With Distinct Adjustable Supporting Parts Patents (Class 5/657)
  • Patent number: 9295337
    Abstract: A portable mat that includes a pliable foam body having a rectangular shaped with a fabric cover. Said mat includes a plurality of fasteners disposed along each longitudinal side and tabs or other connectors that allow the first and second fasteners to be used for manually configuring the travel mat into a plurality of different individual configurations resulting in cushions, pillows, back rests at rests or lying down comfortable pillows for the user. Indicia in the form of numerals can be individually placed next to fasteners for guiding the user to establish the same previously formed configuration. The mat is lightweight for travel and can be rolled up and carried easily when traveling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Inventor: Guy Bavli
  • Patent number: 9204720
    Abstract: An article of reconfigurable furniture is provided including a plurality of cushions, at least some of which are generally triangular in cross-section, the cushions being dimensioned to be stackable in a cube. A cube shaped cube cover is provided for covering said cushions when said cushions are stacked into said cube. The cushions are covered by cushion covers having interactive engagement elements for releasably securing said cushions one to another to provide at least one contoured support surface for supporting a user thereon in at least one selected pose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Inventor: Shane Joseph Gagnon
  • Patent number: 9049933
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a seat divider extension device. The seat divider extension is comprised of two lower, vertically extending portions that are attached to a connecting portion from which the lower portions vertically extend, and an upper, vertically extending portion that is attached to the connecting portion and from which the upper portion vertically extends. The seat divider extension device is configured to be placed over a seat divider positioned between adjacent seats, and thereby extend the personal space of a seat and provide additional privacy for an occupant in a seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Inventors: Dana Michele Lavey, Charles Lee Lavey
  • Patent number: 8997283
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a work surface extension for an embalming table may include a sheet member, one or more spar members, at least one stiffening member, and a clamping member. The at least one stiffening member may include a table accepting opening partially formed by a table datum feature, a strut member that extends laterally from the table accepting opening in a first direction, and a sheet contacting surface the extends laterally from the table accepting opening in a second direction. The table datum feature and the processing surface of the sheet member can be aligned at an extension alignment angle that is acute. The clamping member can be rotatably engaged with the at least one stiffening member. The clamping member may include a table engagement feature that is biased to at least partially enclose the table accepting opening of the at least one stiffening member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Ferno-Washington, Inc.
    Inventors: Elroy Bourgraf, Jr., Jon Carl Brunke
  • Patent number: 8973191
    Abstract: A bi-elevation pillow system for allowing two users to lie side by side with each of their heads respectively positioned at a different elevation by using the pillow system has a base pillow member with a general shape of a rectangular prism. The base pillow member has a cavity with a cushion component located inside. A base pillow bottom surface has a linear channel located on it. The system has a secondary pillow member with a general shape of a rectangular prism with a cavity having a cushion component located inside. In a first position for storage, the base pillow bottom surface is rotated against and interfaces with a secondary pillow bottom surface. In a second position for use, the secondary pillow is rotated about a hinge 180 degrees in an open configuration and placed on a ground surface for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventor: Kyle M. Kvitek
  • Patent number: 8914926
    Abstract: A folding portable sleeping table comprises a planar member rotatably connected to at least one longitudinal support member. A support arm has a proximal and a distal end. The proximal end of the support arm is rotatably connected to the planar member. The longitudinal support member has notches to engage the distal end of the support arm. The longitudinal support member has a hollow interior sized to accept at least one extendable member. A base member is positioned on a lower end of the at least one extendable member. The at least one extendable member is adjustably secured to the at least one longitudinal support member whereby the base member and the at least one extendable member can extend in and out relative to the at least one longitudinal support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Inventor: Nahome Berhanu
  • Patent number: 8887331
    Abstract: A head holder for imaging is provided. The head holder includes a base, a head rest configured to receive a head of a subject, the head rest pivotally connected to the base and rotatable about a rotational axis defined through a lower end of the head rest, and a stopper configured to be inserted between the base and the head rest to support the head rest and fix the head rest at a tilt angle that corresponds to an insertion position of the stopper in a body axis direction of the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: GE Medical Systems Global Technology Company, LLC
    Inventors: Naoki Nakamura, Kiyoshi Matsumura
  • Patent number: 8863334
    Abstract: A pillow system includes a head pillow having a top end, a bottom end, and a connector disposed at the bottom end. A leg pillow has a top end, a bottom end, and sides extending between the top end and the bottom end. The leg pillow also includes a top connector at the top end, and a side connector at one of the sides. The connector of the head pillow is configured to be coupled to the top connector of the leg pillow. The pillow system also includes a torso pillow having a top end, a bottom end and two sides, and a connector disposed at one of the sides. The connector of the torso pillow is configured to be coupled to the side connector of the leg pillow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: The Boppy Company, LLC
