Specially Adapted For Outdoor Use Patents (Class 5/656)
  • Patent number: 8959679
    Abstract: A beach blanket assembly facilitates comfortable relaxation while also providing secure storage of items. The assembly includes a sheet having a first face, a second face, and a perimeter edge extending around the first face and the second face. A pillow is coupled to the sheet and extends from the first face. A first pocket is coupled to the first face. An aperture extends through the first pocket wherein the first pocket is configured for holding a device therein. A wire may extend from the device through the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventors: Katie Everds, Robert P. Jacobs
  • Patent number: 8893332
    Abstract: A purse or bag for carrying accessories and/or personal articles that converts into a pillow is provided. In a first state, the purse or bag includes at least two exterior pockets configured for carrying appropriate sized articles or accessories. In a second state, the purse or bag is turned inside out to expose first and second pillow portions which when zippered, or coupled, together form a single pillow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: DIYVA Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Barbara Kavovit
  • Publication number: 20140237725
    Abstract: The present invention may be used for achieving an even suntan on the front portion of the legs and both sides of the legs while sunbathing, to position each leg in the upright position to help achieve an even suntan. Each loop on the apparatus may be placed over the body of each big toe, legs may be separated apart to their maximum length of the apparatus to achieve the upright position of the legs/feet, at that point the sunbather may relax their legs in the upright position which will allow the apparatus to give the legs total support which will not allow the legs to fall to the sides when the sunbather relaxes their legs but in turn this will not allow the sunbather to hold their legs up in the upright position on the sunbather own strength, the sunbather may completely relax while sunbathing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventor: Mark D. Erickson
  • Patent number: 8763181
    Abstract: A multipurpose mat including: a first side made from a water-resistant material; a second side fixedly secured to the first side and made from an absorbent material; a plurality of first straps fixedly secured to the first side; and a plurality of second straps fixedly secured to the second side. The first and second sides form a perimeter including first and second protrusions with a recess between the first and second protrusions. Respective straps in the plurality of first straps are connectable to each other or to another strap in the plurality of first straps. Respective straps in the plurality of second straps are connectable to each other or to another strap in the plurality of second straps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventors: Michael Penfold, Nicole Penfold
  • Patent number: 8752221
    Abstract: A support apparatus configured to support a prone user in a position that is conducive to interacting with a media item that is also supported thereon. The apparatus includes an upper body support that is configured to support an upper body of a prone user. The upper body support includes a base support member that provides a cushioned surface. The upper body support includes a chest support member extending upwardly from the base support member. The apparatus includes a strip extending frontwardly from the upper body support. The strip is a sheet of flexible material is a width that is substantially equal to the base support member. The apparatus includes a media support member that is coupled to the strip, opposite of the upper body support. The media support member includes a media support structure that is configured to support a media item in a viewable position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Inventor: Melissa Diane Ortega
  • Patent number: 8677532
    Abstract: A portable, unitary, lightweight, weather-proof support mat to reduce physical stress on a user caused by standing, sitting or kneeling on a hard surface for prolonged periods. The support mat provides a non-slip surface and an integral handle opening. The support mat is manufactured of rubber or other resilient material and may be provided in a variety of shapes and sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Exodus Traffic Systems Ltd.
    Inventor: Desiree Legare
  • Patent number: 8607380
    Abstract: A lightweight bed assembly kit includes slats and runners adapted for connection to each other at spaced apart locations to form a grid. A U-shaped channel member is adapted for connection to the grid to form a support frame. A covering constructed to form a substantially smooth sleeping surface for an adult human is sized and shaped to be disposed on a top surface of the support frame. A method of assembling a lightweight bed includes arranging runners and slats transversely to each other and connecting the runners and slats together to form a grid. A U-shaped channel member is connected to the grid to form a support frame. A covering constructed to form a substantially smooth sleeping surface is mounted on a top surface of the support frame. A second support frame can be connected to the first support frame by another U-shaped channel member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Inteplast Group, Ltd.
