Illuminated Patents (Class 200/310)
  • Patent number: 11952702
    Abstract: A laundry treating apparatus includes first and second treating apparatuses; a first display on which a control command that may be input to the first treating apparatus; a first apparatus input unit for inputting the control command to the first treating apparatus; a first display controller controlling the first display and the first apparatus input unit; a first apparatus first power circuit connecting the first display controller and the first apparatus input unit to a power source; a first apparatus second power circuit connecting the power source with the first load controller, switched by a first controller switch; and a first apparatus third power circuit connecting the power source with the first driving unit, switched by a first load portion switch. When the control command is input through the first apparatus input unit, the first display controller controls the first controller switch to close the first apparatus second power circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jinhwan Son, Changhun Oh
  • Patent number: 11929217
    Abstract: A light emitting keyboard includes a frame having a translucent frame body, a plurality of key modules each having a keycap, and a backlight module including a light source circuit board, a first light guide plate disposed on top of the light source circuit board, a second light guide plate disposed under the light source circuit board, a plurality of first light-emitting members extending upwardly through the first light guide plate, a plurality of second light-emitting members extending downwardly through the second light guide plate, and a reflector plate disposed under the second light guide plate. Light emitted from the first light-emitting members is transmitted in the first light guide plate and projects upwardly onto the keycaps. Light emitted from the second light-emitting members is transmitted in the second light guide plate is reflected by the reflector plate, and projects onto the frame body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2023
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: Sunrex Technology Corp.
    Inventors: Hua Huang, Jian-Guo Guo
  • Patent number: 11918530
    Abstract: A water flosser is provided that may include a base, a reservoir positioned above the base, a lid, and a handle in fluid communication with the reservoir such as by a hose. The reservoir of the water flosser may include a recess formed in a reservoir wall for receipt of a hose support structure. An input device (e.g., a power button) may be positioned adjacent an upper portion of the water flosser, such as in or adjacent the lid. Actuation of the input device may include application of a force downward toward the base. The water flosser may include a motor having a dual output shaft, with one end of the shaft being associated with a rotary encoder or other sensing device to determine an operational characteristic of the motor. The motor may be driven by a power source such as a rechargeable battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: WATER PIK, INC.
    Inventor: Oscar C. Senff
  • Patent number: 11862414
    Abstract: Disclosed are a rocker device and a handle controller. The rocker device includes a mounting seat assembly, an electric control board, an upper shell and a bottom shell. The mounting seat assembly is provided with a first groove and an arc-shaped groove for mounting the rocker arm assembly. The electric control board is disposed in the first groove, and the upper shell covers a top area of the mounting seat assembly. The upper shell fixes two ends of the rocker arm assembly in the arc-shaped groove and confines the electric control board to the first groove. A first connecting portion is also provided on an outer periphery of the upper shell. The mounting seat assembly is disposed in the bottom shell, and the bottom shell is clamped with the first connecting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: GUANGDONG K-SILVER INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xiao Zeng, Jianbo Zhao
  • Patent number: 11810735
    Abstract: A control device includes a display panel and plural key structures. Each key structure includes a keycap, an optical film layer, an elastic element, plural raised structures and a membrane switch. The optical film layer includes a light-transmissible region and a supporting region. The plural raised structures are formed on the supporting region and arranged around the light-transmissible region. The membrane switch includes an upper film layer and a lower film layer. Moreover, a light beam emitted by the display panel is transmitted upwardly through a second opening of the lower film layer, a first opening of the upper film layer, the light-transmissible region, a hollow part of the elastic element and the keycap. When the keycap is pressed down, the first circuit contact point of the upper film layer and the corresponding second circuit contact point of the lower film layer are contacted with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: PRIMAX ELECTRONICS LTD.
