Tilt Responsive Patents (Class 200/61.52)
  • Patent number: 10524061
    Abstract: A hearing aid device is disclosed. The hearing aid device comprises means to improve, augment and/or protect the hearing capability of a user by receiving acoustic signals from the surroundings of the user, generating corresponding audio signals, possibly modifying the audio signals and providing the possibly modified audio signals as audible signals to at least one of the user's ears. The hearing aid device comprises a sensor member for detecting the movement and/or acceleration and/or orientation (or spatial position) of the hearing aid device. The hearing aid device comprises at least two hearing aid microphones and a control unit for determining the position or a deviation from an intended position of the hearing aid device or hearing aid microphones. The hearing aid device is configured to compensate for a possible dislocation of the hearing aid microphones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: OTICON A/S
    Inventors: Michael Syskind Pedersen, Kenneth Rueskov Møller, Svend Oscar Petersen, Niels Stubager Kiemer, Jesper Kofoed Nielsen, Björn Ohl, Marianne Kleist Elmlund, Karin Carvalho, Henrik Bendsen, Regin Kopp Pedersen, Christian C. Bürger, Steen Michael Munk, Morten Christophersen, Julie Hefting Pedersen, Bo Westergård, Maria Oxenbøll
  • Patent number: 10412943
    Abstract: Certain types of rattle reels include a housing; a reel coupled to the housing; and an indicator arrangement carried by the housing. The indicator arrangement is operationally coupled to the reel so that movement of the reel relative to the housing activates the indicator arrangement. The indicator arrangement remains activated until the user manually resets the indicator arrangement. Certain types of rattle reels include a free-standing housing including an adjustable leg; a reel coupled to the housing; a power source carried by the housing; a light source carried by the housing; and a user interface member accessible for activating and deactivating the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventor: William Hartsock
  • Patent number: 10377308
    Abstract: A motorcycle includes a frame mounted on wheels having a front and rear parts, handlebar located at the front part motorcycle speed and roll angle detector, the front and rear parts join on a frame longitudinal median plane (W). A device for detecting a vehicle moving towards the rear part when the motorcycle is moving, the device including a radar detector or television camera rigidly of one piece with the motorcycle, the radar detector rigidly associated with the rear part and following its movement. The radar detector connected to a presence and movement evaluator of the vehicle moving towards the rear part capable of determining a variable hazard indication which identifies a time to collision between the vehicle and the motorcycle. The evaluator activating warning means on the basis of such hazard indication which generate a warning for the rider's attention when the hazard indication reaches a predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignees: POLITECNICO DI MILANO, DUCATI MOTOR HOLDING S.P.A.
    Inventors: Sergio Matteo Savaresi, Giulio Panzani, Alessandro Amodio, Pierluigi Zampieri, Fabio Codeca'
  • Patent number: 10371274
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a hydraulic switch arrangement and a fluid switch for incorporating into a hydraulic switch arrangement that may be included in a hydraulic circuit for inhibiting flow of hydraulic fluid through a hydraulic circuit in the event of movement of an apparatus or platform from a stable to an unstable condition. Such platforms or apparatus may include for example, cranes, excavators, teletrucks and forklift trucks and roll over incidents of such machinery is common leading to numerous fatalities. Aspects of the present invention ensure fast switching in the event of a transfer from a stable to an unstable condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventor: Vincent Edwards
  • Patent number: 10366593
    Abstract: Systems and methods of determining an ergonomic assessment for a user are provided. For instance, sensor data can be received from one or more sensors implemented with an ergonomic assessment garment worn by a user. Corporeal data associated with at least one body segment of the user can be determined based at least in part on the sensor data. The corporeal data is associated with a bend angle associated with the at least one body segment. An ergonomic assessment associated with the user can be determined based at least in part on the corporeal data. The ergonomic assessment can include an indication of one or more ergonomic zones associated with the user, the one or more ergonomic zones being determined based at least in part on the bend angle associated with the at least one body segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Ivan Poupyrev, Antonio Xavier Cerruto, Mustafa Emre Karagozler, David Scott Allmon, Munehiko Sato, Susan Jane Wilhite, Shiho Fukuhara
  • Patent number: 10248153
    Abstract: A self-centering mechanism for a rotatable shaft includes first and second centering members. Each centering member defines a first and second arcuate slot. A stationary pin extends through the first arcuate slots of the centering members. A rotatable shaft member extends through the centers of the centering members and is disposed between the first and second arcuate slots. A support member extends radially from and is fixed to the shaft member so as to be rotatable therewith. An actuating pin extends from the support member and through the second arcuate slots, and engages the second arcuate slots to rotate one of the first and second centering members. At least one biasing member is in communication with an anchoring structure and rotationally biases at least one of the first and second centering members to a registration position upon release of the rotatable shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Stoufer, Thomas Josefsson, Kevin Carpenter, Michelle Demers
