MODULAR POCKET WITH INDUCTIVE POWER AND DATA

  • US 20140111147A1
  • Filed: 07/25/2012
  • Published: 04/24/2014
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/21/2007
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A modular pocket insert to align and closely inductively couple a primary inductive coil and related primary drive circuits to a secondary inductive coil and related secondary charging circuits for the inductively coupled transmission of power between the coils so to transmit power to an electrically powered pocket-stowed portable device having a rechargeable energy storage component electrically connected to the secondary inductive coil and secondary charging circuits associated with the device, the mounting structure for mounting in a pocket on a tactical garment, wherein the pocket includes an opening into the pocket and the garment includes electrical conductors for electrical connection between the pocket and a central power supply and a power management system located remote from the pocket, the mounting structure comprising:

  • a substantially rigid non-magnetic, non-electrically conductive insert adapted for mounting into the pocket so as to be stable within the pocket and stable relative to the garment to accommodate electrical connection between said insert and the electrical conductor of the garment, said insert including an electrical connector adapted for said electrical connection,and wherein said insert includes a primary power inductive coil and a primary power drive circuit, and wherein said insert includes surfaces which are shaped to support the portable device in the pocket and when so supported said surfaces precisely align said primary power inductive coil in said insert with the secondary inductive coil in the portable device, and hold the device stable within said insert,and wherein said surfaces define an entry way which, when said insert is said mounted in the pocket, is aligned with the opening into the pocket, whereby a user conveying the portable device into the pocket will mate the portable device into the insert and thereby bring said primary coil into closely inductively coupled proximity and alignment with the secondary coil, whereby single handed operation by a user is enabled.

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