Membrane Type Patents (Class 200/512)
  • Patent number: 11112893
    Abstract: A display device includes a display portion, a light source, a reflecting member, and a piezoelectric element. The display portion displays an image. The light source outputs light to the display portion. The reflecting member is provided on one side of a principal surface of the display portion and reflects the light of the light source. The piezoelectric element is provided on one side of the principal surface of the reflecting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hidekazu Kano, Nobuhito Tsubaki
  • Patent number: 11114259
    Abstract: The switch body includes: a wiring substrate where first to fourth fixed contact members are formed; and a movable contact member including a pressure receiving part opposite from the second fixed contact member, a first outer edge facing the first fixed contact member, and a second outer edge facing the third fixed contact member. The fourth fixed contact member is formed in a region outside a projection region being a projection of the movable contact member on the wiring substrate and is in a position facing the first outer edge when the second outer edge is moved to a region where the second fixed contact member is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kojiro Yano, Kenichi Matsumoto, Ryo Nakae, Masanori Mitsuoka
  • Patent number: 10983644
    Abstract: A touch display device is provided. The touch display device comprises: two substrates disposed opposite to each other, a display medium disposed between the substrates, and at least one photo spacer region, and a plurality of layout units are distributed on the photo spacer region, and the layout units are disposed between the substrates, the layout units comprise a plurality of layout subunits disposed in rows and columns, and in one of the layout units, a portion of the layout subunits is provided with at least one photo spacer, and the other portion of the layout subunits is provided without the photo spacer; and a touch matrix comprising a plurality of touch units covering different amounts of photo spacers; and a touch compensation module performing the touch compensations on the touch units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: HKC CORPORATION LIMITED
    Inventor: JianFeng Shan
  • Patent number: 10832007
    Abstract: Method(s) and apparatus(es) relating generally to an electronic device having a display and a touch-sensitive input device are disclosed. In such a method, a first keypad is displayed on the display. Obtained is sensed information from the touch-sensitive input device responsive to user input in association with the first keypad. The user input is determined to be for a second keypad different from the first keypad. A corresponding input to the user input is determined using the sensed information in association with the second keypad. The corresponding input is displayed on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Allan Sahagun
  • Patent number: 10831298
    Abstract: A touch display module, a display device and a transparent optical adhesive layer structure, the touch display module comprising: a substrate; a touch film, the touch film provided with an electrical connection portion; a polarizer comprising a concave edge and a first edge, wherein extension lines of the concave edge and the first edge enclose to form a slotted area, a projection of the slotted area at least partially overlapping a projection of the electrical connection portion; a flexible circuit board, a connector of the flexible circuit board overlapping at a side of the polarizer; an adhesive layer comprising a first protrusion portion beyond an edge of the polarizer, and the first projection portion covering at least a partial region of the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignees: Chengdu BOE Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd., BOE Technology Group Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hongqiang Luo, Jianjun Wu, Fuzheng Xie
  • Patent number: 10790100
    Abstract: One general aspect includes a device control switch for a panel assembly, including: a switch base mounted to the panel assembly; a switch button tiltably mounted to the switch base, the switch button configured to tilt away from a default position relative to a horizontal axis, the switch button including a nib; a flexibend sensor fixed to a portion of the switch base, the flexibend sensor in substantial contact with the nib via spring force; and where slight tilting of the switch button away from the default position will cause the flexibend sensor to deflect and remain in substantial contact with the nib as the nib moves with the switch button relative to the horizontal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Prathiba R, Nithish Sukumar
  • Patent number: 10763053
    Abstract: A switch device includes an operation switch including a switch knob formed integrally with a recess configured to allow a finger to be inserted. The operation switch includes a detector configured to detect a change in a physical amount caused by operation of the switch knob.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RIKA DENKI SEISAKUSHO
