Patent Application - SALON CAPE WITH CLEAR WINDOW TO ALLOW THE USE OF ELECTRONIC DEVICES > Description
This application claims benefit of U.S. Provisional Application No. 61/434,853, filed on Jan. 21, 2011, and entitled HAIRCUT CAPE WITH CLEAR WINDOW TO ALLOW THE USE OF ELECTRONIC DEVICES (Atty. Dkt. No. AVYT-30,554), the specification of which is incorporated herein by reference in its entirety.
The present invention relates to capes placed over an individual during a haircut or hairstyling, and more particularly, to a cape including a removable window enabling a person wearing the cape to view an item but enable removal of the window for cleaning of the cape.
Capes used during a haircut or hairstyling are well known and are worn by an individual within a barbershop or hair salon while their hair is being worked on. The customer sits in a chair and the barber or hairstylist places the cape over the body of the customer and the cape connects to the customer by being fastened around their neck. The material of the cape prevents hair or other material used during the hairstyling or cutting process from getting on the customer.
If a customer wishes to view an item such as a cell phone, MP3, tablet PC, computer, book or other type of portable electronic device or small item, the customer must hold their arms above the surface of the cape and hold the item in their hands. This can allow a customer's hair or the chemicals or products being used during the haircutting or styling process to get on the customer's arms and the item they are holding. Thus, some mean for enabling the customer to view a handheld item while getting a haircut or styling yet enabling the users of the cape to periodically clean them without damaging a viewing window would be very useful.
The present invention, as disclosed and described herein, compromises an apparatus including a cape portion defining an opening through which an individual may view an item held in their hands when the cape portion is placed around the body of the individual. A transparent window for covering the opening in the cape portion is removably connected to the cape portion.
For a more complete understanding, reference is now made to the following description taken in conjunction with the accompanying Drawings in which:
Referring now to the drawings, wherein like reference numbers are used herein to designate like elements throughout, the various views and embodiments of a salon cape with a removable window to allow the use of electronic devices while wearing the cape are illustrated and described, and other possible embodiments are described. The figures are not necessarily drawn to scale, and in some instances the drawings have been exaggerated and/or simplified in places for illustrative purposes only. One of ordinary skill in the art will appreciate the many possible applications and variations based on the following examples of possible embodiments.
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The cape 102 further defines a neck opening 202 into which the neck of a customer may be placed. Once the neck of the customer is placed within the opening 202 a fastening mechanism 204 such as a snap, button, Velcro, etc. that are located on each side of the neck opening 202 may be used to fastened the cape securely to the body of a customer. The fastening mechanism 204 may alter the size of the opening to accommodate different neck sizes. The fastening mechanism 204 holds the cape around the neck of the customer enabling the cape to rest on and cover the body of the customer during the haircut or hairstyling.
The removable window 104 is fastened over an opening 206 defined within the surface of the cape 102. While the illustration of
Additionally, it is noted that the removable window 104 may define in one embodiment a small chamber into which a user hands and the portable electronic device or book may be placed. In the implementation of
The removable window 104 has its edges connected to the edges of the opening 206 defined in the cape 102 using a Velcro fastener 213 defined on the edges of the removable window 104 and the edges of the opening 206 defined within the cape 102. While the use of a Velcro fastener 213 has been described with respect to
By having the ability to remove the window 104 from the cape 102, the cape 102 may be washed and cleaned without damaging the transparency of the window 104 or viewability of items through the removable window 104. If the window 104 were placed within the washer and dryer along with the cape 102, the window 104 could be cracked or broken or create creases or distorted areas within the window 104 which would prevent a customer from easily viewing items through the window 104. Thus, the Velcro connector 113 or other type of connecting mechanism enables the removable window 104 to be removed from the cape allowing the cape 102 to be cleaned periodically. After the cape 102 is cleaned, the removable window 104 is fastened back over the opening 206.
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The removable window configuration of
Next, a 1.5 inch border is measured and stitched around the edge of the opening defined within the cape at step 510. The stitching should comprise either double or triple stitching in the borders surrounding the opening. A slit is then cut at step 512 from the corners of the openings to the corners of the stitched border surrounding the opening. This creates a series of flaps around the edges of the opening. The flaps are folded back along the stitched lines at step 514, and each of the flaps are covered with a strip of Velcro at step 516 that is stitched in place such that the new larger opening is now surrounded by a border of Velcro to which each of the edges of a similarly shaped removable window may be placed. While the above discussion has been made with respect to a rectangular opening, it will of course be appreciated that the capes could be retrofitted to include different shaped openings as desired.
Thus, using the above-described salon cape having a removable window, a barber or stylist may periodically wash their cape without damaging the window normally used with the cape as they may be removed to enable washing of the cape without damaging the window. Additionally, the service providers could use disposable capes which are thrown away after each use or a minimal number of uses while still providing the transparent window for their customers. Finally, such service providers can retrofit their existing capes to include an opening over which a removable transparent window may be placed.
It will be appreciated by those skilled in the art having the benefit of this disclosure that this salon cape with a removable window to allow the use of electronic devices provides an apparatus that may be periodically cleaned while maintaining the viewability through the transparent window. It should be understood that the drawings and detailed description herein are to be regarded in an illustrative rather than a restrictive manner, and are not intended to be limiting to the particular forms and examples disclosed. On the contrary, included are any further modifications, changes, rearrangements, substitutions, alternatives, design choices, and embodiments apparent to those of ordinary skill in the art, without departing from the spirit and scope hereof, as defined by the following claims. Thus, it is intended that the following claims be interpreted to embrace all such further modifications, changes, rearrangements, substitutions, alternatives, design choices, and embodiments.