Handheld Computer; E.g., Personal Digital Assistant (pda) Patents (Class 361/679.3)
  • Patent number: 10932380
    Abstract: A connection device includes a first bracket and a second bracket. The first bracket has a base and a post with an opening therethrough and the second bracket has a base and a post with an opening therethrough. A pin is positioned through the opening of the first bracket and the opening of the second bracket to limit the movement of the first bracket relative to the second bracket in a first direction. A compressible member is positioned between at least a portion of the first bracket and at least a portion of the second bracket to limit the movement of the first bracket relative to the second bracket in a second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: David John Huston, James Michael Bonicatto, Kenneth Charles Boman
  • Patent number: 10904371
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a mobile terminal including a first frame, a second frame, a slide frame movable with respect to the second frame in a first direction or a second direction, a flexible display including a third region bent to surround the second frame, and a rolling plate attached to a rear of the flexible display. The second frame includes a side portion at an end thereof facing in a third direction perpendicular to the first direction, and a slide rail formed on the side portion. The rolling plate includes a plurality of support bars extending in the third direction and arranged in the first direction, and a slide hook protruding from an end of each of the support bars and movably inserted into the slide rail. The terminal may maintain the display in a flat state by preventing the display from being separated when the second frame is moved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Insu Song, Jaewook Kim, Seongcheol Lee, Minsoo Kim
  • Patent number: 10892565
    Abstract: Various antenna designs are presented that can be used to provide for wireless communication in electronic devices, such as wearable electronic devices. Various embodiments provide antenna structures and designs that can support multiple frequency bands in a relatively compact space. Various embodiments utilize a primary conductive ring embedded in the walls of the housing as antennas for various forms of wireless communication. The conductive ring includes a plurality of conductive elements separated from each other by portions of the housing, the plurality of conductive elements coupled respectively to the one or more signal sources on the PCB. Embodiments may additionally utilize a ground extension element positioned a distance away from the primary conductive ring in an opposite direction from the display module, in which the ground extension element is coupled to a ground connection of the PCB and boosting the antenna signal strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: FITBIT, INC.
    Inventors: Yonghua Wei, Faton Tefiku, Christos Kinezos Ioannou, Kevin Li
  • Patent number: 10848194
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a method and apparatus for protecting a mobile device. In one embodiment, a protection device for a mobile device is disclosed which induces a combination of a flexible inner sleeve and a rigid shell. The flexible inner sleeve conforms to, and encapsulates, the mobile device. The rigid shell receives and engages the inner sleeve. The flexible inner sleeve and the rigid shell can be used separately with the mobile device or can encase the mobile device as an integrated protective unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Incipio, LLC
    Inventor: Andy Fathollahi
  • Patent number: 10791811
    Abstract: A strap used in a portable terminal includes a plate portion configured to be mounted on a surface of a main body of the portable terminal by attaching to a strap fixing portion of the main body, a rotation mechanism portion located at a substantially central portion of the plate portion and having a rotation axis located in a fourth area of the main body when the strap is mounted to the main body, a grip portion provided on the rotation mechanism portion, and a folded portion provided on the plate portion, and located at a position of a third area of the main body so as to be substantially orthogonal to a longitudinal direction, and to be bent in a direction toward the surface of the portable terminal when the strap is mounted to the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Eiji Saitoh, Shinji Tomobe
  • Patent number: 10775919
    Abstract: A display device including a bottom cover, a window disposed on the bottom cover, a frame disposed between the bottom cover and the window, a display panel disposed between the frame and the window, a bracket disposed between the display panel and the frame, and a pressure sensing portion disposed between the bracket and the display panel, in which the frame includes a base portion disposed between the bottom cover and the bracket, a first support portion protruding from an edge of the base portion toward an edge of the window, and a second support portion protruding from the first support portion, disposed between an edge of the bracket and the base portion, and spaced apart from the base portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Taehee Lee, Wonki Hong
