GB2524963A - A mobile computer device charging case - Google Patents

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GB2524963A
GB2524963A GB1406206.1A GB201406206A GB2524963A GB 2524963 A GB2524963 A GB 2524963A GB 201406206 A GB201406206 A GB 201406206A GB 2524963 A GB2524963 A GB 2524963A
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    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
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    • HELECTRICITY
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    • A45C2011/003Receptacles for purposes not provided for in groups A45C1/00 - A45C9/00 for portable computing devices, e.g. laptop, tablet, netbook, game boy, navigation system, calculator

Abstract

A charging case for a mobile computer device 80 includes a first pocket configured to removably receive the mobile computer device therein and a second pocket configured to receive a power pack therein. A passage 130 is provided between the first and second pockets to receive a charging cable 120 therethrough, so that a battery of the mobile device in the first pocket may be charged by a power pack in the second pocket. The case may include a stand for supporting the computer device at a preset angle and may include a loudspeaker for connection to the computer device.

Description

A MoBILE. (X)MPUTE.R DEVICE (:HARGING (:ASE The present inverthon relates generally to a mobile computer device charging case and a method of charging a mobile computer device and finds particular, although not exclusive, utility in a tablet charging case.

Mobile computer devices include, tablet computers, smartphones, phablets, game console controllers and other mobile computer devices having a built in battery. these devices have a limited operational period on a single charge of their battery, and thus recharging is required at frequent intervals, this is often achieved by connecting the mobile computer device to a supply of mains electricity; however, various power packs are also available on the market for storing relatively large quantities of energy.

These power packs may he connected to a mobile computer device to recharge them after their internal battery power is depleted, or may he used to maintain a mobile computer device's battery at a predetermined level. The power pack, instead of the 1 5 mobile computer device, may be charged by connecting it to mains electricity, and the mobile device may he charged from the power pack.

However, currently known power packs are inconvenient to transport and in particular can causc uridesirablc clutter, especially when using the nirobile conriputer device on a train or in a hot-desking environment.

The present invention seeks to overcome this problem by providing a convenient xvay of providing a power pack for charging a mobile computer device.

According to a first aspect of the present invention, there is provided a mobile computer device charging case, comprising: a first pocket configured to removably receive a mobile computer device therein; a second pocket connected to the first pocket and configured to receive a power pack therein; and a passage heRveen the first and second pockets conhgured to receive a charging cable therethrough, such that a mobile computer device within the first pocket may he charged l)y'a po\ver pack in the second pocket.

In this way, a power pack may be conveniently stored in the same case as a mobile computer device, while at the same time being both accessible for transferring electrical power to the mobile computer device and spaced from the mobile computer device, to prevent damage to the mobile computer device due to contact \vith the power pack.

The passage may he a hole. The passage may have a maximum lateral dimension of approximately 0.5cm, 1cm, 1.5cm or 2cm.

The case may be a briefcase, a case for laptops/nethooks. a rucksack, a shoulder bag, a smartphone case, a handbag, a bum bag and/or any other form of bag. The case may he sized to receive A5 and A4 documents, flat (i.e. without folding them). The case may be. a hard or a soft case. that is, the case may comprise a substantially rigid shell.

the shell may be a plastics material, polycarbonate material, a composite material, or any other suitable material. The case may comprise a flexible textile and/or woven material. the case may comprise layers of flexible textile and/or woven material over a shell layer.

in some embodiments, the power pack may be removably receivable in the second pocket. Alternatively, the power pack may he built-in to the case and/or the second pocket.

in some embodiments, the charging cable may be removably receivable in the passage. Alternatively, the charging cable may be built-in to the case and/or the passage.

the second pocket may be permanently sealed, or could be openable and/or closable by a user, for instance via means of a zip, hook arid loop closure, flap, popper/press-stud, button and button-hole/loop arrangement, and/or any other forni of closure.

The case may comprise a charging cable within the passage. [he charge cable may be a USB cable. The case may comprise a plurality of charge cables for use \vith a corresponding variety of charge connections on a mobile computer device.

Alternatively or additionally, the charge cable may comprise a split cable that is configure to connect to a plurality of charge connections on a mobile computer device.

