With Disparate Article Or Article Retention Means Patents (Class 5/694)
  • Patent number: 9226863
    Abstract: The mattress for relieving pressure ulcers includes a first sponge layer, an air mattress layer over the first sponge layer, an intermediate layer over the air mattress layer, a second sponge layer over the intermediate layer, and a paper sheet layer over the second sponge layer. The sponge layer and the air mattress layer are configured to increase the contact area of the patient's body with the bed, according to a patient's weight. The intermediate layer is a rubber layer configured to provide ventilation for areas of the mattress that contact a patient's body using dry air or dry air mixed with ozone gas, essential/volatile oil, and/or antibacterial vapors. The second sponge layer is designed to distribute the air under the patient's body. The paper sheet layer is configured to provide alarms in the event the mattress gets wet due to sweating or incontinence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: KING SAUD UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Mamduh A. El-Messeiry, Abdulaziz Binsaeed
  • Patent number: 9138064
    Abstract: Body support systems such as mattresses include breathing layers that define internal air flow guides and form part of the structure for pressure redistribution. At least one air flow unit is coupled for fluid communication with the breathing layers so that heat and moisture may be drawn away from an uppermost comfort layer or body-supporting layer, through the breathing layers, and exhausted out of the body support system. Alternatively, air may be directed through permeable portions of the layers of the body support system to the uppermost layer, particularly at the torso supporting region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: FXI, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel V. Tursi, Jr., Christopher S. Weyl, Vincenzo A. Bonaddio
  • Patent number: 8939379
    Abstract: A mattress age indicating device includes an enclosure and an indicating assembly contained within the enclosure. The age indicating device may be configured to present an indication related to the mattress's age and may be coupled to the mattress or other bedding or seating product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: L&P Property Management Company
    Inventors: Terrance L. Myers, John A. Garrett
  • Patent number: 8870083
    Abstract: A mattress age indicating device includes an enclosure, and an indicating assembly contained within the enclosure. The age indicating device may be configured to present an indication related to the mattress's age and may be coupled to the mattress or other bedding or seating product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: L&P Property Management Company
    Inventors: Terrance L. Myers, John A. Garrett
  • Publication number: 20140259418
    Abstract: In one example, this disclosure describes a method including determining, at a central controller of an air mattress system, whether a user is present on a mattress of the air mattress system, initiating a timer in response to determining that the user is present on the mattress, enabling a light control feature of the air mattress system upon determining that the user is present on the mattress after expiration of the timer, and after enabling the light control feature, transmitting, from the central controller, at least one instruction to turn on at least one light of the air mattress system in response to determining that the user is no longer present on the mattress.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Rob Nunn, Wade Daniel Palashewski, Yi-ching Chen, Steven Young, Carl Hewitt
  • Publication number: 20140201923
    Abstract: A bed scroll is a bedding mat that is able to coil inwards from its left side and its right side. The bed scroll has a first coiling portion and a second coiling portion, which are integrated into the bed scroll and are positioned opposite each other across the bed scroll. The bed scroll is designed to be thermally insulative, organically-impermeable, waterproof, and hypoallergenic. The bed scroll can also be embedded with a topical medication that treats a user's ailments and can have a plurality of massaging protrusions that stimulate the user's skin to prevent pressure ulcers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Inventor: William Richard CORDERO
  • Publication number: 20140137330
    Abstract: A mattress cleaning and venting method and system, the system comprising at least one first inlet positioned on a side wall of the mattress; at least one first tube inserted within the mattress, the first tube having an open end, the open end being connected to the first inlet; the first tube comprising holes along a length thereof between the open connected to the first inlet end and an opposed end thereof within the mattress; wherein the first inlet is adapted for connection to one of a suction unit and a blowing unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Inventor: Sandro LISI
  • Patent number: 8700131
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present description provide a medical apparatus for use in supporting a patient lying in a supine position during a radial cardiac catheterization procedure. More particularly, embodiments of the present description provide an arm board a patient's arm during a radial cardiac catheterization procedure. The arm board has a base member having a substantially planar support surface on which the patient's arm can be stabilized during a catheterization procedure and at least one shield member affixed to the base member and extending away from the support surface. Desirably, the base member has both a radiolucent portion and a radiopaque portion and the shield member is a radiopaque material, thereby reducing and/or eliminating a doctor's exposure to radiation during radial cardiac catheterization procedures without impairing the ability to obtain the necessary medical images. Also provided is a medical apparatus and a method for its use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Merit Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Goff, L. Van Thomas Crisco
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20130219627
    Abstract: A mattress age indicating device includes an enclosure and an indicating assembly contained within the enclosure. The age indicating device may be configured to present an indication related to the mattress's age and may be coupled to the mattress or other bedding or seating product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: L&P PROPERTY MANAGEMENT COMPANY
    Inventor: L&P Property Management Company
  • Publication number: 20130174345
    Abstract: Example implementations are directed to a system that can be used to monitor the state of an occupant of a structure, such as a bed or a mattress. The states that can be monitored include whether or not the occupant is present, the position of the occupant, entry or exit of the occupant, and other signs that can be detected via movement, such as activity level, breathing, epileptic seizures, and heart rate. Example implementations involve one or more accelerometers disposed on the structure, such that the movement or changes in position by the occupant is transferred to the accelerometers, and a computing system to process the data from the accelerometers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Applicant: MyWellnessGuard Inc.
