Having Transverse Or Skewed Axes Patents (Class 16/367)
  • Patent number: 10369872
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an autonomous agricultural vehicle includes a control interface disposed in an enclosure of the autonomous agricultural vehicle and configured to at least setup or control operation of the autonomous agricultural vehicle, an implement attached to the autonomous agricultural vehicle, or a combination thereof. The autonomous agricultural vehicle further includes a removable panel at least partially removably coupled to the autonomous agricultural vehicle over the enclosure, wherein the removable panel is positioned to be accessible to an operator who is operating the autonomous agricultural vehicle outside of the autonomous agricultural vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventor: Dwayne St. George Jackson
  • Patent number: 9586675
    Abstract: A secondary actuation mechanism for arresting movement of a control surface may include a secondary actuator, a drive link coupled to the secondary actuator, and a secondary connecting rod coupled between the drive link and the control surface, wherein the control surface is movable to a default position in response to actuation of the secondary actuator, and the secondary actuator retains the control surface at the default position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Lior Ungar, Randall E. Anderson, Sergey N. Skobyak
  • Patent number: 9441404
    Abstract: A translating hinge includes a translation element which provides translational movement between two objects coupled by the translating hinge and a rotating assembly coupled to the translation element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Jeffrey Paquette, Scott R. Cheyne
  • Patent number: 9423837
    Abstract: A portable electronic apparatus includes a base, two linkage assemblies disposed on two sides of the base, and a first component and a second component pivoted respectively on the base. Each linkage assembly includes a lever and a dual axis rotating module combined between a first end and a second end of the lever, and each dual axis rotating module disposes on the side of the base. The lever rotates along the side of the base and along a first plane being substantially perpendicular to the side relative to the base by the dual axis rotating module. During the first component rotates relative to the base from an open state to a close state, the first end of each lever is pushed to rotate along the first plane, and the second component is clipped by the second end of each lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Acer Inc.
    Inventors: Yi-Ta Huang, Wen-Chieh Tai, Cheng-Nan Ling, Hsien-Wei Chen
  • Patent number: 9354134
    Abstract: An In-Situ Load System for calibrating and validating aerodynamic properties of scaled aircraft in ground-based aerospace testing applications includes an assembly having upper and lower components that are pivotably interconnected. A test weight can be connected to the lower component to apply a known force to a force balance. The orientation of the force balance can be varied, and the measured forces from the force balance can be compared to applied loads at various orientations to thereby develop calibration factors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AS REPRESENTED BY THE ADMINISTRATOR OF THE NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINSTRATION
    Inventors: Sean A. Commo, Keith C. Lynn, Drew Landman, Michael J. Acheson
  • Patent number: 9131092
    Abstract: An image reading device, including: a casing having a document placement surface on which a document is to be placed; a cover provided on the casing and configured to be pivotable relative to the casing about an axis between a covering position at which the cover covers the document support surface and an exposure position at which the document support surface is exposed; two hinges provided so as to be spaced apart from each other in an axis direction in which the axis extends, one end portion of each of the two hinges being inserted into the casing movably in a movement direction perpendicular to the document placement surface while the other end portion is connected to the cover; and a contact member configured to be capable of coming into contact with one of the two hinges in the axis direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tetsuo Ito
  • Patent number: 8955196
    Abstract: A pivoting mechanism includes a first driving component, a second driving component and a pivot shaft. The first driving component includes a first pivoting portion and a first connecting portion, the first connecting portion is disposed on the first pivoting portion. The second driving component includes a second pivoting portion, a second connecting portion, a positioning portion, a rotary unit and a rotary shaft. The second connecting portion is disposed on the second pivoting portion. The positioning portion is disposed on the second connecting portion. The positioning portion includes a slot structure, and the rotary unit is disposed inside the slot structure. The rotary shaft passes through the rotary unit, and two ends of the rotary shaft respectively pivot to inner walls of the slot structure. The pivot shaft is disposed between the first pivoting portion and the second pivoting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventor: Shun-De Bai
  • Patent number: 8936330