  • Patent number: 10747274
    Abstract: A portable electronic device, having a single piece housing to carry operational components having a front opening, an integral bottom and sidewalls that cooperate to form a cavity in cooperation with the front opening. The operational components can include a display to present visual content disposed within the front opening and having an outermost protective layer, a main logic board that extends along a central portion of the cavity having a size and shape that bisects the cavity into a first portion and a second portion each having substantially the same size and shape, a power storage system supported at the bottom wall and comprising a first power storage unit located in the first portion and second power storage unit located in the second portion, each being coupled to the main logic board, and self-contained audio components positioned at each corner of the single piece housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Erik A. Uttermann, John Raff, Melody L. Kuna, Jason S. Keats, G. Kyle Lobisser, John R. Kamorowski, Oliver C. Ross, Guangtao Zhang, Santhana Krishnan Balaji, Jiang Ai, Robert Scritzky, Stephen R. McClure
  • Patent number: 10737467
    Abstract: Methods for manufacturing a multilayer composite display cover include stacking a plurality of composite layers, each comprising an ultra-thin glass sheet covered in a polymer layer. After a cover glass sheet is placed on an exposed polymer layer, the composite layers may be bonded together. A ceramic coating may be applied to the external surfaces to increase hardness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: DELL PRODUCTS L.P.
    Inventors: Deeder M. Aurongzeb, Stefan Peana
  • Patent number: 10729019
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an electronic device. The electronic device includes a housing assembly, a battery and a display unit. The housing assembly includes a battery cover, a front cover and two reinforcing features. The two reinforcing features have a circular cross section and being arranged at two sides of the battery, each of the two reinforcing features have at least a part embedded in at least one of the battery cover and the front cover by an injection molded part adjacent to a length or a width side of the battery. Axes of the two reinforcing features are flush with a central axis of the battery. The display unit is embedded in the housing assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventors: Hui Zhang, Wenzhen Zhang
  • Patent number: 10716227
    Abstract: A bending apparatus and a display device are provided. The bending apparatus includes a first supporting portion, a second supporting portion and a bending portion. Each of the first supporting portion and the second supporting portion is formed by a retractable plate-shaped structure. The bending portion rotatably connected to the first supporting portion and the second supporting portion. The first supporting portion and the second supporting portion are retractable such that the bending portion can be moved relative to the first supporting portion and the second supporting portion. In this case, a bendable position of the bending apparatus can be changed, such that the bending apparatus is bendable at multiple positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: SHANGHAI TIANMA AM-OLED CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Lin Heng
  • Patent number: 10712776
    Abstract: The invention discloses a display terminal and a wearable device, which are configured to solve the problem that the existing device is inconvenient to be used. A display terminal comprises: a hard body, configured to mount components; two bendable parts, respectively located on two sides of the hard body and spliced on a plane to form a bendable body; a flexible display, covering the outer surface of the hard body and the bendable body. When full screen is not required, the flexible display can be bent along with the bendable parts. At this time, information can be displayed only on the flexible display which is on the hard body, and when full screen is required, the two bendable parts unfolded, the flexible display is unfolded to achieve full screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventor: Siu Chung Choi
  • Patent number: 10696235
    Abstract: An electronic device having a unitary housing is disclosed. The device can include a first housing component having an open cavity, an internal electronic part disposed within the cavity, a second housing component disposed across the cavity, and a support feature disposed within the cavity and arranged to support the second housing component. The first housing component can be formed from metal, while the second housing component can be formed from a plurality of laminated foil metal layers. The second housing component can be attached to the first housing component via one or more ultrasonic welds, such that a fully enclosed housing is created. The fully enclosed housing can be hermetically sealed, and the outside surfaces thereof can be machined or otherwise finished after the ultrasonic welding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Christopher D. Prest, Stephen P. Zadesky, Trent Weber, Lucy E. Browning
