US20130326790A1 - Wearable Band with Ease of Adjustment - Google Patents

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US20130326790A1 US13/491,054 US201213491054A US2013326790A1 US 20130326790 A1 US20130326790 A1 US 20130326790A1 US 201213491054 A US201213491054 A US 201213491054A US 2013326790 A1 US2013326790 A1 US 2013326790A1
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A44HABERDASHERY; JEWELLERY
    • A44CJEWELLERY; BRACELETS; OTHER PERSONAL ADORNMENTS; COINS
    • A44C5/00Bracelets; Wrist-watch straps; Fastenings for bracelets or wrist-watch straps
    • A44C5/18Fasteners for straps, chains or the like
    • A44C5/20Fasteners for straps, chains or the like for open straps, chains or the like
    • A44C5/2071Fasteners for straps, chains or the like for open straps, chains or the like with the two ends of the strap or chain overlapping each other and fastened by an action perpendicularly to the main plane of these two ends
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
    • A61BDIAGNOSIS; SURGERY; IDENTIFICATION
    • A61B5/00Detecting, measuring or recording for diagnostic purposes; Identification of persons
    • A61B5/02Detecting, measuring or recording pulse, heart rate, blood pressure or blood flow; Combined pulse/heart-rate/blood pressure determination; Evaluating a cardiovascular condition not otherwise provided for, e.g. using combinations of techniques provided for in this group with electrocardiography or electroauscultation; Heart catheters for measuring blood pressure
    • A61B5/021Measuring pressure in heart or blood vessels
    • A61B5/022Measuring pressure in heart or blood vessels by applying pressure to close blood vessels, e.g. against the skin; Ophthalmodynamometers
    • A61B5/02233Occluders specially adapted therefor
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A44HABERDASHERY; JEWELLERY
    • A44DINDEXING SCHEME RELATING TO BUTTONS, PINS, BUCKLES OR SLIDE FASTENERS, AND TO JEWELLERY, BRACELETS OR OTHER PERSONAL ADORNMENTS
    • A44D2203/00Fastening by use of magnets
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
    • A61BDIAGNOSIS; SURGERY; IDENTIFICATION
    • A61B5/00Detecting, measuring or recording for diagnostic purposes; Identification of persons
    • A61B5/68Arrangements of detecting, measuring or recording means, e.g. sensors, in relation to patient
    • A61B5/6801Arrangements of detecting, measuring or recording means, e.g. sensors, in relation to patient specially adapted to be attached to or worn on the body surface
    • A61B5/6802Sensor mounted on worn items
    • A61B5/681Wristwatch-type devices

Abstract

An impact resistant wearable band assembly 10 which is particularly usefully and durable during physical exercise, fitness activities, sports, blood pressure measurements, and health care monitoring, can have a matrix, series or array of interlocking magnetic mechanisms 114 with matingly engageable portions 115 and 117 comprising magnets 116 and magnetically attractable portions 118 for detachably and magnetically securing end portions of a user friendly wearable band. In use, the versatile wearable band can be easily adjusted in a one handed movement from a locked position to a released position and vice versa. Advantageously, the wearable band assembly includes an electronic device 122 secured to an electronic device-supporting portion 120 of the wearable band.

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    BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
  • 1. Field of the Disclosure
  • The disclosure relates to wearable bands and, more particularly, to bands involving a magnetic clasp.
  • 2. Background Art
  • Wearable bands for mobile devices ideally seek one-handed operation for ease of use, particularly if the band is worn on the wrist or arm. In such a case, one hand is naturally available while the other has limited freedom of movement.
  • Conventional bands include: expanding linkages, non-expanding, linkages, such as used with a wristwatch, buckle and strap, etc.
  • Traditional clasp mechanisms come in various forms.
  • Buckle and strap clasp mechanisms rely on mechanical features to keep the band or flap closed. Buckle and strap mechanism can provide one-handed operation and can be adjusted, but they are not aesthetically elegant, awkward and difficult to use in one handed operation.
  • Magnetic closure clasps rely on magnetic force to keep the band or flap closed. Magnet closure clasps can provide one-handed operation and can be elegantly designed, but they are not easily/readily adjustable.
  • Hook and loop clasps, such as Velcro-like fasteners can be adjusted, but they are not aesthetically elegant and are difficult to operate one-handed.
  • Button and hole clasps can be adjustable if there are multiple holes, but they are difficult to operate one-handed and are not aesthetically elegant.
  • Zip tie clasps use a ratchet and pawl mechanism with a mechanical housing to prevent the pawl from disengaging. Zip tie clasps are operable by one hand, but the mechanical housing makes disengagement of the pawl mechanism very difficult.
  • Some conventional purses utilize magnetic closures with centering post and hole. The post and hole feature provides for alignment of the magnetic closure for mechanical retention in shear. Such magnetic purse closures are operable by one-hand but have limitations.
  • Over the years many types of watch bands, jewelry bands, magnetic health bands, bracelets and necklaces have been marketed. These conventional watch bands, jewelry bands, magnetic health bands, bracelets and necklaces, however, often are very delicate and flimsy and do not hold up well to physical exercise, fitness activities and sports.
  • It is, therefore, desirable to provide an improved wearable band assembly, which overcomes most, if not all of the preceding disadvantages.
  • SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
  • An improved wearable band assembly is provided which is strong, impact resistant and can be safely and securely used during physical exercise, fitness activities and sports. The user friendly wearable band assembly can be securely attached and detached with one hand before, during or after physical exercise, fitness activities and sports. The comfortable wearable band assembly is attractive, economical and particularly advantageous for use with electronic devices.
