US20060185062A1 - Head-mounted MP3 player - Google Patents

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US20060185062A1
US20060185062A1 US11106947 US10694705A US2006185062A1 US 20060185062 A1 US20060185062 A1 US 20060185062A1 US 11106947 US11106947 US 11106947 US 10694705 A US10694705 A US 10694705A US 2006185062 A1 US2006185062 A1 US 2006185062A1
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    • HELECTRICITY
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    • H04RLOUDSPEAKERS, MICROPHONES, GRAMOPHONE PICK-UPS OR LIKE ACOUSTIC ELECTROMECHANICAL TRANSDUCERS; DEAF-AID SETS; PUBLIC ADDRESS SYSTEMS
    • H04R5/00Stereophonic arrangements
    • H04R5/033Headphones for stereophonic communication
    • H04R5/0335Earpiece support, e.g. headbands or neckrests
    • HELECTRICITY
    • H04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
    • H04RLOUDSPEAKERS, MICROPHONES, GRAMOPHONE PICK-UPS OR LIKE ACOUSTIC ELECTROMECHANICAL TRANSDUCERS; DEAF-AID SETS; PUBLIC ADDRESS SYSTEMS
    • H04R2201/00Details of transducers, loudspeakers or microphones covered by H04R1/00 but not provided for in any of its subgroups
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A head-mounted MP3 player usable during sports has a head-mounted sports device, an MP3 module, a fixing device, and at least an earphone. The MP3 module is fixed by the fixing device on the head-mounted sports device such as a hat, a sun-hat, a hard helmet, a soft helmet, a head band, a hair ring, a headscarf, a swimming hat, or a diving helmet. The earphone is electrically connected to the MP3 module via a signal cable. The MP3 player can thus be fixed on a user's head. When the user exercises, the MP3 module can be worn on his head with the head-mounted sports device. Moreover, the MP3 module won't fall to cause its damage during sports.

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    BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
  • 1. Field of the Invention
  • The present invention relates to a head-mounted MP3 player and, more particularly, to a head-mounted MP3 player, which combines an MP3 module with a head-mounted sports device such as a hat, a sun-hat, a hard helmet, a soft helmet, a head band, a hair ring, a headscarf, a swimming hat, or a diving helmet, so that the MP3 module can be worn on a user's head with the head-mounted sports device to facilitate portability of the MP3 module during sports.
  • 2. Description of Related Art
  • MP3 sound data is one kind of sound wave data. Based on the MP3 compression protocol, original sound waves are converted into the MP3 file format. Through this special way of compression, a wave data of a size of 50-60 MB can be converted into an MP3 data of a size of about 4 MB whose sound quality is almost the same as the original sound waves. An MP3 audio disc can thus store music of more than ten conventional audio discs. Therefore, MP3 players are more and more appreciated by consumers, and have become one of the most popular 3C products now.
  • Conventional MP3 players, however, are inconvenient when users exercise. An MP3 player can be placed in a pocket, but the MP3 player may easily fall out of the pocket during sports. The MP3 player may then suffer damage.
  • TW Pat. No. TW183018 and TW Pat. No. TW184691 disclose a head-mounted earphone type radio set and a head-mounted radio set, respectively. A radio set and a head-mounted earphone are combined together. However, these disclosures only apply to a radio set, but cannot apply to an MP3 player. Moreover, they are also inconvenient for sports.
  • There is also a conventional head-mounted bluetooth earphone. A bluetooth earphone is built in a helmet or a hat. This head-mounted bluetooth earphone, however, only combines the helmet or hat with the bluetooth earphone, but does not apply to an MP3 player.
  • SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
  • An object of the present invention is to provide a head-mounted MP3 player, in which an MP3 module is firmly fixed on a head-mounted sports device by a fixing device so that the MP3 module can be worn on a user's head with the head-mounted sports device. The MP3 module does not fall off when worn during exercise.
  • To achieve the above object, the present invention provides a head-mounted MP3 player, which comprises a head-mounted sports device worn on a human head, an MP3 module, a fixing device, and at least an earphone. The fixing device is disposed between the head-mounted sports device and the MP3 module and used to fix the MP3 module on the head-mounted sports device. The earphone is electrically connected to the MP3 player with a signal cable.
  • BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
  • The various objects and advantages of the present invention will be more readily understood from the following detailed description when read in conjunction with the appended drawing, in which:
  • FIG. 1 is an exploded perspective view according to a first embodiment of the present invention;
  • FIG. 2 is a perspective view according to the first embodiment of the present invention;
  • FIG. 3 is a use state diagram according to the first embodiment of the present invention;
  • FIG. 4 is a perspective view according to a second embodiment of the present invention;
  • FIG. 5 is a perspective view according to a third embodiment of the present invention;
  • FIG. 6 is a perspective view according to a fourth embodiment of the present invention;
  • FIG. 7 is an exploded perspective view according to a fifth embodiment of the present invention;
  • FIG. 8 is an exploded perspective view according to a sixth embodiment of the present invention;
  • FIG. 9 is an exploded perspective view according to a seventh embodiment of the present invention; and
  • FIG. 10 is an exploded perspective view according to a eighth embodiment of the present invention.
