CA2412894A1 - Eyeglasses - Google Patents

Eyeglasses

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CA2412894A1
CA2412894A1 CA 2412894 CA2412894A CA2412894A1 CA 2412894 A1 CA2412894 A1 CA 2412894A1 CA 2412894 CA2412894 CA 2412894 CA 2412894 A CA2412894 A CA 2412894A CA 2412894 A1 CA2412894 A1 CA 2412894A1
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spectacle frame
auxiliary
bridge portion
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middle bridge
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Paul Storace
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Paul Storace
Thompson, Doug
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    • GPHYSICS
    • G02OPTICS
    • G02CSPECTACLES; SUNGLASSES OR GOGGLES INSOFAR AS THEY HAVE THE SAME FEATURES AS SPECTACLES; CONTACT LENSES
    • G02C9/00Attaching auxiliary optical parts
    • GPHYSICS
    • G02OPTICS
    • G02CSPECTACLES; SUNGLASSES OR GOGGLES INSOFAR AS THEY HAVE THE SAME FEATURES AS SPECTACLES; CONTACT LENSES
    • G02C2200/00Generic mechanical aspects applicable to one or more of the groups G02C1/00 - G02C5/00 and G02C9/00 - G02C13/00 and their subgroups
    • G02C2200/02Magnetic means

Abstract

The present invention is directed to an eyeglasses device comprising a primary spectacle frame for supporting primary lenses therein. The primary spectacle frame includes a middle bridge portion and two side portions with each side portion having an end piece extending rearwardly therefrom to which temple pieces are connected.
The middle budge portion and/or the end piece are fabricated substantially entirely from a material attracted by a magnetic field. An auxiliary spectacle frame is provided for supporting auxiliary lenses therein. The auxiliary spectacle frame includes a middle bridge portion having at least one magnetic connecting member generating a magnetic field. The construction of the eyeglasses allows for the auxiliary spectacle frame to be readily attached to the primary spectacle frame with only one hand by a user.

Description

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Fiehi of t a Inveylh~a 'this invention relates t4 eyegla9ses. More speci5cally, the present invention relates to an improved primacy-auxiliary eyeglasses device.
B~k~rou d of t~~ nvsation Several different types of eyeglasses have been designed which ane composed of primary eyeglasses having an attachable auxiliary lens frame. Such an auxiliary 1o frama is often used to t~form the primary eyeglasses into sunglasses or to be for magnifying purposes_ Typically, the auxiliary :frames have been clipped onto the primary eyeglass frame. However, this arrangement7s cumbersome as it is difficult to readily detach and reattach the auxiliary lens frame to the primary frame.
Furthermore, such a design is not very attractive.
i5 More recetrtly, several different attempts have been rrtade to magoetir"ally attach the auxiliary lens frame to the primary eyeglasses frame. For example, LT.S.
Patent 4,U70,103 discloses a primary eyeglasses frame having a slidably attachable auxiliary lens. The primary lens is made of magnetixable material and the auxiliary lenses are sectuable to the primary lenses by a magnetic strip inserted in a groove on 2o the inside surface of the auxiliary lens.
U_S. Patent 5,416,537 discloses a primary frame having a first magnetic menober attached vertically to the front suxface of the primary frame and a second ' magnetic measber attached is a corresponding position orr the back surface on an auxiliary frame_ The magnetic members arc arranged far engagement to secure the 25 au~dliary frame to the primary frame.
U.S. Patent 5,568,,207 discloses a magnetically adhered auxiliary lens frame in which the ptltnary lens fiarnt has horizontally disposed magnets attached to the rear and side portions that mate with horizoritaliy disposed magnets in the arms of the auxiliary frame. The arms of the auxiliary fi:arne engage with and ara supported by 3o upper side portions of the primary 6rame. Similar constructions of eyeglasses are d'lSClased In L3.S. Patents 5,737,054, 5,88~,f8$, 5,882,11 Sad 5,8TY,838 whereltl the magnetic members in the primary lens framaae and the auxiliary frame are disposed at varying locations such as at the top or bottom of the side portions of both of the frames, or on the bridge portion of the primary and auxiliary frames, In each case, the la user mast align small pairs of magnetic or ma~t~etiz~ble rrteftabers in order to attach the auxiliary frame to the primary frame.
'While these eyeglasses designs do provide for the reversible attachment of auxiliary lenses to a pzirnary lens, they all suffer from the disadvantage that there is potenrial disengagement ofthe auxiliary lenses when other than relative downward movement vccurs_ Also, small pairs of magnetic members or magnetixabie materials are required in both the &arrke of the primary and auxiliary lenses for engagement such that the strength of the frame is d~reased. Furthermore, the design of the paired magnetic members necessitates modifications to the design of the primary and auxiliary eyeglass &ante which creates a butltier frame than regular eyeglasses and is not very attractive or desirable.
There was therefore a need to develop and design eyeglasses which are esthetically.
pleasing, comfortable to wear and which more stably secure the auxiliary frames to the primary frame and can be more easily attached with ainly one hand by a user.
Suit ~of a Inv noon An aspect of an object of the present invention is to provide an eyeglasses device which is very reliable and safe for the user.
According td another aspect of an object of the present invention is the provision of an eyeglasses device Zv'hich comprises a primary speeiacle frame onto which an auxi Nary spectacle frame can be reversibly secured. This is accomplished through the use of magnetic elements in the auxiliary frame.
