Electrically Connected Through Hinge Means Patents (Class 361/679.28)
  • Patent number: 10444794
    Abstract: A dock can comprise a keyboard; and a frame supporting the keyboard. The frame can include a cover, at least one spring, a support, and a protrusion. The cover can define at least one hole. The at least one spring can secure the cover to the support. The support can be attached to the frame and to the spring. The support can include a ferromagnetic material. The at least one protrusion can extend from the support into the at least one hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventor: Valentin de la Fuente
  • Patent number: 10411750
    Abstract: A smart device assembly and a protection case for a smart device are provided. The protection case includes a rear case and a cover plate. A membrane switch is placed in the cover plate, and an outer surface of the cover plate includes a key window arranged corresponding to a key portion in the membrane switch. An extension wire of a lower circuit layer of the membrane switch is extended out from the cover plate. A spring pogo pin connector is arranged on the extension wire of the lower circuit layer of the membrane switch. A slot is formed in the smart device. A pogo pin base connected to a GPIO pin of a processor of the smart device is disposed inside a body of the smart device. A contact point of the pogo pin base is exposed in the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: HuiZhou TCL Mobile Communication Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jizhong Li, Chenyang Li, Chunxiong Wu
  • Patent number: 10353435
    Abstract: Particular embodiments described herein provide for an electronic device, such as a notebook computer or laptop, that includes 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 keyboard portion that includes a plurality of keys; a display portion that includes a first display interconnect for operating the electronic device in a first configuration, and a second display interconnect for operating the electronic device in a second configuration; and a docking portion that includes a keyboard interconnect configured to be mated with at least one of the first display interconnect and the second display interconnect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Shanjun Deng, Hong W. Wong, Xiaoguo Liang, Jiancheng Johnson Tao, Wah Yiu Kwong
  • Patent number: 10067532
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a first machine body and a second machine body adapted to be detachably assembled to the first machine body. The first machine body includes a first casing, a first hinge fixed to a side of the first casing, a second hinge pivoted to the first hinge along an axis, and a first connecting member disposed at the side and linked to the second hinge. The first and the second hinges are covered by the first casing. The second machine body includes a second casing and a second connecting member. When the first machine body is assembled to the second machine body, the first connecting member is fixed to the second connecting member, the second hinge is fixed jointly so that the first hinge is rotatable related to the second hinge. Accordingly, the first casing is rotatable related to the second casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: COMPAL ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Jyh-Chyang Tzou, Tsai-Wen Mao, Yao-Tsung Yeh, Huai-Te Tseng, Chia-Chi Sun, Ming-Chung Peng, Yung-Hsiang Chen, Chien-I Lin, Hsin-Hui Huang, Chien-Chia Huang, Tsung-Han Yang
  • Patent number: 10050398
    Abstract: A dock connector support structure is to mate with a corresponding structure of a mating connector. A magnet magnetically attaches the dock connector support structure to the corresponding structure of the mating connector. A signal contact and a further contact are supported by the dock connector support structure. The signal contact is to communicatively connect with a contact of the mating connector. The further contact is selected from among a high-power contact to supply power in excess of five watts, and a wireless element contact to connect to a wireless communication element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Ivan Dejesus Chousal, Ben Wynne, Samiel H Chau
  • Patent number: 10037051
    Abstract: A computer has a tablet (4) and a base (6) detachably connected by hinge (14). Receptacles (20) and plugs (22) form electrical and mechanical connections when the tablet (4) and base (6) are coupled. The base (6) is connected via the hinge (14) to a pivoting rail (12) that has plugs (18) and a first contact (26) on a longitudinal side (17) directed toward the tablet (4). The tablet (4) has receptacles (20) and a second contact (28) on a longitudinal side (23) directed toward the pivoting rail (6). The hinge (46) has toothing system pairs (30), a setting device (32) assigned to a toothing system pair (30) and friction hinge elements (38, 40). Each toothing system pair (30) has two toothing system elements (34, 36) arranged symmetrically to a transverse axis (33) and engaging one another. Each friction hinge (32) is assigned at least one toothing system pair (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Joerg Tragatschnig
  • Patent number: 9793630
