Fluent Material Containing Patents (Class 5/644)
  • Patent number: 11457746
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a travel pillow. The travel pillow comprises a connecting rod having a first end and a second end, and a first pillow body and a second pillow body. Each of the first pillow body and the second pillow body comprises a frame and a soft cushion mounted on the frame. One end of the frame of the first pillow body is coupled to the first end of the connecting rod. The first pillow body is configured to be rotated at the first end of the connecting rods and locked at a predetermined angle. One end of the frame of the second pillow body is coupled to the second end of the connecting rod. The second pillow body is configured to be rotated at the second end of the connecting rods and locked at a predetermined angle. The travel pillow has a height which is adjusted by changing the angle between the first pillow body and the connecting rod and the angle between the second pillow body and the connecting rod. Moreover, a fastening means is used for carrying and securing the travel pillow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Inventors: Brian Y. Zhu, Huilong Zhu
  • Patent number: 11406552
    Abstract: An inflatable pillow is invented to provide an effective and efficient method to improve the oral intubation procedure in the pre-hospital setting, both in the ground and air ambulances along with emergency rooms in hospitals to eliminate intubation failures. The inflatable pillow comprises a bladder body and an air valve. The air valve is distally positioned on the body so that the air valve is not in the way when a user is positioning a patient's head on the pillow. Thus, the inflatable pillow can be positioned or moved more towards the patient's neck and shoulder area for a better head position or view of the vocal cords. Additionally, the inflatable pillow can be used to adjust the height of the patient's head by inflating and/or deflating the pillow through the air valve prior to and/or during the first pass intubation procedure, thus, making the intubation procedure more reliable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Inventor: Gerhard Viljoen
  • Patent number: 11377344
    Abstract: Method of repairing a seat cushion; and, in particular, method of repairing a flattened seat cushion having a fill which has been compressed over time, for example. Method of repairing a seat cushion include providing a cushion having a flattened fill, opening the cushion, removing the flattened fill, providing an inflatable insert, and inflating the inflatable insert to fill the cushion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Inventor: William M. Nelson, III
  • Patent number: 11364828
    Abstract: A seat assembly includes a cushioned component having a lattice matrix, wherein the lattice matrix includes a first portion defined by a first pattern of interconnected links which defines a first set of cells, and a second portion defined by a second pattern of interconnected links which defines a second set of cells. The first portion of the lattice matrix includes a density profile that is different than a density profile of the second portion of the lattice matrix. An air bladder is disposed within a core portion of the lattice matrix and includes a non-porous outer casing surrounding an interior cavity. The outer casing of the air bladder and the lattice matrix are integrated components comprised of a common material to define a monolithic structure created using an additive manufacturing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick Maloney, Alex Perkins, Vishal Vinayak Nageshkar, Sangram Tamhankar, Kevin VanNieulande, Victoria Leigh Schein, Christian J. Hosbach
  • Patent number: 11166574
    Abstract: The utility model provides an airbag for a pillow with adjustable height, wherein it is comprised: multiple airbag units arranged in stack, multiple supporting and connecting holes arranged in array in the opposite direction as the airbag units; two adjacent airbag units communicating through the said supporting and connecting holes; during the inflation or deflation process of the said airbag unit, the gas flows into or out of the airbag from the multiple supporting and connecting holes simultaneously, so that the inflation velocity of each part of the airbag unit is uniform, and the overall height of the airbag changes synchronously with the inflation or deflation. The utility model provides an airbag and a pillow for the height adjusting pillow, during the inflation or deflation process of the airbag unit, the overall height of the airbags changes synchronously with the inflation or deflation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: PAODONG (XIAMEN) TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jiangping Miao, Xuan Zheng, Jinghuang Kang, Diwei Wu, Yanjing Zhong
  • Patent number: 11142110
    Abstract: An airbag includes: a welding portion that bonds peripheral edges of a pair of sheet portions to each other to form a bag shape, in which the airbag is formed to have a pair of holding portions that holds a held body portion therebetween, and at least one of the two sheet portions is formed with a pair of melting portions extending in directions away from mutually facing portions of the two holding portions in the welding portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tomoko Kanbara, Noriko Fujii, Ryosuke Mizuno
  • Patent number: 11064826
    Abstract: A novel pillow is provided to easily adjust its height by pulling a lever on the side of the pillow to activate the air control valve configured to personalize the head support needed for that individual. Pulling the lever to a fully open position creates a larger air passage to the inflatable bladder and activates an air pump for rapid inflation of the pillow so as to increase its height. With a user head laying over the pillow, pulling a lever slightly opens up a smaller opening suitable for gradual deflation of the pillow and reducing its height caused by the pressure generated by the head. Soft comfort portion on top of the pillow enclosed in a stretchable fabric reduces surface tension and creates a softer feeling for the user thereby improving comfort and consequently sleep quality. An altimeter may be incorporated with the bladder to easily monitor sleep patterns of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Go Smart Inc.
