Removable Display Patents (Class 361/679.29)
  • Patent number: 8259440
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a display module and a computing device. The display module includes a display casing, a connecting unit disposed on the display casing, and a display panel. The connecting unit includes a first electrical connecting member. The display panel includes a panel unit and a second electrical connecting member disposed on the panel unit. The first and second electrical connecting members are configured such that one is a slot with terminals and the other is a circuit board provided with copper foil circuits. The panel unit is connectible electrically to the computing device by coupling insertably the second electrical connecting member to the first electrical connecting member, thereby permitting the display panel to be easily assembled to or disassembled from the display casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventor: Li-Sheng Lin
  • Patent number: 8259437
    Abstract: Technologies are generally described for an adjustable display screen such as for a notebook computer or other portable device. In some examples, at least one display screen rail may be rotatably coupled to a back edge of a notebook computer base unit at a hinge rod. The display screen of the notebook computer may slide along and/or pivot on the at least one display screen rail in a direction to bring the display screen toward a user of the notebook computer while leaving room for the user to access a keyboard located on a top surface of the base unit. Mechanisms may be coupled to the notebook computer to transmit motion of the display screen along a first display screen rail to motion of the display screen along a second display screen rail, thereby mitigating binding of the display screen as it slides along the display screen rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Empire Technology Development LLC
    Inventor: Ivan Vesely
  • Patent number: 8223293
    Abstract: A method of assembling a liquid crystal display is provided. First, a front cover, a bezel, a liquid crystal panel and a hinge are provided, wherein the front cover has an opening, and the bezel has a first hinge cap. The hinge is assembled to the liquid crystal panel. The front cover and the liquid crystal panel are assembled to the bezel, such that the hinge is partially covered by the first hinge cap, and the liquid crystal panel is exposed by the opening. A second hinge cap is provided. The second hinge cap is assembled to the first hinge cap, such that the hinge is wrapped by the first hinge cap and the second hinge cap. A back cover is provided. The back cover is assembled to the front cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Compal Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Yen-Kai Chiu, Yung-Chih Kuo
  • Patent number: 8199477
    Abstract: An electronic device housing may contain a display module. The display module may contain layers of material such as a color filter layer and a thin-film transistor layer. These layers of material may be mounted in a display module chassis. A cover glass may cover the display module. The housing may have springs that mate with corresponding holes in the chassis of the display module to hold the display module in place within the housing. The springs may flex about a flex axis that is perpendicular to a planar rear housing surface and the planar layers of the display module. A disassembly tool may be inserted into a gap between the cover glass and housing sidewalls. When the disassembly tool is rotated, a fin on the tool may press against an engagement structure in the spring and may release the spring from the display module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Dinesh C. Mathew, Thomas W. Wilson, Jr., Nicholas Alan Rundle, Bryan W. Posner
  • Patent number: 8199476
    Abstract: Disclosed is a notebook computer including a display unit and a mainframe unit. The display unit includes: a display screen; a first frame, the display screen is mounted in the first frame; a first circuit module configured to connect with the display screen electrically, wherein the first circuit module is mounted in the first frame; M first connection mechanisms mounted on a side of the first frame. The mainframe unit includes: a second circuit module for processing data interchanged between the display unit and the mainframe unit; a second frame, wherein the second circuit module is mounted in the second frame; M second connection mechanisms mounted on a side of the second frame; wherein the M second connection mechanisms are configured to connect with the M first connection mechanisms in inserting way, and to detach from the M first connection mechanisms in pulling way.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Lenovo (Beijing) Limited
    Inventors: Ping Tian, Zhifeng Xin, Xiaosong Xia, Xiangyang Li, Fusan Nakamura, Hidenori Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 8164889
    Abstract: A portable electronic device is disclosed including a first part, a second part, and a sliding and tilting mechanism. The sliding and tilting mechanism includes a lower board fixed to the second part, an upper board fixed to the first part, an intermediate board positioned between the lower board and the upper board. The sliding and tilting mechanism further includes two elastic assemblies, a swinging member, and a cam member, all of which engage with each other to tilt the intermediate board and the upper board relative to the lower board after the upper board slides over a predetermined distance along the intermediate board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignees: Shenzhen Futaihong Precision Industry Co., Ltd., FIH (Hong Kong) Limited