The case may comprise a power pack within the second pocket. The power pack may comprise a battery having substantially any suitable charge, for example a charge of between approximately 3000mnAh and 20000mAh; in particular a charge of approximately S000niAh, 7SOOnvAh, i0,000mAh or 15000mM. The power pack may connect to the charge cable via a USB port.

The fmrst pocket may comprise: a retaining wall comprising a retaining mechanism for retaining a mobile computer device thereto; an enclosure wall connected by a hinge to the retaining wall and configured to be movable between an open position, in which the mobile computer device is operable by a user, and a closed position. in which operation of the mobile computer device by a user is substantially inhibited; and a securing mechanism for releasably maintaining the enclosure wall in the dosed position.

By operable' is meant substantial operation of the device to perform its primary functions. Tt is accepted that certain functions of most mobile computer devices may be permitted \vhen inside a case (such as controlling volume while music is being played by the device); however, effective access a touch-screen of a mobile computer device (i.e. the primary user interface) requires a user to be able to view a substantial part of the screen. Similarly, substantially inhibited' operation of the device includes preventing a user from being able to execute the device's primary function and/or being unable to effectively use the device's primary user interface, the closed position may include, for instance, a position in which the mobile computer device cannot he vle\ved by a user.

The securing mechanism may he a zip around at least a portion of a perimeter of the enclosing wall (for instance, substantially along three sides of a rectangular enclosing wall); however, other forms of closing the case are also envisaged, such as a hook and loop closure, buttons, poppers/press-studs, etc. The zip may be stitched on reversed, thereby hiding it from view. Nevertheless, the pull tag may be located on the outside of the zip.

The case may comprise a gusset between the retaining and enclosing walls such that, it may be fold back on itself; that is, it can be folded from the closed position by more than 180 degrees, more than 270 degrees and/or substantially 360 degrees. In this xvay, the mobile computer device may be at the front, with the retaining and enclosing xvalls of the case behind it.

The case may further comprise a stand for supporting the mobile computer device at a predetermined angle.

The stand may comprise: a first substantially rigid sheet coupled to the first pocket along a first edge of the first sheet; arid a second substantially rigid sheet coupled to the first sheet along a first edge of the second sheet and along a second edge of the first sheet opposite to the first edge of the first sheet, wherein a second edge of the second sheet opposite to the first edge of the second sheet is coupled to die first pocket at a point spaced from the first substantially rigid sheet.

The coupling beiween the second sheet and the first pocket may be releasable.

For instance, it may he via a hook and liop fastener, a friction fit of a tal) on the second sheet into a sleeve on the first pocket, a popper/press-stud. a magnet and/or any other suitable coupling mechanism.

The spacing of the coupling between the second sheet and the first pocket, and the first sheet is variable. For instance, it may be smoothly variable and/or discretely variable. Tn particilar, the first pocket may be provided with a plurality of primary connections means for engaging with a secondary connection means on the second sheet. The primary connection means may be one half of a popper/press-stud and the second connection means may be the other mutually-engaging half of the popper/press-stud. Similarly, the primary connection means may be a sleeve and the second connections means may be a tab. Other arrangements and configurations are envisaged.

The stand may be configured to be concealable within a stand sleeve on the first pocket For instance, the sleeve may he configured to he folded or retracted into an enclosure. The stand sleeve may he located between adjacent layers of textile and/or webbing material. The stand sleeve may he possible to seal closed, for instance with a 1 5 zip or any other similar fastener described above.

The first sheet may have a substantially T-shape, with the cross-bar of the T-shape residing within the stand sleeve and the leg of the 1-shape projecting out, and being retractable within, thc stand sleeve. In this way, thc cross-bar of thc t-shapc may prevent complete removal of the stand from the stand sleeve.

The first sheet may comprise a non-slip portion. flat is, the first sheet may comprise a portion having a rough surface. In this way, undesirable movement of the stand relative to the first pocket is substantially limited.

The stand may lock in the extended position using an elastic band which hooks into a small cut-ont on the kickstand, providing a friction lock.

The stand may comprise three rigid sheets (e.g. polypropylene) that are sewn together into a textile covering. In this way, the additional flexibility provided by the textile covering compared to the rigid sheets provides the two hinges.

The stand may have a width of between approximately 5cm and 15cm, 7cm and 13cm and/or 9cm and 1 1cm. In particular, the stand may have a width of approximately 12cm. In this way, the stand may support the mnobile computer device in use on a user's knees/lap.

