister light. The converter comprises a first adaptor for mating in a waterproof fashion with a head of a dive light, a second adaptor for mating in a waterproof fashion with a battery compartment of the dive light, and a connector cable having a first end affixed to the first adaptor in a waterproof fashion and a second end affixed to the second adaptor in a waterproof fashion. In one embodiment, the first adaptor comprises a hand mount assembly for mounting holding the head of the dive light on the back of a diver's hand while the battery compartment of the dive light is attached to a belt worn around a diver's waist. The converter is manufactured at relatively low cost enabling recreational divers and beginners to acquire a converted dive light at relatively low cost compared with commercially available canister lights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2007
    Assignee: What Works, Works! Inc.
    Inventor: Adam W. Rushton
  • Patent number: 7182478
    Abstract: A combination cap and shoe set is provided wherein each of the cap and shoe include illuminated regions. For example, the brim of the hat may be illuminated in its entirety in a particular color and the sole of the shoe may be illuminated in a complementary color such that a person wearing the cap and shoe of the invention in low light situations may be readily visible. The sole of the shoe may also be substantially uniformly illuminated and the illumination may be controlled independent of any walking motion by the wearer by a manual push-button switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2007
    Assignee: Jezign, LLC
    Inventor: Jez Marston
  • Patent number: 7178933
    Abstract: An illumining device includes a base, lamp, and a clip. The base includes two buttons on the top, a dovetail groove between the buttons, and a locking portion between and movable by the buttons. The lamp includes a dovetail movable into the dovetail groove and a locking portion for engagement with the locking portion of the base. The locking portion of the base can be disengaged from the locking portion of the lamp by pressing the buttons. The clip includes a connecting portion secured to the bottom of the base and a clipping portion for clipping a visor of a cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Inventor: Louis Chuang
  • Patent number: 7178932
    Abstract: Apparatus 10 discloses an improved welders helmet having a replaceable lens 16 thereon incorporating an electrically driven fan 14 which receives filtered air through a plurality of air ducts 24 having a filter 22 thereon. A receptacle 20 for containing a battery is disposed on the helmet along with photovoltaic elements 32 for recharging the batteries from the flash of the weld. Lights 30 are also disposed on the helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Inventor: Michael Allen Buckman
  • Patent number: 7168821
    Abstract: Provided is a device mountable on a head covering. The device comprises a flexible clamp comprising an elongated gap open to its rear, a lower receptacle, two recessed slides at both outer sides of the receptacle, and a toothed-section on a top of the receptacle; a sliding seat of U-section comprising two tabs at both inner sides for retaining a lower portion of the clamp in place after removably sliding the slides therethrough, a latch projected from its bottom to urge against the toothed-section, and a flexible hook having a toothed inner surface; and a lens hingedly coupled to the inner surface of the hook in a gear manner, and a universal joint type light mounted on top of the clamp. The invention enables a desired object to be seen larger and more clear through the pivotal lens (e.g., a magnifying lens) and with light emitted from the light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: Gem Optical Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tsung Hui Huang
  • Patent number: 7163309
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a clip type light emitter, and in particular to a clip type light emitter capable of enhancing a visual field at night by detachably engaging a clip type light emitter to a leisure cap (including hat) generally used for a mountain climbing or fishing or travel or various sports. The clip type light emitter comprises a casing forming a body; a plurality of lamps provided at a front side of the casing at regular intervals; a switch part provided in one side of the casing; a battery provided in the interior of the casing; and a clip provided in an upper side of the casing and having one side end integrally engaged with the casing and having a certain elastic force, wherein the clip type light emitter is detachably engaged to a leisure cap (including hat) used for a mounting climbing, a fishing or various outdoor leisure and sports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2007
    Inventor: Dae Up Sohn
  • Patent number: 7156536
    Abstract: A light holder for a brimmed helmet of the type worn by firefighters. The holder has an aperture for receiving the barrel of a light. A mounting slot extends angularly with respect to the aperture so when the slot is engaged with the brim, the light is maintained at eye level disposed below the brim and in an out-of-the-way position to minimize the possibility of snagging. Set screw or other fasteners may be provided for securement of the light to the holder and the holder to the helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Inventor: Christopher McCorkle
