Plural Switch Patents (Class 200/18)
  • Patent number: 10759655
    Abstract: An actuator device includes a support portion, a movable portion, a connection portion which connects the movable portion to the support portion on a second axis so that the movable portion is swingable about the second axis, a first wiring which is provided on the connection portion, and a second wiring which is provided on the support portion. The rigidity of a first metal material forming the first wiring is higher than that of a second metal material forming the second wiring. The second wiring is connected to a surface opposite to the support portion in a first connection part located on the support portion in the first connection part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: HAMAMATSU PHOTONICS K.K.
    Inventors: Sadaharu Takimoto, Yuki Morinaga, Daiki Suzuki, Yoshihisa Warashina
  • Patent number: 10706252
    Abstract: Input members with capacitive sensors are disclosed. In one embodiment of an electronic button, a first circuit is configured to capture a fingerprint of a user's finger placed on the electronic button, and a second circuit is configured to sense a force applied to the electronic button by the user's finger. The first circuit is further configured to provide temperature information to compensate for temperature sensitivities of the second circuit, and the second circuit is further configured to provide force information to the first circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Thayne M. Miller, Jean-Marie Bussat, Steven P. Hotelling, Sawyer I. Cohen, Tyler B. Cater
  • Patent number: 10589985
    Abstract: An actuator device includes a support portion, a movable portion, a connection portion which connects the movable portion to the support portion on a second axis, a first wiring which is provided on the connection portion, a second wiring which is provided on the support portion, and an insulation layer which includes a first opening exposing a surface opposite to the support portion in a first connection part located on the support portion in one of the first wiring and the second wiring and covers a corner of the first connection part. The rigidity of a first metal material forming the first wiring is higher than the rigidity of a second metal material forming the second wiring. The other wiring of the first wiring and the second wiring is connected to the surface of the first connection part in the first opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: HAMAMATSU PHOTONICS K.K.
    Inventors: Sadaharu Takimoto, Yuki Morinaga, Daiki Suzuki, Yoshihisa Warashina
  • Patent number: 10562585
    Abstract: A bicycle operating device comprises a base member, a switch structure, an operating structure, and a controller. The switch structure comprises a first electrical switch and a second electrical switch. The first electrical switch has a first operated state. The second electrical switch has a second operated state. The operating structure includes an operating member. The controller is configured to respectively generate a first control signal and a second control signal based on a first signal pattern and a second signal pattern. The first signal pattern includes a first combination of the first operated state and the second operated state. The second signal pattern including a second combination of the first operated state and the second operated state. The second combination is different from the first combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventors: Takaya Masuda, Tsutomu Nanase, Kentaro Kosaka
  • Patent number: 10559440
    Abstract: A switch mechanism for a vehicle interior is disclosed. The switch mechanism may comprise a slide within a carrier, at least one pin movable within the slide to center the slide in the carrier and a spring to move the pin within the slide. The pin may comprise a protrusion movable against the slide to guide pin movement. The slide may comprise a rib; the protrusion may slide against the rib to guide pin movement. The rib may comprise two ribs; the protrusion may move between the two ribs. The spring may be contained within an opening in the slide; the rib may extend beyond the opening. The pin may comprise first and second guides to slide along first and second slide walls to guide pin movement. The vehicle interior component may be at least one of a console, an overhead console, a vehicle system actuator, a sunroof actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Shanghai Yanfeng Jinqiao Automotive Trim Systems Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Thomas Scott Hodgson, Rick Alan Anderson, Randy Len Arendsen
  • Patent number: 10483058
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a circuit interrupting device installed in a cabinet. The circuit interrupting device has an actuator configured for rotation about a switching axis to switch the device between ON and OFF conditions. The apparatus further includes a front access hub supported for rotation about an axis orthogonal to the switching axis. A handle is coupled to the front access hub to rotate the front access hub about the orthogonal axis. A mechanism interconnects the front access hub with the actuator to rotate the actuator in response to rotation of the front access hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Eaton Intelligent Power Limited
    Inventors: Romil Vaishnavi, Chitra Dattaraya Nanaware, Somnath Janaba Devarde
  • Patent number: 10310545
