Having Circuit Interrupting Provision Effected By Mating Or Having "dead" Contact Activated After Mating Patents (Class 439/188)
  • Patent number: 9112324
    Abstract: A coaxial connector includes a body, a female connector, and a detecting structure. The female connector has a pillar, and the pillar connects with the body. The detecting structure has a movable socket and a flexible conductor, wherein the movable socket is slidably sheathed on the pillar, and an interval space is formed between the movable socket and the pillar. The flexible conductor is located in the interval space, and has a detecting terminal. A part of the detecting terminal exposes to outside the movable socket, the movable socket pushes the flexible conductor toward the body in order to electrically connect the detecting terminal with the body. Hence, an RF (radio frequency) signal switching element on a mother board can be driven to switch between a build-in RF unit and an external RF unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: GRAND-TEK TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kung-Yu Shen
  • Patent number: 9106028
    Abstract: A connector for a card having a housing for housing a card equipped with a terminal member, a connection terminal attached to the housing for contacting the terminal member of the card and a detecting switch equipped with a first contact member and a second contact member for detecting separation from each other and the insertion of a card into the housing, wherein at least the first contact member or the second contact member is equipped with a fixed portion fixed to the housing and a moving portion displaceable by the housing and unevenly mated with the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Yasuyoshi Matsumoto, Mitsuhiro Tomita, Takashi Fujikawa
  • Patent number: 9089059
    Abstract: A method of servicing a portable computing device that is sealed in packaging, in which an umbilical adapter connects a servicing interface on the device, such as a micro USB port, with a servicing station dock via externally exposed contacts. The packaged device may be serviced at one or more locations after final assembly to recharge the device's battery, update or install software, or, for mobile phones, provision the mobile phone to access a cellular network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Menashe Haskin, John Kelly Cornell, Paul Grady Russell
  • Patent number: 9088080
    Abstract: An electronic device including a frame having a front frame wall and a front panel assembly. The front frame wall is grounded and is parallel to the front panel assembly (FPA). The front panel assembly has a printed circuit board (PCB) on an interior side of it and PCB includes a ground contact. A detachable ground clip is attached to the front frame wall and has a protruding flexible arm that is configured to engage the ground contact of the PCB when the FPA is positioned for assembly. The central contact portion contacts or engages the ground contact on the PCB, and includes a visual indicator means integrated into the distal end and the front frame wall such that an observer looking at the interior side of the front frame wall can visually confirmed the central contact engagement with the ground contact of the printed circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: THOMSON LICENSING
    Inventors: Mickey Jay Hunt, Randy Wayne Craig
  • Patent number: 9075135
    Abstract: An electronic system, connection failure reporting system and related methods. An electronic system may include a passive component of a connector; a detecting unit configured to detect presence of an active component of the connector in at least three points not in the same line on the passive component of the connector; and a connection status determining unit configured to determine a connection status of said connector based upon detecting results of the at least three points on the passive component of the connector. A connection problem of the connector can be identified, including identification of the type of connection failure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Lenovo Enterprise Solutions (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Yue Ke, Xiang Ye Kong, ShaoHua Li, Binqi Zhang
  • Patent number: 9059550
    Abstract: A connector includes a movable contact part formed of an insulating material, an electrically conductive movable terminal part, and an electrically conductive fixed terminal part. The movable terminal part and the fixed terminal part are caused to come into contact by the movable terminal part being pressed via the movable contact part by an electrically conductive plug electrode terminal of another connector after the plug electrode terminal inserted into a jack terminal opening part of the connector comes into contact with the movable terminal part, so that the plug electrode terminal and the fixed terminal part are electrically connected via the movable terminal part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: FUJITSU COMPONENT LIMITED
    Inventors: SeungSeok Beak, Koichi Kiryu
  • Patent number: 9054457
    Abstract: The present invention relates to squib connectors for instance for airbag ignition systems, which allow the electrical or electronic monitoring of the correct coupling of a squib plug-connector with its corresponding counterpart. According to the invention, a squib connector has at least two terminals having corresponding signal lines. In order to allow an electrical monitoring of the correct coupling of the plug connector, the terminals are in electrical contact with each other in the uncoupled or incorrectly coupled condition of the plug connector. This electrical contact between the terminals is adapted for being separated upon correct coupling to a corresponding counter-connector either automatically or by an actuating action. The disconnecting of the terminals may then be monitored by any suitable monitoring means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Delphi International Operations Luxembourg S.A.R.L.