The case may further comprise a second passage from the second pocket to an exterior of the case, for receiving a power cable therethrough for charging the power pack.

For instance, the pover pack could be charged from mains e]ectncity, a car battery, solar panels and/or any other suitable power supply via the pover cable. The case may comprise, a powe.r cable within the second passage. the second passage may be the same passage as the first passage; that is, the charge cable and power cable may share a passage.

The case may further comprise at least one loudspeaker embedded in at least one of the retaining or enclosing walls, the at least one loudspeaker for connection to the mobile computer device therein.

The case may further comprise an audio cable for connection to an audio-out socket of the mobile computer device. The audio cable may pass through a further passage in the case between the loudspeaker and the first pocket. The audio cable may be concealed between the textile layers of the case. Alternatively, the further passage may be the same passage as the first and/or second passage; that is, the charge cable, power cable and/or audio cable may share a passage.

flic speaker(s) may be passive speakers (i.e. driven by the jack output p\vcr or active speakers (i.e. connected to and powered by the power pack). The speakers may be built into the enclosing wall and/or the retaining wall, and may be adjacent to the hinge beveen the enclosing wall and/or the retaining wall.

The case may further comprise at least one cable tidy configured to receive a free end of a cable therein. lor instance, there may be one cable tidy for the charging cable, one cable tidy for the audio cable, and/or one cable tidy for the power cable.

Alternative'y, more than one cable may he received within the or each cable tidy. The cable tidy may he in the form of a textile material tube, which may be flexible and/or stretchable. Alternatively or additionally, the cable tidy may comprise a strip of elastic.

The cable tidy may be adjacent to the passage and/or passages.

The retaining mechanism may be any arrangement of components for holding a mobile computer device against the retaining wall, such as clamps and/or clips. The reining ntechanism comprises a plurality of straps. There may be two, four or eight straps. in particular. there may be one set of Iwo straps, one set of four straps. Iwo sets of Iwo straps or Iwo sets of four straps. Each set of straps nuay he conhgured for use with a different size of mobile computer device. For instance, a first set of straps may be contigured to hold a tablet computer having a diagonal size of approximately 13cm, 18cm, 20cm or 25cm, the second set of straps may be configured to hold a tablet computer having a diagonal size of approximately 28cm, 20cm, 25cm or 34cm. Each set of straps may be configured to hold a range of sized of mobile computer device, fir instance over a range of betveen 1cm to 3cm, in particular 2cm.

The straps may be configured to pass around the corners of a mobile computer device, or around the edge of a mobile computer device, located in the case.

The straps may be elasticated. in this way, the straps may stretch around the corners and/or edges of a mobile computer device therein, to hold it in place.

The straps may be substantially transparent. lor instance, the straps may be clear silicone hands, which may he mounted to a polypropylene sheet that may he sewn between textile layers on the retaining wall. In alternative embodiments, the straps may be made of elasticated webbing and/or other elasticated bands.

The case may be provided with a strap, which may be releasably attached. Tn particular, the strap may be configured to hook onto metal loops and/or eyes/eyelets on the case. The metal loops may be stitched into a seam on the case. the straps may hook onto thc rjietal loops using a clip, wInch nTiay be nriadc frorri a plasPes nriatcrial and/or metal. The strap may be adjustable in length. The strap may be a shoulder strap. The strap may have a padded section. In alternative embodiments, sewn material holes could be used instead of metal eyelets at the attichnaent points for the strap.

A method of charging a mobile computer device, comprising the steps of: providing a case according to any preceding claim; providing a mobile conaputer device within the first pocket; providing a power pack within the second pocket; providing a charge cable within the passage; and connecting the charge cable between the power pack and the mobile computer device such that power is transferred between the power pack and the mobile computer device.

The above and other characteristics, features and advantages of the present invention will become apparent from the following detailed description, taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, which illusate, by way of example, the principles of the invention. This description is given for the sake of example only, xvithout limiting the scope of the invention. Ike reference figures quoted below refer to the attached drawings.

Figure 1 is perspective view of a case according to the present invention, shown closed.

Figure 2 is a perspective view of the case of hgure 1, shown open.

Figure 3 is a detail view of an optional cable tidy usable with the case in figures 1 and 2.

