Capacitive Switch Patents (Class 200/600)
  • Patent number: 11184985
    Abstract: A touch structure and a method of manufacturing the touch structure are provided. The method includes: forming a first conductive layer on a base substrate; forming a second conductive layer on the first conductive layer; and patterning the first conductive layer and the second conductive layer to respectively form a first conductive layer pattern and a second conductive layer pattern; the first conductive layer pattern is formed after the second conductive layer pattern is formed, and the first conductive layer pattern and the second conductive layer pattern are different from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignees: BOE Technology Group Co., Ltd., Hefei Xinsheng Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jing Wang, Zouming Xu, Xiaodong Xie, Lei Zhang, Xianlin Ding, Qitao Zheng, Tsung Chieh Kuo, Dong Li, Qicheng Chen, Ting Zeng, Ming Zhang, Seong Cho Lee, Lingyan Wu, Guiyu Zhang
  • Patent number: 11172892
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus includes a sensor capable of detecting vital signs, setting acceptable limits for the vital signs, and includes structures for monitoring the vital signs and providing local and/or remote indications to caregivers if the vital signs fall outside of acceptable limits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert M. Zerhusen, Dan R. Tallent, Brandon P. Fisk, Aziz A. Bhai, Eric D. Benz, Robert D. Weitz, John Goewert, Frank Sauser, Nicholas C. Batta, Edward J. Koors, Jonathan D. Turner, Richard H. Heimbrock, John G. Byers, Nicholas A. Mann, Daniel McCoy
  • Patent number: 11154975
    Abstract: A tool includes a switch and a handle. The switch is configured to cause an electric component to operate. The handle is held by a hand to manipulate the switch. The switch includes a switch manipulation part to be manipulated, and a load sensor. The load sensor is configured to receive a pressing force through the switch manipulation part. The load sensor includes a pressure-sensitive conductive elastic member in which conductive particles are dispersed in a non-conductive elastic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: MAX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomohide Tsutsui, Tomohiko Serita
  • Patent number: 11157126
    Abstract: A touch panel is formed by laminating: a glass substrate having a touch surface; an X-axis sensor unit having parallel patterns, each of which having diamond-shaped X-axis lattices 10A and 10B aligned in an X-axis direction; an Y-axis sensor unit having parallel patterns each of which having Y-axis lattices 14A and 14B aligned in a Y-axis direction; and an insulation layer arranged between the X-axis sensor unit and the Y-axis sensor unit. The X-axis lattices and the Y-axis lattices are not overlapped when seen from a side of the touch surface. A gap 17 is formed between a frame line 10a of the X-axis lattice and a frame line 14a of the Y-axis lattice. A protrusion part 12 extended parallel to a lattice side of a fine lattice from the frame line 10a of the X-axis lattices 10A and 10B is arranged in the gap 17.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignees: NORITAKE CO., LIMITED, NORITAKE ITRON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takehiro Nakao, Kazuya Nasu
  • Patent number: 11133801
    Abstract: An operation device includes an operation unit to which a plurality of functions of an operated object are assigned corresponding to a position to be touched by an operation finger, a detection unit that is arranged on at least one plane extended including a plane facing the operation unit to detect the operation finger performing an operation on the operation unit, and a determination unit to determine an instructed function based on a combination of the operation performed on the operation unit and the touch position of the detected operation finger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RIKA DENKI SEISAKUSHO
    Inventor: Takayuki Adachi
  • Patent number: 11126286
    Abstract: A method of fabricating a window deco film includes forming a hard coating layer, forming a deco layer on the hard coating layer, forming a light-shielding layer on the deco layer, and forming an acryl-based coating layer on the hard coating layer before forming the deco layer, or on the light-shielding layer. The window deco film may have a remarkably reduced thickness, and thus an entire thickness of an image display device including a window substrate to which the window deco film is applied may be also reduced. Additionally, even when the window deco film is attached to a curved window substrate, a bubble may not be generated at a curved portion of the window substrate. A mura caused by a retardation or a phase difference due to the window deco film may be suppressed. Thus, the window deco film may have an improved transmittance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: DONGWOO FINE-CHEM CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ki Joon Park, Cheol Hun Lee, Gwang Yong Tak
