Rotatable Mechanism (e.g., Hinge) Patents (Class 379/433.13)
  • Patent number: 11147171
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus according to example embodiments may include a flexible display, a frame part configured to support the flexible display, and a rear cover attached to an outer surface of the frame part to cover at least a portion of the frame part, wherein the rear cover is disposed to be detachable from the frame part based on an electrical signal. Other various embodiments are also possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Dongsung Kim, Wonseok Joo, Sangwook Park
  • Patent number: 11023017
    Abstract: The present utility model discloses a hinge for rotating part, and the hinge comprises a first cam, a second cam, a fixed cam, a slide cam, a spring and a damper, and further discloses a mobile terminal that uses the hinge. The hinge for rotating part provided in the present utility model has the advantages of simple structure and easy assembling. It can be connected with a third rotating body in addition to two relatively rotatable bodies, and can achieve independent rotation and linkage of the second rotating body and the third rotating body according to the designed rotation procedure as required and achieve self-locking of hinge, and the third rotating body can be damped and buffered at the end of the rotating stroke. The hinge of the present utility model can be applied to the connection of various three rotating bodies, especially suitable for the connection of bracket, keyboard and screen in the mobile terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Hangzhou Amphenol Phoenix Telecom Parts Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Guanlun Cheng
  • Patent number: 10728754
    Abstract: A portable device accessory includes an attachment mechanism, a hinge member, and a privacy shield. The attachment mechanism is for attaching the accessory to a rear face of the portable device. The rear face is opposite a front face of the portable device. The front face includes the screen of the portable device. The hinge member is pivotably attached to the attachment mechanism. The privacy shield is pivotably attached to the hinge member and movable between a storage position and a blocking position. When the privacy shield is in the blocking position, the privacy shield extends over the front face of the portable device and blocks at least a portion of the screen. When the privacy shield is in the storage position, the privacy shield extends over the rear face of the portable device and is positioned proximate to the attachment mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: CONFIVOX INC.
    Inventor: John David Lee
  • Patent number: 10685985
    Abstract: A pixel portion and a driver circuit driving the pixel portion are formed over the same substrate. At least a part of the driver circuit is formed using an inverted staggered thin film transistor in which an oxide semiconductor layer is used and a channel protective layer is provided over the oxide semiconductor layer serving as a channel formation region which is overlapped with the gate electrode. The driver circuit as well as the pixel portion is provided over the same substrate to reduce manufacturing costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shunpei Yamazaki, Kengo Akimoto, Atsushi Umezaki
  • Patent number: 10474203
    Abstract: The description relates to devices, such as computing devices that have hinged portions. One example can include a first portion that includes a first display and a second portion that includes a second display. This example can also include a determinative hinge assembly that rotatably secures the first and second portions around first and second hinge axes. The determinative hinge assembly can have a first unflexed configuration when the first and second portions are parallel or perpendicular to one another and a second flexed configuration when the first and second portions contact one another when oriented at an oblique angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Errol Mark Tazbaz, David Otto Whitt
  • Patent number: 10382851
    Abstract: An ear-wearable wireless communications flashlight combination device for illuminating a space in front of a user includes an earpiece that is configured to position around a top and a rear of an ear of a user. The earpiece comprises a battery, a transceiver and a boom. The transceiver is operationally coupled to the battery so that the earpiece is configured for wireless communication. A light switch is coupled to the earpiece and is operationally coupled to a battery. A bulb is coupled to a terminus of the boom and is operationally coupled to the light switch. The light switch is configured to selectively couple the bulb to the battery to illuminate a space in front of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventor: Antoine Smith
  • Patent number: 10382600
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a foldable terminal, including an elastic sheet. The elastic sheet provides an elastic force in a state, so as to keep the housing in a folded state, and the elastic sheet provides another elastic force in another state, so as to keep the housing in an unfolded state. When the foldable terminal is in the unfolded state, the elastic sheet supports an inner side of the flexible screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP. LTD.
