Rocking Devices Patents (Class 5/108)
  • 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: 8932143
    Abstract: A control system for a child swing that comprises an amplitude control subsystem configured to use one or more electrical signals from a swing sensor to compare an actual amplitude of the child swing to a pre-set amplitude of the child swing to generate an adjustment signal representing a desired adjustment to the phase of the drive mechanism. The child swing also comprises a phase control subsystem configured to use an electrical signal representative of a phase of the drive mechanism and the adjustment signal to generate a motor drive signal configured to cause the desired adjustment to the phase of the drive mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip R. Pyrce, James P. Meade, Mark Alan Wollen, James Paul Baker, James A. Bishop, Jr., Ross Allan Niver
  • Patent number: 8863325
    Abstract: An undulating bed comprises a padded mattress. A bed frame support is positioned under the padded mattress. A mechanism within the bed frame support is for imparting an undulating/rocking motion to the padded mattress, to substantially simulate motion experienced on a boat as a sleep aid to a user lying on the padded mattress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Inventor: Naum Fiterson
  • Patent number: 8856982
    Abstract: A bed assembly (1) has a stationary frame (2), which sits on a floor and supports the entire bed assembly. A central frame (4) moves in a first horizontal direction relative to the stationary frame, and is moveably supported by the stationary frame. An outer frame (8) moves in a second horizontal direction relative to the second frame, and is moveably supported by the second frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventor: Christopher George Kalivas
  • Patent number: 8845440
    Abstract: An infant care apparatus includes a base, a reciprocating vertical motion mechanism, a vertical motion driving module, a reciprocating pendulum motion mechanism, and a pendulum motion driving module. The vertical motion driving module is kinematically connected to the reciprocating vertical motion mechanism so as to vertically move the reciprocating vertical motion mechanism in reciprocating vertical motion with respect to the base. The pendulum motion driving module is kinematically connected to the reciprocating pendulum motion mechanism so as to pendulum move the reciprocating pendulum motion mechanism in reciprocating pendulum motion with respect to the reciprocating vertical motion mechanism. An interaction between a reciprocating vertical motion of the reciprocating vertical motion mechanism and a reciprocating pendulum motion of the reciprocating pendulum motion mechanism forms a specific motion path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Wonderland Nurserygoods Company Limited
    Inventor: Robert E. Haut
  • Publication number: 20140250592
    Abstract: An infant calming/sleep-aid device includes a main moving platform that moves in a reciprocating manner and an actuator that drives the reciprocating movement of the main moving platform. The moving head platform is linked to the main moving platform and at least one of a motion sensing device and a sound sensing device are either at or proximate to a moving head platform that is pivotally linked to the main moving platform. A logic circuit links at least one of the motion and sound sensing devices of the infant calming/sleep aid-device to the main moving platform whereby signals detected modulate movement of the main moving platform. A sound generating device is linked to the logic circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventors: Harvey Neil Karp, Matthew R. Berlin, Jesse V. Gray, Bill Walter Washabaugh, Deb Kumar Roy
  • Patent number: 8789220
    Abstract: A powered rocking bed, as disclosed, comprises a longitudinal push-pull rod medially connected to a powered driver, the rod configured to provide an oscillating push-pull longitudinal force on a first and second distal end about an axis there between and a plurality of upper and lower rollers disposed adjacent each distal end of the longitudinal push-pull rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Inventor: James Flemister
  • Patent number: 8769737
    Abstract: An infant bed system having a base, a mattress with a top surface having a half-pipe indentation, the mattress is shaped and sized to be snugly placed atop the base, legs that extend downwardly from the base, and raised side walls that extend upwardly from the side wall of the base. A vibrating component in the base is adapted to provide vibrations to the mattress. A speaker produces womb sounds or heartbeat sounds. A control panel on the base allows for turning on and off of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventor: Michael D. Duggins
  • Publication number: 20140123386
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present invention are directed to a children's motion device configured to oscillate a child support about a substantially upright axis of rotation. In various embodiments, the portion of the child support configured for supporting the head of a child positioned therein is configured to remain substantially aligned with the axis of rotation as the child support oscillates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: KIDS II, INC.
