Body Supporting Buoyant Device Patents (Class 441/129)
  • Patent number: 10321757
    Abstract: A platform apparatus is provided which may be configured to support an electronic device. The platform apparatus may include a base, an extension, and a support. Some implementations include a hinge. The platform apparatus may be configured for use by a standing, seated, or reclining user, or to support an electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventors: Mark Castleberry, Michael L. Arnold, George W. Jensen
  • Patent number: 10226664
    Abstract: An exercise machine includes a frame, a seat selectively movable with respect to the frame, and a resistance mechanism connected to the frame. The seat is adjustably positioned between an upright position that orients a user in an upright orientation with respect to a pedal assembly when the exercise machine is in an upright exercise mode and a recumbent position that orients the user in a recumbent orientation with respect to the pedal assembly when the exercise machine is in a recumbent cycling exercise mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: ICON Health & Fitness, Inc.
    Inventors: William T. Dalebout, Gaylen Ercanbrack
  • Patent number: 9919776
    Abstract: A personal flotation apparatus having a main body member, a primary support member, a head support member, and a foot support member, each made of flexible, buoyant, flotation material. The primary support member, head support member, and foot support member are each connected to the main body member, such that they are substantially perpendicular to the main body member and can provide stability, buoyancy and support in various floating and swimming positions. Some embodiments include multiple main body members to increase stability, buoyancy, support and comfort, and allow for heavier users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Inventors: Thomas Greenan, Manda Northcutt
  • Patent number: 9834286
    Abstract: A buoyant pool float for floating in water is disclosed. In one embodiment, the buoyant pool float includes a body having a four-piece construction including an upper flotation member and a lower flotation member having a sidewall and bulkhead interposed therebetween. The upper flotation member is generally flat and sized to accommodate a human in a semi-reclining or reclining position, for example. Further, the upper flotation member is superposed above the lower flotation member, which is sized to correspond to a front end of the upper flotation member. The sidewall is positioned about the exterior of the body and the bulkhead within the interior of the body such that two sealed air holds are provided within the buoyant pool float. The two sealed air holds contribute to stability and buoyancy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: TRC Recreation, LP
    Inventor: Ulyss Ray Rubey
  • Patent number: 9821238
    Abstract: The present invention is a bubble generating pool toy that generates air bubbles in a swimming pool in response to movement of levers provided on the toy. The toy is used by positioning it behind a user's back and grasping two levers which extend from each side of the toy. By repeated pushing the levers sideward away from each other in front of the user's chest and then allowing the levers to once again come together in front of the user's chest under the power of bellows that are outwardly biased, the bellows provided on the toy are alternately expanded and compressed. Expansion and compression of the bellows causes air to be pulled downward through tubes fitted with one-way valves and forces the air to exit the toy via bubble stones located under the surface of the water in the swimming pool, creating air bubbles in the water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Inventors: Blake Wood, Deeann Wood
  • Patent number: 9630687
    Abstract: A collapsible flotation device is provided that uses a coilable spring coupled to a panel to collapse the device when the spring is coiled, and to expand the device when the spring is uncoiled configuration. The spring can be contained within a sleeve along the outer portion of the panel. A support member that traverses the panel is provided. An inflatable bladder disposed about a part of the outer portion of the panel and coupled to the support member buoyantly supports a body weight of a user. The combination of the inflatable bladder and the support member provide support for a user in a seated position on the panel. Many configurations are disclosed, including a multi-user collapsible flotation device, multiple connected single-user flotation devices, and so forth. A back support member and a headrest, both of which can be inflatable, provide additional support for a user to maintain a seated position on the panel. A foot support member is provided for the comfort of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Kelsyus, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Edward Le Gette, David Reeb, Alan Tipp, Justin Saul Werner, Ronald L. Wilson, II, Inna Alesina
  • Patent number: 9598155
