WO2016060662A1 - Apparatus and method for communicating data and power with electronic devices - Google Patents

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WO2016060662A1
WO2016060662A1 PCT/US2014/060789 US2014060789W WO2016060662A1 WO 2016060662 A1 WO2016060662 A1 WO 2016060662A1 US 2014060789 W US2014060789 W US 2014060789W WO 2016060662 A1 WO2016060662 A1 WO 2016060662A1
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Abstract

A system, topology, and methods for providing power or data to electronic devices are described generally herein. Other embodiments may be described and claimed. The system may include an internal power source, charging module, modem, and an external power signal coupling module.

Description

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR COMMUNICATING DATA AND POWER WITH

ELECTRONIC DEVICES

Technical Field

[0001] Various embodiments described herein relate to apparatus for communicating electrical power or data with electronic devices.

Background Information

[0002] It may be desirable to be able to communicate power and data with one or more electronic devices using a single device coupled or uncoupled to an independent or external power source. The present invention provides devices for same.

Brief Description of the Drawings

[0003] FIG. 1A is a simplified diagram of an electronic device power and data communication architecture with two power and data communication apparatus decoupled according to various embodiments.

[0004] FIG. IB is a simplified diagram of an electronic device power and data communication architecture with two power and data communication apparatus coupled according to various embodiments.

[0005] FIG. 1 C is a front view of a simplified diagram of an electronic device power and data communication apparatus according to various embodiments.

[0006] FIG. ID is a back view of a simplified diagram of electronic device power and data communication apparatus according to various embodiments.

[0007] FIG. IE is another back view of a simplified diagram of an electronic device power and data communication apparatus and external power source cavity according to various embodiments.

[0008] FIG. IF- II are simplified diagrams of electronic device power and data communication apparatus external power source mechanical interfaces according to various embodiments.

[0009] FIG. 2A is a block diagram of architecture including an electronic device power and data communication apparatus according to various embodiments.

[0010] FIG. 2B is a block diagram of architecture including another electronic device power and data communication apparatus according to various embodiments.

[0011] FIG. 3 A is a block diagram of architecture including an electronic device power and data communication apparatus according to various embodiments.

[0012] FIG. 3B is a block diagram of architecture including another electronic device power and data communication apparatus according to various embodiments.

[0013] FIG. 4A is a block diagram of architecture including an electronic device power and data communication apparatus according to various embodiments.

[0014] FIG. 4B is a block diagram of an architecture including another electronic device power and data communication apparatus according to various embodiments.

[0015] FIGS. 5A and 5B are flow diagrams illustrating several methods according to various embodiments.

[0016] FIGS. 6- 6E are flow diagrams illustrating several methods according to various embodiments.

[0017] FIG. 7 is an exploded view of a system including electronic device power and data communication apparatuses according to various embodiments. [0018] FIG. 8 is an exploded view of an electronic device power and data

communication apparatus according to various embodiments.

[0019] FIG. 9A is a front view of a simplified diagram of an electronic device power and data communication apparatus according to various embodiments.

[0020] FIG. 9B is a front view of a simplified diagram of another electronic device power and data communication apparatus according to various embodiments.

[0021] FIG. 10 is a block diagram of communication architecture comprising electronic devices, a PDC apparatus, and a communications base station according to various

embodiments.

[0022] FIGS. 1 1A, 1 IB, and 1 1C are isometric diagrams of an electronic device power and data communication apparatus according to various embodiments.

[0023] FIG. 1 ID is an exposed diagram of an electronic device power and data communication apparatus according to various embodiments.

[0024] FIG. 1 IE is a partial diagram of an electrical connector of an electronic device power and data communication apparatus according to various embodiments.

[0025] FIG. 1 IF is a top diagram of an electronic device power and data communication apparatus according to various embodiments.

[0026] FIG. 11G is a front diagram of an electronic device power and data

communication apparatus according to various embodiments.

[0027] FIG. 11H is a top diagram of an electronic device power and data communication apparatus according to various embodiments.

[0028] FIG. 1 II is another top diagram of an electronic device power and data communication apparatus according to various embodiments.

[0029] FIG. 11 J is another top diagram of an electronic device power and data communication apparatus with an extension according to various embodiments.

[0030] FIG. 1 IK is another top diagram of an electronic device power and data communication apparatus with an extension according to various embodiments.

[0031] FIG. 11L is a side diagram of an electronic device power and data

communication apparatus with an extension at a first length according to various embodiments.

[0032] FIG. 11M is a side diagram of an electronic device power and data

communication apparatus with an extension at a second length according to various embodiments.

[0033] FIG. 1 IN is a side diagram of an electronic device power and data

communication apparatus with an extension at a third length according to various embodiments. [0034] FIG. 11M is a side diagram of an electronic device on a power and data communication apparatus with an extension at a second length according to various embodiments.

[0035] FIG. 110 is a top diagram of architecture including an electronic device on a power and data communication apparatus with an extension at a length and according to various embodiments.

[0036] FIG. 1 IP is a side, horizontal diagram of architecture including an electronic device on a power and data communication apparatus with an extension at a length and according to various embodiments.

[0037] FIG. 11Q is a side, vertical diagram of architecture including an electronic device on a power and data communication apparatus with an extension at a length and according to various embodiments.

[0038] FIG. 11 is a side, vertical diagram of architecture including an electronic device on another power and data communication apparatus with an extension at a length and according to various embodiments.

[0039] FIG. 1 IS is flow diagram of an algorithm for adjusting an extension arm based on operative placement of an electronic apparatus on or near a power and data communication apparatus according to various embodiments.

[0040] FIG. 1 IT is flow diagram of an algorithm for operatively advancing an electronic apparatus on or near a power and data communication apparatus via an extension arm according to various embodiments.

[0041] FIGS. 12A-12C are diagrams of an electrical power connector assembly and components of a power and data communication apparatus according to various embodiments.

[0042] FIGS. 13A-13B are diagrams of another electrical power connector assembly of a power and data communication apparatus according to various embodiments.

[0043] FIG. 14 is a partial diagram of an electrical connector of a power and data communication apparatus according to various embodiments. Detailed Description

[0044] FIGS. 1 A and IB are simplified diagrams of a power and data communication architecture 500A according to various embodiments. In an embodiment, the power and data communication architecture 500A may be used to send or receive electrical power to/from an electronic device and communicate data with an electronic device. The architecture 500A may include two, separable power and data communication (PDC) apparatus 520A, 520B where the PDC apparatus 520B may be nestably couplable within a portion of the PDC apparatus 520A. As shown in FIG. IB, the PDC apparatus 520B may nest in at least a portion 550 of the PDC apparatus 520A. In an embodiment, the PDC apparatus 520A may include a first electrical power coupling mechanism 53 OA and a second electrical power coupling mechanism 42A, a power and data interface ("PDI") 540A, a second PDC apparatus power interface 550, and at least one user perceptible signal generation devices 58A. . In an embodiment as shown in FIG. 2A, a PDC apparatus 520A may also include a memory storage interface module (MSI) 66, an internal memory module (IMM) 68, an internal transceiver/modem module (TMM) 67 A, an internal antenna 67B, and several electronic device interfaces 540A, 152A, and 252A.

[0045] FIG. 1F-1I are simplified diagrams of PDC architecture external electrical power mechanical interfaces 43 A, 43B according to various embodiments. Each external electrical power mechanical interfaces 43A, 43B may be removably couplable to a cavity 42B in FIG. IE of a PDC 500B. The cavity 42B may have a plurality of electrical contacts 42C-42F that may be couplable to various electrical contacts 43C-43F of the external power mechanical interfaces 43A, 43B. In an embodiment, the external power mechanical interfaces 43A, 43B may be configured to couple an alternating current (AC) electrical signal to a PDC 500B where the electrical characteristics of the AC signal may vary geographically as well known to one of skill in the art, e.g., the AC signal operating voltage may be about 100, 110, and 220 volts. In order to prevent potential damage and enable usage in different regions, AC electrical signals sources (outlets) may use different mechanical interfaces (44A, 44B) as a function of the electrical signal characteristics including voltage.

[0046] In an embodiment, an electrical power mechanical interface 43A may have several electrical/mechanical contacts 43E, 43F that are configured to engage contacts 42E, 42F of the PDC 500B when the interface 43A is operatively inserted into the cavity 42B. Similarly, the electrical power mechanical interface 43B may have electrical/mechanical contacts 43C, 43D that are configured to engage contacts 42C, 42D of the PDC 500B when the interface 43B is inserted into the cavity 42B. In an embodiment, the contacts 42E, 42F may be configured to conduct an AC electrical power signal having one of a voltage about 100 or 110 volts and about 220 volts. Similarly, Contacts 42C, 42D may be configured to conduct an AC electrical power signal having the other of one of a voltage about 220 volts and about 100 or 110 volts. In an embodiment, an electrical power mechanical interface 43A, 43B may be rotatably inserted into the cavity 42B. Further, the electrical power mechanical interface 43A, 43B prongs 44A, 44B may be foldably stored within the interface 43A, 43B.