  • Patent number: 11121709
    Abstract: A touch and force sensitive rocker switch or button array for a portable electronic device can include multiple dome switches or force sensors, as well as a capacitive sensing surface that can detect finger location and swipes. A cosmetic surface can cover the entire elongated switch/button and portions of device housing proximate the button, and can be configured to transfer each of multiple types of input there through to the button and also provide a seal to the device housing interior. The cosmetic surface can be a flexible polymer to allow local deformation, and/or the entire surface can tilt or bend to permit inputs to transfer there through. The elongated button/switch can be raised from a surface of the device, and can be located along a side of the device, with a front face of the device being a touchscreen, such as for a smart phone or watch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Tyler S. Bushnell, Adam T. Clavelle, Sameer Pandya, Sherry Tang
  • Patent number: 11119610
    Abstract: A touch member includes a first touch electrode including a plurality of first sub-detection electrode patterns. The touch member includes a second touch electrode including a plurality of second sub-detection electrode. An electrode pattern connecting portion electrically connects adjacent second sub-detection electrode patterns. An island electrode pattern is disposed in the second touch electrode. A bridge pattern electrically connects a first sub-detection electrode of the first sub-detection electrode patterns to the island electrode pattern. The bridge pattern is formed of a first conductive layer. The first sub-detection electrode patterns, the electrode pattern connecting portion, the second sub-detection electrode patterns, and the island electrode pattern are formed of a second conductive layer. An insulating pattern is disposed between the bridge pattern and a part of the second conductive layer overlapping with the bridge pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sung Jin Yang, Su Jin Kim, Tae Gon Kim, Han Soo Kim, Hyun Sik Park, Chun Gi You, Chung Yi, Sung Ho Cho, Min Ho Chae
  • Patent number: 11093096
    Abstract: A touch sensing unit includes first sensing electrodes (FSEs), second sensing electrodes SSEs, first signal lines (FSLs), second signal lines (SSLs), and connection lines (CLs). The FSEs extend in a first direction (D1) and are arranged in a second direction (D2) intersecting the D1. The SSEs extend in the D2 and are arranged in the D1. The FSLs are connected to the F SEs, respectively. The SSLs are connected to the SSEs, respectively. The CLs are connected to the FSEs via the FSLs. The FSEs are grouped into blocks. Each of the blocks includes p FSEs of the FSEs, and p FSLs connected to the p FSEs, respectively, “p” being a natural number greater than one. A k-th CL of the CLs is connected to one of the FSEs of each of the blocks, “k” being a natural number. The FSEs connected to the k-th connection line have different sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Changho Hyun, Jeehyun Lee, Ahnho Jee
  • Patent number: 11086460
    Abstract: Disclosed is a touch substrate which includes: a substrate having a first area and a second area arranged side by side; and a plurality of touch electrodes, arranged in an array on the substrate and including a plurality of first touch electrodes in the first area and a plurality of second touch electrodes in the second area. First lead wires, located in the first area, are connected to first touch electrodes in a one-to-one correspondence. Second lead wires, located in the second area, are connected to second touch electrodes in a one-to-one correspondence. The first and second lead wires all extend toward a side where the first area is located. Third lead wires, located in the first area, are insulated from first touch electrodes. A unit length of the third lead wires has a lower resistance than a unit length of the second lead wires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignees: CHONGQING BOE OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD., BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jiandong Guo
  • Patent number: 11070904
