US 9,811,707 B2
Fingerprint reader on a portion of a device for changing the configuration of the device
Christopher Miles Osborne, Cary, NC (US); and Michael William Stuart Ripp, Raleigh, NC (US)
Assigned to Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd., New Tech Park (SG)
Filed by Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd., New Tech Park (SG)
Filed on Jun. 4, 2014, as Appl. No. 14/295,740.
Prior Publication US 2015/0356338 A1, Dec. 10, 2015
Int. Cl. G06K 9/00 (2006.01); G06F 3/01 (2006.01); G06F 1/16 (2006.01)
CPC G06K 9/00013 (2013.01) [G06F 1/1616 (2013.01); G06F 1/1643 (2013.01); G06F 1/1684 (2013.01); G06F 3/01 (2013.01)] 13 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A device, comprising:
at least one processor;
storage accessible to the at least one processor and bearing instructions executable by the at least one processor;
a first panel at least bearing a keyboard accessible to the at least one processor;
a second panel at least bearing a display accessible to the at least one processor; and
a fingerprint reader that is accessible to the at least one processor and that is arranged on a recessed portion of at least one of the first and second panels, the recessed portion being engageable by a user to transition one of the first and second panels away from the other of the first and second panels;
wherein the fingerprint reader is arranged on the recessed portion of at least one of the first and second panels to receive input from a user while the user makes contact with the recessed portion to transition one of the first and second panels away from the other of the first and second panels;
wherein the fingerprint reader is provided by the device with power to receive input thereto at least while the device is in a configuration where the first panel and second panel establish planes parallel to each other and while the device is in a low-power state that is lower than a higher power state under which the device operates while the device is powered on; and
wherein the instructions are executable by the at least one processor to:
determine that one of the first and second panels is being transitioned away from the other of the first and second panels; and
in response to the determination, actuate the fingerprint reader to receive input thereto.