With Hinge Or Pivot Patents (Class 602/16)
  • Patent number: 11400008
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to the affixion of an exoskeleton device that can include multiple rotational degrees of freedom in its attachment mechanism to approximate linear motion orthogonal to the person's line of action. The present invention can include one or more additional, non-parallel degrees of freedom. The present invention provides a sliding mechanism for adjusting the exoskeleton mating point along the user's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Dephy, Inc.
    Inventors: Luke Mooney, Jean-Francois Duval, William Marvin
  • Patent number: 11395754
    Abstract: Wearable support structure for at least partly relieving a human body during leaning or bending over, said structure comprising a frame having a chest support, pivoting arrangements for pivoting the support structure in correspondence with the leaning or bending or the human body, an elongated stay connected to said chest support, a lumbar support, connected to said pivoting arrangements, and arranged for bearing upon a lumbar area of said human body, and a thigh support, connected to said pivoting arrangements, and arranged for bearing upon a front side of a thigh area of said human body. The wearable support structure comprises a connecting device for detachably connecting at least one of: said thigh support to said pivoting arrangements; said elongated stay to said chest support; and said elongated stay to said pivoting arrangements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: Laevo B.V.
    Inventors: Boudewijn Martin Wisse, Michael Martinus Hölscher
  • Patent number: 11389316
    Abstract: A leg support that attaches to a user's leg and extends below the user's foot, where stepping on the portion below the user's foot causes the portion around the user's upper leg to tighten. This allows the leg support and the user's leg to bear the user's weight with the user's foot remaining untouched. When the user takes his or her weight off of the leg support, the portion around the user's upper leg loosens for the user's comfort. The leg support insures that there is zero pressure on the bottom of the user's foot and all of the user's weight and vertical shear pressure is converted into horizontal compression pressure around the user's leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Inventor: M. J. Fullerton
  • Patent number: 11382784
    Abstract: A joint for an orthopedic device which has a first articulated arm and a second articulated arm, which are mounted about a swivel axis such that they can be swiveled relative to one another, and a blocking device which can be moved into a release position and a blocking position. The blocking device, when in the blocking position, blocks the swiveling of the first articulated arm relative to the second articulated arm in the first swivel direction, independently of a swivel angle between the first articulated arm and the second articulated arm, insofar as the swivel angle is in a predetermined range, and allows the swiveling in the first swivel direction, insofar as the swivel angle is outside of the predetermined range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: OTTOBOCK SE & CO. KGAA
    Inventors: Carsten Vogel, Matthias Schilling
  • Patent number: 11369494
    Abstract: A robotic joint includes a first link, a middle link, a torque generator, a second link, and a locking mechanism. Different ends of the middle link are rotatably coupled to the first link and the second link. The torque generator is coupled to the first link and the middle link and is configured to produce a torque between these links. The locking mechanism is switchable between a locking state and an unlocking state. In the unlocking state, the locking mechanism allows free rotation of the second link relative to the middle link in the first and second rotation directions. In the locking state, the locking mechanism is configured to impede rotation of the second link relative to the middle link in the first rotation direction and to allow rotation of the second link relative to the middle link in the second rotation direction opposite of the first rotation direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of Califomia
    Inventors: Homayoon Kazerooni, Minerva V. Pillai, Wayne Yi-Wei Tung
  • Patent number: 11357692
    Abstract: To provide a joint support unit, etc. capable of being worn on both left and right joints. A joint support unit 20 includes a first link 21 worn on one end side of a knee joint, a second link 22 worn on the other end side of the knee joint, and a driving unit 30 configured to cause the first link 21 and the second link 22 to perform rotational movement, or to relatively perform rotational movement while moving a rotation center and to perform sliding movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignees: University of Yamanashi, Kofu City, Suncall Corporation
    Inventors: Hidetsugu Terada, Koji Makino, Teppei Ogura, Masahiro Nakamura, Rei Takahashi, Masaru Hoshino, Yukinobu Makihara
  • Patent number: 11351083
    Abstract: A computer implemented method of semi-supervised intent recognition for an exoskeleton system. In one aspect, the method includes, in response to a state transition intention input, changing the exoskeleton system from operating in a first mode with sensitivity to detecting state transitions at a first sensitivity level to operating in a second mode with sensitivity to detecting state transitions at a second sensitivity level that is more sensitive than the first sensitivity level; identifying a state transition while operating in the second mode and using the second sensitivity level; and facilitating the identified state transition by actuating the exoskeleton system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Roam Robotics Inc.