    Inventors: Wei-Ching Kuo, Ting-Sheng Wang, Rong-Fu Lee
  • Patent number: 11776772
    Abstract: A control device for controlling power delivered to an electrical load may illuminate an area around a button of the control device, such as a gap formed between the button and an opening of a faceplate of the control device. The control device may illuminate the gap to provide a nightlight feature, to provide feedback (e.g., a status of the electrical load), and/or to indicate a selected preset. The button may have a cap portion that may be actuated by a user and a diffuser portion that may contact a rear surface of the cap portion and may conduct light emitted by an internal light source to illuminate the gap around the button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Matthew P. McDonald, Sean Tucker
  • Patent number: 11759271
    Abstract: The console-based surgical system includes a footswitch having a footswitch connector line and an input visual indicator having a light emitter. The console-based surgical system includes a surgical console including instrument ports for coupling to and transmitting an energization signal to a surgical instrument and a footswitch port for coupling to and receiving a signal from the footswitch. Each instrument port includes an instrument visual indicator and the footswitch port includes a footswitch visual indicator. The indicators include a light emitter and a ring-shaped light guide. The surgical console includes a controller, which associates the footswitch port with an instrument port and activates the light emitter of the input visual indicator, the footswitch visual indicator, and the instrument visual indicator of the associated instrument port to emit a matching colored light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2023
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Laubenthal, Steven T. Clifford, Brett R. Merkel, Zachary Kemp
  • Patent number: 11631552
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a keyswitch comprising a baseplate, a circuit layer, an elastic part, a thin film, a keycap, and a linkage component. The circuit layer is disposed on the baseplate. The baseplate penetrates and is exposed from the circuit layer. The elastic part is disposed on the circuit layer. The thin film is disposed on the circuit layer. The thin film is provided with an opening. The baseplate penetrates and is exposed from the opening. The elastic part protrudes from the opening. The keycap is disposed above the elastic part and covers the elastic part. Two ends of the linkage component are respectively connected to the baseplate and the keycap. The elastic part is disposed in the linkage component. The linkage component drives the keycap to move up and down relative to the baseplate. The thin film is disposed on the movement path of the keycap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2023
    Assignees: Lite-On Technology (Chang Zhou) Co., Ltd., Lite-On Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Bin Huang, Wei-Pin Chuang, XiaoQiang Liang
  • Patent number: 11589456
    Abstract: An user interface device includes a lens with a top surface and a bottom surface, where the bottom surface includes at least one graphic that is visible through the top surface of the lens. The user interface device further includes a transparent circuit film with a top surface and a bottom surface, at least one light emitting diode (LED), at least one silver conductor, and a layer of transparent pressure-sensitive adhesive that secures the bottom surface of the lens to the top surface of the transparent circuit film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2023
    Assignee: Molex, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Fulton, Matthew Shannon
  • Patent number: 11564293
    Abstract: A load control device may be configured to provide a user interface for controlling the intensity and/or color of one or more lighting loads. The user interface may include separate actuation members for setting the intensity and/or color of the lighting loads. The user interface may include one actuation member configured to operate in an intensity and/or color control mode. The control mode of the actuation member may be set via a button, a lever, a rotary switch, a rotary knob, etc. The user interface may include a touch sensitive element capable of sensing a user's touch and translate the touch into a control signal. Feedback may be provided on the user interface to indicate the type of control being adjusted and/or amount of control being applied to the lighting loads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Craig Alan Casey, Thomas M. Shearer
  • Patent number: 11558973
    Abstract: Harsh environment key panel and bezel structures for a user interface device are disclosed. In embodiments, a user interface device includes a printed board, a switch mounted to the printed board, and a key panel disposed upon the printed board. The key panel includes a plurality of printed device layers forming a bezel, a button configured to actuate the switch, and a deformable interface between the bezel and the button. The plurality of printed device layers can include at least one continuous printed device layer that forms portions of the bezel, the button, and the deformable interface. The continuous printed device layer may include at least one rigid device material that forms a portion of the bezel and a portion of the button and a deformable device material that forms a portion of the deformable interface between the bezel and the button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Clint L. Gosch, Matthew W. Ahrens, Brandon J. Cormier
  • Patent number: 11545316
    Abstract: An input device including an operation key arranged in an opening of a panel is provided. The input device also includes a light source and a push button switch each being arranged in a position opposite an opening on a board. The operation key includes: a key top having a pressing part extending toward the push button switch. The pressing part is arranged in a position separated from a center position in planar view of the key top on a line that is parallel to a line connecting connection parts of the key top, which are connected with one pair out of one or more pairs of arms, and passes through the center position. The push button switch is arranged in a position on the board opposite an arrangement position of the pressing part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yasushi Nakamura
