US Patent No. 10,798,836

POWERED HINGE MECHANISMS


Patent No. 10,798,836
Issue Date October 06, 2020
Title Powered Hinge Mechanisms
Inventorship Steven Manuel, San Mateo, CA (US)
Sajid Sadi, San Jose, CA (US)
Curtis Aumiller, San Jose, CA (US)
Thomas Brenner, Sunnyvale, CA (US)
Assignee SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD., Suwon-Si, Gyeonggi-Do (KR)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,798,836

1. A device, comprising:a first portion;
a second portion having a channel;
a hinge mechanism having a hinge and a spine, wherein the hinge is coupled to the first portion and the second portion and rotatably couples the first portion to the second portion, wherein a first surface of the first portion contacts a first surface of the second portion when the device is in a closed position, wherein the hinge provides an angle of rotation of approximately 180 degrees formed of the first portion and the second portion, and wherein the hinge defines the angle of rotation;
wherein a first edge of the spine is fixedly attached to the first portion;
a damper within the channel of the second portion, wherein a second edge of the spine that is distal to the first edge is attached to the damper;
a spring mounted to the damper in the channel, wherein the spring retracts to automatically open the hinge mechanism and draw the spine into the second portion while opening, wherein the second edge of the spine retracts into the second portion when the device transitions between the closed position and an open position;
wherein the damper controls a rate at which the spring automatically opens the hinge mechanism; and
side coverings closing off a region between the spine and the hinge and having an orientation perpendicular to an axis of rotation of the hinge, wherein each side covering expands when the device is in the closed position and maintains the spine at a desired curvature, and wherein each side covering collapses between respective ends of the first portion and the second portion when the device is in the open position.