  • Patent number: 10200611
    Abstract: An image capturing device includes a first controller operable to control image capturing; an operation section including a switch; a detector operable to detect a change to an image capturing mode and to send a signal representing the change; a second controller operable to monitor and process the sent signal, the second controller having a power consumption less than that of the first controller; and a power supply operable to supply power to the first controller, the second controller, and a functional section of the device. When the second controller receives the signal sent from the detecting section in a power saving state in which power is supplied from the power supply to the second controller, the power saving state is changed to a power supplying state capable of image capturing by supplying power from the power supply to portions of the device including the first controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Masaki Sakurai
  • Patent number: 10180320
    Abstract: A low cost position sensor and a mobility device using the same are provided. The low cost position sensor comprises a rollable object, a container and a control circuit. The rollable object comprises a specific material. The container has a non-planar inner bottom portion. At least one sensor for detecting coordinates is disposed inside the container. The rollable object is disposed in the container. The sensor can detect the specific material. The control circuit is coupled to the sensor. The sensor detects the specific material to determine a coordinate position of the rollable object, and sends the coordinate position of the rollable object back to the control circuit. The control circuit determines a tilt angle of the container according to the coordinate position of the rollable object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Generalplus Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Bing Huang Shih, Li Sheng Lo
  • Patent number: 10089837
    Abstract: A system for audibly communicating a status of at least one operably connected device or system, includes a status module configured to receive a signal representative of a status of the at least one operably connected device or system and a transceiver operably connected to the status module, wherein the transceiver is configured to receive signals from the status module and to transmit a sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: GE Aviation Systems, LLC
    Inventors: So Young Kim, Richard Alan Phillips, David Bartlett
  • Patent number: 10035448
    Abstract: A warning light assembly for a vehicle having a tilt bed is provided. The warning light assembly includes a housing having an opening and a light assembly pivotally suspended within the housing. The light assembly is configured to pivot through the opening when the housing is rotated, thereby remaining in a substantially perpendicular orientation relative to a ground surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Inventor: Lori Lynn Smith
  • Patent number: 9926661
    Abstract: The present application relates to a steaming device. The steaming device comprises a steam generator (8) having a heated surface (6), a pump configured to direct fluid against the heated surface (6) to generate steam, an orientation detector to detect orientation of the heated surface (6), and a control unit. The control unit is configured to operate the pump to adjust the flow rate of the pump in dependence on the orientation of the heated surface determined by the orientation detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Sahil A. Wadhwa, Mohankumar Krishnan Valiyambath, Chee Keong Ong, Kin Leong Yip
  • Patent number: 9888756
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques are provided for implementing item or luggage loss prevention, which, in some cases, is based on weight measurement. In some embodiments, a device with a processor can be placed under a bag's handle, within an interior compartment of the bag, below or in the feet or wheels of the bag, and/or the like. The device can allow a user to lock in a weight of the bag. If any item is subsequently removed from (and not returned to) the bag, the device will notify the user, using one or more of audio notification, visual notification, and/or mobile device notification (e.g., via e-mail, text message, SMS, MMS, chat message, and/or the like) that the weight of the bag has changed. In some cases, location detection devices may be implemented to allow the user to backtrack where the missing item might have been left behind.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Nolo Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Faisal Shah, Terry Gafron
  • Patent number: 9800783
    Abstract: An image capturing device includes a first controller operable to control image capturing; an operation section including a switch; a detector operable to detect a change to an image capturing mode and to send a signal representing the change; a second controller operable to monitor and process the sent signal, the second controller having a power consumption less than that of the first controller; and a power supply operable to supply power to the first controller, the second controller, and a functional section of the device. When the second controller receives the signal sent from the detecting section in a power saving state in which power is supplied from the power supply to the second controller, the power saving state is changed to a power supplying state capable of image capturing by supplying power from the power supply to portions of the device including the first controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Masaki Sakurai