  • Patent number: 10687390
    Abstract: Methods and systems of managing communications through a bridge between a gateway and a node in a long-range wireless wide area network include receiving at the bridge through a gateway a message with information for a node in accordance with a first communication protocol, identifying by the bridge the node to which the information is directed, and transmitting a message with at least a portion of the information to the identified node in accordance with a second communication protocol that is different from the first communication protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Mueller International, LLC
    Inventors: Dale McLeod Magley, David Edwin Splitz
  • Patent number: 10642327
    Abstract: An electronic device may be provided with a housing surrounding an interior portion of the electronic device. The housing may have one or more layers of material such as fabric layers, polymer layers, and metal layers. An outer fabric layer may have openings between adjacent strands of material such as openings between adjacent warp and weft strands. An inner housing layer such as a layer of plastic or metal may have openings that define airflow entrance and exit ports. The outer fabric layer may overlap the openings of the airflow entrance and exit ports. A fan may draw cooling air into the interior through the airflow entrance port and may expel air through the airflow exit port. An airflow controller in the interior may be controlled by control circuitry based on measurements from temperature sensors. The airflow controller may steer airflow to cool appropriate electronic components in the interior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Mikael M. Silvanto, Richard D. Kosoglow, David H. Narajowski, Bart K. Andre, Brett W. Degner, Daniele G. De Iuliis, Houtan R. Farahani, Eric R. Prather
  • Patent number: 10613378
    Abstract: Provided is a backlight capable of keeping display quality, and a display including the backlight. The backlight includes a molded frame and a rear frame that hold an optical member forming an area light source from the front and back sides of a light-outgoing surface of the area light source. The molded frame has a portion forming the frame of the area light source, and has molded-frame projections selectively disposed in this portion and facing the rear frame in the back-and-forth direction. The rear frame has a portion forming the frame of the area light source, and has rear-frame pockets selectively disposed in this portion and facing the molded frame in the back-and-forth direction. Each molded-frame projection and each rear-frame pocket are interlocked, and regulate a movement in the inward-and-outward direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Kenji Arita
  • Patent number: 10553135
    Abstract: A flexible display panel of an expandable display device includes a first side with a display unit, and a second side opposite to the first side. A bending guide includes an external guide that faces part of the first side and has a first curved side, and an internal guide that faces part of the second side and has a second curved side. A slider that slides on the bending guide is attached to one end portion of the flexible display panel. A radius of the first curved side is greater than a radius of the second curved side. When the slider moves toward the bending guide, the first side contacts the first curved side and is bent by the first curved side, and when the slider moves away from the bending guide, the second side contacts the second curved side and is bent by the second curved side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jung Hun Lee, Sun Ho Kim, Young-Seok Seo, Tae An Seo, Jin Hwan Choi
  • Patent number: 10368450
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a housing assembly for an electronic device and an electronic device. The housing assembly includes a first housing, a second housing and a reinforcing column. The second housing and the first housing collectively define a receptacle, and at least a part of the reinforcing column is embedded in at least one of the first housing and the second housing. For the housing assembly according to the present disclosure, by embedding the reinforcing column in at least one of the first housing and the second housing, structural strength of the first housing or the second housing can be enhanced, and hence overall structural strength of the housing assembly can be enhanced, thereby improving bending resistance of the housing assembly and facilitating a lightweight and thin design of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventors: Hui Zhang, Wenzhen Zhang
  • Patent number: 10356918
