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United States Patent Application 20180153048
Kind Code A1
Mayfield; Walter G. May 31, 2018

DEVICES AND ACCESSORIES EMPLOYING A LIVING HINGE

Abstract

A device incorporating both a magnet and a living hinge may be employed to construct cases to protect electronic devices and to function as a closure for cases and lidded containers. Such cases often can be bent three 360.degree. allowing the cases to be either closed protecting devices therein are closed upon themselves allowing the case to function to secure an electronic device to a substrate such as an article of clothing. The devices of the disclosure can also be used to organize and hold loose items together.


Inventors: Mayfield; Walter G.; (Houston, TX)
Applicant:
Name City State Country Type

GUI Global Products, Ltd.

Houston

TX

US
Family ID: 1000003146071
Appl. No.: 15/881458
Filed: January 26, 2018


Related U.S. Patent Documents

Application NumberFiling DatePatent Number
15713332Sep 22, 2017
15881458
14440548May 4, 2015
PCT/US2013/068066Nov 1, 2013
15713332
61722401Nov 5, 2012
61759114Jan 31, 2013

Current U.S. Class: 1/1
Current CPC Class: A45C 13/005 20130101; H05K 5/0226 20130101; H01F 7/0263 20130101; A45C 11/00 20130101; A45C 2011/003 20130101; A45F 2005/008 20130101; A45F 5/02 20130101; A45C 13/1069 20130101; A45F 2200/0516 20130101; A45C 2011/002 20130101; H05K 5/0086 20130101; H05K 5/0091 20130101
International Class: H05K 5/02 20060101 H05K005/02; A45C 13/00 20060101 A45C013/00; H01F 7/02 20060101 H01F007/02; A45C 11/00 20060101 A45C011/00

Claims



1. An electronic device comprising: an electronic component having a view screen and a living hinge formed on a continuous material defining at least two modules separated by the living hinge; wherein: the electronic component is attached to the at least two modules; and a first rare earth magnet located along a first module and a second magnet, rare earth magnet, or a ferromagnetic or a ferrimagnetic substrate located along a second module are configured to attach the electronic device around or to an object.

2. The electronic device of claim 1 wherein the electronic component is attached to the at least two modules separated by a living hinge employing at least one element selected from the group consisting of clip, slit, loop, adhesive, a magnet or rare earth magnet, and combinations thereof

3. The electronic device of claim 1 wherein the electronic component is selected from the group consisting of a watch, a clock, a phone, a gps device, a cable, a radio transmitter, a digital music player, speakers, a light/reflector, and combinations thereof

4. The electronic device of claim 2 wherein the electronic component is attached to the at least two modules separated by a living hinge using a loop.

5. The electronic device of claim 2 wherein the electronic component is attached to the at least two modules separated by a living hinge using a clip.

6. The electronic device of claim 2 wherein the electronic component is attached to the at least two modules separated by a living hinge using a slit.

7. The electronic device of claim 2 wherein the electronic component is attached to the at least two modules separated by a living hinge using a slit and a loop.

8. The electronic device of claim 3 wherein the electronic component is selected from the group consisting of a watch, gps device, radio transmitter, and combinations thereof

9. The electronic device of claim 8 wherein the at least two modules separated by a living hinge have a first and a second magnet and are configured such that the first and second magnets' polarity allow the at least two modules separated by a living hinge to wrap around a the object.

10. The electronic device of claim 9 wherein, when attached to the object, the electronic device is configured such that it may be used hands free.

11. The electronic device of claim 1 wherein one of the at least two modules is a ferrimagnetic or ferromagnetic material and another of the at least two modules contains at least one magnet.

