With Connector Plug Or Receptacle Patents (Class 191/12.4)
  • Patent number: 11197592
    Abstract: A vacuum cleaner (10) includes a handle assembly (22) pivotally coupled to a foot (42). The handle assembly (22) includes an air treatment member, an actuator (34) centrally arranged on a rear side of the handle assembly (22) and a cord reel assembly (14) arranged on a front side of the handle assembly (22). The cord reel assembly (14) includes a cord reel (30) and a cord (26) configured to be coupled to an AC power source and provide power to the suction source. The cord reel (30) is switchable between a first state, in which the cord reel (30) winds the cord (26), and a second state, in which the cord reel (30) does not wind. The actuator (34) is moveable between a first position and a second position. In response to the actuator (34) moving from the first position to the second position, the cord reel (30) switches from the second state to the first state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: Techtronic Floor Care Technology Limited
    Inventors: Rong Zhou, David Khalil, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11177641
    Abstract: A retractable cable assembly in use with an electrical charger, power adapter, or other power supply. A cable wound on a spool disposed within a housing may be extracted by manually pulling on the cable or pressing of a release switch until the desired length of the cable is drawn. As the cable is drawn an engaged locking mechanism is used to keep the cable in place during and after extraction of the cable until which time retraction of the cable is desired. Rotation or twisting of at least a portion of the housing disengages the locking mechanism, thereby freeing the cable and immediately retracting the cable within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: AI Incorporated
    Inventors: Ali Ebrahimi Afrouzi, Michael Patrick Phillips
  • Patent number: 11145160
    Abstract: VR game integrated machine comprise a main box, illuminating elements, a support column assembly, a display assembly, a main display and a transmission device mounted inside the main display mounting frame, the transmission device including a driving structure. The main box, located between the support columns, is movably connected to the support columns. One or more VR handles, which include a data line, is connected to a computer in the main box body via the data line. The game device head display can be automatically stored and lowered and the game controller provides for easy unattended operation so that operation is simpler, more efficient, lower in cost, and the device loss rate can be greatly reduced. Also set forth is a method for using the VR game integrated machine; the method includes the steps of starting the device, scanning the code to recharge, locking the screen, and ending the game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: VR LEO USA, INC.
    Inventor: XiuChao Chen
  • Patent number: 10938148
    Abstract: A cable management system includes a housing configured to protect and enable easy winding of cables and adapters. The various preferred embodiments utilize a rotating functionality to easily wind both small and large cables, while simultaneously supporting and protecting the cables. A plurality of selectively removable inserts provide for accommodating multiple configurations of cable sizes and locations. The unique design decreases the space typically required to store the adapter, promotes an extended product life for the cable housed within the casing, and can significantly reduce the time needed to wrap and store the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Inventor: Logan Bailey
  • Patent number: 10926421
    Abstract: A material delivery interface includes a fixed assembly that is coupled to a primary structural attachment. The fixed assembly includes a fluid inlet and a wired input, wherein the fixed assembly defines a central axis. A rotational assembly is rotationally coupled to the fixed assembly and that rotates about the central axis with respect to the fixed assembly. The rotational assembly includes an inner portion having a fluid outlet in fluid communication with the fluid inlet and an outer portion having a wired output, wherein a conduit extends from the wired input to the wired output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Integrated Packaging Machinery, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Lamb, Alexander Hastings, Luke Stauffer
  • Patent number: 10906417
    Abstract: A battery charging assembly includes a load management system, a charging cord with a battery connector, and circuitry for detecting thermal buildup. The load management system monitors the heat buildup in a coiled portion of the charging cord and issues a corresponding signal to control the current flowing through the cord.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Konnectronix, Inc.