    Abstract: An Iridium 9603/9603N SBD Transceiver is provided. The improvement comprises a MOLEX 501591-2011 user connector replacing a SAMTEC ST4-10-2.50L-D-P-TR user connector. Furthermore, a method for replacing the SAMTEC ST4-10-2.50L-D-P-TR user connector of the Iridium 9603/9603N SBD Transceiver with the MOLEX 501591-2011 user connector is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: METOCEAN TELEMATICS LIMITED
    Inventors: Anthony Chedrawy, Vincent Wilson, Danny Garon, Paul Brooks
  • Patent number: 9684344
    Abstract: An exterior case includes a first member to which a hinge bracket is attached, a fastener portion being a portion of the first member surrounding a hole in the first member, and being thickened in a thickness direction of the first member, a second member that is fixed to the first member and surrounds the fastener portion of the first member, and at least one fastener screw screwed into the hole to fasten the first member and the second member together and to fasten the hinge bracket to the first member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Yasufumi Yamamoto, Masuo Ohnishi, Takashi Abe, Sonomasa Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 9477260
    Abstract: In accordance with embodiments of the present disclosure, a bezel configured to mechanically couple to a housing for housing components of an information handling system may include one or more mechanical features for mechanically coupling the bezel to the housing, an information handling resource mechanically coupled to a mechanical structure of the bezel, and a bezel connector having a plurality of pins communicatively coupled to the information handling resource. The bezel connector may be configured to communicatively couple the information handling resource to a second information handling resource of the information handling system housed within the housing when the bezel is mechanically coupled to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Corey Dean Hartman, Salvador D. Jimenez, III, Syed S. Ahmed
  • Patent number: 9395762
    Abstract: Particular embodiments described herein provide for an electronic device, such as a notebook computer or laptop, that includes a circuit board coupled to a plurality of electronic components (which includes any type of components, elements, circuitry, etc.). The electronic device may also include a hinge assembly to secure a top portion of the electronic device to an accessory. The hinge assembly is to allow a rotation of the top portion in relation to the accessory. The hinge assembly may include a plurality of discs to receive a plurality of segments of the accessory as the hinge assembly engages to secure the top portion of the electronic device to the accessory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Sameer Sharma, Douglas Satzger, Gadi Amit, Yoshikazu Hoshino, Chadwick Harber, Daniel Clifton, Phil Houdek, Stanislav Moiseyenko, Nathan Jauvtis
  • Patent number: 9335792
    Abstract: A docking device according to an embodiment, on which an electronic apparatus is mounted in a demountable manner, includes a hook member, a hook interlocking member interlocking with the hook member and a latching member. By the operation to a demount-operating part, the hook member slidingly moves from a locking position where the hook member engages with an engaging hole of the electronic apparatus, to an unlocking position where the hook member does not engage with the engaging hole. When the electronic apparatus is not mounted on the docking device, the latching member is pressed up to a first level where it does not latch the hook interlocking member, and protrudes from a mounting surface on which the electronic apparatus is mounted. When the electronic apparatus is mounted, the latching member is pressed down to a second level where it can latch the hook interlocking member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Takuo Matsumoto, Tetsuo Okazaki
  • Patent number: 9250853
    Abstract: An adhesive display system includes at least one adhesive display panel including a flexible display unit and an adhesive layer, at least one connector connected to the at least one adhesive display panel to apply a data driving signal thereto, and an external device configured to apply data to the at least one connector. The at least one adhesive display panel is connected to each other using the at least one connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Suyeon Yun, Young-Seok Ji
  • Patent number: 9223356
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a first body and a second body. The first body has a lock portion. The second body includes a main body, a lock component, an actuator and a retainer. The main body is configured to be detachably assembled to the first body. The lock component is movably disposed in the main body. The actuator is disposed in the main body. The retainer is connected to the actuator, in which when the main body is detachably assembled to the first body and the lock component is located at a first position, the lock component locks the lock portion to prevent the main body being separated from the first body, and the actuator is configured to drive the retainer pushing the lock component so as to prevent the lock component departing from the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: COMPAL ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Po-Feng Chuang, Yu-Hsuan Ku, Shih-Huei Liu, Ming-Wang Lin
