Housing Or Support Patents (Class 455/575.1)
  • Patent number: 10319331
    Abstract: Disclosed aspects relate to an electronic display device configured for variable display size. The electronic display device may include a housing having a set of slides that form a storage compartment within the housing. The set of slides may include a slot. A primary display panel may be mounted on the front side of the housing. The electronic display device may include an auxiliary display panel of a set of auxiliary display panels that is slidably extendable from the storage compartment within the housing. The auxiliary display panel may be mounted on a slider mount configured to slide the auxiliary display panel through the slot to an extended position adjacent to the primary display panel. The electronic display device may include a display controller to detect a position of the auxiliary display panel and to establish a display arrangement for the primary display panel and the auxiliary display panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Ranjeeth Pasupathi
  • Patent number: 10313500
    Abstract: A mobile device has at least one grip handle disposed on the back surface of the mobile device. The grip handle comprises at least one grip surface that enables a user to grasp the mobile device and use it with one hand of the user. Various embodiments of the invention are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventor: Stephen Lorance Smith
  • Patent number: 10291278
    Abstract: A personal electronic device case, and method for making such personal electronic device case, created by a method of bonding a resin-type material to a selected material otherwise unsuitable for protection of a personal electronic device, and carving the resulting composition into a desired shape of personal electronic device case. The resulting phone case is both aesthetically pleasing and offers improved protection for the personal electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: CARVED, LLC
    Inventors: John Webber, Eric Richardson, Alex Gorsuch
  • Patent number: 10282073
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a method for automatically switching a handheld mode and a wireless handheld device. The present invention relates to the field of communications technologies. The method for automatically switching a handheld mode includes: updating, when it is detected that a duration during which handheld positions of a wireless handheld device do not match a preset first handheld mode of the wireless handheld device exceeds a first preset duration, a first user interface matching the first handheld mode to a second user interface matching a second handheld mode, where a layout of controls on the second user interface is a flip horizontal of a layout of controls on the first user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: HUAWEI DEVICE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hongxi Li
  • Patent number: 10277266
    Abstract: A case for a mobile device includes a bumper portion and a module portion. The module portion is attached to the bumper portion. The bumper portion has a border configured to receive a mobile device. The module portion includes a base portion, a back plate and battery portion. The base portion is attached to the back plate. The battery portion is positioned between the base portion and the back plate. The battery portion includes a plurality of battery cells, a printed circuit board assembly and a plurality of electromagnetic induction coils all operably connected to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventors: Alex Nguyen, Jake Steelman, Andrew Namminga, Long Le, Rian Abraham
  • Patent number: 10271136
    Abstract: In an example, a mobile computing device is provided with mechanical driver s for enhancing audio output, including low-frequency audio. The mechanical drivers may be provided to supplement traditional speakers. In an embodiment, mechanical drivers are boosted in effectiveness by being disposed against a sturdy surface such as a desktop. When a user holds a convertible tablet up, such enhancement may be provided by enabling mechanical drivers that are disposed against a base or other structural member of the convertible tablet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Jiancheng Tao, Hong W. Wong, Devon Worrell, Wah Yiu Kwong, Jian Wang
  • Patent number: 10264343
    Abstract: There is provided a mobile device case for carrying and charging a mobile device and at least one earbud. The case includes a main body having a mobile device cavity for receiving the mobile device and at least one earbud cavity for receiving the at least one earbud; a rechargeable battery pack in the main body; a mobile device interface connected to the cavity, the mobile device interface operatively connected to the battery pack and operable to supply power to the mobile device; and at least one earbud interface disposed within the at least one earbud cavity, the earbud interface operatively connected to the battery pack and operable to supply power to the respective earbud stored in the earbud cavity to charge the earbud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Quip Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew Callam Ingram
  • Patent number: 10264689
    Abstract: An electronic device that has components is provided with a housing that defines an exterior and an interior of the electronic device. The housing includes a vapor port that prevents ingress of liquid through the vapor port from the exterior of the electronic device to the interior of the electronic device. The vapor port also permits egress of vapor through the vapor port from the interior of the electronic device to the exterior of the electronic device. The vapor port may include a breathable, but water-resistant or waterproof barrier to prevent water from entering through the barrier while enabling water vapor to exit through the barrier and, thus, the vapor port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: HZO, INC.