    Inventors: Leo Yih Lang Chang, Phillip Wu
  • Patent number: 8499388
    Abstract: The folding chair pad includes a rectangular resilient foam cushion with an upper surface, a lower surface and four side surfaces. A fabric top panel covers cushion upper surface. A fabric bottom panel covers cushion bottom surface. A fabric band covers the side surfaces and is sewn to the top and bottom panels to encase the foam cushion. The cushion is compressed and tensions the fabric members when the pad is not in use. An envelope is formed on the bottom panel by a lower fabric panel and a partial fabric band. The envelope has a rearward facing opening that receives the front portion of a chair seat. A retainer flap is sewn to the rear end of the bottom panel and is attached to the rear of the chair seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Inventor: Rene J. Copes
  • Patent number: 8327476
    Abstract: A modular beach towel with an integral anchoring means designed to help keep the towel from blowing away while in use comprising additional enhancements is herein disclosed. The beach towel further comprises a plurality of grommets located along corner and perimeter areas. Each grommet receives a stake, thereby holding the beach towel down to a ground surface. The beach towel is fabricated of a layered textile assembly with internal cushioning, further having a removable protective waterproof mat and an attachable food and drink holder. The beach towel apparatus also comprises reflective zippered pouches at each corner position that provide storage of personal items as well as aiding in identifying the towel from a distance. The corner pouches may also be loaded with sand or weights to provide additional anchoring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Inventor: Anna Marie Paratore
  • Patent number: 8307476
    Abstract: An apparatus for placement on the ground includes a pouch with a removable pillow that is preferably made of a memory foam type of material. A top sheet is formed of a desired flexible fabric material for comfort. The top sheet is extended to form the pouch. A preferred material for the top sheet includes a cotton cloth or cotton blend of fabric. A water resistant bottom sheet is optionally disposed or laminated under the top sheet and is used to keep the top sheet dry when the apparatus is placed on a damp surface. A plastic film or any flexible material resistant to the passage of moisture can be used as the bottom sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Inventors: Christopher Cline Weaver, Suzanne Weaver
  • Patent number: 8302223
    Abstract: The luggage attachable cushion device sections are held together with pliable hinges at the folding lines for wrapping the device around average carry on luggage. Two full-length cloth straps tie sections together lengthwise and wrap around an existing luggage. The strap ends fasten together at the top of the luggage using hook and loop. When unfolded, the device makes a bed, a chair cushion, or can cushion other surfaces as desired. The mat is removably attached to the folding blanket that can be used to further cushion or to cover a user as decided. The device may be especially sized to fit around carry-on luggage so that a user can more conveniently travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Inventor: David W. Warner
  • Publication number: 20120060289
    Abstract: Support device, which is adjustable by an electric motor, for cushioning of a piece of furniture for sitting and/or lying on has a base body, a first support section for supporting a person resting on support device, in a head/upper body region, and a second support section for supporting a person, in calf/thigh region. Stationary third support section is provided between the first and second support section. The first support section and/or the second support section have the three support parts which are pivotable in an articulated manner relative to one another and/or relative to the third support section. Electric motor drive is provided for adjusting the support parts. At least one separate actuating element is operatively associated with the individual support parts for pivoting a particular support part, and at least two support parts are pivotable independently.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Applicant: Bionical Systems AG
    Inventors: Eckhart DEWERT, Jörg HENLE
  • Publication number: 20120054963
    Abstract: Support device, which is adjustable by an electric motor, for cushioning of a piece of furniture for sitting and/or lying on has a first support part, and a second support part pivotable about a pivot axis, between which a third support part is provided. Support device has an electric motor drive which has an adjusting element connected in a force-transmitting manner to the second support part by an actuating element for pivoting second support part. Actuating element has a rod-like configuration, by which the adjusting element is guided in a linearly displaceable manner in guide formed on third support part. Actuating element engages with second support part for pivoting the second support part eccentrically relative to pivot axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Publication date: March 8, 2012
    Applicant: Bionical Systems AG
    Inventors: Eckhart Dewert, Jörg Henle
  • Patent number: 8122538
    Abstract: A wind-resistant, souvenir-collecting beach towel with hidden pockets has a towel portion, a compartment at one end of the towel portion, an opening accessible from the underside of the beach towel opposite the edge of the end of the towel portion where the compartment is, and a souvenir receiving portion forming a perimeter around the towel portion and having apertures where ball bungee cords and pegs are secured. The compartment has a top and a bottom layer and is attached to the underside of the towel portion and has hidden pockets. Some of the hidden pockets have openings recessed from an outside edge of the compartment such that the opening is not exposed to the environment and is not visible to passersby, and one of the hidden pockets is accessible only through the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Alpha Sun & Sport - AS&S, LLC
