US20170354194A1 - Retractable headgear - Google Patents

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US20170354194A1
US20170354194A1 US15/177,279 US201615177279A US2017354194A1 US 20170354194 A1 US20170354194 A1 US 20170354194A1 US 201615177279 A US201615177279 A US 201615177279A US 2017354194 A1 US2017354194 A1 US 2017354194A1
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A42HEADWEAR
    • A42BHATS; HEAD COVERINGS
    • A42B1/00Hats; Caps; Hoods
    • A42B1/04Soft caps; Hoods
    • A42B1/06Caps with flaps; Motoring caps; Caps with means for protecting the eyes, ears, or nape of neck; Caps with airpads or removable linings
    • A42B1/061Caps or soft head coverings with means for protecting the eyes; Uniform caps
    • A42B1/062Peaks; Visors
    • A42B1/065Peaks; Visors extensible or telescopic
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A42HEADWEAR
    • A42BHATS; HEAD COVERINGS
    • A42B1/00Hats; Caps; Hoods
    • A42B1/04Soft caps; Hoods
    • A42B1/12Bathing caps

Abstract

A retractable headgear for covering a user contact surface includes a substantially hemispherical crown (SHC), a channel, a retractable visor, and a locking element. The substantially hemispherical crown includes an outer surface and an inner surface. The inner surface is proximal to the user contact surface. The channel extends from the inner surface of the SHC. The channel extends from a rear section of the SHC to a periphery of the retractable visor of the retractable headgear for accommodating a drawstring. The retractable visor extends from a front section of the SHC. The locking element is positioned at the rear section of the SHC and locks the drawstring. The retractable visor retracts from an extended position to a retracted position when the drawstring is pulled and extends from the retracted position to the extended position when the drawstring is released from the locking element.

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    FIELD OF THE INVENTION
  • The invention disclosed herein generally relates to caps. More particularly, the invention relates to caps with retractable visors.
  • BACKGROUND
  • Headgears are worn by people across the world for a wide variety of reasons. Some use headgears for protection against impact, cold, heat, rain, and other forms of precipitation. Others use it as a form of distinction, decoration, or as per the requirements of their religion. Additionally, headgears are used for recreational purposes, for example, swimming. Typically, swimming caps are tightly fitted, skin-tight garments worn on the head by swimmers. Swimming caps are sometimes worn to keep hair relatively dry or protect hair from chlorinated water, and to keep the water out of the ears. They are also worn to prevent hair from clogging the filter of a pool or a swimming facility. Conventionally, swimming caps can only be worn for swimming purposes. Swimming caps provide no shade to the facial area of the wearer. It is advantageous to a consumer if a swimming cap can be used for providing shade to the face of a user while he/she swims in the pool. This also allows the user to use the cap for activities other than in the swimming pool, for example, walking, jogging, etc. A headgear, which can be used as a swimming cap as well as a cap providing shade to the face of a user, is required.
  • Existing multipurpose caps use Velcro or other metal fasteners for adjusting the fit of the cap to the head of the user. However, these fasteners are prone to damage when the caps are used in water or chlorinated water of a pool. A cap, whose fit is adjusted using a durable fastening mechanism, is required. Hence, there is a long felt but unresolved need for a headgear, which can be used as a swimming cap as well as a cap providing shade to the face of a user. Furthermore, there is a need for a cap, whose fit is adjusted using a durable fastening mechanism.
  • SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
  • This summary is provided to introduce a selection of concepts in a simplified form that are further disclosed in the detailed description of the invention. This summary is not intended to identify key or essential inventive concepts of the claimed subject matter, nor is it intended for determining the scope of the claimed subject matter.
  • The invention disclosed herein addresses the above-mentioned need for a headgear, which can be used as a swimming cap as well as a cap providing shade to the face of a user. Furthermore, the invention addresses the need for a cap, whose fit is adjusted using a durable fastening mechanism. The retractable headgear for covering a user contact surface disclosed herein, comprises a substantially hemispherical crown, a channel, a retractable visor, and a locking element. The substantially hemispherical crown comprises an outer surface and an inner surface. The inner surface is proximal to the user contact surface. The channel extends from the inner surface of the substantially hemispherical crown and extends from a rear section of the substantially hemispherical crown to a periphery of the retractable visor. The channel of the retractable headgear accommodates a drawstring. The retractable visor extends from a front section of the substantially hemispherical crown.
  • The locking element is positioned at the rear section of the substantially hemispherical crown. Furthermore, the locking element is configured to lock the drawstring. The retractable visor retracts from an extended position to a retracted position when the drawstring is pulled and extends from the retracted position to the extended position when the drawstring is released from the locking element.
  • BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
  • The foregoing summary, as well as the following detailed description of the invention, is better understood when read in conjunction with the appended drawings. For the purpose of illustrating the invention, exemplary constructions of the invention are shown in the drawings. However, the invention is not limited to the specific methods and structures disclosed herein. The description of a method step or a structure referenced by a numeral in a drawing is applicable to the description of that method step or structure shown by that same numeral in any subsequent drawing herein.
  • FIG. 1A exemplarily illustrates a front perspective view of a retractable headgear showing the visor of the retractable headgear in an extended position.
  • FIG. 1B exemplarily illustrates a front perspective view of a retractable headgear showing the visor of the retractable headgear in a retracted position.
  • FIG. 2 exemplarily illustrates a rear perspective view of a retractable headgear.
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION
  • FIG. 1A exemplarily illustrates a front perspective view of a retractable headgear 100 showing the retractable visor 103 of the retractable headgear 100 in an extended position. FIG. 1B exemplarily illustrates a front perspective view of a retractable headgear 100 showing the retractable visor 103 of the retractable headgear 100 in a retracted position. As used herein, the term “visor” refers to an extension of the crown of a headgear, for example, a cap, etc., which extends generally forward and casts a shade on a portion of a user's face, for example, the eyes, etc. The retractable headgear 100 for covering a user contact surface disclosed herein, comprises a substantially hemispherical crown 101, a channel 102, a retractable visor 103, and a locking element 104. The substantially hemispherical crown 101 comprises an outer surface 101 a and an inner surface 101 b. The inner surface 101 b is proximal to the user contact surface. The user contact surface refers to the head of the user. The channel 102 extends from the inner surface 101 b of the substantially hemispherical crown 101 and extends from a rear section 101 c of the substantially hemispherical crown 101 to a periphery 103 a of the retractable visor 103 as exemplarily illustrated in FIGS. 1A-2. The channel 102 of the retractable headgear 100 accommodates a drawstring 105.
  • The retractable visor 103 extends from a front section 101 d of the substantially hemispherical crown 101. The retractable visor 103 in the extended position, as exemplarily illustrated in FIG. 1A, enables swimmers to use the retractable headgear 100 for protection against the sun rays. In an embodiment, the substantially hemispherical crown 101 of the retractable headgear 100 is made of multiple panels. Similarly, the retractable visor 103 in the retracted position, as exemplarily illustrated in FIG. 1B, enables swimmers to swim freely with the retractable headgear 100 on.
  • FIG. 2 exemplarily illustrates a rear perspective view of a retractable headgear 100. In an embodiment, the locking element 104 is, for example, a drawstring cord lock. The locking element 104 is positioned at the rear section 101 c of the substantially hemispherical crown 101. Furthermore, the locking element 104 is configured to lock the drawstring 105. The retractable visor 103 retracts from an extended position to a retracted position when the drawstring 105 is pulled and extends from the retracted position to the extended position when the drawstring 105 is released from the locking element 104. When a user pulls the drawstring 105 the retractable visor 103 of the retractable headgear 100 retracts, allowing the user to swim freely with the retractable headgear 100 on. Upon releasing the locking element 104, the retractable visor 103 is extended. This will allow swimmers to continue using protection, while doing their underwater activities, without having to run in and out of the water to protect themselves from the dangers of sun exposure.
  • The foregoing examples have been provided merely for the purpose of explanation and are in no way to be construed as limiting of the retractable headgear 100, disclosed herein. While the retractable headgear 100 has been described with reference to various embodiments, it is understood that the words, which have been used herein, are words of description and illustration, rather than words of limitation. Further, although the retractable headgear 100, has been described herein with reference to particular means, materials, and embodiments, the retractable headgear 100 is not intended to be limited to the particulars disclosed herein; rather, the retractable headgear 100 extends to all functionally equivalent structures, methods and uses, such as are within the scope of the appended claims. Those skilled in the art, having the benefit of the teachings of this specification, may effect numerous modifications thereto and changes may be made without departing from the scope and spirit of the retractable headgear 100 disclosed herein in their aspects.

