With Rotary Dial Patents (Class 341/35)
  • Patent number: 9325834
    Abstract: A mobile terminal and a method for input control of the mobile terminal are provided. The method comprises: when detecting that the module terminal is in a coordinate control state, inputting a latitudinal position of a target point on a display screen; inputting a longitudinal position of the target point on the display screen; a main control module of the mobile terminal determining the latitudinal and longitudinal position of target point on the display screen according to a latitudinal analog voltage of a display screen latitudinal coordinate controller and a longitudinal analog voltage of a display screen longitudinal coordinate controller, and displaying the target point position on the display screen; the main control module executing a selection operation of an area corresponding to the target point position on the display screen after receiving a triggering indication of the target point position of the display screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: ZTE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Xiaoju Yang
  • Patent number: 9195315
    Abstract: Provided is an interactive control device and system including an integrated display. According to one exemplary embodiment, the control device includes a collimated optical fiber optically coupled to a conventional LCD screen including a control image, the control image is projected to a remote face of the optical fiber for viewing by a user. In addition, a tactile control integrated with the collimated optical fiber provided the user with the ability to control a function associated with the control image, whereby the control image dynamically changes based on the user's movement of the tactile control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Peter Golding, Michael John Wilsher
  • Patent number: 9128495
    Abstract: A plumbing fixture is operated by a user interface that has an enclosure with a faceplate from which a pedestal seamlessly projects outward. An alphanumeric display is visible through the faceplate and a plurality of switches respond to the user pressing different portions of the faceplate. A selector includes a selector ring that has a plurality of permanent magnets and which is positioned to rotate around the pedestal. A Hall effect sensor of the selector is located adjacent the selector ring and produces an electrical signal in response to motion of the permanent magnets. The user interface also enables the selection of a plurality of predefined operating configurations for the plumbing fixture. An optional wireless remote control may be provided by which the user can activate and deactivate the plumbing fixture and select from among the predefined operating configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Donald P. Freier, Rafael A. Rexach
  • Patent number: 9024791
    Abstract: An input device for an electronic apparatus including a printed circuit board with an opening in which a rotary wheel module is mounted. The construction enables the input device to be thinner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Koh Siang Chen, Al Tee Ang
  • Patent number: 8976047
    Abstract: A mechanism enabling an electronic dial to operate without generating a click noise. The dial includes a rotational operation member that is turnable. A rotary plate is rigidly secured to the operation member. The rotary plate is formed of a conductive material and has a plurality of detecting portions circumferentially formed thereon. A printed circuit board is disposed between the operation member and the rotary plate. The printed circuit board has a first detection electrode group formed on a surface thereof opposed to the operation member and a second detection electrode group formed on a surface thereof opposed to the rotary plate. A detection circuit detects a touch operation onto the operation member based on an output from the first detection electrode group and detects a turning operation of the operation member based on an output from the second detection electrode group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takamasa Degawa
  • Patent number: 8875105
    Abstract: A method for efficiently developing software and supporting creation of source code so as to develop software that meets the requirements. A plurality of test cases defining a plurality of respective tests to be executed to check the conformity of the software to the requirements are used. In a test execution step, one or more specific test cases selected from the plurality of test cases are executed or the specific test cases are caused to be executed. Furthermore, a test result of a test case executed or caused to be executed in the test case execution step is added to the source code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Atsushi Yokoi
  • Patent number: 8866643
    Abstract: In a rotation input device, a planetary carrier, connected to an operation knob, rotatably supports a planetary gear which meshes with an outer teeth row provided for a sun gear, to which an output shaft is secured, and also meshes with an inner teeth row provided for an outer gear. A plunger provided for the sun gear is in elastic contact with a recess cam provided for the outer gear. A solenoid unit prevents rotation of the outer gear in accordance with an output of a magnetic sensor which faces a magnet provided for the output shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Alps Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tadashi Sano
