Removable Display Patents (Class 361/679.29)
  • Patent number: 10231350
    Abstract: A drive mechanism has an engaging member that abuts on a first engageable part and moves to a first axial center direction position and an engaging member that abuts on a second engageable part and moves to the first axial center direction position, when a first unit is mounted on a second unit. When an operating member is located at a second position, in a case where the right and left engaging members are moved to the first axial center direction positions, the operating member is moved from the second position to the first position. In a case where at least one of the right and left engaging members is not moved to the first axial center direction position, the operating member is not moved from the second position to the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yusuke Katsuyama, Hitoshi Nakatani, Takeshi Mori
  • Patent number: 10222836
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a first unit and a second unit including a display and a central processing unit. The first unit and the second unit are detachably coupled. The first unit and the second unit are configured that, when coupled to each other, a housing of the second unit and a predetermined portion of the first unit adjoin. At the adjoining portion, locking-target holes that can be locked together by a single locking projection of a mounting apparatus are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akira Iwamoto, Hitoshi Nakatani
  • Patent number: 10209741
    Abstract: A flexible display screen electronic apparatus and a control system thereof are provided. The flexible display screen electronic apparatus includes: an apparatus body, and a flexible display screen and a second roller which are disposed on the apparatus body. The flexible display screen includes a first end and a second end opposite to the first end, the first end is disposed on the apparatus body, the second end is fixed on a second roller, and the flexible display screen is configured to be windable around the second roller; and display surface area between the second end and the first end is variable. The flexible display screen electronic apparatus can change the size of the display screen flexibly as required to meet different demands of users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: BOE Technology Group Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Long Wang, Wenbo Li
  • Patent number: 9904373
    Abstract: An apparatus for holding a touch screen device, the apparatus includes an elongated recess sized to receive a side edge of the touch screen device, a least one U-shaped resilient member disposed in the elongated recess, a first elastomer pad positioned on the at least one U-shaped resilient member, the first elastomer pad including a first touch screen device engaging surface, and in which the at least one U-shaped member includes at least one slot defining a first resilient portion that abuts the first elastomer pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Mobile Communications Inc.
    Inventors: Atsushi Shirata, Hiroshi Tamaki, Tamio Nishino
  • Patent number: 9841785
    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: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    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: 9820543
    Abstract: A grooved case construction selectively encases and displays an electronic device, and includes a grooved device-holding mechanism and either a panel assembly or a kickstand element made structurally cooperable with the device-holding mechanism. The device-holding mechanism is sized and shaped to removably receive an electronic device, and provides an anterior device-receiving section and a posterior component interface. The posterior component interface includes at least one, but preferably a plurality of component-receiving grooves for providing a grooved pattern. Both the panel assembly and the kickstand couple to the posterior component interface via the grooved pattern and may be so coupled in any number of orientations for providing the user with any number of options for displaying the device-holding mechanism. When outfitted with a panel assembly, a cover panel may selectively either cover the anterior device-receiving section or provide support for the device-holding mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: WORLD RICHMAN MANUFACTURING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Edison Huang, Sararut Sirichai, Iordanka Koleva Mulhern
  • Patent number: 9781826
    Abstract: A foldable display is disclosed. In one aspect, the display includes a flexible display panel including a folding region at which the flexible display panel is configured to be folded and a rigid plane region. The display further includes a heat dissipation sheet attached to one side of the plane region and configured to dissipate heat generated by the flexible display panel. The heat dissipation sheet is not attached to the folding region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Gyeong Ho Jeong, Chang Min Park, Sung Sang Ahn, Sang Wol Lee
  • Patent number: 9772690
    Abstract: A portable device, e.g. a laptop, includes a first part (110), e.g. a base element, and a second part (120), e.g. a lid element. The second part (120) contains an optical remote sensing system (300). The second part (120) is pivotably attached to the first part (110) via a hinge means (115), such that the portable device may be arranged in an open and a closed position respectively. The optical remote sensing system (300) is configured to track at least one distinctive feature of a user of the portable device when arranged in the open position. The first and second parts (110; 120) have a respective essentially flat inner surface (111; 121), which when the portable device is arranged in the closed position are parallel and face one another. The first part (110) further includes a recess (112a) which is arranged relative to a position of the optical remote sensing system (300) such that, in the closed position, the optical remote sensing system (300) is at least partly contained in the recess (112a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Tobii AB
    Inventors: Marten Skogoe, John Elvesjoe, Jan-Erik Lundkvist
  • Patent number: 9746883