    Inventors: Tim Swift, Kevin Kemper
  • Patent number: 11337843
    Abstract: A knee brace includes a support module including a first body, a second body, and a hinge movably coupling the first body to the second body. The includes a pin on one of the first and second bodies, and a receptacle on the other of the first and second bodies. The receptacle is configured to receive the pin therein, such that the pin is rotatable and translatable within the receptacle. The knee brace also includes a fastener configured to releasably attach the knee brace to a leg. One of the first and second bodies couples with a first portion of the leg via the fastener, and the other of the first and second bodies couples with a second portion of the leg via the fastener. The first and second portions of the leg are separated by a knee joint of the leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Inventor: Daryl Bodner
  • Patent number: 11337485
    Abstract: A wearable system, such as a footwear system, can employ a generator. The generator can be powered by human movement, such as movement of knee as a person walks or runs. When the knee resets, it can be desirable to have a relatively equal gear ratio to achieve near natural movement. Conversely, it can be desirable to have a high gear ratio when the knee pushes off to achieve high generator rotation to produce a high amount of power. This can be achieved with employment of a wearable planetary gear set configuration In practicing this wearable planetary gear set, torque can be provided from the source (e.g. human ankle joint) when power negative and not at other times during a movement cycle, meaning energy can be harvested from the walking motion without inducing additional burden to the device wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: The Government of the United States, as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventor: Nathan Sharpes
  • Patent number: 11318033
    Abstract: One embodiment is directed to a brace for limiting motion of a joint of an appendage of that is interposed between a first appendage portion and a second appendage portion of a patient, comprising: an upper member removably coupleable to the first appendage portion, the upper member having proximal and distal ends; and a lower member removably coupleable to the second appendage portion, the lower member having proximal and distal ends; wherein the distal end of the upper member and proximal end of the lower member are coupled to form a movable joint that is substantially alignable with the joint of the patient, such that when the patient attempts to move his appendage and associated joint, motion is resisted at this joint in a nonlinear fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Phase 3 Projects, LLC
    Inventor: John Francis Shanley, IV
  • Patent number: 11298255
    Abstract: An orthopedic device has an elongate, tubular body defining a patella opening located generally at a center portion of the tubular body. A patella buttress including a buttress pocket is located on the tubular body and about the patella opening. The buttress pocket has various stretchability characteristics relative to the tubular body. A buttress element is associated with the buttress pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: OSSUR HF
    Inventors: James Forbes, Stacy Wyatt, Yessenia Lopez, Irving Hu
  • Patent number: 11278434
    Abstract: An orthopedic joint device having a lower leg part, a foot part that is arranged on the lower leg part about a swivel axis such that it can be swivelled, at least a first energy store, and a coupling element. The coupling element can be brought into a coupling position, in which a swivelling of the foot part relative to the lower leg part about the swivel axis in a plantar flexion direction leads to an increase in the amount of energy stored in the first energy store, and a de-coupling position. The orthopedic joint device also has at least one release element, which can be brought into a release position and a locked position. The energy stored in the first energy store can be released by bringing the release element into the release position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Inventors: Olaf Kroll-Orywahl, André Müller, Gordon Siewert
  • Patent number: 11278465
    Abstract: The invention concerns an exoskeleton made of elements combined or attached together, said elements being adjustable or not and said elements being made in a sandwich construction. The invention also concerns a method to manufacture such an exoskeleton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL)
    Inventors: Tristan Vouga, Paul Bertusi, Mohamed Bouri
  • Patent number: 11259949
