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Title:
PRODUCT FOR HOLDING ITEMS AND METHOD FOR MAKING SAME
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2021/067409
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A product for holding an item. Enclosure shells can be connected together to form a v-shape surface to hold the item when opened. Legs can connect to the sides of the enclosure shells. The legs can be configured to hold up the v-shape surface platform when opened.

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Inventors:
FLYNN NUPUR (US)
EWING JENNIFER (US)
SHINGLETON SHANNON (US)
PEMBERTON DOUGLAS (US)
HIGGINS JEREMY (US)
HAYES JORDAN (US)
BARNES KEVIN (US)
Application Number:
PCT/US2020/053494
Publication Date:
April 08, 2021
Filing Date:
September 30, 2020
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
NUPUR LLC (US)
International Classes:
A47B3/083; A45C9/00; A47B3/00; A47B3/08; A47B3/10; A47C9/10; B25H1/04
Foreign References:
US20090277320A12009-11-12
US20050031148A12005-02-10
US20100089407A12010-04-15
US3476456A1969-11-04
US2762554A1956-09-11
US2862777A1958-12-02
US6148895A2000-11-21
US20150083522A12015-03-26
US4790416A1988-12-13
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
NORTON, Lisa, K. et al. (US)
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Claims:
CLAIMS:

1. A product for holding an item, comprising: enclosure shells connected together that form a v-shape surface to hold the item when opened; and legs that connect to sides of the enclosure shells, the legs configured to hold up the v-shape surface when opened.

2. The product of claim 1, wherein the legs are configured to open automatically when the product is opened.

3. The product of claim 2, wherein the legs open automatically due to springs.

4. The product of claim 1, wherein the legs are configured to close when a user pushes on a side of the legs.

5. The product of claim 4, wherein a bottom of the legs do not need to be touched to close the product.

6. The product of claim 1, wherein a microban additive can be used on part or all of the product.

7. The product of claim 1, wherein a biocote additive can be used on part or all of the product.

8. A method of manufacturing a product to hold items, comprising: connecting enclosure shells such that the enclosure shells form a v- shape surface when the product is open for holding items; connecting legs to the enclosure shells, the legs configured to hold up the v-shape surface when opened.

9. The method of Claim 8, wherein the legs are connected to the enclosure shells using a spring.

10. The method of Claim 9, wherein the spring is a tension spring.

11. The method of claim 8, wherein the enclosure shells are connected together with a hinge clip.

12. The method of claim 8, wherein the legs are configured to open automatically due to springs.

13. The method of claim 8, wherein the legs are configured to close when a user pushes on a side the legs.

14. The method of claim 8, wherein the legs are configured such that a bottom of the legs do not need to be touched to close the product.

15. The method of claim 8, wherein a microban additive is added to part or all of the product.

16. The method of claim 8, wherein a biocote additive is added to part or all of the product.

17. The product of claim 1 , comprising a rib on a bottom side of the enclosure shell.

18. The product of claim 1 , comprising a locking mechanism for the legs on a bottom side of the enclosure shell.

19. The product of claim 18, wherein the locking mechanism has a spring action.

20. The product of claim 1 , comprising a positive stop on a bottom side of an enclosure shell.

21. The product of claim 1 , comprising a double positive stop on a bottom side of an enclosure shell.

22. The product of claim 1 , comprising magnets to hold the enclosure shells together when the product is closed.

23. A product for holding an item, comprising: enclosure shells connected together that form a v-shape surface to hold the item when opened; and legs that connect to sides of the enclosure shells, the legs configured to hold up the v-shape surface when opened; wherein when the enclosure shells are opened, the legs fold out and lock into place.

24. The product of Claim 23, wherein the legs fold out and lock into place automatically.

25. The product of claim 23, wherein the legs are spring loaded.

26. The product of claim 23, wherein the legs are spring loaded and move into place automatically.

27. The product of claim 23, wherein the legs comprise hinges to keep the legs in place.

28. The product of claim 27, wherein springs in the hinges lock the legs into place so that the product is unfolded and can be placed upright.

29. The product of claim 23, wherein the product is closed by pushing a lock underneath the enclosure shell, wherein the lock releases the legs.