    Inventors: Frank Odorfer, Vincent Regnier, Berhard Kuehnel, Michael Gunreben
  • Patent number: 9048602
    Abstract: A cover for an electronic device is provided that may include a connector housing integrally molded with the cover. The connector housing may define a cavity configured to receive a connector plug therein, and a plurality of connector springs may be configured to contact the connector plug when the connector plug occupies the cavity. The plurality of springs may be protected and, as such, may not be visible when the cover is removed from the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Kari Ensio Seitz, Jari R. Kytöläinen, Petri Ihalainen, Pasi Hyttinen, Jarmo Ketko, Michaela Reuscher, Andreas Fromel, Ralf Beck
  • Patent number: 9047086
    Abstract: Embodiments provide a method comprising using a link to couple an electronic device to a host, wherein the electronic device is operable in at least one of a first mode of operation and a second mode of operation; while the electronic device is operating in the first mode of operation, supplying, to a first component of the electronic device, power received from a power source; and while the electronic device is operating in the second mode of operation, (i) supplying, to the first component of the electronic device, power received from the host via the link, and (ii) not supplying, to the first component of the electronic device, power received from the power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: Marvell International Ltd.
    Inventor: Chen Liu
  • Patent number: 9048600
    Abstract: A coaxial connector has a selectively engageable radio frequency interference shield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: HOLLAND ELECTRONICS, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Holland
  • Patent number: 9048570
    Abstract: A USB socket having a receptacle that comprises first electrical connectors for receiving a USB plug having second electrical connectors that are configured for mating with the first electrical connectors further comprises at least an ejector. The ejector is electrically connected to a control unit for receiving a control signal. The ejector further having a pusher for pushing an inserted USB plug in the direction out of the receptacle to a position where the first electrical connectors are disconnected from the second electrical connectors. The pusher may be configured for activation of a push action as a consequence of receiving the control signal from the control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Inventor: Anil Goel
  • Publication number: 20150140846
    Abstract: Out of resilient contact pieces (21) provided on a shorting terminal (20), contact portions (24) to come into contact with specific terminal fittings (10) to be shorted by the shorting terminal (20) are provided on a front side of the shorting terminal (20) in a connecting direction to a mating connector (M). A shorting terminal accommodating chamber (46) provided in a housing (40) is open forward in the connecting direction to the mating connector (M). The shorting terminal (20) can be accommodated into the shorting terminal accommodating chamber (46) from front in the connecting direction. Front press-fit portions (34) to be press-fitted to wall portions (48A) of the housing (40) forming the shorting terminal accommodating chamber (46) are provided at positions of the shorting terminal (20) juxtaposed with the contact portions (24) in a width direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Keisuke Kanemura
  • Patent number: 9024183
    Abstract: A seal cover includes a cover main body (10) shaped to cover an opening of a case and to be attached to a surface of the case. A seal ring holder (20A) is on the underside of the cover main body (10) and is arranged to fit into the opening. A seal ring (25) is on the outer peripheral surface of the seal ring holder (20A) and closely contacts the inner peripheral surface of the opening. An interlock connector (40) projects from the seal ring holder (20A) for connecting to the waiting connector and sets an energizing circuit in an energized state or a non-energized state upon being connected to or separated from the waiting connector. The interlock connector (40) is mounted on the seal ring holder (20A) to be movable in a direction perpendicular to a connecting direction to the waiting connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Kouji Sakakura
  • Patent number: 9019697
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a case, a board disposed inside the case and including a board main body section, a plurality of internal devices that are disposed inside the case at different positions to the board in plan view of the board and that are thicker than the board, a board extension portion that extends out from the board main body section between the plurality of internal devices, a board-side connection terminal that is provided to the board extension portion and is employed to connect to one of the internal devices or to an external device external to the case; and an internal device-side connection terminal that is provided to the internal device and is connected to the board-side connection terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Tamura, Masahiko Hoshi, Eiji Takizawa
  • Patent number: 9004924
