Housing Or Support Patents (Class 455/575.1)
  • Patent number: 11218798
    Abstract: A mobile communication device is provided. The mobile communication device includes a display, a supporting member disposed under the display and having a hole, and a vibration actuator attached to the supporting member, where the vibration actuator does not overlap the hole when seen substantially perpendicular to the display, and where at least a portion of a region surrounding the hole of the supporting member is vibrated by vibration generated from the vibration actuator, whereby a sound signal having a predetermined frequency to be used for voice communication is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seongkwan Yang, Byounghee Lee, Taeeon Kim, Jihoon Song, Hochul Hwang
  • Patent number: 11175763
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus having a touch panel display includes a first detection unit configured to detect that an object touches the touch panel display, and a second detection unit configured to detect that the object touches an area of a display item on the touch panel display and then detect that the object moves outside the area of the display item while touching the touch panel display. When the display item is in a flick or drag operation detectable area, the information processing apparatus performs control not to carry out processing associated with the display item in response to the detection by the second detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshiteru Horiike
  • Patent number: 11169619
    Abstract: According to various embodiments, an electronic device may include a first structure including a first plate including a first surface and a second surface facing away from the first surface, and at least one side surface, a second structure including a second plate facing the second surface of the first plate; a first side wall extended to the second plate; a second side wall extending to the first side wall and the second plate and facing the side surface; and a third side wall extending to the first side wall and the second plate, parallel to the second side wall and facing the side surface, wherein the second plate, the first side wall, and the second side wall and the third side wall together form a trough with one side opened to receive at least part of the first structure, the first structure is movable between an open state and a closed state with respect to the second structure in a first direction parallel to the second plate and the second side wall, and the first structure is placed at a first dis
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Gidae Kim, Seunghoon Ko, Jungchul An, Joungmin Cho, Kwangtai Kim, Hyungsup Byeon
  • Patent number: 11166091
    Abstract: A speaker device for a vehicle seat comprises at least one loudspeaker, a wireless communication module operatively connected to the at least one loudspeaker, and an attachment support for fixing the speaker device to the vehicle seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: FAURECIA Sièges d'Automobile
    Inventors: David Gayon, Laurent Tapin
  • Patent number: 11163338
    Abstract: A computing device can include a first component, a second component, and a hinge rotatably coupling the first component and the second component. The second component is rotatable about the hinge between a closed position and an open position in relation to the first component. The computing device includes an antenna disposed at the second component, and a flexible conductive member disposed within the hinge. The flexible conductive member has a first end fixedly connected to the first component and a second end. The second end of the flexible conductive member conductively contacts the antenna in the open position and does not conductively contact the antenna in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Chih Chen Hung, Chun-Chih Liu
  • Patent number: 11159882
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present invention comprise: a circuit board comprising a first grounding portion and a second grounding portion; a wireless communication circuit arranged in a first area of the circuit board, the wireless communication circuit comprising a first grounding terminal electrically connected to the first grounding portion; an audio codec circuit arranged in a second area of the circuit board, the audio codec circuit comprising a signal input terminal and a second grounding terminal electrically connected to the second grounding portion; and a connector electrically connected to the input terminal, the connector comprising a first pin that can be electrically connected to a signal terminal of a microphone included in an external electronic device and a second pin that can be electrically connected to a grounding terminal of the microphone, the second pin being electrically connectable to the second grounding portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hak-Hoon Song, Nam-Ki Kim, Byoung-Jun Kim
  • Patent number: 11154227
    Abstract: A physical and cognitive field-testing apparatus has a substantially planar touchscreen display on one surface, facing on one direction, and a second display facing in an opposite direction, Internet communication functionality with at least one Internet-based computerized server, a local processor and on-board digital memory, and first software executing on the local processor, an interactive window displayed on the touchscreen display as a result of the display data, comprising at least two graphic artifacts, visually associated with at least a balancing test and a coordination test, an accelerometer installed on the portable computerized appliance, at least two graphic artifacts, at least one of which is associated with the accelerometer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: HHITT, INC.
