Combined Pivoted And Reciprocating Contact Patents (Class 200/4)
  • Patent number: 10412203
    Abstract: A handheld electronic device is provided. The handheld electronic device includes a housing, wherein a universal ball structure is provided at a corner of the housing. The universal ball structure includes a groove, and a ball in the groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., BEIJING BOE OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hongyang Yu, Shuai Gao, Litao Fan, Yufei Liu
  • Patent number: 10393172
    Abstract: A button assembly includes a touchpad having an upper surface extending in a generally flat plane and movable between a first position and a second position displaced from the first position in response to the application of a pressing force perpendicular to the upper surface. Additional, smaller pushbuttons may be located adjacent the touchpad. A sub-bezel includes a housing defining a cavity for holding a linear bearing for guiding the touchpad in a linear path perpendicular to the upper surface. The linear bearing includes a plurality of first ball bearings and second ball bearings separated by a first distance perpendicular to the upper surface. The ball bearings may be sandwiched between a bearing outer member and a bearing inner member which includes an inner-top member secured to an inner-bottom member with a screw. A bearing carrier holds the ball bearings within troughs in the bearing outer member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Visteon Global Technologies, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas Buckingham, Douglas Allen Pfau
  • Patent number: 10325184
    Abstract: Human Computer Interfaces (HCI) may allow a user to interact with a computer via a variety of mechanisms, such as hand, head, and body gestures. Various of the disclosed embodiments allow information captured from a depth camera on an HCI system to be used to recognize such gestures. Particularly, by training a classifier using vectors having both base and extended components, more accurate classification results may be subsequently obtained. The base vector may include a leaf-based assessment of the classification results from a forest for a given depth value candidate pixel. The extended vector may include additional information, such as the leaf-based assessment of the classification results for one or more pixels related to the candidate pixel. Various embodiments employ this improved structure with various optimization methods and structure to provide more efficient in-situ operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: YouSpace, Inc.
    Inventors: Ralph Brunner, Yichen Pan
  • Patent number: 10242817
    Abstract: A switch includes a housing including a bottom surface and a protrusion formed on the bottom surface, a board that is placed on the bottom surface of the housing and includes a fixed contact, the board and the protrusion being fitted together, a movable contact that is disposed to cover at least portions of the fixed contact and the protrusion and configured to be inverted, and an operation part that presses the movable contact toward the fixed contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: ALPS ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Ohara
  • Patent number: 10236153
    Abstract: A multiple knob structure including a knob top module having a head cover, a silicone keyboard and a head annular PCB, from top to bottom, a bearing module, which includes a bearing holder and a bearing, and a knob bottom module, which includes a bottom cover and a bottom PCB, where the knob bottom module also includes a torsional spring and a rotation damper, the torsional spring is mounted on an installing groove of the bottom cover, the rotation damper is mounted on a rotation damper installing groove of the bottom cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: TYMPHANY HK LIMITED
    Inventors: Kaijiu Tan, Chang Shu
  • Patent number: 10224160
    Abstract: A dimmer switch includes a main body and an operation portion. The operation portion is provided in the main body to be rotatable around a rotation axis to switch the dimmer switch among an off position, a low beam position, and a high beam position. The low beam position and the high beam position are provided above a horizontal line passing through the rotation axis and the off position is provided below the horizontal line in a state where the dimmer switch is attached to a vehicle body. A first rotation angle between the off position and the low beam position is set to be larger than a second rotation angle between the low beam position and the high beam position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tatsuya Shiokawa, Masayuki Uzaki
  • Patent number: 10150223
    Abstract: A control device intended for a user to choose and select functions in a vehicle includes a knob that can be manipulated in rotation about a main axis with respect to a fixed support. The knob comprises a neutral position in which the main axis coincides with a neutral axis that is fixed with respect to the support. The control device also comprises a printed circuit board on which the knob and at least one direction sensor are fixed. The printed circuit board is mounted with the ability to pivot with respect to the support about an axis transverse overall to the neutral axis so as to come to occupy at least a first activated position in which the main axis is inclined with respect to the neutral axis when the knob is moved in a direction orthogonal to the neutral axis. The direction sensor is intended to detect the activated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: DELPHI TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Johann Michel, Vincent Isquierdo, Etienne Aufrere, Nicolas Jantet
