US 20070215192 A1
The tops of a series of structural supports pivot around a central hub slide-way. The supports each have expansible top roof sections and lower wall sections. The supports pivot from a nested storage array to an axially expanded frame array. An attached material forms a ceiling cover with or without a sidewall or floor covering for a quick and compacted portable canopy and/or enclosure. A zipper separates the cover material into two sections to allow pivoting of the structural supports during setting up and storing away.
1. A center hub slide-way portable enclosure system comprising:
a center hub slide-way formed by a center hub having a passageway completely encircling the center hub;
a plurality of structural supports each movably attached by a connection to the center hub at a top end of each of the structural supports so that the structural supports are pivotably slidable in the slide-way around the center hub in a variety of configurations including a storage position with the structural supports pivoted together contacting each other for storage and transport and a full structural frame position with all of the structural supports pivoted out in a radially spaced array for forming a support structure;
a cover material attachable to the structural supports to form a portable shelter to function as a stand alone self-supported structure with the structural supports all pivoted out in a full radially spaced array when set up and to function as a building extension shelter with two of the structural supports attached to an external structure and the other structural supports pivoted out in a radially spaced array when set up, the cover material attached to the structural supports when the structural supports are pivoted together for storage.
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1. Field of the Invention
The present invention relates generally to portable canopies, shaded shelters, awnings, tents and more specifically it relates to a center hub slide-way enclosure system with a top center hub slide-way having a series of structural supports to pivot around the hub, pivoting from a storage position with all the structural supports together to a structural forming position with the structural supports fanned out to form a roof and walls of a portable structure for providing outdoor comfort to individuals out in open areas and/or adjacent to a building structure.
2. Description of Related Art Including Information Disclosed Under 37 CFR 1.97 and 1.98
Portable enclosure devices that have sun, wind and insect protection for individuals have been in use for years. Canopies, awnings and tents have individual components needing to be assembled separately of which takes a long time to assemble and disassemble. In addition, conventional portable canopies, tent enclosures and awnings are not suitable to be stored away in a compact position with the combination of the frame, a ceiling cover, sidewall covering, and optional floor attached all together. In addition, portable canopies, tents and awnings are unable to provide the aesthetics or diversity to be used adjacent to a building structure and/or be able to stand alone on it's own out in open areas.
Examples of patented devices which may be related to the present invention include U.S. Pat. No. 1,326,006; U.S. Pat. No. 2,928,404; U.S. Pat. No. 3,195,275; U.S. Pat. No. 3,333,376; U.S. Pat. No. 3,461,626; and U.S. Pat. No. 4,566,475.
In these respects, the pivotable hub slide-way enclosure system according to the present invention substantially departs from the conventional concepts and functions of the prior art, and in so doing provides an apparatus primarily developed for the purpose of providing a quick and cost efficient portable slide-way enclosure that can be stored in a compacted position.
In view of the foregoing disadvantages inherent in the known types of portable enclosure devices now present in the prior art, the present invention provides a new center hub slide-way enclosure system construction and function wherein the same can be utilized for providing outdoor comfort quickly as a building extension enclosure adjacent to a building and/or a stand alone enclosure out in open areas.
The general purpose of the present invention, which will be described subsequently in greater detail, is to provide a new and unique center hub slide-way enclosure system that has features that result in a new portable enclosure system which is not anticipated, rendered obvious, suggested, or even implied by any of the prior art retractable enclosure devices, either alone or in any combination thereof.
To attain this, the present invention generally comprises a series of structural supports attached to a central hub slide-way which pivot around it to fan out into an expandable frame, and a tent-like canvas ceiling covering with sidewalls suspended from the frame. Each of the expansible structural support frame members preferably comprises a lower extension member connected to an upper extension member. A covering preferably comprised of a flexible outdoor sun protected fabric and with netting or screen window-type openings and/or wind protection fabric for allowing protection of the outdoor elements. A flooring covering comprised of flexible outdoor fabric is preferably attached to the bottom of the sidewall covering.
