Barrier Of Hingedly Connected Sections Patents (Class 52/71)
  • Patent number: 9857026
    Abstract: A foldable unit comprised of linkages in the form of tubular prisms is provided. The unit may be additionally comprised of polygonal panels. Linkages and panels correspond to a central polyhedral design that may be specified from a wide variety of geometric arrangements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Inventor: Charles Hoberman
  • Patent number: 9702164
    Abstract: A tent constructed such that it incorporates a light-weight, single walled, low emissivity fabric or film canopy. In the case of the polymer film canopy, the canopy may be assembled from flat or molded film segments/sections. The light-weight canopy materials may incorporate a grid of reinforcing fibers, wherein the reinforcing fibers are laminated into/onto the film during manufacture of the film/fabric. The light-weight canopy materials, either with or without a grid of laminated reinforcing fibers, may also incorporate additional continuous reinforcing fibers added to the canopy materials during the tent manufacturing process by bonding along the lines of principal stress/load. The possibility of including the continuous fibers along the principal lines of stress/load during the laminating process is also addressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Inventor: Gary N. Benninger
  • Patent number: 9624713
    Abstract: A connection system comprising an anchor connected to the window frame, a meeting rail having ends that may be snap fit to the anchor, and a single screw to tighten and true-up the connection once it is installed in the anchor. The connection system allows the meeting rail to be removed and replace from inside the building. In an alternative embodiment the disclosure details a kit for detachably securing a meeting rail to a frame jamb. The kit comprises separate anchors that are removably secured to the first and second side of the jamb frame and a profiled pin for insertion into the anchor for securing the meeting rail to the anchor and upon manual rotation of the pin the meeting rail and frame jambs are secured together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Ply Gem Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Colin David Campbell
  • Patent number: 9398360
    Abstract: Provided is an audio extension module including: a body that is configured to include a first cover that is covered with an image display device and a second cover that is fixed to a wall; an audio output unit that is configured to be built into the body and that is configured to be formed in such a manner as to receive an audio signal from the image display device and to output the audio signal; and a frame that is configured to cover a gap that is formed between the image display device and the body and that is configured to be removably combined with the body in such a manner as to enclose a border of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Mikyung Kim, Heewon Kwon, Kangheui Cha, Byungmu Huh
  • Patent number: 9303379
    Abstract: An improved thermal insulation barrier system for use in a grade beam, footing and wall assembly is disclosed. According to a preferred embodiment, the system includes a plurality of insulation panels which are interlocked with fasteners and aligned beneath a building envelope and extending inside of the grade beam, footing, and wall assembly. The plurality of panels is preferably aligned proximate to an exterior wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Inventor: Rodney Randolph
  • Patent number: 9072927
    Abstract: A outdoor structure flooring apparatus is disclosed comprising: a flooring having a one or more sockets, a length and a width. Said one or more sockets receiving a portion of a one or more legs of an outdoor structure. Said flooring comprises a shipping pallet for said outdoor structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Backyard Playsets of West Texas
    Inventor: Charles Sammann
  • Patent number: 9038336
    Abstract: A system and method providing a facade for portable toilets and other structures includes a plurality of panels that mimic or emulate a more aesthetically pleasings structure. The facade may provide the appearance of a house or other structure to disguise the less appealing form of a portable toilet. One, two, three or more panels connect about a portable toilet structure and may partially or completely connect to the portable toilet structure itself. The facade is optionally comprised of lightweight and easily transportable material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventor: Lourie Albanese
  • Patent number: 8998136
    Abstract: An aircraft galley waste bin extraction unit is disclosed having a first compartment formed by a plurality of walls that conform with walls of the waste bin, an extraction chamber adjoining the first compartment and sharing a common wall, and a platform within the common wall including a hinged bottom edge that allows the platform to pivot into a horizontal position against a rest on an extraction chamber side wall, the deploying of the platform forming a window through which the waste bin can pass through from the first compartment to the extraction chamber. The unit preferably also includes retractable ramp extendable from the platform to a ground surface to guide the waste bin from the extraction unit to the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: B/E Intellectual Property, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Wilkinson, Hayley Mortimer
  • Patent number: 8978318
    Abstract: An erectable shelter for indoor use, providing protection against threats associated with missiles. The shelter includes: one metal frame attached to at least one of the internal walls of an apartment; six protective walls attached to the frame for forming a shelter, wherein one wall covers the opening of the frame, four other walls are hinged on the frame, and another wall is hinged on a free edge of one side wall; and at least one strut connecting at least a ceiling wall with the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventor: Amos Klein
