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Publication numberUS20030151922 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 10/356,071
Publication dateAug 14, 2003
Filing dateJan 31, 2003
Priority dateFeb 8, 2002
Also published asUS7258468, US20050099816
Publication number10356071, 356071, US 2003/0151922 A1, US 2003/151922 A1, US 20030151922 A1, US 20030151922A1, US 2003151922 A1, US 2003151922A1, US-A1-20030151922, US-A1-2003151922, US2003/0151922A1, US2003/151922A1, US20030151922 A1, US20030151922A1, US2003151922 A1, US2003151922A1
InventorsChih-Kang Peng, Wen-Chung Ho, Li-Kuan Wong, Chang-Chien Li
Original AssigneeChih-Kang Peng, Wen-Chung Ho, Li-Kuan Wong, Chang-Chien Li
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Assembling structure for replaceably assembling lamp to image output device
US 20030151922 A1
Abstract
The present invention provides an assembling structure for replaceably assembling a lamp to an image output device. The image output device includes a housing and a lens. The housing includes a first surface having an opening. The lens is positioned on the first surface. The structure of the present invention includes a body being movably disposed within the housing via the opening and a cover corresponding to the opening. The cover is positioned at a first position for covering the opening, and, as the cover is moved to a second position, the opening is exposed allowing the body to move into or move out of the housing through the opening.
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We claim:
1. An assembling structure for replaceably assembling a lamp to an image output device, said image output device including a housing and a lens, said housing including a first surface, and said lens being disposed on the first surface, said first surface including an opening, said assembling structure comprising:
a body for supporting said lamp and for assembling said lamp to said image output device, said body being selectively separably disposed within the housing; and;
a cover corresponding to said opening, said cover being movably coupled to said housing;
wherein said cover is positioned at a first position for covering said opening, and, as the cover is moved to a second position, the opening is exposed allowing the body to move into or move out of the housing through the opening.
2. The assembling structure of claim 1, wherein said lamp is a light bulb.
3. The assembling structure of claim 1, wherein said cover is coupled to and vertically movable relative to said housing.
4. The assembling structure of claim 3, wherein said cover is selectively separably connected with said housing.
5. The assembling structure of claim 3, wherein said cover includes a set of grooves, said housing includes a set of guide rails corresponding to said set of grooves for engaging said cover so that said cover is vertically movable relative to said housing.
6. The assembling structure of claim 3, wherein said cover includes a set of guide rails, said housing includes a set of grooves corresponding to said set of guide rails for engaging said cover so that said cover is vertically movable relative to said housing.
7. The assembling structure of claim 1, wherein said cover is coupled to and horizontally movable relative to said housing.
8. The assembling structure of claim 7, wherein said cover is selectively separably connected with said housing.
9. The assembling structure of claim 7, wherein said cover includes a set of grooves, said housing includes a set of guide rails corresponding to said set of grooves for engaging said cover so that said cover is horizontally movable relative to said housing.
10. The assembling structure of claim 7, wherein said cover includes a set of guide rails, said housing includes a set of grooves corresponding to said set of guide rails for engaging said cover so that said cover is horizontally movable relative to said housing.
11. The assembling structure of claim 1, wherein said image output device includes a hinge for connecting said cover to said housing.
12. An image output device, comprising:
a housing including a first surface, and said first surface including an opening;
a lens disposed on said first surface; and
an assembling structure for replaceably assembling a lamp to said image output device, said assembling structure comprising:
a body for supporting said lamp and for assembling said lamp to said image output device, said body being selectively separably disposed within the housing; and
a cover corresponding to said opening, said cover being movably coupled to said housing;
wherein said cover is positioned at a first position for covering said opening, and, as the cover is moved to a second position, the opening is exposed allowing the body to move into or move out of the housing through the opening.
13. The image output device of claim 12, wherein said cover is coupled to and vertically movable relative to said housing.
14. The image output device of claim 13, wherein said cover is selectively separably connected with said housing.
15. The image output device of claim 13, wherein said cover includes a set of grooves, said housing includes a set of guide rails corresponding to said set of grooves for engaging said cover so that said cover is vertically movable relative to said housing.
16. The image output device of claim 12, wherein said cover is coupled to and horizontally movable relative to said housing.
17. The image output device of claim 16, wherein said cover is selectively separably connected with said housing.
18. The image output device of claim 16, wherein said cover includes a set of guide rails, said housing includes a set of grooves corresponding to said set of guide rails for engaging said cover so that said cover is horizontally movable relative to said housing.
19. The image output device of claim 12, wherein said image output device includes a hinge for connecting said cover to said housing.
Description
This Application claims priority to Taiwan Patent Application No. 091102543 entitled “Assembling Structure for Replaceably Assembling Lamp To Image Output Device”, filed Feb. 8, 2002. FIELD OF INVENTION

[0001] The present invention relates to an assembling structure for replaceably assembling a lamp to an image output device.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0002] Many of commercialized image output devices, such as an overhead projector or a slide projector, use a lamp as the light source to output the image. The user needs to periodically replace the lamp in many image output devices, since the life cycle of the lamp is limited. When designing the image output device, one should consider how to replace the lamp in the future.

[0003] Many image output devices have an apparatus for replacing a lamp. In general, the apparatus for replacing a lamp includes a cover, which is secured by screws, and the screws are exposed to the audience affecting esthetic appearance of the image output device.

[0004] To solve this problem, an apparatus for replacing a lamp according to prior art is designed to position on the bottom of the image output device to avoid affecting its esthetic appearance. Under this design, the user can replace a lamp only as the image output device is removed from the ceiling, when the image output device is installed over the ceiling. As a result, it is inconvenient and disadvantageous for the user to replace a lamp for this design.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0005] One aspect of the present invention is to provide an assembling structure for replaceably assembling a lamp to an image output device.

[0006] Another aspect of the present invention is to provide an assembling structure for easily replacing a lamp on a plane on that a lens is disposed.

[0007] A still further aspect of the invention is to provide an assembling structure capable of improving esthetic appearance of the image output device, while masking the location of lamp replacement.

[0008] The present invention provides a structure for replaceably assembling a lamp to an image output device. The image output device includes a housing and a lens. The housing includes a first surface having an opening. The lens is positioned on the first surface.

[0009] The structure of the present invention includes a body and a cover. The body is provided for assembling a lamp to an image output device, and is separably disposed within the housing. The user can move the body out of the housing to replace a lamp. The cover corresponds to the opening, and is movably coupled to the housing.

[0010] The cover masks the opening when the cover is positioned at a first position, and, as the cover is moved to a second position, the opening is exposed allowing the body to move into or move out of the housing through the opening to replace a lamp.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0011] The present invention, together with objects and advantages thereof, may best be understood by reference to the following detail description together with the accompanying drawings in which:

[0012]FIG. 1 is a front elevational view showing an exemplary embodiment according to the present invention;

[0013]FIG. 2 is a cross-sectional view taken along line I-I′ of FIG. 1;

[0014]FIG. 3(a) is a diagram illustrating a cover positioned at a first position of an exemplary embodiment of the present invention;

[0015]FIG. 3(b) is a diagram illustrating a cover positioned at a second position of an exemplary embodiment of the present invention;

[0016]FIG. 4 is a diagram illustrating a cover positioned at a second position of another exemplary embodiment of the present invention; and

[0017]FIG. 5 is a diagram illustrating a cover positioned at a second position of still another exemplary embodiment of the present invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

[0018] The present invention provides an assembling structure for replaceably assembling a lamp 300 to an image output device 100. The term “an image output device” as used herein includes an overhead projector, a slide projector, and the like.

[0019] As shown in FIG. 1, which is a front elevational view showing an exemplary embodiment of the present invention, the image output device 100 includes a housing 110 and a lens 130. The housing 110 includes a first surface 111 having an opening 113. The lens 130 is positioned on the first surface 111. The opening 113 is formed on right or left side of the lens 130 according to an exemplary embodiment.

