Push Button Type Patents (Class 200/314)
  • Patent number: 11449153
    Abstract: Computer peripheral devices designed and configured to generate and send peripheral device command signals for controlling software applications. In some examples the peripheral device command signals are designed to be the same as command signals generated by a keyboard in response to pressing one or more keyboard keys corresponding to a keyboard shortcut for a software application control function. The peripheral devices may be selectively configured into one of a plurality of configurations for selectively generating peripheral device command signals by selecting a position of at least one command signal group selector switch operably coupled to the peripheral device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Muted LLC
    Inventor: Crawford Phillips
  • Patent number: 11450233
    Abstract: Systems are disclosed relating to a mobile device mounted to a welding helmet such that a wearer of the welding helmet can see a display of the mobile device when wearing the welding helmet. In some examples, the mobile device is mounted such that a camera of the mobile device is unobscured and positioned at approximately eye level, facing the same way the wearer's eyes are facing. In some examples, the simulated training environment may be presented to the user via the display screen of the mobile device, using images captured by the camera of the mobile device, when the mobile device is so mounted to the welding helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignees: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC., SEABERY NORTH AMERICA INC.
    Inventors: William Joshua Becker, Justin Monroe Blount, Jessica Marie Marhefke, Nicholas James Dessart, Mitchell James Muske, Pedro Marquinez, Pavel Gunia, Victor López Márquez, David Barroso de la Rosa, Sergio Garrido Jurado, Jesús Calvo Pérez, Javier Castilla Gutiérrez
  • Patent number: 11424091
    Abstract: A key module includes a base plate, a circuit layer and a lifting mechanism. The circuit layer is disposed on the base plate. The lifting mechanism is pivotally connected with the base plate relative to the circuit layer, and the lifting mechanism has an abutment element. The abutment element could interfere with the circuit layer to reduce the noise generated by the key module during operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Inventors: Chun-Lin Chen, Jui-Yu Wu, Po-Hsiang Yu
  • Patent number: 11398128
    Abstract: An illumination device according to one or more embodiments may include: a light guide plate unit comprising a front light guide plate and a rear light guide plate arranged in a depth direction at a predetermined interval, and a light projecting unit arranged at a side of the light guide plate unit. The light projecting unit may comprise an LED in an amount of one piece among the front light guide plate and the rear light guide plate; and a moving mechanism configured to cause the light guide plate unit to reciprocate in the depth direction to cause a light incident surface of either one of the front light guide plate and the rear light guide plate to be opposed to the light projecting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: OMRON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Onitsuka, Takahiro Ono, Tatsuya Adachi, Rei Asai, Takehiro Agata
  • Patent number: 11379049
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to a low profile key for a keyboard having an overmolded support structure. In one aspect, an embodiment includes a key cap having an illuminable symbol. A support structure having a pair of overmolded wings may pivotally couple to the key cap. A switch housing may surround the support structure and connect each of the first and second wings. A tactile dome may be at least partially positioned within the switch housing and configured to bias the key cap upward. A sensing membrane may be positioned along an underside surface of the tactile dome and configured to trigger a switch event in response to a collapsing of the tactile dome caused by a depression of the key cap. A feature plate may be positioned below the sensing membrane. A light guide panel may define at least one light extraction feature that may be configured to propagate light toward the key cap and cause illumination of the illuminable symbol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Michelle R. Goldberg, Kathleen A. Bergeron, Paul X. Wang, Alex J. Lehmann, William P. Yarak, III, Kevin C. Armendariz, Zheng Gao
  • Patent number: 11354995
