Battery Charging Patents (Class 455/573)
  • Patent number: 10270270
    Abstract: The embodiments set forth a technique for coordinating notifications across computing devices placed onto a wireless charging apparatus. According to some embodiments, the technique can involve the wireless charging apparatus (1) receiving, from a first computing device, first information that includes (i) a first unique identifier (ID) associated with the first computing device, and (ii) one or more unique IDs that are each associated with a respective auxiliary computing device known to the first computing device. Subsequently, the wireless charging apparatus can receive, from a second computing device, second information that at least includes a second unique ID associated with the second computing device. Finally, the wireless charging apparatus can, in response to determining that the second unique ID is included in the one or more unique IDs, and cause both the first and second computing devices to display respective notifications in a coordinated manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Brandon R. Garbus, Christopher C. Jensen, Alexei E. Kosut
  • Patent number: 10263441
    Abstract: The present invention provides an electronic device case with a charging mechanism configured to provide backup power to an electronic device. The charging mechanism harvest kinetic energy provided by the user to generate electric current for charging the electronic device, for example in an emergency situation. The charging mechanism includes a spring-loaded retractable handle which when pushed drives a gear set, which in turn drives a dynamo to generate electric current. The case provides a charging connector which is adapted to mate with a charging port of the electronic device to supply the generated electric current for charging the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventor: Gabriel Aslan
  • Patent number: 10256663
    Abstract: A solar charging electronic device case for protecting and charging electronic devices includes a housing. A panel is coupled to and extends between opposing sides, a top and a bottom of the housing. A microprocessor, configured to reversible couple to an electronic device, is positioned in a first compartment between the panel and a back face of the housing. A cover is reversibly and sealably couplable to a front face of the housing, which is open, to define a second compartment that is complementary to the electronic device. The control buttons and a touch screen of the device are operable by a user. Solar cells are coupled to the housing and operationally coupled to the microprocessor. A coating, which is flexible and substantially transparent, encases the solar cells. An electric current generated by the solar cells is directed by the microprocessor to a battery of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventor: Richie Singh
  • Patent number: 10250075
    Abstract: Provided is a power receiving apparatus including: a contact power receiving unit configured to receive power with use of a wired transfer path via a connecting terminal; a contactless power receiving unit configured to receive power with use of a wireless transfer path via contactless coupling with a power supply apparatus; and a control unit configured to determine whether or not power is receivable by the contact power receiving unit and the contactless power receiving unit to control charging of power supply. According to the above embodiment, in a case where power is receivable by both the contactless power receiving unit and the contact power receiving unit, the control unit controls a rechargeable battery to be allowed to be charged with power received by the contact power receiving unit, and communication with the power supply apparatus to be allowed via the contactless coupling with the power supply apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Katsuya Nakano
  • Patent number: 10220106
    Abstract: A mobile phone charger with a sterilization UV LED may include: a charger case having a space formed therein and including a mobile phone stand formed at the front surface thereof; and one or more first UV LEDs installed at one side of the space of the charger case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: SEOUL VIOSYS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jong Rack Kim, Dae Wong Suh, Seong Min Lee, Ik Hwan Ko
  • Patent number: 10218219
    Abstract: A coil device comprises a first coil, a second coil, a first conductor, and a first film. The second coil is disposed inside an inner boundary line of the first coil. The first conductor is disposed between the inner boundary line of the first coil and an outer boundary line of the second coil to dissipate heat. The first film is disposed on upper surfaces of the first coil, the second coil, and the first conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chul Kyu Kim, Han Kim, Kyung Hyun Park, Ki Won Chang, Jung Wook Seo, Jae Suk Sung
  • Patent number: 10211678
    Abstract: A wireless charging apparatus and a wireless charging method are provided. The method includes selecting at least one of a wireless power reception mode and a wireless power transmission mode by a wireless charging apparatus, wirelessly receiving electric power when the wireless power reception mode is selected, and wirelessly transmitting electric power when the wireless power transmission mode is selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Sung-Bum Park
  • Patent number: 10205824
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a wireless power supply that wirelessly provides power to a cellular device having an embedded subscriber identification module (eSIM) while the cellular device is placed adjacent to the wireless power supply, a radio, and a processor programmed to control the radio to wirelessly provide a subscriber identification module (SIM) profile to a cellular device for loading into the eSIM while the wireless power supply wirelessly provides power to the cellular device. A cellular device includes an eSIM, a radio that wirelessly receives a SIM profile, a battery, and a secondary power supply configured to be wirelessly energized when placed adjacent to a wireless power supply. The secondary power supply supplies power to the radio while it receives the SIM profile and to the eSIM while the cellular device loads a SIM profile into the eSIM. The battery subsequently supplies power to the eSIM.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: National Instruments Corporation
