US 9,813,797 B2
System and method for the protection and storage of small electronic components
Tony Abfall, Mount Prospect, IL (US); Elisabeth Abfall, Mount Prospect, IL (US); and Collin Anderson, Arlington Heights, IL (US)
Assigned to Digital Innovations LLC, Arlington Heights, IL (US)
Filed by Tony Abfall, Mount Prospect, IL (US); Elisabeth Abfall, Mount Prospect, IL (US); and Collin Anderson, Arlington Heights, IL (US)
Filed on Mar. 24, 2015, as Appl. No. 14/667,449.
Application 14/667,449 is a continuation of application No. 13/657,480, filed on Oct. 22, 2012.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/550,963, filed on Oct. 25, 2011.
Prior Publication US 2015/0304756 A1, Oct. 22, 2015
Int. Cl. H04R 1/10 (2006.01); B65H 75/14 (2006.01); H02G 11/02 (2006.01); B65H 75/40 (2006.01)
CPC H04R 1/1033 (2013.01) [B65H 75/143 (2013.01); B65H 75/40 (2013.01); H02G 11/02 (2013.01); B65H 2701/3919 (2013.01)] 9 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A pliable device for storing earbuds that have a connection wire with a connection jack, the device comprising:
a flexible cover made from a non-rigid flexible material adapted to cover a non-rotating hollow spool, the spool member configured to spool the connection wire on an outer surface by hand winding, the spool having a hollow interior to receive and stores earbuds in the hollow interior;
a plurality of flat flexible fingers attached to a distal end of the spool, the fingers covering the hollow interior of the spool, the fingers yielding elastically to allow insertion and removal of earbuds into and out of the hollow interior of the spool;
the flexible cover being reversible, folding away from the spool exposing the outer surface of the spool in an open configuration, and folding back over the spool in a closed configuration covering the outer surface of the spool;
with the flexible cover in the open configuration, the plurality of flat fingers being flexible and compliant allowing insertion of earbuds into the hollow interior of the spool, and following said insertion, the fingers closing over the earbuds protecting the earbuds, wherein the connection wire can then be wound around the outer surface of the spool and then retained and protected by folding the flexible cover to the closed configuration;
and wherein the connection wire can be unspooled by pulling it without opening the cover.