Ball And Socket Friction Elements Patents (Class 482/117)
  • Patent number: 10639230
    Abstract: The present invention is a massage chair having a mechanism for adjusting position of massage element for arm massaging. As a non-limiting example, the massage chair preferably includes a massage chair frame; at least one arm massager apparatus positioned about a corresponding side of the frame; and a mechanism for securing the at least one arm massager apparatus about a corresponding side of the frame. In this example, the arm massage system may include at least one massage element for hand massaging, at least one massage element for tricep massaging, at least one massage element for shoulder massaging, a mechanism for adjusting position of the massage element for tricep massaging, and a mechanism for adjusting position of the massage element for shoulder massaging. The massage chair may further include a body massage system; a legs and feet massage system; and a noise-reducing, enclosure device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Luraco, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Le, Thanh Le, Abhishek Vinod Vazrekar, Varad Nitin Gokhale
  • Patent number: 10525303
    Abstract: A pair of therapeutic devices intended for use by persons in rehabilitative, physical or occupational therapy following hand and wrist surgeries or injuries with both of these devices being customized to better fit the needs of the recovering individual, and both provide superior control, monitoring, and feedback than do conventional therapy exercises.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Inventor: Robert Henschel
  • Patent number: 9789359
    Abstract: One or more aspects comprise an apparatus comprising: (a) a base component comprising a flat lower surface and a concave upper surface having a first curvature; and (b) a handle component comprising a convex lower surface having a second curvature; wherein the first curvature and the second curvature conform sufficiently to allow the handle component to rotate three-dimensionally within the base component, and wherein at least one of the concave upper surface and the convex lower surface comprises means to allow the handle component to rotate three-dimensionally within the base component. Other aspects and embodiments, including methods of use and manufacture, will be apparent to those skilled in the art after reviewing the description and drawings provided herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Q Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Patrick Sassano, Malcolm Lawson, Jordan Diatlo, Aaron Saxton, Laura Sink, Przemek Godycki
  • Patent number: 9630053
    Abstract: An apparatus, in particular for balance training and/or fine motor training, includes at least one moveable platform, which is in at least two dimensions oscillatingly moveable, and at least one damping unit for a damping of movements of the moveable platform. The damping unit comprises a central connecting element, which extends at least partially along a zero axis of a rest position of the platform, for the connection of the platform and the damping unit and for a transfer of an at least two-dimensional movement of the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Airbus DS GmbH
    Inventors: Hendrik René Kolvenbach, Ulrich Kübler, Peter Kern
  • 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: 8915828
    Abstract: The present invention provides an ergonomic, rotational muscle stretching device and method for use by an individual to rehabilitate one or more muscles groups after injury or surgery, or for use by an individual for general muscle exercise purposes. The device and method allow for stretching, strengthening, and increasing flexibility of the one or more muscle groups while placing minimal stress and/or strain on associated joints due to the ability of the device to ergonomically rotate along x, y and z axes in tandem with the joints associated with the muscles being exercised, i.e., the device effectively mimics motion of the joints. This allows joints to move freely through their full range of motion so that a complete, symmetrical stretch of the exercised muscles is achieved without placing negative stress and/or strain on the joints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Inventors: Donald Stalnaker, Steve McIntyre
  • Patent number: 8636630
    Abstract: One example embodiment includes a ball nest for providing resistance in an exercise system. The ball nest includes a first portion, where an interior section of the first portion forms at least part of a zone of a sphere. The ball nest also includes a second portion. An interior section of the second portion forms at least part of the zone of the sphere and the second portion is configured to mate with the first portion. The mating of the first portion and the second portion is configured to enclose a ball. The ball nest further includes an adjustable attachment, where the adjustable attachment is configured to adjust the position of the first portion relative to the second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Inventor: Nicholas Morris
  • Patent number: 8529418
    Abstract: A balance board including a standing platform connected to a pivot ball. The standing platform provides an area for a subject to stand and can be moved by a set of deflector actuators. The deflector actuators can move the platform in both the lateral and vertical directions. A braking assembly is connected to the ball and the braking assembly increases or decreases rotation resistance to the ball. When resistance is increased to the ball, resistance to rotation for the platform is increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Falconworks
