Sectional User Supporting Surface Patents (Class 5/613)
  • Patent number: 11986429
    Abstract: A patient transport apparatus is provided with a lift mechanism to move a litter relative to a base between lift configurations, a user interface with an input control and an indicator, a height sensor, and a controller. The controller is configured to compare signals generated by the height sensor against a value associated with a transport configuration, operate the indicator in a first state when the signal corresponds to the value to communicate to a user that the litter is arranged in the transport configuration, to operate the indicator in a second state when the signal differs from the value to communicate to the user that the litter is arranged in a lift configuration other than the transport configuration, and to drive the lift mechanism to move to the transport configuration in response to the signal being within a predetermined threshold of value upon user disengagement of the input control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: William Ross Heneveld, Jr., Hieu Phan
  • Patent number: 11911332
    Abstract: A passive spine elongation device has a front portion and a rear portion pivotally connected to the front leg portion. An adjustment device connected to the front portion and the rear portion allows the distance between the front and leg portions to be adjusted, thereby allowing a variable apex angle and adjustable height of the same. The front portion includes a head support, a torso support and a pelvic/hip support. The rear portion includes a leg support. The head support is spaced from the torso support, while the torso support is also spaced from the pelvic/hip support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: ERGONOMANIA, LLC
    Inventors: David T. Neuman, Roberto Gil
  • Patent number: 11806291
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus comprises a support frame and a patient support deck carried by the support frame. The patient support deck has a foot section configured to articulate relative to the support frame. A deck extension assembly comprises an extension frame and a deck extension section configured to extend and retract relative to the support frame. One more bearings are arranged between the deck extension section and the support frame. The deck extension section is movably coupled to the extension frame so that the deck extension section is able to move relative to the extension frame and relative to the foot section when the deck extension section extends and retracts relative to the support frame such that the deck extension section maintains contact with the bearing when extending and retracting relative to the support frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew A. Cutler, David Scharich, III, Anish Paul
  • Patent number: 11801181
    Abstract: A person support apparatus includes a first transceiver adapted to wirelessly communicate with a second transceiver of a headwall interface that is positioned off of the person support apparatus. A communication link is automatically established between the first and second transceivers without requiring a user of the person support apparatus to activate a designated control and without requiring the user to identify the headwall interface. The first transceiver includes a unique identifier assigned to the headwall interface in its messages to the headwall interface. The first transceiver may also automatically transmit a disconnect signal to the headwall interface indicating the termination of the communication link is not accidental. The disconnect signal is sent based on one or more of the following: (1) a brake being off, (2) an A/C power cord being unplugged; and/or (3) a signal strength between the transceivers decreasing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2023
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Krishna Sandeep Bhimavarapu, Annie D├ęsaulniers, Michael Joseph Hayes
  • Patent number: 11779124
    Abstract: A zero gap foldable powered bed comprises a bed frame and a sliding mechanism disposed upon said bed frame. The bed further comprises back, lumbar, seat, thigh, and leg decks operatively connected to the sliding mechanism, and the bed frame includes a head end frame member which is disposed within a vertically oriented plane. Linear actuators are operatively connected to the back and leg decks, and when the back deck is elevated or lowered, the sliding mechanism slides upon the bed frame so as to maintain the head end frame member, to which a headboard may be attached, within the vertically oriented plane such that a free end portion of the back deck will always be disposed immediately adjacent to the vertically oriented plane such that the back and shoulders of a person, lying or sitting upon the bed, will remain close to a nightstand, which may be disposed close to the bed, such that articles disposed upon the nightstand are always readily accessible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Assignee: MOTOMOTION CHINA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Chih Hsiung Liu, Mei Jun Xu, Hai Guo Jiang, Kui Zhao
  • Patent number: 11710556
    Abstract: An access system for managing users engaged in providing care to patients. A patient support apparatus is provided and comprises a frame, a patient support surface configured to support the patient, and a powered device having a function. An input system is disposed in communication with the powered device and is configured to receive input data. A user control system is disposed in communication with the input system and comprises an authorization module. The authorization module is configured to access a permission level for a user dictating whether the user has permission to operate the powered device with the input system to perform the function. The authorization module is further configured to determine performance data relating to performance of the user in caring for the patient based on the input data, and to modify the permission level based on the performance data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2023
