WRIST-BASED SYSTEMS AND METHODS TO CARRY MOBILE DEVICE(S)
Systems and methods are disclosed to conveniently carry a mobile device, among others, on a wrist brace. The system includes a case to enclose the mobile device and a system to wear the apparatus on a wrist. The systems comprised of the case; a case tether coupled to the case; a base to couple with a wristband tether which in turn coupled to a wrist brace, a finger ring to loop around a finger and a case lock to secure the case in a closed position. Also presented, a method to carry and use the device while tether to a wrist.
The present invention pertains to wrist-based systems and methods to carry mobile device(s).
Personal electronic devices have become extremely popular, providing on-the-go entertainment and data access as well as mobile phone service. Other personal electronic devices such as music players and video players have also gained in use and popularity.
Personal electronic devices are often carried in a pocket or purse, or may be attached to a holster attached to a belt. While some cases may offer protection alone, this protection often fails to provide quick access, ease of use and may take up room in a pocket or handbag.SUMMARY
Systems and methods are disclosed to conveniently carry a mobile device, among others, on a wrist brace. The system includes a case to secure the mobile device; the case having a housing for the coupling of a wrist attachment system; and the method to carry the case on the wrist and a finger by hanging the device from the wrist attachment system, and then locked and move the device into a stowed position on the underside of a user's wrist.
The wrist attachment system comprises a case to enclose the mobile device, the case having an opening adapted to receive a case tether having a housing portion; a base flexibly coupled to case tether; a wrist brace tether and a finger ring coupled to slots on the base; and a case lock to secure the case in a closed position.
Implementations of this aspect may include one or more of the following. A finger ring can be worn on a finger and secured to the base. A wrist brace can be worn on a wrist and slidably coupled to the wristband tether. During use, the mobile device is inserted into the case. Next, a user slips his/her finger into the finger ring. The user then wears the wrist brace and secures the case to the wrist of the user. In order to provide the best viewing and typing angles, the device flexibly allows the Case to:
1. pivot up;
2. pivot from side to side;
3. rotate 360 degrees; and
4. allow for further flexibility a hinge on the Tether-housing allows the housing to go up and down.
To offer further mobility and with the use of the Tether-housing, the Case can be detached from the tether. The case can be carried around on its own without attaching to the palm.
The above embodiment supports carrying the mobile device while allows the hand wearing the wrist brace to perform other tasks.
The carrying devices described above provides for an efficient and convenient apparatus for carrying, using, and protecting a personal electronic device that can be attached to a user's wrist. This method of carrying devices on the wrist minimizes the chance of an accidental dropping of the device and misplacing the device. While working with water or liquid it minimizes the chance of liquid being spilled onto and damage the device. If the case were mingled with other personal accessories in the purse or pocket, scratching the surface of the case is a real possibility but would be avoided with using the present system.
Various embodiments are now described with reference to the drawings, wherein like reference numerals are used to refer to like elements throughout. In the following description, for purposes of explanation, numerous specific details are set forth in order to provide a thorough understanding of one or more embodiments. It may be evident, however, that such embodiment(s) may be practiced without these specific details. In other instances, well-known structures and devices are shown in block diagram form in order to facilitate describing one or more embodiments.
In the following paragraphs, the preferred embodiment will be described in detail by way of example with reference to the attached drawings. Throughout this description, the preferred embodiment and examples shown should be considered as exemplars, rather than as limitations on the preferred embodiment and any equivalents thereto. Furthermore, reference to various feature(s) of the preferred embodiment throughout this document does not mean that all claimed embodiments or methods must include the referenced feature(s).
A case lock assembly 320 and a base hinge assembly 316 secure the Case 306 to the base 302. In
The base hinge assembly 316 comprises of a base hinge 314 that attaches a half circle hinge 312 to the base 302, the half circle hinge 312 holds the Case 306 by a case tether 310 and a tether-housing 308. The base hinge 314 allows the mobile device to rotate on one axis and to move up and down while the half circle hinge 312 allows the mobile device to move in another axis and to move from side to side in the user's hands. The half circle hinge 312 also allows the Case to pivot hundred-eighty degrees. The case tether 310 is allowed to rotate freely. Case tether 310 can rotate three hundred and sixty degree on its axis and is being retained by the half circle hinge 312; the other end is jointed with the tether-housing 308 via a tether-housing-hinge 354 [see
Base 302 secures the Case 306 to a user's wrist with several components. A finger ring 318 holds the base 302 to a user's finger. On the other side, a wristband tether 328 and a wrist brace 330 secures the base 302 to a user's wrist. The wrist brace 330 can include a wristband and a strap slidably coupled to the wrist. The wrist brace 330 is pivotably and rotatably coupled to one end of the case.
The case lock assembly 320 releases the edge of the Case 306 into the opened position and allows for free movement of the case 306 and mobile device. Base hinge assembly 316 [see
To attach the Case 306 to a tether-housing 308, a user would press in the tether-housing unlock lever 307 which in turn retrieve the lock pin 336 into the tether-housing 308, and place the tether-housing's bottom half into the raised rim 326 of the case 306. Releasing the tether-housing unlock lever 307 will extend the lock pin 336 and will lock the tether-housing 308 onto the raised rim 326, thus locking the Case 306 in place. To release the case 306 from the tether-housing 308, a use must press the tether-housing unlock lever 307. Doing so will cause the lock pin 336 to depress, which releases the case 306. Case 306 can be detached from the tether-housing 308 and be carried and used separately.
