Handset Structure Patents (Class 379/433.01)
  • Patent number: 10447831
    Abstract: Injury to the digits, hand and wrist are associated with the frequent usage of portable hand-held electronic devices (“PEDs”), including but not limited to smartphones. This is true as well for injury to the neck and shoulder areas. The potential for injury to the digits, hand and wrist in particular is anticipated to be exacerbated by the larger smartphones, and especially the tablet-like smartphones. The ergonomic accessory of the invention has several embodiments whose design is intended to ameliorate if not prevent such injuries. Certain embodiments are partially or fully case-like in form so that they envelope to a greater or lesser degree, such hand-held electronic devices. Another embodiment attaches to a PED through an element of the PED such as the charging socket. The accessory also removably attaches the hand of the user or provides a secure holding surface for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Inventors: Peter M Roncetti, Robert S Gluck
  • Patent number: 10341474
    Abstract: A mobile device is disclosed. A mobile device comprises a display, a battery disposed on the back side of the display, and a film speaker disposed on the back side of the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventors: Mizuho Hidaka, Norikazu Morioka, Kotaro Nakamura, Tomoki Tsuchiya, Keiichi Nagoshi, Tetsuya Shimoda
  • Patent number: 10321063
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus includes a display unit configured to be rotatable with respect to a main body unit in a first direction about a first axis and a second direction about a second axis, a magnet configured to generate a magnetic field, a first sensor configured to detect, based on the magnetic field, a first state of the display unit in the first direction, a second sensor configured to detect, based on the magnetic field, a second state of the display unit in the second direction, a third sensor configured to detect, based on the magnetic field, a third state of the display unit, and a control unit configured to control a display state of the display unit based on the first state, the second state, and the third state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiroshi Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10231048
    Abstract: Various techniques are provided to implement and use an earpiece having an attachment mount. In one example, an earpiece includes an arcuate rib having a lobe disposed on an upper end thereof and configured to engage with a crus of a helix and an antihelix of a user's ear. The earpiece also includes a mount extending from the arcuate rib and comprising a snap clip configured to engage and position an audio device in contact with the user's ear. Other implementations and related methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: SureFire, LLC
    Inventors: Richard C. Smith, Diann Y. Smith, Alfredo Soria
  • Patent number: 10219078
    Abstract: A loudspeaker module includes, but is not limited to, an independent housing enclosing a sealed cavity. The independent housing is provided with an opening communicating the cavity with the exterior. The loudspeaker module further includes, but is not limited to, a loudspeaker unit including, but not limited to, a vibration system, a magnetic circuit system and a casing and a front cover that receive the vibration system and the magnetic circuit system, a sidewall of the casing is provided with a rear sound aperture. An acoustic wave above the vibration system directly radiates to the exterior, and an acoustic wave below the vibration system radiates to a side via the rear sound aperture. The loudspeaker unit and the independent housing combine so that the rear sound aperture and the opening are sealingly engaged and communicate. The cavity of the independent housing forms a rear acoustic cavity of the loudspeaker module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Goertek Inc.
