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20100084253INPUT UNIT FOR ELECTROTECHNICAL DEVICES - The invention relates to an input unit for electrotechnical devices, the unit being configured such that it is technically particularly effective, yet still cost-effective. Further, it is the aim to also provide illumination elements at little expense. For touching by finger, such an input unit comprises a cover suitable for capacitive field transmissions, the cover having a contact region that can be used for touching more than a single location. A sensor film is disposed directly beneath the cover, wherein the film has a resistance structure on the side facing the cover, the structure being electrically contacted via three contact points. The resistance structure is configured such that it continually, or at least quasi continually, capacitively responds as a function of the current location of touch of the cover by a human finger and sets a corresponding resistance variable, which can be tapped at the three contact points and used to generate a respectively associated input signal for the electrotechnical device for the corresponding control thereof.04-08-2010
20120175234Switch Unit and Switchgear - A switch unit includes a plurality of switches, which are linearly disposed. The movable electrode in one switch and the fixed electrode in another switch are electrically connected to each other.07-12-2012
20130161176SWITCHING APPARATUS PROVIDED WITH SWITCHES AND LEVER - A switching apparatus includes a base, a housing, a main switch for mechanically disconnecting a power supply circuit and an interlock switch for electrically disconnecting the power supply circuit. The switching apparatus also includes a lever which is rotatably supported by one of the base and the housing and also is engaged with an engaging section formed in the other of the base and the housing. The lever causes a wall of the housing to be slid in a depth direction of an annular groove of the base in accordance with a rotation of the lever. The interlock switch is disconnected ahead of the main switch by separating a movable terminal of the interlock switch away from a fixed terminal of the interlock switch when the lever is rotated to cause the housing slid in a direction away from the base.06-27-2013
20130161175ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - An electronic apparatus of the present invention includes an operating portion formed by a non-conductive material, a rotating plate configured to rotate in accordance with a rotational operation of the operating portion, a substrate including a first sensing electrode whose capacitance changes by a touch operation to the operating portion and a plurality of second sensing electrodes whose potential changes by a rotation of the rotating plate on a surface different from a surface on which the first sensing electrode is disposed, and a detector configured to detect the capacitance of the first sensing electrode and the rotational operation of the operating portion based on an output from the plurality of second sensing electrodes. A protruding portion that protrudes toward the first sensing electrode is formed on the operating portion, and the protruding portion is formed on a lightening portion on a back side of the operating portion.06-27-2013
20100032274MULTI-FUNCTIONAL SWITCH ASSEMBLY - A multi-functional switch assembly for a vehicle interior is provided. In at least one embodiment, the switch assembly includes a switch base having a guide with a longitudinal axis and a transverse beam member; and a switch body mounted to the guide of the switch base for limited translation along the longitudinal axis between a rest position and a transient position, wherein at the rest position, the switch body is pivotal about the transverse beam member between a first and a second transverse positions, wherein the rest and the transient positions are translatable to a first set of operative functions, wherein the first and the second transverse positions are translatable to a second set of operative functions.02-11-2010
20090188781RUBBER KEY DEVICE - A rubber key device is provide with a key top member, multiple rubber keys, a click feel generating mechanism and a load transmitting mechanism. When a depression area of the key top member is depressed by a user, the key top member is rotated to depress a top face of a rubber key via the load transmitting mechanism. The load transmitting mechanism transmits the load caused by the depression of the depression area to the top face of the corresponding rubber key such that the load is transmitted to only a substantially central portion of the top face of the corresponding one of the multiple rubber keys regardless of the depression amount of the depression area.07-30-2009
20090026055Sealed dual plunger switch assembly with simultaneity - A sealed dual plunger switch assembly includes two switch sub-assemblies comprising plunger actuating mechanisms and basic switches. The sub-assemblies can be inserted into an overall enclosure using shims in order to position their operate points in the desired range relative to the enclosure's mounting surface. The enclosure is then sealed using a combination of covers, gaskets, o-rings, connectors and potting. The sub-assemblies individually and/or simultaneously receive actuation inputs within a fixed distance from the assembly's mounting surface.01-29-2009
20090200149Operation device for vehicle - An operation device for a vehicle is provided that enables switching over of a plurality of operation menu display screens and switching over of a plurality of function display screens for in-vehicle equipment displayed on a monitor by tilting of an operating knob (08-13-2009
20130213783TOUCH-SENSING MODULE - A touch-sensing module including a plurality of first sensing strings and a plurality of second sensing strings is provided. Each of the first sensing strings includes a first strip-shaped conductive line and a plurality of first sensing pads connected to a same side of the first strip-shaped conductive line. Each of the second sensing strings includes a second strip-shaped conductive line and a plurality of second sensing pads connected to a same side of the second strip-shaped conductive line. The first strip-shaped conductive lines of the first sensing strings cross the second strip-shaped conductive lines of the second sensing strings. A crossing position of each of the first strip-shaped conductive lines and each of the second strip-shaped conductive lines forms an electrical reference node.08-22-2013
20100187083Switch mechanism - A switch mechanism 07-29-2010
20100307906CONNECTION WIRE FOR SERIAL PORT - A connection wire for a serial port comprises a first electrical connector, a second electrical connector, and a double pole double throw switch. The first electrical connector comprises a first transmit-data pin, a first receive-data pin, and a first ground pin. The second electrical connector comprises a second transmit-data pin, a second receive-data pin and a second ground pin. The double pole double throw switch comprises a first pole, a second pole, a first throw, a second throw, a third throw and a fourth throw. The first pole is configured to be connected to the first transmit-data pin, the second pole is configured to be connected to the first receive-data pin; the first and the fourth throws are configured to be connected to the second receive-data pin, and the second and the third throws are configured to be connected to the second transmit-data pin of the serial port transmission line. The first ground pin is configured to be connected to the second ground pin.12-09-2010
20100133083SIDE-SURFACE LIGHT-EMITTING UNIT AND ILLUMINATED PANEL USING THE SAME - A side surface light emitting unit illuminates, from its side surfaces, one or more objects to be illuminated which are arranged to extend in one direction on a flat surface. The side surface light emitting unit is provided with a light guide body arranged along the side surface of the objects to be illuminated, for projecting light to the side surfaces of the objects, and an LED arranged at least on one end of the light guide body. In the side surface light emitting unit, the upper surface and the lower surface, excluding the side surfaces facing the objects, are blocked from light. The objects to be illuminated, such as key switches, can be brightly illuminated by unintermittent continuous outgoing light, along the arrangement direction of the objects from one end.06-03-2010
20100181180CAPACITIVE TOUCH SENSING USING AN INTERNAL CAPACITOR OF AN ANALOG-TO-DIGITAL CONVERTER (ADC) AND A VOLTAGE REFERENCE - An internal sampling capacitor of an analog-to-digital converter (ADC) in a digital device is charged to a reference voltage, then some of the voltage charge on the internal sampling capacitor is transferred to an external unknown capacitor through a low resistance switch internal to the digital device. After the charge transfer has stabilized, the voltage charge remaining on the internal sampling capacitor is measured. The difference between the known reference voltage and the voltage remaining on the internal sampling capacitor is used to determine the capacitance value of the external capacitor. Alternatively, the external capacitor may be charged to a reference voltage then the external capacitor is coupled to the internal sampling capacitor, e.g., having no charge or a known charge on it, and the resulting voltage charge on the internal sampling capacitor is measured and used for determining the capacitance value of the external capacitor.07-22-2010
20120061225SWITCH UNIT - A switch unit for detecting movement of a target object in a first direction and in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction includes a first movable body arranged to move in the first direction together with the movement of the target object in the first direction, a first substrate provided with a first detecting unit for detecting a position of the first movable body in the first direction, a second movable body arranged to move in the second direction together with the movement of the target object in the second direction, and a second substrate provided with a second detecting unit for detecting a position of the second movable body in the second direction.03-15-2012
20120160654Assembly of a Multipole Switchgear Device With Double Enclosure and Circuit Breaker Comprising the Same - In order to take maximum advantage of the modularity provided by a multipole circuit breaker with double enclosure (06-28-2012
20080202911Fail safe membrane switches - Membrane switches have at least one trace with two leads, such that its integrity can be tested during deployment of the switch.08-28-2008
20120090975SWITCHING DEVICE - To increase safety when working on electrical installations, a switching device which has a first switch position and a second switch position, includes a first movable switch contact contacting a first contact part in the first switch position and a third contact part in the second switch position, and a second movable switch contact contacting a second contact part in the first switch position and a fourth contact part in the second switch position, wherein the third contact part and the fourth contact part are conductively connected with one another. The switching device can be constructed as a ground-fault circuit interrupter and/or a line circuit breaker.04-19-2012
20120285809TOUCH PANEL - A touch panel includes a first electrode substrate including a first substrate and a first conductive film formed on the first substrate, and a second electrode substrate including a second substrate and a second conductive film formed on the second substrate to face the first conductive film. A part or the entirety of the first conductive film is divided into plural conductive areas.11-15-2012