According to a further aspect of an objet of the present invention is the provision of an eyeglasses device in which the primary spectacle frame has a component member that is constructed of a magncuc field attractable material.
In accordance with the present invention there is provided an eyeglasses device comprising:
a primary spectacle frame far supporking primary lenses therein, said primary spectacle frame including a middle bridge portion and two side portions, each side portion having an endpieee extending rearwardly therefrom tv which teraple pieces are cvruiected, wherein the middle bridge portion andlor the end piece are fabricated substantially entirely from a material attracted by a magnetic field ; and - an auxiliary spectacle frame for supporting auxiliary lenses therein, said auxiliary spectacle frame including a middle bridge portion having at least one tnaguetic connecting member generating a magnetic field, - wherein said auxiliary spectacle frartte can be attached to said primary spectacle:
frame with only one hand by a user.
In one embodiment of the invention the magnetic eonnectin,g member is located within the middle bridge portion of the auxiliary spectacle frame. Such mafrnetic member will be readily attracted to the magrtct attraetable middle bridge pot'tian of the primary spectacle frame_ In another embodiment, the auxiliary spectacle frame has side arms which are fabricated from a magnetic material that is readily attracted to metallic or like material extension members ofthe primary spectacle frame such that the auxiliary spectacle frame can be secured to the primary spectacle frarrie. The side arms can be of varying construction such as completely fabricated from a magnetic utaterial or have magnetic material incorporated therein as an insert located in various positions of the side arms ~or corresponding engagement with the end pieces of the primary spectacle frame.
In yet a further embodiment of the invention, the primary spectacle frame can be fabricated of a plastic or like material into which an elongate metallic or some other material which is attracted by a magnetic field or magnet strip is embedded. The metallic or magnet strip is sufficiently large enough to extend along the entire length of the middle bridge portion of the primary spectacle frame, Such metallic or magnet strip is also fabricated sufficiently large enough to extend the entire length of the end pieces. In other embodiments, the metallic or magnet strip can be fabricated to constitute the middle bridge portion or the end pieces. In this aspect; a plastic or like material primary spectacle frame will have a middle bridge portion andlor end pieces fabricated entirely of a metallic or magneric field attractable material.
In a ftwther embodiment of the invention, the auxiliary spectacle frame additionally comprises a projection in the middle bridge portion for engaging with a corresponding aperture in the auxiliary spectacle frame. It is understood that twv projections can be incorporated in the middle bridge portion of the auxiliary spectacle frame in which case two apertures would be provided on the corresponding middle brid~tr portion of the primary spectacle framc-In another embodiment o the invention, an eyeglasses device comprises primary spectacle frame for supporting ptirnary lenses therein, the pritxtary spectacle frame including a middle bridge portion and two side portions, each side portion hawing an end piece extending rearwardly therefrom to which temple pieces are comtected, wherein the middle bridge portion and each respective end piece have an upwardly oriented face, an opposed downwardly oriented face, and front and rear faces contiguously connected to the upwardly and downwardly oriented faces, wherein each upwardly oriented face is an essentially continuous solid surface and wherein at least one of the middle bridge and the two end pieces is fabricated substantially entirely from a material attracted by a magnetic field; and an auxiliary spectacle frame for supporting auxiliary lenses therein, the auxilia,y spectacle frame includes a middle bridge portion having at least one magnetic connectin~~
member generating a magnetic field, the middle bridge portion of the auxiliary icante ha~w~g an upwardly oriented face, an opposed downwardly oriented face and front and rear faces contiguously connected to the upwardly and downwardly oriented faces, wherein the auxiliary spectacle C~rame can be attached to the primary spectacle frame with only one hated by a user in a manner such that the downwardly oriented face of the middle bridge portion of the primary spectacle frame is in releasible contact with the upwardly oriented face of the middle bridge portion of the auxiliary frame.
In yet another ensbodiment of the invention, an eyeglasses device comprises a primary spectacle frame for supporting primary lenses therein, the primary spectacle frame including a middle bridge portion and two side portions, each side portion having an end piece extending rearwstdly therefrom to wh tch temple pieces are connected, wherein !he middle bridge poztion and the end piece are fabricated substantially entirely fiom a material attracted by a magtctle field ; and an auxiliary spectacle frame for supporting atuciliary lenses therein, the auxiliary spectacle frame including s middle bridge portion having at least one magnetic conrieeting member generating a magnetic field, wherein the auxiliary spectacle frame can be attached to said primary spectacle frame with only one hand by a user.
In a further embodiment of the invention, an eyeglasses device comprises a primary spectacle frame for supporting primary lenses therein, the primary spectacle frame including a middle bridge portion arid two side portions, each side portion having a»
end piece extending rearwardly therefrom to which temple pieces are connected, wherein the middle bridge portion and the end pied are fabricated substantially entirely fiom a material attracted by a magnetic field ; an auxiliary spectacle frame for supporting auxiliary lenses therein, the auxiliary spectacle frame including a middle bridge portion having at least one magnetic conrsecting member generating a magnetic field, the auxiliary spectacle frame having at least one projection extended therefrom located in the middle bridge portion for engaging with a corYesponding aperture in the middle bridge portion of the primary spectacle frame; wherein the auxiliary spectacle frame can be attached to said primary spectacle frame with only one:
hand by a user. 3 a In still a further etrlbodiment of the invention, 2tn eyeglasses device comprises a primary spectacle frame for supporting pzimary lenses therein, the primary spectacle frame including a middle bridge portion and two side portions, each side portion having all etld piece extending rcarwardly therefrom to which temple pieces are connected, wherein the S entire length of the middle bridge portion and the end piece is embedded with a material attracted by a magnetic field ; and an auxiliary spectacle frame for supporting auxiliary lenses therein, the auxiliary spectacle frame including a middle bridge portion having at least one:
magnetic connecting member generating a magnetic field, wherein t3~e auxiliary spectacle frame can be attached to said primary Spectacle frame with only one hand by a user.
