Rocker Base Patents (Class 5/105)
  • Publication number: 20150082539
    Abstract: A multi-use convertible frame for a baby carrier includes a base frame, a swivel mount, a support unit and a positioning mechanism. The support unit can be swiveled about ninety degrees from a first direction to a second direction, and vice versa. The support unit is leaned with an angle suitable for providing a chair mode in the first direction, and kept in a substantially horizontal position for providing a bassinet mode in the second direction. The base frame may be formed with a curved underside and rotatably mounted with two stoppers at the both ends thereof for converting the chair mode into a rocking chair mode and converting the bassinet mode into rocking bassinet mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: PING-CHING LIN, CHIA-MING SHEN
  • Patent number: 8950020
    Abstract: An automatic bassinet rocking device imparts a rocking motion to a bassinet or rocking crib. A housing is supported above the rocker base of the bassinet on adjustable legs so that the device straddles the curved rocking base. A reciprocating rod descends from the housing and attaches to a strap or clamp at an anchor point on the rocker base. An oscillatory drive inside the housing imparts a reciprocating motion via the reciprocating rod onto the rocker base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventor: Michael D'Arrigo
  • Patent number: 8782827
    Abstract: A device to assuage distressed infants via an adjustable vertical motion combined with an adjustable orientation. The device has a frame, an infant resting member coupled to the frame that is capable of retaining an infant in an adjustable position and a mechanism that is capable of moving the infant resting member in a vertical motion to soothe the infant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventors: Richard Shane, Chris Tacklind
  • Patent number: 8776285
    Abstract: A device to assuage distressed infants via an adjustable vertical motion combined with an adjustable orientation. The device has a frame, an infant resting member coupled to the frame that is capable of retaining an infant in an adjustable position and a mechanism that is capable of moving the infant resting member in a vertical motion to soothe the infant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Inventors: Richard Shane, Chris Tacklind
  • Patent number: 8756728
    Abstract: A bed for infants with cradle function comprising a bed structure (1) and legs (3, 4) attached thereto, wherein the bed has two legs (3, 4) mounted to the bed structure (1) diametrically opposite to each other, seen in a longitudinal direction of the bed, that the respective leg (3, 4) has laterally protruding elements (9, 10; 11, 12) made of a resilient material at its free end, and in that said protruding resilient elements (9, 10; 11, 12) are arranged to protrude obliquely downwards from the leg to a floor so that the lower part of the leg is situated at a distance from said floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: BabyBjörn AB
    Inventor: Håkan Bergkvist
  • Patent number: 8613118
    Abstract: The present invention is an electric hammock for babies that can be activated and controlled electronically. The child can be placed securely in the hammock and softly rocked to sleep, without manual application. The hammock provides a soothing motion that is helpful in lulling a baby to sleep. This idea is especially helpful for busy mothers who do not have enough hours in the day to keep up with all that motherhood entails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Inventor: John Sydney Boos
  • Patent number: 8397322
    Abstract: A rocking device comprising: a base unit; first and second profiled tracks, each defining a close undulating path, the tracks being associated with the base unit; at least one track follower, arranged to interact with the at least one of the profiled tracks; a rotation arrangement to impart relative rotational movement between each of the profiled tracks and the track follower, thereby creating relative displacement between the track follower and the base unit; and a support unit carried by the track follower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Inventors: Alison Ruth Raphael, Sophie Miriam King
  • Patent number: 8239984
    Abstract: A variable motion infant seat includes: a vertical reciprocating assembly comprising a first motor for providing vertical motion; a horizontal reciprocating assembly coupled to the vertical reciprocating assembly and comprising a second motor for providing horizontal motion; and a support device coupled to at least one of the vertical reciprocating assembly and the horizontal reciprocating assembly. The first motor and second motor are run at a substantially constant speed, thereby causing the vertical reciprocating assembly and horizontal reciprocating assembly to move the support device in at least one motion profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Thorley Industries LLC
    Inventors: Frederick Karl Hopke, Henry F. Thorne, Mary J. Koes, Robert D. Daley
  • Patent number: 8187111
    Abstract: A child motion device includes a frame providing a structural support relative to a reference surface and including an arm pivotably coupled to the structural support for reciprocating movement with a resonant frequency, a child supporting device coupled to the arm and spaced from the reference surface by the frame, and a drive system including a motor configured to drive the arm such that the child supporting device reciprocates along a motion path at a frequency matched to the resonant frequency. The drive system is configured to adjust a duty cycle of the motor to control a speed at which the child support device moves along the motion path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Graco Children's Products Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Velderman, Joshua E. Clapper