30. The product of claim 29, wherein the lock is spring loaded.

Description:
PRODUCT FOR HOLDING ITEMS AND METHOD FOR MAKING SAME

CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

This application claims the benefit of U.S. Provisional Application Serial No.

62/907,822, filed September 30, 2019, U.S. Application Serial No. 15/930,909, filed May 13, 2020 and U.S. Provisional Application Serial No. 63/069,443, filed August 24, 2020. The entire content of these applications are herein incorporated by reference in their entireties.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE FIGURES

FIGS. 1A-19AAA illustrate various features of a first embodiment of a product used to hold items, according to aspects of the disclosure.

FIGS. 1A-1 B illustrate various components of a product used to hold items, according to aspects of the disclosure.

FIGS. 2-3 illustrate various views of a product used to hold items, according to aspects of the disclosure.

FIG. 4A-4E illustrates an example enclosure that can be used to hold the product, according to aspects of the disclosure.

FIG. 5 illustrates a top and bottom view of the product used to hold items, according to aspects of the disclosure.

FIG. 6A-11 illustrates various engineering drawings for the product used to hold items, according to aspects of the disclosure.

FIGS. 12A-F illustrates an example method for making the stand, according to aspects of the disclosure.

FIG. 13 illustrates an example injection molding process that can be used for enclosures, clips and/or feet, according to aspects of the disclosure. FIG. 14 illustrates an example die casting process that can be used for legs and/or clasps, according to aspects of the disclosure.

FIG. 15 illustrates several different assembly views of the product used to hold items, according to aspects of the disclosure.

FIG. 16 illustrates an example method of opening the product used to hold items, according to aspects of the disclosure.

FIG. 17 illustrates an example method of closing the product used to hold items, according to aspects of the disclosure.

FIGS. 18A-18TT illustrate various views of various aspects/embodiments of the disclosure.

FIGS. 19A-E set forth additional information related to the product, according to various embodiments of the disclosure.

FIGS. 19F-19AAA illustrate multiple details of multiple aspects of the disclosure.

FIGS. 20A-24D illustrate various features of a second embodiment of a product used to hold items, according to aspects of the disclosure.

FIGS. 20A-20G illustrate multiple details of a second embodiment according to aspects of the disclosure.

FIGS. 21 A-21 AJ Illustrate various views of various designs of an optional product, according to aspects of the disclosure.

FIGS. 22A-22F illustrate an example method of making an optional product, according to aspects of the disclosure.

FIGS. 23A-23I Illustrate additional details of an optional product, according to aspects of the disclosure. FIGS. 24A-24D Illustrate additional details of an optional foot feature, according to aspects of the disclosure.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF ASPECTS OF THE DISCLOSURE FIRST EMBODIMENT

FIGS. 1A-19AAA illustrate various features of a first embodiment of a product used to hold items, according to aspects of the disclosure.

FIG. 1 A illustrates various components of a product (also referred to as a stand) used to hold items, according to aspects of the disclosure. FIG. 1A illustrates a product that can comprise enclosure shells (105), clips (110), legs (115), clasps (120), and magnets (125), according to aspects of the disclosure. Feet (130), springs (135), and screws (140) can also be included. FIG. 1 B illustrates another view of the product that can comprise: enclosures (e.g., injection molded); clasps (e.g., die case or machined), logos (145) (e.g., silk screened), screws (e.g., commercial off the shelf), clips (e.g., injection molded), magnets (e.g., commercial off the shelf), clips (e.g., injection molded), magnets (e.g., commercial off the shelf), springs (e.g., commercial off the shelf), pins (150) (e.g., commercial off the shelf), legs (e.g., die cast or machined), feet (e.g., injection molded).

FIG. 2 illustrates various views of a product used to hold items, according to aspects of the disclosure.

FIG. 3 illustrates various views of a product used to hold items, according to aspects of the disclosure. FIG. 3 shows how information (e.g., logos (145), web site address (305)) can be displayed on the product. The logo can be shiny (e.g., like foil).