[0047] In an embodiment, the interface 43A prongs 44A may be straight blades that are designed to couple to an AC power signal having about a 100 or 110 voltage. The contacts 42E, 42F of cavity 42B of PDC 500B may be configured to conduct AC power signals having about 100 to 110 voltage levels. The interface 43 B prongs 44B may be cylindrical and designed to be coupled to an AC power signal having about a 220 voltage level. The contacts 42C, 42D may be configured to be conduct an AC power signals having about a 220 voltage level.

[0048] The PDC apparatus or module 520B may include an electrical power signal coupling 530B, a PDI 540B, and at least one user perceptible signal generation devices 58B. In an embodiment, electrical power signals may be communicated between the PDC apparatus 520A and the PDC apparatus 520B via PDC apparatus 520A interface 550 and the PDC apparatus 520B power input coupling 530B. The electrical power signals may include AC and direct current (DC) power signals. In the PDC apparatuses 520A, 520B, the user perceptible signal generation devices 58 A, 58B may provide operational status including whether an apparatus 520A, 520B is coupled to an electrical power signal, the power level of an internal power storage unit (56A, 56B, FIGS. 2A, 2B), whether an internal power storage unit is being charged or discharged. A user perceptible signal generation device 58A, 58B may also indicate data communication status of a PDC apparatus 520A or 520B, including between apparatuses and with another device 30, 130, 230 via interfaces 540A, 152A, 252A, or another electronic device via the transceiver/modem module (TMM) 67A (see FIG. 2A).

[0049] As shown in FIGS. 2A and 2B a PDC apparatus 520A, 520B may include an electronic data memory storage interface ("MSI") module 66. The MSI module 66 that may be configured to communicate data electrically with one or more electronic data storage (memory) devices including a compact flash card, a secure digital (SD), miniSD, microSD, SD high capacity (SDHC), miniSDHC, microSDHC, SD extended capacity device or card, and a memory stick. The MSI module 66 may be configured or include firmware, a processor with code that may conform to various memory device standards including the SD input-output (SDIO) standard. Accordingly, a MSI module 66 may enable an apparatus 520A, 520B to communicate with various data memory cards and other compatible devices including a Bluetooth interface card or broadband data interface card. As also shown in FIGS. 2A and 2B, a PDC apparatus 520A, 520B may include other electronic data storage devices or modules. A PDC apparatus 520A, 520B may include internal, non-volatile and volatile electronic data internal memory modules ("IDM") 68 where electronic data may be communicated between an IDM 68 and another device 30, 130, 230 via the PDI 540A, interfaces 540A, 152A, 252A, and TMM 67A.

[0050] In an embodiment, a TMM 67A of apparatus 520A, 520B may be any device capable of communicating data in one or more data communication formats including wireless and wired formats. Referring to FIG. 10, a PDC apparatus 520A may be part of a wireless architecture 902 that may include one or more wireless or wired devices 30A to 30D and a wireless data or voice provider base station 904. In an embodiment, a PDC apparatus 520A may include a TMM 67A. The TMM 67A may include a transceiver and modem that may communicate digital or analog data or voice signals with one or more electronic devices (30A to 30D) and the data and voice signal base station 904. The base station 904 may be part of a larger network 902 that may communicate with other base stations, electronics devices 30, 130, 230, PDC apparatus 520A, 520B, 520C, 520D, 340A, 340B, 700, 800, 900A, 900B, 900C, 900D, 900E, 900F, 900G, 970A, computers, and networks of networks (commonly termed the

"Internet"). In an embodiment, a base station 904 may communicate data with a TMM 67A using one or more known digital or analog communication formats including a cellular protocol such as code division multiple access (CDMA), time division multiple access (TDMA), Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM), cellular digital packet data (CDPD), Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMAX), satellite format (COMSAT) format, and local protocol such as wireless local area network (commonly called "WiFi") and Bluetooth.

[0051] In an embodiment, a PDC 520A TMM 67A may communicate data signals with a base station 904 using a first digital communication protocol and an electronic devices 3 OA to 30D using a second, different communication protocol. For example, a PDC apparatus 520A TMM 67A may communicate with the base station 904 using a cellular protocol such as code division multiple access (CDMA), time division multiple access (TDMA), Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM), Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMAX) or COMSAT protocol and communicate with the electronic devices 30A to 30D using a local protocol including WiFi, Zigbee, and Bluetooth.

[0052] As known to one skilled on the art, the Bluetooth protocol standard includes several versions including vl.O, vl.OB, vl . l, vl.2, v2.0 + EDR, v2.1 + EDR, v3.0 + HS, v4.0, and v4.1. The Bluetooth protocol is an efficient packet-based protocol that may employ frequency-hopping spread spectrum radio communication signals with up to 79 bands, each band 1 MHz in width, the respective 79 bands operating in the frequency range 2402-2480 MHz. Non-EDR (extended data rate) Bluetooth protocols may employ a Gaussian frequency-shift keying (GFSK) modulation. EDR Bluetooth may employ a differential quadrature phase-shift keying (DQPSK) modulation. [0053] The WiFi protocol may conform to an Institute of Electrical and Electronics

Engineers (IEEE) 802.11 protocol. The IEEE 802.11 protocols may employ a single-carrier direct-sequence spread spectrum radio technology and a multi-carrier orthogonal frequency- division multiplexing (OFDM) protocol. In an embodiment, one or more electronic devices 30A to 30D may communicate with the PDC apparatus 520A TMM 67A via a WiFi protocol.

[0054] The cellular formats CDMA, TDMA, GSM, CDPD, and WiMax are well known to one skilled in the art. It is noted that the WiMax protocol may be used for local

communication between the one or more electronic devices 30A to 30D and the PDC apparatus 520A TMM 67A. The WiMax protocol is part of an evolving family of standards being developed by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) to define parameters of a point-to-multipoint wireless, packet-switched communications systems. In particular, the 802.16 family of standards (e.g., the IEEE std. 802.16-2004 (published September 18, 2004)) may provide for fixed, portable, and/or mobile broadband wireless access networks. Additional information regarding the IEEE 802.16 standard may be found in IEEE Standard for Local and Metropolitan Area Networks-Part 16: Air Interface for Fixed Broadband Wireless Access Systems (published October 1, 2004). See also IEEE 802.16E-2005, IEEE Standard for Local and Metropolitan Area Networks- Part 16: Air Interface for Fixed and Mobile Broadband Wireless Access Systems- Amendment for Physical and Medium Access Control Layers for Combined Fixed and Mobile Operation in Licensed Bands (published February 28, 2006). Further, the Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMAX) Forum facilitates the deployment of broadband wireless networks based on the IEEE 802.16 standards. For convenience, the terms "802.16" and "WiMAX" may be used interchangeably throughout this disclosure to refer to the IEEE 802.16 suite of air interface standards.

[0055] In an embodiment, one or more electronic devices 30A to 30D, 30, 130, 230,

970A may be coupled a PDC apparatus 520A, 520B, 520C, 520D, 340A, 340B, 700, 800, 900A, 900B, 900C, 900D, 900E, 900F, 900G TMM 67A via a physical connection such as 540A, 540B shown in FIG. 1A, 64, and 164 in FIG. 2A. A TMM 67A may employ one or more wired digital or analog data communication protocols to communicate with an electronic device 30A to 30D. 30, 130, 230, 970A including the Ethernet protocol or Internet protocol (IP), IEEE 802.3. Using wired or wireless data communication, a PDC apparatus 520A may enable an electronic device 30A to 30D, 30, 130, 230, 970A to communicate digital with the Internet and correspondingly act as a "mobile hotspot" or mobile broadband device. In an embodiment, the antenna 67B may be a circular antenna with multiple, selectable connections to elect the wavelength/frequency of signals to be communicated with an electronic device 30A to 30D and base station 904. [0056] FIG. 1C is a front view of a simplified diagram of another PDC apparatus 500B according to various embodiments and FIG. ID is a back view of the simplified diagram of the PDC apparatus 500B according to various embodiments. The apparatus 500B may include a first power signal coupling mechanism 530B and a second power signal coupling mechanism or module 42A, a PDI 540B, a data memory storage interface module (MSI) 66, and at least one user perceptible signal generation device 58B. The PDC apparatus 500B may also include an internal memory module (IMM) 68, TMM 67 A, an antenna 67B, and other device interfaces 540A, 130, 230 as shown in FIG. 2A. FIG. IE is a back view of a simplified diagram of the PDC apparatus 500B external power source cavity 42B according to various embodiments. As noted, several electrical power signal mechanical interfaces 43A, 43B may be removably coupled to the electrical power signal cavity 42B.

[0057] FIG. 2A is a block diagram of a PDC architecture 10A according to various embodiments. The PDC architecture 10A may include an AC electrical power source 20A, a DC electrical power source 20B, a PDC apparatus 520A, and one or more electronic devices 30, 130, and 230. In an embodiment, the electronic devices 30, 130, 230 may communicate DC electrical power signals via a wired or wireless interface. The electronic device 30 may communicate electrical power signals by a wired interface 32, including a wired USB interface 32. An electronic device 130 may communicate electrical power signals by a wired device specific interface 132. An electronic device 230 may communicate electrical power signals by a wireless interface 232. As shown in FIG. 110, an electronic device 970A may include a primary or secondary inductive coil 964A that may wirelessly communicate electrical power signals with a PDC apparatus 900D primary or secondary inductive coil 978A.

