Miscellaneous Patents (Class 5/1)
  • Patent number: 9561460
    Abstract: The invention relates to a rescue terminal for providing access to an air filter in case of an emergency, including a control system configured and provided to be activated upon a detection of a case of an emergency and having: at least one signaling device configured and provided to emit a signal upon activation of the control system; and a communication unit configured and provided for at least one of receiving and transmitting information indicative for a case of an emergency. The rescue terminal further includes a receiving housing being configured and provided for receiving an air filter device. The invention further relates to an air filter device and a rescue system. The rescue terminal, the air filter device and the rescue system enable a user of the air filter device to quickly access the air filter device in case of an emergency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Inventors: Nikolas Dicke, Heinrich Eberl, Robert Bücher
  • Patent number: 8978177
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the present disclosure include a bed having an integrated, hidden pet ramp. The bedframe may include a headboard, a footboard, a first side rail, and a second side rail, the bedframe configured to support a mattress. A ramp support/attachment rail may extend along a length of the footboard and may support a ramp configured to support an animal. The ramp may include a ramp landing and a ramp side extending from an upward facing surface of the ramp to the floor, wherein the ramp side may abut the mattress. In embodiments, the first side rail may be shorter than the second side rail to accommodate a ramp entry, and the ramp may extend from the ramp entry upwardly to the ramp landing. Additionally, the footboard may extend upwardly past the upper surface of the ramp to hide the ramp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventor: Barry Scott Peele
  • Publication number: 20150047119
    Abstract: The Invention is a decision making process and method to govern the combination of existing prior art associated with Pressure Bed Systems and sleep analysis tools. The invention creates a unique product that uses the biological signals of a User to generate an automated response to control a bed or mattress structure that is constructed with the relevant equipment to change the relative firmness or softness (to be described as ‘pressure’) of the bed or mattress. The intention of the automation is to better the quality of the User's sleep through the influencing of the User's bed or mattress and the assisted waking of the User at a User defined time through the same mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: Boyd Thomas Kildey
  • Patent number: 8844071
    Abstract: A self-contained convertible bed and storage system is disclosed herein to accommodate the needs of various users by transforming into an assembly fit either for crib use or an assembly fit for bed use with storage capabilities. The self-contained convertible bed and storage system preferably comprises: a crib framework assembly; a mattress platform assembly; and a support system having a fourfold corner-support-system, a front sidewall support, and a rear sidewall support. The crib framework assembly and the mattress platform assembly are releasably attached one to another to form a multi-purpose changeable bed arrangement. The crib framework assembly, mattress platform assembly, support system may be arranged in combination to form a crib. Alternatively, the mattress platform assembly and support system may be arranged in combination to form a bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Inventor: David Samuel Alexander
  • Patent number: 8595871
    Abstract: A therapy mat table has an upper surface and removable mat. A portion of the mat and a separate plate is rotatably mounted within the flat top so as to be capable of being selectively raised and lowered to form a seat back for a patient reclining or sitting on the pad on an elongated side edge of the table. The table may also include transfer bars which help to move a patient on and off the table or when moving to a standing position or while simply standing. The table may further include a stowable foot stop, which prevents backward movement of the patient's feet when the patient is standing between the transfer bars. The table may also include a knee blocker, which helps to limit or prevent buckling of the patient's knees when the patient is standing between the transfer bars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Therapeutic Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward Estrada, Laszlo Bayer
  • Patent number: 8584277
    Abstract: A corner connector having a pie-shaped body portion formed by a first abutment surface, a second abutment surface, and a radiused surface, wherein the first abutment surface and the second abutment surface are formed at substantially 90° relative to one another; wherein a first portion of the first abutment surface extends from a substantially planar bottom surface to a substantially planar deck panel support surface and wherein a second portion of the first abutment surface extends from the bottom surface above the deck panel support surface; wherein a first portion of the second abutment surface extends from the bottom surface to the deck panel support surface and wherein a second portion of the second abutment surface extends from the bottom surface above the deck panel support surface; and one or more protrusions extend perpendicularly from the first abutment surface and the second abutment surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Inventor: Thomas A. Roberts
  • Patent number: 8429770
    Abstract: A sofa is convertible to a bed. An air mattress normally stored in deflated condition in the sofa, is automatically deployed upon opening a folded framework into a bed. An electric pump inflates or deflates the mattress. A bag enclosing the bottom and sides of the mattress, is zipped onto the mattress, and has hook-and-loop fasteners securing it to strategic locations on the framework. The conversion from sofa to bed, and back to sofa, is done without removing any cushions and without moving the sofa away from anything behind it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Flair Interiors, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy M. Hooley, Robert K. Swihart
  • Patent number: 8209797
