Push Button Type Patents (Class 200/314)
  • Patent number: 10418205
    Abstract: A button includes a display element including a mounting section, a hollowed bottom board having a joint section, support frame members having an interconnection driving section, a button cap body having a light-transmitting section and a contacting section, and an elastic element. The support frame members and the elastic element are arranged on the contacting section located outside the button cap body to that a user is allowed to see, by way of the light-transmitting section of the button cap body, through the hollowed bottom board to the display element at the bottom so as to completely observe a text/pattern section of the display element. In a pressing-down operation, the interconnection driving section makes the support frame members to operate with leverage for causing the elastic element to drive the display element. Further, individual button modularization can be achieved with the arrangement of the mounting section and the joint section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventor: Jen-Wen Sun
  • Patent number: 10418011
    Abstract: A button is disclosed, which includes a button unit suspended movably vertically in Z-direction in a fixed frame and having a button body with an upper actuating surface and at least one central shaft extending vertically downwardly from the button body and extending at an upper end below the button body horizontally into an extension. The shaft and the extension having a translucent material such that they commonly form a light guide which is fixedly connected to the button body. The button additionally includes a light source vertically below the shaft. Light from the light source leaves vertically upwardly and enters the shaft from below. The button further includes a first optical device arranged in the vertical upper area of the light guide above the shaft for deflecting light that has entered the shaft from the light source in a horizontal direction into a plane of the extension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Ableton AG
    Inventor: Oliver Harms
  • Patent number: 10418992
    Abstract: An operating unit for an electrical apparatus is provided with a housing, an operating strip and a support element arranged in the housing. The operating strip is mounted on the support element about a tilt axis extending transversely to the longitudinal direction of the operating strip. The support element is tiltable parallel to the longitudinal direction of the operating strip. The support element is elastically prestressed, into a pivot position, which is detected by a pivot position sensor. Two tilt detection sensors detect a tilting of the operating strip about the tilt axis when it is actuated. The operating unit is provided with a controller for receiving signals and determining the operating field on which a finger is applied with an actuating force required for adopting the pivot position of the support element and triggering the function associated with the determined operating field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Behr-Hella Thermocontrol GmbH
    Inventors: Alexander Beschnitt, Michael Steinkamp
  • Patent number: 10410807
    Abstract: A luminous keyboard includes a key structure, a supporting plate, a switch circuit board, a light guide plate and a top-view light-emitting element. The supporting plate includes an opening. The top-view light-emitting element emits a light beam. The supporting plate is located under the key structure. The switch circuit board is located over the supporting plate. The light guide plate is located under the supporting plate and includes a light guide plate opening. The top-view light-emitting element is inserted into the opening. After the light beam is transmitted through the opening, a first-portion beam of the light beam is transmitted through the switch circuit board and projected to a first region of the key structure. A second-portion beam of the light beam is sequentially blocked by the switch circuit board, introduced into the light guide plate, and guided to a second region of the key structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: PRIMAX ELECTRONICS LTD.
    Inventors: Lei-Lung Tsai, Chung-Yuan Chen
  • Patent number: 10403451
    Abstract: A pushbutton switch member has a dome-shaped movable contact and an operation key facing and separated from a movable contact. Pushing the operation key toward the movable contact causes the movable contact to electrically connect at least two contacts on a substrate. The operation key is provided with: a key; a dome connected with an outer periphery of the key, and deformable by pushing of the key toward the substrate; and a foot connected with an outer periphery of the dome, and fixed on the substrate. The movable contact is provided with: an upper contact spaced apart from a site directly below the key, and which makes contact with a contact when the key is pushed in; and an outer fixing part disposed at the upper contact, or further outside thereof in the radial direction, and fixed outside of the key in the radial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Shin-Etsu Polymer Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masayuki Ito, Satoru Kitazawa, Kenichi Miyajima, Kazunobu Yokoyama, Tadashi Hayashi
  • Patent number: 10394338
    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: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Cooler Master Technology Inc.
