Combined With Diverse-type Art Device Patents (Class 335/219)
  • Patent number: 9661202
    Abstract: A mobile terminal assembly is provided. The mobile terminal assembly includes: a terminal case; and a mobile terminal detachable from the terminal case, wherein the terminal case comprises: a case body; and a lens cover openably disposed in the case body, wherein the mobile terminal comprises: a display unit; a camera module including a camera lens disposed at a position corresponding to the lens cover; a lens cover sensing unit sensing whether the lens cover is opened or closed; and a control unit configured to execute a camera application on the basis of whether the lens cover is opened or closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jungin Oh, Sanghyun Eim, Daiki Min, Julie Park, Myungsoo Choi, Jisun Yang
  • Patent number: 9419669
    Abstract: An accessory unit includes a front flap and a rear cover. The rear cover includes a recessed portion that defines a chamber and a lip that extends about an opening of the chamber. The chamber is configured to receive a consumer electronic device, and the lip is configured to hold the consumer electronic device therein. The rear cover can include a shell formed from glass fiber reinforced plastics and a lip formed from a thermoplastic. The front flap may include segments formed from panels with folding regions therebetween, which allow the front flap to fold. Further, an end region of the front flap hingedly couples the front flap to the rear cover, such that the front flap may be moved between open and closed configurations. Methods of manufacturing the accessory unit are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel Gilkison Smith, Santhana Krishnan Balaji, Jared A. Sartee, Amy Qian, Pinida J. Moolsintong
  • Patent number: 9377807
    Abstract: An apparatus has a first housing and a second housing. By one approach at least the second housing has at least one exterior edge configured as a pivot surface. The first housing includes at least a first magnet and the second housing includes at least a second magnet that is disposed proximal to the aforementioned pivot surface. So configured, the first and second magnet interact with one another and thereby serve as a magnetic connector such that the first housing pivots with respect to the second housing about the pivot surface. By one approach, the first and second housing do not pivotally connect to one another via a mechanical connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventor: Jason Tyler Griffin
  • Patent number: 9326404
    Abstract: A cover for an electronic device includes back cover, such as a tray, to receive the electronic device. The cover may also include a foldable flap that is foldable into a stand to support an electronic device held by the cover at one or more viewing angles oblique to a surface on which the cover is placed. The back cover and/or the foldable flap may include one or more activation mechanisms that, when moved relative to the electronic device, activate one or more functions of the electronic device (e.g., camera functions, display of information, etc.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Robinson Wood, Monica Liane Mecchella, Peter John Thomas Johnson, Ryan C. Tong, Keeley Justin Boehmer, Sarah Lynn Kirchoff, Paul Gregory Van Gasse
  • Patent number: 9312709
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a main body having an opening and a movable member configured to hold a plug capable of transmitting an electrical current to an external device. At least one of the movable member and the plug include a magnet. The movable member and the plug are arranged such that at least one connector of the plug extends beyond a plane parallel to the opening when the movable member is in a first state, the first state corresponding to a magnetic force between a ferromagnetic material and the magnet above a predetermined magnitude. The movable member transitions from the first state to a second state when the magnetic force is below the predetermined magnitude. When the movable member is in the second state, the at least one connector of the plug remains below the plane parallel to the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Tsutomu Takahashi, Taro Takamoto, Koichi Izawa, Shintaro Nonaka, Tamio Nishino
  • Patent number: 9307129
    Abstract: A mobile terminal assembly is provided. The mobile terminal assembly includes: a terminal case; and a mobile terminal detachable from the terminal case, wherein the terminal case comprises: a case body; and a lens cover openably disposed in the case body, wherein the mobile terminal comprises: a display unit; a camera module including a camera lens disposed at a position corresponding to the lens cover; a lens cover sensing unit sensing whether the lens cover is opened or closed; and a control unit configured to execute a camera application on the basis of whether the lens cover is opened or closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jungin Oh, Sanghyun Eim, Daiki Min, Julie Park, Myungsoo Choi, Jisun Yang
  • Patent number: 9298216
    Abstract: A cover for an electronic device includes back cover, such as a tray, to receive the electronic device. The cover may also include a foldable flap that is foldable into a stand to support an electronic device held by the cover at one or more viewing angles oblique to a surface on which the cover is placed. The back cover and/or the foldable flap may include one or more activation mechanisms that, when moved relative to the electronic device, activate one or more functions of the electronic device (e.g., camera functions, display of information, etc.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Robinson Wood, Monica Liane Mecchella, Peter John Thomas Johnson, Ryan C. Tong, Keeley Justin Boehmer, Sarah Lynn Kirchoff, Paul Gregory Van Gasse
  • Patent number: 9235230
    Abstract: A mobile device accessory can function as a cord organizer, a case for accessories and a stand for the device. The accessory is sized to conform to the size and perimeter of the mobile device. The accessory has a case frame and a foldable flat panel that can form a triangular tube having a triangular profile. The panel includes outer layers of material and a central layer of panel members that is constructed with magnets along the perimeter. The outer material is a natural, synthetic or composite elastomeric polymer and can be provided with a textured finish. In other embodiments, the tube describes a square or other polygonal shape in profile. The triangular tube can be used to store and/or organize mobile device cords. The triangular tube can become a support prop to hold the mobile device upright.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: Logitech Europe S.A.
