Patents Assigned to TouchSensor Technologies, LLC
  • Patent number: 10691260
    Abstract: A transform is used to transform raw sensor data from the time domain to the frequency or sequency domain. The transformed data falls into several signal bins. The transformed data in at least one of the signal bins is analyzed to determine whether a touch event or release event has occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: TOUCHSENSOR TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: James W. Citta
  • Patent number: 10371555
    Abstract: A fluid level sensor includes fluid sensing electrodes, reference electrodes, and a controller. The reference electrodes compensate for temperature fluctuations about the fluid electrodes. The controller determines fluid level based on the response of the fluid electrodes to the presence of the fluid in proximity thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: TOUCHSENSOR TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Randall Philipson
  • Patent number: 10359887
    Abstract: A transform is used to transform raw sensor data from the time domain to the frequency or sequency domain. The transformed data falls into several signal bins. The transformed data in at least one of the signal bins is analyzed to determine whether a touch event or release event has occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: TOUCHSENSOR TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: James W. Citta
  • Patent number: 10269515
    Abstract: A magnetic encoder knob system includes a knob associated with a first side of a substrate and a magnetic encoder associated with a second side of the substrate. First and second magnets are disposed in or on the knob such that magnetic flux lines extending between the first and second magnets pass through the encoder so that the encoder responds to rotation of the magnetic flux lines in response to rotation of the knob.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: TOUCHSENSOR TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Randall Philipson, Randall A. Hornig
  • Patent number: 10013113
    Abstract: A transform is used to transform raw sensor data from the time domain to the frequency or sequency domain. The transformed data falls into several signal bins. The transformed data in at least one of the signal bins is analyzed to determine whether a touch event or release event has occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: TOUCHSENSOR TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: James W. Citta
  • Patent number: 9784757
    Abstract: A touch sensor is associated with a housing that is adapted for attachment to the outer perimeter of a fluid conduit. The housing can be attached to the fluid conduit such that the touch sensor can detect the presence of fluid within the fluid conduit. The output of the touch sensor can be used by an indicator or processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: TOUCHSENSOR TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Deron Stambaugh, Mark Burleson, Anthony Russo
  • Patent number: 9569054
    Abstract: A transform is used to transform raw sensor data from the time domain to the frequency or sequency domain. The transformed data falls into several signal bins. The transformed data in at least one of the signal bins is analyzed to determine whether a touch event or release event has occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: TOUCHSENSOR TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: James W. Citta
  • Patent number: 9490803
    Abstract: A user interface panel includes a touch sensor having one or more sensing electrodes and a user interface substrate disposed on a circuit carrier substrate. The user interface substrate includes a touch surface comprising a conductive material. A gap separates a portion of the conductive material overlying one of the sensing electrodes from surrounding portions of the conductive material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: TOUCHSENSOR TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Jay J. Orellana
  • Patent number: 9441624
    Abstract: A sensor system for sensing liquid level in a bilge, for use in automatic bilge pump actuation. First and second field effect sensors are potted or sealed within a container or the bilge wall and are aligned in a vertical array and each comprise a substantially planar pattern of “electrodes” or conductive traces disposed on a printed circuit board (PCB) along with integrated circuits used to create a loop or arc-shaped electric field. As bilge liquid rises to the proximity or level of the field effect sensors, a change in the arc-shaped electric field is sensed and, in response, a bilge pump is automatically actuated to pump liquid out of the bilge. Optionally, the pump control can be programmed by use of a microprocessor to permit control of on-off timing and prevent undesirable effects of “sloshing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Touchsensor Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Roger D. Burdi, Bruce L. Reniger
  • Patent number: 9430111
    Abstract: A transform is used to transform raw capacitive sensor data from the time domain to the frequency or sequency domain. The transformed data falls into several signal bins. The transformed data in at least one of the signal bins is analyzed to determine whether a touch event or release event has occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: TOUCHSENSOR TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: James W. Citta
  • Patent number: 9423413