  • Patent number: 9993725
    Abstract: An operating device has an operating shaft, engagement protrusions, and a movable body. The movable body can rotate relative to the operating shaft. The movable body engages with the engagement protrusions at positions separate from its rotation center. The movable body rotates relative to the operating shaft through the engagement with the engagement protrusions according to the translation of the operating shaft. A base abuts against the movable body in the rotational direction of this movable body and receives a force due to the movement of the operating shaft from the movable body. Sensors detect the force acting on the base. According to this, an operating device having a novel structure allowing detection of the translation of the operating shaft is implemented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Aki Yoguchi
  • Patent number: 9881752
    Abstract: A rotary-type switch for controlling vehicle lighting is provided. The rotary-type switch may include a housing portion that includes multiple positions that respectively correspond to multiple operation modes and a rotary dial being configured to rotate relative to the housing portion to select an operation mode of the rotary-type switch based on a position identified by a selection indicator. A controller is configured to control and operation mode of the rotary-type switch based on a vehicular power state and when the vehicular power state is OFF, regardless of the position of the selection indicator corresponding to the selected operation mode on either the housing portion or the rotary dial, the controller controls the rotary-type switch to automatically set the operation mode to that defined by an initial-operation position corresponding to a predetermined initial-operation mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RIKA DENKI SEISAKUSHO, TRAM INC.
    Inventors: Makoto Harazawa, Mizuki Kamiya, Nobuaki Saito, Yuta Yamanishi, Hiroaki Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 9859886
    Abstract: A switch device (1) and its operation from an actuation side (51) are disclosed, the switch device having a plate-shaped main body (10), a plate-shaped actuation part (20), a connection device (30) located between the main body (10) and the actuation part (20) made from an elastic material, and at least one sensor (41, 42, 43, 44), which are located between the main body (10) and the actuation part (20) and viewed in the thickness direction (Z) are located at the side of the connection device (30), so that each sensor (41, 42, 43, 44) can be used to detect a position of one region, arranged on said sensor, of the second surface in the thickness direction (Z).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der Angewandte Forschung e.v.
    Inventors: Jan Soeren Emmerich, Michael Ten Hompel
  • Patent number: 9797488
    Abstract: A vehicular operating device includes an operating member manipulated to swing, a slider slidably fitted in a holding bore, a cam surface positioned in front of the slider, and a helical compression spring pressing the slider into pressure contact with the cam surface. The metal-made slider includes a first outer peripheral surface with a diameter being smaller than an inner diameter of the helical compression spring, and a guide portion with an outer diameter allowing the guide portion to slide along an inner peripheral surface of the holding bore. A resin-made annular spacer having an outer diameter substantially equal to that of the guide portion is fitted between the guide portion and the helical compression spring. The helical compression spring biases the slider through the annular spacer. The annular spacer holds the helical compression spring in a state not contacting the first outer peripheral surface and the guide portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: APLS ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Kikuchi, Seishi Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9772002
    Abstract: A vibration isolator (10) is a liquid-enclosed vibration isolator and includes: a tubular first mounting member (11) connected to one of a vibration generator and a vibration absorber, and a second mounting member (12) connected to the other; an elastic body (13) elastically connecting the mounting members; and a partition member (16) partitioning a liquid chamber (19) in the first mounting member (11) within which a liquid (L) is enclosed into a primary liquid chamber (14) that uses the elastic body (13) as a part of a wall surface thereof and a secondary liquid chamber (15), wherein the partition member (16) is formed with a restriction passage (24) communicating the primary and secondary liquid chambers (14, 15) with each other, and a porous body (28) having numerous pores (31), which are disposed in parallel so as to communicate a side of the primary liquid chamber (14) and a side of the secondary liquid chamber (15) with each other, is arranged in the restriction passage (24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akira Ueki, Masakazu Nagasawa, Shuhei Ono, Yasuyuki Nagashima
  • Patent number: 9691563
    Abstract: An operation unit includes an operation part that is provided to be movable up and down along a movement axis, functions as a push-button switch at a first position, and functions as a joystick lever at a second position above the first position in the movement axis direction; and an operation part-detecting part that senses pressing of the operation part when the operation part is at the first position, and senses a direction in which the operation part has inclined when the operation part is at the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventor: Ryoji Okazaki