    Abstract: A laundry treating apparatus is provided that includes a cabinet configured to define a profile thereof, the cabinet including a laundry introduction opening formed therein, a door configured to open and close the laundry introduction opening, a hinge including a first pivot to rotate the door along a first rotational direction and a second pivot to rotate the door along a second rotational direction that is different from the first rotational direction, a guide part installed in the cabinet having a guide groove recessed a predetermined depth therein, and a connection part installed in the door, the connection part including a guide projection received in the guide groove of which a moving path is guided, and an opening angle of the opening being variable based on positions of the guide projection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Kihyuk Kim, Seunghyun Song, Minjung You, Yongcheol Jin, Eunyoung Jee, Hongjun Cho, Sanghun Bae, Donghyun Kim
  • Patent number: 8797735
    Abstract: An exemplary electrical device includes a first main body; a second main body; and a rotatable mechanism pivotally connected the first main body and the second main body. The rotatable mechanism includes a first rotation unit and a second rotation unit. The first rotation unit is capable of making the first main body rotate around a second rotation axis in a plane perpendicular to the second rotation axis. The second rotation unit is capable of making the first main body rotate relative to the second main body around a first rotation axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hai-Qian Ge, Yue-Ping Liu, Che-Yu Chou, Qun Huang, Tai-Shan Zhu
  • Patent number: 8782853
    Abstract: A rotating mechanism for rotatably connecting a first main body with a second main body includes a main gear connected to the first main body, a pair of auxiliary gears connected to the second main body, and a connecting piece. The connecting piece includes a connecting part and a positioning part perpendicularly extending from a middle of the connecting part. The positioning part is located between the pair of auxiliary gears with two opposite ends of the positioning part rotatably connected to the pair of auxiliary gears correspondingly. An end of the connecting part away from the positioning part is connected to the main gear to allow the main gear to contact with the auxiliary gears. The first teeth engage with the second teeth to make the first main body rotate relatively about the second main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hai-Qian Ge
  • Patent number: 8756763
    Abstract: A vehicle door hinge for a passenger or driver side vehicle door. The hinge has a chassis mounting plate securely fastenable to the vehicle frame, a swingarm securely fastenable to the vehicle door, a bi-directional rotation mechanism connecting the chassis mounting plate to the swingarm and allowing rotation of the swingarm in a substantially horizontal plane and in a substantially vertical plane, first and second bearing surfaces positioned to rotate with the bi-directional rotation mechanism and to bear against each other when the swingarm is rotated in the substantially horizontal plane, and not to bear against each other when the swingarm is rotated in the substantially vertical plane, and a spring attached at one end to the swingarm and at the other end to the vehicle frame or to the chassis mounting plate, for counter-balancing the weight of the vehicle door when the swingarm is rotated in the vertical plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Vertical Doors, Inc.
    Inventor: Demetrius Calvin Ham
  • Patent number: 8739997
    Abstract: An apparatus providing an enclosure being recessed within a wall structure and containing a plurality of electrical outlets includes a locking access door to cover the electrical outlets. The apparatus mounts flush to wall surface. The door slides upwardly to access the electrical outlets and can be locked in a lowered position using a locking mechanism and includes at least one cord slot to allow cords to be outwardly routed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Inventor: Scott A. Ploof
  • Patent number: 8726465
    Abstract: A hinge assembly comprises a first machine part having a first axis, a second machine part having a second axis and a hinge part pivotably connecting the first machine part with the second machine part. The first machine part is connected with the hinge part via at least one first hinge point configured to permit rotation of the first machine part around the first axis relative to the hinge part. The second machine part is connected with the hinge part via at least one second hinge point configured to permit rotation of the second machine part around the third axis relative to the hinge part. The third axis is perpendicular to the second axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Aktiebolaget SKF
    Inventor: Peter Schmehr
  • Patent number: 8689405
    Abstract: A biaxial pivoting mechanism includes a supporter disposed on a first module, a base connected to the supporter, a rotating component disposed between the supporter and the base. A track is formed on a lateral wall inside the base. The rotating component includes a shaft portion pivoting to the supporter, and a sheathing portion connected to the shaft portion. A hole is formed on the sheathing portion. The sheathing portion pivots to the supporter via the shaft portion for accommodating inside the accommodating space. The biaxial pivoting mechanism further includes a sleeve movably disposed inside the hole. The sleeve includes a protruding portion. The sleeve is rotated relative to the rotating portion by sliding the protruding portion along the track. The biaxial pivoting mechanism further includes a holder disposed on the sleeve for holding a second module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventor: Ching-Jen Yu