20130168215TOUCH PANEL AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME - The present disclosure discloses a touch panel and a method of manufacturing the same. The touch panel comprises a transparent substrate, a non-transparent insulation layer disposed on the transparent substrate, wherein the non-transparent insulation layer has a first opening and a second opening, transparent conductive patterns disposed in the first opening and the second opening, and non-transparent conductive patterns disposed on the non-transparent insulation layer beyond the first opening and the second opening, wherein the non-transparent conductive patterns electrically connect the transparent conductive pattern in the first opening and the transparent conductive pattern in the second opening.07-04-2013
20130153388TOUCH DEVICES AND FABRICATION METHODS THEREOF - A touch device and a fabrication method thereof are provided. The touch device includes a cover lens, a first light shielding pattern and a touch sensing element disposed on the cover lens, a passivation layer covering the touch sensing element and the first light shielding pattern, and a second light shielding pattern disposed on the passivation layer, wherein the second light shielding pattern overlaps with a part of the first light shielding pattern.06-20-2013
20110233041Two-Stage Switch Assembly - A switch assembly is provided to actuate a pair of switches using a single push key. e.g. for a camera that utilizes a first switch to activate an image focusing function and a second switch to activate a camera shutter. The switch assembly comprises a contact pad switch and a dome switch that are located laterally to one another. When the push key receives a first downward force, only the contact pad switch becomes activated and a first electric circuit is completed. When the push key receives a second downward force that is greater than the first force, the dome switch collapses and a second electric circuit is completed.09-29-2011
20110303519MULTI-DIRECTIONAL SWITCH - A multi-directional switch includes switches, a wiring board having an electrode, a pressure-sensitive body disposed over the electrode, a detection pin disposed on the upper surface of the pressure-sensitive body, and an operating body configured to push the detection pin and the switches by being tilted. The degree of a pushing force exerted by the operating body onto the detection pin changes the contact resistance between the pressure-sensitive body and the electrode. The multi-directional switch enables an electronic apparatus connected thereto to perform diverse functions by reflecting changes in the contact resistance.12-15-2011
20120018291SWITCH ASSEMBLY - A switch assembly includes a cover, a main body, a base and a fixing member to connect the cover with the base. The cover is fixed to the base to define a space for the main body. Two switch elements are disposed apart from each other on the base. The main body includes two buttons connected by a connection element. The connection element includes a combination portion, two elastic arms and two connection portions. The combination portion is fixed to the base. The elastic arms extend respectively upwards from the combination portion. The elastic arms are respectively connected to one end of the connection portion away from the combination portion.01-26-2012
20130199912HYBRID CURRENT SWITCHING DEVICE - A hybrid current switching device has a casing which includes a main current switch having first fixed and movable contacts connected in series with first and second terminals, a power switch device connected in parallel with the main current switch and switchable between an on-state and an off-state, a secondary current switch having second fixed and movable contacts and being connected in series with the power switch device, and a movable-contacts holding shaft on which the first and second movable contacts are mounted. The contacts-holding shaft is positioned inside the casing rotating around a rotation axis to move the movable contacts between a closed position where they are coupled with the corresponding fixed contacts and an open position where they are electrically separated therefrom. The first and second movable contacts are mounted on the rotating shaft with an angular offset relative to each other when in the open position.08-08-2013
20130161174MULTI-DIRECTIONAL BUTTON ASSEMBLY AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A multi-directional button assembly includes a first switch, a second switch, a support piece, a pressing slice, a center button body, and a directional button body. The first switch and the second switch respectively provide a first trigger point and a second trigger point to be pressed to generate a first trigger signal and a second trigger signal. The support piece is disposed above the first switch and includes an aperture corresponding to the first trigger point. The pressing slice extends from the support piece to a position above the second switch. The center button body includes an extension post and is pressed for driving the extension post to press the first trigger point via the aperture. The directional button body is disposed above the pressing slice and is pressed to bias the pressing slice to press the second trigger point without pressing the first trigger point.06-27-2013
20090050461APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING A CONTROL PANEL THAT REDUCES OVERALL SIZE WHILE PROVIDING INTEGRATED BUTTON PROTECTION FOR FUNCTIONAL ADVANTAGE - An apparatus and method for providing a control panel that reduces overall size while providing integrated button protection for functional advantage. The control panel includes a function activator disposed at a fixed position on panel face of a device and a moveable cover, disposed over the panel face, the moveable cover having a first selection aperture configured to allow selection of a desired function by allowing engagement of a function activator only when the first selection aperture is moved to align with a function activator associated with the desired function.02-26-2009
20090107825Annular multi-instruction switch - The preset invention includes a circuit board wired to connect at least one common terminal and a plurality of signal terminals to form multiple instruction switches and an annular click member. Each of the instruction switches has an elastic contact element built with a return force. The circuit board has a plurality of displacement portions. The annular click member has actuating portions corresponding to and engageable with the displacement portions such that the annular click member is movable up and down relative to the circuit board to form a normal position and an instruction generating position. When the annular click member receives a force and is moved to the instruction generating position, a contact depresses the elastic contact element to store the return force When the force is released from the annular click member it is pushed by the return force of the elastic contact element to the normal position.04-30-2009
20090321239SET OF CIRCUIT BREAKERS WITH INTERLOCK MEANS - A set of circuit breakers with interlock means, particularly a set of circuit breakers capable of realizing any mechanical interlock and unlock between two or more circuit breakers, wherein in the set of circuit breakers, each circuit breaker has an interlock means, said interlock means comprising a base plate 12-31-2009
20110056819MODULAR TEST SWITCH - A modular test switch assembly includes a plurality of stackable features that may be arranged in a variety of configurations. Each module includes a test switch and includes features to engage adjoining modules in the assembly. The entire test switch assembly is secured together using a retaining rod that is inserted through aligned thru-holes in the assembly.03-10-2011
20100300860ARMATURE WINDING SWITCH MODULE AND SWITCHING DEVICE THEREOF - An armature winding switch module has a first connection set, a second connection set and a third connection set. The first, the second and the third connection set are respectively connected between a neutral point and a corresponding phase line point and have terminals and contacts. Each two terminals of each connection set are respectively connected to two ends of a corresponding armature winding of a power supply device. The contacts of each connection set are connected among the corresponding terminals. Selectively turning on/off the contacts can connect the armature windings of each connection set in series or in parallel and thereby output required voltage without redoing wiring work. Therefore the present invention avoids second time complicated wiring work and possible connection faults.12-02-2010
20110005910Transformer On-Load Tap Changer Using MEMS Technology - An on-load tap changer (OLTC) for a transformer winding is disclosed. The OLTC includes a first MEMS switch coupled in series with a first tap on the transformer winding and a neutral terminal. The OLTC also includes a second MEMS switch coupled in series with a second tap on the transformer winding and the neutral terminal. The OLTC further includes a controller coupled to the first MEMS switch and the second MEMS switch, the controller configured to coordinate the switching operations of the first MEMS switch module and the second MEMS switch module to obtain a first predetermined turns ratio or a second predetermined turns ratio for the transformer winding.01-13-2011
20110147190Control Button Having a Single Return Spring for Multiple Buttons - A control device, such as a wireless remote control for a load control system, comprises a return spring that operates to return multiple buttons to respective idle positions resulting in lower cost and complexity of the remote control. Specifically, the remote control comprises a first button having an edge, and a second button having a flange positioned adjacent the edge of the first button, such that the edge of the first button rests on the flange of the second button. The return spring has a first end fixed in location with respect to the housing and a second end contacting the second button for returning to the second button to an idle position after an actuation of the second button. After an actuation of the first button, the return spring causes the flange of the second button to force the first button back to an idle position.06-23-2011
20120006667KEY ASSEMBLY FOR A MOBILE DEVICE - A key assembly for an electronic device comprises at least one key including a body having a first external contact portion and a second external contact portion. The first external contact portion is movable to thereby actuate a first switch of a pair of switches. The second external contact portion is movable to thereby actuate a second switch of the pair of switches. The body of the at least one key pivots about the first external contact portion when the second external contact portion moves to thereby actuate the second switch. The body of the at least one key also pivots about the second external contact portion when the first external contact portion moves to thereby actuate the first switch.01-12-2012
20120012449DISCONNECTING SWITCH WITH EARTHING SWITCH - Operating shaft 01-19-2012
20120152718Functional Separating Spacer of the Cartridges in a Multipole Switchgear Device and Circuit Breaker - In order to take maximum advantage of the modularity provided by a multipole circuit breaker (06-21-2012
20120073945Multipole Electrical Switching Device - A multipole electrical switching device is disclosed with an outer housing in which at least two separate switching pole housings are accommodated. In at least one embodiment, the at least two separate switching pole housings on walls facing towards one another, each have a least one mounting which form a mounting pair assigned to one another. In at least one embodiment, for mechanical connection of the at least two separate switching pole housings, the mounting pair is assigned at least one connection device which engages into the two mountings forming the mounting pair. The two mountings forming the mounting pair, in relation to a dividing joint formed between the two facing walls, each form an undercut, whereby the at least one connecting device engages behind the undercuts and the at least one connecting device is formed in a primary process in one piece on the outer housing.03-29-2012
