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Title:
RECONFIGURABLE/CONVERTIBLE PERSONAL CARRY BAG FOR ELECTRONIC DEVICE THAT DOUBLES AS SEAT CUSHIONS, BACK RESTS, AND/OR LAP OR DESKTOP CUSHIONS
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2020/163543
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A personal carry bag includes two opposed panels, one panel having a cushioned interior for selective use as a seat cushion, a back rest for use on an existing seat back, or a working surface for placement on a user's lap, a chair, bench, table, or ground surface. The personal carry bag also includes a zipper that interconnects respective perimeters of the two opposed panels when the zipper is closed to form a sealed compartment and which enables the two opposed sections to be physically separated when the zipper is opened and be individually used as one or more of the seat cushion, back rest, or working surface. The opposed panels include a semi-rigid, pliable cushion providing structure to the carry bag, protection for items placed inside, support for a user's body when a corresponding panel is used as a seat cushion or backrest.

Inventors:
ALI SEMIRA (US)
Application Number:
US2020/016896
Publication Date:
August 13, 2020
Filing Date:
February 05, 2020
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
ALI SEMIRA (US)
International Classes:
A45C3/02; A45C7/00; A45C9/00; A45C13/10
Foreign References:
US20050039260A12005-02-24
US6126012A2000-10-03
US20020167214A12002-11-14
US20110309222A12011-12-22
US20090078707A12009-03-26
US6269948B12001-08-07
US20190008265A12019-01-10
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
ISIDORE, Eustace (US)
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Claims:
CLAIMS

What is claimed is:

1. A personal carry bag comprising:

two opposed panels, at least one comprising a cushioned interior for selective use of the at least one panel as one or more of a seat cushion, a back rest for use on an existing seat back, a working surface for placement on a user’s lap, a chair, a bench, a table, or on a ground surface; and

a zipper that interconnects respective perimeters of the two opposed sections when the zipper is closed to form a sealed compartment and which enables the two opposed panels to be physically separated when the zipper is opened and be individually used as one or more of the seat cushion, back rest, or working surface.

2. The personal carry bag of claim 1, wherein the at least one of the two opposed panels comprises:

an exterior surface material stitched or otherwise secured at a perimeter edge to an interior surface material; and

a semi-rigid, pliable cushion disposed between the exterior surface material and the interior surface material, the cushion providing structure to the carry bag, protection for items placed inside the compartment, support for a user’s body when a corresponding panel is used as a seat cushion or backrest, and a heat barrier when the corresponding panel is used as a lap desk for a heat generating electronic device.

3. The personal carry bag of claim 2, wherein:

the cushion is at least one of a solid foam, a memory foam, a sponge, or other pliable material that provides responsive cushioning support to a user;

the first and the second exterior surface material each comprises a non-porous, weather resistant, durable material; and

the first and the second interior surface material each comprises a soft, plush fabric or material for user comfort.

4. The personal carry bag of claim 1, wherein the zipper comprises:

a first half of a zipper chain attached to a perimeter edge of a first panel of the two opposed panels; a zipper slider with a pull tab permanently attached to the first half of the zipper chain; and

a second half of the zipper chain attached to a perimeter edge of a second panel of the two opposed panels, the second half of the zipper chain terminating at one end with an end connector for inserting into the zipper slider to enable the zipper to be closed;

the zipper chain having a start end at which the zipper slider connects with the end connector of the second half of the zipper chain and the zipper chain extends around the entire perimeter of the personal carry bag past the start end, whereby a terminating end of the zipper chain overlaps the start end of the zipper chain when the zipper is in a fully closed position; the zipper enabling the first panel to be fully detached from the second panel when the zipper is fully-opened and the end connector is removed from the zipper slider; and

the zipper further enabling the first and the second panels to sealably interconnect with each other along the perimeter edge when the zipper is fully closed, providing a compartment that extends along opposed first and second interior surfaces of the first and second panels, respectively.

5. The personal carry bag of claim 1, further comprising a wrap-around strap having two outer ends coupled at opposed perimeter edges of an associated one of the panels and two inner ends that terminate in oppose interlocking parts of a buckle, the wrap-around strap used to secure the at least one of the panels to a seat or seat back.

6. The personal carry bag of claim 5, wherein the wrap-around strap is made of an elastic material and stretches to accommodate different dimensions of seats and seat backs, and wherein the wrap-around strap can be buckled on an interior and on an exterior of the associated panel.

7. The personal carry bag of claim 1, wherein:

at least one of the panels is designed for use as a seat cushion, the at least one panel comprising a plurality of attachment affordances made of fabric and stitched into the interior surface or perimeter edge of the at least one panel; and

the personal carry bag comprises an accessory sleeve design for attaching to at least one of the plurality of attachment affordances and extend off the side or front of the seat to enable user access to one or more pockets within the accessory sleeve.

8. A method for making a dual use personal carry bag, the method comprising: providing two opposed panels, with at least one panel having a cushioned interior for selective use as one or more of a seat cushion, a back rest for use on an existing seat back, or a working surface for placement on a user’s lap, a chair, bench, table, or ground;

attaching sides of a zipper to respective perimeters of the two opposed panels, the zipper interconnecting the perimeters of the two opposed panels when the zipper is closed to form a sealed compartment and which enables the two opposed sections to be physically separated when the zipper is opened and be individually used as one or more of the seat cushion, back rest, or working surface.

