Shoulder Suspension Or Torso Encircling (e.g., Vest, Neck-sling) Patents (Class 362/108)
  • Patent number: 11058189
    Abstract: An illuminated ankle strap assembly for enhancing visibility of a user in a darkened environment includes a strap that is wearable around a user's ankle. A plurality of light emitters is coupled to the strap to emit light outwardly from the strap. Each of the light emitters is actuatable in a first condition having each of the light emitters blinking on and off to visually alert the motorists to the location of the user in a darkened environment. Each of the light emitters is actuatable in a second condition has each of the light emitters is continually on. In this way each of the light emitters enhances visibility for the user when the user is walking in a darkened environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Inventors: Todd Steiner, Richard Krantz
  • Patent number: 11019869
    Abstract: For improved visibility of an individual wearing a helmet to which a personal headlamp is attached by an adjustable band, a flexible strip carrying a series of light-emitting devices and/or reflectors is removably attached to the adjustable band by means of connectors which are adjustably movable along at least a portion of the length of the band. The light-emitting devices are supplied with power from the same electrochemical power source that operates the headlamp but controlled independently of the headlamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Inventors: David Cozzone, Richard Shenowski, Veronica Janice, Aaron Szymanski, Mohan Rajasekaran, Stacey Simmons
  • Patent number: 10948170
    Abstract: portable social distancing devices are described herein which, in some embodiments, are wearable by a user to maintain proper social distancing in any environment. In one aspect, a portable social distancing device comprises a housing, a mounting assembly coupled to the housing, and a projection assembly comprising two or more adjustable light sources for projecting a visible perimeter a predetermined distance from the portable social distancing device. The two or more light sources, for example, can be independently adjustable along two axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: IDEAL Industries Lighting LLC
    Inventors: Craig Atwater, Nathan R. Snell, Matthew Deese, Kurt Schreib, Moxuan Zhu, Randy Bernard, Bradley Scott Thomas, Corey Goldstein, Rachel Bowman
  • Patent number: 10677431
    Abstract: A portable neck light for wearing on a user's neck is disclosed having a neck member adapted to fit around a user's neck, body members on each side of the neck member having a light source, a movable member between each end of the neck member and each body member allowing for the adjustment of each light source independently of the other, a power source and an on/off switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Walter R. Tucker Enterprises, Ltd.
    Inventor: Robert Cacciabeve
  • Patent number: 10548298
    Abstract: A dog collar light with An LED housing, an electronics housing, left and right-side knobs, a front lens, LED lights, a battery and an elastic attachment band. The LED housing can pivot within arms extending from each side of the electronics housing. The electronic housing also includes a fur guard to help keep fur from blocking the LED lights. The side knobs are used for rotating the LED housing up or down and are made of transparent material so that light can shine out from either from the front lens of the LED housing or from the left and right knobs. The LED lights are powered by a battery located within the electronics housing. The elastic band attaches to the electronics housing and holds it to a dog collar so that the LED lights can shine light onto the ground in front of the dog.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Inventors: Denis Solan, Ronald Kaupp, Kenneth A Tarlow
  • Patent number: 10501049
    Abstract: A seatbelt assembly includes a buckle assembly, having (a) a housing carrying a latching mechanism, a first light source and a first electrical contact, (b) a seatbelt and (c) a latch plate assembly, carried on the seatbelt. The latch plate assembly includes a latch plate and an electrical circuit including a battery, a second light source and a second electrical contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Estefania Rojas Silva, Carmen Frida Vargas Garcia
  • Patent number: 10295169
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a visibility-enhancing device that requires the presence of a textile or fabric having an internal surface and an external surface; and a flexible and conformable visible light source apparatus attached to the textile or fabric, wherein the visible light source apparatus comprises: at least one visible light source that is positioned towards the internal surface of the textile or fabric and/or is positioned to provide light at an angle that is substantially perpendicular to the internal surface of the textile or fabric; at least two conductive members having a first end and a second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventors: Tharindu Athauda, Nadeeshani Gunathilake, Kireety Madiraju
  • Patent number: 10259387
    Abstract: An illuminable vehicle interior assembly such as safety belt buckle assembly is provided. An illumination module includes a substrate, a light source supported on the substrate to emit incoherent visible light rays through a light emitting surface of the light source and a driver supported on the substrate to controllably supply electrical power to the light source based on a command signal from a remote electronic control unit over a vehicle bus. A lens is molded in a molding process to have a light transmissive output surface and a light transmissive input surface aligned with the light source. The lens gathers and receives the light rays at the input surface and redirects gathered light rays to the output surface to generate light in a pattern of substantially uniform intensity into a passenger compartment of a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: JVIS-USA, LLC