    Abstract: An earphone includes a housing that defines a force input surface opposite a touch input surface. A spring member in the housing includes a first arm that biases a touch sensor toward the touch input surface. The spring member also includes a second arm that biases a first force electrode toward the housing and allows the first force electrode to move toward a second force electrode when a force is applied to the force input surface. A non-binary amount of the force is determinable using a change in a mutual capacitance between the first force electrode and the second force electrode. The mutual capacitance between the first force electrode and the second force electrode may be measured upon detecting a touch using the touch sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Nahid Harjee, Brian R. Twehues, Teera Songatikamas
  • Patent number: 11036318
    Abstract: An electronic device is disclosed. In some examples, the electronic device comprises a rotatable mechanical input mechanism. In some examples, the electronic device comprises sense electrode positioned proximate to the mechanical input mechanism. In some examples, the electronic device comprises a capacitive sense circuit comprising drive circuity operatively coupled to the mechanical input mechanism and configured for driving a drive signal onto the mechanical input mechanism. In some examples, the electronic device comprises a capacitive sense circuit comprising sense circuitry operatively coupled to the sense electrode and configured to measure an amount of coupling between the rotatable mechanical input mechanism and the sense electrode. In some examples, the electronic device comprises a housing, wherein the sense electrode is included in a gasket for connecting a display to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Louis W. Bokma, Prashanth Holenarsipur, Yuta Kuboyama, Mengshu Huang
  • Patent number: 11019743
    Abstract: A display device includes: a display panel which is curved and displays an image; a cover window which is disposed on a front surface of the display panel at which the image is displayed; and a cover panel which is curved and disposed on a curved back surface of the display panel opposite to the front surface thereof. The cover panel is defined by a flat cover panel which is curved by attachment thereof to the curved back surface of the display panel, and the flat cover panel which is curved to define the cover panel includes a cutout portion therein recessed from an outer edge of the flat cover panel toward a center of the flat cover panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hyun Woo Choi, Jun Ho Kwack, Ji Yun Bang, Jae Young Sim
  • Patent number: 11012068
    Abstract: The capacitive sensor apparatus includes: a sensor element disposed on the first surface of the mounting member; and a floating conductor that is disposed on the second surface of the mounting member and is electrically conductive, the floating conductor being electrically disconnected from the sensor element. The sensor element includes: a first electrode; and a second electrode in a shape of a ring surrounding an outer periphery of the first electrode and being electrically disconnected from the first electrode. The floating conductor overlaps at least the first electrode in a projection view seen from the first surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takateru Sawada
  • Patent number: 11009999
    Abstract: A display device includes a display panel including an opening penetrating the display panel, a display area adjacent to the opening, a first non-display area between the opening and the display area, and a second non-display area surrounding the display area, and an input detecting layer on the display panel. The input detecting layer may include a first line located in the first non-display area, a second line located in the second non-display area, and a connecting line connecting the first line to the second line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wonjun Choi, Iljoo Kim, Duckjoong Kim
  • Patent number: 10976861
    Abstract: According to an aspect, a detection device includes: a plurality of first sensor electrodes disposed side by side in a first direction and a second direction intersecting the first direction; and a plurality of second sensor electrodes disposed side by side in the first direction and the second direction. One of the second sensor electrodes overlaps a plurality of first sensor electrodes out of the first sensor electrodes in planar view. Each of the second sensor electrodes has a plurality of electric-field transmission regions. One of the electric-field transmission regions overlaps a corresponding one of the first sensor electrodes in planar view and does not straddle two first sensor electrodes in planar view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Japan Display Inc.
