With Audible Or Tactile Indicator Patents (Class 341/27)
  • Patent number: 10234948
    Abstract: A haptic representation system is provided that generates a haptic effect in response to sensor input. The sensor input is mapped to a haptic signal. The haptic signal is sent to an actuator configured to receive the haptic signal. The actuator utilizes the haptic signal to generate the haptic effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: David Birnbaum, Christopher J. Ullrich, Danny Grant, Ali Modarres, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez
  • Patent number: 10235034
    Abstract: A computer-implemented tactile feedback method includes receiving user input on a computing device, identifying a term input by the user that does not match a term known to the device, accessing an auto-correction service in order to provide a replacement for the term, and energizing a haptic feedback device in response to identifying the term input by the user that does not match a known term.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: John Nicholas Jitkoff, Kan Liu
  • Patent number: 10186166
    Abstract: Enhanced stringed instrument learning is provided by a wearable device. A control unit comprising a processor and a memory device is integrated with a frame, of the wearable device, formed to fit over a hand of a user while playing a stringed instrument. A finger assembly is provided each finger of the hand and is coupled to the frame to immobilize a finger of the hand while playing the stringed instrument. A sensor array is coupled to each finger assembly and to the control unit to determine at least a positioning of fingers on the stringed instrument. The sensor also sends user performance data to the control unit. The control unit analyzes the user performance data and outputs feedback to the user based on the performance data analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventor: Angelos Gialamas
  • Patent number: 10143333
    Abstract: A control panel for an automatic machine adapted to prepare hot beverages according to a plurality of formulations comprises: a main input element for receiving inputs from a user; a display element for displaying the inputs to the user through a plurality of input identifiers; a control unit in data communication with the main input element and the display element. The main input element comprises a sense element adapted to detect a motion thereon of a touch of the user the main input element and the display element are in data communication through said control unit so that said motion determines a scrolling through the plurality of input identifiers on the display element, thereby selecting at least one formulation of said plurality of formulations or at least one operation parameter of a plurality of operation parameters of the automatic machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Stefano Pozzari, Roberto Innocenti, Massimo Nostro
  • Patent number: 10056207
    Abstract: A key able to accept a label for a keypad used in controlling electrically operated devices, wherein the key structure accepts and secures an interchangeable label, and which forms an impermeable barrier to the electrical contacts of a programmable circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: DYNAGEN TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Paul Wareham, Richard Robert Coulson, Wesley Warren Manning, Sean Nutter
  • Patent number: 9856109
    Abstract: A user can input commands into a lock by gesturing on a surface of the lock. The gesture is made by sliding a finger over multiple buttons on the lock surface. The lock recognizes the gesture based on the buttons touched by the sliding finger and the order in which they were touched. The lock associates a particular command with the recognized gesture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: INVENTIO AG
    Inventor: Josef Schwarzentruber
  • Patent number: 9846485
    Abstract: A haptic representation system is provided that generates a haptic effect in response to sensor input. The sensor input is mapped to a haptic signal. The haptic signal is sent to an actuator configured to receive the haptic signal. The actuator utilizes the haptic signal to generate the haptic effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: David Birnbaum, Christopher J. Ullrich, Danny Grant, Ali Modarres, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez
  • Patent number: 9760241
    Abstract: Some implementations provide tactile interaction to a user during consumption of content. For instance, when a user accesses a content item on an electronic device having a display, the user may touch the display at a location corresponding to a first feature in a displayed image to generate a first type of tactile output. Moving the user's finger to a location of a second feature of the image may result in a second type of tactile output, different from the first. Additionally, in some implementations, a force of a touch input may be determined, and the tactile output may vary based on the amount of force of the touch input. Further, in some implementations, the tactile output may vary based on a time duration of a touch input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Hannah Rebecca Lewbel
  • Patent number: 9606632