    Abstract: A life safety device includes a housing, a detector for detecting one or more conditions, and an actuatable mechanism coupled to the housing. The actuatable mechanism includes a light assembly operable in response to detection of at least one of the one or more conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: CARRIER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Matthew J. Buchholz, Kenneth J. Mott
  • Patent number: 11340420
    Abstract: A lens driving device having a movable frame on which a magnet is secured, supporting the lens; a base member supporting the movable frame movably; and a cover member, equipped with an opening enabling light to be incident into the lens, covering the movable frame and a supporting face of the base member, wherein: either a coil or a position sensor that faces a magnet is provided on the supporting face of the base member. The other, either the position sensor or the coil that faces the magnet, is provided on a supporting face of the cover member, and an interconnection member that is connected to the coil or the position sensor that is provided on the cover member is formed integrally with the cover member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: NIDEC COPAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Haruka Matsuhisa, Yusuke Ehara
  • Patent number: 11294476
    Abstract: A multi-functional control device includes a casing unit, and press button modules disposed on a main circuit board in the casing unit. Each press button module includes a sub-circuit board connected to the main circuit board, a micro-contact switch mounted on the sub-circuit board, an auxiliary case removably mounted on the micro-contact switch, a driving circuit board removably disposed in the auxiliary case to connect the sub-circuit board, a display module removably disposed on the auxiliary case. A transparent cap covers the display module and the auxiliary case, and is detachably connected to the auxiliary case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: NATIONAL CHUNG-HSING UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Dong-Sing Wuu, Ray-Hua Horng, Ken-Yen Chen, Tsing-Ping Liao
  • Patent number: 11269127
    Abstract: Electrical equipment such as a tablet computer cover, a laptop computer, or other equipment may include keys. Each key may have a key member. Coatings such as opaque coating layers may be formed on the key members. Opaque coating layers may be patterned to form symbol-shaped openings associated with key labels. Opaque coating layers may also have recessed peripheral portions and other features to enhance the appearance of the keys. Metal coating layers such as physical vapor deposition metal layers may be incorporated into the keys. Key members may have outer surfaces and opposing inner surface on which patterned coating layers may be formed. Peripheral edge portions of the key members may extend between the outer and inner surfaces and may be coated with metal coating layers to form reflective metal trim structures. Backlight illumination for the keys may be formed form light sources such as light-emitting diodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Paul X. Wang, Aidan N. Zimmerman, Michael Y. Cheung, Ming Yu
  • Patent number: 11257638
    Abstract: A key structure includes a bottom plate, a keycap, a lifting mechanism, a thin-film switch layer and a backlight module. The bottom plate has a through hole. The lifting mechanism is pivotally connected to the bottom plate and the keycap. The thin-film switch layer has a reflective structure corresponding to the through hole. The backlight module includes a light source and a reflective layer. The light source is configured to emit light towards the reflective structure. The reflective layer is disposed surrounding the light source to reflect a reflected light from the reflective structure to the thin-film switch layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Inventors: Hsin-Chih Liang, Yi-Wen Chen
  • Patent number: 11257640
    Abstract: An electronic device is provided here, which includes a casing, a keycap and a keyboard backlight module. The casing has a first opening. The keycap is disposed corresponding to the first opening, and a gap is formed between the keycap and a periphery of the first opening. The keyboard backlight module includes a shielding layer, the shielding layer includes a light transmission area corresponding to the first opening and a light block portion, and the light block portion is located in the light transmission area and covers a region where at least one light path passes through the gap and intersects the light transmission area through.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: ASUSTEK COMPUTER INC.