    Inventors: Jun Zhang, Chengfei Zhang
  • Patent number: 10214298
    Abstract: An aircraft is provided and includes an airframe defining a cockpit with first and second control stations configured for co-activation and complementary deactivation, flight control assemblies disposed at multiple locations of the airframe and a flight control computer (FCC). The FCC is configured to control operations of the flight control assemblies in accordance with current flight conditions and commands received at activated ones of the first and second control stations that are inputted by a flight crew. The FCC includes a secondary monitoring system to identify when commands are input at a deactivated one of the first and second control stations, to determine whether the commands are indicative of normal and intentional piloting inputs and to generate control station cues in an event the commands are indicative of normal and intentional piloting inputs to alert the flight crew of a hazardous condition or automatically turn the station back on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: William Fell, Matthew A. White, Matthew T. Luszcz
  • Patent number: 10217352
    Abstract: A first remote control application is configured to cause a smart device to transmit at least one command for controlling at least one functional operation of a controllable appliance in response to a user interface element of the smart device being activated while a second remote control application of a bridge device is configured to cause the bridge device to transmit at least one command for controlling at least one functional operation of the controllable appliance in response to receiving at the bridge device the at least one command transmitted from the smart device. The at least one command is transmitted from the smart device using a first transmission protocol and the at least one command is transmitted from the bridge device using a transmission protocol recognized by the controllable appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: UNIVERSAL ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Paul D. Arling, Jeffrey Kohanek, Norman G. Sheridan
  • Patent number: 10200778
    Abstract: An earpiece that substantially lacks a lower lobe is disclosed. In one example, the earpiece can have a generally arcuate rib having upper and lower ends. A lobe can be formed at the upper end of the arcuate rib. No lobe is formed at the lower end of the arcuate rib. An extension can extend from the earpiece and can be configured to extend into the ear canal. Eliminating the lower lobe mitigates discomfort during use and also reduces the likelihood of tissue damage and infection. The extension can enhance communication of desired sound, e.g., from a two-way radio, to an eardrum while mitigating communication of undesirable ambient noise to the eardrum. Other implementations and related methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: SureFire, LLC
    Inventors: Richard C. Smith, Diann Y. Smith
  • Patent number: 10079923
    Abstract: A mobile communication device which comprises a first member with first surface having a first curvature and a second surface having a second curvature; a second member having first surface with a third curvature and a second surface with a fourth curvature. A hinge pivotally connects the first and second members with one another such that they are movable between opened and closed configurations. The first and the second curvatures of the first member combine with one another and form a combined average curvature for the first member and the third and the fourth curvatures of the second member combine combine with one another and form a combined average curvature for the second member. The combined average curvature for the first member and the combined average curvature for the second member combine with one another to form a combined average curvature for the communication device which is 8 feet or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Inventor: John Ashmore Lumbard
  • Patent number: 10061732
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a housing, or a ‘cover’, the housing material molded into a desired target shape and to at least partially embed a plurality of functional elements and an enabling arrangement, optionally at least partially embedded in the housing, the enabling arrangement including: a first connector with a first plurality of connecting elements to establish a connection between the plurality of functional elements and the enabling arrangement, a second connector with one or more second connecting elements to be connected a host device utilizing the functionalities associated with the functional elements, a memory for storing and retrieval of instructions, and processing elements capable of transforming signals from a one known format to another predetermined format according to stored instructions. A corresponding method is presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: TACTOTEK OY
    Inventors: Antti Keranen, Juhani Harvela
  • Patent number: 10055061
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods are disclosed for extending the functionality of a mobile device by including a cover for the mobile device with a substantial portion of the exterior overlaid with a touch-sensitive surface. Logic stored on the cover senses a user's touch on the touch-sensitive surface and transmits the touch input to the coupled mobile device. Logic stored on the coupled mobile device may receive and interpret the touch input as a function or command of an operating system, or a function or command of a program within the operating system of the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Barrett Kreiner
  • Patent number: 10021489
    Abstract: The loudspeaker module includes a loudspeaker unit including a front cover and a casing engaged together, a vibration system, and a magnetic circuit system received in a space enclosed by the front cover and casing. The loudspeaker module further includes an independent housing enclosing a sealed cavity. The independent housing is provided with an opening communicating the cavity with the exterior. A sidewall of the casing is provided with a rear sound aperture radiating an acoustic wave to a side. The side of the loudspeaker unit provided with the rear sound aperture is sealingly engaged with the independent housing at the opening. A structure of the opening matches with the loudspeaker unit. The rear sound aperture communicates with the cavity. After the loudspeaker unit is engaged with the independent housing, the cavity forms a rear acoustic cavity of the loudspeaker module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Goertek Inc.
