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6080944 Acceleration actuated microswitch  
A acceleration actuated microswitch that accurately detects accelerations in various directions is provided. A mass is supported by first beams in a space defined in a silicon substrate. The mass...
6072247 Cantilevered acceleration switch responsive to acceleration parallel to plane of substrate upon which the switch is fabricated and methods  
A micro-miniature acceleration switch (e.g., 10) has a substrate (14) and an inertial mass member ("IMM"12) fabricated upon the substrate. The substrate (14) has a planar surface (16), and the IMM...
6072129 Impact detecting apparatus  
An impact detecting apparatus includes a housing, a fixed electrode located within the housing, a movable electrode located adjacent the fixed electrode and adapted to be electrically connected...
6064013 Miniature, planar, inertially-damped, inertially-actuated delay slider actuator  
A miniature, planar, inertially-damped, inertially-actuated delay slider uator is micromachined on a substrate and consists of a "slider", with zig-zag or stair-step-like patterns on the side...
6060673 Inertia switch and mounting therefor  
PCT No. PCT/GB96/01952 Sec. 371 Date May 26, 1998 Sec. 102(e) Date May 26, 1998 PCT Filed Aug. 12, 1996 PCT Pub. No. WO97/07521 PCT Pub. Date Feb. 27, 1997Various improvements are disclosed for an...
6057773 Unanchored sensor for fluid characteristics  
A device and method for sensing fluid characteristics, including, temperature, pH and chemistry, comprises a switch affixed to or embedded in a container of a size, shape and density such that...
6034614 Seismically activated apparatus  
A multi-cell battery power pack for use in a battery-powered appliance such as a lantern or the like supports a plurality of conventional battery cells together with a seismically activated switch...
6018130 Roll-over sensor with pendulum mounted magnet  
A shunt is pivotally mounted to form a pendulum positioned between a reed switch and a magnet. The shunt is formed of ferromagnetic material and is mounted such that as long as it remains between...
6009924 Apparatus for the thermal binding of sheets  
An apparatus for the thermal binding of sheets includes at least one support (5-5a-5B) for a binding element (3). The binding element has a binding back on which an amount of glue (4), which melts...
5987988 Acceleration sensor and method for manufacturing thereof  
An acceleration sensor includes a first substrate, a second substrate and a third substrate. The second substrate has a through-hole, a first contact formed on an inner surface of the...
5955714 Roll-over shunt sensor  
A ferromagnetic shunt is pivotally mounted to a housing to form a pendulum which swings between a reed switch and a magnet. As long as the shunt remains between the reed switch and the magnet the...
5941336 Vehicle collision sensor mounting device  
A collision sensor 1 is mounted on a pedal bracket 2 which are supported by a front frame 4, a front mount rail 5, and a reinforce 8 which are all located in front of the cab. The collision sensor...
5941836 Patient position monitor  
A patient position monitor having an inclinometer and a microprocessor connected to the output of the inclinometer. The inclinometer is a body axis orientation sensor having a light impermeable...
5929767 Earthquake detector and alarm  
The present invention is an earthquake detector and alarm system designed to detect even very low seismic vibration activity and warn the user. The present invention's detector sensor is selective...
5920045 Acceleration detecting device  
A weight (4) rotates with a shaft (5) as a rotational center during acceleration detection. A rotor (1) fixed on the weight (4) rotates integrally therewith. A first cam portion 1a of noncircular...
5920048 Electrical switch and variable resistance module for vehicle brake pedal or accelerator and method of operation  
A method and apparatus for actuating an electrical switch and providing a variable electrical resistance usable to sense displacement of a movable member. The apparatus includes a housing for...
5917162 Circuit breaker with multiple operators for actuator device  
An electrical switch has a movable contact 15 and a fixed contact 14. A member 26 can move the contact 15 to make or break the switch. A latch including a movable device controls the initial...
5909173 Vehicle warning device  
A vehicle warning device comprises a visual indicator activated by a deceleration sensor upon emergency deceleration of the vehicle. The visual indicator is powered by a base inserted into a...
5898144 Anti-chattering contact structure and collision detecting apparatus using the same  
A contact structure composed of a pushing side blade spring member with a first contact point and a receiving side blade spring member with a second contact point. The receiving side blade spring...
5883571 Device and method for generating an audible signal in a motor vehicle  
A device for generating an audible signal using an audible unit of a motor vehicle, particularly when the motor vehicle performs an evasive maneuver. The device includes a striking member situated...
5856645 Crash sensing switch  
A crash sensing switch for automotive vehicles has a cylindrical piston that moves sealingly in a tube during a crash to bridge a pair of contacts. Viscous flow of air through ducts creates...
5847262 Impact detecting apparatus  
An impact detecting apparatus has a housing having a conical slope therein and a ball located on the conical slope. A shaft is located within the housing and movably supported on the housing for...
5845730 Electro-mechanical accelerometer to actuate a vehicular safety device  
An electro-mechanical accelerometer is disclosed for use in a vehicle to selectively actuate a vehicular safety device such as, for example, an airbag when a deceleration force greater than a...
5837951 Inertia switching device, acceleration responsive device and method of making acceleration responsive device  
A seismosensitive element includes a housing formed from an electrically conductive material and having an inclined face formed on the bottom thereof to gradually rise concentrically outwardly...