  • Patent number: 9148965
    Abstract: A display module and an electronic device are provided. The display module includes a housing, a pivot rod, and a flexible circuit board. The housing has a connection portion, wherein the connection portion has a connecting hole. The pivot rod is partially disposed in the connecting hole. The flexible circuit board includes a first transmission section, a second transmission section, and a connecting section that connects the previous two sections. The connecting section is disposed in a traverse direction with respect to the extending directions of the first transmission section and the second transmission section and wraps around the pivot rod with the traverse direction as an axial direction, wherein the connecting section is at least partially disposed in the connecting hole such that the first transmission section is in the housing and the second transmission section is outside of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: AU OPTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Keng-Yi Lee
  • Patent number: 9136230
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein include an integrated circuit (IC) device. For example, the IC device can include a substrate configured to be coupled to a printed circuit board (PCB), an IC die attached to the substrate, and a waveguide launcher formed on the substrate. The waveguide launcher is electrically coupled to the IC die through the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Sergei Demin, Shaul Klein, Igal Yehuda Kushnir
  • Patent number: 9128671
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a docking device and an assembly comprising the docking device and a tablet computer. The docking device comprises a pair of frame members defining receiving space for receiving the tablet computer, each frame member includes a connection portion and a supporting portion; and a virtual input device pivotably mounted within an opening between the connection portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, L.P.
    Inventor: Chien-Kuo Lee
  • Patent number: 9042087
    Abstract: A docking station and an electronic apparatus using the same are provided. The electronic apparatus includes a portable computer and a docking station. The docking station includes a body, a base and a connecter, and the portable computer is detachably connected to the docking station. The base is movably connected to the body. The connecter disposed on the base is movable with the base relative to the body. The body is electrically connected to the portable computer via the connecter, and thus the portable computer can move relative to the docking station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC.
    Inventors: Cheng-Chih Hung, Kuan-Ting Chen, Hsuan-Wu Wei, Ming-Chin Yang
  • Publication number: 20150138714
    Abstract: A system can include a display unit that includes extremely high frequency (EHF) radio frequency band communication circuitry; a base unit that includes extremely high frequency (EHF) radio frequency band communication circuitry; a mechanism that releasably couples the display unit and the base unit to define a coupled state; a hinge that orients the display unit with respect to the base unit in the coupled state; and a polymer ribbon waveguide that interconnects the communication circuitry of the display unit and the communication circuitry of the base unit in the coupled state. Various other apparatuses, systems, methods, etc., are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventor: Mark Charles Davis
  • Patent number: 9025318
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention disclose a stylus having a retractable connector for use with a computing device. According to one embodiment, the stylus includes an outer housing and a connector configured to attach to a port on the computing device so as to maintain the stylus in a fixed position adjacent to the computing device. Furthermore, the connector is capable of extending from the housing of the stylus into a first position and also retracting into the stylus housing into a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Britt C Ashcraft, Eric Chen, Michael Delpier, Dustin L Hoffman
  • Patent number: 9012785
    Abstract: A flexible multilayer substrate includes a multilayer body including a plurality of laminated resin layers. The multilayer body includes an innermost surface, which is a surface on an inner side when the substrate is bent, and an outermost surface, which is a surface on an outer side when the substrate is bent. Each of the plurality of resin layers includes a skin layer on one surface. Lamination of the multilayer body includes a skin layer joint plane at one location at a central portion in the thickness direction, and the skin layer and other surface come in contact with each other at another location along the central portion in the thickness direction. A skin layer joint plane is arranged on a side closer to the innermost surface than a central plane in the thickness direction of the multilayer body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshihito Otsubo
  • Patent number: 9013867
