Joystick Patents (Class 345/161)
  • Patent number: 11449154
    Abstract: There is disclosed a multi-dimensional user interface controller apparatus for providing a multi-dimensional user input. In an embodiment, the apparatus comprises a disc adapted to be tilted to control at least two-axes, and depressible in a third axis, and an outer ring surrounding the disc, the outer ring adapted to rotate about the disc to control a fourth axis. In use, the disc and the outer ring are controllable to provide at least four-axes of simultaneous control inputs. In an embodiment, the multi-dimensional user interface controller apparatus further comprises a plurality of magnetic sensors to sense the tilt of the disc or a press on the disc. In another embodiment, the disc further comprises a touch-sensitive top surface adapted to sense one or more fingers touching the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: GRANT & UNION INC.
    Inventors: Calvin Chu, Sirui Wang, Zhan Yong Qi, Andrew Joseph John Hayes, Ioan Romulus Curticapean
  • Patent number: 11439900
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a photoelectric joystick assembly composed of a joystick and a substrate, the substrate being provided with three pairs of photoelectric tubes; first and second linkage members are respectively provided with rotatable first and second luminous flux changing members at one end, thereby oscillating in the respective photoelectric tubes, respectively, so that the light received by a photosensitive element from a light-emitting element continuously changes; the second linkage member is further provided with an elastic member with a light path mechanism thereacross, which acts on communication or block of the light path of the photoelectric tubes to provide a switch signal. The solution of the present invention is to replace the mechanical contact switch and potentiometer for transmission with a photoelectric element and an original structure, and design a connection structure and manner originally, by which these photoelectric elements are arranged in the rocker masterly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Inventor: Jianping Li
  • Patent number: 11435830
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to content-based tactile outputs. In some embodiments, user interfaces associated with content-based tactile outputs are described. In some embodiments, user interfaces associated with end-of-content tactile outputs are described. In some embodiments, user interfaces associated with moving a user interface in response to different types of input are described. In some embodiments, user interfaces associated with adjustable item-based tactile outputs are described. In some embodiments, user interfaces associated with input velocity-based tactile outputs are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Camille Moussette, David H. Bloom, Gary Ian Butcher, Dylan Ross Edwards, Jules K. Fennis, Brian T. Gleeson, Miao He, Alan C. Dye
  • Patent number: 11433989
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a force application device for a control stick of an aircraft, wherein the control stick comprises a control lever (1) rotating a shaft (A1) about a first axis (A), the device comprising a magnetic brake (5a) which comprises a magnetisable element (50a) mounted on the shaft and a magnetic transmitter (51a) which is opposite the magnetisable element and free to rotate about the first axis relative to the magnetisable element, the magnetic transmitter having an activated state in which the magnetic transmitter is supplied with current and generates a magnetic field in a volume occupied by the magnetisable element, and a deactivated state in which the magnetic transmitter is not supplied with current and does not generate a magnetic field, so as to prevent the magnetisable element from rotating about the shaft relative to the magnetic transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: SAFRAN ELECTRONICS & DEFENSE
    Inventors: Rémi-Louis Lawniczak, Yannick Attrazic
  • Patent number: 11410592
    Abstract: A display method and a display device using the same is disclosed. In the display method, an image is received. The image has an indicative object and a display background that surrounds the indicative object. Then, the original color of the indicative object is changed into a first color and the image that has the indicative object with the first color is displayed based on the average hue of a part of the display background. The part of the display background surrounds the indicative object. The average hue corresponds to a second color. The first color and the second color are complementary colors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Novatek Microelectronics Corp
    Inventors: Hsin-Tso Chiang, Tsun-Hou Chou, Po-Hsiang Huang
  • Patent number: 11395962
