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Title:
A WRIST AND HEAD MOUNTED CAMERA
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2017/141220
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
The present disclosure relates to a camera for extreme action photography/videography that can be mounted on wrist and head or on any other accessory. The camera includes a camera module consisting of a camera unit and a base plate; and a strap module wherein the camera unit is pivotally mounted on the base plate for pivotal movement along an axis in plane of the base plate; and the camera module can be assembled with the strap module in at least two different angular orientations along an axis perpendicular to the base plate. Combination of the pivotal movement of the camera unit and different angular orientations enable camera to be used in different directions such as front, bottom or sideways from its mounted position. The strap module can incorporate batteries and USB charging connector. Connectivity between the battery and the camera unit is provided through sets of pogo pins.

Inventors:
SINGH AMARDEEP (IN)
VATS RAHUL (IN)
SUDHIR SANANDAN (IN)
Application Number:
IB2017/050945
Publication Date:
August 24, 2017
Filing Date:
February 20, 2017
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
SINGH AMARDEEP (IN)
VATS RAHUL (IN)
International Classes:
G04B47/00; A44C5/20; G03B17/56
Foreign References:
US6809774B12004-10-26
US20130163390A12013-06-27
US4855974A1989-08-08
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
KHURANA & KHURANA, ADVOCATES & IP ATTORNEYS (UPSIDC Site-IV, Behind-Grand Venice,Kasna Road, Greater Noida, National Capital Region, Uttar Pradesh 0, IN)
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Claims:
We Claim:

1. A camera for action photography, the camera comprising:

a camera module comprising a camera unit and a base plate, wherein the camera unit is pivotally mounted on the base plate about an axis in the plane of the base plate; and

a strap module configured for mounting on wrist and on head of a user and further configured to hold the camera module by receiving the base plate, wherein the camera module is received and held by the strap module in at least two different orientations.

2. The camera of claim 1, wherein the at least two different orientations are at least two different angular positions of the base plate about an axis perpendicular to the base plate.

3. The camera of claim 1, wherein the camera module is held by the strap module by means of plurality of collapsing/expanding pins configured on the base plate, wherein the pins snap into corresponding holes in the strap module.

4. The camera of claim 3, wherein the pins on the base plate and the holes in the strap module are configured for receiving the camera module in the strap module in any of the at least two angular orientations.

5. The camera of claim 1, wherein the strap module further comprises a main strap, a second strap, and a third strap; wherein the main strap is configured to receive and hold the camera module; and wherein the third strap is used with the main strap for mounting the camera to wrist, and wherein the second strap is used with the main strap for mounting the camera to head.

6. The camera of claim 5, wherein the main strap is configured to hold batteries to meet power requirement of the camera.

7. The camera of claim 6, wherein connectivity between camera module and the batteries held in the main strap is provided by sets of pogo pins configured on the base plate of the camera module and the main strap.

8. The camera of claim 7, wherein the base plate of the camera module incorporates at least two sets of pogo pins, wherein each of the at least two sets of the pogo pins on the base plate is meant to provide connectivity in one of the at least two orientations of the camera module in the strap module.

9. The camera of claim 7, wherein the main strap further incorporates a push button to activate the camera and wherein connectivity between the push button and the camera unit is also provided through the sets of pogo pins.

10. The camera of claim 6, wherein the main strap further incorporates a USB charging connector for charging the batteries held in the main strap.

11. The camera of claim 5, wherein the second strap is fixed to inner circumference of the main strap by Velcro, and wherein extra length of the second strap is folded along the inner circumference of the main strap when the camera is mounted on wrist.

12. The camera of claim 1, wherein the camera module incorporates means to mount the camera module on any standard camera accessory such as a stand or a tripod toenable use of the camera module independent of the strap module.

13. The camera of claim 1, wherein the camera unit incorporates a watch.

Description:
A WRIST AND HEAD MOUNTED CAMERA

SPECIFICATION

TECHNICAL FIELD

[0001] The present disclosure relates to the field of cameras. In particular, the disclosure pertains to an action camera that can be used for extreme -action videography. More particularly, the present disclosure relates to a camera that can be mounted on different body parts such as head and wrist or different objects.

