With Storage Means For Flaccid Conductor Patents (Class 439/501)
  • Patent number: 8690600
    Abstract: An electronic device protective case with a built-in capability to have a connector or cable that enables it to interface to power and communication sources without the need for a separate cable. The connector can be an AC connector for power, or a DC connector for power and/or signals, such as an universal serial bus (USB) connector or similar connector. The connector or cable can the move between a stowed position within the protective case housing and a deployed positions where it is external to said case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Inventor: Giorgio Zeolla
  • Publication number: 20140094054
    Abstract: A data and charging cable includes a body portion having a form factor substantially like that of a credit card, including a slot extending from a first end of the body portion toward a second end of the body portion. The cable includes an elastomeric tongue having a proximal end pivotably attached to the first end of the body portion and a distal end removably attached to the body portion by a detent mechanism. A first plug is located at the second end of the body portion, with a first set of contacts configured to be inserted into a first electronic device. A second plug is located at the distal end of the tongue, with a second set of contacts configured to be inserted into a second electronic device. A conductive path extending between the first and second sets of contacts is configured to transmit data and electrical power.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Inventors: Noah M. Dentzel, Adam C. Miller
  • Publication number: 20140065875
    Abstract: An apparatus including at least two longitudinally extending guides configured to be coupled to opposite side surfaces of a power supply unit such that, when coupled to the power supply unit, the guides cooperate with the power supply unit to form a channel between the guides, at least one end of each of the guides defining a recess in the at least one end that is configured to receive and retain a part of a flexible portion of an electrical power cord and to cooperate with the power supply unit to retain the power cord in a wrapped arrangement substantially within the channel, and a retention element cooperating with the recess to receive and retain the part of the flexible portion of the electrical power cord.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventor: Leonard I. Frenkil, Sr.
  • Publication number: 20140030910
    Abstract: A mobile outlet apparatus and process for providing electrical current by means of a clamp-on outlet extender attached to an object and connected to a stationary source of electric current is provided. A description of several possible clamping systems for attaching the mobile outlet to an object is provided, as well as a description of different voltage conversion and outlet options on the mobile outlet. In one configuration the mobile outlet is particularly designed to provide a flat profile and to allow quick attachment and detachment by means of a ratchet system. The mobile outlet is also designed to allow attachment of various faceplates for purposes of decor matching and branding purposes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Inventor: Michael C. Carpanzano
  • Patent number: 8637772
    Abstract: An electric cord securing device includes an attaching member and a securing member coupled to a body. The attaching member, during use, attaches the body to a selected location on the exterior of a electric cord. The securing member, during use, secures the body to an external structure or at least one other portion of the electric cord. Additionally, an electric cord includes at least one flexible conductor encased by a insulating sheath. One or more securing members are disposed on the exterior of the sheath. The securing members secure the portion of the cord proximate the securing member to at least one other portion of the electric cord or an external structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Inventor: Bryan Anderton
  • Patent number: 8632358
    Abstract: The invention relates to a connection device (100, 101, 102, 103) for a solar module (400), the connection device (100, 101, 102, 103) having a housing (110, 111, 112, 113) and a contacting means (180), arranged in the housing (110, 111, 112, 113), for contacting a contact element (430) of the solar module (400). The connection device (100, 101, 102, 103) is distinguished by a blind mating connector (120, 150) arranged on the housing (110, 111, 112, 113) without an electrical connection to the contacting means (180), onto which connector a plug-and-socket connector (220, 250) can be plugged. The invention furthermore relates to a solar module with such a connection device (100, 101, 102, 103).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Amp GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Leonhard, Bernd Kosch, Kristopher Salzmann
  • Patent number: 8633386
    Abstract: A cable management device includes a shell, a driving assembly and a cover. The shell includes a first coil winder and a second coil winder. The driving assembly is slidably fixed to the shell, the driving assembly including a sliding rack and a rotating rack. The cover is releasably latched to the shell. The cable assembly includes a first end, a second end and a coil section. The first end is fixed to the driving assembly, the second end is fixed to the shell. The coil section is wound onto the first coil winder and the second coil winder. When the driving assembly is slid out of the shell, the driving assembly stretches the coil section, and the rotating rack rotates relative to the sliding rack, bending the cable assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xin-Hu Gong, Si-Wen Shu, Ju-Wen Dai