    Inventors: Derek Tarnow, Zahra Tashakorinia
  • Patent number: 9224562
    Abstract: An electromagnetic relay, in particular a motor vehicle relay, contains a magnet yoke, a relay coil, a hinged armature which is pivotable about an axis of rotation and on which a moving contact, as working or switchover contact, is retained relative to at least one fixed contact. A piezo actuator is provided, which keeps the working or switchover contact closed when the relay coil is de-energized as a result of the actuation of the piezo actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignees: ELLENBERGER & POENSGEN GMBH, CERAM TEC GMBH
    Inventors: Michael Naumann, Reiner Bindig, Alfons Kelnberger, Hans-Juergen Schreiner, Peter Stingl, Peter Meckler, Markus Birner
  • Patent number: 9197794
    Abstract: An electronic device of the present invention is an electronic device with a flat-type device body having a front surface provided with an imaging section, which includes a first flat section which is located on a back surface side of the device body, a second flat section which openably and closably covers the front surface of the device body, a coupling section which couples the first flat section and the second flat section together such that the first flat section and the second flat section are foldable, and a pause section which pauses a closing movement of the second flat section when the second flat section is tilted to a predetermined angle with respect to the first flat section so as to cover the front surface of the device body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masatoshi Ohtaka, Hiromasu Meguro
  • Publication number: 20150114749
    Abstract: In one aspect of the invention, a retainer assembly for a power steering assist system is provided. The retainer assembly includes a retainer having an inner wall defining an opening, at least one permanent magnet coupled to the retainer, and at least one spiral channel formed in the inner wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Jason A. Dutsky, Sheri L. Bachynski, John W. Kalmar
  • Patent number: 9000871
    Abstract: A case for a tablet-type electronic device, in particular a tablet computer, comprises a casing shaped so as to at least partially cover a rear surface of the device and equipped with fastener members for fastening it to the device; the casing is equipped with a magnetic coupler element, acting from a rear surface of the casing and able to cooperate with a corresponding fastener element carried by a protective cover for the screen of the device, so as to magnetically fasten the cover to the casing on the rear of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Tucano S.r.l.
