Researchers Submit Patent Application, "Holding Arrangement for a Mobile Device, Passenger Seat with a Holding Arrangement for a Mobile Device and Vehicle", for Approval
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News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "In commercial aircraft, for the purpose of entertainment, passengers are regularly provided with displays and an audio connection for headphones. In this arrangement the displays are usually integrated in the backrest of a passenger seat, or alternatively in a partition wall, a swivel arm or some other installations arranged nearby. The functions of the display and of the audio connection are determined during manufacture or during refit of the vehicle; they subsequently have an unchanged function for a substantial period of time. Irrespective of the above, on longer journeys passengers often carry with them mobile electronic devices that can also be used for entertainment. Examples of these include smartphones and tablet PCs, which at present are undergoing rapid technological progress. These devices are already provided by aircraft operators for the duration of the flight, or individual models are already integrated in the seat, wherein no change of model is possible. Passengers hold these handheld mobile devices during use or place them on a storage surface.
"Since mobile electronic devices on board vehicles, and in particular on board aircraft, are used predominantly when the journey is relatively long, it often happens that users of the mobile devices are asleep or move about within the cabin. In order to prevent the mobile device from being stolen, users are forced to temporarily stow the devices in their cabin baggage or to take them along with them within the cabin."
As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent application: "It is thus the object of the invention to propose a holding arrangement for a mobile device, which holding arrangement holds a mobile device as securely and reliably as possible, provides adequate protection against theft, and furthermore can be adjusted as easily as possible to various device sizes.
"The object is met by a holding arrangement for an electronic device with the characteristics of the independent claim 1. Advantageous embodiments and improvements are stated in the claims that depend on claim 1.
"A holding arrangement for a mobile device in a cabin of a vehicle is proposed, which holding arrangement comprises a cabin equipment component, a support device arranged on the cabin equipment component, a holding device for holding a mobile device, and a covering pane. The support device is designed to receive the holding device and further comprises an access opening arranged on a side opposite the cabin equipment component. The support device is designed to slidably hold the covering pane for opening and closing the access opening on the side opposite the cabin equipment component in such a manner that the covering pane is movable to a closed position and to an open position, wherein in its open position the covering pane extends beyond the support device.
"It is thus a core idea of the invention to receive mobile electronic devices with a holding device, and to store these devices in a securely installed support device on a cabin equipment component. While the support device is designed, for an extended period of time after its installation to the next disassembly, to serve as a static component that cannot be individually adjusted at short notice, the holding device is easily adjustable to the respective mobile device or is very easily exchangeable. Any direct access to the held device can be prevented by means of the covering pane, wherein, furthermore, adequate security is provided to prevent the device from falling out.
"The cabin equipment component on which the support device is affixable may be designed in various ways, wherein the design depends on the position of the respective passenger seat and on the design of the cabin of the vehicle. In a classical arrangement of several seat rows distributed along the length of the cabin, with only a few exceptions a backrest of a seat exists in front of every passenger seat, which backrest may receive the support device. Furthermore, several partition walls or monuments may also be used for installation of the support device.
"The covering pane is to be considered a component that is preferably planar in design, which component may be slid into the support device in such a manner that in a closed position the device is covered by the covering pane so that the access opening is covered by the covering pane, and the mobile device is, if at all possible, no longer accessible from any side of the support device.
"Guiding the covering pane to a closed position may prevent the mobile device falling from the holding device and subsequently from the support device, for example during vibration experienced in operation, or as a result of intermittent acceleration forces. In an aircraft it would, for example, suggest itself to move the covering pane to a closed position during takeoff, landing and when turbulence is encountered. For visual inspection of the closed position by a vehicle attendant, it is useful if the covering pane projects beyond the support device. For example, if the support device is attached to a backrest of a seat, the covering pane may project beyond said support device so that it is easily seen from an aisle in the vehicle by a vehicle attendant. In particular during operational phases of the vehicle in which the use of the mobile device is not permitted it is thus easy to intervene.
"Closing the covering pane may, furthermore, result in at least temporary protection against theft of the mobile device, because, in particular, removal of the mobile device is associated with a certain effort. This effort could additionally be increased in that after insertion of the mobile device situated in the holding device into the support device, the covering pane may be clicked into the support device so that the covering pane cannot easily be completely removed from the support device.
"Overall, the holding arrangement according to the invention for mobile devices is very advantageous because apart from the simple, reliable and secure holding of mobile devices, at the same time protection against theft is provided. As a result of separation into several components, by means of targeted adjustment of the holding device practically any desired mobile device may be catered for. The holding arrangement is thus future-proof.
