Deformable Patents (Class 338/114)
  • Patent number: 10890497
    Abstract: The pressure pad which pressure-sensing fabric which is within a gasket and which measures the distribution of pressure on the gasket. Thus, the gasket protects the pressure-sensing fabric from damage due to water or mechanical trauma. The pressure pad includes multiple piezoresistive depositions of piezoresistive depositions ink or paste which act as individual pressure-sensing points. Conductive tracks between the piezoresistive depositions transmit the pressure measurements in the form of electrical signals. The pressure-sensing fabric is connected to a controller and transmits pressure measurements to the controller. Algorithms stored on the controller create a map of absolute mechanical loading to each pressure-sensing point of the pressure pad. The gasket may be mounted beneath a toilet or between plumbing joints. The pressure pad may detect weaknesses in the gasket, a toilet user's weight, a weight of excrement added to the toilet, or a toilet user's posture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Medic, Inc.
    Inventors: David R. Hall, K. Jeffrey Campbell, Andrew Nguyen, Jared Reynolds, Joshua Larsen
  • Patent number: 10804038
    Abstract: The invention provides an electric circuit device including a conductive element configured to provide an electrical input to an electrical component, the resistivity of the conductive element being variable based at least on the extent of deformation thereof, and a deformable body coupled directly or indirectly to, or integral with, the conductive element such that deformation of the body causes the conductive element to deform, thereby varying the resistance thereof and altering the input to the electrical component. Said devices may be used singularly or in combination as logic elements within electrical circuits, providing drive and/or control functionality. Particular embodiments provide improved electrostatic generators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Auckland UniServices Limited
    Inventors: Benjamin Marc O'Brien, Iain Alexander Anderson, Thomas Gregory McKay, Emilio Patricio Calius
  • Patent number: 10713729
    Abstract: Systems and methods are discussed for providing sensor enhanced safety, recovery, and activity evaluation systems. Sensors that monitor user activity and behavior are worn by a user and/or placed in the user environment. Data from the sensors are processed to obtain a safety, recovery, and/or activity evaluation. Based on the evaluation, recommendations or adjustments to the terms of an insurance policy covering the user, the user's employer, or a facility providing health care to the user, aer generated, to accurately reflect the risks associated with the user, employer, and/or facility. In embodiments, an alert may be generated when a failure to conform with activity guidelines is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Hartford Fire Insurance Company
    Inventors: Andrew J. Amigo, Michael Gingrave
  • Patent number: 10704967
    Abstract: In a pressure sensor, a pressure-sensitive layer faces a first electrode pattern and a second electrode pattern with a space interposed therebetween. The first electrode pattern includes a plurality of first electrode sections, a first interconnecting section that interconnects the plurality of first electrode sections, and a first wiring section that extends from a first end of the first interconnecting section. The second electrode pattern includes a plurality of second electrode sections disposed alternately with the first electrode sections, a second interconnecting section that interconnects the plurality of second electrode sections, and a second wiring section that extends from a second end of the second interconnecting section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: NISSHA CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jumpei Morita, Naoto Imae, Kenichi Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10697753
    Abstract: A strain sensing device and a manufacturing method thereof are provided in the invention. The strain sensing device includes a substrate and at least one sensing electrode. The substrate has a plurality of pores. A material of the substrate includes nanocellulose, and the substrates is strained in response to changes in external conditions. The at least one sensing electrode is disposed on the substrate, wherein the sensing electrode contacting the substrate extends into the pores of the substrate. The at least one sensing electrode has a major axis parallel to a surface of the substrate. A resistance value of the at least one sensing electrode changes in response to a strain of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Winbond Electronics Corp.