  • Patent number: 8624879
    Abstract: A rotation sensing device comprises a capacitor module comprising an upper substrate and a lower substrate. The upper substrate comprises a plurality top plates mounted thereon, and the lower substrate comprises a plurality bottom plates mounted thereon. A pointing module comprises a pointer rotatably set between an upper substrate and a corresponding lower substrate. The pointer comprises a first portion. A detection circuit is electronically connected to the top plates and the bottom plates, and is configured for detecting pulses caused by a change of the capacitance resulting from movement of the first portion, determining a position change of the first portion relative to the initial position according the detected pulses, and determining a rotation orientation of the capacitor module according to the determined position change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Song-Ling Yang
  • Patent number: 8531182
    Abstract: A control system for use in safety critical human/machine control interfaces is described, more particularly a joystick type control system and particularly a joystick type control system utilizing magnetic positional sensing. The control system provides a control input device having a movable magnet, a pole-piece frame arrangement positioned about the magnet, at least three magnetic flux sensors being positioned in said pole-piece frame arrangement and a monitoring arrangement for monitoring the output signal of each of said at least three sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Penny & Giles Controls Limited
    Inventor: Dev Kumar Banerjee
  • Patent number: 8487741
    Abstract: Systems and methods for touchscreen security gateways are described, wherein a mechanical lock simulation is presented and operated by the user of a touchscreen interface. Comparisons between entered and stored combinations may be processed and/or stored utilizing local or remote processing and/or storage resources. The mechanical lock aspect of the user interface may comprise simulated rotating elements that may be operated by user-induced sliding interactions upon the user interface. Several aspects of the mechanical lock simulation may be customized or programmed by the user, and the presentation of the user interface operation to the user may include audible and/or haptic feedback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Intuit Inc.
    Inventor: Shailesh J. Hingole
  • Patent number: 8466815
    Abstract: A combination input unit comprises a printed circuit board, a press key, a retaining bracket, a light transmissive rotary dial, and a housing. The printed circuit board accommodates an encoder circuit, a plurality of contacts, and a plurality of light sources. The press key is disposed above the contacts, and comprises a flange thereof. The retaining bracket is fitted over the press key and connects the press key to the printed circuit board. The light transmissive rotary dial is rotatably fitted over the press key. The rotary dial is positioned above the encoder circuit, comprises at least one elastic piece for resiliently pressing the encoder circuit, and a reflective surface. Light emitted by the light sources are reflected by the reflective surface, thus to illuminate the whole rotary dial. The housing receives the press key, the rotary dial, and the printed circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jia-Gui Zhou, Kenneth Zhao, Kun-Chih Hsieh
  • 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: 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: 8400333
    Abstract: A multi-directional input apparatus includes an operating member including a shaft portion which extends to the outside, a housing having an opening through which the shaft portion extends and configured to support the operating member in a tiltable manner, interlocking members moved by the operating member when the shaft portion is tilted, and detectors which detect changes in the positions of the interlocking members. A sliding member is externally fitted to the shaft portion such that the sliding member is movable in an axial direction, and a coil spring is disposed between a flange provided on the shaft portion and the sliding member. A rubbing surface of the sliding member is in elastic contact with a receiving surface on an inner wall of an annular edge portion surrounding the opening. The rubbing surface and the receiving surface are spherical surfaces centered on a tilting center of the shaft portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignees: Alps Electric Co., Ltd., Denso Corporation
    Inventors: Shinji Ishikawa, Kuniharu Kutsuna, Yasuhiko Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 8378858
