Docking Station Patents (Class 710/303)
  • Patent number: 10779137
    Abstract: A passenger interface apparatus for a passenger transportation vehicle having a visual display generator, a docking station, a removable processor unit detachably connected to the docking station, a connection between the docking station and the visual display generator for the supply of data and/or signalling to the visual display generator, the removable processor unit having a memory, a data processor, and a connection interface to connect to the docking station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: IFPL Group Limited
    Inventors: John Wright, Geoff Underwood, David Thomas, Sam Blakeley
  • Patent number: 10774978
    Abstract: An adjustable device holder which retains and mounts a portable electronic device onto a surface or an external support structure. The adjustable device holder includes a first engagement jaw, a second engagement jaw, a telescoping frame, and a locking mechanism. The telescoping frame includes a tubular body and a sliding body. The sliding body is slidably positioned within the tubular body to allow for variable length of the telescoping frame. The locking mechanism is mechanically integrated in between the tubular body and the sliding body to secure and set a specific length of the telescoping frame. The first engagement jaw and the second engagement jaw laterally hold the electronic device. The first engagement jaw and the second engagement jaw are positioned parallel and offset to each other along the telescoping frame. The first engagement jaw and the second engagement jaw are each is rotatably mounted to the telescoping frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Inventor: Alberto Rene Somoano
  • Patent number: 10772192
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to extremely high frequency (“EHF”) systems and methods for the use thereof, and more particularly to board-to-board connections using contactless connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: KEYSSA SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Roger D. Isaac, Mostafa Naguib Abdulla
  • Patent number: 10744215
    Abstract: A sanitization device comprises an enclosure comprising emitters configured to emit sanitizing electro-optical radiation into an interior compartment. The sanitization device further includes a panel having an open configuration and a closed configuration adapted to enclose the inner compartment. The panel includes an inner surface forming a depression configured to receive a portable device when the panel is in the open configuration and to secure the portable device as the panel transitions to the closed configuration. The sanitization device may further comprise an actuator configured to transition the panel between the open and closed configurations in response to inputs received via a touchless input interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Phonesoap LLC
    Inventors: Wesley LaPorte, Daniel Barnes
  • Patent number: 10673196
    Abstract: A card PC is pressed and held with a fixation guide from right and left sides and from the top, so that the card PC is securely fixed at a normal position, with reduced influence of vibration. After the card PC is placed at a normal position, a connector of an external device is moved to a connector of the card PC, so as to securely connect the card PC to the external device. This accordingly prevents disengagement of the connectors or other similar problems that would otherwise occur due to imperfect connection between the connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, DENSO TEN Limited
    Inventor: Masanobu Washio
  • Patent number: 10659580
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a sled system for physically attaching a mobile device and a peripheral device and electrically connecting both. A modular sled system according to the present invention comprises a mount unit to physically attach a peripheral device to a mobile device and the mount unit comprises an electrical connection part to be electrically connected to each of the peripheral device and the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventors: Hanjin Lee, Byeonsoo Yoo, Joonhee Lim
  • Patent number: 10606607
    Abstract: A computing device in accordance with an example includes a first operating system and a second operating system. The computing device includes a controller to select one of the first and second operating systems based on a mode of the computing device, where the first and second operating systems are executed substantially in parallel on a processor of the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Evan Joel Wilson
  • Patent number: 10565036
    Abstract: A method of synchronizing thread execution of a host and one or more coprocessors includes writing by the host of an event command and at least one coprocessor instruction to a FIFO and comparing of the event command with a current event register of the coprocessor until they match, whereupon the FIFO entries are popped and the instructions are forwarded to the coprocessor for execution. A plurality of entry groups can be written to the FIFO, each beginning with an event command. The instructions can direct the coprocessor to exchange data with shared memory and apply its thread to the received data. The processors and shared memory can be linked by a ring-type bus having a controller that performs the comparison, popping, and instruction forwarding. The coprocessor clears the current event register during thread execution, and then writes an event command to the register when processing is complete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Axis Semiconductor, Inc.