    Inventor: Alan McBrearty
  • Patent number: 8011042
    Abstract: An organizational device for use with a group of children comprising a substantially-rectangular flexible mat having opposed first and second ends, a length, and a width. In a preferred embodiment, the substantially-rectangular flexible mat has a first plurality of substantially-rectangular areas distributed along the length and a corresponding first plurality of identification pockets affixed to the first plurality of substantially-rectangular areas. In another aspect, the substantially-rectangular flexible mat has at least one end anchoring device coupled to each of the first and second ends wherein the at least one end anchoring device is configured to removably couple to a fixed object. The present invention also provides a method of manufacturing an organizational device for use with a group of children.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Inventors: Gretchen Rose, Kathy Touchstone
  • Patent number: 7774880
    Abstract: A seat cushion for an individual stadium seat includes a cushion portion and a pouch on one side of the cushion portion. The pouch receives an end of the seat to secure the cushion to the seat with the cushion portion on the seat. The seat cushion also includes an adjustable length strap that can also secure the cushion to a stadium bench seat or can maintain the cushion in a rolled-up condition for easy carrying or storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Inventor: Veronica A. Botts
  • Patent number: 7624461
    Abstract: A support pillow is disclosed which may include a cushion body, a cover and a mat. The cushion body may have a medial region and two opposing arms that define a generally open well, with the cushion body possibly having an outer periphery and an inner periphery adjacent the well. The cover may be disposed over the cushion body such that the cover may conform generally to the shape of the cushion body. The mat may be coupled with at least one of the cushion body and the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Assignee: The Boppy Company, LLC
    Inventors: Kristin A. Tidwell, Susan Matthews Brown
  • Patent number: 7591033
    Abstract: A compact self-storing seating comfort article is described for providing comfortable seating accommodation to individuals. The seating comfort article is particularly useful to individuals attending indoor or outdoor events, in which bleacher or ground seating is typical. The seating comfort article includes at least two coverings; a blanket and an attached seat pad that may be easily folded or rolled into an attached reversible pouch for transportation or storage without the need for or use of zippers, snaps or straps. The seat pad may be quilted, foam filled, or inflatable, and may further include a third layer extendable ground sheet storable within the seat pad or attached pouch. The seat pad and blanket may include a water resistant layer, and the article includes a carry strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Inventor: Michele E. Theriault
  • Patent number: 7591032
    Abstract: The present invention is a beach cabana that provides a central corridor between two lounge portions and a frame rotatable about an axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Inventor: James Harrison
  • Publication number: 20080256714
    Abstract: A combination beach pillow, chair cover and storage device having a first cushion portion for engagement with a front portion of a chair and a second cushion portion for engagement with a back portion of such chair. A mechanism is provided for removably mounting the first cushion and the second cushion to such back portion of such chair. At least one accessory pocket is formed in at least one of the first cushion and the second cushion adjacent a side thereof facing such back of such chair for carrying and storing pre-selected items therein. There is a device engageable with each of the first cushion and the second cushion for selectively pivoting the first cushion relative to the second cushion between a retracted position in which first cushion is substantially adjacent the second cushion and an extended position in which the first cushion is separated from the second cushion when mounted to such chair.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2007
    Publication date: October 23, 2008
    Inventors: Anthony R. Cubbage, Regina S. Cubbage
  • Patent number: 7246391
    Abstract: A prayer pillow, or cushion, has knee pads placed in the interior of the pillow filling, spaced apart and adapted to receive the knees of a user while kneeling. The knee pads provide further cushioning and support for the knees of the user so that kneeling for a protracted time is more comfortable. The pillow has a removable cover that may, in preferred embodiments, incorporate a pleasant design and verses of Biblical scripture. The spacing between the knee pads maybe adjusted by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Inventor: Leslie M. Brown
  • Patent number: 7243384
