Key-board Or Key Lever-actuating Mechanism Patents (Class 400/472)
  • Patent number: 10437458
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a display for detecting touch input, and at least one processor for recognizing a type of an auxiliary input device placed on the display. A method for utilizing the electronic device includes detecting via a touch screen a type of an auxiliary input device placed on a display based on a configuration of at least one or more conductors on the auxiliary input device, detecting an input event generated by the auxiliary input device, and executing via a processor at least one function of an executing program corresponding to the detected input event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Bo-Kun Choi, Jun-Suk Oh
  • Patent number: 10429966
    Abstract: A touch input device includes a base board unit, a movable board unit, an actuating member and a noise reduction member. The base board unit has a distal end portion. The movable board unit overlaps and is connected to the base board unit, and has a free end portion movable toward or away from the distal end portion of the base board unit. The actuating unit includes a switch protruding from the free end portion and extending into the noise reduction member, and an actuating member protruding from the distal end portion. The noise reduction member is compressed by the distal end portion when the free end portion moves to the position adjacent to the distal end portion for the actuating member to actuate the switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: SUNREX TECHNOLOGY CORP.
    Inventors: Chun-Chieh Chen, Ching-Yao Huang, Ling-Cheng Tseng
  • Patent number: 10338636
    Abstract: A device can include a processor; memory operatively coupled to the processor; a display housing that includes a display operatively coupled to the processor; a keyboard housing that includes a keyboard; a hinge assembly that operatively couples the display housing and the keyboard housing for transitions between an closed orientation, an open orientation and a folded orientation; and wireless communication circuitry that, in a wireless keyboard mode of the folded orientation, operatively couples to the keyboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Scott Wentao Li, Robert James Kapinos, Russell Speight VanBlon, Timothy Winthrop Kingsbury
  • Patent number: 10322060
    Abstract: A system includes a processor coupled to a memory, the processor and memory configured to determine a proficiency level of a user of a rescue application based on stored data indicative of the user's proficiency level, and based on the user's proficiency level, select a level of operation for the rescue application. The rescue application is executed on a mobile device and configured to control operation of an AED. Each of multiple levels of operation for the rescue application allows the user a different degree of control over the operation of the AED. The processor and memory are configured to present, to the user, a set of instructions associated with the selected level of operation; and to enable control of the AED according to the selected levels of operation. A different set of instructions is associated with each of the multiple levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: ZOLL Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Justin Tyler Fleischacker, Guy R. Johnson, Gary A. Freeman
  • Patent number: 10235043
    Abstract: A keyboard for use with a computing device includes multiple rows of keys with each of the rows of keys including multiple keys. A horizontal pitch of the keys is between 18 mm and 19 mm and a length of the rows of the keys is between 230 mm and 235 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Bowers, Kevin Tom, Rachael Elizabeth Roberts, James Tanner, Caitlin Johnson, Tom Buckley
  • Patent number: 10237509
    Abstract: A system may be provided in which input is gathered from a user with input-output devices. The input-output devices may include physical keyboards, touch screen displays, data gloves, and other input-output devices. Control circuitry in the system may use a head-mounted display, a display on a keyboard, and a display in a tablet computer or other electronic device to display images. Virtual reality content may be presented to a user with the head-mounted display. The virtual reality content may include virtual documents with virtual text, virtual keyboards with virtual keys, and other virtual objects. A virtual keyboard may be overlaid on top of a physical keyboard or on top of a keyboard display or touch screen display in a tablet computer or other electronic device. Virtual key labels may be updated in response to user key press input and other input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Seung Wook Kim, Camille Moussette, Adam S. Meyer
  • Patent number: 10209823
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a smart wearable device and an information input method thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: GOERTEK INC.
