Ball And Socket Patents (Class 403/90)
  • Patent number: 10485587
    Abstract: Modular devices, assemblies, and methods for coupling one or more fixation elements, such as bone fasteners and/or elongate rods. The device includes at least one coupling element having a body portion for receiving a bone fastener and an extension portion extending transversely from the body portion. A locking assembly is received in the coupling element and includes a locking member, a clamp portion, and a ring portion, wherein the locking member is configured to contact an upper portion of the clamp portion and the ring portion is configured to at least partially surround a lower portion of the clamp portion. When unlocked, the bone fastener is moveable within the clamp portion to allow for polyaxial movement of bone fastener relative to the coupling element, and when locked, the bone fastener is fixed relative to the coupling element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: GLOBUS MEDICAL, INC
    Inventors: Jeff Nichols, Khiem Pham
  • Patent number: 10398215
    Abstract: A cosmetic applicator is provided. The cosmetic applicator comprises a grip, a holder shaft that extends from the grip, an applicator region that is connected to the holder shaft by means of an articulation, and a ball stud. The applicator region pivots at a desired angle of up to 90° arounds its axis, and is adjusted to any desired angles off a longitudinal axis of the cosmetic applicator in any direction around the axis, and the ball stud has a stopper or a protrusion at the opposite end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: AA R&D LLC
    Inventors: Yoon H. Kim, Asher Kim
  • Patent number: 10363070
    Abstract: A polyaxial bone screw assembly includes a threaded shank body having an integral upper portion receivable in a receiver, the receiver having an upper channel for receiving a longitudinal connecting member and a lower cavity cooperating with a lower opening. The shank upper portion expands a retaining member in the receiver cavity to capture the shank upper portion in the receiver. The retaining member and attached shank are pivotable with respect to the receiver until locked in place with respect to the receiver. A pre-assembled receiver, retaining member and compression insert may be popped-on or snapped-on to the shank upper portion prior to or after implantation of the shank into a vertebra.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Inventors: Roger P Jackson, James L Surber
  • Patent number: 10126124
    Abstract: In a surveying device having a base for positioning the surveying device and a pitch component having an optical beam path for surveying a target, the pitch component is radially and axially mounted and is rotatable in relation to the yaw component in a yaw component, which is movable in relation to the base, on the basis of a rotation body chucked in a self-centering manner in two cavities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: LEICA GEOSYSTEMS AG
    Inventors: Josef Müller, Stefan Petkov, Benjamin Schöll
  • Patent number: 10105169
    Abstract: A locking clip for retaining a fastener in a bone fixation plate is provided. An embodiment of the locking clip comprises a flexure member and a body member coupled to the flexure member, the body member comprising a locking tab, the locking tab configured to provide an axial limitation to motion of the fastener in a non-rotationally-ratcheting manner, the flexure member resiliently flexible to permit displacement of the locking tab to allow passage of a fastener head of the fastener. An embodiment comprises a bone fixation plate assembly comprising a bone fixation plate and a locking clip. An embodiment comprises a locking fastener assembly comprising a fastener and a locking ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Leith Medical LLC
    Inventors: Timothy J. Leak, Thomas G. Smith
  • Patent number: 9855079
    Abstract: The present teachings provide one or more surgical implements for repairing damaged tissue, such as in the case of a spinal fixation procedure. A cross connector system for use during a spinal fixation procedure is provided. The system includes at least one bridge defining a coupling bore and having a pair of downwardly extending arms for coupling to a first bone engaging member. The system includes a contoured bar having a first end offset from a second end, and a bore having a central axis. The system includes an expansion ring received within the bore, and a locking device received through the expansion ring and the coupling bore. The locking device is operable in a first state in which the contoured bar is movable about the central axis of the bore and in a second state in which the contoured bar fixed relative to the central axis of the bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: EBI, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew L. Keiser, Laurie G. Sanders, Scott Harrington
  • Patent number: 9839536