    Abstract: A virtual reality (VR) controller includes a handle, a side housing, and a switch. The side housing has a fixed portion and a flexible portion. The fixed portion is fixed to the handle, and a contour of the side housing extending toward the handle conforms to a shape of a palm. The switch is disposed between the handle and the side housing. The flexible portion is deformed to trigger the switch when the handle and the side housing are held and a force is applied to the flexible portion relative to the handle. In other words, the flexible portion abutting against the palm is deformed to trigger the switch when the handle and the side housing are held and a force is applied, relative to the flexible portion, to one side of the handle far away from the flexible portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: Jui-Hsiang Lin, Chang-Hua Wei, Shih-Hsiu Lee
  • Patent number: 11376496
    Abstract: A system and method for an interactive video game controller accessory designed to be operated by an individual's left or right hand where the video game controller accessory may be placed or positioned on an existing video game controller and spun by the player during downtime of video games.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Inventor: Donald Wayne Brandt
  • Patent number: 11377044
    Abstract: An input device provides an improved feeling of operation to a user and allows the user to recognize an operation of a handle by providing haptic feedback by limiting a direction of movement of the handle of the input device provided in a vehicle according to a control item, applying a reaction force to the handle, or generating a vibration. The input device includes the handle that is movable in a first direction and a second direction and a motor that is configured to generate force related to a movement of the handle. A driver is configured to operate the motor. A controller operates the driver to limit a moving direction of the handle to the first direction or the second direction according to a control item controlled by the movement of the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University
    Inventors: Seunghwan Lee, Sean Follmer, Inrak Choi
  • Patent number: 11358286
    Abstract: A robot system includes a user interface configured to receive an operational instruction from an operator, a robot installed in a workspace and configured to perform a series of works including a plurality of processes, a sensor installed in the workspace, a transparent type display unit configured so that the operator is visible of a physical real world and configured to display information detected by the sensor as the image screen, and a control device. The control device displays on the transparent type display unit, when the robot is operated by the user interface, first information that is information detected by the sensor, as the image screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masayuki Kamon, Hideyuki Ryu
  • Patent number: 11344797
    Abstract: An operation device has a movable portion movable between a first position and a second position. The movable portion is operated by a user while the operation device is gripped by the user. The operation device receives information identifying a control mode and control information defined for each control mode as an instruction related to control of a tactile force sense, and controls the tactile force sense presented to the movable portion by using the received control information in the control mode identified by the received information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Ikuo Yamano, Yusuke Nakagawa, Shinichi Hirata, Yuichi Machida, Yoichi Nishimaki
  • Patent number: 11347313
    Abstract: An example feedback controller for a computing device is disclosed. The feedback controller includes a sleeve to be disposed about a portion of a user's wrist. In addition, the feedback controller includes a handle to be grasped by the user's hand. Still further, the feedback controller includes a first actuator coupled to the handle and the sleeve, the first actuator to move the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Sarthak Ghosh, Eric Faggin
  • Patent number: 11335212
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a surgical simulation arrangement for a user handling a simulation instrument, allowing for simulation improvements when simulating e.g. a laparoscopic, arthroscopic or thoracoscopic procedure. The present disclosure also relates to a haptic user interface device for use with a surgical simulation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: FOLLOU AB
    Inventor: Fredrik Olsson
  • Patent number: 11321261
    Abstract: Various embodiments are described herein that relate to data transmission system and methods that may be implemented in a system configured between a source device and a destination device. Data generated at the source device may be received at the data transmission system and processed to determine appropriate modifications. Modified data may then be transmitted to the destination device. In the event that the data transmission system is unable to process data, the system transmits the data directly to the recipient device to ensure continued operation of the source and destination devices. The data transmission system is capable of converting any form of signal into USB and/or UART signals for processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Copper Inc.
