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Publication numberUS20070246386 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 11/379,949
Publication dateOct 25, 2007
Filing dateApr 24, 2006
Priority dateApr 24, 2006
Publication number11379949, 379949, US 2007/0246386 A1, US 2007/246386 A1, US 20070246386 A1, US 20070246386A1, US 2007246386 A1, US 2007246386A1, US-A1-20070246386, US-A1-2007246386, US2007/0246386A1, US2007/246386A1, US20070246386 A1, US20070246386A1, US2007246386 A1, US2007246386A1
InventorsCory Nykoluk, Jay Myers
Original AssigneeNykoluk Cory O, Jay Myers
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Adjustable Computer Sleeve
US 20070246386 A1
Abstract
The present invention provides an adjustable computer sleeve that can be adjusted to snugly fit computers of various sizes in the computer sleeve. In an exemplary embodiment, the adjustable computer sleeve comprises a first panel, a second panel, and a band. The band has a central portion attached between the first and second panels and two side portions extending from opposite ends of the central portion. The side portions are bendable so that the band can be bent into U-shapes of varying widths to snugly fit computers of various widths in the sleeve in order to provide an adjustable fit for computers of various sizes. The adjustable computer sleeve further comprises adjustable fasteners, e.g., hook and loop fasteners, for fastening the side portions of the band between the first and second panels when the band's U-shape is adjusted to a desired width. The adjustable computer sleeve further comprises a strap that can be adjustably fastened to secure computers of various heights in the computer sleeve.
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1. An adjustable computer sleeve, comprising:
a first panel;
a second panel;
a band having a central portion and two side portions, wherein the central portion is attached between the first and second panels, and the two side portions extend from opposite ends of the central portion and are bendable so that the band can be bent into generally U-shapes of varying widths; and
adjustable fasteners for adjustably fastening the two side portions of the band between the first and second panels.
2. The computer sleeve of claim 1, wherein the adjustable fastener comprises hook and loop fasteners.
3. The computer sleeve of claim 2, wherein each of the hook and loop fasteners comprises a flexible hook flap extending from one of the side portions of the band and a loop portion on one of the first and second panels.
4. The computer sleeve of claim 3, wherein each of the flexible hoop flaps comprise a nylon strip with hooks extending therefrom.
5. The computer sleeve of claim 1, further comprising:
a strap attached to the second panel; and
a second adjustable fastener for adjustable fastening the strap to the first panel.
6. The computer sleeve of claim 5, wherein each one of the first and second panels has a curved in generally U-shaped portion aligned with the strap.
7. The computer sleeve of claim 51 wherein the second adjustable fastener comprises a hook and loop fastener.
8. The computer sleeve of claim 7, wherein the second adjustable fastener comprises a hook portion on the strap and a loop portion on the first panel.
9. The computer sleeve of claim 1, wherein each of the first and second panels and the band comprises a cushioned inner surface.
10. The computer sleeve of claim 9, wherein each of the first and second panels and the band comprises an outer surface with a protective nylon covering.
11. The computer sleeve of claim 1, wherein each of the first and second panels comprises a resilient semi-rigid material that is capable of resilient deformation.
12. The computer sleeve of claim 11, wherein the resilient semi-rigid material comprises polyethylene.
12. The computer sleeve of claim 1, wherein the band has curved corners adapted to support the bottom edge, corners and sides of a computer in the computer sleeve.
13. The computer sleeve of claim 12, wherein the curved corners are adapted to support the bottom edge, corners and sides of a generally rectangular-shaped computer such that protective dead spaces are formed around the bottom edge and sides of the computer.
Description

The present invention relates to computer sleeves, and more particularly to adjustable computer sleeves.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Computer sleeves are commonly used to protect portable computers, e.g., laptop computers, during transportation. Computer sleeves typically comprise a cushioned or padded inner compartment for receiving a computer to be protectively transported. The cushion provides the computer with cushioned protection from impacts and drops during transportation. The inner compartment of the computer sleeve is typically dimensioned for a particular computer size so that the computer snugly fits in the inner compartment.

A disadvantage of conventional computer sleeves is that their inner compartments are only dimensioned to snugly fit computers of a particular size. If the computer is too large for the computer sleeve, then the computer will not fit in the computer sleeve. If the computer is too small for the computer sleeve, then the computer will not snugly fit in the computer sleeve and move around in the computer sleeve during transportation.

