Connector Movable Between Accessible And Inaccessible Positions Patents (Class 439/131)
  • Patent number: 11121568
    Abstract: A selectable charging cable which may have a switch configured to permissively control the transmission of an electrical current between two internet connected, or electronically powered, devices. The switch may be connected to a connection member. The connection member may traverse into a retraction cavity inside of a casing and be optionally connected to a power prong, a data prong, or both. The power prong and the data prong may each have connector pins divided between them. The connector pins for the data prong may be used exclusively for data and the connector pins for the power prong may be used exclusively for power. The switch, being reversibly configurable between a retracted position and an unretracted position, may result in either the data prong, the power prong, or both prongs being incapable of connecting with an internet connected device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Inventors: Patrick Kealy, Rodney Houriani
  • Patent number: 11038311
    Abstract: A multi-functional charger includes an upper housing, a lower housing, a receiving cavity, a PCB, a two-phase mother plug, and a child plug. The receiving cavity is defined between the upper housing and the lower housing. An opening is defined in a side of the upper housing and the lower housing. The PCB is located in the receiving cavity. The multi-functional charger can use conducting member to couple to the PCB, the circuit may be more stability and more safety. It is easy to be assembled, and a various type of child plugs can be coupled to the mother plug. It is also easy to use with good user experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: SHENZHEN YONGMINSHANGDE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Deyong Zhang
  • Patent number: 10992093
    Abstract: A universal adapter structure comprises a housing, a socket unit, a first plug unit and a second plug unit. The first and the second plug units have a rocking base, two plug terminals and a driving member, respectively. The rocking base is pivotally disposed on the housing, the two plug terminals are fixed on the rocking base, and the driving member is movably disposed on the housing. By pressing the driving member, the rocking base can be pivoted, thereby driving an outer end of the plug terminal to pivot toward a direction away from the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: YANG JI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yueh-Ying Lee, Yueh-Hui Lee
  • Patent number: 10978842
    Abstract: A customizable power supply, including an AC adapter to convert an AC current to a DC current, an AC cord section, including an AC cord, an AC connector disposed on a first end of the AC cord to removably connect to a first end of the AC adapter, and a plug-receiving inlet disposed on a second end of the AC cord, and at least one plug removably connected to the plug-receiving inlet to connect to an electrical outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Inventor: Naimisha Mummidi
  • Patent number: 10886681
    Abstract: A power distribution system includes a track having a first end, a second end opposite the first end, and a longitudinal axis extending through the first and second ends. The track defines a channel extending along the longitudinal axis. A plurality of power cables is positioned within the channel. A electrical hub is movably coupled to the second end of the track. The electrical hub is electrically connected to the plurality of power cables and includes a power receptacle. The electrical hub is movable relative to the second end of the track to change a position of the power receptacle relative to the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: HERMAN MILLER, INC.