    Inventor: Jacob Benford
  • Patent number: 11144089
    Abstract: An electronic device including a main body, a frame and a display is provided. The frame is pivotally connected to the main body. The display is detachably assembled to the frame and configured to rotate between a first state and a second state in relative to the main body with the frame. When the display is rotated in relative to the main body to the first state, the display closes the main body. When the display is rotated in relative to the main body to the second state, the display is departed from the main body, so as to be detached from the main body and the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: COMPAL ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Zung-Ting Hu, Hsuan-Liang Lin, Wen-Hsien Chin, Yen-Kang Chen, Jia-Wen Chen, Cheng-Min Chen, Tze-Chiang Cheng
  • Patent number: 11115508
    Abstract: A case assembly and a wireless communication device are provided. The case assembly includes a metal case and a plastic cladding body. The metal case includes an inner side and an outer side, the inner side is opposite to the outer side, the metal case includes a hollow portion and an antenna portion, the hollow portion is adjacent to a side of the antenna portion. The plastic cladding body is disposed on the metal case, and completely covers the outer side of the metal case, partially covers the inner side of the metal case, and fills the hollow portion. The wireless communication device includes a case assembly and a radio frequency signal module. The radio frequency signal module is electrically connected to the antenna portion of the case assembly. Thus, the structural rigidity of the wireless communication device and its case assembly is kept, and the production cost is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: HTC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Chih-Kuang Wang, Chin Kai Sun, Chun-Lung Chu, Tung-Hsin Yeh
  • Patent number: 11116099
    Abstract: Provided is a riveted metal middle frame including a middle plate and a border frame riveted to the middle plate. The middle plate is made of aluminum alloy, and the periphery of the middle plate is convexly provided with convex edge. The border frame includes members connected end to end in sequence. The members are made of metal material with hardness not less than aluminum alloy, and are riveted to the periphery of the middle plate; and the inner sides of the members are respectively provided with slots for connecting the convex edge. The convex edge is riveted to the slot by press-fitting the border frame. Meanwhile, an electronic device including the above-described riveted metal middle frame is also provided. The beneficial effects are that the middle plate and the border frame are riveted together by press-fitting deformation, thereby improving production efficiency and reducing manufacturing cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: GUANGDONG EVERWIN PRECISION TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xiangsheng Ren, Lidong Wang, Lilei Wang, Ke Zhang, Hao Huang
  • Patent number: 11108283
    Abstract: A device for the inductive recharging of an electronic element of the mobile-phone or digital tablet type having at least one receiving antenna. The device having an exterior face intended to support the electronic element, a stage of planar shape being able to move inside the device and bearing at least one emitting antenna intended to be aligned with, and in close proximity to, the at least one receiving antenna, the mobile stage being actuated by a motorized actuating mechanism. The actuating mechanism includes a single motor coupled to a main drive element that renders the stage mobile in a plane parallel to the exterior face of the device, the main drive element being circular in shape, and the motor meshing with a periphery of the main drive element and driving the main drive element in rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Inventors: Vincent Lubert, Frédéric Ducos
  • Patent number: 11109126
    Abstract: A speaker device is provided. The speaker device includes a casing and an acoustic driver disposed in the casing. The casing defines a sound output port for outputting sound, and the sound output port of the casing is partially covered, enabling a reduction in an airflow velocity in the sound output port. A terminal including the speaker device is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventor: Chunshu Tang
  • Patent number: 11082545
    Abstract: Provided is an electronic device that includes a housing at least partially including a metal portion, a glass plate mounted on one surface of the housing, and a buffer disposed at least on the metal portion on one face of the housing and disposed adjacent to an edge of the glass plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Inventors: Seong-Hyeon Kim, Hyo-Sung Kang, Min-Yong Kim, Hyun-Young Roh, Jung-Bae Park, Tae-Young Bae, Hyo-Won Seo, Hae-Won Sung, Gyung-Hoon Lee, Bit-Na Kim, Byung-Joon Lee
  • Patent number: 11082551
    Abstract: Disclosed is an operating method of an electronic device, including identifying a movement of the electronic device while displaying a screen of a first application in a first orientation, determining whether the electronic device is rotated by a predesignated angle, based on the movement, and in response to determining that the electronic device is rotated by the predesignated angle, displaying a screen of a second application in a second orientation different from the first orientation, wherein the second application corresponds to a rotation direction of the electronic device among a plurality of applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Inventors: Junwon Jung, Jeong-Won Ko, Joong-Hun Kwon, Chang-Hwan Kim, Sangdeuk Nam, Seung Wook Nam, Myoung-Soo Park, Sunyoung Park, Kyungjun Lee, Dong Oh Lee, Huichul Yang, Hyunyeul Lee, Soojin Jeong Lim, Joonhwan Kim, Hyungsok Yeo, Jae-Min Lee
