Pressure Sensitive Actuation Patents (Class 341/34)
  • Patent number: 11064242
    Abstract: A method and device for moving an indicator on an on-screen keyboard depicted on a display device is described. A series of signals transmitted from a remote-control unit are received at the display device. The indicator on a grid depicted on the display device is moved based on the received signals. A time for moving the indicator on the grid varies based on the series of signals received from the remote-control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: INTERDIGITAL CE PATENT HOLDINGS
    Inventors: Thomas Morin, Karine Jegou, Christophe Jollivet
  • Patent number: 10978032
    Abstract: An attachment for a smart device having a touch screen displaying at least one interactive area thereon includes at least one port defining an air passageway therethrough and at least one actuator element disposed at least partially within the air passageway of each of the at least one ports. Each of the at least one actuator elements is configured to actuate upon a flow of air passing through the corresponding air passageway. Actuation of each of the at least one actuator elements causes an electrical interaction with one of the interactive areas of the touch screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Inventor: Gordon J. Burrer
  • Patent number: 10908686
    Abstract: Systems and methods for pre-touch and true touch are disclosed. For example, in one described system for pre-touch and true touch includes a touch-sensitive interface configured to detect a user interaction and transmit a first interface signal based at least in part on the user interaction. The system also includes a processor in communication with the touch-sensitive interface and configured to receive the first interface signal and determine a haptic effect based at least in part on the first interface signal. The processor is further configured to preload a haptic signal associated with the haptic effect. The system also includes a cache in communication with the processor and configured to store the preloaded haptic signal for a time period and then transmit the haptic signal and a haptic effect generator in communication with the cache and configured to receive the haptic signal from the cache and, in response, output a haptic effect based at least in part on the haptic signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Erin Ramsay, Pedro Gregorio
  • Patent number: 10859310
    Abstract: A touch sensor assembly includes a touch substrate attached to a rear surface of a panel having a touch point, a piezo disk having first and second poles stacked thereon, wherein the first pole is disposed on at least a central portion of a front surface thereof and aligned in a direction facing the touch substrate to be fixed to a rear surface of the touch substrate, a pressing tab flexibly provided on the touch substrate, electrically connected to the first pole upon being in contact with the first pole, and electrically connected to a plurality of wires provided on the touch substrate at a plurality of points, and a fixing surface electrically connected to the second pole while supporting the second pole such that the piezo disk is fixed to the rear surface of the touch substrate and electrically connected to second wires provided on the touch substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jaesung Yang, Hyunki Kim
  • Patent number: 10824252
    Abstract: A touchpad module for an electronic device is provided. The touchpad module includes a fixing frame, a touch member, a switch member and an adjusting element. The touch member is installed within an opening of the fixing frame. The switch member is installed on the touch member. The switch member includes a first magnetic element. The adjusting element is accommodated within an adjusting hole of the fixing frame. The adjusting element includes a second magnetic element corresponding to the first magnetic element. Moreover, like poles of the first magnetic element and the second magnetic element face each other. Consequently, a travelling distance of the touch member is adjusted according to a repulsive force between the first magnetic element and the second magnetic element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: PRIMAX ELECTRONICS LTD.
    Inventors: Tai-Sou Huang, Shao-Ju Yen
  • Patent number: 10806042
    Abstract: A functional device may include a base defining a cavity, a functional component received in the cavity and a magnetic assembly received in the cavity. The magnetic assembly may include a first magnetic element fixed on the functional component, a second magnetic element fixed on the base and at least one third magnetic element arranged between the first magnetic element and the second magnetic element. When each of the first, second, and at least one third magnetic elements is repulsed to an adjacent magnetic element, the functional component is forced to extend out of the cavity. When each of the first, second, and at least one third magnetic elements is attracted to the adjacent one, the functional component is pulled to retract into the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventor: Yuanqing Zeng
  • Patent number: 10687753
    Abstract: Systems and methods for optimizing body and object interactions are provided. Based on obtained contact pressure maps and coefficient of friction (COF) maps at a contact interface where at least a portion of a body is in physical contact with a surface of an object, friction force maps can be determined, which can be used to optimize body and object interactions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Jonathan T. Kahl, Nathan J. Anderson, James J. Kobe, Roger T. Hager, Thomas B. Galush
  • Patent number: 10649582
    Abstract: A detection apparatus includes a first substrate, a first electrode, a plurality of second electrodes, a detection controller, and a second electrode controller. The first electrode is disposed on the first substrate. The second electrodes have an area smaller than the area of the first electrode and overlap the first electrode. The detection controller is coupled to the first electrode and detects a detection signal corresponding to a capacitance change in the first electrode. The second electrode controller supplies, to some of second electrodes in the second electrodes, a guard signal for suppressing a capacitance change in overlapping areas of the first electrode overlapping the respective second electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Japan Display Inc.
