Joystick Patents (Class 345/161)
  • Patent number: 9827050
    Abstract: A user interface device for a surgical simulation system, comprising a rigid shaft pivotably supported by a frame, and movable in the axial direction but fixed with respect to rotation around its longitudinal axis, and a handle having a sensor body rigidly attached to said rigid shaft, and a grip portion rotatable around said longitudinal axis relative said sensor body. The handle further comprises a rotator sleeve rotatable around said longitudinal axis relative said sensor body and said grip portion, a rotation sensor adapted to detect rotation of said rotator sleeve in relation to said sensor body, and a signal interface mounted on said sensor body and connected to receive a first detection signal from said rotation sensor. Through this design, all sensor elements and electronic circuitry can be provided in or adjacent to the sensor body, leading to an efficient design and manufacturing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: SURGICAL SCIENCE SWEDEN AB
    Inventors: Christer Johansson, Anders Larsson
  • Patent number: 9813527
    Abstract: Provided are systems and methods for network management and configuration, Exemplary methods can comprise communicating a first message to a network device. The first message can specify one of a first protocol or a second protocol. Methods can comprise configuring a first logical address for the network device based at least on the first message. Methods can comprise communicating a second message to the network device. The second message can specify one of a first mode, directing the network device to use the first protocol to connect to a network, or a second mode, directing the network device to use the second protocol to connect to the network. Methods can also comprise receiving a notification to release the first logical address from the network device. Methods can further comprise configuring a second logical address for the network device that can be defined according to the second message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventors: John Jason Brzozowski, Jason Combs, Christopher Tuska
  • Patent number: 9804674
    Abstract: When an operation to a touch sensor 11 is detected in a first operation state in which a main control unit 16 is not busy with data processing, a tactile sensation provision control unit 14 controls a tactile sensation providing unit 13 to vibrate a touch face 11a in a first vibration mode such that a first tactile sensation is provided to an operation object. On the other hand, when the operation is detected in a second operation state in which the main control unit 16 is busy with data processing, the touch face 11a is vibrated in a second vibration mode such that a second vibration is provided to the operation object. Since different tactile sensations are provided, an operator may recognize whether processing corresponding to the operation may be executed. Thereby, re-inputs are minimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventor: Tomohiro Miki
  • Patent number: 9795876
    Abstract: A gaming machine includes a housing, in which a game sequence controller, at least one display device for displaying a gaming unit and at least one switching element, actuatable by a user and in contact with the game sequence controller, are arranged. At least one electromagnetic device coupled to the game sequence controller is associated with the switching element and, if the switching element is actuated, generates information that can be detected tactilely by the user in the form of a change of position and/or shape depending on the course of the game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: NOVOMATIC AG
    Inventors: Thomas Faul, Michael Rudolph Luft
  • Patent number: 9787958
    Abstract: Digitally acquiring digital media content using a computer model simulation of a real venue in which the digital content is to be shown. Frontally projecting content from a virtual center of the simulated venue, the real venue having a frontal screen and two side screens. Digitally capturing the frontally projected digital media content from a view that a real frontal projector and two real side projectors would have in real life in order to “bake in” a warped transformation of the frontally projected digital media content. Projecting the warped, transformed frontally projected content through a frontal digital projector and two side digital projectors in the real venue, thus completing an illusion of a “cinematic window” of the digital media content in the real venue. Controlling the digital projectors using a digital server to feed the three digitally captured, warped media streams synchronously to the front, left and right digital projectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: POINTCLOUD MEDIA, LLC
    Inventors: Jacobus G. Hattingh, Alan Demafiles
  • Patent number: 9780781
    Abstract: A multi-action capacitive switch comprising a capacitive sensing area in a surface, a plunger comprising conductive material, and a structure of flexible conductive material. A change in capacitance caused by the presence of a user's finger travels from the capacitive sensing area, down the conductive material of the plunger, over the structure, and to a capacitive touch detector in contact with the structure. An actuation of the switch, for example by pressing, is detected by an actuation detector. In a handheld electronic device, a user may initiate a phone call using such a multi-action capacitive switch. The method includes displaying a list of phone numbers in response to detection of a user's finger on a predetermined key and calling one of the numbers when the user actuates the predetermined key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Yun Sun Lee, Chin Feng Hsu
  • Patent number: 9779592
