With Substantial Foam Component Patents (Class 5/655.9)
  • Patent number: 9321625
    Abstract: Methods and systems for no-glue pocketed spring unit construction. Rows of pocketed springs, preferably arranged into modules of more than two pocketed springs surrounding a central hole, are ultrasonically welded together when paired vibrating probes and anvils press layers of pocketed spring fabric from the rows of pocketed springs together and a welding pulse is transmitted to the vibrating probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Inventor: Martin Wolfson
  • Patent number: 9254591
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to cushioning members, methods of making and methods of using, particularly to cushioning members comprising a plurality of spaced apart pillars comprising a polymeric material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: POLYWORKS, INC.
    Inventors: Richard B. Fox, Daniel M. Wyner, Jack Waksman, James E. Gaudet
  • Patent number: 9221369
    Abstract: A seat pad (10) that is mounted in a vehicle and used as a seating portion is provided with: a first layer (11) that is formed by a first foam body (A), and a second layer (12) that is formed by a second foam body (B) and that is laminated to the first layer, wherein the first foam body has at least one of an Asker F hardness and a hysteresis loss that is greater than in the second foam body, and the second foam body has a greater modulus of repulsion elasticity than the first foam body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Koji Sanefuji, Kenji Kumagai, Kazushige Ebe
  • Patent number: 9221670
    Abstract: Methods and systems for no-glue pocketed spring unit construction. Rows of pocketed springs, preferably arranged into modules of more than two pocketed springs surrounding a central hole, are ultrasonically welded together when paired vibrating probes and anvils press layers of pocketed spring fabric from the rows of pocketed springs together and a welding pulse is transmitted to the vibrating probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Inventor: Martin Wolfson
  • Patent number: 9032571
    Abstract: The invention discloses a body cushioning pad, a body contact mat and a multi-layered cushioning structure composed of the body cushioning pad and the body contact mat. The cushioning pad consists of a plurality of foam blocks, each provided with an internal cavity having a predetermined size and shape to control the firmness of the block and means for maintaining the foam blocks as a unit. The body contact mat is a bi-dimensional latticed structure of spaced-apart studs made of a compressible material linked together by flexible linking elements. The multi-layered cushioning structure comprises both the cushioning pad and the body contact mat, and a wrapper to wrap the cushioning pad and the contact mat together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Nubatech Inc.
    Inventors: Denis Rancourt, Jean-Luc Lessard, Marc Denninger, Nicolas Huppe, Paule Cousineau-Pelletier
  • Patent number: 8997279
    Abstract: A mattress including a plurality of layers, each layer extending in a substantially parallel, horizontal direction and being positioned in vertical relation to other layers and each layer further having a perforated or open-cell structure. At least one layer has a gel dispersed within the perforated or open-cell structure of the layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: King Koil Licensing Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Larry C. McKay, David J. Roberts, Pete Baroni, Ross Olinski, Owen Shoemaker
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20150020315
    Abstract: A pad structure contains a pad unit having a lateral gap formed along a peripheral side thereof. The pad unit has a first pad body and a second pad body which are at least partially spaced apart from each other by the lateral gap. The pad unit is used as a pillow and has two pad bodies for increasing support capability. In addition, the lateral gap between the two pad bodies can absorb a part of deformation. In other words, the two pad bodies flexibly expend and retract in the lateral gap so as to prevent the pad unit from depression and deformation and to well support a user's head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: MIN-CHIA CHANG
  • Patent number: 8931128
    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 transparent or translucent padding material and a transparent or translucent covering surrounding the core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: MTJ American LLC
    Inventor: Mark Kiser
  • Patent number: 8893334