  • Patent number: 9661835
    Abstract: A variable speed motor driven fishing reel is powered by a brushless DC motor and adapted for remote control operation by adapting a salt water bait-casting reel with a motorized drive assembly including an end plate having an environmentally sealed cover removably connected thereto, and mounted on the opposite side of the reel from the manual crank, the drive assembly including a brushless DC out-runner motor having an output shaft connected to a planetary gear system configured to power rotation of the fishing reel spool axle for driving the spool. A power cable provides 12.0 volt DC power from a suitable on-board vessel power source. An electronic motor control system allows for variation of DC motor speed via a manually actuated speed control knob. A remote control device is adapted for wireless communication with the electronic motor control system to allow for remote activation of the DC motor in low and high speed modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: HOOKER TRUST LLC
    Inventor: Thomas Sandstrom
  • Patent number: 9653234
    Abstract: There is provided a multidirectional switch in which, when a knob in a neutral position is operated to be tilted with respect to a reference axis at the time the knob is in the neutral position, a pressing part positioned in an operating direction side of the knob moves in an axial direction of the reference axis to selectively close a switch element corresponding to the moved pressing part. The switch element and the pressing part respectively comprise four switch elements and four pressing parts that are respectively provided at intervals each having 90 degrees in the circumferential direction around the reference axis, and one pressing part is connected to another pressing part adjacent thereto in the circumferential direction around the reference axis by a flexible connecting element formed in a wave shape as viewed in a radial direction of the reference axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Valeo Japan Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tsuyoshi Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 9595406
    Abstract: A switch structure includes an operation key attachment, a substrate facing the operation key attachment and including a switch at least a portion of which is exposed from an opening, and an operation key including a protrusion that protrudes parallel or substantially parallel to the substrate from an opening end surface, an operation receiver at a tip end of the protrusion and that accepts a user pressing operation in the direction toward the substrate, and a pressing member that extends from the operation receiver in a direction that defines a first angle spanning between the pressing member and the protrusion, and is used to press the switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shinji Morita
  • Patent number: 9518650
    Abstract: An activation device for selecting shift stages of a shift-by-wire vehicle transmission comprises a housing and an activation knob which can be moved in a translatory fashion and a latching device with a latching pin and latching contour as latching elements for generating latching forces and restoring forces. The activation device is defined by a latching gearwheel which is in engagement with a toothing arrangement on the activation knob. In this context, one of the two latching elements is connected to the latching gearwheel and in this way forms a rotatable latching element. The second latching element is directly or indirectly connected to the base housing and forms the fixed latching element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Ludger Rake, Andreas Giefer
  • Patent number: 9511749
    Abstract: A wiper washer apparatus sprays a washer liquid onto a windshield of a vehicle that has imaging areas of an imaging device and wipes the windshield. The apparatus includes a wiper arm that reciprocates a blade so as to wipe a predetermined wiping area, a spray unit that sprays the washer liquid onto the wiping area on the windshield from a nozzle provided on the wiper arm, a drive unit that drives the wiper arm in a mode selected from modes including at least a low speed mode and a high speed mode, and an input unit through which a user inputs a command for spraying the washer liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: FUJI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tomoo Shibusawa
  • Patent number: 9441884
    Abstract: An apparatus for automatically drying wet floors includes a controller, a moisture detector that is operable to detect the presence of moisture at a first location and transmit a moisture detection signal to the controller in response to detecting the presence of moisture at the first location, and a blower. The blower is operative to turn on and off for drying the wet floors by directing moving air toward the first location in response to an operating signal from the controller. The controller outputs the operating signal to the blower based on the moisture detection signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Norgren Automation Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Scott R. McCallum, Timothy John Key, James R. Kalb, Richard Daniel Koski, John D. Begin
  • Patent number: 9396894