[0058] An electronic device 30 may communicate data with or via the PDC 540A via the

USB interface 540A or wirelessly via the TMM 67A. An electronic device 130 may communicate data with or via the PDC 540A via a device interface 152A or wirelessly via the TMM 67A. An electronic device 230 may communicate data with or via the PDC 540A via the wireless interface 252A or wirelessly via the TMM 67A. In an embodiment, data may be encoded in a magnetic signal communicated between coils 964A and 978A in addition to electrical power. In an embodiment, the USB interface 540A may include various type USB mechanical interfaces including an A-plug, B-plug, mini-USB, and micro-USB. The USB interface 540A may be coupled to a flexible cable 942F as shown in FIG. 1 ID. The flexible cable 942F and USB interface 942C and PDC apparatus shell 910B may be shaped to partially or completely nest the mechanical USB interface 942C and flexible cable 942F when not deployed. [0059] In an embodiment, the device specific interface 152A may include various type device specific mechanical interfaces including a thunderbolt, lightning or 30-pin Apple type mechanical connector. The device specific interface 152A may be coupled to a flexible cable 942F as shown in FIG. 1 ID. The flexible cable 942F and device specific interface 942E (FIG. 1 IF) and a PDC apparatus shell 910B may be shaped to partially or completely nest the mechanical device specific interface 942E and flexible cable 942F when not deployed. As noted, the PDC 520A wireless interface 252A may include an inductive coil 964A. The inductive coil may generate or receive an electro-magnetic signal that induces a current in an electronic device 230 or within the PDC 520A. In an embodiment, a data signal may also be encoded in the electro-magnetic signal where the data signal is separated from the current signal when received by the PDC 520A coil 964A or electronic device 970A coil 964A.

[0060] In an embodiment, an electronic device 30, 30A to 30D, 130, 230, 970A may be coupled to a PDC apparatus 520A, 520B, 520C, 520D, 340A, 340B, 700, 800, 900A, 900B, 900C, 900D, 900E, 900F, 900G via cable(s) 64, 164 (wired coupling). In an embodiment, an electronic device 30, 130, 230, 30A to 30D, 970A may include a rechargeable or non- rechargeable electrical storage element 36. A PDC apparatus a PDC apparatus 520A, 520B, 520C, 520D, 340A, 340B, 700, 800, 900A, 900B, 900C, 900D, 900E, 900F, 900G may communicate (provide or receive) electrical energy to one or more electronic devices 30, 130, 230, 30A-D, 970A via their interface 32, 132, 252A that is sufficient to a) power an electronic device 30, 130, 230, 30A-D, 970A, b) charge an electrical storage element 36 of an electronic devices 30, 130, 230, 30A-D, 970A, c) simultaneously power an electronic device 30, 130, 230, 30A-D, 970A and charge an electrical storage element 36 of the device, and e) power a PDC apparatus a PDC apparatus 520A, 520B, 520C, 520D, 340A, 340B, 700, 800, 900A, 900B, 900C, 900D, 900E, 900F, 900G and/or charge its electrical energy storage element 56A. The electrical signal may have a DC, AC, or electro-magnetic format in an embodiment.

[0061] An electrical storage element 36, 56A, 56B may include a re-chargeable battery, capacitor, semiconductor, or other device capable of temporarily storing and discharging electrical energy. An electronic device 30, 130, 230, 30A-D, 970A may include an antenna 37 and TMM 67A to wirelessly communicate data signals with a PDC apparatus 520A, 520B, 520C, 520D, 340A, 340B, 700, 800, 900A, 900B, 900C, 900D, 900E, 900F, 900G, another electronic device 30, 130, 230, 30A-D, 970A, base station 904, or other device via the PDC or base station (where the PDC or base station forwards the data to another device including via the Internet). In an embodiment electrical energy may be communicated between a PDC apparatus 520A and electronic device 30 via magnetic energy (no direct wiring) such as shown in FIG. 3 A. [0062] As shown in FIG. 2A, the PDC apparatus 520A may further include an AC electrical power coupling 42A, a DC electrical power coupling 530A, a transformer/inverter 44A, a controller module 46A, a charging module 48A, second PDC apparatus interface 550, a light generation module 58C. The electrical power source 20A may be part of an electrical distribution network, independent electrical source, or localized electrical source including a battery 36, generator, or solar generation module. The AC coupling 42A may include multiple electrical contacts that enable a PDC apparatus 520A to communicate AC power signals with an electrical power source 20A. In an embodiment, the power source 20A may communicate AC power to the AC coupling 42A via a standard outlet where the AC coupling includes two prongs for a non-grounded application and three prongs for a grounded application.

[0063] The DC electrical power source 20B may also be part of an electrical distribution network, independent electrical source, or localized electrical source including a battery 36, generator, or solar generation module. The DC electrical power coupling 530A may include multiple electrical contacts that enable a PDC apparatus 520A to communicate DC power signals with an electrical power source 20B. In an embodiment, the power source 20B may communicate DC power signals to the DC coupling 530A via a standard DC outlet where the DC outlet includes two electrical contacts.

[0064] In an embodiment, the transformer/inverter 44A may receive an electrical power signal having a signal format, voltage level, and current level and convert the signal format, voltage level, and current level to a predetermined, desired, or required signal format, voltage and current level for one or more powered devices 30, 130, 230, 30A-D, 970A or the operation of the charging module 48 A. In an embodiment, the transformer/inverter may convert a received a power signal having an AC format to a power signal having a DC format. The

transformer/inverter 44A may also change the power signal voltage level or current level. In an embodiment, the transformer/inverter 44A may generate a power signal having a DC format and a voltage level about 5 volts. In an embodiment, the transformer 44A may include a buck converter to generate a DC signal with a desired voltage level from a received AC signal. In an embodiment, the transformed signal may be also be provided to a charging module 48A.

[0065] In an embodiment, the transformer/inverter 44A may also provide electrical energy or an indication of energy generation to a controller module 46A where the electrical energy may be the same as the DC power provided to be communicated with the electronic devices 30, 130, 230, 30A-D, 970A, or another electrical signal including an AC or DC signal having various waveforms that provide an indication of whether power signal being generated by the transformer/inverter 44A may be communicated to an electronic devices 30, 130, 230, 30A-D or the charging module 48A including monitoring the power signal format (AC, DC or some other format), voltage level, and current level. The transformer/inverter 44A may transmit electrical energy to a device coupled to the USB interface 540A, device specific interface 152A, and inductively via the wireless interface 252A.

[0066] In an embodiment, a transformer/inverter 44A may also receive electrical energy from a device coupled to the USB interface 540A, device specific interface 152A, and inductively via the wireless interface 252A. In such an embodiment an electronic device (ED) 30, 30A to 30D, 130, 230, 970A or a battery pack or other device capable of discharging electrical energy, via a wired or wireless interface may provide power to the electrical storage element 56A, another coupled device 30, 30A to 30D, 130, 230, 970A, or another PDC 520B via the MDPP interface 550. In an embodiment, the received energy may be routed via the controller module 46A, switch 54A, transformer/inverter 44A, charging module 48A, or other interface 540A, 152A, or 252A.

[0067] As noted conversely, the electrical storage element 56A via the switch 54A, power source 20A via power coupling 42A, transformer/inverter 44A and switch 54A, and power source 20B and switch 54A may communicate power with a device 30, 30A to 30D, 130, 230, 970A. Accordingly, a power signal from a power source 20A, power source 20B, battery 56A or other coupled ED 30, 130, 230 may be communicated between a PDC apparatus 520A, 520B, 520C, 520D, 340A, 340B, 700, 800, 900A, 900B, 900C, 900D, 900E, 900F, 900G, and another electronic device 30, 130, 230, 30A-D, 970A. In an embodiment, when a PDC apparatus 520A, 520B, 520C, 520D, 340A, 340B, 700, 800, 900A, 900B, 900C, 900D, 900E, 900F, 900G is not coupled to a power source 20A, 20B, the PDC apparatus may still provide a power signal to an ED 30, 130, 230 coupled to the PDC apparatus via a standard, wired interface 540A, 540B and cable 64, wired device specific interface 152A, 152B and cable 164, and a wireless, electromagnetic interface 252A, 252B.

[0068] In an embodiment, when a PDC apparatus 520A, 520B, 520C, 520D, 340A,

340B, 700, 800, 900A, 900B, 900C, 900D, 900E, 900F, 900G is not coupled to a power source 20A, 20B, the PDC apparatus may also receive a power signal from an ED 30, 130, 230 coupled to the PDC apparatus via a standard, wired interface 540A, 540B and cable 64, wired device specific interface 152A, 152B and cable 164, and a wireless, electro-magnetic interface 252A, 252B. In an embodiment, the charging module 48A may receive electrical energy from the transformer/inverter 44A, power coupling 530A, or an interface 540A-B, 152A-B, or 252A-B and charge one or more electrical storage elements 56A. A charging module 48 A, 48B may provide an electrical signal to the one or more user detectable signal generation modules 8A-B to inform a user when the electrical storage element 56A is being charged, discharged, external power is present, and when one or more DC powered devices 30, 130, 230, 30A-D are electrically coupled to a PDC apparatus 540A, 140A, 240A, 340A, 640A. In an embodiment, a charging module 48A, 48B may determine a storage element 56A, 56B level and fast charge the storage element 56A, 56B when the determined level is below a first predetermined level, slow or trickle charge the storage element 56A, 56B when the determined level is below a second level and above the first level, the second level greater than the first level, and not charge the storage element 56A, 56B when the determined level is above a second level. In an embodiment the second level may be about 95% of the maximum level and the second level may be about 80% of the maximum level.

