Ventilated Or Permitting Substantial Air Or Liquid Passage Patents (Class 5/652.1)
  • Patent number: 9763522
    Abstract: A cushion for supporting a user relative to a support surface is provided. The cushion has material with sufficient flexibility to deform under a weight of the user and sufficient resilience to return to its original state when the weight is removed. A supporting face contacts the support surface and is characterized by a plurality of points. The supporting face is contoured such that, when the cushion is in an unloaded configuration, a first subset of the plurality of points contact the support surface and a second subset of the plurality of points do not contact the support surface. When a user then sits on the cushion so that it is in a loaded configuration, at least some of the points in the second subset are displaced under the user's weight and contact the support surface. The cushion thus both bends and compresses to distribute the weight of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Backjoy Orthotics, LLC
    Inventors: Allen Siekman, Peter C Prust
  • Patent number: 9681757
    Abstract: The present invention is generally directed to systems related to sleeping, playing and provision of non-toxic environments, components related to those systems, and methods involving the systems or components. It is more particularly directed to systems, components and methods that aid early infant cognitive development, improve ventilation inside a crib, promote fresh and/or odor free air, promote thermoregulation and homeostasis, protect the person using the systems, components and methods from biological toxins, and create healthy sleeping environments for infants, toddlers, children and adults. One sleep system according to the present invention includes a cover, a core, and a bottom. The cover includes at least two raised areas. The raised areas have one or more heights ranging from 0.125 inch to 5.0 inches and diameters ranging of 0.25 to 10.0 inches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Nook Sleep Systems LLC
    Inventor: Chris Svensrud
  • Patent number: 9326906
    Abstract: An orthopedic or therapeutic support pillow is provided for use by a patient to support an arm and shoulder while the patient is resting in a generally prone position on a resting surface. The pillow includes a back section for positioning and supporting the pillow on resting surface, the back section having a central memory foam section to adapt to the contour of the body of the patient. The pillow further includes a pair of side arms extending from the back section, each side arm including contoured areas and a plush thickness to support the body, arms, and shoulders. The back section includes shoulder support zones to engage and support the shoulders of the patient when reclining on the pillow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Inventor: Edwinia Thanas
  • Patent number: 9096158
    Abstract: A vehicle seat with a seat part and a backrest having a simple design of a cushion that provides a passive aeration or a passive climate seat while maintaining a visually appealing top side or front side, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: GRAMMER AG
    Inventor: Gerald Herbst
  • Patent number: 9015883
    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: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Bedgear, LLC
    Inventor: Eugene Alletto
  • Publication number: 20150107026
    Abstract: An infection control bedding product such as a pillow, duvet, mattress, cushion or such like having a sealed cover and having a deformable filling material, may comprise a liquid impermeable air permeable microbial barrier vent. The vent includes an oleophobic expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) membrane extending past the perimeter of the aperture and a nonwoven layer extending past the perimeter of the aperture. A gasket may be bonded to the PTFE membrane, the nonwoven layer and the cover to form a liquid impermeable seal rendering the infection control bedding product liquid impermeable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: PNEUMA PURE I.P. LIMITED
    Inventors: William Navan, David Woolfson
  • Patent number: 8990987
    Abstract: A layered cushion that may be fully disassembled for easy cleaning is disclosed herein. The sleep system is durable and fire retardant. The layered cushion may include a foam layer, a layer of void cells, and a cover. The foam permits fluids to move freely there through and contours to a user's body to maximize comfort and reduce interface pressure. The reticulated foam layer resists compression set and thermosetting. The layer of void cells also permits fluids to move freely there through and provide additional support to the user's body. The individual void cells of the void cell layer are perforated to allow the transmission of fluids there through. The cover couples the other layers together to form the layered cushion and prevents the layers from deteriorating. The cover is removable to permit cleaning each of the layers independently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Skydex Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ethan Thomas Wyman, Daniel Antonio Feighery, Eric William Sugano, Peter Foley, Thomas Manney, Collin Metzer, Gerald Michael Buchen, John Marcel Danis
  • Patent number: 8984688