    Abstract: An improved electrical switch that provides for manual connection and disconnect of power by hand by utilizing a compressible stack of elements to load force over a radial distance as rotated by a user of the switch to establish a high force, low resistance connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: ROCAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: David P. Pora, Nathaniel J. Bower, Alex J. Sinton
  • Patent number: 9293279
    Abstract: A coaxial switch having a housing and a shaft extending through and rotatably mounted to the housing. The shaft extends from opposite ends of the housing. Connector body members are attached to the housing and a support plate is mounted to the shaft. Conductor members are joined to the support plate. Each conductor member has a conductor and is configured to be inserted into a connector body member. The conductors of the conductor members are electrically connected together. When the coaxial switch is engaged, the conductor members are inserted into the connector body members. The coaxial switch becomes disengaged when a force is exerted on the shaft that causes the conductor members to be withdrawn from the connector body members. An axial force-producing mechanism produces a constant axial force on the shaft to maintain the coaxial switch in the engaged state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: David J Bamford, Adam P Crisafulli
  • Patent number: 9245701
    Abstract: An actuating device for actuating a function on a motor vehicle includes a touch surface actuated by a user. The touch surface is arranged in such a way that it can be moved under pressure from a first end position to a second end position. An elastic reset urges the touch surface into the first end position. A contact switch is arranged between the touch surface and a support surface. A guide sleeve and a guide pin guide the touch surface when actuated. When moving the touch surface, the guide pin is moved in an axial direction into the sleeve and is secured against lateral movement in a small diameter section of the pin. However, the guide pin can be tipped in the sleeve about a pivot point in the small diameter section, thus preventing the touch surface from being jammed in the event of a decentralized impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Huf Huelsbeck & Fuerst GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Wolfgang Thau, Janine Husemann, Petra Hildebrandt
  • Patent number: 9214299
    Abstract: An operation command transmitting device includes a coupling portion coupling a bar portion to a housing so that the bar portion is movable relative to the housing along a central axis and the bar portion is allowed to be tilted around a supporting axis passing through the bar portion, and an abutment portion with which the bar portion comes into abutment when the bar portion is tilted from an untilted neutral condition. The operation command transmitting device includes an axis defining portion defining the supporting axis so that a position of the supporting axis relative to the housing does not change regardless of a tilting of the bar portion and a movement of the bar portion along the central axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takeshi Onaga
  • Patent number: 9180545
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided which is a wire feeder for a welding operation having two or more wire driving devices and a switching device which directs the welding current to the appropriate wire driving device for a welding operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Lincoln Global, Inc.
    Inventor: Ed Enyedy
  • Patent number: 9065170
    Abstract: Systems (300) and methods (900) for packaging an antenna (702) in a communication device (300). The methods involve coupling the antenna to a Printed Circuit Board (“PCB”) such that the antenna is mechanically supported thereby. A hollow shaft (510) of a control knob (304) is positioned over the antenna and at least a portion of PCB (706) such that the antenna is embedded within the control knob. Thereafter, the control knob is mechanically secured to a housing (308) of the communication device. The control knob is arranged such that it can move in a radial direction and a vertical direction (516) relative to the chassis. The control knob is also arranged such that the hollow shaft is able to move freely over the antenna without coming in contact therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Harris Corporation
    Inventors: Myung Lee, Mark Benoit, Richard Furness, Wojciech Mysliwiec
  • Patent number: 9040849
    Abstract: An electronic device, comprising a rotating switch mechanism for switching a conduction state of a predefined electronic circuit corresponding to a rotating operation of a rotating operation part rotatably provided on a housing on the predefined rotational axis, a locking mechanism for locking the rotation of the rotating operation part relative to the housing, and a switching member for switching an operating state and a non-operating state of the electronic device, wherein the locking mechanism locks the rotation of the rotating operation part relative to the housing when the electronic device is in the operating state and does not lock the rotation of the rotating operation part relative to the housing when the electronic device is in the non-operating state so that the rotation of the rotating operation part of the rotating switch mechanism provided to the electronic device can be locked with improved usability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Takashi Tada
  • Publication number: 20150125002