    Inventors: Haley Gibbons, Eric Bradley Greene, Keith LaMar Poulson, Nancy Gale Hackett Harrison, Rachel Cynthia Carter
  • Publication number: 20140289967
    Abstract: Stabilizing apparatus for inclined legs comprises a thigh engageable portion extending generally transversally along the width of the lap of a subject with which the apparatus is bodily engaged, two spaced appendage portions extending downwardly from the thigh engageable portion, a foot engageable portion positionable on an underlying surface, and a portion, such a connecting element and tensioning device, extending from each of the two appendage portions to a foot engageable portion. The two appendage portions are positionable to be substantially in contact with the lateral side of a thigh of the subject. A loop is defined such that each of the portions extending from an appendage portion to a foot engageable portion is suitably tensioned so as to apply forces to a foot engageable portion for resisting a forward foot sliding motion and to an appendage portion for resisting relative transversal motion of an inclined leg.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventors: Ofer Levy, Uri Wolf
  • Patent number: 8776290
    Abstract: A turning platform having longitudinally extending side portions hinged to a central portion and hydraulic, or pneumatic, expansion means beneath each side portion operated by control means to raise and lower said side portions by rotating them about the hinges in a predetermined sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Genie Care
    Inventors: Mike Wilkinson, Robert Footitt
  • Patent number: 8763177
    Abstract: A positioning device is described for supporting an infant with myelomeningocele during surgery, transport and pre- and post-operative procedures. The device allows the patient to be expeditiously re-positioned from prone to supine and lateral positions and vice versa before, during and after surgery. The device allows access to the myelomeningocele while the patient is secured in the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Mercy Medical Research Institute
    Inventors: Bharat Shah, Dawn Zablocki, Sami Khoshyomn
  • Patent number: 8763180
    Abstract: A height adjustable pillow includes a neck support portion and a chin support portion integrally formed with the neck support portion. The neck support portion is used for surrounding the neck of a user while the chin support portion is used for supporting the chin of the user, has a cylindrical shape and is formed with a first Velcro strap at one side thereof. The neck support portion is formed with a second Velcro strap for adjustably connecting the first Velcro strap. An inflate valve is mounted on one of the neck support portion or the chin support portion for inflating and deflating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Dongguan Tiger Point Metal & Plastic Products Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chun-Chung Tsai
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8752222
    Abstract: An adaptable surface system including a plurality of individually adjustable surface units and a plurality of pressure sensors. Each pressure sensor corresponds to one of the adjustable subsurface units and is positioned to measure an amount of pressure exerted upon the subsurface unit. The system also includes a controller that receives a first pressure value from a pressure sensor, compares the value to a threshold, and adjusts the height of the first subsurface unit based on the comparison. The controller also receives a second pressure value from a second pressure sensor, compares the second pressure value to the threshold, and adjusts the height of a second subsurface unit based on the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Inventor: George Papaioannou
  • Patent number: 8732880
    Abstract: A diaper changing station assembly includes a mat that has a top side, a bottom side and a peripheral edge. The peripheral edge includes a front side, a back side, a first lateral side and a second lateral side. A top pad is attached to and covers a portion of the top side. A bottom pad has a top surface, a bottom surface and a peripheral edge. The bottom surface is attached to and covers a portion of the bottom side. A portion of the bottom pad is unattached to the mat adjacent to the peripheral edge to define a bag pocket extending between the mat and the bottom pad. The bag is removable from the pocket after the soiled diaper is changed to receive the mat. The bag is configured to receive the soiled diaper for disposal of the mat and the soiled diaper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventor: Chante L. Carrothers-Smith
  • Patent number: 8732873
    Abstract: A portable baby changing station fabricated from a soft, flexible material for changing diapers in automobiles. When fully extended, it provides a soft surface to rest a baby while changing a diaper. In this mode, the head end is affixed to the rear portion of the back seat by a fastener such as Velcro. One or more netted pockets are positioned at the head end to hold diapers and changing supplies. Once the baby has a new diaper, the changing station folds up into a compact shape while remaining fastened to the back seat. It is held in the closed position by fasteners such as Velcro or snaps. It is always affixed to the automobile, and always ready to unfold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventor: Rose Marie Iskowitz
  • Patent number: 8713733
    Abstract: This invention relates to a postural system which can advantageously be used by both properly walking persons and non-ambulant and partially ambulant persons, and in the latter case is suitable for use with or incorporation with medical support devices for mobility, medical devices for rehabilitation and social or domestic life and the like: this system may also be advantageously used with or incorporated with transport means. The postural system according to the invention provides a supporting structure comprising a flat base plate (10) and a plurality of modular blocks (20a-20f, 30a-30d, 40a-40f, 50a-50e, 80a-80b) intended to support various segments of the user's body (legs, pelvis, spine and so on). The number, shape, size and orientation of the said modular blocks can be suitably selected to obtain a perfect fit for the user's shape (whether male or female) and encourage perfect housing of the body and a correct weight distribution over the entire surface of the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Pro Medicare S.R.L.
