OBJECT-SECURABLE ARTICLE-CARRIER APPARATUS AND KIT
Exemplary embodiments of an object-securable article-carrier clip apparatus comprise a grip subassembly, and an object securement subassembly for robustly securing the grip subassembly to an object such as a piece of luggage. The grip subassembly has a mouth portion configured to grippingly retain an article, such as a garment, and may include an auxiliary support portion to supportingly receive a supportive component of the article, such as a coat hanger or bag strap. The auxiliary support portion may feature an article support groove with an opening opposite of the mouth portion. A luggage item with extendable handle may have a clip apparatus permanently affixed to the handle, and the grip subassembly may be at least partially received by a recess in the handle. An article-carrier kit may include a clip apparatus, and an article strap subsystem to further secure the article to the object during transport of the object.
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- 21. A luggage item comprising:
an object-securable article-carrier clip apparatus having a grip subassembly including (a) a first grip element and a second grip element pivotably attached to one another about a pivot axis, thereby allowing pivoting movement of the second grip element between a grip position and a release position with respect to the first grip element, the second grip element being resiliently biased toward the grip position; and (b) a mouth portion defined between the first and second grip elements, the mouth portion being configured to receive and release a said article when the second grip element is in the release position, the mouth portion being configured to grippingly retain the article when the second grip element is in the grip position; wherein the grip subassembly is affixed to the luggage item without reliance on the resilient bias.
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This application claims the benefit of U.S. Provisional Application No. 62/401,856 filed Sep. 29, 2016, the content of which is incorporated by this reference its entirety for all purposes as if fully set forth herein.
The present disclosure relates to the storage and transport of articles. More particularly, the present invention relates to a carrier system and kit that can be used to link to an article, such as, but not limited to a personal belonging, for the purpose of storage, retrieval, and transport of said article. More particularly, the present disclosure relates to a system and kit to enable storage and transport of articles for persons desiring continuous and immediate physical access to said articles during travel.
According to the US Travel Association, an estimated 2.2 billion person-trips were undertaken by US residents alone in 2014. Since 2011, the volume of trips has grown by approximately 2% every year, and is forecasted to continue growing annually by the same extent through the year 2020. Naturally, it follows that there is a perpetual demand for improved storage and access to articles, such as, but not limited to personal belongings, during travel. Reciprocally, improved methods for carriage of personal belongings may contribute positively to the travel industry—more convenient storage and access to personal items can simplify certain inconveniences of traveling, thus potentially increase willingness to travel and boosting travel expenditures as a whole.
During travel a person often desires to store an article and retrieve said article at a later point in time. For example, this article may include, but is not limited to, an over garment (such as a jacket, coat, suit coat, sweater or other comparable apparel). An example scenario might include an individual who may want to remove an over garment when encountering a change in ambient temperature, such as an airport terminal, for the purpose of physical comfort or convenience.
One current method for storing and transporting personal articles typically includes holding the article by hand. Carrying an article by hand severely limits that person from performing other potentially important functional tasks using said hand. For example, a person may be unable to use the article-carrying hand to make phone calls, write documents, or any other essential or non-essential tasks.
Another current method for storing and transporting articles includes placement of the article within the interior of a fixed-volume space. General examples of such boundary limited spaces might include, but are not limited to a handbag, backpack, garment bag, duffle bag, or carrying case such as a suitcase or luggage. These current transport methods that involve static volume, fixed-boundary spaces as just described do not allow for continuous and immediate physical access to the article in transport because said article is stored interiorly in an enclosed space. When the article is stored interiorly away from immediate physical access, a person will be at a disadvantage if direct and rapid physical retrieval is required of said article.
Furthermore, rolling, stuffing, packing or otherwise manipulating articles to fit within the above described confined spaces can cause considerable damage to the article itself. For example, damage might include unwelcome creasing of the fabric of an article.
Additional difficulties with current methods of article storage, access, and transport include the burdensome effort required for the act of article placement or retrieval from within an enclosed space. For example, said effort requires unzipping, unlocking, or otherwise opening an enclosed space (such as a suitcase or luggage, or other similar enclosed compartment typically used to transport articles). Moreover, the effort just described is often undertaken in undesirable areas, such as crowded airport terminals or in the small trunk of a motor vehicle, requiring further energy expenditure and impeding the ease of article storage, access, and transport.