    Inventor: Chung-Wei Yang
  • Patent number: 10386940
    Abstract: Examples are disclosed herein that relate to user input. One example provides a method comprising receiving user inputs from a user input device, monitoring a touch-sensitive display device for detection of a presence of the user input device via the touch-sensitive display device, when the user input device is detected by the touch-sensitive display device, utilizing a first user input mode in which a first user interface is displayed on the touch-sensitive display device at a location based upon a location of the input device on the touch-sensitive display device, and when the user input device is not detected by the touch-sensitive display device, utilizing a second user input mode in which a second user interface is displayed at a location on the touch-sensitive display device not based upon a location of the input device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Young Kim, James Alec Ishihara, Scott Schenone, Ralf Groene, Filipp Demenschonok, Michael Baum
  • Patent number: 10375842
    Abstract: A remote control is provided. The remote control includes a housing, a fixing part installed in a keyway disposed at the housing and a determination piece and a direction piece which are installed on the fixing part. A direction key, a determination key and a program writing piece each extending to the fixing part are installed in the housing. The program writing piece is provided with a first through-hole through which the determination key extends to the fixing part. The fixing part is further provided with a second through-hole through which the direction key extends and a third through-hole through which the program writing piece extends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: SMK Electronics (Dongguan) Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kohei Sugimoto
  • Patent number: 10374582
    Abstract: An operation button includes: a body that is in a tubular shape; a top which has a light-transmitting portion and which is attached to the body at its one end; a plurality of legs that are provided at the other end of the body at intervals from each other in the circumferential direction; and a flange arranged between the one end and the other end of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: FUJITSU TEN Limited
    Inventors: Kengo Takada, Toshiya Shirota, Takahiro Tsukada, Masao Ohtani
  • Patent number: 10362847
    Abstract: A protective case for an electronic device having a camera and a microphone. The protective case including a lens assembly that comprises a transparent lens and a water-resistant membrane attached to the transparent lens and configured to cover the microphone of the installed electronic device. The transparent lens has a first side configured to face the electronic device when the electronic device is installed in the protective case and a second side opposite the first side. A first portion of the first side and a second portion of the second side are each coated with a light-blocking material. The first portion has an area greater than an area of the second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Otter Products, LLC
    Inventors: Marina Okada, Dallas M. Scaggs, Weishin T. Sharp
  • Patent number: 10354817
    Abstract: The invention discloses a keyboard switch including a base, a cover covering the base to form a cavity, an upper guide core disposed in the cavity and an upper guide core limiting mechanism including a lower guide core elastomer, a lower guide core, a middle guide core spring and a middle guide core sequentially disposed on the base. The upper guide core and the middle guide core are connected through an upper guide core spring. The keyboard switch of the invention provides accuracy of the press-conduction displacement, accurate positioning of the conduction course, and adjustability of the press force, such that the press force becomes more balanced, and the keyboard switch is conducted when the guide core is pressed downwards. Thus, the overall press stability of the keyboard switch is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignees: DONGGUAN CITY KAIHUA ELECTRONICS CO., LTD, SILITEK ELECTRONICS (DONGGUAN) CO., LTD
    Inventors: Chih-Wen Su, Yuang-Feng Hu
  • Patent number: 10347441
    Abstract: The present invention provides a key structure, including: a key cap, a support board, an elastic element, and a support element. The elastic element includes an elastomer and an elastic piece. The elastomer has a first surface and a second surface, where the first surface includes a first protrusion portion and a second protrusion portion. The support element is connected the key cap and the support board and surrounds the elastic element. When the key cap descends, the first protrusion portion is pressed by the key cap and generates a deformation, so as to form a first pressing stroke, and subsequently, the key cap presses the second protrusion portion to enable the elastic piece to generate a deformation, so as to form a second pressing stroke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: PRIMAX ELECTRONICS LTD.
