Title:
Carrying bag and portable comfort pillow having two headphone speakers thereon connected to a headset carrying strap
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A portable comfort pillow having two headphone speakers mounted thereon and connected to a headset carrying strap for carrying by a user to give the appearance of a headset on the pillow. The comfort pillow includes a front all, a rear wall, a top wall, a bottom wall, a first end wall and a second end wall for forming a pillow covering. The pillow covering has an interior storage compartment for receiving an insert pillow member therein. The comfort pillow has means for connection to an audio player. The connection means includes a plug receptacle for receiving and electrically connecting to an outlet plug of the audio player. The comfort pillow includes a headphone speaker mounted on each of the first and second end walls of the pillow covering of the portable comfort pillow; wherein the headphones include outwardly facing speakers. The rear wall includes a pocket having a pocket compartment and a pocket opening for retaining and holding the audio player within the pocket compartment of the pocket. The speakers are electrically connected to the plug receptacle for allowing a user to listen to sound from the audio player through the headphone speakers. The portable pillow is used as a comfort pillow for receiving a user's head thereon to listen to sound or music from the audio player.



Inventors:
Sutton, Joseph A. (New York, NY, US)
Application Number:
11/506111
Publication Date:
11/01/2007
Filing Date:
08/17/2006
Assignee:
Jay Franco & Sons, Inc.
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
206/314
International Classes:
G09F27/00; A45C11/00
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Primary Examiner:
LAO, LUNSEE
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Ezra Sutton P.A. (Woodbridge, NJ, US)
Claims:
1. A pillow in the form of a carrying bag having a headset thereon including two headphone speakers connected to a headset carrying strap for carrying by a user, comprising: a) a carrying bag including a bag housing having a front wall, a rear wall, a top wall, a bottom wall, a first end wall and a second end wall for forming an interior storage compartment; said headset including two headphone speakers connected by a headset carrying strap; said headset carrying strap extending over said housing of said carrying bag between said headphone speakers; b) said carrying bag housing having means for opening and closing said interior compartment; c) said carrying bag housing having means for connection to an audio player; d) said connection means including a plug receptacle for receiving and electrically connecting to an outlet plug of said audio player; e) said carrying bag housing including one of said headphone speakers mounted on each of said first and second end walls of said carrying bag housing; wherein each of said headphone speakers include outwardly facing speakers; f) said headset carrying strap connected to said headphone speakers to give the appearance of a headset, said headset carrying strap also functioning as a carrying strap for said carrying bag; g) said interior storage compartment of said carrying bag housing having a pillow insert member; h) said interior storage compartment of said carrying bag including one or more pocket sleeves each having a sleeve compartment and a sleeve opening for retaining and holding said audio player within said sleeve compartment of said pocket sleeve; i) said headphone speakers being electrically connected to said plug receptacle for allowing a user to listen to sound from said audio player through said headphone speakers; said plug receptacle being connected to connecting wires and said connecting wires being connected to said headphone speakers; and j) said carrying bag being used as a pillow for receiving a user's head thereon to listen to sound or music from said audio player.

2. A pillow having speakers in accordance with claim 1, wherein said outwardly facing speakers each include faces having holes therein for projecting sound.

3. A pillow having speakers in accordance with claim 1, wherein said means for opening and closing said carrying bag includes a zipper, hook and loop fasteners, male and female snap fasteners, buttons or string ties.

4. A pillow having integral speakers in accordance with claim 1, wherein said audio player is selected from the group consisting of a CD player, an iPod, an MP3 player, a mini radio, or a mini tape cassette.

5. A pillow having speakers in accordance with claim 1, wherein each of said headphone speakers are positioned in an outwardly facing direction relative to each of said first and second end walls of said carrying bag for maximizing the sound of said audio player.

6. A pillow having speakers in accordance with claim 1, wherein said headphone speakers are connected to each of said first and second end walls of said carrying bag housing by stitching, stapling, glueing, laser welding, or adhesives.

7. A pillow having speakers in accordance with claim 1, wherein said carrying bag housing is made from materials selected from the group consisting of plush cotton, cotton polyester blends, rayon, satin and nylon.

