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US20060145663: Device interfaces with non-mechanical securement mechanisms

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Inventor(s) Victor Shiff · Jonathan Friedman · Christopher Tham ·
Assignee(s) Microsoft Corporation ·
Correspondent MICROSOFT CORPORATION;ATTN: PATENT GROUP DOCKETING DEPARTMENT ·
Application Number US11263053
Filing date 10/31/2005
Publication date 07/06/2006
Predicted expiration date 10/31/2025
U.S. Classifications 320/125  ·
International Classifications H02J700  ·
Kind CodeA1
20 Claims, 9 Drawings


Abstract

A number of device interfaces that may use magnetic forces to secure different devices together are disclosed. The device interfaces may include magnetic material positioned in between parallel rows of electrical contact elements in the devices. Magnetic forces may be exerted on and from the electrical contact elements to cause mutually cooperating elements from the devices to be substantially attracted and drawn towards each other. Once the contact elements make contact and are engaged, their mutual attractive forces may cause them to resist being separated. Additionally, the distal ends of the contact elements may have mutually cooperating male and female engagement surface configurations.

Independent Claims | See all claims (20)

  1. 1. At least one device comprising: at least one first electronic signal transfer interface that can be engaged and disengaged from at least one second electronic signal transfer interface of at least another device; and at least one material that can exert attractive forces on the at least one first electronic signal transfer interface to resist disengaging from at least one engaged second electronic signal transfer interface.
  2. 8. At least one first electronic signal transfer interface coupled to one or more components in a device that can implement functionalities relating to electronic signal transfer involving one or more other devices, the at least one device interface comprising: electrical contact elements being suitable for electrical signal transfer and being positioned substantially nearby magnetic material in the device; and engagement surfaces being formed substantially near distal ends of the electrical contact elements from which attractive forces exerted from the nearby magnetic material resist disengaging at least one engaged second electronic signal transfer interface from one or more other devices.
  3. 16. At least one device with one or more exterior surfaces concealing internal components that can implement functionalities relating to electronic signal transfer involving one or more other devices, the at least one device comprising: electrical contact elements being suitable for transferring electrical energy to the internal components; engagement surfaces being formed substantially near distal ends of the electrical contact elements to be engaged and disengaged from other mutually cooperating engagement surfaces from other devices; and magnetic material being positioned substantially in between rows of the electrical contact elements within the device and being capable of exerting attractive forces on the electrical contact elements.

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