With Magnet Patents (Class 439/38)
  • Patent number: 10353429
    Abstract: Eyewear is provided including a frame, and a camera connected with the frame, in which the camera is configured to be controlled by a remote controller. The camera may be configured to capture video and/or a photo. The eyewear may include data storage, and the camera may be connected to the data storage. A wrist watch may be configured to act both as a time piece and a controller of the camera. The eyewear may also include a heads up display and/or a video file player. The eyewear may also include an electro-active lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: e-Vision Smart Optics, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald Blum, William Kokonaski, Dwight Duston
  • Patent number: 10141665
    Abstract: This patent pertains to magnetic coupling systems. One implementation includes magnetic jumper cables, which include magnetic couplers and elongate, insulated, electrically-isolated electric conductors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventor: Lon W. Allen
  • Patent number: 10074469
    Abstract: An oblique angle polarized magnet includes a rectangular magnetized permanent magnet having a grain direction, an attraction surface, and a magnetic primary field line that is orthogonal to the grain direction but non-orthogonal to the attraction surface. The oblique angle polarized magnet may be used in a magnetically positioned apparatus, such as a tablet computing device cover operable as a stand for the tablet computing device. The magnetically positioned apparatus may be configured to assume a position where first and second magnets are oriented in a non-parallel orientation such that the first and second surfaces of the magnets oriented at an acute angle with respect to each other. The magnets may facilitate the position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy W. Scales, Hao Zhu, Samuel G. Smith
  • Patent number: 10050378
    Abstract: There is disclosed magnetic connectors and electronic devices including such connectors. A connector may include a magnet rotatable about at least one axis of the magnet; wherein the magnet rotates to magnetically engage a magnet of another connector to form an electrical connection between the two magnets. A connector may also include a cylindrical magnet to magnetically engage a magnet of another connector; and a sleeve wrapped around at least part of the magnet, the sleeve comprising a contact for forming an electrical connection with a contact on the other connector. A connector may be adapted for selective connection with other connectors. A connector may be adapted such that a moveable magnet may move between an engaged position proximate a contacting surface of the connector and a disengaged position recessed from a contacting surface, wherein the moveable magnet is biased to the disengaged position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: NANOPORT TECHNOLOGY INC.
    Inventor: Timothy Jing Yin Szeto
  • Patent number: 9997286
    Abstract: Some embodiments can include a retention mechanism having a first component including a first clasping surface and a first magnet having a first polarity as well as a second component having a second clasping surface configured to be alignable to and to coordinate with the first clasping surface. The second component can have a magnetic assembly having an effective polarity that varies in accordance with a electric current pulse received at the magnetic assembly, where a magnetic circuit is formed between the first magnet and the magnetic assembly, and where when the effective polarity of the magnetic assembly is the first polarity, the magnetic circuit is repulsive causing the first and second clasping surfaces to separate otherwise, the magnetic circuit is attractive causing the clasping surfaces to come together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: David S. Herman
  • Patent number: 9837760
    Abstract: This document describes connectors for connecting electronics embedded in garments to external devices. The connector is configured to connect an external device to a garment to enable communication between electronics embedded in the garment and electronic components of the external device. The connector may include a connector plug and a connector receptacle. The connector plug may be implemented at the external device and is configured to connect to the connector receptacle, which may be implemented at the garment. In one or more implementations, the connector plug includes an anisotropic material that is configured to connect to a printed circuit board (PCB) implemented at the connector receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Mustafa Emre Karagozler, Hakim Raja, Ivan Poupyrev, Youenn Colin, Jimmy Chion, James R. Yurchenco
  • Patent number: 9806458
    Abstract: An electrically connecting device includes an electrical connector and a mating connector detachably connected to the electrical connector. The electrical connector includes an insulating base, a central terminal, an outer terminal, and a magnetic member, which are fixed in the insulating base. The outer terminal includes an annular contact having a center located at the central terminal. The mating connector includes an insulating body, a first terminal, a second terminal, and a mating magnetic member, which are fixed in the insulating body. When the electrical connector and the mating connector are relatively rotated along the central terminal in 360 degrees, the magnetic member and the mating magnetic member are configured to attract with each other to form an annularly magnetic region, so that the central terminal and the annular contact are maintained to respectively contact with the first terminal and the second terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: GT CONTACT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jui-Jung Chiu, Chien-Chung Chiu, Chih-Cheng Tsai