    Inventor: Tim Hentschel
  • Patent number: 10177800
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a mobile terminal, and in particular to a mobile power bank and a combined terminal device formed by splicing the mobile power bank and the mobile terminal. The mobile power bank comprises a display screen, a storage battery located below the display screen, and a casing for holding the display screen and the storage battery. The mobile power bank is generally flat-plate shaped with a front surface and a back surface. Both an area of a display region of the display screen and an area of an occupied region of the storage battery are not less than 70% of the front surface area. A volume of the storage battery can be increased without changing the thickness of the storage battery, providing an extended charging service for mobile phones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignees: ZHEJIANG GEELY HOLDING GROUP CO., LTD, ZHEJIANG GEELY AUTOMOBILE RESEARCH INSTITUTE CO., LTD
    Inventor: Shufu Li
  • Patent number: 10158934
    Abstract: A system includes a plurality of earpiece sets, each of the earpiece sets comprising a left earpiece and a right earpiece and a smart case. The smart case includes a case housing, a plurality of receptacle sets disposed within the case housing, wherein the receptacle sets are configured to hold the plurality of earpiece sets, a processor disposed within the case housing, and a transceiver disposed within the housing and operatively connected to the processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Inventor: Peter Vincent Boesen
  • Patent number: 10145898
    Abstract: A system for authenticating a rechargeable battery and for detecting counterfeit batteries includes battery characteristics detection circuitry and a battery. Battery characteristics detection circuitry performs an authentication routine on the battery such that battery characteristics of the battery are measured. Battery characteristics include state of health, state of charge, internal resistance, relaxation time, and impedance. The battery is validated by comparing the battery characteristics to validation parameters provided by a manufacturer. If battery characteristics are within ranges of the validation parameters, then the battery is authenticated as originating from a particular manufacturer or batch. If validation fails, then the device is disabled or protected. In one example, validation parameters are stored and compared locally on a device. In another example, the device communicates battery characteristics to a remote entity that performs the validation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Active-Semi, Inc.
    Inventors: Wayne Chen, Lawrence Blackledge
  • Patent number: 10142747
    Abstract: A heating assistance device for a user comprising a housing, a three dimensional electronic substrate disposed in the housing, the substrate adapted to conform to a battery of the hearing assistance device and hearing assistance electronics mounted to the substrate. Various embodiments include a flexible antenna configured to conform around a portion of the substrate, and spring loaded electrical contacts on the substrate, the contacts configured to mechanically engage and electrically connect to the flexible antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Starkey Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Helgeson, Jeffrey Paul Solum, David Tourtelotte, Beau Jay Polinske
  • Patent number: 10089168
    Abstract: Self-healing charging devices and techniques for identifying and/or troubleshooting causes of performance degradation in user devices are described. A charging device described herein can receive first data from a user device connected to the charging device and analyze the first data to determine diagnostic data associated with the user device. Based at least in part determining the diagnostic data, the charging device described herein can provide an indication via at least one of the charging device or the user device, the indication signifying available actions that can be taken to improve performance of the user device. The charging devices described herein can enable users to easily identify issues causing and/or leading to performance degradation on their user devices and remedy and/or prevent problems that cause the performance degradation while corresponding user devices are charging via the charging devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: T-Mobile USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel E. Herb, Ahmad Arash Obaidi, Jonathan Soini
  • Patent number: 10091568
    Abstract: A portable speaker assembly includes a first shell that may insertably receive an electronic device. The first shell is comprised of a rigid material to protect the electronic device from impact damage. A second shell is slidably coupled to the first shell such that each of the first shell and the second shell form a case. The second shell insertably receives the electronic device. The second shell is comprised of a rigid material to protect the electronic device from impact damage. An audio unit is coupled to the case to emit audible sounds outwardly from the case. The audio unit is in wireless electrical communication with the electronic device thereby facilitating the audio unit to receive an audio signal from the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Inventor: Tahjier Hammary
  • Patent number: 10084344