  • Patent number: 11074924
    Abstract: A speech recognition method, device, apparatus and a computer-readable storage medium are provided. The method includes: starting a part of a microphone array to acquire a first speech signal; performing an echo cancellation process for the first speech signal to obtain a second speech signal; performing wakeup recognition for the second speech signal, to determine whether a wakeup word is included in the second speech signal; starting the microphone array to acquire a third speech signal, in the case that the wakeup word is included in the second speech signal; performing noise reduction for the third speech signal; and performing speech recognition for a noise-reduced signal. Computational load and power consumption during the speech recognition can be greatly reduced, because most processes of the front-end noise reduction algorithm are not started before the wakeup state and only a part of a microphone array is started.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Baidu Online Network Technology (Beijing) Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Lei Geng
  • Patent number: 11064060
    Abstract: Provided is a foldable electronic device. The electronic device may include: a foldable housing including: a hinge structure; a first housing structure including a first surface, a second surface, and a first side surface; and a second housing structure including a third surface, a fourth surface, and a second side surface, and foldable with the first housing structure with the hinge structure, wherein, in a folded state, the first side surface and the second side surface are aligned; a flexible display; first side keys including a first sensing panel reflecting a change in force applied to the first side surface; second side keys including a second sensing panel reflecting a change in force applied to the second side surface; and a sensor generating a signal based on a change in the force detected by the first sensing panel or the second sensing panel. It is possible to provide other embodiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jinyoung Jang, Seokwoo Lee, Joonwon Chang, Minsoo Kim, Jinwan An, Jiwoo Lee
  • Patent number: 11050917
    Abstract: Integrated but detachable mini-camera for a mobile device. The mobile device comprises a main body and a detachable mini-camera configured to attach to and detach from a socket in the main body. The detachable mini-camera may comprise at least one camera and a rechargeable battery configured to, while the detached mini-camera is attached to the main body, charge from a battery in the main body via the socket. While the detachable mini-camera is detached from the main body, a wireless transceiver in the detachable mini-camera wirelessly communicates with a wireless transceiver in the main body, and a mobile application, executed by a processor in the main body, controls the detachable mini-camera and receives image data from the detachable mini-camera via the wireless communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Inventor: Brian Anthony Daulton
  • Patent number: 11044354
    Abstract: A tool for assisting in affixing a screen protector to a display of an electronic device is provided. The tool includes first and second segments slidably attached to define an interior of the tool. The first segment has a first side, a second side attached to the first side by a first corner alignment feature, and a third side attached to the second side by a second corner alignment feature. The second segment similarly includes a first side, a second side, and a third side. The first and second corner alignment features of the first segment and the first and second corner alignment features of the second segment are configured to center the electronic device in the interior of the tool when the first segment is slid relative to the second segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Otter Products, LLC
    Inventors: Ross V. Bulkley, Bryan W. Goings, Elise S. Niedringhaus, George Russell Price, Jamie L. Johnson, David J. Bohman, Richard W. Vinson, Zachariah J. Pickett, Jonathan B. Miksch
  • Patent number: 11038259
    Abstract: A mobile terminal includes a body, and a flexible display screen disposed at the body. The flexible display screen is switchable between an expanded configuration and a retracted configuration. In the expanded configuration, the flexible display screen is expanded to a first area, and in the retracted configuration, the flexible display screen is retracted to a second area. The first area is larger than the second area. A millimeter-wave antenna module is disposed at an edge of the flexible display screen. The method includes: controlling the millimeter-wave antenna module to be in a non-working state when the flexible display screen is in the retracted configuration; and controlling the millimeter-wave antenna module to be in a working state when the flexible display screen is in the expanded configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: BEIJING XIAOMI MOBILE SOFTWARE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Peng Li, Gaocai Han, Fang Guo
  • Patent number: 11025023
    Abstract: A device for connecting an electrical fixture with electrical power supply wiring, and for mounting the fixture on a support includes a plug, a socket, and a sensing unit for at least one of wirelessly communicating a sensed condition and wirelessly receiving a signal, with the sensing unit electrically coupled to at least one of the plug and socket. The socket includes a socket body having at least one internal cavity therein with an electrically conductive contact terminal disposed within the cavity for establishing an electrical connection between the electrical power supply wiring and the socket. The plug is rigidly fixed to the fixture and insertable into the socket, with the plug having at least one male connector electrically connected to the fixture and engageable with the contact terminal within the socket to establish a circuit between the electrical fixture and the electrical power wiring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Inventor: Ran Roland Kohen
