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Carrying Bag - Patent 8146787
This invention relates to carrying bags with carrying straps that can function as waist straps or shoulder straps.BACKGROUND ART In general, military personnel tend to carrying numerous items and gear for a variety of functions. With the advent of technology, these items and gear tend to be smaller and smaller, allowing military personnel to carry more and more. Acommon concern for those entering the field is that they are adequately supplied without significantly obstructing their maneuverability. A carrying bag allows one to carry a variety of gear. Most carrying bags are provided with carrying straps that hang on a person's shoulder for ease of carrying. Carrying a bag on the shoulder, however, is not always the most effective methodof carrying a bag as it can easily slip off or flop around during certain movements, such as running or bending over. Under these circumstances it may be more convenient to carry the bag attached to the waist. There are circumstances when it would bepreferable to carry the bag on the shoulder to ease the weight of the bag, for example, while standing around or during slow walks. Besides the military, civilians could also use carrying bags that can be carried either on the waist or on the shoulder as dictated by the circumstance. There are carrying bags in which the straps can be adjusted to serve as shoulder straps or waists straps. These bags, however, utilize complicated or unnecessary rotating or swiveling mechanisms. Other simpler models have bendable straps thatcan be bent into different orientations to allow a carrying strap to convert from a shoulder strap to a waist strap. These bags, however, are weak and may be prone to damage such as ripping due to the bent configuration. Others may have multiplefastening sites for the attaching the strap requiring detachment and reattachment of the carrying strap, which may also be aesthetically unappealing. Still others require removing the shoulder strap and reinserting the c
Cargo Bed Extender - PDF
CROSS-REFERENCESTO RELATED APPLICATIONS (Not Applicable)STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY-SPONSORED RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT (Not Applicable)REFERENCE TO AN APPENDIX (Not Applicable)BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION 1. Field of the Invention This invention relates generally to a cargo bed extender, and more specifically to a multi-functional bed extender system. 2. Description of the Related Art In a vehicle with an open cargo bed there is sometimes a need for extra space. For example, when hauling lumber or materials that extend past the open cargo bed area, added space is needed to enclose all of the materials within the cargo bed. When more open cargo bed space is needed, a user typically mounts a cargo bed extender near the interior surface of the tailgate of the cargo bed. To use the cargo bed extender, the user opens the tailgate and extends the cargo bed extender in a direction away from the interior surface of the cargo bed area. The materials, such as lumber, are placed in the cargo bed and the extenderrestrains the materials that hang over the end of the tailgate. The cargo bed extender holds the materials in place during transit, which provides a safer system of travel for the user, because the materials could otherwise fall out during transport. Once the lumber or other cargo is removed, the cargo bed extender is folded inward and stored in the open cargo bed area. Because of the size of conventional bed extenders, the space of the cargo bed is significantly reduced during storage. This is a problem for truck owners who often haul materials that do not require the use of the cargo bed extender, and who require the full use of the cargo bed. Further, typical cargo bed extenders have the single purpose of increasing the effective volume of the cargo bed; there are no provisions for changing the cargo bed extender to function in other ways. Therefore, there is a need for a method andapparatus that has multiple functions and can be stored without encroaching on
Tool Retaining Apparatus - Patent 8146785
The present disclosed subject matter is directed to mechanisms that allow tools and other instruments to be held safely and securely and in proximity to the operator.BACKGROUND When a worker is working on a job, they typically use multiple tools and switch between these multiple tools contemporaneously. This involves placing the tool they have finished using down in close proximity to where they are working, pickingup another proximately placed tool, and repeating this process with the same or another tool. This may not be possible if the worker is elevated, such as on a ladder, stool, or the like, or there is not a surface proximate the work area where the toolor tools can be placed. Additionally, should the worker be working over water or at great heights, the tools can be knocked off of a surface on which they rest and become lost, or if at great heights, create a safety hazard from a falling tool. This results insubstantial time being spent in recovering tools as well as switching tools, leading to additional costs associated with a job.SUMMARY The present disclosed subject matter overcomes the problems of working with multiple tools that must be used contemporaneous with each other at short intervals or a single tool used at close intervals. The tool or tools remain in closeproximity to the worker for easy access and use and remain secured, so as not to fall out of the worker's range or fall to a point where the tools become lost (and must be replaced). The disclosed subject matter includes an apparatus for tethering tool(s) to a worker, object, support or the like, allowing for single or multiple tools to remain in close proximity to the worker for easy access and use. The apparatus keeps thetool(s) secured, so as not to fall out of the worker's range or fall to a point where the tools become lost. The disclosed subject matter is directed to an apparatus for holding a tool. The apparatus includes a main body with a flexible portion and oppositely dispos
