Cap/stem And Stem/housing Details Patents (Class 200/345)
  • Patent number: 10719136
    Abstract: A resilient element and a keyboard structure are disclosed. The resilient element has a top surface, a dent portion and a conducting post. The dent portion is located on the top surface and has an accommodating space. The conducting post has a post volume and is located beneath the dent portion. When the conducting post is pressed, at least a portion of the post volume enters the accommodating space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignees: CHICONY ELECTRONICS CO., LTD., FUJITSU CLIENT COMPUTING LIMITED
    Inventors: Fei-Wu Wu, Pin-Fan Chuang, Hideyuki Fujikawa, Naoshige Nishiyama
  • Patent number: 10712765
    Abstract: An input assembly for inputting a control command for an operator control apparatus is provided, comprising a pushbutton head manually displaceable along a longitudinal axis and a movable signal transmitter which is coupled to the pushbutton head via a coupling mechanism. The input assembly comprises at least one latch element having a latch head which has associated therewith at least one latch depression which the latch head enters when the pushbutton head has reached a predetermined stroke position. The at least one latch element has associated therewith a travel groove oriented parallel to the longitudinal axis, which travel groove the latch head of the latch element enters permanently. The at least one latch depression associated with the latch element is arranged in the travel groove. An operator control apparatus having such an input assembly is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: NBB Holding AG
    Inventors: Thomas Burchard, Hans-Peter Bauer
  • Patent number: 10679801
    Abstract: A switch assembly includes a switch housing defining an interior volume, and a switch actuator slidably retained within the switch housing. Travel in a first direction by the switch actuator compresses a resilient dome switch and a hard mechanical stop limits a full extent of return travel by the switch actuator within the switch housing. A resilient retention post, formed in a resilient switch pad that includes the resilient dome switch, for example, has a length terminating in a flanged tip that captures the switch actuator and thereby defines a restricted extent of return travel by the switch actuator. The restricted extent of return travel is less than the full extent of return travel, to prevent the resilient dome switch from springedly urging the switch actuator into contact with the hard mechanical stop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Omron Automotive Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hoang Vu Ly
  • Patent number: 10660694
    Abstract: A switch assembly for an electrosurgical instrument includes a switch housing, a switch, a first biasing member, and an additional biasing member. The switch is disposed within the switch housing and movably disposed between an activated position to initiate delivery of electrosurgical energy and a deactivated position to terminate delivery of electrosurgical energy. The first biasing member is selectively positionable adjacent the switch and in communication therewith. The first biasing member includes a first thickness that provides a first resistance to resist movement of the switch between the activated and the deactivated positions when positioned in the switch housing. The additional biasing member is selectively interchangeable with the first biasing member. The additional biasing member includes a different thickness that provides a different resistance to resist movement of the switch between the activated and the deactivated positions when positioned in the switch housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Kelley D. Goodman
  • Patent number: 10658137
    Abstract: A key structure includes a support shaft, a resilience sheet, a pedestal and a keycap. While the keycap is pressed down in response to an external force, the support shaft is moved downwardly and the resilience sheet is correspondingly moved. Since a resilience part of the resilience sheet is pushed by a push part of the pedestal, the resilience part is subjected to deformation. After the resilience part is moved across the push part, the resilience part is elastically restored and swung. Consequently, the resilience part collides with the inner surface of the sliding groove to generate a click sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: PRIMAX ELECTRONICS LTD.
    Inventors: Sheng-An Tsai, Li-Jen Chien, Hsiang-Wen Cheng
  • Patent number: 10636593
    Abstract: A silent keyboard and a key structure are provided. The key structure includes a keycap, a buffering layer, a stabilizing element and a supporting plate. The keycap includes a bottom surface and a protrusion edge. The protrusion edge is disposed on a periphery of the bottom surface. The buffering layer is disposed on the bottom surface and the protrusion edge. The buffering layer includes a flat part, a raised part and plural coupling parts. The stabilizing element is located under the keycap and pivotally coupled to the coupling parts. The supporting plate is located under the keycap. The supporting plate includes a key seat, a supporting surface and plural recesses. The plural recesses are aligned with the corresponding coupling parts. While the keycap is moved toward the supporting plate, the flat part, the raised part or the plural coupling parts are subjected to deformation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: PRIMAX ELECTRONICS LTD.