    Inventors: Chao Duan, Ke-Long Wu, Chia-Hua Chen
  • Patent number: 8164890
    Abstract: A portable electronic device is disclosed including a first part, a second part, and a sliding and tilting mechanism. The sliding and tilting mechanism includes a lower board fixed to the second part, an upper board fixed to the first part, an intermediate board positioned between the lower board and the upper board. The sliding and tilting mechanism further includes two elastic assemblies and a tilting assembly, and tilts the intermediate board and the upper board relative to the lower board after the upper board slides over a predetermined distance along the intermediate board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignees: Shenzhen Futaihong Precision Industry Co., Ltd., FIH (Hong Kong) Limited
    Inventors: Ke-Long Wu, Chao Duan, Chia-Hua Chen
  • Patent number: 8154768
    Abstract: An electrical apparatus includes a main body and a display device. The display device has a display panel that moves between a first and second position, and the display device, and a first and second link member. Each of the first and second link members has a first and second end. The first end of both the first and second link member is connected to the frame, and the second end of the first and second link member is connected to the main body. The first end of the first link member rotates about a first axis, and the second end rotates about a second axis. The first end of the second link member rotates about a third axis, and the second end rotates about a fourth axis. The first, second, third, and fourth axes are orthogonal to a direction in which the first and second link members extend.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Motohito Muraki
  • Patent number: 8120899
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a portable display device. The display device comprises at least two panel housings for receiving display elements, respectively, means for foldable connecting the panel housings, a connection cable for connecting the circuits of the display elements provided at the panel housings and a cover for covering the connection cable not to be exposed. Accordingly, the flexible and weak connection cable may be protected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Inventor: Si-Han Kim
  • Patent number: 8111508
    Abstract: A hinge for rotatably connecting a lid to a base includes a first fixing member for being fixed to the lid, a second fixing member for being fixed to the base, a hollow member, and an axle member. The hollow member defines a chamber having a lateral surface. A protrusion protrudes from the lateral surface. The axle member includes a protruding wall received in the chamber, a first end and a second end extending out of the chamber, the first end is fixed to the first fixing member. The second end is rotatably connected to the second fixing member. The protruding wall cooperates with the protrusion to divide the chamber into a first chamber and a second chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jin-Wei Xiao
  • Patent number: 8072744
    Abstract: A portable electronic device includes a main body, a handle, two anti-rotation members, and a connecting member rotatably connecting the main body to the handle. The anti-rotation members are fixed to two ends of the connecting member. The main body defines two receiving grooves. An anti-rotation hole is defined in a side wall of each receiving groove. The handle includes a rod portion and two supporting portions extending from opposite ends of the rod portion. An engaging groove is defined in each supporting portion. An end of the supporting portions of the handle is received in the receiving grooves. The anti-rotation members are detachably latched in the engaging grooves of the handle and the anti-rotation holes of the main body such that the handle and the main body are non-rotatable relative to the connecting member and define an angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Wei-Jun Wang
  • Patent number: 8059393
    Abstract: In an electronic apparatus, a panel attachment member, to which a display panel of a display unit having a display screen for displaying information is fastened, has a panel fastening section that extends along a side surface of the display panel toward a main unit. The panel attachment member also has a panel fastening portion that extends from the panel fastening section and goes around a hinge fastening section fastened to the display unit to be on the first enclosure side of the hinge fastening section. The panel fastening portion is disposed adjacent to the hinge fastening section and fastened to the display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Sonomasa Kobayashi, Yuichi Fujisawa
  • Patent number: 8004833
    Abstract: The invention discloses a hinge including a first support, a second support, and a sensor. The first support includes a first electrical connection part. The second support includes a second electrical connection part and a protrusion part, and the protrusion part is insulated from the second electrical connection part. The second support is engaged to the first support, and the second electrical connection part detachably and electrically contacts the first electrical connection part. The sensor is respectively and electrically connected to the first electrical connection part and the second electrical connection part. When the first support rotates to a specific position relative to the second support, the first support and the protrusion part are detached. Meanwhile, the sensor correspondingly transmits a signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Quanta Computer Inc.
