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Publication numberUS20090236247 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 12/455,218
Publication dateSep 24, 2009
Filing dateJun 1, 2009
Priority dateNov 30, 2004
Also published asUS20060113213
Publication number12455218, 455218, US 2009/0236247 A1, US 2009/236247 A1, US 20090236247 A1, US 20090236247A1, US 2009236247 A1, US 2009236247A1, US-A1-20090236247, US-A1-2009236247, US2009/0236247A1, US2009/236247A1, US20090236247 A1, US20090236247A1, US2009236247 A1, US2009236247A1
InventorsCharles A. Daley, III
Original AssigneeDaley Iii Charles A
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Computer bag
US 20090236247 A1
Abstract
A bag apparatus for carrying a portable computer comprising six panels where the computer is mounted to an inside surface of the bag and aligned with an opening in the front panel of the bag for quick and convenient access where a user can perform computing tasks ergonomically with the hands and eyes in their normal positions. The bag includes a storage compartment for carrying additional computer components and for general storage.
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1. An apparatus for carrying a computer unit comprising: a bag having a front panel, an opposing back panel, a top panel, a bottom panel, a left panel, a right panel, each panel having an inside surface and an outside surface, wherein the left panel, right panel, top panel, and bottom panel connect the front panel to the back panel, and the top panel including a top opening for providing access to an interior of the bag; a storage compartment defined by an interior space configured by connecting the front panel to the back panel; an opening in the front panel for providing access to the computer while the computer is inside the bag; and a computer mounting assembly along the inside surface of the bag for securing the computer to the front panel.
2. The apparatus of claim 1 further comprising a footing attached to the inside surface of the bottom panel, front panel, or side panels and a flap attached to the inside surface of the top panel or front panel.
3. The apparatus of claim 1 further comprising a rigid rim, wherein the rigid rim is disposed around the opening in the front panel.
4. The apparatus of claim 1 wherein the front panel is configured as a rigid front panel.
5. The apparatus of claim 4 further comprising a docking port adapted for mounting the computer to the rigid front panel and one or more fasteners for securing the docking port to the inside surface of the rigid front panel.
6. The apparatus of claim 4 further comprising a holder attached to the inside surface of the rigid front panel, the holder having a receiving slot for slideably receiving the computer and aligning the computer with the opening.
7. The apparatus of claim 6 wherein the holder is configured as a plurality of channels for receiving and mounting the computer.
8. The apparatus of claim 6 wherein the holder is configured as a cage for receiving and mounting the computer.
9. The apparatus of claim 8 wherein the cage is hinged to the inside surface of the bottom panel or front panel.
10. The apparatus of claim 1 further comprising a protective flap attached to the top panel, back panel, or front panel.
11. The apparatus of claim 1 further comprising a partition panel, wherein the partition panel is hinged to the inside surface of the bottom panel or front panel and the partition panel is adapted for levering the computer against the front panel.
12. The apparatus of claim 11 wherein the partition panel comprises a wiring mount adapted for connecting the computer to one or more computer peripherals within the bag.
13. The apparatus of claim 1 further comprising a holder attached to the inside surface of the front panel, the holder having a receiving slot for slideably receiving the computer and aligning the computer with the opening.
14. The apparatus of claim 1 further comprising a holder configured as an intermediate panel having four sides and a slot for slideably receiving the computer and aligning the computer with the opening, wherein a first side of the intermediate panel is attached to the inside surface of the left panel, a second side of the intermediate panel is attached to the inside surface of the right panel, and a third side of the intermediate panel is attached to the inside surface of the bottom panel.
15. The apparatus of claim 1 wherein the front panel is configured as a rigid molded front having a plurality of rigid short walls extending into the bag for receiving the computer.
16. The apparatus of claim 15 wherein one or more fasteners secure the computer to the rigid molded front.
17. An apparatus for carrying a computer unit comprising: a bag having a front panel, an opposing back panel, a top panel, a bottom panel, a left panel, a right panel, each panel having an inside surface and an outside surface, wherein the left panel, right panel, top panel, and bottom panel connect the front panel to the back panel, and the top panel including a top opening for providing access to an interior of the bag; a storage compartment defined by an interior space configured by connecting the front panel to the back panel; an opening in the front panel for providing access to the computer from the interior of the bag; and a mounting assembly for securing the computer to the outside surface of the front panel.
18. The apparatus of claim 17 further comprising a protective flap attached to the top panel, back panel, or front panel.
19. An apparatus for carrying a computer unit comprising: a bag having a back panel, a top panel, a bottom panel, a left panel, a right panel, each panel having an inside surface and an outside surface, wherein the left panel, right panel, top panel, and bottom panel connect to a docking port adapted for mounting the computer, and the top panel including a top opening for providing access to an interior of the bag; and a storage compartment defined by an interior space configured by connecting the docking port to the left panel, right panel, top panel, and bottom panel.
20. The apparatus of claim 19 further comprising a protective flap attached to the top panel, back panel, or front panel.
Description
CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