    Abstract: The method of a portable device may includes the steps of setting a first mode based on a first folding angle between the first body and the second body and a second folding angle between the first body and the third body, displaying a first application in the first mode, detecting change of the first folding angle and change of the second folding angle in the first mode, detecting the changed first folding angle being equal to or greater than a first threshold angle and the changed second folding angle less than a second threshold angle and if it is detected that a rear side of the second body is in a state of being contacted with a different real object, switching the first mode to a second mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Doyoung Lee, Sinae Chun
  • Patent number: 9618979
    Abstract: Portable computing apparatus includes a first component and a second component. The first component includes first connecting module having a first curved surface, which is convex. The second component includes second connecting module including a retaining portion and a groove portion having a second curved surface, which is concave. The retaining portion disposed adjacent to the groove portion can abut against the first curved surface. When the first connecting module is magnetically connected to the second connecting module, the first curved surface is slidably engaged to the second curved surface. When the first curved surface slides against the second curved surface, an angle between the first component and the second component continuously increase, the first component can rotate against the second component by pivoting around the retaining portion, so as to further separate the first curved surface from the second curved surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignees: Inventec (Pudong) Technology Corporation, INVENTEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hung-Sheng Wang
  • Patent number: 9229484
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus includes a first assembly and a second assembly. The first assembly includes at least one hook and at least one elastic locating member. The second assembly includes at least one hook groove and at least one locating groove. The second assembly receives the hook of the first assembly by the hook groove along a first assembling direction. The second assembly makes the hook engaged to the hook groove along a second assembling direction. When the second assembly moves relative to the first assembly along the second assembling direction, the elastic locating member gets into the locating groove, thereby fastening the first assembly and the second assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: COMPAL ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Pai-Feng Chen, Chao-Cheng Shao, Ming-Fu Chen, Tsung-Lin Yang, Chien-Hua Cheng, Chung-Kuo Lai
  • Patent number: 9213373
    Abstract: A portable electronic device includes a main body, a keyboard, and a connecting assembly connected between the main body and the keyboard. An electromagnetic module is mounted in the main body. The connecting assembly includes a latch member configured to latch the main body and a magnet module corresponding to the electromagnetic module. The magnet module is fixed to the latch member. When the electromagnetic module is powered off, the latch member is located at a first position and locks the main body to the connecting assembly. When the electromagnetic module is powered on, the electromagnetic module pushes the magnet module and the latch member to a second position, where the latch member is unlocked from the main body and the main body is detachable from the connecting assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: ShenZhen Treasure City Technology Co., LTD.
    Inventor: Chia-Huei Lin
  • Patent number: 9176536
    Abstract: A computer including a base and a display selectively removable from the base. The base includes a processor, a base wireless chip, and a power source. The display includes a screen for displaying a video output, a display wireless chip in communicating with the base wireless chip, and a power wireless chip in communication with the power source. The base wireless chip transmits data from the processor to the display. Also, when the display is at least in one position with respect to the base, the power source transmits power to the power transition member of the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Apple, Inc.
    Inventor: Duncan Kerr
  • Patent number: 9148967
    Abstract: An electronic device 100 includes: a first casing 101; a second casing 102; a hinge mechanism 120 having an opening and closing axial-component 126 and an inverting axial-component 128; and a support assisting section 150. The support assisting section 150 includes: an axial-component 141 on an extended line of the opening and closing axial-component 126 in a normally opened position; and an axial-component receiving section 151 that supports the axial-component 141 on a wall surface of a recess 156 in the normally opened position. The recess 156 is open on at least one of a front side and a rear side in the axial-component receiving section 151. The second casing 102 is rotated about the inverting axial-component 128, and the axial-component 141 is moved into or out of the recess 156 through the side on which the recess 156 is open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Mori, Akira Iwamoto, Hitoshi Nakatani, Shun Shimazaki
  • Patent number: 9042092
    Abstract: A monitor fixing mechanism for fixing a monitor is disclosed. The monitor fixing structure includes a pivot plate and a support member. The pivot plate is detachably connected to the support plate so as to pivot the monitor relative to a stand. The support member includes a plate, at least one lateral guiding structure disposed on the plate for laterally constraining movement of the pivot plate as the pivot plate is sliding into the plate in a first direction, and at least one stopping structure disposed on the plate for stopping an end of the pivot plate as the pivot plate has slid into the plate in the first direction completely. The monitor fixing mechanism further includes a fastening module for fastening the pivot plate on the support member as the pivot plate has slid into the plate in the first direction completely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventor: Shixiong Lu
  • 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