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS
  • As shown in FIGS. 1 and 2, the present invention provides a head-mounted MP3 player, comprising a head-mounted sports device 1, a fixing device 2, an MP3 module 3, and two earphones 4. The head-mounted sports device 1 is a hat, a sun-hat, a hard helmet, a soft helmet, a head band, a hair ring, or a headscarf used for land sports, or a swimming hat or a head band used for water sports, or a diving helmet used for diving. The material of the head-mounted sports device 1 is not limited, and can be any soft or hard material like plastic or cloth. In this embodiment, the head-mounted sports device is a head band.
  • The fixing device 2 is used to fix the MP3 module on the head-mounted sports device 1. The fixing device 2 can be hidden or exposed. In this embodiment, the fixing device is a hidden storage bag (or a storage box) 21. The storage bag (or storage box) 21 is fixed at the inner edge of the head-mounted sports device 1 by means of sewing, adhesion, or integral formation. The storage bag (or storage box) 21 is a top-open bag (or box) for receiving the MP3 module. A cover body 22 is disposed at the top opening of the storage bag (or storage box) 21. After the MP3 module is placed in the storage bag (or storage box) 21, the cover body 22 can be closed for fixing. The fixing device 2 is made of waterproof, shockproof and EMI shielding material, or waterproof, shockproof and EMI shielding components are attached to the fixing device 2 to achieve a better waterproof, shockproof, and EMI shielding effect. In this embodiment, the fixing device 2 is a storage bag or storage box. The structure of the fixing device 2, however, is not limited. It is only necessary for the fixing device 2 to fix firmly the MP3 module 3 on the head-mounted sports device 1.
  • The shape of the MP3 module 3 is not limited. The MP3 module can be of a waterproof and shockproof design. After the MP3 module 3 is received in the storage bag (or storage box) 21, the cover body 22 is closed for firmly fixing the MP3 module 3 in the storage bag (or storage box) 21.
  • The two earphones 4 are common earphones, sports earphones, or bone conductive earphones. In this embodiment, the two earphones 4 are of the ear-hang type. The two earphones 4 are connected with a signal cable 41. One end of the signal cable 41 is connected with a plug 42, which is plugged into the MP3 module 3 so that sound signals from the MP3 module 3 can be transmitted to the two earphones 4 via the signal cable 41. The signal cable 41 can also be wired in an interlayer of the MP3 module 3. The signal cable 41 can include a spiral resilient retractable structure 43 so that the two earphones 4 can be resiliently pulled out for convenient use. Besides, the signal cable 41 can be wound around a resilient retractable reel 44 (as shown in FIG. 4), which is fixed on the head-mounted sports device 1 so that the two earphones 4 can be resiliently pulled out for convenient use. Two earphone storage bags 11 are also provided on the head-mounted sports device 1. The two earphone storage bags 11 are disposed at two side inner edges of the head-mounted sports device 1, and used for receiving and fixing the two earphones 4. A head-mounted MP3 player of the present invention is thus formed.
  • In the present invention, the MP3 module 3 is firmly fixed on the head-mounted sports device 1 by the fixing device 2 so that the MP3 module 3 can be worn on a user's head with the head-mounted sports device 1, as shown in FIG. 3. When the user exercises, the MP3 module does not fall off. Therefore, the user can conveniently listen to the music or sounds played by the MP3 module 3 while engaging in sports at any time and at any place.
  • Moreover, as shown in FIGS. 5 and 6, the head-mounted sports devices 1 are a soft hat and a soft cloth hat, respectively. In the present invention, the type of hat is not limited. Any kind of hat can be embodied in the present invention.
  • As shown in FIG. 7, the fixing device 2 is exposed, and includes two linking tapes 23 and 24 respectively fixed at the outer edge of the head-mounted sports device 1 and on the MP3 module 3. The two linking tapes 23 and 24 can be linked together to fix detachably the MP3 module 3 on the head-mounted sports device 1.
  • As shown in FIG. 8, the fixing device 2 is exposed, and includes a fastening groove 25 and a fastening body 26 respectively fixed at the outer edge of the head-mounted sports device 1 and on the MP3 module 3. The fastening groove 25 and the fastening body 26 can be fastened together to fix detachably the MP3 module 3 on the head-mounted sports device 1. Moreover, the fixing device 2 can fix the MP3 module 3 on the head-mounted sports device 1 by means of magnetic attraction (not shown).