    Inventors: Chen Tseng, Chao-Hsien Chan, Shih-Chieh Yang
  • Publication number: 20110199726
    Abstract: A portable computer system is provided having a base unit and a detachable display unit. The display unit includes a support structure movable between a stowed position and a deployed position. The support structure can help support the display unit when mounted on the base unit, standing alone, or both. Mechanical engagement tabs can also help support the display unit. A wireless communications link can convey information between the base and display units.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2010
    Publication date: August 18, 2011
    Inventor: George Moser
  • Publication number: 20110194241
    Abstract: A notebook computer comprising a clamshell-type housing (1), a base portion (2) and a lid portion (3) connected together for relative pivotal movement; a motherboard, computer electronics component and power supply housed within the base portion (2); an LCD panel (7) detachably mounted on the lid portion (3) and having a connector for connection to the port of the CPU of the notebook computer; a keyboard (4) detachably connectable to the CPU of the notebook computer via a USB port; and a cursor control device mounted on the housing. An interface card (12) with built-in electronics controller for connecting the detached LCD panel (7) to the desktop personal computer (10); a power adaptor (9) for supplying power to the LCD panel (7) when in free standing position and connecting to the desktop personal computer (10).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2008
    Publication date: August 11, 2011
    Inventor: Eng Sime Looi
  • Patent number: 7944682
    Abstract: A gasket includes an elastic member absorbing an external shock, a conductive member surrounding the elastic member, and a reinforcing member disposed within the conductive member and extending along a bottom surface and a side surface of the conductive member. A screen spacer includes an elastic member absorbing an external shock, and a reinforcing member disposed on one side of the elastic member. A display device includes a driving circuit substrate supplying a driving signal to a display panel, a chassis receiving the display panel and the gasket attached to the driving circuit substrate and contacting the chassis, the gasket grounding the driving circuit and the chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dong-Joon Park, Ha-Yun Kang, Gun-Ho Kim, Duk-Hwan Kang, Jae-Kook Kim
  • Patent number: 7936559
    Abstract: A wide-angle double-hinge structure to allow an electronic device to flip at different angles includes a coupling plate, a resistant hinge and a cam hinge. The double-hinge structure couples a first chassis and a second chassis of the electronic device to enable users to selectively flip in an ordinary notebook computer operating condition or a back-to-back operating condition according to their preference. Thus the users can selectively perform input operation in a handheld or desktop fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: E-Lead Electronic Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Stephen Chen
  • Patent number: 7911775
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a display apparatus includes a main body including a display and a front panel unit which covers a front surface of the display. The front panel unit includes a protection plate, a frame body formed into a frame shape such as to support an edge portion of the protection plate and including a plurality of through holes used to fix the protection plate, a plurality of pins which project from the protection plate in a direction crossing the protection plate and are to be put through the plurality of through holes, respectively, and screws which fix the protection plate and the frame body together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Hiroshi Azami
  • Patent number: 7889482
    Abstract: A display assembly for a refrigerator includes: a display; a frame having a mounting part for mounting the display and provided on an outer wall surface of a refrigerator; and a tilting unit fixed to the display and the mounting part and allowing the display to be tilted. A direction of a screen of a display unit can be controlled, and thus, restrictions of a viewing angle of the display can be overcome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Sung-Ae Lee
  • Patent number: 7876552
    Abstract: A support structure for supporting a display panel includes a rotatable base, a first supporting assembly, a second supporting assembly, and a connecting portion. The first supporting assembly includes a first sleeve and a first connector moveably coupled to the first sleeve along a first direction. The first sleeve is fixed to the rotatable base. The second supporting assembly includes a second sleeve and a second connector moveably coupled to the second sleeve along a second direction. The second direction is perpendicular to the first direction. The second connector is slidably coupled to the display panel along a third direction. The third direction is perpendicular to a plane cooperatively defined by the first direction and the second direction. The connecting portion fixedly connects the first connector to the second sleeve. A display panel using the support structure is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Xin Guo
  • Publication number: 20100321877
    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: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2009
    Publication date: December 23, 2010
    Inventor: George Moser
  • Patent number: 7855879