[0069] The electrical storage element 56A, 56B may include one or more batteries, capacitors, semiconductors, or other electrical energy storage devices including a lithium ion, NiCad, or other rechargeable medium based element. The PDC apparatus 520A, 520B controller module 46A may work in conjunction with the multiple position switch 54A to direct one of energy from the transformer/inverter 44A and power coupling 530A and the electrical storage element 56A to/from the interfaces 540A-B, 152A-B, 252A-B via the coupling 62A and the second PDC apparatus interface 550. The controller module 46A may control the switch 54A as a function of the signal received from or sent to the transformer/inverter 44A or power coupling via the switch control line 47A. In an embodiment, the controller module 46A may direct the switch 54A, 54B to communicate energy from an interface 540A-B, 152A-B, 252A-B to the charging module 48A-B to charge the electrical energy storage element 56A, 56B.

[0070] The PDC apparatuses 520C, 520D shown in FIG. 3A-3B are similar to PDC apparatuses 520A 520B. The PDC apparatuses, however do not include a switch 54A, 54B to direct the communication of electrical energy from either the power sources 20A, 20B or storage element 56A, 56B to one or more interfaces 540A-B, 152A-B, 252A-B. The controller module 46C may still control when the charging module 48A charges a storage element 56A, 56B. In an embodiment, the controller module 46C may direct the charging element to only charge a storage element 56A when an electrical power signal is received from the power source 20A, 20B or an interface 540A-B, 152A-B, 252A-B.The controller module may also prevent charging of the storage element 56A, 56B when the element is being discharged to provide a power signal to an interface 540A-B, 152A-B, 252A-B even when a power signal is present at a power source 20A, 20B.

[0071] FIG. 2B is a block diagram of an architecture 10B including a PDC apparatus

520B according to various embodiments. As shown in FIG. 2B, PDC apparatus 520B is similar to PDC apparatus 520A but may not include an AC power source 20A. The PDC apparatus 520B may also not include a transformer/inverter 44A since the PDC apparatus 520B does not receive an AC signal or other power signal in a format that may need to be converted by a transformer/inverter 44A. The PDC apparatus 520B may be used in architecture 500A shown in FIG. 1A-B. The controller module 46B in PDC apparatus 520B may control the charging module 48B and switch 54B similar to the controller module 46A in FIG. 2A. The controller module 46B may direct the charging module 48B to charge the storage element 56B as a function of the storage element 56B charge state, discharge state, and an electrical power signal received from the power source 20B or an ED 540A-B, 152A-B, 252A-B. FIGS. 3 A and 3B are block diagrams of PDC apparatus 520C and 520D. Apparatus 520C of FIG. 3 A is similar to PDC apparatus 520A of FIG. 2A.

[0072] Apparatus 520C does not include a switch 54A, 54B to direct an electrical power signal from a power source 20A, 20B or electrical energy storage element (EESE) 56A to an interface 540A-B, 152A-B, 252A-B. As noted above, a control module 46C may control the operation of the charging module 48A as a function of an electrical power signal present from the power source 20A, 20B or an interface 540A-B, 152A-B, 252A-B. Apparatus 520D of FIG. 3B is similar to PDC apparatus 520B of FIG. 2B. Apparatus 520D does not include a switch 54A, 54B to direct an electrical power signal from a power source 20B or electrical energy storage element (EESE) 56A to an interface 540A-B, 152A-B, 252A-B. As noted above, a control module 46D may control the operation of the charging module 48B as a function of an electrical power signal present from a power source 20A or an interface 540A-B, 152A-B, 252A-B.

[0073] FIG. 4A is a block diagram of another PDC architecture 300A according to various embodiments. Similar to PDC architecture 10A shown in FIG. 2A, architecture 300A may include a PDC apparatus 340A, a power source 20A, a power source 20B, and one or more ED 30, 130, 230. PDC apparatus 340A is similar to PDC apparatus 520A and includes a power coupling 42A, a power coupling 530A, an EESE 56A, an antenna 67B, a wireless interface 252A, an EESE 56A, an antenna 67B, and a wireless interface 252A. The PDC apparatus 340A may further include an Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) 350A. The ASIC 350A may include a data memory storage interface module (MSI) 66, an internal memory module (IMM) 68, a TMM 67A, a MDPP interface 550, a USB interface 352A, a device specific interface 152A, and one or more user detectable signal generation modules 58A, 58C, as part of or coupled to the ASIC 350A. The ASIC 350A elements or modules 66, 68, 152A, 540A, 67 A, and 550 where the modules function similar to the module in PDC apparatus 520A.

[0074] FIG. 4B is a block diagram of another PDC architecture 300B according to various embodiments. Similar to PDC architecture 10B shown in FIG. 2B, architecture 300B may include a PDC apparatus 340B, a power source 20B, and one or more ED 30, 130, 230. PDC apparatus 340B is similar to PDC apparatus 520B and includes an EESE 56B, an antenna 67B, a wireless interface 252A, a power coupling 530A, an EESE 56A, an antenna 67B, and a wireless interface 252A. The PDC apparatus 340B may further include an Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) 350B. The ASIC 350B may include a data memory storage interface module (MSI) 66, an internal memory module (IMM) 68, a TMM 67 A, a MDPP interface 550, a USB interface 352B, a device specific interface 152B, and one or more user detectable signal generation modules 58B, 58D, as part of or coupled to the ASIC 350A. The ASIC 350A elements or modules 66, 68, 152B, 540B, 67 A, and 550 where the modules function similar to the module in PDC apparatus 520B.

[0075] FIG. 5A is a flow diagram illustrating several methods 260 according to various embodiments. A PDC apparatus 520A, 520B, 520C, 520D, 340A, 340B, 700, 800, 900A, 900B, 900C, 900D, 900E, 900F, 900G may employ the method 260 illustrated by the FIG. 5A flow diagram to backup data or selectively backup data or data types stored on a device 130, 30, 230, 30A to 30D, 970A (such in the device 130, 30, 230, 30A to 30D memory 39). In the backup method 260, when passive backup is active (configured by a user to be active (activity 262)), the method 260 may first determine the type of backup to be performed, incremental or full (activity 264). A user may elect to backup all data for selected data types (full) or only the data for selected data types that has changed since the last backup (incremental backup). When the selected data types such as operating system data, multimedia data (including music, video, and pictures), and business or personal data (such as contracts, calendars, word, spreadsheet, and presentation files) includes changed data and incremental is selected, the method 260 may update backup data with the new or changed data (activity 264, 266, 268).

[0076] The backup data may be stored locally on a PDC apparatus 520A, 520B, 520C,

520D, 340A, 340B, 700, 800, 900A, 900B, 900C, 900D, 900E, 900F, 900G or on a networked device where the data is communicated from a device 130, 30, 230, 30A to 30D, 970A to the networked device via a PDC apparatus 520A, 520B, 520C, 520D, 340A, 340B, 700, 800, 900A, 900B, 900C, 900D, 900E, 900F, 900G modem/transceiver 67A. Similarly, when a full backup has been configured, the data represented the selected data types may be backed up locally on a PDC apparatus 520A, 520B, 520C, 520D, 340A, 340B, 700, 800, 900A, 900B, 900C, 900D, 900E, 900F, 900G or on a networked device where the data is communicated from a device 130, 30, 230, 30A to 30D, 970A to the networked device via a PDC apparatus 520A, 520B, 520C, 520D, 340A, 340B, 700, 800, 900A, 900B, 900C, 900D, 900E, 900F, 900G modem 67A (activity 272, 274).

[0077] FIG. 5B is a flow diagram illustrating several methods 280 according to various embodiments. A PDC apparatus 520A, 520B, 520C, 520D, 340A, 340B, 700, 800, 900A, 900B, 900C, 900D, 900E, 900F, 900G may employ the method 280 illustrated by the FIG. 5B flow diagram to enable a user to configure the backup options for data stored on a device 130, 30, 230, 30A to 30D, 970A (such in the device 130, 30, 230, 30A to 30D memory 39) or restore data previously backed up to a device. The method 280 may enable a user to configure one or more backup options for a PDC apparatus 520A, 520B, 520C, 520D, 340A, 340B, 700, 800, 900A, 900B, 900C, 900D, 900E, 900F, 900G (activity 282, 284). As noted a user may configure various data backup options or to restore data from one or more backups (activity 288).

[0078] A user may select the data type(s) to be backed up and the backup mode (full, incremental) (activity 284, 286). A user may also designate multiple backup destinations including networked (via the modem 67A) locations or local on a PDC apparatus 520A, 520B, 520C, 520D, 340A, 340B, 700, 800, 900A, 900B, 900C, 900D, 900E, 900F, 900G (activity 284). The method 280 may also enable a user to select the device 30, 130, 230, 30A to 30D, 970A data types to be protected or backed up where the data types may include operating system data, multimedia data (including music, video, and pictures), and business or personal data (such as contracts, calendars, word, spreadsheet, and presentation files) (activity 286).