    Abstract: A rotationally-operated input device includes the following elements: (a) a magnetized cylindrical rotary magnet; (b) an operating shaft having the rotary magnet inserted and held thereon; (c) an upper case and a lower case for sandwiching the operating shaft therebetween rotatably; (d) an insulating substrate for fixing and holding the lower case; (e) a detection element mounted on the insulating substrate, for detecting rotation of the rotary magnet in a non-contact manner; and (f) a fixed magnet for generating an attractive and repulsive force between the fixed magnet and the rotary magnet. This structure allows detection of a rotation state of the operating shaft and provides click-feeling at rotating operation, in a non-contact manner. Thus a long-life small rotationally-operated input device can be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Hideto Sadamori, Takumi Nishimoto, Jun Sato
  • Patent number: 8350731
    Abstract: A complex-operation input device having an operable knob held in a rotatable and slidable manner includes a rotation sensor that detects rotation of the operable knob on the basis of displacement of a second detected portion, and a slide sensor that detects sliding of the operable knob on the basis of displacement of a first detected portion. The direction in which the second detected portion moves with the sliding of the operable knob is substantially orthogonal to a rotation axis about which the operable knob rotates. The slide sensor is disposed such that, when the operable knob is slid, the slide sensor detects the sliding before the rotation sensor detects the displacement of the second detected portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Alps Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kiyoaki Kato, Takashi Uenomachi, Shingo Ebinuma
  • Patent number: 8330629
    Abstract: Disclosed is a device for accurately detecting the direction and angle of rotation independently of ambient environments. The device is provided with an equally-spaced electrode holding plate 52 having equally-spaced electrodes 56 arranged along the circumference of a first circle, and a fixed phase electrode holding plate having ? a-phase electrodes and ? b-phase electrodes both arranged along the circumference of a second circle opposite the first circle, wherein when ? is equal to or greater than 2, two arbitrary ones of the a-phase electrodes are at positions displaced an angle of an integral multiple of 2?/N apart on the circumference of the second circle in the rotation direction. When ? is equal to or greater than 2, two arbitrary ones of the b-phase electrodes are at positions displaced an angle of an integral multiple of 2?/N apart on the circumference of the second circle in the rotation direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Hosiden Corporation
    Inventors: Masato Shimizu, Naoki Toyota, Shiro Tsuduki
  • Publication number: 20120286977
    Abstract: An operation input device includes: an operation body having a handle portion, and tilting when the user tilts the operation axis line of the handle portion; a tip end portion disposed at an end of the operation body in an operation axis line direction, and pushed in a direction to move apart from the handle portion along the operation axis line direction; an abutment portion having an abutment surface, the tip end portion moving and abutting on the abutment surface during a tilting operation of the operation body; and multiple first protrusion portions. During the tilting operation of the operation body, the tip end portion abuts on the abutment surface and moves along a movement path. The first protrusion portion is disposed on a side of the movement path so as to guide the tip end portion in the predetermined tilting direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Applicant: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuhiko Yamazaki, Shingo Kitabayashi, Masaaki Hirao
  • Publication number: 20120286978
    Abstract: An operation input device includes: an operation body having a handle portion, tilting when a user tilts an operation axis line of the handle portion, and moving parallel to an operation axis line direction when the user depresses the handle portion; a tip end portion disposed at an end of the body, and pushed in a depressing direction along the operation axis line direction; an abutment portion having an abutment surface, wherein the tip end portion moves with abutting on the abutment surface during a tilting operation of the body, and abuts on the abutment surface and stands still during a depressing operation of the body; and an engaging portion disposed in the abutment portion. The engaging portion engages with a part of the body during the depressing operation of the body so that the engaging portion restricts a tilting motion of the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Applicant: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuhiko Yamazaki, Shingo Kitabayashi, Masaaki Hirao
  • Patent number: 8289162
    Abstract: Methods and systems for providing a gesture-based user interface for a wearable portable device are described. A gesture including a movement of the wearable portable device is received, and at least one character associated with the gesture is identified and displayed on the wearable portable device, thereby allowing entry of characters on the user interface of the wearable portable device using the gestures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Wimm Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: David J. Mooring, Alissa M. Fitzgerald