    Abstract: A magnetic power connector and an electronic system using a magnetic power connector are disclosed, wherein a magnetic element of the magnetic power connector is magnetically attracted to a matching magnetic connector to ensure a stable contact. In addition, the electrical conductive path created between the contact elements does not pass through any elastic elements, thereby avoiding heating and improving the lifespan of the elements. Furthermore, sealing can be disposed in the gaps between the connector elements to make the connector waterproof. In addition, a trigger signal can be generated by establishing an electrical connection between a signal contact element and the conductive element in the magnetic power connector so as to achieve the purpose of identification or control, thereby avoiding the functional failure caused by the damage of the contact element of the matching magnetic connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Singatron Technology (HongKong) Co., Limited
    Inventor: Ronghsun Kuo
  • Publication number: 20150087173
    Abstract: An improved electrical outlet providing a lockable electrical connection between a male plug and the outlet to securely retain the plug. The method to secure and retain the plug imparts minimal stress to the outlet and to the male plug so as to not substantially decrease the durability of either. The outlet decreases the shocking potential to a user or unwitting child by remaining un-energized when idle, and prohibits movement from its idle position until the outlet has received the plug terminal prongs. The shape of the movable receptacle assembly and its corresponding cavity blocks a child from contacting the outlets power source with a metallic object, while making the power source available to the receptacle assembly when initiated by the user. The outlets locking action steps secure and energize the plug simultaneously during the locking action steps in a user friendly manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Shawn M. WOLFE, Nicholas P. WOLFE
  • Patent number: 8986043
    Abstract: With a simple configuration, plastic deformation of contacts can be prevented while avoiding increase in size, and occurrence of failure in electrical connection due to dust can be well prevented. In an elastic beam-like member of a first-side contact extending like a cantilever in an insulating housing, a bent extending part which substantially increases the span length of the elastic beam-like member is formed to be bent to have a curved shape at a root part serving as a part coupled to a fixing base part. A through hole is formed in a region including at least part of the bent extending part to ensure flexibility while enhancing elasticity of the contact, thereby preventing permanent deformation of the contact. Meanwhile, dust which has entered the equipment is caused to fall through the through hole, thereby ensuring electrical conductivity well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Dai-Ichi Seiko Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Hirakawa, Yoichi Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 8986024
    Abstract: A power supply circuit disconnection device includes: a first connector housing (10); a second connector housing (20); a lever (30); a main circuit switch (SW1) that is switched off at a first operation position of the lever, and is switched on at a connector fitting operation position and second operation position of the lever; a signal circuit switch (SW2) that is switched off at the first operation position and connector fitting operation position of the lever; a first lock portion (LK1) that locks the lever at the second operation position; a second lock portion (LK2) that locks the lever at the connector fitting operation position; and a lock release operation portion capable of releasing, by an operation thereof, a lock state of the second lock portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Tomohiro Ikeda, Fumitoshi Henmi, Yuichi Motoshige
  • Publication number: 20150079827
    Abstract: Cavities (13A) in which first terminal fittings (30A) are accommodated are at one side of shorting terminal accommodating chambers (17) arranged between cavities (13) in a height direction. Second cavities (13B) in which second terminal fittings (30B) are at the other side in the height direction. An escaping portion (23) is formed on a partition wall (22) between the shorting terminal accommodating chamber (17) and the second cavities (13B) in which the second terminal fittings (30B) are accommodated and allows resilient contact pieces (41) deformed by a short releasing portion (84) to escape. A front holder (70) is mounted on the front surface of a housing (10) and includes insulating portions (75) for insulating between the resilient contact pieces (41) and the second terminal fittings (30B) by being located at the side of the second cavities (13B) at the other side of the escaping portions (23) in the height direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Teruo Hara
  • Patent number: 8974240
