Rotatable Patents (Class 361/755)
  • Patent number: 10594078
    Abstract: Examples relate to devices comprising a stationary pivot plenum and a rocker-arm assembly pivotally coupled to the stationary pivot plenum and wherein the rocker-arm assembly comprises an inner conduit having at least one connector bay in which a connector of a cable assembly is removably coupled to the connector bay. In such examples the inner conduit of the rocker-arm assembly is accessible from the outside of the rocker-arm assembly to independently engage/disengage the removable cable assembly to/from the at least one connector bay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP
    Inventors: Kevin B Leigh, John R Grady, George D Megason
  • Patent number: 10559965
    Abstract: An electronic display assembly includes a housing with a pass-through device which accepts a utility line. One or more electronic display subassemblies are placed within said housing and a are surrounded by a substantially sealed closed loop pathway. An open loop pathway permits ambient air to pass through said housing and thermally interact with said closed loop pathway without mixing. At least two peripheral devices are located within said housing, one of which is a charging subassembly and the other is selected from the group consisting of: a camera, a touchscreen, an additional electronic display, video communications equipment, audio communications equipment, and an emergency notification subassembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: MANUFACTURING RESOURCES INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: William Dunn, Douglas Bennett
  • Patent number: 10517185
    Abstract: A modular device, including a base unit with a plurality of module sockets and a number of modules that can be detachably connected to the module socket as well as a control unit for the connected modules, and the module sockets have manually actuatable locking devices for the modules. The locking devices include a manually actuated actuating device, which can be pivoted around a pivot axis from a first end position through an intermediate position into a second end position and which locks the module in the first end position and release the module in the second end position, and have a detector for detecting at least the first end position and the intermediate position of the actuating device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Inventor: Eugen Kagan
  • Patent number: 10338716
    Abstract: Provided is an electronic device with high portability and/or high browsability. The electronic device includes first and second support bodies, a first hinge, and a flexible display panel. The first hinge has a first rotation axis and connects the first and second support bodies to each other, and the first and second support bodies are capable of relatively rotating on the first rotation axis. The display panel includes at least first and second portions supported by the first and second support bodies, respectively; the first rotation axis and a first plane including the display surface overlapping with the first portion or a second plane including the display surface overlapping with the second portion are parallel to each other; and each of a distance between the first rotation axis and the first plane or the second plane is greater than zero.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akio Endo, Shigeru Onoya, Masaaki Hiroki
  • Patent number: 9996119
    Abstract: A module connectivity device includes a stationary pivot plenum, a number of rocker-arm assemblies movably coupled to the stationary pivot plenum in which the rocker-arm assemblies move between an open position and a closed position, and a number of module connectors movably coupled to the rocker-arm assemblies, in which the module connectors move between a disengaged position and an engaged position with respect to the connectors on system modules. A module connectivity system includes a number of rocker-arm assemblies and a number of module connectors movably coupled to the number of rocker-arm assemblies. The system also includes a module connectivity manager to manage the connectivity of the module connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: HEWLETT PACKARD ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT LP
    Inventors: Kevin B. Leigh, George D. Megason, Eugene E. Freeman, William James Walker
  • Patent number: 9959909
    Abstract: A hard disk drive (HDD) tray adapted to carry a HDD includes a base and a cover pivoted to the base. The base includes a bottom plate and two base lateral plates connected to the bottom plate. The cover includes a top plate and two cover lateral plates connected to the top plate. One of each of the cover lateral plates and the corresponding base lateral plate includes a first fixing member which is retractable, and the other includes a fixing hole corresponding to the first fixing member. The HDD is located between the base and the cover. When the cover covers the base, the first fixing members extend into the corresponding fixing holes to fix the relative location of the cover and the base. When the cover is pivoted upward relative to the base, each first fixing member is drawn back along an inner wall of the fixing hole to exit the corresponding fixing hole. A HDD rack assembly is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: GIGA-BYTE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yu-Chuan Chang