[0079] The method 280 may also enable a user to restore data (or selected data) from one or more backups to a device 130, 30, 230, 30A to 30D, 970A or other computer device (activity 292). The method 280 may enable data from several locations including local (on a PDC apparatus 520A, 520B, 520C, 520D, 340A, 340B, 700, 800, 900A, 900B, 900C, 900D, 900E, 900F, 900G) or networked to be used to restore data on a device 130, 30, 230, 30A to 30D, 970A, other coupled device, or to a networked device (activity 292).

[0080] FIG. 6A is a flow diagram illustrating several methods 400A according to various embodiments. An ASIC 350A may employ the method 400A illustrated by the FIG. 6A flow diagram. The method 400A may determine whether sufficient power is being provided by a power source 20A, 20B, or interface 152A, 540A, 252A to power one or more devices 30, 130, 230, 30A-D, 970A (activity 402A). When the received electrical power is insufficient and at least one device is coupled to a PDC apparatus 340A, 700, 800, 900A, 900B, 900C, 900D, 900E, 900F, 900G (activity 404A), the method 400A may communicate energy between the one or more devices 30, 130, 230, 30A-D, 970A and an electrical storage element 56A (activity 406A) and provide an indication of the electrical storage element 56A discharge or charge status via the user detectable signal generation device 58A (activity 406A, 408A). As noted, a PDC apparatus 340A, 700, 800, 900A, 900B, 900C, 900D, 900E, 900F, 900G may provide power to a coupled ED 30, 30A to 30D, 130, 230, 970A from an internal electrical storage element 56A, 56B and receive power from an ED 30, 30A to 30D, 130, 230, 970A to charge an internal electrical storage element 56A, 56B. [0081] When sufficient power is provided by a power source 20A, 20B, or interface

152A, 540A, 252A and the electrical storage device 56A is not fully charged (activity 412A) the method 400A may charge the electrical storage element 56A (activity 414A) and provide an indication of the electrical storage element 56A charge level via the user detectable signal generation device 58A (activity 416A). Further, when sufficient power is provided by a power source 20A, 20B, or interface 152A, 540A, 252A (activity 402A) and at least one device 30, 130, 230, 30A-D, 970A is coupled to the PDC apparatus 340A, 700, 800, 900A, 900B, 900C, 900D, 900E, 900F, 900G (activity 422A), the method 400A may provide energy to the one or more devices 30, 130, 230, 30A-D, 970A from the power source 20A, 20B, or interface 152A, 540A, 252A (activity 424A) and provide an indication of the existence of power from power source 20A, 20B, or interface 152A, 540A, 252A via the user detectable signal generation device 58A (activity 426A).

[0082] Further, when sufficient power is provided by a power source 20A, 20B, or interface 152A, 540A, 252A (activity 402A) and a second PDC apparatus 520B, 340B is coupled to the PDC apparatus 520A, 340A (activity 428) the method 400A may provide energy to the 2nd PDC apparatus 520B, 340B from the power source 20A, 20B, or interface 152A, 540A, 252A (activity 432) and provide an indication of the existence of power from the power source 20A, 20B, or interface 152A, 540A, 252A via the user detectable signal generation device 58A (activity 434).

[0083] FIG. 6B is a flow diagram illustrating several methods 400B according to various embodiments. An ASIC 350B or PDC apparatus 520B may employ the method 400B illustrated by the FIG. 6B flow diagram. The method 400B may determine whether sufficient power is being provided by the power source 20B, or interface 152A, 540A, 252A to power one or more devices 30, 130, 230, 30A to 30D, 970A (activity 402B). When the power is insufficient and at least one device is coupled to a PDC apparatus 520B, 340B (activity 404B), the method 400B may communicate energy between one or more devices 30, 130, 230, 30A to 30D, 970A and an electrical storage element 56B (activity 406B) and provide an indication of the electrical storage element 56B status via the user detectable signal generation device 58B (activity 406B, 408B)..

[0084] When sufficient power is provided by the power source 20B, or interface 152A,

540A, 252A and the electrical storage device 56B is not fully charged (activity 412B) the method 400B may charge the electrical storage element 56B (activity 414B) and provide an indication of the electrical storage element 56B charge level via the user detectable signal generation device 58B (activity 416B). Further when sufficient power is provided by the power source 20B, or interface 152A, 540A, 252A (activity 402B) and at least one device 30, 30A-D, 130, 230, 970A is coupled to the PDC apparatus 340B, 520B (activity 422B) the method 400B may provide energy to the one or more devices 30, 30A-D, 130, 230, 970A from the power source 20B, or interface 152A, 540A, 252A (activity 424B) and provide an indication of the existence of power from the power source 20B, or interface 152A, 540A, 252A via the user detectable signal generation device 58B (activity 426B).

[0085] FIG. 6C is a flow diagram illustrating several methods 402A according to various embodiments. A PDC apparatus 520A, 520C, 340A may employ the method 402A illustrated by the FIG. 6C flow diagram. The method 402A shown in FIG. 6C may be employed by a PDC apparatus 520A, 520C, 340A in an embodiment to reduce energy consumption when a device 30, 30A to 30D, 130, 230, 970A is not connected. The method 402A may set a sleep timer to a predetermined level (or time) (activity 440A). The method 402A may determine whether adequate power is provided to the PDC apparatus 520A, 520C, 340A (activity 442A) and may transfer control to section A of FIG. 6A when inadequate power is available. When adequate external power is detected, the method may determine whether a device 30, 30A to 30D, 130, 230, 970A is coupled to the PDC apparatus 520A, 520C, 340A or second PDC apparatus 520B, 520D, 340B is coupled to the PDC apparatus 520A, 520C, 340A (activities 444A and 446A).

[0086] When a device 30, 30A to 30D, 130, 230, 970A is coupled to the PDC apparatus

520A, 520C, 340A or second PDC apparatus 520B, 520D, 340B is coupled to the PDC apparatus 520A, 520C, 340A, control may be transferred to section B of FIG. 6A. Otherwise, the method 402A may determine whether a predetermined time interval has passed (sleep timer equal to zero) activity 448A. When the time interval has not passed then an external power source may be decoupled (activity 454A) to reduce un-necessary power consumption. When the predetermined time interval has passed (sleep timer zero), the method 402A may determine whether the storage element 56A, 56B needs charging by comparing its storage level to a predetermined level or percentage of total capacity (activity 452A). When the internal level is less than the predetermined level or percentage, the method 402A may charge the storage element (activity 414C). The method 402 A may then decouple the external power source (activity 454A) to save un-necessary power consumption and reset the sleep timer to the predetermined level or time (activity 440A).

[0087] FIG. 6D is a flow diagram illustrating several methods 402B according to various embodiments. A PDC apparatus 520B, 340B may employ the method 402B illustrated by the FIG. 6D flow diagram. The method 402B shown in FIG. 6D may be employed by the PDC apparatus 520B, 340B in an embodiment to reduce energy consumption when a device is not connected. The method 402B may set a sleep timer to a predetermined level or time (activity 440B). The method 402B determine whether adequate external power is provided to the PDC apparatus 340B, 520B, 520D (activity 442B) and may transfer control to section C of FIG. 6B when inadequate power is available or detected. When adequate external power is detected, the method may determine whether a device 30, 130, 230, 30A to 30D, 970A is coupled to the PDC apparatus 340B, 520B (activity 444B).

[0088] When a device 30, 130, 230, 30A to 30D, 970A is coupled to the PDC apparatus

340B, 520B, 520D control may be transferred to section D of FIG. 6B. Otherwise the method 402B may determine whether a predetermined time interval has passed (sleep timer zero) activity 448B. When the time interval has not passed then the external power source may be decoupled (activity 454B) to reduce un-necessary power consumption. When the predetermined time interval has passed (sleep timer zero), the method 402B may determine whether the storage element 56A, 56B needs charging by comparing its storage level to a predetermined level or percentage of total capacity (activity 452B). When the storage element 56A, 56B internal level is less than the predetermined level or percentage, the method 402B may charge the storage element (activity 414C). The method 402B may then decouple the external power source (activity 454B) to reduce un-necessary power consumption and reset the sleep timer to the predetermined level or time (activity 440B).

[0089] In method 402A and 402B the internal power element 56A, 56B may provide energy to the PDC apparatus 520B, 520D, 340B when the external power is optionally decoupled. In an embodiment when the storage element 56A, 56B is depleted to a predetermined percentage X (activity 452A, 452B) the external power may be engaged to charge the storage element 56A, 56B (activity 414C). In an embodiment the predetermined percentage X may range from about 95% to 80%.

[0090] FIG. 6E is a flow diagram illustrating several methods 414 according to various embodiments. An ASIC 350A, 350B or PDC apparatus 520A, 520B, 520C, 520D, 340A, 340B, 700, 800, 900A, 900B, 900C, 900D, 900E, 900F, 900G may employ the method 414 illustrated by the FIG. 6E flow diagram. The method 414 shown in FIG. 6E may be employed by the methods 400A, 400B, 402A, 402B in an embodiment to optimize storage element 56A, 56B charging. In the method 414 a storage element 56 A, 56B may not be charged when the determined energy level is greater than X percentage (activity 460). The method 414 may fast charge the storage element 56A, 56B when the determined level is less than Y % (activity 462, 464). The method 414 may slow or trickle charge the storage element 56A, 56B when storage level is greater than Y% and less than X% (activity 462, 466). In an embodiment X may be about 95% of maximum storage capacity and Y may be about 80%> of maximum storage capacity.

