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Publication numberUS20050150789 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 11/009,898
Publication dateJul 14, 2005
Filing dateDec 9, 2004
Priority dateDec 10, 2003
Publication number009898, 11009898, US 2005/0150789 A1, US 2005/150789 A1, US 20050150789 A1, US 20050150789A1, US 2005150789 A1, US 2005150789A1, US-A1-20050150789, US-A1-2005150789, US2005/0150789A1, US2005/150789A1, US20050150789 A1, US20050150789A1, US2005150789 A1, US2005150789A1
InventorsLarry Crane
Original AssigneeCrane Larry A.
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Display and storage device
US 20050150789 A1
Abstract
A device for holding, storing and displaying various media articles, such as CDs, CD Cases, DVDs, DVD Cases, Audio Cassettes, Audio Cassette Cases, Computer Mini-floppies, Video Cassette, Video Cassette Cases, Books, Magazines, Pictures, Cards and the like. The device is comprised of a single sheet of relatively thin pliable, resilient material, such as a sheet of vinyl, plastic, and the like, within and through said material are cut a plurality of slits, in sets of two or more slits or slit sets. The lower ends of slit sets are spaced apart by a distance which is less than the transverse dimension of an article to be supported or held, while the upper ends are spaced apart at a distance which is greater than the transverse dimension of said article to be supported or held. The lower ends and upper ends of slit sets are longitudinally spaced apart by a distance that is less than the longitudinal dimension of an article to be supported or held. The lower ends of a slit set are even on the horizontal axis while the upper ends of a slit set has at least one slit that is uneven, shorter or offset from at least one other slit on the horizontal axis. When an article is inserted into the space between slits in a slit set, the material deforms to form a compartment that captures or holds a portion of said article. Compartments are formed from a plurality of slits and/or slit sets and are open-topped/top-loading and are integrally formed with the sheet material. Compartments are capable of receiving at least one article and maintaining the article in an upright position, relatively parallel with the overall plane of the device with at least one part of the article visible for viewing. A slit sets size, shape and spacing is relatively proportional to the size, shape and/or dimensions of the articles thereby forming compatible compartments for the article. A portion of an article is within the compartment and a portion is exposed so as to permit a single article to be easily accessible and grasped by the fingers for easy placement and/or removal there from. The device is mountable to supports, such as a wall, door, and mirror or hung from racks etc.
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1. A device for displaying and storing various articles comprising:
a single flexible planar sheet of relatively thin pliable, resilient material,
one or more cuts called slits,
a plurality of slits within and through said material,
a plurality of cut slits, in sets of two or more, within and through said material,
two or more slits called slit sets,
slit sets that are generally downwardly converging,
at least one slit set, of two or more slits, each said slit having a lower end and an upper end, and a section between said ends,
said lower ends are spaced apart at a first distance,
said upper ends are spaced apart at a second distance which is greater than said first distance,
said upper ends of each slit set lying above and outside the corresponding lower ends,
slit sets allow articles to be held securely when inserted into the device by allowing one side or portion of a slit to move opposite relative to the other side or portion of slit,
slit sets that have end segments that allow a portion of the article to be inserted into the device, without going completely through, to hold one or more said portions or parts of the article securely, and thereby singularly or collectively hold the article within the device, such that the article remains at rest or stationary and does not fall out under normal use and in the upright position,
slit sets that have upper end segments with lengths that allows for and corresponds to the article's depth, and deformity of the device and create a compartment when the article is inserted,
slit sets that have lower end segments with lengths that allows for and corresponds to the article's depth, and deformity of the device and create a compartment when the article is inserted,
slit sets that have segment lengths that allow for and correspond to the article's width and/or height, and the deformity of the device created when the article is inserted,
slit sets spacing with the distance from the bottom of one slit set to the bottom of another slit set which allows for and corresponds to the article's height, and the deformity of the device created when the article is inserted,
slit sets spacing consists of the distance from the outside of one side of the article to the outside of the opposite side of the article allows for and corresponds to the article's width, and the deformity of the device created when the article is inserted.
slit sets having one slit offset to the other, where one is lower than the other, thereby allowing the side distance between slit sets to be minimized, thereby optimizing the device's space and saving overall material, while maintaining the integral strength necessary for the device to hold the weight of the load below, said spacing or offset provides greater strength than lining up slits side-by-side, which would put the stress of the weight below onto an area with overall less material,
slit sets whose overall shape and spacing provide for the areas between the slits to work together with the areas outside the slits to provide integral strength to the device's other areas which also hold articles in a like manner,
