General Dynamics. has filed a patent for a reclining seat that can transition between upright and flat configurations. The seat includes a seat bottom, seat back, leg support, and arm support. The design allows for alignment and coplanar surfaces in both configurations. GlobalData’s report on General Dynamics gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Reclining seat with adjustable configurations and coplanar surfaces

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: General Dynamics Corp

A reclining seat patent application (Publication Number: US20230406511A1) describes a unique design for a reclining seat that includes a seat bottom, a seat back, a leg support, and an arm support. The seat assembly is configured to move between an upright configuration and a flat configuration, with the seat back and leg support transverse to the seat bottom. The arm support is coupled with either the seat back or the seat bottom and includes a telescoping buttress for support. The upper surfaces of the seat components are coplanar in the flat configuration, with the arm support moving towards the aft portion of the seat assembly as it reclines.

Furthermore, the patent application details additional features such as a cushion with uniform thickness extending over the seat components, the arm support being pivotally coupled with both the seat bottom and the seat back, and the ability of the seat assembly to move to a zero-gravity position. The design ensures that the upper surfaces of the seat components remain parallel and canted at an angle of less than ten degrees with respect to the floor surface in the flat configuration. The arm support's continuous contact with the back support during the transition between upright and flat configurations enhances stability and comfort for the user. Overall, the reclining seat patent application showcases a versatile and ergonomic design that prioritizes user comfort and functionality.

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