With Storage Means For Flaccid Conductor Patents (Class 439/501)
  • Patent number: 10389546
    Abstract: Systems and methods for remote control of an electronic device using a power cord are disclosed. A power cord that provides electric power to the device includes a module configured to receive wireless control signals originating from and/or transmit wireless signals to a remote device. The power cord includes one or more control wires for communicating signals between the module and the device. The module may be configured to translate information or signals received from the communications protocol of the remote device to the communications protocol of the device, and vice versa. The control wire(s) may extend along or within the power cord. Methods for wirelessly controlling a device comprise transmitting a command from a remote device to a module connected to the device's power cord, the module wirelessly receiving the command and transmitting the command to the appliance via control wires extending from the module to the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: iDevices, LLC
    Inventors: Vladan Djakovic, Shawn Monteith
  • Patent number: 10290192
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed to security systems for securing an item of merchandise from theft or unauthorized removal. For example, the security system may include a sensor configured to be coupled to the item of merchandise and a base configured to removably support the sensor and the item of merchandise thereon. The base includes a charging circuit for providing power to the sensor and/or the item of merchandise. The security system also includes a controller operably coupled to the base and a key configured to wirelessly communicate with the base and/or controller. The sensor is configured to wirelessly communicate with the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: InVue Security Products Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Grant, Jonathon D. Phillips, Gary A. Taylor
  • Patent number: 10143295
    Abstract: A retractable holder for a smartphone is formed with a housing, a connection mechanism for connecting and disconnecting the smartphone to the housing, a first lanyard loop comprising lanyard cords that are reeled onto or deployed from cord storage spools located inside the housing, a second lanyard loop comprising lanyard cords that are reeled onto or deployed from cord storage spools located inside the housing and a lanyard control mechanism. The lanyard control mechanism applies a retracting force to each of the cord storage spools, the retracting force operational to reel the lanyard cord extending from the housing in a deployed state to the cord's respective cord storage spool and to enable a user draw out and deploy a fixed length of the lanyard cord from the cord's respective cord storage spool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventor: Gary Palma
  • Patent number: 10135268
    Abstract: In a stack or matrix of lockers, typically in two, three or more tiers or rows and in multiple columns, charge power strips are secured at the back sides of the lockers and exposed through openings in the back walls of the lockers so as to provide line power and also low-voltage DC charging power for smartphones and other portable devices, with a plurality of different charge port fittings provided. The power strips are of a length to extend to two or more lockers and preferably are installed vertically, but could be installed horizontally. The lockers have a protected channel at rear, within which the power strip is installed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Digilock Asia Ltd.
    Inventor: Asil T. Gokcebay
  • Patent number: 9907196
    Abstract: The invention concerns an electrical module suitable for operating while optionally being connected to at least one other electrical module of the same type, the electrical module comprising a housing on which are arranged first connection means suitable for connecting the electrical module to an external power source and second connection means allowing the electrical module to exchange first data with the outside, the electrical module further comprising linking means suitable for connecting the electrical module to another electrical module of the same type in order to transmit linking data and/or a linking power supply thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: SAGEMCOM BROADBAND SAS
    Inventors: Dominique Susini, Daniel Siron, Etienne Evrard, Nicolas Dangy-Caye, Radu Nedelcu
  • Patent number: 9883732
    Abstract: A retractable holder for a smartphone is formed with a housing, a connection mechanism for connecting and disconnecting the smartphone to the housing, a first lanyard loop comprising lanyard cords that are reeled onto or deployed from cord storage spools located inside the housing, a second lanyard loop comprising lanyard cords that are reeled onto or deployed from cord storage spools located inside the housing and a lanyard control mechanism. The lanyard control mechanism applies a retracting force to each of the cord storage spools, the retracting force operational to reel the lanyard cord extending from the housing in a deployed state to the cord's respective cord storage spool and to enable a user draw out and deploy a fixed length of the lanyard cord from the cord's respective cord storage spool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Inventor: Gary Palma
