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MODULAR ANTI-THEFT DEVICE FOR PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000242860D
Publication Date: 2015-Aug-26
Document File: 12 page(s) / 87K

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Abstract

An anti-theft device for protecting a portable electronic device from theft or unauthorized removal in a retail environment is provided. The anti-theft device includes an attachment device configured to be attached to a portable electronic device and a connector at an end of the attachment device configured to releasably engage an input port of the portable electronic device. The attachment device is configured to releasably engage one of a plurality of modular accessories.

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MODULAR ANTI-THEFT DEVICE FOR PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Abstract

            An anti-theft device for protecting a portable electronic device from theft or unauthorized removal in a retail environment is provided.  The anti-theft device includes an attachment device configured to be attached to a portable electronic device and a connector at an end of the attachment device configured to releasably engage an input port of the portable electronic device.  The attachment device is configured to releasably engage one of a plurality of modular accessories.

Field Of The Invention

[0001]           Embodiments of the present invention relate generally to anti-theft devices for protecting a portable electronic device from theft.

Background Of The Invention

[0002]            A recent trend in work and retail store environments is to use smart devices, sometimes cellphones, but more often tablets, as customer service devices.  This usage takes on two forms.  One form is using a tablet as a kiosk where customers can interact with the device.  This may be used to deliver information about the establishment or its products to the consumer, or to act as an interface for customer loyalty programs in lieu of plastic cards.  A second usage is for retail store associates to carry such a device around the store to assist customers.  The associate may use the device to display a layout of the store to show a customer where an item is, check on a price of an item, or access information regarding a product the customer is buying.  In some stores, tablets are being used to check-out customers.  Restaurants may use smart devices at a table for ordering or game playing.  Hospitals may allow doctors and nurses to carry smart devices for mobile access to patient’s health charts. 

[0003]           This trend requires customers, store associates and employees to interact with smart devices that tend to be fairly expensive.  In some instances, the customer, store associate or employee may need to leave the smart device unattended for a period of time to perform another task.  Thus, there is a need for an anti-theft device for protecting a portable electronic device from theft, while allowing a sufficient level of user interaction with the portable electronic device.

Detailed Description Of Embodiments Of The Invention

[0004]           Reference will now be made to the accompanying drawing figures wherein identical reference numerals denote the same or similar parts, elements, components, assemblies, subassemblies or the like throughout the various views.  The attached drawing figures show exemplary embodiments of an anti-theft device 10 for protecting a portable electronic device 15, for example, a tablet, against theft or unauthorized removal.  As used herein, the term “tablet” is intended to include without limitation all types of portable, personal computers, for example, laptop, notebook, mini-notebook, sub-notebook and netbook type computers, as well...