|Publication number||US20020175254 A1|
|Application number||US 09/863,333|
|Publication date||Nov 28, 2002|
|Filing date||May 24, 2001|
|Priority date||May 24, 2001|
|Publication number||09863333, 863333, US 2002/0175254 A1, US 2002/175254 A1, US 20020175254 A1, US 20020175254A1, US 2002175254 A1, US 2002175254A1, US-A1-20020175254, US-A1-2002175254, US2002/0175254A1, US2002/175254A1, US20020175254 A1, US20020175254A1, US2002175254 A1, US2002175254A1|
|Original Assignee||Hsiao-Feng Lee|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Referenced by (12), Classifications (16), Legal Events (1)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
 1. Field of the Invention
 The present invention is related to an adjustable monitor bracket, and more particularly to a monitor bracket which is assembled on a backrest of a front seat in an automobile.
 2. Description of Related Art
 A lot of automobiles now have LCD monitors assembled therein and which are used for displaying automobile information such as speed, temperature, etc., or playing a movie. The monitors generally are assembled on the back of headrests of front seats in the automobiles. However, the installation of the conventional monitor has the following disadvantages:
 1. The monitor in use will generate a lot of heat, and as the monitor is completely covered in the headrest the heat cannot be dissipated quickly and safely.
 2. The monitor is unable to be adjusted, so that it is very inconvenient for some passengers to watch the displayed information.
 Therefore, the invention provides an adjustable monitor bracket to mitigate and/or obviate the aforementioned problems.
 The main objective of the invention is to provide a monitor bracket which is able to be adjusted to facilitate a user to conveniently watch a monitor installed thereon.
 Another objective of the invention is to provide a monitor bracket which is detachably assembled in an automobile.
 A further objective of the invention is to provide a monitor bracket which is conveniently assembled in the automobile.
 Other objects, advantages and novel features of the invention will become more apparent from the following detailed description when taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings.
FIG. 1 is a perspective view of an adjustable bracket in accordance with the invention;
FIG. 2 is an exploded perspective view of the adjustable bracket; and
FIG. 3 is a schematic view showing the bracket assembled on a backrest.
 Referring to FIGS. 1 and 2, an adjustable bracket in accordance with the invention is composed of a fixed bar (10) and a movable bar (20) pivotally mounted on the fixed bar (10). The fixed bar (10) has two T-shaped blocks (16, 18) provided at a side thereof for being engaged on a backrest of a seat, and the movable bar (20) has a tray (24) formed at a first end thereof and a fastener (242) provided on the tray (24).
 The fixed bar (10) has a first aperture (12) defined through a first end thereof and the adjustable bar (20) has a second aperture (22) defined through a second end thereof to correspond to the first aperture (12). A bolt (30) is inserted through the first aperture (12) and the second aperture (22) and engaged with a nut (32) to pivotally mount the adjustable bar (20) on the fixed bar (10). Washers (34) are respectively provided between the fixed bar (10) and the adjustable bar (20) and between the nut (32) and the adjustable bar (20). A plurality of thread holes (14) is defined at the side where the T-shaped blocks (16, 18) are provided. The first T-shaped block (16) has a first opening (160) defined therethrough, and two hooks (162, 164) respectively formed at two sides thereof, wherein the first hook (162) is larger than the second hook (164). The second T-shaped block (18) has a second opening (180) defined therethrough, and two wings (182, 184) respectively formed at two sides thereof, wherein the first wing (182) is thicker than the second wing (184). In this embodiment, the second opening (180) is a slot longitudinally defined. As shown in FIG. 3, two poles (44)) extend between a backrest (40) and a headrest (42) of a seat. The T-shaped blocks (16,18) respectively clamp the poles (44) by screws (19) correspondingly inserted through the first opening (160) and the second opening (180),and engaging in the thread holes (14) of the fixed bar (10).
 Referring back to FIG. 2, the tray (24) has a rotary seat (240) received therein and is able to be turned about a vertical axis. The fastener (242) is assembled on the rotary seat (240) and is able to be pivoted about a horizontal axis. A fastening screw (244), by which a monitor (50) is secured on the adjustable bar (20), as shown in FIG. 3, is provided in the fastener (242).
 Furthermore, a stop (60) is provided on the fixed bar (10) and adjacent the pivot point of the fixed bar (10) and the adjustable bar (20) to prevent the adjustable bar (20) from turning beyond the limited position.
 Moreover, the adjustable bar (20) has a layer of rubber (not numbered) mounted thereon to provide a protection for the passenger from possible sharp edges of the adjustable bar (20). A user can turn the adjustable bar (20) about the fixed bar (10) to adjust a distance between the monitor (50) and the user, and can turn the rotary seat (240) about the tray (24) and/or turn the fastener (242) about the rotary seat (240) to adjust an angle between the monitor (50) and the user.
 From the above description, it is noted that the invention has the following advantages:
 1. Because there are the plurality of thread holes (14) defined in the fixed bar (10), when the distance between the poles (44) varies between different automobiles, the T-shaped blocks (16, 18) can be secured on the fixed bar (10) at corresponding positions by engaging the screws (19) with various ones of the thread holes (14).
 2. Because the second opening (180) of the second T-shaped block (18) is a slot, the distance between the T-shaped blocks (16, 18) can be accurately adjusted further.
 3. The T-shaped blocks (16, 18) respectively have various hooks (162, 164) and wings (182, 184), so they can match various poles (44) with different diameters.
 4. When the car is in an emergency braking situation and a passenger is thrown forward, the adjustable bar (20) is pivoted inward by the force of the moving passenger to cushion the impact and so protect the passenger and the monitor (50).
 5. The monitor bracket is able to be detached from the backrest without damaging any other equipment in the automobile and refitted in another automobile, such as when an owner changes vehicles..
 It is to be understood, however, that even though numerous characteristics and advantages of the present invention have been set forth in the foregoing description, together with details of the structure and function of the invention, the disclosure is illustrative only, and changes may be made in detail, especially in matters of shape, size, and arrangement of parts within the principles of the invention to the full extent indicated by the broad general meaning of the terms in which the appended claims are expressed.
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|U.S. Classification||248/289.11, 248/218.4, 248/229.1, 248/274.1, 248/291.1|
|International Classification||B60R11/02, B60N2/48, B60R11/00|
|Cooperative Classification||B60R2011/0066, B60N2/4876, B60R2011/0085, B60R2011/0015, B60R2011/0059, B60R11/0235|
|European Classification||B60R11/02E2, B60N2/48F|
|May 24, 2001||AS||Assignment|
Owner name: GAIN ASSOCIATES INC., TAIWAN
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNOR:LEE, HSIAO-FENG;REEL/FRAME:011839/0249
Effective date: 20010517