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1. US20160306396 - Connection Device for Computing Devices

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Claims

1. A connection device configured to physically and communicatively couple a plurality of computing devices together, the connection device comprising:
magnetic coupling devices to form a removable magnetic attachment to each of the plurality of computing devices thereby physically connecting the plurality of computing devices together; and
communication contacts configured to form a communicative coupling with each of the plurality of computing devices to support communication between the plurality of computing devices.
2. A connection device as described in claim 1, wherein the connection device is configured as a hinge to support movement of the plurality of computing devices into different positions relative to one another.
3. A connection device described in claim 2, wherein the hinge is configured not to exceed a minimum bend radius that is defined at least in part based on flexibility of the one or more conductors.
4. A connection device as described in claim 1, wherein the connection device includes a mid-spine disposed between magnetic coupling devices and communication contacts for different ones of the plurality of computing devices.
5. A connection device as described in claim 4, wherein the mid-spine includes conductive traces to communicatively couple the communication contacts for different ones of the plurality of computing devices.
6. A connection device as described in claim 4, wherein the mid-spine is formed using one or more layers of fabric having flexible conductive traces configured to communicatively couple the plurality of computing devices together when attached to the connection device.
7. A connection device as described in claim 1, including protrusions configured to be received in corresponding cavities of the plurality of computing devices.
8. A connection device as described in claim 7, wherein the protrusions are configured to include the magnetic coupling devices and the communication contacts.
9. A connection device as described in claim 7, wherein the protrusions are further configured to form mechanical physical connections between the connection device and the plurality of computing devices.
10. A connection device as described in claim 1, wherein the communication contacts are configured to support an optical connection.
11. A connection device as described in claim 1, wherein the magnetic coupling devices utilize one or more rotatable magnets.
12. A connection device as described in claim 1, wherein the magnetic coupling devices and communication contacts enable sharing of resources between the plurality of computing devices when coupled through the connection device.
13. A connection device as described in claim 1, wherein the magnetic coupling devices and communication contacts enable operation of the plurality of computing devices in combination to expand an available display area across the plurality of computing devices.
14. A connection device as described in claim 1, wherein the connection device is configured to connect a device having an electronic paper display to at least one other computing device.
15. A connection device as described in claim 1, wherein the connection device is configured to connect two computing devices in the form of tablet computing devices together to enable operation of the tablet computing devices in combination.
16. A system comprising:
a first computing device having a housing that assumes a slate configuration;
a second computing device having a housing that assumes a slate configuration; and
a connection device configured to physically and communicatively couple the first computing device and the second computing device together, the connection device comprising:
magnetic coupling devices forming a removable magnetic attachment that physically connects the first and second computing devices together; and
communication contacts configured forming a communicative coupling between first and second computing devices.
17. A system as described in claim 16, wherein the connection device is configured as a flexible hinge to support movement of the first and second computing devices into multiple different orientations relative to one another.
18. A system as described in claim 16, wherein the connection device is configured to support rotational movement of the first and second computing devices into multiple different orientations relative to one another.
19. A system as described in claim 16, wherein the connection device is configured to restrict lateral movement of the first and second computing devices relative to one another.
20. A system as described in claim 16, wherein the magnetic coupling devices utilize one or more rotatable magnets.