  • Publication number: 20120146818
    Abstract: A mechanism enabling an electronic dial to operate without generating a click noise. The dial includes a rotational operation member that is turnable. A rotary plate is rigidly secured to the operation member. The rotary plate is formed of a conductive material and has a plurality of detecting portions circumferentially formed thereon. A printed circuit board is disposed between the operation member and the rotary plate. The printed circuit board has a first detection electrode group formed on a surface thereof opposed to the operation member and a second detection electrode group formed on a surface thereof opposed to the rotary plate. A detection circuit detects a touch operation onto the operation member based on an output from the first detection electrode group and detects a turning operation of the operation member based on an output from the second detection electrode group.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Applicant: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takamasa Degawa
  • Patent number: 8184023
    Abstract: A rotary input device includes a circular ring shaped operation body, a magnetic first guide plate fixed to the bottom of the operation body, movable magnets disposed on the bottom of a first flat plane of the first guide plate concentrically with the operation body, a base for rotatably supporting the operation body from beneath, a detection element for detecting a change in magnetic field from the movable contacts due to rotating operation of the operation body without making contact, and a magnetic second guide plate fixed to the base having a plurality of second flat planes opposite to the position of the movable magnets so as to be opposite to each one of the movable magnets. The movable magnets face to or depart from each one of the second flat planes of the second guide plate depending on the rotation of the operation body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshio Naka, Tamotsu Yamamoto, Takumi Nishimoto
  • Publication number: 20120062398
    Abstract: A knurled wheel is subject to a mechanism capable of creating a system of detents. The knurled wheel is fitted with sensors for detection and selection, by processing of information about the speed of rotation of the knurled wheel, either of a step-by-step manual operating mode, in one or other direction of rotation of the wheel, or of an automatic continuous operating mode until an end-of-travel or stop position is reached, in one or other direction, or until an action is performed on the knurled wheel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Applicant: DURA AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS SAS
    Inventor: Eric Durand
  • Publication number: 20120056761
    Abstract: In a rotation input device, a planetary carrier, connected to an operation knob, rotatably supports a planetary gear which meshes with an outer teeth row provided for a sun gear, to which an output shaft is secured, and also meshes with an inner teeth row provided for an outer gear. A plunger provided for the sun gear is in elastic contact with a recess cam provided for the outer gear. A solenoid unit prevents rotation of the outer gear in accordance with an output of a magnetic sensor which faces a magnet provided for the output shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Publication date: March 8, 2012
    Applicant: Alps Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tadashi SANO
  • Patent number: 8130123
    Abstract: A rotary actuator includes a roller having a center shaft protruding along a center axis, a bearing for supporting the center shaft of the roller to allow the roller to rotate about the center axis, a ring magnet fixed to the center shaft of the roller, an elastic member having a ring shape provided between the center shaft of the roller and the bearing, and a fixed magnet facing the ring magnet. The ring magnet is alternately magnetized to an S-pole and an N-pole with predetermined angular intervals. This rotary actuator has a simple structure and operates with a preferable operation feeling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroto Inoue, Tamotsu Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8130075
    Abstract: Systems and methods for touchscreen security gateways are described, wherein a mechanical lock simulation is presented and operated by the user of a touchscreen interface. Comparisons between entered and stored combinations may be processed and/or stored utilizing local or remote processing and/or storage resources. The mechanical lock aspect of the user interface may comprise simulated rotating elements that may be operated by user-induced sliding interactions upon the user interface. Several aspects of the mechanical lock simulation may be customized or programmed by the user, and the presentation of the user interface operation to the user may include audible and/or haptic feedback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Intuit Inc.