slit sets whose shape and spacing relative to the article's shape provide for the ease of use or taking the article in and out easily,
slit sets, two or more, capable of forming compartments,
slit sets having lower ends spaced apart by a distance which is less than the transverse dimension of the article to be supported or held,
slit sets having upper ends spaced apart at a distance which is greater than the transverse dimension of the article to be supported or held,
slit sets having vertical segments in their upper ends which are longer than the depth of the article that it is meant to hold,
slit sets having horizontal segments in their lower ends which are longer than the depth of the article that it is meant to hold,
slit sets having segments between their upper and lower ends that continues from the bottom of the upper vertical segment downward and inward toward the bottom and middle of the compartment area meant to contain an article,
slit sets having segments between their upper and lower ends that continues from the bottom of the upper vertical segment downward and inward toward the bottom and middle of the compartment area meant to contain an article, in a straight line,
slit sets having segments between their upper and lower ends that continues from the bottom of the upper vertical segment downward and inward toward the bottom and middle of the compartment area meant to contain an article, in an arcuate or curved line,
arcuate or curved segments slit sets for greater capacity to hold an article more securely within the a compartment,
segments of slit sets that extends inwardly toward where an article rests for increased capacity to hold article more securely within the compartment, through increased mechanical advantage,
slit sets having lower ends spaced apart by a distance which is less than the transverse dimension of the article to be supported or held,
slit sets having upper ends spaced apart by a distance which is greater than the transverse dimension of the article to be supported or held,
slits of a set of two or more that are located or placed such that at least one is on each side of the article,
slit sets having slit segments between their upper and lower ends,
slit sets having slit segments between their upper and lower ends that continues from the bottom of the upper vertical segment downward and inward toward the bottom and middle of the compartment area meant to contain an article,
slit sets whose size, shape and spacing relate to the articles, they are meant to hold, by forming compartments compatible for holding them,
slit sets that form compartments that hold a portion of an article and allow a portion to be exposed for easy accessibility,
slit sets that allow a portion of the article to be exposed for easy placement and/or removal,
slit sets that form compartments that capture and hold the article in an upright position,
slit sets that form compartments that capture and hold the article in an upright position and relatively parallel with the overall plane of the device thereby showing at least one face of the article for viewing,
slit sets that size, shape and spacing, varying with each article size and shape,
slit sets that allow the material to deform and form compartments capable of holding articles when articles are inserted,
slit sets that allow articles to be captured and held within the material when article is inserted into the space between two or more slits,
compartments derived from slit sets that capture and hold articles in an upright position,
compartments derived from slit sets that serve to capture and hold article in an upright position relatively parallel with the overall plane of the device,
compartments derived from slit sets that serve to capture and hold article in an upright position relatively parallel with the overall plane of the device, thereby showing at least one face of the article to be viewed,
slit sets, relative in size, shape and spacing, to the articles they are to hold, thereby allowing compartments to be compatible with the article it is to receive,
slit sets, relative in size, shape and spacing, to the articles they are to hold, placed relative to a part of said article allowing it to be held within the device when the article is inserted into and between slit sets.
slit sets, relative in size, shape and spacing, to the articles they are to hold, that optimize the device's material,
slit sets, relative in size, shape and spacing, to the articles they are to hold, that optimize the device's space,
slit sets, relative in size, shape and spacing, to the articles they are to hold, that optimize the device's integral strength,
slit sets, relative in size, shape and spacing, to the articles they are to hold, that optimize the device's effectiveness holding articles,
slit sets, relative in size, shape and spacing, to the articles they are to hold, that optimize the device's effectiveness displaying article for viewing,
slit sets, relative in size, shape and spacing, to the articles they are to hold, that optimize the device's easy access to and/or removal of article,
slit sets, relative in size, shape and spacing, to the articles they are to hold, that allow article to be moved into and out of the device easily,
slit sets, relative in size, shape and spacing, to the articles they are to hold, that allow at least a portion of each article enough exposure to have easy access for placement and/or removal,
slit sets, as described above such that at least one article having a substantial thickness and a transverse dimension that is greater than said first distance and less than said second distance can be supported by each said slit sets compartment when the device is in an upright position,
slits size, shape and placement are determined by the size and shape of the article it is meant to contain,
slit sets having upper segments that are vertical,
slit sets are located so that one vertical segment is on each side of the article,
