Summary

A computer mount for both law enforcement and civilian applications that will enable the user to store a full size laptop in the rear top box of a motorcycle (US Patent #7,384,087 B2 / June 10, 2008). Patent available for lease or sale.


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                This and other objects, features, and advantages in accordance with the present invention are provided by a computer mount for a storage box carried by a motorcycle comprising a folding arm assembly coupled to the storage box, and a support tray coupled to the folding arm assembly for supporting a computer.  The folding arm assembly has a stored position for storing the computer within the storage box, and an extended position for extending the computer away from the storage box.  The computer may be a laptop computer, for example. 

 

                

 

    The folding arm assembly may comprise a plurality of arms pivotly coupled together, and the support tray may be pivotly coupled to the folding arm assembly.  The folding arm assembly may further comprise at least one tension device for holding the folding arm assembly in the stored or extended position.                                                 

 

                  The folding arm assembly can be 3-dimensionally positioned.  The computer mount may further comprise a rotateable mount coupled between the folding arm assembly and the storage box so that the folding arm assembly is rotateable 360 degrees in a direction parallel to the ground.

 

 

 

                  The support tray may comprise an adjustable support tray for adjusting to a size of the laptop computer.  The adjustable support tray may comprise a pair of spaced apart side rails. At least one of the side rails may be adjustable for adjusting to a length/width of the laptop computer.  The adjustable support tray may further comprise a pair of spaced apart corner stops on each side rail for respectively contacting corners of the laptop computer.  At least one corner stop on each side rail may be adjustable for adjusting to a width/length of the laptop computer.  The adjustable support tray may further comprise at least one L-shaped side clamp on each side rail.  Each L-shaped side clamp may be adjustable for adjusting to a height of the laptop computer.

 

 

 

                  The computer mount may further comprise a resting shelf coupled between the storage box and the folding arm assembly.  The resting shelf may comprise a plurality of rest stops for contacting the support tray when the folding arm assembly is in the stored position.  The computer mount may further comprise at least one strap coupled between the resting shelf and the computer for maintaining contact between the support tray and the plurality of rest stops when the folding arm assembly is in the stored position.

 

 

 

                  The computer mount advantageously allows the laptop computer to be stored and operated while being carried by a motorcycle.  This is accomplished while reducing the chance of the laptop computer being damaged while in transient or while in use.

 

 

 

                 When the folding arm assembly is in the stored position, the tension device is used to reduce any impact forces that may be subjected to the laptop computer when the motorcycle is traveling over rough road conditions. In addition, at least one strap insures that the folding arm assembly, support tray and laptop computer remain in the stored position within the storage box while in transient.

 

 

 

                  When the folding arm assembly is in the extended position, it may be 3-dimensionally positioned so that the user can comfortably operate the laptop computer.  In other words, the laptop computer can be positioned by the police officer to accommodate road surface conditions and for entering data without having to worry about the laptop computer falling to the ground.  In addition, the adjustable support tray is used to secure the laptop computer so that the computer does not inadvertently fall to the ground when the folding arm assembly is in the extended position.

 

 

 

                  Another aspect of the present invention is directed to a storage box for a motorcycle comprising a housing to be carried by the motorcycle and having an opening therein, and a cover hinged to the housing for enclosing the opening.  A computer mount as described above may be mounted within the opening of the housing.

 

 

 

                  Yet another aspect of the present invention is directed to a method for mounting a computer to a motorcycle using a computer mount comprising a folding arm assembly coupled to a storage box carried by the motorcycle, and a support tray coupled to the folding arm assembly for supporting the computer.  The method may comprise securing the computer to the support tray, and moving the folding arm assembly between a stored position for storing the computer within the storage box, and an extended position for extending the computer away from the storage box.