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Krishna S. Bhimavarapu, Daniel V. Brosnan, Aaron Douglas Furman, Alexey Titov, Michael Hayes
  • Patent number: 11702123
    Abstract: A braking and steering control apparatus to help a user stop, secure and move an object across a surface. The apparatus is particularly useful for securing and moving objects that are moveably supported on the surface by a wheel assembly, such as a caster, carriage and wheel float. The apparatus attaches to or is integral with a wheel assembly, an object or an item associated with the object. The apparatus has a wheeled action arm assembly, a reaction arm and a plurality of levers, links and pedals that are pivotally connected to the action arm assembly and reaction arm that allow the user to select whether the apparatus will allow safe, easy movement of an object or whether the object will be safely and effectively secured on a surface. The user selects the braking or steering operation and operates the controls using one of his or her feet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2022
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2023
    Inventor: Douglas G. Willis
  • Patent number: 11696863
    Abstract: A surgical frame and method for use thereof is provided. The surgical frame is capable of reconfiguration before, during, or after surgery using a moveable main beam supporting a patient thereon. The surgical frame includes a translating lower beam that is moveable between at least a first lateral position and a second lateral position, and a linkage and/or surgical equipment supportively and moveably attached to the translating lower beam or interconnected with the translating lower beam via the linkage. The linkage and/or the surgical equipment are moveable between a first position at or adjacent a first end of the translating lower beam and a second position at or adjacent a second end of the translating lower beam. The translating lower beam is used to join a first support portion and a second support portion of the surgical frame to one another, and movement of the translating lower beam affords access to a patient receiving area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2023
    Assignee: WARSAW ORTHOPEDIC, INC.
    Inventors: Roy K. Lim, Richard A. Hynes, Lindsey G. Waugh, Matthew M. Morrison
  • Patent number: 11642261
    Abstract: A system and a method for managing patient therapy protocols are disclosed. The system includes a patient support apparatus for supporting a patient, a first input device for use by a first caregiver, a location system for determining a location of the first caregiver, and a therapy management system. The therapy management system receives a location of the first caregiver and a selection of a patient therapy protocol, which includes a location requirement. The therapy management system then determines whether the first caregiver location input signal satisfies the location requirement before initiating the selected patient therapy protocol or notifying a second caregiver if the location of the first caregiver does not satisfy the location requirement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Anuj Sidhu, Alexander Bodurka, Krishna Sandeep Bhimavarapu
  • Patent number: 11617699
    Abstract: A device that allows the user to provide spinal traction and splay in a localized and fully controllable way that has the device auto-return to a neutral position in case the user inadvertently loses control of operating the device, that has the ability to induce corrective spinal curvature from the lordotic neck curvature to the sacral curvature, that has the ability to conform or adjust to the varying curvature of differing body builds, that has the ability to provide corrective curvatures to all sides of a human body (front, side, back, and any hybridized orientation), that is adjustable for ergonomics to stretch or to compress any sections of the spinal curvature in a localized manner, that allows the benefits of splaying forces to correct spinal curvature, and that allows axial adjustment to the spinuous process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2023
    Assignee: Contoureal, LLC
    Inventor: Parviz Jahangiri
  • Patent number: 11571072
    Abstract: A motorized furniture according to embodiments of the present invention includes a control unit. The control unit transitions to a first falling asleep operation at second time where the elapse of time since first time, where the sleep of a user of the motorized furniture is detected, is equal to or larger than a first time threshold. The control unit performs a second falling asleep operation when a variation of a signal corresponding to a biological signal of the user in a first period during the first falling asleep operation is smaller than the variation in a first prior period, which exists prior to the first period, during the first falling asleep operation or when the absolute value of a difference between the variation in the first period and the variation in the first prior period is smaller than a first variation threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2023
    Assignee: PARAMOUNT BED CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinnosuke Kubota, Toshihide Shiino, Tadahiko Sakamaki, Shunsuke Yokoo
  • Patent number: 11559449
    Abstract: A patient transport apparatus comprises support structure. The support structure comprises a base, a support frame, and a patient support deck. A headboard and a footboard are coupled to the support structure. The support frame comprises a head section and a body section, the body section coupled to the patient support deck. The patient support deck comprises a patient support surface capable of articulating relative to the support frame. The head section is movable relative to the body section to define first and second configurations of the support frame, the support frame having a first footprint in the first configuration and a second footprint, smaller than the first footprint, in the second configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Richard A. Derenne, Kurosh Nahavandi