  • Patent number: 9866045
    Abstract: A mobile docking station that includes: a casing; a plurality of openings in the casing; a cord extending through each opening; a plug at a distal end of each cord; and a power cord extending from the casing, where the power cord supplies power to the cords. Preferably each cord is retractable back into each respective opening. In one particular embodiment, the casing preferably accommodates a tissue box and includes an opening to allow dispensing tissues from the tissue box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Inventors: Anthony Burman, Robert D. Heller
  • Patent number: 9818274
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed to security systems and methods for securing an item of merchandise from theft or unauthorized removal. For example, the security system may include a sensor configured to be coupled to the item of merchandise and a charging circuit for providing power to the sensor and/or the item of merchandise. The security system may also include a cable connected to the sensor and at least one optical transceiver for defining a sense loop between the cable and the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: InVue Security Products Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Fawcett, Gary A. Taylor, Kevin A. Burtness
  • Patent number: 9492919
    Abstract: A handheld tool storage device, particularly to a handheld tool carrying case, having at least one base body unit which includes at least one movably supported base body element, and having at least one electric functional unit, and having at least one operating unit at least for operating the electric functional unit. The operating unit has at least one operating element that is at a minimum distance from an axis of motion of the base body element, which is less than 50% of a main extension of the base body element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Heiko Roehm, Tobias Herr, Georgios Margaritis, Joerg Welke
  • Patent number: 9443404
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed to security systems for securing an item of merchandise from theft or unauthorized removal. For example, the security system may include a sensor configured to be coupled to the item of merchandise and a base configured to removably support the sensor and the item of merchandise thereon. The base includes a charging circuit for providing power to the sensor and/or the item of merchandise. The security system also includes a controller operably coupled to the base and a key configured to wirelessly communicate with the base and/or controller. The sensor is configured to wirelessly communicate with the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: InVue Security Products Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Grant, Jonathon D. Phillips, Gary A. Taylor
  • Patent number: 9425651
    Abstract: A consumer electronic system for holding and providing power to any number of consumer electronic devices includes any number of cradles in a staggered configuration, such that, displays of consumer electronic devices in each of the cradles are each visible without being substantially blocked by other consumer electronic devices. In one embodiment, the consumer electronic system for holding and providing power comprises multiple sub-systems, each having one or more cradles, such that, the sub-systems are joined to produce a consumer electronic system for holding and providing power to the desired number of possible consumer electronic devices at one time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: DOK SOLUTION LLC
    Inventor: Jack Strauser
  • Patent number: 9423844
    Abstract: A consumer electronic system for holding and providing power to any number of consumer electronic devices has cradles and each of the cradles has a pair of folding support walls. The pair of folding support walls are separated by a gap, allowing for a device cable to be routed between the two sections so that, when a consumer electronic device is within the cradle and connected to a power port for charging or use (by the cable) the consumer electronic device sits properly. Since the device cable, passes through this gap, the device cable doesn't perturb the consumer electronic device (e.g., allowing for a stable containment of the consumer electronic device at a proper viewing angle).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: DOK SOLUTION LLC
    Inventor: Jack Strauser
  • Patent number: 9426910
    Abstract: A transmission cable for an electrical device includes a first case, a second case, a line, a first connector and a second connector. The second case is detachably connected to the first case, and a space is formed between the first case and the second case when the first case is connected to the second case. The line having opposite ends connected to the first case and the second case respectively, and the first connector is connected to the end of the line connected to the first case while the second connector is connected to the end of the line connected to the second case. Both the first connector and the second connector are received in the space between the first case and the second case when the first case is connected to the second case for storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: RICH ELECTRIC WIRE AND CABLE CO. LTD.
