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ADJUSTABLE LOW PROFILE SENSOR FOR A MERCHANDISE SECURITY DEVICE

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000238521D
Publication Date: 2014-Sep-02

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Abstract

A merchandise security device for displaying an item of merchandise is provided. A merchandise security device may include a cable having a connector at one end configured to couple to a connector port provided on the item of merchandise and a housing configured for attachment to a surface of the item of merchandise. The housing may define at least one engagement member therein for engaging a portion of the cable extending through the housing. The cable may be configured to slide relative to the housing while the engagement member is engaging the cable for adjusting a length of the cable between the connector and the housing.

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ADJUSTABLE LOW PROFILE SENSOR FOR A MERCHANDISE SECURITY DEVICE

ABSTRACT


[0001] A merchandise security device for displaying an item of merchandise is provided. A merchandise security device may include a cable having a connector at one end configured to couple to a connector port provided on the item of merchandise and a housing configured for attachment to a surface of the item of merchandise. The housing may define at least one engagement member therein for engaging a portion of the cable extending through the housing. The cable may be configured to slide relative to the housing while the engagement member is engaging the cable for adjusting a length of the cable between the connector and the housing.

FIELD OF THE INVENTION


[0002] Embodiments of the present invention relate generally to sensors for merchandise security devices.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION


[0003] Retailers routinely display relatively small, portable electronic items of merchandise, such as mobile (e.g. cellular) telephones, media players, handheld game consoles, personal data assistants (PDAs), global positioning satellite (GPS) devices, handheld digital cameras and video recorders, tablet computers, e-readers and the like, for customers to examine before making a purchase. Retailers often desire the electronic item of merchandise to be powered so that the customer can operate the merchandise to evaluate its operating features. At the same time, retailers do not want the item of merchandise to be stolen or removed from the display area by an unauthorized person. Accordingly, retailers operably couple the electronic item of merchandise to a merchandise security device including a power cable that provides power to the merchandise.

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[0004] Known merchandise security devices have included a sensor configured to be attached to an electronic item of merchandise. A power cord electrically couples the sensor housing to an external source of electrical power. A separate power adapter cord extends between the sensor housing and a power input port provided the electronic item of merchandise to provide electrical power at an appropriate operating voltage for the merchandise.


[0005] As will be readily appreciated by those skilled in the art, the sensor can be somewhat large in comparison to the dimensions of the electronic items of merchandise that retailers presently display on a merchandise security device. Furthermore, it is anticipated that the dimensions of the types of electronic items of merchandise typically displayed by retailers will become even smaller in the future. Items of merchandise also have significantly different sizes which presents difficulty it designing a one-size-fits-all sensor. At the same time, retailers desire for customers to see more of the electronic item of merchandise being displayed and less of the merchandise security device.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF EMBODIMENTS OF THE INVENTION


[0006] The accompanying drawing f...