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Publication numberUS20050121579 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 10/756,260
Publication dateJun 9, 2005
Filing dateJan 14, 2004
Priority dateDec 9, 2003
Publication number10756260, 756260, US 2005/0121579 A1, US 2005/121579 A1, US 20050121579 A1, US 20050121579A1, US 2005121579 A1, US 2005121579A1, US-A1-20050121579, US-A1-2005121579, US2005/0121579A1, US2005/121579A1, US20050121579 A1, US20050121579A1, US2005121579 A1, US2005121579A1
InventorsGun-Sub Rim, Sung-Cu Kim
Original AssigneeChannel Technology, Inc.
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Multifunctional mounting device for automobiles
US 20050121579 A1
Abstract
Disclosed herein is a multifunctional mounting device for automobiles. The multifunctional mounting device includes a fixed body, a first attachment body, a movable body and a attachment/detachment means. The first attachment body is provided under the fixed body to be attached to a portion of an automobile. The movable body is provided with a ball joint to be coupled with an upper portion of the fixed body. The attachment/detachment means is used to selectively attach and detach an object to be mounted.
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1. A multifunctional mounting device for automobiles, comprising:
a fixed body;
a first attachment body provided under the fixed body to be attached to a portion of an automobile;
a movable body provided with a ball joint to be coupled with an upper portion of the fixed body; and
attachment/detachment means for selectively attaching and detaching an object to be mounted.
2. The mounting device as set forth in claim 1, wherein the attachment/detachment means is constructed and placed in an upper space of the movable body in such a way that a rubber cover, on a circumference of a lower surface of which a rim is integrally formed, is provided, a plate with magnets attached thereon is inserted into a lower space of the rubber cover, a space member is attached to a lower surface of the plate so that a lower end of the space member is level with a lower end of the rim of the rubber cover and a second attachment member is attached to the spacer member and the rim.
Description
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of the Invention

The present invention relates generally to a multifunctional mounting device for automobiles and, more particularly, to a multifunctional mounting device for automobiles, which is capable of mounting conveniences, such as a global positioning system for indicating the current location, destination and shortest course reaching the destination of an automobile during driving, a radar detector, a mobile phone, a photo frame, accessories and a mirror, on a random portion of an automobile at a random angle.

2. Description of the Related Art

In general, an automobile is equipped with various conveniences used during driving, or a driver may purchase conveniences and mount them on the inside of the automobile in case of need.

The conveniences include a Global Positioning System (GPS), a radar detector, a mobile phone, a photo frame, accessories and a mirror. In the past, such conveniences are mounted on the front panel of an automobile at appropriate locations using a conventional mounting device equipped with a double-sided adhesive tape.

However, the conventional mounting device may be removed from the front panel due to the weakening of the adhesive force of the double-sided adhesive tape when a certain period has elapsed after the attachment of the conventional mounting device. To avoid this problem, there has been used a method of directly attaching conveniences to an automobile using screws. However, this method is problematic in that screw holes are formed on the automobile and remain and, thus, the appearance of the automobile is deteriorated.

For a scheme to overcome this problem, there has been proposed a conventional nondestructive mounting device for mounting conveniences on the inside of a windshield. The conventional nondestructive mounting device is described with reference to an example of mounting a GPS or radar detector below.

As shown in FIGS. 1 and 2, a conventional nondestructive mounting device 100 is constructed in such a way that suction pads 110 sticking to the inside surface of the windshield (not shown) of an automobile are attached to the first ends of finger members 120 and an attachment panel 130 is hingedly attached to the second ends of the finger members 120, thus allowing a radar detector 140 to be easily rotated.

The attachment panel 130 is formed in such a way that two guide projections 132 and 1321 are formed on both sides of a rectangular panel 131, respectively, a grip 133 is formed at the center of the lower portion of the rectangular pane 131, and an elastic piece 135 provided with a first catch 134 is extended from the grip 133 and integrated with the rectangular panel 131.

Two guide rails 141 and 141′, into which the guide projections 132 and 132′ are inserted in a sliding fashion, are formed to be spaced apart from each other by a specific distance. A second catch 142 is integrally formed at the center of the rear surface of the radar detector 140 to be interlocked with the first catch 134.

