Hinge Patents (Class 439/165)
  • Patent number: 9881290
    Abstract: A point-of-sale system includes a stand that supports a tablet computer. The tablet computer can run a merchant application to provide the typical functionality for a point-of-sale system. The stand can be rotatable to face either the merchant or the customer. The stand can incorporate a card reader. The tablet computer can be connected through a hub to other peripheral components, such as a controllable cash drawer, a printer and/or a bar code reader. The cash drawer can include a slidable drawer having sliding rails that are hidden from a top view of the drawer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Troy Edwards, Lukas Skoog, Amish Babu, Jesse Dorogusker
  • Patent number: 9742107
    Abstract: A connector module may include: a connector body including an interior space with an empty area therein; and a connector part disposed on one side of the connector body. The connector part may include: a connector protruding from the connector body; and a connector holder seated in the empty area of the connector body and configured to secure the connector thereto. The connector holder may be configured to move the connector in one direction in response to an external force. A fixing part may be connected to one side of the connector body in a hinged fashion and being rotatable relative to the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sang Wook Choi, Kyung Ho Kim, Sung Yub Kim, Han Eol Park, Jeong In Lee, Jae Young Chang
  • Patent number: 9727291
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide an apparatus including an arrangement configured to couple the apparatus to an alternating current (AC) outlet. The apparatus further includes a plurality of interfaces, wherein a first interface of the plurality of interfaces is configured to couple the apparatus to a wireless computing device, and wherein a second interface of the plurality of interfaces is configured to couple the apparatus to a peripheral device that is peripheral to the wireless computing device. The apparatus also includes a memory configured to store logic, wherein the logic is configured to receive, via the first interface, an operation from the wireless computing device, and send, via the second interface, the operation to the first device that is peripheral to the wireless computing device. The apparatus also includes a processor configured to execute the logic, wherein the processor is powered via the alternating current (AC) power outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Marvell International Ltd.
    Inventor: Davey N. Skinner
  • Patent number: 9724596
    Abstract: A controller for a software driven processor, like a video game, having a handlebar clip. The controller includes two arcuate segments connected by a leaf spring to form a C-shaped spring jaw. A multimodal controller segment has a data input device pivotally coupled to one of the segments. The spring jaw can clip to a handlebar of an exercise device, like an exercise bicycle. The spring jaw may include a micro-USB jack to connect to a wired controller housing for conventional play and to recharge the controller's battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Inventor: Stephen Vincent Masarik
  • Patent number: 9589428
    Abstract: A point-of-sale system includes a stand that supports a tablet computer. The tablet computer can run a merchant application to provide the typical functionality for a point-of-sale system. The stand can be rotatable to face either the merchant or the customer. The stand can incorporate a card reader. The tablet computer can be connected through a hub to other peripheral components, such as a controllable cash drawer, a printer and/or a bar code reader. The cash drawer can include a slidable drawer having sliding rails that are hidden from a top view of the drawer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Troy Edwards, Lukas Skoog, Amish Babu, Jesse Dorogusker
  • Patent number: 9509087
    Abstract: A docking apparatus for a portable device includes: a mounting unit on which the portable device is to be mounted; a mounting unit support which supports the mounting unit; a connection terminal disposed in the mounting unit and configured to connect with a connector of the portable device; a terminal support part which supports the connection terminal and comprises an opening, and wherein a portion of the terminal support part is exposed through the opening so that the connection terminal can be tilted; and a hinge part which rotatably connects the terminal support part to the mounting unit. The mounting unit includes: a base support which supports a bottom portion of the portable device; and a side support which extends upwardly from a side of the base support to support a rear side portion of the portable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seok-won Hong, Chae-joo Son
  • Patent number: 9466927
    Abstract: An aesthetically pleasing docking station that is able to support electronic devices with only an interface connector. The docking station is further equipped with mechanisms that protect the electronic device from damage if it's deflected too far while mated to the docking station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: John B. Ardisana, II, Dhaval N. Shah, Teodor Dabov, Darshan R. Kasar
  • Patent number: 9429995
    Abstract: A docking station for mechanically supporting and electrically communicating with an electronic device, such as a portable phone, computer, media player, or the like includes a housing with upper and lower housing surfaces, a device mount pivotably coupled to the housing, and an electrical and mechanical connector on the device mount. The upper housing surface defines an opening through which the connector extends. The opening in the upper housing is sized and shaped to correspond to an upper portion of the device mount, which has arcuate surfaces that remain in close proximity or contact with surfaces defining the opening in the upper housing, to limit or preclude the intrusion of contaminants into the housing regardless of the position of the device mount relative to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Inventors: Norman R. Byrne, Roger D. Burdi, Gerald N. Vander Till