  • Patent number: 11554063
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus includes a support frame and a patient support deck operatively attached to the support frame. The patient support deck includes an adjacent pair of deck sections. An actuator is coupled to a first one of the adjacent deck sections, and the actuator, in combination with a deck articulating assembly, moves the first one of the adjacent deck sections relative to the support frame and second one of the adjacent pair of deck sections between an initial configuration and a raised configuration. In the raised configuration, the inner adjacent end of the first deck section is spaced further from the corresponding inner adjacent end of the second deck section, and the outer end opposite the inner adjacent end of the first one of the adjacent deck sections is spaced further away from the support frame, than in the initial configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew A. Cutler, Christopher Ryan Sweeney
  • Patent number: 11554062
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus includes a support frame and a patient support deck operatively attached to the support frame. The patient support deck includes an adjacent pair of deck sections with a first one of the deck sections moveable between an initial configuration and a raised configuration. A gap covering deck section is slidingly engaged to a top surface of the first or second one of the adjacent deck sections and is pivotably coupled to either the other one of the deck sections or to the support frame, with the gap covering deck section configured to slide along the top surface in response to the movement of the first one of the deck sections so as to be at least partially disposed over a gap between the adjacent deck sections when the first one of the deck sections is in the raised configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew A. Cutler, David Scharich, III, Zachary J. Sadler
  • Patent number: 11439248
    Abstract: Adjustable sleeping system with massage function. At least one example embodiment is a method of operating a sleeping system, the method including massaging a person residing on a sleeping surface of the sleeping system, the massaging by driving a plurality of adjustable spring assemblies, the plurality of adjustable spring assemblies part of an array of adjustable spring assemblies arranged such that a top of each adjustable spring assembly defines an upper surface parallel to the sleeping surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: SLEEP TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Robert B Duncan, Matthew Hayward, Heather D. Benoit, Mark W. Foohey, J. Kevin Gentry
  • Patent number: 11399636
    Abstract: A sensor system senses a plurality of environmental phenomena and send a data message with sensed parameters. The computer system determines an indication that the sensed parameter indicated low-quality sleep and sends an instruction to adjust the environment. A control system adjusts the environment without particular input from a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Sleep Number Corporation
    Inventors: Ramazan Demirli, Omid Sayadi
  • Patent number: 11389363
    Abstract: The invention relates to a vibrating massage table (1) including a support leg (3) on which rests a table top (2) tilting about a joint (4) with a central axis (40) and permitting an inclination of a patient, said table top being subdivided longitudinally into several butt-joined transverse cushions (5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10) each adapted to a part of the body, one of the cushions (10), adapted to the ankles and the feet of the patient, being subdivided into two portions activated to vibrate alternately by at least one motor means. Said table includes means for modifying the height and/or means for modifying the inclination of at least one of the cushions by lifting one or the other of the transverse edges of said cushion. The platform is subdivided into two frames (21, 22) articulated to each other at the level of a joint (41), for an inclination between said frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Bodyfeed
    Inventor: Antoine Bouchet
  • Patent number: 11330911
    Abstract: An adjustable bed system includes a pair of side rails transversely spaced, longitudinally aligned and arranged parallel to each other; and a pair of lifting assemblies attached respectively to the pair of side rails for operably adjusting positions of at least one part of a bed. Each lifting assembly comprises a back lifting arm and a leg lifting mechanism; a bracket; and a back lifting actuator and a leg lifting actuator received in the bracket. Each actuator includes an activation member and a motor member engaged with the activation member for driving the activation member. The activation member of the back lifting actuator is engaged with the back lifting arm for operably adjusting the back lifting arm at desired back positions. The activation member of the leg lifting actuator is engaged to the leg lifting mechanism for operably adjusting the leg lifting mechanism at desired leg positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: NISCO CO., LTD
    Inventors: Wei Wang, Jian Xie
  • Patent number: 11246418
    Abstract: An apparatus that supports a person in a variety of positions so that a tattoo artist can comfortably apply a tattoo to the skin of the supported person is herein disclosed. The apparatus can be articulated to cause a person's legs and arms to be optimally positioned and supported to receive a tattoo.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: InkBed, Inc.