    Abstract: A pillow in the present invention may include a main pillow body and a neck support. The main pillow body may include three sections: a head support section and a pair of lateral support sections; and the shape of the main pillow body resembles a reverse letter “U.” In an exemplary embodiment, each lateral support section extends from the main pillow body with an enlarging rear end, and the length of lateral support sections is designed to be slightly longer than conventional pillows, so that the pillow would be long and wide enough to support the user's shoulders, no matter which rest position the user adopts. Also, the rear ends of the lateral support sections are thicker by inserting more stuffing materials inside to provide better lateral support to the user when he/she rests on the side during sleep.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventor: Danny C. Wong
  • 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: 8863337
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a sleeping restraint for a child that can be used to secure the child to the chest of an adult who is in a substantially horizontal position as well as to methods of using a sleeping restraint. In certain embodiments, the sleeping restraint comprises at least one chest strap for at least partially encircling the chest of an adult, first and second child restraining walls connected to the at least one chest strap, and a restraining strap connected to the chest strap for restraining a child in place on the adult's chest between the walls when the adult is lying on his back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Inventor: Jovan Pierre Haye
  • Patent number: 8850645
    Abstract: The present invention is a therapeutic seat cushion to alleviate pain when sitting such as tailbone, sit bone, pudendal nerve, post operative, or pelvic pain, or after childbirth or any other situation that may cause a user pain when sitting. The therapeutic seat cushion is adjustable and portable to suit a user's needs. The therapeutic seat cushion comprises a base and at least two cushions that are removably attachable to the base and which may be adjusted in any configuration upon the base to provide a user customized pain relief with stable, unmovable support. The therapeutic seat cushion has carry handles and may be folded in half to join the handles with a closure for easy portability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: A Bright Idea Custom Laser Designs LLC
    Inventors: Trudy Jackson, Shirley Emerson
  • Patent number: 8850644
    Abstract: The invention relates mold, particularly a mold for producing foam articles. In a preferred embodiment, the mold comprises a lid and a bowl releasingly engageable to define a mold cavity, the lid comprising: (i) a vent having a passageway for gas to escape from the mold cavity, and (ii) a plurality of grooves connected to the vent. The use of a plurality of grooves/slots in the mold cavity surface effectively acts as a siphon to draw gas away from the composition to be molded. The plurality of grooves/slots is connected to one or more vents which then allows for escape of the gas from the mold cavity to the exterior of the mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Proprietect L.P.
    Inventors: Allan K. Cathcart, Leslie E. Clarke, Larry A. Genyn, Louie J. Meneses, Randall J. Lansue
  • Publication number: 20140257402
    Abstract: A device for positioning a patient on a surgical table for a surgical procedure includes a main body with a footprint-receiving portion configured to accept and permanently maintain a footprint of at least a portion of a contact tissue of a patient's body. The footprint imposes a desired position of the contact tissue for the surgical procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: THE CLEVELAND CLINIC FOUNDATION
    Inventor: Wael K. Barsoum
  • Patent number: 8813283
    Abstract: A supplemental pillow for preventing the hair of a user from making contact with a sleeping surface is provided. The pillow includes a cylindrical body, an elevated middle section, and a detachable strap. The pillow can be positioned under a conventional sleeping pillow to create an elevated sleeping surface. The strap can be used to transport the pillow, condense the pillow for storage or travel, or secure the pillow to a conventional sleeping pillow. The elevated middle section is made of a less dense filler than the body of the pillow, which provides a soft sleeping surface. The middle section also acts as a wedge against a user's neck to retain the positioning of the pillow on top of the sleeping pillow when the detachable strap is not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Inventor: Gloria Alexander
  • Publication number: 20140232406
    Abstract: When imaging a patient using a magnetic resonance (MR) imager, it is desirable to locate an radio frequency (RF) head coil at a position lower than the flat table top patient surface in order to optimize the geometry of the patient anatomy and the RF coil. A flat table top is provided for an MR patient support table (10) that includes a pocket or recessed portion (50) that accepts an RF head coil (14), thereby optimizing imaging geometry. When the RF coil is not mated to the recessed portion of the table (10) a filler insert (20) is mated therewith. This allows an operator to use the table top without the filler insert to position a neurovascular coil at an optimized location below the table top surface for brain imaging, as well as to convert the patient support table back to a completely flat top by removing the coil and installing the flat surface filler insert for additional positioning requirements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventor: Dennis K Everett