Certain deficiencies of the prior art are overcome by the provision of embodiments of an apparatus and kit in accordance with the present disclosure. Advantages of embodiments of the teachings disclosed herein include providing an apparatus and kit that (a) allows for quick, convenient and reliable carrying of an article, such as an article of clothing or secondary travel bag, on an object such as roller bag luggage while ensuring that the article remains readily accessible and (b) provides more than one means for supporting the article on the object.
Further advantages of the present invention may become apparent to those skilled in the art with the benefit of the following detailed description of the preferred embodiments and upon reference to the accompanying drawings in which:
Referring now to the drawings, like reference numerals designate identical or corresponding features throughout the several views.
With reference to the several drawings, various example embodiments of an object-securable article-carrier clip apparatus are shown at 100, and may comprise a grip subassembly 102 and an object securement subassembly 148 configured to secure the grip subassembly 102 to an object 122. By way of example, an object 122 may preferably be a luggage item or similar travel-type baggage device.
A grip subassembly 102 may preferably include a first grip element 104 and a second grip element 106 pivotably attached to one another about a pivot axis 108 (e.g., by way of a grip axle 156), thereby allowing pivoting movement of the second grip element 106 between a grip position (see, for example,
The grip subassembly 102 may be further include a mouth portion 110 defined between the first and second grip elements. The mouth portion 110 may be configured to receive and release a said article 112 (for example, a jacket or secondary travel bag) when the second grip element 106 is in the release position. The mouth portion 110 may also be configured to grippingly retain the article 112 when the second grip element 106 is in the grip position. An inner grip surface 160 may be, for example, a felt pad article protector incorporated to protect an article from general wear.
Certain preferred embodiments of a grip subassembly 102 may also include an auxiliary support portion 114 configured to suspendingly receive a supportive component 116 of the article 112. Examples of such a supportive component 116 may include a coat hanger as illustrated in
An object securement subassembly 148 may be configured to secure the grip subassembly 102 to an object 122. Such securement would preferably be strong enough to transfer most or all of the article'"'"'s load (e.g., loading resulting from the article'"'"'s weight, momentum or contact with other surrounding objects) to the object 122 at the securement location (for example, a telescoping handle portion 134 of the object 122). Moreover, such securement should preferably be resistant to loosening as a result of repeated movement and shaking of the object over extended distances and time periods, such as a traveler might experience while rolling a luggage item 122 between ground transportation and a commercial aircraft departure gate.
The object securement strap 120 may include a cam buckle element 124 by which the releasable securement is enabled and tightenable (for example, around the handle portion of a luggage item 122).
In particular embodiments of an object-securable article-carrier clip apparatus 100, the securement clamp element 130 may be at least partially pivotable with respect to the grip subassembly 102. Moreover, the securement clamp element 130 may be held in place by a clamp detent rod.
The present disclosure describes an article carrier system (which may otherwise be referred to herein as an apparatus) and kit that allows a desired article to be stored hands-free, while enabling continuous, direct physical access to said article during transport. The invention described herein addresses the current limits of article storage and transport as explained above in the Background section. In the present invention, and in certain embodiments of the disclosure, a desired article may be stored for easy access and transport.
The buckled strap (otherwise generally referred to herein as an article strap subassembly 138) may optionally be used to further secure an article in place during travel. The buckled strap may be wrapped around both the desired article as well as the perimeter of an object. In a preferred embodiment, the object may be a luggage such as a carry-on roller bag. The buckled strap 138 may be fastened around the object 122 by way of engagement between the female object strap buckle 168 and male object strap buckle 170. Similarly, the article strap portions 144 may secure the article against the surface of the luggage by way of engagement between the female article strap buckle 172 and the male article strap buckle 174. The fastening mechanism may also be in other forms according to various applications, such as a snap hook, velcro strap, carabiner, and/or other fastening mechanisms that can be configured to fasten two free ends to each other. The article may also be suspended by one of the two modes of carriage illustrated for example in
Although certain preferred embodiments described herein make use of a handle portion of a luggage item for fastening the apparatus 100 to said handle portion, alternative embodiments of the present disclosure may utilize other transportable objects other than a luggage handle bar. For example, alternative embodiments may utilize other common travel gear on to which alternative embodiments might attach, such as the straps or hooks on a backpack, purse, doctor'"'"'s bag, duffle bag, messenger bag, satchel, tote bag, or other comparable transportable travel gear.
The object securement strap 120 illustrated in
The transported example article 112 shown in
While embodiments of the invention have been illustrated and described, it is not intended that these embodiments illustrate and describe all possible forms of the invention. Rather, the words used in the specification are words of description rather than limitation, and it is understood that various changes may be made without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention.