Resistive Patents (Class 178/18.05)
  • Patent number: 11150147
    Abstract: A woven fabric includes first and second woven fabric layers with an intermediate layer in between, which form a sensor with an electrical characteristic that changes while a force is acting on the woven fabric. The first layer includes electrically conductive strips and electrically non-conductive strips arranged adjacent to one another in an alternating manner. The second layer includes alternating conductive strips and non-conductive strips that extend transverse to the strips of the first layer. At least some of the threads in each of the conductive strips of the first layer are conductive weft threads. At least some of the threads in each of the conductive strips of the second layer are conductive weft threads. The non-conductive strips of the first and second layers are weft threads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Pilz GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Hansjürgen Horter, Karl Gönner, Paul Hofmann, Metin Caliskan, Onedin Ibrocevic, Matthias Kuczera
  • Patent number: 11086425
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to the field of touch display technology, and in particular, provides a touch display apparatus and a driving method therefor. Specifically, the touch display apparatus includes a first substrate and a second substrate opposite to each other, a light source on a side of the second substrate facing the first substrate, a plurality of touch sensors in an array on a side of the first substrate facing the second substrate, and one or more interference color filters on a side of each touch sensor facing the second substrate. Specifically, the light source is configured to emit light towards each interference color filter. Further, each interference color filter comprises a first sub-interference color filter, a second sub-interference color filter and a third sub-interference color filter configured to output different colors of light respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignees: HEFEI XINSHENG OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD., BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Huan Ni, Xiaohua Lin, Xiao Guo, Xinxia Zhang, Qun Li, Bo Yang, Fengzhen Lv
  • Patent number: 11054958
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises touch screen interface and signal processing circuit. Within touch screen interface, there are switching circuits configured to be coupled to at least one of a plurality of column electrodes, and there are touch detection circuits configured to be coupled to at least one of a plurality of row electrodes. The signal processing circuit is coupled to each switching circuit and each touch detection circuit so as to be able to selectively activate the plurality of switching circuits and touch detection circuits to identify a zone for a touch event. The signal processing circuit determines first, second, third, and fourth resistances for the zone for the touch event and determines a set of coordinates and pressure for the touch event from its first, second, third, and fourth resistances wherein an aperture filter register is in a host interface that also stores the first digital representation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Ing-Yih J. Wang, Herbert Braisz, Tony Chang
  • Patent number: 11041772
    Abstract: A pressure sensing glove for measuring a force includes a sensor having a pair of contact layers and a pair of diffusion layers disposed between the pair of contact layers. The pair of contact layers distributes a force received along outer surfaces of the sensor across the pair of diffusion layers. The sensor further includes a sensing layer disposed between the pair of diffusion layers. The pair of diffusion layers normalizes the force received from the pair of contact layers across the sensing layer. The sensing layer receives the force at a plurality of locations across a surface area of the sensing layer to determine a resultant pressure applied to the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Benjamin Atkinson, Caleb Rogers, Tyler Flood
  • Patent number: 11042233
    Abstract: A finger-mounted electronic device may include a body that serves as a support structure for components such as force sensors, accelerometers, and other sensors and for haptic output devices. The body may have first and second side body members that leave the finger pad exposed and an upper body member extending between the first and second side body members. Some or all of the body may be covered in fabric or leather. Fabric may wrap around the first and second side body members and may extend across the upper body member. The fabric may cover electronic components. A touch sensor may have electrodes that are formed from conductive material on the fabric or conductive strands in the fabric. Infrared-reflective ink may form visual markers on the fabric for an infrared tracking system. The fabric may have light-transmissive portions that overlap optical components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Paul X. Wang, Yoonhoo Jo, James A. Stryker
  • Patent number: 10989613
    Abstract: A pressure sensor includes a conductive substrate, a ring-shaped spacer, an inner spacer and a sensing circuit substrate. The conductive substrate includes a conductive-substrate body and a conductive layer. The conductive layer is disposed on the conductive-substrate body. The ring-shaped spacer and the inner spacer are disposed on the conductive-substrate body. The sensing-circuit substrate, disposed on the ring-shaped spacer and the inner spacer, includes a circuit-substrate body, a first sensing circuit and a second sensing circuit. The first sensing circuit and the second sensing circuit are disposed on opposing sides of the circuit-substrate body, and a plurality of first finger circuits of the first sensing circuit and a plurality of second finger circuits of the second sensing circuit are interlaced. The first sensing circuit and the second sensing circuit are densely arranged at the center of the conductive layer and less densely arranged on both sides of the conductive layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: TAIWAN ALPHA ELECTRONIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tzu-Hsuan Huang, Wei-Liang Liu, Huang-Chao Chan
  • Patent number: 10969921
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure may provide: a display device including a touch sensor including a first sensor including at least three first sensing signal lines, each of which is configured to output a first sensing signal according to a first driving signal, and a second sensor which includes a driving signal line and a second sensing signal line and is configured to output a second sensing signal through the second sensing signal line, a second driving signal being applied to the driving signal line, wherein the first driving signal is a signal applied through the driving signal line of the second sensor; and a method for driving a touch sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: LG DISPLAY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yongkyun Choi
  • Patent number: 10934639
    Abstract: A woven fabric having at least three layers disposed on top of one another. One layer forms a lowermost woven fabric layer and another layer forms an uppermost woven fabric layer. A first and a second woven layer have electrically conductive warp threads and/or electrically conductive weft threads. An intermediate layer is disposed between the first woven fabric layer and the second woven fabric layer. The first woven fabric layer, the second woven fabric layer, and the intermediate layer form a sensor arrangement which has an electrical property that varies while a force acts on the layers. Each of the uppermost and lowermost woven fabric layer in terms of weaving technology is connected to one of the other woven fabric layers present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: PILZ GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Hansjürgen Horter, Karl Gönner, Paul Hofmann, Metin Caliskan, Onedin Ibrocevic, Matthias Kuczera
  • Patent number: 10901560
    Abstract: A children's toy with capacitive touch interactivity. The children's toy generally includes a user input overlay panel and one or more capacitive touch sensors. The overlay panel may be formed from a capacitive touch conductive natural organic material such as wood. The toy can be shaped and ornamented to resemble a musical instrument, and configured to play music in response to user input applied to the user input overlay panel and sensed by the capacitive touch sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: KIDS2, INC.
    Inventors: Bradford Reese, Henrik Johansson, Adam Shillito, Tsz Kin Ho, Neil Ni, Chun Chung Yeung, Qi He
  • Patent number: 10842397
    Abstract: A flexible sensor used for touch detection and an application thereof. The flexible sensor having a flexible substrate, at least two conductive layers and a plurality of electrodes, the conductive layers respectively covering two surfaces of the flexible substrate, the electrodes being arranged at two ends of the conductive layers, the conductive layers having a matrix and first conductive particles dispersed within the matrix. The sensor has stable output characteristics and good consistency between individuals, is easy to install, low-cost and highly sensitive, and can replace PVDF piezoelectric thin film sensors for monitoring human heartbeat and breathing state data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: SHENZHEN RUIHU TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jianhui Liu
  • Patent number: 10831329
    Abstract: An input sensing device includes a plurality of first sensing electrodes having a plurality of first sensor units extending in a first direction. A plurality of second sensing electrodes has a plurality of second sensor units extending in a second direction different from the first direction. A first strain gauge includes a first force electrode located proximate to a first electrode of the plurality of first sensing electrodes. A second force electrode is located proximate to a second electrode of the plurality of first sensing electrodes. A first connecting electrode connects to both of the first force electrode and the second force electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jang Hui Kim, Hyung Chul Kim, A Ra Jo
  • Patent number: 10817122
    Abstract: A multi-touch resistive touch panel includes a first conductive substrate, a second conductive substrate and a microcontroller. The first conductive substrate includes four input terminals at or around four corners of the first conductive substrate. The second conductive substrate is disposed in parallel with and spaced apart from the first conductive substrate, and includes a plurality of output terminals at or around an edge of the second conductive substrate. The microcontroller is electrically coupled to the four input terminals and the plurality of output terminals, provides a first input voltage to two adjacent input terminals of the four input terminals, and provides a second input voltage to the other two adjacent input terminals of the four input terminals. The microcontroller calculates a coordinate value corresponding to at least one touch point according to an output voltage outputted by at least one of the plurality of output terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventor: Kung-Chieh Huang
  • Patent number: 10795417
    Abstract: A bent display device including: a display panel including a planar surface portion and a curved surface portion at an edge of the planar surface portion; a window having substantially the same shape as a shape of the display panel and disposed on the display panel; a first touch sensor overlapping the planar surface portion; and a second touch sensor overlapping the curved surface portion. The first touch sensor and the second touch sensor detect a touch using different methods, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seunglyong Bok, Heejune Kwak, Mugyeom Kim, Youngseok Kim, Hojung Lee
  • Patent number: 10795448
    Abstract: One embodiment is directed to a system for human-computer interface, comprising an input device configured to provide two or more dimensions of operational input to a processor based at least in part upon a rubbing contact pattern between two or more digits of the same human hand that is interpreted by the input device. The input device may be configured to provide two orthogonal dimensions of operational input pertinent to a three-dimensional virtual environment presented, at least in part, by the processor. The input device may be configured to detect the rubbing between a specific digit in a pen-like function against one or more other digits. The input device further may be configured to detect the rubbing between the specific digit in a pen-like function and one or more other digits in a receiving panel function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Magic Leap, Inc.
    Inventor: Samuel A. Miller
  • Patent number: 10712893
    Abstract: A single-surface position sensor and a positioning method thereof are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: PEKING UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Haixia Zhang, Mayue Shi, Haotian Chen, Jinxin Zhang, Mengdi Han, Zongming Su, Bo Meng, Xiaoliang Cheng
  • Patent number: 10698538
    Abstract: A pressure sensing input equipment includes a first electrode layer, a second electrode layer, a first substrate, and a pressure sensing chip. The first substrate is disposed between the first electrode layer and the second electrode layer. The first electrode layer includes first pressure sensing electrodes and first axial touch sensing electrodes. The first pressure sensing electrodes and the first axial touch sensing electrodes are alternately arranged and insulated from each other and do not overlap. The first pressure sensing electrodes are applied for detecting pressure magnitude. The first pressure sensing electrodes include a first end part and a second end part. The pressure sensing chip is electrically connected to the pressure sensing electrodes, and the pressure sensing chip determines the pressure magnitude by detecting, the resistance variation of the pressure sensing electrodes after pressured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: TPK Touch Solutions (Xiamen) Inc.
    Inventors: Feng Chen, Jiayou He, Liuyun Fang
  • Patent number: 10684719
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an apparatus for sensing touch pressure. The apparatus for sensing touch pressure, according to one mode of the present disclosure, includes: a first substrate provided with a first electrode unit formed thereon; a second substrate provided with a second electrode unit formed thereon; and a porous membrane member provided between the first substrate and the second substrate and deformed or restored according to touch pressure applied to the first substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignees: AMOGREENTECH CO., LTD., AMOSENSE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: In-Tae Yeo, Byoung-Su Jin, In Yong Seo, Sung-Baek Dan
  • Patent number: 10680610
    Abstract: A capacitive switch according to an embodiment of the present invention includes a switch structure having a first electrode pattern; a substrate having a second electrode pattern and an integrated circuit unit; and an elastic body interposed between the switch structure and the substrate, wherein the integrated circuit unit generates a first output signal by detecting a change in capacitance caused by a user touch input operation through the first electrode pattern, the elastic body, and the second electrode pattern, and generates a second output signal by detecting a change in capacitance caused by a user push input operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: SAMBO MOTORS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jung Kyu Kim, Tae In Seo, Yong Hee Lee
  • Patent number: 10656742
    Abstract: A touch sensor including a substrate including an active area and a non-active area, a plurality of first electrodes extending in first direction on the active area, a plurality of second electrodes extending in a second direction crossing the first direction on the active area, a plurality of third electrodes including electrode portions disposed in the first electrodes, respectively, being separated from the first electrodes, and extending in the first direction on the active area, and a sensing circuit including a plurality of signal receivers receiving sensing signals from the first electrodes, respectively, in which each of the signal receivers includes first and second input terminals connected to a pair of first and third electrodes corresponding to each other, respectively, and outputs a signal corresponding to a voltage difference between the first and second input terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Do Ik Kim, Sang Hyun Lim, Ga Young Kim
  • Patent number: 10642439
    Abstract: A resistive touch panel includes a first substrate provided with a transparent conductive film electrically floating on an entire surface thereof, a second substrate provided with a plurality of strip-shaped electrodes made of a transparent conductive film at a predetermined interval so that the transparent conductive film of the second substrate faces the transparent conductive film of the first substrate, and a detection section for detecting a ratio in which a signal transmitted to a first strip-shaped electrode of the second substrate is attenuated through a transmission path reaching a second strip-shaped electrode of the second substrate adjacent to the first strip-shaped electrode via the transparent conductive film of the first substrate from the first strip-shaped electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: TIANMA MICROELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yuichi Uchiyama
