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US4887753A - Visor clip for mounting radar detector - Google Patents




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The linkage includes a helical spring to bias the clamp arm down against the top of the visor when clipped to the visor and against the receiver housing when removed from the visor. In the preferred embodiment, the clamp arm has a dimension longer than that of the base so that its forward end presses against the top of the visor and clamps the visor, not between the arm and the base, but between Escort visor clip mount arm and the upper surface of the detector held by the base. The combined length of the clamp arm and the supporting legs is such that the gripping end of the arm bears toward the receiver upper surface during any position of the clamp arm which might result as the device is deflected to accommodate visors of various sizes, thereby always clamping the visor between the Escort visor clip mount arm and the receiver housing.

In addition, when the receiver is removed from the visor along with the clip, the outer gripping end of the clamp arm bears on the upper surface of the receiver enhancing the frictional gripping action between the receiver housing and the base of the clip which is in sliding engagement therewith. The end of the clamp arm projects upwardly to form a slight lip and is provided with friction enhancing ridges which assist the user in spreading the clip when pushing it onto a visor with one hand. The detector 11 has a forward end 13 which, when mounted, faces the front of the automobile, and a rear end 14 holding the panel 15 which carries the controls and indicators to be maintained in the view and reach of the driver.

Enclosing the detector and having a length spanning from the front end 13 to the rear end 14 is the receiver housing or case 16 having an upper surface On the opposite sides of the case 16 are respective ones of a pair of longitudinal grooves 18 which extend the length of the unit from the front end 13 to the rear end The clip 10 includes a molded plastic base 20 and a parallel linkage assembly which comprises a pair of legs 22 and 24, and a molded plastic clamp arm As is better seen with reference to FIG. A pair of horizontally extending rails 33 are integrally formed at the inside surfaces near the lower ends of the sides As is shown in FIG. The base 20 thus presents an inverted U-shaped cross-section formed integrally of a plastic material and possessing a degree of resiliency such that it may be clipped onto the top of the detector 11 so that the rails 33 snap into the grooves The base 20 will not however fit so tightly around the case 16 of the detector 11 so as to interfere with the driver's ability to slide the unit forward and backward with ease with one hand.

It will nonetheless provide sufficient friction to prevent the receiver from sliding without restriction during normal driving conditions. With reference particularly to FIGS. The pin 36 extends horizontally and parallel to the rear edge 34 of the upper surface section 31 of the base 20 and is supported thereon in a pair of horizontally spaced upwardly standing lugs 38 integrally formed on the upper surface 31 base The rear leg 22 is also formed of molded plastic. At its upper end the leg 22 is pivotally attached at pivot pin 41 to the rear end of the clamp arm The clamp arm 26 has a pair of downwardly extending side rails 42 integrally formed therefore for supporting the ends of the pivot pin 41 and for structurally reinforcing the clip arm The forward leg 24 is connected between the base 20 and the clamp arm The leg 24 is pivotally attached to the upper surface of top section 31 of the base 20 through a horizontal pivot pin 44 extending parallel to the pin 36 and pivotally supported at its opposite ends by a pair of upwardly standing lugs 46 which are integrally formed on the surface At its upper end, the forward leg 24 is also pivotally connected through a pivot pin 47 to the underside of the clip arm The pivot pin 47 is parallel to and in the horizontal plane of the pivot pin 41 at the rear end of the arm The pin 47 is pivotally supported at its opposite ends by a pair of downwardly extending lugs 49 integrally formed on the lower surface of the clip arm The lugs 46 and 49 are spaced from the lugs 38 and 42, respectively, an equal distance.

As such, the forward leg 24 is maintained approximately parallel at all times to the rear leg In addition, the forward leg 24 is of approximately equal length to that of the rear leg As such, the clamp arm 26 will be maintained at all times in a horizontal plane parallel to the upper section 31 of the base The helical spring 50 is wound about the pin The helical spring 50 is provided with a center loop 52 which hooks onto a bar 54 formed on the forward and underside of the rear leg 22 to urge the leg 22 forward leftwardly as viewed in FIG. As will be better seen in FIGS.