    Inventor: Shailesh J. Hingole
  • Patent number: 8094044
    Abstract: A portable electronic device with scroll wheel control module includes a housing (20), a display (212) and two scroll wheel mechanisms (41,42). Two side walls (220) of the housing having a slot (222) defined therein. Each scroll wheel mechanism includes a main wheel (432), a circuit board (45) a touch switch (47) and a sensing apparatus (46). The main wheel has gratings (4322) defined therein and partially extends out from the slot of the side wall. The touch switch is below the main wheel and is positioned on a circuit board. The sensing apparatus includes a light source (462) configured for emitting light and a light sensing element (464) configured for receiving light from the gratings of the main wheel and producing a pulse signal. When the main wheel is pressed down, the touch switch produces an electronic signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Chi Mei Communication Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Hsin-Yao Feng
  • Patent number: 8054205
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are provided for composing a data input key array with a plurality of keys wherein multiple character groups are assigned to respective ones of the plurality of keys, each of the multiple character groups comprising multiple characters. The multiple characters of each character group are arranged on the corresponding key in the same pattern as the multiple character groups on the data input key array. The data input key array may operate by selecting a particular key assigned with a desired character, and selecting a key disposed to correspond with the position of the desired character on the particular key, thereby displaying the desired character. The data input key array may also be operated by selecting a particular key assigned to a desired character by inputting one of the directional keys, the directional key being disposed to correspond with the position of the particular key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Seong-Geun Kwon
  • Publication number: 20110254710
    Abstract: A portable electronic device in which a rotary key reliably operates is provided. The portable electronic device includes: a circuit board; a first cover disposed above the circuit board; a second cover disposed above the first cover; a gap disposed between the first cover and the second cover; holes provided in the first cover and the second cover; and a rotary key fixed to the circuit board and provided in the holes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2009
    Publication date: October 20, 2011
    Applicant: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Isamu Nakade, Akinori Oohira, Jun Takahashi
  • Patent number: 8009064
    Abstract: Provided is a data input device which is employed in a portable terminal and used as an auxiliary input device. The data input device includes first data input means mounted on a predetermined position of a side surface of the main body of the portable terminal so that a portion of the first data input means is exposed to the outside, and operating when the exposed portion is rotated; second data input means operating when the exposed portion is pressed; a holding unit for maintaining a stopped state of the first data input means; and an elastic sliding unit for returning the second data input means to an initial position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Dong-Suck Cho
  • Patent number: 8000597
    Abstract: An input device for zooming and shutter releasing includes a shutter release button; a pressing protrusion; a tact switch located on a substrate and configured to be pressed when the shutter release button is pressed downward; a rotary member rotatably supported at the periphery of the shutter release button; a magnet configured to be rotated in association with rotation of the rotary member, the magnet having a through hole at the center thereof, the pressing protrusion supported to extend through the through hole; and a magnetic sensor located at a position to face the through hole in the height direction and configured to detect a rotational magnetic field that is generated by the magnet because of the rotation of the rotary member, the tact switch and the magnetic sensor arranged side by side on the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Alps Electic Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tsutomu Takeya, Yasunoi Sasaki, Takashi Onodera, Keiji Ito
  • Publication number: 20110156931
    Abstract: The invention relates to an input device (1) for an electronic apparatus, particularly for a remote-control. The input device (1) comprises a printed circuit board (200) with an opening (201) in which a rotary wheel module (100) is mounted. The design allows to realize the input device (1) with small thickness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2009
    Publication date: June 30, 2011
    Inventors: Koh Siang Chen, Al Tee Ang
  • Patent number: 7932810