    Inventors: Ming-Chih Tsai, Yu-Hsuan Ho
  • Patent number: 10599217
    Abstract: A wearable device to be worn on a body part includes deformation sensors and a controller. The controller instructs the deformation sensors to measure deformation forces. The controller determines a position of the body part based on the measured deformation forces and a transfer function that maps deformation forces to positions of a same or corresponding body part. The transfer function is generated based on measurements from calibration and deformation sensors to sense corresponding positions of the body part and deformation forces. A calibration sensor may include a magnetic field generator and a magnetic flux sensor. The wearable device may be a glove and the body part may be a hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Sean Jason Keller, Tristan Thomas Trutna, David R. Perek, Bruce A. Cleary, III, Brian Michael Scally, Raymond King
  • Patent number: 10548418
    Abstract: The present disclosure is generally directed to methods of tracking stocked inventory, such as products or other items stocked on a store shelf or other storage space. The disclosure is also directed to devices and systems that may be utilized to carry out such methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: T+ink, Inc.
    Inventors: John Gentile, Terrance Z. Kaiserman, Steven Martin Cohen, Daniel P. Lawrence
  • Patent number: 10530240
    Abstract: A method protects an electrical modular unit from overcurrent damage by virtue of an inductive component converting electrical energy into magnetic and thermal energy, in which a bypass bypasses the inductive component during regular operation of the modular unit and current flows via the bypass. In order to reduce current spikes in the event of a surge current without significantly enlarging the semiconductor switching the circuit inductance for the commutation circuit, it is proposed that the bypass is opened by an overcurrent flowing through the bypass which is above a current value that can be achieved during fault-free operation of the modular unit, with the result that more current is forced through the inductive component than residual current flows through the bypass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Daniel Schmitt
  • Patent number: 10481746
    Abstract: Embroidered sensor assemblies are described that are formed on a flexible substrate, such as a suitable fabric material. The embroidered sensors can be configured as a pattern of wires that enable measurement of strain based on positional relationships between nodes formed by the pattern of wires. As a pipe or other object flexes, the positional relationships are altered and can be detected to facilitate computation of strain. Strain can be deduced at each individual node, which can then be used to create a strain profile or map for the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Christian Juland Moller, James David Holbery, John Guido Atkins Weiss, Aric A. Fitz-Coy, Stephanie Jo Rodgers-Ahnen
  • Patent number: 10466118
    Abstract: A stretchable flexible pressure sensor includes stretchable conductive interconnects, or electrodes, sandwiching an elastic substrate that is stretchable in one or more directions. The interconnects are positioned on opposing surfaces of the elastic substrate and overlap at select sensing areas. The elastic substrate at each sensing area is replaced with a foam or air gap to enable movement of a top stretchable conductive interconnect, a bottom stretchable conductive interconnect or both toward each other in response to an applied force. The stretchable conductive interconnects are each patterned having a meandering shape and are aligned with each other. The meandering shape provides slack such that as the elastic substrate is stretched the slack is taken up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Multek Technologies, Ltd.
    Inventor: Michael James Glickman
  • Patent number: 10441185
    Abstract: Provided herein are skin-mounted biomedical devices and methods of making and using biomedical devices for sensing and actuation applications. For example, flexible and/or stretchable biomedical devices are provided, including electronic devices useful for establishing conformal contact with the skin of a subject. Devices disclosed herein can comprise a plurality of sensing and/or actuating devices provided as part of a skin-mounted flexible or stretchable electronic circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
    Inventors: John A. Rogers, Dae-Hyeong Kim
  • Patent number: 10418206
    Abstract: A novel conducting structure and conducting method for an upper sheet and a lower sheet of a film button circuit. A first upper sheet conducting layer and a second upper sheet conducting layer are coated in sequence on an upper sheet conducting contact point. A first lower sheet conducting layer and a second lower sheet conducting layer are coated in sequence on a lower sheet conducting contact point. The first upper sheet conducting layer, the second upper sheet conducting layer, the second lower sheet conducting layer and the first lower sheet conducting layer are overlapped in sequence, thereby forming a composite conducting layer that is slightly greater than a back glue layer in thickness. The present invention can simplify assembly processes and can improve the production efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: XIAMEN PINNACLE ELECTRICAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Leeming Niu
