Patents Assigned to Psion Inc.
  • Patent number: 10088870
    Abstract: A variable form factor multi-portion housing of a handheld computer. The housing includes a first housing portion to provide a first interior for mounting a first electronic component, the first housing portion having a common first mating surface for facilitating coupling to a secondary housing portion. The housing includes the secondary housing portion having a version configuration of a first form factor selectable from a family of different version configurations having a plurality of different form factors contributing to a selectable variable form factor nature of the multi-portion housing, such that each of the version configurations from the family of different version configurations has a same second mating surface that is configured to couple to the common first mating surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Psion Inc.
    Inventor: Dinesh Gandhi
  • Patent number: 9836091
    Abstract: A shock mount assembly is provided for mounting a circuit board in a housing of a handheld computer. The shock mount assembly comprises a frame, configured to receive the circuit board, and a clamp, configured to secure the frame to the housing. The frame comprises a plurality of tabs, each of the tabs sheathed in a shock-absorbent material and configured to be received by corresponding pockets in the housing. The clamp comprises receiving portions shaped to receive a corresponding tab of the frame. When the frame is secured to the housing by the clamp, the pocket of the housing and the receiving portion of the clamp encapsulate the corresponding tab of the frame, thereby restricting its movement. A frame and a housing are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Psion, Inc.
    Inventor: Dinesh Gandhi
  • Patent number: 9812808
    Abstract: Described herein is a molded printed circuit board. The printed circuit board may be placed inside of a mold and a material is injected therein. The material hardens in the mold around the printed circuit board thereby forming an overmolded printed circuit board. The overmolded material may have apertures in it to allow access to the leads on the printed circuit board so that components to be connected to it. The overmolded printed circuit boards may allow a plurality of electrical components to selectively and removably attach to it. Further, the printed circuit board may be attached in a housing which may itself removably and selectively connect to components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Psion, Inc.
    Inventors: Bo Xu, Yanmin Mao
  • Patent number: 9662816
    Abstract: A method of forming respective overmoulds to protect and seal an enclosure apparatus is provided. Respective separate overmoulds for external surfaces of the enclosure and for sealing a cavity or cavities defined by the enclosure may be formed in a single injection moulding tool in a single operation. An enclosure component and enclosure are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Psion Inc.
    Inventor: Dinesh Nataly Gandhi
  • Patent number: 9455488
    Abstract: An antenna for radio frequency (RF) applications comprising: a dielectric element including a dielectric material; an active element attached to a first external surface of the dielectric element; a cavity in the dielectric element; a radio device deposited in the cavity and adapted for coupling to the active element; and an electromagnetic interference (EMI) shield positioned in the cavity and between the radio device and the dielectric element, the EMI shield configured for inhibiting EMI between the radio device and the active element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: PSION INC.
    Inventor: Laurian Petru Chirila
  • Patent number: 9367107
    Abstract: A method and system are set forth for enabling software control of a power management unit (PMU) in a System-On-a-Chip (SoC) device to effect changes in power state without having to adjust external board level states. In one embodiment, once the SoC system controller has been booted, it communicates with the PMU over a communication bus and is able to request changes in power states without requiring external trigger events. Complete remote control of power states according to the method and system set forth herein provides flexibility when debugging and testing SoC devices because there is no need to alter external board states. Also, providing programmable changes in reset states as an alternative to full system reset preserves state data so that the system can be restarted efficiently and quickly from known conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: PSION INC.
    Inventor: Steven William Maddigan
  • Patent number: 9151819
    Abstract: An antenna apparatus for determining the position of a radio-frequency transponder is provided, comprising a phased array of antennas enabled to transmit and receive power at a given frequency for communicating with a radio frequency (RF) transponder, the phased array being movable; and a phase shifter for providing a phase shift to at least one antenna of the phased array to provide a minima in a main radiated lobe of the phased array, such that when the phased array is moved from a first position, for detecting the RF transponder via the main radiated lobe, to a second position, where a signal from the RF transponder is minimized, a position of the RF transponder determined to be along an axis of the minima in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: PSION INC.
    Inventors: Pierre Bonnefoy, Benjamin Limongi
  • Patent number: 9136587
    Abstract: A portable device providing wireless communication capability with a network using an antenna subsystem. The portable device comprises a housing for supporting components of the portable device including the antenna subsystem, such that the housing includes a first housing corner having a first housing wall, a second housing wall in an opposed spaced apart relationship with the first housing wall, a third housing wall connecting the first housing wall with the second housing wall and a fourth housing wall connecting the first, second and third housing walls to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: PSION INC.
    Inventors: Laurian Petru Chirila, Adrain Stagg
  • Patent number: 9130376
    Abstract: A system and method for externally controlling the charging of a battery powered mobile computing device includes a charging unit configured to be electrically coupled to the mobile computing device to charge a battery therein. The charging unit comprises a charger configured to operate in a first mode to provide a constant charge current to the battery to be charged and to operate in a second mode to provide a constant charge voltage to the battery to be charged and where the switch from the first mode to the second mode occurs when the voltage at the battery a predefined threshold voltage. The charger including an offset compensator configured for applying an offset voltage to the measured output of the charger to maintain the charger in the first mode to compensate for voltage drops between the charger and the battery thereby allowing the battery voltage to reach the threshold voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: PSION INC.