  • Patent number: 8646702
    Abstract: A fold structure for a boom. The boom includes an inner boom portion having an inner boom portion top surface and an outer boom portion having an outer boom portion top surface. In a working position the inner boom portion and the outer boom portion are aligned lengthwise. The fold structure includes a bracket, a first hinge coupled to the bracket and configured to be pivotally coupled to the inner boom portion, and a second hinge coupled to the bracket and configured to be pivotally coupled to the outer boom portion. The first hinge is configured to allow the outer boom portion to rotate approximately 180 degrees in a first direction placing the boom in a first folded position. The second hinge is configured to allow the outer boom portion to rotate approximately 180 degrees in a second direction placing the boom in a second folded position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventor: Mark E. Barker
  • Patent number: 8633385
    Abstract: A weatherproof cover assembly includes a base and a cover where the cover is coupled to the base by a bidirectional hinge to allow the cover to pivot in two directions. The cover assembly can be mounted in a horizontal or vertical orientation where the bidirectional hinge allows the cover to close downwardly when the assembly is mounted in either orientation. The bidirectional hinge has a first leg pivotally connected to the cover and second leg pivotally connected to the base where the first and second legs are perpendicular to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Krzysztof W. Korcz, Mahran H. Ayrton
  • Publication number: 20140009881
    Abstract: A laptop personal computer (PC) is disclosed. The laptop PC includes a hinge unit that turns around a vertical axis and rotates around a horizontal axis, and the hinge unit connects a main body chassis to a display chassis. The hinge unit includes an inside, through which cables connecting a main body and a display pass. A path is provided, along which the cables are installed, and the path includes a part that is parallel to the vertical axis and is apart from the vertical axis and having a part overlapping with the horizontal axis towards the vertical axis. The cover is provided at the display chassis for covering the cables overlapping with the horizontal axis. This can eliminate the necessity of a cover for the cables on the side of the hinge unit, thus making the laptop PC thinner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Inventors: HIROAKI KINOSHITA, GANG JI, HIROYUKI NOGUCHI, EIJI SHINOHARA
  • Patent number: 8605418
    Abstract: A two-axis hinge unit is provided with a first rotating shaft that rotates so as to open in the vertical direction from a folded state with a first casing and a second casing overlapping and a second rotating shaft that rotates so as to open in the horizontal direction from a folded state with the first casing and the second casing overlapping, and is provided with a restriction member positioned between the first rotating shaft and the second rotating shaft that, when one of the rotating shafts is in a predetermined rotational position, is pressed by this one rotating shaft and engages with the other rotating shaft, thereby restricting rotation of that other rotating shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Wakato Hayashi, Yuuichi Oota, Satoshi Tanaka, Hirokazu Nagae, Yusuke Yamamoto, Nobuyoshi Ooba, Tetsuo Ito, Noriyuki Iwama
  • Patent number: 8576549
    Abstract: A two-axis hinge unit is provided with a first rotating shaft that rotates so as to open in the vertical direction from a folded state with a first casing and a second casing overlapping and a second rotating shaft that rotates so as to open in the horizontal direction from a folded state with the first casing and the second casing overlapping, and is provided with a restriction member positioned between the first rotating shaft and the second rotating shaft that, when one of the rotating shafts is in a predetermined rotational position, is pressed by this one rotating shaft and engages with the other rotating shaft, thereby restricting rotation of that other rotating shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Wakato Hayashi, Yuuichi Oota, Satoshi Tanaka, Hirokazu Nagae, Yusuke Yamamoto, Nobuyoshi Ooba, Tetsuo Ito, Noriyuki Iwama
  • Patent number: 8572812
    Abstract: A foldable portable information terminal includes an upper unit having a display unit on its one side, a lower unit having operation keys on its one side, and a movable connecting mechanism connecting the upper unit and the lower unit allowing the upper unit to be opened, closed, and freely rotated with respect to a longitudinal direction of the lower unit. The displaying mode of the display unit whose direction varies depending on a position of the upper unit is changed depending on a positional relationship of the upper unit and the lower unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Masatomo Mizuta, Kazuo Ohtsuta, Kiyoshi Kohayakawa, Michio Nagai, Mika Fujii, Masaki Shimamura, Mitsuru Sendouda
  • Patent number: 8533916