    Abstract: A control method of a wireless power transmitter for transmitting charging power to a wireless power receiver is provided. The control method includes receiving setting information from the wireless power receiver, determining a load variation of the wireless power receiver for a set time period, and determining that the wireless power receiver is a charging target, if the load variation of the wireless power matches the received setting information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Kyung-Woo Lee, Kang-Ho Byun, Hee-Won Jung
  • Patent number: 10083105
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for advising a user when an energy storage device in a computing system needs charging. State of charge data of the energy storage device can be measured and stored at regular intervals. The historic state of charge data can be queried over a plurality of intervals and a state of charge curve generated that is representative of a user's charging habits over time. The state of charge curve can be used to generate a rate of charge histogram and an acceleration of charge histogram. These can be used to predict when a user will charge next, and whether the energy storage device will have an amount of energy below a predetermined threshold amount before the next predicted charging time. A first device can determine when a second device typically charges and whether the energy storage device in the second device will have an amount of energy below the predetermined threshold amount before the next predicted charge time for the second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Cyril de la Cropte de Chantérac, Phillip Stanley-Marbell, Kartik Venkatraman, Gaurav Kapoor
  • Patent number: 10084328
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a charging assembly of a mobile terminal. Disclosed is a charging assembly of a mobile terminal, comprising: a charger; and a mobile terminal. The charger comprises: an upper case forming a top surface and a side surface; and a lower case, coupled to the lower portion of the upper case, for forming an inner space in which parts are embedded. The mobile terminal is seated in the charger and chargeable by being electrically connected to the charger. In a plurality of areas within the inner space, magnetic elements are arranged, and in the mobile terminal, a metal member is arranged in such a manner that at least a part thereof is arranged in an area which overlaps or is adjacent to the magnetic element so that the metal member is attached to the magnetic element due to attraction with the magnetic element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Taehoon You, Shin Han, Kyungtae Yang, Siyoung Park, Hyunseok Oh
  • Patent number: 9998238
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a mobile device, comprising: a radio receiver configured to receive a radio signal; a power receiving unit (PRU) configured to receive a wireless charging signal from a power transmission unit (PTU) configured to charge the mobile device; a wireless broadcast receiver configured to receive a harmonic of the wireless charging signal during charging of the mobile device; a frequency manager configured to scan for a frequency of the harmonic and to detect a fundamental frequency of the wireless charging signal based on the scanned harmonic; and a mitigation module configured to mitigate a harmonic content of the wireless charging signal in the received radio signal based on the detected fundamental frequency of the wireless charging signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Intel IP Corporation
    Inventors: Yossi Saada, Christoph Schultz, Ron Rotstein
  • Patent number: 9985469
    Abstract: A display apparatus and a controlling method thereof are provided. The display apparatus includes a power supply configured to supply power to the display apparatus using one of a battery or AC power and a controller configured to, in response to a mode of the display apparatus being a standby mode, control the power supply to supply power to standby power to the display apparatus using the battery. The display apparatus may reduce power consumption in a standby mode by half.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kun-hee Jo
  • Patent number: 9964992
    Abstract: A computer docking station for supporting a portable computer includes a body with a cradle portion configured to support a portion of the portable computer, and an arm portion spaced from the cradle portion. A latching member is coupled with the arm portion and movable between a first position relative to the arm portion, in which the portable computer can be removed from the docking station, and a second position relative to the arm portion, in which the portable computer cannot be removed from the docking station. The computer moves the latching member from the second position to the first position, in a direction toward the cradle portion, as the computer is inserted into the docking station and the latching member automatically moves from the first position to the second position, in a direction away from the cradle portion, as the computer is fully inserted into the docking station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Gamber-Johnson LLC
    Inventor: Matthew S. Tarnoff
  • Patent number: 9949268
    Abstract: According to an embodiment of the disclosure, a portable communication device includes a first communication module, a second communication module, and a control module. The first communication module can communicate with a first network wirelessly via a first protocol. The second communication module can communicate wirelessly via a second protocol. The control module can control the first communication module and the second communication module. When the portable communication device starts recharging while communication by the second communication module is disable, the control module can permit the second communication module to connect with at least one external device in a first mode. During the second communication module sets in the first mode, the external devices can communicate wirelessly via the second communication module and the first communication module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventor: Kaoru Kuroki
  • Patent number: 9917469
