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Mobile device holder

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Mobile device holder


A mobile device holder includes a holding portion having a pair of opposed holding portion arms, a lower edge at a base of the holding portion, an upper pivot assembly affixed to the holding portion and configured to pivot about an upper axis extending through a plane defined between the pair of opposed holding portion arms, a lower pivot assembly affixed to the upper pivot assembly and configured to pivot about a lower axis generally perpendicular to the upper axis, and a base affixed to the lower pivot assembly, wherein the holding portion, lower edge and upper pivot assembly are pivotable about the lower axis relative to the base.


USPTO Applicaton #: #20140091192 - Class: 248447 (USPTO) -
Supports > Easel; Book, Copy Or Music Score Holder >Holder Pivots To Operative Position

Inventors: Randy Mersky

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The Patent Description & Claims data below is from USPTO Patent Application 20140091192, Mobile device holder.

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BACKGROUND

1. Field of the Disclosure

The present disclosure relates to the field of mobile device holders. More particularly, the present disclosure relates to mobile device holder configured to hold mobile devices of different dimensions and orientations.

2. Background Information

Smartphones and other electronic mobile devices have become increasingly popular for managing multiple aspects of one\'s daily life. One such aspect is shopping. For example, shoppers have increasingly been using electronic mobile devices to manage shopping lists or to otherwise enhance the shopping experience. As such, a need has arisen for a system to not only hold, but to display the screen of such mobile devices to the shopper, so that the shopper can safely push a shopping cart while still being able to view the device. One such system is disclosed in U.S. patent application Ser. No. 12/978,768 the entire contents of which are expressly incorporated by reference herein.

Holders attachable to shopping carts and designed to hold articles such as beverages, coupons, pens, and the like are known in the art; however, many of such devices are attachable to shopping cart handles, which interferes with the nesting of the shopping carts and wasting floor space.

Some electronic devices have been provided to enhance the shopping experience by displaying, e.g., store and/or product information and electronic coupons, on a proprietary display device integral to the shopping cart; however, such integral electronic devices require the shopper to upload his/her shopping list to this display device (or do not allow for such uploading at all), thereby inconveniencing the shopper.

In view of the above, a need has arisen for a diverse mobile device holder configured to hold mobile devices.

SUMMARY

OF THE DISCLOSURE

According to a non-limiting feature of the disclosure, provided is a mobile device holder which may include a holding portion having a pair of opposed holding portion arms, a shelf at a base of the holding portion, an upper pivot assembly affixed to the holding portion and configured to pivot about an upper axis extending through a plane defined between the pair of opposed holding portion arms, a lower pivot assembly affixed to the upper pivot assembly and configured to pivot about a lower axis generally perpendicular to the upper axis, and a mount affixed to the lower pivot assembly, wherein the holding portion, shelf and upper pivot assembly are pivotable about the lower axis relative to the mount.

The upper axis may perpendicularly extend through the plane defined between the pair of opposed holding portion arms. Also, each arm of the pair of opposed holding portion arms may be a generally U-shaped channel or may be generally L-shaped.

Also provided may be a ramp depending from the shelf, and the ramp may depend from the shelf from an opposite side of the shelf as the pair of opposed holding portion arms. The ramp may be generally V-shaped and/or may depend from the shelf at an angle oblique to the plane defined between the pair of opposed holding portion arms.

Further, the mount may be attachable to a collapsible basket or other part of a shopping cart.

The mobile device holder may further include a front section and a rear section defined between the pair of opposed holding portion arms, wherein one of the front section and the rear section is open. Also, the other of the front section and the rear section may be generally closed.

Also provided may be an arm spring connected to one holding portion arm of the pair of opposed holding portion arms, the arm spring configured to bias the mobile device toward the other holding portion arm of the pair of opposed holding portion arms.

Further provided may be a pair of arm springs respectively connected to the pair of opposed holding portion arms such that the pair of arm springs inwardly biases the pair of opposed holding portion arms toward each other.

A spring assembly insertable between the pair of opposed holding portion arms may be provided, the spring assembly comprising the pair of arm springs. Also, the pair of arm springs may be a pair of tape springs.

