One Coupling Part Of Unit Repositionable Relative To Another Thereof Patents (Class 439/640)
  • Patent number: 10474546
    Abstract: An oculink electronic device having a flexible circuit board includes an oculink connector, a first rigid circuit board, a second rigid circuit board and the flexible circuit board. The first rigid circuit board is connected with the oculink connector. The flexible circuit board is extended from the first rigid circuit board and the second rigid circuit board and disposed between the first rigid circuit board and the second rigid circuit board. Therefore, not only the assembling steps are reduced, but also the total length is significantly shortened. The rotatable characteristic is provided, and the space requirement of installation is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: APACER TECHNOLOGY INC.
    Inventors: Jiunn-Chang Lee, Chien-Pang Chen
  • Patent number: 9787040
    Abstract: The panel (220), the energy-saving switch (230), and the connector (240) may be formed in a separable module type corresponding to each of the power sockets (130). The separable module type increases usability, because it is possible to use the modules only for necessary ones of the plugs (P) in the power sockets (130) and not to insert them into the power sockets (130) without a plug (P) connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Inventor: Tae-Wan Roh
  • Patent number: 9660394
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a base segment having a signal port coupler configured to selectively conductively engage with a signal port. A first assembly includes a first segment movably coupled to the base segment and a second segment movably coupled to the first segment, and a second assembly includes a third segment movably coupled to the base segment and a fourth segment movably coupled to the third segment. The first, second, third, and fourth segments include receptacles configured to receive at least an electrically conductive portion of a device plug. An electrical connection assembly is disposed in the base, first, second, third, and fourth segments and is configured to selectively conductively engage the receptacles of the first, second, third, and fourth segments with a signal port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Q Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Jacob Daniel Zien, Jordan Diatlo, Kate Sarah Vallon, Steven Richard Remy, Richard Ganas, David Sutton, Nicholas Oxley
  • Patent number: 9124056
    Abstract: A 360° rotatable power grommet mounted in an aperture in a work surface, three vertical copper strips, each connected to a wire which passes through a base to connect to an electrical power source. The copper strips are mounted in a vertical shaft which connects to a base. There are one or more electrical receptacles having arms which rotate horizontally and close to form a central bore, the arms having inner surfaces which are molded with horizontal copper strips, the central bore clamping to the vertical shaft to transfer power from the vertical shaft to the horizontal copper strips, the central bore allowing each electrical receptacle to separately rotate 360° around the vertical shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Doug Mockett & Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Richard Lewis, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20150104980
    Abstract: A method is provided for mounting a plurality of cable connectors onto a panel that defines a plurality of target mounting locations. At least two of the plurality of cable connectors defines at least a pair of cable retaining apertures. The pairs of cable retaining apertures of a first one of the two cable connectors are spaced apart in a first direction, and the pair of cable retaining apertures of a second one of the two cable connectors are spaced apart in a second direction that is different than the first direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Charles M. Gross, Max Richard Page
  • Publication number: 20150064972
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an extension connector. The extension connector may include a first connector communicatively coupled to an in-vehicle connector associated with an automobile. The extension connector may further include a second connector that may be communicatively coupled to the first connector. The extension connector may further include a third connector that may be communicatively coupled to the first connector and the second connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Allan Bailey Jones
  • Publication number: 20150038019
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a triple extension adaptor including a cover forming a plurality of socket ports in different shapes, a bottom assembled with the cover, a receipt compartment within the bottom and with an opening at side, a rotary plug within the receipt compartment wherein a overload tripping switch is used along with a capacitor and a surge arrestor for safety. An earth connection is for effective earthing of German or French plugs while the rotary plug can connect to an electrical wire or a wall socket. The present invention can accommodate multiply plugs in different shapes, connect to a power supply wire as extension cord for either construction or household by user and have an earth lip at the surface for receiving the German or French plugs with earth connection for advantages of reducing inventory and industrial application of non-permanent sockets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: XYZ SCIENCE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: CHIU-SAN LEE, YI-HSUN LEE
  • Patent number: 8926372
    Abstract: A multiple plug sliding adapter is disclosed. A first connector with a first terminal block is connected to an upstream cable. The first terminal block is also connected to a downstream first connector plug. A transform adapter is movably coupled to the first connector, and includes a first connector socket receptive to the first connector plug. An extension that spatially offsets the second connector from the transform adapter is connected to the first connector socket, and extends from the transform adapter. A second connector with a second terminal block is connected to the extension and a downstream second connector plug. The first connector plug and the second connector plug conform to different configuration standards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Scosche Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher Michael McSweyn
  • Patent number: 8926371
    Abstract: A detachable handle includes a body, a connector, a pivot joint, and a transmission element. The body includes a plurality of I/O ports. The pivot joint connects the body to the connector for switching a rotational angle between the body and the connector. The transmission element embedded in the body electrically connects the I/O ports to the connector. The pivot joint includes a first pivot plate and a second pivot plate pivoted to each other. A terminal of the first pivot plate is fixed to the body, and a terminal of the second pivot plate is fixed to the connector. An electronic device using the detachable handle is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Quanta Computer Inc.
