|Publication number||US20070090254 A1|
|Application number||US 11/255,422|
|Publication date||Apr 26, 2007|
|Filing date||Oct 22, 2005|
|Priority date||Oct 22, 2005|
|Publication number||11255422, 255422, US 2007/0090254 A1, US 2007/090254 A1, US 20070090254 A1, US 20070090254A1, US 2007090254 A1, US 2007090254A1, US-A1-20070090254, US-A1-2007090254, US2007/0090254A1, US2007/090254A1, US20070090254 A1, US20070090254A1, US2007090254 A1, US2007090254A1|
|Inventors||Paul Del Frari|
|Original Assignee||Del Frari Paul J|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (4), Referenced by (5), Classifications (12)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
This invention relates to a means of holding for electronic devices including but not limited to cellular phones, CD players, MP3 players, calculators, GPS receivers, and similar devices. It demountable components are applicable on any planar surface.
Prior art informs practitioners on three primary objectives in improving the means of holding electronic devices: to increase functionality of digital devices, to improve the ergonomics of using electronic devices, and to increase usage by improving the ruggedness of digital devices. U.S. Pat. 6,302,037 to Del Frari on Oct. 16, 2001 discloses a table device employing diverse forms of demountable pliable, weight bearing rods as holding tools. This prior art contributes to the present disclosure by Del Frari.
Features common in prior art to improve ruggedness and hand control of electronic devices are straps and carrying cases that support a device on a flat surface.
US Pat. application No. 20020099894 to Kehoe et al. published Jul. 25, 2002 teaches improvements in the functionality and ergonomics of hand held personal digital assistant devices by improving their stability and access to hand grasp when the device is resting on flat surfaces. These improvements being the modification of the forward edge of a PDA to form a resting stand with additional lateral extension supports to said stand and a wrist strap for the user.
US application No. 20030021084 to Cho et al. published on Jan. 30, 2003 also teaches on the use of a stand structure to hold a digital device, in this case a wireless LAN adapter. The disclosed stand improves functionality by allowing for rotational movements of the adapter for improved signal transmission within a computer network.
US application No. 20050086410 to Landron et al. published on Apr. 21, 2005 discloses an adapter unit that “adds functionality and ruggedness to a commercially designed device for use in a more industrial environment” by designing a housing for the digital device, PDA, which can be detachably secured to said hand held computer. The device being useable inside of or removed from the housing.
US application No. 20030116631 to Salvato et al. published on Jun. 26, 2003 discloses an adapter unit for a personal digital assistant having an ergonomic grip. Here the adapter unit structure forms a ridge and gripping angle combination to improve hand control by helping prevent a user's fingers from slipping off the gripping surface.
US application No. 20040256432 to Orenstein published on Dec. 12, 2004 discloses an electronic device holder that teaches use of ergonomics, increased utility and increased ruggedness of a broadly applicable closed loop design; this design embodied in a body worn holder as a means of capturing the electronic device in a manner that does not suffer the limitations of holders customized to fit the individual products they serve.
US application No. 20050072691 to Schlansky published on Apr. 7, 2005 echoes several common prior art issues in advancing the objectives of functionality, ruggedness, and ergonomics: that a holder of electronic devices should maintain a position of easy accessibility, usability of the device when captured by the holder and when being used independent of it, useable with a range of sizes and designs of electronic products, and the need to be usable in the many locations and situations that communication devices are used in. Schlansky discloses a pair of opposed arms capable of adjustable pressure against an object. The arms forming a partial loop around a central support area a device to be held is set upon. US application No. 20020159775 to Muller published on Oct. 31, 2002 makes a disclosure on a vital usage issue for all hand held electronic devices, the effects of ambient lighting conditions on the visual display of an LCD screen. Muller's disclosure is of a focusing hood for digital cameras to shield a digital camera LCD screen from glare effects. Prior art recommends that a means for holding electronic devices be inclusive of accessibility of the held device in a plurality of locations and on a plurality of surfaces. Additionally prior art informs practitioners that a holder needs to be accommodative to variance in size and shape of electronic devices and to the movements their designs require for their usage. Additionally prior art informs that electronic device holders need to consider the ergonomics of of hand movements and weight bearing involved in usage applications of these devices.