    Inventors: Xiaolin Wang, Qian Wu
  • Patent number: 10559381
    Abstract: A server device includes a first storage unit in which first information including device names, locations, and scheduled use dates and times of a plurality of medical devices is stored, a determination unit that determines an alternative medical device that may be an alternative device of the failed medical device on the basis of second information relating to at least one failure of the plurality of medical devices and the first information stored in the first storage unit, and a communication unit that transmits third information including a device name, a location, and a usable date and time of the alternative medical device to one or more client terminal devices corresponding to the medical devices that have not failed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tetsuya Kuji, Katsuyoshi Ishibashi
  • Patent number: 10560764
    Abstract: Systems and methods for taking sensor measurements is provided. The system includes a sensor configured to detect sensor inputs from a signal source and generate a sensor output signal. The system further includes a synchronization adaptor configured to receive the sensor output signal, to transmit a timing synchronization signal on a communication channel, and to transmit the sensor output signal on the communication channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: AQUARIUS SPECTRUM LTD.
    Inventors: David Solomon, Zeev Efrat, Baruch Solomon
  • Patent number: 10520999
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus and method offering a specialized modular sled systems for combination, both in a physically proximate sense, and power usage-wise, mobile devices with peripheral devices without the need for cables, and with structural capabilities that offer the ability for a user to employ the same in substantially simultaneous fashion through a consolidated physical integration that eliminates uneven and/or problematic charging of the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: KoamTac, Inc.
    Inventor: Hanjin Lee
  • Patent number: 10503669
    Abstract: Described is a method and apparatus for application migration between a dockable device and a docking station in a seamless manner. The dockable device includes a processor and the docking station includes a high-performance processor. The method includes determining a docking state of a dockable device while at least an application is running. Application migration from the dockable device to a docking station is initiated when the dockable device is moving to a docked state. Application migration from the docking station to the dockable device is initiated when the dockable device is moving to an undocked state. The application continues to run during the application migration from the dockable device to the docking station or during the application migration from the docking station to the dockable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Lawrence Campbell, Yuping Shen
  • Patent number: 10448439
    Abstract: A wireless communication apparatus performing wireless communication with a terminal apparatus includes a regular connection control unit making connection to and performing communication with an external access point and a temporary connection control unit that makes connection to the terminal apparatus through an internal access point and receives connection setting information of the external access point from the terminal apparatus through wireless communication based on the connection. The identification information of the internal access point includes a first character string and a second character string, and the temporary connection control unit changes the second character string of the identification information when a predetermined condition is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Taichi Ueno, Kenji Sakuda
  • Patent number: 10431054
    Abstract: A processing system adapted for use in a gaming environment is configured to detect when a user might accidentally drop an input device, such as a handheld game controller. The processing system includes an input device, a processing unit and a warning unit. The input device has one or more pressure sensors operable to sense pressure inputs from a user. The processing unit is operable to identify an imminent dropping of the input device from measurements obtained by the pressure sensors. And the warning unit is operable to provide a warning to the user when the processing unit identifies an imminent drop of the input device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe Limited
    Inventors: Simon Mark Benson, Sharwin Winesh Raghoebardajal, Patrick John Connor
  • Patent number: 10418956
    Abstract: A signal processing apparatus includes a level adjuster adjusting a level of an input signal, and a setter calculating an electric charge estimate value being a value obtained by estimating an electric charge amount of a charging and discharging element based on the charging and discharging element to which a predetermined electric charge is supplied and in which the electric charge is held and the electric charge supplied to the charging and discharging element and setting an adjustment coefficient of the level adjuster based on the electric charge estimate value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventors: Satoshi Ukai, Mikio Muramatsu
  • Patent number: 10401931