[0020]FIG. 2 is a cross-sectional view taken along line I-I′ of FIG. 1. In FIG. 1 and FIG. 2, the assembling structure includes a body 210 movably disposed within the housing 110 and a cover 230 corresponding to the opening 113. The body 210 is employed for supporting the lamp 300 and for assembling the lamp 300 to the image output device 100. The user can move the body 210 out of the housing 110 to replace a lamp 300. According to one exemplary embodiment, the body 210 is separated from the housing 110 when the body 210 is moved out of the housing 110. Alternatively, in another exemplary embodiment, the body 210 is coupled to the housing 110 when the body 210 is moved out of the housing 110. The cover 230 is movably coupled to the housing 110. The movable directions include the vertical direction, horizontal direction, rotational direction, or the like.

[0021] As shown in FIG. 3(a), the cover 230 masks the opening 113 when the cover 230 is positioned at the first position. Thus, the opening 113 couldn't be seen from the outside of the cover 230. The cover 230 needs to move to the second position before replacing the lamp 300, as shown in FIG. 3(b). In that case, the opening 113 is exposed allowing the body 210 to move into or move out of the housing 110 through the opening 113.

[0022] The term “lamp” as used herein includes an incandescent lamp, a halogen lamp, or the like.

[0023] The cover 230 is selectively separably coupled to the housing 110. In the other words, the cover 230 is separably coupled to the housing, or the cover 230 is non-detachably coupled to the housing 110. As shown in FIG. 3(b), the cover 230 is separably coupled to the housing 110. The cover 230 could be moved to separate from the housing 110. Alternatively, the cover 230 is non-detachably coupled to the housing 110.

[0024] As shown in FIG. 3(b), the cover 230 is coupled to and vertically movable to the housing 110. In this embodiment, the cover 230 includes a set of grooves 270, and the housing 110 includes a set of guide rails 250 corresponding to the set of grooves 270 for engaging the cover 230 so that the cover 230 is vertically movable relative to the housing 110. And, in another exemplary embodiment, the cover 230 includes a set of guide rails 250, and the housing 110 includes a set of grooves 270 corresponding to the set of guide rails 250 for engaging the cover 230 so that the cover 230 is vertically movable relative to the housing 110.

[0025]FIG. 4, which is another exemplary embodiment according to the present invention, illustrates a cover 230 positioned at a second position. In this embodiment, the cover 230 is coupled to and horizontally movable relative to the housing 110. The cover 230 includes a set of grooves 270, and the housing 110 includes a set of guide rails 250 corresponding to the set of grooves 270 for engaging the cover 230 so that the cover 230 is horizontally movable relative to the housing 110. Alternatively, the cover 230 includes a set of guide rails 250, and the housing 110 includes a set of grooves 270 and the cover 230 is horizontally movable relative to the housing 110.

[0026]FIG. 5, which is still another exemplary embodiment according to the present invention, illustrates a cover 230 positioned at a second position. In this embodiment, the cover 230 is coupled to and rotationally movable relative to the housing 110. The cover 230 includes a hinge 290 for connecting the cover 230 to the housing 110. The hinge 290, acting as a rotation axis, allows the cover 230 to be rotationally movable relative to the housing 110.

[0027] Although the invention has been shown and described with respect to the embodiments, it will be understood by those skilled in the art that various changes and modifications may be made without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention as defined in the following claims.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification362/372, 362/374
International ClassificationG03B21/20, F21V19/04
Cooperative ClassificationG03B21/145, F21V19/04, G03B21/20
European ClassificationG03B21/20, F21V19/04
Legal Events
DateCodeEventDescription
Jan 31, 2003ASAssignment
Owner name: BENQ CORPORATION, TAIWAN
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNORS:PENG, CHIH-KANG;HO, WEN-CHUNG;WONG, LI-KUAN;AND OTHERS;REEL/FRAME:013724/0884
Effective date: 20030123