BACKGROUND

[0002] Background description includes information that may be useful in understanding the present invention. It is not an admission that any of the information provided herein is prior art or relevant to the presently claimed invention, or that any publication specifically or implicitly referenced is prior art.

[0003] Many types of cameras are now available in the market that cater to the sports camera domain. These either need special gear to mount on various parts of the body or different objects or are a part of our mobile phones that are cumbersome to use for action photography. They often take a long time to activate and by the time photographic / video graphic opportunity is lost.

[0004] Starting a video camera is an exercise in itself. It takes time to unlock a mobile phone, open the camera app and then use the camera. By the time the video camera or a mobile camera is ready for shooting the photographic / video graphic especially in action photography or videography, opportunity to capture images is lost.

[0005] Furthermore, cameras are not handy and available most of the time. Gopro type of cameras need planning before it can be mounted on the body or any other product (like a bike) and they also need additional gear to allow you to use them effectively.

[0006] There is therefore a need in the art to have a camera system that has a range of options to adapt, attach and charge; can be easily mounted on different body parts such as head and wrist or on any other accessory - allowing you to mount on bikes, flat surfaces, round surfaces, poles etc.; and can be easily used for extreme-action videography. having a range of options to adapt, attach and charge [0007] All publications herein are incorporated by reference to the same extent as if each individual publication or patent application were specifically and individually indicated to be incorporated by reference. Where a definition or use of a term in an incorporated reference is inconsistent or contrary to the definition of that term provided herein, the definition of that term provided herein applies and the definition of that term in the reference does not apply.

[0008] In some embodiments, the numbers expressing quantities of ingredients, properties such as concentration, reaction conditions, and so forth, used to describe and claim certain embodiments of the invention are to be understood as being modified in some instances by the term "about." Accordingly, in some embodiments, the numerical parameters set forth in the written description and attached claims are approximations that can vary depending upon the desired properties sought to be obtained by a particular embodiment. In some embodiments, the numerical parameters should be construed in light of the number of reported significant digits and by applying ordinary rounding techniques. Notwithstanding that the numerical ranges and parameters setting forth the broad scope of some embodiments of the invention are approximations, the numerical values set forth in the specific examples are reported as precisely as practicable. The numerical values presented in some embodiments of the invention may contain certain errors necessarily resulting from the standard deviation found in their respective testing measurements.

[0009] As used in the description herein and throughout the claims that follow, the meaning of "a," "an," and "the" includes plural reference unless the context clearly dictates otherwise. Also, as used in the description herein, the meaning of "in" includes "in" and "on" unless the context clearly dictates otherwise.

[0010] The recitation of ranges of values herein is merely intended to serve as a shorthand method of referring individually to each separate value falling within the range. Unless otherwise indicated herein, each individual value is incorporated into the specification as if it were individually recited herein. All methods described herein can be performed in any suitable order unless otherwise indicated herein or otherwise clearly contradicted by context. The use of any and all examples, or exemplary language (e.g. "such as") provided with respect to certain embodiments herein is intended merely to better illuminate the invention and does not pose a limitation on the scope of the invention otherwise claimed. No language in the specification should be construed as indicating any non-claimed element essential to the practice of the invention.

[0011] Groupings of alternative elements or embodiments of the invention disclosed herein are not to be construed as limitations. Each group member can be referred to and claimed individually or in any combination with other members of the group or other elements found herein. One or more members of a group can be included in, or deleted from, a group for reasons of convenience and/or patentability. When any such inclusion or deletion occurs, the specification is herein deemed to contain the group as modified thus fulfilling the written description of all Markush groups used in the appended claims.

OBJECTS OF THE INVENTION

[0012] An object of the present disclosure is to provide a camera for extreme action photography.