9. The method of claim 8, further comprising:

forming the at least one panel with an exterior surface material stitched or otherwise secured at a perimeter edge to a next perimeter edge of an interior surface material and a semi rigid, pliable cushion disposed between the exterior surface material and the interior surface material, the cushion providing structure to the carry bag, protection for items placed inside the compartment, support for a user’s body when a corresponding panel is used as a seat cushion or backrest, and a heat barrier when the corresponding panel is used as a lap desk for a heat generating electronic device;

wherein the exterior surface material comprises a non-porous, weather resistant, durable material; and

wherein the interior surface material comprises a soft, plush fabric or material for user comfort.

10. The method of claim 9, wherein forming the at least one panel comprises:

attaching to the at least one of the panels that is designed for use as a seat cushion, a plurality of attachment affordances made of fabric and stitched into the interior surface or perimeter edge of the at least one panel, the plurality of attachment affordances for receiving an attachment by an accessory sleeve that is designed for attaching to at least one of the plurality of attachment affordances and extend off the side or front of the seat to enable access to one or more pockets within the accessory sleeve.

11. The method of claim 8, further comprising:

attaching a wrap-around strap comprised of two segments each having an outer end connected to opposed perimeter edges of an associated one of the panels and an inner end that tenninates in oppose interlocking sections of a buckle, the wrap-around strap used to secure the at least one of the panels to a seat or seat back, the wrap-around strap being made of an elastic material that stretches to accommodate different dimensions of seats and seat backs, and the wrap-around strap being able to be buckled on an interior and on an exterior of the associated panel.

12. A personal carry bag for holding and securely carrying larger personal items, the personal carry bag comprising:

a first panel comprising a first exterior surface material stitched or otherwise secured at a perimeter edge to a first interior surface material, with a first cushion disposed therebetween; a second panel similarly comprising a second exterior surface material stitched or otherwise secured at a perimeter edge to a second interior surface material with a second cushion disposed therebetween, the second panel being opposed to the first panel, with the second interior surface material facing the first interior surface material, when the personal carry bag is in a closed position;

a zipper extending around an entire perimeter of each of the first panel and the second panel, the zipper attached to each perimeter to enable the personal carry bag to be selectively configured in the first configuration as a carry bag with the zipper in a substantially fully closed or slightly opened position, a second configuration with the zipper in a partially opened position, enabling removal of an inserted electronic device, then a third configuration with the zipper in a fully opened position enabling separation of the first panel from the second panel, providing a pair of comfort cushions for use as at least one of a seat cushion, a backrest cushion, a working surface for a lap, a seat-top, a tabletop or a ground or floor placement.

wherein: the zipper enables the first panel to be fully detached from the second panel when the zipper is fully-opened and an end connector is removed from a zipper slider; and the zipper further enables the first and the second panels to sealably interconnect with each other along the perimeter edge when the zipper is fully closed, providing a compartment that extends along the opposed first and second interior surfaces.

13. The personal carry bag of claim 12, further comprising:

at least one wrap-around strap having two outer ends coupled at opposed perimeter edges of an associated one of the panels and two inner ends that terminate in oppose interlocking parts of a buckle, the wrap-around strap selectively used to secure the associated panel to a seat or seat back and hold the corresponding panel in place;

wherein the wrap-around strap is made of an elastic material and stretches to accommodate different dimensions of seats and seat backs, and the wrap-around strap can be buckled on an interior and on an exterior of the associated panel.

14. The personal carry bag of claim 12, wherein:

at least one of the panels is designed for use as a seat cushion, the at least one panel comprising a plurality of attachment affordances made of fabric and stitched into the interior surface or perimeter edge of the at least one panel; and

the personal carry bag comprises an accessory sleeve design for attaching to at least one of the plurality of attachment affordances and extend off the side or front of the seat to enable access to one or more pockets within the accessory sleeve.

Description:
RECONFIGURABLE/CONVERTIBLE PERSONAL CARRY BAG FOR ELECTRONIC DEVICE THAT DOUBLES AS SEAT CUSHIONS, BACK RESTS, AND/OR LAP OR

DESKTOP CUSHIONS

PRIORITY APPLICATION

[0001] This application claims benefit of priority to U.S. provisional patent application No. 62/801,208, filed February 5, 2019.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Technical Field

[0002] The present invention relates in general to personal carry bags for personal items and in particular to personal carry bags that are reconfigurable for secondary uses.

2. Description of the Related Art

[0003] Larger, portable electronic devices, such as laptops and tablets, are typically carried around by a user in a personal carry bag or personal carry bag. The computer bag’s primary purpose is to allow efficient transport (or carrying) of the device by the user, while providing some protection for the device. In most conventional designs, the personal carry bag includes an opening in a top section through which the portable device is inserted. Some conventional designs also provide an inside sleeve with some additional padding to protect the device from physical damage in the event the personal carry bag is impacted from the side or accidentally dropped. Additionally, the personal carry bags may include secondary pockets, pouches, and/or compartments for storing other user items, such as documents, pens, accessories, smaller devices, power cables, a mouse, etc.