  • Patent number: 11389050
    Abstract: A medical imaging apparatus includes: a casing connected to an insertion portion inserted into a subject and the casing configured to capture a subject image from the subject, the casing being gripped by a user; an operating device provided on an outer surface of the casing and including a button configured to receive a user's operation; a transmissive member having translucency and configured to seal the casing by being provided in the casing; a light emitting element provided in an internal space of the casing sealed by the transmissive member and configured to emit light for illuminating the operating device via the transmissive member; an image sensor configured to capture the subject image; and a lens unit configured to form the subject image on the image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: SONY OLYMPUS MEDICAL SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventor: Atsuomi Ohno
  • Patent number: 11336062
    Abstract: An illuminated power strip assembly includes a housing with a top wall having opaque areas and translucent areas. A plurality of power outlets is mounted in the housing. A power cord extends outwardly from the housing and terminates with a male power plug. A power switch is mounted on the housing and is in electrical communication with the power outlets. A plurality of light emitters is mounted in the interior space and is in electrical communication with the power switch. The light emitters selectively emit different colors to be emitted through the translucent areas. A control circuit is electrically coupled to the light emitters and is actuated to select a color emitted by the light emitters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Inventor: Xu Jie
  • Patent number: 11322892
    Abstract: A tamper resistant nightlight for placement in an electrical receptacle, the nightlight includes a body that has a base with an LED circuit and plug blades extending from the body. A housing includes a locking element configured to restrict a child from removing the nightlight from the electrical receptacle through a flange that extends away from the body to be positioned behind a rear surface of an electrical wall plate associated with the electrical receptacle to prevent the tamper resistant nightlight from being removed from the electrical receptacle while the electrical wall plate is coupled to the electrical receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Inventors: Jeffrey P. Baldwin, John E. Klein
  • Patent number: 11310876
    Abstract: A control system including: a base including a central axis; a knob rotatably connected to the base, the knob rotatable about the central axis; a plurality of individually indexed light emitting elements distributed along the base perimeter and arranged to direct light radially outward of the central axis; a diffuser arranged radially outward of the light emitting elements; a wireless communication module enclosed between the knob and base; and a processor enclosed between the knob and base, the processor connected to the wireless communication mechanism and plurality of light emitting elements, the processor configured to individually control each light emitting element based on a control signal received from the wireless communication mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: LIFI Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: Phillip Bosua, Marc Alexander
  • Patent number: 11257637
    Abstract: A key structure including a keycap, a bottom plate, a supporting element disposed on the bottom plate a backlight module, and a thin film circuit board is provided. The bottom plate includes a body and a plurality of protrusions, wherein the body has a plurality of openings, and the protrusions protrude from a first surface of the body and are disposed around the openings. At least two of the protrusions have different heights. The backlight module is disposed on a second surface of the body, wherein the first surface and the second surface are opposite surfaces. The thin film circuit board and the keycap are disposed on the first surface of the body, and the thin film circuit board is located between the keycap and the bottom plate, and the protrusions are located within an orthographic projection range of the keycap and do not contact the supporting element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignees: LITE-ON ELECTRONICS (GUANGZHOU) LIMITED, Lite-On Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Ming-Fu Yen
  • Patent number: 11248769
    Abstract: An optic assembly for a light emitting diode mounted to a printed circuit board has a primary lens defined by a primary lens anterior surface and an opposed primary lens rear taper with a tip facing the light emitting diode. A secondary lens with a secondary lens anterior surface and an opposed secondary lens posterior surface faces the printed circuit board. The secondary lens defines a central cavity with the primary lens being disposed therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Inventor: Peter Sui Lun Fong
  • Patent number: 11231797
    Abstract: A touch display device includes a printed circuit board and a cover. The printed circuit board has a top surface, a bottom surface and soldering points. The printed circuit board includes a first printed circuit, a light element and a second printed circuit. A part of the first printed circuit is on the top surface or the bottom surface and connected with the corresponding soldering point. The light emitting element is on the top surface and electrically connected to the first printed circuit. On the top surface, the second printed circuit does not overlap with the first printed circuit. The cover covers the printed circuit board. The cover has light transmission areas which are aligned with the light elements. The second printed circuit is configured to provide a capacitance value coupled to a capacitive sensing element coupled between the second printed circuit and the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: Opto Plus LED Corp.