[0013] Another object of the present disclosure is to provide a camera that is wrist and head mountable as well as on any other accessory - allowing mounting on bikes, flat surfaces, round surfaces, poles etc.

[0014] Another object of the present disclosure is to provide a camera that is connected to an external battery in the strap, and having a range of options to adapt, attach and charge.

[0015] Another object of the present disclosure is to provide a camera, that in the form of a module, can be used independent of the strap and any other module.

[0016] Another object of the present disclosure is to provide a camera, having a provision to mount it on to a tripod or stand.

[0017] Yet another object of the present disclosure is to provide a camera that can use accessories of any other camera.

[0018] Still another object of the present disclosure is to provide a camera that displays the date, and can be switched off by a button on the camera or on any accessory or on the strap.

[0019] Yet still another object of the present disclosure is to provide a camera that has an adaptor module that allows it to be mounted in two orientations, perpendicular to each other.

SUMMARY

[0020] Aspects of the present disclosure relate to a camera for extreme action photography/videography. In particular camera of the present disclosure can be mounted on wrist and head or on any other accessory - allowing mounting on bikes, flat surfaces, round surfaces, poles etc. [0021] In an aspect, camera of the present disclosure can include a camera module and a strap module, wherein the camera module can be assembled with the strap module in at least two different orientations allowing it to be used in different directions such as front, bottom, or sideways from its mounted position.

[0022] In an aspect, camera unit of the camera module can be pivotally mounted on a base plate so as to be able to turn by 90 degrees, wherein the axis of pivotal movement (pivot axis) of the camera unit can be in plane of the base plate. Orientation of the pivot axis of the camera can be changed by changing the orientation of the camera module, wherein the different orientations can be different angular positions of the base plate about an axis perpendicular to the base plate.

[0023] In an aspect, the base plate of the camera module and the strap module can incorporate means to change the angular orientation of the camera module in relation with the strap module. In an aspect, combination of the orientation of the camera module in the strap module and pivoting of the camera within the camera module can facilitate use of the camera in different directions.

[0024] In an aspect, the base plate can incorporate means to mount the camera module to the strap module. In an embodiment, the means to mount the camera module to the strap module can be a plurality of flexible pins/rivets that collapse or expand to snap into and engage with corresponding holes in the strap module. The pins and the holes can be configured to enable mounting of the camera module on the strap module in different orientations.

[0025] In an aspect, the base plate can incorporate means to mount the camera module on any other standard camera accessory such as a stand or a tripod. Thus, the camera module of the present disclosure can also be used independent of the strap module. In an embodiment, the means can be a threaded hole in the base plate configured to receive corresponding screw of the standard camera accessory.

[0026] In an aspect, the base plate can incorporate means for connection to battery and the means can be configured to facilitate connection to the batter in any of the mounting orientations of the camera module on the strap module. The base plate can, in addition, incorporate a PCB to control camera functions.

[0027] In an aspect, the strap module can be configured to hold the camera module in different orientations to enable mounting of the complete assembly on wrist and head or on any other accessory - allowing mounting on bikes, flat surfaces, round surfaces, poles etc. The strap module can, in addition, hold batteries, means to charge the batteries, and/or interface to activate the camera.

[0028] In an embodiment, the strap module can include a main strap (or first strap), a second strap, and a third strap, wherein the main strap can be configured to hold the camera module to hold the batteries and means to connect the camera to the batteries; and can also incorporate means to charge the batteries including charging circuit PCB. It can be configured to hold the camera module in a robust manner and prevent separation of the camera module under side impacts.

[0029] In an embodiment, the main strap can be configured to flatten out or take a curved position to suit different curvatures such as those of wrist or head to meet requirement of mounting the camera in different positions and objects. The means to bend the main strap can be plurality of V notches about which the main strap can bend to take different curvatures or become flat.

[0030] In an embodiment, the second strap can be configured to mount the camera on head of a user and can be fixed to the main strap on its inner circumference by suitable means such as Velcro. The second strap can be elastic and can be stretched to increase its length when required for head mounting.