    Abstract: A vehicle operation system includes: a longitudinal member projected and extended from a steering column; an action detecting unit disposed at the longitudinal member's end in an extending direction and detects operation forms allocated to working forms of an onboard device; an auxiliary operation device disposed to the longitudinal member closer to the steering column than the action detecting unit is, including an annular member rotatable about the longitudinal member axis, and detecting the annular member's rotational operation forms allocated to working forms of the onboard device; and a controller controlling the onboard device based on the rotational operation forms detected by the auxiliary operation device and the operation forms by the action detecting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshiyuki Mizuno
  • Patent number: 10304649
    Abstract: In a switch unit which is equipped with a seesaw switch and a rotary switch, the seesaw switch and the rotary switch are arranged in a manner so that an axis of a swing fulcrum, i.e., swing shaft, of a knob, and an axis of a rotary shaft of a wheel intersect one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takeshi Udo, Masahiko Shimada
  • Patent number: 10298231
    Abstract: An input device includes a capacitive sensor and a piezoelectric sensor. The piezoelectric sensor is positioned on the front side of the capacitive sensor in a front-to-back direction from the front to the back of the input device, and is configured to change its output in response to a force applied to the piezoelectric sensor from its front side. The piezoelectric sensor includes a piezoelectric layer and a first electrode and a second electrode positioned across the piezoelectric layer from each other in the front-to-back direction. The capacitive sensor includes a capacitive sensing area where the capacitive sensor is configured to perform a sensing operation. The first electrode and the second electrode of the piezoelectric sensor do not overlap the capacitive sensing area when viewed in the front-to-back direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: ALPS ALPINE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Shigetaka, Kunio Sato, Hiroaki Takahashi, Heishiro Fudo, Jo Ri
  • Patent number: 10256051
    Abstract: A switch board of a board unit includes a switch board including an exposed portion exposed to an outside, a non-exposed portion not exposed to the outside, and a switch provided in the non-exposed portion. The non-exposed portion of the switch board is covered with the cover portion. The cover portion is formed as one piece with the switch board in the state in which liquid-tightness is kept between the cover portion and the non-exposed portion, and liquid is prevented from flowing from the outside of the board unit into the non-exposed portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hideo Sanai, Yoshitaka Fujii
  • Patent number: 10214116
    Abstract: A control device (1), in particular for car seats (7), with at least one touch-sensitive surface (2). This is designed to generate a control signal for controlling a function, in particular a car seat function, when touched by the hand of an operator. The control device (1) has at least one recess (3) within which the touch-sensitive surface (2) is positioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Faurecia Autositze GmbH
    Inventors: Rainer Gerding, Bernd Röhrkaste
  • Patent number: 10065278
    Abstract: A spill-resistant appliance may be constructed to prevent spilled liquids from entering a control housing and contacting electronics with the use of a first sealant preferably formed out of santoprene and a second sealant preferably formed out of a very high bond, double-sided foam tape. The first sealant and the second sealant may be used in various areas of the control housing that contains electronics for operating the appliance. The first and second sealants may also be used to help attach the control housing to other components of the appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Western Industries Incorporated
    Inventors: Scott A. Jonovic, William H. Punzel, Robert E. Fredrick
  • Patent number: 10041684
    Abstract: The present invention provides a gas safety ignition switch, comprising components of a gas switch body, a closer unit, a rotary knob unit, a presser, a micro switch and an electronic ignition device, characterized in that: one side of the gas switch body is configured with an opening, the opening being corresponding to an actuation point of the micro switch and the spindle, an actuator, configured inside the opening in a movable manner, including an contacting end and a pushing end, the pushing end being corresponding to the actuation point of the micro switch; the edge of the driving diaphragm is also configured with an indentation corresponding to one end of the actuator; thus, when pressing the spindle of the rotary knob unit, the driving diaphragm can move so that the contacting end of the actuator will be right inside the indentation, and when turning the spindle, the driving diaphragm will turn synchronously to tightly push against the contacting end, and will push the actuator to further drive the mic
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: SEVEN UNIVERSE INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sen-Yu Wu, Shu-Mei Liu
  • Patent number: 9939901
    Abstract: A haptic feedback assembly includes interconnections for mechanically and electrically securing a haptic actuator in a track pad assembly so as to securely and efficiently provide haptic feedback to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Dhaval Chandrakant Patel, Jonah A. Harley, Peteris K. Augenbergs, Derryk C. Davis, Scott J. McEuen, John M. Brock