    Inventors: Chen Tseng, Yu-Chieh Liang, Chi-Fu Chen
  • Patent number: 8911259
    Abstract: A power supply module includes a sidewall, a socket detachably mounted to the sidewall, and a latch rotatably connected to the sidewall. An opening is defined in the sidewall. The socket includes a base engaging in the opening, and a mounting plate abutting an outer surface of the sidewall. A block is formed on the outer surface of the sidewall adjacent to a side of the opening, to abut a first side of the mounting plate. The latch is capable of being rotated to abut a second side of the mounting plate opposite to the first side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co. Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Lei Liu, Guo-Yi Chen
  • Patent number: 8784130
    Abstract: The present invention includes a back feed meter adapter having one or more electrical sockets disposed of the exterior surface for accepting a plug from an alternative electrical power generator in installations that include an existing electrical utility service panel. The sockets of the back feed meter can be rotated relative to the internal couplers such that it can be easily positioned relative to the back feed connections coming from the alternative electrical power generator. The back feed meter adapter can also include an electrical switch for coupling/decoupling the electrical sockets from the electrical meter, the electrical service panel, or the electrical power utility grid to which the back feed meter adapter is coupled. The back feed meter adapter can include a window for visual confirmation of the electrical switch state. Various functionality of the back feed meter adapter can be monitored or controlled via a wireless network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Solarcity Corporation
    Inventors: Damien Scott, Ben Tarbell, Julian Ryba-White, Peter Rive, Eric Carlson
  • Patent number: 8777671
    Abstract: A multi-direction adjustable connector joint structure includes a coupler, a first connection joint, a second connection joint, and a plurality of signal connection wires. The coupler has an end forming a longitudinal joint section for coupling the first connection joint to allow the first connection joint to effect adjustment through longitudinal displacement and an opposite end forming a lateral joint section for coupling the second connection joint to allow the second connection joint to effect adjustment through lateral displacement. The first connection joint is provided with a first connector. The second connection joint is provided with a signal transmission cable. The signal connection wires electrically connect between the first connector and the signal transmission cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Inventor: Kui-Hsien Huang
  • Publication number: 20140187079
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a base segment having a signal port coupler configured to selectively conductively engage with a signal port. A first assembly includes a first segment movably coupled to the base segment and a second segment movably coupled to the first segment, and a second assembly includes a third segment movably coupled to the base segment and a fourth segment movably coupled to the third segment. The first, second, third, and fourth segments include receptacles configured to receive at least an electrically conductive portion of a device plug. An electrical connection assembly is disposed in the base, first, second, third, and fourth segments and is configured to selectively conductively engage the receptacles of the first, second, third, and fourth segments with a signal port.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: Quirky Incorporated
    Inventors: Jacob Daniel Zien, Jordan Diatlo, Kate Sarah Vallon, Steven Richard Remy, Richard Ganas, David Sutton, Nicholas Oxley
  • Patent number: 8753128
    Abstract: A method and apparatus couple portable communication devices. The apparatus (100) can include a coupling mechanism (130) including a first coupling mechanism connector (131) and a second coupling mechanism connector (132) mechanically coupled to the first coupling mechanism connector. The second coupling mechanism connector can be movable relative to the first coupling mechanism connector. The apparatus can include a first portable communication device (110) including a first portable communication device connector (112) detachably coupled to the first coupling mechanism connector. The apparatus can include a second portable communication device (120) including a second portable communication device connector (122) detachably coupled to the second coupling mechanism connector. The second portable communication device can be configured to communicate with the first portable communication device and move relative to the first portable communication device when coupled to the coupling mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Rachid Alameh, Thomas Gitzinger, Paul Steuer