    Inventors: Masanori Kosugi, Naofumi Kato
  • Patent number: 10724843
    Abstract: A system and method that provides a proximity sensor disposed within a door handle of a vehicle to enable one or more commands to be transmitted to the vehicle by a user's hand, wherein the door handle is in a harsh outdoor environment such that the door handle may be wet when the proximity sensor is used to detect the touch or presence of a user's hand, and wherein the proximity sensor is able to compensate for the presence of the water and enable reliable operation of the proximity sensor and thereby enable commands to be sent to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: ALPS ALPINE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chad Adams, Alan Stettler, Paul Vincent
  • Patent number: 10629887
    Abstract: When a temperature inside a secondary battery becomes high and a gas pressure inside a battery case increases, an inversion plate is pressed due to the gas pressure so as to project and curve in a projecting manner toward an external terminal board. Due to such a deformation, a load is transmitted to a current interruption piece via a load transmission portion. At this time, due to a pushing-up force of the load transmission portion, a vulnerable breaking portion forming part of a peripheral edge of the current interruption piece breaks, so that the current interruption piece is displaced to bend in a V-shape via a folding portion. As a result, the secondary battery is brought into an unusable state. Such a configuration can attain simplification of a structure to interrupt a current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuta Nemoto, Toshinori Okura, Takeshi Iida, Noriyuki Maruyama, Hiroaki Yoshida
  • Patent number: 10627297
    Abstract: A sensor includes a base layer and a pressing unit protruding with respect to the base layer. The pressing unit includes a first structure unit and a hollow second structure unit disposed on the first structure unit and having a bottom side opened. The second structure unit has a shape portion on a surface facing the base layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akira Ebisui, Hiroshi Mizuno, Tomoko Katsuhara, Taizo Nishimura, Yoshiaki Sakakura, Toshio Kano, Toshiyuki Onodera, Takeshi Takahashi, Toru Takahashi, Tatsuo Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10580596
    Abstract: A key structure comprises a baseplate, a film circuit board, an elastic body and a keycap. The film circuit board includes a deformation region and a support region. The support region is disposed on the baseplate, and a deformation space is formed between the deformation region and the baseplate. The elastic body is disposed on the film circuit board. The keycap is disposed on the elastic body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: ASUSTEK COMPUTER INC.
    Inventor: Chien-Hsing Chiu
  • Patent number: 10580604
    Abstract: Micro-electromagnetically actuated latched miniature relay switches formed from laminate layers comprising a spring and magnet, electromagnetic coils, magnetic latching material, and transmission line with contacts. Preferably the miniature relay switches transmit up to about 50 W of DC or AC line power, and carry up to about 10 A of load current, with an overall volume of less than about 100 mm3. In addition to switching large power, the device preferably requires less than 3 V to actuate, and has a latching feature that retains the switch state after actuation without the need for external applied voltage or current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
    Inventors: Mark Bachman, Guann-Pyng Li, Yang Zhang, Minfeng Wang
  • Patent number: 10534864
    Abstract: Method(s) and apparatus(es) relating generally to an electronic device having a display and a touch-sensitive input device are disclosed. In such a method, a first keypad is displayed on the display. Obtained is sensed information from the touch-sensitive input device responsive to user input in association with the first keypad. The user input is determined to be for a second keypad different from the first keypad. A corresponding input to the user input is determined using the sensed information in association with the second keypad. The corresponding input is displayed on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Allan Sahagun
  • Patent number: 10488954
    Abstract: A surface mount device switch includes a pedestal, a metal dome, a buffering sheet and a movable conducting part. A pedestal contact part of the pedestal is electrically connected with a circuit board. The buffering sheet is located over an opening of the pedestal. The metal dome is located under the opening. The movable conducting part is located under the buffering sheet. A portion of the movable conducting part is inserted into the opening. Due to the buffering sheet, the collision between the metal dome and the movable conducting part is alleviated and the click sound is reduced. Consequently, the comfort of operating the touchpad module is enhanced. The present invention further provides a touchpad module and a computing device with the surface mount device switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: PRIMAX ELECTRONICS LTD.