  • Patent number: 9911548
    Abstract: An electric switching apparatus including fixed contacts respectively supported by an upstream support and a downstream support and electrically connected to an upstream power line and to a downstream power line, respectively, the fixed contacts cooperating with respective upstream and downstream mobile contacts, each of the mobile contacts being supported by a support, the supports movable simultaneously in translation by a contact carrier controlled by an actuator. This apparatus includes a device for transforming, during a device opening operation in the presence of a microweld between one of the mobile contacts and the associated fixed contact, the movement in translation of the support associated with the mobile contact in a combined movement in translation and rotation of the mobile contact so as to exert at the points of contact between the mobile contact and the fixed contact a shear force capable of breaking the aforementioned microweld.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES SAS
    Inventor: Gregory Dedina
  • Patent number: 9870882
    Abstract: The invention relates to a button of the push-button type, comprising: a fixed part (3) forming a chassis, a mobile part (5) capable of translational movement between a rest position, adopted in the absence of actuation by a user, and an actuating position, adopted when the mobile part (5) is depressed with respect to the fixed part (3), a switch (7) toggling from a first state to a second when the mobile part (3) is brought into the actuating position, a flexible membrane (9) positioned between the mobile part (5) and the switch (7), connected by its edges to the fixed part (3) and returning the mobile part (5) to the rest position in the absence of actuation by the user, characterized in that: the membrane (9) has a thinning (15) of its thickness facing the switch (7). The invention also relates to the vehicle key module comprising at least one such button (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: VALEO SECURITE HABITACLE
    Inventors: Benoît Delande, Karim Namar
  • Patent number: 9765757
    Abstract: A system and method for preventing a rotor blade from striking a tower of the wind turbine is disclosed. The system includes a pitch adjustment mechanism, at least one electrical switch, and a mechanically-actuated positional switch. The pitch adjustment mechanism is configured to rotate the rotor blade about a pitch axis. Further, the pitch adjustment mechanism includes a motor and a brake. The electrical switch is configured with the motor, the brake, or both. The mechanically-actuated positional switch is fixed within a hub of the wind turbine. Further, the positional switch is configured with the electrical switch such that if the rotor blade rotates to an unsafe region, the positional switch is configured to trigger the electrical switch to implement one of tripping power to the motor of the pitch adjustment mechanism or actuating the brake of the pitch adjustment mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Joseph Lawrence Chacon
  • Patent number: 9704659
    Abstract: A device for operating multiple functions includes an operating element and a base. The base has side bearings and pins. The operating element has rotational axle end sections mounted in guide slots of the side bearings, respectively, to pivotably be mounted to the base about an axis of rotation to thereby be movable between at least two positions. At least one of the positions is assigned to a switching function. The operating element is further mounted to the base on a centered bearing between the side bearings of the base, and the operating element is supported on the pins of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Leopold Kostal GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Michael Bleckmann, Corinna Machatzke
  • Patent number: 9559649
    Abstract: A control knob device that may be used in a vehicle to control audio volume or the like includes a shaft connected with a knob cap, an elastic member pressed by the shaft to be elastically deformed, and a switch located adjacent to the elastic member. The switch includes a switch part configured to output a signal upon a deformation of the elastic member. A deformable member deformed by a load greater than that when the elastic member is deformed and the switch outputs the signal, is configured to change a relative position between the knob cap and the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Seungryong Noh, Seung Hai Hwang, Takahiro Nishimura, Tomohiro Meigi, Jun Sato
  • Patent number: 9496103
    Abstract: The invention relates to a nested key assembly (101) that can for example be used in a remote-control, a mobile phone or the like. In general, the key assembly comprises at least one inner-key (130; 140) surrounded by an outer-key (120; 130), wherein the inner-key (130; 140) comprises at least one flexible arm (132; 142) that extends below the outer-key (120; 130) and that directly or indirectly touches a carrier structure (110, 150). In a preferred embodiment, the key assembly comprises an “OK-key”(140) surrounded by a “cursor-key”(130), which in turn is surrounded by a “diamond-key”(120). The OK-key (140) comprises flexible arms (142) that extend below the cursor-key, while the cursor-key (130) comprises flexible arms (132) that extend below the diamond-key (120).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Home Control SIngapore PTE. LTD.