20100326809Safety switchgear for solar plants - The invention achieves the objective of ensuring that a solar installation mounted on a unit such as, for example, a residential house, can be safely switched off cost-effectively, whereby the consumers are to be galvanically disconnected from the solar installation, and the feed lines leading to the consumers are to be de-energized in case the safety switchgear has triggered a switch-off. A safety switchgear for a solar installation is proposed, whereby the solar installation consists of at least one photovoltaic element, of two connections, each to a feed line leading to a consumer, and said safety switchgear has a bypass that is situated between the two connections and upstream from the feed lines and that has at least one switching mechanism to close the contact points, whereby at least one additional switching mechanism for purposes of opening the contact points is arranged in each of the two feed lines. The invention is characterized in that the at least one switching mechanism in the bypass and the additional switching mechanisms present in each feed line of the photovoltaic installation are arranged, and can be jointly actuated by means of a coupler, in such a way that, when the safety switchgear is actuated, first the contact points of the at least one switching mechanism in each one of the two feed lines is opened and subsequently, with a time delay, the contact points of the at least one switching mechanism, which is situated in the bypass, are closed.12-30-2010
20110036700APPARATUS FOR MUTUAL INTERLOCKING OF TWO SWITCHES, IN PARTICULAR CIRCUIT BREAKERS - An apparatus is disclosed for mutual interlocking of two switches, in particular circuit breakers. In at least one embodiment, the apparatus includes two plungers which each engage in one of the two switches and can be moved in the plunger longitudinal direction, wherein, when one switch is being switched on, the plunger which engages in this switch is moved by pivoting of a control disk from its nil-point position to its opening position. In at least one embodiment, the apparatus includes a blocking device which blocks pivoting of the other control disk by moving the plunger to its opening position. In order to achieve a maintenance-free apparatus, in at least one embodiment it is proposed that at least one blocking element of the blocking device is moved by the plunger when this plunger is being moved to its opening position, such that pivoting of the other control disk with respect to the other plunger, which is located in the nil-point position, is blocked.02-17-2011
20120325636POWER WINDOW SWITCH - A power window switch has a case, a substrate disposed in the case, a window operation knob disposed on the case, a window lock button disposed on a front side of the window operation knob on the case, a window operation switch mechanism disposed in the case and activated in accordance with an operation of the window operation knob, a window lock switch mechanism disposed in the case and activated in accordance with an operation of the window lock button, and a connector having a terminal with a first terminal end protruding from the case and a second terminal end connected to the substrate. The window lock switch mechanism includes two conductive plate springs, and a pressing unit for pressing the plate springs.12-27-2012
20120241300Selector Switch Assembly For Load Tap Changer - A selector switch assembly for a load tap changer includes a bevel gear coupled with a motor drive shaft. A shaft assembly is coupled with the bevel gear and a switch is provided for each phase. Each switch includes a helical gear fixed to the shaft assembly, a Geneva pinion gear engaged with the helical gear, a first Geneva gear wheel mounted on a first shaft moved by a first follower of the pinion gear, a first contact arm associated with the first Geneva gear wheel to rotate therewith, a second Geneva gear wheel mounted on a second shaft and moved by a second follower of the pinion gear, and a second contact arm associated with the second Geneva gear wheel so as to rotate therewith. The contact arms include contacts that engage fixed contacts that define tap positions of the load tap changer.09-27-2012
20110303518INTERLOCK APPARATUS FOR SOLID INSULATED SWITCHGEAR - For a solid-insulated switchgear in which a main circuit switching mechanism and a ground circuit switching mechanism are provided laterally, and there is disclosed an interlock apparatus for the solid-insulated switchgear comprising a first interlock mechanism connected to a switching shaft of the ground circuit switching mechanism to press the on shaft of the main circuit switching mechanism to be at the locking position or release the on shaft of the main circuit switching mechanism; and a second interlock mechanism connected to the switching shaft of the main circuit switching mechanism in an interlocking manner to press the on shaft of the ground circuit switching mechanism to be at the locking position or release the on shaft of the ground circuit switching mechanism.12-15-2011
20110062010SWITCH DEVICE FOR VEHICLE - A switch device for a vehicle including: a first switch that enables input by a rotation operation or a tilting operation; a second switch that enables input by a predetermined operation; an operation direction detector that detects the operation direction of the rotation direction of the first switch or the tilting operation of the first switch; and a controller that is capable of controlling an on-vehicle equipment in accordance with the input operations to the first switch and the second switch, wherein the controller, in the case of the second switch being located substantially on an extension of the operation direction of the first switch, prohibits execution of a control of the on-vehicle equipment in accordance with an input operation to the second switch until a predetermined time from after the operation direction of the first switch is detected by the operation direction detector elapses.03-17-2011
20100084252TWO-STAGE SWITCH ASSEMBLY - A switch assembly is provided to actuate a pair of switches using a single push key, e.g. for a camera that utilizes a first switch to activate an image focusing function and a second switch to activate a camera shutter. The switch assembly comprises a contact pad switch and a dome switch that are located laterally to one another. When the push key receives a first downward force, only the contact pad switch becomes activated and a first electric circuit is completed. When the push key receives a second downward force that is greater than the first force, the dome switch collapses and a second electric circuit is completed.04-08-2010
20090038926DOUBLE-SHOT MOLDED BUTTON AND METHOD FOR MAKING THE SAME - A double-shot molded button includes a main portion including an operation surface and at least one inserted portion embedded in the main portion. The inserted portion includes an exposed surface exposed from the operation surface to configure a symbol for denoting an operation function and being pressed. An orthographic projection image of the inserted portion on the exposed surface is enclosed within the exposed surface. A method for making the double-shot molded button is also provided.02-12-2009
20100163389Thin-type keycap structure, keypad structure including the same, and method of making the same - A thin-type keycap structure comprising a key cap layer and a plastic film on the upper surface of the key cap layer. The thin-type keycap structure and the metal dome on a PCB are assembled to form a keypad structure. The thin-type keycap structure is made through compression molding of the plastic film and a resin together. The surface of the plastic film may be embossed before the compression molding.07-01-2010
20090107826NAVIGATION KEY OF ELECTRONIC DEVICE - An electronic device includes a circuit board and a navigation key arranged on the circuit board. The circuit board forms a number of switches thereon. The navigation key includes a key cap, a frame, and a number of elastic connecting arms The key cap includes an annular operating portion configured for pressing, and a number of actuators extending from the operating portion towards the circuit board. Each actuator hangs above one corresponding switch, and contacts with the corresponding switch when the operation portion of the navigation key is pressed. The frame is arranged around the key cap, and is fixedly assembled to the circuit board. The elastic connecting arms interconnect the operation portion of the key cap and the frame to limit rotation of the key cap.04-30-2009
20110259725ELECTRICAL SWITCH FOR NAUTICAL EQUIPMENT - The disclosure concerns an electrical switch for nautical equipment. The switch comprises electric actuation means, which in turn comprise at least one control button, able to be connected to an external electric circuit, and a housing of such electric actuation means. Advantageously, the switch also comprises a covering element that is moveable with respect to the housing between a first position, at which the button can be directly activated by the user by just inserting a finger into a suitable recess, and a second position, at which the covering element prevents direct access to the button and is itself moveable by the user in the direction towards the button for its activation. When the covering element is in the second position, the activation of the button can be obtained by pressing the covering element with a foot or with a hand.10-27-2011
20090020404KEYBOARD - A keyboard is disclosed as including at least a key and two switches associated with each key, in which the key includes at least a first, a second, a third, a fourth, a fifth and a sixth legs, in which only one of the first and second legs is movable to activate a respective of the switches at a time, and the third and fourth legs are movable to each activate a respective of the switches in succession in a first order of activation of the switches, and the said fifth and sixth legs are movable to each activate a respective of the switches in succession in a second order of activation of the switches.01-22-2009
20090194404PRESSING-TYPE INPUT DEVICE - A pressing-type input device includes an operation part and pressure sensors that are provided on the lower surface of the operation part. The operation part includes an operation region where the pressure sensors are provided, and an outer region that is formed outside the operation region. An inner portion of the operation region is locally more flexible than the outer region that is formed outside the operation region.08-06-2009
20120234661SWITCH DEVICE - A switch device includes an operation knob; a supporting shaft that swingably supports the operation knob; a board substantially parallel to the supporting shaft; a first push button switch located on one side of a surface that includes the supporting shaft and is perpendicular to the board, and provided on the board to be operated by swing of the operation knob; a second push button switch located on another side of the perpendicular surface, and provided on the board to be operated by the swing of the operation knob; and a third push button switch intersecting the perpendicular surface, and provided on the board to be operated by the swing of the operation knob. A first point of effort of a force acting on the first push button switch in the operation knob is located on the one side, spaced from the perpendicular surface.09-20-2012
20130043115KEYBOARD MODULE - A keyboard module includes a key unit, a fixed unit and a cover layer. The key unit includes a plurality of key structures. The fixed unit includes a plurality of position limiting structures, and the position limiting structures are fixed to the corresponding key structures, respectively. The cover layer covers and connects to the key unit and the fixed unit.02-21-2013
