Patents Examined by Anthony R Jimenez
  • Patent number: 11888473
    Abstract: A capacitance type input apparatus includes a plurality of touch switches; and a determining unit configured to determine which one touch switch among the plurality of touch switches a touch operation is performed on, based on outputs of the plurality of touch switches. The determining unit performs a first comparison of comparing a first threshold used for determining whether the touch operation has been performed, with each of the outputs of the plurality of touch switches, performs a second comparison of comparing an output that is higher than the first threshold among the outputs of the plurality of touch switches, with a plurality of comparison thresholds that are greater than first threshold and that are different from each other, and determines which one touch switch among the plurality of touch switches the touch operation is performed on, based on a comparison result of the first or second comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: ALPS ALPINE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Fujiki, Kohei Kitagawa
  • Patent number: 11876189
    Abstract: A battery module for use in a battery system is operable in a bottom mode, a top mode or a middle mode during an enabled state. The battery module includes a battery unit and a battery control circuit. The battery unit which includes at least one battery generates a battery unit voltage between a positive terminal and a negative terminal of the battery unit. The battery control circuit is powered by the battery unit voltage and is configured to control the battery unit. The battery control circuit includes an enable terminal, an upstream input terminal, an upstream output terminal, a downstream input terminal, and a downstream output terminal. When the enable terminal is at an operation enabling level, or when the upstream input terminal is at an upstream enabling level, the battery module enters the enabled state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: RICHTEK TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Wei-Hsu Chang, Hao-Wen Chung, Chung-Hui Yeh, Kuo-Chen Tsai
  • Patent number: 11875951
    Abstract: A button structure includes a circuit board, a first portion, a second portion, and a reinforcement structure. The circuit board has a switch thereon. The first portion is located above the switch. The second portion partially covers the first portion and surrounds the first portion. The reinforcement structure is disposed on the first portion. The reinforcement structure is higher than the first portion in Young's modulus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: WISTRON CORP.
    Inventors: Te-Wei Chang, Chih-Wei Hsu
  • Patent number: 11869731
    Abstract: An operating member includes: a support; an actuating part, which defines an actuating surface is mounted on the support by a mount to be movable relative to the support, by manual actuation against a resetting force, while carrying out an actuating movement from a rest position into a depressed position; a detector having at least one force sensor, wherein the detector is adapted to detect at least one position of the actuating part; wherein the mount includes a guidance mechanism having at least one pair of coupled levers, wherein the levers are each pivotably mounted on the support by a first pivot joint and on the actuating part—by a second pivot joint to cause a pivoting movement of the at least one pair of coupled levers by the actuating movement, wherein the guidance mechanism further includes at least one coupling rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: PREH GMBH
    Inventors: Arthur Klossek, Thomas Ofenhitzer, Thilo Schultheis, Andreas Hofmann
  • Patent number: 11863176
    Abstract: An operation panel provided on a vehicle is provided with: a panel member exposed to an interior of a vehicle cabin of the vehicle; an operation part provided on the panel member; and a load sensor provided so as to face a back surface of the panel member, the a load sensor being configured to detect that the operation part has been operated based on a load caused by a displacement of the panel member, wherein the load sensor is provided at a position where the displacement of the panel member is greater than a displaced amount of the operation part when the operation part is operated, the panel member has a projected portion projecting out from the back surface such that a tip end portion faces the load sensor, and the projected portion is formed of divided projected portions, the divided projected portions being provided by being divided into a plurality of parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: Marelli Corporation
    Inventors: Daisuke Kondo, Yuuichi Fukumitsu, Hideto Ujiie
  • Patent number: 11862411
    Abstract: A membrane circuit board includes a first membrane substrate, a spacer substrate, a second membrane substrate and a third membrane substrate. The first membrane substrate includes a first gas channel and a first conductive contact. The spacer substrate includes a first gas hole and a second gas hole. The second membrane substrate includes a second gas channel, a second conductive contact, a third gas hole and a fourth gas hole. The second gas channel is in communication with the third gas hole and the fourth gas hole. The second gas channel is in communication with the first gas channel through the first gas hole and the second gas hole. The third membrane substrate includes a third gas channel. The third gas channel is in communication with the second gas channel through the third gas hole and the fourth gas hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: PRIMAX ELECTRONICS LTD.