  • Patent number: 10410293
    Abstract: Systems and methods are discussed for providing sensor enhanced safety, recovery, and activity evaluation systems. Sensors that monitor user activity and behavior are worn by a user and/or placed in the user environment. Data from the sensors are processed to obtain a safety, recovery, and/or activity evaluation. Based on the evaluation, recommendations or adjustments to the terms of an insurance policy covering the user, the user's employer, or a facility providing health care to the user to accurately reflect the risks associated with the user, employer, and/or facility. In embodiments, an alert may be generated when a failure to conform with activity guidelines is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Hartford Fire Insurance Company
    Inventors: Andrew J. Amigo, Michael Gingrave
  • Patent number: 10359326
    Abstract: This invention provides a pressure sensitive element capable of suppressing dispersion in the initial load for pressure sensing among the sensor electrodes or among the pressure sensors. The pressure sensitive element has a support substrate, a sensor electrode, a pressure sensing film and an insulating layer. The pressure sensing film is arranged opposing to the sensor electrode. The insulating layer has an opening and is provided between the support substrate and the pressure sensing film. At least a part of an opening edge of the opening is fallen on the sensor electrode. An exposed part as a part of the sensor electrode is exposed inside the opening, while leaving a buried part as the other part of the sensor electrode buried under the insulating layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: NIPPON MEKTRON, LTD.
    Inventors: Ryoichi Toyoshima, Keizo Toyama, Hirokazu Ohdate, Masayuki Iwase
  • Patent number: 10350764
    Abstract: A sensor assembly comprising first, second and third layers of flexible material forming, when superposed, a pressure-sensitive sensor having at least two sensor cells. The first layer comprises first and second electrically conductive regions mechanically connected to each other via an electrically non-conductive region. The second layer comprises a third electrically conductive region. The third electrically conductive region of the second layer overlaps the first and second electrically conductive regions of the first layer. The region of overlap defines an active region of a first and a second sensor cell. The third layer is formed of a conductive elastic material that cooperates under a local mechanical load in the active region with the first and second conductive regions of the first layer so that an electrical resistance between the electrical conductive regions changes in the place of the compressive load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: PILZ GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Onedin Ibrocevic, Matthias Kuczera, Matthias Schweiker
  • Patent number: 10275032
    Abstract: Embodiments hereof are directed to a haptic device having a pressure-sensitive suspension system. The haptic device includes a housing, a touch surface component mounted to the housing to be movable relative thereto, and a haptic actuator for providing haptic feedback to the touch surface component. At least one suspension component is disposed between the touch surface component and the housing. The suspension component is formed from an elastomer and includes pressure-sensing particles integrated into the elastomer. The pressure-sensing particles are configured to sense pressure applied to the touch surface component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Neil Olien, Vahid Khoshkava
  • Patent number: 10235003
    Abstract: A touch panel device including: a first resistance film; a second resistance film opposed to the first resistance film; a pair of first electrodes that is arranged on the first resistance film, and applies a first voltage to the first resistance film; a pair of second electrodes that is arranged on both ends of the second resistance film in the same direction as an application direction of the first voltage; a first detector that is connected to the pair of the second electrodes, and detects voltages at the second electrodes, respectively; and a calculator that calculates coordinates of two points in the application direction of the first voltage based on the respective voltages detected by the first detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: FUJITSU COMPONENT LIMITED
    Inventor: Yuji Makiuchi
  • Patent number: 10181311
    Abstract: Electronic musical instruments as disclosed, include sensors to digitize and alter the sound using FSR sensors in the mouthpieces and other elements of the instrument to mimic the variations available in analog instruments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Sensitronics, LLC
    Inventor: Franklin N. Eventoff
  • Patent number: 10157698