  • Publication number: 20140106624
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a socket having rotary plug structure which comprises a housing and a rotary plug exposed outside the housing. At least a first socket is coupled to the rotary plug thereby allowing an electric equipment to be inserted. The rotary plug includes a rotation part and a ground pin fastened in the rotation part. A fasten pin is formed in the rotation part, wherein the distanced defined from the center point of the ground pin to the center point of the fasten pin is 38.9 mm±10%. With the mentioned structure, the socket having rotary plug structure is enabled to be fastened onto a socket panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: POWERTECH INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yu-Lung LEE, Yu-Hsuan CHEN
  • Publication number: 20140073191
    Abstract: A compliant mount for use in a connector or connection adapter is disclosed. The compliant mount may be used in a connection between a portable electronic device and another electronic device, such as a docking station. A compliant mount connector adapter may include a first end connector engageable with a portable device and a second end connector engageable with another device, the first and second end connectors coupled with a compliant mount allowing movement of the first end connector engaged with the portable device relative to the second end connector when engaged within the other electronic device. The compliant mount may include any or all of: elastomers, springs, torsion bars, elastomers, rigid members or housing, ball and socket joints, resilient bendable members, and dongles to allow for controlled resistance to bending or torsional forces applied to the portable device when connected to the other electronic device with the connector adapter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ian P. Colahan, Paul J. Thompson, Michael J. Webb
  • Patent number: 8585444
    Abstract: A power strip device includes a casing and a plurality of socket modules. The casing has a casing body and a plurality of aligned retaining parts formed in the casing body. The socket modules are disposed respectively in the retaining parts. Each of the socket modules has a main body and a socket unit that is formed in the main body. The main body of at least one of the socket modules is movable between a first position to be aligned with the main body of the rest of the socket modules, and a second position to be misaligned with the main body of the rest of the socket modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventor: Hung-Cheng Chang
  • Patent number: 8491343
    Abstract: A socket assembly includes a base and a number of sockets. The base includes a bottom wall and two sidewalls. A conductive base is formed on the bottom wall and forms at least two conductive pieces parallel to the sidewalls. An extension plate extends from the top of one of the sidewalls toward the other sidewall. A number of cutouts are defined in the bottom surface of the extension plate. Each socket includes a main body and a fixing member mounted on the top of the main body. The manipulation of the fixing member allows the repositioning of a socket within the base, or the removal of a socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jun-Hui Wang, Li-Ren Fu, Han-Bing Zhang, Al-Ling He
  • Patent number: 8480416
    Abstract: A device is provided for establishing an electrical connection between an electrical plug and an electrical socket. The device includes a first body and a second body coupled together to move between a stowed configuration in which the first body and second body are substantially aligned in a common plane and a deployed configuration in which one end of the first body and one end of the second body cooperate to form a device socket for the electrical plug and in which the other end of the first body and the other end of the second body cooperate to form a device plug for the electrical socket. Methods of making a device for establishing an electrical connection between an electrical plug and an electrical socket are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Aviiq IP Inc
    Inventors: Cezanne-Simon Farris-Gilbert, Alan Chun-Ye Yeung
  • Patent number: 8477505