    Inventor: Tai-Sou Huang
  • Patent number: 10417339
    Abstract: Method(s) and apparatus(es) relating generally to an electronic device having a display and a touch-sensitive input device are disclosed. In such a method, a first keypad is displayed on the display. Obtained is sensed information from the touch-sensitive input device responsive to user input in association with the first keypad. The user input is determined to be for a second keypad different from the first keypad. A corresponding input to the user input is determined using the sensed information in association with the second keypad. The corresponding input is displayed on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Allan Sahagun
  • Patent number: 10290442
    Abstract: A push switch includes a movable contact including a dome part that is shaped like a dome and configured to be inverted in shape when pressed, and a fixed contact including a first fixed contact, the movable contact being configured to be brought into contact with and away from the first fixed contact. The push switch is configured such that an operating load necessary to press the movable contact gradually increases after the movable contact starts to be pressed, decreases thereafter when the dome part is inverted, and increases again when the movable contact is further pressed, and the dome part contacts the first fixed contact after an inflection point at which the decreased operating load starts to increase again.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: ALPS ALPINE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuki Yashima, Izuru Sadamatsu, Toshihiko Tazawa
  • Patent number: 10259343
    Abstract: A method and device are provided for adjusting at least a first movable seat element of a vehicle seat, in which a graphic element of the vehicle seat to be adjusted is displayed with at least one graphic element of the first seat element on a display surface, in order to adjust the first seat element a first switching element and a second switching element are displayed on the display surface, wherein the first switching element comprises a first graphic arrow element and the second switching element comprises a second graphic arrow element, which graphic arrow elements distinguish opposite directions for moving the first seat element, and on actuating the first switching element a control signal is generated, by means of which the first seat element is moved in a first direction and, at the same time, the graphic element of the first seat element is moved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: VOLKSWAGEN AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Sükrü Cengil, Andrea Schnurr, Marina Belun, Jan Peter Herdey, Oliver Wolf
  • Patent number: 10218111
    Abstract: An implantable plug connector is provided, an inner portion of which has a number of contact surfaces which are embedded in a surface of a first substrate. An outer portion of the implantable plug connector has a number of contact surfaces embedded in at least one surface of a second substrate. The outer portion defines a space, in which the inner portion can be received in a mounting state, where, in a pre-mounting state, the contact surfaces are set back with respect to the surface of the respective substrate, and where, in a mounting state, the inner portion is pressed against the outer portion such that mutually corresponding contact surfaces come into contact with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: CORTEC GMBH
    Inventors: Martin Schüttler, Julia Koch, Juan Sebastian Ordonez, Jörn Rickert
  • Patent number: 10201295
    Abstract: A body-mountable device includes a flexible substrate configured for mounting to a skin surface. The device includes an input component configured to receive inputs from a user, e.g., finger presses, swipes, motions of the sensing platform, or gestures. Received inputs could include calibration data, for example, known values of a sensed property to compare with corresponding values obtained by a sensor of the device. The device can additionally include an output component configured to provide outputs to a user. Outputs could include indications of sensor readings, medical alerts, or operational states of the device. The flexible substrate of the device is configured to be adhered or otherwise mounted to the skin in a manner that minimally impacts activities of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Verily Life Sciences LLC
    Inventors: Jaclyn Leverett Wasson, Zenghe Liu, Brian Otis, William James Biederman
  • Patent number: 10145906
    Abstract: A magnetic device may include a magnetic structure, a device structure, and an associated circuit. The magnetic structure may include a patterned layer of material having a predetermined magnetic property. The patterned layer may be configured to, e.g., provide a magnetic field, sense a magnetic field, channel or concentrate magnetic flux, shield a component from a magnetic field, or provide magnetically actuated motion, etc. The device structure may be another structure of the device that is physically connected to or arranged relative to the magnetic structure to, e.g., structurally support, enable operation of, or otherwise incorporate the magnetic structure into the magnetic device, etc. The associated circuit may be electrically connected to the magnetic structure to receive, provide, condition or process of signals of the magnetic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Analog Devices Global
    Inventors: Alan J. O'Donnell, Robert Guyol, Maria Jose Martinez, Jan Kubik, Padraig L. Fitzgerald, Javier Calpe Maravilla, Michael P. Lynch, Eoin E. English
  • Patent number: 10105489
