Patents Assigned to Interlink Electronics, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10719162
    Abstract: A handheld device includes an electronic display having an active area for presenting visual content and a bezel disposed around the electronic display. The bezel may have an opening allowing a person to view the active area. The handheld device also includes a force sensing system having a force sensing element that is disposed below an external surface of the bezel. The force sensing system may be configured to a sense a force on the bezel and to generate a sensor signal indicative of the force. The handheld device may further include a processor operable to receive the sensor signal and to execute a function based on the sensor signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: INTERLINK ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Chee Wai Lu, Hock Cheng Ng, Cheng Seong Lee, Wai Jye Chan
  • Publication number: 20200026364
    Abstract: A system includes a surface having a demarcated area and discrete areas disposed on the surface. The discrete areas may each be configured to receive user input. At least a portion of the discrete areas overlap the demarcated area. The system further includes a sensing layer disposed underneath the surface. The sensing layer may be configured to sense force applied to the surface in response to the user input.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2019
    Publication date: January 23, 2020
    Applicant: INTERLINK ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Christiaan Anna Maria WACKERS, Chee Wai LU, Hock Cheng NG, Wai Jye CHAN
  • Publication number: 20190344421
    Abstract: A method may include receiving data from one or more sensing elements associated with a power tool. The method may also include measuring the detected data. The method may further include computing one or more data parameters based on the measuring. The method may include determining whether to permit operation of the power tool based on the data parameters. The method may further include permitting operation of the power tool when the data parameters satisfy an operation condition. The method may also include altering operation of the power tool when the data parameters does not satisfy the operation condition by performing at least one of: generating an alarm, or preventing operation of the power tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Publication date: November 14, 2019
    Applicant: INTERLINK ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Chee Wai LU, Wai Jye CHAN, Kok Keong LAW, Cheng Seong LEE
  • Publication number: 20190335843
    Abstract: A system may include a bottom layer and a sensing layer disposed on a first side of the bottom layer. The first sensing layer may include a first sensing element and a second sensing element. The first sensing element and the second sensing element may include one of: a force sensing element, a strain sensing element, a motion sensing element, or an environmental sensing element. The first sensing element and the second sensing element may be of a different type of sensing element. The system may also include a communications interface configured to couple the sensing layer with a host controller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Applicant: INTERLINK ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Chee Wai LU, Wai Jye CHAN, Kok Keong LAW, Cheng Seong LEE
  • Publication number: 20190302950
    Abstract: A handheld device includes an electronic display having an active area for presenting visual content and a bezel disposed around the electronic display. The bezel may have an opening allowing a person to view the active area. The handheld device also includes a force sensing system having a force sensing element that is disposed below an external surface of the bezel. The force sensing system may be configured to a sense a force on the bezel and to generate a sensor signal indicative of the force. The handheld device may further include a processor operable to receive the sensor signal and to execute a function based on the sensor signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2019
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Applicant: INTERLINK ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Chee Wai LU, Hock Cheng NG, Cheng Seong LEE, Wai Jye CHAN
  • Patent number: 10409389
    Abstract: A system includes a surface having a demarcated area and discrete areas disposed on the surface. The discrete areas may each be configured to receive user input. At least a portion of the discrete areas overlap the demarcated area. The system further includes a sensing layer disposed underneath the surface. The sensing layer may be configured to sense force applied to the surface in response to the user input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: INTERLINK ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Christiaan Anna Maria Wackers, Chee Wai Lu, Hock Cheng Ng, Wai Jye Chan
  • Publication number: 20190187806
    Abstract: A system includes a surface having a demarcated area and discrete areas disposed on the surface. The discrete areas may each be configured to receive user input. At least a portion of the discrete areas overlap the demarcated area. The system further includes a sensing layer disposed underneath the surface. The sensing layer may be configured to sense force applied to the surface in response to the user input.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Publication date: June 20, 2019
    Applicant: INTERLINK ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Christiaan Anna Maria WACKERS, Chee Wai LU, Hock Cheng NG, Wai Jye CHAN
  • Patent number: 10324557