  • Patent number: 8606068
    Abstract: The invention relates to a cable housing (1) for receiving optical fibers and fibers (28b) of a fiber optic cable (28a), comprising at least one locking element (15a, 15b) and at least one passage (16a, 16b) for the fibers (28b), wherein the locking element (15a, 15b) can be moved into at least one open and one closed state, wherein the fibers (28b) are held in the passage (16a, 16b) in the closed state, and a method for receiving optical fibers and fibers (28b) of a fiber optic cable (28a) in a cable housing (1), comprising the following process steps: a) disposing the locking element or elements (15a, 15b) in the open state; b) winding the fibers (28b) about the passage (16a, 16b); and c) disposing the locking element or elements (15a, 15b) in the closed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: ADC GmbH
    Inventor: Scott David Lee
  • Patent number: 8591252
    Abstract: An adjustable connector system for use in an appliance is provided, wherein the adjustable connector system includes a channel disposed on a surface of the appliance, an access aperture defined by a surface adjacent the channel, and a utility enabled connector at least partially received in the channel, and extending from the access aperture, wherein the utility enabled connector includes an elongated member configured to at least partially extend along the channel, and extend from the access aperture, and an interface adapted to supply at least one utility to a modular appliance configured to be removably attached to one of a plurality of removable attachment locations on the appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Paul B. Allard, Douglas D. LeClear, Karen J. Querfurth, Andrew M Tenbarge, John Vonderhaar, Michele Wilcox
  • Patent number: 8560014
    Abstract: An adapter is provided for a communication device. The adapter includes an elongated hollow shell and a foldable adapting element. The foldable adapting element includes an input half part and an output half part pivotally rotatable with each other between an expansion accommodating position and a fold operation position. The output half part includes an output port for a transmission connector in the communication device. The input half part includes a set of power input ends corresponding to the power output port in the back cover mobile power source of the communication device. When located in the fold operation position, the output port can be plugged into the transmission connector, and the power input ends can be correspondingly connected to the power output port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Taer Inno Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Li-Ming Hu, Yu-Chun Lu, Chih-Sheng Wang, Shih-Chin Huang
  • Patent number: 8545260
    Abstract: A base is capable of containing a data cable, the data cable having a first plug, a second plug and a transmitting wire connecting the first plug and the second plug. The base includes a housing defining an opening; and a receiving member and a winding member positioned on the inner surface of the housing. The first plug is capable of protruding out of the housing via the opening, the transmitting wire is capable of being wound around the winding member, and the second plug is capable of being received in the receiving member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Cong-Bing Zhou, Tai-Shan Zhu
  • Publication number: 20130244475
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system, method, and apparatus for charging electronics with a universal serial bus (USB) charging cable connected to a USB port. The USB port is located entirely behind a wall having a wall outlet. The USB charging cable and its connectors can easily be retracted into the wall for storage or extended outside the wall to a USB powered device. A plurality of USB charging cables can be installed in one wall outlet, such as one USB charging cable having a Micro-USB plug and one USB charging cable having an Apple 30 pin connector. The wall outlet can also have an AC outlet as well, such that the wall outlet can charge most electronic devices sold in the market today. The wall outlet allows the user to charge USB powered devices even when the user does not have his USB cord with him.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Inventors: Hamid Sayadi, Rodolfo Garza
  • Patent number: 8529287
    Abstract: An apparatus including at least two longitudinally extending guides configured to be coupled to opposite side surfaces of a power supply unit such that, when coupled to the power supply unit, the guides cooperate with the power supply unit to form a channel between the guides, at least one end of each of the guides defining a recess in the at least one end that is configured to receive and retain a part of a flexible portion of an electrical power cord and to cooperate with the power supply unit to retain the power cord in a wrapped arrangement substantially within the channel, and a retention element cooperating with the recess to receive and retain the part of the flexible portion of the electrical power cord.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Inventor: Leonard Frenkil