  • The wearable band assembly can comprise a formed band or cuff with angled pockets for attaching a series of ferrous rivets and magnet clasp(s) such that the magnet(s) attract the rivets keeping the band secure. The rivets can be inclined such that they readily allow the band to collapse by squeezing the band in one direction, while acting to resisting the effort to open in the other direction. The geometries and materials in the wearable band assembly allow for a strong supporting surface. A peeling action allows the band to be relaxed to an adjacent rivet position for improved comfort or accommodate complete removal of the wearable band.
  • The wearable band assembly can feature magnetic clasp(s) and inclined surface geometries to allow for adjustment by one-handed operation in one direction, while opposing motion in the other, all within the function of a wearable band. A peeling action allows the band to be relaxed and adjusted. The wearable band assemblies allows for convenient and ease of use and removal.
  • The band or cuff could be applied as a wrist-band, arm-band, leg-band, etc.
  • The band could be designed to improve existing products such as those within the wrist watch market and can have guide features to assist in the alignment, sliding and magnetic locking of the band so as to assist in single one-handed opening and closing of the band. The band can allow for a very tight fit to enable blood pressure and pulse measurements. More specifically, the wearable band can provide a blood-pressure cuff that can be tightened with one hand to a secure locked position about the user's wrist or arm so that the user's blood pressure can be taken by a blood pressure monitor mounted on the wearable band. After the user's blood pressure is taken or measured, the user can release the cuff with a one handed peeling action that allows the band (cuff) to be relaxed to an adjacent rivet position for improved comfort or for complete removal of the wearable band.
  • The innovative wearable band assembly can have a ratcheting clasp mechanism, utilizing a magnetic pawl. Multiple positions of the ratchet can allow for adjustability in the position of the clasp mechanism. The magnetic pawl aspect of the clasp allows for easy one-handed operation to open, close, or adjust the ratchet. The clasp mechanism can be used on a wristband or armband where one-handed operation is important and desirable.
  • The novel band can retain a wrist watch or other electronic device with magnets; and can have a novel ratchet pawl, zip tie and clasp with male and female connectors. The novel band can prevent shearing motion and can be slid into a pocket that is not a ratchet.
  • In one embodiment, the wearable band is elastomeric and can have two separate strap sections. Each of the strap sections can have holes or countersunk openings in which a strip of magnetic washers are placed and embedded in the strap sections. The inwardly facing portions of the washers can have raised inclined sections providing magnetic ratchets or magnetic pawls. The outwardly facing exterior part of the washers can be flush with the exterior surfaces of the wearable band. The end portion of one of the strap sections can have inwardly facing magnets embedded therein which magnetically engage, attract and lock the ratchets of the washers at the desired location on the band when the band is tightened, such as about the user's wrist. The outer exterior end of the magnetic strap section can cover the magnets. A crown or cap could cover the magnets, contained within, to provide additional securing geometries, and protect magnet(s) from wear or impact. The band can be loosened or removed with a peeling action by the user. The band can have an electronic device-supporting portion with metal semicircular protrusions extending outwardly to secure and clamp an electronic communications device.
  • In another embodiment, a one piece wearable band is formed of flexible impact-resistant plastic and can have left and right integrally connected strap sections.
  • Each of the strap sections can have holes or countersunk openings in which a strip of magnetic rivets are placed and embedded in the strap sections. The inwardly facing portions of the rivets can have raised inclined sections providing magnetic ratchets or magnetic pawls. The outwardly facing exterior part of the rivets can be flush, countersunk or slightly below the exterior surfaces of the wearable band. The end portion of one of the strap sections can have inwardly facing magnets embedded therein which magnetically engage, attract and lock the ratchets of the rivets at the desired location on the band when the band is tightened, such as about the user's arm or wrist. The outer exterior end of the magnetic strap section can cover the magnets. A crown or cap could cover the magnets, contained within, to provide additional securing geometries, and protect magnet(s) from wear or impact. The band can be loosened or removed with a peeling action by the user. The band can have a raised rectangular platform providing an electronic device-supporting portion with transverse or lateral grooves at the edges to assist in securing and clamping an electronic communications device.
  • In a further embodiment, a one piece wearable band is formed of flexible impact-resistant plastic and can have left and right integrally connected strap sections. One of the strap sections, such as the left strap section, can have holes or countersunk openings in which a strip of magnetic rivets are placed and embedded in the strap section. The inwardly facing portion of the rivets can have raised inclined sections providing magnetic ratchets or magnetic pawls. The outwardly facing exterior part of the rivets can be flush, countersunk or slightly below the exterior surfaces of the wearable band. The other strap section, provides a magnetic strap section, can have holes or countersunk openings with no rivets therein and can have inwardly facing magnets embedded at the end portion which magnetically engage, attract and lock the ratchets of the rivets at the desired location on the band when the band is tightened, such as about the user's wrist or ankle. The outer exterior end of the magnetic strap section can cover the magnets. A crown or cap could cover the magnets, contained within, to provide additional securing geometries, and protect magnet(s) from wear or impact. The band can be loosened or removed with a peeling action by the user. The band can have a generally planar or flat electronic device-supporting portion upon which an electronic communications device can be securely connected.
  • The improved wearable band assembly can comprise: a wearable band having an outwardly facing surface, an inwardly facing surface and overlappable end portions; and a matrix of interlocking magnetic mechanisms comprising matingly engageable magnetic portions which comprise magnets and magnetic members which are attracted by and magnetically engageable with the magnets. The interlocking magnetic mechanism can be operatively associated with the end portions of the wearable band for detachably and magnetically securing the end portions of the wearable band. In use, the wearable band can be adjusted from a locked position to a released position and vice versa.