    Inventors: Kisho Yamamoto, Naoki Takada, Hiroshi Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 10963082
    Abstract: Touch panels and touch display devices are provided. The touch panel includes a plurality of first touch electrode patterns, the first touch electrode patterns comprise a plurality of first touch units and a connection unit for connecting adjacent first touch units. A plurality of second touch electrode patterns are insulated from and intersected with the first touch electrode patterns. The second touch electrode pattern comprises a plurality of second touch units and at least one bridge unit for connecting adjacent second touch units. The bridge unit includes at least two metal bridges having a hollow-out pattern, and a connection portion connecting the at least two metal bridges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: KunShan Go-Visionox Opto-Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shuai Lin, Zhihua Zhang, Xiangqian Wang
  • Patent number: 10955975
    Abstract: A lighting touchpad includes a circuit board and a light-emitting element. The circuit board has a touch sensing area, and a plurality of first sensor cells and at least one second sensor cell are formed in the touch sensing area. Each of the first sensor cells has the same first areas, and each of the at least one second sensor cell has a second area smaller than the first area. The light-emitting element is disposed in the touch sensing area and adjacent to the at least one second sensor cell. The configuration of the present invention is helpful to reduce a touch dead zone (also be called an inactive area) of the lighting touchpad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: ELAN MICROELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hsin-Fu Hsu
  • Patent number: 10948280
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a sensing circuit, a processing method of the sensing circuit and a curved surface profile measuring method. Conductors of the sensing circuit are arranged in flexible protection bodies in a braiding manner, and the conductors and the flexible protection bodies are at a compressed state. Therefore, the sensing circuit of the present invention has better flexibility and tensile property, can be attached to a surface of equipment, can be used for sensing multiple situations of the equipment, such as slight touch and collision of a large displacement, and can also be applied to precise measurement of a size of a curved surface profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: SUZHOU JILVDA INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Zheng Zhang, Fuqiu Ye, Qin Cheng, Rengui Bi
  • Patent number: 10915207
    Abstract: A multipoint touch surface controller is disclosed herein. The controller includes an integrated circuit including output circuitry for driving a capacitive multi-touch sensor and input circuitry for reading the sensor. Also disclosed herein are various noise rejection and dynamic range enhancement techniques that permit the controller to be used with various sensors in various conditions without reconfiguring hardware.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Steven P. Hotelling, Christoph H. Krah, Brian Q. Huppi
  • Patent number: 10915212
    Abstract: A conductive film has a support and a conductive portion which is disposed on the support and contains a conductive component and a binder, the binder contains a resin, a gel fraction of the resin is 70% or more, and a moisture content of the resin is 3% or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Shinichi Nakahira, Akihiro Ishii, Keisho Funatsu
  • Patent number: 10908630
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a display adjuster including a rotary adjuster; and an electronic display including a transparent outer layer, wherein the rotary adjuster includes an actuation member and a rotational detection means, wherein the actuation member is rotatably mounted about a rotational axis mounted with bearing means, and the rotary adjuster is arranged on the transparent layer; and the display adjuster also includes a surrounding wall on the transparent layer that surrounds at least the bearing means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: PREH GMBH
    Inventors: Benedikt Schmidt, Michael Schubert, Markus Klein, Heiko Glienicke
  • Patent number: 10910168
    Abstract: An electronic device is provided, which includes a substrate, a protruding pattern, a first conductive pattern, an insulating layer, and a second conductive pattern. The protruding pattern is disposed on the substrate. The first conductive pattern is disposed on the substrate and covers the protruding pattern. The insulating layer is disposed on the first conductive pattern. The insulating layer includes an opening overlapping at least a portion of the protruding pattern. The second conductive pattern is disposed on the insulating layer. The second conductive pattern is connected to the first conductive pattern through the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hwan-hee Jeong, Yong-hwan Park, Yeontae Kim, Taejoon Kim
  • Patent number: 10877589
    Abstract: A touch control device includes a button including a metal complex and having an electrode groove formed therein, a signal deliverer arranged in the electrode groove and including a conductive material, and a substrate having a receiver formed thereon for receiving a signal from the signal deliverer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Jong Bok Lee, Donghee Seok, Gideok Kwon, HeeJin Ro
  • Patent number: 10838521
    Abstract: A touch stylus includes a stopper, a rod, a pressing element, a force sensor, and an elastic element. The rod and the pressing element are moveable relative to the stopper. The pressing element includes a first pressing portion, a second pressing portion, and at least one support arm. The first pressing portion is located between the rod and the stopper. The stopper is located between the first and the second pressing portions. The support arm extends from the first pressing portion to the second pressing portion. The force sensor is disposed between the stopper and the second pressing portion. The elastic element is connected to the pressing element. When the pressing element is located at a first position, the pressing element abuts against the force sensor. When the pressing element is located at a second position, the pressing element and the force sensor are separated from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Chicony Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Cheng-Chi Hsu, Ji-Hung Lu
  • Patent number: 10809555
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a force sensing device includes a first insulating layer, a first electrode layer on the first insulating layer, a second electrode layer provided in opposition to the first electrode layer, and an elastic layer held between one or both of the first insulating layer and the first electrode layer, and the second electrode layer, and configured to prevent the first and second electrode layers from coming into contact with each other even while allowing the first and second electrode layers to get close to each other. When the first electrode layer or the second electrode layer is pressed, the pressing force is sensed on the basis of a variation in the capacitance between the first electrode layer and the second electrode layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Japan Display Inc.