    Inventor: Chang-Chi Lee
  • Patent number: 9369168
    Abstract: A security case (20) for a portable electronic device such as a mobile phone (22) to prevent theft and loss. The security case has a case body comprising a panel (24) and side walls (26) configured to hold the phone. An extendible and retractable cord (42) in a spool assembly (36) attached to the case body is lockable against retraction in its extended position. The cord is attachable to an object such as a user's belt loop (66) or to a desk or chair, etc., to tether the case and phone. The phone can be easily and conveniently used while keeping it securely tethered since the cord does not retract until the user presses a rewind button (50).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Inventor: Andrew W. Molnar
  • Patent number: 9331436
    Abstract: Provided is a multi-outlet capable of conveniently organizing cables connected to electric appliances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Nine Bridge, Inc.
    Inventor: Sang Yul Kim
  • Patent number: 9281576
    Abstract: A patch panel arrangement is disclosed having a two part cable terminating device into which a cable can enter. One part, for example, a main body has forward facing wiring contacts. The cable can pass through from the rear but has its wires terminated on the wiring contacts from the front. A front cover detachable from the main body via the front of the patch panel, exposes the front facing wiring contacts to permit wiring changes to be effected from the uncluttered front of the patch panel (rather than the crowded rear of conventional patch panels).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Inventor: Konstantinos Ikonomou
  • Patent number: 9257803
    Abstract: A combination storage receptacle and power strip/surge protector holder includes an enclosure perimeter defining an aperture for receiving objects, and a power strip mounted to the enclosure perimeter for reducing the clutter of wiring of power strips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Inventors: Giuseppe Alagna, Francesco S. Lupo
  • Patent number: 9155151
    Abstract: A light emitting diode (LED) dimming module includes an energy storage circuit, a load interface circuit, and a switch circuit. The energy storage circuit provides a substantially continuous current in response to a converter current. The load interface circuit provides a modulated load current in response to the continuous current. The switch circuit, which is operatively coupled to the load interface circuit, switches in accordance with a duty cycle. The modulated load current is based on the duty cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Power Integrations, Inc.
    Inventor: Christian Pura Angeles
  • Patent number: 9131599
    Abstract: The Electronic Module has a body case 2, including a plurality of case members 3, 4 and that has an internal space (S) where a first opening P1 is formed on one side surface of the internal space and a second opening P2 that opens in a direction different from that of the first opening P1 is in an exposed state when a plurality of the case members are separated each other, a substrate 5 on which a sensor IC 51 is mounted and that is housed in the internal space of the body case, and a resin body 6 that covers the substrate 5 by being filled in the internal space of the body case and solidified or hardened, and is characterized by that a plurality of the case members and the substrate 5 are integrated by the use of the resin body 6 as an accouplement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: SINFONIA TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takenori Motoori, Hideaki Moriya, Hidetoshi Katada
  • Patent number: 9124032
    Abstract: A rolled terminal (50) for an electrical connector has a first portion (58) formed of a rolled sheet defining a bore for receiving an electrical wire, and a first aperture (62) in the wall of the first portion (58) for receiving a screw for clamping the wire between the screw and the wall of the first portion. Also included is a plug attached by cable to a towed vehicle, the plug associated with a magnet to enable it to be secured to the towed vehicle when the plug is not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: ARK Corporation Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Richard Arakelian
  • Patent number: 9068758
    Abstract: A refrigerant distribution unit for an air conditioner, includes: a pipe unit which distributes a refrigerant from a refrigerant pipe on an outdoor unit side to multiple branch refrigerant pipes, which includes an electromagnetic valve and a temperature sensor, on an indoor unit side; a main unit which stores the pipe unit covered by an insulator case, upper and lower cases; and an electric component box which controls the electromagnetic valves and the temperature sensors by connecting the valves with the sensors by cables. A cable draw-out recessed portion is formed in one of side faces of the insulator case where the connecting slots for the pipes are formed, and a bottom face recessed portion for storing the cables is formed in a bottom face of the insulator case. The upper case includes a cable draw-out slot for guiding the cables to a cable guide hole formed in the electric component box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: FUJITSU GENERAL LIMITED
    Inventors: Shun Matsuura, Haruki Yamashita
  • Publication number: 20150111418
    Abstract: One exemplary aspect comprises an apparatus comprising: (a) a first housing comprising an electrical plug; (b) a second housing comprising an electrical receptacle; and (c) a first electrical cord connecting the first housing to the second housing; wherein the second housing is configured to accept the electrical cord being wound around the second housing. In an exemplary embodiment, the apparatus further comprises a third housing comprising an electrical receptacle; and a second electrical cord connecting the second housing to the third housing; wherein the third housing is configured to accept the second electrical cord being wound around the second housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: QUIRKY, INC.