    Inventors: Jacob Sclare, John Matthew Thomson
  • Patent number: 8707477
    Abstract: A powered rocking bed comprises a body support member connected to at least one stationary pivot disposed there beneath and connected via at least one driving linkage to an oscillating powered driver also there beneath, the driving linkage and the pivot configured to move both a head-end and a foot-end of the body support member in a longitudinally complementary oscillating crescent-shaped wave motion comprising a rising convex wave followed by a falling concave wave and inertial transitions there between. The crescent-shaped inertial wave motion is configured to resemble an ocean wave based on a wind blowing across the rising convex wave. A predetermined distance of the stationary pivot from the supporting structure may determine a slope of both the convex and the concave wave motion. The slope may be maximized based on the pivot located in a plane with the body support member and flattened located at a distance therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventor: James Flemister
  • Patent number: 8661582
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present invention are directed to a children's motion device configured to oscillate a child support about a substantially upright axis of rotation. In various embodiments, the portion of the child support configured for supporting the head of a child positioned therein is configured to remain substantially aligned with the axis of rotation as the child support oscillates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Kids II, Inc.
    Inventors: Jacob Sclare, John Matthew Thomson
  • 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: 8561227
    Abstract: A crib support is disclosed that includes a frame assembly configured to receive releasably a crib and be releasably secured to the crib, and a rocking mechanism, disposed within the frame assembly, configured to provide a rocking motion, and configured to create the effect of a reciprocatory movement, which is soothing and comforting to a baby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Inventor: Levaughn Jenkins
  • Patent number: 8550927
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus for a rocker. In one embodiment, the rocker may be comprised of a fixed support structure; a resonant pendulum suspended from the fixed support structure, a seat or bed suspended on the pendulum; and a coil coupled to the pendulum and interacting with a magnetic field to supply force to the pendulum to maintain movement of the seat or bed. The rocker may also be comprised of a rechargeable battery that is used to power the coil and allow for the rocker to run continuously. The battery may be charged by the coil's interactions with the magnetic field or using at least one solar panel. The solar panel may also be used without a battery to provide energy to the rocker so that it may run continuously. The coil may be comprised of an electrically conducting wire (e.g., copper or aluminum wire).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Inventor: Bridget Hunter-Jones
  • Patent number: 8464372
    Abstract: A leg assembly for use as at least one supporting leg of an infant enclosure or other device, the leg assembly having an elongated leg member, a solenoid actuator having a coil adapted when the actuator is actuated to move longitudinally relative to the armature of the solenoid actuator and a compression spring which is resiliently compressed upon movement of the coil which imparts motion to the leg member in a vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Inventor: Christopher Robert Murray Mitchell
  • Publication number: 20130139313
    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: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Inventor: Michael D'Arrigo
  • 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: 8216248
    Abstract: A system for assisting and controlling the movement of a portion of a body, such as the head or head and neck is disclosed. The system and the methods of using and controlling the system can be effective in preventing and treating various conditions relating to the movement and positioning of the body or parts of the body. As such, the system can be effective in preventing and treating occipital flattening, plagiocephaly, cervical muscle tightening, torticollis, and other conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Inventors: Whitney Brown, Loutfallah Georges Chedid, Portia Lane, Nicolas Peterson, Gary Rogers, Jake Tisdale
  • Patent number: 8117690
    Abstract: A mechanical baby rocker includes a first cylinder, a second cylinder, a plurality of straps, and a motor. The first cylinder is telescopically affixed with the second cylinder. The first cylinder is actuated by the motor. The motor is housed within the second cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Inventor: Malin Larsson
  • Publication number: 20120023662
    Abstract: A mechanical baby rocker includes a first cylinder, a second cylinder, a plurality of straps, and a motor. The first cylinder is telescopically affixed with the second cylinder. The first cylinder is actuated by the motor. The motor is housed within the second cylinder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2010