    Inventors: Cosmo J. Andoloro, Kevin Richardson
  • Patent number: 11234883
    Abstract: An actuating system including at least one actuation section that includes a plurality of actuating supports. Each of the actuating supports includes a shaft assembly and configured to be actuated individually. The shaft assembly of each of the plurality of actuating supports is configured to translate between a first position and a second position. In the first position an actuated actuating support is aligned with the remaining of the plurality of actuating supports and in the second position the actuated actuating support is misaligned with the remaining of the plurality of actuating supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Dwight Meglan, Samuel Cordero
  • Patent number: 11197795
    Abstract: In general, various surgical patient positioners and methods for using the same are provided. For example, a surgical patient support is provided for use during anterior hip replacement surgery. The surgical patient support can have a body support configured to receive an upper body of a patient thereon and one or more extremity supports configured to receive one or more patient extremities thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: ForTruss, LLC
    Inventor: Mark Shekhman
  • Patent number: 11160709
    Abstract: A surgical table for prone and lateral positioning of a patient, where the table includes a base and a patient support structure. The base may include a head and a foot end support structure. The patient support structure may include an upper body support structure cantilevered off of the head end support structure at a first end and a lower body support structure cantilevered off of the foot end support structure at a second end. The upper body support structure may include a chest pad. The lower body support structure may include a lower body translation and rotation structure and at least one pelvic pad supported thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger P. Jackson, Lawrence E. Guerra
  • Patent number: 11090209
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus comprises a base and a patient support deck. The patient support deck comprises a back section capable of articulating relative to a seat section. A lift system lifts or lowers the patient support deck relative to the base. An articulation system articulates the back section relative to the seat section. Head end side rails are mounted to the back section to articulate with the back section. A controller controls operation of the lift system and/or the articulation system to prevent the head end side rails from colliding with obstacles, such as the floor surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventor: Anish Paul
  • Patent number: 10959897
    Abstract: A method of administering a massage that includes employing, by a massage practitioner, a foot of the massage practitioner to deliver force to a patient that is lying on a patient supporting device, and utilizing, by the massage practitioner, a flexible member affixed to patient supporting surface to assist with balance while employing the foot of the massage practitioner to deliver force to the patient. An apparatus for adapting a portable massage table that includes an elongated body extending in a longitudinal direction and at least one clasp attached to the elongated body. The elongated body has a substantially U-shaped cross-sectional configuration. The at least one clasp is adaptable for securing a flexible member to the elongated body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: SARGA BODYWORK
    Inventors: Daniel Tsukayama, Jivatma Massaguer Roske
  • Patent number: 10940068
    Abstract: Techniques for a patient support apparatus are provided to assist in transferring power/data to an external electronic device, such as a smartphone. The patient support apparatus comprises a support structure, a power supply and a portable charging device. The charging device comprises an energy storage unit and a receiving element coupled to the energy storage unit. The receiving element is configured to wirelessly receive power. A receptacle is coupled to the support structure and comprises a surface including a sending element being coupled to the power supply. The surface is configured to receive the charging device. The charging device is removable from the surface. The sending element is configured to wirelessly transfer power to the receiving element of the charging device such that the energy storage unit of the charging device stores the transferred power for charging an external electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin M. Patmore, Krishna S. Bhimavarapu
  • Patent number: 10932583
    Abstract: An electric bed with an adjustable bed length, containing an upper head bed frame, an upper foot bed frame, a lower bed frame, and a plurality of bedboards. Wherein at least one of the plurality of bedboards is pivotable relative to the lower bed frame. Wherein either of the upper head bed frame and the upper foot bed frame is fixed/immobile relative to the lower bed frame while the other contains a moving component which moves back and forth relative to the lower bed frame between a rest position and an extension position. Wherein the at least pivotable bedboard keeps horizontal and the upper head bed frame is away from the upper foot bed frame by Distance 1 when the moving component is located at the rest position, while the at least one pivotable bedboard pivots and there is Distance 2 between the upper head bed frame and the upper foot bed frame when the moving part is located at the extension position. Wherein Distance 2 is longer than Distance 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Keeson Technology Corporation Limited