    Inventors: Yugui Lin, Maozhao Huang
  • Patent number: 10242675
    Abstract: The invention relates to a human-machine dialogue device (1), characterized in that it comprises: a housing comprising a docking station having: a universal human-machine dialogue assembly, each universal human-machine dialogue assembly comprising at least one display unit and at least one sensor device, a universal actuation device, the docking station being arranged to receive, without distinction, removably and interchangeably: a first modular unit (2c) having a display interface, a second modular unit (2a) having a pushbutton-type control interface, a third modular unit (2b) having a rotary button-type control interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES SAS
    Inventor: Patrice Thizon
  • Patent number: 10185368
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for rotationally coupling housing portions of an information handling system. An information handling system includes a housing having a first housing portion and a second housing portion. The information handling system also includes a hinge assembly coupling the first and second housing portions, the hinge assembly comprising a first snapping band with a bi-stable structure having an engaged and a disengaged position, the first snapping band configured to engage when the first and second housing portions are rotated at a first angle, and a second snapping band with a bi-stable structure having an engaged and a disengaged position, the second snapping band configured to engage when the first and second housing portions are rotated at a second angle. In addition, the information handling system includes a flexible display coupled to the first housing portion and the second housing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Michiel Knoppert, Deeder Aurongzeb
  • Patent number: 10095346
    Abstract: An electronic device and a control method are described where the electronic device includes a first body having a first end and a second end; a connecting body having a third end and a fourth end, the third end being connected to the second end; a second body having a fifth end and a sixth end, the fifth end being connected to the fourth end, the second body being capable of rotating round the first body through the connecting body. The connecting body includes a connecting sub-input unit configured to acquire an input operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: LENOVO (BEIJING) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yan Gao, Jie Xia
  • Patent number: 10044394
    Abstract: A mobile telephone case is provided. The mobile telephone case includes a top cover having a back surface and a bottom cover having a further back surface that is placed adjacent to the top cover. A connecting member is positioned over at least a portion of each of the back surface of the top cover and the further back surface of the bottom cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Inventor: Gavin A. Johnson
  • Patent number: 9954986
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a mobile device. A mobile device, according to an embodiment, comprises: a first main body which has a display unit having an image output on one side thereof; a second main body which is positioned at a predetermined distance away from the first main body and has a substrate unit, inside which an electronic component is mounted, and a power source battery for supplying a power source; and a connecting member which electrically connects the first main body and the second main body on the lower ends of the first main body and the second main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Choonghwan Shin, Byunghwa Lee
  • Patent number: 9785200
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for rotationally coupling housing portions of an information handling system. An information handling system includes a housing having a first housing portion and a second housing portion. The information handling system also includes a hinge assembly coupling the first and second housing portions, the hinge assembly comprising a first snapping band with a bi-stable structure having an engaged and a disengaged position, the first snapping band configured to engage when the first and second housing portions are rotated at a first angle, and a second snapping band with a bi-stable structure having an engaged and a disengaged position, the second snapping band configured to engage when the first and second housing portions are rotated at a second angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Michiel Knoppert, Deeder Aurongzeb
  • Patent number: 9729684
    Abstract: The present invention provides for, in one or more embodiments, a casing system for a mobile device. The system includes an upper cover, a lower cover and a hinge mechanism providing for both axial movement and radial movement of the upper cover in relation to the lower cover. The system enables a user to have improved protection of the mobile device while also being able to better insert, remove and secure their mobile device in the present invention. The present invention provides for a unified retractable casing system which is easier to use, provides improved protection and yields a unified structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Kingston Digital, Inc.
    Inventor: Ben Wei Chen
  • Patent number: 9710021
    Abstract: An apparatus and method wherein the apparatus includes a bendable display; a substrate configured to support the bendable display wherein the substrate includes at least one bendable portion configured to enable the bendable display to be moved between an open configuration and a closed configuration; and a support structure provided adjacent to the bendable portion of the substrate configured to provide a rigid support for the bendable portion of the substrate, at least, when the display is in the closed configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Ilpo Kauhaniemi, Heikki Hakamaki, Mikael Kontkanen, Kalevi Salo, Vesa Nevalainen
  • Patent number: 9506279