    Inventors: Chuang-Shu Jhuang, De-Guang Zhu, Rong-Biao Xu
  • Patent number: 11862413
    Abstract: A detection device (18) for detecting the position of a moving object comprises a base (20); an arm (22) that is mounted rotatable to the base (20), wherein the arm (22) is rotatable around a first rotational axis (26) and has a free end (28) for contact with the moving object; and a sensor (24) that is configured to detect rotation of the arm (22) relative to the base (20), wherein the sensor (24) has a first part and a second part, wherein the first part moves with the arm (22), and the second part is attached to the base (20). The first part is a first component of a magnet (40) switch (42) pair, wherein the switch is an electrical switch (42) that is configured to be actuated by the magnetic field of the magnet (40), and the second part is another component of the magnet (40) switch (42) pair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: FRAMATOME GmbH
    Inventor: Steffen Siegelin
  • Patent number: 11852861
    Abstract: A luminous keyboard includes a keyswitch module and an optical module disposed under the keyswitch module. The keyswitch module includes a plurality of keyswitches. The optical module includes a mask film and a light guide sheet. The mask film has a mask pattern. The mask pattern defines a plurality of light-transparent regions respectively corresponding to the plurality of keyswitches, and an outer light-transparent region of the plurality of light-transparent regions has a boundary. The light guide sheet has a light-exit edge. The vertical projection of the light-exit edge of the light guide sheet on the mask film at least partially falls within the outer light-transparent region and is not parallel to the boundary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: DARFON ELECTRONICS CORP.
    Inventors: Shih-Yung Ku, Wen-Ming Hsu
  • Patent number: 11854417
    Abstract: A method and a system are provided herein for calculating whether or not a specific aerial vehicle at a specified point of time can maneuver over a given location in the terrain while complying with terrain clearance requirements. The system may include a computer memory configured to store a 3D model representing at least a portion of a terrain located in a vicinity of an aerial vehicle; a computer processor configured to map said portion of the terrain into at least two types: a first type indicative of a potential of the aerial vehicle to maneuver over a respective terrain while complying with terrain clearance, and a second type indicative of a non-potential of said aerial vehicle to maneuver over a respective terrain, wherein the mapping is carried out based on said parameters, the 3D model and given predefined performance of the aerial vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: ELBIT SYSTEMS LTD.
    Inventors: Sharon Hiddai, Judith Zelicovici, Jacob Avinu, Eyal Ziv, Yana Zohar, Yonathan Mizrahi
  • Patent number: 11846522
    Abstract: An apparatus is configured to perform a method for generating warning polygons for weather events in a geographic region. The method includes receiving measurement data from one or more sensors, identifying at least one location from the measurement data, identifying a map tile within a predetermined distance to the at least one location, defining an index including the map tile in response to identification that the map tile is within the predetermined distance to the at least one location, calculating a confidence level for the map tile accessed from the index, comparing the confidence level for the map tile to a threshold confidence level, clustering the map tile in a map tile cluster in response to the confidence level exceeding the threshold level, and calculating a polygon based on the map tile cluster such that the polygon intersects the geographic region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventor: Leon Stenneth
  • Patent number: 11833962
    Abstract: The invention relates to a vehicle horn operating device comprising: a steering wheel skeleton structure, a support for a portion of an electric horn circuit comprising a first electrical contact point, an operating component comprising a second contact point, the operating component being able to move between a rest position and a depressed position; in the rest position, the second contact point is kept in contact with the first contact point by a spring element, the first contact point forming a first end stop for the operating component, wherein the device comprises—operating-component retaining elements arranged in such a way as to form a second end stop in the event of loading that causes the operating component to move beyond the first end stop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: Autoliv Development AB
    Inventors: Olivier Bertrand, Hugues Doursoux, Thomas Letierce
  • Patent number: 11833960
    Abstract: A brake lamp control method of a vehicle is provided. The method includes determining whether a deceleration of the vehicle based on regenerative brake through the electric motor is present in a hysteresis period between an off threshold as a reference for turning off a brake lamp and an on threshold as a reference for turning on the brake lamp. When the deceleration of the vehicle is present in the hysteresis period, the method includes determining a state of the brake lamp before the deceleration of the vehicle enters the hysteresis period. In response to determining that the brake lamp is turned on or off for a reason except for the regenerative brake before the deceleration of the vehicle enters the hysteresis period, a request for turning on the brake lamp is set or reset based on the regenerative brake in response to the determined state of the brake lamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Hui Un Son, Sang Joon Kim, Kyu Hwan Jo, Sung Bae Jeon, Sung Hoon Yu, Joo Young Kim, Jin Kyeom Cho
  • Patent number: 11830361
    Abstract: A system includes sensors deployed along a vehicle pathway to detect the presence of a plurality of vehicles. An embodiment of a method for detecting speed may include generating from the sensors presence data of each of the plurality of vehicles and transmitting the detected presence data to a base station. The transmitting may include transmitting the detected presence data from the sensors to an access point and transmitting the detected presence data from the access point to the base station. The base station determines a speed of each of the plurality of vehicles. The speed may be determined at a periodic interval responsive to a predetermined distance between the sensors and a difference in the detection time of each of the plurality of vehicles at each of the sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: Cubic Corporation