  • Patent number: 9794481
    Abstract: An image capturing device includes a first controller operable to control image capturing; an operation section including a switch; a detector operable to detect a change to an image capturing mode and to send a signal representing the change; a second controller operable to monitor and process the sent signal, the second controller having a power consumption less than that of the first controller; and a power supply operable to supply power to the first controller, the second controller, and a functional section of the device. When the second controller receives the signal sent from the detecting section in a power saving state in which power is supplied from the power supply to the second controller, the power saving state is changed to a power supplying state capable of image capturing by supplying power from the power supply to portions of the device including the first controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Masaki Sakurai
  • Patent number: 9767673
    Abstract: A system for detecting that an open bag is being carried includes a portable container having a first compartment with a first opening, the first opening mutable between an open state and a closed state, at least one first sensor incorporated in the portable container, the at least one first sensor configured to detect that the first opening is in the open state, at least one second sensor incorporated in the portable container, the at least one second sensor configured to detect that the portable container is being carried, and a control circuit coupled to the at least one first sensor and at least one second sensor, the control circuit configured to transmit an alert to a user when the at least one first sensor detects that the first opening is in the open state and the at least one second sensor detects that the portable container is being carried.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Inventor: Paul Clip
  • Patent number: 9756245
    Abstract: An image capturing device includes a first controller operable to control image capturing; an operation section including a switch; a detector operable to detect a change to an image capturing mode and to send a signal representing the change; a second controller operable to monitor and process the sent signal, the second controller having a power consumption less than that of the first controller; and a power supply operable to supply power to the first controller, the second controller, and a functional section of the device. When the second controller receives the signal sent from the detecting section in a power saving state in which power is supplied from the power supply to the second controller, the power saving state is changed to a power supplying state capable of image capturing by supplying power from the power supply to portions of the device including the first controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Masaki Sakurai
  • Patent number: 9503642
    Abstract: An image capturing device includes a first controller operable to control image capturing; an operation section including a switch; a detector operable to detect a change to an image capturing mode and to send a signal representing the change; a second controller operable to monitor and process the sent signal, the second controller having a power consumption less than that of the first controller; and a power supply operable to supply power to the first controller, the second controller, and a functional section of the device. When the second controller receives the signal sent from the detecting section in a power saving state in which power is supplied from the power supply to the second controller, the power saving state is changed to a power supplying state capable of image capturing by supplying power from the power supply to portions of the device including the first controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Masaki Sakurai
  • Patent number: 9386224
    Abstract: An image capturing device includes a first controller operable to control image capturing; an operation section including a switch; a detector operable to detect a change to an image capturing mode and to send a signal representing the change; a second controller operable to monitor and process the sent signal, the second controller having a power consumption less than that of the first controller; and a power supply operable to supply power to the first controller, the second controller, and a functional section of the device. When the second controller receives the signal sent from the detecting section in a power saving state in which power is supplied from the power supply to the second controller, the power saving state is changed to a power supplying state capable of image capturing by supplying power from the power supply to portions of the device including the first controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Masaki Sakurai
  • Patent number: 9058945
    Abstract: A method of producing an electrical switch which includes a rolling ball movable within a housing thereof to bridge and contact an array of pin terminals includes the steps of forming the pin terminals by using a punching process, wherein one or more smooth burr-free surfaces are formed on each of the pin terminals; and assembling the pin terminals, the housing and the rolling ball by spacing apart the pin terminals along a polygonal line and by arranging the smooth burr-free surfaces of the pin terminals to face toward each other substantially along diagonal lines such that the rolling ball contacts only the smooth burr-free surfaces when bridging the pin terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Inventor: Tien-Ming Chou