    Inventor: Blake Stevens
  • Patent number: 10236940
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a frame including a metal layer and being capable of transmitting electric waves that may be applied to a device including a wireless charging module or a wireless communication module, and wherein each of the modules may be selected from at least one of a charging transmitter, a charging receiver, and a near field communication module. Herein, for example, a mobile device including at least one wireless charging receiver and being capable of performing wireless charging accordingly, may be expected to perform the wireless charging more easily despite having its external feature configured of a metallic material having a more excellent and luxurious texture and having a more enhanced durability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventor: Jae Beom Kim
  • Patent number: 10225382
    Abstract: An apparatus that helps a user grasp a hand-held device (10) resting on an underlying surface (S) detects when the user is reaching for the hand-held device. In response to the detection, the apparatus performs an action that elevates at least a part of the hand-held device above the underlying surface. Elevating the hand-held device above the underlying surface allows the user to grasp and lift the hand-held device off of the underlying surface more easily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Matthew John Lawrenson, Till Burkert, Julian Charles Nolan
  • Patent number: 10216712
    Abstract: Disclosed are a web page display method and device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: UC Mobile Limited
    Inventors: Jie Liang, Yongfu Yu, Xiaopeng He, Shunyan Zhu, Xiaozhen Wang, Jinhe Zeng
  • Patent number: 10218827
    Abstract: An enclosure and a method for forming an enclosure are disclosed. The enclosure may be formed from metal, such as aluminum, and further include a non-metal portion allowing for transmission and receipt of electromagnetic waves. The non-metal portion may be interlocked to the enclosure and in particular, to a region within the enclosure including a first material having a relatively high strength and stiffness compared to the non-metal portion. Interlocking means may include forming dovetail cuts into the enclosure to receive the non-metal portion, a hole or cavity drilled into the enclosure which includes internal threads, and a rod inserted into the first material to provide a tension to the non-metal portion. Methods of assembling internal components using anodization are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Matthew D. Hill, Derek C. Krass, Benjamin Shane Bustle, Lucy Elizabeth Browning, Michael Benjamin Wittenberg, James B. Smith, Ashutosh Y. Shukla, Scott A. Myers
  • Patent number: 10204639
    Abstract: A method and a device for processing a sound signal for a communications device, where a relationship between values of a volume of a first sound signal collected by a main microphone and a volume of a second sound signal collected by an auxiliary microphone is acquired by comparison, to determine a sound signal processing policy, and according to the sound signal processing policy, a sound signal to be sent to a peer communications terminal is determined, where the sound signal processing policy is used to ensure that a volume of the sound signal to be sent to the peer communications terminal exceeds a preset volume threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zaishang Wang, Xin Zhang, Guangyuan Gao, Xianfeng Zhang, Guoquan Zhang
  • Patent number: 10205480
    Abstract: A protective case for a portable electronic device includes a rigid plastic frame bonded to a stretchable rubber cover and a back panel insert that can be removably inserted into a pocket in the rear of the stretchable rubber cover and plastic frame. To position a device in the case, the device is simply inserted into the front opening of the rigid plastic frame and stretchable rubber cover such that the edges of the stretchable cover stretch over the device and secure the device in the case. A variety of different removable back panels allow the stand to be easily reconfigured to include a stand for the device case, a pocket adapted to hold payment cards, a folding style wallet, a mirror or a fabric covering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Griffin Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Poon, Evan Reese, Paul Grote
  • Patent number: 10205142
    Abstract: A battery including a plurality of cells housed in a battery container, wherein the battery container is formed of an insulating material and includes a plurality of housing portions formed by an inner wall portion of the battery container, each of the housing portions housing an associated one of the cells, and a conductive member for use in connecting the plurality of cells is embedded in a wall portion of the battery container. The housing portion has a shape conforming to an outer face of the cell and is in contact with the outer face of the cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, KOJIMA INDUSTRIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Junta Katayama, Tsuyoshi Hayashi, Kenji Kimura, Masahiro Imai, Ryogo Murayama, Tomotaka Osakabe
  • Patent number: 10146989
    Abstract: A hand-held electronic device hand-held electronic device. A sensing surface is adopted to detect fingerprints and a contact of an object on the sensing surface. Storage stores a fingerprint signature. A controller is configured to determine whether a composition of detected fingerprints matches with the fingerprint signature and determine at least one character of the contact. The at least one character comprises a location on which the object contacts the sensing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: HTC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Chia-Jun Chia, Tsung-Pao Kuan
  • Patent number: 10149074
    Abstract: There is provided a hearing assistance system, comprising a transmission unit comprising a microphone arrangement for capturing audio signals from a voice of a speaker using the transmission unit and being adapted to transmit the audio signals as radio frequency signal via a wireless RF link; a left ear hearing device and a right ear hearing device, each hearing device being adapted to stimulate the user's hearing and to receive an RF signal from the transmission unit via the wireless RF link and comprising a microphone arrangement for capturing audio signals from ambient sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventors: Gilles Courtois, Patrick Marmaroli, Herve Lissek, Yves Oesch, William Balande
  • Patent number: 10141245
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a high-power acoustic device with improved performance. The disclosed acoustic device includes a substrate, a die-attach material, and an acoustic die. The substrate includes a substrate body and a die pad on a top surface of the substrate body. The die-attach material is a sintered material and applied over the die pad. The acoustic die is coupled to the die pad via the die-attach material. Herein, the acoustic die includes a die body and a metallization structure, which is sandwiched between the die body and the die-attach material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Qorvo US, Inc.