    Abstract: A leg prosthesis wherein the prosthesis shaft and the transtibial part are connected by a prosthesis shaft adapter. The prosthesis shaft adapter is constructed as a compact one-part component with a liner (sleeve as inner prosthesis shaft adapter) of the amputation stump and with a rearward extension for the prosthesis receptacle connection. The prosthesis shaft adapter is designed such that, in addition to the rearward extension of 1 cm to 10 cm, the prosthesis receptacle connection is also angled and laterally offset. Advantageously, the leg prosthesis according to the invention has a relatively low weight due to the prosthesis shaft adapter as a connecting element. The leg prosthesis operates absolutely safely and can be efficiently produced. The fabrication of a leg prosthesis with an individual biomechanical fit to the patient is significantly facilitated, which also results in fewer faulty prostheses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: OSSUR HF
    Inventor: Stefan Bergande
  • Patent number: 9763698
    Abstract: A polyaxial bone anchoring device includes: an anchoring element having a shaft and a head; a receiving part having a top end, a bottom end, and an accommodation space for accommodating the head, the accommodation space having a lower opening at the bottom end, a sleeve-like insert piece configured to be positioned around a portion of the head, wherein a lower edge of the insert piece extends past the lower opening when the insert piece is seated in the receiving part; a pressure member configured to contact the head to exert pressure onto the head; wherein when the head, the insert piece, and the pressure member are arranged in the receiving part, the insert piece is tiltable with respect to the receiving part and with respect to the anchoring element, and wherein the anchoring element and the insert piece can be locked at respective angles relative to the receiving part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Biedermann Technologies GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Lutz Biedermann, Wilfried Matthis, Tobias Hägle
  • Patent number: 9677601
    Abstract: A pivoting joint assembly includes a base, a plate, and at least one bolt. The base has one or more semi-spherical sockets with each socket having a centrally-positioned hole extending through the base. The plate has one or more semi-spherical sockets recessed within the plate with aligned semi-spherical protrusions extending from the plate. The plate has a hole extending through a central portion of each of the plate's sockets and a corresponding protrusion aligned therewith. Each protrusion is partially fitted in a corresponding socket in the base. Each bolt has a head and a post extending from the head. The head includes a semi-spherical portion adjacent to the post. The post extends through aligned holes in the plate and base. The post is coupled to the base such that the semi-spherical portion of bolt's head nests within one of the plate's sockets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Joseph W. Jacquemin, Pedro Bracho
  • Patent number: 9639112
    Abstract: A mounting assembly and method for attaching a vehicle pedal assembly to a vehicle floor. A main bracket is provided wherein the main bracket having an upper surface, the main bracket is mounted to a vehicle floor. An aperture provided through the upper surface of the main bracket. A first insert mounted within the insert, the first insert configured to securely connect to the aperture of the main bracket. A second insert mounted to a bottom surface of a pedal housing, the second insert mounted within the first insert to securely connect the main bracket to the pedal housing. The first insert and the second insert rotated into a secured position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: KSR IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Shaun Fuller
  • Patent number: 9592364
    Abstract: A catheter comprising a steering cable anchor, which is preferably disposed at the distal end of the catheter, and a steering cable. In order to obtain a reliable connection between the steering cable anchor and the steering cable, which is also suitable for use in MRI, a substantially dumbbell-shaped element is disposed between the steering cable anchor and the steering cable and connects the steering cable anchor to the steering cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: VascoMed GmbH
    Inventors: Ralf Kaufmann, Siegfried Schreiber, Paul Rath-Prazak
  • Patent number: 9463045
    Abstract: A polyaxial pivot housing for an external fixation system, comprising a first plate; a second plate substantially parallel to the first plate; a spherical member positioned between the first and second plates, the spherical member having a threaded post that is configured to attach to a support member of an external fixation frame; and a pivotably rotatable locking arm, the locking arm being configured to orientationally lock the threaded post with respect to the external fixation frame by compressing the first and second plates against the spherical member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Biomet Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffery T. Cresina, Paul Slagle
  • Patent number: 9309920
