Wednesday, May 18, 2016

files patent to prevent hdphone connectors and iDevice damage

Yet more encouraging news that is designing its devices for users, rather than engineers. The original designs of hdphone connectors were brittle, permitting hd to be inserted and removed at perfect right angles. However an patent appliion published Thursday outlines flexible hdphone connectors.In other words, you’ll likely be able to wrap plugged-in hd around your favorite iDevice without harming the hardware. The invention doesn’t come too soon – the hdphone jack is seen as the one roadblock to crting thinner, more svelte i…Thepatent appliiontitled ‘Flexible TRS connector’ describes a“flexible material that allows the connector to bend with respect to an insertion axis and prevent the connector from brking when inserted or extracted improperly.”Once the strain is removed, the hdphone plug will return to its original shape.While the patent could help iPhone users who casually insert and remove their hd, the addition of elastic components will also make for sier future designs.In 2010, filed to patent hdphone jacks using a pogo pin – a design change permitting thinner and smaller devices. In the iPhone 5 the hdphone jack dominated the device’s thickness, becoming the sole limitation to potential further shrinkage.

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