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a portable display device. The display device comprises at least two panel housings for receiving display elements, respectively, means for foldable connecting the panel housings, a connection cable for connecting the circuits of the display elements provided at the panel housings and a cover for covering the connection cable not to be exposed. Accordingly, the flexible and weak connection cable may be protected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Inventor: Si-Han Kim
  • Publication number: 20100315769
    Abstract: An electronic device housing may contain a display module. The display module may contain layers of material such as a color filter layer and a thin-film transistor layer. These layers of material may be mounted in a display module chassis. A cover glass may cover the display module. The housing may have springs that mate with corresponding holes in the chassis of the display module to hold the display module in place within the housing. The springs may flex about a flex axis that is perpendicular to a planar rear housing surface and the planar layers of the display module. A disassembly tool may be inserted into a gap between the cover glass and housing sidewalls. When the disassembly tool is rotated, a fin on the tool may press against an engagement structure in the spring and may release the spring from the display module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2009
    Publication date: December 16, 2010
    Inventors: Dinesh C. Mathew, Thomas W. Wilson, JR., Nicholas Alan Rundle, Bryan W. Posner
  • Patent number: 7835146
    Abstract: A coupling mechanism and a display device using the same are provided. The display device comprises a casing of the display panel, a holding arm, a coupling mechanism and a base. The holding arm is for holding the casing of the display panel. The coupling mechanism is for coupling or separating the holding arm and the casing of the display panel. The coupling mechanism comprises a positioning element, a fixing element and a pushing pillar. The positioning element having a fixing hole is disposed on the holding arm. The fixing element is for fixing at the fixing hole to connect to the holding arm and the casing of the display panel. The pushing pillar is for pressing the fixing element to separate the fixing element and the fixing hole, such that the holding arm and the casing of the display panel are separated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Qisda Corporation
    Inventor: Si-Wei Zhou
  • Publication number: 20100271771
    Abstract: A detachable portable computing device is provided. The computing device comprises a display device and a main body. The main body comprises a base and a detachable member. The base is rotatably connected to the display device. The detachable member is detachably connected to the base. The computing device also includes a latching mechanism configured for detachably connecting the detachable member to the base. The latching mechanism comprises a first locking member, a second locking member, and an actuating mechanism. The first locking member is securely connected to one of the base and the detachable member. The second locking member is movably connected to the other one of the base and the detachable member. The second locking member is slidable between a first position and a second position where the second locking member engages and disengages the first locking member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2010
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Applicants: HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD, HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: WEI WU, XIN YANG
  • Patent number: 7821777
    Abstract: A multifunction base and a computer utilizing the same. The multifunction base is applicable to an electronic device, and comprises a first portion and a second portion. The second portion is detachably combined with the first portion. When the second portion and the first portion are combined, they be utilized as a base for the electronic device. When the second portion and the first portion are separated, the electronic device can be received in the first and second portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Qisda Corporation
    Inventor: Ting-Hui Chih
  • Publication number: 20100238620
    Abstract: A computer system includes a base unit, a display unit detachable from the base unit, and a set of magnetic elements in the display unit and/or the base unit to attach the display unit to the base unit and to hold the display unit in the open position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2010
    Publication date: September 23, 2010
    Inventor: Ram David Adva Fish
  • Patent number: 7787242
    Abstract: A display support apparatus includes a stabilizing member defining a cable passageway, a rotational coupling member coupled to the stabilizing member, and a plurality of supporting arms coupled to the stabilizing member, at least one supporting arm defining a cable-routing channel, whereby the stabilizing member rigidly maintains the plurality of supporting arms in a substantially parallel orientation relative to each other. The display support apparatus may be rotatably coupled to a chassis base and a display may be rotatably coupled to the support arms to provide rigid support for the display on the chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Mark A. Schwager, Kevin L. Kamphuis
  • Publication number: 20100172081