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Inventor: Malin Larsson
  • Publication number: 20120017369
    Abstract: A baby crib comprises a support frame and a cradle frame. The support frame includes a hang portion, at least one leg and a base. The hang portion and the base are respectively connected with upper and lower ends of the leg and extend at a same side thereof in two generally parallel planes. The cradle frame is suspended from the hang portion above the base, and is permanently coupled with the hang portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2011
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Applicant: WONDERLAND NURSERYGOODS COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Jian Qun LI
  • Patent number: 8029377
    Abstract: A child motion device includes a frame that provides a structural support relative to a reference surface and that includes an arm pivotably coupled to the structural support. A child supporting device is coupled to the arm and spaced from the reference surface by the frame. A drive system is configured to move the arm such that the child supporting device reciprocates along a motion path at a frequency within a range from about 0.37 Hz to about 0.62 Hz. In some cases, a further drive system is configured to oscillate the child supporting device generally along the axis of rotation at a frequency in a range from about 2.85 Hz to about 3.15 Hz.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Graco Children's Products Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Velderman, William B. Bellows, Joshua E. Clapper, Matthew J. Ransil, James E. Godiska, Baku Kakuda
  • Publication number: 20110225730
    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: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2009
    Publication date: September 22, 2011
    Inventors: Alison Ruth Raphael, Sophie Miriam King
  • Patent number: 7971885
    Abstract: A method of rocking a wheeled infant carrier (30) comprises using a rocking device (10) having a pair of discrete units (12,14). Each unit has a ground-engaging base (18a,b) and a platform (16a,b) supported thereon through bearings for movement relative to the base in a first direction. A drive one (12) of the units has a motor in a housing (20) arranged to drive the platform (16a) of the drive unit relative to its base back and forth in said first direction. A first wheel (34) of the carrier (30) is placed on the drive unit and a second wheel (32) on the second, slave unit (14), with the axes of rotation of the wheels being arranged parallel said first direction. The motor is operated to rock that end of the carrier that is supported by those wheels from side to side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignees: Sanders Associates Limited, Benchmark Electronics Limited
    Inventors: Anthony Jonathan Sanders, Gavin Hancock
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20110041245
    Abstract: An infant apparatus operable to swing manually or automatically. The infant apparatus includes a frame assembly, a lock assembly, and a cradle assembly. The frame assembly includes a housing and a plurality of legs that extend from the housing. The housing includes motor, a first moveable member supported by the housing and coupled to the motor, and a second moveable member supported by the housing and coupled to the first moveable member, the second moveable member including a plurality of nibs. The lock assembly includes a slideable member supported by the housing and adapted to move between a first position and a second position, and a third moveable member coupled to the slideable member, the third moveable member adapted to engage the plurality of nibs when the slideable member is in the second position. The cradle assembly is coupled to the second moveable member and is adapted to swing when the slideable member is in the first position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2007
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Inventors: Ryan Shafer, Joe Langley, Mark Kelly, Joseph Brewin, Bryan Hotaling
  • Patent number: 7891736
    Abstract: An infant seat rocker includes a base member, a motor, the motor being positioned on the base member and a tray member, the tray member being positioned on the base member. Means for attaching the motor to the tray member are also included as well as at least one spring secured to the base member, the spring having a first end proximate a front wall of the tray member and a second end proximate a rear wall of the tray member; and a shaft, the shaft positioned to secure the tray member to the base member. An infant seat is positioned in the tray and the motor is engaged to produce and maintain a rocking motion in the infant seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Inventor: Dewey M. Sims, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7862118
