STIKBOX TECHNOLOGIES LTD. (Milton Keynes, GB)

A transformable accessory to a handheld digital device is used both as a cover for protection and as a selfie stick the accessory comes with an adaptable mounting chassis to be secured to the digital device, as well as an accessory member that is connected to the chassis for mounting. The accessory can be changed between first and second positions of operation, and featuring a number of interconnected, elongate, prismatic elements. The prismatic elements in the first operative position are in a coplanar, side-by-side arrangement that runs over the rear of a mounting chassis and serve as a cover to protect the digital device. The prismatic elements may be extended to form a rod that works with the mounting frame, so the combination of the rod and the mounting frame becomes the selfie stick.

Among accessories for digital devices are protective cases for mobile phones. They typically have one or two layers of protective rubber or plastic and are designed to encase the rear and sides of the phone, thereby protecting it from damage when dropped or mechanically damaged. These cases can add weight and cost to your phone, but are well worth it as they stop damage to an expensive and hard to replace item.

Recently due to the introduction of digital photography that is high-quality on mobile phones, and the wide-spread internet connectivity of these phones It has become standard that these phones are used for self-photography, pictures being taken inthis manner often later being shared with other people or otherwise uploaded to social networking sites online.

A disadvantage of self-photography by use of mobile phones is the fact that the distance in which one can use the phone is restricted by the length of the person’s arm, such that the image that is taken is void of much of the perspective that is normally present in a convention picture that is taken by a third-party (i.e. Someone who is not included in the photograph.

There are also instances where the person taking a photograph of nature or scenery such as, for instance wants to take a photograph from some distance from the subject being photographed, but isn’t able to achieve this because the device is being held at arm’s reach. This is especially problematic when taking a photograph with a mobile phone, since phones do not normally have an optical zoom capability however they do have they do have a digital zoom. Digital zooms can create a grainier image as well as reduce its quality.

To solve this problem, a further accessory, the so-called `selfie stick` has been developed. A selfie stick permits users to hold a mobile phone further away from him- or herself that would be otherwise possible without the aid of a stick. A selfie stick is composed of two primary parts, that is, an extendable rod as well as an attached mount that can be connected to the end of the rod. The mount, which in its simplest design is an adjustable clamp attaches across theback and sides of the phone and when connected to the rod, allows the use of the phone while it is held by the free end of the rod. Early range extender sticks, designed for use with photography equipment which does not necessarily include mobilephones are explained, at a minimum in part in US Patent Publications Nos. 2004/0223752 & 2007/0177866.

However, one of the problems that is well-known about selfie sticks is that they are heavy to carry around and therefore inconvenient.

US Patent Publication No. 2007/0053680 outlines a telescopically expandable grip to the camera. This is an approach which could reduce the size of selfie sticks. However the grip used for a camcorder still refers to an item that needs to be carried with the camera being utilized. The addition of an item like this can be a great thing to keep in mind, or possibly be lost or forgotten about.

US Patent Publication No. US Patent Publication No. In concept, this is similar to the ExtendaPic iPhone 5/5s Case, shown athttp://www.extendapic.com/.

There is provided a transformable accessory to a hand-held digital device which can be used as a protective cover and as a selfie stick, the accessory has an adaptable mounting chassis to secure an electronic device, and an accessory component connected to the chassis for mounting that is able to be transformed between the first and second operational positions, having a plurality of interconnected, elongate, prismatic elements.

In the initial operative position, the interconnected, elongate array of prismatic elements are locked in a side-by-side coplanar arrangement, allowing them expanding across the rear of the mounting chassis to function as a protectivecover for the device. In the second operative position, the prismatic elements interconnected by a ring to be extended into a rod that cooperates with the frame used for mounting. This combination creates the selfie stick that you can use with your device.

Furthermore, the multitude of interconnected elongate, prismatic elements can be folded in relation to each other.

Additionally, each of the plurality of interconnected elongate prismatic elements are equipped for an axial sliding motion along at least one additional adjacent prismatic element. The one-way sliding motion in the first direction being required in order to achieve conversion of the accessory component into the rod, and further in a direction that is opposite to the first direction, so as to achieve transformation of the rod back to its cover.

Furthermore every one of the aforementioned pluralities of interconnected, elongate, prismatic elements is a linear one with a longitudinal axis.

The array of interconnected, elongate prismatic elements also includes an initial element which terminates at the initial end to connect with the digital device; a secondary end element which terminates at a second, unlocked, end, to be held by a user; and a multitude of interconnected intermediate elements that connect the two end elements.

Furthermore, each of these elongate, prismatic elements is adjacent to and operational for interlocking engagement with and side-by-side sliding through at least one of the many interconnected elongate, prismatic elements.

Each intermediate element can be linked to the next and slide side-by-side along two connected, elongate prismatic elements.

Each prismatic or elongate element has a track that faces laterally towards the adjacent elongate. Link elements are created on the other side of the extended. Link elements of one elongate could be extended towards another elongate. A stop element is placed at the end to stop the link element from being disconnected from the track.

Furthermore, the primary end component is linked to the mounting chassis using hinges with multiple degrees of freedom so as to facilitate a desired angular adjustment of the mounting chassis as well as the digital device in relation to the accessory member.

Additionally the hinge arrangement comes with at least two degrees of freedom.

The accessory comes with remote control features that allow users to control the digital device.

In addition, the remote control is mounted on the second, free end of the rod.

The mounting chassis also includes an edge section that engages with and extends around the periphery to accommodate the device that is digital.

In addition, the accessory member is linked to the mounting chassis via an adjustable hinge that allows it to be unitarily foldable in relation to it.

It is also possible to fold the member in the hinge so that it is an ideal support for a digital device.

Furthermore, the free standing support may be used to place the device’s digital camera in the landscape or portrait orientation.

The mounting chassis is also equipped with an internal rear panel, which is integrated with the edge portion and is interspersed between the the rear and accessory members of digital device.

Additionally the aforementioned, at least one of the accessory member and the interior rear panel is constructed to provide storage space between them when the accessory member is folded inwards relative to the interior rear panel.

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