This application is a continuation-in-part of pending U.S. application Ser. No. 11/001,428, filed Nov. 30, 2004, which is incorporated herein by reference.

This applications is a divisional of and claims the filing benefit under 35 U.S.C. 120 of application Ser. No. 11/163,763 filed Oct. 28, 2005, which is hereby incorporated by reference.

TECHNICAL FIELD

The present invention relates to a carrying case for a computer and peripherals.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Most computer bags are made for a lap top with the primary purpose of carrying them from desk to desk in safety. Further, most carrying cases for portable computers enclose the computer within the case. Some carrying cases are adapted for use as both a carrying case for a computer and as a work platform for the computer. One apparatus has been described as an article of luggage or a carrying case which protects the laptop computing device during periods of non-use, including transport and further provides a means for stabilizing the computing device on one's lap during use. The carrying case remains in contact with the computing device during use of the computer when positioned on a user's lap. However, the problem is that the carrying case is designed so that the user can only use the computer on a user's lap while the computer is in contact with the carrying case. A user cannot perform computing functions while standing and when mobile.

Others describe a carrying case for small electronic devices that serves as both a carrying case and work platform for use while the wearer is sitting or standing and particularly when the wearer is also mobile. The carrying case comprises a case structure, and a strap arrangement which supports the case over a wearer's shoulder for transporting a computer contained within the case structure. The strap arrangement is attached to the case structure in a manner which enables the wearer to position the case structure in a generally horizontal position in front of the wearer when the wearer is standing. The problem here is that the structure of the carrying case is strictly designed to carry only the portable computer. The case does not provide any storage means should the user desire to carry additional peripherals.

Still others describe a laptop computer support which provides a portable computer support that a user may wear over the shoulders and across the back so that a user may stand erect and be mobile while using a portable computer. The support base is attached with quick connect/disconnect buckles to shoulder straps near the support base's leading edge, and back straps attached near the support base's trailing edge. When the laptop computer is not use, utility flaps are folded over the computer and joined to each other, providing a protective pocket in which the computer may be kept. However, the disadvantage is that the computer unit is stored within the carrying case and must first be unpacked before it is used. Further, besides the utility flaps and pockets, the carrying case does not provide general storage for other computer peripherals.

Still others describe a protective carrying bag which allows a user to carry as well as operate a general purpose portable computer without removing the computer from the bag. This carrying bag provides a foldable protective jacket for the portable computer. The problem here is similar to other apparatuses such that the protective carrying bag is strictly designed to carry only the portable computer. The case does not provide any additional storage room for the user to carry additional peripherals.

Other apparatus for providing an improved protective case for carrying portable electronic devices are available. One such apparatus describes a flexible, protective case for a disc or tape drive unit having adjustable windows in the case. Wiring connections pass through the windows and to the ports to establish wiring connections to the power source and to the computer. While the carrying case provides a means to pass wiring connections to a computer through adjustable windows in the case, the computer drive case does not provide housing for a computer unit. A separate carrying case is required for carrying the computer.

While these prior computer bags are mainly for use with a laptop computing device which protects the device during transport as well as provides a work platform for a portable computer, these bags do not provide additional storage compartments for computer peripherals. Additionally, many prior carrying cases have the portable computers enclosed within the carrying case and require unpacking and set-up of the computer before use.

Therefore, there is a need in the art for a carrying case for a computer unit that allows a user to have the computer ready to use with no unpacking and limited set up because the computer is accessible by the user from the outside of the bag. The prior approaches are primarily focused on enclosing the computer within the case for protection during transport. Other prior art disclose a computer carrying case that allows a user to carry as well as operate a general purpose portable computer without removing the computer from the bag while the wearer is sitting or standing and particularly when the user is also mobile. However, these carrying cases do not provide extra storage for carrying additional computer components, accessories or peripherals.