[0091] FIG. 7 is a block diagram of PDC architecture 700 including PDC apparatus 710 and PDC apparatus 750 according to various embodiments. The PDC apparatus 710 may have a housing 720C including a right 720A and a left 720B side cap and a recess 714. The first PDC apparatus 710 may include a circuit board 730 that functions as an ASIC 350A. The PDC apparatus 750 may also include a circuit board 770, user detectable devices 756, an upper housing 754A, a lower housing 754B, a power interface 752, a battery 772, an antenna 707, a right 760A and a left 760B side cap. The circuit board 770 may function as an ASIC 650B, 350B. The power interface 752 may function as a power coupling 20B. The user detectable devices 756 may function as a user detectable device 358B, 58B. The PDC apparatus 750 power interface 752 may nest in the PDC apparatus 710 recess 714. A wire 780 may be coupled to the PDC apparatus 710, 750 to provide power or couple a PDC apparatus 710, 750 to an electronic device 30, 30A to 30D, 130, 230, 970A.

[0092] FIG. 8 is an exploded diagram of a PDC apparatus 800 according to various embodiments. The PDC apparatus 800 may be employed in various embodiments including PDC apparatus 520A, 520C, and 340A. In an embodiment, PDC apparatus 800 may include a back body 802, a front body 804, a battery cover 806, electrical power source contacts 812, spring prongs 814, a contact plate 808, a circuit board 816, a universal serial bus (USB) module 822, an antenna 807, and a battery pack 824. The circuit board 816 may include one or more LEDs 818 and a processor 817. The processor 817 may function as ASIC 350A. The back cover 802 may include an electrical prong module holder 803. The electrical contacts 812, spring prongs 814, and contact plate 808 may form a prong module and the prong module may be coupled to the prong module holder 803. The USB module 822 may be coupled to the circuit board 816. The front cover 804 may have one or more openings 805 for the LEDs 818. The battery 824 may be coupled to the circuit board 816 and may be located under the battery cover 806. In an embodiment the battery cover 806 may be removable so the battery 824 may be replaced.

[0093] FIG. 9A is a front view of a simplified diagram of a PDC apparatus 900A according to various embodiments. The PDC apparatus 900A may include PDC apparatus 520A, 520B, 520C, 520D, 340A, 340B, 700, 800, 900B, 900C, 900D, 900E, 900F, 900G and a solar panel 910A. The solar panel 91 OA may be coupled to a PDC apparatus 520A, 520B, 520C, 520D, 340A, 340B, 700, 800, 900A, 900B, 900C, 900D, 900E, 900F, 900G and provide another energy or power source. In an embodiment, a PDC apparatus 900A may provide electrical power to the charge module 48A or an interface 540A, 540B 152A, 152B, 252A, and 252B from the solar panel 910A.

[0094] FIG. 9B is a front view of a simplified diagram of a PDC apparatus 900B according to various embodiments. The PDC apparatus 900B may include PDC apparatus 520A, 520B, 520C, 520D, 340A, 340B, 700, 800, 900A, 900C, 900D, 900E, 900F, 900G and a hand crank electrical generator 91 OB. The hand crank electrical generator 910B may include a crank 912 and electrical generator 914 coupled to the crank 912. The electrical generator 914 may be coupled to PDC apparatus 520A, 520B, 520C, 520D, 340A, 340B, 700, 800, 900A, 900C, 900D, 900E, 900F, 900G and provide another energy source. The electrical generator 914 may be a magnetic induction charging generator 914 in an embodiment. In an embodiment, a PDC apparatus 900B may provide electrical power to the charge module 48A or an interface 540A, 540B 152A, 152B, 252A, and 252B from the electrical generator 914.

[0095] FIGS. 1 1A, 1 IB, and 1 1C are isometric diagrams of a PDC apparatus 900C according to various embodiments. FIGS. 1 lF-11R are diagrams of other PDC apparatus 900D- 900F and architecture 901 A-B. As shown in FIGS. 11 A-C and 1 lF-1 1R, apparatus 900D-F may include a first electrical power signal connector 930A, a second electrical power signal connector 932A, a power and data interface ("PDF) 940A (FIG. 11C), another PDI 942A, a memory storage interface (MSI) module slot 944A, a user detectable module 958A, a user input module 958B, and an illumination module 958C. In an embodiment, a user via a PDI 940A, 942A, 942D or wirelessly via TMM 67 A may be able to control the operation of the illumination module 958C. A PDC apparatus 900C-F may be programmed to power the illumination module 958C at programmed intervals or times with pre-programmed colors and intensity. The illumination module 958C may function as a night light or room light in an embodiment. The module 958C may be programmed to have a sleep or wake cycle where it reduces intensity over a time interval or increases light intensity (lumens) over a time interval.

[0096] In an embodiment, the first electrical power signal connector 93 OA may include one or more prongs or male connectors 930C and a tab 930B for exposing the prongs at various angles relative to its seated/stored position (as shown in FIG. 1 IB) to about 180 degrees (in an embodiment). The first electrical power connector 930A may be coupled to an external electrical power signal supply including an on-grid AC power source. In an embodiment, the second electrical power signal connector 932A may include a single extension with multiple electric contacts 932C, 932D (FIG. 1 ID) and a tab 932B for exposing or rotating the prong at various angles relative to its seated/stored position (as shown in FIG. 1 IB) to about 180 degrees (in an embodiment). The second electrical power signal connector 932A may be coupled to an external power supply including a DC power source (such as a car lighter accessory). The electric contacts 932C, 932D may be coupled to positive and negative contacts of an external DC power source.

[0097] The power and data interface ("PDI") 940A may be a USB type female connector or other data/power connector 940A configured to be coupled to a male data/power connector (in an embodiment). The power and data interface ("PDI") 942A may be a mini or micro USB type connector or other data/power connector including a device specific connector 942A configured to be coupled to a female data/power connector. In an embodiment, the power and data interface ("PDI") 940A may include a memory storage interface (MSI) module slot 944A configured to receive a data module including a memory module. The memory module may be a SDHC module as described above. The memory storage interface (MSI) module 944A slot may also function as the alignment tab common in a USB female connector.

[0098] The memory storage interface (MSI) module slot 944A may include one or more electrical contacts that may mate with corresponding electrical contacts of a memory module upon insertion into the slot 944A. The user detectable module 958A may be a light based module (ring) in an embodiment. The light frequency (color) and intensity may vary as a function of the operation or state of architecture 900C. The user input module 958B may be a multi-function button in an embodiment. The module 958B may be able to control various functions of the architecture 900C as described above with reference to PDC apparatus 520A, 520B, 520C, 520D, 340A, 340B, 700, 800. As shown in FIGS. 11A to 11 , the casing 910B may include curved surfaces 910C, 910A, 910F. The casing 910B may also include recesses 910D, 910E to hold the second and first electrical power signal connectors in a recessed and exposed positions, respectively. The casing 910B may also enable the PDI 942B to be recessed in the case when not in use and flexibly and restorably extend from the case when in use. In particular, the connector 942B male electrical connector 942C may be stored within the casing 910B.

[0099] The casing 910B may also enable the PDI 942D (FIG. 11L-N) to be recessed in the case when not in use and flexibly and restorably extend from the case when in use. In particular, the connector 942D male electrical connector may be stored within the casing 910B. The connector 942D may have a tab 942E to enable a user to remove the connector 942D from the casing 910B. In an embodiment, the connector 942D may be a device specific connector including a lighting connector, a thunderbolt connector, or a 30-pin connector conforming to Apple1® standards. FIG. 1 ID is an exposed diagram of a PDC apparatus with the case 910B removed according to various embodiments. FIG. 1 ID shows the spaced relationship of the first and second electrical power signal connectors 930A, 932A, the first and second PDI 942A, 940A, a main control module 950A, the user detectable module 958A and the user input module 958B. In an embodiment, the main control module 950A may include the elements of the ASIC 340A shown in FIG. 3A.

[00100] FIG. 1 IE is a partial diagram of a PDI 942A of a PDC apparatus 900C according to various embodiments. The PDI 942A may include a deployment tab 942B and a male PDI connector 942C with a flexible cable 942F. The connector 942A flexible cable 942F may enable the PDl 942A to be restorably removed and inserted into the apparatus 900C body/casing 910B. In an embodiment, the PDl 942A may a mini or micro USB PDl. The PDl 942D may be similar in function to PDl 942A with a flexible cable 942F and located within the PDC apparatus 900C casing 910B when not deployed. In an embodiment, the PDl 940A, 942D, and 942A may be used to communicate data and power with the main control module or ASIC 950A. The connectors 940A, 942D, and 942A may be use to communicate power with an ED 30, 30A to 30D, 130, 230, 970A via an interface 540A, 540B, 152A, 152B. Electrical power received from the connectors may be used to charge an EESE 56A, 56B. The PDl 940A, 940A, and 942D may also be used to provide electrical power to an ED 30, 30A to 30D, 130, 230, 970A where the power may be used to charge or power an ED 30, 30A to 30D, 130, 230, 970A.

