Mechanical Motors Patents (Class 5/109)
  • Patent number: 11071684
    Abstract: A shaking device includes at least one pad, a mover configured to reciprocally move the pad, and a mount configured to support the mover. The shaking device may be connected with a medical device using a feedback system. The shaking device may be configured to change settings based on readings from the feedback system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Health Research, Inc.
    Inventors: Pragatheeshwar Thirunavukarasu, Joseph Skitzki
  • Patent number: 10966539
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a reciprocating device which includes a base, a moving frame, a shaking unit, an adjustment unit, and a driving unit. The moving frame can reciprocate relative to the base. The shaking unit has a shaking assembly and a driven assembly. The shake of the shaking assembly enables the driven assembly to move, and the movement of the driven assembly enables the moving frame to reciprocate relative to the base. The adjustment unit has an adjustment assembly and a power member. The power member drives the adjustment assembly to change the position thereof, and the positional change of the adjustment assembly alters the way that the shaking assembly shakes to adjust the reciprocating range of the moving frame. Therefore, the moving frame of the present invention can reciprocate and the reciprocating range of the moving frame can be adjusted according to the user's preference, so that the present invention can help a user sleep and improve sleep quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Inventor: Ko-Po Chen
  • Patent number: 10921763
    Abstract: A monitoring system that is configured to monitor a property is disclosed. In one aspect, the monitoring system includes a sensor that is located in a room of the property and that is configured to generate sensor data. The monitoring system further includes a monitor control unit that is configured to receive the sensor data; based on the sensor data, determine environmental conditions of the room; determine whether the environmental conditions of the room are conducive to a baby sleeping; and, based on determining whether the environmental conditions of the room are conducive to a baby sleeping, perform a monitoring system action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventors: Matthew Daniel Correnti, Robert Nathan Picardi
  • Patent number: 10822012
    Abstract: This invention provides a rocking chair comprising a rear support frame arranged with a rotating part, a front rocking frame pivoted to the rear support frame and used as a front support frame, and an electric rocking drive mechanism driving the front rocking frame to continuously rock back and forth relative to the rear support frame; when the front rocking frame continuously rocks back and forth relative to the rear support frame, the distance between the moving part and the rotating part is alternatively decreased and increased to lift and lower pivoting point of the rear support frame and the front rocking frame relative to support surface. The rocking chair has automatic rocking and lifting function, and no additional fixing frame is necessary. The power requirement is low. When the moving part and the rotating part are wheels, the rocking chair can also be used as a stroller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: ZHONGSHAN CITY TONGYINBABY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Weibing Liu
  • Patent number: 10702073
    Abstract: A rocker for supporting an infant or other item includes a carrier assembly and a support assembly. The carrier assembly has a support platform. The support assembly is disposed below the carrier assembly is operable to selectively impart motion to the carrier assembly in a plurality of different motion patterns. The motion patterns can include one or more of translation along a first linear direction, translation along a second linear direction perpendicular to the first linear direction, yaw relative to a first axis, pitch relative to a second axis that is perpendicular to the first axis, roll about a third axis that is perpendicular to the first and second axes, and elevation changes relative to the support assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Inventor: Steven Paperno
  • Patent number: 10631642
    Abstract: An electric glider, rocking chair and swing based on a friction pair structure, the glider comprising: a base configured for standing directly on the ground for load-bearing; a chair for bearing a user; and a friction pair installed between the base and chair and configured for providing relative movement of the base and chair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Inventor: Xuan Zhu
  • Patent number: 10549665
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a seat cushion S1 and a seat back S2. The seat back S2 includes a seat back frame F2 constituting a framework thereof, a pressure-receiving member 30 located in the seat back frame F2 and configured to support an upper body of an occupant, elastically supporting members 26, 27 elastically supporting the pressure-receiving member 30 in the seat back frame F2, and a cover material covering the seat back frame F2 and the pressure-receiving member 30. The seat back is configured such that when a backward movement load is applied from the upper body of the occupant seated on the seat cushion S1 to the seat back S2, the pressure-receiving member 30 moves backward to allow the upper body of the occupant to sink into the seat back S2. A vibrating unit 50 is attached to the pressure-receiving member 30.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: TS TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toyokazu Nakano, Haruki Mochizuki
  • Patent number: 10494009
    Abstract: A stroller rocking device includes a hollow housing and a strap mount pivotally attached to an outer surface thereof. A strap is provided, having a fixed end and a free end. The fixed end of the strap is secured to the strap mount, and the strap is adapted for releasably securing the hollow housing to a handle of a baby stroller. A motor is housed within a central chamber of the hollow housing, and a weighted piston is slidably disposed within a longitudinally extending chamber of the hollow housing. The weighted piston is selectively driven to linearly oscillate within the longitudinally extending chamber by the motor. The linear oscillation of the weighted piston within the longitudinally extending chamber of the hollow housing imparts an oscillating rocking motion to the baby stroller, the rocking motion being selectable between horizontal motion and vertical motion relative to the handle of the stroller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Inventor: Rawan F. H. M. Othman