    Abstract: A power delivery architecture for a computing system is described. In one embodiment, an apparatus comprises a docking station; and a computing system removably coupled to the docking station and having a plurality of components and a power delivery subsystem to deliver power to integrated circuit (IC) components under direction of a controller, where the controller is communicably coupled to the docking station when the docking station is coupled to the computing system to cause power from the docking station to be delivered to at least one of the components with power from the power delivery system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jimmy Y. Hsiao, Tawfik M. Rhal-Arabi, Chang-Wu Yen
  • Patent number: 10405319
    Abstract: An apparatus to manage wireless communications may include an interface component to monitor channel load over a multiplicity of communications channels in an least one wireless communications band, and an interference management component to identify an active channel of a wireless local area network (WLAN) link, and identify a select channel from the multiplicity of communications channels that is orthogonal to the active channel of the WLAN link to transmit wireless data over a wireless personal area network (WPAN) link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Lei Shao, Krishnan Rajamani, Charles L. Brabenac, Radhakrishnan Sankar, Ulun Karacaoglu, Xintian E. Lin
  • Patent number: 10362611
    Abstract: A communication device establishes a first connection to a first other communication device, establishes, based on the first connection, a second connection to a second other communication device that is connected to the first other communication device, while the first connection has been established, and then performs direct communication with the second other communication device using the second connection. The communication device determines whether an operation mode of the first connection is a mode in which a periodic search for other networks is performed while a network has been established by the first connection. If the operation mode is the mode in which the periodic search is performed, the communication device restricts at least one of establishment of the second connection and switching of a channel in the second connection while the first connection has been established.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hitoshi Aoki
  • Patent number: 10360161
    Abstract: A lock base attached to a computer housing has a controller in circuit communication with a processor of the computer. A cable socket comprising a flash memory locks onto the lock base, two ends of an internal wire of the cable form a closed electric circuit loop with the lock base through the entirety of the body of the cable, and the controller performs a handshake with the processor of the computerized device and the flash memory that generates a checksum key stored on the flash memory, the computerized device requiring access to the checksum key on the flash memory for access to data on a memory device of the computerized device. Absent a keyed unlocking, the controller erases the checksum key from the flash memory in response to a break in the circuit loop or dislocation of the cable socket from the lock base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Giulia Carnevale, Vittorio Carullo, Marco Gianfico, Roberto Ragusa, Emanuele Vercalli
  • Patent number: 10355748
    Abstract: An electronic device that communicates with a communication apparatus includes a connection unit that connects to a battery, a storage unit accessible from an external apparatus via a close proximity wireless communication, a control unit that performs control such that information used in executing one of a plurality of functions including a wireless power transmission function is stored in the storage unit, wherein the control unit performs the control such that information associated with the wireless power transmission function is stored in the storage unit depending on a charge status of the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Akihiro Tanabe
  • Patent number: 10347059
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus provides an enhanced capability of authentication safety when unlocking. The information processing apparatus includes communication circuitry configured to receive an unlocking request and first information generated based on a first secret key, from a first communication terminal and control circuitry configured to determine whether or not to cause a locking circuit to unlock, based on a first public key corresponding to the first secret key and the generated first information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Taizo Shirai, Akichika Tanaka, Tatsuhiro Ilda, Koichi Sakumoto, Takeo Inagaki, Shinpei Hirano, Tetsuro Tsuji
  • Patent number: 10324507
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for enabling a power path between a power source and a host device via an accessory. A host device may send, to an accessory arranged within the power path, via a first data pin arranged in the host device, a request for an accessory identifier. The accessory identifier identifies the accessory. The host device may then determine whether the accessory identifier is received from the accessory within a specified period of time or whether a received accessory identifier is valid. If the accessory identifier is not received from the accessory within the specified period of time, or a received accessory identifier is not valid, the host device sends a new request for the accessory identifier to the accessory via a second data pin different than the first data pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Scott Mullins, Alexei Kosut, Jeffrey J. Terlizzi