  • Patent number: 9257018
    Abstract: A point-of-sale system includes a stand that supports a tablet computer. The tablet computer can run a merchant application to provide the typical functionality for a point-of-sale system. The stand can be rotatable to face either the merchant or the customer. The stand can incorporate a card reader. The tablet computer can be connected through a hub to other peripheral components, such as a controllable cash drawer, a printer and/or a bar code reader. The cash drawer can include a slidable drawer having sliding rails that are hidden from a top view of the drawer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Troy Edwards, Lukas Skoog, Amish Babu, Jesse Dorogusker
  • Patent number: 9225134
    Abstract: Disclosed is a penetration and assembly structure for a flexible circuit board with a hinge assembly. With a pre-folding line formed on a pre-prepared flexible circuit board serving as a center line, a connection section of the flexible circuit board is folded to a terminal distribution section, and then, the connection section and an extended sheet are wound up in a direction towards the terminal distribution section to form the connection section into a rolled body with the extended sheet wrapped around the rolled body to provide an effect of protection. The rolled body is then inserted through a bore of a hinge assembly so that after the rolled body completely passes through the bore of the hinge assembly, the extension section of the flexible circuit board is located in the bore of the hinge assembly and the first end and the second end are respectively set at opposite ends of the bore of the hinge assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Advanced Flexible Circuits Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Gwun-Jin Lin, Chih-Heng Chuo, Kuo-Fu Su
  • Patent number: 9190792
    Abstract: A hinge for recessed installation between a door frame and a door panel has two housings adapted for recessing in the door frame and an edge of the door panel, a link assembly extending between and pivotally interconnecting the two housings, and a multiconductor cable extending between the housings and having opposite ends each in a respective one of the housings. Respective connectors on the ends of the cable are fixed in the housings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: SIMONSWEK GMBH
    Inventors: Nicholas Dreisewerd, Nicholas Liermann, Reinhard Wolf
  • Patent number: 9007760
    Abstract: A hinge assembly having a hollow clutch is arranged to pivotally couple a portable computer base portion to a portable computer lid portion. The hinge assembly includes at least a hollow cylindrical portion that includes an annular outer region and a central bore region, the central bore region suitably arranged to provide support for electrical conductors between the base and lid portions. The hinge assembly also includes a plurality of fastening components that couple the hollow clutch to the base portion and the lid portion of the portable computer, with at least one of the fastening regions being integrally formed with the hollow cylindrical portion such that space, size and part count are minimized. The integrally formed fastening region(s) can be flat with holes dispersed therethrough for screws, bolts or the like. The central bore can also support a heat transfer element and can also serve as a lubricant reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventors: Brett William Degner, John M. Brock, Bradley Joseph Hamel
  • Patent number: 8955196
    Abstract: A pivoting mechanism includes a first driving component, a second driving component and a pivot shaft. The first driving component includes a first pivoting portion and a first connecting portion, the first connecting portion is disposed on the first pivoting portion. The second driving component includes a second pivoting portion, a second connecting portion, a positioning portion, a rotary unit and a rotary shaft. The second connecting portion is disposed on the second pivoting portion. The positioning portion is disposed on the second connecting portion. The positioning portion includes a slot structure, and the rotary unit is disposed inside the slot structure. The rotary shaft passes through the rotary unit, and two ends of the rotary shaft respectively pivot to inner walls of the slot structure. The pivot shaft is disposed between the first pivoting portion and the second pivoting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventor: Shun-De Bai
  • Publication number: 20150031224
    Abstract: A hinge for recessed installation between a door frame and a door panel has two housings adapted for recessing in the door frame and an edge of the door panel, a link assembly extending between and pivotally interconnecting the two housings, and a multiconductor cable extending between the housings and having opposite ends each in a respective one of the housings. Respective connectors on the ends of the cable are fixed in the housings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Nicholas DREISEWERD, Nicholas Liermann, Reinhard Wolf
  • Patent number: 8870587