    Inventor: Rosaria Eugenia Caforio
  • Patent number: 8661586
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for providing therapeutic treatment for symptoms associated with GERD and/or other digestive disorders and/or other medical conditions are described herein. In some embodiments, an apparatus includes a support element that has a first end portion and a second end portion and a top surface disposed at an angle relative to a bottom surface of the support element. The second end portion has a height greater than the first end portion. A riser element is configured to be coupled proximate to the second end portion of the support element. A body element is configured to be disposed on at least one of the support element or the riser element. The body element has a first arm and a second arm connected together by an arc portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Amenity Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Carl Melcher, Aaron Clark, Clint Erickson
  • Publication number: 20140053340
    Abstract: A furniture device including a fundament, a first section and a second section. The second section is adapted to be pivoted between a first orientation and a second orientation. The device includes a pivoting member with a pivot arm, a first pivot adapted to allow a first rotation (R1) of the pivot arm in relation to the fundament, and a pivoting mechanism adapted to induce the first rotation. The pivot arm having an elongated first arm, an elongated second arm and a second pivot adapted to allow a second rotation (R2) of the second arm in relation to the first arm. The pivoting mechanism is adapted to act on an outer part of the pivot arm, which outer part is located at a greater distance from the first pivot than the second pivot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2011
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: PASS OF SWEDEN AB
    Inventor: Michael Viberg
  • Patent number: 8656538
    Abstract: A fabric band to be placed around a bed pillow, to enhance comfort and hygiene. The band provides a covered space on each side of the pillow, where the user may rest a hand for greater comfort. Also, a smaller pillow may be placed between the first pillow and the fabric band, to provide more specific support for the head and face. The band may include a moisture-resistant layer to protect the pillow and/or pillow case from saliva. This improves hygiene, and prolongs the life of the pillow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Inventor: Louise Holyfield
  • 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: 8640290
    Abstract: An adjustable breast support apparatus and method of use having a base, an upright support, and one or more breast supporter assemblies having breast supports for supporting the breasts and easing the weight and strain placed upon a user's back and torso. The base rests or attaches with a table, a chair, or another structure or the base may be mounted with the user's belt. The breast supports are shaped to comfortably conform to the underside of the users breasts. A retaining strap holder and retaining strap allow for a third point of support whereby the apparatus is further secured with the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Inventors: Randall D. Avett, Sarah E. Deweese
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8590078
    Abstract: Support structures which can be placed around the waist of a user, for example a mother nursing twins. A front member and a rear member cooperate to provide an openable enclosure which can first be placed around, and then closed around, the waist of the user. The front member provides a platform which is in front of the user and on which are placed one or more babies, or other items desired by the user. The platform has desired characteristics, for example a first surface which is horizontal and a second surface which is inclined towards the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Inventor: Andrew R. Zenoff
  • Patent number: 8584283
    Abstract: One example embodiment includes a portable sleeping device. The portable sleeping device includes a headrest, where the headrest is configured to support the head of a user. The portable sleeping device also includes a trunk support, where the trunk support is configured to support the trunk of the user while sleeping in a sitting position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Inventor: Robert Mabry
  • Patent number: 8495776
    Abstract: An infant adaptable system includes a rectangular-shaped base member that is made of a soft, flexible material and has a plurality of holes formed between, and parallel to, the sides of the base member. A first cushion and a second cushion are mounted on the base member between the holes and a respective side of the base member. Fasteners are provided along each side of the base member for engagement with each other to configure the system for wear on an arm of a user or for attachment to an infant carrier. Toys can be selectively engaged with the holes on the base member, and held on the base member, to distract the infant during a use of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Inventor: Angela Kotob
  • Patent number: 8495775
    Abstract: A support pillow includes a pillow body having a medial region and two curved arms that extend from the medial region. The pillow body has a curved exterior periphery and an interior periphery that defines a well when the pillow is in an open position. A first flap portion extends from the exterior periphery of a first one of the curved arms and a second flap portion extends from the exterior periphery of a second one of the curved arms. A fastening mechanism is configured to couple the first and the second flap portions to each other when the pillow body is folded in half to place the pillow in a closed position, with the first and the second arms being generally adjacent to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: The Boppy Company, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Fair, Jamie Kummerfeld