    Inventors: Tobias Schneider, Dickson Chu
  • Patent number: 11318752
    Abstract: A logic circuitry package for a replaceable print apparatus component includes an analog sensor cell block with a plurality of sensor cells, analog control circuitry to bias and control the analog sensor cell block, an interface to communicate with a print apparatus logic circuit, a dedicated bit field that indicates whether the logic circuitry package is in a power saving mode, and at least one logic circuit. The at least one logic circuit may be configured to receive, via the interface, a request to cause the analog sensor cell block to provide sensor information for at least one sensor measurement; and selectively enable and disable power to the analog control circuitry based on the request and a value of the dedicated bit field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: James Michael Gardner, Scott A. Linn
  • Patent number: 11314332
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus that is connected to a device having a button that can be pressed within a prescribed movement range, detecting the push-in position when the button is pressed, and being capable of presenting a resistance force against a pressing force of the button and that determines control information indicating the magnitude of the resistance force to be presented, which relates to the push-in position of the button on the basis of a determination standard that includes at least one of the number of pressing actions, past maximum push-in position, and duration of pressing operation of the button of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Nicolas Doucet, Masayuki Yamada, Hideyuki Uchida
  • Patent number: 11313701
    Abstract: A manual control for an electronic apparatus includes a manually activated rocker actuator mechanism coupled to a magnet source. The magnet source is in a rest position relative to a Variable Hall effect sensor device when the rocker actuator mechanism is in a rest position. A variable output signal from the sensor device is substantially at a minimum value when the magnet source is in the rest position relative to the sensor device. The magnet source is in a maximum position relative to the sensor device when the rocker actuator mechanism is in a maximum position. The variable output signal is substantially at a maximum value when the magnet source is in the maximum position relative to the sensor device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America
    Inventor: Daniel John Marderosian
  • Patent number: 11317072
    Abstract: A display apparatus is provided. The display apparatus includes: an image processor configured to process an image signal; a display; and a processor configured to control the image processor to produce, from a 360-degree image, a plurality of split images to be arranged along a circumference within a predetermined region that includes a great circle of a sphere shape being mapped, based on a viewpoint corresponding to a user input, the plurality of split images corresponding to a plurality of screens, and to produce a projection image to be displayed on the display based on the viewpoint from the split image of the screen that corresponds to the display apparatus from among the plurality of split images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yong-deok Kim, Bo-eun Kim, Sung-hyun Kim
  • Patent number: 11305189
    Abstract: A program, a game control method, and an information processing apparatus, which are capable of improving operability of a game. A program causing an information processing apparatus to execute a step of causing an object arranged on a field object in a virtual space in which a coordinate system having a first axis and a second axis is set to be displayed on a screen in which a coordinate system having a third axis and a fourth axis is set, a step of detecting first and second positions on the screen while the first user operation is being detected, and a moving step of moving the object according to a first user operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: GREE, Inc.
    Inventors: Daisuke Taka, Motoshi Abe, Masaru Ida, Kiyoto Suzuki
  • Patent number: 11231777
    Abstract: A method of controlling a device is provided. The method includes receiving eye movement information of a user. A gazed position within a display area of the device is identified based on the eye movement information of the user. A position of a cursor corresponding to the gazed position is corrected based on the eye movement information. A control command corresponding to an area within the display area of the device is generated, based on the gazed position and the eye movement information. An operation of the device is controlled based on the control command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jun-seok Lee, Kyung-hwa Yu, Sang-won Leigh, Jin-yong Chung, Sung-goo Cho
  • Patent number: 11229836
    Abstract: A controller for determining a displacement of a control stick and an applied pressure on the control stick comprises at least a first control stick, one or more sensors configured to sense a pressure applied to at least one control stick and to generate corresponding pressure information, first circuitry configured to receive displacement information associated with a physical displacement of the control stick, second circuitry configured to receive from one or more of the sensors pressure information associated with the pressure applied to the control stick, and third circuitry configured to determine the displacement of the control stick and the applied pressure on the control stick; wherein at least a first sensor is configured to sense the pressure applied when the physical displacement of the control stick reaches a displacement limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Inventors: Simon Mark Benson, Sharwin Winesh Raghoebardajal, Patrick John Connor
  • Patent number: 11232919
    Abstract: A momentary electrical push switch that can be configured for 2 or more activation positions. The switch has a top surface, or “key” top, which is pressed down upon in different areas to actuate the switch's different activation positions. The key top can be of various shapes, such as quadrangles, circle, hexagon, etc., or irregular shapes, to suit a particular application. The key top can be divided into multiple segments, or activation zones, each corresponding to a different activation position of the switch. The key allows free-form movement when pressing down upon it, without requiring the user to use specific or narrowly-defined motions to actuate the various activation positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Inventor: Steven B Hirsch