12. The electronic device of claim 10 wherein at least one of the two modules is a continuous ferrimagnetic substrate.

13. The electronic of claim 12 wherein the natural bend of the living hinge is a continuous ferrimagnetic material.

14. The electronic device of claim 8 wherein the electronic device can be manipulated to adjust a tension of the electronic device upon the object.
Description



CROSS-REFERENCE OF RELATED APPLICATIONS

[0001] This application is a Continuation application of U.S. application Ser. No. 15/713,332, filed Sep. 22, 2017, which is a Continuation of Ser. No. 14/440548, filed May 4, 2015, which is a 371 National Phase Entry of International Application No.: PCT/US2013/068066, filed Nov. 1, 2013, which claims benefit of 61/722401, filed Nov. 5, 2012 and claims benefit of 61/759,114, filed Jan. 31, 2013 the entire disclosure of which is incorporated herein by reference in its entirety.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of the Invention

[0002] The invention relates to an apparatuses and accessories incorporating living hinges. The invention particularly relates to such apparatuses and accessories used with electrical devices.

2. Background of the Art

[0003] In the past, cases used with electronic devices have primarily been employed for the purpose of protecting the device from its environment. For example, even with solid-state devices, it can be desirable to protect such devices from impacts. Thus, cases for such devices often included padding of one type or another to dampen the acceleration deceleration resulting from dropping such a device. Similarly, devices that were sensitive to moisture would have cases that excluded or at least mitigated moisture reaching the device.

[0004] More recently, such cases now are employed to both protect the devices and to free the hands of the users. In today's society, multitasking is no longer an option it is a requirement. For example, it is common to see people jogging or bicycling and using electronic devices that clip to their clothing or equipment.

[0005] It would be desirable in the art of producing electronic devices and accessories for such devices to either encase devices or design the devices themselves so that they may be carried and employed efficiently and conveniently.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0006] In one aspect, the invention is an electronic device comprising two modules separated by a living hinge and further comprising a first magnet located on or within a first module and a second magnet or a ferromagnetic or ferrimagnetic substrate located on or within a second module wherein the electronic device is configured such that it may be used with the modules in an open position, and it may be stored by closing the modules with a target substrate between the modules such that the first magnet and the second magnet or a ferromagnetic or ferrimagnetic substrate function to adhere the device onto the target substrate.

[0007] In another aspect, the invention is a case for an electronic device comprising two modules separated by a living hinge and further comprising a first magnet located on or within a first module and a second magnet or a ferromagnetic or ferrimagnetic substrate located on or within a second module wherein the case is configured such that it may be stored by closing the modules with a target substrate between the modules such that the first magnet and the second magnet or a ferromagnetic or ferrimagnetic substrate function to adhere the device onto the target substrate. In some embodiments, the case may be configured to further secure accessories for the electronic device.

[0008] In still another aspect, the invention is a system comprising a case and a separate closure for the case wherein the closure for the case has two modules separated by a living hinge and further comprising a first magnet located on or within a first closure module and a second magnet or a ferromagnetic or ferrimagnetic substrate located on or within a second closure module and the case has two components separated by a hinge and a first magnet located on or within a the first case component and a second magnet or a ferromagnetic or ferrimagnetic substrate located on or within the second case component and the closure and case are configured such that the closure components adhere to the case components to hold them closed.

[0009] Another aspect of the invention is a system comprising a container and a separate closure for the container wherein the closure for the container has two closure modules separated by a living hinge and further comprising a first magnet located on or within a first closure module and a second magnet or a ferromagnetic or ferrimagnetic substrate located on or within a second closure module and the container has a body and a lid connect by a hinge and a first magnet located on or within a lid and a second magnet or a ferromagnetic or ferrimagnetic substrate located on or within the body and the closure and case are configured such that the closure adheres to both the lid and the body to hold them closed.

[0010] In still another aspect, the invention is a device comprising a first component and a second component separated by a living hinge and further comprising a first magnet located on or within a first module and a second magnet or a ferromagnetic or ferrimagnetic substrate located on or within a second component wherein the device is configured such that the first component and second component, can be brought together and the first magnet and the second magnet or a ferromagnetic or ferrimagnetic substrate function to hold the two components together and further secure objects between the components of the device. In some embodiments, the device may further secure the object to another object using magnetic, adhesive or mechanicals means.

[0011] In another embodiment, the invention is a device for attaching a magnetic object to a Tablet personal computer (PC) or other electronic device comprising a substrate having a first surface configured to receive the magnetic object, a second surface having an adhesive which serves to secure the device to the Tablet PC or other electronic device, and at least one band connected to the substrate using a living hinge which is configured to wrap around the magnetic device to secure it to the first surface of the device.