    Inventors: Jun Zhang, Chengfei Zhang
  • Patent number: 9824679
    Abstract: An audio enhancing apparatus for electronic media devices including a support base having a rectangular rear side, an open front side, an open top side, a bottom side perpendicularly disposed to the rear side, and a pair of sidewalls. Each of the pair of sidewalls has a right triangulated bottom portion and an elongated rectangular top portion extended upwards from the bottom portion. Each of a right bracket and a left bracket of a pair of brackets is attached to the top portion of each of a right sidewall and a left sidewall, respectively, of the pair of sidewalls. The pair of brackets is configured to removably secure a bottom section of a portable electronic device within the support base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Inventor: Juan Granados
  • Patent number: 9750146
    Abstract: A portable device includes a circuit board, a first member, and a second member. The circuit board is held and fastened between the first member and the second member. The first member includes a wall that extends toward the second member from the first member. The second member includes an engaging portion. The engaging portion includes an extension, which extends toward the first member from the second member, and a hook, which projects from the extension in a direction extending along an end surface of the circuit board. The portable device further includes an engaged portion located along an inner side of the wall. Engagement of the engaged portion with the hook of the engaging portion fastens the first member to the second member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RIKA DENKI SEISAKUSHO
    Inventor: Kenji Kaihara
  • Patent number: 9729708
    Abstract: There is provided a method for altering features of a mobile device. The method includes detecting a charm having a charm identification, obtaining the charm identification from the charm, identifying the charm using the charm identification, altering a theme of the mobile device to a new theme based on the charm, in response to the identifying of the charm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Hornbeek, Melissa Martyn, Roxana Powell, Tracy Thurman, Courtney Watkinson
  • Patent number: 9632624
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods are disclosed for extending the functionality of a mobile device by including a cover for the mobile device with a substantial portion of the exterior overlaid with a touch-sensitive surface. Logic stored on the cover senses a user's touch on the touch-sensitive surface and transmits the touch input to the coupled mobile device. Logic stored on the coupled mobile device may receive and interpret the touch input as a function or command of an operating system, or a function or command of a program within the operating system of the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Barrett Kreiner
  • Patent number: 9614570
    Abstract: A cellular-phone case having a retractable card holding structure, intended to hold a card in such a way that the card is put into or taken out from the case. The cellular-phone case includes a case body and a card holding means. The case body has a seating space to allow a cellular phone to be seated therein, with an outlet formed at a predetermined position on a back portion of the case body in such a way as to communicate with the seating space. The card holding means includes a support panel fitted into the outlet, the card being disposed on the support panel, and an actuating body provided on a side of the support panel so as to be locked to the outlet. The outlet is provided in the case body, and the card holding means is provided to move into and out of the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Mark and Draw, LLC.
    Inventor: Teak Jin Choi
  • Patent number: 9608685
    Abstract: An electronic device that includes a deformable feature designed to seal two or more parts of the electronic device is disclosed. The deformable feature may be designed to deform, in response to a force applied to the deformable feature, with little or no compression. The deformable feature may include a cavity or relief volume extending along the deformable feature to define a space or void in the deformable feature. In response to a force, the deformable feature may deform such that a material (or materials) defining the deformable feature occupies or extends into the space or void, or in a location previously occupied by the space or void. The deformable feature may provide a protective seal between two or more parts that prevents ingress of contaminants, such as a liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ashutosh Y. Shukla, Sawyer I. Cohen, Scott A. Myers, David A. Pakula
  • Patent number: 9583092
    Abstract: Sound reflectors for an electronic device are provided. In one embodiment, the sound reflector has a sound redirecting surface having two curvatures. The first concave curvature is in one plane and the second curvature is in another plane, and the first and second curvature's planes are in obtuse angle with each other. In other embodiments, the sound reflector has a device attachment surface configured to attach to a back of the display device, which the sound reflector is coupled with, and a sound redirecting surface. The sound redirecting surface has a proximal portion that extends backwards relative to the device attachment surface, and a distal portion that extends forward relative to the attachment surface. The sound redirecting surface is disposed to directly receive sound emanating from the speaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Inventors: Stephen L. Boden, Kathleen Marie Boden
  • Patent number: 9576165
    Abstract: The present invention provides a security module having a communication interface being capable of operating according to any from a selection from a plurality of predetermined operation modes or communication protocols. The security module further comprises a voltage detector to detect the voltage on the module's power supply connection. Depending on the value of the detected voltage or to which of a plurality of predetermined voltage ranges the detected voltage may be categorized, the security module is made to function according to one from the plurality of predetermined communication protocols. According to an embodiment of the present invention the plurality of communication protocols require that the security module operate at a plurality of different frequencies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: NAGRAVISION S.A.