    Inventor: Fei Han
  • Patent number: 9487974
    Abstract: A switch device includes: a switch housing case; a holder fixedly placed inside the case; a switch fixedly housed inside the holder; and multiple switch buttons each capable of making pressing force act on the switch. An intermediate cap integrally including a lid portion covering the switch and a tubular portion continuing to a peripheral edge portion of the lid portion is attached to the holder. A first deformation portion on the tubular portion deforms the tubular portion by pressing on the lid portion from a first switch button. A second deformation portion on the lid portion deforms a center portion of the lid portion by pressing on the center portion of the lid portion from a second switch button. Two types of switch buttons without making changes to the parts exclusive of the switch buttons becomes possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA HONDA LOCK
    Inventor: Tadashi Saitou
  • Patent number: 9435101
    Abstract: On a dozer, a semi-automatic system automatically translates a joystick to control blade elevation and provides an indicator display to guide manual control of blade slope angle. A mechanical linkage operably couples the joystick to an electrical motor. A computational system receives measurements from measurement units mounted on the dozer; calculates estimated values of elevation and slope angle; compares the estimated values to reference values; and calculates error and control signals. Drivers generate a motor drive signal and a display drive signal. In response to the motor drive signal, the electrical motor translates the joystick to control elevation. In response to the display drive signal, the indicator display generates a graphical representation of the status of slope angle. When the operator needs to take manual control, a proximity sensor detects the presence of at least a portion of the operator's hand, wrist, or forearm and disengages automatic control of elevation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Topcon Positioning Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexey Vladislavovich Zhdanov, Stanislav Georgievich Saul, Alexey Andreevich Kosarev, Ivan Giovanni di Federico, Anton Gennadievich Golovanov
  • Patent number: 9401249
    Abstract: An on-load tap changer is provided and includes a plurality of modules disposed in an interior space of a tank and arranged in a side-by-side manner. Each module has a bypass switch assembly and a vacuum interrupter assembly mounted to a first side of a board. The bypass switch assembly is actuated by rotation of a bypass cam and the vacuum interrupter assembly is actuated by rotation of an interrupter cam. A transmission system rotates the bypass cam and the interrupter cam. The transmission system is mounted on a second side of the board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: ABB Technology AG
    Inventors: Robert Alan Elick, Jon Christopher Brasher, William James Teising, David Matthew Geibel
  • Patent number: 9389698
    Abstract: Provided is a remote control for controlling a mobile device. The remote control includes a communications transceiver configured to communicate with the mobile device and an actuator for receiving a user input while the remote control is communicatively coupled to the mobile device. The actuator comprises a touchpad including buttons for receiving the user input which can include a gesture including depressing the touchpad by a thumb; and concurrently moving the thumb across the touchpad. In response, the remote control may be operable to cause swiping a screen associated with a user interface of the mobile device; scrolling a portion of the screen; selecting and launching an application on the mobile device and controlling the functionality of the application; and/or selecting letters on a virtual keyboard provided by the user interface of the mobile device. The remote control is sized to comfortably fit in the user's palm for operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Analogix Semiconductor, Inc.