[0004] Unlike with smaller handheld devices that are designed to be used while standing and/or walking around, a user of a larger portable device typically has to sit down in order to best access and utilize his/her device. Also, users typically utilize their portable electronic devices in places outside of the home or office, where un-cushioned, hard surface seating are provided. For example, a large number of users utilize their portable devices while sitting in a cafe or library, or on a bench at a bus stop or in the park. The available seating at these locations are generally uncomfortable, as they are designed more for utility and not for comfort to the user’s buttocks or back. However, the user of the device has little choice, and has to sit on the uncomfortable seating provided in order to properly access and use their larger portable device. BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0005] The description of the illustrative embodiments can be read in conjunction with the accompanying figures. It will be appreciated that for simplicity and clarity of illustration, elements illustrated in the figures have not necessarily been drawn to scale. For example, the dimensions of some of the elements are exaggerated relative to other elements. Embodiments incorporating teachings of the present disclosure are shown and described with respect to the figures presented herein, in which:

[0006] FIG. 1 provides a cross-sectional, schematic drawing of an example personal carry bag that is manufactured as two individual panels that are attached to provide a carry bag for a large personal items and can be selectively separated into the individual panels to be utilized as a seat cushion or backrest cushion, according to one or more embodiments;

[0007] FIG. 2 illustrates the two panels of personal carry bag, with a first panel showing the exterior surface and the second panel showing the interior surface and wrap-around strap, according to a one or more embodiments;

[0008] FIG. 3A illustrates a first embodiment of a fully assembled personal carry bag, with top handles attached to each panel for user portability, according to one embodiment;

[0009] FIG. 3B illustrates a second embodiment of a fully assembled personal carry bag configured with a shoulder strap attached to a single panel for user portability, according to another embodiment;

[0010] FIGs. 4A-4D provide four views of the connecting zipper of the personal carry bag in different states ranging from a fully closed state with the personal carry bag closed to a fully open state with the two sections of the personal carry bag separated, according to one or more embodiments;

[0011] FIG. 4E illustrates a close-up view of the end portions of a half of zipper attached to one panel of personal carry bag, according to one or more embodiments;

[0012] FIG. 5 illustrates a top-down view of the personal carry bag with the zipper about half way open to expose the interior surfaces of the two panels and an electronic device located within the interior compartment, according to one or more embodiments; [0013] FIGs. 6A-6C illustrate the use of the shoulder strap extended over the back portion of a seat to secure the bottom cushion to the seat, according to one or more embodiments;

[0014] FIGs. 7 and 8A-8C illustrate the use of the wrap-around strap to extended around the back portion of the seat to secure the backrest cushion to the seat, according to one or more embodiments;

[0015] FIGs. 9A-9B illustrates the separated panels of personal carry bag being used as a seat cushion and backrest support by a user of an electronic device that can be carried within the fully-assembled personal carry bag, in accordance with one or more embodiments;

[0016] FIGs. 10A-10B illustrate the use of one of the panels as a working surface on which the electronic equipment is placed for use by the user, in accordance with one or more embodiments;

[0017] FIG. 11 illustrates the separated cushions connect by the end of the zipper to provide a padding for the back of the lower legs, in accordance with one embodiment or more embodiments; and

[0018] FIGs. 12A illustrates a close-up view of a side pocket located within a first exterior surface of one panel and which is accessible via opening of the side zipper assembly shown in FIG. 2, according to one embodiment;

[0019] FIG. 12B illustrates a side view of the exterior surface of a second panel of the personal carry bag, with a cover flap that overlaps and secures a second pocket located within the second exterior surface, according to one embodiment;

[0020] FIG. 13 illustrates an example embodiment in which a second one of the panels, which is designed for placement on a seat, is configured with a plurality of fabric connectors for attaching an accessory sleeve that extends down for user access to the side or front of the seat, according to one or more embodiments; and

[0021] FIG. 14 provides a method of manufacturing the personal carry bag with interchangeable panels that are designed for dual use as sides of the personal carry bag and as one or more of a seat cushion and backrest support, in accordance with one or more embodiments. DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF AN ILLUSTRATIVE EMBODIMENT

[0022] Embodiments of the disclosure provide dual use personal carry bag and a method for manufacturing the dual use personal carry bag, which enables secure transportation of personal items and is selectively reconfigurable for use as a seat cushion, seat backrest, or work surface. According to one embodiment, the personal carry bag includes two opposed panels, at least one panel having a cushioned interior for selective use of the at least one panel as one or more of a seat cushion, a back rest for use on an existing seat back, or a working surface for placement on a user’s lap, a chair, bench, table, or ground. The personal carry bag also includes a zipper that interconnects respective perimeters of the two opposed panels when the zipper is closed to form a sealed compartment and which enables the two opposed sections to be physically separated when the zipper is opened and be individually used as one or more of the seat cushion, back rest, or working surface. The opposed panels include a semi-rigid, pliable cushion providing structure to the carry bag, protection for items placed inside, support for a user’s body when a corresponding panel is used as a seat cushion or backrest.