This figure also shows the case tether 310, wristband tether 328, wrist brace 330 and flexible finger ring 318. The case tether 310 is able to rotate three hundred and sixty degrees on a rotary hinge 348 within the half circle hinge 312. This provides an even larger range of movement of the Case 306. The flexible finger ring 318 is to be worn on user's middle finger. The wristband tether 328 is looped and locked in around the wrist brace 330 and the loop can slide around the wrist brace 330. To adjust the length of the wristband tether 328, a user can loop one end of the wristband tether 328 up or down the end and attach its hooks to the appropriate loops or snap button to its proper receptacle.
This figure also shows the configuration of a wrist brace 330. The Wrist brace 330 is secured to base 302 by a wristband tether 328, which coupled with slots 338 on the base 302. Wrist brace 330 would be strapped around a user's wrist and be secured by two straps of Velcro: one with microscopic hooks 342 and another strip with microscopic loops 344. The wrist brace 330 wraps around the user's wrist as shown in
Tethers 210, 218, 228 and wrist brace 230 may be fabricated from any suitable material or a combination of webbing, leather, fabric, plastic, a strap, a string, a ring, cloth or rubber band or synthetic materials.
The mechanism of the closures 228, 242 and 244 of wrist brace 230 in one embodiment is comprised of a strap loop, a band with Velcro type of loops on one side and hooks on another, a belt and a buckle, a button and buttonhole or a snap button and receptacle type of configurations. In another embodiment, the coupling is comprised of threaded loop and stitching/gluing and clips. Other embodiments may be by a variety of means to accomplish the task of coupling. The wrist brace 230 is pivotably and rotatably coupled to one end of the base.
In order to provide the best viewing and typing angles, the device flexibly allows the Case to:
a) pivot up and down.
b) pivot from side to side and
c) rotate 360 degrees
To offer further mobility and with the use of the Tether-housing, the Case can be detached from the case tether. The case can then be carried around on its own without attaching to the palm. The above embodiment supports carrying the mobile device with or without coupling with a finger ring while allows the hand wearing the case attached to a wrist to perform other tasks. During use, the mobile device is inserted into the case housing which is secured to the base. Next, a user slips his/her finger into the finger ring that secures the base to the finger. The user then wears the wrist brace and secures it to the wrist of the user.
The apparatus described above provides for an efficient and convenient apparatus for carrying, using and protecting a personal mobile device such as a cell phone or camera attached to a user's wrist. The device incorporates a case which provides protection for the personal electronic device and a wrist attachment to allow the user to move the device into position for use, rotate and extend the device as needed for use, and then move the device into a stowed position on the underside of a user's wrist.
While various embodiments have been described above, it should be understood that they have been presented by way of example only, and not of limitation. Likewise, the various diagrams may depict an example of the preferred embodiment, which is done to aid in understanding the features and functionality that may be included in the embodiment. The present system is not restricted to the illustrated example designs or configurations, but the desired features may be implemented using a variety of alternative designs and configurations. Indeed, it will be apparent to one of skill in the art how alternative functional, logical or physical partitioning and configurations may be implemented to implement the desired features of the present apparatus. Additionally, with regard to flow diagrams, operational descriptions and method claims, the order in which the steps are presented herein shall not mandate that various embodiments be implemented to perform the recited functionality in the same order unless the context dictates otherwise.
Although the above system is described above in terms of various exemplary embodiments and implementations, it should be understood that the various features, aspects and functionality described in one or more of the individual embodiments are not limited in their applicability to the particular embodiment with which they are described, but instead may be applied, alone or in various combinations, to one or more of the other embodiments, whether or not such embodiments are described and whether or not such features are presented as being a part of a described embodiment. Thus the breadth and scope of the present system should not be limited by any of the above-described exemplary embodiments.
Terms and phrases used in this document, and variations thereof, unless otherwise expressly stated, should be construed as open ended as opposed to limiting. As examples of the foregoing: the term “including” should be read as meaning “including, without limitation” or the like; the term “example” is used to provide exemplary instances of the item in discussion, not an exhaustive or limiting list thereof; the terms “a” or “an” should be read as meaning “at least one,” “one or more” or the like; and adjectives such as “conventional,” “traditional,” “normal,” “standard,” “known” and terms of similar meaning should not be construed as limiting the item described to a given time period or to an item available as of a given time, but instead should be read to encompass conventional, traditional, normal, or standard technologies that may be available or known now or at any time in the future. Likewise, where this document refers to technologies that would be apparent or known to one of ordinary skill in the art, such technologies encompass those apparent or known to the skilled artisan now or at any time in the future.