    Abstract: The present invention provides a curved-flexible display device, which comprises a flexible display screen (1), a storage housing (3), and a limiting-fixing assembly (5). The flexible display screen (1) comprises an arc bending area (11) at an end side of the flexible display screen (1). The arc bending area (11) has a display and touch function as a human-computer interaction interface. The limiting-fixing assembly (5) comprises a first member (51) disposed on an outer surface of the storage housing (3), and a second member (53) disposed at a back surface of the arc bending area (11) and cooperated with the first member (51). The second member (53) has an arc shape and a curvature of the second member (53) is the same as a curvature of the arc bending area (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: WUHAN CHINA STAR OPTOELECTRONICS SEMICONDUCTOR DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yexi Sun, Yilin Chen
  • Patent number: 10324493
    Abstract: An electronic device is provided. The electronic device includes a window panel having a front area and a curved area extending from the front area, a display panel disposed beneath the window panel, and a fixed part which supports a curved area of the display panel. The display panel includes a front display area, a side display area extending from the front display area so as to be curved, and a wiring area extending from the side display area, and the fixed part supports a curved shape of the side display area or the wiring area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Woon Geun Kwak, Jung Sik Park, Do Hun Cha
  • Patent number: 10303212
    Abstract: A rotary combination module for a tablet computer, which includes a pad and a dock, to engage the pad with the dock, the rotary combination module comprising: a rotation part, disposed on the back of the pad, for rotating on the pad as a rotation plane; an extension part, connected with the rotation part, for shifting in the rotation part and positioning at a predetermined location; and a stand, connected to the extension part, for turning away from the extension part and positioning at a predetermined angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: ACER INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Yung-Chih Wang, Jian-Siang Wang, Cheng-Mao Chang, Wen-Neng Liao
  • Patent number: 10278645
    Abstract: The invention provides a body-worn vital sign monitor that measures a patient's vital signs (e.g. blood pressure, SpO2, heart rate, respiratory rate, and temperature) while simultaneously characterizing their activity state (e.g. resting, walking, convulsing, falling) and posture (upright, supine). The monitor processes this information to minimize corruption of the vital signs and associated alarms/alerts by motion-related artifacts. It also features a graphical user interface (GUI) rendered on a touchpanel display that facilitates a number of features to simplify and improve patient monitoring and safety in both the hospital and home.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: SOTERA WIRELESS, INC.
    Inventor: Jim Moon
  • Patent number: 10201903
    Abstract: Example implementations relate to punch-in transitions to smoothly transition operation of parts of a robotic system from control tracks to real-time input, such as to smoothly transition a control track rotating a knob at a handheld controller to real-time input received at the handheld controller. Similarly, example implementations relate to punch-out transitions to smoothly transition operation of parts of a robotic system from real-time input to control tracks, such as to smoothly transition from the real-time input received at a handheld controller to a control track rotating a knob at a handheld controller. In particular, an example system may include a handheld haptic controller, a control system, and a robotic component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Verily Life Sciences LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Linnell, Anthony Sean Jules
  • Patent number: 10177804
    Abstract: Apparatus and associated methods relate to an electronic device protection module configured with a casing adapted to cushion and removably retain the electronic device, a bi-fold component mechanically coupled with the casing, and a releasable electronic device accessory pouch attaching receptacle disposed in the bi-fold component. In an illustrative example, the electronic device may be a smartphone. The casing may be, for example, elastically deformable, cushioning the smartphone against impact. In some examples, the casing may be configured with openings or buttons to enable device operation. In some designs, the bi-fold component may be configured with pockets adapted to secure currency or cards. In some embodiments, the attaching receptacle may releasably attach an accessory pouch to the bi-fold component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventor: Jason Hill
  • Patent number: 10154124