    Inventors: Jae S. Son, Brandon M Larson
  • Patent number: 10945533
    Abstract: An air bed is provided, including: an upper sheet, a lower sheet, a left side sheet, a right side sheet, a first structural pull belt and a second structural pull belt, wherein the upper sheet, the lower sheet, the left side sheet and the right side sheet define one air chamber. The upper sheet and the lower sheet are connected with each other at the front and the back, and an inner edge of a joint between the upper sheet and the lower sheet is provided with the first structural pull belt. The left side sheet is connected with the upper sheet and the lower sheet to form a left side wall of the air bed, and an inner edge of a left joint is provided with the second structural pull belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: DONGGUAN HONGYU PLASTIC CO., LTD
    Inventor: Juying Shi
  • Patent number: 10835064
    Abstract: A CPAP pillow relies on a shell shaped to provide large reservoirs of fill particles near or against the shoulders of a user and around and under the neck. The system and method uncouple the spring forces supporting a user from the forces used to configure the shape of the pillow in use. Thus, a user can fit the pillow to the body profile in three dimensions with substantially no residual pre-loading to cause discomfort, pressure points, or unsupported regions. The pillow supports, contacts, and cradles the head and neck. It accommodates shoulder intrusion without moving the pillow away from supporting the neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Inventor: Bret Randall
  • Patent number: 10806279
    Abstract: A support pillow has a pillow-fill unit comprising pillow fill material, a neck support unit comprising an inflatable air bladder and a pillow case having a first sleeve for receiving the pillow-fill unit and a second sleeve for receiving the cervical or neck support unit. The second sleeve of the pillow case includes padding on an inner sleeve surface. The inflatable air bladder includes a valve that operates in a first state to allow an input of pressurized air and in a second state to allow an exit of bladder-stored air. Adding air to the inflatable air bladder, in the first state, increases a size of and pressure in the inflatable air bladder. Also, the padding on the inner sleeve surface of the second sleeve is soft, and compressible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Inventors: Robert Berney, Edward Mikell
  • Patent number: 10791856
    Abstract: A support pillow has a pillow-fill unit comprising pillow fill material, a neck support unit comprising an inflatable air bladder and a pillowcase having a first sleeve for receiving the pillow-fill unit and a second sleeve for receiving the cervical or neck support unit. The second sleeve of the pillowcase includes padding on an inner sleeve surface. The inflatable air bladder includes a valve that operates in a first state to allow an input of pressurized air and in a second state to allow an exit of bladder-stored air. Adding air to the inflatable air bladder, in the first state, increases a size of and pressure in the inflatable air bladder. Also, the padding on the inner sleeve surface of the second sleeve is soft, and compressible. One or more foam substrates are added to support the skull above the nape of the neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Inventors: Robert Berney, Edward Mikell
  • Patent number: 10779664
    Abstract: CNH Donut is a pressure and pain relieving prosthesis, and sleep aid, to be used with a standard pillow, for persons suffering with Chondrodermatitis nodularis chronic helicis, (CNH) Invention is a novel assemblage, comprised of 2 contiguous foam strips, curved into a “lachrymiform” shape, covered in cylindrical nylon spandex, then affixed with a headstrap, allowing patients to sleep directly on the injured ear, to roll over, and sleep on their preferred side, without pain. Invention is lightweight, yet firm enough to support a head. The smaller size, and unique “contiguous” placement of thick foam bands, as opposed to stuffing or fill, creates CNH Donut's distinctive strength, and “teardrop shaped” inner circle, using the natural arc, and firm properties of the foam to best advantage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Inventor: Arlene Francis LaHera
  • Patent number: 10485363
    Abstract: A novel pillow is provided to easily adjust its height by pulling one or both levers of a unique double-lever air valve. Pulling a first lever opens up a smaller opening suitable for gradual deflation of the pillow and reducing its height under a pressure of a user head laying over the pillow. Pulling both levers together activates an electrically driven air pump to rapidly inflate the pillow through a larger opening so as to increase its height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Go Smart, Inc.