In another embodiment of the invention, an eyeglasses device comprises a primary spectacle frame for supporting primary lenses therein, the primary spectacle frame including a middle bridge portion and two side portions, each side portion having an end piece extending rearwardly therefrom to which temple pieces are connected, wherein thz middle bridge portion and the end pieces are fabricated to have at least one magnetic connecting member generating a magnetic field; and an auxiliary spectacle frame for supporting auxiliary lenses therein, the auxiliary spectacle frame including a ntiddie bridge portion fabricated substantially entirely from a material that is attracted by a magnetic field, wherein the auxiliary spectacle frame can be attached to the primary spectacle frame with only one.
hand by a user.
In another embodiment of the invention, an eyeglasses device comprises primary spectacle frame for supporting primary lenses therein, the primary spectacle Frame including a middle bridge portion and two side portions, each side portion having an end piece extending rearwardly therefrom to which temple pieces are connected, wherein the middle bridge portion and each respective end piece have an upwardly oriented face, an opposed downwardly oriented face, and front and rear faces contiguously connected to the upwardly and dawnwardly oriented faces, wherein each upwardly oriented face is an essentially continuous solid surface and wherein at least one of the middle bridge and the two end pieces is fabricated such that it is attracted by a magnetic field; and an auxiliary spectacle frame for supporting auxiliary lenses therein, the auxiliary spectacle frame includes a middle bridge portion having at least one magnetic connecting member generating a magnetic field, the middle bridge portion of the auxiliary frame having an upwardly oriented face, an opposed downwardly oriented face and front and rear faces contiguously connected to the upwardly and downwardly oriented faces, wherein the auxiliary spectacle frame can be attached to flue primary spectacle frame with only one hand by a user in a manner such that the downwardly 3b oriented face of the middle bridge portion of the primary spectaete frame is substantially juxtaposed along its entire length and is in releasible contact with the upwardly oriented face 3c The objects and advantages of the present invention will become apparent from the detailed descttption to follow talten together with the appended claims.
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A detailed description of the preferred embodiux~en s are provided herein below with nefe~rencc to the following dt~~wiags in which:
Figure 1 is a front perspective view of a first eatbodituent of the eyeglasses of the present invention showing the primary and auxiliary spectacle ftaaNes not combined;
--- 10--- Figure 2A is as enlarged and partially cut away view of the eyeglasses of Figure 1 showing the prinnary spectz~ie frame and auxiliary spectacle frame in combination;
Figure 28 is a cross sedtional view taken along the middle bridge portion of Figure 2A;
t5 Figrire 3A is az~ enlarged and partially cut away view of a fiuther embodiment ~ of the eyeglasses of Figure 1;
Figure 3B is a cross sectional view taken along the middle bridge portion of Figure 3A;
Figure 4A is a fronx perspective view of a fwther emboditneat of the z0 eyeglasses of Figure 1 show~g the primary and auxiliary spectacle frames not combined;
Figure 4B is an Gnlarged and partially cut away vicar ofthe eyeglasses of Figure 4A;
Figure 4C is an en>a~od and partially cut away view of a further embodiment 25 of the eyeglasses of Figure ~A;
Figure 4D is an enlarged and partially cut away view of a further embodiment of the eyeglasses of Figure r1A showing a different ettgagemtat be~trveen the primary spectacle frame and the auxiliary spectacle frame;
F'igtrre 41i is an enlarged and partially cut away view of the eyeglasses of 3a Figure 4D showing 1 portion of the primary and the auxiliary lenses and a diffe~ut embodiment of the otid piece of the primary spectacle frame;
Figuro 4F is a is an enlar$td and partially cut away view of a furtha~
embodimezzt of the primary spectacle frame end piece of the eyeglasses of Figure 4D;
a Figw~e SA is an enlarged arrd partially cut away view of a fiuther embodiment of the eyeglasses of Figure 1 showing the middle bt'idge portions of the primary and the auxiliary spectacle fx$mes;
Figure 58 cross sectional view of the middle bridge portion of Figure SA
s when the primary and auxiliary spectacle frames are combined;
Figure 5C is a cross sectional view ofthe middle bridge portion of Figure SA
when the primary and auxlliaty spectacle frames are cornbizted showing a firx<hea embodiment; atad Figure 6 is a front perspective view of a further embodiment of the eyeglasses l0 of Figure 1 showing only tho primary spectacle frame.
Itt the drawings, preferred embodiments of the invention arc illustrated by way of example. It is to be expressly understood that the description and drawings ,are only for the purpose of illustrdtian and as ao aid to understanding, and am not 15 intended as a definition ofthe limits of the iawetttion.
a r' The invention will now be described with reference to the drawittgs in which like components are identified by like reference numerals in the various illustuated 2o etnbodirnents.