[0031] In an embodiment, the third strap can be attached to the second strap and used when the camera is to be mounted on wrist of a user when the second strap is used for head mounting, the third strap can remain attached to the second strap and hang outside.

[0032] In an aspect, the base plate can incorporate means for connection to battery and the means can be configured to facilitate connection to the batter in any of the mounting orientations of the camera module on the strap module. The base plate can in addition incorporate a PCB to control camera functions.

[0033] Various objects, features, aspects and advantages of the inventive subject matter will become more apparent from the following detailed description of preferred embodiments, along with the accompanying drawing figures in which like numerals represent like components.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0034] The accompanying drawings are included to provide a further understanding of the present disclosure, and are incorporated in and constitute a part of this specification. The drawings illustrate exemplary embodiments of the present disclosure and, together with the description, serve to explain the principles of the present disclosure.

[0035] FIG. lAand FIG. IB illustrate an exemplary perspective view and an image respectively of the camera in accordance with an embodiment of the present disclosure.

[0036] FIG. 2A to FIG. 2D illustratedifferent exemplary views of the camera in accordance with an embodiment of the present disclosure.

[0037] FIG. 3A and FIG. 3B illustratedifferent exemplary views of the camera indicating pivotal movement of the camera in different directions in accordance with an embodiment of the present disclosure.

[0038] FIG. 4 illustrates an exemplary exploded view of the camera showing strap module and camera module in accordance with an embodiment of the present disclosure.

[0039] FIG. 5 illustrates another exemplary exploded view of the camera showing means for attaching the strap module and the camera module in accordance with an embodiment of the present disclosure.

[0040] FIG. 6 illustrates an exemplary exploded view of the camera module in accordance with an embodiment of the present disclosure.

[0041] FIG. 7 illustrates an exemplary perspective view of the strap module in accordance with an embodiment of the present disclosure.

[0042] FIG. 8 illustrates anotherexemplary perspective view of the strap module showing main strap, second strap and third strap in accordance with an embodiment of the present disclosure.

[0043] FIG. 9 illustrates an exemplary front view of the strap module in accordance with an embodiment of the present disclosure.

[0044] FIG. 10 illustrates anotherexemplary perspective view of the strap module showing fixing of the second strap on the main strap in accordance with an embodiment of the present disclosure.

[0045] FIG.11 illustrates an exemplary side view of the strap module showing side flaps that protect the camera module in accordance with an embodiment of the present disclosure. [0046] FIG.12 illustrates an exemplary exploded view of the main strap in accordance with an embodiment of the present disclosure.

[0047] FIG. 13A to FIG. 13D illustrate exemplary images of the camera mounted on head of a user and directed in different directions in accordance with an embodiment of the present disclosure.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

[0048] The following is a detailed description of embodiments of the disclosure depicted in the accompanying drawings. The embodiments are in such detail as to clearly communicate the disclosure. However, the amount of detail offered is not intended to limit the anticipated variations of embodiments; on the contrary, the intention is to cover all modifications, equivalents, and alternatives falling within the spirit and scope of the present disclosure as defined by the appended claims.

[0049] Each of the appended claims defines a separate invention, which for infringement purposes is recognized as including equivalents to the various elements or limitations specified in the claims. Depending on the context, all references below to the "invention" may in some cases refer to certain specific embodiments only. In other cases it will be recognized that references to the "invention" will refer to subject matter recited in one or more, but not necessarily all, of the claims.

[0050] Various terms as used herein are shown below. To the extent a term used in a claim is not defined below, it should be given the broadest definition persons in the pertinent art have given that term as reflected in printed publications and issued patents at the time of filing.

[0051] Aspects of the present disclosure relate to a camera for extreme action photography/videography. In particular camera of the present disclosure can be mounted on wrist and head or on any other accessory - allowing mounting on bikes, flat surfaces, round surfaces, poles etc.