    Abstract: A handheld computing device may include a first screen having a first display, a second screen having a second display, and a hinge connected to the first and second screens. The hinge may include a plurality of axes to enable the first and second screens to rotate about distinct axes. The hinge may include a hub having an internal passage configured to electrically couple the first and second screens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Z124
    Inventors: Charles Becze, Michael J. O'Connor
  • Patent number: 9007760
    Abstract: A hinge assembly having a hollow clutch is arranged to pivotally couple a portable computer base portion to a portable computer lid portion. The hinge assembly includes at least a hollow cylindrical portion that includes an annular outer region and a central bore region, the central bore region suitably arranged to provide support for electrical conductors between the base and lid portions. The hinge assembly also includes a plurality of fastening components that couple the hollow clutch to the base portion and the lid portion of the portable computer, with at least one of the fastening regions being integrally formed with the hollow cylindrical portion such that space, size and part count are minimized. The integrally formed fastening region(s) can be flat with holes dispersed therethrough for screws, bolts or the like. The central bore can also support a heat transfer element and can also serve as a lubricant reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventors: Brett William Degner, John M. Brock, Bradley Joseph Hamel
  • Patent number: 9007759
    Abstract: A display module holding frame and method of manufacturing same include the steps of: first, providing a support frame which includes an installation frame to hold a display module, two installation portions to hold two hinge structures, an installation space formed within the installation frame, a coupling space formed between the two installation portions and a wiring passage communicating with the installation space and the coupling space; next, threading a signal wire through the wiring passage; finally, forming a rubber protective layer on the surface of the support frame via an injection process. The rubber protective layer has a holding portion to fix the signal wire in the wiring passage. The display module holding frame thus formed provides a structure to securely hold the signal wire without moving freely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Sinher Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Ting-Hung Su, Wen Yan Lin, Yung-Chang Chiang
  • Patent number: 9007755
    Abstract: Disclosed are a flat panel type image display device of a clear borderless design without a case defining an external appearance of an image display device, and a method for manufacturing the same. The flat panel type image display device includes an image display panel to display an image, a panel guide including a panel fixing portion, to which the image display panel is attached, and a guide frame formed in a dual coupling structure, the panel fixing portion being configured to move together with the guide frame in at least one direction of x, y, and z-axis directions, and a bottom case formed to cover an opened back surface of the panel guide comprising a back surface of the image display panel, the bottom case being fixed to an inner side surface of the panel guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: LG Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chang-Il Kim, Byung In Park
  • Patent number: 8995115
    Abstract: A portable computing device includes at least a base portion of a lightweight material that includes at least a wedge shaped top case having a trough formed at an interfacing edge thereof. The trough includes a raised portion having a first contact surface and a receiving area, and a bottom case coupled to the top case to form a complete housing for at least a portion of the portable computing device for enclosing at least a plurality of operational components and a plurality of structural components. The portable computing device also includes at least a lid portion pivotally connected to the base portion by a hinge assembly. In the described embodiments, the lid portion has a display in communication with one or more of the plurality of components in the base portion by way of or more electrical conductors that electrically connect the base portion to the lid portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Inventors: Brett W. Degner, Euan Abraham, John M. Brock, Matthew P. Casebolt, Robert L. Coish, Laura M. DeForest, Michelle Goldberg, Bradley Joseph Hamel, Ron Hopkinson, Jim Hwang, Caitlin E. Kalinowski, Steven Keiper, Patrick Kessler, Eugene Kim, Chris Ligtenberg, Jay K. Osborn, John Raff, Nicholas A. Rundle, David J. Yeh
  • Patent number: 8988862
    Abstract: A performance display device comprising a base receptacle and a display unit; wherein the display unit comprises a display screen and a processor, and is operable by a mode switch; the mode switch is operated by relative pivotal motion between the display unit and the base receptacle; characterized in that the display unit and the base receptacle are complementarily shaped to cooperatively form a hinge axis about which the mode changing pivotal motion takes place. A performance display device having a hinge axis formed by the complementarily shaped display unit and base receptacle provides a simple, robust, and reliable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Dayton Technologies Limited