Referring to the dra~~wit~gs, and initially W figures 1 to 38, an ayeglasaes device in accordance with the preserut irtveuNon comprises a primary spectacle frame 18 for supporting primary lenses 12 therein. The p~ary spectacle frame 10 includes two side potrtiot~s each having an end piece 14 extending rearwardly therefrom far 25 pivot311y coupling temple pieces 16 thereto. 'fhe end piece 14 may be a Separate piece attached by any suitable attachment means such as by welding or may be made integral with the primary spectacle frame 1 U.
The primary spectacle frame l0 islcludes a middle bridge portion t $ which is constructed of a trr8teriai that is attracted by a magnetic field. Such znatexials are 30 often referred to aS ferromagnetic materials. Suitable materials far use inctude for example, but are not limited to stainless steel, iron, nicke! artd alloys thereof as well as ceramics that contain various ructsl oxides. Such materiaL~ will also encompass any new developed materials that attract a magnetic field. It is understood by those sltilled in the art that not oxlly the entire tn~iddle bridge portion 18 of the eyeglass device may be constructed in such material but also the entire primary spectacle frame. In this embodiment, the entire primary spectacle frame appeazs as a regular eyeglasses frame without any special modifications_ An auxiliary spectacle frame 20 is provided for supporting the auxiliary lenses 22 therein and includes a middle bridge portion 24 having a projection 2~
extending downward therefrom for engaging with a corresponding aperture 28 located in the middle bridge portion 18 ofthe primary spectacle frame 10.
The auxiliary spectacle frame also includes magnetic or magnetizable connector members 30 secured within the middle bridge portion 24 located on either side of the projection 26. The magnetic connector members 3l? et~tgage with the middle bridge portion 18 of the primary spectacle frame 10. The~magaetizable connector members may be ' ' -fabricated of any suitable material that generates a magnetic field.
As better shown in Figure 2A, the engagement of the auxiliary spectacle frame with the primary spectacle frame 10 via the projection 26 and corresponding ap~2u~e 28 minimizes any downward movement of the auxiliary spectacle frame 20 relative to the primary spectacle frame 10 and will not easily disengage fmm the primary spectacle frame 10 when the user conducts any high impact activity. Furthermore, the magnetic covneetor members 30 secure to any portion of the middle bridge portion l 8 of the primary speeta.cle frarues 10 thus providing for additional stability. This obviates the user from having to align z0 small paired magnetic or magnetizable members and thus makes the eyeglasses device more convenient to use and wear- This also obviates the need to design and secure small magnets or magnetizabie members that must be embedded or otherwise affixed to the primary and au.xi~liary spectacle frames thus decreasing the strength of the spectacle frames themselves-As seen in Figures 2B and 3B, the design of the primary spectacle frame 10 and the auxiliary spectacle frame 20 allows for secure and esthetically pleasing engagement between the middle bridge portion 18 of the primary spectacle frame and the middle bridge portion 24 of the auxiliary spectacle frame. Such engagement does not require any alignment of magnetic connector members between the primary spectacle frarrre 10 and the auxiliary spectacle framg 20 since magnetic connector members are only provided iii the auxiliary spectacle frame 20. Therefor, such design makes it very easy for a user to engage the auxiliary spectacle frame 20 to the primary spectacle frame 10. Also, the primary spectacle frame does not comprise several small components which need to be assembled and affect the integrity of the frame itself.

A further emboditrtent of the eyeglasses device is shown in Figure 3A- In this embodiment" the middle bridge portion 18 of the primary spectacle frame I 0 has two apertures 28 to engage with two projections 26 located on the rrtiddle bridge portion 24 of the auxiliary spectacle frame 20. The magnetic connector members 30 are located on either side of the projections 26. Such construetiort provides for even greater stability between the primary spectacle frame 10 and the auxiliary spectacle frame 20, as seen in Figure 3B, when the two are combined and still provides an esthetically pleasing eyeglass device since the pins ate not seen when the two frames are engaged and there are ixo bulky extensiorts on either of the primary or auxiliary frames.
As seen in both Figures 2B and 38, the engagement of the auxiliary spectacic frame to the primary spectacle frame is juxtaposed along substantially the ctitire length of the middle bridge portions of the primary and auxiliary Spectacle frames. While the middle bridge portions are shown to be substantially flat and juxtaposed together, it is understood that the middle bridge portions ofboth the primary and auxiliary spectacle frames can be curved or designed otherwise and still engage substantially juxtaposed with one another to provide a secure and esthetically pleasing engagement_ A further embodiment of the eyeglasses device of the present invention is seen in Figures 4A to 4C. In this embodiment, essentially the entire end piece 114 of the primary spectacle frame 110 is constructed of a material that is attracted by a magnetic field and not the middle bridge portion I 18. Also, the auxiliary spectacle frame 120 has Side arms 132 having a magnetic connector mctuber 130 which engage with the end pieces 114 of the primary spectacle frame 110. The middle bridge portion 118 of the primary spectacle fxarrte 110 contains an aperture i28 which engages with a corresponding projection 1Z6 located on the middle bridge portion 124 of the auxiliary spectacle frame 120. It is understood by one skilled in the art that the middle bridge portion 11$ of the primary spectacle frame may be fabricated to contain two apertures 128 as seen in the embodiment of Figure 3A. The middle bridge portion ! 24 of the auxiliary spectacle fxame 120 would then be fabricated to have two projections 126 for engagement with the apertures 12$_ Figure 413 better illustrates how the auxiliary spectacle frame 120 secures to the primary spectacle frame 1 i 0 via the engagement of the magnetic connector members 130 located within the side arms 132 of the auxiliary spectacle frame 120 to the end piece 114 of the primary spectacle frame 110_ Such attachment requires no tedious alignment of small paired magnetic members, in Figure 4C it is shown that the magnetic connESCtor member 130 of the auxiliary spectacle frame 120 can be incorporated on the inner side of the side atm 132 and will still readily engage with the end piece 114.
figure 4D shows a further embodiment of the eyeglasses of Figure 4A. In this embodiment the entire side arms 132 of the auxiliary spectacle frame 120 can be fabricated of a magnetic material and in this nnanner enl;age with the end piece 114 of the primary spectacle frame 110 which is fabricated of a material that attracts a magnetic force.