Hitch-mounted Carrier - Patent 8141760
BACKGROUND The present invention relates generally to portable racks, and specifically to hitch-mounted carriers. Bicycles, skis, snowboards, and other large devices often must be transported to a location before being used for travel or recreation. As it is often impractical, undesirable, or impossible to carry these items inside a vehicle, various rackshave been created for coupling these items to vehicles for exterior travel. These prior art racks are typically mounted to a vehicle's cabin roof, trunk, or tow hitch. Novel and unobvious hitch-mounted carriers are set forth herein, as will be evident from reviewing the description below and the accompanying drawings.SUMMARY According to one embodiment, a hitch-mounted carrier includes a height member, an insert arm, and at least one support arm. The height member has opposed first and second ends. The insert arm is rotatably coupled to the height member first endfor movement between storage and use configurations; the insert arm and height member are generally parallel when the insert arm is at the storage configuration and generally perpendicular when the insert arm is at the use configuration. The insert armis configured for insertion in a tow hitch and has a wedge aperture. Means for coupling the insert arm to the tow hitch and means for temporarily locking the insert arm at the storage and use configurations are included. The at least one support arm isrotatably coupled to the height member second end for movement between storage and use configurations; the support arm and height member are generally parallel when the support arm is at the storage configuration and generally perpendicular when thesupport arm is at the use configuration. Means for temporarily locking the support arm at the storage and use configurations are included. At least one attaching element is coupled to the at least one support arm for removably attaching a device to theat least one support arm. A wedge is adjacent the insert a
Holster For Small Arms - Patent 8141758
S This is a National Stage application under 35 USC 371 of PCT/AT2006/000200, filed May 15, 2006, and based on Austrian Patent Application No. A 820/2005, filed May 13, 2005.FIELD OF THE INVENTION The invention relates to a holster for small-arms, and more particularly to a holster with a pistol retention facility.BACKGROUND AND SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION U.S. Pat. No. 5,127,566 discloses holsters where a folding guard over the end of the weapon prevents the weapon from being removed and from falling out. This guard is locked in the closed position and has a slide bolt fitted on the inside,i.e. on the body side, for release. In addition, the weapon is also retained on the ejection port or window in the holster and must be correspondingly tilted away or twisted in the holster in order to draw the weapon. The guard safety device can beopened by an attacker. Since the mechanism is of course locked and does not give way, the mechanism may be damaged in a fight, which would render it impossible to draw the weapon later. The additional safety device in the ejection window of the weaponnecessitates tilting the weapon. If the bearer of the weapon wants to draw the weapon out of fear of being killed, several movements in opposite directions are required--which has been demonstrated to be difficult in stressful situations. If duringfurther actions, when the weapon has already been drawn, the guard safety device snaps shut because of course it is only kept in the open position by friction, holstering the weapon is not possible without releasing the safety guard again, which isextremely difficult because the weapon carrier must hold the weapon and not let the attacker out of his sight. The holster according to U.S. Pat. No. 6,616,020 provides for a safety bolt which engages in the trigger guard and which is also released by an inner slide. A holster with 2 safety devices is described in US 2004/0050887 A1 and provides, among other things, for a safety guard as a second
Container Assembly For A Motor Vehicle - Patent 8141759
