Title:
PENCIL CASE HAVING TOUCH FUNCTION
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
The present invention relates to a pencil case including a receiving box for receiving stationery. The pencil case includes: a micro controller (10) disposed in the pencil case; a plurality of touch buttons (20) connected to the micro controller (10) and used as an input unit, the plurality of touch buttons (20) detecting a user's touch signal; a plurality of LEDs (30) connected to the micro controller (10) to respond to the touch signals of the touch buttons (20), thereby outputting light signals; and a power source device (40) for supplying a power to the micro controller (10).



Inventors:
Jin, Cheon-deok (Chungcheongbuk-do, KR)
Application Number:
13/811007
Publication Date:
05/16/2013
Filing Date:
06/17/2011
Assignee:
JIN CHEON-DEOK
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A45C11/34
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Foreign References:
KR20070069287A2007-07-03
Primary Examiner:
LABBEES, EDNY
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Revolution IP, PLLC (Alexandria, VA, US)
Claims:
1. A pencil case having touch function comprising a receiving box for receiving stationery, the pencil case comprising: a micro controller 10 disposed in the pencil case; a plurality of touch buttons 20 connected to the micro controller 10, used as an input unit and detecting a user's touch signal; a plurality of LEDs 30 connected to the micro controller 10 to respond to the touch signals of the touch buttons 20, and thus, outputting light signals; and a power source device 40 for supplying a power to the micro controller 10.

2. The pencil case of claim 1, wherein, when a touch signal is detected in the touch buttons 20, at least two of the LEDs 30 are turned on to display patterns.

3. The pencil case of claim 1 further comprising an electronic locking device 50 used for opening and closing the pencil case and connected to the micro controller 10, wherein, the electronic locking device 50 is opened according to an open signal of the micro controller 10.

4. The pencil case of claim 1 further comprising a small vibration motor 80 connected to the micro controller 10, wherein, the vibration motor 80 is turned on to generate a vibration signal, when the touch button 20 is touched.

5. The pencil case of claim 1, wherein, the power source device 40 is a battery, and a solar battery 60 is disposed at an outer surface of the pencil case or a top surface of a cover of the pencil case, the solar battery 60 being a secondary means.

6. The pencil case of claim 1 further comprising a USB connecting terminal 70, wherein, inputting a data to the micro controller 10 or outputting a data from the micro controller 10 is performed through the USB connecting terminal 70.

7. The pencil case of claim 2, wherein, one of the LEDs 30 is respectively disposed at a position corresponding to the touch button 20.

8. The pencil case of claim 1 further comprising at least one of a video player and a picture card, and a LCD 90 as an image output means connected to the micro controller 10.

9. The pencil case of claim 1, wherein, a MP3 player 110 reproducing an audio file and a speaker 120 outputting an audio signal reproduced by the MP3 player 110 are disposed.

10. The pencil case of claim 1 further comprising an electronic locking device 50 used for opening and closing the pencil case and connected to the micro controller 10, wherein, the electronic locking device 50 is opened when information (password) predetermined to be saved in the micro controller 10 matches input information inputted through the touch button 20.

Description:

TECHNICAL FIELD

The present invention relates to a pencil case including a receiving box for receiving stationery, and more particularly, to a pencil case having touch function. The pencil case having touch function includes a micro controller disposed in the pencil case, a plurality of touch buttons connected to the micro controller, used as an input unit and detecting a user's touch signal, a plurality of LEDs connected to the micro controller to respond to the touch signals of the touch buttons, and thus, outputting light signals, and a power source device for supplying a power to the micro controller.