    Abstract: An operation input device includes an operation body, a case holding the operation body, and at least three flexible bodies. The operation body includes an operation body movable part and a movable part driver. The operation body movable part has a touch surface having a predetermined touch surface region. The movable part driver causes the operation body movable part to move a touch surface position where the touch surface region is flush with a remaining region of the touch surface and a button position located above or below the touch surface position. Each flexible body is connected at one end to an outer edge of the operation body, connected at the other end to the case, and has a displacement-transmitting surface capable of being displaced according to a pressing operation force applied to the operation body by a pressing operation to the touch surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shinji Hatanaka, Shigeaki Nishihashi
  • Patent number: 9435860
    Abstract: Testing of integrated circuits is achieved by a test architecture utilizing a scan frame input shift register, a scan frame output shift register, a test controller, and a test interface comprising a scan input, a scan clock, a test enable, and a scan output. Scan frames input to the scan frame input shift register contain a test stimulus data section and a test command section. Scan frames output from the scan frame output shift register contain a test response data section and, optionally, a section for outputting other data. The command section of the input scan frame controls the test architecture to execute a desired test operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Lee D. Whetsel
  • Patent number: 9292099
    Abstract: The thumbs-free computer keyboard is a computer keyboard having circuitry to detect user input and to communicate data corresponding to such user inputs. Thumbs-free computer keyboard includes depressible keys that are supported by the keyboard body and in data communication with the circuitry. The depressible keys are laid out in a modified QWERTY configuration and positioned such that a user does not have to press any keys with his thumbs. The modified keyboard configuration includes increased space between the G and H keys. An input device that works in place of the traditional space bar is disposed within the increased space between the G and H keys, such that when a user activates the input device, a space bar function is communicated to the computer. In some examples, the input is one input device, while in other examples, two input devices are described. One or more input devices are placed in locations on the keyboard that are least disruptive of conventional typing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Inventor: Carol Lynn Cole
  • Patent number: 9165729
    Abstract: A keyboard device is located in an accommodating space of a housing having first openings and a second opening. The keyboard device includes a flexible body and a transparent liquid. The flexible body is located in the accommodating space, and includes a main body, first pressing portions, patterns, and a second pressing portion. The first pressing portions are respectively located in the first openings. The patterns are located on the main body or the first pressing portions and are respectively exposed through the first openings. The second pressing portion is located in the second opening. The main body, and the first and second pressing portions have an enclosure space therein. The transparent liquid is located in the enclosure space. When the second pressing portion is pressed, the first pressing portions expand to protrude from the first openings, such that the patterns are enlarged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: WISTRON CORP.
    Inventors: Ting-Yao Cheng, Shih-Jung Chuang, Chih-Ta Chen, Yao-Wei Wang
  • Patent number: 9030308
    Abstract: User interface experiences with electronic devices are enhanced with feedback cues such as haptic or vibrotactile output feedback. One or more piezoelectric actuators generate haptic output. The one or more piezoelectric actuators may be integrated onto a display substrate, a battery case, a device enclosure, or other component. Such integration may improve propagation of the haptic output to the user, reduce bulk of the electronic device, minimize parts count, and reduce production costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Buuck, Joseph J. Hebenstreit
  • Publication number: 20150102947
    Abstract: There is provided a film-type haptic device including: a plate shaped base plate; at least one spacer provided on an edge of an upper surface of the base plate; an actuator including a film shaped polymer layer positioned on the spacer and supported by the spacer and first and second electrodes provided so as to closely and entirely cover both surfaces of the polymer layer, respectively; and an elastic plate adhered to an upper surface of the actuator. The film-type haptic device according to the present disclosure may significantly decrease consumption power consumed in vibration and allow a user to more accurately feel haptic sensation for touch input.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Il Kwon CHUNG, Byeong Sung Min, Hyun Ho Lim
  • Patent number: 8963696
    Abstract: An apparatus for performing key control includes an integrated circuit (IC) arranged to detect a key press according to some input/output signals of a key matrix, where the input/output signals include first input/output signals corresponding to a first direction and second input/output signals corresponding to a second direction. In addition, the IC includes a plurality of first pins and a plurality of second pins, for transmitting the first and the second input/output signals, respectively. In particular, during the detection of the key press, the IC controls at least one first pin of the first pins to be in an output mode and controls the second pins to be in an input mode in a first time period, and controls at least one second pin of the second pins to be in an output mode and controls the first pins to be in an input mode in a second time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: MEDIATEK Inc.