  • Patent number: 11024068
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an apparatus and method for displaying information, a program, and a communication system, which enable the provision of an apparatus making use of a display device excellent in flexibility. An information display apparatus includes a display unit including a time information presenting section for presenting at least time information and a band section to be worn on an arm, and a display control unit for changing a display of the display unit. The present disclosure can be applied to, for example, the information display apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Inventors: Masakazu Mitsugi, Yuki Sugiue, Hiroshi Saeki, Machiko Takematsu, Masaaki Yamamoto, Yoichi Ito, Kenji Itoh
  • Patent number: 11016529
    Abstract: A device can include a first housing that includes a first display and a first recess; a second housing that includes a second display and a second recess; and a retractable hinge assembly where, in a planar orientation of the first housing and the second housing, the retractable hinge assembly is retracted in part in the first recess and in part in the second recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Matthew Ian Tucker, Matthew Hilliard
  • Patent number: 10999679
    Abstract: A personal sound amplification seating solution including integrated microphones, speakers, and a hand-operated-remote is disclosed. By detecting audio inputs from up to three (3) meters away, passing the audio inputs through a printed circuit board, and broadcasting the audio through personalized speakers proximate the user's ears, conversations and entertainment options such as television shows and movies can be accessed by those with reduced hearing functionality without need for increased volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventor: Joseph Savovic
  • Patent number: 10972596
    Abstract: An apparatus for retaining a cell phone which includes: (1) a swivel base affixed to the back of a cell phone; (2) a rotatable base which can rotate within the swivel base so that the rotatable base and its attachments can be orientated to any orientation relative to the cell phone; and (3) an ability to hold the cell phone with a single finger on the back of the cell phone. When not in use, the entire assembly can collapse into a flat base so that it occupies very little space relative to the entire width of the cell phone. Bent pivot arms enable the cell phone accessory to be folded flat or to be expanded to the full size condition, or any distance between the back of the cell phone and the base so that any size finger, within a range, can fit within the space between the retaining base and the expandable bent pivot arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Innovation Specialties
    Inventor: Eddie E. Blau
  • Patent number: 10942309
    Abstract: The present invention provides a light guide plate and an input apparatus. The light guide plate includes a light guide body, at least one first opening structure, and at least one second opening structure. The first opening structure passes through the light guide body and includes at least one first closed end. The second opening structure passes through the light guide body and includes at least one second closed end. The first closed end and the second closed end face each other. The first closed end partially overlaps the second closed end on at least one first axis, the first closed end and the second closed end are disposed parallel to each other on at least one second axis, and the first axis is substantially perpendicular to the second axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignees: LITE-ON ELECTRONICS (GUANGZHOU) LIMITED, Lite-On Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Shih-Wen Chiu, Yi-Wen Chen
  • Patent number: 10938436
    Abstract: A front-end module includes a module board, a reception filter mounted on the module board, a reception low-noise amplifier mounted on the module board, and an inductor incorporated in the module board and connected to a path linking the reception filter and the reception low-noise amplifier. The inductor includes an inductor board. At least part of the inductor overlaps at least part of the reception low-noise amplifier in plan view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yusuke Naniwa
  • Patent number: 10931803
    Abstract: The invention relates to an auxiliary product of a mobile phone or a tablet personal computer, in particular to a mobile phone bracket with a liftable panel, including a front support plate and a rear support plate, wherein the front support plate and the rear support plate are rotationally connected, and the back surface of the front support plate is provided with a stowing groove adapted to the rear support plate in shape and size. When stowed, the rear support plate trapped into the stowing groove. The front surface of the front support plate is in sliding connection with a mobile phone receiving platform which is S-shaped, and the mobile phone bracket is provided with a locking structure to lock the mobile phone receiving platform to prevent sliding. The mobile phone bracket has an ingenious structure, is convenient to fold and unfold, and has excellent user experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Shenzhen Xgear Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jie Wang