    Inventors: Yu-Kuang Chen, Chao-Shun Wang, Chien-Yi Huang
  • Patent number: 11227727
    Abstract: A key structure includes a keycap, a connection assembly, engaging members, and a base plate. The connection assembly disposed between the base plate and the keycap is movably connected to the keycap and the engaging members, so that the keycap and the connection assembly engaged with the engaging members are positioned on the base plate. The base plate includes engaging protrusions protruding from an upper surface, so that the engaging members are bonded to the base plate through the engaging protrusions. Each engaging protrusion is located between two openings of the base plate, connects the two openings, or is disposed corresponding to the openings. Each engaging member covers one or more engaging protrusions through injection molding, and is fixed to the base plate. The engaging members are respectively disposed on the openings, fill the openings, or completely cover the engaging protrusions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignees: LITE-ON ELECTRONICS (GUANGZHOU) LIMITED, Lite-On Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Kuo-Hui Hsu, Cheng-Kun Liao, Li-Sheng Hsiao, En-Huei Wang
  • Patent number: 11216078
    Abstract: A computer keyboard is provide which includes key members providing upward and downward movement; substantially translucent elastomeric domes underlying the key members, and a seat underlies the elastomeric domes for supporting the elastomeric domes and key members. A substantially translucent circuit board is positioned under the seat for the creation and transmission of signals indicating depression of the key members. A planar luminescent light source is positioned under the circuit board. Preferably, the luminescent light source is a translucent light pipe connected to LEDs which provide light. Also preferably, the light pipe has a flat bottom surface which is covered by one or more reflective members and a reflective sheet. The reflective members may comprise paint applied to the bottom surface of the light pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Inventor: Michael Shipman
  • Patent number: 11209868
    Abstract: Provided is a display device including: a bottom member; a display panel on the bottom member, the display panel configured to emit light; a top member on the display panel; a touch screen panel on the top member; and a groove region formed by removing at least a portion of at least one of the top member and the bottom member at a bent portion of the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jun Namkung, Soon-Ryong Park, Seok-Gi Baek, Chul-Woo Jeong
  • Patent number: 11202499
    Abstract: There is provided a light guiding unit (10) for use in an oral cleaning device. The light guiding unit is configured to be coupled to a light source (50), and the light guiding unit comprises a homogenizing component (110) having a length along which light from the light source is guided. The homogenizing component is further configured such that at least one of an amount of refraction of the guided light and an amount of internal reflection of the guided light varies along the length to homogenize, along the length of the homogenizing component, an amount of light transmitting out of the homogenizing component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Marinus Arnoldus Martinus Vugts, Pascal Jean Henri Bloemen
  • Patent number: 11205549
    Abstract: A keycap structure includes a keycap body and a display module. The keycap body includes a top wall and a lateral wall. The lateral wall is extended downwardly from a periphery region of the top wall. An accommodation space is defined by the top wall and the lateral wall collaboratively. The display module is disposed within the accommodation space. The display module includes a light-transmissible circuit substrate and plural light-emitting elements. The plural light-emitting elements are installed on the light-transmissible circuit substrate and electrically connected with the light-transmissible circuit substrate. After the light beams are transmitted through the light-transmissible circuit substrate and the top wall sequentially, the light beams are outputted from the keycap body. The light beams from the plural light-emitting elements are collaboratively formed as a luminous zone. Moreover, a pattern corresponding to the luminous zone is shown on the display module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: PRIMAX ELECTRONICS LTD.
    Inventors: Bo-An Chen, Chin-Sung Pan, Ya-Chin Tu
  • Patent number: 11183346
    Abstract: An input device includes: a substrate; a first detection electrode that detects input to the input device; a light emitter that emits light when the input is performed; a body plate disposed on the front surface side of the substrate and through which the light is transmitted; and a light guide including an incident surface from which the light enters and a light exit surface from which the light entered from the incident surface exits. A design portion that is light transmissive is disposed on an opposite side of the body plate to the substrate. A penetration hole penetrates through the substrate at a position opposite the design portion. The light guide is disposed in the penetration hole with the incident surface oriented facing a light emitting surface of the light emitter and the light exit surface oriented facing the design portion with the body plate interposed therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Go Nakatani, Hideaki Eto
  • Patent number: 11170950