  • Patent number: 9035205
    Abstract: A multi-directional tilt switch includes a housing inner surface defining a chamber, a housing outer surface opposite to the housing inner surface, a plurality of slots extending through the housing inner and outer surfaces, and a plurality of conductive terminals each including an insert portion inserted in a corresponding slot, a contact portion extending into the chamber, and a first connecting surface exposed from the housing outer surface. A conductive body is accommodated movably in the chamber between a first position, where the conductive body bridges two contact portions, and a second position, where the conductive body does not bridge any two contact portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventor: Tien-Ming Chou
  • Patent number: 8969747
    Abstract: A tilt switch includes an insulated housing with two housing halves cooperatively defining an accommodation chamber and a plurality of positioning grooves formed in a surface of at least one housing half around the accommodation chamber. A plurality of conductive terminals are sandwiched between the housing halves. Each conductive terminal has a plate member positioned in a respective positioning groove, and a contact portion extending into the accommodation chamber. A conductive body is disposed in the accommodation chamber and is movable between a closed circuit state that bridges the contact portions of at least two conductive terminals and an open circuit state that does not bridge the contact portions of any two conductive terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: Tien-Ming Chou
  • Patent number: 8963028
    Abstract: A multi-point tilt switch includes an insulator housing surrounding a chamber, a first conductive component mounted to the housing and having a contact portion bordering the chamber, a plurality of second conductive components each having a contact portion in the chamber, and a conductor accommodated in the chamber. Each of the first and second conductive components has a connection portion exposed from the housing. The conductor is movable in the chamber to contact or not to contact the contact portions of at least two of the first and second conductive components, so as to make or break electrical connection therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventor: Tien-Ming Chou
  • Patent number: 8912652
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to a method for manufacturing a semiconductor device including at least one of: (1) Forming a lower electrode pattern on a substrate. (2) Forming an etch stop film on/over the lower electrode pattern. (3) Forming a first interlayer insulating layer on/over the etch stop film. (4) Forming an upper electrode pattern on/over the first interlayer insulating layer. (5) Forming a second interlayer insulating layer on/over the upper electrode pattern. (6) Forming an etch blocking layer positioned between the lower electrode pattern and the upper electrode pattern which passes through the second interlayer insulating layer and the first interlayer insulating layer. (7) Forming a cavity which exposes a side of the etch blocking layer by etching the second interlayer insulating layer and the first interlayer insulating layer. (8) Forming a contact ball in the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Dongbu HiTek Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ki Wan Bang
  • Publication number: 20140262704
    Abstract: A tilt switch includes an insulated housing with two housing halves cooperatively defining an accommodation chamber and a plurality of positioning grooves formed in a surface of at least one housing half around the accommodation chamber. A plurality of conductive terminals are sandwiched between the housing halves. Each conductive terminal has a plate member positioned in a respective positioning groove, and a contact portion extending into the accommodation chamber. A conductive body is disposed in the accommodation chamber and is movable between a closed circuit state that bridges the contact portions of at least two conductive terminals and an open circuit state that does not bridge the contact portions of any two conductive terminals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Tien-Ming Chou
  • Publication number: 20140231231
    Abstract: A multi-point tilt switch includes an insulator housing surrounding a chamber, a first conductive component mounted to the housing and having a contact portion bordering the chamber, a plurality of second conductive components each having a contact portion in the chamber, and a conductor accommodated in the chamber. Each of the first and second conductive components has a connection portion exposed from the housing. The conductor is movable in the chamber to contact or not to contact the contact portions of at least two of the first and second conductive components, so as to make or break electrical connection therebetween.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Inventor: Tien-Ming CHOU
  • Patent number: 8796571