    Abstract: A system includes a medicament delivery device and a container configured to receive at least a portion of the medicament delivery device. The medicament delivery device includes an actuator and a first electronic circuit system. The actuator is configured to initiate delivery of a medicament into a body when the actuator is moved from a first position to a second position. The first electronic circuit system is configured to output a first electronic signal when the actuator is moved from the first position to the second position. The container includes a second electronic circuit system configured to receive the first electronic signal. The second electronic circuit system is configured to output a second electronic signal associated with the first electronic signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: kaleo, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric S. Edwards, Evan T. Edwards, Mark J. Licata, Paul F. Meyers, David A. Weinzierl, T. Spencer Williamson, IV
  • Patent number: 10095334
    Abstract: A touch display device includes a display panel (101), a touch panel (103), a bonding member (104), and a bonding layer (102) bonding the touch panel (101) and the display panel (102) together. The touch panel (101) includes a first functional layer (1031), the first functional layer (1031) is positioned on a surface of the display panel (103) adjacent to the bonding layer (102), the first functional layer (1031) has a first side surface (103a). The bonding member (104) is positioned on a periphery of the bonding layer (102), wherein the bonding member (104) is at least bonded to a portion of the first side surface (103a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignees: SHENZHEN LAIBAO HI-TECH CO., LTD., CHONGQING LAIBAO TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shimin Wang, Zeli Zhu
  • Patent number: 10075162
    Abstract: First and second bridging portions (63a and 63b) is disposed so as to form a shock absorbing space (63c) between the sensor accommodating portion (61) and the fixing portion (62), and elastically deformed by external force, and the paired bridging portions (the shock absorbing space (63c)) is caused to function as a shock absorbing portion (63). Furthermore, the sensor accommodating portion (61) is thinner than each of the bridging portions (63a and 63b), after the sensor accommodating portion (61) is elastically deformed and a contact of a blockage is detected, the first and second bridging portions (63a and 63b) can be elastically deformed to absorb a shock. Therefore, it is possible to significantly reduce a load on the blockage in comparison with the conventional technique. Since the drive unit is reversely driven after shock absorption, it is possible to reduce the load on the drive unit and so forth, and to inhibit the occurrence of inconvenience such as burning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Mitsuba Corporation
    Inventor: Mitsuhiro Okada
  • Patent number: 10042481
    Abstract: The present invention provides a transparent electroconductive laminate suitable for use in combination with a display device such as a liquid crystal display, and a transparent touch panel having the transparent electroconductive laminate. The transparent electroconductive laminate comprises a transparent organic polymer substrate 33 having, on at least one surface thereof, a hardcoat (HC) layer 33h, an optical interference layer 32, and a transparent electroconductive layer 31 in this order. The transparent electroconductive laminate satisfies the following conditions: the refractive indexes n3 and n3h of the transparent organic polymer substrate and the HC layer satisfy the following formula: |n3?n3h|?0.02, the thickness of the HC layer is from 1 to 10 ?m, the thickness of the optical interference layer is from 5 to 500 nm, the thickness of the transparent electroconductive layer is from 5 to 200 nm, the total light transmittance is 85% or more, and the b* value is from ?1.0 to less than 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignees: TEIJIN LIMITED, TEIJIN CHEMICALS LTD.
    Inventors: Haruhiko Itoh, Kouki Ikeda
  • Patent number: 10025417
    Abstract: An exemplary embodiment provides a touch device including: a touch panel including: first and second substrates; and a pressure sensor including: a first electrode disposed on the first substrate; a second electrode disposed on the second substrate; an insulating layer disposed between the first and second electrodes; and a spacer, wherein the pressure sensor is configured to transmit a touch signal corresponding to an intensity of pressure applied to the second substrate through the pressure sensor in response to a touch; and a touch controller configured to: acquire touch data at respective nodes from the touch signal; acquire a touch data variation at the respective nodes based on previous touch data and the touch data at the respective nodes; correct the touch data at the respective nodes based on the touch data variation; and acquire a coordinate of the touch location based on the corrected touch data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ji Hye Shin
  • Patent number: 10018342
    Abstract: A multi-mode portable illumination device includes a switch structure featuring a substantially planar member and a mechanical switch which requires a relatively small amount of force and a short stroke distance to actuate. The mechanical switch is attached to a member which contains circuit(s) adding additional functionality to the multi-mode portable illumination device. The member has conductive springs attached to either end that are used to complete the electrical circuit with the battery and the lamp, while their compressive force is absorbed by a housing protecting the switch structure. A conductive strip is used to improve the conductivity of the circuit in a metal multi-mode portable illumination device which has been provided with an electrically resistive protective coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: MAG INSTRUMENT, INC.
