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Publication numberUS20060278788 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 11/140,372
Publication dateDec 14, 2006
Filing dateMay 27, 2005
Priority dateMay 27, 2005
Publication number11140372, 140372, US 2006/0278788 A1, US 2006/278788 A1, US 20060278788 A1, US 20060278788A1, US 2006278788 A1, US 2006278788A1, US-A1-20060278788, US-A1-2006278788, US2006/0278788A1, US2006/278788A1, US20060278788 A1, US20060278788A1, US2006278788 A1, US2006278788A1
InventorsEagle Fan
Original AssigneeEagle Fan
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Fixing seat
US 20060278788 A1
Abstract
A fixing seat includes a foundation bed and two clamping arms arranged on opposite sides of the bed, respectively. At least one of the clamping arms is movable transversely. A longitudinal slide channel is formed in each clamping arm to movably receive at least a protruding clamping portion that is movable along the slide channel, whereby the longitudinal and transverse distances between the clamping portions are both adjustable.
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Claims(8)
1. A fixing seat, comprising:
a foundation bed having opposite sides;
two clamping arms arranged on the sides of the foundation bed, respectively, one of the clamping arms being transversely movable with respect to the foundation bed, each clamping arm defining a longitudinally extending slide channel along which a protruding clamping portion is movable.
2. The fixing seat as claimed in claim 1, wherein two clamping portions, which are movable transversely, are arranged respectively on two sides of the foundation bed.
3. The fixing seat as claimed in claim 1, wherein an inverted T-shaped check block is formed at the bottom portion of each clamping portion and choked at the bottom edge of the slide channel such that each clamping portion can only slide along the slide channel without departing from it.
4. The fixing seat as claimed in claim 1, wherein each clamping arm comprises two clamping portions.
5. The fixing seat as claimed in claim 4, wherein the clamping portions of the clamping arm are bent to face each other in an arcuate curve.
6. The fixing seat as claimed in claim 1, wherein an upwardly protruded stop block is disposed on one side of the foundation bed.
7. The fixing seat as claimed in claim 6, wherein a transverse support rod is arranged in the bottom portion of the stop block and plugged in the foundation bed to enable the stop block to move transversely.
8. The fixing seat as claimed in claim 1, wherein a rotatable stop block is arranged on one side of foundation bed such that the stop block can protrude over the top surface of the foundation bed when the stop block swivels up.
Description
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of the Invention

The present invention relates to a fixing seat especially suitable for holding a small-size electronic product of various shapes and/or measurements decently.

2. The Prior Arts

To crop up as fast as the bamboo shoots after a spring rain, so many small-size electronic products, such as MP3 portable player, MP4 AV player, handy game player, cellular phone, and PDA, are presented to the market one after another. For easy holding in vehicle or another reason whatsoever, theoretically, an exclusive fixing seat made for a mating product, namely one for one, is preferred, however, for simplification, an average fixing seat is commonly configured such that an electronic product can be fixedly clamped by two clamping pieces having their width adjustable either by one single or two movable clamping wings. The clamping pieces of the fixing seat are such defective that they are immobile in longitudinal direction. It is all right for the clamping pieces to hold a cellular phone for example, because they are supposed to clamp at the phone on two sides in a middle portion; however, a lower half portion may be clamped this time in the case of a narrow long handy game player or other AV player that does not seem stable enough. Yet, a button disposed on a side surface of some electronic product for a special purpose may be triggered unexpectedly.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The primary object of the present invention is to provide a fixing seat whose longitudinal clamping position is adjustable in addition to the adjustable transverse clamping position, so that an optimum clamping position is available for holding an electronic product of diversified shapes or different measurements.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a fixing seat suitable to clamp more kinds of electronic product without causing impairments, in which the clamping position of clamping portions may be adjusted for clamping products of specific shapes; and it is possible to avert any accidental touch or damage to switches by adjusting the clamping portions in longitudinal direction.

Yet, another object of the present invention is to provide a fixing seat with two rotatable stop blocks, which can be turned flat to enable the fixing seat to clamp an electronic product at its two sides of middle portion, and the foundation bed of the fixing seat may be turned from a usual longitudinal state into a transverse state to hence broaden the scope of usable products.

In order to realize above objects, a clamping arm is arranged respectively on two corresponding sides of a foundation bed of the present invention, in which at least a clamping arm is movable transversely; a slide channel is provided to each clamping arm at an edge thereof longitudinally; at least a protruding clamping portion is formed slidable on the slide channel such that a user may change the clamping position in the longitudinal direction when necessary.