    Inventors: Toshinori Uehara, Hayato Kurasawa
  • Patent number: 10635301
    Abstract: A touch pad includes a flat portion and a convex type three-dimensional portion having a hemispherical shape. An outer circumferential surface of the three-dimensional portion constitutes a spherical operation area. A second recognition unit of the touch-pad controller recognizes a gesture operation of at least two fingers to be the same gesture operation as a pinch-in operation in a planar operation area, in a case where movement trajectories of the at least two fingers in the spherical operation area are arc-shaped movement trajectories which are bulged outwardly in a case where the spherical operation area is viewed in a plan view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshihisa Usami, Naoki Tsukamoto, Yusuke Kitagawa, Yuki Okabe
  • Patent number: 10551969
    Abstract: A display device is capable of substantially minimizing sensing errors and substantially minimizing a pressure applied to a pixel area during a touch action, the display device including: a frame; a window facing at least a portion of the frame; a panel support portion between the window and a base portion of the frame; a flexible display panel including a central portion between the panel support portion and the window and an edge portion between the panel support portion and the base portion of the frame; and a first pressure sensing unit between the edge portion and the panel support portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Changyong Jeong, Mugyeom Kim
  • Patent number: 10514759
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to an input device and methods related to the use thereof. The embodiment may include a deformable structure. The deformable structure may include a first layer defining an input surface and a second layer coupled to, and offset from, the first layer. At least one of the first layer or the second layer may define a geometric feature (e.g., including a protrusion, embossed portion, or other feature of one or both of the first and second layers). The geometric feature may be configured to collapse the deformable structure at a localized region in response to a force input. The embodiment may further include an input structure configured to produce an electrical response based on a magnitude of the force input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Steven J. Taylor, Brigit E. Lamberson, Gemma A. Roper, Megan A. McClain, Thomas S. Hulbert, Benjamin G. Jackson
  • Patent number: 10495371
    Abstract: An appliance that includes: a front panel having a touch point; a touch board including: a first side attached to a location on a rear surface of the front panel, the location corresponding to the touch point; a second side opposite to the first side; a pressing portion; and one or more holes defined around the pressing portion and configured to enable an elastic movement of the pressing portion; a holder that is attached to the second side of the touch board, the holder having a receiving portion; a piezo disc configured to be inserted in the receiving portion of the holder and contact the pressing portion; a guide board having a seating hole configured to receive the holder and the piezo disc; and a first adhesive member attached to the first side of the touch board and configured to attach to the rear surface of the front panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jaesung Yang, Hyunki Kim
  • Patent number: 10471285
    Abstract: A video flame detection system and method for controlling a range. The system includes a video flame detector assembly coupled to an electric range and having a camera. A relay control board is coupled to the video flame detector assembly and includes a smoke contact, a flame contact, a relay module, a processor, and a memory coupled to the processor. A range control system is coupled to the relay control board and includes a control relay. When the video flame detector assembly detects smoke, the video flame detector assembly activates the smoke contact of the relay module, causing the range control system to modulate the electric current of a heating element of the range according to at least one of a first pattern or a second pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Patrick H. Boyer, John Donovan, Jackie O. Jordan, II
  • Patent number: 10429126
    Abstract: In a sensor assembly, a hole-shaped sensor support portion is formed at a sensor printed circuit board (PCB), a touch sensor is disposed at the sensor support portion, and an elastic member is installed at a rear surface of the sensor PCB. In addition, a sensor assembly according to an embodiment of the present invention may include a sensor PCB on which a copper coating film which constitutes a circuit is printed on a top surface of a plastic material, a touch sensor seated on a sensor support portion formed at the sensor PCB, and a cover member which is attached onto a rear surface of the sensor PCB and covers the sensor support portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Seungje Park