    Inventors: John Alford, Peter Veiga, Paul Burke
  • Patent number: 10905891
    Abstract: A portable automated external defibrillator includes a body and an accessory. The body includes a sub power source, a main controller, and a cable winding unit inside the body, an operation button on a front surface of the body, a main electrode pad on a rear surface of the body, and a plug on a side of the body and to which a cable wound on the cable winding unit is coupled. The accessory includes a main power source and a sub-controller inside the accessory, a sub-electrode pad on a rear surface of the accessory, and an outlet on a side of the accessory. The portable automated external defibrillator may prevent a cable of the electrode pad from being twisted or broken, and stably perform an electric shock by the main power source kept in an inactive state during carrying and which is activated in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Inventor: Linus Kim
  • Patent number: 10895705
    Abstract: A fiber optic enclosure assembly includes a housing having an interior region and a bearing mount disposed in the interior region of the housing. A cable spool is connectedly engaged with the bearing mount such that the cable spool selectively rotates within the housing. A termination module disposed on the cable spool so that the termination module rotates in unison with the cable spool. A method of paying out a fiber optic cable from a fiber optic enclosure includes rotating a cable spool, which has a subscriber cable coiled around a spooling portion of the cable spool, about an axis of a housing of the fiber optic enclosure until a desired length of subscriber cable is paid out. A termination module is disposed on the cable spool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Scott C. Kowalczyk, Jonathan Walter Coan, Jonathan R. Kaml
  • Patent number: 10797425
    Abstract: A travel adapter and accompanying extension cord are disclosed. The travel adapter and extension cord are designed to work in conjunction with swappable mating adapter plugs. The travel adapter enables compact and convenient storage using an advantageous interlocking design that also protects the travel adapter during transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Paul Zeng Universal Supplies, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Young
  • Patent number: 10777948
    Abstract: A modular extendable outlet assembly comprises multiple selectively removably couplable outlet units. The units comprise an electrical housing with a first end, a second end opposing the first end, a visible front face having a first electrical socket, a rear face having a mount wall with holes, and a sidewall enclosing a unit cavity. An electrical plug retractably extends from the second end of housing. The electrical plug has an electrical prong configuration corresponding to a prong configuration of the second electrical socket to mate with an adjacent outlet unit. A spool assembly disposed within the unit cavity operates with a spring-loaded spool member. An electrical cord wraps around the spring-loaded spool member, terminating at the electrical plug. A cord release switch selectively translates the spring-loaded spool member to rotate and extend in length, the electrical cord. A unit activation switch electrically couples to the first electrical socket for powering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Inventor: Nishant Thaker
  • Patent number: 10730177
    Abstract: A tool cabinet includes a cabinet body, a plurality of storage members, an input device, and an output device. The cabinet body has first and second openings. The input device includes a cord winder and a power cord. The power cord has a plug portion exposed from the first opening, and a cord portion connected between the cord winder and the plug portion. At least a portion of the cord portion is pulled out of the first opening when the plug portion is moved to a non-retracted position. The cord winder includes a resilient member for biasing the plug portion toward a retracted position. The output device includes a power strip electrically connected to the power cord, and having a plurality of sockets that is exposed from the second opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Inventor: Chia-Ming Liu
  • Patent number: 10720766
    Abstract: A vehicle is provided with a storage device for electrical energy that can be recharged from an external power supply and with a body which has at least one body opening that can be closed by a body flap, wherein a charging cable is provided, connected or connectable in an electrically conducting manner to the storage device and running at least partly inside the body. The body opening is a luggage-compartment opening or a door opening of the vehicle and the body flap is respectively a luggage-compartment lid or a door of the vehicle. The charging cable is formed as a flexible ribbon cable or has at least one flexible ribbon cable portion. The flexible ribbon cable or the at least one flexible ribbon cable portion can be led through a body gap present between a periphery of the body opening and the body flap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Josef Krammer, Gerhard Hofer
  • Patent number: 10712518
    Abstract: A fiber optic enclosure assembly includes a housing having an interior region and a bearing mount disposed in the interior region of the housing. A cable spool is connectedly engaged with the bearing mount such that the cable spool selectively rotates within the housing. A termination module disposed on the cable spool so that the termination module rotates in unison with the cable spool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Scott C. Kowalczyk, Jonathan Walter Coan, Jonathan R. Kaml