    Abstract: A swivel hinge apparatus for an electronic device includes first and second hinge members, a guide portion, an elastic member, a shaft and a support cover portion. The first hinge member is bent. The second hinge member is inclined and coupled with the first hinge member to rotate while facing the first hinge member. The guide portion is positioned between the first hinge member and the second hinge member to guide rotation of the second hinge member. The elastic member is positioned on a side of the first hinge member to provide an elastic force for allowing rotation and linear movement of the first hinge member and the second hinge member. The shaft has a cylindrical housing protrudes therefrom, with the cylindrical housing being coupled with the first hinge member, the second hinge member, the elastic member, and the support cover portion by passing through them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sung-Ho Ahn
  • Publication number: 20130219661
    Abstract: A rotating mechanism for rotatably connecting a first main body with a second main body includes a main gear connected to the first main body, a pair of auxiliary gears connected to the second main body, and a connecting piece. The connecting piece includes a connecting part and a positioning part perpendicularly extending from a middle of the connecting part. The positioning part is located between the pair of auxiliary gears with two opposite ends of the positioning part rotatably connected to the pair of auxiliary gears correspondingly. An end of the connecting part away from the positioning part is connected to the main gear to allow the main gear to contact with the auxiliary gears. The first teeth engage with the second teeth to make the first main body rotate relatively about the second main body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., FU TAI HUA INDUSTRY (SHENZHEN) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
  • Patent number: 8474102
    Abstract: A hinge assembly includes a first pivot unit including a shaft, a bracket, an engaging member, a locking member, and an elastic member. The shaft has a non-circular sleeve portion. The bracket is rotatably sleeved on the shaft. The engaging member has a sleeving hole with a shape substantially corresponding to a cross-section of the sleeve portion of the shaft. The locking member has a sleeving hole with a shape substantially corresponding to a cross-section of the sleeve portion of the shaft. The locking member is non-rotatably latched to the engaging member. The elastic member is sleeved on the shaft to resist the components on the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jin-Xin Wang, Liang Wei, Jian Li
  • Patent number: 8477505
    Abstract: The present invention provides a peripheral device with limited relative angular movement. The peripheral device is configured for detachable operative interconnection with a computing device and comprises a first portion, a second portion, and an operatively connected peripheral device component. The first portion includes a first hinge portion, which defines an axis of rotation, and comprises a first protrusion and a second protrusion. The first protrusion is disposed axially separated at a predetermined distance from the second protrusion. The second portion includes a second hinge portion, which is operatively interconnected with the first hinge portion to allow the first portion and the second portion to rotate relative to one another about the axis of rotation between a first angle and a second angle. The peripheral device component provides one or more peripheral device functions. The first angle and the second angle at least in part are defined by the first protrusion and the second protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: NETGEAR, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Richard John Samuels, Mark Andrew Timmerman, Edwin Sy Liu
  • Publication number: 20130162128
    Abstract: A biaxial pivoting mechanism includes a supporter disposed on a first module, a base connected to the supporter, a rotating component disposed between the supporter and the base. A track is formed on a lateral wall inside the base. The rotating component includes a shaft portion pivoting to the supporter, and a sheathing portion connected to the shaft portion. A hole is formed on the sheathing portion. The sheathing portion pivots to the supporter via the shaft portion for accommodating inside the accommodating space. The biaxial pivoting mechanism further includes a sleeve movably disposed inside the hole. The sleeve includes a protruding portion. The sleeve is rotated relative to the rotating portion by sliding the protruding portion along the track. The biaxial pivoting mechanism further includes a holder disposed on the sleeve for holding a second module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2012
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Applicant: Wistron Corporation
    Inventor: Wistron Corporation
  • Publication number: 20130160370
    Abstract: A 180 degree opening door hinge including an elongate spine having first and second edges extending along a length thereof, a primary hinge pivotally-mounted adjacent the first edge having a bracket for attaching the spine to a door jamb, and a secondary hinge pivotally-mounted adjacent the second edge having a bracket for attaching the spine to a door, wherein each of the primary and secondary door hinges have a range of pivoting motion of about 90 degrees relative to the spine, and a combined range of pivoting motion of about 180 degrees of the door relative to the door jamb.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Applicant: BE AEROSPACE, INC.