    Abstract: An inflatable resting pillow comprises two inflatable compartments, the lower compartment providing a base to support the attached upper compartment; both compartments being separately inflatable. The upper compartment provides an opening facing the user for receiving the user's head with a number of inner support surfaces providing lateral, longitudinal and vertical stability. The upper compartment also includes lateral passageways allowing air circulation to the implanted face of the user, and other passageways for the user's arms by which to keep the device in stable contact with the user's body and to also provide means for the user to rest on the forearms to provide a stable and comfortable resting position with the person's head and upper body leaning forward upon the upper compartment; the combination of support structures designed to render stable support of the reposing user while achieving and maintaining optimum spinal alignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Gateway Global Limited
    Inventor: Jimmy Arifino Ibrahim
  • Patent number: 8950028
    Abstract: An infection control bedding product such as a pillow, duvet, mattress, cushion or such like having a sealed cover and having a deformable filling material, may comprise a liquid impermeable air permeable microbial barrier vent. The vent includes an oleophobic expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) membrane extending past the perimeter of the aperture and a nonwoven layer extending past the perimeter of the aperture. A gasket may be bonded to the PTFE membrane, the nonwoven layer and the cover to form a liquid impermeable seal rendering the infection control bedding product liquid impermeable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Pneuma Pure I.P. Limited
    Inventors: William Navan, David Woolfson
  • Patent number: 8943627
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a cushioning device that includes a plurality of fluid cells each containing a reforming element and a fluid for supporting a load. The cushioning device further includes a manifold system interconnecting the plurality of fluid cells and an exhaust system including a first and a second exhaust reservoir connected in series to the plurality of envelopes. The cushioning device further includes a pressure relief valve and a check valve separating the first and second exhaust reservoirs. Further disclosed is a method of cushioning a body with a cushioning device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventor: Jeffrey W. Wilkinson
  • Patent number: 8935821
    Abstract: A bedding apparatus may include a frame, a fabric cover, and a liquid containment member. The frame may include first and second members coupled to a base for pivotable motion relative thereto between first and second positions. The base may define an opening surrounded by the first and second members when the first and second members are in the first position. The fabric cover may be coupled to the first and second members and may be maintained in a taught condition by the first and second members when the first and second members are in the first position. The liquid containment member may be disposed below the cover and includes sidewalls and a bottom wall attached to the sidewalls. The sidewalls are attached to the base and extend through the opening. The sidewalls may include a mesh material allowing fluid-flow therethrough. The bottom wall may include a liquid-impermeable material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Phoenix Design, LLC
    Inventor: Kelly M. Obriot
  • Publication number: 20140366275
    Abstract: A tie arrangement for use with a body support unit, the body support unit including a plurality of columns arranged substantially parallel to one another, each column including a plurality of fluid-tillable substantially spherical cells connected together, the tie arrangement including a tie member having at least one retention aperture configured to be releasably connected to a column at point of reduced diameter between two neighbouring cells.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicant: Balluga Limited
    Inventor: Joe Katan
  • Patent number: 8910331
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a cushion for preventing pressure sore. The cushion for preventing pressure sore includes an air cell layer, an air passage layer, a base layer, and a plurality of air ducts. The air cell layer has a plurality of air cells; the air cell layer is divided into at least four air cell zones. Air cells in each air cell zone are in communication with each other, but air cells in any two adjacent air cell zones are not in communication with each other; the air passage layer is under the air cell layer and has a plurality of air passages therein. Each air passage is in connection and communication with at least one of the air cell zones; the air passage layer and the air cell layer are disposed on the base layer; an end of each air duct is in communication with a corresponding air passage, and the other end extends out of the cushion and is provided with a joint; and each air duct has a respective valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignees: Shanghai Chuangshi Industry (Group) Co., Ltd., Xi'an Jiatong University
    Inventors: Jue Wang, Litao Fan, Yong You, Sujiao Li, Jianshu Tian, Yuchen Guo, Le Li
  • Patent number: 8911387