    Inventor: Tzu-Hung Wang
  • Publication number: 20140375481
    Abstract: A keypad is described. The keypad comprises: a keypad housing defining a plurality of key apertures; a plurality of physical keys, each physical key located in a respective key aperture and being moveable with respect to the key aperture; and a non-contact (for example, capacitive) sensing layer located beneath the plurality of keys. A touch controller is coupled to the capacitive sensing layer and is operable to ascertain a touch location corresponding to a depressed key. A cryptographic controller may be provided in communication with the touch controller and is operable to interpret the touch location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: Grant A. McNicoll
  • Patent number: 8890016
    Abstract: A touch pad for an operating button of an electronics device provides a contact point for tactile input through the button. The button is adhesively mounted to the button, the surface of the electronics device surrounding the button, or both button and surrounding surface. The pad preferably fully overlies the button, and may have a lower surface that conforms to the shape of the top surface of the button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Stilotech Inc.
    Inventor: Joshua Silverman
  • Patent number: 8890667
    Abstract: A button for providing visual-haptic information includes a visual-haptic variable button that adaptively provides various types of visual-haptic information according to input of information to an electronic apparatus. The visual-haptic variable button includes a visual information output part that adaptively changes various types of button icons according to manipulation and touch of the visual-haptic variable button for the input of information, thereby outputting visual information, and a haptic information output part that adaptively changes various types of sense of button manipulation and sense of button touch according to the manipulation and touch of the visual-haptic variable button, thereby outputting haptic information. At least one visual-haptic variable button is provided in the electronic apparatus for the input of information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Jeong-Mook Lim, Ki-Uk Kyung, Hee-Sook Shin, Dong-Woo Lee, Yo-An Lim
  • Patent number: 8830188
    Abstract: An interactive wall provides tactile feedback based on detected touch and displayed content on the wall surface. Upon detecting a touch on the wall surface, the interactive wall provides real time tactile feedback corresponding to the touch employing one or more actuators. The interactive wall itself may serve as projection surface for the display or a wall-size display be affixed to the wall trans-conducting tactile feedback to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: William Verthein, Josh Watson, Stephen Lee
  • Patent number: 8823649
    Abstract: A pointing device and method for providing both translational and rotational input to a computer, to manipulate graphical objects. In one embodiment, a pointing stick is cantilevered to a base. One or more translational sensors are coupled to the pointing stick to generate translational signals in response to lateral forces applied to the pointing stick. One or more rotational sensors are coupled to the pointing stick to generate rotational signals in response to rotational forces applied to the pointing stick. The rotational sensor may sense torque, such as with a piezoelectric sensor configured to detect rotational strain on a fixed pointing stick. The rotational sensor may alternatively sense rotational displacement, such as with a potentiometer configured to detect rotation of a rotatable sleeve about a fixed shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: James McArdle
  • Publication number: 20140203953
    Abstract: A mobile electronic device such as a tablet computer is provided having flexible display panel that deforms in response to the application of pressure thereto. The tactile response of the display panel is affected by underlying structures. A bottom layer, which may be rigid, is positioned beneath, parallel to and spaced away from the flexible display panel. Elastic diaphragms or elastic bodies can be interposed between the display panel and bottom layer. A guidance matrix, which may be rigid, can be further interposed between the display panel and bottom layer, such that pressure applied to the display panel results in localized downward deformation in the area of a guidance matrix cavity. The elastic diaphragms or elastic bodies may extend into the guidance matrix cavities. These subsurface structures may be utilized to provide variable tactile response corresponding to the locations of keys on a virtual keyboard displayed on the display panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Inventors: George Moser, Randy Linn
  • Patent number: 8760413
    Abstract: In one or more embodiments, a device includes a surface and an actuator mechanism operably associated with the surface. The actuator mechanism is configured to provide tactile feedback to a user responsive to an electrical signal. In at least some embodiments, the actuator mechanism comprises a pair of spaced-apart substrates each of which supports a conductive layer of material. A dielectric material and an adjacent air gap may be interposed between the substrates. Drive circuitry is operably connected to the spaced-apart substrates and is configured to drive the conductive layers of material with an electrical signal. This signal may be responsive to sensing a touch input on the surface or other appropriate event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Synaptics Incorporated
