|Publication number||US20070057004 A1|
|Application number||US 11/226,976|
|Publication date||Mar 15, 2007|
|Filing date||Sep 15, 2005|
|Priority date||Sep 15, 2005|
|Also published as||WO2007035438A2, WO2007035438A3|
|Publication number||11226976, 226976, US 2007/0057004 A1, US 2007/057004 A1, US 20070057004 A1, US 20070057004A1, US 2007057004 A1, US 2007057004A1, US-A1-20070057004, US-A1-2007057004, US2007/0057004A1, US2007/057004A1, US20070057004 A1, US20070057004A1, US2007057004 A1, US2007057004A1|
|Inventors||Walt Butler, Dena Butler|
|Original Assignee||Butler Walt R, Butler Dena R|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (23), Referenced by (22), Classifications (18)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
This application is related to and claims priority to U.S. Provisional Patent Application Ser. No. ______, filed ______, entitled ______, the entirety of which is incorporated herein by reference.
The present invention relates to portable object holders and more specifically to a portable electronic device cradle that includes a separate but attached object-carrying receptacle wherein the entire apparatus can house an electronic device such as a cell-phone in a first receptacle, and business cards, credit cards, bills or the like, in a separate but attached second receptacle.
With the rise in popularity of cellular telephones, cell phone users find cell phone cradles to be indispensable. In the fast-paced twenty-fist century, users need to access their cell phones quickly. Cell phone cradles that conveniently clip onto a user's belt or clothing provide easy access to the cell phone and lessen the likelihood that the user leaves their phone at home, misplaces or loses their phone. Thus, cell phone storage and access has been improved by recent technological advances.
On the other hand, consumers who carry credit cards and business cards are constantly fumbling through their wallets to pull out their cards, only to find that they are crumpled, torn or defaced. Further, as a consumer acquires more and more business cards, credit cards and bills and adds them to their wallets, the wallets become oversized, unsightly and difficult to keep in one's pocket. While bill-folds serve to retain bills and cards, the user must still have a pocket to keep their bill-folds in. In addition, cards or bills can easily slip out of the bill-fold. Further, the user must still have a separate portable receptacle to house their electronic device. While a cell phone cradle and a bill-fold each serve their separate and unique purpose, the user is still required to carry both of these items with them if they want to have access to their cell phones, money, credit cards and business cards. Storing credit cards, business cards, and bills in one receptacle, and a portable electronic device in another receptacle is inefficient and increases the likelihood that the user will misplace one of the receptacles or leave one of the receptacles unattended.
What is therefore needed is a single apparatus that can both retain a portable electronic device such as a cellular telephone in one receptacle and safely and securely retain credit cards, business cards, bills, and other items in a separate but attached receptacle, and which can be removably attached on a user's belt, clothing, or personal item, thus providing quick and easy access to the items stored therein.
The present invention advantageously provides an apparatus that includes two separate but connected object-storage receptacles, where one receptacle is adapted to house a portable electronic device such as a cellular telephone and the other receptacle is adapted to house credit cards, business cards, folded bills, or similar objects. The apparatus conveniently allows the user to attach the apparatus to the user's belt, clothing, or personal item, thus providing easy access to their cell phone, as well as their credit cards, business cards or money, without the need to store each in separate compartments or in the their pockets.
In one aspect of the invention, a portable object holder is provided. The portable object holder includes a first receptacle having a base, a front cradle portion and a rear face. The front cradle portion is sized to receive and retain a least a portion of a handheld electronic device. The portable object holder also includes a second receptacle sized to receive and retain one or more objects. The second receptacle includes an open end, a base, opposing sides, a front face and a rear face, where the front face of the second receptacle is affixed to the rear face of the first receptacle.
In another aspect of the invention, a portable storage apparatus is provided. The apparatus includes an electronic device receptacle having a base, a front recess portion and a rear face, where the front recess portion sized to receive and retain a least a portion of a cellular telephone. The apparatus also includes an object receptacle having an open end, a base, opposing sides, a front face and a rear face. The front face of the object receptacle is joined to the rear face of the first receptacle. The second receptacle is sized to receive and retain one or more cards, where the base of the electronic device receptacle and the base of the object receptacle are substantially flush with each other such that the apparatus may be supported on a surface in a substantially upright position.
In yet another aspect, a portable multi-object retention system is provided. The system includes one or more interchangeable first receptacles, where each first receptacle includes a base, a front recess portion and a rear face, where the front recess portion of each first receptacle is sized to receive and retain a least a portion of a handheld electronic device. The system also includes one or more interchangeable second receptacles. Each second receptacle includes an open end, a base, opposing sides, a front face and a rear face. Each second receptacle is sized to receive and retain one or more objects. The system further includes an engagement mechanism situated between the rear face of each first receptacle and the front face of each second receptacle. The engagement mechanism allows for removable engagement of any first receptacle with any second receptacle.