    Abstract: An infant seat rocker includes a base member having a pair of rails that protrude generally vertically from the base member and extend a length of the base member, a front wall that protrudes at an angle from the front of the base member, at least one rear wall that protrudes at an angle from the rear of the base member, a motor that is positioned on the base member and a spring that attaches the motor to the infant seat. The infant seat is positioned on the base member and the rails, the front wall and at least one rear wall are capable of locating the infant seat on the base member while the motor is energized to produce and maintain a rocking motion in the infant seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Inventor: Dewey M. Sims, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7861337
    Abstract: A hammock device for cradling infants comprising a foldable support base for placing on a ground surface; a first and second support brace pivotally attached to the base; a swinging bar pivotally connected to the first support brace via a first control box and to the second support brace via a second control box; a sheet-like hammock component wherein the first end is attached near the first end of the swinging bar and the second end is attached near the second end of the swinging bar such that an inner cavity is formed in which the infant may be placed; and a motor disposed in the first control box that causes the swinging bar to rotate in a first direction and a second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Inventors: Bakulesh D. Patel, Damayanti B. Patel
  • Patent number: 7837570
    Abstract: A swing device has a support frame, a seat having a swing axis and swing back and forth about the swing axis while a bar thereof being hung on the support frame, and a repulsive circuit for repelling a permanent magnet installed on the swing axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: Kukutoys Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Young-han Kwon
  • 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: 7810182
    Abstract: An animated-figures-rocked cradle for amusing and rocking an infant. The animated-figures-rocked cradle includes a cradle and a pair of animated figures. The cradle is pivotally mounted to the pair of animated figures and holds the infant. The pair of animated figures amuse the infant and support and rock the cradle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Inventor: Philip Trippodo
  • Publication number: 20100186164
    Abstract: A crib support is disclosed that includes a frame assembly configured to receive releasably a crib and be releasably secured to the crib, and a rocking mechanism, disposed within the frame assembly, configured to provide a rocking motion, and configured to create the effect of a reciprocatory movement, which is soothing and comforting to a baby.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2010
    Publication date: July 29, 2010
    Inventor: Levaughn Jenkins
  • Patent number: 7551100
    Abstract: A system having a support that supports a child seat and a controller that outputs motion, sound, and/or image signals to be experienced by a child in the child. An actuator connected to the support moves the support responsive to the motion signal, and the corresponding sounds and image signal may be synchronized therewith. A recorder may be used to record motions and sounds from an actual vehicle. A method includes providing a support for the child seat, and producing a motion signal substantially corresponding to the motions experienced by the child in the child seat in the vehicle. The method further includes moving the support responsive to the motion signal for simulating the motions experienced by the child in the child seat when in the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Inventors: G. Mackay Salley, Julian E. Hankinson, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20090113625
    Abstract: A bassinet for mounting on a play yard frame is supported to provide a swinging movement of the bassinet relative to the play yard. The bassinet is suspended from four detachable connector mounts that slide over the upper frame member of the play yard frame by three flexible support members and a single rigid support member that is operatively connected to a motor housed within a motorized connector mount to drive the swinging motion for the bassinet. The movement induced into the bassinet is controlled by the four support members to keep the bottom surface of the bassinet at a horizontal orientation throughout the swinging movement. The bottom board of the play yard is formed in segments which can be reconfigured to fit in the bassinet. The end segment can be folded below the remaining segments, or in the alternative removed, to affect the reconfiguration for the bassinet structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2008
    Publication date: May 7, 2009
    Inventors: James M. F. Hutchinson, Derek A. King, Peter R. Tuckey, Jonathan M. Pacella
  • Patent number: 7493666
    Abstract: Apparatus (10) for moving or rocking an infant enclosure such as a cot (11) having legs (12), the apparatus (10) having at least one active module (15) and passive modules (14), each module (14, 15) having a spring mounted socket for receiving a leg (12) of the cot (11) and the active module (15) having a motor means to impart motion to the cot (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2009
    Assignee: Babyhugs Developments Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Christopher Robert Murray Mitchell
  • Publication number: 20090031495