[0012] Another embodiment of the invention is an improvement to a device employing at least two magnets wherein the device is configured to receive an object being slid between the two magnets and secure it in place wherein the improvement comprises employing at least one insert between the object and one of the magnets wherein the insert is in the shape of a wedge.

[0013] In yet another embodiment the invention is a general-purpose device having at least two magnets to secure a substrate to an object wherein the substrate is adaptable to receiving many different components.

[0014] Another embodiment of the invention is a fiber or cord management system comprising a first tab, a living hinge, and a second tab wherein the living hinge is substantially more narrow than the tabs, the first tab has a single magnet, and the second tab has at least three magnets having the opposite polarity of the magnet on the first tab wherein the living hinge serves as a substrate upon which the fiber or cord may be wound and the first tab can be positioned to attach to the second tab by overlaying it with a point of attachment selected to maintain tension on the cord or fiber.

[0015] In still another embodiment, the invention is a specific-purpose device having at least two magnets to secure a substrate to an object wherein the substrate is adaptable to receiving components useful in converting a pair of glasses into smart glasses.

[0016] In another embodiment, the invention is a device comprising two modules with a living hinge between and a magnet within each of the modules and configured to make contact when the modules are bent towards each other and to hold the modules together in a closed position and further comprising a cleaning surface.

[0017] In still another embodiment, the invention is a method of affixing an object to a substrate comprising closing a device of Claim 18 upon the object and the substrate.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0018] The above and other features and advantages of the present invention will become more apparent by describing in detail embodiments thereof with reference to the attached drawings in which:

[0019] FIG. 1 illustrates an electronic device having two modules in the open position;

[0020] FIG. 2 illustrates an electronic device within a case in the open position;

[0021] FIG. 3 illustrates an electronic device within a case having two living hinges;

[0022] FIG. 4A illustrates an electronic device within a case and attached to a shirt with the device open for viewing;

[0023] FIG. 4B illustrates an electronic device within a case and attached to a shirt with the device covered;

[0024] FIG. 5A illustrates an electronic device within a case with the device open for viewing;

[0025] FIG. 5B illustrates an electronic device within a case with the device covered;

[0026] FIG. 6 illustrates an electronic device within a case but employing a separate closure;

[0027] FIG. 7 illustrates a container with a lid which is secured closed using a separate closure;

[0028] FIG. 8 illustrates a first embodiment of a device for attaching a magnetic object to a Tablet PC or other electronic device comprising a substrate having a first surface configured to receive the magnetic object, a second surface having an adhesive which serves to secure the device to the Tablet PC or other electronic device, and at least one band connected to the substrate using a living hinge which is configured to wrap around the magnetic device;

[0029] FIG. 9 illustrates a second embodiment of the device illustrated in FIG. 8;

[0030] FIG. 10 illustrates an improvement to a device employing at least two magnets wherein the device is configured to receive an object being slid between the two magnets and secure it in place wherein the improvement comprises employing at least one insert between the object and one of the magnets wherein the insert is in the shape of a wedge;

[0031] FIG. 11 illustrates a general-purpose device having at least two magnets to secure a substrate to an object wherein the substrate is adaptable to receiving many different components;

[0032] FIG. 12 illustrates a fiber or cord management system having a first tab, a living hinge, and a second tab;

[0033] FIG. 13 illustrates a a specific-purpose device having at least two magnets to secure a substrate to an object wherein the substrate is adaptable to receiving components useful in converting a pair of glasses into smart glasses; and

[0034] FIG. 14 illustrates a cleaning surface being used with one of the devices of the application.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

[0035] In one aspect, the invention is an electronic device comprising two modules separated by a living hinge. The term electronic device means such devices having a view screen and in some embodiments a keyboard component including, but not limited to cell phones, smartphones, some Tablet computers, laptop computers, iPod (a trade designation of the Apple.RTM. corporation) or other small music players, and the like.