    Abstract: A collapsible apparatus is provided that includes a frame configured to form a closed loop, the frame being moveable between a coiled configuration and an uncoiled configuration. A sleeve is configured to receive the frame and to define an opening within at least a portion of the closed loop. An attachment mechanism is coupled substantially about the periphery of the sleeve. A fabric member is removably coupled to the sleeve such that it is easily removed. A method of making mats according to an embodiment of the invention includes cutting fabric members from a first sheet of material, cutting body membranes from a second sheet of material such that the amount of excess material from the second sheet of material between adjacent body membranes is minimized, and attaching one of the body membranes to one of the fabric members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2007
    Assignee: Kelsyus, LLC
    Inventors: Brian E. Le Gette, Justin S. Werner, Alan Tipp, Ronald L. Wilson, II, Matthew Laine
  • Patent number: 7228577
    Abstract: An inexpensive enclosure providing a protected space on a beach, lawn or the like. An inflatable tube forms a wall surrounding a space having an open end, so that a user is shielded from small kicked or thrown material or objects, running pets and the like. The tubular wall has flaps extending from its bottom surface, with pouches or separate tubes which a user fills at the site to hold the enclosure in place. The enclosure may have a floor, and may have attachment portions for removably connecting an extension unit having a floor which extends beyond the open end of the space between side portions of the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Inventor: Michael T. Broderick
  • Patent number: 7210179
    Abstract: A body support device includes a base section with a wall ergonomically contoured to conform generally to the portion of the human back between the head and lower torso as it reclines in a posture intermediate prone and supine positions. The contoured wall further supports a user in seated and supine positions. The base may also include a cavity disposed at the end of the base that receives an object. A cap connects to the base to cover the cavity and secure the object therein. In addition, a connecting member may be used to connect multiple support devices together at a desired angle. A protective cover may also be used to prevent damage to the body support device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2007
    Inventor: Donald E. Kidwell
  • Patent number: 7120950
    Abstract: A mattress device has an foam body formed of a closed cell foam material which has a torso support area defining a recess having a recess bottom. An inflatable mat is disposed in the recess and insulated from a ground surface by the recess bottom. The inflatable mat is inflatable to rise above the top surface of the foam body. The foam body is preferably formed of a top foam layer having an aperture defining the recess and a bottom foam layer which provides the recess bottom. The bottom foam layer is formed from material having a higher insulation to weight ratio than material of the top foam layer, and the material of the top foam layer has a higher volume to weight ratio than the material of the bottom foam layer. The inflatable mat is optionally self-inflatable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2006
    Assignee: Goodway Industrial (H.K.) Ltd.
    Inventor: Greg Garrigues
  • Patent number: 7000270
    Abstract: A collapsible apparatus is provided that includes a frame configured to form a closed loop, the frame being moveable between a coiled configuration and an uncoiled configuration. A sleeve is configured to receive the frame and to define an opening within at least a portion of the closed loop. An attachment mechanism is coupled substantially about the periphery of the sleeve. A fabric member is removably coupled to the sleeve such that it is easily removed. A method of making mats according to an embodiment of the invention includes cutting fabric members from a first sheet of material, cutting body membranes from a second sheet of material such that the amount of excess material from the second sheet of material between adjacent body membranes is minimized, and attaching one of the body membranes to one of the fabric members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Assignee: Kelsyus, LLC
    Inventors: Brian E. Le Gette, Justin S. Werner, Alan Tipp, Ronald L. Wilson, II, Matthew Laine
  • Patent number: 6986178
    Abstract: A shelter is formed by joining a resilient sleeping pad at its edges to a thin, flexible, waterproof, vapor-breathable shell. The sleeping pad, being the floor of the shelter, eliminates material otherwise used for this purpose. An opening in the shell for the user's face, is edged with a sleeve containing a drawstring for closing the opening to the extent desired. A zippered separation in the shell extends from the opening, to provide easy access into the shelter. A canopy, attached to the shelter, is supported above a user by long, resilient wands attached to the canopy material. Various embodiments are disclosed for combining a canopy with the basic shelter, for supporting the canopy above the user, and for providing entry into the resulting shelter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2006
    Inventor: Timothy D. Turner
  • Patent number: 6893087
    Abstract: A seat cushion for use on all terrain vehicles and snowmobiles made of a single piece of molded foam having a skin covering a foam core, a front portion with a curved leading edge to fit against a gas tank filler spout, outer edges hinged to bend over a vehicle seat, straps connected to the outer edges to secure the cushion to a vehicle frame or housing and an air circulating and water drainage system formed on central areas of the cushion and with foam cushion areas formed between grooves of the air circulating and water drainage system to support the bones of the buttocks of a user seated on the cushion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2005
    Assignee: Stearns Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis Hancock, Jeffrey D Hancock