  • Patent number: 8485603
    Abstract: A number of variations of loose fill (1) cushions having at least one stabilizer (3) to keep an internal lumbar support (2) in the proper position and alignment. Additionally, some embodiments are shown with a fin 4 above the lumbar support to provide further alignment stability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Inventor: Walter Albecker
  • Patent number: 8479335
    Abstract: An apparatus for supporting a user comprising a platform extending between first and second edges each having two corners, a frame having four substantially parallel uprights located proximate to each of the first and second edges of the platform, each of said uprights slidably locating said platform proximate to a corner of said platform and an elastic support member extending between each of the first and second edges of the platform and the frame so as suspend the platform from the frame. The platform is biased from a first position located proximate to a ground surface to a second position vertically spaced above the first position by the elastic support members, wherein said first and second positions are substantially parallel to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Perry Kneelers, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald Franklin Perry
  • Patent number: 8474076
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus including a bed frame, an adjustable foot section coupled to a foot end of the bed frame, and a deck moveably coupled to the adjustable foot section. The deck defines a foot support surface having a length dimension defined along a longitudinal axis of the bed frame and a width dimension defined transverse to the longitudinal axis. The length dimension is a first length and the width dimension is a first width when the adjustable foot section is in a first position, and the length dimension is a second length and the width dimension is a second width when the adjustable foot section is in a second position. The second length is less than the first length, and the second width is greater than the first width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventor: David W. Hornbach
  • Patent number: 8458836
    Abstract: A method of integrating a pillow, including stuffing, within an encapsulated mattress having a core and covering surrounding the core is disclosed. 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, a pillow adjoining the core, the pillow containing stuffing, and a covering surrounding the core and the pillow. Also disclosed is a mattress including a core formed of a padding material, a pillow adjoining the core using a sleeve, the pillow containing stuffing, the sleeve retaining the pillow to the core, and a covering surrounding the core and the pillow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: MTJ American LLC
    Inventor: Timothy W. Shelby
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8387187
    Abstract: A positioning system for a body comprises a flexible bag of a gas-impermeable material/including a valve to permit evacuation of the interior thereof, the bag containing a flowable granular material and at least one bolster. The body can be at least part of a human form, such as a patient. Systems are generally provided for specific body regions such as the hip or thorax, and for the whole body. The bolster is larger than the grains of the granular material. A size dimension of the bolster is therefore preferably at least 5 times the- size dimension of the granular material, although it sill usually be one or more orders of magnitude larger. Various forms of bolster are possible. A bolster that includes a generally flat section and an upstanding section extending therefrom can be used to locate a shoulder region of the patient in a reproducible yet comfortable form. A bolster that is generally cylindrical in shape can be used to support various areas of a patient such as the neck or knee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Elekta AB (Publ)
    Inventors: Christian Hieronimi, Robert Mitterhauser
  • Patent number: 8387186
    Abstract: A kind of assembly kit group, for use as a back cushion, a sitting cushion, and a sitting cushion having a rotatable base, with a sitting cushion cover set to cover the outside section of a cushion body, and this cushion body having a concave hole in the central section, then a combining element combines to the inside of the concave hole in the central section position of the cushion body, so as to allow the central section position of this sitting cushion cover to slide into the inside of this concave hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Inventor: Ming Ming Yu
  • Patent number: 8365329
    Abstract: An infant feeding and support pillow has a pillow cover and filling material disposed within the pillow cover. The pillow cover has a longitudinal base portion with a first end region, a middle region, and a second end region. A first end arm with a distal end extends transversely from the first end region of the longitudinal base portion. At least one middle arm with a distal end extends transversely from the middle region of the longitudinal base portion. A second end arm with a distal end extends transversely from the second end region of the longitudinal base portion. The first end arm, the longitudinal base portion, and the middle arm define a first opening configured to hold a first infant. The middle arm, the longitudinal base portion, and the second end arm define a second opening configured to hold a second infant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Inventor: Michelle Barsosky
  • Patent number: 8347429
