Title:
Garment with pocket for music device
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
The present invention relates to music device pocket on a shirt or pants or other garment that includes an external pocket attached to one sleeve of the shirt or pants and adapted to receive a music device like a popular IPod™ and where the pocket forms a cavity on the shirt sleeve with a rear surface and a top surface and where the top surface of the pocket contains one or more windows that allow a user to access the music device, and where the rear surface or the pocket contains a hole allowing earphone wires from the music device to pass through the garment and run to the earphones. The pocket can have an optional second window to allow access to the controls of the music device. Fabric loops or clips can be sewed or mounted inside the shirt or pants to hold the earphone wires as they pass from the device to the earphones.



Inventors:
Barnes, Patric (Chicago, IL, US)
Application Number:
11/703329
Publication Date:
08/07/2008
Filing Date:
02/07/2007
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A41D27/20
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Primary Examiner:
TOMPKINS, ALISSA JILL
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Clifford Kraft (Naperville, IL, US)
Claims:
1. A music device pocket on a shirt comprising: an external pocket attached to one sleeve of said shirt and adapted to receive a music device, said pocket forming a cavity on said shirt sleeve with a rear surface and a top surface; wherein said top surface of said pocket contains at least one window allowing continuous viewing of a selection display screen on a side surface of said music device.

2. The music device pocket of claim 1 wherein said rear surface contains a hole allowing earphone wires from said music device to pass through said garment.

3. The music device pocket of claim 1 further comprising a second window on said top surface of said pocket allowing further access to said music device.

4. The music device pocket of claim 1 further comprising sewed loop devices inside said shirt for routing of said earphone wires.

5. The music device pocket of claim 1 wherein said pocket is made of a material similar to said shirt.

6. A music device pocket on a garment comprising: an external pocket attached to said garment and adapted to receive a music device, said pocket forming a cavity on said garment with an a rear surface and a top surface; wherein said top surface of said pocket contains at least one window allowing continuous viewing of a display screen on said music device; and, wherein said rear surface contains a hole allowing earphone wires from said music device to pass through said garment.

7. The music device pocket of claim 6 further comprising a second window on said top surface of said pocket allowing further access to said music device.

8. The music device pocket of claim 6 further comprising sewed loop devices inside said garment for routing of said earphone wires.

9. The music device pocket of claim 6 wherein said pocket is made of a material similar to said shirt.

10. The music device pocket of claim 6 wherein said garment is a pair of pants.

11. The music device pocket of claim 6 wherein said garment is a shirt.

12. A method of carrying an electronic music device on a garment comprising the steps of: sewing an external pocket on a sleeve of a shirt or a leg of a pants adapted to receive and contain an electronic music device; placing a hole in said garment behind said external pocket allowing penetration from inside said pocket to inside said garment; placing a window on an outside surface of said pocket allowing continuous viewing of a display screen on a side surface of said electronic music device.

13. The method of claim 12 further comprising the step of placing a second window on said outside surface of said pocket allowing further access to said electronic music device.

13. The method of claim 12 further comprising the step of placing attachments inside said garment to hold an earphone wire.



14. The method of claim 12 wherein said pocket matches said shirt or pants.

15. The method of claim 13 wherein said attachments are fabric loops.

16. The method of claim 12 wherein said hole and said window is seamed to prevent raveling.

17. The method of claim 12 wherein said electronic music device is completely contained in said pocket.

Description:

BACKGROUND

1. Field of the Invention

The present invention relates generally to garments with pockets to hold a device and more particularly to a garment such as a shirt or pants with a specially designed sleeve or leg pocket to hold a music device like an IPod™.

2. Description of the Prior Art

There have been shirts and pants with sleeve or leg pockets to hold cigarettes and other devices. Jennings in U.S. Pat. No. 4,825,471 teaches a shirt that holds a music device with the device in the center and a speaker on each arm. U.S. published application 2004/0133967 teaches a display system on the wrist of a coat or other garment. U.S. published application 2001/0042263 teaches a pocket in a garment to hold a cellular telephone.

A search of the Internet at the present time shows that shirts called “Ipod Shirts” can be purchased. These shirts contain an inside center pocket for a music device.

It would be advantageous to have a shirt that had a sleeve pocket for that would hold a music device like the popular IPod™ manufactured by Apple Corporation of Cupertino Calif. (IPod is a registered trademark of Apple Corporation). It would also be advantageous to have pants with a leg pocket for a similar function.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates to music device pocket on a shirt or pants or other garment that includes an external pocket attached to one sleeve of the shirt or pants and adapted to receive a music device like a popular IPod™ and where the pocket forms a cavity on the shirt sleeve with a rear surface and a top surface, and where the top surface of the pocket contains one or more windows that allow a user to access the music device. The rear surface or the pocket can contain a hole allowing earphone wires from the music device to pass through the garment and run to the earphones. The pocket can have a second window on the top surface to allow access to the controls of the music device. Fabric loops or clips can be sewed or mounted inside the shirt or pants to hold the earphone wires as they pass from the device to the earphones.

DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1A shows a shirt with a music device in a sleeve pocket

FIG. 1B shows the shirt of FIG. 1A with a different embodiment of the pocket.

FIG. 2A shows the embodiment of FIG. 1A with hidden lines showing how earphone wires can be routed inside the garment.

FIG. 2B shows a detail of the loop shown in FIG. 2A.

FIG. 3 shows the embodiment of FIG. 1A with the device removed.

FIG. 4 shows the embodiment of FIG. 1A with the pocket removed displaying a hole for the earphone wires.

FIG. 5 shows an embodiment of the present invention in a pair of pants.

Several illustrations and drawings have been presented to better aid in the understanding of the invention. The scope of the present invention is not limited to what is shown in the figures.

DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates to a garment such as a shirt of pants with a specially designed pocket to receive a music device such as the currently popular IPod device manufactured by Apple Computer Corporation of Cupertino Calif. (IPod is a registered trademark of Apple Computer), or a radio, camera, cellular telephone, other MP3 music device or any other electronic or mechanical device.

Turning to FIG. 1A, a shirt 1 can be seen with a special pocket 3 on one sleeve 2 to receive a music device. This pocket 3 can be mounted conveniently anywhere on the sleeve; however, the position shown in FIG. 1A is preferred. Earphone wires 6 terminate in earphones 7 which can fit into a user's ears. These earphone wires 6 run under the garment and down to the music device 4. A window 5 can be used to show the selection display screen of the device. The music device 4 can be inserted into the pocket 3 upside down to make direct viewing of the display window possible. The window 5 is thus shown at the bottom of the pocket 3. While this is the preferred method, any method of inserting the music device in the pocket and any position of the window on the pocket is within the scope of the present invention.

FIG. 1B shows the same embodiment of FIG. 1A with an optional second window 11. This second window can be supplied on this particular embodiment of the invention to allow the user to access the controls of the music device. When the second window 11 is not used, access to the controls can be by feel through the material of the pocket.

FIG. 2A shows by hidden lines the routing of the earphone wires 6 inside the shirt 1. The hidden part of the wires 8 run from the collar down to the sleeve 2 where they enter the device pocket 3 through a hole in the fabric. The wires can be attached to the garment by fabric loops 9 or other clips located inside the garment. The use of fabric loops is preferred so that there is no discomfort to the wearer. FIG. 2B shows a detail of a sewed fabric loop 9.

FIG. 3 shows the embodiment of FIGS. 1-2 with the music device 4 being removed. To remove the device, the user simply disconnects the earphone wires 6 and pulls the device 4 out of the pocket 3. It should be noted that the inside of the pocket area may need elastic to hold the music device in place since music devices may come in different sizes. An optional zipper or VELCRO™ may also be used to secure the pocket.

FIG. 4 shows the shirt 1 with the pocket 3 removed or not yet sewed on. A special hole 10 can be provided inside the pocket (on the shirt 12) for the earphone wires to pass through the garment. A preferred location for the hole is around 9 inches below the shoulder seam of the shirt. The preferred shape of the hole 10 is round; however any shape hole is within the scope of the present invention. While a hole is the preferred method of passing the earphone wires through the shirt, any method of routing the wires to the music device is within the scope of the present invention. In particular, in a wireless application of the invention, coupling between the earphones 7 and the music device 4 can be accomplished by wideband BLUETOOTH or other wireless method. In this case there are no earphone wires. For this wireless application of the present invention, no hole is necessary; however, a hole can still be provided to satisfy the needs of both methods of operation.

FIG. 6 shows an embodiment of the present invention on a pair of pants 13. Here a pocket 3 is sewn onto a pant leg in a similar fashion as the previously described shirt embodiments of the invention. Similar fabric loops or clips 9 can be used to hold the earphone wires 6 as they pass upward into the shirt. The earphone wires 6 can normally pass into the shirt where more fabric loops or clips 9 guide them to the neck. Alternatively, the earphone wires 6 can run outside the shirt after exiting the pants 13. The window 5 is again at the bottom of the pocket; however it is understood that it can appear anywhere on the pocket or be omitted.

In an alternative embodiment of the present invention, the pockets in either the shirt or pants could be mounted internally on the sleeve or leg with just a slit exposed where the music device could be mounted on the inside of the sleeve or pants leg. This embodiment, while within the scope of the present invention, is not preferred because of the bulk of the device on the sleeve or leg causing discomfort to the user. In addition, in this embodiment, it is more difficult to reach the controls of the device.

The pockets described in the present invention can be made of the same material as the shirt or pants and can be sewn on, ironed on, or provided by any method of attaching pockets to garments. The hole behind the pockets can be seamed to prevent raveling of thread or material. Also, some of the embodiments shown herein have windows in the pocket for access to the electronic music device; however, all windows are optional. It is within the scope of the present invention to have a pocket with no windows. It is also optional to have the electronic device be non-removable.

Several descriptions and illustrations of the present invention have been provided to aid in the understanding of the invention. One skilled in the art will realize that there are numerous changes and variations that can be made without departing from the spirit of the invention. Each of these changes and variations is within the scope of the present invention.