    Inventors: Peijie Zhao, Chao Yi
  • Patent number: 10114423
    Abstract: Embodiments of an apparatus and system are described for a hybrid computing device. Some embodiments may comprise a computing device having an enclosure arranged to support a display on a front of the enclosure and a cover mechanically coupled to a side of the enclosure, the cover comprising a first portion having at least one integrated input device and a second portion having at least one flexible seam arranged to allow the second portion to adjustably pivot around the seam. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sameer Sharma, Gadi Amit, Yoshikuzu Hoshino, Chadwick Harber, Daniel Clifton, Kenneth Jasinski
  • Patent number: 10068725
    Abstract: An electric switch includes a base which receives a plurality of fixed electrical contacts and a movable electrical contact. The switch also includes an actuating body made of elastic material. The switch also includes a central, top, pushbutton. The body includes a lateral part, surrounding a top force-receiving portion. The pushbutton includes a lateral actuating surface for acting on this top lateral part of the body. When operated, successively, the central actuating surface of the pushbutton acts on the top force-receiving portion and elastically deforms a wall part of the body, and then the lateral actuating surface of the pushbutton acts on the top lateral part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: C&K Components S.A.S.
    Inventors: Jeremy Hebras, Stéphane Hurtard, Rémi Martin, Laurent Kubat
  • Patent number: 10027323
    Abstract: The manipulation device includes: a fixing portion having a fixing surface to be fixed on an object; a moving part that has a moving surface arranged to face the fixing surface and is configured such that the relative position of the moving surface with respect to the fixing surface is manually adjusted; a fixing portion side circuit component that is arranged at the fixing portion; a moving portion side circuit component that is arranged at the moving portion so as not to be in contact with the fixing portion side circuit component, and includes an electric circuit where the impedance as measured from the fixing portion side is a predetermined impedance; and an input portion that is arranged at the moving portion manually operable, and changes the impedance of the electric circuit measured from the fixing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Motoki Tachiiri
  • Patent number: 9983662
    Abstract: An electronic device including a physical button, a processing unit and a sensing unit is provided. The processing unit is coupled to the physical button and the sensing unit is coupled to the processing unit. When the electronic device enters a hibernation mode or in a shutdown state, the sensing unit continuously detects a wake-up signal. When receiving the wake-up signal, the sensing unit wakes up the processing unit. The sensing unit further receives an instruction signal externally, generates an instruction information according to the instruction signal, and sends the instruction information to the processing unit. When receiving the instruction information, the processing unit adjusts a corresponding function of the physical button according to the instruction information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventors: Yung-Yen Chang, Chia-Jen Shu
  • Patent number: 9972464
    Abstract: A key structure includes a base plate, a keycap and a connecting element. The connecting element includes a first frame and a second frame. The first frame is connected with the base plate and the keycap. The first frame includes a first linking part. The second frame is connected with the base plate and the keycap. The second frame includes a second linking part. The second linking part is contacted with the first linking part. When a depressing force from the user is applied to the keycap, the first frame is swung relative to the second frame. Moreover, in response to a friction between the first linking part and the second linking part, the keycap is correspondingly moved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: PRIMAX ELECTRONICS LTD.
    Inventors: Lei-Lung Tsai, Yi-Shu Lee
  • Patent number: 9941074
    Abstract: A key structure comprises a substrate, a membrane circuit disposed on the substrate, a waterproof structure disposed on the membrane circuit, a keycap, a conduction switch and a scissors structure. The waterproof structure includes a waterproof plate and a waterproof wall with a through hole. The waterproof wall surrounds the through hole and extends opposite to the membrane circuit. An end of the conduction switch passes through the through hole to be disposed on the membrane circuit, and the other end of the conduction switch protrudes from the waterproof wall to be connected to the keycap. The scissors structure includes a first end portion and a second end portion. The first end portion is pivotally connected to the keycap, and the second end portion is pivotally connected to the waterproof wall for the keycap to move up and down relatively to the membrane circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: ASUSTEK COMPUTER INC.
    Inventor: Ya-Chun Tu
  • Patent number: 9939850
    Abstract: A cover for a portable electronic device is disclosed. The cover can include at least one electrical component. For example, in one embodiment, an electrical component can be embedded in the cover. When the cover is placed on or mated with the portable electronic device, the electrical component embedded in the cover is able to interact with electrical circuitry of the portable electronic device. Advantageously, the cover can not only provide a protective and/or ornamental covering for the portable electronic device but can also augment the electrical capabilities of the portable electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Quin C. Hoellwarth, Brett Gregory Alten
  • Patent number: 9905381
    Abstract: A luminous keyboard includes plural keys, a membrane switch circuit board and a light-emitting element. The membrane switch circuit board includes an upper wiring plate, a lower wiring plate, a conductor line pattern, a separation layer and an etched line pattern. The lower wiring plate includes a wiring plate opening. The conductor line pattern is arranged between the upper wiring plate and the lower wiring plate. The etched line pattern is arranged between the separation layer and the lower wiring plate. The etched line pattern is exposed through the wiring plate opening. The light-emitting element is electrically connected with the etched line pattern through the wiring plate opening in order to acquire electric power. Consequently, it is not necessary to install the illumination circuit board to provide the electric power to the light-emitting element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: PRIMAX ELECTRONICS LTD.