    Abstract: The present invention provides a peripheral device with limited relative angular movement. The peripheral device is configured for detachable operative interconnection with a computing device and comprises a first portion, a second portion, and an operatively connected peripheral device component. The first portion includes a first hinge portion, which defines an axis of rotation, and comprises a first protrusion and a second protrusion. The first protrusion is disposed axially separated at a predetermined distance from the second protrusion. The second portion includes a second hinge portion, which is operatively interconnected with the first hinge portion to allow the first portion and the second portion to rotate relative to one another about the axis of rotation between a first angle and a second angle. The peripheral device component provides one or more peripheral device functions. The first angle and the second angle at least in part are defined by the first protrusion and the second protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: NETGEAR, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Richard John Samuels, Mark Andrew Timmerman, Edwin Sy Liu
  • Publication number: 20120329331
    Abstract: A USB connector is disclosed, which includes a first insulating body, a second insulating body, a plurality of first and second terminals, a first cover, and a second cover. A first module is defined by the first insulating body, the first terminals, and the first cover. A second module is defined the by second insulating body, the second terminals, and the second cover. The first and second modules are movably coupled relative to each other, for using independently or jointly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2012
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Inventors: WEN-YUNG LIAO, WEN-FU LIAO, SHENG-HSIN LIAO
  • Publication number: 20120276781
    Abstract: A collective connectors housing includes a first housing having a connector insertion opening to receive one or more connectors and configured to hold the one or more connectors in the connector insertion opening so as to be movable in a first direction perpendicular to a connector insertion direction; and a second housing having a housing insertion opening to receive the first housing and configured to hold the first housing so as to be movable in a second direction perpendicular to both the connector insertion direction and the first direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2012
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Applicant: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventor: Yoshiharu Nishijima
  • Patent number: 8277226
    Abstract: An electric connector connecting one plug with several sockets in a housing, arranged to allow rotating the plug relative to the housing, as well as linearly moving the plug along the housing, while keeping the connector functional. The plug pins are movably connected to round flat tracks, which are movably connected to linear tracks that are connected via straps to the corresponding sockets' slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Inventor: Alon Almouli
  • Patent number: 8277257
    Abstract: A connector connectable to a plurality of receptacles of different specifications is provided while a connector of the prior-art configuration is not adapted for the connection with such receptacles. The connector includes: a connector body; and a connector portion partially inserted in the connector body and partially projected from the connector body. The connector portion includes: a first connector block that is singularly capable of mating with a receptacle conforming to a first specification but is singularly incapable of mating with a receptacle conforming to a second specification; and a second connector block that is disposed on the first connector block and combined with the first connector block to be capable of mating with the receptacle conforming to the second specification. The second connector block is free to slide on the first connector block 21 and to be inserted in the connector body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Renesas Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: Yutaka Noguchi
  • Patent number: 8274786
    Abstract: An I/O housing holds an I/O port and is pivotable between a housed position, wherein the I/O housing is held snugly flat in a chassis of the computer, and an extended position, wherein the port end of the housing is distanced from the chassis. The I/O housing can mechanically engage an I/O device with the port establishing communication between the I/O device and the computer processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Richard Sapper, Peter Geoffrey Gaucher, Howard Jeffrey Locker, Michael Terrell Vanover, Shigeki Mori, Tomoyuki Takahashi, Hidenori Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 8247746