    Abstract: A thin haptic feedback element suitable to provide a perceivable single pulse haptic feedback including an electromagnetic coil, a permanent magnet or other magnetic field source rotatably coupled to an eccentric mass through a torque-increasing drive train. The haptic feedback element may rapidly accelerate and decelerate the eccentric mass to produce a perceivable haptic feedback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Storrs T. Hoen
  • Patent number: 9778743
    Abstract: A haptic peripheral comprising a housing, a user input element, a position sensor coupled to the user input element, and an actuator located within the housing and coupled to the user input element. The position sensor is configured to detect a position of the user input element and is configured to send the position to a processor. The actuator is configured to receive a haptic effect drive signal from the processor and is configured to output a force in response to the haptic effect drive signal from the processor. The force is transmitted to the user input element as a kinesthetic haptic effect. The haptic peripheral may include a mechanical amplification system coupled to the actuator and configured to increase the force output by the actuator. In such an embodiment, the increased force is transmitted from the mechanical amplification system to the user input element as a kinesthetic haptic effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Danny A. Grant, Aaron Kapelus
  • Patent number: 9774769
    Abstract: A surface mounted electronic component is provided. The component includes a first and a second connection portion for performing connection to a mounting board. The first connection portion includes a joint region arranged on a lower surface. The second connection portion includes a lower surface region arranged on the lower surface, and a side surface region connected to the lower surface region and arranged on a side surface. In a direction along the side, the lower surface region is arranged apart from the joint region, a length of the lower surface region in the direction is longer than a length of the joint region, a length of the side surface region in the direction is shorter than the length of the lower surface region, and the side surface region is spaced apart from an end of the side surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takanori Suzuki, Koji Tsuduki, Hisatane Komori, Yasushi Kurihara
  • Patent number: 9710072
    Abstract: Various embodiments described herein are directed toward input mechanisms, for input devices, configured to receive and removably couple to interchangeable elements. Handheld input devices applicable to some embodiments may include, without limitation, computer controllers, video game console controllers, and handheld video gaming devices. Input mechanisms applicable to various embodiments may include, for control sticks (e.g., joysticks or analog sticks operable by a user's finger, such as a thumbstick), buttons, switches, and directional pads. According to some embodiments, an input mechanism is provided comprising a base component, and an interchangeable element configured to removably couple to the base component. Depending on the embodiment, coupling different interchangeable elements to the base component may cause the input mechanism to vary in size, appearance, contour, material, or features provided by the input mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Performance Designed Products LLC
    Inventors: Bradley M. Strahle, Eric B. Fulghum
  • Patent number: 9690390
    Abstract: User interface devices (UIDs) for sensing position or motion of an actuator assembly in multiple degrees of freedom are disclosed. In one embodiment a UID includes a frame having a top and bottom assembly, an actuator assembly disposed within a volume between the top and bottom of the frame having magnets disposed therein, a sensor array for sensing magnetic fields from the magnets in multiple axes, and a processing element for receiving the sensed magnet fields and generating a UID output signal corresponding to a position, translation, rotation, deformation, or other action of the actuator assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: SEESCAN, INC.
    Inventors: Mark S. Olsson, David A. Cox
  • Patent number: 9678577
    Abstract: User interface devices with electromagnetic dipole array and associated magnetic sensors, control circuits, and processing elements for determining user actuation of the device are disclosed. In one embodiment a user interface device include an electromagnetic dipole array coupled to an actuator, along with a three-axis magnetic sensor and control and processing elements for controlling driving currents to the dipole array and sensing and processing received magnetic field signals to determine movement or displacement of the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: SEESCAN, INC.
    Inventors: Austin S. Rutledge, Ray Merewether, Michael J. Martin, Mark S. Olsson
  • Patent number: 9674218
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods of detecting user identity, differentiating between users of a computerized service, detecting a cyber-attacker, and detecting click-fraud. An end-user device (a desktop computer, a laptop computer, a smartphone, a tablet, or the like) interacts and communicates with a server of a computerized server (a banking website, an electronic commerce website, or the like). The interactions are monitored, tracked and logged. User Interface (UI) interferences or irregularities are intentionally introduced to the communication session; and the server tracks the response or the reaction of the end-user to such communication interferences. The system determines whether the user is a legitimate human user, or a cyber-attacker or automated script posing as the legitimate human user. The system further detects click-fraud, and prevents or mitigates Application Distributed Denial-of-Service attacks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: BioCatch Ltd.
