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SUNGLASS BIN WITH BUILT IN CONVERSATION MIRROR

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000016769D
Publication Date: 2003-Jul-14
Document File: 4 page(s) / 360K

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Abstract

A sunglass bin for an overhead console system in a vehicle is disclosed that includes a conversation mirror. The sunglass bin provides storage compartment for an article such as a pair of sunglasses. A surface of the sunglass bin has a convex shape with a conversation mirror coupled thereto. The sunglass bin is movable between a closed position where access to the storage compartment is restricted and the mirror is concealed, to an intermediate position where access to the storage compartment remains restricted, but the mirror is exposed for use by occupants of the vehicle, and an open position where access to the storage compartment is available.

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SUNGLASS BIN WITH BUILT IN CONVERSATION MIRROR

Abstract

         A sunglass bin for an overhead console system in a vehicle is disclosed that includes a conversation mirror. The sunglass bin provides storage compartment for an article such as a pair of sunglasses. A surface of the sunglass bin has a convex shape with a conversation mirror coupled thereto. The sunglass bin is movable between a closed position where access to the storage compartment is restricted and the mirror is concealed, to an intermediate position where access to the storage compartment remains restricted, but the mirror is exposed for use by occupants of the vehicle, and an open position where access to the storage compartment is available.

Background

         It is generally known to provide a bin with a storage compartment for sunglasses and the like in a convenient location for an occupant in a vehicle. It is also known to provide mirrors in a vehicle, such as vanity mirrors and the like for use by the occupants. However, such known mirrors have several disadvantages, such as requiring the driver to move his/her head or to readjust the mirror in order to see different passengers within the vehicle. Further, vehicles with such known sunglass bins and a mirrors typically have these components provided as separate components in separate locations which increases cost and reduces available space utilization within the vehicle cabin.

Description

         A primary feature of the present invention is to provide an inexpensive, easy-to- manufacture and use conversation mirror combined with a storage compartment that overcomes the above noted disadvantages.

         Another feature of the present invention is to provide a conversation mirror having a convex shape that is conveniently accessible for use, provides visual access to multiple passengers within a vehicle, and may be easily stowed when not in use.

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         Another feature of the present invention is to...