Patents by Inventor David Wegmuller

David Wegmuller 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).

  • Patent number: 8159414
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide programmable keys in a keyboard that provide the user with added functionalities and versatility to enhance the usage of the computer for game play or the like. In one embodiment, an input device for use with a computer comprises an input device housing; at least one input member disposed on the input device housing; and an auxiliary display connected to the input device housing, the auxiliary display being configured to display information received from the computer including images provided by the computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Logitech Europe S.A.
    Inventors: Christopher Pate, Mark Lavelle, David Wegmuller, Roland Bosa, Nanda Kutty, Vahid Afshar, Aidan Kehoe, Thomas Burgel
  • Patent number: 8088005
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed to systems and methods for operating a gaming wheel system including a steering wheel which may be a single-turn wheel (at most 360° lock-to-lock) or a multi-turn wheel (more than 360° lock-to-lock) to play a game which may be designed for a single-turn wheel (a legacy game) or a multi-turn wheel (a native game, irrespective of whether it takes advantage of the multi-turn capability or not). The system is configured to operate the gaming wheel system in one of four states. The first state is the single-turn, legacy mode state for operating either a single-turn wheel or a multi-turn wheel in the single-turn mode to play a legacy game. The second state is the multi-turn, legacy mode state for operating a multi-turn wheel in the multi-turn mode to play a legacy game. The third state is the single-turn, native mode state for operating either a single-turn wheel or a multi-turn wheel in the single-turn mode to play a native game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: Logitech Europe S.A.
    Inventors: Thomas Burgel, Keith Klumb, David McVicar, Aidan Kehoe, Christophe Juncker, David Wegmuller
  • Publication number: 20110169717
    Abstract: A system with a main monitor for a host computer and a second, mini monitor for displaying a portion of the display normally intended for the main monitor. In one embodiment, the mini monitor is connected to the computer over a shared, peripheral bus, such as the universal serial bus (USB). The smaller size of the mini monitor and either compression or slower refresh rates allow it to be connected to the USB just like other peripheral devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Applicant: Logitech Europe S.A.
    Inventors: Hugh J. McLarty, Guy Tiphane, David Wegmuller
  • Patent number: 7876287
    Abstract: A system with a main monitor for a host computer and a second, mini monitor for displaying a portion of the display normally intended for the main monitor. In one embodiment, the mini monitor is connected to the computer over a shared, peripheral bus, such as the universal serial bus (USB). The smaller size of the mini monitor and either compression or slower refresh rates allow it to be connected to the USB just like other peripheral devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: Logitech Europe S.A.
    Inventors: Hugh J. McLarty, Guy Tiphane, David Wegmuller
  • Patent number: 7198269
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed to systems and methods for operating a gaming wheel system including a steering wheel which may be a single-turn wheel (at most 360° lock-to-lock) or a multi-turn wheel (more than 360° lock-to-lock) to play a game which may be designed for a single-turn wheel (a legacy game) or a multi-turn wheel (a native game, irrespective of whether it takes advantage of the multi-turn capability or not). The system is configured to operate the gaming wheel system in one of four states. The first state is the single-turn, legacy mode state for operating either a single-turn wheel or a multi-turn wheel in the single-turn mode to play a legacy game. The second state is the multi-turn, legacy mode state for operating a multi-turn wheel in the multi-turn mode to play a legacy game. The third state is the single-turn, native mode state for operating either a single-turn wheel or a multi-turn wheel in the single-turn mode to play a native game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2007
    Assignee: Logitech Europe S.A.
    Inventors: Thomas Burgel, Keith Klumb, David McVicar, Aidan Kehoe, Christophe Juncker, David Wegmuller
  • Publication number: 20070054737
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed to systems and methods for operating a gaming wheel system including a steering wheel which may be a single-turn wheel (at most 360° lock-to-lock) or a multi-turn wheel (more than 360° lock-to-lock) to play a game which may be designed for a single-turn wheel (a legacy game) or a multi-turn wheel (a native game, irrespective of whether it takes advantage of the multi-turn capability or not). The system is configured to operate the gaming wheel system in one of four states. The first state is the single-turn, legacy mode state for operating either a single-turn wheel or a multi-turn wheel in the single-turn mode to play a legacy game. The second state is the multi-turn, legacy mode state for operating a multi-turn wheel in the multi-turn mode to play a legacy game. The third state is the single-turn, native mode state for operating either a single-turn wheel or a multi-turn wheel in the single-turn mode to play a native game.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2006
    Publication date: March 8, 2007
    Applicant: Logitech Europe S.A.