    Inventor: Ming-Han Wu
  • Patent number: 10340100
    Abstract: A keyboard device includes a key switch, a base plate, a connecting element and a replaceable key. The replaceable key includes a coupling plate and a keycap. The connecting element is connected between the coupling plate and the base plate. The coupling plate includes a first sliding part. The keycap includes a second sliding part. When the second sliding part is slid relative to the first sliding part, the keycap is combined with the coupling plate or the keycap is detached from the coupling plate. Consequently, the keycap is easily assembled or disassembled. Moreover, since the connecting element is not touched during the process of disassembling the keycap, the connecting element is not damaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: PRIMAX ELECTRONICS LTD
    Inventors: Che-Wei Yang, Tien-Yu Yeh, Ming-Han Wu
  • Patent number: 10340098
    Abstract: A key structure, including a keycap, a movable mechanism, a support plate, a circuit board, and an indicator light-emitting element. The support plate and the movable mechanism pivotally connected to the support plate are disposed above the circuit board. The circuit board has a groove, and the indicator light-emitting element is embedded in the groove and is aligned with the keycap. The indicator light-emitting element emits light upward. The light may be directly emitted into the movable mechanism and is subsequently emitted outward through a light hole of the keycap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: PRIMAX ELECTRONICS LTD
    Inventors: Ding-Hsiang Pan, Chin-Sung Pan, Ying-Te Chiang, Kun-I Yuan
  • Patent number: 10324246
    Abstract: There is provided a light guide body, containing: a first end region; a second end region located on an opposite side of the first end region; first dots; and second dots having a dot in the first end region being smaller than a dot in the second end region, wherein a size difference between the first dots and the second dots in the first end region is smaller than a size difference between the first dots and the second dots in the second end region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Atsushi Fukui, Tomohisa Sakaguchi, Kenichiro Mase
  • Patent number: 10312035
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a luminous keyboard, including a key, a support plate, a switch circuit board, a light guide plate, and a direct-type light emitting element capable of generating a beam. The support plate is located below the key, and the switch circuit board is disposed on the support plate. The light guide plate is located below the support plate and includes a concave structure, and the concave structure forms a reflective surface inside the light guide plate. The direct-type light emitting element is located below the concave structure. When the beam enters the light guide plate, the beam is reflected by the reflective surface to be fully reflected in the light guide plate, and the light guide plate guides the beam to be projected to a peripheral area of a key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: PRIMAX ELECTRONICS LTD
    Inventors: Ying-Te Chiang, Lei-Lung Tsai, Kun-I Yuan
  • Patent number: 10295381
    Abstract: An indicator has an optical member including a protuberance formed on a front side and an indentation formed on a back side of the optical member in which the indentation is smaller than the protuberance in terms of a projection area and in which the front-side protuberance fits into the opening in a front face of the housing; and an LED light source disposed opposite the back-side indentation of the optical member. A center axis of the front-side protuberance and a center axis of the backs-side indentation are in line with an optical axis of the LED light source. Light originating from the LED light source passes through the back-side indentation and the front-side protuberance, exiting from the opening in the front face of the housing. Thereby, only the center of the rectangular opening looks lighting up brightly, rectangularly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: TEAC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazuki Ida
  • Patent number: 10276327
    Abstract: A luminous keyswitch includes a keycap having a light-transparent portion, a baseplate, an up-down mechanism with two ends respectively moveably connected to the keycap and the baseplate, a function sheet disposed on or under the baseplate, and a light source disposed on the function sheet within a vertical projection of the keycap and connected by a copper wire to provide a light illuminating the light-transparent portion. The function sheet includes a flexible upper circuit layer having a first contact point, a flexible spacer layer having a hole, and a flexible lower circuit layer having a second copper contact point, a third copper contact point, a first copper wire connected to the second copper contact point, and a second copper wire connected to the third copper contact point. When the keycap is pressed, the first contact point passes through the hole to electrically connect the second and third copper contact points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: DARFON ELECTRONICS CORP.