The radar detector 140 is attached to the nondestructive conventional mounting device in such a way as to insert the guide projections 132 and 132′ of the rectangular panel 131 into the guide rails 141 and 141′ and move the attachment panel 130 to the second catch 142 of the radar detector 140.

When the first catch 134 of the attachment panel 130 reaches the second catch 142 of the radar detector 140, the first catch 134 moves over the second catch 142 while the elastic piece is bent. At the same time that the first catch 142 has moved over the second catch 142, the elastic piece 135 is restored to the initial state thereof by the elastic force thereof, and the first catch 134 is securely interlocked with the second catch 142, thus preventing the radar detector 140 from being removed from the conventional nondestructive mounting device.

In that state, the suction pads 110 attached to the finger members 120 are made to stick on the inside surface of the windshield of the automobile, and the radar detector 140 is located at an appropriate position by pulling the lower end of the radar detector 140 downward, thus completing the mounting of the radar detector 140.

However, the conventional non-destructive mounting device can be attached to the windshield of the automobile but cannot be attached to the front panel of the automobile, so that the attached locations of the conventional nondestructive mounting device are restricted to specific locations. Furthermore, when objects are mounted using the conventional nondestructive mounting device, the guide rails 141 and 141′ corresponding to the guide projections 131 and 132′ and the second catch 142 must be previously formed on the objects to be mounted, so that objects, which can be mounted using the non-destructive conventional mounting device are restricted to specific objects having the guide rails 141 and 141′ and the second catch 142.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

Accordingly, the present invention has been made keeping in mind the above problems occurring in the prior art, and an object of the present invention is to provide a multifunctional mounting device, which is capable of mounting a variety of conveniences on a random portion of an automobile, such as a front panel or windshield, at a random angle.

In order to accomplish the above object, the present invention provides a multifunctional mounting device for automobiles, including a fixed body, a first attachment body provided under the fixed body to be attached to a portion of an automobile, a movable body provided with a ball joint to be coupled with an upper portion of the fixed body, and an attachment/detachment means for selectively attaching and detaching an object to be mounted.

Preferably, the attachment/detachment means may be constructed and placed in an upper space of the movable body in such a way that a rubber cover, on a circumference of a lower surface of which a rim is integrally formed, is provided, a plate with magnets attached thereon is inserted into a lower space of the rubber cover, a space member is attached to a lower surface of the plate so that a lower end of the space member is level with a lower end of the rim of the rubber cover and a second attachment member is attached to the spacer member and the rim.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The above and other objects, features and advantages of the present invention will be more clearly understood from the following detailed description taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, in which:

FIG. 1 is a view showing the use of a conventional mounting device;

FIG. 2 is a perspective view showing the combination of the conventional mounting device with an object to be mounted;

FIGS. 3 a to 3 c are views showing the operation of the conventional mounting device;

FIG. 4 is an exploded perspective view of a mounting device according to the present invention;

FIG. 5 is a longitudinal section of the mounting device of the present invention; and

FIG. 6 is a view showing the use of the mounting device of the present invention.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

Reference now should be made to the drawings, in which the same reference numerals are used throughout the different drawings to designate the same or similar components.

A multifunctional mounting device for automobiles according to the present invention, as shown in FIGS. 4 to 6, includes a fixed body 1, a first attachment member 2, an attachment/detachment means 3 and a movable body 4.

In that case, the fixed body 1 allows the multifunctional mounting device to be attached to a specific location, such as a front panel, a windshield, a door trim, and the inside of a side door. The first attachment member 2 having a specific thickness is provided under the fixed body 1. A ball joint socket 51 is formed on the upper portion of the fixed body 1 to receive the ball joint 4 of the movable body 4.

A vent hole 52 is formed under the ball joint socket 51 to allow the ball joint 5 to be easily inserted into the ball joint socket 51 by discharging air from the ball joint socket 51 when the ball joint 5 is inserted into the ball joint socket 51. A holding projection 52 is formed on the upper portion of the ball joint socket 51 in a ring shape to prevent the ball joint 5 from being removed from the ball joint socket 51.

The first attachment member 2 is preferably formed of a foam sheet having a specific thickness with an adhesive applied to both surfaces thereof, rather than a double-sided adhesive tape, so that the first attachment member 2 is attached to a support surface while being pushed by the force of a user.

