Apparatus and methods for supporting an article

  • US 8,900,009 B2
  • Filed: 08/27/2012
  • Issued: 12/02/2014
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/25/2011
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A mount for supporting a device, the mount comprising:

  • a bulbous member that is supportably engageable with a base, the bulbous member comprising a convexly curved surface area, wherein at least a portion of the convexly curved surface area is unobstructed;

    a carrier member comprising a first interconnect portion and a second interconnect portion, wherein the first interconnect portion comprises a concave surface area for conformal adjacent engagement with the convexly curved surface area, and wherein at least a portion of the concave surface area is supportively contactable with the convexly curved surface area, and wherein the concave surface area is selectively positionable with respect to the convexly shaped surface area throughout a continuum of positions across the unobstructed portion of the convexly shaped surface area; and

    an attachment member operatively associable with a device, the attachment member being removably attachable to the second interconnect portion of the carrier member, wherein the device is supportably engageable with the second interconnect portion;

    wherein the bulbous member, the carrier member, and the attachment member each comprises a magnetic portion, at least one of the magnetic portions comprise at least one magnet, wherein magnetic interaction between respective ones of the magnetic portions is operable to selectively establish the supportive contact between the convexly curved surface area and the concave surface area and the removable attachment of the attachment member to the second interconnect portion.

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