    Abstract: A ball joint orientation device applicable to a unipod includes a ball joint and stop members, in which one end of the ball joint is formed as a rotating part and is arranged in a ball joint seat in a universal swaying manner, and the other end extends to form a connecting part and is fixedly connected with a main rod; the stop members are arranged in the ball joint seat, and include a locking stop member located at the upper side of the rotating part; an orientation knob is sleeved on the connecting part and/or the main rod; when screwed toward the direction close to the ball joint seat, the ball joint is subjected to orienting locking and no longer rotates; and when screwed toward the direction away from the ball joint seat, and the orienting locking is released, so the ball joint is rotatable freely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignees: Zhongshan Sirui Photographic Equipment Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jie Li
  • Patent number: 9295495
    Abstract: There is provided a posterior lumbar joint prosthesis which includes prosthetic elements reproducing the movements of the joint facets and vertebral anchors which adapt to the variations in the anatomy of vertebra. In use, the prosthesis has lower and upper connectors on each side of the lumbar vertebra. The lower connectors are coupled with, and pivotably mounted onto, respective lower pedicular screws, and a member defining a member axis links lower and upper connectors on each side of the lumbar vertebra. Upon lateral flexion of one of the upper and lower vertebrae relative to the other, each lower connector is capable of multiaxis pivotable movement relative to the respective lower pedicular screws such that each member is capable to pivot with respect to (i) the axis of the lower screw, (ii) a first axis intersecting the lower screw and the lower connector, and/or (iii) an axis intersecting the above first axis and the lower screw, while the member can also move along the member axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: CLARIANCE
    Inventors: Alain Tornier, Jean-Paul Steib, Christian Mazel
  • Patent number: 9291193
    Abstract: An assembly for enabling multi-adjustment of a lamp is provided. The assembly includes a frame to which the lamp is attachable, a ball joint, and an apparatus for retaining the ball joint. The ball joint has a head and a neck. The apparatus is attached to the frame, and includes a housing and a cap. The housing defines a chamber configured to receive the head of the ball joint. The housing may further define a slot in which the neck is slidable such that the ball joint is insertable into and removable from the chamber. The cap is configured to interlock with the housing to secure the ball joint such that they are substantially restricted to rotational movement with respect to each other. The cap and the housing may have retention tabs and retention ridges, respectively, configured to engage with each other to enable the interlocking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Larry E. Wainscott, Mark Roscoe, Mark R. Gordon
  • Patent number: 9255662
    Abstract: This application relates to a mobile device mount and method of using the mount. In some embodiments, a mobile electronic device mount includes: a base configured to secure a first mobile electronic device to a second item; a body configured to receive and retain the first mobile electronic device; and a connector configured to connect the base to the body, wherein the connector includes a rotational component that allows the base and body to move from up to 360 degrees relative to each other in a first plane and move at least 170 degrees relative to each other in a second plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Inventor: Brett J. Longo
  • Patent number: 9016645
    Abstract: An adjustable mounting assembly has first and second mounting portions. The first mounting portion has an engagement arm with an adjustable end having first engagement teeth disposed about a first axis of rotation. The end portion has an adjustable second portion rotatable about the first axis of rotation, and having second engagement teeth that intermesh with the first engagement teeth to retain the second portion in an adjustable pan-position. The second portion has third engagement teeth disposed about a second axis of rotation angularly offset from the first axis of rotation. A second mounting portion is adjustably attached at an attachment portion to the first mounting portion, and the attachment portion has fourth engagement teeth disposed about the second axis of rotation that intermesh with the third engagement teeth to retain the second mounting portion is a selected tilt position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: QSC Audio Products, LLC
    Inventors: Dave Neil Simpson, Bernard Francis Hawkins, Yasushi Richard Shimabukuro, Jason Delarm, Douglas William Teulie, Alex Aranda
  • Patent number: 8986175
    Abstract: The total body exercise apparatus comprises a unique movable structure to provide resistance for a variety of exercises. In one or more embodiments, the exercise apparatus comprises arms rotatably secured via a joint that allows the arms to provide resistance in virtually any direction. The exercise apparatus utilizes this capability to resist motions of various exercises and body motions to tone and strengthen a user's muscles. The resistance provided may be adjustable by an adjustable resistance assembly or by a cuff and socket assembly that applies variable force to a spherical head of the joint of the exercise apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Myopower, Inc.
