US20130214022A1 - Hands Free Electronic Device Holder - Google Patents

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US20130214022A1
US20130214022A1 US13/400,066 US201213400066A US2013214022A1 US 20130214022 A1 US20130214022 A1 US 20130214022A1 US 201213400066 A US201213400066 A US 201213400066A US 2013214022 A1 US2013214022 A1 US 2013214022A1
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    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F16ENGINEERING ELEMENTS AND UNITS; GENERAL MEASURES FOR PRODUCING AND MAINTAINING EFFECTIVE FUNCTIONING OF MACHINES OR INSTALLATIONS; THERMAL INSULATION IN GENERAL
    • F16MFRAMES, CASINGS, OR BEDS OF ENGINES OR OTHER MACHINES OR APPARATUS NOT SPECIFIC TO AN ENGINE, MACHINE, OR APPARATUS PROVIDED FOR ELSEWHERE; STANDS OR SUPPORTS
    • F16M11/00Stands or trestles as supports for apparatus or articles placed thereon Stands for scientific apparatus such as gravitational force meters
    • F16M11/02Heads
    • F16M11/04Means for attachment of apparatus; Means allowing adjustment of the apparatus relatively to the stand
    • F16M11/041Allowing quick release of the apparatus
    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F16ENGINEERING ELEMENTS AND UNITS; GENERAL MEASURES FOR PRODUCING AND MAINTAINING EFFECTIVE FUNCTIONING OF MACHINES OR INSTALLATIONS; THERMAL INSULATION IN GENERAL
    • F16MFRAMES, CASINGS, OR BEDS OF ENGINES OR OTHER MACHINES OR APPARATUS NOT SPECIFIC TO AN ENGINE, MACHINE, OR APPARATUS PROVIDED FOR ELSEWHERE; STANDS OR SUPPORTS
    • F16M11/00Stands or trestles as supports for apparatus or articles placed thereon Stands for scientific apparatus such as gravitational force meters
    • F16M11/02Heads
    • F16M11/04Means for attachment of apparatus; Means allowing adjustment of the apparatus relatively to the stand
    • F16M11/043Allowing translations
    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F16ENGINEERING ELEMENTS AND UNITS; GENERAL MEASURES FOR PRODUCING AND MAINTAINING EFFECTIVE FUNCTIONING OF MACHINES OR INSTALLATIONS; THERMAL INSULATION IN GENERAL
    • F16MFRAMES, CASINGS, OR BEDS OF ENGINES OR OTHER MACHINES OR APPARATUS NOT SPECIFIC TO AN ENGINE, MACHINE, OR APPARATUS PROVIDED FOR ELSEWHERE; STANDS OR SUPPORTS
    • F16M11/00Stands or trestles as supports for apparatus or articles placed thereon Stands for scientific apparatus such as gravitational force meters
    • F16M11/20Undercarriages with or without wheels
    • F16M11/2007Undercarriages with or without wheels comprising means allowing pivoting adjustment
    • F16M11/2021Undercarriages with or without wheels comprising means allowing pivoting adjustment around a horizontal axis
    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F16ENGINEERING ELEMENTS AND UNITS; GENERAL MEASURES FOR PRODUCING AND MAINTAINING EFFECTIVE FUNCTIONING OF MACHINES OR INSTALLATIONS; THERMAL INSULATION IN GENERAL
    • F16MFRAMES, CASINGS, OR BEDS OF ENGINES OR OTHER MACHINES OR APPARATUS NOT SPECIFIC TO AN ENGINE, MACHINE, OR APPARATUS PROVIDED FOR ELSEWHERE; STANDS OR SUPPORTS
    • F16M11/00Stands or trestles as supports for apparatus or articles placed thereon Stands for scientific apparatus such as gravitational force meters
    • F16M11/20Undercarriages with or without wheels
    • F16M11/24Undercarriages with or without wheels changeable in height or length of legs, also for transport only, e.g. by means of tubes screwed into each other
    • F16M11/38Undercarriages with or without wheels changeable in height or length of legs, also for transport only, e.g. by means of tubes screwed into each other by folding, e.g. pivoting or scissors tong mechanisms
    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F16ENGINEERING ELEMENTS AND UNITS; GENERAL MEASURES FOR PRODUCING AND MAINTAINING EFFECTIVE FUNCTIONING OF MACHINES OR INSTALLATIONS; THERMAL INSULATION IN GENERAL
    • F16MFRAMES, CASINGS, OR BEDS OF ENGINES OR OTHER MACHINES OR APPARATUS NOT SPECIFIC TO AN ENGINE, MACHINE, OR APPARATUS PROVIDED FOR ELSEWHERE; STANDS OR SUPPORTS
    • F16M13/00Other supports for positioning apparatus or articles; Means for steadying hand-held apparatus or articles
    • F16M13/04Other supports for positioning apparatus or articles; Means for steadying hand-held apparatus or articles for supporting on, or holding steady relative to, a person, e.g. by chains, e.g. rifle butt or pistol grip supports, supports attached to the chest or head
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A45HAND OR TRAVELLING ARTICLES