    Inventors: Yosuke Nakamori, Ken Hirabayashi
  • Patent number: 10804897
    Abstract: A touch-sensitive keypad control device for use with a controlled device is provided. The touch-sensitive keypad control device includes: a housing, a touch control device disposed in the housing, and a keypad device uncovered from the housing and disposed above the touch control device. The touch control device generates a first command for controlling the controlled device in response to a gesture of a user relative to the keypad device, and the keypad device generates a second command for controlling the controlled device in response to a level change of the keypad device relative to the housing in response to a pressing operation of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: TOUCHPLUS INFORMATION CORP.
    Inventors: Shih-Hsien Hu, Yi-Feng Wei, Yao-Chih Chuang
  • Patent number: 10787121
    Abstract: A multifunction operating device includes a carrier; an input part which has an input surface comprising an array of operating surfaces and which is to be mounted so as to be able to move relatively to the carrier; a touch sensor system which is designed to detect a touching of the input surface by an operating member of an operator, which touching is spatially resolved on the different operating surfaces, and to provide it as a touch detection result; a control unit electrically connected to the touch sensor system; an actuator electrically connected to the control unit and having an effective direction (W) for driving the input part so as to move it relatively to the carrier in order to generate an active haptic; the control unit is designed to trigger the active haptic depending on the touch detection result; an electromechanical switching element electrically connected to the control unit and arranged between the input part and the carrier in order to detect an actuation exerting a minimum actuating force
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: PREH GMBH
    Inventors: Markus Frey, Martin Schäfer
  • Patent number: 10770292
    Abstract: Methods of depositing a film selectively onto a first material relative to a second material are described. The substrate is pre-cleaned by heating the substrate to a first temperature, cleaning contaminants from the substrate and activating the first surface to promote formation of a self-assembled monolayer (SAM) on the first material. A SAM is formed on the first material by repeated cycles of SAM molecule exposure, heating and reactivation of the first material. A final exposure to the SAM molecules is performed prior to selectively depositing a film on the second material. Apparatus to perform the selective deposition are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Chang Ke, Lei Zhou, Biao Liu, Cheng Pan, Yuanhong Guo, Liqi Wu, Michael S. Jackson, Ludovic Godet, Tobin Kaufman-Osborn, Erica Chen, Paul F. Ma
  • Patent number: 10747345
    Abstract: A display device includes a display panel and a first sensor configured to sense a position of a touch of a user and a second sensor configured to sense a pressure of the touch. The first sensor and the second sensor may be provided inside or surrounding an area of the display panel. The second sensor includes a first conductor, a second conductor spaced apart from the first conductor, and configured to form capacitance with the first conductor, and one or more variable resistance elements connected with the first conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jun Young Ko, Dong Gun Park, Jin Oh Kwag, Young Sik Kim, Tae Joon Kim
  • Patent number: 10732776
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus may include a plurality of first sensor patterns and a plurality of second sensor patterns, each of which includes an outer line and an inner line, a plurality of first connection patterns electrically connecting the plurality of first sensor patterns, a plurality of second connection patterns electrically connecting the plurality of second sensor patterns, the second connection patterns being provided at a level different from that of the plurality of first connection patterns, and a third sensor pattern provided in an internal region enclosed by the inner line in a plan view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sungkyun Park, Sangyoun Han, Inseo Kee
  • Patent number: 10714817
    Abstract: Antenna device for a radar detector, which has a circuit board having an electrically insulating substrate, on which a respective electrically conductive layer is arranged on each of two opposing sides, wherein the layer of at least one first side is configured as at least one main antenna. According to the invention, in addition to the at least one main antenna in each case, at least one antenna structure is provided which is integrated with the substrate, wherein each antenna structure integrated with the substrate comprises: a plurality of cutouts which are formed in the substrate and arranged in a waveguide and in each of which an electrically conductive material is arranged at least partially, and a feeder cable formed by the electrically conductive layer of one of the sides for feeding an electromagnetic wave into the antenna structure integrated with the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventor: Niels Koch