  • The wearable band can comprise: an elongated band, adjustable band, molded band, wrist band, arm band, finger band, ankle band, leg band, head band, chest band, sports band, workout band, bicycle band, bike mount, handlebar band, motorcycle band, jet-pack band, vehicle band, rigid band, semi-rigid band, peelable band, squeezable band, contractible band, collapsible band, expandable band, flexible band, stretchable band, bendable band, cuff, strap, belt, bracelet, necklace, one handed adjustable band, or combinations of any of the preceding. The wearable band can be molded or fabricated of: molded plastic, impact-resistant plastic, flexible plastic, plastic, rubber, elastomeric material, non-metallic material, non-magnetic metal, wood, fabric, cloth, elastomeric material, or combinations of any of the preceding.
  • The magnetic mechanisms can be: similar magnetic mechanisms, different magnetic mechanisms, and/or complementary magnetic mechanisms. The matingly engageable magnetic portions can comprise: magnetic clasps, angled magnetic clasps, ratcheting magnetic clasps, ferromagnetic clasps, ferrimagnetic clasps, hematite clasps, magnetic rivets, inclined magnetic rivets, magnetic washers, inclined magnetic washers, magnetic pawls, magnetic ratchets, magnetic connectors, ferromagnetic connectors, ferrimagnetic connectors, magnetic connectors, magnetic fasteners, ferromagnetic fasteners, ferrimagnetic fasteners, magnetic closures, magnetic snaps, magnetic buttons, magnetic locks, female magnetic members, male magnetic members, magnets, cylindrical magnets, annular magnets, steel magnets, magnetite clasps, iron magnets, iron-oxide magnetite magnets, strontium-ferrite magnets, barium-ferrite magnets, cobalt-ferrite magnets, ceramic magnets, alnico magnets, ferrite magnets, rare earth magnets, samarium-cobalt magnets, neodymium magnets, aluminum-nickel iron-cobalt magnets, loadstone magnets, angled magnets, or combinations of any of the preceding.
  • The end portions of the wearable band can define a matrix of pockets or seats for receiving and holding the magnetic mechanisms. The pockets can comprise: angled pockets, inclined pockets, openings, holes, apertures, countersunk portions, indented portions, notches, grooves, or combinations of the preceding.
  • Advantageously, the wearable band can comprise an electronic device-supporting portion. Desirably, the wearable band assembly includes an electronic device secured to the electronic device-supporting portion of the wearable band. The electronic device can comprise a portable electronic device such as: an electronic communications device, fitness tracker, exercise monitor, sports monitor, activity tracker distance tracker, time tracker, speed tracker, calorie monitor, blood pressure monitor, heart rate monitor, health monitor, sleep tracker, handset, global positioning system (GPS), navigation device, transmitting device, electronic receiving device, electronic planner, workout planner, electronic calendar, scheduling device, stop watch, watch, music player, MP3 player, performance monitor, golf tracker, golf monitor, scoring tracker, virtual caddie, club tracking device, incoming call notifier, answering machine, statistical storage device, data storage device, information storage device, cadence sensor, goal setting device, workout frequency reminder, workout frequency monitor, downloadable device, computer-compatible device, Bluetooth compatible device, headphone-compatible device, cell phone-compatible device, android phone-compatible device, pairing device, data sharing device, qwerty phone, radiotelephone, cellular (cell) phone, mobile phone, smart phone, flip phone, slider phone, android phone, tablet phone, camera phone, clamshell device, portable networking device, wireless device, portable gaming device, mobile communications device, personal digital assistant (PDA), wireless e-mail device, a two way pager, internet communication device, android tablet, ipod, ipad, kindle, electronic reading device, blackberry, tablet device, video device, computer, netbook, wireless device, or combinations of any of the preceding.
  • The wearable band assembly as set forth in the patent claims achieved unexpected surprisingly good results and prototypes exist.
  • A more detailed explanation of the invention is provided in the following detailed descriptions and appended claims taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings.
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  • FIG. 1 is a back perspective view of a wearable band assembly in accordance with principle of the present invention.
  • FIG. 2 is a back perspective view of another wearable band assembly with a wearable band embedded with magnets for magnetically engaging magnetic rivets embedded therein in accordance with principle of the present invention.
  • FIG. 3 is a wireframe back perspective view of magnetic mechanisms of a further wearable band assembly in accordance with principle of the present invention.
  • FIG. 4 is a cross-sectional view of the wearable band being squeezed in a one-handed movement (operation) to an unlocked collapsed position.
  • FIG. 5 is a cross-sectional view of the wearable band being peeled in a one-handed movement (operation) to an unlocked relaxed position.
  • FIG. 6 is an enlarged cross-sectional view of overlapping end portions of the wearable band assembly in a locked position.
  • FIG. 7 is a greatly enlarged perspective view of overlapping end portions of a wearable band assembly in a locked position in accordance with principle of the present invention.
  • FIG. 8 is a perspective view similar to FIG. 7 but with portions broken away and a wire frame perspective illustrating a strip of magnetic rivets in accordance with principle of the present invention.
  • FIG. 9 is a greatly enlarged perspective view of magnets and inclined magnetic rivets in accordance with principle of the present invention.
  • FIG. 10 is an enlarged cross-sectional view of overlapping end portions of the wearable band assembly in a locked position and illustrating the magnets and inclined magnetic rivets.
  • FIG. 11 is a front perspective view of the wearable band assembly.
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION
  • The following is a detailed description and explanation of the preferred embodiments of the invention and best modes for practicing the invention.