    Abstract: A speaker assembly is provided and may include an outer portion having a plurality of slots. An inner portion may cooperate with the outer portion and may have a positioning lever and an adjustment mechanism slot. The positioning lever may cooperate with one of the plurality of slots. An adjustment mechanism may cooperate with one of the plurality of slots and the adjustment mechanism slot. The adjustment mechanism may slide within the adjustment mechanism slot changing a volume of the speaker assembly when the outer portion moves in relation to the inner portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: John Van Den Nieuwenhuizen, Vitor Alexandre Medeiros De Santa Maria
  • Publication number: 20150122617
    Abstract: Disclosed is a washing machine, a control panel assembly of which has an improved structure to minimize problems caused by a shaking of a rotary knob and the interference of the rotary knob with other surrounding parts. The control panel assembly of the washing machine includes a control panel, a knob guide installed on the control panel, and a rotary knob rotatably mounted on the knob guide and including a boss passing through the knob guide. The knob guide includes a boss insertion part restricting the boss to prevent the rotary knob from shaking. The boss insertion part includes an extension extended from the bottom surface of the knob guide and forming a boss insertion hole, into which the boss is inserted, therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2015
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jin Doo KIM, Jeong Ki Seo
  • Publication number: 20150107969
    Abstract: Input device includes a printed circuit board, a first switch, a button and at least one second switch. The first switch is arranged at the printed circuit board, and is electrically connected to the printed circuit board. The at least one second switches are arranged at the printed circuit board surrounding the first switch. The guide body is arranged on the printed circuit board. The button is arranged on the guide body. The button is configured to move towards the circuit board to trigger the first switch. The button is also configured to rotate with respect to the circuit board to trigger the second switch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., AMBIT MICROSYSTEMS (SHANGHAI) LTD.
    Inventor: WANG-AN HU
  • Patent number: 9012794
    Abstract: An operating device includes a dial member that has a first engaging portion provided on a peripheral portion thereof, a rotated body that has a hollow portion at a center portion thereof and a second engaging portion which is engaged with the first engaging portion of the dial member, the second engaging portion being provided on a peripheral portion of the rotated body, and an electric equipment member that is inserted into the hollow portion of the rotated body. A rotation of the dial member is transmitted to the rotated body through an engagement of the first engaging portion and the second engaging portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Tokai Rika Denki Seisakusho
    Inventor: Masahito Hisada
  • Patent number: 8975542
    Abstract: A switching substrate on which switching portions are mounted is attached at an angle to a case. The length in the pressing direction of a first push button of a push button unit is larger than the length in the pressing direction of a second push button. A first contact portion about which the push button unit rotates when the first push button is pressed and a second contact portion about which the push button unit rotates when the second push button is pressed are at substantially the same height from the surface of the switching substrate. Therefore, the rotation angle when a first operating surface is pressed can be made equal to the rotation angle when a second operating surface is pressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Alps Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ko Owada, Tetsu Numata, Shigeto Gorai
  • Patent number: 8957331
    Abstract: An operation unit which may include a rotating dial operated by being rotated about a predetermined reference axis; a rocking key which is disposed on an inside of the rotating dial, has a to-be-operated part formed with a to-be-pressed part operated by being pressed, and is operated by being inclined relative to the reference axis when the to-be-pressed part is pressed; and a push switch which outputs an operation signal by being pushed when the rocking key is operated. The rocking key is inclined when the to-be-pressed part is operated by being pressed, in such a manner that a position on a roughly 180° opposite side of the reference axis from the to-be-pressed part serves as a fulcrum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Kenji Matsumoto
  • Publication number: 20150041289
    Abstract: One embodiment of the disclosure includes an input module. The input module includes a switch, a rotatable and translatable input member operably connected to the switch and configured to actuate the switch, and an electrical contact operably connected to the switch and in electrical communication with the input member. During operation, the electrical connection between the input member and the electrical contact is maintained during translation and rotation of the input member. The input module may be used with a variety of electronic devices and can be used by a user to provide input to those devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Colin M. Ely
  • Patent number: 8941585
