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Eyewear Retainer with Integrated Speakers and MP3 Player

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000015114D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Nov-18
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20
Document File: 3 page(s) / 96K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Portable MP3 players are marketed towards active people of all ages, especially the sports enthusiast. When one takes a close look at the current portable offerings for the sports enthuasiast, one finds that the players are attached to the body by either a belt clip, arm band or by holding it in one's hand. In all cases, the user wears a pair of headphones tethered to the player. For the sport enthuasiast, a few problems arise:

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Eyewear Retainer with Integrated Speakers and MP3 Player

   Portable MP3 players are marketed towards active people of all ages, especially the sports enthusiast. When one takes a close look at the current portable offerings for the sports enthuasiast, one finds that the players are attached to the body by either a belt clip, arm band or by holding it in one's hand. In all cases, the user wears a pair of headphones tethered to the player. For the sport enthuasiast, a few problems arise:

     1. If one is jogging, lifting weights, or just being active while using the MP3 player, the headset cord can easily get caught in one's arm motion.

     2. The headphones can easily fall off (i.e. ear buds, or the collasable headsets that come standard with the players) from the bouncing motion, active movement and sweat.

     3. Headphones may be uncomfortable to some people, esp. while wearing hats and helmets. Some customers don't like the fit and look/appearance of headphones. Many find the earpieces that fit in the ear (i.e. ear buds) to be very uncomfortable. We have found most MP3 provided headphones to be uncomfortable after 15 - 20 minutes of use in active activity.

The solution described here includes a complete MP3 player and headphone all built into the eyeglass retainer, such as today's popular line of "Croakie branded" eyewear retainers. Currently, most eyewear retainers slip on the ends of your glasses and wrap around the back of your head. Figure 1 shows a basic diagram of the subject invention.

This solution removes the need for tethering, and eliminates the bulkiness of typical headphones. As a result, one's arms are free to move without restriction, and one can still select the style of glasses they choose to wear (thus remaining fashionable).

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Figure 1 shows an overall diagram of the subject invention. Eyewear restrainers, such as the well known "Croakie" branded retainers, are typically made from neoprene rubber with a variety of prints. Typically eyeglasses are attached to the retainer by slipping the ends o...