    Abstract: In a metal plate resistor, the bonded surface between the resistance body and the electrode can be prevented from peeling off. The metal plate resistor comprises a resistance body; an electrode consisting of metal material having a higher conductivity than the resistance body, and the electrode bonded with the resistance body; a recessed portion formed in an end face of the electrode on a side bonded with the resistance body; and a fixation hole formed in the electrode for inserting a bolt; wherein an end portion of the resistance body is fitted into the recessed portion in the electrode. The recessed portion is provided with wall portions on both sides in a width direction of the resistance body, and in a direction substantially perpendicular to a penetration direction of the fixation hole. The recessed portion is opened to an end face and a first surface of the electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: KOA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Keishi Nakamura, Kenji Kameko
  • Patent number: 10140663
    Abstract: Systems and methods are discussed for providing sensor enhanced safety, recovery, and activity evaluation systems. Sensors that monitor user activity and behavior are worn by a user and/or placed in the user environment. Data from the sensors are processed to obtain a safety, recovery, and/or activity evaluation. Based on the evaluation, recommendations or adjustments to the terms of an insurance policy covering the user, the user's employer, or a facility providing health care to the user to accurately reflect the risks associated with the user, employer, and/or facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: HARTFORD FIRE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Andrew J. Amigo, Michael Gingrave
  • Patent number: 10128072
    Abstract: In a method of manufacturing a diaphragm with a contact, contact stocks each forming a movable contact on a stock formed out of a strip-shaped thin metal sheet material, or a rolled material are bonded at predetermined intervals to the stock by resistance welding, for example to form a diaphragm stock with a contact. Next, the stock of a diaphragm with a contact is subjected to continuous blanking with a predetermined diameter from each movable contact as center to produce a diaphragm with a contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Saginomiya Seisakusho
    Inventors: Kenichi Matsuyama, Satoshi Miyakawa, Ysohihiro Hamabe
  • Patent number: 10048141
    Abstract: Provided is a pressure sensing element configured to be flexible, and capable of demonstrating a stable electrical reliability over a long period; and, a pressure sensor having such pressure sensing element. A pressure sensing element (100) has an electro-conductive pressure sensing film (14), a sensor electrode (12) provided at a position faced to the pressure sensing film (14), and an insulating layer (13) which creates a predetermined distance “A” between the pressure sensing film (14) and the sensor electrode (12) so as to keep them apart from each other, the pressure sensing film (14) being a resin film containing carbon particles (140); and, a pressure sensor (200) has the pressure sensing element (100), and a detection unit (210) which is electrically connected with the pressure sensing element (100) so as to detect contact resistance between the pressure sensing film (14) and the sensor electrode (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: NIPPON MEKTRON, LTD.
    Inventors: Masayuki Iwase, Keizo Toyama, Kazuyuki Ozaki, Hirokazu Ohdate, Taisuke Kimura, Ryoichi Toyoshima
  • Patent number: 10022073
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide techniques and configurations for a wearable sensor apparatus. In one instance, the apparatus may comprise a flexible substrate and conductive fabric component that comprises a first length and that may be attachably mounted on the flexible substrate. The conductive fabric component, in response to a direct or indirect application of external force to the flexible substrate, may stretch between the first length and a second length that is greater than the first length, and generate an electric parameter based at least in part on an amount of the applied external force. Other embodiments may be described and/or claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Intel Corproation
    Inventors: Amit S. Baxi, Vincent S. Mageshkumar
  • Patent number: 9970832
    Abstract: A strain sensor according to the present disclosure includes a flexible substrate, a rigid pattern on a side of the flexible substrate, and a conductive flexible pattern extending in a first direction on a side of the flexible substrate, in which the conductive flexible pattern overlaps the rigid pattern such that as the flexible substrate is compressed or stretched, the conductive flexible pattern is compressed or stretched, thereby changing electric resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: SNU R&DB FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Yong Taek Hong, Tae Hoon Kim
  • Patent number: 9914204