  • Patent number: 11227484
    Abstract: A control unit for a remote control for controlling a machine, comprising: a processor device, at least one manually operable operating element provided on the control unit for controlling at least one machine function, which can be switched by the processor device between an activated state (b) and a deactivated state (a), and an activation sensor assigned to the operating element, which activation sensor comprises an effective sensor range and is adapted to detect a defined approach to the effective sensor range by an operator, the processor device being adapted to switch the operating element to the activated state (b) if the activation sensor detects the defined approach to the effective sensor range, and if no defined approach is detected during a preset period of time, to switch the operating element to the deactivated state, the control unit being adapted in such a way that operation of the operating element does not cause the machine function to be activated, as long as the operating element is in the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: BRENDEL HOLDING GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Jochen Antes, Friederike Brendel
  • Patent number: 11219821
    Abstract: Examples are disclosed that relate to computing device input systems. In one example, a computing device input system comprises an input configured to receive a connection to a control device connector comprising a plurality of conductors. The computing device input system further comprises circuitry configured to determine a presence, type, and state of a control device in communication with the control device connector based on analog voltages received from the control device connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: George William Bielitz, Ross Anthony Nelson, Sam Michael Sarmast
  • Patent number: 11214292
    Abstract: A control method and system to control a car; the following steps are carried out: determining a position of a joystick, which is designed to be grabbed by a hand of a driver of the car; adjusting a longitudinal motion and a transverse motion of the car as a function of the position of the joystick; determining a position of at least one pedal, which is designed to be pressed by a foot of the driver of the car; and controlling a dynamic behaviour of the car, which is different from the longitudinal motion and from the transverse motion, a function of the position of the pedal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: FERRARI S.P.A.
    Inventor: Raffaele De Simone
  • Patent number: 11194299
    Abstract: An electronic device, such as a watch, has a variable friction mechanism for providing variable frictional feedback as an input mechanism, such as a crown, is rotated. The variable frictional feedback may correspond to operational states, events, or other conditions at the electronic watch. The variable frictional feedback may be provided by changing a frictional force between the crown and the variable friction mechanism. The variable friction mechanism may include a friction element adapted to contact a shaft of the crown and an actuator adapted to change a frictional force between the friction element and the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Steven J. Taylor, Brenton A. Baugh
  • Patent number: 11179628
    Abstract: A replaceable control module includes a base and an operation module. The base includes an upper cover, at least one buckling portion, at least one first elastic element, a driving rotation handle, at least one second elastic element and a cam assembly. A top surface of the upper cover has an assembling groove and a perforation. The at least one buckling portion is disposed to the upper cover. The at least one first elastic element is connected between the upper cover and the at least one buckling portion. The driving rotation handle is disposed in the upper cover. The at least one second elastic element is connected between the upper cover and the driving rotation handle. The cam assembly is disposed between the at least one buckling portion and the driving rotation handle. The operation module is assembled in the assembling groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Cheng Uei Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chi Ming Tseng
  • Patent number: 11182013
    Abstract: It is an object to provide a technique allowing for enhancement of operability. A display device with a touch panel includes a display having a display screen to display a screen component, a touch panel disposed on the display screen of the display, and an operation determination unit. The operation determination unit disables detection by the touch panel of rotation operation on a knob or of touch operation on a related screen component that is the screen component related to an item to be operated by the rotation operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Junya Ujiie, Kentaro Seki
  • Patent number: 11167784
    Abstract: A handle-type integrated control device includes: a steering lever disposed to be movable in a width direction of a vehicle by a driver's operation; a handle housing disposed at an upper end of the steering lever and configured to rotate, in a front-to-rear direction of the vehicle, about one end of the steering lever by the driver's operation; a speed value receiver disposed at one end of the handle housing to receive an acceleration or deceleration change value; and a speed controller connected to the speed value receiver to receive the acceleration or deceleration change value from the speed value receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, SL Corporation
    Inventors: Jee Hyuck Choi, Gi Man Park, Hong Jun Cha
  • Patent number: 11157098
    Abstract: A mouse with a tunable center of gravity is disclosed. According to certain embodiments, the mouse includes a moveable weight system that is used to move one or more weights from one position to another in the computer mouse. The relocation of one or more weights from one position to another in the computer mouse changes the center of gravity of the computer mouse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Corsair Memory, Inc.