[0036] The term "living hinge" means, for the purposes of the disclosure, a thin flexible hinge (flexure bearing) joining two components, as opposed to a mechanical hinge such as a pin hinge. In some embodiments it is made from the same material as the two pieces it connects. Where it is made from the same material as the components it connects, it may be of the same or differing thickness an even be just a natural bend point in a continuous material.

[0037] The embodiments of the devices and systems of the disclosure include a magnet and/or a ferromagnetic or ferrimagnetic component. The ferromagnetic or ferrimagnetic component may be made of iron or other conventional ferrimagnetic and ferrimagnetic materials. In may also be a composite. Exemplary composites include combinations of aluminum, nickel, and cobalt compound with iron. Such composites may be made by sintering metals or by mixing the metallic components with a resin and injection molding. Mixtures of iron oxide and ceramic components such as barium and strontium carbonate may be used to make ceramic magnets for use as the Ferromagnetic or ferrimagnetic components useful with the application. For the purposes of this application, rare earth magnets, such as but not limited to samarian and neodymium based magnets, are ferrimagnetic and ferrimagnetic materials and may be used to prepare the Ferromagnetic or ferrimagnetic components useful with the application. Any magnetic material or material that is attracted to magnets may be used to prepare the Ferromagnetic or ferrimagnetic components useful with the application.

[0038] In one embodiment, the invention is an electronic device comprising two modules separated by a living hinge and further comprising a first magnet located on or within a first module and a second magnet or a ferromagnetic or ferrimagnetic substrate located on or within a second module wherein the electronic device is configured such that it may be used with the modules in an open position, and it may be stored by closing the modules with a target substrate between the modules such that the first magnet and the second magnet or a ferromagnetic or ferrimagnetic substrate function to adhere the device onto the target substrate.

[0039] The electronic device can be attached to the module using any means known to those of ordinary skill in the art. For example, in one embodiment, an attach point already extant on the device such as a clip can be used to clip to the module by means of a slit or a loop. In another embodiment, a first magnet can be attached to the device and a second magnet attached to the module at a point of attachment where the device would be held in place by the two magnets. In still another embodiment, an adhesive can be used.

[0040] Turning to FIG. 1, such a device 100 is illustrated with the device having a screen or output element at reference number 102 and a keypad are input element at reference number 103. Reference numbers 105A and 105B are independently a first magnet or a second magnet or a ferromagnetic or ferrimagnetic substrate. In at least one embodiment of the disclosure, the first and second modules are adhered to a continuous piece of flexible material. This is designated by reference number 101. The living hinge is located at reference number 104. In some embodiments, the living hinge is located such that it is a natural point of bending for the continuous piece of flexible material.

[0041] In a different embodiment, the living hinge is made of a different material separating two separate pieces which make up the two modules of the device. In such embodiments, the materials making up the modules can be more rigid than the living hinge artifact may be a rigid material.

[0042] In all embodiments, the input element and output elements communicate with each other. This may be done by a wire running between them (not shown) art may be accomplished using an electronic protocol such as BLUETOOTH.RTM. or the like. In one embodiment, the device is a cell phone. In another embodiment, it may be a small Tablet personal computer. In all embodiments, the device may be bent at the hinge to bring the modules together such that the magnets are the magnet and a ferromagnetic or ferrimagnetic substrate may engage to hold the device in a closed position. The device may be open fully or partially for use.

[0043] Another embodiment of the invention is a case for an electronic device comprising two modules separated by a living hinge and further comprising a first magnet located on or within a first module and a second magnet or a ferromagnetic or ferrimagnetic substrate located on or within a second module wherein the case is configured such that it may be stored by closing the modules with a target substrate between the modules such that the first magnet and the second magnet or a ferromagnetic or ferrimagnetic substrate function to adhere the device onto the target substrate. In some embodiments, the case may be configured to further secure accessories for the electronic device.

[0044] Such a device (200) is illustrated in FIG. 2. In such an embodiment, an electronic device (202) is affixed to a first module of a continuous piece of flexible material (201). A living hinge (not shown) is beneath a cable for an accessory which is shown at reference number 203. In the illustrated embodiment there is a first magnet at reference number 205 and a second magnet or a ferromagnetic or ferrimagnetic substrate designated by reference number 205A. In this embodiment, the living hinge is formed by a narrowing of the continuous piece of flexible material which is also a convenient place for storing cables or wires for accessories.

