Portable Computer Type Patents (Class 361/679.09)
  • Patent number: 10317961
    Abstract: An electronic device may be provided that includes a body having one or more electronic components. The body may have a first portion and a second portion. The second portion may include a first layer of material comprising a first metal and a second layer of material comprising a second metal. At least one electronic component may be between the first portion and the second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Yanbing Sun, Ming Zhang
  • Patent number: 10320128
    Abstract: A USB Type C connector port adapts to support docking solutions with enhanced power transfer features, including increased power transfer levels supported through a guide pin and connector interface, rapid power transfer configuration changes by applying pre-negotiated power settings, external battery charge and discharge at an information handling system with improved efficiency accomplished by transitioning voltage between native and boosted levels responsive to information handling system load, and robust connector port coupling in a cavity of a connector shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Mohammed K. Hijazi, Christopher A. Torres, Merle J. Wood, III, Deeder M. Aurongzeb
  • Patent number: 10312719
    Abstract: A computing device may include a first housing attached to a second housing by one or more hinges. A second power transceiver in the second housing may receive power from a power source and wirelessly transmit the power to a first power transceiver in the first housing. The first power transceiver may distribute the power to a first display device and to a computer motherboard located in the first housing. The first power transceiver may include first magnets positioned to attract second magnets in the second power transceiver. Each power transceiver may include a bearing on either end that enables each power transceiver to rotate, such that a first coil of the first power transceiver is in a line of sight of a second coil of the second power transceiver, regardless of an orientation of the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Jace W. Files, John Trevor Morrison, Gerald R. Pelissier
  • Patent number: 10303215
    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 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Sean S. Corbin, Andrew D. Lauder
  • Patent number: 10303213
    Abstract: Systems and methods for auto-aligning protruding connectors in docking interfaces are described. In some embodiments, a docking interface may include a male portion comprising: a first magnetic device, a second magnetic device disposed across from the first magnetic device, and a guidepost disposed between the first magnetic device and the second magnetic device, where the guidepost comprises a third magnetic device. The docking interface may also include a female portion comprising a fourth magnetic device and a fifth magnetic device disposed across from the fourth magnetic device leaving a gap between the fourth magnetic device and the fifth magnetic device, where the gap is configured to receive the guidepost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Dell Products, L.P.
    Inventors: Timothy C. Shaw, Bradford Edward Vier, Timothy M. Radloff
  • Patent number: 10148000
    Abstract: A housing for an electronic device is disclosed. The housing comprises a first component and a second component separated from the first component by a gap. The housing also includes a first molded element disposed at least partially within the gap and defining at least a portion of an interlock feature, and a second molded element disposed at least partially within the gap and mechanically engaging the interlock feature. The first component, the second component, and the second molded element form a portion of an exterior surface of the housing. A method of forming the housing is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Matthew D. Hill, Michael B. Wittenberg, Shane Bustle, Duy P. Le
  • Patent number: 10128460
    Abstract: A flexible display apparatus including: a first film including a first surface and a second surface that are opposite each other, and a first groove formed in the first surface, the first film having a first rigidity; a third film on the second surface of the first film; a fourth film facing the third film; an emission display unit between and encapsulated by the third film and the fourth film; and a second film on the fourth film and facing the first film, the second film having a second rigidity that is less than the first rigidity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Valeriy Prushinskiy, Won-Sik Hyun, Hyong-Yeol Na, Min-Soo Kim, Mu-Gyeom Kim
  • Patent number: 10120412
    Abstract: An electronic device is provided. The electronic device comprises a first body structure; a connecting portion; and a second body structure connected to the first body structure via the connecting portion. The second body structure includes a cover portion, and an end portion connected to an edge of the cover portion. A thickness of the end portion is larger than the thickness of the cover portion. An I/O port is disposed at a side wall of the end portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC.