  • Publication number: 20120036635
    Abstract: An improved portable baby carrier rocking system in which allows almost all existing car seat carriers, baby carriers and baby bassinets to be attached to it. This baby carrier rocker mounts underneath the baby carrier and attaches to it by a simple strap. This baby carrier rocker can be battery operated or powered by an external power supply. It has different rocking speed settings and it will rock any bottom shaped carrier profile from flat to curved. An electric motor drives an offset link in which raises and lowers four supporting arms underneath the baby carrier, thus rocking the carrier back and forth from its center pivoting position. This baby carrier rocker has extendable and retractable legs in which flips out for greater rocker stability. Its novel compact size makes this rocker easily transportable and can be used in small confined areas like in restaurants, camping tents, in crowded rooms, areas etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2011
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Inventor: Robin Lapointe
  • Patent number: 7958579
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a system for providing cyclic motion includes a magnetic drive having an electrically conductive coil defining a bore and a magnetic member movable through the bore. A control provides current to the coil and selectively reverses the direction of the current to move the magnetic member through the bore. In another embodiment, the system includes a counterbalance. The counterbalance includes a biasing member for reacting against a load applied to a support, and a lever arm coupled to the biasing member for varying a preload of the biasing member. In another embodiment, the magnetic drive and the counterbalance may be incorporated into an apparatus for reciprocating a person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Bloemer, Meiser & Westerkamp, LLC
    Inventors: Edward Westerkamp, Daniel Meiser
  • Patent number: 7814587
    Abstract: An apparatus for applying a motion simulating a moving vehicle to an infant's carrier. A platform supporting the carrier is suspended on flexible members in an open-topped enclosure. A pair of crank shafts with cranks upon which are mounted frictional members positioned under the platform. The frictional members cause the platform to rise and fall and sets it into complex motion on the flexible members while the motion of the frictional members gently bounces an infant in the carrier. By varying the length of the flexible members and the speed of the crank shafts, a user may find a setting effective at calming the infant and inducing sleep.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Inventor: Frank V. Thomas
  • Patent number: 7788744
    Abstract: Sleeping compartment support assemblies and methods of driving the same are disclosed to selectively provide reciprocating motion to a sleeping enclosure. An example sleeping compartment support has a drive mechanism that utilizes a rotary motor and a slider crank assembly to generate substantially planar motion in a generally horizontal plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: Kolcraft Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Calilung, Edward B. Bretschger, Troy D. Mason
  • Patent number: 7779490
    Abstract: A bouncing cradle comprises a base frame (10) intended to rest on an underlay, a backrest (20), a pivot mounting (12) arranged for the backrest and carried by the base frame, an arm (22) fixedly connected to the backrest and situated under the backrest as well as at a distance from the pivot mounting, and an adjustment fitting (40) for setting different angles of inclination of the backrest in relation to the base frame, the base frame comprising an essentially plane support yoke (84), the branch ends of which are attached to a support plate (16). The support plate (16) consists of an injection-moulded piece of plastic having integrated tubular sleeves (85) that receive the mutually parallel ends of the yoke branches, and that the sleeves (85) are situated at a distance above the support surface of the support plate (16) facing the underlay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: BabyBjörn AB
    Inventor: Håkan Bergkvist
  • Patent number: 7717800
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an infant support structure, such as a swing for a child. In one embodiment, the child swing includes a recline mechanism that can be adjusted to change the recline angle of the seat in which a child is positioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventor: Philip R. Pyrce
  • Publication number: 20090193582
    Abstract: A rocker bed assembly for infants includes upper and lower hollow frame members that join with a mid-section frame via respective hinge members. The hinge members, which include push button release mechanisms, are positioned on each side of the rocker bed along the upper portion and lower frame portions and function to position the respective frame members relative to the mid-section frame. The release mechanisms enable pivoting of the frame members, and therefore, the rocker bed, between an opened, fully extended position and closed, folded position. The mid-section frame forms a slightly curved base for engaging a support surface. A flexible fabric covering is stretched tautly about the frame assembly to provide a support surface for the infant lying thereon. The taut covering, combined with the curved base, allow the bed to be rocked by the motion of the infant or by a caregiver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2008
    Publication date: August 6, 2009
    Applicant: Gold Bug, Inc.