The invention relates to a container assembly for use in a passenger compartment of a motor vehicle. More particularly, the invention relates to a biasing mechanism for biasing a door of the container assembly to either a closed position or anopen position depending on the position of the door.BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION Motor vehicles typically include bins, compartments and containers located throughout the passenger compartment for storing such items. As vehicle owners carry an ever increasing plurality of accessories and gadgets, such as coins, pens,phones, music players, GPS receivers, satellite radios, personal digital assistants and the like, vehicle manufacturers are, in response to this trend, striving to design storage to manage these accessories within the passenger compartment. Vehicle manufacturers also recognize the need to improve the tactile feel and function for movable components within the passenger compartment in order to provide an enhanced sense of robustness and overall quality in the vehicle, since it isthese things that typically provide the "first impression" to a vehicle buyer and have the potential to sway a vehicle buyer ultimately towards a purchase of a vehicle. Therefore, it remains desirable to provide improved passenger compartment storage and, in addition, enhanced tactile feel and function to movable components, such as storage compartment doors and the like.SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION According to one aspect of the invention, a container assembly is provided for use in a passenger compartment of a motor vehicle. The container assembly includes a housing, a door, an arm, a biasing member and a cam. The housing has a storagespace and an opening providing access therethrough to the storage space. The door is pivotally coupled to the housing for movement about a first pivot between a closed position wherein the door covers the opening in the housing and an open positionwherein the door is pivoted upwardly about the first pivot to
Belt Convertible To Backpack - Patent 8141757
The present invention relates to a belt, adapted to be worn around the waist of a person, which isconvertible into a backpack.BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION When persons are traveling, there is sometimes a need to provide a compact article which can be easily carried by the person. Belts or straps which wrap around the waist of a person accomplish this objective, that is, carrying the article. Furthermore, it is sometimes necessary for that same traveling person to use a sack or a backpack which can carry items therein. The sack or backpack, as those terms are used herein, include foldable bags, sacks or pouches which have a shoulder strapsuch that the person can carry the sack, pouch or pack on his or her shoulder.OBJECTS OF THE INVENTION It is an object of the present invention to provide a single article of clothing which, in one mode of operation, is a strap adapted to be worn about the waist of a person, and, in a second mode of operation, is a sack which is configured as abackpack to be carried by that person on his or her shoulder. It is another object of the present invention to provide a belt, convertible to a backpack, having an elongated strap, and a sack which is foldable by multiple folds into a width not exceeding the width of the strap. It is a further object of the present invention to provide a belt, convertible to a backpack, which includes a hideaway strap pouch when the system, in one embodiment, is configured as a strap worn about the waist of a person.SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION The belt, convertible to a backpack, is worn about the waist of a person. The convertible backpack-belt includes an elongated strap having opposing free end sections and a mid-section. A belt latch on the opposing free end sections enables thestrap to be worn on the waist in an encircling mode or manner. The belt-backpack also includes a sack having a lateral expanse at least three times greater than the width of the strap and having an opening to permit access into the
Load-carrying Members For Vehicle Roofs - Patent 8136708
The present disclosure relates generally to vehicle-mounted racks, and more particularly to load-carrying members for use with a crossbar mounted to a vehicle roof.BACKGROUND Vehicles are often fitted with racks for carrying cargo boxes, recreational equipment mounts, and various other types of load carriers. These vehicle racks may include crossbars, rails, or other elongate structural members extending over theroof of the vehicle or adjacent the rear of the vehicle. For example, typical roof rack systems include longitudinal rails running parallel to the length of the vehicle, with one or more crossbar members extending between the longitudinal rails. Loadcarriers are often attached to the rails or crossbars of a vehicle rack by using a connecting device. Rails and crossbars for vehicle rack systems are provided in an increasing range of shapes, sizes and rotational orientations in order to accommodate a widening array of aesthetic and functional requirements. A connecting device designed to fita certain bar or range of bar shapes or sizes might not be compatible with other bars having other shapes, sizes or rotational orientations. Accordingly, a load carrier manufacturer might provide various connecting devices for use with different shapes,sizes and rotational orientations of rails and/or crossbars. This means that the manufacturer incurs additional costs associated with manufacturing various connector devices, and retailers incur the additional costs associated with stocking the variousconnector devices. Logistics of selecting appropriate mounting hardware at the point of sale may also be a complicated process. Furthermore, a consumer may need to purchase a different type of connector device for each vehicle or rack on which theconsumer desires to mount a particular load carrier. Vehicle roof racks are often used for carrying boats such as canoes or kayaks. One type of vehicle roof rack for carrying boats is generically referred to as the J-cradle.