    Inventors: Jae S. Son, Brandon M Larson
  • Patent number: 9855174
    Abstract: A wheelchair cushion comprises a dual stiffness fluid. A cushion also comprises an ability to adjust fluid volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Ki Mobility
    Inventors: Thomas J Whelan, Stephen Sprigle, Alison McKenna, Ezekiel Kolajo, Sanchit Mittal, Saranya Sathananthan, Christopher Tile
  • Patent number: 9526361
    Abstract: A stretchable pillowcase with an inflatable pillow or bladder having an attached pouch that can be folded onto itself and enclose the pillow and cover therein during non-usage. But, the pillow and case can be removed from the pouch, the pillow inflated, to provide a cushion use of the pillow for comfort, and to use as a flotation device, for recreational purposes. The pillow is made of a water-proof and inflatable material, such as polymer and rubber, and the case may be formed of a resilient fabric material. Its pouch likewise, is fabricated from an expandable material, to allow it to fold onto itself, and enclose the pillow and case therein, once the former has been deflated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: The Pillow Plus, Inc.
    Inventor: Kurt S. Sellmeyer
  • Patent number: 9433301
    Abstract: A furniture element is characterized in that it comprises a first flexible inner envelope (30) defining therein a first volume (22) adapted to receive a material comprising a fluid with a first density and a second flexible outer envelope (10), the inner envelope and the outer envelope defining together a second volume (21) surrounding the first volume (22) and adapted to receive a second material comprising a fluid and flexible particles with a second density higher than the first density, a first closable port (40) for entry or exit of fluid into/from said first volume, opening to the outside, and a second closable port (50) for the entry or exit of fluid into/from said second volume, opening to the outside. The invention can be used in particular for improving the comfort and facilitating the transportation of large volume seat-type or cushion type elements (typically from 0.2 to 1 m2) for outdoor use (terraces, swimming pools, etc.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: VDJ IMPORT
    Inventors: Olivier Brechet, Nathalie Brechet
  • Patent number: 9380895
    Abstract: A personal seasonal pillow for accommodating different temperatures occurring during different seasons is disclosed comprising a cool side and a warm side opposite the cool side. A gel layer is associated with the cool side containing a fluid gel, and a layer of insulating fill is associated with the warm side. A cool side indicator is associated with the cool side; and a warm side indicator is associated with the warm side whereby the person may easily identify the desired side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Inventor: Gabriel Dungan
  • Patent number: 9339407
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for conforming a support to a body are described in which a portable support assembly may be worn by a bed-stricken individual around particular regions of the body where pressure ulcers tend to form. The portable support assembly may generally include adjustable supports which conform the assembly to the patient's body and which also help to distribute one or more fluid pad assemblies relative to the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: PRS Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Nikhil Bhat, George Y. Choi, Allen Li, Jasper Jackson, Stuart Lin
  • Patent number: 9326905
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for adjusting a support to a body are described in which a portable support assembly may be worn by a bed-stricken individual around particular regions of the body where pressure ulcers tend to form. The portable support assembly may generally include adjustable supports which conform the assembly to the patient's body and which also help to distribute one or more fluid pad assemblies relative to the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: PRS Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Nikhil Bhat, George Y. Choi
  • Patent number: 9271579
    Abstract: A foam-air mattress includes a mattress housing, including a top layer and a bottom layer; a plurality of air chambers, disposed between the top layer and the bottom layer, wherein the plurality of air chambers are configured to be connected to a pumping system via a tubing assembly; and a plurality of compartments formed by the mattress housing and the plurality of air chambers, configured to accept foam inserts. The plurality of air chambers, when inflated by the pumping system, are configured to compress foam inserts disposed within the plurality of compartments so as to increase the density of the foam inserts. This arrangement has applications in both the consumer and medical airbed contexts, as well as in other support system contexts, such as seat cushions for chairs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: RAPID AIR LLC
    Inventors: John J. Riley, David Delory Driscoll, Jr., Susan M. Hrobar
  • Patent number: 8990980