    Inventor: Aliex Su
  • Patent number: 11148046
    Abstract: An improved VR self-service game joy stick chip assembly comprising a controller, a power source converter, a sensor and interfaces/links, the power to operate the assembly being provided by an external, hard-wired power source. The sensor senses movement thereof and through two-way connections to the controller and a computer interface turns on the joy stick and connected devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: VR LEO USA, INC.
    Inventor: Xiuchao Chen
  • Patent number: 11138843
    Abstract: A haptic-enabled system, non-transitory computer-readable medium, and method for controlling a haptic actuator are presented. The haptic-enabled system comprises the haptic actuator, a movement sensor, and a control circuit. The control circuit is configured to: generate a driving portion of a drive signal; apply the driving portion of the drive signal to the haptic actuator to generate movement of one or more portions of the haptic-enabled system; determine (e.g., measure) the movement of the one or more portions of the haptic-enabled system; determine a time-varying correction signal for reducing the movement; generate a braking portion of the drive signal based on a combination of the time-varying correction signal and a defined offset; and apply the braking portion of the drive signal to the haptic actuator. Numerous other aspects are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventor: Peyman Karimi Eskandary
  • Patent number: 11079446
    Abstract: Magnetic sensor arrangement comprising a component board delimited by two opposing main surfaces and having an accommodation hole for accommodating at least part of a magnetic field generating structure, and a magnetic sensor package located at least partially between the two opposing main surfaces and configured for sensing a magnetic field generated by the magnetic field generating structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Udo Ausserlechner, Michael Holliber
  • Patent number: 11033809
    Abstract: A handheld controller may include a movable control that is usable for activating and deactivating a motion control feature of the handheld controller based on a detection of, or a failure to detect, a finger contacting a surface of the movable control. For example, a touch sensor associated with the movable control may provide touch sensor data indicative of a proximity of a finger relative to the movable control, and based on this touch sensor data, the motion control feature of the handheld controller can be toggled on and off, depending on whether the finger is contacting the movable control or not. When the motion control feature is activated, motion sensor data from a motion sensor(s) is sent to an application (e.g., a video game) as application input. When the motion control feature is deactivated, the motion sensor data is not used as application input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Valve Corporation
    Inventors: Austin Palmer, Ian Campbell, Scott Dalton
  • Patent number: 11037744
    Abstract: A switch device includes a first switch and a second switch; a support member that houses the first switch and the second switch; a driving member that is inclined in a predetermined inclination direction and presses one of the first switch and the second switch; a holding member disposed on the driving member to be movable in the predetermined inclination direction; and an operation knob. The driving member is disposed to extend over the first and second switches, and includes a pressing portion and a cam portion. The cam portion extends upward from the middle of the pressing portion. A first cam surface having a concave shape is formed on the upper end of the cam portion. The holding member has a recessed portion into which the cam portion is inserted, and a projecting portion projecting downward from the center of the recessed portion and contacting the first cam surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: ALPS ALPINE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kazuyoshi Yamagata
  • Patent number: 11012549
    Abstract: A portable device can transmit information through one of a mobile phone network and an Internet, wherein the portable device includes a text-based communication module to allow a user may synchronously transmit or receive data through a local area network, wherein the data is text, audio, video or the combination thereof. The text-based communication module of the portable device includes a text-to-speech recognition module used to convert a text data for outputting the text data by vocal, and a read determination module for determining read target terminals and unread target terminals when a user of the portable phone device activates the read determination module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Inventors: Chi-Wen Liu, Ching-Yu Chang, Kuo-Ching Chiang
  • Patent number: 11003579
    Abstract: A method of managing a distributed system comprises: in response to receiving data that changes in a first memory region of a client, updating data in a second memory region with the received data based on a mapping between the first memory region and the second memory region; in response to receiving a calling request for a computing node in a server from the client, causing the computing node to perform a processing step based on the updated data in the second memory region; determining data that changes after the processing step in the second memory region; and transmitting, to the client, the data that changes after the processing step, such that the client updates the data in the first memory region based on the mapping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: EMC IP Holding Company LLC
    Inventors: Wei Cui, Kun Wang, Junping Zhao
  • Patent number: 10994197