    Inventors: Brian LEU, David CHOW
  • Patent number: 8468628
    Abstract: An innovative pillow which contains openings for a person to place their face as well as side openings which enable air to enter the cavity so that the person can breathe. The device contains a fan which blows air into the cavity of the pillow so that a person can have cooling air while their face is in the pillow. The device can also be impregnated with essential oils such as eucalyptus so that the various beneficial therapeutic effects can be blown into a person's face while they rest their face within the pillow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: International Media Enterprise
    Inventor: Tom Kwok-Yung Cheng
  • Publication number: 20130042413
    Abstract: A mattress with built-in massage capabilities that is arranged so the mattress can be used as a standard sleep surface when the massage function is idle. In standard sleep mode a user will not notice the massage aspects of the mattress. Massage is performed by air pumps and air bags controlled to simulate various massage protocols such as wave, stretching, kneading, and percussion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Inventor: ZHENG CAO
  • Patent number: 8369933
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present description provide a medical apparatus for use in supporting a patient lying in a supine position during a radial cardiac catheterization procedure. More particularly, embodiments of the present description provide an arm board a patient's arm during a radial cardiac catheterization procedure. The arm board is a substantially planar member having a support surface on which the patient's arm can be stabilized during a catheterization procedure. Desirably, the arm board has both a radiolucent portion and a radiopaque portion, thereby reducing and/or eliminating a doctor's exposure to radiation during radial cardiac catheterization procedures without impairing the ability to obtain the necessary medical images. Also provided is a medical apparatus and a method for its use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Radial Assist, LLC
    Inventors: L. Van Thomas Crisco, Gary Goff
  • Publication number: 20130025066
    Abstract: An electric massage bed includes a bed frame having a plurality of support brackets, a plurality of mattress sets each having a retaining plate mounted on one of the support brackets of the bed frame and a mattress supported by the retaining plate, and a vibrating motor mounted on a bottom side of the retaining plate of one of the mattress sets. When the vibration generated from the vibrating motor is transmitted to the associated mattress of the mattress set that is equipped with the vibrating motor, the unexpected vibration won't occur in the other mattress sets because the mattress sets are spaced from each other, thereby enhancing the comfort of a user lying down on the mattresses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2012
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Inventor: Chuan-Hang SHIH
  • Publication number: 20120291202
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for a sleep system is provided. More specifically, the invention provides a method and apparatus for an adjustable mattress that allows the user to increase or decrease the firmness of the mattress. Furthermore, the adjustable mattress has zones of adjustability thereby allowing two users to adjust the firmness of the mattress of each user's zone. The adjustable mattress is also multimodal. The motorized foundation contains adjustable massaging units that may be used for physical therapy and relaxation. Likewise, the motorized foundation may be used in relax mode to assist in obtaining sleep and awaken mode to gently awake the user by the stimulation of the adjustable mattress.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Inventor: Daniel W. Jones
  • Publication number: 20120167311
    Abstract: Removable massage modules provide a mattress with a massage function. The mattress is compressed and shipped in a packing box with the massage modules separate from the mattress. The end customer then inserts the massage modules. The mattress has a bottom foam layer with cavities whose walls are perpendicular to the outer surface of the foam layer. Each massage module includes a massage motor encased in molded foam. The molded foam is attached to a foam section with cylindrical holes that pass from an outer side to the molded foam and allow hot air to escape the massage motor. The top and bottom sides of each massage module have the shape formed by the walls of the cavities. The massage modules are connected by power cords to a module controller that receives RF signals from a remote control device. The massage modules can also be inserted into a mattress topper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2011
