Patents by Inventor Scott Douglas Bowers

Scott Douglas Bowers 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: 10445533
    Abstract: An apparatus for locking an electronic device includes an actuator, a return mechanism, and an arm. The actuator includes an actuator SMM wire that is configured to apply a contraction force. The return mechanism includes a return SMM wire that is configured to apply a return force opposite the contraction force. The arm is movable toward an unlocked position by the actuator and movable toward a locked position by the return force. The arm has at least one equilibrium position with less than 1 Newton of force on the arm from the actuator and less than 1 Newton of force on the arm from the return mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Benjamin Gault, Scott Douglas Bowers
  • Patent number: 10331175
    Abstract: A computing device is described. The computing device may include a first portion and a second portion separably connected to the first portion. A locking mechanism may be configured to lock the first portion to the second portion. The locking mechanism may include a locking receptacle connected to the first portion and a locking protrusion connected to the second portion. The locking receptacle may include a rotating lock and may have an aperture through which the locking protrusion is insertable. The computing device may include an actuator mechanically coupled to the locking mechanism and configured to unlock the first portion from the second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Benjamin Gault, Scott Douglas Bowers, John Stephen Campbell, Anthony E. Hillyerd, Yazan Aldehayyat, Karsten Aagaard, Eric Paul Witt
  • Publication number: 20190125039
    Abstract: Locking mechanisms and electronic devices having locking mechanisms are described herein. In one example, a locking mechanism includes a latch configured to move between a locked position and an unlocked position, wherein a component of the electronic device is secured in the locked position and removable in the unlocked position. The locking mechanism further includes a memory wire in communication with the latch, wherein the memory wire is configured to contract in length to move the latch between the locked position and the unlocked position to release the component of the electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Publication date: May 2, 2019
    Inventors: Eric Steven Volk, David John Huston, Scott Douglas Bowers
  • Publication number: 20190025890
    Abstract: A lock for actively locking an electronic device includes an engagement member that is movable by an actuator. The actuator moves the engagement member to the locked position with a first amount of power from the power source and from the locked position to an unlocked position with a second amount of power from the power source. The engagement member will passively remain in the unlocked position or the locked position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Inventors: Joseph Benjamin Gault, Scott Douglas Bowers, Anthony E. Hillyerd, Yazan Aldehayyat, Duane Martin Evans
  • Publication number: 20190005272
    Abstract: An apparatus for locking an electronic device includes an actuator, a return mechanism, and an arm. The actuator includes an actuator SMM wire that is configured to apply a contraction force. The return mechanism includes a return SMM wire that is configured to apply a return force opposite the contraction force. The arm is movable toward an unlocked position by the actuator and movable toward a locked position by the return force. The arm has at least one equilibrium position with less than 1 Newton of force on the arm from the actuator and less than 1 Newton of force on the arm from the return mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Publication date: January 3, 2019
    Inventors: Joseph Benjamin GAULT, Scott Douglas BOWERS
  • Publication number: 20180334835
    Abstract: In some embodiments, an apparatus for locking a computing device includes an actuator, a locking protrusion connected to a first portion of the computing device, a locking receptacle connected to a second portion of the computing device, a shape memory material (SMM) wire, and a force conditioner. The SMM wire has a first state and a second state and is movable between states by the actuator. The first state and the second state have first and second lengths, respectively. Moving from the first state to the second state applies a contraction force along a longitudinal direction of the SMM wire. The force conditioner is configured to apply a return force to the SMM wire that opposes the contraction face. The return force returns the SMM wire toward the first state while moving a maximum available force of the SMM wire to the second state of the SMM wire.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Publication date: November 22, 2018
    Inventors: Joseph Benjamin GAULT, Scott Douglas BOWERS
  • Patent number: 10133315
    Abstract: A lock for actively locking an electronic device includes an engagement member that is movable by an actuator. The actuator moves the engagement member to the locked position with a first amount of power from the power source and from the locked position to an unlocked position with a second amount of power from the power source. The engagement member will passively remain in the unlocked position or the locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Benjamin Gault, Scott Douglas Bowers, Anthony E. Hillyerd, Yazan Aldehayyat, Duane Martin Evans