    • A45FTRAVELLING OR CAMP EQUIPMENT: SACKS OR PACKS CARRIED ON THE BODY
    • A45F3/00Travelling or camp articles; Sacks or packs carried on the body
    • A45F3/14Carrying-straps; Pack-carrying harnesses
    • A45F2003/148Pack-carrying shoulder holsters
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A45HAND OR TRAVELLING ARTICLES
    • A45FTRAVELLING OR CAMP EQUIPMENT: SACKS OR PACKS CARRIED ON THE BODY
    • A45F2200/00Details not otherwise provided for in A45F
    • A45F2200/05Holder or carrier for specific articles
    • A45F2200/0525Personal portable computing devices, e.g. laptop, tablet, netbook, game boy, navigation system, calculator
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A45HAND OR TRAVELLING ARTICLES
    • A45FTRAVELLING OR CAMP EQUIPMENT: SACKS OR PACKS CARRIED ON THE BODY
    • A45F5/00Holders or carriers for hand articles; Holders or carriers for use while travelling or camping

Abstract

A collapsible hands free electronic device holder worn upon the chest of a user and supported by a shoulder harness, the electronic device securely attached and held by the holder at a comfortable viewing height and angle to the user.

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    BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
  • Electronic devices have become ever increasingly popular in today's digitally social society. Electronic devices, such as phones, video players, and tablet computers are often used by individuals who wish to, among other things, view pictures, videos, or video chat with others. When the device is held for long periods of time, the users arm's fatigue, and the height of the device is ultimately lowered from a comfortable eye-level to the level of the user's table or lap, causing excessive flexion of the cervical, and thoracic vertebral bodies, causing joint pain, inflammation and soreness of the back and neck, as well as potential injury to the neck muscles and spinal column. Us of the device without having to hold it would be ideal for prolonged use. Portable electronic devices, however, do not lend themselves to hands-free use, because of the small screen and shape that limits the ability to tilt or raise the screen to a comfortable position.
  • Current hand's free electronic device holders that are aimed at assisting user in holding the device at a comfortable level lack the ability to be collapsed and stored within a self contained package. Other devices require multiple cumbersome steps to don and doff the electronic device holder, or require special garments that in themselves are bulky and award to use. These additional inconvenient steps or garments discourage use of a hands free device.
  • A need exists for a portable electronic device hands free holder that enables a user to hold the device at a comfortable height, and deploy and store quickly for rapid, easy and convenient use.
  • BRIEF SUMMARY OF INVENTION
  • The current invention provides a hands-free holder that can quickly be deployed and worn by an individual for viewing of a digital device. The unit consists of a slender elongated chest piece, harness, and a mounting bracket for the electronic device. The elongated chest piece unfolds and extends to attach to and support the bracket and electronic device. The invention includes an electronic device attachment bracket for securing an electronic device to a sliding retractable arm slideably connected to a pivoting swing arm, which in turn is pivotally connected to an elongated chest piece that attaches to a harness worn by the user. When in a compact stored configuration, the sliding arm and pivot arm and retracted within the elongated chest piece. The harness may be detached, or may be simply wrapped around the chest piece. The mounting bracket may be left on the electronic device, or removed and stored with the elongated chest piece and/or harness. When collapsed in the stored position, a locking slide ring slips over the swing arm preventing accidental deployment. The locking slide ring also provides an attachment point for the harness, ensuring it is unlocked and ready for deployment when worn. When deploying, after donning and attaching the elongated chest piece to the harness, the user rotates the swing arm away from the elongated chest piece. The sliding arm then either both automatically and simultaneously extends, or the user manually pulls the sliding arm out extending it to the desired length. The electronic device and mounting bracket are then attached to the sliding arm and adjusted for user viewing.