  • Patent number: 8806685
    Abstract: An axillary support device is provided for decompressing the axilla (armpit) and associated structures in a sidelying position. A thoracic cushion provides firm axillary support to a user at the level of the mid to upper thorax, distal to the axilla. A head cushion connected to the thoracic cushion supports the user's head and may maintain a neutral cervical spine alignment position. A connector connecting the cushions creates a valley to receive an upper arm of the user. A back support may be used to maintain the sidelying position. An inflatable bladder may be used to adjust the axillary support device in order to appropriately relieve pressure on the user's axilla and associated structures. With the axillary support device, the upper arm of the user is relatively free to extend perpendicularly in front of the body in the sidelying position with reduced stress on the lateral shoulder and axilla.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Axillan Corporation
    Inventor: James Karlson
  • Patent number: 8800978
    Abstract: The system is based on the combination of two parts (1 and 1?) of differing densities with complementary tilted protuberances (2 and 2?), coupled to form a single unit. These protuberances vary in shape, length and thickness so that systems of differing rigidity can be obtained, thus achieving cushioning in virtue of the said protuberances (2 and 2?), enabling the path of the force applied to be defined, thus achieving optimum cushioning force. The system is applicable to both pressure cushioning systems (mattresses, pillows, seats, etc.) and impact cushioning systems (footwear, wheels, helmets, etc.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Taexpa, S.L.
    Inventor: Ramiro Tarazona De La Asuncion
  • Patent number: 8756733
    Abstract: A disposable gel pad for cushioning the plate of an operating table's patient support apparatus is a block of gel with one face of the block adapted to locate the pad on the plate. Usually the pad will be enclosed in a film envelope. A pocket in the envelope allows the pad to engage the plate. Stick on patches which provide a pocket and sacroiliac pads axe variants. Sacroiliac pads can be cast with a soft gel front for patient contact joined to a hard gel rear for screw or bayonet fixing to the patient support apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventors: Noel Robert Hughes, John Robert Copeland
  • Publication number: 20140157518
    Abstract: A method for reducing a cushion footprint for long-term storage may include inserting a foam core into a plastic cover, subsequently applying a vacuum to the plastic cover, and, while under the vacuum effect, sealing the plastic cover, and its contents. A device providing the vacuum effect may include a surface having protruding sections connected to non-protruding sections via tapered sections. A cushion may include an at least 20 density high resiliency foam core, and a fabric cover that includes (a) a combination of polyester and spandex and/or lycra, (b) nylon to which a thin water resistant material coating is applied, and/or (c) polyester fabric including raised anti-slip polyvinyl chloride dots, other portions of the polyester fabric at which the dots are not positioned having applied thereto a polyvinyl chloride coating. The device may compress the foam core while housed in a fabric cover, housed in the plastic cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventors: Moshe KLERER, Stuart SIMONOVITS
  • Patent number: 8726438
    Abstract: The invention provides a corrugated mattress and method for making. The mattress comprises an corrugated foam core, a middle cushioning layer and outer cover layer. The corrugated foam core includes an upper substrate, a lower substrate and a fluted middle substrate the flutes fixed to the upper and lower substrates providing three-dimensional support for the user. The middle cushioning layer may comprise a second corrugated foam product, a cotton batting layer, densified polyester or foam including polyurethane, polyester, polypropylene or polylactic acid and the like. The outer cover layer may comprise cotton or laminated foam comprising, polyurethane, polyethylene, polyester, polypropylene, polylactic acid and the like, the laminate comprising a film independently selected from polyurethane, polyethylene, polyester, polypropylene or polylactic acid and the like. In various embodiments the polymers are food grade polymers such that the mattress is non-toxic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: BJ2, LLC
    Inventor: Jason Cik
  • Patent number: 8695136