    Inventors: André Bouwer, Kewei Yang, Marvin Su, Soumendra Mohanty
  • Patent number: 9377806
    Abstract: A small hemispherical drive apparatus actuates the cilia to undergo the limit cycle oscillations. Electromagnets are positioned on a housing of the apparatus. A gimbal with shaft is also attached to the housing. The shaft has a first end within the housing that is proximally separated and remains separated from the electromagnets as the shaft rotates. Generated signals excite electromagnets in sequence to produce an electromagnetic track for the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Inventor: Promode Bandyopadhyay
  • Patent number: 9252772
    Abstract: A multi direction switch (100) includes a first cover (31) having a first static detecting mechanism (3132), a second cover (32) having a second static detecting mechanism (3232), a first moving body (51) having a first movable detecting mechanism (513), a second moving body (52) having a second movable detecting mechanism (523), and an actuating mechanism. The second movable detecting mechanism is movable relative to the second static detecting mechanism in response to a movement of the second moving body along a first direction. The first movable detecting mechanism is movable relative to the first static detecting mechanism in response to a movement of said first moving body along a second direction perpendicular to the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yusho Nakase, Wei-Ping Liu, Liang Sun
  • Patent number: 9099254
    Abstract: A control device for generating electrical signals. The control device includes a bottom support, a first, a second, and a third fixed contacts, a first, a second, and a third moving contacts, each of which is elastically deformable. The control device also includes an intermediate control cradle thank includes first, second and third actuating pawls. The control device is suitable for occupying an inactive position in which at least one first, one second and one third bearing points of the intermediate cradle are in abutment, vertically upwards, each against an associated surface portion facing the bottom support, and a single top control member in the form of a drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: C&K Components S.A.S.
    Inventor: Jean-Christophe Villain
  • Patent number: 8859915
    Abstract: An electrical switch has a switch body, actuators, and switch contacts, and at least one moving contact member having first and second ends. Elongate cam sliders extend side-by-side in the switch body, between the actuators and the moving contact member, for sliding lengthwise by the actuators to cause pivotal movement of the moving contact member about the first end such that the second end is moved into and out of contact with at least one of the switch contacts. The first and second ends of the moving contact member lie in a plane extending parallel to the longitudinal extent of the cam sliders, or extend parallel to the length of the cam sliders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Defond Components Limited
    Inventor: Wilson Wai Cheong Chu
  • Patent number: 8853570
    Abstract: An entertainment button device includes: an entertainment button that a player can push; and a button-up-and-down mechanism configured to move the entertainment button up and down from a predetermined normal operation position to a protruding position in which the entertainment button protrudes upward from the normal operation position. The button-up-and-down mechanism includes: a shaft member extending in a moving direction of the entertainment button; a rotating mechanism configured to rotate the shaft member; an engagement part configured to move up and down together with the entertainment button; a convex portion having an inverted trapezoid shape and a concave portion having a traperized shape that are formed on an outer periphery of the shaft member; a spiral guide part formed in a spiral manner on one end of the convex portion in a circumferential direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Kyoraku Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masayuki Taniguchi
  • Patent number: 8822854
    Abstract: An entertainment button device includes: an entertainment button that a player can push; and a button case having a peripheral wall and a bottom wall configured to accommodate the entertainment button to be able to move up and down in the button case. The button case includes outlets to discharge foreign materials between an outer periphery of the entertainment button and the peripheral wall of the button case, to an outside of the button case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Kyoraku Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masayuki Taniguchi
  • Patent number: 8803012
    Abstract: A high-voltage assembly contains a switching device. The switching device contains a gear having two coupling rods that can be pivoted in a predetermined pivot plane and that displace an electric contact element during pivoting, whereby the switching position of the switching device can be varied. In a first switching position, the switching device connects a first connection to a second connection, and in a second switching position, it connects the first connection to a third connection, and in a third switching position, the three connections remain unconnected. A drive axis of a drive is arranged perpendicular to a pivot plane of the coupling rods, and the coupling rods are mounted such that at least one of them can pivot through the drive axis region in which the drive axis of the drive penetrates the pivot plane of both coupling rods when adjusting the switching position of the switching device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Sebastian Goeschel, Andreas Kleinschmidt, Dirk Schulze-Wischeler
