Docking Station Patents (Class 710/303)
  • 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
  • Patent number: 9699816
    Abstract: Described herein are concepts, systems, circuits and techniques for a docking station configured to couple to an enteral feeding pump or other medical device. In one embodiment, the docking station includes a wireless transmitter for communicating data, such as operating parameters and/or status, to a remote monitor over a wireless communication link, to permit remote monitoring of certain pump diagnostics. In some embodiments, the docking station may utilize the wireless communication link to permit control and/or data exchange with the feeding pump. This may be in addition to or in place of the remote monitoring. The pump may also contain a receiver for receiving data such as operating parameter instructions, general operating instructions, and/or commands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: James M. Harr, Gabriel McHugh, Lester Paul Trelford, Gary J. Waldhoff, Dennis Scott Prows
  • Patent number: 9698628
    Abstract: In accordance with various aspects of the disclosure, systems, methods, and devices are disclosed that include a power source integrated with a host computing device, and configured to provide power to the host computing device, and a wireless power transmission module coupled to the host computing device. The wireless power transmission module is configured to wirelessly transmit power derived from the power source independent of whether the host computing device is in a powered-off state or not. The host computing device may be configured to stop the wireless power transmission based on a determination that at least one of one or more predetermined transmission policies has been violated or that an unrecoverable error has occurred at the host computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gamil A. Cain, Jim Walsh
  • Patent number: 9674687
    Abstract: A wireless dockee may access a vendor-specific feature available on a peripheral device in communication with a wireless docking center. Information regarding the vendor-specific feature may be communicated by the wireless docking center to the wireless dockee both during pre-association discovery as well as via a service description that corresponds with the vendor-specific feature. The wireless dockee may use the received information to generate an access request to the peripheral device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: Xiaolong Huang
  • Patent number: 9632555
    Abstract: Examples may include routing power between a Universal Serial Bus (USB) host and a USB device. In some examples, the power may be routed from a power source at the USB device while the USB host is in a dead battery condition. Various switches at the USB host may be capable of selectively switching to route power from the power source to provide operating power to circuitry at the USB host.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Scot Lester
  • Patent number: 9594552
    Abstract: The terminal device includes a processing section which performs a predetermined process; a connecting section which is configured for connection with an external apparatus capable of performing the predetermined process through a communication network; and a selecting section which selects the processing section or the external apparatus connected through the connecting section as a request target which is requested to perform the predetermined process, on the basis of a predetermined condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Atsushi Okamori
  • Patent number: 9553458
    Abstract: A power supply apparatus includes a power supply unit that wirelessly supply power to an electronic device, a first communication unit that communicates, based on a first communication method, with the electronic device, a second communication unit that communicates, based on a second communication method that is different from the first communication method, with the electronic device, and a control unit that controls the first communication unit so as to acquire authentication data for a communication between the second communication unit and the electronic device if a remaining capacity of a battery, connected to the electronic device, is equal to or more than a predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Akihiro Tanabe
  • Patent number: 9535644
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus is provided. The electronic apparatus includes a speaker configured to output sound, a communication interface configured to receive sound data from an external device, a sound processor configured to process the received sound data and to output the processed sound data to the speaker, a display configured to display a state of a connection with the external device, and a microcomputer controller configured to control the display to display the state of the connection with the external device when the electronic apparatus is in a non-booted state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seung-pok Lee, Chang-won Son, Dae-young Noh
  • Patent number: 9531578
    Abstract: Illustrative aspects described herein relate to assisting wireless devices, such as dependent devices, in connecting to an access point or associated wireless network. Dependent wireless devices may lack user interfaces, which may make it difficult for a user to input credentials for accessing the access point directly from the wireless device. Assisting the wireless device in connecting to the access point may be done through the access point or through other devices, such as host devices. Additionally, the wireless device may connect to the access point using other devices having user interfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: COMCAST CABLE COMMUNICATIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Ross Gilson, Michael Sallas
  • Patent number: 9521186
    Abstract: A method and system for file transfer over a messaging infrastructure are provided. The method includes dividing a file into multiple portions. The method includes generating for a current portion of a file, except for the first portion in a file, a first hash summarizing the state of the file up to, but not including, the current portion and a second hash summarizing the state of the file up to and including the current portion. The method includes sending the first and second hashes with the file portion. The second hash may be used at a target for comparing to a first hash of a subsequent file portion, for example, by recreating the second hash from the current state of the received file on the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Peter Andrew Broadhurst
  • Patent number: 9507937
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a memory that is accessible by an operating system; and a basic input/output system (BIOS) handler. The BIOS handler, in response to detected malicious software activity, stores data in the memory to report the activity to the operating system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Palsamy Sakthikumar, Vincent Zimmer, Robert C. Swanson
  • Patent number: 9510140