  • Patent number: 10924603
    Abstract: A phone has a touch screen display. The display shows an internet map. The map allows for a user to search for multiuser public devices, such as, elevators. The user finds the device, by viewing the device's location, and the phone's location on the map. For example, the phone searches for and finds devices, such as, smart toilets, which are shown on the map. The user touches one of the desired displayed toilets, to receive the toilet's control panel interface. The received control panel, is displayed on the phone. The user operates the toilet, by touch activating the toilet's control panel's commands. The phone, and toilet communicate over the internet wirelessly, or wirelessly. The user avoids bacteria, on the toilet's touch input buttons, by using the phone to operate the toilet. The user can find and operate, many different public multiuser devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Inventor: Sigmund Lindsay Clements
  • Patent number: 10904675
    Abstract: There is disclosed a hearing prosthesis comprising a first housing containing a primary signal processor that receives signals output by a microphone; and a second housing removably connectable to the first housing; wherein a user interface is provided on the second housing that provides control of one or more features of the operation of the primary signal processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: Gunther Van Der Borght, Jan Janssen
  • Patent number: 10891028
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus provide for tilting of a joystick. When there is room for scrolling in the tilting direction, a screen is scrolled in the same direction as the tilting direction. When there is no room for scrolling, and a previous or subsequent region continuous with a present display region in the contents of a book is present within double-spread pages at the time point in question, display is switched to the previous or subsequent region. When the previous or subsequent region continuous with the present display region is not present within the double-spread pages, and the tilting direction is parallel with the opening of the pages, a page turning animation is inserted, and the display region is switched. When the tilting direction is not parallel with the opening of the pages, display is directly switched.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Takayuki Shinohara
  • Patent number: 10888897
    Abstract: A transducer comprising a transducer element including a plate with a through-hole and a collar projecting from the plate and defining an interior cavity in communication with the through-hole. A piezoelectric bender includes at least first and second wafer layers stacked together. The bender is coupled to a peripheral end face of the collar. The first and/or second piezoelectric wafer layers bend at a resonant frequency and generate ultrasonic waves that flow through the collar interior cavity and the plate through-hole and create an in-air pressure pattern and acoustic field at a location spaced from the transducer. A plurality of transducers may be made by providing a monolithic transducer element structure including a plurality of the transducer elements formed thereon, coupling either a plurality of benders or a monolithic bender to the plurality of transducer elements, and then cutting the monolithic transducer element structure to define a plurality of individual transducers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: CTS Corporation
    Inventors: Gerald T. Stranford, Marshall Suarez
  • Patent number: 10873656
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a loudspeaker, a loudspeaker device and a mobile terminal. The loudspeaker includes: a frame having an outer circumferential side wall, an inner circumferential side wall arranged opposite to the outer circumferential side wall, and an acoustic output hole penetrating the outer circumferential side wall and the inner circumferential side wall; a diaphragm having a periphery connected with the frame along a circumferential direction; and a drive assembly comprising a first driving member fixed to the diaphragm and a second driving member fixed to the frame, the first driving member being vibratory relative to the second driving member to drive the diaphragm to vibrate, thereby emitting a sound wave and making the sound wave pass through the acoustic output hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventor: Bixiang Yan
  • Patent number: 10863340
    Abstract: In accordance with some embodiments, an apparatus for privacy protection is provided. The apparatus includes a housing arranged to hold a second device and sensor(s), where the sensor(s) are operable to obtain a tactile input. The apparatus also includes a communication interface operable to communicate with the second device. Additionally, the apparatus includes a controller operable to direct the second device, through the communication interface, to generate a distress response in response to receiving the tactile input. In some embodiments, the apparatus also includes remote communication device(s) to communicate with a remote source. In such embodiments, the controller is coupled to the remote communication device(s), where the controller receives the geo-fencing information through the one or more communication devices, compares the information with movement and location information of the apparatus, and determines whether to direct the second device to enter a distress mode based on the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: PPIP, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Fong, Neric Hsin-wu Fong, Teddy David Thomas
  • Patent number: 10855092