  • Patent number: 9879448
    Abstract: A knob claim lock has been developed. The knob clamp lock includes a frame piece with two slots and a shackle opening that fits over a lock piece with two tabs and a matching shackle opening. The tabs and slots fit together to make sure the shackle openings align to allow the knob clamp lock to be secured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Inventors: Jeffrey K. Taylor, Frank N. Perkins, III, Josh Crowe, Mark Burnette, Jason Mayfield
  • Patent number: 9699893
    Abstract: An elastic flexible substrate including an insulating film base material provided with a wire is provided. In the insulating film base material, a plurality of slits are provided with a predetermined space left therebetween, the insulating film base material has a bellows shape in which the insulating film base material is bent or curved by using the slits as base points, and the slits are deformed when the insulating film base material is stretched.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Matsumoto, Tetsuyoshi Ogura, Daisuke Wakuda
  • Patent number: 9069531
    Abstract: In embodiments of a double hinge torsion bar, a portable device includes a first housing integrated with a display device, and a second housing movably coupled to the first housing. Double hinges attach to the first and second housings of the portable device, and the double hinges are operable to open and close the first and second housings relative to each other. A torsion bar movably couples the double hinges to open and close at approximately a same timing rate, which can prevent the double hinges from binding when the first and second housings are opened and closed relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: David D. Bohn, Paul M. O'Brien, Christopher Bramley Fruhauf
  • Patent number: 9036360
    Abstract: A power casing apparatus of an image display module includes a display panel configured to have a Light-Emitting Diode module disposed in a front thereof; a bus bar unit installed in the rear of the display panel and configured to supply driving power to the LED module and to have a pair of electrode blades disposed on one side thereof; and a power casing unit disposed in the bus bar unit in such a way as to be attached to or detached from the bus bar unit and configured to supply the driving power to the bus bar unit and to have a pair of power supply connectors disposed at positions corresponding to the respective electrode blades on one side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: EVERBRIGHTEN CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yong Min Kim
  • Patent number: 9019713
    Abstract: A portable electronic apparatus includes a first body, a rotating structure, a supporting element, and a second body. The first body includes an upper surface. The rotating structure combines with the first body and rotates relative to the first body around a first axis which is substantially perpendicular to the upper surface. The supporting element combines with the rotating structure and rotates relative to the rotating structure around a second axis which is substantially parallel to the upper surface. The supporting element includes a main structure and at least one sliding portion disposed at the main structure. The second body includes at least one corresponding sliding portion disposed corresponding to the at least one sliding portion. The second body movably combines with each sliding portion of the supporting element through each of the corresponding sliding portions, such that the second body slides relative to the supporting element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventor: Jing-Tang Wu
  • Patent number: 9013886
    Abstract: Disclosed are a display device and a portable information apparatus including the same, which do not use a front set cover necessary for producing the display device and thus can minimize a thickness and enhance a sense of beauty with an innovative design. The display device includes a set cover, a guide frame, a display unit, a circuit disposing part, a plurality of circuit films, a PCB, and a deco cover. The circuit disposing part is prepared between one side of the guide frame and one side wall of a set side wall. The PCB is connected to the circuit films, and disposed at the circuit disposing part. The deco cover covers the circuit disposing part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: LG Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: JaeWoo Park, NamDo Son, SungWoo Kim, DongYong Kim, GiNam Jean
  • Patent number: 9007760
    Abstract: A hinge assembly having a hollow clutch is arranged to pivotally couple a portable computer base portion to a portable computer lid portion. The hinge assembly includes at least a hollow cylindrical portion that includes an annular outer region and a central bore region, the central bore region suitably arranged to provide support for electrical conductors between the base and lid portions. The hinge assembly also includes a plurality of fastening components that couple the hollow clutch to the base portion and the lid portion of the portable computer, with at least one of the fastening regions being integrally formed with the hollow cylindrical portion such that space, size and part count are minimized. The integrally formed fastening region(s) can be flat with holes dispersed therethrough for screws, bolts or the like. The central bore can also support a heat transfer element and can also serve as a lubricant reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventors: Brett William Degner, John M. Brock, Bradley Joseph Hamel
