Patents by Inventor James Stryker

James Stryker has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 11216031
    Abstract: An accessory device for a portable electronic device is described. The accessory device includes a front cover connected to a back cover. The front cover includes multiple segments rotatable with respect to each other. The segments include magnets that allow the segments, through magnetic coupling, to couple with another segment or with the portable electronic device. When the front cover engages the back cover, a user may remove, or pull away, a segment from the back cover, causing the remaining segments to sequentially fall away from the back cover. In some instances, when the front cover at least partially engages the back cover, one of the segments includes magnets designed to couple with magnets in the back cover, but not with magnets in another segment. The accessory device may further include an opening that receives a camera assembly of the portable electronic device and forms a mechanical interlock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Stryker, Caitlin M. Mclain, Travis C. Pedley, Nicholas A. Treadwell, Hao Zhu, Yang Zhou
  • Patent number: 11181748
    Abstract: A head-mounted display unit includes a display assembly and a head support coupled to the display assembly for supporting the head-mounted display unit on a head of a user. The head support includes a band and an adjustment mechanism coupled to the band to lengthen the head support. The adjustment mechanism includes a base and a spool coupled to the base, a tape that extends from the adjustment mechanism through the band, and one or more springs rotatably coupled at first ends to the spool and fixedly coupled at second ends to the tape. The springs apply force to the tape to maintain the tape in tension during expansion and retraction of the band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Heidi Williamson, James A. Stryker, Andrew Gallaher
  • Publication number: 20210281729
    Abstract: A tablet computing system may include a housing member defining a first portion of a back exterior surface of the tablet computer, at least a portion of a side exterior surface of the tablet computer, a raised rim extending from the back exterior surface and at least partially defining a sensor assembly hole extending through the housing member, and a support ledge positioned in the sensor assembly hole. The tablet computing system may also include a frame member positioned at least partially in the sensor assembly hole and coupled to the support ledge, a camera bracket coupled to the frame member, a first camera module coupled to the camera bracket, aa second camera module coupled to the camera bracket, the camera bracket fixing the relative positions of the first camera module and the second camera module, and a cover member positioned in the sensor assembly hole and attached to the frame member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2020
    Publication date: September 9, 2021
    Inventors: John K. Queeney, James A. Stryker, Jeremy Hill, Kienan D. McCarty, Lee B. Hamstra, Tavys Q. Ashcroft, Trevor M. Cardiff
  • Patent number: 11042233
    Abstract: A finger-mounted electronic device may include a body that serves as a support structure for components such as force sensors, accelerometers, and other sensors and for haptic output devices. The body may have first and second side body members that leave the finger pad exposed and an upper body member extending between the first and second side body members. Some or all of the body may be covered in fabric or leather. Fabric may wrap around the first and second side body members and may extend across the upper body member. The fabric may cover electronic components. A touch sensor may have electrodes that are formed from conductive material on the fabric or conductive strands in the fabric. Infrared-reflective ink may form visual markers on the fabric for an infrared tracking system. The fabric may have light-transmissive portions that overlap optical components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Paul X. Wang, Yoonhoo Jo, James A. Stryker
  • Patent number: 11018710
    Abstract: This application relates to a computing device case that provides some amount of torsional force in order to cancel at least some static and dynamic loads experienced by the computing device when the case is arranged as a stand. By canceling out these loads, the computing device to be angled at an almost unlimited number of angles relative to a surface on which the computing device is resting. Flexible elements in the case can resist the static and dynamic loads of the computing device, thereby allowing the computing device to receive touch inputs at almost any angle without causing the case and the computing device to collapse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Stryker, Yoonhoo Jo, Nicholas A. Treadwell
  • Patent number: 10955875
    Abstract: Electronic devices and accessory devices for electronic devices are described. In some instances, an accessory device includes a keyboard and a cover rotatable with respect to the keyboard. In some instances, an accessory device includes a back panel and a foldable cover rotatable with respect to the back panel. These accessory devices may include several magnetic elements designed to magnetically couple with, and retain, an electronic device without any additional mechanical or other interlocking devices. In this regard, the magnetic elements in the accessory devices provide an external magnetic field sufficiently strong enough to retain the electronic device, and can counter gravitational forces and/or the weight of the electronic device. However, some accessory devices include additional magnetic elements that provide an external magnetic field that repels magnetic elements in the electronic device. Also, the magnetic elements may also be used to hold different sections of the accessory device together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Hao Zhu, Yang Zhou, Thomas R. Matzinger, Guangtao Zhang, Ming Yu, Jaime G. Chavez Ruiz Garza, Florence W. Ow, James A. Stryker, Travis C. Pedley, Melody L. Kuna, Taylor Harrison Gilbert
  • Patent number: 10824199
