Handheld Computer; E.g., Personal Digital Assistant (pda) Patents (Class 361/679.3)
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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
  • Patent number: 9197273
    Abstract: A mobile device case is formed with a hollow case housing for receiving a mobile device and controlling a mobile device camera therein. The mobile device includes a case connector for electronically connecting the case to the mobile device at insertion of the mobile device into the hollow case housing and at least one camera control actuator for controlling operation of the mobile device camera, when the mobile device is present in the hollow case housing. The hollow case housing comprises a first housing section and a second housing section that comes together by respective tongue and groove elements to thereby encapsulate the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Inventor: Robert Haleluk
  • Patent number: 9189020
    Abstract: A protective cover is utilized with a portable computing device, where the portable computing device includes a front surface that includes a display. The protective cover includes a sheet including a front surface and a rear surface, where the sheet has a suitable dimension to cover at least the display of the computing device when the protective cover is connected with the computing device. The sheet further includes a cut-out section that facilitates viewing of a reduced area of the display when the protective cover is connected with the computing device. The protective cover further includes at least one electrically conductive contact member located on the rear surface and configured to engage with at least one contact member of the computing device when the protective cover is connected with the front surface of the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Nguyen Nguyen, Mak Vaziri, Saeed Seyed, Kenneth S. Mak
  • Patent number: 9176535
    Abstract: In embodiments of a flexible display flexure assembly, a flexure assembly includes a structure of pivotable links that couples first and second housing parts of a foldable electronic device. The first housing part of the foldable electronic device includes a flexible display, and the first housing part is integrated with a first section of the flexible display. The second housing part of the foldable electronic device is integrated with a second section of the flexible display. The pivotable links are implemented to collapse relative to each other to form a bend radius of the flexible display and support the flexible display in a closed position of the foldable electronic device. The structure of the pivotable links is also implemented to support the flexible display in an open position of the foldable electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: David D. Bohn, Rod G. Fleck
  • Patent number: 9146585
    Abstract: A multi-screen user device and methods for controlling data displayed thereby are disclosed. Specifically, a gesture sequence is disclosed which enables a user to toggle or shift through applications that are displayed by the multi-screen user device. The gesture sequence may correspond to various rotation or partial rotations of the multi-screen user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Z124
    Inventors: Rodney Wayne Schrock, Martin Gimpl, Sanjiv Sirpal, John Steven Visosky
  • Patent number: 9141143
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an electronic device includes a bendable display device, an electric component, a first member, and a second member. The bendable display device includes an edge portion, a first face on which an image is visible, and a second face opposite the first face. The first member is configured to support the edge portion from a side of the first face, and to be separated from a center of the display device toward one side in a direction perpendicular to a thickness direction of the display device. The second member is configured to support the edge portion from a side of the second face, to be coupled with the first member, and to configure at least a portion of an enclosure containing the electric component together with the first member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Hirofumi Morita
  • Patent number: 9134808
    Abstract: A device kickstand is described. In at least some implementations, a kickstand is rotatably attached to a mobile computing device. The kickstand can be rotated to various positions to provide support for different orientations of the computing device. In at least some implementations, hinges are employed to attach a kickstand to a mobile computing device. One example hinge utilizes preset hinge stops that enable the kickstand to be placed at different preset positions. Another example hinge exerts pressure on an edge of the kickstand, providing stability and vibration dampening to the kickstand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Kabir Siddiqui, Ralf Groene, Karsten Aagaard, Anthony Christian Reed, Stephan Alexander Cummings, Darryl I. Jensen, Joseph B. Gault
  • Patent number: 9111153
    Abstract: A wireless device may alert a wireless smart card reader that communication of data between the wireless device and the wireless smart card reader is probably imminent by sending an activation alert. Upon receipt of the activation alert, if the wireless smart card reader is in a low-power state, the wireless smart card reader may enter a higher-power state. If the wireless smart card reader is in the higher-power state upon receipt of the activation alert, the wireless smart card reader may remain in the higher-power state until a timeout period has expired. The wireless device may instruct the wireless smart card reader to enter the low-power state by sending a deactivation alert if the wireless device detects that communication of data between the wireless device and the wireless smart card reader is not likely to occur within a specified period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Neil Patrick Adams, Herbert Anthony Little
  • Patent number: 9098242
    Abstract: An electronic device may be provided with a display cover layer mounted to the device using an adhesive bond with a display. The display may be a flexible display. The flexible display may include Organic Light Emitting Diode display technology. The display may be mounted to a rigid support structure. The rigid support structure may be mounted to a device housing member. Mounting the display cover layer to the display may eliminate the need to mount the display cover layer to the device housing and may allow active display pixels to be visible under the display cover layer closer to the device housing than in conventional devices. Providing the electronic device with active display pixels closer to the device housing may reduce the need for an inactive border around the display and may improve the aesthetic appeal of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin M. Rappoport, Jeremy C. Franklin, Stephen Brian Lynch, Scott A. Myers, John Raff, Richard P. Howarth, Wei Chen, Christopher Stringer, Julian Hoenig
  • Publication number: 20150146356
