|Publication number||US8079565 B2|
|Application number||US 12/342,877|
|Publication date||Dec 20, 2011|
|Filing date||Dec 23, 2008|
|Priority date||Dec 23, 2008|
|Also published as||CN102308102A, EP2376795A1, EP2376795A4, US8186642, US20100155550, WO2010075392A1|
|Publication number||12342877, 342877, US 8079565 B2, US 8079565B2, US-B2-8079565, US8079565 B2, US8079565B2|
|Original Assignee||John Weiss-Vons|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (23), Non-Patent Citations (1), Classifications (11)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
The present invention relates to an accessory for a portable device, specifically to an accessory for gripping a portable device and retaining and storing items related to the portable device.
Today, portable devices are a common item in every day life. Most individuals possess at least one portable device. Such devices include and are not limited to mobile phones, MP3 players, portable entertainment/computing devices, and/or gaming devices. The increase of functions and applications for mobile phones has required a great increase of usage time with these devices. People are now becoming increasingly more intimate and personal with their portable devices as they serve multiple purposes such as communication and entertainment purposes. Due to the increased time of use with these devices, a person's arms and hands can become tired from their positioning and limited grasp.
An accessory device is desired that can grip, hold, position and operate a portable device. It is also desired that an accessory device be able to retain wires or cords related to the portable device, such as a headphone cord or power cord.
An object of the accessory device is to provide an extra area by which the portable device may be held and/or manipulated such as during gaming. For instance the portable device may be held between fingers to grip the accessory device as it is simultaneously being held by a user.
An object of the accessory device is to serve as an intermediary surface wherein a portable device can be removably attached to the accessory device and can also be removably attachable to a surface.
A portable device accessory of the present invention includes dual suction cups connected by a neck used to hold, grip or manipulate a portable device such as and not limited to mobile phones, MP3 players, portable entertainment/computing devices, and/or gaming devices. The accessory also can possess at least one tab on each suction cup, an aperture disposed on the neck, at least one ridge, at least one groove and/or an earphone space on a concave side of the suction cup. The aperture on the neck permits a cord or wire to be threaded through the neck, while the at least one ridge or at least one groove is designed to receive a width of the cord or wire when the cord or wire is wrapped around the neck. The at least one tab may be used to hold a cord or wire in place when the suction cup is in a open state or the tabs may be used to hold the suction cups in an closed state when each rim on the suction cups are pulled back over the neck.
In use, one suction cup may be releasably suctioned to the back of a portable device to better grip the portable device or position the portable device on a surface. In another example, both suction cups may be used wherein one suction cup is releasably suctioned to a portable device and the corresponding suction cup is releasably suctioned to a surface such as a wall.
Accordingly, it is a principal object of the invention to provide a portable device accessory that properly permits a user to better grip a portable device.
It is another object of the invention to provide a portable device accessory which permits a user to hold a portable device with comfort in the palm of the hand or against the back of the hand.
It is a further object of the invention to provide a portable device accessory that can be used as a kickstand to prop a portable device on a horizontal surface.
Still another object of the invention is to provide a portable device accessory that helps the user to retain a portable device and simultaneously retain an earphone cord or power cord.
Yet another object of the invention is to provide a portable device accessory that helps the user to store earphone cord or power cord in an orderly and organized manner and also be concealed from the elements.
A further object of the invention is to provide a portable device accessory where suction cups can invert back over a neck area to be compact when traveling in a user's pocket.
Another object of the invention is to provide a portable device accessory where inverted suction cups aid to further secure and protect a cord that is wrapped thereabout for travel or storage.
It is an object of the invention to provide improved elements and arrangements thereof for the purposes described which is inexpensive, dependable and fully effective in accomplishing its intended purposes.
These and other objects of the present invention will become readily apparent upon further review of the following specification and drawings.
Referring now to the drawings, where like numerals represent like parts, a portable device accessory 100, 200, 300 incorporating the principles of the present invention is generally illustrated in the figures. Three embodiments of the present invention are shown in the figures.
The concave sides of each suction cup 110, 110′ is designed to operate in a customary manner by suctioning to a surface.