    Inventor: Avi Turgeman
  • Patent number: 9607478
    Abstract: A plurality of gaming terminals provided in a parallel manner, a plurality of upper displays which are provided in a parallel manner independently from the gaming terminals and form a single common effect display screen, a plurality of display controllers controlling image display on the respective upper displays, and a center controller controlling the display controllers are provided. The center controller controls the display controllers so that the upper displays perform image display as one common effect display screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignees: Universal Entertainment Corporation, Aruze Gaming America, Inc.
    Inventors: Hiroki Munakata, Kenta Sugano, Daisyun Okamoto, Masumi Fujisawa, Takehisa Itagaki
  • Patent number: 9582178
    Abstract: Systems and methods for multi-pressure interaction on touch-sensitive surfaces are disclosed. One disclosed embodiment of a method comprises receiving a first sensor signal from a touch-sensitive input device in response to a first contact of a first object on the touch-sensitive input device, the first sensor signal comprising a first location and a first pressure of the first contact, receiving a second sensor signal from the touch-sensitive input device in response to a second contact of a second object on the touch-sensitive input device substantially simultaneously with the first contact, the second sensor signal comprising a second location of the second contact and a second pressure of the second contact, generating a signal based at least in part on the first sensor signal and the second sensor signal, the signal configured to cause a haptic effect, and outputting the signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Danny A. Grant, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez, Ali Modarres
  • Patent number: 9557830
    Abstract: A system includes a host computer, a processor, and a haptic peripheral. The haptic peripheral includes a manipulandum movable in at least one degree of freedom, an inertial haptic output device, and a haptic output device. The inertial haptic output device is coupled to the manipulandum, and is configured to receive a control signal from the processor and output a transient haptic effect to the manipulandum in response to the control signal from the processor. The haptic output device is configured to receive a control signal from the processor and modify the stiffness of the manipulandum in response to the control signal from the processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventor: Danny A. Grant
  • Patent number: 9556950
    Abstract: A sliding operation type electronic auto shift lever may include a console part disposed on a console of a vehicle, provided with a quadrangular recess, and provided with a slot portion dented inside the quadrangular recess, and a lever part slidably coupled to an upper portion of the quadrangular recess, wherein the lever part includes a magnetic lever pin part, which protrudes downwardly and includes a magnet, on a lower surface thereof, and the magnetic lever pin part is inserted into the slot portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Eun-Sik Kim
  • Patent number: 9550209
    Abstract: A method of pointillist painting includes receiving a dot list including a specification of color, position, size, texture, and exclusion zone of a plurality of dots, wherein the exclusion zone of a dot represents an area that does not overlap with an exclusion zone of any other of the plurality of dots and selecting a first set of dots of a first color. A colorant dispenser may be moved to a first position of a first dot in the first set. A pre-determined amount of colorant may be applied to the first position. A measured blast of air may modify coverage and profile of the applied colorant. The dispenser may then move to the remaining positions until all dots of the first color and subsequent sets of dots of subsequent colors are dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: SSO VENTURE PARTNERS, LLC
    Inventors: John Neal Randall, Kenneth W. Page
  • Patent number: 9539513
    Abstract: Methods and systems for simulating dynamic motion and position. The methods and systems are particularly well-suited for use in sports simulation video games (e.g., a basketball simulation) and gaming systems. Using a simplified model of mass and structure and a physics engine, realistic movement can be mimicked by simulation/game entities. For each entity a sense of balance may be measured that affects the entities ability to achieve objectives. The entities are projected onto an n-dimensional space, the properties of which affect the probability that an entity will succeed with respect to a given objective. The methods and systems may be used to generate a visual representation of simulation, such as in a video game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Inventor: Jerome Hubert Wei
  • Patent number: 9524835