    Inventors: Chris Curren, Olivier Brique
  • Patent number: 9445191
    Abstract: A method of adjusting an ANC system is disclosed in which a microphone is acoustically coupled to a loudspeaker via a secondary path and the loudspeaker is electrically coupled to the microphone via an ANC filter. The method includes measuring phase characteristics of the secondary path in various modes of operation; determining from the measured phase characteristics a statistical dispersion of the phase characteristics in the various modes of operation; determining from the statistical dispersion a minimum phase margin; adjusting the ANC filter to exhibit in any one of the modes of operation phase characteristics that are equal to or greater than the minimum phase margin; and adjusting the ANC filter to exhibit in any one of the modes of operation amplitude characteristics that are equal to or smaller than a maximum gain margin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Harman Becker Automotive Systems GmbH
    Inventor: Markus Christoph
  • Patent number: 9337881
    Abstract: A portable radio includes a display component configured to display information on a top section of the portable radio. The display component also includes a housing, wherein a top section of the housing is coupled to a bottom section of at least one of an antenna and a knob. The portable radio also includes an interface connector having a top section coupled to a bottom section of the housing of the display component. A bottom section of the interface connector is coupled to a hardware attachment on the top section of the portable radio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Mohd Wardi Iswali Aihsan, Chee Kit Chan, Eng Wiang Chan, Shirish Kaner
  • Patent number: 9271070
    Abstract: A waterproof sound transmitting member according to the present invention includes: a waterproof sound transmitting membrane having a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface; and a first adhesive sheet and a second adhesive sheet that are disposed on the first surface. When viewed in a direction perpendicular to the first surface, the first adhesive sheet has a closed frame shape, and the second adhesive sheet is disposed within the frame formed by the first adhesive sheet and is spaced from the first adhesive sheet. This waterproof sound transmitting member has a structure suitable for preventing deterioration in sound quality due to sagging of the waterproof sound transmitting membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Nitto Denko Corporation
    Inventors: Yuichi Abe, Yuki Karube
  • Patent number: 9270796
    Abstract: A handheld electronic device includes a housing, a display screen and a keypad assembly. The keypad assembly includes a FPC board, a number of press keys and a light guiding module. The press keys are held on the FPC board. The light guiding module includes a light guiding plate and a light source. The light guiding plate is mounted on the press keys. The light source is coupled to the FPC board and provides input light for the light guiding plate. The keypad structure further includes a receiving coil and a shielding layer. The receiving coil surrounds a periphery of the press keys. The receiving coil transfers electromagnetic waves into power, and charges the handheld electronic device. The shielding layer is laid on and adhered to the press keys. The light guiding plate is laid on and adhered to the shielding layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kuang-Yao Liao
  • Patent number: 9247036
    Abstract: A fascia member (200) for an electronic device (700) includes a thin, flexible membrane (201) coupled to a rigid skeletal member (202). The thin, flexible membrane (201) includes a transparency region (203) and a deflectable key region (204). The thin, flexible membrane (201) may thus serve as a major front face for the electronic device (700) with no break lines between display and keypad. Printing on one side of the thin, flexible membrane (201) provides alphanumeric indicia (207) and graphical designs for the electronic device (700).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: GOOGLE TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS LLC
    Inventors: Andy K. Baw, Adam K. Cybart, David G. Fliszar, Daniel P. Groebe, Nicholas A. Jinkinson, Rick Latella
  • Patent number: 9055143
    Abstract: A mobile terminal is provided. The mobile terminal includes a case defining a body of the mobile terminal, a circuit board located in the body, an electronic device located in the body, a mounting portion formed at the case so as to mount the electronic device to the case, and a connection terminal provided at the circuit board, the connection terminal providing an elastic contact between the circuit board and the electronic device, the electronic device being electrically connected to the circuit board via the connection terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Dongok Kim
  • Patent number: 9026175
    Abstract: An electronic device that is accessible to a first storage medium that has no communication function and a second storage medium that has a communication function and is detachable to the device, comprising: an input unit configured to input image data; a designation unit configured to designate at least one of the first storage medium and the second storage medium as a storage medium serving as a storage destination of the image data input by the input unit; and a control unit configured to, if the first storage medium is designated as the storage destination of the image data and the second storage medium is not designated, store the image data in the first storage medium and store the image data in the second storage medium as well so as to transmit the image data to an external apparatus by the communication function of the second storage medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Nobuhisa Kojima