8. A pillow having speakers in accordance with claim 1, wherein said headset carrying strap including a first end and a second end; wherein each of said first end and said second end are connected to each of said first and second end walls, respectively, of said bag housing by stitching, stapling, glueing, laser welding or adhesives.

9. A pillow having speakers in accordance with claim 1, wherein said front wall of said carrying bag housing includes indicia thereon.

10. A pillow having speakers in accordance with claim 1, wherein said rear wall includes an interior lining having a mesh pocket with an interior compartment and having a pocket opening for holding personal items therein.

11. A pillow having speakers in accordance with claim 10, wherein said interior lining also includes a credit card holder sleeve having a plurality of interior sleeve compartments each with a sleeve opening, respectively, for holding of one or more credit cards therein.

12. A pillow having speakers in accordance with claim 1, wherein said pillow insert member includes a pillow covering and a filling material; wherein said filling material is made from polyester fiber and plastic pellets.

13. A pillow having speakers in accordance with claim 1, wherein said interior storage compartment includes an interior storage lining for separating said pillow insert member from said rear wall of said bag housing.

14. A pillow having speakers in accordance with claim 13, wherein said interior storage lining includes said one or more pocket sleeves each having a sleeve compartment with a sleeve opening each for receiving said audio player therein.

15. A pillow having speakers in accordance with claim 13, wherein said interior storage lining also includes a plurality of interior pen/pencil holders thereon.

16. A portable comfort pillow having a headset thereon including two headphone speakers connected to a headset carrying strap for carrying by a user, comprising: a) a portable comfort pillow having a front all, a rear wall, a top wall, a bottom wall, a first end wall and a second end wall for forming a pillow covering; said headset including two headphone speakers connected by a headset carrying strap; said headset camming strap extending over said pillow covering between said headphone speakers; b) said pillow covering having an interior storage compartment for receiving an insert pillow member therein; c) said portable comfort pillow having means for connection to an audio player; d) said connection means including a plug receptacle for receiving and electrically connecting to an outlet plug of said audio player; e) said portable comfort pillow including one of said headphone speakers mounted on each of said first and second end walls of said pillow covering of said portable comfort pillow; wherein said headphone speakers include outwardly facing speakers; f) said headset carrying strap connected to said headphone speakers to give the appearance of a headset, said headset carrying strap also functioning as a carrying strap for said pillow; g) said rear wall including a pocket having a pocket compartment and a pocket opening for retaining and holding said audio player within said pocket compartment of said pocket; h) said headphone speakers being electrically connected to said plug receptacle for allowing a user to listen to sound from said audio player through said headphone speakers; said plug receptacle being connected to connecting wires and said connecting wires being connected to said headphone speakers; and i) said portable pillow being used as a comfort pillow for receiving a user's head thereon to listen to sound or music from said audio player.

17. A portable comfort pillow having speakers in accordance with claim 16, wherein said outwardly facing speakers each include faces having holes therein for projecting sound.

18. A portable comfort pillow having speakers in accordance with claim 16, wherein said pocket includes closing means for closing said pocket opening, and wherein said closing means includes hook and loop fasteners, male and female snap fasteners, a zipper, buttons or string ties.

19. A portable comfort pillow having speakers in accordance with claim 16, wherein said audio player is selected from the group consisting of a CD player, an iPod, an MP3 player, a mini radio, or a mini tape cassette.

20. A portable comfort pillow having speakers in accordance with claim 16, wherein each of said headphone speakers are positioned in an outwardly facing direction relative to each of said first and second end walls of said portable comfort pillow for maximizing the sound of said audio player.

21. A portable comfort pillow having speakers in accordance with claim 16, wherein said headphone speakers are connected to each of said first and second end walls of said pillow covering of said portable comfort pillow by stitching, stapling, glueing, laser welding, or adhesives.

22. A portable comfort pillow having speakers in accordance with claim 16, wherein said pillow covering is made from materials selected from the group consisting of plush cotton, cotton polyester blends, rayon, satin and nylon.

23. A portable comfort pillow having speakers in accordance with claim 16, wherein said headset carrying strap including a first end and a second end; wherein each of said first and second ends are connected to each of said first and second end walls, respectively, of said pillow covering of said portable comfort pillow by stitching, stapling, glueing, laser welding, or adhesives.