    Inventor: Chung-Yuan Chen
  • Patent number: 9899157
    Abstract: A key device includes a base plate, a key cap and at least one balance bar. The at least one balance bar is with a tabular body and is disposed between the base plate and the key cap. The at least one balance bar has an elongated rod and a plurality of supporting legs connected to the elongated rod and protruded from a lower edge of the elongated rod. The elongated rod is connected to the key cap. The plurality of supporting legs is connected to the base plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignees: LITE-ON ELECTRONICS (GUANGZHOU) LIMITED, LITE-ON TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ming-Fu Yen, Chun-Lin Chen, Xiao-Qiang Liang, Lei Shi
  • Patent number: 9836179
    Abstract: Persisting atomically linked entities when utilizing an auto-complete mechanism is provided. A computing device may be utilized to receive an input in a user interface. The computing device may then display an auto-complete suggestion list in response to receiving the input in the user interface. A selection of an entity may then be received from the auto-complete suggestion list. The selected entity may then be atomically linked to program code defining an action. The atomically linked entity may then be inserted in the user interface. The atomically linked entity may then be persisted among the input received within the user interface. The input is modifiable and the atomically linked entity is unmodifiable within the user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Kieran K. Gupta
  • Patent number: 9655440
    Abstract: A moveable device for elevating and enabling natural motion of the hand or wrist of an individual when the individual is using a computer input device is disclosed. The device includes a base member, a wrist support member, and magnets for levitating the wrist support member a distance above the base member when the wrist support is positioned above the base member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Inventors: Michele Lynn Luciew, James David Luciew
  • Patent number: 9633803
    Abstract: A keyboard backlight module includes a backlight device including a reflective layer, a light shielding layer and a light guide layer sandwiched between the reflective layer and the light shielding layer and carrying a set of key switches on the top surface thereof, a light source mounted between the reflective layer and the light shielding layer, and high-refractive index scatter points prepared from a mixture containing a colored light-transmissive ink and high-refractive index particles at a predetermined ratio and mounted in the top side and/or bottom side of the light guide layer for refracting light toward the key switches to enhance illumination brightness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Chicony Power Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Pai-Hsiang Wang
  • Patent number: 9596206
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a computing device detects an identifier of an object entered by a user participating in a message session. The message session includes one or more messages including text, and the text includes the identifier. The computing device accesses an image corresponding to the object based at least in part on the identifier. The computing device provides for display to a second user the image in place of the identifier within the text.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Carlos M. Bueno, John R. Allen
  • Patent number: 9524033
    Abstract: Embodiments include a wireless keyboard having a plurality of keys and a plurality of radio frequency identification (RFID) tags, wherein each of the plurality of RFID tags are coupled to one of the plurality of keys. Each of the RFID tags are configured to transmit a signal when one of the plurality of keys coupled to RFID tag is pressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Grant D. Miller, Nader M. Nassar, Dennis M. Newns
  • Patent number: 9417698
    Abstract: An input device includes: an operation portion allowing an input operation by an operating body contacting with or coming close to an upper surface thereof; an input detection portion detecting an input operation with respect to the operation portion; a driving member provided below the operation portion and driving the operation portion in an up-down direction; an elastic member provided below the operation portion; a case member holding the driving member; an interlocking member provided below the operation portion, connected to the operation portion, and driven with the operation portion; a restricting member provided between the operation portion and the interlocking member and restricting upward movement of the interlocking member; and an elastic first damper member provided below the interlocking member and contactable with the interlocking member. The elastic member elastically urges the interlocking member such that the interlocking member is brought into press contact with the first damper member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: ALPS ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinji Ishikawa, Kazuhiko Hiratsuka, Atsushi Masuda, Shinji Fujimura
  • Patent number: 9411381
    Abstract: A portable keyboard is disclosed, by which portability can be enhanced with a simple configuration. The present invention includes a plurality of key assemblies, a body part and a flexible connecting member. When the portable keyboard is carried, a plurality of the key assemblies are rolled up around an outer circumference of the body part in a manner that the flexible connecting member between a plurality of the key assemblies is folded. When the portable keyboard is used, a plurality of the key assemblies are unfolded by being rolled down centering on the body part in a manner that the flexible connecting member between a plurality of the key assemblies is unfolded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Seungjin Lee, Keetae Kim, Dongguk Kang, Hojung Lee
