Biased By Spring Or Resilient Member (e.g., Snap Fit) Patents (Class 248/346.04)
  • Patent number: 10711941
    Abstract: A sliding mount comprising: a base having a female dovetail groove therein, wherein the female dovetail groove has an open end and a closed end; a mounting cassette having a male dovetail feature configured to slidably interface with the base by insertion through the open end; a clamp bar having proximal and distal ends, wherein the proximal end is movably connected to the base such that when the clamp bar is in an open configuration, the clamp bar is sufficiently moved away from the open end to allow the mounting cassette to move in and out of the female dovetail groove; and a clasp having a first half disposed on the base and a second half disposed on the distal end of the clamp bar such that when the clamp bar is in a closed configuration, the clamp bar spans the open end and the first half is clasped to the second half so as to bias the mounting cassette against the closed end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Daniel Alberto Sura, Michael Eugene Phillips, Dale Wayne Peters
  • Patent number: 10447833
    Abstract: The present application relates to technical field of mobile telephone accessory, and particularly to a mobile telephone support frame including main support adjusting arms and mobile telephone arms connected with each other, the number of main support adjusting arms and mobile telephone arms are two, the mobile telephone support frame further includes two driven arms arranged each another symmetrically, the driven arms are located between main support adjusting arms and mobile telephone arms, the main support adjusting arms include rotating ends which are rotationally connected, the two driven arms are respectively mounted on the two main support adjusting arms, one end of the two driven arms is rotationally connected, the other end is respectively connected to the two mobile telephone arms. The size adjustment for mobile telephone support frame is faster and more convenient, and it can reduce operating costs and facilitate to use in the automobile environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignees: BEIJING VGO CO., LTD., SHENZHEN QIANHAI AUTOBOT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Liang Cai, Yawei Hao
  • Patent number: 10133306
    Abstract: According to various embodiments, a mounting device may be provided. The mounting device may include: a first arm, wherein the first arm is rotatable around an axis; a second arm, wherein the second arm is rotatable around the axis; wherein the first arm includes at least one first engagement member configured to engage with a further device; and wherein the second arm includes at least one second engagement member configured to engage with the further device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: RAZER (ASIA-PACIFIC) PTE. LTD.
    Inventor: Michael Chung-Ta Chiang
  • Patent number: 9879705
    Abstract: An electronic device caddy includes a first tray portion with at least two spaced lengthwise channels and an end cage and a second tray portion also including an end cage and at least two lengthwise rails slideable in the spaced channels of the first tray portion to load and accommodate different size electronic devices between the end cages. A locking mechanism releasably locks at least one rail in its channel. A mounting bracket is attached rearward of one tray portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Delta Cycle Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Downes, Errol Drew
  • Patent number: 9820588
    Abstract: A device that enables a safe, secure display of an article within a merchandising or security display box, preventing a substantial lateral and vertical movement of the article within a merchandising or security display box for maintaining proper position and display orientation of the article inside the merchandising or security display box even if the merchandising or security display box is moved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Universal Surveillance Corporation
    Inventors: Adel O. Sayegh, Ruben Rodriguez, Edgardo Redublo
  • Patent number: 9752716
    Abstract: A system (1) for mounting video/photographic equipment (2) on a support head (3), the system comprising a mounting plate (4) which can be fixed to a lower part of the equipment and a seat (20) which is formed in a body (21) of the head and which can house the plate so that the plate can slide along a longitudinal axis (X). A hook (30) is provided on the head and is arranged to pivot between a first, seat-closing, position in which the plate is retained in the seat and a second, seat-opening, position in which the plate is free to enter or leave the seat along an insertion axis (Z) substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal direction (X). The head further comprises locking means for locking the plate inside the seat (20) in a desired position on the longitudinal axis, which comprise a pin (35) which is fixed to the hook and can be translated relative thereto, and which is adapted to bear on the body of the head in order to urge the hook into the first position against the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: LINO MANFROTTO + CO S.P.A.