Figure 4 isa plan vie.\v of an alternative strap arrangement for holding a tablet computer.

Figure 5 is a plan view of a the strap arrangement in figure 4. shown holding a smaller tablet computer to that shown in figure 4.

Figure 6 is a rear perspective view of the case of figure 1, shown open, with the stand in use.

The present invention \vill he described with respect to certain drawings hut the invention is not limited thereto hut only by the claims. The dra\vings described are only schematic and are non-limiting. Fach drawing may not include all of the features of the invention and therefore should not necessarily he considered to be an embodiment of the invention. Tn the drawings, the size of some of the elements may be exaggerated and not drawn to scale for illustrative purposes. the dimensions and the relative dirricrisioris do riot correspond to actual reductions to practicc of the iiivciitioii.

Furthermore, the terms first, second, third and the like in the description and in the claims, are used for distinguishing betiveen similar elements and not necessarily for describing a sequence, either temporally, spatially, in ranking or in any other manner. it is to be understood that the terms so used are interchangeable under appropriate circumstances and that operation is capable in other sequences than described or illustrated herein.

Moreover, the terms top, bottom, over, under and the like in the description and the claims are used for descriptive purposes and not necessarily for describing relative pesiflors. It is to he understood that the tenns so used are interchangeable under appropriate circumstances and that operation is capable in other orientations than described or illustrated herein.

It is to be noticed that the term "comprising", used in the claims, should not be interpreted as being resthcted to the means listed thereafter; it does not exclude other elements or steps. it is thus to he interpreted as specifying the presence of the stated features, integers, steps or components as referred to. hut does not preclude the presence or addition of one or more other features, integers, steps or components. or groups thereof. Thus, the scope of the expression "a device cornpnsing means A and B" should not be limited te devices consisting only of components A and B. Tt means that with respect to the present invention, the only relevant components of the device are A and B. Similarly, it is to be noticed that the term "connected", used in the description, should not be interpreted as being restricted to direct connections only. thus, the scope of the expression "a device A connected to a device B" should not be limited to devices or systems wherein an output of device A is directly connected to an input of device B. It means that there exists a path beveen an output of A and an input of B which may be a path including other devices or means. "Connected" may mean that two or more elements are either in direct physical or electrical contact, or that two or more elements are not in direct contact with each other hut yet still co-operate or interact with each other.

1 5 Reference throughout this specification to "an embodiment" or "an aspect" means that a particular feature, structure or characteristic described in connection with the embodiment or aspect is included in at least one embodiment or aspect of the prcscmit irivcmitiomi. IFius, appearances of the phrascs in one cmiibodimncmit'', iii an embodiment", or "in an aspect" in various places throughout this specihcatton are not necessarily all referring to the same embodiment or aspect, but may refer to different embodiments or aspects. Furthermore, the particular features, structures or characteristics of any embodiment or aspect of the invention may be combined in any suitable manner, as would be apparent to one of ordinary skill in the art from this

disclosure, in one or more embodiments or aspects.

Similarly, it should he appreciated that in the description various features of the invention are sometimes grouped together in a single embodiment, figure, or description thereof for the purpose of streamlining the disclosure and aiding in the understanding of one or more of the various inventive aspects. This method of disclosure, however, is not to be interpreted as reflecting an intention that the claimed invention requires more features than are expressly recited in each claim. Moreover, the description of any individual drawing or aspect should not necessarily be considered to be an embodiment of the invention. Rather, as the following claims reflect, inventive aspects lie in fe\ver than all features of a single foregoing disclosed embodiment. Thus, the clainis following

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the detailed description are hereby expressly incorporated into this detailed description, with each claim standing on its own as a separate embodiment of this invention.

Furthermore, while some embodiments described herein include some features included in other embodiments, combinations of features of different embodiments are meant to be within the scope of the invention, and form yet further embodiments, as xviii be understood by those. skilled in the art. IJor example, in the. following claims, any of the claimed embodiments can be used in any combination.

Tn the description provided herein, numerous specific details are set forth.

However, it is understood that embodiments of the invention may be practised without these specific details. In other instances, well-known methods, structures and techniques have not been shown in detail in order not to obscure an understanding of

this description.