    Abstract: An electrical connector comprises an insulative housing, a metallic shell surround the insulative housing, a plurality of contacts and two detect modules retained to the metallic shell. The insulative housing is formed with a base and a tongue extending forwardly from the base. The shell and the insulative housing define a receiving cavity therebetween. The detect module have a detect pin, respectively, the detect pins extend into the receiving cavity through the shell and electrically connecting with each other via a shell of a mating plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chun-Ming Yu, Kai-Gang Yu, Ji-Chao Wang, Guo-Hua Zhang, Qi-Sheng Zheng, Terrance F. Little, Stephen Sedio, An-Jen Yang
  • Publication number: 20150064947
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a housing for safely breaking electronic communication with a smart card on removal from the electronic device. A safeguard structure rotates with respect to the housing to cover the smart card when inserted, and a switch breaks communication between the smart card and the electronic device when the safeguard structure is rotated away from the housing to enable removal of the smart card. The breaking of communication safely prevents damage to, or corruption of, data in the smart card upon removal from the electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: WEI-MIN CHANG, PEI-YU HUNG, KUANG-SUNG WANG
  • Patent number: 8961208
    Abstract: An electric through-wall terminal having a housing and a contact device, at which a plug zone is provided for accommodating a test- and/or connection plug. A first conductor terminal is provided which is connected with a first contact unit of the contact device. A second conductor terminal is connected with a second contact unit of the contact device. The housing comprises plug-in apertures on two sides from each of which a test- and/or connection plug can be inserted into the plug zone for contacting the first and second contact units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co., KG
    Inventors: Harry Bentler, Thorsten Diessel, Torsten Schloo
  • Patent number: 8961207
    Abstract: A card connector includes a main body having a receiving space, a plurality of terminals attached to the main body, a card ejecting mechanism including a levering member pivoted adjacent to the rear of the receiving space and an actuator movable inward and outward, and two detective terminals below the actuator, forming a switching circuit with the actuator for controlling electrical connectivity of the terminals. The actuator is configured to rotate the levering member. When the actuator is at the outward position, the plurality of terminals in enabled; when the actuator is moved beyond a triggering position, the plurality of terminals is disabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Kian Heng Lim, Lay Khim Ang
  • Publication number: 20150047091
    Abstract: The present relates to a washable interconnection patch, a connection assembly, and an intelligent washable garment equipped therewith. The patch receives and interconnects wires to a cable. The patch comprises two matching pieces interlocking together so as to define there between two opposite apertures. One of the apertures is adapted to receive and hold the wires, and the other aperture is adapted to receive and hold the cable. One of the two matching pieces defines on an interior face a channel to interconnect the wires to the cables. The connection assembly comprises a male connector and a female connector. The male connector defines a series of independent connection points along a length thereof. The female connector is adapted to receive the male connector, and defines along a length of an inner surface thereof a series of contact points. When the male connector is inserted within the female connector, the connection points and the contact points are aligned and in contact together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: Pierre-Alexandre Fournier, Jean-Francois Roy, Charles Robillard, Stephan Gagnon
  • Patent number: 8926350
    Abstract: An improved electrical outlet providing a lockable electrical connection between a male plug and the outlet to securely retain the plug. The method to secure and retain the plug imparts minimal stress to the outlet and to the male plug so as to not substantially decrease the durability of either. The outlet decreases the shocking potential to a user or unwitting child by remaining un-energized when idle, and prohibits movement from its idle position until the outlet has received the plug terminal prongs. The shape of the movable receptacle assembly and its corresponding cavity blocks a child from contacting the outlets power source with a metallic object, while making the power source available to the receptacle assembly when initiated by the user. The outlets locking action steps secure and energize the plug simultaneously during the locking action steps in a user friendly manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventors: Shawn M. Wolfe, Nicholas P. Wolfe
  • Patent number: 8920181
    Abstract: A coaxial connector includes an insulation housing having a receptacle opening portion for receiving a coaxial plug; an outer conductive member; a first terminal disposed below the receptacle opening portion; a second terminal disposed below the first terminal; and an insulation member disposed between the first terminal and the second terminal. The first terminal includes a first contact portion for contacting with a central conductive member of the coaxial plug. The second terminal includes a second contact portion for contacting with the central conductive member. The first terminal further includes a third contact portion, and the second terminal further includes a fourth contact portion for contacting with the third contact portion when the coaxial plug is not inserted into the insulation housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Hirose Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kohei Hida, Tsuyoshi Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 8913372