    Inventors: Yung-Hsiang Chen, Li-Wei Hung
  • Patent number: 9992908
    Abstract: Provided is a display apparatus including: a case having an inlet; and an outlet; a display module disposed in the case and including a display panel configured to display an image; and a heat exchange device configured to receive heat from the display module and including: a first portion provided in a first cooling passage, air in the first passage moving over the display module; and a second portion provided in a second cooling passage, air in the second cooling passage moving over the heat exchange device, wherein heat generated from the display module is transferred to the first portion via the air in the first cooling passage, wherein the heat transferred to the first portion is transferred to the second portion, and wherein the air suctioned through the inlet is heat-exchanged in the second cooling passage with the second portion and discharged through the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Joon Kang, Jin Hyun Cho, Jung Kyun Kim, Jin Soo Pyo
  • Patent number: 9973852
    Abstract: Techniques are described herein that are capable of providing an updated acoustic response for a device based at least in part on a hinge angle. For instance, an angle of a hinge that is coupled between first and second members of a device may be determined. The angle is defined between first and second surfaces of the respective first and second members. A spectral signal has a frequency spectrum that includes multiple portions. An amplitude of each portion of the frequency spectrum is selectively modified to change an acoustic response of the device to an updated acoustic response based at least in part on the angle of the hinge. The acoustic response of the device is associated with a resonance chamber, which is defined by the first surface, the second surface, and a third surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: John B. Hesketh, Adolfo Hernandez Santisteban, Roger Sebastian Sylvan, Aaron M. Burns
  • Patent number: 9967990
    Abstract: Provided is an electronic apparatus that has enhanced strength and reduced weight. An electronic apparatus includes: a housing having two faces that face each other, having an accommodation space therein, and having an opening on one of the two faces; and an electronic device contained in the accommodation space. The housing is configured of a first member and a second member that are divided in the faces, and has a device insertion opening on at least one of opposing faces of the first member and the second member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Saturn Licensing LLC
    Inventors: Yohei Fukuma, Tomoaki Takuma, Shigeru Yoshida, Tetsu Sumii, Keita Hibi
  • Patent number: 9960446
    Abstract: A secondary battery suitable for a portable information terminal or a wearable device is provided. An electronic device having a novel structure which can have various forms and a secondary battery that fits the forms of the electronic device are provided. In the secondary battery, sealing is performed using a film provided with depressions or projections that ease stress on the film due to application of external force. A pattern of depressions or projections is formed on the film by pressing, e.g., embossing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: SEMICONDUCTOR ENERGY LABORATORY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Minoru Takahashi, Ryota Tajima
  • Patent number: 9927844
    Abstract: Examples disclosed herein provide a hinge assembly for a computing device. One example hinge assembly includes a first hinge attached along a back side of a base member of the computing device, and a second hinge attached along a back surface of a display member of the computing device. The hinge assembly includes a first support including a first end and a second end opposite the first end. The first support is attached to the first hinge at the first end and attached to the second hinge at the second end. The support is disposed along the back surface of the display member outside a perimeter of a display surface of the display member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Chan Park, Hui Leng Lim
  • Patent number: 9927842
    Abstract: Examples disclosed herein provide a computing device. One example computing device includes a base member, a support member rotatably connected to the base member at a first end of the support member, and a display member rotatably connected at a second end of the support member opposite the first end of the support member. The computing device includes a kickstand rotatably connected to a back surface of the display member at a first end of the kickstand, and magnetic members to magnetically couple the support member with a second end of the kickstand opposite the first end of the kickstand. When the device is to change from a first operation mode to a second operation mode, the kickstand is to move along the support member via the magnetic coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Chan Park, Wen-Yo Lu, Chad Patrick Paris
  • Patent number: 9872092