    Abstract: A number of variations may include a phone charger assembly that may include a housing assembly that may include a retainer body, a housing, a housing liner, a vent, and trim which may be constructed and arranged to house a cell phone. The housing may be dimensioned to store a multitude of cellphones in a vertical position. The phone charger assembly may further include a pawl assembly that may include a pawl ratchet, a plurality of screws, a pawl, and a release wherein the pawl assembly is constructed and arranged to raise and lower the housing within the phone charge assembly. Additionally, the phone charger assembly may include a gear rail assembly which may include at least one gear rail and at least one dampener. The gear rail assembly and pawl assembly may be constructed and arranged to raise and lower the housing within the phone charge assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Timothy A. Kiester, Jason C. Bone
  • Patent number: 9915988
    Abstract: An accessory associated with a wireless device includes a first interface configured to communicate with the wireless device using a wired communication technique and a second interface configured to communicate with the wireless device using a wireless communication technique. The accessory further includes a data storage device and a controller coupled to the first interface, to the second interface, and to the data storage device. The controller is configured to activate the first interface in response to a message received via the second interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: Manohar Prasad Kashyap, Eyal Felix Hakoun, Vadim Shain
  • Patent number: 9912363
    Abstract: A short-range wireless communication apparatus is disclosed. The short-range wireless communication apparatus comprises: multiple connection devices and a control device. The connection devices are capable of simultaneously connecting multiple communication interfaces to a communication counterparty apparatus to enable sound data transfer. When the control device determines that, in cases where the communication interfaces are communicably connected, there arises a request to start outputting the sound data transferred by one of the communication interfaces, the control device disconnects another one of the communication interfaces while keeping the one of the communication interfaces connected and causes a sound data output device to output the sound data transferred from the communication counterparty apparatus by the one of the communication interfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ryuuji Sakata
  • Patent number: 9871453
    Abstract: A feedback signal stabilized by a capacitor and related to an output voltage of a power converter is used to acquire the output power information of the power converter, and a control circuit uses a second clock not related to the switching frequency of the power converter to count a duration time of the feedback signal being higher than a threshold. When the duration time is higher than a preset time, an abnormal output power of the power converter is distinguished and the power converter will be turned off. The feedback signal will not vary severely even if the output terminal of the power converter is interfered, and the counted duration time will not be influenced when the switching frequency is changing caused by a load changing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Richtek Technology Corp.
    Inventor: Isaac Y. Chen
  • Patent number: 9800084
    Abstract: A solar powered case for charging electronic devices is provided. The solar powered case includes a housing having a body, a back panel and a front panel. The back panel and the front panel include apertures that define interactive members of an electronic device. Solar panels are incorporated into the body of the housing. A circuit board is coupled to the solar panel. The circuit board is incorporated into the body of the housing and is integrally attached to the solar panel. An output jack extending from the circuit board is removably attached to the electronic device. A Meter Light is disposed on the surface of the housing. The Meter Light indicates the strength of a light source used to power the solar panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Inventor: Joachim Rybkiewicz
  • Patent number: 9785428
    Abstract: An internal software updating method, apparatus, system, mobile terminal, and computer-readable storage medium are provided. According to methods in the embodiments of the present invention, a network connection condition between the mobile terminal and a server and a current running mode of the mobile terminal in a regular time interval is detected and, according to the detected network connection condition and the running mode of the mobile terminal, it is determined whether to perform an update processing on the internal software installed in the mobile terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: UC MOBILE LIMITED
    Inventors: Jie Liang, Yongfu Yu, Xiaopeng He, Shunyan Zhu, Weizhong Jiang
  • Patent number: 9787113
    Abstract: Charging apparatuses are provided for charging mobile devices while sterilizing the mobile devices via UV illumination. Such a charging device can include a charging apparatus case having a slot structured to receive a mobile device. The front and rear surfaces of the mobile device are exposed to inner walls of the slot; and at least one UV light source can irradiate UV light onto the front and rear surfaces of the mobile device, which are exposed to the inner walls of the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Seoul Viosys Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jong-Rack Kim, Seong-Min Lee
  • Patent number: 9760116
    Abstract: A docking station for a tablet device includes a security frame that is releasably connected to a pedestal. An upper head portion of the pedestal is rotatable through three degrees of freedom to allow for angular adjustment of the frame as it retains a tablet device. Electrical conductivity is maintained through the rotational connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Mobile Tech, Inc.