FIG. 4A illustrates an enclosure that can be used to hold the product, according to aspects of the disclosure. Any type of enclosure may be used. For example, a baggie can be used in some aspects of the disclosure. The baggie can be made of: satin, silk, cotton, linen, polyester, leather, faux leather, or any combination thereof. Many other types of material can also be used. In other aspects of the disclosure, an envelope may be used. FIGS. 4A-4E illustrate an envelope (e.g., enclosure) that can be used to hold the product, according to aspects of the disclosure. FIG. 4B illustrates an example front and side view of the envelope. Information (e.g., a logo 145) can be included on the envelope. FIG. 4C illustrates an example back view of the envelope, with a logo (145), and a snap (405) used to close the envelope. FIG. 4D illustrates example engineering drawings of the envelope, which also illustrate the logo (145), web site address (305), and snap (405). FIG. 4E illustrates an example top exterior view and interior view of the envelope, and also illustrates the logo (145), email address (305) and snap (405). The envelope can be made of: satin, silk, cotton, linen, polyester, leather, faux leather, or any combination thereof. Many other types of material can also be used. In addition, many other types of holders for the product, other than a baggie or envelope, can be used in aspect of the disclosure.

FIG. 5 illustrates a top and bottom view of the product used to hold items, according to aspects of the disclosure. The product can be made of plastic (e.g., black plastic). The hardware can be made of silver, gold, black, or any other color.

FIG. 6A-11 illustrates various engineering drawings for the product used to hold items, according to aspects of the disclosure. Note that the measurements disclosed in this application are merely example measurements, and that those of ordinary skill in the art will see that many other measurements may be used for any component of the product used to hold items. In some aspects of the disclosure, the product can hold an item (e.g., bag, computer, phone, shoes, coat) up to approximately 10 pounds. In other aspects, if measurements that are larger or smaller than those provided in the examples, the product can hold heavier (e.g., duffle bag, bigger computer) or lighter (e.g., cell phone) items.

FIGS. 6A-6B illustrate an example stand with a v-shape surface for holding items, according to aspects of the disclosure. As shown in FIGS. 6A and 6B, the stand can include: a magnet (e.g., part number DH18 made of 304 SST); a tension spring (e.g., LH 160D, which can be part number 9271 K13); a pan head screw (e.g., 2.56 X .06 LG, which can be part number 91772A503); a clasp (e.g., made of 304 SST), a pin (e.g., made of 304 SST), a bumper (e.g., made of 90 durometer rubber), a hinge clip (e.g., made of ABS), enclosure shells (e.g., made of ABS), or legs (e.g., made of AL), or any combination thereof. FIG. 6A illustrates the enclosures (105), a clasp (120), a leg (115) and a foot (130). FIG. 6B illustrates a clasp (120), enclosures (105), a hinge, legs (115), and feet (130).

FIG. 7A illustrates various views of an example first enclosure shell, according to aspects of the disclosure. FIG. 7B illustrate various views of an example second enclosure shell, according to aspects of the disclosure. FIGS 7A and 7B illustrate hinges (605), clasp holes (715), hinge cup slots (705), and magnet holes (710).

FIG. 8A illustrates an example leg, according to aspects of the disclosure. Positive stops (805), hinges (605), and holes for press feet (810) are illustrated. In the embodiment of 8A, the legs are approximately perpendicular with respect to the ground when the stand is opened. FIGURE 8B illustrates an embodiment of the product with example legs different from the one in FIG. 8A. As shown in FIG. 8B, the legs are at an obtuse angle with respect to the ground when the stand is open. FIG. 9 illustrates an example hinge clip, according to aspects of the disclosure. Example hinges (605) are shown. FIG. 10 illustrates an example bumper, according to aspects of the disclosure. An example press fit (815), and an example press fit rubber feet (130) retained by a collar are shown.

FIG. 11 illustrates an example clasp, according to aspects of the disclosure. Example screw holes (1105) are shown.

FIGS. 12A-F illustrates an example method for making the stand, according to aspects of the disclosure. In 9.1 all necessary materials can be retrieved. An example list of materials is provided in 9.1. In 9.2, a long pin can be cut (e.g., 4.75 inches). And 4 short pins can be cut (e.g., 1.125 inches). Wire cutters can be used. Burrs and sharp edges can be removed with a metal file. The pin can be filed down so that both ends have flat faces. In 9.3, a long hinge of the enclosure shells 1 and 2 can be lined up and secured together by inserting a long pin with a hammer or mallet. Before inserting the pin, a fit of the pin can be tested in the hinge to ensure that it will be flushed with the out ends of the hinge. In some aspects of the disclosure, no part of the pin should be sticking out. The pin can be filed down until it is the correct size.