Each suction cup 110, 110′ is shown with two tabs 115 disposed at the rim 150. The number of tabs on one suction cup 110 can equal the number of suction cups on the corresponding suction cup 110′. Two tabs 115 are shown on each suction cup 110, however the number of tabs are not meant to be limiting as there may be one tab or more than one tab disposed on each suction cup 110, 110′. Some embodiments may not possess tabs, see the third embodiment further below.
The tabs 115 on suction cup 110 are inverse to the corresponding tabs 115 on the suction cup 110′. Looking at
Another feature of the tabs 115 is that in use, a user may wind an earphone cord around the neck 120 and insert the earphone cord through the notch 112 of one tab and then through the notch 112 of the opposite tab to secure the cord in place. Still another feature provided with the notches 112 at the tabs 115 is that once a cord is wrapped around the neck 120, the suction cups 110, 110′ can be closed or inverted wherein the rims 150 on each suction cup meet and the tabs 115 on each suction cup 110, 110′ can releasably mate. Here, a user may be able to leave the earphones depending from an earphone cord outside of the accessory 100 so that the portion of the cord nearest ear buds sit firmly secured within the notch 112 and below the tabs 115 thereby avoiding any unraveling of the cord from the neck 120 of the accessory 100. See
Accessory 100, 200, 300 have each been described with differing elements. The elements should not be limited to that as described above and can be combined or interchanged in a number of ways. For instance, accessory 300 is shown without the ridges 230 or a plurality of grooves 235, as in the second embodiment, or tabs of the first and second embodiments, however such features could be added to the third embodiment 300. Alternatively, the suction cups of the first embodiment 100 and second embodiment 200 may be formed without the tabs 115, 215 so the rims 150 on suction cups 110, 110′ and rims 250 of suction cups 210, 210′ abut the other when the suction cups are disposed in an inverted or closed position.
The accessory 100, 200, 300 may be made of any material and should not be limited by the material used in manufacturing.
In one aspect of the invention, the accessory 100, 200, 300 is designed to removably adhere a portable device D to a surface. For instance, accessory 100, 200, 300 could be removably adhered to the device D at one end and removably adhered to a perfectly vertical surface, such on a wall at the other end. In another aspect of the invention, the accessory 100, 200, 300 may be removably adhere a portable device D at one end and the opposite end may be left free and used in a variety of ways. For instance, the accessory 100, 200, 300 may be removable adhered to a device D and the accessory 100, 200, 300 could be gripped between fingers so the device D rests on the palm of a users hand or back of a users hand. Another way the accessory 100, 200, 300 removably adhere a portable device D could be used is to cradle or balance the device D and the accessory 100, 200, 300 on a shoulder below the user's ear especially if the device is a phone that the user is speaking into. Here, the free end of the accessory would be placed and balanced by the shoulder.
Another method of using the accessory 100, 200, 300 with a device D is by using the accessory 100, 200, 300 on the face of a device D to maneuver the device D. This feature of the invention is especially useful if the device D is an electronic device possessing a video game that use accelerometers to accommodate video games. In such instances, the device D is manipulated by physically moving the device around, here the accessory 100, 200, 300 could be placed on the face of the device D and the user's movement with the electronic device is registered to perform many functions with the video games—ie. turning the device to steer a car in a vertical position or tilting the device horizontally to move an object with gravity. In another aspect of this invention, one suction cup can be held firmly still with one hand by the user while the other hand can rotate and turn the device D thus mimicking the steering wheel of a car for example.
Still a further method of using the accessory 100, 200, 300 is to prop the device D and the removably adhere accessory 100, 200, 300 as a kickstand and thus angle the device for easy viewing against a surface. For instance, the device D and accessory 100, 200, 300 could be placed on an airplane fold down table and angled up for easy viewing.
While the invention has been described by way of example and in terms of specific embodiments it is not so limited and is intended to cover various modifications as would be apparent to those skilled in this art area. Therefore, the scope of the appended claims should be accorded the broadest interpretation so as to encompass all such modifications.
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|U.S. Classification||248/683, 248/205.9, 248/206.2, 248/205.8, 248/205.5, 248/206.4, 248/206.3|
|International Classification||A47G29/00, F16M11/00|
|European Classification||B65H75/14C, F16B47/00|