  • Patent number: 8966830
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for the protection of living beings and objects from being buried in bulk material, a method for assembling said device and uses employing this device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Südzucker Aktiengesellschaft Mannheim/Ochsenfurt
    Inventor: Johann Trenkler
  • Patent number: 8943758
    Abstract: A shelter including a wall unit having walls. Each wall has a top edge, a bottom edge, and opposite side edges extending between the top and bottom edges. Each side edge is joined to a corresponding side edge of an adjacent wall to form a corner of the wall unit. The wall unit includes an access port in at least one wall. The shelter includes an upper rigid shell having a central portion surrounded by a channel for receiving the top edges of walls of the wall unit so the upper shell forms a roof of the shelter. The shelter includes a lower rigid shell having a central portion surrounded by a channel for receiving the bottom edges of walls of the wall unit so the lower shell forms a floor of the shelter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: MJ Outdoors, LLC
    Inventor: Todd William Miller
  • Patent number: 8943759
    Abstract: Dual-side unfolding building modules are described that allow buildings with greater design flexibility, and particularly, large and open work or living spaces while allowing interesting roof designs such as butterfly type roofs. The building modules fold compactly for transport. The building modules can be prefabricated with interior and exterior finishing material thereby reducing the time required for finishing at the building site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Blu Homes, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Warner, Elizabeth Rothwell, Christopher Ryan
  • Patent number: 8938917
    Abstract: A stowable shelter assembly configured to be securely anchored to a support at two or more anchor or attachment points to provide a greater level of security and stability includes a first member having a bottom end, a top end, and sides extending between the top end and the bottom end. The bottom end is attachable to a support. A second member has a back end coupled with the top end of the first member, a front end, and sides extending between the back and front ends. The second member includes an anchoring member extending past the front end and is movable between a stowed position where the first and second members are co-planar such that the front end of the second member is positioned a distance above the bottom end of the first member, and a deployed position where the first and second members are angled and the anchoring member is positioned partially below the front end of the first member and spaced a distance from the bottom end to define a shelter space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Whiteboard Instashelter LLC
    Inventors: Ryan Curtis Bernardy, Thomas M Bernardy, Jr., Michael Nilson, Robert Preston Conser, Jimmy Bollman
  • Publication number: 20150013239
    Abstract: An energy absorbing sports board assembly that is not fixed to the floor of the arena but is allowed to move relative to the arena floor. The system utilizes vertical and horizontal tension to return the structure to its original position after deflection from impact from within the playing surface of the sports arena. The bottom portion, which is covered with a dasher board, rotates relative to the see-through material making up the top portion (glass). Because the sports board system is not attached to the floor of the arena, hockey players sliding along the ice during a hockey game are protected from concussion and paralyzing injuries to a greater extent than current systems which are fixed to the arena floor. The flexible connection between panels allows one or more panels to slide outward from the playing surface on impact.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Dean L. Sicking, Cody S. Stolle
  • Patent number: 8904720
    Abstract: A mullion cover linkage assembly includes a first wing including a first wing span extending from a first wing frame end to a first wing pivot end. The first wing frame end is configured for coupling with a first window frame. The linkage further includes a second wing having a second wing span extending from a second wing frame end to a second wing pivot end. The first and second wings are movably coupled with one another as a linkage. Optionally, a pivot clip is rotatably coupled between the first and second pivot flanges at first and second pivot joints each including respective pivot flanges of the first and second wings received in one of the first and second clip sockets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Marvin Lumber and Cedar Company
    Inventors: Bradley D. Woodward, Chris Ratzlaff
  • Patent number: 8881470
    Abstract: Example embodiments relate to a collapsible structure. In example embodiments elements of the structure may be connected together in a manner that allows the structure to collapse from a relatively open structure into a relatively compact structure. The structure may have many uses which may include, but are not limited to, a hunting shack, a storage shack, a boat house, an emergency shelter, and a hut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Inventor: Gary D. Lass
  • Patent number: 8881469