    Inventors: Cody George Peterson, Douglas M. Krumpelman, Andrew P. Huska
  • Patent number: 8743072
    Abstract: A display device provides a user with tactile feedback using a tactile user interface. The display device includes a display unit, a tactile feedback unit, and a controller. The controller detects a first control input selecting a first object displayed on the display unit, detects a second control input controlling the first object that is consecutive to the first control input, controls the first object in response to the second control input, generates first tactile feedback according to properties of the first object in response to the second control input, detects a third control input controlling the first object that is consecutive to the second control input, the third control input being detected in a region of a second object displayed on the display unit, and maintains the first tactile feedback in response to the third control input while the first object is controlled by the third control input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Jihwan Kim
  • Patent number: 8723832
    Abstract: A method for actuating a tactile interface layer for a device that defines a surface with a deformable region, comprising the steps of detecting a gesture of the user along the surface of the tactile interface layer that includes a movement of a finger of the user from a first location on the surface to a second location on the surface; interpreting the gesture as a command for the deformable region; and manipulating the deformable region of the surface based on the command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Tactus Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig Ciesla, Micah Yairi, Nathaniel Mark Saal
  • Patent number: 8712709
    Abstract: A delta-sigma AD converter circuit includes a plurality of registers to store plural data obtained by dividing data stored in the shift register and to hold the plural data in such a form that each of the plural data is readable independently of the others, wherein one or more of the plurality of registers store the pulse density modulated data stored in the shift register in response to the register store instruction signal, and the filtering unit reads the pulse density modulated data from one or more of the plurality of registers responsive to the mode in response to the read request signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Mitsumi Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Makio Abe
  • Patent number: 8665076
    Abstract: A tactile feedback system includes: a removing section for removing a contact-device-specific oscillating waveform, included in both a first contact-generated waveform representing a frictional vibration produced when a contact device contacts with one object and a second contact-generated waveform representing a frictional vibration produced when the contact device contacts with another object, from the first contact-generated waveform; a superposing section for superposing a finger-pulp-specific oscillating waveform, included in both the first finger-pulp-generated waveform representing a frictional vibration produced when a person's finger pulp contacts with the one object and the second finger-pulp-generated waveform representing a frictional vibration produced when the finger pulp contacts with that another object, on the first contact-generated waveform from which the contact-device-specific oscillating waveform has been removed; and a simulating section for displaying a vibration stimulation based on t
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Okimoto, Hideto Motomura
  • Patent number: 8605053
    Abstract: A method and a device for detecting user input includes receiving a user input at an input arrangement of a user interface. The input arrangement has at least one piezoelectric sensor that generates an electric signal in response to the input. The electric signal is processed to determine the presence of the input. The processing may indicate the magnitude of the force of the input, in addition to the input's location. An output arrangement of the user interface generates an output in response to the processing. The output may be a haptic, audio or visual output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Analog Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark J. Murphy, Eoin Edward English, Eoghan Moloney, Mel Conway, Gary Casey, Krystian Balicki
  • Patent number: 8599047
    Abstract: Various embodiments provide keyboards that provide haptic feedback to a user of the keyboard. In at least some embodiments, movement of an actuator and/or a user-engageable portion in a direction generally orthogonal to a direction of the keypress when the switch is closed provides a user with haptic feedback, which simulates a snapover movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Synaptics Incorporated
    Inventors: James William Schlosser, Cody George Peterson, Andrew Huska
  • Patent number: 8542134
    Abstract: Various embodiments provide a keyboard that adaptively provides haptic feedback to a user. In at least some embodiments, an actuation of a key or keyboard element of the keyboard is detected. This can be accomplished by detecting the closure of an associated switch caused by a user depressing the key or keyboard element. In response to detecting the actuation, an electrically-deformable material is utilized as an actuating mechanism to impart single or multi-vectored movement to the key or keyboard element according to drive parameters. This movement produces a perceived acceleration of the key or keyboard element, thus providing haptic feedback which simulates a “snapover” effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Synaptics Incorporated