    Inventor: Colin Chandler
  • Patent number: 8472175
    Abstract: A folding electronic device includes a first case, a second case, and a hinge element. The hinge element includes a shaft, a swing member, a toothed gear, and a spring clip. When the first case opens up at an about 180 degree angle relative to the second case from a folded position, the central projection of a spring clip engages with one tooth of the toothed gear, the first case may rotate relative to the second case under the horizontal direction or the vertical direction from any angle between about 0 and 180 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xin Yang, Wei Wu
  • Patent number: 8464395
    Abstract: A multi-directional hinge mechanism includes a pair of first rotating assemblies, a second rotating assembly and a connecting member, and is capable of functioning on two perpendicularly-opposed axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Lian-Cheng Huang, Shen Li
  • Patent number: 8434198
    Abstract: First and second FPC fixing members 12, 13 are fixed within a boss 6 on a second axis Y, and one end of the second member 13 projects to the back of a hinge base 8. An FPC wiring fixing section 26 is fixed on the back of the base 8 on a first axis X. The fixing members pass an FPC 25 from the base 8 side to the side of a monitor 3 to hold the FPC linearly on the axis Y, and are turned integrally with a monitor mounting base 14. The fixing members curve outside the axis Y the FPC 25 that is led out in the direction orthogonal to the axis Y from the one end on the base 8 side of the second member 13 to have a deflection allowance, and fix the FPC to the base 8.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Tetsuro Nagami, Manami Hamada, Tadashi Kamimura
  • Patent number: 8437126
    Abstract: A group of assemblies—two housings and a hinge assembly—which particularly enhances the flexibility in use of electronic devices such as computer systems and cell phones. The enhancement derives from the capability of separating the three elements by pairs or one from another for use either individually or as a conjoined entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Joseph A Holung, Tin-Lup Wong
  • Publication number: 20130092753
    Abstract: A fold structure for a boom. The boom includes an inner boom portion having an inner boom portion top surface and an outer boom portion having an outer boom portion top surface. In a working position the inner boom portion and the outer boom portion are aligned lengthwise. The fold structure includes a bracket, a first hinge coupled to the bracket and configured to be pivotally coupled to the inner boom portion, and a second hinge coupled to the bracket and configured to be pivotally coupled to the outer boom portion. The first hinge is configured to allow the outer boom portion to rotate approximately 180 degrees in a first direction placing the boom in a first folded position. The second hinge is configured to allow the outer boom portion to rotate approximately 180 degrees in a second direction placing the boom in a second folded position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2011
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Inventor: MARK E. BARKER
  • Publication number: 20130074285
    Abstract: In one aspect of the present invention, a hinge joint has first and second hinge members, each with ends that have a plurality of hollow links that form a cavity configuration when the hollow links are joined. The cavity configuration has opposing openings and each opening receives a ball bearing insert. The ball bearing insert has a distal end connected to the first hinge member and a proximal end connected to the second hinge member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Inventors: Michael Hall, Stephen Hall, Roberto Torres
  • Patent number: 8385991
    Abstract: A dual-axis hinge structure and electric device having the same are provided, and the dual-axis hinge structure includes a hinge base having a pushed portion, a first pivot portion having a first cam and a first shaft, a second pivot portion having a second cam and a second shaft, and a restoring member connected both the first pivot portion and the second pivot portion. The first shaft is pivoted on the hinge base, and the first cam is fixed on the first shaft, and the first cam is contacted with one lateral side of the pushed portion. The second shaft is parallel to the first shaft, and is pivoted on the hinge base, and the second cam is fixed on the second shaft, and the second cam is contacted with another lateral side of the pushed portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Quanta Computer Inc.