  • Patent number: 10699852
    Abstract: An electronic device is provided, which includes a substrate, a protruding pattern, a first conductive pattern, an insulating layer, and a second conductive pattern. The protruding pattern is disposed on the substrate. The first conductive pattern is disposed on the substrate and covers the protruding pattern. The insulating layer is disposed on the first conductive pattern. The insulating layer includes an opening overlapping at least a portion of the protruding pattern. The second conductive pattern is disposed on the insulating layer. The second conductive pattern is connected to the first conductive pattern through the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hwan-hee Jeong, Yong-hwan Park, Yeontae Kim, Taejoon Kim
  • Patent number: 10665397
    Abstract: An electronic device is provided, which includes a substrate, a protruding pattern, a first conductive pattern, an insulating layer, and a second conductive pattern. The protruding pattern is disposed on the substrate. The first conductive pattern is disposed on the substrate and covers the protruding pattern. The insulating layer is disposed on the first conductive pattern. The insulating layer includes an opening overlapping at least a portion of the protruding pattern. The second conductive pattern is disposed on the insulating layer. The second conductive pattern is connected to the first conductive pattern through the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hwan-hee Jeong, Yong-hwan Park, Yeontae Kim, Taejoon Kim
  • Patent number: 10663146
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a flashlight capable of generating and projecting multiple colors within one flashlight unit where said flashlight contains an extendable lens, a light source, a moveable member positionable at various locations to be moved across said light source, a rechargeable power source and a tail cap switch for ‘on’ and ‘off’ functions as well as dimming and brightening of a light source beam. The moveable member is slidably fixed to move perpendicular to a light source whereby movement to designated positions allows communication displaying different color light sources is positioned between a power source and a flashlight lens whereby a releasably-urging spring and rotatable, keyed cam ring serve to compress and release said spring to allow for color change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventors: Chad William Stevenson, Bobby John Housos, Kyle Kenneth Fabian
  • Patent number: 10656769
    Abstract: A touch display device and a method for forming the same are provided. The touch display device includes a touch panel and a display panel arranged opposite to the touch panel to form a cell, where a deformable layer is arranged between the touch panel and the display panel and configured to be deformed in response to a pressure applied to the touch panel; a plurality of first electrodes is arranged at a side of the touch panel adjacent to the display panel; a plurality of second electrodes is arranged at a side of the display panel adjacent to the touch panel; the first electrodes and the second electrodes are arranged in a one-to-one correspondence manner, and each second electrode and the corresponding first electrode form a pressure sensing capacitor; where the touch display device further includes a pressure sensing module configured to detect a capacitance change of the pressure sensing capacitor and determine a value of the pressure applied to the touch panel based on the capacitance change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., HEFEI XINSHENG OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jiawei Xu, Baoran Li, Bisheng Li, Lei Zhang, Tsungchieh Kuo
  • Patent number: 10656193
    Abstract: An electrostatic detecting system and an electrostatic detecting method for detecting the static electricity generated at an active surface of a substrate are provided. The electrostatic detecting system includes a sensing apparatus and a signal processing apparatus. The sensing apparatus is disposed at least adjacent to a back surface opposite to the active surface of the substrate, for measuring the static electricity generated at the active surface and generating an initial electric signal. The signal processing apparatus is electrically connected to the sensing apparatus, for receiving the initial electric signal and correcting the initial electric signal based on a voltage compensation value to obtain a final electric signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Mean-Jue Tung, Shi-Yuan Tong, Yu-Ting Huang, Ming-Da Yang
  • Patent number: 10592017
