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Console with built-in heating pad

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000004562D
Publication Date: 2001-Feb-06
Document File: 2 page(s) / 55K

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Abstract

The present invention is an accessory for an automobile which consists of an armrest or console intermediate the driver seat and the passenger seat that has a lid that opens into a storage area that includes a heating pad that can be turned on or off for keeping beverages, especially mugs of coffee or tea, warm during the morning commute. The heating element is formed in a shallow well that allows for the safe and spillless transport of the warm beverage, thus lending itself well to the simple task of securing any beverage, hot or cold, when the heating element is turned off. The heating element is surrounded by a housing of ceramic with properties such that the heat from the pad is not transferred to its immediate surroundings in an unsafe manner. The heating pad is electrically connected to the automobile's power supply and can be activated by a simple on-off switch.

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Console with built-in heating pad

The present invention is an accessory for an automobile which consists of an armrest or console intermediate the driver seat and the passenger seat that has a lid that opens into a storage area that includes a heating pad that can be turned on or off for keeping beverages, especially mugs of coffee or tea, warm during the morning commute. The heating element is formed in a shallow well that allows for the safe and spillless transport of the warm beverage, thus lending itself well to the simple task of securing any beverage, hot or cold, when the heating element is turned off. The heating element is surrounded by a housing of ceramic with properties such that the heat from the pad is not transferred to its immediate surroundings in an unsafe manner. The heating pad is electrically connected to the automobile's power supply and can be activated by a simple on-off switch.

Figure 1 Top view of console with heating pad 100.

Figure 1 shows a top view of the two front seats of an automobile and an armrest/console 160 sandwiched between the two, and includes a lid 150, a heating element 110, and a ceramic housing 120.

Heating element 110 and its ceramic housing 120 are housed at the bottom of console 160. Lid 150 is readily available to opening and closing. Ceramic housing 120 extends outward and upward from the heating element 110 in a fashion that prohibits the free movement of the beverage container that is to be placed on heating element 110 thus serving a second function as a cup holder.

In operation, a commuter brews a cup of coffee or tea at home and brings it along with him for the ride to work. A simple switch is turned on, activating heating element 110. Electricity is supplied to heating element 110 from the automobile's power supply and immediately begins to warm up the heating element 110. Ceramic housing 120 disallows any heat from escaping the immediate vicinity of heating element 110. The driver or passenger places his coffee mug on heating element 110 where it is secured in place by means of ceramic housing 120. A constant heat source is supplied to the coffee mug by heating element 110, keeping the beverage contained therein warm for the duration of the ride.

Ceramic housing 120 also serves as a convenient holder for any beverage container. No heat is transferred to the beverage container when the on/off switch is in the off position.