    Abstract: An electrical cord covering system includes a first housing portion and a second housing portion. The housing portions each include compression portions around their respective rims. The compression portions each have two recessed areas. When the housing portions are in a closed position a hollow region is formed to cover mated electrical cord plugs. A rim seal is formed with the compression portions. Two apertures are formed in the rim seal from the recessed apertures. The cable apertures form seals against electrical cords running to the electrical cord plugs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Midwest Innovative Products, LLC
    Inventor: Bryan Nooner
  • Patent number: 8753128
    Abstract: A method and apparatus couple portable communication devices. The apparatus (100) can include a coupling mechanism (130) including a first coupling mechanism connector (131) and a second coupling mechanism connector (132) mechanically coupled to the first coupling mechanism connector. The second coupling mechanism connector can be movable relative to the first coupling mechanism connector. The apparatus can include a first portable communication device (110) including a first portable communication device connector (112) detachably coupled to the first coupling mechanism connector. The apparatus can include a second portable communication device (120) including a second portable communication device connector (122) detachably coupled to the second coupling mechanism connector. The second portable communication device can be configured to communicate with the first portable communication device and move relative to the first portable communication device when coupled to the coupling mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Rachid Alameh, Thomas Gitzinger, Paul Steuer
  • Patent number: 8650714
    Abstract: A hinge plate includes a frame hinge plate part comprising a frame fastening part and a frame hinge part. A leaf/sash hinge plate part comprises a leaf/sash fastening part and a leaf/sash hinge part. A primary coil is disposed in the frame hinge part and a secondary coil is disposed in the leaf/sash hinge part, each coil being configured to surround a hinge plate pin. The primary coil extends at least almost up to an end face of the frame hinge part facing the leaf/sash hinge part. The secondary coil extends at least almost up to an end face of the leaf/sash hinge part facing the frame hinge part. A hinge plate pin sleeve comprising a ferrite material is disposed between the hinge plate pin and the primary and secondary coils, and extends approximately over a length of the hinge plate pin surrounded by the primary and secondary coils.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignees: Dr. Hahn GmbH & Co. KG, Staude Kunststofftechnik GmbH
    Inventor: Wolfgang Staude
  • Patent number: 8627547
    Abstract: A self-closing invisible hinge for returning a door to its closed position from its opened position including a self-closing structure in which the closing force can be selectively adjusted externally at the hinge and in which the self-closing structure is compact. The self-closing invisible hinge further having an embedded wiring system for providing electrical communication between an area on or in the door and an area adjacent a mounting structure supporting the door, such as a building electrical and/or communication system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Universal Industrial Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Kok Leong Soh
  • Patent number: 8517747
    Abstract: A data transfer hinge is disclosed. Embodiments of the present invention provide a door hinge that facilitates transmission of data from LAN wiring in a building through a door frame to a door mounted device. Power and ground connections can also pass through the hinge. Channels (207, 211, 607, 611) run in each leaf from an edge coincident with the knuckles of the leaf to a passageway (110, 112) in the face of the leaf. Twisted pairs of data wires (106, 108) having a specified number of twists per unit length run through the passageway and the channels in the leaves. Each wire of a twisted pair is of a gauge and has insulation of a specified thickness and permittivity so as to cooperate with the channel to maintain an even distribution of capacitance and appropriate impedance for connection within a local area network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Assa Abloy, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Daniel Bryla, Eriks A. Zusmanis, Paul Marquis
  • Patent number: 8490249
    Abstract: A hinge plate for connecting a leaf of a door to a frame includes a frame hinge plate part comprising a frame fastening part and a frame hinge part. A leaf or sash hinge plate part comprises a leaf or sash fastening part and a leaf or sash hinge part. A primary coil is disposed in the frame hinge part and a secondary coil is disposed in the leaf or sash hinge part, each being configured to surround a hinge plate pin defining a hinge axis. The hinge plate pin is provided as a core for both the primary coil and the secondary coil and is configured to conduct magnetic flux lines. The hinge plate pin comprises a support element configured to transmit a mechanical force between the leaf and the frame. A flux element is configured to conduct the magnetic flux lines between the primary coil and the secondary coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Dr. Hahn GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Juergen Boegel-Poetter, Tibor Herglotz, Ingo Steinfeld
  • Patent number: 8477487