  • The ease of deployment of the device and compact storage makes the device easy to carry and use. Positioning of the electronic device at a comfortable height allows the user to enjoy viewing of the electronic device without the associated arm and neck strain from holding the device.
  • BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
  • FIG. 1 is a perspective view of an individual viewing a personal electronic device held by the invention, the invention worn by the individual for hands free viewing of the electronic device.
  • FIG. 2 is a perspective of the invention.
  • FIG. 3 is a perspective view of the elongated chest piece.
  • FIG. 4 is an exploded perspective view of the elongated chest piece.
  • FIG. 5 is a side view of the elongated chest piece in a deployed position.
  • FIG. 6 is a side view of the elongated chest piece with the sliding arm in a partially deployed position.
  • FIG. 7 is a side view of the elongated chest piece with the sliding arm in a retracted position.
  • FIG. 8A is a fragmentary side view of the elongated chest piece.
  • FIG. 8B is a front view of the elongated chest piece with the sliding lock mechanism in the unlocked position.
  • FIG. 9A is a side view of the elongated chest piece.
  • FIG. 9B is a rear view of the elongated chest piece with the sliding lock mechanism in the locked position.
  • FIG. 10 is a perspective view of the invention in a closed position with the electronic device and holder detached from the chest piece.
  • FIG. 11 is a perspective view of the elongated chest piece of a second embodiment of the invention.
  • FIG. 12 is a perspective front view of a third embodiment of the invention in the open position.
  • FIG. 13 is a perspective rear view of a third embodiment of the elongated chest piece of the invention in the open position.
  • FIG. 14 is a perspective front view of a third embodiment of the elongated chest piece of the invention in the open position.
  • FIG. 15 is a side view of a third embodiment of the elongated chest piece of the invention in the open position.
  • FIG. 16 is a perspective front view of a third embodiment of the elongated chest piece of the invention with the sliding arm retracted.
  • FIG. 17 is a side view of a third embodiment of the elongated chest piece of the invention with the sliding arm retracted.
  • FIG. 18 is a fragmentary side view of a third embodiment of the elongated chest piece of the invention with the sliding arm and swing arm retracted.
  • FIG. 19A is a front view of a third embodiment of the elongated chest piece of the invention with the sliding arm and swing arm retracted and the sliding mechanism in the unlocked position.
  • FIG. 19B is a front view of a third embodiment of the elongated chest piece of the invention with the sliding arm and swing arm retracted and the sliding mechanism in the locked position.
  • FIG. 19C is a rear view of a third embodiment of the elongated chest piece of the invention with the sliding arm and swing arm retracted and the sliding mechanism in the locked position.
  • FIG. 20 is an exploded front perspective view of a third embodiment of the elongated chest piece of the invention.
  • FIG. 21 is a front perspective view of a first embodiment of the mounting portion of the invention.
  • FIG. 22 is a rear perspective view of the mounting portion of the invention.
  • FIG. 23 is an exploded rear perspective view of the mounting portion of the invention.
  • FIG. 24A is a rear view of the mounting portion of the invention.
  • FIG. 24B is a bottom view of the mounting portion of the invention.
  • FIG. 25 is a cross-sectional view of the mounting portion of the invention of FIG. 24A taken at section line 25-25 in FIG. 24A.
  • FIG. 26 is a front view of a second embodiment of the mounting portion of the invention.
  • FIG. 27 is a cross-sectional view of the mounting portion of the invention of FIG. 26 taken at section line 27-27 in FIG. 26.
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION
  • The disclosed invention, shown in FIG. 1, allows a user 1 to view an electronic device 11 without the need to physically hold the electronic device 11. The first embodiment invention 101 has an electronic device attachment portion 201, a support portion 301 and a shoulder support 401. The invention 101 allows the electronic device 11 to be held in a position for comfortable viewing by the user 1 allowing a comfortable neutral neck and back posture while freeing the user's hands.
  • FIG. 2 shows a perspective view of a first embodiment of the invention 101. The electronic device attachment 201 of this embodiment secures the electronic device to the support portion 301. The electronic device attachment 201 is comprised of an upper portion 211 and a lower portion 251. Rods 241 attached to the upper portion 211 are biased to retract within the lower portion 251 to clamp the electronic device between walls upper vertical wall 215 and lower vertical wall 255. The electronic device is further retained by upper lip 217 and lower lip 257 and against upper body 213 and lower body 253 of the upper portion 211 and lower portion 251 respectively of the electronic device attachment 201.
