US 9,814,149 B2
Smart-home device battery compartment facilitating ease of user access and device robustness
Mathias Schmidt, Emeryville, CA (US); William Dong, Palo Alto, CA (US); and Adam Mittleman, Redwood City, CA (US)
Assigned to Google Inc., Mountain View, CA (US)
Filed by Google Inc., Mountain View, CA (US)
Filed on Jan. 11, 2017, as Appl. No. 15/403,698.
Application 15/403,698 is a continuation of application No. 14/713,937, filed on May 15, 2015, granted, now 9,609,766.
Prior Publication US 2017/0127542 A1, May 4, 2017
This patent is subject to a terminal disclaimer.
Int. Cl. G08B 21/00 (2006.01); H05K 5/02 (2006.01); G08B 17/113 (2006.01)
CPC H05K 5/0239 (2013.01) [G08B 17/113 (2013.01); H05K 5/0226 (2013.01)] 20 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
1. An electronic device comprising:
a housing having an interior region within which components of the electronic device are contained;
a battery compartment configured for housing one or more batteries that provide a main power or supplemental power to one or more components of the electronic device; and
a battery compartment access door that is pivotably coupled with a bottom surface of the housing, the access door being pivotably closable over the battery compartment to secure the one or more batteries within the battery compartment and the access door being pivotably openable to allow user access to the one or more batteries positioned within the battery compartment such as for inspection or replacement, the access door comprising:
a release member that releasably secures the access door in a closed position relative to the housing and that is releasable to allow the access door to be pivoted open;
a first hinge member that pivotably couples the access door to the housing, the first hinge member enabling the access door to pivot along a first pivot path by a first pivot amount; and
a second hinge member that enables the access door to pivot along a second pivot path by a second pivot amount, wherein a cumulative total of the first pivot amount and the second pivot amount is substantially greater than either pivot amount in isolation.