    Inventors: Davide Guidolin, Paolo Speggiorin
  • Patent number: 9590681
    Abstract: A cellular phone mounting assembly includes a panel that has a front side, a back side, an upper edge, a lower edge, a first side edge and a second side edge. A foot is attached to and extends forward of the lower edge. A shoulder is attached to and extends rearwardly from the upper edge to form an obtuse angle with the panel. A support is attached to and extends downwardly from the shoulder. A clip is removably attached to and extends rearwardly from the support. The clip engages an automobile console.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Inventor: Frank Alvarez, III
  • Patent number: 9188274
    Abstract: A mounting apparatus for releasably securing a device to an auxiliary structure includes a first plate and a second plate formed to engage the first plate. The first plate includes one or more features that allow attachment of the device to the first plate, and a first lateral edge extending at least partially between a front edge and a rear edge of the first plate. The second plate includes a second lateral edge extending at least partially between a front edge and a rear edge of the second plate and formed to engage the first lateral edge of the first plate, a first stopper disposed along the front edge of the second plate, and a second stopper disposed along the rear edge of the second plate. The first plate is configured to be engaged with the second plate in a frontal position and in a rearward position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Wooden Camera, Inc.
    Inventor: Ryan Reed Schorman
  • Patent number: 9038239
    Abstract: A grommet device and method of using a grommet device is provided. A top structure has a top surface. An aperture having a central axis is positioned interior of the top structure. A sidewall is formed around the aperture and connected to the top structure. The sidewall is positioned substantially perpendicular from the top surface of the top structure. At least two upper protruding structures are connected to the top structure at different locations along the top structure, wherein each of the upper protruding structures extends into the aperture. At least two lower protruding structures extend from the sidewall at different locations along the sidewall, wherein each of the lower protruding structures have a flexing portion extending into the aperture, wherein each of the upper protruding structures are substantially radially aligned with the flexing portion of each of the lower protruding structures, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Symmetry Medical Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Kraig Herman Allen
  • Publication number: 20150129735
    Abstract: A walker stabilizing platform including a movement restrictor assembly for assisting a user of a walker in transitioning from a sitting position to a standing position wherein the movement restrictor assembly automatically moves from a position of engagement with the walker to a position of disengagement with the walker, and further includes means for allowing the user of the walker to move the movement restrictor assembly from the disengaged position to the engaged position without assistance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: BARD TECH, LLC
    Inventors: Arnold Darryl Bard, Robert Alan Bard
  • Publication number: 20150089807
    Abstract: A docking station for a removable printer mechanism is provided, together with methods for providing a removable printer mechanism. The docking station may have a base with parallel side arms adapted to be fixed to an interior of a printer housing. Side walls may extend from each of the parallel side arms. The side walls may be adapted to guide the printer mechanism into a docked position in the printer and to removably fix the printer mechanism in the docked position. A bridge element may extend between the parallel side arms at a rear of the base. A clamping element may be fixed to the bridge element and be adapted to hold a printer-side cable connector in position to accept a corresponding cable connector of the printer mechanism. The printer mechanism may easily be slid into and out of the docking station for repair or replacement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: TransAct Technologies Incorporated
    Inventors: Steven A. Supron, Roger J. Rimbey
  • Publication number: 20150069200
    Abstract: A holder for a flat substrate, such as for example a semiconductor wafer or a glass slide, has a fixture with a sample insertion groove for holding the flat substrate, or multiple sample insertion grooves for holding multiple flat substrates. The fixture also has a channel milled perpendicular to the sample insertion groove. The channel may be machined such that two portions of the channel open to opposite sides of the fixture. Positioned in the channel of the fixture is a cantilever spring for securing the flat substrate in the sample insertion groove. The channel may contain a single cantilever spring that extends an entire length of the channel, or multiple cantilever springs. The fixture may include a post, dove tail, screw, or clamp for mounting the holder on a stage inside a vacuum chamber of an instrument.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventor: Jeffrey J. Ditto
  • Publication number: 20150053834
