US Patent No. 10,561,035

WEARABLE COMPUTING SYSTEMS


Patent No. 10,561,035
Issue Date February 11, 2020
Title Wearable Computing Systems
Inventorship Rod G. Fleck, Bellevue, WA (US)
David D. Bohn, Fort Collins, CO (US)
Ben Garcia, Seattle, WA (US)
Sarah L. Joers, Seattle, WA (US)
Aaron P. Toney, Issaquah, WA (US)
Assignee MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC, Redmond, WA (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,561,035

1. A computing device configured to be worn on a user's body, the computing device comprising:a computing device body;
a display coupled with the computing device body;
a first set of computing components incorporated into the computing device body; and
a securing system configured to secure the computing device body in a closed loop around a body part, the securing system comprising a plurality of detachable modular segments each joined to one or more other detachable modular segments to form a band comprising a second set of computing components,
each detachable modular segment comprising
a first mechanical connector and a second mechanical connector each coupled to a complementary mechanical connector on an adjacent detachable modular segment or the computing device body, the first mechanical connector comprising a pin configured to be received through an opening along a length direction of a circular recess on the adjacent detachable modular segment or the computing device body, and the second mechanical connector comprising a circular recess with an opening configured to receive a pin on the adjacent detachable modular segment or the computing device body along a length direction of the circular recess,
a first set of electrical connectors integrated with the first mechanical connector, and a second set of electrical connectors integrated with the second mechanical connector, each set of electrical connectors configured to connect to a corresponding set of electrical connectors integrated with the complementary mechanical connector on the adjacent detachable modular segment or the computing device body, such that the first set of electrical connectors electrically connects to the corresponding set of electrical connectors when the first mechanical connector is coupled to the complementary mechanical connector of the adjacent detachable modular segment or the computing device body, and
one or more electrical components incorporated into the detachable modular segment, such that a functionality of the computing device is modifiable by detaching one or more adjacent detachable modular segments and also by attaching one or more other adjacent detachable modular segments,
wherein the plurality of the detachable modular segments are configured to form an electrical circuit extending around the closed loop.