    Inventors: Greg Koch, Bruce K Bangerter, Kevin E Collier, Darrell B Steinicke
  • Patent number: 9984832
    Abstract: A touch sensor includes a hollow tubular member that is elastic and insulative; and a first electrode wire and a second electrode wire held in the tubular member while being separated from each other. The first electrode wire and the second electrode wire contact with each other by elastic deformation when receiving an external pressure to the tubular member. The first electrode wire and the second electrode wire extend parallel to a central axis of the tubular member. A shape of a gap between the first electrode wire and the second electrode wire in a cross section orthogonal to the central axis of the tubular member is non-linear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: HITACHI METALS, LTD.
    Inventors: Shinichi Takaba, Kenji Hirose, Koichi Kato, Takashi Fujieda, Keisuke Sugita, Kazuhide Oda, Toshihiro Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 9965115
    Abstract: An array substrate and a touch screen are disclosed. The array substrate includes an array formed of a plurality of driving electrodes and a plurality of sensing electrodes, which have the same electrode structure. The electrode structure includes a T-shaped electrode trunk and a plurality of electrode branches, which are symmetrically distributed and connected to the electrode trunk, forming two parts, i.e., a first sub-electrode and a second sub-electrode, symmetrical with respect to the electrode trunk. The sensing electrodes include first sensing electrodes and second sensing electrodes. One first sensing electrode and one second sensing electrode are disposed in two intervals of three sequentially adjacent driving electrodes respectively. Branches of a driving electrode are disposed in gaps between adjacent branches of adjacent sensing electrodes. In the array substrate, the sensing area between driving electrodes and sensing electrodes is increased and the capacitive coupling therebetween is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., CHENGDU BOE OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Benyin Ye, Haodi Liu, Liang Li
  • Patent number: 9947491
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are electronic devices with a sensor configured to breakaway from an input button or input/output interface. In one example, the electronic device includes a button positioned within an opening of a chassis or housing. A sensor is in communication with the button, wherein the button is configured to contact the sensor in a first sensor position upon application of an activation force. At least one magnet is configured to retain the sensor in the first sensor position by a frictional or magnetic force. Additionally, the sensor is configured to move from the first sensor position to a second sensor position upon application of a force greater than the frictional or magnetic force and less than a sensor damage force. The activation force is less than the frictional or magnetic force, which is less than the sensor damage force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Nathan Michael Thome, Kenneth Charles Boman
  • Patent number: 9937301
    Abstract: A tamper-evident syringe tip cap is provided and includes an outer housing with an outer shell, and a tip cover secured to an upper end of the outer shell. An inner core has a female Luer lock fitting, a spindle projecting vertically from the fitting, and a sleeve matingly engaging the spindle and being constructed and arranged for releasably securing the outer housing to the inner core. The outer housing is movable relative to the inner core between a first, pre-activated position and a second, activated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: BAXTER CORPORATION ENGLEWOOD
    Inventor: Brian William Ward
  • Patent number: 9837226
    Abstract: A dome-shaped push switch includes a sheet and a conducting layer disposed at a low surface of the sheet. The sheet has a pressing portion arching upward. The conducting layer is disposed at a lower surface of the sheet. The conductivity of the sheet is greater than that of the sheet. The pressing portion includes at least one through hole penetrating through the pressing portion. The through hole has a side wall, the side wall sequentially has a shear surface and a tear surface from bottom up, and a fillet is provided between the shear surface and a lower surface of the pressing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: LOTES CO., LTD
    Inventors: Ted Ju, Yin Fu Zhu, Shuang Bo Long, Yu Song Zhou
  • Patent number: 9798426