    Inventors: Stan Batiste, Steven Achstein, Daniel Batiste
  • Patent number: 8979050
    Abstract: A positioning device includes a base, a press board, an antislip piece, and a positioning unit. The base includes an opening, and a mounting space. The mounting space is mounted on a rod. The press board is slidably mounted in the opening. The antislip piece is mounted on the press board and is close to the mounting space. The antislip piece is made of elastic material and is softer than the press board. The positioning unit includes a shaft mounted on the base and a driving member rotatably and eccentrically connected with the shaft. The driving member is driven between a pressing position for locking the rod and a releasing position for unlocking the rod. Thus, the user only needs to drive the driving member to lock or unlock the rod so that the rod is locked or unlocked easily and quickly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventor: Tsung-Yao Yu
  • Publication number: 20150010341
    Abstract: A lockable joint such as a lockable ball-and-socket joint comprising a first arm having a swivel head and a socket, the swivel head being pivotably mounted to the socket, and a locking device arranged for locking the swivel head with respect to the socket, the locking device having a piston, a pressure gas source, and an actuating device arranged for reversibly disconnecting the piston from the pressure gas source where in the pressure gas source is a gas cartridge. A seal suitable at a wide range of temperatures and pressures can be used with at least the pressure gas source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventors: HELMUT FRICKE, LAWRENCE E. GRIFFITH
  • Publication number: 20150003895
    Abstract: A ball joint orientation device applicable to a unipod includes a ball joint and stop members, in which one end of the ball joint is formed as a rotating part and is arranged in a ball joint seat in a universal swaying manner, and the other end extends to form a connecting part and is fixedly connected with a main rod; the stop members are arranged in the ball joint seat, and include a locking stop member located at the upper side of the rotating part; an orientation knob is sleeved on the connecting part and/or the main rod; when screwed toward the direction close to the ball joint seat, the ball joint is subjected to orienting locking and no longer rotates; and when screwed toward the direction away from the ball joint seat, and the orienting locking is released, so the ball joint is rotatable freely.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: Zhongshan Sirui Photographic Equipment Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jie Li
  • Patent number: 8910914
    Abstract: A mount that is useful for mounting electronics equipment such as audio or video equipment such as a microphone or a camera in a desired orientation has first and second interconnected body members that retain a swivel adapter that is movable in a ball and socket swivel joint relative to the body members. The body members rotated on threaded connections to thereby adjust the tightness of the swivel adaptor retained between the body members. A stop prevents inadvertent disassembly of the assembled mounting apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Audix Corporation
    Inventor: Fred Bigeh
  • Publication number: 20140363218
    Abstract: A rotational degree of freedom joint constraint system is disclosed. The system can include joint constraint hardware, such as a first component and a second component. The first component can have a rotational interface, and a constraint feature associated with the rotational interface. The second component can have a socket operable with the rotational interface to facilitate relative movement of the first component and the second component in at least one rotational degree of freedom. The second component can form an opening configured to facilitate movement of the constraint feature therein upon the relative movement of the first component and the second component. The rotational degree of freedom joint constraint system can also include a locking mechanism operable with the constraint feature. Movement of the constraint feature within the opening can be preventable by the locking mechanism to constrain the relative movement of the first component and the second component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Shane E. Wilson, Hans P. Naepflin
  • Patent number: 8894316
    Abstract: An adjustable joint for use with a microphone is provided that includes a ball and a stem connected to the ball. The ball is located within a ball housing that defines a slot that has a length that extends along a portion of a front side and an end of the ball housing. The maximum width of the slot at the end of the ball housing is different than the maximum width of the slot at the front side of the ball housing. The adjustable joint allows for reorientation of an attached microphone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Music Express, LLC
    Inventors: Ryan Kallas, J. Herschel Blankenship
  • Publication number: 20140321902
    Abstract: An improved antenna ball joint mount is provided that includes a hollow socket mechanically coupled to a spherical member with a locking part. The hollow socket and the spherical member are fully detachable to simplify the installation of an antenna. A user is able to set a position of the antenna to any point on a spherical sector surface within a range of motion allowed by a shape of joint components and rotate the antenna around own axis to adjust a polarization plane and then lock the mount in a predetermined position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: RF elements s.r.o.