slit sets that have vertical slit segments that are offset on the horizontal axis such that one is higher than the other,
offset vertical slits segments make it easier for the article to be accessed and moved both in an out,
offset vertical slits segments also allow for multiple compartments to be moved closer together,
multiple compartments that are moved close together to economize material usage, by allowing a maximum numbers of articles to occupy a given size material,
slit sets having horizontally offset vertical slits that provide for closer spacing of multiple compartments,
slit sets having horizontally offset vertical slits also provide for closer spacing of multiple compartments that saves on overall material,
slit sets that have segments that are vertical slits and are horizontally offset,
slit having a top vertical segment that is longer than the thickness or depth of the media that it is meant to hold and continue from the bottom of the vertical slits segment in a downward and inward direction toward the bottom center of the media article,
said vertical line segments top point height, one on each side of the media, are offset on the horizontal axis such that at least one is higher than the other, the offsetting of at least one slit of a slit set provides easier access to the media and more easily allowing for the media to be moved both in and out,
slits of a slit set that are located so that at least one slit of a slit set is on each side of the media,
offset height of slits so as to allow multiple compartments to be moved closer together,
multiple compartments located close together from the offset of the top segment of at least one slit in a slit set,
at least one slit of a slit set has a top segment of that is a vertical line segment,
at least one slit of a slit set that has a top segment of that is a vertical line segment and is offset horizontally form at least one other slit of a slit set such that at least one is higher that at least one other,
said offsetting slits in a slit set that allows for moving multiple compartments closer together which saves overall material,
offset vertical line segments in a slit set to provide greater savings on overall material usage, as well as greater structural integrity,
vertical line segments that correspond to the depth of an article allowing the material to deform, such that a compartment is created,
slits being configured to fit or accept various specific media articles,
a plurality of individual, open-topped/top-loading compartments arranged on a respective face of said sheet,
each of said compartments being capable of removably receiving a plurality of articles and exhibiting substantially the front face of one of the articles received therein and including a pair of side retainer means effective to constrain movement of the articles received therein and bottom support means for engaging a substantial mid-portion of each of the bottom edges of the articles received therein to support the same,
each of said bottom support means lying generally in the same plane to the plane containing said respective face, and said side retainer means and bottom support means of each of said compartment means being integrally formed with said sheet,
one or more slits having a top vertical segment that is longer than the thickness or depth of the media that it is meant to hold and continue from the bottom of the vertical slits segment in a downward and inward direction toward the bottom center of the media article,
said vertical slit segments height, one on each side of the media, are offset on the horizontal axis such that at least one is higher than the other, the offsetting of at least one slit of a slit set provides easier access to the media and more easily allowing for the media to be moved both in and out,
slit sets that are located so that at least one is on each side of the media,
slits that are cut generally in a vertical direction,
offset height of slits that allow multiple compartments to be moved closer together,
multiple compartments located close together from the offset of the top segment of at least one slit in a slit sets,
at least one slit of a slit set has a top segment that is a vertical line segment,
at least one slit of a slit set having a top segment that is a vertical line segment and is offset horizontally form at least one other slit of the slit set such that at least one is taller that at least one other in the set,
said offset slits in a slit set allows for moving multiple compartments closer together which saves overall material,
offset vertical line segments to provide greater savings on overall material usage, as well as greater structural integrity,
slits being pre-configured to fit or accept various specific media articles,
The devise is mountable to supports, such as a wall, door, and mirror or hung from racks etc.,
The slits described can be part of a continuing pattern throughout the device,
The functionality of the slits shapes and spacing are better understood from the drawing(s).
2. The device of claim 1 wherein the slit size, shape and spacing partitions are evenly spaced to form uniformly sized compartments.
3. The device of claim 1 comprising a plurality of slit sets forming a plurality of compartments.
4. The device of claim 1 wherein at least some of said slit sets are arranged in a row.
5. The device of claim 1 wherein said slit sets are arranged in a plurality of rows.
6. The device of claim 1 wherein the lower ends of all of said slit sets in each said row are horizontally aligned when said device is in an upright position.
7. The device of claim 1 wherein said slit sets are formed integrally with said single flexible planar sheet of relatively thin pliable, resilient material.
8. The device of claim 1 wherein each of said slits of said slit sets is discretely formed and subsequently cut into said material.
9. The device of claim 1 wherein the device is reversible, turn backwards, to allow people to choose which way works best for their particular, left-handed or right-handed, hand preference, to aid their ease use—taking article in and out.