  • Patent number: 6868568
    Abstract: A head rest device is described. A plurality of spherical components are coupled via a plurality of adjustable connecting members. At least one end of each of the plurality of connecting members are coupled to a spherical component of the plurality of spherical components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2005
    Inventor: Hamilton Souther
  • Patent number: 6839928
    Abstract: A seat cushion includes a pair of generally flat pads for supporting a user's buttocks and a handle disposed between the pads for carrying the seat cushion. Arms, interconnecting the pads and the handle are provided for holding the pads in both a spaced apart relationship and enabling grasping of the handle by a user. The arms are flexible for enabling the pads to be oriented in both a planar relationship for supporting the user's buttocks and a coplanar relationship for enabling transport of the seat cushion by the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2005
    Assignee: Gelco Products, LLC
    Inventors: Cathleen Woodall, Jason S. Langston, Paul M. Yates
  • Publication number: 20040255380
    Abstract: A collapsible apparatus is provided that includes a frame configured to form a closed loop, the frame being moveable between a coiled configuration and an uncoiled configuration. A sleeve is configured to receive the frame and to define an opening within at least a portion of the closed loop. An attachment mechanism is coupled substantially about the periphery of the sleeve. A fabric member is removably coupled to the sleeve such that it is easily removed. A method of making mats according to an embodiment of the invention includes cutting fabric members from a first sheet of material, cutting body membranes from a second sheet of material such that the amount of excess material from the second sheet of material between adjacent body membranes is minimized, and attaching one of the body membranes to one of the fabric members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2004
    Publication date: December 23, 2004
    Inventors: Brian E. Le Gette, Justin S. Werner, Alan Tipp, Ronald L. Wilson, Matthew Laine
  • Publication number: 20040172763
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an outdoor cushion with a non-slip material that is applied to less than the entire underside of the cushion. The non-slip material may also be resistant to UV degradation. Methods of manufacturing such a cushion are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2003
    Publication date: September 9, 2004
    Inventors: Robert Summerfield Sachs, William N. Sachs, Tom Lijana
  • Patent number: 6785921
    Abstract: An automatically-opening infant mat that is movable between an open position and a closed position includes a water-resistant flexible material sized to have an infant, at least from the infant's head to the infant's buttocks, placed on the material while the mat is in the open position, a cushion coupled to the material to be disposed under a portion of the infant's body while the mat is in the open position and the infant is placed on the material, and a resilient bias member coupled to the material and configured to bias the material to an open position and to be reversibly moved to a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2004
    Inventor: Carl J. Conforti
  • Patent number: 6721973
    Abstract: A beach blanket includes a panel member that has an upper surface and lower surface. The lower surface is for resting on a beach. The upper surface is for supporting a user when the user lies on the upper surface such that the panel member is positioned between the user and the beach. The panel member has a plurality of anchor pockets. Each of the anchor pockets are positioned proximate a perimeter edge of the panel member. Each of the anchor pockets is for receiving some of the sand from the beach such that the anchor pockets anchor the panel member to the beach when the anchor pockets have some of the sand within the anchor pockets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2004
    Inventor: Joseph F. Cristiano
  • Patent number: 6711769
    Abstract: A pillow with a retractable umbrella, comprising a pillow assembly with first and second ends. The first and second ends have a channel extending therebetween. Fixedly secured onto the first end of the pillow assembly is a supporting assembly with third and fourth ends. The supporting assembly has a cavity between the third and fourth ends to store items within, and has a removable end-cap to access the cavity. Extending from the supporting assembly is an umbrella assembly. The umbrella assembly lying within the channel in a stored position. The instant invention having rotating and swivel means for positioning the umbrella assembly while in an erect position. The invention may be stored in a case for easy carrying and in an open position, allows a user to lay his/her head on the pillow while covering their face from sunlight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2004
    Inventor: Marielena Jane-Prats
  • Patent number: 6694551
    Abstract: A facial support device having a frame and a cushion, or webbing, for supporting an individual's head, when the individual is reclining in a prone, face down position. The device of this invention is ergonomically designed to provide a gradual transition from the plane of an individual's reclining torso to his head, and thereby avoid or minimize stresses to the cervical spine, and to the musculature of the neck and back. This device includes an asymmetric opening associated with its cushion or webbing to permit unrestricted breathing by an individual when reclining in a face down position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Assignee: Alpa, Inc.