  • Patent number: 10638618
    Abstract: A light-based output device may be used to display images, symbols, and other information for a user of a system such as a vehicle. A display may be formed from a display layer, a covering layer that covers the display layer, and components such as force and touch sensors and electronic shutters. Haptic feedback may be provided using actuators that are coupled to the covering layer. A movable button member may be used to press the covering layer outwardly within an opening, thereby creating a portion of the covering layer that protrudes from other portions of the covering layer. The button member may also be placed in a position in which the covering layer on the button member is flush with other portions of the covering layer. A touch sensor may be incorporated into the covering layer and may overlap a display and areas outside the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Romain A. Teil, Jack J. Wanderman, Dominic P. Cincione, Sawyer I. Cohen
  • Patent number: 10598555
    Abstract: A pressure sensor, e.g. for being arranged in the sole structure of an article of footwear, for measuring a pressure exerted by the wearer's foot. The pressure sensor has one or more pressure-sensing cells. Each cell has a first flexible carrier film and a second flexible carrier film, the first and second carrier films being attached to one another by a spacer film having an opening, a plurality of first electrodes arranged on the first carrier film and a plurality of second electrodes arranged on the second carrier film. The plurality of first electrodes has a first group of electrodes and a second group of electrodes. The first and second groups of electrodes are arranged so as to interdigitate with delimiting gaps there between. One or more electrically insulating overprints are arranged on the first carrier film so as to cover the gaps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: IEE INTERNATIONAL ELECTRONICS & ENGINEERING S.A.
    Inventor: Andreas Steier
  • Patent number: 10591273
    Abstract: A deformation detecting device includes weft yarns and warp yarns woven together. At least some of the weft yarns, or some weft yarns, and some warp yarns, are electrically conductive. The weft yarns include a flocking made up of non-electrically conductive fibers protruding substantially radially from the weft yarns. The electrically conductive yarns are connected to conductive ends for applying an electrical voltage, such that yarns that are connected to conductive ends with different polarities define respective plates of a capacitive sensor, while the fibers of the flocking of the weft yarns define a dielectric material interposed between the capacitive sensor plates. The device comprises an electronic control and processing unit configured to detect a deformation of the fabric based on a capacitance variation of the capacitive sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: C.R.F. Società Consortile per Azioni
    Inventors: Antonino Domenico Veca, Bartolomeo Placenza, Vito Guido Lambertini
  • Patent number: 10572039
    Abstract: A touch sensing display device including a first substrate with a display unit, a second substrate disposed on the first substrate, a window cover disposed on the second substrate, and a touch force sensor. The touch force sensor includes a first electrode disposed between the first substrate and the second substrate or on a bottom surface of the first substrate, and a second electrode disposed under the first substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tae-Joon Kim, Jun-Young Ko, Sang-Kook Kim, Jin-Young Jeon, Hyun-Wook Cho
  • Patent number: 10572061
    Abstract: A hybrid touch module includes a bottom layer structure, a common layer structure, and a top layer structure. The bottom layer structure includes a conductive layer, and a bezel disposed on the conductive layer. The common layer structure is disposed on the bezel. The common layer structure includes a common film, a resistive conductive layer, and a capacitive conductive layer. The resistive conductive layer and the capacitive conductive layer are disposed on a first surface of the common film. The top layer structure is attached to the common layer structure, and the top layer structure includes an insulation film and an electrode layer disposed on the insulation film. The common layer structure can be cooperated with the bottom layer structure to provide a resistive touch function, and the common layer structure can be cooperated with the top layer structure to provide a capacitive touch function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: HIGGSTEC INC.