  • Patent number: 9036340
    Abstract: A reversible folio for a tablet computer has a tablet shell with a cavity removably receiving the tablet computer. A keyboard is pivotally and removably coupled to the tablet shell. A channel is pivotally coupled to an edge of the keyboard. An interior of the channel removably receives the proximal edge of the tablet shell, and has a profile mating with a profile of the tablet shell. The channel and proximal edge have first and second symmetrical magnet arrays, respectively. The proximal edge of the tablet shell physically mates with the channel of the keyboard, and the second magnet array of the tablet shell magnetically mates with the first magnet array of the channel, in both a first orientation and an opposite second orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: ZAGG Intellectual Property Holding Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Jim Colby, Dan Oakeson
  • Patent number: 9030449
    Abstract: An electro-optical device includes: a display portion that displays images; a power source portion; a converter that has an antenna receiving wireless signals including display controlling signals and image signals from the external based on a wireless transmission method and that converts the wireless signals received from the antenna into wire signals; and a driving circuit that is electrically connected to the power source portion and the converter, respectively, to display the images on the display portion based on the power supplied from the power source portion and the image signals and the display controlling signals output from the converter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Shinichi Kobayashi, Fusashi Kimura, Atsunari Tsuda, Yuki Okuhara
  • Patent number: 9019695
    Abstract: A support stand is disclosed. The support stand includes a first base body, a connecting member, a second base body, and a support member. The first base body includes an input device and a first electric connector, wherein the first electric connector is electrically connected to the input device. The connecting member is connected with the first base body. The second base body is connected with the connecting member, and the second base body is rotatable relative to the first base body via the connecting member. The support member is connected with the first base body, and it can balance the support stand when the first base body is not located on the same plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventor: Tsai-Yun Sun
  • Patent number: 9001502
    Abstract: An article for protecting a display screen of an electronic device with a display surface. The article may comprise a substrate configured to cover the screen of the device during us of the device, at least a portion of the substrate being substantially transparent to permit viewing of the display surface through the substrate. The substrate may have a perimeter, an outer surface for facing outwardly from the display surface when the substrate is applied to the display surface, and an inner surface for facing toward the display surface when the substrate is applied to the display surface. The article may comprise at least one marking on the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: Randy G. Cowan
  • 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: 8971029
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention disclose a multi-display hinge assembly. According to one embodiment, the multi-display hinge assembly includes a first housing and second housing in addition to a hinge that rotatably connects the first housing with the second housing. Still further, a coupling element is configured to join an edge of the first housing with an edge of the second housing when the first housing and the second housing are placed along the same plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Glenn A Wong, Mark C Solomon
  • Patent number: 8964367
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an electronic device includes a display panel, a first cover which covers a front side of the display panel, a second cover which covers a rear side of the display panel, a plurality of nail portions on an outer circumferential portion of either one of the first cover and the second cover and directed in a same direction, and a plurality of reception portions on an outer circumferential portion of the other one of the first cover and the second cover and engaging with the plurality of nail portions, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Kenji Nonaka
  • 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: 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
  • Patent number: 8941988
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an electronic apparatus includes a main body, a cover, and a storage portion. The main body includes a display unit. The cover includes a first surface at which the main body is supported, and a second surface on which the main body is placed. The storage portion is provided between the first and second surfaces. The cover includes a first use mode in which the display unit is covered, and a second use mode in which the display unit is exposed, and the first and second surfaces are rotatable with respect to each other in the second use mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Koji Ariga
  • Patent number: 8941980
    Abstract: An electronic device assembly includes an electronic device, a rotatable member rotatably attached to the electronic device about a first shaft, and a peripheral device rotatably attached to the rotatable member about a second shaft. The rotatable member and the peripheral device are located on a front side of the electronic device. The peripheral device is rotatable about the second shaft relative to the rotatable member, for allowing the rotatable member and the peripheral device to be located on a same plane. The rotatable member is rotatable about the first shaft relative to the electronic device, for allowing the rotatable member and the peripheral device to be cooperatively attached to a back side of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: ScienBiziP Consulting(Shenzhen)Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Po-Yen Hsu, Shih-Wei Chao, Yu-Lang Chang, Lee-Hui Kuo
  • 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: 8925878