  • Patent number: 9007780
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an electronic apparatus includes a first housing, a second housing, a third housing between the first housing and the second housing, the third housing being rotatably connected to the first housing and the second housing, and an antenna in the third housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Mitsuhiro Murakami
  • Patent number: 9007766
    Abstract: The invention provides storage enclosure, comprising an enclosure housing; one or more drawers slidably arranged within the enclosure housing, wherein each drawer has a pivotably mounted midplane having storage media coupled thereto wherein the storage media are coupled to both sides of the pivotably mounted midplane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Xyratex Technology Limited
    Inventor: Laurence A. Harvilchuck
  • Patent number: 9001526
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a first body, a second body and a hinge structure. The hinge structure includes a first pivot component, a second pivot component, a first connecting component and a torsion adjusting assembly. The first pivot component is fixed on the first body. The second pivot component is fixed on the second body and pivoted to the first pivot component. The first connecting component is fixed on the first pivot component. The torsion adjusting assembly is movably disposed at the second body. When the torsion adjusting assembly is moved to a first position, the first connecting component and the torsion adjusting assembly are separated and the hinge structure has a first torsion. When the torsion adjusting assembly is moved to a second position, the first connecting component is connected to the torsion adjusting assembly and the hinge structure has a second torsion larger than the first torsion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Acer Incorporated
    Inventor: Kim Yeung Sip
  • Patent number: 8995143
    Abstract: A pivotal assembly applied to a board includes a first board, a first pivotal member, and a pivotal plate. The first pivotal member is fixed to the first board and has a first retaining structure. The pivotal plate is pivotally connected to the first pivotal member and has a first protrusion. The first protrusion is retained in the first retaining structure, so as to make the first board limitedly rotate to be perpendicular or parallel to the pivotal plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignees: Inventec (Pudong) Technology Corporation, Inventec Corporation
    Inventor: Yen-Cheng Lin
  • Patent number: 8995149
    Abstract: The invention discloses a keyboard device including a keyboard and a support for protecting the keyboard or accommodating a portable information processing device. The support of the invention is capable of rotate in a direction away from the keyboard to be at a supporting state. The support of the invention is also capable of rotate in a direction toward the keyboard to cover whole of the top of the keyboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignees: Darfon Electronics (Suzhou) Co., Ltd., Darfon Electronics Corp.
    Inventor: Chih-Hao Chen
  • Patent number: 8982572
    Abstract: The invention relates to a control device for executing an open mode of a motion module of an electric apparatus. The electric apparatus includes a motion module and a machine body module. The control device disposed on a path of the relative movement includes a combination of a carrier and an elastomer, in which the carrier has a blocking portion. The elastomer normally keeps the carrier at a first position, and the elastomer allows the carrier to motion toward a second position when the carrier is pressed. The control device allows the motion module to rotate (in an open mode) when the motion module crosses the blocking portion of the carrier. Accordingly, the invention promotes visual artistic effects by eliminating the essential exposure of the rotary shaft in the rotation-open mode of conventional skills.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: First Dome Corporation
    Inventors: An Szu Hsu, Chien Cheng Mai, Kuo Cheng Liao
  • Patent number: 8976536
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a housing that includes a first housing portion and a second housing portion coupled at a first end. The apparatus further comprises a bulkhead secured to a second end of the second housing portion, and a handle pivotally secured to a second end of the first housing portion. The bulkhead includes a distally extending pin and a spring latch. The handle has a hole that is sized and positioned to selectively receive the distally extending pin and allow the handle to close only with the first and second housing portions in a closed position. The handle also has a hook that is captured by the spring latch in response to the handle being closed. A torsion spring may be used to bias the handle to an open position where the handle can be easily grabbed when the handle has not been latched.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Lenovo Enterprise Solutions (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventor: Michael D. French, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8971052