At least one wall of both holding portion arms of the pair of opposed holding portion arms may extend in a direction oblique to the plane defined between the pair of opposed holding portion arms. The pair of opposed holding portion arms may be parallel. A support shaft affixing the lower pivot assembly to the upper pivot assembly may also be provided.

The support shaft may include a bend dividing the support shaft into upper and lower ends, the upper end and lower end in parallel, and the support shaft aligns a pivot axis of the upper pivot assembly with a center of an axial length of the lower pivot assembly.

In an aspect, the upper pivot assembly provides for the pivoting of the holding portion between a range of approximately 0 degrees and approximately 90 degrees.

Also provided may be an expansion holding portion removably insertable in the holding portion, the expansion holding portion having a pair of opposed inner expansion holding portion walls configured be removably held between the pair of opposed holding portion arms, a body depending from each inner expansion holding portion wall of the pair of expansion holding portion walls, a first support depending from the body, a second support depending from an opposite side of the body as the first support, wherein the first and second support are configured to hold a mobile device therebetween.

The first support and second support may extend parallel to each other and in a direction parallel to a direction in which the pair of opposed inner expansion holding portion walls extends. Also, at least one of the first support and second support may be resiliently biased toward the body.

Further, the first support may have a pair of first prongs on opposite sides of the pair of opposed inner expansion holding portion walls, and the second support may have a pair of second prongs on opposite sides of the pair of opposed inner expansion holding portion walls, wherein the first and second pair of prongs are configured to hold a mobile device therebetween.

Also, at least one of the pair of first prongs and the pair of second prongs may be slidable toward the other of the pair of first prongs and the pair of second prongs, such that a distance between the pair of first prongs and the pair of second prongs may be adjustable. Both the pair of first prongs and the pair of second prongs may be slidable toward each other.

A prong spring configured to inwardly bias the at least one of the pair of first prongs and the pair of second prongs may be provided, such that a distance between the pair of first prongs and the pair of second prongs is narrowed. Also, the prong spring may be a tape spring.

The body may have a central lower contact having an irregularly-shaped surface, and an underside of the shelf may have a complimentary irregularly-shaped surface configured to matchingly engage with the irregularly-shaped surface of the body when the expansion holding portion may be inserted in the holding portion.

Also provided may be a mobile device holder having a holding portion, a pair of opposed holding portion arms each attached to an opposite side of the holding portion, a shelf affixed to a base of the holding portion and configured to support a mobile device, an upper pivot assembly affixed to the holding portion and configured to pivot the holding portion about an upper axis extending through a plane defined between the pair of opposed holding portion arms, a mount affixed to the pivot assembly, an edge ramp depending from the shelf, a lower pivot assembly connected to the upper pivot assembly and configured to pivot about a lower axis generally perpendicular to the upper axis, wherein the holding portion, the pair of opposed holding portion arms, the ramp and the lower edge are pivotable together about the lower axis relative to the mount.

Also, the holding portion, mount and edge ramp may be integrally unitarily formed.

Each holding portion arm of the pair of opposed holding portion arms may have an engagement portion configured to engage the mobile device, and a wing portion depending from the engagement portion in a direction away from the holding portion.

The wing portion may generally form a 90 degree angle with the engagement portion. The mobile device holder may also include a magnet configured to magnetically engage the mobile device. Also provided may be padding affixed to each holding portion arm of the pair of opposed holding portion arms, the padding configured to engage the mobile device.

At least one holding portion arm of the pair of opposed holding portion arms may be slidable along a plane defined between the pair of opposed holding portion arms, such that a distance between the pair of opposed holding portion arms is adjustable.

Also provided may be a spring configured to inwardly bias the at least one holding portion arm slidably along the plane defined between the pair of opposed holding portion arms, such that a distance between the pair of opposed holding portion arms is narrowed.

The pair of opposed holding portion arms may be slidable along a plane defined between the pair of opposed holding portion arms, such that a distance between the pair of opposed holding portion arms is adjustable. Also provided may be a spring configured to inwardly bias the pair of holding portion arms slidably along the plane defined between the pair of opposed holding portion arms, such that a distance between the pair of opposed holding portion arms is narrowed.

Also, the mount may have a pair of vertical arms, and the lower pivot assembly may have a rotation shaft supported between the pair of vertical arms and pivotable about the lower axis. Each vertical arm of the pair of vertical arms may have a protruding bumper.