    Inventors: Cody George Peterson, Andrew Parris Huska, James William Schlosser
  • Patent number: 8542133
    Abstract: Various embodiments provide keyboards that utilize electrically-deformable material as an actuating mechanism to provide haptic feedback to a user of the keyboard. In at least some embodiments, the electrically-deformable material is utilized to impart, to a depressed key or keyboard element, a multi-vectored movement that produces a perceived acceleration of the key or keyboard element thus providing a user with haptic feedback which simulates a snapover movement. In at least some embodiments, a light source can be mounted or otherwise positioned relatively close to and beneath the top surface of one or more keys or keyboard elements to backlight a portion or portions of a keyboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Synaptics Incorporated
    Inventors: Cody George Peterson, Andrew Parris Huska, James William Schlosser
  • Patent number: 8451248
    Abstract: Disclosed is a display device that provides a user with tactile feedback using a tactile user interface. The display device includes a touch sensitive display unit to display an object, a tactile feedback unit to generate tactile feedback, and a controller. The controller detects a first touch that is in contact with a region of a first object displayed on the display unit, detects a second touch controlling the first object that is consecutive to the first touch, controls the first object in response to the second touch, generates first tactile feedback according to properties of the first object in response to the second touch, detects a third touch controlling the first object that is consecutive to the second touch, the third touch being detected in a region of a second object displayed on the display unit, and generates the first tactile feedback in response to the third touch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Jihwan Kim
  • Patent number: 8442578
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer program products, for generating feedback. In one aspect, a method includes receiving sensor data from a plurality of sensors, wherein at least one of the plurality of sensors is associated with a mobile device of a user; aggregating the received sensor data to generate aggregated sensor data; processing the aggregated sensor data to determine an aggregated metric; comparing the aggregated metric to a target associated with the user to determine a measure of performance; and generating feedback based on the determined measure of performance. Further, the mobile device can comprise a mobile personal services device that includes one or more of an audio sensor, a video sensor, an environmental sensor, a biometric sensor, a location sensor, an activity detector, and a health monitor. The feedback can be displayed on the mobile personal services device. The feedback also can be displayed in near real-time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Accenture Global Services Limited
    Inventors: Alex M. Kass, Lucian P. Hughes, Owen E. Richter, Dana Le, Daniel R. Farina
  • Patent number: 8421610
    Abstract: Provided are a touch screen and a method of operating the same. The touch screen includes a detecting part, a control part, and a tactile feedback part. The detecting part detects object's approach or contact. The control part receives a signal of the detecting part to output a feedback signal. The tactile feedback part receives the feedback signal of the control part to provide a tactile feedback to a contact position using a magnetic force. The tactile feedback uses the magnetic force of a magnetic dipole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Seongdeok Ahn, In-Kyu You, Jiyoung Oh, Chul Am Kim, Jae Bon Koo, Sang Seok Lee, Kyung Soo Suh, Kyoung Ik Cho
  • Patent number: 8416065
    Abstract: An overlay includes a sheet corresponding to a plurality of keys that are associated with an application for a portable electronic device. An identifier is associated with the application. The identifier is identifiable by the portable electronic device, such that the application is opened upon identification of the identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventors: Jerome Pasquero, Steven Henry Fyke
  • Patent number: 8410917
    Abstract: A haptic feedback device for a portable terminal. The haptic feedback device includes an input member, a vibration member that passes through the input member, and serves as a rotation axis of the input member, and a piezo actuator in contact with the vibration member. As the input member rotates or pivots with respect to the rotation axis, the piezo actuator actuates to vibrate the vibration member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: In-Kuk Yun, In Kim
  • Patent number: 8410897
    Abstract: Disclosed are a contact detection device for vehicular use and a security device for vehicular use that are capable of identifying whether contact is human-induced and that prevent erroneous detection due to raindrops and the like. A security device (10) is equipped with a contact detection device (11) comprising a contact unit (12), a detection unit (13), a standard detection pattern setting means (14) that sets standard detection patterns based on predefined patterns of human-induced contact to the contact unit, a detection signal identification means (15) that compares a detection signal detected by the detection unit (13) and the standard detection patterns that have been set and decides whether these match, and a contact identification signal output means (16), and is further equipped with a lock device (17) and a control device (18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Alexandre Popelard