    Abstract: A switch is provided for a belt lock of a safety belt system, for example, in a motor vehicle. The switch includes a switch housing which has a contact space in which two contact sheets interact, and a channel which borders the contact space and in which a slide can be moved. A section of the contact sheet made as a contact spring projects into the channel, as a free end section which projects beyond one contact region of the contact sheets. A connecting opening is located in a position of use of the switch above the contact region of the two contact sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Polycontact AG
    Inventors: Josua Lanter, Antonino Spataro
  • Patent number: 8765511
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a semiconductor device including at least one of the following steps: (1) Forming a lower electrode pattern on/over a substrate. (2) Forming a first interlayer insulating layer on the lower electrode pattern. (3) Forming an upper electrode pattern on the first interlayer insulating layer. (4) Forming a passivation layer on a side of the upper electrode pattern. (5) Forming a second interlayer insulating layer on the upper electrode pattern. (6) Etching the second interlayer insulating layer to form a cavity which exposes the passivation layer. (7) Forming a contact ball in the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Dongbu HiTek Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chung Kyung Jung, Sung Wook Joo
  • Patent number: 8766118
    Abstract: An actuator that includes a shelf having a pivot cone, a first member, a second member, a trigger pin and a trigger lever latch. The first member includes a weight, a first shaft extending upwardly from the weight and through an opening in the pivot cone, and a first plate affixed to the first shaft. The first plate is supported by the pivot cone. The second member includes a second plate resting on the first plate and a second shaft extending upwardly from the second plate. The trigger lever latch includes a first portion connected to the second shaft and a second portion extending upwardly at an angle away from the first portion. The trigger pin has an engagement surface. The trigger pin is movable between an operational state and a tripped state. The second end of the trigger lever latch is engaged with the engagement surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventor: Colin Johnstone
  • Patent number: 8691610
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a semiconductor device including at least one of the following steps: (1) Forming a plurality of lower electrodes over a substrate. (2) Forming a first stop film over the lower electrodes. (3) Forming a filling layer over the first stop film. (4) Forming a second stop film over the filling layer. (5) Forming a first interlayer insulating layer over the second stop film. (6) Forming a plurality of upper electrodes over the first interlayer insulating layer. (7) Forming a second interlayer insulating layer over the upper electrodes. (8) Etching the second interlayer insulating layer and the first interlayer insulating layer to form a cavity. (9) Forming a contact ball in the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Dongbu HiTek Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seong Hun Jeong, Ki Jun Yun, Oh Jin Jung
  • Patent number: 8648720
    Abstract: Improved, magnetic high security switch apparatus is provided for use in detecting relative movement between first and second members such as a door frame and door from a close position, wherein the members are proximal, and an open position, where the members are separated. The switch apparatus includes a magnetic shiftable ball switch assembly having an elongated housing and a shiftable ball therein, which traverses an oblique path of travel between respective switch states in response to relative movement between the first and second members. Preferably, the housing is oriented at an oblique angle relative to the horizontal in order to prevent defeat of the switch apparatus through use of an external defeat magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Magnasphere Corporation
    Inventor: Randall Woods
  • Publication number: 20140034460
    Abstract: A multi-directional tilt switch includes a housing inner surface defining a chamber, a housing outer surface opposite to the housing inner surface, a plurality of slots extending through the housing inner and outer surfaces, and a plurality of conductive terminals each including an insert portion inserted in a corresponding slot, a contact portion extending into the chamber, and a first connecting surface exposed from the housing outer surface. A conductive body is accommodated movably in the chamber between a first position, where the conductive body bridges two contact portions, and a second position, where the conductive body does not bridge any two contact portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Inventor: Tien-Ming Chou
  • Publication number: 20130287375
    Abstract: An indoor or outdoor heater with a safety bar, a tiltable heater head, a power controlling and power limiting device serving as safety mechanisms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Inventors: Edwin L. Hall, JR., Hampton Hollis Tanner
  • Patent number: 8416094
    Abstract: A motion sensor capable of detecting the direction of motion in three dimensions is disclosed. The motion sensor can be built into a printed circuit board allowing for simple and cost effective manufacturing. The motions sensor is designed to utilize a through hole in a printed circuit board, which is capped by on each side by housings creating a cavity where a spherical metal ball can move in three dimensions. This interior surface of the through hole and the housings have conductive element that when in contact with the spherical metal ball close a circuit creating an electrical signal indicative of direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: DEI Headquarters, Inc.