    Abstract: An orthopedic device for supporting a lower back of a user includes a mechanical energy store, a pelvic element, an upper body element with a first force transmission element and an upper leg element with a second force transmission element. The upper leg element is arranged on the pelvic element such that it can be swivelled about a first swivel axis, the upper body element is movably arranged relative to the pelvic element, the first force transmission element can be engaged and disengaged with the second force transmission element by moving the upper body element relative to the pelvic element, and the mechanical energy store can be charged and discharged by swivelling the upper leg element relative to the upper body element when the first force transmission element is engaged with the second force transmission element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: OTTOBOCK SE & CO. KGAA
    Inventors: Meike Kreutel, Charlotte Marquardt, Torsten Parth, Markus Tüttemann, Carsten Vogel, Jonas Bornmann, Benjamin Schirrmeister, Paula Klinkert, Oliver Mizera
  • Patent number: 11260530
    Abstract: An upper limb motion support apparatus and an upper limb motion support system which are capable of significantly improving the enhancement of an operator's work efficiency and the reduction of their workload are proposed. A controller which causes an articulated arm and an end effector to perform three-dimensional motion according to the operator's intention based on a biological signal acquired by a biological signal detection unit causes the articulated arm and the end effector to perform cooperative motion in conjunction with the operator's upper limb motion by referring to content recognized by an upper limb motion recognition unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignees: CYBERDYNE INC., UNIVERSITY OF TSUKUBA
    Inventor: Yoshiyuki Sankai
  • Patent number: 11253744
    Abstract: A physical therapy device includes a brace to secure around an appendage of a person; a first locking device connected to a portion of the brace via a rivet joint, the first locking device having a gear; a pawl positioned to engage with the gear; a spring connected to the pawl to provide tension to the pawl; and a lock to release the pawl from the toothed gear; the first locking device is positioned next to a joint of the appendage when worn; the first locking device allows for single direction movement of the joint; and the first locking device is to release the joint via the lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Inventor: Aric Bost
  • Patent number: 11246724
    Abstract: An adjustable socket system includes a socket frame having a proximal area, a distal area opposite the proximal area, a first component arranged along a first side of the socket system, and a second component arranged along a second side of the socket system. The first component is connected to the second component. A tubular insert is arranged on an interior of at least the proximal area of the socket frame. The tubular insert forms an interior surface of the socket system. At least one tensioning element operatively connects the tubular insert to the first and/or second components. At least one tensioner is attached to the at least one tensioning element that selectively tensions the tensioning element to adjust a circumference of at least one area of the socket system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: OSSUR HF
    Inventors: Andrew Bache, Michael Patrick Tuttle
  • Patent number: 11241356
    Abstract: A walking assistance apparatus includes a knee fastener, a heel fastener, a first wire and a second wire connected to the knee fastener and the heel fastener, a first motor connected to the first wire, a second motor connected to the second wire, and a control circuit that controls the first motor and the second motor. The first wire is connected to a first position included in a right-half region of the heel fastener. The second wire is connected to a second position included in a left-half region of the heel fastener. The control circuit acquires gait information of the user, and, based on the gait information, the control circuit controls the first motor to reduce a length of the first wire and the second motor to reduce a length of the second wire at a predetermined timing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Stephen William John, Jun Ozawa, Mayumi Komatsu, Kenta Murakami
  • Patent number: 11234850
    Abstract: An orthopedic device includes a frame, a strap system including first and second straps connecting to the frame, and an adjustment mechanism couples to the first and second straps and simultaneously regulates tension in the first and second straps by moving the first and second straps relative to the frame. The strap system includes a length adjustment system for modifying the length of the strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: OSSUR ICELAND EHF
    Inventors: Valgeir Petursson, Unnsteinn Gretarsson