    Inventors: Jamie Kummerfeld, Paul Fair, Lynn Rosen
  • Patent number: 7555791
    Abstract: A device for rocking or bouncing a baby chair. The device has a seat into which a baby can be placed. The seat is attached to a stand that provides a springy action to the baby seat. The stand has an adjustment mechanism so the stand can be adjusted to compensate for babies of different weights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2009
    Inventor: Fred Pereira
  • Publication number: 20080196164
    Abstract: Sleeping compartment support assemblies and methods of driving the same are disclosed to selectively provide reciprocating motion to a sleeping enclosure. An example sleeping compartment support has a drive mechanism that utilizes a rotary motor and a slider crank assembly to generate substantially planar motion in a generally horizontal plane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2007
    Publication date: August 21, 2008
    Inventors: Ryan Calilung, Edward B. Bretschger, Troy D. Mason
  • Patent number: 7395560
    Abstract: In one aspect, an apparatus for reciprocating an infant support comprises a frame and a receiving member supported above the frame for substantially vertical reciprocating movement. The receiving member is configured to receive the infant support and, in one embodiment, is coupled to the frame by a reciprocating assembly configured to constrain the receiving member for movement in a substantially vertical translation motion. A motive device coupled to the receiving member reciprocates the receiving member relative to the frame. The apparatus may also include a counterbalance mechanism configured to offset the load of the infant and the infant support on the motive device. In another aspect, an apparatus for reciprocating a person comprises a base and a support surface for supporting the person thereon. The support surface is movable relative to the base for reciprocation in a substantially vertical motion. A motive device coupled to the support surface reciprocates the support surface relative to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2008
    Assignee: Bloemer, Meiser & Westerkamp, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth Bloemer, Daniel Meiser, Edward Westerkamp
  • Publication number: 20080098521
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a system for providing cyclic motion includes a magnetic drive having an electrically conductive coil defining a bore and a magnetic member movable through the bore. A control provides current to the coil and selectively reverses the direction of the current to move the magnetic member through the bore. In another embodiment, the system includes a counterbalance. The counterbalance includes a biasing member for reacting against a load applied to a support, and a lever arm coupled to the biasing member for varying a preload of the biasing member. In another embodiment, the magnetic drive and the counterbalance may be incorporated into an apparatus for reciprocating a person.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2007
    Publication date: May 1, 2008
    Inventors: Edward Westerkamp, Daniel Meiser
  • Patent number: 7350253
    Abstract: An infant sleep support device includes a semi-rigid curved support having head support, stomach support, and leg support surfaces covered by a padded cushion that simulates a mother's anatomy. Panties having elasticized waist and leg openings are secured to the curved support by straps, and are extended over the infant to secure the infant to the curved support. Shoulder straps may also extend over the infant's shoulders. The curved support is maintained by a frame member in an orientation that positions the head support surface horizontally. The frame member may suspend the curved support for rocking motion, and the curved support may be removably attached to such frame member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Inventor: Geula Simon
  • Patent number: 7329192
    Abstract: A swing includes a mechanism for providing a vibrating motion to the infant suspended in the swing seat. The swing includes a swing support, a child-receiving seat, a swing arm, and a vibration mechanism. The swing arm is coupled to the seat and has a first end that is pivotally connected to the support. The vibration mechanism is disposed to impart a vibrating motion to the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2008
    Assignee: Summer Infant, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven Gibree
  • Patent number: 7213277
    Abstract: A rocking bed includes: a bed frame including two curved rods, each of which has first and second ends, a first section extending from the first end, and a second section extending from the first section to the second end, the first section having a curvature greater than that of the second section, and two connecting rods, each of which interconnects the curved rods; and a body-supporting member mounted securely on the bed frame and extending between the curved rods and between the connecting rods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2007
    Assignee: Habitex Corporation
    Inventor: Duan-Cheng Hsieh
  • Patent number: 7070188