    Abstract: A patient support for supporting a patient includes an inflatable mattress defining a support surface and a pneumatic system for inflating the inflatable mattress. The pneumatic system includes a pressurized reservoir for holding pressurized air and selectively releases pressurized air from the reservoir to the mattress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick Lafleche, Jean-Francois Girard, Derick Elliott, Martel Benoit, Luc Petitpas, Jean Bizouard, Sébastien Viger, Chad Rohrer, Jérôme Marcotte, Philippe Tremblay, Stephane Duguay, Sylvain LaCasse, Clément Nadeau, Stephanie Ludke, Philippe Roy, Alex Duchesneau
  • Patent number: 8904584
    Abstract: A cellular cushioning system includes cells or support units arranged in one or more stacked arrays. The cells are hollow chambers that resist deflection due to compressive forces, similar to compression springs. The arrays are attached to one or more intermedial binding layers. The intermedial binding layer(s) links the cells together while allowing the cells to deform independently of one another. An external load compresses of one of the void cells within an independent compression range without significantly compressing at least one void cell adjacent the compressed void cell. The independent compression range is the displacement range of the compressed void cell that does not significantly affect the compression of adjacent void cells. If the void cell is compressed beyond the independent compression range, the intermedial binding layers may be deflected and/or the void cells adjacent the compressed void cell may be compressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Skydex Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric W. Sugano, Collin Metzer, Peter M. Foley, Eric T. DiFelice, Bryant R. Hadden
  • Publication number: 20140352071
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a disposable absorbent pad comprising multiple layers. In particular, the absorbent pad of the present invention maintains skin dryness by absorbing moisture while preventing leakage to the skin or the bed linens, allowing air circulation at the surface of the patient's skin to prevent heat buildup, and is strong enough to allow the patient to be repositioned, even when the pad is wet. In a particular embodiment the first layer is comprised of a fluid-permeable, porous material, the second layer is disposed under the first layer and is comprised of at least one super absorbent material, and a base layer disposed under the second layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: Medline Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Dan Love, Scott A. Smith, Steve A. Maskrey, Paul I. Bottcher
  • Patent number: 8893329
    Abstract: A climate-conditioned bed includes an upper portion having at least a first climate zone and at least one fluid module associated with such a first climate zone. The fluid module comprises a fluid transfer device for selectively moving a fluid and a thermoelectric device for selectively heating or cooling a fluid. The bed additionally includes one or more control modules configured to regulate the operation of the fluid module, at least one input device configured to allow an occupant to select a setting or mode associated with the first climate zone and at least a first temperature sensor configured to detect a temperature associated with the first climate zone of the thermally-conditioned bed. In some embodiments, the fluid module is operatively connected to the control module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Gentherm Incorporated
    Inventors: Dusko Petrovski, Barry Steele, Michael Brykalski, John Terech, David Marquette
  • Patent number: 8887332
    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: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Bedgear, Inc.
    Inventor: Eugene Alletto
  • Patent number: 8887732
    Abstract: Method and devices for the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers 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 one or more individual fluid filled pods which are enclosed entirely within an inner fluid pad localized along a central portion. Both the one or more pods and inner fluid pad are then enclosed entirely by another layer of fluid within an outer fluid pad which extends over the entire assembly. Each of the fluid layers may be secured to an outer shell which is relatively stiffer than the fluid layers and may restrict or limit the expansion or movement of the fluid pods and/or fluid pads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: PRS Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: George Y. Choi, Nikhil Bhat
  • Publication number: 20140325763
    Abstract: A support element, for example a plate, a mattress, a pillow, a seating plane of a chair, of an armchair, a saddle for vehicles and the like, equipped with a resting surface for a user, includes at least one first layer in gel associated with at least one second layer of different material; such a first layer in gel and such a second layer, that are associated, are crossed by through openings that are suitable for the proper circulation of air from one side to the other of the support element, so as to allow the optimal transpiration and thermal regulation of the parts of the body of the user positioned resting on the support element itself.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventor: Matteo Mason
  • Patent number: 8869329