  • Patent number: 10394403
    Abstract: In a touch screen, a lower electrode is insulated from an upper electrode by an insulation film. A column direction wire of the upper electrode includes a first linear portion which extends in a row direction, and first branch portions which are branched from the first linear portion. A row direction wire of the lower electrode includes a second linear portion which extends in a column direction, and second branch portions which are branched from the second linear portion. The second linear portion three-dimensionally intersects the first linear portion, yet does not three-dimensionally intersect first branch portions. A rim portion of each of second branch portions includes a portion parallel along an outline of the first linear portion or first branch portions, yet does not include a portion parallel along an outline of the second linear portion. At each of second branch portions, a cavity portion is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Tatsuya Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10394395
    Abstract: Detection column wires and detection row wires are configured of thin wires made of a conductive material having light reflectivity, such as a metal or alloy including silver and aluminum. A predetermined plural number of detection column wires are electrically connected to form a plurality of column-direction bundle wires. A predetermined plural number of detection row wires are electrically connected to form a plurality of row-direction bundle wires. A reflected-light distribution pattern is further provided. When viewed in a direction vertical to the surface of the touch screen, the reflected-light distribution pattern includes a curved portion, and the normal lines of the curved portion head for all directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Takahiro Nishioka, Naoki Nakagawa, Masafumi Agari, Takeshi Ono, Seiichiro Mori
  • Patent number: 10348834
    Abstract: A smart environmental sensing probe includes a communication path, a controller connected to the communication path, and one or more smart sensors, each with at least one common electrical interface for exchanging sensor information with the controller over the communication path using a common communication protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: GRAYWOLF SENSING SOLUTIONS, LLC
    Inventors: William F. VanWart, Richard T. Stonier, John Coffey
  • Patent number: 10254872
    Abstract: An operation apparatus includes: an operation plate on which an operation surface performed by a pressing operation with an operation body; an assembly member assembled with the operation plate; a first elastic member opposite to the operation surface with respect to the operation plate, and between the operation plate and the assembly member to be elastically deformable by a pressing force applied by the operation body; a sensor detecting an elastic deformation changing amount of the first elastic member generated by the pressing operation; a pressing determinator determining whether the pressing operation is performed based on a detection value of the sensor; and a second elastic member between the operation plate and the assembly member to be elastically deformable with the first elastic member by the pressing force. The first and second elastic members are arranged to enable the pressing force applied serially.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Syunsuke Shibata, Motoki Tachiiri, Masahiro Itoh
  • Patent number: 10216275
    Abstract: There is provided a method of generating a desired haptic sensation and providing a desired touch sensitivity in a touch sensitive device, the touch sensitive device comprising a touch sensitive member and at least one transducer connected to the touch sensitive member, the method comprising: processing electrical signals to be applied to one or more of said at least one transducer connected to the touch sensitive member by applying appropriate algorithms to provide the desired haptic sensation; and processing electrical signals from one or more of said at least one transducer connected to the touch sensitive member by applying the said appropriate algorithms to generate output signals to provide the desired touch sensitivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: NVF Tech Ltd
    Inventor: Neil John Harris
  • Patent number: 10209781
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are directed to input devices configured for use with computing devices. The present invention relates to input device configured with a plurality of input members grouped into contoured-shaped bowls on a portion of the input devices. The input device may also be configured for use with multiple hand positions and multiple profiles based on the hand positions. The input device may enable switching between user-programmable profiles, and may include sensory feedback indicating the profiles active on the input device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Logitech Europe S.A.