    Abstract: A collapsible flotation device is provided that uses a coilable spring coupled to a panel to collapse the device when the spring is coiled, and to expand the device when the spring is uncoiled configuration. The spring can be contained within a sleeve along the outer portion of the panel. A support member that traverses the panel is provided. An inflatable bladder disposed about a part of the outer portion of the panel and coupled to the support member buoyantly supports a body weight of a user. The combination of the inflatable bladder and the support member provide support for a user in a seated position on the panel. Many configurations are disclosed, including a multi-user collapsible flotation device, multiple connected single-user flotation devices, and so forth. A back support member and a headrest, both of which can be inflatable, provide additional support for a user to maintain a seated position on the panel. A foot support member is provided for the comfort of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Kelsyus, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Edward Le Gette, David Reeb, Alan Tipp, Justin Saul Werner, Ronald L. Wilson, II, Inna Alesina
  • Patent number: 9540078
    Abstract: An improved swim noodle system is described. The system has a first interlocking swim noodle including a first central core defining a first longitudinal axis coaxial with the first central core and a first periphery disposed about the first central core. The first elongated swim noodle further comprises alternating nodes and alcoves disposed about an entirety of the first periphery. The first nodes diverge outwardly from the first central core and extend longitudinally generally parallel to the first longitudinal axis. The first alcoves converge outwardly from the first central core and extend longitudinally generally parallel to the first longitudinal axis. The first nodes and the first alcoves are arranged to mate by resistance fit with the second elongated swim noodle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Carolina IP, LLC
    Inventors: Davis K. Bartow, Douglas H. Bartow
  • Patent number: 9457876
    Abstract: A multiple strand pool noodle is provided. The multiple strand pool noodle has at least two strands formed of extruded foam where each of the strands has a first end and a second end. The first ends of the strands are contained in a first end member and the second ends of the strand are contained in a second end member. A length of the strands extends between the first and second end members. The strands are movable with respect to each other along the length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: HICKORY SPRINGS MANUFACTURING COMPANY
    Inventors: Jonathan Wesley Godfrey, Joseph Shawn Huffman
  • Patent number: 9403583
    Abstract: A personal flotation apparatus having a main body member, a primary support member, a head support member, and a foot support member, each made of flexible, buoyant, flotation material. The primary support member, head support member, and foot support member are each connected to the main body member, such that they are substantially perpendicular to the main body member and can provide stability, buoyancy and support in various floating and swimming positions. Some embodiments include multiple main body members to increase stability, buoyancy, support and comfort, and allow for heavier users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Inventor: Thomas Greenan
  • Patent number: 9221526
    Abstract: A device comprises a spring and a sleeve. The spring is configured to form a closed loop. The spring is moveable between a coiled configuration when the spring is collapsed and an uncoiled configuration when the spring is expanded. The spring defines a circumference while in the uncoiled configuration. The spring is disposed within the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Kelsyus, LLC
    Inventor: David A. Arias
  • Publication number: 20150147928
    Abstract: A swimming aid for the shin or shins of a swimmer. In an embodiment of the invention, the aid is wearable by inserting a leg through the swimming aid. In an alternative embodiment, the swimming aid further includes a zipper or other means of closure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: Aharon Ron YEHUDA
  • Patent number: 9039472
    Abstract: An apparatus for floatation of one or more persons on water includes a floatation device. The floatation device is sized for a single person and can be interlocked (i.e., secured) to additional floatation devices. Each individual floatation device is preferably made from an air-filled vinyl mattress or from foam. Each floatation device preferably includes at least one protrusion and at least one recess; however any desired combination of protrusions and recesses may be included. The protrusion of one individual floatation device interlocks within a recess of a second individual floatation device. A pair of retaining clips helps maintain each of the protrusions within the recesses. Any desired number of the individual floatation devices may be secured together to provide a larger overall floatation device for use by multiple persons while still providing each person their own personal floatation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventor: Clark James Whitehead
  • Patent number: 9039473
    Abstract: A flotation device includes an elongated and flexible member with a channel extending between longitudinal ends of the flexible member. The flexible member is configured to support an individual within water during a recreational activity. The flexible member can include at least one cut-out defining a handle. A sleeve having a body member is dimensioned to fit over the flexible member and act as the flexible member's skin. The sleeve can includes at least one cut-out which substantially aligns with the at least one cut-out of the flexible member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventor: Jaclyn Wachter