In Figure 4E, it is illustrated that the side arms 132 of the auxiliary spectacle frame shown in Figute 4D are fabricated to contain a t~nagnetic eannecior member 130. Qne skilled in art would readily comprehend that the side arms 132 can be fabricated t4 be entirely of a magnetic material and thus constitute a magnet itself The end piece 114 of the primary auxiliary frame 110 contains an elongated insert 13d of a material that attracts a magnetic force. In Figure 4F, it is illustrated that the entire end piece 114 of the primary spectacle frame 110 may be fabricated from a magnet attractahle material of a metallic or liSce material to which the side arms 132 of the auxiliary frame seen in Figure 4~ can attach and combine IS with.
Figure 5A shows an alternative embodiment of the eyeglasses of Figure 1. In this embodiment, the middle bridge portion 218 oftha primary spectacle frame 21 o is made entirely of a material that attracts a magtletic field, The auxiliary frame 220 rtes a middle bridge portion 224 having a magnetic connector msmbtr 230 ineoxporatcd therein. In one type of engagement shown in Figure SB, the middle bridge portion 224 of the auxiliary frame 220 engages sideways onto the middle bridge portion 218 of the primary spectacle Frame 210.
Embedded within the middle bridge portion 224 ofthe auxiliary spectacle frame 220 is a magnetic connector member 230. Alternatively as shown in Figure SC, the middle bridge portion 224 of the auxiliary frame 220 may engage aver top of the middle bridge portion 218 of the primary spectacle frame 210, It is understood by one skilled in the art that the eosbodiment of the eyeglasses device of Figures SA to 5C, the middle bridge portion 218 of the primary spectacle frame 21 Q may also have an aperture into ~~hich engages a corresponding projection located on the middle bridge portion 224 of the auxiliary spectacle frame 220. This construction would be similar to that shown in Figure 3A,. Furthermore, ik is understood that the eyeglasses device of Figures 4A to 4F can also be fabricated to have primary and auxiliary spectacle frames with a similar construction to that shown in Figure 3A with respect to the middle bridge portions of both primary and auxiliary spectacle frames i~$Ying apertures and corresponding pins for combination.

A furihcr embodiment of the present invention is shown in Figure 6_ In this embodiment the primary spectacle frame 310 is constructed of a plastic or like material having a middle bridge portion 318 containing an elongate metallic or magnetic strip 336 embedded therein. The primary spectacle frame 310 also has ettd pieces 31d, which can be integrally made or attached to the frame, also containing an elongate metallic or magnetic strip 336. An auxiliary frame is then provided having a middle bride portion and side arms in which magnetic connector members are provided that would engage with the metallic or magnetic stzips 336 embedded in the plastic spectacle frame 310. In this manner, the present invention is not simply limited to metallic or like material primary or auxiliary spectacle frames. In this embodiment of the invention, it is understood that the primary and auxiliary . . . spectacle frame can be further made in accordance with any of the embodiments shown in Figures 1 to 5 in which pins and corresponding projections are provided as well as altering the attachment of the auxiliary spectacle flame to the primary spectacle frarrre with engagement of the end pieces with the side arms.
It is understood by those skilled in the art that the primary spectacle frame and auxiliary Spectacle frame can be fabricated in various shapes and designs_ Furthermore, the auxiliary lenses can be designed as sunglasses or as magnifying glasses.
It is also understood by those skilled in the art that while the magnet material is shown to be incorporated into the auxiliary spectacle frama and the magnet attractable material in the primary spectacle frame, this can be completely reversed. In this manner, the primary spectacle frame will have a bridge arrdlor end pieces or portions thereof fabricated of a magnet and the au~ciliary spectacle Frartte will have a .-----..----r ...,-...r' f.''.-' ...
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_ -.-'' bridge andlor side arms or poitians thei~of constnuciad of a material which attracts a magnetic force.
In all embodiments of the invention as shown in the 1~igures and further described herein,, a user nods only to attach and secure tJu auxiliary spectacle frame to the primary spectacle frame using ~On( hand. Ttti~ is facilitated by providing an entire portion of the primary spectacle frame to be constructed of a magnet attractable material. 'thus small pairs of magnetic trietabers located on the prilx~ary and auxiliary frames do not have to be aligned by ikae user. Furthermore, the ttesign and construction of the present eyegkasses provides great ease of use for the wearer as well - - a5 a more secure attachment of the auxiliary lenses to tlu:-prinxary spectacke lenses such that they will not easily be disea~gag~ed. The eyeglasses device of the present invention is easy to manufacture and also esthetically pleasing as there are no bulky attachment means or extensions present on the eyeglasses.
Although preferred embodiments have bc~e~n described herein in detail, it is uz>deastood by those skilled in the art that variations may be trade thereto without deputiz~g from the scope of the invention or the spirit of tlye appended claims.