    Inventors: Ingo E. Schneider, Richard L. Arundale, Remon S. Jiddou
  • Patent number: 10161606
    Abstract: The present document describes a lighting device comprising: a structure comprising a conformable elongated member being adaptable to a shape of an object for securing the lighting device to the object; a light source attached to the structure thereby defining a connection between the light source and the structure; a power source for providing electrical power to the light source; and a skin overmolded onto the structure, the power source, the connection and part of the light source near the connection. There is also described a method for providing lighting in a confined space where a hand-operated tool is used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Inventors: André Lafleur, Hugo Diec, Suzanne Francoeur
  • Patent number: 10132474
    Abstract: In an object verifier having a housing and an object holder, an object may be placed in the object holder for observation by an operator. The object is illuminated using a collimated beam of white light that is generated by a light generator. The collimated beam of white light is passed through a beam splitter with the two portions of the collimated beam of white light presented to the object at a 90 degree angle one from the other. The interior of the housing includes a reflective surface for maximal illumination of the object. The observer may view the illuminated object through a viewing window and/or through a magnification window. The magnification window provides for the viewing of the object in greater detail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventors: Joel N. Bock, Ronald R. Erickson, Eliezer D. Sandler
  • Patent number: 9920900
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a maritime light source comprising a bottom housing and a lid attached thereto. The lid comprises an integrated lens portion and a button portion, wherein the lens portion is adapted to scatter light from an associated light source over an angle of at least 160 degrees in a substantially uniform manner. The button portion comprises an integrated and flexible push button membrane. A water proof sealing is formed between the bottom housing and the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Daniamant APS
    Inventor: Lars Nørgaard Bjørn
  • Patent number: 9909744
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for attaching portable lighting devices to objects/surface are provided. In some embodiments, an elastic lanyard is anchored to a body portion of a portable lighting device and a free closed loop portion can be looped around an object, and/or a channel formed on the body portion. In some embodiments, the channel is formed on a base of the body portion and the elastic lanyard can be stretched about an object disposed between a bottom surface of the base and the lanyard. In other embodiments, a lanyard is anchored to a detachable member that is magnetically attachable to a body portion of the portable lighting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Industrial Revolution, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Pontano, Colin Quinn, Graeme Esarey, Jami Odell
  • Patent number: 9770651
    Abstract: Embodiments generally relate to toy devices having an embedded memory for use in a storytelling environment. One embodiment provides a toy device that includes a memory storing data representing a plurality of effects. The toy device includes a memory bus communicatively coupled to the memory and a communication port communicatively coupled to the memory bus. An action disc device connected to the communication port can retrieve at least a portion of the stored data for playback over the communication port. The action disc device is configured to, upon detecting that a corresponding stimulus condition has been satisfied, retrieve data from the memory corresponding to one of the plurality of effects for playback using the communication port. The toy device further includes a connector mechanism to which the action disc device can be removably attached, while the action disc device is connected to the communication port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph L. Olson, Eric C. Haseltine, Michael P. Goslin
  • Patent number: 9759419
    Abstract: An illumination harness with sliding vertical track support has an adjustable waist belt, an adjustable shoulder strap, a forward facing illumination light and a vertical track that the light is frictionally mounted on. The vertical track is mounted at the front midpoint of the waste belt and extends upward. The light is frictionally mounted so that its vertical position can be adjusted by hand, but it will remain in place when hanging by its own weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Sound Shore Innovations L.L.C.
    Inventor: Kyle D. Rothschild
  • Patent number: 9664372
    Abstract: An illumination harness with sliding vertical track support has an adjustable waist belt, an adjustable shoulder strap, a forward facing illumination light and a vertical track that the light is frictionally mounted on. The vertical track is mounted at the front midpoint of the waste belt and extends upward. The light is frictionally mounted so that its vertical position can be adjusted by hand, but it will remain in place when hanging by its own weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Sound Shore Innovations L.L.C.