  • As shown in the drawings, a wearable band assembly 100 comprises an adjustable elongated wearable band 102 which can have an outwardly facing surface 104, an inwardly facing surface 106 and overlappable end portions 108 and 110. The end portions can be thinner and narrower than the wider and thicker elongated intermediate body portions of 112 the band. Advantageously, the wearable band assembly can have a set, series and/or matrix of aligned magnetic clasps 114 which can provide magnetic mechanisms that comprise rows of matingly engageable magnetic clasping portions 115 and 117, comprising male magnetic clasping members providing magnets 116 and female magnetic clasping members comprising female magnetically attractive clasping members 118 that are attracted by and magnetically engageable with the magnets. The magnetic clasps can be securely connected to the end portions of the adjustable elongated wearable band for detachably, magnetically and interlockingly securing the end portions of the adjustable elongated wearable band. The adjustable elongated wearable band can be moveable and adjustable to loosen or tighten the wearable band and the overlappable end portion from an elliptical, oval or circular attached locked position to an open unlocked released position and vice versa.
  • The adjustable elongated wearable band can have an intermediate centrally located electronic device-supporting portion 120 (FIGS. 1 and 11) positioned along the outwardly or inwardly facing surface at a location generally opposite the overlapping end portions when the adjustable elongated wearable band is in the locked position. The electronic device-supporting portion can be thinner than the elongated intermediate body portion of the wearable band. A portable electronic communications device 122 can be connected to the electronic device-supporting portion of the elongated wearable band.
  • The adjustable elongated wearable band can comprise: a molded band, wrist band, arm band, finger band, ankle band, head band, chest band, sports band, workout band, bicycle band, bike mount, handlebar band, motorcycle band, jet-pack band, vehicle band, rigid band, semi-rigid band, peelable band, squeezable band, contractible band, collapsible band, expandable band, flexible band, stretchable band, bendable band, cuff, strap, belt, bracelet, necklace, one handed adjustable band, or combinations of any of the preceding. The adjustable elongated wearable band can be molded or fabricated of: molded plastic, impact-resistant plastic, flexible plastic, plastic, rubber, elastomeric material, non-metallic material, non-magnetic metal, wood, fabric, cloth, elastomeric material, or combinations of any of the preceding.
  • The magnetic clasps can comprise: similar magnetic clasps, different magnetic clasps, complementary magnetic clasps, angled magnetic clasps, ferromagnetic clasps, ferrimagnetic clasps, magnetically attractable clasps, or combinations of any of the preceding. The magnetic clasping portions can comprise: ratcheting magnetic clasps, ferromagnetic clasps, ferrimagnetic clasps, hematite clasps, magnetic rivets, inclined magnetic rivets, magnetic washers, inclined magnetic washers, magnetic pawls, magnetic ratchets, magnetic connectors, ferromagnetic connectors, ferrimagnetic connectors, magnetic connectors, magnetic fasteners, ferromagnetic fasteners, ferrimagnetic fasteners, magnetic closures, magnetic snaps, magnetic buttons, magnetic locks, female magnetic members, male magnetic members, magnets, cylindrical magnets, annular magnets, steel magnets, magnetite clasps, iron magnets, iron-oxide magnetite magnets, strontium-ferrite magnets, barium-ferrite magnets, cobalt-ferrite magnets, ceramic magnets, alnico magnets, ferrite magnets, rare earth magnets, samarium-cobalt magnets, neodymium magnets, aluminum-nickel iron-cobalt magnets, loadstone magnets, angled magnets, or combinations of any of the preceding.
  • In particular, the male magnetic members can comprise: magnets, cylindrical magnets, annular magnets, steel magnets, magnetite clasps, iron magnets, iron-oxide magnetite magnets, strontium-ferrite magnets, barium-ferrite magnets, cobalt-ferrite magnets, ceramic magnets, alnico magnets, ferrite magnets, rare earth magnets, samarium-cobalt magnets, neodymium magnets, aluminum-nickel iron-cobalt magnets, loadstone magnets, angled magnets, or combinations of any of the preceding magnets.
  • Furthermore, the female magnetic members can comprise: magnetic female clasps, angled magnetic female clasps, ratcheting magnetic clasps, ferromagnetic clasps, ferrimagnetic clasps, hematite clasps, magnetic rivets, inclined magnetic rivets, magnetic washers, inclined magnetic washers, magnetic pawls, magnetic ratchets, magnetic connectors, ferromagnetic connectors, ferrimagnetic connectors, magnetic connectors, magnetic fasteners, ferromagnetic fasteners, ferrimagnetic fasteners, magnetic closures, magnetic snaps, magnetic buttons, magnetic locks, or combinations of any of the preceding.
  • In the preferred embodiments, the male magnetic members comprise magnets and face inwardly; and the female magnetic members comprise magnetically attractable members which face outwardly.
  • In the illustrated embodiments, the adjustable elongated wearable band can define an array, series and/or matrix of pockets 124 (FIGS. 2 and 4-6) for receiving and holding the magnetic clasps. The pockets can comprise a series of seats 126 such as inclined stepwise seats or countersunk seats which can provide supporting surfaces that can be positioned in proximity and/or adjacent to the pockets for abuttingly engaging and supporting the magnetic clasps. The pockets can be progressively deeper away from the tips (ends) of the end portions and can be aliquotly and uniformly spaced along the end portions of the wearable band. The pockets can comprise: angled pockets, inclined pockets, openings, holes, apertures, countersunk portions, indented portions, notches, grooves, or combinations of the preceding.