  • In this first embodiment 101, the support portion 301 is detachably secured to the electronic device attachment 201 at the end of a sliding arm 311. The sliding arm 311 is attached in turn to a swing arm 331 that is supported by a plurality of swing arm supports 321. While this particular embodiment possesses a plurality of swing arm supports 321, it should be understood the invention 101 may possess only a single swing arm support 321. The bottom of the swing arm 331 and one end of the swing arm support 321 are pivotally attached to the bottom of an elongated chest piece 361. The elongated chest piece 361 is supported by a shoulder support 401, here in the form of a shoulder harness. In this embodiment the shoulder harness 401 is attached to the elongated chest piece 361 by a sliding lock mechanism 391 having a slide 393, and a backplate 395. The sliding lock mechanism 391 is slidably attached to the chest piece 361, the slide 391 being limited in vertical movement along the elongated chest piece 361 by an upper plate 363 and a lower plate 365.
  • In this embodiment, the shoulder support 401 is a shoulder harness having a right strap 403 and a left strap 405 attaching at the backplate 395. Here, the straps 403 and 405 meet at a D-ring 407. The front side end of the strap 403 or 405 is fed through a slot 397 or 399 on the back plate 395 and secured to itself by hook and loop fastener 411, 413. Alternatively, the strap 403 or 405 may be secured by other means, including snaps, buckle or sewing. The rear side end of the strap 403 or 405 is fed through the D-ring 407 and secured to itself by hook and loop fastener 421, 423. Alternatively the strap 403 or 405 may be secured to itself by other means, including snaps, buckle or sewing. Adjustable under arm straps 433 and 435 are fastened to strap 403 and 405 respectively, and aid in securing the harness 401 to the user 1. The right under arm strap 433 and left underarm strap 435 are removably secured by a right buckle 443 and left buckle 445 respectively to allow donning and doffing of the harness 401.
  • FIG. 3 shows the first embodiment of the invention 101 with the electronic device attachment 201 and shoulder support 401 detached from the unit showing only the support portion 301. The support portion 301 is shown in the extended open position, with the sliding support arm 311 and swing arm 331 fully extended. The sliding lock mechanism 391 is in the unlocked position. The swing arm 331 is supported by swing arm supports 321. In this embodiment, the swing arm supports 321 are attached to the lower end of the sliding support arm 311. The sliding support arm 311 is slidably retained by a retaining block 333 attached to the front wall 345 of the swing arm 331. A guide block 351 possessing a grove or channel 353 provides additional support for the sliding support arm 311 and swing arm 331. While retaining block 333 and guide block 351, in the present embodiment, are machined, molded or otherwise formed from the same piece as the front wall 345, it should be understood that any or all of the components may be machined, molded or otherwise formed separately then joined to form the swing arm. 331. The swing arm 301 is pivotally connected to an elongated chest piece 361 by a hinge 389.
  • The elongated chest piece 361 connects the swing arm 301 to the shoulder support 401. In this embodiment, the elongated chest piece 361 provides an enclosure 367 formed by a right side wall 369, a left side wall 371 and a rear wall 373. The enclosure 367 contains the swing arm 331, sliding support arm 311 and swing arm supports 321 when in the closed position. The sliding lock mechanism 391 is slidably attached to the elongated chest piece 361. The sliding lock mechanism 391 attaches the harness 401 to the support portion 301. In this embodiment, the sliding lock mechanism 391 is comprised of a slide 393 and a backplate 395. In this particular embodiment, the slide 393 is provided additional support and guidance from a right guide rod 381 and a left guide rod 383.
  • FIG. 4 shows an exploded perspective view of the first embodiment of the invention 101. The wall of aperture 335 in the retaining block 333 linearly guides the sliding support arm 311. One or more magnets 337 frictionally engage sliding support arm 311 providing resistance of movement of the sliding support arm 311 through the retaining block 333. The magnets 337 fit within lateral apertures 339. The magnets 337 are covered by plugs 341 preventing removal of the magnets 337 once the unit 301 is assembled.