    Inventors: Chih-Hung Chen, Hsin-Cheng Ho
  • Patent number: 10254851
    Abstract: Multi-functional keyboard assemblies include an array of keys formed from stacked component layers. A top portion of the key may be capable of travelling vertically with respect to a base of the key. The top portion can include a keycap and a circuitry module coupled to the keycap. The keys may be capable of receive at least two distinct types of inputs and/or receiving at least one type of input and providing at least one type of output. Such output may include use of one or more light sources, displays, and/or haptic feedback devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Craig C. Leong, James J. Niu, John M. Brock, Keith J. Hendren, Thomas W. Wilson, Jr., Bartley K. Andre, Mikael Silvanto, Dinesh C. Mathew
  • Patent number: 10249175
    Abstract: A manual alarm device including a housing and a displacement element mounted in the housing is provided. The displacement element is moveable between a first position and a second position. Only application of a stable force to the displacement element is configured to move the displaceable element between the first position and the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: GULF SECURITY TECHNOLOGY COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Enrico Manes
  • Patent number: 10242810
    Abstract: Particular embodiments described herein provide a keycap that includes a plurality of front plane elements, where each front plane element includes a top electrode, a conductive region under each of the plurality of front plane elements, where each conductive region includes a bottom electrode and a top electrode coupling area, where each top electrode coupling area is electrically coupled to a common top electrode node, an electrical path between each top electrode and each corresponding top electrode coupling area such that each top electrode is connected to the common top electrode node, and a dielectric between each top electrode and each bottom electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Ayeshwarya B. Mahajan, Sukanya Sundaresan, Woojong Kang
  • Patent number: 10236142
    Abstract: A luminous keyboard includes a key structure, a supporting plate, a switch circuit board, a light guide plate, a top-view light-emitting element and a reflecting element. The supporting plate includes a supporting plate opening. The supporting plate is located under the key structure. The switch circuit board is located over the supporting plate. The light guide plate is located under the supporting plate, and includes a light guide plate opening. The top-view light-emitting element is inserted into the light guide plate opening. The reflecting element is arranged between the top-view light-emitting element and the key structure. After the light beam is transmitted through the supporting plate opening, the light beam is transmitted through the switch circuit board and reflected to the light guide plate by the reflecting element. Then, the light beam is guided to a periphery region of the key structure by the light guide plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: PRIMAX ELECTRONICS LTD.
    Inventors: Lei-Lung Tsai, Ying-Te Chiang
  • Patent number: 10222041
    Abstract: A strip light switch includes an insulative housing with terminal grooves and positioning grooves defined in an accommodation chamber therein, a terminal set including at least one first terminal, at least one second terminal and multiple third terminals mounted in the terminal grooves and multiple mating connection terminals detachably mounted in the positioning grooves in a replaceable manner for conduction with the third terminals, a conductive shrapnel mounted in the accommodation chamber, and a press device including a cylindrical press block supported on the conductive shrapnel pressable by a user to force the conductive shrapnel in conducting the first and second terminals, conducting plates mounted in the cylindrical press block and disposed in contact with the conducting plates of the mating connection terminal and a light-emitting component mounted in the cylindrical press block for electrical contact with the conducting plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: DIPTRONICS MANUFACTURING INC.
    Inventor: Shi-Chi Lin
  • Patent number: 10211006
    Abstract: An illuminated keyswitch includes a base, a keycap, a lift mechanism, and a light source. The keycap includes a cap body and a light guiding rod. The lift mechanism is connected to between the light guiding rod and the base, such that the keycap can vertically move relative to the base through the lift mechanism. The light source is disposed between the light guiding rod and the base and emits light toward the light guiding rod. The light enters the light guiding rod through an end portion of the light guiding rod and then emits out the light guiding rod from another end portion of the light guiding rod and a side surface adjacent to the another end portion toward the cap body. Thereby, the whole cap body can receives relatively uniform back light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignees: DARFON ELECTRONICS (SUZHOU) CO., LTD., DARFON ELECTRONICS CORP.