    Abstract: A connector for incorporation into a heater system for inlet struts includes a body having a tapered forward end and an opposite rear end. A plurality of forward electrical terminals are formed on the outer surface of the tapered end. A plurality of rearward electrical terminals are formed on the rear end of the body. The rearward electrical terminals are in electrical connection with the forward electrical terminals. The forward electrical terminals on the tapered end are in electrical contact with a plurality of electrical contacts connected to heating elements formed in a heating mat. The heating mat entirely envelops the connector. The heater mat is formed within a substantially rigid outer shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Phillip Emerson Alexander, David R. Lyders, John Vontell, George Alan Salisbury
  • Publication number: 20120156937
    Abstract: An electric connector connecting one plug with several sockets in a housing, arranged to allow rotating the plug relative to the housing, as well as linearly moving the plug along the housing, while keeping the connector functional. The plug pins are movably connected to round flat tracks, which are movably connected to linear tracks that are connected via straps to the corresponding sockets' slots.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Inventor: Alon ALMOULI
  • Patent number: 8157574
    Abstract: A power strip has a stationary base, at least one rotating base, at least one pintle and a power cable. The at least one rotating base is mounted rotatably on the stationary base. Each of the at least one rotating base has a top surface facing along a Z-axis and at least one socket mounted on the top surface and selectively covered by the stationary base by rotating each of the at least one rotating base to align with the stationary base. The at least one pintle faces along the Z-axis and rotatably connects the at least one rotating base to the stationary base. The power cable is mounted on the stationary base. The socket may be covered to prevent malfunction and shorting problems due to dust accumulation on the socket and prevent penetration by objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Rite-Tech Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Feng-Shen Hsiao
  • Patent number: 8142199
    Abstract: An electric connector connecting one plug with several sockets in a housing, arranged to allow rotating the plug relative to the housing, as well as linearly moving the plug along the housing, while keeping the connector functional. The plug pins are movably connected to round flat tracks, which are movably connected to linear tracks that are connected via straps to the corresponding sockets' slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Inventor: Alon Almouli
  • Patent number: 8118616
    Abstract: An adaptor device for an electrical outlet featuring a base plug unit having standard electrical outlet components; three standard slots disposed in the front surface of the base plug unit and two standard prongs disposed in the back surface of the base plug unit, the slots and prongs are configured opposite each other in orientation; two side plugs pivotally attached to the sides of the base plug unit, each side plug having slots identical to those of the base plug unit, wherein the side plug units can pivot to a pivot angle with respect to the base plug unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Inventor: Silva L. J. Clark
  • Patent number: 8096817
    Abstract: An electrical plug connector includes a rotary assembly, an electrical plug assembly having a live prong assembly, a neutral prong assembly, and a ground prong assembly and capable of rotating with respect to a first predetermined axis, and a linkage portion between the rotary assembly and the electrical plug assembly for linking the live prong assembly, the neutral prong assembly, and the ground prong assembly. The linkage portion is configured to enable the live prong assembly, the neutral prong assembly, and the ground prong to rotate with respect to a first predetermined axis simultaneously. When not so linked the three prongs may be folded into receiving spaces on the plug connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Powertech Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yu-Lung Lee, Jung-Hui Hsu, Ming-Chou Kuo, Mei-Ju Lin
  • Patent number: 8057264
    Abstract: This Utility Model is a multi-purpose plug. It includes a pedestal (1) which is used to connect with the electric equipment. Its feature is that it also includes a number of different-typed plug connectors (2) which are detachably connected with the described pedestal (1). This multi-purpose plug includes a number of different types of plug connectors. They are suitable for various sockets thus making them more convenient to use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Shun Shing Standard Corporation Development Ltd.