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Inventor: Youn Jae Lee
  • Patent number: 8046852
    Abstract: A bed sheet is made of: a material body with inner and outer surfaces configured to substantially cover a mattress. The sheet is provided with at least one pair of co-located pockets provided on the material body. The pockets are substantially rectangular and are placed one on top of the other. The outermost pocket has a height less than that of the inner pockets. The top edges of each pocket are open and slope in opposite direction to facilitate selective placement of objects in one pocket or the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Pac-Fung Feather Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Fan Shi Hoo
  • Publication number: 20110209288
    Abstract: A mattress converts from a crib mattress with side walls and end walls surrounding an infant sleeping surface on a central mattress section therebetween to a twin mattress with a substantially planar sleeping surface to support a reclining child or adult. The end walls and side walls are tethered or hingedly connected to the central mattress section and are moveable from an upright position (crib mattress) to an open position (twin mattress). Sidewall extensions are hingedly connected to the side walls and are pivotably moveable from a first position above the side walls to a second position axially aligned with the side walls when the side walls are in the open position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2010
    Publication date: September 1, 2011
    Applicant: Foamex Innovations Operating Company
    Inventors: Geoffrey R. Quinter, Eric Holzer, Nicole Meluskey, Lauren C. Gatto
  • Patent number: 8001638
    Abstract: A mattress converts from a crib mattress with side walls and end walls surrounding an infant sleeping surface on a central mattress section therebetween to a twin mattress with a substantially planar sleeping surface to support a reclining child or adult. The end walls and side walls are tethered or hingedly connected to the central mattress section and are moveable from an upright position (crib mattress) to an open position (twin mattress). Sidewall extensions are hingedly connected to the side walls and are pivotably moveable from a first position above the side walls to a second position axially aligned with the side walls when the side walls are in the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: FXI, Inc.
    Inventors: Geoffrey R. Quinter, Eric Holzer, Nicole Meluskey, Lauren C. Gatto
  • Patent number: 7971299
    Abstract: A mattress has at least one cavity that is covered by a flap formed by the top quilt or covering of the mattress. The cavity is formed by eliminating one or more foam layers corresponding to the size, shape and depth of the desired cavity. In a preferred embodiment, two or more cavities are provided, each at a corner of the mattress. The top quilt, forming the flap, is secured with the use of releasable fasteners, such as hook and loop fasteners, to completely conceal the pocket when closed. The releasable fasteners allow the flap to be conveniently opened and closed so that jewelry, currency or other valuables and items can be placed within or removed from the one or more hidden cavities. The manner of creating the hidden cavity allows for ease in manufacturing without additional cost, labor or materials other than the releasable fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Inventor: Oscar Soifer
  • Patent number: 7962983
    Abstract: A universal evacuation pod is deployed either from a storage location on top of a mattress of a bed or from a canister mounted on a wall. The pod includes straps to hold it in place on top of a mattress, and a chamber accessible by opening opposed side zippers which, when open, facilitate access to portions of the pod that are laterally deployed in advance of inflation. The pod is inflated by a small gas cylinder. The portions of the pod pulled laterally outwardly from the chamber include straps that may be pulled over a person between them to hold the person in place. They may also include handles allowing the pod to be easily gripped for transport. Additional straps may be provided to facilitate carrying or dragging the inventive pod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Evacucorp. Inc.