20120160653LUMINOUS KEYBOARD - A plurality of light-transmittable or transparent keycaps is disposed on a luminous keyboard. Between a bottom surface of each keycap and a circuit board, printed layers with various patterns corresponding to each keycap are disposed therebetween. The pattern of each printed layer is composed by a light-transmittable section and an opaque section. A light source module, which is composed by a light guide plate and a light emitting diode, can further be added to the luminous keyboard, under each keycap, so as to provide a self luminous light source for the keyboard. With the light-transmittable or transparent keycaps, the patterns or texts of the printed layers can be shown.06-28-2012
20130075241ACCESSORY CONTROLLER FOR ELECTRONIC DEVICES - Accessories such as headsets for electronic devices are provided. A headset may be provided with a button controller assembly that has user-actuated buttons and a microphone. The microphone may be formed by mounting a microphone transducer on a printed circuit board. A housing may be mounted over the transducer to form a sealed cavity for the transducer. Circuitry may be mounted on portions of the printed circuit board that extend beyond the edges of the microphone housing. The button controller assembly may have dome switches. The dome switches may have a housing that encloses dome switch components and that forms a structural internal part for the button controller. The dome switch housing structure may have tabs or other engagement features that mate with corresponding engagement features in a button member. The button member may be pressed by a user to actuate a desired dome switch.03-28-2013
20130032460KEYBOARD MOUNTING APPARATUS - A mounting apparatus secures a keyboard to a base. The keyboard defines a plurality of nicks. The base comprises a supporting member and a receiving member installed on the supporting member. A plurality of resilient pieces is located on the supporting member. The receiving member defines a plurality of through holes allowing the resilient pieces to extend through. Each of the resilient pieces is elastically deformable to be over the keyboard to engage in each of the nicks.02-07-2013
20130037400SUBSTRATES FOR FLEXIBLE KEYBOARDS AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME - A keyboard that comprises a flexible film of a thickness having a first surface and a second surface spaced apart from the first surface by the thickness of the film; a plurality of shallow wells in the flexible film, each shallow well including a chamber formed into the flexible film from the first surface and corresponds to one key of the keyboard; a plurality of sensor, each sensor is configured in the chamber of one of the shallow wells; a patterned conductive layer on the flexible film; and an adhesive layer on the patterned conductive layer.02-14-2013
20130032461FLAME-QUENCHING KEYPAD ASSEMBLY - A process analytic device includes a metallic enclosure having electronics disposed therein. The enclosure has an enclosure wall with a reference surface. A plurality of operating rods is provided. Each operating rod is configured to pass through an aperture in the enclosure wall and to cooperate with the enclosure wall to provide a flame quenching pathway. A plurality of electrical switches is provided where each electrical switch is aligned with a respective operating rod, and is mounted a controlled distance from the reference surface. Each operating rod transfers movement to a respective electrical switch through the flame quenching pathway.02-07-2013
20130032459TELEPHONE KEYPAD BASED ON TRIPODS - An ambiguous keyboard has three to five columns and at least three rows of keycaps, each with three actuators arranged in a triangle. At least nine keycaps have a digit entry portion at either the keycap's top or bottom portion, a number digit, an actuator and a sensor. At least nine keycaps have left and right non-digit symbol entry portions. A plurality of the keycaps have at least one non-digit symbol assigned to them. Pressing the right non-digit symbol entry portion activates the sensor for the right non-digit symbol entry portion and pressing on the left non-digit symbol entry portion activates the sensor for the left non-digit symbol entry portion.02-07-2013
20100044203PORTABLE TERMINAL - In a portable terminal, a plurality of operation keys 02-25-2010
20100044202ELECTRIC OPERATING DEVICE OF VEHICLE SEAT - An electric operating device includes an operation member for operating to activate a plurality of electric functions provided at a vehicle seat. The operation member is disposed at a position outside of the vehicle seat allowing operation by a seated person seated on the vehicle seat. The operation member is constructed to be capable of operating to pivot about an axis and operating to move to slide in a diametrical direction. Further, an operation structure for pivoting about the axis for switching a pivoting position of the operation member is configured as an electric function mode switching structure for selecting the electric function as an operational object from the plurality of electric functions. Further, a slide moving operating structure for switching a slide position in the diametrical direction of the operation member is configured as an activation control structure for operating to activate the electric function selected as the operational object.02-25-2010
20100044201CONTROL KEY UNIT FOR TELEVISION RECEIVER - A control key unit for a television receiver includes a rectangular wiring board, a key switch and a frame. The frame is configured to be attached to a cabinet of the television receiver and supports the wiring board. The frame is integrally formed as a one-piece, unitary member. The frame includes a front panel, a clamping section, a lengthwise positioning section and a lateral positioning section. The front panel has a push operated key top overlying the key switch. The clamping section clamps the wiring board in a thickness direction of the wiring board. The clamping section positions the wiring board in the thickness direction. The lengthwise positioning section positions the wiring board in a lengthwise direction of the wiring board. The lateral positioning section positions the wiring board in a width direction of the wiring board.02-25-2010
20100096247ELECTRIC CONTROL MODULE, PARTICULARLY FOR MOTOR VEHICLES - The present invention relates to an electric control module comprising—a substrate (04-22-2010
20130026023SWITCH MODULE SYSTEM - A switch module system includes switch modules. Each switch module has a housing, a keypad with switch domes, and an actuator for the switch domes. The housing of each switch module includes a housing chassis and a housing cover. The switch modules are attached to a substrate with contact areas of the substrate being electrically connectable through the switch domes of the keypads of the switch modules. For each switch module a respective section of the substrate is inserted into the housing chassis of the switch module and the respective section of the substrate is attached by the housing cover of the switch module to the housing chassis of the switch module.01-31-2013
20130026022KEY SWITCH APPARATUS AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A key switch apparatus includes a key top, a dome switch and an elastic member. The key top includes a pressing surface whose vertical and lateral lengths are different. The form of the dome switch changes with the key top being pressed. The elastic member is placed around the dome switch and adds a repulsive force against the pressing force by the key top. In addition, in the elastic member, at least a part of the two ends of the longitudinal direction of the pressing surface is missing, in the whole circumference around the dome switch.01-31-2013
20130026021ACTUATOR MANUFACTURING METHOD, SWITCHING APPARATUS, TRANSMISSION LINE SWITCHING APPARATUS, AND TEST APPARATUS - To manufacture a switching apparatus that includes a piezoelectric actuator with increased lifespan, provided is a method for manufacturing a bimorph actuator, comprising first piezoelectric element layer formation of forming a first piezoelectric element layer on a substrate; support layer formation of forming a support layer made of an insulator on the first piezoelectric element layer; second piezoelectric element layer formation of forming a second piezoelectric element layer on the support layer; and removal of removing a portion of the substrate to form an actuator that includes the first piezoelectric element layer, the support layer, and the second piezoelectric element layer.01-31-2013
20130087441TOUCH PANEL AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME - Disclosed herein are a touch panel and a method of manufacturing the same. The touch panel 04-11-2013
20130087442Operating Device with a Plurality of Actuating Elements Arranged Next to and/or Below one Another - An operating device with a number of actuating elements, such as switches and/or pushbuttons, arranged next to one another and/or one below the other is provided. The actuating elements are delimited, at least in part, by at least one frame element. The frame element is provided, at least in some regions, with surface sections that are shaped such that they can be detected haptically. One actuating element is respectively assigned to at least a part of the haptically detectable surface sections.04-11-2013
20100133082Switch Apparatus for Adjusting Power Seat in Vehicle - A switch apparatus for adjusting a power seat in a vehicle, may include a body, a plurality of switches installed on the body including a first switch manipulated in a horizontal direction, and a second switch spaced apart from the first switch and manipulated in a vertical direction, and a guide bracket, a first end portion of which is integrally coupled to the first switch and a second end portion of which is placed around the second switch and selectively coupled to the second switch according to a horizontal movement of the first switch, wherein the second switch is movable in the vertical direction while the first switch is in a neutral position, while the first switch is out of the neutral position, and wherein the second end portion of the guide bracket is interfered with the second switch while the second switch is out of a neutral position.06-03-2010
20090301855ROTATABLE INPUTTING APPARATUS - Disclosed herein is a rotatable inputting apparatus. When a circuit board of the rotatable inputting apparatus is coupled to a main circuit board of a terminal or remote control, the rotatable inputting apparatus of the invention allows reference points of the boards to be instinctively recognized without the necessity of forming reference projections or using screws, thus enabling its easy assembly. The rotatable inputting apparatus includes a wheel having a ring magnet, a support having a pressure pin, a center key moving in a vertical direction, a dome seat including a central dome button and peripheral dome buttons, a circuit board to which the dome seat is attached, and a connecting guide which is secured to the circuit board and has a connecting part. The connecting part passes through the circuit board and is inserted into the main circuit board.12-10-2009
20120217145CAPACITIVE TOUCH SENSITIVE HOUSING AND METHOD FOR MAKING THE SAME - A capacitive touch sensitive housing comprises: a housing wall; an array of capacitive touch sensor pads formed on the housing wall; a plurality of conductive bonding pads formed on the housing wall; and a plurality of conductive lines formed on the housing wall. Each conductive line extends from a respective one of the touch sensor pads to a respective one of the bonding pads and cooperates with the respective one of the capacitive touch sensor pads and the respective one of the bonding pads to define a touch sensor unit having a layered structure including an active metal layer and an electroless deposited metal layer. The active metal layer contains an active metal capable of initiating electroless deposition.08-30-2012