    Abstract: A beverage container holder having a receptacle, gripping members, and a membrane is disclosed. The membrane is disposed in openings located between a sidewall of the receptacle and the gripping members. Living hinges are integrated into the gripping members, which allow the gripping members to flex and provide a gripping force on a beverage container that has been placed into the beverage container holder in order to provide a more stable and secure placement of the container. The receptacle and gripping members are manufactured in one step process, preferably an injection molding process, and are composed of a material having a low coefficient of friction, preferably a hard plastic, which allows for the easy placement or retrieval of a beverage container. The membrane is overmolded onto the receptacle and gripping members and is preferably composed of a flexible material such as a soft plastic or rubber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Esteban Virgen
  • Patent number: 8938928
    Abstract: At least one embodiment of the invention describes roofing batten snap spacers that elevate a roofing batten from a roof. In one or more embodiments, the roofing batten snap spacer includes a base element having a first vertical height and having a first side, an opposing side, a first end and an opposing end. According to at least one embodiment, the base element couples with a roofing batten and elevates the roofing batten. The roofing batten may comprise an elongated portion of material having a top surface, a bottom surface and a portion therebetween of a second vertical height, such that the material couples with a roofing material. In at least one embodiment, the base element elevates the roofing batten from a roof by the first vertical height. This enables the roofing material to be offset from the roof by a sum of the first and second vertical heights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Stoneworth Building Products
    Inventor: Andrew Alingh
  • Publication number: 20140341606
    Abstract: A substrate mounting structure includes: a substrate member including a substrate portion, the substrate portion having first and second surfaces opposite to each other in a thickness direction of the substrate portion, first to fourth edges, and a predetermined thickness in the thickness direction; a first mounting member on which the substrate member is placed; and a second mounting member attached to the first mounting member to hold the substrate member on the first mounting member. The first mounting member includes first, second, and third restricting portions abutting on the first edge, the second edge, and the second surface to restrict movement of the substrate member, respectively. The second mounting member includes fourth, fifth, and sixth restricting portions abutting on the third edge, the fourth edge, and the first surface to restrict movement of the substrate member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: OKI DATA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masashi FUJII
  • Patent number: 8882069
    Abstract: An apparatus for securing an electronic device includes a main body with two ends. An arm is provided at one end of the main body, and has a hook attached thereto, shaped for the electronic device to be placed between the hook and the arm. An additional arm is slidably attached to the other end of the main body, and is capable of being slid by a user to several lateral positions relative to the main body. An additional hook is provided on the slidable arm, and is shaped for the electronic device to be placed between the hook and the arm. A locking system is provided to lock and unlock the slidable arm to at least one of the lateral positions. A base section is capable of being secured at or near a location. The main body is adjustably attached to the base section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: ACCO Brands Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Mahaffey, Will Ali, John Tan, John Hung, Ryan White, Wilson Tse
  • Patent number: 8875469
    Abstract: A sleeve for protecting from deterioration and anchoring an embedded end of a post in the ground. The sleeve, molded from unperforated, resilient material, conforms to the exterior post dimensions and extends for at least the desired embedment distance. One or more inwardly projecting notches are cut into the post. The sleeve includes one or more reversible snap domes molded into the sleeve at locations coinciding with the post notches. The snap domes flex to an outwardly concave position as the post is being inserted into the sleeve and then snap to an inwardly concave position once the post is fully installed and the snap domes align with the notches. The inward concavity of the snap domes extends into and engages the post notches to prevent the sleeve from being removed from the post. When embedded into the ground, backfill material prevents the snap dome from being deflected into the outward concavity position, thus anchoring both post and sleeve in the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventor: William R. Keller, Sr.
  • Publication number: 20140321043
    Abstract: A supporting structure includes a body, a first plate, a second plate, a first elastic assembly, and a second elastic assembly. The body has a groove used for accommodating a display panel. The first plate is disposed on a first side of the groove, and the second plate is disposed on a second side of the groove opposite to the first side. The first elastic assembly is pivotally connecting the first plate and the body, and the second elastic assembly is pivotally connecting the second plate and the body. The first elastic assembly and the second elastic assembly clamp the display panel when the display panel is inserted into the groove of the body. The first elastic assembly and the second elastic assembly together cover the groove when the display panel is detached from the body. An electronic device using the supporting structure is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: Quanta Computer, Inc.