  • Patent number: 9787039
    Abstract: An electrical connector adapted to receive a mating plug utilizes low-profile jack terminal contacts that can flex in their PCB-anchored base portions, which are substantially parallel to the PCB. Any bend in the distal connecting portion or in the intermediate transition portion of each terminal contact is gradual and forms an obtuse angle, thus minimizing stress concentrations. The contacts preferably are arranged in two oppositely facing and interdigitating rows of four contacts each. In one embodiment, the terminal contacts are anchored to the PCB by a contact cradle that constrains the base portion of each terminal contact at two spaced anchoring locations, allowing the base portion to flex therebetween. In another embodiment, the base portions of the terminal contacts are embedded in at least one elastomeric member, which is fitted to the PCB.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Shadi Alex AbuGhazaleh, Joseph Edgar Dupuis, Christopher Wayne Gribble, Naved Shah Khan, Douglas Paul O'Connor
  • Patent number: 9767949
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an electrical device comprising: a first connector (102) being magnetically connectable to a second connector (202) of an accessory (200) for forming a magnetic connection between the first and second connectors, wherein at least one of the first and second connectors comprises an electromagnet; a sensor (120) comprising at least one of a motion sensor, a proximity sensor and a microphone, wherein the sensor is arranged to output a sensor signal (121); and a electromagnetic controller (108) connected to the electromagnet and arranged to control the magnetic field of the electromagnet based on the sensor signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Mobile Communications Inc.
    Inventors: Erik Bengtsson, Ola Thorn, Kare Agardh
  • Patent number: 9755357
    Abstract: Provided is a module assembly including a plurality of modules. The modules each include a polyhedral housing with a polygonal plane, a pin provided on one side of a corner of the housing to selectively protrude, a pin installation portion in which the pin is installed to be movable, a pin receiver provided on another side of the corner of the housing such that a pin of another module is to be inserted thereinto, and a magnet installed between the pin installation portion and the pin receiver, and configured to apply magnetic force to both the pin provided in the pin installation portion and the pin of the other module to be received in the pin receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Luxrobo
    Inventors: Seok Jung Kim, Yoon Son, Sang Hun Oh
  • Patent number: 9755356
    Abstract: Provided is a module assembly including a plurality of modules. The modules each include a polyhedral housing with a polygonal plane, a pin provided on one side of a corner of the housing to selectively protrude, a pin installation portion in which the pin is installed to be movable, a pin receiver provided on another side of the corner of the housing such that a pin of another module is to be inserted thereinto, and a magnet installed between the pin installation portion and the pin receiver, and configured to apply magnetic force to both the pin provided in the pin installation portion and the pin of the other module to be received in the pin receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: LUXROBO
    Inventors: Seok Jung Kim, Yoon Son, Sang Hun Oh
  • Patent number: 9755365
    Abstract: An electrical connector including a holding device, that has a recess and at least one conductive pad disposed therein, and a socket that has at least one conductive pin configured to engage at least one of the conductive pads when the socket is inserted into the holding device and a port configured to receive an interface of an external device. The shape of the socket is complementary to the shape of the recess. A first retaining element included in the holding device and a second retaining element included in the socket are together releasably maintain interconnection between the holding device and the socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems Corp.
    Inventor: Mark A. Peabody
  • Patent number: 9728867
    Abstract: This patent pertains to magnetic coupling systems. One implementation includes magnetic jumper cables, which include magnetic couplers and elongate, insulated, electrically-isolated electric conductors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Inventor: Lon W. Allen
  • Patent number: 9478901
    Abstract: An electronic product and its cable set are provided in which the cable set includes a cable assembly and a connector. The connector includes a single magnet block, a metal unit and two conductive ends. The metal unit is fixed and contacted with outer surfaces of the single magnet block, and is electrically connected to the cable assembly for attracting and electrically connecting to a portable electronic device. The conductive ends respectively penetrate through the single magnet block and electrically connect to the cable assembly for electrically connecting to the portable electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: QUANTA COMPUTER INC.