    Abstract: A speaker device and an electronic device including the speaker device. The speaker device includes a speaker body, which includes a front surface, a rear surface, and a side surface provided between the front surface and the rear surface, and a sealing member provided to enclose at least the side surface of the speaker body, in which the sealing member isolates sound output through the front surface of the speaker body and sound output through the rear surface of the speaker body from each other. The speaker device and the electronic device including the same may be implemented variously according to an embodiment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jung-Eun Han, Ki-Won Kim, Myung-Cheol Lee, Sun-Young Lee, Young-Bae Ji, Jin-Hyuk Choi
  • Patent number: 9861001
    Abstract: A ruggedized protective case for a laptop, tablet, smartphone, or other like mobile communications or computing device may include a rigid inner housing shielding the reverse face of the mobile device and a flexible, rubberized outer housing including reinforced impact-absorbing corners. The case may include a kickstand/easel hingedly attached to the rear inner housing, positionable by a user for holding the mobile device at any desired angle to a substantially horizontal surface. The kickstand may be extended by an easel bracket to support a portable keyboard of the mobile device for vehicular use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: MobileDemand LC
    Inventors: Matthew Miller, Steven R. Kunert
  • Patent number: 9857829
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing apparatus including a case which is provided with an opening. Two or more functional units are allocated to the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shuhei Yukawa, Masayoshi Koganei, Toshiyuki Sasaki, Takashi Enomoto
  • Patent number: 9857833
    Abstract: A portable information handling system hinge rotationally couples lid and main housing portions to each other with one or more shafts that rotate relative to the housing portions and/or each other. Threads integrated along the shaft length engage off axis with a friction element that generates resistance to housing portion rotational movement. Placement of the friction element in length and/or width vectors aids reduction of the system housing height vector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Jason S. Morrison, Laurent A. Regimbal
  • Patent number: 9851757
    Abstract: A stand assembly for a portable electronic device is disclosed. The stand assembly enables the portable electronic device to stand horizontally and vertically, as well as standing at an angle. The stand assembly includes a first arm swingably provided by a first hinge on a rear surface side of a chassis, a second arm swingably provided by a second hinge on the rear surface side of the chassis. The stand assembly also includes a connecting section that connects the first arm to the second arm 12, with the second arm being longer than the first arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: LENOVO (SINGAPORE) PTD LTE
    Inventors: Moriyuki Tsuchihashi, Seita Horikoshi, Takehito Yamauchi, Masayuki Amano, Ryota Nohara
  • Patent number: 9785197
    Abstract: In one general aspect, a computing device can include a base portion including an input region, a display portion, and a moving hinge coupled to the display portion. The moving hinge may be configured to rotate about an axis of rotation as the display portion rotates in a direction away from the input region. The computing device can also include a connecting rod coupled to the moving hinge and to the base portion. The moving hinge may be disposed at a first position with respect to the base portion. The moving hinge may be configured to move to a second position such that the axis of rotation is moved in response to the display portion being rotated in the direction away from the input region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence Lam, Gadi Amit
  • Patent number: 9778681
    Abstract: An example display device includes a display device stand and display device housing pivotably connected to display device stand. The display device housing is to pivot between a vertical operating position and a horizontal servicing position, and a lid portion of the display device housing is to rotatably open away from a back portion of the display device housing to provide access to components within the display device housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Owen Richard, Jonathan D. Bassett, David Quijano
  • Patent number: 9766661
    Abstract: Particular embodiments described herein provide for an electronic device that could include a circuit board coupled to a plurality of electronic components (which includes any type of components, elements, circuitry, etc.). One particular example implementation of the electronic device may include a display portion and a keyboard portion that includes a cradle dock to allow the display portion to be removably connected to the keyboard portion in a first configuration, where a viewing angle of the display portion can be adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Hui, Russell Aoki, Anthony P. Valpiani, Nicolas A. Kurczewski