    Abstract: A hinge assembly having a hollow clutch is arranged to pivotally couple a portable computer base portion to a portable computer lid portion. The hinge assembly includes at least a hollow cylindrical portion that includes an annular outer region and a central bore region, the central bore region suitably arranged to provide support for electrical conductors between the base and lid portions. The hinge assembly also includes a plurality of fastening components that couple the hollow clutch to the base portion and the lid portion of the portable computer, with at least one of the fastening regions being integrally formed with the hollow cylindrical portion such that space, size and part count are minimized. The integrally formed fastening region(s) can be flat with holes dispersed therethrough for screws, bolts or the like. The central bore can also support a heat transfer element and can also serve as a lubricant reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Brett William Degner, John M. Brock, Bradley Joseph Hamel
  • Patent number: 8419514
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus for circulating air. The apparatus comprises a hollow handle assembly having a proximal end and a distal end. The apparatus further includes an air circulation assembly pivotally secured to the proximal end of the hollow handle assembly. The air circulation assembly is capable of generating an air-flow. Moreover, the apparatus includes a connecting fixture coupled to the distal end of the hollow handle assembly. The connecting fixture is capable of being received in a receptacle for a lighting appliance and for providing an electrical connection to the apparatus for circulating the air. The air circulation assembly is adapted to have an angular motion in all directions about the hollow handle assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Inventor: James McKeown
  • Patent number: 8323040
    Abstract: A dock includes a moveable connector to allow connection to a handheld electronic device. Generally, the connector moves between a closed position and an open position where the connector is placed in at least one substantially upright position for receiving a handheld electronic device. The connector may be hidden from view or lie flush relative to the body of the dock, thereby making the dock more portable and easily organized with other objects, e.g. in stacking. Various motions can be used to move the connector. Examples include one or more rotations, translations, and/or the like. Various retention mechanisms may be employed to retain the connector in an open position when connected to the media player. Also, various electrical mechanisms can be used to couple the movable connector to a fixed printed circuit board (PCB) contained inside the body of the dock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Chris Prest
  • Patent number: 8226442
    Abstract: An electronic module adapted to be removably, operably connected to an electronic device. The electronic module includes a housing; at least one electronic component in the housing; and a plurality of electrical contact areas. The housing has a general electronic card shape with relatively large top and bottom sides and relatively thin side edges between the top and bottom sides. The plurality of electrical contact areas are located on a first one of the side edges. The electrical contact areas are connected to the at least one electronic component such that, when the electronic module is operably connected to the electronic device, the electrical contact areas on the first side edge are adapted to electrically couple the at least one electronic component to the electronic device along the first side edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventors: Matti Uusimaki, Timo T. Laitinen
  • Patent number: 8147263
    Abstract: A mobile terminal device includes a movable side housing, a fixed side housing connected to the movable side housing with a hinge part and a thin-wire cable as an electrical current flow passage electrically connected between the movable side housing and the fixed side housing. A cable mount cover member protects the thin-wire coaxial cable. The thin-wire coaxial cable has a cable main body having plural thin wires embedded therein and a cable connector connected to the cable main body, and the cable mount cover has a cable enclosure member enclosing the cable main body and a connector enclosure member enclosing surrounding of the cable connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Manabu Matsushima, Toshikazu Ishioka, Hiroyuki Takita, Yoshifumi Kajiwara, Kenta Sugimori, Haruyoshi Yada, Kazunobu Yoneyama, Hiroshi Kubo
  • Patent number: 8139374
    Abstract: An electronic device is provided which makes it possible to reduce noise generated from a signal line around a connecting portion connecting a first body and a second body. The connecting portion has a first metallic portion. A first circuit board provided in the first body and a second circuit board provided in the second body. The signal line that electrically connects the first circuit board and the second circuit board via the connecting portion, in which the signal line is wound around the first metallic portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Kyocera Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshiaki Hiraoka
  • Publication number: 20120021628
    Abstract: A data transfer hinge is disclosed. Embodiments of the present invention provide a door hinge that facilitates transmission of data from LAN wiring in a building through a door frame to a door mounted device. Power and ground connections can also pass through the hinge. Channels (207, 211, 607, 611) run in each leaf from an edge coincident with the knuckles of the leaf to a passageway (110, 112) in the face of the leaf Twisted pairs of data wires (106, 108) having a specified number of twists per unit length run through the passageway and the channels in the leaves. Each wire of a twisted pair is of a gauge and has insulation of a specified thickness and permittivity so as to cooperate with the channel to maintain an even distribution of capacitance and appropriate impedance for connection within a local area network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Applicant: YALE SECURITY INC.