20090057121Key Base, Key Sheet and Method of Forming Key Base - The present invention has an object thereof is to provide a key base which can be thinned, a key sheet which can be thinned and a method of forming a key base which can be thinned.03-05-2009
20090266697Handheld device - A pair of side keys disposed on a lateral plate casing of a stationary-side rear case in a cellular phone is coupled with a film sheet that is fabricated in a substantially identical length to the length of the pair of side keys. The pair of side keys is coupled with the film sheet by applying double-faced adhesive tapes having adhesive faces on both sides only to both ends of the film sheet.10-29-2009
20090266696SHEET-SWITCH MODULE - A sheet-switch module includes a substrate; a plurality of switches formed on the substrate; a light guiding sheet disposed above the plurality of switches and having a plurality of protruding portions formed on a surface thereof facing each of the switches, each of the protruding portions being disposed to face a respective switch; and a light source disposed at one end of the substrate and causing light to enter the light guiding sheet, at least one of the plurality of protruding portions of the light guiding sheet having a light-shielding portion at a position of location of the at least one of the plurality of protruding portions. The light-shielding portion is configured by a light-shielding portion provided at least one of a peripheral surface and a peripheral edge of the protruding portions on an opposite side to a surface close to and facing the light source, or is configured by a light-shielding portion provided at a contact portion of the protruding portions and the switches.10-29-2009
20130062177REPLACEABLE KEY MODULE AND KEYBOARD WITH THE SAME - A replaceable key module for a keyboard, comprising: a keycap holder, a springy member and a keycap. The keycap holder embraces an accommodation space, a first surface having an opening, and a second surface having a hole. The springy member is located on the second surface and within the accommodation space of the keycap holder. The keycap is movably connected to the springy member through the opening of the first surface of the keycap holder and capable of moving between a released position and a depressed position. The keycap is referred to as in a released position when not depressed and in a depressed position pushing the springy member to be deformed downwardly when depressed. By means of adjusting some factors such as hardness, length, material and pressing angle of the springy member, the user may obtain the key module with the specified pressure load as desired.03-14-2013
20130062176HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCE HAVING A USER INTERFACE WITH A USER-EXCHANGEABLE TOUCH WHEEL AND ROTARY ENCODER - A household appliance having a touch user interface that includes a touch panel with a touch area and a printed circuit board with a capacitive touch switch trace and wherein the printed circuit board is mounted to the touch panel such that the capacitive touch switch trace is aligned with the touch area.03-14-2013
20120222946Key Module, Keyboard and Electric Device - A key module, keyboard and electric device are provided in this invention. The key module includes a metal substrate, a circuit board stacked on the metal substrate, a light-emitted element installed on the circuit board, and a film flat disposed on the circuit board and covering the light-emitted element. The circuit board is provided with a plurality of apertures capable of exposing the metal substrate beneath. The film is with a light-pervious portion and a plurality of penetrating holes. The light-pervious portion is installed on the film to align with the light-emitted element. The penetrating holes are arranged on the film to surround the light-pervious portion and to align with the apertures one on one.09-06-2012
20120193206KEYPAD APPARATUS FOR PORTABLE COMMUNICATION DEVICE - A keypad apparatus for a portable communication device in which a plurality of pressurizing protrusions are integrated with a plurality of dome switches is provided. To this end, the keypad apparatus includes a keypad comprising a plurality of key buttons, a front frame provided on a top surface of the keypad, a light path provided on a bottom surface of the keypad, and a plurality of dome switches provided on a bottom surface of the light path, such that a respective plurality of pressurizing protrusions are integrated with the plurality of dome switches on top surfaces of the plurality of dome switches.08-02-2012
20110308928Switch, In Particular Switch Disconnector For Low Voltages - A switch is disclosed, in particular a switch disconnector for low voltages, including at least one cuboid pole housing; a switching shaft which runs transversely with respect to the side walls and disconnects contact elements which are resting on one another in order to open the switch; and an aperture opening formed in one wall of the pole housing. In order to prevent the risk of an electrical flashover to the rear wall, it is proposed in at least one embodiment, that the aperture opening is formed in a side wall, to which a channel is connected, which dissipates any overpressure that occurs in the pole housing in an end-face outlet direction.12-22-2011
20110308927STRUCTURE FOR OPERATING PIVOT SWITCHES OF MULTI-FUNCTION SWITCH ASSEMBLY - A multi-function switch assembly configured to implement a push switch function is provided. A structure for operating pivot switches of the multi-function switch assembly includes a Printed Circuit Board (PCB) disposed between upper and lower casings coupled together to face each other, push. switches and rotary switches mounted on the PCB, pivot switches mounted on a bottom of the PCB, a pair of sliders disposed to cross each other at a bottom of the lower casing and configured to laterally ground and operate the pivot switches in eight directions while operating in conjunction with a manipulation direction of the actuation lever, and alignment means configured to elastically support at least one of bottoms of the pair of sliders so that restoring force of a neutral state is generated.12-22-2011
20120193207ENCRYPTION KEYBOARD - An encryption keyboard is provided, especially an encryption keyboard including a front spying and detecting protection system. The encryption keyboard comprises a panel and a main control panel. A sealed flexible printed circuit board (PCB) is set between the panel and the main control panel. A circuit for preventing from spying and detecting is set in the sealed flexible circuit. The circuit for preventing from spying and detecting is connected to the surface of the sealed flexible circuit through a circuit pin, and is connected electrically to the control circuit of the main control panel for realizing a self-destroyed function through the circuit pin. The keyboard also includes a split style key grain, which comprises a keycap and a press post. The keycap comprises a cap top and an admission space which is positioned on the undersurface of the cap top and includes a downward opening. The keycap sockets the press post through the admission space, and a gap matching is formed between the press post and the wall of the admission space.08-02-2012
20090236210KEYBOARD ASSEMBLY - A keyboard assembly is provided. The keyboard assembly includes a keyboard having at least one input key assembly positioned within the housing and an infection controllable apparatus attached thereto.09-24-2009
20130068601KEYBOARD SYSTEMS AND METHODS - A keyboard apparatus is provided. The apparatus can include a rigid member comprising a plurality of keycaps and a proximity sensing member comprising a plurality of proximity sensors and a plurality of illuminators disposed proximate the rigid keycap member. The apparatus can also include a backing member comprising a switch disposed proximate the proximity sensing member. A displacement of the rigid member and the proximity sensing member can activate the switch.03-21-2013
20120111711MOBILE TERMINAL - Disclosed is a mobile terminal. The mobile terminal of the present invention comprises: a front case having a keypad-accommodating portion; a rear case attachably/detachably coupled to a rear surface of the front case such that a component-accommodating space, in which a main PCB is arranged, is interposed between the front case and the rear case; and a keypad which has a plurality of key buttons, and which is made of a flexible material, and which is accommodated in the keypad-accommodating portion of the front case. The keypad has an edge on which a water-resistant blade extends toward the keypad-accommodating portion. The keypad-accommodating portion has a bottom surface on which a blade insertion rain is formed to enable a portion of the water-resistant blade to be inserted into the rail. The mobile terminal of the present invention has a simple structure to enable easy manufacture and assembly, and in particular prevents water or moisture from entering a keypad area.05-10-2012
20120111710MOBILE TERMINAL KEYBOARD - A mobile terminal keyboard comprises a keyboard body and a key, where sidewalls of the key can produce a cavity so as to form a capsule structure. The keyboard body and the sidewalls can be made of a transparent material; and transparent liquid can be included in the cavity. The mobile terminal keyboard can be convenient for a user and humanized. Light can pass through the transparent liquid in the cavity from one or more directions and generate refraction to form a colorful effect. The liquid in the cavity also can be deformed to generate various color changes on the press of a key.05-10-2012
20120111709Switch Device - A switch device includes a lid arranged between a tactile switch, which is arranged on a substrate, and an operation button, which is coupled to a retainer so that the operation button can be pushed. The lid includes an opening at a location corresponding to the tactile switch. A lower surface of the elastic member is coupled to a surface of the lid. The operation button, when pushed, activates the tactile switch with an elastic member. The operation body, when released from the pushed state, deactivates the tactile switch as a reaction force of the elastic member returns the operation button to an initial position. The switch device includes a projection that supports the operation button. The projection is formed on an upper surface of the elastic member at a location corresponding to the surface of the lid.05-10-2012
20120111708SWITCH DEVICE - A first operation portion and a second operation portion are depressed in a direction orthogonal to a surface of an electronic circuit board, at least the first operation portion is shifted relative to the center of a first switch, and travel distances or depression forces of a depression operation necessary for respective first and second protrusions to reach respective first and second depression faces are equal to each other.05-10-2012
20130161170KEYBOARD DEVICE WITH LUMINOUS KEY - A keyboard device includes at least one luminous key, at least one light-emitting element, a membrane switch circuit member, an opaque seal structure, and a transparent seal structure. The luminous key has a light-transmissible zone. The light-emitting element is electrically connected with the membrane switch circuit member, and disposed under the light-transmissible zone. A top surface of the light-emitting element is encapsulated by the transparent seal structure. The transparent seal structure is partially surrounded by the opaque seal structure. Consequently, the light beam from the light-emitting element is transmissible through the transparent seal structure, and directed to the light-transmissible zone.06-27-2013