    Inventors: Rui-Ming Liao, Chih-Chung Yen, Chia-Hung Liu
  • Patent number: 10192695
    Abstract: A keyswitch assembly and a manufacturing method thereof are disclosed. The keyswitch assembly includes a display unit, a carrier, one or more contact pads, a light-shielding layer, and a transparent keycap. The display unit includes one or more display regions. The carrier is for carrying the display unit. The contact pads are on the carrier and are electrically connected to the display regions. The light-shielding layer is positioned corresponding to the display regions. The light-shielding layer includes one or more transparent patterns. The transparent patterns are positioned respectively corresponding to the display regions. The transparent keycap is positioned on the display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: GETAC TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yen-Long Sheng
  • Patent number: 10153103
    Abstract: A button includes a display element including a mounting section, a hollowed bottom board having a joint section, support bar members, a button cap body having a light-transmitting section and a contacting section, and an elastic element. The support bar members and the elastic element are arranged on the contacting section located outside the button cap body to that a user is allowed to see, by way of the light-transmitting section of the button cap body, through the hollowed bottom board to watch the display element at the bottom so as to completely observe a text/pattern section of the display element. In a pressing-down operation, ends of the support bar members are allowed to rotate while sliding horizontally so as to cause the elastic element to drive the display element. Further, individual button modularization can be achieved with the arrangement of the mounting section and the joint section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Inventor: Jen-Wen Sun
  • Patent number: 10153106
    Abstract: A keyboard structure, including: a keycap; a transparent membrane layer; and an elastic element, disposed between the keycap and the transparent membrane layer and having a press portion, where the transparent membrane layer includes: a first opening corresponding to the keycap; a hard membrane layer, having an extension portion that is formed at an inner edge of the first opening inner edge; and a spacer layer, disposed under the hard membrane layer and used for forming a gap. When the keycap is pressed with an external force, the elastic element is deformed to enable the press portion to move downward and abut against the extension portion, so that the extension portion generates a bending deformation in the gap; and when the external force is released, the elastic element and the extension portion are elastically recovered and the extension portion generates a sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: PRIMAX ELECTRONICS LTD.
    Inventor: Lei-Lung Tsai
  • Patent number: 10152169
    Abstract: A protective case for a wearable electronic device, the wearable electronic device having a touch-sensitive display. The protective case having a shell that encases a portion of the wearable electronic device and a hinged cover attached to the shell. The cover has an open position and a closed position for covering and allowing direct access to the touch-sensitive display. The cover includes one or more flexible buttons configured to be pressed by a user and configured to activate a corresponding area of the encased touch-sensitive display of the encased wearable electronic device when the cover is in a closed position and the wearable electronic device is encased in the shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Otter Products, LLC
    Inventors: W. Travis Smith, Carlton R. Lay
  • Patent number: 10139543
    Abstract: A light pipe array assembly is disclosed which includes an opaque carrier having an elongated planar platform defining upper and lower horizontal surfaces and a longitudinal axis, a first set of light pipes supported on the upper surface of the platform and arranged perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the platform, and a second set of light pipes supported on the lower surface of the platform and arranged perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the platform in alignment with the first set of light pipes, wherein the first and second sets of light pipes are optically isolated from each other by the platform of the carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: NetScout Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas J. Carullo
  • Patent number: 10128064
    Abstract: Keyboard assemblies having reduced thicknesses and methods of forming the same. A keyboard assembly may include a printed circuit board (PCB) and a single membrane sheet adhered directly to the PCB. The single membrane sheet may substantially cover the PCB. The keyboard assembly may also include a group of dome switches coupled directly to the single membrane sheet. Another keyboard assembly may include a group of conductive pads and a group of membrane pads. Each of the group of membrane pads may be adhered directly to a corresponding one of the group of conductive pads. The keyboard assembly may also include a group of dome switches coupled directly to the membrane pads. Each of the group of dome switches may be coupled directly to a corresponding one of the group of membrane pads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Craig C. Leong, Bradford J. Zercoe, Thai Q. La, Robert Y. Cao, Alex J. Lehmann, Dinesh C. Mathew
