Background

I have been designing and building devices and objects for close to 30 years, first as a sculptor then as an industrial designer, inventor and engineer. I have broad knowledge of how things work, how they are made and what makes them useful, and how to manufacture them.

For all of my professional life I have been working in the interstices of art and science, merging soft skills with the rigor of engineering design. I studied engineering in college then pivoted to art school, studying sculpture and painting. After art school, I exhibited locally and operated my own metal shop and sculpture studio while managing the sculpture facility at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. I honed my skills and craftsmanship in many areas as a young adult seeking the balance between creativity, capability and earning ability. I've worked as a welder, a cabinet maker, designed and built sets, props and special effects for TV, film and video production. I've fabricated custom jewelry, camera equipment, motorcycle parts and bicycles. I've designed furniture, eyeglasses, optical systems and complex industrial mechanisms. I learned the business of innovation, invention and intellectual property. Along the way, I've also learned how to define and run efficient development programs, leverage the skills of individual's talents to build effective teams, and over the years helped numerous entrepreneurs develop their ideas from conception to commercialization.

Specialties: Mechanical systems, 3D CAD, product design, system architecture, development processes, innovation management, intellectual property, prototyping, engineering design and management, industrial design.


PATENTS:

A debt of gratitude to Garrett Brown who has inspired, guided and nudged over the years, and without whom none of this work would have been possible. 

Gimbal assembly for tool support

WO/2009/039047, US2008/076331, US20100301179, EP 2188565 A1

Filed September 17, 2007

A supporting and orienting apparatus that is angularly agile and can balance the weight of tools, and permits quick tool replacement is disclosed. An inner gimbal portion holds the tool at its center of balance and is rotationally disposed within an outer gimbal portion. The gimbal portion combination is rotationally attached to an articulated arm.

 2 inventors:

Concentric ring gimbal support system

US 2011/0155866 A1, EP2321568A1, WO2010030404A1

Filed March 17, 2009

A tool support system is disclosed having a yoke; a plurality of concentric rings having at least one ring pivotally connected to the yoke; a tool fastening mechanism to secure a tool in the support system; and one or more rotation components.

 4 inventors:

  • Tony Sacksteder VP, Technology at Equipois Inc.

  • Micah Black Product Developer at Equipois Inc.

  • David Asmann, Engineer at Equipois Inc.

  • Garrett Brown Independent Motion Pictures and Film Professional

Folding and adjusting hinge for stabilized equipment support

 US20060262274

 Issued December 1, 2009

An improved equipment stabilizing support apparatus having an upper spar associated with the equipment and a lower spar connected by a double-acting type hinge that provides angular displacement between the upper and lower spars to adjustably balance equipment, and angular displacement around a second axis to allow folding of the lower spar toward the upper spar to an optimum closed configuration regardless of the adjusted balancing position

2 inventors:

Optical Device

US6705720, US8,192,014

Issued March 16, 2004

 An optical device is disclosed having a supporting bar with a twisted configuration. At least one lens is slidably connected to the supporting bar such that the lens rotates when slid longitudinally along the supporting bar. The optical device further comprises a nose piece connected to the supporting bar, which may be stationary or adjustable with respect to the supporting bar. As the lens or lenses are slid along the supporting bar, they achieve a continuously changing angle relative to the nosepiece.

2 inventors:

Biased hinge for equipoising support equipment

 US20100065705, EP2344806 A1

Issued September 29, 2009

A support arm having a proximate support arm segment, a distal support arm segment, and a hinge system having a proximate end pivotally connected to the proximate support arm segment at a proximate pivot, and a distal end pivotally connected to the distal support arm segment at a distal pivot. A tensile member having a first end and a second end, has the first end extending into and secured at a...more

2 inventors:

  1. Tony Sacksteder VP, Technology at Equipois Inc.

  2. Garrett Brown Independent Motion Pictures and Film Professional

MULTI-ARM GIMBAL SYSTEM

 US 2012/0049035 A1

Filed August 25, 2011

The invention provides a gimbal support apparatus to support tools or other payloads for use during performance of tasks using those payloads. The payload can be selectively biased to achieve an optimum position for performance of the task. The gimbal support apparatus comprises rotationally connected gimbal arms that can be adjusted with respect to one another and to an equipoising support arm to attain the selected payload bias.

2 inventors:

  1. Tony Sacksteder VP, Technology at Equipois Inc.

  2. Micah Black Product Developer at Equipois Inc.

Additional Patents Pending:

Human Support System
 WO 2013003369 A2

Filed June 26, 2012

Adjustable support systems are provided for holding human arms in fixed or moving positions, and providing support for other portions of the body that may be subjected to strain. The support systems are configurable for use in a variety of postures including sitting, standing and crouching. Dynamic support components are incorporated into the system to counter forces on a user created by a user's posture or objects a user is lifting or working with. The pivoting joints can be compliant within a settable range of motion, and the torsional forces produced at the pivoting joints can be variable by use of an elastic element acting across the fixed and movable sides of the rotary joints

 

Exoskeleton Arm Interface
 WO2012154580 A1
Filed May 4, 2012

A support arm interface for connecting a dynamic assist support arm to an exoskeleton structure having a chassis, a connection component on the chassis configured to pivotably attach a dynamic assist support arm thereto, a connection component on the chassis configured to attach an exoskeleton thereto and a leveling mechanism attached to the chassis and configured to level the dynamic assist support arm interface.