  • Patent number: 8953780
    Abstract: A portable electronic device including a first section, a second section and a connecting section. The first section has a user input section and a first tubular housing member. The first tubular housing member forms e majority of opposite exterior lateral sides of the first section. The second section has a display and a second tubular housing member. The second tubular housing member forms a majority of opposite exterior lateral sides of the second section. The connecting section movably connects the second section with the first section. The first tubular housing member at least partially houses the user input section. The second tubular housing member at least partially houses the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventor: Claus H. Jorgensen
  • Patent number: 8948411
    Abstract: Disclosed, in general, are devices that provide an air-tight chamber over a sound source while absorbing all fields of sounds from the sound source. In general, the devices feature: an anechoic chamber that is configured to receive a sound source in an air-tight manner; and an anechoic channel that is in fluid communication with the ambient atmosphere. Suitably, the anechoic chamber is adapted to capture air containing sound energy generated by the sound source, and distribute the air about an internal surface area on the inside of the chamber, wherein the internal surface area is sufficiently large to dampen or otherwise absorb the sounds energy. Preferably, the air is directed from the anechoic chamber through an anechoic channel extending therefrom to the ambient to further dampen or absorb the sound energy. In one configuration, the outer wall of the apparatus is configured to reflect ambient sounds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventor: Scott A. Moser
  • Patent number: 8855726
    Abstract: A folding portable device is provided, in which a connecting mechanism that mechanically connects a first housing and a second housing to each other includes a plurality of first members including a first plane and two engaging pieces provided on the first plane, and a plurality of second members including a second plane, an engaging groove provided on the second plane for the engaging piece to be slidably fitted, and a stopper. The first member is engaged with one of the second members by means of one of the two engaging pieces, and with another second member adjacent to the one second member by means of the other of the two engaging pieces, and the connecting mechanism includes therein a hollow portion formed along an extending direction of the engaging groove, and the hollow portion includes therein the flexible printed circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Jiro Ozawa
  • Patent number: 8843184
    Abstract: A mobile terminal including a wireless communication unit configured to wirelessly communicate with at least one other terminal, a main body configured to receive a battery, and a cover body detachably covered to the main body. Further, the cover body includes a first cover part formed to cover the battery, a second cover part, and a sliding unit configured to slidably couple the second cover part to the first cover part and allow the second cover part to slide and tilt away from the first cover part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Kyoungyong Kim, Yongjin Hwang, Yonghee Lee, Dongyoup Han
  • Patent number: 8774878
    Abstract: An Ultra Mobile Communicating Computer, that can have all of the features and capabilities of a smart phone and pocket computer combined and more, plus many other features such as hands free carrying, one-hand and desk free, walk & type, ready to use operation, a fast, multi finger, one or two hand keyboard with full set of large, soft touch keys, large bi-directional screen, photo cell pads and others, and that can be made disintegrable, reconfigurable, custom made, in particular to be a talking machine for speech challenged, an car for deaf, a crime prevention device, computer remote control, translator, musical instrument and multi party game gadget, in addition to a thin earpiece, an ear borne music player, video player, radio and or TV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventor: Ahmad Amiri
  • Patent number: 8774861
    Abstract: An apparatus may include a device and an image projection system configured to form an image on a surface viewable by a user. The image projection circuit may be configured to receive signals from the device, generate a pattern representative of data, process the pattern into a mirror image of the image, and project the mirror image from the device. The image projection system may include an electro optic system for generating the pattern, and an optics system for projecting the mirror image onto the surface. A method for projecting data may include providing the device with the image, and providing the image to the surface with the image projection system. The method may also include manipulating the device and/or a body part to locate and focus the image, sensing an orientation of the device, and orienting the image based, at least in part, on the sensing step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Lagoon Point Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: James Cathey
  • Patent number: 8761388