[0023] According to another embodiment, a personal carry bag is provided for holding and securely carrying larger personal items. The personal carry bag includes a first panel having a first exterior surface material stitched or otherwise secured at a perimeter edge to a first interior surface material, with a first cushion disposed therebetween. The personal carry bag also includes a second panel similarly having a second exterior surface material stitched or otherwise secured at a perimeter edge to a second interior surface material with a second cushion disposed therebetween, the second panel being opposed to the first panel, with the second interior surface material facing the first interior surface material when the personal carry bag is in a first configuration. The personal carry bag further includes a zipper extending around an entire perimeter of each of the first panel and the second panel, the zipper attached to each perimeter to enable the personal carry bag to be selectively configured in the first configuration as a carry bag with the zipper in a fully closed position, a second configuration with the zipper in a partially opened position, enabling removal of an inserted electronic device, then a third configuration providing a pair of comfort cushions with the zipper in a fully opened position enabling separation of the first panel from the second panel for use as at least one of a seat cushion, a backrest cushion, a working surface for a lap, a seat-top, a tabletop or a ground or floor placement.

[0024] According to one aspect, the method for making a dual use personal carry bag includes providing two opposed panels, with at least one panel having a cushioned interior for selective use as one or more of a seat cushion, a back rest for use on an existing seat back, or a working surface for placement on a user’s lap, a chair, a bench, a table, or on a ground or other surface. The method further includes attaching sides of a zipper to respective perimeters of the two opposed panels, the zipper interconnecting the perimeters of the two opposed panels when the zipper is closed to form a sealed compartment and which enables the two opposed sections to be physically separated when the zipper is opened and be individually used as one or more of the seat cushion, the back rest, or the working surface.

[0025] In the following detailed description of exemplary embodiments of the disclosure, specific exemplary embodiments in which the invention may be practiced are described in sufficient detail to enable those skilled in the relevant technology to practice the invention, and it is to be understood that other embodiments may be used and that logical, architectural, programmatic, mechanical, electrical and other changes may be made without departing from the spirit or scope of the present invention. The below description contains simplifications, generalizations and omissions of detail and is not intended as a comprehensive description of the innovation but, rather, is intended to provide a brief overview of some of the functionality associated therewith. The following detailed description is, therefore, not to be taken in a limiting sense.

[0026] Disclosed is a personal carry bag for transporting a larger, personal item, such as a laptop of other electronic device, where the personal carry bag is reconfigurable to provide a seat cushion and seat backrest. The personal carry bag includes at least two opposed sections (or physical panels) that are interconnected at their respective perimeter by a zipper assembly. The two opposed sections can be physically separated into two non-connected panels to provide the seat cushion and the backrest for use on an existing seat. Each of the two sections includes an exterior surface made of non-porous, durable material and an interior surface made of a softer, plush fabric or material for comfort.

[0027] The exterior and interior surfaces are connected at their perimeter edges to create a sealed/enclosed compartment. A solid foam, sponge, or other pliable material is included inside of the compartment and provides support and structure to the compartment surrounded by the exterior and interior surface materials. The inclusion of the supporting material enables each section to be utilized as a buttocks and/or back cushion that provides comfort to a user’s buttocks and/or back when sitting on a chair or bench. In one embodiment, the interior supporting material is a memory foam that provides responsive cushioning support to the user, as a typical memory foam pillow or mattress.

[0028] A first of the two panels includes a first half of a zipper chain attached to a perimeter edge of the first section. The first half of the zipper chain includes a zipper slider and pull tab attached thereto. The second section includes a second half of the zipper chain, which terminates at one end with an end connector for inserting the slider. An opposed end of the second half of the zipper chain extends past a starting point of the end connector, such that the zipper ends include an overlap when in a fully closed position. The zipper assembly enables the first panel to be completely detached from the second panel when the zipper is fully-opened and the end connector is removed from the slider. The zipper assembly further enables the two sections to sealably connect to each other along the perimeter edge when the zipper is fully closed, providing a compartment that extends along the interior surface of the opposed first and second panels. An electronic device, such as a laptop or tablet, can be placed within the compartment, and is protected from the exterior, while being cushioned from exterior force and/or impact in the event the personal carry bag is dropped or otherwise impacted.

[0029] In one or more embodiments, each of the exterior surfaces of the opposed sections of the personal carry bag are designed with a pocket and/or pouch that is accessible from the exterior of the personal carry bag. In one embodiment, the pocket includes a zipper that allows the pocket to be opened and closed to keep the contents secured therein. In another embodiment, the pocket is designed with an overlapping flap that covers the opening of the pocket to again prevent contents from slipping out of the pocket.

[0030] The features of the above description are presented within the provided figures as described below. Referring now to the figures, FIG. 1 present a cross-sectional schematic illustration of one embodiment of personal carry bag 100 having two opposed panels 105A and 105B. The features of FIG. 1 are described with further reference to FIG. 2, which illustrates first and second panels 105A and 105B of personal carry bag 100 separated and side-by-side. In FIG. 2, first panel 105A is faced downwards to show the exterior surface 110 and/or exterior surface material and second panel 105B is flipped over and rotated 90 degrees, showing the interior surface 115 and/or interior surface material on top. Referring to FIG. 1, at least one of opposed panels/sections 105A-105B includes a cushioned interior (cushion material 120A-120B) for selective use of the at least one panel as one or more of a seat cushion, a back rest for use on an existing seat back, a working surface for placement on a user’s lap, a chair, a bench, a table, or on a ground surface. In the illustrative embodiment, both panels are similarly designed with the interior cushion material 120A-120B to enable use by both panels as a cushion, backrest, work surface, etc.