For more detailed information regarding advantages or features of the present invention, at least one example of preferred embodiment will be described below with reference to the annexed drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The related drawings in connection with the detailed description of the invention to be made later are described briefly as follows, in which:

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a fixing seat of the present invention;

FIG. 2 is a perspective view showing the fixing seat of the present invention under maximum extension;

FIG. 3 is an exploded schematic view of the fixing seat of the present invention;

FIG. 4 is a perspective view of another embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 5 is a perspective view showing another embodiment of the present invention under maximum extension; and

FIG. 6 is a perspective view showing the present invention under a practical application.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

As shown in FIGS. 1 and 2, a fixing seat of the present invention comprises a foundation bed 1 having a clamping arm 2, 3 disposed on each of two sides respectively. At least one clamping arm is movable transversely by means of a pushbutton 11 arranged on one side of the foundation bed 1 as well as the inside structure of the fixing seat such that the clamping arm(s) can be moved outwardly to change the distance between them for clamping an electronic product of different widths. In the present invention, since both the clamping arms 2, 3 are movable transversely, namely, a dual-side clamping way is taken as understood in a similar conventional interaction mechanism, hence it wouldn't be reiterated herein.

Compared with a conventional fixing seat, each clamping arm 2, 3 is formed with a longitudinal slide channel 21, 31 having at least an upwardly protruded clamping portion, while there are two upwardly protruded clamping portions arranged on each clamping arm in this preferred embodiment, namely: the clamping portion 22, 23, 32, and 33. Every clamping portion can be moved longitudinally along the slide channel to which this clamping portion belongs in order to change the clamping position in the longitudinal direction so that a longer-size electronic product can be fastened stably, and an accidental touch to an ON/OFF switch or button can be thus averted effectively.

As shown in FIG. 3, each pair of correspondent clamping portions 22, 23 or 32, 33 is arc-shaped, and is combined to form a semicircle. However, the shape of a clamping portion is not so limited, it may be formed in any shape whatever desired. Moreover, the surface of inner side of each clamping portion is attached with a shaped sponge 221, 231, 321, and 331 for preventing a clamped object from being scratched. In addition, an inverted T-shaped check block 222, 322 is formed on the bottom end of each clamping portion 22, 32 (also, the same on the bottom end of the clamping portion 23, 33). To assemble, each check block is descended through a larger central opening 211, 311 then moved longitudinally and checked at the bottom end of a correspondent slide channel 21, 31 such that the check block is allowed to slide along the channel without departing from it.

In this embodiment, two sides of the bottom edge of the foundation bed 1 are pivotally jointed with a rotatable stop block 5, respectively, such that the stop blocks 5 are rotated upwardly to protrude over the top surface of the foundation bed 1 to prevent an electronic product held thereon from being slid down as shown in FIG. 2, or the stop blocks 5 may be rotated to lay horizontally as shown in FIG. 1 for holding a long and narrow product. The detailed structure is shown in FIG. 3, where the bottom end of each stop block 5 is sheathed around a protruding pin 12 at the bottom edge of the foundation bed 1 through a spring 13, and each stop block 5 is rotatably locked to the protruding pin 12 by means of a bolt 14. Due to the interposed spring 13, each the stop block 5 is fastened with a proper tension, so that it can be rotated and fixed then and there wherever desired.

FIGS. 4 and 5 show another embodiment of the present invention for improving a stop block 6 at the bottom edge of the foundation bed 1. In this embodiment, two stop blocks 6 are vertically disposed to protrude over the foundation bed 1, and a support rod 61 arranged in the bottom end of the stop blocks can be plugged in the foundation bed 1 such that the stop blocks 6 can be moved outwardly a proper distance respectively according to requirements for holding an electronic product of different widths or specific shapes.

An electronic product may be used in diversified forms. For example, it could be held vertically for normal use while transversely for viewing video images, or the length thereof may be far longer than the width. Referring to FIG. 6, a product 7 may be held by laying the stop blocks 5 flat, then, clamping the middle part of the product on two sides with the clamping portions 22, 23 of the clamping arm 2 and the clamping portion 32, 33 of the clamping arm 3, and by so doing, it is possible to dodge some pushbuttons. If it is so required to handle the product transversely for appreciating video images, all a user has to do is turn the entire foundation bed to the direction where the clamping arm 2, 3 are located at a top and a bottom position, respectively, and of course, under this situation, the foundation bed 1 has to be fixed to a rotatable auxiliary sucker or any other auxiliary fixing supporter.

In the above described, at least one preferred embodiment has been described in detail with reference to the drawings annexed, and it is apparent that numerous changes or modifications may be made without departing from the true spirit and scope thereof, as set forth in the claims below.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification248/309.1, 248/231.21
International ClassificationA47F5/00, E04G5/06, A47B96/06
Cooperative ClassificationF16M11/02, F16M13/00, F16M13/02, F16M2200/028, F16M11/041, F16M11/04, B60R11/02, B60R2011/0071
European ClassificationF16M13/00, F16M11/04A, B60R11/02, F16M11/04, F16M11/02, F16M13/02