    Inventor: Paul Anthony Yuen
  • Patent number: 8982542
    Abstract: A hinge mechanism for a mobile electronic device includes a first leaf comprising first and second fixed pivot axes and a second leaf comprising third and fourth fixed pivot axes, the four pivot axes being substantially parallel to one another. A first linkage is pivotally coupled to the first leaf at the first pivot axis and pivotally coupled to the second leaf at the fourth pivot axis. A second linkage is pivotally coupled to the first leaf such at the second pivot axis and pivotally coupled to the second leaf at the third pivot axis. The first and second leaves are pivotable at least about 180° relative to one another. A cam mechanism can be included to bias the pivotal motion of the leaves. An FPC or other electrical connector linking the leaves can pass through a passage in at least one of the linkages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: David Bohn
  • Patent number: 8973753
    Abstract: An apparatus and system for housing a device include a housing that is configured such that a device may be fitted within the housing and thereby be protected, such as from shocks and/or liquid. The housing may include top and bottom members that may be removably coupled together so as to form the housing. Each top and bottom member optionally includes front and back surfaces surrounded by a perimeter. The perimeter is defined by proximal and distal ends as well as opposing sides. The top and bottom members may include respective clasping mechanisms that extend along the perimeter of the top and bottom members. The clasping mechanisms are configured for coupling the top and bottom members with one another thereby sealing the housing, for instance, in a shock-proof and/or water tight seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: TreeFrog Developments, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary Rayner
  • Publication number: 20150049275
    Abstract: An electronic device may have a housing with a lid that rotates relative to a base. A display in the lid may have a thin-film transistor layer. Display driver circuitry may be mounted to the thin-film transistor layer. A display timing controller integrated circuit may be mounted in the base. A rigid flex printed circuit may have a rigid portion in the base to which the display timing controller integrated circuit is mounted and may have a rigid portion in the lid. A flexible printed circuit portion of the rigid flex printed circuit may be used to couple the rigid printed circuit portion in the lid to the thin-film transistor layer. A flexible printed circuit portion of the rigid flex printed circuit that extends between the lid and the base may be formed from a double-shield-layer single-signal-line-layer flexible printed circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan W. Posner, Dinesh C. Mathew, Eric L. Benson, Jason N. Gomez, Jun Qi, Robert Y. Cao, Victor H. Yin, Christiaan A. Ligtenberg, Wey-Jiun Lin
  • Patent number: 8955196
    Abstract: A pivoting mechanism includes a first driving component, a second driving component and a pivot shaft. The first driving component includes a first pivoting portion and a first connecting portion, the first connecting portion is disposed on the first pivoting portion. The second driving component includes a second pivoting portion, a second connecting portion, a positioning portion, a rotary unit and a rotary shaft. The second connecting portion is disposed on the second pivoting portion. The positioning portion is disposed on the second connecting portion. The positioning portion includes a slot structure, and the rotary unit is disposed inside the slot structure. The rotary shaft passes through the rotary unit, and two ends of the rotary shaft respectively pivot to inner walls of the slot structure. The pivot shaft is disposed between the first pivoting portion and the second pivoting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventor: Shun-De Bai
  • Patent number: 8947870
    Abstract: Disclosed is a sliding and rotating apparatus for connecting two components of a device, such as a portable electronic media player, and a device having the same. The apparatus provides has a base member, a sliding member, and a rotating member. The sliding member is coupled to the base member so as to permit sliding thereon in a first linear direction and between first and second positions, and the rotating member rotationally coupled to the sliding member. The rotating member and base member are configured such that when the sliding member is forced into the second position the rotating member is rotated in a first angular direction. The apparatus also may contain a sliding mechanism that biases the apparatus in either the first or second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: CBY Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: YouQing Li, Jun Huang
  • Patent number: 8947864