    Inventors: John Keesaer, Paul Kimbel
  • Patent number: 7958581
    Abstract: According to at least one embodiment, an apparatus for continuous collection of human waste products is disclosed. The apparatus may include a bed frame, a lower plate having a container coupled thereto, an upper plate having an aperture defined therein, a mattress having an aperture defined therein, a mattress cover having an aperture defined therein and an absorbent pad having a bag coupled thereto. The apparatus may allow for continuous collection of human waste products while maintaining the patient in a comfortable position. The apparatus may further facilitate preventing human waste products from contacting the skin of the patient, thereby substantially reducing the occurrence of pressure ulcers. Additionally, the apparatus may reduce the need for the use of Foley catheters for incontinence management, thereby reducing the occurrence of urinary tract infections related to such use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Inventors: Lynn Babb Stephens, George Gregory Stephens
  • Publication number: 20110088169
    Abstract: A mattress has at least one cavity that is covered by a flap formed by the top quilt or covering of the mattress. The cavity is formed by eliminating one or more foam layers corresponding to the size, shape and depth of the desired cavity. In a preferred embodiment, two or more cavities are provided, each at a corner of the mattress. The top quilt, forming the flap, is secured with the use of releasable fasteners, such as hook and loop fasteners, to completely conceal the pocket when closed. The releasable fasteners allow the flap to be conveniently opened and closed so that jewelry, currency or other valuables and items can be placed within or removed from the one or more hidden cavities. The manner of creating the hidden cavity allows for ease in manufacturing without additional cost, labor or materials other than the releasable fasteners.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2010
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Inventor: Oscar Soifer
  • Patent number: 7895692
    Abstract: The portable collapsible baby mattress apparatus provides multiple caregiving functions for an infant. The inflatable mattresses pads are selectively fastened to provide a horizontal mattress assembly, and selectively disassembled for portability and compact state. Functions include simulation of a caregivers heartbeat and breathing, entertainment and education for an infant via the view screen and speaker/mic, infant monitoring with alarm, and height and swivel adjustment of the view screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Inventor: Simin Najafi pour
  • Publication number: 20110031230
    Abstract: A built-in heating device for a bed mattress including a base plate, a heater coupled with an upper surface of the base plate such that the heater is spaced apart from the base plate, a side member formed along an upper edge of the base plate without coming into contact with the heater, and a net-type protection cover coupled with an upper portion of the side member, wherein a plurality of support members is coupled to an upper portion of a side of the side member while being bent into the shape of as seen in a side view and separated from the upper surface of the protection cover, so as to, when the heating device is installed between bed springs in the bed mattress and pressure is applied onto the upper surface of the protection cover, prevent the protection cover from being damaged.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2009
    Publication date: February 10, 2011
    Inventor: Hyeong Seub KIM
  • Patent number: 7818842
    Abstract: A foldable mattress having an integral carrying pouch into which the mattress may be folded when not in use. Preferably, the mattress is at least partly inflatable so as to be floatable, and may have a mesh central portion surrounded by an inflatable portion. An inflatable pillow or headrest that is either fixed in place or detachable may be included. The pouch itself is preferably made, at least in part, of nylon mesh material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Aqua-Leisure Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Ralph C. Marciano
  • Patent number: 7810194
    Abstract: A mattress for use with an adjustable bed frame having a carriage, a head support section and a thigh support section connected to the carriage and a foot support section connected to the thigh support section includes a foam layer, a rigid planar retainer member fastened to an underside portion of the foam layer, a fabric layer arranged to cover the retainer member and a fastener connected to the retainer member for connecting the retainer member to the carriage. The mattress may include a plurality of channels formed in the foam layer and arranged to allow airflow through the foam layer. A fan may be mounted in the foam layer to force air through the channels. Loudspeaker system components may also be mounted in the channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Inventor: Alain Clenet
  • Publication number: 20100235997
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for a sleep system is provided. More specifically, the invention provides a method and apparatus for an adjustable mattress that allows the user to increase or decrease the firmness of the mattress. Furthermore, the adjustable mattress has zones of adjustability thereby allowing two users to adjust the firmness of the mattress of each user's zone. The adjustable mattress is also multimodal. The motorized foundation contains adjustable massaging units that may be used for physical therapy and relaxation. Likewise, the motorized foundation may be used in relax mode to assist in obtaining sleep and awaken mode to gently awake the user by the stimulation of the adjustable mattress.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Publication date: September 23, 2010
    Inventor: Daniel W. Jones
  • Publication number: 20100174198
    Abstract: A sleeping monitoring system includes a first padding layer. A fluid bladder is beneath the first padding layer. A sensor is in fluid communication with the fluid bladder. The sensor is configured to output a vital sign signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2009
    Publication date: July 8, 2010
    Applicant: BAM LABS, INC.