    Abstract: A touch sensor is associated with a housing that is adapted for attachment to the outer perimeter of a fluid conduit. The housing can be attached to the fluid conduit such that the touch sensor can detect the presence of fluid within the fluid conduit. The output of the touch sensor can be used by an indicator or processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: TOUCHSENSOR TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Deron Stambaugh, Mark Burleson, Anthony Russo
  • Patent number: 9306561
    Abstract: A touch switch apparatus emulating a mechanical switch includes a field effect sensor and an electric field stimulator mechanically associated with the field effect sensor. A field generation signal applied to the field effect sensor causes an electric field to be generated thereabout. The electric field stimulator can be moved between first and second positions with respect to the field effect sensor. When moved into proximity with the field effect sensor, the electric field stimulator disturbs the electric field. A detection circuit coupled to the field effect sensor detects and responds to the disturbance to the electric field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: TOUCHSENSOR TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: David W. Caldwell, Rick L. Oppor, Anthony V. Gioiosa, Robert B. Campbell, Thomas M. Schreiber, Bahar N. Wadia, Mark R. Mathews, Donald Charles Mueller, Daniel Eavenson
  • Patent number: 9268356
    Abstract: Embodiments of a modular knob system include a modular knob shell, bearing componentry, and detent componentry. A specific knob shell embodiment may accommodate various different detent mechanisms so that a single knob shell can be used with numerous switching mechanisms. The knob system also may include electronic, magnetic or other sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: TOUCHSENSOR TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Mark Burleson
  • Patent number: 9216122
    Abstract: A therapeutic support device includes a bladder having one or more independently inflatable compartments, each including a plurality of inflatable cells. When inflated, each inflatable cell forms a contact node that may support a user or another object disposed thereon. The inflatable compartments can be alternately inflated and deflated such that contact pressure can be applied to and relieved from corresponding portions of the user's body in an alternating manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: TOUCHSENSOR TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: David A. Dzioba, Kenneth A. Wolf, Timothy Wyrick
  • Patent number: 9100022
    Abstract: A user interface includes a touch surface substrate, a graphic layer, a touch sensor disposed on a circuit carrier associated with the rear side of the touch surface substrate, and a light source associated with the rear side of the circuit carrier. The circuit carrier defines an aperture through which light emanating from the light source can pass. This light also passes through the graphic layer and is visible at the front side of the touch surface substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: TOUCHSENSOR TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas R. Stilwell
  • Patent number: 9095058
    Abstract: A touch panel includes first and second sets of electrodes separated by a dielectric and oriented so that the electrodes of the first set intersect with the electrodes of the second set without touching. Each of the electrodes can be made of a plurality of individual conductors shorted together. The conductors can be provided in the form of flat cable or clockspring material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: TOUCHSENSOR TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: David Gradl, Courtney Heron, Mark Mathews
  • Patent number: 8863338
    Abstract: A therapeutic device that reduces localized subcutaneous pressure while allowing capillary flow in a medical setting is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: TouchSensor Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David A. Dzioba, Kenneth A. Wolf, Timthoy Wyrick
  • Patent number: 8844351
    Abstract: A sensor system for sensing liquid level in a bilge, for use in automatic bilge pump actuation. First and second field effect sensors are potted or sealed within a container or the bilge wall and are aligned in a vertical array and each comprise a substantially planar pattern of “electrodes” or conductive traces disposed on a printed circuit board (PCB) along with integrated circuits used to create a loop or arc-shaped electric field. As bilge liquid rises to the proximity or level of the field effect sensors, a change in the arc-shaped electric field is sensed and, in response, a bilge pump is automatically actuated to pump liquid out of the bilge. Optionally, the pump control can be programmed by use of a microprocessor to permit control of on-off timing and prevent undesirable effects of “sloshing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Touchsensor Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Roger D. Burdi, Bruce L. Reniger
  • Publication number: 20140260776
    Abstract: Several embodiments of a modular knob system are disclosed. The modular knob system includes a modular knob shell, bearing componentry, and detent componentry. The knob system also may include electronic, magnetic, or other sensors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: TOUCHSENSOR TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Mark Burleson
  • Patent number: 8758026
    Abstract: An interconnect apparatus for interconnecting electrical components includes a body and a spring element retained by and extending from the body. The apparatus is configured so that a portion thereof may be captured between first and second substrates and to connect electrical circuits lying in different planes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Touchsensor Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Donald C. Mueller, Mark R. Mathews