  • Patent number: 11234855
    Abstract: Disclosed is a shoulder brace for immobilization of the arm and shoulder joint in neutral abduction/adduction. Methods of using the brace and methods of treating shoulder injuries are similarly provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: DJO, LLC
    Inventors: Damon Romito Lemmon, Thomas Howard Myers, Charles Edward Garten, II, Scott Andrew Taylor
  • Patent number: 11234851
    Abstract: Dynamic arm brace assemblies and methods of use are provided herein. An example device includes a torso connection member securable to a torso of a patient, a forearm support member that couples with at least a forearm of an patient, the forearm support member couples with the torso connection member so as to fix an elbow of the patient proximate the torso, the forearm support member being pivotally coupled to the torso connection member to allow for an angle between the forearm support member and a coronal plane of the patient, and a dynamic tensioning assembly that externally rotates the forearm support member and selectively sets the angle so as to stretch a shoulder capsule (capsule and adjacent tissue(s)) affected with adhesive capsulitis, reducing the adhesive capsulitis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Inventors: Sean Kaminsky, John M. Behles, Ian Kovacevich
  • Patent number: 11191653
    Abstract: Methods are provided for controlling a powered lower limb device. A stance phase control method is disclosed in which the required joint torque is determined based on the difference between two joint angles, such as the knee joint and the ankle joint. A swing control method is also disclosed that employs feedback-based minimum jerk trajectory control. A joint assembly for use in a modular lower limb device is also provided. The joint assembly includes a reconfigurable slider-crank mechanism that is configurable to provide a plurality of different ranges of rotational travel, rotational speeds, and torques, for customization according to different anatomical joints. The joint assembly may include a compact coupling device for coupling a ball screw of the slider-crank mechanism to an output shaft of a motor. When employed to form a modular orthosis, the joint assembly may be adapted for self-alignment as its length adjustment method during setup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY OF NEW BRUNSWICK
    Inventors: Christian Grandmaison, Jonathon Sensinger
  • Patent number: 11191627
    Abstract: Orthopedic braces and splints for use on a limb of an animal, that provide stability for unstable joints and limbs for short or long term support and function. These orthoses are designed to prevent the occurrence of or reduce the severity of, a joint injury. These braces and splints can also be fitted immediately after corrective surgery, and can support and stabilize the joint while assisting or restricting the range of motion. Various embodiments of the orthoses are modular, thermoformable and may include an adjustable tensioning system, which in combination provide a custom fit for a wide variety of animals and injuries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: DJO, LLC
    Inventors: Chris Boraas, Kristian Gamble
  • Patent number: 11191659
    Abstract: An improved joint support for limiting the range of motion of an anatomical joint comprises intermeshing gears for allowing adjustment of the range of motion of the joint, and comprises plural mechanisms for securing the gears in engagement with one another, whereby adjustment can be made without tools and without disassembly of any components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: HORSEPOWER TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Daniel Scott Pflaster, Wendy Drumm, Richard L. Miller, Kristin Jugenheimer Size, Gregory Scott Torrisi
  • Patent number: 11173093
    Abstract: An apparatus for a battery-powered active exoskeleton boot includes a shin pad and one or more housings. The one or more housings enclose electronic circuitry and an electric motor. The apparatus includes a battery holder coupled to the shin pad and located below the knee of the user and above the one or more housings enclosing the electronic circuitry. The apparatus includes a battery module removably affixed to the battery holder and comprising a first power connector that electrically couples to a second power connector located in the battery holder while attached to the battery holder to provide electric power to the electronic circuitry and the electric motor. The apparatus includes an output shaft coupled to the electric motor. The electronic circuitry controls delivery of power from the battery module to the electric motor to generate torque about the axis of rotation of the ankle joint of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Dephy, Inc.