    Inventors: Juraj TAPTIC, Martin MARCINCAK
  • Publication number: 20140234015
    Abstract: A microphone stand is provided that includes a dual mic frame that carries a first microphone and a second microphone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Inventors: Ryan Kallas, J. Hershel Blankenship
  • Patent number: 8777508
    Abstract: A cutting unit mounting device includes a ball through which a yoke extends laterally. The yoke is attached to the cutting unit, and the ball is pivotably mounted in a ball housing attached to a lift arm. A releasable lock pin engages and secures the ball within the ball housing in a mowing position or a service position. The ball housing has stops to limit the pivoting of the ball and yoke with respect to the ball housing. A releasable lock pin engages notches in the ball to engage and secure the ball in the mowing position or service position with respect to the ball housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: David Lawrence Phillips, Michael Joseph Buchheit, Jennifer Lynn Jaramillo, Paul Robert Heide
  • Publication number: 20140169859
    Abstract: A resonance testing apparatus has a plurality of arms for supporting a workpiece. At least one of said arms incorporates an articulation assembly having: a strut, a joint element which is movable in response to movement of the strut, and a clamp arrangement for clamping the joint element. The assembly has a first condition in which the joint element is movable and a second condition in which the clamp arrangement acts on the joint element to damp or restrict movement of the strut. The assembly includes a seating for the joint element, and a biasing arrangement for the seating. The assembly has a first condition in which the joint element is arranged on the seating and is movable on the seating and a second condition in which the biasing arrangement acts on the seating to damp or restrict movement of the joint element on the seating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: Johnson & Allen Ltd.
    Inventors: Jon Johnson, Graham Morley
  • Patent number: 8753032
    Abstract: A ball joint assembly may include a housing having a cavity, a friction seat received within the cavity, and a ball stud having a ball that frictionally contacts the friction seat. In one embodiment, a friction control mechanism moves the friction seat within the cavity to adjust the friction between the ball and the friction seat. In another embodiment, both the cavity and an outer surface of the friction seat may be substantially frustoconically shaped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jinghong Yu, David Wolf, Daniel Vogel, Edward A. Hosni, Angel D. Samalot-Quiles
  • Patent number: 8753030
    Abstract: A knuckle assembly for mounting an electrical device includes a rotatable knuckle mount, an articulated knuckle and an electrical device mount. Two knuckle elements forming the articulated knuckle each include an open cavity, which together form a closed cavity. One of the knuckle elements is pivotally attached to the rotatable knuckle mount and the other includes the electrical device mount. A grommet is positioned in the closed cavity; and a fastener engages the knuckle elements and extends through the grommet. The grommet includes spherical or spheroidal segments complementary to the inner surfaces of the closed cavity and in interfering fit when assembled. The grommet is in non-rotational engagement with one of the knuckle elements. Wires extend through the grommet adjacent a central through hole. A fastener extending through the central through hole draws the knuckle elements together to fix the grommet and seal the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: U.S.T.E., Inc.