No identified prior art teaches the incorporation of vision ergonomics in the design of a holder for electronic devices. Important trends in the development of wireless electronic devices that contribute to the challenge of broad user accessibility to these devices is their increasing use of visual data, including photographs, concurrent with their increasing compactness of size. The relationship between vision and posture needs to be recognized in the design of a holder for electronic devices which increasingly emphasize use of visual data.
The seeming effortless of vision is deceptive, and how we need to look in order to see data displayed on LCD screens effects our eye movements—our ability to find and recognize data—and sensory motor fatigue, overload. LCD screens are strongly impacted by ambient lighting conditions. Control of glare and image reducing reflectance is a consideration of both accessibility and functionality.
Visual data is vital to information transfer, vital to the range of tasks communication devices can perform and the people they may serve such as providing caregivers and their charges access to a shared means of personalized assistance—photos—that can be given electronically, with immediacy and from far away.
My invention advances prior art by incorporating increased utility, increased accessibility, and increased ruggedness into a holding system for electronic devices that includes vision ergonomics: that does not expect or require device users to spontaneously find solutions to ambient lighting problems, that does not preclude individuals of diminished sensory abilities from using these powerful communication tools, that does not limit usage of electronic devices to how long an individual can tolerate the postural demands their use may make of them.
Construction of a demountable component pedestal stand holder for electronic devices begins with a sheet of rigid material. One side of said sheet is completely surfaced with slip resistant, resiliently deformable material; this forming a bottom side of said sheet. Opposed to this surfaced bottom is a top side to which several parts are permanently affixed: a square rod having one its ends perpendicularly attached to said sheet, a pair of parallel and opposed congruent blocks which are lateral to said perpendicular rod and flanking opposed sides of said perpendicular rod. A horizontal square rod connects perpendicularly to the mid-section area of the top side of said opposed congruent blocks where it is permanently fastened. Said perpendicular square rod has a plurality of modular recesses on the side face which is oriented between said congruent blocks flanking its opposed sides. Said horizontal square rod having a plurality of modular recesses on its top side face.
A plurality of demountable blocks each having a plurality of studs at one end side and a plurality of modular recesses on the opposed end side. Said studs of each of said demountable blocks mate correspondingly with said modular recesses of other of said demountable blocks. Said mating of said studs to said recesses connecting one demountable block to another. Said studs of said demountable blocks also mating correspondingly with said modular recesses of said perpendicular rod and said horizontal rod. Singly, or in multiples, said demountable blocks correspondingly mated with said modular recesses of said horizontal rod present a modular recessed planar surface of variable height from said bottom surface of said rigid sheet. Said demountable blocks mated correspondingly to said modular recesses of said perpendicular rod houses said demountable blocks in the interior space formed by said perpendicular rod, said horizontal rod, and said congruent blocks.
The pedestal component is a demountable inclined faced block, said face being the edge side of said block between two unequal angle corners. Said inclined block's unequal corners being opposed by a pair of perpendicular angle corners. At mid-section of edge side between said perpendicular corners is a plurality of studs, said studs mating correspondingly with said modular recesses of said horizontal rod and said demountable blocks. Said inclined block has a plurality of rigid sheets fastened perpendicularly to said inclined surface, in proximity to said unequal angle corners. A rigid rectangular sheet is fastened to the elevated end of said inclined block. Said rigid sheet elongates said elevated end side above the height of said inclined surface. Said elongated sheet having a circular hole cut-through in said area above said inclined surface. Said elongated end being a rear side of said inclined block and said shorter end of said block being a front, a preferred view side of said pedestal component.