Article Carriers - Patent 8136709
The invention relates to assemblies for carrying articles on a vehicle. In particular, the invention provides improvements for article carriers designed for mounting on one or more crossbars on a vehicle rack system of a vehicle.BACKGROUND Top-mounted vehicle rack systems provide a versatile platform for transporting bicycles, skis, snowboards, boats, cargo boxes, gear racks, and/or other items. Such rack systems typically use pairs of crossbars that extend side-to-side acrossthe top of a vehicle. Each crossbar is typically supported on each side of the vehicle's roof by a tower, where the length of each crossbar and the distance between crossbars depend on factors such as the shape and size of the vehicle's roof, andtype(s) of cargo being carried. The towers supporting the rack crossbars are securely fastened to the vehicle in a suitable manner. Various article carriers are designed for mounting on a set of crossbars, and to carry a variety of articles such as bicycles, skis, snowboards, and/or boats. For example, clamp devices are used to secure skis and snowboards in a scissor-likefashion. However, some clamp devices have problems such as; failing to fit or adapt to certain vehicle or factory rack configurations; failing to accommodate skis or snowboards with bulky bindings or attachments; and unsatisfactory adjustability tosecure equipment of different shapes and thicknesses. Moreover, article carriers mounted on vehicle roof tops typically increase the height profile of the vehicle. Increased front facing profile or surface area may cause wind resistance relatedproblems, such as increased driving noise, reduced fuel efficiency, etc. Users may remove the article carriers when not in use to avoid or minimize such problems. However, removing the article carriers between uses may not be convenient or desirable.BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE FIGURES FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a clamping device for a ski rack mounted on a crossbar. FIG. 2 is a partial cross-
Bicycle Accessory Mounting System - Patent 8132700
The present invention relates to bicycle accessory mounting systems and, more particularly, to an accessory mounting system for being secured to an underlying structure independent of the construction or configuration of the underlyingstructure. Interest in recreational and/or competitive cycling continues to increase. The consequence of this popularity of bicycle riding has been a growing presence of bicycle operators or riders or cyclists, of all ages, on public roads or off roadtrails. Further, as the recreation has grown, typical bicycle excursions or trips have lengthened in extent and, concomitantly a great variety of lighter, multi-geared and faster bicycles have entered the marketplace. Increasingly, as bicycle trips areplanned for longer durations and distances, riders commonly prefer to carry several accessories with them during such excursions. One such accessory is a light. As trips extend into later hours, riders are frequently encountered on the highways ortrails at dusk and into nightfall. The safety aspects involved with such night riding are apparent and the necessity for providing a good light source has assumed considerable importance. Many bicycle lights are provided which can be secured to a bicycle. These light systems commonly include a battery, a generator that is powered by operation of the bicycle, or some combination thereof. Although such systems generally provideadequate illumination of a path directly in front of a bicycle, such systems are less than ideal. It is commonly desired during night riding to light a direction other than a direction directly in front of the bicycle. During use, such illumination isnear impossible with the light attached to the bicycle. That is, due to the lights connection with the bicycle or position thereto to the rider, it is frequently infeasible for the operator to reposition the light for illumination in a direction that iseven slightly skewed from the direction of travel. Accordingly, it is
Shoulder Strap For Bag - Patent 8132699