    Abstract: A display system includes a continuous flexible display, two book halves, two main display supports, and a movement synchronizing coupling. The two book halves is connected to each other via a hinge mechanism. The hinge mechanism has two hinges, and each hinge is rotatable about respective axis. Each of the two main display supports connects to one of the two book halves and is configured to support the flexible display. The coupling is connected to the two main display supports and rotating about a rotation axis that is parallel to the axis of hinge to enable a synchronized movement of the two main display supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kwok Wah Mok, Noortje Grundlehner-Bos, Volker Barnhart Verschoor, Robert Sjang Josine Van Dijk, Johannes Cornelis Adriaan Hamers
  • Patent number: 10010145
    Abstract: An accessory device is described. The accessory device may include a base region and sidewalls that combine with the base region to secure an electronic device with the accessory device. The accessory device may include a rigid layer having openings in at least some corners of the rigid layer. In order to facilitate insertion and extraction of the electronic device, an elastic material disposed in the openings may join with two sidewalls at the corners, allowing the sidewalls to move or bend with respect to other sidewalls. The accessory device may include a protective layer embedded in a sidewall to provide support to an opening formed in the sidewall. The sidewall may include a protrusion supported by features embedded in sidewall to facilitate pressing the protruding feature, which corresponds to pressing a button of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy C. Franklin, James A. Stryker, Aaron P. Beese
  • Patent number: 9964995
    Abstract: An information handling system having rotationally coupled housing portions supports a flexible display disposed across the housing portions with a hinge structure that manages flexible display curve radius in a folded configuration. Cylindrical spools integrated at opposing sides of a housing interface with a flexible display to rotate as the flexible display slides relative to the housing in response to housing rotation. Antenna disposed on the cylindrical spools change orientation as the housing rotates so that selection of different antenna provide desired radio signal characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: John T. Morrison, Jace W. Files, Gerald R. Pelissier
  • Patent number: 9961175
    Abstract: At least one speaker is provided on a tab which is held at least partially within a case. The case also holds a smart device. A slot in the case allows for the tab with at least one speaker to slide into and out of the case. The tab can slide out of the case and deployed, and the at least one speaker can emit sound from the smart device. A power source can also be provided within the tab to power the speakers. A sound signal to the speakers can be carried by a wired interconnection to the smartphone or by wireless transmission to the speaker on the tab. In one embodiment multiple smart devices with speakers according to this invention work together by transmitting a sound signal from one smart device to a speaker associated with another smart device, either directly or through the other smart device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Inventor: Ty Fields
  • Patent number: 9838059
    Abstract: A handheld electronic device may be provided that contains a conductive housing and other conductive elements. Transceiver circuitry, such as radio frequency (RF) transceiver circuitry configured to transmit and receive RF signals, may be connected to the resonating elements by transmission lines such as coaxial cables. The electronic device may have an integrated touch screen display in which a user can control the device by interacting directly with the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Phillip Michael Hobson, Erik L. Wang, Kenneth A. Jenks, Robert J. Hill, Robert W. Schlub, Richard Hung Minh Dinh, Tang Yew Tan, Adam D. Mittleman, Bartley K. Andre, Daniel J. Coster, Daniele de Iuliis, Richard P. Howarth, Jonathan P. Ive, Steven P. Jobs, Duncan Robert Kerr, Shin Nishibori, Matthew Dean Rohrbach, Douglas B. Satzger, Calvin Q. Seid, Christopher J. Stringer, Eugene Antony Whang, Rico L. Zörkendörfer
  • Patent number: 9806751
    Abstract: A handheld electronic device may be provided that contains a conductive housing and other conductive elements. Transceiver circuitry, such as radio frequency (RF) transceiver circuitry configured to transmit and receive RF signals, may be connected to the resonating elements by transmission lines such as coaxial cables. The electronic device may have an integrated touch screen display in which a user can control the device by interacting directly with the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Phillip Michael Hobson, Erik L. Wang, Kenneth A. Jenks, Robert J. Hill, Robert W. Schlub, Richard Hung Minh Dinh, Tang Yew Tan, Adam D. Mittleman, Bartley K. Andre, Daniel J. Coster, Daniele de Iuliis, Richard P. Howarth, Jonathan P. Ive, Steven P. Jobs, Duncan Robert Kerr, Shin Nishibori, Matthew Dean Rohrbach, Douglas B. Satzger, Calvin Q. Seid, Christopher J. Stringer, Eugene Antony Whang, Rico L. Zörkendörfer
  • Patent number: 9778689