    Abstract: A method of inputting a user input access combination in order to gain authorized entry into a secure location comprises providing an input device having first and second input keys as well as a display, randomly generating a first character and a second character on the display, inputting the user input access combination into the input device, and comparing the user input access combination with an authorized access combination. The user input access combination includes a first user input character and a second user input character. The step of inputting the user input access combination comprises pressing the first input key to change the first randomly generated character to the first user input character, and pressing the second input key to change the second randomly generated character to the second user input character.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Inventor: Klaus W. Gartner
  • Patent number: 7920075
    Abstract: A regulation control device comprises an encoder mechanism and a shell set. The encoder mechanism includes a base, a PCB, and an encoder, the PCB being arranged on a side of the substrate and a fixed shaft on an opposite side of the PCB being arranged in the base. The encoder connects the base and electrically connects the PCB. The shell set includes a press shell, a connecting seat, a rotating seat, and a supporter, the press shell being at a side of the base, the connecting seat being on the other side of the base, connecting the encoder, and being in the rotating seat connecting the connecting seat so that the connecting seat and the rotating seat can be rotatably assembled with the encoder. With the encoder mechanism, the device may provide a better effect of repeated clockwise/counter-clockwise rotation at the angle of 360.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: Dexin Corporation
    Inventor: Cheng-Cheng Wu
  • Publication number: 20110032218
    Abstract: A rotation sensing device comprises a capacitor module comprising an upper substrate and a lower substrate. The upper substrate comprises a plurality top plates mounted thereon, and the lower substrate comprises a plurality bottom plates mounted thereon. A pointing module comprises a pointer rotatably set between an upper substrate and a corresponding lower substrate. The pointer comprises a first portion. A detection circuit is electronically connected to the top plates and the bottom plates, and is configured for detecting pulses caused by a change of the capacitance resulting from movement of the first portion, determining a position change of the first portion relative to the initial position according the detected pulses, and determining a rotation orientation of the capacitor module according to the determined position change.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2009
    Publication date: February 10, 2011
    Applicants: HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (SHENZHEN) CO., LTD., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: SONG-LING YANG
  • Publication number: 20100321215
    Abstract: A complex-operation input device having an operable knob held in a rotatable and slidable manner includes a rotation sensor that detects rotation of the operable knob on the basis of displacement of a second detected portion, and a slide sensor that detects sliding of the operable knob on the basis of displacement of a first detected portion. The direction in which the second detected portion moves with the sliding of the operable knob is substantially orthogonal to a rotation axis about which the operable knob rotates. The slide sensor is disposed such that, when the operable knob is slid, the slide sensor detects the sliding before the rotation sensor detects the displacement of the second detected portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2010
    Publication date: December 23, 2010
    Inventors: Kiyoaki Kato, Takashi Uenomachi, Shingo Ebinuma
  • Publication number: 20100289778
    Abstract: A control device that is associable with a machine, in particular a wrapping machine, includes a panel provided with a selecting device for selecting and setting operating parameters of the machine. The selecting device includes a knob that is rotatable around an axis and is fixed to the panel. In accordance with a method for setting operating parameters of a machine, in particular a wrapping machine, a control device provided with a knob rotating around an axis sets operating parameters by rotating the knob around the axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2008
    Publication date: November 18, 2010
    Applicant: ROBOPAC S.A.
    Inventors: Filiberto Felici, Gilberto Monaldini, Mauro Gasparini, Paolo Pecchenini
  • Patent number: 7825833
    Abstract: A keyboard for one-handed data input is disclosed. The keyboard includes a primary keypad including a first set of keys. The primary keypad is defined by a first side and an opposed second side. The keyboard also includes an auxiliary keypad including a second set of keys, as well as an input selection pad with a multiple position switch. The switch is used to selectively map the keyboard to various input value sets. The auxiliary keypad is attached to the first side, while the input selection pad is attached to the second side. There is also a rest pad centrally mounted to the primary keypad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Inventor: Leslie William Manthe, III
  • Patent number: 7772507