[0031] According to one or more embodiments, the cushion material 120A in the first panel 105A can be different from the cushion material 120B in the second panel 105B. These embodiments enable the manufacturer to design specific cushions for specific use. For example, cushion material 120A can be best suited for use of first panel 105A as a seat cushion, while cushion material 120B can be best suited for use of second panel 105B as a backrest. The amount of cushioning desired can also based on a user-selected of a personal carry bag or panels to combined into a personal carry bag from among multiple different embodiments or configurations of bags and/or panels 105A-105B than can be interchangeable and/or can have specific usage ratings or suggestions associated therewith. A heavier user may desire to select a bottom panel having the sturdiest and/or most durable interior cushion material for better seating comfort. As shown by FIG. 1, each cushion material 120A-120B may have an associated width and/or depth dimension that correlates to the amount of comfort provided for specific users. In one embodiment, cushion materials 120A-120B have a minimum width 122 (e.g., ¾ inches) that is empirically determined to provide a base level of comfort when the panel 105A/105B is used as a seat cushion. Additionally, in one or more embodiments, one or both cushion materials can be contoured (see dashed contour line 124) to allow for added comfort during use of the corresponding panel 105A/105B as a seat cushion or backrest. It is appreciated that most standard cushions may be rectilinear and designed without contouring. It is further appreciated that different panels can be manufactured with cushions having different types of contouring or no contouring at all. As another embodiment, and in line with the customer or user preference, the interior and exterior surface material can be of different colors, with selectable color options available for users.

[0032] Personal carry bag 100 also includes a zipper 130 that interconnects respective perimeters of the two opposed panels 105A-105B. As shown by FIGs. 3A-3C, zipper can be moved into one of multiple states. When zipper 130 is closed, zipper interconnects the entire perimeter of the opposed panels 105A-105B to form a sealed compartment (160). Zipper 130 also enables the two opposed panels 105A-105B to be physically separated from each other (FIG. 2) when the zipper 130 is opened and be individually used as one or more of the seat cushion, back rest, or working surface.

[0033] According to another embodiment, and with continued reference to FIGs. 1 and 2, personal carry bag 100, used for holding and securely carrying larger personal items, includes a first panel 105A that has a first exterior surface material 110 stitched or otherwise secured (108) at a perimeter edge to a first interior surface material 110, with a first cushion 120A disposed therebetween. Personal carry bag 100 also includes a second panel 105B similarly comprising a second exterior surface material 110 stitched or otherwise secured (108) at a perimeter edge to a second interior surface material 115 with a second cushion 120B disposed therebetween. The second panel 105B is opposed to the first panel 105A, with the second interior surface material 115B facing the first interior surface material 115A, when the personal carry bag 100 is configured for carrying items (i.e., zipper 130 is in a slightly opened (e.g., 1/4 of the way opened) or fully closed position).

[0034] According to one or more embodiments, the first and the second exterior surface material 110A-110B is each made up of a non-porous, weather resistant, durable material. Additionally, the first and the second interior surface material 115A-115B is each made up of a soft, plush fabric or material for user comfort when used as a seat cushion or seat backrest.

[0035] According to one or more aspects, at least one of the two opposed panels 105A/105B includes a semi-rigid, pliable cushion material 120A/120B disposed between the exterior surface material 110 and the interior surface material 115. In one or more embodiments, the cushion material 120A/120B provides (i) structure to the carry bag 100, (ii) protection for items placed inside the compartment from impact (160, FIGs. 1 and 3A-3B), support for a user’s body when a corresponding panel 105A/105B is used as a seat cushion or backrest (see FIGs. 9A-9B), and (iii) a heat barrier when the corresponding panel is used as a lap desk for a heat generating electronic device (see FIGs. 10A-10B). According to one or more embodiments, the cushion is at least one of a solid foam, a memory foam, a sponge, or other pliable material that provides responsive cushioning support to a user. In one embodiment, the cushion is at least three- quarters of an inch thick for added support. [0036] Referring now to FIGs. 3A-3D, and FIGs. 4A-4B, with continuing reference to FIGs. 1 and 2. Personal carry bag 100 includes zipper 140 extending around an entire perimeter of each of first panel 105A and second panel 105B. Zipper 140 is attached to and extends completely around each perimeter to enable the personal carry bag 100 to be selectively configured in the first configuration as a carry bag (see FIGs. 3A-3B) and with the zipper 140 in a fully closed or slightly opened position, a second configuration (see FIG. 5) with the zipper 140 in a partially opened position, enabling removal of an inserted electronic device, then a third configuration (see FIGs. 2 and 6A-6B) with the zipper 140 in a fully opened position enabling separation of the first panel from the second panel, and providing a pair of comfort cushions for use as at least one of a seat cushion, a backrest cushion, a working surface for a lap, a seat-top, a tabletop or a ground or floor placement.

[0037] According to one or more embodiment, the zipper 140 includes a first half of a zipper chain attached to an entire perimeter edge of the first panel, a zipper slider with a pull tab permanently attached to the first half of the zipper chain, and a second half of the zipper chain attached to an entire perimeter edge of the second panel. The second half of the zipper chain terminates at one end with an end connector for inserting into the zipper slider to enable the zipper to be closed. The zipper enables the first panel to be fully detached from the second panel when the zipper is fully-opened and the end connector is removed from the zipper slider. The zipper further enables the first and the second panels to sealably interconnect with each other along the perimeter edge when the zipper is fully closed, providing a compartment that extends along the opposed first and second interior surfaces. According to the illustrated embodiments, the zipper chain has a start end at which the zipper slider connects with the end connector of the second half of the zipper chain and extends around the entire perimeter of the personal carry bag past the start end. A terminating end of the zipper chain overlaps the start end of the zipper chain when the zipper is in a fully closed position.