24. A portable comfort pillow having speakers in accordance with claim 16, wherein said front wall of said pillow covering includes indicia thereon.

25. A portable comfort pillow having speakers in accordance with claim 16, wherein said insert pillow member includes an insert pillow covering and a filling material made from polyester fiber and plastic pellets.

Description:

RELATED APPLICATION

This is a Continuation-In-Part Application of the parent patent application Ser. No. 11/409,902 filed on Apr. 24, 2006.

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates to a pillow in the form of a carrying bag or a portable comfort pillow having two headphone speakers mounted on their end walls which give the appearance of a headset. The pillow is connected to an audio player for producing audio sound or music for use as an entertainment device for children and young adults. More particularly, the two speakers face outwardly so the user can share music from the carrying bag or the portable pillow.

1. Background of the Invention

Stuffed toys, toy animals, dolls and 3-dimensional characters, as well as backrests and pillows, being used as entertainment devices are well-known in the prior art. These devices for the most part do not readily induce relaxation for the onset of sleeping by the user, even when using the above devices.

There remains a need for a pillow in the form of a carrying bag or portable comfort pillow having two headphones on their end walls having outwardly facing speakers connected to an audio player for producing audio sounds or music from an audio player that is connected to the pillow. Additionally, the pillow with speakers would not need batteries or an amplifier to play sound or music coming from the audio player.

2. Description of the Prior Art

Pillows, head rests, cushions, backrests and stuffed toys having various accessories, designs, configurations, structures and materials of construction have been generally disclosed in the prior art. For example, U.S. Pat. No. 6,044,161 to LEE discloses a pillow speaker for use as a combination headrest and sound delivery system for transmitting sounds, including music to a person's head. The pillow speaker comprises a pillow headrest having an upper surface for receiving and supporting a person's head. A lower body portion is adapted for support from an exterior stable surface. The pillow speaker is constructed from a homogeneous flexible material. A pair of spaced apart loud speakers are mounted through the upper surface, within the lower body portion. This prior art patent does not disclose or teach the concept and structure of a pillow in the form of a carrying bag or portable comfort pillow having two exterior headphone speakers for connection to an audio player for producing music or sound.

U.S. Pat. No. 5,313,678 to REDEWILL discloses an acoustical pillow adapted to support the head of a user including a core having an axis extending through a central section and opposing end sections. The end sections are bent from the central section and are generally coextensive in a common direction to provide the core with a U-shaped configuration. A spring is included for biasing the end sections toward each other to provide a snug fit relationship with the ears of the user and thereby attenuate environmental sound. The pillow can be provided with speakers which can be connected through a conductor to an audio source such as a cassette or CD player. This prior art patent does not disclose or teach the concept and structure of a pillow in the form of a carrying bag or portable comfort pillow having two exterior headphone speakers for connection to an audio player for producing music or sound.

U.S. Pat. No. 4,440,443 to NORDSKOG discloses an improved resilient flexible headrest that is inflated with air or fluid, or is filled with foamed plastic material, preferably of various resiliencies. The headrest can be formed of plastic, cloth or the like, and has a cavity within which the upper end of the backrest of a chair, couch or the like is receivable. The body of the headrest has forwardly extending privacy wings which may be hinged and which include sound system speakers or the like. In one embodiment, the headrest may be U-shaped in plan view and include one or more straps and cinch means to releasably hold the headrest in place around the top of a backrest. The headrest can incorporate one or more sound system external loud speakers. This prior art patent does not disclose or teach the concept and structure of a pillow in the form of a carrying bag or portable comfort pillow having two exterior headphone speakers for connection to an audio player for producing music or sound.

U.S. Pat. No. 6,814,709 to SCHWARTZ et al. discloses a cushion/backrest including an integrated reading lamp tethered at the end of a flexible member for providing the user with a source of light for reading or watching television. The cushion may also include built-in massage motors for providing the user with a massaging action to the back. Controls for adjusting the massaging action and the reading lamp may be incorporated in an armrest. The bed rest cushion may also comprise a speaker or a plurality of speakers located in the headrest or armrests. The speakers may be capable of generating sound waves such as music from an audio source located within the bed cushion or from an external audio source. This prior art patent does not disclose or teach the concept and structure of a pillow in the form of a carrying bag or portable comfort pillow having two exterior headphone speakers for connection to an audio player for producing music or sound.