    Abstract: A fixing apparatus is used to parallel mount an expansion card to a motherboard. The fixing apparatus includes a mounting bracket fixed to the motherboard, and a retaining member rotatably connected to the mounting bracket. The mounting bracket includes a supporting board supporting the expansion card. The retaining member includes an abutting arm and a locking portion. When the retaining member is rotated to a locking position, the abutting arm abuts against a top of the expansion card to sandwich the expansion card with the supporting board, and the locking portion engages with the mounting bracket to prevent a rotation of the retaining member. When the retaining member is rotated to a releasing position, the abutting arm will move away from the expansion card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Zhongshan Innocloud Intellectual Property Services Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Li-Ren Fu
  • Patent number: 8955810
    Abstract: A fastening mechanism for fastening a first object to a second object, the fastening mechanism includes a first fastening member, a driven member, a linkage member, and a first supporting member. The first fastening member is rotatably secured to the second object. The driven member is rotatably secured to the second object. The linkage member is connected between the fastening member and the driven member. The first supporting member protrudes from the second object to support the first object. When an external force is exerted on the driven member, the driven member is capable of rotating to pull the linkage member, thus the linkage member pulls the first fastening member to rotate toward the first supporting member and sandwiches the first object between the first fastening member and the first supporting member so that the first object is fastened to the second object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shi-Yong Huang, Chung-Yuan Chen, Chih-Chieh Huang, Cheng-Yi Chao, Zuo-Dong Li, Xiao-Hui Qin, Zhen-Cun Lu, Jian-Feng Fan, Huan Ren, Zheng-Wei Liu, Xue-Deng Pan, Yong-Hua Wang
  • Patent number: 8923003
    Abstract: An electronic device may contain components such as flexible printed circuits and rigid printed circuits. Electrical contact pads on a flexible printed circuit may be coupled electrical contact pads on a rigid printed circuit using a coupling member. The coupling member may be configured to electrically couple contact pads on a top surface of the flexible circuit to contact pads on a top surface of the rigid circuit. The coupling member may be configured to bear against a top surface of the flexible circuit so that pads on a bottom surface of the flexible circuit rest against pads on a top surface of the rigid circuit. The coupling member may bear against the top surface of the flexible circuit. The coupling member may include protrusions that extend into openings in the rigid printed circuit. The protrusions may be engaged with engagement members in the openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander D. Schlaupitz, Joshua G. Wurzel
  • Patent number: 8923001
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a housing, a chip card received in the housing, and a chip card protecting cover assembly. The chip card protecting cover assembly includes a housing, a first magnet and a second magnet. The magnetic force between the first magnet and the second magnet drives the protecting cover to rotate relative to the housing, thereby covering or exposing the chip card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Chi Mei Communications Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Yu-Lun Lu, Chueh-Chuan Chen, Kun-Ying Lin, Chih-Chun Tsai, Po-Wen Kuo, Chih-Yung Wu, Po-Ching Huang
  • Patent number: 8917518
    Abstract: A housing for a hard disk drive includes an enclosure defining a window in a front side thereof for providing access to install the hard disk drive in the enclosure, a rotation arm having a front end and a back end, and a panel. The back end of the rotation arm is pivotally connected to a rear end of the enclosure, and the panel is pivotally connected to the front end of the rotation arm. The rotation arm and the panel are pivotable between a locked state in which the panel covers the window of the enclosure and the rotation arm abuts a lateral side of the enclosure, and an open state in which the panel is pulled away from the enclosure to expose the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xiu-Quan Hu, Lin-Han Wu, Li Hou, Wei Wang
  • Publication number: 20140369011
    Abstract: A power supply positioning apparatus includes a bracket and a circuit board mounted in the bracket. The bracket defines a receiving slot for receiving a power supply unit. A connector is mounted on the circuit board and aligns with the receiving slot. A first end of the bracket is rotatably connected to a chassis of an electronic device, and a second end of the bracket can be latched to the chassis. The bracket faces outside of the chassis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD .
    Inventors: TIE-SHAN JIANG, WEN-TANG PENG, GUANG-YI ZHANG
  • Patent number: 8891244
    Abstract: A hinge assembly is provided for a signal cable to pass through. The hinge assembly includes a first bearing block, a second bearing block, and a spindle. The first bearing block includes a first fixing plate and a first sleeve, the first sleeve is connected to a side edge of the first fixing plate, and the first sleeve has a first sectioned groove linked to its two ends. One end of the spindle is inserted in the first sleeve, and the other end is fixed on the second bearing block. The spindle has a second sectioned groove, and the second sectioned groove has at least one end linked to the first sectioned groove of the first sleeve, so that one end of the first sleeve, the first sectioned groove, and the second sectioned groove are linked to form an accommodating space for signal cables to pass through.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventor: Chun-Fei Yang
  • Patent number: 8889985
    Abstract: A protective housing for an electronic device includes a main body, a protective cover, and a connecting mechanism. The protective cover is rotatably and detachably mounted to the main body by the connecting mechanism. The connecting mechanism includes a first magnetic assembly, a second magnetic assembly, and a mounting base. The first magnetic assembly is assembled within the main body, the second magnetic assembly is assembled within the mounting base. The mounting base is pivotally hinged to the protective cover, and the first magnetic assembly and the second magnetic assembly attract each other, thereby connecting the main body and the protective cover together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Fa-Guang Shi, Ming-Fu Luo, Jian-Zhou Zhao, Yan Liang
  • Publication number: 20140307400
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a housing that includes a first housing portion and a second housing portion coupled at a first end. The apparatus further comprises a bulkhead secured to a second end of the second housing portion, and a handle pivotally secured to a second end of the first housing portion. The bulkhead includes a distally extending pin and a spring latch. The handle has a hole that is sized and positioned to selectively receive the distally extending pin and allow the handle to close only with the first and second housing portions in a closed position. The handle also has a hook that is captured by the spring latch in response to the handle being closed. A torsion spring may be used to bias the handle to an open position where the handle can be easily grabbed when the handle has not been latched.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2013
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Michael D. French, JR.
  • Patent number: 8861212
    Abstract: A portable computer device and a screw rod device are provided. The portable computer device includes a computer body, a display, a support member and a screw rod structure. The support member is rotatably connected to the computer body and the display respectively. The screw rod structure is disposed in the computer body, and includes a fixing base, a free gear, a screw rod, a transmission gear and a driving gear. The fixing base has an accommodating portion and a connecting portion, and is connected to the display through the connecting portion. The free gear is disposed in the accommodating portion and screwed to the screw rod. The driving gear drives the free gear through the transmission gear, so that the free gear moves along an axial direction of the screw rod, thereby pushing the fixing base to adjust an included angle between the display and the computer body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventors: Bo-Yi Li, Chia-lian Yen
  • Patent number: 8861211
    Abstract: A collapsible electronic equipment includes a pivot structure, a base and a cover. The pivot structure includes a first pivot assembly, a second pivot assembly, and a gear mechanism. The first pivot assembly is disposed on a side of the base. The second pivot assembly is disposed on a side of the cover. The gear mechanism is connected to the first pivot assembly and the second pivot assembly. The cover may be opened or closed relative to the base by the gear mechanism. When the cover is opened at 180 degrees relative to the base, the gap between the cover and the base is narrow, and the surfaces of the cover and the base are located on the same plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignees: Acer Incorporated, Lianhong Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yi-Chang Yeh, Tzu-Yu Lin
  • Patent number: 8854828
    Abstract: A connecting module, disposed at a casing having a through hole, includes a door, a connecting port and an elastic member. The door is rotatably coupled to the casing so as to be located at a first position to cover the through hole or at a second position to open with respect to the casing. The connecting port is disposed at an inner side of the door so as to be disposed inside the casing when the door is located at the first position or exposed outside the casing when the door is located at the second position. The elastic member is rotatably coupled to the connecting port so as to rotate with respect to the connecting port to fasten a plug between the connecting port and the elastic member when the plug is connected to the connecting port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventor: Chin-Lung Fan