    Inventors: Christopher Pate, Cormac O Conaire, Marten Helwig, James Lynch
  • Patent number: 10198110
    Abstract: It is disclosed a touch sensor (100,200,300,400,500,700) for sensing a user touch, comprising an electrically conductive structure (101) having an electrically conductive touch area (103) exposed to the environment; a first capacitor (115) having a first electrode (117) electrically connected with the conductive structure (101); a second capacitor (119) having a first electrode (121) connected to a second electrode (123) of the first capacitor (115); and a driver arrangement (125) connected to the first capacitor and the second capacitor and adapted to perform particular operation steps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventors: Thomas Suwald, Arne Burghardt
  • Patent number: 10185446
    Abstract: Touch pad structures are provided that gather touch sensor data. The data may be used to control a computer or other electronic device. The touch pad structures may be integrated into a computer or other computing equipment or may be provided as a stand-alone accessory. The touch pad structures may include a touch sensor array. The touch sensor array may include rows and columns of touch sensor electrodes, interconnect lines, and other conductive structures. The conductive structures on the touch sensor array may be formed from patterned layers of ink. Interconnect line segments in different layer of ink may be connected in rectangular contact regions. The touch sensor array may have a tail. A layer of insulator may be removed from the substrate across a tip portion of the tail to allow the line segments to be connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jay Kevin Osborn, Peter W. Richards
  • Patent number: 10168799
    Abstract: A hybrid digital analog key switch is designed to generate both a digital signal and an analog signal (DA) from a single key switch after the key is depressed. A pair of spring metal electrodes are electrically coupled to up and down movement of the key stem, and a force sensor is configured on a bottom side of the key module. Both a digital signal and an analog signal are generated when the key is depressed by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: UNEO Inc.
    Inventors: Chih-Sheng Hou, Han-Ying Lei, Hsuan-Hao Tsai
  • Patent number: 10136763
    Abstract: A hand held domestic appliance comprises a handle part, a driven member, a motor for driving the driven member and a controller for controlling the motor. The handle part comprises a surface sensor for detecting a contact surface area and optionally also pressure and the controller is adapted to control the power supplied to the motor in dependence on the sensed contact surface area and optionally also pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Edwin Heijman, Franciscus Jacobus Vossen, Roland Alexander Van De Molengraaf, Arno Zwenig, Thomas Strutzmann, Thomas Leonhard Sigot
  • Patent number: 10126941
    Abstract: This document describes tools associated with symbol entry control functions. In some implementations, the tools identify a first finger that is in tactile contact with a touch screen. The first finger can select a subset of symbols from a plurality of symbols that can be entered via the touch screen. The tools can also identify whether one or more other fingers are in concurrent tactile contact with the first finger on the touch screen. The tools can select an individual symbol from the subset based on whether the one or more other fingers are in concurrent tactile contact with the first finger on the touch screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Bin Benjamin Zhu, Maowei Yang, Xuyong Yang, Shipeng Li
  • Patent number: 10114492
    Abstract: Provided is an information processing device including a pressure sensor configured to be capable of detecting a pressure position which is a position of a pressure portion subjected to a pressure manipulation by a user and a pressure force which is a pressure at a time of the pressure manipulation, and to have a cylindrical shape, and a position specifying unit configured to specify a position in a three-dimensional space according to the pressure position and the pressure force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshinori Takagi, Seiko Maehara, Naoyuki Hirota, Hitoshi Mukai, Kazumasa Tanaka, Kunio Kawaguchi, Hiroyuki Morisaki, Ichiro Ogata
  • Patent number: 10055932
    Abstract: A device and method are set forth which includes an electronic, video display including L-shaped sub-displays mated to define a frame surrounding an opening which accommodates a physical object such as the view of a second display. The second display may be a mechanical component extending through the opening to operate for example a pointer operating with the video display to provide a function for a game. The opening may also be configured to reveal a mechanical, electro-mechanical or video display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Vernon Bernard, Karl Wudtke
  • Patent number: 10048754
    Abstract: Touch interfaces for electronic devices including one or more tactile response mechanisms. The tactile response mechanisms receive user input and provide a tactile response to the user to indicate that the user has selected a particular location or selectable area on the interface. The underside of the interface includes recesses and/or channels corresponding to on each specific touch or selectable area that localize the tactile response to the individual selectable areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: GRAYHILL, INC.