    Abstract: A pillow assembly that utilizes a hood to inhibit certain movements of the head. The pillow assembly utilizes a pillowcase having a top surface and a bottom surface. The pillowcase can be stuffed to become a pillow or can be used to cover a preexisting pillow. A hood structure is sewn onto the pillowcase. The hood structure is sewn onto the pillowcase along a single main seam. The sewing of the hood to the pillowcase along a single seam creates features in the hood structure that are beneficial to the comfortable restraint of the user's head. Furthermore, the hood structure has a forward opening, a hood apex, and a rear seam that extends from the apex down to the single main seam. The rear seam also helps to reinforce the hood structure so it can better prevent unintentional movements of the user's head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Inventor: Christopher Hindley
  • Patent number: 8968183
    Abstract: A support apparatus, for use in supporting a device such as a sex toy, the inflatable apparatus comprising an attachment portion and a holding portion which is attached to the attachment portion, and which defines an aperture therethrough, the holding portion having an inflatable element which is operable to adjust the size of said aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: James Hamilton
  • Publication number: 20150052685
    Abstract: Conformable support systems for conforming to a body are described in which a support assembly may be provided to support particular regions of the body where pressure ulcers tend to form. The conforming support may generally comprise a central portion, a first side portion attached to the central portion, and a second side portion attached to the central portion opposite to the first side portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: PRS Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Nikhil BHAT, George Y. CHOI, Allen J. LI, Anuj BHAT
  • Publication number: 20150040324
    Abstract: A personal seasonal pillow for accommodating different temperatures occurring during different seasons is disclosed comprising a cool side and a warm side opposite the cool side. A gel layer is associated with the cool side containing a fluid gel, and a layer of insulating fill is associated with the warm side. A cool side indicator is associated with the cool side; and a warm side indicator is associated with the warm side whereby the person may easily identify the desired side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: Skytex, Inc.
    Inventor: Gabriel Dungan
  • Patent number: 8893331
    Abstract: A multipurpose, ergonomic, adjustable head, neck, and face pillow for use in sleeping and resting positions, both supine and upright. The pillow includes a contoured pillowcase that is used to adjust for pillow firmness. The pillowcase has a hook-and-loop closure that is used to adjust the pillow's firmness and thickness. The contoured pillowcase can be made of materials including cotton, satin, water resistant fabric, etc. The pillow insert is generally rectangular in shape with a U-shaped offset cutout along one side that can be rotated to accommodate a variety of sleeping and resting positions. The pillow insert can be filled with an array of soft loose fill including polyester fill, down, down alternative, wool, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventor: Elizabeth Cupo
  • Publication number: 20140325762
    Abstract: Provided is a pillow to support the head and neck of a user. The pillow includes an inflatable bladder assembly, a sheet, a fill material and a pillow casing. The inflatable bladder assembly includes an inflatable bladder. The sheet has a pocket securing the inflatable bladder. The fill material has a fold defining a first panel and a second panel of the fill material. The sheet is disposed in the fill material such that the sheet spans the first panel and the second panel and the inflatable bladder is disposed about the fold. The pillow casing secures the fill material, the sheet and the bladder, wherein the first panel and the second panel provide a friction surface to the sheet that secure the sheet and the inflatable bladder secured in the pocket within the fill material in a friction fitting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventor: Allan Berg
  • Publication number: 20140317850
    Abstract: A pillow is provided herein which includes a cover having opposing first and second panels. A gusset perimetrically bounds, and joins, the first and second panels. The gusset is formed of an open cell construction. Compliant fill material is disposed within the cover. Advantageously, with the subject invention, a pillow is provided allowing for lateral ventilation between opposing panels. This permits a cooling effect while a user is resting or sleeping.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventor: Eugene Alletto
  • Publication number: 20140317852
    Abstract: An ergonomical pillow for head rest, comprising: a pillow surface, a pillow, a shock absorbing and pressure relief cushion, the pillow surface and the pillow are made from soft buffer material, the pillow has at least one hollow pore, the shock absorbing and pressure relief cushion covers top of the hollow pore, the pillow surface covers top of the shock absorbing and pressure relief cushion. The pillow surface and shock absorbing and pressure relief cushion can settle into a groove, where the level of which is subject to user's weight, to provide appropriate support for a body type. The present invention provides excellent extent for coverage and user's head positioning such that the head and neck are settled in a proper position, and guides user to rest his/her shoulder near bottom edge of the pillow to avoid neck muscle spasm, and can offer equalized pressure relief.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventor: Fu-Chieng CHEN