  • Patent number: 8853535
    Abstract: An electrical device cover with a rotatable lid. An implementation of a weatherproof electrical device cover may include a base unit having a face, an electrical device aperture, and a box mounting screw aperture therethrough. A lid may be rotatably coupled to the base unit and rotate over the base unit in a plane substantially parallel with the base unit. The lid may cover the electrical device aperture of the base unit when the lid is closed over the base unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Marcus J. Shotey, Richard L. Cleghorn, Jeffrey P. Baldwin
  • Patent number: 8848379
    Abstract: A latching apparatus for a memory card includes a socket and a pair of latching members assembled on opposite ends of the socket. A cutout is defined in each end of the memory card. Each latching member includes a main body, two pivoting portions extending from opposite ends of the main body for pivotably attaching the latch member to one end of the socket, and a C-shaped locking portion extending down from a middle portion of the main body. The insertion of the memory card in the socket causes the bottom edge of the memory card to engage with distal ends of the locking portions and so rotate the latch member, until the main bodies of the latching members engage in the cutouts of the memory card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ai-Ling He, Jun-Hui Wang
  • Patent number: 8848376
    Abstract: A rack-mounted console module includes a lower unit slideably mounted on a rail and an upper unit pivotally coupled to the lower unit. A locking mechanism includes a first part moveably disposed in the lower unit and a second part fixedly disposed on the rail. When the upper unit is closed and the lower unit slides along the rail to a target position, the first part of the locking mechanism changes from a released state to a locked state where it engages the second part of the locking mechanism to lock the lower unit. When the upper unit is opened, the first part changes from the locked state to a ready-to-released state. When the upper unit is subsequently closed, the first part changes from the ready-to-released state to a released state where it disengages from the second part, and the console module can be slid back into the rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Aten International Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chen-Yuan Lee
  • Patent number: 8842424
    Abstract: An apparatus including a cover; a first connection section; and a second connection section. The first connection section includes a first hinge connected to a first end of the cover. The first hinge is configured to pivotably connect the first end of the cover to a first housing section. The second connection section is connected to a second end of the cover. The second connection section is configured to connect the second end of the cover to a second housing section which is pivotably connected to the first housing section. The second connection section is configured to provide both rotational and longitudinal sliding motion of the second end of the cover on the second housing section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventor: Pasi Tuomo Antero Kemppinen
  • Patent number: 8824140
    Abstract: A handheld computing device that includes an enclosure having structural walls formed from a glass material that can be radio-transparent. The enclosure can be formed from a hollow glass tube or two glass members bonded together. A laser frit bonding process may be used to hermetically seal the two glass members together to create a water resistant electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher D. Prest, Emery A. Sanford
  • Patent number: 8811034
    Abstract: A portable electronic device including a first body and a second body is provided. The first body has a first operating surface. The second body covers the first operating surface and includes a back cover and a main body. The back cover is slidably disposed on the first body along a first axis. The back cover is suitable for sliding relative to the first body, such that the first operating surface is exposed by the second body. The main body is pivoted to the back cover along a second axis and has a second operating surface. The main body is suitable for pivoting relative to the back cover to change a relative position between the first operating surface and the second operating surface. The first axis is parallel to the second operating surface, and the second axis is perpendicular to the second operating surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventor: Hung-Yi Lee
  • Patent number: 8804317