    Inventor: Kyle D. Rothschild
  • Patent number: 9612003
    Abstract: A tamper-resistant light fixture having exceptional illuminance qualities, low energy consumption, and high resistance to unauthorized enclosure penetration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: TALL TOWER LED, LLC
    Inventors: William Cruz, Nicolae Povian
  • Patent number: 9596733
    Abstract: An article incorporating a light or sound source (14) has two or more switches (18, 24, 26) which must be closed for the source (14) to be actuated, the switches being arranged to be successively closed at different stages of the packing, unpacking and using procedures. A first switch (26) can be a pull tab arrangement, closed on packing or unpacking the article. A second switch (18) can be a light-sensitive switch. A third switch (24) can be a user-operated switch or a tilt switch etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Inventors: Bryn Griffiths, Jon Duncan
  • Patent number: 9587807
    Abstract: A lighting apparatus which provides an heat dissipation effect, high output and large light emitting area including: housing having rectangular cylindrical shape obtained by forming belt-like body including plurality of holding bodies in rectangular cylindrical shape and connecting end portions of belt-like body formed in rectangular cylindrical shape; and circuit board mounted on inner surface of the housing and including a light source. The circuit board includes: mounting portion mounted on inner surface of the housing and having a surface provided with the light source; and connecting portion which connects mounting portions adjacent to each other in peripheral direction of the housing and is bendable at a corner of adjacent inner surfaces of the housing, and rear surface of mounting portion contacts inner surface of the holding body. Therefore, it is possible to provide lighting apparatus which provides an excellent heat dissipation effect, high output and large light emitting area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: CCS INC.
    Inventor: Takuzo Togawa
  • Patent number: 9534752
    Abstract: A flexible, two headed flashlight arrangement has a bendable elongated shaft with opposite ends, the shaft having a thin diameter of selected length and being bendable into any selected shape and a separate self-powered flashlight assembly fixed to each end of the shaft. Each flashlight assembly comprising a housing containing an LED circuit with at least one LED, a switch having open and closed positions for respectively interrupting and passing electricity to the LED, and at least one battery for powering the LED when the switch is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: E. Mishan & Sons, Inc.
    Inventor: Dylan Mishan
  • Patent number: 9481318
    Abstract: A seat belt buckle for receiving a latch plate of a vehicle seat belt includes a housing having a slot for receiving the latch plate, a locking mechanism within the housing for securing the latch plate within the slot, a display supported by the housing for displaying information and for releasing the latch plate from the locking mechanism when depressed, and a cable connected to a vehicle power source to provide power for the display. The display includes a controller and a transceiver. A method of displaying information within a vehicle includes the steps of: (a) supporting a display with a seat belt buckle housing; (b) receiving data via a transceiver positioned in the seat belt buckle housing; and (c) controlling the information displayed on the display based upon the data received via said transceiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John William Schmotzer, Matthew Schmotzer
  • Patent number: 9303832
    Abstract: A portable, hand-held flashlight that has a plurality of operative configurations. The flashlight includes a variable intermediate section that allows the flashlight to be in a collapsed configuration or one or more expanded configurations. The flashlight is configured to be repeatedly varied between the collapsed configuration and the expanded configuration(s), with the intermediate section configured to self-retain a shape and length when bent, extended, or collapsed by a user. The flashlight also includes a movable clamp jaw body and a hook that both allow the flashlight to be temporarily mounted to a suitable structure, so that the flashlight does not need to be held by hand while providing illumination. The flashlight may also include magnets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Inventor: Shiyu Sun
  • Patent number: 9254011
    Abstract: A lighted belt keeper may include a housing comprising a power source compartment that opens to a first end, wherein a power source may be enclosed by a power source compartment closure. A cover may enclose the power source and power source compartment closure. The cover may removably attach to the first end of the housing. A light may attach to a second end of the housing. The housing and cover may attach to a base which may attach to a first end of a strap by a fastener. A second and a third fastener may be attached to the strap to removably hold the strap in position while the strap may surround an object such as a utility belt, pant belt or the like. In certain embodiments, instead of a strap, the base may have wings that removably attach to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: Rescue Leaders, LLC