U.S. Pat. No. 5,074,821 to McKEEFERY et al. discloses a dual track recording device, such as a tape recorder. On a second track of the recorder an animation signal is recorded characterized by the signal having a frequency at any given time indicative of the then currently desired animation condition. A character-type toy is provided having a tape playback unit therein for playing back such pre-recorded dual track tapes. The character-type toy has an amplifier and speaker for reproducing the audio information, and a servo motor having a drive system for moving the character mouth elements and eyes with the desired animation. This prior art patent does not disclose or teach the concept and structure of a pillow in the form of a carrying bag or portable comfort pillow having two exterior headphone speakers for connection to an audio player for producing music or sound.

U.S. Design Pat. No. D311,472 to GILES discloses an ornamental design of a combined pillow, cassette player and speakers. This ornamental design has a “butterfly” shaped pillow with integral speakers that can be connected to the cassette player or other peripheral audio devices. This prior art patent does not disclose or teach the concept and structure of a pillow in the form of a carrying bag or portable comfort pillow having two exterior headphone speakers for connection to an audio player for producing music or sound.

None of the aforementioned prior art patents teach or disclose a pillow in the form of a carrying bag or portable comfort pillow having outwardly facing exterior headphone speakers mounted on their end walls which give the appearance of a headset, for connection to an audio player for use by children, teens and young adults.

Accordingly, it is an object of the present invention to provide a pillow in the form of a carrying bag or portable comfort pillow having exterior headphone speakers for connection to an audio player therein, such as a CD player, an Ipod, an MP3 player, a mini portable radio, or a mini tape cassette.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a pillow in the form of a carrying bag or portable comfort pillow that includes outwardly facing exterior headphone speakers and a connecting strap to give the appearance of a headset, for allowing the user of the pillow to listen to music or sound.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a pillow that includes a plug receptacle for connection to the audio player, and a connection wire electrically connected to the headphone speakers.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a pillow having exterior headphone speakers and a connecting strap to give the appearance of a headset, that is easy to use and is durable and easily cleanable for repeated use by the user.

A further object of the present invention is to provide a pillow having headphone speakers and a connecting strap to give the appearance of a headset, that can be mass-produced in an automated and economical manner and is readily affordable by the consumer.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

In accordance with the present invention, there is provided a pillow in the form of a carrying bag having two headphone speakers mounted on the end walls and connected to a headset carrying strap for carrying by a user, to give the appearance of a headset on the bag. The carrying bag includes a bag housing having a front wall, a rear wall, a top wall, a bottom wall, a first end wall and a second end wall for forming an interior storage compartment. The carrying bag housing has means for opening and closing the interior compartment. The carrying bag housing also has means for connection to an audio player. The connection means includes a plug receptacle for receiving and electrically connecting to an outlet plug of the audio player. The carrying bag housing includes a headphone speaker mounted on each of the first and second end walls of the carrying bag housing and connected by a carrying strap to give the appearance of a headset, wherein each of the headphones includes outwardly facing speakers. The interior storage compartment of the carrying bag housing has a pillow insert member. The interior storage compartment of the carrying bag includes one or more pocket sleeves each having a sleeve compartment and a sleeve opening for retaining and holding the audio player within the sleeve compartment of the pocket sleeve. The speakers are electrically connected to the plug receptacle for allowing a user to listen to sound from the audio player through the headphone speakers. The carrying bag is used as a pillow for receiving a user's head thereon to listen to sound or music from the audio player.