    Inventor: Fabio Cencioni
  • Publication number: 20150070115
    Abstract: A retention mechanism according to an embodiment includes a fixed part including a magnet, and a movable part opposed to the fixed part. A plurality of rolling elements are provided between the fixed part and the movable part, and the movable part is movable in a plane direction. A magnetic material which forms, in combination with the magnet, a magnetic spring is provided on the movable part. The magnetic spring generates a magnetic attraction force which attracts the movable part to the fixed part. The magnetic material is extended along a direction in which magnetic poles of the magnet are arrayed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Takashi OKAMURA, Shuichi YOSHIDA, Naoyuki SHIBATA
  • Patent number: 8975991
    Abstract: A magnetic attachment mechanism and method is described. The magnetic attachment mechanism can be used to releasably attach at least two objects together in a preferred configuration without fasteners and without external intervention. The magnetic attachment mechanism can be used to releasably attach an accessory device to an electronic device. The accessory device can be used to augment the functionality of usefulness of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventors: Andrew D. Lauder, Matthew Dean Rohrbach, Daniel J. Coster, Christopher J. Stringer, Florence W. Ow, Jiang Ai, Jonathan P. Ive, Elvis M. Kibiti, John P. Ternus, Sean D. Lubner
  • Patent number: 8968185
    Abstract: A magnetically guiding system includes: a capsule medical device that has a magnet provided therein; an information acquiring unit that acquires physical information about magnetic guiding of the capsule medical device; a magnetic field generating unit that generates a magnetic field for magnetically guiding the capsule medical device; and a control unit that sets a magnetic field condition based on the physical information acquired by the information acquiring unit and controls the magnetic field generating unit to generate a magnetic field corresponding to the magnetic field condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Hidetake Segawa, Atsushi Chiba, Atsushi Kimura
  • Publication number: 20150048912
    Abstract: Use energy resource from gravity (magnetic force) of permanent magnet and apply the principle of “Magnetic field, magnetic force of permanent magnet was holding (stopped), can not get out of the closed environment of a metal with very high magnetic permeability”, along with applying laws of physics and the physical-chemical properties different types of material in nature. Eternal Engine invented in the form of a cylinder system, operated by the innovative method that closed-open automatically the fixed magnetic force of permanent magnets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: Anh Tai Do
  • Patent number: 8953310
    Abstract: A cover is described that is magnetically attached to a tablet device. The cover includes at least as flap. In the described embodiment, the flap includes a plurality of segments where the first segment includes a first plurality of edge attach magnets arrayed along a first edge of the flap and where a second segment includes a second plurality of edge attach magnets arrayed along a second edge of the flap opposite the first edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventors: Samuel G. Smith, Jared A. Sartee, Florence W. Ow, Andrew D. Lauder, Jeremy C. Franklin
  • Patent number: 8951364
    Abstract: The invention relates to an Fe—Co alloy, the composition of which comprises in % by weight: 6?Co+Ni?22 Si?0.2 0.5?Cr?8 Ni?4 0.10?Mn?0.90 Al?4 Ti?1 C?1 Mo?3 V+W?3 Nb+Ta?1 Si+Al?6 O+N+S+P+B?0.1 the balance of the composition consisting of iron and inevitable impurities due to the smelting, it being furthermore understood that the contents thereof satisfy the following relationships: Co+Si?Cr?27 Si+Al+Cr+V+Mo+Ti?3.5 1.23(Al+Mo)+0.84(Si+Cr+V)?1.3 14.5(Al+Cr)+12(V+Mo)+25 Si?50.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Aperam Alloys Imphy
    Inventors: Thierry Waeckerle, Herve Fraisse
  • Publication number: 20150033546
    Abstract: A driving apparatus includes an electromagnetic actuator configured to generate a motive power by an electromagnetic force; movable portions configured to be moved by the electromagnetic actuator, and a magnetic shield unit including a first magnetic shield and a second magnetic shield that surround the electromagnetic actuator in this order, and from a side closer to a magnetic field generating portion of the electromagnetic actuator. An opening through which a demagnetizing coil penetrates provided on at least one of the magnetic shields is opposite to the first magnetic shield or the second magnetic shield in a part of the area of the opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: Shinji Uchida
  • Publication number: 20150034842
    Abstract: A driving apparatus includes an electromagnetic actuator configured to generate a motive power by an electromagnetic force; a movable portion configured to be movable by the electromagnetic actuator; a magnetic shield unit that surrounds the electromagnetic actuator, wherein the magnetic shield unit includes a first magnetic shield having an opening and a second magnetic shield having an opening arranged in this order from a side closer to electromagnetic actuator. The opening opposes the second magnetic shield at least part of an area of the opening, and the movable portion is bent so as to penetrate through the openings of the first and the second magnetic shields.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: Shinji Uchida
  • Patent number: 8946936
    Abstract: An electromagnetic coupling device electromagnetically connects a door handle side circuit of a door handle with a door main body side circuit of a door main body. This electromagnetic coupling device includes a door handle side coupling unit, a door main body side coupling unit, a door handle side coupling unit, a handle side support unit that supports the door handle, and a connector body that supports the door main body side coupling unit in a vehicle door main body. The door handle side coupling unit is electromagnetically coupled with the door main body side coupling unit without making contact therewith. At least one of the handle side support unit and the connector body restricts the relative movement, caused by rotation of the door handle, of the door handle side coupling unit and the door main body side coupling unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignees: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha, Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroki Okada, Kiyokazu Ieda, Yuichi Murakami
