Navy

Reusable breakaway mount

Resettable, stable and compact mount suitable for cameras and other electronic devices

Electronics Sensors

U.S. Navy researchers have invented a reusable mount with an attached breakaway plate. The patented technology is available via license agreement to companies that would make, use, or sell it commercially.

The breakaway plate is formed with a circumferential groove, and an O-ring is placed in the groove.

A toothed ring having a slight gap is positioned over the O-ring. As a retaining ring is placed over the O-ring and tooth ring and then fastened to the mounting bracket, the tooth ring compresses, which causes the O-ring to compress and engage the tooth ring at a breakaway force of the object.

When a direct, lateral or rotational force is applied, the O-ring pops out to separate the object from whatever platform the mount is attached to.

Magnets may be added internally for additional adhesion.

The physical and mechanical features of this mount make it suitable for a wide range of applications including action cameras and point-of-view (helmet) cameras.

Because it does not rely on adhesives (double-sided tape), this breakaway mount can be used for underwater applications without degradation.

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