    Inventors: Chien-Wen Chen, Chen-Chen Ou Yang, Kai-Chieh Yang
  • Patent number: 11217402
    Abstract: A control device for controlling power delivered to an electrical load may illuminate an area around a button of the control device, such as a gap formed between the button and an opening of a faceplate of the control device. The control device may illuminate the gap to provide a nightlight feature, to provide feedback (e.g., a status of the electrical load), and/or to indicate a selected preset. The button may have a cap portion that may be actuated by a user and a diffuser portion that may contact a rear surface of the cap portion and may conduct light emitted by an internal light source to illuminate the gap around the button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Matthew P. McDonald, Sean Tucker
  • Patent number: 11161484
    Abstract: Various examples of park brake interface modules which are utilized as human machine interfaces (HMI) in vehicles are provided. In one example, a park brake interface module for a vehicle includes an actuation member mounted to an electromechanical switch to actuate the park brake. The actuation member includes a finger pad opposite the front surface and the actuation member is movable between a brake apply position and a brake release position to actuate the vehicle park brake. In another example, the actuation member is pivotally mounted to the electromechanical switch device and the actuation member is pivotable between the brake apply position and the brake release positions to actuate the park brake.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
    Inventors: Daniel P. Zula, Madhur A. Khadabadi, Mark J. Kromer, Christopher H. Hutchins, Kian Sheikh-Bahaie, Daniel J. Cellura, Linda Burns
  • Patent number: 11126271
    Abstract: A keyboard includes a circuit board having an upper surface, a lower surface opposite to the upper surface, and a plurality of cut-out portions, a plurality of key modules positioned on the upper surface and over the plurality of cut-out portions, and a plurality of light sources installed on the lower surface of the circuit board, wherein at least a portion of at least one light source is positioned in a corresponding cut-out portion. Each light source includes a light emitting portion coupled to the second circuit layer. At least some of the light emitting portion is disposed in the cut-out portion beneath and bounded by the key module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: COOLER MASTER TECHNOLOGY INC.
    Inventor: Chung-Wei Yang
  • Patent number: 11094481
    Abstract: A keyswitch capable of identifying keycap change includes a substrate, a keycap, a resilient component, an optical detection module and a processor. The keycap is disposed above the substrate and includes a reflective element. The optical detection module is disposed on the substrate and adapted to receive an optical signal reflected from the reflective element. The processor is disposed on the substrate and electrically connected to the optical detection module. The processor is adapted to analyze the optical signal for acquiring a type and a movement of the keycap. The keyswitch further includes a supporting component and a membrane. An end of the supporting component is connected to the keycap, and the other end of the supporting component is connected to the substrate. The membrane has light penetrating property and is disposed above the optical detection module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: PixArt Imaging Inc.