[0038] FIGs. 4A-4D illustrates a close-up of the zipper 140 moved from a fully closed position to a full opened position. Specifically, FIGs. 4A-4D provide four views of the zipper pull 142 and clasp 144 of the connecting zipper 140 of the personal carry bag 100 in different open states ranging from a fully closed state (FIG. 4A), with the personal carry bag closed, to a fully open state (FIG. 4D), with the two sections of the personal carry bag separated, according to one or more embodiments. [0039] FIG. 5 illustrates personal carry bag 100 with zipper assembly 140 in various stages of being opened to expose compartment 160 created by the opposed interior surfaces 115A-115B of the two panels 105A-105B, according to one or more embodiments. As shown, an electronic device (laptop computer) is located within interior compartment 160. Zipper 140 enables the interior compartment to be closed off from the outside, providing a degree of protection to the electronic device.

[0040] According to the illustrative embodiment, zipper 140 includes first half of zipper chain 148A (FIG. 4D) attached to a perimeter edge of first panel 105A of the two opposed panels 105A-105B. Zipper 140 further includes zipper slider 144 with a pull tab 142 permanently secured to the first half of the zipper chain 148A. Zipper 140 also includes a second half of the zipper chain 148B (FIG 4D) attached to a perimeter edge of second panel 105B of the two opposed panels 105A-105B. Second half of the zipper chain 148B terminates at one end with an end connector 145 for inserting into the zipper slider 144 to enable zipper 140 to be closed. The zipper chains 148A-148B have a start end at which the zipper slider 144 connects with the end connector 145 of the second half of the zipper chain 148B and the zipper chain 148A-148B extends around the entire perimeter of the personal carry bag 100 past the start end at connector 145). As shown at FIG. 4E a terminating end 150 of the zipper chain 148B overlaps the start end (145) of the zipper chain and hides the start end (145) when the zipper 140 is in a fully closed position. As presented at FIG. 4D and further illustrated via FIG. 6B, zipper 140 enables the first panel 105A to be fully detached from the second panel 105B when the zipper 140 is fully-opened and the end connector 145 is removed from the zipper slider 144. Also, zipper 140 further enables the first and the second panels 105A-105B to sealably interconnect with each other along the perimeter edge when the zipper 140 is fully closed, providing compartment 160 that extends along opposed first and second interior surfaces 115A-115B of the first and second panels 105A-105B, respectively.

[0041] Referring again to FIG. 2, interior surface of at least one of the two panels 105A-105B includes wrap-around strap 220 having two segments, each segment having an outer end (closer to and attached or connected to opposed side perimeter edges of an associated one of the panels 105A-105B. Each segment of wrap-around strap 220 has an inner end that terminates in one side of opposed interlocking parts of a buckle 225. The wrap-around strap 220 is used to secure the at least one of the panels 105A-105B to a seat or seat back (810, FIG. 8A-8C). According to one embodiment, and as illustrated at FIG. 8A, the wrap-around strap 220 is made of an elastic material and stretches to accommodate different dimensions of seats and seat backs. As further illustrated by FIGs. 2 and 6A, and 8A-8C), the wrap-around strap 220 can be buckled on an interior and on an exterior of the associated panel. Interior buckling allows for the use of wrap around strap 220 to secure or hold an item in place when the item is being carried within the compartment 160.

[0042] According to one or more embodiments, personal carry bag 100 also includes at least one of handle 210 (FIGs. 2, 3A, 4E, etal.) and/or shoulder strap (170, FIG. 3B, 6B, 7A-7B) to facilitate a user being able to carry personal carry bag 100. In one or more embodiments, as illustrated by FIGs. 7A-7B, the shoulder strap 170 can provide dual use as a carrying support strap and as a chair securing strap. As a chair securing strap, shoulder strap 170 is used somewhat similarly to wrap-around strap 220 for a panel 105A-105B being utilized as a seat cushion to prevent seat cushion from flying away or being pulled off or removed from the chair.

[0043] FIG. 3B provides an exterior view of a second embodiment of personal carry bag 100 in a closed configuration (i.e., zipper fully closed). Personal carry bag 100 is presented with a zipper slider and pull assembly (collectively zipper) 140 and shoulder strap 170 connected by a pair of clasps 175 to one panel 105A/105B of personal carry bag 100B. FIG. 3B also provides a chain of a side zipper assembly 195 of a side pocket (185, FIG. 4A) extending along a front of an exterior surface 110A/110B of a corresponding panel 105A/105B of personal carry bag 100, according to one or more embodiments.

