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Researchers Submit Patent Application, "Portable Device Capture", for Approval

June 17, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Information Technology Newsweekly -- From Washington, D.C., VerticalNews journalists report that a patent application by the inventors Perez Perez, Heblem S. (Tlaquepaque, MX); Ruelas Arana, Gabriel (Zapopan, MX), filed on September 4, 2013, was made available online on June 5, 2014.

The patent's assignee is International Business Machines Corporation.

News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Plug and play characteristics of portable storage devices (e.g., universal serial bus (USB) attached devices) enables users to be more productive because the devices are typically easily attached and removed with minimum user interaction to configure the devices. However, situations exist where the easy to use feature of attached USB devices has negatively affected security and mobility.

"In one example, when using USB drives in a non-secure environment, users of the device need to have some manner of securing the devices from loss or inadvertent use. In another example, a user may need to continue using the attached USB devices while the user is mobile. In another example, a storage device may be inadvertently removed while computer implemented applications continue to rely on the content of the storage device.

"In the described examples, device removal or mobility inhibitors can have a negative impact on user productivity because all devices cannot remain connected. These situations typically lead to loss of data. Current and proposed solutions attempt to address the problems of the examples. One solution uses cables, which typically lead to a mobility problem when adding several devices, and fails to provide secure attachment of the particular devices. Further the proposed solutions do not prevent the attached USB devices from being accidentally disconnected.

"While USB devices are used in the example, other removable compact storage devices also have similar issues. The issues are not specific to the USB connections; rather the issues are associated with the removable characteristics of the portable attachable storage devices."

As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "According to one embodiment, an apparatus for containing a set of portable devices comprises a primary bar affixed to a surface of a portable computing device adjacent and parallel to a first edge of the computing device; a secondary bar parallel to and spaced apart from the primary bar, wherein the secondary bar is moveable in a linear distance relative to the primary bar; a first tertiary bar, wherein a first end abuts the primary bar and a distal end is nearer a second edge of the portable computing device; a second tertiary bar, wherein the second tertiary bar is parallel to and spaced apart from the first tertiary bar, wherein a first end of the second tertiary bar abuts the primary bar and a distal end is nearer the second edge of the portable computing device and wherein the first tertiary bar and the second tertiary bar are perpendicular to the primary bar and to the secondary bar, wherein the first tertiary bar and the second tertiary bar are moveable along a perpendicular axis between the first tertiary bar and the second tertiary bar and wherein a combination of the primary bar, the secondary bar, the first tertiary bar and the second tertiary bar are configured to form a rectangular bounding box for containing one or more portable devices; and a set of slide slats spanning a distance between the primary bar and to the secondary bar, wherein each slat is parallel to and spaced apart from an adjacent slat in the set of slide slats and wherein the set of slide slats are located overhead of the one or more portable devices to contain the one or more portable devices within the bounding box.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SEVERAL VIEWS OF THE DRAWINGS

"For a more complete understanding of this disclosure, reference is now made to the following brief description, taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings and detailed description, wherein like reference numerals represent like parts.

"FIG. 1 is a block diagram of an exemplary network data processing system operable for various embodiments of the disclosure;

"FIG. 2 is a block diagram of an exemplary data processing system operable for various embodiments of the disclosure;

"FIG. 3 is a pictorial diagram of an exemplary data processing device operable for various embodiments of the disclosure;

"FIG. 4 is a block diagram representation of a device attachment framework operable for various embodiments of the disclosure;

"FIG. 5 is a block diagram of an alternate representation of the device attachment framework of FIG. 4 in accordance with one embodiment of the disclosure;

"FIG. 6 is a block diagram of a channel lock mechanism of the device attachment framework of FIG. 4 in accordance with one embodiment of the disclosure; and

"FIG. 7 is a flowchart of a process for using the device attachment framework of FIG. 4 in accordance with one embodiment of the disclosure."

For additional information on this patent application, see: Perez Perez, Heblem S.; Ruelas Arana, Gabriel. Portable Device Capture. Filed September 4, 2013 and posted June 5, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=3696&p=74&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140529.PD.&OS=PD/20140529&RS=PD/20140529

Keywords for this news article include: Information Technology, Information and Data Processing, International Business Machines Corporation.

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