    Inventor: Hok Man Lam
  • Publication number: 20110230102
    Abstract: A connector connectable to a plurality of receptacles of different specifications is provided while a connector of the prior-art configuration is not adapted for the connection with such receptacles. The connector includes: a connector body; and a connector portion partially inserted in the connector body and partially projected from the connector body. The connector portion includes: a first connector block that is singularly capable of mating with a receptacle conforming to a first specification but is singularly incapable of mating with a receptacle conforming to a second specification; and a second connector block that is disposed on the first connector block and combined with the first connector block to be capable of mating with the receptacle conforming to the second specification. The second connector block is free to slide on the first connector block 21 and to be inserted in the connector body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2011
    Publication date: September 22, 2011
    Applicant: Renesas Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: Yutaka Noguchi
  • Patent number: 7874853
    Abstract: A converter has a casing and a plug. The casing has a mounting recess, multiple position posts, multiple conductive slices and multiple mounting protrusions. The mounting recess is formed in the casing. The position posts are formed on and protrude from the mounting recess. The conductive slices are mounted around the position posts. The mounting protrusions are formed on the mounting recess. The plug is detachably mounted on the casing and has an escutcheon, an engaging protrusion and multiple terminals. The escutcheon covers the mounting recess. The engaging protrusion is formed on the escutcheon, is mounted in the mounting recess and has a position groove and multiple holding grooves. The position is annular formed in the engaging protrusion and is mounted around the position posts. The holding grooves are formed on the engaging protrusion and engage the mounting protrusions. The terminals are formed on the escutcheon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignees: Buffalo, Inc., Unifive Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yung-Hsu Chiang, Hiroshi Ozaki
  • Patent number: 7819701
    Abstract: A rotatable electrical plug connector includes a main body and an auxiliary plug which is rotatably coupled to the main body. The main body is provided with fixed electrical terminals, the auxiliary plug is provided with electrical blades, and the rotatable electrical plug connector has electrical connection members connecting the electrical terminals and the electrical blades. The auxiliary plug is rotatable relative to the main body, and may be fixed to the main body at any predetermined position. At each predetermined position and during rotation of the auxiliary plug, the electrical blades and the electrical terminals are electrically connected at all times. A rotatable electrical plug connector according to embodiments of the present invention is suitable to connect to power supply is sockets at convenient engagement positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Volex Pte Ltd
    Inventors: Yue Xue Xia, Mui Lian Jessica Toh, Chee Foo Richard Loh
  • Patent number: 7815471
    Abstract: An electrical interconnection device (100) includes a first connector (1) having an insulated housing (14) and at least a pogo type contact (15) mounted to the insulated housing; a second connector (2) having base portion (20) and a terminal (25) assembled to the base portion, said terminal having an arc-shaped mating segment; and the first connector pivotally linked to the second connector, with the insulated housing of the first connector disposed adjacent to the base portion of the second connector, the contact (15) pressing onto and sliding along the mating segment of the terminal (25) while the first connector and the second connector are swiveled with respect to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jerry Wu
  • Patent number: 7811136
    Abstract: A pivot plug connector has a cable mount, a pivoting member, a rotating member and a plug head. The cable mount is mounted on a cable. The pivoting member is connected pivotally to the cable mount. The rotating member is connected rotatably to the pivoting member. The plug head is mounted on the rotating member. When plugged into a socket connector, the pivot plug connector pivots and rotates to change its configuration and prevent interfering with nearby plug connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignees: Advanced Connectek Inc., Advanced Connectek (Japan) Ltd.
    Inventors: Juchu Hsieh, Nakahara Tomomi
  • Patent number: 7789711
    Abstract: An electrical interconnection device (100) includes a first connector (1), a second connector (2) electrically connected to the first connector via a number of wires (26); a hinge member (3) including a first engaging portion (30) connected with a second engaging portion (32), said first engaging portion fixed to the first connector, the second engaging portion pivoted with the second connector; and a positioning member (305) unitarily formed with the hinge member, said positioning member selectively engaged with corresponding positioning grooves (202) of the second connector while the first connector and the second connector rotated with respect to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jerry Wu
  • Patent number: 7771239
    Abstract: A power receptacle device has a stationary base and at least one rotating base. The at least one rotating base is mounted rotatably in the stationary base and has at least one socket. The at least one socket is covered when the rotating base is rotated to a position to prevent users from touching the at least one socket and getting electric shock. Further, because the at least one rotating base is rotatable, the at least one socket on the at least one rotating base is exposed and accessible when the at least one rotating base is turned out from the at least one rotating base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Rite-Tech Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Feng-Shen Hsiao
  • Patent number: 7753684
    Abstract: A connecting device includes at least one connector and a base. The connector includes a connecting slot for electrically connecting to an electronic device, a first pivoting structure disposed on the connecting slot, and a first positioning structure disposed on the connecting slot. The base includes at least one second pivoting structure pivoted to the first pivoting structure so that the connector is capable of rotating relative to the base, at least one second positioning structure for connecting with the first positioning structure so as to fix the connector and the base, and at least one pin set electrically connected to a circuit board and the connector so as to transmit signals between the circuit board and the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: Micro-Star Int'l Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chia-Ming Chuang
  • Patent number: 7736189
    Abstract: The invention provides a rotatable bearing base for fixing a peripheral electronic unit. The rotatable bearing base of the invention includes a pivot and a bearing portion. The pivot has two end surfaces and a lateral surface. A first connecting portion is disposed on one of the end surfaces for electrically connecting an electronic apparatus. At least a second connecting portion is disposed on the lateral surface for electrically connecting the peripheral electronic unit. Additionally, the bearing portion is elongated from the lateral surface. The peripheral electronic unit leans against the bearing portion when it is electrically connected to the second connecting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Asustek Computer Inc.