    Abstract: A receiving module is disclosed for building into a switching cabinet, with a primary circuit mating contact element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Sebastian Aukofer, Ladislav Dostal, Lukas Jerabek, Libor Krivanek, Christian Rohrwild
  • Publication number: 20140329397
    Abstract: An electrical series terminal having a terminal housing, conductor connector elements, and current bars, the current bars each having a connector section and a first contact section, the connector sections being assigned to a conductor connector element and the first contact sections together forming a resilient contact region to receive the plug of the test or power plug. A switchable transverse bridge is producible by each current bar having a second contact section, two further current bar pieces being arranged in the terminal housing, and a recess being formed in a current bar piece for insertion of a branch of a jumper. A current bar piece is assigned to a respective current bar so that the second contact section of a current bar is connected to the assigned current bar piece when no plug is inserted and is spaced from the assigned current bar piece when a plug is inserted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventors: Torsten Schloo, Franck Stieler, Jens Lange, Carsten Pollmann, Dennis Habirov, Christian Kloppenburg
  • Patent number: 8876542
    Abstract: A connector for connecting an electric-power-transmission power cable to an electric device installed in a vehicle, includes a device socket, a cable plug that is plugged in or unplugged from the device socket, and a detection switch that is electrically turned on or off by a mechanical contact point provided on the device socket and a mechanical contact point provided on the cable plug. The device socket includes a contact terminal of the detection switch. The cable plug includes a plug housing that is electrically grounded by being connected to the device socket and a cover plate that covers an opening of the plug housing. The cover plate includes an insulative plate body and a contact conductor that contacts with the contact terminal of the detection switch. The plate body and the contact conductor are integrally molded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Komatsu Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshio Nomura, Tomohiro Yoshino, Kazuo Ohta
  • Publication number: 20140315405
    Abstract: An electrical connector comprises an insulative housing, a metallic shell surround the insulative housing, a plurality of contacts and two detect modules retained to the metallic shell. The insulative housing is formed with a base and a tongue extending forwardly from the base. The shell and the insulative housing define a receiving cavity therebetween. The detect module have a detect pin, respectively, the detect pins extend into the receiving cavity through the shell and electrically connecting with each other via a shell of a mating plug.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: CHUN-MING YU, KAI-GANG YU, JI-CHAO WANG, GUO-HUA ZHANG, QI-SHENG ZHENG, TERRANCE F. LITTLE, STEPHEN SEDIO, AN-JEN YANG
  • Patent number: 8858248
    Abstract: There is provided a housing comprising an electrically powered device and electrical connecting means. The (electrical connecting means of the) housing fits an interface means of an electrical power supply. The housing is provided with one or more protruding elements movable between an idle position and a depressed position. In the idle state the one or more protruding elements prevent an electric current from passing between the electrical connecting means and the electrically powered device. The interface means comprise a front side which interacts with the one or more protruding elements by pushing the one or more protruding elements into the depressed state, thereby enabling an electric current to pass between the electrical connecting means and the electrically powered device exclusively when the housing has been properly installed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventor: Pieter Van Der Wel
  • Patent number: 8854797
    Abstract: A power source circuit shut off apparatus shuts off a circuit of a battery assembly in which plural battery cells connected in series are arranged in parallel. The power source circuit shut off apparatus includes a housing, a pair of bus bars that is arranged in the housing and is connected to the adjacent battery cells respectively, a switch section that is adapted to conduct electrical connection or disconnection between the pair of bus bars, and a retaining member which is formed on the housing and is configured to be retained to a resin frame part of a side surface of the battery cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Tomohiro Ikeda, Hiroyuki Kato
  • Publication number: 20140287606