In 9.4, a small drop of glue (e.g., super glue) can be added into each designated magnet hole in an enclosure shell. Before the glue dries, magnets can be inserted into the magnet holes. A hammer or mallet and gently tap down until they are fully seated inside the holes.

In 9.5, for each of the installed magnets, they can be oriented and tested with another magnet to find which end will attract to the already installed magnet. This test magnet can be installed across into enclosure shell 2 with the same procedure as step 9.4, helping ensure that attracted magnet is facing up out o fthe hole. In 9.6, a clasp can be installed onto the side of the enclosure shell using pan head screws. This can be repeated for the second enclosure shell.

In 9.7, a bumper can be inserted into holes at the bottom of a leg. This can be repeated to create two legs with bumpers.

In 9.8, a leg can be placed flat side down onto a table, and hinge clips can be installed with the flat side facing up using a short pin per hinge. With the pin partly installed, slide a spring (e.g., torsion spring) in the middle of the hinge clip so that the pin secures it in place. Ensure that the spring is installed with one end facing down and flush with the side of the leg. The spring can be trimmed with wire cutters so that the top end is flush with the hinge clip and the bottom end doesn’t extend beyond the flat face of the leg. This can be repeated to create the leg assemblies.

In 9.9, the hinge clip(s) can be inserted into slots in the enclosure shells so that the flat face of the leg is facing towards the center of the assembly. The legs can be attached at any angle using the process described in 9.8 and 9.9.

In 10.0, the assembly can be inspected and a label can be placed. It should be noted that the above example method of assembly is only one example of how the product can be assembled. Many other methods of assembly can be performed.

In addition, multiple other parts can be used to replace the parts described in FIG. 12A-F. For example, the clasp can be connected to enclosures using screws, a press fit (e.g., such feet), a glue or other adhesive, a mold that clasps into place, a design of two interlocking plastic parts, or a rivet, or any combination thereof. As another example, the legs can be shut with a user’s fingers, or with a pocket knife mechanism, or a cam lock of the legs (e.g., fold over legs so they snap in place), or any combination thereof. As another example, the hinge can be self closing (e.g., spring loaded and/or with a pin), a piano hinge, a boss on one piece that the other piece can snap onto, no hinge (e.g., merely interlocking), a living hinge, or a self opening hinge (e.g., spring loaded), or any combination thereof. As other example, the product can be closed using magnets, with a clasp with a locking mechanism, a cam lock (e.g., lid with snap feature) to lower the body, a strap (e.g., around the product), a clasp lock (e.g., jewelry box lock), snap hooks, or a spring load hinge with an open and closed position (e.g., such as a glasses case), or any combination thereof.

FIG. 13 illustrates an example injection molding process that can be used for enclosures, clips and/or feet, according to aspects of the disclosure. In 1301 , the molds can close and the cycle can begin. In 1302, heated plastic can be injected into the mold. In 1303, the part can be given cooling time. In 1304, the screw can retract while drawing in new plastic for the next part. In 1305, the molds can open, and the ejector pins can push the part out of molds, and the cycle can end.

FIG. 14 illustrates an example die casting process that can be used for legs and/or clasps, according to aspects of the disclosure. In 1401 , the dies can be closed and a new cycle can begin. In 1402, heated metal can be injected into the mold. In 1403, the part can be given cooling time. In 1404, the piston can retract. In 1405, the molds can open, and the ejector pins can push the part out of mold, the flash can be removed, and the cycle can end.

FIG. 15 illustrates several different assembly views of the product used to hold items, according to aspects of the disclosure.

FIG. 16 illustrates an example method of opening the product used to hold items, according to aspects of the disclosure. In 1 , the product can be removed from anything used to hold it (e.g., a bag, cover, etc. - or nothing) and opened. In 2, the legs can fold out automatically as the product is opened. In this way, the user does not need to touch the bottom of the legs (e.g., the part of the legs that touch the ground) in order to open the product. In 3, the product can be flipped over and is ready for use.