    Abstract: Input device in which a defect of a control disk is eliminated while making use of an advantage of the control disk and an electronic device using the input device. The input device may include: an operation panel, which may be operated by a user; a board, which may be arranged to be opposed to a surface opposite to an operation surface of the operation panel operated by the user; a conductive elastic body and a pusher, which may be fixed on the operation panel; and a sensor portion and a member to be pressed, which may be placed on the board to be opposed to the conductive elastic body and the pusher, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: SHIN-ETSU POLYMER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hitoshi Ando, Noboru Nakafuji, Naoyuki Yaguchi
  • Patent number: 9518821
    Abstract: A vehicle control system may include a vehicle frame, a mount secured to the vehicle frame and configured for rigidly securing a smartphone therein such that motions experienced by the vehicle frame are correspondingly experienced by the smartphone, and system electronics arranged on the frame and in communication with the smartphone and vehicle controllers, the system electronics configured to receive signals from the smartphone and control directional devices of the vehicle based on the signals via the vehicle controllers. A system for preparing signals for transmission to the vehicle to control navigation may also be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Inventor: Benjamin Malay
  • Patent number: 9501084
    Abstract: A wearable electronic device provides force feedback that acts on a controller of the device. At least one actuator coupled to the controller receives inputs from a host computing system and applies forces in at least one of two allowed degrees-of-freedom to the movable controller. The actuator includes an axle that is rotatably driven by an electric motor, and a force transmission gear assembly for transmitting the torque from the motor to the controller via the axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: SD Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Jason Adam Bannister
  • Patent number: 9498710
    Abstract: A method for providing feedback from a personal computer (PC) to a mouse includes: providing a sensor within the mouse; utilizing the sensor to receive signals from the PC; defining a plurality of areas on the mouse which can provide a feedback response; and translating the signals from the PC to activate a feedback response of at least one of the plurality of areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: PixArt Imaging Inc.
    Inventors: Kian Ming Chin, Yik Leong Chong
  • Patent number: 9463964
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for remotely controlling winch operation via a user interface of a remote. In one example, a user interface of a remote for a winch includes a menu display including a plurality of menu items, the menu items navigable and selectable with a series of buttons of the remote. The user interface further includes a plurality of control displays, each of the plurality of control displays generated upon selection of a corresponding menu item of the plurality of menu items, each of the plurality of control displays including selectable icons for controlling one of an operation of a winch, an operation of one or more auxiliary devices, or settings of the remote.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Warn Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Oliver Heravi, Kevin Christensen, Bryan Averill, Ian Wendler, Darren Fretz, Houman Tavakoli Shiraji, Barry Atwood
  • Patent number: 9442590
    Abstract: A display device and a method for controlling the same are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Sihwa Park, Yongsin Kim
  • Patent number: 9418221
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods of detecting user identity, differentiating between users of a computerized service, and detecting a cyber-attacker. An end-user device (a desktop computer, a laptop computer, a smartphone, a tablet, or the like) interacts and communicates with a server of a computerized server (a banking website, an electronic commerce website, or the like). The interactions are monitored, tracked and logged. User Interface (UI) interferences or irregularities are intentionally introduced to the communication session; and the server tracks the response or the reaction of the end-user to such communication interferences. The system determines whether the user is a legitimate human user, or a cyber-attacker or automated script posing as the legitimate human user. The system further detects click-fraud, and prevents or mitigates Application Distributed Denial-of-Service attacks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: BIOCATCH LTD.
    Inventor: Avi Turgeman
  • Patent number: 9383832
    Abstract: A haptic arm comprising: a user connection element; a reference; a first linkage connecting the user connection element to the reference, where the first linkage provides at least six independent degrees of freedom, and contains an intermediate link, three force sensors, three angle sensors; a second linkage connecting the intermediate link to the reference; a third linkage connecting the intermediate link to the reference a fourth linkage connecting the intermediate link to the reference; the second, third, and fourth linkages each containing an independent actuator and position sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Moog Inc.
