Patents by Inventor Jiang Ai

Jiang Ai 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).

  • Publication number: 20210066641
    Abstract: An electronic device may have a hinge that allows the device to be flexed about a bend axis. A display may span the bend axis. To facilitate bending about the bend axis, the display may have layers such as a display cover layer with grooves or other recesses. The recesses form a flexible portion in the display layer. The display layer may be formed from glass or other materials that are transparent. Elastomeric material, fluids, and other materials may be placed in the recesses in the display layer. The material in the display layer may have an index of refraction that is matched to the index of refraction of the display layer. A hinge may be formed between rigid planar layers that are separated by a gap. Flexible layers that lie flush with opposing surfaces of the rigid planar layers may be used to span the gap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2020
    Publication date: March 4, 2021
    Inventors: Jiang Ai, Erik A. Uttermann, Soyoung Kim
  • Patent number: 10916363
    Abstract: A magnetic attachment mechanism and method is described. The magnetic attachment mechanism can be used to releasably attach at least two objects together in a preferred configuration without fasteners and without external intervention. The magnetic attachment mechanism can be used to releasably attach an accessory device to an electronic device. The accessory device can be used to augment the functionality of usefulness of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew D. Lauder, Matthew Dean Rohrbach, Daniel J. Coster, Christopher J. Stringer, Florence W. Ow, Jiang Ai, Jonathan P. Ive, Elvis M. Kibiti, John P. Ternus, Sean D. Lubner
  • Patent number: 10840474
    Abstract: An electronic device may have a hinge that allows the device to be flexed about a bend axis. A display may span the bend axis. To facilitate bending about the bend axis, the display may have layers such as a display cover layer with grooves or other recesses. The recesses form a flexible portion in the display layer. The display layer may be formed from glass or other materials that are transparent. Elastomeric material, fluids, and other materials may be placed in the recesses in the display layer. The material in the display layer may have an index of refraction that is matched to the index of refraction of the display layer. A hinge may be formed between rigid planar layers that are separated by a gap. Flexible layers that lie flush with opposing surfaces of the rigid planar layers may be used to span the gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jiang Ai, Erik A. Uttermann, Soyoung Kim
  • Publication number: 20200273613
    Abstract: A magnetic attachment mechanism and method is described. The magnetic attachment mechanism can be used to releasably attach at least two objects together in a preferred configuration without fasteners and without external intervention. The magnetic attachment mechanism can be used to releasably attach an accessory device to an electronic device. The accessory device can be used to augment the functionality of usefulness of the electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2020
    Publication date: August 27, 2020
    Inventors: Andrew D. Lauder, Matthew Dean Rohrbach, Daniel J. Coster, Christopher J. Stringer, Florence W. Ow, Jiang Ai, Jonathan P. Ive, Elvis M. Kibiti, John P. Ternus, Sean D. Lubner
  • Patent number: 10747274
    Abstract: A portable electronic device, having a single piece housing to carry operational components having a front opening, an integral bottom and sidewalls that cooperate to form a cavity in cooperation with the front opening. The operational components can include a display to present visual content disposed within the front opening and having an outermost protective layer, a main logic board that extends along a central portion of the cavity having a size and shape that bisects the cavity into a first portion and a second portion each having substantially the same size and shape, a power storage system supported at the bottom wall and comprising a first power storage unit located in the first portion and second power storage unit located in the second portion, each being coupled to the main logic board, and self-contained audio components positioned at each corner of the single piece housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Erik A. Uttermann, John Raff, Melody L. Kuna, Jason S. Keats, G. Kyle Lobisser, John R. Kamorowski, Oliver C. Ross, Guangtao Zhang, Santhana Krishnan Balaji, Jiang Ai, Robert Scritzky, Stephen R. McClure
  • Patent number: 10721347
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to technology for preventing a drop event for a mobile device. Sensor data is collected from the mobile device using one or more sensors to determine a pattern and/or current behavior of a user. A potential drop event risk of the mobile device is then determined based on the pattern and/or the current behavior of the user, and a notification is sent to the user of the mobile device indicating the potential drop risk when the pattern and/or the current behavior of the user is determined to satisfy a threshold risk level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Futurewei Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Jiang Ai
  • Publication number: 20200212340