    Inventors: Hung-Yu Tsai, Chang-You Tsai
  • Patent number: 10551959
    Abstract: A touch type input device includes: a resistive film; an electrode formed along a portion of an outer periphery of the resistive film; a conductor installed with a gap between the resistive film and the conductor; a first line drawn from the electrode; and a second line connected to the conductor, wherein the resistive film and the conductor are configured to contact in a position touched by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: ROHM CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hirotoshi Usui
  • Patent number: 10551659
    Abstract: A touch sensing apparatus for dual (adjacent) touch buttons (areas) defined on a touch surface (such as a sidewall of a mobile communications device). The apparatus includes first and second touch sensor assemblies, each including a support structure, a mounting structure to mount the touch sensor assembly to the back-side of the surface, and a sense inductor coil disposed on one of the support structure and the mounting structure. The first touch sensor assembly mounted to the back-side of the surface opposite the first touch area. The second touch sensor assembly mounted to the back-side of the surface opposite the second touch area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Dongtai Liu
  • Patent number: 10534467
    Abstract: Disclosed is a touch sensor, including: first sensing patterns extended in a first direction and arranged in a second direction crossing the first direction, in which each of the first sensing patterns includes: first variable resistive patterns arranged in the first direction; and first conductive patterns connecting the first variable resistive patterns, and lengths of the first variable resistive patterns in the first direction are increased in the second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jun Young Ko, Tae Joon Kim, Sang Kook Kim, Eung Kwan Lee, Hyun Wook Cho, Eun Sol Seo
  • Patent number: 10527506
    Abstract: A pressure sensor includes: a base including an outer surface partially or entirely composed of a curved surface; a plurality of electrodes disposed on the outer surface of the base with spaces therebetween and including at least one signal electrode and at least one ground electrode; and at least one variable resistor made from conductive foam elastomer material and configured to be elastically compressed upon application of pressure and such that electric resistance between the signal electrode and the ground electrode decreases as the amount of the compression increases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: KITAGAWA INDUSTRIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuki Yamada, Yasuo Kondo
  • Patent number: 10500724
    Abstract: A teaching device is provided with a trajectory generating unit which generates a robot trajectory based on a start point and an end point, a determination unit which determines the advance direction of an operation tool with respect to a workpiece, and a correction unit which corrects the robot trajectory. The determination unit determines whether or not the advance direction of the operation tool is a predetermined direction with respect to the rotational direction of a tool. The correction unit corrects the robot trajectory by replacing the start point and the end point with each other when the advance direction of the operation tool is different from the predetermined direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tatsuya Oumi
  • Patent number: 10503307
    Abstract: A flexible display device includes a flexible display panel to generate an image and a bending detection screen to detect a bending angle and a bending position. The bending detection screen includes an angle detection sensor and a position detection sensor. The angle detection sensor includes a material with a resistance that changes in correspondence to an intensity of an applied stress. The angle detection sensor has an area per unit length that is substantially constant on a base surface. The position detection sensor includes a material with a resistance that changes in correspondence to an intensity of the applied stress. The position detection sensor has an area per unit length that increases along a length direction on the base surface. Signal lines are connected to the angle and position detection sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Won-ki Hong, Beomshik Kim, Jongseo Lee
  • Patent number: 10503960
    Abstract: Provided is a segment-based handwritten signature authentication system and method and, more specifically, to a segment-based handwritten signature authentication system and method, in which handwritten signature authentication based on segments is performed by using handwritten signature characteristics information based on segments disjointed by a user's signing behavior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignees: SECUVE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ki-Yoong Hong, Paul Hong
  • Patent number: 10474289
    Abstract: A touchscreen panel is configured to accept an input touch command. The touchscreen panel includes a liquid crystal display (LCD) layer. The touchscreen panel also includes a touch sensor having a receiving element and a transmitting element, each arranged on the LCD layer. The receiving element and the transmitting element together are configured to detect an impending touch of the touch sensor via a hover system and a touch event in a touch-detecting mode. At least one of the receiving element and the transmitting element is configured to operate in a heating mode, as a heating element, when the impending touch of the touch sensor is not detected. The resultant heating element generates a heat energy input to the LCD layer and accelerates responsiveness of the LCD layer to the touch event. A method of controlling a touchscreen panel is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Thomas A. Seder, James A. Carpenter, William E. Conway, Reno V. Ramsey, Davide Silvestri, George Degener
  • Patent number: 10404232
    Abstract: A piezoelectric actuation platform (1) including piezoelectric substrate (3) formed from a single crystal piezoelectric material, and at least one simple electrode (5) in contact with the piezoelectric substrate for applying an electrical signal to the substrate such that a lamb or surface acoustic wave can be generated within said substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Amgad Rezk, Leslie Yeo, James Friend
  • Patent number: 10396455