    Abstract: A keyboard backlight module includes a light guide plate, a reflector, a light-emitting device and a first microstructure. The light guide plate has an output surface, a light guide pattern and a bottom surface disposed on an opposite side of the output surface. The light guide pattern is arranged on at least one of the bottom surface and the output surface. The reflector has a reflecting surface facing the bottom surface. The light-emitting device is disposed on one side of the light guide plate and configured to provide an incident light to the reflecting surface. The first microstructure is disposed on the reflecting surface, at least partially overlaps with the light guide pattern, and is configured to transform the incident light into a first reflected light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Inventor: Hsin-Chih Liang
  • Patent number: 11164708
    Abstract: Example of backlit switches are described. In an example, a backlit switch includes a printed circuit board (PCB) and a dome-type button coupled to the PCB. The dome-type button has a light transmitting portion. A light source is mounted on a first side of the PCB, and a tact switch is mounted on a second side of the PCB that is opposite to the first side. Further, a projection is provided to trigger the tact switch, in response to pressing of the dome-type button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Yu Chen So, Weiming Tseng, Chi-Chih Huang, Lien-Chia Chiu
  • Patent number: 11159161
    Abstract: A button for a touch panel that includes a first operating unit made of a conductor and to be operated by being pushed down; a supporting portion made of an insulator and to be fixed on a capacitive touch panel, the supporting portion supporting the first operating unit; and an elastic member accommodated inside the supporting portion, a surface of the elastic member being nonconductive, the surface being fixed to the touch panel, the elastic member is elastically, deformed when the first operating unit is pushed down, in which the pushing operation of the first operating unit is detected by the touch panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryota Aoki, Hiroki Akatsuka
  • Patent number: 11139124
    Abstract: A switch is disclosed. In some examples, a switch includes a generally cylindrical housing; one or more sets of contact points enclosed by the housing; an indicator module, such as a multi-color LED illuminator, also enclosed by the housing; and a pushbutton actuator disposed to operate the contact points. The housing includes a display section spanning substantially the entire circumference of the housing such that the indication made by the indicator module is visible from all radial directions. When the pushbutton actuator is pressed, some of the contact points open to cut off power from hazards, while others are reconfigured to change the state of the indicator module to indicate the changed status of the switch. Multiple switches can be interfaced with each other, such as by serial connection, to facilitate multi-switch safety environment. Modular cables can be used to conveniently establish the interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: BANNER ENGINEERING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael Scott Carlson, Darrell Raymond Pikkaraine
  • Patent number: 11114260
    Abstract: A switch device, having a reset assistant part arranged at the second end of a male leg, and a ram; the reset assistant part being provided with a holding station, both sidewalls of which are each provided with a saddle, both sides of the ram being provided, with a cam matching with the saddle, the ram is hung from the saddle through two cams. Accordingly, a photoelectrical type switch of scissor-leg structure is realized, and the key is enabled to have an obvious stage sense and sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Inventor: Jianping Li
  • Patent number: 11114594
    Abstract: A radiation emitting device comprising light scattering particles of different sizes that at least partially surround an emitter, improving the spatial color mixing and color uniformity of the device. Multiple sizes of light scattering particles are dispersed in a medium to at least partially surround a single- or multiple-chip polychromatic emitter package. The different sizes of light scattering particles interact with corresponding wavelength ranges of emitted radiation. Thus, radiation emitted over multiple wavelength ranges or sub-ranges can be efficiently scattered to eliminate (or intentionally create) spatially non-uniform color patterns in the output beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: CreeLED, Inc.
    Inventor: Arpan Chakraborty
  • Patent number: 11087935
    Abstract: A key switch structure and an assembling method thereof are provided. The key switch structure includes a bottom plate, a keycap, a supporting assembly, first connectors, and second connectors. The keycap is disposed on the bottom plate. The supporting assembly is disposed between the bottom plate and the keycap. The first connectors disposed on the bottom plate are integrally formed and directly bonded to the upper surface of the bottom plate, wherein the first connectors and the bottom plate are made of different materials. The second connectors are disposed on the keycap. The supporting assembly is connected to the bottom plate and the keycap through the first connectors and the second connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Inventors: Ming-Fu Yen, Chia-Shiun Wu, Hsiang-Sheng Chuang, Cheng-Hsiung Huang
  • Patent number: 11081300
    Abstract: A photoelectrical type of mechanical switch, wherein a chute is provided on the bracket; the ram upper end is provided with a protruding strip arranged in the chute which can freely move along the chute; when the bracket moves up and down, the protruding strip is restricted by the chute and drives the ram to rotate by itself. Adoption of the independent sound optical path structure enables its exhibition of more obvious key-pressing stage sense and key-pressing sound when pressing the press shaft, and can realize good “ON/OFF” function of optical path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Inventor: Jianping Li
  • Patent number: 11017964