    Abstract: A touch panel including: a substrate; first conductive patterns separately disposed on the substrate with a preset distance therebetween; second conductive patterns formed thereon to separately intersect the first conductive patterns with a preset distance therebetween; a second connecting member configured to connect adjacent second conductive patterns to each other; an insulating pattern configured to cover a preselected region of the second connecting member; and a first connecting member disposed on the insulating pattern to connect adjacent first conductive patterns to each other. The first conductive patterns and the second conductive pattern portion are flexible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jin Hwan Kim, Hee Woong Park, Joo-Han Bae, Byeong Kyu Jeon
  • Patent number: 9774939
    Abstract: A slim electronic device is provided. The slim electronic device includes a substrate having an opening formed therein, and an audio component accommodated in the opening of the substrate without overlapping the substrate and disposed such that the top and bottom thereof are substantially parallel to the top and bottom of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Min-Young Park, Kwangmin Kil, Jae-Joon Yoo, Chang-Youl Lee, Janghoon Kang, Taeeon Kim, Youngbae Park
  • Patent number: 9724599
    Abstract: The operator includes: an operation body having a shaft section that extends along a first direction (Z direction), the operation body being operated by a user; a first detecting body to detect the rotational motion of the operation body about a rotational axis that extends along a plane, the plane being defined by second (X direction) and third (Y direction) directions, the second direction being orthogonal to the first direction, and the third direction being orthogonal to the first and second directions; and a second detecting body provided independently of the first detecting body to detect the translational motion of the operation body along the plane described above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Keiji Togawa, Takeshi Yamagishi
  • Patent number: 9719839
    Abstract: An occupant sensor having a switching element, which comprises a top carrier layer and a bottom carrier layer separated by a spacer. The spacer has an opening defining an active zone in which the carrier layers may be brought together in response to a force acting on at least one of them. The switching element includes a first electrode and a second electrode arranged within the active area between the carrier layers such that an electrical contact is established between the first and second electrodes if the carrier layers are brought together. The occupant sensor includes a decoupling layer arranged on a top side of the switching element such that the decoupling layer covers the top carrier layer in the region of the active area. The decoupling layer and switching element are laterally displaceable with respect to each other in the region of the active area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: IEE International Electronics & Engineering S.A.
    Inventors: Konstantin Weires, Dietmar Jungen, Claus-Christian Kedenburg, Manuel Wampach
  • Patent number: 9627161
    Abstract: A multi-directional operating switch to be used chiefly for operating a variety of electronic apparatuses is disclosed. This operating switch can determine a tilt angle of an operating body accurately. The operating switch comprises a fixed electrode body, a movable electrode body made of conductive material, and the operating body. The fixed electrode body includes a first fixed electrode on its top face. The movable electrode body is disposed on the fixed electrode body and includes a first pressing projection protruding toward the first fixed electrode. The operating body is disposed on the movable electrode body and can be tilted such that it presses the first pressing projection from above. The movable electrode body is elastic, so that the first pressing projection can be deformed such that an electrostatic capacity generated between the first pressing projection and the first fixed electrode can be changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tamotsu Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9626062
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a touch sensing apparatus includes repeatedly forming a plurality of electrode patterns on a first sub-substrate unwound from a first roller; repeatedly forming a plurality of interconnection patterns on a second sub-substrate unwound by a second roller; forming an array of touch sensing substrates by adhering the first sub-substrate to the second sub-substrate; forming a plurality of via holes through which the plurality of electrode patterns are electrically connected to the plurality of interconnection patterns; and cutting the array of touch sensing substrates into a plurality of touch sensing substrates, each touch sensing substrate including one of the electrode patterns and one of the interconnection patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Melfas Inc.