A group of items linked with the conjunction “and” should not be read as requiring that each and every one of those items be present in the grouping, but rather should be read as “and/or” unless expressly stated otherwise. Similarly, a group of items linked with the conjunction “or” should not be read as requiring mutual exclusivity among that group, but rather should also be read as “and/or” unless expressly stated otherwise. Furthermore, although items, elements or components of the invention may be described or claimed in the singular, the plural is contemplated to be within the scope thereof unless limitation to the singular is explicitly stated.
The presence of broadening words and phrases such as “one or more,” “at least,” “but not limited to” or other like phrases in some instances shall not be read to mean that the narrower case is intended or required in instances where such broadening phrases may be absent. The use of the term “module” does not imply that the components or functionality described or claimed as part of the module are all configured in a common package. Indeed, any or all of the various components of a module, whether control logic or other components, may be combined in a single package or separately maintained and may further be distributed across multiple locations.
Additionally, the various embodiments set forth herein are described in terms of exemplary block diagrams, flow charts and other illustrations. As will become apparent to one of ordinary skill in the art after reading this document, the illustrated embodiments and their various alternatives may be implemented without confinement to the illustrated examples. For example, block diagrams and their accompanying description should not be construed as mandating a particular architecture or configuration.
The foregoing description of various disclosed embodiments is provided to enable any person skilled in the art to make or use the present invention. The description is not intended to be limited to the embodiments shown herein but is to be accorded the widest scope consistent with the principles and novel features disclosed herein.
Various modifications and alterations of the above apparatus will become apparent to those skilled in the art without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention, which is defined by the accompanying claims. It should be noted that steps recited in any method claims below do not necessarily need to be performed in the order that they are recited. Those of ordinary skill in the art will recognize variations in performing the steps from the order in which they are recited. In addition, the lack of mention or discussion of a feature, step, or component provides the basis for claims where the absent feature or component is excluded by way of a proviso or similar claim language.
1. An apparatus to carry a mobile device, comprising:
- a case to enclose the mobile device having an opening for a tether-housing;
- a case tether adaptably coupled to a base on one end and the other end to the tether-housing;
- a base with a base hinge assembly, a case lock, slots to accept a finger ring and a wristband tether;
- a finger ring sized to be wearable on a finger;
- a wristband tether slidably coupled to a wrist brace and comprising of a flexible strap; and
- a wrist brace slidably coupled to the wrist.
2. The apparatus of claim 1, comprising a tether-housing adaptably coupled to the case's opening with the ability to lock and unlock from the case and allow the case to rotate three hundred and sixty degrees.
3. The apparatus of claim 1, comprising a case tether securely coupled to tether-housing on one end and adaptably retained within the half circle hinge of the base hinge assembly on the other end. The case tether is allowed to rotate three hundred and sixty degrees on its axis and to pivot from left to right while coupled to the half circle hinge.
4. The apparatus of claim 1, comprising a base having a base hinge assembly adaptably and securely retaining one end of the case tether, comprising:
- a base hinge to allow the case to pivot from up to down; and
- a half circle hinge to allow the case to pivot from left to right.
5. The apparatus of claim 1, comprising a base having a case lock to keep the case in a closed position;
6. The apparatus of claim 1, comprising a flexible finger ring that holds the apparatus to a user's finger.
7. The apparatus of claim 1, comprising a flexible wristband tether that forms a loop around the wrist brace and the loop slides along the wrist brace.
8. The apparatus of claim 1, comprising a wrist brace secured to the base by a wristband tether.
9. The apparatus of claim 4, wherein the wrist brace is strapped around a user's wrist and is secured by: two straps of one with microscopic hooks and another strip with microscopic loops or the wrist brace can also be secured by a belt and a buckle, a button and a buttonhole, a snap button and a receptacle or any other coupling device that can secure the wrist brace to the wrist.
10. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the finger ring, the wristband tether and wrist brace are fabricated using a material or a combination of materials from the group consisting of: leather, metal, webbing, strap, fabric, plastic, cloth, rubber and/or synthetic materials.
11. A method of carrying a mobile device or cell phone, comprising:
- inserting the mobile device into a case, wherein the case having a tether-housing adaptably coupled to a case tether; the case tether is adaptably coupled to a base hinge assembly on the base; a base having a case lock and couplings for a wristband tether and a finger ring; one end of a wristband tether slidably coupled to a wrist brace and the other to the base, the wristband tether and wrist brace are comprising of flexible straps; a finger ring sized to be wearable on a finger; a case lock to keep the case in a closed position; and a wrist brace slidably coupled to the wrist; and
- attaching and securing the apparatus to a wrist.
12. The method of claim 11, comprising securing the apparatus to a finger.
13. The method of claim 11, comprising rotating the mobile device carried in the apparatus to view and face the images omni-directionally to a user.
14. The method of claim 11, comprising flexibly extending the case from the palm of the hand to a comfortable viewing position.
15. The method of claim 11, comprising protecting the mobile device from misplacement; fracturing due to accidental dropping and unforeseeable scratching damages while being enclosed by the case by wearing the apparatus on a user's wrist.
Filed: Mar 16, 2012
Publication Date: Sep 19, 2013
Inventor: David Chen Yu (Laguna Niguel, CA)
Application Number: 13/422,174
International Classification: A45F 5/00 (20060101);