Patents by Inventor Aaron Schmitz

Aaron Schmitz has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20160346681
    Abstract: A thumbstick interface ring for a user input device is described. The thumbstick interface ring is adapted to be removably connected to a housing of the user input device. When connected to the housing, the thumbstick interface ring surrounds an aperture included in the housing from which a user-manipulable portion of a thumbstick extends. The thumbstick interface ring serves to prohibit contact between a portion of the thumbstick and an edge of the housing that surrounds the aperture. The thumbstick interface ring may be formed from a material that has a relatively low coefficient of friction with a material from which the portion of the thumbstick is formed. A user can easily disconnect and reconnect the ring to and from the housing without damaging either the ring or the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Publication date: December 1, 2016
    Inventors: Jason V. Tsai, Aaron Schmitz, Benjamin M. Finney, Gabriel M. R. Gassoway
  • Publication number: 20160317918
    Abstract: A game controller includes a grip, one or more finger-actuatable controls on the grip, and a rim located on the grip. The rim defines an aperture. The game controller further includes a paddle-actuatable sensor accessible through the aperture and a pivot spaced apart from the aperture. The pivot is configured to removably affix a selected paddle accessory to the game controller and to translate a touch applied to the selected paddle accessory outside of the aperture to an actuation of the paddle-actuatable sensor inside the aperture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Publication date: November 3, 2016
    Inventors: Gabriel Michael Rask Gassoway, Aaron Schmitz, Jason Victor Tsai, Christopher H. Kujawski
  • Publication number: 20160317921
    Abstract: A removable controller accessory for a game controller. The removable controller accessory includes a first side and a second side opposite the first side. The first side includes a finger interface sized and shaped for manual manipulation by a finger. The second side includes a mounting interface configured to selectively mate with an accessory-retention feature of a mounting platform of the game controller to removably affix the removable controller accessory to the mounting platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2015
    Publication date: November 3, 2016
    Inventors: Aaron Schmitz, Kenneth Jasinski, Joshua Weiher
  • Publication number: 20160317919
    Abstract: A paddle accessory includes a blade, a sensor-activation feature extending from the blade, and a mounting interface spaced apart from the sensor-activation feature. The blade is sized and shaped for manual manipulation by a finger. The mounting interface is configured to selectively mate with a pivot of a game controller to removably affix the paddle accessory to the game controller. The paddle accessory is configured to rotate relative to the pivot to translate a touch force applied to the blade into an actuation force applied by the sensor-activation feature to a paddle-actuatable sensor interior an aperture of the game controller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Publication date: November 3, 2016
    Inventors: Gabriel Michael Rask Gassoway, Aaron Schmitz, Jason Victor Tsai, Christopher H. Kujawski
  • Publication number: 20160317920
    Abstract: A game controller includes an electronic input sensor and a mounting platform. The mounting platform includes an accessory-retention feature and a sensor-activation feature. The accessory-retention feature is configured to removably affix a selected removable controller accessory to the mounting platform. The selected removable controller accessory is one of a plurality of differently configured removable controller accessories removably affixable to the mounting platform. The mounting platform is configured to move from a default posture to an activation posture responsive to finger manipulation of the selected removable controller accessory when the selected removable controller accessory is affixed to the mounting platform. The sensor-activation feature interfaces with the electronic input sensor to generate an activate control signal in the activation posture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2015
    Publication date: November 3, 2016
    Inventors: Aaron Schmitz, Kenneth Jasinski, Joshua Weiher