    Abstract: A deck unit has a hinged, cover panel for use in a deck system as a ceiling. The hinge may be a continuous hinge running the length of the deck unit, preferably a continuous hinge, and extend the length and width of the deck unit including its side flanges or be recessed within it. The edge of access panel cover opposite its hinge is secured using a securing mechanism to a bracket affixed inside the deck unit. By example, a set screw is threaded through a hole in the cover panel, through a weld nut on the inside face of the cover panel and through a U-nut straddling the bracket. Accordingly from a distance, the hinge, latch and the securing mechanism are not visible to indicate that the cover can be opened to permit access to the deck system interior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Consolidated Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian Jacob Meyer
  • Patent number: 8863446
    Abstract: A foldable structure is adjustable between a folded condition for storage and shipping, and an unfolded condition for occupation by one or more users. The foldable structure may be substantially prefabricated at a manufacturing facility, transitioned into its folded condition, and placed into a shipping container for shipping to a destination site. A single foldable structure may be placed in the shipping container, or multiple foldable structures may fit in a standard shipping container. For example, in some embodiments, as many as six foldable structures may fit in a single standard shipping container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: ZKS, LLC
    Inventors: Zachery K. Strachan, Thomas Casto
  • Patent number: 8850774
    Abstract: A truss hinge that includes a number of different labeled parts, where connections between the two different parts can constrain the truss to different angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Production Resource Group LLC
    Inventors: James Kempf, Scott Gross
  • Patent number: 8769886
    Abstract: When constructing a unit building having a middle scale or more such as especially an apartment house, a long and large size building unit capable of reducing construction period while increasing construction efficiency and being economically provided can be achieved. Detachable temporary reinforcing members 2 are provided on both of the short side surfaces of the building unit body 1A, respectively. The temporary reinforcing member 2 has lower end portion on which a projecting portion 3 is downwardly projected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignees: Sekisui Chemical Co., Ltd., Studio Cube, Inc., Arcadia Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Katsunori Ohnishi, Akihiko Kobayashi, Satoshi Saigo, Hai Lin
  • Patent number: 8763315
    Abstract: A folding shed including a roof with a first roof section pivotally connected to a first sidewall and a second roof section pivotally connected to a second sidewall. The folding shed may further include foldable first and second end walls, each pivotally connected to the first and second sidewalls. The folding shed may be transformed from an operation to a storage configuration by outwardly pivoting the first and second roof sections until the exterior surface of each roof section approximately abuts the exterior surface of the sidewall to which it is connected and inwardly moving foldable end walls until the interior surfaces of the sidewalls approximately abut the interior surfaces of the end walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventors: Morris L. Hartman, Carrol O. Hartman
  • Patent number: 8756872
    Abstract: A hunting blind rotates 360 degrees to provide a hunter with unobstructed views. A rotatable enclosure rotates atop a base that is affixed to the ground for stability. The rotatable enclosure contains a seat rigidly affixed to a back wall, a top rotatably affixed to the back wall, and right and left side walls hingedly affixed to the back wall. Either the right or left side wall serves as a door to allow the hunter access to enter the blind. The other side wall is rigidly connected to the seat to add stability to the enclosure. The hunter can place the blind pre-season in the middle of a field, for example, which can increase shot opportunities by providing the hunter with an expansive field of view. The component parts of the blind are generally lightweight, and the blind can therefore be easily transported and assembled in the field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventor: Jeffrey K. Preg
  • Patent number: 8752565
    Abstract: A partition includes a plurality of panels and an elongate panel joiner. The plurality of panels includes a first panel and a second panel that are adjacent about one another. The elongate panel joiner joins the first panel and the second panel. The panel joiner includes two end members and a corrugated portion there between. The end members are configured along opposite ends of the panel joiner. One of the two end members is configured to connect to the first panel and the other of the two end member is configured to connect to the second panel. The corrugated portion is configured such that the panel joiner can move in an accordion-like manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Dometic LLC
    Inventors: Patrick N McConnell, Jon E Beland
  • Patent number: 8739472
    Abstract: A retention clip for a movable partition includes a top portion and a base portion. The top portion includes an elongated member having a top surface and a bottom surface. The base portion includes an elongated member having a front surface, a back surface, and a side surface. The base portion further includes an extended side portion extending at an angle relative the front surface. A related movable partition system includes a plurality of interconnected panels, a first retention clip and a second retention clip connected to one of the plurality of interconnected panels proximate a first interface and a second interface. A related method for restricting relative movement of adjacent panels of a movable partition includes connecting a first retention clip and a second retention clip each having an extended side portion extending at an angle from a base portion proximate an interface between a pair of adjacent panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Won-Door Corporation