    Inventors: Li-Chuan LIU, Yin-Wei YEH, Kun-Ho LEE, Chih-Kai HSU
  • Patent number: 8839784
    Abstract: A solar concentrator assembly can include edge solar receiver assemblies that are connected to pivotable frames with locating connections. The locating connections can be in the form of cam devices or tool-less connections formed by snap fitting devices as well as tool-less cam devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Sunpower Corporation
    Inventors: Brian Wares, Charles Almy
  • Publication number: 20140242529
    Abstract: An attachment for a torch includes a combustion cone mounted on a fuel delivery tube. The combustion cone bounds a combustion chamber and has an inlet through which fuel from the tube enters the chamber to create a flame when the torch ignites the fuel. The cone diverges away from the inlet and to an outlet to enable the flame to diverge and spread within the chamber. The chamber substantially contains the flame therein. At least one apertured radiator, and preferably, a pair of apertured radiators, is mounted in the chamber in direct contact with the flame, and heated by the flame to a temperature sufficient to cause each radiator to radiate infrared radiation through and past the outlet. A tipping-resistant holder holds a fuel canister of the torch upright when placed on a support surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: Booker & Dax, LLC
    Inventor: David E. Arnold, III
  • Patent number: 8789800
    Abstract: An adjustable electronic device supporter for supporting electronic devices of various sizes is disclosed. The electronic devices include a first side and a second side. The adjustable electronic device supporter includes a main body and a supporting base for supporting the main body. The main body includes a main supporting device with a first positioning slot, a first positioning pin, at least one first positioning hole, a first guiding slot, and a first moving pin. The first positioning pin contacts the first side and is situated in the first positioning slot. At least one first positioning hole connects to the first positioning slot, and the first positioning pin is selectively placed in one first positioning hole among the at least one first positioning holes. A first moving pin contacts the second side such that an electronic device is fixed between the first positioning pin and the first moving pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventor: Li-Wei Liu
  • Patent number: 8767395
    Abstract: Provided is a slim-type cradling apparatus for a portable terminal. The disclosed cradling apparatus includes a cradling body and a retaining device interworking with rotation of the cradling body to support a closed state and a rotated state of the cradling body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chung-Keun Yoo
  • Publication number: 20140166840
    Abstract: A substrate carrier is provided. The substrate carrier includes a base for supporting a substrate. A plurality of support tabs is affixed to a surface of the base. The plurality of support tabs have a cavity defined within an inner region of each support tab of the plurality of support tabs. A plurality of protrusions extends from the surface of the base, wherein one of the plurality of protrusions mates with one cavity to support one of the plurality of support tabs. A film is deposited over the surface of the base, surfaces of the plurality of support tabs and surfaces of the plurality of protrusions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: INTERMOLECULAR, INC.
    Inventors: Wayne R. French, Kent Riley Child, Alonzo T. Collins, Jay B. Dedontney, Richard R. Endo, Aaron T. Francis, Zachary Fresco, Edward L. Haywood, Ashley David Lacey, Monica Sawkar Mathur, James Tsung, Danny Wang, Kenneth A. Williams, Maosheng Zhao
  • Patent number: 8749200
    Abstract: A charging device includes a base part a movable part connected by a connection part. The base part includes a sliding rail that defines a first position and a second position. The charging device further includes a sliding element, which includes a sliding end and a fixed end. The sliding end is placed into the sliding rail and capable of sliding along the sliding rail. The fixed end is fixed to the connection part. When the sliding end is positioned in the first position of the sliding rail, the charging device is closed. When the sliding end slides along the sliding rail to the second position of the sliding rail, the base part and the movable part is slid away to open the charging device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Mao-Hsiang Huang
  • Publication number: 20140153175
    Abstract: A mounting apparatus includes a base and a plurality of latch members. The base includes a recess portion and a frame connected to the recess portion. The recess portion is configured to receive a keyboard. The plurality of latch members is secured to the frame, and each of the plurality of latch members includes a latch portion and two resilient arms attached to the latch portion. The latch portion of each of the plurality of latch members is configured to engage with the keyboard so that the keyboard is installed on the base. The two resilient arms are resiliently deformed to disengage from the keyboard so that the keyboard can be easily detached from the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: LI-XIN LIU, HSIEN-PIN TSOU, WEI-KUANG LIANG