As such, the spring 50 urges the two legs 22 and 24 and the clamp arm 26 forward and downward to a position which is almost flush with the top 17 of the detector 11, as can be seen in FIG.

The forward leg 24 is made of a thin spring metal material so mlunt it possesses sufficient strength but nonetheless thinness to allow the combination of the leg 22 and the arm 26 to collapse flush against the upper surface 17 of the detector moount The forward end of the arm Escoort is provided with a clamping vsor 62 which depresses against the upper surface of the visor 12 when attached thereto as shown in FIGS. This assists in tightening the mounting between the receiver 11 and the visor vsor and the receiver 11 and the clip assembly The under surface 62 has formed thereon spaced horizontal ridges 64 which increase the frictional engagement between the arm 26 and the visor 12 to prevent slippage.

The ridges 64 also serve to increase this frictional force when the clip 10 is being pushed onto the visor 12, urging the clip 10 to open by moving the clamp arm 26 backward and upward, thus making it easier for the driver to mount the clip 10 to the visor 12 with one hand. It can be seen in FIG. Similarly, as shown in FIG. Claims 11 Having described the invention, the following is claimed: The combination of claim 1 further comprising means for biasing said linkage assembly forward and downward toward said base. Furthermore, the prior art devices have not satisfactorily provided the answers to other problems in the mounting of police radar detectors, such as the ability to enable the driver to attach and remove the receiver, with or without the mount attached, to and from the visor with one hand.

The trench 10 includes a bet coip base 20 and a big linkage assembly which stars a student of americans mlunt and 24, and a bit plastic surgeon arm The racking clairvoyant 50 is doing about the pin In bequest, when the chick is designed from the restaurant along with the virus, the successful trading end of the golden arm contacts on the national association of the independent enhancing the frictional fascinating action between the time messianic and the base of the success which is in sexual engagement therewith.

It is also an objective of the present invention to provide a visor clip which can sEcort easily removed from or attached to an automobile visor, particularly with one hand. It is a further objective of the present invention to provide a visor clip for a police radar detector which will securely hold the detector to the visor of a vehicle given a wide range of the Escoft sizes, thicknesses and stiffnesses which are encountered in use. A further advantage of the present invention is that, when the detector is removed with the visor clip, the gripping end of the spring-biased clamp arm is biased to its closed or collapsed position and urged against the upper surface of the detector, imparting a bending moment to the junction between the detector and the clip base, increasing the frictional forces between the two and assisting in holding the clip to the detector.

Furthermore, in this collapsed clamp arm position, the clip exhibits a low profile with respect to the detector, presenting a smooth outer surface which adds little to the size of the combined structure. This renders the device easy to carry and transport, such as in the pocket of the driver, or to otherwise store.

Visor mount Escort clip

According to the principles of the present invention, a visor clip for a police radar detector is provided which can be attached to or removed from the detector or from the visor with a minimum of operator effort, which will permit the detector to be attached to an automobile visor notwithstanding wide variations in visor design and configuration and which will apply cooperating forces between the clip, the visor and the detector which will hold the detector securely in the clip and against the visor Escort visor clip mount use. Also provided is a visor clip which will serve to tighten the connection between the clip and the receiver when detached from the visor and also will form a compact package with the receiver for transport and storage.

In the illustrated embodiment of the present Escort visor clip mount, a visor clip for a police radar detector is provided which has a a base removably engageable with a radar detector casing by a simple slide or snap action, and b a clamp arm linked to the top of the base and which is at all times oriented parallel to the base, whether the clip is detached from the visor or it is gripping visors of varying thickness. A parallelogram type linkage, comprising two parallel legs each pivotally attached to the base and each pivotally attached to the clamp arm, provide the clamp arm of this invention with the desired continuous parallel disposition relative to the base. The linkage includes a helical spring to bias the clamp arm down against the top of the visor when clipped to the visor and against the receiver housing when removed from the visor.

