Mounting apparatus using ball and socket joints with gripping features

  • US 7,891,615 B2
  • Filed: 05/09/2007
  • Issued: 02/22/2011
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/03/2006
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A tripod suitable for supporting a camera, the tripod comprising:

  • three flexible legs, each of said flexible legs having sufficient flexibility to substantially wrap around an object, each of said legs having a first end attached to the body of the tripod;

    a body having a central axis and three sockets and having a first series of interconnected ball and socket connectors, each of said three sockets having an associated opening and being arranged to pivotally receive an associated leg, wherein the socket openings are flared relative to the central axis such that they do not face in the same direction, to thereby facilitate a greater range of motion in their associated legs in a direction away from the central axis than would be possible if the openings all faced in the same direction; and

    a clip support carried by the body, said clip support integral to one of the connectors of said first series of interconnected ball and socket connectors, the clip support having a releasable latch, wherein the clip support is suitable for releasably receiving a clip member by pressing on a lever on the clip support to facilitate attaching or releasing the clip member to the tripod.

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