Other disadvantages associated with conventional computer sleeves include the following. A person who already owns a computer sleeve for an old computer and purchases a new computer of a different size must also purchase a new computer sleeve instead of reusing the old one. Stores have to stock computer sleeves of varying sizes to accommodate customers with computers of varying sizes. A person purchasing a computer sleeve may not know the size of the computer. This may occur, e.g., when the computer is purchased as a gift or the person has forgotten to write down the dimensions of the computer.

Some computer sleeves include movable or insertable baffles or fillers for accommodating a limited range of different computer sizes, e.g., medium computer sizes. However, these baffles or fillers can be lost and/or have to be repositioned inside the computer sleeve for different computer sizes.

Accordingly, there is a need for an adjustable computer sleeve that can be adjusted to snugly fit computers of various sizes in the computer sleeve with shock absorbing material to protect the computer from damage.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The present invention provides an adjustable computer sleeve that can be adjusted to snugly fit computers of various sizes in the computer sleeve.

In an exemplary embodiment, the adjustable computer sleeve comprises a first panel, a second panel, and a band. The band has a central portion attached between the first and second panels and two side portions extending from opposite ends of the central portion. The side portions are bendable so that the band can be bent into U-shapes of varying widths to snugly fit computers of various widths in the sleeve. The adjustable computer sleeve further comprises adjustable fasteners, e.g., hook and loop fasteners, for fastening the side portions of the band between the first and second panels when the band's U-shape is adjusted to a desired width. This enables the adjustable computer sleeve to snugly fit computers of various widths between the side portions of the band.

In one embodiment, the first and second panels contain the bottom edge of the computer to protect it from shock and impact. The side portions of the band can also protect the sides of the computer.

In a further embodiment, the adjustable computer sleeve comprises a strap attached to and extending from the top of one of the panels, and an adjustable fastener for adjustably fastening the strap to the other panel. The top of each panel includes a curved in generally U-shaped portion for allowing the strap to pass therethrough. The strap can be adjustably fastened to secure computers of various heights in the adjustable computer sleeve. To secure a computer in the adjustable computer sleeve, the computer is placed in the sleeve. The strap is then warped around an edge, e.g., front edge, of the computer and adjustably fastened to the other panel. The curved in portions on the tops of the panels allow the strap to wrap around computers having heights smaller than the height of the computer sleeve. Therefore, the adjustable computer sleeve is able to secure computers of various heights in the sleeve.

Another advantage of the adjustable computer sleeve is it does not require movable or insertable baffles or fillers, which may become lost.

Other systems, methods, features and advantages of the invention will be or will become apparent to one with skill in the art upon examination of the following figures and detailed description.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 shows a perspective view of an adjustable computer sleeve according to the invention in a laid-open configuration.

FIG. 2 shows the adjustable computer sleeve comprising a band bent into a generally U-shape.

FIG. 3 shows a computer placed in the adjustable computer sleeve with the band wrapped around the sides of the computer.

FIG. 4 shows the computer securely strapped in the adjustable computer sleeve.

FIG. 5 shows another computer placed in the adjustable computer sleeve with the band wrapped around the sides of the computer.

FIG. 6 shows the other computer securely strapped in the adjustable computer sleeve, wherein the other computer has a height and width smaller than the height and sides of the computer sleeve.

FIG. 7 shows the adjustable computer sleeve being placed in a briefcase.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

Turning now to the drawings, FIG. 1 shows a perspective view of an adjustable computer sleeve 10 according to the invention in a laid-open configuration. The adjustable computer sleeve 10 includes first and second panels 13 and 15, respectively, and a band 17 attached between the panels 13 and 15. The panels 13 and 15 and the band 17 may be separate pieces sewn together, a single integral piece or a combination thereof. Each panel 13 and 15 preferably comprises a semi-rigid polyethylene (PE) board and padding. The PE board is preferably resilient so that the PE board is capable of resilient deformation when impacted in order to dissipate and spread out the impact energy and protect the computer inside. The spreading out of impact energy provides puncture protection for the computer inside.

The first and second panels 13 and 15 and the band 17 include inner surfaces, 23, 25, and 27, respectively. The inner surfaces comprise a cushion for protecting a portable computer, e.g., a laptop computer. The cushion may comprise foam padding, e.g., dense foam padding. The first and second panels 13 and 15 and the band 17 also include outer surfaces (not shown in FIG. 1). The outer surfaces may be covered with nylon, e.g., ballistic nylon, or other protective covering. The outer surface 29 of the first panel 13 is shown in FIG. 4.