    Abstract: An input device with touch input function has an input member which is operable to input at least one of shifting operation and pushing operation. The input member has a touch input device which is responsive to touch of a user. The input device has an operation sensor which detects the operation on the input member. The input member and the operation sensor provides an input unit which is supported by a support member in a manner that the input unit is movable among a lock position and an unlock position with respect to a base member on which the input unit is supported. The input device has a lock mechanism which locks the input member in inoperable condition at the lock position and which releases the input member in operable condition at the unlock position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventors: Yasuo Minamitani, Hiroaki Sasaki, Shingo Kitabayashi
  • Patent number: 8921719
    Abstract: A multi-directional switch device includes: an operation shaft to which an operation knob is mounted to perform a rotating operation and a tilting operation; and a housing, which supports the operation shaft. In the housing, a circuit board which has a second fixed contact on the lower surface, a wafer which has a first fixed contact, a rotation holder which rotates integrally with the operation shaft while allowing oscillation of the operation shaft, a rotation slider which rotates integrally with the operation shaft and slides during the tilting operation, a first movable contact, and a second movable contact are arranged. When the operation shaft is rotated and thus the rotation holder is rotated from a rotation neutral position by about 180 degrees, a first signal is output. When the operation shaft is tilted while the rotation holder is rotated by about ±45 degrees, a second or third signal is output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Alps Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroki Suzuki
  • Publication number: 20140360847
    Abstract: Disconnector for switchgear, having a first contact position, in which a contact is between main and first terminals, and a second contact position, in which a contact is between the main and second terminal. The disconnector includes a connector body moveable in a first direction between the first and second positions and having an end extendable in a direction substantially perpendicular to the first direction for providing a contact force between the end and the first, second or main terminals, a first operating mechanism arranged to move the body between the first and second positions, and a second operating mechanism arranged to extend the end when the disconnector is in either the first or second contact positions, in which the end includes a conical inside surface and the second operating mechanism includes a first shaft having a first conically shaped end positioned inside the conical inside surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Applicant: EATON ELECTRIC B.V.
    Inventors: GERHARDUS LEONARDUS NITERT, AREND JAN WILLEM LAMMERS
  • Patent number: 8884933
    Abstract: A support body holding a touch pad is mounted on a hollow support body of a base member, a space is formed in the base member and extends from its inside to an inside of the hollow support body, a shaft is provided vertically to an operation knob and extends from a back surface of a top surface portion, the touch pad has a through hole through which the shaft is inserted into the space, a rotation detection portion detecting rotating movement of an operation body and a pressing detection portion detecting reciprocating movement of the operation body are provided, and, in the space, the shaft is linked to a rotating movement portion making rotation detection movement for the rotation detection portion with rotating movement of the operation body and a pressing movement portion making pressing detection movement for the pressing detection portion with reciprocating movement of the operation body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Alps Electric Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Tatsuya Yokoyama, Anthony McCurdy, Shinya Urayama, Yu Igarashi, Shunsuke Nakazawa
  • Publication number: 20140262701
    Abstract: A cycle selector knob to rotary encoder user interface for the operation of an appliance has a knob for rotating a shaft of a rotary encoder wherein the shaft is received by a control panel barrel to provide radial and thrust bearing surfaces. The knob has an axial boss dimensioned to affix to the shaft and bear against the radial bearing surface of the barrel and a shoulder to bear against the thrust bearing surface of the barrel. The control panel is secured to a console so that radial and thrust forces of the knob are directed via the radial and thrust bearing surfaces only to the console through the control panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: TIMOTHY L. HEATER, SITHAARTH T. SUBRAMANIYAM
  • Patent number: 8797153
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a rotary control device with haptic feedback to be mounted in a control panel (5) of a motor vehicle, said rotary control device (1) comprising: a rotary control member (2), an angular sensor (3a, 3b, 3c) representative of the angular position of said rotary control member (2) and the output of which is intended to be connected to a processing unit of said motor vehicle, a device for generating haptic feedback (4), which is coupled to said rotary control member (2) in order to apply vibration to said rotary control member (2), characterized in that said rotary control member (2) has a control surface (6) of a general planar shape, which is intended to be substantially flush with said control panel (5) and in that said device for generating haptic feedback (4) is intended to be controlled by said processing unit in order to select a predetermined vibration from a plurality of predefined vibrations in such a way that said generating device (4) applies the selected vibration to s