  • Publication number: 20150140880
    Abstract: A floating pool lounge is disclosed. The floating pool lounge has a head end and a foot end, and includes an opening between the head end and the foot end. The opening extends through the thickness of the lounge and is sized to admit a human head. The pool lounge may also include handles disposed on respective sides, and a head and cervical support disposed around the opening toward the foot end. In some embodiments, particularly where the pool lounge is not rigid enough to resist movement, it may carry a series of connected channels or pockets, and substantially rigid frame members may be connected within the channels or pockets to rigidify the structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Steven K. Python
  • Publication number: 20150118926
    Abstract: A recreational flotation device can comprise a closed container formed from a water-permeable material and containing a plurality of discrete floatable elements so the container is deformed and deformable by a user in the water to provide selection and variation in the manner in which a user's body can be supported above and under the water's surface. Articles that pose environmental disposal problems can be used as discrete floatable elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Lee Ann Miller
  • Publication number: 20150118927
    Abstract: An improved swim noodle system is described. The system has a first interlocking swim noodle including a first central core defining a first longitudinal axis coaxial with the first central core and a first periphery disposed about the first central core. The first elongated swim noodle further comprises alternating nodes and alcoves disposed about an entirety of the first periphery. The first nodes diverge outwardly from the first central core and extend longitudinally generally parallel to the first longitudinal axis. The first alcoves converge outwardly from the first central core and extend longitudinally generally parallel to the first longitudinal axis. The first nodes and the first alcoves are arranged to mate by resistance fit with the second elongated swim noodle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Davis K. Bartow, Douglas H. Bartow
  • Publication number: 20150031256
    Abstract: A beverage device comprising a beverage holder having an upper end and a lower end with the lower end having a beverage holder connector. A beverage holder support has a connecting end and a locking end. The locking end has a protruding portion having an outside diameter sized to fit inside a pool noodle and an annular wall having an inside diameter sized to fit around the pool noodle. The connecting end has a beverage holder support receiver for receiving the beverage holder connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Kent M. Arnold, William Patrick Youngblood
  • Patent number: 8920206
    Abstract: An improved swim noodle system is described. The system has a first interlocking swim noodle with a central core and at least one node, diverging outwardly from the central core, and at least one alcove, converging outwardly from the central core, wherein the node and alcove are arranged to mate by resistance fit with a second interlocking swim noodle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Carolina IP LLC
    Inventors: Davis K. Bartow, Douglas H. Bartow
  • Publication number: 20140364024
    Abstract: An amusement device is formed by an elongate, semi-rigid, floating tube assembly with an outer, sleeve-forming tube of soft, flexible, buoyant material and semi-rigid, modular, inner tubing inserted longitudinally into the sleeve. The inner tubing is assembled from a series of identical, rigid, tubular, plastic links each having ball and a socket joint at respective opposite ends rotatively engaged with respective socket and ball joints of adjacent links. The engaging/abutting surfaces of the joints form interference, watertight fits to join the links in end-to-end relation to any desired length and enabling the tube assembly to be transversely bent by a person into different stable shapes. A creaking sound, audible to a user, is emitted during rotative movement of the joints during transverse bending of the tube assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: Mark E. HARTELIUS
  • Publication number: 20140357141
    Abstract: Multipurpose personal flotation devices are provided. The devices preferably feature a unique D-ring design and use a comfortable and effective closed cell foam as buoyant material. A partial internal frame helps make the flotation devices well adapted for aquatic exercise and aquatic therapy. Also provided are flotation devices that can be assembled and disassembled. Kits for assembling the devices are also provided herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: NoodleThings LLC
    Inventor: Debra Blackwell Schmid
  • Publication number: 20140346824