    Inventors: Kevin M Dooley, Robert F Kerner
  • Patent number: 10013928
    Abstract: A touch panel which includes: a first electrode substrate; a second electrode substrate; a plurality of X-direction transparent electrodes formed on a main surface of the first electrode substrate; a plurality of Y-direction transparent electrodes formed on a main surface of the second electrode substrate; a plurality of X-direction drawn-round wires directly connected to transparent electrodes that are connected to the plurality of X-direction transparent electrodes; a plurality of X-direction drawn-round wires directly connected to external connections that are connected by the plurality of X-direction drawn-round wires directly connected to transparent electrodes and a plurality of through-holes; and a plurality of Y-direction drawn-round wires connected to the plurality of Y-direction transparent electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: GUNZE LIMITED
    Inventors: Naoki Horade, Jiro Okuno
  • Patent number: 9971405
    Abstract: An apparatus including: a touch sensitive input responsive to manual actuation; a display output associated with the touch sensitive input; and a controller configured to provide and maintain, in response to a manual actuation at a user selected location of the touch sensitive input, an output at the user selected location to facilitate additional manual actuation via the touch sensitive input in the region of the user selected location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Antti Salo, Teppo Tapani Jokinen, Jarkko Tapio Saunamaki, Qifeng Yan, Piers Andrew, Lotta Partanen, Okan Ogeturk, Mikko Anttilainen, Zoran Radivojevic
  • Patent number: 9971428
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods for using corrugated tessellation to create surface features are disclosed. In embodiments, a device comprises a touch-sensitive surface capable of being in a first configuration and a second configuration different than the first configuration. When the touch-sensitive surface is in the second configuration an input device may be provided that is not present when the touch-sensitive surface is in the first configuration. For example, the touch-sensitive surface can be a flat surface in the first configuration and can be a three-dimensional surface comprising a physical keyboard in the second configuration. In embodiments, a device, such as a mobile phone or a tablet computer, comprises a touch-sensitive display that comprises the touch-sensitive surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventor: Robert Lacroix
  • Patent number: 9912832
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a setting unit, an image reading unit, an image forming unit, and a setting changing unit. The setting unit sets copying conditions. The image reading unit reads images from sheets to generate image data and writes the image data into a memory unit. The image forming unit forms images on sheets based on the image data written into the memory unit. The setting changing unit changes the setting of the copying conditions when a new copying condition is set during the image forming of the image data written into the memory unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yutaka Aihara
  • Patent number: 9904393
    Abstract: A touch screen display sensor is provided that includes a transparent touch-sensing element disposed upon the surface of a transparent substrate and a force-sensing element disposed within the transparent touch-sensing element. The force-sensing element includes two sets of bands of micromesh and can include a pressure-responsive material between the bands of micromesh. The bands of micromesh include traces of a metallic conductor. The sets of bands of micromesh are spaced apart and occupy substantially parallel planes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Matthew H. Frey, Robert R. Kieschke, Billy L. Weaver
  • Patent number: 9851800
    Abstract: A method, medium, and system are provided for executing computing tasks based on force measurements corresponding to user interactions with a touch screen for a computing device. The touch screen displays content for applications executed by the computing device and receives user interactions. The computing device processes the user interactions to detect force measurements and to associate the force measurements with computing tasks for the applications executed on the computing device. A database stores the force measurements and corresponding computing tasks to identify matches between the stored force measurement for a user and subsequent force measurements received when the touch screen receives additional user interactions. When matching force measurements are located in the database, the corresponding computing tasks are executed by the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Gabriel Benjamin Kneisley, Cary Ann Moody
  • Patent number: 9767942
    Abstract: A vehicle trim element that includes at least one supporting layer having an internal face and an external face, and a skin having an internal face and an external face. The internal face of the skin covers the external face of the supporting layer in at least one detection area. The supporting layer has a through-orifice extending from the internal face to the external face of the supporting layer. At least one detection element is located in the through-orifice. The detection element is in constant contact with the portion of the internal face of the skin covering the through-orifice of the supporting layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Faurecia Interieur Industrie
    Inventors: Jean Oeuvrard, Godefroy Beau
  • Patent number: 9744798