    Inventors: Kate Sarah VALLON, Jonathan Aaron SAXON
  • Patent number: 8981241
    Abstract: A cable holding structure includes a plate-shaped member having an opening, and a conductive wire holding portion holding a plurality of wires inserted therethrough, the wire holding portion being disposed in the opening and electrically connected to a braided shield that collectively covers the plurality of wires. The wire holding portion protrudes from the opening of the plate-shaped member and includes a plurality of through-holes extending in a direction orthogonal to the plate-shaped member. The plurality of wires are each enclosed in the through-holes. The braided shield is electrically connected to an outer surface of the wire holding portion protruding from the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Hitachi Metals, Ltd.
    Inventors: Ken Okuyama, Takahiro Futatsumori
  • Publication number: 20150072552
    Abstract: Provided is a multi-outlet capable of conveniently organizing cables connected to electric appliances.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: NINE BRIDGE, INC.
    Inventor: Sang Yul Kim
  • Patent number: 8956182
    Abstract: A jack housing (110) for a plug and jack connector system (120, 110) comprises a plurality of integrated cable retention hooks (114) about which to wrap a cable (124) of a cabled accessory (120). The integrated retention hooks (114) retain the cable (124) so as to avoid inadvertent disconnect of the plug (122) from the jack (116). The integrated retention hooks (114) can accommodate a variety of different diameter cables or multiple cables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Motorola Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Chi T. Tran, Jean-Robert Achille, Michael J. Koch
  • Patent number: 8932076
    Abstract: A temporary mobility kit to minimize or prevent the inadvertent outflow of tire sealant is provided. The temporary mobility kit includes a switch-inflator assembly and a removable sealant assembly. The switch-inflator assembly includes a pump motor and an electrical plug assembly having a cord portion and a plug. The plug is adapted for use in the vehicle's power unit. The housing includes a peripheral channel about which the cord portion of the electrical plug assembly is wrapped when the electrical plug assembly is not in use. A plug-receiving aperture is provided to receive and retain the plug when not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kimberly Anne Steele, Darryl L. Jones, Yingchao Guan
  • Patent number: 8920189
    Abstract: A power adapter including a wing deployment mechanism for retaining a wing in a first undeployed position and the second deployed position. One example may provide a housing, a spring, a spring cover, and the wing. In one example, the wing may be pivotally attached to the housing and the spring and the spring cover may be fixedly attached to the housing. The spring may contact a portion of the wing and may, in one example, apply a position dependent force to the wing that biases the wing towards either the first or the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Bartley K. Andre, Cesar Lozano Villarreal, Christopher J. Stringer, Mikael M. Silvanto, Ricardo A. Mariano
  • Publication number: 20140377983
    Abstract: A spool apparatus is described to include in one particular example a cable spool with a first cylindrical lip and a second cylindrical lip on an opposite side of the cable spool. A center of the spool includes a clutch bearing in the center of both the first cylindrical lip and the second cylindrical lip that provides a rotational axis for the cable spool to rotate around. The apparatus may also include a feed slot near the first cylindrical lip that provides a passage for cable to pass from the second cylindrical lip to the first cylindrical lip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Douglas N. Laube, Michael Woodford Freitas
  • Publication number: 20140370742
    Abstract: A power adapter including a wing deployment mechanism for retaining a wing in a first undeployed position and the second deployed position. One example may provide a housing, a spring, a spring cover, and the wing. In one example, the wing may be pivotally attached to the housing and the spring and the spring cover may be fixedly attached to the housing. The spring may contact a portion of the wing and may, in one example, apply a position dependent force to the wing that biases the wing towards either the first or the second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Bartley K. Andre, Cesar Lozano Villarreal, Christopher J. Stringer, Mikael M. Silvanto, Ricardo A. Mariano
  • Patent number: 8905780
    Abstract: One exemplary aspect comprises an apparatus comprising: (a) a first housing comprising an electrical plug; (b) a second housing comprising an electrical receptacle; and (c) a first electrical cord connecting the first housing to the second housing; wherein the second housing is configured to accept the electrical cord being wound around the second housing. In an exemplary embodiment, the apparatus further comprises a third housing comprising an electrical receptacle; and a second electrical cord connecting the second housing to the third housing; wherein the third housing is configured to accept the second electrical cord being wound around the second housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Quirky, Inc.