    Inventor: Chia-Yuan Chang
  • Patent number: 10534320
    Abstract: A method of detecting a movement of a timepiece setting stem arranged to be moved axially along and/or rotated about its longitudinal axis. The method includes a light source illuminating a portion of the setting stem; a light detector receiving a reflected or diffracted light pattern from the setting stem; a processor forming a first pixel pattern representative of the reflected light pattern at a first time instant; the processor forming a second pixel pattern representative of the reflected light pattern at a second, later time instant; and determining that the setting stem has been moved, if the second pixel pattern is different or shifted with respect to the first pixel pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd
    Inventors: Yvan Ferri, Raphael Balmer, Damien Schmutz, Pascal Lagorgette
  • Patent number: 10488943
    Abstract: A key structure includes a base plate, a structural plate, a sound generation assembly and a keycap. The structural plate is installed on the base plate. The sound generation assembly includes a shaft body and a cantilever element. The cantilever element is protruded from a side of the shaft body. The structural plate is covered by the keycap. The keycap includes a first protrusion post and a second protrusion post. A first space and a second space are formed between the first protrusion post and the second protrusion post. The first space and the second space are not aligned with each other. The cantilever element is movable within the first space and the second space. Consequently, the feedback of a click sound is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: PRIMAX ELECTRONICS LTD.
    Inventors: Chuang-Shu Jhuang, Zhi-Hui Zeng
  • Patent number: 10479048
    Abstract: In order to provide a new and improved bonding arrangement, especially for use in an aircraft or spacecraft, which is designed to overcome problems of bonding arrangements under Mode I loading stress and which is designed or configured particularly to create a bond design which is incapable of locally loading the adhesive bond above the peel strength, a bonding arrangement is disclosed with a coating structure, which is split into a plurality of neighboring structural elements spatially separated from each other, and at least one supporting member is provided, which comprises a plurality of recesses receiving the structural elements in operating position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Matthias Hegenbart, Hermann Benthien, Mika Bots
  • Patent number: 10438759
    Abstract: One aspect provides a key switch device including: a base plate; a sheet laminated on the base plate; a key top disposed above the sheet; and an elastic dome that is disposed between the sheet and the key top and is configured to press the sheet in response to the key top being pressed down. Other aspects are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Fumio Tamura, Kenshin Yonemochi
  • Patent number: 10290443
    Abstract: A switch includes a housing, a common stationary contact terminal, an individual stationary contact terminal, and a plunger including a moving contact unit. The moving contact unit includes a body, a first arm, a second arm, and a third arm extending from the body in a direction intersecting with a parallel direction in which the common stationary contact terminal and the individual stationary contact terminal are arranged parallel to each other, electrically interconnected with each other, and are spaced apart from one another in the parallel direction, a first moving contact included in the first arm, a second moving contact included in the second arm, and a third moving contact included in the third arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Fujita, Kenji Kuroki
  • Patent number: 10224158
    Abstract: A keyswitch device includes a circuit board, a fixing bracket, a micro switch, a keycap, and a connecting assembly. The circuit board has a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface. The fixing bracket includes a main body and a first hook. The main body abuts against the first surface. The first hook is connected to the main body and fixed to the circuit board. The micro switch passes through the main body, and is disposed on the circuit board and configured to generate a pressing signal to the circuit board while being pressed. The keycap is supported on the micro switch and configured to press the micro switch toward the circuit board. The connecting assembly is connected between the fixing bracket and the keycap and configured to guide the keycap to move upward and downward relative to the circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Chicony Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chun-Te Lee
  • Patent number: 10141132
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a dual-actuator switch, comprising: a base, a first electrical connection member, a second electrical connection member, a first isolation sleeve cylinder, a second isolation sleeve cylinder, a first actuator, a second actuator, and a cover. By pressing one of the two actuators to drive one of the two isolation sleeve cylinders to rotate, the isolation sleeve cylinder is driven to prop one of the two electrical connection members by a protrusion member thereof, such that one of two switching operations is carried out. It is worth noting that, the electrical connection members are isolated from the actuators by the isolation sleeve cylinders during the whole electrical switching procedures. As a result, ambient moisture is absolutely blocked from getting into the base for infiltrating the electrical connection members during the up and/or down motion of the actuators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignees: SOLTEAM ELECTRONICS (DONG GUAN) CO., LTD., SOLTEAM ELECTRONICS (SU ZHOU) CO., LTD., SOLTEAM ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kuo-Jui Tseng, Chi-Meng Phang, Chien-Man Chen