[0045] One application of the device illustrated in FIG. 2 could be a digital music player. In such an application the accessory could be a power cable or an earplug. Just as with the previous device, the living hinge functions to enable the closing of the device so that the components can be covered by the continuous flexible material. In an alternative embodiment, the living hinge may join to rigid components to provide additional protection from the environment or a more stable operations platform.

[0046] When an electronic device, a magnet, a ferromagnetic or ferrimagnetic material, or any of the other components which may be applied to a case in the course of making embodiments the invention the disclosure, they may be adhered using a tacky adhesive. One such embodiment includes using double sided gaffer's tape as the source of the tacky adhesive. Any tacky adhesive can be used with the method of the application.

[0047] In some embodiments, the cases may be reversible and that one side may be a first color and the other side may be a second color. One advantage of employing magnetism to hold an electronic device in place on the case is that the user may select which side of the case they wish to use.

[0048] While the adhesive may be a tacky adhesive such as already discussed hereinabove, it may also be a permanent adhesive. Such permanent adhesives may be selected from acrylic emulsion adhesives, rubber-based adhesives, or any other suitable material exhibiting durable bonding qualities.

[0049] In other embodiments, components that are capable of being adhered by a magnet may be held in place using magnetism. For those components which would not otherwise be able to be held in place by the magnet, the component can be enveloped in a sheath having an integral magnet. In an alternative form of this embodiment, the sheath may only cover part of the component.

[0050] Additionally, components that are adhered in place to covers of the application may be adhered using any method known to be useful to those of ordinary skill in the art. This would include, of course, conventional means such as brads, rivets, screws, and other mechanical methods.

[0051] FIG. 3 illustrates several desirable aspects of the devices and systems of the disclosure. In this illustration, reference number 302 is an electronic device within a case containing the electronic device (300). The case is in the closed position. In this embodiment, the living hinge is actually two hinges which are designated by reference numbers 303A and 303B. While not actually touching, the magnets designated as 304A and 304B are sufficiently close to hold the two modules of the case closed. One especially useful aspect of this embodiment is illustrated in FIGS. 4A and 4B.

[0052] The living hinge can bend 360.degree.. This means that the case illustrated can be closed to cover the electronic device or the case can be bent back to close against itself leaving the device open. If the case is closed back upon itself with something interposed, such as a shirt sleeve, then the case can function to hold the device in place thereby freeing the hands of the operator. In FIG. 4A the case is employed to hold an electronic device to a shirt sleeve in the open position to facilitate observation of the device by the user. In FIG. 4B, the use of the case to hold the electronic device in place on a shirt sleeve with a device covered by the case is illustrated.

[0053] This concept is further illustrated in FIGS. 5A and 5B. These drawings illustrate a case (501) holding electronic component (502) on a substrate (504). The whole system is designated using the reference number 500. In FIG. 5A, the case is folded back upon itself leaving the electronic component visible. The cases help close using the magnets designated using reference numbers 503A and 503B.

[0054] In FIG. 5B, the case is folded in the closed position, protecting the electronic component. This embodiment also shows the use of a third magnet designated with the reference number 503C. The 503C magnet is located on or within the electronic component; which may be held in place using a sleeve (not shown).

[0055] In another embodiment, the invention is a system comprising a case and a separate closure for the case wherein the closure for the case has two modules separated by a living hinge and further comprising a first magnet located on or within a first closure module and a second magnet or a ferromagnetic or ferrimagnetic substrate located on or within a second closure module and the case has two components separated by a hinge and a first magnet located on or within a the first case component and a second magnet or a ferromagnetic or ferrimagnetic substrate located on or within the second case component and the closure and case are configured such that the closure components adhere to the case components to hold them closed. This embodiment is illustrated in FIG. 6 wherein the whole system is designated using reference number 600. Similar to the illustrations above, the case (601) protects an electronic device (603) includes a living hinge (602) which includes a magnet or a ferromagnetic or ferrimagnetic substrate designated using the reference numbers 604A and 604B. In this embodiment, the case is not held closed using the magnets located within our on it. Instead, the case is held closed using the separate closure designated using reference number 605. A magnet or a ferromagnetic or ferrimagnetic substrate in the separate closure (606A and 606B) engages with their opposite number in the case to hold the case closed.