    Inventor: Dong Jin Min
  • Patent number: 9606659
    Abstract: A touch display panel includes a display panel, a touch panel, an optical film and an adhesive layer. The display panel includes a first substrate and a second substrate. The first substrate and the second substrate are disposed oppositely along a first direction. The touch panel is disposed over the display panel along the first direction. The optical film is disposed between the second substrate and the touch panel along the first direction. The adhesive layer is disposed on the outside of the optical film and adheres to the second substrate and the touch panel. A touch display device and a display device are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: INNOLUX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Chia-Lung Lin, Tzu-Ti Hung, Yi-Hung Ho
  • Patent number: 9601280
    Abstract: Micro-electromagnetically actuated latched miniature relay switches formed from laminate layers comprising a spring and magnet, electromagnetic coils, magnetic latching material, and transmission line with contacts. Preferably the miniature relay switches transmit up to about 50 W of DC or AC line power, and carry up to about 10 A of load current, with an overall volume of less than about 100 mm3. In addition to switching large power, the device preferably requires less than 3 V to actuate, and has a latching feature that retains the switch state after actuation without the need for external applied voltage or current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
    Inventors: Mark Bachman, Guann-Pyng Li, Yang Zhang, Minfeng Wang
  • Patent number: 9564276
    Abstract: A cable switch comprising a first base member of a band shape provided with a conductor on an inner surface and a second base member facing the first base member, and including a flat positive electrode and a negative electrode, the positive electrode being provided on one side of an inner surface thereof and the negative electrode being provided on another side of the inner surface, a gap being formed between the positive electrode and the negative electrode for separating and insulating the positive electrode and the negative electrode from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: FOSTER ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kenta Yujima, Gao Wei, Yoshikazu Okazaki
  • Patent number: 9508505
    Abstract: A keyswitch structure includes a bottom plate, a keycap, a first support, a second support, and a magnetic member. The bottom plate has a magnetic portion. The keycap is disposed above the bottom plate. The first support and the second support are disposed between the bottom plate and the keycap. The keycap is capable of moving up and down relative to the bottom plate through the first support and the second support. The magnetic member is disposed between the bottom plate and the keycap corresponding to the magnetic portion. The magnetic member and the magnetic portion induce an attractive force therebetween. The attractive force makes the magnetic member contact and apply force to the first support and the second support so that the first support and the second support tend to move the keycap away from the bottom plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: DARFON ELECTRONICS CORP.
    Inventor: Chien-Shih Hsu
  • Patent number: 9498958
    Abstract: There is provided a liquid jetting apparatus including: a liquid jetting head including first and second nozzles from which the first and second liquids are jetted, respectively; a head driving unit; a flushing receiving part including first and second landing positions; and a controller. The controller causes the first and second liquids to be jetted from the first and second nozzles such that the first and second liquids land on the first and second landing positions respectively, in a case that a flushing process is performed in a state that a liquid-jetting process is performed. The controller controls the liquid jetting head to move during a period between jetting of the first and liquids land on the second landing position, in the case that the flushing process is performed in a state that the liquid-jetting process is not performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tatsuya Shindo
  • Patent number: 9411751
    Abstract: Key formation techniques are described. In one or more implementations, an input device includes a key assembly including a plurality of keys that are usable to initiate respective inputs for a computing device, a connection portion configured to be removably connected to the computing device physically and communicatively to communicate signals generated by the plurality of keys to the computing device, and an outer layer that is configured to cover the plurality of keys of the key assembly, the outer layer having a plurality of areas that are embossed thereon that indicate one or more borders of respective said keys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: David Otto Whitt, III, Timothy C. Shaw, Christopher Harry Stoumbos, Joel Lawrence Pelley, Matthew David Mickelson, James Alec Ishihara, Hua Wang, Karsten Aagaard, Ralf Groene, Rob Huala
  • Patent number: 9412533
    Abstract: A low travel switch assembly and systems and methods for using the same are disclosed. The low travel dome may include a domed surface having upper and lower portions, and a set of tuning members integrated within the domed surface between the upper and lower portions. The tuning members may be operative to control a force-displacement curve characteristic of the low travel dome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Keith J. Hendren, Thomas W. Wilson, Jr., John M. Brock, Craig C. Leong, James J. Niu, Satoshi Okuma, Shinsuke Watanabe
  • Patent number: 9412535
    Abstract: A keyswitch structure includes a base, a keycap, a lift mechanism, and a magnetic member. The keycap is capable of moving up and down relative to the base through the lift mechanism. The lift mechanism includes a support that has a side edge portion, abutting against the base through a sharp edge, and a magnetic portion at the side edge portion. The magnetic portion extends outward from the side edge portion. The support is movably connected to the keycap through another side edge portion of the support. The magnetic member is disposed on the base corresponding to the magnetic portion. The magnetic portion and the magnetic member produce a magnetic attraction force therebetween. When an external force applied to the keycap is eliminated, the magnetic attraction force drives the support to rotate about the sharp edge relative to the base, so that the keycap moves away from the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: DARFON ELECTRONICS CORP.