  • Patent number: 10097180
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to a dome switch and methods related to the use thereto. In one aspect, an embodiment includes a key cap. The embodiment may further include a domed structure having upper and lower portions. The domed structure may be configured to deform in response to an input force received at the upper portion by the key cap. The embodiment may further include a collar affixed to the lower portion and extending toward the key cap. The collar may resist deformation of the domed surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Alex J. Lehmann, Kenneth M. Silz, Paul X. Wang, Qiliang Xu, Zheng Gao
  • Patent number: 10002725
    Abstract: A keyswitch includes a board, a cap, and a support device. The board has first and second bending members and a main body extending along X and Y axes perpendicular to each other. An included angle between a first abutting surface of the first bending member and the X-axis and an included angle between a second abutting surface of the second bending member and the X-axis are greater than 0°. The support device includes first and second support members having first and second hook structures respectively. When the cap is pressed, the first and second hook structures slide on the first and second abutting surfaces respectively to deform the first and second hook structures. When the cap is released, the deformed first and second hook structures drive the first and second support members to slide relatively for making the cap return to a non-pressed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignees: DARFON ELECTRONICS (SUZHOU) CO., LTD., DARFON ELECTRONICS CORP.
    Inventor: Ling-Hsi Chao
  • Patent number: 9997307
    Abstract: Provided is a button guide structure that makes it possible to achieve the reduction in cost and man-hour and the improvement in quality. In a button guide structure in which a push button 23 is provided on a front panel 11 through a guide unit in a slidable manner, the push button 23 operating a switch, the front panel 11 configuring a front surface of an electronic apparatus or the like, the front panel 11 includes a tubular portion 11b into which a part of the push button 23 is inserted, the push button 23 includes: a button main body portion 23a that is inserted into the tubular portion 11b; and an outer tubular portion 23b that is provided so as to surround the button main body portion 23a and that encloses the tubular portion 11b when the button main body portion 23a has been inserted into the tubular portion 11b, and the guide unit constituted by a rib 11k and a slit 23k is provided on an outer surface 11w of the tubular portion 11b and the outer tubular portion 23b.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: CLARION CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tooru Iwamoto
  • Patent number: 9997309
    Abstract: A touch control keyboard includes a plurality of keycaps, a plurality of touch key parts, a plurality pairs of conductive distributions, a first circuit board, and a second circuit board. An upper part of each keycap includes a touch key part having a coupling capacitor. The touch key parts and the pair of conductive distributions and the first circuit board are electrically connected. The first circuit board detects the coupling capacitors of the touch key parts by using the pair of conductive distributions to generate a first key signal. The second circuit board detects keystrokes of the keycaps to generate a second key signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Inventor: Bing-Yang Yao
  • Patent number: 9972465
    Abstract: A keyboard device includes an upper housing, a conductive membrane, a key top including a bottom surface and an actuator disposed on the bottom surface, a lower housing and a soft elastic element located on the conductive membrane, wherein the actuator penetrates the upper housing, and the soft elastic element has an engaging part to engage with the key top such that the key top is prevented from being separated from the soft elastic element when the key top rebounds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Inventor: Wei-Ming Wang
  • Patent number: 9959994
    Abstract: A keyboard includes a base plate, a pressure sensing layer, plural key structures, a circuit board, a flexible layer and a controlling unit. The pressure sensing layer is disposed on the base plate and located under the circuit board. The flexible layer is disposed on the pressure sensing layer and located under the circuit board. While a key structure is depressed, a part of the key structure is penetrated through the circuit board to press the flexible layer, and a force is transmitted from the flexible layer to the pressure sensing layer. The controlling unit compares the force with a predetermined force value. According to the comparing result, the controlling unit generates a corresponding pressure sensing signal. Consequently, the use of a single key structure can achieve the functions of multiple keys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: PRIMAX ELECTRONICS LTD.