    Abstract: A rapid drying inflatable cushion for floating on water includes an inflatable element surrounded by a covering. The covering includes a top side adapted for the user and a bottom side made from a mesh adapted to interface with the water. The covering includes a sidewall, the sidewall has a portion which includes an opening which may be opened or shut by a zipper to permit the inflatable element to be placed in or removed from the covering. The inflatable element has a air valve which would be proximal the closed position of the zipper to allow ease of inflation or deflation. The mesh permits any water or other material which may have infiltrated the covering to exit when removed from the water, permitting the rapid drying inflatable cushion to rapidly dry.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventor: James Harrison
  • Patent number: 8888546
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments of a manufacture of an aquatic stabilizing locus inhibiting roving, comprising: a buoyant main body comprising; a top, sky-side, surface, a bottom, water-side, surface, at least one attachment loop secured to at least one attachment loop base; at least one water-side attachment loop, secured to at least one water-side attachment loop base; and at least one stabilizing line, wherein each end of the stabilizing line forms into fixed loops enabled to concatenate with at least one concatenation element, and wherein the stabilizing line is concatenated to the water-side attachment loop. Exemplary embodiments of means for inhibiting roving, of at least one object floating in an aquatic medium, by means of a stabilizing locus comprising: a means for providing buoyancy to the locus; a means for concatenating at least one device to the locus; a means for concatenating the locus to an object that inhibits locus aquatic roving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventors: Cheryl Meares Dykstra, Nancy Meares Kelly
  • Publication number: 20140323000
    Abstract: Fun “noodles,” elongated flexible tubes formed of closed-cellular foam plastic used for play in water, are provided with decorative wiggly waggly tails at their ends, the tails being capable of new play patterns and water splashing effects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventor: Brian KESSLER
  • Publication number: 20140295721
    Abstract: A patient transporter having sponsons that provide buoyancy when deployed on water is provided. A sponson assembly formed by two sponsons connected to each other by a material, and which can be positioned beneath a patient transporter to provide buoyancy, is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Paper-Pak Industries
    Inventors: Ronald Jensen, Richard Beu
  • Publication number: 20140290022
    Abstract: A flotation device that includes a plurality of elongated, tubular members each composed of a buoyant material and interconnected to one another such that each extends in parallel relation to the others and are independently movable relative to one another. The tubular members are movable between a fully deployed position wherein each of the tubular members extend in a common plane and a fully transportable position wherein each of the tubular members are arranged in bundled relation to one another. A pair of cords passes through and interconnects each of the plurality of tubular members together, and a carrying strap is connected to the tubes to provide ease of transporting the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: Leonard G. Gratch
  • Patent number: 8845377
    Abstract: According to one aspect, embodiments of the invention provide a construction for a float, the construction comprising a flotation device having a top portion, a bottom portion and an opening disposed through the top portion and the bottom portion, a seat portion located proximate the bottom portion of the flotation device, and a side wall coupled between the seat portion and an edge of the opening, wherein the seat portion is configured to support a user at a location proximate the bottom portion of the flotation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Aqua-Leisure Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven M. Berenson
  • Publication number: 20140242861
    Abstract: The presently disclosed subject matter relates to a flotation device suited to teach beginner swimming techniques or provide enjoyment in an aquatic environment while providing flotation to at least a portion of the swimmer's body. The flotation device for aiding a swimmer in a body of water may comprise a body formed from an extruded foam and comprising a top surface, a bottom surface, a first side rail, a second side rail, a leading lateral surface, and a trailing lateral surface, and wherein the extruded foam is a flexible cellular foam. The presently disclosed subject matter also relates to methods of making the flotation device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: Nickory Springs Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Timothy M. Schultz, Jonathan W. Godfrey, John F. Herter
  • Patent number: 8795014
    Abstract: Disclosed is a flotation platform engineered to permit aquatic based exercise routines in a pool or Shallow calm waters for fitness or rehabilitation. An exercise method directed for a total body workout. A raft that exercise routines are performed on water to reduce stress, as if compared to ones workout With heavy equipment or on hard surfaces. The workout raft includes a removable pillow to allow more Resistance for both upper and lower body. The raft includes flexible connectors for the arm rest for a Variety of arm exercises. The raft includes a quarter hole behind the users knees to allow the user to Bend the raft easily in and out of the water. Disclosed is a raft that works out about every part of the Body. It has a number of color coded chambers that can be inflated for the desired level of resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Inventor: Chicky-Jeanne McCarthy