  • In the embodiment of FIG. 1, the wearable band can comprise rubber or other elastomeric material and can have two separate strap sections 125 and 127. Each of the strap sections can have holes or countersunk openings providing pockets in which a strip of magnetic targets or washers 118 are placed, seated and embedded in the strap sections. The inwardly facing portions of the washers can have raised inclined sections providing magnetic ratchets or magnetic pawls. The outwardly facing exterior portions of the washers can be flush with the exterior surfaces of the wearable band. The end portion of one of the strap sections 110 can have inwardly facing magnets embedded therein which magnetically engage and lock the ratchets of the washers on the band at the desired location when the band is tightened, such as about the user's wrist. The outer exterior surface of the end portion of the magnetic strap section 110 can cover the magnets. The band can be loosened or removed with a peeling action by the user (FIG. 5). The band can have an electronic device-supporting portion 120 with metal semicircular protrusions extending outwardly to secure and clamp an electronic communications device 122.
  • In the embodiment of FIG. 2, a one piece wearable band is formed of flexible impact-resistant plastic and can have left and right integrally connected strap sections 128 and 129. Each of the strap sections can have holes or countersunk openings 131 providing pockets in which a strip of magnetic rivets 118 are placed seated and embedded in the strap sections. The inwardly facing portions of the rivets can have raised inclined sections providing magnetic ratchets or magnetic pawls. The outwardly facing exterior portions of the rivets can be flush, countersunk or slightly below the exterior surface of the wearable band. The end portion of one of the strap sections 110 can have inwardly facing magnets embedded therein which magnetically engage and lock the ratchets of the rivets at the desired location of the band when the band is tightened, such as about the user's arm or wrist. The outer exterior surface of the end portion of the magnetic strap section 110 can cover the magnets. The band can be loosened or removed with a peeling action by the user. The band can have a raised rectangular platform 133 providing an electronic device-supporting portion 120 with transverse or lateral grooves at the edges to assist in securing and clamping an electronic communications device.
  • In the embodiment of FIGS. 3-6, a one piece wearable band is formed of flexible impact-resistant plastic and can have left and right integrally connected strap sections 128 and 129. One of the strap sections, such as the inner strap section 128, can have holes or countersunk openings 131 which provide pockets in which a strip of magnetic rivets 118 are placed, seated and embedded in the strap section. The inwardly facing portion of the rivets can have raised inclined sections providing ratchets or pawls. The outwardly facing exterior part of the rivets can be flush, countersunk or slightly below the exterior surfaces of the wearable band. The outer strap section 129, provides a magnetic strap section, and can have holes or countersunk openings 135 that provide pockets with no rivets therein. The magnetic strap section can have inwardly facing magnets embedded at the end portion which magnetically engage and lock the ratchets of the band at the desired location when the band is tightened, such as about the user's wrist or ankle. The outer exterior surface of the end portion of the magnetic strap section 110 can cover the magnets. The band can be loosened or removed with a peeling action by the user. The band can have a generally planar or flat electronic device-supporting portion upon which an electronic communications device can be securely connected.
  • As shown in the embodiment of FIG. 7-10, the inner and outer integrally connected strap sections 128 and 129 of the one piece wearable plastic band can have pockets 126 or countersunk openings 131 in which an elongated strip 137 of magnetic rivets 118 are placed, seated and embedded in the strap sections. The outwardly facing portions of the rivets can comprise inclined seats or pockets with raised inclined sections 139 (FIG. 9) comprising inclined ramps which provide magnetic ratchets or magnetic pawls. The raised ratchet sections 139 can be positioned at an angle of inclination, such as ranging from 105 degrees to 135 degrees relative to the elongated centerline of the inner strap section. The outwardly facing exterior portions of the rivets can be flush, countersunk or slightly below the exterior surfaces 141 of the wearable band. The end portion of one of the right magnetic strap section 110 can have inwardly facing inclined magnets 116 embedded therein which magnetically engage and lock the ratchets of the rivets at the desired location of the band when the band is tightened, such as about the user's arm or wrist. The outer upper surface and lower inward-facing surface of each inclined magnet can be positioned at an angle of inclination, such as from 10 degrees to 45 degrees relative to the elongated centerline of the magnetic strap section. The upright sides of the inclined magnet can be positioned at an angle of inclination similar to the raised ratchet section. The engaging outer side of the inclined magnet can abuttingly engage the magnetic ratchet of the raised ratchet section of the engaging inclined rivet in the locked position. Also, in the locked position, the magnet engages, snugly sits and fits in the inclined seat against the ratchet of the inclined rivet.
  • In the locked position, the ratchets can help keep the bank in the locked position and prevent further tightening of the band. The outer exterior surface of the end portion of the magnetic strap section 110 can cover the magnets. The band can be loosened or removed with a peeling action by the user or by pushing the strap sections in opposite directions.
  • As shown in FIG. 11, the portable electronic communications device can have a back surface 130 positioned adjacent and in proximity to the electronic device-supporting portion of the wearable band. The portable electronic communications device can also have a front 132 with a front surface 134 and an electronic illuminated visual display 136 for displaying images 138, and can have a frame 140 that can be positioned about and secure the electronic visual display. The portable electronic communications device can also have controls 142-146 for controlling the display of images. The display can comprise: an impact resistant screen, a display screen, a touchscreen, or combinations of any of the preceding. The controls can comprise: buttons, keys, a keypad, touchpad, power button, input button, pairing button, download button, output button, or combinations of any of the preceding.
  • The images electronically displayed in the visual display can comprise: graphics, color graphics, black graphics, moving graphics, text, numbers, alpha numeric images, characters, icons, animation, video clips, logos, photographs, decorations, designs, symbols, statistics, information, data, or combinations of the preceding.