    Abstract: A device for holding and charging an electronic cigarette element is disclosed. The device includes a protective case element configured for coupling to a mobile computing device, the case element including a rechargeable battery, a first power port in the case element, the first power port conductively coupled to the rechargeable battery and configured for accepting external power for recharging the rechargeable battery, a cavity in the case element, wherein the cavity is configured to accept an electronic cigarette element, and a charging terminal located in the cavity such that when the electronic cigarette element is inserted into the cavity, one end of the electronic cigarette element contacts the charging terminal, and wherein the charging terminal is conductively coupled to the rechargeable battery, wherein when the electronic cigarette element contacts the charging terminal, the rechargeable battery recharges a battery of the electronic cigarette element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Inventors: Steven Stanimirovic, David Abadi, Jonathan Romero
  • Patent number: 10845612
    Abstract: Provided is a camera module capable of selectively capturing an image in a first photographing direction or in a second photographing direction opposite to the first photographing direction. The camera module includes: a reflection part that is movable between a first location, at which light incident from a side located in the first photographing direction is reflected in a direction perpendicular to the first photographing direction, and a second location, at which light incident from a side located in the second photographing direction is reflected in a direction perpendicular to the first photographing direction; and a light reception part configured to capture an image by converting the light, which has been reflected by the reflection part, into an electrical signal, wherein, during the movement of the reflection part, the thickness of the reflection part can be constantly maintained in the first photographing direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shirono Masahiro
  • Patent number: 10838552
    Abstract: A touch sensor false detection preventing structure for use in an electronic device is provided. The electronic device includes a housing that is provided with a through-hole provided area through which a sensor sheet passes, a circuit board that is mounted inside the housing, and a touch panel that is electrically connected to the circuit board by the sensor sheet. The touch sensor false detection preventing structure includes protruding portions formed on an inner surface at both ends of the through-hole provided area in planar view so as to protrude a predetermined distance, such that movement at a part of both side ends of the sensor sheet is restricted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: ALPS ALPINE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Younghoon Kim, Tomoaki Tsuchiya, Tomoya Sasaki, Shinya Abe, Yasunori Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10824277
    Abstract: An electrical device providing audible and haptic communication with its user includes a touch screen, an array of piezoelectric elements, a memory, and a processor. The touch screen is divided into touch regions and each touch region carries one piezoelectric element. When receiving touch inputs from a user, the processor uses data and programs stored in the memory to (1) determine which touch region the touch input is located in, (2) determine which piezoelectric element corresponds to the determined touch region, and (3) vibrate the determined piezoelectric element at a predetermined frequency. The electrical device can output sound by (1) obtaining a signal of the sound to be output and (2) vibrating the piezoelectric element, or more than one at different predetermined frequencies, to output an audible sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Chiun Mai Communcation Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Sheng-Hsiung Tsai, Ching-Ming Hung
  • Patent number: 10819889
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a mobile terminal, includes a display screen, a border and a rear housing, the display screen and the rear housing being respectively disposed on two sides of the border, a mounting member being disposed between the display screen and the rear housing. The mobile terminal also includes a camera device connected to the mounting member, and the camera device includes a camera unit and a bracket. The bracket includes a frame body and a fixing portion connected to the frame body, the frame body defines a receiving space, and the camera unit is partially accommodated in the receiving space. The fixing portion is set on a side of the frame body facing away from the receiving space, and the camera device is connected to the mounting member by the fixing portion. The disclosure also relates to the camera device and bracket of the above mobile terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventors: Jia Chen, Maozhao Huang
  • Patent number: 10819835
    Abstract: A mobile communication device is provided. The mobile communication device includes: a housing; a screen covering the housing and enclosing a receiving space together with the housing; and a microphone assembly received in the receiving space. The screen is provided with a sound inlet passing through the screen. The microphone assembly includes a sound guiding portion fixed in the receiving space, a sound guiding channel passing through the sound guiding portion, and a microphone bonded to the sound guiding portion. The sound guiding channel has one end facing right towards and communicating with the sound inlet. The microphone is bonded to the sound guiding portion and communicates with another end of the sound guiding channel, and sound is transmitted into the sound guiding channel through the sound inlet and then transmitted to the microphone through the sound guiding channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: AAC Acoustic Technologies (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Zhang Ren