  • Patent number: 10306639
    Abstract: A communication apparatus has a communication function that can concurrently perform first communication in which communication with a partner apparatus is performed via another apparatus that decides a wireless channel to be used in the wireless communication and second communication in which communication with the partner apparatus is performed not via another apparatus by the communication apparatus deciding the wireless channel. In a state in which the first communication and the second communication are concurrently performed, if a connection for the first communication is to be established while a connection for the second communication is established, a second wireless channel used for the second communication is set so as to match the second wireless channel with a first wireless channel to be used when the connection for the first communication is established.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kei Takarabe
  • Patent number: 10295770
    Abstract: Embodiments describe an apparatus for magnetic charging and optical data transferring. The apparatus includes an inductive transmitting coil disposed within a housing, an optically transparent window disposed at a surface of the housing and above the inductive transmitting coil, and a first optical data transfer module disposed within the housing below the optically transparent window. The first optical data transfer module may be to perform at least one of emitting optical signals through the optically transparent window or detecting optical signals passing through the optically transparent window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander W. Williams, Nicholas G. Merz
  • Patent number: 10210104
    Abstract: An electronic device is provided. The electronic device includes a transceiver that communicates with an external electronic device and at least one processor electrically connected with the transceiver. The processor is configured to obtain context information about an operation being performed at the electronic device, to generate identification information about a recommended operation associated with the operation being performed, based on the context information about the operation being performed and to send the identification information about the recommended operation to the external electronic device by using the transceiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kyung Soo Lim, Jae Bong Yoo, Jun Hak Lim, Duk Ki Hong, Gi Beom Kim, Seung Hwan Cho, Hyuk Kang, Tae Gun Park, In Ji Jin
  • Patent number: 10200108
    Abstract: In a wireless docking system a host (100) is arranged for docking a dockee (120) and relaying data packets from the dockee to an audio/video peripheral (110,111,112). The host is arranged for using a first host internet protocol [IP] address as address for the host for the wireless communication while docking the dockee, and using a second host IP address as address for the host for the wireless communication for setting up a direct connection to the audio/video peripheral, while the host operates as an audio/video data source towards the peripheral, and providing the second host IP address to the dockee. The dockee is arranged for using the second host IP address as source IP address for the dockee for exchanging data packets with the audio/video peripheral while transferring the data packets via the host. The audio/video peripheral can keep on using the same destination IP address and is not aware of actually communicating with the dockee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Johannes Arnoldus Cornelis Bernsen, Walter Dees
  • Patent number: 10146724
    Abstract: An example switchable power adapter may include power circuitry and an interface coupled to the power circuitry. An application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) may be coupled to the power circuitry and the interface. The ASIC may be configured to receive a signal transmitted by an information handling system through the interface; determine whether a delay period within the signal satisfies a delay period condition; and cause the power circuitry to alter an output voltage level provided to the information handling system through the interface. The interface may comprise at least a Universal Serial Bus (USB) receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Wei-Cheng Yu, Tsung-Cheng Liao
  • Patent number: 10116384
    Abstract: Techniques are presented for remote diagnostics and programming of optical pluggable modules (OPMs). A network-enabled programmer receives OPMs in one or more form factors, such as SFP, XFP, and QSFP. The network-enabled programmer retrieves configuration and diagnostic information from coupled OPMs and transmits them to a remote computing device. A technician, operating the remote computing device, can diagnose and reconfigure OPMs from a remote location. This provides an enhanced level of customer support as customers can receive immediate assistance in diagnosis of, and programming of, optical pluggable modules. The configuration can include reconfiguring an optical pluggable module for a new channel and/or platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Integra Optics, Inc.