A more complete understanding of the present invention, and the attendant advantages and features thereof, will be more readily understood by reference to the following detailed description when considered in conjunction with the accompanying drawings wherein:
The present invention advantageously provides a device that includes two receptacles, one adapted to carry business cards, credit cards and/or bills, or similar smaller items, and the other adapted to house a portable electronic device such as a cellular telephone. The device includes an item-carrying receptacle that is sized to receive folded bills, credit cards, business cards, or the like. In one embodiment, a file system is included that allows the user to select one of a plurality of tabs, where each tab is attached o a corresponding mini-folder, and pull out the chosen folder containing the bills, cards, or drivers license, etc. One face of the receptacle is joined to a portable electronic device cradle. Thus, users can carry their mobile telephones in one housing, as well as cards and/or bills in another housing where the housings are integrated in a single, portable, low profile apparatus.
Referring now to the drawing figures in which like reference designators refer to like elements there is shown in
Receptacles 12 and 14 may be constructed of sturdy material such as but not limited to polycarbonate plastic. First receptacle 12 includes recess 16, into which an electronic portable device such as a cellular telephone 13 can be inserted. Recess 16 of first receptacle 12 may be configured to retain a handheld Personal Digital Assistant (PDA), a pager, a beeper, or any other type of handheld electronic device. Receptacle 12 includes all the necessary electronic connections and mechanical interfaces commonly known in the art, in order for the portable electronic device 13 to be retained within cradle 12 and to operate properly.
Second receptacle 14 is sized to retain smaller profile items such as folded bills, cards, including but not limited to credit cards and business cards, loose change, note paper, and keys. As mentioned above, second receptacle 14 may be sized to receive and retain wider-profile items. In one embodiment, first receptacle 12 is affixed to second receptacle 14. Specifically, the back wall 20 of first receptacle 12 is joined to the front wall 18 of second receptacle 14. A connection interface piece may also be used to join the compartments. When affixed in this manner, the bottom portion 22 of apparatus 10 is of sufficient width (receptacle 14 has a width “A”, while receptacle 12 has a width “B”) to support apparatus 10 when apparatus 10 is placed on a flat surface such as a desk (
In the embodiment shown in
Advantageously, this feature allows for different types of electronic device receptacles 12 to be “mixed and matched” with each object-holding receptacle 14. For example, a receptacle 12 housing a cell phone may have different dimensions than a receptacle 12 that holds a pager, a beeper, or a PDA. A user may select his or her portable electronic device, i.e. their cellular telephone, and its corresponding cradle 12, and affix the cradle 12 to receptacle 14 in the manner described above, or utilizing another mounting procedure. The user may then decide to carry a PDA rather than his or her cell phone. In this instance, the user removes the cell phone cradle 1, which had been mounted to receptacle 14, and replaces it with a different receptacle 12, sized to receive the PDA. In this fashion, many different cradles can be used with one object-holding receptacle 14.
In an alternate embodiment, more than one object-carrying receptacle 14 can be used with the electronic device receptacle 12. Wider or narrower receptacles 14 may be interchanged and used with electronic device receptacle 12. For example, a wider receptacle 14 may be sized to accommodate several keys on a key chain, or a larger stack of business cards. The embodiment shown in
In use, the present invention provides the user with an integrated, all-in-one electronic device receptacle 12 and a card or bill-carrying receptacle 14. The user can affix the apparatus 10 to their belt, for example, via clip 24, and extract from receptacle 14 a particular item without having to look down at apparatus 10. For example, if the user wishes to use his or her credit card at a gas pump, they can feel for lid 56, pull it up, and with prior knowledge as to which sub-compartment contains credit cards, pull on the corresponding tab 54. The divider 52 attached to the selected tab 54 can then be pulled and extracted from within receptacle 14. The user can then open divider 52 that contains all their credit cards and select one for use.
It will be appreciated by persons skilled in the art that the present invention is not limited to what has been particularly shown and described herein above. In addition, unless mention was made above to the contrary, it should be noted that all of the accompanying drawings are not to scale. A variety of modifications and variations are possible in light of the above teachings without departing from the scope and spirit of the invention, which is limited only by the following claims.
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|U.S. Classification||224/669, 224/680, 224/930, 224/683|
|International Classification||A45F3/00, A45C1/04|
|Cooperative Classification||A45F2200/0516, A45C2001/067, A45F5/00, A45C2001/083, A45F2200/055, A45C11/182, A45C2001/086, A45F5/02, A45F2005/025, A45F5/021|
|European Classification||A45F5/00, A45C11/18C|