The first panel 13 includes a top edge 31, two side edges 33 a and 33 b, and a bottom edge 35 attached to the band 17. The top edge 31 includes a curved in generally U-shaped portion 37. The second panel 15 includes a top edge 41, two side edges 43 a and 43 b, and a bottom edge 45 attached to band 17. The top edge 41 includes a curved in generally U-shaped portion 47. The band 17 comprises a central portion 53 attached between the first and second panels 13 and 15 and two side portions 55 a and 55 b that extend from opposite ends of the central portion 53. The two side portions 55 a and 55 b are bendable so that the band 17 can be bent into U-shapes of varying widths, such as the one shown in FIG. 2. The band 17 may comprise separate pieces sewn together or a single integral piece.

Returning to FIG. 1, the adjustable computer sleeve 10 further comprises loop-hook fasteners, e.g., Velcro fasteners. The fasteners include two loop portions 61 a and 61 b on the inner surface 23 of the first panel 13, two loop portions 63 a and 63 b on the inner surface 25 of the second panel 15, and corresponding flexible hook flaps 65 a, 65 b, 67 a and 67 b on the side portions 55 a and 55 b of the band 17. The loop portions 61 a, 61 b, 63 a and 63 b and the hook flaps 65 a, 65 b, 67 a and 67 b cooperate to fasten the side portions 55 a and 55 b of the band 17 to the panels 13 and 15, as explained below. Each hook flap 65 a, 65 b, 67 a and 67 b may comprise a nylon strip with minute nylon hooks extending therefrom and each loop portion 61 a, 61 b, 63 a and 63 b may comprise a patch of minute nylon loops. The loops and hooks of the loop-hook fasteners may be interchanged so that the hooks are on the panels 13 and 15 and the loops are on the band 17.

The adjustable computer sleeve 10 further includes a strap 71 extending from the top edge 41 of the second panel 15. The strap 71 is aligned with the curved in portion 47 of the second panel 15. Each curved in portion 37 and 47 has a width equal to or larger than the width of the strap 71 to allow the strap 17 to pass therethrough. The computer sleeve 10 further includes a loop-hook fastener for adjustably fastening the strap 71 to the first panel 13. The fastener comprises a hook portion 73 attached to the strap 71 and a loop portion 75 on the outer surface 29 of the first panel 13 (shown in FIG. 4). The loops and hooks may be interchanged so that the loops are on the strap 71 and the hooks are on the first panel 13. Other types of adjustable fasteners may be used including a buckle through which the strap is threaded, a ratcheting fastener or the like.

The operation of the adjustable computer sleeve 10 will now be described with reference to FIGS. 2-4. FIG. 2 shows the side portions 55 a and 55 b of the band 17 bent into a generally U-shape with the side portions 55 a and 55 b being roughly perpendicular to the inner surface 25 of the second panel 15. The width of the band's U-shape is adjustable by adjusting the position of the hook flaps 67 a and 67 b on the loop portions 63 a and 63 b of the second panel 15, respectively. Alternatively, the width may be adjusted by adjusting the position of the hook flaps 65 a and 65 b on the loop portions 61 a and 61 b of the first panel 13, respectively. Once the hook flaps 67 a and 67 b are positioned according to the desired width, the hook flaps 67 a and 67 b and the loop portions 63 a and 63 b are pressed together to fasten the side portions 55 a and 55 b of the band 17 to the second panel 15. As shown in FIG. 31 the width of the band's U-shape is adjusted according to the width of a computer 77 that is to be protectively transported in the computer sleeve 10. FIG. 3 shows the computer 77 inserted between the side portions 55 a and 55 b of the band 17. Because the width of the band's U-shape is adjusted according to the width of the computer 77, the computer 77 fits snugly between the side portions 55 a and 55 b of the band 17.