  • Patent number: 9766665
    Abstract: A multiple mode display apparatus and methods of use. An apparatus includes a display surface with a first and a second display area. A housing pivotally attached with the display proximate a first edge of the housing is displaceable from a coplanar position with the surface of the display device to a position wherein an angle of at least 90 degrees between the surface of the display and the housing is formed along said first edge. In the first position, the first display area is visible and activated to receive user input or to display output. The second display area is covered by the housing and placed in a mode of reduced power consumption. In the second position, the second display area is visible and activated to display output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Nicholas W. Oakley
  • Patent number: 9705115
    Abstract: A portable electronic device is described. This portable electronic device includes an external housing with a cavity defined by an edge. A keyboard, having a front surface and a back surface, is disposed in the cavity with the front surface facing the external housing. Moreover, a tray is disposed over the back surface of the keyboard, and is mechanically coupled to the external housing adjacent to the edge. Furthermore, battery cells are mechanically coupled to an opposite side of the tray from the back surface of the keyboard. The tray may allow the battery cells to be removed from the portable electronic device without damaging the keyboard. In addition, the tray may increase the compression strength and/or the bending strength of the portable electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Ron A. Hopkinson, Brett W. Degner, Robert S. Murphy, Christiaan A. Ligtenberg, Matthew P. Casebolt, Peter M. Arnold, Eric A. Knopf
  • Patent number: 9690333
    Abstract: A portable electronic apparatus assembly includes a tabular electronic device and a supporting device. The supporting device includes a base, a connecting member pivotally connected to the base, and a supporting member pivotally connected to the connecting member. The connecting member can rotate about a first rotation axis relative to the base. The supporting member can rotate about a second rotation axis relative to the connecting member. The first rotation axis and the second rotation axis are nonparallel. The supporting device can support the tabular electronic device by accommodating the tabular electronic device in an accommodating slot of the supporting member. Thereby, unfolding and folding of the supporting member relative to the base is more flexible. The whole thickness of the supporting device after folded can avoid being restrained by the thickness of the tabular electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventors: Chen-Yi Liang, Che-Wen Liu
  • Patent number: 9690322
    Abstract: An electronic device may be provided that includes a first housing. The first housing may include a plurality of electronic components, and a circuit board having a first surface and a second surface. At least one of the electronic components may be provided on the second surface of the circuit board. The circuit board may be configured as a chassis of the first housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Hong W. Wong, Wah Yiu Kwong, Timothy T. Nguyen, Johnson Tao, Xiaoguo Liang
  • Patent number: 9684375
    Abstract: Systems and methods for stabilizing haptic touch panels or touch surfaces are disclosed. For example, one disclosed system includes a housing having a base; and a touch sensitive input device. The apparatus further includes a first support member coupled to the base via a first hinge and coupled to the touch sensitive input device via a second hinge; a second support member coupled to the base via a third hinge and coupled to the touch sensitive input device via a fourth hinge; wherein the first support member and the second support member are configured to facilitate movement of the touch sensitive input device in a first degree of freedom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventor: Neil T. Olien
  • Patent number: 9671834
    Abstract: Retractable screen (1) and keyboard (2) assembly for tables, comprising a supporting structure provided with a frame (3) defining a housing (4), and with a supporting frame (5) on the table, the screen (1) being able to rotate from a position in which it is stowed inside the housing (4) and flush with the supporting frame (5) to an elevated use position, a platform (6) arranged in the housing (4) on which the keyboard (2) rests, means for guiding (G) the platform (6) vertically from a lower position which leaves space for the stowed screen (1) and an upper use position, and further comprising a base (7) for the screen (1) which can rotate about a fixed axis (?) in relation to said frame (3), the screen (1) being mounted on said base (7), the screen (1) and base (7) assembly being able to rotate about said axis (?) from the stowed position to the use position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Albiral Display Solutions, S.L.
