On August 29, 2013, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a new EarPod carrying case accessory. I don't know about you, but untangling my EarPod cable is always a dance I hate. Now Apple's lead accessory product designer Kurt Stiehl has come up with a solution for that.
Apple's New EarPod Carrying Case Solution
Apple's invention relates to cases for storing accessories, and in particular, to a cable storage case having one or more articulating doors that can restrain a cable. It can also hold an associated object which may be attached to the cable such as EarPods.
In broad terms, a cable storage case provides a housing designed to enable an orderly accommodation of a cable or a cabled item. The cabled item can include an object and an associated cable, which can be attached to the object. The case is provided with one or more articulating doors.
For example, the case can be designed to store cabled items such as headphones, power cords, fishing line, sailing equipment, audio/visual equipment, telecom/networking products, jewelry, medical devices, toys, and games.
The case can simultaneously enclose the object and restrain the associated cable. The case has a base having an interior recess for storing the object and one or more peripheral recesses along the perimeter of the base that form respective winding areas for wrapping the associated cable.
One or more doors are pivotably attached to the base so as to removably cover at least a portion of the winding areas to restrain the cable therein. One or more doors can be hinged on either side, bottom, or in the middle of the base. The one or more doors can also cover at least a portion of the interior recess of the base to secure the object in the interior recess.
Apple credits Kurt Stiehl and Jack Wanderman as the inventors of this patent application which was originally filed in Q1 2012.
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