10. The device of claim 1 wherein each of said compartment means further includes, a pair of side means lying in a plane spaced and substantially parallel with respect to said respective face of said sheet, each of said side means being associated with and integrally formed with a respective one of said side retainer means.
11. The device of claim 1 wherein each of said compartment means further includes bottom slit means lying substantially in said plane containing said side slit means, said bottom slit means said bottom slit means being integrally formed with said bottom support means.
12. The device of claim 1 wherein said material is made of transparent material and said retainer means and bottom support means of each compartment means are integrally formed with said material.
13. A display and storage device for holding and exhibiting media articles and the like, comprising,
a generally planar, relatively thin material made of transparent material having substantially straight and parallel side edges; and
a plurality of individual, open-topped compartment means arranged on a respective face of said material,
each of said compartment means being capable of removably receiving a plurality of media articles in the form of a stack therein and exhibiting substantially the entire front face of a respective one of the media articles received therein and including,
a pair of elongated side retainer slits spaced and substantially parallel with respect to each other and said side edges of said material, each of said side retainer slits projecting substantially normal from said respective face of said material and being integrally formed with said material, said side retainer slits being effective to constrain sideways movement of the media articles received therein, and each of said compartment means further including an connected bottom support portion between the lower portion of a slit set for engaging the bottom edges of the media articles received therein to support the same,
said bottom support portion extending in a direction substantially perpendicular to and being disposed between said side retainer slits,
said bottom support ledge projecting substantially normal from said respective face of said material and being integrally formed with said material.
14. The device of claim 13 wherein each of said compartment means further includes a pair of elongated side slits generally lying in a plane spaced and substantially parallel with respect to said respective face of said material,
each of said elongated side slits being associated with a respective one of said side retainer slits and having a longitudinal edge thereof integrally formed with a longitudinal edge of the side retainer slit associated therewith and each of said elongated side slits projecting toward the other elongated side slit from the respective side retainer slit associated therewith.
15. The device of claim 13 wherein each of said compartment means further includes an elongated bottom connecting portion lying substantially in said plane containing said elongated side slits,
said elongated bottom connecting portion having a longitudinal portion thereof, integrally formed with a longitudinal portion of said bottom support connecting portion, and said elongated bottom connecting portion projecting toward and between said side slits.
16. A display and storage device for holding and exhibiting media articles and the like, comprising,
a generally planar, relatively thin and rectangular-shaped material made of transparent material having spaced and substantially parallel side edges and spaced and substantially parallel top and bottom edges; and
a plurality of individual open-topped compartment means arranged in a plurality of columns spaced and parallel with respect to the side edges of said material, each of said columns comprising a plurality of open-topped compartment means spaced with respect to each other and the top and bottom edges of said material,
each of said compartment means being capable of removably receiving a plurality of media articles in the form of a stack therein and exhibiting substantially the entire front face of a respective one of the media articles received therein and including, a pair of elongated side retainer slits spaced and substantially parallel with respect to each other and the side edges of said material, each of said side retainer slits being integrally formed with said material and projecting substantially normal from said respective face of said material,
said side retainer slits being effective to constrain movement of the media articles received therein, a pair of elongated side slits generally lying in a plane spaced and substantially parallel with respect to said respective face of said material,
each of said elongated side slits being integrally formed with a respective one of said side retainer slits along a longitudinal fold line spaced and substantially parallel with respect to the side edges of said material, each of said elongated side slits projecting toward the other elongated side slit from the respective side slit with which it is integrally formed,
each of said open-topped compartment means further including, an elongated bottom support portion for engaging the bottom edges of the media articles received therein to support the same,
said bottom support portion being integrally formed with said material and projecting substantially normal from said respective face of said material,
said bottom support portion being disposed between said retaining slits and extending in a direction substantially perpendicular thereto, and an elongated bottom support portion integrally formed with said support ledge along a longitudinal fold line extending substantially perpendicular to the side edges of said material.
Description
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of the Invention

