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INFLATABLE CARRY CASE FOR PORTABLE COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000006474D
Original Publication Date: 1992-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Jan-07
Document File: 2 page(s) / 91K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Bruce W. Ross: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

The entire concept of the case is that through an air bladder system the case can expand or contract to accom- modate a number of d&rent size radios. This would mean that instead of a case for each radio/battery com- bination, that one case could easily hold all radios that are approximately of the same length. This advantage would cut back on the stock quantities that must be kept on hand. Furthermore, the case will provide shock resistance and extended durability to radios that are not necessarily designed to be, or intended as, ruggedized models. These advantages can be extended to paging products as well if needed.

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MOTOROkA INC. Technical Developments Volume 15 May 1992

INFLATABLE CARRY CASE FOR PORTABLE COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT

by Bruce W. Ross and Michael J. Macaluso

  The entire concept of the case is that through an air bladder system the case can expand or contract to accom- modate a number of d&rent size radios. This would mean that instead of a case for each radio/battery com- bination, that one case could easily hold all radios that are approximately of the same length. This advantage would cut back on the stock quantities that must be kept on hand. Furthermore, the case will provide shock resistance and extended durability to radios that are not necessarily designed to be, or intended as, ruggedized models. These advantages can be extended to paging products as well if needed.

  The case itselfwill be produced of a lightweight non- tear nylon material. This material selection has been made in order to prevent the rotting problem that has been seen with the leather carry cases. In addition, the nylon cases would cost approximately half of the $30 dollars of the current leather cases. The walls of the case are actually a dual wall system. The protection value of this case is provided by a rubber bladder system that will be sewn into each of the four walls and into the bottom of the case. The bladders can be designed to apply the max- imum amount of pressure on the radio, as well as avoiding areas such as LCD displays and FIT buttons. With the radio placed in the case, air is entered into the bladder system by use of a small pump similar to a child's squirting toy. As the bladder expands it will close around the radio and automatically center the radio in the case to provide the maximum amount of protection affordable. By the bladder expanding to meet the radio, the versatil-

ity of the case is demonstrated in holding a...