    Inventors: Mark Daniel Bryla, Eriks A. Zusmanis, Paul Marquis
  • Patent number: 7959453
    Abstract: The invention concerns an electrical cabinet (1) including a housing (2), a door (3) and a hinge (4). The housing and the door support electric wires which are each routed from an electrical component located inside an electrical equipment compartment (11) formed by the housing towards the outside of the compartment to be connected to a corresponding electrical connector (17). Therefor, according to the invention the electric wires are routed through the hinge which is itself connected to the electrical connector. The hinge forms at least one passage orifice (18, 19) guiding, the electric wires from inside the compartment towards the outside of the compartment while directing them towards the electrical connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Airbus France
    Inventor: Bernard Guering
  • Patent number: 7916467
    Abstract: A docking system is disclosed. The docking system includes a portable electronic device capable of operating in multiple orientations including vertical and horizontal. The docking system also includes a docking station configured to mechanically accept and operatively interface with the portable electronic device in any of its multiple orientations including vertical and horizontal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Steve Hotelling, Gus Pabon
  • Patent number: 7878815
    Abstract: An electrical connector (100) assembled into a hinge (200), includes an insulative housing (1) defining a receiving cavity (110) running through a mating face (114) thereof and a plurality of contacts (2, 3) received and retained in the housing. The housing defines a plurality of receiving grooves (1251, 1252, 1253) running through a rear face (125) opposite to the mating face and communicating with the receiving cavity and at least one arc shaped side face (113) connecting with the mating face. The contacts are received and retained in the corresponding receiving grooves. Each of the contacts (2) defines a retaining portion (21), a contacting portion (22) extending forwards from the retaining portion and projecting into the receiving cavity, and a soldering portion (23) extending downwards from the retaining portion and received in the hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ssu-Min Lung
  • Patent number: 7848094
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a main body, a lid body, a hinge, a notch, and a cable. The main body includes a connecting side where the lid body is pivotally mounted to the main body. The hinge is disposed on the connecting side for mounting the lid body to the main body, and includes a fixing frame mounted to one of the main body and the lid body and a pivot member mounted to the other of the main body and the lid body. The notch is defined on one side of the pivot member. The cable extends along the notch and transmits electrical signals between the main body and the lid body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: He-Li Wang, Hong Li, Ting Zhang, Ting-Ting Zhao
  • Patent number: 7828567
    Abstract: A carrier useful in the field of telecommunications to which a plurality of telecommunications modules are mountable. The carrier includes at least one spacer adapted to create a wire or cable slack by spacing the wires or cables from that part of the carrier on which the spacer is provided. An assembly comprising at least one carrier and at least one telecommunications module is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Pierre Bonvallat, Guy Metral, Gaetan Perrier
  • Patent number: 7824200
    Abstract: A data transfer hinge is disclosed. Embodiments of the present invention provide a door hinge that facilitates transmission of data from LAN wiring in a building through a door frame to a door mounted device. Power and ground connections can also pass through the hinge. Channels run in each leaf from an edge coincident with the knuckles of the leaf to a passageway in the face of the leaf. Twisted pairs of data wires having a specified number of twists per unit length run through the passageway and the channels in the leaves. Each wire of a twisted pair is of a gauge and has insulation of a specified thickness and permittivity so as to cooperate with the channel to maintain an even distribution of capacitance and appropriate impedance for connection within a local area network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Assa Abloy, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Daniel Bryla, Eriks A Zusmanis, Paul Marquis
  • Patent number: 7811136
    Abstract: A pivot plug connector has a cable mount, a pivoting member, a rotating member and a plug head. The cable mount is mounted on a cable. The pivoting member is connected pivotally to the cable mount. The rotating member is connected rotatably to the pivoting member. The plug head is mounted on the rotating member. When plugged into a socket connector, the pivot plug connector pivots and rotates to change its configuration and prevent interfering with nearby plug connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignees: Advanced Connectek Inc., Advanced Connectek (Japan) Ltd.