    Abstract: The present invention provides a removable portable computer device. In an embodiment, the portable computer device includes: a flat panel computer; a base; a back plate; a first connection structure through which the base is connected with the back plate; a second connection structure through which the back plate is connected with the flat panel computer. The flat panel computer is removably connected onto the back plate through the second connection structure. In the present invention, the flat panel computer is removably mounted on the back plate through the second connection structure. When the computer is required to be used at other location and a mass of keyboard input is not needed, it only requires to take off the flat panel computer from the back plate so as to easily carry the computer from one location to another location for use, thus the portability is greatly increased.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2009
    Publication date: July 8, 2010
    Applicant: LENOVO (BEIJING) LIMITED
    Inventors: Ping Tian, Xiaosong Xia, Xing Chen, Zhifeng Xin
  • Patent number: 7746628
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an electronic device having two casings connected with each other through a hinge member such that the casings can open and close with respect to each other. The electronic device includes a hinge member suitable for mounting a large size display panel. The second casing includes a back face and a sidewall having a projection which projects inward between the back face and the sidewall, the hinge member includes a first fixing member fixed to the first casing and a second fixing member fixed to the second casing, and one end of the second fixing member is engaged with and fixed to the second casing in a state where the one end enters a gap between the back face and the projection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Masaya Takayanagi, Masaki Iwata
  • Patent number: 7733637
    Abstract: A keyboard sled adapted to communicatively interact with a portable computer system. In one embodiment, the keyboard sled is comprised of an integral receiving portion adapted to mechanically and electronically receive a portable computer system. An interface connector is disposed within the receiving portion and adapted to provide a communicative link between the keyboard sled and a portable computer system, when a portable computer system has been inserted in the receiving portion. The keyboard sled further has at least one mounting hook disposed within the receiving portion for providing positive retention of a portable computer system when coupled with the keyboard sled. A keyboard portion also present on the keyboard sled and also coupled with the interface connector provides input keys. The keyboard sled is also comprised of an integral data storage access slot which is adapted to provide access to a data storage device receptacle of the portable computer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: Palm, Inc.
    Inventor: Lawrence Lam
  • Patent number: 7719832
    Abstract: A computing device mounting system is described comprising a housing defining a volume and at least one throughhole extending through the housing from a first side of the housing to a second side of the housing; and at least one fastener comprising a first connection mechanism at a first end and a second connection mechanism at a second end, wherein the first connection mechanism of the at least one fastener is arranged to protrude through the at least one throughhole and interfit with a third connection mechanism of a display and wherein the second connection mechanism of the at least one fastener is arranged to interfit with a fourth connection mechanism of a mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Shizunori S. Kobara, Paul Michael Welch, George Janour, Jacques Gagne, Guillermo Andres
  • Patent number: 7692919
    Abstract: A notebook computer with detachable display unit is disclosed. The notebook computer includes a main body, a hinge, and a display unit. The hinge includes an electrical connector, an elastic element, a post, and a pivot shaft. The electrical connector is connected with the elastic element. The post is combined with the pivot shaft. The pivot shaft is assembled on the main body. The display unit defines an opening therein. The display unit includes an electrical connector, an opening, and a locking mechanism. The opening is configured for receiving the post. The electrical connectors of the hinge and the display unit are configured for engaging with each other. The locking mechanism is configured for locking or detaching the connection between the display unit and the main body. The elastic element can reduce the shock that the electrical connectors suffered when the display unit is connected or disconnected to the main unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (Shen Zhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wei-Kuang Liang, Zhan-Sheng Lu
  • Publication number: 20100039764
    Abstract: An approach is provided that uses a foldable transformable display case that includes two panels. The two panels are attached using a hinge. Two components are attachable to at least one of the panels. One of the two components is an integrated display screen. Another component is a keyboard unit. At least one of the components can be removed from the panels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2008
    Publication date: February 18, 2010
    Inventors: Howard Locker, Daryl Cromer, Liu Jun Feng, Qian Ying Wang
  • Publication number: 20100033916
    Abstract: A portable information handling system (IHS) is disclosed wherein the system includes a cover, a primary display disposed on the cover and an auxiliary display coupled to the cover, wherein the auxiliary display is movable between a viewable position and a closed position. The system also includes a switch coupled to the auxiliary display, wherein the switch is adapted to place the auxiliary display in an operational state in the open position and in a non-operational state in the closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2008
    Publication date: February 11, 2010
    Applicant: DELL PRODUCTS L.P.