    Inventor: Pieter Lammertse
  • Patent number: 9363340
    Abstract: Provided are systems and methods for network management and configuration. Exemplary methods can comprise communicating a first message to a network device. The first message can specify one of a first protocol or a second protocol. Methods can comprise configuring a first logical address for the network device based at least on the first message. Methods can comprise communicating a second message to the network device. The second message can specify one of a first mode, directing the network device to use the first protocol to connect to a network, or a second mode, directing the network device to use the second protocol to connect to the network. Methods can also comprise receiving a notification to release the first logical address from the network device. Methods can further comprise configuring a second logical address for the network device that can be defined according to the second message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventors: John Jason Brzozowski, Jason Combs, Christopher Tuska
  • Patent number: 9346356
    Abstract: An operation input device for a vehicle includes: a first operation unit for executing an operation of an in-vehicle device on the vehicle; and a second operation unit for executing a negative operation of the in-vehicle device so that the operation of the in-vehicle device is cancelled. An operation direction of the second operation unit has a directional component. The directional component of the operation direction of the second operation unit is opposite to an extending direction of an arm of a user, who sits down on a predetermined seat. The user extends the arm along with the extending direction in order to touch the operation input device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shinsuke Hisatsugu
  • Patent number: 9317142
    Abstract: An aspect provides an information handling device, including: one or more processors; a memory device that stores instructions executed by the one or more processors; and a housing that contains the one or more processors and the memory device; the housing having a substantially rectangular shape with a length and height dimension that exceed a width dimension; and the housing further comprising a shaped pen dock running along an end of the housing defining the width dimension. Other aspects are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Howard Locker, Daniel Jordan Schantz, Karen Ruth Kluttz, Michaela Rose Case, Scott Edwards Kelso, Christopher Miles Osborne
  • Patent number: 9292105
    Abstract: A pointing stick includes: an operation member, which is provided to operate a movement of a cursor displayed on a screen of an information processing device: and an attachment member, which supports the operation member to be stood, wherein an attachment leg is protruded from the operation member and is inserted through an insertion hole formed in the attachment member when assembling the pointing stick, and wherein the attachment leg is fixed to not protrude from a back face of the attachment member, which is opposite to an front face on which the operation member stands, after assembling the pointing stick.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Minebea Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahiro Takahashi, Satoshi Sato, Masao Mori
  • Patent number: 9250443
    Abstract: Disclosed are a head-mounted display apparatus and a contents display method. The head-mounted display apparatus includes: a mobile device tracing information processing unit for receiving position information or orientation information of a mobile device and generating tracing information of the mobile device based on the received position information or orientation information of the mobile device; a gesture processing unit for receiving input information of the mobile device and generating gesture information to change an output format of contents by using the received input information; a rendering unit for generating a predetermined virtually augmented contents image based on the tracing information of the mobile device and the gesture information; and a display unit for displaying the generated virtually augmented contents image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Korea Institute of Science and Technology
    Inventors: Ji Hyung Park, Dong Wook Yoon, Yong Hun Choi, Joong Ho Lee
  • Patent number: 9198714
    Abstract: Various embodiments of surgical robot control systems are disclosed. In one example embodiment, the surgical robot control system comprises a housing. A controller is located within the housing and is coupled to a socket. The socket receives a handheld surgical user interface therein to control a surgical instrument. The surgical instrument is connected to the surgical robot and comprises an end effector and a mechanical interface to manipulate the end effector. The mechanical interface is coupled to the controller. At least one sensor is coupled to the controller and the socket to convert movement of the handheld surgical user interface into electrical signals corresponding to the movement of the surgical instrument. At least one feedback device is coupled to the controller to provide feedback to a user. The feedback is associated with a predetermined function of the surgical instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Barry C. Worrell, Geoffrey S. Strobl, Gregory A. Trees, Jonathan T. Batross, Nicholas G. Molitor, Kristen T. Shoger, David K. Norvell, Michael J. Andreyko, Gregory W. Johnson, Shawn C. Snyder
  • Patent number: 9199722
    Abstract: Cockpit controls designed for a at least two pilots and automation. Duplications of controls: sticks and control columns move along the same position path in unison with other sets of controls electronically based on a plurality of parallel processed parameters allowing two pilots to assist each other effectively with the ability of one pilot to override the other for effective monitoring and control in normal and emergency situations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Inventor: Robert Dennis Kennedy
  • Patent number: 9182825