[0052] In an aspect, camera of the present disclosure can include a camera module and a strap module, wherein the camera module can be assembled with the strap module in at least two different orientations allowing it to be used in different directions such as front, bottom, or sideways from its mounted position. [0053] In an aspect, camera unit of the camera module can be pivotally mounted on a base plate so as to be able to turn by 90 degrees, wherein the axis of pivotal movement (pivot axis) of the camera unit can be in plane of the base plate. Orientation of the pivot axis of the camera can be changed by changing the orientation of the camera module, wherein the different orientations can be different angular positions of the base plate about an axis perpendicular to the base plate.

[0054] In an aspect, the base plate of the camera module and the strap module can incorporate means to change the angular orientation of the camera module in relation with the strap module. In an aspect, combination of the orientation of the camera module in the strap module and pivoting of the camera within the camera module can facilitate use of the camera in different directions.

[0055] In an aspect, the base plate can incorporate means to mount the camera module to the strap module. In an embodiment, the means to mount the camera module to the strap module can be a plurality of flexible pins/rivets that collapse or expand to snap into and engage with corresponding holes in the strap module. The pins and the holes can be configured to enable mounting of the camera module on the strap module in different orientations.

[0056] In an aspect, the base plate can incorporate means to mount the camera module on any other standard camera accessory such as a stand or a tripod. Thus, the camera module of the present disclosure can also be used independent of the strap module. In an embodiment, the means can be a threaded hole in the base plate configured to receive corresponding screw of the standard camera accessory.

[0057] In an aspect, the base plate can incorporate means for connection to battery and the means can be configured to facilitate connection to the batter in any of the mounting orientations of the camera module on the strap module. The base plate can, in addition, incorporate a PCB to control camera functions.

[0058] In an aspect, the strap module can be configured to hold the camera module in different orientations to enable mounting of the complete assembly on wrist and head or on any other accessory - allowing mounting on bikes, flat surfaces, round surfaces, poles etc. The strap module can, in addition, hold batteries, means to charge the batteries, and/or interface to activate the camera. [0059] In an embodiment, the strap module can include a main strap (or first strap), a second strap, and a third strap, wherein the main strap can be configured to hold the camera module to hold the batteries and means to connect the camera to the batteries; and can also incorporate means to charge the batteries including charging circuit PCB. It can be configured to hold the camera module in a robust manner and prevent separation of the camera module under side impacts.

[0060] In an embodiment, the main strap can be configured to flatten out or take a curved position to suit different curvatures such as those of wrist or head to meet requirement of mounting the camera in different positions and objects. The means to bend the main strap can be plurality of V notches about which the main strap can bend to take different curvatures or become flat.

[0061] In an embodiment, the second strap can be configured to mount the camera on head of a user and can be fixed to the main strap on its inner circumference by suitable means such as Velcro. The second strap can be elastic and can be stretched to increase its length when required for head mounting.

[0062] In an embodiment, the third strap can be attached to the second strap and used when the camera is to be mounted on wrist of a user when the second strap is used for head mounting, the third strap can remain attached to the second strap and hang outside.

[0063] In an aspect, the base plate can incorporate means for connection to battery and the means can be configured to facilitate connection to the batter in any of the mounting orientations of the camera module on the strap module. The base plate can in addition incorporate a PCB to control camera functions.

[0064] Embodiments of the present disclosure relate to a camera that can be mounted on wrist and head or on any other accessory - allowing mounting on bikes, flat surfaces, round surfaces, poles etc. and used for extreme action photography/videography. In an aspect the camera of the present disclosure can be pivotally moved and mounted in different orientations allowing it to be used in different directions such as front, bottom or sideways from its mounted position. In an aspect, the camera can also be used with any other standard camera accessory such as a stand or a tripod.

[0065] Referring now to FIG. 1A wherein a perspective view of the camera 100 of the present disclosure is disclosed. Configuration of the camera 100 shown therein is for mounting on wrist of a user. The camera 100 can also be configured to mount on head of a user. The disclosed camera 100 can include of a camera module 102 and a strap module 104. The camera module 102 can include camera unit 108 and a base plate 106, wherein the base plate 106 can be configured to fit into the strap module 104 as shown in FIG. 1A. Further, the base plate 106 can fit into the strap module 104 in different orientations. In addition, the camera unit 108 can swing about an axis 110. FIG. IB illustrates an exemplary image of the camera 100 built in accordance with embodiments of the present disclosure.