5831521 Automatic emergency signal means for vehicles  
An antomatic emergency signal device for vehicles including: a casing mounted in a vehicle, a movable weight movable in a groove longitudinally formed in the casing, a sensor actuated by the...
5828138 Acceleration switch  
An acceleration sensitive switch (10) equipped with an inertial mass member ("IMM") (12) that is deflectable from a holding position to an actuated position in response to a predetermined...
5821851 Vehicle deceleration sensor and indicator  
An inertial sensor for measuring the rate of deceleration experienced by a vehicle includes a pendulum fixed to a horizontally disposed shaft, each end of which is connected to the selector knob...
5814778 Multiple sphere motion detector  
A motion detector includes a plurality of electrically conductive spheres contained within a chamber having a height slightly greater than the sphere diameter. In a first embodiment, a top wall of...
5808254 Switch for four-quarters clock  
A clock capable of automatically switching to any one of plural functions when the clock is turned to stand on each of four sides is controlled by a gravity operated switch that includes a pair of...
5804783 Air damped crash sensor and construction method thereof  
An air damped crash sensor including a thin planar hinged inertial sensing mass which rotates within a sealed housing with a small clearance between the edges of the mass and the walls of the...
5796333 Early warning signal system  
A new Early Warning Signal System for producing a warning to a following driver of a speed reduction and possible braking. The inventive device includes a warning signal light powered by the...
5793005 Collision detecting apparatus operable in response to deformation and acceleration  
A collision detecting apparatus (1) comprises a pair of deformation sensor (2) and G sensor (3) having output signals to be supplied to a control circuit (19). When a door outer panel (18) is...
5789716 One-way shaking switch  
A one-way shaking switch including a housing, a steel ball, a spring, a cover board and an upper and a lower metal terminals. The housing is integrally formed with a circular cavity, a transverse...
5786753 Vehicle having a deceleration rate signal generator incorporated therein  
A vehicle provides an indication of its rate of deceleration. In a preferred embodiment, a vehicle has a deceleration rate signal generator incorporated therein. The signal generator includes a...
5783996 Portable gravity activated alarm device for golf bags and other similar items  
A portable alarm device which comprises an enclosed compartment within which a spring-loaded triggering device may be locked into an alarm position by a magnetic field and held there until...
5777285 Automotive inertia switch  
An automotive inertia switch including a switch body which houses a movable plunger weight; a button guide structure with a cylindrical nest, a switch reset button, a wiper contact, and a...
5767775 Unanchored sensor and level sensor  
A device and method for sensing fluid characteristics, including level, temperature, pH and chemistry, comprises a switch affixed to or embedded in a container of a size, shape and density such...
5767467 Gravity actuated electrical switch  
A gravity actuated electrical switch in which electrical contact is made and then broken as the switch is moved from a horizontal to a vertical position consisting of a container within which is...
5760354 Collision detecting apparatus and method of assembling collision detecting apparatus  
Extension means for extending a transmission path on which vibration transmitted through a movable contact to a contact element is provided for the collision detecting apparatus. Vibration...
5753872 Acceleration switch  
In an acceleration switch, a magnetic contact opening/closing member is disposed at a horizontal initial position above a holding member. The end portion of the contact opening/closing member is...
5747762 Oscillation switch and a portable electrically driving machine with the oscillation switch  
An oscillation switch consists of a pair of ring-shaped electrodes each having an inner surface coaxially provided with a projection and spaced apart at a predetermined distance, and balls...
5747761 Manually resettable shock sensor switch  
A shock sensor for vehicles is provided with a housing having a sloping bottom wall and a ball that can move up the sloping wall when a shock in excess of a certain level is applied. A supporting...
5725301 Earthquake detection device  
An earthquake detection device with an innovative mechanism capable of sensing vibrations. The device is an open electrical circuit that, when triggered by sufficient vibration, becomes a closed...
5712617 Inertia brakelight flasher  
A flasher for intermittently operating a third brakelight in response to a predetermined deceleration of a vehicle. The inventive device includes a flasher relay electrically couplable to the...
5706181 Sensor unit for controlling an occupant protection system of a motor vehicle  
A sensor unit for controlling an occupant protection system has a sensor which is held in its position on a printed circuit board through the use of an elastic damping holder. The damping holder...
5698827 Micro- to macromotion sensing, detecting and warning device  
A device capable of detecting motion, especially extremely small amounts of motion (micromotion) which has three portions: (a) a sensing portion, (b) a detecting portion, and (c) a warning...
5684336 Crash sensor assembly including both an inertia sensor and an accelerometer and method  
A crash sensor assembly (10) includes a base (12). Mounted on the base (12) are an inertia sensor assembly (32) having an axis of sensitivity (40) and an accelerometer assembly (56) having an axis...
5682137 Vehicular acceleration and deceleration indicator  
This invention is an enhancement to current automobile safety by providing addition information to a trailing vehicle concerning the rate of acceleration and deceleration of a vehicle equipped...
5678860 Trip device for a vehicle occupant restraint system  
A trip device for a vehicle occupant restraint system comprises a vehicle responsive inertial mass (12) able to be moved in translation in a housing (10) against a return spring (14) between a...
5677670 Flashing brake light apparatus  
A flashing brake light apparatus includes a base assembly and a housing assembly attached to the base assembly. An illumination assembly is supported by the housing assembly and is located at the...