    Inventors: Chun-Lung Chen, Ji-Dein Wu, Shih-Ling Huang, Yu-Feng Lin, Yen-Liang Liu, Ko-Chun Wang, Yu-Liang Chen, Chiung-Chang Tsai
  • Patent number: 9461403
    Abstract: Connector inserts and receptacles that are robust, easily manufactured, and provide an improved connector performance. One example may provide a connector receptacle having a power contact located in a ground surface. An insulating layer may be placed between the power contact and the ground surface. The ground surface may be curved or flat, or it may have other shapes. Another example may provide a robust connector insert. This connector insert may include a crimping piece that fits over a cable braiding and is crimped. The crimping piece may then be attached to an attraction plate. A cover or shell may be attached to provide further reinforcement. Another example may provide a connector system having a ground contact and a power contact, where the ground contact is a make-first-break-last contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Zheng Gao, Joshua Pong
  • Patent number: 9413103
    Abstract: An easy-to-assemble compact connection system can be connected to a mains via connection to different switchgear devices, such as a residual-current or thermomagnetic circuit breaker, switches, contact breakers, overvoltage protectors or similar devices, in order to collect or inject signals available on the mains, such as collecting current or voltage signals from the mains or collecting or injecting other signals or parameters. The compact connection system can be connected to both switchgear devices already installed in a switchboard and to new units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: SMILICS TECHNOLOGIES, S.L.
    Inventor: Carles Pons Gonzalez
  • Patent number: 9395791
    Abstract: A power management method for a health care device is included. The method includes: detecting whether a smart garment is in contact with a user body; operating the health care device in a normal mode when the smart garment is in contact with the user body, or operating the health care device in a low-power mode when the smart garment is not in contact with the user body; and under the low-power mode, detecting whether the health care device is tapped to determine whether to transmit user health data to a user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: QUANTA COMPUTER INC.
    Inventors: Chih-Hsiung Yu, Yung-Ming Chung, Hsin-Hsueh Wu, Yung-Chih Huang, Shih-Wei Wang
  • Patent number: 9325107
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly comprising an electrode interface board with a socket portion of a subminiature dual-row electrical connector attached to the top surface of a first printed circuit board and a first plurality of magnets attached to the bottom surface. The socket portion comprises a plastic housing and a plurality of female contacts with protruding contact points. The connector assembly further comprises a head stage with a top socket, connector and a second printed circuit board. A plug portion of the electrical connector is attached to the bottom surface of the second printed circuit board and a second plurality of magnets is attached to the bottom surface. The plug portion comprises a plastic housing and a plurality of male contacts with detents. The male contacts mate with the female contacts so that the protruding contact point of each female contact touches an inside distal surface of a male contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Neuralynx, Inc.
    Inventors: Phillip Karls, Shawn Olson
  • Patent number: 9246276
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes an insulative housing defining a lower inserting port, an upper inserting port stacked thereon, and a mounting port located behind the lower and upper inserting ports. The inserting module is assembled from the mounting port to the inserting ports. The inserting module comprises a set of upper mating contacts each having a contacting portion extending into the upper inserting port, a set of lower mating contacts each having a contacting portion extending into the lower inserting port, a first magnetic module received in the mounting port and electrically connecting with the upper mating contacts, a second magnetic module received in the mounting port and electrically connecting with the lower mating contacts, and a conductive shielding member disposed between the first and second magnetic modules for shielding electromagnetic interference (EMI) therebetween. The conductive shielding member is a flexible member and connecting with the PCBs through pressing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Sheng-Pin Gao
  • Patent number: 9203197
    Abstract: The electrical device connector is characterized by including: a first central conductor in which a first concave portion is provided; a first insulation layer provided around the first central conductor; a second central conductor in which a second concave portion is provided; a second insulation layer provided around the second central conductor; a flexible insulator provided between the first insulation layer and the second insulation layer; and a barrel-shaped contact provided in a space portion formed by the first concave portion and the second concave portion, wherein the barrel-shaped contact is configured to include: a center electrode; a plurality of contact pieces including one contact surface coming in contact with an inner surface of the first concave portion and the other contact surface coming in contact with an inner surface of the second concave portion, across an intermediate portion as a boundary; and contact load springs provided between the contact piece and the center electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Yasuhisa Miyauchi, Jun Matsuzaki, Osamu Tagaya, Kohei Yasuda
  • Patent number: 9196979