[0066] FIG. 2A to FIG. 2D illustrate different exemplary views of the camera 100 in accordance with an embodiment of the present disclosure. FIG. 2D specifically shows pivotal movement of the camera unit 108 by 90 degrees about the axis 110.

[0067] FIG. 3 A and FIG. 3B illustrate different exemplary views of the camera 100 indicating pivotal movement of the camera unit 108 in different directions in accordance with an embodiment of the present disclosure. As shown, the camera module 102 can be mounted on the strap module 104 in different orientations such that the axis of pivotal movement of the camera unit 108 is along axis of the strap as shown in FIG. 3 A or the axis of pivotal movement of the camera unit 108 is perpendicular to the axis of the strap as shown in FIG. 3B. Thus, mounting of the camera module 102 on the strap module 104 in different orientations enables orienting the pivot axis 110 of the camera unit 108 in different directions, increasing flexibility in use of the camera by enabling its use in different directions.

[0068] It is to be understood that though the preferred embodiments have been shown to provide two orientations/positions of the camera module 102 in the strap module 104, it is possible to have more positions by incorporating changes that would be apparent to those skilled in art, to the means to hold the camera module 102 in the strap module 104 and all such changes are well within the scope of the present disclosure.

[0069] Also shown in FIG. 3A and FIG. 3B is a press button 302 incorporated in the strap module 104, wherein the press button 302 can be configured as an interface for actuating the camera unit 108.

[0070] FIG. 4 and FIG. 5 illustrate two exemplary exploded views 400 and 500 of the camera 100 showing the strap module 104 and the camera module 102, wherein FIG. 4 shows details of the base plate 106 that can be configured in space 402, and FIG. 5 shows details of the strap module 104. In an aspect, the base plate 106 can incorporate at least two sets of pogo pins such as 404-1 and 404-2 (FIG. 4) for connectivity between the camera unit 108 and batteries and interface means that may be configured on the strap module 104. One of the at least two sets of the pogo pins 404 can be operational in different orientation/position of the camera module 102 on the strap module 104.

[0071] In an embodiment, the base plate can also incorporate means to mount the camera module 102 to the strap module 104 and the means can be plurality of flexible pins/rivets such as 406 that collapse or expand to snap into and engage with corresponding holes 408 in the strap module 104.

[0072] The pins 406 and the holes 408 can be configured to enable mounting of the camera module on the strap module in different orientations. In the preferred embodiment illustrated in FIG. 4 and FIG. 5, four pins 406 and four holes 408 have been shown that are configured in matching positions such that camera module 102 can be rotated round an axis perpendicular to the base plate 106 by 90 degrees and still be fitted on the strap module 104. However, it is possible to provide larger number of pins 406 and corresponding holes 408 to enable rotation of the camera module 102 by a rotation different/lesser than 90 degrees. For example, the number of pins 406 and holes 408 can be six to provide rotation by 60 degrees and multiple thereof.

[0073] FIG. 5 also shows configuration of set of pogo pins 502 on the strap module 104 that can match and engage with pogo pins 404 configured on the base plate 106. As can be seen there can be only one set of pogo pins 502 on the strap module 104 that can engage with either of the plurality of set of pogo pins 406 on the base plate 106. As can be appreciated by a person skilled in the art, number of sets of pogo pins 406 on the base plate can be same as number of positions on in which the camera module 102 can be mounted on the strap module 104.