    Inventors: Steven J. Young, Richard V. Rifredi, Yuri Zhovnirovsky
  • Publication number: 20100132231
    Abstract: In many aspects, the systems and methods described herein include mattress assemblies with attached sensory devices. The mattress assembly comprises a mattress core, an attached headboard, a mattress cover at least partially enclosing the mattress core, and at least one customer assistance sensory device attached to at least one of the core, headboard, and cover. The customer assistance sensory device is configured to present at least one parameter of the mattress core or assembly as at least a visual signal. Visual signals may include one or more distinct colors, shapes, or graphic patterns that correspond to one or more parameter of the mattress core or assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2009
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Applicant: Dreamwell, Ltd.
    Inventors: Anne Kozel, Mark Owen
  • Publication number: 20090058138
    Abstract: A sleeper bed for use in a vehicle comprises a frame comprising a base plate, a plurality of mounting members configured to be secured to the floor of a vehicle and coupled to the base plate, at least one longitudinal front member coupled to a plurality of the mounting members, and at least one longitudinal back member coupled to a plurality of the mounting members and a mattress configured to be supported by the base plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2008
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Inventors: Paul G. Cech, Jerry Miller
  • Publication number: 20080263775
    Abstract: A mattress for use with an adjustable bed frame having a carriage, a head support section and a thigh support section connected to the carriage and a foot support section connected to the thigh support section includes a foam layer, a rigid planar retainer member fastened to an underside portion of the foam layer, a fabric layer arranged to cover the retainer member and a fastener connected to the retainer member for connecting the retainer member to the carriage. The mattress may include a plurality of channels formed in the foam layer and arranged to allow airflow through the foam layer. A fan may be mounted in the foam layer to force air through the channels. Loudspeaker system components may also be mounted in the channels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2008
    Publication date: October 30, 2008
    Inventor: Alain Clenet
  • Publication number: 20080244834
    Abstract: An airbed (2) having an integral clock (50) or audio player (300). The clock (50) may be mounted, for example, on a faceplate (32) that is mounted on a sidewall (24) of the airbed. In an embodiment, the clock (50) is formed integrally with an air pump (38) that is built-in to the bed. The air pump (38) and the clock (50) share a common faceplate (32), and the pump is mounted behind the faceplate. Controls (40, 52) for the pump (38) and the clock (50) are included on the front of the faceplate (32). In an embodiment, the clock (50) is a projection clock. That is, an image (252) of the time or other information provided by the clock (50) is projected outward from the clock, for example onto a wall or on a ceiling. In this manner, a user may view the time or other information while lying on the airbed (20), for example.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2008
    Publication date: October 9, 2008
    Applicant: The Coleman Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason T. McClintock, Duane D. Marshall
  • Publication number: 20080216246
    Abstract: A portable baby sleep system for providing a baby bed and accessories which are transportable. There is: a base member; a wall member, foldably coupled to the base member; a flexible mattress member, foldably coupled to the base member opposite the wall member, and removably coupleable to the wall member; a first handle member, coupled to the wall member opposite the base member; a second handle member, coupled to the flexible mattress member opposite the base member; a speaker module, coupled to the flexible mattress member; a power module, in communication with the speaker module; a control module, in communication with the speaker module, in communication the power module; and an air bladder module, coupled to the flexible mattress member, in communication with the power module. The portable baby sleep system has a transportation mode and a sleep mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2008
    Publication date: September 11, 2008
    Inventor: LAURIE LESLIE GROVES
  • Patent number: 7376991
    Abstract: A medical examination table has a seat section and a back section supported on a base. The seat and back sections are selectively adjustable to place a patient resting thereon in various positions for examination or the performance of medical procedures. The seat section has a relatively low profile that accommodates storing various accessories beneath the seat section while providing a high level of patient comfort and ensuring a low overall table height. In one embodiment, the seat section comprises a seat frame having a central open area, and a layer of web material extending over the open area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Assignee: Midmark Corporation
    Inventors: Philip Marc Stewart, Allen Chris Herr, Donald L. Wade, Richard Lee Turner, Jon Edward Wells