  • Patent number: 9335794
    Abstract: A configurable keyboard. The configurable keyboard includes a base with a top face, and a top edge. A position adjustable panel containing keyboard keys. The position adjustable panel is attached to the base by a position adjustment device. The position adjustment device includes a shaft and a first connector. The shaft is attached, towards a bottom end, to the base. The first connector connects the position adjustable panel to the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Gary I. Dickenson, Richard Hutzler
  • Patent number: 9329638
    Abstract: A configurable keyboard. The configurable keyboard includes a base with a top face, and a top edge. A position adjustable panel containing keyboard keys. The position adjustable panel is attached to the base by a position adjustment device. The position adjustment device includes a shaft and a first connector. The shaft is attached, towards a bottom end, to the base. The first connector connects the position adjustable panel to the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Gary I. Dickenson, Richard Hutzler
  • Patent number: 9322985
    Abstract: A light emitting structure around a keyboard backlight module is disclosed to include a light guiding plate comprising a light source, a flat-shape reflecting layer disposed on one side of the light guiding plate, and a transparent film of a light blocking layer disposed on other side of the light guiding plate and comprising a light absorbing layer. A deflection portion is bending inwardly toward the reflecting layer and then extending outwardly to form a flat-shape positioning portion adhered to the reflection layer by an adhesive layer. The light source can project light toward the light guiding plate and pass part of the light from the light guiding plate to the deflection portion due to diaphaneity of the material of the transparent film. A light emitting area can be formed around the backlight module, lightening the connection port of the electronic device or other area needed to be lightened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: CHICONY POWER TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hsin-Chih Liang
  • Patent number: 9191736
    Abstract: A microphone array disposed on a two-piece computer is provided. The two-piece computer has a first piece with a keyboard disposed thereon and a second piece with a display screen disposed thereon. The microphone array has two microphones, which are both disposed on the first piece, wherein a connecting line of the two microphones is not vertical to a normal line of the display screen of the second piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: FORTEMEDIA, INC.
    Inventors: Yan-Chen Lu, Shien-Neng Lai, Tsan Hung Tsai, Chun-Ming Hsu
  • Patent number: 9152219
    Abstract: Embodiments provide context-aware inclusion of emoticon item sets in applications and/or services. The emoticon item sets include a plurality of emoticon images or other emoticons. A computing device creates custom emoticon item sets for each of the applications. Based on a determined execution context, the computing device selects the emoticon item set and presents the selected emoticon item set for use within the execution context by a user of the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Juan Dai, Itai Almog, Taketoshi Yoshida, Liang Chen
  • Patent number: 9122315
    Abstract: A keyboard includes a housing, a frame surrounding the housing, and a plurality of keys arranged in a plurality of columns and a plurality of rows. The keyboard is movable between a closed configuration and an expanded configuration, and the keys are accessible in both the closed and expanded configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Jason Tyler Griffin, Roman Peter Rak
  • Patent number: 9075566
    Abstract: Flexible hinge spine techniques are described. In one or more implementations, a flexible hinge is configured to communicatively and physically couple an input device to a computing device and may implement functionality such as a support layer and minimum bend radius. The input device may also include functionality to promote a secure physical connection between the input device and the computing device. One example of this includes use of one or more protrusions that are configured to be removed from respective cavities of the computing device along a particular axis but mechanically bind along other axes. Other techniques include use of a laminate structure to form a connection portion of the input device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technoogy Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: David Otto Whitt, III, Eric Joseph Wahl, David C. Vandervoort, Todd David Pleake, Rob Huala, Summer L. Schneider, Robyn Rebecca Reed McLaughlin, Matthew David Mickelson, Joel Lawrence Pelley, Timothy C. Shaw, Ralf Groene, Hua Wang, Christopher Harry Stoumbos, Karsten Aagaard
  • Patent number: 9039310
    Abstract: An input device includes a casing, a first keyboard, and a second keyboard. The first keyboard is slidably connected to the casing. The second keyboard is connected to the casing in an obliquely slidable manner and slidably connected to the first keyboard. When the first keyboard slides toward an expanded position relative to the casing, the first keyboard drives the second keyboard to slide obliquely relative to the casing, so that the second keyboard slides upwardly relative to the first keyboard. When the first keyboard slides toward a folded position relative to the casing, the first keyboard drives the second keyboard to slide obliquely relative to the casing, so that the second keyboard slides downwardly relative to the first keyboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: DARFON ELECTRONICS CORP.