    Inventors: Brian David Alexander, Peter James Keyzer, Jeffrey Dennis Roetman, Raymond Hugh Riner, Gordon Frank Chapman
  • Patent number: 10880626
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, a connector device is connected to an electronic device. The connector device includes a signal processor, a switch, and a movable member. The signal processor processes a signal inputted from the electronic device or a signal outputted to the electronic device. The switch is ON when power supplied from the electronic device is used as a power supply for operating the signal processor. The movable member moves to a first position when the switch is ON and moves to a second position when the switch is OFF. The connector device is connectable to a power-supply-support electronic device and is not connectable to a power-supply-non-support electronic device when the movable member is at the first position. The connector device is connectable to the power-supply-support and power-supply-non-support electronic devices when the movable member is at the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventor: Nobuaki Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10862238
    Abstract: An electrical plug or power adapter is described which includes a housing and a plurality of retractable prongs forming at least one retractable prong set. The prongs of each prong set are rotatable simultaneously between a retracted position in which the prongs are positioned within the housing and a deployed position in which the prongs extend out of the housing to be inserted into an electrical outlet. The electrical plug or adapter includes at least one gear-based driving mechanism coupled to a corresponding retractable prong set for driving the simultaneous rotation of the prongs of the prong set. The gear-based driving mechanism includes a driver accessible from the housing for actuation of the corresponding gear-based driving mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Cable Gear Holdings LLC
    Inventor: Faruq Syed Hasan
  • Patent number: 10811830
    Abstract: In a low-height connector combination, a duplex electrical connection socket includes: an insulation base having a tongue, and a metal housing formed with a connection slot. Heights of spaces of the connection surfaces are smaller than a large space of a standard socket having a minimum height and greater than a small space of the standard socket. A duplex electrical connection plug includes an insulation base, a metal housing and a fitting portion having two contact interface substrates and a fitting space. Heights of the contact interface substrates are smaller than a contact interface substrate of a standard plug having a minimum height and greater than the small space. The fitting portion can be bidirectionally inserted into the connection slot. Each of two fitting gaps of the fitting portion between the contact interface substrates and the connection surfaces of the tongue is smaller than 0.15 mm to form tight fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Inventor: Chou Hsien Tsai
  • Patent number: 10797453
    Abstract: A multi-specification plug adapter, the multi-specification plug adapter comprises a first outer casing and a second outer casing assembled with each other. The second outer casing is provided with one or more than one socket hole; one or more than one slideable plug is located in the first outer casing. The plug is provided with a push button. The push button is located outside the first outer casing. The first plug pins or the second plug pins of the plug can be extended out of the first outer casing by pushing the push button. One set of or more than one set of corresponding shaft and shaft hole is located between the second outer casing and the first outer casing, the first outer casing can rotate against the second outer casing on the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: DongGuan AHOKU Techland Electronics Ltd.
    Inventors: Ming Tsai Wang, Jeng Je Pan, Chi Chiu
  • Patent number: 10790628
    Abstract: A power adapter has a solenoid actuated retaining latch controlled by an electronic circuit that detects the presence or absence of AC mains voltage. When the assembled AC-DC adapter and plug assembly are removed from the wall, the latch detects removal and unlocks the plug assembly for easy removal without undue force required by the user. The circuit is designed for minimal power consumption, and the solenoid only consumes power when it is engaging or disengaging the latch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: NVIDIA Corporation
    Inventors: Boris Landwehr, James Lee, Craig Crawford, Andrew Bell, Samuel Duell
  • Patent number: 10770854
    Abstract: Methods of assembly are provided for an AC plug supporting foldable prongs. The AC plug includes: a cover including slots and prongs. In an extended position, the prongs are insertable in AC outlet receptacles and each prong contacts a spring mounted terminal that is coupled to a power circuit. In a retracted position, each prong is recessed in a slot of the cover and does not contact a spring mounted terminal. In the extended position, the coupling between each prong and the power circuit does not utilize wires. A first end of each spring mounted terminal is positioned on a contact pad of a printed circuit board (PCB) that connects the AC plug to the power circuit. A cap is fastened to the cover and secures the spring mounted terminals to the respective contact pads and secures the PCB and spring mounted terminal to the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Dell Products, L.P.