    Abstract: This application relates to devices and accessories that include or are configured to react with a mixture of electromagnets and permanent magnets. In particular the permanent magnets are configured to maintain persistent connections between components while the electromagnets are configured to pulse or activate periodically to maintain the connections or fix alignment of the various connections in certain circumstances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: James A. Stryker
  • Publication number: 20200324227
    Abstract: A medium for filtering a fluid, such as cooking oil, unrefined edible oil, biodiesel fuel, and fruit-based and vegetable-based beverages, which comprises a top filter panel and a bottom filter panel. Each of the top filter panel and the bottom filter panel has a planar surface, and the top filter panel is in contact with the bottom filter panel. The top panel has at least one opening in communication with the bottom panel such that the filter medium provides for controlled flow of the fluid through the top filter panel and the bottom filter panel. The top filter panel is designed to provide longer filter life before plugging or fouling of the filter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2020
    Publication date: October 15, 2020
    Inventors: James R. Munson, James Stryker, George E. Hicks, Dennis N. Malaba
  • Publication number: 20200301481
    Abstract: An accessory device for an electronic device is disclosed. The accessory device may include one or more bodies, or segments, that are rotationally coupled to each other. One segment may include a keyboard used to provide an input or command to the electronic device. The accessory device may include an additional segment with a hinge assembly and a panel coupled to the hinge assembly. The panel is designed to receive and couple with the electronic device. The hinge assembly is designed to move the panel into different positions. For instance, the hinge assembly and the panel can be stored with a segment of the accessory device when not in use. The hinge assembly can subsequently deploy, and place the panel in a position to receive the electronic device such that the electronic device is positioned for use with the keyboard.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2020
    Publication date: September 24, 2020
    Inventors: Kevin M. ROBINSON, James A. STRYKER
  • Publication number: 20200244298
    Abstract: This application relates to a computing device case that provides some amount of torsional force in order to cancel at least some static and dynamic loads experienced by the computing device when the case is arranged as a stand. By canceling out these loads, the computing device to be angled at an almost unlimited number of angles relative to a surface on which the computing device is resting. Flexible elements in the case can resist the static and dynamic loads of the computing device, thereby allowing the computing device to receive touch inputs at almost any angle without causing the case and the computing device to collapse.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2020
    Publication date: July 30, 2020
    Inventors: James A. STRYKER, Yoonhoo JO, Nicholas A. TREADWELL
  • Publication number: 20200241598
    Abstract: Electronic devices and accessory devices for electronic devices are described. In some instances, an accessory device includes a keyboard and a cover rotatable with respect to the keyboard. In some instances, an accessory device includes a back panel and a foldable cover rotatable with respect to the back panel. These accessory devices may include several magnetic elements designed to magnetically couple with, and retain, an electronic device without any additional mechanical or other interlocking devices. In this regard, the magnetic elements in the accessory devices provide an external magnetic field sufficiently strong enough to retain the electronic device, and can counter gravitational forces and/or the weight of the electronic device. However, some accessory devices include additional magnetic elements that provide an external magnetic field that repels magnetic elements in the electronic device. Also, the magnetic elements may also be used to hold different sections of the accessory device together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2020
    Publication date: July 30, 2020
    Inventors: Hao ZHU, Yang ZHOU, Thomas R. MATZINGER, Guangtao ZHANG, Ming YU, Jaime G. CHAVEZ RUIZ GARZA, Florence W. OW, James A. STRYKER, Travis C. PEDLEY, Melody L. KUNA, Taylor Harrison GILBERT
  • Patent number: 10705574
    Abstract: An accessory device for an electronic device is disclosed. The accessory device may include one or more bodies, or segments, that are rotationally coupled to each other. One segment may include a keyboard used to provide an input or command to the electronic device. The accessory device may include an additional segment with a hinge assembly and a panel coupled to the hinge assembly. The panel is designed to receive and couple with the electronic device. The hinge assembly is designed to move the panel into different positions. For instance, the hinge assembly and the panel can be stored with a segment of the accessory device when not in use. The hinge assembly can subsequently deploy, and place the panel in a position to receive the electronic device such that the electronic device is positioned for use with the keyboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin M. Robinson, James A. Stryker
  • Patent number: 10692668
    Abstract: An accessory device having a first and second body is described. The second body may include a force feedback mechanism that responds to an input received at the first body causing a force feedback. The force feedback mechanism includes coils distributed throughout the second body, with each coil configured to receive an electrical current such that each coil provides an external magnetic field to magnetically couple with one or more magnets disposed in the first body, causing the first body to move in a direction toward the second body. The first body may return to its original position when the external magnetic field is no longer applied. In this regard, the movement of the first body defines the force feedback. Also, the first body may include a keyboard or a touch screen functioning with the force feedback mechanism. The accessory device may be used in conjunction with an electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: James A. Stryker