    Inventors: Thomas Burgel, Keith Klumb, David McVicar, Aidan Kehoe, Christophe Juncker, David Wegmuller
  • Publication number: 20060284846
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide programmable keys in a keyboard that provide the user with added functionalities and versatility to enhance the usage of the computer for game play or the like. In one embodiment, an input device for use with a computer comprises an input device housing; at least one input member disposed on the input device housing; and an auxiliary display connected to the input device housing, the auxiliary display being configured to display information received from the computer including images provided by the computer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2005
    Publication date: December 21, 2006
    Applicant: Logitech Europe S.A.
    Inventors: Christopher Pate, Mark Lavelle, David Wegmuller, Roland Bosa, Nanda Kutty, Vahid Afshar, Aidan Kehoe, Thomas Burgel
  • Publication number: 20060256034
    Abstract: A system with a main monitor for a host computer and a second, mini monitor for displaying a portion of the display normally intended for the main monitor. In one embodiment, the mini monitor is connected to the computer over a shared, peripheral bus, such as the universal serial bus (USB). The smaller size of the mini monitor and either compression or slower refresh rates allow it to be connected to the USB just like other peripheral devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2006
    Publication date: November 16, 2006
    Applicant: Logitech Europe S.A.
    Inventors: Hugh McLarty, Guy Tiphane, David Wegmuller
  • Patent number: 7034777
    Abstract: A system with a main monitor for a host computer and a second, mini monitor for displaying a portion of the display normally intended for the main monitor. In one embodiment, the mini monitor is connected to the computer over a shared, peripheral bus, such as the universal serial bus (USB). The smaller size of the mini monitor and either compression or slower refresh rates allow it to be connected to the USB just like other peripheral devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2006
    Assignee: Logitech Europe S.A.
    Inventors: Hugh J. McLarty, Guy Tiphane, David Wegmuller
  • Publication number: 20040224766
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed to systems and methods for operating a gaming wheel system including a steering wheel which may be a single-turn wheel (at most 360° lock-to-lock) or a multi-turn wheel (more than 360° lock-to-lock) to play a game which may be designed for a single-turn wheel (a legacy game) or a multi-turn wheel (a native game, irrespective of whether it takes advantage of the multi-turn capability or not). The system is configured to operate the gaming wheel system in one of four states. The first state is the single-turn, legacy mode state for operating either a single-turn wheel or a multi-turn wheel in the single-turn mode to play a legacy game. The second state is the multi-turn, legacy mode state for operating a multi-turn wheel in the multi-turn mode to play a legacy game. The third state is the single-turn, native mode state for operating either a single-turn wheel or a multi-turn wheel in the single-turn mode to play a native game.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2003
    Publication date: November 11, 2004
    Applicant: Logitech Europe S.A.
    Inventors: Thomas Burgel, Keith Klumb, David McVicar, Aidan Kehoe, Christophe Juncker, David Wegmuller
  • Publication number: 20040152515
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed to interfacing a plurality of user manipulable input devices with a host device using a more simplified and convenient setup for the user. In one embodiment, a system of user manipulable devices for interfacing with a host device comprises a first user manipulable device which is configured to be operatively connected with the host device to interface with the host device to transfer data between the first user manipulable device and the host device and produce sensory feedback to a user. A second user manipulable device is configured to interface wirelessly with the first user manipulable device to transfer data between the second user manipulable device and the host device via the first user manipulable device and produce sensory feedback to the user. The first user manipulable device and the second user manipulable device are manipulable by the same user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2003
    Publication date: August 5, 2004
    Applicant: Logitech Europe S.A.