BACKGROUND ART

In the pencil case of the related art, a cap or a cover is formed in the pencil case to be opened or closed such that a writing article or an eraser is got out of the pencil case. A magnetic type of pencil case disclosed in Korean Utility Mode Publication No. 1982-0000176 includes a magnet inserted into an outer surface of the pencil case and a metal attached to a cap such that the cap is opened or closed. The magnetic type of pencil case is the most basic stationery to be used for putting a writing article, an eraser or the like to carry them. There are various types of pencil cases from a most simple type of first stage pencil case to a second or third stage pencil case. Here, the first stage pencil case is configured only with a cap and a receiving body in which writing articles are put, and the second or third stage pencil case is developed to solve demerits of the first stage pencil case receiving space of which is small. Also, pencil cases including amusement members for a basketball, a football, a bowling, or the like have been developed so as to relieve the monotony occurring due to a function of the pencil cases as a receiving means, and thus, to arouse kid's interest.

However, because the standard of living is improved, and a computer and a plurality of game consoles come into wide use, kids do not pay attention to the pencil cases to which simple amusement functions are added. Moreover, because the kids easily have an interest in a new object, and easily lose interest in the object, a pencil case such as a related art pencil case having a simple amusement function does not attract user's interest.

Therefore, a pencil case with an electronic game console is disclosed in Korean Utility Model Registration No. 353667 and Korean Utility Model Registration No. 380261 so as to attract user's interest and to add a new function to the related art pencil case. However, because a button part for controlling the game console, a display, or the like are detachably coupled to the pencil case, a configuration of the pencil case is so complicated, and the components can be easily lost. Also, because the price of the pencil case is so high, it is difficult to buy the pencil case.

DISCLOSURE OF INVENTION

Accordingly, the present invention is directed to provide a pencil case having touch function, which substantially obviates one or more problems due to limitations and disadvantages of the related art. An aspect of the present invention is directed to provide a pencil case having touch function, which outputs various patterns by using a LED when a button is touched, displays whether a release signal of a locking device is right, by using LED patterns, and thus, attracts kid's scientific interest, and increases a convenience in a use.

To achieve these and other advantage and in accordance with the purpose of the invention, as embodied and broadly described herein, there is provided a pencil case having touch function comprising a receiving box for receiving stationery, the pencil case comprising:

a micro controller 10 disposed in the pencil case;
a plurality of touch buttons 20 connected to the micro controller 10, used as an input unit and detecting a user's touch signal;
a plurality of LEDs 30 connected to the micro controller 10 to respond to the touch signals of the touch buttons 20, and thus, outputting light signals; and
a power source device 40 for supplying a power to the micro controller 10.

ADVANTAGEOUS EFFECTS

According to the embodiment of the present invention, there is provided a pencil case having touch function, which outputs various patterns by using a LED when a button is touched, displays whether a release signal of a locking device is right, by using LED patterns, and thus, attracts kid's scientific interest, and increases a convenience in a use.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS

The accompanying drawings, which are included to provide a further understanding of the invention and are incorporated in and constitute a part of this application, illustrate embodiments of the invention and together with the description serve to explain the principle of the invention. In the drawings:

FIG. 1 illustrates a configuration of a pencil case having touch function according to an embodiment of a present invention;

FIG. 2 is a perspective view illustrating the pencil case having touch function according to an embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 3 illustrates a configuration of the pencil case having touch function according to an embodiment of the present invention; and

FIG. 4 is a front view, a plan view and a side view of the pencil case having touch function according to an embodiment of the present invention.

DESCRIPTIONS OF REFERENCE NUMBERS

    • 10: micro controller
    • 20: touch button
    • 30: LED
    • 40: power source device
    • 50: electronic locking device
    • 60: solar battery
    • 70: USB
    • 80: vibration motor
    • 90: LCD
    • 110: MP3 player
    • 120: speaker

BEST MODES FOR CARRYING OUT THE INVENTION

Reference will now be made in detail to the exemplary embodiments of the present invention, examples of which are illustrated in the accompanying drawings. Wherever possible, the same reference numbers will be used throughout the drawings to refer to the same or like parts. Hereinafter, the power-generating apparatus using gravity and magnetic force according to the embodiments of the present invention will be described in detail with reference to the accompanying drawings. FIG. 1 illustrates a configuration of a pencil case having touch function according to an embodiment of a present invention, FIG. 2 is a perspective view illustrating the pencil case having touch function according to an embodiment of the present invention, FIG. 3 illustrates a configuration of the pencil case having touch function according to an embodiment of the present invention, and FIG. 4 is a front view, a plan view and a side view of the pencil case having touch function according to an embodiment of the present invention.