The attachment/detachment means 3 includes a rubber cover 31, magnets 32 and 32 a, a plate 33, a spacer member 34 and a second attachment member 35.

The rubber cover 31 is made of rubber to prevent a sentiment of unfamiliarity and noise when an object is attached to the mounting device, and to prevent the reflection of light when a user drives an automobile. The rubber cover 31 is closed at the top thereof with a space formed therein and a rim 31 formed on the circumference thereof.

The magnets 31 and 32 a provide a magnetic force required to attach a thick steel plate 210 to an object 200 to be mounted. The magnets 32 and 32 a are formed to be attached to the upper surface of the plate so that the magnetic force of the magnets 32 and 32 a is spread out and applied.

The magnets 32 and 32 a attached to the plate 33 to be upwardly projected are inserted into two recesses 31 b and 31 b′ formed in the inside of the rubber cover 31, thus being prevented from being removed during the user thereof.

The spacer member 34 is provided under the plate 33 and is formed to have a height corresponding to that of the rim so that it can be fixedly placed in the space 41 of the movable body 4 by the second attachment member 35.

The ball joint 5 is integrally formed on the lower surface of the movable body 4, and is inserted into the ball joint socket 51 of the fixed body 1 to be adjusted at a random angle.

The multifunctional mounting device of the present invention is assembled in such a way that the first attachment member 2 is attached to the lower surface of the fixed body 1, the plate 33 with the magnets 32 and 32 a attached thereon is inserted into the rubber cover 31 in the state where the rim 31 a of the rubber cover 31 is stretched out, and the space member 34 is attached to the lower surface of the plate 33.

Thereafter, the second attachment member 35 having a diameter corresponding to that of the rim 31 is attached to the lower surface of the spacer member 34, and the second attachment member 35 attached to the spacer member 34 is inserted into the space 41 formed in the upper portion of the movable body 4. Subsequently, the ball joint 5 forming the lower part of the movable body 4 is inserted into the ball joint socket 51 formed in the upper part of the fixed body 1. With the above-described procedure, the mounting device of the present invention is assembled.

Thereafter, the mounting device of the present invention is attached to a desired portion of an automobile by removing a protective film from the first attachment member 2 and pushing the first attachment member 2 to the portion. When the object 200 to be mounted, as shown in FIG. 6, is placed on the rubber cover 31 above the movable body 4, the object 200 is attached to the mounting device of the present invention at the same time that the steel plate 210 located under the object 200 is attracted by the magnets 32 and 32 a. In this state, if the movable body 4 is rotated to a specific angle while being held by the hand, the position of the object 200 attached to the upper surface of the mounting device of the present invention can be desirably adjusted.

As described above, the present invention provides the mounting device, in which the movable body with the magnets inserted therein is coupled to the fixed body through the ball joint, so that a variety of conveniences can be used in the state of being attached to a random portion of an automobile, such as a front panel, at a random angle. Furthermore, the mounting device of the present invention does not damage a portion to which the mounting device is attached, thus preventing damage to the automobile due to the mounting of conveniences.

Although the preferred embodiments of the present invention have been disclosed for illustrative purposes, those skilled in the art will appreciate that various modifications, additions and substitutions are possible, without departing from the scope and spirit of the invention as disclosed in the accompanying claims.

Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US7928891 *Sep 18, 2008Apr 19, 2011Edward ZhengGPS with radar detector
US7967262 *Dec 31, 2007Jun 28, 2011Harman International Industries, IncorporatedPortable electronic device mount
Classifications
U.S. Classification248/288.11, 248/495
International ClassificationB60R11/02, B60R11/00
Cooperative ClassificationB60R11/0241, B60R11/0235, B60R2011/0063, B60R2011/007, B60R2011/0089
European ClassificationB60R11/02E2, B60R11/02G
Legal Events
DateCodeEventDescription
Jan 14, 2004ASAssignment
Owner name: CHANNEL TECHNOLOGY, INC., KOREA, REPUBLIC OF
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNORS:RIM, GUN-SUB;KIM, SUNG-CU;REEL/FRAME:014897/0706
Effective date: 20031215