|Publication number||US20050170687 A1|
|Application number||US 11/096,489|
|Publication date||Aug 4, 2005|
|Filing date||Mar 31, 2005|
|Priority date||Aug 3, 1998|
|Also published as||US6406327, US20020127906, WO2000011539A1|
|Publication number||096489, 11096489, US 2005/0170687 A1, US 2005/170687 A1, US 20050170687 A1, US 20050170687A1, US 2005170687 A1, US 2005170687A1, US-A1-20050170687, US-A1-2005170687, US2005/0170687A1, US2005/170687A1, US20050170687 A1, US20050170687A1, US2005170687 A1, US2005170687A1|
|Original Assignee||Goh Kok S.|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (13), Referenced by (3), Classifications (16)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
This patent application is a continuation of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 10/135,517, filed May 1, 2002, entitled “Organizing Apparatus”, which in turn is a continuation of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 09/762,429, filed Feb. 6, 2001, now U.S. Pat. No. 6,406,327, entitled “Organizer for Cables and Accessories in a Computer or Audio-Video System”, which in turn claims priority from PCT International Application Number PCT/UA99/00625, filed 3 Aug. 1999 (03.08.1999), which was published in English, which claims priority from Malaysian Patent Application No. PI9803779, filed 19 Aug. 1998 (19.08.1998), the disclosures of which are hereby incorporated herein by reference.
The present invention relates generally to an organizing apparatus and more particularly to an organizing apparatus for use with the numerous cables and accessories in a computer or audio-video system.
Computers are widely used in every field imaginable. From the most sophisticated to the basic desk top configuration, computers can be found at many offices and houses. Nowadays, many peripherals such as scanners, cameras, printers, network switches, audio players, video players, etc., are connected to computers. The more peripherals that are connected, the messier the connection of cables becomes due to the various sizes and colors of cables used. Generally, cables connecting the monitor to the central processing unit (CPU), the keyboard to the CPU and etc., are left extending and dangling from the back and are not properly organized. Very often, the cables become entangled thus creating confusion should malfunction occur and there be a need to locate the cause of the malfunction, not to mention the potential danger posed to the user. Often, adding connection of peripherals to the CPU becomes a problem, as all the necessary ports and sockets are located at the back of the CPU. Most computers are quite heavy, especially the typical desk top computer, and not many people are willing to spend time and effort to perform such a job even if it will affect his/her productivity. As an example, it would be generally easy to replace a printer with another, however as the connection is located at the back of the CPU and usually configured at a hard-to-reach place, the task becomes difficult and usually we left the task to be executed by the technician. As computers become more sophisticated, additional accessories are created to cater for the various needs of the user. Some of these small accessories, such as printer selectors and extension cables are unnecessarily built with large casings, and these large casings definitely add more to the untidiness and the wasting of valuable space on the workstation.
Therefore, there is a need in the art to have an apparatus and method which can contain and store excess cables and to dispense only the necessary amount of cables, and store the rest in a systematic, dispensable, organized and pleasing manner. Additionally, there is a need in the art to provide a particularly easy and simple system where connecting sockets and ports which are normally located at the back of the CPU are relocated to the front so as to provide easier peripheral connections without the need to move or turn the normally heavy CPU. In addition, there is also a need in the art to provide an organizing apparatus with power distribution outlets incorporated therein, and where the extra lengths of power cables may be stored within the apparatus. There is also a need in the art to have an organizing apparatus where, switches, control devices, sockets and other small electrical accessories or devices can be secured thereto and fixed to its body, without the need of a separate device connecting the same to the CPU by means of cables.
There are attempts made by inventors to provide solutions to some of the above-mentioned problems. For example, U.S. Pat. No. 4,721,268 discloses a modular power cord and cable organizer consisting of identical elongated containers which can be used singly or attached in multiple units. The device allows shortening and organizing of the power cords, wires and cables. The device generally consists of a cover and a base, and cable, wire or cord is passed through an opening in the base and cover. The cable is then coiled within the base fitted between the upright protrusions and exits through another opening. While this prior art organizing device does fulfill the intended function, it does not fulfill the requirement of eliminating problems associated with connection of peripherals to the CPU. Still, the computer users need to turn the back of the CPU so that the hard-to-reach ports or sockets can be reached. Another U.S. Pat. No. 5,372,225 discloses an audio and video cable storage organizer for storing excess audio and video cable on reels within a housing. Each of the reels stores thereon a length of cable and extended therefrom through a slot in the housing and connected to any electrical device such as VCR, etc. The cables are electrically connected through a switching arrangement which allows operation of selected devices. This particular device is generally limited to be used for audio and video equipment.
Therefore, the present invention seeks to overcome problems associated with the prior art organizing apparatus. Generally, aspects of the present invention propose an attractive and ergonomically designed organizing apparatus for cable where excess cable can be systematically stored in a housing or in a compartment within a housing. The number and the size of compartments may also be varied due to the use of removable panels. The apparatus is also provided with communication sockets and ports where connection of any peripherals may be easily accomplished without the need to turn the back of the computer's CPU. Additionally, the apparatus is provided with a power distributing means which advantageously reduces the difficulty in finding adequate power supply outlet for multiplicity of equipment and peripherals used. In addition, the apparatus is provided with an accessory connection bay in the form of a recess and removable slide, and the accessory connection bay is featured at the front or side portion of the apparatus body so as to enable fixing and securing of switches, sockets, control devices and other electrical accessories, thereby eliminating the need of individually independent devices. Additionally, the accessories are mounted on an attachment mechanism in a form of plate and sliding portion for enabling easier fixing of the accessories to the accessory connection bay.