    Abstract: Input device has a touch sensitive input surface with a sensor for detecting the position of an object touching the input surface, an interface for transferring sensor data and a device for producing haptically detectable feedback, which is designed to move the input surface, which is mounted so as to be movable along an axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Johann Schneider, Marcus Kuehne, Ulrich Mueller
  • Patent number: 9176577
    Abstract: A three-dimensional control apparatus including a casing, the casing including a first surface and a second surface, the first surface being opposite to the second surface; and a three-dimensional (3D) controller including a first cap actuator, the first cap actuator including a first rounded control surface, at least a portion of the first rounded control surface extending beyond the first surface of the casing; a second cap actuator, the second cap actuator including a second rounded control surface, at least a portion of the second rounded control surface extending beyond the first surface of the casing, the first rounded control surface being aligned with the second rounded control surface; a first sensor to detect force on the first cap actuator; and a second cap sensor to detect force on the second cap actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Lars A. Jangaard, Bran Ferren, Elijah H. Kleeman
  • Patent number: 9134819
    Abstract: An input device includes: a main body portion having one surface; a movable portion having a contact surface formed in the one surface of the main body portion, is operated through the contact surface and is movable relative to the main body portion; a supporting portion that is provided in the main body portion and movably supports the movable portion; an applying portion that applies a force to move the movable portion; a determining unit that detects whether there is a contact with the contact surface of the movable portion and determines a state-of-contact whether the contact surface is in contact state or in non-contact state; a controller that controls the applying portion to move the movable portion to a predetermined position when the determined state-of-contact changes from contact state to non-contact state; and an output unit that detects and outputs the amount of movement of the movable portion relative to the main body portion while the determined state-of-contact, and does not output the amount
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Nobuhide Inaba, Shin Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 9134769
    Abstract: An input module is mounted on a portable electronic device and has a sensing substrate and a cover lens mounted on a top surface of the sensing substrate, a physical switch mounted on and electrically connected to a bottom surface of the sensing substrate, and a flexible bridging board having two opposite short sides respectively protruding from two short sides of the sensing substrate for the two short sides of the flexible bridging board to be mounted on the electronic device. As the two short sides of the input module are mounted on the electronic device and a lever arm between a pressed point to a fixed point of the input module is shortened, a torque applied to the input module is lowered and the input module is not easily deformed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: ELAN MICROELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Wei-Ming Chen, Wei-Wen Yang
  • Patent number: 9134862
    Abstract: A touch panel including multiple electrodes is provided. The electrodes form a sensing area and are disposed on a same plane. The sensing area has a first border and a second border that are substantially perpendicular to each other. The electrodes include one parallelogram electrode. The parallelogram electrode has two first sides parallel to the first border and two second sides parallel to neither the first border nor the second border.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: MSTAR SEMICONDUCTOR, INC.
    Inventors: Chun-Chen Liu, Meng-Che Tsai, Te-Wei Hsu
  • Patent number: 9104390
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an information processing apparatus, includes a power management controller configured to perform power management of the apparatus, a power supply circuit configured to supply an operational power to components of the apparatus using power supplied from a rechargeable battery, and a power supply controller configured to control the circuit in response to a request from the power management controller. The power supply controller is coupled to two or more switches, and is configured to cause the power management controller to execute an initialization process in response to a first operation of the two or more switches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventor: Tomonori Tsutsui
  • Patent number: 9098109
    Abstract: A manifestation of user frustration associated with an action currently being performed by an apparatus is detected. The action is modified so as to alleviate the user frustration. The apparatus determines whether the modification to the action results in alleviating the user frustration, and may store data that causes the modification to the action to be subsequently performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Kristian Alexander Lappalainen, Mika Antero Tervonen, Timo Antero Huttunen
  • Patent number: 9065475
    Abstract: A Sin-Cos sensor arrangement comprises a Sin-Cos sensor operably coupled to signal processing logic via a hardware interface. The hardware interface is arranged to provide the signal processing logic with analog sine and cosine waveforms indicative of fine position data and binary counterparts of the analog sine and cosine waveforms (Phase_A and Phase_B) indicative of rough position data. The signal processing logic is arranged to determine a position and speed of the Sin-Cos sensor by compensating for inaccuracies between analog sine and cosine waveforms and their binary counterparts. In this manner, a fully software-based solution provides a fast, efficient and high accuracy position and speed estimation based on the processing of the analog sine and cosine signals and the digital representation thereof of the Sin-Cos sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Mienkina, Leos Chalupa
  • Patent number: 9056255