    Abstract: According to various, but not necessarily all examples of the disclosure, there may be provided an apparatus and method wherein the apparatus comprises: a substrate configured to support a bendable display wherein the substrate comprises at least one bendable portion configured to enable the substrate to be moved between an open configuration and a closed configuration; and wherein the at least one bendable portion comprises a plurality of rod members and the rod members comprise interlocking portions wherein the interlocking portions comprise a projection configured to fit into a corresponding recess on an adjacent rod member so as to restrict relative movement of the rod members when the substrate is in the closed configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Ilpo Kauhaniemi, Mikael Kontkanen, Esa-Sakari Maatta, Kalevi Salo, Vesa Nevalainen
  • Patent number: 9491274
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a system may include a telephone casing comprising a magnet and a backside. The system can also include a telephone cord and a telephone cord retainer comprising magnetic material. The telephone cord retainer can retain the telephone cord. Magnetic force may retain the telephone cord retainer to the telephone casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: CISCO TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Ian M. Snyder, Matthew Cho, Morgan Teachworth
  • Patent number: 9407984
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus and a method for providing a sound system of the electronic apparatus are provided herein. The electronic apparatus has a housing, a speaker and a bracket. The housing has a space and a channel, which is coupled to the space. The speaker is placed in the space. The bracket has a first end coupled to the channel and is movable relative to the housing. A sound mode of the electronic apparatus may be switched from a first mode to a second mode by positioning a second end of the bracket from a first position in the channel to a second position away from the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: Hann-Shi Tong, Lei Chen, Wei-Syuan Lin, Yu-Sheng Lee, Yu-Chieh Lai
  • Patent number: 9386131
    Abstract: A method of performing a function by combining one or more blocks including sensing whether the one or more blocks are connected, determining indexes respectively corresponding to the connected one or more blocks, deciding, by using the indexes, a function to be performed based on the sensing, the function being one of a plurality of functions, each function associated with a respective set of function blocks, and generating a control signal for performing the decided function may be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ji-yeon Ku, Sang-hyun Lee, Sung-woo Hwang
  • Patent number: 9332663
    Abstract: An electronic device opened by magnetic force includes a bottom cover, a top cover, at least one engaging module, a conductive logo, and at least one electromagnet. The top cover is capable of being opened and closed relative to the bottom cover. The top cover has a first engaging portion. The engaging module is disposed at the bottom cover and has a magnetic attraction portion, an elastic element and a second engaging portion. When the conductive logo is electrified, the electromagnet generates magnetism for attracting the magnetic attraction portion to drive the second engaging portion to be separated from the first engaging portion thus deforming the elastic element to allow the top cover to be opened. When the conductive logo is stopped from being electrified, the elastic element is restored to allow the second engaging portion to return to the original position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignees: Maintek Computer (Suzhou) Co., Ltd, PEGATRON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Qi-Fei Cai, Meng-Chuan Chen
  • Patent number: 9313565
    Abstract: A portable terminal device has first and second casings (1, 2) and a biaxial hinge (3) coupling the first and second casings (1, 2). The portable terminal device also has a speaker (60) provided in the first casing (1) or the biaxial hinge (3), a sound emission hole (4), a waveguide (5) guiding a sound wave to the sound emission hole (4), and a display device (6) provided for the second casing (2). A display screen (6a) of the display device (6) and the sound emission hole (4) are disposed in a face (2a) whose orientation changes when the second casing (2) turns about a second axis, in the second casing (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuichiro Kishinami, Yasuharu Onishi, Motoyoshi Komoda, Nobuhiro Kawashima, Yukio Murata, Jun Kuroda, Shigeo Satou
  • Patent number: 9219806
    Abstract: A mobile telephone case is provided. An open face top cover has a substantially flat back platform with raised sides along three of four edges and is dimensioned to receive a mobile device. A bottom cover includes a further back platform with further raised sides along three of four edges and that is rotatably affixed to the fourth edge of the open face cover via a connecting member such that the raised sides interconnect with the further raised sides. A microfiber cloth is affixed to a continuous back surface formed by the back platform and the further back platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: Recase, LLC
    Inventor: Gavin A. Johnson
  • Patent number: 9094490
    Abstract: A cover mechanism is provided for an opening and closing device, which includes a fixed plate arranged at a first housing; a moving plate arranged at a second housing; a hinge arm that is arranged between the two plates and rotates to move the moving plate between a closed position where the first and second housings overlap and an open position where surfaces of the first and second housings are substantially coplanar; and a recess formed at the second housing that prevents the hinge arm from interfering with the second housing in the open position. The cover mechanism includes a cover arranged at the moving plate that covers the recess when the moving plate is positioned at the closed position and moves from the covering position by engaging with and being urged by the rotating hinge arm; and an urging part that urges the cover toward the covering position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI STEEL MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hironobu Sayama