    Inventors: Chun-Wen Wang, Shan-Feng Chang
  • Patent number: 8385056
    Abstract: A two-axis hinge unit is provided with a first rotating shaft that rotates so as to open in the vertical direction from a folded state with a first casing and a second casing overlapping and a second rotating shaft that rotates so as to open in the horizontal direction from a folded state with the first casing and the second casing overlapping, and is provided with a restriction member positioned between the first rotating shaft and the second rotating shaft that, when one of the rotating shafts is in a predetermined rotational position, is pressed by this one rotating shaft and engages with the other rotating shaft, thereby restricting rotation of that other rotating shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Casio Hitachi Mobile Communications Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wakato Hayashi, Yuuichi Oota, Satoshi Tanaka, Hirokazu Nagae, Yusuke Yamamoto, Nobuyoshi Ooba, Tetsuo Ito, Noriyuki Iwama
  • Patent number: 8356388
    Abstract: A biaxial hinge mechanism includes: an opening/closing support section projected toward an outer side of a casing; an opening/closing shaft supported on the opening/closing support section; an outer cover provided to be fixed to the casing so as to hide the opening/closing support section and the opening/closing shaft; a hinge base supported on the opening/closing shaft so as to be rotatable relative to the casing, with the opening/closing shaft as a center axis of rotation; a rotation-restricting section operable to restrict a rotation angle of the hinge base to within a predetermined range; a rotating shaft supported on the hinge base and provided in a direction orthogonal to the opening/closing shaft; and a rotating support section supported on the rotating shaft so as to be rotatable relative to the hinge base, with the rotating shaft as a center axis of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Zentaro Ueda
  • Publication number: 20130003278
    Abstract: A two-axis hinge unit is provided with a first rotating shaft that rotates so as to open in the vertical direction from a folded state with a first casing and a second casing overlapping and a second rotating shaft that rotates so as to open in the horizontal direction from a folded state with the first casing and the second casing overlapping, and is provided with a restriction member positioned between the first rotating shaft and the second rotating shaft that, when one of the rotating shafts is in a predetermined rotational position, is pressed by this one rotating shaft and engages with the other rotating shaft, thereby restricting rotation of that other rotating shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Applicant: Casio Hitachi Mobile Communications Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wakato Hayashi, Yuuichi Oota, Satoshi Tanaka, Hirokazu Nagae, Yusuke Yamamoto, Nobuyoshi Ooba, Tetsuo Ito, Noriyuki Iwama
  • Publication number: 20120324675
    Abstract: A multi-directional hinge mechanism includes a pair of first rotating assemblies, a second rotating assembly and a connecting member, and is capable of functioning on two perpendicularly-opposed axes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: LIAN-CHENG HUANG, SHEN LI
  • Publication number: 20120300381
    Abstract: A hinge device and a keyboard dock and a portable electronic device having the same are provided. The hinge device includes a first body and a second body. The first body is configured to be pivotally connected to a first object. One side of the second body is pivotally connected to the first body, and another side of the second body is configured to be pivotally connected to a second object. The first body rotates around a first axis relative to the first object. The second body rotates around a second axis relative to the first body. The second body rotates around a third axis relative to the second object. The first axis is perpendicular to the second axis, and the second axis is parallel to the third axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Applicant: WISTRON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ming-Hua Hung, Hish-Bin Dai, Yi-Ling Kuo, Wen-Chin Wu, Che-Yuan Chang
  • Patent number: 8307511
    Abstract: A swivel-hinge assembly includes a main plate, a knuckle on the main plate, a first pivot shaft rotatably engaged in the knuckle, at least one end of the first pivot shaft exposed out of the knuckle and a peg positioned on the end of the first pivot shaft exposed out of the knuckle. The peg includes a limiting portion protruding out of the first pivot shaft and abutting an edge of the knuckle, wherein when the first pivot shaft is rotated and reaches a predetermined position the limiting portion of the peg abuts the main plate thereby preventing further rotation of the first pivot shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xiao-Bo Li, Han-Zheng Zhang, Shen Li