    Abstract: A window deco film includes a hard coating layer, and a deco layer, a light-shielding layer and an acryl-based coating layer formed on the hard coating layer. The window deco film may have a remarkably reduced thickness, and thus an entire thickness of an image display device including a window substrate to which the window deco film is applied may be also reduced. Additionally, even when the window deco film is attached to a curved window substrate, a bubble may not be generated at a curved portion of the window substrate. A mura caused by a retardation or a phase difference due to the window deco film may be suppressed. Thus, the window deco film may have an improved transmittance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: DONGWOO FINE-CHEM CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ki Joon Park, Cheol Hun Lee, Gwang Yong Tak
  • Patent number: 10585535
    Abstract: A display panel, a display device, and a method for fabricating a display panel are disclosed. The display panel includes a touch member and a display member, both of which include conductive layers. The display panel further includes pressure sensing parts, each of which includes a first electrode and an oppositely arranged second electrode, and a sensing material layer between the first and second electrodes. The first and second electrodes are respectively arranged in two of the conductive layers which are insulated from each other. The first electrode and the second electrode of each pressure sensing part are respectively arranged in any two conductive layers of the display panel itself which are insulated from each other. This simplifies the fabricating process, and increases the reliability and accuracy for pressure sensing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., BEIJING BOE OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wei Liu, Xue Dong, Xiaochuan Chen, Haisheng Wang, Xiaoliang Ding, Shengji Yang, Yingming Liu, Weijie Zhao, Changfeng Li, Pengpeng Wang
  • Patent number: 10580594
    Abstract: An electronic device is provided, which includes a substrate, a protruding pattern, a first conductive pattern, an insulating layer, and a second conductive pattern. The protruding pattern is disposed on the substrate. The first conductive pattern is disposed on the substrate and covers the protruding pattern. The insulating layer is disposed on the first conductive pattern. The insulating layer includes an opening overlapping at least a portion of the protruding pattern. The second conductive pattern is disposed on the insulating layer. The second conductive pattern is connected to the first conductive pattern through the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hwan-hee Jeong, Yong-hwan Park, Yeontae Kim, Taejoon Kim
  • Patent number: 10551975
    Abstract: A switching device according to an embodiment includes a circuit board, a laminated body, and an air layer. The circuit board is provided with an electrode which detects change in electrostatic capacitance that is caused by a touch operation of a user. The laminated body is laminated on the circuit board, and includes a touch panel member that receives the touch operation. The air layer is arranged at a position that corresponds to the electrode between the circuit board and the laminated body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: FUJITSU TEN LIMITED
    Inventors: Tomoaki Ishikawa, Chiyohiko Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10516395
    Abstract: A key structure of an electronic device includes a connecting portion and a key portion. The connecting portion includes two electrode plates cooperatively defining an accommodating space. The key portion, when pressed, is moved toward the accommodating space and partially received within the accommodating space, thereby changing a capacitance between the two electrode plates. The key portion partially protrudes from the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Lei Sun
  • Patent number: 10509517
    Abstract: A switching device according to an embodiment includes a circuit board, a laminated body, and an air layer. The circuit board is provided with an electrode which detects change in electrostatic capacitance that is caused by a touch operation of a user. The laminated body is laminated on the circuit board, and includes a touch panel member that receives the touch operation. The air layer is arranged at a position that corresponds to the electrode between the circuit board and the laminated body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: FUJITSU TEN LIMITED
    Inventors: Tomoaki Ishikawa, Chiyohiko Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10505564
    Abstract: Touch/key sensing with N-1 key scan averaging, for use with an N-key touch input apparatus, including a key matrix of N touch-key sense circuits, including: (a) continuously scanning the key matrix at a first bandwidth to determine a respective touch-key baseline sense signal, independent of a key-press condition, and a related touch-key baseline value based on successive baseline sense signals; and (b) during successive key-scan periods, scanning the key matrix at a second bandwidth greater than the first bandwidth, and for each touch key N, determining a touch-key sense signal, generating an N-1 key-scan average value by averaging the touch-key baseline values for the other N-1 touch keys, comparing the Nth touch-key sense signal to a key-press threshold based on the N-1 key-scan average value; and (c) signaling a key-press condition if the touch-key sense signal is greater in magnitude than the N-1 key-scan average value by the key-press threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Dongtai Liu