    Inventor: Alfonso R. Garrido
  • Patent number: 6691344
    Abstract: A collapsible apparatus is provided that includes a frame configured to form a closed loop, the frame being moveable between a coiled configuration and an uncoiled configuration. A sleeve is configured to receive the frame and to define an opening within at least a portion of the closed loop. An attachment mechanism is coupled substantially about the periphery of the sleeve. A fabric member is removably coupled to the sleeve such that it is easily removed. A method of making mats according to an embodiment of the invention includes cutting fabric members from a first sheet of material, cutting body membranes from a second sheet of material such that the amount of excess material from the second sheet of material between adjacent body membranes is minimized, and attaching one of the body membranes to one of the fabric members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Inventors: Brian E. Le Gette, Justin S. Werner, Alan Tipp, Ronald L. Wilson, II, Matthew Laine
  • Patent number: 6668407
    Abstract: The present invention 10 discloses a sun visor or canopy 20 attached by an extendable/flexible means 34 to a pillow 40 shaped to comfortably receive the head of a user 12. The pillow 40 comprises a main enclosure 36 having a protective cover 56 thereon for protection from the elements. The main enclosure houses a radio 46 having volume 42 and station selector 44 and a battery power source 54 for providing music to the user 12 as the user 12 uses the present invention 10. The extendable/flexible element 34 allows the canopy 20 to be adjustably moved about. Hooks 32 are provided on the present invention in order to attach it to the back 24 of a lawn chair 22.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2003
    Inventor: Rita K Reitzel
  • Patent number: 6643874
    Abstract: The inflatable cushion, pyramidal in shape, with a protective back flap, disclosed herein is relatively soft, conformable, and easy to transport. It is remarkable in its ability to facilitate sitting on a sloping surface by providing an enhanced measure of security, stability and comfort.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Inventor: Robert A. Geglein
  • Patent number: 6634041
    Abstract: A towel to tote bag convertible article is disclosed that comprises a towel, preferably a sports towel, having a first end region, a second end region and an intermediate region between the first and second end regions. A pocket provided at and across the first end region, has an opening facing the second end region and is sized to receive and contain the second end region and the intermediate region, the pocket being configured for being turned inside out to form a tote bag containing the second end region and the intermediate region. A zipper is provided for enabling the closing of the pocket opening before and after the pocket is turned inside out. A decorative or waterproof lining may be attached to the pocket to form the outside of the tote bag when the pocket is turned inside out. A tote bag carrying strap is installed inside the pocket. A method of making the convertible article is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2003
    Inventors: Randy Higashi, Peter Algarin
  • Patent number: 6631527
    Abstract: A kit of various beach products consisting of a ground covering such as a blanket, spread, mat or towel and the like with a plurality of loops or buttonholes at multiple locations on the top and bottom of the hem which can be optionally rolled into a sheath for storage and transport of ground anchors; a plurality of direct attachment ground anchor pins or tethered ground anchor assemblies which are used to secure the covering to the ground or sand; which tethered ground anchors also incorporate a capped cup holder, a flag or a fastener. A compact kit of such products are useful for the convenience, enjoyment and safety of a person at the beach, pool or patio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2003
    Inventor: Michael A. Hyduk
  • Patent number: 6519793
    Abstract: A collapsible apparatus is provided that includes a frame configured to form a closed loop, the frame being moveable between a coiled configuration and an uncoiled configuration. A sleeve is configured to receive the frame and to define an opening within at least a portion of the closed loop. An attachment mechanism is coupled substantially about the periphery of the sleeve. A fabric member is removably coupled to the sleeve such that it is easily removed. A method of making mats according to an embodiment of the invention includes cutting fabric members from a first sheet of material, cutting body membranes from a second sheet of material such that the amount of excess material from the second sheet of material between adjacent body membranes is minimized, and attaching one of the body membranes to one of the fabric members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2003