The invention relates to a device for displaying various media articles, CDs, CD Cases, DVDs, DVD Cases, Audio Cassettes, Audio Cassette Cases, Computer Mini-floppies, Video Cassette, Video Cassette Cases, Books, Magazines, Pictures, Cards and the like, for generally flat rectangular articles, in particular an upright storage display.

With the advent of the compact disc and the compact disc player, the record industry has largely been replaced. The compact disc is now preferred conventional records because of their smaller dimensions, superior sound quality and more durable materials utilized.

Conventionally, compact discs as well as many other media come in a small storage case that protects them when not in use. The compact disc storage case also serves as a holder for a graphic work displaying the title of the disc and/or the performer.

The applicant herein has discovered that compact disc cases as well multiple other media lend themselves to being conveniently and aesthetically displayed as a wall hanging. In this way, the graphic works on the front of the compact disc cases or other media may be displayed as a decorative feature on a wall. The various articles or media are removably held in the display device so that a variety of artistic effects may be achieved.

One of the problems overcome by the use of such a display device is, is in the savings of valuable shelf space for storage of the media articles. Display of the any one of such media in the display device is not only decorative, but allows the owner to quickly scan all of the stored media articles for the particular one desired.

It is therefore a general object of the present invention to provide a new and novel multiple media article display and storage device.

A further object of the present invention is to provide a multiple media device storage and display device which may be readily hung from a wall.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a storage device in which the multiple media articles may be easily removed for use.

A further object of the present invention is to permit an owner to display the graphic works on multiple media articles.

A related object of the present invention is to provide a wall display of multiple media articles which may be conveniently arranged as desired.

A related object of the present invention is to provide a wall display of multiple media articles which may be conveniently accessed for easy placement and/or removal of articles.

A further object of the present invention is to provide an efficient storage device for storing multiple media articles.

These and other objects will be apparent to those of ordinary skill in the art.

2. Description of the Related Art

U.S. Pat. No. 4,427,727, issued to Ozeki in Jan. 24, 1984, discloses a sheet for holding transparencies with a plurality of rectangular recesses in rows and columns for holding one transparency in each recess, and an inclined surface portion is formed substantially at the center of the bottom wall of each rectangular recess, so that reflection from the center of the bottom wall of the recess is angularly deviated from reflection from the center of the transparency held by the recess.