    Abstract: A seat cushion including a soft foam cushion constructed from open cell foam for comfort, and a plurality of closed cell foam pieces distributed within the open cell foam cushion for flotation and structural support, such as for use as a bottom cushion on an aircraft seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: BE Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventor: Alexander N. Pozzi
  • Patent number: 8689378
    Abstract: A cushion assembly includes an aesthetic cover having a perimeter panel providing a perimeter height. Spaced apart cover panels extend between the perimeter panels. The perimeter and cover panels together provide a cushion cavity. A cushion includes randomly oriented fibers bonded to one another to provide a core of a batt that has opposing surfaces. The batt includes manufactured, tufted and desired design heights. A tuft extends through the cushion to the opposing surfaces to maintain the cushion in the tufted height, which is less than the manufactured height. The cushion is provided at the desired design height with the tufted cushion arranged within the cushion cavity. The tufted height is generally less than the desired design height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: IndraTech LLC
    Inventor: Surendra S. Khambete
  • 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: 8671481
    Abstract: A medical support pillow comprising of a pair of oppositely positioned sidewalls, a bottom portion having a bottom surface, and an upper portion. The support pillow includes a head support and neck support, which are dimensioned to automatically align the airways to facilitate CPR when head and neck are positioned thereupon. The upper portion has two opposing inclined surfaces. The first inclined surface for receiving and supporting the individual's neck, the second oppositely positioned inclined surface for supporting the individual's head. In a further embodiment, the medical support pillow has a circular indentation, which curves inwardly on the upper portion which hold and support and individual's neck to prevent substantial movement of the individual's head. In a further embodiment, the medical support pillow includes a hollowed out section on both right and left side of base creating handles making the medical support pillow easy to carry and transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventor: Damon Franklin
  • Patent number: 8667632
    Abstract: A pneumatic seat cushion system (10) has a deformable cushion (11) having a seating surface (12) and a self inflating cushion bladder (14) positioned beneath the seating surface (12). The self inflating cushion bladder (14) has an airtight envelope (15) containing compressible material (16) which is in air communication (19) with a displacement bladder (18) such that when in use the airtight envelope (15) and the displacement bladder (18) form a closed system from which no air can enter or escape. When there is no person seated on the seating surface (12), the self inflating cushion bladder (14) is inflated and the displacement bladder (18) is deflated. When there is a person seated on the seating surface, the weight of the person compresses the compressible material (16) so as to partially deflate the self inflating cushion bladder (14) which results in the contained air passing into the displacement bladder (18) which becomes fully inflated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Comfort Concepts Pty Limited
    Inventor: Ralph Edward Lee
  • Publication number: 20140059776
    Abstract: An adjustable body support system for accommodating the needed or desired support of multiple users. The system comprises an enclosure for housing a first support member and a second support member in respective first and second chambers. The first support member has a first foam layer secured to a second foam layer, wherein the first and second foam layers have different support characteristics. The second support member has a third foam layer secured to a fourth foam layer, wherein the third and fourth foam layers have different support characteristics. The first and second support members are removable from and securable in the first and second chambers, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: Sinomax USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven James Romero
  • Publication number: 20140053341
    Abstract: A foam fiber product may be used for the manufacture of various bedding products, such as mattresses, pillows, mattress toppers, seat cushions, and the like. The foam fiber product includes foam particles dispersed with fiber strands. The pleats provide extra support and durability to the structure of the foam fiber product. The product may be made by a process that includes mixing foam particles with fiber strands, processing the mixture into a layer using processes such as garnetting and carding, using a vertical lapping process to form pleats in the layer, and heating the structure to secure the pleats together to provide a pleated foam fiber structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: Sleep Innovations, Inc.