[00101] FIG. 1 IF is a top diagram and FIG. 11G is a front diagram of a PDC apparatus 900D according to various embodiments. As shown in FIGS. 1 IF and 11G, PDC apparatus 900D is similar to PDC apparatus 900C. PDC apparatus 900D may further include an induction coil 964A, several raised feet or pads 965A-D, an extendable arm 961B (FIG. 1 IP) with base 961 A, and a second, deployable PDl 942D (FIGS. 11L-N) with deployment tab 942E. As shown in FIGS. 11L-M, the extendable arm 96 IB may extend from a recessed position in the PDC apparatus 900D. The extendable arm 96 IB may include one or more registrations 961C that provide an indication of the extendable arms 96 IB deployable length from the PDC apparatus 900D shell or casing 910B. The registrations 961C may also provide over-comable frictional stops that retard the further extension or retraction of the arm 961B once at a desired length or deployment from the casing 910B is achieved. In an embodiment, the induction coil 964A may be located near the top surface 9 IOC of the PDC apparatus 900D-F. The pads 965A-D may include a polymer, rubber, or non-slip material to limit movement of an ED 970A placed adjacent or on top of the pads 965A-D (see FIGS. 110-R.

[00102] FIG. 110 is a top diagram and FIG. 1 IP is a side, horizontal diagram of architecture 901A including an electronic device 970A operatively placed on or adjacent a PDC apparatus 900D with a deployed extendable arm 96 IB according to various embodiments. As noted, PDC apparatus 900D may include at least one induction coil 964A on or near top surface 9 IOC. Other PDC apparatuses 900E, 900F shown in FIGS. 11H and 1 II may include multiple induction coils 964A-C for apparatus 900E and 964A-E for apparatus 900F on or near top surface 9 IOC. In order to efficiency transfer electro-magnetic energy between a first coil 964A (PDC 900D), 964A-C (PDC 900E), or 964A-E (PDC 900F) and another coil (978A of electronic device 970A), the coils may be ideally placed in close, overlapping positions as shown in FIG. 1 10. The inclusion of multiple induction coils 964A-C for apparatus 900E and 964A-E for apparatus 900F may enable a user to optimally or ideally place an ED 970A induction coil 978A in close proximity with a PDC apparatus 900E, 990F coil 964A-C, 964A-E, respectively.

[00103] Multiple coils 964A-C or 964A-E in a PDC apparatus 900E, 900F may increase the cost of the apparatus. The apparatus 900E, 900F wireless interface 252A, 252B may also require additional circuitry to determine which coil 964A-E may optimally communicate electro-magnetic energy with an ED 970A induction coil 978A. The PDC apparatus 900D extendable arm 961B with a base 961A and registrations 961C may be deployed by a user to ensure an ED 970A 978A coil is optimally placed near the PDC apparatus 900D induction coil 964A without the additional costs associated with multiple induction coils 964A-E. As shown in FIG. 110, an ED 970A may include a top section 976A, a bottom section 976B, a front section or screen 972A, and an EESE 979A along with its induction coil 978A. A user may use the ED 970A geometry or shape along with a PDC apparatus 900D extendable arm 961B to repeatably place the ED 970A induction coil 978A in close proximity to the PDC apparatus 900D induction coil 964A.

[00104] FIG. 1 IS is a flow diagram of an algorithm 980 for adjusting an extension or extendable arm 96 IB of a PDC apparatus 900D-F for operative placement of an ED 970A for induction energy communication according to various embodiments. FIGS. 11J and UK are top diagrams of the PDC apparatus 900D with the extendable arm 961B deployed at different lengths according to various embodiments. In the algorithm 980 shown in FIG. 1 IS, a user may first place an ED 970A on or adjacent a PDC apparatus 900D-F (activity 982), and adjust the position of the ED 970A on the apparatus 900D-F (activity 984), until optimal or desired energy transfer between the ED 970A and apparatus 900D-F is observed (activity 986). A user may then deploy or change to the deployment length of the extendable arm 961B to abut a section of the ED 970A (activity 988). A user may note or mark the arm 961B deployment length based on the number of registrations 961C exposed from the casing 910B.

[00105] A user may then employ the algorithm 990 shown in FIG. 1 IT to desirably reposition an ED 970A on a PDC apparatus 900D-F for electro-magnetic energy

communication. A user may re-deploy the extendable arm 961B to a previously determined optimal length (activity 992) for the ED 970A. As noted, a user may use the registrations 961C to determine the optimal arm 961A deployment. In an embodiment, a user guide may be provided with optimal arm 96 IB deployment lengths for various ED 970A. A user may then place an ED 970A on or adjacent a PDC apparatus 900D-F by abutting a section of the ED 970A to the extendable arm 96 IB base 961 A (activity 994). FIGS. HQ and 11R are side, vertical diagrams of architectures 901A, 901B including an ED 970A resting on a PDC apparatus 900D- F and extendable arm 961B base 961A, 961E according to various embodiments. [00106] As shown in FIGS. 11Q and 11 , an ED 970A may be rest vertically against a vertically placed PDC apparatus 900D-F. The PDC apparatus 900D-F prongs 930C may be mechanically coupled to an outlet (not shown). An ED 970A may then be rested against the PDC apparatus 900D-F including its extendable arm 96 IB base 961 A and 96 IE. As shown in FIGS. 1 1Q and 1 1R, an extendable arm 961B may have different shaped bases 961A and 961E. The base 961E may include a vertical, distal extension to securely hold or nest a portion of an ED 970A when the ED 970A is resting against a PDC apparatus 900D-F.

[00107] FIGS. 12A-12C are diagrams of an electrical power connector assembly 930A and components of the assembly 930A according to various embodiments. As shown in FIGS. 12A-12C, the electric power connector assembly 930A may include an outer, rotatable base 930D, an inner rotatable section 930E, and prongs 930C. The base 930D and section 930E may include one or more cams 930G. The inner rotatable section 930E may be nested in a recess 930F of the outer, rotatable base 930D. The recess 930F may include recesses for the inner rotatable section 930E cams 930G and slots for the prongs 930C.

[00108] In an embodiment the inner, rotatable section 930E may rotate about 90 degrees within the outer, rotatable base 930D recess 930F. PDC apparatus 900C casing 910B may include recesses for the outer, rotatable base 930D, its corresponding cam(s) 930G and the prongs 930C. The outer, rotatable base 930D may be rotated about 90 degrees within the casing 910B. Accordingly, the prongs 930C may be rotated up to 180 degrees due the rotation capability of the inner, rotatable section 930E and the outer, rotatable base 930D. Such a configuration may enable coupling of the PDC apparatus 900C prongs 930C in limited space environments including a power strip via the deployment tab 930B.

[00109] FIGS. 13A-13B are diagrams of the electrical power connector assembly 932A according to various embodiments. The connector assembly 932A may include electrical contacts 932D (on the side) and a contact 932C on its tip, deployment tab 932B, and cams 932E. The electrical contact 932C may be configured to be coupled to positive polarity signal and the contacts 932D may be coupled to a negative polarity signal of a DC signal female accessory in an embodiment. PDC apparatus 900C casing 910B may include recesses for the connector 932A, its corresponding cam(s) 932E and contacts 932D, 932C. The connector 932C may be rotated up to 180 degrees due to its shape and casing 910B in an embodiment. Such a configuration may enable coupling of the PDC apparatus 900C connector 932A in limited space environments via the deployment tab 932B.

[00110] FIG. 14 is a partial diagram of an electrical connector assembly 940A of a PDC apparatus 900C-F according to various embodiments. As noted the connector 940A may be a female USB connector in an embodiment. In place of the USB registration tab, the connector 940A may include a MSI slot 944A. The MSI slot 944A may be configured to enable a memory module or other sized electrical module to be inserted therein. The MSI slot 944A may include one or more electrical contacts that communicate electrical signals between an inserted module and the controller module or ASIC 950A.

[00111] Any of the components previously described can be implemented in a number of ways, including embodiments in software. Any of the components previously described can be implemented in a number of ways, including embodiments in software. Thus, the AC/DC coupling 42A, 42B, transformer/inverter 44A, switch controller module 46A, 46B, charging module 48A, 48B, USB interfaces 540A, 540B device specific interface 152A, 152B, wireless interfaces 252A, 252B, and ASIC 350A, 350B may all be characterized as "modules" herein.

[00112] The modules may include hardware circuitry, single or multi-processor circuits, memory circuits, software program modules and objects, firmware, and combinations thereof, as desired by the architect of the architecture 10 and as appropriate for particular implementations of various embodiments. The apparatus and systems of various embodiments may be useful in applications other than a sales architecture configuration. They are not intended to serve as a complete description of all the elements and features of apparatus and systems that might make use of the structures described herein.