Said pedestal component receives a demountable rigid sheet support for electronic devices. Said rigid sheet support having a side surface adapted to engage support surfaces by having said slip resistant, resiliently deformable materials adhered to the perimeter areas of said surface, said perimeter surfacing defining a bottom side of said demountable sheet. Fastened along the longitudinal midline of the interior area of said bottom surface is hook and loop material. Opposed to said bottom side is a top side, said top side also being surfaced with said slip resistant resiliently deformable materials. Curved contour notches are transversely opposed at said rigid sheet's sides. Lateral to said notches are a rectangular cut-through of said demountable sheet and a top side surface area of hook and loop material. Said top and bottom sides'surfacing of said demountable sheet is not applied to the transverse axis between said notches. Said top surface hook and loop material being level with said top side slip resistant materials. Said rectangular cut-through mating correspondingly to said elongated sheet end of said inclined block.
An elastic cord encircles said demountable rigid sheet support at said notches. Said cord having a cord stop allowing for said cord to exert variable pressure against said sheet. Said cord being an adjustable pressure means of tethering an electronic device to said demountable rigid support. Said rigid support being attachable to said inclined block. Said hook and loop material of said demountble support may be corresponded with hook and loop material positioned on an electronic device when a user desires a held device to be in a specific position such as an individual wanting a cellular phone precisely held for their ease of hearing and speaking.
Said stacking of said demountable blocks is a low cost, east to manufacture, easy to apply means of achieving size magnification by moving the viewing screen and button configuration of an electronic device closer to the observer's eyes, size variance of said blocks allowing for customization of the viewing distance between said screen and an observer with the benefits to viewing posture this yields.
Utility and functionality are increased by addition of a rectangular block magnet holder for said demountable rigid sheet support. Said magnet having a plurality of countersunk holes along its longitudinal axis. Said holes being covered by hook and loop material. Said covering defining a top side of said magnet with opposed uncovered side attaching to metallic surfaces. Application of fasteners through said countersunk holes secures said rectangular block to non-metallic surfaces. Covering of said countersunk fasteners with said hook and loop material providing a connecting surface for said bottom side longitudinal hook and loop surfacing of said demountable rigid support to attach to. Said magnetic block being of lessor dimensions than said demountable rigid support; this enabling ease of hand grasp of said bottom side of said demountable rigid support when attaching to and releasing from said magnetic block holder. This allows an electronic device to be held on vertical surfaces. A larger block magnet being employed for larger electronic devices. Said magnetic blocks may be electromagnetic.
Utility and functionality of said magnetic block holder are increased by employment of a demountable bracket attachment for said magnetic block holder. Said bracket being a block having an inclined side edge between two unequal angle corners. Said unequal corners being opposed by a pair of perpendicular angle corners. A rectangular rigid sheet fastened to the shorter end of said bracket attachment elongates said shorter end below the side between said perpendicular corners. Both said shorter end and its opposed longer end of said bracket attachment are surfaced with hook and loop material. Either of said hook and loop surfaced ends being attachable to said magnetic block holder. Attachment of varied ends of said bracket to said holder presents a held device at a different inclines to a user; this being of advantage for the device user by allowing for greater freedom in a user's viewing position lateral of the held device. Said inclined side surface of said bracket being surfaced in mid-area with hook and loop material and recessed at its distal ends. Said mid-area surfacing corresponds with said bottom side hook and loop area of said demountable rigid support. Said corresponding areas of said hook and loop material allowing for said rigid demountable support to attach to and release from said bracket.