  • The portable electronic communications device can comprise: a fitness tracker, exercise monitor, sports monitor, activity tracker distance tracker, time tracker, speed tracker, calorie monitor, blood pressure monitor, heart rate monitor, health monitor, sleep tracker, handset, global positioning system (GPS), navigation device, transmitting device, electronic receiving device, electronic planner, workout planner, electronic calendar, scheduling device, stop watch, watch, music player, MP3 player, performance monitor, golf tracker, golf monitor, scoring tracker, virtual caddie, club tracking device, incoming call notifier, answering machine, statistical storage device, data storage device, information storage device, cadence sensor, goal setting device, workout frequency reminder, workout frequency monitor, downloadable device, computer-compatible device, Bluetooth compatible device, headphone-compatible device, cell phone-compatible device, android phone-compatible device, pairing device, data sharing device, qwerty phone, radiotelephone, cellular (cell) phone, mobile phone, smart phone, flip phone, slider phone, android phone, tablet phone, camera phone, clamshell device, portable networking device, wireless device, portable gaming device, mobile communications device, personal digital assistant (PDA), wireless e-mail device, a two way pager, internet communication device, android tablet, ipod, ipad, kindle, electronic reading device, blackberry, blackberry, tablet device, video device, computer, netbook, wireless device, or combinations of any of the preceding.
  • Among the many advantages of the wearable band assembly are:
      • 1. Superior capability.
      • 2. Superb performance.
      • 3. Can be safely and firmly used during physical exercise, fitness activities, sports, blood pressure readings and health care monitoring.
      • 4. Can be securely attached and detached with one hand before, during or after physical exercise, fitness activities and sports.
      • 5. Outstanding compatibility with and physical support for portable electronic devices.
      • 6. Reliable.
      • 7. Comfortable.
      • 8. Strong.
      • 9. User friendly.
      • 10. Easy to use.
      • 11. Durable.
      • 12. Impact resistant.
      • 13. Versatile.
      • 14. Economical.
      • 15. Attractive.
      • 16. Efficient.
      • 15. Effective.
  • Although embodiments of the invention have been shown and described, it is to be understood that various modifications, substitutions, and rearrangements of parts, components, and/or process (method) steps, as well as other uses of the wearable band assembly can be made by those skilled in the art without departing from the novel spirit and scope of this invention.

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What is claimed is:
1: A wearable band assembly, comprising:
a wearable band having an outwardly facing surface, an inwardly facing surface and overlappable end portions;
a matrix of interlocking magnetic mechanisms comprising matingly engageable magnetic portions operatively associated with said end portions of said wearable band for detachably and magnetically securing said end portions of said wearable band; and
said wearable band being adjustable from a locked position to a released position and vice versa.
2: A wearable band assembly in accordance with claim 1 wherein said wearable band is selected from the group consisting of: an elongated band, adjustable band, molded band, wrist band, arm band, finger band, ankle band, leg band, head band, chest band, sports band, workout band, bicycle band, bike mount, handlebar band, motorcycle band, jet-pack band, vehicle band, rigid band, semi-rigid band, peelable band, squeezable band, contractible band, collapsible band, expandable band, flexible band, stretchable band, bendable band, cuff, strap, belt, bracelet, necklace, one handed adjustable band, and combinations of any of the preceding.
3: A wearable band assembly in accordance with claim 1 wherein said wearable band comprises a material selected from the group consisting of: molded plastic, impact-resistant plastic, flexible plastic, plastic, rubber, elastomeric material, non-metallic material, non-magnetic metal, wood, fabric, cloth, elastomeric material, or combinations of any of the preceding.
4: A wearable band assembly in accordance with claim 1 wherein said magnetic mechanisms are selected from the group consisting of similar magnetic mechanisms, different magnetic mechanisms, complementary magnetic mechanisms, and combinations of any of the preceding.
5: A wearable band assembly in accordance with claim 1 wherein said matingly engageable magnetic portions are selected from the group consisting of: magnetic clasps, angled magnetic clasps, ratcheting magnetic clasps, ferromagnetic clasps, ferrimagnetic clasps, hematite clasps, magnetic rivets, inclined magnetic rivets, magnetic washers, inclined magnetic washers, magnetic pawls, magnetic ratchets, magnetic connectors, ferromagnetic connectors, ferrimagnetic connectors, magnetic connectors, magnetic fasteners, ferromagnetic fasteners, ferrimagnetic fasteners, magnetic closures, magnetic snaps, magnetic buttons, magnetic locks, female magnetic members, male magnetic members, magnets, cylindrical magnets, annular magnets, steel magnets, magnetite clasps, iron magnets, iron-oxide magnetite magnets, strontium-ferrite magnets, barium-ferrite magnets, cobalt-ferrite magnets, ceramic magnets, alnico magnets, ferrite magnets, rare earth magnets, samarium-cobalt magnets, neodymium magnets, aluminum-nickel iron-cobalt magnets, loadstone magnets, angled magnets, or combinations of any of the preceding.
6: A wearable band assembly in accordance with claim 1 wherein said end portions of said wearable band define a matrix of pockets for receiving and holding said magnetic mechanisms.
7: A wearable band assembly in accordance with claim 6 wherein said pockets are selected from the group consisting of angled pockets, inclined pockets, openings, holes, apertures, countersunk portions, indented portions, notches, grooves, and combinations of the preceding.
8: A wearable band assembly in accordance with claim 1 wherein said wearable band comprises an electronic device-supporting portion.
9: A wearable band assembly in accordance with claim 8 including an electronic device secured to electronic device-supporting portion of said wearable band.
