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A DOCKING STATION ASSEMBLY FOR DOCKING A PICTURE VIEWER

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000126266D
Publication Date: 2005-Jul-11
Document File: 5 page(s) / 35K

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Abstract

A docking station assembly for receiving a picture viewer, the docking station assembly includes a housing for forming a base portion for the docking station assembly and said housing includes an insert-receiving portion for receiving any of a plurality of removable and replaceable inserts; and a plurality of differently shaped, removable and replaceable inserts each having a docking mating portion on a first side which mates with the insert-receiving portion, and one of the inserts have a uniquely shaped mating portion on a second side having a shape substantially of a portion of the picture viewer to which the removable and replaceable insert mates, and one or more of the other inserts having a uniquely shaped mating portion on a second side having a shape substantially of a portion of, either individually or in any combination, a differently shaped image capture device or a differently shaped picture viewer to which the removable and replaceable insert mates.

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A DOCKING STATION ASSEMBLY FOR DOCKING A PICTURE VIEWER

 

                                        The disclosure relates to docking stations for digital cameras, picture viewers or cell phone cameras and, more particularly, to such docking stations having a replaceable insert for permitting docking of a digital camera, picture viewer or cell phone camera.

                                        Currently known and utilized docking stations for digital cameras include a base portion into which the camera is inserted for downloading images and the like to a personal computer. The docking station further includes an electrical connector which is connected to the personal computer for transmitting the digital images to the computer. 

                                        Although the currently known and utilized docking station is satisfactory, it includes drawbacks.  Such prior art docking stations only permit one model of camera or only one type of device to be inserted into a particular docking station.  Consequently, a user must purchase a new docking station for each camera or for each particular electronic device.  Obviously, this is not cost efficient.

                                        Consequently, a need exists for a docking station which permits multiple models of cameras and/or multiple electronic devices to be inserted therein.

                                        The disclosure is directed to overcoming one or more of the problems set forth above.  Briefly summarized, according to one aspect of the disclosure, the disclosure resides in a docking station assembly for receiving a picture viewer, the docking station assembly comprising a housing for forming a base portion for the docking station assembly and said housing includes an insert-receiving portion for receiving any of a plurality of removable and replaceable inserts; and a plurality of differently shaped, removable and replaceable inserts each having a docking mating portion on a first side which mates with the insert-receiving portion, and one of the inserts have a uniquely shaped mating portion on a second side having a shape substantially of a portion of the picture viewer to which the removable and replaceable insert mates, and one or more of the other inserts having a uniquely shaped mating portion on a second side having a shape substantially of a portion of, either individually or in any combination, a differently shaped image capture device or a differently shaped picture viewer to which the removable and replaceable insert mates.

                                        These and other aspects, objects, features and advantages of the disclosure will be more clearly understood and appreciated from a review of the following detailed description of the preferred embodiments and appended claims, and by reference to the accompanying drawings.

                                        The disclosure has the advanta...