    Inventors: Kate Sarah Vallon, Jonathan Aaron Saxton
  • Patent number: 8908898
    Abstract: An earphone facilitating the tying and untying of an earphone wire comprises a speaker portion worn in both ears, a branch line portion having one side connected to the speaker portion, a joint part in which at least two branch lines are joined, a single line portion having one side connected to the joint part, a connection portion disposed at the other side of the single line portion to be connected to a terminal of a sound system, and a tying portion with which ties a folded earphone wire and having an elastic helical coil spring shape and a hollow tube shape. The tying portion also surrounds a part of outer surface of the single line portion and is capable of sliding along the single line portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Inventors: Sung Sik Im, Jong Soon Im
  • Patent number: 8894436
    Abstract: An expandable power connector comprises a frame, a power connector disposed on the frame, and a plurality of module sets lodged in the frame. Wherein, when the module sets are assembled to the frame, a polygonal expandable power connector is contributed. Accordingly, the number of sockets on each module set can be properly arranged. Applicable space between the adjacent sockets is also increased for bulky plugs. Due to the design that each module set with at least one socket is lodged in the frame, a new module set can substitute for the old module set while the socket thereon malfunctions. Therefore, the present invention promotes the convenience of using and maintenance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventor: Chuan-De Su
  • Patent number: 8870601
    Abstract: A USB connector module has a main member, two connectors, and two adapters. The main member has four recesses and four sockets on sidewalls of the recesses to detachably engage the connectors and the adapters. The connectors are connected through a cable, and the cable passes through a bore of the main member and is able to be squeezed in a slot of the main member. The connectors and the adapters are able to be pulled out for connecting to electronic devices or to be engaged with the main member for storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Rich Electronic Wire and Cable Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chang-Chi Lee
  • Patent number: 8872044
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for protecting a cable from damage and holding the cable in position with respect to an opening in a machine deck can include a first body portion with a first channel portion configured to receive a cable, a second body portion with a second channel portion configured to receive the cable, a hinge connecting the first and second body portions, and one or more flange portions connected to the first and/or second body portions and configured to support the body portions on a surface of a machine deck such that the cable is positioned at a predetermined angle. The first and second body portions can be pivotable with respect to one another about the hinge between a closed position in which the first and second channel portions can be substantially aligned and an open position in which the channel portions can be separated from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Curtis A. Nice
  • Publication number: 20140315423
    Abstract: A ceiling mounted extension cord that can be disposed in and HVAC diffuser and can be displaced from a ceiling mounted position to a deployed position for use. The extension cord can also be retracted upwardly adjacent the ceiling. The displacement of the cord may be by remote control.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventors: Theodore J. Cole, Douglas D. Sharp
  • Patent number: 8853541
    Abstract: An overhead electrical cord holder allows the user to safely operate a household appliance without tripping with the power cord. The power cord holder includes a hollow outer tube and an inner tube slide able inside the hollow outer tube. The inner tube includes an end protruding from the bottom end of the hollow outer tube. A rotatable mounting block is attached to the protruding end of the inner tube. The hooks are secured to the rotatable mounting block. The rotatable mounting block is rotatable with the inner tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Inventor: Glen Maurice Ingram, Sr.