    Inventors: Henrik Bo Aage Holm Jensen, Montserrat Romero Font
  • Patent number: 9626095
    Abstract: A portable apparatus comprising a touch screen for browsing information displayed on a screen of an external apparatus and a method for browsing information thereof are provided. The method includes displaying a link area included in the web page displayed on the screen of the external apparatus on the touch screen of the portable apparatus, in response to a first gesture of a user on the touch screen, magnifying the link area displayed on the touch screen, and in response to a second gesture of the user on the magnified link area transmitting information regarding displaying another web page related to the link area on the screen of the external apparatus from the portable apparatus to the external apparatus. Accordingly, users may browse information displayed on a screen of an external apparatus using a portable apparatus having a touch screen swiftly and conveniently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seok-ho Seo, Ki-suh Ahn, Hye-jung Yang, Kyung-soo Lim, Eun-hee Rhim, Jin-ha Jun, Sie-joon Cho
  • Patent number: 9628131
    Abstract: A case for a portable electronic device includes a cavity and one or more studded surfaces. The cavity can receive at least a portion of the portable electronic device such that the portable electronic device is removable from the cavity through an opening in the cavity. The studded surfaces can be coupled with one or more building elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Pono Paani, LLC
    Inventors: Hunter S. Thompson, Jamie L. Thompson, James W. Thompson, Frazier Newlin
  • Patent number: 9594400
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a main body and an input body. The main body has a display unit and a first contact portion rotatably connected to the display unit. The first contact portion has a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface, and at least one part of the first contact portion has a thickness smaller than a thickness of the display unit. The input body includes a second contact portion with a contact surface. When the input body is detachably connected to the main body, the display unit is operable to rotate with respect to the input body, and the contact surface of the second contact portion is operable to engage with the first or second surfaces of the first contact portion by surface-to-surface contacting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: LENOVO (BEIJING) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Fenglang Li, Peng Bai
  • Patent number: 9588671
    Abstract: A portable apparatus comprising a touch screen for browsing information displayed on a screen of an external apparatus and a method for browsing information thereof are provided. The method includes displaying a link area included in the web page displayed on the screen of the external apparatus on the touch screen of the portable apparatus, in response to a first gesture of a user on the touch screen, magnifying the link area displayed on the touch screen, and in response to a second gesture of the user on the magnified link area transmitting information regarding displaying another web page related to the link area on the screen of the external apparatus from the portable apparatus to the external apparatus. Accordingly, users may browse information displayed on a screen of an external apparatus using a portable apparatus having a touch screen swiftly and conveniently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seok-ho Seo, Ki-suh Ahn, Hye-jung Yang, Kyung-soo Lim, Eun-hee Rhim, Jin-ha Jun, Sie-joon Cho
  • Patent number: 9541959
    Abstract: An electronic device is disclosed that redirects light escaping from a display assembly light source to an illuminable region of the electronic device. In some embodiments, the electronic device includes a light guide panel arranged along a rear surface of the display assembly and configured to receive light escaping from a lateral side of the light source. The light guide panel can then be arranged to transport that light to a position behind the illuminable region and emit it back out in a focused beam having a size about the same as the illuminable region. In some embodiments the illuminable region can be a logo or device identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Steven J. Sfarzo, Joss N. Giddings, Bradley J. Hamel, Matthew P. Casebolt, Christiaan A. Ligtenberg
  • Patent number: 9535465
    Abstract: In embodiments of a hinge electrical interconnection guide, a portable device includes a first housing integrated with a display device, and a second housing movably coupled to the first housing. A hinge assembly includes a hinge link to couple hinge mechanisms that are movably operable to open and close the first and second housings of the portable device relative to each other. An electrical interconnection guide is integrated with the hinge link and designed to route an electrical interconnection in a first configuration between the first and second housings of the device when closed relative to each other. The electrical interconnection guide is also designed to route the electrical interconnection in a second configuration between the first and second housings of the device when open relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: David D. Bohn, Paul M. O'Brien, Christopher Bramley Fruhauf, Michael J. Basha, Perry Q. Anderson
  • Patent number: 9507381
    Abstract: A system for magnetically coupling a stylus device to a computing device is disclosed. The computing device may include a first pair of magnets disposed in or on the computing device, wherein the first pair of magnets include two magnets proximate to each other and of opposite magnetic polarity. The stylus device may include a second pair of magnets disposed in or on the stylus device, wherein the second pair of magnets include two magnets proximate to each other and of opposite magnetic polarity. The first and second pairs of magnets are oriented to align opposite poles of the magnets to couple the stylus device to the computing device, and the magnetic interactions resist rotational and shear forces, and resist the stylus device being placed in an incorrect position on the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Timothy Michael Vanderet, Joshua Danel Lemons, Miguel Angel Morales, Josue Jean Rodriquez
  • Patent number: 9504171
    Abstract: A power supply has a generally rectangular housing that has a length of about 11 inches and a width of about 8.5 inches, with a thickness of less than 5.2 cm. A rechargeable battery is housed inside the housing, and a power bay is provided on the housing and coupled to the battery inside the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Sun Pleasure Company Limited
    Inventors: Vincent W. S. Lau, Lei Zheng
  • Patent number: 9494980
    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: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Sean S. Corbin, Andrew D. Lauder
  • Patent number: 9494977
    Abstract: In certain embodiments, a protective cover includes a housing having a surface, and a latch mechanism hingeably coupled to the housing. The latch can include a top side and a bottom side, the bottom side configured to couple to and secure an input device to the surface of the housing. The latch can be configured to rotate, via the hinge coupling, between a first configuration and second configuration. In the first configuration, the top side of the latch can be flush with the surface of the housing and the bottom side embedded within the housing such that the latch does not protrude from the housing. In the second configuration, the latch can be rotated relative to the first configuration and protrude from the housing. The latch can be operable to be rotated open from the first configuration to the second configuration via the hinge coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Logitech Europe S.A.