    Inventors: David W. Douglas, Shree Dandekar, Kevin Blane Enders
  • Patent number: 7639485
    Abstract: An information center for a household appliance and more particularly to an information center having an image display and a data connectors having alternative support features for mounting to an appliance or to a horizontal surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Richard A. McCoy
  • Publication number: 20090310292
    Abstract: Disclosed is a notebook computer including a display unit and a mainframe unit. The display unit includes: a display screen; a first frame, the display screen is mounted in the first frame; a first circuit module configured to connect with the display screen electrically, wherein the first circuit module is mounted in the first frame; M first connection mechanisms mounted on a side of the first frame. The mainframe unit includes: a second circuit module for processing data interchanged between the display unit and the mainframe unit; a second frame, wherein the second circuit module is mounted in the second frame; M second connection mechanisms mounted on a side of the second frame; wherein the M second connection mechanisms are configured to connect with the M first connection mechanisms in inserting way, and to detach from the M first connection mechanisms in pulling way.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2009
    Publication date: December 17, 2009
    Applicant: LENOVO (BEIJING) LIMITED
    Inventors: Ping Tian, Zhifeng Xin, Xiaosong Xia, Xiangyang Li, Fusan Nakamura, Hidenori Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 7626807
    Abstract: A fixing device includes a housing, a bezel, and a rib structure. The housing has a first side. The bezel is connected to the housing for covering the flat structure with the housing. The bezel has a second side and a third side. The rib structure is disposed outside the flat structure and is located between the first side of the housing and the second side of the bezel for keeping a gap between the second side of the bezel and the flat structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Assignee: Askey Computer Corp.
    Inventor: Ying-Chun Hsu
  • Publication number: 20090284908
    Abstract: The disclosed invention is a panel-like computer with physical and electrical connections enabling it to be connected to the interior front wall of a matching bag. The resulting bag computer may further includes: a bag with means to attach matching computer equipment components; a pivoting display panel located near the exterior top front of the bag front with its display facing away from the bag; a pivoting cover for the display panel; an optional input device, such as a keyboard, located near the exterior center of the bag front. The computing unit panel is mounted to the interior of the bag's front wall using a support structure which physically and electrically holds and aligns the bag and other computing equipment while forming a rigid front to assist storage of the exterior front mounted equipment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2009
    Publication date: November 19, 2009
    Inventor: Charles A. Daley, III
  • Patent number: 7599178
    Abstract: A connection assembly, which is suitable to connect a first body of a portable electronic apparatus with a second body thereof, is provided. The connection assembly includes a positioning unit, first electrical connectors and a second electrical connector. The positioning unit is rotatably connected to the first body and removably connected to the second body. The first electrical connectors are connected to the positioning unit, and the second electrical connector is connected to the second body so as to connect to one of the first electrical connectors. Therefore, the connection assembly occupies only a little area of surfaces of the two bodies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2009
    Assignee: Compal Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Wen-Yi Huang, Po-An Lin, Kang-Yeh Yu
  • Publication number: 20090225509
    Abstract: Disclosed is an improvement to the bag computer of application 11/796,920. The bag computer has a pivoting display panel near its top front which can store against the bag front or pivot into the line of sight of the bag computer wearer/operator. The display panel may have controls on the side opposite the display. To gain advantage through multiple components, the display panel may be divided into a front portion with display and back portion with controls. Ways to divide and assemble these display panel components are described and include: 1) direct attachment between the two portions with one portion connecting to the bag; 2) a fastening frame attaching the two portions with one portion connecting to the bag; 3) an attachment frame which connects to the bag and accepts the two portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2009
    Publication date: September 10, 2009
    Inventor: Charles A. Daley, III
  • Patent number: 7583495