    Inventors: Tsung-Fa Wang, Yen-Min Chang
  • Patent number: 11046251
    Abstract: An interior rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle includes a mirror head, a mirror mounting structure configured to adjustably mount the mirror head at an interior portion of the vehicle, and a receiving portion for receiving a portable self-contained garage door opening module. The portable module includes a user input and a housing, and is operable to wirelessly transmit a radio frequency signal responsive to actuation of the user input of the portable module. With the portable module received at the receiving portion of the interior rearview mirror assembly, the user input is accessible by a driver of the vehicle. A retaining element is configured to attach to the mirror casing at the receiving portion to releasably secure the portable module at the receiving portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Darryl P. De Wind, John T. Uken, Christopher R. Koetje
  • Patent number: 11048119
    Abstract: A keyboard device and an operating method thereof are provided. The keyboard device includes a microcontroller, a drive circuit, a backlight module, and a plurality of key units. The microcontroller is coupled to a computer device. A detection module of the computer device detects an input mode of the computer device. The plurality of key units is disposed on the backlight module. The plurality of key units each has a plurality of character symbols corresponding to different input modes. The microcontroller outputs a control signal to the drive circuit according to the input mode. The drive circuit drives the backlight module according to the control signal to selectively illuminate one of the plurality of character symbols of each of at least a portion of the plurality of key units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignees: LITE-ON ELECTRONICS (GUANGZHOU) LIMITED, Lite-On Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Chun-Lin Chen, Chin-Fa Wu, Wen-Tong Liu, Er-Hao Chen, Ming-Fu Yen
  • Patent number: 10942596
    Abstract: A method for a touch sensing system includes generating, by a first pair of electrodes at a first location in a conductive material, an electric field in the conductive material; generating measurement data by measuring, by one or more second pairs of electrodes, the electric field in the conductive material at one or more second locations in the conductive material, with each of the one or more second locations differing from the first location; generating, based on the measurement data, an approximation of the electric field in the conductive material; and classifying, based on the approximation, one or more regions of the interface into a given state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Carnegie Mellon University
    Inventors: Christopher Harrison, Yang Zhang, Gierad Laput
  • Patent number: 10921905
    Abstract: A keyboard module including keys, a frame, a bottom plate, and a backlight assembly is provided. The frame has a key region. Top surfaces of the keys are exposed in the key region. The frame includes a column. The bottom plate is disposed under the frame. The bottom plate includes a bending portion. The backlight assembly is disposed under the bottom plate, and sequentially includes a light shielding sheet, a light guide plate, and a reflector. The light shielding sheet has a first opening. The light guide plate has a second opening. A part of the reflector is exposed by the first opening and the second opening. The column passes through the bending portion and is located in the first opening and the second opening. A bottom surface of the column leans against the reflector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignees: LITE-ON ELECTRONICS (GUANGZHOU) LIMITED, Lite-On Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Ming-Fu Yen
  • Patent number: 10916387
    Abstract: A module cover comprising a through-hole for a passage of a key tappet of the key, a light injection region for injecting light from a light source into the module cover, a first light output region for outputting a first portion of the light, and a second light output region for outputting a second portion of the light out of the module cover. The first light output region and the second light output region, and a first light directing portion and a second light directing portion, are arranged on different sides of the through-hole. The first light directing portion directs a first portion of the light to the first light output region and a second portion of the light to the second light directing portion, and the second light directing portion directs at least part of the second portion of the light to the second light output region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: CHERRY GMBH
    Inventor: Tatjana Dietz
  • Patent number: 10908216
    Abstract: A device for measuring a condition of an electric switch, an electric switch and a method for measuring a condition of an electric switch are disclosed. In an embodiment an apparatus for measuring a state of an electrical switch is configured to tap a voltage at main contacts of the electrical switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: EPCOS AG
    Inventor: Robert Hoffmann
  • Patent number: 10907784
    Abstract: A multiple function LED night light not only offers LED illumination with predetermined colors, functions, or effects, but also includes additional functions such as providing a power source, sensor(s), power fail functions, and wireless control functions. Lighting effects may also be achieved through the use of multiple optic or protective lenses that cause multiple reflections and/or refraction of light beams emitted by one or more single or multiple color LEDs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Inventor: Tseng-Lu Chien
  • Patent number: 10886082