    Abstract: An electronic device case includes a first shell, a second shell, and a side button. The first and second shells are each provided with a peripheral side plate. A passage communicating the inside and outside of the case, a first restriction slot extending from the passage toward the first shell, and a second restriction slot extending from the passage toward the second shell are formed jointly by the peripheral side plates of the shells embedded with each other. The side button is provided with a base and a press portion protruding from the base. The thickness of the base is larger than or equal to the widths of the restriction slots. The side button is installed in the passage with the base embedded in the restriction slots. As a result, the case is sufficiently water resistant, firm in structure and easy to assemble.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignees: Universal Scientific Industrial (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., Universal Global Scientific Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shih-Yen Chen, Chia-Hao Shih, Ching-Yung Hu, Tzu-Ming Su
  • Patent number: 8750950
    Abstract: A communication device includes an upper housing and a bottom housing connected to each other, a master Printed Circuit Board (PCB) for realizing a communication function, a speaker and a keypad assembly. The master PCB board is arranged on the bottom housing, wherein the upper housing includes a front housing and a front cover, the keypad assembly is arranged between the front housing and the front cover; the speaker is arranged under the front housing, the keypad assembly is connected to the master PCB board by a flexible circuit board which passes through the front housing; voice spreading holes connecting to the front cavity of the speaker are correspondingly arranged on the front cover, the keypad assembly and the front housing; the joints among the front housing, the keypad assembly, the front cover and the speaker are waterproof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Hytera Communications Corp., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yigang Gong
  • Patent number: 8701279
    Abstract: An electronic device is provided. The device may include a plate placed behind a screen formed from a window and a display module to provide the screen with additional stiffness (e.g., resist dropping events).The window may be maintained in the electronic device by trapping the window between a bezel and the display module. In some embodiments, the window may include a chamfered edge operative to be received by a recessed edge in the bezel. In some embodiments, the input mechanism of the electronic device may be metallic and need to be grounded, but may be surrounded by plastic or other non-grounding components. The device may include screws operative to pass through a circuit board to reach a frame, which may serve as a ground, where the screws are located in proximity of the button. In some embodiments, the circuit board may include an additional component for grounding the button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: John Benjamin Filson, Duane Lawrence Fowler
  • Patent number: 8688177
    Abstract: A sliding mechanism comprising a double-folded flexible printed circuit board (FPC); a stiffener coupled to the double-folded FPC; first pins; second pins; and an opening defined by a first cover, wherein when the double-folded FPC and the stiffener move, within the opening, in synchronization along a first range of motion to an open position of the slider mechanism, the stiffener makes contact with the first pins at the open position, and when the double-folded FPC and the stiffener move, within the opening, in synchronization along a second range of motion to a closed position of the slider mechanism, the stiffener makes contact with the second pins at the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Mobile Communications AB
    Inventors: Yawei Ma, Ichiro Yamada, Chandrashekar Subba
  • Patent number: 8682370
    Abstract: A radio communication system has a base station and one or more antennas, each of the one or more antennas connects with a radio frequency port of the base station through an RF connection. Direct current and/or low frequency (DC/LF) signals are transmitted to an antenna via the RF connection corresponding to the antenna. The radio communication system further has an identification module at the antenna side, adapted to give an indication for identification of the antenna when receiving the DC/LF signals from the RF connection. Accordingly, the information exchange between the base station and a more or less intelligent “identification unit” in the antenna is performed to allow identification of the antenna from the base station side and further allow diagnosis of the cable link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Andreas Kister, Mattias Lampe
  • Patent number: 8666447
    Abstract: An apparatus may include a device and an image projection system configured to form an image on a surface viewable by a user. The image projection circuit may be configured to receive signals from the device, generate a pattern representative of data, process the pattern into a mirror image of the image, and project the mirror image from the device. The image projection system may include an electro optic system for generating the pattern, and an optics system for projecting the mirror image onto the surface. A method for projecting data may include providing the device with the image, and providing the image to the surface with the image projection system. The method may also include manipulating the device and/or a body part to locate and focus the image, sensing an orientation of the device, and orienting the image based, at least in part, on the sensing step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Lagoon Point Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: James Cathey