    Abstract: A game controller includes an electronic input sensor and a button-retention feature. The button-retention feature is configured to removably affix a selected button accessory to the game controller through a magnetic attraction between the button-retention feature and the selected button accessory. The selected button accessory is one of a plurality of differently configured button accessories removably affixable to the game controller. The selected button accessory is configured to translate a touch applied to the selected button accessory to an actuation of the electronic input sensor when the selected button accessory is affixed to the game controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Aaron Schmitz
  • Patent number: 10987576
    Abstract: Examples are disclosed that relate to adjusting sensitivity of a control stick. In one example, a method comprises: receiving a dead zone inflection point defining a boundary of a dead zone region and a playspace region within a normalized two-dimensional movement space, receiving a sensitivity inflection point within the playspace region of the normalized two-dimensional movement space, transforming the sensitivity inflection point to a transformed sensitivity inflection point using a sensitivity scaling function that comprises the dead zone inflection point, receiving position data representing a current position of the control stick, and transforming the current position to a transformed position using a mapping function comprising the dead zone inflection point and the transformed sensitivity inflection point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Ross Anthony Nelson, Aaron J. Schmitz, Curtis F. McClive
  • Patent number: 10980401
    Abstract: An endoscope includes a bending operation apparatus including: a rod-like shaft section that is standing perpendicularly from one surface of an operation section and capable of being tilted; and a cover member including a central section that is placed to externally cover the rod-like shaft section in a water tight manner, a peripheral section that closes in a water tight manner an opening portion in which the rod-like shaft section is disposed, and an intermediate section provided between the peripheral section and the central section, wherein the cover member of the bending operation apparatus includes a deformation restricting section that is a tubular section formed along a longitudinal axis of the rod-like shaft section and placed to externally cover an intermediate portion of the rod-like shaft section, and restricts outward expansion of the intermediate section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Keisuke Hatano, Shun Nagasawa
  • Patent number: 10964069
    Abstract: An automated method and a graphic processor for managing colors for a user interface to be displayed over at least one multimedia frame provided by an electronic device. The user interface comprises at least one graphical item having at least one predetermined color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: NAGRAVISION S.A.
    Inventors: Ratnam Vadhri Venkata, Gaurav Sahi, Chawandi Prabhu, Antoine Burckard
  • Patent number: 10963055
    Abstract: Provided is a control system that includes a vibration mechanism that generates a vibration and presents the vibration to a user and a control apparatus that controls the vibration mechanism. The control apparatus acquires vibration data representative of a waveform of a vibration that is to be generated by the vibration mechanism and causes the vibration mechanism to generate a vibration in accordance with corrected vibration data obtained by executing processing for reducing part of frequency components, included in the waveform represented by the acquired vibration data, other than a resonant frequency of the vibration mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Yusuke Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 10942615
    Abstract: A set of reconfigurable clip-on modules for mobile computing devices includes two or more modules and at least one of the modules has an input button or other control and at least one of the modules can communicate with the computing device without needing to be connected to it via a wire. The input button is mapped to a user input in a program, such as a game, which is running or displayed on the computing device to which the modules are clipped. In an embodiment, user inputs via the buttons or other controls on the clip-on modules are mapped to user inputs in a game running on the device, which may be a touch-screen device, and the mapping between user inputs via the buttons and user inputs in the game may change dependent upon the game being played, user preference, or other criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: John Helmes, Stuart Taylor, Stephen E. Hodges, Nicolas Villar, James W. Scott
  • Patent number: 10942584
    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 example, 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. 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: February 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Performance Designed Products LLC
    Inventors: Bradley M. Strahle, Eric B. Fulghum
  • Patent number: 10938406
    Abstract: A membrane digital analog switch includes an input button surface adapted to receive an input pressure from a user, and a digital switch positioned below the input button surface to generate a digital switch activation signal when the received pressure on the input button surface is greater than or equal to a specified digital pressure threshold. The membrane digital analog switch also includes an analog switch adapted to generate an analog switch activation signal when the received pressure on the input button surface is greater than or equal to a specified analog pressure threshold. The specified analog pressure threshold is greater than the specified digital pressure threshold, the digital switch activation signal is a binary digital signal, and the analog switch activation signal is variable and corresponds to an analog sensed value of the received pressure on the input button surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Cattron North America, Inc.
