Work Or Object Holding Type Patents (Class 335/285)
  • Patent number: 10399235
    Abstract: An item with fibers may be picked up and placed using a tool head with hooks that engage the fibers. The tool head may comprise at least one hook portion and at least one contact surface adjacent to the hook portion. The hooks that engage the fibers may extend from the hook portion. The tool head may be actuatable between at least a first configuration that permits the hooks to engage the fibers and a second configuration that does not permit the hooks to engage the fibers. An item may be picked up at a starting location with a tool head in the first configuration and placed at a placement location by moving the tool head and then actuating the tool head to the second configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Feng-Ming Ou, Yu-Hsi Hsing, Chia-Chi Yang
  • Patent number: 10363983
    Abstract: A magnetic coupling device includes a first seat, a second seat, a magnetic unit and a releasing member. The second seat is connected to the first seat. The magnetic unit includes a first member disposed in the first seat, and a second member disposed in the second seat. The releasing member is connected to the first seat and the second seat, and is convertible between a linked position, where the second seat is proximate to the first seat, and the second member is magnetically connected to the first member, and a released position, where the second seat is away from the first seat, and the second member is separated from the first member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: SUNNY WHEEL INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kuo-Chung Hsu
  • Patent number: 10366639
    Abstract: A panel board display system is described that includes a plurality of thin interconnected display panels. The interconnected display panels are capable of interconnecting at a lengthwise edge of each panel without overlap. The interconnected display panels are easily coupled together magnetically and may be coupled in multiple varied orientations utilizing various combinations of the front and back of each panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: VOMELA SPECIALTY COMPANY
    Inventors: Barry Childs, Robert Pietila
  • Patent number: 10351358
    Abstract: A magnetic drive transmission method includes the steps of: disposing solid magnetic device and ring-shaped magnetic device at top and bottom surfaces of work platform, while keeping the solid magnetic device in axial alignment with the hollow inner diameter of the ring-shaped magnetic device the solid magnetic device enters within the magnetic field lines of the ring-shaped magnetic device so as to create a magnetic field downstream between the solid magnetic device and the ring-shaped magnetic device that changes the thrust of the same polarity repulsion and to further cause the solid magnetic device and the ring-shaped magnetic device to attract each other in a balanced manner, and then using the ring-shaped magnetic device to drive the solid magnetic device in moving a predetermined workpiece along one surface of the work platform to a predetermined location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: USUN TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD
    Inventors: Chiu-Fong Huang, Hsiang-Yueh Yu
  • Patent number: 10315200
    Abstract: An apparatus for storing magnetic materials may include a tray. The apparatus for storing magnetic materials may include a sheet. The apparatus for storing magnetic materials may include a first set of height modulators. The apparatus for storing magnetic materials may include a diamagnetic material. The tray may include one or more pockets. The one or more pockets may be configured to receive a magnetic device. The sheet may be configured to couple with the tray. The sheet may be located adjacent to a bottom of the one or more pockets. The sheet may include the diamagnetic material. The sheet may include the first set of height modulators. The first set of height modulators may protrude from a surface of the sheet. The first set of height modulators may be configured to extend into the one or more pockets at a first distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Amanuel M Abebaw, Mark Saltas, Anna M. Prakash, Liwei Wang
  • Patent number: 10147622
    Abstract: An electric-programmable magnetic module comprising a micro electro mechanical system (MEMS) chip and a bonding equipment is provided. The MEMS chip comprises a plurality of electromagnetic coils and each of the electromagnetic coils is individually controlled. The MEMS chip is assembled with and carried by the bonding equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignees: Industrial Technology Research Institute, PlayNitride Inc.
    Inventors: Ming-Hsien Wu, Yen-Hsiang Fang, Chia-Hsin Chao
  • Patent number: 10143342
    Abstract: Sanitary set consist of the toilet seat (2), the lid (1) on the toilet bowl (3) where the toilet seat (2) and the lid (1) are connected to the upper edge of toilet bowl (3) by means of rolling joints around the horizontal axis characterized in that the rolling joints are formed from magnets (5.1, 5.2) arranged on or in a horizontal bar (5) in rear end of upper plane of toilet bowl (3) and oppositely polarized magnets (6) in rear end of the toilet seat (2) and oppositely polarized magnets (7) in the rear end of the lid (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: RAWA DESIGN S.R.O.