  • Patent number: 10116344
    Abstract: A controlling device having a plurality of user selectable operating modes, a user interface providing a plurality of function keys each operable to cause a transmission of at least one command to at least one of a plurality of appliances for commanding at least one operating function of the at least one of the plurality of appliances, and a light source for illuminating the user interface in multiple distinct colors. The light source is caused to illuminate the user interface in at least one of the multiple distinct colors as a function of a one of the plurality of operating modes in which the controlling device is currently placed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick H. Hayes, Sandro David Klein
  • Patent number: 10102985
    Abstract: A sealed button assembly including a button cap, a push rod, a button retainer, and a bracket is described. The bracket can couple to the button retainer which itself can interlock with the button cap and push rod through a counterbore, the counterbore being defined in a sidewall of the housing of an electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: David M. Pelletier, Brad G. Boozer, Colin M. Ely
  • Patent number: 10098203
    Abstract: A system for controlling an electrical load such as a light mounted in a remote location that includes multiple SPDT momentary switches for turning the remote light on and off from different remote locations and a load controller connected to each of the three-way switches and to the light through a light fixture. Each of the switches has an upper momentary switch that turns the light on and a pilot light to indicate whether the remote light is on or off and a lower momentary switch that turns the remote light off and the pilot light off. The load controller and the three-way switches are easily installed into an existing residential or commercial electrical wiring and lighting system or for new residential and commercial installations. The system can also be installed in a two wire system or three wire system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Inventors: Terrance Wayne Tucker, Patrick McIlwain
  • Patent number: 10096441
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus having a switch device capable of suppressing collision noise is disclosed. The switch device is equipped with a first fixed contact and a second fixed contact, and a metal dome that serves as a movable contact movable in a direction to be contacted with or separated from the first fixed contact. In a configuration in which the metal dome is moved to provide an electrical contact or a separation between the metal dome and the first fixed contact, whereby the first fixed contact and the second fixed contact are electrically connected therebetween, a conductive layer made of an anisotropic conductive sheet is provided between the first fixed contact and the metal dome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: LENOVO (SINGAPORE) PTE LTD
    Inventors: Masahiro Kitamura, Takane Fujino, Mitsuo Horiuchi
  • Patent number: 10079125
    Abstract: An illuminated push-button switch according to the present invention includes a key top, a plunger, and a supporting fix member that forms a space between the key top and the plunger, and supports and fixes together the key top and the plunger. A plurality of the supporting fix members are provided, separated from each other, in a plane perpendicular to an optical axis. With this configuration, the illuminated push-button switch having a wide illuminated region secured on a touch surface, and a keyboard can be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhira Izawa, Mamiko Naka
  • Patent number: 10080304
    Abstract: A functional EMI containment plug or assembly useful to block an opening or hole in an electronics cabinet or enclosure so as to provide EMI containment. Functionality is achieved by combining a membrane with a circuit board. The EMC assembly functions as a circuit board-based membrane keyboard, which includes tactile switches a user can press to actuate a circuit board function. The switches may be a dome switch that has collapsing action (e.g., amount of travel), and the thickness of the membrane layers placed on top of the front of the circuit board are matched to the chosen dome switch to allow a proper amount of travel. The layers of the membrane act as an EMI shield. In one embodiment, the membrane includes a metal foil layer and a conductive material layer, and the combination of foil and conductive layers of the membrane act to provide a shield for EMI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: ORACLE INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Khanh Huy Nguyen, Eric Munro Innes
  • Patent number: 10056206
    Abstract: A direct-backlit keyboard is disclosed, the direct-backlit keyboard comprising a plurality of keys, a thin film circuit board, a base plate, a copper etched thin-film circuit board, and a plurality of light-emitting units. The plurality of keys are disposed on the thin film circuit board, the thin film circuit board being disposed on the base plate, the base plate being disposed on the copper etched thin-film circuit board, and the copper etched thin film circuit board being provided with the plurality of light-emitting units. Each light-emitting unit corresponds to each key so that the light emitted from each light-emitting unit can be transmitted to each corresponding key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignees: LITE-ON ELECTRONICS (GUANGZHOU) LIMITED, LITE-ON TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Chun-Lin Chen