Other prior art includes Compact disc display and storage boards with display boards which includes a rigid panel which will support a plurality of compact disc cases. Here too there is little flexibility in either the board or the method of holding the articles. As such the boards are relatively heavy and cannot be stored in a rolled condition. Further they are not transparent and do not provide any passage of light or visibility of background on the side opposite the display. There is no possibility to form the supporting mechanism without tools, and no suggestion that the supporting material can be formed integrally with the board. Indeed, there is no suggestion that they can even be formed of one material. Most prior art for holding or displaying objects includes rigid boards and custom formed supports that have little flexibility.

This invention relates generally to a storage and display device for multiple media articles such as CDs, CD Cases, DVDs, DVD Cases, Audio Cassettes, Audio Cassette Cases, Computer Mini-floppies, Video Cassette, Video Cassette Cases, Books, Magazines, Pictures, Cards and the like, and more specifically to a storage and display comprised of a single sheet of relatively thin pliable, resilient material, such as a sheet of vinyl, plastic, and the like, within and through said material are cut a plurality of slits, in sets of two or more, which may hung to a wall.

BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The various media articles storage and display device of the present invention includes a single sheet of relatively thin pliable, resilient material, such as a sheet of vinyl, plastic, and the like, within and through said material are cut a plurality of slits, in sets of two or more. A set of slits allow the material to deform and form compartments that capture or hold a portion of an article when it is inserted into the space between them.

The compartments capture and hold the article in an upright position relatively parallel with the overall plane of the device thereby showing at least one face of the article for viewing.

Various media articles may utilize the compartments for storage and display as well as its ease of access for their placement therein and removal thereof.

Because most conventional media articles have a cover that provides information and graphics prompting users to retrieve them according to their interest, any media article within the device may be easily accessed for placement or removal. In this fashion, the graphic work and information on the forward cover of each article may be displayed within the device and yet allow access to the article therein.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

To better understand the invention, a more particular description of the invention is rendered by reference to the appended drawings. These drawings only provide information concerning typical embodiments of the invention and are not to be considered limiting of the scope of the invention. Reference is made to the drawings in which:

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a preferred embodiment of the present invention showing a media article positioned in one of the compartments of the Device;

FIG. 2 is a perspective view of a preferred embodiment of the present invention showing a user accessing a media article and removing it from a compartment of the Device;

FIG. 3 is a planar front view of the present invention of FIG. 1;

FIG. 4 is a partial planar view showing one compartment of Display and Storage Device of the present invention of FIG. 1;

FIG. 5 is a partial planar view from the back of the present invention of FIG. 1 showing one compartment containing a media article;

FIG. 6 is a partial planar view of the present invention showing multiple configurations of slit sets size as it relates to the size of the media article it is intended to hold;

In describing the preferred embodiment of the invention that is illustrated in the drawings, specific terminology may be resorted to for the sake of clarity. However, it is not intended that the invention be limited to the specific terms so selected and it is to be understood that each specific term includes all technical equivalents that operate in a similar manner to accomplish a similar purpose.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

Reference is now made to the figures where the parts of the preferred embodiment are each referred to by letters and numerals as shown. With particular reference to FIG. 1, is a perspective view of a preferred embodiment of the present invention generally designated as 10, showing a media article designated as 11 positioned in one of the compartments of the Device. Unit 10 is a single flexible planar sheet of relatively thin pliable, resilient material, with a plurality of cut slits designated S1, S2, etc., in sets of two or more, Slit sets consisting of slits S1 and S2 etc. are cut within and through said material of Unit 10.

Slit sets consisting of slits like S1 and S2 are disposed horizontal and vertically of Unit 10 and are being spaced from each other evenly across the surface of the material of Unit 10.

Slits S1 and S2 form a slit set. Slit sets form compartments 12 such as the one the media article 11 is located within. Each compartment has an opening at the top formed by the vertical partition of the outer two slits of the slit sets. Each slit sets vertical slit segment has a spacing distance A3 corresponding to the size of the media articles that it is intended to hold.