  • Patent number: 9047048
    Abstract: An electronic device comprises a first portion, a second portion, and a rotating mechanism. The first portion covers on the second portion. The rotating mechanism is disposed in the second portion and is used for rotatably connecting the first portion and the second portion. The first portion is rotatable relative to the second portion from a first position to a second position by rotating the first portion relative to the rotating mechanism in a first plane. In the first position, the first position covers on the second portion. In the second position, a part of the second portion is exposed, and the angle between the first portion and the second portion is adjustable by rotating the first portion in a second plane perpendicular to the first plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hai-Qian Ge, Che-Yu Chou, Qun Huang, Tai-Shan Zhu
  • Patent number: 8989824
    Abstract: Electronic devices are provided with housings that can have smoother profiles and with switch assembly input components with knobs that can move along tracks in directions at least partially offset from the directions of anticipated resistive forces. The housings can include switch assembly input components with knobs that may move along linear tracks and switch assembly input components with knobs that may move along curved tracks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Erik L. Wang, Tang Yew Tan, Adam Duckworth Mittleman, Richard Hung Minh Dinh, Philip Michael Hobson, Andrew Lewis Johnston
  • Patent number: 8983559
    Abstract: An improved mobile phone case structure capable of standing, clamping and coiling, including a case. The case is to cover the back side of a mobile phone. And the surface of the case is configured with a rectangular opening. Inside the rectangular opening, a frame is embedded. One side of the frame is pivoted with the rectangular opening, while the other side of the frame is pivoted with a coiling plate. When unfolded, the frame forms a support for the case to stand. The coiling plate has an arc design. When unfolded, the frame can be clamped comfortably by two fingers, and can provide a function to neatly coil and fix the earphone. When not used, the coiling plate can be in flat contact with the back side of the mobile phone. The unique combination of frame and coiling plate designed by the present invention integrates multiple functions and is therefore a valuable innovation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventor: Shi-Xun Chiu
  • Patent number: 8965458
    Abstract: Disclosed is a protective case for an electronic device. The protective case has two layers, an inner cushion cover that surrounds a portion of the electronic device and an outer rigid shell. The outer rigid shell has curved flexible arms that engage and hold the cushion cover 104 on the electronic device. The cushion cover has reduced thickness portions so that the curved flexible arms are embedded in the cushion cover and provide a protective case having a substantially smooth exterior. The cushion cover is capable of absorbing shocks from impacts on the rigid outer shell. Coring on the inner portion of the cushion cover provides additional softness and the ability of the cushion cover to absorb shocks while using a higher density material, which is able to conform to the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Otter Products, LLC
    Inventors: Curtis R. Richardson, Alan V. Morine, W. Travis Smith, John H. Loudenslager, Jamie L. Johnson, Matthew M. Glanzer
  • 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: 8954120
    Abstract: Provided is a cradling apparatus for a portable communication device to allow the portable communication device to slide and be inclinedly cradled through pressurization. To this end, a cradling apparatus for a portable communication device includes a first housing, a second housing, and link portions provided between the first housing and the second housing to slide and inclinedly cradle the second housing. The apparatus further includes guide portions coupled to both sides of the first housing, guide members slidably coupled with the guide portions, hinge portions protruding from the guide members, the hinge portions being rotatably coupled with the second housing, and pressurizing portions provided on one ends of the hinge portions to pressurize the hinge portions and the guide members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chung-Keun Yoo, Yun-Cheol Kang
  • Patent number: 8902572
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a first body having a top surface, a second body slidably covering on the first body, and at least one connecting member for connecting the first body with the second body. The second body is capable of sliding from a first position covering the top surface to a second position uncovering the top surface. When the second body is in the first position, the first body hides the top surface to allow the electronic device being used in a first state, and when the second body is in the second position, the second body is operable to be coplanar with the first body to allow the electronic device being used in a second state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wei-Wei Yu, Che-Yu Chou, Qun Huang, Tai-Shan Zhu, Tao Jiang, Wen-Chih Lan, Hai-Qian Ge, Jun-Liang Zhang, Zhi-Jun Shi, Ji-Bing Guo, Hua-Yong Wang
  • Patent number: 8903461
    Abstract: A handheld electronic device including a first body, a second body and a transmission mechanism is provided. The second body is stacked with the first body. The second body has a recess at a side facing the first body. The transmission mechanism includes a first plate, a second plate and a rotating member. The first plate is fixed on the first body. The second plate is slidingly coupled to the first plate. An end of the rotating member is pivoted on the second body, and another end of the rotating member is pivoted on the second plate. When the first body slides with respect to the second body toward the recess, the rotating member rotates and drives the first body enters the recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventor: Chih-Sheng Wei