    Inventors: Andrew Thomas Sultenfuss, Priyank Jatin Gajiwala
  • Patent number: 10734823
    Abstract: A power supply device includes a first conversion module and a second conversion module. The first conversion module is adapted to convert a first alternating current into a first direct current and includes a first body, a first input portion having a first alternating current input terminal, a first output portion having a first output terminal, and a first coupling portion having a first coupling terminal. The first coupling terminal and the first output terminal are connected. The second conversion module is adapted to convert a second alternating current into a second direct current and includes a second body, a second input portion having a second alternating current input terminal, a second coupling portion having a second coupling terminal, a third coupling portion having a third coupling terminal, and a second output portion having a second output terminal. The second output terminal and the second coupling terminal are connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Chicony Power Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chun-Fu Chou
  • Patent number: 10707613
    Abstract: A foldable power plug assembly may include a lever-based mechanism for retracting the metal pins of the assembly such that they do not extend beyond a top surface of a base portion of the assembly and for subsequently extracting the pins from the base portion. When a force is applied to a first pin in a folding direction while the assembly is in a deployed state, the lever-based mechanism may be configured to retract both the first and second pins toward their respective fully retracted positions. When a force is applied to the first pin in an unfolding direction while the assembly is in a retracted state, the mechanism may be configured to unfold both the first and second pins toward their respective fully deployed positions. and extend them to their fully deployed positions. The lever-based mechanism may be simple and intuitive to operate using a single hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Hang Du, Tiong Chee Benedict Tay, Yu Weng Alvin Sitoh, Toshiyuki Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10700484
    Abstract: An AC (Alternating Current) plug for providing power via a power circuit is assembled by: selecting a cover that includes prongs and structures on an inner side; positioning a PCB (printed circuit board) that includes contact pads connecting the PCB to the power circuit on structures of the inner side of the cover; positioning the spring mounted terminals on structures on the inner side of the cover such that a first end of each spring mounted terminal is positioned on a contact pad of the PCB; positioning a cap on the spring mounted terminals, the PCB and the cover, such that assembly holes of the cap, the PCB and the cover are aligned; and fastening the cap to the cover, such that the first end of each spring mounted terminal is secured against a respective contact pad and each spring mounted terminal is loaded and exerts a force against a prong.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Dell Products, L.P.
    Inventors: Andrew Thomas Sultenfuss, Priyank Jatin Gajiwala
  • Patent number: 10665995
    Abstract: Described herein is a use-limiting connector for limiting use of an electrical tool. The use-limiting connector comprises a plurality of electrical circuits each having an electrical resistance different than any other of the plurality of electrical circuits. Each electrical circuit of at least two of the plurality of electrical circuits corresponds with a different use of a plurality of uses of the use-limiting connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: ATL TECHNOLOGY, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Bailey Strong, Guan Hua Yang, John Carl Holloway
  • Patent number: 10653018
    Abstract: An independently powered interactive device holder is provided. In various embodiments, the holder may comprise a multi-prong bracket configured to securely hold an interactive device. In various embodiments, the holder may also comprise a power supply that is simultaneously connected to an AC plug (which in various embodiments may be foldable between a deployed position and a stowed position) and a tethered power cable and device plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: 360 Electrical, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Brandon Eshelman, Cameron Bigler, Adam Boushley
  • Patent number: 10651587
    Abstract: An automatic ejection mechanism of a connecting device includes an outer shell defining an accommodating space and including a rear cover covering a rear end of the accommodating space, a connector slidably received within the accommodating space, a fastening assembly located between the connector and the rear cover, and a resilient member located between the connector and the rear cover. The resilient member drives the connector to slide toward an opening of a front end of the accommodating space. The connector is received within the accommodating space by being fastened to the connector. The connector is ejected out of the opening of the front end by releasing the fastener from the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ze-Min Wu, Zhan-Sheng Lu, Yu-Chun Sun
  • Patent number: 10553998
    Abstract: An electronic device includes: a transmission medium; a first duplex electrical connection plug comprising: an insulation base; a metal housing; and a fitting portion provided with two contact interface substrates and a fitting space, wherein the two contact interface substrates are provided with two contact interfaces each being electrically connected to the transmission medium and provided with two rows of vertically elastically movable contacts arranged in a front-low and rear-high manner, and the two contact interface substrates are smaller than a contact interface substrate of a standard electrical connection plug having a minimum height specification specified by USB Association, and greater than a small space of a standard electrical connection socket having a minimum height specification specified by USB Association; and a duplex electrical connection structure provided with a connection portion having upper and lower connection surfaces provided with contact interfaces electrically connected to the t
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Inventor: Chou Hsien Tsai
  • Patent number: 10535965
    Abstract: An AC (Alternating Current) plug for providing power via a power circuit is assembled by: selecting a cover that includes prongs and structures on an inner side; positioning a PCB (printed circuit board) that includes contact pads connecting the PCB to the power circuit on structures of the inner side of the cover; positioning the spring mounted terminals on structures on the inner side of the cover such that a first end of each spring mounted terminal is positioned on a contact pad of the PCB; positioning a cap on the spring mounted terminals, the PCB and the cover, such that assembly holes of the cap, the PCB and the cover are aligned; and fastening the cap to the cover, such that the first end of each spring mounted terminal is secured against a respective contact pad and each spring mounted terminal is loaded and exerts a force against a prong.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Dell Products, L.P.
