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1. WO2020092000 - VIRTUAL PIVOT HINGE WITH SLIDING FRICTION COUPLER

Publication Number WO/2020/092000
Publication Date 07.05.2020
International Application No. PCT/US2019/056418
International Filing Date 16.10.2019
IPC
G06F 1/16 2006.01
GPHYSICS
06COMPUTING; CALCULATING OR COUNTING
FELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING
1Details not covered by groups G06F3/-G06F13/82
16Constructional details or arrangements
H04M 1/02 2006.01
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
MTELEPHONIC COMMUNICATION
1Substation equipment, e.g. for use by subscribers
02Constructional features of telephone sets
CPC
G06F 1/1616
GPHYSICS
06COMPUTING; CALCULATING; COUNTING
FELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING
1Details not covered by groups G06F3/00G06F13/00 and G06F21/00
16Constructional details or arrangements
1613for portable computers
1615with several enclosures having relative motions, each enclosure supporting at least one I/O or computing function
1616with folding flat displays, e.g. laptop computers or notebooks having a clamshell configuration, with body parts pivoting to an open position around an axis parallel to the plane they define in closed position
G06F 1/1618
GPHYSICS
06COMPUTING; CALCULATING; COUNTING
FELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING
1Details not covered by groups G06F3/00G06F13/00 and G06F21/00
16Constructional details or arrangements
1613for portable computers
1615with several enclosures having relative motions, each enclosure supporting at least one I/O or computing function
1616with folding flat displays, e.g. laptop computers or notebooks having a clamshell configuration, with body parts pivoting to an open position around an axis parallel to the plane they define in closed position
1618the display being foldable up to the back of the other housing with a single degree of freedom, e.g. by 360° rotation over the axis defined by the rear edge of the base enclosure
G06F 1/1656
GPHYSICS
06COMPUTING; CALCULATING; COUNTING
FELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING
1Details not covered by groups G06F3/00G06F13/00 and G06F21/00
16Constructional details or arrangements
1613for portable computers
1633Constructional details or arrangements of portable computers not specific to the type of enclosures covered by groups G06F1/1615 - G06F1/1626
1656Details related to functional adaptations of the enclosure, e.g. to provide protection against EMI, shock, water, or to host detachable peripherals like a mouse or removable expansions units like PCMCIA cards, or to provide access to internal components for maintenance or to removable storage supports like CDs or DVDs, or to mechanically mount accessories
G06F 1/1681
GPHYSICS
06COMPUTING; CALCULATING; COUNTING
FELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING
1Details not covered by groups G06F3/00G06F13/00 and G06F21/00
16Constructional details or arrangements
1613for portable computers
1633Constructional details or arrangements of portable computers not specific to the type of enclosures covered by groups G06F1/1615 - G06F1/1626
1675Miscellaneous details related to the relative movement between the different enclosures or enclosure parts which could be adopted independently from the movement typologies specified in G06F1/1615 and subgroups
1681Details related solely to hinges
H04M 1/022
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
MTELEPHONIC COMMUNICATION
1Substation equipment, e.g. for use by subscribers; Analogous equipment at exchanges
02Constructional features of telephone sets
0202Portable telephone sets, e.g. cordless phones, mobile phones or bar type handsets
0206Portable telephones comprising a plurality of mechanically joined movable body parts, e.g. hinged housings
0208characterized by the relative motions of the body parts
0214Foldable telephones, i.e. with body parts pivoting to an open position around an axis parallel to the plane they define in closed position
0216Foldable in one direction, i.e. using a one degree of freedom hinge
022The hinge comprising two parallel pivoting axes
H05K 5/0017
HELECTRICITY
05ELECTRIC TECHNIQUES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
KPRINTED CIRCUITS; CASINGS OR CONSTRUCTIONAL DETAILS OF ELECTRIC APPARATUS; MANUFACTURE OF ASSEMBLAGES OF ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS
5Casings, cabinets or drawers for electric apparatus
0017with display or control units
Applicants
  • MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC [US]/[US]
Inventors
  • GAULT, Joseph Benjamin
  • BITZ, Brian D.
Agents
  • MINHAS, Sandip S.
  • CHEN, Wei-Chen Nicholas
  • HINOJOSA-SMITH, Brianna L.
  • SWAIN, Cassandra T.
  • WONG, Thomas S.
  • CHOI, Daniel
  • HWANG, William C.
  • WIGHT, Stephen A.
  • CHATTERJEE, Aaron C.
  • JARDINE, John S.
  • GOLDSMITH, Micah P.
  • TRAN, Kimberly
  • ADJEMIAN, Monica
  • BARKER, Doug
  • CHURNA, Timothy
  • DINH, Phong
  • EVANS, Patrick
  • GABRYJELSKI, Henry
  • GUPTA, Anand
  • LEE, Sunah
  • LEMMON, Marcus
  • MARQUIS, Thomas
  • MEYERS, Jessica
  • ROPER, Brandon
  • SPELLMAN, Steven
  • SULLIVAN, Kevin
  • TABOR, Ben
  • WALKER, Matt
  • WISDOM, Gregg
  • WONG, Ellen
  • ZHANG, Hannah
Priority Data
16/235,62328.12.2018US
62/752,03229.10.2018US
Publication Language English (EN)
Filing Language English (EN)
Designated States
Title
(EN) VIRTUAL PIVOT HINGE WITH SLIDING FRICTION COUPLER
(FR) CHARNIÈRE À PIVOT VIRTUEL AVEC COUPLEUR À FROTTEMENT COULISSANT
Abstract
(EN)
Conventional laptop computers may utilize a door-hinge style or in a bezel-behind-base style hinge to connect a display with a keyboard of the laptop computer. Typically, these hinges present a discontinuous visual impression to the user. Presenting a more continuous visual impression of the hinge to the user suggests a higher overall quality of the computing device to the user and is thus desirable to the user. The disclosed virtual pivot hinge pivots about a pivot axis running between the display and the keyboard. The hardware of the hinge is located away from the pivot axis, which creates a virtual pivoting action about the axis that maintains a consistent front gap distance (or no front gap) between the display and the keyboard. The resulting visual impression to the user is that the display is floating above keyboard at the same or similar distance regardless of the display angle.
(FR)
Les ordinateurs portables classiques peuvent utiliser un style de charnière de porte ou une charnière de style lunette-arrière pour connecter un écran à un clavier de l'ordinateur portable. Habituellement, ces charnières présentent une impression visuelle discontinue pour l'utilisateur. La présentation d'une impression visuelle plus continue de la charnière à l'utilisateur suggère une qualité globale plus élevée du dispositif informatique à l'utilisateur et est ainsi souhaitable pour l'utilisateur. La charnière à pivot virtuel de l'invention pivote autour d'un axe de pivotement s'étendant entre l'écran et le clavier. Le matériel de la charnière est situé à distance de l'axe de pivot, ce qui crée une action de pivotement virtuel autour de l'axe qui maintient une distance d'espace frontal constante (ou espace non frontal) entre l'écran et le clavier. L'impression visuelle résultante perçue par l'utilisateur est que l'écran flotte au-dessus du clavier à la même distance ou à une distance similaire quel que soit l'angle d'affichage.
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