  • Patent number: 8517761
    Abstract: An apparatus including a power supply unit, and a plurality of extensions extending outwardly from opposing side surfaces of the power supply unit, the extensions cooperating with the power supply unit to form a channel between the extensions, wherein at least one end of each of the plurality of extensions defines a recess in the at least one end that is configured to receive and retain a part of a flexible portion of an electrical power cord.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Inventor: Leonard Frenkil
  • Patent number: 8517760
    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: March 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kimberly Ann Steele, Darryl L. Jones, Yingchao Guan
  • Patent number: 8517772
    Abstract: The cable contains a cable member, a first connector electrically connected to an end of the cable member, a split member electrically connected to the other end of the cable member and having at least a second connector, at least an adaptors capable of electrically connecting to the second connector; and a joint member having a ring element for joining to the cable member and at least an extension element for joining to the adaptor. The cable, with the first connector and the other connectors on the adaptors, can be used to interface various appliances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Inventor: Sung-Chiang Wu
  • Patent number: 8513521
    Abstract: An electronic device enclosure includes a main enclosure, a cable holding device received in the main enclosure, and a cable which held by the cable holding device in different orientations. A first positioning slot and a second positioning slot are defined in the cable holding device. The cable is guided out of the cable holding device in one or more predetermined directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (WuHan) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xiang Zhang, Cai-Hong Zou, Qiu-Hua Peng, Zhi-Guo Zhang
  • Patent number: 8491330
    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: February 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Scosche Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher McSweyn
  • Patent number: 8491329
    Abstract: An electrical outlet assembly includes: a housing having an upper casing and a bottom casing, the upper casing having a plurality of openings, the upper casing and the bottom casing being assembled with each other to form a receiving room; a switch module, having a switch, a surge arrester and a first casing, the switch being electrically connected with the surge arrester; at least one electrical outlet module, having a second casing; a cable set disposed in the receiving room, the cable set being electrically connected with the switch module and the electrical outlet module; wherein the switch module and the electrical outlet module are respectively disposed in the openings, and the switch module and the electrical outlet module are arranged on the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Powertech Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jung-Hui Hsu
  • Patent number: 8485842
    Abstract: A connector includes an electric cable, an electric connecting portion that includes a case body in a rectangular shape and a circuit board, and has, on the circuit board, a line connecting portion electrically connected to a line of the electric cable, and a cable fixing portion to which the electric cable is fixed, a flat-type connector case that has a housing space housing the electric connecting portion and the electric cable, an opening in which the case body is integrally mounted, and an extension hole from which the electric cable is extended into the housing space, and is fixed to an intermediate portion of the electric cable, and a slide member that is slidably disposed in the housing space, and includes, on one surface side, a cable bending shape defining portion that defines a bending shape of the electric cable which is housed in the housing space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Takeshi Oue, Masanori Suzuki
  • Publication number: 20130175415
    Abstract: The Hair Appliance Valet is a mobile six sided container that operates, organizes, holds and stores hair dryers, curling irons, straightening irons and other gadgets used to style hair. There are several sphere shaped cylinders the largest of which specifically operates the hair dryer. The specific cylinder for the hair dryer includes a pressure switch or electronic eye sensor that eliminates the electrical current to the hair dryer when the hair dryer is placed in the cylinder, thereby shutting the hair dryer off automatically. When the hair dryer is picked back up it automatically resumes function. The balance of cylinders holds the hair curling irons, straightening irons and gadgets with corresponding electrical outlets. Below the electrical outlets are multiple apparatuses designed to wrap and hold the appliance cords in place. There is one main retractable power supply cord for the entire unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Inventor: Elizabeth Mathieu
  • Publication number: 20130171866
    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: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: GREAT STUFF, INC.