    Abstract: A power tool (10) comprises a motor for driving a driven element of the power tool (10) and a handle section (12), wherein the power tool (10) incorporates first and second pressure sensitive switches (18,20) operable to control operation of the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Inventor: Peter John Hosking
  • Patent number: 9880732
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for determining the elementary angle of a control path on a touch surface, characterized in that it comprises measuring two elementary movement values (|dX|, |dY|) along two perpendicular axes (X, Y) for a predetermined duration (dT), comparing said values (|dX|, |dY|) with unitary value ranges of elementary movements (Xu, Yu) of a reference data table and allocating a reference data representative of an angle to an elementary angle (d?) of the control path. The invention also relates to a method for detecting an angular variation of a control path on a touch surface, characterized in that it comprises implementing the above method for determining the elementary angle of a control path on a touch surface and storing the elementary angle (d?) allocated during an elementary step, repeating the elementary step, and assembling in series the allocated elementary angles (d?) in order to determine an angular variation of the control path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: DAV
    Inventors: Bruno Cottarel, Florent De Vaux Bidon, Cedric Chartrain
  • Patent number: 9851708
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a moving equipment, such as in a medical examination system. In order to provide a facilitated way of moving equipment with high accuracy, a driving device (10) for moving equipment is provided, comprising a motor-driven positioning unit (12), a central processing unit (14), and a user interface (16) with at least one sensor unit (18). The motor-driven positioning unit is configured to carry out a movement (M) of movable equipment. Further, the central processing unit is configured to control the movement of the equipment provided by the motor-driven positioning unit. The at least one sensor unit comprises at least one touch sensitive area (20), and the at least one sensor unit is configured to provide control signals (22) to the central processing unit in dependency from a force (F) applied by a user to the at least one touch sensitive area. Still further, the at least one sensor unit is configured to be fixedly attached to the movable equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Edwin Heijman, Roland Alexander Van De Molengraaf, Marc Matysek
  • Patent number: 9842578
    Abstract: Electronic musical instruments as disclosed, include sensors to digitize and alter the sound using FSR sensors in the mouthpieces and other elements of the instrument to mimic the variations available in analog instruments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Sensitronics, LLC
    Inventor: Franklin N. Eventoff
  • Patent number: 9841339
    Abstract: A pressure sensor includes a base having a bottom wall and a first sidewall enclosed with the bottom wall to form a first receiving space. A pressure sensitive film is located in the first receiving space and the peripheral portion of the pressure sensitive film is arranged on the first sidewall. An elastic cover has a top wall, a second sidewall, and a protrusion. The top wall and the second sidewall are enclosed to form a second receiving space. The second sidewall is located on the first sidewall of the base, the protrusion extends from the top wall to the second receiving space and makes contact with the pressure sensitive film, transferring an external pressure to the pressure sensitive film. The resistance of the pressure sensitive film is virtually linear corresponding to the external pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jen-Tsorng Chang
  • Patent number: 9733136
    Abstract: A textile pressure sensor for the capacitive measuring of a pressure distribution of objects of any shape, in particular body parts, on a surface is proposed, having a first structure (30a) which is conductive at least in regions and a second structure (30b) which is conductive at least in regions, wherein the first and the second structure which are conductive at least in regions are separated from each other by a dielectric intermediate element (48), and wherein conductive regions of the first structure (30a) form capacitors with opposite conductive regions of the second structure (30b). The textile pressure sensor is distinguished in that the first and/or the second structure (30a, 30b) which is conductive at least in regions is designed as a knitted fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Inventor: Peter Seitz
  • Patent number: 9677954
    Abstract: An instant response pressure sensor is disclosed. An embodiment shows no continuous gap is configured between a piezoresistor and neighboring element(s) in thickness direction. The instant response pressure sensor is able to respond immediately to an extremely small pressure applied thereupon in the early stage with an extremely small distance movement because the instant response pressure sensor without having an extra press journey to move before trigging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: UNEO INC.
