US 20070245444 A1
The present invention relates generally to clothing and more specifically to garments designed and customized to securely restrain portable electronic devices. The clothing has at least one pocket that may be specifically sized to a known electronic device shape or may be adjustable to devices of various shapes to provide a snug, secure and, safe environment for the electronic device and any electronic device accessories. The pocket also may contain a channel leading from the pocket to one or more openings near the top of the garment to allow for access to headphones. Further, channels may lead from one pocket to one or more additional pockets to allow for interconnectivity between an electronic device and an electronic device accessory. The internal channels may also contain a strap to secure wires associated with a portable electronic device or accessory in place.
1. A garment fitted to hold a portable music device, comprising:
(a) a pocket incorporated into said garment;
(b) an opening on a collar of said garment; and
(c) a channel adapted to receive a communication link on said garment allowing said portable music device to be connected to said opening though said communication link.
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13. A garment fitted to hold an iPod® family member, comprising:
(a) a pocket with an upper access port and a lower access port incorporated into said garment; and
(b) an opening on a collar of said garment.
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22. A pocket fitted to hold a portable music device, comprising:
(a) a first access port wherein said first access port is substantially rectangular; and
(b) a second access port wherein said second access port is substantially circular.
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1. Field of the Invention
The present invention relates generally to clothing and more specifically to garments designed and customized to securely restrain portable electronic devices.
2. Background of the Invention
Portable electronic devices are increasingly popular, with the family of Apple iPod® devices becoming almost ubiquitous. Portable electronic devices come in a variety of models, shapes and sizes. For example, presently there are four different iPod® models in the iPod® family, the iPod®, the iPod mini™, the iPod nano®, and the iPod shuffle™. While the popularity of electronic devices span the entire demographic spectrum, they are most popular with young adults and teenagers, who tend to be the most physically active in their daily lives. This is the same group that would be most likely to carry their devices with them all day long, whether at school, at work, playing sports, or exercising in the gym.
Presently, there are only a limited number of ways that a person can carry an electronic device with them without holding it in his or her hands. The majority of these ways require the electronic device to be attached to some form of a band, whether they are arm bands or waistbands. In other words, the current ways require a person to strap the electronic device to some part of their body. However, not everyone wants to attach an electronic device via a band to their arm, waist, or leg. They may consider it unsightly, or it may restrict their movement in some way, or in extreme cases can constrict the blood flow to the appendage on which the band is attached.
As for the remaining ways, in the form of cases, bags, purses, backpacks or loose pockets, they serve to only protect the electronic device from environmental damage but do not make the players readily accessible and do not offer a conformed receptacle to securely hold the electronic device which can lead to damage to the device from other items being carried in the case, bag, etc.
Another problem with present solutions for holding devices is that the electronic devices use headphones that attached to the player via a wire. The headphone wire can become tangled, impede free movement of the user, and can be unappealing to the eye.
The present invention provides a carrying solution for different models of electronic devices, such as a member of the iPod® family, and is designed to overcome the above stated problems, drawbacks and deficiencies.
The present invention provides a carrying solution for different models of electronic devices without occupying the user's hands, legs or other element of his or her body.
Further, the present invention provides a carrying solution for headphones, and their wires, associated with electronic devices which overcomes the issues of connecting the headphones to the player.
Further, the present invention provides a solution for securing headphone or accessory wires, such as from an iTrip® FM transmitter, within the carrying solution to prevent them from becoming loose within the invention when no player is present.
These and other objects of the present invention are obtained in connection with a novel class of clothing which may be worn as described herein. The various embodiments of such clothing share the common attribute that a pocket for accepting various portable electronic devices and/or electronic device accessories is sewn or otherwise embodied within the article of clothing. The clothing is easily manufactured and the pockets may be deployed in various configurations to accept and retain a wide variety of portable electronic devices and/or portable electronic device accessories. Further, the pockets are designed to provide a secure and snug fit around the device to lessen movement during various activities such as exercising. The pockets also contain a specially configured channel for accepting and routing wires and cords associated with portable electronic devices and/or portable electronic device accessories to an opening from which the headphones emerge.
According to a preferred embodiment of the invention, the clothing of the present invention comprises at least one pocket for accepting and securing a portable electronic device, such as a member of the iPod® family, and/or portable electronic device accessory. In one embodiment, pockets are specifically sized and shaped to accept a particular device or item of known size or shape. In another embodiment of the present invention, pockets are designed to be adjustable to devices and items of various sizes ensuring that all items meeting particular size and shape constraints will fit securely and snugly within the pocket such that movement within the pocket is minimized or eliminated.