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a deployable bed assembly and associated method for using the deployable bed assembly with a conventional sofa, chair, and the like. The deployable bed is configured to rest upon and/or connect to the conventional sofa, chair, and the like with the conventional sofa, chair, and the like providing support and acting as a head board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Inventors: Scott T. Swierski, Dawn M. Swierski
  • Patent number: 8122537
    Abstract: A corner connector element having a main body portion, wherein a first side surface and a second side surface are formed at substantially 90° relative to one another; a first abutment surface extending substantially perpendicularly from a terminating edge of the first side surface; a second abutment surface extending substantially perpendicularly from a terminating edge of the second side surface; one or more protrusions extend perpendicularly from the first abutment surface and the second abutment surface; a corner abutment surface; and a radiused surface extending from a terminating edge of the first abutment surface to a terminating edge of the second abutment surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Inventor: Thomas A. Roberts
  • Patent number: 7996936
    Abstract: A climate controlled seat, bed or other assembly configured to receive a person includes a blower and two or more thermoelectric devices or other conditioning fluid modules. According to one embodiment of an operational scheme, a control system for the seat or bed is configured to continuously discharge air from the blower through the thermoelectric devices. In one arrangement, the thermoelectric devices are sequenced between an activated and a deactivated position. Consequently, the desired cooling and/or cooling effect can be maintained while reducing energy consumption of the climate control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Amerigon Incorporated
    Inventors: David Marquette, Dusko Petrovski, Brian D. Comiskey
  • Patent number: 7979930
    Abstract: A quiet, non-binding collapsible spring mechanism for resiliently supporting a mattress includes a system of collapsible, sinuous springs, each having hooked ends for silencing the mechanism during use or collapse, as well as central offset portions for enabling the sinuous springs to compress to a greater extent than heretofore. Both rigid and yieldable support structures connect the spring mechanism to an item of furniture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignees: Item Development Inc.
    Inventor: John Miller
  • Patent number: 7900300
    Abstract: A corner connector for a mattress foundation assembly and a mattress foundation assembly, wherein the corner connector includes a main body portion extending from a bottom surface to a top surface; a first corner abutment surface extending from a terminating edge of the top surface; a second corner abutment surface extending from a terminating edge of the top surface; a first side surface of the main body portion; a second side surface of the main body portion, wherein the first side surface and the second side surface are formed at substantially 90° relative to one another; a first abutment surface extending from a terminating edge of the first side surface; a second abutment surface extending from a terminating edge of the second side surface; and a radiused surface extending from a terminating edge of the first abutment surface to a terminating edge of the second abutment surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Inventors: Thomas A. Roberts, Shawn M. Parella
  • Publication number: 20100281614
    Abstract: The Smart Zipper is designed to seal off all openings for bugs to escape from. The encasements come with a 3 sided zipper that come around and ends at the extended zipper part. The extended zipper is about 5 5/12 inches and has an extra lining inside to eliminate all spaces. Attached to the zipper extension is Velcro that folds in half to create a blockage in the path way. The concept in the design was to leave no passage way but eliminating all the free space and also add the seal wall for guaranteed protection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2009
    Publication date: November 11, 2010
    Inventor: Jee Sun Park
  • Publication number: 20100011500
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a deployable bed assembly and associated method for using the deployable bed assembly with a conventional sofa, chair, and the like. The deployable bed is configured to rest upon and/or connect to the conventional sofa, chair, and the like with the conventional sofa, chair, and the like providing support and acting as a head board.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2009
    Publication date: January 21, 2010
    Inventors: Scott T. Swierski, Dawn M. Swierski
  • Publication number: 20090293193
    Abstract: A foldable bedding foundation includes a first section having a first base, a first plurality of wire support members pivotally secured to the first base of the first section, and a first wire grid pivotally secured to the wire support members of the first section. The foldable bedding foundation further includes a second section having a second base, a second plurality of wire support members pivotally secured to the second base of the second section, and a second wire grid pivotally secured to the wire support members of the second section. The foldable bedding foundation further includes a third wire grid pivotally secured to the first wire grid and pivotally secured to the second wire grid, and located between the first wire grid and the second wire grid in the same general plane. The foldable bedding foundation further includes at least one locking wire member movably secured to the third wire grid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2008
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Applicant: L&P PROPERTY MANAGEMENT COMPANY
    Inventors: James Neatherry, Darrell A. Richmond, John J. Brunnert
  • Publication number: 20090249543
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to occlude openings and spaces of side rails are provided. One embodiment includes a pad body panel having attachment openings each defining a pivot axis. The embodiment includes follower slots in the pad body panel each to receive a bracket pivot of a pivot arm, each follower slot having a configuration centered on the attachment opening of the pivot axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2009
    Publication date: October 8, 2009
    Applicant: KCI LICENSING, INC.