  • Patent number: 10201236
    Abstract: The infant soothing system is adapted for use with infants. The infant soothing system is a cushion or pillow that that simulates the breathing and heartbeat patterns of a mother. The infant is placed upon the infant soothing system during rest periods during which a bladder contained within the infant soothing system inflates and deflates to simulate the breathing pattern. One or more speakers located within the infant soothing system generate an audible sound that simulates the heartbeat pattern. The infant soothing system comprises a bladder, a base, a pressure system, a sound system, and a control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Inventor: Deborah Cloud
  • Patent number: 10045903
    Abstract: In one example, we describe a method and system for infant's development, which is a disc system, with various combinations and extensions. The brain is the only organ that constantly reorganizes itself based on experiences or lack thereof. Babies are born with millions of neurons. Through a process called “pruning”, certain ‘circuits’ are fine-tuned through repeated practice and stimulation. This occurs from birth, throughout early childhood. The purpose of the SensiMo Disc is to provide an infant, e.g., typically, up to the 25 lbs. and/or 29 inches long, sensorimotor stimulation, while lying in a prone or supine position, with minimal active movement of the head or extremities. As the child lays supine or proneon, on the SensiMo disc, the child's tactile, vestibular, and proprioceptive systems are stimulated. This helps develop the child's sensorimotor system. Many other variations and combinations, plus advantages, are discussed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Inventor: Sharon Galitzer
  • Patent number: 10010469
    Abstract: The invention relates to medicine, and more particularly to gravity therapy, and can be used in the comprehensive treatment and rehabilitation of patients having neurological, cardiological and therapeutic profiles with circulatory insufficiency. The technical result is achieved in that the patient is placed in a right lateral recumbent position on an inversion table with their legs bent at the knees and the thighs spread at 30-60 degrees. The patient is secured by the pelvis with the aid of a soft securing device. The parameters of a cycle of oscillatory movements to be performed by the inversion table as the head part of the table is lowered or raised, i.e. variable angles of rotation about the longitudinal and transverse axes of the table, the oscillation frequency of the table and the maximum angle of inclination of the head part of the table, are set using an operating console.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: OBCHECTVO S OGRANISCHENNOY OTVETSTVENNOSTIY “BELMEDINNOVATSIA”
    Inventors: Ekaterina Evgenyevna Ladozhskaya-Gapeenko, Olga Vladimirovna Fionik
  • Patent number: 9907716
    Abstract: The sleeping-posture-control bed system includes a bed floor including a back-lifting portion for lifting the user's back, a bed-floor support body supporting the bed floor, and a back-lifting driver for lifting the head side of the back-lifting portion. The back-lifting portion includes a back-receiving surface and a head-receiving surface tiltable at different angles. The back-lifting driver lifts the back-receiving surface and the head-receiving surface, satisfying Mathematical Formula (1): 0°<?x?70°,?45°??y<0°, and ?30°??x+?y??(1) where ?x is the tilt angle of the back-receiving surface when tilted, and the tilt angle of the back-receiving surface when the back-receiving surface is not lifted is set to be 0°; and ?y is the tilt angle of the head-receiving surface when the angle of an extended line of the back-receiving surface at the tilt angle ?x is referred to as 0°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: TIZAI KEIEISHA CO., LTD
    Inventors: Toshiko Miyashita, Kaname Ohmae
  • Patent number: 9793844
    Abstract: An object is to provide a permanent magnet motor controller capable of suppressing the rotary bending vibration that occurs in the permanent magnet motor effectively with simple configuration. A permanent magnet motor controller uses the dq coordinate conversion. A dq target current setting part adds the current component (i*da) that cancels the magnetic attractive force acting in the radial direction of the rotational shaft of the rotor of the permanent magnet motor to the d-axis target current value, whereby the eccentricity of the rotational shaft of the rotor is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Yukio Yamashita, Noriyuki Hayashi
  • Patent number: 9658427
    Abstract: A reaction compensated tilt platform assembly comprises a support base, and a reaction mass, pivotally coupled to the support base. A tilt platform which can function as or support a mirror is pivotally coupled to the support base. At least two linear actuator coil assemblies are carried by the reaction mass. At least two linear actuator magnet assemblies are carried by the tilt platform and are disposable within the at least two linear actuator coil assemblies. The linear actuator magnet assemblies taper from a larger diameter toward a center of the magnet assembly to a smaller diameter toward an end of the magnet assemblies. Actuation of the linear actuator magnets results in pivotal movement of the tilt platform relative to the reaction mass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Andrew L. Bullard, Islam Shawki
  • Patent number: 9574647