20130161172Keyboard with Position Sensing Mechanism - An input device configured to communicate with a computing device includes at least one keycap, a support mechanism operably connected to the keycap and configured to move the keycap from a first position to a second position, a feature plate operably connected to the support mechanism, and a sensing member. The sensing member is configured to detect at least one of a change of position of the at least one keycap, a speed of the at least one keycap, an amount of force applied to the at least one keycap, or a location of a finger. The sensing member may be a capacitive sensor. In some embodiments, the input device may not include the support mechanism and the sensing member may be configured to detect the location of a finger regardless whether or not the keycap moves.06-27-2013
20130161173BUTTON ASSEMBLY WITH ONE ELASTIC MEMBER FOR MULTIPLE BUTTONS - A button assembly includes several buttons, a circuit board, and an elastic member sandwiched between the buttons and the circuit board. The circuit board includes several switches, each of which corresponds to one of the buttons and is mounted under the corresponding button. The elastic member includes a main body and several arms projecting from the main body, each of which is securely connected to a bottom of one of the buttons, and is used to support the one of the buttons. The elastic member is configured to apply a pushing force to the buttons, thereby enabling the buttons to return their original positions.06-27-2013
20100089736KEYSWITCH AND KEYBOARD - The invention discloses a keyswitch and a keyboard. The keyboard includes a substrate, an upper cover and a plurality of the keyswitches. The upper cover, disposed on the substrate, has a plurality of accommodating spaces. Each keyswitch is respectively disposed in one of the accommodating spaces. Each keyswitch includes a keycap and a lift support device. The keycap has a skirt portion. The skirt portion contacts the upper cover. The lift support device is disposed between the keycap and the substrate. The lift support device enables the keycap to move vertically relative to the substrate. A complete surface is formed by the upper cover, the keycaps and the skirt portions, so as to prevent light leakage and maintain an equal height of the keyswitches.04-15-2010
20100089737KEYSWITCH AND KEYBOARD - The invention discloses a keyboard comprising a substrate and a plurality of keyswitches. The keyswitches are disposed on the substrate. The substrate includes a first connection portion and a reinforcement structure. The first connection portion is formed from bending the substrate. Each keyswitch includes a keycap and a lift support device. The keycap has a second connection portion. The lift support device is disposed between the keycap and substrate. The lift support device has a third connection portion and a fourth connection portion. The first connection portion is connected to the third connection portion, and the second connection portion is connected to the fourth connection portion. The lift support device is used for carrying the keycap to move vertically relative to the substrate. The reinforcement structure can enhance the connection strength between the first connection portion and the substrate.04-15-2010
20110253520LIGHT DIFFUSER ACTUATOR FILM (LDAF) KEYPAD MODULE - A keypad module which comprises a light diffuser actuator film (LDAF) and metal dome sub modular assembly for a total keypad solution that can overcome the shortcomings of the prior art, also being slim in thickness, consume less electrical energy as well as being easy to manufacture reducing the amount of involved human resources, consolidating plunger sheet and light guide film into one layer and also capable of providing a good tactile feel and an uniform luminescence on the key top, being properly applicable to telecommunication devices, remote controls, PDAs, car audios and controls etc as shown in FIG. 10-20-2011
20120255847KEY ASSEMBLY FOR AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE HAVING A MULTI-CHARACTER KEYCAP - A key assembly for use in an electronic device is provided. The key assembly includes a plurality of dome switches, a plurality of single-piece keycaps and plurality of actuators which activate the dome switches. Each single-piece keycap has a plurality of character-representing portions identifying a number of keyboard characters which are separated by deforming portions. Each character-representing portion is associated with a separate one of the plurality of dome switches. Each actuator has g a first side which is engaged by one of the character-representing portions of the single-piece keycap and a second side which engages the dome switch associated with that character-representing portion.10-11-2012
20090188780SWITCH DEVICE - A switch device, includes a device main body incorporating a fixed pressure contact portion and includes a fixed sliding contact portion that forms a circuit together with the fixed pressure contact portion, and at least one pair of switches supported on the device main body, each switch comprising an operating knob. One switch of the at least one pair of switches includes a pressure-operated switch includes a movable pressure contact portion corresponding to the fixed pressure contact portion, and another switch includes a slide-operated switch includes a movable sliding contact portion corresponding to the fixed sliding contact portion.07-30-2009
20110278146KEY SWITCH AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE - Key switches and an electronic device are provided, which have excellent design in which the key tops cover at least the whole of the width direction and the sides. A key switch (11-17-2011
20130161171Keyboard Mechanisms for Electronic Devices - An input device configured to communicate with a computing device includes at least one keycap, a support mechanism operably connected to the keycap and configured to move the keycap from a first position to a second position, and a feature plate operably connected to the support mechanism. The support mechanism includes a first support and a second support. The first support and the second support are each connected to the at least one keycap and the feature plate. The first support and second support pivot to allow vertical movement of the keycap but lateral movement of the first support and second support are restricted.06-27-2013
20120186962GROUP OF MOMENTARY-CONTACT SWITCHES AS CONTROL PANEL WHICH CAN BE ILLUMINATED IN MOTOR VEHICLES - A pushbutton switch array is proposed which provides an illuminatable operating surface and manages with only few light sources without requiring any separate optical waveguide structures. The pushbutton switch array has a frame which is covered by a transparent film and includes recesses which have actuating elements accommodated therein for displacement. The actuating elements are configured to have light-guiding and light-coupling structures. A shared light source is, or only few shared light sources are, optically coupled to the light-coupling structures of the actuating elements which, for their part, are optically coupled to each other by adjoining light-coupling structures. The light-guiding structures guide the light coupled into the actuating elements to the actuating surface adjacent to the film. The actuating elements may be provided with symbols on their actuating surface adjoining the film, the symbols being visible through the film. Preferably, however, it is the film itself which is provided with symbols and/or legends which are assigned to the actuating elements arranged therebehind. These symbols are then illuminated by the actuating elements.07-26-2012
20110284356Keypad plunger structure and method of making the same - A keypad plunger structure and a method of making the keypad structure, in which, a polymer film (such as a PET film) and a plunger material layer (such as a silicone rubber) are co-molded to form a co-molded article including the polymer film and a plurality of plungers. The co-molded article is utilized to attach a plurality of metal domes on a printed circuit board through an adhesive layer. The plungers are located correspondingly to the metal domes. Before the co-molding process, the other side of the polymer film may be combined with an adhesive and a release paper, which further facilitates the manufacturing process.11-24-2011
20110284355Keyboard - A keyboard includes: a membrane circuit substrate; a press key set including a one-piece membrane and a plurality of rigid reinforcing plates, the membrane having a plurality of resilient keycap portions and a connecting portion extending among and interconnecting the keycap portions, the connecting portion being fixed to the membrane circuit substrate, the keycap portions protruding upwardly from the connecting portion, each of the keycap portions having a press wall, and a surrounding wall extending downwardly from the press wall to the connecting portion, each of the reinforcing plates being disposed over the press wall of a corresponding one of the keycap portions; and a plurality of elastic members each of which is disposed between the press wall and the membrane circuit substrate.11-24-2011
20110297523BACK LIGHTED MEMBRANE KEYBOARD WITH COMPONENTS BEING SECURED TOGETHER BY SUBJECTING TO ULTRASONIC WELDING - A back lighted membrane keyboard includes a key housing, a membrane, a key support plate, a membrane circuit board, an insulative plate, a light guide membrane plate, and a base plate. The key housing, the membrane, the key support plate, the membrane circuit board, the insulative plate, and the light guide membrane plate are aligned by inserting stems thereinto. Eventually, these components are subjected to ultrasonic welding to be bound together.12-08-2011
20110290629INPUT DEVICE FOR A MOBILE TERMINAL - An input device for a mobile terminal is disclosed herein. The input device may include a keypad having a plurality of buttons, a printed circuit board provided below the keypad to convert an input on the keypad to an electric signal, at least one light source configured to illuminate the keypad, and a light guide film provided between the keypad and the printed circuit board. The at least one light source may be positioned to emit light toward a light receiving surface positioned at a lateral surface of the light guide film. A height of the light receiving surface may be formed to be greater than a thickness of the light guide film. Accordingly, illumination of the keypad may be increased without increasing the overall thickness of the light guide film or the body of a mobile terminal.12-01-2011
20110290628MEMBRANE KEYBOARD WITH PARTS BEING FIXEDLY SECURED TOGETHER - A membrane keyboard includes transparent keys, bridge structures each with the key mounted thereon, a plastic board, a frame board, a film circuit board, an insulative board, a light guide film plate, a base board, and fasteners for fastening the plastic board, the frame board, the film circuit board, the insulative board, and the light guide film plate on the base board. The plastic board, the frame board, the film circuit board, the insulative board, the light guide film plate, the base board, and the fasteners are secured together by subjecting to ultrasonic welding.12-01-2011
20100264006POWER SEAT SWITCH TO PREVENT SIMULTANEOUS ACTIVATION - A switch actuating assembly for an automobile seat has a switch operating member moveable along a first path to operate a first switch associated with a first function and moveable along a second path to operate a second switch associated with a second function. To inhibit operation of both functions simultaneously a guide controls movement of the switch operating member. Guide members act between the switch operating member and the guide so that movement of the switch operating member along one of the paths upon movement of the switch operating member along the other of the paths from a rest position. An interlock is provided between the switch operating members of a pair of switch assemblies so that only one function of one of the switch assemblies can be operated at a time.10-21-2010