    Inventors: John H. Vrzalik, Cesar Z. Lina
  • Publication number: 20090193578
    Abstract: An apparatus which provides various functions for physical and/or mental relaxation, as well as for health care of a user, and a method of implementing the apparatus, include downloading personal data of the user from a user terminal to a personally customized bed and controlling one or more functions of the personally customized bed based on the personal data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2009
    Publication date: August 6, 2009
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Woo-young Jang, Hyung-kyu Lim, Dong-wook Kim
  • Publication number: 20090100565
    Abstract: The invention relates to a nonwoven fabric which is bonded at selected points by use of a binder containing particles composed of filler material (a phase change material, among others) and which is not bonded at other selected points. The nonwoven fabric is characterized by a soft touch and good flexibility, and may be used as an interlining material or an intermediate layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2006
    Publication date: April 23, 2009
    Applicant: CARL FREUDENBERG KG
    Inventors: Peter Grynaeus, Hans Rettig, Oliver Staudenmayer
  • Publication number: 20090084069
    Abstract: One embodiment of a southward facing trapezoidal shaped passive solar heat gaining building with basement walls used for heating the building on cold days, and cooling the building on hot days. The specially colored blinds FIG. 4, and shade 24 are features to aid the building in using nearly no energy for lighting, heating, and cooling. Upside down U shaped basement wall 40 and 42 are a unique feature that prevent leaks. This building, when elongated outward in the form of a large store, has parking along its perimeter allowing for time saved in people walking to and from cars, and saves conveyance waste in the form of a large manufacturing plant being able to have trucks deliver parts very close to the place where the parts are needed. Incidentally, because the building may be long and narrow and not square, it is safer if it catches fire because people can exit drastically quicker, and fire trucks can park near the fire and reach it quicker to put it out quicker.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2008
    Publication date: April 2, 2009
    Inventor: Jason Matthew Mittmesser
  • Patent number: 7487564
    Abstract: A quiet, non-binding articulatable spring mechanism for resiliently supporting a mattress includes a system of articulatable, sinuous springs, each having hooked ends for silencing the mechanism during use or collapse, as well as central offset portions for enabling the sinuous springs to compress to a greater extent than heretofore. Both rigid and yieldable support structures connect the spring mechanism to an item of furniture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2009
    Assignees: Item Development Inc.
    Inventor: John Miller
  • Publication number: 20090019639
    Abstract: An interactive bed sheet apparatus which can educate and entertain a child, in addition to encouraging the child to go to bed at bedtime and keep his or her bed made. The interactive bed sheet apparatus can comprise any number of fasteners, such as buttons, snaps, zippers, Velcro, etc., which can then be used to attach a removably attachable piece which also comprises such fasteners. These removably attachable pieces can be shaped like characters, such as princes, knights, or princesses, or animals, such as tigers, sharks, or dragons, or other items, such as treasure chests, motorcycles, or race cars. The bed sheet apparatus can have any number of background scenes printed on it as well. By using these background scenes, the removably attachable pieces, and the fasteners, a child can create any number of imaginary scenarios on the surface of his or her bed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2008
    Publication date: January 22, 2009
    Inventor: Michael P. Cervino, III
  • Publication number: 20080295245
    Abstract: A home personal security system includes a bed and an anchoring assembly by means of which the bed is anchored to a floor. A human containment chamber is provided in the lower portion of the bed. The human containment chamber has a door with a lock for locking the door from inside, and ventilation openings to provide air to an occupant of the human containment chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2008
    Publication date: December 4, 2008
    Inventor: Murray LESAGE
  • Publication number: 20080222801
    Abstract: End portions of a pair of crossbar bed frame members are detachably connected by a locking mechanism including an arm attached by the pivot element to one frame member to rotate between a locked condition and an unlocked condition. One frame member has a first projection and the pivot element includes a second projection. A pair of elongated slots in the frame members receive the projections when the frame members are longitudinally oriented and the end portions are overlapping. The end portions have openings therein that are aligned when the end portions overlap. The arm has a portion that is inserted in the aligned openings when in the locked condition and withdrawn from the aligned openings to allow the frame members to be disconnected and separated when in the unlocked condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2007
    Publication date: September 18, 2008
    Inventor: Lawrence Harrow
  • Publication number: 20080078022
    Abstract: A sleep surface support includes a plurality of corner structures, at least four crossbars, and a reinforcement strut. The plurality of corner structures each include a respective leg portion extending therefrom and each is adapted to receive at least two crossbars. The crossbars are configured to be detachably engaged to at least two separate corner structures configured to form a substantially rectangular shape to support a sleep surface. The reinforcement strut is configured to be detachably provided between two of the at least four crossbars such that the reinforcement strut extends between the at least two crossbars at a substantial midpoint of the at least two crossbars. The corner structures include interfaces configured to attachably receive at least one bed rail, headboard legs, and a footboard of a bedding structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2007
    Publication date: April 3, 2008
    Applicant: SKYLINE FURNITURE MFG.
    Inventor: Ted WECKER
  • Publication number: 20080040856
    Abstract: The invention discloses differing embodiments of apparatus, and methods for their use, which are designed to aide in lifting bed mattresses and tucking in bed covers. In some embodiments, kits are disclosed which include wedge apparatus for lifting bed mattresses, and tuck apparatus for tucking in bed covers. In other embodiments, wedge apparatus for lifting portions of bed mattresses are disclosed. In still other embodiments, tuck apparatus for tucking in bed covers are provided. Additional embodiments disclose methods for using the kits, wedge apparatus, and tuck apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2007
    Publication date: February 21, 2008
    Inventors: Carisa Harris Adamson, Elizabeth Sakaldasis, Susan Schafer, Bradley Duvernay, Esther Soria Sonson, Gaye Frisby, Thomas Blundell
  • Publication number: 20070192955
    Abstract: A shelter bed comprising: a mattress on which at least one user can lie down; a frame on which the mattress is set, and which comprises legs supporting the entire shelter bed on a floor and a buoyancy device generating buoyancy holding the entire shelter bed on a water surface; and a protective shell for protecting the user, the protective shell being movable between a first position in which the protective shell covers the user lying on the mattress and a second position in which access to the mattress is released to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2007
    Publication date: August 23, 2007
    Inventor: Miyoji Matoba
  • Patent number: 7197782
    Abstract: An improved nursing aid device and methods of using the device provide support over a person's lower abdominal area while also providing support for the person's arm while nursing in a chair or in a bed. The shape of the nursing aid device acts like a substitute “lap” for the person and the nursing aid device is configured to tuck under her arm for comfortable nursing sessions. The nursing aid device may include a covering having a short length, a long length opposite the short length, and a wing on each end of the long length. The covering may define a trapezoidal shape or a triangular shape, and may include a plurality of undulating curves on an outer periphery. The nursing aid device is designed to fit within or on a person's lap, rather than around her torso.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2007
    Inventor: Carol Ann Veravanich
  • Patent number: 7024382
    Abstract: A unified ordering, warehousing, accounting, inventory, sales, delivery and communications system and method. Although the system and method pertain to the furniture operations and sales, the system and method can also be used by different entities in other retail and wholesale operations. The system is accessed over the Internet by the sales representatives, dealers, manufacturers and consumers by mobile sales representatives' laptops, dealers' servers, manufacturers' servers and consumers' computers. The method utilizes the system for all aspects of the furniture industry including handling raw material, organizing inventory and coordinating communications between salespeople, customers and manufacturers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Inventor: Jack Nelson
  • Patent number: 6961967
    Abstract: A personal lift aid for lifting and lowering ambulatory patients and other individuals by unassisted and assisted means. The invention device comprises of a stanchion assembly having a palm grip to an upper end thereof; three adjustable hand grips located below said palm grip; and a (step-on) anchor pad located at the lower end of the device to anchor the personal lift aid to the floor or ground during lifting and lowering of individuals. Methods of moving a person with the aid of the personal lift aid include methods of a caregiver assisting the person; methods of unaided moving by the person, and methods of traversing stairs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2005
    Inventor: Donald A. Brown
  • Publication number: 20040064885
    Abstract: A waterproof cover is attached to a portion of a hospital bed and is configured to seal an opening formed in the portion of the hospital bed against water penetration. The cover is also configured so that the sound waves are audible through the cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2003
    Publication date: April 8, 2004
    Applicant: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Moster, David W. Hensley, Robert M. Zerhusen, Michael W. Hamilton, David W. Hornbach, Olivier Barbu
  • Patent number: 6581221
    Abstract: A support is provided for a bed or the like which provides one hundred percent unobstructed floor space therebelow. The support may be used for supporting a pair of vertically spaced beds or a bed having a desk or sofa positioned therebelow. The support comprises upstanding first and second end frames which are horizontally spaced-apart and which have guardrails secured to the upper ends thereof. Cross supports extend between the guardrails for supporting a bed thereon. Accessory supports optionally extend between the first and second end frames for supporting a desk or sofa thereon. The support may be quickly assembled and disassembled without the use of tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2003
    Inventor: Terry L. Rosenquist
  • Patent number: 6560792
    Abstract: A support is provided for a bed or the like which provides one hundred percent unobstructed floor space therebelow. The support may be used for supporting a pair of vertically spaced beds or a bed having a desk or sofa positioned therebelow. The support comprises upstanding first and second end frames which are horizontally spaced-apart and which have guardrails secured to the upper ends thereof. Cross supports extend between the guardrails for supporting a bed thereon. Accessory supports optionally extend between the first and second end frames for supporting a desk or sofa thereon. The support may be quickly assembled and disassembled without the use of tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2003
    Inventor: Terry L. Rosenquist
  • Publication number: 20020133876
    Abstract: The invention concerns a method for trimming the lower structure of a piece of furniture such as a bed or a couch which consists in covering the sides of said structure with a generally rectangular elongated strip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2001
    Publication date: September 26, 2002
    Inventors: Marie-Paule Pajanacci, Sophie Pajanacci
  • Publication number: 20020061225
    Abstract: A socket and rail clamp apparatus for securing a surgical accessory to a rail of a patient support device includes a first jaw and a second jaw coupled to the first jaw. One of the first and second jaws is movable between a first position in which the socket and rail clamp assembly is attachable to and detachable from the rail and a second position in which the clamp grips the rail. A socket assembly includes among a plurality of components a socket adapted to receive a portion of a surgical accessory. The plurality of components are movable between a loosened configuration and a tightened configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2001
    Publication date: May 23, 2002
    Inventors: Michael M. Boucher, Kip P. VanSteenburg
  • Patent number: 6088851
    Abstract: A crib dropside assembly is provided which includes a pair of end fittings that eliminate the gaps which ordinarily are found between the top rail of the crib dropside and the corner posts of the crib. Each end fitting includes a base portion which is secured to the bottom side of the top rail of the crib dropside and a shield which is coupled to the base portion. The shield engages the inner surface of a corner post in such a manner that there is substantially no gap between the end fitting and the corner post. The shield also defines an enclosure which contains all or part of a track engagement member. The track engagement member is coupled to a track located on the corner post. By eliminating the gaps between the top rail and corner posts as described above, the possibility of clothing or bedding materials being caught between these elements is greatly reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2000
    Assignee: Simmons Juvenile Products Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Harvey J. Draheim
  • Patent number: 5878449
    Abstract: An earthquake protection structure for an occupant of a piece of furniture has support members (12, 14) each having a base portion 20 movable on support surface (11), and opening (24) at least partly covered by protective flap (40). Suspensions 26 is provided between support members (12; 14) and bed (10) and has pivot pins (28);(30) extending between support members (12; 14) in parallel the support members. Linkage (46-66) is provided for holding base portions (22; 22) support members (12; 14) from moving over support surface (11). The protective structure has an actuator means for causing protective flaps (40) to turn with respect to support members (12; 14) outward with respect to the space defined between them. A release mechanism is provided for releasing linkage (46-66).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 9, 1999
    Inventors: Garry Belenky, Alexander Shkolnik, Alexander Trachtenherz, Roman Topilov
  • Patent number: 5499407
    Abstract: A display device for illustrating the internal construction of a conventional bedding system displayed on the sales floor of a store is adapted to be superposed on a corner of the displayed bedding system. The novel display device comprises three generally-planar members, one planar member corresponding with the horizontally-disposed body-receiving surface of the mattress and the other two generally-planar members corresponding to the two side surfaces of the bedding system forming the corner on which the display device is superposed. On each of the three generally-planar members of the device is a different picture, each picture portraying the likeness of the individual components of the innerspring assembly of the mattress on which the display device is superposed in such a way that these likeness simulate in two dimensions the structures and arrangement of the corresponding components in the innerspring assembly of the mattress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 19, 1996