  • The swing arm 331 is pivotally connected by a hinge 389 to the elongated chest piece 367. The sliding support arm 311 is pivotally connected to the swing arm support 321 by a pin 315 passing through an aperture 313 in the sliding support arm 311. A lower aperture 323 in the swing arm support 321 receives a portion of the pin 315. The upper portion of the swing arm support 321 is pivotally connected to the elongated chest piece 361 by an upper pin 327 passing through an upper aperture 325 in the swing arm support 321 and an aperture 328 in the swing arm support bearing block 329. The swing arm support bearing block 329 is fastened to the rear wall 373. In this embodiment the bearing block 329 is fastened to the rear wall 373 by screws 340.
  • In this embodiment, the top plate 363 and bottom plate 365 limit movement of the slide lock mechanism 391. The bottom plate 365 and top plate 363 possesses a plurality of recesses 366 that receive the ends of the right and left guide rods 381, 383. The top plate 363 and bottom plate 365 are attached to the top and bottom ends of the elongated chest piece 361. In this embodiment, the top and bottom end plates 363, 365 are attached by screws 362.
  • The slide lock mechanism 391 of the current embodiment is comprised of a slide 393 and backplate 395. In the current embodiment screws 399 secure the backplate 395 to the slide, passing through a spacer 397 positioned between the backplate 395 and slide 393.
  • FIG. 5 shows the support portion 301 of the invention 101 fully extended. The sliding support arm 311 is fully extended in the retaining block 333 and the swing arm is fully extended, rotating from the hinge 389 and supported by the swing arm support 321. Here the sliding lock mechanism 391 is extended upward in the unlocked position. The upper swing arm support hinge pivot can be seen in dotted lines of the elongated chest piece 361.
  • FIG. 6 shows the support portion 301 of the invention 101 partially extended. The sliding support arm 311 is partially retracted in the retaining block 333 and the swing arm 331 is partially retracted. The lower portion of the sliding support arm 311 slides along the guide block 351 in the guide block groove 353 towards the hinge 389 joining the swing arm 331 and elongated chest piece 361.
  • FIG. 7 shows the sliding support arm 311 nearly fully retracted toward the hinge 389. As the sliding support arm 311 retracts further, the swing arm 331 swings upward and towards the elongated chest piece 361.
  • FIG. 8A shows the swing arm 311 fully retracted against the elongated chest piece 361. The retainer block 333, guide block 351, sliding support arm 311 and swing arm support 321 are within the elongated chest piece enclosure 367 and shown as dotted lines. The left guide rod support 383 is shown partially cut away for clarity.
  • FIG. 8B shows a front view of the support portion 301 of the invention 101 showing the right guide rod 381, right guide rod 383, slide locking mechanism 391, swing arm 331, top plate 363 and bottom plate 365.
  • FIG. 9A shows the left side of the support portion 301 of the invention 101 with the sliding lock mechanism 391 in the locked position, preventing extension of the swing arm 331 from the elongated chest piece 361.
  • FIG. 9B shows the rear view of the support portion 301 of the invention 101 with the sliding lock mechanism 391 in the locked position, preventing extension of the swing arm 331 from the elongated chest piece 361.
  • FIG. 10 shows the invention 101 in a folded closed position, the shoulder support 401 wrapped around the support portion 301. The electronic device 11 and electronic device attachment 201 is shown detached from the support portion 301. The sliding lock mechanism 391 is shown in the unlocked up position. To ensure closure of the swing arm 331, the sliding lock mechanism 391 may be slid downwards. In the folded position, the invention 101 may be easily carried, slipped inside a pack, purse or pocket, or stored away for later use. The electronic device attachment 201 may remain attached to the electronic device 11, or removed, at the preference of the user.
  • FIG. 11 shows a second alternative embodiment of the support portion 501 the invention 101. This second alternative embodiment lacks guide rods 381, 383 to guide the sliding lock mechanism 591, and instead relies upon the outer walls of the support portion 501 to guide the sliding lock mechanism 591. The slide 593 top plate 593 and bottom plate 595 of this embodiment are narrower than in the first embodiment, reducing the overall width of the unit.
