Adding I/O ports to mobile device via smart interchangeable cover

DC
  • US 6,920,338 B2
  • Filed: 11/20/2002
  • Issued: 07/19/2005
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/17/2001
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. An interchangeable cover adapted to add a first input/output (I/O) port to a front, a side or a back surface of a portable electronic device having a second I/O port disposed at a bottom end surface of the portable electronic device, the interchangeable cover comprising:

  • a substantially U-shaped cover body adapted for attachment to at least a portion of a portable electronic device, to cover at least in part a front, a side, or a back surface of the portion of the portable electronic device, without covering the bottom end surface of the portion of the portable electronic device;

    the first I/O port, disposed on a surface of the U-shaped cover body that covers at least in part either the front, the side or the back surface of the portion of portable electronic device, when the interchangeable cover is attached to the portion of the portable electronic device;

    traces coupled to the first I/O port; and

    an electronic component coupled to the traces, and equipped to add the first I/O port as I/O port(s) of the portable electronic device to which the interchangeable cover is attached, to facilitate attachment of I/O device(s) to the portable electronic device.

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