  • Patent number: 10809823
    Abstract: An input system includes a first touch input unit on which a touch operation is performed; a second touch input unit on which a touch operation is performed; and a processing unit configured to control display of a display unit using operation information that is acquired from any one touch input unit of the first touch input unit and the second touch input unit. The processing unit does not use operation information from an other touch input unit of the first touch input unit and the second touch input unit in display control for the display unit until a non-input time of the one touch input unit exceeds a first predetermined cancellation time, the non-input time of the one touch input unit being a time during which there is no input to the one touch input unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shoji Kakinuma, Koshi Ito
  • Patent number: 10778883
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an image-taking apparatus wherein a first actuation of a control element locks image-taking parameters and a subsequent actuation of this control element causes a picture to be taken. In one embodiment, the apparatus is a cellular telephone equipped with a camera wherein a first press on the volume up button locks focus and exposure. The photographer can then recompose the picture according to the ‘half-press’ technique and take a picture with a subsequent press on the volume up button. Other embodiments are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Promanthan Brains LLC, Series Click only
    Inventor: Oliver Markus Haynold
  • Patent number: 10779075
    Abstract: The present specification discloses an incoming/outgoing-talk unit having an ear-hook unit, a cartilage conduction vibration unit that makes contact with ear cartilage in a state where the hook unit is hooked to the ear, an outgoing-talk unit, and a unit for performing short-range wireless communication with the mobile telephone. Further disclosed is an incoming-talk unit having an ear-hook unit, and a cartilage conduction vibration unit for transmitting cartilage conduction from outside of ear cartilage in a state where the hook unit is hooked to the ear. Also disclosed is an incoming-talk unit having a three-dimensional viewing adjustment unit, a temple having a unit for adjusting contact of eyesight-adjusting eyeglasses with the temple when the unit is superposedly mounted on the eyesight-adjusting eyeglasses; and an audio information output unit provided to the temple.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Finewell Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Hosoi, Yoji Hosoi, Masashi Morimoto, Masahide Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10761570
    Abstract: An electronic device may have a hollow display cover structure. The hollow display cover structure may be formed from a structure having an inner surface. The structure may be an elongated member having a longitudinal axis. A material such as sapphire, other crystalline materials, or other transparent materials may be used in forming the hollow display cover structure. A flexible display layer such as an organic light-emitting diode display layer or other flexible display structure may be wrapped around the longitudinal axis to cover the interior surface of the hollow display cover structure. The electronic device may have a touch sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, and other sensors for gathering input such as user input. The electronic device may use one or more sensors to gather information on rotational motion of the device and can display content on the flexible display layer accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Scott A. Myers, Derek Wright, Fletcher R. Rothkopf
  • Patent number: 10764417
    Abstract: A system for a dual mobile utility and transportation device including a clamping frame assembly and a plate assembly is disclosed. The system results in a dual cellphone device for the usage and transportation the cellphone simultaneously. There is at least one of clamping frame assembly and plate assembly to couple multiple phones together. There is a first horizontally adjustable clamping frame having a bottom plate with integral mounting magnets. Also, a second horizontally adjustable clamping frame having a bottom plate with integral mounting magnets as well. The mounting magnets of the first horizontally adjustable clamping frame engage the mounting magnets of the second horizontally adjustable clamping frame to couple multiple mobile devices together. Coupling of the mobile devices can be done at different angles, even perpendicularly to allow for cameras of the mobile devices to be usable without any obstructions. The system functions with mobile devices of different dimensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Inventor: Anthony Malach
  • Patent number: 10763630
    Abstract: A connection system for a portable electronic device may allow for modular components to be coupled together. A primary module may comprise computing components, such as a processor, hard drive, wireless chip, battery, etc. Various secondary modules may be removably coupled to the primary module, such as batteries, charging stations, storage units, LTE hotspot devices, cover plates, cameras, virtual reality units, speakers, video screens, user interfaces, etc. The secondary modules may comprise connection posts which mate with receiving slots in the primary module to couple the primary and secondary components together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: FASETTO, INC.