    Abstract: A flexible panel, a display apparatus and a wearable device are disclosed. The flexible panel comprises a first crease extending in a first direction, a second crease extending in a second direction and intersecting with the first crease, and a plurality of display units divided by the first crease and the second crease, the plurality of display units are folded and/or unfolded by the first crease and the second crease. When the flexible panel is in use, the plurality of display units may be completely unfolded by means of the creases, so that a usable area of the screen may be increased, the user experience can be improved; when the user does not use the flexible panel, the display units may be overlapped by means of the crease, which may change the shape of the panel, and thus the flexible panel is convenient to carry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Song Song, Kazuyoshi Nagayama
  • Patent number: 9766762
    Abstract: Monitoring deformation of a flexible electronic apparatus. Changes in space within the apparatus between at least two measurement points are detected; and degree of deformation of the apparatus is determined based on the detected changes in the space within the apparatus between the at least two measurement points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Antti Salo, Matti Kosonen
  • Patent number: 9723114
    Abstract: Several embodiments include a mobile device. The mobile device can include a circuit board configured to interconnect one or more electronic components and a chassis shell adapted to form an outer perimeter of the mobile device and to enclose the circuit board. The chassis shell can have an integral unibody that includes a contact feature integral to the chassis shell. A sensor system can be in contact with the chassis shell on an opposite side of the contact feature. The contact feature enables the sensor system to detect touch events when a user interacts with the contact feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: ESSENTIAL PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: David John Evans, V, Xinrui Jiang, Andrew E. Rubin, Matthew Hershenson, Xiaoyu Miao, Joseph Anthony Tate, Jason Sean Gagne-Keats
  • Patent number: 9680974
    Abstract: Several embodiments include a mobile device. The mobile device can include a circuit board configured to interconnect one or more electronic components and a chassis shell adapted to form an outer perimeter of the mobile device and to enclose the circuit board. The chassis shell can have an integral unibody that includes a contact feature integral to the chassis shell. A sensor system can be in contact with the chassis shell on an opposite side of the contact feature. The contact feature enables the sensor system to detect touch events when a user interacts with the contact feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: ESSENTIAL PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: David John Evans, V, Xinrui Jiang, Andrew E. Rubin, Matthew Hershenson, Xiaoyu Miao, Joseph Anthony Tate, Jason Sean Gagne-Keats
  • Patent number: 9674322
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus includes a panel, a display, and a housing. The panel has a first main surface, a second main surface opposite to the first main surface, and side surfaces that connect the first main surface and the second main surface. The display is located on the second main surface side of the panel. The housing configured to house the display and holds the panel. At least one of the side surfaces of the panel includes a first portion that does not face the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: KYOCERA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Koji Motohashi, Toshimitsu Matsuura
  • Patent number: 9549053
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed for testing portable devices. The apparatus includes a base upon which the portable device is mounted, and a top mold which fits over the base to immobilize the portable device. Templates can also be formed on the top mold or base. The templates contain test patterns that are defined by a plurality of apertures. A stylus is used to test the portable device by engaging or contacting different locations through the apertures in the test pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Cellco Partnership
    Inventor: Thirumalarao Voona
  • Patent number: 9519314
    Abstract: A case for a tablet computer has an upper shell and a lower shell. The upper shell has an open area through which the screen of the tablet computer is exposed. The upper shell is in sealed relation against a periphery of the tablet computer. The lower shell is in sealed relation to the upper shell. A subframe is interposed in sealed relation between the upper shell and the lower shell. The subframe has an outer periphery aligned with an outer periphery of the upper shell and the lower shell. A finned member is affixed to the shells so as to transfer heat from the tablet computer outwardly of the shells. A plurality of pins are formed in the shell and are suitable for allowing electrical connection with the tablet computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: IDS GLOBAL, INC.