  • Patent number: 10088874
    Abstract: Aspects described herein generally relate to a capture connector an actuated locking device. The actuator mechanism includes a capture connector having a body and at least one contact element connectable to the body, wherein each contact element comprises a first contact surface extending in a first direction and a second contact surface extending in a second direction different from the first direction. The actuator mechanism further includes a shape memory wire extending in a third direction adjacent to the capture connector, and at least one termination component fixedly coupled to the shape memory wire. The shape memory wire has at least one of a first actuation state and a second actuation state, and in the first actuation state, the shape memory wire generates an actuator force in the third direction, which is normal or oblique to the first direction of the first contact surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Douglas Bowers, Justin Carl Lind
  • Patent number: 10025352
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for locking a hybrid electronic device are described herein. An electronic device may include a housing, a first lock component attached to the housing or positioned in an opening of the housing, and a second lock component attached to the housing or positioned in an opening of the housing. The electronic device may be configured to connect with a locking device at the first lock component. The electronic device may also be configured to connect with an additional electronic device at the second lock component to provide a hybrid electronic device. Additionally, when the locking device is connected at the first lock component, the electronic device is configured to prevent the additional electronic device from being detached at the second lock component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Benjamin Gault, Edward Giaimo, Harold Franklin Talbot-Mantooth, Scott Douglas Bowers
  • Publication number: 20180129251
    Abstract: A lock for actively locking an electronic device includes an engagement member that is movable by an actuator. The actuator moves the engagement member to the locked position with a first amount of power from the power source and from the locked position to an unlocked position with a second amount of power from the power source. The engagement member will passively remain in the unlocked position or the locked position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Publication date: May 10, 2018
    Inventors: Joseph Benjamin Gault, Scott Douglas Bowers, Anthony E. Hillyerd, Yazan Aldehayyat, Duane Martin Evans
  • Patent number: 9910463
    Abstract: Aspects described herein generally relate to an actuated locking device. The actuated locking device includes a locking mechanism moveable between a first position and a second position, an actuator connected to the locking mechanism that actuates the locking mechanism for moving between the first position and the second position, and a hardstop switch that limits movement of the locking mechanism to at least one of the first position or the second position, in contact with the hardstop switch. The hardstop switch comprises a body including an electrically conductive surface defining a switch that completes an electrical circuit when the locking mechanism contacts the body of the hardstop switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Douglas Bowers, Yazan Aldehayyat, James Hao-An Chen Lin
  • Publication number: 20180059733
    Abstract: A computing device is described. The computing device may include a first portion and a second portion separably connected to the first portion. A locking mechanism may be configured to lock the first portion to the second portion. The locking mechanism may include a locking receptacle connected to the first portion and a locking protrusion connected to the second portion. The locking receptacle may include a rotating lock and may have an aperture through which the locking protrusion is insertable. The computing device may include an actuator mechanically coupled to the locking mechanism and configured to unlock the first portion from the second portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Publication date: March 1, 2018
    Inventors: Joseph Benjamin GAULT, Scott Douglas BOWERS, John Stephen CAMPBELL, Anthony E. HILLYERD, Yazan ALDEHAYYAT, Karsten AAGAARD, Eric Paul WITT
  • Publication number: 20180052495
    Abstract: Aspects described herein generally relate to a capture connector an actuated locking device. The actuator mechanism includes a capture connector having a body and at least one contact element connectable to the body, wherein each contact element comprises a first contact surface extending in a first direction and a second contact surface extending in a second direction different from the first direction. The actuator mechanism further includes a shape memory wire extending in a third direction adjacent to the capture connector, and at least one termination component fixedly coupled to the shape memory wire. The shape memory wire has at least one of a first actuation state and a second actuation state, and in the first actuation state, the shape memory wire generates an actuator force in the third direction, which is normal or oblique to the first direction of the first contact surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Publication date: February 22, 2018