  • Patent number: 7147338
    Abstract: A curved surface, such as a helmet, including a light source and light conductive paths. Light emitting diodes (LEDs) provide the light source and fiber optic conductors provide the light conductive paths. The fiber optic conductors have polished ends to create lenses. A microprocessor or other logic, powered by a battery, can control the LEDs, possibly of different colors, to generate various colors or patterns for display. The components, including the microprocessor, battery, and light source, can be contained with a breakaway compartment in the helmet. The battery can include light rechargeable batteries positioned in the top of the helmet shell. The fiber optic conductors can be attached to or molded into the helmet shell so that the light traveling through them is visible and creates particular light patterns for display or is fully focused to the ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Inventor: Kent Gregg
  • Patent number: 7131745
    Abstract: A mountable illuminable display. An illuminable device housing is mounted within an aperture in a mounting surface. Mounting is accomplished by a groove or protrusion in the housing engaging the mounting surface or by a retaining element fastened to the housing to contact the mounting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2006
    Inventor: Gary M. Sibbett
  • Patent number: 7128434
    Abstract: A lighted helmet having a protective shell having: an outside surface, a plurality of lamps which emit light from the outside surface; a power supply, typically a battery; and a motion detecting switch in communication with the power supply and the plurality of lamps. When the helmet is worn by a user, even small movements of the head produce forces, which in turn, trigger the motion detecting switch. Upon triggering of the motion detecting switch, the lamps are illuminated for a predetermined period of time. Upon expiration of the time period, subsequent motion will retrigger the switch, once again activating the lamps. The process continues until the helmet is placed in a stationary position, at which time the lamps are extinguished upon expiration of the then active time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2006
    Assignee: Sportcraft, Ltd.
    Inventors: Michael Nally, Penny Lasater
  • Patent number: 7125134
    Abstract: The present invention provides a vehicle IR lighting system where manual actuation of a single switch both activates vehicle IR lights and automatically disables all non-IR vehicle lights. The IR lighting system provides a single switch enabling an IR light source and contemporaneously disabling all non-IR light sources. The output of a manual IR light switch is connected as the control line to a relay switch. When the manual IR light switch is closed thus connecting power to the IR light, the output opens the relay connected between vehicle power and the non-IR vehicle lights thus automatically turning off power to all non-IR vehicle lights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2006
    Assignee: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Dean Hedlund, Brad Teubner, Ryan Sorenson
  • Patent number: 7118241
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a clip type light emitter, and in particular to a clip type light emitter capable of enhancing a visual field at night by detachably engaging a clip type light emitter to a leisure cap (including hat) generally used for a mountain climbing or fishing or travel or various sports. The clip type light emitter comprises a casing forming a body; a plurality of lamps provided at a front side of the casing at regular intervals; a switch part provided in one side of the casing; a battery provided in the interior of the casing; and a clip provided in an upper side of the casing and having one side end integrally engaged with the casing and having a certain elastic force, wherein the clip type light emitter is detachably engaged to a leisure cap (including hat) used for a mounting climbing, a fishing or various outdoor leisure and sports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Inventor: Dae Up Sohn
  • Patent number: 7111956
    Abstract: A method includes inserting a light source into an item of head apparel, such that the light source is substantially contained within a volume of the item of head apparel. An apparatus includes a light source and a head apparel bill. The head apparel bill is configured to receive the light source, such that the light source is substantially contained within a volume of the head apparel bill and a user's vision can be assisted by light emitted from the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2006
    Assignee: Light-On, LLC
    Inventor: Nathan Derek Brown
  • Patent number: 7086749