    Abstract: An antenna assembly may include a right hand circularly polarized (RHCP) antenna, a left hand circularly polarized (LHCP) antenna, an RF nuller operably coupling the RHCP antenna and LHCP antenna to a difference element, and a digital nuller operably coupled to the difference element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: AEROANTENNA TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventor: Joe Klein
  • Patent number: 10379658
    Abstract: The touch sensing apparatus includes a driving unit and a touch sensing unit, a scan region selecting unit, and a control unit. The driving unit and the touch sensing unit arranged at a touch panel are electrically connected to driving electrodes and sensing electrodes, respectively. The scan region selecting unit controls the driving unit and determines a narrowed scan region including a touched location by dividing a touch region of the touch panel into a plurality of scan regions, scanning each of the scan regions, and selecting a scan region including the touched location at least for once. The control unit controls the scan region selecting unit and the driving unit and determines the narrowed scan region including the touched location and sense the touched location by inputting signals in a time-division manner to a plurality of scan lines included in the narrowed scan region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jung-woo Kim, Young-jun Yun, Myoung-hoon Jung
  • Patent number: 10362199
    Abstract: An audio capture system for a sports camera includes at least one “enhanced” microphone and at least one “reference” microphone. The enhanced microphone includes a drainage enhancement feature to enable water to drain from the microphone more quickly than the reference microphone. A microphone selection controller selects between the microphones based on a microphone selection algorithm to enable high quality in conditions where the sports camera transitions in and out of water during activities such as surfing, water skiing, swimming, or other wet environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Zhinian Jing, Ke Li, Erich Tisch, Joyce Rosenbaum, Magnus Hansson
  • Patent number: 10353503
    Abstract: An integrated force sensing element includes a piezoelectric sensor formed in an integrated circuit (IC) chip and a strain gauge at least partially overlying the piezoelectric sensor, where the piezoelectric sensor is able to flex. A human-machine interface using the integrated force sensing element may include a conditioning circuit, temperature gauge, FRAM and a processor core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Wei-Yan Shih, Steve Kummerl, Mark Stephen Toth, Alok Lohia, Terry Lee Sculley, Seung Bae Lee, Scott Robert Summerfelt
  • Patent number: 10345164
    Abstract: A pressure sensing method and a system thereof are disclosed. The pressure sensing method includes following steps. Stored resistance values Rn are read and a differential resistance value ?Rn between resistance valises at adjacent moments are calculated. At least one ?Rn/Rn?1 is obtained. The at least one ?Rn/Rn?1 or a sum of plural ?Rn/Rn?1 is compared to at least one predefined database. A pressing force value Fn corresponding to the at least one ?Rn/Rn?1 or the sum of the plural ?Rn/Rn?1 is obtained, so as to detect and process a pressure sensing signal precisely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: TPK Touch Solutions (Xiamen) Inc.
    Inventors: Ho-Hsun Chi, Tsai-Kuei Wei, Caijin Ye, Huaibin Zheng
  • Patent number: 10303314
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a touch sensor comprising: a plurality of first sensing electrode patterns formed in a way that they are connected to each other along a first direction on a substrate; a plurality of second sensing electrode patterns formed in a way that they are separated from each other along a second direction on the substrate; insulating portions electrically insulating the first sensing electrode patterns and the second sensing electrode patterns; and bridge pattern portions electrically connecting the adjacent second sensing electrode patterns, wherein the bridge pattern portions comprise: contact portions which are respectively contacted to the adjacent second sensing electrode patterns, and connecting portions connecting the contact portions and having a narrower width than the contact portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: DONGWOO FINE-CHEM CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Byung Jin Choi, Jae Hyun Lee
  • Patent number: 10303309
    Abstract: A display device includes a plurality of pixels disposed in a display area, a plurality of first touch electrodes disposed along a first direction in the display area, a plurality of second touch electrodes disposed along a second direction in the display area, a first touch key electrode disposed in a touch key area adjacent to the display area, and a touch controller configured to detect a touch and connected to the plurality of first touch electrodes, the plurality of second touch electrodes, and the first touch key electrode. The plurality of first touch electrodes and the plurality of second touch electrodes are disposed on a same layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jung Mok Park
  • Patent number: 10296047
    Abstract: A case for an electronic device is disclosed. The case includes a body defining an interior volume configured to receive the electronic device therein. The body includes a user input region formed from a deformable material having an electrical resistance that decreases in response to a touch force on the deformable material, and an electrode pair in contact with the deformable material and configured to be operatively coupled to a sensing circuit configured to detect a change to the electrical resistance of the deformable material due to the touch force. The body also includes a connector configured to operatively couple the electrode pair to the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin J. Kallman, Eric S. Jol, Timothy J. Rasmussen
  • Patent number: 10248266
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for detecting a presence of a conductive object on a sensing device, and recognizing three or more button operations performed by the conductive object using two sensing areas of the sensing device. The sensing device may include first, second, and third sensor elements. The third sensor element may include two electrically isolated portions coupled to the first and second sensor elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Creator Technology B.V.