    Abstract: A mattress for use in institutions, such as correctional facilities, detention centers, rehabilitation centers, hospitals and the like, includes a core formed of a padding material and a translucent covering surrounding the core. The core is visible through the translucent covering, and the covering includes a translucent fabric having a rip stop pattern woven therein. One of the padding material and the translucent covering is impregnated with a color change composition. The color change composition is changeable from an initial color to an activated color. The activated color is visible through the translucent covering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: MTJ American LLC
    Inventors: Timothy W. Shelby, Mark Kiser
  • Patent number: 8863336
    Abstract: The invention provides a mattress comprising an array of air springs, each in communication with a supply of air for selectively varying the air pressure within said spring, so as to provide a resilient body against which a user may recline; an aperture in an upper surface of each air spring, providing access to a cavity within said spring, said cavity open to ambient pressure and sealed from the air supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Inventor: Yos Soetanto Theosabrata
  • Patent number: 8850641
    Abstract: A pillow (10) in the form of a ring (20) extending around a vertical axis (22), with a gap (24) between front ends (26, 28) of the pillow. A person can lie in a prone position with his/her face lying facedown in the vertical aperture (54) formed by the ring and with the periphery of the person's face supported by the upper surface of the ring. The pillow front ends and a rear portion (32) project downward to leave tunnels (Q) at opposite sides though which the person can breath. The person's chin projects into the gap between the pillow front ends. A separate chest support (12) has a rear portion of a soft elastomer that can support the person's abdomen, and has a front portion of a stiffer elastomer for supporting the chest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Halo Mac Enterprise
    Inventor: Clinton Mac Marbury, III
  • Publication number: 20140259427
    Abstract: A fabric diffuser for use with a fluidized person support apparatus is disclosed. A fluidized bed comprises a tank assembly containing fluidizable medium. The tank assembly comprises a fabric diffuser through which fluid is introduced into the fluidizable medium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Kristopher A. Klink, Frank E. Sauser
  • Patent number: 8806686
    Abstract: A seat cushion includes a cushion pad that is formed of breathable plastic foam, a breathable skin that is integrally layered on a front surface side of the cushion pad, and a non-breathable membrane-like film that is interleaved therebetween. The seat cushion includes a breathing hole formed in the film. The breathing hole extends from a back surface side of the cushion pad and passes through the cushion pad to penetrate the film. The breathing hole is formed while the cushion pad and the film are melted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Boshoku Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hirotaka Kawasaki, Yukio Ishihara, Masao Tada, Ryoichi Wakayama
  • Publication number: 20140196215
    Abstract: An infection control bedding product such as a pillow, duvet, mattress, cushion or such like having a sealed cover and having a deformable filling material, may comprise a liquid impermeable air permeable microbial barrier vent. The vent includes an oleophobic expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) membrane extending past the perimeter of the aperture and a nonwoven layer extending past the perimeter of the aperture. A gasket may be bonded to the PTFE membrane, the nonwoven layer and the cover to form a liquid impermeable seal rendering the infection control bedding product liquid impermeable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2013
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: Pneuma Pure I.P. Limited
    Inventors: William Navan, David Woolfson
  • Patent number: 8776798
    Abstract: Method and devices for the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers 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 one or more individual fluid filled pods which are enclosed entirely within an inner fluid pad localized along a central portion. Both the one or more pods and inner fluid pad are then enclosed entirely by another layer of fluid within an outer fluid pad which extends over the entire assembly. Each of the fluid layers may be secured to an outer shell which is relatively stiffer than the fluid layers and may restrict or limit the expansion or movement of the fluid pods and/or fluid pads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: PRS Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: George Y. Choi, Nikhil Bhat
  • Patent number: 8769746
    Abstract: A support surface assembly for a sleeping person that comprises a rigid frame with an upper edge for supporting an air-permeable layer and an air-permeable layer that is fixedly joined to the upper edge in a desired tension, such that the upper edge is entirely covered by the outer perimeter of the air-permeable layer. The air-permeable layer comprises a lattice grid structure such as a mesh material, a netting or a web-like material. The outer perimeter of the air-permeable layer is joined to the frame at the side wall or at the bottom wall of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Airnettress Ltd.