A plurality of slit sets run parallel to the outer edges of the unit 10 and form rows and columns and are spaced evenly horizontally and vertically across the face of unit 10.

A media article 11 is positioned within compartment 12 as shown. Preferably the size of compartment 12 is sized so as to form a shape having the same size and shape as the periphery of the media article 11 so that the media article 11 is positioned and held in place in a pressure fit by the edges of the slit set forming compartment 12.

Media article 11 is positioned so as to display its cover outward from the display unit. Preferably 24 other media articles are positioned in each of the 24 other compartments with their covers displayed outward and being positioned and held in each compartment by pressure fit around the periphery of each media article. The result is an interesting and colorful display or montage showing 25 different media display articles.

FIG. 2 is a perspective view of a preferred embodiment of the present invention unit 10 showing a user accessing a media article 11 and removing it from a compartment 12 of the Device.

The offset E in height of at least one slit of a slit set allows for the media article to be accessed by its top and/or top corners, and the offset is at least large enough for an average index finger to have access to the contents of the compartment 12. Thereby the media articles are easily removed and exchanged with other media articles to alter the display at will.

FIG. 3 is a planar front view of the present invention of FIG. 1 showing a planer view of unit 10. It can be readily seen that each of the slit set, S1 and S2, forming compartments are evenly spaced from each other both horizontally and vertically.

FIG. 4 is a partial planar view showing one compartment 11 of the present invention of FIG. 1 with a media article 12 in the compartment. The compartment 12 is made of a slit set such as S1 and S2 slit set. Distance A3 is the spacing of the upper part of slits S1 and S2 of any given slit set and allows for and corresponds to the media article's width, and the deformity of the material created when the media article is inserted, and distance B3 allows for and corresponds to the media article's height, and the deformity of the material created when the media article is inserted.

FIG. 5 is a partial planar view showing one compartment 12 of the present invention unit 10 of FIG. 1 from the back with a media article 11 in the compartment 12. FIG. 5 is a back view of unit 10 showing the back of media article 11. The unit 10 is preferably cut with slits completely through the material, so that the back is a reverse image of the front of unit 10. A single compartment 12 is fully demonstrated.

However, it is understood that there are other similar compartments on the unit, as in the embodiment of FIG. 1.

FIG. 6 is a partial planar view of the present invention showing multiple configurations of slit sets compartments as they relate to the compartments intended media article size. FIG. 6 shows Slit(s) that allow one or more media article to be inserted and held within the material.

Section(s) A1, A2, B1, B2 and C1, C2 of the Slit(s) S1, S2, S3, etc. allow media article to be held securely when inserted into the material unit 10 by allowing one side or portion of Slit(s) S1, S2, S3 etc. to move opposite relative to the other side or portion of Slit(s) S1, S2, S3 etc.

Section(s) A1, A2, B1, B2 and C1, C2 of Slit(s) S1, S2, S3 etc., allow the media article to be inserted into the material of the unit 10, without going completely through, to hold one or more parts of the media article securely, and thereby singularly or collectively hold the media article within the material unit 10, such that the media article remains at rest or stationary and does not fall out under normal use.

The length of Section(s) A1, A2, B1, B2 allow for and corresponds to the media article's depth, and the deformity of the material created when the media article is inserted.

The length of Section(s) C1, C2 allows for and corresponds to the media article's width and height, and the deformity of the material created when the media article is inserted.

The distance A3 allows for and corresponds to the media article's width and/or height, and the deformity of the material created when the media article is inserted.

The distance B3 allows for and corresponds to the media article's width and height, and the deformity of the material created when the media article is inserted.

The shape of Section(s) C1, C2 can be relatively any shape S7 (straight lines Slit(s) D, and 4, 6 or curved lines 1, 2, 3, 5 etc. however, the capacity to hold media articles more securely is greater when Section(s) C1, and/or C2 is straight or convex where the convex side basically extends inwardly toward where media article rests, thereby adding more mechanical advantage than if it were concave or curving away from where the media article rests. Section C1's and C2's position relative to Section(s) A1 A2 and B1, B2 provides relative mechanical advantage to increase the material's capacity to hold media article securely.