FIG. 4 shows the first panel 13 closed over the computer 77. The first panel 13 is fastened to the side portions 55 a and 55 b of the band by fastening the hook flaps 65 a and 65 b of the band 17 to the loop portions 61 a and 61 b of the first panel 13, respectively. In this configuration, the band 17 forms a bottom and two sides of the adjustable computer sleeve 10. The strap 17 is wrapped around an edge 79, e.g., front edge, of the computer 77 and fastened to the first panel 13 to secure the computer 77 in the computer sleeve 10. The strap 71 is fastened to the first panel 13 by fastening the hook portion 73 of the strap 71 to the loop portion 75 on the outer surface 29 of the first panel 13. The strap 71 is adjustably fastened to the first panel 13 by adjusting the position of the hook portion 73 of the strap on the loop portion 75 of the first panel 13. Because the strap 71 is adjustably fastened to the first panel 13, the strap 71 can secure computers of varying heights in the computer sleeve 10. In FIG. 4, the strap 71 is used to secure a computer 77 having a height that is slightly larger than the height of the adjustable computer sleeve 10. The strap 71 can also secure a computer having a height smaller than the height of the computer sleeve 10, as explained below.

FIG. 5 shows the adjustable computer sleeve 10 being used to protectively transport a different computer 81 from the one shown in FIGS. 3 and 4. In this example, the computer 81 has a smaller width and height than the computer 77. In FIG. 5, the width of the band's U-shape is adjusted to snugly fit the computer 81 between the side portions 55 a and 55 b of the band 17. The width of the computer 81 may be the same or different from the computer 77 in FIGS. 3 and 4. FIG. 6 shows the strap 71 wrapped around an edge 83, e.g., front edge, of the computer 81 to secure the computer 81 in the computer sleeve 10. In this case, the height of the computer 81 is smaller than the height of the computer sleeve 10. The curved in portions 37 and 47 of the first and second panels 13 and 15, respectively, allow the strap 71 to wrap around the edge 83 of the computer 81.

The generally U-shape of the band 17 can form small spaces around the bottom edge and corners of the computer, which provide additional shock and impact absorption. This is illustrated in FIG. 5, in which a generally rectangular-shaped computer 81 fits snugly between the side portions 55 a and 55 b of the generally U-shaped band 17. The curved bottom corners of the U-shaped band 17 support the bottom edge, corners and sides of the computer 81 such that small protective dead spaces are formed around the bottom edge and corners of the computer 81, and the first and second panels 13 and 15 contain the bottom edge of the computer. When the computer sleeve is impacted at its bottom edge, corners or sides, e.g., due to dropping, the small dead spaces provide additional room for the computer sleeve material to resiliently deform and absorb more of the impact energy.

As shown in FIG. 7, the adjustable computer sleeve 10 according to the invention can be placed in a briefcase 85 for providing the computer with cushioned protection when transported in the briefcase 85. The adjustable computer sleeve 10 may also be placed in backpacks, carry-on luggage and the like. The adjustable computer sleeve 10 may also be carried by itself. In this case, the computer sleeve 10 may include a carrying strap and/or handle. Further, the computer sleeve may include pockets, e.g., net pockets, for carrying computer accessories, files and the like.

The adjustable computer sleeve according to the invention advantageously allows a person to adjust the computer sleeve to snugly fit computers of varying sizes in the computer sleeve. Advantages associated with the adjustable computer sleeve include the following. A store can stock the adjustable computer sleeve to accommodate customers with computers of various sizes. The adjustable computer sleeve allows a person to reuse the same computer sleeve when changing to computers of different sizes. The adjustable computer also allows a person to purchase a computer sleeve without having to know the size of the computer. This may occur, e.g., when the computer sleeve is purchased as a gift or the person purchasing the computer sleeve has forgotten to write down the dimensions of the computer.

While an embodiment of the present invention has been shown and described, various modifications may be made without departing from the scope of the present invention, and all such modifications and equivalents are intended to be covered. For example, the adjustable computer sleeve may comprise more than one strap, e.g., two straps spaced apart. Further, the panels may comprise rigid and/or semi-rigid plastic or other material. Further, the adjustable computer sleeve may comprise a padded flap that goes over the top of the sleeve. Further, the computer may be loaded into the adjustable computer sleeve on its side. In this case, the band is adjusted according to the height of the computer instead of the width of the computer. Further, the computer sleeve may be used to protectively transport personal digital assistants (PDAs) and other sensitive electronic equipment, e.g., DVD players.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification206/320
International ClassificationB65D85/00
Cooperative ClassificationA45C7/0095, A45C3/00, A45C2013/026, A45C2013/025, A45C13/02
European ClassificationA45C7/00D6, A45C13/02