    Inventor: Shlomo Abadi
  • Patent number: 8745784
    Abstract: There is described a mattress system (20) comprising a mattress, an airflow driving device (14) and a heat adjustment unit (28). The mattress has a mattress cover (24) enclosing an internal mattress (10) such that a mattress air chamber is formed between the internal mattress and the mattress cover. The airflow driving device is in fluid communication with the mattress air chamber via an air chamber inlet and an air chamber outlet. The airflow driving device is operable to drive an airflow through the mattress air chamber from the air chamber inlet to the air chamber outlet. The heat adjustment unit is for heating or cooling the airflow so as to control a temperature of the airflow within the mattress air chamber. There is also described a mattress. In addition, there is described an apparatus for providing a temperature-controlled airflow through a mattress air chamber connected to the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Talley Group Limited
    Inventors: Nicholas Cole, Richard Taggerty
  • Patent number: 8745793
    Abstract: A mattress system includes a core mattress and a mattress cover. The core is made from a resilient material with a top surface that may be inclined with respect to the bottom surface. The removable mattress sheet covers the core and includes a breathable material that forms a hammock over a depression in the top surface. The subject rests at least partially on the hammock. One or more sidewalls of the mattress depression may have one or more openings to facilitate air circulation within the depression. The external ends of the openings may connect to an air or aerosol source to inject air or aerosols into the depression cavity. The core may be coated with a fire retardant, impermeable water-proofing or gas impermeable layer. A ventilator may be adapted within the mattress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Ubimed, Inc.
    Inventor: Jose Bensoussan
  • Patent number: 8739336
    Abstract: An inclined body positioning and support system is presented comprising an internal foundational wedged support encased in a chamber, an internal ventilation/comfort material encased in a chamber, first and second internal elongated positioning and support chambers each encasing a fill material, and an external cover. The foundational wedge chamber encases a respective first and second wedge plateau overlapped by the respective first and second elongated support material chamber to form a respective first and second transitional.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Inventor: John Kiefer
  • Publication number: 20140101855
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing a self deflating cushion whereby a volume of air within the cushion is controllably released to a surface of the cushion thereby providing a cooling effect to the seated anatomy of a user. The cushion further provides a variety of internal, open cell cushioning materials that store and release air during use of the cushion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Inventor: Evan Call
  • Patent number: 8646134
    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: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Bedgear, LLC
    Inventor: Eugene Alletto, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140020185
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a cushion for preventing pressure sore. The cushion for preventing pressure sore includes an air cell layer, an air passage layer, a base layer, and a plurality of air ducts. The air cell layer has a plurality of air cells; the air cell layer is divided into at least four air cell zones. Air cells in each air cell zone are in communication with each other, but air cells in any two adjacent air cell zones are not in communication with each other; the air passage layer is under the air cell layer and has a plurality of air passages therein. Each air passage is in connection and communication with at least one of the air cell zones; the air passage layer and the air cell layer are disposed on the base layer; an end of each air duct is in communication with a corresponding air passage, and the other end extends out of the cushion and is provided with a joint; and each air duct has a respective valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Inventors: Yu Wang, Litao Fan, Yong You, Sujiao Li, Jianshu Tian, Yuchen Guo, Le Li
  • Patent number: 8621687
    Abstract: According to certain arrangements, a conditioner mat for use with a bed assembly includes an upper layer comprising a plurality of openings, a lower layer being substantially fluid impermeable, at least one interior chamber defined by the upper layer and the lower layer and a spacer material positioned within the interior chamber. In one embodiment, the spacer material is configured to maintain a shape of the interior chamber and to help with the passage of fluids within a portion of interior chamber. The conditioner mat can be configured to releasably secure to a top of a bed assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Gentherm Incorporated
    Inventors: Michael J. Brykalski, David Marquette, John Terech, Robert Vidojevski
  • Patent number: 8607390
    Abstract: A bedding apparatus may include a first fabric layer, a second fabric layer, and a frame. The first fabric layer may allow passage of fluid therethrough. The second fabric layer may also allow passage of fluid therethrough. The second fabric layer may be connected to the first fabric layer to form a gap therebetween. The frame may engage at least one of the first and second fabric layers and retain the first and second fabric layers in a taut condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Secure Beginnings, LLC
    Inventors: Kelly M. Obriot, Julie Andreae
  • Publication number: 20130326811