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to a keyboard or other input structure having a diaphragm that controls the illumination of a perimeter of a keycap. In one aspect, the keyboard includes a dome configured to buckle in response to a depression of a keycap. A support structure may support the keycap above the dome. A light source may be positioned below the keycap and configured to illuminate one or more illuminable symbols defined on a top surface. A diaphragm may be positioned above the light source and have a barrier portion extending from a perimeter of the keycap. The barrier portion may be configured to control illumination of the perimeter of the light source, including substantially preventing the illumination of the perimeter in order to mask or conceal an illuminated halo around the keycap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Paul X. Wang, Simon R. Lancaster-Larocque, Chia Chi Wu
  • Patent number: 10820428
    Abstract: An example assembly includes a composite sandwich panel that further includes a facing, a hole defined by a perimeter, and electrical circuitry on the facing. The assembly further includes an electrical component and an insert. The insert is positioned within the hole and includes a first attachment component. The assembly further includes a cap that includes a second attachment component that is releasably attachable to the first attachment component through the hole to electrically couple the electrical component to the electrical circuitry and mechanically couple the electrical component to the facing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: Charles C. Jensen
  • Patent number: 10804051
    Abstract: An illuminated glass keycap having a glyph diffuser layer that may diffuse light through a glyph window opened in a background layer. The background layer may be opaque and the glyph window may be transparent. The keycap is adhered to a scissor mechanism positioned above electrical switch circuitry. Included within, below, or adjacent to the scissor mechanism may be one or more light sources positioned to emit light through the keycap, around the perimeter of the keycap, and/or through the background layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Craig C. Leong, Derrick T. Jue, Hilbert T. Kwan, Keith J. Hendren
  • Patent number: 10796862
    Abstract: A keyboard includes a first substrate, a second substrate, a keyswitch circuit, a connecting member, and a keyswitch assembly. The first substrate has a first through hole. The second substrate is disposed on the first substrate and has a second through hole. The second through hole is connected to the first through hole and located within an inner edge of the first through hole. The keyswitch circuit is disposed on one of the first substrate and the second substrate. The connecting member is engaged with the second through hole and extended onto a bottom surface of the second substrate facing toward the first substrate. The keyswitch assembly is located on a top surface of the second substrate facing away from the first substrate, connected to the connecting member, and configured to trigger the keyswitch circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Chicony Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chih-Hao Chen
  • Patent number: 10796860
    Abstract: A button assembly is disclosed including a plastic cover having an upper body portion and a lower flange portion, the upper body portion having a top wall and an interior cavity, wherein a port is formed in the top wall of the upper body portion and the lower flange portion is adapted and configured to be welded to a wall of a plastic housing, and an elastomeric button over-molded on the plastic cover and including an upper actuation portion and a lower body portion, wherein the upper actuation portion extends through the port formed in the top wall of the upper body portion of the cover, and the lower body portion resides in the interior cavity of the upper body portion of the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: N2 Imaging Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Iliyan Iliev, Jay Meyer
  • Patent number: 10798792
    Abstract: A control device for controlling power delivered to an electrical load may illuminate an area around a button of the control device, such as a gap formed between the button and an opening of a faceplate of the control device. The control device may illuminate the gap to provide a nightlight feature, to provide feedback (e.g., a status of the electrical load), and/or to indicate a selected preset. The button may have a cap portion that may be actuated by a user and a diffuser portion that may contact a rear surface of the cap portion and may conduct light emitted by an internal light source to illuminate the gap around the button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Matthew P. McDonald, Sean Tucker
  • Patent number: 10763056
    Abstract: A key structure including a keycap, a bottom plate, a backlight module, and a thin film circuit board is provided. The bottom plate includes a body and a plurality of protrusions, wherein the body has a plurality of openings, and the protrusions protrude from a first surface of the body and are disposed around the openings. The backlight module is disposed on a second surface of the body, wherein the first surface and the second surface are opposite surfaces. The thin film circuit board and the keycap are disposed on the first surface of the body, and the thin film circuit board is located between the keycap and the bottom plate, and the protrusions are located within an orthographic projection range of the keycap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignees: LITE-ON ELECTRONICS (GUANGZHOU) LIMITED, Lite-On Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Ming-Fu Yen, Hsiang-Sheng Chuang
  • Patent number: 10755873
    Abstract: A membrane circuit board includes a first flexible circuit board, a second flexible circuit board and a nanomaterial layer. The nanomaterial layer includes plural polymeric structures. The nanomaterial layer is formed on the first flexible circuit board, the second flexible circuit board and/or a junction region between the edge of the first flexible circuit board and the second flexible circuit board to prevent at least one of the upper metallic conductor line and the lower metallic conductor line from contacting with a specified chemical element. Consequently, the conductive impedance of the upper metallic conductor line and the lower metallic conductor line is not affected by the specified chemical element. Moreover, the present invention also provides a keyboard device with the membrane circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: PRIMAX ELECTRONICS LTD.