[0056] In some embodiments of this aspect of the invention, the separate closure is flexible and may be adhered in place on the case even when the case is open.

[0057] In a related embodiment, the invention is a system comprising a container and a separate closure for the container wherein the closure for the container has two closure modules separated by a living hinge and further comprising a first magnet located on or within a first closure module and a second magnet or a ferromagnetic or ferrimagnetic substrate located on or within a second closure module and the container has a body and a lid connect by a hinge and a first magnet located on or within a lid and a second magnet or a ferromagnetic or ferrimagnetic substrate located on or within the body and the closure and case are configured such that the closure adheres to both the lid and the body to hold them closed. This embodiment is illustrated in FIG. 7.

[0058] In FIG. 7, the system (700) includes both a container designated using reference number 701 and a lid designated using reference number 703. The lid is connected to the container using a hinge (702). The container includes two magnets or ferromagnetic or ferrimagnetic substrates which are designated using reference numbers 704A and 704B. It should be noted that the 704A and 704B magnets or ferromagnetic or ferrimagnetic substrates do not function to hold the lid closed. It is a use of a separate closure (705) which also has magnets or ferromagnetic or ferrimagnetic substrates (706A and 706B) which are configured such that the closure adheres to both the lid and the container to hold them closed.

[0059] In still another embodiment of the method of the disclosure, a device comprising a first component and a second component separated by a living hinge and further comprising a first magnet located on or within a first module and a second magnet or a ferromagnetic or ferrimagnetic substrate located on or within a second component wherein the device is configured such that the first component and second component, can be brought together and the first magnet and the second magnet or a ferromagnetic or ferrimagnetic substrate function to hold the two components together and further secure objects between the components of the device. In some embodiments, the device may further secure the object to another object using magnetic, adhesive or mechanicals means.

[0060] The practical application of this last embodiment is very broad and sweeping. For example, this device can be used to hold things together such as, golf markers, tees, did holders, pencils, ammunition, cigars, paper clips, and the like. In addition to keeping these articles together, as illustrated above, they may be then further secured to an article of clothing or the like. This embodiment is even broader in scope as conventional means of affixing the device holding the collection of items may be employed.

[0061] In addition to organizing a collecting of articles, single items may be affixed to clothing or other locations using this device. For example, single items which may be affixed to substrates such as clothing using this device, include but are not limited to: lights, video cameras, earplugs, fishing lures, fishing tackle, clippers and other toiletries, compasses, sun block, speakers, medication, clocks/watches, safety reflectors, cigar cutters, bottle openers, key chains, laser pointers, laser sensors, radio transmitters, GPS devices, remotes, first aid kits, nametags, small tools such as tape measures or small screwdrivers, and the like.

[0062] Lastly, the devices may be used to hold things together without affixing them to anything else. For example the devices of the disclosure may be used as a ponytail holder. In another embodiment they can be used to hold together wire or rope. In still another embodiment, the closures may be used for closing food bags, bags of charcoal, animal feed bags, and the like.

[0063] In another embodiment, the invention is a device for attaching a magnetic object to a Tablet PC or other electronic device comprising a substrate having a first surface configured to receive the magnetic object, a second surface having an adhesive which serves to secure the device to the Tablet PC or other electronic device, and at least one band connected to the substrate using a living hinge which is configured to wrap around the magnetic device to secure it to the first surface of the device. Turning to FIG. 8, a first embodiment of this device 800A is shown wherein a substrate 801 is illustrated with two magnets (802A) and (802B) which are configured to match up with an area of magnetic attraction on the magnetic object (not shown). In this embodiment, there is one band employed (803) which has a living hinge at its point of attachment (804) to the substrate. On this band is a magnet (805) which has a polarity such that when the strap is bent around the magnetic object, this magnet is attracted to the magnet on the substrate designated (806).