    Abstract: A sleep surface insert system and method for positioning under, for example, an infant on a sleep surface. The sleep surface insert system includes an insert and a blower system. The insert includes a top liner and a bottom liner. The top liner and bottom liner define first and a second hollow spaces therebetween. Further, the top liner includes first and second pores such that the first pores extend through the top liner from the first hollow space and the second pores extend through the top liner from the second hollow space. In addition, the blower system is configured to provide air flow into the first and second hollow spaces defined in the insert such that the air flow is configured to flow into the insert and out of at least one of the first pores and the second pores.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventors: Scott D. Miles, Dana L. Miles
  • Publication number: 20130291311
    Abstract: A ventilating pad with buffer and elastic support is formed by connecting an underlying layer, a middle layer and a surface layer with one another, characterized in that the underlying layer is disposed under the middle layer, and the middle layer is disposed under the surface layer, and the middle layer comprises a plurality of elastic protrusions protruded from the top of the middle layer, and the surface layer is attached flatly with the middle layer and along the direction of the elastic protrusion of the middle layer, and a gap is formed between two adjacent elastic protrusions, such that a downwardly concave air passage is formed between the adjacent elastic protrusions, such that the application of the ventilating pad will not cause sweltering or discomfort.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventor: Yu-Chieh Wang
  • Publication number: 20130291308
    Abstract: An inclined body positioning and support system is presented comprising an internal foundational wedged support encased in a chamber, an internal ventilation/comfort material encased in a chamber, first and second internal elongated positioning and support chambers each encasing a fill material, and an external cover. The foundational wedge chamber encases a respective first and second wedge plateau overlapped by the respective first and second elongated support material chamber to form a respective first and second transitional.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventor: John Kiefer
  • Patent number: 8561233
    Abstract: A hermetically sealed infection control bedding product such as a pillow, duvet, mattress, cushion or such like having a sealed cover and having a resiliently deformable filling material, comprising a vent means in the cover, characterized in that the vent means comprises a filter medium including a filter membrane for the removal of particles of microbial size and wherein the filter medium also comprises a strengthening layer of material for providing mechanical strength to the filter medium whereby the filter medium allows air flow therethrough but is substantially impermeable to liquid while maintaining a barrier to particles of microbial size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Pneuma Pure I.P. Limited
    Inventors: William Navan, David Woolfson
  • Patent number: 8539624
    Abstract: A climate controlled seat assembly includes a seat cushion that has an outer surface with a first side for supporting an occupant in a seated position and a second side, which generally faces in an opposite direction than the first side. An air passage extends from the first side to the second side of the seat cushion. A support member has a first side that is configured to provide support to the seat cushion and a second side. the first side and the second side of the support member generally face in opposite directions. A distribution passage is in communication with the air passage and is formed at least in part by a recess formed at least in part in one of the first side of the support member and the second side of the seat cushion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Gentherm Incorporated
    Inventors: John Terech, David Marquette
  • Patent number: 8453277
    Abstract: A baby carrier with an adjustable back plate comprises a main body, a back plate, a belt and a belt adjustment mechanism. The main body has a bottom wall, two long side walls and two short side walls. The back plate is pivoted on the bottom wall for support baby-occupant in a selected inclination. The belt has a distal end affixed to one side of the main body and an adjustable length for passing across underneath the back plate for retaining the back plate in the selected inclination angle. The belt adjustment mechanism is mounted on the opposite side of the main body for adjusting the adjustable length of the belt by pulling the free end thereof and pressing the back plate downwardly just under the instinct of the care-giver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Lerado (Zhong Shan) Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tsan-Ming Liu, De-Xiang Lei
  • Patent number: 8454094
    Abstract: A combined deodorizing and air freshening vehicle seat cushion for removing odors and releasing a pleasant aroma in a vehicle may include primary bodies oriented in a side-by-side configuration. The primary bodies may include a deodorizing agent contained within an internal cavity of the primary bodies for filtering and deodorizing the airborne odor in the ambient air. Auxiliary bodies may be contiguously conjoined to the primary bodies and may include freshening agents for impregnating the deodorized ambient air with pleasant aromas. An air-permeable fluid-absorbent liner preferably has pivotally coupled seat and back portions removably positioned over the primary and auxiliary bodies respectively. A communications link provides a passageway for circulating air throughout first and groups of primary bodies defined along seat and back rest sections of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Inventor: Dana Boulware, Sr.