    Inventor: Chia-Hung Liu
  • Patent number: 9016965
    Abstract: A keyboard/keyboard enclosure is provided. The keyboard/keyboard enclosure includes front and rear shells removably connected together and made of a polymer material such as Nylon 6. A keypad is positioned on the front surface of the front shell. The rear shell includes a cutout and a removable hatch covering the cutout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventor: Kevin R. Stoops
  • Patent number: 8956061
    Abstract: One exemplary aspect comprises a keyboard apparatus comprising: a collapsible keyboard comprising five substantially rigid frames, the frames comprising a central frame, two end frames, and two intermediate frames, each intermediate frame located between an end frame and the central frame; each pair of adjacent frames being relatively pivotably connected together along a folding axis, the folding axes being substantially mutually parallel; and a plurality of keys mounted on the frames. Another exemplary aspect comprises a keyboard apparatus as above, further comprising a collapsible cradle assembly detachable from the collapsible keyboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Cervantes Mobile
    Inventor: Scott Starrett
  • Patent number: 8926201
    Abstract: A keyboard includes a stiffener having a plurality of recesses defined therein, a flexible printed circuit defining a plurality of venting holes, each venting hole in correspondence with one of the plurality of recesses, and a dome sheet provided on top of the flexible printed circuit and including a plurality of domes, each of the domes in correspondence with one of the plurality of venting holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventor: Chao Chen
  • Patent number: 8905659
    Abstract: A keyboard includes a first substrate, a second substrate, a first electrode layer, and a second electrode layer. The first substrate includes a first upper surface and a first lower surface opposite the first upper surface. The second substrate is positioned apart from the first substrate and includes a second upper surface and a second lower surface. The second upper surface faces the first lower surface. The first electrode layer is positioned on the first lower surface and includes a number of first conductive layers disposed apart from each other and including a carbon nanotube layer structure. The second electrode layer is positioned on the second upper surface and includes a second conductive layer. A number of keys is positioned on the first upper surface or the second lower surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignees: Tsinghua University, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kai-Li Jiang, Shou-Shan Fan, Jia-Shyong Cheng, Liang Liu
  • Patent number: 8907190
    Abstract: The present invention includes a first rotating operation unit which is arranged in one end section of an instrument main body such that a portion thereof protrudes from the top surface of the instrument main body, and switch-operated by the protruding portion being rotated by the thumb of a left hand, and a second rotating operation unit which is arranged posterior to the first rotating operation unit such that a portion thereof is exposed on a side surface side of the end section, and switch-operated by the exposed portion being rotated by a finger other than the thumb. Accordingly, when the left hand is placed on the end section, the thumb is placed corresponding to the first rotating operation unit, and the other finger is placed corresponding to the second rotating operation unit, whereby these rotating operation units can be rotated separately by only the left hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Makoto Nakamura, Akira Sakashita
  • Patent number: 8899852
    Abstract: A keyboard comprises a plurality of keycap-bearing physically-discrete segments that are hingeably coupled to one another. When in a non-deployed configuration, the keycap-bearing physically-discrete segments are disposed on a back side of a corresponding housing such that the keys face outwardly away from that back side of the housing. When in a deployed configuration, the keycap-bearing physically-discrete segments are disposed substantially planar with respect to that same housing and face outwardly away from a front side of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Jason Tyler Griffin, Martin Philip Riddiford
  • Patent number: 8899851