  • Patent number: 8880131
    Abstract: A cover mechanism is provided for an opening and closing device, which includes a fixed plate arranged at a first housing; a moving plate arranged at a second housing; a hinge arm that is arranged between the two plates and rotates to move the moving plate between a closed position where the first and second housings overlap and an open position where surfaces of the first and second housings are substantially coplanar; and a recess formed at the second housing that prevents the hinge arm from interfering with the second housing in the open position. The cover mechanism includes a cover arranged at the moving plate that covers the recess when the moving plate is positioned at the closed position and moves from the covering position by engaging with and being urged by the rotating hinge arm; and an urging part that urges the cover toward the covering position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Steel Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hironobu Sayama
  • Patent number: 8868143
    Abstract: A mobile device for securing to a garment of a user thereof. Such a garment securable mobile device may be of a clamshell configuration with mating portions hinged to one another such that when closed toward one another a garment space is defined therebetween. A portion of a garment may be retained in the garment space thereby securing the mobile device to the garment. Retention of the garment portion may be enhanced by the use of gripping elements at the inner surfaces of one or both of the mating portions. A garment particularly configured for securing such a garment securable mobile device may also be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Inventor: William Frederick Ryann
  • 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: 8830675
    Abstract: A foldable electronic device includes a frame cover, a foldable cover foldably mounted on the frame cover, and a cover stopper structure. The cover stopper structure includes a stopper fixed to the frame cover and made of a metal material. The cover stopper structure further includes a rotatable member fixed to the foldable cover, made of Polyoxymethylene, rotatably along the stopper and can be stopped by the stopper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignees: Shenzhen Futaihong Precision Industry Co., Ltd., FIH (Hong Kong) Limited
    Inventors: Nai-Lin Yang, Xiao-Meng Zhou, Wei Gong, Zheng-Ping Tan
  • Patent number: 8831212
    Abstract: A guiding module suitable for guiding an object to pass through an opening of the guiding module and an electronic device using the same are provided. The guiding module includes a body having the opening, a pair of sliding rails and a guiding component. The object passes through the opening along an embedding direction and is embedded therewith. The sliding rails are disposed at the body, extend along the embedding direction, and are respectively located at two opposite sides of the opening. The guiding component is slidably disposed at the sliding rails and has an alignment region which includes at least one first magnetic component. When the object approaches the opening, the object located at the alignment region is magnetically attracted by the first magnetic component, and the object is embedded to the body through the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: ASUSTeK Computer Inc.
    Inventors: Chang-Yi Tseng, Kuan-Sheng Wu, Shun-Lung Wang
  • 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: 8744070
    Abstract: The embodiments of the present disclosure provide a user device, which includes a main body part, a movable part electrically connected with the main body part, and a switching control unit and a rotation driver unit for co-axially connecting the main body part with the movable part. The switching control unit is used for eliminating a friction that enables the main body part to be fixed relative to the movable part fixed to turn on a rotation mode of the movable part. The rotation driver unit is used for applying a pre-pressing elastic force to the movable part when the switching control unit turns on the rotation mode of the movable part, so as to enable the movable part to automatically rotate relative to the main body part. The pre-pressing elastic force is less than the friction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Huawei Device Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Bin Zhang, Jianjun Xiao, Menglong Zhao
  • Patent number: 8724306
    Abstract: Example embodiments disclosed herein relate to a hinge assembly. An example of the hinge assembly includes a pair of active hinges and a pair of passive hinges. The hinge assembly may be utilized in portable computing devices such as notebook computers and personal digital assistants (PDAs).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Britt C Ashcraft, Peter M On, Michael Delpier
  • Patent number: 8707516
    Abstract: A coupling device for coupling a first casing and a second casing in a movable manner, comprising a first coupling member provided at the first casing, a second coupling member provided at the second casing, and coupled to the first coupling member in such a way that the first casing and the second casing move relative to each other, and a cleaning mechanism that cleans a clearance between the first casing and the second casing or the second coupling member. The cleaning mechanism has a wiper blade that moves in the clearance with movement of the casings, air injection means that injects air to the clearance, and/or a hinge cover that is displaceable within the clearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Yutaka Koyama, Yasuhiko Kawasaki
  • Patent number: 8675358
    Abstract: A portable terminal includes a first metallic layer formed of a metallic material and having a through hole on one surface thereof, a second metallic layer laminated on another surface of the first metallic layer and formed of a different material from the first metallic layer, and an exposed portion protruding from one surface of the second metallic layer and arranged at the through hole so as to be exposed to outside of the first metallic layer via the through hole. Under this configuration, a unique pattern may be implemented on the appearance. This may implement a personalized design and a sophisticated appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Dongsik Shin, Wonseok Joo, Jaeeon Lee
