The assignee for this patent application is
Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Conventional design of many consumer-level electronic devices is to be manufactured as a standalone unit and consisting, often, of one, or more, printed circuit boards with various components attached and all encased in a shell that is typically a rigid plastic form. Most electronic devices also have some embedded software and methods of attachment for input and output signals such as cable connections, monitor connections, electrical connections, etc. Such consumer-level electronic devices are commonly used in households and in businesses and are typically powered from an existing wired service such as AC power outlets wired by an electrician for such purposes. Certain consumer-level electronic devices are further connected to wired solutions within a house or building such as those requiring a coaxial cable or telephone connection. In some cases, such consumer-level electronic devices that are wired act as a wireless connection, or hub, for other devices. A wireless router is an example of such wireless hub.
"In many instances, such as a home office, there are a great number of wires, cable, cords and other 'lines' such as to create a great deal of congestion if not also a safety hazard. Typical approaches to reduce the congestion, and hazards, have been to use various devices to bundle the 'lines' together and, or, affix them to a wall, or floor, in order to better control the numerous 'lines.' Solutions to this issue have been many and may include use of zip ties for bundling cords together to the concepts of a wireless computer mouse that negates the use of a connected cord. Most solutions address congestion of cords as the symptom of the issue as opposed to the root cause of the issue and that is home design integrating technology devices. More specifically, the various, and numerous, consumer-level electrical and electronic devices are designed to be attached within a room, built as livable space, and attached to the wired outlets (both electrical or communications). There are not approaches to make such connection at the source of the power, or communication line, where it enters the house. Prior inventions, shown below, address the first issue of organization and hazard removal or the second issue of creating a device connected to a conduit that may penetrate an exterior, or interior, wall, roof or floor and wherein such device serves as a connector to such conduit and may serve additional purposes to that of connection.
"U.S. Pat. No. 7,743,495 (Mori et al;
"U.S. Pat. No. 4,965,971 (Jean-Jacques et al;
"U.S. Pat. No. 4,530,273 (Smith;
"U.S. Pat. No. 8,028,477 (Crookston;
"U.S. Pat. No. 7,551,456 (Behrens et al;
In addition to obtaining background information on this patent application, VerticalNews editors also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent application: "The present invention is a plate, or cover, to a conduit and that is partially comprised of electrical and electronic interconnects such that the functions of the electronic devices can be manifested at the point of connection to a conduit housing any of power, coaxial, telephone, fiber optic, or other, lines and such that the plate, or cover, may additionally act as a method of structural support to conduit and, or, as a tamper-resistant lock.
"The primary objective of the present invention is to provide additional and versatile means of electrical and/or electronic interconnection, including wireless means of data transmission, at the terminal end(s) of a conduit used to house one, or more, electrical and/or electronic wires, cables and/or small devices.
"The primary advantage of the present invention is to provide a safe means to enclose exposed wires and cables within the confines of a closed, with end cap, conduit and for that end cap, or cover plate, to provide for the plug-and-play interconnection of such wires and cables within the conduit to the exterior of the conduit so as to help assure a safer end solution while also providing for multiple means of interconnection that provide for faster means of interconnection and/or installation.
"Other objects, advantages and novel features, and further scope of applicability of the present invention will be set forth in part in the detailed description to follow, taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, and in part will become apparent to those skilled in the art upon examination of the following, or may be learned by practice of the invention. The objects and advantages of the invention may be realized and attained by means of the instrumentalities and combinations particularly pointed out in the appended claims.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SEVERAL VIEWS OF THE DRAWINGS
"FIG. 1 is a perspective and transparent view of a typical electronics device;
"FIG. 2 is a simplified view of a typical house with normal placement of typical electronic device shown in FIG. 1;
"FIG. 3 is a simplified view of a typical house with alternative placement of electronic device shown in FIG.4 as the present invention;
"FIG. 4 is a perspective and transparent view of the present invention;
"FIG. 5 is comprised if FIG. 5A that shows the back view of present invention depicting one type of electrical and electronic connection and FIG. 5B that shows the back view of the present invention depicting a second type of electrical and electronic connection;
"FIG. 6 is a perspective and transparent view of the present invention with alternative embodiment;
"FIG. 7 is comprised of FIG. 7A, FIG. 7B and FIG. 7C. FIG. 7A is the back view of the present invention showing a method of physical connection. FIG. 7B is the back view of the present invention showing an alternative method of physical connection and FIG. 7C is the back view of the present invention showing a third, and alternative, method of physical connection; and
"FIG. 8 is a non-scaled perspective view of a typical room interior with alternative placement of present invention to other devices;"
For more information, see this patent application: Snidow, Steven B. Multi-Purpose Conduit Plate. Filed
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