  • Patent number: 8649831
    Abstract: A mobile phone apparatus with a hiddenly suspended microphone is provided. The apparatus comprises a mobile phone body, on which a rotation component is deposed, wherein: a microphone pickup hole is provided on said mobile phone body, and within the mobile phone body, there is a microphone device in a position corresponding to the microphone pickup hole; said microphone pickup hole is deposed on the mobile phone body's inner wall at a place where the body engaged with the rotation component, and said microphone pickup hole is shielded by the rotation component. Since the microphone device is mounted on the mobile phone body's inner wall in a suspension manner and the microphone pickup hole is shielded by the rotation component, the apparatus is convenient for the user to hold during calling, while the integrality of the appearance and the good speech quality are ensured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: TCL Tian Yi Mobile Communications (Shenzhen) Company Limited
    Inventors: Wei Chen, Hong Xi Xue
  • Patent number: 8644878
    Abstract: A method and apparatus perform pressure detection in a mobile terminal. method determines a squeezing pressure of the mobile terminal. The method determines whether a user squeezes the mobile terminal using the squeezing pressure determined and a value of a proximity sensor. The method transitions the mobile terminal to a wakeup state in response to determining that the user squeezed the mobile terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jae-Myeon Lee, Hyun-Su Hong, Byeng-Sang Jung, Hee-Jun Song, Soon-Youl Kwon, Sun-Young Park
  • Patent number: 8630406
    Abstract: Communication unit comprising a housing (1) in which at least one transducer is placed, and on which a microphone arm (2) is suspended. The housing also has an ear hook (6) for fastening the communication unit to the head of a user. The microphone arm (2) is pivotally connected to the housing (1) by a hinge link (3,4,5) at an outer area of the housing, and so that the microphone arm (2) can be moved between a position in which it lies up against the housing (1), and a position in which it extends away from the housing. The microphone arm has a length, which in the main is less than or of the same order as the greatest extent of the housing, so that in the folded-in state the microphone arm does not project out over the circumference of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: GN Netcom A/S
    Inventors: Klaus Rath, Charles Pedersen
  • Patent number: 8615077
    Abstract: A portable electronic device including a first section, a second section and a connecting section. The first section has a user input section and a first tubular housing member. The first tubular housing member forms a majority of opposite exterior lateral sides of the first section. The second section has a display and a second tubular housing member. The second tubular housing member forms a majority of opposite exterior lateral sides of the second section. The connecting section movably connects the second section with the first section. The first tubular housing member at least partially houses the user input section. The second tubular housing member at least partially houses the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventor: Claus H. Jorgensen
  • Patent number: 8576561
    Abstract: This is directed to an electronic device enclosure. The enclosure includes an outer periphery member forming an outer surface of a device, and to which an internal platform is connected. Electronic device components can be assembled to one or both surfaces of the internal platform. The enclosure can include front and back cover assemblies assembled to the opposite surfaces of the outer periphery member to retain electronic device components. One or both of the cover assemblies can include a window through which display circuitry can provide content to a user of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Myers, Matthew Theobald, Richard Heley, Adam Stagnaro, Richard Dinh, David Pakula, Tang Tan
  • Patent number: 8554288
    Abstract: A front case at a display section side of frame shape is formed of metal material having strength and a bathtub-shaped draw frame formed by drawing metal plate is fixed at the external side of the front case at the display section side by heat adhesive to be integral with the front case at the display section side. Two L-shaped frames formed by bending metal plate materials are fixed at the internal side of the front case at the display section side by two heat adhesives to be integral with the front case at the display section side. The front case at the display section side, the two L-shaped frames, and the bathtub-shaped draw frame are integral with each other to have sandwich structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Junichi Nakao, Yasuyuki Honma
  • Patent number: 8526600
    Abstract: A light weight and comfortable ear mount for a personal audio-set is disclosed. The ear mount conforms with the antihelix of a wearer's ear, thereby operating substantially as a compression spring between the wearer's antihelix and tragus, to operably secure the personal audio-set in place. In a preferred embodiment, the ear-mount is substantially kidney-shaped and includes an opening to prevent the total occlusion of the ear canal by the personal audio-set. Alternatively, the ear-mount includes a loop of material sized to operably engage the antihelix of the wearer's ear. The ear-mount is preferably reversible to allow it to be placed in either the wearer's left or right ear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Logitech Europe S.A.