    Inventor: Chien-Hung Liu
  • Patent number: 9941070
    Abstract: A keyswitch structure includes a baseplate having a switch opening, a keycap movably disposed above the baseplate, a circuit board disposed on the baseplate, the circuit board having a through hole, and a mechanical switch disposed below the keycap, the mechanical switch extending through the through hole to be partially received in the switch opening and electrically coupled to the circuit board, wherein when the keycap moves toward the baseplate, the keycap triggers the mechanical switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignees: DARFON ELECTRONICS (SUZHOU) CO., LTD., DARFON ELECTRONICS CORP.
    Inventor: Chia-Hung Liu
  • Patent number: 9941067
    Abstract: A key module has a housing and a tappet arranged in the housing. The tappet is movable in a linear manner between an upper stop position and a lower stop position in a manner limited by an upper stop and a lower stop, wherein an elastic element arranged in the housing pushes the tappet into the upper stop position, and wherein an actuating force exerted by a user pushes the tappet into the lower stop position and in the process reversibly compresses the elastic element. To reduce impact noises, the lower stop is formed by a first damping element and the upper stop is formed by a second damping element. The slip-on element has a carrier element to which a first damping element for reducing impact noises at the lower stop and a second damping element for reducing impact noises at the upper stop are attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: GMK Electronic Design GMBH
    Inventors: Manfred Guentner, Wolfgang Kredler, Sebastian Geilersdoerfer
  • Patent number: 9872545
    Abstract: A durable, accessory cover assembly for a computing device, such as a cellular phone or a tablet computer. The accessory cover includes a frame, a first covering portion, and a second covering portion. The first covering can be composed of a wear-resistant material, such as leather; whereas, the second covering can be composed of a pliable particulate-absorbing material, such as microfiber. The first covering can be configured to seamlessly cover an external bottom surface of the frame, four external lateral surfaces of the frame, and four internal later surfaces of the frame, as well as an overlap region of an internal top surface of the frame. The second covering can be configured cover a majority of the surface area of the internal top surface of the frame, where it abuts the first covering along an annular region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jared A. Sartee, Matthew Dean Rohrbach, Adam K. Eschner, Julio C. Quintero, Harry W. Smith, IV
  • Patent number: 9847187
    Abstract: An operating member includes: a body portion; an operating portion connected to the body portion; an engaging portion arranged in the body portion; an engaged portion arranged in the operating portion, and engaged with the engaging portion to connect the body portion and the operating portion; a piece portion arranged in a back surface portion of the operating portion and protruding toward the body portion; a piece-portion hole arranged in the body portion, into which the piece portion is inserted; and a protruding portion made of an elastic material, arranged in the piece portion, protruding from a side of the piece portion, and press-contacting an edge portion of the piece-portion hole when the piece portion is inserted into the piece-portion hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takeo Kanemoto, Yasuhiko Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 9767970
    Abstract: A key structure includes a connecting plate, a keycap, a triggering element, a scissors-type connecting element, a membrane switch circuit member, and a supporting plate. The keycap includes a protrusion part. The supporting plate includes an accommodation part and an elastic structure. The elastic structure is aligned with the protrusion part and disposed within the accommodation part. When the keycap is depressed, the protrusion part is moved with the keycap to push the triggering element. Consequently, the membrane switch circuit member is triggered by the triggering element. Moreover, as the protrusion part is moved with the keycap, the protrusion part collides with the elastic structure to generate a sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: PRIMAX ELECTRONICS LTD.