  • Patent number: 10663685
    Abstract: A fiber optic enclosure assembly is disclosed herein. The assembly includes a fiber optic enclosure defining connection locations, a fiber optic cable extending from the connection locations of the fiber optic enclosure, and a covering defining a first axial end and a second axial end, the covering defining a throughhole extending from the first axial end to the second axial end, the throughhole extending along a central longitudinal axis of the covering, the covering defining a first cavity for receiving the fiber optic enclosure. A port extends from the first cavity to an outer surface of the covering, wherein the fiber optic cable extending from the connection locations can extend from the first cavity to the outer surface of the covering for wrapping around the outer surface of the covering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Schomisch, Dennis Ray Wells, Scott C. Kowalczyk, Mark Hodapp
  • Patent number: 10644492
    Abstract: A cart for storing and transporting an electrical cord of up to 500 feet in length to be unwound over a parcel of ground. The cart includes a cord spool having a pair of circular spool sides together bounding space for storing the electrical cord. The cart also has a plurality of female electrical sockets, a circuit breaker, a power on-off switch, a power-on indicator light, and a short male cord to plug into a power cord to provide power to the female electrical sockets. The cart also has a support frame to rotatably support the cord spool, and a pair of wheels to roll across the parcel of ground while supporting the electrical cord. Also included is a frame handle to enable a user to tilt the support frame onto the pair of wheels, and for pushing or pulling the cart over the ground while unwinding the electrical cord.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventor: Ralph Carl Magno
  • Patent number: 10633219
    Abstract: A retractable cord reel houses contacts that connect autonomously when the user aligns the spool to lock it from retracting. The spool and housing contains high quality, sensitive contacts for high speed data and other critical signals that engage when indexed by the user. The design is flexible for adaptation to a variety of applications and scalable based on cable type and length as well as the number of contacts required. The contacts are engaged when the user allows an indexing dog to engage a spool indexing housing causing the dog to shift and force a mating lever to make the electrical connection. Decoupling occurs instantly when the spool is slightly rotated by the user. The user's only action throughout the process is to pull the cable. Without this intentional action of the user, the spool, rotates freely and the contacts are not engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Inventors: John Arthur Hale, Phillip Andrew Hale
  • Patent number: 10604376
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a TV cable organizer and, particularly, to a TV cable organizer which comprises a pair of side frames formed apart from each other at a predetermined interval, connecting bars for horizontally connecting the side frames at predetermined intervals, and a power strip fastening panel fastened to the side frames, for fastening a power strip, and which can thus neatly wind and organize, behind a TV, electric cables such as power cables and signal cables of the TV and various peripheral devices connected to the TV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: SPREEO
    Inventor: Kwan Kyu Park
  • Patent number: 10594148
    Abstract: A mechanism for charging an electronic device with a retractable cord reel. The device maintains a substantially continuous converted power source connection during operation, including operations adjusting the length of the retractable cord.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Konnectronix, Inc.
    Inventors: Chris Hinojosa, David Mellinger, John Alford, Mark Schwartz
  • Patent number: 10566747
    Abstract: A telecommunications assembly includes a tray assembly including a tray and a cable spool assembly rotatably mounted to the tray, a connector holder arrangement for temporarily holding connectors, wherein the connector holder arrangement is mounted for rotation with the cable spool assembly, and cable storage arrangements for individually storing cables from the cable spool assembly to the connector holder arrangement. After a main cable is unwound from the cable spool assembly, a connector can be removed from the connector holder assembly, and cable slack stored in the cable storage arrangement can be removed allowing connection of the connector to equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Patrick J. Thompson
  • Patent number: 10464778
    Abstract: The cord reel device includes a reel body provided with a rotation shaft, a housing that stores inside the reel body in a rotatable manner, and a cord which is wound around the reel body so as to be extractable and which is extracted to an outside through an opening of the housing. The reel body has disk-shaped members on a plane perpendicular to the rotation shaft, and the cord is stored in a space formed between the disk-shaped members. A guide section inclined relative to the rotation shaft of the reel body is provided around peripheries of the disk-shaped members of the reel body. While the cord is wound around the reel body, the guide section guides the cord to the rotation shaft of the reel body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ryota Masaki
  • Patent number: 10446978