[0064] In using this device, the magnetic object is first placed on the band and the band wrapped around the object so that when the object is placed onto the substrate the magnet on the band (805) engages with the magnet on the substrate (806). The magnetic object is further secured to the substrate by the other two magnets situated thereon (802 A&B).

[0065] This device may be affixed to the Tablet PC or other electronic device using any adhesive known to be useful to those of ordinary skill in the art. For example, in one embodiment, the adhesive may be a permanent adhesive such as an acrylic glue. In another embodiment though, the adhesive may be a tacky adhesive. This would allow the device to be removed from the Tablet PC or other electronic device which may be desirable to some of those employing the device.

[0066] In another embodiment of the device for attaching a magnetic object to a Tablet PC or other electronic device, there are 2 bands rather than one. Turning to FIG. 9, there are now two bands rather than one (803 A&B) and the magnet designated as (806) has been moved to the second band and given a new designation (805B). The other elements remain unchanged.

[0067] In using this embodiment, the magnetic object is first placed on the substrate engaging magnets (802 A&B) and then the bands are folded up and over so that magnets (805 A&B) engage to firmly hold the magnetic object in place. While one and two band versions of this embodiment are shown, in some alternative embodiments there may be up to 4 bands. The substrate may be further configured to receive the magnetic object by having structural constructs around the periphery of the substrate to provide further support to the magnetic object.

[0068] The bands may be composed of the same material as the substrate or they may be different. For example, in an alternative embodiment, the bands may be made of an elastic material. In such an embodiment, the elasticity may provide further support to secure the magnetic object to the substrate.

[0069] Another embodiment of the invention is an improvement to a device employing at least two magnets wherein the device is configured to receive an object being slid between the two magnets and secure it in place wherein the improvement comprises employing at least one insert between the object and one of the magnets wherein the insert is in the shape of a wedge. Turning to FIG. 10, the device (1000) may be any which employs 2 magnets to fix something in position, such as that illustrated in FIG. 5A. The portion of such a device illustrated here includes a first flap (1001A) and a second flap (1001B) and disposed therein are two magnets (1002 A&B). Interposed on the surface of the bottom flap is a wedge shaped insert (1003). This insert functions by allowing an object being slid between the flaps assert a force vector in parallel to the direction of magnetic attraction. The strength of modern magnets, especially the rare earth magnets, are such that sometimes this additional force vector is necessary in order to separate the magnets to allow the object to be inserted. In this embodiment, only a single insert is shown and it is shown to be on the surface of the flap. It is within the scope of the invention that alternative embodiments could include 2 inserts and they may be disposed within the flap rather than upon it. If disposed upon the flap, it may be desirable to pair the wedge using a nonstick material such as Teflon.RTM. to further facilitate sliding the object between the magnets. For example, this embodiment would useful for affixing a pair of glasses to a piece of clothing.

[0070] In another embodiment, the invention is a general-purpose device having at least two magnets to secure a substrate to an object wherein the substrate is adaptable to receiving many different components. Turning to FIG. 11, the general-purpose device (1100) is illustrated in the secured position around an object (1103) with the force of the magnets (1102 A&B) acting to hold the two flaps of the substrate (1101 A&B) in contact with the object. Another magnet (1104) is shown which is exposed when the substrate is in the secured position. This exposed magnet may be employed to hold other objects. Exemplary of such objects are flowers (such as a corsage or boutonniere), dolls, toys, jewelry, sports items (such as the image of a mascot, fishing tackle and an inspirational inscription), nametags, and even small electronic devices such as a radiofrequency densification device. One use of an RFID device would be to keep track of pets or children on outings. Essentially any object which is not too heavy to be held in place by a magnet could be employed with this device.

[0071] With this embodiment the invention, the external magnet does not necessarily have to be external. For example, in some embodiments it may be disposed within the matrix of the substrate. In still another embodiment, one of the magnets acting to hold the substrate in contact with the object can do double duty and also function to hold the component in place on the outside of the substrate.