    Abstract: A coaxial connector includes an insulation housing having a receptacle opening portion for receiving a central conductive member of a coaxial plug; an outer conductive member for detachably attaching an outer conductive member of the coaxial plug; a connection member; a switching spring member capable of being elastically deformed downwardly; and an insulation member fixed to the connection member or the switching spring member so that the insulation member is situated between the connection member and the switching spring member. The switching spring member is pushed and displaced so that the switching spring member is disconnected from the connection member when the coaxial plug is inserted into the insulation housing. The connection member is pushed to displace the switching spring member through the insulation member so that the switching spring member is disconnected from the connection member when the coaxial plug is inserted into the insulation housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventors: Kohei HIDA, Daisuke YAMAKOSHI
  • Publication number: 20140259651
    Abstract: Described is an electric power socket for receiving an electric plug having a plurality of axially parallel plug pins, the power socket including: a rear portion housing a set of electrical connections for making electrical contact with the corresponding plug pins; a fixed portion including a set of guides for reception of the corresponding plug pins; an axially fixed rotatable body retained in a circular cavity, biased to an electrically inactive position and rotatable through an extent of travel to an active position, the rotatable body including a front wall through which extends a corresponding set of apertures to receive the plug pins; and a detent for cooperating with at least a first one of the plug pins in the active position and to resist rotation of the rotatable body toward the inactive position, wherein each aperture remains in registration with a corresponding one of the guides through the extent of travel; and the rotatable body returns under bias to the inactive position if the plug pins are wi
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Nicholas Fletcher
  • Patent number: 8827729
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an electrical connector system. The electrical connector system includes a first connector to be mated to a corresponding counter connector and it is further adapted to be connected to a signal circuit for activating an electrical power source upon switching. As a safety feature, the connector system further includes a connector position assurance (CPA) member assigned to the first connector, which is movable, whereby an end position is not reachable if the first connector is incorrectly mated to the counter connector. The CPA member is adapted to interact with the signal circuit if placed in said end position so that it activates of the electrical power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Delphi International Operations Luxembourg S.a.r.l.
    Inventors: Michael Gunreben, Thomas Schwerin, Thomas Bernhard Pabst
  • Patent number: 8822855
    Abstract: A card connector includes an insulating housing having two side walls of which an inside defines an inserting fillister, electrical terminals including a switch terminal which has a first contact arm and a first contact tail protruding from a free end of the first contact arm, and an upper shielding shell covered on the insulating housing and having two side plates of which one is die-cut to form a connecting slice inserted in the inserting fillister. A bottom of the connecting slice is bent inward to form a ground slice. The card connector utilizes the cooperation of a controlling switch of an electronic card and the first contact arm to control connection and disconnection between the first contact tail and the ground slice so as to further control a write procedure of the electronic card, wherein the controlling switch is movable between a closed position and an open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Proconn Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ching-Jung Chan, Ta-Chih Yu
  • Patent number: 8814583
    Abstract: A USB connector comprises a special USB plug and a USB receptacle mateable with the special USB plug. The special USB plug has a plug ground contact and a plug contact portion as a part of the plug ground contact. The USB receptacle has a plurality of contacts including a ground contact, a detector and a holding member. Each of the contacts has a contact point. Especially the ground contacts has the contact point configured to be brought into contact with the plug ground contact while the detector has a detecting portion configured to be brought into contact with the plug contact portion. The holding member has a plate portion formed with a principal surface. The holding member holds the contacts so that the contact points project from the principal surface of the plate portion while holding the detector so that the detecting portion projects from the principal surface of the plate portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Japan Aviation Electronics Industry, Limited
    Inventor: Takeharu Naito
  • Patent number: 8801443