  • Patent number: 7376994
    Abstract: An inflatable bed includes an inflatable bed body having a top layer, a bottom layer, and an annular surrounding layer interconnecting the top and bottom layers and cooperating with the top and bottom layers to define an inflatable space. The surrounding layer is formed with an accommodating groove unit. An air valve is disposed on the inflatable bed body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Inventor: Hsin-Tsai Wu
  • Patent number: 7353550
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a mattress retainer system for adjustable beds which includes a mattress-retention bracket housed within a pocket of a mattress accessible in an upward direction through an opening along a bottom edge of the mattress. The pocket is formed by attaching a separate piece of material along a bottom edge of the mattress at one or both of opposite head/foot ends thereof and permitting an overlying downwardly projecting portion of a peripheral covering of the mattress to remain free thereby defining the opening into the pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2008
    Inventor: Steven J. Antinori
  • Patent number: 7228581
    Abstract: An inflatable sex-support unit for mattress configured to be temporarily or permanently attachable to such mattress, comprising of bladders that are stowed away in layers of bedspread and foams, that inflate to a height of 12 or more inches above the unit's surface to elevate and support the back area including the buttocks; to elevate and support the left leg in a wide spread posture; to elevate and support the right leg in a wide spread posture; while leaving enough space between the two lower bladders for a second party to occupy during sexual intercourse. The top area provides a soft and smooth surface that is also utilized for sleeping atop such bed or on the ground surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Inventor: Arthur Mezue
  • Patent number: 7131152
    Abstract: An improved pocketed bed sheet is provided that avoids inadvertent placement of objects in a pocket, better controls placement and removal of objects from within its pocket, and deters babies and toddlers from accessing such pocket, all without the need for engagement or disengagement of a fastening member. The improved pocketed bed sheet includes a fabric body configured to substantially cover a mattress and a pocket provided on the fabric body. The pocket includes a wall configured to hold objects in the pocket and a diagonal fabric edge that defines a diagonal opening for predetermined angular ingress and egress into the pocket for controlling the placement and removal of objects within the pocket. The diagonal fabric edge is disposed at an angle relative to an edge of the fabric body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2006
    Inventors: Gerald E. Wootten, Jr., Gerald E. Wootten, III
  • Patent number: 7036170
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a mattress retainer system for adjustable beds which includes a mattress-retention bracket housed within a pocket of a mattress accessible in an upward direction through an opening along a bottom edge of the mattress. The pocket is formed by attaching a separate piece of material along a bottom edge of the mattress at one or both of opposite head/foot ends thereof and permitting an overlying downwardly projecting portion of a peripheral covering of the mattress to remain free thereby defining the opening into the pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Inventor: Steven J. Antinori
  • Patent number: 6997070
    Abstract: A method for selecting a sleep system comprises positioning a person on a mattress in a lying position. One of the person's arms extends generally perpendicular to the person's torso. A first pillow is positioned underneath the person's head, and a force is applied to the person's arm in a direction generally toward the person's feet. An amount of resistive force supplied by the person's arm is estimated and used to determine whether the proper combination of mattress and pillow is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Assignee: Denver Mattress Co., LLC
    Inventor: Larry W. Killingbeck
  • Patent number: 6785922
    Abstract: A mattress has an internal support structure and an external cladding that surrounds and covers at least a portion of the support structure. The mattress also has a vibrating device that is coupled to a part of the support structure. The vibrating device has a motor that operates to transmit vibrations throughout the support structure when turned on. The mattress can be adapted to gradually slow at a controlled rate to a complete stop over a period of time when turned off. The mattress can also be adapted to include the vibrating device internally where the device is water resistant. The mattress can also be adapted such that the vibrating device can be easily removed and installed from a pocket provided in the mattress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2004
    Assignee: Kolcraft Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward B. Bretschger, Peter J. Myers
  • Publication number: 20040099070