    Abstract: A support structure for tablet display apparatus includes a support member and a connection assembly. The support member has a first end section and a second end section opposite to the first end section. The first end section is connected with the connection assembly via an angle adjustment seat, whereby the connection assembly can be rotated or tilted relative to the angle adjustment seat and located. The connection assembly is formed with a receiving space for receiving a tablet display apparatus. The second end section of the support member is pivotally connected with a base seat. Accordingly, the tablet display apparatus can be rotated and tilted by different angles and supported in an inclined position in adaptation to different situations and requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: First Dome Corporation
    Inventors: An Szu Hsu, Chien Yu Lin
  • 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: 8896998
    Abstract: A portable computer system is provided having a base unit and a detachable display unit. The display unit can be oriented in landscape and portrait orientations, or can be replaced by display units having different physical characteristics. A support structure can be deployed to provide increased physical stability when desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventor: George Moser
  • Patent number: 8896550
    Abstract: A navigation system is provided. A medium insertion port is disposed on the front surface of a main unit and a portable recording medium is loaded into or unloaded from the main unit through the medium insertion port. A display unit is disposed on the front surface of the main unit and can move between a closed position where the medium insertion port is covered and an opened position where the medium insertion port is exposed. A limitation section limits the movement of the display unit to the opened position. A limitation removing section removes the limitation by the limitation section. An operation section receives an operation on the navigation system. The operation section can receive an operation other than an operation to be intrinsically received by the operation section. The limitation removing section removes the limitation by the limitation section when the operation section receives the operation other than the operation to be intrinsically received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Fujitsu Ten Limited
    Inventors: Fumitake Nakamura, Noriyuki Kamikawa, Takahiro Nakagawa, Satoru Nagamoto
  • Publication number: 20140321043
    Abstract: A supporting structure includes a body, a first plate, a second plate, a first elastic assembly, and a second elastic assembly. The body has a groove used for accommodating a display panel. The first plate is disposed on a first side of the groove, and the second plate is disposed on a second side of the groove opposite to the first side. The first elastic assembly is pivotally connecting the first plate and the body, and the second elastic assembly is pivotally connecting the second plate and the body. The first elastic assembly and the second elastic assembly clamp the display panel when the display panel is inserted into the groove of the body. The first elastic assembly and the second elastic assembly together cover the groove when the display panel is detached from the body. An electronic device using the supporting structure is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: Quanta Computer, Inc.
    Inventors: Li-Chuan LIU, Yin-Wei YEH, Kun-Ho LEE, Chih-Kai HSU
  • Patent number: 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: 8848355
    Abstract: There is provided a communication device that includes a first housing with a rail and a slider, the rail and the slider being capable of engaging with each other, and a second housing including a hook which engages with the slider to combine the first and the second housings each other when the first housing is slid above the second housing along a first direction, the hook being disengaged with the slider to release the first housing from the second housing according to an operation including a motion in which the first housing is slid above the second housing along a second direction different from the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventor: Hisamitsu Takagi
  • Patent number: 8837131
    Abstract: A folio for use with a tablet computer comprises a pair of leafs pivotally coupled together at a hinge with a keyboard carried by one of the pair of leafs, and another of the pair of leafs carrying the tablet computer and defining a cover for the keyboard in the closed configuration. A fixed top stop is fixed to the cover opposite the hinge and extends outwardly from the cover configured to abut to the tablet computer. A sliding shelf is movably coupled to the cover adjacent the hinge and opposite the fixed top stop to receive the tablet computer thereon in the open configuration. Bias means is coupled to the sliding shelf for biasing the sliding shelf towards the fixed top stop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: ZAGG Intellectual Property Holding Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Jim Colby, Dan Oakeson, Collin S. Lewis, Dennis LeGrand Olsen, Derek J. Shelley, Kurt Lewis Jensen
  • Patent number: 8830668
    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: July 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: David Otto Whit, 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: 8817456
    Abstract: A connection assembly comprises a bracket, a linkage element, a first elastic element, a trigger element, and a second elastic element. The first elastic element is connected with the bracket and the linkage element. One end of the trigger element is fixed on the bracket. The second elastic element is connected to the trigger element and the bracket. When the electronic apparatus is not connected to the dock, the linkage element is located at a first position of the trigger element, and the first elastic element stores a first elastic force. When the electronic apparatus is connected to the dock, the trigger element receives an external force so that the second elastic element stores a second elastic force, and the first elastic element releases the first elastic force to move the linkage element to a second position of the trigger element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: ASUSTeK Computer Inc.
