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Publication numberUS20060082212 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 11/247,934
Publication dateApr 20, 2006
Filing dateOct 11, 2005
Priority dateOct 15, 2004
Publication number11247934, 247934, US 2006/0082212 A1, US 2006/082212 A1, US 20060082212 A1, US 20060082212A1, US 2006082212 A1, US 2006082212A1, US-A1-20060082212, US-A1-2006082212, US2006/0082212A1, US2006/082212A1, US20060082212 A1, US20060082212A1, US2006082212 A1, US2006082212A1
InventorsSheng-Tao Chou, Pi-Chiung Chan
Original AssigneeSheng-Tao Chou, Pi-Chiung Chan
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Multimedia device fixture assembly for automobiles
US 20060082212 A1
Abstract
A multimedia device fixture for automobiles is installed at the back of an automobile seat, and the related components of the automobile seat and fixture of the invention include a headrest, two headrest rods, and a back rest. The fixture includes a carrying stand having two left and right parallel corresponding parts, each including a middle fixing section and a lower fixing section connected to the bottom of the middle fixing section; an upper fixing section disposed at the top of the two corresponding parts and capable of being moved and fixed transversally; a flexible fixing member, surrounded and mounted onto the middle fixing section and the flexible fixing member of the headrest rod of the automobile seat. When the flexible fixing member is mounted onto the middle fixing section sand the headrest, the upper and lower fixing sections press the headrest and the backrest tightly.
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Claims(5)
1. A multimedia device fixture for automobiles, installed at the back of an automobile seat, and the related components of said automobile seat and said fixture including a headrest, two headrest rods and a backrest, and said fixture comprising:
a carrying stand, having two left and right parallel corresponding parts, and said each corresponding part having a middle fixing section and a lower fixing section coupled to the bottom of said middle section;
an upper fixing section, disposed at the top of said two corresponding parts and capable of being moved and fixed at the top of said two corresponding parts; and
a flexible fixing member, mounted around said middle fixing section and said headrest rod of said automobile seat;
such that when said flexible fixing member is mounted around said middle fixing section and said headrest rod, said upper and lower fixing section press said headrest and said backrest tightly.
2. The fixture of claim 1, wherein said middle fixing section is turning section disposed away from the central axial direction of said corresponding parts.
3. The fixture of claim 2, wherein said backrest of said automobile seat has its top surface supporting the bottom of said middle fixing section, when said flexible fixing member is mounted around said middle fixing section and said headrest rods.
4. The fixture of claim 1, wherein said two corresponding parts have their top ends supporting the bottom of said upper fixing section, and said upper section includes a long hole, and said corresponding parts include a screw hole at its top corresponding to said long hole, such that a screw is passed through said long hole to be secured into said screw hole, and the head of said screw is stopped by the top surface of said upper fixing section.
5. The fixture of claim 1, wherein said flexible fixing member is a mother-daughter adhesive tape.
Description
    BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
  • [0001]
    1. Field of the Invention
  • [0002]
    The present invention relates to an assembly for installing a multimedia device at the back of an automobile seat.
  • [0003]
    2. Description of the Related Art
  • [0004]
    The way of installing a multimedia device in an automobile generally embeds a screen at the platform next to the meter panel of the automobile or embeds the screen at the back of a headrest of an automobile seat, and the device used for controlling a multimedia player is usually installed at an appropriate position proximate to the front section of the automobile and controlled by the driver or person at the front passenger seat.
  • [0005]
    The foregoing design may have the drawbacks that the multimedia device cannot be installed by the users and such arrangement incurs a high cost. After the multimedia device is installed, users cannot remove the device by themselves. Furthermore, the screen is installed onto a headrest or a platform, and thus there will be not enough heat dissipating space, and the viewing angle is limited for the driver and the passenger at the front seat only, and other passengers at the backseats cannot have a full view of the screen. The control device of the multimedia device is located at the front of the automobile, which can be operated by the driver or the passenger at the front seat only, and thus passengers at the backseats cannot control the multimedia device.