  • Publication number: 20140304920
    Abstract: The invention relates to a pillow (10), comprising two sheets of flexible material, joined together to define a space, suitable for inflating to provide a cushioned support. The pillow has a head zone (16) for providing cushioning means to a users head and two wings (18), configured to extend away from the head zone such that the pillow is substantially U-shaped in the plane of the pillow, when deflated. A channel (22) is provided between the sheets of flexible material to connect the wings (18). The channel (22) is positioned at a point in the head zone (16) furthermost from the wing ends (20). The width of the channel increases from the centre line (24) such that when the pillow is inflated, the pillow has a substantially V-shaped profile, formed about the centre line (24) and centerred on the channel (22).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: D G Capital Limited
    Inventors: Barnaby Bevan EDWARDS, Steven Richard SPONG
  • Patent number: 8856991
    Abstract: The invention relates to a pillow (10), comprising two sheets of flexible material, joined together to define a space, suitable for inflating to provide a cushioned support. The pillow has a head zone (16) for providing cushioning means to a user's head and two wings (18), configured to extend away from the head zone such that the pillow is substantially U-shaped in the plane of the pillow, when deflated. A channel (22) is provided between the sheets of flexible material to connect the wings (18). The channel (22) is positioned at a point in the head zone (16) furthermost from the wing ends (20). The width of the channel increases from the center line (24) such that when the pillow is inflated, the pillow has a substantially V-shaped profile, formed about the center line (24) and centered on the channel (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: D G Capital Limited
    Inventors: Barnaby Bevan Edwards, Steven Richard Spong
  • Patent number: 8850646
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a decubitus cushion comprising a core and a jacket, wherein the core comprises viscoelastic material and the jacket comprises a cover layer of material promoting air circulation fixedly or reversibly removable at at least the side facing the skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Amoena Medizin-Orthopadie-Technik GmbH
    Inventors: Nils Stelter, Rainer Pfeffermann
  • Publication number: 20140259424
    Abstract: A sleeping aid device for use when a person is in a seated position, which may provide support for one side of the person's head and/or neck in a semi-lateral direction toward one shoulder through a pillow having a filled shape adapted to rest on the shoulder and support the side of the head, and a counterweight sling strap that goes across the body, connected to the pillow, forming a loop for holding the person's forearms. The sling strap may have a length sufficient to allow both forearms when crossed to be rested on its looped length, and a width sufficient to form a sling to stably support both forearms crossed thereon. The length of the sling strap may be adjusted for better balance in holding the person's forearms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Aoren Endeavors LLC
    Inventor: Aran Higa
  • Publication number: 20140201919
    Abstract: A compressible or retractable support is installed inside an air blower cavity of a body support system, such as a medical mattress with forced air flow. The support is compressed or retracted within the cavity when the air blower is inserted in the dynamic configuration of the body support system. The support rebounds to an uncompressed state to fill a greater portion of the air blower cavity when the air blower is removed to convert the body support system to a static configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Inventors: Marc J. Albero, Christopher S. Weyl
  • Patent number: 8782834
    Abstract: Provided is a pillow to support the head and neck of a user. The pillow includes an inflatable bladder assembly, sheet, fill material and pillow casing. The inflatable bladder assembly includes an inflatable bladder. The sheet has a pocket securing the bladder. The fill material has a fold defining a first panel and a second panel of the fill material. The sheet is disposed in the fill material such that the sheet spans the first panel and the second panel and the bladder is disposed about the fold. The pillow casing secures the fill material, sheet and bladder. The pillow casing has a stitching that secures the sheet in relation to the fill material and secures the fill material in relation to the pillow casing. The stitching defines a depression at a predetermined position of one or more of a top surface and a bottom surface of the pillow casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Bicor Processing Corp.