    Inventors: Andrew Thomas Sultenfuss, Priyank Jatin Gajiwala
  • Patent number: 10476222
    Abstract: Disclosed is a plug-integrated adaptor that improves usability of a power strip by reducing interference with adjacent plugs when the adaptor is used in the power strip. A plug-integrated adaptor includes a case body having an open side and a printed circuit board therein, a case base provided to cover the open side of the case body and including a first side extending in a first direction and a second side having a length shorter than a length of the first side, a plug having a pair of pins arranged in a second direction and a plug case protruding from the case base and extending in the second direction, and a connecting member coupled to the pin of the plug and connecting the plug to the printed circuit board. The plug case extending in the second direction is inclined at an angle with a range of 0 to 45 degrees with respect to the case base extending in the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tae-Jun You, Young Soo Kim, Gil Yong Chang
  • Patent number: 10445532
    Abstract: A USB media storage device includes a housing and USB flash drive mounted in the housing. A faceplate is mounted to the housing to indicate the content stored on the USB flash drive. The media stored on the USB flash drive is copy protected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Inventor: Joseph O'Brien
  • Patent number: 10404010
    Abstract: A modular approach to an electrical power and/or signal passing utility module is presented. A universal receptacle is fixedly disposed in bores in both of first and second signal connector blocks. A threaded socket member and a nonconductive guide bushing are installed, as needed, in receptacles in the first block, and a threaded pin member is installed in corresponding receptacles in the second block. The nonconductive guide bushing insulates the sockets, and guides pin posts into the socket as the two blocks abut. A compliant member such as an o-ring provides compliance of the socket and pin assemblies in the signal connector blocks, making the assemblies self-aligning. The socket and pin assemblies are field-replaceable by use of a simple tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: ATI INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION, INC.
    Inventors: William G. Berrocal, Paul Luczka
  • Patent number: 10401385
    Abstract: A method of testing an integrated circuit of a device is described. Air is allowed through a fluid line to modify a size of a volume defined between the first and second components of an actuator to move a contactor support structure relative to the apparatus and urge terminals on the contactor support structure against contacts on the device. Air is automatically released from the fluid line through a pressure relief valve when a pressure of the air in the fluid line reaches a predetermined value. The holder is moved relative to the apparatus frame to disengage the terminals from the contacts while maintaining the first and second components of the actuator in a substantially stationary relationship with one another. A connecting arrangement is provided including first and second connecting pieces with complementary interengaging formations that restricts movement of the contactor substrate relative to the distribution board substrate in a tangential direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Aehr Test Systems
    Inventors: Scott E. Lindsey, Junjye Yeh, Jovan Jovanovic, Seang P. Malathong
  • Patent number: 10312704
    Abstract: A power adapter for a peripheral device such as portable electronics device is disclosed. The power adapter includes a housing that contains electrical components associated with the power adapter. The power adapter also includes a data port provided at a surface of the housing. The data port is configured to provide external power to the peripheral device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Daniele De Iuliis, Andrew Bert Hodge, Jeffrey L. Robbin, Stanley Carl Ng, Eric W. Anderson, Anthony M. Fadell
  • Patent number: 10291477
    Abstract: Technology is described for registering Internet of Things (IoT) devices. A hub device may receive a request for hub registration from an IoT device. The request for hub registration may include IoT device information. The hub device may validate the request for hub registration at the hub device based on the IoT device information. The hub device may retrieve registration information from an IoT service. The registration information may include a dedicated security certificate for the IoT device. The hub device may forward the registration information to the IoT device to enable the IoT device to communicate IoT device data to the IoT service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Allan Askar
