GB2272073A - Spectacle frame with a radio and alarm clock - Google Patents

Spectacle frame with a radio and alarm clock Download PDF

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GB2272073A
GB2272073A GB9222625A GB9222625A GB2272073A GB 2272073 A GB2272073 A GB 2272073A GB 9222625 A GB9222625 A GB 9222625A GB 9222625 A GB9222625 A GB 9222625A GB 2272073 A GB2272073 A GB 2272073A
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    • HELECTRICITY
    • H04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
    • H04RLOUDSPEAKERS, MICROPHONES, GRAMOPHONE PICK-UPS OR LIKE ACOUSTIC ELECTROMECHANICAL TRANSDUCERS; DEAF-AID SETS; PUBLIC ADDRESS SYSTEMS
    • H04R5/00Stereophonic arrangements
    • H04R5/02Spatial or constructional arrangements of loudspeakers
    • H04R5/023Spatial or constructional arrangements of loudspeakers in a chair, pillow
    • GPHYSICS
    • G02OPTICS
    • G02CSPECTACLES; SUNGLASSES OR GOGGLES INSOFAR AS THEY HAVE THE SAME FEATURES AS SPECTACLES; CONTACT LENSES
    • G02C11/00Non-optical adjuncts; Attachment thereof
    • G02C11/10Electronic devices other than hearing aids
    • HELECTRICITY
    • H04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
    • H04BTRANSMISSION
    • H04B1/00Details of transmission systems, not covered by a single one of groups H04B3/00 - H04B13/00; Details of transmission systems not characterised by the medium used for transmission
    • H04B1/06Receivers
    • H04B1/08Constructional details, e.g. cabinet

Abstract

A pair of spectacles is provided in which the various basic components of a radio are mounted together with an automatic frequency tuning device 22 which is operable by touch. A pair of spectacles is also provided in which the basic various components of a radio are mounted together with an alarm clock 31. Power may be supplied by batteries 30 or a solar cell in which case a sliding door 35 can open to catch the suns rays. Power and volume switch 26 and headphone plug 28 are shown. <IMAGE>

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IMPROVEMENTS IN AND RELATING TO A RADIO This invention relates to an improvement in a radio, and in particular transportation of a radio by its user.

Ordinary radios, when they need to be used by a user on the move have to be carried by a user. Portable radios are also known, which have to be clipped to the waist belt of the user when moving.

In accordance with one aspect of the invention, a pair of spectacles is provided in which the various basic components of a radio are mounted together, an automatic frequency tuning device which is operable by touch.

In accordance with another aspect of the invention, a pair of spectacles is provided in which the basic various components of a radio are mounted together with an alarm clock.

Such arrangements are particularly advantageous in that the radio can be easily transported by a user without the hassle of having to either physically carry by hand the radio, or to attach the radio of the waist belt of the user. Furthermore, the automatic frequency tuning touch function is advantageous in that it is easy to operate, whilst the alarm clock function is advantageous in that it will provide a reminder function to the spectacle user, for instance a reminder of the start of a favourite programme on the radio.

Suitably the main components of the radio are mounted within the two arms of the spectacles, whereby externally the spectacles will look no different from ordinary spectacles other than a few small buttons. Suitably one arm of the radio carries the power supply in the form of batteries, whilst the other arm carries the integrated circuit for the radio together with the channel selector, power and volume switch, receiver and headphone plug.

Preferably, the various components of the radio are mounted on the spectacles such that the pair of spectacles is properly balanced on the user's head during use. In this regard, the positioning of a component at a particular point on the pair of spectacles is relevant. Furthermore, one or more extra weights (which may be in the form of another feature eg alarm device) may be provided on the pair of spectacles to balance the weight thereof.

Suitably the arms of the spectacles are connected by a power cable in order to provide power from the batteries to the rest of the radio. Preferably, the power cable extends between the inner ends of the arms through the frame of the spectacles.

Alternatively, the power cable extends between the outer ends of the arms such that the cable also acts as a retaining means for the spectacles, whereby when the spectacles are removed from the head, the spectacles can be supported around the neck of the user.

Suitably the arrangement can be used with ordinary spectacles or with sunglasses.

The invention will now be described by way of example with reference to the accompanying drawings in which: Figure 1 shows the right side view of the spectacles with radio in accordance with the invention; Figure 2 shows the left side view of the spectacles of Figure 1; Figure 3 is the front view from above of the spectacles of Figure 1; and Figure 4 is the plan view of the spectacles of Figure 1.

In the drawings, a combined hi-fi radio and spectacle unit 10 is shown comprising a pair of spectacles having two arms 12 and 14 interconnected via a frame portion 16 of the spectacles which mount the eyeglasses 18 and 20.

On the right side arm 12 of the spectacles (see Figure 1), an integrated circuit 21 for the radio, a channel selector in the form of an automatic frequency tuning touch button 22, a power and volume switch 26 and a headphone plug 28 are mounted.