    Abstract: The disclosed device is directed towards an illumination headgear. The illumination headgear comprises a crown having a lower edge. A brim is disposed on the crown proximate to the lower edge. The brim has a rim disposed along the perimeter of the brim distal from the lower edge. An array of contiguous light emitting diodes is integral within the brim and proximate to said rim. The array of contiguous light emitting diodes is focused to form a contiguous beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Inventor: Edward B. Hanley
  • Patent number: 7075250
    Abstract: A three-component, protective headgear or helmet is provided with a battery-powered LED head lamp, which may be used by construction workers, search and rescue persons, cyclists, police, fireman, and the like. The battery may be replaceable or rechargeable and has long-term, uniform output characteristics driven by unique circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Assignee: SETO Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Walter R. Colwell
  • Patent number: 7070292
    Abstract: A article of manufacture that includes a luminous medallion. A conductor having a coating of non-conductive material is formed into a loop having two discontinuities. A clasp that houses a removable battery is fixed within the first discontinuity and a bead having an internally embedded LED is located within the second discontinuity. Electrical connections are made to electrodes located within the clasp by interior electrical conductors exposed at the stripped ends of the coated conductors that define one discontinuity. The conductors are fixed in electrical contact with the LED at the other discontinuity at the stripped ends of the coated conductor in the region of the second discontinuity. A membrane with an interior surface and an exterior surface, with the exterior surface adapted to receive the medallion secured thereto, and the interior surface adapted to receive elements of the clasp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Assignee: Firejewel, LLC
    Inventors: Michael A. Kamara, Heather Dadmanesh, Darunee Kamara
  • Patent number: 7055979
    Abstract: In a lantern detachable cap, a clip part having a shape of circle is provided at a lower end of the extension portion formed at the connecting portion of the moving manipulate member, and a lantern is attached to and detached from the clip, the lantern has a shape of cylinder, a battery is loaded within the lantern, and an on/off switch is protruded from one side of the lantern. In addition, the clip part may comprise a pair of clips and be formed at the lower end of the extension portion of the moving manipulate member. According to the lantern detachable cap, since the lantern detachable cap has a clip part at a lower portion of a connecting portion of a moving manipulate member and a lantern attached to and detached from the clip part, the lantern can be freely attached and detached. In addition, since the detaching/attaching mechanisms of the lantern are simplified, production cost can be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Assignee: Best Cap
    Inventor: Woo Soo Lee
  • Patent number: 7044615
    Abstract: An audio system and hat connection assembly incorporated into or adapted for connecting to a hat and comprising a first connection plate and corresponding second connection plate that connect through or to the bill or hat material wherein the first section is adapted for storing the audio circuit and speaker components and connects to the second section in a manner that grips the hat material and provides access to the audio controls. In an alternative embodiment, the connection assembly may comprise a clip that secures the audio system to the hat without penetrating it. The assembly includes storage space for securing at least one speaker and audio system, which may be adapted for storing other items, such as money and keys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Inventor: Jeffrey L. Gesten
  • Patent number: 7008074
    Abstract: A hands-free dental or surgical light system (10) is disclosed which allows the dentist or surgeon to dim and turn a light (12) on and off by simply moving their head. First and second infrared sensitive switches (16, 18) are mounted on glasses (14) worn by the operator. The switches are positioned at different angles so that if the operator moves their head to point the first infrared sensitive switch (16) at a remotely located infrared source (20), the first infrared sensitive switch (16) will be activated to dim the light (12). Similarly, if the operator moves their head to point the second infrared sensitive switch (18) at the infrared source (20), the light (12) will be turned on and off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Inventor: Gary V. Halm
  • Patent number: 7004439
    Abstract: A mounting bracket including an impact release mechanism for use in connection with helmet-mount lights and other devices. In one embodiment, the mounting bracket is a two-piece assembly comprising a base plate, an upright bracket configured to detach from the base plate upon a sufficient impact or force. In one embodiment, the impact release mechanism is configured to allow the upright bracket to break away from the base plate without affecting the subsequent utility of the mounting bracket. After the upright bracket detaches from the base plate, the mounting bracket can be reassembled by pressing the base plate and upright bracket together to engage the features associated with the impact release mechanism. Other embodiments of the present invention feature a one-use mounting bracket wherein the upright bracket is integrally formed to the base plate at predefined failure points that allow the upright bracket to break away from the base plate upon sufficient impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Assignee: Jet Lites LLC
