Headrest/head restraint having an integrated video screen

CAFC
  • US 7,597,393 B1
  • Filed: 04/05/2004
  • Issued: 10/06/2009
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/04/2003
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A media assembly adapted to be installed into a seat back of a vehicle, the assembly comprising:

  • a mounting structure that is coupled to the seat back of the vehicle wherein the seat back defines a first outer surface visible to a viewer sitting in a back seat of the vehicle;

    a display that displays media to a viewer sitting within the vehicle;

    a media player having an input opening into which a user can position a media storage device wherein the media player provides signals to the display to thereby induce the display to visually display the contents of the media storage device;

    a housing defining a recess having a first opening that receives both the display and the media player such that the display is positioned proximate the first opening of the recess with the media player positioned inward in the recess from the first opening such that the media player does not impede visual access to the display wherein the housing is structured to permit selective access to the input opening of the media player to permit user positioning of the media storage device within the player and wherein the housing is adapted to be coupled to the mounting structure within the seat back of the vehicle to thereby retain the housing within the seat back such that the display is positioned adjacent the outer surface of the seat back;

    wherein the housing defines a second opening and the media player is positioned within the recess such that the input opening of the media player is accessible through the second opening of the housing.

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