Accordingly, it is a principal object of the present invention to provide a carrying apparatus for a portable computer and desired peripherals which enables a user to use and carry a computer ergonomically with the hands and eyes in their normal resting positions.

It is a further object of the present invention to provide a carrying apparatus which allows quick and ready access to the computer with minor set up because the computer is accessible by the user from the outside and while the bag is in a closed position.

It is a further object of the present invention to provide a carrying apparatus that appears as a normal accessory item and does not interfere with the users everyday clothing.

It is still another object of the present invention to provide a carrying case that can be used as both a computer bag and a general purpose bag such that extra baggage is not needed.

It is still another object of the present invention to provide a carrying case that can be used with various computer makes and models.

It is still another object of the present invention to provide a carrying case that allows the user to move the computer with all files and programming to a new bag for purpose of style, replacement or upgrading.

It is still another object of the present invention to provide a carrying case that is easy to manufacture.

Further objects of the invention will become apparent from the following description.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

The embodiments of the present invention solve the problems and address the drawbacks of the approaches in the above description. An embodiment of the present invention includes a bag apparatus for mounting a computer to the bag where a user can perform computing tasks ergonomically with the hands and eyes in their normal, resting positions.

An embodiment of the present invention is a bag apparatus for carrying a portable computer unit having an opening in a front panel of the bag for providing access to the computer without having to open the bag. A rigid rim may be disposed around the opening for aligning the computer to the opening. A mounting apparatus assembly is fixed onto an inside surface of the front panel. The mounting apparatus assembly may comprise of one or more fasteners such as, but not limited to, clips, flaps, pins, toggles, bolts and hole, or elastic bands, for securing the computer to the front panel.

A further embodiment of the present invention is a bag apparatus for carrying a portable computer further including a docking port. The docking port is adapted for mounting the computer to the inside of the front panel. Fasteners attach the docking port to the front panel.

Still another embodiment of the present invention is a bag apparatus for carrying a portable computer wherein the front panel may be configured as a rigid molded front. A mounting assembly or alternatively a partition panel may be used to secure the computer to the rigid molded front.

Another embodiment of the present invention is a bag apparatus for carrying a portable computer further comprising a slide-in holder such as a cage or channels. The holder is adapted for slidably receiving the computer.

In a further embodiment of the present invention the computer is mounted to the outside surface of the front panel. The opening in the front wall allows computer peripheral accessories to access and connect to ports located on the back of the computer.

Another embodiment of the present invention is a bag apparatus for carrying a portable computer having no front panel. A docking port for mounting the computer is attached to the top, bottom, left, and right panels of the bag.

Other features that may be added to the computer bag apparatus include: a lining attached to an inside surface of the bag for covering wiring and for supporting one or more computer peripheral accessories; one or more pockets attached to an outside surface of the bag with access for electrical wiring through the bag panel to the interior, and a protective flap attached to the top, back, or front panel.

These and other embodiments of the present invention are further made apparent, in the remainder of the present document, to those of ordinary skill in the art.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SEVERAL VIEWS OF THE DRAWINGS

In order to more fully describe embodiments of the present invention, reference is made to the accompanying drawings. These drawings are not to be considered limitations in the scope of the invention, but are merely illustrative.

FIG. 1 shows an exploded perspective view of a basic structure of a computer bag apparatus according to an embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 2 shows an exploded perspective view of a computer bag apparatus having a rigid front panel and docking port according to an embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 3A shows an exploded perspective view of a computer bag apparatus having a rigid front panel and a holder configured as a cage according to an embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 3B shows an exploded view of a computer bag apparatus having a rigid front panel and a holder configured as tubular channels according to an embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 4 shows an exploded perspective view of a computer bag apparatus having a rigid molded front panel according to an embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 5 shows an exploded perspective view of a computer bag apparatus with no front panel and a docking port attached directly to the top, bottom, left, and right panels according to an embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 6 shows an exploded perspective view of a computer bag apparatus with a mounting assembly attached to the outside surface of the front panel according to an embodiment of the present invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

The description above and below and the drawings of the present document focus on one or more preferred embodiments of the present invention and also describe some exemplary optional features and/or alternative embodiments. The description and drawings are for the purpose of illustration and not limitation. Those of ordinary skill in the art will recognize variations, modifications, and alternatives. Such variations, modifications, and alternatives are also within the scope of the present invention. Section titles are terse and are for convenience only.