  • Patent number: 8785794
    Abstract: An entertainment button device includes: an entertainment button; and a button-up-and-down mechanism including: a bias member to bias the entertainment button in a moving-up direction; a shaft member extending in a moving direction of the entertainment button; a rotating mechanism to rotate the shaft member; an engagement part to move up and down with the entertainment button; a convex portion having an inverted trapezoid shape and a concave portion having a trapezoid shape formed on an outer periphery of the shaft member; a spiral guide part on one end of the convex portion in a circumferential direction; a straight part formed on the other end of the convex portion in the circumferential direction. The straight part extends in parallel with a direction of a central axis of the shaft member; and a smoothing guide part extending in a direction orthogonal to the central axis of the shaft member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Kyoraku Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masayuki Taniguchi
  • Patent number: 8754340
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus and systems which provide buttons oriented at angles relative to each other as a part of a multiple function switch are described. In one embodiment, the multiple function switch is part of an inline controller that is suitable for use to control features or functions of a portable electronic device. A multiple function switch may be incorporated in a cable associated with an earpiece arranged to be interfaced with a portable electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Prest, Kurt Stiehl, Cameron Frazier, Wim Crooijmans, Michelle Yu
  • Patent number: 8742269
    Abstract: A surgical device control assembly includes a control device operable to carry out at least two operational conditions of a surgical device and a button operatively connected to the control device. The button has a button-actuation direction in which the button actuates, an unactuated position at a rest point of the button, a first actuated position at first distance from the rest point in the button-actuation direction, and a second actuated position at a second distance further from the rest point in the button-actuation direction than the first distance. The first actuated position effects a first of the at least two operational conditions. The second actuated position effects a second of the at least two operational conditions different from the first operational condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Covidien AG
    Inventors: Matthew A. Palmer, Kevin W. Smith, Thomas O. Bales, Jr., Derek Dee Deville
  • Publication number: 20140116859
    Abstract: Provided is a 3-way switch for a gas-insulated apparatus, including a pressure container having a space part therein, the pressure container including a first connecting part in an upper portion of the space part and a second connecting part in a side portion of the space part such that the second connecting part is perpendicular to the first connecting part, a support conductor provided in the space part, the support conductor having a first guide hole defined in a direction perpendicular to the direction of the first connecting part and a second guide hole defined in a direction parallel to the direction of the second connecting part, a disconnecting switch (DS) operating part slidably coupled to the first guide hole, the DS operating part being connected to or separated from the first connecting part by means of an insertion or extrusion thereof, an earthing switch (ES) operating part slidably coupled to the second guide hole such that the ES operating part is perpendicular to the disconnecting switch oper
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: HYUNDAI HEAVY INDUSTRIES CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chul-Ho Lee
  • Patent number: 8710384
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a multifunction switch for a vehicle and provides a multifunction switch for a vehicle in which a user may clearly and intuitively distinguish and recognize a rotating knob on a multifunction switch lever and an operating region of a corresponding rotation knob/mechanism which includes a symbol indicating a manipulating position of the rotating knob and which may enhance visibility that distinguishes respective operating regions of the multifunction switch lever and user convenience thereof. The multifunction switch includes a multifunction switch lever, a rotating knob mounted on the multifunction switch lever, and a lighting module for emitting light to the outside along an interface between a rotating knob operating region including a region where symbols indicating a rotating knob and an operating position of the rotating knob are marked and the rest of the operating regions adjacent to the rotating knob operating region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, Daesung Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Who Guen Son, Jung Kuean Kim, Seong Ho Park
  • Patent number: 8704771