    Inventors: Tarak A. Railkar, Ian Y. Yee, Jeffrey D. Galipeau, Jason Wu, Rodolfo E. Chang
  • Patent number: 10142737
    Abstract: A mini loudspeaker includes a shell, a vibration system and a magnetic circuit system are received in the shell, and the shell is made up by jointing at least two shell bodies. A protruding sealing portion is provided on one of the shell bodies at a portion where the shell body is sealed with another shell body, the sealing portion is formed integrally with the shell body by bi-color injection molding process, material of the sealing portion has a hardness smaller than hardness of material of the shell body and has compressibility; the shell body is further provided with a jointing component configured to join the shell body to another shell body, and the jointing component and the sealing portion are located on the same side. The mini loudspeaker addresses the sealing issue of products under the condition of a small space and has a good sealing performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: GOERTEK INC.
    Inventors: Guiling Li, Zhenjin Ren
  • Patent number: 10135959
    Abstract: An electronic device housing (100) comprises outer frame (10) and a die casting inner frame (20). The die casting inner frame is shaped by means of die casting and is jogged in the outer frame. The present invention also comprises a method for manufacturing the electronic device housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignees: GUANGDONG JANUS INTELLIGENT GROUP CORP., LTD, DONGGUAN JANUS ELECTRONIC PRECISION COMPONENTS CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Zhen Tang, Xi Fan, Shoude Xie, Changming Wang, Yunbin Li, Kaifu Liu, Shenghui Zhou, Xu Lu
  • Patent number: 10123299
    Abstract: Techniques to manage client location detection are described. In one embodiment an apparatus may comprise a location-based services support component and a client management component. The location-based services support component may be operative to determine that a network service is scheduled for a location update from a mobile device, determine a location accuracy based on the network service, and update the network service with a received location of the mobile device. The client management component may be operative to transmit a location request to the mobile device, the location request specifying the location accuracy determined based on the network service and receive a response to the location request from the mobile device, the response comprising the location of the mobile device conforming to the specified location accuracy. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Andrea Vaccari, Yuntao Jia, Pierre Moreels, Matthew Robert Mallozzi, Gabriel Grise, Islam Ismailov
  • Patent number: 10108223
    Abstract: An electronic device includes at least one electronic component. The electronic device also includes a first housing of a single piece of metal. The first housing defines a length, a width, and a height that is less than both the length and the width. The housing has at least five side walls defining an internal cavity and an open end to the cavity that spans the width and height of the first housing. The electronic component is contained within the cavity. A cover is removably affixed over the open end of the housing so as to contribute to a retaining force applied on the electronic component therein. The first housing can be a base housing for a portable computer, and the cover can be a first portion of a hinge assembly. The electronic device can further include a display assembly operatively connected to the base housing by the hinge assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Yoshimichi Matsuoka
  • Patent number: 10097927
    Abstract: A loudspeaker array includes a MEMS loudspeaker with a diaphragm deflectable along a Z axis; a printed circuit board having a first cavity housing an ASIC electrically connected to the MEMS loudspeaker; and a sound-conducting channel disposed adjacent to the MEMS loudspeaker and having an acoustic outlet opening. The printed circuit board includes a second cavity having an opening, which is closed by the MEMS loudspeaker, so that the second cavity forms at least a part of a cavity of the MEMS loudspeaker. The sound-conducting channel extends at an angle to the Z axis of the MEMS loudspeaker. The acoustic outlet opening is arranged on a side face of the loudspeaker array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: USOUND GMBH
    Inventors: Andrea Rusconi Clerici Beltrami, Ferruccio Bottoni
  • Patent number: 10097227
    Abstract: A mobile terminal comprises: a metallic frame; a first cover and a second cover coupled to a front surface and a rear surface of the metallic frame, respectively; and a first waterproof layer and a second waterproof layer formed between the first cover and the metallic frame, and between the second cover and the metallic frame, respectively, wherein the metallic frame includes: a base portion configured to support a display unit formed on the front surface of the metallic frame; and an edge portion formed along an outer periphery of the base portion so as to radiate heat generated from the base portion, and exposed to outside of the mobile terminal between the first cover and the second cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jaehyuk Kang, Jinho Jang, Hyunseok Kim
  • Patent number: 10075582