10: A wearable band assembly in accordance with claim 9 wherein said electronic device comprises a portable electronic device selected from the group consisting of: an electronic communications device, fitness tracker, exercise monitor, sports monitor, activity tracker distance tracker, time tracker, speed tracker, calorie monitor, blood pressure monitor, heart rate monitor, health monitor, sleep tracker, handset, global positioning system (GPS), navigation device, transmitting device, electronic receiving device, electronic planner, workout planner, electronic calendar, scheduling device, stop watch, watch, music player, MP3 player, performance monitor, golf tracker, golf monitor, scoring tracker, virtual caddie, club tracking device, incoming call notifier, answering machine, statistical storage device, data storage device, information storage device, cadence sensor, goal setting device, workout frequency reminder, workout frequency monitor, downloadable device, computer-compatible device, Bluetooth compatible device, headphone-compatible device, cell phone-compatible device, android phone-compatible device, pairing device, data sharing device, qwerty phone, radiotelephone, cellular (cell) phone, mobile phone, smart phone, flip phone, slider phone, android phone, tablet phone, camera phone, clamshell device, portable networking device, wireless device, portable gaming device, mobile communications device, personal digital assistant (PDA), wireless e-mail device, a two way pager, internet communication device, android tablet, ipod, ipad, kindle, electronic reading device, blackberry, blackberry, tablet device, video device, computer, netbook, wireless device, and combinations of any of the preceding.
11: A wearable band assembly, comprising:
an elongated wearable band having an outwardly facing surface, an inwardly facing surface and overlappable end portions;
an array of magnetic clasps comprising matingly engageable magnetic clasping portions operatively connected to said end portions of said elongated wearable band for detachably, magnetically and interlockingly securing said end portions of said wearable band;
said elongated wearable band being moveable and adjustable from a locked position to a released position and vice versa; and
said wearable band comprising an electronic device-supporting portion positioned along one of said surfaces at a located generally opposite said overlapping end portions when said elongated wearable band is in said locked position.
12: A wearable band assembly in accordance with claim 11 wherein:
said elongated wearable band is selected from the group consisting of an adjustable band, molded band, wrist band, arm band, finger band, ankle band, leg band, head band, chest band, sports band, workout band, bicycle band, bike mount, handlebar band, motorcycle band, jet-pack band, vehicle band, rigid band, semi-rigid band, peelable band, squeezable band, contractible band, collapsible band, expandable band, flexible band, stretchable band, bendable band, cuff, strap, belt, bracelet, necklace, one handed adjustable band, and combinations of any of the preceding; and
said elongated wearable band comprises a material selected from the group consisting of: molded plastic, impact-resistant plastic, flexible plastic, plastic, rubber, elastomeric material, non-metallic material, non-magnetic metal, wood, fabric, cloth, elastomeric material, or combinations of any of the preceding.
13: A wearable band assembly in accordance with claim 11 wherein:
said magnetic clasps are selected from the group consisting of similar magnetic clasps, different magnetic claps, angled magnetic clasps, ratcheting magnetic clasps, ferromagnetic clasps, ferrimagnetic clasps, magnetically attractable clasps, and combinations of any of the preceding; and
said magnetic clasping portions are selected from the group consisting of complementary magnetic clasping portions, hematite clasps, magnetic rivets, inclined magnetic rivets, magnetic washers, inclined magnetic washers, magnetic pawls, magnetic ratchets, magnetic connectors, ferromagnetic connectors, ferrimagnetic connectors, magnetic connectors, magnetic fasteners, ferromagnetic fasteners, ferrimagnetic fasteners, magnetic closures, magnetic snaps, magnetic buttons, magnetic locks, female magnetic members, male magnetic members, magnets, cylindrical magnets, annular magnets, steel magnets, magnetite clasps, iron magnets, iron-oxide magnetite magnets, strontium-ferrite magnets, barium-ferrite magnets, cobalt-ferrite magnets, ceramic magnets, alnico magnets, ferrite magnets, rare earth magnets, samarium-cobalt magnets, neodymium magnets, aluminum-nickel iron-cobalt magnets, loadstone magnets, angled magnets, or combinations of any of the preceding.
14: A wearable band assembly in accordance with claim 11 wherein:
said elongated wearable band define an array of pockets for receiving and holding said magnetic clasps; and
said pockets are selected from the group consisting of angled pockets, inclined pockets, openings, holes, apertures, countersunk portions, indented portions, notches, grooves, and combinations of the preceding.
15: A wearable band assembly in accordance with claim 11 including a portable electronic device connected to electronic device-supporting portion of said elongated wearable band, and said portable electronic device is selected from the group consisting of: an electronic communications device, fitness tracker, exercise monitor, sports monitor, activity tracker distance tracker, time tracker, speed tracker, calorie monitor, blood pressure monitor, heart rate monitor, health monitor, sleep tracker, handset, global positioning system (GPS), navigation device, transmitting device, electronic receiving device, electronic planner, workout planner, electronic calendar, scheduling device, stop watch, watch, music player, MP3 player, performance monitor, golf tracker, golf monitor, scoring tracker, virtual caddie, club tracking device, incoming call notifier, answering machine, statistical storage device, data storage device, information storage device, cadence sensor, goal setting device, workout frequency reminder, workout frequency monitor, downloadable device, computer-compatible device, Bluetooth compatible device, headphone-compatible device, cell phone-compatible device, android phone-compatible device, pairing device, data sharing device, qwerty phone, radiotelephone, cellular (cell) phone, mobile phone, smart phone, flip phone, slider phone, android phone, tablet phone, camera phone, clamshell device, portable networking device, wireless device, portable gaming device, mobile communications device, personal digital assistant (PDA), wireless e-mail device, a two way pager, internet communication device, android tablet, ipod, ipad, kindle, electronic reading device, blackberry, blackberry, tablet device, video device, computer, notebook, wireless device, and combinations of any of the preceding.