    Abstract: A middle illuminated button switch including a printed circuit board (PCB), a base and a cover. A guide core is arranged between the base and the cover, a through hole is arranged at the bottom of the base and under the guide core. A light guide groove is provided at the lower end surface of the guide core. A light-emitting element is arranged on the upper end of the PCB, and the light-emitting element is inserted into the base from the through hole and embedded in the light guide groove. Since the light-emitting element is embedded in the base from the bottom to the top, and the light is emitted to the outside from the middle through the guide core, so as to realize the light-emitting effect in the middle of the button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Inventor: FuXi Wu
  • Patent number: 11004628
    Abstract: A key switch device includes a base including an opening in a central part thereof; a light guide including an elastic body receiving portion, the light guide being supported by the base to be disposed in the opening; a button attached capable of approaching and separating from the base to cover the light guide; an elastic body disposed between the elastic body receiving portion and a lower surface of the button, the elastic body biasing the button in a separating direction where the button is separated from the base; a fixed contact piece including a fixed contact, the fixed contact piece being attached to the base; and a movable contact piece, which is attached to the base, including a movable contact to be brought into contact with the fixed contact when the button is moved toward the base in an approaching direction where the button approaches the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Omron Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhira Izawa, Mamiko Naka, Kenshi Nagata, Shigenobu Kishi
  • Patent number: 10990227
    Abstract: A touch pad comprises a capacitive sensor for sensing a manipulation gesture; a light guiding plate arranged on the capacitive sensor; an identification layer having a pattern disposed on the light guiding plate; a filter layer disposed on the identification layer, the filter layer having a first filter region and a second filter region, wherein the first filter region and the second filter region do not overlap; and a light emitting module having a light emitting surface, wherein the light emitting module is disposed at the periphery of the light guiding plate; wherein the light emitting surface provides light to the light guiding plate; the light passes through the first filter region to be a first shade, and the light passes through the second filter region to be a second shade; the color of the first shade is different from the color of the second shade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignees: LITE-ON TECHNOLOGY (CHANG ZHOU) CO., LTD., LITE-ON TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yi Ren Lin, Tsung Yan Wu
  • Patent number: 10984970
    Abstract: A keyboard includes a base plate, a plurality of key structures, and a light emitting assembly. The base plate includes a body and a plurality of optically transmissive members. The body has a plurality of hollow portions. The optically transmissive members are contained in the hollow portions, respectively. Each of the optically transmissive members has a light guiding portion and a plurality of connecting structures. The key structures correspond to the optically transmissive members, respectively. One of the key structures is connected to the connecting structures of one of the optically transmissive members. The light emitting assembly includes a driver circuit board and a plurality of light emitting units. The light emitting units are located on the driver circuit board. The driver circuit board is located on one of the surfaces of the base plate. The light emitting units are contained in the light guiding portion, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: CHICONY ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yao-Lun Huang, Guo-Yu Shi
  • Patent number: 10925135
    Abstract: An apparatus, system, and method for the calibration of backlight LEDs of control device buttons to achieve color uniformity and to accurately create colors that are consistent from button to button and device to device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Crestron Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin M. Slivka, Dennis J. Hromin
  • Patent number: 10892118
    Abstract: A button module includes a casing, a button body, an elastic body and a cover. The casing includes a first accommodating recess, a first engaging portion and a retaining platform. The button body is disposed in the first accommodating recess. The button body includes a first positioning portion. The elastic body is disposed between the button body and the retaining platform. The cover is disposed on the casing. The cover includes a second engaging portion, a second positioning portion and a retaining portion. The second engaging portion engages with the first engaging portion. The second positioning portion cooperates with the first positioning portion to position the button body in the first accommodating recess. The retaining portion abuts against the retaining platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventors: Qi-Hong Yang, Yu-Wei Liu, Cheng-Hsiu Lee, Tzu-Fa Yen, Guang-Zong Li
  • Patent number: 10886078
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a button. The button includes at least one guiding component and a main body. The main body has at least one guiding surface. The guiding surface of the main body is slidably connected to the guiding component so as to allow the guiding component to guide the main body to move. In addition, the disclosure also provides a switch assembly and a computer host that have the button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: WISTRON CORP.