FIG. 17 illustrates an example method of closing the product used to hold items, according to aspects of the disclosure. In 4, the user can press on the side(s) of the legs, and the legs then close, so that the user does not need to touch the bottom of the legs(e.g., so that the user may never have to touch a dirty surface). In 5, the product can be flipped over while continuously pushing in the legs. In 6, the product can be closed (e.g., using magnets). It may be placed in a bag, cover or other item.

FIGS. 18A-18TT illustrate various views of various aspects/embodiments of the disclosure. FIGS. 18A-18H illustrate various views of an embodiment where the V-shape of the stand is shown in solid lines. FIGS. 18I-18P illustrate various views of an embodiment where the V shape of the stand and the legs are shown in solid lines. FIGS. 18Q-18W illustrate various views of an embodiment where the V shape of the stand and the surface of the enclosure shells are shown in solid lines. FIGS.

18X-18EE illustrate various views of an embodiment where the V shape of the stand and the legs (in an obtuse angle) are emphasized in solid lines. FIGS. 18FF-18TT illustrate various views of an embodiment where the full product details are shown in solid lines.

FIGS. 19A-E set forth additional information related to the product, according to various embodiments of the disclosure. As set forth in FIGS. 19A and 19C, the product (e.g., which can be called a Bagceit) can be an individually-sized, lightweight, small, inexpensive, sturdy, portable, easy to store, or easy to use, or any combination thereof. It can be made of fabric and/or metal. It can have retractable legs. It can be used for: purses, briefcases, and bags of all types. It can also be used for other items (e.g., books, computers, computer devices, cellphones, iPads, keys). The product can help keep an item from touching the floor. It can be used anywhere - indoors or outdoors (e.g., as shown in FIG. 19D: airport, airplane, restaurant, hospital, board room, cookout, restroom, sporting event, salon, gym, yoga, movie theatre, etc.). It can be stable on multiple types of floor surfaces. It can be cleaned (e.g., with antibacterial wipes, any cleaning product, anti-rust material).

As set forth in FIG. 19B, in some embodiments, the product can include a small, low-rise seat comprised of a durable fabric (e.g., canvas, plastic) supported by lightweight, collapsible legs (e.g., metal). When the seat is open, an item can be placed upon it. The seat can slide under or sit next to a chair, or in front of a person’s feet. The product can be small, so it can fit in tight spaces. When folded, the product can be smaller and more easily portable. As indicated in FIG. 19E, the product can have a strap (e.g., a wrist strap, a longer strap).

FIGS. 19F-19AAA set forth additional embodiments 1-6 of the product, according to aspects of the disclosure. FIGS. 19F-19N illustrate details related to additional embodiment 1. FIGS. 190-19T illustrate details related to additional embodiment 2. FIGS. 19U-19CC illustrate details related to additional embodiment 3. FIGS. 19DD-19II illustrate details related to additional embodiment 4. FIGS. 19JJ-19RR illustrate details related to additional embodiment 5. FIGS. 19SS-19ZZ illustrate details related to additional embodiment 6. FIG. 19AAA illustrates additional embodiments 1-6. It should be noted that any detail(s) orfeature(s) of any aspects or embodiment discussed throughout this application can be used with any other detail(s) or feature(s) of any other aspect or embodiment discussed throughout this application. SECOND EMBODIMENT

FIGS. 20A-23I illustrate various features of a second embodiment of a product used to hold items, according to aspects of the disclosure. Several features are different than embodiments shown in the first embodiment. It should be noted that any of the features and/or details of the first embodiment of the product can be used with any of the features and/or details of the second embodiment of the product.

FIGS. 20A-20G illustrate multiple details of a product according to aspects of the disclosure. FIG. 20A illustrates various components of the product. For example, hinge placement can be different (e.g., to help distribute weight evenly) than hinge placement in the first embodiment. In addition, ribs 2090 can be added (e.g., to help provide structure when the product is under load). A locking mechanism 2015 can be provided (e.g., to help provide additional structure to legs when the product is under load.) The locking mechanism 2015 can have a spring action (e.g., to help enable ease of use and minimum components needing to be touched). A wide leg 2040 can be provided (e.g., to help provide more support for when touching a double positive stop). The double positive stop 2095 can be provided (e.g., to help make the base of the leg wider and to add an extra positive stop to allow a larger point of contact to provide more structure when the product is fully opened). Note that in some aspects of the disclosure, only one positive stop may be used.