  • Patent number: 10283893
    Abstract: An electrical plug device includes a housing, a cover unit mounted to the housing and a plug module mounted to the cover unit. The housing includes a base wall, a slot forming wall peripherally extending from the base wall, an engaging-groove forming wall peripherally extending from the base wall and opposite to the slot forming wall, and at least one slot formed in the slot forming wall and extending to and meeting the base wall. The plug module extends into the housing and includes a plug member fixed to the cover unit by a fixing unit. The plug member includes at least one plug prong that is movably disposed in the at least one slot to pivot between a folded position and an unfolded position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: CONNTEK INTEGRATED SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventors: Jui-Hsiung Wu, Chunxi Ju, Qing Fu
  • Patent number: 10275636
    Abstract: A fingerprint identifying module includes a sensing assembly, a cover and a metal ring. The cover has a protruding portion and the metal ring has an accommodation groove. The protruding portion of the cover is engaged with the accommodation groove of the metal ring so that the metal ring is bonded to the cover. Since no liquid glue is required for bonding the metal ring to the module, the step of baking and solidifying the liquid glue is saved and the manufacturing efficiency of the fingerprint identifying module is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: PRIMAX ELECTRONICS LTD.
    Inventors: Mao-Hsiu Hsu, Kuan-Pao Ting
  • Patent number: 10205276
    Abstract: A lever-type connector includes a first housing and a second housing which are capable of being fitted to each other and a lever mounted on the second housing and which is movable from a fitting start position to a fitting completion position. The first housing includes a pressing part. The second housing includes a housing side locking part and a guide inclined surface which is adjacent to the housing side locking part. The lever includes a lever side locking part. The lever side locking part is elastically deformable in a first direction and locked to the housing side locking part when the lever is located on the fitting start position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshifumi Shinmi
  • Patent number: 10201071
    Abstract: A power supply with a thermal insulation function includes a casing, a circuit board, and a power connector. The casing has an opening and includes a first casing member and a second casing member, and the first casing member has a hollow insulation structure. The circuit board is installed in the casing and retained on the second casing member. The power connector is coupled to the circuit board and configured to be facing the opening. When the first and second casing members are engaged into the casing, the hollow insulation structure divides the area of a surface of the circuit board facing the first casing member into a first insulation space and a second insulation space, and the power connector is disposed in the first insulation space, and the hollow insulation structure is separated with an interval apart from the second insulation space for accommodating air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: CHICONY POWER TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yu-Jan Lin
  • Patent number: 10149634
    Abstract: A mobile device case for functional connection and physical attachment to a mobile device, the mobile device case comprises an application adapted to run in the mobile device and a cradle configured for removable attachment with the mobile device, the cradle comprising a controller capable of functional connection with the application, where the cradle is adapted to protect the mobile device while attached to the mobile device and the cradle is adapted to functionally pair with the application to create at least a portion of a mesh network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Voll, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Lee Bietz, Jesus Acosta-Cazaubon
  • Patent number: 10103531
    Abstract: A component management system that can be customized by a user is provided. In some embodiments, the component management system includes a cover having first, second and third sides and a substantially uniform thickness, and a mounting panel having first and second major faces and first and second channels extending along opposite edges of the first and second major faces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Vpulse Inc.
