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Cupholder with Secure Grip

Purpose of the Invention:

The Cupholder with Secure Grip was designed to keep the drinks we bring with
us in our vehicle securely in place while we drive. One size cup holders will be
replaced with this amazing gripping holder. Holder will easily keep drinks in any
size container stable and safe from spilling. Access is easy, too.

Problem[s] the Invention Solves:

Cups, cans and bottles go with us everywhere. The vehicle is no different. Rarely
though, does the car cup holder secure the drink in place. Rather, the drink sits
precariously in the cup ring, swaying back and forth with the twists and turns of the
car. A large sized drink container will easily fit securely in most vehicle drink
holders. Smaller sized cups, cans and bottles do not sit safely inside these
holders. The Cupholder with Secure Grip can easily remedy this situation. With
the Cupholder with Secure Grip, drinks, no matter the size of their container, will
stay put so you no longer have to keep one hand on your drink.

Detailed Description of the Invention:

The Cupholder with Secure Grip is designed to grip and hold drink containers so
they sit securely in the vehicle. In one design, a loading plate with gears
surrounding it is located inside the bottom of the cup holder. When the drink is set
inside the holder, the weight depresses the spring loaded plate. A clockwise twist
from the user engages gripping fingers that secure the drink in place. Those
gripping fingers can be either gear driven or directly guided by swirl slots on
loading plate. The weight of drink keeps the loading plate from turning in reverse
causing the drink to spill. Lifting the drink just a little bit allows the loading plate to
rise releasing it from the locked position. This makes it easy to access a drink. A
motorized version of this cup holder is also available. In this case, a sensor
determining when a drink is placed inside the holder causes a motor to tighten a
gear ring to extend the gripping fingers around the container. Removing the drink
works in the same mechanical manner. The processor tells the motor to drive the
ring backwards which releases the fingers allowing the drink to be removed from
the holder. The Cupholder with Secure Grip is a safe and convenient way to keep
drinks secure.

Description of Drawings:

FIGURE 1 Shows a smaller sized bottle being turned to fit in the Cupholder with
Secure Grip driven by gears. FIGURE 2 Is a large sized drink container placed in
the Cupholder with Secure Grip. FIGURE 3 Is a view of a drink turned to fit firmly in
the cupholder with wire grippers, a different mechanism, directly guided by bottom
plate. FIGURE 4 Shows the Cupholder with wire Grippers in fully open mode to
accommodate large drink container. FIGURE 5 Shows how wire grippers are
guided by bottom plate.