    Abstract: A device that warns a sleeper of the locations of the edges of the sleep surface includes two non-rigid sheets wherein one end of each sheet defines a sleeve into which can be inserted a bolster that desirably includes a filler member and a bolster cover, the opposite end of each sheet is provided with mechanical fastener strips such as hook-and-loop strips, in one sheet, the strips desirably are arranged to extend in a direction that has at least one directional component that is perpendicular to the sleeve wherein the second sheet, the free edge of the sheet that is opposite the sleeve end of the sheet is provided with at least one hook-and-loop strip arranged to extend in a direction that is parallel to the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventor: Randy Hawkins
  • Patent number: 8316489
    Abstract: An orthopedic pillow frame effective for facilitating the ideal position of the human head on a pillow while the body is at a resting position comprising in some embodiments primary and complimentary arcs, primary and complimentary inverted arcs, primary and complimentary side bars, a bottom platform, and where the various components are oriented around a first plane and a second plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Inventor: Silviano Leal
  • Patent number: 8276227
    Abstract: A pillow having a first pillow and a second smaller pillow attached to a face of the main pillow by an attachment member that is of sufficient length and flexibility to allow the second pillow to be positioned in an infinite number of parallel and/or skewed orientations relative to the first pillow. A third pillow, also smaller than the first pillow, can be attached to the first pillow on a face opposite the second pillow by another attachment member that is of sufficient length and flexibility to allow the second pillow to be positioned relative to the first pillow and second pillow in an infinite number of parallel and/or skewed orientations. The invention provides a fully formed pillow and a pillow cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Inventor: Vincent J. Pileggi
  • Patent number: 8245339
    Abstract: A cushioning device with double layer cover with the layers connected to define first and second pockets. The first and second pocket having access openings for insertion and removal of shell sections to be placed in a stacked state. A closure device as in a zipper for adjustable placement of the cover in a cover interior cavity closure state and a cover interior cavity access state. A first core insert received within the cover interior cavity. The arrangement of the present invention makes it well suited for use as an adjustable head pillow kit featuring a variety of different comfort level core inserts that can be switched out to achieve a personal overall comfort level. A method of assembling the cushion and adjusting the comfort level with different inserts is also presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Carpenter Co.
    Inventors: Ted F. Murray, Jeffrey D. Martin, Daniel B. Schecter
  • Patent number: 8234732
    Abstract: An orthopedic pillow has a plurality of foam layers. The plurality of foam layers includes a top foam layer made of memory foam. The top foam layer is constructed and arranged to receive a user's head. The plurality of foam layers also includes a middle foam layer made of latex foam, the middle layer defining a central opening, and a bottom layer made of latex foam. The orthopedic pillow also has a high density foam tube affixed to an edge of the top foam layer. The high density foam tube is constructed and arranged to support the user's neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Inventor: Paul Roland Bacon
  • Patent number: 8216248
    Abstract: A system for assisting and controlling the movement of a portion of a body, such as the head or head and neck is disclosed. The system and the methods of using and controlling the system can be effective in preventing and treating various conditions relating to the movement and positioning of the body or parts of the body. As such, the system can be effective in preventing and treating occipital flattening, plagiocephaly, cervical muscle tightening, torticollis, and other conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Inventors: Whitney Brown, Loutfallah Georges Chedid, Portia Lane, Nicolas Peterson, Gary Rogers, Jake Tisdale
  • Patent number: 8166587
    Abstract: A portable breastfeeding and nursing pillow for a baby includes a base portion in a generally rectangular shape with a contoured side. The base portion further includes a boarder about at least three sides of the base portion and extending a distance above a first feeding surface of the base portion for mitigating problems of the baby rolling off the first feeding surface. The top portion stacked underneath the base portion adds height if needed during the baby nursing time. The top portion also includes a second feeding surface for feeding the baby when additional height of the pillow without the boarder is desired. A strap is joined to the bottom portion for adjustably securing about a person's waist when the pillow is being used for breastfeeding or nursing a baby. The strap is adjustable for resting on a person's shoulder when transporting the pillow. A decorative binding strap holds the top portion to the bottom portion when transporting the pillow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Inventor: Valerie N Collins
  • Publication number: 20120084925
    Abstract: A support structure for an amputee that has lost his foot is shown. The support structure is adjustable vertically and may be removably attached to the residual limb to support the residual limb when the amputee is in a wheelchair or is sitting upright in a seat or chair. The vertical height is adjusted by a spring-loaded pin and telescopic members. Pads provide cushions for the residual limb.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2011