    Inventors: Scott Douglas BOWERS, Justin Carl LIND
  • Publication number: 20180046226
    Abstract: Aspects described herein generally relate to an actuated locking device. The actuated locking device includes a locking mechanism moveable between a first position and a second position, an actuator connected to the locking mechanism that actuates the locking mechanism for moving between the first position and the second position, and a hardstop switch that limits movement of the locking mechanism to at least one of the first position or the second position, in contact with the hardstop switch. The hardstop switch comprises a body including an electrically conductive surface defining a switch that completes an electrical circuit when the locking mechanism contacts the body of the hardstop switch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Publication date: February 15, 2018
    Inventors: Scott Douglas BOWERS, Yazan ALDEHAYYAT, James Hao-An Chen LIN
  • Publication number: 20170315592
    Abstract: A computing device is described. The computing device may include a first portion and a second portion separably connected to the first portion. A locking mechanism may be configured to lock the first portion to the second portion. The locking mechanism may include a locking receptacle connected to the first portion and a locking protrusion connected to the second portion. The locking receptacle may include a rotating lock and may have an aperture through which the locking protrusion is insertable. The computing device may include an actuator mechanically coupled to the locking mechanism and configured to unlock the first portion from the second portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Publication date: November 2, 2017
    Inventors: Joseph Benjamin GAULT, Scott Douglas BOWERS, John Stephen CAMPBELL, Anthony E. HILLYERD, Yazan ALDEHAYYAT, Karsten AAGAARD, Eric Paul WITT
  • Publication number: 20170308127
    Abstract: A computing device is described. The computing device includes a first portion with a protrusion and a second portion separably connected to the first portion. The second portion has a receptacle. An undocking assist mechanism is configured to separate the first portion from the second portion when the protrusion is at least partially inserted into the receptacle. An actuator is configured to actuate the undocking assist mechanism. Methods of use are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Publication date: October 26, 2017
    Inventors: Anthony E. Hillyerd, Scott Douglas Bowers, Justin Carl Lind, John Stephen Campbell, Joseph Benjamin Gault
  • Patent number: 9785196
    Abstract: Aspects described herein generally relate to a capture connector an actuated locking device. The actuator mechanism includes a capture connector having a body and at least one contact element connectable to the body, wherein each contact element comprises a first contact surface extending in a first direction and a second contact surface extending in a second direction different from the first direction. The actuator mechanism further includes a shape memory wire extending in a third direction adjacent to the capture connector, and at least one termination component fixedly coupled to the shape memory wire. The shape memory wire has at least one of a first actuation state and a second actuation state, and in the first actuation state, the shape memory wire generates an actuator force in the third direction, which is normal or oblique to the first direction of the first contact surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Douglas Bowers, Justin Carl Lind
  • Patent number: 9740245
    Abstract: A computing device is described. The computing device may include a first portion and a second portion separably connected to the first portion. A locking mechanism may be configured to lock the first portion to the second portion. The locking mechanism may include a locking receptacle connected to the first portion and a locking protrusion connected to the second portion. The locking receptacle may include a rotating lock and may have an aperture through which the locking protrusion is insertable. The computing device may include an actuator mechanically coupled to the locking mechanism and configured to unlock the first portion from the second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Inventors: Joseph Benjamin Gault, Scott Douglas Bowers, John Stephen Campbell, Anthony E. Hillyerd, Yazan Aldehayyat, Karsten Aagaard, Eric Paul Witt
  • Publication number: 20170097663
    Abstract: A computing device is described. The computing device may include a first portion and a second portion separably connected to the first portion. A locking mechanism may be configured to lock the first portion to the second portion. The locking mechanism may include a locking receptacle connected to the first portion and a locking protrusion connected to the second portion. The locking receptacle may include a rotating lock and may have an aperture through which the locking protrusion is insertable. The computing device may include an actuator mechanically coupled to the locking mechanism and configured to unlock the first portion from the second portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Publication date: April 6, 2017
    Inventors: Joseph Benjamin Gault, Scott Douglas Bowers, John Stephen Campbell, Anthony E. Hillyerd, Yazan Aldehayyat, Karsten Aagaard, Eric Paul Witt