    Inventors: Srikar Vadlamani, Matthew Davidson
  • Patent number: 11830687
    Abstract: A shaft and a keyboard are provided. The shaft includes a shaft casing having a shaft cavity running theretrough, a shaft core and a first elastic part. A downward surface of the shaft casing is provided with a groove, a partition board is provided between the groove and the shaft cavity, and the partition board is provided with a channel in a direction of the shaft cavity. The shaft core slidably penetrates through the shaft cavity, a sliding protrusion corresponding to the channel in position is provided on a side surface of the shaft core, and the sliding protrusion has a first inclined surface and a second inclined surface which are arranged back to back; the first elastic part is mounted in the groove, and has a fixed end detachably connected with the shaft casing and an abutting end capable of abutting against the first inclined surface at the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: DONGGUAN HEATMOVING ELECTRONIC TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jiang Fu
  • Patent number: 11827306
    Abstract: An electrical switch device includes an electrical switch unit, a wireless communicator, a power source, an electrical cable, and a connecting part. The electrical switch unit is at least partly disposed outside of a handlebar. The wireless communicator is inserted to an internal space of the handlebar. The power source and the wireless communicator are separated away from the electrical switch unit and arranged at different positions from the electrical switch unit. The electrical cable is configured to electrically connect the electrical switch unit to the wireless communicator and the power supply. The connecting part is electrically connected to the electrical cable. The connecting part is configured to electrically and detachably connect the electrical switch unit to the wireless communicator and the power supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventors: Akihiko Syouge, Takuma Sakai, Kazuma Mori, Yasuyuki Komada, Takehiko Nakajima, Noor Ashyikkin Binti Mohd Noor
  • Patent number: 11821923
    Abstract: A current measuring arrangement includes a first electrical conductor having a first resistance and a second electrical conductor switched in parallel and having a second, higher resistance, wherein both the first resistance and the second resistance are each below 0.1?. The arrangement further includes a hall sensor, which is prepared to measure a current through the second electrical conductor, and a calculation unit, which is connected to the hall sensor and which is designed to calculate a total current through the first electrical conductor and the second electrical conductor based on the current measured by the hall sensor. A switching device provides a comparable functionality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: EATON INTELLIGENT POWER LIMITED
    Inventors: Adam Gabriel, Jeremy Kramer, Tomas Drabek
  • Patent number: 11823856
    Abstract: An electrical switch including a switch housing, a switch circuit disposed within the switch housing. The switch circuit including includes a movable contact member mounted on a contact lever and a stationary contact member. The contact lever is configured for operable-interaction with an actuator. The actuator is configured for movement along an actuator movement axis relative to the contact lever between at least one of an OFF position whereby the contact lever is configured for arrangement in to the first configuration whereby the switch circuit is opened, and, an ON position in which the contact lever is configured for arrangement in to the second configuration whereby the switch circuit is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignees: DEFOND COMPONENTS LIMITED, DEFOND ELECTECH CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kin Yu Wong
  • Patent number: 11817278
    Abstract: A magnetic type keyswitch includes an actuating member and a switch unit. The actuating member is movable in response to a pressing force. The switch unit includes a circuit board, a Hall sensor electrically connected to the circuit board, and a magnet spaced apart from the Hall sensor by a fixed distance. When the pressing force is not applied, the magnet enables the Hall sensor to output a first voltage, and when the pressing force is applied, the actuating member moves relative to the magnet and the Hall sensor in response to the pressing force, so that the Hall sensor outputs a second voltage different from the first voltage, and the magnetic type keyswitch generates a triggering signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: DARFON ELECTRONICS CORP.
    Inventors: Da-Shan Hsu, Shao-Lun Hsiao, Chen Yang, Yu-Chun Hsieh
  • Patent number: 11817856
    Abstract: A control device configured for use in a load control system to control one or more electrical loads external to the control device may include an antenna and an actuation member having a front surface defining a touch sensitive surface configured to detect a touch actuation along at least a portion of the front surface. The control device may include a main printed circuit board (PCB) comprising a control circuit, an antenna PCB connected to the main PCB, a tactile switch(es), a controllably conductive device, and a drive circuit operatively coupled to a control input of the controllably conductive device for rendering the controllably conductive device conductive or non-conductive to control the amount of power delivered to the electrical load. The antenna may extend substantially perpendicular from the main PCB through an opening in the yoke and into a cavity defined by the actuation member and the yoke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventor: Dragan Veskovic
  • Patent number: 11817285
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to ingress-tolerant input devices comprising sliders. Aspects of the disclosure relate to an ingress-tolerant switch assembly for operating an electronic device in an ingress-protected manner. The switch assembly is at least partially disposed on an outer surface of an enclosure of the electronic device and generally includes a spring, a magnet coupled to the spring, and a slider coupled to the magnet. A spring force of the spring is overcome by a user moving the slider relative to the enclosure such that the slider moves the magnet into proximity of the magnetic sensor to cause the magnetic sensor to generate a sensor signal for performing a function of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: Medtronic MiniMed, Inc.
    Inventors: Chase A. Thompson, Adam S. Trock