  • Publication number: 20140117192
    Abstract: A cover includes a placing plate, a supporting plate, and a connecting portion. The placing plate is placed on a desktop. The supporting plate supports an electronic device. The connecting portion is connected between the placing plate and the supporting plate. A plurality of positioning pieces is placed on the connecting portion, a first joint between the connecting portion and the placing plate, and a second joint between the connecting portion and the supporting plate. The plurality of positioning pieces is elastically bent in different angles to position the supporting plate in different inclined positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Inventors: HUNG-JIA HUANG, CHUNG-HSING YANG
  • Patent number: 8701246
    Abstract: A grommet device and method of using a grommet device is provided. A top structure has a top surface. An aperture having a central axis is positioned interior of the top structure. A sidewall is formed around the aperture and connected to the top structure. The sidewall is positioned substantially perpendicular from the top surface of the top structure. At least two upper protruding structures are connected to the top structure at different locations along the top structure, wherein each of the upper protruding structures extends into the aperture. At least two lower protruding structures extend from the sidewall at different locations along the sidewall, wherein each of the lower protruding structures have a flexing portion extending into the aperture, wherein each of the upper protruding structures are substantially radially aligned with the flexing portion of each of the lower protruding structures, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Symmetry Medical Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Kraig Herman Allen
  • Publication number: 20140079516
    Abstract: A transportation device of the glass substrate cartridges and a warehouse apparatus are disclosed. The transportation device includes supporting components for bearing the glass substrate cartridges, and positioning components arranged on the supporting components for elastically positioning the glass substrate cartridges along a horizontal direction. The glass substrates within the glass substrate cartridges are not displaced or fragmented due to the buffering effect between the glass substrate cartridges and the positioning components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Inventors: Zenghong Chen, Chunhao Wu, Kunhsien Lin, Minghu Qi, Zhenhua Guo, Weibing Yang
  • Publication number: 20140027333
    Abstract: A supporting structure for concurrently holding a plurality of cylindrical containers for substances for medical, pharmaceutical or cosmetic applications is provided. The supporting structure includes a supporting base having a plurality of receptacles, which are configured such that the containers can be inserted into the associated receptacles, wherein the receptacles extend in the longitudinal direction of the containers and are configured to hold side wall portions of the containers at least partially clamped. The receptacles are continuous side walls, wherein the opening widths of the receptacles can be adjusted by a coordinated adjustment of the side walls of the receptacles between a first position, in which the containers can be inserted into the receptacles, and a second position in which the containers are clamped. The bottoms or upper ends of the containers are exactly fixed at a given height despite tolerances.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Inventor: Schott AG
  • Publication number: 20140027332
    Abstract: A supporting structure is provided that concurrently supports a plurality of containers for substances for medical, pharmaceutical or cosmetic applications. The supporting structure includes a planar supporting base having a plurality of openings, which are disposed in a regular array configuration, and an associated holding device that supports the plurality of containers in a positive-fit manner at the supporting base. The holding device protrudes from a bottom side of the supporting base and is configured to support the plurality of containers in the positive-lit manner at their upper rim. Additionally, receptacles are provided on an upper side of the supporting base opposite to the bottom side for accommodating containers at the upper side of the supporting base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Inventor: Schott AG
  • Patent number: 8632041
    Abstract: A cradle for a portable terminal is disclosed. The cradle may include a bottom portion, a first support portion, and a second support portion. The bottom portion may have a frictional surface on top and bottom surfaces thereof. The first support portion may be located at one side end of the bottom portion and may face the bottom portion. The first support portion may have resilience for deformation and can support a portable terminal. The bottom portion, the first support portion, and the second support portion can support the cradled portable terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chi-Young Ahn, Young-Ju Yeo, Chang-Hwan Hwang