FIG. 20B illustrates the difference between two optional hinge placements.

The second placement shown in FIG. 20B makes the product flush in the middle when completely opened. This can improve weight distribution throughout the product. FIGS. 20C-20D illustrates how to open and close the product. Note that these steps, like other steps and processes in this disclosure, can be done in many different orders. In step 1 , the product can be removed from anything it is held in and opened. In step 2, the legs can fold out and lock into place automatically. In step 3, the product can be flipped over and ready for use. In step 4, the product can be flipped over and locks can be pushed out from underneath the legs. In step 5, a user can press on the legs (e.g., without touching a floor or other dirty surface). In step 6, the product can be closed shut (e.g., with magnets) and placed into an optional bag, etc.

FIG. 20E illustrates various components of another embodiment of the product (also referred to as a stand) used to hold items, according to aspects of the disclosure. FIG. 20E illustrates a product that can comprise enclosure shells (2005), clips (2010), , locks (2015), legs (2040), clasps (2025), pins (2026) screws and magnets (2019/2020), feet (2045), or springs (2035), or any combination thereof, can also be included. In addition, ribs 2090 and a double positive stop 2095 can be included.

FIG. 20F illustrates example details of injection molding, according to aspects of the disclosure. FIG. 20G illustrates example details of die casting, according to aspects of the disclosure.

FIGS. 21A-21AJ illustrate various views of the product, according to aspects of the disclosure. FIGS. 21A-211 illustrate the product with legs folded out and also closed. FIG. 21 A is a top perspective view of the open product. FIG. 21 B is a front view. FIG. 21 C is a rear view. FIG. 21 D is a left side view. FIG. 21 E is a right side view. FIG. 21 F is a top view. FIG. 21 G is a bottom view. FIG. 21 H is a bottom perspective. FIG. 211 is a closed perspective. FIGS. 21J-21 R illustrate the product with the legs folded out and also closed. The open v shape enclosure shells and the legs are in solid lines for emphasis. FIG. 21 J illustrates a top perspective view. FIG. 21 K illustrates a front view. FIG. 21 L illustrates a rear view. FIG. 21 M illustrates a left side view. FIG. 21 N illustrates a right side view. FIG. 210 illustrates a top view. FIG. 21 P illustrates a bottom view. FIG. 21 Q illustrates a bottom perspective. FIG. 21 R illustrates a closed perspective view.

FIGS. 21S-21AA illustrate the product with the legs folded out and also closed. The open v shape enclosure shells and the locks are in solid lines for emphasis. FIG. 21 S illustrates a top perspective view. FIG. 21 T illustrates a front view. FIG. 21 U illustrates a rear view. FIG. 21V illustrates a left side view. FIG.

21 W illustrates a right side view. FIG. 21X illustrates a top view. FIG. 21Y illustrates a bottom view. FIG. 21 Z illustrates a bottom perspective. FIG. 21 AA illustrates a closed perspective view.

FIGS. 21 AB-21 AJ illustrate the product with the legs folded out and also closed. The open v shape enclosure shells, the locks, and the ribs are in solid lines for emphasis. FIG. 21 AB illustrates a top perspective view. FIG. 21 AC illustrates a front view. FIG. 21 AD illustrates a rearview. FIG. 21 AE illustrates a left side view. FIG. 21 AF illustrates a right side view. FIG. 21 AG illustrates a top view. FIG. 21AH illustrates a bottom view. FIG. 21AI illustrates a bottom perspective. FIG. 21AJ illustrates a closed perspective view.

FIGS. 22A-22F illustrate an example method of making an optional product, according to aspects of the disclosure. It should be noted the steps are not required to be done in this manner, but merely can be done in this manner, and that any of the steps in this example method may be done in a different manner as known to those of ordinary skill in the art. FIGS. 23A-23I illustrate additional details of an optional product, according to aspects of the disclosure.