    Inventors: Normand Dery, Minas Minassian
  • Publication number: 20130001053
    Abstract: A tilt switch includes an insulating housing having a receiving chamber and a connecting cavity smaller than the receiving chamber in diameter to form a step therebetween, electrical terminals penetrating through the insulating housing to project into the connecting cavity, an insulating cover removably covered on the insulating housing, and a switching ball made of conductive materials and rollably placed between the insulating housing and the insulating cover. The step has a top face perpendicular to periphery surfaces of the connecting cavity and the receiving chamber. The switching ball needs to roll over the step having a hard span when the tilt switch changes working states between a closed state realized by the switching ball projecting into the connecting cavity to simultaneously connect with the electrical terminals, and an open state realized by tilting the tilt switch to disconnect the switching ball from at least one electrical terminal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Inventors: Xiao-Feng Li, Li-Jun Xu, Ming-Han Lin, Wen-Tzao Yang
  • Publication number: 20120325629
    Abstract: A tilt switch includes an insulating housing having a receiving chamber and a connecting cavity between which a ring-shaped step is formed, electrical terminals each having a support arm of platy shape inserted upward into the connecting cavity, a switching ball made of conductive materials and rollably placed in the receiving chamber, and an insulating cover removably covered on the insulating housing to restrain the switching ball in the insulating housing. The support arms are arranged at regular intervals around the center axis of the connecting cavity. The ring-shaped step has a top face substantially perpendicular to two vertical periphery surfaces of the connecting cavity and the receiving chamber. The switching ball needs to roll over the ring-shaped step having a hard span when the tilt switch changes working states thereof among a closed state, a shorted state and an open state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Inventors: Xiao-Feng Li, Li-Jun Xu, Ming-Han Lin
  • Patent number: 8283586
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a circuit board sensing module comprising a plurality of circuit boards and a sphere. The circuit boards form a hollow polyhedron with multiple surfaces and included angles. When the sphere is in any of the included angles, a circuit board is controlled to be electrically conducting, and the other circuit boards are open circuits in the meantime. Besides, the present invention further discloses a multi-surface operation apparatus comprising the circuit board sensing module. It comprises a plurality of control interfaces and at least a circuit board sensing module. When any of the control interfaces is operated, the circuit board sensing module enables the switch of the selected control interface, and shuts down the switches of the other switches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Inventor: Kuo-An Huang
  • Patent number: 8217284
    Abstract: An anti dumping switch includes a circular and hollow housing, a bottom surface connected to the housing, a first switch end, a second switch end, a bush, and two balls, the housing and the bottom surface cooperatively defining a accommodating space, the first switch end and the second switch end both extending into the accommodating space through the bottom surface and fixed in the bottom surface, the balls being received in the accommodating space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Shenzhen H & T Intelligent Control Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Qiaohua Dai, Zhaobing Shou, Hongwu Qin, Jianwei Liu, Xiaoyong Dong
  • Publication number: 20120111702
    Abstract: A tilt switch (100) includes an insulative housing (2), a number of contacts (3) retained in the insulative housing, a conductive rotary ball (4), and a top cover (5) attached to the insulative housing. The insulative housing includes a bottom wall (21) and a number of vertical walls (22) cooperatively defining a receiving space (20). The bottom wall defines a plurality of passageways (211) and a plurality of cutouts (212). The cutouts extend along an up-and-down direction and communicates between the passageways and exterior. Each cutout has a smaller top end and a larger bottom end for preventing soldering material from entering into the receiving space. The contacts are retained in the passageways of the insulative housing. The rotary ball is received in the receiving space and connects with selected ones for establishing different states.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: YONG-JIA WANG, LIANG SUN
  • Patent number: 8169333
    Abstract: A motion detector, in particular suitable for animals, comprising at least one motion element, wherein an element movable within a predetermined area is located, which brings about an electrical connection in at least one position, wherein the movable element is a magnetic element, which can move along a path of travel formed by a cavity in the motion element, and wherein, near the path of travel, at least one magnetically sensitive switching element is placed, which can be influenced by the magnetic element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: NEDAP Agri B.V.