As shown in FIG. 1, the pencil case having touch function according to an embodiment of the present invention relates to a pencil case including a receiving box for receiving stationery, and includes a micro controller 10 disposed in the pencil case, a plurality of touch buttons 20 connected to the micro controller 10, used as an input unit and detecting a user's touch signal, a plurality of LEDs 30 connected to the micro controller 10 to respond to the touch signals of the touch buttons 20, and thus, outputting light signals, and a power source device 40 for supplying a power to the micro controller 10.

As shown in FIG. 1, in the pencil case having touch function according to an embodiment of the present invention, when a touch signal is detected in the touch buttons 20, at least two of the LEDs 30 may be turned on to display patterns.

As shown in FIG. 1, the pencil case having touch function according to an embodiment of the present invention further includes an electronic locking device 50 used for opening and closing the pencil case and connected to the micro controller 10, and the electronic locking device 50 is opened according to an open signal of the micro controller 10.

As shown in FIG. 1, the pencil case having touch function according to an embodiment of the present invention further includes an electronic locking device 50 used for opening and closing the pencil case and connected to the micro controller 10, and the electronic locking device 50 is opened when information (password) predetermined to be saved in the micro controller 10 matches input information inputted through the touch button 20.

As shown in FIG. 1, the pencil case having touch function according to an embodiment of the present invention further includes a small vibration motor 80 connected to the micro controller 10, and the vibration motor 80 may be turned on to generate a vibration signal, when the touch button 20 is touched.

As shown in FIG. 1, in the pencil case having touch function according to an embodiment of the present invention, the power source device 40 is a battery, and a solar battery 60 may be disposed at an outer surface of the pencil case or a top surface of a cover of the pencil case, the solar battery 60 being a secondary means.

As shown in FIG. 1, the pencil case having touch function according to an embodiment of the present invention further includes a USB connecting terminal 70, and inputting a data to the micro controller 10 or outputting a data from the micro controller 10 may be performed through the USB connecting terminal 70.

In the pencil case having touch function according to an embodiment of the present invention, one of the LEDs 30 may be respectively disposed at a position corresponding to the touch button 20.

As shown in FIG. 1, the pencil case having touch function according to an embodiment of the present invention may further include at least one of a video player and a picture card, and a LCD 90 as an image output means connected to the micro controller 10.

In the pencil case having touch function according to an embodiment of the present invention, a MP3 player 110 reproducing an audio file and a speaker 120 outputting an audio signal reproduced by the MP3 player 110 may be disposed.

Hereinafter, embodiment of the present invention will be briefly described. IT technology is gradually more applied to the household items due to the progress of the scientific technique, and various IT convergence application technologies are needed for a convenience of the life. Each of students has a pencil case, and an exclusive electronic pencil case, which performs various functions blending with the IT technology, is needed due to the rapid growth of the society.

As shown in FIGS. 2, 3 and 4, the present invention (a digital pencil case) is a high-tech stationery product which blends a related art pencil case with IT technology to provide a convenient function, and includes a built-in micro control chip to provide various functions. A micro control chip, a LCD, a LED, a solenoid, a vibration motor, a speaker, a touch-function key button, a solar battery, a MP3, or the like are built in the digital pencil case.

In a pencil case including an electronic digital key, a cover of the pencil case can be opened and closed with a password. A memo in which a secret is written, a high-price writing article, or the like can be kept in a digital pencil case including an electronic locking device. In the digital pencil case, a beautiful light is outputted from a touch number key to which a LED is attached, and various types of designs such as a heart shape can be made. An IT convergence digital pencil case can extend the service life of a battery by using a solar battery, and can perform various functions such as a MP3, an English vocabulary, a calculator, a game console or the like.