    Inventor: Eddie Lee Parvin
  • Patent number: 8656537
    Abstract: Some embodiments of disclosed pillow comprise a first sleeve within which is retained a plurality of loose pieces of filler material, a second sleeve in which the first sleeve is received, and a unitary piece of foam retained between the first and second sleeves. In some embodiments, the unitary piece of foam comprises viscoelastic foam, and can be elongated to run along a side of the first sleeve, can be substantially flat to cover a face of the first sleeve, or can take other shapes and be located in other positions as desired. Also, in some embodiments the unitary piece of foam is shaped to mate with the first sleeve. Additional unitary pieces of foam can be located adjacent the first sleeve and can be retained between the first and second sleeves to provide pillows having other support and cushioning characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Dan Foam ApS
    Inventors: Bente Leifermann, Trine Thrane, Kirsten Maarbjerg, Torben Mikkelsen
  • Patent number: 8650684
    Abstract: An airway management pillow operable to provide a secure airway of a patient in a supine position by providing a combination of a head-tilt chin lift technique and a jaw thrust technique. The airway management pillow further includes a base having a contoured surface. Integrally formed with the base on opposing sides thereof are a pair of formable lateral wings. Disposed within the pair of lateral wings are lateral wing support members that are manufactured from a malleable metal. A plurality of mandible engaging members are formed with the pair of lateral wings that project inwards in a perpendicular manner and are operable to engage at least a portion of the posterior of the mandible of the patient engaged with the airway management pillow. A support frame is disposed within the base and is operably coupled with the lateral wing support members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Inventor: Scott Mackinnon
  • Patent number: 8650683
    Abstract: A pillow has an outer cover having a first side and a second side that define there between a space for receiving pillow filling. First and second partition walls extend between the first side and the second side to divide the space into first, second, and third chambers, respectively. A closable access mechanism provides access to the first, second, and third chambers so that pillow filling can be selectively added to or removed from any of the chambers to adjust the firmness of portions of the pillow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Parnham Group Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Leon Parnham
  • Patent number: 8615829
    Abstract: An economical emergency evacuation mattress for persons in areas with limited access, such as subways and high-rises, provides a warm and secure cocoon for the patient, allows easy transport over any type of surface (e.g., up and down stairs), provides proper support for all of the patient's body, allows the patient to feel a high degree of comfort in what is otherwise a very stressful situation, and provides securing means (e.g., straps) to firmly hold the patient in place during transit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Evacusled Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Kenalty, Miriam Gordon
  • Patent number: 8615831
    Abstract: A mattress includes a plurality of air cells. Each cell has a low air permeability envelope and a foam inflation structure that defines one or more voids inside the low air permeability envelope. The foam inflation structures expand when unloaded to cause inflation of the one or more voids. When unloaded, the ratio of the volume of the foam inflation structure to the volume of the one or more voids within the low air permeability envelope is not the same in all the cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Joerns Healthcare, LLC
    Inventors: Shawn Lipman, John R. Laverack, George E. Riehm, Edward A. Gilchrest, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8613120
    Abstract: A cushioning device with an upper foam layer and a lower positioned foam layer, with the upper foam layer having multiple thickness zones defined by different height projections from one zone to another as to provide a thickness variation pattern, one side of the upper foam layer is less contoured when not yet assembled in the cushioning device and a second side is comprised of the multiple thickness zones such that, upon connection of the multiple thickness zones to the lower positioned foam layer, the height differential along a length of the upper foam layer is transmitted as to form a non-planar, crown configuration in the upper surface of the upper foam layer. A method includes roller contouring different height and shaped projection zones including zones with different ratios of peak height to overall zone height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Carpenter Co.