    Inventors: Stuart John English, William Jack McNeish, III
  • Patent number: 9516149
    Abstract: Transparent structures for portions of electronic device housings are disclosed. The transparent structures are formed from multiple layers of transparent (optically clear) materials. The multiple layers can include at least an outer glass layer and one or more other transparent layers that can be either glass or polymer layers. The multiple layers can be bonded together with one or more lamination layers. Accordingly, multi-layer transparent structures that are formed from multiple layers bonded together are able to be not only thin but also sufficiently strong and resistant to damage. The multi-layer transparent structures are well suited for use in consumer products, such as consumer electronic devices (e.g., portable electronic devices).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Derek W. Wright, Justin R. Wodrich, Benjamin M. Rappoport
  • Patent number: 9507380
    Abstract: The present invention provides an assembly for attaching a lens to a housing of a device. The assembly includes a housing having a front opening, and a front edge which extends at least partially around the front opening, and a circuit substrate coupled to the housing. The assembly further includes one or more end caps coupled to the circuit substrate, the one or more end caps each having a front facing surface, where each end cap extends at least partially into the space between the circuit substrate and the front edge of the housing. A lens is coupled to the housing at the front edge and the front facing surface of the end cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventor: Allen B. McKittrick
  • Patent number: 9467190
    Abstract: A protective covering configured for use with a mobile electronics device, including a front wall and a plurality of side walls defining a primary cavity. A back wall is disposed within the primary cavity separating the primary cavity into a protective covering electronics housing cavity and a mobile electronic device housing cavity. One or more apertures are disposed within the front wall. A light source is disposed within the protective covering electronics housing cavity, wherein at least a portion of the light source is disposed outside of the protective covering electronics housing cavity and through at least one of the one or more apertures in the front wall. A heat sink is disposed within the protective covering electronics housing cavity and in contact with the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Connor Sport Court International, LLC
    Inventor: Steven Cramer
  • Patent number: 9408448
    Abstract: A protective case for an electronic device includes a chassis, a back portion, and an internal suspension system. The chassis includes a cavity having inner surfaces. The back portion is attached to the chassis and adjacent to a back surface of the electronic device when the electronic device is installed in the protective case. The internal suspension system is positioned in the cavity and attached to the inner surfaces of the chassis and to the back portion of the protective case. The internal suspension system includes multiple cushion portions. One of the cushion portions contacts part of the back surface of the electronic device. The internal suspension system protects the installed electronic device from external forces and provides an air gap between the protective case and a back surface of the installed electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: OTTER PRODUCTS, LLC
    Inventors: Martin J. Kay, Bosung Kim, Anthony P. Patron, Virginia J. Wang
  • Patent number: 9361018
    Abstract: A method includes detecting a query gesture and actuating, in response to the query gesture, an actuator to provide tactile feedback including information associated with the query gesture. The query gesture may be detected on a touch-sensitive display of a portable electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Michael Defazio, Jerome Pasquero, David Ryan Walker, Jason Tyler Griffin
  • Patent number: 9348371
    Abstract: A protective case for a portable computing device may include a rigid component comprising an upper surface and a cavity therein for receiving a portable computing device. The protective case may also include a cover having a surface area that is larger than the area of the upper surface that is open to the cavity. At least a central area of the cover may be transparent. The cover may be positioned over the cavity, and may also be positioned over part of the upper surface of the rigid component. The protective case may also include a pliable component molded around at least a portion of the rigid component and over a portion of the cover that is in contact with the upper surface of the rigid component, thereby forming a waterproof seal between the cover and the upper surface of the rigid component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: The Code Corporation
    Inventors: Ryan Hoobler, Phil Utykanski
  • Patent number: 9348362
    Abstract: A flexible portable terminal is provided. The flexible portable terminal includes a folding portion configured to bend at one end of a body of the flexible portable terminal in a direction to a front surface or a rear surface of the flexible portable terminal, a flexible display unit configured to be mounted on the body of the flexible portable terminal, and to bend in the front surface or the rear surface of the flexible portable terminal according to a bending direction of the folding portion, and a sliding portion configured to enable one end of the flexible display unit to slide according to a difference of a compression/tension caused by a difference of an elongation between the folding portion and the flexible display unit when the folding portion is bent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jaehun Ko, Sunyoung Kim, Junghyun Kim, Nakyung Lee, Marzio Riboldi