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: DAV
    Inventors: Stephane Vanhelle, Jean-Marc Tissot
  • Patent number: 8796566
    Abstract: A rotary pushbutton and touchpad device, a system and a method detect rotary movement, axial displacement and touchpad gestures. The device has a knob which may rotate about an axis of rotation, may move upward and downward on the axis of rotation, and may have a touchpad. The touchpad may be fixedly connected to a rotary girder and/or a shaft clip within the knob which may prevent the touchpad from rotating when the knob is rotated. A substantially hollow and cylindrical outer shaft may be fixedly connected to the knob so that rotation of the knob rotates the outer shaft. The shaft clip may be fixedly connected to an actuator shaft which extends through the interior of the outer shaft and conveys axial displacement of the knob. Shutters extending from the outer shaft may rotate into or away from a position between a light emitter and a light pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Grayhill, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert E. Kerner, Torsten F. Chase, Kevin M. Dooley
  • Publication number: 20140183011
    Abstract: A switch device including: a circuit board, a mounting member, a push button and a rotary knob. The circuit board includes a switch, and the mounting member has a vertical slit and is fixed on the circuit board. The push button is inserted in the mounting member, is vertically guided along the slit, and when moved downward presses the switch. Additionally, the push button has a guide groove along the outer circumference. The rotary knob encloses the outer circumference of the push button, has a locking portion on an inner side which is inserted into the guide groove of the push button, and rotates independently from the push button but vertically moving with the push button while moving vertically.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicants: KIA MOTORS CORPORATION, HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: June Kyu Park, Yong Soo Chang, Hyun Kim, Bock Cheol Lee
  • Publication number: 20140061009
    Abstract: An electronic device, comprising a rotating switch mechanism for switching a conduction state of a predefined electronic circuit corresponding to a rotating operation of a rotating operation part rotatably provided on a housing on the predefined rotational axis, a locking mechanism for locking the rotation of the rotating operation part relative to the housing, and a switching member for switching an operating state and a non-operating state of the electronic device, wherein the locking mechanism locks the rotation of the rotating operation part relative to the housing when the electronic device is in the operating state and does not lock the rotation of the rotating operation part relative to the housing when the electronic device is in the non-operating state so that the rotation of the rotating operation part of the rotating switch mechanism provided to the electronic device can be locked with improved usability.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventor: Takashi TADA
  • Publication number: 20140021024
    Abstract: A rotary knob operator control apparatus for an electrical domestic appliance has a mounting board on a side of an operator control panel facing away from a user, a first electrode configuration on the mounting board and a substantially annular operator control element on a side of the operator control panel facing toward the user. The operator control element has a second electrode configuration and a holding device for the operator control element on the operator control panel. The operator control element rotates about an axis perpendicular to the operator control panel. The operator control element is latched relative to the operator control panel in predefined rotary positions by a latching device, so the second electrode configuration on the operator control element is oriented in a predefined manner relative to the first electrode configuration. An electrical domestic appliance having at least one rotary knob operator control apparatus is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Applicant: DIEHL AKO STIFTUNG & CO KG
    Inventors: UWE HEIMANN, MICHAEL PRINZ
  • Publication number: 20140021023
    Abstract: A switch actuating assembly for an automobile seat has a switch operating member moveable along a first path to operate a first switch associated with a first function and moveable along a second path to operate a second switch associated with a second function. To inhibit operation of both functions simultaneously a guide controls movement of the switch operating member. Guide members act between the switch operating member and the guide so that movement of the switch operating member along one of the paths upon movement of the switch operating member along the other of the paths from a rest position. An interlock is provided between the switch operating members of a pair of switch assemblies so that only one function of one of the switch assemblies can be operated at a time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Applicant: OMRON DUALTEC AUTOMOTIVE ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: OMRON DUALTEC AUTOMOTIVE ELECTRONICS INC.