  • Publication number: 20140014158
    Abstract: A support assembly for supporting one or more photovoltaic modules on a support surface is disclosed herein. The support assembly includes (i) a body portion, the body portion including a base portion for accommodating one or more ballasts, the body portion comprising polymer; and (ii) integrated grounding means, the integrated ground means configured to provide integrated grounding between adjacent photovoltaic modules. The support assembly is configured to bridge multiple rows of photovoltaic modules without being directly secured to any other support assembly. Thus the support assembly can be utilized to support a wide variety of different sizes of photovoltaic modules. A mounting system for supporting a plurality of photovoltaic modules on a support surface, which comprises a plurality of separate support assemblies, is also disclosed herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventors: Brian James Wildes, James Joseph Huth
  • Publication number: 20130301201
    Abstract: A portable electronic device adapted to be detachably connected to a cradle having a containing cavity is provided, wherein an inner wall of the containing cavity has a recess. The portable electronic device includes a body and a locking-and-releasing mechanism disposed in the body and including a driving unit and a latch. The driving unit is disposed in the body. The latch is connected to the driving unit and suitable for being driven by the driving unit to protrude out of the body or hide in the body. When the portable electronic device is disposed in the containing cavity, the driving unit drives the latch to protrude out of the body and be engaged with the recess. When the portable electronic device is going to be detached from the containing cavity, the driving unit drives the latch to be disengaged from the recess and move back in the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Applicant: Compal Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Wei-Chih Hsu, Shi-Kuan Chen, Hong-Tien Wang, Yung-Hsiang Chen, Shih-Chin Gong, Yung-Ming Tien, Chun-Huang Yu, Chao-Tung Hsu, Jui-Che Hsu, Chih-Yin Lai, Chia-Sheng Liu
  • Publication number: 20130292534
    Abstract: In one preferred form of the present invention there is provided a crutch holder 10 for holding a crutch 12. The crutch holder 10 comprises a body 14 providing a cavity 16 for receiving an end 18 of the crutch 12. A plurality of holding elements 22 are movably mounted relative to the body 14 and adapted to move from a first position 24 to a second position 26 in response to the end 18 being received so as to assist with maintaining the crutch 20 in an upright position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Applicant: GO FORWARDS CO PTY LTD
    Inventor: Beau O'Donohue
  • Patent number: 8544161
    Abstract: A method of mounting a hand-held portable telephone or other normally hand-held portable device, wherein the method includes: mounting a body of a portable device holder on a mounting surface external of the portable device holder with a base surface thereof facing substantially away from the mounting surface; rotating opposing arms apart around a central post interior of the body, whereby substantially upright opposing fingers adjacent to ends of the arms are rotated apart; inserting a portable device between the rotated apart opposing fingers; and resiliently urging together the rotated apart opposing arms, whereby opposing fingers are urged into compressive contact with the portable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Inventor: Jeffrey D. Carnevali
  • Patent number: 8511633
    Abstract: A low profile accessory attachment mechanism suitable for attaching an accessory to an electronic device is disclosed. A straight hook and a curved hook are configured to mechanically engage slots in an electronic device, joining the accessory to the electronic device. By moving one of the hooks or altering the configuration of a slot, the accessory and electronic device may be separated. Additionally, the hooks may carry electrical current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Troy Hulick, Russell Zinner
  • Patent number: 8485482
    Abstract: A retaining system according to example embodiments of the present invention may include a base plate that includes a cam and alignment guides, where the cam defines both a locked position and an unlocked position, and a support shoe that includes alignment tabs and a locking tab, where the support shoe is configured to be inserted into the alignment guides when the cam member is in the unlocked position. Upon insertion of the support shoe into the alignment guides, the cam may be configured to engage the locking tab of the support shoe and bias at least one of the alignment tabs into engagement with at least one of the alignment guides as the cam advances from the unlocked position to the locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc.