    Inventor: Lawrence David Forsythe
  • Patent number: 9081973
    Abstract: A method for restricting, based on predefined user profile information, access to software executing on a computing device of a user. The method comprises the following steps. Input data is intercepted from a user input device. The input data is compared with a list of restrictions in the user profile information to determining if an action associated with the input data is prohibited. The input data is passed to the software for execution only if the action associated with the input data is not prohibited. A method for restricting, based on predefined user profile information, access to notifications generated for a user is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: PSION INC.
    Inventors: Nader Newman, James Shoong-Leac Chen, Timothy Fraser Pearce
  • Patent number: 9081428
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for an impact resistant touchscreen display module, such as for use in ruggedized mobile computing and display devices. The structure provided also allows for severability of the touchscreen and display screen portions, enhancing the practicability of replacing individual components for repair of a damaged touchscreen display module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: PSION INC.
    Inventor: Jin Liu
  • Patent number: 9048514
    Abstract: A method is provided for presenting battery degradation of a rechargeable battery to a user of an electronic device. The method comprising the following steps. An initial capacity and a remaining capacity of the rechargeable battery are obtained. The battery degradation is determined as a proportion of a difference between the initial capacity and the remaining capacity to the initial capacity. The battery degradation is visually displayed on a display of the electronic device as a battery gauge. A system to implement the method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: PSION INC.
    Inventors: Nader Newman, Nicholas John James, Adrian Joseph Stagg
  • Patent number: 9036337
    Abstract: An enclosure is provided for a device comprising one or more electronic assemblies where the enclosure deforms under a shock in one or more selected manners to dissipate the shock energy. The deformation, which is elastic deformation, occurs at selected parts of the enclosure and/or in selected translations and/or rotations where those selections are made by the designer of the enclosure. By being able to define where and how the deformations will occur, the electronic assemblies can be located, mounted and interconnect within the enclosure such that the deformation does not adversely affect the assemblies or device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: PSION INC.
    Inventors: Gregory Ian Smyth, Nicholas John James
  • Patent number: 8994513
    Abstract: A handheld computing system for adaptive multi-sensor, a manipulator grip and its method is provided. The system includes plurality of sensor systems for sensing characteristics of a physical object as well as a distance analyzer for dynamically determining the activation of at least one of the sensor systems based on a distance to the object and pre-determined criteria. Characteristics include an identifier and one or more attributes for contributing to identification of the object. Additions to the system include a display for displaying the object's image and having an analysis field and a zoom for placing a specific captured characteristic of the object in the analysis field. Additions to the handheld computing system further include a handheld ergonomic data input device for operating a handheld computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Psion Inc.
    Inventor: Alex Watt
  • Patent number: 8997087
    Abstract: A method and a system for customizing a handheld device being produced in manufacturing assembly. The method provides customization via configuration of the device by a server in a communication network. In response to a configuration predefined such via a customer purchase order, assigning, at the server, a group to the at least one handheld device, identifying, at the server, a configuration of components for download to the at least one handheld device, the configuration of components associated with the assigned group, and downloading, for installation at the handheld device, the configuration of components to the at least one handheld device of the assigned group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Psion Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Beatty, Harold Hsu, Miguel Watler, Nader Newman, Rastislav Hodul
  • Patent number: 8990361
    Abstract: A method and a system for configuring of a client device using a configuration device in a peer to peer communication local network including a plurality of client devices, the configuration device including configuration information designated as sharable information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Psion Inc.
    Inventors: Hugo Krapf, Kevin Beatty
  • Patent number: 8898502
    Abstract: A flexible and scalable bi-directional CDC interface is set forth between clock domains in a SoC device. The interface comprises a pulse sync circuit for receiving a pulse synchronized to the source clock domain and in response outputting a busy signal to the source clock domain and outputting the pulse synchronized to said destination clock domain; an input register for latching data from said source clock domain in response to a transition of said source clock in the event said busy signal is not active and preventing said data from being latched in the event said busy signal is active so as not to corrupt previously latched data; and an output register for receiving said pulse from said pulse sync circuit and in response latching said pulse from said input register on a transition of said destination clock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Psion Inc.
    Inventors: Steven William Maddigan, Dimitri Gabriel Epassa Habib
  • Patent number: 8872702
    Abstract: An antenna and antenna manufacturing process for an antenna configured for at least one of transmission or reception of electromagnetic waves with respect to a surrounding environment, the antenna having an antenna element positioned in metal trace on a carrier body, antenna element being isolated from an electrical ground of the antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Psion Inc.
    Inventor: Iain Campbell Roy
  • Patent number: 8868892
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for thermal management of components and functional subsystems of a handheld device, including for a peripheral device electrically coupled to thereto. A power source provides power to a plurality of functional subsystems of the handheld device and optionally the peripheral device. The components and functional subsystems comprise predetermined thermal signatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Psion Inc.
    Inventor: David Neil Ardron
  • Patent number: 8836274
    Abstract: A system and method are described for displaying battery condition information on a display of a portable computer. After powering on the portable computer, battery condition information of a battery of the portable computer is retrieved. The retrieved battery condition information is displayed on the display of the portable computer and operating system (OS) loaded into an executable memory of the portable computer is executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: PSION Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory John Evans, Paul David Hedley, Nader Newman, Danny Pacheco, John Smids, Hugo Krapf