  • Patent number: 8795015
    Abstract: A support and seating apparatus, comprising land based and aquatic capabilities, is presented to support human beings, animals and accompanying objects. The apparatus comprises two back support bars, two torso support bars, two leg support bars and two arm support bars. Pluralities of floatable cylinders are disposed between the bars to enable the support and seating apparatus capable of seating on land and floating on water. The apparatus further comprise a removable shade and a propulsion system for enhanced functionality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Inventor: Hung Van Nguyen
  • Patent number: 8790148
    Abstract: A method for anchoring comprises providing an anchoring apparatus comprising: a flexible and floatable pad, a self-coiling cord connected to the pad, and a suction cup connected to the self-coiling cord. The method further comprises providing a floatation device, attaching the suction cup to a surface, wherein the surface comprises at least one of a side of a pool and a hull of a boat, and resting a body part on the flotation device so that the pad is sandwiched between the body part and the flotation device and so as to anchor the flotation device in a position relative to the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Inventors: Janis Ehrat, Kenneth Rothlisberger
  • Publication number: 20140179183
    Abstract: An infant recreational floatation device is provided. In some embodiments, a floatation device for an infant is provided, the floatation device comprising an inflatable ring having a top surface and a bottom surface, wherein the inflatable ring includes: an air chamber having an upper chamber portion and a lower chamber portion that are divided by a layer; a cut through the air chamber of the inflatable ring that forms a first end of the inflatable ring and a second end of the inflatable ring, wherein the first end and the second end of the inflatable ring are displaced to insert a neck of the infant into an interior space; a plurality of cut-out portions adjacent to the interior space; and a plurality of fasteners placed on the top surface and the bottom surface of the inflatable ring that detachably connect the first end and the second end of the inflatable ring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Inventor: Tiffany An-Ting Chiu
  • Patent number: 8747175
    Abstract: The invention is a unique ergonomic personal flotation device suitable for comfortably supporting a human user while floating in a fairly calm water-based environment such as a swimming pool, lake or other natural body of water that allows a person using the flotation device to comfortably lie on their stomach, in order to provide even tanning on their backside. Likewise, the person can also comfortably lie on their back to get tanning on the front of their body. The ergonomic flotation device is comprised of a number of separate air chambers that provide an overall comfortable ergonomic experience when in use by a person. When lying on their stomach, there is provided an opening for the person's face with side air channels around the opening for comfort. When lying on their back, there is provided a separately inflatable lower back support chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Inventor: Jodi Frenna
  • Patent number: 8747173
    Abstract: The presently disclosed subject matter relates to a flotation device suited to teach beginner swimming techniques or provide enjoyment in an aquatic environment while providing flotation to at least a portion of the swimmer's body. The flotation device for aiding a swimmer in a body of water may comprise a body formed from an extruded foam and comprising a top surface, a bottom surface, a first side rail, a second side rail, a leading lateral surface, and a trailing lateral surface, and wherein the extruded foam is a flexible cellular foam. The presently disclosed subject matter also relates to methods of making the flotation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Hickory Springs Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Timothy M. Schultz, Jonathan W. Godfrey, John F. Herter
  • Patent number: 8720360
    Abstract: A flotation control system that allows a user to place a first anchor base and a second anchor base operating in conjunction with respective retractable lines at opposite ends of an inflatable float. Each retractable line is secured to an outer bag that is used to protect an internal inner bag. The inner bag is filled with sand and sealed so that the outer bag, inner bag, and sand form an anchor. A user will release two anchors at opposite ends of the float. This function affords the user control over direction and drift.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Leslie Kessler
  • Publication number: 20140113515