According to another aspect, a shopping cart may include a main basket, a secondary basket configured to swing upward relative to the main basket when the shopping cart is nested with another shopping cart, and a mobile device holder having, a holding portion having a pair of opposed holding portion arms, a lower edge at a base of the holding portion, an upper pivot assembly affixed to the holding portion and configured to pivot about an upper axis extending through a plane defined between the pair of opposed holding portion arms, a lower pivot assembly affixed to the upper pivot assembly and configured to pivot about a lower axis generally perpendicular to the upper axis, and a base affixed to the lower pivot assembly and attached to the secondary basket, wherein the holding portion, lower edge and upper pivot assembly are pivotable about the lower axis relative to the base.

Also provided may be a handle for pushing the shopping cart, wherein the mobile device holder further may have a ramp depending from the lower edge such that when the secondary basket swings upward, the ramp may be engageable with the handle to pivot the holding portion, the ramp and the lower edge are pivotable about the lower axis relative to the base.

According to another aspect, provided may be a mobile device holder having a holding portion, a pair of opposed holding portion arms each attached to an opposite side of the holding portion and configured to hold a mobile device therebetween, at least one holding portion arm of the pair of opposed holding portion arms being slidable along a plane defined between the pair of opposed holding portion arms, such that a distance between the pair of opposed holding portion arms is adjustable, a shelf affixed to a base of the holding portion, and a mount affixed to the base.

Further provided may be an upper pivot assembly affixed to the holding portion and configured to pivot the holding portion about an upper axis extending through the plane defined between the pair of opposed holding portion arms.

Still further provided may be a lower pivot assembly connected to the mount and configured to pivot about a lower axis extending parallel to the plane defined between the pair of opposed holding portion arms, wherein the holding portion, the pair of opposed holding portion arms, and the lower edge are pivotable together about the lower axis relative to the mount.

Additionally provided may be an upper pivot assembly affixed to the holding portion and configured to pivot the holding portion about an upper axis extending through a plane defined between the pair of opposed holding portion arms, and a lower pivot assembly connected to the upper pivot assembly and configured to pivot about a lower axis generally perpendicular to the upper axis, wherein the holding portion, the pair of opposed holding portion arms, and the lower edge are pivotable together about the lower axis relative to the mount.

Other exemplary embodiments and advantages of the present invention may be ascertained by reviewing the present disclosure and the accompanying drawings, and the above description should not be considered to limit the scope of the present invention.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The present invention is further described in the detailed description which follows, in reference to the noted plurality of drawings, by way of non-limiting examples of preferred embodiments of the present invention, in which like characters represent like elements throughout the several views of the drawings, and wherein:

FIG. 1 shows a perspective view of a mobile device holder according a first aspect of the present disclosure;

FIG. 2 shows front elevational view of the mobile device holder according the first aspect of the present disclosure;

FIG. 3 shows a rear perspective view of the mobile device holder according the first aspect of the present disclosure;

FIG. 4 shows a rear view of the mobile device holder according to the first aspect of the present disclosure;

FIG. 5 shows a side elevational view of the mobile device holder according to the first aspect of the present disclosure;

FIG. 6 shows a front perspective exploded view of the mobile device holder according to the first aspect of the present disclosure;

FIG. 7 shows a rear perspective exploded view of the mobile device holder according to the first aspect of the present disclosure;

FIG. 8 shows a side elevational view of the mobile device holder according to the first aspect of the present disclosure in an in-use position affixed to a shopping cart;

FIG. 9 shows a side elevational view of the mobile device holder according to the first aspect of the present disclosure in a stowed position affixed to a shopping cart;

FIG. 10 shows a side elevational view of the mobile device holder according to the first aspect of the present disclosure affixed to a nested shopping cart;

FIG. 10A shows an enlarged side elevational view of the mobile device holder according to the first aspect of the present disclosure of the area A in FIG. 10;

FIG. 11A shows a front elevational view of an expansion holding portion for use with the mobile device holder according to the first aspect of the present disclosure;



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stats Patent Info
Application #
US 20140091192 A1
Publish Date
04/03/2014
Document #
13630552
File Date
09/28/2012
USPTO Class
248447
Other USPTO Classes
International Class
47B23/02
Drawings
20




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