  • Publication number: 20150029609
    Abstract: A spin valve element according to an embodiment includes: a nonmagnetic base layer; a first terminal including a first magnetic layer connecting to a portion near one of opposing end faces of the nonmagnetic base layer; a second terminal including a second magnetic layer disposed and connecting to the nonmagnetic base layer so as to be at a distance from the first terminal; a third terminal including a third magnetic layer disposed and connecting to the nonmagnetic base layer so as to be at distances from the first and second terminals, the second terminal and the third terminal connecting to a current source that passes a sense current, and the first terminal and one of the second terminal and the third terminal connecting to a voltage detection unit that detects a voltage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Yuuzo KAMIGUCHI, Satoshi SHIROTORI, Shinobu SUGIMURA, Masayuki TAKAGISHI, Hitoshi IWASAKI
  • Patent number: 8933770
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a frame and a magnet. The frame includes a main frame body, a stopping piece, a blocking piece, and a hook. The stopping piece and the blocking piece protrude from the main frame body. The hook is located on the blocking piece facing the main frame body. The main frame body, the stopping piece, and the blocking piece cooperatively define a receiving space. The magnet is engaged in the receiving space, and the hook is engaged with the magnet for preventing the magnet from disengaging from the receiving space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: ScienBiziP Consulting (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wei-Kuang Liang, Chun Tang
  • Patent number: 8928437
    Abstract: A magnetic attachment mechanism and method is described. The magnetic attachment mechanism can be used to releasably attach at least two objects together in a preferred configuration without fasteners and without external intervention. The magnetic attachment mechanism can be used to releasably attach an accessory device to an electronic device. The accessory device can be used to augment the functionality of usefulness of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventors: Andrew Lauder, Matthew D. Rohrbach, Daniel J. Coster, Christopher J. Stringer, Florence W. Ow, Jiang Ai, Jonathan P. Ive, Elvis M. Kibiti, John P. Ternus, Sean D. Lubner
  • Patent number: 8907752
    Abstract: Accurate and reliable techniques for wirelessly powering a tablet device are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Inventors: Justin Richard Wodrich, Stephen Robert McClure
  • Publication number: 20140333397
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are provided for constructing a magnetic gear coupling for transmitting torque from a flywheel to a driveshaft, the coupling employing permanent magnet arrays and magnetic flux coupling elements therebetween, and at least one of the arrays and coupling elements being circumferentially staggered or spread, so as to avoid complete alignment of the arrays and elements, and thereby mitigate torque coupling capability variations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventors: Andrew Farquhar Atkins, Joshua Jonathan Dalby
  • Patent number: 8884730
    Abstract: A magnetic attachment mechanism and method is described. The magnetic attachment mechanism can be used to releasably attach at least two objects together in a preferred configuration without fasteners and without external intervention. The magnetic attachment mechanism can be used to releasably attach an accessory device to an electronic device. The accessory device can be used to augment the functionality of usefulness of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Inventors: Andrew Lauder, Matthew D. Rohrbach, Daniel J. Coster, Christopher J. Stringer, Florence W. Ow, Jiang Ai, Jonathan P. Ive, Elvis M. Kibiti, John P. Ternus, Sean D. Lubner
  • Patent number: 8878637
    Abstract: A cover is described that is magnetically attached to a tablet device. The cover includes at least as flap. In the described embodiment, the flap includes a plurality of segments where the first segment includes a first plurality of edge attach magnets arrayed along a first edge of the flap and where a second segment includes a second plurality of edge attach magnets arrayed along a second edge of the flap opposite the first edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventors: Jared A. Sartee, Samuel G. Smith, Santhana K. Balaji, Florence W. Ow
  • Patent number: 8872023
    Abstract: A cover for an electronic device includes first and second planar members wherein, a first end of the second planar member is disposed adjacent to a first end of the first planar member. The cover also includes a coupling arrangement configured to be attached to a first end of the electronic device and configured to permit rotation of the first and second planar members around the first end of the electronic device, and a rotational hinge configured to couple together the first ends of the first and second planar members such that the second planar member is rotatable with respect to the first planar member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Acer Incorporated
    Inventors: Sheng-Kuo Chang, Chung-Chan Hsu
  • Publication number: 20140311928
    Abstract: A lens and/or a view screen of an electronic device having at least one case can be cleaned by wiping the view screen with a cleaning component wherein the cleaning component is configured to selectively couple to the at least one case or some other substrate using a magnetic attractive force. The cleaning devices may have secondary applications such as securing fly fishing lures, activating or deactivating a device having a magnetic switch, or preventing sunglasses from sinking. They may also be manufactured without a cleaning component for use with the secondary applications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2012
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: GUI GLOBAL PRODUCTS, LTD.