    Inventors: Chia-Hung Chou, Chih-Sheng Hou
  • Patent number: 9671297
    Abstract: A pliable pressure sensitive sensor device and method of making the same is provided. The sensor includes first and second pliable protective layers, which cover sets of conductive fibers that spatially separated by an electrically conductive pliable layer, which deforms in response to a pressure event. The fiber sets form a grid pattern and are in electrical communication with sets of electrical contacts located in predetermined locations along the fibers. In response to a pressure event in proximity to the contact, the pliable layer deforms and increases the amount of surface area in contact with an electrical contact whereby an electrical resistance at an individual electrical contact decreases in response to the pressure event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: STC. UNM
    Inventor: Scott Sibbett
  • Patent number: 9651434
    Abstract: A pressure array sensor module including an array electrode board, a plurality of pressure sensing elements, at least one first conductive structure and at least one second conductive structure is provided. The array electrode board includes a substrate and an array electrode. The array electrode, disposed on the substrate, has a first electrode pattern and a second electrode pattern. Each pressure sensing element, disposed on a sensing position of the array electrode board, includes a top electrode layer, a bottom electrode layer and at least one pressure sensing layer disposed between the top and bottom electrode layers. The top electrode layer has a first lead. The bottom electrode layer has a second lead. The first conductive structure is electrically connected between each first lead and a corresponding first electrode pattern. The second conductive structure is electrically connected between each second lead and a corresponding second electrode pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Jui-Yiao Su, Yan-Chen Liu, Chang-Yi Chen, Ching-Shun Chen, Wen-Ching Ko
  • Patent number: 9589554
    Abstract: Electronic musical instruments as disclosed, include sensors to digitize and alter the sound using FSR sensors in the mouthpieces and other elements of the instrument to mimic the variations available in analog instruments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Sensitronics, LLC
    Inventor: Franklin N. Eventoff
  • Patent number: 9573070
    Abstract: A plush toy having electronics therein for interacting with a user includes a non-rigid electrical component for detecting deformation thereof. The component, also referred to as a hug sensor, has an electrically conductive and compressible material and is movable from a rest, non-compressed position towards a compressed position by way of the application of an external force thereon (e.g., a hug or squeeze). The hug sensor has a resistance there across that is monitored by a microprocessor. Compression of the hug sensor causes changes in the resistance across the hug sensor. Changes in the detected resistance across the hug sensor result in activation of responses (e.g., playing of audio and/or movement). Varying responses may be activated as a result of varying changes in resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: HALLMARK CARDS, INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Robert E. Morley, Jennifer R. Garbos
  • Patent number: 9549585
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes an upper member and a sole structure, with a sensor system connected to the sole structure. The sensor system includes a plurality of sensors that are configured for detecting forces exerted by a user's foot on the sensor. Each sensor includes two electrodes that are in communication with a force sensitive resistive material. Additionally, the sensor system may be provided on an insert that may form a sole member of the article of footwear. The insert may include an airflow system that includes one or more air chambers in communication with one or more air reservoirs through air passages extending therebetween. The insert may also have a multi-layered structure, with the airflow system provided between the layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael S. Amos, Andrew A. Owings, Allan M. Schrock, Anthony C. Dean
  • Patent number: 9542056
    Abstract: A resistive force sensing circuit and a resistive force sensing apparatus. The circuit includes a plurality of sensor circuit inputs, a plurality of sensor circuit outputs; and a plurality of resistor units. Each of the resistor units includes a force-sensing resistor, a first side resistor, and a second side resistor. The first terminals of the force-sensing resistor, the first side resistor and the second side resistor are electrically connected to each other at one node, a second terminal of the force-sensing resistor is electrically connected to one of the sensor circuit inputs, and second terminals of the first side resistor and the second side resistor are electrically connected to two adjacent sensor circuit outputs, respectively. The first side resistor and the second side resistor are a pair of resistors with substantially equal resistance. The apparatus includes structures to realize the function of the resistive force sensing circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Uneo Incorporated
    Inventors: Yann-Cherng Chern, Chih-Tsung Cheng
  • Patent number: 9529433