On the left side arm 14 of the spectacles (see Figure 2), a power supply for the radio in the form of batteries 30 are mounted together with an alarm clock 31 and associated setting button 33. Suitably the batteries 30 are rechargeable button cells or a solar cell. If a solar cell is used, the spectacle unit also has a sliding door 35 which can open to catch the sun's rays in order to power the solar cell. The batteries 30 power both the radio and the alarm clock 31.

The various components of the radio are mounted on the spectacles 10 such that the spectacles are properly balanced on the user's head during use. In particular, the various components are positioned at particular points on the arms 12 and 14 in order to obtain proper balancing. In an arrangement not shown, extra weight (eg in the form of an alarm device) may be provided on the spectacles in order to achieve better balancing.

The two arms 12 and 14 are interconnected by a power cable (not shown) passing through the frame portion 16 via the inner ends of the two arms in order to provide power from the batteries 30 to the other components of the batteries mounted on the other arm.

Alternatively in an arrangement not shown the cable can extend between the outer ends of the arms 12 and 14, and in this arrangement the cable also acts as a means to retain the combined radio and spectacle unit 20 around the neck of the user, when the combined radio and glasses is removed from the head.

In another arrangement now shown, the headphone plug 28 is replaced by two small speaker earpieces, one connected by a cable to the outer end of the arm 12, and the other being connected by a cable to the outer end of the arm 14.

Suitably the eyeglasses 18 and 20 of the spectacle unit 20 are either prescription (for users with long or short sightedness) or sunglasses.

Such an arrangement is simple yet effective in that a radio can be transported with little effort, and without hassle, and in particular without having to be carried everywhere, and such overcomes the problems of prior art arrangements. Furthermore, the arrangement externally looks like ordinary spectacles, save for a few small buttons.

Claims (11)

1. A pair of spectacles wherein the various basic components of a radio are mounted therewith, the arrangement including an automatic frequency tuning device which is operable by touch.
2. A pair of spectacles wherein the basic various components of a radio are mounted therewith together with an alarm clock.
3. A pair of spectacles as claimed in either claim 1 or 2 wherein the main components of the radio are mounted within the two arms of the spectacles.
4. A pair of spectacles as claimed in any preceding claim wherein one arm of the spectacles carries a power supply in the form of batteries.
5. A pair of spectacles as claimed in claim 4 wherein the other arm carries the integrated circuit for the radio together with the channel selector, power and volume switch, receiver and headphone plug.
6. A pair of spectacles as claimed in claim 5 wherein the arms of the spectacles are connected by a power cable in order to provide power from the power supply to the rest of the radio.
7. A pair of spectacles as claimed in claim 6 wherein the power cable extends between the inner ends of the arms through the frame of the spectacles.
8. A pair of spectacles as claimed in claim 6 wherein the power cable extends between the outer ends of the arms.
9. A pair of spectacles as claimed in any preceding claim wherein the various components of the radio are mounted on the spectacles such that the pair of spectacles is weight balanced.
10. A pair of spectacles as claimed in any preceding claim wherein one or more extra weights may be provided on the pair of spectacles to balance the weight thereof.
11. A pair of spectacles as claimed in any preceding claim wherein the arrangement can be used with ordinary spectacles or with sunglasses.
GB9222625A 1992-10-28 1992-10-28 Spectacle frame with a radio and alarm clock Withdrawn GB2272073A (en)

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GB9222625A GB2272073A (en) 1992-10-28 1992-10-28 Spectacle frame with a radio and alarm clock
AU50351/93A AU5035193A (en) 1992-10-28 1993-10-28 Improvements in and relating to a radio
JP29150993A JPH06281893A (en) 1992-10-28 1993-10-28 Spectacles type radio