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Claims (38)

1. An eyeglasses device comprising:
a primary spectacle frame for supporting primary lenses therein, said primary spectacle frame including a middle bridge portion and two side portions, each side portion having an end piece extending rearwardly therefrom to which temple pieces are connected, wherein the middle bridge portion and/or the end piece are fabricated substantially entirely from a material attracted by a magnetic field; and an auxiliary spectacle frame for supporting auxiliary lenses therein, said auxiliary spectacle frame including a middle bridge portion having at least one magnetic connecting member generating a magnetic field, wherein said auxiliary spectacle frame has two projections extended therefrom in the middle bridge portion for engaging with two corresponding apertures in the middle bridge portion of the primary spectacle frame and wherein said auxiliary spectacle frame can be attached to said primary spectacle frame with only one hand by a user.
2. An eyeglasses device comprising:
a primary spectacle frame for supporting primary lenses therein, said primary spectacle frame including a middle bridge portion and two side portions, each side portion having an end piece extending rearwardly therefrom to which temple pieces are connected, wherein the middle bridge portion and/or the end piece are fabricated substantially entirely from a material attracted by a magnetic field; and an auxiliary spectacle frame for supporting auxiliary lenses therein, said auxiliary spectacle frame including a middle bridge portion having at least one magnetic connecting member generating a magnetic field, wherein said auxiliary spectacle frame has a projection extended therefrom located in the middle bridge portion for engaging with a corresponding aperture in the middle bridge portion of the primary spectacle frame, wherein the auxiliary spectacle frame additionally comprises side arms which include a magnetic connecting member generating a magnetic field for engaging with the end pieces of the primary spectacle frame and wherein said auxiliary spectacle frame can be attached to said primary spectacle frame with only one hand by a user.
3. The eyeglasses device as claimed in claim 2, wherein the auxiliary spectacle frame comprises side arms which are fabricated substantially entirely from a magnetic material for engaging with the end pieces of the primary spectacle frame.
4. The eyeglasses device as claimed in claim 1, wherein said material attracted by a magnetic field is selected from the group consisting of stainless steel, iron, nickel and alloys thereof as well as mixtures thereof.
5. The eyeglasses device as claimed in claim 2, wherein said material attracted by a magnetic field is selected from the group consisting of stainless steel, iron, nickel and alloys thereof as well as mixtures thereof.
6. The eyeglasses device as claimed in claim 1, wherein the engagement of the auxiliary spectacle frame to the primary spectacle frame is juxtaposed along substantially the entire length of both of the middle bridge portions.
7. The eyeglasses device as claimed in claim 2, wherein the engagement of the auxiliary spectacle frame to the primary spectacle frame is juxtaposed along substantially the entire length of both of the middle bride portions.
8. The eyeglasses device as claimed in claim 2, wherein the engagement of the auxiliary spectacle frame to the primary spectacle frame is juxtaposed along substantially the entire length of the end pieces and the side arms of the primary and auxiliary spectacle frames.
9. An eyeglasses device comprising:

a primary spectacle frame for supporting primary lenses therein, said primary spectacle frame including a middle bridge portion and two side portions, each side portion having an end piece extending rearwardly therefrom to which temple pieces are connected, wherein the middle bridge portion and/or the end piece are fabricated substantially entirely from a material attracted by a magnetic field;
an auxiliary spectacle frame for supporting auxiliary lenses therein, said auxiliary spectacle frame including a middle bridge portion having at least one magnetic connecting member generating a magnetic field, said auxiliary spectacle frame having at least two projections extended therefrom located in the middle bridge portion for engaging with corresponding apertures in the middle bridge portion of the primary spectacle frame and wherein said auxiliary spectacle frame can be attached to said primary spectacle frame with only one hand by a user.
10. An eyeglasses device comprising:
a primary spectacle frame for supporting primary lenses therein, said primary spectacle frame including a middle bridge portion and two side portions, each side portion having an end piece extending rearwardly therefrom to which temple pieces are connected, wherein the entire length of the middle bridge portion and/or the end piece is embedded with a material attracted by a magnetic field; and an auxiliary spectacle frame for supporting auxiliary lenses therein, said auxiliary spectacle frame including a middle bridge portion having at least one magnetic connecting member generating a magnetic field;
wherein the auxiliary spectacle frame additionally comprises side arms which include a magnetic connecting member generating a magnetic field for engaging with the end pieces of the primary spectacle frame, wherein said auxiliary spectacle frame has a projection extended therefrom located in the middle bridge portion for engaging with a corresponding aperture in the middle bridge portion of the primary spectacle frame and wherein said auxiliary spectacle frame can be attached to said primary spectacle frame with only one hand by a user.
11. An eyeglasses device comprising:
a primary spectacle frame for supporting primary lenses therein, said primary spectacle frame including a middle bridge portion and two side portions, each side portion having an end piece extending rearwardly therefrom to which temple pieces are connected, wherein the middle bridge portion and/or the end pieces are fabricated to have at least one magnetic connecting member generating a magnetic field; and an auxiliary spectacle frame for supporting auxiliary lenses therein, said auxiliary spectacle frame including a middle bridge partisan fabricated substantially entirely from a material that is attracted by a magnetic field, wherein said auxiliary spectacle frame can be attached to said primary spectacle frame with only one hand by a user, wherein said auxiliary spectacle frame has a projection extended therefrom located in the middle bridge portion for engaging with a corresponding aperture in the middle bridge pardon of the primary spectacle frame and wherein said auxiliary spectacle frame has side arms fabricated substantially entirely from a material that is attracted by a magnetic field.