    Inventors: Duncan Stewart, Thomas D. Meyer, Travis J. Miller, Holden D. Leute, Christopher M. Schroer
  • Patent number: 8210997
    Abstract: The present invention resides in an exercise device that is lightweight and easy to transport, and is particularly effective in improving neuromuscular/proprioceptive coordination, balance and core strength. The exercise device draws on the well known physical fitness benefits of canoe and kayak paddling, and at the same time is a device that can be used in a gym, home, office, or at any land site desired. The exercise device of the present invention comprises a pole that can be grasped in two hands similar to grasping a canoe or kayak paddle. A yoke is positioned at one end of the pole. A roller is held axially in the yoke. A variable resistance brake controls the ease with which the roller is able to rotate within the yoke. An adjustment means may be positioned on the pole that allows the user of the device to control the variable resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Inventors: Amelia N. Thomas, Janine M Alexander
  • Publication number: 20110287907
    Abstract: One example embodiment includes a ball nest for providing resistance in an exercise system. The ball nest includes a first portion, where an interior section of the first portion forms at least part of a zone of a sphere. The ball nest also includes a second portion. An interior section of the second portion forms at least part of the zone of the sphere and the second portion is configured to mate with the first portion. The mating of the first portion and the second portion is configured to enclose a ball. The ball nest further includes an adjustable attachment, where the adjustable attachment is configured to adjust the position of the first portion relative to the second portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Inventor: Nicholas Morris
  • Patent number: 7361124
    Abstract: A rowing machine, which includes a machine base, which has two footrests arranged at the front side, a sliding track disposed at the top side, and two sidebars at two sides, two arm oars respectively pivoted to the side bars of the machine base through a respective universal joint, two adjustment screws mounted in the universal units for adjusting friction between a respective friction pad in each universal joint and the associating arm oars, and a sliding seat slidably mounted the sliding track for sitting by the player and lockable to the sliding track by an adjustment knob.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Inventor: Tseng Chung-Ting
  • Patent number: 7316637
    Abstract: A mechanical device that performs single, orthogonal, alternate, and independent movements which, adapted in an apparatus, can be applied to the prevention of lower limb thrombosis suffered by people who spend long hours in a sitting position. The device includes a solid cylinder shaped as a horizontal axis with a solid, centered, and jointly-moving sphere with grooves on its surface, along which runs a guiding bolt that guides the movement all along the grooves. The guiding bolt is joined to one of the arms of a fork-shaped piece. On the other arm of the fork, there is a ball-holding cavity with a spring to push a ball into a depression on the sphere surface opposite to the grooves. The guiding grooves engraved on the piece, which are read by the guiding bolt, are transferred to the pedals adhered to the gym apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2008
    Inventors: Jaime Alberto German, Norberto Hugo Baldoni, Natalio Hupert, Julio Cesar Bralo
  • Patent number: 7115078
    Abstract: An orbital resistance-adjustable sphere exercising apparatus (10) that is designed to allow several exercise routines to be performed through several planes and range-of-motion at selectable friction levels. The apparatus (10) consists of four major elements: a sphere cradle (12), a sphere (116), a set of three sphere friction pads (42, 54, 94) and a telescoping pole assembly (126). The sphere cradle (12) includes a base (14) that has attached three sphere support frames (32, 52, 92) that are evenly spaced and that each have attached the friction pads (42, 54, 94) that interface with and support the sphere (116). The sphere cradle (12) also includes a sphere friction adjusting rod (104) that when rotated clockwise the three sphere support frames (32, 52, 92) simultaneously extend inward allowing the friction applied by the three friction pads (42, 54, 94) to the sphere (116) to increase. Likewise, when the rod (104) is rotated counter-clockwise the applied friction is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2006
    Inventors: Robert S. Kalember, Michael W. Knight
  • Publication number: 20030013586
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for an exercise device comprised of two poles affixed to a base, the poles can move omni-directionally in the base. A user grasps and leans on them for support, while letting his body fall between the poles. The user then pulls the poles together while pulling himself up. In this manner the muscles of the spine, back, abdominals, obliques, upper arms, chest and forearms are stretched and stressed for exercise.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2002