    Inventors: Chun-Kai Chan, Li-Hsiang Liao, Fou-Ming Liou, Chih-Peng Wu
  • Publication number: 20100130065
    Abstract: An electrical connector for providing electrical communication between a fixed structure (13) of an aircraft and a movable component (19) mechanically connected to the fixed structure, wherein the electrical connector is arranged to he mechanically connected to the fixed structure at a rust end of the connector and is arranged to be mechanically connected to the movable component at a second end of the connector, the electrical connector comprising a first telescopic element (17), at least a portion of which is electrically conductive and which is arranged to provide a first current path between the fixed structure and the movable component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2008
    Publication date: May 27, 2010
    Applicant: AIRBUS UK LIMITED
    Inventor: Phillip Vincent Teague
  • Patent number: 7670190
    Abstract: An electrical interconnection device (100) includes a first connector (10), a second connector (20) defining a positioning member (25), a connecting member (30), a cover (50) enclosing the first connector and the second connector to combine therebetween and a restricting member (40) assembled to the first connector. The connecting member (30) electrically connects the first connector with the second connector. The restricting member (40) comprises a plate (41) mounted to the first connector and an elastic portion (44) connected to the plate, said elastic portion has at least two elastic arms spaced from one another, the elastic arms being selectively locked into positioning grooves (253) of the positioning member, while said first connector and second connector are swiveled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hou-Yu Shi, David Ko
  • Patent number: 7661992
    Abstract: A safe power plugging mechanism is configured on a power base with a pivot joint, wherein a male plug with conducting plates at its inside is configured on the pivot joint and is electrically connected with the pivot joint. A half-tile-shaped insulating tile configured outside the pivot joint axis is integral with the enclosure of the male plug, and partly encloses the pivot joint axis. A power connection plate is configured inside the power base to electrically connect the conducting plates of the male plug when the male plug is turned to a specific angle. The safe plugging mechanism also includes a female plug, which is configured at its inside with two conducting poles fitting the conducting plates of the male plug. The safe power plugging mechanism adopts a method of electric connection through a pivot joint axis which maintains connection at a specific angle and insulation at other angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Assignee: Cord-It Limited
    Inventor: Hing Wai Michael Ma
  • Patent number: 7645169
    Abstract: A mountable power strip includes first and second arm sections, at least one of which includes a plurality of electrical receptacles. The arm sections are coupled together for relative rotational movement between an open position for receipt of an object therebetween, and a closed position for clamping engagement with the object. The first and second arm sections are spring biased toward the closed position. The spring-biasing of the arm sections provides a clamping force for mounting the power strip to an object. The arm sections generally have the same dimensions and configuration and are coupled together between opposite end portions of each arm section. One of the end portions of each arm section defines a handle grip. Alternatively, a long handle integral with the first arm section extends generally linearly from the coupling and a short lever arm integral with the second arm section extends generally linearly from the coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Assignee: Axland Comec, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Axland, Ian D. Kovacevich, Kevin J. Dahlquist, Daniel Lee Bizzell, Cheryl Axland
  • Patent number: 7625241