    Inventor: Malachy Spollen
  • Patent number: 9494976
    Abstract: Aspects of the invention relate to an apparatus including a housing and a slot disposed in the housing, the slot configured to hold an input device in a plurality of upright configurations including at least a forward-facing upright configuration such that the input device faces the front portion of the housing, and at least a backward-facing upright configuration such that the input device faces the back portion of the housing. The slot can be overmolded with a rubber compound (e.g. silicon-based) and configured to provide an improved coefficient of friction to reduce slippage of the input device when held in the slot. In some aspects, the housing includes a surface, and the overmolded portion of the slot can protrude above the surface of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Logitech Europe S.A.
    Inventors: Mathew Bates, Brian Stephens, John Moriarty, Simone Mandelli, James Jackson, James Lynch, Ronan Carroll, Mel Reynolds, Stephen Harvey, Denis O'Keeffe
  • Patent number: 9490087
    Abstract: A laptop computer comprising a keyboard including a bezel having a plurality of key openings and a plurality of key holding features configured adjacent to the plurality of key openings on a bottom side of the bezel. The laptop computer also includes a plurality of keycaps having a touch surface for receiving a press force, each keycap positioned within a respective one of the plurality of key openings. The laptop computer also includes a chassis having a plurality of planar-translation effecting mechanisms each supporting a respective one of the plurality of keycaps such that, in response to receiving the press force, the respective keycap moves in a press direction and a second direction orthogonal to the press direction from an unpressed position toward a pressed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Synaptics Incorporated
    Inventors: Doug Krumpelman, Chris Weber, Yeh-Cheng Tan
  • Patent number: 9489015
    Abstract: A computing device accessory is provided. The computing device accessory includes a first cover segment that has an inner surface and an exterior surface. The interior surface includes a recessed region to receive a base of a tablet computing device. The computing device accessory also includes a magnetic component provided with the first cover segment, where the magnetic component is positioned to actively retain the tablet computing device when the base of the tablet computing device is received in the recessed region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Richard Gioscia, Philip Bryan, Michael Christian Ryner, Giovanni Mata Magana
  • Patent number: 9482892
    Abstract: A display device includes a display module, an outer frame, an active engaging unit, and a passive engaging unit. The display module has at least one side surface. The outer frame surrounds the display module and has last least one inner surface facing the side surface, wherein a gap is formed between the inner surface and the side surface. The active engaging unit extends from the display module into the gap and further extends along the gap. The passive engaging unit is disposed on the inner surface and protrudes toward the side surface. The active engaging unit engages with the passive engaging unit to restrict the relative movement between the display device and the outer frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: DARWIN PRECISIONS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yu-Jen Lai, Chi-Chang Chen
  • Patent number: 9436216
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing apparatus including a case which is provided with an opening. Two or more functional units are allocated to the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shuhei Yukawa, Masayoshi Koganei, Toshiyuki Sasaki, Takashi Enomoto
  • Patent number: 9430003
    Abstract: Retractable touchpad devices and methods are provided. In general, an electronic device can include a retractable frame configured to move between a retracted configuration and an expanded configuration. In the retracted configuration, the frame can be contained within a base of the electronic device. In the expanded configuration, the frame can no longer be contained within the base, thereby allowing the frame to provide touchpad functionality when in the expanded configuration. The retractable frame can thus be configured to selectively provide touchpad functionality for the electronic device based on whether the frame is retracted or expanded. The retractable frame can be configured to be retracted in a variety of ways, such as by including a foldable member configured to be unfolded and folded so as to selectively provide touchpad access, or by including a slidable member configured to be slid so as to selectively provide touchpad access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: LENOVO (SINGAPORE) PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Satoshi Hosoya, Takehito Yamauchi
  • Patent number: 9423826