A weight bearing, pliable rod employing the prior of U.S. Pat. No. 6,302,037 to Del Frari on Oct. 16, 2001 connecting to and releasing from said demountable inclined block One of said pliable rod's ends being connectable to said circular cut-through of said elongated rigid sheet end of said demountable inclined block. Said connectable rod end being the embedding of one of said pliable rod's ends into a rigid square block. Said square block having a transverse cut-through in its mid-section area and a shaft cut-through perpendicular to and intersecting the space of said transverse cut-through. Said transverse cut-through mating correspondingly to said rigid sheet elongation of said inclined block so that said cut-through hole of said elongated sheet aligns with said shaft of said square block. A pin with locking mechanism inserted through said circular cut-through and said shaft connects said square block end of said pliable rod to said inclined block. The opposed end of said pliable rod being a largely rectangular block and having a plurality of aligned apertures. Said rectangular end having a shaft passing perpendicularly through said apertures. Said apertures'openings being of variable widths. Said variance of said aperture openings being accommodative to sheet materials of variable thicknesses. Said sheet materials including but not being limited to light polarizing filters, polyester color filters for image enhancements, rigid sheets with prisms attached thereto, 3-D filters, wide angle magnification, image magnifying sheets. Said sheets possessing a cut-through to accommodate aligning their position when inserted into said apertures with said shaft of said rectangular block. Said alignment of said sheets allowing for a pin lock mechanism to pass through said shaft thereby passing through said sheets and said apertures. Said pin lock mechanism being an easy means of attaching and releasing said sheet materials from said rectangular end of said rod. Additional embodiments of means for holding said sheet materials may be a mechanism for applying spring tension against said sheets when said sheets are inserted into said apertures. Said alignment of multiple sheets within said apertures also being a means for holding additive properties of said sheet materials in alignment with one another. One practiced in this art will recognize this to be a means of designing the physical properties of the visual field above an electronic display screen. Said properties including but not being limited to adjustable depth of field, use of wide angle lens magnification, polarization of the image light coming from the screen and from the ambient environment surrounding the screen, filtering of color and wavelength of the light in the visual field, prism shifting of images located withing the field, sheet lens magnification of imagery within the field.
Functionality and utility are increased by a means of connecting and releasing said pliable rod from said demountable rigid sheet support. Said means being an assembly of two perpendicularly intersecting rectangles. One of which has a circle cut-through. Said cut-through rectangle is pushed upwards and through said rectangular cut-through of said demountable rigid sheet support till stopped by said horizontal rectangle coming to rest adjacent to said bottom side of said demountable rigid support. In said position said vertical end of said assembly may receive the transverse cut-though of said square block end by said block end moving down onto said vertically extended rectangle. Said vertical rectangle corresponding in dimensions to said transverse cut-through of said square block end; this correspondence aligning said circular cut-through of said extending rectangle with said shaft of said square end; there connecting said block end to said assembly by pin. One practiced in this art will consider that the addition of said pliable rod may be made directly to an electronic device in its manufacture. In one embodiment a device may provide a compartment in which a pliable rod may be coiled within, said compartment being a substitution for said square block end of said adjustable rod. Said means of designing the physical properties of the visual field above an electronic screen therefore being available directly to said device by means of adding said sheet matter above said electronic display screen.
A hollow opaque cylinder having opposed opened ends intersects with a rectangular rigid sheet with a circular cut-out fit to said cylinder's diameter. Said cylinder sliding into said circular up-out and said cylinder being adhesively attached to said rigid sheet with said attached cylinder end and said rigid sheet being level with one another. Said attached end opening being reduced in size by attachment of a molded circular base silicone rubber eyepiece to said rigid sheet so as to cover said opening. Said molded silicone eyepiece having a centered circular opening aligned with the central axis of said cylinder and said opening being of lessor diameter than said cylinder. Said cylinder's walls being of laminated construction. Said laminations yielding variable cylinder wall thicknesses. Said laminations can be of a diameter to be adjacent to circular objects. Addition of subsequent layers of said interior laminations reducing said cylinder's interior diameter above and below said objects thereby fastening said objects within said cylinder. A plurality of objects such as lenses may be fastened inside of said cylinder by said means. Said lenses having cumulative effects therefore said cylinder may be designed in accordance with a prescription of one or a plurality of lenses. Said cylinder's length may be customized to the properties of inserted materials such as an inserted lens's focal length as when said cylinder's length from said held lens to said cylinder's open end is the focal length of said lens. Said rectangular sheet extending from its encirclement of said cylinder to said rectangular block end. Said opaque cylinder being a light shield for viewing electronic screens in all forms of adverse lighting conditions.
rectangular block end (32) showing aligned apertures (33) being perpendicularly intersected by shaft cut-through (34) perpendicular to aligned apertures, pin (35) with locking mechanism inserted into shaft (34) intersecting with apertures (33)
The components of the pedestal stand of his holding device are easily observed in
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|Cooperative Classification||H04M1/04, F16M11/40, F16M11/04, F16M13/00, F16M13/02|
|European Classification||F16M13/02, F16M11/04, F16M13/00, F16M11/40, H04M1/04|