    Inventor: William Ruhnke
  • Patent number: 10044129
    Abstract: A telescopic power plug includes a handle, a plug body and an inner sleeve. The handle is threadedly engaged with the plug body. The plug body with an irregular shape end is engaged with an irregular shape end of the inner sleeve. The irregular shape engagement makes the plug body movement produced only in the axial direction. The plug body is extended or retracted in the inner sleeve by rotating the handle. The handle operation force is uniform and stable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: AMBIT MICROSYSTEMS (SHANGHAI) LTD.
    Inventor: Dong Qin
  • Patent number: 10033294
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a novel AC/DC charging plug for use in slim or narrow situations. The AC/DC charging plug can include pivotally mounted lids used to cover AC contact pens. A connector assemble having a USB connector at one end and an axillary plug at the opposite end is also disclosed where the USB end of the connector assembly can be rotated 180 degrees relative to a cover and then slid into a concealed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Inventor: Ricot Riphin
  • Patent number: 10026034
    Abstract: A slide structure comprises first and second members, a slider, a guide, and a first elastic part. The second member is movably supported by the first member. The slider is provided in one of the first member and the second member. The guide is provided in the other of the first member and the second member. The guide movably supports the slider among a first holding position, a slide section, and a second holding position. The first holding position is away or offset from a first position in a first direction. The slide section extends between the first position and a second position. The second position is distant from the first position in a second direction intersecting with the first direction. The second holding position is away or offset from the second position in the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Kosuke Adachi, Shiro Harashima, Shanying Pan
  • Patent number: 10027204
    Abstract: A motor control center having one or more control modules is disclosed. Each control module has a cabinet for enclosing therein a first contact set and a second contact set forming rotatable electricity conducting switches or contacts from the bus bars of the motor control center to a circuit breaker in the control module. An operation handle, extending from the cabinet, is used to operate the control module between different states. The operation handle is coupled to an operating mechanism in the cabinet. The operation handle sequentially operates the first contact set to couple to the bus and power a test circuit, the second contact set to couple the first contact set to the circuit breaker, and lastly to switch on the circuit breaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: NEVERARC INC.
    Inventors: Travis Cullen, Chris Runn
  • Patent number: 10008815
    Abstract: The invention relates to a plug-in connection (1) for connecting, in particular, electrical lines, comprising at least a female connecting element (2) and a male connecting element (3), wherein the female connecting element (2) interlockingly receives the male connecting element (3) and wherein the two connecting elements (2, 3) can be detachably frictionally connected while in interlocking contact, wherein a region (4) of the male connecting element (3) that enters into connection is coaxially tapered and comprises at least one slidable contact body (5), which is arranged within the male connecting element in a first position and protrudes from the male connecting element (3) in a second position. The invention further relates to a use of such a plug-in connection (1). The invention further relates to a method for connecting, in particular, electrical lines by means of a plug-in connection (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Inventor: Christian Flechl
  • Patent number: 9998404
    Abstract: Automatically orienting hardware ports in a computing device, including: determining a location of a first hardware port configured to receive a first cable connector of a cable; determining a location of a second hardware port configured to receive a second cable connector of the cable; determining, in dependence upon the location of the first hardware port and the location of the second hardware port, orientation information for at least one of the hardware ports; and transmitting an instruction to position at least one of the hardware ports in accordance with the orientation information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Lenovo Enterprise Solutions (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Shareef F. Alshinnawi, Gary D. Cudak, Edward S. Suffern, J. Mark Weber
  • Patent number: 9989931
    Abstract: A wrist watch charging assembly is provided. The wrist watch charging assembly may include a charging cord, a charging port connector and a charging head that are electrically connected to two ends of the charging cord, and a mobile pin electrically connected to a circuit board inside the watch case, wherein the charging cord is fixed relative to the watch band, and the charging head is attached onto the watch case by means of magnetic adhesion to be in electrical contact with the mobile pin. A wrist watch that has an integrated wrist watch charging assembly is also provided. The end of the charging head for connecting the mobile pin is optionally snapped into a holding groove on the watch band, and the charging port for external connection is optionally snapped into a charging port cap on the watch band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: JRD Communication Inc.
