Membrane Type Patents (Class 200/512)
  • Patent number: 11566455
    Abstract: A signal generator, in particular opening switch, for a vehicle door or flap, including an actuator, in particular an actuator which can be manually actuated and/or gripped by an operating person, furthermore including a plug housing (14) with a switch (22) which is received therein or arranged thereon and which has electrical contacts (20) which form part of a plug connection, and including an actuator housing (12) with the actuator (30), the actuator being mounted movably on the actuator housing (12) and acting on the switch (22), the actuator housing (12) and the plug housing (14) being positionally fixed relative to one another, wherein the electrical contacts (20) are electrically connected to the switch (22) by plugged-in conductors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Joachim Oberst, Stefan Zöller, Elmar Fries, Zsolt Wilke
  • Patent number: 11527370
    Abstract: A dome switch button is installed on a circuit board. The dome switch button includes an elastic piece, a conductive piece and a buffering element. The elastic piece is located over the conductive piece. The buffering element is located under the conductive piece and electrically connected with the circuit board. When the elastic piece is subjected to elastic deformation to trigger the conductive piece, an electric signal is generated. The buffering element is electrically connected with the circuit board. Moreover, a first electric pad and a second electric pad of the circuit board are covered by the buffering element. The electricity from the first electric pad and the second electric pad of the circuit board can be transferred to the conductive piece through the buffering element. Consequently, the conductive piece can be electrically connected with the circuit board without the need of using additional conductor lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: PRIMAX ELECTRONICS LTD.
    Inventor: Tai-Sou Huang
  • Patent number: 11482387
    Abstract: A membrane circuit board includes a first film substrate, a second film substrate, an insulating spacer substrate and a waterproof structure. The first circuit layer is installed on the first film substrate. A second circuit layer is installed on the second film substrate. The insulating spacer substrate arranged between the first film substrate and the second film substrate. The first circuit layer is arranged between the first film substrate and the insulating spacer substrate. The second circuit layer is arranged between the second film substrate and the insulating spacer substrate. The waterproof structure includes a first welding layer and a second welding layer. The first welding layer is arranged between the first film substrate and the insulating spacer substrate. The second welding layer is arranged between the second film substrate and the insulating spacer substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: PRIMAX ELECTRONICS LTD.
    Inventors: Liu-Bing Cai, Li-Xiong Deng, Fu-Zhou Wei, Li-Qiang Chen, Xiao-Ping Wang
  • Patent number: 11471246
    Abstract: Pre-initiated tips for handheld laser surgical devices and methods related to the same are disclosed herein. Some embodiments include a handpiece device including a tubular body; and an insert that fits within the tubular body, the insert having a terminal end that comprises a receiver. A disposable tip couples with the terminal end of the receiver, and the disposable tip has a fiber optic conduit extending from a sheath tip. In some instances the fiber tip is pre-initiated with a pigment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: Azena Medical, LLC
    Inventors: Alexandre B. Di Sessa, Jonathan Z. Luo, Roberto Minoru Imai, Jr., Kenneth Lester Blanchard
  • Patent number: 11455818
    Abstract: An electronic device includes: a display module; a first adhesive member having a multi-layered structure and having a first adhesive surface attached on a back surface of the display module; and a sensing module including a sensing area, the sensing area being attached on a second adhesive surface facing the first adhesive surface of the first adhesive member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yewon Cho, Dongeun Lee, Dongjin Jeong
  • Patent number: 11442552
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to a sensing membrane that is coupled with electrical terminals of a key switch and a light source. This may allow the membrane to be both configured to transmit a signal in response to actuation of keyboard key cap and illuminate an illuminable symbol of key cap. In one aspect, the membrane includes a set of deformable layers separated by a spacer layer. Terminals of the key switch are connected to distinct ones of the set of deformable layers and positioned within a cavity defined by the spacer layer. A light assembly may be positioned along and configured to move with one of the set of deformable layers. Depression of a key cap toward the set of deformable layers causes the set of terminals to move and initiate a switch event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Paul X. Wang
  • Patent number: 11419231
    Abstract: A cover for an electronic device includes a glass cover defining a substantially planar first surface, a substantially planar second surface opposite the first surface, an opening extending through the glass cover, and a raised wall surrounding the opening and defining a portion of an interior surface of the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Simon R. Lancaster-Larocque, Robert Y. Cao, Dinesh C. Mathew, A C Manjunath, Christopher D. Jones, Christopher D. Prest, Ari P. Miller, Karan Bir, Genie Kim
  • Patent number: 11360606
    Abstract: A control circuit controls a two-wire resistive touch panel. The two-wire resistive touch panel includes a first region and a second region which are adjacent to each other in a coordinate axis direction (X direction), and the first region has resistance per unit length lower than resistance per unit length of the second region. A measurement unit measures an electric signal having a correlation with impedance between two wires which are lead out from the resistive touch panel. A processing unit (i) determines that the first region is touched when the electric signal or the impedance obtained from the electric signal is included in a predetermined first range, (ii) determines that the second region is touched when the electric signal or the impedance obtained from the electric signal is included in a predetermined second range, and generates a touched coordinate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: ROHM CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hirotoshi Usui, Naoki Tada
  • Patent number: 11320940
    Abstract: Disclosed is a touch control device. The touch control device includes a touch panel having a curved surface shape of multiple curvatures. The touch control device includes a base including a metal complex, an electrode groove formed in a touch area of the base, a plurality of sensor electrodes formed on the electrode groove, each including a conductive material, a via hole penetrating the base, a connection electrode connecting the plurality of sensor electrodes through the via hole and an integrated circuit coupled to the base and connected to the sensor electrodes to sense a change in capacitance of the sensor electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION, SEOYON ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sihyun Joo, Nae Seung Kang, Jungsang Min, Jongmin Oh, Sam Min Park, Jun Sam Choi
  • Patent number: 11281306
    Abstract: An input device including a plurality of press buttons and a touch control area is provided. The press buttons provide a key input function, and the touch control area provides a touch input function. Each of the press buttons pushes against an elastic pad which is used as a sensing electrode of the touch input function and as an elastic recovery element of the key input function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: PIXART IMAGING INC.
    Inventor: Chia-Yi Lee
  • Patent number: 11275475
    Abstract: A compliant material, such as a conductive foam, is positioned in the dielectric or capacitive gap between drive and sense electrodes and/or other conductive elements of a capacitive and/or other force sensor, such as a TFT or other display element and a sensor assembly. The compliant material prevents damage by preventing and/or cushioning contact. The compliant material may be conductive. By being conductive and being positioned between the electrodes while still being separated from one or more of the electrodes, the compliant material also shortens the effective electrical distance between the electrodes. As a result, the force sensor may be more sensitive than would otherwise be possible while being less vulnerable to damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel J. Bechstein, Collin R. Petty, Martin P. Grunthaner, Andrew W. Joyce, John R. Matthews, Pavan O. Gupta, Albert Lin
  • 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: 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: 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: 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