    Abstract: A terminal control method and apparatus, and a terminal, where the method includes obtaining position distribution of a terminal held position on the terminal, and performing, according to a mapping relationship between position distribution and a terminal control operation, an operation corresponding to the position distribution in order to control the terminal. The apparatus includes a first obtaining module and a performing module. The terminal includes the apparatus according to an embodiment of the present disclosure. In the terminal control method and apparatus, and the terminal according to embodiments of the present disclosure, terminal information of a terminal is obtained, and therefore, intention of a user about controlling the terminal can be determined proactively, and a corresponding operation may be performed according to position distribution, thereby improving intelligence and automation levels of controlling a terminal, and improving user experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: HUAWEI DEVICE (DONGGUAN) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xiaojun Xie, Zuming Hong, Lei Wang
  • Patent number: 10061394
    Abstract: According to one aspect, a portable electronic device having a base portion having a keypad, and a sliding portion. The sliding portion is coupled to the base portion and slideable relative thereto between a closed position wherein the keypad is covered by the sliding portion, and an open position wherein the keypad is exposed. The keypad includes a plurality of keys, at least some of the plurality of keys having a ridge that extends upwardly from the top surface of the key. Each ridge extends between a lower edge of the key and an upper edge of the key and is curved therebetween. Each ridge is offset from a midline of each key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Kwok Ching Leung, Min Zhu, Jason Tyler Griffin
  • Patent number: 10048772
    Abstract: A mobile terminal including a first body unit having a display on a front surface, and having an opened end portion; a second body unit coupled to the opened end portion of the first body unit, and having a plurality of keys including a capture mode switching key for switching between a camera capture mode and a general mode of the mobile terminal; and a controller configured to perform a first function in response to a manipulation of a first key among the plurality of keys when a current operation mode of the mobile terminal is the camera capture mode, and perform a second function in response to the manipulation of the first key when the current operation mode of the mobile terminal is the general mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Seongeun Kim, Younghoon Song, Hyomin Eum, Jinseong Lee
  • Patent number: 10048764
    Abstract: A sensor module is provided. The sensor module includes three or more sensors and includes a substrate having the three or more sensors arranged thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hwa-Yong Kang, Young-Kwon Yoon, Moon-Soo Kim, Tae-Ho Kim
  • Patent number: 10044396
    Abstract: A protective cover for an electronic device includes a protective shell and a cushioning member configured for cushioning the electronic device when the electronic device is disposed in the protective shell. The protective cover includes a first opening configured to align with and expose at least a portion of a touch screen display of the electronic device when the electronic device is disposed in the protective shell. The protective cover also includes a second opening configured to align with a camera of the electronic device when the electronic device is disposed in the protective shell. The protective cover further includes an access port positioned to be proximate an electrical interface of the electronic device when the electronic device is disposed in the protective shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Otter Products, LLC
    Inventors: Curtis R. Richardson, Douglas A. Kempel
  • Patent number: 10028053
    Abstract: A directional microphone array which can be integrated into a case for a portable computing device. A microphone array board connects to a surface of a laptop computer, tablet computer or smart phone, which can be steered in the direction of a target source. An audio processing module (APM) is operably engaged with the array board to receive a first staged beamformed audio input from the array board, and process a second beamformed stage audio output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Wave Sciences, LLC
    Inventors: James Keith McElveen, Noah Schiffman, Brad Smith
  • Patent number: 10003371
    Abstract: The presently disclosed subject matter relates to a case for use with a personal electronic device comprising front and rear camera lenses. Particularly, the disclosed case comprises front and rear covers that selectively move to cover and uncover the camera lenses on demand. In addition, the covers prevent dust, dirt, and the like from contacting and damaging the device cameras. Optionally, the disclosed case includes an integral storage compartment for housing credit cards, ID cards, and the like. In some embodiments, the stored items can be used with a slot integral to the case to function as a support stand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Inventors: Dennis Given, Torian Holt
  • Patent number: 9997052
    Abstract: The cell phone recovery device is configured for use with a personal data device. The cell phone recovery device establishes a wireless communication link between the cell phone recovery device and the personal data device The cell phone recovery device to monitors the span of the distance between the cell phone recovery device and the personal data device. Should the span of the distance between the cell phone recovery device and the personal data device exceed a previously determined threshold, the cell phone recovery device generates an audible alarm. The cell phone recovery device comprises a first logic module and a first communication module. The first communication module is electrically connected to the first logic module. The first communication module establishes and maintains the wireless communication link between the cell phone recovery device and the personal data device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Inventor: Albert Ayers