[0074] FIG. 6 illustrates an exemplary exploded view 600 of the camera module 102 in accordance with an embodiment of the present disclosure. The camera unit 108 can include a top cover 602 and a bottom plastic part 604, both of which hold a main PCB 606 between them. The main PCB 606 can incorporate camera mechanism 608 and plurality of push buttons such as 610 and 612 that can be operated from outside of the top cover 602 and the bottom plastic part 604 by operating buttons such as 616-1, 616-2 and 616-3. The camera unit 108 can incorporate hinge pins such as 614-1 and 614-2 one on either side, to work as hinge to rotate the camera 106 about the axis 110. [0075] In an embodiment, the camera unit 108 can also incorporate a clock and the LED pattern of the clock can be visible through holes 618 on the top cover 602. Additionally, there can be indicators 620 for indicating status of the camera unit 108.

[0076] FIG. 6 also illustrates constructional details of the base plate 106 of the camera module 102, wherein the base plate 106 can include an upper plate 622 and a lower plate 624 holding a flexible PCB 426 between them. The three parts, namely the upper plate 622, the lower plate 624, and the flexible PCB 426 can be assembled together with help of pins 406 that can additionally work as rivets in addition to as means for holding the camera module 102 with the strap module 104. The flexible PCB 626 can get accommodated within a recess on the upper face of the lower plate 624 and the two plates can butt against each other to provide a strong and rigid assembly of the base plate 106.

[0077] In an embodiment, the upper plate 622 can incorporate a hinge part to pivotally hold the camera unit 108 through the corresponding hinge pins 614 on the bottom plastic part 604 of the camera unit 108. The flexible PCB 626 can be connected to the main PCB 606 through an extension in the flexible PCB 626 that passes through the hinge 110.

[0078] In an embodiment, the upper plate 622 can incorporate a threaded hole such as hole 628 that can work as a means to mount the camera module 102 on any other standard camera accessory such as a stand or a tripod. The lower plate 624 and the flexible PCB 626 can have suitable relief for the corresponding screw to pass and engage in the threaded hole 628. Thus, the camera module 102 of the present disclosure can also be used independent of the strap module.

[0079] The lower plate 624 can also incorporate at least two sets of holes such as 630-1 and 630-2, corresponding to the set of pogo pins 502 on the strap module 104 to facilitate the set of pogo pins 502 to engage with the corresponding pogo pins on the flexible PCB 624. In an aspect, the at least two sets of holes 630-1 and 630-2 and corresponding sets of at least two pogo pins on the flexible PCB 624 can enable connectivity of the camera to batteries and camera interfaces such as press button 302, configured on the strap module 104 in each of the at least two positions/orientations in which the camera module 102 can be fixed/held/mounted on the strap module 104.

[0080] FIG. 7and FIG.8 illustrate exemplary perspective views 700 and 800 of the strap module 104 in accordance with an embodiment of the present disclosure. The strap module 104 can include a main strap 702 that can consist of a cavity 706 to hold the camera module 102 with strap extending on both sides of the cavity 706. The main strap 702 can additionally hold batteries (described subsequently) to power the camera unit 108 when mounted in the cavity 706. Connectivity between the batteries and the camera is provided through set of pogo pins 502. The pogo pins 502 can also provide connectivity between the camera unit 108 and the press button 302 configured on the main strap 702 for actuating the camera unit 108.

[0081] In an embodiment, the strap module 104 is configured to enable mounting of the camera 100 on wrist as well as on head of a user. Configuration of the strap module 104 shown in view 700 is for wearing/mounting of the camera 100 on wrist of a user wherein the main strap 702 is held around the wrist by means of a third strap 704. However, the main strap 702 can be flattened after opening the third strap 705 to enable to mount it on a flatter surface such as head of a user.

[0082] FIG. 9 illustrates an exemplary front view 900 of the strap module 104 showing further details of the strap module 104 such as plurality of twin V profiles 902 on the main strap 702 that can help flatten the main strap 702. The main strap 702 can be made of a flexible material such as a rubber elastomer to further help flattening. The main strap can also incorporate loops/rings to help fasten the third strap 704 to the two ends of the main strap 702.

