Display unit

  • US 5,946,055 A
  • Filed: 06/27/1997
  • Issued: 08/31/1999
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/16/1996
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. In an automobile having a passenger seating area and a generally planar ceiling, an above-seat-level, ceiling-mounted display unit comprising:

  • a generally planar mounting frame structure joined with the ceiling in a location overhead and generally forward of the passenger seating area in the automobile, the mounting frame structure being joined generally co-planarly with the ceiling and having a proximal portion closer to the passenger seating area and distal portion more remote from the passenger seating area;

    a generally planar screen structure hinged to the mounting frame structure adjacent the distal portion thereof for reversibly swaying in an upright plane, extending both through the mounting frame structure and the passenger seating area, between a stowed position wherein the screen structure lies in a plane generally paralleling the plane of the mounting frame structure and a deployed position wherein the screen structure occupies a generally upright plane which lies at an angle relative to the plane of the mounting-frame structure with a disposition overhead-viewable by any passenger seated in the passenger seating area; and

    wherein the display unit has a thickness of less than 1.5 inches.

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