    Assignee: Ohio Mattress Company Licensing and Components Group
    Inventors: Michael J. Atwell, Thomas J. O'Donnell
  • Patent number: 5111543
    Abstract: A foldable earthquake protective bed comprises a support frame (10) and two moveable members (20 and 22) pivotally attached to the support frame (10) and capable of being pivoted between a folded position in which the moveable members are arranged as conventional parts of the bed and an unfolded position in which they form a rigid protective cover above the bed's occupant(s). The bed may have a power drive in the form of a pneumatic cylinder (42) with a piston (43) sliding inside the cylinder (42). A piston rod (44) of the piston (43) is pivotally attached by a link (46) to a bracket (30) of the pivotable member (20) and by a link (48) to a bracket (32) of the pivotable member (22). Compressed air can be admitted to the cylinder (42) from a pressure vessel (50) via a control valve (52). This valve can be activated either manually by pushing a pushbutton (62) built into the bed frame, or automatically from a seismic sensor (58) attached to the wall of the building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1992
    Assignee: Alexander Shkolnik
    Inventors: Yefim Epshetsky, Garry Belenky, Boris Khlevner
  • Patent number: 4951181
    Abstract: An article of transportable furniture is provided including a generally planar platform portion and a base portion for supporting the platform portion. The base portion includes a plurality of interengaged glass blocks and a frame for enclosing the glass blocks. A light source is disposed within the base portion for providing illumination through the glass blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 21, 1990
    Assignee: Hardman and Phillips Partnership
    Inventor: Jacob T. Phillips
  • Patent number: 4882566
    Abstract: A safety control system for an electrically operated hospital bed utilizes a wireless disconnect signal from an above mounted safety light to an outlet below which supplies electrical power to the bed, thereby to interrupt power to the outlet upon the detection of physical contact with the safety light, as perhaps caused by an IV pole raising with the bed. In a preferred embodiment, a two-way transmission path is utilized to verify no blockage of the line of sight transmission path between the outlet and the light, with power to the outlet being disconnected upon contact with the light or blockage of the line of sight path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1988
    Date of Patent: November 21, 1989
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Clement J. Koerber, Sr., Dennis J. Gallant, L. Dale Foster
  • Patent number: 4853989
    Abstract: The invention concerns a device to unfold and retract a bed, a sofa or something similar into a structure in a false ceiling. The object of the invention is a device that unfolds and retracts a bed, or the like designed to be integrated in a system of suspended devices. This invention comprises a panel composed of ceiling elements (5,6) that when closed, in a horizontal position, forms a false ceiling (2). The panel is hinged to move between two stable positions: the horizontal, closed position; and the vertical, open position. Attached to the inside face of the panel and parallel to it is a fixed frame (4). Slidable attached to the fixed frame is a mobile frame (9). Articuably mounted to the mobile frame, about an axis (13) parallel to the panel's axis of articulation (7), and at a point at the end of the mobile frame farthest from the panel's axis of articulation (7) is a furniture frame (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 8, 1989
    Inventor: Michel Garcia
  • Patent number: 4662010
    Abstract: A waterproof vinyl body bag or sleeve open to the air at both ends which is inserted inside a main vinyl waterbed having two apertures, of the same dimensions as the open ends of the body bag, on its top surface. The bag or sleeve is sealed at the edges of both open ends permanently to the top surface of the waterbed at the edges of its two apertures, thus creating a suspended free floating sleeve inside a waterbed, into which a person can climb and lie prone while remaining dry, surrounded by the water in the bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1986
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1987
    Inventor: Peter W. Silberling
  • Patent number: 4015015
    Abstract: A system for warning people of a fire hazard comprising a flammable substrate having bound thereto a non-vaporous organic compound of molecular weight below 400, which forms a respiratory irritant upon being vaporized. The organic compound remains bound to the substrate in non-vaporous form under normal conditions of use, but is vaporized from the surface upon exposure to temperature no lower than about 200.degree. C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1975
    Date of Patent: March 29, 1977
    Assignee: E. I. Du Pont de Nemours and Company
    Inventor: Richard Norris Knowles