    Inventors: Michael P. Leonhardt, Glenn M. Tyson
  • Patent number: 8714861
    Abstract: A sealing assembly of a ball joint, in particular for a vehicle, comprises a retaining ring which includes a ring axis and a radial ring flange having a flange upper side and an opposed flange lower side, and a sealing element which rests against the flange upper side and against the flange lower side and is exclusively connected to the retaining ring with an interlocking fit, the interlocking fit being configured such that the retaining ring and the sealing element are fixed to each other free of play in the axial and in the radial direction, and the flange upper side having an exposed contact surface for a sealing bellows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: TRW Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Peter Bernhardt, Andreas Maier, Ulrich Mette, Cengiz Erdogan
  • Patent number: 8702339
    Abstract: A clamp is for clamping a first member to a second member. The clamp comprises a lever that is rotatably coupled to the first member and a plunger. The lever comprises a handle and a cam that rotate together about a rotational axis. Rotation of the lever about the axis in a first direction cams the plunger towards the second member to couple the first and second members together and wherein rotation of the lever about the axis in a second, opposite direction cams the plunger away from the second member to uncouple the first and second members from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Manic Nomad, LLC
    Inventor: Trent Ballentine
  • Publication number: 20140084761
    Abstract: A multi-joint fixture including a proximal base unit, one or more arms serially connected by electromagnetically lockable ball joints, and a distal hub. The ball joints unlock when not powered. A centering mechanism biases the ball joints toward a neutral position. A control system activates the electromagnetic brake with a high-then-low voltage profile. A headpiece attaches to the hub and holds a drape that covers the fixture. A connector connects a surgical device to the headpiece. A switch on the hub can be actuated via actuators on the headpiece or connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: SURGICAL CONCEPT DESIGNS LLC
    Inventors: Christopher P. Scott, Edward J. Laganis, Anthony J. LaRosa, Jason R. Cahayla
  • Patent number: 8608398
    Abstract: The spherical joint with internal brake has a controlled actuator that selectively brakes relative motion between interior members and an outer shell of the spherical ball joint. A shaft extending from the internal members can be stopped at any rotational position relative to the shell. The internal members may include a central spherical sectioned member sandwiched by a pair of symmetrically opposed peripheral spherical sectioned members, which selectively act as brakes when an actuator in the central member is energized. The energized actuator has a dual piston that pushes outwardly on the pair of opposed peripheral segments, which increases friction between the peripheral segments and an interior wall of the spherical shell to brake the system. The shaft extends from the central spherical sectioned member through an aperture in the shell. The size of the shell aperture determines the range of rotational motion of the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals
    Inventor: Samir Mekid
  • Patent number: 8608120
    Abstract: A ball-and-socket joint assembly includes a stationary object, a movable object, and a mounting apparatus. The mounting apparatus has first and second rigid link sections, each link section having an upper socket section and a lower socket section, so that an upper receiving space is defined by the two upper socket sections and a lower receiving space is defined by the two lower socket sections. The assembly further includes an upper coupler having an upper ball that is received for rotation inside the upper receiving space, with the movable object secured to the upper coupler, and a lower coupler having a lower ball that is received for rotation inside the lower receiving space, with the stationary object secured to the lower coupler. A link member secures the link sections together with the upper ball retained inside the upper receiving space, and with the lower ball retained inside the lower receiving space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Adaptiv Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Wayne Chen, Adam Gold
  • Patent number: 8534951
    Abstract: A joint unit comprises a lock mechanism in which a ball-like joint section provided at the base end of an arm is housed in a holder formed at an end of a cylindrical case. As the joint section is brought into pressed contact against an inner surface of the holder, the lock mechanism locks a pivotal angle. In the lock mechanism, in response to a manual operation of a knob, a bolt is caused to project into the case and this pressing force is transmitted to a roller-like first pressing body and then to a second pressing body placed in contact therewith. Further, the pressing force from the first pressing body is transmitted to a pressure block and then the pressing force from this pressure block brings the joint section into pressed contact against the holder inner surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Big Alpha Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Masayuki Doi, Manabu Komine
  • Publication number: 20130233988
    Abstract: An adaptable camera support includes a quick disconnect, panning ball clamp connectable to an adjustable clamp. The relative angularity and separation of the jaws of the adjustable clamp are independently variable to engage articles of widely varying size and shape. The quick disconnect panning ball clamp includes a rotatable panning base and a ball element rotatable on axes at an angle to the axis of rotation of the panning base. Hinged ball clamp housing sections enable rapid releasing and securing of the ball element and an article attached to the ball element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Inventors: Joseph M. JOHNSON, Matthew L. BURK
  • Patent number: 8419309
    Abstract: A pivoting ball mount provides four essentially equal and (generally) evenly spaced constraints on the ball, creating a ball and socket joint in which the “socket” is composed of four small constraining pads of equal size and equally spaced around the surface of the ball or sphere. If a sphere is constrained by four equidistant points, each point will exert the same amount of force on the sphere. If additional pressure is applied to one point, the pressure exerted by the other points will rise to match this increased pressure. The effect of constraining a smooth ball by four equidistant points is to create the equivalent of a ball and socket joint in which the force required to rotate the ball at a particular rate is about the same in any direction. The ball is constrained by four equidistant points such that the relative movement between the ball and housing is smooth and predictable in any direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Wimberley, Inc.