    Inventor: Nad{hacek over (e)}{hacek over (z)}da Rawová
  • Patent number: 10139862
    Abstract: There is provided an electronic apparatus capable of separating a portable information device and an accessory device easily while preventing the coupled state of both devices from being released accidentally. The electronic apparatus includes: a state detector provided in either the portable information device or the accessory device to detect whether the electronic apparatus is in a predetermined stable position; an intention detector that detects whether there is an intention of detaching the portable information device from the accessory device; and a control unit that operates a coupling mechanism when it is detected from an output of the state detector that the electronic apparatus is in the stable position, and when it is detected from an output of the intention detector that there is the intention of detaching the portable information device from the accessory device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: LENOVO (SINGAPORE) PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Fusanobu Nakamura, Mitsuhiro Yamazaki, Atsushi Nagashima, Kazunori Yamamura
  • Patent number: 10046668
    Abstract: A transport system including at least one guideway, at least one levitation generator, at least one lifting member, at least one drive generator, and at least one drive member is presented. The at least one guideway, at least one levitation generator, at least one lifting member, at least one drive generator, and at least one drive member can each be implemented with other systems. The at least one drive generator is configured to: generate a driving magnetic flux; move with a corresponding at least one drive member; and be driven relative to the at least one drive member by the driving magnetic flux. The at least one levitation generator can be configured to: generate a levitating magnetic flux; move within a corresponding at least one lifting member; and elevate above a rest position relative to the at least one lifting member in response to the levitating magnetic flux.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: SKYTRAN, INC.
    Inventor: John Lee Wamble, III
  • Patent number: 9824808
    Abstract: This document describes techniques using, and apparatuses including, switchable magnetic locks. These techniques and apparatuses can enable low or no power consumption and a seamless design for locking and unlocking of devices one to the other, such as computing devices and peripherals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Bernard K. Rihn, Paul Henry Dietz, Steven Nabil Bathiche, Joseph B. Gault
  • Patent number: 9789597
    Abstract: Striking tools are disclosed that include a handle and a head. Striking surfaces may be securely attached to the head. In this way, lighter weight striking tools may be made with greater durability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Estwing Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua D. West, Steven M. Flosi, John W. Ryan, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9783288
    Abstract: A lift fan position lock mechanism is disclosed. In various embodiments, a position lock mechanism includes a ring structure having a first surface, the ring structure including one or more detents defined in the first surface of the ring structure. For each detent, the lock mechanism includes a stationary magnet coupled fixedly to the ring structure at a location adjacent to the detent. The lock mechanism further includes a rotating magnet assembly comprising a magnet of opposite magnetic polarity to at least one of the stationary magnets and a mechanical stop structure of a size and shape to fit into a corresponding detent and engage mechanically with a surface defining at least one extent of said corresponding detent when the rotating magnet assembly is in a locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Kitty Hawk Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Wayne Moore, Geoffrey Alan Long
  • Patent number: 9730501
    Abstract: A fluid application device and a device for storing and dispensing a fluid, as a massage device, includes: a holder including a cavity that has a visible depth for the cavity; at least one magnet contained within a recess that is present in the holder; and an application head including at least one portion made of a magnetizable material that is formed so as to be attracted by the magnet(s). The application head has an application surface higher than half the total outer surface of the application head, the device being arranged such that the application head is rotatably movable within the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Inventor: Thomas Eugene Joseph Diezinger
  • Patent number: 9666346
    Abstract: Disclosed is a magnet plate assembly that includes a plurality of magnetic bodies, each magnetic body having a first surface formed to correspond to a flat surface of a substrate and to contact the flat surface of the substrate and a second surface formed in a different direction from that of the first surface, and a support frame which supports the plurality of magnetic bodies and has a plurality of grooves in which the plurality of magnetic bodies are respectively seated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sokwon Noh, Kookchol Park
  • Patent number: 9617768
    Abstract: A belt for electromagnetic sucker includes a first substantially U-shaped section, a second substantially U-shaped section, an electromagnetic sucker coupled to at least one of the first and second substantially U-shaped sections, at least one of the first and second substantially U-shaped sections being structured and arranged to be secure to a support, and a connector structured and arranged to secure the first and second substantially U-shaped sections to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: DIGIT
    Inventor: Jacob Benhammou
  • Patent number: 9569002
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a portable electronic device having a sensor arrangement for gesture recognition and a method for gesture recognition. In accordance with one example embodiment, the portable electronic device comprises: a processor; a flexible housing including a magnet; a magnetic sensor connected to the processor which monitors a magnetic field generated by the magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventor: David Ryan Walker
  • Patent number: 9401239
    Abstract: An electrical component for attachment to paper and other substrates comprises, according to one embodiment, a functional electronic part including one or more support pillars on an underside thereof. Each of the support pillars comprises: a channel extending therethrough from a top opening to a bottom opening, where the top opening of the channel is adjacent to the functional electronic part; and a magnet moveably positioned in the channel in electrical contact with the functional electronic part, where the bottom opening of the channel has a width smaller than a maximum lateral dimension of the magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: ELECTRONINKS WRITEABLES, INC.