  • Patent number: 8395591
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to tactile display devices that include a reservoir for containing a driving fluid. A plurality of toxel portions may be sensitively drivable by the fluid for causing toxels to be displayed, and a pump member associated with the reservoir and toxel portions may pump the fluid from the reservoir to selected toxel portions to display a tactile image. The pump member may include an electro-osmotic pump configured to pump the fluid electro-osmotically in response to an applied voltage, and may be configured to selectively pump the fluid to generally activate the toxels independently from each other. The toxel layer may include the plurality of toxels as well as an elastomeric membrane that may have a pattern of the toxels, and may be configured such that the toxels may be expandable generally independently of each other in response to increased pressure of the fluid pumped into association therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Empire Technology Development LLC
    Inventor: Ezekiel Kruglick
  • Publication number: 20130015985
    Abstract: Various embodiments provide keyboards that utilize electrically-deformable material as an actuating mechanism to provide haptic feedback to a user of the keyboard. In at least some embodiments, the electrically-deformable material is utilized to impart, to a depressed key or keyboard element, a multi-vectored movement that produces a perceived acceleration of the key or keyboard element thus providing a user with haptic feedback which simulates a snapover movement. In at least some embodiments, a light source can be mounted or otherwise positioned relatively close to and beneath the top surface of one or more keys or keyboard elements to backlight a portion or portions of a keyboard.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Applicant: PACINIAN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Cody George Peterson, Andrew Parris Huska, James William Schlosser
  • Patent number: 8339250
    Abstract: An electronic device (100) configured to provide a localized haptic response to a user is provided. The electronic device (100) includes an interface assembly (102) having a user interface surface (600) with a display (206) disposed beneath the user interface surface (600). A compliance member, such as a haptic feedback bezel (209) is disposed beneath the display (206). The compliance member includes one or more cantilever members (210) having motion generation devices (402) coupled thereto. Each cantilever member (210) includes an ell (303) that passes about the display (206) and couples to the user interface surface (600). When the motion generation device (402) is actuated, a haptic force is delivered to the user interface surface (600) through the ell (303).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Richard Je, Itisha Deokar, Michael Le
  • Patent number: 8325068
    Abstract: A curve-shaped touch-sensitive keyboard comprises a keyboard casing in form of a curve surface, in which upper and lower ends of the keyboard casing are warped upwards along a whole length of the keyboard casing to form two convex sections and a concave section is formed between the two convex sections; a key region disposed on an upper surface of the concave section, in which the key region is composed of a plurality of keys and each of the keys is provided with a trigger sensor; and a printed circuit board provided within the keyboard casing, in which a plurality of electronic sensors are mounted on the printed circuit board and each of the electronic sensors corresponds to one of the keys. With the present keyboard, accidental touches on the keys could be avoided effectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Shining Union Limited
    Inventors: Kwok Fong Wong, Pui Yi Ching
  • Patent number: 8319671
    Abstract: A keypad structure comprises a plurality of dome switches. Each of the plurality of dome switches provides a first tactile feedback to a user when pressed. At least one vibratory element is electrically connected to the dome switches to actuate when one of the plurality of dome switches is pressed. The at least one vibratory element provides a second tactile feedback to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventor: Chao Chen
  • Patent number: 8310444
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a touch surface that can be physically engaged by a user. The touch surface is operably connected to an actuator arm which, in turn, is connected to an actuator array. Drive electronics sense a user's movement relative to the touch surface and, responsively, drive the actuator array effective to move the actuator arm and, in turn, provide haptic feedback to the user through the touch surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Pacinian Corporation
    Inventors: Cody George Peterson, Andrew P. Huska, James William Schlosser
  • Patent number: 8294600