    Abstract: A cable connector device for an electronic device is provided. The electronic device includes a connector port disposed in the electronic device, one or more magnet coupling parts, each of the one or more magnet coupling parts which is disposed around the connector port, a cable connector device removably coupled to the connector port, and one or more magnet coupling bodies, each of the one or more magnet coupling bodies which is installed in the cable connector device and has the same polarity as that of each of the one or more magnet coupling parts, wherein each of the one or more magnet coupling parts and each of one or more magnet coupling bodies are disposed in positions where they are pushed by repulsive force when the cable connector device is mounted in a reverse direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ju-Yong Kim
  • Patent number: 9197011
    Abstract: A first connector may include a housing defining a first connector face to be positioned in a first position or a second position proximate to a second connector face of a second connector. A first extremely high frequency (EHF) communication unit may be disposed in the housing for communicating with a second EHF communication unit of the second connector when the first connector face is positioned in first or second position relative to the second connector face. A first magnet may be disposed in the housing. The first magnet may align with and repel a second magnet disposed relative to the second connector face when the first connector face is positioned in the second position. The first magnet may be configured not to align with and not to repel the second magnet when first connector face is positioned in the first position relative to the second connector face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Keyssa, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary D. McCormack
  • Patent number: 9190772
    Abstract: A portable electronic device assembly includes a portable electronic device and a peripheral device. The portable electronic device includes a first electronic connection element and a first magnetic element. The peripheral device includes a second electronic connection element and a second magnetic element. When the portable electronic device is placed on the peripheral device, the magnetic force between the second magnetic element and the first magnetic element moves the second electronic connection element such that the first electronic connection element and the second electronic connection element are electrically connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Acer Incorporated
    Inventors: Wei-Cheng Wang, Shao-Chi Chuang
  • Patent number: 9190771
    Abstract: An electrical connector defines a front-to-back direction comprises an dielectric housing a plurality of contacts and a magnetic element. The dielectric element comprises a base and a mating tongue extending forward from the base. The contacts are received in the dielectric housing and each comprises a contacting portion exposed to at least one surface of the mating tongue. The magnetic element is assembled on front of the base and defining a receiving space for the tongue. The tongue is at least partially received in the receiving space with an opening facing forward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Qiu Qian, Chun-Sheng Li, Jian-Kuang Zhu
  • Patent number: 9130291
    Abstract: In one implementation a device connector includes a first electronic device magnet, second electronic device magnet, and third electronic device magnet to connect to a power supply. The power supply magnet can be oriented to the opposite pole of one of the electronic device magnets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, LP.
    Inventors: Kian Teck Poh, Chee How Lee, Jing Kai Tan
  • Patent number: 9052869
    Abstract: A portable electronic device assembly includes a portable electronic device and a peripheral device. The portable electronic device includes a first electronic connection element and a first magnetic element. The peripheral device includes a second electronic connection element and a second magnetic element. When the portable electronic device is placed on the peripheral device, the magnetic force between the second magnetic element and the first magnetic element moves the second electronic connection element such that the first electronic connection element and the second electronic connection element are electrically connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Acer Inc.
    Inventors: Wei-Cheng Wang, Shao-Chi Chuang
  • Patent number: 9004923
    Abstract: A switching electrical power contactor having a bi-blade type switch, has ferrous plates attached to the blades to increase the current carrying capacity and reduce the resistance of the switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Johnson Electric International (UK) Limited
    Inventor: Richard Anthony Connell
  • Patent number: 8998796
    Abstract: A sexual stimulation device is described. The device uses electrical stimulation and provides advantages in means to make gentle and safe electrical contact to the user's penis that is contained within a fluid environment. The device includes both a containment vessel as well as electrical connection embodiments that incorporate magnetically actuated contacts the can be quickly disconnected. The device provides flexibility for programmed and varied stimulation to different regions of the user's penis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: Robert M Green
  • Patent number: 9000871
    Abstract: A case for a tablet-type electronic device, in particular a tablet computer, comprises a casing shaped so as to at least partially cover a rear surface of the device and equipped with fastener members for fastening it to the device; the casing is equipped with a magnetic coupler element, acting from a rear surface of the casing and able to cooperate with a corresponding fastener element carried by a protective cover for the screen of the device, so as to magnetically fasten the cover to the casing on the rear of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Tucano S.r.l.