    Inventor: Jiang XiaoPing
  • Patent number: 10206609
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods are described that can facilitate recognition of an engagement between an object and a touch screen in the absence of human contact. Upon the engagement, an electrically conductive path can be established that extends from a surface of the touch screen such that sufficient electrons flow from the touch screen through the electrically conductive path to enable the recognition of the object on the touch screen in the absence of human contact with the object during continued presence of the object on the touch screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: THE CLEVELAND CLINIC FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Jay L. Alberts, David D. Schindler
  • Patent number: 10209813
    Abstract: A self-capacitive touch sensor panel configured to have a portion of both the touch and display functionality integrated into a common layer is provided. The touch sensor panel includes a layer with circuit elements that can switchably operate as both touch circuitry and display circuitry such that during a touch mode of the device the circuit elements operate as touch circuitry and during a display mode of the device the circuit elements operate as display circuitry. The touch mode and display mode can be time multiplexed. By integrating the touch hardware and display hardware into common layers, savings in power, weight and thickness of the device can be realized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Weijun Yao, Wei Hsin Yao, Yingxuan Li, Bingrui Yang, Marduke Yousefpor, Abbas Jamshidi-Roudbari, Ahmad Al-Dahle
  • Patent number: 10180720
    Abstract: A method is performed in a virtual-reality system that includes a head-mounted display (HMD) and a hand-held controller. The hand-held controller includes a grip and a user-input key mounted at least in part on the grip. In the method, an image of a hand is displayed on the HMD. Pressure applied to the user-input key by a user holding the hand-held controller and wearing the HMD is sensed. A degree of closing of the image of the hand is displayed on the HMD in proportion to the pressure applied to the grip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jason Andrew Higgins, Benjamin E. Tunberg Rogoza
  • Patent number: 10146351
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a sensor includes a voltage driver operable to provide an alternating voltage and an integrator circuit. The sensor further includes a first variable resistance element coupled to a first output of the voltage driver and an input of the integrator circuit. The integrator circuit is operable to measure a parameter of the first variable resistance element over a period of time. The sensor further includes circuitry operable to determine, based on the measured parameter, an amount of force applied to a touch sensing panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Atmel Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Sleeman, John Stanley Dubery
  • Patent number: 10146391
    Abstract: A transparent conductive oxide film for sensing deformation has a length, and generates a deformation amount when an external force is applied thereto, so as to change a resistance value of the transparent conductive oxide film. A ratio of the deformation amount to the length ranges from about 5×10?5 to about 3.5×10?4, and a rate of change of the resistance value ranges from about 0.01% to about 3%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: TPK Touch Solutions (Xiamen) Inc.
    Inventors: Cheng-Chung Chiang, Feng Chen, Ho-Hsun Chi, Yuh-Wen Lee
  • Patent number: 10120489
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a touch sensor includes a substrate and a mesh of conductive material formed on the substrate and configured to extend across a display. The mesh includes first lines of conductive material that are substantially parallel to each other. The first lines extend across at least a portion of the display at a first angle relative to a first axis. The first lines are separated from each other along the first axis by a sequence of separation distances having corresponding magnitudes, where magnitudes of more than one separation distance from among the sequence of separation distances are based on a phasor step ? and a phasor magnitude of at least one phasor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Atmel Corporation
    Inventors: David Brent Guard, Steven P. Emm, James Lyle
  • Patent number: 10120487
    Abstract: A method for hybrid touch sensing for detecting a normal touch and a force touch concurrently is provided. The method includes the following steps. Provide a first driving signal to a first capacitor, wherein the first driving signal is a periodic signal with a first frequency. Provide a second driving signal to a second capacitor, wherein the second driving signal is a periodic signal with a second frequency different from the first frequency. Generate a composite sensing signal by feeding the first driving signal and the second driving signal to a front-end circuit. Extract information from the composite sensing signal to calculate a first change in capacitance of the first capacitor and a second change in capacitance of the second capacitor to detect the normal touch and the force touch concurrently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: NOVATEK MICROELECTRONICS CORP.
    Inventors: Chih-Jen Cheng, He-Wei Huang, Tsen-Wei Chang