    Inventors: James F. Taylor, Michael Daniel Schultz, Paul LaDuca
  • Patent number: 6994445
    Abstract: A combination baseball or visor style cap and light assembly wherein in one embodiment the light assembly can be at least partially recessed in the underside of the bill so that the cap appears substantially unaltered in its aesthetic appearance. In one embodiment the light source can be a high intensity LED similar to those used in miniature flashlights and can be furnished in 3 mm or 5 mm size designations (however, any commercially available light source may be used).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2006
    Inventor: Nick J. Pomes
  • Patent number: 6969178
    Abstract: A portable, self-contained, black light device that is incorporated into or adaptable to a head gear to be used in combination with fluorescent or phosphorescent material for entertaining effect or promotional purposes. The portable black light device has a housing with a plurality of openings, a plurality of UV LEDs protruding from each opening and a power source within the housing for energizing the UV LEDs. With the portable black light device incorporated or adaptable to the visor or brim of a head gear, and in combination with fluorescent paint or make up on a wearer's face or fluorescent decorative element, cause the fluorescent paint to glow as if internally lit, providing an effective entertainment or advertisement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2005
    Inventor: Steven Zuloff
  • Patent number: 6955444
    Abstract: A surgical headlamp containing dual lamp housings, each containing one or more LED light sources is featured. Both lamp housings may be adjusted so that light beams emitted by each may be selectively converged at a spot a predetermined distance in front of the lamp housings. Each lamp housing typically contains, in addition to the LED(s), one or more reflectors to gather and direct light generated by the LED(s) forward to an illuminated work area. Batteries, preferably rechargeable, mounted either on the headband supporting the headlamp on a user's head or external to the headband, are used to power the LED(s). Switch and/or dimming circuitry may be provided. Hot swapping, a capability whereby batteries may be interchanged during a lengthy surgical procedure, is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2005
    Assignee: Visiled, Inc.
    Inventor: Sushil Gupta
  • Patent number: 6941583
    Abstract: The present invention is a small, simple, low-cost lighted headwear system including headwear including a crown, and an illuminating device configured to couple to the crown of the headwear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Inventor: Suen Ching Yan
  • Patent number: 6935761
    Abstract: A lighted hat is provided that in one embodiment includes a crown, a bill extending from the crown, and at least one light source positioned to direct light through a light-transmissive portion of the bill. The light-transmissive portion may include one or more indicia which are highlighted by light from the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2005
    Inventor: Carl R. Vanderschuit
  • Patent number: 6932487
    Abstract: Lighting device for equipping a mounting, particularly textile, comprising a case provided with a rechargeable or dry battery or batteries that power a lamp bulb, characterized in that the case has a housing on its front surface that contains the lamp, the front surface of said lamp being positioned against the inner surface of the textile mounting which has an opening in this region that is more or less the same size as the lamp, the case being held in position by means of the textile mounting being gripped by a movable outer ring that operates in conjunction with the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Inventor: Jacques Aknine
  • Patent number: 6914520
    Abstract: A helmet warning device. A device relates to a receiver and a warning device with indicators on a helmet. A transmitter, disposed on the scooter, connects to signal lights and brake lights on the scooter. When a driver puts on the helmet and starts the scooter, signals are transmitted by the transmitter in the scooter while the driver operates the signal lights or brake lights, and signals are received by the receiver in the helmet. Turn or brake warning flashes are shown by the indicators on the helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2005
    Inventor: Yu-Lin Chung
  • Patent number: 6895602