Section A2 is lower by some distance E in relation to section A1 thereby allowing distance G to be minimized, thereby optimizing the material's space and saving overall material, while maintaining the integral strength necessary for the material to hold the weight of the load below. This spacing or offset E provides greater strength than two Slit(s) lined up side-by-side (which puts the stress of the weight below onto an area with overall less material). The shape Section(s) A, B, C and spacing E, G of Slit(s) S1, S2, S3 etc. provide for areas H, G, F etc., which together, provides integral strength to the material's other areas which also hold media articles in a like manner.

The shape and spacing of the Slit(s) within the material relative to the media article's shape provide for the ease of use—taking the media in and out easily. Additionally, the device is easy reversibility to allow left-handed people to reverse (turn backwards) the unit 10 to aid their ease use—taking media in and out.

Another benefit of the preferred embodiment is that of the compartment's 12 receiving opening or wider upper portion A1 and A2 of a slit set S1 and S2 gives the user a larger, more demarcated position upon which to place an article for insertion.

The user of the device unit 10 constructed according to the preferred embodiment can easily locate the corresponding upper portions A1 and A2 of opposing slits S1 and S2 etc. for ease of access and use.

Entrance to a compartment 12 is easily achieved by placing a corner of an article on any slit sets, S1 and S2, corresponding upper portions A1 and/or A2 and then directing the article downward between them until the article comes to rest at the bottom F of a slit set S1 and S2.

It is understood that it is within the scope of the invention to employ other shapes of cut slits S1 and S2 to retain a media article 11 in place within the compartment 12.

Although display device unit 10 is preferably cut slits, it may be made by other means such as injection molding or die punch. Likewise although unit 10 is preferably made of thin sheet plastic or vinyl or other lightweight plastic or cloth, it may be made of any other material that lends itself to manufacturing the unit. Unit 10 may also be made of any color or combination of colors of materials.

In one preferred embodiment, unit 10 is approximately 31 by 28 inches and about {fraction (1/32)} inch thick. Although the present invention shows 25 evenly sized compartments, it is understood that the unit may have any number of compartments and the compartments may be of varying sizes and shapes to accommodate a variety of different sized and shaped media articles. It should also be understood that the media articles may be compact discs, audio tapes, video tapes, software discs and digital video discs (DVD), as well as any other type of media articles i.e. CDs, CD Cases, DVDs, DVD Cases, Audio Cassettes, Audio Cassette Cases, Computer Mini-floppies, Video Cassette, Video Cassette Cases, Books, Magazines, Pictures, Cards and the like.

It will also be understood and appreciated that the display device unit of the present invention provides an easy way to locate and access a particular media article, since the cover of each article is clearly displayed. Moreover, a multiple number of display device units may be hung on a wall, effectively covering the wall.

It should be appreciated that the apparatus of the present invention is capable of being incorporated in the form of a variety of other embodiments. The invention may be embodied in other forms without departing from its spirit or essential characteristics. The described embodiments are to be considered in all respects as illustrative and not restrictive. All changes which come within the meaning and range of equivalency of these embodiments are to be embraced within their scope.

While certain preferred embodiments of the present invention have been disclosed in detail, it is to be understood that various modifications in its structure may be adopted without departing from the spirit of the invention or scope of the following claims.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification206/307.1, 211/41.12, G9B/33.017, G9B/23.017
International ClassificationB65D85/57, G11B33/04, G09F1/10, A47F7/00, G11B23/023, A47F7/14
Cooperative ClassificationA47F7/146, G11B23/0236, G09F1/10, A47F7/0042, G11B33/0461
European ClassificationG11B23/023C, G11B33/04D3, A47F7/14F, A47F7/00D, G09F1/10