  • Patent number: 10036709
    Abstract: A handheld medical device is configured to illuminate a test strip inserted therein and may include a housing having a port configured to receive a test strip. A circuit board may be mounted inside the housing. A measurement module may be mounted to the circuit board and may be cooperatively operable with the test strip inserted into the port to measure a sample of fluid residing on the test strip. The circuit board faces an opposing top surface of the test strip inserted into the port. A light source may be mounted on the circuit board and operable to emit light substantially perpendicular to the opposing top surface of the test strip inserted into the port. The light source may project the light along an optical axis substantially perpendicular to the opposing top surface of the test strip and illuminate an area surrounding a dosing end of the test strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Roche Diabetes Care, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert E. Carter, Matthew C. Sauers
  • Patent number: 10035694
    Abstract: Advertising accessories for bar guns are disclosed. An advertising accessory for a bar gun may include a frame and a front face extending from one side of the frame. A user interface void may be formed in the frame. The frame may be configured to mate with a user interface of a bar gun. A clip extending from the front face may engage a nozzle surface of the bar gun to couple the advertising accessory to the bar gun.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: PepsiCo, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Eduardo Broen, Stephen Lim, Klaus Rosburg
  • Patent number: 10030999
    Abstract: An optoelectronic sensor for detecting features of an object comprises means for controlling the operation of said sensor and a face for interaction with an operator provided with adjusting means for adjusting operating parameters of the sensor. The means for controlling is connected to the adjusting means to detect a setting of the operating parameters, and the adjusting means comprises a knob, which is rotatable around an axis for adjusting at least one predetermined parameter among operating parameters. The sensor comprises a multiturn encoder that is actuatable by the knob, and the means for controlling are connected to the multiturn encoder to obtain a rotation mode of said knob, for example a rotation direction and/or a rotation speed, so as to associate with said detected rotation mode a corresponding setting mode of the predetermined parameter, for example a setting with a first coarse sensitivity, or a second fine sensitivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Datalogic IP Tech S.r.l.
    Inventors: Alberto Fabbri, Maurizio Brancaleoni, Andrea Locarni
  • Patent number: 10031265
    Abstract: A display device includes: a display panel to display an image; a window covering the display panel, and including a display area through which the image is to be transmitted, and a non-display area surrounding the display area, the window including: a window base opposite the display panel; a printing layer below the window base; and a light-path changing layer between the window base and the printing layer, the light-path changing layer including: an optical structure; and a resin coating the optical structure; and an adhesive layer between the display panel and the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jaejoong Kwon, Hyesog Lee, Yunseon Do, Chio Cho
  • Patent number: 10025019
    Abstract: To easily increase display quality of light even in a case of a long light guide body. Depth h1 of a first dot (106) is larger than depth h2 of a second dot (108) in the vicinity of a light source, and, as a location comes closer to an end on an opposite side to the light source, depth h1 of the first dot (106) is reduced, and depth h2 of the second dot (108) is increased. Therefore, it is possible to easily increase display quality of light even in a case of a long light guide body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Atsushi Fukui, Tomohisa Sakaguchi, Kenichiro Mase
  • Patent number: 10014133
    Abstract: A keyboard includes a base plate, key switches and a backlight module. The base plate has posts. The backlight module includes a masking plate, a light guiding plate, a light emitting unit, a reflective plate and an attaching layer. A plurality of upper through holes are formed on the masking plate. An upper attached area is defined by a periphery of each of the upper through holes. A plurality of penetrating holes are formed on the light guiding plate. A plurality of lower through holes are formed on the reflective plate. A lower attached area is defined by a periphery of each of the lower through holes. The attaching layer attaches the lower attached area with the upper attached area. The lower attached area is attached to the upper attached area via the corresponding penetrating hole, so as to block side walls of the corresponding penetrating hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: DARFON ELECTRONICS CORP.
