US 20080053852 A1
A protective apparatus for a portable device is disclosed. The protective apparatus generally includes a case and a jacket. The case is configured for accommodating the portable device and the jacket is configured for receiving the case. The protective apparatus not only can reduce the damage come from a sudden and violate collision to the portable device, but also can supply a whole protection for the portable device without interfering the operation to the portable device.
1. A protective apparatus for a portable device, comprising:
a case configured for accommodating the portable device; and
a jacket configured for receiving the case.
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1. Technical Field
The present invention relates to a protective apparatus, particularly to a protective apparatus for a portable device.
2. Related Art
As portable devices become as smaller and as tinier, protecting these small, tiny, multi-functioned, sophisticated portable devices has become a subject itself to electronic designers. Generally, not only does present portable devices have a liquid crystal display for displaying images, but also have input keys for entering information. The portable devices are further fitted with interfaces for communicating with peripheral equipment.
Present protective mediums typically consist of a case and a cover for portable devices. When using a portable device with protective medium, a user has to take the portable devices out of the protective medium first before using the portable device. Some protective mediums prefer to mount a transparent membrane on an opening excavated in the cover for displaying the information displayed on the LCD (liquid crystal display), but such a configuration undermines a sturdiness of the protective medium.
The U.S. Pat. No. 6,646,864, entitled “Protective case for touch screen device”, issued on Nov. 11, 2003, discloses such a protective case of a portable device. The case includes a rigid case and an aperture in the case. A flexible membrane mounts in the aperture for protecting the touch screen of the portable device.
However the present protective case has two disadvantages, first of all, the protective case lacks a shock-absorbing element. Second of all, the user cannot touch the input keys directly when operating the portable device.
Accordingly, it would be advantageous if the protective case provides a shock-absorbing element for limiting harsh collisions. And it would be better if the protective case provides the user a genuine touch sense when operating the portable device.
In view of the foregoing disadvantages inherent in the known protective case now present in the prior art, the present invention provides a protective apparatus make up the shortcomings of present case.
To attain this, the protective apparatus generally includes a case and a jacket. The case is configured for accommodating the portable device and the jacket is configured for receiving the case.
A primary object of the present invention is to reduce the damage come from a sudden and violate collision to the portable device.
Another object of the present invention is to provide a protective apparatus can provide a whole protection for the portable device accommodated therein without interfering the operation to the portable device.
Referring to the cover 21, at least an area of a top panel 211 of the cover 21 is constructed with transparent materials, this is done so that information displayed on a screen of the portable device is viewable through the transparent material. In addition, the case 2 defines one or more cover openings according to a shape and a position of the operational keys of the portable device when accommodated in the case 2, thus, allowing the operational keys to be accessible through the cover openings when the portable device is accommodated in the case 2. For example, in the preferred embodiment as shown in
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The cover 21 and the holder 22 are fastened together with at least a latch. The latch may adopt any latching structures as long as a position of the cover 21 and the holder 22 are secured together. In the preferred embodiment the latch consists of two striking members 228 and two keeper members 218. The keeper members 218 are defined on opposite sides of the cover 21 (i.e., the right surface and the left surface) correspondingly. Each of The keeper members 218 defines a recess 210 on the cover rim 216 further defining a groove 219. The striking members 228 are disposed on opposite sides of the holder 22 (i.e., the right surface and the left surface) correspondingly. Each of The striking members 228 defines an extension 220 on the holder rim 226 further defining a bolt 229. The extension 220 extends from a top surface of the holder rim 226 corresponding to the recess 210 of the keeper member 218, and the bolts 229 protrudes out of the extensions 220 corresponding with the groove 219 of the cover rim 216.
The following steps illustrate how to assemble the protective apparatus 1 accommodating the portable device in. Firstly, insert the portable device into the holder 22 and then close the cover 21 Secondly, sleeve the jacket 3 onto the case 2; thirdly, connect an earphone connecting wire to the interface of the portable device through the peripheral opening 36 of the jacket 3 and the peripheral opening 26 of the case 2. After the portable device is accommodated in the protective apparatus 1, the portable device is controllable by operating the operation keys exposed by the cover opening 24 on the top panel 211. The information displayed by the portable device is viewable via the transparent area of the case 2. Sound can be listened from outputting by the portable device by using an earphone.
It is believed that the present embodiments and their advantages will be understood from the foregoing description, and it will be apparent that various changes may be made thereto without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention or sacrificing all of its material advantages, the examples hereinbefore described merely being preferred or exemplary embodiments of the invention.