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DE19506895A1 (en) * 1995-02-20 1996-06-13 Walter Hillmann Releasable spectacles attachment for member free actuation of circuits e.g. in sport or work
US6010216A (en) * 1993-01-19 2000-01-04 Jesiek; Daniel Stephen "Hear speak" two-way voice radio communications eyeglasses
DE10205579A1 (en) * 2002-02-11 2003-08-28 Siemens Ag Integration of semiconductor devices in eyeglasses
US6729726B2 (en) 2001-10-06 2004-05-04 Stryker Corporation Eyewear for hands-free communication
GB2426138A (en) * 2005-05-10 2006-11-15 Marcus Lewis Glasses incorporating signal generating module
GB2472120A (en) * 2009-07-21 2011-01-26 Tech Specs Ltd Releasable attachment of apparatus to spectacles
US8152330B2 (en) 2001-11-07 2012-04-10 Michael Waters Lighted reading glasses
US8235524B2 (en) 2001-11-07 2012-08-07 Michael Waters Illuminated eyewear
US8388164B2 (en) 2005-05-17 2013-03-05 Michael Waters Hands-Free lighting devices
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US8444266B2 (en) 2009-09-30 2013-05-21 Michael Waters Illuminated eyewear
US8485682B2 (en) 2007-10-29 2013-07-16 Waters Industries, Inc. Illuminated eyeglass assembly
US8491118B2 (en) 2001-11-07 2013-07-23 Michael Waters Lighted reading glasses
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US8545012B2 (en) 2005-05-17 2013-10-01 Michael Waters Illuminated eyewear
US8979295B2 (en) 2005-05-17 2015-03-17 Michael Waters Rechargeable lighted glasses
USD770143S1 (en) 2014-05-23 2016-11-01 Michael Waters Beanie with means for illumination
US9526287B2 (en) 2011-12-23 2016-12-27 Michael Waters Lighted hat
US9526292B2 (en) 2005-05-17 2016-12-27 Michael Waters Power modules and headgear
US9568173B2 (en) 2011-12-23 2017-02-14 Michael Waters Lighted hat
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US9609902B2 (en) 2011-12-23 2017-04-04 Michael Waters Headgear having a camera device
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GB1201461A (en) * 1966-05-26 1970-08-05 Atlas Electronics Corp Ltd Spectacles
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US4856086A (en) * 1987-11-20 1989-08-08 Mccullough Gene Radio glasses
US4882769A (en) * 1988-07-05 1989-11-21 Gallimore Bruce A AM/FM radio with sunglass housing
US4902120A (en) * 1988-11-22 1990-02-20 Weyer Frank M Eyeglass headphones
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US6010216A (en) * 1993-01-19 2000-01-04 Jesiek; Daniel Stephen "Hear speak" two-way voice radio communications eyeglasses
DE19506895A1 (en) * 1995-02-20 1996-06-13 Walter Hillmann Releasable spectacles attachment for member free actuation of circuits e.g. in sport or work
DE19506895C2 (en) * 1995-02-20 1998-03-12 Walter Hillmann Glasses for members without operation of circuits
US6729726B2 (en) 2001-10-06 2004-05-04 Stryker Corporation Eyewear for hands-free communication
US8491118B2 (en) 2001-11-07 2013-07-23 Michael Waters Lighted reading glasses
US8235524B2 (en) 2001-11-07 2012-08-07 Michael Waters Illuminated eyewear
US8152330B2 (en) 2001-11-07 2012-04-10 Michael Waters Lighted reading glasses
US8899744B2 (en) 2001-11-07 2014-12-02 Michael Waters Lighted reading glasses
DE10205579A1 (en) * 2002-02-11 2003-08-28 Siemens Ag Integration of semiconductor devices in eyeglasses
GB2426140B (en) * 2005-05-10 2009-08-19 Marcus Lewis Audio equipment
GB2426138A (en) * 2005-05-10 2006-11-15 Marcus Lewis Glasses incorporating signal generating module
US9036854B2 (en) 2005-05-10 2015-05-19 Marcus Lewis Audio equipment attachable to spectacles
GB2426140A (en) * 2005-05-10 2006-11-15 Marcus Lewis Audio equipment mounted on spectacles
US8388164B2 (en) 2005-05-17 2013-03-05 Michael Waters Hands-Free lighting devices
US9513495B2 (en) 2005-05-17 2016-12-06 Michael Waters Illuminated eyewear
US8979295B2 (en) 2005-05-17 2015-03-17 Michael Waters Rechargeable lighted glasses
US9526292B2 (en) 2005-05-17 2016-12-27 Michael Waters Power modules and headgear
US8545012B2 (en) 2005-05-17 2013-10-01 Michael Waters Illuminated eyewear
US8485682B2 (en) 2007-10-29 2013-07-16 Waters Industries, Inc. Illuminated eyeglass assembly
US9585431B2 (en) 2007-12-18 2017-03-07 Waters Industries, Inc. Lighted hat
GB2472120A (en) * 2009-07-21 2011-01-26 Tech Specs Ltd Releasable attachment of apparatus to spectacles
US8567945B2 (en) 2009-09-30 2013-10-29 Michael Waters Illuminated eyewear
US8444266B2 (en) 2009-09-30 2013-05-21 Michael Waters Illuminated eyewear
US9872530B2 (en) 2010-04-30 2018-01-23 Michael Waters Lighted headgear and accessories therefor
US10117476B2 (en) 2010-04-30 2018-11-06 Michael Waters Lighted headgear and accessories therefor
US8540364B2 (en) 2010-09-14 2013-09-24 Michael Waters Lighted glasses
USD682343S1 (en) 2011-12-23 2013-05-14 Michael Waters Lighted glasses
US9526287B2 (en) 2011-12-23 2016-12-27 Michael Waters Lighted hat
US9609902B2 (en) 2011-12-23 2017-04-04 Michael Waters Headgear having a camera device
US9568173B2 (en) 2011-12-23 2017-02-14 Michael Waters Lighted hat
US10159294B2 (en) 2012-12-19 2018-12-25 Michael Waters Lighted solar hat
US9717633B2 (en) 2013-03-15 2017-08-01 Michael Waters Lighted headgear
USD770143S1 (en) 2014-05-23 2016-11-01 Michael Waters Beanie with means for illumination
USD824557S1 (en) 2014-12-02 2018-07-31 Michael Waters Flashlight
US10069318B2 (en) 2014-12-02 2018-09-04 Michael Waters LED flashlight with longitudinal cooling fins

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