    Abstract: Fabric outer layer techniques are described. In one or more implementations, an apparatus includes, an input portion having one or more keys configured to generate signals to be processed by a computing device as inputs, a connection portion that is configured to be removable attachable to the computing device and including at least one communication contact configured to form a communicative coupling with the computing device to communicate the generated signals, a flexible hinge that is configured to flexibly and communicatively connect the connection portion to the input portion, and first and second outer fabric layers that are configured to act as an outer surface of the one or more keys of the input portion and the flexible hinge and are physically secured to the connection portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: David Otto Whitt, III, Eric Joseph Wahl, David C. Vandervoort, Todd David Pleake, Rob Huala, Summer L. Schneider, Robyn Rebecca Reed McLaughlin, Matthew David Mickelson, Joel Lawrence Pelley, Timothy C. Shaw, Ralf Groene, Hua Wang, Christopher Harry Stoumbos, Karsten Aagaard
  • Publication number: 20150016041
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an electronic device includes a first attachment part; a second attachment part separated from the first attachment part; a flexible printed circuit board including a first connection part fixed to the first attachment part, a second connection part fixed to the second attachment part, a coupling part to couple the first connection part and the second connection part and provided with a slit extending in a first direction connecting the first connection part and the second connection part, and a bending part provided in the coupling part; and a bonding sheet provided on one side of the second connection part for bonding the second connection part and the first attachment part away from the coupling part in a second direction along a direction in which the second connection part extends, and to bond the second connection part and the first connection part inside the slit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Kiyomi Muro
  • Patent number: 8933908
    Abstract: A mobile terminal device includes a face panel provided on an exterior of a housing, a sensor module that detects that the face panel is touched, where the sensor module is provided on a more inward side of the housing than the face panel, a light-emitting unit provided with a light-emitting member that emits light when the sensor module detects that the face panel is touched, where the light-emitting unit is provided on a more inward side of the housing than the sensor module, and a connection unit that makes an electrical connection between the sensor module and the light-emitting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Hiroaki Sakashita, Tatsuhito Araki, Manabu Hongo, Hiroaki Matsuda
  • Patent number: 8934229
    Abstract: An electronics device includes a plurality of panels. A first panel includes device electronics positioned within a housing that functions as a protective cover. A second panel includes a touchscreen display on a display side and a housing on a backside. The second panel is coupled to the first panel using a first hinge mechanism, such as a reversible hinge. A third panel includes a touchscreen display configurable as an adaptive interface. The third panel is coupled to the second panel using a second hinge mechanism. The first panel, the second panel, and the third panel are coupled together as a “z-fold”, and are movable into a plurality of different configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Brad Thorson
  • Patent number: 8934231
    Abstract: A hinge fixing structure includes a bezel whereon an opening is formed, and a cover whereon a slot is formed. The hinge fixing structure includes a hinge whereon a hole is formed, and a protrusion bolt. The protrusion bolt includes a fixing portion installed inside the slot on the cover in a tight fit manner, and a protruding portion connected to a side of the fixing portion and passing through the hole of the hinge. The hinge fixing structure further includes a screwing component for passing through the opening on the bezel and being screwed inside the protrusion blot at an end, so as to fix relative position of the bezel, the hinge and the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventors: Cheng-Shing Liu, Jen-Hao Liu, Jen-Feng Lin, Jhih-Hong Wang
  • Patent number: 8902607
    Abstract: A testing apparatus and method of extending the life of a testing apparatus may comprise a chassis including a case having a testing module receptacle receiving a plurality of testing modules comprising at least one processor module and a plurality of test modules, each having the same physical footprint, including respective racking mechanisms and inter-module interface connectors; and a backplane with connectors connecting with a respective inter-module connector, and bus-work interconnecting the respective modules through the inter-module interface connectors and the backplane connectors. The backplane may comprise a battery and display connector. The chassis may comprise a display mounting receptacle configured to receive a display unit having a display connector configured to interface with the backplane display connector. A battery receptacle may receive a battery unit, such as a rechargeable battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: VeEX Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Ker Chin Chang, Cyrille Morelle
  • Patent number: 8897007
