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1. (WO2017039934) EXTENDABLE CONNECTOR PORT

Pub. No.:    WO/2017/039934    International Application No.:    PCT/US2016/045450
Publication Date: Fri Mar 10 00:59:59 CET 2017 International Filing Date: Fri Aug 05 01:59:59 CEST 2016
IPC: H01R 13/453
G06F 1/16
H01R 13/50
H01R 13/74
H01R 12/72
Applicants: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
Inventors: O'CONNELL, Neil
MCCRACKEN, Ivan, Andrew
SIDDIQUI, Kabir
TOMKY, Brett, Andrew
TAZBAZ, Errol, Mark
Title: EXTENDABLE CONNECTOR PORT
Abstract:
Extendable connector ports are described herein that may be implemented in thin computing devices. An extendable connector port includes a floor, tongue, and roof that expand from a closed position stored within a computing device to an open position that extends away from the computing device. An extension mechanism of the extendable connector port maintains a parallel orientation of the floor, tongue, and roof and gaps in the extendable connector port when the port extends to the open position. The extendable connector port may then be collapsed into the closed position by reducing or eliminating gaps between the floor, tongue, and roof, so that the connector port is thinner in its closed position than it is in its open position. This collapsibility of the extendable connector port allows thin computing devices to include ports that are thicker than a housing of the device.