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Title: US5572749: Helmet mounting device and system
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Country: US United States of America

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Inventor: Ogden, Andrew M.; Pasadena, CA

Assignee: The Walt Disney Company, Burbank, CA
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Published / Filed: 1996-11-12 / 1994-06-28

Application Number: US1994000267183

IPC Code: Advanced: A42B 3/14; G02B 27/01; G09B 9/30; G02B 27/00;
IPC-7: A42B 3/00;

ECLA Code: A42B3/14C; A42B3/14; G02B27/01C2; G09B9/30E; S02B27/01B3;

U.S. Class: Current: 002/421; 002/410; 002/418; 002/422; 472/059; 472/061;
Original: 002/421; 002/422; 002/413; 002/410; 472/059; 472/061;

Field of Search: 002/410,6.1,6.2,416,417,418,419,420,421,422,10,209.13,906 273/433,434,DIG. 17 472/057,59,60,61 353/DIG. 6 359/880,630,13

Priority Number:
1994-06-28  US1994000267183

Abstract:     A helmet mounting device which allows a helmet to be securely mounted to a user's head in a desired alignment, without irritating chin straps, is provided. The device includes a frame and a liner with a retention band that can be uniformly tightened about the user's head and that aligns with cranial features such as the indentation in the occipital area at the base of the skull. A plurality of these devices can be given out in advance to users waiting on line for a virtual reality amusement attraction, who can don them in advance. When a user reaches the attraction, he or she can easily slip onto the device a helmet having shape complementary to the device for quick alignment. When the user is finished, the device can easily be cleaned before being given to the next user.

Attorney, Agent or Firm: Fish & Neave ; Ingerman, Jeffrey H. ;

Primary / Asst. Examiners: Neas, Michael A.;

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First Claim:
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What is claimed is:     1. A helmet mounting device for mounting a helmet on a head of a user, said helmet mounting device comprising:
  • a substantially stiff frame for resting on said head for accepting said helmet thereon without positive attachment of said helmet to said frame;
  • a retention band depending from said frame for encircling said head to retain said frame on said head; and
  • a tightening mechanism for tightening said retention band to any one of a large number of substantially continuously spaced sizes after said retention band has been placed on said head; wherein:
  • said tightening mechanism includes a tensioning device for constricting said retention band uniformly about said head;
  • said tightening mechanism and said retention band include alignment portions for aligning said device in a predetermined orientation relative to said head; said helmet mounting device further comprising:
  • an alignment structure for aligning said helmet with said device, thereby aligning said helmet with said head, said alignment structure comprising at least three ridges extending upward from respective locations at lower outer extremities of said device, said helmet having grooves corresponding to said ridges, wherein:
  • each of said ridges has a cross section, said cross section having a peak, a respective sloping section on either side of said peak, and a respective tapered edge beyond each respective sloping section,
  • said peak has a first concavity,
  • each said respective sloping section has a second concavity in a direction opposite said first concavity, and
  • each said respective tapered edge has a third concavity in a same direction as said first concavity.

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Patent  Pub.Date  Inventor Assignee   Title
Get PDF - 5pp US3016541* 1962-01 Archbold    
Get PDF - 13pp US3897596  1975-08 Aileo et al.  Gentex Corporation Protective helmet
Get PDF - 11pp US4055860  1977-11 King  Norton Company Safety cap with energy absorbing suspension
Get PDF - 10pp US4703879  1987-11 Kastendick et al.  Varo, Inc. Night vision goggle headgear
Get PDF - 9pp US4833735  1989-05 Long et al.  Gentex Corporation Helmet suspension with integrated crown straps and headband
Get PDF - 9pp US5042177  1991-08 Schoch  Weinmann GmbH & Co. KG Rotary closure for a sports shoe, especially a ski shoe
Get PDF - 11pp US5079780  1992-01 Coombs et al.  Cairns & Brother, Inc. Chinstrap activated head adjustment assembly for a protective helmet assembly
Get PDF - 7pp US5150479  1992-09 Oleson  E. D. Bullard Company Protective helmet
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Foreign References:
Publication Date IPC Code Assignee   Title
Get PDF - 19pp EP0622030 1994-11  A42B 3/04 CAIRNS & BROTHER INC Combination head-protective helmet and thermal imaging apparatus 
Buy PDF GB0998695 1965-07  A42B 3/04 IND SAFETY SERVICES PROPRIETAR Improvements in protective helmets 

Other Abstract Info: DERABS G96-517348 DERG96-517348

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