    Abstract: A handheld device includes an electronic display having an active area for presenting visual content and a bezel disposed around the electronic display. The bezel may have an opening allowing a person to view the active area. The handheld device also includes a force sensing system having a force sensing element that is disposed below an external surface of the bezel. The force sensing system may be configured to a sense a force on the bezel and to generate a sensor signal indicative of the force. The handheld device may further include a processor operable to receive the sensor signal and to execute a function based on the sensor signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: INTERLINK ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Chee Wai Lu, Hock Cheng Ng, Cheng Seong Lee, Wai Jye Chan
  • Publication number: 20190175107
    Abstract: An insole system includes a cushion layer configured to contact a human foot within an article of footwear and a sensing layer coupled to the cushion layer. The sensing layer may include a first sensing element and a second sensing element. The first sensing element and the second sensing element are one of: a force sensing element, a strain sensing element, or an environmental sensing element, wherein the first sensing element and the second sensing element are of a different type of sensing element. The insole system may also include a communications interface configured to couple the sensing layer with a host controller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Applicant: INTERLINK ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Chee Wai LU, Cheng Seong LEE, Wai Jye CHAN, Kok Keong LAW
  • Patent number: 10203767
    Abstract: A system includes a surface having a demarcated area and discrete areas disposed on the surface. The discrete areas may each be configured to receive user input. At least a portion of the discrete areas overlap the demarcated area. The system further includes a sensing layer disposed underneath the surface. The sensing layer may be configured to sense force applied to the surface in response to the user input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: INTERLINK ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Christiaan Anna Maria Wackers, Chee Wai Lu, Hock Cheng Ng, Wai Jye Chan
  • Publication number: 20190006962
    Abstract: A system includes a first force sensing transducer being configured to enable force sensing detection of a first force input on a first contact interface, a memory, and a processor that is operatively coupled to the memory and the first force sensing transducer. The processor is configured to perform operations including detect the first force input on the first contact interface via the first force sensing transducer, measure at least one of a magnitude or a direction of the first force input detected by the first force sensing transducer, compute a force sensing data parameter based on the measured at least one of the magnitude or the direction of the first force input; determine an output function based on the force sensing data parameter; and cause an activation of the output function.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Publication date: January 3, 2019
    Applicant: INTERLINK ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Chee Wai LU, Cheng Seong LEE, Hock Cheng NG, Wai Jye CHAN
  • Publication number: 20180252006
    Abstract: A door handle includes a handle body with an external surface, an internal portion, and a mounting feature configured to couple the handle body to a door. The door handle also includes a force sensing element disposed in the internal portion of the handle body. The first force sensing element is configured to measure a force applied to the external surface of the door handle. The door handle further includes a communication element coupled to the force sensing element. The force measured by the force sensing element is used to determine an output function.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Publication date: September 6, 2018
    Applicant: INTERLINK ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Chee Wai LU, Cheng Seong LEE, Hock Cheng NG, Wai Jye CHAN
  • Publication number: 20180210598
    Abstract: A handheld device includes an electronic display having an active area for presenting visual content and a bezel disposed around the electronic display. The bezel may have an opening allowing a person to view the active area. The handheld device also includes a force sensing system having a force sensing element that is disposed below an external surface of the bezel. The force sensing system may be configured to a sense a force on the bezel and to generate a sensor signal indicative of the force. The handheld device may further include a processor operable to receive the sensor signal and to execute a function based on the sensor signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Publication date: July 26, 2018
    Applicant: INTERLINK ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Chee Wai LU, Hock Cheng NG, Cheng Seong LEE, Wai Jye CHAN
  • Publication number: 20180203521
    Abstract: A system includes a surface having a demarcated area and discrete areas disposed on the surface. The discrete areas may each be configured to receive user input. At least a portion of the discrete areas overlap the demarcated area. The system further includes a sensing layer disposed underneath the surface. The sensing layer may be configured to sense force applied to the surface in response to the user input.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Publication date: July 19, 2018
    Applicant: INTERLINK ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Christiaan Anna Maria WACKERS, Chee Wai LU, Hock Cheng NG, Wai Jye CHAN
  • Patent number: 9846091