In accordance with another embodiment of the present invention, there is provided a portable comfort pillow having two headphone speakers mounted on the end walls and connected to a headset carrying strap for carrying by a user, to give the appearance of a headset on the pillow. The comfort pillow includes a front wall, a rear wall, a top wall, a bottom wall, a first end wall and a second end wall for forming a pillow covering. The pillow covering has an interior storage compartment for receiving an insert pillow member therein. The comfort pillow also has means for connection to an audio player. The connection means include a plug receptacle for receiving and electrically connecting to an outlet plug of the audio player. The comfort pillow includes a headphone speaker mounted on each of the first and second end walls of the portable comfort pillow; and connected by a carrying strap to give the appearance of a headset, wherein each of the headphones includes outwardly facing speakers. The rear wall includes a pocket compartment and a pocket opening for retaining and holding the audio player within the pocket compartment. The speakers are electrically connected to the plug receptacle for allowing a user to listen to sound from the audio player through the headphone speakers. The portable pillow is used as a comfort pillow for receiving a user's head thereon to listen to sound or music from the audio player.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

Further objects, features and advantages of the present invention will become apparent upon the consideration of the following detailed description of the present-preferred embodiment when taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, wherein:

FIG. 1 is a front perspective view of the carrying bag with speakers of the first embodiment of the present invention showing the major component parts to the pillow;

FIG. 2 is a rear perspective view of the carrying bag with speakers of the present invention showing a zipper member for opening and closing the carrying bag;

FIG. 3 is a rear perspective of the carrying bag with speakers of the present invention showing a carrying bag housing in an open configuration having a plug receptacle being connected to an MP3 player within one of the pocket sleeves;

FIG. 4 is an exploded perspective view of the carrying bag with speakers of the present invention showing the MP3 player;

FIG. 5 is a cross-sectional view of the carrying bag with speakers of the present invention taken along lines 5-5 of FIG. 2 in the direction of the arrows showing a pillow insert member, a pocket sleeve and electrical connections;

FIG. 6 is a cross-sectional view of the carrying bag with speakers of the present invention taken along lines 6-6 of FIG. 1 in the direction of the arrow showing the carrying bag housing, the pillow insert member, an interior storage lining, and the MP3 player within the pocket sleeve;

FIG. 7 is a perspective view of the pillow with speakers of the present invention showing a user listening to the MP3 player with the pillow and speakers being in operational use;

FIG. 8 is a front perspective view of the portable comfort pillow with speakers of the second embodiment of the present invention showing the major component parts to the pillow;

FIG. 9 is a rear perspective view of the portable comfort pillow with speakers of the present invention showing a pocket sleeve receiving an MP3 player therein, a headphone set having a pair of headphone speakers thereon and a headset carrying strap;

FIG. 10 is an exploded perspective view of the portable comfort pillow with speakers of the present invention showing a pillow insert member, a comfort pillow housing, a plug receptacle for the MP3 player, and the headphone set having the headphone speakers thereon;

FIG. 11 is a cross-sectional view of the portable comfort pillow with speakers of the present invention taken along lines 11-11 of FIG. 9 in the direction of the arrows showing the comfort pillow housing, the pillow insert member, the plug receptacle and the headphone set having the headphone speakers thereon;

FIG. 12 is a cross-sectional view of the portable comfort pillow with speakers of the present invention taken along lines 12-12 of FIG. 8 in the direction of the arrows showing the comfort pillow housing, the pillow insert member, the MP3 player within the pocket sleeve; and

FIG. 13 is a perspective view of the portable comfort pillow with speakers of the present invention showing a user listening to the MP3 player with the pillow and speakers being in operational use.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE EMBODIMENTS

First Embodiment 10

The pillow 10 is in the form of a stuffed carrying bag having speakers 90a and 90b thereon and having one or more pocket sleeves 72a, and 72b therein for receiving an audio player 80 therein. This first embodiment 10 of the present invention is represented in detail by FIGS. 1 through 7 of the drawings. The pillow 10 is used for entertaining a child, a teenager, or young adult with audio/sound (S) such as music, stories and the like being produced by an audio player 80.