  • Patent number: 9998166
    Abstract: An accessory device may include a first area having a front surface for mounting a rear surface of an electronic device thereon and being bendable, a second area having a front surface for mounting a rear surface of an electronic device thereon, and a third area disposed to face the second area. The first, second, and third areas may be form a cradle according to bending of the first area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Myung-Suk Kim, Yong-Sang Yun, Kwan-Ho Lee
  • Patent number: 9992887
    Abstract: A protective cover for a portable electronic device, which is configured for supporting the device and for storing an earphone and cable, includes a casing body, a winding portion, a limiting plate, and a support plate. The device is received in a receiving portion in the casing body and the winding portion protrudes out of one side of the casing body spaced apart from the receiving portion, the winding portion being able to accept the cable of the earphone wound onto it. The limiting plate covers one side of the winding portion spaced apart from the casing body and defining an opening. The support plate covers the opening of the limiting plate and is rotatably coupled to the limiting plate. A ring-shaped accommodating space is defined between the limiting plate and the casing body for receiving the cable of the earphone wound onto the winding portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignees: HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (TAIYUAN) CO, HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yong-Peng Li, Zhi-Ming Wang
  • Patent number: 9988191
    Abstract: A lockable sealable enclosure system with a lockable lid openable, and re-lockable, through use of a locking tool. The enclosure system comprises a bottom container, which can optionally support a transparent film to provide water-resistance to the container, secured by a cover. The cover is provided with securing members which lockingly engage the bottom container. A lock release tool comprises latching members for engagement with the securing members, and a cam and cam followers which operate on the latching members are operably able to pull the securing members outwards to release the locked engagement. The enclosure system can include a shock and water resistant wireless pager enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Inventor: Joseph Norris
  • Patent number: 9985195
    Abstract: A piezoelectric actuator which is capable of reduction of noise resulting from vibration of a piezoelectric element, a piezoelectric vibration device, and a portable terminal are provided. A piezoelectric actuator includes a piezoelectric element including a stacked body composed of internal electrodes and piezoelectric layers which are laminated, and a surface electrode disposed on one of main surfaces of the stacked body so as to be electrically connected to the internal electrodes; a flexible substrate electrically connected to the surface electrode; and a shock-absorbing material disposed on the flexible substrate. The shock-absorbing material, at least partly, is disposed on a first region of the flexible substrate which overlaps with the piezoelectric element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroshi Mori
  • Patent number: 9942370
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an apparatus comprises i) an audio transducer; ii) an audio driver plate having an ear-facing side and a non-ear-facing side; iii) a rigid housing substantially circumferentially surrounding the audio driver plate without substantially covering the ear-facing side and non-ear-facing side of the audio driver plate; iv) a front plate mounted on the ear-facing side of the audio driver plate and spaced apart from the audio driver plate; and v) a fixing gasket affixed to the non-ear-facing side of the audio driver plate. In addition, the front plate is adapted to be compressed against an ear-facing portion of an audio transducer holding device and the fixing gasket adapted to be compressed against a non-ear-facing portion of the audio transducer holding device, whereby the audio transducer is adapted to be held within the audio transducer holding device by compressive force on both the fixing gasket and the front plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Jian Zou, James Zi Yan He, Jinzhu Xue, Wu Xugang
  • Patent number: 9941919
    Abstract: A system for protecting an electronic device and securely and conveniently carrying tangible portable contents therewith. The system may include a resilient portion dimensioned to detachably receive the electronic device by a continuous perimetral edge. The electronic device may be secured thereto by an inwardly extending, retaining lip of the perimetral edge. A rigid portion may be detachably connected to a rear surface of the resilient portion opposite the electronic device. The rigid portion may be dimensioned to shield at least part of the rear surface of the rigid portion. A cavity may be defined between the rigid portion and the rear surface of the resilient portion when the rigid portion is in a closed position. The cavity is operable to secure the tangible contents in the closed position and receive the tangible contents in an opened position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: URBAN ARMOR GEAR, LLC
