FIELD OF THE INVENTION
This invention relates to the field of personal computers, usually referred to as laptops, and, more particularly, to the carrying case used for manual transport.
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
Since 9/11, the world of public transportation has changed significantly. In fact, there is now a government agency, the Transportation Security Agency (TSA), that is responsible for the heightened security at airports and other facilities. The security measures taken by TSA personnel to check each passenger and all packages carried on board airplanes has resulted in long lines and increased pre-flight boarding times.
While the TSA personnel use sophisticated instruments to determine the absence of illegal compounds and objects, there remains a requirement for visual inspection of certain devices. Packages, boxes, carry-on bags must be opened for such visual inspections. Because the airlines have been permitting the passengers to carry on just about anything, opening and closing of these articles adds to the delays of clearing security points.
The laptop computer has become a normal accessory for many travelers, both for work and entertainment, during the trip. The conventional laptop has no integrated carrying devices and, therefore, usually is placed in a carry case. Most cases have various pockets and compartments to carry peripheral equipment and other things the owner may include with the computer. The carrying cases may be made of soft or hard materials which may be padded and completely enclose the computer for protection.
Akins, U.S. Pat. No. 6,149,001, discloses a carry case made of thin flexible material with pockets that fits about a laptop like a glove. The case has openings for attaching power cords and other peripherals but completely encloses the computer.
U.S. Pat. No. 5,775,497 to Krulik discloses a cradle for a laptop that has two major planar pads connected by Velcro tabs. The pads are placed on each side of the computer for protewction during movement.
Holter et al, U.S. Pat. No. 6,164,505, discloses a harness with shoulder straps and waist belt that can be attached to a rigid case for carrying the case. Certain modifications of the case are required to provide attachment points for the harness.
Therefore, what is needed is a device for carrying a laptop computer that permits visual identification and is easily mounted and dismounted from the computer.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
The instant invention is a carrying case for use in combination with a laptop computer. The carrying case permits visual inspection of the computer by use of a case formed from webbing having a plurality of longitudinal elements extending along the edges of the computer and a plurality of horizontal tapes extending across the width of the computer. Each of the longitudinal elements and horizontal tapes have opposite ends, the longitudinal elements are perpendicular to the horizontal tapes and are connected together at the opposite ends. A carrying handle is connected to each of the horizontal tapes whereby the longitudinal elements may be folded approximately in half about the computer to place said the horizontal tapes adjacent to each other and presenting said carrying handles to be gripped by one hand.
Thus, an objective of this invention is to provide a lightweight webbing for carrying a laptop that would allow travelers to simply place the laptop on the moving belts of the security machines in airports and retrieve them without having to open any bags, pockets or other containers.
Another objective of this invention is to provide a one piece harness which includes carrying handles that can be attached to a laptop without any modifications of the computer case or use of any tools.
Still another objective of this invention is to provide a carrying case that allows opening of the computer without removal from the webbing.
A further objective of this invention is to provide a harness that allows the use of the computer without removal.
Other objectives and advantages of this invention will become apparent from the following description taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings wherein are set forth, by way of illustration and example, certain embodiments of this invention. The drawings constitute a part of this specification and include exemplary embodiments of the present invention and illustrate various objects and features thereof.
As seen in FIG. 2, the harness or webbing 10 is formed in a rectangular grid. The longitudinal elements 14 are connected to horizontal tapes 15 at each cross over point 16. The connections 16 may be mechanical fasteners, such as brads, grommets, or stitches, or chemical, such as adhesives, autologous bonding by heat and pressure or solvents, or combinations thereof. The longitudinal elements and the horizontal tapes may be integrally molded or otherwise formed. The left marginal longitudinal element 17 is connected at one end to an end of a horizontal tape 18 which extends perpendicular to the element 17. The other end of the marginal longitudinal element 17 is connected to an end of another horizontal tape 19. The right marginal longitudinal tape 20 is connected at one end to the other end of horizontal tape 18 and at the other end to horizontal tape 19. The horizontal tapes are shorter than the longitudinal elements resulting in a rectilinear form.