    Abstract: An improved switch assembly for use in a handheld electronic device comprises a capacitive sensing system employing a capacitive slider input device to detect navigational inputs, and further provides a pair of switches mounted to the slider on an underside thereof to provide selection or escape inputs as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventors: Kevin Orr, Douglas Edgar Fregin
  • Publication number: 20100164908
    Abstract: Embodiments related to dual mode rotatable input devices that permit both resistive and non-resistive rotation are disclosed. One embodiment comprises a stationary hub, a rotatable member rotatable around the stationary hub, and a resistive rotation mechanism forming an interface between the stationary hub and the rotatable member. The resistive rotation mechanism comprises a resistive surface and a movable interface member configured to selectively contact the resistive surface, wherein the resistive surface and the movable interface member move relative to one another with rotation of the rotatable member. The resistive mechanism further comprises a biasing mechanism that urges the movable interface member into engagement with the resistive surface when a rotational velocity of the rotatable member is below a threshold velocity, and allows separation of the interface member and the resistive surface when the rotational velocity of the rotatable member is above the threshold velocity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2008
    Publication date: July 1, 2010
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew Hill, David Stephen Zucker
  • Patent number: 7741938
    Abstract: A control element is provided having programmable haptics, in particular a programmable central catch, for a motor vehicle, having a control knob which can be accommodated such that it can rotate, the control knob being connected in a force-fitting or interlocking manner to a toothed ring or having an integral design, and it being possible for the toothed ring (to be rotated by means of the control knob, and at least one latching element which can move towards the toothed ring and/or away from the toothed ring by means of an electromagnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Assignee: PREH GmbH
    Inventor: Andreas Kramlich
  • Publication number: 20100149001
    Abstract: The present invention provides an operating dial low in cost and of superior durability and reliability with a high rotary angle detection accuracy. An operating dial operated by rotation, comprising a printed circuit board 10 having an electric circuit; a drive electrode 13 provided on said printed circuit board 10; a plurality of detecting electrodes 12 provided around said drive electrode 13 on said printed circuit board 10; a ring electrode 101 disposed in opposition to said drive electrode 13 across a gap, such that the ring electrode 101 has at least one projection 102 projecting outward to oppose one of said plurality of detecting electrodes 12 across a gap; and a dial made of an electrically insulating material, rotatable and integral with said ring electrode 101.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2006
    Publication date: June 17, 2010
    Inventors: Kouichi Yamanoue, Takeshi Yamane, Yoshifumi Makino
  • Publication number: 20100117995
    Abstract: A pattern wheel driver is provided. The pattern wheel driver includes a rotatable pattern wheel with patterned regions repeatedly formed on the pattern wheel. Each of the patterned regions has a plurality of patterns. Each of the plurality of patterns has a different width. The pattern wheel driver also includes a detector for detecting the plurality of patterns, mounted at a position where the patterned regions of the pattern wheel pass when the pattern wheel rotates. The pattern wheel driver also includes an encoder for producing a signal indicating whether the pattern wheel rotates in a forward direction or a reverse direction based on signals produced by the detector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2009
    Publication date: May 13, 2010
    Applicants: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., GNC Co., LTD
    Inventors: Seong-Ha PARK, Chul Park, Seung-Jun Kim, Joong-Wan Park, Sung-Won Kim
  • Publication number: 20100060492
    Abstract: A combination input unit comprises a printed circuit board, a press key, a retaining bracket, a light transmissive rotary dial, and a housing. The printed circuit board accommodates an encoder circuit, a plurality of contacts, and a plurality of light sources. The press key is disposed above the contacts, and comprises a flange thereof. The retaining bracket is fitted over the press key and connects the press key to the printed circuit board. The light transmissive rotary dial is rotatably fitted over the press key. The rotary dial is positioned above the encoder circuit, comprises at least one elastic piece for resiliently pressing the encoder circuit, and a reflective surface. Light emitted by the light sources are reflected by the reflective surface, thus to illuminate the whole rotary dial. The housing receives the press key, the rotary dial, and the printed circuit board.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2009
    Publication date: March 11, 2010