FIGS. 24A-24D Illustrate additional details of an optional foot feature, according to aspects of the disclosure. As shown in FIG. 24A, in some aspects of the disclosure, instead of pressing a rubber foot on the bottom of a leg, a rubber foot can be fit into a groove (where, for example, adhesive can be applied) at the bottom of a leg. FIG. 24B illustrates Work Instructions providing details on how to make the product with the rubber feet attached to the legs in this way. FIG. 24C and 24D illustrate details of an example bottom of a leg with a groove where a rubber foot can be inserted.

In some aspects of the disclosure, a microban can be used on any of the parts of the product used to hold items to help hinder the growth of bacteria. For any parts of the product with plastic in them (e.g., enclosures (e.g., ABS), clips (e.g., ABS), feet (e.g., rubber), ribs, positive stops, lock), additives can be mixed in with polymers then the part can be manufactured. For any parts of the product with metal in them (e.g., clasps (e.g., 304 stainless steel), legs (e.g., aluminum)), additives can be mixed into the epoxy, which can be applied after the parts have been manufactured. The following references (all dated May 12, 2020), which are incorporated by reference, discuss additional hygenic features and materials that can be used in any parts of the product used to hold items, according to aspects of the disclosure: https://materialdistrict.com/article/bacteria-fighting-mater ials/ https://aabme.asme.org/posts/material-resists-bacteria-preve nts-infection- saves-lives https://plasticpartsinc.com/plastic-decorating The following references, which are incorporated by reference, discuss a microban additive that can be used (e.g., with ABS, metal, rubber) and a biocote additive that can be used, according to aspects of the disclosure. https://www.microban.com https://www.microban.com/antimicrobial-solutions/application s/antimicrobial- plastics https://www.biocote.com/treatable-materials/plastics-polymer s/

The following references, which are herein incorporated by reference, discuss example textures/biomimicry (e.g., sharklet, leaves, leather material over plastic enclosures) that can be used, according to aspects of the disclosure). In some aspects of the disclosure, the product used to hold items can be made using recycled plastic, metal, and/or rubber. https://www.sharklet.com/ https://www.wired.com/2014/06/empzeal-superhydrophobic-leaf/

It is to be understood that the disclosed subject matter is not limited in its application to the details of construction and to the arrangements of the components set forth in the description or illustrated in the drawings. The disclosed subject matter is capable of other embodiments and of being practiced and carried out in various ways. Accordingly, other implementations are within the scope of the following claims. Also, it is to be understood that the phraseology and terminology employed herein are for the purpose of description and should not be regarded as limiting. For example, the measurements and/or weights provided are for example purposes only, and many other measurements and/or weights may be used. Those skilled in the art will appreciate that the conception, upon which this disclosure is based, may readily be utilized as a basis for the designing of other products, methods, and systems for carrying out the several purposes of the disclosed subject matter. It is important, therefore, that the claims be regarded as including such equivalent constructions insofar as they do not depart from the spirit and scope of the disclosed subject matter.

Although the disclosed subject matter has been described and illustrated in the foregoing exemplary embodiments, it is understood that the present disclosure has been made only by way of example, and that numerous changes in the details of implementation of the disclosed subject matter may be made without departing from the spirit and scope of the disclosed subject matter. For example, the steps and/or limitations in the specification, drawings, and/or claims may be performed in an order other than the order set forth in the specification, drawings, and/or claims. In addition, any component and/or feature shown in any version or option of the product can be used with other components and/or features in any combination.

In addition, it should be understood that any figures which highlight the functionality and advantages are presented for example purposes only. The disclosed methodology and system are each sufficiently flexible and configurable such that they may be utilized in ways other than that shown. For example, other steps may be provided, or steps may be eliminated, from the described flows, and other components may be added to, or removed from, the described systems.

Although the term “at least one” may often be used in the specification, claims and drawings, the terms “a”, “an”, “the”, “said”, etc. also signify “at least one” or “the at least one” in the specification, claims and drawings.

Finally, it is the applicant's intent that only claims that include the express language "means for" or "step for" be interpreted under 35 U.S.C. 112(f). Claims that do not expressly include the phrase "means for" or "step for" are not to be interpreted under 35 U.S.C. 112(f).