  • FIG. 12 shows a front perspective view of a third embodiment the support portion 701 and electronic device attachment 601 of the invention 101. The sliding lock mechanism 791 is shown in the unlocked up position on the elongated chest piece 761 and the swing arm 731 and sliding support arm 711 of this third embodiment are fully extended. In this embodiment, the swing arm support 721 is comprised of a sleeve portion 723 and a plurality of pistons 725. It should be understood that while the current embodiment shows a plurality of pistons 725, a single piston my also used. The pistons 725 are biased to extend from the sleeve portion 723 until a maximum predetermined stop position. The swing arm 731 rotates about a pivot 787 at the bottom portion of the elongated chest piece 761. The swing arm support 721 rotates about the upper swing arm support pivot hinge 729 attached to the elongated chest piece 761.
  • FIG. 13 shows a rear perspective view of the third embodiment of the support portion 701 of the invention 101. The pistons 725 are pivotally attached to the swing arm 731 by a lower swing arm support pivot hinge 733 attached to the swing arm back 735. The piston 725 is limited in its extension by a retaining pin 727 that follows a grove 728 in the piston 725. An electronic device attachment nub 703 is positioned on the end of the sliding support arm 711 for attaching the electronic device attachment portion 601. The sliding support arm 711 possesses a reinforcing guide rib 713 extending approximately the length of the sliding support arm. 711.
  • FIG. 14 shows a front perspective view of the support portion 701 with the sliding support arm 711 and swing arm 731 fully extended. The swing arm support 721 provides support to the swing arm 711 limiting its extension. The swing arm support upper pivot 729 is mounted to the rear wall 773 of the elongated chest piece 761 within the enclosure 767. The top plate 763 and bottom plate 765 provide a top extended lip 764 and a lower extended lip 766 limiting the amount of travel of the sliding lock mechanism 791.
  • FIG. 15 shows a side view of the support portion 701 with the sliding arm 711 and swing arm 731 fully extended. The swing arm support 721 limits the swing arm 731 extension and the pistons 725 are biased to extend from the sleeve portion 723, helping to keep the swing arm 731 in the extended position.
  • FIG. 16 shows a front perspective view of the support portion 701 with the sliding arm 711 fully retracted within the swing arm 731 and the swing arm 731 partially retracted within the elongated chest piece 761. As the swing arm 731, it pivots about the swing arm pivot 787 and folds into the elongated chest piece enclosure 767.
  • FIG. 17 shows a side view of the support portion 701 with the sliding arm 711 fully retracted within the swing arm 731 and the swing arm 731 partially retracted within the elongated chest piece 761. The swing arm 731 rotates about a lower hinge, shown here as a pin 787 extending through the elongated chest piece 761.
  • FIG. 18 shows a side view of the support portion 701 with the sliding arm 711 fully retracted within the swing arm 731 and the swing arm 731 fully retracted within the elongated chest piece 761. A portion of the side wall of the elongated chest piece 761 has been removed for clarity. Each piston 725 is biased to extend from the sleeve portion 723 of the swing arm support 721. When closed, the lower swing arm support pivot 733 falls behind the line between the upper swing arm support pivot 729 and the swing arm pivot 789 causing a moment about the swing arm pivot 789 that retains the swing arm 731 in a closed position when closed.
  • FIG. 19A shows a front view of the support portion 701 with the sliding arm 711 fully retracted within the swing arm 731 and the swing arm 731 fully retracted within the elongated chest piece 761. The sliding lock mechanism 791 is in the unlocked, up, position. The sliding lock mechanism 791 may possess a right protrusion 793 and a left protrusion 795 to which a shoulder support may be mounted. FIG. 19B shows a front view of the support portion 701 with the sliding arm 711 fully retracted within the swing arm 731 and the swing arm 731 fully retracted within the elongated chest piece 761. The sliding lock mechanism 791 is in the locked, down, position thereby preventing the opening of the swing arm 731. FIG. 19C shows a rear view of the support portion 701 with the sliding arm 711 fully retracted within the swing arm 731 and the swing arm 731 fully retracted within the elongated chest piece 761. The sliding lock mechanism 791 is in the locked, down, position.