    Inventors: David Joseph Prescott, Scott Thomas Owens
  • Patent number: 10095201
    Abstract: A control system that is reconfigurable during operation comprises a master controller which generates a bit stream, including reconfiguration information, according to the command of a user.The first slave controller comprises: a first dynamic reconfiguration module, which is a field programmable gate array (FPGA) reconfigured according to the reconfiguration information, and which calculates a control value; a static reconfiguration module which is an FPGA controlling the operation of a target apparatus according to the control value; and a control unit reconfiguring one or more of the first dynamic reconfiguration module and the static reconfiguration module according to the reconfiguration information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Heavy Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seong Hun Choi, Min Soo Kim, Young Jun Park, Young Youl Ha
  • Patent number: 10089270
    Abstract: Systems and methods of interconnecting devices may include an input/output (IO) connector assembly having a voltage regulator, one or more signaling circuits, a first set of contacts, a second set of contacts connected to the one or more signaling circuits, and logic to receive a configuration command. The logic may also connect the first set of contacts to the voltage regulator if the configuration command corresponds to a first protocol. If the configuration command corresponds to a second protocol, on the other hand, the logic can connect the first set of contacts to the one or more signaling circuits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen R. Mooney, Howard L. Heck, James E. Jaussi, Frank T. Hady, Bryan K. Casper
  • Patent number: 10051407
    Abstract: Method, apparatus, and computer program product embodiments enable a wireless docking center device to manage one or more wireless and/or wired peripheral devices on behalf of a wireless dockee device. In an example embodiment, a wireless docking system may automatically provide only those peripherals to user's attention, which are in direct relation to user's activity and are meaningful to the user at each point in time. The set of offered peripherals may depend on the application, for example, video playing or web browsing, running in user's dockee device, such as a smartphone. An example embodiment may automatically take into account known user preferences/habits, location, etc. The selection of peripherals offered may automatically provide the best technical performance, for example, best quality display for a video. An example embodiment also enables the docking solution to allocate optimum peripheral resources on a dynamic usage basis for each user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Juhani Huttunen, Miraj Mostafa, Ari Aarnio
  • Patent number: 10038464
    Abstract: A system for providing telematics includes a communications module having a host portion in communication with at least one communications cartridge, wherein the at least one communications cartridge includes an adapter board having a cradle for receiving a communications card, wherein the cradle includes an interface for removably coupling the communications card to the adapter board, and wherein the adapter board is configured to communicatively couple the communications card and the host portion of the communications module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Igal Kotzer, Eilon Riess
  • Patent number: 10003384
    Abstract: The embodiments relate to a docking station for a mobile electronic device. The energy supply and the data exchange between the docking station and the mobile electronic device is carried out in a wireless manner. The wireless energy supply and the wireless data connection are configured to each other. The initialization process for connecting the mobile electronic device to the docking station may be carried out in a fully automatic manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Jan Kiszka
  • Patent number: 9999080
    Abstract: The method for performing device-to-device communication by a first device according to the present invention comprises: a step of searching a second device that supports device-to-device communication; a step of receiving, from the found second device, second network information including information on whether or not the second device may access the Internet; and a step of determining either the first device or the second device as a group owner based on a first network information including on whether or not the first device may access the Internet and the second network information on the second device. The first device determines the second device as a group owner when the first network information indicates that the first device may not access the Internet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Jungwoo Kim
  • Patent number: 9999092
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for discovery of Wi-Fi serial bus and Wi-Fi docking services. Such networks include (but are not limited to) IEEE 802.11 networks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Bahareh Sadeghi, Emily H. Qi, Carlos Cordeiro
  • Patent number: 9990322
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices for communicating with a serial/parallel interface are described herein. In an aspect, a wireless device includes a transceiver configured to output a plurality of transmission paths, and an antenna configured to output a signal corresponding to at least one of the transmission paths. The wireless device further includes a wireless switching component including a radio-frequency switch configured to selectively connect the antenna to one of the transmission paths, a plurality of signal pins, a serial interface including a plurality of serial inputs electrically coupled to at least one pin of the plurality of signal pins, a parallel interface including a plurality of parallel inputs electrically coupled to at least one pin of the plurality of signal pins, a decoder, and a level shifter configured to control the radio-frequency switch, the at least one pin electrically coupled to both a serial input and a parallel input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Skyworks Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: David Scott Whitefield, Nuttapong Srirattana, Kevin F. Walsh, Florinel G. Balteanu