    Abstract: A method and system for configuring a mobile computing device to a docking station using near field communication is disclosed. A mobile computing device may scan an NFC tag integrated with the docking station to gather docking-station information. This docking-station information may be used by the mobile computing device to (i) configure its interface connector to match the docking connector, (ii) establish a communication link with the docking station and/or a host computer connected to the docking station, or (iii) authenticate the docking station to the mobile computing device or vice versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Edward Showering
  • Patent number: 9489320
    Abstract: An information handling system includes a tablet with a processor, and a dock with a second processor that determines that the tablet is coupled to the dock, boots the dock, receives a request for the tablet to be uncoupled from the dock, creates a migration image with state information of the dock and that identifies a process running on the dock, and sends the migration image to the tablet. The first processor receives the request, boots the tablet, receives the migration image from the second processor, loads the state information to the tablet, and launches the first process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: DELL PRODUCTS, LP
    Inventors: Chitrak Gupta, Sushma Basavarajaiah
  • Patent number: 9459681
    Abstract: An apparatus to control power of an electronic device includes a local area network (LAN) controller to control network communication of the electronic device, a communication interface connected to an external dongle to perform the network communication, a connection detector to detect whether a first signal for connection with the LAN controller is received from the external dongle, and a power controller to supply power to the LAN controller when the first signal is detected and to shut off power to the LAN controller when the first signal is not detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Byung-gil Jeon, Eun-sik Jang
  • Patent number: 9459675
    Abstract: A multi battery power system includes an electronic device and an extension dock. The electronic device includes a first power storage module, a first connector, a second connector and a power conversion module. The first power storage module includes a first power storage unit. The first connector is coupled to the first power storage module. The power conversion module is coupled between the first power storage unit and the second connector, and converts power stored in the first power storage unit into a converted output voltage and transmits the converted output voltage to the second connector. The extension dock includes a third connector and an electrical load. The third connector is paired with and selectively connected to the second connector of the electronic device. The electrical load is coupled to the third connector, and selectively receives the converted output voltage from the electronic device via the third connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC.
    Inventors: Cheng-Yu Tsai, Ching-Han Lee, Chih-Wan Hsu, Hsi-Ho Hsu
  • Patent number: 9459670
    Abstract: An adapter for enabling connection of a portable electronic device with an accessory includes two connectors, an identification device, a power control device, and power clamping circuitry. All of these components may be included in a single integrated housing. Another adapter may have a cable with two connectors connected to either end of the cable. One of the connectors may house the identification device and the power control device. Optionally, the adapter may also house the power clamp circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Zachary C. Rich, Edward Siahaan, Ian Colahan
  • Patent number: 9436240
    Abstract: An electronic device is provided that includes a base, a processor, and a tablet having a front surface, a rear surface and a bottom edge surface. A processor may operate at a first operating condition when the tablet is coupled to the base, and the processor may operate at a second operating condition when the tablet is not coupled to the base. The tablet may include a heat conducting device and an active edge. The heat conducting device may conduct heat from the processor to the active edge where the heat may be dissipated using supplemental cooling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Mark MacDonald
  • Patent number: 9420072
    Abstract: A multi-display device can interface with two or more different types of docking stations. The device can determine the type of dock and change the pin outs for a connector to interface with that dock. Once docked, the device can determine a charge status for the device and the dock to present the status to the user. Further, the dock can enter one of several modes, including a call receipt mode and an entertainment mode. The modes allow for expanded functionality for the device while docked. Two particular docks, the laptop dock and the smart dock, provide special functionality with the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Z124
    Inventor: Christophe Jouin
  • Patent number: 9419444
    Abstract: A power source device and a power charge device interoperate according to a wireless charging protocol. The power source device inductively wirelessly transmits charging energy signal via an inductive wireless power transmitting circuit. The power charge device wirelessly receives the inductively wirelessly transmitted charging energy signal via an inductive wireless power receiving circuit. The power charge device transfers wirelessly received charging energy signal to a re-chargeable battery of the power charge device. In response to determining that the power source device and the power charge device are in a charging arrangement, the power source device controls user access to a lockable user interface based on receiving information from the power charge device and can display messages received by the power charge device from a wireless communication network. The power source device can include a personal computing system and the power charge device can include a mobile phone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventor: Eric Thomas Eaton
  • Patent number: 9405395
    Abstract: Presented is a wall-mounted control system for a portable touch screen device. The control system includes a housing, a touch screen mounting member moveably coupled to the housing and configured to releasably hold the portable touch screen device, a processor configured for providing an interface between the portable touch screen device and one or more remote systems, a docking connector configured for electrically mating with the portable touch screen device and establishing electrical communication between the processor and the portable touch screen device, and a communication circuitry configured for establishing communication between the processor the one or more remote systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Crestron Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: George Feldstein, Mark Labosco, Timothy Wickham