As shown in FIGS. 1 through 6, the pillow/carrying bag 10 includes a bag housing 20 having a front wall 22, a rear wall 24, a top wall 26, a bottom wall 28, a first end wall 30 and a second end wall 32 for forming an interior storage compartment 34 of the carrying bag 10. The bag housing 20 in this case is substantially rectangular (R) in shape, but may have other shapes. The rear wall 24 includes means for opening and closing the interior storage compartment 34 of carrying bag 10, wherein such opening and closing means include a zipper member 36, hook and loop fasteners, male and female snap fasteners, buttons, string ties or the like. The zipper member 36 includes a first zipper element 36a and a second zipper element 36b for forming the zipper member 36. The first zipper element 36a is attached by stitching to perimeter edges 25a, 25b and 25c of rear wall 24 and the second zipper element 36b is attached by stitching to perimeter edges 27a, 31a and 33a of the top and end walls 26, 30 and 32, respectively, as depicted in FIG. 3 of the drawings. Additionally, the bag housing 20 is made from soft, pliable materials such as plush cotton, cotton-polyester blends, rayon, satin, nylon and the like. The rear wall 24 includes an interior lining 40 having a mesh pocket 42 having an interior compartment 44 with a pocket opening 46, and also having a credit card holder sleeve 52 having interior sleeve compartments 54a, 54b, 54c and 54d with sleeve openings 56a, 56b, 56c and 56d, respectively.

The interior storage compartment 34 of carrying bag 10 includes a pillow insert member 60 having a pillow covering 62 and a pillow filling material 64 made of polyester fiber (F) and plastic pellets (P). The pillow insert member 60 is attached to the interior side walls 30i and 32i to the interior front wall 22i and to the interior bottom wall 28i of the interior storage compartment 34, as shown in FIGS. 3, 5 and 6 of the drawings. The interior storage compartment 34 also includes an interior storage lining 70 being also attached by stitching to perimeter edges 27a, 29a, 31a and 33a of the top, bottom and end walls 26, 28, 30 and 32, respectively, of carrying bag housing 20. The interior storage lining 70 includes a pair of pocket sleeves 72a and 72b each having a sleeve compartment 74a and 74b with a corresponding sleeve opening 76a and 76b, each for receiving an audio player 80 therein. The interior storage lining 70 further includes a plurality of pen/pencil holders 78a, 78b, 78c thereto. The interior storage compartment 34 further includes a plug receptacle 82 for receiving and electrically connecting to an outlet plug 84 of the audio player 80, as shown in FIGS. 3 and 5 of the drawings. The audio player 80 may be in the form of a CD player, an Ipod, an MP3 player, a mini radio or a mini cassette. The sleeve openings 76a and 76b include closing means 79 for retaining and holding the audio player 80 within the sleeve compartments 74a and 74b of pocket sleeves 72a and 72b, respectively. The closing means 79 for sleeve openings 76a and 76b include hook and loop fasteners 79V, male and female snap fasteners 79S, a zipper member, buttons, string ties or the like.

The carrying bag housing 20 of pillow 10 includes a headphone set 88 having a pair of headphone stereo speakers 90a and 90b that are positioned on the first and second end walls 30 and 32, respectively, of carrying bag housing 20, as shown in FIGS. 1 to 3 of the patent drawings. Each of the speakers 90a and 90b is electrically connected by a connection wire 92 to the plug receptacle 82, allowing a user 12 to listen to the audio/sound (S) from the audio player 80 through the exterior speakers 90a and 90b, respectively. Also, each of the outwardly facing exterior speakers 90a and 90b is attached to each of the first and second side walls 30 and 32, respectively, of bag housing 20 by stitching, gluing, stapling, laser welding or adhesives.

Additionally, the carrying bag housing 20 includes a headset carrying strap 93 for carrying and lifting the carrying bag 10 from place to place by a hand 13 of the user 12 (See FIG. 1). The headset carrying strap 93 includes a first end 94a and a second end 94b, wherein each of the first and second ends 94a and 94b is connected to each of the first and second end walls 30 and 32, respectively, of carrying bag housing 20 by stitching, stapling, gluing, laser welding or adhesives, as depicted in FIGS. 1 to 5 of the drawings. Also, the front wall 22 of bag housing 20 may include indicia (I) in the form of screen printing, embroidering, and the like.

Further, as shown in FIG. 7, the stuffed carrying bag 10 is used as a pillow for receiving the user's head 14 thereon. The headphone speakers 90a and 90b do not include batteries and are not connected to an amplifier.