    Inventors: Juchu Hsieh, Nakahara Tomomi
  • Patent number: 7789711
    Abstract: An electrical interconnection device (100) includes a first connector (1), a second connector (2) electrically connected to the first connector via a number of wires (26); a hinge member (3) including a first engaging portion (30) connected with a second engaging portion (32), said first engaging portion fixed to the first connector, the second engaging portion pivoted with the second connector; and a positioning member (305) unitarily formed with the hinge member, said positioning member selectively engaged with corresponding positioning grooves (202) of the second connector while the first connector and the second connector rotated with respect to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jerry Wu
  • Patent number: 7766660
    Abstract: The present invention is an electrical connector housing comprising a central segment and two connector holders. The central segment has two sides and two wings. The wings are formed respectively on and protrude respectively from the sides of the central segment, and each wing has parallel grooves. The connector holders are mounted pivotally respectively on the wings, and each connector holder has a notch. Each notch has two edges and two tracks. The tracks are formed respectively near the edges, are mounted pivotally respectively in the grooves and enable the connector holder to pivot up to 180 degrees relative to the central segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Linshiung Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tung Ya Chang
  • Patent number: 7728814
    Abstract: A device and method for providing a control arm integral to a portable electronic device are disclosed. An exemplary device comprises a portable electronic device having a processor communicably coupled with a memory and a control arm, and an enclosure housing the memory and processor and defining a reference surface that defines a reference axis. The control arm has a deployed and a stowed configuration where the control arm length, as measured along the reference axis, is reduced in the stowed configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: Kyocera Wireless Corp.
    Inventors: Yasser Ansari, Joseph Zueck
  • Patent number: 7715187
    Abstract: A docking system is disclosed. The docking system includes a portable electronic device capable of operating in multiple orientations including vertical and horizontal. The docking system also includes a docking station configured to mechanically accept and operatively interface with the portable electronic device in any of its multiple orientations including vertical and horizontal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Steve Hotelling, Gus Pabon
  • Patent number: 7695298
    Abstract: A hinge includes a first housing, a second housing mechanically coupled to the first housing, a cam connected to one of the first housing and the second housing, a first connector mechanically coupled to the first housing, a second connector, and a cable coupled to the first connector and the second connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew E. Arndt, Ronald E. Dillon
  • Patent number: 7682170
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a cable wiring structure of an electronic apparatus that has such a movable unit as an opening/closing unit and a rotary unit. The cable wiring structure is provided to suppress the wearing of a cable to improve the durability of the cable, and to offer other advantages. The cable wiring structure applies to an electronic apparatus having movable units (hinge mechanism, rotation mechanism). The cable according to the structure has an extra length portion, which gives the cable a length necessary for the cable, for example, to pass through the movable units, and which is housed in a cable housing unit. The cable housing unit is formed on the electronic apparatus, where the cable housing unit arranges the extra length portion in a sinuous form and allows a shift in the extra length portion caused by a move of the movable unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Tetsuya Hori, Tomoyuki Nagamine, Shigeru Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 7682171
    Abstract: A connector for an audio system of a vehicle is disclosed. The connector comprises: a connector body, which is to be connected with a connecting terminal of an automotive circuit board of the vehicle; a first rotating shaft, which has a first washer and is fixed on one side of the connector body; a second rotating shaft, which has a second washer, which is to be engaged with the first washer, and is fixed to the audio system; and an elastic member disposed between the first washer and the second washer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Jin Man Hwang
  • Patent number: 7637745
    Abstract: A communication system electrically connecting circuits in a hinged cover and base of an electronic device includes an arched first flat cable wrapping around and rotatable with respect to a hinge assembly, a straight second flat cable electrically connected to the first flat cable and disposed in the base, an arched third flat cable wrapping around the first flat cable electrically connected to and rotatable with respect to the first flat cable, and a straight fourth flat cable electrically connected to the third flat cable and disposed in the cover. Also provided is an electronic device including a base, a cover, a hinge assembly pivotally connecting the cover to the base, and the communication system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Lung Dai, Tao Wang
  • Patent number: 7589975