    Abstract: A swing apparatus for children and an oscillating device used in combination with a swing apparatus according to the present invention are aimed to solve the problems such as the motor is damaged due to overloaded current and a sitting device in the swing apparatus is stopped on a higher place when electric power is suddenly cut off. The oscillating device includes a base, a driving assembly mounted to the base, a first friction piece connected to the driving assembly, a second friction piece operatably driven by the first friction piece depending a friction force therebetween, an elastic piece urging against one of the first friction piece and the second friction piece, a first shaft passing through the transmitting assembly, and an output member cooperated by one of the first shaft and the second friction piece. The swing apparatus includes a first frame supported on the ground, a second frame in which the sitting device is mounted, and the oscillating device connecting the first frame to the second frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2008
    Publication date: February 5, 2009
    Applicant: Excellerate Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chih-Wei Wang, Hong-Bo Chen
  • Patent number: 7478446
    Abstract: A variable motion rocking bed is provided that includes a first support structure having a first set of pins, a second support structure having a second set of pins, and a frame, the frame capable of being in a rocking motion with respect to the first support structure and the second support structure. The rocking bed further includes a first pair of linkage assemblies secured between the first support structure and the frame, a second pair of linkage assemblies secured between the second support structure and the frame and at least one adjusting mechanism coupled to each of the first pair of linkage assemblies and to each of the second pair of linkage assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2009
    Inventor: Dewey M. Sims, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7381138
    Abstract: An infant swing comprising a seat, at least one upwardly extending arm secured to the seat, and a pivot housing having an axle for rotating the at least one upwardly extending arm. A support frame supports the pivot housing and enables the seat to rotate freely about the pivot housing. A drive assembly housed within the pivot housing includes the axle which is rotatably mounted in the pivot housing and coupled to the upwardly extending arm, an abutting member fixedly secured to the axle, at least one drive member pivotally mounted on the axle, and a motor driving a circular gear. A rod eccentrically mounted on the gear drives a first portion of the drive member, which in turn causes a second portion of the drive member to drive the abutting member to rotate the axle and upwardly extending arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Assignee: Simplicity Inc.
    Inventors: James Dillner, Kenneth C. Waldman, Jerome Drobinski
  • Patent number: 7354352
    Abstract: A swing apparatus comprises a support stand, a swing supported with respect to the support stand to oscillate back and forth along a swing arc about a pivot axis, and a drive assembly that operates to oscillate the swing. Various components of the drive assembly are coupled to the swing to oscillate therewith about the pivot axis. The drive assembly has a pair of drive members that periodically engage portions of the support stand resulting in forces being imparted on the swing to move the swing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2008
    Inventors: Tadeusz W. Keska, Mark S. Duffy, Christopher C. Briden, Chinawut P. Paesang
  • Patent number: 7281284
    Abstract: A variable motion rocking bed is provided that includes a first support structure including a first threaded rod having a first section threaded in a first direction and a second section threaded in a second direction, a second support structure including a second threaded rod having a first section threaded in a first direction and a second section threaded in a second direction, and a frame, the frame capable of being in a rocking motion with respect to the first support structure and the second support structure. The rocking bed further includes a first pair of linkage assemblies secured between the first support structure and the frame, and a second pair of linkage assemblies secured between the second support structure and the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2007
    Inventor: Dewey M. Sims, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7275997
    Abstract: A swing device includes a seat member, a pair of swing arms that are connected to the seat member, and a driving unit including an axle that is secured to one of the swing arms, a swingable member that is secured to the axle, a pair of studs that project from the swingable member, and a driving element including a driving rod that has a bent middle segment and two opposite bent end segments, each of which extends from the middle segment in a first direction away from the middle segment, passes over a respective one of the studs, and then turns in a second direction toward the respective one of the studs, and each of which has a free end portion that is disposed adjacent to and that is engageable with the respective one of the studs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Inventor: Ben M. Hsia