    Abstract: Embodiments of an apparatus, system and method are described for a mobile computing device. A mobile computing device may comprise, for example, an enclosure arranged to support a display and one or more processor circuits, the enclosure having an enlarged portion at one side of the enclosure arranged to allow a user to clutch the enclosure with one hand at the one side, the enlarged portion having a thickness that is larger than a thickness of another portion of the enclosure, and the enlarged portion defining a cavity arranged to support one or more energy storage modules. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Sameer Sharma, Gadi Amit, Yoshikazu Hoshino, Chadwick Harber, Daniel Clifton, Kenneth Jasinski
  • Patent number: 9042095
    Abstract: A mobile terminal has a waterproof sheet interposed between a first body portion and a second body portion. The waterproof sheet is formed with a curved shaped or step-like cross-section in consideration of characteristic of internal component or a battery arranged on the first body portion of the mobile terminal, the curved shaped or step-like cross-section is configured to encase, in part or in whole, the internal component or the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Pantech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Byoung Ho Song, Kyu Jin Yeon, Jong Hwa Choi
  • Publication number: 20150141092
    Abstract: Provided for herein is an electronic device. The electronic device, in one example, includes a housing having a housing width, housing height, housing thickness, and a front and a back, and a display positioned proximate the front of the housing. The electronic device, in this aspect, further includes a magnetic or ferromagnetic rail positioned proximate the back of the housing, the magnetic or ferromagnetic rail configured to assist in providing multiple viewing angles for the electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: Nvidia Corporation
    Inventors: Siarhei Murauyou, Tommy Lee, Glenn Wernig, Khashayar Anoosheh, Nelson Au
  • Publication number: 20150138702
    Abstract: A computer includes various features that improve its functionality and/or ease of use. A modular electronics cartridge that includes a piston seal and opposed-direction latches removably engages a cartridge bay of the computer. A high intensity touch-screen display and a high power processor are disposed in a sealed compartment of the computer, and a remote heat exchanger is used to cool the sealed compartment. An interface converter/adapter converts a standard mini-PCI Express slot into a specialized mini-PCI Express slot with voice capabilities. SIM and microSD card slots mount to a pivoting door on the computer such that opening the door provides easier access to the card slots.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: David Reber, Michael Garel
  • Publication number: 20150138701
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention describe a computing device having a housing or casing in and/or on which a touch sensitive screen is coupled. The housing or casing is made of a flexible material, so that it can be partially bent or even rolled. For example, the casing is made of a bendable polymer or pressure treated, waterproof wood. The casing of the computing device has beveled edges for ease of grip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Vandana SIKKA
  • Patent number: 9030828
    Abstract: A tablet storage device includes a frame having a plurality of slots, at least one of which is adapted to hold a tablet. A docking station can be disposed in at least one slot. In some cases the docking station is configured to align a tablet as the tablet is positioned in the slot such that a corresponding port in the tablet aligns with, and connects to, a connector. The frame also has a surface to attach the device to a vertical surface and can have a door that can be moved from an open to a closed position and adapted to retain at least one tablet held within at least one slot when the door is closed. A power supply system and/or a network connection system can be provided with the tablet storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Ergotron, Inc.
    Inventors: Shaun C. Lindblad, Joe Funk, William D. Tischer, Matthew D. Purrington, Peter Segar, Diane L. Richardson, David J. Prince
  • Patent number: 9031623
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a protective case for cellular phones. By letting the cellular phone be closely fixed by a cellular phone supporting fixture elastically fixed with springs and plate springs attached to a protection cover when holding the cellular phone, in order to be capable of accommodating and fixing a wide range of cellular phones which slightly differ in size, thickness, model and etc. between cellular phone supporting fixture and plate spring, and by pulling out a moving board where the cellular phone is kept upward a fixed board when taking photographs with the cellular phone, users are able to take photographs in the condition in which a camera lens of the cellular phone is exposed outside the cellular phone case. Diverse types and functions of wallet receptacles can be combined on the face outside the main body of the cellular phone case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Inventor: Chang Seob Yoo
  • Publication number: 20150124386
    Abstract: A slide type electronic apparatus according to the present invention has a first body 1, a second body 2, and a slide module 3. The slide type electronic apparatus has a plurality of screws 8 whose forefront portions are screwed into a slide portion 32 of the slide module 3 through an inside of the first body 1.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Kitaura, Keisuke Nonaka
  • Patent number: 9019696
    Abstract: According to one aspect, the invention provides a device with a flexible display screen. The flexible display screen is rollable around an axis between a rolled-up state and an unrolled state. For stiffening the screen, stiffening elements are attached to the flexible display screen. The stiffening elements are compressible. They are compressed when the display screen is in a rolled-up state, so as to decrease the size of the rolled-up display device. Therefore, the invention strengthens the display, while at the same time retains a reasonable size of the display in the rolled-up state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Creator Technology B.V.
    Inventors: Johannes Cornelis Adriaan Hamers, Guido Gerard Maria Aelbers, Nicolaas Aldegonda Jan Maria Van Aerle, Rik Kruidhof
  • Patent number: 9019698
    Abstract: A mounting system for an electronic device may include a dock interface assembly and a case assembly. The dock interface assembly may include a dock housing having one or more contacts. The case assembly may include an alignment feature and a case printed circuit board having one or more conductive traces corresponding to the contacts. The dock interface assembly and/or the case assembly may have a metallic element configured complementary to one or more magnets provided with a remaining one of the dock interface assembly and the case assembly for magnetic coupling of the case assembly to the dock interface assembly. The dock housing may be configured to be received by the alignment feature such that at least one of the contacts is electrically coupled to a corresponding one of the conductive traces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventor: Jean-Michel Thiers