    Abstract: A portable computing device can include one or more clutch assemblies that can include a conductive elastomer configured to contact at least a portion of the clutch assembly of the portable computing device. The conductive elastomer can be configured to also contact at least one region of the base portion of the portable computing device and can include highly conductive regions. A USB grounding plate can be attached to a portion of a case for the portable computing device and can be configured to provide a ground pathway between the case and a ground sheath of a USB connector inserted into an opening in a side wall of the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventors: Brandon S. Smith, Cheryl P. Espiritu, Houtan R. Farahani, Charles A. Schwalbach
  • Patent number: 8891244
    Abstract: A hinge assembly is provided for a signal cable to pass through. The hinge assembly includes a first bearing block, a second bearing block, and a spindle. The first bearing block includes a first fixing plate and a first sleeve, the first sleeve is connected to a side edge of the first fixing plate, and the first sleeve has a first sectioned groove linked to its two ends. One end of the spindle is inserted in the first sleeve, and the other end is fixed on the second bearing block. The spindle has a second sectioned groove, and the second sectioned groove has at least one end linked to the first sectioned groove of the first sleeve, so that one end of the first sleeve, the first sectioned groove, and the second sectioned groove are linked to form an accommodating space for signal cables to pass through.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventor: Chun-Fei Yang
  • Patent number: 8885332
    Abstract: An electronic device includes an input device, a display that displays information, a first housing provided with the input device, a second housing provided with the display, a coupler that couples the first housing and the second housing to each other to enable changing of a positional relationship between the first housing and the second housing, a setter that allows a user to make a setting for enabling or disabling inputting to the input device, a positional-relationship detector that detects the positional relationship between the first housing and the second housing, and a controller that enables inputting to the input device, regardless of a setting by the setter, when a result of detection by the positional-relationship detector satisfies a first predetermined condition, in a case where a setting by the setter is made to disable inputting to the input device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: Satoru Masaoka
  • Patent number: 8873227
    Abstract: Flexible hinge and removable attachment techniques are described. In one or more implementations, a flexible hinge is configured to communicatively and physically couple an input device to a computing device and may implement functionality such as a support layer and minimum bend radius. The input device may also include functionality to promote a secure physical connection between the input device and the computing device. One example of this includes use of one or more protrusions that are configured to be removed from respective cavities of the computing device along a particular axis but mechanically bind along other axes. Other techniques include use of a laminate structure to form a connection portion of the input device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: David Otto Whitt, III, Eric Joseph Wahl, David C. Vandervoort, Todd David Pleake, Rob Huala, Summer L. Schneider, Robyn Rebecca Reed McLaughlin, Matthew David Mickelson, Joel Lawrence Pelley, Timothy C. Shaw, Ralf Groene, Hua Wang, Christopher Harry Stoumbos, Karsten Aagaard
  • Patent number: 8854828
    Abstract: A connecting module, disposed at a casing having a through hole, includes a door, a connecting port and an elastic member. The door is rotatably coupled to the casing so as to be located at a first position to cover the through hole or at a second position to open with respect to the casing. The connecting port is disposed at an inner side of the door so as to be disposed inside the casing when the door is located at the first position or exposed outside the casing when the door is located at the second position. The elastic member is rotatably coupled to the connecting port so as to rotate with respect to the connecting port to fasten a plug between the connecting port and the elastic member when the plug is connected to the connecting port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventor: Chin-Lung Fan
  • Publication number: 20140285961
    Abstract: A cover for a portable terminal having a fixing part for fixing the portable terminal and a folder rotating at the fixing part to open and close the portable terminal. The cover includes an input unit and/or a display unit, and a charging unit. The input unit inputs data to the portable terminal The display unit displays data from the portable terminal. The input unit and display unit are constructed in the folder. The charging unit is constructed in at least one of the fixing part and folder, and supplies power to the portable terminal generated using a solar cell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventor: Myoung-Ji NAM
  • Publication number: 20140285960
