US 10,831,244 B1
Hinge Mechanism for Electronic Devices
A hinge mechanism for electronic devices is implemented by which a user can mechanically and communicatively connect two devices together. Each device supports a rotatable cylindrical shaft that is positioned near adjacent edges of each respective smart phone. The rotatable shaft includes spring-loaded tabs which lock into place against corresponding notches on a hinge pin that is positioned within a cavity of the rotatable shaft. User manipulation (e.g., rotation) of the devices translates to the rotatable shaft to thereby cause rotation of a device relative to the partner device. Upon authorized connection, various functionality can be enabled between the two devices, such as sharing displays to create one large display for viewing and sharing battery power between the devices.
US 10,817,020 B1
Laptop with Multi-Display Functionality
A portable laptop computing device includes an internal casing that stores secondary displays which extend outward from the device’s primary display to thereby increase the amount of displays a user can view while operating the device. The secondary displays are positioned inside a casing of the primary display which is large enough to house at least two displays. The two displays are connected to a hinge which is configured to provide inward and outward movement and rotational movement of the secondary display about 360. The system can also be implemented with an expansive ecosystem of interoperable components, including an add-on component from which secondary displays can extend, vertical screen adapters which can replace the customary horizontal configuration, a stand to which the add-on component can connect, and a horizontal screen adapter that connects with the stand to provide a convenient three-display set-up when used with the add-on component.