    Inventor: Matthew David Gallup
  • Patent number: 9243797
    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: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Inventor: Quanns Wanlap Leung
  • Patent number: 9047744
    Abstract: An apparatus including a flexible strap section configured to emit visible light; and a connection section configured to connect the flexible strap section to a portable electronic device such that the portable electronic device can hang from the flexible strap section. The connection section is configured to receive a signal from the portable electronic device. The flexible strap section is configured to emit the visible light based, at least partially, upon the signal from the portable electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventor: Teppo Tapani Jokinen
  • Publication number: 20150116988
    Abstract: A personal illumination device is described and taught. The personal illumination device is intended for use by motorcyclists, however, it may be used by any number of individuals looking to increase their visibility in environments where high visibility and safety is paramount. The illumination device has two illuminated strips that sit across the front and back of a user. The strips have LEDs positioned across capable of creating various illuminate patterns. Additionally, a user can choose to have either the front, back, or both strips illuminated at the same time. The personal illumination device further has straps that provide for adjustments to create a custom fit, as well as enhancement strips placed on the straps to further increase one's visibility.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Marcos Uriarte
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20150077967
    Abstract: A smart portable lighting device including: at least one or a plurality artificial light sources having a high light output, the artificial light source or each of the artificial light sources being provided with an voltage-to-current electricity converter, which is capable of modulating the output of the light sources according to a given set value; a self-contained power source having a rechargeable battery for supplying electricity to the artificial light source(s) via the voltage-to-current electricity converters, characterized in that the device includes an electronic management casing, which includes a digital processing unit with attached circuits to which the converter(s) of the light source(s) and the self-contained power source are connected, the electronic management casing being configured so as to establish the main lighting phase by programming the desired lighting duration determining a constant light output, or by programming a constant light output determining the available lighting duration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: PELLENC (Societe Anonyme)
    Inventor: Roger Pellenc
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20150049466
    Abstract: A visibility increasing harness assembly includes a belt configured for extending around a person's torso. A strap has a first end and a second end. The first and second ends are each attached to the belt. The strap is extendable over a person's shoulders. The strap has an outer surface. A plurality of light emitters is positioned on the outer surface. The strap includes a first portion including the first end, a second portion including a second portion including the second end, and a middle portion positioned between the first and second portions. The middle portion has an aperture therein dividing the middle portion into a pair of sections. The aperture receives the person's head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: Renald Surpris
  • Publication number: 20150016095
    Abstract: A garment with illuminate safety features and a power source which allows the wearer to selectively set the frequency of the illuminate safety features so as to identify the location of the wearer and serve to warn other individuals or vehicles as to the wearer's location, the illuminate safety features in the form of removable LED strips positioned within channels secured to the garment and which allow for the removal thereof for the cleaning of the garment, the activation of such illumination device can be accomplished by remote control.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: George Kretzu
  • Publication number: 20140355257
    Abstract: An illuminated protective garment has light emitting diodes (LEDs) arranged along generally parallel rows along a waist portion of the garment, and a water-resistant module for supplying electrical power to energize the LEDs to emit light. The LEDs in the rows are staggered in position. An ambient light sensor energizes the LEDs upon detection of a predetermined ambient light level. A flexible substrate having conductive strips connects the LEDs to the module. An eyelet surrounds and supports each LED and reflects the light emitted by the respective LED. The LEDs also extend through generally parallel light-reflective bands.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: E.S. ORIGINALS, INC.