    Abstract: An electronic device may have a hinge that allows the device to be flexed about a bend axis. A display may span the bend axis. To facilitate bending about the bend axis, the display may have layers such as a display cover layer with grooves or other recesses. The recesses form a flexible portion in the display layer. The display layer may be formed from glass or other materials that are transparent. Elastomeric material, fluids, and other materials may be placed in the recesses in the display layer. The material in the display layer may have an index of refraction that is matched to the index of refraction of the display layer. A hinge may be formed between rigid planar layers that are separated by a gap. Flexible layers that lie flush with opposing surfaces of the rigid planar layers may be used to span the gap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2020
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Inventors: Jiang Ai, Erik A. Uttermann, Soyoung Kim
  • Publication number: 20200166974
    Abstract: An electronic device may have a flexible display that overlaps an axis. The display may be supported by a housing. The housing may have first and second portions that rotate relative to each other about the axis. The housing may be placed in an unfolded configuration to support the display in a planar state. The housing may also be placed in a folded configuration by rotating the first and second portions relative to each other. A hinge mechanism may be used to ensure adequate separation between the first and second portions when the housing is bent. Movable flaps may be retracted when the housing is bent to create room for a bent portion of the display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2020
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Inventors: Jiang Ai, Mitchell A. Heschke, Soyoung Kim, Stephen R. McClure
  • Patent number: 10637017
    Abstract: A number of different battery cell configurations are disclosed. Flexible battery cells are used to form a flexible structure capable of bending and flexing to accommodate movement of components of an electronic device. In some embodiments, the flexible battery cells can include cathode and anode layers joined together by a separator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Jiang Ai
  • Patent number: 10600989
    Abstract: An electronic device may have a hinge that allows the device to be flexed about a bend axis. A display may span the bend axis. To facilitate bending about the bend axis, the display may have layers such as a display cover layer with grooves or other recesses. The recesses form a flexible portion in the display layer. The display layer may be formed from glass or other materials that are transparent. Elastomeric material, fluids, and other materials may be placed in the recesses in the display layer. The material in the display layer may have an index of refraction that is matched to the index of refraction of the display layer. A hinge may be formed between rigid planar layers that are separated by a gap. Flexible layers that lie flush with opposing surfaces of the rigid planar layers may be used to span the gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jiang Ai, Erik A. Uttermann, Soyoung Kim
  • Patent number: 10580556
    Abstract: A magnetic attachment mechanism and method is described. The magnetic attachment mechanism can be used to releasably attach at least two objects together in a preferred configuration without fasteners and without external intervention. The magnetic attachment mechanism can be used to releasably attach an accessory device to an electronic device. The accessory device can be used to augment the functionality of usefulness of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew D. Lauder, Matthew Dean Rohrbach, Daniel J. Coster, Christopher J. Stringer, Florence W. Ow, Jiang Ai, Jonathan P. Ive, Elvis M. Kibiti, John P. Ternus, Sean D. Lubner
  • Patent number: 10551880
    Abstract: An electronic device may have a flexible display that overlaps an axis. The display may be supported by a housing. The housing may have first and second portions that rotate relative to each other about the axis. The housing may be placed in an unfolded configuration to support the display in a planar state. The housing may also be placed in a folded configuration by rotating the first and second portions relative to each other. A hinge mechanism may be used to ensure adequate separation between the first and second portions when the housing is bent. Movable flaps may be retracted when the housing is bent to create room for a bent portion of the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jiang Ai, Mitchell A. Heschke, Soyoung Kim, Stephen R. McClure
  • Patent number: 10462345
    Abstract: The disclosed teachings include a 360-degree camera accessory mountable on a smartphone. The 360-degree camera accessory includes a camera module disposed partially within the camera accessory, where the camera module including an optical lens configured to capture an image of a scene. The 360-degree camera accessory also includes a rigid structure disposed within the accessory to support the camera module, and a deformable structure disposed between a camera barrel that surrounds the optical lens of the camera module and the rigid structure. The deformable structure can compensate for movement of the camera module to improve image capturing of the scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: ESSENTIAL PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventor: Jiang Ai
  • Publication number: 20190268461