    Abstract: A cable management system includes a housing configured to protect and enable easy winding of cables and adapters. The various preferred embodiments utilize a rotating functionality to easily wind both small and large cables, while simultaneously supporting and protecting the cables. A plurality of selectively removable inserts provide for accommodating multiple configurations of cable sizes and locations. The unique design decreases the space typically required to store the adapter, promotes an extended product life for the cable housed within the casing, and can significantly reduce the time needed to wrap and store the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Inventor: Logan Bailey
  • Patent number: 10396515
    Abstract: A bag for transporting tools and building supplies includes a body, a first spool, a second spool, an electrical plug coupled to a first electrical cord, and an electrical connector coupled to a second electrical cord and defining an electrical outlet. The body includes a side panel coupled to and extending from a base member. The base member and the side panel cooperate to define an internal volume. The first spool and the second spool are each rotatable relative to the body and positioned within the internal volume. The first and second electrical cords wrap around the first and second spools, respectively, and extend outside of the body. The electrical plug is electrically coupled to the electrical connector. The electrical plug is interfaces with an external power source such that the electrical outlet receives electrical power from the external power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Inventor: Ernest Nauertz
  • Patent number: 10384550
    Abstract: A motor vehicle with a traction battery and a connection device. The traction battery can be connected to an energy source external to the vehicle for recharging. In this case, the connection device has an electrical charging cable and a rotatably mounted cable reel for taking up the charging cable. The charging cable be guided in a longitudinal beam of the motor vehicle configured as a hollow profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventor: Ralph Hollmig
  • Patent number: 10378610
    Abstract: In a cable routing device having a cable carrier and a guiding device for the cable carrier, wherein the cable carrier has a first strand connected to a first connector and a second strand connected to a second connector, which are connected to one another via a rerouting area, and the guiding device having a contact area for the stationary contact of at least one part of one of the strand is provided for a secure contact of the corresponding part of the strand with the contact area and for preventing sliding friction, the cable carrier having at least one magnet, and the contact area having a ferromagnetic or ferrimagnetic material, wherein the magnet interacts with the contact area in a predetermined positioning area of the cable carrier relative to the guiding device such that the strand having the magnet adheres to the contact area with a predetermined magnetic attractive force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: IGUS GMBH
    Inventor: Thilo-Alexander Jaeker
  • Patent number: 10253803
    Abstract: A suction device includes a suction pad, an article holder connected with the suction pad, and a release bar on the suction pad. The suction pad has an at least substantially planar contact surface configured to be adhered to a support surface. The article holder connects with the suction pad. The release bar has a first end or first edge disposed at or adjacent to a peripheral edge of the suction pad. The release bar and the suction pad are configured such that movement of the suction pad at or adjacent to the first end of first edge of the release bar with respect to the suction surface breaks a seal between the support surface and the contact surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Helen of Troy Limited
    Inventors: Martin Mutch, Tiffany Chen, Sunny Kim, Troy Phipps
  • Patent number: 10234648
    Abstract: A fiber optic enclosure assembly includes a housing having an interior region and a bearing mount disposed in the interior region of the housing. A cable spool is connectedly engaged with the bearing mount such that the cable spool selectively rotates within the housing. A termination module disposed on the cable spool so that the termination module rotates in unison with the cable spool. A method of paying out a fiber optic cable from a fiber optic enclosure includes rotating a cable spool, which has a subscriber cable coiled around a spooling portion of the cable spool, about an axis of a housing of the fiber optic enclosure until a desired length of subscriber cable is paid out. A termination module is disposed on the cable spool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Scott C. Kowalczyk, Jonathan Walter Coan, Jonathan R. Kaml
  • Patent number: 10214114
    Abstract: A battery charging assembly includes a load management system, a charging cord with a battery connector, and circuitry for detecting cord removal or damage. The load management system monitors the heat buildup in a coiled portion of the charging cord and issues a corresponding signal to control the current flowing through the cord.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Konnectronix, Inc.
    Inventors: John Alford, Frank Ray, Richard Unetich, Peter Veiga
  • Patent number: 10177585
    Abstract: A mechanism for charging an electronic device with a retractable cord reel. The device maintains a substantially continuous converted power source connection during operation, including operations adjusting the length of the retractable cord.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Konnectronix, Inc.