    Abstract: A keyboard includes a first substrate, a second substrate, a first electrode layer and a second electrode layer. The first substrate includes a first upper surface and a first lower surface. The second substrate is located apart from the first substrate and includes a second upper surface and a second lower surface. The second upper surface faces the first lower surface. The first electrode layer is located on the first lower surface and includes a first conductive layer including a carbon nanotube layer structure. The second electrode layer is located on the second upper surface and includes a second conductive layer. A number of keys is located on the first upper surface or the second lower surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignees: Tsinghua University, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kai-Li Jiang, Shou-Shan Fan, Jia-Shyong Cheng, Liang Liu
  • Publication number: 20140351959
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method and apparatus for protecting an Encrypting PIN Pad (EPP) against tampering. The apparatus provides an EPP comprising a first layer comprising at least two spaced apart electrode elements, and a second layer comprising at least one bridge element for electrically bridging a space between the at least two electrode elements when the first layer and the second layer are urged together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Grant A. McNicoll
  • Patent number: 8894305
    Abstract: An adjustable keyboard assembly and support mounts and keying layout are provided allowing a user to orient keying modules of the assembly in a variety of desired configurations. In one embodiment, the assembly includes pivoting support plates that allow the flexible adjustments. In another embodiment, at least one lift module is utilized to allow achieving multiple tenting angles expediently. In yet another embodiment, a modular support mount assembly is provided to allow the user to mount keying modules to a structure such as a chair using modular mounts that allow for easy and effective peripheral device supports and reconfiguration of the modular support mount assembly to support keying modules and peripheral devices of various sizes and shapes. Furthermore, a keying layout and assembly is provided to improve efficiency and intuitiveness of using a keying module and for programming the keying modules without use of a separate computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Kinesis Corporation
    Inventors: William R. Hargreaves, Mark Ando, Carsten Buus, Jonathan H. Biggs
  • Patent number: 8890720
    Abstract: A light guide is provided for illuminating innumerable constructions, but which is ideally suited for illuminating the keys of a keyboard. The light guide includes a translucent planar plate having a top, a bottom and sides. Further, the light guide includes one or more cavities which project upwardly into the translucent plate from its bottom surface. The cavities are hollow or filled with a translucent material so that the translucent plate and the one or more cavities form translucent interfaces where the cavities interface with the plate. The light guide also includes a reflector which covers the plate bottom and cavity openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventors: Michael Shipman, David G. Duckworth
  • Patent number: 8870477
    Abstract: A key for a keyboard includes a keycap having a top surface configured to be contacted for pressing the key down, and having a bottom. The keycap is substantially transparent. An intermediate layer is coupled to the bottom of the keycap. The intermediate layer is translucent and includes a top and a bottom. The top of the intermediate layer faces the bottom of the keycap. A character layer is positioned between the bottom of the keycap and the top of the intermediate layer. A resilient member is coupled to the bottom of the intermediate layer. The resilient member is translucent and is configured to direct light through the intermediate layer, through the character layer, and out from the keycap. The character layer is configured to be lighted for viewing through the keycap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Logitech Europe S.A.
    Inventors: Baptiste Merminod, Peter Mah, Eric Hsu, Aaron Lee, Jero Chen, Linus Chien, Eric Su
  • Publication number: 20140313656
    Abstract: A keyboard applied to an electronic device, includes a main body, a connecting panel, and at least one fixing member. The connecting panel and the main body are fastened together by the at least one fixing member. An electronic device using the keyboard is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO. LTD.