    Abstract: A flexible smart glove detects fine hand and finger motions while permitting the wearer to make hand gestures with dexterity. The flexible smart glove has a thickness of less than about 100 ?m and incorporates capacitive micro-sensors positioned at finger joint locations. The micro-sensors are thin film devices built on substrates made of a pliable material such as polyimide. Interdigitated serpentine capacitors monitor strain in the back of the hand, while parallel plate capacitors monitor contact pressure on the palm. Thus the smart glove responds electrically to various types of hand motions. Thin film resistors responsive to changes in body temperature are also formed on the flexible substrate. Motion and temperature data is transmitted from the glove to a microprocessor via a passive RFID tag or an active wireless transmitter. An ASIC is embedded in the smart glove to relay real time sensor data to a remote processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics Pte Ltd
    Inventors: Ravi Shankar, Olivier Leneel
  • Patent number: 9489006
    Abstract: A reaction force generator includes: a base member mounted on a supporter supporting an operating member pivotably; a dome member protruding from the base member; and a top member provided on a protruding-side end of the dome member to be pressed by the operating member toward the base member. The dome member is deformed to produce a reaction force when the top member is pressed by the operating member. A basal-end-side plane and a distal-end-side plane intersect each other at a position located on one of opposite sides of the dome member which is nearer to a pivot fulcrum of the operating member. The basal-end-side plane includes a line of intersection between the base member and the dome member adjacent to each other. The distal-end-side plane includes a line of intersection between the dome member and the top member adjacent to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: YAMAHA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroshi Harimoto, Ichiro Osuga
  • Patent number: 9376068
    Abstract: A paddle switch system comprises a housing, a paddle having a pivot member pivotally disposed in the housing for operating an electrical switch within the housing in response to a force on the paddle, a cover coupled to the housing wherein the housing and the cover partially enclose the paddle, and a vibration reduction mechanism disposed in the housing proximate the pivot member of the paddle. The electrical switch comprises a dome switch and the paddle is disposed in the housing to partially preload the dome switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: JUDCO PARTNERSHIP, LLC
    Inventors: Igorce Srbinovski, Thomas E. Buttner, Stephen C. James
  • Patent number: 9361870
    Abstract: Electronic musical instruments as disclosed, include sensors to digitize and alter the sound using FSR sensors in the mouthpieces and other elements of the instrument to mimic the variations available in analog instruments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Sensitronics, LLC
    Inventor: Franklin N. Eventoff
  • Patent number: 9346426
    Abstract: A robot bumper including a bumper body having a forward surface and a top surface angling away from the forward surface. The bumper body conforms to a shape of a received robot chassis. The robot bumper also includes a force absorbing layer disposed on the bumper body, a membrane switch layer comprising a plurality of electrical contacts arranged along the top surface of the bumper body, and a force transmission layer disposed between the force absorbing layer and the membrane switch layer. The force transmission layer includes a plurality of force transmitting elements configured to transmit force to the membrane switch layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: iRobot Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen A. Hickey, Andrew Pastore, Chikyung Won, Roger Dale Gamble, Andrew Beaulieu
  • Patent number: 9186870
    Abstract: Methods for producing a multilayer ceramic component with alternating ceramic layers and internal electrode layers include producing the ceramic layers using a ceramic mass. The methods also include producing the internal electrode layers using a metal paste that contains a portion of a chemically active additive; wherein the chemically active additive reacts chemically with at least one environmental component other than a metal portion of the metal paste.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: EPCOS AG
    Inventors: Heinz Florian, Marion Ottlinger, Peter Sedlmaier
  • Patent number: 9190950
    Abstract: An electronic fitness device is provided, the electronic fitness device including an enclosure having a cover, a motor positioned within the enclosure, a circuit board, a variable resistor positioned on the circuit board, the variable resistor comprising a first trace, a second trace, and a semiconductive film disposed over the first trace and the second trace, and control circuitry coupled to at least the motor and the circuit board. The cover is positioned to press the semiconductive film against the first trace and the second trace in response to a pressure applied to the cover, and the control circuitry is configured to actuate the motor in response to a change in the resistance between the first trace and the second trace resulting from the pressure applied to the cover. Also provided are a method of monitoring abdominal muscle position, and control circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Inventor: John O. Chernega