    Abstract: A plug-and-jack for use with an electronic device that is configured to ensure circuitry of the device is protected from electrostatic discharge. In one case, the jack is an audio jack designed to protect high gain circuitry of the device against electrostatic discharge from the leads of an audio plug. The jack includes a mechanical switch that only connects the high gain circuitry to the appropriate portion of the audio plug once the audio plug is fully inserted. At the same time, the mechanical switch also connects the high gain circuitry and corresponding portion of the audio plug to an electrostatic discharge circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventor: Wolfgang Edeler
  • Publication number: 20140218050
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to apparatus and method for detecting a card connection status. An apparatus for detecting a card connection status is disclosed. The apparatus comprises a switch component operable to change an electric connection status with a contact terminal of a card connector responsive to a change of a connection status between a card and the card connector; a detection circuit operable to generate a detection signal indicating the electric connection status between the switch member and the contact terminal; and a controller operable to determine the connection status between the card and the card connector based on the detection signal from the detection circuit. The corresponding method, detection circuit, and card connector are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: Nokia Corporation
    Inventors: Phillips Lin, Steven Liu
  • Patent number: 8797174
    Abstract: An extension cord with environmental condition sensing ability has a plug for connecting to a power source, and includes a main body, a sensor unit, and a current control unit. On the main body, there are provided a first socket group and a second socket group, which are electrically connected to the power source via the plug. The sensor unit is electrically connected to the second socket group for sensing an environmental condition and thereby generating a signal. The current control unit and the sensor unit together form an electric circuit, and the current control unit receives the signal generated by the sensor unit and turns on or cuts off electric current being supplied to the second socket group according to the received signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Far East University
    Inventor: Yu-Gang Chen
  • Publication number: 20140206216
    Abstract: A subminiature coaxial micro switch connector includes a metal casing, an upper insulating cover, a resilient terminal, an immovable terminal and a lower insulating cover; the upper insulating cover, resilient terminal, and immovable terminal thereof are provided without bent thicknesses; the resilient terminal and the immovable terminal are plate-shaped structures to effectively decrease the thicknesses thereof such that the volume of the coaxial micro switch connector is reduced greatly to ease fabrication job and promote efficiency of the production.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: INSERT ENTERPRISE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: TUNG-LIANG HUANG, SUNG-WEN CHEN
  • Patent number: 8779721
    Abstract: In a charging system, an interlock switch is configured to be turned on when a power switch of a vehicle body is turned off and turned off when the power switch is turned on is disposed between a negative terminal of a battery and a second negative input portion. A first positive output portion and a second positive output portion are connected to each other with a coil of a relay circuit installed in the charger body interposed therebetween. A relay switch of the relay circuit in which on and off operations are switched by the coil is connected to the first positive output portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Akira Hamauzu
  • Patent number: 8772654
    Abstract: Circuits, methods, and apparatus that may provide for reliable detection of electrical and optical audio plugs. One example may detect an optical audio plug by employing one or more mechanical detect switches. These switches may include a first contacting portion and a second contacting portion that are separated from each other when an audio plug is inserted into the audio jack. The second contacting portion may include one or more arms to contact a surface portion of the first contacting portion. The first contacting portion and the second contacting portion may be biased such that they tend to stay in contact with each other as the first contacting portion begins to be deflected by the insertion of an audio plug, thereby wiping dust or debris from between the first contacting portion and the second contacting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: George Tziviskos, Zheng Gao
  • Patent number: 8770998
    Abstract: Electrical connection systems and methods are disclosed. An electrical system includes an electrical plug and an electrical receptacle. The electrical plug has at least one prong having at least one opening. The electrical receptacle has at least one socket, an electrical contact positioned within the at least one socket, a light source positioned to transmit light through the at least one socket, and a photodetector positioned to receive the light transmitted by the light source through the at least one socket. The electrical receptacle further has a microprocessor programmed to selectively couple the electrical contact with the power source based on the light received by the photodetector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: University of Delaware