    Inventors: Walter G. Mayfield, Daniel Martin Valdez
  • Patent number: 8866571
    Abstract: An enclosed proximity switch assembly includes a top enclosure and a bottom enclosure that are coupled to form an interior volume. A shaft protrusion upwardly extends from a top surface of the top enclosure, and an interior bore portion having an enclosed volume is defined within the shaft protrusion to form a portion of the interior volume. A first end of a vertical shaft is rotatably disposed within the interior bore portion such that the shaft rotates relative to the top and bottom enclosures. A samarium cobalt target magnet is coupled to the shaft, and the target magnet interacts with a samarium cobalt driver magnet within a proximity switch when the target magnet is rotated within a predetermined distance of a top portion of the proximity switch. The interaction causes a switch to move from a first state to a second state, or vice versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: General Equipment and Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Lynn LaFountain, Gregory Curtis Merrifield, Michael John Simmons, Brian Phillip Pate
  • Publication number: 20140302738
    Abstract: Motion control using electromagnetic forces. The control of motion in unpowered apparatus and an apparatus driven by electric motors and/or other prime movers utilizes electromagnetic force/torque for control of motion. One objective is to extend the domain of electric motor speed control, traditionally characterized by electronic techniques, to small apparatus such as bubble vibration toys, paper dispensers, toothbrushes and other appliances.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventor: Gorur Narayana Srinivasa Prasanna
  • Patent number: 8854799
    Abstract: Flux fountain techniques are described. In one or more implementations, an apparatus includes a cover configured to be disposed over at least a portion of a display device of a computing device that is configured as a tablet and a connection portion attached to the cover using a flexible hinge. The connection portion is configured to be physically coupled to the computing device using a magnetic coupling device. The magnetic coupling device includes a first magnet that is disposed in the connection portion such that a magnetic field is aligned along an axis and second and third magnets are disposed in the connection portion at opposing sides of the first magnet from each other. The second and third magnets have respective magnetic fields that are aligned along a respective axis that is substantially perpendicular to the axis of the magnetic field of the first magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: David Otto Whitt, III, Robyn Rebecca Reed McLaughlin, Summer L. Schneider, Eric Joseph Wahl, James H. Wise, Camilo Leon, Karsten Aagaard, Thomas Charles Oliver
  • Patent number: 8820695
    Abstract: A support for an object is provided. The support may comprise a bottom part, a sidewall, and a plurality of fasteners. The plurality of sidewalls may be connected to the bottom part. The bottom part and the plurality of sidewalls may be made of essentially one piece of flat member. The bottom part and the plurality of sidewalls form an easel to accept the object. The plurality of fastener may be disposed on the plurality of sidewalls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuo Nakada, Hiroki Hirano, Shinya Oguchi
  • Patent number: 8816807
    Abstract: An anisotropic conductive adhesive (ACA) arrangement is disclosed, including a thermosetting resin disposed between a connector of a first structure and a connector of a second structure, and a plurality of ferromagnetic conductive particles dispersed through the thermosetting resin, wherein the plurality of ferromagnetic conductive particles form columns between the connector of the first structure and the connector of the second structure, and wherein a density of the ferromagnetic particles in the columns is substantially higher than a density of the plurality of ferromagnetic particles away from the columns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Purdue Research Foundation
    Inventors: William J. Chappell, Sungwook Moon, Maria Bellorin
  • Patent number: 8810345
    Abstract: A device for retrieving and securing golf ball marks while providing several modes of motion of the secured ball mark employs paired magnets oppositely positioned within a securing surface having circular curvature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventor: J. Thomas Goserud
  • Patent number: 8803643
    Abstract: Systems and methods utilize a rotating magnetic field to drive a magnetically actuated device where the source of the rotating magnetic field is not constrained to a particular orientation with respect to the device. In one embodiment a rotating permanent magnet is utilized to actuate a magnetically actuated device where the magnet is not constrained to any position relative to the magnetically actuated device, such as the radial or axial position. Accordingly, the rotating permanent magnet may be directed in a manner to avoid collisions or other obstacles in a workspace while still effectively driving the magnetically actuated device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: University of Utah Research Foundation
    Inventors: Arthur W. Mahoney, Jacob J. Abbott
  • Patent number: 8797132
    Abstract: Some embodiments include an accessory for a mobile electronic device. Other embodiments of related accessories and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Belkin International, Inc.