  • Patent number: 8598475
    Abstract: A switch assembly for the lift-and-slide roof of a vehicle that includes a housing, an actuating element, a first pair of movable electrical switching contacts, and a second pair of movable electrical switching contacts. Each longitudinal wall of the housing comprises a cross-shaped groove including a cross-shaped guiding track. The cross shaped groove receives a projecting member of the actuating element. The guiding track receives a pressure piece carried by the actuating element. The cross shaped groove has end surfaces which form abutment surfaces for the corresponding surfaces of the projecting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Leng, Janusz Lipka
  • Publication number: 20130306447
    Abstract: A switch assembly that includes the coaxial assembly of a cylindrical core extending from a base to a distal end, an outer knob rotatable about the core, a switching means generating an electrical signal dependent on the rotations of the knob, and a guiding means for guiding the knob in its motions relative to the core. The guiding means includes an upper-guide in the vicinity of the core-end and the knob-top, and a lower-guide in the vicinity of the core-base and the knob-base. The upper-guide includes elements rolling between an upper-guide inner race integral to the core and an upper-guide outer race integral to the knob.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Inventor: Andrzej Polak
  • Patent number: 8586889
    Abstract: A multiposition switch that comprises a base member accommodating a plurality contact members, respectively. The plurality of contact members are adapted to electrically mate to a host printed circuit board. A routing subassembly is rotatably coupled to the base member. The routing subassembly includes a routing member that defines a plurality of electrical paths between the contact members for switching between combined and uncombined positions. An actuator is coupled to the rotating member for rotating the routing member with respect to the base member between the combined and uncombined positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Amphenol Corporation
    Inventors: Owen R. Barthelmes, Michael A. Hoyack, Joachim I. Grek
  • Patent number: 8541701
    Abstract: A switch for detecting a tilting operation is constructed easy to assemble. A tilt detecting section A is provided on an upper surface of an intermediate wall portion 12B of an upper case 12, a depression detecting section B is provided in a central position of an upper surface of a bottom wall portion 13B of a lower case 13, and a rotation detecting section C is provided around the depression detecting section. A top cover 11 is provided to cover an upper end of the upper case 12 to which the upper case 12 is engageably connected. The lower case 13 is engageably connected to the upper case 12.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Hosiden Corporation
    Inventor: Makoto Asada
  • Patent number: 8534318
    Abstract: To provide a water spouting device capable of switching between spouting and stopping, flow volume adjustment, and spouted water temperature adjustment with a single operating portion. The present invention is a water faucet device (1) furnished with a flow volume adjustment function and a temperature adjustment function, including: an operating portion (6) capable of being pressed and rotated by a user; and flow volume/temperature adjustment means (10), whereby in a stopped water state, spouting is commenced when the operating portion of this flow volume/temperature adjustment means is pressed; in a spouting state, spouted water flow volume is changed when the operating portion is pressed continuously for a predetermined long-press determining time; and water flow is stopped when pressing of the operating portion ceases in less than the long-press determining time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Toto Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Kanemaru, Kenichi Aoyagi, Masato Yamahigashi, Masateru Miyazaki, Tsuyoshi Miura
  • Patent number: 8536472
    Abstract: A rotary switch mechanism includes a first rotatable member, a second rotatable member, a push button and a triggered switch. By rotating the first rotatable member, a first rotation command is executed. By rotating the second rotatable member, a second rotation command is executed. By moving a user's finger on the push button, a motion command is executed. By pressing down the push button to trigger the push switch, a pushing command is executed. In such way, the rotary switch mechanism may be used to input plural commands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Primax Electronics Ltd.
    Inventors: Chun-Che Wu, Chun-Nan Su