    Inventors: David Wegmuller, Fred Swan
  • Patent number: 6681647
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed to preventing calibration of a device to exceed the full design travel, for instance, during aggressive operation or play. A limiter is coupled to the rotational sensor to limit the full travel output signal to a fixed and repeatable maximum value no matter how aggressive the operation or play becomes. The limit is desirably set at such a point as normal operation or play will always reach. In this way, the automatic calibration of the device will not exceed the full design travel. In one embodiment, an input device comprises a user manipulable object configured to rotate around a rotational axis relative to a base. A rotational sensor includes a sensor body coupled with a sensor shaft which is rotatable relative to the sensor body around the rotational axis. The sensor shaft is connected with the user manipulable object to rotate with the user manipulable object around the rotational axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2004
    Assignee: Logitech Europe S.A.
    Inventors: David Mc Vicar, David Wegmuller
  • Publication number: 20030230153
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed to preventing calibration of a device to exceed the full design travel, for instance, during aggressive operation or play. A limiter is coupled to the rotational sensor to limit the full travel output signal to a fixed and repeatable maximum value no matter how aggressive the operation or play becomes. The limit is desirably set at such a point as normal operation or play will always reach. In this way, the automatic calibration of the device will not exceed the full design travel. In one embodiment, an input device comprises a user manipulable object configured to rotate around a rotational axis relative to a base. A rotational sensor includes a sensor body coupled with a sensor shaft which is rotatable relative to the sensor body around the rotational axis. The sensor shaft is connected with the user manipulable object to rotate with the user manipulable object around the rotational axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2002
    Publication date: December 18, 2003
    Applicant: Logitech Europe S.A.
    Inventors: David McVicar, David Wegmuller
  • Patent number: 6658954
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed to gear based transmission apparatus that are configured to reduce or eliminate the backlash effects. In one embodiment, a transmission apparatus comprises a follower gear, a first drive gear set coupled with the follower gear to drive the follower gear, and a second drive gear set coupled with the follower gear to drive the follower gear. The first drive gear set includes at least one gear, and the second drive gear set includes at least one gear. A controller is coupled with the first drive gear set and the second drive gear set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2003
    Assignee: Logitech Europe S.A.
    Inventors: Roland Bosa, David McVicar, David Wegmuller
  • Patent number: 6646632
    Abstract: A tactile force feedback apparatus for an input device comprises an inertial member having a movable portion being movable relative to the input device. A magnetically actuatable member is connected to the movable portion of the inertial member. A magnetic driver is configured to generate a magnetic field to move the magnetically actuatable member and the movable portion of the inertial member with respect to the input device to generate tactile force feedback in response to a user's manipulation of the input device. The movable portion of the inertial member may include a contact member movable to strike the input device. The contact member may comprise an elastomeric material, and may be movable to make contact with the input device at a plurality of different contact locations during movement of the contact member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Assignee: Logitech Europe S.A.
    Inventors: David Wegmuller, Paul Loughnane, David McVicar
  • Publication number: 20020067336
    Abstract: A tactile force feedback apparatus for an input device comprises an inertial member having a movable portion being movable relative to the input device. A magnetically actuatable member is connected to the movable portion of the inertial member. A magnetic driver is configured to generate a magnetic field to move the magnetically actuatable member and the movable portion of the inertial member with respect to the input device to generate tactile force feedback in response to a user's manipulation of the input device. The movable portion of the inertial member may include a contact member movable to strike the input device. The contact member may comprise an elastomeric material, and may be movable to make contact with the input device at a plurality of different contact locations during movement of the contact member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2000
    Publication date: June 6, 2002
    Inventors: David Wegmuller, Paul Loughnane, David McVicar
  • Patent number: 5956158
    Abstract: A scanner powered by the limited power available on a peripheral bus. In particular, the scanner can operate within the 2.2 watts provided over a USB connector. The scanner of the present invention uses a contact image sensor (CIS) which uses optics to distribute light from each light emitter to multiple pixel positions, preferably using a single LED for each color. An electric motor for driving the platen uses rare earth magnets to limit the power required. Instead of the traditional method of biasing the CIS scanner against the platen with a spring, the platen itself is spring-biased. The moveable spring biasing of a platen is possible because a worm drive motor is used allowing a helical thread on the worm drive to contact the platen gears as they move up and down as biased. Preferably, the helical thread of the worm gear has a single point of contact with a gear on the platen, further limiting the friction and allowing the platen to move up and down with respect to the stationary motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1999
    Assignee: Storm Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Pinzarrone, David McVicar, Sergio Maggi, David Wegmuller, Emmanuel Reusens