(12) United States Patent ao) Patent No.: us 6,781,824 B2
Krieger et al. (45) Date of Patent: Aug. 24,2004
(54) ENCASEMENT FOR HANDHELD COMPUTER
(75) Inventors: John William Krieger, Oxnard, CA (US); Randall Clark Lewis, Simi Valley, CA (US)
(73) Assignee: Palm, Inc., Santa Clara, CA (US)
( * ) Notice: Subject to any disclaimer, the term of this patent is extended or adjusted under 35 U.S.C. 154(b) by 0 days.
(21) Appl. No.: 10/158,335
(22) Filed: May 30, 2002
(65) Prior Publication Data
US 2003/0142470 Al Jul. 31, 2003
Related U.S. Application Data
(60) Provisional application No. 60/352,785, filed on Jan. 29, 2002.
(51) Int. CI. G06F 1/16
(52) U.S. CI 361/683; 16/224; 345/156;
(58) Field of Search 361/681-686,
361/724-727; 16/224; 345/156, 178; D14/341-346;
D18/1, 2, 4, 7
(56) References Cited
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* cited by examiner
Primary Examiner—Lisa Lea-Edmonds
(74) Attorney, Agent, or Firm—Foley & Lardner LLP
A handheld computer comprises a generally rectangular housing and a cover movably connected thereto by a hinge assembly. The hinge assembly includes a tubular member or arm that has one end fixedly (non-rotatably) secured to an edge of the cover and an opposite end pivotally coupled to an edge of the cover. The hinge assembly enables the cover to be moved to at least three different positions. The cover provides a different function in each position. A method of reconfiguring an encasement of a handheld computer to provide at least two different functions includes rotating the cover about at least two different axes to move the cover between at least two different positions. The cover provides a different function in each position
39 Claims, 12 Drawing Sheets