There has thus been outlined, rather broadly, the more important features of the invention in order that the detailed description thereof may be better understood, and in order that the present contribution to the art may be better appreciated. There are additional features of the invention that will be described herein after and that will form the subject matter of the claims appended hereto.
In this respect, before explaining at least one embodiment of the invention in detail, it is to be understood that the invention is not limited in its application to the details of construction and to the arrangements of the components set forth in the following description or illustrated in the drawings. The invention is capable of other embodiments and of being practiced and carried out in various ways. Also, it is to be understood that the phraseology and terminology employed herein are for the purpose of the description and should not be regarded as limiting.
A primary objective of the present invention is to provide a center hub slide-way enclosure having a quick and simple set up and store away system for outdoor comfort to individuals adjacent to a building structure and/or standing alone out in open areas in a cost effective manner.
A second object of the present invention is to provide a light-weight portable slide-way enclosure system for easy transfer to and from the desired placement of the enclosure.
Another object of the present invention is to provide a center hub slide-way enclosure system that is stored away in a small compact position with the support members, ceiling, sidewall and flooring coverings as a single unit to fit in or as a backpack.
An additional object of the present invention is to provide a center hub slide-way enclosure system that can be operated for open and closed positions easily by a single person when adjacent to a building structure and be operated for set up and stored away positions by two people when the enclosure is standing alone out in open areas.
A further object of the present invention is to provide a center hub slide-way enclosure system that can be conveniently stored against a building structure during in season usage when installed adjacent to a building structure and/or can be stored in a small compact bag when using the slide-way enclosure system adjacent to a building structure and/or when stand alone out in open areas.
Another object of the present invention is to provide a center hub slide-way enclosure system that can be utilized in various ways such as using it like a portable canopy in a backyard, a retractable awning adjacent to a building structure, a tent and/or a portable booth for trade shows are just few examples.
Other objects and advantages of the present invention will become obvious to the reader and it is intended that these objects and advantages are within the scope of the present invention.
To the accomplishment of the above and related objects, this invention may be embodied in the form illustrated in the accompanying drawings, attention being called to the fact, however, that the drawings are illustrative only, and that changes may be made in the specific construction illustrated and described within the scope of the appended claims.
These and other details of my invention will be described in connection with the accompanying drawings, which are furnished only by way of illustration and not in limitation of the invention, and in which drawings:
The center hub slide-way 30 enables the storage and radial expansion of the plurality of structural supports 11 quickly and easily by pivoting the support structures together and apart around the center hub slide-way 30.
The plurality of structural supports 11 each comprise a minimum of one expandable structure comprising a lower portion 50 having engagement with an external ground surface on a distal end and engaged with an upper portion 40 on a proximal end and an upper portion 40 having engagement with the lower portion 50 on a distal end and engagement with the center hub slide-way 30 on a proximal end.
Both the roof section 40 and the side wall section 50 of the structural supports 11 each comprise a means for expanding the length of the section. In
The cover material may comprise just a roof cover material 20B attached to the roof sections 40 of the structural supports, as shown in
The cover material 22 preferably hangs from or rests on the structural supports by a series of hangers 24 attached to the cover material and looped around the structural supports 11, wherein each of the hangers 24 preferably comprises a pair of strips of material attached to the cover material and interconnected around a structural support by a mating hook and loop fastener. This allows quick and easy attachment and removal of the cover material 22 to the structural supports 11. Alternately each of the hangers comprises a loop of material forming each of the hangers 24 attached to the cover material with the structural support 11 inserted through the loop of material.
The cover material 20 is preferably fabricated of a weather proof canvas material or rubberized fabric or other weather proof material.
In use to set up the portable center hub slide-way enclosure system of the present invention two different embodiments require two different procedures. The steps for setting up a stand alone enclosure are as follows:
The steps for setting up a portable center hub slide-way enclosure as a connected extension of a building structure: are as follows:
It is understood that the preceding description is given merely by way of illustration and not in limitation of the invention and that various modifications may be made thereto without departing from the spirit of the invention as claimed.