An embodiment of the present invention includes a computer bag apparatus 10 as shown in FIG. 1. Bag 10 is comprised of a front panel 11, an opposing back panel 16, a top panel 15, a bottom panel 12, a left panel 14, and a right panel 13, each panel having an inside surface and an outside surface. Left panel 14, right panel 13, top panel 15, and bottom panel 12 connect front panel 11 to back panel 16. Top panel 15 includes a top opening 15 a for providing access to an interior of bag 10. The preferred material for bag panels 11-16 is a waterproof synthetic fabric, although not limited to this material. Bag 10 further comprises an opening 17 in front panel 11 for providing access to a computer 18 while computer 18 is inside bag 10. The connection of front panel 11 to back panel 16 creates an interior storage compartment 10 a within bag 10. A rigid rim 11 a may be disposed around opening 17 for creating an opening 17 with a precision edge. A mounting assembly 19 is fixed to the inside surface of front panel 11 for aligning and securing computer to opening 17 in front panel 11. Mounting assembly 19 may also provide a seal between computer 18 and front panel 11. Mounting assembly 19 may comprise of snaps, clips, flaps, pins, toggles, bolts and holes, velcro, screws, hooks, or elastic bands. Mounting assembly 19 attaches to complementary fixture parts 19 a on computer. Mounting assembly 19 may attach or mold to front panel 11 by heat fusing, adhesives, or riveting.

In alternative embodiments, bag 10 may further comprise a footing 12 a and a flap 15 b for further securing computer 18 to front panel 11. Footing 12 a may be made of bag material and may attach to the inside surface of bottom panel 12, front panel 11, or side panels 13, 14. Footing 12 a is configured to accept a bottom edge of computer 18. Footing 12 a may include compressible foam to optimize fit to computer 18. Footing 12 a may further include fasteners that attach to computer 18. Flap 15 b is configured to hold a top edge of computer 18 against front panel 11. Flap 15 b may attach to the inside surface of top panel 15 or front panel 11. Flap 15 b may include compressible foam to optimize fit to computer 18. Flap 15 b may further include one or more fasteners that attach to computer 18.

Referring now to FIG. 2 is a bag apparatus 20 further comprising a rigid front panel 21 and docking port 22. Rigid front panel 21 may be placed between two layers of bag material. Docking port 22 is adapted for mounting computer 18 to the inside surface of rigid front panel 21 and aligning computer 18 with opening 17. One or more fasteners 23 secures docking port 22 to rigid front panel 21. Fasteners 23 are selected from the group consisting of snap pins, stamped plate, stamp plate with receptacle mounts, clips, bent or molded edge, screw, and hook and pin. Left panel 14, right panel 13, top panel 15, and bottom panel 12 may attach to rigid front panel 21 by crimping, heat fusing, adhesives or other means. The outer edges of docking port 22 may coincide with the outer edges of rigid front panel 21. Alternatively, the outer edges of docking port 22 may be smaller than the rigid front panel 21 to accommodate computers and bags of different sizes. The inner edges of docking port 22 may coincide with opening 17 in rigid front panel 21 in which case computer 18 may be mounted from either the inside or outside of bag 20.

Another embodiment may include a computer bag apparatus 30 further comprising a holder 32 attached to the inside surface of a rigid front panel 31, as shown in FIGS. 3A-3B. Referring to FIG. 3A, holder 32 has a receiving slot 33 for slideably receiving computer 18 and aligning computer 18 with opening 17. Holder 32 may be configured as a cage 32 for receiving and mounting computer 18. Alternatively, cage 32 may attach to rigid front panel 31 by hinging, as shown in FIG. 3A. An opening in cage 32 allows for access to the back of computer 18. Holder 34 may also be configured as channels 34 secured to rigid front panel 31 by heat fusing, adhesives, riveting, or other means, as shown in FIG. 3B. Attachment pins 35 fixed to computer 18 may be used for securing computer 18 to channels 34. Holder 32 may also be configured as an intermediate panel attached to the interior panels of bag 30. The intermediate panel has four sides and may be comprised of bag material. A first side of the intermediate panel may attach to the inside surface of left panel 14. A second side of the intermediate panel may attach to the inside surface of right panel 13. A third side of the intermediate panel may attach to the inside surface of bottom panel 12, thus accommodating computer 18. The intermediate panel may include an opening which may have a rigid rim disposed around the opening to retain computer 18 and provide access to the back of computer 18. The intermediate panel may also be reduced to one or more bands, each band having two ends. The bands stretch between and attach left panel 14 to right 13 panel. Computer 18 fits between rigid front panel 31 and the bands. The band(s) may be made of elastic or other material. Alternatively, the band(s) may be split vertically into two halves connected with a fastener such as velcro, snaps, hooks, lacing, or other types of fasteners. Thus allowing computer 18 to enter the mounting assembly from the back instead of the top.