  • Patent number: 8671553
    Abstract: The invention discloses methods for transferring a tactile signal through an inert piece of material. In some embodiments, clear, impact resistant covers are employed with devices including touch-sensitive screens. The instant invention, in some embodiments, describes a method for employing a plurality of magnets to allow a user to input information on a touch-sensitive screen through the inert cover. Contact of a magnet pair above the cover may allow for a signal to be delivered to the touch-sensitive display via a second magnet pair that includes a stylus adapted to activate the surface of the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventor: Netanel Raisch
  • 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: 8634548
    Abstract: A free-stop hinge apparatus employed in a folding-type mobile terminal preferably includes: a hinge housing; a driving part for providing a free-stop operation, which is received in the hinge housing. A hinge shaft restrains the driving part in the hinge housing, and the driving part includes a rotating driving actuating cam and a driven sliding cam slides according to rotation of the driving actuating cam. The driving actuating cam includes an inner cam formed on one surface of a body, and an outer cam confronting the inner cam, and the driven sliding cam includes an inner valley which is disposed to confront the inner cam and slides together with the inner cam, and an outer valley which is disposed to confront the outer cam and slides together with the outer cam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Young-Jun Jung, Hae-Won Sung, Sung-Sun Park
  • Patent number: 8630407
    Abstract: A foldable portable electronic device is disclosed including an upper housing, a bottom housing rotatable relative to the upper housing, a hinge, and a sleeve. The upper housing includes a barrel, a latching groove, and a receiving space. The hinge is secured in the receiving space and rotatably engages with the bottom housing. The sleeve is slidably received in the receiving space and can be secured in the receiving space and rotatably engaged with the bottom housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignees: Shenzhen Futaihong Precision Industry Co., Ltd., FIH (Hong Kong) Limited
    Inventors: Ping Gao, Jun Shen
  • Patent number: 8630408
    Abstract: A cover for covering a folder type terminal including a first frame, a second frame, and a hinge for rotatably connecting the first frame and the second frame, the folder type terminal cover device includes: a first outer cover for covering the first frame; a second outer cover for covering the second frame; and a hinge cover for covering the hinge and in which a separation distance from the hinge increases when the folder type terminal is unfolded from a folded state. Thereby, an appearance and grip impression of the folder type terminal can be improved, and when the folder type terminal is put on a table in an unfolded state, the folder type terminal can maintain a predetermined angle from a table plane without a separate device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomohiro Harata, Sung Hoon Hong, Dong Hun Kim, Hyok Su Choi, Pil Won Kim, Dong Kyun Kim
  • Patent number: 8627546
    Abstract: A hinge mechanism includes a first rotation assembly, a second rotation assembly substantially parallel to the first rotation assembly, a first connection member, and a second connection member. The first and second rotation assemblies include a first and second pivoting shafts and a first and second brackets sleeved on the first and second pivoting shafts, respectively, and both the first and second brackets includes an engaging portion eccentrically formed on one end respectively thereof. The first connection member includes two pivotal portions. The pivotal portions are rotatably connected to the engaging portions of the first bracket and the second bracket, respectively. The second connection member is sleeved on the first pivoting shaft and the second pivoting shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Han-Zheng Zhang, Lian-Cheng Huang, Shen Li, Jin-Xin Wang
  • Patent number: 8615848
    Abstract: A hinge apparatus for an electronic device includes a cam unit and a gear unit provided at a connecting position of an upper plate and a lower plate. The cam unit includes a first cam mechanism for causing a first cam shaft connected to an upper plate to generate a torque and a second cam mechanism for causing a second cam shaft connected to a lower plate to generate a torque. Further, the gear unit includes a first gear shaft connected to the upper plate and a second gear shaft connected to the lower plate, a first gear provided in the first gear shaft, a first gear provided in the second gear shaft, and a gear mechanism that synchronizes and rotates the first gear shaft and the second gear shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Steel Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Mitsui
  • 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: RE47619
    Abstract: According to various, but not necessarily all examples of the disclosure, there may be provided an apparatus and method wherein the apparatus comprises: a substrate configured to support a bendable display wherein the substrate comprises at least one bendable portion configured to enable the substrate to be moved between an open configuration and a closed configuration; and wherein the at least one bendable portion comprises a plurality of rod members and the rod members comprise interlocking portions wherein the interlocking portions comprise a projection configured to fit into a corresponding recess on an adjacent rod member so as to restrict relative movement of the rod members when the substrate is in the closed configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Ilpo Kauhaniemi, Mikael Kontkanen, Esa-Sakari Maatta, Kalevi Salo, Vesa Nevalainen