    Abstract: A flexible connection substrate includes a first flexible substrate and a second flexible substrate. The first flexible substrate electrically connects first signal lines that are formed on a first circuit substrate to second signal lines that are formed on a second circuit substrate. The second flexible substrate is a flexible substrate for grounding, has a planar shape that is substantially the same as the first flexible substrate, and contains a conductive material throughout. The second flexible substrate connects to any of a plurality of grounding points that are formed on the first circuit substrate and any of a plurality of grounding points that are formed on the second circuit substrate. The first flexible substrate and the second flexible substrate are bonded to each other on one surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Takumi Ootani
  • Patent number: 7537169
    Abstract: A flash memory mass storage drive stores user files in a convenient credit card sized drive. Embodiments function as both a credit card and a mass storage drive. Communication may be through a host interface connector such as a USB connector, a magnetic interface, a smart card interface, and/or a near field communication interface. In certain embodiments the drive comprises a portion that is sufficiently thin to be swiped through a standard credit card, ATM, or point of sale device. The USB connector of the drive can easily be plugged into even a crowded receptacle of a host computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Assignee: SanDisk Corporation
    Inventors: Carlos Gonzalez, Edwin J. Cuellar, Joel Jacobs, Robert C. Miller, Ronald LaPedis
  • Patent number: 7476106
    Abstract: A rotatable signal socket includes a fixing part, a connecting part, and a flexible printed circuit board (FPCB). The rotatable signal socket is assembled on a printed circuit board (PCB) of an electronic device for connecting a signal cable to the PCB. The fixing part is fixed on the PCB. One end of the connecting part is pivoted to the fixing part in order to rotate relative to the fixing part and the PCB. The signal cable is inserted into the other end of the connecting part. The FPCB extends from the fixing part to the connecting part, so as to electrically connect the PCB and the signal cable, thus providing a signal socket that is easy to be assembled and occupies little space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2009
    Assignee: Inventec Corporation
    Inventors: Cheng-Yu Wu, Cheng-Hsiang Chuang, Kun-Hui Lai, Hsieh-Chun Tseng
  • Publication number: 20090011627
    Abstract: An outlet device has position changeable features consist of at least one of outlet-unit with plurality of resilient contact-means and socket-set receiving-areas to connect with device's buss-means to deliver electric signal from electric signal source to said socket-set receiving-areas. The position of the outlet-units changeable while force applied to the said Outlet-unit or outlet-device so can fit all different size of plug.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2008
    Publication date: January 8, 2009
    Inventor: Tseng-Lu Chien
  • Patent number: 7458833
    Abstract: Provided is an inseparable PCB module installed in a sub body of a device including a main body and the sub body performing predetermined opening and closing operations with respect to the main body. In the inseparable PCB module, a body part having a predetermined area, and a main body connecting part extending from the body part to a predetermined length and electrically connected to the main body are integrally formed, thereby reducing the entire volume and thickness of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Dong-In Ha, Jae-Ho Kim, In-Chull Yang
  • Publication number: 20080278899
    Abstract: A docking system is disclosed. The docking system includes a portable electronic device capable of operating in multiple orientations including vertical and horizontal. The docking system also includes a docking station configured to mechanically accept and operatively interface with the portable electronic device in any of its multiple orientations including vertical and horizontal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2008
    Publication date: November 13, 2008
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Steve Hotelling, Gus Pabon
  • Patent number: 7448891
    Abstract: A hinge apparatus, which includes a first hinge part connected, in a rotatable manner, to a first electronic apparatus, a second hinge part having a second hinge axis connected in an inclined manner at a predetermined angle to a first hinge axis of the first hinge part, a wiring member for connecting the first and the second electronic apparatus by sequentially passing by the first and the second hinge axes in a manner of winding around the outer peripheral surfaces of each of the first and the second hinge axes. Accordingly, the hinge apparatus can connect a plurality of electronic apparatus so that those electronic apparatus are mutually rotatable in a plurality of rotational directions without implementing the complicated manufacturing process of forming through holes on each of the hinge axes, and inserting the wiring member into those through holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kyoung-jin Ahn
  • Patent number: 7445478
    Abstract: A portable display device is applicable to an electronic device having a socket provided with a second electrical connector. The portable display device includes a body having a display and a plurality of operating keys; an extension portion having a first end pivotably connected to the body, and a second end pluggable into the socket; a first electrical connector installed on the second end of the extension portion and engageable with the second electrical connector; and a lock member installed on the extension portion for locking the extension portion in the socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Assignee: Inventec Corporation
    Inventor: Chih-Peng Chuang