    Inventor: Zhao-Ping Fu
  • Patent number: 10871602
    Abstract: A backlight module is disclosed. The backlight module includes a light emitting component, a first light guide plate and a second light guide plate. The first light guide plate is disposed above the light emitting component and includes a first hole located correspondingly to the light emitting component. The second light guide plate is disposed between the light emitting component and the first light guide plate and includes a second hole. The second hole is located corresponding to the light emitting component and communicates with the first hole. The diameter of the second hole is greater than the diameter of the first hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: CHICONY POWER TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hsuan-Wei Ho, Yueh-Heng Lee
  • Patent number: 10873999
    Abstract: Environment controller and method for proportionally adjusting a respective light intensity of a plurality of lighting devices. The environment controller determines a current light intensity for each one of the plurality of lighting devices; and determines a current average light intensity by calculating the average of the current light intensities. The environment controller determines a target average light intensity; and determines a new light intensity for each one of the plurality of lighting devices, by proportionally adjusting the light intensity of each one of the plurality of lighting devices from its respective current light intensity to its respective new light intensity, so that the average of the new light intensities is equal to the target average light intensity. The current and new light intensities may be expressed as a percentage; and the target average light intensity received from a computing device or via a user interaction with the environment controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: DISTECH CONTROLS INC.
    Inventor: Dominic Gagnon
  • Patent number: 10860112
    Abstract: A coversheet layer of an information handling system, comprising a coversheet having a key location of a haptic keyboard and a haptic touchpad area on a C-cover for the information handling system including a magnet or ferromagnetic insert in the coversheet for alignment to a top replaceable overlay layer magnetically attachable to the coversheet, a support layer, a contact foil placed between the coversheet and support layer, a piezoelectric element placed between the contact foil and support layer to receive an applied mechanical stress at the key location or touchpad actuation location of the coversheet and generate an electric actuation signal and a controller of the information handling system operatively coupled to the contact foil to receive the electric actuation signal and send an electrical haptic response signal to the piezoelectric element to cause the piezoelectric element to generate haptic feedback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Dell Products, LP
    Inventors: Michiel Knoppert, Priyank Gajiwala, Thomas M. Hinskens
  • Patent number: 10777370
    Abstract: An illuminated pushbutton for a pushbutton switch having a light transmitting pushbutton and an indicia cover that is attached to a front end of the light transmitting pushbutton. The indicia cover has non-light transmitting regions and light transmitting regions on its front surface, wherein the light transmitting regions provide visible, light-transmitted indicia on the light transmitting pushbutton. The indicia cover has an adhesive on its rear surface to attach the indicia cover to the front end of the light transmitting pushbutton. An LED in the pushbutton switch is constructed to transmit light to the indicia cover. The light passes through the light transmitting regions (symbols and letters) but not through the non-light transmitting regions. As the light passes through the light transmitting symbols and letters, the symbols and letters are lighted and visible in the dark.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Inventor: David Worsham
  • Patent number: 10747374
    Abstract: A touch control device comprises: a button member receiving a touch input; a body member located below the button member; a signal deliverer arranged in the body member for having capacitance changed according to the touch input; a substrate having a receiver which is arranged on the substrate for receiving information about the capacitance from the signal deliverer; and a light emitting member for irradiating light onto the button member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Jong Bok Lee, Donghee Seok, Gideok Kwon, HeeJin Ro
  • Patent number: 10741344
    Abstract: An input mechanism is disclosed. The input mechanism includes a dome support structure defining an opening that extends through the dome support structure, a collapsible dome positioned in the opening and engaged with the dome support structure, and a cover member coupled to the dome support structure and covering the collapsible dome, thereby retaining the collapsible dome within the opening of the dome support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Eric A. Knopf, Matthew P. Casebolt, Craig C. Leong, Robert Y. Cao, Bradford J. Zercoe, Dinesh C. Mathew, Zheng Gao, Ryan P. Brooks, Paul X. Wang, Bruce E. Berg