    Inventors: John Peter Patalak, Donald Eric Krueger, Henry Thomas Fowler
  • Publication number: 20130168521
    Abstract: A ball holding mechanism comprises a base with a central axis disposed from bottom to top with an urging block, an elastic element, and a stopping block. The surrounding of the base is pivotally provided with several holding arms, each of which has a transmission end and a holding end. The transmission end urges against the bottom surface of the urging block. By using the lever principle, the urging blocks are controlled by an adjusting mechanism to make a downward displacement along the central axis to push the transmission ends so that the holding ends perform a holding action while the elastic element keeps flexibility after the ball is held. A pivoting base can rotate in the horizontal and longitudinal direction on the holding arm through two horizontal and longitudinal shafts pivotally mounted on the holding end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: PRECISION MACHINERY RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT CENTER
    Inventors: CHE-HAU WU, YING-LUNG LIN, HSIEN-FENG LIU
  • Patent number: 8456860
    Abstract: An exemplary electronic device includes a housing, a left rail and a right rail assembled in the housing, and a holder assembled on the left and right rails and received in the housing. The holder can slide out from the housing for securing a functional module thereon. The holder includes a bottom plate glidingly assembled on the left and right rails, and front and rear plates both pivotally secured on the bottom plate. The front and rear plates are both elastically biased to rotate about the bottom plate. When the holder is at least partially received in the housing, the front and rear plates are in original closed positions. When the holder is almost totally slid out from the housing, the front and rear plates rotate about the bottom plate to be in open positions for providing resilience to secure the functional module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wen-Tang Peng, Xin-Hu Gong, Gao-Liang Xia
  • Patent number: 8453983
    Abstract: A supporting apparatus for an electronic device chassis includes a base, a supporting assembly fixed to the base to detachably mount the chassis, a guiding block, an operation member, and a latching member. The guiding block is slidably attached to the supporting assembly along a first direction. The latching member and the operation member are slidably attached to the guiding block along a second direction perpendicular to the first direction. A first protrusion with a first slope and a second protrusion with a second slope protrude from the guiding block. The operation member includes a first sliding block with a third slope abutting against the second slope. The latching member includes a second sliding block with a fourth slope abutting against the first slope. An inserting pin extends up from the guiding block, to engage in the chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ri-Dong Huang, Guang-Yao Lee
  • Patent number: 8444102
    Abstract: An apparatus for holding handheld devices is provided, including a receiving base, an upper cover, a locking unit, at least a resilient unit and at least a weight allocation unit. The receiving base has a shell forming an accommodation space with an upward opening, and at least a concealing space inside. One side of the upper cover is coupled to the receiving base. The locking unit is responsible for affixing the closing, opening or holding positions between the upper cover and the receiving base. When the locking unit is in unlocked state, the resilient unit provides a force to lift the upper cover to the maximum opening position. The weight allocation unit is housed inside the concealing space. The electronic device can be held between the upper cover and the receiving base with a tilt angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Inventor: Eagle Fan
  • Publication number: 20130105657
    Abstract: A charging device includes a base part a movable part connected by a connection part. The base part includes a sliding rail that defines a first position and a second position. The charging device further includes a sliding element, which includes a sliding end and a fixed end. The sliding end is placed into the sliding rail and capable of sliding along the sliding rail. The fixed end is fixed to the connection part. When the sliding end is positioned in the first position of the sliding rail, the charging device is closed. When the sliding end slides along the sliding rail to the second position of the sliding rail, the base part and the movable part is slid away to open the charging device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: MAO-HSIANG HUANG
  • Publication number: 20130105656
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a holder mechanism is provided. The holder mechanism has an upper and a lower sliding plate, an upper and a lower lever guide arm, and an upper and a lower spring. The sliding plates have an adjustment lever plate rod slot and one or more fingers. The lever guide arms have a hinge end and a spring end and are hinged to their respective sliding plates at a hinge end. Each spring pulls the spring end of its respective lever guide arm and its respective sliding plate together. An adjustment lever between the sliding plates has an upper and a lower guide rod. Each guide rod is between the respective sliding plate and the respective lever guide arm. An adjustment lever plate rod passes through adjustment lever plate rod slots in the upper and lower sliding plates, and is connected to the adjustment lever.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Inventors: Otto Karl Allmendinger, Brent W. Byers
  • Publication number: 20130075567
    Abstract: A heat dissipating device supporting apparatus includes a base, and a securing element mounted to the mounting portion. The base includes a main body configured to support a heat dissipating device and a mounting portion extending from the main body. The securing element includes a fastener, an elastic member, and a mounting member. The mounting member includes a cavity portion, a supporting portion extending from the cavity portion, and a protrusion extending from an inner side the cavity portion. The supporting portion defines a through hole. The fastener includes a head portion and a shaft portion extending from the head portion. A cross-section of the head portion is greater than that of the shaft portion. The shaft portion is located in the through hole. The elastic member resists resiliently between the head portion and the supporting portion. The head portion resists between the elastic member and the protrusion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (WUHAN) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: GAO-HUI FU, LI-FU XU