    Inventor: Anthony Moss
  • Patent number: 8739475
    Abstract: Foldable building units are provided based on structural frame and connection assembly designs that enable greater construction efficiency and flexibility. The structural frame and connection assembly designs allow for easier connection of frame elements in the prefabrication process of the foldable building units and for easier connection of frame elements at the building site, for example, of foldably connected frame elements after unfolding. They also allow for more finish in the prefabrication process, and/or less and faster work at the building site, for example, by enabling conventional structural lumber grids that can be continuous through the edges and corners of the building envelope for conventional exterior finishing, while providing a tight building envelope with reduced heat transfer, particularly, through the edges of the foldable building unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Blu Homes, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis Michaud, Elizabeth Rothwell, Everett Morton, Steven Eason, Paul Kassabian
  • Patent number: 8739925
    Abstract: A portable and storable device for acoustic modification with segments foldable back upon each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Inventor: Joab Jay Perdue
  • Patent number: 8720126
    Abstract: The invention is an expandable and contractible, transforming habitable structure, ISO-certified container designed as a single unit with all primary components contained within, to be easily transported by water, air or land (truck and rail) in stacked configurations. The unit of fold-down floors, easy swing-out interior and exterior walls, and an inter-locking roof system, rapidly expands using: specially designed and engineered “box hinges” and “pivot pins.” When expanded, the unit is structurally secured via especially designed and engineered “spring bolts” requiring little construction knowledge or tools, into HUD-approved, habitable, family friendly structure for emergency and temporary individual, or single-family use, and can be combined in multiples for various field functional applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Jack Dempsey Stone & Rapid Fabrications IP LLC
    Inventors: Joseph George Strickland, Jack Arthur Paquin
  • Patent number: 8707631
    Abstract: A modular housing system, also known as “Maisons Demontables” may utilize a plurality of lightweight composite construction panels to create modular housing units that have high degrees of resistance to environmental factors like wind, hurricanes, floods and so forth. The housing units may have a very high thermal insulating rating. The panels may comprise expanded polystyrene (EPS) panels to create a bent which is a plurality of panels that are hinged to one another so that they can be compressed for shipping, and expanded or unfolded to be used as part of a housing unit. The panels may be mated together to form a section of a housing unit such as a wall. The housing unit may be easily assembled or disassembled using basic tools. A hinge technique is provided for joining the panels together to form the bents, and may include a tensioning system to bind multiple panels together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventor: Alan Scouten
  • Patent number: 8701355
    Abstract: A collapsible roof curb includes a base portion having opposed end walls and opposed side walls extending between the end walls, and an upper portion having opposed upper end walls and opposed upper side walls. The roof curb also includes a hinge connecting each of the end walls of the base portion to the end walls of the upper portion and the side walls of the base portion to the side walls of the upper portion, the hinges being adapted to allow the end walls and side walls of the upper portion to pivot from a collapsed position to an extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Firestone Building Products Company, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Paul Sexton
  • Publication number: 20140059925
    Abstract: An easy access shed structure that can be used as greenhouse. The shed structure having a frame assembly, two end doors, and two side doors. All doors of the shed are capable of being in an open position at the same time to allow full access to the contents in the interior of the shed. The invention also includes modular units that can be used separately or in combination as shed storage structures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventor: William C. Marsh
  • Publication number: 20140033619
    Abstract: A modular housing structure that can be easily transported and transformed for housing or other uses. The basic structure has a retracted position for shipping and storage and an expanded position in which people are able to enter and use the structure. One or more hinges are combined with the panels of the structure which allow the panels to move pivotally and linearly relative to adjacent panels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Inventor: Matt Merchant
  • Patent number: 8640393