    Abstract: An apparatus for floatation of one or more persons on water includes a floatation device. The floatation device is sized for a single person and can be interlocked (i.e., secured) to additional floatation devices. Each individual floatation device is preferably made from an air-filled vinyl mattress or from foam. Each floatation device preferably includes at least one protrusion and at least one recess; however any desired combination of protrusions and recesses may be included. The protrusion of one individual floatation device interlocks within a recess of a second individual floatation device. A pair of retaining clips helps maintain each of the protrusions within the recesses. Any desired number of the individual floatation devices may be secured together to provide a larger overall floatation device for use by multiple persons while still providing each person their own personal floatation device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Inventor: Clark James Whitehead
  • Publication number: 20140113099
    Abstract: In accordance with one embodiment, colored foam especially adapted for displaying three-dimensional display apparatus that is also capable of being used as a flotation device is envisioned. In one embodiment, the colored foam is ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA), although other types of expanded plastics such as polystyrene are also contemplated. In one embodiment, the display apparatus consists of logos and/or names of sports teams, such as professional or collegiate football, baseball, soccer, and basketball teams.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Inventor: Gary Arnett
  • Patent number: 8702461
    Abstract: A floatable workstation including an inflatable base assembly including optional partitions disposed internally within an air receiving cavity of the tube to form one or more inflatable chambers, each chamber including a valve for inflating the chambers. The series of deck boards assemblies are provided having a non-skid upper surface and a dense hook and loop tape interface material on a bottom surface. A deck attachment textured surface is provided upon an upper surface of the inflatable base assembly for removably securing the series of deck boards. The deck boards can cover the upper surface of the inflatable base assembly and/or span between adjacently positioned inflatable base assemblies to provide an enlarged work surface. Adjacent inflatable base assemblies can be tethered to one-another using a carabineer or similar to fasten corner fastening members of each of the adjacently positioned inflatable base assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Inventor: Gerard d'Offay
  • Publication number: 20140094075
    Abstract: An aquaplane including a pair of inflatable members, a connection assembly and a control assembly is provided. Each of the inflatable members has a leading end, a foot fixing portion and a back end, wherein the foot fixing portion is located between the leading end and the back end. The connection assembly is connected between the leading ends of the inflatable members, and the control assembly is disposed on the pair of inflatable members, and is located adjacent to the foot fixing portions. A user is capable of treading on the foot fixing portions of the aquaplane to drive the back ends of the two inflatable members to repeatedly close to each other and separate from each other, so as to drive the aquaplane to move forward on water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: APEX BILLION INT'L INV. LTD.
    Inventor: Yuan-Chen Chen
  • Publication number: 20140073209
    Abstract: Disclosed is a flotation platform engineered to permit aquatic based exercise routines in a pool or Shallow calm waters for fitness or rehabilitation. An exercise method directed for a total body workout. A raft that exercise routines are performed on water to reduce stress, as if compared to ones workout With heavy equipment or on hard surfaces. The workout raft includes a removable pillow to allow more Resistance for both upper and lower body. The raft includes flexible connectors for the arm rest for a Variety of arm exercises. The raft includes a quarter hole behind the users knees to allow the user to Bend the raft easily in and out of the water. Disclosed is a raft that works out about every part of the Body. It has a number of color coded chambers that can be inflated for the desired level of resistance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Inventor: Chicky Jeanne McCarthy
  • Publication number: 20140065905
    Abstract: A device comprises a spring and a sleeve. The spring is configured to form a closed loop. The spring is moveable between a coiled configuration when the spring is collapsed and an uncoiled configuration when the spring is expanded. The spring defines a circumference while in the uncoiled configuration. The spring is disposed within the sleeve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: Kelsyus, LLC
    Inventor: David A. Arias
  • Patent number: 8651909
    Abstract: A segmented flotation device available in a plurality of colors, sizes, and configurations is disclosed. Each flotation device includes one or more buoyant members strung together with an elastic band. A recessed cup at each end of the device stores a coupler which is in turn secured to the elastic band. The coupler is configured with couplers for interconnecting flotation devices to create a variety of shapes and structures such as grids, float mats, and long float lines. A cord lock may be provided on the elastic band for adjusting the preloaded tension. A plurality of flotation devices can be packaged with other accessories connectable to the devices for creating a seat, mat, island or other structure, for holding beverages, or for providing awning structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Inventor: Patrick J. Romzek