  • Patent number: 7203981
    Abstract: A rocker includes a basket pivotally mounted to the crib that has a mattress laying horizontally therein and covering an entire bottom thereof. First and second brackets couple to an outer surface of the basket and are located at axially opposed ends thereof. First and second pairs of anchor arms have proximal ends connected to the brackets. The anchor arms have axially opposed distal ends spanning away from the basket and terminating adjacent to a frame of the crib. The arms are telescopically adjustable along a longitudinal length thereof and each of the arms are independently articulated. A plurality of support levers are conjoined to a top edge of the crib and are connected to the distal ends of the arms. The device includes a mechanism for oscillating the basket and a mechanism for automatically playing back an audio file while the basket is oscillating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2007
    Inventor: Joy Cowgill
  • Patent number: 7174582
    Abstract: A crib mattress bouncing device includes a lever having a pivot structure for releasably engaging a mattress support frame at a first end of the lever. A clamping structure intermediate the ends of the lever structure engages a tensioned wire or like structure in a mattress support. Displacing the second end of the lever in a first direction deflects the attached and surrounding portions of the mattress support and mattress in a first direction. Releasing a force on the second end allows the mattress support to return to its original position. Repeated actuation of the second end of the lever structure produces a gentle bouncing motion of the mattress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2007
    Inventor: Kevin J Leary
  • Patent number: 6971127
    Abstract: An infant rocking apparatus comprises an infant support and lifters that rock the infant support from side to side. In illustrative embodiments, the infant support has a trough in which an infant is received. A number of different types of lifters and orientations of the lifters are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2005
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventor: John H. Richards
  • Patent number: 6966083
    Abstract: A magnetic levitation bed is disclosed to include a bed frame, which is equipped with a plurality of permanent magnet arrays, a first cam-fitting mechanism, and a second cam-fitting mechanism, and a base, which is equipped with a power control box controllable by a remote controller, a plurality of electromagnet arrays arranged corresponding to the permanent magnet arrays and controllable by the control box to attract and repulse the permanent magnet arrays, a first low-speed motor controllable by the power control box to turn a first cam relative to the first cam-fitting mechanism and to further cause the bed frame to oscillate in transverse direction, a second low-speed motor controllable by the power control box to turn a second cam relative to the second cam-fitting mechanism and to further cause the bed frame to oscillate in longitudinal direction, and sensors for detecting oscillation of the bed frame and providing a signal indicative of the position change of the bed frame to a microprocessor for enabl
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Inventor: Shao-Szu Cheng
  • Patent number: 6814670
    Abstract: A device for controlling the amplitude of a swinging body. The device accurately controls the drive thereof in response to the load the swinging body carries even if it carries infants of different weights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2004
    Assignees: Rhythm Watch Co., Ltd., Combi Corporation
    Inventors: Naohiro Morita, Tsutomu Fukasawa
  • Patent number: 6692368
    Abstract: An infant's swing is disclosed. The swing is driven by an electric power to automatically operate the swing. The frame is A-shaped in a side view, and a pair of oscillation shafts are secured to a pair of securing bars respectively, the securing bars being installed in the peak portions of the frame 12 respectively. A pair of magnet boxes are provided to contain a pair of securing bars and a pair of electromagnets in each of them, and an oscillator is disposed between each pair of the electromagnets. An electric power is supplied alternately to the electromagnets to alternately magnetize them, thereby making the oscillators swing leftward and rightward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Assignee: Keymax Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jong Woo Hyun
  • Patent number: 6676475
    Abstract: A toy for use by an infant in which the infant may set a top, suspended in pendulum fashion to a base, into motion. The top and base are joined by pendulum arms that cause a reciprocating gliding mechanism that is generally in the horizontal plane. The infant is positioned such that the infant may kick a pad joined to the fixed location base, initiating a force which propels the top to move back and forth providing entertainment and motor skills development.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2004
    Inventors: Scott Henderson, Laurel Henderson