    Inventor: Charles Boncelet
  • Patent number: 8760886
    Abstract: A lightweight radio/CD player for vehicular application includes a case and frontal interface formed of polymer based material molded to provide details to accept audio devices and radio receivers, as well as the circuit boards required for electrical control and display. The case and frontal interface are of composite structure, including an insert molded electrically conductive wire mesh screen that has been pre-formed to contour with the molding operation. The wire mesh provides shielding and grounding of the circuit boards via exposed wire mesh pads and adjacent ground clips. The PCB architecture integrally forms a resilient beam portion adjacent an edge thereof carrying a grounding pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Chris R. Snider, Edgar Glenn Hassler
  • Patent number: 8753135
    Abstract: A lamp system used in a light string system comprises a light assembly and a socket assembly. The light assembly comprises a light source, a base in communication with the light source, and a bypass activating system. The socket assembly comprises a socket adapted to receive the light assembly and a bypass mechanism having a first position and a second position. The bypass mechanism is in the first position when the light assembly is not seated in the socket assembly. When the bypass mechanism in the first position, current flows across the bypass mechanism. When the light assembly is inserted into the socket assembly, the bypass activating system of the light assembly moves the bypass mechanism into the second position, and current flows through the light source instead of the bypass mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Polygroup Macau Limited (BVI)
    Inventors: Chung-Wai (Paul) Cheng, Yong Fu, Chi-Yin (Alan) Leung, Hou-You Han
  • Patent number: 8750546
    Abstract: Sound processors and systems including sound processors are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Advanced Bionics
    Inventors: Roger S. Meier, Lee F. Hartley, James P. Goodman
  • Patent number: 8747288
    Abstract: A robotic tool changer removably attaches a robotic tool to a robotic arm. The changer includes a tool module connected to the robotic tool, and a master module connected to the robotic arm. To attach and detach the robotic tool, the changer couples and uncouples the tool module and the master module. A master electrical signal module (ESM) affixes to the master module and a tool ESM affixes to the tool module. In accordance with design requirements, the changer applies the same power supply to both the master ESM and the tool ESM. The changer, however, selectively suppresses application of the power supply to the tool ESM, while maintaining application of the power supply to the master ESM, during the coupling or uncoupling of the master module and the tool module. In doing so, the changer enables such coupling and uncoupling, while also preventing the formation of transient electric arcs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: ATI Industrial Automation, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Strotzer, Michael E. Coyle
  • Publication number: 20140148026
    Abstract: A connector for connecting an electric-power-transmission power cable to an electric device installed in a vehicle, includes a device socket, a cable plug that is plugged in or unplugged from the device socket, and a detection switch that is electrically turned on or off by a mechanical contact point provided on the device socket and a mechanical contact point provided on the cable plug. The device socket includes a contact terminal of the detection switch. The cable plug includes a plug housing that is electrically grounded by being connected to the device socket and a cover plate that covers an opening of the plug housing. The cover plate includes an insulative plate body and a contact conductor that contacts with the contact terminal of the detection switch. The plate body and the contact conductor are integrally molded.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: KOMATSU LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshio Nomura, Tomohiro Yoshino, Kazuo Ohta
  • Patent number: 8727798
    Abstract: A coaxial connector and a method for providing a normal force in an electrical connector. The coaxial connector includes a first terminal having a first contact portion and a second terminal having a second contact portion. Before an external device is inserted into the coaxial connector for the first time, the first contact portion and the second contact portion form a first relative positional relationship. After the external device is disengaged from the coaxial connector, the second contact portion urges against the first contact portion upwards to form a third relative positional relationship. The third relative positional relationship is different from the first relative positional relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Lotes Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zhudong Huo, Yongbo Deng, Defang Hu, Wen Wei Lin