    Inventors: Bo-An Chen, Chien-Hung Liu, Lei-Lung Tsai, Chin-Sung Pan
  • Patent number: 10741340
    Abstract: A symbol button for a vehicle includes: a button body; a button surface portion positioned at an upper portion of the button body; a symbol printing portion positioned on the button surface portion; an anti-plating portion positioned at a lower portion of the button body; and a metal plating layer positioned at the outside of a button excluding the symbol printing portion and the anti-plating portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION, DAEYANG PLATECH INC.
    Inventors: Woo Chul Jung, Choon Soo Lee, Kyoung Sil Lee, Jae Sik Seo, Sung Ho Yoon, Yong Ju Gil, Won Gyoum Kim, Han Nam
  • Patent number: 10738965
    Abstract: The input component includes a molding that forms an external frame, a sensor sheet formed by providing a sensor electrode on a base sheet formed of a resin film, the sensor sheet being installed inside the molding, a display element capable of being illuminated by an internal light source, a light shielding portion that shields a light from the internal light source, the display element being illuminated when the internal light source is on, a contact with the display element enabling an input operation, a colored transparent layer formed so as to have a color tone that creates a blackout in which the display element becomes integrated with the light shielding portion surrounding the display element when the internal light source is off so as to become difficult to perceive, the colored transparent layer being provided so as to be layered on the display element, and a light diffusing layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: SEKISUI POLYMATECH CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shinya Tateda
  • Patent number: 10725222
    Abstract: A display device includes: a panel including a front face and a back face; a substrate including an end face and being provided so as to abut on the back face of the panel; a light emitting element provided on the substrate so as to emit light toward the panel in parallel to the substrate; and a light guide body provided interposed between the end face of the substrate and the back face of the panel, the light guide body guiding light incident from the light emitting element, to a side of the front face of the panel, and transmitting the light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: YAMAHA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Nishizawa, Hisashi Nagai, Satoshi Gougi, Noritsugu Kusaba
  • Patent number: 10720287
    Abstract: A push button for a control panel. The push button includes a button body and a reflector molded as a single, monolithic piece with links extending between the button body and the reflector. A divider of the button body is between a first light source of a printed circuit board and an indicator light guide of the button body. The divider restricts light from the first light source from illuminating the indicator light guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO International America, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Levay, Spenser Pawlik, Javon Tucker, Murali Daruri, Jesse Moellers, Yuki Matsumoto, Brian Steele
  • Patent number: 10714275
    Abstract: An assembly for use in an electrical power distribution system includes a housing that includes an interior space; an electrical apparatus in the interior space, the electrical apparatus including an electrical connection mechanism that is configured to move between at least two positions; an observation port through the housing, the observation port being configured to allow visual observation of the electrical connection mechanism in the interior space from an exterior of the housing; and an optical guide between the interior space and a light source. The light source is outside of the interior space and the optical guide is configured to deliver light from the light source to the interior space when the light source emits light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Eaton Intelligent Power Limited
    Inventors: Laurence James Geist, Joseph Allen Carmichael, Matthew Stephen Weidemeier
  • Patent number: 10705624
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a keyboard comprising light emitting devices, each respectively disposed below a key to lighten the top surface of the key; and a micro controller unit transmitting signals generated by each key to the computer, having switches for controlling the light emitting devices, and controlling switches according to signals transmitted from the computer, and a method of selecting the colors of the keys of the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: CORSAIR MEMORY, INC.