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to technology for preventing a drop event for a mobile device. Sensor data is collected from the mobile device using one or more sensors to determine a pattern and/or current behavior of a user. A potential drop event risk of the mobile device is then determined based on the pattern and/or the current behavior of the user, and a notification is sent to the user of the mobile device indicating the potential drop risk when the pattern and/or the current behavior of the user is determined to satisfy a threshold risk level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Publication date: August 29, 2019
    Applicant: Futurewei Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Jiang Ai
  • Patent number: 10348871
    Abstract: Disclosed here are systems and methods which enable high-bandwidth communication between a mobile device and an accessory. The high-bandwidth communication uses electromagnetic waves in the extremely high frequency range between 30 GHz and 300 GHz inclusive, also known as millimeter waves. The millimeter waves travel through at least the chassis of the accessory and the chassis of the mobile device without significant scattering and attenuation. The properties of the materials through which the millimeter waves travel determine the attenuation of the millimeter waves. Disclosed here are various materials, and their thicknesses, which form a transmission stack through which the millimeter waves can travel unimpeded. In effect, the transmission stack acts as a dielectric member which facilitates the transmission of the millimeter waves, while attenuating transmission of waves outside of the extremely high frequency range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: ESSENTIAL PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Jiang Ai, William Francis Leggett, Paulina Mustafa, Nikola Cargonja, Jason Sean Gagne-Keats, David John Evans, V, Adithya Gajulapally
  • Publication number: 20190180898
    Abstract: A magnetic attachment mechanism and method is described. The magnetic attachment mechanism can be used to releasably attach at least two objects together in a preferred configuration without fasteners and without external intervention. The magnetic attachment mechanism can be used to releasably attach an accessory device to an electronic device. The accessory device can be used to augment the functionality of usefulness of the electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2019
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Inventors: Andrew D. Lauder, Matthew Dean Rohrbach, Daniel J. Coster, Christopher J. Stringer, Florence W. Ow, Jiang Ai, Jonathan P. Ive, Elvis M. Kibiti, John P. Ternus, Sean D. Lubner
  • Patent number: 10236106
    Abstract: A magnetic attachment mechanism and method is described. The magnetic attachment mechanism can be used to releasably attach at least two objects together in a preferred configuration without fasteners and without external intervention. The magnetic attachment mechanism can be used to releasably attach an accessory device to an electronic device. The accessory device can be used to augment the functionality of usefulness of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew D. Lauder, Matthew Dean Rohrbach, Daniel J. Coster, Christopher J. Stringer, Florence W. Ow, Jiang Ai, Jonathan P. Ive, Elvis M. Kibiti, John P. Ternus, Sean D. Lubner
  • Publication number: 20190052785
    Abstract: The disclosed teachings include a 360-degree camera accessory mountable on a smartphone. The 360-degree camera accessory includes a camera module disposed partially within the camera accessory, where the camera module including an optical lens configured to capture an image of a scene. The 360-degree camera accessory also includes a rigid structure disposed within the accessory to support the camera module, and a deformable structure disposed between a camera barrel that surrounds the optical lens of the camera module and the rigid structure. The deformable structure can compensate for movement of the camera module to improve image capturing of the scene.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Publication date: February 14, 2019
    Inventor: Jiang Ai
  • Publication number: 20190007532
    Abstract: Disclosed here are systems and methods which enable high-bandwidth communication between a mobile device and an accessory. The high-bandwidth communication uses electromagnetic waves in the extremely high frequency range between 30 GHz and 300 GHz inclusive, also known as millimeter waves. The millimeter waves travel through at least the chassis of the accessory and the chassis of the mobile device without significant scattering and attenuation. The properties of the materials through which the millimeter waves travel determine the attenuation of the millimeter waves. Disclosed here are various materials, and their thicknesses, which form a transmission stack through which the millimeter waves can travel unimpeded. In effect, the transmission stack acts as a dielectric member which facilitates the transmission of the millimeter waves, while attenuating transmission of waves outside of the extremely high frequency range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Publication date: January 3, 2019
    Inventors: Jiang Ai, William Francis Leggett, Paulina Mustafa, Nikola Cargonja, Jason Sean Gagne-Keats, David John Evans, V, Adithya Gajulapally
  • Patent number: D898713
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Futurewei Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jiang Ai, Yuehui Ouyang, Yiwen Gong, Huixiang Liu