    Inventor: Steven D. Hawkins
  • Patent number: 8607391
    Abstract: Pillow or mattress having a comfort layer (5) which is made of natural or synthetic latex, polyurethane foam or another elastic material. The comfort layer 5 is provided with interrupted incisions (6) through the layer 5, along mainly parallel lines 7, and the layer (5) forms at least a part of a jacket around a core (2) of the pillow or mattress that is stretched in a lateral direction (P) which is mainly transverse to the direction of the above-mentioned lines (7) in order to open the incisions (6) so as to form passages (8) through the comfort layer (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Inventor: Willy Poppe
  • Patent number: 8607381
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide an improved yoga or exercise mat shape that allows instructors and students to see each other in all yoga poses without re-positioning mats. The mat shape also ensures that the participants maintain all body parts on the mat during all poses. The mat is further provided as a one-piece configuration to allow an easy and hassle-free set up and use experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Inventors: Catherine A. Woods, Robert F. Woods
  • Publication number: 20130312190
    Abstract: An orthopedic pillow designed to address the limitations in current available shoulder pillows. An orthopedic pillow according to at least one embodiment of the present disclosure has a bottom surface bounded by a leading edge, a trailing edge, and first and second side edges; a first end surface intersecting with the leading edge and oriented perpendicular to the bottom surface; a second end surface intersecting with the trailing edge and oriented perpendicular to the bottom surface; and a contoured upper surface extending from the first side edge to second side edge, the contoured upper surface intersecting with the first end surface and the second end surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Inventors: Christopher Bieniek, Kristi Bieniek
  • Patent number: 8572785
    Abstract: A mattress for use in aircraft includes a lying surface and a low-flammability foam core. The foam core has, on the side facing the lying surface, a large-area recess which occupies at least 70% of the lying surface. The recess is surrounded in the edge regions of the lying surface by a foam web and a lying base that includes a spacer textile that is inserted into the recess. The fibers of the spacer textile have low flammability. This mattress offers a high degree of comfort and at the same time fulfills requirements under aviation law as regards low flammability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Lufthansa Technik GmbH
    Inventor: Rudolf Christan
  • Patent number: 8566987
    Abstract: A seat cushion configured to promote pelvic support and alleviate pressure in the parineal, rectal, and coccyx regions. An embodiment of the seat cushion comprises a foam base having one or more reinforcing layers patterned to shape compliance in said base. Another embodiment comprises a channel shaped in relation to the ischial tuberosity allowing specific support and pressure relief for pelvic regions. Other embodiments are described and shown. The resulting seat cushion promotes posture with seating comfort and may be of specific aid to patients suffering from Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome. Embodiments are described and shown that can be manufactured inexpensively from readily available materials and customized to accommodate a specific user's need.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Inventor: Robert S. Burge
  • Patent number: 8549685
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a sleeping restraint for a child that can be used to secure the child to the chest of an adult who is in a substantially horizontal position as well as to methods of using a sleeping restraint. In certain embodiments, the sleeping restraint comprises a chest strap for encircling the chest of an adult, first and second child restraining walls extending from the chest strap, and a restraining strap attached to the first child restraining wall for restraining a child in place on the adult's chest between the walls when the adult is lying on his back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Inventor: Jovan Pierre Haye
  • Patent number: 8510884
    Abstract: A pneumatic seat cushion system (10) has a deformable cushion (11) having a seating surface (12) and a self inflating cushion bladder (14) positioned beneath the seating surface (12). The self inflating cushion bladder (14) has an airtight envelope (15) containing compressible material (16) which is in air communication (19) with a displacement bladder (18) such that when in use the airtight envelope (15) and the displacement bladder (18) form a closed system from which no air can enter or escape. When there is no person seated on the seating surface (12), the self inflating cushion bladder (14) is inflated and the displacement bladder (18) is deflated. When there is a person seated on the seating surface, the weight of the person compresses the compressible material (16) so as to partially deflate the self inflating cushion bladder (14) which results in the contained air passing into the displacement bladder (18) which becomes fully inflated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Comfort Concepts Pty Limited
    Inventor: Ralph Edward Lee
  • Patent number: 8484783