    Abstract: An illumination system for a hat is provided. The system includes a light pivotally connected to an attachment mechanism constructed of hook and latch material. The hook and latch material is provided around an adjustment band of a typical “baseball cap.” Batteries and a touch sensitive switch are coupled to the light with the touch sensitive switch facing inward. The cap is usable in its standard orientation during the day to shield the suns rays from the user's eyes. At night, or indoors, the cap may be reversed. Whereas in the standard orientation the touch sensitive switch is blocked from contact with the skin by the user's hair, in the reversed orientation the touch sensitive switch contacts the user's forehead, thereby actuating the light automatically for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2005
    Inventor: Thomas P. Schlapkohl
  • Patent number: 6896389
    Abstract: Headmounted lights provide a hands-free source of illumination without tethering the user to external equipment. A power source, on/off switch, and light source are enclosed by a housing that is removably attached to a belt by a pouch. A fiber-optic cable transmits light from the light source to a headband-mounted lens assembly. The lens assembly can be aimed via an adjustable mount that connects a reflector and lens to the front of the headband. The size of the headband can be adjusted by a friction locking mechanism attached to its rear. The headband has both a horizontal portion and a vertical portion. Headband protrusions extend from the vertical portion. Clips removably attach the fiber-optic cable to the headband and the belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2005
    Inventor: Erby Paul
  • Patent number: 6848804
    Abstract: A light apparatus attachable to the head of a person to emit light generally along the line of sight of the person. The light apparatus including a housing cavity in which are contained a light bulb and a pair of batteries on opposite sides thereof and connected thereto. At least a portion of the housing is composed of elastomeric material having a rear concave surface shaped for conforming to a person's forehead to allow elastomeric conformity of the rear surface to the person's forehead. The light bulb and a lens are disposed for directing light forwardly of the housing and generally along the line of sight of the person. A plurality of legs on at least one side of the housing provide support for setting the light apparatus down.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2005
    Inventor: Ray T. Webber
  • Publication number: 20040264177
    Abstract: A light apparatus attachable to the head of a person to emit light generally along the line of sight of the person. The light apparatus includes a housing cavity in which are contained a light bulb and a pair of batteries on opposite sides thereof and connected thereto. At least a portion of the housing is composed of elastomeric material having a rear concave surface shaped for conforming to a person's forehead to allow elastomeric conformity of the rear surface to the person's forehead. The light bulb and a lens are disposed for directing light forwardly of the housing and generally along the line of sight of the person. A plurality of legs on at least one side of the housing provide support for setting the light apparatus down.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2003
    Publication date: December 30, 2004
    Inventor: Ray T. Webber
  • Publication number: 20040264176
    Abstract: A lighted hat is provided that in one embodiment includes a crown, a bill extending from the crown, and at least one light source positioned to direct light through a light-transmissive portion of the bill. The light-transmissive portion may include one or more indicia which are highlighted by light from the light source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2003
    Publication date: December 30, 2004
    Inventor: Carl R. Vanderschuit
  • Publication number: 20040228119
    Abstract: A flexible light assembly is provided. The flexible light assembly is mountable with respect to the underside of the brim of the hat. The light assembly can be made of a flexible resilient material and be conformed to correspond to any configuration of brim. The light assembly 10 includes at least one light emitter, means for powering the light emitter, and means for controlling the emission of light. The light assembly can be completely positional under the brim of a hat. The light assembly can be removably associated with respect to a hat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2003
    Publication date: November 18, 2004
    Inventor: Kenneth Becker
  • Patent number: 6784795
    Abstract: A brake and signal light system for use with a vehicle, such as a motorcycle and a helmet worn by a rider of the motorcycle. The system includes a transmitter mounted to the vehicle and electrically connected to the signaling circuitry of the vehicle for broadcasting a coded radio signal in response to a current passing through the signaling circuitry of the vehicle. A flexible housing is mounted the helmet and contains a receiver and at least one light source. The receiver receives the radio signal and at least one light source is illuminated indicating the state of the vehicle's signaling circuitry. The housing assembly includes a central portion, at least one left segmented housing, and at least one right segmented housing. A flexible back member flexibly connects the left and right segmented housing to the central portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Assignee: Mar-Bruc, Inc.