  • Patent number: 10731918
    Abstract: An appliance includes a control console. The control console includes a console cover with a circuit board. A front surface of the circuit board is attached to an interior surface of the console cover. A capacitive touch sensor is in operative communication with a face surface of the console cover and an LED is on a back surface of the circuit board. A light guide is mounted on the circuit board and provides optical communication from the LED to the face surface of the console cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Sanchit Jitendra Patel, Brian J. Morman, Kyle James Brewer
  • Patent number: 10714280
    Abstract: A mechanical keyboard includes printed circuit boards (PCBs), each having a pin holder; and a hole; mechanical switches to removably engage with the printed circuit boards, each of the mechanical switches having a body; a pin extending from the body to engage with the pin holder; a pillar extending from the body to engage with the hole; and a compressible switch extending upward from the body and associated with the pillar; a plurality of keys to engage with the compressible switch of the mechanical switches; the plurality of mechanical switches are to be removed from the PCBs by hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventor: Shazim Mohammad
  • Patent number: 10690320
    Abstract: To provide a user with descriptive images for each function performed by a button, the embodiments described herein use a transforming graphical expression that presents different images depending on the particular function the button is currently performing. For example, if the button is used to increase speaker volume, the graphical expression may display plus sign, but if the button is currently being used to navigate through a display menu, the graphical expression may be transformed into an arrow to indicate the direction a selection element in the menu moves if the button is activated. Thus, as the current function of the button changes, the graphical expression presented to the user also changes. In this manner, the same button may be used to perform multiple functions while presenting to a user a customized graphical expression indicating the current function of the button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions
    Inventors: David John Steiner, John David Landers, Jr., Dean Frederick Herring, Brad Matthew Johnson
  • Patent number: 10684699
    Abstract: The disclosure provides an illuminating keyboard including a joystick module and a backlight module. The joystick module includes a base portion and a joystick mounted on the base portion. The joystick has a head portion with a first diameter and a neck portion with a second diameter, and the second diameter is smaller than the first diameter. The backlight module includes a light source, a light-guide plate, and a partial opaque diaphragm disposed above the light-guide plate. The partial opaque diaphragm has a body portion, an extending segment, and a first accommodation opening. The extending segment is disposed between the first accommodation opening and the body portion. The first accommodation opening having a third diameter smaller than the first diameter is surrounded by the extending segment. When the joystick module is inserted into the first accommodation opening, an end of the extending segment is firmly attached to the joystick module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignees: LITE-ON ELECTRONICS (GUANGZHOU) LIMITED, Lite-On Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Hsin-Chih Liang
  • Patent number: 10684406
    Abstract: In accordance with embodiments of this disclosure a light guide includes a flexible substrate having two outer surfaces with at least one of the two outer surfaces defining a light emitting area. At least one edge of the flexible substrate is configured to receive light from a light source coupled to the edge. The light guide further includes a plurality of light extraction features formed within the flexible substrate in between the two outer surfaces. The light extraction features may be arranged according to a controlled distribution that affects a propagation of light in between the two outer surfaces and an emission of light from the light emitting area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Jameson R. Mauzy, Brendan Upton, Christian D. Trapani
  • Patent number: 10652642
    Abstract: Various implementations include audio devices and components of such devices. In some particular cases, a keypad for an audio device includes a base having an array of circumferentially separated slots. The keypad further includes a set of light emitting diodes (LEDs) each located in a corresponding one of the slots in the base, and a cover over the base and the set of LEDs. The cover has a set of lenses each corresponding with one of the LEDs and forming a space over the corresponding LED to diffuse light from the corresponding LED, such that when powered, the set of LEDs is configured to provide a continuous ring of light around the keypad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: BOSE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Evan Scott Rakusin, Colin Taylor Mosgrove
  • Patent number: 10641944