    Abstract: An external expanding apparatus or “docking station” operable with a portable computer device of a type having a display unit having a display screen on an inner surface thereof and a hard shell backing surface opposite thereof and pivotally mounted on a substantially rigid casing having a pair of locating holes adjacent to opposite corners of a substantially planar bottom surface thereof, and an input/output (I/O) connector positioned on a back plane thereof with a pair of positioning apertures provided on opposite sides thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2009
    Inventor: Jeffrey D. Carnevali
  • Publication number: 20090201637
    Abstract: Disclosed is an assembly to hold the angular position of a display panel relative to the bag front to which it is pivotally attached. The display panel is attached to the bag so it can pivot flat against the bag front or away from the bag into the line of sight of the computer operator/bag wearer. The display back and bag front have holders meant to match the ends of a prop bar which extends between the two. There are three embodiments; 1) a rigid bar between the two holders, 2) a semi-rigid bar held pivotally with the first holder and the opposite bar end sliding through the second holder with friction to hold the display panel position, 3) a rigid bar held pivotally with a first holder having a hinge with friction to hold the display panel position and the opposite bar end sliding along the second holder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2009
    Publication date: August 13, 2009
    Inventor: Charles A. Daley, III
  • Patent number: 7570160
    Abstract: A portable computer and a method of controlling the same that can secure safety of circuit and system by interrupting or providing an output of power and/or image signal supplied to a display panel in accordance with results of sensing an operation of a locking unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2009
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyung-jun Kim, Yong-duck Kim, Hong-kil Park, Tae-yoon Kim
  • Patent number: 7567431
    Abstract: A mailing machine is provided with a removable control panel device that is repositionable thereby enabling the operator to position the control panel device to face in different directions with respect to the mailing machine. The repositioning of the control panel device allows an operator to clearly view a display on the device from any work area of the mailing machine. For example, if an operator is standing near an input end of the mailing machine, the control panel device can be rotated such that it can be viewed by the operator while standing near the input end of the mailing machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2009
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: David H. Brooks, Jr., Ania Mastriano, Howard M. Stevens, Kenneth A. Schulz
  • Patent number: 7545629
    Abstract: A method for assembling a display for an information handling system (IHS) including the steps of providing a bracket on a display wherein the bracket has at least two guides. The display is positioned in proximity to a back cover, wherein a first guide is aligned with a first receiving portion of the back cover. A front cover is positioned in proximity to the display, wherein a second receiving portion of the front cover is aligned with a second guide. A first fastener is actuated causing the first guide to engage the first receiving portion and the second guide to engage the second receiving portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2009
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: John Albert Bauer, Jr., Jeremy Osborne
  • Publication number: 20090141439
    Abstract: A portable computer system is provided having a base unit and a detachable display unit. The display unit can be attached to and supported by the base unit in a landscape orientation or a portrait orientation via one or more connectors provided on two different sides of the display unit. The base unit may include support pins providing physical support to the display unit. Alternatively, the base unit may include a support arm which attaches to and slides within a slot extending along two sides of the display unit, such that the display unit can be moved between landscape and portrait orientations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2006
    Publication date: June 4, 2009
    Inventor: George Moser
  • Patent number: 7540806
    Abstract: A releasable mounting system that includes a mounting assembly and a release assembly attached to a display assembly. The mounting assembly includes a hub assembly having spokes that connect a wheel to the hub, which is mounted to a trunnion. At the intersections of the spokes and wheel are protrusions adapted to mate with corresponding detents arranged radially about the trunnion and formed in a plate against which the hub assembly is positioned. The release assembly includes a release attached to a release plate, the release being movable relative to the plate. A channel formed in the release receives the hub assembly and a hook portion on the release holds the hub assembly in the release until movement of the release causes it to release the hub assembly. The display is pivotable about the trunnion in fixed stops defined by the detents and is also releasable by operating the release.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2009
    Assignee: WMS Gaming Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory J. Tastad