12. An eyeglasses device comprising:
primary spectacle frame for supporting primary lenses therein, said primary spectacle frame including a middle bridge portion and two side portions, each side portion having an end piece extending rearwardly therefrom to which temple pieces are connected, wherein the middle bridge portion and each respective end piece have an upwardly oriented face, an opposed downwardly oriented face, and front and rear faces contiguously connected to the upwardly and downwardly oriented faces, wherein each upwardly oriented face is m essentially continuous solid surface and wherein at least one of the middle bridge and the two end pieces is fabricated substantially entirely from a material attracted by a magnetic field; and an auxiliary spectacle frame for supporting auxiliary lenses therein, said auxiliary spectacle frame includes a middle bridge portion having at least one magnetic connecting member generating a magnetic field, the middle bridge portion of the auxiliary frame having an upwardly oriented face, an opposed downwardly oriented face and front and rear faces continuously connected to the upwardly and downwardly oriented faces, wherein said auxiliary spectacle frame can be attached to said primary spectacle frame with only one hand by a user in a manner such that the downwardly oriented face of the middle bridge portion of the primary spectacle frame is in releasible contact with the upwardly oriented face of the middle bridge portion of the auxiliary frame, wherein said auxiliary spectacle frame has a projection extending downwardly therefrom located in the middle bridge portion, the projection being removably received ire a corresponding aperture in the middle bridge portion of the primary spectacle frame.
13. The eyeglasses device as claimed in claim 12, wherein said auxiliary spectacle frame has two projections extending downwardly therefrom in the middle bridge portion, the projections removably received in two corresponding apertures in the middle bridge portion of the primary spectacle frame.
14. The eyeglasses device as claimed in claim 12, wherein said auxiliary spectacle frame comprises side arms which include a magnetic connecting member generating a magnetic field for engaging with end pieces of the primary spectacle frame.
15. The eyeglasses device as claimed in claim 12, wherein said auxiliary spectacle frame comprises side arms which are fabricated substantially entirely from a magnetic material for engaging with the end pieces of the primary spectacle frame.
16. The eyeglasses device of claim 12 wherein the middle bridge portion of the auxiliary frame includes at least two discrete magnetic members located at spaced distance from one another.
17. The eyeglasses device of claim 16 wherein the middle bridge portion of the auxiliary frame includes a rearward extending planar protrusion, the at least two discrete magnet members positioned at opposed locations on the protrusion.
18. The eyeglasses device of claim 17 wherein the middle bridge portion of the auxiliary frame further includes at least one projection extending downwardly therefrom, the projection positioned between the at least two magnets.
19. An eyeglasses device comprising:
a primary spectacle frame far supporting primary lenses therein, sand primary spectacle frame including a middle bridge portion and two side portions, each side portion having an end piece extending rearwardly therefrom to which temple pieces are connected, wherein the middle bridge portion and the end piece are fabricated substantially entirely from a material attracted by a magnetic field; and an auxiliary spectacle frame for supporting auxiliary lenses therein, said auxiliary spectacle frame including a middle bridge portion having at least one magnetic connecting member generating a magnetic field, wherein said auxiliary spectacle frame has two projections extended therefrom in the middle bridge portion for engaging with two corresponding apertures in the middle bridge portion of the primary spectacle frame and wherein said auxiliary spectacle frame can be attached to said primary spectacle frame with only one hand by a user.
20. An eyeglasses device comprising:
a primary spectacle frame for supporting primary lenses therein, said primary spectacle frame including a middle bridge portion and two side portions, each side portion having an end piece extending rearwardly therefrom to which temple pieces are connected, wherein the middle bridge portion and the end piece are fabricated substantially entirely from a material attracted by a magnetic field ; and an auxiliary spectacle frame for supporting auxiliary lenses therein, said auxiliary spectacle frame including a middle bridge portion having at least one magnetic connecting member generating a magnetic field, wherein said auxiliary spectacle frame has a projection extended there from located in the middle bridge portion for engaging with a corresponding aperture in the middle bridge portion of the primary spectacle frame, wherein the auxiliary spectacle frame additionally comprises side arms which include a magnetic connecting member generating a magnetic field for engaging with the end pieces of the primary spectacle frame and wherein said auxiliary spectacle frame can be attached to said primary spectacle frame with only one hand by a user.
21, The eyeglasses device as claimed in claim 20, wherein the auxiliary spectacle frame comprises side arms which are fabricated substantially entirely from a magnetic material for engaging with the end pieces of the primary spectacle frame.
22. The eyeglasses device as claimed in claim 19, wherein said material attracted by a magnetic field is selected from the group consisting of stainless steel, iron, nickel and alloys thereof as well as mixtures thereof.
23. The eyeglasses device as claimed in claim 20, wherein said material attracted by a magnetic field is selected from the group consisting of stainless steel, iron, nickel and alloys thereof as well as mixtures thereof.
24. The eyeglasses device as claimed in claim 19, wherein the engagement of the auxiliary spectacle frame to the primary spectacle frame is juxtaposed along substantially the entire length of both of the middle bridge portions.
25. The eyeglasses device as claimed in claim 20, wherein the engagement of the auxiliary spectacle frame to the primary spectacle frame is juxtaposed along substantially the entire length of both of the middle bridge portions.