    Inventors: Luke Mooney, Jean-François Duval, Nicholas Benz, Jonathan Cummings, Matthew Mooney
  • Patent number: 11160716
    Abstract: An exoskeleton structure includes a pelvis assembly, a first lower limb assembly, a second lower limb assembly and a back assembly. The exoskeleton structure includes pivot joints connecting each of the lower limb assemblies and the back assembly to the pelvis assembly and permitting movements of abduction or adduction of the lower limbs of the user, a relative movement of lateral inclination of the spine of the user with respect to the pelvis of the user, and a twisting movement of the spine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignees: SAFRAN ELECTRONICS & DEFENSE, B-TEMIA INC.
    Inventors: Alexandre Belanger-Desbiens, Francisco Soucy, Sylvain Gagne, Nathaniel Zoso, Jordane Grenier
  • Patent number: 11160679
    Abstract: A dynamic tension system connects to an orthopedic device having a frame and a hinge connected to the frame. The dynamic tension system includes a cable, an adjustment mechanism connected to the cable and arranged to incrementally wind or release the cable, and a tension control device connected to the adjustment mechanism and arranged to limit the adjustment mechanism from winding of the cable past a predetermined tension level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: OSSUR HF
    Inventors: Janaki Ram-srinivasaRao Chetlapalli, Harry Duane Romo, Jane Price, Gudni Ingimarsson, Derek Brookover, Michael Meritt-Powell, Jared Olivo
  • Patent number: 11141303
    Abstract: A support for an area of a body that includes a hinge joint includes a flexible, elastically stretchable framework comprising an integrally molded network of interconnected, elastomeric segments defining a plurality of permanent openings; a structural hinge mechanism affixed to a first side of the framework, and a secondary hinge mechanism affixed to a second side of the framework. The structural hinge mechanism is larger than the secondary hinge mechanism so as to bias the application of pressure towards one side of the hinge joint when the support is secured to the area of the body. The elastomeric segments of the framework are designed in such a way as to asymmetrically assert pressure on the hinge joint when the support is secured to the area of the body. The structural hinge mechanism and the framework work together to bias application of pressure generally in the same direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Inventors: Richard E. Gildersleeve, William E. Nordt, III, Ian Kovacevich
  • Patent number: 11135080
    Abstract: A frame assembly includes a first longitudinal member, a second longitudinal member spaced apart from the first longitudinal member, and a plurality of distance maintaining members connected between the first longitudinal member and the second longitudinal member, and configured to maintain a distance between the first longitudinal member and the second longitudinal member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignees: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Korea University of Technology and Education Industry-University Cooperation Foundation
    Inventors: Youn Baek Lee, Yong-Jae Kim
  • Patent number: 11135046
    Abstract: An animal splint for immobilizing a leg of an animal receives the back and sides of the injured leg and is angularly adjustable to the normal angle of the upper and lower part of the injured leg prior to sustaining the leg injury. The splint includes a lower leg assembly, an upper leg assembly, an adjustment member configured for setting the angle between the lower leg assembly and the upper leg assembly, and a leg retaining means that extends across the lower leg open front and the upper leg open front where the lower leg assembly and the upper leg assembly receives the back and sides of the injured leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: WHEELS FOR PETS, LLC
    Inventor: Mark C. Robinson
  • Patent number: 11123211
    Abstract: The invention relates to a pivoting-limitable biaxial joint, especially for a joint orthosis for supporting and variably limiting the joint flexion. The invention provides an improvement of known joint orthoses. A limiting wedge (300) can be inserted into the joint housing (200) in the axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: BAUERFEIND AG
    Inventors: Florian Görnert, Sandro Hebenstreit
  • Patent number: 11123210
    Abstract: It is the object of the invention to provide a knee bracing system that bolsters the body's natural ligaments to reduce the knees proneness to injury or re-injury. The invention is a cable system that acts much like the body's natural way that resists the forces that cause excessive joint movement and injury to the ACL and or MCL. As the leg travels through the range of motion the cables provide external hyper extension, bending, and rotation support preventing the tibia bone from moving forward (hyper extending) or twisting (lateral rotation) and or laterally bending with respect to the femur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: MOBIUS TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Darren Fleming
  • Patent number: 11123212
    Abstract: An orthosis for stretching tissue around a joint of a patient between first and second relatively pivotable body portions. The orthosis includes a first arm member affixable to the first body portion and including a first extension member extending therefrom. A second arm member affixable to the second body portion is also included and has a second extension member having an arcuate shape extending therefrom. A third arm member including a third extension member having an arcuate shape extending therefrom is interposed between the first and second arm members. The third arm member is operatively connected to the first and second arm members, such that the first and third arm members travel along an arcuate path defined by the second extension member when the third arm member is moved from a first position to a second position relative to the second arm member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Bonutti Research Inc.