20100065409KEYBOARD AND KEYSWITCH - The invention discloses a keyswitch including a keycap, a base plate, and a support frame. The keycap includes an engagement part, and the base plate includes a slide part. The support frame is between the keycap and the base plate and includes a first end and a second end. The first end is connected to the engagement part of the keycap, and the second end slides in the slide part of the base plate. The engagement part includes a first concave part and a second concave part, and a radial dimension of the first concave part is different from a radial dimension of the second concave part. The first end of the support frame includes a first protrusion part and a second protrusion part, and a radial dimension of the first protrusion part is different from a radial dimension of the second protrusion part. The first protrusion part and the second protrusion part respectively are engaged with the first concave part and the second concave part respectively.03-18-2010
20110214976WATERPROOF OPERATING DEVICE - A waterproof operating device has a pressure resistant housing including a support surface with one or more openings therethrough; a cover plate having corresponding openings therethrough; an elastic member having opposing major surfaces facing the support and cover plates with a protrusion extending from one major surface through an opening in the support surface. A button shaft extends through each pair of aligned openings into the protrusion. Each opposing major surface of the elastic member is maintained in direct continuous contact with the cover and support plates from the openings in the support and cover plates outward to beyond an area covered by the head portion of the button. The protrusion is dimensional for the selected elastic material and button dimensions to resist elongation from water pressure at greater than sixty meter depths, sufficient to actuate a switch element proximal to the distal end of the protrusion.09-08-2011
20120097513DUST-PROOF KEYBOARD - A dust-proof keyboard includes a keyboard main body and a plurality of keyboard keys (04-26-2012
20120097512IN-CELL TOUCH PANEL FOR FLAT PANEL DISPLAY DEVICE - The present disclosure relates to an in-cell touch panel embedded into the flat panel display devices. The present disclosure suggests an in-cell touch panel for flat panel display device comprising: a transparent substrate; a routing part having a conductive material formed on an inner side of the transparent substrate; a plurality of sensor lines running to a first direction on the inner side of the transparent substrate; a plurality of driving lines that each driving line has a plurality of segments running to a second direction between the sensor lines; a first insulating layer covering the sensor lines and the driving lines; a connecting part linking the segments of the driving line to the second direction; and a second insulating layer covering the whole surface of the transparent substrate having the connecting part.04-26-2012
20120097511LIGHTED KEYBOARD - A lighted keyboard includes transparent, rectangular keys each comprising a bottom stem; scissors shaped structures disposed under the keys, each scissors shaped structure being aligned with the stem and comprising a first frame and a second frame pivotally secured together; an OLED sheet disposed under the scissors shaped structures and comprising units each including a hole; an optically transmissive rubber plate disposed under the OLED sheet and comprising units each including a resilient dome passing through the hole of the unit of the OLED sheet, the resilient dome having a conductive shaft aligned with the stem; a membrane circuit board disposed under the rubber plate and comprising a plurality of contacts each aligned with the conductive shaft; and a rectangular aluminum plate disposed under the membrane circuit board and comprising units each including snapping grooves and a slide guide groove secured to the scissors shaped structure.04-26-2012
20120024683TACTILE INTERFACE FOR A COMPACT ELECTRONIC DEVICE - In a compact electronic device having switches controlling a plurality of commands, the user interface is conditionally modified to enable the user to invoke a subset of the total command set under conditions of diminished tactile or visual acuity.02-02-2012
20120024682TWO-LEVEL PRESSURE SENSITIVE KEYBOARD - A two-level pressure sensitive keyboard includes at least one key and a membrane switch circuit module. The membrane switch circuit module includes a first contact, a second contact, a first spacing layer for separating the first contact from the second contact, a third contact, a fourth contact, and a second spacing layer for separating the third contact from the fourth contact. The thickness of the second spacing layer is greater than that of the first spacing layer. When the key is depressed in response to the first pressure, the first contact and the second contact are electrically connected with each other to generate a first sensing signal. When the key is depressed in response to the second pressure, the first contact and the second contact are electrically connected with each other and the third contact and fourth contact are electrically connected with each other to generate a second sensing signal.02-02-2012
20080251365INPUT DEVICE - An electronic device, e.g. a mobile telephone, may comprise an input device such as a rocker key device for operating functions in the electronic device. The input device may comprise a switch device with at least one switch pad mounted on a support structure, and an input actuator for actuating the switch device. Each switch pad comprises a plurality of press detection switches. Each press detection switch of the multiple press detection switches is configured to output a signal upon depression of the press detection switch, when the switch pad is actuated by means of the input actuator.10-16-2008
20100084251DUAL-ACTION SINGLE-KEY MECHANISM - A switch assembly is provided to actuate a pair of switches using a single key cap, e.g. for a camera that utilizes a first switch to activate an image focusing function and a second switch to activate a camera shutter. The switch assembly comprises an inner switch and an outer switch, wherein the outer switch, partially or completely surrounds the perimeter of the inner switch. The outer switch comprises an upper conductive surface and a lower conductive surface that, when in contact, electrically couples two terminals for closing a circuit. The inner switch comprises an actuator and a dome switch. When the key cap receives a first downward force, only the outer switch becomes activated and a first electric circuit is completed. When the key cap receives a second downward force that is greater than the first force, the dome switch collapses and a second electric circuit is completed.04-08-2010
20090260969OPERATING DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING TERMINAL INCLUDING THE OPERATING DEVICE, AND ASSEMBLY METHOD FOR THE OPERATING DEVICE AND THE INFORMATION PROCESSING TERMINAL - The simplification of a mounting structure of a side surface operation part, the simplification of the mounting process, and the reduction of the manufacturing cost can be realized.10-22-2009
20090205943PANEL SWITCH - A panel switch includes an insulating substrate, a resist layer provided on an upper surface of the insulating substrate, a cover sheet, an adhesive layer bonded onto an upper surface of the resist layer, and plural push switches activated upon being pressed via the cover sheet. The resist layer has plural contact openings and a communication opening provided therein. The contact openings and the communication opening exposes the upper surface of the insulating substrate from the contact openings and the communication opening. The communication opening allows the contact openings to communicate with each other. The adhesive layer is provided entirely on a lower surface of the cover sheet and covers the contact openings and the communication opening. The push switches are accommodated in the contact openings, respectively. In this panel switch, the adhesive layer can easily be printed on the cover sheet and bond the cover sheet securely to the insulating substrate.08-20-2009
20080237017EASY-TO-CLEAN KEYPAD DEVICE - Keypad devices have become commonplace in everyday life. They are part of our everyday life, in the form of pocket calculators, telephones, remote control devices, and cellular phones. Cleaning these keypad devices is problematic, since they have a large number of actuatable keys, due to the functions to be performed. As a mechanical interface in the keypad device, each key is a critical weak point in terms of maintaining a tight seal. An easy-to-clean keypad device, in particular an emergency call device, has a main body, an electronic assembly—which includes circuit elements and is installed in main body—a closing shell and keys, which are installed in closing shell and are designed to mechanically actuate the circuit elements. Closing shell with installed keys is a first preinstalled assembly, and main body with installed electronic assembly is a second preinstalled assembly. The first and second preinstalled assemblies are interconnected such that they may be separated.10-02-2008
20090090609Rotating Dual Switching Mechanism - The present invention provides a rotating dual switching mechanism comprising: a first switch (04-09-2009
20100122897Keypad, Keypad Matrix and Electronic Device - A keypad, a keypad matrix and an electronic device comprising a keypad are disclosed. The keypad comprises a plurality of keys and a keypad matrix. The keypad matrix comprises a plurality of conductive traces. At least three conductive traces are coupled to an actuation area of the keypad matrix which is associated with a key.05-20-2010
20120292169QUANTUM DOTS IN ELECTRONIC DEVICE EXTERIOR SURFACE - Applying quantum dots to surface features of an electronic device to augment or replace reflective and transmissive features. Applying quantum dots can yield more efficient illumination of those features and can permit use of diverse internal light sources to cause those features to emit any color of visible light. An electronic device, keyboard for same and method of applying features to areas of the exterior surface of an electronic device are provided. Quantum dots are applied to an area of the exterior surface that is illuminated by the device's internal light source. The quantum dots absorb incident light then emit predetermined longer wavelength light. The interior light may be a UV light, high energy light emitting diode, or back light. The quantum dots can be applied to exterior surfaces, buttons or key on electronic devices, mobile devices, and keyboards for mobile devices.11-22-2012
20090166169KEY-PRESS STRUCTURE AND A METHOD FOR MAKING THE SAME - In one aspect, a key-press structure comprises a frame and a plurality of keys disposed in said frame. Said frame comprises a main portion and two reflecting portions. The main portion has two opposite sides and the two reflecting portions are disposed on the two opposite sides of the main portion, respectively. Said reflecting portion has a reflective surface facing toward the main portion. Said keys are made of a transparent material, and the keys comprise characters formed on the internal surface of said keys. In another aspect, a method of preparing a key-press structure comprises forming a frame that includes a main portion and two reflecting portions. The reflecting portions each have a reflective surface. The main portion has two opposite sides that is connected to the two reflecting portions. The method further comprises forming characters on the internal surface of a plurality of keys, and disposing said keys in the main portion of the frame.07-02-2009
20080283378SMALL FORM-FACTOR KEYBOARD USING KEYS WITH OFFSET PEAKS AND PITCH VARIATIONS - A small form-factor keyboard or keypad for key structures is provided in which individual key structures have a contact surface on which there is a center reference and a peak. The center reference and the peak or offset, so that an offset distance between the center reference and the peak is greater than or equal to zero. The offset distance for at least two or more key structures in the plurality of key structures may different. The difference in the offset distance may be based on a position of the individual key structures relative to a first reference line.11-20-2008