    Abstract: A button indicator and a light guiding ring assembly are provided. The button indicator includes a button cover and a light guiding ring. The button cover has a cover body, retaining walls and hooks. The cover body has a top surface and a bottom surface. The retaining walls and the hooks protruded from the bottom surface are disposed around the cover body. The light guiding ring sleeved on the button cover has a ring body, elastic arms, a sliding matching groove and light guiding portions. The ring body has an inner surface with the elastic arms and the sliding matching groove disposing thereon and an outer surface with the light guiding portions locating thereon. The retaining walls abut against the inner surface of the ring body, and the hooks move along and snap the sliding matching groove. The elastic arms abut against the bottom surface of the cover body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: PEGATRON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Long-Sing Ye, Tao-Hsiang Tang
  • Patent number: 10629393
    Abstract: A keyboard apparatus includes a fabric key cover having a plurality of holes that extend through a thickness of the cover from a top side of the cover to a bottom side of the cover. The plurality of holes are arranged to collectively form a predetermined shape. A mask layer is disposed at the bottom side of the cover. A first region of the mask layer is opaque and a second region of the mask layer allows light to pass therethrough to the plurality of holes. A light source is disposed beneath the mask layer and positioned such that light emitted from the light source passes through the second region of the mask layer to the plurality of holes. A sensory contact terminal is disposed beneath the mask layer, and the terminal detects a keystroke movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Rohinni, LLC
    Inventors: Cody Peterson, Andrew Huska, Lars Huschke, Peter Bokma, Clinton Adams
  • Patent number: 10620715
    Abstract: A physical computer keyboard which includes: a circuit board having touchpoints; physical programmable, pluggable keys such that each of the keys is programmable to provide the function of each of the keys, each of the keys having interlocking elements to join with an adjoining key, each key having connectors on a bottom surface of each key to make electrical contact with the touchpoints; and display panels with one display panel on a top surface of each key, the function of each key being displayed on the display panel of each key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Qing Y. Meng, Tian J. Yang, Yi Yao, Jian Zhang, Xue Y. Zhang, Yu Zhao
  • Patent number: 10622171
    Abstract: A light guiding key comprises a light emitting assembly, a switch assembly, a light shielding assembly, a light guiding member, a light transmitting member, and a light shielding film. Simultaneous and regional display of multiple colors of light on the same key area are carried out by the light guiding key. The light emitting assembly comprises a first light emitting member and a second light emitting member. The switch assembly comprises a switch for controlling whether the second light emitting member emits light and a button for pressing the switch. The light shielding assembly and the button enclose a first light channel and a second light channel which are isolated from each other. The present disclosure also provides an electronic device comprising the light guiding key structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: NANNING FUGUI PRECISION INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Dong-Bo Zhou, Bo Jiang
  • Patent number: 10607794
    Abstract: A keyboard includes a plurality of key modules. Each key module includes a baseplate, a circuit membrane disposed on the baseplate, a metal dome disposed on the circuit membrane, an elastic member disposed on the metal dome, and a keycap. The elastic member and the linkage member are configured to be a movable switch mechanism. The circuit membrane has a conductive circuit. The metal dome has an opening corresponding to the conductive circuit of the circuit membrane. A trigger portion protrudes from an underside of the elastic member. When the keycap is pressed, the trigger portion passes through the opening of the metal dome, and moves downwards to abut against the conductive circuit to induce a conducting signal. The movable switch mechanism can be made by a double injection molding method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignees: LITE-ON ELECTRONICS (GUANGZHOU) LIMITED, LITE-ON TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Chun-Lin Chen, Jui-Yu Wu
  • Patent number: 10598142
    Abstract: A switch device includes an operation button operated by a push operation on an operating surface, light sources arranged on a lighting substrate to illuminate an illumination target of the operation button, and a plurality of switches that are arranged on a switch substrate different from the lighting substrate so as to be located on an end portion side of the operation button and are turned on due to displacement of the operation button caused by the push operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RIKA DENKI SEISAKUSHO
    Inventors: Toshiaki Imai, Ryoji Takahashi, Shuichi Iwata