  • FIG. 20 shows an exploded front perspective view of the support portion 701 of the third embodiment of the invention. The sliding support arm 711 lies between the swing arm back 735 and swing arm front 737. A groove 715 in the sliding support arm 711 engages a protrusion on the rear side of the swing arm front 737 to prevent the sliding support arm 711 from falling out of the swing arm 711 when assembled. Shown here, each piston 725 is biased to extend from the swing arm support 721 sleeve portion 723 under pressure from a spring 724. It should be understood that other means to bias the piston or pistons could be used, including compressed gas. An upper swing arm support pivot hinge 729 is attached the rear wall 773 of the enclosure 767 of the elongated chest piece 761 and pivotally connected to the swing arm support 721. A bottom plate 765 prevents the sliding lock mechanism 791 from sliding past the lower end of the elongated chest piece 761. In the present embodiment, the bottom plate 765 is secured by a plurality of screws 766. A top plate 763 prevents the sliding lock mechanism 791 from sliding past the upper end of the elongated chest piece 761.
  • FIG. 21 shows a front perspective view of the second embodiment of the electronic device attachment 601. The electronic device attachment 601 possesses an upper portion 611 and a lower portion 651. Rods 641 are secured to the upper body 613 and are biased to retract into the lower body 653. The upper portion 611 has an upper body 613, an upper vertical wall 615 lying in a plane generally perpendicular to the attachment 601 and an upper lip 657 attached to the upper vertical wall 655. The lower portion 651 has an lower body 653, an lower vertical wall 655 lying in a plane generally perpendicular to the attachment 601 and an lower lip 657 attached to the lower vertical wall 615. As the rods 641 retract into the lower body 653 the upper vertical wall 615 and lower vertical wall 655 are drawn toward each other, clamping on the user's electronic device, securing it in place.
  • FIG. 22 shows a rear perspective view of the second embodiment of the electronic device attachment 601. The electronic device attachment 601 possesses an upper portion 611 and a lower portion 651. The lower body 653 rear wall possesses a recessed groove 681 that accepts the electronic device attachment nub 703 of the support portion of the third embodiment 701.
  • FIG. 23 shows a rear perspective exploded view of the electronic device holder 601. The rods 641 each have a ridged head 643 that engages on end of a spring 645. When inserted through the lower spring body aperture 654 and secured within the upper spring body aperture 614, the spring compresses biasing the upper portion 611 and lower portion 651 toward each other. The rod 641 is secured to the upper portion aperture 614 by any means, including, a threaded connection, adhesive or weld.
  • FIG. 24A is a rear view of the of the electronic device holder 601 showing the recessed groove 681 and undercut portion 683 in dotted lines.
  • FIG. 24B is a bottom view of the electronic device holder 601 showing the recessed groove 681 and undercut portion 683. The undercut portion 683 engages the electronic device attachment nub 703 to secure the electronic device holder 601 to the sliding support arm 711.
  • FIG. 25 shows a cutaway view of the electronic device holder 601 of FIG. 24A taken on line 25-25. The rod is extended from the lower body 653 and the spring 646 is in a compressed state, forced against the spring body aperture ridge 644 and the rod head ridge 643.
  • FIG. 26 shows a rear view of the first embodiment of the electronic device holder 201. In this embodiment the lower portion 251 possesses a bore 281 that engages the sliding support arm 311 of the first and second embodiment 301
  • FIG. 27 is a cutaway view of the electronic device holder 201 of FIG. 24 taken on line 25-25. The sliding support arm bore 281 possesses a magnet 283 that engages the sliding support arm 311 and aids to retain the electronic device holder 201 on the support portion 301 of the invention 101.

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What is claimed is:
1. An device support worn by an individual for hands free use of said device, said support comprising:
an elongated chest piece;
a harness, wherein said harness secures said elongated chest piece to said individual;
a swing arm pivotally connected to said chest piece, said swing arm positioned between said digital device and said chest piece;
a sliding arm, said sliding arm slidably connected to said swing arm, said sliding arm positioned between said digital device and said swing arm;
wherein said swing arm retracts within said chest piece.
2. The hands-free support of claim 1 further comprising a sliding lock mechanism, said harness connected to said sliding lock mechanism, said sliding lock mechanism slidably connected to said elongated chest piece, wherein said sliding lock mechanism may be slid to a first position to allow opening of said hands-free holder, and slid to a second position to prevent opening of said hands-free holder.
3. The hands-free support of claim 1 further comprising a device holder, said device holder possessing a lower vertical wall and an upper vertical, where said lower vertical wall and said upper vertical wall are biased to clamp the electronic device therebetween.
4. The hands-free support of claim 1 further comprising a swing arm support, a first end of said swing arm support pivotally connected to said sliding arm and a second end of said swing arm support pivotally connected to said elongated chest piece.