  • [0006]
    To solve the foregoing problems, manufacturers introduced many movable carriers that allow users to install a multimedia device in an automobile by themselves. To securely mount the carrier, the prior art adopt an adhesion technology to stick the carrier onto the platform in an automobile or drill a hole at a predetermined position in the automobile for fixing the carrier. However, such arrangement is still inconvenient for users to install the multimedia device by themselves, and both of the adhesion or drilling methods will leave a mark or a hole after the carrier is removed.
  • SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
  • [0007]
    To overcome the inconvenience and shortcomings of the prior art, the present invention proposes a feasible solution by providing a multimedia device fixture for automobiles.
  • [0008]
    Therefore, it is a primary objective of the invention to provide a fixture that can mount a multimedia device thereon, and the multimedia device refers to a screen and a control device. The fixture allows users to install or remove a multimedia device at the back of a seat in an automobile by themselves easily without using a tool.
  • [0009]
    A secondary objective of the present invention is to provide a fixture that can mount a multimedia device thereon, and the fixture is fixed at the headrest, headrest rod and the back of a seat in the automobile, and thus the fixture can be installed securely with these three fixing positions.
  • [0010]
    Another objective of the present invention is to provide a fixture that can mount a multimedia device thereon, and the fixture can fix the screen as well as the control device of a multimedia device.
  • [0011]
    A further objective of the present invention is to provide a fixture that can mount a multimedia device thereon, and the fixture can fix the screen of the multimedia device at the back of a seat in the automobile or at a position between two seats in an automobile.
  • [0012]
    The multimedia device fixture for automobiles in accordance with the present invention is fixed at the back of a seat in an automobile, and the related components of the seat and the fixture of the invention include a headrest, two headrest rods and a backrest, and the fixture comprises:
  • [0013]
    a carrying stand, having two corresponding parts separately disposed on the left side and the right side parallel to each other, and each of the two corresponding parts has a middle fixing section and a lower fixing section connected to the bottom of the middle fixing section;
  • [0014]
    an upper fixing section, being separately disposed at the top of the two corresponding parts and capable of being moved and fixed transversally;
  • [0015]
    a flexible fixing member, fixed around the middle fixing section and the headrest rod of an automobile seat;
  • [0016]
    such that when the flexible fixing member fixes the middle fixing section, and the headrest rod, the upper and lower fixing section press the headrest and backrest of the automobile seat tightly.
  • BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
  • [0017]
    FIG. 1 is an explode view of a fixture of the present invention;
  • [0018]
    FIG. 2 is a schematic view of a fixture being installed on the back of an automobile seat according to the present invention;
  • [0019]
    FIG. 3 is a side view of a section indicated by the arrow 3-3 as depicted in FIG. 2;
  • [0020]
    FIG. 4 is a schematic view of a fixture being combined with a multimedia device according to the present invention;
  • [0021]
    FIG. 5 is a schematic view of a fixture together with a multimedia device being fixed at the back of an automobile seat according to the present invention;
  • [0022]
    FIG. 6 is a view of the present invention when it is in use; and
  • [0023]
    FIG. 7 is another view of the present invention when it is in use.
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS
  • [0024]
    Referring to FIGS. 1 to 3, a multimedia device fixture for automobiles in accordance with the present invention is installed at the back of an automobile seat 90, and the related components of the automobile seat 90 and the fixture of the invention include a headrest 94, two headrest rods 92 and a backrest 96.