[0044] FIGs. 6A and 7 illustrate two different embodiments of personal carry bag 100A, 100B, with opposing panels 105A-105B separated from each other and placed on seat 610 to provide a bottom seat cushion (105B) and a separate backrest cushion (105A). Personal carry bag 100 of FIG. 6A includes a shoulder strap 170 that can be used to secure an attached one of the panels 105A/105B to chair 610, while personal carry bag 100 of FIG. 7 includes wrap-around strap 220 to secure the attached panel 105A/105B to chair 610. It is appreciated that in some embodiments either of the first and second panels 105A-105B can be utilized interchangeably as seat cushion or backrest cushion. In other applications, however, the specific usage for each panel may be prescribed and indicated on the panel or in written materials accompanying the panel or on a public website. FIGs. 6A-6C further illustrate the use of the shoulder strap 170 extended over the back portion of the seat 610 to secure the bottom cushion 515 to the seat 610, according to one or more embodiments. Additionally, FIG. 6A illustrates examples of a plurality of attachment affordances made of fabric that are stitched into the interior surface or perimeter edge of the at least one panel 105B. The example attachment affordances are fabric connectors 620 with respective rings or holes 625 for receiving a connector of an accessory sleeve (see FIG. 13)

[0045] Referring now to FIG. 8A-8B, there is illustrated a sequence by which wrap-around strap 220 is extended around a back of the chair 610 to secure the attached panel 105A as a backrest cushion for chair 610. As shown by FIG. 8A, a user stretches both ends of the elastic material of wrap around strap 220 to interlock the two opposed sections of the buckle 225 of wrap-around strap 220. FIGs. 8B-8C then shows the panel 105A secured in place as a backrest cushion for chair 610.

[0046] FIGs. 9A-9B illustrate a user utilizing both sections of separated panels 105A-105B as a seat cushion and back support cushion (or backrest) by a user of electronic device 310 carried within and removed from personal carry bag 110 for use, in accordance with one or more embodiments. FIGs. 10A-10B illustrate the use of one of the panels 105A or 105B as a working surface on which the electronic equipment (laptop 310) is placed for use by the user, in accordance with one embodiment. In the illustrated embodiment, one of the panels 105A or 105B is being used as a seat cushion or backrest cushion, while the other panel 105A or 105B provides a structural support for the laptop 310 and also operates as a heat barrier to prevent the heat generated during use of the laptop 310 from impinging the thighs of the user.

[0047] FIG. 11 illustrates another usage application for personal carry bag 100, ideally suited for use on a bench or similar structure where comfort or support of the calf area of the lower legs may be desired. As shown, the zipper 140 is almost completely opened but the zipper slider 144 is not removed from the end connector 142, enabling the second panel 105B to extend vertically downward from the seat of the chair 610, while attached at the zipper. With this configuration, the panel 105B is connect via the end of the zipper 140 to provide a padding for the back of the lower legs. FIG. 12A illustrates a close-up view of a side pocket 185 located within the exterior surface a corresponding one or panels 105A-105B. Side pocket 185 is accessible via opening of the side zipper assembly 190 shown in FIG. 3B, according to one embodiment. FIG. 12B illustrates a side view of a next one of panels 105A-105B of the personal carry bag 100, with a cover flap 195 that overlaps and secures a second pocket (not shown) located within the exterior surface of he corresponding panel 105A/105B, according to one embodiment. [0048] According to one aspect, at least one of the panels 105B is designed for use as a seat cushion, the at least one panel including a plurality of attachment affordances made of fabric and stitched into the interior surface or perimeter edge of the at least one panel. Additionally, the personal carry bag 100 includes an accessory sleeve design for attaching to at least one of the plurality of attachment affordances and extend off the side or front of the seat to enable user access to one or more pockets within the accessory sleeve.

[0049] FIG. 13 illustrates panels 105A-105B being utilized on a chair 1305 in an outdoor area. First panel 105A is attached to a backrest of chair 1305 using wrap-around strap 220 to secure first panel 105A to seat 1305. Second panel 105B is placed on top of seat (obscured by panel 105B). In the illustrative embodiment, second panel is configured with a plurality of attachment affordances, namely side fabric connectors 620, made of fabric stitched into the interior surface or perimeter edge of panel 105B, and designed with corresponding metal rings or holes 625. In an alternate embodiment, panel 105B can also include front fabric connectors 1320. Front fabric connectors 1320 are loops of fabric that enable attachment by an accessory sleeve 1310 that can be included with personal carry bag 100 or purchased separately as an accessory. It is appreciated that a single panel 105 may have only one or both types of fabric connectors. In one embodiment, accessory sleeve, such as accessory sleeve 1315, is also a fabric material with a large pocket for holding personal items off to the side of the chair. With this embodiment, accessory sleeve 1315 has a middle pocket section with connecting strings extending therefrom on each top corner. The connecting strings are threaded through the loops or holes 625 of the fabric connectors 620, 1320 and tied to the corresponding fabric connectors 620, 1320. In one or more alternate embodiments, accessory sleeve 1310 is specially designed to include one or more specialized pockets for holding specific items, such as pencils and notebooks, a calculator, or other personal items. In one or more embodiments, accessory sleeves 1310 and 1315 connect to respective fabric connectors 620, 1320 via an attached carabiner 1325. When not in use, accessory sleeves 1310 and 1315 can be stored inside one of the side pockets (e.g., 155, FIG. 12A) in the exterior surfaces of panels 105A/105B.