    Abstract: A mountable power strip includes a first arm section having a plurality of electrical receptacles defining a “strip” of electrical receptacles. The mountable power strip further includes a coupling assembly that is configured to couple the first arm section to a second arm section such that the first and second arm sections are configured for rotational movement relative to each other about an axis of the coupling assembly. The first and second arm sections are offset a distance along the axis of the coupling assembly such that the first and second arm sections are configured to transition between, a first configuration, in which the first and second arm sections do not overlap each other when viewed along the axis of the coupling assembly, and a second configuration, in which the first and second arm sections overlap each other when viewed along the axis of the coupling assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Assignee: Axland Comec, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Axland, Ian D. Kovacevich, Kevin J. Dahlquist, Daniel Lee Bizzell, Cheryl Axland
  • Patent number: 7625242
    Abstract: A mountable power strip includes: a first arm section; a second arm section; a lever arm connected to the second arm section; and a coupling assembly configured to couple the first and second arm sections together such that the first and second arm sections are configured for relative rotational movement between an open position for receipt of an object therebetween; and a closed position wherein the first and second arm sections are closer to one another than when in the open position for clamping engagement with the object. The first arm section includes a plurality of electrical receptacles positioned adjacent each other along an extent of the first arm section such that the plurality of electrical receptacles form a “strip” of electrical receptacles. Methods of use include mounting a power strip to an object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Assignee: Axland Comec, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Axland, Ian D. Kovacevich, Kevin J. Dahlquist, Daniel Lee Bizzell, Cheryl Axland
  • Patent number: 7618292
    Abstract: An audio plug adapter has a sleeve, an audio plug assembly rotatable coupled to the sleeve, a female connector received in the sleeve and a cable interconnected between the audio plug assembly and the female connector. The sleeve has a first coupling means formed the radial direction thereat, and a supporting platform extended outwardly and formed with a groove. The audio plug assembly has a rotatory base, an audio plug having a soldering portion received in the rotatory base and a contact portion, and a second coupling means formed on the rotatory base and perpendicular to the audio plug, which is rotatable coupled to the first coupling means of the sleeve. The contact portion of the audio plug of the plug assembly can be rotated received in the groove of the supporting platform of the sleeve to prevent that the contact portion is scraped by external force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Assignee: Cheng Uei Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chu Geng Lin, Ming Chia Chi, Ter-Hua Hsu
  • Publication number: 20090258542
    Abstract: The invention provides a rotatable bearing base for fixing a peripheral electronic unit. The rotatable bearing base of the invention includes a pivot and a bearing portion. The pivot has two end surfaces and a lateral surface. A first connecting portion is disposed on one of the end surfaces for electrically connecting an electronic apparatus. At least a second connecting portion is disposed on the lateral surface for electrically connecting the peripheral electronic unit. Additionally, the bearing portion is elongated from the lateral surface. The peripheral electronic unit leans against the bearing portion when it is electrically connected to the second connecting portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2009
    Publication date: October 15, 2009
    Applicant: ASUSTek Computer Inc.
    Inventors: Chun Kai CHAN, Li Hsiang LIAO, Fou Ming LIOU, Chih Peng WU
  • Patent number: RE41698
    Abstract: A box adaptor with a revolvable socket dome is introduced to have a housing and at least a dome structure. The housing further include a bracket plate. The dome structure further includes a collar shaft at one end for forming a revolvable pair with the bracket plate and a dome surface at another end. At least a socket is constructed to a rim of the dome surface, with a facing direction perpendicular to the dome surface. By providing the engagement of the collar shaft and the bracket plate, the socket can change its facing direction as the respective dome structure revolves about the bracket plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Inventors: Yi-Te Chiang, Hsueh-Lan Lin