The present application relates to a shoulder strap that is designed for use with any type of bag that is typically carried over one's shoulder. Carrying a bag over one's shoulder can cause great stress to the user's back, neck, shoulder, or side. To minimize the stress imposed upon the user's body, particularly when the contents of the bag are somewhat heavy, the present inventionaffords a shoulder strap that will reduce the stress applied to the user's body. Consequently, the shoulder strap will be much more comfortable for users. Others have designed shoulder strap assemblies with this in mind, but none achieves this objective with a simplified, effective construction that is durable. For instance, U.S. Patent Application Publ. No. 2007/0261213 describes a shock absorbing shoulder strap that utilizes elastic half-straps that are coupled to the shoulder pad itself. This construction leaves the elastic component vulnerableto unnecessary wear, because the elastic component is exposed during use. Similar deficient constructions are illustrated in U.S. Pat. Nos. 6,158,636, 5,544,795, 5,450,995, and 5,411,194. While the strap design of U.S. Pat. No. 5,695,102 avoids exposure of the elastic component, the solution described in this reference is achieved by integrating the elastic component into a unitary multilaminar construction of the shoulder padper se. This design involves the use of substantially all elastic materials in the construction of the shoulder pad, including outer layers of soft stretchable materials, stretchable padding materials, and an internal elastic member that is covered bythe outer layers. The design and construction of this shoulder pad is relatively complicated given that the entire should pad itself is elastic. Moreover, the entire shoulder pad will expand and contract during use. This may become uncomfortable tothe user, because it may result in shifting or bunching of the user's clothing. The present invention is directed to o
Rail And Clamp Mounting System - Patent 8132701
The present invention relates generally to accessory mounting systems for recreational equipment and the like. More specifically the invention relates to a detachable device for clamping accessories to rails secured to surfaces, particularly tosurfaces of transporting vehicles including recreational vehicles (RVs).BACKGROUND ART In the many and varied recreational pursuits, including sporting activities, touring camping, and the like, there is a need to transport equipment and accessories used during recreation. Structures typically used for transporting recreationalequipment and accessories include a variety of load carriers such as luggage racks, ski racks, bicycle racks and small item storage racks, for example. Load carriers mounted on roof, rear and side panel surfaces of transporting vehicles, for example,include rails, frames and rack pipes or bars, held by retainers including detachable connectors exemplified by bolts, screws and adjustable clamps. Known clamping devices use brackets including apertures or shaped claw-like elements for insertion of rack pipes or rods with sliding capability of the clamping devices to a required position before adjusting a securing device to hold the clampin position. An exemplary automotive luggage rack, described in U.S. Pat. No. 4,273,278, has a pair of side rails extending parallel to one another and supported above the vehicle roof in stanchions at opposite ends of the side rails. One or morecross rails is provided between the side rails passing through cross rail end fittings that encircle the side rails so that the cross rail can be moved longitudinally of the side rails. The cross rail end fittings have rotatable retainers to secure thecross rails to the side rails. Disclosures of U.S. Pat. Nos. 5,275,320 and 5,419,479 also describe a roof luggage carrier for an automotive vehicle. The carrier includes a pair of rails running the length of the vehicle and at least one transversecarrier extending between
Retractable Shoulder Strap For Carrying Case - Patent 8123092
1. Field of the Invention The present invention relates to a retractable strap device for carry cases such as suitcases, briefcases, computer cases and the like. 2. Description of the Related Art Carrying cases such as suitcases, briefcases and luggage in general often include a shoulder strap which is fixed to the case (or bag) at opposed locations to facilitate carrying the case over the shoulder. The straps are generally attached atopposed ends of the bag and are loosely configured such that when the case is placed on the floor the strap falls loosely and generally provides an unsightly appearance. In addition, the strap presents a potential danger to the user or passersby by thefact that it can become entangled in an individual's foot and cause the person to trip and fall over the strap. In addition, the use of such luggage on common carriers such as airlines, railroads or the like not only provides a potential hazard wherethe user or the passersby can become entangled in the shoulder strap but also provides substantial inconvenience in storing the luggage in a storage compartment. For example, when numerous pieces of luggage are stacked in a storage compartment and acorresponding number of shoulder straps are loosely positioned and over adjacent pieces of luggage, personnel responsible for storing and retrieving the luggage are often confused when attempting to identify a specific strap with a particular piece ofluggage, often retrieving the wrong piece. The present invention relates to a retractable shoulder strap device for carry cases such as luggage, suitcases, briefcases, computer cases and the like, wherein the shoulder strap is made to retract neatly into a compact close relation with thecarry case by means of relatively compact retractor devices having resilient devices in the form of one or more springs arranged to retract the shoulder strap while permitting the shoulder strap to extend to a user position as may be required by the userduring the