    Inventor: Hunter Wylie
  • Patent number: 9698623
    Abstract: An integrated mobile phone case and charger for providing both a protective casing for a mobile device which includes an integrated solar cell for charging the battery of the mobile device therein comprises a case body defined by a front piece and a back piece, with the back piece including solar cells, electrical wiring, and a charging port. The front piece and back piece are configured to releasable attached to each other to form an enclosure in which a mobile phone or other mobile device is placed and secured. The solar cells electricity to be generated to be supplied to the battery of a mobile device disposed in the integrated mobile phone case and charger. A thermoelectric cooler and an electronics control unit may additionally be included in the case body to enable selective charging and cooling of a mobile device with the generated electricity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Inventors: Michael Adams, Renee Adams, Raziq Yaqub
  • Patent number: 9653925
    Abstract: A power transmission device includes a reception unit configured to receive, from each of a plurality of power reception devices as power transmission objects, identification information for identification of the power reception device, a device determination unit configured to determine, based on the identification information, whether each of the power reception devices is a registered device that has been registered beforehand, and a power transmission unit configured to transmit power to the registered device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takehiro Ito
  • Patent number: 9654857
    Abstract: A mobile terminal according to the present invention, if it is determined that external power is being supplied through an external charging port, a controller controls the power supply unit to charge the cable-type battery by using the external power. If it is determined that the external power is not supplied, the controller controls the power supply unit to charge the main battery by using a cable-type battery embedded in an earphone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Sihwa Park, Yongsin Kim, Jongho Kim
  • Patent number: 9590446
    Abstract: A wireless charging apparatus is provided. The wireless charging apparatus includes: an antenna that receives electrical waves; at least two charging power generators that generate charging power for charging a battery using the electrical waves received through the antenna; and a controller that senses a frequency of the electrical waves received through the antenna and that activates one of the at least two charging power generators according to a sensed result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Ji Man Park, Kang Bok Lee, Kyu-Ha Baek
  • Patent number: 9575588
    Abstract: An electronic device may have a housing in which components such as a display are mounted. A strain gauge may be mounted on a layer of the display such as a cover layer or may be mounted on a portion of the housing or other support structure. The layer of material on which the strain gauge is mounted may be configured to flex in response to pressure applied by a finger of a user. The strain gauge may serve as a button for the electronic device or may form part of other input circuitry. A differential amplifier and analog-to-digital converter circuit may be used to gather and process strain gauge signals. The strain gauge may be formed form variable resistor structures that make up part of a bridge circuit that is coupled to the differential amplifier. The bridge circuit may be configured to reduce the impact of capacitively coupled noise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Bingrui Yang, Martin P. Grunthaner, Steven P. Hotelling
  • Patent number: 9570919
    Abstract: A power transmission device includes a reception unit configured to receive, from each of a plurality of power reception devices as power transmission objects, identification information for identification of the power reception device, a device determination unit configured to determine, based on the identification information, whether each of the power reception devices is a registered device that has been registered beforehand, and a power transmission unit configured to transmit power to the registered device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takehiro Ito
  • Patent number: 9455595
    Abstract: A wireless charge system includes a wireless charger configured to wirelessly transfer power to an apparatus including a battery in order to charge the battery; a fixing unit configured to fix the apparatus so that the apparatus cannot be moved separately from the wireless charger while wirelessly receiving the power from the wireless charger; and a display configured to provide an indication of a charged state of the battery, wherein the wireless charger, the fixing unit, and the display are formed in a door pocket included in a door of a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, LG Innotek Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seul Ki Jeon, Hyun Sang Kim, Nam Woong Hur, Yun Bok Lee, Yong Suk Chae, Jeong Nam Son, Woo Kil K. Jung
  • Patent number: 9444282