    Inventor: David L. Wimberley
  • Patent number: 8366064
    Abstract: A ball-and-socket joint assembly includes a stationary object, a movable object, and a mounting apparatus. The mounting apparatus has first and second rigid link sections, each link section having an upper socket section and a lower socket section, so that an upper receiving space is defined by the two upper socket sections and a lower receiving space is defined by the two lower socket sections. The assembly further includes an upper coupler having an upper ball that is received for rotation inside the upper receiving space, with the movable object secured to the upper coupler, and a lower coupler having a lower ball that is received for rotation inside the lower receiving space, with the stationary object secured to the lower coupler. A link member secures the link sections together with the upper ball retained inside the upper receiving space, and with the lower ball retained inside the lower receiving space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Adaptiv Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Wayne Chen, Adam Gold
  • Patent number: 8226064
    Abstract: A sliding torque between a pivot portion and a fitting portion may be preferably secured. In an inner mirror device, pivot portions are arranged on both end portions in an axis line direction of a stay formed by a resin material. One pivot portion is fitted in a fitting hole of a holder main body, and the other pivot portion is fitted in a fitting hole of a device main body. In this manner, the holder and the device main body are connected to each other through the stay. In this case, plural notches are formed in the pivot portions, and outside dimensions of the pivot portions may be elastically expanded and reduced. A metal spring pin is pressed into the stay, and the spring pin biases the pivots in a dimension-expansion direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Tokai-Rika-Denki-Seisakusho
    Inventor: Masatsugu Ohashi
  • Patent number: 8142097
    Abstract: A ball joint comprises a ball stud having a stud portion at a middle thereof, a ball portion and a screw portion at opposite sides of the stud portion, and a seat surface portion facing the screw portion between the respective portions, and a bearing member into which the ball portion is slidably fitted so as to universally pivotably-support the ball stud, so that the stud portion is inserted through a mounting member, and a nut is screwed with the screw portion projected from the mounting member, and the seat surface portion abuts and is fastened to the mounting member by fastening the nut to the mounting member. The seat surface portion abutting the mounting member is subjected to a co-rotation preventing process which prevents the ball stud from co-rotating along with the nut when the nut is fastened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: NHK Spring Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shuji Ohmura, Shigeru Kuroda, Masanao Ueda
  • Publication number: 20120070223
    Abstract: The present invention provides four essentially equal and (generally) evenly spaced constraints on the ball. It is the equivalent of a ball and socket joint in which the “socket” is composed of four small constraining pads of equal size and equally spaced around the surface of the ball or sphere. If a sphere is constrained by four equidistant points, each point will exert the same amount of force on the sphere. If additional pressure is applied to one point, the pressure exerted by the other points will rise to match this increased pressure. The effect of constraining a smooth ball by four equidistant points is to create the equivalent of a ball and socket joint in which the force required to rotate the ball at a particular rate is about the same in any direction. The ball is constrained by four equidistant points such that the relative movement between the ball and housing is smooth and predictable in any direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2011
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Inventor: David L. Wimberley
  • Patent number: 8123427
    Abstract: A mounting for an optical apparatus includes a joint ball (1), a mounting device (2) for the optical apparatus and means for fixing the mounting device to the joint ball (1). The mounting device has two rings (6, 7) which are arranged displaceable to one another and are also movable on the joint ball (1) and surround the joint ball. A fixing means (3) is disposed between the rings (6, 7) and connects them, the whole such that the rings can be moved simultaneously and jointly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Inventor: Philippe Vogt
  • Patent number: 8106278
    Abstract: The inventive technology, in embodiments, relates variously to item support apparatus that offer one or more of a variety of operational benefits, including but not limited to independently operable force enhancers whereby various retention forces may be enhanced independently of one another, and side-assembly. The inventive technology presents, generally, two different types of apparatus—one featuring a ball having a passage through which an item support rack member (e.g., a drum rack member) may be slidingly passed, and a second featuring a ball without a passageway therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Swift Distribution Inc.