    Publication date: April 12, 2012
    Inventor: Michael O. Frazier
  • Patent number: 8151389
    Abstract: A baby changing mat adapted for fitting onto a stroller seat or car seat. The mat comprises an upper pad and a lower pad. The upper pad has a head end 112 and a foot end. The lower pad has a head end and a foot end. In some embodiments, the foot end of the upper pad pivotably connects with the head end of the lower pad. The upper pad has a generally a uniform thickness stretching from the head end to the foot end of the upper pad. In some embodiments, the head end of the lower pad has a thickness the same that of the foot end of the upper pad, and the thickness gradually increases towards the foot end of the lower pad to form a wedge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Inventor: Madelyn Lando
  • Publication number: 20120066837
    Abstract: The present invention provides an adjustable pillow comprising a pillow body, a plurality of compartments located interiorly of the pillow body, a pillow casing, and at least one drawstring interactively disposed with the a plurality of compartments located interiorly of the pillow body. The adjustable pillow also allows for utilization of removable inserts inside the pillow body's plurality of compartments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2010
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Inventors: Eric Thorsen, Federico Adolfo Werner Wissar
  • Patent number: 8136186
    Abstract: A multi-purpose pillow assembly. The assembly may comprise long short pillows with an underbody pad extending between them. A sleeve surrounds the long pillow and is attached to the side of the underbody pad opposite the short pillow. The sleeve can be rotated around the circumference of the long pillow and moved along its length, providing an assortment of possible configurations. Rotating the sleeve adjusts the distance between the long and short pillows for accommodating the girth of the user. The short pillow can be positioned on either side of the long pillow or on top of it. In another embodiment, the pillow assembly comprises a short pillow with an attached under body panel. In addition to its use as a support pillow for a user in a reclining position, this pillow assembly may serve as a back support pillow in a chair or other seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Inventor: Jamie S. Leach
  • Patent number: 8127382
    Abstract: A portable compact pillow system includes a travel carrier having a first half and a second half and also including a latching feature to secure the first half to the second half in a manner defining a hollow interior. A pillow is removably secured in a portion of the hollow interior defined by the first half, and a resilient member is secured in a portion of the hollow interior defined by the second half. The first half and the second half are attached one to the other on at least one side with a hinge such that the first half is separable from the second half and is pivotal about the hinge for substantially three-hundred-sixty degrees. The first half in its pivoted position is securable to the second half with the latching feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Inventors: Jennifer Plascencia, Ian Gibbs
  • Publication number: 20120023663
    Abstract: A therapeutic back support device is disclosed which has adjustable curvature and portable thermal application. The back support device allows the user to change the curvature of the device to conform to the individual user's spine. The back support device includes include a support rib covered on one or more sides by padding. Built into the rib, padding, or both is a pocket or recess configured to accept a thermal cell. The thermal cell provides a heating or cooling cell to be placed within the pocket to thereby present heat or cold therapy to the user. On the back of the to device are one or more straps which may be length adjustable to maintain any degree of arch in the back support device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2011
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Inventors: Stanley Batiste, Steven Achstein
  • Patent number: 8074311
    Abstract: A multiple function pillow used for kneeling, sitting, sleeping and traveling which includes a cushion member and a protective cover. A mechanism is for removably inserting the cushion member into the protective cover, to allow a person to rest their head, back, sit and kneel thereon. A mechanism is for securing opposite ends of the protective cover together, wherein the cushion member can be folded into a closed position, so as to be wrapped and retained about a wrist of a person, a handle of a suitcase, a strap of a bag and a strap of a purse for easy transportation thereof. Two non-slip neoprene material pads are used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Inventor: Noris Haynesworth
  • Publication number: 20110265265
    Abstract: A changing mat having securing features allows a caretaker to easily and conveniently change the infant's diaper when traveling, at home, or elsewhere. The changing mat may include one or more mounts or groups of mounts which allow the infant to be strapped and secured to the mat. The mounts may be positioned such that the straps do not obstruct the diaper changing process. A stiffening element within the changing mat helps ensure that the infant's movements are restricted during changing. One or more gripping elements prevent the changing mat from sliding or moving when in use. A support surface may be provided to support and/or cushion to the infant. The changing mat may have a variety of shapes used to appeal to caretakers and to properly support the infant during a diaper change.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Inventor: Maria Oltmann Roach