  • Patent number: 9984034
    Abstract: Computing devices are often designed in view of a particular usage scenario, but may be unsuitable for usage in other computing scenarios. For example, a notebook computer with a large display, an integrated keyboard, and a high-performance processor suitable for many computing tasks may be heavy, large, and power-inefficient; and a tablet lacking a keyboard and incorporating a low-powered processor may improve portability but may present inadequate performance for many tasks. Presented herein is a configuration of a computing device featuring a display unit with a resource-conserving processor that may be used independently (e.g., as a tablet), but that may be connected to a base unit featuring a resource-intensive processor. The operating system of the device may accordingly transition between a resource-intensive computing environment and a resource-conserving computing environment based on the connection with the base unit, thereby satisfying the dual roles of workstation and portable tablet device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Feng-Hsiung Hsu, Xiong-Fei (Bruce) Cai, Chunhui Zhang, Rui Gao
  • Patent number: 9971708
    Abstract: Described is a method and apparatus for application migration between a dockable device and a docking station in a seamless manner. The dockable device includes a processor and the docking station includes a high-performance processor. The method includes determining a docking state of a dockable device while at least an application is running. Application migration from the dockable device to a docking station is initiated when the dockable device is moving to a docked state. Application migration from the docking station to the dockable device is initiated when the dockable device is moving to an undocked state. The application continues to run during the application migration from the dockable device to the docking station or during the application migration from the docking station to the dockable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Lawrence Campbell, Yuping Shen
  • Patent number: 9940277
    Abstract: A method includes generating, by a control unit of a first device, a handshaking signal to be transmitted to a second device via a second channel. The method further includes based on the handshaking signal being acknowledged by the second device, configuring, by the control unit, the second channel to communicate non-display data and configuring a first channel connecting the first device to the second device to selectively communicate either display data or non-display data; and based on the handshaking signal being not acknowledged by the second device, configuring, by the control unit, the first channel to communicate display data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Brian Parten, Yoon Lee, Brian Quach, Lee Myers, Wesley Ray, Win Maung
  • Patent number: 9916700
    Abstract: Network buses in vehicles and other assets are monitored in order to obtain information and calculate alternate values of parameters relating to components connected to the bus and to send them to a management server. The device includes main code, which is common to the different vehicles or assets in a group, and a script, which is specific to each type of vehicle or asset. The script, which may be customizable, is responsible for defining the parameters to obtain and for defining how the values of the parameters are to be calculated. The script compensates for differences in the way different buses and components operate in different assets, which means that the values of like parameters obtained from different sources are all in conformance with each other. The script can be updated without interrupting the operation of the main code and the monitoring of the bus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Inventor: Alireza Nematollahi
  • Patent number: 9892087
    Abstract: A mobile computing device is provided. The device includes a first port having a pinout configuration that is configured to support at least one data format, a data source configured to provide data of a second data format that is different from the at least one data format, and a first multiplexer configured to selectively direct data from the data source towards the first port. The pinout configuration is modified to enable the first port to support the second data format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Bradley Shawn Wynn
  • Patent number: 9888516
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for EM communications. One of the apparatus includes a first device comprising: a first contactless connector and a second contactless connector, and a first controller configured to test the first contactless connector and the second contactless connector to determine a primary connector and a redundant connector, wherein the primary connector is configured to establish a communication link with a connector of another device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Keyssa Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Theo Kersjes, Tyler G. Bowman, Nicholas Antonopoulos
  • Patent number: 9824047
    Abstract: A WiFi serial bus (WSB) attribute for use in Wi-Fi Alliance defined point-to-point (P2P) discovery mechanism includes a plurality of fields disposed in the frame. The WiFi serial bus attribute is arranged to provide information in the plurality of fields to support connectivity decisions for a USB device in a point-to-point network using a WSB protocol. The WSB attribute includes WSB architectural element information and information associated with a USB device behind a USB protocol adaptation layer (PAL).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Bahareh Sadeghi, Carlos Cordeiro, Abdul Ismail, Emily H. Qi, Necati Canpolat
  • Patent number: 9820115