  • Publication number: 20140295698
    Abstract: A cable assembly for connecting a portable electronic device to a host device includes an upstream connector section comprising a upstream connector housing, an upstream connector secured to the upstream connector housing, and a downstream connector section comprising a downstream connector housing, a first downstream connector secured to the downstream connector housing, and a second downstream connector secured to the downstream connector housing. The cable assembly further includes a main body section having an attachment mechanism comprising a through hole formed in the main body, the through hole including on one side a carabiner clip comprising a spring-loaded hinged inwardly movable outer portion completing the through hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: SCOSCHE INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventor: Christopher MCSWEYN
  • Patent number: 8848356
    Abstract: A memory card reader assembly for a device having a GPS component includes a housing having an exterior wall and defining two interior compartments. A jack for a memory card is secured within one compartment, and the housing includes a slot for enabling insertion of a memory card through the housing wall and into the jack. That compartment, including the slot, is sealed to prevent fluid entry into the compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Trail Tech, Inc.
    Inventor: Geoffrey Wotton
  • Patent number: 8834198
    Abstract: An electrical adaptor comprising a housing. A male electrical plug comprises a prong extending from the housing and is configured as a standard 120-volt male plug. The prong comprises a distal tip, and the distal tip forms an end to the male electrical plug. A female socket is electrically connected to the male electrical plug and comprises an electrical contact positioned in the housing. The female socket is configured to receive a standard 120-volt male plug. The electrical contact comprises a distal tip, and the distal tip forms an end to the female socket. At least one thermal indicator circuit is electrically connected to the male electrical plug and the female socket and is electrically positioned between an end of the male plug and an end of the female socket. The thermal indicator circuit is configured to actuate an alarm upon detecting a temperature at or above a threshold temperature without interrupting electrical flow between the male electrical plug and the female socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Inventor: Kevin O'Rourke
  • Patent number: 8822846
    Abstract: A cable holding structure includes a shielded cable that includes a center conductor and a shield conductor on an outer periphery of the center conductor, and a holding portion being electrically conductive, provided on a flat plate portion and configured to hold the shielded cable. The holding portion includes a through-hole aligned in a direction intersecting with the flat plate portion. The shielded cable is held by the holding portion such that at least the center conductor is enclosed in the through-hole and the shield conductor is electrically connected to the conductive holding portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Hitachi Metals, Ltd.
    Inventor: Ken Okuyama
  • Patent number: 8801458
    Abstract: An electrical cord can include a cord segment with an electrical connector. The connector can connect to a spool member of an electrical cord reel to form an electrical connection between the electrical cord and the electrical cord reel. The spool can have a recess that engages and/or mates with the connector. When the connector is in the recess, at least a portion of the connector can be flush with a cylinder surface of the spool. The connector can be secured in the recess with one or more fasteners (e.g., screws). The connector and recess can have members that act as the primary load bearing members when spooling and unspooling the electrical cord to inhibit the application of loads on the electrical connection during rotation of the spool member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Great Stuff, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Ceraldi, James B. A. Tracey
  • Patent number: 8802991
    Abstract: A power adaptor for portable electronic devices is positionable in an operational position and a travel position. In an operational position, an AC power connector is exposed for mating with a wall power plug. A DC power cable is extended from a spool. In a closed position, the AC power connector is retracted or removed. The DC power cable is wound around a spool and a cap is positioned thereon to cover the spool and DC power cable. What results is a sleek, featureless, outer surface in a closed position that makes the power adaptor easily stowed and transported.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Flextronics AP, LLC
    Inventors: Fang Hua, Richard Teltz
  • Patent number: 8794996
    Abstract: An example power adaptor is provided. In one aspect, the power adaptor may include a brick and a cable. The brick may further include a notch with an insert disposed therein. A portion of the cable may be inserted through a narrow portion of the insert and secured within a slot of the insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Yoshimichi Matsuoka
  • Patent number: 8771005
    Abstract: An electrical cord can include a cord segment with a receptacle. The receptacle can have a surface and apertures that accept a plug to form an electrical connection between the plug and wires of the electrical cord. A wear ring can be on the receptacle. The wear ring can be at least as large as the receptacle in a transverse cross-section. The wear ring can inhibit or prevent at least a portion of the surface from contacting a ground surface when the receptacle is on the ground surface or is dragged along the ground surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Great Stuff, Inc.