    Assignee: Gray Matter Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Brian E. Le Gette, Justin S. Werner, Alan Tipp, Ronald L. Wilson, II, Matthew Laine
  • Patent number: 6463608
    Abstract: An arm-supporting and hand-warming multipurpose pillow system having a pocket defined between an outer surface of the main pillow body and an inner surface of a panel covering at least a portion of the main pillow body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2002
    Assignee: Kisses From Heaven
    Inventor: Peggy Michelle Moe
  • Patent number: 6408462
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a multipurpose device that can be alternately configured to form a blanket, a cushion, a hooded poncho, a hooded poncho with a fastening shawl, and a tote bag. The multipurpose device includes a pliable sheet that can be configured for use as a blanket. The pliable sheet is lengthwise dividable into three sections, a first one-third section, a second one-third section having a middle and a third one-third section. The multipurpose device also contains a first attachment. The first attachment includes at least a bi-layer of material that form a first and second pocket and is attached to the pliable sheet near a first edge of the second one third section. The pliable sheet can be folded, preferably with the assistance of specifically placed securing devices, into the second pocket to form the cushion configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2002
    Inventor: Amanda Moore
  • Patent number: 6223367
    Abstract: The present invention is a stadium blanket having an attached storage bag. The blanket is of sufficient size to allow the blanket to protect a user from the elements or to be used as a sleeping bag. The blanket has a water repellent liner on one side and a fleece for warmth on the other. The storage bag may also be used as a pillow and as an anchor when placed around a users feet. The storage bag may also be lined to enclose and warm a users feet. When not in use, the blanket is folded and enclosed within the storage bag for ease of storage or carrying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2001
    Inventors: Katherina Grace French, Dianna Lynn Benson, Natalie Rhene Vandevuss
  • Patent number: 6219868
    Abstract: A self-inflating mattress which comprises a first chamber, a second chamber, a foam and a check valve, wherein, the foam is disposed inside the first chamber. The check valve is provided between the first chamber and the second chamber, and air is allowed to flow only from the first chamber to the second chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2001
    Assignee: Team Worldwide Corp.
    Inventor: Kenneth Wang
  • Patent number: 6217116
    Abstract: A slipcover with inflatable pillow is provided for furniture comprising a first sheet having an outer layer of fabric attached to an inner layer of thermoplastic, a second, smaller sheet attached to the inner layer of the first sheet so as to form an inflatable pillow, a valve located in at least one of the sheets so as to enable the pillow to be inflated, and a backing layer attached to the first sheet along an edge so as to create a pocket-shaped slipcover with the inflatable pillow in the interior of the slipcover whereby the slipcover can receive a portion of the furniture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2001
    Assignee: Printmark Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Alexander Sloot
  • Patent number: 6202235
    Abstract: A sitting pad for seating thereupon a plurality of users, such as the players of a sports team, in an organized manner. The sitting pad includes a flexible pad with upper and lower faces, a pair of end edges, and a pair of side edges extending between the end edges of the pad. The pad has a plurality of spaced apart pockets on the upper face of the pad. Each of the pockets comprising a translucent material. In each pocket is a name card with indicia denoting which user is to sit on the pad adjacent that particular pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2001
    Inventor: Brenda C. Salhanick
  • Patent number: 6192536
    Abstract: A beach towel made of ordinary, machine washable fabric, together with a plurality of pockets, which may be filled with sand or other material to weigh down the towel is provided. The towel may be attached to another wind resistant beach towel to provide for a blanket cover which will not be blown off by wind. In addition, the towel may be attached to another wind resistant beach towel to cover a greater area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2001
    Inventor: Tina Marie Connors
  • Patent number: RE39408
    Abstract: A self-inflating mattress which comprises a first chamber, a second chamber, a foam and a check valve, wherein, the foam is disposed inside the first chamber. The check valve is provided between the first chamber and the second chamber, and air is allowed to flow only from the first chamber to the second chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Assignee: Team Worldwide Corporation
    Inventor: Kenneth Wang