    Applicants: HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: JIA-GUI ZHOU, KENNETH ZHAO, KUN-CHIH HSIEH
  • Publication number: 20100052937
    Abstract: An annular operation unit is formed as an outer shape to cover entire outline of a surface of a case, and inputting switches and displaying unit are attached inside of an opening at the center side of the annular operation unit, allowing the annular operation unit to have a size to perform fine rotational operations in case the entire size of the remote control transmitting device is miniaturized.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2009
    Publication date: March 4, 2010
    Applicant: SMK Corporation
    Inventors: Kenji Otsuka, Ryuhei Noguchi, Noriaki Miyata
  • Publication number: 20100026532
    Abstract: Disclosed is a device for accurately detecting the direction and angle of rotation independently of ambient environments. The device is provided with an equally-spaced electrode holding plate 52 having equally-spaced electrodes 56 arranged along the circumference of a first circle, and a fixed phase electrode holding plate having ? a-phase electrodes and ? b-phase electrodes both arranged along the circumference of a second circle opposite the first circle, wherein when ? is equal to or greater than 2, two arbitrary ones of the a-phase electrodes are at positions displaced an angle of an integral multiple of 2?/N apart on the circumference of the second circle in the rotation direction. When ? is equal to or greater than 2, two arbitrary ones of the b-phase electrodes are at positions displaced an angle of an integral multiple of 2?/N apart on the circumference of the second circle in the rotation direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2008
    Publication date: February 4, 2010
    Applicant: Hosiden Corporation
    Inventors: Masato Shimizu, Naoki Toyota, Shiro Tsuduki
  • Publication number: 20090251340
    Abstract: An operation input unit includes: a printed board mounted with a plurality of push button switches and a rotation detecting means on its upper face; an operation member formed of a metal thin plate portion and a resin material portion integrated with each other, having press projections, and supported vertically movably on the printed board; and a disk-shaped operation dial rotatably mounted onto an upper face of the operation member. The rotation detecting means detects a direction of rotation when the disk-shaped operation dial is rotated while the press projections of the operation member operate the push button switches when the disk-shaped operation dial is pressed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2006
    Publication date: October 8, 2009
    Applicant: OMRON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takeshi Arihara
  • Patent number: 7595722
    Abstract: In a multifunction operating device, e.g., for a vehicle, for selecting function groups and functions in a menu structure that may be represented on a display device, the operating device includes at least one two-directional rotating element. The two-directional rotating element may be arranged so that it may select function groups and/or functions in a menu plane. A second operating element may be provided for selecting the menu planes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2009
    Assignee: Volkswagen AG
    Inventors: Matthias Heimermann, Heino Wengelnik, Carsten Schnier
  • Publication number: 20090231168
    Abstract: A rotationally-operated input device includes the following elements: (a) a magnetized cylindrical rotary magnet; (b) an operating shaft having the rotary magnet inserted and held thereon; (c) an upper case and a lower case for sandwiching the operating shaft therebetween rotatably; (d) an insulating substrate for fixing and holding the lower case; (e) a detection element mounted on the insulating substrate, for detecting rotation of the rotary magnet in a non-contact manner; and (f) a fixed magnet for generating an attractive and repulsive force between the fixed magnet and the rotary magnet. This structure allows detection of a rotation state of the operating shaft and provides click-feeling at rotating operation, in a non-contact manner. Thus a long-life small rotationally-operated input device can be provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2009
    Publication date: September 17, 2009
    Inventors: Hideto SADAMORI, Takumi Nishimoto, Jun Sato
  • Publication number: 20090167571
    Abstract: A thin-type mode-switching switch includes a circuit board, a metal dome, a mode dial, and a fixing member. The circuit board has a plurality of retaining holes opened therein, and conductive regions are distributed around the retaining holes to serve as switch contacts. When the mode dial is rotated to drive the metal dome, a protruding portion on the metal dome falls in one of the retaining holes. Due to the contact between the protruding portion and the conductive region, a preset input signal is transmitted to a central control unit. Thereby, the mode-switching and retaining control are integrated to achieve the purpose of being thin-type.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2008
    Publication date: July 2, 2009
    Applicant: ALTEK CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hsi-Hsin Loo