[0072] In addition to the embodiments immediately set forth in the disclosure, combination of features from the different embodiments are also within the scope of the claims. Turning to FIG. 2, note how a cable can be stored for use with the attached device. Now turn to FIG. 6. It is within the scope of the claims to store a cable in a similar manner as to FIG. 4. In this embodiment, a cable (not shown) is stored by wrapping it around the closure over the area designated using reference number 605. When the device is in use, the closure can even be used to store the unused portion of the cable on a sleeve as is shown in FIG. 4 or on a collar (not shown).

[0073] The embodiments of the invention of the disclosure incorporate living hinges. In some embodiments, the living hinge may be composed of a material different from the rest of the device. In any embodiment, it may be desirable that the living hinge be composed of a elastic material wherein the elasticity of living hinge serves to further the function of the device.

[0074] Referencing FIG. 12, in another embodiment, the invention is a fiber or cord management system (1200) comprising a first tab (1201), a living hinge (1203), and a second tab (1204) wherein the living hinge is substantially more narrow than the tabs, the first tab has a single magnet (1202), and the second tab has at least three magnets (1205) having the opposite polarity of the magnet on the first tab wherein the living hinge serves as a substrate upon which the fiber or cord may be wound and the first tab can be positioned to attach to the second tab by overlaying it with a point of attachment selected to maintain tension on the cord or fiber. The magnet of the first tab can be placed upon any of the magnets of the second tab thereby allowing the user to adjust the tension placed on the cord or fibers wrapped upon the living hinge.

[0075] Referencing FIG. 13, another embodiment of the invention is a specific-purpose device (1300) having at least two magnets to secure a substrate to an object wherein the substrate is adaptable to receiving components useful in converting a pair of glasses (1301) into smart glasses (see, FIG. 11.). For the purposes of the present application, the term "smart glasses" is defined to mean a device worn upon the head like a pair of glasses, but which also has electronic attributes such as, but not limited to, a screen (1303) to display text, graphics or video; speakers and/or a microphone; a power source; a wifi or cellular data link; a cell phone; and the like. In some embodiments, all of the electronic components may be on or within the specific purpose device. In other embodiments, one or more of the electronic components may be affixed elsewhere with the caveat that at least one of the electronic elements in on or within the specific purpose device.

[0076] Other materials may be incorporated into all embodiments of the invention of the disclosure. For example, cleaner materials useful with the method and apparatus of the application include, but are not limited to fabrics. Exemplary fabrics include microfiber cloths, open-end weave microfiber cloths, double layer cloths wherein the outer layer which would make contact with a view screen is a microfiber cloth, and combinations thereof. For the purposes of this application, the term "fabrics" is defined to further include non-plant materials such as animal skins and/or cloth prepared using synthetic materials or animal materials. In at least one embodiment, the fabric may be a shammy (a.k.a. chamois). In another embodiment, the cleaning material may be the material commonly known in the art as a Micro Shamois Cloth such as is available from iKlear. Any cleaning material that can be used to clean a view screen that does not cause excessive wear or abrasions may be used with the method and apparatus of the application.

[0077] One example of a cleaning surface being used is shown in FIG. 14. Therein two modules are shown (1404 right only) with a living hinge (1403) between. Two magnets are present (1401) but contained on the interior of the modules. A cleaning surface is present (1402). The cleaning surface may be used to clean both sides of a object such as a glasses lens. Another application of such an embodiment is to use the device to secure the knot in shoes. This is particularly useful with small children who could easily fall from an untied shoe.

[0078] Any of the embodiments of the invention which can be placed upon clothing or form of transportation may be advantageously to improve visibility, especially at night. For example, any such embodiment may further comprise a reflective or high visibility paint or tape. Applications of such an embodiment can include use with children walking at night or on the back of a disable vehicle.

[0079] In this application, the term diamagnetic is used to delineate materials that are not ferromagnetic or ferrimagnetic. From a practical perspective, the materials that are paramagnetic have such a weak attraction to magnets that they would not be effective if utilized and thus are to be treated as if they are diamagnetic.

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