    Inventor: Edward J. ANTEBY
  • Publication number: 20140355256
    Abstract: An illuminated coat device is worn so that while in the dark, the wearer may be visible and distinguishable. The device may include a coat with a trim, a plurality of lighting attached to the trim of the coat, a plurality of straps attached to a first side of the coat at a secure end, and wrapped around the wearer and removably attached to a second side of the coat. A power pack attached to the coat provides the power for the lighting to illuminate, as well as hold a switch that adjusts the intensity of the illumination of the plurality of lighting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: Shawn Mark Curtis
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8870616
    Abstract: A glow in the dark wetsuit is disclosed that is visible in low-light conditions. The wetsuit comprises an outer surface visible in low-light conditions with at least one fastener for securing the wetsuit on a user. Preferably, the wetsuit comprises at least one glow in the dark element that is photoluminescent following sufficient exposure to a recharging source. The wetsuit insulates the user from cold water when submerged and protects the user from injury from marine life or from abrasions when diving in the water under any light condition. However, when the user is in or near the water at night, diving deep underwater, or in other low-light scenarios, the glow in the dark element radiates visible light enabling a companion, a dive buddy, or a rescuer to better visualize the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Inventor: Charles McKinney
  • Patent number: 8845122
    Abstract: This invention relates to a person's wardrobe for use in entertainment, and, in particular, on stage venues for projection of laser light from a person's body that is par to the pyrotechnic prior art for the large space of stage entertainment. The above system provides a unique small visual entertainment system that operates on batteries to enable the individual to walk about a large stage area which can entertain an audience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Inventors: Richard Redpath, James Redpath
  • Publication number: 20140286001
    Abstract: A compartment accommodates a button cell. The compartment includes an opening side through which the button cell is loaded or ejected from a side surface of the buttons cell. The compartment includes an upper side, a lower side, and lateral sides for holding flat surfaces and the side surface of the button cell. The compartment includes elastic pieces for biasing at least one of the flat surfaces or the side surface of the button cell. A slit is disposed on at least one of the upper side, the lower side, or the lateral sides. The slit extends from a side opposite to the opening side toward the opening side. The slit extends to a part of the button cell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventors: Katsumasa Kawabata, Miho Shirakawa
  • Patent number: 8840263
    Abstract: A device and method to enhance the visibility and thus the safety of users of open conveyances, such as motorcycle riders, bicyclists, skiers, and the like, is described. The device comprises one or more long, flexible strips containing LEDs or another light source inside of a long, transparent, flexible tube. The tube is worn around the torso that it passes over both shoulders, crosses in the back, and is fastened in the front so that both ends and also the center of tube are secure against the torso. A controller and power source options are provided, in various embodiments, includes ones that use a smart phone and the like, and synchronize multiple users, to cause the illuminated strips to light in a sequence of light, or patterns, wherein these light sequences are visible from all sides of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Inventor: Henry Franklin Jones
  • Publication number: 20140268685
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for illuminating garments and articles with light sources such as electroluminescent (EL) panels or LED strips, via open channels attached to the garments. The open channels are configured to securely hold the panels or strips via friction fit, while exposing a large region of the upper surface of the panels or strips. The panels or strips are removably inserted into the open channels, and a control unit is provided for controlling all the panels and/or strips on the garment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Sigrid Alice Sylvia McLisky
  • Patent number: 8727550
    Abstract: A hybrid electroluminescent assembly is described wherein the assembly includes one or more electroluminescent structures and a plurality of discontinuous retroreflective segments. Discontinuous retroreflective segments are disposed at least partially in the light path of the one or more electroluminescent structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignees: Oryon Technologies, LLC, 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Kenneth Burrows, Rodney K. Hehenberger
  • Patent number: 8662949
    Abstract: An architecture is presented that provides a glow in the dark flotation device that increases the likelihood of quickly locating individuals lost in water by increasing the visibility of the user, and more particularly to a durable conventional life jacket having a phosphorescent portion that emits visible light under low-light conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Inventor: Charles McKinney
  • Publication number: 20140055986
    Abstract: A lighted safety garment having a safety vest with a front surface, a back surface and a shoulder area; a first flexible LED strip and a second flexible LED strip attached to said front surface; at least one first strobe light attached to said vest at said shoulder area; at least one second strobe light attached to said vest at said back surface; a power source electrically coupled to said first flexible LED strip, said second flexible LED strip, said at least one first strobe light, and said at least one second strobe light.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Inventors: Eulalio Corpus, JR., Jessie Davis
  • Patent number: 8648735
    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: April 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Inventors: Paul Haynes, Eric Collins
  • Publication number: 20140022766