[00113] Applications that may include the novel apparatus and systems of various embodiments include electronic circuitry used in high-speed computers, communication and signal processing circuitry, modems, single or multi-processor modules, single or multiple embedded processors, data switches, and application-specific modules, including multilayer, multi-chip modules. Such apparatus and systems may further be included as sub-components within a variety of electronic systems, such as televisions, cellular telephones, personal computers (e.g., laptop computers, desktop computers, handheld computers, tablet computers, etc.), workstations, radios, video players, audio players (e.g., mp3 players), vehicles, medical devices (e.g., heart monitor, blood pressure monitor, etc.) and others. Some embodiments may include a number of methods.

[00114] It may be possible to execute the activities described herein in an order other than the order described. Various activities described with respect to the methods identified herein can be executed in repetitive, serial, or parallel fashion. A software program may be launched from a computer-readable medium in a computer-based system to execute functions defined in the software program. Various programming languages may be employed to create software programs designed to implement and perform the methods disclosed herein. The programs may be structured in an object-orientated format using an object-oriented language such as Java or C++. Alternatively, the programs may be structured in a procedure-orientated format using a procedural language, such as assembly or C. The software components may communicate using a number of mechanisms well known to those skilled in the art, such as application program interfaces or inter-process communication techniques, including remote procedure calls. The teachings of various embodiments are not limited to any particular programming language or environment.

[00115] The accompanying drawings that form a part hereof show, by way of illustration and not of limitation, specific embodiments in which the subject matter may be practiced. The embodiments illustrated are described in sufficient detail to enable those skilled in the art to practice the teachings disclosed herein. Other embodiments may be utilized and derived therefrom, such that structural and logical substitutions and changes may be made without departing from the scope of this disclosure. This Detailed Description, therefore, is not to be taken in a limiting sense, and the scope of various embodiments is defined only by the appended claims, along with the full range of equivalents to which such claims are entitled.

[00116] Such embodiments of the inventive subject matter may be referred to herein individually or collectively by the term "invention" merely for convenience and without intending to voluntarily limit the scope of this application to any single invention or inventive concept, if more than one is in fact disclosed. Thus, although specific embodiments have been illustrated and described herein, any arrangement calculated to achieve the same purpose may be substituted for the specific embodiments shown. This disclosure is intended to cover any and all adaptations or variations of various embodiments. Combinations of the above embodiments, and other embodiments not specifically described herein, will be apparent to those of skill in the art upon reviewing the above description.

[00117] The Abstract of the Disclosure is provided to comply with 37 C.F. . §1.72(b), requiring an abstract that will allow the reader to quickly ascertain the nature of the technical disclosure. It is submitted with the understanding that it will not be used to interpret or limit the scope or meaning of the claims. In the foregoing Detailed Description, various features are grouped together in a single embodiment for the purpose of streamlining the disclosure. This method of disclosure is not to be interpreted to require more features than are expressly recited in each claim. Rather, inventive subject matter may be found in less than all features of a single disclosed embodiment. Thus the following claims are hereby incorporated into the Detailed Description, with each claim standing on its own as a separate embodiment.

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Claims What is claimed is:
1. An apparatus for communicating power with a first electronic device (ED) and a second ED, the first ED including a first power interface (PI) including an electrical connector including a plurality of electrical contacts, at least two electrical contacts for communicating power (ECCP), the electrical connector having a first mechanical structure and the second ED including a second power interface (PI) including an electrical connector including a plurality of electrical contacts, at least two ECCP, the electrical connector having a second mechanical structure, the first mechanical structure different than the second mechanical structure, the apparatus including:
a housing, the housing mechanically separate from the first ED and the second ED, the housing substantially encasing:
a first power interface (PI) module, the first PI module including an electrical connector and flexible cable, the flexible cable coupled to the electrical connector, a portion of the electrical connector and flexible cable restorably removable from a recess of the housing, the electrical connector including a plurality of electrical contacts, at least two (ECCP), the electrical connector having a mechanical shape configured to mechanically mate with the first ED electrical connector first mechanical shape and electrically couple the first PI module electrical connector at least two ECCP with the first ED electric connector at least two ECCP;
a second power interface (PI) module, the second PI module including an electrical connector and flexible cable, the flexible cable coupled to the electrical connector, a portion of the electrical connector and flexible cable restorably removable from another recess of the housing, the electrical connector including a plurality of electrical contacts, at least two (ECCP), the electrical connector having a mechanical shape configured to mechanically mate with the second ED electrical connector second mechanical shape and electrically couple the second PI module electrical connector at least two ECCP with the second ED electric connector at least two ECCP;
a third power interface (PI) module, the PI module including an electrical connector, the electrical connector including a plurality of electrical contacts including at least two ECCP;
an internal electrical energy storage module (IEESM), the module coupled to the first and the second PI and including an EESE capable of storing electrical energy and discharging electrical energy to provide energy to the first ED via the first PI and the second ED via the second PI; and
a charging module coupled to the first PI module, the second PI module, the third PI module, and the IEESM, the charging module charging the EESE via electrical energy received from one of the first PI module, the second PI module, and the third PI module.
2. The apparatus for communicating power with a first ED and a second ED of claim 1 , further including an electrical energy communication module (EECM) operatively coupled to the (IEESM) and the first PI module and the second PI module, the EECM communicating electrical energy between the first ED and the apparatus IEESE via the flexible cable and first PI module electrical connector at least two ECCP and communicating electrical energy between the second ED and the apparatus IEESE via the flexible cable and second PI module electrical connector at least two ECCP.
3. The apparatus for communicating power with a first ED and a second ED of claim 1, further including a user perceptible signal generation module, the signal generation module providing an indication of the energy level of the IEESM.
4. The apparatus for communicating power with a first ED and a second ED of claim 1, wherein the third PI module is configured to communicate direct current signals.
5. The apparatus for communicating power with a first ED and a second ED of claim 1 , wherein the first PI module mechanical structure is a male universal serial bus mechanical structure.
6. The apparatus for communicating power with a first ED and a second ED of claim 1 , wherein the third PI module is configured to communicate alternating current signals.
7. The apparatus for communicating power with a first ED and a second ED of claim 6, wherein the first PI module mechanical structure is a male universal serial bus mechanical structure and the second PI module mechanical structure is a male mechanical shape specific to the second ED mechanical structure.
8. An apparatus for communicating power with a first electronic device (ED) and a second ED, the first ED including a first power interface (PI) including an electrical connector including a plurality of electrical contacts, at least two electrical contacts for communicating power (ECCP), the electrical connector having a first mechanical structure and the second ED including an induction coil for communicating electrical energy via an electro-magnetic signal, the apparatus including:
a housing, the housing mechanically separate from the first ED and the second ED, the housing substantially encasing:
a first power interface (PI) module, the first PI module including an electrical connector and flexible cable, the flexible cable coupled to the electrical connector, a portion of the electrical connector and flexible cable restorably removable from a recess of the housing, the electrical connector including a plurality of electrical contacts, at least two (ECCP), the electrical connector having a mechanical shape configured to mechanically mate with the first ED electrical connector first mechanical shape and electrically couple the first PI module electrical connector at least two ECCP with the first ED electric connector at least two ECCP;
a second power interface (PI) module, the second PI module including an induction coil positioned within the housing and adjacent a surface of the housing, the induction coil configured to communicate electrical energy with the second ED induction coil via an electro-magnetic signal;
a third power interface (PI) module, the PI module including an electrical connector, the electrical connector including a plurality of electrical contacts including at least two ECCP;
an internal electrical energy storage module (IEESM), the module coupled to the first and the second PI and including an EESE capable of storing electrical energy and discharging electrical energy to provide energy to the first ED via the first PI and the second ED via the second PI; and
a charging module coupled to the first PI module, the second PI module, the third PI module, and the IEESM, the charging module charging the EESE via electrical energy received from one of the first PI module, the second PI module, and the third PI module.
9. The apparatus for communicating power with a first ED and a second ED of claim 8, further including an electrical energy communication module (EECM) operatively coupled to the (IEESM) and the first PI module and the second PI module, the EECM communicating electrical energy between the first ED and the apparatus IEESE via the flexible cable and first PI module electrical connector at least two ECCP and communicating electrical energy between the second ED and the apparatus IEESE via the second PI module induction coil.
10. The apparatus for communicating power with a first ED and a second ED of claim 8, further including a user perceptible signal generation module, the signal generation module providing an indication of the energy level of the IEESM.
11. The apparatus for communicating power with a first ED and a second ED of claim 8, wherein the third PI module is configured to communicate direct current signals.
12. The apparatus for communicating power with a first ED and a second ED of claim 8, wherein the first PI module mechanical structure is a male universal serial bus mechanical structure.
13. The apparatus for communicating power with a first ED and a second ED of claim 8, wherein the third PI module is configured to communicate alternating current signals.
14. The apparatus for communicating power with a first ED and a second ED of claim 13, wherein the first PI module mechanical structure is a male universal serial bus mechanical structure.
15. The apparatus for communicating power with a first ED and a second ED of claim 13, wherein the first PI module mechanical structure is a male mechanical shape specific to the first ED mechanical structure.
16. The apparatus for communicating power with a first ED and a second ED of claim 8, the housing further including an extendable arm with a base, the base configured to abut a perimeter section of the second ED.
17. The apparatus for communicating power with a first ED and a second ED of claim 16, the housing further including an extendable arm including a plurality of substantially equally spaced registrations.
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