    Inventors: Huafeng Shan, Joseph Ermalovich, Chuanxiang Ji, Jinchun Yan, Thomas James Wells
  • Patent number: 10925789
    Abstract: A method of positioning an occupant (98) of a bed includes identifying (204) the presence of a discrepancy between an existing occupant position and a target occupant position, and establishing (206) an elevation gradient having a direction, magnitude and position compatible with moving the occupant from the existing occupant position to the target position. In one variant of the method the step of establishing an elevation gradient is one substep of a preordained sequence of bladder inflations and deflations. In another variant, the method includes determining (210) if the discrepancy has been corrected and responding to any noncorrection of the discrepancy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles A. Lachenbruch, Rachel L. Williamson
  • Patent number: 10918217
    Abstract: A pillow support assembly includes panel that has a top side, a bottom side, and a perimeter edge. The perimeter edge includes a first edge and a second edge positioned opposite of each other. The panel includes a first portion including the first edge and a second portion including second edge. The top side of the second portion is formable into a concave shape from the first portion to the second edge and the second portion is pivotable over the first portion when the second portion is in the concave shape. A securing member releasably secures the second portion in an arced condition extending over the first portion. The bottom side of the second portion supports a pillow when the second portion is in the arced condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Inventor: Glenn Fuerstenberg
  • Patent number: 10849804
    Abstract: A hospital bed comprising: a frame; a plurality of extendable patient support panels mounted to the frame, each patient support panel including a central section and at least one side section selectively movable laterally towards and away from the central section; a movement transmission assembly including at least one transmission member connecting at least two of the movable side sections for laterally moving at least one of the movable side sections when another one of the movable side sections is moved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: UMANO MEDICAL INC.
    Inventors: Sylvain Lacasse, Frederic Renaud, Jean-Philippe Beaudet, Jimmy Laflamme, Jerome Marcotte, Steve Bolduc, Marco Morin
  • Patent number: 10799407
    Abstract: A variable width support system includes an adjustable width person support apparatus (PSA), an adjustable width person support surface (PSS), and first and second controllers. The first controller controls a function of the PSA and receives a first input corresponding to a function of the PSA via a first user interface. The second controller controls a function of the PSS and: a) receives a second input corresponding to a function of the PSS via a second user interface when the first controller is not in communication with the second controller, and b) receives a third input corresponding to a function of the PSS via the first controller when the first controller is in communication with the second controller. The second controller controls a function of the PSS in accordance with the third input when the first controller is in communication with the second controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: John D. Christie, Mark E. Lanning, Robert A. Bossingham, Mark Tyler Rigsby, James D. Lattimore, Mahesh Kumar Thodupunuri, Aziz Ali Bhai, David P. Lubbers, Scott M. Corbin
  • Patent number: 10737134
    Abstract: A wall-mounted collapsible exercise system which is adjustable between a collapsed position against a wall and an expanded position for use in multiple exercise configurations. The wall-mounted collapsible exercise system generally includes a mount support adapted to be connected to a wall, a body support adapted to support an exerciser, and a base support adapted to support the body support when the body support is in use. The body support may be pivotably connected to the mount support and the base support may be pivotably connected to the body support such that the body support and base support are adjustable between a first collapsed position for storage and a second expanded position for use. When in the expanded position, the body support may be converted between a glute ham developer configuration and a reverse hyper configuration through use of various exercise attachments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: PRx Performance, LLC
    Inventors: Brandon V. Anderson, Devin M. Pace
  • Patent number: 10729253
    Abstract: A foundation for a bed system can include an actuator, a deck mechanism operably related to the actuator so as to be actuated between raised and lowered positions in response to actuation by the actuator, and a controller operably connected to the actuator and configured to drive the actuator to actuate the deck mechanism between a lower position and an upper position. The deck mechanism can be configured to move to a service position that is further than the upper position. The deck mechanism can expose and permit access to a serviceable component when the deck mechanism is in the service position. A method of using a foundation having a service position is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Sleep Number Corporation