    Abstract: Safety vests and garments are for enhancing the visibility of a wearer in low-light, poor vision conditions. The safety garment has a first reflective layer, a second layer of reflective tape, physically attaching Electro Illuminating Wire under the inside edge of the reflect tape that maybe sewn or glued secures the Electro Illuminating Wire in place. Electro Illuminating Wire is then connected to a standard battery pack of old circuitry. The Electro Illumination Wire and glue are available on the market, Electro Illuminating Wire is old circuitry, prior art. Physically attaching the Electro Illuminating Wire to safety garments, creates a new environment, new area for a brighter and versatile safety garment. The Electro Illuminating Wire adds greater visibility to safety garments. Wearers have the option to turn on a bright solid light or bright blinking light, simply by pressing a button. This adding even greater visibility to wearers. Stopping injury or even death.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Inventor: Rayma Charlene Wright
  • Patent number: 8616719
    Abstract: The lighted safety vest device provides a flexible material that can be laid flat out or even folded if desired, easing transport and storage and also providing for most comfortable fit. The embedded circuitry is flexible and connects the control to the embedded plurality of lights. Preferably LED lights are importantly arranged in sets with rows of three, with a row width of about 3½ inches. Rows are arranged in side-by-side columns with column heights of about 15 inches. Rows of the front proximal to the first end are disposed on either side of the front division. A single grouping of three columns with three rows in each is arranged centrally most proximal to the second end. Row width and set arrangements provide visibility from virtually any angle by which a user may be viewed. Set size also provides distant viewing of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Inventor: Joan Barze
  • Publication number: 20130314904
    Abstract: A multiple electronic tag holder includes a housing adapted to hold a plurality of electronic tags. Circuitry adapted to electrically engage a battery and the plurality of electronic tags, so that the plurality of electronic tags are powered by the battery, is positioned within the housing. A printed circuit board may optionally be provided and positioned within the housing to power the electronic tags and provide the multiple electronic tag holder with additional functionality.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Inventors: MARK DIRSA, Jeff Keisling, Robert Baran, Joseph Bobbin, John Devaney
  • Patent number: 8536075
    Abstract: A textile thread or fiber has a plurality of elements, such as electronic elements, embedded or encapsulated therein. The textile thread or fiber could also be part of a fabric article. The textile thread or fiber, for example, has the plurality of elements interconnected, or otherwise intercommunicating, with one another to form a signal processing system. This signal processing system may include, for example, a personal computer system, a personal telecommunications transmitter/receiver system or a personal television and/or radio system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Inventor: Philip Noel Leonard
  • Patent number: 8523386
    Abstract: An illuminable safety rope includes an illuminable wire of a predetermined length surrounded by a light-transmitting insulative covering to thereby form an illuminable cable. The insulative covering includes a flange extending radially outward along its length. The flange is defined by opposing side portions and terminates at an edge portion. A fabric material is disposed over and secured to the opposing side and edge portions along at least the length of the illuminable cable to thereby form the safety rope. At least a portion of the illuminable cable opposite the flange transmits light to illuminate the safety rope along its length when the illuminable wire receives power. Additional floatation materials and/or wiring can be provided adjacent the flange and beneath the fabric to enable floatation and/or reinforcement of the rope, or a distress signal to be sent to an alarm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Inventors: Harold Feldman, Guy Danieli
  • Patent number: 8511856
    Abstract: A flexible light transmitting device, comprising a printable layer, a backing layer, and a light-emitting diode strip disposed between the printable layer and the backing layer. The printable layer is translucent to permit transmission of light from the light-emitting diodes through the printable layer when the light-emitting diodes are activated; however, the LED strip remains hidden between the layers. The printable layer is adapted to receive printed indicia by way of thermal printing process. The backing layer is substantially opaque comprises a durable nylon webbing or polypropylene material. The embedded LED strip comprises an elongated flexible casing containing spaced apart light-emitting diodes, one or more light interrupting spacers, and at least one ribbon wire extending through the casing and electrically coupling said light-emitting diodes. The light-emitting diodes are electrically coupled to a switch assembly which provides the LED switch with a plurality of operative modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Dog-E-Glow, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Brauser, Brandon Bal
  • Publication number: 20130194784
    Abstract: A flashlight control body harness system includes body straps adapted to loop around a body portion; a base having elongated slots to thread the body strap there through; a curved bottom to fit over the body portion; a flashlight strap adapted to loop around a flashlight; and a flashlight interface unit mounted above the base, the flashlight interface unit having elongated slots to receive the flashlight strap there through. A pivot lock assembly adaptably secures the flashlight interface unit on to the base and enables a beam of light directed to a desire direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2012
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Inventor: David Yu
  • Patent number: 8496344
    Abstract: The reflector and light kit for rear of backpack is an auto-illuminating device that reflects and emits light from a back surface of a backpack and is useful as a safety feature to an end user wearing the backpack. The reflector and light kit can be built into the construction of a new backpack or is a kit that is installed upon an existing backpack. The reflector and light kit features at least one light positioned on a rear surface of a backpack, and a highly reflective material positioned around the light. The light features a switch and light sensor that enable the end user to turn on the light, and to automatically turn off the light when in an illuminated environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Inventor: Anthony Chapman