    Abstract: Portable electronic apparatus includes a display unit (ELD); a first sensor element group (G1) having a plurality of sensor elements (L1-L4) for detecting a contact and arranged continuously around the display unit side by side; a switch element formed where the first sensor element group is arranged; and a control unit for controlling the portable electronic apparatus to display a plurality of selection candidate items which can be displayed as an operation target region on the display unit, to monitor a change in a detection state of the first sensor element group and a state of the switch element, to change a selection state of a selection candidate item by changing the selection candidate items and/or the operation target region based on the change in the detection state of the first sensor element group, and to execute a selection candidate item in the selection state when the switch element is pressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Kyocera Corporation
    Inventors: Saya Shigeta, Taro Iio
  • Patent number: 8692770
    Abstract: A movable operation unit is movable on a two-dimensional operation surface of a main body. The two-dimensional operation surface is defined by an X-axis and a Y-axis perpendicular to each other. A Y-axis movable portion is rotatable around a rotation axis. The Y-axis movable portion is movable in the Y-axis direction when rotating around the rotation axis. The rotation axis extends in the X-axis direction relative to the main body. The Y-axis movable portion includes a sliding rail portion on which the movable operation unit is slidable in the X-axis direction. The movable operation unit is operable to slide in the X axial direction and move in the Y axial direction accompanied with rotation of the Y-axis movable portion around the rotation axis to performs a parallel shift in the two dimensional direction while regularly and constantly maintaining a posture of the movable operation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventor: Masahiro Itoh
  • Patent number: 8674245
    Abstract: A switch device includes a switch shifting a pair of input and output terminals in a housing and a manipulation knob for shifting the switch. The manipulation knob includes a rotating member rotatable to a plurality of rotating positions relative to the housing and a sliding member rotating with the rotating member and slidable along both positive and negative directions at each of the plurality of rotating positions, so that the manipulation knob is interconnected with a rotary shaft member which rotates with the rotating member. The switch gives an output corresponding to each direction according to the sliding of the sliding member in both the positive and negative directions even though the manipulation knob is at any one of the plurality of rotating positions. The rotary shaft member has a shifting unit for driving an external shifting mechanism accompanied by the rotating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Alps Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shinji Komatsu
  • Patent number: 8664551
    Abstract: An operating device provides for mutually independent rotation for two rotation operating knobs. First and second rotation operating knobs rotating centered on a rotation axis are provided as well as a holding member including a rotation operating knob holder holding the rotation operating knobs so as to be capable of independent rotation. The rotation operating knob holder includes a first and second support surfaces having substantially circular tubular shapes centered on the rotation axis. The first rotation operating knob includes first switch operators causing a first switch element to output a signal and a first sliding surface having a substantially circular tubular shape capable of sliding over the first support surface. The second rotation operating knob includes second switch operators causing a second switch element to output a signal and a second sliding surface having a substantially circular tubular shape capable of sliding over the second support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hirokatsu Nakajima, Satoru Chaen
  • Patent number: 8624142
    Abstract: An electrical device controller is provided for controlling power to a load. The controller includes a housing having an open face and a plate having a unitary aperture secured to the housing and disposed over the open face. The controller further includes an electrical power controller component positioned within the housing for coupling to a power source and a load, a first actuator coupled to the electrical component, and an adjacent second actuator coupled to the electrical component. The first actuator has a movable user operable portion that is user accessible via the unitary aperture for controlling power ON/OFF to the load. The second actuator has a movable user operable portion that is user accessible via the unitary aperture for adjusting magnitude of power delivered to the load. The movement and position of the respective user operable portions of the first and second actuators are mutually independent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Leviton Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Renjith Mathew, Walter Ancipiuk, Yun Wu, Alfred J. Lombardi
  • Patent number: 8530765
    Abstract: An apparatus for selectively connecting and disconnecting a high voltage source includes a mechanical actuator including a plurality of stations. Each station includes connection elements that are electrically connectable to one or more corresponding high voltage modules which are part of a plurality of high voltage modules. The plurality of high voltage modules are electrically connectable to each other. The mechanical actuator has a connected position and a disconnected position for simultaneously electrically connecting each of the plurality of high voltage modules to each other, and for simultaneously electrically disconnecting each of the plurality of high voltage modules from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: BAE Systems Controls Inc.