    Abstract: A support frame having a plurality of wheeled assemblies, mounted at corners of the support frame, each wheeled assembly including a substantially identical mechanism for extending and retracting a respective wheel assembly. Each mechanism has a locking member which includes a locking portion for selectively engaging locking apertures on a rotatable member which rotatably supports the wheel assembly. Each mechanism also includes a grip, spaced from the locking member, to facilitate rotation of the rotatable member and the respective wheel assembly between extended and retracted positions when the locking portion is disengaged from the locking apertures. When each wheel assembly is in an extended position, the support frame is able to roll on a suitable surface. Each wheel assembly is also capable of being retained in a retracted position housed within a recess in its associated housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Assignee: Simplicity, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Waldman, Jerry Drobinski
  • Patent number: 6966082
    Abstract: An apparatus for reciprocating an infant support comprises a frame and a receiving member supported above the frame for substantially vertical reciprocating movement. The receiving member is configured to receive the infant support and, in one embodiment, is coupled to the frame by a reciprocating assembly configured to constrain the motion of the receiving member in a substantially vertical direction. A motive device coupled to the receiving member reciprocates the receiving member relative to the frame. The apparatus may also include a counterbalance mechanism configured to offset the load of the infant and the infant support on the motive device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Assignee: Bloemer, Meiser & Westerkemp, LLP
    Inventors: Kenneth Bloemer, Daniel Meiser, Edward Westerkamp
  • Patent number: 6908398
    Abstract: A swing device has a supporter, a seat suspended on the supporter to swing in front and back directions, a permanent magnet installed in the seat, and an electromagnet installed to face the permanent magnet in a swing path to have the same polarity as that of the permanent magnet. The electromagnet is selectively driven when the permanent magnet approaches, generating a repulsive force for the permanent magnet. The seat swings by the repulsive force. The swing device has merits in that its simple structure makes manufacturing cost reduced and that a fixed polarity of the electromagnet prevents a malfunction of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2005
    Assignee: Kukutoys Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Soon-Dong Kang
  • Publication number: 20040221390
    Abstract: A bed including user adaptable sleep support structure is disclosed, the support structure having a frame and a plurality of flexible support straps anchored between side members of the frame in selected spaced relationships relative to one another, a number of unsupported areas of different widths thus being defined between selected adjacent straps. Adjusting buckles are located at each of the support straps accommodating individual length adjustment of each strap. The support straps together provide the sole body weight support in the support structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2003
    Publication date: November 11, 2004
    Inventor: David J. Frey
  • Patent number: 6728980
    Abstract: The present application provides a bassinet comprising a cart including a lower portion which has two substantially U-shaped members, and an upper portion movably coupled to the lower portion, a bed portion detachably coupled to the upper portion of the cart; height adjusting means installed to the cart for adjusting the height of the cart, and four leg assemblies coupled to a lower portion of the cart and each of the leg assembly has a wheel unit which can be operated to locked at a erected position and a retracted position where the wheel unit is received in the leg assembly. The bassinet may perform a function similar to a cradle when the wheel units are retracted into the leg assemblies and the bed portion may be detached from the cart to use separately.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2004
    Inventor: Shun Min Chen
  • Patent number: 6704949
    Abstract: A combination bassinet, bedside sleeper and changing table apparatus including a supporting frame having a rocking feature convertible through adjustable locking casters for easy rolling. A fabric member comprised of sidewalls and a skirt is draped over the frame. The apparatus may be placed against one side of an adult bed for easy access by a parent. The bedside sleeper is secured to the parents' bed with safety straps. One sidewall may be lowered to facilitate access to an infant by removal of a removably mounted sidewall/skirt supporting rod. The apparatus is adjustable in height to align the bedside sleeper with the parents' bed and when used as a changing table to accommodate for differences in the height of the parent. The bassinet is provided with a removable, adjustable hood for shielding light from the baby's eyes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Assignee: Simplicity, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth C. Waldman, Jerome Dropinski
  • Publication number: 20040031097
    Abstract: A support frame for a infant or child support device is disclosed. The frame includes oval shaped side members that provide a wide, safe base and a smooth rocking action to the rocker. The kickstand may be used to convert the support frame from a rocking configuration into a stable, non-rocking configuration. The support frame may also include a seat that can be removed from the support frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2003