    Inventors: Albertino Bernardo M. Verstege, Otto Theodorus J. Zents, Hans Benedictus
  • Patent number: 8026473
    Abstract: A tilt sensor includes a mount board, a cover, a light emitting and two light receiving elements on the mount board. A case, provided between the mount board and the cover, is formed with an inner space surrounded by the light emitting element and the light receiving elements. A rolling member, movable in the inner space, can take a complete shielding position, a partial shielding position and an unshielding position. At the complete shielding position, the rolling member blocks the light from the light emitting element so that no light reaches the two light receiving elements. At the partial shielding position, the rolling member blocks the light so that the light reaches only one of the two light receiving elements. At the unshielding position, the rolling member does not block the light at all so that the light reaches the two light receiving elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Rohm Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yuki Tanuma
  • Patent number: 7996999
    Abstract: An inclination detector device is disclosed. The detector device has a light source, a light sensor device, and a level arranged between the light source and the light sensor device. In addition, a light guide is arranged between the light source and the level. The light source is joined to the light guide, the light guide is joined to the level, and the level is joined to the light sensor device in such a way that the light source, the light guide, the level, and the light sensor device form a closed unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Hilti Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Manfred Ammann
  • Publication number: 20110132730
    Abstract: A motion sensor includes: a first tilt detector including a first electrode having a recess and a second electrode and a first conductive ball having shape same as that of the first electrode; a second tilt detector including a third electrode having a recess and a fourth electrode and a second conductive ball having shape same as that of the third electrode; and a third tilt detector including a fifth electrode having a recess and a sixth electrode and a third conductive ball having shape same as that of the fifth electrode, wherein in the first tilt detector, the recess of the first electrode and the recess of the second electrode are opposed to each other, the first electrode and the second electrode are arranged to be plane-symmetrical to each other at a first distance with respect to a plane perpendicular to a first axis, and the first conductive ball moves in a space between the first electrode and the second electrode to change the first electrode and the second electrode to a conductive state or a non
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2010
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Applicant: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Megumu Ito, Junichiro Shinozaki
  • Patent number: 7934321
    Abstract: The invention relates to a form of a tilt switch that solves the problem of poor electrical contact, excessive/unpredictable hysteresis, high contact resistance, short life and/or electrical bounce. The tilt switch uses conventional ball-in-tube construction and adds a graphite powder film to all electrically conductive surfaces in the switch. This non-mercury tilt switch provides additional features such as enhanced electrical contact, reduced or eliminated hysteresis, lowered contact resistance, increased contact life and eliminates electrical bounce.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: Egresson, LLC
    Inventors: Michael David Johnson, Robert Louis Clark, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7919718
    Abstract: An acceleration switch includes a closed container further including a cylindrical housing and a substantially circular metal header plate, a conductive lead terminal inserted through a hole of the header plate and hermetically fixed in the hole, a contact member secured to a distal end of the lead terminal and having a plurality of elastically deformable movable contacts substantially concentric about the distal end of the lead terminal, a conductive inertia ball accommodated in the container and caused to roll in the housing thereby to contact the movable contact, whereby the housing and the contact member are rendered conductive, and a braking member disposed between the movable contacts so as to be capable of urging the inertia ball in a direction of a center of the closed container. The braking member includes an elastically deformable braking portion which is extended so as to normally contact the inertia ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: Ubukata industries Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masayuki Watanabe, Teruyuki Takeda
  • Publication number: 20110037602