[0083] In an embodiment, the strap module 104 can further incorporate a second strap 904 to help mount the strap module 108/camera 100 on head of a user. The second strap 904 can be fixed to the main strap 702 on its inner circumference by suitable means such as Velcro 1002 as shown in FIG. 10. When the camera 100 is being used on wrist, extra length of the second strap 904 can be folded along the inner circumference of the main strap 702 and can remain there because of wrist of the user. Furthermore, the second strap 904 can be elastic and can be stretched to increase its length after unfolding from the inner circumference, when required for head mounting.

[0084] In an embodiment, the strap module 104 is configured to hold the camera module 102 firmly and rigidly and protect the camera module from side impacts. FIG.11 illustrates an exemplary side view 1100 of the strap module 104 wherein side flaps 1102 provided on the cavity 706 of the main strap 702 are shown. The side flaps 1102 protect the camera module 102 from any side forces thus holding the camera module 102 firmly and rigidly. In the preferred embodiment, there are four flaps 1102 configured on each side of the rectangular shaped cavity 706. [0085] FIG.12 illustrates an exemplary exploded view 1200 of the main strap 702 in accordance with an embodiment of the present disclosure. The main strap 702 can comprise an over molding rubber piece 1202, a flexible PCB strap 1204, an internal structure 1206 and a bottom plate 1208. The support structure 1206 can be configured to hold batteries 1210-1 and 1210-2 and support the flexible PCB strap 1204; and can also incorporate USB charging connector 1212 to help charge the batteries housed within the main strap 702. The batteries 1210 and the USB charging connector 1212 can be connected to the flexible PCB strap 1204 which can be further connected to a set of pogo pins 1214 that the flexible PCB strap 1204 can incorporate. The set of pogo pins 1214 can be accessed through a recess/cutout 1216 in the over molding rubber piece 1202. The main strap 702 can further incorporate a casing 1218 for the USB charging connector 1212. The casing 1218 can incorporate loops/rings 1220 to hold the third strap 704 when the camera 100 is mounted on wrist. The bottom plate 1208 can hold the flexible PCB strap 1204 to the internal structure 1206.

[0086] FIG. 13A to FIG. 13D illustrate images of the camera 100 mounted on head of a user and directed in different directions. FIG. 13A shows the camera 100 mounted on head of a user and the camera directed in front of the user whereas in FIG 13B the camera unit 108 has been tilted about its horizontally oriented pivot axis to point 45 degrees down towards front. FIG. 13C shows the camera unit 108 pointing downward. In FIG 13A the camera module 102 has been turned by 90 degrees to make its pivot axis vertical so that the camera unit 108 can be turned sideways - to left as shown with the vertical pivot axis placed on left of the user. It should be apparent that the camera 100 can also be mounted on the head with the vertical pivot axis placed on right side of the user and in which case the camera unit 108 can be turned to right side of the user to capture images of the right side.

[0087] While the foregoing describes various embodiments of the invention, other and further embodiments of the invention may be devised without departing from the basic scope thereof. The scope of the invention is determined by the claims that follow. The invention is not limited to the described embodiments, versions or examples, which are included to enable a person having ordinary skill in the art to make and use the invention when combined with information and knowledge available to the person having ordinary skill in the art.

ADVANTAGES OF THE INVENTION

[0088] The present disclosure provides a camera for extreme action photography. [0089] The present disclosure provides a camera that is wrist and head mountable as well as on any other accessory - allowing mounting on bikes, flat surfaces, round surfaces, poles etc.

[0090] The present disclosure provides a camera that is connected to an external battery in the strap, and having a range of options to adapt, attach and charge.

[0091] The present disclosure provides a camera, that in the form of a module, can be used independent of the strap and any other module.

[0092] The present disclosure provides a camera, having a provision to mount it on to a tripod or stand.

[0093] The present disclosure provides a camera that can use accessories of any other camera.

[0094] The present disclosure provides a camera that displays the date, and can be switched off by a button on the camera or on any accessory or on the strap.

[0095] The present disclosure provides a camera that has an adaptor module that allows it to be mounted in two orientations, perpendicular to each other.