    Inventor: Chuang-Shu Jhuang
  • Patent number: 9702331
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a button-type car ignition system. The present invention includes: a housing the upper and lower portions of which are open; an upper plate coupled with an upper end of the housing; a moving button disposed inside the housing; a cover coupled with the lower portion of the housing; a printed circuit board disposed inside the housing; a key pad pressurized by the moving button; a light guide member that guides light generated by the light-emitting diode to the moving button; and an antenna coil that transmits and receives a wireless signal to and from an ignition key. According to the present invention, no additional components are required to install the antenna coil, and thus the number of components can be reduced, the number of assembly steps is reduced, and productivity is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Daesung Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sung Won Lim
  • Patent number: 9362062
    Abstract: An ultra-thin keyboard switch includes a base, a static contact plate, a support plate, a movable contact plate, a lower frame, an upper frame, and a keyboard cap. The static contact plate and the support plate are separated from each other and disposed on the base. The upper frame and the lower frame are intersected and pivotally connected with each other to form an X-shaped configuration to bring the movable contact plate to move. The thickness of the product can be reduced to be thin. No matter where the user's finger is at any position of the keyboard, the upper frame and the lower frame are linked to bring the movable contact plate to move. The present invention can be pressed stably, so that the connection of the static contact plate and the movable contact plate is more sensitive and the product can be used more conveniently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: DONGGUAN KAIHUA ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Fuxi Wu
  • Patent number: 9305721
    Abstract: A switch comprising: a cover; a base; and a push button comprising: an elastic touch piece formed in a sidewall of a sliding part of the push button, wherein the push button is vertically and slidably installed in a space formed by assembling the cover to the base, wherein a free end of the elastic touch piece is configured to abut the base when the push button is pushed, and the free end is configured to abut the cover when the pushed push button is returned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: OMRON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuhira Izawa, Mamiko Naka
  • Patent number: 9244480
    Abstract: A control device includes at least one push-button (3) slideably mounted in a shell (1) in a push-button direction (P) substantially perpendicular to the shell (1), and elastic elements (50) that tend to cause the button (3) to emerge from the shell (1) and retaining elements (4, 30) that limit the travel of the button (3) against the action of the elastic elements (50). The retaining elements include at least one hook (30) of the button (3) of which a nose (300) projects perpendicularly to the push-button direction (P), and a rod (4) running parallel to the shell (1) to form an end stop for the button (3) in collaboration with the nose (300) of the hook (30), the rod (4) being mounted removably in the shell (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignees: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE FRANCE, CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventor: Gilles Jurek
  • Patent number: 9190227
    Abstract: Provided is a push/press switch design which allows for a reduced total height profile while maintaining a smooth operation with a large operation stroke by suppressing an extremely large sliding friction when a corner portion of a stem is pressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: SMK Corporation
    Inventor: Yuichi Kato
  • Patent number: 9178509
    Abstract: A keyboard or keyboard key that has a force sensor that measures the force imparted to the key when a user presses the key or rests a finger on a key. Key embodiments may also include an actuator that excites the in order to provide feedback to the user in accordance with various feedback methods disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey T. Bernstein
  • Patent number: 9111701
    Abstract: A rubber key comprising: a key top portion having a rectangular shape in planar view; a skirt portion formed along a perimeter of the key top portion; and a contact portion projecting within the skirt portion from the key top portion on a same side of the skirt portion in a convex state in a length direction of the key top portion, wherein a shortest distance from the contact portion to a virtual plane defined by a ring of an edge of the skirt portion is longer as measured at a portion closer to a center of the key top portion in the length direction than at a portion closer to an end of the key top portion in the length direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masashi Tanizaki, Shinji Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 9105422