  • Patent number: 8564397
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a structure for attaching tactile sensors to a curved surface, comprising a sensor fixing unit configured to have at least part of one surface curved and to have a plurality of sensor insertion grooves, crossing each other, formed in the one surface in a matrix form; tactile sensor units formed in a matrix form, inserted into the respective sensor insertion grooves, and configured to detect external force; sealing units configured to seal the respective sensor insertion grooves; and a support unit configured to come in contact with one face of the sealing units or the sensor fixing units and to support the sensor fixing units. Accordingly, the tactile sensors can be easily attached to a curved surface, and mass production is possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science
    Inventors: Jong Ho Kim, Min Seok Kim, Yon-Kyu Park, Dae Im Kang, Dong-Ki Kim
  • Patent number: 8547197
    Abstract: A bend-detecting (bending) sensor is provided, including a flexible substrate, at least a pair of electrode patterns spaced apart from each other provided on the flexible substrate, and a paste layer containing conductive particles. The paste layer is coated onto the flexible substrate where the electrode patterns are formed, such that when the flexible substrate is bent, the density of the conductive particles between the electrode patterns changes and an electric resistance between the electrode patterns also changes, thereby sensing deformation of the flexible substrate, and eventually, a target to which the flexible display element or the flexible substrate is attached. When the bending sensor is applied to the flexible display device, the electrode patterns and the paste layer may be formed on the flexible substrate which is to form the flexible display element, thus forming a bending sensing structure with a thickness of the flexible display element or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Kang-Ho Byun, Byung-Jik Kim
  • Patent number: 8415593
    Abstract: A micro-heater according to example embodiments may include a metal line formed on a substrate. A deforming portion may be integrally formed as part of the metal line. A support may be positioned between the metal line and the substrate. The support may secure the metal line to the substrate while spacing the metal line apart from the substrate. When the metal line is expanded or compressed by the heating or cooling that occurs during the operation of the micro-heater, the deforming portion of the metal line may deform so as to help absorb the resulting tensile stress. As a result, the amount of tensile stress experienced by the metal line may be decreased. Accordingly, the possibility of breakage of the metal line may be reduced or prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Junhee Choi
  • Patent number: 8395474
    Abstract: A position sensor cord includes a hollow insulator formed of a restorable rubber or a restorable plastic, and two linear resistive members. Each of the two linear resistive members includes a linear insulator and a conductive layer provided around a circumference of the linear insulator. The conductive layer is formed of a conductive rubber or a conductive plastic. The two linear resistive members are arranged in no electrical contact with each other and along an inner surface of the hollow insulator. One of the two linear resistive members may be replaced with one linear conductive member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Hitachi Cable, Ltd.
    Inventors: Akihiro Tanba, Takashi Aoyama
  • Patent number: 8390422
    Abstract: The invention relates to an electric control device for an automobile, that comprises a touch-surface sensor using pressure-sensitive resistors and to be assembled with a holder (3) having a recessed or protruding three-dimensional surface, characterized in that the touch-surface (1) of the sensor is shaped so that, at the assembled state, a portion of at least the shaped touch-surfaces (1) meet each other while conforming to the shape of said three-dimensional surface (4) in order to define an essentially continuous touch-surface (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: DAV
    Inventors: Patrice Laurent, Xavier Drouin, Patrick Bonhoure
  • Patent number: 8368505
    Abstract: An electrical membrane switch that is actuated by applying a force against a layer of a variable resistance material that overlies and is in direct contact with switch poles that are applied to and supported by a substrate. A gap is provided between the switch poles, and the layer extends across the gap. The substrate can be a circuit board with electrical traces formed thereon to convey electrical current to the switch poles. As a sufficient force is applied to the surface of the layer of the variable resistance material, its resistance changes from a relatively high value, in which the switch is in a non-conducting state, to a relatively low value, in which the switch is in a conductive state. A protective sheet can optionally be included over the variable resistance layer and can include graphics/text to indicate the position of each switch in an array and its function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Almax Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Robert W. Deppiesse, Alan M. Burk