    Inventor: Great Stuff, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130171865
    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: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: GREAT STUFF, INC.
    Inventor: GREAT STUFF, INC.
  • Patent number: 8465318
    Abstract: The present invention is a cord organizer device that includes a horizontal base surface, spools to receive and control one or more power cords from one or more electrical devices, a plate with a distal end disposed on the top of the spools to label the spools and the power cords, holding clips that are disposed on the sides of the spools to secure the power cords against the horizontal base surface. There is also a cover that is disposed over the spools, the plates and the holding clips to protect and to hide the spools, the plates and the holding clips, a power strip to provide power to the device that is secured by a fastener to the horizontal base surface and a mounting hole to mount the device against a vertical surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Inventor: Terry Lee Kartes
  • Publication number: 20130122739
    Abstract: An adjustable connector system for use in an appliance is provided, wherein the adjustable connector system includes a channel disposed on a surface of the appliance, an access aperture defined by a surface adjacent the channel, and a utility enabled connector at least partially received in the channel, and extending from the access aperture, wherein the utility enabled connector includes an elongated member configured to at least partially extend along the channel, and extend from the access aperture, and an interface adapted to supply at least one utility to a modular appliance configured to be removably attached to one of a plurality of removable attachment locations on the appliance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2013
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Applicant: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Whirlpool Corporation
  • Publication number: 20130115804
    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: August 8, 2012
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Applicant: QUIRKY, INC.
    Inventors: KATE SARAH VALLON, Jonathan Aaron Saxton
  • Patent number: 8435069
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for producing a USB cable capable of being fed out of and returned to a cable reel is disclosed along with a cable reel that houses the cable and provides connectivity for the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Telefonix, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul C. Burke, James L. DuBois
  • Publication number: 20130102186
    Abstract: A power strip includes a main body, a reel, a power line, and a power cord, and a plug. The main body includes a top wall defining an outlet, a bottom wall, and a first and a second sidewalls. A pole perpendicularly extends from the bottom wall adjacent to the first sidewall. A first conductive portion electrically connected to the power line extends from the pole toward the second sidewall. The reel includes a core positioned between the first and second sidewalls and rotatably mounted to the second sidewall, and a second conductive portion mounted to the core and rotatably connected to the first conductive portion. The power cord is electrically connected to the first conductive portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: LI-REN FU, WEN-SEN HU
  • Publication number: 20130081736
    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: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
  • Publication number: 20130084734
    Abstract: The present invention is a wire winding device structure, which provide a convenient to use multi function wire winding device, comprising: a box body, insulating disc, rotary disc, volute spring, upper cover; said rotary disc has a wire winding annular groove on its perimeter, at the bottom several metal spring piece correspondingly contacting to each metal annular tablet, at front side with swing arm and stopping post, the upper cover with inner guiding groove and outer guiding groove, wire fixing groove; through above means providing unwinding and rewinding earphone wire function, in the mean time, retaining normal signal transmission performance, achieving an effect of flexible wire length for earphone and convenient to user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2011
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Inventor: Chuan-Te Su
  • Patent number: 8399769
    Abstract: A cable management system and method of use integrated with the cable in general, a coiled cable; a bendable elongated member positioned on one section of the cable; a cover material to affix the elongated member to the cable; wherein the bendable elongated member integrated with the one section of the cable is configured to wrap around the coiled cable and, thus, functions to maintain the coiled cable in an organized manner ready for a subsequent use with minimum risk of cord entanglement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Inventor: Jay Thomas Doll
  • Patent number: 8398428