    Inventor: Bruce William Gaunt
  • Patent number: 10702348
    Abstract: A robotic surgical system comprises a horizontal platform to support a patient, a rail positioned about the horizontal platform, a carriage operatively coupled to and configured to translate along the rail, and a robotic arm operatively coupled to the carriage and translated about the patient by the rail. The robotic arm is configured to operate on the patient in a variety of positions provided by the translating carriage. The rail provides a rounded path for the carriage, such as a U-shaped path. The U-shaped path may comprise a first leg and a second leg, the first leg longer than the second leg. Furthermore, the system may comprise a plurality of carriages operatively coupled to the rail and a plurality of robotic arms. Also, the system may further comprise a central base which the horizontal platform can articulate relative to, such as by translating horizontally or vertically, rotating, or titling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Auris Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederic H. Moll, Alan Lau Yu
  • Patent number: 10632032
    Abstract: A sleep system comprises at least one mattress including a first sleep area for a first occupant, the first sleep area including a first section for a portion of a body of the first occupant, and a second sleep area adjacent to the first sleep area for a second occupant, the second sleep area including a second section for a portion of a body of the second occupant, an articulation system for articulating the first section and the second section, a first user controller configured to communicate with the articulation system in order to control articulation of the first section, and a second user controller configured to communicate with the articulation system in order to control articulation of the second section, wherein the first user controller is further configured to communicate with the articulation system in order to move the second section into a predetermined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Sleep Number Corporation
    Inventors: Stacy Stusynski, Yi-ching Chen, John McGuire
  • Patent number: 10588818
    Abstract: An articulating bed incorporating a frame employs a support member for a mattress secured to a frame for articulating motion. An upper body portion of the support member is rotatable through a range of motion from an aligned position with the frame to a fully elevated position angularly supporting the upper body portion in a raised position. A massage exciter is affixed to a bottom surface of the support member and is operative to sonically engage the flexible support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Ergomotion, Inc.
    Inventors: Joey Krueger, Joseph Ermalovich
  • Patent number: 10537485
    Abstract: A person support apparatus includes one or more motorized actuators that are braked in different manners depending upon whether or not electrical power is available to the control system. When electrical power is not available, a delay circuit delays closing a first switch that, when closed, short circuits the terminals of one of the motors. When power is available, other switches are opened and closed in a manner that short circuits the terminals of the motor while the first switch remains open. The other switches may be part of an H-bridge. The control system may also detect back emf (electromotive force) generated by the motor when electrical power is available and issue a notification to a technician or other user if an amplitude and/or duration of the detected back emf exceeds a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel Vincent Brosnan, Lavanya Vytla, Aaron Douglas Furman
  • Patent number: 10357414
    Abstract: A system for changing the width of a person support apparatus includes a bed controller for receiving a command signal indicating a command for width alteration, a first motor controlled by the bed controller for driving an extension of a first deck section of the support apparatus thereby altering the width of the first deck section, and a second motor controlled by the bed controller for driving an extension of a second deck section of the support apparatus thereby altering the width of the second deck section. The bed controller controls the first motor and the second motor in a manner that causes the first deck section to reach a first deck section width alteration limit at a first time and the second deck section to reach a second deck section width alteration limit at a second time, wherein the first time and the second time are not equal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert A. Bossingham, John D. Christie, Joseph A. Ernst, Brian Guthrie, Stephen E. Hutchison, Mark E. Lanning, James D. Lattimore, Mark Tyler Rigsby, Jeffrey A. Ruschke, Jonathan D. Turner
  • Patent number: 10206806
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the present disclosure include a traction device for relieving lower back pain and stiffness and reducing lumbar spine intervertebral disc displacement. The device may include a sliding spine assembly attached to a head rest pad, a torso pad, and a hip pad, an adjustable length vector bar extending outwardly from the spine assembly, wherein the vector bar is rotatably attached to the sliding spine assembly such that the vector bar is configured to move in a plurality of vectors, a cross bar foot brace tube attached to the vector bar; a foot rest positioned on the foot brace tube, a belt positioned proximate to the torso pad, and a strap assembly attached to the foot brace tube or the distal end of the vector bar, the strap assembly configured to attach to the belt and apply traction to a user's back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventor: Matthew James Brown