  • Publication number: 20130055503
    Abstract: A cooling structure of an air cushion contains a body, and the body includes a plurality of air units, and each air unit includes a recess disposed on a top surface thereof, such that when a contacting portion of a user abuts against the body, the plurality of air units contact with the contacting portion, and the recesses form an airing space to cool a heat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2011
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Inventor: Daniel Huang
  • Patent number: 8372182
    Abstract: In various embodiments, a support system includes a multi-layer cover sheet with a number of layers. In certain embodiments, a source to move air inside and outside the multi-layer cover sheet can be provided. The source can include a source of positive pressure or negative pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Huntleigh Technology Limited
    Inventors: John H. Vrzalik, Alan L. Bartlett, Royce Johnson
  • Publication number: 20130025061
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a ventilation pad, and more particularly, to a ventilation pad for a toddler carrier, which is installed inside a toddler carrier such as a baby sling, wherein a three-dimensional mesh pad having a sufficient predetermined thickness is inserted between a mother and a baby, thereby alleviating heat and preventing discomfort when using a baby sling or carrier during the summer months.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2011
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Applicant: TOTAL KIDS CORP.
    Inventor: In-Young Yoo
  • Patent number: 8353069
    Abstract: A device for heating, cooling and emitting fragrance into bedding on a mattress of a bed which comprises a vented bladder placed upon the mattress under the bedding of the bed. A mechanism is for producing forced air being hot/cool and scented. A flexible air hose extends between the vented bladder and the forced air producing mechanism, to carry the hot/cool and scented air from the forced air producing mechanism to the vented bladder and into the bedding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Inventor: Anthony W. Miller
  • Patent number: 8332975
    Abstract: According to certain arrangements, a conditioner mat for use with a bed assembly includes an upper layer comprising a plurality of openings, a lower layer being substantially fluid impermeable, at least one interior chamber defined by the upper layer and the lower layer and a spacer material positioned within the interior chamber. In one embodiment, the spacer material is configured to maintain a shape of the interior chamber and to help with the passage of fluids within a portion of interior chamber. The conditioner mat additionally includes an inlet in fluid communication with the interior chamber, at least one fluid module comprising a fluid transfer device and a conduit placing an outlet of the at least one fluid module in fluid communication with the inlet. In some arrangements, the fluid module selectively delivers fluids to the interior chamber through the conduit and the inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Gentherm Incorporated
    Inventors: Michael Brykalski, David Marquette, John Terech, Robert Vidojevski
  • Patent number: 8205283
    Abstract: A travel face pillow provides a portable soft cushion for resting while supporting the head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Inventor: Steven A Russell
  • Patent number: 8191187
    Abstract: According to certain arrangements, a conditioner mat for use with a bed assembly includes an upper layer comprising a plurality of openings, a lower layer being substantially fluid impermeable, at least one interior chamber defined by the upper layer and the lower layer and a spacer material positioned within the interior chamber. In one embodiment, the spacer material is configured to maintain a shape of the interior chamber and to help with the passage of fluids within a portion of interior chamber. The conditioner mat additionally includes an inlet in fluid communication with the interior chamber, at least one fluid module comprising a fluid transfer device and a conduit placing an outlet of the at least one fluid module in fluid communication with the inlet. In some arrangements, the fluid module selectively delivers fluids to the interior chamber through the conduit and the inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Amerigon Incorporated
    Inventors: Michael J. Brykalski, David Marquette, John Terech, Robert Vidojevski