    Publication date: February 19, 2004
    Inventors: Michael Kane, Robert David Piwko, John F. Rhein
  • Patent number: 6625852
    Abstract: A casket includes a repository for receiving a body for viewing and burial. The repository includes a bottom, a front wall with a top, a rear wall and two end walls, wherein at least one of the end walls has a riser extending upwardly from the one end wall, the riser having a top which is higher than the top of the front wall, and a cover adapted to fit over the riser top and to cover the repository.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2003
    Inventor: Wayne D. Hanson
  • Patent number: 6571408
    Abstract: An improved oscillatory device for a collapsible playpen includes for oscillatory devices respectively engaged the receiving space of four lower corner members of a collapsible playpen. The improved oscillatory devices each has a hollow interior base seat, a pedal member, an elastic resistance member and a suspending member sequentially disposed into the base seat and rotatably secured by axial pins respectively, an inverse U-shaped suspending rod and a compressed spring suspending the oscillatory device into the lower corner member. Thereby tread an extension of the base seat and simultaneously lift up the playpen to lead the suspending member moving upward. The playpen is able to oscillated steadfastly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2003
    Inventor: Kun Wang
  • Patent number: 6470516
    Abstract: A portable double level cradle rocking bassinet including a standard bassinet onto which is formed lower fixed rockers and also formed elongated foldout rockers. The bassinet has a frame portion to which are attached the lower fixed rockers on either end of the frame portion. When the bassinet is to be rocked, the individual simply unfolds the bassinet to the open condition, places the baby in the frame portion and then rocks the bassinet back and forth on the lower fixed rockers at a ground level. The bassinet also has foldout rockers which can be unfolded to the extended condition, so that the bassinet can be rocked back and forth at a bed or chair level. The foldout rockers can be stored by folding upwardly against the underside of the frame portion and are retained thereto by mating fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2002
    Inventor: Clisthenes F. Lopez, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6457438
    Abstract: A device for confining an animal such as a dog is disclosed. The device consists of a plurality of sides, an unstable support element attached to each of the plurality of sides and a plurality of couplers for coupling each of the plurality of sides. The couplers allow relative movement of the sides such that pressing against one of the plurality of sides produces movement that discourages contact with the plurality of sides. If a dog contained in the device attempts to escape by scaling a side of the device, the relative movement of the plurality of sides will startle the dog. Consequently, the dog immediately moves away from the side and within minutes typically abandons any attempt to escape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2002
    Inventor: Michael D. Baker
  • Publication number: 20020120985
    Abstract: A portable double level cradle rocking bassinet including a standard bassinet onto which is formed lower fixed rockers and also formed elongated foldout rockers. The bassinet has a frame portion to which are attached the lower fixed rockers on either end of the frame portion. When the bassinet is to be rocked, the individual simply unfolds the bassinet to the open condition, places the baby in the frame portion and then rocks the bassinet back and forth on the lower fixed rockers at a ground level. The bassinet also has foldout rockers which can be unfolded to the extended condition, so that the bassinet can be rocked back and forth at a bed or chair level. The foldout rockers can be stored by folding upwardly against the underside of the frame portion and are retained thereto by mating fasteners.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2001
    Publication date: September 5, 2002
    Inventor: Clisthenes F. Lopez
  • Patent number: 6341394
    Abstract: A sway device for a cradle includes a plurality of sway members respectively connected to a plurality of posts of the cradle and each has an inverse L-shaped foot which includes a vertical portion for enabling the cradle to stand on the ground, a vertical cavity in the top to secure the post of the cradle therein and a transverse portion having two grooved branches perpendicular to each other for respectively pivoting two transverse rods on the lower portion of the cradle. A wobbler extends downward from an underside of the transverse portion of the foot and includes a hollow interior extension, a sector shaped oscillator rotatably pivoted to the lower end of the extension and an elastic plate at a lateral side of the extension for checking the oscillator from rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2002
    Inventor: Kun Wang
  • Patent number: 6158067