Because an electronic digital key is disposed at the IT convergence digital pencil case, a cover of the pencil case can be opened or closed by a password.

The digital pencil case provides various functions, such as a calculator, an English vocabulary memorization list, a calculator or the like by using a LCD Display. Also, the digital pencil case can control a locking device by using a small solenoid control function. Moreover, the digital pencil case can be made to extend the service life of a battery by applying a minimum power consumption control technique using a power down and idle mode of a micro controller.

The Embodiment

A specification of the digital pencil case is described with reference to FIGS. 5 to 7.

Summary of the Functions

    • a cover is opened with a password: a door lock is released when a password of four ciphers is inputted (a time for opening a cover is 1 second).
    • changing a password: a function of changing a password
    • initializing a password: a function of initializing a password
    • setting and releasing a password: when release is set, if a start key is pushed, a door lock is immediately released (a cover of a pencil case is opened)
    • setting and releasing a vibration of a touch button: setting an operation of a vibration motor for detecting a push of a touch button
    • when LEDs are being turned on, if a touch button responding to a LED is pushed, only the LED is flickered twice.
    • a LED pattern for displaying a password is correct, a LED pattern for changing a mode, a LED pattern for setting a mode, a LED pattern for initialization, a LED pattern for changing a password.
    • a LED pattern for displaying a password is incorrect, and a LED pattern for displaying a mode setting is incorrect.
    • if a key input is not inputted for 20 second, a sleep mode is started.
    • if a # button is pushed in a sleep mode, a active mode is started.

TABLE 1
Summary of the instructions
initial
FunctionvalueSetting and releasing
a cover is1234a password (four ciphers)→ button
opened
with a
password:
(a
password
of four
ciphers)
changing apushing a mode button (a LED pattern for
passwordchanging a mode)→ inputting a current
password → a * button (a LED pattern for
changing a password)→ inputting a new
password (a LED pattern for changing a
password)→ inputting a new password again→ a
button (a LED pattern for changing a password)
initiali-Initializingpushing a mode button for 7 seconds (a LED
zationall initialpattern for initialization at last time,
valuesvibration for 0.3 seconds)→ “21678238” → a
button
setting andreleasing▪ pushing a mode button (a LED pattern for
releasing achanging a mode)→ “10→ a # button:
passwordreleasing a password ▪ pushing a mode button
(a LED pattern for changing a mode)→ “11” →
a # button: setting a password
setting andsetting▪ pushing a mode button (a LED pattern for
releasing achanging a mode))→ “20” → a # button:
vibrationreleasing a vibration ▪ pushing a mode button
of a(a LED pattern for changing a mode)→ “21” →
toucha # button: setting a vibration
button
a sleepThere is no key input for 20 seconds→
modestarting a sleep mode(a LED pattern for
starting a sleep mode)→ a sleep mode→ a #
button (a LED pattern for starting an active
mode)

It will be apparent to those skilled in the art that various modifications and variations can be made in the present invention without departing from the spirit or scope of the inventions. Thus, it is intended that the present invention covers the modifications and variations of this invention provided they come within the scope of the appended claims and their equivalents.

Modes for Carrying Out the Invention

A pencil case having touch function comprising a receiving box for receiving stationery according to the present invention, the pencil case comprising:

a micro controller 10 disposed in the pencil case;
a plurality of touch buttons 20 connected to the micro controller 10, used as an input unit and detecting a user's touch signal;
a plurality of LEDs 30 connected to the micro controller 10 to respond to the touch signals of the touch buttons 20, and thus, outputting light signals; and
a power source device 40 for supplying a power to the micro controller 10.

INDUSTRIAL APPLICABILITY

According to the present invention, there is provided a pencil case having touch function which outputs various patterns by using a LED when a button is touched, displays whether a release signal of a locking device is right, by using LED patterns, and thus, attracts kid's scientific interest, and increases a convenience in a use.





 
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