    Inventor: Donald H. Eason
  • Patent number: 8061920
    Abstract: The present invention provides four essentially equal and (generally) evenly spaced constraints on the ball. It is the equivalent of a ball and socket joint in which the “socket” is composed of four small constraining pads of equal size and equally spaced around the surface of the ball or sphere. If a sphere is constrained by four equidistant points, each point will exert the same amount of force on the sphere. If additional pressure is applied to one point, the pressure exerted by the other points will rise to match this increased pressure. The effect of constraining a smooth ball by four equidistant points is to create the equivalent of a ball and socket joint in which the force required to rotate the ball at a particular rate is about the same in any direction. The ball is constrained by four equidistant points such that the relative movement between the ball and housing is smooth and predictable in any direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Wimberley, Inc.
    Inventor: David L. Wimberley
  • Patent number: 8060975
    Abstract: A paint roller including a shaft, a handle attached to a first end of the shaft, and at least one of (a) a frame with an axial protrusion, and (b) a flexure joint with one or more functional elements. The frame is configured and arranged to be rotatably secured to a second end of the shaft for operably engaging a paint roller head and rotating the paint roller head about an axis. The protrusion extends in a second axial direction from the distal end of the frame so as to prevent a distal end of a paint roller head operably engaged upon the frame from contacting a surface perpendicular to the axis of rotation. The flexure joint is configured and arranged to be interposed between and connect the second end of the handle and the first end of the shaft. The functional element is configured and arranged to be secured to a second end of the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Inventor: Makolle Williams
  • Patent number: 8029452
    Abstract: A support for sonographers provides a path of force transmission from an ultrasound probe to the sonographer's upper arm bypassing the wrist, and thus reducing wrist injuries that can come from the need to tightly grip and restrain an ultrasound probe for long periods of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
    Inventors: Mark A. Kliewer, Tim Walker, Christopher J. Thomas
  • Patent number: 7993069
    Abstract: A double ball joint device comprises a housing, a first joint element having a first ball mounted in the housing, and a first shaft attached to a portion of the first ball protruding through an opening in the housing, and a second joint element having a second ball, which is mounted similar to the first ball and is provided with a corresponding second shaft. A locking washer is arranged between the first and second balls and has a first seat for receiving the first ball, and an opposite second seat for receiving the second ball. An operation member is operable between a released state, where the joint elements are pivotable, and a locked state, where it urges the locking washer to clamp lock the joint elements in a current position. When moving the operation member to the locked state it urges the washer to an off-centre position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Zirkona Sweden AB
    Inventor: Martin Persson
  • Patent number: 7927036
    Abstract: A quick connect assembly having a female terminal exhibiting an interior passage communicating with a connecting end. The passage is defined by inwardly facing surfaces associated with a plurality of linearly extending and peripherally arrayed beams, the passage exhibiting an enlarged profile an inwardly recessed distance from the connecting end. A male terminal includes a projecting portion generally matching the enlarged profile. The male terminal is inserted into the female terminal, causing the beams to outwardly deflect, following which the beams inwardly retract concurrent with the projecting portion seating within the inner profile. A linearly displaceable and sleeve shaped covering cap is spring supported upon the male terminal and displaceable between a first anti-biased position permitting outward deflection of the beams and a second biased position seating over projecting ends of the beams to prevent inadvertent disengagement of the terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Inventor: Michael V. Reasoner
  • Patent number: RE47931
    Abstract: A ball joint orientation device applicable to a unipod includes a ball joint and stop members, in which one end of the ball joint is formed as a rotating part and is arranged in a ball joint seat in a universal swaying manner, and the other end extends to form a connecting part and is fixedly connected with a main rod; the stop members are arranged in the ball joint seat, and include a locking stop member located at the upper side of the rotating part; an orientation knob is sleeved on the connecting part and/or the main rod; when screwed toward the direction close to the ball joint seat, the ball joint is subjected to orienting locking and no longer rotates; and when screwed toward the direction away from the ball joint seat, and the orienting locking is released, so the ball joint is rotatable freely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Inventor: Jie Li