  • Patent number: 10143312
    Abstract: An articulable sleep system has a first head section, a second head section, and a joined leg section that are each separable articulable. A head motor system includes a first and second head motors operably connected to the first and second head sections. A leg motor system includes first and second leg motors operably connected to the joined leg section. A first user controlling device is hard wired to each of the first head motor, the first leg motor, and the second leg motor. A second user controlling device hard wired to each of the second head motor, the first leg motor, and the second leg motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Sleep Number Corporation
    Inventors: Aran Patrick Brosnan, Jerry Boyer, Mark Sponsler, John McGuire, John Klesk
  • Patent number: 10105273
    Abstract: A portable therapy table configured to have a folded position and a deployed position wherein the portable therapy table is operable to facilitate a downward movement for a user superposed thereon. The portable therapy table includes a frame having a first portion and a second portion hingedly coupled. A user support surface is superposed the frame. The frame includes an extendable engagement member extending outward therefrom wherein the extendable engagement member includes a telescopic lower section and an upper section perpendicular thereto. The frame is support by foldable forward leg members and a rear leg member. The rear leg member is configured similarly to a piston so as to provide the desired movement of the second portion of the frame. Actuators are mounted to the upper section of the extendable engagement member and are operably coupled to a controller wherein the controller facilitates movement of the rear leg member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Inventor: John Granone
  • Patent number: 10039387
    Abstract: An adjustable mattress foundation includes a frame having at least one movable frame portion and a panel coupled for movement with the movable frame portion. The panel includes a lower surface in facing relationship with the movable frame portion and an upper surface. The adjustable mattress foundation also includes an actuator supported upon the frame and operable to selectively incline the at least one movable frame portion, a vibration motor, and a support suspending the vibration motor relative to the panel The support is mounted to the upper surface of the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Inventors: Jennifer Lynn Tarplee, John Brent Conkle, Thomas Allen Zakowski, Jr., David Mandel, Jamie Lee Ingram, Finn Tornquist, Charles Mason Huck, George Harry Kormanos, Maurice B. Bastarache, Joshua B. Nudelman
  • Patent number: 9878174
    Abstract: A high frequency cancer thermotherapy apparatus treats by generating a high frequency electric field between a pair of electrode parts which sandwich a patient and are disposed so as to be opposite to each other and perform a dielectric heating with respect to an affected part. The apparatus includes a bed having a bed part and a bed supporting part for liftably/lowerably and horizontally movably supporting the bed part, a gantry on which the electrode parts are mounted, and a high frequency generation and control part. A maximum-sized electrode part which can be mounted on the gantry includes an electrode plate having a diameter exceeding 300 mm and a pad attached on the electrode plate. The bed part includes an opening part formed such that the maximum-sized electrode part can pass from a vertical direction, a shutter which opens/closes the opening part, and a bed surface flatization device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: SHONAI CREATE INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masanori Suzuki, Hiroaki Ikehara
  • Patent number: 9642762
    Abstract: A device for controlling an operating table is disclosed. The device has a controller that controls a traction drive device that moves the operating table. The device also has at least one control element disposed on the controller. The traction drive device moves the operating table from a stopped state to a first speed based on a first actuation of the at least one control element. The traction drive device increases the operating table speed from the first speed to a second speed based on the first actuation of the at least one control element being interrupted for a first time period that is shorter than a first interruption time period and based on a double actuation of the at least one control element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: MAQUET GMBH
    Inventors: Michael Frueh, Matthias Joerger, Timo Pfirrmann
  • Patent number: 9591995
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the digital bed system is comprised of an array of support cells. Each support cells is capable of communicating with a controller and increasing and decreasing in firmness in response to commands issued by a controller. The support cells are operatively connected to a communication channel that is also connected to a controller. The controller is capable of receiving data from the support cells and is also capable of issuing commands to each of the support cells. The controller is programmed issue commands to increase or decrease the firmness of individual support cells within the support cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Inventor: J. Seth Blumberg