    Inventor: Chien-Shih Hsu
  • Patent number: 9392685
    Abstract: The present invention provides a transparent conductive film in which occurrence of scratches during sliding is suppressed even when transparent conductive layer forming surfaces are so arranged as to face each other. Provided is a transparent conductive film comprising a transparent film base; at least one dielectric layer formed on a first main surface of the transparent film base; and a transparent conductive layer formed on the dielectric layer, wherein the transparent conductive layer is patterned; and the surface on the first main surface of the transparent conductive film has an arithmetical mean roughness Ra of 22 nm or more, and has 140/mm2 or more of protrusions having heights of 250 nm or higher at a pattern-opening part in which the transparent conductive layer is not formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: NITTO DENKO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Nakajima, Tomotake Nashiki, Hideo Sugawara
  • Patent number: 9386691
    Abstract: In this conductive sheet and touch panel, a first conductive pattern has a band-shaped section extending in the y-direction; a second conductive pattern has a plurality of electrode sections that are each connected in the x-direction by a connection section; the first conductive pattern and the second conductive pattern are both configured combining a first lattice and a second lattice (having a size larger than that of the first lattice); the facing portions of each of the band-shaped section of the first conductive pattern and the connection section of the second conductive pattern are configured from a plurality of second lattices; and when seen from the upper surface, the facing portions of the band-shaped section and the connection section have a form combining a plurality of first lattices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Tadashi Kuriki
  • Patent number: 9318291
    Abstract: Presented is a mechanical switch that may include a first electrode; a second electrode spaced apart from the first electrode; a first material electrically connected to the first electrode; and a second material electrically connected to the first electrode. Any one of a hardness, a Young's modulus, a melting point and an insensitivity degree to external contamination of the second material is lower than any corresponding one of a hardness, a Young's modulus a melting point and an insensitivity degree to external contamination of the first material. When the first electrode and the second electrode are electrically connected to each other, after the first material is connected to the second electrode, the second material is connected to the second electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology
    Inventors: Jun Bo Yoon, Yong Ha Song
  • Patent number: 9285939
    Abstract: A touch panel including a substrate, a touch-sensing element, transmission lines, a ground electrode, a first electrode layer, an insulation layer and a second electrode layer is provided. The transmission lines are electrically connected to the touch-sensing element. The ground electrode surrounds the touch-sensing element and the transmission lines. The first electrode layer is located around and electrically connected to the ground electrode. The insulation layer is at least disposed on the first electrode layer. The second electrode layer is disposed on the insulation layer to form at least one capacitance storage unit, so that the electro static discharge can be conducted to the ground electrode through the capacitance storage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: WINTEK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ting-Yu Chang, Chong-Wei Li, Ching-Fu Hsu, Chen-Ho Hsu
  • Patent number: 9242429
    Abstract: Structures and methods for providing a liquid adhesive between substrates of a composite structure are described. Methods include providing a liquid adhesive having a thread disposed therein between two substrates of a composite structure. In some embodiments, the thread has a fixed diameter which acts to provide a consistent gap between the two substrates. In some embodiments, the thread is configured to be activated during the assembly process to facilitate curing of the liquid adhesive. In some embodiments the thread is configured to be activated after the composite structure is formed to facilitate separation of the two substrates and disassembly of the composite structure. The thread can be made of a conductive or non-conductive material. In some embodiments, the thread is activated by passing a voltage through the thread to heat the thread. In some embodiments, the thread is activated by passing ultraviolet light through the thread.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel T. Reineman, Kevin D. Gibbs, Amy Qian, Derek W. Wright