  • Patent number: 9342106
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a foldable body and a flexible cover coupled to the foldable body. A first edge of the cover is configured to slide from a first position on the foldable body to a second position on the foldable body while transitioning to a folded configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: NOKIA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Juha H-P Nurmi
  • Patent number: 9326403
    Abstract: A waterproof cap for electronic devices includes a cover plate and sealing base located on a surface of the cover plate for sealing a port of a housing of the electronic devices. A first lip and a second lip are located on an outer periphery of the sealing base and are spaced apart from each other. The first lip is located between the cover plate and the second lip. When the sealing base is inserted into the port of the housing of the electronic devices, the first lip is configured to tilt toward the cover plate, and the second lip is configured to tilt away from the cover plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignees: AMBIT MICROSYSTEMS (SHANGHAI) LTD., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xiang-Hong Xie, Lin-Zhi Duan, Deng-Lai Ke
  • Patent number: 9322676
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a wet-label device. The wet-label device includes a moisture introduction portion formed in a case of the electronic device, at least one label portions provided in a position adjacent to the moisture introduction portion, and at least one rib portions provided in a position adjacent to the at least one label portions, in which the at least one rib portions guide or block introduction of the moisture to the at least one label portions according to wetness or submersion of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Samusng Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Uy-Hyeon Jeong, Jeong-Min Lee
  • Patent number: 9311426
    Abstract: An electronic device may have a display screen usable in at least two orientations, such as landscape orientation and portrait orientation. Provided in this disclosure is selective rendering of a structured document according to the orientation of the display screen. A structured document such as as webpage is rendered (as a first rendered document) for display according to the document object model structure and optionally styles provided with the webpage. The same webpage is rendered (as a second rendered document) by removing or replacing selected objets in the document object model structure, or by applying different style directives than included in the originally received webpage. When the display screen is in a first orientation, the first rendered document is displayed. When a change in orientation of the display screen to the second orientation is detected, the second rendered document is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Thomas Jan Stovicek, Matthew Nicholaos Staikos, Donald James Lindsay
  • Patent number: 9300099
    Abstract: A display system is described that includes an electronic display device and a first connector disposed on an edge of the electronic display device. The first connector can releasably connect to a plurality of portions of a second connector disposed on an edge of another display device. The edge of the electronic display device and the edge of the other display device are substantially parallel. When the first connector and the second connector are connected, the electronic display device can rotate about an axis that is substantially parallel to the aforementioned edge of the electronic display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Inventor: Jerry Moscovitch
  • Patent number: 9282652
    Abstract: Magnetic elements and attractors may be employed to secure a top case and a bottom case of a housing of a personal computing device. The magnetic elements may include a magnet that produces a magnetic field and a shunt. The shunt may direct the magnetic field through an opening to a pocket in which the magnet is received. Accordingly, flux leakage may be reduced and the bottom case may be secured to the top case. Magnetic elements and attractors may also be employed to secure a lid portion of the portable computing device to the housing thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Bartley K. Andre, Brett W. Degner, Bradley J. Hamel, William F. Leggett, Christiaan A. Ligtenberg, Charles A. Schwalbach
  • Patent number: 9231640
    Abstract: A protective device for a mobile terminal includes a glass window and a glass case housed in the mobile terminal and formed with glass of a three-dimensional curved surface form having a circumferential edge lower than the center, the protective device includes: a first peripheral protection portion housed along a circumferential edge of the glass window and in which a tangent line in which a portion thereof contacts with a surface of the glass window forms an angle of 0° or more with a horizontal line; and a second peripheral protection portion housed along a circumferential edge of the glass case and in which a tangent line in which a portion thereof contacts with a surface of the glass case forms an angle of 0° or more with a horizontal line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Byounguk Yoon, Sanghun Kim, Yongseok Lee