    Inventors: Chris Hinojosa, David Mellinger, John Alford, Mark Schwartz
  • Patent number: 10149035
    Abstract: An automatic winding module of a wire for Bluetooth headset with an improved wear resistance function of a rotation axis, which firmly maintains a rotation axis without twist of the rotation axis even in case of using it for a long time, thereby preventing breakaway between a terminal and a PCB pattern, to prevent a short circuit from occurring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: BLUECOM CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hyunyoung Song, Yongchul Au, Beomseok Kim
  • Patent number: 10101552
    Abstract: A fiber optic retractable cord reel assembly is disclosed. The fiber optic cord reel assembly includes a continuous fiber optic cord with a retractable end enclosed in a shroud and a stationary end exposed from the shroud. The retractable cord reel may have a rotatable ferrule configured to adapt to an expandable coil having various trajectories within the cord reel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Konnectronix, Inc.
    Inventors: John Alford, Christopher Gazdic
  • Patent number: 10078193
    Abstract: A fiber optic enclosure assembly is disclosed herein. The assembly includes a fiber optic enclosure defining connection locations, a fiber optic cable extending from the connection locations of the fiber optic enclosure, and a covering defining a first axial end and a second axial end, the covering defining a throughhole extending from the first axial end to the second axial end, the throughhole extending along a central longitudinal axis of the covering, the covering defining a first cavity for receiving the fiber optic enclosure. A port extends from the first cavity to an outer surface of the covering, wherein the fiber optic cable extending from the connection locations can extend from the first cavity to the outer surface of the covering for wrapping around the outer surface of the covering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Schomisch, Dennis Ray Wells, Scott C. Kowalczyk, Mark Hodapp
  • Patent number: 10069951
    Abstract: A mobile phone case. A charging cable or an audio cable, or a combination thereof, can be stored within the mobile phone case and deployed outward as desired. Alternatively, the cable can provide the added utility of mounting, hanging, and tying capabilities for attachment of the mobile phone case onto certain physical objects or the human body. Furthermore, the mobile phone case may provide multiple anchor points to create a rigging system with the cable that forms various suspension configurations for a desired location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Inventor: Arne Enojado
  • Patent number: 9960539
    Abstract: A wall outlet with extendable electrical receptacles is provided. The wall outlet is mountable into the wall outlet cavity of an existing structure. The wall outlet includes extendable electrical receptacles that are extendable from the wall outlet via electrical cables that are wound around a spool. Each electrical cable is wound around a section of the spool, such that it may be unwound, independently, therefrom. The electrical receptacles are attached to ends of the cables and are in electrical communication therewith. A user extends an electrical receptacle from the wall outlet by pulling the electrical receptacle in a first direction, which unwinds the electrical cable from the spool. Each section of the spool is coupled to an actuator that when triggered rotates the corresponding section of the spool in a second direction, which winds the electrical cable around the spool and retracts the electrical receptacle back into the wall outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Inventor: Roderick Tymus
  • Patent number: 9960546
    Abstract: The invention discloses a coiling device and a household appliance having same. The coiling device is configured to coil a power cord. The power cord comprises a first segment (91) and a second segment (92) connected to each other. The coiling device includes: a first coiling bobbin (10), provided with a first coiling groove, the first segment of the power cord being wound in the first coiling groove; and a second coiling bobbin (20), connected with the first coiling bobbin fixedly and provided with a second coiling groove, the second segment of the power cord being wound in the second coiling groove, and a winding direction of the second segment of the power cord being identical to that of the first segment of the power cord.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: GREE ELECTRIC APPLIANCES, INC. OF ZHUHAI
    Inventors: Haiqiang Huang, Hui Huang, Shaolin Chen, Gang Yao, Qianglian Lin, Xubiao Huang, Xiaoqing Huang, Ronghua Zhao
  • Patent number: 9950635
    Abstract: An electrified vehicle according to a non-limiting aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a charging port including a lock, an electrical harness electrically coupled to the charging port, a battery assembly electrically coupled to the charging port by the electrical harness, and a manual release cable connected to the lock and routed along the electrical harness. This disclosure also relates to a method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: William Christopher Trego
  • Patent number: 9935475
    Abstract: An mechanism for charging an electronic device with a retractable cord reel. The device maintains a substantially continuous converted power source connection during operation, including operations adjusting the length of the retractable cord.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Konnectronix, Inc.