    Abstract: A wireless charging method and apparatus wirelessly charges power between separate electronic appliances. The wireless charging method includes searching for at least one chargeable electronic device, receiving status information from the searched at least one electronic device, determining whether the electronic device is a power supply electronic device or a power demand electronic device, receiving a supply of power from the searched at least one electronic device if the electronic device is determined to be the power demand electronic device, and supplying the power to the at least one electronic device if the electronic device is determined to be the power supply electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Eun-Tae Won, Seung-Hoon Park, Joon-Ho Park, Jun-Ho Koh, Hee-Won Jung, Noh-Gyoung Kang
  • Patent number: 9414309
    Abstract: A mobile terminal is provided comprising a component to be supplied with power having a power input terminal, a radio receiver configured to receive electromagnetic power wherein the radio receiver has a first power output terminal coupled to the power input terminal and a power supply circuit wherein the power supply circuit has a second power output terminal which is coupled to the power input terminal bypassing the radio receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: INTEL DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
    Inventors: Prasad Vara Venkata Satya Golla, Marcus Hagn
  • Patent number: 9398124
    Abstract: A cellular phone charging case assembly includes a housing with a back wall and a perimeter wall. The perimeter wall extends away from the back wall and has a distal edge with respect to the back wall. A lip is attached to and is coextensive with the distal edge. The lip extends inwardly and is positioned over the back wall. The lip releasably retains a cellular phone within the housing between the lip and the back wall. A male plug is mounted within the housing and engages the cellular phone when the cellular phone is positioned within the housing. A plurality of photovoltaic cells is mounted on an outer surface of the back wall. The plurality of photovoltaic cells is in electrical communication with the male plug to supply electricity to the male plug when the plurality of photovoltaic cells generate electricity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Inventor: Octavio S. Portugal
  • Patent number: 9374787
    Abstract: A method is provided for use in a mobile communication terminal configured to support a plurality of applications, wherein each application is executed by performing one or more tasks. The method includes, in response to a scheduling request from an application, obtaining an indication of power supply condition at a requested run-time of at least one of the tasks. The method further includes obtaining a prediction of a rate of energy usage by the task at the requested run-time, estimating, from the predicted rate of energy usage, a total amount of energy needed to complete the task, and making a scheduling decision for the task. The scheduling decision comprises making a selection from a group of two or more alternative dispositions for the task. The selection is made according to a criterion that relates the run-time power-supply condition to the predicted rate of energy usage by the task and to the estimate of total energy needed to complete the task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventors: Adriaan J. de Lind van Wijngaarden, Nachi K. Nithi
  • Patent number: 9348397
    Abstract: A method of power management is to be implemented by a portable electronic device coupled to a portable power bank. The portable power bank is further coupled to an electrical appliance. In the method, the portable electronic device receives power information from the portable power bank, and controls the portable power bank to operate in one of a first mode, in which electrical power is provided to the electrical appliance, and a second mode, in which electrical power is not provided to the electrical appliance, based on whether or not the portable power bank has sufficient amount of power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignees: NATIONAL TAIWAN NORMAL UNIVERSITY, HEALTHIFE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yu-Shan Su, Han-Chao Chang, Chien-Kai Chung, Min-Wei Hung, Jyun-Yi Lai, Shih-Feng Tseng, Wen-Tse Hsiao, I-Lin Wu
  • Patent number: 9344590
    Abstract: An embodiment of this invention is directed to a technique capable of appropriately performing a charging process for recharging in an apparatus which is wirelessly rechargeable during communication. According to the embodiment, a mobile terminal which operates by a rechargeable battery, includes a recharge unit configured to recharge the rechargeable battery by wireless power supply, and can transmit a job to an information processing apparatus by short distance wireless communication is operated as follows. An inquiry message for inquiring of a user whether to recharge the rechargeable battery by wireless power supply, which is subject to a paid system, is displayed at the time of transmission of the job. At this time, transmission of the job by short distance wireless communication and display of the inquiry message are controlled to be performed at different timings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Taketomo Naruse, Akihiro Chiba
  • Patent number: 9327506
    Abstract: A case includes a main receptacle body that accommodates an ink accommodating body which accommodates ink. A first tube support portion and second to fourth tube support portions that guide connection tubes that are connected to the ink accommodating bodies, respectively, are provided on an internal surface of the main receptacle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Yasunori Koike, Hiroyuki Yoda
  • Patent number: 9318906