    Abstract: A method for selecting a sleep system comprises positioning a person on a mattress in a lying position. One of the person's arms extends generally perpendicular to the person's torso. A first pillow is positioned underneath the person's head, and a force is applied to the person's arm in a direction generally toward the person's feet. An amount of resistive force supplied by the person's arm is estimated and used to determine whether the proper combination of mattress and pillow is achieved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2003
    Publication date: May 27, 2004
    Applicant: Denver Mattress Co., LLC
    Inventor: Larry W. Killingbeck
  • Patent number: 6684432
    Abstract: A bed mattress system including a bed mattress apparatus, a security container having an interior portion, means for accessing the interior portion of the security container, and a moveable flap operable for covering the means for accessing the interior portion of the security container. The security container is operable for holding items disposed within the interior portion of the security container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Inventor: Don E. Owens, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6682494
    Abstract: A vehicle massaging system includes a seat pad and motorized vibrators in respective regions of the pad; and a controller for selectively activating the transducers. Each of the vibrators is in a cavity of a main cushion member, the cavity being closed by an outer cushion member that supports an occupant, a soft or resilient isolation device being interposed between the vibrator and the main cushion member for reduced coupling of vibrations to structure or other portions of the seat, but enhanced coupling to a target region of the outer cushion member for improved selectivity of particular regions of a user's body to be massaged, and in multiple seating installations, unwanted vibration of one seat is suppressed during activation of vibrators in an adjacent seat. The transducer is bonded to the outer cushion member or a reinforcing sheet that is laminated thereto, the isolation device contacting a bottom portion of the transducer. Alternatively, the isolation device can completely enclose the transducer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2004
    Assignee: InSeat Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Charles G. Sleichter, III, Gayle B. Gerth
  • Publication number: 20030121104
    Abstract: A mattress has an internal support structure and an external cladding that surrounds and covers at least a portion of the support structure. The mattress also has a vibrating device that is coupled to a part of the support structure. The vibrating device has a motor that operates to transmit vibrations throughout the support structure when turned on. The mattress can be adapted to gradually slow at a controlled rate to a complete stop over a period of time when turned off. The mattress can also be adapted to include the vibrating device internally where the device is water resistant. The mattress can also be adapted such that the vibrating device can be easily removed and installed from a pocket provided in the mattress.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2001
    Publication date: July 3, 2003
    Inventors: Edward B. Bretschger, Peter J. Myers
  • Publication number: 20030066135
    Abstract: A bed mattress system including a bed mattress apparatus, a security container having an interior portion, means for accessing the interior portion of the security container, and a moveable flap operable for covering the means for accessing the interior portion of the security container. The security container is operable for holding items disposed within the interior portion of the security container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2001
    Publication date: April 10, 2003
    Inventor: Don E. Owens
  • Publication number: 20030033675
    Abstract: There is provided a pad for a medical patient to be placed in a supine position thereon during a medical procedure which requires the use of cable in monitoring the patient during the procedure. The pad includes a cushioned substrate having a top surface adapted to contact the patient and a bottom surface adapted to contact a procedure table. The substrate has an outer edge about its periphery. An elongated channel is attached to the substrate along a portion of the outer edge. The channel is adapted to house a portion of cable which is used during a medical procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2002
    Publication date: February 20, 2003
    Inventors: Angela Solesbee, Irene B. Hebert
  • Patent number: 6406098
    Abstract: An ottoman with a thermally insulated chamber includes an airtight inner wall and an airtight outer wall, the inner wall being coaxial with and shorter that the outer wall; an airtight top wall secured to the periphery of the top of the outer wall, and an airtight bottom wall secured to the peripheries of the bottoms of the inner and outer wall; and an airtight mid-level wall intermediate the tip and bottom walls and secured to the periphery of the top of the inner wall. The inner wall and the mid-level wall define the interior of an axially-extending thermally insulated chamber closed at the chamber top and open at the chamber bottom. Preferably the inner, outer, top, bottom and mid-level walls cooperatively define an airtight thermally insulating chamber filled with a thermally-insulating body of stagnant gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2002
    Inventor: Steven G. Linder