    Inventor: Steve Armstrong
  • Patent number: 9942380
    Abstract: An electronic device and a method for data communication with such an electronic device. The electronic device combines, on the one hand, a Near Field Communication (NFC) interface, including an antenna and a circuit for generating a modulated electromagnetic wave, and on the other hand a user interface including a touch-sensitive display configured to present an object relating to a communication action executable by means of the NFC interface. A control unit connected to the NFC interface and the user interface, is configured to trigger the NFC interface to execute the communication action responsive to simultaneous detection of the presented object being touched and the NFC interface being in communicative connection with a second NFC interface of a second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: SONY MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS INC.
    Inventor: Simon Lessing
  • Patent number: 9942625
    Abstract: Various disclosed embodiments include methods and systems for providing sensor functionality to a wireless electronic device. The wireless electronic device comprises a sensor module disposed within and removably coupled to the wireless electronic device. The sensor module includes a sensor module electrical interface. The wireless electronic device includes a first interface configured to receive the sensor module, and a second interface disposed within the wireless electronic device configured to electrically connect to the sensor module electrical interface when the sensor module is connected to the wireless electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Futurewei Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Jorge Fabrega Sanchez
  • Patent number: 9941953
    Abstract: A wireless rack communication system includes a rack defining a rack entrance and device housings. A networking device is positioned in a first device housing. The networking device includes a networking device antenna system surface spaced apart from the rack entrance, and networking device antenna systems each extend from the networking device antenna system surface and into the first device housing. Server devices are each positioned in respective second device housings that are located adjacent each other on a same side of the first device housing. Each server device includes a server device antenna system surface that is spaced apart from the rack entrance and a server device antenna system that extends from that server device antenna system surface and into the respective second device housing. An unobstructed wireless communication path is provided between each server device antenna system and a respective one of the networking device antenna systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Snigdhendu S. Mukhopadhyay, Krishnamurthy Subramanian
  • Patent number: 9942466
    Abstract: A convertible computer includes a transparent optical element in the keyboard base that provides light pass-through for the camera but does not interfere with the user's experience. The transparent optical element may include a transparent glass or plastic element that maintains the imaging specifications of the rear-facing camera. In some implementations, the transparent optical element can maintain the f-number of the optical system that includes the camera and the transparent optical element and may not affect image quality of images captured by the camera. In some arrangements, the transparent optical element can include an optical system that can increase the light-gathering ability of the camera (e.g., decreases f-number), effectively converting the camera lens into a macro lens. In other arrangements, the transparent optical element can include an optical system that can improve the imaging of distant objects (e.g., increases f-number), effectively converting the camera lens into a telephoto lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Alberto Martin Perez, Kan Liu
  • Patent number: 9912365
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a watch type mobile terminal which includes a main body, an infrared communication unit configured to generate an infrared signal, a communication unit configured to perform communication in a wireless manner, a sensing unit configured to sense an attachment of the main body to a first device, the first device configured to receive the infrared signal, and a controller configured to control the infrared communication unit to generate an infrared signal for the first device on the basis of a control signal associated with the first device, received from a second device through the communication unit, when the attachment of the main body to the first device is sensed, and configured to transmit the generated infrared signal to the first device through the infrared communication unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Hyunkyung Kim, Kwanghee Cho, Youngtak Kim, Jeongho Lee, Inho Choi, Jiwon Yun, Jongkyeong Park, Hyeongu Kang, Nikolay Akatyev
  • Patent number: 9912044
    Abstract: A wrist device, which is an antenna built-in portable device, includes an armor case including an opening at least on the front surface side, glass that closes the opening, a metal bezel attached to the front surface of the armor case and arranged around the glass, and an antenna arranged in a space on the inner side of the armor case. The antenna is a planar antenna, a maximum radiation direction of which is arranged to be directed toward the outer side of the bezel crossing the thickness direction of the armor case. The antenna is arranged in a position not overlapping the bezel in the maximum radiation direction of the antenna. At least a part of the antenna overlaps at least a part of the bezel in the thickness direction of the armor case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Iijima, Fumihiro Misawa