    Abstract: A fluorescent blackboard comprises a housing, a circuit hoard fixed on the housing by screws, a display screen fixed by the circuit board, and a panel attached and fixed on the housing by the adhesive tape. The fluorescence blackboard is configured with a fixed device that limits and fixes the panel. The present disclosure uses that the fluorescent blackboard 1 configured with the fixed device that limits and fixes the panel, which makes the panel be firmly limited and fixed on the housing, which avoids the panel from coming lose. When the panel is squeezed, the fixed device can protect the panel, which avoids damage to the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Inventor: HaoYu Xing
  • Patent number: 9652928
    Abstract: A gaming device, gaming device display and method are set forth which includes a first electronic, video display including L-shaped sub-displays mated to define a frame surrounding an opening which accommodates a second display. The second display may be a mechanical component extending through the opening to operate for example a pointer operating with the first video display to provide a game function. The opening may also be configured to reveal a mechanical, electro-mechanical or video display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Vernon Bernard, Karl Wudtke
  • Patent number: 9588616
    Abstract: Cantilevered displacement sensors with enhanced displacement sensitivity and methods of determining touching forces for multiple touch locations are disclosed. The cantilevered displacement sensors support the touch screen adjacent a touch screen perimeter. A displacement of the touch screen is amplified by a cantilevered member that extends over a proximity sensor. Touching forces at multiple touch locations are determining by performing a fit to the measured displacements based on the touch locations to obtain displacements at all positions of the touchscreen, then relating the displacement of the touch screen at the multiple touch locations to applied distributed loads at the respective multiple touch locations, and then multiplying the applied distributed loads by the corresponding touch-location area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventors: William James Miller, Lucas Wayne Yeary
  • Patent number: 9591250
    Abstract: A user is provided with an indication of a button's functionality on a viewing device before the button is actually selected. The user receives haptic/tactile feedback to let the user know that they are about to select a button and that its functionality indicator is shown on the viewing device. Thus, the haptic or tactile feedback in combination with on-screen display elements is utilized in a remote control device to eliminate the need for shifting focus away from a viewing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: THOMSON LICENSING
    Inventor: Mark Leroy Walker
  • Patent number: 9575469
    Abstract: A wearable wireless electronic device includes a watch dial and a hand module. The hand module includes a first hand and a second hand that are rotatably coupled to the watch dial. The first and second hands are configured to indicate current time and send/receive wireless signals. When the first and second hands rotate relative to the watch dial, the first and second hands are configured to display current time. When the first hand is positioned at a predetermined position substantially perpendicular to the second hand, the first and second hands are configured to send/receive wireless signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Chiun Mai Communication Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Geng-Hong Liou, Yen-Hui Lin
  • Patent number: 9507522
    Abstract: A keyboard includes a holographic film having a holographic information of a keyboard arrangement recorded on a surface thereof; a virtual keyboard generated from the holographic film; and a touch panel adjoining the holographic film, configured to detect an information corresponding to a position being touched thereon. The keyboard is of the advantage of multi-function, convenience and portability. An electronic device using the keyboard and an input method are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: TPK TOUCH SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventors: Shun-Ta Chien, Sheng-Ping Su
  • Patent number: 9431189
    Abstract: Configurable buttons for electronic devices such as portable electronic devices are provided. A configurable button may have a button member that moves relative to a device housing when it is desired to activate a switch. The button may have an associated touch sensor. The touch sensor may detect when a user's finger touches a particular portion of the button member. Contact with only this portion of the button member is generally inadvertent, so an actuator may be used to prevent or otherwise restrict motion of the button relative to a device housing. This prevents inadvertent activation of the button when a user is manipulating portions of an electronic device such as clip or lid, but does not intend to depress the button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: John Benjamin Filson, Stephen Brian Lynch, Emery Sanford, Pinida Jan Moolsintong
  • Patent number: 9330243
    Abstract: A method and device for user authorization is presented herein. The authorization device may be integrated in a display interface configured to receive an infrared input signal. The device may include a means for converting the infrared signal into an electric signal. The device may further include a processor configured to analyze the electrical signal. The processor may further be configured to provide an authorization of a user based on the analysis of the electrical signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Gunnar Klinghult
  • Patent number: 9329717
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are disclosed for simultaneously tracking multiple finger and palm contacts as hands approach, touch, and slide across a proximity-sensing, multi-touch surface. Identification and classification of intuitive hand configurations and motions enables unprecedented integration of typing, resting, pointing, scrolling, 3D manipulation, and handwriting into a versatile, ergonomic computer input device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Wayne Westerman, John G. Elias