  • [0000]
    The fixture comprises:
  • [0025]
    a carrying stand 10, having two left and right parallel corresponding parts 17, and each corresponding part 17 having a middle fixing section 14 and a lower fixing section 16 coupled to the bottom of the middle section 14, and the middle section 14 of the embodiment as shown in the figures is a turning section disposed away from the central axial direction of the two corresponding parts 17;
  • [0026]
    an upper fixing section 12, disposed at the top of the two corresponding parts 17 and capable of being moved and fixed at the top of the two corresponding parts 17, and the top of the two corresponding parts 17 supports the bottom of the upper fixing section 12, and the upper fixing section 12 has a long hole 13, and the top of the two corresponding parts 17 has a screw hole 11 corresponding to the long hole 13, such that two screws 18, each passing through the long hole 13 and being secured into the screw hole 11, and the head 181 of the screw 18 is stopped by the top surface of the upper fixing section 12, and thus the upper fixing section 12 is locked and fixed at the top of the two corresponding parts; in other words, the upper fixing section 12 can be moved horizontally; and
  • [0027]
    a flexible fixing member 20, mounted around the middle fixing section 14 and the headrest rod 92 of the automobile seat 90, and the flexible fixing member 20 in this embodiment is a mother-daughter adhesive tape, and when the flexible fixing member 20 is mounted around the middle fixing section 14 and the headrest rod 92, the upper and lower fixing sections 12, 16 press the headrest 94 and the backrest 96 of the automobile seat 90 tightly, and since the middle fixing section 14 is a turning section disposed away from the central axial direction of the corresponding parts 17, therefore its lower edge 141 presses the top surface 961 of the backrest 96 of the automobile seat 90, and the turning section mode of the middle fixing section can prevent the flexible fixing member 20 from sliding along the corresponding parts 17; and
  • [0028]
    a carrying section 19, connected between the two corresponding parts 17.
  • [0029]
    Referring to FIGS. 4 and 5, the foregoing upper fixing section 12 can carry a screen 80 of a multimedia device. In the embodiment as shown in the figures, a locking member 30 is passed upward through the long hole 13 of the upper fixing section 12 into a screw hole 82 preinstalled at the bottom of the screen 80. The foregoing carrying section 19 can carry the main system 84 of the multimedia device. In the embodiment as shown in the figures, a locking member 32 is passed through a hole 191 preinstalled at the carrying section 19, and an end of the locking device 32 is latched into a groove 86 preinstalled at the back of the main system 84, and the main system 84 is mounted onto the carrying section 19.
  • [0030]
    Referring to FIGS. 6 and 7, loosening the screws 18 of the upper fixing section 12 can move the upper fixing section 12 horizontally left and right, and thus the left end or the right end of the upper fixing section 12 can go beyond the width of the automobile seat 90, and a portion of the upper section 12 can be extended between the two automobile seats to install the screen 80 between two seats 90, and the passengers on the left and right seats can view the screen.
  • [0031]
    The fixture of the invention can be installed by users, and the key of the installation is to mount the fixture 20 around the middle fixing section and the headrest rods 92. If the flexible fixing member 20 is in the status of being pulled tightly, the upper section 12 and the lower section 16 naturally press on the surfaces of the headrest 94 and the backrest 96, or are even slightly sunken into the surface due to the flexibility of the headrest 94 and the backrest 96. In other words, the fixture of the invention uses the upper, middle, and lower fixing sections 12, 14, 16 to latch the headrest 94, the headrest rods 92, and the back 96 of the automobile seat 90 respectively, so that the entire fixture can be securely installed onto the back of the automobile seat 90 without the risk of being shaken or slid. In addition, the middle fixing section 14 fixes the headrest rods 92, and the top surface of the backrest 96 further supports the bottom 141 of the middle fixing section 14, so as to effectively preventing the fixture from sliding down and improving the carrying capability of the fixture.
  • [0032]
    While the invention has been described by a preferred embodiment, it is to be understood that the invention is not limited thereto. Various modifications and similar arrangements and procedures are intended to be covered by the scope of the appended claims.
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Classifications
U.S. Classification297/463.1
International ClassificationA47C31/00, A47C7/62, A47C31/02, H05K7/00, B60R7/04, B60R7/10
Cooperative ClassificationB60N2002/4405, B60R7/10, B60R7/043
European ClassificationB60R7/10, B60R7/04B