[0050] FIG. 14 presents a flow chart of a method 1400 of making/manufacturing a dual use personal carry bag with interchangeable sections or panels that are designed to be utilized as a seat cushion and/or back support, in accordance with one or more embodiments. The method of manufacturing the above personal carry bag includes designing and assembling (gluing and/or stitching, etc.) the various aforementioned parts to create the two sections/panels. The sections can be designed to be interchangeable, such that a different back rest cushion can be provided with the bottom cushion and vice-versa. Referring to the flow chart, method 1400 begins at start block and proceeds to block 1402. At block 1402, method 1400 includes forming at least one panel with an exterior surface material stitched or otherwise secured at a perimeter edge to a next perimeter edge of an interior surface material. As a part of forming the at least one panel, method 1400 includes inserting a semi-rigid, pliable cushion disposed between the exterior surface material and the interior surface material (block 1404). According to one aspect, the selected cushion provides (i) structure to the carry bag, (ii) protection for items placed inside the compartment from impact, (iii) support for a user’s body when a corresponding panel is used as a seat cushion or backrest or lower leg rest, (iv) a heat barrier when the corresponding panel is used as a lap desk for a heat generating electronic device, and (v) protection of a user and/or an electronic device from liquids/moisture, dirt and other contaminants or bacteria/germs on a surface on which the panel is placed. In one embodiment, the exterior surface material comprises a non-porous, weather resistant, durable material. Also, the interior surface material comprises a soft, plush fabric or material for user comfort. As another part of forming the at least one panel, method 1400 includes attaching to the at least one of the panels that is designed for use as a seat cushion, a plurality of attachment affordances made of fabric and stitched into the interior surface or perimeter edge of the at least one panel (block 1405). The plurality of attachment affordances are for receiving an attachment by an accessory sleeve that is designed for attaching to at least one of the plurality of attachment affordances and extends off the side or front of the seat to enable access to one or more pockets within the accessory sleeve.

[0051] Returning to the flow chart, at block 1406 method 1400 includes providing two opposed panels, with at least one panel having a cushioned interior for selective use as one or more of a seat cushion, a backrest cushion for use on an existing seat back, or a working surface for placement on a user’s lap, a chair, bench, table, or ground or other surface. Method 1400 further includes attaching one side of a zipper to respective perimeters of each of the two opposed panels (block 1408). The zipper interconnects the perimeters of the two opposed panels when the zipper is substantially closed to form a sealed compartment. The zipper enables the two opposed sections to be physically separated when the zipper is fully opened so that one or both of the two opposed sections can be individually used as one or more of the seat cushion, back rest, or working surface.

[0052] At block 1410, method 1400 further includes attaching a wrap-around strap comprised of two segments each having an outer end connected to opposed perimeter edges of an associated one of the panels and an inner end that terminates in oppose interlocking sections of a buckle, the wrap-around strap used to secure the at least one of the panels to a seat or seat back. In one or more embodiments, the wrap-around strap is made of an elastic material that stretches to accommodate different dimensions of seats and seat backs, and the wrap-around strap is able to be buckled on an interior and on an exterior of the associated panel. Method 1400 then includes assembling zipper with the interior surfaces of both panels facing inwards to create interior compartment (block 1412). Method then ends.

[0053] It is appreciated that aspects of the method are provided by a manufacturing facility having a computer with a processor that controls certain of the manufacturing machinery to assemble the different parts of the individual panels based on a program application or code that can be stored on memory of the computer and provided to the processor as a part of the setup of the manufacturing operation.

[0054] While the invention has been particularly shown and described with reference to a specific embodiment, it will be understood by those skilled in the art that various changes in form and detail may be made therein without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention.

[0055] The block diagrams in the various figures presented and described herein illustrate the architecture, functionality, and operation of possible implementations of systems, methods and computer program products according to various embodiments of the present invention. In this regard, each block in the block diagrams may represent a module, panel, or portion of code, which comprises one or more executable instructions for implementing the specified logical function(s). It will also be noted that each block of the block diagrams, and combinations of blocks in the block diagrams, can be implemented by special purpose hardware-based systems that perform the specified functions or acts, or combinations of special purpose hardware and computer instructions.

[0056] While the invention has been described with reference to exemplary embodiments, it will be understood by those skilled in the art that various changes may be made and equivalents may be substituted for elements thereof without departing from the scope of the invention. In addition, many modifications may be made to adapt a particular system, device or component thereof to the teachings of the invention without departing from the essential scope thereof. Therefore, it is intended that the invention not be limited to the particular embodiments disclosed for carrying out this invention, but that the invention will include all embodiments falling within the scope of the appended claims. Moreover, the use of the terms first, second, etc. do not denote any order or importance, but rather the terms first, second, etc. are used to distinguish one element from another.

[0057] The terminology used herein is for the purpose of describing particular embodiments only and is not intended to be limiting of the invention. As used herein, the singular forms "a", "an" and "the" are intended to include the plural forms as well, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise. It will be further understood that the terms "comprises" and/or "comprising," when used in this specification, specify the presence of stated features, integers, steps, operations, elements, and/or components, but do not preclude the presence or addition of one or more other features, integers, steps, operations, elements, components, and/or groups thereof.

[0058] The corresponding structures, materials, acts, and equivalents of all means or step plus function elements in the claims below are intended to include any structure, material, or act for performing the function in combination with other claimed elements as specifically claimed. The description of the present invention has been presented for purposes of illustration and description, but the description is not intended to be exhaustive or limited to the invention in the form disclosed. Many modifications and variations will be apparent to those of ordinary skill in the art without departing from the scope and spirit of the invention. The embodiment was chosen and described in order to best explain the principles of the invention and the practical application, and to enable others of ordinary skill in the art to understand the invention for various embodiments with various modifications as are suited to the particular use contemplated.