5. The hands-free support of claim 4 wherein said sliding arm extends out from said swing arm as said swing arm rotates outward from said elongated chest piece.
6. The hands-free support of claim 1 further comprising a swing arm support, a first end of said swing arm support pivotally connected to said swing arm and a second end of said swing arm support pivotally connected to said elongated chest piece.
7. A hands-free support worn by an individual for viewing of a digital device, said support comprising:
an elongated chest piece, said elongated chest piece having a rear wall, a first side wall, and a second side wall;
a harness, wherein said harness secures said elongated chest piece to said individual;
a swing arm pivotally connected to said chest piece at a first pivotal connection, said swing arm positioned between said digital device and said chest piece;
a sliding arm, said sliding arm slidably connected to said swing arm, said sliding arm positioned between said digital device and said swing arm; and
a swing arm support pivotally connected at a second pivot to said elongated chest piece and connected to said swing arm.
8. The hands free support of claim 7 wherein said swing arm support is connected to said swing arm by pivotally connecting to said sliding arm, said sliding arm slidably connecting to said swing arm.
9. The hands free support of claim 8 wherein said sliding arm moves along an axis that extends along the length of said swing arm, wherein when said swing arm rotates from a closed position against said elongated chest piece to an open position away from said elongated chest piece, said sliding arm retracting toward said first pivotal connection as said swing arm is closed, and extending away from said first pivotal connection as said swing arm is opened.
10. The hands free support of claim 7 wherein said sliding arm is retained in a fixed position by one or more magnets.
11. The hands free support of claim 7 wherein said swing arm support is comprised of a first swing arm support member and a second swing arm support member, said first member pivotally connected to said elongated chest piece at said second pivot, said second member pivotally connected to said swing arm at a third pivot, said first and second members are biased to extend away from one another.
12. The hands free support of claim 11, wherein said swing arm support is comprised of at least one piston.
13. The hands free support of claim 11 wherein said third pivot lays between said elongated chest piece rear wall and an imaginary line drawn between and connecting said first pivot and said second pivot when said swing arm is in a closed position, thereby allowing said swing arm support bias to extend to produce a moment about said second pivot to retain said swing arm in the closed position.
14. The hands-free support of claim 7 further comprising a sliding lock mechanism, said harness connected to said sliding lock mechanism, said sliding lock mechanism slidably connected to said elongated chest piece, wherein said sliding lock mechanism may be slid to a first position to allow opening of said hands-free holder, and slid to a second position to prevent opening of said hands-free holder.
15. The hands-free support of claim 7 further comprising an electronic device holder, said electronic device holder possessing a lower vertical wall and an upper vertical, where said lower vertical wall and said upper vertical wall are biased to clamp the electronic device therebetween, said electronic device holder attached to said sliding arm.
16. A hands-free support worn by an individual for viewing of a digital device, said support comprising:
an elongated chest piece;
a harness, wherein said harness secures said elongated chest piece to said individual;
a swing arm pivotally connected to said chest piece a first pivotal connection, said swing arm positioned between said digital device and said chest piece;
a sliding arm, said sliding arm slidably connected to said swing arm, said sliding arm positioned between said digital device and said swing arm, said sliding arm moveable along an axis generally parallel to the length of said swing arm;
a swing arm support, said swing arm support having a first end pivotally connected to said elongated chest piece and a second end pivotally connected to said sliding arm;
at least one magnet frictionally engaging said sliding arm and retained generally stationary with respect to said swing arm
whereas when said swing arm is able to pivot from a closed position against said elongated chest piece to an open position away from said elongated chest piece, said sliding arm slides away from said first pivotal connection as said swing arm is opened and said sliding arm retracts toward said first pivotal connection as said swing arm is closed.
17. The hands-free support of claim 16 further comprising a sliding lock mechanism, said harness connected to said sliding lock mechanism, said sliding lock mechanism slidably connected to said elongated chest piece, wherein said sliding lock mechanism may be slid to a first position to allow opening of said hands-free holder, and slid to a second position to prevent opening of said hands-free holder.
18. The hands-free support of claim 16 further comprising an electronic device holder, said electronic device holder possessing a lower vertical wall and an upper vertical, where said lower vertical wall and said upper vertical wall are biased to clamp the electronic device therebetween, said electronic device holder attached to said sliding arm.
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