US 11,054,862 B2
Undocking assist mechanisms and methods of use
Anthony E. Hillyerd, Sammamish, WA (US); Scott Douglas Bowers, Woodinville, WA (US); Justin Carl Lind, Issaquah, WA (US); John Stephen Campbell, Spanaway, WA (US); and Joseph Benjamin Gault, Seattle, WA (US)
Assigned to Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC, Redmond, WA (US)
Filed by Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC, Redmond, WA (US)
Filed on Apr. 26, 2016, as Appl. No. 15/139,167.
Prior Publication US 2017/0308127 A1, Oct. 26, 2017
Int. Cl. G06F 1/16 (2006.01); E05B 65/00 (2006.01); E05C 19/16 (2006.01); E05B 47/00 (2006.01)
CPC G06F 1/1656 (2013.01) [E05B 65/0067 (2013.01); E05C 19/16 (2013.01); G06F 1/1615 (2013.01); G06F 1/1632 (2013.01); G06F 1/1654 (2013.01); G06F 1/1669 (2013.01); G06F 1/1679 (2013.01); E05B 47/0038 (2013.01)] 21 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A computing device comprising:
a first portion with a protrusion;
a second portion separably connected to the first portion, the second portion having a receptacle with a width less than a width of the first portion;
a processor located on one or more of the first portion and the second portion;
an undocking assist mechanism located in the second portion and configured to separate the first portion from the second portion, the first portion is separated from the second portion using a surface of the undocking assist mechanism to push the protrusion at least partially out of the receptacle and away from the second portion, the protrusion is at least partially inserted into the receptacle in a docked configuration, at least a portion of the undocking assist mechanism slideable within the receptacle; and
an actuator coupled with and configured to actuate the undocking assist mechanism.