Patents by Inventor Travis N. Owens

Travis N. Owens 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: 11340725
    Abstract: A force input sensor includes a load cell to adapt a compressive force applied to the force input sensor into a strain experienced by a strain sensor in the load cell. In particular, the load cell includes two compression plates separated from one another by a gap so as to define a volume between them. A flexible substrate (a “diaphragm”)—includes a strain sensor and is disposed and supported within the volume. One of the two compression plates includes a feature (a “loading feature”) that extends toward a central region of the flexible substrate. As a result of this construction, when the compression plates receive a compressive force, the loading feature induces a bending moment in the flexible substrate, thereby straining the strain sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Deng, Travis N. Owens, Shubhaditya Majumdar, Wei Lin, Ying-Da Wang, Timothy D. Koch, Nathan K. Gupta
  • Publication number: 20210219042
    Abstract: An earphone includes a speaker housing; a speaker positioned in the speaker housing; a stem extending from the speaker housing, the stem defining an input surface; a conductive object disposed within the stem; a flexible circuit positioned between the stem and the conductive object; a member positioned between the flexible circuit and the conductive object operable to allow the flexible circuit to move with respect to the stem; a force sensor electrode disposed within the flexible circuit; and a controller operable to determine an input to the earphone using a change in capacitance detected using the force sensor electrode, the change in capacitance corresponding to a non-binary amount of a force applied to the input surface. In some examples, the earphone further includes a touch sensor electrode disposed within the flexible circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2021
    Publication date: July 15, 2021
    Inventors: Nahid Harjee, Brian R. Twehues, Teera Songatikamas, Aonan Li, Travis N. Owens, Kyle J. Campiotti
  • Publication number: 20210004115
    Abstract: A force input sensor includes a load cell to adapt a compressive force applied to the force input sensor into a strain experienced by a strain sensor in the load cell. In particular, the load cell includes two compression plates separated from one another by a gap so as to define a volume between them. A flexible substrate (a “diaphragm”)—includes a strain sensor and is disposed and supported within the volume. One of the two compression plates includes a feature (a “loading feature”) that extends toward a central region of the flexible substrate. As a result of this construction, when the compression plates receive a compressive force, the loading feature induces a bending moment in the flexible substrate, thereby straining the strain sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2020
    Publication date: January 7, 2021
    Inventors: Andrew Deng, Travis N. Owens, Shubhaditya Majumdar, Wei Lin, Ying-da Wang, Timothy D. Koch, Nathan K. Gupta
  • Patent number: 10782818
    Abstract: A force input sensor includes a load cell to adapt a compressive force applied to the force input sensor into a strain experienced by a strain sensor in the load cell. In particular, the load cell includes two compression plates separated from one another by a gap so as to define a volume between them. A flexible substrate (a “diaphragm”)—includes a strain sensor and is disposed and supported within the volume. One of the two compression plates includes a feature (a “loading feature”) that extends toward a central region of the flexible substrate. As a result of this construction, when the compression plates receive a compressive force, the loading feature induces a bending moment in the flexible substrate, thereby straining the strain sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Deng, Travis N. Owens, Shubhaditya Majumdar, Wei Lin, Ying-da Wang, Timothy D. Koch, Nathan K. Gupta
  • Publication number: 20200073504
    Abstract: A force input sensor includes a load cell to adapt a compressive force applied to the force input sensor into a strain experienced by a strain sensor in the load cell. In particular, the load cell includes two compression plates separated from one another by a gap so as to define a volume between them. A flexible substrate (a “diaphragm”)—includes a strain sensor and is disposed and supported within the volume. One of the two compression plates includes a feature (a “loading feature”) that extends toward a central region of the flexible substrate. As a result of this construction, when the compression plates receive a compressive force, the loading feature induces a bending moment in the flexible substrate, thereby straining the strain sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2018
    Publication date: March 5, 2020
    Inventors: Andrew Deng, Travis N. Owens, Shubhaditya Majumdar, Wei Lin, Ying-da Wang, Timothy D. Koch, Nathan K. Gupta
  • Patent number: 10416772
    Abstract: An electronic device that is operable to provide electrical haptic output includes a touch surface and multiple haptic cells disposed on the touch surface. The multiple haptic cells include capacitors that are operable to store charges independently of each other and independently provide haptic output when touched by a body by discharging the stored charge to create a current. In this way, a wide variety of dynamically configurable haptic outputs can be provided without moving parts and without consuming the space and/or power used for haptic actuators that vibrate and/or otherwise move a mass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Yi-Heng Sen, Travis N. Owens
  • Publication number: 20190073033
    Abstract: An electronic device that is operable to provide electrical haptic output includes a touch surface and multiple haptic cells disposed on the touch surface. The multiple haptic cells include capacitors that are operable to store charges independently of each other and independently provide haptic output when touched by a body by discharging the stored charge to create a current. In this way, a wide variety of dynamically configurable haptic outputs can be provided without moving parts and without consuming the space and/or power used for haptic actuators that vibrate and/or otherwise move a mass.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Publication date: March 7, 2019
    Inventors: Yi-Heng Sen, Travis N. Owens