    Inventors: Michael A. Bell, Analisa Russo
  • Patent number: 9396857
    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: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Akihito Kinoshita, Hitoshi Kubota, Yasushi Tsuji, Shuichi Chihara, Masahiro Kobori, Junichiro Misawa
  • Patent number: 9346140
    Abstract: An anvil for ultrasonic machining includes an air-supported support part which is floatingly supported via an air bearing at a carrier part, wherein the support part and the carrier part are connected to one another via at least one linear guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: MS SPAICHINGEN GMBH
    Inventors: Daniel Risch, Elmar Noder
  • Patent number: 9333641
    Abstract: An elastic band comprising a depository area is disclosed. The band may be closed or open-ended. The depository area may hold a magnet. A magnet-retaining band attached to a handle portion of a tool can secure magnetically and removably the tool to a ferrous object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Inventors: Miguel Angel Macias, Marco Galli
  • Patent number: 9281108
    Abstract: A clamp assembly comprises a first clamp including a plurality of magnet devices. Each magnet device includes a permanent magnet and a coil surrounding the permanent magnet. The clamp assembly further comprises a controller for pulsing the coils to selectively magnetize and demagnetize the permanent magnets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Branko Sarh, Daniela Lucia Rus, Andrew Dominic Marchese
  • Patent number: 9155385
    Abstract: There is a display device configured to couple to a structure, such as a wall. The display device includes a display module having a base plate. The display module includes an array of containers extending from the base plate. The display module includes a plurality of supports disposed between each of the containers of the array of containers. The display module includes a pair of end tabs coupled to each end of the array of containers. The display device includes a pair of brackets configured to couple to the pair of end tabs of the display module. The pair of brackets include a support plate and a channel disposed on the support plate about a 45 degree angle. The pair of brackets include an attachment surface disposed on the support plate and a vertical slit aperture disposed adjacent the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Inventor: Victor David Williams
  • Patent number: 9138128
    Abstract: A medical instrument includes a handle, on which at least one electric switch is arranged. The switch has an annular mechanical actuation unit whose outer side forms a grip surface running peripherally of the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Richard Wolf GmbH
    Inventor: Elmar Teichtmann
  • Patent number: 9090167
    Abstract: A transport system including at least one guideway, at least one levitation generator, at least one lifting member, at least one drive generator, and at least one drive member is presented. The at least one guideway, at least one levitation generator, at least one lifting member, at least one drive generator, and at least one drive member can each be implemented with other systems. The at least one drive generator is configured to: generate a driving magnetic flux; move with a corresponding at least one drive member; and be driven relative to the at least one drive member by the driving magnetic flux. The at least one levitation generator can be configured to: generate a levitating magnetic flux; move within a corresponding at least one lifting member; and elevate above a rest position relative to the at least one lifting member in response to the levitating magnetic flux.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: skyTran Inc.
    Inventor: John Lee Wamble, III
  • Patent number: 9067290
    Abstract: The invention relates to an attaching device, an arrangement and a method for attaching an object to be worked to a working base. The attaching device comprises: a first holder in the first end of the attaching device for attaching the attaching device to the working base or to another attaching device or to the object to be worked; a second holder in the second end of the attaching device for attaching the attaching device to the working base or to another attaching device or to the object to be worked; and a controller for controlling the holding forces produced by the first and second holders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: IXTUR OY
    Inventors: Reijo Nätti, Janne Pulkkinen
  • Publication number: 20150130572
    Abstract: The present invention is a system for carrying individualized articles, said system comprising: a main carrier having at least one magnetic material incorporated therewith; at least one expandable ring, having a central cavity and a relaxed configuration and an expanded configuration, whereby said expanded configuration is achieved by applying pressure to an expandable material incorporated with said expanded ring, said expanded ring further comprising at least one magnet constructed and arranged to interact with said magnet of said main body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Jessica Goirigolzarri
  • Patent number: 9027232
    Abstract: A cylindrical magnet assembly has at least one coil mounted on a former, assembled to a bore tube by a number of inserts within holes formed in a material of the former. Each insert can bear on a dished radially outer extremity of a radially-outwardly directed protrusion or each insert can bear on a radially outer concave surface of a radially-inwardly directed protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Siemens Plc.