    Abstract: A folding type display device (100A) according to the present invention includes first and second display units (100a, 100a?) and a biaxial hinge device (30) for coupling the first and second display units such that the first and second display units are rotatable around first and second rotation axes (L1, L2). The first and second display units include first and second display panels (10, 10?) and first and second light-transmissive covers (20, 20?). The first and second light-transmissive covers include first and second flat portions (24, 24?) having flat viewer-side surfaces (24a, 24a?) and first and second curved portions (22, 22?) having viewer-side surfaces (22a, 22a?) which are parts of cylindrical curved surfaces centered around first and second central axes (C1, C2). The first and second rotation axes of the biaxial hinge device match the first and second central axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hisashi Watanabe
  • Patent number: 8800907
    Abstract: A mobile device case includes a reel assembly, including a reel, a supporting plate, and a hub between the reel and the supporting plate. The hub includes a first cavity between the hub and the supporting plate for housing a spring, and a second cavity between the hub and the reel for housing a flat flexible cable (FFC). The spring is wound in a first direction, while the FFC is wound in a second direction. The FFC includes a first end for electrically coupling to a female jack connector of a device. A female connector is electrically coupled to a second end of the FFC for engaging a male jack connector of user-provided headphones. When the reel rotates in the first direction, the spring tightens and the FFC loosens. When the reel rotates in the second direction, the spring loosens and the FFC tightens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventors: Scott Koenig, David Conroy
  • Patent number: 8787025
    Abstract: An electronic module for mating with a complementary connector, comprises: a housing, a printed circuit board disposed in the housing, a slider member movably received in the channel, a cover member confining the slider member to the housing, a gasket mounted to the housing and having a pair of engaging portions, and an ejector located above on the slider member. The slider member has a body portion and a pair of arm portions extending forwardly from the body portion. The ejector is located above the pair of arm portions, and has a pair of cantilever portions pivotable outward, in response to a sliding movement of the slider member, against the pair of engaging portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jerry Wu
  • Patent number: 8780570
    Abstract: In embodiments of a double hinge torsion bar, a portable device includes a first housing integrated with a display device, and a second housing movably coupled to the first housing. Double hinges attach to the first and second housings of the portable device, and the double hinges are operable to open and close the first and second housings relative to each other. A torsion bar movably couples the double hinges to open and close at approximately a same timing rate, which can prevent the double hinges from binding when the first and second housings are opened and closed relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: David D. Bohn, Paul M. O'Brien, Christopher Bramley Fruhauf
  • Patent number: 8773860
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a chassis, a main board module and an electrically connecting module. The chassis is slidably disposed in a rack. The rack has an electrically connecting terminal. The main board module is disposed in the chassis. The electrically connecting module includes a circuit board and a first connector. The circuit board has a first connecting end corresponding to the main board module and a second connecting end corresponding to the rack. The first connecting end is electrically connected to the main board module. The first connector is disposed on the circuit board and electrically connected to the second connecting end. When the chassis is in the rack, the first connector is electrically connected to the rack. When the chassis is pulled out from the rack, the first connector is moved with the chassis such that the electrical connection between the first connector and the rack is terminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Inventec Corporation
    Inventor: Shi-Feng Wang
  • Publication number: 20140140023
    Abstract: Provided is a display apparatus. The display apparatus includes a display panel, a back cover disposed on a rear side of the display panel, the back cover having a curved shape of which both ends protrude forward, and a fixing part fixing the back cover to maintain the curved shape of the back cover. The display panel is curved in a shape corresponding to that of the back cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Inventors: Moungyoub LEE, Sangdon PARK, Choongsuk PARK, Inkeun RYU, Hyukjin NAM, Seunghyun YUN, Jaehyun SUNG, Jaegi LEE
  • Patent number: 8730679