    Inventors: Shao-Chi Chih, Hsin-Cheng Ho
  • Patent number: 9997304
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing illumination to illuminable portions of keys associated with a keyboard are described. A key includes a light guide positioned below a keycap. The light guide includes one or more sidewalls that exhibit high internal reflection. In many examples, light guide sidewalls are formed with one or more prisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Craig C. Leong, Bradford J. Zercoe, Dinesh C. Mathew, Mahesh Krishnamurthi, Robert Y. Cao, Jun Qi, Rong Liu, Victor H. Yin
  • Patent number: 9978540
    Abstract: An input operation device according to the present disclosure includes first to third light-emitting sections, a first light guide body, and a second light guide body. A lower end of the first light guide body faces the first light-emitting section and the second light-emitting section. The first mark emits light on the first light guide body when light is incident on the first light guide body from the first light-emitting section, and the second mark emits light on the first light guide body when light is incident on the first light guide body from the second light-emitting section. The upper surface section of the second light guide body emits light when light is incident on the second light guide body from the third light-emitting section. At least one of the first light-emitting section, the second light-emitting section, and the third light-emitting section can change light emission luminance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Tanaka, Hideaki Eto, Masami Ito, Shohroh Mochida, Shinji Kadoriku
  • Patent number: 9916948
    Abstract: A button assembly configured to be illuminated is provided. The button assembly includes a movable button having a viewing surface and a back side. The button has portions defining a window in the viewing surface. A flexible light conductor is disposed on the back side of the button. The flexible light conductor has an inlet end configured to receive light, and the flexible light conductor has a light-emitting portion disposed adjacent to the window. The flexible light conductor is configured to conduct light from the inlet end to the light-emitting portion. The light-emitting portion is configured to emit light so that the light is visible through the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Arthur Brudzynsky, Orthell LaVount Adams, Christian Tanguy
  • Patent number: 9846492
    Abstract: An optical switch keyboard includes a circuit board and plural keys. The circuit board includes plural light emitters and plural light receivers. Each key is aligned with the corresponding light emitter and the corresponding light receiver. Moreover, each key includes a triggering element, a first reflective element and a second reflective element. When the triggering element is triggered by the user, a sensing light emitted by the light emitter is reflected to the second reflective element by the first reflective element. The sensing light is further reflected to the light receiver by the second reflective element. Consequently, the circuit board generates a key switch signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Primax Electronics Ltd.
    Inventors: Chung-Yuan Chen, Wei-Ping Chan
  • Patent number: 9841856
    Abstract: A touch panel may include a substrate including a sensing area and a connecting area, a circuit pattern integrally formed on the substrate, and a driving chip on the connecting area of the substrate. The circuit pattern may include a sensing circuit pattern in the sensing area and a connecting circuit pattern in the connecting area. A width of the sensing area measured may be greater than a width of the connection area and the circuit pattern may extend from the sensing area to the connecting area. Moreover, the substrate may be a flexible substrate having a flexible characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tae Jin Lee
  • Patent number: 9839152
    Abstract: A control panel designed to be placed in a vertical plane, the control panel comprising the layered assembly of a flat base, of an elastomer sheet mounted against the base, the sheet being provided with openings and optionally with domes, and of a decorative fascia. The control panel is in addition provided with a means for protection against liquids made in one piece with the sheet, the protection means comprising elements projecting from the main surface of the sheet, the said elements being so arranged that when the control panel is in the substantially vertical plane and the liquid penetrates between the sheet and the decorative fascia, the liquid is guided along a determined course and re-emerges from the panel having avoided critical zones leading in particular to detectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: DELPHI TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Anthony La Paglia, Frederic Prigent
  • Patent number: 9837228
    Abstract: An illuminated keyboard with an optical switch is provided. The illuminated keyboard includes a circuit board and plural keys. The circuit board includes plural light-emitting elements. Each light-emitting element is aligned with the corresponding key. The key includes a keycap, a housing, a triggering post, a light guide element and a light guide frame. The keycap is located over the housing. The triggering post, the light guide element and the light guide frame are disposed within the housing. Moreover, the light guide frame is arranged around the triggering post. After a light beam emitted by the light-emitting element is introduced into the housing, the light beam is guided to the light guide frame by the light guide element, and the light beam is scattered to a region around the triggering post and outputted from the keycap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Primax Electronics Ltd.
    Inventors: Chung-Yuan Chen, Wei-Ping Chan, Yi-Chen Wang