    Abstract: Various embodiments provide a keyboard that adaptively provides haptic feedback to a user. In at least some embodiments, an actuation of a key or keyboard element of the keyboard is detected. This can be accomplished by detecting the closure of an associated switch caused by a user depressing the key or keyboard element. In response to detecting the actuation, an electrically-deformable material is utilized as an actuating mechanism to impart single or multi-vectored movement to the key or keyboard element according to drive parameters. This movement produces a perceived acceleration of the key or keyboard element, thus providing haptic feedback which simulates a “snapover” effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Inventors: Cody George Peterson, Andrew Parris Huska, James William Schlosser
  • Patent number: 8248278
    Abstract: Various embodiments provide keyboards that utilize electrically-deformable material as an actuating mechanism to provide haptic feedback to a user of the keyboard. In at least some embodiments, the electrically-deformable material is utilized to impart, to a depressed key or keyboard element, a multi-vectored movement that produces a perceived acceleration of the key or keyboard element thus providing a user with haptic feedback which simulates a snapover movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Pacinian Corporation
    Inventors: James William Schlosser, Cody George Peterson, Andrew Huska
  • Patent number: 8248277
    Abstract: Various embodiments provide keyboards that utilize electrically-deformable material as an actuating mechanism to provide haptic feedback to a user of the keyboard. In at least some embodiments, the electrically-deformable material is utilized to impart, to a depressed key or keyboard element, a multi-vectored movement that produces a perceived acceleration of the key or keyboard element thus providing a user with haptic feedback which simulates a snapover movement. In at least some embodiments, a key or keyboard element can be associated with comparatively little or no actuation force and/or travel distance. As a result, the amount of work necessary to actuate the key or keyboard element can be significantly decreased or eliminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Pacinian Corporation
    Inventors: Cody George Peterson, Andrew Parris Huska, James William Schlosser
  • Patent number: 8223040
    Abstract: A mobile terminal and method for operating a touch keypad, the mobile terminal including a touch keypad, a touch sensor processor for sensing a signal inputted from a key selected by a user on the touch keypad and outputting location information corresponding to the selected key based upon the sensed signal, a Control Processor (CPU) for outputting at least one or more control signals based upon the outputted location information, and a light emitting diode controller for independently driving a light emitting diode corresponding to the selected key based upon the outputted control signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Dong-Seuck Ko, In-Yong Kim
  • Patent number: 8199033
    Abstract: Various embodiments provide keyboards that utilize electrically-deformable material as an actuating mechanism to provide haptic feedback to a user of the keyboard. In at least some embodiments, the electrically-deformable material is utilized to impart, to a depressed key or keyboard element, a multi-vectored movement that produces a perceived acceleration of the key or keyboard element thus providing a user with haptic feedback which simulates a snapover movement. In at least some embodiments, a light source can be mounted or otherwise positioned relatively close to and beneath the top surface of one or more keys or keyboard elements to backlight a portion or portions of a keyboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Pacinian Corporation
    Inventors: Cody George Peterson, Andrew Parris Huska, James William Schlosser
  • Patent number: 8179235
    Abstract: A tactile input to a system having a speaker located in an enclosure with an audio port can be detected by generating a sound wave in response to a signal and sensing the phase relationship between the current phase and the voltage phase of the signal. While the audio port is open a baseline current and voltage phase difference is established. When the audio port is obstructed by a finger touch, the current and voltage phase difference is altered in response to the obstruction. While the altered phase difference is detected, a tactile event is indicated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventor: Laurent Le-Faucheur
  • Publication number: 20120112933
    Abstract: A keyboard includes a stiffener having a plurality of recesses defined therein, a flexible printed circuit defining a plurality of venting holes, each venting hole in correspondence with one of the plurality of recesses, and a dome sheet provided on top of the flexible printed circuit and including a plurality of domes, each of the domes in correspondence with one of the plurality of venting holes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2010
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Applicant: RESEARCH IN MOTION LIMITED
    Inventor: Chao Chen
  • Patent number: 8139035
    Abstract: A keypad includes discrete keys formed by touch sensors or virtual keys on a touch sensitive area. The discrete or virtual keys are mechanically linked to a biased switch. The key that has been touched during a keystroke is identified through a signal from the touch sensors whilst a keystroke is recorded upon a signal from the biased switch. The combination of the touch sensors with a biased switch provides tactile feedback. The use of touch sensors or a touch sensitive area allows the keypad to be constructed with a substantially flush surface without parting lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew Strawn, Andrew Raymond Bick, Crispian Tompkin, Daren Leith, Simon Bradford, Luke Miles, Brian Davidson