    Abstract: A game controller, a game machine, and a game system including the game system. The game controller is a device for manipulating a game program, and at least a portion of a body portion of the game controller is deformable to have forms that are adapted to contents of a game. Accordingly, a physical sensation when a user plays a game may be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: TOSHIBA SAMSUNG STORAGE TECHNOLOGY KOREA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Byung-youn Song, Nag-eui Choi
  • Patent number: 9046167
    Abstract: The lever is mounted such as to be capable of moving relative to a detector suitable for detecting lever movements and for sending electrical signals to a processing unit. The detector comprises an axially magnetized cylindrical magnet positioned according to the axis of rotation and selection of the lever corresponding to the selection of gears, and a sensor arranged opposite the magnet, such that the signal is independent of the angular position of the lever about the gear-selection axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: DURA AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS SAS
    Inventor: Thomas Farges
  • Patent number: 9041520
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed in which in a conventional non-grounding man-machine interface having no reaction base on the human body and for giving the existence of a virtual object and the impact force of a collision to a person, a haptic sensation of a torque, a force and the like can be continuously presented in the same direction, which can not be presented by only the physical characteristic of a haptic sensation presentation device. In a haptic presentation device, the rotation velocity of at least one rotator in the haptic presentation device is controlled by a control device, and a vibration, a force or a torque as the physical characteristic is controlled, so that the user is made to conceive various haptic information of the vibration, force, torque or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
    Inventors: Norio Nakamura, Yukio Fukui, Masataka Sakai
  • Publication number: 20150133221
    Abstract: A user input device includes a housing, a user input element adapted to be operated by a user and configured to send a signal to a processor when operated by the user, and an actuator coupled to the user input element. The actuator is configured to receive a control signal from the processor and output a haptic effect to the user input element in response to the control signal from the processor. A vibration isolation barrier is disposed between the user input element and the housing, wherein the vibration isolation barrier substantially mechanically isolates the user input element from the housing. The user input element may be a joystick, button, or trigger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: Immersion Corporation
    Inventor: Grant Danny
  • Patent number: 9030412
    Abstract: A method and apparatus of detecting user initiated movement by an input element handled by a user is disclosed. The method may include performing a calibration procedure that is initiated by the user via a physical movement performed by the user. The method may also include positioning at least one sensor to dynamically adjust a size of an effective workspace range capable of detecting the user's movement of the input element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Open Invention Network, LLC
    Inventor: Matthew Kevin Usey
  • Patent number: 9024879
    Abstract: A computer input device with switchable operation modes includes a body, a printed-circuit-board (PCB), a processor, and two switches. Two function buttons are disposed on the body to be pressed to move back and forth; the PCB is disposed in the body; the processor and the switches are disposed on the PCB and electrically connected with each other. The processor outputs control signals corresponding to a first operation mode or a second operation mode to a computer. While the switches are respectively triggered by the pressing of the function buttons, triggering signals are transmitted to the processor simultaneously, so that the processor switches the first operation mode to the second operation mode; or the processor switches the second operation mode to the first operation mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Giga-Byte Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mou Ming Ma, Haw Kae Huang, Tzu Chieh Lin
  • Patent number: 9019206
    Abstract: A user-interface for controlling a data processing system using a joystick includes a joystick for controlling input to the data processing system. The joystick has a pivoting component for assuming tilted positions by tilting in directions that lie in a reference plane associated with the component, and a sensor for sensing at succeeding sampling moments the direction corresponding to succeeding tilted positions of the component, and a difference determination device for determining a difference in direction between a first direction sensed at a first sampling moment and a second direction sensed at a second sampling moment after the first moment, and a parameter modifier for modifying a value of a parameter of the data processing system by adding or subtracting a difference value that depends upon the difference in direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: NXP, B.V.
    Inventor: Sebastien Mouy
  • Patent number: 9014874
    Abstract: An unmanned systems operator control system includes a hand held controller with a set of switches and control enumeration software specially configured to report a superset of virtual switches based on the physical switches. A core unit includes a first unmanned system control application subscribing to a first switch subset of the superset and outputting commands controlling a first unmanned system based on activation of the set of switches. A second unmanned system control application subscribes to a second switch subset of the superset and outputs commands controlling a second unmanned system based on activation of the set of switches. A mode switching subsystem is configured, in a first state, to map the set of switches to the first switch subset and, in a second state, to map the set of switches to the second switch subset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Foster-Miller, Inc.
    Inventors: Kurt Bruck, Boian Bentchev, Julie Shapiro, Todd Graham, Daniel Deguire