    Abstract: Particular embodiments described herein provide for an electronic device, such as a notebook computer or laptop, that includes a circuit board coupled to a plurality of electronic components (which includes any type of components, elements, circuitry, etc.). The electronic device may also include a hinge assembly to secure a top portion of the electronic device to an accessory. The hinge assembly is to allow a rotation of the top portion in relation to the accessory. The hinge assembly may include a plurality of discs to receive a plurality of segments of the accessory as the hinge assembly engages to secure the top portion of the electronic device to the accessory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventors: Sameer Sharma, Douglas Satzger, Gadi Amit, Yoshikazu Hoshino, Chadwick Harber, Daniel Clifton, Phil Houdek, Stanislav Moiseyenko, Nathan Jauvtis
  • Patent number: 8830664
    Abstract: A ground member of a personal electronic device includes a base and a first deflection arm formed of a portion of the base. The first deflection arm exposes a cutout portion of the base and is bent along a first bend line. The cutout portion is dimensioned to engage with a complementary dimensioned support member and the first deflection arm is configured to deflect and engage with the support member in response to insertion of the support member in the cutout portion. The ground member further includes a second deflection arm extending from the base and bent along a second bend line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jared Mitchell Kole, Charles B. Woodhull, Michael Benjamin Wittenberg
  • Patent number: 8811011
    Abstract: A notebook computer includes a display device, a main body, a pivoting component, and a foldable device. The display device includes a connection end. The pivoting component is pivoted to the connection end. The foldable device includes two arm components, each arm component includes a first supporting pole and a second supporting pole. Each first supporting is rotatably connected to the main body. Each second supporting pole is rotatably connected between the pivoting component and the first supporting pole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Bo Tian, Kang Wu
  • Patent number: 8811005
    Abstract: A portable computing device can include one or more clutch assemblies that can include a conductive elastomer configured to contact at least a portion of the clutch assembly of the portable computing device. The conductive elastomer can be configured to also contact at least one region of the base portion of the portable computing device. In one embodiment, the conductive elastomer can be disposed on the clutch assembly. The conductive elastomer can enhance an electrical coupling between two or more regions of the base portion, especially in the region near the conductive elastomer and the clutch assembly. The enhanced coupling can increase a performance of an electrical shield provided by the two or more regions of the base portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew P. Casebolt, Gavin J. Reid, Charles A. Schwalbach, Brandon S. Smith
  • Publication number: 20140226272
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an electronic device includes a first main unit having a surface thereof provided with a display panel, a second main unit having a surface thereof provided with another display panel, a hinge mechanism coupling the first and second main units, and two operation buttons arranged symmetrical with respect to a center line passing through the respective centers of the first and second main units.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventors: Akira IMAMURA, Toshikatsu NAKAMURA
  • Patent number: 8804324
    Abstract: In embodiments of a flexible display overcenter assembly, an overcenter assembly includes a first flange integrated in a first housing part of a foldable electronic device. The device includes a flexible display, and the first housing part is integrated with a first section of the flexible display. The overcenter assembly also includes a second flange integrated in a second housing part of the foldable electronic device, and the second housing part is integrated with a second section of the flexible display. The first and second flanges are implemented to fold and form a radius that supports the flexible display in a closed position of the device. Hinge assemblies are implemented to movably couple the first and second housing parts of the foldable electronic device, and the flexible display bends through a pivot axis of the hinge assemblies when the first and second housing parts of the device are closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: David D. Bohn, Paul M. O'Brien, Christopher B. Fruhauf
  • Patent number: 8803746
    Abstract: There is provided a portable device which includes a first housing, a housing member removable from the first housing, where the housing member includes an exposed portion, the exposed portion projecting from the first housing when the housing member is inserted in the first housing, a second housing coupled with the first housing so as to be allowed to be folded on the first housing, the second housing including a wall made of electrical insulating material, and an antenna disposed in the second housing and surrounded partially with the wall, a part of the antenna and the exposed portion facing each other via the wall when the first and second housings are folded on each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Shinya Matsushita, Daisuke Mihara, Takashi Abe