    Inventor: Russell Peter Gore
  • Patent number: 9022018
    Abstract: A combination oven and cutting board has a front opening door and a metal upper surface with features that cooperate with the cutting board. The oven may have an internal heating cavity and a front opening door that incorporates a magnet that is used to pull a rack out of the oven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Breville Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Keith James Hensel
  • Patent number: 9021704
    Abstract: A method for assembling parts. A sealant is placed between a plurality of parts in a stack up to form a workpiece. The workpiece is clamped using a permanent magnet unit and an electromagnetic clamping device in an activated state such that a number of forces caused by a magnetic field clamps the workpiece between the electromagnetic clamping device and the permanent magnet unit. A number of holes are drilled in the workpiece. A number of fasteners are installed in the number of holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Branko Sarh, Harry Asada, Manas Chandran Menon
  • Patent number: 9013257
    Abstract: For simplifying the handling of magnet bodies during magnetization and for inserting the magnetized magnet bodies into a component of a magnetic system such as an electromagnetic drive, a magnetic travel or angle system or the like, an apparatus is proposed which includes a plurality of cavities for receiving at least one magnet body respectively, wherein the magazine comprises a plurality of interconnected and mutually movable magazine elements. The invention further relates to a method for holding magnet bodies during their magnetization and for inserting the magnetized magnet bodies into a component of a magnetic system and to a magnet body handling system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Magnet-Physik
    Inventor: Dietrich Alfred Steingroever
  • 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
  • Patent number: 9000872
    Abstract: For an information carrier (1) for magnetically attaching to an object (8) to be marked, according to the invention the information carrier (1) is provided with a contact-breaking surface (4), which is connected to a contact surface (2) of the information carrier (1) at an angle, wherein the contact surface (2) enables the information carrier (1) to magnetically adhere to the object (8) to be marked. By tipping the information carrier (1) onto the contact-breaking surface (4) by means of a corresponding device, the information carrier (1) can be removed from the object (8) to be marked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Harting Applied Technologies GmbH
    Inventors: Volker Franke, Volker Huckriede, Thomas Heimann, Michael Koch
  • Publication number: 20150077846
    Abstract: A positioning system comprising a mounting assembly arranged to move a positioning device via a magnetic coupling interaction between the mounting assembly and the positioning device. The positioning device is configured to limit the spread of flux away from the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: Commonwealth of Australia as represented by Department of Industry
    Inventors: Peter Gillingham, James Gilbert, Gregory Smith, Nicholas Staszak, Jerzy Brzeski, Stanislaw Miziarski, Scot Smedley, Tony Farrell, Lewis Waller
  • Patent number: 8981887
    Abstract: A magnetic tool-holder, comprising a flexible outer web defining an enclosed area and enclosing an array of solid, rigid magnets. The magnets are regularly interspersed in direction of polarization, so that the nearest neighbors of a magnet having a north pole facing in a first direction all have a north pole facing in a second direction, opposite to the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventor: Alexander Erlandsson
  • Publication number: 20150070118
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus combined with magnetic attraction force includes a first body and a second body. The first body includes at least one first magnetic element; the second body includes at least one receiving groove, at least one moving assembly, and at least one assistant magnetic element. Each moving assembly is movably disposed in each receiving groove, and each moving assembly includes a second magnetic element. Each assistant magnetic element is fixed in the receiving groove, and the magnetic attraction force between the assistant magnetic element and the second magnetic element is smaller than that between the first magnetic element and the second magnetic element. When the second body is combined with the first body, each second magnetic element is attracted by each first magnetic element such that each moving assembly is driven to move toward the first body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Yi-Mu Chang, Chyun-Nan Liu
  • Publication number: 20150068014
    Abstract: A magnetic attachment comprises a stacked configuration including an attachment surface, a magnetic coupling device, and a device comprising at least one magnet. A thin non-conductive sheet may be positioned between the magnetic coupling device and the at least one magnet. The magnetic coupling device may include an aperture through which radio signals may pass. The magnetic coupling device may comprise alternating layers of magnetically permeable material and non-magnetically permeable material. The magnetic coupling device may have an adhesive backing layer and may be provided in a kit for a user to apply to a device. The embedded coupling device may be configured within the shell of a host device, or within a cover of a device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventor: Peter Colne Salmon
  • 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: 8970334
    Abstract: There is provided a magnetic substance holding device that controls permanent magnet energy with which it is possible to obtain a strong holding force with a simple structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: TaeKwang Choi
  • Patent number: 8963668
    Abstract: An improved field emission system and method is provided that involves field emission structures having electric or magnetic field sources. The magnitudes, polarities, and positions of the magnetic or electric field sources are configured to have desirable correlation properties, which may be in accordance with a code. The correlation properties correspond to a desired spatial force function where spatial forces between field emission structures correspond to relative alignment, separation distance, and the spatial force function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Correlated Magnetics Research LLC