    Abstract: Notification methods and devices are described. In notification method, a notification template corresponding to a notification is generated. The notification template can be provided to a docking system connected to a communication device. A notification control signal that corresponds to the notification template can be generated. The docking system is controlled to present the notification in response to the notification control signal. The docking system presenting the notification can use one or resources of the docking system based on the notification template.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Intel IP Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel Cohn, Michael Glik, Solomon Trainin
  • Patent number: 9785626
    Abstract: A stand alone low cost writing pad includes a rechargeable battery, a low capacity memory, a low power processor, a first pair of connectors and supports audio, video and digital ink capturing functionalities. The writing pad may be detached from and re-attached to a stand alone base unit using the first pair of connectors. The base unit includes another rechargeable battery, high capacity memory, high power processor, and a second pair of connectors. The base unit receives captured audio and digital ink from the writing pad via the communication pathway and the high power processor runs voice recognition and optical character recognition software on received data to generate second data. The second data is displayed on the writing pad and/or stored in the high capacity memory for future use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: ENPULZ, LLC
    Inventor: James D. Bennett
  • Patent number: 9772965
    Abstract: A method includes generating, by a control unit of a first device, a handshaking signal to be transmitted to a second device via a second channel. The method further includes based on the handshaking signal being acknowledged by the second device, configuring, by the control unit, the second channel to communicate non-display data and configuring a first channel connecting the first device to the second device to selectively communicate either display data or non-display data; and based on the handshaking signal being not acknowledged by the second device, configuring, by the control unit, the first channel to communicate display data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Brian Parten, Yoon Lee, Brian Quach, Lee Myers, Wesley Ray, Win Maung
  • Patent number: 9769858
    Abstract: A method for controlling a peripheral from a group of computing devices is provided. The method sets up a group of computing devices for providing media content and control settings to a peripheral device such as a hearing aid. The computing devices in the group are interconnected by a network and exchange data with each other regarding the peripheral. A master device in the group is directly paired with the peripheral device and can use the pairing connection to provide media content or to apply the control settings to the peripheral device. The peripheral device is paired with only the master devices of the group. A slave device can request to directly pair with the peripheral device and become the master device in order to provide media content to the peripheral.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Eric T. Seymour, Christopher B. Fleizach, Ian M. Fisch, Joakim Linde, Edwin Foo
  • Patent number: 9763030
    Abstract: Method, apparatus, and computer program product embodiments enable a wireless docking center device to manage one or more wireless and/or wired peripheral devices on behalf of a wireless dockee device. In an example embodiment, a wireless docking system may automatically provide only those peripherals to user's attention, which are in direct relation to user's activity and are meaningful to the user at each point in time. The set of offered peripherals may depend on the application, for example, video playing or web browsing, running in user's dockee device, such as a smartphone. An example embodiment may automatically take into account known user preferences/habits, location, etc. The selection of peripherals offered may automatically provide the best technical performance, for example, best quality display for a video. An example embodiment also enables the docking solution to allocate optimum peripheral resources on a dynamic usage basis for each user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Juhani Huttunen, Miraj Mostafa, Ari Aarnio
  • Patent number: 9725930
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system for preventing unauthorized removal of an electronic device from a docking station including a first plug positioned to slidably interface with a first port of the electronic device, a second plug opposite the first plug and positioned to slidably interface with a second port of the electronic device, a mechanical locking mechanism operable to restrict removal of the first and second plugs from the electronic device, and a software application for communicating with the docking station, the software application including a messaging component for sending messages to, and receiving messages from, the docking station, and an authorization component for authorizing unlocking of the locking mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Henge Docks LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Leigh Vroom, Benjamin Edwards Maskell
  • Patent number: 9715252
    Abstract: Methods and devices for selectively presenting a user interface or “desktop” across two devices are provided. More particularly, a unified desktop is presented across a device and a computer system that comprise a unified system. The unified desktop acts as a single user interface that presents data and receives user interaction in a seamless environment that emulates a personal computing environment. To function within the personal computing environment, the unified desktop includes a process for docking and undocking the device with the computer system. The unified desktop presents desktops or windows based on a set of pre-determined rules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Z124
    Inventors: Paul E. Reeves, Sanjiv Sirpal, Alexander de Paz, Martin Gimpl