    Abstract: An improved crib structure includes a crib capable of swinging in a natural rhythm, comprising a supporting frame having an upper rectangle and lower crossbars, the upper rectangle and crossbar being connected through four vertical rails at four corresponding corners of the upper rectangle and four ends of the crossbars; a supporting block being provided on each of the four ends of the lower crossbars respectively, a receiving hole being provided on the bottom surface of the supporting blocks; a pair of swinging rail being provided between two corresponding supporting blocks, the swinging rail with both ends extending in the direction parallel to the vertical rails and the mid section extending in a shape of arch, each end of the swinging rail being detachably connected to the supporting block with a connecting device through said receiving hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2000
    Assignee: Kenny Cheng
    Inventor: Kenny Cheng
  • Patent number: 6152081
    Abstract: A kennel system for confining domestic dogs consisting of four panel members (FIG. 5A) attached through a spring biasing element (FIG. 8) is presented. Each panel member consists of a first and second vertical corner post attached to upper and lower horizontal members. Each horizontal member contains a behavioral modification element (FIG. 4) for allowing each panel member to balance about a point. Consequently, when the contained animal brushes against the panels, they oscillate. This oscillatory motion startles the animal causing it to move away from the panels and towards the center of the kennel, thus, reinforcing desired behavior. Since the kennel system works in conjunction with the dog's natural instinct to move away from unstable objects, the top of the kennel is eliminated and the panels are lowered to allow for human interaction with the animal while it is confined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2000
    Inventor: Michael D. Baker
  • Patent number: 6052852
    Abstract: The invention provides a novel mattress having massage effect for being cushioned by a human back, and comprising an upholstered seat, a number of springs, a plurality of magnetic stones and an upholstery covering said upholstered seat; wherein, said upholstered seat is provided an accommodating space therein, a lying surface on the top surface thereof, a peripheral stretcher protruded and extended upwardly and provided on at least one end on the lying surface, and a supporting plane formed at the bottom surface of said upholstered seat, the central part of said supporting plane being slightly protruded downwardly; and wherein, said springs are installed in said accommodating space, every two of said springs are linked together, and directions of compression and stretching of each spring are always perpendicular to the lying surface and the supporting plane; further, said magnetic stones are disposed on the lying surface of said upholstered seat, and each of them has a kneading part on the top periphery there
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2000
    Inventor: Chia-Shih Huang
  • Patent number: 6026524
    Abstract: A playyard system adapted to be used in a conventional fixed mode or as a rocker including a playyard in a generally rectilinear configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2000
    Assignee: Evenflo Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey A. Barger
  • Patent number: 5956786
    Abstract: The present application provides an improved playpen that can be transformed into a rocking cradle. The playpen becomes a rocking cradle due to pivoting arcuate tubes fitted to a bottom of the playpen. Therefore, it is easier for the parents to coax infant to sleep comfortably in that type of the playpen. More importantly, the arcuate tubes can readily be pivoted to their first configuration whereby the rocking cradle is converted back into the conventional playpen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Assignee: Discovery International Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Li-Chu Chen Huang
  • Patent number: 5806113
    Abstract: A motion controlled cradle including a rocking assembly adapted to rock the cradle upon the receipt of an activation signal. Further provided is an motion sensor adapted to transmit a motion signal upon the detection of motion of the small child within the cradle. Next provided is a mechanism for transmitting an activation signal to the rocking assembly upon the receipt of the motion signal. Finally, a tape player is connected to the means. The tape player is adapted to play a tape upon the receipt of the activation signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1998
    Inventors: Michael McMahan, Nancy McMahan
  • Patent number: 5711045
    Abstract: An apparatus for inducing relaxation or sleep in infants including a base, a platform mounted on the base such that the platform is movable with at least three degrees of freedom of motion relative to the base, a child retainer provided on the platform, a device for moving the platform in the at least three degrees of freedom of motion and a driving source for driving the device for moving the platform in the at least three degrees of freedom of motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 27, 1998
    Assignee: Andrew I. Caster
    Inventors: Andrew I. Caster, David L. Harbaugh, Willard E. O'Diear
  • Patent number: 5694655
    Abstract: A rocking bassinet employs rigid, hoop-shaped frame members which are pivotable about a pair of connectors between a laterally rocking position, a stationary position, and a collapsed, or flattened, storage position. One of the frame members may serve as the handle with free ends pivotal between a ground-engaging position which prevents rocking and a non-ground engaging position which allows lateral rocking of the bassinet. The degree of rocking may be regulated by adjustment of the handle between horizontal and vertical positions. A pliable cloth basket and mattress assembly is detachably engageable around a pair of frame members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 9, 1997
