Motor vehicles and sunshields
Compactly foldable automobile sunshade
Automobile window protector
Method and apparatus for folding and collapsing objects supported by flexible loops Patent #: 5213147
AbstractAn automobile window sunshield comprises a collapsible flexible loop member assuming a Figure-8 configuration, the Figure-8 configuration defining two closed loops connected by an overlapping portion acting as a hinge portion. The Figure-8 loop member has a natural bias that causes the two closed loops to fold toward each other about the overlapping hinge portion. The Figure-8 loop member and the two closed loops can each assume an expanded position and a collapsed position. The sunshield further comprises a fabric for substantially covering the Figure-8 loop member, the Figure-8 loop member and its two closed loops substantially supporting the fabric in particular areas so that the fabric assumes the particular configuration of the Figure-8 loop member and its two closed loops in their expanded position. The two closed loops and their associated fabric are foldable on top of each other about the hinge portion to have the closed loops and their associated fabric overlaying each other and with the overlaying closed loops collapsible to the collapsed positions by twisting and folding to form a plurality of concentric rings and layers of fabric to substantially reduce the size of the sunshield in the collapsed position.