A further embodiment may include a computer bag apparatus 40 having a front panel configured as a rigid molded front 41, as shown in FIG. 4. Rigid molded front 41 comprises a plurality of rigid short walls 42 extending into bag 40 forming an opening 43 for receiving and accessing a computer 18. The placement of rigid short walls 42 on rigid molded front 41 may vary depending on the shape and size of computer 18. Rigid short walls 42 may coincide with the outer edges of rigid front panel 41. Alternatively, rigid short walls 42 may coincide with opening 43 in rigid front panel 41 to allow computer 18 to be mounted either from the inside or outside of bag 40. Computer 18 secures within opening 43 by a mounting assembly. The mounting assembly may include clips, flaps, pins, toggles, bolts and holes, velcro, and elastic bands. Rigid molded front 41 attaches to left panel 14, right panel 13, top panel 15, and bottom panel 12 by thermal bonding, adhesives, crimping, or other means. An outside surface of rigid molded front 41 may be covered with bag material.

Another embodiment may include a computer bag apparatus 50 without a front panel. Top panel 15, bottom panel 12, left panel 14, and right panel 13 connect back panel 16 to a docking port 51. Docking port 51 forms an opening 52 in bag 50. Opening 52 is shaped and fitted with fasteners for accepting and securing in place a computer unit 18. Docking port 51 may be joined to bag 50 by thermal bonding, adhesives, crimping, or other means.

Still another embodiment may include a computer bag apparatus 60 with a mounting assembly 62 attached to the outside surface of front panel 61 for securing computer 18 to the outside of bag 60, as shown in FIG. 6. Mounting assembly 62 provides a seal between computer 18 and bag 60. Provisions for a separate seal are adaptable and may be readily made. An opening 17 in front panel 61 allows peripherals and other electrical connections within bag 60 to directly access or connect to ports located on a back side of computer 18.

Other features that may be added to the computer bag apparatus may include bumpers on the sides and/or bottom of the front edges of the bag. On the top edge of the bag above the computer there may be an opening for sound. This sound opening may be covered with a small cover flap, grill, or sound permeable material. Additional features include a partition panel hinged to the inside surface of the bottom panel or the front panel. The partition panel is adapted for levering the computer against the front panel. The partition panel may include a wiring mount adapted for connecting the computer to computer peripherals within the bag. A lining may be attached to the inside surface of the bag for covering wiring and for supporting computer peripheral accessories. Additionally, pockets may be attached to the outside surface of the bag. The pockets may be adapted to pass electrical wiring through the bag panel to the interior of the bag to accommodate peripherals held in the pocket such as a head mounted display, or batteries. A protective flap may be attached to the back, front, or top panel. The flap may have hold down fixtures to match ones on the bag, computer or docking port. The flap may completely or partially cover the front panel opening. The flap may comprise of a material that is soft, rigid, or rigid in specific areas.

Throughout the description and drawings, example embodiments are given with reference to specific configurations. It will be appreciated by those of ordinary skill in the art that the present invention can be embodied in other specific forms. Those of ordinary skill in the art would be able to practice such other embodiments without undue experimentation. The scope of the present invention, for the purpose of the present patent document, is not limited merely to the specific example embodiments of the foregoing description, but rather is indicated by the appended claims. All changes that come within the meaning and range of equivalents within the claims are intended to be considered as being embraced within the spirit and scope of the claims.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification206/320
International ClassificationB65D85/00
Cooperative ClassificationG06F1/1628, A45C5/02, A45C2013/025
European ClassificationG06F1/16P4, A45C5/02