    Inventors: Michael Howes, Dominic Amae, Raymond Weikel, Robert Jacobson, Omer Kotzer
  • Patent number: 8503970
    Abstract: An exemplary portable communication device and system comprises interchangeable speaker modules allowing different speakers to be used with a portable communication device assembly. The speaker modules and the portable communication device assembly form portable communication devices when the speaker modules are secured to the portable communication device assembly. In the exemplary embodiment, a slim speaker module includes a speaker suitable for operation during proximate communications where the portable communication device is placed near the user's ear. An extended speaker module includes a larger speaker providing improved performance during non-proximate communications where the portable communication device is positioned away from the ear such as during a push-to-talk (PTT) call or when a speaker phone option is invoked. In the exemplary embodiment, the speaker modules also perform the function of a battery compartment door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventor: Chad Tyler Uyehara
  • Patent number: 8488815
    Abstract: An exemplary speaker set includes a shell and a speaker. The shell includes a bottom cover and a top cover engaging with the bottom cover. The bottom cover and the top cover cooperatively define a resonance chamber therebetween. The bottom cover defines a through hole therein. The top cover defines a mounting hole corresponding to and communicating with the through hole. The speaker includes a vibration part and a magnetic part driving the vibration part. The vibration part is inserted the mounting hole and engages with the top cover. The magnetic part is inserted the through hole and intimately engages with the bottom cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hwang-Miaw Chen
  • Patent number: 8483784
    Abstract: A mobile communication device may include at least a lid member and a base member which are hingeably coupled together by a linkage mechanism. The device may include additional interface elements on an interface surface accessible when the device is in the closed position. A mobile communication device is provided which further comprises a rotatable member having an interface surface. The linkage mechanism actuates movement of the rotatable member from a first rotation state, such that the interface surface is accessible when the device is in a closed position, to a second rotational state, such that the interface surface is positioned between and concurrently viewable with inner surfaces of the lid and base members when the device is in an opened position. The linkage mechanism actuates the movement of the rotatable member responsive to movement of the device from the closed to the opened position and vice versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventors: Jason Tyler Griffin, Martin Riddiford, James Reeves, Julia Allwright
  • Patent number: RE45179
    Abstract: A case for a portable electronic device such as cell phones, cameras, MP3 players and PDAs wherein said case includes material at the corners to provide protection to the electronic device. To reduce bulk at the corners and allow the material forming the case to conform with the contours of the device, the protection at the corners includes strips of material defining apertures there between. The apertures provide reduction in bulk and allow the case to conform to the corners of the device therein. Alternately, the protection at the corners can be provided by other structures co-molded into the corners of the cases. Such structures include material that is of a reduced thickness than other material used in the case, or structures that are formed to conform to the corners of the case. Such structures can be joined to the material forming the panels of the case by co-molding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Speculative Product Design, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick M. Bodkin, Gregg Flender, Mike Tracz