    Abstract: A reel for connecting a cable to the reel and power connections that includes a winding reel housing that has a biasing member and a connection assembly. The assembly is received in the housing and has an insulator with two recesses, a return barrel terminal and a power barrel terminal. One of the insulator recesses receives a return barrel terminal and the other insulator recess receives a power barrel terminal. The return barrel terminal is connected to a return contact, and the power barrel terminal is connected to a power contact. The power contact is connected to a power output member and the return contact is connected to a return output member. The return barrel terminal is rotatable with the return contact while maintaining electrical contact with the return contact and the power barrel terminal is rotatable with the power contact while maintaining electrical contact with the power contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Amphenol Corporation
    Inventor: Lonnie L. Fisher
  • Publication number: 20130051080
    Abstract: The present invention provides an assembly for providing electrical power to an electrical device. The assembly includes a receptacle including an electrical connector for connection to a power supply, a length of an electrical cable that is contained within the receptacle and that is coupled to the electric connector, wherein the length of electrical cable is retractably extendable from within the receptacle. In an embodiment, the electrical cable is electrically connectable to a mains power supply to transmit electrical power from the supply to one or more electrical connectors mounted to the receptacle. In another embodiment, the assembly includes a releasably connectable power distribution board and in another embodiment the assembly includes a releasably connectable light emitting device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Applicant: DEMAIN TECHNOLOGY PTY LTD
    Inventors: Benjamin Luke VAN DER LINDE, David Leigh SCRIMSHAW, Paul Francis CONNOR, Paul MILLER, Ben EYERS, Sion NETZLER, Lucas LASTMAN
  • Patent number: 8360802
    Abstract: An adjustable connector system for use in an appliance is provided, wherein the adjustable connector system includes a channel disposed on a surface of the appliance, an access aperture defined by a surface adjacent the channel, and a utility enabled connector at least partially received in the channel, and extending from the access aperture, wherein the utility enabled connector includes an elongated member configured to at least partially extend along the channel, and extend from the access aperture, and an interface adapted to supply at least one utility to a modular appliance configured to be removably attached to one of a plurality of removable attachment locations on the appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Paul B. Allard, Douglas D. LeClear, Karen J. Querfurth, Andrew M. Tenbarge, John J. Vonderhaar, Michele E. Wilcox
  • Publication number: 20130023148
    Abstract: Extension socket (8) with cord storage and dispensing system. Socket (8) comprises a housing (9) with upper housing (10) lower housing (20), a wiring and contact mechanisms lower housing (20) by which pins of a plug make electrical contacts with socket unit (18), an electrical plug (50) and cable cord (40) connecting the wiring and contact mechanisms within the housing (9) when upper housing (10) and lower housing (20) are coupled together, a receiving track (30) is formed between the walls of the upper housing; upper housing (10) has outlet port (36, 37) for cable cord (40) the bottom plate (21) of lower housing (20) has spaced apart projecting blocks with a passage (38 FIG. 4). Retainer (32) included to hold the cable cord in place in receiving track and/or the passage (38) between two adjacent projecting blocks (33).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2009
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Inventor: Wang Han Yap
  • Publication number: 20120329314
    Abstract: A rotary connector device includes a stator, a rotator rotatable relative to the stator, a base ring arranged between the stator and the rotator, a flexible flat cable (14), and a rotating roller. The flexible flat cable (14) has a conductor part (14a), and is configured to electrically connect the stator side and the rotator side to each other. The rotating roller is rotatably supported on the base ring, and brings an outer circumferential surface thereof into contact with the flexible flat cable (14), thereby guiding it. The rotating roller is molded by using a die. When a plane including a parting line that is formed at the outer circumferential surface of the rotating roller at a time of the molding is defined as an imaginary plane (90), the imaginary plane (90) is perpendicular to an axis of the rotating roller and does not overlap the conductor part (14a) of the flexible flat cable (14).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Applicants: FURUKAWA AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS INC., FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ryoichi Adachi
  • Publication number: 20120322296
    Abstract: An apparatus including a power supply unit, and a plurality of extensions extending outwardly from opposing side surfaces of the power supply unit, the extensions cooperating with the power supply unit to form a channel between the extensions, wherein at least one end of each of the plurality of extensions defines a recess in the at least one end that is configured to receive and retain a part of a flexible portion of an electrical power cord.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Inventor: Leonard Frenkil