    Abstract: A mechanical attach and retention feature is described. An apparatus may include a cover portion that is configured to cover at least a portion of a display device of a computing device having a mobile form factor that is configured to be held by one or more hands of a user. The apparatus includes, a first mid-spine that is rotationally connected to the cover portion, a second mid-spine that is rotationally connected to the first mid-spine, and a connection portion that is rotationally connection to the second mid-spine. The connection portion is configured to form a removable physical coupling to the computing device using a projection that is configured to be disposed within a channel formed in a housing of the computing device and a protrusion disposed on the projection, the protrusion configured to be received within a cavity formed as part of the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Ivan Andrew McCracken, Hua Wang, Karsten Aagaard, David Otto Whitt, III, Andrew E. Winter
  • Patent number: 9408317
    Abstract: A handle structure and an electronic apparatus having the handle structure are provided. A housing of the electronic apparatus has a receiving groove adjacent to one side of the electronic apparatus. The handle structure is pivotally connected to the receiving groove and can be moved opposite to the housing, so as to form a foot mode and a handle mode. In the foot mode, a sliding member of the handle structure is in an accommodating position, and a second end can be locked with a positioning portion in a locking position. When the positioning portion is in a release position, a second end of a sliding member can be detached from the positioning portion and slid to a stretch position, making a handle member exposed out of the receiving groove to form the handle mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: WISTRON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Xiren Luo
  • Patent number: 9402325
    Abstract: Provided is a portable electronic device with excellent shock resistance without reducing design property. A portable electronic device according to an exemplary embodiment of the present invention is equipped with a case including a device (e.g., a speaker), a covering member that covers the device, a protrusion that is formed on the case, and a protective member that protects the covering member. The protective member is formed to protrude from the covering member and also with a substantially equivalent height to that of the protrusion. It is preferable that the protrusion is formed at facing edges of the case, and the protective member is formed between the protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masato Okano
  • Patent number: 9398711
    Abstract: A display device including a display panel, a rear cover, disposed at a rear of the display panel, which forms a rear exterior of the display panel, and a reinforcing member disposed between the display panel and the rear cover, such that the strength of the display device is increased, wherein the reinforcing member includes a body unit having a shape of the display panel and forms an external appearance of the reinforcing member, and a plurality of cells that penetrate the body unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Woo Sung In, Doo Soon Park, Woong Hee Lee, Jeong Roh Lee, Sung Soo Jung
  • Patent number: 9377818
    Abstract: Technologies for utilizing a plurality of displays include a computing device and a plurality of detachable display units physically coupled to the computing device. The computing device executes an application of the computing device and assigns the application to a detachable display unit of the plurality of detachable display units. The detachable display unit monitors for detachment of the detachable display unit from the computing device and maintains execution of the assigned application in response to detachment of the detachable display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Rita H. Wouhaybi, Hong W. Wong, David W. Browning, James M. Okuley
  • Patent number: 9377812
    Abstract: A disclosed portable apparatus includes: a first touch switch that is installed on a first surface of a housing of the portable apparatus; a second touch switch that is installed on a second surface of the housing, which is opposite to the first surface; and a determination unit configured to determine whether or not the first surface and the second surface are simultaneously touched, based on outputs of the first touch switch and the second touch switch. The portable apparatus may further include a first controller configured to release a lock function upon determining that the first surface and the second surface are simultaneously touched, and to activate the lock function upon determining that the first surface and the second surface are not simultaneously touched.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: FUJITSU MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS LIMITED
    Inventor: Masataka Kato