    Inventors: TAI-AN TSAO, TING-YU WANG, CHIH-HUNG TSAI, HSIEH-CHIH CHIANG, BO-DUO YUAN
  • Patent number: 8858102
    Abstract: A small size electron equipment keyboard, comprises a character area (101), a center key-press area (200), a left key-press area (103), a right key-press area (104) and a bottom key-press area (105), the letters in the center key-press area (200) which are arranged in regular trapezoidal shape according to the alphabet order, first from left to right, then from top to bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Hangzhou Kind-Tao Technologies Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Hongming Jiang
  • Patent number: 8858103
    Abstract: An adjustable keyboard includes a first keying module situated pivotably with respect to the second keying module for providing a keyboard having improved ergonomics and comfort, and promoting improved productivity of a user. In one embodiment, the first and the second keying modules are pivotably mounted on a base assembly having fixed opposing tenting angles. In one embodiment the first and the second keying modules are mounted on a pivot link assembly configured to pivot the keying modules with respect to each other. In one embodiment, the first and the second keying modules are configured to also laterally separate. In one embodiment, first and second lift modules space a portion of the first and the second keying modules, respectively, from a supporting surface to form opposing tenting angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Kinesis Corporation
    Inventors: William R. Hargreaves, Carsten Buus, Jonathan H. Biggs, Mark Ando
  • Patent number: 8851771
    Abstract: A wipeable keyboard cover may include a flat, flexible membrane surrounded by a rigid frame that closely fits a keyboard assembly. The wipeable keyboard cover may be securely attached to the keyboard assembly and may be easily removed from the keyboard assembly by a user. The wipeable keyboard cover may prevent foreign matter from contacting the covered portion of the keyboard assembly while allowing easy operation of the keyboard assembly. The flat nature of the wipeable keyboard cover may allow the cover to be cleaned effectively while it is attached to a keyboard assembly without subjecting the underlying keyboard assembly to potentially harmful treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Craig Kaliebe, Greg Zawislak, Mark Bondzinski
  • Patent number: 8842072
    Abstract: A keypad mouse computer peripheral device of the present disclosure includes a housing on top of which is located a keypad having a number keypad. The input device has at least one clicker button operable by a user's thumb while the user's hand rests on a provided palm rest or wrist rest. Force exerted by the base or palm portion of an operating hand moves the present input device which permits the index, middle and ring fingers to be located on the 4, 5, 6 key positions of the number keypad. This maintenance of the resting or home position even while the user is engaged in movement of the present keypad mouse permits easy and fast entry of numbers. A position sensor on the bottom surface of the housing of the disclosed keypad mouse detects relative location information for positional information input for a computer's graphical user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Pareto Mill LLC
    Inventors: Jun Hyuk Chung, William Shin
  • Patent number: 8824669
    Abstract: A keyboard includes a plurality of keys each of which is associated with indicia corresponding to at least one of alphabetic characters, numbers, or commands. The keys of the plurality of keys associated with alphabetic characters number fewer than 26 and greater than nine. No more than two alphabetic characters are associated with each of the keys associated with alphabetic characters. At least one of the keys associated with alphabetic characters is associated with two alphabetic characters and at least one number. The numbers are arranged and displayed in the format of a phone keypad and the letters are arranged and displayed in a keyboard layout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Blackberry Limited
    Inventor: Jason T. Griffin
  • Patent number: 8821049
    Abstract: An electrically-assisted mechanical Braille writer includes a main solenoid to apply force to emboss Braille onto a printing medium, and advance an embossing mechanism to the next cell. A second solenoid engages a mechanical stop to prevent one or more embossing keys from being fully depressed, to prevent kickback from the keys mechanically coupling to the main solenoid. In unpowered operation, the mechanical stop is disengaged, and the embossing keys may be fully depressed to apply force to emboss Braille and advance the embossing mechanism. Accordingly, with electrical power, the user may supply a lesser amount of force and still fully emboss Braille cells, while without electrical power, the Braille writer remains fully operational.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Perkins School For the Blind
    Inventors: Michael Schmidt, Jude Jonas
  • Patent number: 8816965
    Abstract: Devices and methods are described for improving the efficiency of text input by requiring more pressure to select keys on a dynamic keyboard that are improbable key presses. Examples include a text-entry device which has logic for resisting error while the user enters text on a keyboard of the text-entry device. Each key has a lever mechanism which varies the force required to press the key. Keyboard logic on the text-entry device is programmed to change the force required to enter each key within the dynamic keyboard based on the prior entry. The keyboard logic assigns a prediction value to each key based on a statistical probability that the key will be entered next.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Mark Edward Causey, Jeffrey Norbert Howard, Andrew Thomas Smoak