  • Publication number: 20130075568
    Abstract: A holder for a flat substrate, such as for example a semiconductor wafer or a glass slide, has a fixture with a sample insertion groove for holding the flat substrate, or multiple sample insertion grooves for holding multiple flat substrates. The fixture also has a channel milled perpendicular to the sample insertion groove. The channel may be machined such that two portions of the channel open to opposite sides of the fixture. Positioned in the channel of the fixture is a cantilever spring for securing the flat substrate in the sample insertion groove. The channel may contain a single cantilever spring that extends an entire length of the channel, or multiple cantilever springs. The fixture may include a post, dove tail, screw, or clamp for mounting the holder on a stage inside a vacuum chamber of an instrument.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Applicant: BOT Research, LLC
    Inventor: BOT Research, LLC
  • Publication number: 20130064734
    Abstract: A grommet device and method of using a grommet device is provided. The grommet device includes a substantially circular base structure. A substantially circular top structure is connected to the substantially circular base structure with a substantially cylindrical middle portion, wherein an aperture having an interior space is positioned interior of the substantially cylindrical middle portion. A flexible top surface is connected to the substantially circular top structure, wherein the flexible top surface is substantially planar. At least one enlargeable slit is formed within the flexible top surface and through an entire thickness of the flexible top surface, wherein an unobstructed path is positioned from a location proximate to an exterior side of the flexible top surface, through the at least one enlargeable slit, and into the interior space of the aperture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Applicant: SYMMETRY MEDICAL MANUFACTURING, INC.
    Inventor: Kraig Herman Allen
  • Publication number: 20130064709
    Abstract: A grommet device and method of using a grommet device is provided. A top structure has a top surface. An aperture having a central axis is positioned interior of the top structure. A sidewall is formed around the aperture and connected to the top structure. The sidewall is positioned substantially perpendicular from the top surface of the top structure. At least two upper protruding structures are connected to the top structure at different locations along the top structure, wherein each of the upper protruding structures extends into the aperture. At least two lower protruding structures extend from the sidewall at different locations along the sidewall, wherein each of the lower protruding structures have a flexing portion extending into the aperture, wherein each of the upper protruding structures are substantially radially aligned with the flexing portion of each of the lower protruding structures, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Applicant: Symmetry Medical Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Kraig Herman Allen
  • Publication number: 20130044454
    Abstract: The instant disclosure relates to an angle adjustable device, which includes: a base having a fixing member disposed thereon, where the fixing member has a fixing surface; a switch mechanism having a locking ring, a first gear, and a second gear, while at least one block protrudes from the inner surface of the locking ring, with the first gear having a contact incline slidingly abutted by the block, where the contact incline is defined with a first end and a second end, where the first gear is received by the locking ring and capable of meshing with the second gear; and a rotator having at least one connecting member connected to the second gear. The instant disclosure also discloses an electronic display unit using the same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2012
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Applicants: UNIVERSAL GLOBAL SCIENTIFIC INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD., UNIVERSAL SCIENTIFIC INDUSTRIAL (SHANGHAI) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: CHANG-CHENG LIN, MING-JEN CHEN, KUO-KUANG LIU
  • Patent number: 8376303
    Abstract: A support includes a base, an upper cover connected to the base, a support plate, and a base. The upper cover includes a recess for receiving a bottom of an electronic device, and two openings defined in a bottom of the recess at two opposite ends of the recess for movably receiving pressing members. A pair of pressing members are respectively moveably received in the two openings. Each of the pair of pressing members includes a protruding post rotatably connected to the base. Two elastic members arrange in the base to respectively apply a recoiling, spring force to the pressing members when compressing and releasing. When urged by an electronic device, the pressing members deflect downward to form a first receiving space; and when the electronic device is removed, the pressing members are recoiled by the elastic members and forms a second receiving space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zhi-Gang Yang, Hui Yuan, Ping Yu
  • Publication number: 20130037679
    Abstract: A fixture apparatus for positioning an optical component has a transparent base. An adjustment plate that is formed from a transparent material is kinematically coupled to the base. Support posts extend from the adjustment plate for seating the optical component. A number of alignment elements extend from the transparent base for aligning one or more edges of the optical component seated on the support posts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Inventors: Wesley J. Buth, Ying Li, Paul F. Novak, Rashid Abdul-Rahman, Kevin Lee Wasson