    Inventors: Wangfa Zhan, Jun Zhang, Xulin Cao
  • Patent number: 9992883
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention describe a clasp assembly for detachably coupling a first housing to a second housing. The clasp assembly to further includes a data connector to provide an input/output (I/O) interface to a computing component of the first housing, and a data connector housing corresponding to the data connector, wherein the data connector is exposed when the clasp assembly is in an open position, and wherein the data connector is disposed in the data connector housing when the clasp assembly is in a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gregory A. Peek, Mark R. Francis, Andy S. Idsinga
  • Patent number: 9974015
    Abstract: An embedded Internet of Things (IoT) hub for integration with an appliance and associated systems and methods. For example, one embodiment of an apparatus comprises: an embedded Internet of Things (IoT) hub comprising a wide area network (WAN) interface to couple the embedded IoT hub to an IoT service over a network, and a local wireless communication interface to communicatively couple the IoT hub to one or more IoT devices; an IoT hub slot interface coupled to the embedded IoT hub and comprising a first plurality of pins or pads to interface with corresponding pins or pads within an IoT hub slot of an appliance when the embedded IoT hub is inserted into the IoT hub slot; and a modular antenna interface coupled to the embedded IoT hub and comprising a second plurality of pins or pads to interface with corresponding pins or pads on a modular antenna to be coupled to the embedded IoT hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Afero, Inc.
    Inventors: Omar Zakaria, Joe Britt, Houman Forood
  • Patent number: 9960551
    Abstract: The invention provides a bidirectional electrical connection plug, which can be bidirectionally inserted and connected to a standard electrical connection socket specified by USB Association, and comprises: an insulating base; and a fitting portion, which is disposed on one end of the insulating base, and can be inserted into the connection slot of the electrical connection socket; characterized in that the fitting portion has two contact interface substrates having the same height and facing each other and a fitting space, each of the two contact interface substrates has an insulating layer, an interval between two contact interface substrates is the fitting space, the fitting portion can be bidirectionally inserted into the connection slot of the standard electrical connection socket, the heights of the two contact interface substrates can be fit into the small space, and the plug has a positioning structure for positioning the insulating layers of the two contact interface substrates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Inventor: Chou Hsien Tsai
  • Patent number: 9922964
    Abstract: A package structure and method for forming the same are provided. The package structure includes a substrate, and a device die formed over the substrate. The device die has a first height. The package structure includes a dummy die formed over the substrate and adjacent to the device die, and the dummy die has a second height. The second height is smaller than the first height. The package structure also includes a package layer formed between the device die and the dummy die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hsien-Wei Chen, Li-Hsien Huang
  • Patent number: 9893453
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an electrical connector in particular an electrical connector having at least two terminals that are connected wherein the electrical connector permit movement of each terminal relative to each other. The electrical connector has a first body part having a first terminal; the first terminal is connected to a second terminal formed in a second body part, the first and second body parts are connected together and can move with respect one to another thereby permitting variable angles to be created between an axis defined by the first terminal and an axis defined by the second terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Voltrics Ltd.