    Inventor: Fabio Cencioni
  • Publication number: 20150079811
    Abstract: A magnetic alligator clip is described. The alligator clip comprising, a pair of conductive gripping jaws attached to each other, biasing means for biasing a first end of the conductive gripping jaws towards each other, and a magnet disposed at the first end of one of the conductive gripping jaws. Also described is an electrical lead having at least one wire, each of the wires having a magnetic alligator clip electrically connected at each end. An extension for the magnetic alligator clip is also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Steve Yi
  • Publication number: 20150072540
    Abstract: An apparatus for housing a plug-in unit that includes at least one movable piece including a permanent magnet in a portion of a casing. The apparatus includes a plurality of slots, each of the plurality of slots houses the plug-in unit; a connector provided in an inner or innermost portion of the slot and electrically connects with the plug-in unit; an advancement blocking member disposed within the slot and blocks connection of the plug-in unit to the connector by coming into contact with the movable piece; an electromagnet that generates a magnetic field applied to the permanent magnet of the plug-in unit; and a control device that controls the electromagnet so as to generate a magnetic field having a predetermined polarity that moves the movable piece of the plug-in unit to a position in which the movable piece does not come into contact with the advancement blocking member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventor: Yuta SASAKI
  • Patent number: 8973816
    Abstract: Some implementations provide a connector element that may be movable from a retracted position within a cavity to an extended position for contacting an external contact element that may be positioned proximate to an exterior end of the cavity. In some implementations, at least one of the external contact element or the connector element may include a magnet for causing the connector element to extend from the retracted position into contact with the external contact element for forming an electrical connection. In some implementations, a mechanical actuator may be provided for extending the connector element into contact with the external contact element. In some implementations, an actuator having a motive element may extend the connector element into contact with the external contact element based on a detected proximity or an identification of an accessory associated with the external contact element. Some implementations may also include an optical connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Amrinder Pal Singh Saini
  • Publication number: 20150031220
    Abstract: An electrical connector comprises an insulative housing loaded with a plurality of contacts and a magnetic element retained in the insulative housing. The insulative housing defines a mating face and an opposite mounting face. The magnetic element is located adjacent to the contacts. The contacts comprise middle contacting portion along the mating face and mounting portions at one end thereof extending to the mounting face.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: AI-HONG FANG, HUO-XING JIN, ZU-DE WANG
  • Publication number: 20150022356
    Abstract: A mounting system for an electronic device is described. This mounting system includes a base that can be rigidly mounted on or underneath a wall. Moreover, the base can be remateably coupled to the electronic device. The remateable coupling may involve pins that are inserted into corresponding holes and rotated into a lock position. Alternatively, the remateable coupling may involve magnets that mechanically couple to each other so long as the electronic device and the base are within a predefined distance. The electronic device may receive power via the remateable coupling or via inductive charging. In addition, the electronic device may monitor a spatial parameter, such as: a location of the electronic device, a velocity of the electronic device and/or an acceleration of the electronic device. If this spatial parameter changes without the electronic device first receiving a security code, the electronic device provides an alert.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: LEEO, INC.
    Inventors: Adam Matthew GETTINGS, Andrew Gettings STEVENS, Bjorn HOVLAND
  • Publication number: 20150011099
    Abstract: Provided is a portable device's protecting case having a sliding connector, the portable device's protecting case including: a sliding connector 100 capable of reciprocating in a specific direction in the protecting case, wherein the sliding connector 100 is provided with a connector 120 connected to a connection port of the portable device, the connection port of the portable device is electrically connected to a circuit apparatus in the protecting case through the connector 120, and when the sliding connector 100 is pushed to the central direction of the protecting case in a state in which the portable device is inserted into the protecting case, the connector 120 and the connection port of the portable device are connected to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventors: Hyun Jun Kim, Dae-Young Youn, Jung Gyo Kim
  • Patent number: 8920178
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus assembly including an electronic apparatus and a detachable connector is provided. The electronic apparatus has a cavity, a first magnetic element and a set of first terminals. The first magnetic element and the set of first terminals are disposed in the cavity. The detachable connector has an inserting portion, a body portion, a second magnetic element and a set of second terminals. The inserting portion is adapted to be inserted into the cavity. The body portion is connected to the inserting portion. The second magnetic element and the set of second terminals are disposed on the inserting portion. When the inserting portion is inserted into the cavity, the first magnetic element and the second magnetic element are mutually attracted. The two sets of terminals are mutually contacted, and the body portion is adapted to be supported on a plane to stand the electronic apparatus on the plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: Chih-Sheng Wei, Chin-Chung Shih, Chih-Shan Yeh, Yuan-Hung Chang
  • Patent number: 8900009
    Abstract: A mount for supportably engaging an article. The mount includes a bulbous member that may include a convexly shaped surface area. The convexly shaped surface area may be supportively contactable with a first interconnect portion of a carrier member. An attachment member that is operatively associable with a device may be removably engageable with a second interconnect portion of the carrier member. The carrier member may be moved throughout a continuum of positions defined by the convexly curved surface area of the bulbous member. Additionally, the bulbous member may be supportably engaged by a variety of embodiments of support structures for supporting or mounting the mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: iOmounts LLC.