These and other advantages and features of the present invention are described herein with specificity so as to make the present invention understandable to one of ordinary skill in the art.
FIGS. 2(a) and 2(b) are illustrations showing a garment with a pocket sized to fit an iPod nano® in another embodiment of the present invention, including a more detailed look at the inside of the pocket;
FIGS. 5(a) and 5(b) are illustrations showing some of the possible ways or methods to place the channels from each pocket to the openings at the collar of a t-shirt for access to headphones in one embodiment of the invention;
FIGS. 6(a) is an illustration showing a multipurpose garment that can hold different members of the iPod® family and/or iPod® accessories at once according to one embodiment of the invention;
The present invention is now discussed to provide the reader with a detailed description of the novel garments of the present invention. It will be understood that while the following discussion addresses a number of embodiments and applications of the present invention, the invention is not necessarily limited thereto and other embodiments and applications exist and the present invention is limited only by the claims, and their equivalents, appended hereto.
The named inventor and the present invention are not affiliated with, nor sponsored in any way by, Apple Computer, Inc.
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In a preferred embodiment, pocket 120 is made of Neoprene™ so that the iPod® can be held snuggly or tightly to the garment. The pocket can be made of any material including ordinary fabric matching that of the garment and reinforced by any kind of padding in order to protect the iPod®. Pocket 120 has access ports 150 and 160 which may be covered by a transparent or semi-transparent material, such as loosely stitched clear plastic coverings, so that the display and controls of the iPod® may be seen and accessed. In a preferred embodiment access ports 150 and 160 will be substantially the same size as the display and control, respectively, of the iPod® family member contained within pocket 120. The iPod® may be sealed inside the pocket using Velcro® or a similar loop and hook method 140. The pocket can also be sealed using any other variety of forms, such as zippers, snaps, or buttons, in order to properly secure the iPod® device and keep it from falling out. Pocket 120 is connected to opening 130 by channel 170. In a preferred embodiment, opening 130 is in the shape of an eye. This channel will serve as a way to have the headphones connected to the iPod® inside the pocket and be accessible at the opening so that the wire is concealed within the channel 170. This is desirable so that the headphones are protected and the wires remain out of the way and enclosed within the shirt. In a preferred embodiment, the channel will be an internal channel enclosed within the garment or along the inside of the garment. Alternatively, the channel may be an external channel running along the outside surface of the garment. The pocket will be discussed in greater detail below.
Turning now to FIGS. 2(a) and 2(b), another embodiment of the invention will be discussed. In this embodiment,
Next, FIGS. 5(a) and 5(b) are illustrations of another embodiment in which there are two openings 530 at the collar of a shirt 510 allowing a two earpiece headphone set to be used with the garment. In this embodiment, a smaller pocket 502 is placed under pocket 560 and over pocket 570. This pocket may be on the inside or the outside of the garment. A pocket such as pocket 502 is discussed in more detail as pocket 605 in FIGS. 6(a)-(d).
FIGS. 6(a), 6(b), 6(c) and 6(d) illustrate another embodiment of the invention consisting of a heavy snow sweater or jacket 600 with channel 601 and multiple pockets 610, 613, and 614. Each one of the pockets has a different particular function which will be discussed in turn. The small sealable access pockets 605 appearing beneath every other pocket on the garment serve as an access to the internal channel revealing wiring in order for the user to be able to enable or disable a particular device on this garment.
Now turning to pocket 614, it is designed to be fitted for an iPod® 603. Pocket 614 also has an access pocket 605 in order to reveal wires that may be placed through channel 601 running from pockets 610 and 613 up the middle of the garment through the collar. This way a device such as a camera may be placed in pocket 613, iPod® 603 with image capabilities in pocket 614 in order to connect them. In this way the wearer or user of the garment may download pictures or messages to be displayed on iPod® 603 by connecting the camera in pocket 613 to the iPod® 603 through channel 601 running from pocket 613 to pocket 614. At the same time, the user can have headphones running from the collar of the garment to iPod® 603 in pocket 614.
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The foregoing disclosure of the preferred embodiments of the present invention has been presented for purposes of illustration and description. It is not intended to be exhaustive or to limit the invention to the precise forms disclosed. Many variations and modifications of the embodiments described herein will be apparent to one of ordinary skill in the art in light of the above disclosure. The scope of the invention is to be defined only by the claims, and by their equivalents.