    Abstract: A thin key structure includes a supporting module, a circuit module disposed on the supporting module, a frame and a metal dome disposed on the circuit module, a pressable module, and a guiding portion. The supporting module has a supporting plate and a protrusion disposed on the supporting plate. The supporting plate has a plane defined therein, the plane defines a perpendicular central axis, and the protrusion is arranged on the central axis. The circuit module has a protruding segment formed by the protrusion. The metal dome is arranged in the frame, and has a contact portion arranged on the central axis. The guiding portion arranged on the central axis and is disposed between the contact portion and the pressable module. The metal dome is pressed by the guiding portion to move the contact portion along the central axis and selectively abuts the circuit module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: ICHIA TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Chang-Li Liu, Yu-Chih Chang
  • Patent number: 9064651
    Abstract: A keyswitch includes a casing, a key cap and a support device rotatably disposed between the key cap and the casing. One of the casing and the key cap has a first magnetic area and the support device has a second magnetic area corresponding to the first magnetic area. When the key cap is not pressed, a magnetic attraction force between the first and second magnetic areas keeps the key cap at a non-pressed position. When the key cap is pressed by an external force such that the second magnetic area moves away from the first magnetic area, the key cap moves from the non-pressed position toward the pressed position. When the external force is removed, the second magnetic area moves toward the first magnetic area due to the magnetic attraction force such that the key cap moves from the pressed position toward the non-pressed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignees: DARFON ELECTRONICS CORP., BanQ Corporation
    Inventors: Chien-Shih Hsu, Ji-Huang Chen, Zuei-Chown Jou, Chi-Cheng Lin
  • Patent number: 8981243
    Abstract: An input device configured to communicate with a computing device includes at least one keycap, a support mechanism operably connected to the keycap and configured to move the keycap from a first position to a second position, and a feature plate operably connected to the support mechanism. The support mechanism includes a first support and a second support. The first support and the second support are each connected to the at least one keycap and the feature plate. The first support and second support pivot to allow vertical movement of the keycap but lateral movement of the first support and second support are restricted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Craig C. Leong, James J. Niu, Keith J. Hendren, John M. Brock, Thomas W. Wilson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8957338
    Abstract: A switch operator is provided that includes a single piece actuator shaft coupled to a single piece cap. According to certain embodiments, the actuator shaft may be snap fit to the cap. The cap may include an annular sleeve and an annular skirt that extend orthogonally from the cap. The sleeve includes recesses that receive tabs of the actuator shaft to couple the actuator shaft to the cap. In certain embodiments, the actuator shaft may include slots that allow the actuator shaft to flex upon attachment to from the cap. A bushing encircles the actuator shaft and extends into the cap where the bushing is disposed between the annular sleeve and a skirt. The actuator shaft also includes a pair of diametrically opposed slots that house a detent assembly. The detent assembly may be employed to retain the switch operator in the actuated position and in the unactuated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Jun Li
  • Publication number: 20150041297
    Abstract: A button device includes a circuit board, a switch secured to the circuit board, a button, and a resilient member. The button includes a main body. The main body includes a pressing portion and an extending portion extending from the pressing portion. A resisting portion extends from the pressing portion and abuts the extending portion. A gap is defined between the resisting portion and the circuit board, and a resilient member is attached to the resisting portion. The button is moveable along a direction that is substantially perpendicular to the circuit board to deform the resilient member, and the resisting portion is pressed against the circuit board for preventing the button from further moving along the direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (WUHAN) CO., LTD.