    Inventors: Jacob Scott Childs, Barry P. Sween, Justin Jakobson
  • Publication number: 20140184368
    Abstract: An improved magnetic system includes a first magnetic structure comprising a first plurality of magnetic sources having a first polarity pattern, a second magnetic structure comprising a second plurality of magnetic sources having a second polarity pattern and at least one mechanical support structure. The first magnetic structure is movable relative to the second magnetic structure. The first and second magnetic structures are engaged and produce a peak spatial force when in a correlated state where the first and second polarity patterns are aligned. The first and second magnetic structures produce an off peak spatial force when in a decorrelated state where the first and second polarity patterns are misaligned, w off peak spatial force resulting from cancellation of at least one repel force by at least one attract force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: Correlated Magnetics Research, LLC.
    Inventors: Larry W. Fullerton, Mark D. Roberts
  • Publication number: 20140176058
    Abstract: An apparatus including a magnet assembly having at least two magnet assembly components; and an eddy current heating reduction system configured to reduce heating of the magnet assembly by magnetic fields. The eddy current heating reduction system includes electrical insulation between the at least two magnet assembly components, and includes at least one of the at least two magnet assembly components having a divided current loop area at least two spaced subsections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: Nokia Corporation
    Inventor: Juha Reinhold BACKMAN
  • Publication number: 20140176269
    Abstract: Improved device (1) for a tracked wheel with magnetic band (5) that is characterized in that it comprises a cavity (2) accommodating a magnet (3), this cavity (2) being sufficiently deep to completely accommodate the magnet (3) and an element (4) for attaching the actual device (1) to the magnetic band (5) on which it is placed and where lateral ridges (6) of the device (1) are provided with rounded edges (7).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: ELIOT SYSTEMS, S.L.
    Inventor: Jorge Masia Perales
  • Publication number: 20140159839
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a protective case incorporating a magnet in a portion facing a magnetism sensor of a portable device, and to a method for controlling the action of turning the screen of the portable device on and off by using same, and relates to an invention for providing a function whereby it is possible to automatically turn the screen on and off depending on the action of the screen-protecting cover of the case, through the use of a method involving the incorporation of a geomagnetic sensor and of a magnet in a position corresponding thereto.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventor: Duk Seung KIM
  • Publication number: 20140144715
    Abstract: A magnetic robot includes a chassis and at least one track assembly associated with the chassis. The track assembly has a linear series of non-circulating magnet modules displaceably mounted with respect to the chassis. A driven track circulates about the magnet modules and travels on guide portions of the magnet modules.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2012
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: QINETIQ NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Scott R. Albin, Anthony Chesna, Geoffrey Blake Lansberry, David J. Shane
  • Patent number: 8736408
    Abstract: A magnetic anchor that is attachable to a computing unit via a magnetic field. The magnetic anchor further includes a locking mechanism that enables its attachment/detachment to a surface area of the computing unit—and further connects to a cable that is fastened to a secured location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Britt C Ashcraft, Eric Chen, Rudy Widiaman
  • Patent number: 8731390
    Abstract: Electromagnetic actuators for digital cameras, in particular miniature cell-phone and tablet cameras, include an electromagnet with a first elongated ferromagnetic member surrounded coaxially in part by a conductive coil along a first longitudinal axis, and a elongated second ferromagnetic member with a second longitudinal axis. The first and second ferromagnetic members have respective first and second operative surfaces and are aligned such that their longitudinal axes are parallel and such that respective operative surfaces overlap each other across a gap. The two members are mechanically coupled to respective frames. A frame hinge connects the frames and enables a relative tilt motion between the ferromagnetic members when current passes through the coil. The tilt motion is convertible into a linear displacement along an optical axis of an optical element coupled to the actuator. Two actuators can be combined into an assembly capable of providing double-axis tilt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Corephotonics Ltd.