    Inventors: David Stagg, Thomas Hornung, Ryan Wooten
  • Patent number: 10926417
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a holding device includes a first holder and a first sensor. The first holder includes a first member and a second member. The first holder is configured to hold an object by interposing the object between the first member and the second member. The first sensor is in the first member. The first sensor is configured to detect a vibration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Haruna Eto, Akihito Ogawa, Atsushi Sugahara, Kazuma Komoda
  • Patent number: 10890991
    Abstract: Disclosed examples include optical and capacitive position detection systems and user interface control apparatus to detect relative positions of a stationary first structure and a movable second structure. The optical system includes pairs of optical source and sensor devices spaced along a first direction on the first structure and a reflector extending along the first direction on the second structure to selectively reflect light from one of the optical sources to the corresponding optical sensor of a given pair when the reflector is proximate the given pair. The capacitive sensing system includes capacitor plate structures on the first structure and a conductive structure on the second structure to move along the first direction to selectively modify a capacitance of a given group of two or more of the plate structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventor: Peter Spevak
  • Patent number: 10860064
    Abstract: An electronic device having a pointing stick is disclosed. The electronic device includes a base member for supporting a pointing stick. The base member has a first pressed part provided on one side of the pointing stick with respect to a sliding direction of a slide member and a second pressed part provided on the other side of the pointing stick. The slide member has a first pressing part capable of pressing the first pressed part of the base member and a second pressing part capable of pressing the second pressed part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: LENOVO (SINGAPORE) PTE LTD
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Kubota, Fumitake Mizoguchi, Yoshiyuki Shibayama, Tabito Miyamoto
  • Patent number: 10860108
    Abstract: A tactile sense presentation apparatus includes a movable body, an actuator unit, and a signal generation unit. The actuator unit is connected to the movable body. The signal generation unit is configured to supply a driving signal to the actuator unit, the driving signal generating a vibration on the actuator unit, the vibration having within a period at least one of a plurality of different amplitudes and a plurality of different frequencies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Akira Ono, Hiroshi Yoshida, Mikio Takenaka
  • Patent number: 10850190
    Abstract: A user-input device includes a user-actuatable trigger configured to pivot about a trigger axis, a posture sensor configured to determine a posture of the user-actuatable trigger about the trigger axis, a force-feedback motor configured to activate based on a force-feedback signal, and a clutch operatively intermediate the user-actuatable trigger and the force-feedback motor and configured to mechanically change engagement between the user-actuatable trigger and the force-feedback motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Gabriel Michael Rask Gassoway
  • Patent number: 10845893
    Abstract: A three-dimensional (3D) maneuvering device generates 3D data by irradiating a two-dimensional (2D) reference surface with light of variable frequency. The 3D maneuvering device has high sensitivity, high resolution, and immunity from the noise caused by human vibrations. A rotational motion vector is derived by comparing the relative motion vectors derived from a pattern recognition process of surface features on the same reference plane with the positional data derived using the color index data. Thus, a single gestural movement of the operator's hand provides both the translational and rotational motion data simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Inventor: Wen-Chieh Geoffrey Lee