    Inventors: Muriel Pories, John Dent, Marcus Escobosa
  • Publication number: 20040145888
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a clip type light emitter, and in particular to a clip type light emitter capable of enhancing a visual field at night by detachably engaging a clip type light emitter to a leisure cap (including hat) generally used for a mountain climbing or fishing or travel or various sports. The clip type light emitter comprises a casing forming a body; a plurality of lamps provided at a front side of the casing at regular intervals; a switch part provided in one side of the casing; a battery provided in the interior of the casing; and a clip provided in an upper side of the casing and having one side end integrally engaged with the casing and having a certain elastic force, wherein the clip type light emitter is detachably engaged to a leisure cap (including hat) used for a mounting climbing, a fishing or various outdoor leisure and sports.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2004
    Publication date: July 29, 2004
    Inventor: Dae Up Sohn
  • Patent number: 6764194
    Abstract: A headlight for use on a head gear, or the like, is provided. A LED serves as a light source mounted on a clamp for attachment to the head gear in any one of the three orientation planes. A universal mount of the light source on the clamp allows the light beam to be directed by up and down, as well as by side-to-side, manual adjustment. The beam covers substantially all frontal objects without changing the position of the clamp. A pair of pivot connections, or a ball and socket mechanism, exhibit sufficient frictional engagement to hold the light source in position. The pivot connection may be used to support the ball on the light source in the second embodiment. The socket is split along its curvature lines and an O-ring extends around the split socket to assure frictional engagement to hold the light source in position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2004
    Inventor: Ira Jeffrey Cooper
  • Publication number: 20040130889
    Abstract: A hands free magnification device is provided that is capable of illuminating an area adjacent the user. A method of use of the device is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2003
    Publication date: July 8, 2004
    Inventors: William E. Kinsman, Robert E. O'Brien, David J. O'Brien
  • Patent number: 6752511
    Abstract: A hat light includes an elongated body with integral stabilizers extending laterally outwardly and positioned to engage the head of the wearer to substantially reduce rotary movement. The body is positioned within the hat with one end adjacent the hole. A hat engaging member is constructed to extend through the hole in the hat and engage the elongated body so as to fixedly grip the front portion of the hat to hold the elongated body oriented in an upward and backward direction within the hat. A light emitting diode is mounted in the elongated body and positioned to direct light in a forward direction from the front portion of the hat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2004
    Assignee: Headlite LLC
    Inventor: David Cramer
  • Patent number: 6752510
    Abstract: Headgear for increasing the visibility of a wearer of the headgear to other especially in low light or no light conditions. The headgear includes a shell for being worn on the head of the user. The headgear may also include a rear light transmitter on the rear of the shell, a forward light transmitter on the front of the shell, a top light transmitter on the top of the shell, and side light transmitters on each of the sides of the shell. The headgear may also include a message indicator mounted on the shell for displaying alphanumeric characters, and the display of the message indicator maybe oriented in a direction extending rearwardly from the shell for permitting a person behind the wearer to view the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2004
    Inventor: Fredrick K. Appiah
  • Publication number: 20040114350
    Abstract: A safety vest is sized to be worn by a human, wherein the vest has a front and back and left and right sides each having a shoulder portion. An EL strip is provided on each side of the vest extending from the bottom of the vest upwards toward the shoulder portion. A power source is supported by the vest and connected to the EL lamp strips to supply electrical energy to the strips so that they emit EL light, wherein the EL light emitted by the EL strip is a safety yellow color, and wherein other portions of the vest are a safety orange color. Further safety articles of clothing and devices are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2003
    Publication date: June 17, 2004
    Inventors: Aaron Golle, John Golle