    Abstract: A tilt protection apparatus applied to electric energy generating installations, where possibility of tilting or tipping over exists. In certain installations of electric energy generating facilities, the means of energy production, such as but not limited to solar photovoltaic panels, must be mounted on support system that can be susceptible to mechanical failure due to impact, wind induced vibration, ground vibration or ground displacement. In the event of the structural tilt, the apparatus detects such condition and disconnects the means of energy generation minimizing possibility of exposure to dangerous levels of electric potential.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2010
    Publication date: February 17, 2011
    Inventors: Wojciech Marek Chrosny, Michael Charles Overturf, Robert J. Applegate, Richard G. Stine, William D. Taylor
  • Publication number: 20100288605
    Abstract: An anti dumping switch includes a circular and hollow housing, a bottom surface connected to the housing, a first switch end, a second switch end, a bush, and two balls, the housing and the bottom surface cooperatively defining a accommodating space, the first switch end and the second switch end both extending into the accommodating space through the bottom surface and fixed in the bottom surface, the balls being received in the accommodating space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2009
    Publication date: November 18, 2010
    Inventors: Qiaohua DAI, Zhaobing Shou, Hongwu Qin, Jianwei Liu, Xiaoyong Dong
  • Patent number: 7829804
    Abstract: A rolling-ball switch is adapted to be fixed on a circuit board, and includes a conductive housing defining a receiving space and having two opposite open ends, two conductive balls disposed movably in the receiving space, two insulation caps covering respectively the open ends to confine the conductive balls in the receiving space, and two terminals connected fixedly and respectively to the insulation caps. The receiving space has first and second widths along first and second directions that are perpendicular to each other. The first width is larger than the sum of diameters of the conductive balls, the second width is larger than the diameter of each conductive ball, and the diameter of each conductive ball is larger than a distance between an inner section of the respective terminal that extends into the receiving space and an inner wall of the conductive housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Inventor: Tien-Ming Chou
  • Patent number: 7811346
    Abstract: An air filter housing slidably receives an air control insert therein without requiring the air filter housing to be removed from the wall, floor or ceiling surrounding an air duct. The air filter housing varies in size in at least one dimension to reduce the quantity of air filters and air filter housings required to accommodate a wide variety of air duct types and sizes. The housing is mounted to a register, diffuser or return air grill covering an air duct. The air control insert is slidably received in the air filter housing for ease of removing, cleaning or replacing. The housing is adaptable to receive a variety of inserts which are custom designed to remove specific pollutants from the air to improve the air quality in a home or office, or to block the flow of air entirely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Inventor: Joseph C. Henson
  • Publication number: 20100243413
    Abstract: A simulated eye is provided. The tilt switch comprises an electrically insulating housing with a chamber formed therein. The chamber is defined by a bottom surface and a surrounding surface. The tilt switch also includes a plurality of contact terminals, each of which comprises an inner terminal portion and an outer terminal portion. Each inner terminal portion protrudes out of the surrounding surface of the chamber and extends in a direction substantially parallel to the bottom surface. The tilt switch further includes an electrically conductive moving member placed in a space defined by the cap, the bottom surface, and the plurality of contact terminals. The electrically conductive moving member is capable of simultaneously contacting with at most two of the plurality of contact terminals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2009
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Applicants: HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ming-Cheng Chu, Guo-Lin Yang, Fen Luo, Cheng-Hao Chou, Te-Sheng Jan
  • Patent number: 7777141
    Abstract: A latch-release actuating apparatus includes a switch element, a base member, and a cover member. The switch element is depressed via the cover member. In the latch-release actuating apparatus, a key top member and the cover member are formed to be long to extend horizontally from an upper region of the push button. The key top member is arranged on a back surface of the cover member so that a longitudinal direction of the key top member coincides with a longitudinal direction of the cover member. Furthermore, claws and retaining portions to which the claws are retained are arranged between the base member and both longitudinal ends of the key top member, thereby constituting a regulating unit for restricting separation of the key top member from the push button when the claw abuts on the retaining portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: Mitsui Mining & Smelting Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Katsuyuki Ishiguro