  • Publication number: 20120279016
    Abstract: A two-axis hinge unit is provided with a first rotating shaft that rotates so as to open in the vertical direction from a folded state with a first casing and a second casing overlapping and a second rotating shaft that rotates so as to open in the horizontal direction from a folded state with the first casing and the second casing overlapping, and is provided with a restriction member positioned between the first rotating shaft and the second rotating shaft that, when one of the rotating shafts is in a predetermined rotational position, is pressed by this one rotating shaft and engages with the other rotating shaft, thereby restricting rotation of that other rotating shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Applicant: Casio Hitachi Mobile Communications Co., Ltd.,
    Inventors: Wakato Hayashi, Yuuichi Oota, Satoshi Tanaka, Hirokazu Nagae, Yusuke Yamamoto, Nobuyoshi Ooba, Tetsuo Ito, Noriyuki Iwama
  • Patent number: 8302266
    Abstract: A resilient rotation buckle includes a decoration plate and the belt coupling structure having an end coupled to a belt. The decoration plate and the belt coupling structure form a rotation shaft and a rotation assembly that cooperate each other. The rotation assembly includes a receptacle compartment having a wall forming a through hole for receiving the rotation shaft therethrough, springs, and retention blocks. An accommodation channel is defined in the receptacle compartment in a direction normal to the through hole. When the rotation shaft is inserted, the retention blocks are in contact engagement with an outer circumference of the rotation shaft. The springs have first ends in biasing engagement with the retention blocks and second ends supported by walls of the accommodation channel. The rotation shaft and the rotation assembly allow for relative rotation therebetween for switching between a locked position and a released position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Inventor: Hsi-Hsin Chen
  • Patent number: 8296904
    Abstract: A hinge assembly includes an axel and a conversion adapter including a hollow column and a hollow protrusion pole. The hollow column communicates with the hollow protrusion pole. A pivoting element is rotatably connected to the conversion adapter, and includes a first side plate and a connection plate. A positioning pole is protruded from the first side plate. A protrusion ring and a guide pole are protruded from the connection plate. A rotation element is rotatably placed over the axel. The protrusion ring is rotatably placed over the protrusion pole. The rotation element is rotatably placed over the guide pole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Wen-Yan Yang
  • Patent number: 8291548
    Abstract: A diagonal motion door hinge for a vehicle door includes an upper door connection plate having a second motion assembly pivotally mounted to the upper door connection plate. The axis of rotation of the second motion assembly is perpendicular to the upper door connection plate. A first motion assembly is mounted to the second motion assembly at a first motion hinge. The first motion assembly is adapted to connect to an upper portion of a vehicle door. The lower door connection plate includes a lower door connection plate stopper and a lower shock connection. The lower door connection plate stopper has a lower door double motion stopper surface. A point of contact between the ballpoint and the lower door double motion stopper surface is offset from a horizontal motion hinge pin axis to provide a first diagonal motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Inventor: Johnnie Yip
  • Patent number: 8259452
    Abstract: An electronic device according to the present invention comprises a pair of housings coupled to each other openably and closably by a hinge mechanism, and each of the housings comprises a front cabinet and a back cabinet joined to each other. The back cabinet of at least one of the housings is formed from a material having a greater expansion coefficient than that of a material forming the front cabinet, and the back cabinet of at least one of the housings has a cutting part extending in the width direction perpendicular to the longitudinal direction thereof and longitudinally cutting at least a part of the back cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventors: Katsushige Kori, Masaki Ikari
  • Patent number: 8250712