26. The eyeglasses device as claimed in claim 20, wherein the engagement of the auxiliary spectacle frame to the primary spectacle frame is juxtaposed along substantially the entire length of the end pieces and the side arms of the primary and auxiliary spectacle frames.
27. An eyeglasses device comprising:

a primary spectacle frame for supposing primary lenses therein, said primary spectacle frame including a middle bridge portion and two side portions, each side portion having an end piece extending rearwardly therefrom to which temple pieces are connected.
wherein the middle bridge portion and the end piece are fabricated substantially entirely from a material attracted by a magnetic field;
an auxiliary spectacle frame for supporting auxiliary lenses therein, said auxiliary spectacle frame including a middle bridge portion having at least one magnetic connecting member generating a magnetic field, said auxiliary spectacle frame having at least two projections extended therefrom located in the middle bridge portion for engaging with corresponding apertures in the middle bridge portion of the primary spectacle frame and wherein said auxiliary spectacle frame can be attached to said primary spectacle frame with only one hand by a user.
28. An eyeglasses device comprising.
a primary spectacle frame for supporting primary lenses therein, said primary spectacle frame including a middle bridge portion and two side portions, each side portion having an end piece extending rearwardly therefrom to which temple pieces are connected, wherein the entire length of the middle bridge portion and the end piece is embedded with a material attracted by a magnetic field ; and an auxiliary spectacle frame for supporting auxiliary lenses therein, said auxiliary spectacle frame including a middle bridge portion having at least one magnetic connecting member generating a magnetic field;
wherein said auxiliary spectacle frame has at least two projections extended therefrom located in the middle bridge portion for engaging with corresponding apertures in the middle bridge portion of the primary spectacle frame and wherein said auxiliary spectacle frame can be attached to said primary spectacle frame with only one hand by a user.
29. An eyeglasses device comprising:

a primary spectacle frame for supporting primary lenses therein, said primary spectacle frame including a middle bridge portion and two side portions, each side portion having an end piece extending rearwardly therefrom to which temple pieces are connected, wherein the middle bridge portion and the end pieces are fabricated to have at least one magnetic connecting member generating a magnetic field; and an auxiliary spectacle frame for supporting auxiliary lenses therein, said auxiliary spectacle frame including a middle bridge portion fabricated substantially entirely from a material that is attracted by a magnetic field, wherein said auxiliary spectacle frame has a projection extended therefrom located in the middle bridge portion for engaging with a corresponding aperture in the middle bridge portion of the primary spectacle frame and wherein said auxiliary spectacle frame can be attached to said primary spectacle frame with only one hand by a user.
30. The eyeglasses device as claimed in claim 29, wherein said auxiliary spectacle frame has side arms fabricated substantially entirely from a material that is attracted by a magnetic field.
31. An eyeglasses device comprising:
primary spectacle frame for supporting primary lenses therein, said primary spectacle frame including a middle bridge portion and two side portions, each side portion having an end piece extending rearwardly therefrom to which temple pieces are connected, wherein the middle bridge portion and each respective end piece have an upwardly oriented face, an opposed downwardly oriented face, and front and rear faces contiguously connected to the upwardly and downwardly oriented faces, wherein each upwardly oriented face is an essentially continuous solid surface and wherein at least one the two end pieces are fabricated such that the are attracted by a magnetic field; and an auxiliary spectacle frame for supporting auxiliary lenses therein, said auxiliary spectacle frame includes a middle bridge portion having at least one magnetic connecting member generating a magnetic field, the middle bridge portion of the auxiliary frame having an upwardly oriented face, an opposed downwardly oriented face and from and rear faces contiguously connected to the upwardly and downwardly oriented faces, wherein said auxiliary spectacle frame can be attached to said primary spectacle frame with only one hand by a user in a manner such that the downwardly oriented face of the middle bridge portion of the primary spectacle frame is substantially juxtaposed along its entire length and is in releasible contact with the upwardly oriented face of the middle bridge portion of the auxiliary frame.
32. The eyeglasses device as claimed in claim 31, wherein said auxiliary spectacle frame has a projection extending downwardly therefrom located in the middle bridge portion, the projection being removably received in a corresponding aperture in the middle bridge portion of the primary spectacle frame.
33. The eyeglasses device as claimed in claim 31, wherein said auxiliary spectacle frame has two projections extending downwardly therefrom in the middle bridge portion, the projections removably received in two corresponding apertures in the middle bridge portion of the primary spectacle frame.
34. The eyeglasses device as claimed in claim 31, wherein said auxiliary spectacle frame comprises side arms which include a magnetic connecting member generating a magnetic field for engaging with end pieces of the primary spectacle frame.
35. The eyeglasses device as claimed in claim 31, wherein said auxiliary spectacle frame comprises side arms which are fabricated substantially entirely from a magnetic material for engaging with the end pieces of the primary spectacle frame.
36. The eyeglasses device of claim 31 wherein the middle bridge portion of the auxiliary frame includes at least two discrete magnetic members located at spaced distance from one another.
37. The eyeglasses device of claim 36 wherein the middle bridge portion of the auxiliary frame includes a rearward extending planar protrusion, the at least two discrete magnet members positioned at opposed locations on the protrusion.
38. The eyeglasses device of claim 37 wherein the middle bridge portion of the auxiliary frame further includes at least one projection extending downwardly therefrom, the projection positioned between the at least two magnets.
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