  • Publication number: 20120322297
    Abstract: An apparatus including at least two longitudinally extending guides configured to be coupled to opposite side surfaces of a power supply unit such that, when coupled to the power supply unit, the guides cooperate with the power supply unit to form a channel between the guides, at least one end of each of the guides defining a recess in the at least one end that is configured to receive and retain a part of a flexible portion of an electrical power cord and to cooperate with the power supply unit to retain the power cord in a wrapped arrangement substantially within the channel, and a retention element cooperating with the recess to receive and retain the part of the flexible portion of the electrical power cord.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Inventor: Leonard Frenkil
  • Patent number: 8324503
    Abstract: A home theatre cable and cord organizing apparatus including a cable and cord storage compartment having a mounting flange, a power strip receiving port, a removably attachable access plate composed of a material to which paint will adhere, and a plurality of mounting clips. The mounting flange in cooperation with the mounting clips allow for easy installation once an appropriately sized hole is created. With the storage compartment secured in place, the user has an opening from which to access and manage all necessary connection cables and power cords. Once all connections are made, the access plate can be removably attached to the storage compartment providing an aesthetic concealment of the connection cables and power cords until the user needs access at a later time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Inventors: Robert Pastoriza, Daniel Lozano
  • Publication number: 20120295472
    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: May 18, 2011
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Applicant: SCOSCHE INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventor: Christopher MCSWEYN
  • Publication number: 20120276774
    Abstract: A reel for connecting a cable to the reel and power connections that includes a winding reel housing that has a biasing member and a connection assembly. The assembly is received in the housing and has an insulator with two recesses, a return barrel terminal and a power barrel terminal. One of the insulator recesses receives a return barrel terminal and the other insulator recess receives a power barrel terminal. The return barrel terminal is connected to a return contact, and the power barrel terminal is connected to a power contact. The power contact is connected to a power output member and the return contact is connected to a return output member. The return barrel terminal is rotateable with the return contact while maintaining electrical contact with the return contact and the power barrel terminal is rotateable with the power contact while maintaining electrical contact with the power contact.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Applicant: Amphenol Corporation
    Inventor: Lonnie L. FISHER
  • Patent number: 8298003
    Abstract: A multi-functional adaptation winder is provided, which includes a wiring part, a transmission connector, a tapping part, at least one adapter and a connecting kit. The transmission connector is connected with an outlet wire at one end of the wiring part. The tapping part is provided with at least one connector which is connected with an outlet wire at the other end of the wiring part. The adapter is plugged into the connector of the tapping part and is provided with at least one attaching hole at an external portion thereof. The connecting kit is provided with at least one attaching segment and a spigot. The spigot is connected with the tapping part, and the attaching segment is matched with the attaching hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Inventor: Sung-Chiang Wu
  • Patent number: 8292656
    Abstract: A power outlet organizer for an intravenous pole assembly may include a housing, at least one electrical outlet, an electrical cord, a biasing member, a support mechanism and a fastener. The electrical cord may include a first end portion electrically connected to the at least one electrical outlet and a second end portion electrically connected to an electrical plug. The electrical cord may be movable between a retracted position within the housing and an extended position for connecting the electrical plug to a wall socket. The biasing member may be configured to move the electrical cord to the retracted position. The support mechanism may include an elongated support structure carried by the housing and a plurality of brackets configured on the elongated support structure. Each bracket may be adapted for receiving a power cord of a medical device therein to preclude scattering thereof on a floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Inventor: Michael Mydlarz
  • Publication number: 20120252261