  • Patent number: 9592415
    Abstract: An auxiliary device for muscle strength training is provided, which includes: a base; a sliding member slidingly coupled to the base; and a connecting-rod mechanism connected to the base and the sliding member in such a way that a positional shift of the sliding member allows the connecting-rod mechanism to rotate relative to the base and change its state. As such, the auxiliary device has first and second configurations to assist patients who are incapable of controlling their muscles by themselves to effectively train specific muscle groups. Further, elastic members are connected to the base and the connecting-rod mechanism and provide elastic potential energies so as to keep the auxiliary device in static equilibrium. The auxiliary device has a simple structure and is easily manufactured at a low cost and applicable for patients with muscle strength lower than grade 3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: NATIONAL TAIWAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Tzu-Yu Tseng, Chin-Hsing Kuo
  • Patent number: 9573502
    Abstract: A seat cushion device capable of adjusting hardness of a seat cushion including a seating surface, on which a user is seated, includes a recessed part that is formed in a back surface of the seating surface in the seat cushion, a left plate that faces a back surface of a left thigh holding part of the seating surface, on which a left leg thigh of the user is located, and that is movable inside the recessed part vertically, a right plate that faces a back surface of a right thigh holding part of the seating surface, on which a right leg thigh of the user is located, and that is movable inside the recessed part vertically, and a gap adjustment mechanism that moves the left plate and the right plate vertically in an independent manner, and that can adjust a clearance from the back surface of the seating surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: UD TRUCKS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kunio Seki, Tsubasa Yahagi
  • Patent number: 9526346
    Abstract: This disclosure concerns an adjustable bed with a deck-on-deck appearance. A concealing assembly is attached to the center frame of an articulating bed, wherein the concealing assembly is situated below the mattress platform and conceals the base frame as the center frame moves along the base frame when the bed articulates. In other embodiments, such as for non-wall hugger beds where the center frame is stationary, a concealing assembly may still be used but will also be stationary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: ASCION, LLC
    Inventor: Martin B. Rawls-Meehan
  • Patent number: 9468576
    Abstract: An articulated patient support apparatus includes upper and lower body support frames hinged together to form a patient support assembly which is hinged to head and foot end supports. One end of the assembly includes a length compensator to enable hinged angulation between the body support frames. Hinge motors are connected between the frames to cause hinged articulation therebetween. One or both of the body support frames has a body slide assembly mounted thereon to enable part of a patient's body to move linearly along the particular body support frame by operation of a slide motor to compensate for hinged articulation of the frames. The hinge motors and slide motor have encoders interfaced to a controller to digitally coordinate sliding movement with hinging articulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Inventor: Roger P. Jackson
  • Patent number: 9356547
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and a device for operating an operating table (30) comprising a plurality of components (32 to 46) which are adjustable by means of control elements. By actuating at least a first control element (14 to 24), a first action of at least a first drive unit for adjusting at least a first component (32 to 46) is performed. By actuating a second control element (26), the first action performed by actuating the first control element (14 to 24) is automatically completely reversed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Maquet GMBH
    Inventors: Jurgen Ruch, Michael Welsch
  • Patent number: 9265354
    Abstract: A modular supporting element has a supporting surface for a user and includes a plurality of elastic modules, suitable for being deformed according to a direction substantially perpendicular to the supporting surface of the user. Each module has a side surface and an upper portion, wherein the modules are arranged juxtaposed to each other with the side surfaces substantially in contact or with the side surfaces at such a distance as not to prevent contact between one module and another during the elastic deformation movement. The modules have anti-friction surfaces arranged in a part of the side surface of the modules in such a way as to prevent interferences by friction between one module and another. The modular supporting element is made up of a plurality of modules with different rigidity from area to area without any appreciable influence between one module and another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: TECHNOGEL ITALIA S.R.L.
    Inventor: Matteo Mason