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They Invented What? (No. 68)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on October 11, 2007

U.S. Pat. No. 6,347,406:  Sportsman’s wearable seat system.

 wearableseat

What is claimed is:

1. A wearable seat system, comprising:

a garment, said garment having a front and a rear disposed opposite said front, said rear having an interior surface disposed to face the wearer thereof and an exterior surface disposed opposite said interior surface;
a hinge member, said hinge member defining a first non-rigid substrate having a front edge and a back edge disposed opposite said front edge, one of said edges being connected to said rear of said garment;
a seat member connected to the other of said edges of said hinge member, said seat member including a seat casing and a cushion, said seat casing defining a hollow non-rigid body defining a cushion compartment therein, said seat casing defining a top, a bottom disposed opposite said top, and a peripheral border extending between said top and said bottom, said cushion being configured to be received within said cushion compartment of said seat casing;
a collapsible stand configured to be selectively deployed for supporting the user above the ground in a seated position, said stand including a frame and a bridge member;
said frame including a first brace and a second brace pivotally connected to said first brace, each said brace including a top beam having a pair of opposed ends, each said brace including a pair of opposed legs, each said leg depending from a different one of said opposed ends of said top beam of each said brace;
said bridge member having one end connected to one of said top beams of one of said braces and having a second end disposed opposite said first end and connected to said top beam of the other of said braces; and
at least one anchor member, said anchor member being configured to pivotally connect one of said top beams of one of said braces to one of said hinge member and said seat member.

2. A wearable seat system as in claim 1, wherein said hinge member and said stand are configured to support the user above the ground in a seated position while said seat member is attached to said garment.

3. A wearable seat system as in claim 1, further comprising:

at least one fastener attached to said rear of said garment and configured and disposed to selectively detachably fasten said stand and said seat member to said exterior surface of said rear of said garment.

4. A wearable seat system as in claim 3, wherein said fastener includes a first strap connected to said exterior surface of said rear of said garment, a first connector attached to a free end of said first strap, a second strap connected to said seat member, and a second connector attached to a free end of said second strap and configured to be selectively connected to said first connector.

5. A wearable seat system as in claim 1, wherein said rear of said garment defines an upper edge disposed nearest the neck of the wearer when said garment is being worn by the user, said rear of said garment defines a lower edge disposed farthest away from said upper edge when said garment is being worn by the user, said hinge member being connected to said rear of said garment closer to said lower edge of said rear of said garment than to said upper edge of said rear of said garment.

6. A wearable seat system as in claim 1, wherein said front edge of said hinge member is configured to be selectively detachably connected to said rear of said garment.

7. A wearable seat system as in claim 6, wherein said front edge of said hinge member is connected by a zipper to said rear of said garment.

8. A wearable seat system as in claim 1, wherein said bridge member defines a non-rigid substrate.

9. A wearable seat system as in claim 1, wherein each said leg of said first brace is pivotally connected to a different one of said legs of said second brace.

10. A wearable seat system as in claim 1, wherein each said brace defines a rigid rectilinear member residing generally in a flat plane.

11. A wearable seat system as in claim 1, further comprising at least one pocket connected to said interior of said garment.

12. A wearable seat system, comprising:

a garment, said garment having a front and a rear disposed opposite said front, said rear having an interior surface disposed to face the wearer thereof and an exterior surface disposed opposite said interior surface;
a collapsible stand pivotally connected to said rear of said garment, said collapsible stand being configured so as to be selectively deployable by the wearer of said garment from a first mode to a second mode while said stand remains connected to said garment and said garment is continuously worn by the wearer, said first mode defining a collapsed storage mode and said second mode defining an open seating mode, said stand being configured for supporting the wearer of said garment above the ground in a seated position during said seating mode, said stand being configured for essentially flat storage parallel to and against said rear of said garment during said storage mode, said stand including a frame and a bridge member;
said frame including a first brace and a second brace pivotally connected to said first brace, each said brace including a top beam having a pair of opposed ends, each said brace including a pair of opposed legs, each said leg depending from a different one of said opposed ends of said top beam of each said braces; and
said bridge member having one end engaging said top beam of said first brace and having a second end disposed opposite said first end and engaging said top beam of said second brace.

13. A wearable seat system as in claim 12, wherein said rear of said garment defines an upper edge disposed nearest the neck of the wearer when said garment is being worn by the user, said rear of said garment defines a lower edge disposed farthest away from said upper edge when said garment is being worn by the user, said stand being pivotally connected by a non-rigid strap to said rear of said garment closer to said lower edge of said rear of said garment than to said upper edge of said rear of said garment.

14. A wearable seat system as in claim 12, further comprising:

a hinge member, said hinge member defining a first non-rigid substrate having a front edge and a back edge disposed opposite said front edge, one of said edges being connected to said rear of said garment; and
a seat member connected to the other of said edges of said hinge member, said seat member including a seat casing and a cushion, said seat casing defining a hollow non-rigid body defining a cushion compartment therein, said seat casing defining a top, a bottom disposed opposite said top, and a peripheral border extending between said top and said bottom, said cushion being configured to be received within said cushion compartment of said seat casing.

15. A wearable seat system as in claim 14, wherein said front edge of said hinge member is configured to be selectively detachably connected to said rear of said garment.

16. A wearable seat system as in claim 14, wherein said front edge of said hinge member is configured to be selectively detachably connected to said rear of said garment.

17. A wearable seat system as in claim 16, wherein said front edge of said hinge member is connected by a zipper to said rear of said garment.

18. A wearable seat system as in claim 12, further comprising:

at least one fastener attached to said rear of said garment and configured and disposed to selectively detachably fasten said stand to said exterior surface of said rear of said garment.

19. A wearable seat system, comprising:

a garment, said garment having a front and a rear disposed opposite said front, said rear having an interior surface disposed to face the wearer thereof and an exterior surface disposed opposite said interior surface;
a hinge member, said hinge member defining a first non-rigid substrate having a front edge and a back edge disposed opposite said front edge, one of said edges being connected to said rear of said garment;
a seat member connected to the other of said edges of said hinge member, said seat member including a seat casing and a resilient cushion, said seat casing defining a hollow flexible body defining a cushion compartment therein, said seat casing defining a top, a bottom disposed opposite said top, and a peripheral border extending between said top and said bottom, said cushion being configured to be received within said cushion compartment of said seat casing;
a collapsible stand configured to be selectively deployed for supporting said seat member above the ground with the user’s weight carried on said seat member, said stand including a frame and a bridge member;
said frame including a first brace and a second brace pivotally connected to said first brace, each said brace defining a rigid rectilinear member residing generally in a flat plane, each said brace including a pair of opposed legs, each said leg having a top end and a bottom end disposed opposite said top end, each said brace including a top beam connecting said top ends of said brace, each said leg of said first brace being pivotally connected to a different one of said legs of said second brace;
said bridge member having one end connected to one of said top beams of one of said braces and having a second end disposed opposite said first end and connected to said top beam of the other of said braces;
at least one anchor member, said anchor member being configured to pivotally connect one of said top beams of one of said braces to one of said hinge member and said seat member; and
at least one fastener configured and disposed to detachably fasten said stand and said seat member to said exterior surface of said rear of said garment.

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