    Inventor: Gregory Simon Cox
  • Patent number: 9891666
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus such as a clock with an electronics dock that is twistable relative to a body and with a rotatable connecting port having a plurality of heads. The body has a top generally lying in a plane, a first face with a display and a second face with a display. An electronics dock is secured relative to the body in a twistable manner relative to the body top. In this regard, an electronic device held within the electronics dock can be selectively rotated for viewing about an axis that is generally perpendicular to the body top. Further, a connecting port with multiple charging heads is provided, such as for Android or Apple type devices. The connecting port can be rotated about an axis to allow access to the desired head. A lock is provided to hold the desired head in position for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Inventor: Scott Anthony Buss
  • Patent number: 9871312
    Abstract: A foldable plug and electronic device utilizing same are disclosed. The foldable plug includes a pair of socket sets, a connecting portion connecting the pair of socket sets, a pair of pins fitting into the pair of socket sets, and a pair of protrusions. Each pin is partly received in a socket set and partly exposed. The socket set has a surface facing away from the connecting portion, and the protrusion extends from the surface facing away from the connecting portion. Each protrusion includes a first surface, a second surface, and a third surface, all adjacent. The first surface, the second surface, and the third surface are connected with each other. The foldable plug and electronic device can utilize space within electronic device effectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignees: NANNING FUGUI PRECISION INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yan-Li Guo
  • Patent number: 9831621
    Abstract: Extendable connector ports are described herein that may be implemented in thin computing devices. An extendable connector port includes a floor, tongue, and roof that expand from a closed position stored within a computing device to an open position that extends away from the computing device. An extension mechanism of the extendable connector port maintains a parallel orientation of the floor, tongue, and roof and gaps in the extendable connector port when the port extends to the open position. The extendable connector port may then be collapsed into the closed position by reducing or eliminating gaps between the floor, tongue, and roof, so that the connector port is thinner in its closed position than it is in its open position. This collapsibility of the extendable connector port allows thin computing devices to include ports that are thicker than a housing of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Neil O'Connell, Ivan Andrew McCracken, Kabir Siddiqui, Brett Andrew Tomky, Errol Mark Tazbaz
  • Patent number: 9804632
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an instant embedded manual control, which has a remote control; and a face shell containing the remote control. The face shell is provided with groups of positioning ribs that are used to embed the manual control into a carrier platform of the manual control; the face shell is also provided with a plurality of cone structures that are used to fix the manual control into the carrier platform by being inserted into a leather surface of the carrier platform when the manual control is embedded in the carrier platform; and at least one button is arranged on the face shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: LIMOSS (SHENZHEN) CO.,LTD
    Inventor: Christian Gassner
  • Patent number: 9804558
    Abstract: A connector attaching/detaching structure detachably holds a connector in a housing. The connector attaching/detaching structure includes a first cable, a second cable, a terminal, a connector, and a housing. The terminal is provided on an end of the first cable. The connector is provided on an end of the second cable. The connector can establish an electrical connection with the terminal by inserting the terminal into the connector. The housing is provided with a connector holding portion that detachably holds the connector. A wall section, which forms an outer part of the connector holding portion, has a cutout wide enough to permit the first cable to pass therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventor: Mitsutoshi Takemoto
  • Patent number: 9793649
    Abstract: A rotatable plug structure for a power adapter includes a carrying base, two conductive terminals and a plug. The carrying base includes a first installation slot, a second installation slot and a channel connected between the two. The conductive terminals are secured onto the first and second installation slots; the conductive terminals include a main body, a wiring portion and a clamping member. The clamping member includes a pair of metal slats bent from the main body and extended to taper toward each other. The plug is rotatably installed on the carrying base and the conductive terminal; the plug includes a pivotal axle, a pair of insertion pins and a conductive connecting end. The plug swings freely about the pivotal axle between a deployed state and a retracted state; thereby, the conductive connecting ends are clamped by the clamping member or disengaged therefrom to overcome the improper contact problem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: CHICONY POWER TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yu-Jan Lin, Po-Sheng Lee
  • Patent number: 9791898
    Abstract: A USB data card includes a main body and a USB protection cover which is used for protecting a USB plug. The main body is provided with a decorative part which is detachably connected with the USB protection cover. The utility model can prevent the USB protection cover from loss, so that the time for the USB protection cover to protect the USB plug is prolonged, and then the service life of the USB data card is prolonged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: XI'AN ZHONGXING NEW SOFTWARE CO., LTD
    Inventors: Yanxin Chen, Xiaoliang Zhang