    Inventors: Tae-Kyung Yoo, Min-Ho Choi
  • Patent number: 10705643
    Abstract: A tactile touch sensor (TTS) system and method allowing physical augmentation of a high-resolution touch sensor array (TSA) is disclosed. Physical augmentation is accomplished using a TSA physical overlay (TPO) placed on top of the TSA. The TPO is constructed to transmit forces to the underlying TSA. Force transmission is accomplished by either using a flexible overlay or with a rigid mechanical overlay that transmits user forces exerted on the overlay to the underlying TSA. Incorporation of TPO identifiers (TPI) within the TPO permits identification of the TPO by a TPO detector (TPD) allowing operational characteristics of the TSA to be automatically reconfigured to conform to the currently applied TPO structure by a user computing device (UCD). The UCD may be configured to automatically load an appropriate application software driver (ASD) in response to a TPI read by the TPD from the currently applied TPO.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Sensel, Inc.
    Inventors: IIya Daniel Rosenberg, John Aaron Zarraga
  • Patent number: 10670332
    Abstract: A dispenser of a refrigerator includes a switch and a lever unit configured to pressurize the switch, and the lever unit includes a lever including a body and a pressurizer extending toward a rear side of the body and configured to pressurize the switch; a frame disposed behind the body and configured to support the lever; and a guide configured to cover the switch to prevent condensation from flowing into the switch and guide the condensation between the lever and the frame. Therefore, condensation can be effectively prevented from flowing into the switch, and the frame is inserted into an insertion portion provided at a door, four surfaces constituting the frame are brought into contact with and supported by the insertion portion, and thus the lever can be stably supported.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kyoung Ki Park
  • Patent number: 10653289
    Abstract: A method of operating a dishwasher includes receiving a user-input signal indicative of a hidden operating mode, selecting the hidden operating mode of a dishwasher based on the user-input signal, accessing a plurality of pre-programmed dishwashing cycles associated with the selected hidden operating mode, and operating the dishwasher in accordance with one of the plurality of pre-programmed dishwashing cycles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Vincent A. Ireland, Traci L. Kachorek, Brooke L. Lau
  • Patent number: 10596960
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a transparent member for an automotive interior part. In one embodiment, the transparent member for the automotive interior part includes: a light source; an optical pattern layer formed over the light source; and a first light-transmitting skin layer formed on the optical pattern layer and including about 1 part by weight to about 25 parts of a first inorganic filler dispersed in 100 parts by weight of a first transparent resin matrix, wherein the first inorganic filler includes spherical calcium carbonate (CaCO3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignees: HYUDAI MOBIS CO., LTD., DAEWON CHEMICAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sang Phil Park, Hyeon Don Kim, Jung Hwan Lee, Young Kyu Rhim, Mi Jeong Jeon
  • Patent number: 10564764
    Abstract: A luminous pressure sensor comprises a feedback assembly capable of emitting light when pressure is applied thereto, and a pressure sensing layer. A sensing plate is provided between the feedback assembly and the pressure sensing layer, and is connected to the feedback assembly and the pressure sensing layer via a connecting adhesive layer. The sensing plate is provided with at least one pressing structure thereon for concentrating pressing force. A touch control button may comprise the luminous pressure sensor, and an electronic device may comprise the touch control button. The luminous pressure sensor has a simple structure and a low manufacturing cost, and is easy to assemble and to commercialize.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: SHENZHEN NEW DEGREE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hao Li
  • Patent number: 10520248
    Abstract: A household device, in particular a refrigeration device, includes an electronic control device configured to control at least one function of the household device, an input device connected to the control device, having at least one input and being configured to supply an assigned control signal to the control device, based on a manual actuation of the at least one input. An input locking device, in its locked state, is configured to prevent controlling of the function of the household device, despite the at least one input being actuated, and in its unlocked state, is configured to permit controlling of the function of the household device when the at least one input is actuated. The input locking device is configured and/or constructed for shifting the input locking device into the locked state, after the at least one input has not been actuated over a predefined time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Arens, Christoph Hauzeneder