    Inventor: YONG-CHANG FAN
  • Patent number: 8952282
    Abstract: A push-on switch includes an insulating housing (1) defining a recess (10) at its top, a first fixed contact (21) and a second fixed contact (22) received at the bottom of the recess (10), a dome shaped movable contact (3) with the bottom end placed on the first fixed contact and the bottom face facing the second fixed contact, an actuator (4) over the movable contact, and a metal shell (6) shielding over the insulating housing. The actuator is made of an elastomer and includes a tubular periphery part (41), an operation part (43), a thin-walled part (42) inclining downwardly from the bottom of the operation part and connecting the operation part with the periphery part, a pressing part (431) downwardly protruding from the operation part and resisting on the top surface of the movable contact, and a retaining part (44) extending from the top of the periphery part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yusho Nakase, Jian-Bo Zhou, Liang Sun
  • Publication number: 20150034466
    Abstract: A button assembly includes a switch, a button, and a resilient cushion. The switch includes a key. The resilient cushion includes a connecting portion, an abutting portion connected to the connecting portion, and a resilient portion connected to the connecting portion. The connecting portion defines an opening, the abutting portion defines a receiving space communicating with the opening, so that the key extends through the opening to be located in the receiving space. The resilient portion and the abutting portion are received in the button, and the button is moveable to press the abutting portion and deform the resilient portion, for allowing the abutting portion to press the key.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: YUN-LUNG CHEN
  • Patent number: 8941594
    Abstract: An interface, apparatus, circuit and method for interfacing with an electronic device, such as a cellular telephone, are disclosed. The interface includes a key pad with a number of keys, each operable for providing a unique input to the electronic device, and a actuator for selectively actuating one or more of the keys. A controller, coupled to the key pad, scans the keys according to a mode of operation of the electronic device. A mode selector, operable with the controller, selects a first or second operating mode. In the first, useful for instance in performing telephonic functions, each key provides its unique input discretely. In the second mode, useful for instance for providing a game related function, certain of the keys are selectively chorded to function for providing their respective inputs together, effectively simultaneously, according to a manipulation of the actuator by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Nvidia Corporation
    Inventor: William E. Rehbock
  • Publication number: 20150001059
    Abstract: A keyboard includes a main board and at least one key structure positioned on the main board. The key structure includes a key switch and a key cap. The key cap is combined with the key switch. The key switch includes a key base and a shaft movably positioned on the key base. The keycap includes a main body and a cushion member. The main body is positioned on the shaft of the key switch. The main body is spaced apart from the contact surface of the key base. The main body is moved forward and backward relative to the key base with movement of the shaft. The cushion member is positioned at one side of the main body facing the contact surface. While the main body is moved to the contact surface, the cushion member abuts on the contact surface, so as to avoid the main body from hitting the key base directly, and hence minimizing the noise that is produced by the moving parts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: GIGA-BYTE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD
    Inventors: Yin-Yu Lin, Yen-Bo Lai, Pei-Chen Lin, Shu I Chen
  • Patent number: 8921724
    Abstract: A switch apparatus includes a housing having an interior chamber for supporting a portion of a shaft body. The shaft body has a portion extending from the housing coupled to a pull knob such that the shaft body and pull knob are selectively located from a first position to a second position. The shaft body further comprises spaced first and second legs having a securing arrangement disposed within a channel formed by the legs, the securing arrangement comprises a restricted region formed about a portion of the legs in the channel and a securing pin fixedly attached to the housing, such that the securing pin engages the restricted region when the shaft body and pull knob transition from the first position to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Delta Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis R. Young
  • Publication number: 20140346022
    Abstract: An operating element has an operating element housing, on the upper side of which a protruding rib made of elastic material is arranged, the rib, or its cross section, being formed for geometrical elasticity. This can be achieved by an elastically protruding section having an extent direction outward away from the rest of the rib, essentially obliquely with respect to a plane of the upper side of the operating element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: E.G.O. Elektro-Geraetebau GmbH
    Inventors: Hartmut KELLER, Dennis SCHMID, Frank GRAFF, Uwe UNGETHUEM
  • Patent number: 8884175
    Abstract: A self-locking switch including a button sub-assembly and a housing sub-assembly. The button sub-assembly includes at least one button with a tab extending from a lower surface at a first end and at least one shaft engagement point on the lower surface at a second end, and a bracket comprising a first end and a second end with a rotation shaft at the second end. The bracket is rotatably connected to the button. The housing sub-assembly includes a switch housing having engagement points, and a switching mechanism in the housing. The button sub-assembly and the housing sub-assembly are joined together by engaging the tab of the button and the first and second ends of the bracket to corresponding engagement points on the switch housing and the engagement points are not accessible from outside the self-locking switch after the button sub-assembly and the housing sub-assembly are assembled together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Marquardt GmbH
    Inventors: Dan Botez, Alin Bota, Vladimir Karasik
  • Patent number: 8878083
    Abstract: Button keys, resilient supports and a frame are molded in one piece such that the button keys are resiliently movable and are spaced apart by a gap. Each of the button keys includes an engagement portion. A case includes a button hole formed therein. The case is assembled to the frame such that the button keys are received in the button hole. After the case has been assembled to the frame such that the plurality of adjacent button keys are received in the button hole and such that the engagement portion abuts a perimeter portion of the button hole, the second gap being smaller than the first gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Oki Data Corporation
    Inventor: Masahiro Haruyama
  • Patent number: 8870477
    Abstract: A key for a keyboard includes a keycap having a top surface configured to be contacted for pressing the key down, and having a bottom. The keycap is substantially transparent. An intermediate layer is coupled to the bottom of the keycap. The intermediate layer is translucent and includes a top and a bottom. The top of the intermediate layer faces the bottom of the keycap. A character layer is positioned between the bottom of the keycap and the top of the intermediate layer. A resilient member is coupled to the bottom of the intermediate layer. The resilient member is translucent and is configured to direct light through the intermediate layer, through the character layer, and out from the keycap. The character layer is configured to be lighted for viewing through the keycap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Logitech Europe S.A.
