US 20080283349 A1
A device for covering and transporting a portable computer comprises lower (4) and top (6) boards which cover the computer external surfaces, are shaped in the form of a parallelepiped and pivotable about an edge (8) provided with at least one opening (10) for accessing to connections and ports arranged on the computer rear face. The lower board (4) and/or the top board (6) are provided with slide grooves (40) in which a sliding belt (42) in the form of a closed loop is introduced. Said slide grooves enable the sliding belt to be slidingly adjusted at a desired height position in such a way that it makes it possible to access to ports (USB, RJ45) and to readers (DVD, CD, diskettes).
15. Device to cover and transport a portable computer comprising a lower flap (4) and an upper flap (6) covering the outside faces of the computer articulated around an edge (8), characterised in that at least one of said flaps comprises at least one attachment strap that can contain the thickness of the computer and maintain one or both of said flaps permanently attached to the outside faces in order to, accompany the movements of the flaps when they are opened and/or closed.
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This invention relates to a device to cover and transport a portable computer wherein the device comprises a lower flap and an upper flap covering the outside faces of the computer with a parallelepipedal shape articulated around an edge comprising at least one opening permitting access to the connections and ports located at the rear of the computer.
The prior art discloses (Patent Abstract of Japan, vol. 2000, no 11) a device of this type. This document describes a bag for transporting a portable computer. However, the lateral sides, as well as the front side of the computer are not accessible, such that the computer has to be removed in order to access the various sockets on its sides. Furthermore, the computer is not held inside the transport bag and does not feature any insertable handles.
The purpose of this invention is to provide a device to cover and transport a portable computer which overcomes these disadvantages. These purposes are achieved, in compliance with the invention, by the fact that the lower flap and/or the upper flap comprise slide grooves into which a sliding attachment strap closed into a loop is inserted, wherein said slide grooves permit the adjustment to the correct height of the position of the strap, in order to leave free access to the ports (USB, RJ45) and drives (DVD, CD, disc) of the portable computer and to access all of the keys of the keyboard and the mouse, according to their various positions according to the models.
The said slide grooves are preferably rectilinear and parallel to one another.
The sliding strap advantageously comprises an extendable part which permits a portable computer to be accommodated, by adapting to its format. In another variant, it could be entirely extendable.
Advantageously, the sliding strap is sufficiently thin to allow the user to close the portable computer while keeping the sliding strap in the same position as when the portable computer is in use.
Thanks to these characteristics, the device of the invention permits:
Preferably, the parallelepipedal flaps are flat in shape so as to permit free access to the sides of the computer, whether it is open or closed.
Thanks to this characteristic, the invention has many additional advantages:
Preferably, the flaps are made up of several layers, wherein one of these layers has a recess into which handles may be inserted.
Preferably, the sliding strap is closed into a loop which reveals the non extendable part of the strap and conceals the extendable part of the strap, which passes through the channel formed between the layers.
Advantageously, the handles have end pieces that are wider than the orifices of the recesses into which the handles are inserted in order to maintain the handles attached to the flaps.
Advantageously once again, the upper flap has on its external corners straps that can hold the thickness of the computer and which are sufficiently thin that they allow the computer to be closed.
Advantageously once again and in one specific embodiment of the invention, the handle is of the same thickness as the flaps so that the flaps maintain their flat appearance and especially so that the computer resting on the lower flap remains stable.
Advantageously, springs are fitted to solicit the handles in the open position. A clip allows them to be held in the closed position. To remove the handles, pressure is simply exerted on them in order to release the clip. The handles thus come out under the pressure of the springs.
In one specific embodiment of the invention, the device comprises, at the corner formed by the flaps and on their outside face, a reinforcing and protective zone comprising pads which allow the cover to be stood in the vertical position.
Advantageously, the device to cover and transport a portable computer comprises an edge featuring at least one opening permitting access to the connections and ports at the rear of the computer.
In one specific embodiment of the invention, the lower flaps comprises a ventilation zone 22 intended to improve the ventilation of the computer by allowing air to pass to cool its processor. This ventilation zone, by way of non restrictive example, is formed by a cut-out in the surface of the lower flaps covered by a fine protective mesh 24. Air inlet channels are advantageously provided on the lower flap face.
For this purpose and in one specific embodiment of the invention, all of the layers are perforated according to the form and position of the ventilation zone. The layers have the specific feature of being partially perforated (mesh or several holes) in this same zone.
In one specific embodiment of the invention, the lower flap or the upper flap comprises on its surface an attachment system which permits efficient attachment of the portable computer inside the cover and transport device and to keep the flaps closed.
By way of non restrictive example, this attachment system comprises a strap onto which a press stud is fitted. On the opposite flap, and at the same height on this flap, there is a also a press stud to be paired with the press stud or Velcro or other means (magnet, etc.) and thus to close the attachment. This strap comprises a part that is incorporated into the lining of the flap on which it is located so that it remains discreet when the cover and transport device is in the open position and the computer is in the open working position.
This strap is also sliding so that the outside part of the strap may extend to allow the press studs to be fastened to close the cover and transport device.
Advantageously, the strap also comprises at the end of its part located inside the lining a wider shape with respect to the shape of the strap so as to keep the strap attached inside the lining of the flap.
Other advantages and characteristics of the invention will become clearer upon reading the following description, made in reference to the appended drawings. In these drawings:
The parallelepipedal flaps 4 and 6 are flat so as to permit free access to the shorter sides 12 and to the large side 14 of the portable computer.
The upper parallelepipedal flap 6 comprises, in the example shown, at these external corners attachment straps 16 which can contain the thickness of a portable computer and sufficiently thin to allow the portable computer to be closed without having to move these attachments. In one variant of the embodiment, the lower parallelepipedal flap 4 may also comprise such straps at its external corners.
The sliding strap 3 of the part located at the bottom of the upper flap is designed to avoid the cover from gaping open by attaching it to the computer.
The sliding function is designed to adjust the strap so that it is not positioned on the bottom of the screen and so that consequently it does not impair the visibility of the screen for the user.
The cover and transport device also comprises a reinforcing and protective zone, such that rubber pads located on the edge 8 and on the outside permit the cover and transport device to be stood in the vertical position.
The lower 4 and upper 6 flaps respectively comprise on their upper part a sliding handle 36 so that the external part of the handle 36 may be extended and make it easier to grip to transport the portable computer. The handle 36 may thus be retracted in order to remain discreet and maintain an attractive appearance for the cover and transport device by fitting into the lining of the flap. In
As may be seen from the figures, the two slide grooves 40 substantially extend along the entire height of the lower flap 4, which allows the strap to be adjusted to a position in which it does not prevent access to any of the ports or connections of the computer. Preferably, the strap is thin enough to allow the user to close the portable computer while conserving the strap in the same position as when the portable computer is in use.