    Abstract: A deformable slat system for a building construction has one or more deformable slats(1). At least one of the aforementioned slats (1) has two slat parts (Ia, Ib) which are joined together in such a way that they are hingeable about a hinge line (2). This slat (1) is bendable and/or twistable in each first position where the slat parts (Ia, Ib) are hinged at a straight angle or a zero angle with respect to one another and is rigidified in each second position where the slat parts (Ia, Ib) are hinged at an angle differing from the straight angle or zero angle with respect to one another. The slat system includes means (13a, 13b, 19a, 19b, 14, 15, 16) for bringing the aforementioned slat (1) selectively into a first or a second position, and for bringing a slat (1), which has been brought into a first position, into a bent and/or twisted position. Furthermore, a slat (1) is provided for a slat system of this type, and also a building construction is provided with a slat system of this type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: BVBA Claerhout — Van Biervliet
    Inventors: Xaveer Claerhout, Barbara Van Biervliet
  • Patent number: 8627610
    Abstract: A privacy enhancer is composed of a first strip preferably rigid and a flexible strip. The first strip has a connector located on one edge. An adhesive is provided along the length of the side for attachment to a first or second pilaster of an enclosure. The enhancer includes a second strip preferably a flexible plastic strip preferably nontransparent having a connector located on an edge of the flexible plastic strip. The two connectors are coupled together. The first strip is then attached to the pilaster by contacting the adhesive side of the strip to the pilaster on the side of the pilaster opposite to the direction of movement of the door. The flexible plastic strip closes off the space between the door and the pilaster when the door is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Prime.Line Products Co.
    Inventor: Richard H Crowther
  • Patent number: 8615967
    Abstract: A construction element for erecting a structure has a first panel extending vertically to form a wall and a second panel extending horizontally to form a horizontal partition when they are arranged in an erected structure, the panels together form a three-dimensional configuration and are connected with one another so that in the erected structure they extend perpendicularly to one another and are turnable to include an angle there between to reduce a horizontal extension of the construction element for transportation purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignees: Malaxit, Polymate, Ltd.
    Inventors: Oleg Figovsky, Arkady Futoriynsky
  • Patent number: 8613166
    Abstract: A collapsible temporary housing system including a base, four walls being connected along each respective edge extending between at least two of the four corners, the walls being pivotally connected along the edges of the base so that when the walls are pivoted into a collapsible configuration each wall is laid upon a previously collapsed wall creating a nearly horizontal surface extending across a top surface area of the base, and a flat roof, the flat roof being detached from the four walls while the four walls are pivoted into an erected position, secured to the walls once the walls are erected, and set upon the nearly horizontal surface when the walls are pivoted into a collapsible configuration, wherein a plurality of other temporary housing systems may be stacked where a lean of the stacked housing systems which could result in the stacked housing systems falling over is not present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: The David S. Smith Irrevocable Trust
    Inventor: David S. Smith
  • Patent number: 8613167
    Abstract: A system for assembling a wall including first and second panels is provided. The system includes a plurality of caps that are slip-fittable onto respective corners of the first and second panels. First and second pairs of the plurality of caps include hinge-caps configured to be pivotably coupled with one another via first and second hinges. The first and second pairs of the plurality of caps are configured for respective association with first and second pairs of opposite corners of the first and second panels such that the first and second panels are disposable in a shoulder-to-shoulder configuration with the first and second panels being pivotable about a rotational axis defined through the first and second hinges or movable relative to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Matthew A. Nobile
  • Patent number: 8595987
    Abstract: A roll-out sheet of construction material has a plurality of slats, each with a shelf with a generally upward facing surface and a ledge with a generally downwardly facing surface. The plurality of slats are adjacent one another so that the ledge of one slat overlies the shelf of an adjacent slat. A load-bearing flexible film is secured to the plurality of slats on one side, the opposite sides of the slats from the flexible film are free allowing the slats to articulate relative to one another. The slats may have a longitudinal opening at least partially through, which is optionally filled with thermal and/or sound insulation, and/or load-bearing filler. The openings can also include a rib or support extending across the opening and bracing one side wall of the slat against the other. A securing tab can extend outward from one or more slats, shaped as a hoop, or having a through opening. When deployed, the roll-out sheet may be flat or have some angle or curvature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Ledgetech Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: James Curry, III
  • Patent number: 8590214
    Abstract: The foldable habitation has a foldable roof with a central section which can be folded into a generally flat configuration for transportation and storage, and which can be automatically deployed into a chevron shape upon deploying lateral sections of the roof. A novel method of handling a foldable habitation is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Habitaflex Concept Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Laprise, Mathieu Fortin
  • Patent number: 8578661