    Inventors: Boris P. Bonutti, Peter M. Bonutti, Kevin R. Ruholl, Glen A. Phillips
  • Patent number: 11109991
    Abstract: A knee brace with an articulation assembly connectable with a first cuff movable with respect to the articulation assembly about a first location defining a first pivot axis between the first cuff and articulation assembly, and movable about a second location defining a first rotation axis between the first cuff and articulation assembly. The knee brace may have a second cuff connectable with the articulation assembly and movable with respect to the articulation assembly about a third location defining a second pivot axis between the second cuff and articulation assembly. The second cuff is movable about a fourth location defining a second rotation axis between the second cuff and articulation assembly. The first pivot axis and first rotation axis may intersect each other or be offset from intersecting each other, the second pivot axis and second rotation axis may intersect each other or be offset from intersecting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Inventor: Eric Heiberg
  • Patent number: 11109778
    Abstract: A walking assistance method may include measuring a current gait motion of a user, defining a state variable based on the current gait motion, setting a delay that is a feedback element for the state variable, and generating a torque profile based on the state variable and the delay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Bokman Lim, Youngjin Park, Keehong Seo
  • Patent number: 11058867
    Abstract: A functional electrical stimulation (FES) orthosis for FES to a limb segment, including: (a) a semi-rigid, self-retaining C-shaped frame, the frame configured to substantially envelop the limb segment, the frame including a first flexible and elongated circumferentially retaining element and at least a first and a second opposing flexible and elongated circumferentially retaining elements disposed on the circumferentially opposite side of the frame, the first retaining element and the first opposing retaining element forming a pair of opposing retaining elements, and (b) a surface electrical stimulation electrode for contacting at least one stimulation point on a surface of the limb segment, associated with, and supported by, the frame, the surface electrode for electrically associating, via the frame, with a neuroprosthetic stimulator unit, so as to provide FES, wherein the opposing retaining elements are configured to be radially spring-loaded towards a center of the frame, such that in donning the orthosis
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Bioness Neuromodulation Ltd.