"Furthermore, it is advantageous that it is not the mobile devices that have to be certified for use within the vehicle, but instead, because of the advantageous holding device, only certification of the holding arrangement is required. This provides the operator of the vehicle with a very high degree of flexibility.
"An advantageous embodiment of the holding device further comprises a planar retaining frame that is insertable between the holding device and the covering pane and that comprises an opening with an opening contour, which opening is arranged in a plane of extension and is dimensioned so that a mobile device arranged in the holding device cannot be removed through the access opening. In particular for permanent installation of the mobile device by the operator of the vehicle, the retaining frame may provide permanent protection against theft. It is imaginable to firmly fasten the retaining frame in a slid-in state to the holding device by means of positive-locking or non-positive-locking connecting elements, for example by means of screws that furthermore comprise unusual tool receiving profiles.
"In an advantageous embodiment the holding device comprises an elastic foamed material. In this arrangement the holding device may make it possible in a positive-locking or non-positive-locking manner to receive mobile devices that furthermore as a result of the elastic foamed material are very well protected from damage to electronic components as a result of vibration. Furthermore, the surface of the housing is protected from being scratched, wherein in particular in the case of polished metallic surfaces such scratches would result in annoyance or a loss in value. Moreover, with the use of foamed material it is particularly easy to take into account the corporate identity of the vehicle operator by coloring the foamed material in corporate colors, and/or by means of corresponding print.
"Because of the low density of the foamed material the realization of relatively large-volume holding devices becomes possible that as a solid material with a recess suitable for the mobile device could be slidable into the support device in the manner of drawers. By slightly exceeding the external dimensions of the holding device with reference to the support device a permanently flush connection between the holding device and the support device may be ensured because the material of the holding device compresses when inserted into the support device and then exerts a counterforce on the receiving surfaces of the support device.
"In an advantageous embodiment the covering pane is transparent at least in some regions. In the case of a covering pane that is in a closed position it is nevertheless possible for a user to see the mobile device. While in this arrangement any operation by way of a touch screen or the like is largely excluded, the device could nevertheless play a film.
"In an advantageous embodiment the holding device comprises at least one cutout for receiving a power supply cable with a connector. Directly within the holding device the mobile device may be connected to an on-board power supply in order to ensure uninterrupted use. The shape and position of the cutout matches the particular model of the mobile device used.
"The holding device preferably comprises a cutout that leads from a first side of the holding device to a second side of the holding device, wherein the first side and the second side are arranged so as to be opposite one another and wherein the cutout between the first side and the second side comprises at least one projection for holding the mobile device. The mobile device may be placed in the holding device, for example on the first side, so that between the first side and the second side it rests against the at least one projection. The holding device may subsequently be inserted into the support device in such a manner that the at least one projection is arranged between the access opening and the mobile device. In this arrangement, even with the covering pane open and without the retaining frame, the device cannot fall from the holding arrangement. Preferably, the display faces the access opening, wherein the projection may comprise a shape that corresponds to that of a display frame. In this arrangement any display elements arranged outside the display should be taken into account.
"Furthermore, on a side facing the support device the covering pane may comprise at least one marking device that, in particular in the case of inadequate illumination, visually identifies the position of the covering pane. For example, reflective or fluorescent stickers suggest themselves.
"In a furthermore advantageous embodiment the support device is designed as a housing with a fastening surface and an insertion opening for the holding device, wherein the fastening surface is located on a side facing away from the access opening, and wherein the housing is closed between the fastening surface, the access opening and the insertion opening in order to improve security in the vehicle, because in an inserted state of the holding device the mobile device is enclosed all round.
"The invention further relates to a passenger seat with a backrest, which seat comprises a holding arrangement as stated above on the back of the backrest.
"The invention furthermore relates to a vehicle with a cabin and cabin equipment components, wherein at least one cabin equipment component comprises a holding arrangement according to the invention. In a preferred embodiment at least one cabin equipment component is designed as a passenger seat with a backrest that at the back comprises the holding arrangement. The vehicle is preferably an aircraft.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
"Further characteristics, advantages and application options of the present invention are disclosed in the following description of the exemplary embodiments and of the figures. All the described and/or illustrated characteristics per se and in any combination form the subject of the invention, even irrespective of their composition in the individual claims or their interrelationships. Furthermore, identical or similar components in the figures have the same reference characters.
"FIG. 1 shows a holding arrangement for an electronic device in a closed position.
"FIG. 2 shows a holding arrangement in an open position.
"FIG. 3 shows a holding device into which an electronic device may be placed.
"FIG. 4 shows a disaggregated component drawing of an expanded embodiment of a holding device."
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