In the discussion of the invention, unless stated to the contrary, the disclosure of alternative values for the upper or lower limit of the permitted range of a parameter, 1 5 coupled with an indication that one of said values is more highly preferred than the other, is to be construed as an implied statement that each intennediate value of said parameter, lying bertveen the more preferred and the less preferred of said alternatives, is itsclf preferred to said less prcfcrrcd valuc and also to cach value lying bettveeri said less preferred value arid said intermediate value.

The use of the term "at least one" may mean only one in certain circumstances.

The principles of the invention will now be described by a detailed description of at least one draxving relating to exemplary features of the invention. It is clear that other arrangements can be configured according to the knoxvledge of persons skilled in the art without departing from the underlying concept or technical teaching of the invention, the invention being limited only by the terms of the appended claims.

Figure 1 is perspective view of a case according to the present invention, sho\vn closed. The case includes a first pocket 10 for holding a tablet computer, and a second pocket 20 for holding a pover pack, in addition to any other items and/or documents a user nay wish to carry. The case also includes a shoulder strap 30, shown only partially completed in the figure.

The second pocket 20 is closed by a flap 40 which is secured by a button and loop arrangement 50. Ihe first pocket 10 is secured closed by a zip 55 that passes iifl)Und three sides of the rectangular-shape of the first pocket 10. The shoulder strap is attached to the tirst pocket 10 by clips 60 that arc engaged with respective cyes 70.

Figure 2 is a perspcctive view of the case of figure 1, shown with the first pocket open. Atab]et computer 80 is held on a retaining wall 90 by straps 100. The straps 101) are in the form of vertical elasticated bands that extend across the narrow width of the tablet computer 80. The. first pocket 10 also includes an enclosing wall 110 that is hingably connected to the retaining wall 90 along a line beneath the tablet computer 80.

Each portion of the zip 55 may he seen at opposing ends of the hinge line. A charge cable 120 is shown connected to the tablet 80 and passing into a hole 130 in the enclosing wall 110. the hole 130 leads to the second pocket 20, in which the cable 120 is connected to a power pack (not shown).

Figure 3 is a detail view of an optional cable tidy 140 usable with the case in figures 1 and 2. The cable tidy 14 comprises a piece of flexible textile material formed into a tunnel-shape (e.g. substantially cylindrical). The head 150 of the cable 120 is shown in dotted lines, folded back inside the cable tidy 140. As is apparent, the cable tidy 140 functions as a passage between the first pocket and the second pocket.

Figure 4 isa plan view of an alternative strap arrangement for holding a tablet cornputcr 80 on thc rctairiing wall 90. Ibis arrangement shows four straps 161) located at respective corners of the tablet 80, and assmg diagonally thereover. The straps 160 are secured to an interior portion of the retaining wall, to improve the visual appearance of the case. in particular, the straps 160 pass through holes 170 in the exterior of the retaining wall 90.

Figure 5 is a plan view of a the strap arrangement in figure 4, shown holding a smaller tablet computer 83 to that shown in figure 4. In addition to the straps 160 seen in figure 4, figure 3 shows four additional straps 180, and their respective holes 190, that work in a similar manner to the straps 160. The straps 180 and holes 190 are smaller than the straps 160 and holes 170, and are located closer to the centre of the retaining wall 90 for holding the smallcr tablet 85.

Figure 6 is a rear perspective view of the case of figure 1, shown open, with the stand 200 in use. The stand 200 includes an L-shape leg portion that is hinged in the middle. A tab 210 on the upper portion of the leg may be inserted under each of a plurality of tags 220. The choice of tag 220 under which to insert the tab 210 determines the angle at which the tablet 80 is held; that is, it determines the angle of opening of the retaining wall 90 with respect to the enclosing wall 110. In one embodiment, the tab 210 may he secured to the tag 220 by means of a popper/press-stud.

After decoupling the tab 210 from the tag 220, the leg portion 200 may he straightened out and fed into a sleeve on the underside of the enclosing portion 110. Tn the embodiment shown, the sleeve @ot shown) is located betveen the first pocket 10 and the second pocket 20. In some embodimen, the leg portion may be folded to\vard itself before being fed into the sleeve, either as an alternative or additionally to the manner described above. The sleeve itself may be closed by virtue of a second zip 230 TO at the entrance to the sleeve. Ihis prevents accidental extension of the. stand from the sleeve, and therefore avoids damage. Ii

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