  • Patent number: 9323294
    Abstract: An electrostatic capacitive coupling type touch panel including an input region having four sides, a peripheral region around the input region, terminals formed in the peripheral region along a first side of the input region, wirings formed in the peripheral region along second, third and fourth sides of the input region, and the input region having X and Y electrodes crossing. The wirings are connected between corresponding X or Y electrodes and wiring terminals plurality of terminals. A dummy wiring, which is not connected to any of the X electrodes or Y electrodes, is provided outside the wiring formed in a farthest position from the input region, and the dummy wiring extends through the peripheral region along the second, third and fourth sides of the input region, and electrically connects to at least one dummy wiring terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignees: Japan Display Inc., Panasonic Liquid Crystal Display Co., LTD
    Inventors: Hiroshi Esaka, Shouji Ikeda, Kouichi Anno
  • Patent number: 9298273
    Abstract: An input device is provided in the present application. The input device includes a first panel and a second panel, the first panel is provided with multiple grooves; the second panel is located under the first panel or fused to a bottom of the first panel, and includes a sensing unit configured to sense a key. In the input device, each of the grooves is arranged to correspond to one key area, and a key command may be input by performing a touch key operation on a corresponding sensing unit under the groove. Compared with the conventional input device, in the input device of the present application, the input of the key command may be realized without key caps and scissor-shaped structures for supporting the key caps, thereby shortening the key travel and reducing the thickness of the input device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignees: Beijing Lenovo Software Ltd., Lenovo (Beijing) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xiang Shao, Qing Liu, Jinping Yang, Qi Li
  • Patent number: 9295176
    Abstract: A touch panel includes: a first electrode in which second-direction parallel bands having a plurality of conducting wires disposed to extend in parallel with one another and along a second direction intersecting with a first direction are formed repeatedly in the first direction with interposition of first-direction gaps in the first direction, and first-direction cross bands having conducting wires disposed to extend in the first direction and intersect with the second-direction parallel bands are formed repeatedly in the second direction; and a second electrode in which first-direction parallel bands are formed as defined herein, and second-direction cross bands are formed as defined herein, and the first electrode and the second electrode are laid on each other so that the second-direction cross bands correspond to positions of the first-direction gaps and the first-direction cross bands correspond to positions of the second-direction gaps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Sumio Ohtani, Tadashi Kuriki
  • Patent number: 9292091
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for providing an active feedback of a position of a conductive object, manipulated by a user on a sensing device, to allow detection of a reference location on the sensing device by the user. The apparatus may include a sensing device to detect a presence of a conductive object, manipulated by a user on the sensing device, a processing device coupled to the sensing device, the processing device to determine a position of the conductive object on the sensing device, and a feedback mechanism coupled to the processing device to provide an active feedback to the user to allow detection of a reference location on the sensing device by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Cypress Semiconductor Corporation
    Inventors: Edward L. Grivna, David G. Wright, Ronald H. Sartore
  • Patent number: 9261971
    Abstract: An input device is provided in the present application. The input device includes a first panel and a second panel, the first panel is provided with multiple grooves; the second panel is located under the first panel or fused to a bottom of the first panel, and includes a sensing unit configured to sense a key. In the input device, each of the grooves is arranged to correspond to one key area, and a key command may be input by performing a touch key operation on a corresponding sensing unit under the groove. Compared with the conventional input device, in the input device of the present application, the input of the key command may be realized without key caps and scissor-shaped structures for supporting the key caps, thereby shortening the key travel and reducing the thickness of the input device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignees: Beijing Lenovo Software Ltd., Lenovo (Beijing) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xiang Shao, Qing Liu, Jinping Yang, Qi Li
  • Patent number: RE47703
    Abstract: An input device includes: a contact detector configured to detect at least a size of contact area by detecting a physical contact with a control input section; a pressure detector configured to detect a pressure applied by the physical contact; and a controller configured to output signals in response to detection outputs from the contact detector and the pressure detector. The controller outputs a first signal carrying a value which varies in response to the pressure detected under a state of contact in which a contact detection result indicates that the detected contact area is equal to or smaller than a predetermined contact area, and outputs a second signal carrying a value which varies in response to the pressure detected under a state of contact in which the contact detection result indicates that the detected contact area is greater than the predetermined contact area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Junichi Rekimoto