    Abstract: An axillary support device is provided for decompressing the axilla (armpit) and associated structures in a sidelying position. A thoracic cushion provides firm axillary support to a user at the level of the mid to upper thorax, distal to the axilla. A head cushion connected to the thoracic cushion supports the user's head and may maintain a neutral cervical spine alignment position. A connector connecting the cushions creates a valley to receive an upper arm of the user. A back support may be used to maintain the sidelying position. An inflatable bladder may be used to adjust the axillary support device in order to appropriately relieve pressure on the user's axilla and associated structures. With the axillary support device, the upper arm of the user is relatively free to extend perpendicularly in front of the body in the sidelying position with reduced stress on the lateral shoulder and axilla.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Axillan Corporation
    Inventor: James Karlson
  • Patent number: 8479333
    Abstract: A foot/leg cradle cushion prevents crossing of ankles or legs for long periods of time, which has been associated with circulatory problems related to cardiac or stroke episodes. The cradle cushion is a soft yet sufficiently supportive device whereby the feet and/or lower legs are held separated from each other and prevented from being crossed. The cradle cushion has a pair of outer flange walls extending upward from a base with a taller middle wall that separates the feet or lower legs of the user. Thus is formed a U-shaped recess on either side of the central wall which would receive each foot and/or leg separated by the width of the central wall. This effectively prevents leg crossing which causes compression of the user's circulatory system in both lower legs and ankle regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Inventors: Edward S. Gould, Peter Georgatos
  • Patent number: 8458835
    Abstract: A breast support pillow includes a wedge-shaped rectangular even flat surface pad thicker at a top end with an inclined upper surface and being of sufficient length to support a torso and a head of an individual/woman. The pad has a double cup recess within the upper surface at about mid-point of the length of the pad to receive the different sizes of inserts in order to different breasts' sized of the woman in a comfortable manner therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Inventor: Amy Muratalla
  • Patent number: 8434176
    Abstract: A pillow kit for providing comfort to user featuring a back support pillow system for positioning a user's back in a comfortable position, a C-shaped neck pillow adapted to wrap around a user's neck; and a cylindrical knee pillow adapted to be placed under a user's knees. The back support pillow system features a base pillow with a head indentation, two opposing wings for supporting the user's arms, and a removable lumbar support bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Inventor: Raymond M. Harrison
  • Patent number: 8424137
    Abstract: Ribbed gel devices for cushioning purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Edizone, LLC
    Inventors: Tony M. Pearce, Terry V. Pearce
  • Patent number: 8418297
    Abstract: A support cushion including a top surface, a bottom surface opposite top surface, a layer of flexible foam having plurality of cells defining a reticulated cellular structure, the reticulated cellular structure cells comprising a skeletal plurality of supports through which substantially open cell walls establish fluid communication between interior of the cell and interiors of adjacent cells, the layer of flexible foam having density no less than about 30 kg/m3 and no greater than about 175 kg/m3, and hardness of no less than about 20 N and no greater than about 150 N at 40% indentation force deflection measured at about 22 degrees Celsius, the layer of flexible foam comprising visco-elastic foam having at least one material property responsive to temperature change in range of 10-30° C., and layer of polyurethane foam located beneath layer of flexible foam, the layer of polyurethane foam having hardness of at least about 50 N.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Tempur-Pedic Management, LLC
    Inventors: Tom D. Mikkelsen, Kenneth E. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 8403412
    Abstract: A seating pad assembly is provided for use by travelers to increase the comfort for a seat on a public transportation vehicle or at a public transit terminal. A system and method for ordering the seating pad assembly for a transportation seat includes at least one terminal configured for entering an identifier indicative of a type of transportation seat purchased, e.g., a class of service; a server configured for receiving the identifier, determining dimensions of the seating pad assembly based on the identifier, and generating an order to acquire the determined seating pad assembly; and a communications network for coupling the at least one terminal and the server. The terminal may be configured in the form of a computer, a kiosk or a mobile terminal. The system will allow a purchaser of a transportation seat to either purchase or rent the seating pad assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Nightgear LLC.
    Inventor: Richard M. Leeds
  • Patent number: 8393027
    Abstract: There is provided a spinal support pivot pillow including: (1) a central-cylindrical neck support roll having two ends; and (2) two generally circular head support cushions vertically connected at each of the two ends, the neck support contoured to support a head and a neck in a supine position, and the head support cushions contoured to support the head and the neck in a side posture position. The present invention may also be used with a corresponding pillow case which can be contoured to the pillow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Inventor: Allan Weisberg