    Inventor: Allan Berg
  • Publication number: 20140196214
    Abstract: The present invention is directed, in various exemplary embodiments thereof, to an inventive configurable pillow case comprising an internally disposed primary compartment (for receiving a primary insert (e.g., a conventional pillow), and at least one secondary compartment, positioned proximally to the pillow case top surface, that is sized and configured to receive, and releaseably retain, one or more correspondingly sized and configured secondary inserts that provide one or more predefined desirable physical characteristics/properties/functions and/or features to the resulting “pillow assembly”. In various exemplary embodiments thereof, when the primary resilient insert is removed therefrom, the inventive configurable pillow case, along with the at least one secondary insert positioned in the at least one secondary compartment, may be rolled up and secured in a generally cylindrical form for storage, travel, and/or alternative uses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Inventor: Michelle DuPré
  • Patent number: 8732878
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are disclosed for a method for securing a patient for a medical procedure and specifically for an innovative headrest system for securing a patient for an ocular imaging procedure. The approach avoids the need for linkages and sliding rods and such. Instead, it relies on three independently movable face rests (two for the forehead or temples and one for the chin) each with a deformable cushion that is urged into conformity with the patient's head and chin during an adjustment phase of operation. Once a comfortable position and suitable conforming shape is achieved, the positions of the face rests are rigidly fixed and the shape of the cushions are rendered rigid and non-deformable, by application of a light vacuum, for the procedural or imaging phase of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: ArcScan, Inc.
    Inventors: George J. Eilers, J. David Stienmier, Wes Weber
  • Patent number: 8732879
    Abstract: A device for supporting a patient during a radiological imaging procedure is disclosed. The device includes a base, a support member pivotally coupled to the base and configured to receive a portion of the patient undergoing the radiological imaging procedure and an adjustment device comprising an inflatable bladder. The inflatable bladder has a first portion acting on the base and a second portion acting on the support member. An inflatable state of the adjustment device is controllable to selectively adjust an angular positioning of the support member relative to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Worldwide Innovations & Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Phillip Patton, Daniel Lowe, William W. Orrison
  • Publication number: 20140130261
    Abstract: Embodiments disclose a head and neck support cushion. The cushion includes a selectively inflatable cushion having: a central elongate portion having a first end opposite a second end, a first side portion extending from the first end of the central elongate portion, and a second side portion extending from the second end of the central elongate portion, wherein the first side portion is substantially parallel to the second side portion; one or more inflation actuators coupled to the cushion and operable to remotely inflate the cushion; at least two fastening members, wherein a first fastening member is coupled to the first side portion and a second fastening member is coupled to the second side portion; and wherein the first and second fastening members are operable to fasten to each other. A method of operating the same is provided, as are other aspects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Inventor: Henri Gumbrecht
  • Patent number: 8719981
    Abstract: A pillow having a bladder for containing fluid or gas and on top of which compressible fill is to float. The pillow includes an elongate neck support mat atop an upper surface of the bladder, under the compressible fill, and extending along the substantially the length of one side of the bladder. The elongate mat provides upwards neck support when a user's head displaces fluid or gas by applying a downwards force near the center portion of the bladder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: John Jaskot
  • Publication number: 20140123394
    Abstract: A closed cushion system including a device for selectively opening a connection between adjacent fixed, pre-filled chambers is set forth. The connection selectively facilitates flow of a fill material between the pre-filled chambers in order to selectively alter the firmness of the pre-filled chambers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Inventors: Dominique Rowland, Colleen M Hanlen, Todd Barenberg
  • Patent number: 8713732
    Abstract: An orthotic device 10 comprising a body 20 having a base 30, a first support surface 40. In use, the first support surface 40 supports a selected region of a patient's neck 70 while suspending the patient's head 80.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Inventor: Adrian Dennewald
  • Publication number: 20140109318
    Abstract: A support pillow providing head and neck support to a user laying upon it. The device employs a support pillow insert surrounded by a pillow casing having planar top and bottom surfaces and a sidewall extending between them. An insert engage able in the casing provides substantially planar support surfaces with a centrally located passage providing a relief for positioning one's head on the pillow. Proper support and spine alignment is provided by a shoulder portion of the pillow for the neck which may be formed of different material than the pillow, or varied in with or compressive force using inserts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Inventor: Rick Loos
