The patent's inventors are Chung, Chung-Jen (
This patent was filed on
From the background information supplied by the inventors, news correspondents obtained the following quote: "The invention relates to an electronic device and, more particularly, to a foldable electronic device.
"In the information age, people become more dependent on electronic devices day by day. The electronic product is required to have high speed, high efficiency and be light, slim, short and small, and therefore, the foldable electronic device such as a notebook personal computer becomes essential in the life and work of modern people. Generally speaking, the foldable electronic device mostly includes two bodies, and two sides of the two bodies are connected with each other via a pivot element.
"Generally, a user rotates the body having a display relative to the body having a keyboard to open the foldable electronic device when he or she uses the foldable electronic device. When the user plays a movie or music by an audio and video program, he or she may hear sound out from the loudspeaker disposed at the side of the keyboard or the display."
Supplementing the background information on this patent, VerticalNews reporters also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent: "The invention provides a foldable electronic device which is convenient to use.
"The invention provides a foldable electronic device. It includes a first body, a second body, a pivot element and a loudspeaker. The pivot element is pivotally connected between the first body and the second body, and the loudspeaker is disposed in the pivot element and is capable of protruding out of a side of the pivot element.
"In an embodiment of the foldable electronic device in the invention, the pivot element includes a pivot tube capable of containing the loudspeaker, and the pivot tube have a first opening and a second opening at two opposite sides, respectively. The loudspeaker includes a housing and a speaker. The housing is sleeved at the pivot tube and the speaker is disposed in the housing.
"In an embodiment of the foldable electronic device in the invention, it further includes an elastic element. The elastic element is axially disposed between the loudspeaker and the pivot tube. The loudspeaker further includes a revolving element sleeved at an outside surface of the housing. The revolving element has a first positioning structure, and an inside surface of the pivot tube has a plurality of second positioning structures corresponding to the first positioning structure. Moreover, the first positioning structure is a flange, and the second positioning structures are recesses.
"In an embodiment of the foldable electronic device in the invention, the housing includes a plurality of sound holes.
"In an embodiment of the foldable electronic device in the invention, the elastic element is a spring.
"In an embodiment of the foldable electronic device in the invention, the pivot tube has a guiding structure, and the first positioning structure of the revolving element is capable of moving along the guiding structure and driving the housing to move. The guiding structure is a slide rail.
"As stated above, the foldable electronic device in the invention is more aesthetic by hiding the loudspeaker in the pivot element. Furthermore, compared with the conventional technology, space for disposing the loudspeaker in the first body or the second body can be saved, and then the saved space can be used to dispose other electronic components to increase functions of the foldable electronic device, or the size of the foldable electronic device may be decreased. Moreover, the user can move the loudspeaker out of the pivot element along the axial direction of the pivot element via a small force, which is convenient in use.
"These and other features, aspects and advantages of the present invention will become better understood with regard to the following description, appended claims, and accompanying drawings."
For the URL and additional information on this patent, see: Chung, Chung-Jen; Liu, Hsing-Cheng; Wang, Shun-Lung; Huang, Ming-Chih; Huang, Chih-Min; Shih, Po-Yang; Liu, Yen-Ting. Foldable Electronic Device. U.S. Patent Number 8638967, filed
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