  • Furthermore, as shown in FIGS. 9 and 10, the head-mounted sports device 1 is a hard helmet, and the fixing device 2 includes a fixing groove 27 disposed at the outer edge of the head-mounted sports device 1 and an outer door 28 capable of closing the fixing groove 27. The fixing groove 27 is used to receive the MP3 module 3. One side of the outer door 28 is pivotally connected with the head-mounted sports device 1. The outer door 28 can make a closing action or an opening action to the fixing groove 27. A waterproof spacer 281 is disposed at the edge of the outer door 28 to have a better airtight effect and thus achieve a waterproof effect when closing the outer door 28. Additionally, a safety switch 29 is disposed at one side of the fixing groove 27. The safety switch 29 is linked with a lock 291. When the outer door 28 is closed, the lock 291 will be locked with the free end of the outer door 28 to make sure that the outer door 28 is firmly closed on the fixing groove 27, thereby preventing the MP3 module 3 from escaping from the fixing groove 27. When one wants to open the outer door 28, he only needs to press the safety switch 29 to allow the lock 291 to leave the outer door 28 so that the outer door 28 can be successfully opened and the MP3 module 3 can thus be conveniently taken out.
  • Although the present invention has been described with reference to the preferred embodiment thereof, it will be understood that the invention is not limited to the details thereof. Various substitutions and modifications have been suggested in the foregoing description, and other will occur to those of ordinary skill in the art. Therefore, all such substitutions and modifications are intended to be embraced within the scope of the invention as defined in the appended claims.

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  1. 1. A head-mounted MP3 player, comprising:
    a head-mounted sports device worn on a human head;
    an MP3 module;
    a fixing device disposed between said head-mounted sports device and said MP3 module and used to fix said MP3 module on said head-mounted sports device; and
    at least an earphone electrically connected to said MP3 module via a signal cable.
  2. 2. The head-mounted MP3 player as claimed in claim 1, wherein said head-mounted sports device is a hat, a sun-hat, a hard helmet, a soft helmet, a head band, a hair ring, a headscarf, a swimming hat, or a diving helmet.
  3. 3. The head-mounted MP3 player as claimed in claim 1, wherein said fixing device is hidden or exposed.
  4. 4. The head-mounted MP3 player as claimed in claim 1, wherein said fixing device is a storage bag fixed on said head-mounted sports device, and said storage bag is a top-open bag for receiving said MP3 module.
  5. 5. The head-mounted MP3 player as claimed in claim 4, wherein a cover body is provided at a top of said storage bag.
  6. 6. The head-mounted MP3 player as claimed in claim 1, wherein said fixing device is a storage box fixed on said head-mounted sports device, and said storage bag is a top-open box for receiving said MP3 module.
  7. 7. The head-mounted MP3 player as claimed in claim 6, wherein a cover body is provided at a top of said storage box.
  8. 8. The head-mounted MP3 player as claimed in claim 1, wherein said fixing device is made of waterproof material, shockproof material, EMI shielding material, or any combination thereof.
  9. 9. The head-mounted MP3 player as claimed in claim 1, wherein waterproof components, shockproof components, EMI shielding components, or any combination thereof, are attached to said fixing device.
  10. 10. The head-mounted MP3 player as claimed in claim 1, wherein said fixing device includes two linking tapes separately fixed at an outer edge of said head-mounted sports device and on said MP3 module, and said two linking tapes are linked together to fix said MP3 module on said head-mounted sports device.
  11. 11. The head-mounted MP3 player as claimed in claim 1, wherein said fixing device includes a fastening groove and a fastening body separately fixed at an outer edge of said head-mounted sports device and on said MP3 module, and said fastening groove and said fastening body are fastened together to fix said MP3 module on said head-mounted sports device.
  12. 12. The head-mounted MP3 player as claimed in claim 1, wherein said fixing device fixes said MP3 module on said head-mounted sports device by means of magnetic attraction.
  13. 13. The head-mounted MP3 player as claimed in claim 1, wherein said fixing device includes a fixing groove disposed at an outer edge of said head-mounted sports device and an outer door coverable on said fixing groove, and said MP3 module is received in said fixing groove.
  14. 14. The head-mounted MP3 player as claimed in claim 13, wherein a safety switch is disposed at one side of said fixing groove, said safety switch is linked with a lock, and said lock is locked with said outer door when said outer door is closed.
  15. 15. The head-mounted MP3 player as claimed in claim 13, wherein a waterproof spacer is disposed at an edge of said outer door.
  16. 16. The head-mounted MP3 player as claimed in claim 1, wherein said MP3 module is of a waterproof and shockproof design.
  17. 17. The head-mounted MP3 player as claimed in claim 1, wherein said earphone is a common earphone, a sports earphone, or a bone conductive earphone.
  18. 18. The head-mounted MP3 player as claimed in claim 1, wherein one end of said signal cable of said earphone connects a plug, and said plug is plugged into said MP3 module.
  19. 19. The head-mounted MP3 player as claimed in claim 1, wherein said signal cable has a spiral resilient retractable structure.
  20. 20. The head-mounted MP3 player as claimed in claim 1, wherein said signal cable is wound around a retractable cable reel.
  21. 21. The head-mounted MP3 player as claimed in claim 1, wherein an earphone fixing device is disposed on said head-mounted sports device to fix said earphone.
  22. 22. The head-mounted MP3 player as claimed in claim 21, wherein said earphone fixing device is an earphone storage bag, and said earphone is received in said earphone storage bag.
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