    Inventors: Roger H. Nathan, Amit Dar, Jonathan Bar-Or
  • Patent number: 11045343
    Abstract: A hinged ankle brace including a foot pad member and an ankle cuff which are hingedly secured together by flexible joint members. The flexible joint members yieldably resist hinged movement between the foot pad member and the ankle cuff.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Inventor: Doak Ostergard
  • Patent number: 11013656
    Abstract: A motion assistance apparatus including a proximal support configured to support a proximal part of a user, a first drive link and a second drive link configured to perform translational motions with respect to the proximal support at different velocities, a support link with both ends rotatably connected to the first drive link and the second drive link, respectively, the support link having a variable length, and a distal support connected to the support link, the distal support configured to support a distal part of the user is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jeonghun Kim, Hyun Do Choi, Se-Gon Roh, Youngbo Shim, Minhyung Lee, Youn Baek Lee, Jongwon Lee
  • Patent number: 10973670
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments provide an adjustable brace including a first wearable part, a second wearable part, an angle adjustment mechanism and a resistance mechanism. The first wearable part and the second wearable part are pivotably connected to each other via the angle adjustment mechanism and the resistance mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Tzong-Ming Wu, Ji-Bin Horng, Sung-Ho Liu
  • Patent number: 10973649
    Abstract: The present invention provides an expandable fusion device capable of being installed inside an intervertebral disc space to maintain normal disc spacing and restore spinal stability, thereby facilitating an intervertebral fusion. In one embodiment, the fusion device includes a central ramp, a first endplate, and a second endplate, the central ramp capable of being moved in a first direction to move the first and second endplates outwardly and into an expanded configuration. The fusion device is capable of being deployed down an endoscopic tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Weiman, Kevin Gahman, Jody L. Seifert, Andrew Iott
  • Patent number: 10966894
    Abstract: A leg support exoskeleton is strapped on as a wearable device to support its user during squatting and/or lunging. The exoskeleton includes a knee joint connected to a first link and a second link, which is configured to allow flexion and extension motion between the first link and the second link. A force generator has a first end that is rotatable connected to the first link. A constraining mechanism is connected to the second link and has at least two operational positions. In a first operational position, the second end of the force generator engages the constraining mechanism, where the first link and the second link flex relative to each other. In a second operational position, the second end of the force generator does not engage the constraining mechanism; the first link and the second link are free to flex and extend relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignees: The Regents of the University of California, U.S. Bionics, Inc.
    Inventors: Wayne Tung, Minerva V. Pillai, James Hatch, Homayoon Kazerooni, Theerapat Yangyuenthanasan, Yusuke Maruo, David Cuban
  • Patent number: 10959861
    Abstract: A method for adjusting a flexion angle of a prosthetic ankle includes a user adjusting a relative angle between first and second coupling members of the prosthetic ankle using a flexion angle adjustment mechanism of the prosthetic ankle that requires no tools to adjust.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA
    Inventors: Michael Jason Highsmith, Derek James Lura
  • Patent number: 10932939
    Abstract: A global osteoarthritis knee brace or orthopedic support includes a flexible, elastic sleeve having a tubular shape with a patella opening at an anterior surface with slits on either side of the opening. The brace includes a first pair of rigid longitudinal stiffeners pivoted therebetween at a hinge that is disposed at the lateral or medial side of the sleeve. The brace further includes an adjustable patella support having elongated strips at the ends thereof, wherein the patella support is positioned in the interior of the sleeve proximate with the patella opening, where the elongated strips pass from the interior of the sleeve through the slits to the exterior of the sleeve, and extend upward to be anchored to the sleeve. The wearer pulling on the elongated strips adjusts the patella support to lift the patella.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Weber Orthopedic, L.P.
    Inventors: Dan Pahls, Martha Ortega, John Hely, David Cormier, Kelly Nolan, Jim Buckhout, Jeremy Schillig
  • Patent number: 10912667
    Abstract: The present embodiments provide a brace which includes an actuator. The actuator provides movement of the arm and shoulder, abduction movement, so that during recovery from shoulder surgery, the shoulder and arm movement may be supported in increased range of motion positions. This may be done with a single brace rather than requiring multiple braces during the recovery process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Inventors: George Sickles, Steve Farmer
  • Patent number: 10912666