16: A wearable band assembly, comprising:
an adjustable elongated wearable band having an outwardly facing surface, an inwardly facing surface and overlappable end portions;
a set of aligned magnetic clasps comprising rows of matingly engageable magnetic clasping portions securely connected to said end portions of said adjustable elongated wearable band for detachably, magnetically and interlockingly securing said end portions of said adjustable elongated wearable band, said magnetic clasping portions comprising male magnetic clasping members comprising magnets and female magnetic clasping members comprising magnetically attractable clasping portions;
said adjustable elongated wearable band being moveable and adjustable to loosen or tighten said wearable band and said overlappable end portion from an attached locked position to an unlocked released position and vice versa;
said adjustable elongated wearable band comprising an intermediate centrally located electronic device-supporting portion positioned along one of said surfaces at a location generally opposite said overlapping end portions when said adjustable elongated wearable band is in said locked position; and
a portable electronic communications device connected to said electronic device-supporting portion of said elongated wearable band.
17: A wearable band assembly in accordance with claim 16 wherein:
said adjustable elongated wearable band is selected from the group consisting of: a molded band, wrist band, arm band, finger band, ankle band, leg band, head band, chest band, sports band, workout band, bicycle band, bike mount, handlebar band, motorcycle band, jet-pack band, vehicle band, rigid band, semi-rigid band, peelable band, squeezable band, contractible band, collapsible band, expandable band, flexible band, stretchable band, bendable band, cuff, strap, belt, bracelet, necklace, one handed adjustable band, and combinations of any of the preceding; and
said adjustable elongated wearable band comprises a material selected from the group consisting of: molded plastic, impact-resistant plastic, flexible plastic, plastic, rubber, elastomeric material, non-metallic material, non-magnetic metal, wood, fabric, cloth, elastomeric material, or combinations of any of the preceding plastic, impact-resistant plastic, flexible plastic, plastic, rubber, elastomeric material, non-metallic material, non-magnetic metal, wood, fabric, cloth, elastomeric material, or combinations of any of the preceding.
18: A wearable band assembly in accordance with claim 16 wherein:
said magnetic clasps are selected from the group consisting of: similar magnetic clasps, different magnetic claps, angled magnetic clasps, ratcheting magnetic clasps, ferromagnetic clasps, ferromagnetic clasps, hematite clasps, magnetically attractable clasps, and combinations of any of the preceding;
said magnets are selected from the group consisting of: cylindrical magnets, annular magnets, steel magnets, magnetite clasps, iron magnets, iron-oxide magnetite magnets, strontium-ferrite magnets, barium-ferrite magnets, cobalt-ferrite magnets, ceramic magnets, alnico magnets, ferrite magnets, rare earth magnets, samarium-cobalt magnets, neodymium magnets, aluminum-nickel iron-cobalt magnets, loadstone magnets, angled magnets, and combinations of any of the preceding magnets; and
said female magnetic members are selected from the group consisting of:: inclined magnetic rivets, magnetic washers, inclined magnetic washers, magnetic pawls, magnetic ratchets, magnetic connectors, ferromagnetic connectors, ferrimagnetic connectors, magnetic connectors, magnetic fasteners, ferromagnetic fasteners, ferrimagnetic fasteners, magnetic closures, magnetic snaps, magnetic buttons, magnetic locks, or combinations of any of the preceding.
19: A wearable band assembly in accordance with claim 16 wherein:
said adjustable elongated wearable band define an array of pockets for receiving and holding said magnetic clasps;
said pockets are selected from the group consisting of angled pockets, inclined pockets, openings, holes, apertures, countersunk portions, indented portions, notches, grooves, and combinations of the preceding; and
said female magnetic members are selected from the group consisting of: inclined magnetic rivets with outwardly facing inclined ramps providing magnetic ratchets, inclined magnetic washers, and combinations of any portions of the preceding.
20: A wearable band assembly in accordance with claim 16 wherein:
said portable electronic communications device comprises a back surface positioned adjacent electronic device-supporting portion, a front with a front surface and an electronic visual display for displaying images, a frame positioned about and securing said electronic visual display, and controls for controlling the display of images;
said display is selected from the group consisting of: an impact resistant screen, a display screen, a touchscreen, and combinations of any of the preceding;
said controls are selected from the group consisting of buttons, keys, a keypad, touchpad, power button, input button, pairing button, download button, output button, and combinations of any of the preceding;
said images are selected from the group consisting of: graphics, color graphics, black graphics, moving graphics, text, numbers, alpha numeric images, characters, icons, animation, video clips, logos, photographs, decorations, designs, symbols, statistics, information, data, and combinations of the preceding; and
said portable electronic communications device is selected from the group consisting of: a fitness tracker, exercise monitor, sports monitor, activity tracker distance tracker, time tracker, speed tracker, calorie monitor, blood pressure monitor, heart rate monitor, health monitor, sleep tracker, handset, global positioning system (GPS), navigation device, transmitting device, electronic receiving device, electronic planner, workout planner, electronic calendar, scheduling device, stop watch, watch, music player, MP3 player, performance monitor, golf tracker, golf monitor, scoring tracker, virtual caddie, club tracking device, incoming call notifier, answering machine, statistical storage device, data storage device, information storage device, cadence sensor, goal setting device, workout frequency reminder, workout frequency monitor, downloadable device, computer-compatible device, Bluetooth compatible device, headphone-compatible device, cell phone-compatible device, android phone-compatible device, pairing device, data sharing device, qwerty phone, radiotelephone, cellular (cell) phone, mobile phone, smart phone, flip phone, slider phone, android phone, tablet phone, camera phone, clamshell device, portable networking device, wireless device, portable gaming device, mobile communications device, personal digital assistant (PDA), wireless e-mail device, a two way pager, internet communication device, android tablet, ipod, ipad, kindle, electronic reading device, blackberry, blackberry, tablet device, video device, computer, notebook, wireless device, and combinations of any of the preceding.
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