    Abstract: A hinge having a plurality of movable axes enabling eccentric movement of an object connected to the hinge, and a connection member with a first hinge axis for enabling a first object to rotate about the first hinge axis, the connection member including a plurality of movable axes enabling eccentric movement of the object. The plurality of movable axes includes a central axis, a second hinge axis and a third hinge axis, and when the hinge or connection member moves with respect to the second hinge axis and the third hinge axis, the central axis moves. The hinge or connection member can be used in a portable terminal having a main body housing, where the folder rotates with respect to the first hinge axis towards or away from the main body housing, and the folder can rotate with respect to the first hinge axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Jin-Soo Kim, Young-Ki Kim, Shin-Chul Kamg
  • Patent number: 8250708
    Abstract: A hinge includes a fixing frame, a rotating frame, a support, and a connecting member. The rotating frame is pivotally joined to the fixing frame. The support includes a first connecting portion for joining to the base and a second connecting portion. The connecting member is mounted between the rotating frame and the support. Furthermore, the connecting member is operably moved between an extended position and a retracted position in response to two opposite pivoting directions of the rotating frame with respect to the fixing frame. In addition, the support moves away from the rotating frame in response to the connection member moving from the retracted position to the extended position thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Leohab Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chao-Chi Lin
  • Patent number: 8250713
    Abstract: A hinge assembly, which allows a cable to be disposed therein quickly, includes a first coupling member with a first hole and a first slot, a second coupling member with a second hole and a second slot, and a limit member with a third hole and a third slot. The first, second and third holes collectively define a compartment, with the first, second and third holes being aligned one another. The first, second and third slots collectively define an entrance, with the first, second and third slots being aligned one another. The entrance defines a space with a size greater than a cross-sectional size of the cable to allow insertion of the cable. The limit member is operably rotatable to a position that the cable is retained in the compartment and is prevented from exiting from the entrance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Leohab Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chao-Chi Lin
  • Publication number: 20120198657
    Abstract: A telescoping adjustable pivot sliding hinge system, for mounting a door with at least a portion of the side edge of the door projecting into the opening when the door is in an open position, is disclosed. An upper mounting plate is mounted onto the door's top edge and is fastened to the door's interior side. First and second guide tracks are installed onto the header of the door opening. The upper mounting plate includes a pair of guide members that are operatively moveably engaged respectively with the first and second guide tracks. A lower mounting plate is mounted on a lower horizontal surface of the door opening, and includes a lower guide track and a telescoping adjustable pivot arm that is horizontally and rotationally captured at a proximal end thereof by the lower mounting plate. The lower mounting plate can be adjusted in relation to the base plate, and can be locked permanently with the said base plate by two machine screws and two nuts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2011
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Applicant: Great Bay Trading, Inc.
    Inventors: Ken Ming Lai, Dan Ray Marshall
  • Patent number: 8235335
    Abstract: There is provided a multi-display device capable of displaying the entity of an image even in a case of a large image to be displayed, and capable of changing a horizontally long image screen to a vertically long image screenor vice versa by utilizing no mechanism for rotating, by 90 degrees, a display section and any specific soft therefor. For this purpose, the multi-display device is characterized by arranging a plurality of basic displays each having a function as a display in at least either one of vertical direction and horizontal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Inventors: Norikazu Sato, Osamu Ikeda
  • Patent number: 8225460
    Abstract: A vehicle door hinge assembly includes a first hinge supported to pivot about a first axis, a guide surface, a door located at a side of the vehicle, a bracket to which the door is secured, supported to pivot about the first axis and a second axis and including a follower engaged with the guild surface, and a strut secured to the bracket that extends as the bracket pivots toward an open position and retracts as the bracket pivots toward a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Joel S. Hooton, Armand J. Ybarra, Raymond L Wojdacki, Jr., Douglas J Amick, Samer J Mona