Accordingly, it is the primary object of the present invention to provide an organizing apparatus for use with the numerous cables for a computer and one which remedies the limitations of the prior art.
It is another object of the present invention to provide an organizing apparatus for use with the numerous cables for computers wherein the cables are arranged within a casing.
It is another object of the present invention to provide an organizing apparatus for use with the numerous cables for computers wherein the cables are arranged in a compartment within a casing.
It is another object of the present invention to provide an organizing apparatus for use with a computer where the connection of peripherals and accessories to the computer can easily be accomplished through the relocation of the sockets and ports to the front and/or side portion of the apparatus.
It is another object of the present invention to provide an organizing apparatus for use with a computer where connection of peripherals and accessories are easily accomplished by providing a demountable attachment of accessories provided with a flexible attachment mechanism.
It is another object of the present invention to provide a flexible organizing apparatus wherein the number and size of the organizing means can be varied according to need.
It is yet another object of the present invention to provide an organizing apparatus for use with an audio and video system.
These and other objects of the present invention are accomplished by providing,
An organizing apparatus (10) comprising;
a housing having a main body section (11); and
said main body section (11) is provided with a cable organizing means (12) and a cable inlet and outlet means (13);
wherein said main body section (11) is further provided with an accessory connection bay (14).
The further object of the present invention may also be realized by providing,
An organizing apparatus (10) for use with an audio and video system comprising;
a housing having a main body section (11); and
said main body section (11) is provided with a cable organizing means (12), a cable inlet and outlet means (13);
wherein said main body section (11) is further provided with an accessory connection bay (14).
Preferably, the accessory connection bay is formed by means of a recess and closable by a slide.
Also preferable, an accessory for use with the apparatus is mounted on a plate and the plate is demountably attached to the recess of the accessory connection bay.
Also preferable, the organizing means is formed having a plurality of compartments having a plurality of panels and slots.
It is also preferable that the organizing apparatus is provided with communication sockets or ports, whereby the sockets and ports which are normally configured at the rear of a CPU are relocated to the organizing apparatus at the accessory connection bay.
Also preferable, the accessory connection bay is configured at the front and side sections of the apparatus main body so as to enable fixing and securing of switches, sockets, control devices and other electrical accessories, thereby eliminating unnecessary usage of independent devices related to the accessories.
It is also preferable that apparatus may be configured so as to provide a multiple power outlet means where the power requirement of peripherals connected thereto may conveniently be met.
The embodiments of the invention will now be described by way of example only with reference to the accompanying figures in which:
This disclosure of the invention is submitted in furtherance of the constitutional purposes of the U.S. Patent Laws “to promote the progress of science and useful arts” (Article 1, Section 8).
Now referring to
Preferably, a plurality of accessory connection bays (14), are arranged along the front and side of the main body section (11). The accessory connection bay (14) is generally utilized for allowing attachment of any electrical accessory (21) for use by the computer system. The excess cable associated with such accessory is advantageously folded within the chamber of the main body section (11). The specific feature of accessory utilized in combination with the organizing apparatus will be discussed in detail later. The accessory connection bay (14) is generally formed as a recess (18) and the recess is closable by a slide (20). The slide may be mounted to the recess (18) through utilization of sliding channel (19) and the sliding channel is formed on the main body section.
As generally shown by
Still referring to
Still referring to the figures, the cable entry and exit section consists of the cable inlet and outlet means (13) and removable panel (30). Hooks (31) are used to separate each cable from becoming entangled with each other and for easy reference, and the panel may be configured to be removable or alternatively, provided with a recess for allowing cables to reach to the compartments (15). The compartments are configured using panels (16) and provided with slots (17). In use, cable from any of the peripherals enters through the rear of the apparatus at the inlet and outlet means (13), is held by any of the hooks (31), passes through the recess, then enters to the compartment (15) through one of the two slots (17), is folded and exits through the same or another slot (17) and back to the inlet and outlet means (13), which is then connected to the CPU. In another aspect of the embodiment, the cable enters through the inlet and outlet means (13), is held by any of the hooks (31), passes through the recess, then enters the compartment (15) through one of the two slots (17), is wound or coiled around the upwardly extending protrusion (23) and exits through the same or another slot (17) and back to the inlet and outlet means (13). The power distribution means (32) may include a series of connectors (not shown). Each connector is electrically linked to the main power supply cable (not shown) and the main switch (also not shown). Optionally, a transformer (also not shown) is arranged within the compartment to cater to peripherals which require a lower voltage setting. As discussed earlier, along the front and side of the main body section (11), there are provided recesses (18) which can be replaced by electrical accessories such as communication sockets, switches, power sockets and other electrical items (shown in
The accessory connection bay (14) referred to in
It may be readily realized that the apparatus accessory can comprise a plate (22) illustrated in
It may be readily realized that, the organizing apparatus may be offered to a consumer with or without such described apparatus accessories. The apparatus accessories can be offered to consumers separately from the apparatus, so that the needs of the customers can be fulfilled according to their requirements.
While the preferred embodiments of the present invention have been described, it should be understood that various changes, adaptations and modifications may be made thereto. It should be understood, therefore, that the invention is not limited to details of the illustrated invention shown in the figures and that variations in such minor details will be apparent to one skilled in the art.
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|International Classification||H01R13/518, H01R13/73, H02G11/00, G06F1/18|
|Cooperative Classification||G06F1/181, G06F1/183, H01R13/518, G06F1/189, H01R13/73, H02G11/00|
|European Classification||H01R13/73, G06F1/18E, G06F1/18V, H02G11/00, G06F1/18S|