    Abstract: A reciprocating rocking device for the rocking of a chair or cradle, the chair or cradle having rockers and a seat member, the reciprocating rocking device comprising a base secured to the rockers, the base comprising a first bracket, a second bracket secured to the seat member of the chair or cradle, a tension member connected to the second bracket, an eccentric, the eccentric constantly engaged with the second bracket and, a motor secured to the first bracket, the motor having a drive shaft operatively arranged to drive the eccentric, wherein the motor is coaxially arranged with the eccentric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Inventor: Acea M. Mosey
  • Patent number: 9572742
    Abstract: A relaxation device comprising: a resting platform having a generally planar surface; a frame assembly supporting the resting platform; the frame assembly having at least one rail extending along an axis oriented along the width of the resting platform; a frame support for supporting the frame assembly above the ground, the frame support having a rail guide extending along an axis oriented along the width of the resting platform, the at least one rail slidably mounted to the rail guide; and a cam assembly having a cam, a cam arm, a cam guide and a motor, the cam guide fixedly mounted to the at least one rail, the cam guide having a slot extending orthogonal to the at least one rail, the slot defining a cam path, the cam mounted to a distal end of the cam arm, the cam operatively disposed within the slot, the motor mechanically connected to the cam arm so as to rotate the cam arm, wherein the cam is moved along the cam path further moving the at least one rail between opposing ends of the rail guide so as to m
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Inventor: Jack Larry Chadwick
  • Patent number: 9549621
    Abstract: A noise suppressor for use with a crib includes a frame that is configured for being detachably coupled to a frame of the crib. The frame of the noise suppressor is configured to extend across an open top of the crib. The noise suppressor includes a noise suppressor structure that is coupled to the frame of the noise suppressor. The noise suppressor structure is configured to at least substantially extend across the open top of the crib and is formed of a noise suppressing material. The noise suppressor further includes electronics disposed along one of the frame of the noise suppressor and the noise suppressor structure. The electronics include a speaker, a timer, and a first sensor for sensing sound within the crib above a predetermined threshold. In one variation, the electronics is configured to play a recording when either a predetermined amount of time has lapsed or the sound above the predetermined threshold is observed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Inventor: Roseline Michael Neveling
  • Publication number: 20150045608
    Abstract: An infant calming/sleep-aid/SIDS detection device is provided that includes a main moving platform that moves in a variable manner with accompanying variable sound generation, the sound and motion adapted to calm a fussy baby, induce sleep, and maintain sleep under normal conditions. The device may also have a sensor for detection of pauses in breathing and/or detection of resultant biological changes related to breathing pauses and respond with appropriate stimuli to arouse the baby and allow breathing to recommence.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Harvey Neil Karp, Matthew R. Berlin, Jesse V. Gray, Bill Walter Washabaugh, Deb Kumar Roy
  • 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: 8910325
    Abstract: A lifting apparatus for a lift system is disclosed. The apparatus includes a) a motor adapted for providing a lifting force, b) at least one connector operatively connected to the motor, the connector adapted for connecting a load-bearing component to the motor, c) an information receiver for receiving a load limit information about the load-bearing component, d) a motor controller electrically coupled to the motor and the information receiver, wherein the motor controller is adapted to limit the lifting force of the motor based on the load limit information received by the information receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: ArjoHuntleigh Magog Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Faucher, Marie-Lou Joncas, Dennis-Alexandre Brulotte
  • 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: 8801098
    Abstract: A motorized chair system for promoting movement, balance, and vestibular processing and integration. The chair system features a chair component comprising a back support portion disposed atop a seat portion. The back support portion is formed from a first side panel, a middle panel, and a second side panel connected together, wherein rigid intersections are formed between the side panels and middle panel. A rocking component is positioned below the chair component. The rocking component is shaped to allow the chair component to rock. A motor system is operatively connected to a piston, the piston being mounted to a ground surface. The motor system functions to automatically rock the chair component forwardly and backwardly by pushing against the piston to pivot the system in a forward motion. A control button is operatively connected to the motor system. The control button functions to turn the motor system on and off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventor: Cheryl S. Richards
  • 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: 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
  • Publication number: 20140130254
    Abstract: A cradle device includes a supporter, a plurality of pressure sensors provided in a bottom of the supporter, a plurality of tilt adjusters configured to adjust a slope of the supporter, and a controller configured to analyze output patterns of the plurality of pressure sensors to determine a movement state of a user in the supporter and control the plurality of tilt adjusters to adjust the slope of the supporter according to the movement state. The safety of the user is promoted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hee-seok JEONG
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140075671
    Abstract: An infant bed apparatus includes a support frame, a bed frame for defining an interior space suitable for receiving a child, and a motorized drive unit. The support frame includes a first and a second housing disposed at two locations spaced-apart from each other along a lengthwise axis of the infant bed apparatus. The bed frame has a first portion anchored with the first housing, and a second portion assembled with the second housing. The motorized drive unit is operable to drive the second portion of the bed frame in movement relative to the second housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: Wonderland Nurseygoods Company Limited