  • Patent number: 10459557
    Abstract: A display device includes: a plurality of light emitting elements; a pixel definition layer having a plurality of openings defining positions of the light emitting elements; an encapsulation layer on the light emitting elements and the pixel definition layer; an insulation layer on the encapsulation layer and having a smaller width than a portion of the pixel definition layer between two adjacent openings therein; and a plurality of touch sensing cells on the insulation layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jung Moo Hong, Sun Haeng Cho, Kyu Young Kim, Jin Bo Shim
  • Patent number: 10447262
    Abstract: A cooking appliance and knob assembly are generally provided herein. The knob assembly may include a control panel and a control knob disposed thereon. The knob assembly may further include one or more of an attractor plate, a lighting assembly, and a repelling assembly that operably engage the control knob at a knob body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: James Carter Bach
  • Patent number: 10437377
    Abstract: Provided is a high image quality display device including a touch panel. A display device includes a substrate; a display region provided on the substrate, the display region including an array of a plurality of pixels each including at least one light-emitting element; a scanning line driving circuit; a video signal driving circuit; a common electrode commonly provided for the plurality of light-emitting elements, the common electrode being divided into a plurality of divided areas extending in a radial direction in the display region; and a voltage switch circuit connected with the plurality of divided areas of the common electrode, the voltage switch circuit selectively connecting each of the plurality of divided areas of the common electrode with a reference power supply circuit supplying a constant potential or a scanning circuit detecting a touch position in the display region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Japan Display Inc.
    Inventor: Hajime Akimoto
  • Patent number: 10427622
    Abstract: A vehicle console includes a trim ring disposed over a periphery of a housing. The trim ring includes a polymeric material and is electrically conductive and grounded. A proximity switch assembly is retained in the housing. The proximity switch assembly includes a proximity sensor proximate a sensing pad for generating an activation field. The sensing pad is proximate the trim ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Richard Gall, Satyanarayana Raju Vemulapati, James J. Surman
  • Patent number: 10416711
    Abstract: A mobile terminal disclosed herein includes a main body having front and side surfaces, a window provided on a top of the main body and curved from the front surface toward the side surfaces to define at least a part of the side surfaces, a touch sensor provided on a rear surface of the window and curved along a shape of the window, a frame provided on a rear surface of the display and having a shape corresponding to the display for support, supporting members supporting ends of the window, the touch sensor and the display and partially defining the side surfaces of the terminal, and a rear case covering a rear surface of the main body, wherein the touch sensor and display are formed longer along side surfaces of the window, and the window contacts parts of the supporting members, externally exposed to define the side surfaces of the terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Seungyong Shin, Inkuk Yeo, Sungkwon Jang, Kyoungtae Kim, Junghoon Hwang
  • Patent number: 10416798
    Abstract: A touch display apparatus includes a display panel having pixel areas and touch electrodes disposed above the display panel. The pixel areas are arranged with a pixel pitch Ppx in a first direction. The touch electrodes have bending patterns arranged with a first touch electrode pitch Ptx in the first direction. Each bending pattern includes repeating portions connected with one another. The repeating portions are arranged with a second touch electrode pitch Pty in a second direction intersecting the first direction. Each repeating portion has a first line segment inclined with respect to the first direction and the second direction. An angle a is included between the first line segment and the second direction, and 10°???45°. The pixel pitch, the first touch electrode pitch and the second touch electrode pitch satisfy 1.5Ppx?Ptx?2Ppx and 1.63Ppx?0.5Pty?9.94Ppx.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: HannStar Display Corporation
    Inventor: Heng-Cheng Tseng