  • Publication number: 20200188824
    Abstract: A medium for filtering a fluid, such as cooking oil, biodiesel fuel, and fruit-based and vegetable-based beverages, which comprises a filter having a planar surface and at least one projection which projects upwardly from the planar surface. The filter may be impregnated with at least one adsorbent material for removing impurities from the fluid. The at least one projection projects upwardly from the planar surface such that the filter provides for a three-dimensional surface providing additional contact area for the filter. The three-dimensional surface pattern is designed to provide longer filter life before plugging or fouling and allow for controlled flow of the fluid through the filter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2019
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Inventors: James R. Munson, James Stryker, George E. Hicks, Dennis N. Malaba
  • Patent number: 10674803
    Abstract: A wearable band may include a first strap portion including a loop, and a second strap portion positionable through the loop of the first strap portion. The second strap portion may include a multi-pole magnet assembly, the multi-pole magnet assembly including two or more magnets arranged in a multi-pole magnet structure and at least one discrete shunt positioned over a surface of the multi-pole magnet structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Richard D. Kosoglow, Hao Zhu, James A. Stryker
  • Patent number: 10671121
    Abstract: Electronic devices and accessory devices for electronic devices are described. In some instances, an accessory device includes a keyboard and a cover rotatable with respect to the keyboard. In some instances, an accessory device includes a back panel and a foldable cover rotatable with respect to the back panel. These accessory devices may include several magnetic elements designed to magnetically couple with, and retain, an electronic device without any additional mechanical or other interlocking devices. In this regard, the magnetic elements in the accessory devices provide an external magnetic field sufficiently strong enough to retain the electronic device, and can counter gravitational forces and/or the weight of the electronic device. However, some accessory devices include additional magnetic elements that provide an external magnetic field that repels magnetic elements in the electronic device. Also, the magnetic elements may also be used to hold different sections of the accessory device together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Hao Zhu, Yang Zhou, Thomas R. Matzinger, Guangtao Zhang, Ming Yu, Jaime G. Chavez Ruiz Garza, Florence W. Ow, James A. Stryker, Travis C. Pedley, Melody L. Kuna, Taylor Harrison Gilbert
  • Patent number: 10623037
    Abstract: This application relates to a computing device case that provides some amount of torsional force in order to cancel at least some static and dynamic loads experienced by the computing device when the case is arranged as a stand. By canceling out these loads, the computing device to be angled at an almost unlimited number of angles relative to a surface on which the computing device is resting. Flexible elements in the case can resist the static and dynamic loads of the computing device, thereby allowing the computing device to receive touch inputs at almost any angle without causing the case and the computing device to collapse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Stryker, Yoonhoo Jo, Nicholas A. Treadwell
  • Publication number: 20200097050
    Abstract: An accessory device for an electronic device is disclosed. The accessory device may include one or more bodies, or segments, that are rotationally coupled to each other. One segment may include a keyboard used to provide an input or command to the electronic device. The accessory device may include an additional segment with a hinge assembly and a panel coupled to the hinge assembly. The panel is designed to receive and couple with the electronic device. The hinge assembly is designed to move the panel into different positions. For instance, the hinge assembly and the panel can be stored with a segment of the accessory device when not in use. The hinge assembly can subsequently deploy, and place the panel in a position to receive the electronic device such that the electronic device is positioned for use with the keyboard.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Publication date: March 26, 2020
    Inventors: Kevin M. ROBINSON, James A. STRYKER
  • Publication number: 20200089861
    Abstract: A product with packaging includes an envelope having a cavity. An envelope flap may be opened, and may initiate a smart packaging feature, such as an NFC chip embedded in the packaging. The NFC chip may search for an electronic device, such as the electronic device of the specific user, and once connected may initiate or carry out an authentication process or activation process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2019
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Inventor: James A. STRYKER
  • Publication number: 20200089276
    Abstract: Electronic devices and accessory devices for electronic devices are described. In some instances, an accessory device includes a keyboard and a cover rotatable with respect to the keyboard. In some instances, an accessory device includes a back panel and a foldable cover rotatable with respect to the back panel. These accessory devices may include several magnetic elements designed to magnetically couple with, and retain, an electronic device without any additional mechanical or other interlocking devices. In this regard, the magnetic elements in the accessory devices provide an external magnetic field sufficiently strong enough to retain the electronic device, and can counter gravitational forces and/or the weight of the electronic device. However, some accessory devices include additional magnetic elements that provide an external magnetic field that repels magnetic elements in the electronic device. Also, the magnetic elements may also be used to hold different sections of the accessory device together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Inventors: Hao ZHU, Yang ZHOU, Thomas R. MATZINGER, Guangtao ZHANG, Ming YU, Jaime G. CHAVEZ RUIZ GARZA, Florence W. OW, James A. STRYKER, Travis C. PEDLEY, Melody L. KUNA, Taylor Harrison GILBERT