  • Patent number: 9904408
    Abstract: An electronic device capable of presenting appropriate tactile feeling in various use situations is provided. The electronic device according to one exemplary embodiment includes: a touch panel on which a user touches; touch detector that detects the touch of the user on the touch panel; vibrator that vibrates the touch panel; driver that drives the vibrator with a first drive signal within a first frequency band and a second drive signal within a second frequency band higher than the first frequency band; vibration detector that detects a vibration of the touch panel that vibrates due to a drive with the second drive signal and outputs a detection signal; and drive frequency determinator that determines a frequency of the first drive signal based on the detection signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shoichi Araki, Yoshifumi Hirose
  • Patent number: 9906259
    Abstract: A protective cover for an electronic devices includes a protective shell base having an inner surface, an outer surface, and side members. The protective cover also includes a cushioning member configured for cushioning the electronic device when the electronic device is disposed in the protective shell base. The protective cover also includes a first opening configured to align with and expose at least a portion of a capacitance-sensing interactive touch screen display when the electronic device is disposed in the protective shell base. The protective cover also includes a second opening configured to align with a camera feature of the electronic device when the electronic device is disposed in the protective shell base. The protective cover further includes an access port positioned to be proximate an electrical interface of the electronic device when the electronic device is disposed in the protective shell base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Otter Products, LLC
    Inventors: Curtis R. Richardson, Douglas A. Kempel
  • Patent number: 9899591
    Abstract: There are provided a piezoelectric actuator having reduced noise caused by the vibration of a piezoelectric element is reduced, a piezoelectric vibration apparatus and a portable terminal. A piezoelectric actuator includes a piezoelectric element which includes a stacked body in which internal electrodes and piezoelectric layers are laminated, and a surface electrode disposed on one main surface of the stacked body so as to be electrically connected to the internal electrodes; and a flexible substrate electrically joined to the surface electrode; and a reinforcing plate fixedly attached to a region of the flexible substrate where the flexible substrate overlaps with the piezoelectric element, the reinforcing plate being provided with a bend portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Michiya Murakami
  • Patent number: 9900766
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a method and system for utilizing a digital data capture device in conjunction with a Bluetooth (BT) enabled mobile device for publishing data and multimedia content on one or more websites automatically or with minimal user intervention. A client application is provided on the BT enabled mobile device. In the absence of inbuilt BT capability, a BT communication device is provided on the digital data capture device. The BT communication device is paired with the BT enabled mobile device to establish a connection. The client application detects capture of data and multimedia content on the digital data capture device and initiates transfer of the captured data, multimedia content, and associated files. The digital data capture device transfers the captured data, multimedia content, and the associated files to the client application. The client application automatically publishes the transferred data and multimedia content on one or more websites.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Inventors: Gurvinder Singh, Marcos Klein, Vince Laviano
  • Patent number: 9894265
    Abstract: A portable electronic device includes an input device, an input device housing, a display, and a display housing coupled to the input device housing. The display housing is moveable relative to the i housing by sliding between an extended position in which the input device is exposed and a contracted position in which the input device is covered by the display housing. The portable electronic device also includes a digital camera housed by the display housing. The input device housing includes an auxiliary camera lens fixed to a body such that the auxiliary camera lens is aligned with the digital camera for obtaining digital images utilizing the auxiliary camera lens when the display housing is in the contracted position, and the auxiliary camera lens is out of alignment with the digital camera for obtaining digital images without the auxiliary camera lens when the display housing is in the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Emily Kuret, Younghwan Kim, Scott Paul Wenger, Aidan Doan
  • Patent number: 9880690
    Abstract: A mobile terminal having an input device that performs inputting in a tactile manner is disclosed. A touch screen of a first region and touch buttons of a second region are implemented by a single touch sheet without having touch sensing units. Thus, manufacturing, assembling and handling can be facilitated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Han-Gyu Oh