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a leg exoskeleton configured to aid motion (e.g., walking) of a user in need thereof. In particular, the exoskeleton includes a belt configured to attach the exoskeleton to the waist of a user. The exoskeleton further includes a leg frame configured to attach to at least one leg of the user through a hip attachment mechanism on the belt. Finally, the exoskeleton includes an energy storage subsystem that is configured to store and release energy as the user walks, particularly aiding the user in the forward motion of the leg when walking. Methods of using the leg exoskeleton are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: University of Washington
    Inventors: Jessica Zistatsis, Jeffrey Bergeson, Alex Gong, Kira Neuman, Daniel Parrish
  • Patent number: 10898364
    Abstract: A knee brace for assisting the extension or flexing of a limb comprises substantially rigid upper and lower frames connected by a hinge, the upper frame being secured to the leg by an upper strap. A stabilizing strap for fixing the lower frame to the user's leg comprises an inelastic band, cord or other flexible securing member for circumscribing the user's leg having a fastening element for fixing the securing member in a set position. The securing member is affixed to the arms of the lower frame, slidably extending through at least one strap support provided by at least one of the arms of the lower frame. When the brace is in position on a user's leg the stabilizing strap is able to move through at least one strap support in a generally horizontal direction while supporting the lower frame in the vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: SPRING LOADED TECHNOLOGY INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Robert Garrish, Bradley Eric MacKeil
  • Patent number: 10881902
    Abstract: An arm muscular strength training and rehabilitation apparatus has a body, an angle meter, a handle, a force sensing device and a main control unit. The body has a housing and a variable resistance device. The variable resistance device is disposed in the housing. The angle meter is disposed on the variable resistance device. The handle is disposed pivotally on the variable resistance device and has a suspension arm and a handlebar bracket. The force sensing device is disposed on handlebar bracket of the handle. The main control unit connects electrically to the variable resistance device, the angle meter and the force sensing device to receive the angle signal and the force sensing signal and controls resistance of the variable resistance device according to the angle signal and the force sensing signal. The apparatus disposing the force sensing device on the handle prevents measuring time lag and increase measuring precision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: NATIONAL TAIPEI UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Yao-Jung Shiao, Tun-Hao Yang, Guan-Ting Chen, Ming-Cheng Hsih, Cheng-Hsien Huang, Yu-Ju Lin
  • Patent number: 10864100
    Abstract: Orthopedic devices may include rigid members for coupling to portions of a limb that includes a joint, and a cable that couples to the rigid members and extends up to a powered element. The orthopedic devices are configured to produce beneficial forces using the rigid member and the cable, which beneficial forces are translated to the wearer. The orthopedic devices include control systems that generate control signals for controlling the powered element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: President and Fellows of Harvard College
    Inventors: Conor James Walsh, Alan T. Asbeck, Matthew W. Yarri, Jillian Christine Cochran, Stefano Marco Maria De Rossi
  • Patent number: 10864133
    Abstract: An exoskeleton subassembly is provided. The exoskeleton subassembly includes first and second exoskeleton parts, and a connecting assembly that connects the first and second exoskeleton parts. The connecting assembly includes a guide, a pin, and a limiting device. The guide is fixedly mounted on one part, and a pin fixedly mounted on the other part and slidably mounted inside the guide. The limiting device allows rotation of the pin with respect to the guide when the pin is in a first position, and to oppose the rotation when the pin is in a second position. The limiting device includes an elastic element engaged with the first part when the pin is in the second position. The elastic element exerts on the first part an elastic return force opposing relative rotation between the first and second parts both in two opposite directions of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignees: SAFRAN ELECTRONICS & DEFENSE, B-TEMIA INC.
    Inventors: Francisco Soucy, Katia Bilodeau, Nathaniel Zoso, Jonathan Baptista, Jordane Grenier
  • Patent number: 10864091
    Abstract: A prosthetic knee having a passive knee locking mechanism that uses the same four-bar mechanics found in a natural knee. The flexible four-bar mechanism guides the motion of the knee, aids in the return of the knee from full flexion to extension, and connects a femoral gear to a tibial gear. The gears have a circular radius and are connected using parallel links to keep the femur and tibia together when the knee is active. The knee stays locked throughout the stance phase. At toe off, no weight is applied on the prosthetic knee allowing the knee to flex. The flexible links are stretched, thereby increasing the stiffness in the springs, and at terminal swing phase, moments before heel strike, the flexible links in the four-bar mechanism snap back to the extended/locking position and lockout once the user applies his/her weight on the knee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: University of South Florida
    Inventors: Tyagi Ramakrishnan, Kyle B. Reed