    Abstract: A multi-functional adaptation winder is provided, which includes a wiring part, a transmission connector, a tapping part, at least one adapter and a connecting kit. The transmission connector is connected with an outlet wire at one end of the wiring part. The tapping part is provided with at least one connector which is connected with an outlet wire at the other end of the wiring part. The adapter is plugged into the connector of the tapping part and is provided with at least one attaching hole at an external portion thereof The connecting kit is provided with at least one attaching segment and a spigot. The spigot is connected with the tapping part, and the attaching segment is matched with the attaching hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Inventor: SUNG-CHIANG WU
  • Publication number: 20120238132
    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: February 22, 2012
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Inventor: Christopher McSweyn
  • Patent number: 8263867
    Abstract: A vertical cable manager includes a pair of side members, one or more midsection members connected between the pair of side members, and a lashing bar assembly connected to the one or more midsection members. The lashing bar assembly includes a base and a lashing bar mountable relative to the base, thereby forming at least one loop for cable management.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Chatsworth Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Jose Arturo Garza, Daniel Alaniz, D. Brian Donowho, Joshua James Young, Wayne Arnold Zahlit
  • Patent number: 8261416
    Abstract: A cord management system includes a strap. The strap has a first set of magnets attached to a first location on the strap and a second set of magnets attached to a second location on the strap. The strap also includes at least two modes of operation. In a first mode of operation, the first set of magnets is magnetically attached to the second set of magnets so that a first segment of the strap located between the first set of magnets and the second set of magnets forms a loop configured to secure a cord that is wrapped around the strap. In a second mode of operation, the first set of magnets is magnetically detached from the second set of magnets so that the first segment no longer forms the loop. The strap is also configured to be coupled to an object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: CJD LLC
    Inventors: Wayne Rothbaum, Allison S. Conner, Robert B. Curtis, Jonas K. Damon, Daniel A. Sanchez
  • Publication number: 20120220162
    Abstract: A base is capable of containing a data cable, the data cable having a first plug, a second plug and a transmitting wire connecting the first plug and the second plug. The base includes a housing defining an opening; and a receiving member and a winding member positioned on the inner surface of the housing. The first plug is capable of protruding out of the housing via the opening, the transmitting wire is capable of being wound around the winding member, and the second plug is capable of being received in the receiving member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., FU TAI HUA INDUSTRY (SHENZHEN) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: CONG-BING ZHOU, TAI-SHAN ZHU
  • Patent number: 8246380
    Abstract: A connecting device includes a cable transmitting a signal, a carrier receiving the cable, a sliding member slidable on the carrier, and a resilient component. The carrier includes a first side plate and a second side plate opposite to the first side plate, and a fixing post is secured in the carrier adjacent to the first side plate. The resilient component is secured to the fixing post and the sliding member, and the cable runs between the fixing post and the sliding member, wherein the resilient component is elastically deformable between a first state and a second state. In the first state, the resilient component is in an original state, substantially all of the cable is in the carrier, and the sliding member abuts the second side plate. In the second state, the resilient component is in elastically deformed, substantially all of the cable is exposed from the carrier, and the sliding member slides adjacent to the first side plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chung-Cheng Hsieh, Li-Ping Chen
  • Patent number: 8241058
    Abstract: A reel for connecting a cable to the reel and power connections that includes a winding reel housing that has a biasing member and a connection assembly. The assembly is received in the housing and has an insulator with two recesses, a return barrel terminal and a power barrel terminal. One of the insulator recesses receives a return barrel terminal and the other insulator recess receives a power barrel terminal. The return barrel terminal is connected to a return contact, and the power barrel terminal is connected to a power contact. The power contact is connected to a power output member and the return contact is connected to a return output member. The return barrel terminal is rotateable with the return contact while maintaining electrical contact with the return contact and the power barrel terminal is rotateable with the power contact while maintaining electrical contact with the power contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Amphenol Corporation
    Inventor: Lonnie L. Fisher