    Inventors: David Hornick, Tamas Kovacs, Anthony Velasquez
  • Publication number: 20140342578
    Abstract: An electrical connector defines a front-to-back direction comprises an dielectric housing a plurality of contacts and a magnetic element. The dielectric element comprises a base and a mating tongue extending forward from the base. The contacts are received in the dielectric housing and each comprises a contacting portion exposed to at least one surface of the mating tongue. The magnetic element is assembled on front of the base and defining a receiving space for the tongue. The tongue is at least partially received in the receiving space with an opening facing forward.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: QIU QIAN, CHUN-SHENG LI, JIAN-KUANG ZHU
  • Patent number: 8838868
    Abstract: A communication port and connector are described. A mobile computing device may include a hardware element, with the hardware element being communicatively coupled to a connection. The connection is communicatively coupled to a communication port, and the communication port includes a first pin and a second pin. Additionally, at least one of the first pin and the second pin is comprised of a ferromagnetic material. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: Matthew Tippett
  • Patent number: 8819745
    Abstract: An information system suitable for use in cooperation with portable media devices, such as an Apple iPod® digital electronic media device, and methods for manufacturing and using same. The information system supports a simple manner for seamlessly integrating the personal media device with the information system, immersing a user in a rich and intuitive media environment. When the personal media device and the information system are coupled, viewing content from the personal media device can be integrated “on the fly” into the information system via an interactive user interface system. The personal media device likewise can receive control commands and/or operating power from the information system. Thereby, the user can advantageously enjoy his own personal viewing content from the personal media device via the larger video presentation system and/or the enhanced audio presentation system of the information system, while recharging an internal battery system of the personal media device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Avionics Corporation
    Inventors: Steven Sizelove, Cedric Rhoads, Brian Kirby
  • Publication number: 20140224875
    Abstract: A shelf lighting system, which includes a shelf power system, is herein disclosed. The shelf power system has a power track and a connecting plug. The connecting plug has an attachment mechanism to attach to a shelf bracket, and is configured to electrically connect to the power track. One embodiment of the connecting plug has prongs that electrically contact conductors in the power track. The shelf lighting system further includes a driver with a power supply and a power terminal block that connects to the power track. A lighting fixture can be powered by the power supply via the power terminal block, the power track and the connecting plug.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: Powerwall Inc.
    Inventor: Powerwall Inc.