    Inventors: James B. A. Tracey, Edwin N. Kretzschmar, Richard Ceraldi
  • Publication number: 20140179154
    Abstract: A method of providing operating electrical power from a stationary power source to a mobile conveyor utilized in material handling at a mine site as the conveyor moves over a predetermined path at the site without having to move long lengths of cable as the conveyor moves away from the power source. The method utilizes a cable reel that features a power receptacle into which a cable connector can be easily plugged and unplugged.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: FLSMIDTH A/S
    Inventor: James Crowe
  • Publication number: 20140179153
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention disclose an adapter cord management assembly. According to one embodiment, the cord management assembly includes a housing and cord attached to the housing on a first end, while a connector portion is formed on a second end of the cord opposite the first end. Moreover, the connector portion includes a first attachment feature configured to mate with a corresponding second attachment feature incorporated within the housing of the adapter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Britt C. Ashcraft, Eric Chen
  • Patent number: 8758045
    Abstract: A cable assembly for connecting a portable electronic device to a host device includes an upstream connector section comprising a upstream connector housing, an upstream connector secured to the upstream connector housing, and a downstream connector section comprising a downstream connector housing, a first downstream connector secured to the downstream connector housing, and a second downstream connector secured to the downstream connector housing. The cable assembly further includes a main body section having an attachment mechanism comprising a through hole formed in the main body, the through hole including on one side a carabiner clip comprising a spring-loaded hinged inwardly movable outer portion completing the through hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Scosche Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher McSweyn
  • Patent number: 8734181
    Abstract: Electrical plug receptacle cover plate assembly with a flange plate positioned between a spool plate and a receptacle cover plate. A portion of the space between the flange plate and the spool plate is used to wrap excess cord, and rearward angular flanges are used to conceal the cord. In other embodiments, the receptacle cover plate may be recessed; the spool plate and receptacle cover plate may be combined; the flange plate may be provided over a combined spool plate and receptacle cover plate; and a combined flange plate and receptacle cover plate may be provided over a spool plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventor: Kevin Waggoner
  • Patent number: 8716602
    Abstract: Cable grommets for use with raised-floor tiles permit the passage of cables while simultaneously limiting the amount of cool air escaping from under-floor ducts and plenums. The cable grommet includes a floor tile mounting flange, one or more pairs of opposed, overlapping finger assemblies, and one or more pairs of opposed finger mounting flanges for coupling the finger assemblies to the underside of the floor tile mounting flange. The edges of the of the triangularly-shaped fingers are configured to flex around the cables while the interior core section remains generally rigid and parallel to the plane of the floor to restrict the loss of cooling air. Alternatively, the cable grommet includes a floor tile mounting flange and a finger panel defining a sinusoidal cut along its length and a plurality of intersecting short cuts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: Carl Cottuli, Manuel D. Linhares, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140120765
    Abstract: A distributor is proposed, comprising a power connection having a plug (1) and being connected to at least two socket connectors (3) via an electric conductor (2). In order to provide the highest level of variability concerning the extension length it is proposed that the socket connectors (3) are associated with separate sockets (4) which can be detachably interconnected or detachably connected to a housing (6) and which are each connected one to the other or to the housing (6) by an extension lead (5).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Inventor: Paolo Lombardo