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What is claimed is:
1. A retractable headgear for covering a user contact surface, the retractable headgear comprising:
a substantially hemispherical crown comprising an outer surface and an inner surface, wherein the inner surface is proximal to the user contact surface;
a channel extending from the inner surface of the substantially hemispherical crown, the channel extending from a rear section of the substantially hemispherical crown to a periphery of a retractable visor of the retractable headgear for accommodating a drawstring;
the retractable visor extending from a front section of the substantially hemispherical crown;
a locking element positioned at the rear section of the substantially hemispherical crown, wherein the locking element is configured to lock the drawstring; and
whereby the retractable visor retracts from an extended position to a retracted position when the drawstring is pulled and the retractable visor extends from the retracted position to the extended position when the drawstring is released from the locking element.
2. The retractable headgear of claim 1, wherein the headgear is a cap.
3. The retractable headgear of claim 1, wherein the retractable headgear is a swim cap.
4. The retractable headgear of claim 1, wherein the retractable headgear is of a water proof and water repellant material.
5. The retractable headgear of claim 1, wherein the user contact surface is a head of a user.
6. The retractable headgear of claim 1, wherein the locking element is one of a clip and a drawstring cord lock.
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US6484323B1 (en) * 2001-12-15 2002-11-26 Ly Pu Convertible-hat with brim stowable within cap
US6704940B1 (en) * 1999-07-09 2004-03-16 Richard Convery Convertible hat
US6839904B1 (en) * 2004-02-11 2005-01-11 Jack Lien Head-worn shading visor
US20120180193A1 (en) * 2011-01-13 2012-07-19 Jesus Curiel Interchangeable head assembly
US8613114B1 (en) * 2012-07-25 2013-12-24 2nd Skull, LLC Head guard

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US1840557A (en) * 1931-03-14 1932-01-12 Winifred W Beach Hat
US3072916A (en) * 1960-04-25 1963-01-15 Henderson Cleophus Bandanna hat
US5450629A (en) * 1994-01-14 1995-09-19 Gilstrap; Keith D. Convertible hat with a foldable visor and associated method
US6704940B1 (en) * 1999-07-09 2004-03-16 Richard Convery Convertible hat
US6484323B1 (en) * 2001-12-15 2002-11-26 Ly Pu Convertible-hat with brim stowable within cap
US6839904B1 (en) * 2004-02-11 2005-01-11 Jack Lien Head-worn shading visor
US20120180193A1 (en) * 2011-01-13 2012-07-19 Jesus Curiel Interchangeable head assembly
US8613114B1 (en) * 2012-07-25 2013-12-24 2nd Skull, LLC Head guard

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