    Abstract: A collapsible housing system having a floor panel, a first and a second side wall panel removably attached to the floor panel and extend upwardly, a front and a back wall panel removably attached to the floor panel and extend upwardly from the floor panel, a door in the front wall panel, a triangular first upper corner panel removably attached to a top edge of the front wall panel, and a second triangular upper corner panel removably attached to a top edge of the back wall panel, roof panels removably attached to the upper corner panels and extend over the side wall panels, and a window in the side wall panels, a door window in the door, and a window in the back wall panel, wherein the panels form an enclosure and the panels are attached via a hinge mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Inventor: William Braley
  • Patent number: 8555559
    Abstract: Disclosed is a foldable transportable structure with a three dimensional rectangular shed roof shape having improved component and structural properties, and improved shipping and deployment capabilities. The integrated unique geometric folding pattern means provides enhanced folding accuracy and correct placement of interactive panels during collapse or assembly of the structure, and also greatly increases the flexibility for multiple unit combinations and component materials selection. The folding transportable structure provides a strong, safe, insulated weatherproof structure with a quick setup time, and requires NO tools or separate loose components for assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Inventor: Vincent J. DiGregory
  • Patent number: 8549802
    Abstract: A ridge cap includes a lower surface adapted to be placed in contact with a roof of a building, a weather protective upper surface, and first and second side sections connected to each other. The first side section is disposed at one side of a longitudinal axis and the second side section is disposed at the other side of the longitudinal axis. The ridge cap further includes an elastomeric strip and a metal strip. The elastomeric strip extends along the longitudinal axis and connects the first side section and the second side section to be of unitary construction with the first and second side sections. The metal strip backing extends along the longitudinal axis and supports the elastomeric strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Devpat, LLC
    Inventors: George F. Thagard, III, Casey G. Tzeng
  • Patent number: 8544216
    Abstract: A portable shelter made from two corrugated plastic sheets. Each sheet has score lines that define a floor panel, two wall panels, and two roof panels. The two sheets are overlapped, and the panels are bent along the score lines to form the walls and roof. Each panel is secured to the adjacent panel with tabs and seam members to form standing seams that are secured by fasteners. An opening in the roof provides ventilation, while a cap over the opening blocks precipitation from entering. The entire structure is secured in place with stakes that are inserted through the floor into the ground. Solar panels can be affixed to the shelter to provide electrical power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Inventor: David Hazlett
  • Patent number: 8534003
    Abstract: A roll-out sheet of construction material has a plurality of slats, each with a shelf with a generally upward facing surface and a ledge with a generally downwardly facing surface. The plurality of slats are adjacent one another so that the ledge of one slat underlies the shelf of an adjacent slat. A pivoting assembly disposed on each of the plurality of slat allows the slats to articulate relative to one another within a defined range of vertical angles. The slats may have a longitudinal opening at least partially through, which is optionally filled with thermal and/or sound insulation, and/or load-bearing filler. The openings can also include a rib or support extending across the opening and bracing one side wall of the slat against the other. A securing tab can extend outward from one or more slats, shaped as a hoop, or having a through opening. When deployed, the roll-out sheet may be flat or have some angle or curvature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Ledgetech Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: James Curry, III
  • Patent number: 8511001
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system or kit which includes plastic components which can be readily assembled to form a structure with the use of a minimal number of tools. The components are precut so that measurements and cutting of the component materials is eliminated. This leads to a savings in wasted materials. The components are readily assembled using conventional fasteners and simple hand tools. The components have preformed notches and tabs in order to facilitate assembly of the components without the requirement for measurements. This assures that the components will be assembled correctly and eliminates the opportunity for inaccurate measurements and incorrect assembly. The enclosure is provided with a sliding roof panel and pivoting doors which permit easy access to the interior of the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Suncast Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Uffner, Michael R. Vogler
  • Patent number: 8505246
    Abstract: An outdoor screen room for creating a bug-free environment comprises a plurality of upright screened sidewalls held in a framework that also supports a plurality of screened roof panels that are pivotally attached to the framework, allowing them to be shifted between an enclosure-covering disposition for summer use and a vertical disposition during winter months when snow loads on a horizontal or a slightly pitched roof may be a problem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Cadorath Leisure Products Ltd.