    Inventors: Chris Hinojosa, David Mellinger, John Alford, Mark Schwartz
  • Patent number: 9794496
    Abstract: A meeting room power and multi-media center device having one or more wired or wirelessly connected displays or projectors selectively connected to one or more plurality of connected computers. The device provides user indications of qualified input video signals and enables remote control through wirelessly connected remote controller device. The device also provides AC power jacks and USB power jacks to power and charge various portable devices. Another embodiment of the current invention provides similar device further having video processing function to display multiple video sources simultaneously on one or more displays or projectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: HIGH SEC LABS LTD
    Inventors: Aviv Soffer, Zohar Vered
  • Patent number: 9791655
    Abstract: A fiber optic enclosure assembly is disclosed herein. The assembly includes a fiber optic enclosure defining connection locations, a fiber optic cable extending from the connection locations of the fiber optic enclosure, and a covering defining a first axial end and a second axial end, the covering defining a throughhole extending from the first axial end to the second axial end, the throughhole extending along a central longitudinal axis of the covering, the covering defining a first cavity for receiving the fiber optic enclosure. A port extends from the first cavity to an outer surface of the covering, wherein the fiber optic cable extending from the connection locations can extend from the first cavity to the outer surface of the covering for wrapping around the outer surface of the covering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Schomisch, Dennis Ray Wells, Scott C. Kowalczyk, Mark Hodapp
  • Patent number: 9627792
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a power adapter, comprises a power adapter body; a power circuit contained within the power adapter body; and a power cord terminated by a plug, the power cord being electrically connected to the power circuit and extending from the power adapter body. The power adapter body comprises a surface defining a recess that is configured to enable at least a portion of the plug to be removably received within the recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Barry L. Klein
  • Patent number: 9601880
    Abstract: Cable assemblies, methods and systems are provided that generally include a first patch cord, a second patch cord and a third patch cord that are removably positioned within a housing for packaging and payout thereof. The first patch cord includes a first elongated cord and a first connector mounted with respect to one end of the first elongated cord. The second patch cord generally includes a second elongated cord and a second connector mounted with respect to one end of the second elongated cord. The third patch cord generally includes a third elongated cord and a third connector mounted with respect to one end of the third elongated cord. The patch cord assemblies generally include a first coupler element for detachably securing the first patch cord relative to the second patch cord. A second coupler element is provided for detachably securing the second patch cord relative to the third patch cord.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ortronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Chester H. Rynaski, Gregg J. LaFontaine, Kenneth A. Cupples, Adam Murano
  • Patent number: 9586788
    Abstract: A reel system includes a hinged crank handle portion that turns a frame portion on an axis for winding and unwinding a coilable portion. The handle portion folds into the frame inner area, forming a flat surface on the flange, to allow for facilitated storage of a plurality of reel systems in a five gallon bucket. A frame portion rotates on an axis for winding and unwinding a coilable portion. The frame portion includes a frame outer area for engaging the coilable portion. The frame portion further includes a frame inner area for receiving and securing a terminal portion of the coilable portion. The terminal portion passes from the frame outer area to the frame inner area through a central aperture. A rod extends across the diameter of the frame inner area, forming a surface to grip the reel system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Inventor: David Soto
  • Patent number: 9532638
    Abstract: An apparatus for retaining hair care devices includes a framework having a base member, a plurality of cradle members supported atop the base member, and defining an interior area situated rearwardly of the plurality of cradle members. Each cradle member includes a bottom support wall and an upstanding back support wall extending upwardly from the bottom support wall that are, together, configured to support a respective hair care device in a generally reclined configuration. A plurality of spring-loaded reels is rotatably mounted in the interior area, each reel being positioned in association with an associated cradle member and configured to rotatably receive a respective power cord of a respective hair care device. Each bottom support wall of respective cradle members define an aperture through which a respective power cord is received into the interior area for attachment to a respective reel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Inventor: Michael L. Davis
  • Patent number: 9484760