  • Publication number: 20140096323
    Abstract: A pillow is provided herein which includes a cover having opposing first and second panels. A gusset perimetrically bounds, and joins, the first and second panels. The gusset is formed of an open cell construction. Compliant fill material is disposed within the cover. Advantageously, with the subject invention, a pillow is provided allowing for lateral ventilation between opposing panels. This permits a cooling effect while a user is resting or sleeping.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: Bedgear, LLC
    Inventor: Eugene Alletto
  • Publication number: 20140075677
    Abstract: The neck supporting pillow with some special features: inflatable, this will give complete control over firmness, soft sponge-like material on the outside, to make the contact points soft, neck-support part is like a ridge, approximate width of the curvature of the neck. Anterior convexity of this neck supporting ridge is the most important feature. When the user lies on his or her back, back of the head will slide into a center head rest recess. This completes the anatomical-specific features. On either side of the head-rest recess is a slightly raised area to rest face on lying-on the right or left side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2012
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Inventor: Puthalath Koroth Raghuprasad
  • Patent number: 8671479
    Abstract: A vacuum patient positioning cushion includes an integrated rigid or semi-rigid positioning element located within a gas-impermeable outer cover, making it possible to easily and correctly position a patient for a radiation therapy or other procedure without the need or use of external positioning devices. The gas-impermeable outer covering defines an airtight enclosure having a valve stem and closeable vacuum control valve in selective fluid communication with the enclosure. The enclosure houses a filler material and a rigid or semi-rigid positioning element. A method of positioning a patient using the vacuum patient positioning cushion is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Bionix Development Corporation
    Inventors: James J. Huttner, Edward Markewitz
  • Patent number: 8632478
    Abstract: A pillow with simulated respiration includes a pair of impervious panels that are joined together to form a rectangular shaped enclosed body and a mechanism for inflating/deflating the body periodically to simulate an individual's breathing. The pillow may also include a cushion on top of the body with an electric heating pad on top of the cushion together with a pair of vibrators. The vibrators each have an elongated shape and are constructed and dimensioned to message an individual's neck and upper shoulders when the individual's head is placed on the cushion. The pillow also includes a textile cover with a zipper on one side thereof and a satin pillow case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Inventor: Solaiman B. Alkhattaf
  • Publication number: 20140000036
    Abstract: A pillow has a body having a medial region and a pair of legs that extend from the medial region to define an opening therebetween. A sleep mask is attached across the front of the pillow by two elastic straps. A storage bag with handles is kept within a storage pocket of the pillow and is attached to the pillow. The bag can be removed from the interior and pulled over the pillow to form a carrying bag. Pouches are retained at the interior of the pillow body and can extend outward from the body. The pouches can fill with fillable material from the interior of the pillow body, allowing the firmness of the pillow to be adjusted. In addition, the legs can then be pushed together so that the pillow can be used as a more traditional pillow rested against a surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Inventor: Randall P. COHEN
  • Patent number: 8607387
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a gelastic cushion. The gelastic cushion is made from a conventional gelastic composition. The gelastic cushion has a structure having a first wall that defines an opening area and buckles when a force is applied to the first wall. When the first wall buckles a predetermined amount, a second wall, interconnected to the first wall, also buckles. The second wall decreases the chance that the first wall bottoms out. Bottoming out increases the pressure on the patient (a.k.a., the force) overlying the gelastic cushion. That increased pressure is undesirable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Roland E. Flick, Joel T. Jusiak
  • Publication number: 20130312194
    Abstract: A pillow supplement comprises an inflatable cushion dimensioned to fit in a pillow case with an existing pillow and having a plurality of internal gussets. In use, the inflatable cushion is at least partially inflated to achieve a desired size and firmness and inserted into a pillow case with the existing pillow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Inventor: Kirk Sullivan
  • Patent number: 8572780
    Abstract: A multi-use therapeutic pillow for the head includes a cushioned frame having a central cavity that extends therethrough. A cushioned transverse member, operably coupled to the cushioned frame at its opposite ends, divides the central cavity into a lower cavity and an upper cavity. The lower cavity is larger than the upper cavity. In use, the multi-use therapeutic pillow is configured to protect and/or avoid contact with a sensitive anatomical structure, such as, the eyes, ears, nose, or mouth, while providing adequate support for the head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Inventor: Bridget Watters