    Inventors: Filippo Muggeo, Dan Snavely, Derek Matthews, Brendan Pancheri, Jurgen Schulte
  • Patent number: 8519987
    Abstract: An operating and display device is provided for a vehicle having a display unit and having a rotary knob for selecting a function and/or for selecting a menu within a hierarchical menu structure shown using the display unit. The rotary knob forming an operating unit is movable in both directions of its rotational axis, and pressing of the operating unit causing navigation between two menu levels in a first hierarchy direction and pulling of the operating unit causing navigation between two menu levels in a second, opposing hierarchy direction of the menu.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Uwe Bonne
  • Patent number: 8494663
    Abstract: An interactive switch system for a stowage compartment system for a mobile platform (for example, commercial aircraft) is provided. The switch system is mounted to a moveable structure, such as an overhead stowage bin, and is responsive to a local input from a user, as well as to a remote input from an external control/monitoring panel. The switch system has at least one indicator surface responsive to the local input and the remote input to display indicator data. The indicator surface has a portion that forms at least one user input device for enabling the local input. The switch system further comprises a control system disposed behind the indicator surface. The control system is responsive to the local input and the remote input to transmit the indicator data to the indicator surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Bret L. Lamoree, Dennis C. Lin, Heidi J. Kneller, Henry V. Fletcher, Brock J. Prince, Phillip J. Ayoub
  • Patent number: 8476546
    Abstract: Switch assemblies and electrical distribution devices for making and breaking electrical connections in an electrical circuit are disclosed herein. One aspect of the present disclosure is directed to a switch assembly that includes a pair of electrically conductive jaws attached to a platform. The first jaw is configured to electrically connect to an incoming line of the electrical circuit, whereas the second jaw is configured to electrically connect to an outgoing line. The switch assembly also includes a blade having at least two electrically conductive plates that are attached to and spaced from each other via an electrical insulator. The blade is pivotably coupled to the platform to rotate between a disengaged position, whereat the blade is electrically decoupled from the first and second jaws, and an engaged position, whereat the blade delivers an electrical current from the incoming line through the first and second plates to the outgoing line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Schneider Electric USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Hamid S. Abroy
  • Patent number: 8445803
    Abstract: An electrical switching device and method are disclosed. The electrical switching device can include two movable contacts. During opening of the switching device, the two movable contacts move in a first direction until one of the movable contacts engages a blocking member. The other movable contact continues in the first direction, effecting opening of the switching device. In a particular implementation, the movable contact that engages the blocking member “bounces” in a second direction after contacting the blocking member. This causes the contacts of the switching device to be separated very quickly, reducing electrical arcing during opening of the switching device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Itron, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Cavailles
  • Publication number: 20130119872
    Abstract: A solid state lighting switch can include a first input control that can be configured to adjust a dimming indication or color indication for a solid state lighting fixture that is configured for coupling to the solid state lighting switch. A selective linking mechanism can be configured to activate a linked mode of operation of the switch to link the dimming indication to the color indication or to activate an unlinked mode of operation of the switch to unlink the dimming indication from the color indication.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Inventor: Joseph Paul Chobot
  • Patent number: 8440945
    Abstract: A control unit for an electric household appliance for setting functions and operating parameters. The control unit includes at least one control knob located on a display panel by magnetic force. The control knob capable of being pushed by an operator from an initial position into a selecting position to select a function, such as a specific cooking plate and capable of being rotated about its axis to set an operating parameter of the function, such as the cooking temperature of the cooking plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Peter Blumenthal, Bernward Reinker, Bernd Stitzl
  • Publication number: 20130087438
    Abstract: In this device, a mechanism for receiving an input mechanical command and for actuating first and second switches comprises a lever having a first side arm tiltable about a swiveling axis of said lever and a second side arm tiltable about the same swiveling axis. The first side arm and the second side arm are respectively arranged on a first side and a second side opposite relative to said swiveling axis. The first side arm is an operating arm for operating the first switch. The second side arm is an operating arm for operating the second switch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Publication date: April 11, 2013
    Applicant: Schneider Electric Industries SAS
    Inventor: Schneider Electric Industries SAS
  • Patent number: 8410379
    Abstract: An electric operating device includes an operation member for operating to activate a plurality of electric functions provided at a vehicle seat. An operating structure for switching a pivoting position of the operation member is configured as a switching structure for selecting the electric function that is an operational object. Further, an operating structure for switching a slide position in a diametrical direction of the operation member is configured as an operation control structure by which the electric function selected as the operational object is operated to activate. Further, a pushing operation structure of the operation portion is configured as a switching structure for switching a category of an electric function group. The pushing operating structure of the operation member is provided with a return mechanism for returning the operation member operated to be pushed to an initial position taken before the pushing operation by urging the operation member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Toyota Boshoku Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Satoru Kuno, Toshihide Azuma, Hisato Shimomura, Jun Yashiro, Yukio Kanzaki