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a universal dock having a universal cradle for cradling a portable terminal having various sizes and types or accessory thereon, and a connector dummy receiving a connector for electrically connecting to the portable terminal and moving upward and downward on the universal cradle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jong-Hae Kim
  • Patent number: 9288837
    Abstract: A wireless device operates in a first mode, in which it relays communications between neighboring wireless devices, and a second mode, in which it does not relay communications. The wireless device periodically transmits information indicating its operating mode to the neighboring wireless devices. In the first mode, when not transmitting mode information or communication data, the wireless device stands by with its receiver powered, ready to receive mode information or communication data from neighboring wireless devices. In the second mode, the wireless device is normally in a sleep state and wakes up only at scheduled intervals to transmit and receive mode information and communication data. The wireless device stores the received mode information and selects its operating mode according to the stored mode information, selecting the second mode when this does not prevent the prevent communication with or among the neighboring wireless devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kentarou Yanagihara
  • Patent number: 9276639
    Abstract: An electronic device may contain an input-output device such as a speaker, vibrator, or near field communications antenna. The input-output device may include an inductor. The inductor in the input-output device may be shared by wireless charging circuitry in the electronic device so that wireless charging signals can be converted into power to charge a battery in the electronic device. A separate inductor may also be provided within an input-output device to support wireless charging. A drive circuit may supply drive signals to the input-output device such as audio signals, vibrator control signals, or near field communications output signals for external near field communications equipment. An input amplifier that is coupled across the inductor in the input-output device may be used in receiving near field communications signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey J. Terlizzi
  • Patent number: 9212794
    Abstract: A flashlight includes a housing that extends from a first end to a second end, a light source provided at the first end of the housing, a rechargeable power supply electrically coupled to the light source, a generator electrically coupled to the rechargeable power supply, and a hand crank coupled to the generator, the hand crank including a base and an arm, the hand crank movable between a storage position and a cranking position. The base is rotatably coupled to the second end of the housing. The arm is translatable relative to the housing between a retracted position and an extended position such that when the arm is in the extended position, the arm is pivotable relative to the base between a translation position in which the arm is substantially parallel to the housing axis and a fixed position in which the arm is substantially perpendicular to the housing axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Fiskars Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Unger, Mark Neubauer
  • Patent number: 9201458
    Abstract: A device can include a processor; a display operatively coupled to the processor; a battery having a battery length; a chassis that includes a bay having a bay length, the bay length being of sufficient length to allow translation of the battery along the bay length; a translation mechanism to translate the battery in the bay; and communication circuitry operatively coupled to the processor and the translation mechanism. Various other apparatuses, systems, methods, etc., are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: John Miles Hunt, John Weldon Nicholson, Jennifer Greenwood Zawacki, Howard J. Locker
  • Patent number: 9197725
    Abstract: A cradle device according to this invention includes a body (11) and a battery-charging cover (12). An upper end of the battery-charging cover (12) supports a lower end of a portable information terminal (40) to be held on a main mounting surface (11a). The body (11) further includes ribs (30) arranged at a lower end of the main mounting surface (11a). The ribs (30) relatively project from the upper end of the battery-charging cover (12) gradually along with a forward rotation of the battery-charging cover (12) so that the portable information terminal (40) is gradually raised from the upper end of the battery-charging cover (12). In this way, a plug connector (17) of the cradle device is extracted from a receptacle connector (401) of the portable information terminal (40) in a fitting direction without any load in a different direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: NEC Platforms, Ltd.
    Inventor: Tadamine Toh
  • Patent number: 9190849
    Abstract: A wireless charging method includes searching one or more rechargeable electronic devices, receiving power service information from one or more searched electronic devices, determining whether the one or more searched electronic devices are rechargeable based on the received power service information, and if the one or more searched electronic devices are rechargeable, receiving power from the electronic devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Eun-Tae Won, Jae-Seung Son, Joon-Ho Park, Jun-Ho Koh, Hee-Won Jung, Do-Young Kim, Seung-Hoon Park