    Abstract: Extendable jumper cables for transferring electrical energy from a charged battery to a discharged battery include a first short cable having two clamp ends that detachably connect to two terminals of the charged battery, and a plug end that detachably connects to a cooperating plug end of a second short cable. The second short cable includes two clamp ends that detachably connect to two terminals of the discharged battery. The plug end and the cooperating plug end include cable connection fittings that allow the first short cable and the second short cable to be connected together to form a typical set of jumper cables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Inventor: Robert A. Pierson
  • Patent number: 9469499
    Abstract: A retractable cable combined with a smartphone/tablet holder contains: a roller and a removable support connected with the roller, and the roller includes a casing, a rotatable disc, a spiral torsion spring, and a data transfer cable. The casing includes a first cover and a second cover which are connected together to define an accommodation space so as to house the rotatable disc in which the spiral torsion spring is fixed, and the data transfer cable inserts through and rolls on the rotatable disc. A USB plug of the data transfer cable is accommodated beside a connecting piece of the first cover, and a terminal portion of the data transfer cable is housed on a second joining sheet of the second cover. Preferably, the terminal portion of the data transfer cable matches with a USB slot of a smartphone or a tablet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Inventor: Huei-Mei Chen
  • Patent number: 9463701
    Abstract: An exemplary assembly includes a cord and a lockable charger housing, which has a surface that is shaped to correspond with a shape of a portion of an electrified vehicle. An exemplary method includes positioning a surface of a lockable charger housing against a portion of an electrified vehicle. The surface has a shape corresponding to a shape of a portion of the electrified vehicle. The method includes securing the lockable charger housing relative to the portion after the positioning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mohannad Hakeem, Eid Farha
  • Patent number: 9397489
    Abstract: A housing has a front panel, a rear panel, a top panel, a bottom panel, and side panels. Openings are formed in the front panel. A plurality of chambers are in the housing. Each chamber is in communication with an associated opening. Each of a plurality of divider plates has a support surface within an associated chamber. A spool is rotatably supported in each chamber. Each spool has an electrical outlet rotatable with the spool. A drive assembly includes a motor within each chamber. Each motor is coupled to an associated spool. In this manner the spool is rotated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Inventor: Michael John Broker, III
  • Patent number: 9260023
    Abstract: A cable winding device is provided, around which a cable unit is wound that includes a first connector, a first cable connected to the first connector, and a control unit connected to the first cable and controlling an amount of a current flowing through the first cable. The cable winding device includes a fixing portion, a rotating portion provided rotatably with respect to the fixing portion. The rotating portion includes a tube portion having an outer circumferential surface around which the first cable is wound, and a first holding portion provided within the tube portion and holding the control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tomoya Ono
  • Patent number: 9238416
    Abstract: A battery charging assembly includes a load management system, a charging cord with a battery connector, and circuitry for detecting cord removal or damage. The load management system monitors the heat buildup in a coiled portion of the charging cord and issues a corresponding signal to control the current flowing through the cord.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: Telefonix, Incorporated
    Inventors: John William Alford, Frank Michael Ray, Richard Unetich, Peter Raul Veiga
  • Patent number: 9225128
    Abstract: Extension socket (8) with cord storage and dispensing system. Socket (8) comprises a housing (9) with upper housing (10) lower housing (20), a wiring and contact mechanisms lower housing (20) by which pins of a plug make electrical contacts with socket unit (18), an electrical plug (50) and cable cord (40) connecting the wiring and contact mechanisms within the housing (9) when upper housing (10) and lower housing (20) are coupled together, a receiving track (30) is formed between the walls of the upper housing; upper housing (10) has outlet port (36, 37) for cable cord (40) the bottom plate (21) of lower housing (20) has spaced apart projecting blocks with a passage (38 FIG. 4). Retainer (32) included to hold the cable cord in place in receiving track and/or the passage (38) between two adjacent projecting blocks (33).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Inventor: Wang Han Yap
  • Patent number: 9166346
    Abstract: A retractable interconnect device is configurable to operate in an extended mode or a retracted mode. The retractable interconnect device includes a first (e.g., short) electrical path and a second (e.g., long) electrical path. The retractable interconnect device also includes a connector that is electrically coupled to the first electrical path in the retracted mode and that is electrically coupled to the second electrical path in the extended mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Darcy Berger, John R. Dangler, Matthew S. Doyle, Jesse Hefner, Thomas W. Liang