    Inventors: Ephraim Goldenberg, Gal Shabtay, Eliezer Mendlovic, Eran Kali
  • Patent number: 8729991
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a coil terminal is electrically connected to a coil being wound around an electromagnetic block and connected to a coated wire. The coil terminal includes a connection portion electrically connected to the coil, and a terminal body portion extending from the connection portion and connected to the coated wire. The terminal body portion includes a slit formed in the longitudinal direction of the coated wire from one end to the other end of the terminal body portion, a base portion formed on the other end of the coil terminal, and a pair of parallel beam portions extending toward one end of the coil terminal from the base portion with the slit interposed between the pair of beam portions. The pair of beam portions may protrude in a thickness direction of the terminal body portion. The coated wire may be disposed within the slit and a core wire at the tip end of the coated wire may be soldered to the base portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: Tsukasa Nishimura
  • Publication number: 20140132374
    Abstract: The present invention provides a drift tube manufacturing method and a drift tube which can reduce cost while securing an adequate level of particle beam focusing performance. The method includes: a magnet housing stage of housing a predetermined number of permanent magnets in a housing, which has a through-hole at a center part and an annular magnet housing space on an outer circumferential side of the through-hole, from an opening part of the magnet housing space into the magnet housing space; a welding stage of setting a lid for covering the opening part on the opening part, and welding the lid and the housing by laser beam welding. At least a surface of the housing and a surface of the lid are formed of copper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Kazunori OKIHIRA, Kyusaku HIGA, Fumiaki INOUE
  • Publication number: 20140125436
    Abstract: There is provided a magnetic circuit including a first magnetic body configured to include a magnet and a yoke plate, and a second magnetic body. The yoke plate forms an opening space at a position facing the second magnetic body. The magnet is disposed in the opening space or at a position sandwiched between the yoke plates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Akihito Kinoshita, Hitoshi Kubota, Yasushi Tsuji, Shuichi Chihara, Masahiro Kobori, Junichiro Misawa
  • Publication number: 20140091887
    Abstract: A multi-level magnetic system includes first and second magnetic structures and transitions between an attract mode and a repel mode when the first and second magnetic structures are separated by an equilibrium separation distance. The multi-level magnetic system is placed between two objects and configured to oscillate about the equilibrium separation distance in response to a vibration from a motion source. The oscillation about the equilibrium separation distance causes the multi-level magnetic system to function as a low pass filter that substantially attenuates vibrations above a cutoff frequency thereby limiting the conducting of the vibration between the two objects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2012
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: Correlated Magnetics Research, LLC
    Inventors: Mark D. Roberts, Larry W. Fullerton
  • Patent number: 8686818
    Abstract: A microparticle includes an oblong flexible tail able to propel the microparticle in a solution along a trajectory using beats transverse to the trajectory, the tail including at least one magnetic element such that the magnetic element causes beats of the tail under the action of an external alternating magnetic field non-collinear with the trajectory and a head mechanically connected to a proximal end of the tail. The microparticle includes at least one layer of material formed from one piece and including the tail and the head, the dimensions and/or shape of the head being selected such that the beats of the proximal end of the tail are limited with respect to the beats of the distal end of the tail and such that the head does not perform a complete revolution around an axis parallel to the trajectory under the effect of the external alternating magnetic field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignees: Commissariat a l'energie atomique et aux energies alternatives, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
    Inventors: Bernard Dieny, Heélène Joisten, Philippe Sabon