  • Publication number: 20140024273
    Abstract: A floatation device having a body portion, a first pillow portion attached to a first end of the body portion, and a second pillow portion attached to a second end of the body portion is provided. In this way, when a user laying on the floatation device desires to change positions, for example, change from laying on the back to laying on the stomach (or vice versa), yet desires to continue to have the user's head elevated by a pillow portion, the user can change position without dismounting the floatation device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2012
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Inventor: Jeffrey Marcantonio
  • Patent number: 8628366
    Abstract: An aquatic exercise device is provided for assisting a user staying afloat and maintaining balance while performing exercises within a body of water. The device comprises a frame, a contoured body support bar, a pair of handles and a plurality of flotation and balance elements. The frame and body support bar form a “D” shape that surrounds a user's midsection when in use. Handles are disposed along the front of the device so that a user may grip the device to stabilize his or her upper body during use. The frame is encased in floatation foam to provide buoyancy. Additional balance and buoyancy is provided by larger balancing elements disposed around the floatation frame. A user may utilize the device for swimming or exercising in water in a variety of positions, particularly for the elderly, those with limited mobility or those unable to swim independently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Inventor: Kenneth Pope
  • Publication number: 20130280972
    Abstract: A noodle apparatus adapted for using as swimming noodle, toy and/or cushioning includes a first end portion, a second end portion, and at least one elongated main body integrally extended between the first end portion and the second end portion. The main body is made of deformable and floatable material so that the swimming noodle is capable of floating on water. The main body has a predetermined cross section and is twisted in a spirally extending manner, wherein the elongated main body is arranged to be selectively stretched to fit a desirable need of a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2012
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Inventor: Loi Hui Cheung
  • Patent number: 8540540
    Abstract: Luminous Envy Tanning Float is a device to promote even and accelerated tanning adapted for use in water preferably comprises the following components: a pair of angled, reflective, tan; a cushioned core-supported portion; a pillow; at least one cup holder; and at least one warning label to prevent sun-burning. A user-sunbather is comfortably supported via the inflatable flotation device for even and accelerated tanning during at least one sunbathing period on a body of water and/or land.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Inventors: Cheri Chafin Garcia, Robert Garcia
  • Patent number: 8523623
    Abstract: A device comprises a spring and a sleeve. The spring is configured to form a closed loop. The spring is moveable between a coiled configuration when the spring is collapsed and an uncoiled configuration when the spring is expanded. The spring defines a circumference while in the uncoiled configuration. The spring is disposed within the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Kelsyus, LLC
    Inventor: David A. Arias
  • Publication number: 20130183878
    Abstract: A method for anchoring comprises providing an anchoring apparatus comprising: a flexible and floatable pad, a self-coiling cord connected to the pad, and a suction cup connected to the self-coiling cord. The method further comprises providing a floatation device, attaching the suction cup to a surface, wherein the surface comprises at least one of a side of a pool and a hull of a boat, and resting a body part on the flotation device so that the pad is sandwiched between the body part and the flotation device and so as to anchor the flotation device in a position relative to the surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Inventors: Janis Ehrat, Kenneth Rothlisberger
  • Patent number: 8485206
    Abstract: A sun shade designed for portability and selective angular orientation in a body of water. The device comprises an umbrella portion, together with at least two distally joined buoyant members to keep the umbrella from sinking. The umbrella portion's cover comprises generally opaque material to keep the sun's rays from penetrating. The user orients the expanded umbrella towards the sun and allows the umbrella to float on the buoyant members while the user is below the umbrella. The shape and selective angular orientation of the sun shade enable the user to block rays of the sun from 0° to 90° relative to the surface of the water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Inventor: Janice Elaine Rose
  • Publication number: 20130178124
    Abstract: A double pillow flotation device that allows users to easily turn over while minimizing the risk of falling off the flotation device, which is accomplished in part by the use of multiple head supports at opposite ends of the flotation device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2013
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Inventor: Donna Meinicke