    Publication date: January 16, 2003
    Inventor: Keith R. Rothschild
  • Patent number: 6258011
    Abstract: A wall-mounted support structure for supporting an exercise device, including front and back metal plates disposed in parallel relation on respective sides of the wall and secured together by bolts passing through the wall, a vertically elongated chamber formed therein inside the wall between the plates, a metal ball attached to the exercise device, the front plate having an upper opening large enough to admit the ball into the chamber and a lower opening that is too small to admit the ball, the openings being contiguous so that when the ball is inserted through the upper opening it may drop down within the chamber behind the lower opening and will then be confined behind the front plate; a spring also is provided inside the chamber to retain the ball in a captured position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2001
    Inventor: Kedric R. Wolfe
  • Patent number: 6113522
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus for toning the mid-section and lower portion of the body, especially helpful for handicapped individuals who have marginal or only functional use of their lower extremities on an involuntary basis whereby a physically able person or a physically challenged person manipulates a pendulum bar, freely suspended from a semi-flexible member in a quarter circular oblique movement, while strapped to the apparatus in a seated position, and whereas the flexibility of the flexible member is predetermined by design or controlled hydraulically by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2000
    Assignee: Robert N. Montgomery
    Inventors: Anthony Fontenot, Robert N. Montgomery
  • Patent number: 5632707
    Abstract: A device for exercising a user's upper torso that utilizes a minimum of space. A wheeled housing is provided with a handle member providing an effective grip to a user who will lean his or her body's weight against the device is coupled to one or more of the wheels to display the amount of rotation of the wheels thereby giving an indication to a user of the amount of exercise undertaken. A reader of the movement of the device has an output connected to a counter/display that is resettable. The reader is mounted in a spring loaded cavity so that an effective outwardly force brings its ball member in contact with the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 27, 1997
    Inventors: Antonio Daniel, Jesus Sanchelima
  • Patent number: 5393280
    Abstract: The swimming and training apparatus comprises:a base disposed on a supporting surface for the apparatus,an upper body support arrangement secured to the base frame having a generally horizontal position capable of side to side rolling motion along its longitudinal axis and up and down tilt along its latitudinal axis at the point of attachment to the frame base,levers secured to the upper body support arrangement on both sides of the upper body support at the forward section in a manner to receive the users hands and arms and capable of simulating different swimming stroke styles,a head support attached to the fore section of the upper body support,levers secured to the aft section of the upper body support arrangement capable of receiving the users legs and by moving the legs simulating swimming leg kicks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 28, 1995
    Inventor: Joseph Haviv
  • Patent number: 5330407
    Abstract: A controlled mechanical friction principle is disclosed utilizing elastomeric spheres. The spheres are grouped in radial or nested formation between at least two working surfaces and contained in such a manner that compression sliding friction occurs between spheres. A frictional resistance adjustment is provided by means controlling the degree to which the elastomeric spheres are compressed. A walled container has pliable balls arranged as a single covering therein against a back surface, and an opposing piston is structured to move freely within the container walls. The degree of adjustable contact made by the cylinder inner wall surfaces against the spheres regulates the applied frictional resistance. Variable degrees of power transfer or brakeage is developed between the container inner surface wall and the opposing cylinder inner surface wall with the compressed spheres as the passage medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 19, 1994
    Assignee: Spherepoint, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark J. Skinner
  • Patent number: 5244444
    Abstract: An exercising device includes an adjustable weighted handle at the end of an elongated telescoping tube of an adjustable height. The tube is connected to a rotatable joint mounted on a base. The device can be rotated about a 360.degree. arc and also up and down through about 180.degree. in a vertical plane. The preferred movement is to swing the handle back and forth in a circular path and twist the body around from side to side and up and down. Deep breathing is synchronized with the movement to provide exercise to the entire body, lungs and circulatory system. The adjustable weighted handle and height and rotary movement can accommodate a variety of individual requirements. The components can be readily disassembled to provide portability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1993
    Inventor: Frank Wostry