  • Patent number: 8770857
    Abstract: Circuits, apparatus, and methods that provide a connector system that can supply both power and data to a mobile computing or other type of device using a single connection. Further examples also provide a power and data adapter that can provide power and data to a mobile computing device using a single cable. Further examples provide an easy disengagement when a cable connected to the connector is pulled. One such example provides a magnetic connector that uncouples without binding when its cord is pulled. Another example prevents power from being provided at a connector insert until the connector insert is placed in a connector receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: John C. DiFonzo, Chris Ligtenberg, Michael Culbert
  • Publication number: 20140170864
    Abstract: An electronic device is provided comprising a connection interface including a connection portion; and a fastening portion comprising a plate that is configured to: (i) be substantially flush with a surface of the electronic device when the connection interface and a connector are not mated, and (ii) extend or recede from the surface of the electronic device when the connection interface and the connector are mated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sunlyeong HWANG
  • Patent number: 8727326
    Abstract: An assembly jig used for assembling a magnet connector including a magnetic body includes a magnet, and a base body having a rear surface and a front surface. The front surface is concaved rearward to form a holding room. The rear surface is concaved forward to form a receiving cavity having a shape in accordance with the external outline of the magnetic body. The magnet is held in the holding room of the base body with the magnetic poles thereof being located in a kind of only certain way. When assembling the magnet connector, the magnetic body is partly attracted in the receiving cavity of the base body by the magnet and then is assembled to the magnet connector with the magnetic poles thereof being uniformly arranged in a kind of only certain way after mass production of the magnet connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Cheng Uei Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jui-Pin Lin
  • Publication number: 20140134859
    Abstract: A slim type electronic connector for receiving a plug therein includes a half socket, a covering lid, a holding seat, and a recovering element. The covering lid has a main body, a sheltering portion extended from the main body, and a pair of rotating axles formed at one end of the main body. An inserting space is formed between the half socket and the holding seat. When the covering lid rotates to a covered position, the sheltering portion extends beyond a front edge of the holding seat. When the covering lid rotates to an opening position, the sheltering portion moves away the front edge of the holding seat to allow for inserting the plug. When the plug is inserted between the half socket and the holding seat, the recovering element pushes the sheltering portion to engage the plug for preventing from moving outside.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: WISTRON CORP.
    Inventors: WEI-YI LEE, TIEN-CHUNG TSENG
  • Patent number: 8702594
    Abstract: An imaging system can include a base unit and one or more imaging units. The base unit can include a main interface that has a plurality of main electrical connectors and one or more main mechanical connectors. A mechanical system is located in the base unit. Each imaging unit can include an elongate support member having a proximal end, a proximal section, a bendable section, and a distal end. Also, an imaging interface that couples with the main interface can be included on the proximal end of the elongate support member. The imaging interface includes a plurality of imaging electrical connectors that correspond and connect with the main electrical connectors of the main interface and includes one or more imaging mechanical connectors that correspond and connect with main mechanical connectors of the main interface. Mechanical actuators can bend the bendable section under control from the base unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Inventors: Avram Allan Edidin, Xiaolong Ouyang
  • Patent number: 8702316
    Abstract: Circuits, apparatus, and methods that provide a connector system that can supply both power and data to a mobile computing or other type of device using a single connection. Further examples also provide a power and data adapter that can provide power and data to a mobile computing device using a single cable. Further examples provide an easy disengagement when a cable connected to the connector is pulled. One such example provides a magnetic connector that uncouples without binding when its cord is pulled. Another example prevents power from being provided at a connector insert until the connector insert is placed in a connector receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: John C. DiFonzo, Chris Ligtenberg, Michael Culbert
  • Patent number: 8691422
    Abstract: A modular interconnection system in the form of a releasable modular interconnect is provided. The releasable modular interconnect may include a substrate with a plurality of releasable contact regions, where each releasable contact region may be positioned to overlay a respective terminal of a power cell. The releasable modular interconnect may also include at least one conductive interconnect member affixed to the substrate, where the conductive interconnect member includes at least a one conductive releasable contact disposed within a releasable contact region of the substrate. The conductive releasable contact may be positioned to form a releasable electrical connection with a terminal of a power cell when a force is applied to the first releasable contact region in a direction toward the terminal of the power cell. Additional and related methods and apparatuses are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Electronvault, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert R. Ferber, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140077044
    Abstract: A connection mechanism between two components may use one or more metallic pins that are magnetically extended when the components are engaged, and a sloped groove that retracts and unlocks the pins when the components are rotated. The components are locked in place by the pins during engagement. Disengagement may be performed by rotating the two components with respect to each other. The connection mechanism may include one or more magnets mounted on either or both components. The magnets may be arranged to attract the components when the components are in the locking orientation and to repel the components when the components are rotated to an unlocked position. The connection mechanism may include electrical connections between the components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: OTTER PRODUCTS, LLC
    Inventors: KEVIN W. WITTER, JOHN P. FITZGERALD, JONATHAN SHEA ROBINSON, ADAM D. CENTER, LARRY HOLMES
  • Publication number: 20140065845
    Abstract: A switch-equipped connector that can reduce the occurrence of intermodulation distortion includes a first terminal, a second movable terminal, and a magnet provided at a position distant from the first and second terminals. At least one of the first and the second terminal has a magnetic metal and the second terminal is configured to come into and out of contact with the first terminal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masamichi ANDO, Shinichi KENZAKI