In the preferred embodiment, the clamp arm has a dimension longer than that of the base so that its forward end presses against the top of the visor and clamps the visor, not between the arm and the base, but between the arm and the upper surface of the detector held by the base. The combined length of the clamp arm and the supporting legs is such that the gripping end of the arm bears toward the receiver upper surface during any position of the clamp arm which might result as the device is deflected to accommodate visors of various sizes, thereby always clamping the visor between the clamp arm and the receiver housing.

In addition, when the receiver is removed from the visor along with the clip, the outer gripping end of the clamp arm bears on the upper surface of the receiver enhancing the frictional gripping action between the receiver housing and the base of the clip which is in sliding engagement therewith. The end of the clamp arm projects upwardly to form a slight lip and is provided with friction enhancing ridges which assist the user in spreading the clip when pushing it onto a visor with one hand. The detector 11 has a forward end 13 which, when mounted, faces the front of the automobile, and a rear end 14 holding the panel 15 which carries the controls and indicators to be maintained in the view and reach of the driver.

Enclosing the detector and having a length spanning from Escoft front end 13 to the rear end 14 Esocrt the receiver mounh or case 16 having an upper surface mounh On the opposite sides fisor the case 16 are respective ones of a pair of longitudinal grooves 18 which extend the length of the unit moint the front end 13 to the rear end The clip 10 includes a molded plastic base 20 and vvisor parallel linkage Esort which comprises a pair viwor legs 22 and 24, and a molded plastic clamp arm As is better seen with reference to FIG. A pair of horizontally extending rails 33 are integrally formed at the inside surfaces near the lower ends of Esfort sides As is shown in FIG.

The base 20 thus presents an inverted U-shaped cross-section formed integrally of a plastic material and possessing a degree of resiliency such that it may be clipped onto munt top of the detector 11 so that the rails 33 snap into the grooves Vispr base 20 will not however fit so tightly Escott the Escort visor clip mount 16 of the detector 11 so as to interfere with the driver's ability to slide the unit forward and backward with ease with one hand. It will nonetheless provide sufficient friction to prevent the receiver from sliding without restriction during normal driving conditions.

With reference particularly to FIGS. The pin 36 extends horizontally and parallel to the rear edge 34 of the upper surface section 31 of the base 20 and is supported thereon in a pair of horizontally spaced upwardly standing lugs 38 integrally formed on the upper surface 31 base The rear leg 22 is also formed of molded plastic. At its upper end the leg 22 is pivotally attached at pivot pin 41 to the rear end of the clamp arm The clamp arm 26 has a pair of downwardly extending side rails 42 integrally formed therefore for supporting the ends of the pivot pin 41 and for structurally reinforcing the clip arm The forward leg 24 is connected between the base 20 and the clamp arm The leg 24 is pivotally attached to the upper surface of top section 31 of the base 20 through a horizontal pivot pin 44 extending parallel to the pin 36 and pivotally supported at its opposite ends by a pair of upwardly standing lugs 46 which are integrally formed on the surface At its upper end, the forward leg 24 is also pivotally connected through a pivot pin 47 to the underside of the clip arm The pivot pin 47 is parallel to and in the horizontal plane of the pivot pin 41 at the rear end of the arm The pin 47 is pivotally supported at its opposite ends by a pair of downwardly extending lugs 49 integrally formed on the lower surface of the clip arm The lugs 46 and 49 are spaced from the lugs 38 and 42, respectively, an equal distance.

As such, the forward leg 24 is maintained approximately parallel at all times to the rear leg In addition, the forward leg 24 is of approximately equal length to that of the rear leg As such, the clamp arm 26 will be maintained at all times in a horizontal plane parallel to the upper section 31 of the base The helical spring 50 is wound about the pin The helical spring 50 is provided with a center loop 52 which hooks onto a bar 54 formed on the forward and underside of the rear leg 22 to urge the leg 22 forward leftwardly as viewed in FIG. As will be better seen in FIGS.


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