    Inventors: Chia-Hsien Lin, San-Feng Lin, Hui-Wen Chiu
  • Patent number: 8817457
    Abstract: A reversible folio for a tablet computer has a tablet shell with a cavity removably receiving the tablet computer. A proximal edge of the tablet shell has a symmetrical profile different from a non-symmetrical profile of the table computer. A keyboard pivotally and removably coupled to the tablet shell. A channel is pivotally coupled to an edge of the keyboard. An interior of the channel removably receiving the proximal edge of the tablet shell, and has a symmetrical profile mating with the symmetrical profile of the tablet shell. The channel and proximal edge have first and second symmetrical magnet arrays, respectively. The proximal edge of the tablet shell physically mates with the channel of the keyboard, and the second magnet array of the tablet shell magnetically mates with the first magnet array of the channel, in both a first orientation and an opposite second orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: ZAGG Intellectual Property Holding Co.
    Inventors: Jim Colby, Dan Oakeson
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140218855
    Abstract: In an embodiment there is provided an electronic apparatus in which two housings are detachable and rotatable, and in which when one housing is detached from the other housing, and having a bracket for attachment and detachment that is easily rotated. An electronic apparatus may include an upper housing having a display; a lower housing which is rotatably connected with a bracket from which the upper housing is detachable by hinges; and a torque variable structure which changes rotational torque of the bracket at the hinges. The torque variable structure is capable of reducing the rotational torque of the bracket at the hinges in a state in which the upper housing is detached from the bracket, rather than a state in which the upper housing is mounted on the bracket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Takane Fujino, Eiji Shinohara, Hiroyuki Noguchi
  • Patent number: 8780541
    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: July 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 15, 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: 8780540
    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: July 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 15, 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: 8780544
    Abstract: A flat cable arranging structure and a slider electronic apparatus therewith are disclosed. The slider electronic apparatus includes two casings movably connected to each other, a flat cable connected to the two casings respectively, and a flat cable arranging structure. The flat cable arranging structure is disposed in one of the two casings and includes a movement-guiding structure, a pushing-against part, and a forcing mechanism. The movement-guiding structure is fixedly disposed. The pushing-against part is disposed to be connected to the movement-guiding structure and is capable of being confined by the movement-guiding structure to move in a specific direction. The flat cable partially winds the pushing-against part. The forcing mechanism is disposed to at least contact the pushing-against part to keep the flat cable in a tensile stretch state. Thereby, the flat cable can be stretched all the time so as not to intertwine together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventors: Chen-Yi Liang, Chun-Chien Chen
  • Patent number: 8749963
    Abstract: A housing for a slate tablet computer is composed of a frame component and an input component. The frame component is removably attached to the input component. A support mechanism attached to the input component, wherein the support mechanism extends from the input component to oppose inadvertent rotating of the slate tablet computer housing around a hinge connecting the frame component and the input component. In an alternate implementation, a support mechanism attached to the frame component is used to prevent the inadvertent rotating of the slate tablet computer housing around a hinge connecting the frame component and the input component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Over the Sun, LLC
    Inventors: Kai Staats, Leonard Roach, Christopher Miller
  • Patent number: 8743538
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention disclose a protective hinge cover for a mobile computing device. According to one embodiment, the protective hinge cover includes an inner cavity area for receiving the mobile device along with a rotatable attachment member formed therein. In addition, a plurality of coupling features are utilized to facilitate attachment of the hinge cover with the mobile computing device. Moreover, the rotatable attachment member and housing frame are configured to provide a movable and stable structure for the mobile computing and also allow for adjustment by an operating user so as to provide multiple viewing angles via a hinge mechanism associated with the rotatable attachment member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Britt C Ashcraft, Ki Bok Song, Eric Chen
  • Patent number: 8737045
    Abstract: An electronic device housing includes a bottom housing, a support frame, and a plastic side frame. The support frame is fixed on the bottom housing to form a receiving groove between the bottom housing and the plastic side frame. The plastic side frame is integrally formed by injecting a plastic material in the receiving groove. A manufacturing method for an electronic device housing is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Bin Dai, Fa-Guang Shi
  • Patent number: 8737044
    Abstract: A moving module and an electronic device are provided. The electronic device includes a first body, a second body, and the moving module disposed between the first and second bodies. The moving module includes a rail, a moving element, and an elastic element. The moving element is in contact with the rail. The elastic element is connected between the moving element and the first body. When the moving element moves from a first end of the rail to a curved portion of the rail, a force exerted on the elastic element by the moving element is gradually increased. When the moving element passes the curved portion, an elastic restoration force of the elastic element drives the moving element to move toward a second end of the rail. When the moving element reaches the first end or the second end, the first body and the second body interfere with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: Chen-Kuang Liu, Yu-Min Chen, Cheng-Te Chen