    Abstract: An electrically connecting module suitable for an electronic device is provided. The electronic device includes a chassis disposed in a rack. The rack has an electrically connecting terminal. The electrically connecting module includes a shell, an adjustable position-limiting element, a circuit board and a connector. The adjustable position-limiting element connects the shell to the chassis. The shell is able to move relatively to the chassis. The circuit board is disposed in the shell. The connector is disposed on the circuit board and electrically connected to the circuit board. When the chassis enters the rack, the electrically connecting terminal presses the shell to adjust the position of the shell, such that the connector is connected to the electrically connecting terminal. When the chassis is pulled out from the rack, the connector is moved with the chassis such that the connection between the connector and the rack is terminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Inventec Corporation
    Inventor: Shi-Feng Wang
  • Patent number: 8730682
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus including a housing that includes a first connector, and a printed circuit board unit that includes a printed circuit board, a second connector that is connected to the first connector at the completion of insertion of the printed circuit board into the housing, a lever that is rotatably provided for the printed circuit board, and a lock mechanism that locks the lever in a predetermined position. Wherein when the printed circuit board is inserted into the housing, the lever in a first position comes into contact with the housing, when the printed circuit board is further inserted into the housing, the lever rotates in one direction while being in contact with the housing, and when the insertion of the printed circuit board into the housing is completed, the lever is in a second position, and the lock mechanism locks the lever in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Sato, Tsutomu Takahashi, Kazuya Fuke
  • Publication number: 20140133112
    Abstract: A touch pad includes a support frame having an opening, a touch circuit board disposed on a support sheet and having a switch, a top cover connected to a first side of the support frame and covering the touch circuit board, a reinforcement rod disposed on the top cover corresponding to a second side of the support frame, and an elastic member. The support sheet extends inwardly from the opening and has a protruding point. The elastic member is disposed between the touch circuit board and the support sheet for providing an elastic force. When being pressed by an external force, the top cover rotates pivotally relative to the first side of the support frame and drives the touch circuit board to overcome the elastic force. Accordingly, the touch circuit board could move downward relative to the support sheet so that the switch could be triggered by the protruding point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: WISTRON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jui-Yung Kao, Hung-Ming Huang
  • Patent number: 8720724
    Abstract: A mechanism is provided for physically protecting an interface on an electronic device having first and second protrusions, each having a surface. The mechanism includes first and second clamping mechanisms, a hinge assembly and a cover plate. Each clamping mechanism has a pair of blocks that are detachably fastenable together. As assembled along the protrusion surface of the device, the blocks form a channel that rigidly engages that surface. The hinge assembly forms a pivotable joint and can be removably attached to the first clamping mechanism to orient the pivotable joint substantially parallel to the interface. The cover plate can be removably attached to the hinge assembly for disposal to swing on the pivotable joint between closed and open positions. In the closed position, the cover plate securely connects to at least the second clamping mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Carl S. Lynn, IV
  • Patent number: 8693207
    Abstract: A rotatable transfer apparatus includes a housing and a circuit board having at least two interfaces. The housing includes a top cover, a sidewall, a bottom board and an elastic module. The top cover is rotatably mounted at one side of the sidewall. The bottom board is mounted at the other side of the sidewall opposite to the top cover. The sidewall, the bottom board and the top cover define a receiving space for receiving the circuit board. The sidewall includes an opening, and at least two fasteners defined in an internal surface of the sidewall. The elastic module is received in the receiving space and fixed to the top cover. The elastic module rotates with the top cover and detachably engaged with one of the at least two fasteners to select a desired interface to be exposed to the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xin Yang, Wei Wu
  • Patent number: 8687376
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a first body part comprising a first user interface and a second body part comprising a second user interface. The apparatus further comprises a mechanism configured to rotate the first body part with respect to the second body part over a pivot axis, and move the first body part with respect to the second body part substantially parallel to the pivot axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventor: Tom Travis