    Inventors: Robert E. HAUT, Jonathan K. Mountz
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140041117
    Abstract: A rocking bed includes a frame unit, a transmission unit connected with the frame unit to swing and rock the frame unit reciprocally, and a driving unit connected with the transmission unit to drive the transmission unit. Thus, the transmission unit is driven by the driving unit to drive the frame unit so that the frame unit is rocked reciprocally without needing a manual work.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2012
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Inventor: Owen Chen
  • Patent number: 8646129
    Abstract: A rocking bed includes a frame unit, a transmission unit connected with the frame unit to swing and rock the frame unit reciprocally, and a driving unit connected with the transmission unit to drive the transmission unit. Thus, the transmission unit is driven by the driving unit to drive the frame unit so that the frame unit is rocked reciprocally without needing a manual work.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Inventor: Owen Chen
  • Patent number: 8636601
    Abstract: An infant carrier apparatus includes a support frame having a generally L-shape, a swing arm and a seat assembly. The swing arm includes an upper segment, a lower segment parallel to the upper segment, and an upright segment connected between the upper segment and the lower segment, wherein the upper segment is pivotally connected with an upper end of the support frame. The seat assembly is disposed in a region between the upper segment and the lower segment, and is connected with the lower segment of the swing arm. The infant carrier apparatus can also include an adjustment mechanism that allows to conveniently adjust the height of the seat assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Wonderland Nurserygoods Company Limited
    Inventors: Shaoyue Zhang, Man Qun Cheng
  • 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: 8485602
    Abstract: A motorized chair device for promoting movement, balance, and vestibular processing and integration. The chair device features a chair component comprising a back support portion disposed atop a seat portion. The back support portion is formed from a first side panel, a middle panel, and a second side panel connected together, wherein rigid intersections are formed between the side panels and middle panel. A rocking component is positioned below the chair component. The rocking component is shaped to allow the chair component to rock. A motor system is operatively connected to a piston, the piston being mounted to a ground surface. The motor system functions to automatically rock the chair component forwardly and backwardly by pushing against the piston to pivot the device in a forward motion. A control button is operatively connected to the motor system. The control button functions to turn the motor system on and off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Inventor: Cheryl S. Richards
  • Patent number: 8484777
    Abstract: An electric massage bed includes a bed frame having a plurality of support brackets, a plurality of mattress sets each having a retaining plate mounted on one of the support brackets of the bed frame and a mattress supported by the retaining plate, and a vibrating motor mounted on a bottom side of the retaining plate of one of the mattress sets. When the vibration generated from the vibrating motor is transmitted to the associated mattress of the mattress set that is equipped with the vibrating motor, the unexpected vibration won't occur in the other mattress sets because the mattress sets are spaced from each other, thereby enhancing the comfort of a user lying down on the mattresses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignees: Ruoey Lung Enterprise Corp., PPJ, LLC
    Inventor: Chuan-Hang Shih
  • 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: 8307475
    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: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Wonderland Nurserygoods Co., Ltd
    Inventors: James M. F. Hutchinson, Derek A. King, Peter R. Tuckey, Jonathan M. Pacella
  • Publication number: 20120216347
    Abstract: A motorized apparatus that produces either rocking or gliding motion, includes a gear motor with a drive shaft; a drive mechanism to functionally connect to a device to be rocked; the drive mechanism being either an actuating linkage or an eccentric that is rotatably coupled to both said drive shaft and said device to be rocked or glided translating rotary motion of the drive shaft when powered to said drive mechanism, that translates the motion to said device to be rocked or glided providing continuously smooth rocking motion to any device that is enhanced by being able to be rocked or glided, such as a cradle, rocker, or wheel chair.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Inventors: Vincent E. Tundo, Anthony W. Fini, JR.
  • 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
  • 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: 7971296
    Abstract: Stimulation actuators that exert any desired movements on the underspringing arrangement. The underspringing arrangement has lifting members (11) that are mounted elastically by means of elastic elements (14). The elastic elements (14) are arranged such that at least a main direction of work extends at an angle with respect to the direction of the movement of the lifting member. In this way, the lifting member (11) can have a particularly low overall height. The supporting surface of the underspringing arrangement can be moved up and down by the lifting member (11) and the elastic element (14), thereby permitting an individual stimulation and movement of a person lying on the mattress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Thomas Hilfen Hilbeg GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Klaus Jansen
  • 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: 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