    Inventors: Baptiste Merminod, Peter Mah, Eric Hsu, Aaron Lee, Jero Chen, Linus Chien, Eric Su
  • Patent number: 8869067
    Abstract: An operating device included in an control panel for an image forming apparatus, the operating device that includes multiple input keys to operate independently from each other, disposed on the control panel, surrounding a center portion; and at least one indicator comprising at least one of letters and marks representing a function of one at least of the multiple input keys, located in the center portion adjacent to the one of the multiple input keys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventor: Kanae Amemiya
  • Patent number: 8847890
    Abstract: Described herein are techniques related to a leveled touchsurface with planar translational responsiveness to vertical travel. Examples of a touchsurface include a key of a keyboard, touchpad of a laptop, or a touchscreen of a smartphone or tablet computer. With the techniques described herein, the touchsurface is constrained to remain in a level orientation while a user presses the touchsurface like a button or key. Also, with the techniques described herein, a planar-translation-effecting mechanism imparts a planar translation to the touchsurface while it travels vertically (e.g., downward) as the user presses the touchsurface. This Abstract is submitted with the understanding that it will not be used to interpret or limit the scope or meaning of the claims.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Synaptics Incorporated
    Inventors: Cody G. Peterson, Douglas M. Krumpelman, Michael D. Levin
  • Patent number: 8841568
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a housing defining a receiving hole, and a power switch positioned on the housing. The power switch includes an operating button received in the receiving hole, an elastic member fixed to the operating button via an adhesive member, a printed circuit board, and a support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Bin Dai
  • Patent number: 8822861
    Abstract: A friction device, keypad assembly and portable electronic device are disclosed. In one embodiment, there is provided a keypad assembly for a portable electronic device, comprising: a keypad having a number of keys each having an actuator post attached to a back side thereof; a circuit board; a light guide located between the keypad and the circuit board, the light guide defining a number of holes which provide paths for respective actuator posts to travel through to contact respective electrical switches on the circuit board; and at least one friction device located in one of the holes of the light guide, the friction device providing a physical barrier limiting movement of the actuator post in a direction normal to a direction of actuation, the friction device applying friction to at least one side of the actuator post and resisting movement of the actuator post in the direction of actuation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Roman Rak, Albert Murray Pegg
  • Patent number: 8816231
    Abstract: A slim key structure includes a lower case having at least one positioning slot, a flexible membrane disposed on the lower case, an upper case dispose on the flexible membrane, a keycap and an elastic piece. The flexible membrane has a post opening corresponding to the positioning slot. The upper case has at least one hollow guiding cylinder and a central passage. The guiding cylinder is protruded upwardly and downwardly from the upper case, and the downward protruding portion of the guiding cylinder is received in the positioning slot. The keycap has at least one guiding post and a pushing stem protruding downwardly from a bottom surface thereof. The guiding post is reciprocably received in the guiding cylinder. The elastic piece is disposed between the keycap and the flexible membrane in the central passage depressable by the pushing stem against the flexible membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignees: Lite-On Electronics (Guangzhou) Limited, Lite-On Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Hai-Nan Shen