    Inventors: Larry W Fullerton, Mark D Roberts
  • Patent number: 8963666
    Abstract: Connectors and methods of coupling electronic devices and cables are provided. In one embodiment, a connector has a first coded magnet on a first surface of a first device. The first coded magnet has at least two different polarity regions on the first surface. A second coded magnet on a second surface of a second device is also provided. The second coded magnet is configured to provide identifying information regarding the device on which it is located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Brett Bilbrey, Aleksandar Pance, Peter Arnold, David I. Simon, Jean Lee, Michael D. Hillman, Gregory L. Tice, Vijay Iyer, Bradley Spare
  • Publication number: 20150049426
    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. The cover includes a number of magnets formed into a number of magnetic arrangements that provide a number of useful features associated with the cover and the tablet device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel G. Smith, Taylor Harrison Gilbert
  • Publication number: 20150042427
    Abstract: Method and device for self-regulated flux transfer from a source of magnetic energy into one or more ferromagnetic work pieces, wherein a plurality of magnets, each having at least one N-S pole pair defining a magnetization axis, are disposed in a medium having a first relative permeability, the magnets being arranged in an array in which gaps of predetermined distance are maintained between neighboring magnets in the array and in which the magnetization axes of the magnets are oriented such that immediately neighboring magnets face one another with opposite polarities, such arrangement representing a magnetic tank circuit in which internal flux paths through the medium exist between neighboring magnets and magnetic flux access portals are defined between oppositely polarized pole pieces of such neighboring magnets, and wherein at least one working circuit is created which has a reluctance that is lower than that of the magnetic tank circuit by bringing one or more of the magnetic flux access portals into clo
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Franz Kocijan
  • Publication number: 20150042428
    Abstract: Method and device for self-regulated flux transfer from a source of magnetic energy into one or more ferromagnetic work pieces, wherein a plurality of magnets, each having at least one N-S pole pair defining a magnetization axis, are disposed in a medium having a first relative permeability, the magnets being arranged in an array in which gaps of predetermined distance are maintained between neighboring magnets in the array and in which the magnetization axes of the magnets are oriented such that immediately neighboring magnets face one another with opposite polarities, such arrangement representing a magnetic tank circuit in which internal flux paths through the medium exist between neighboring magnets and magnetic flux access portals are defined between oppositely polarized pole pieces of such neighboring magnets, and wherein at least one working circuit is created which has a reluctance that is lower than that of the magnetic tank circuit by bringing one or more of the magnetic flux access portals into clo
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Franz Kocijan
  • 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: 8947185
    Abstract: A multilevel magnetic system described herein includes first and second magnetic structures that produce a net force that transitions from an attract force to a repel force as a separation distance between the first and second magnetic structures increases. The multi-level magnetic system is configured to maintain a minimum separation distance between a transition distance where the net force is zero and a separation distance at which a peak repel force is produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Correlated Magnetics Research, LLC
    Inventors: Larry W. Fullerton, Mark D. Roberts
  • Publication number: 20150022299
    Abstract: Method and device for self-regulated flux transfer from a source of magnetic energy into one or more ferromagnetic work pieces, wherein a plurality of magnets, each having at least one N-S pole pair defining a magnetization axis, are disposed in a medium having a first relative permeability, the magnets being arranged in an array in which gaps of predetermined distance are maintained between neighboring magnets in the array and in which the magnetization axes of the magnets are oriented such that immediately neighboring magnets face one another with opposite polarities, such arrangement representing a magnetic tank circuit in which internal flux paths through the medium exist between neighboring magnets and magnetic flux access portals are defined between oppositely polarized pole pieces of such neighboring magnets, and wherein at least one working circuit is created which has a reluctance that is lower than that of the magnetic tank circuit by bringing one or more of the magnetic flux access portals into clo
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Franz Kocijan
  • 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: 8912872
    Abstract: A clamp assembly comprises a first clamp including a plurality of magnet devices. Each magnet device includes a permanent magnet and a coil surrounding the permanent magnet. The clamp assembly further comprises a controller for pulsing the coils to selectively magnetize and demagnetize the permanent magnets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Branko Sarh, Daniela Lucia Rus, Andrew Dominic Marchese
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    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
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    Abstract: A guide having passive gravity compensation via a magnet assembly for guiding a first body relative to a second body in a vertical direction has a spring guide which allows movements between a first and second body in the vertical direction and blocks the same in all other directions. The first body is connected to a first magnet and the second body to a second magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Dr. Johannes Heidenhain GmbH
    Inventors: John Compter, Bart Van Campen, Arjan Bakker