Book Sling - Patent 8123093
The present invention relates to a shoulder-carried book holder and, more particularly, to a book sling for securely carrying objects.BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION The popularity of backpacks has increased in recent years. They are widely used for day hiking, bicycling, and climbing as well as for carrying books and supplies by students. As the national emphasis continues to be placed on improving the design of a book container or carrying bags, there is a need for a container which can be opened and closed more efficiently and which can hold the objects more firmly. Moreover, there is a need for a book container that can provide immediate visual feedback of inner contents without the need to open up the container itself.SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION The current invention provides for a book sling of a generally U-shaped sling cradle formed of first and second side walls, and a bottom disposed between the side walls upon which one or more books received in the cradle of the book sling rest. Advantageously, the book sling has open sides and an open top enabling quick visual determination of which particular book should be taken out during use, thereby making it quicker and easier to use than a backpack that completely encloses everythingsuch that it cannot be viewed without first opening the backpack. These and other advantages of this invention will become apparent from the following detailed description, which, taken in conjunction with the annexed drawings, discloses the preferred embodiment of the invention. BRIEF DESCRIPTION OFTHE DRAWINGS The invention will be more fully understood from the following detailed description taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings which form a part of this application, wherein like numerals referred to like parts and in which: FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a book sling constructed in accordance with the present invention carrying a plurality of books depicting the book sling in a shoulder carried or operational position; F
Multi-hanging Position Transportable Article Holder For Multi-type Seating - Patent 8123090
1. Field of the Invention The present invention relates to seat coverings and article holders in general, and more particularly to a multi-hanging position transportable article holder for multi-type seating. 2. Description of the Related Art The use of personal articles when attending a sporting event at a stadium or spending a day outdoors at the beach or park makes for a more enjoyable experience. A camera to capture moments, sunscreen for sunny outdoor games, or a blanket forchilly night games all add to the enjoyment of the experience. However, a safe and convenient place to store these personal items at such places is a problem. In addition, transporting personal articles in a carrier that must be held with one or bothhands constrains the user's hands. When at a stadium, a spectator prefers to have both arms free to balance and guide himself when traversing the steep stairs and narrow rows to reach his seat. The user may require both hands to be free for importantneeds such as to hold a handrail with one hand and to guide a child up or down stairs with the other hand. The seating provided in public settings, though often durable and economical, are invariably hard, uncomfortable, and prone to extreme temperatures. Examples include stadium chairs made from hard molded plastic, stadium benches made ofunyielding metal, and park benches made of wood that have been exposed to countless seasons of sun and rain thus warping and splintering the seats into uncomfortable and dangerous surfaces. U.S. Pat. No. 4,556,250 to Chapman et al. discloses a transportable under seat storage device for stadium type chairs that are individually separated from the each other. A handle allows a user to carry the device in a similar fashion to asuitcase. The device has a holding device that goes over the sides and front of a stadium seat bottom. A support device used to hold articles is attached underneath a seat bottom to the holding device. An optional cushion could be
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