In this manner, the headset carrying strap 93 of the present invention performs a dual function: it is connected to the headphone speakers 90a and 90b and thereby gives the appearance of a headset mounted on the carrying bag, and strap 93 also performs the function of a carrying strap for the carrying bag. Also, the carrying bag 10 performs the function of a pillow, and also functions to carry an audio player for producing sound or music for entertainment.

Second Embodiment 100

The pillow 100 is in the form of a portable comfort pillow having speakers 170a and 170b thereon and having a pocket sleeve 142 for receiving an audio player 150 therein. This second embodiment 100 of the present invention is represented in detail by FIGS. 8 through 13 of the drawings. The pillow 100 is used for entertaining a child, a teenager, a young adult with audio/sound (S) such as music, stories and the like being produced by an audio player 150.

As shown in FIGS. 8 through 11, the portable comfort pillow 100 includes a comfort pillow housing 120 having a front wall 122, a rear wall 124, a top wall 126, a bottom wall 128, a first end wall 130 and a second end wall 132 for forming an interior storage compartment 134 of the portable comfort pillow 100. The comfort pillow housing 120 is substantially square/rectangular in shape (R), but may have other shapes. Also, the comfort pillow housing 120 is made from soft, pliable materials such as plush cotton, cotton-polyester blends, rayon, satin, nylon or the like. The front wall 122 of the comfort pillow housing 120 may include indicia (I) in the form of screen printing, embroidery, and the like. The rear wall 124 of the comfort pillow 120 includes a centrally positioned pocket sleeve 142 having a sleeve compartment 144 with a sleeve opening 146 for receiving an audio player 150 therein. The sleeve opening 146 includes closing means 148 for retaining and holding the audio player 150 within the sleeve compartment 144 of pocket sleeve 142. The closing means 148 for sleeve opening 146 include hook and loop fasteners 148V, male and female snap fasteners 148S, a zipper member, buttons, string ties or the like. The interior storage compartment 134 includes a plug receptacles 152 for receiving and electrically connecting to an outlet plug 154 of the audio player 150, as shown in FIGS. 10 and 11 of the drawings. The audio player 150 may be in the form of a CD player, an Ipod, and MP3 player, a mini radio or a mini cassette.

The interior storage compartment 134 of comfort pillow housing 120 includes a pillow insert member 160 having a pillow covering 162 and a pillow filling material 164 made of polyester fiber (F) and plastic pellets (P). The pillow insert member 160 is attached to the interior storage compartment 134 by stitching, stapling, gluing, laser welding, adhesives or the like.

The comfort pillow housing 120 of the portable comfort pillow 100 includes a headphone set 168 having a pair of headphone stereo speakers 170a and 170b that are mounted on the first and second end walls 130 and 132, respectively, of comfort pillow housing 120, as shown in FIGS. 8 and 10 of the patent drawings. Each of the headphone speakers 170a and 170b is electrically connected by a connection wire 172 to the plug receptacle 152, allowing a user 12 to listen to the audio/sound (S) from the audio player 150 through the exterior speakers 170a and 170b, respectively. Also, each of the outwardly facing exterior speakers 170a and 170b are attached to each of the first and second end walls 130 and 132, respectively, of the comfort pillow housing 120 by stitching, gluing, stapling, laser welding or adhesives.

Additionally, the comfort pillow housing 120 includes a headset carrying strap 182 for carrying and lifting the portable comfort pillow 100, as shown in FIG. 8, from place to place by the user 12. The headset carrying strap 182 includes a first end 184a and a second end 184b, wherein each of the first and second ends 184a and 184b is connected to each of the first and second end walls 130 and 132, respectively, of comfort pillow housing 120 by stitching, stapling, gluing, laser welding or adhesives, as depicted in FIGS. 8 to 10 of the patent drawings. Further, as shown in FIG. 13, the portable comfort pillow 100 is used as a pillow for receiving the user's head 14 thereon. The headphone speakers 170a and 170b do not include batteries and are not connected to an amplifier.