    Inventor: Gerald J. Cadorath
  • Patent number: 8474194
    Abstract: A prefabricated house including two or more modules, each module having one or more foldable walls. The foldable walls have one or more multi-frame openings. The two or more modules are structured to be joined at one of the one or more multiframe openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: 500 Group Inc.
    Inventor: Paolo Tiramani
  • Patent number: 8468751
    Abstract: A method of moving panels from a stowed position to a deployed position includes supporting a first panel on a cam, rotating the cam in a first direction and lowering the first panel which separates the first panel from the cam and supports the first panel on a flexible lift member. Supporting a second panel on a support rack, biasing the second panel into engagement with the cam, rotating the cam in the first direction to transfer the second panel from the support rack to the cam. Further rotating the cam in the first direction, lowering the second panel to transfer the second panel from the cam to the first panel, so that the flexible lift member bears the weight of the first and second panels through the connection between the first panel and the flexible lift member. Fixing the first and second panels through a tongue and groove engagement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Hufcor, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Williams
  • Publication number: 20130139449
    Abstract: An extendable backdrop erecting device, comprising: a fixed wall disposed at one end of a space and having a fixed backdrop surface that faces away from the one end of the space, two lateral ends of the fixed wall being each provided with a first pivot; a movable wall disposed beside the fixed wall and having a first movable backdrop surface corresponding to the fixed backdrop surface, two lateral ends of the movable wall being each provided with a second pivot; and two extendable and foldable walls pivoted between the first pivots and the second pivots respectively and each having a respective foldable backdrop surface, wherein the movable wall can move to the other end of the space as the foldable walls extend so that the fixed backdrop surface, the first movable backdrop surface and the foldable backdrop surfaces are located around the space to increase the convenience in use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2012
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Inventor: TAI-YI HO
  • Patent number: 8407946
    Abstract: A self-supporting, folding closet liner assembly for a closet that is both functional and decorative. The assembly is made up of two sets of hinged folding panel assemblies; a wall panel assembly to form the self-supporting, finished, vertical surfaces of the closet and door jamb, and a top panel assembly to form the ceiling, the horizontal upper portion of the door jamb, and the section of vertical wall between the ceiling and the horizontal upper portion of the door jamb. The folding closet liner assembles fold flat for shipping and unfold in the closet for easy assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Inventor: Steven A. Aaron
  • Patent number: 8375648
    Abstract: This invention can be styled infinitely different ways, fit nearly every TV on the market, ship efficiently, and is very easy for the consumer to assemble and install. This unique product is deemed a TV Decorative Accent Wall Panel. This panel is designed to hang behind the wall mounted TV; therefore allowing variations in TV sizes without impeding on the function or appearance. There is a hole in the middle to allow the TV to be mounted directly to the wall. The panels are hinged to allow the product to ship and be inventoried folded up which prevents damage, saves storage space, and is ready for the consumer to unfold and hang on the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Inventor: Michael Patrick O'Sullivan