    Abstract: Certain example embodiments include a press sensor element that includes a piezoelectric layer having a first surface in communication with a first layer, the first layer including a first conductive region, where the first conductive region covers at least a central portion the first surface. The sensor element includes a second surface in communication with a second layer, the second layer including a second conductive region, a third conductive region, and a first non-conductive void region separating the second conductive region and the third conductive region. An area of the first conductive region is configured in size relative to an area of the third conductive region to substantially reduce a thermally-induced voltage change between two or more of the first, second, and third conductive regions responsive to a corresponding temperature change of at least a portion of the piezoelectric layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: INTERLINK ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Chee Wai Lu, Jeffrey R. Baker, Edwin Keshesh Yousafian, Declan Christopher Flannery
  • Patent number: 9574954
    Abstract: Certain example embodiments include a press sensor element that includes a piezoelectric layer having a first surface in communication with a first layer, the first layer including a first conductive region, where the first conductive region covers at least a central portion the first surface. The sensor element includes a second surface in communication with a second layer, the second layer including a second conductive region, a third conductive region, and a first non-conductive void region separating the second conductive region and the third conductive region. An area of the first conductive region is configured in size relative to an area of the third conductive region to substantially reduce a thermally-induced voltage change between two or more of the first, second, and third conductive regions responsive to a corresponding temperature change of at least a portion of the piezoelectric layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: INTERLINK ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey R. Baker, Edwin Keshesh Yousafian, Declan Christopher Flannery
  • Patent number: 9261418
    Abstract: Certain implementations of the disclosed technology may include systems, methods, and apparatus for common mode signal cancellation in force change detectors. An example embodiment of the disclosed technology includes a press sensor element configured to reduce or eliminate thermally induced signals. The sensor element includes a piezoelectric layer that includes a first surface in communication with a first layer. The first layer includes a first conductive region. The piezoelectric layer includes a second surface in communication with a second layer. The second layer includes a second conductive region, a third conductive region, and a non-conductive void region separating the second conductive region and the third conductive region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Interlink Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey R. Baker, Edwin Keshesh Yousafian, Declan Christopher Flannery
  • Publication number: 20140260679
    Abstract: Certain implementations of the disclosed technology may include systems, methods, and apparatus for common mode signal cancellation in force change detectors. An example embodiment of the disclosed technology includes a press sensor element configured to reduce or eliminate thermally induced signals. The sensor element includes a piezoelectric layer that includes a first surface in communication with a first layer. The first layer includes a first conductive region. The piezoelectric layer includes a second surface in communication with a second layer. The second layer includes a second conductive region, a third conductive region, and a non-conductive void region separating the second conductive region and the third conductive region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Interlink Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey R. Baker, Edwin Keshesh Yousafian, Declan Christopher Flannery
  • Patent number: 8669963
    Abstract: A sensor system includes a touch screen and a force sensor. The touch screen has a first and second surface and detects a first surface touch and converts it to data indicative of an X, Y coordinate position upon the touch screen first surface. The force sensor contacts the touch screen second surface and substantially extends around the perimeter of the touch screen second surface. The force sensor measures the force exerted by the first surface touch in the form of force data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Interlink Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey R. Baker, Volodymyr Vlaskin, Carlos Solis Sanchez, Matthew Fumio Yamamoto, Declan Christopher Flannery
  • Patent number: 8531392
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for using a scroll sensor providing a touch sensitive control input surface for a plurality of control functions is provided. The input surface is divided into a plurality of regions. Each region is assigned to one of the plurality of control functions. At least one of these control functions accepts parametric control input. A first touch is received at one of the regions on the input surface. The control function assigned to the touched region is selected. If the selected control function is one of the control functions accepting parametric control input, a second touch on the input surface is received as parametric control input during an activation period for the selected control function. The second touch may be received as parametric control input at any point of the input surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Interlink Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Steve B. Branton, Jeffrey R. Baker, David Lee Stallard, Dustin J. Luck