    Inventors: David C. Shepler, Aidan J. Petrie
  • Patent number: 5415454
    Abstract: A piece of multi-purpose furniture consisting of a pair of corresponding main frames, with one side of each of the main frames being contoured into an arc shape and another side being formed into a shape with a recessed contour, according to specifications. The inner side of each of the main frames is equipped with a multiple number of positioning slots of different sizes in accordance with specifications. A board for back rest, a board for seating, a board for auxiliary seating, a board for studying, a board for stepping, a board for sleeping, a set of protective boards and handling bars are inserted into the corresponding positioning slots, depending on the applications of the piece of multi-purpose furniture. In addition, a set of arc-shaped rocking bars are mounted onto the arc-shaped side of the two main frames. Accordingly, said multi-purpose furniture can be used as a dining chair, study chair, rocking chair and rocking crib, by changing the configurations of the different components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 16, 1995
    Inventor: Chuo Fu-Tsung
  • Patent number: 5398353
    Abstract: A multi-directional rocking crib, having a base which pivots about a pivot member, a first member operatively associated with the pivot and a second member having at least one arm with a weight at the end thereof extending transversely to and connected with the first member, a motor to rotate the arm with the weight at the end thereof for tilting of the base or movement of the base as the first member rotates relative to the pivot to provide an undulating movement of the edge of each side of the base as the pivot rotates to move the base into and out of the different planes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 21, 1995
    Assignee: Mother's Love PTE. Ltd.
    Inventor: Rakeshwar Sachathamakul
  • Patent number: 5230523
    Abstract: A multi-functional child carrier device including a base having a detachable seat, the backrest portion detachably connectable to the base and slots formed within both the back-rest and the base to allow the unit to serve as a child safety seat or as an infant carrier seat utilizing only the backrest. The device includes elevation supports secured and retractable within the base for supporting the base in an elevated position so that the device may function as a child's chair. Wheels are attachable to the elevation supports so that the device may function as a stroller. Extension members may be attached to the retractable legs for further elevation of the device, thereby allowing the device to function as a high chair. Upon removing the backrest portion, and inserting the appropriate seats on the base, the device may function as either a potty-chair or a walker. In addition, the base is configured in such a manner that if inverted, the unit may function as a rocking chair for a small child.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1993
    Inventor: James E. Wilhelm
  • Patent number: 5016301
    Abstract: An infant rocker/cradle is disclosed. The rocker/cradle includes a generally rectangular frame having two generally parallel, opposing and spaced sides which are joined to each other by two generally parallel, opposing and spaced ends which join the sides at generally right angles. Each side defines a first arcuate rocking edge which is parallel to that of the other side. In addition, each end defines a second arcuate rocking edge which is parallel to that of the other end. The first and second arcuate rocking edges are oriented with respect to each other so that they generally face opposite directions and are disposed at right angles with respect to each other. In addition, the rocker/cradle includes a firm but resilient hammock which is attached to the inner facing surfaces of the frames' ends and sides and which firmly supports an infant lying thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 21, 1991
    Inventor: Mary A. Combs
  • Patent number: 4970740
    Abstract: A bi-motional cradle has a base with rollers affixed along each of two sides. A motor mounted on the base drives a crank arm which imparts to and fro translational motion to a cradle frame which rests upon the rollers of the base. A mediate frame member which lies within the cradle frame supports a second motor. The second motor has a crank arm rotably attached thereto. A cradle is suspended from the cradle frame by means which allow the cradle to hang freely and oscillate. The second motor's crank arm engages the cradle during a part of that crank arm's rotational motion. As the second motor's crank arm engages the cradle, it imparts a motion to the cradle that causes the cradle to swing, or oscillate. A baby lying in the cradle is soothed by a gentle, steady, two-directional motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 20, 1990
    Inventor: Joseph Crawford
  • Patent number: D305584
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 23, 1990
    Assignee: Cosco, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond Spilman, Jacob Krapowicz, Alvin Fowler