    Inventors: Coy Christmas, Luke Malpass, Erik Jones
  • Patent number: 10754384
    Abstract: A display device may include: a window disposed on the display panel, including: a window base including a light transmission portion and a light blocking portion; a light blocking layer disposed on the light blocking portion of the window base, the light blocking layer including a touch key pattern portion; a printed circuit board disposed on the light blocking layer; a touch key light source disposed on the printed circuit board; a first light blocking member disposed on the printed circuit board and the touch key light source, including: a first distal end between the touch key light source and the light transmission portion of the window base; and a second distal end between the touch key light source and an edge of the window base; and a second light blocking member disposed between the second distal end of the first light blocking member and the light blocking layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Taeeun Kim, Yunoh Nam, Younbum Lee
  • Patent number: 10748883
    Abstract: An encapsulation cover for an electronic package includes a cover body having a frontal wall provided with at least one optical element allowing light to pass through. The optical element is inserted into the encapsulation cover by overmolding into a through-passage of the frontal wall. A front face of the optical element is set back with respect to a front face of the frontal wall. The process for fabricating the encapsulation cover includes forming a stack of a sacrificial spacer on top of an optical element, with the stack placed into a cavity of a mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics (Grenoble 2) SAS
    Inventors: Karine Saxod, Jean-Michel Riviere
  • Patent number: 10750629
    Abstract: An electronic device of the present invention comprises: an exterior housing including a first surface facing a first direction, and a second surface facing a second direction opposite to the first direction; a display of which at least a part is exposed through the first surface; and a polymer plate which forms at least a part of the second surface of the housing. The polymer plate comprises: at least one opaque layer; at least one polymer layer that is translucent or transparent and is disposed on the at least one opaque layer; and a coating layer that is disposed on the at least one polymer layer and has a hardness greater than or equal to a selected hardness. Each of the at least one opaque layer, the at least one polymer layer, and the coating layer may comprise a first surface, and a second surface extending from the first surface so that at least a part thereof is bent. Other embodiments are also possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Young-Gyun Kim, Minjung Kim, Jeeyoung Oh, Gyoosug Lee
  • Patent number: 10747182
    Abstract: An operation method of a watch-type mobile terminal including a display unit according to an embodiment of the present invention comprises the steps of: recognizing a type of a bezel which is detachable from the display unit; receiving an input of at least one hard key included in the bezel; and performing a function corresponding to the type of the bezel on the basis of the received input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Younghoon Song, Jumin Chi, Yung Kim, Sooyoung Her
  • Patent number: 10736208
    Abstract: A printed wiring board 1 for high frequency transmission according to an embodiment of the present invention includes: an insulating base material 10; a signal line 21 extending in a longitudinal direction of the insulating base material 10; ground wirings 31, 32 extending in the longitudinal direction while being spaced apart from the signal line 21 by a predetermined distance; a ground layer 40 formed on a major surface 10b; a plurality of ground connection vias 51 electrically connecting the ground wiring 31 and the ground layer 40; and a plurality of ground connection vias 52 electrically connecting the ground wiring 32 and the ground layer 40. A width of the ground wirings 31, 32 is smaller than a land diameter of the ground connection vias 51, 52. Then, the ground connection vias 51 and the ground connection vias 52 are arranged not to overlap each other in a width direction perpendicular to the longitudinal direction throughout a cable portion 90.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: NIPPON MEKTRON, LTD.
    Inventors: Shoji Takano, Yoshihiko Narisawa, Fumihiko Matsuda