In this manner, the headset carrying strap 182 of the present invention performs a dual function: it is connected to the headphone speakers 170a and 170b and thereby gives the appearance of a headset mounted on the pillow 100, and strap 182 also performs the function of a carrying strap 182 for carrying the pillow 100. Also, the pillow 100 functions to carry an audio player for producing sound or music for entertainment.

Operation of the Present Invention

As shown in FIGS. 3, 4 and 7, the pillow in the form of a stuffed carrying bag 10 having the audio player 80 therein operates in the following manner: The user initially opens the first and second zipper elements 36a and 36b of zipper member 36 in order to open the interior storage compartment 34 of the carrying bag housing 10. Next, the user then inserts the audio player 80, such as an MP3 player, into one of the sleeve compartments 74a or 74b of the pocket sleeves 72a or 72b, respectively. The user then plugs in the outlet plug 84 of the audio player 80 into the plug receptacle 82 for electrically connecting the audio player 80 to each of the headphone speakers 90a and 90b as shown in FIGS. 5 and 6 of the drawings. The user 12 then closes the hook and loop fasteners 79V on pocket sleeve opening 76a or 76b, as shown in FIG. 3 of the drawings. Correspondingly, the user can add credit cards 16 to one of the interior sleeve compartments 54a to 54d via sleeve openings 56a to 56d of the credit card holder sleeve 52 and add personal items such as keys 17 and cash 18 to the mesh pocket compartment 44 via pocket opening 46 of the mesh pocket 42 (see FIGS. 3 and 4 of the drawings). Also, the user 12 can insert one or more pens/pencils 19 to one of the pen/pencil holder sleeves 78a to 78c accordingly. Now, the user 12 closes each of zipper elements 36a and 36b of zipper member 36 on rear wall 24 of bag housing 20. The user 12 is now able to listen to the audio/sound (S) coming from the outwardly facing speakers 90a and 90b of the audio player 80 while laying his/her head 14 on the stuffed carrying bag/pillow 10 while relaxing, as shown in FIG. 7 of the patent drawings.

As shown in FIGS. 8 through 13, the portable comfort pillow 100 having the audio player 150 operates in the following manner: The user initially opens the closing means 148, such as the hook and loop fasteners 148V, on pocket opening 114b of sleeve compartment 144 of the pocket sleeve 142. Next, the user then inserts the audio player 150, such as an MP3 player, into the pocket compartment 144 of pocket sleeve 142 and then plugs in the outlet plug 154 of the audio player 150 into the plug receptacle 152 for electrically connecting to each of the speakers 170a and 170b, as shown in FIGS. 12 and 13 of the drawings. The user then closes the hook and loop fasteners 148V on pocket opening 146, as shown in FIGS. 12 and 13 of the drawings. The user is now able to listen to the audio/sound (S) coming from the outwardly facing speakers 170a and 170b of the audio player 150 while laying his/her head on the portable comfort pillow 100 while relaxing, as shown in FIG. 13 of the patent drawings.

Advantages of the Present Invention

Accordingly, an advantage of the present invention is that it provides for a pillow in the form of a carrying bag or portable comfort pillow having exterior headphone speakers for connection to an audio player therein, such as a CD player, an Ipod, an MP3 player, a mini portable radio, or a mini tape cassette.

Another advantage of the present invention is that it provides for a pillow in the form of a carrying bag or portable comfort pillow that includes outwardly facing exterior headphone speakers and a connecting strap to give the appearance of a headset, for allowing the user of the pillow to listen to music or sound.

Another advantage of the present invention is that it provides for a pillow that includes a plug receptacle for connection to the audio player, and a connection wire electrically connected to the headphone speakers.

Another advantage of the present invention is that it provides for a pillow having exterior headphone speakers and a connecting strap to give the appearance of a headset, that is easy to use and is durable and easily cleanable for repeated use by the user.

A further advantage of the present invention is that it provides for a pillow having headphone speakers and a connecting strap to give the appearance of a headset, that can be mass-produced in an automated and economical manner and is readily affordable by the consumer.

A latitude of modification, change and substitution is intended in the foregoing disclosure, and in some instances, some features of the invention will be employed without a corresponding use of other features. Accordingly, it is appropriate that the appended claims be construed broadly and in a manner consistent with the spirit and scope of the invention herein.