20080308397Keyboard - A keyboard includes a key module and a base. The key module includes at least a second anchor portion. The base has a first anchor portion corresponding to the second anchor portion that is engageable with each other to couple the key module with the base. The base further has a signal transmission module to form electric connection with the key module. The keyboard thus formed is thinner. Assembly is simpler and production cost is lower.12-18-2008
20130118878Input Assembly For A Waterproof Keyboard - An input assembly for a human interface device such as a keyboard comprises a first membrane (05-16-2013
20080245646SELF-CONFIGURING OPERATOR CONTROL - An operator control assembly including at least one operator control mounted in a panel cover or dashboard with at least one opening for receivably mounting the operator control, and at least one printed circuit board mounted beneath the panel cover. A unique configuration of projecting members on the bottom of the operator control comes in contract with and engages sensors mounted on the printed circuit board. Depending on the number and arrangement of the projecting members a unique subset o sensors t engaged, providing a unique electronic ID for each operator control installed. This electronic ID can then be transmitted to an electronic control unit, which will alter its operation based on the types o operator controls currently installed.10-09-2008
20110203913KEYBOARD DOME STIFFENER ASSEMBLY - A keyboard dome stiffener assembly includes a circuit board having a plurality of dome pads that each defines a venting aperture, a dome sheet disposed over the circuit board, and a stiffener disposed beneath the circuit board that defines a plurality of cutouts corresponding to each venting aperture. The dome pads correspond to a key of an associated keyboard to be assembled with the keyboard dome stiffener assembly. The dome sheet forms an air space associated with each dome pad that is in fluid communication with the corresponding venting aperture. The cutouts of the stiffener provide an air cavity between the circuit board and the stiffener. Each air cavity is in fluid communication with an air space, and when one of the keyboard keys is depressed, some of the air in the air space travels between the air space of the keyboard to the corresponding air cavity.08-25-2011
20090178912MULTI-DIRECTIONAL KEY AND KEY ASSEMBLY - A multi-directional key for an electronic device includes a hollow frame a key substrate, a multi-directional key body, and a supporting frame. The hollow frame includes a pair of first opposite parallel bars and a pair of second opposite parallel bars. Perpendicular planes of the first opposite parallel bars and perpendicular planes of the second opposite parallel bars are substantially perpendicular to each other. Each of two opposite sides of the key substrate is correspondingly connected to each of the first opposite parallel bars of the hollow frame by a pair of first connection portions. The multi-directional key body is positioned on the key substrate. The supporting frame is connected to the second opposite parallel bars of the hollow frame by a pair of second connection portions. A key assembly employing the multi-directional key is also provided.07-16-2009
20080257704Compound operation input device - A compound operation input device includes: an first operating body that can be pressed in a direction substantially orthogonal to a circuit board; an second operating body of annular shape, disposed around the first operating body and substantially parallel to the circuit board, tilt operable, and rotatably operable; a first switch actuable in response to pressing movement of the first operating body; second switches independently actuable in response to tilt movement of the second operating body; an attachment having an outer portion, the second operating body being provided with the outer portion, and an inner portion facing the second face of the first operating body; and a rotation detector for detecting rotation of the second operating body. The rotation detector is attached to an inner portion of the attachment and disposed in a space between the circuit board and the first operating body and inside the second switches.10-23-2008
20090178911KEY DOME ASSEMBLY WITH IMPROVED TACTILE FEEDBACK - A dome assembly for use in a keyboard assembly of an electronic device is provided. The dome assembly includes a deflectable dome shaped element having a concave surface terminating at a periphery and a number of elevating members disposed on the element adjacent the periphery and protruding away from the concave surface. The elevating members serve to space the periphery from a mounting surface. The element is movable between an undeflected position and a deflected position.07-16-2009
20110220479KEYS WITH DOUBLE-DIVING-BOARD SPRING MECHANISMS - Keys may be formed for keyboards. The keyboards may be attached to electronic devices such as computers or may be formed within a portable computer or other electronic equipment. A keyboard may be provided with a planar housing member such as a top plate. The top plate may have openings through which key caps protrude. Each key cap may be attached to a respective spring mechanism. The spring mechanism for each key may have first and second diving-board structures that flex about respective parallel flex axes. A dome switch may be mounted under each spring mechanism. The dome switch is compressed when the key cap is pressed and the first diving-board structure moves towards the dome switch. The top plate may have edge portions surrounding each key opening that form upstop structures that prevent the key caps and spring mechanisms from tilting when the dome switch is compressed.09-15-2011
20090173614ENHANCED KEY STRUCTURE WITH COMBINED KEYCAP FOR A MOBILE COMPUTING DEVICE - A key structure assembly is provided for a mobile computing device. The key structure assembly includes a keycap having at least a first segment and a second segment. A first actuation member extends inward into the housing from the first segment of the keycap, and a second actuation member extends inward from the second segment of the key cap. A substrate including a plurality of electrical connects, including a first electrical contact aligned underneath the first actuation member, and a second electrical contact aligned underneath the second actuation member. The keycap is moveable inward to direct either the first actuation member into contact with the first electrical contact, or the second actuation member into contact with the second electrical contact. One or more sections of material are positioned above the first electrical contact and the second electrical contact. The material for the one or more sections is formed from a material that deforms with inward movement of either the first segment or the second segment of the keycap. A layer formed by a thickness of the one or more sections of material extending over the first electrical contact and the second electrical contact is non-uniform in either dimension or amount of material.07-09-2009
20090139847CONTROL PANEL ASSEMBLY FOR LAUNDRY DEVICE - A control panel assembly of a laundry device is disclosed, by which a manipulation of buttons (06-04-2009
20090321238Conductive Webs Containing Electrical Pathways and Method For Making Same - Presented is a variety of products and apparatuses employing a conductive nonwoven web. Products and apparatuses include an RFID system, a radiofrequency shielding system, a flexible electronic circuit component, a heating element, an antenna, an electromagnetic energy shield, a membrane switch, a keypad, and a packaging system. In one embodiment, the conductive nonwoven web contains conductive carbon fibers in combination with pulp fibers and/or synthetic fibers. Electric pathways are formed into the conductive material using ultrasonic energy. The electric pathways can be used to produce various electronic devices.12-31-2009
20090095611ELECTRICAL SWITCH WITH MULTIPLE SWITCHING CHANNELS - An electrical switch with multiple switching channels may include a frame, a panel with which a pointing element comes into contact. The electrical switch may have a location element which locates the point of contact of the pointing element on the panel which may include a plurality of switching elements. The electrical switch may have a detection element which detects at least one control action independent of the position of the point of contact with the panel. The electrical switch may have an intermediate plate on which the panel acts in order to cause the change in state of the switching elements. The intermediate plate may be configured to cause the change in state of switching elements and detection element. The plate can be at least in part deformed in order to actuate the detection element after changing the state of the switching elements.04-16-2009
20090200148KEY SHEET - Provided is a key sheet allowing reliable sliding operation input through accurate coordinate position detection and depressing operation input of satisfactory depression operability through clear click feel. Fixation layers are formed at positions under depressing operation portions, and there are no fixation layers in portions around the depressing operation portions but gaps are formed. With this construction, it is possible to suppress a depression operation load to a low level at a time of depressing input operation, and, when contact switches with click feel are depressed, the click feel can be easily transmitted. Further, a surface sheet has movable contact portions which enter the gaps at a time of sliding input operation and which are displaced so as to be capable of coming into contact with a sensor sheet. With this construction, it is possible to sense, in a stable manner, capacitance at an in-plane position of a sliding operation surface of the sensor sheet.08-13-2009
20110220480IN-VEHICLE INPUT DEVICE - An in-vehicle input device includes a housing including a supporting member; an operating knob including a shaft hole (supported part) and supported by the supporting member in such a manner that the operating knob rocks; and a switch (a moving contact of a bulge and a fixed contact of a main substrate) operated by rocking the operating knob, wherein the operating knob has a notch defining an opening intersecting with a rocking axis on a first side intersecting with the rocking axis, and wherein a rotary knob, which is an operating (second operating knob) corresponding to another switch, is disposed in the notch.09-15-2011
20100200386KEYPAD ASSEMBLY FOR MOBILE PHONE - A keypad assembly mounted in a portable terminal is disclosed. The keypad assembly has a window keypad including a display window disposed on a front face of the portable terminal. A keypad top is integrally molded with the display window and simultaneously assembled on the front face of the portable terminal, thereby providing an easier assembly than known heretofore, as two parts can be assembled at the same time and additionally provide an elegant exterior front face.08-12-2010
20090242375COMMUNICATION TERMINAL HAVING HOUSING WITH KEY BUTTONS COUPLED THERETO - A communication terminal including a housing having elastic key buttons integrally coupled thereto is provided. The housing is configured to define an external appearance of the communication terminal. Each of the key buttons may have one end thereof integrally coupled to the housing and a free end at an opposite end thereof. A plurality of key-input switches may be respectively positioned beneath each key button. Each of the key-input switches may detect a corresponding key-input when the free end of the key button is brought into contact with the key-input switch.10-01-2009
20090242374KEY SWITCH SHEET AND KEY SWITCH MODULE - A key switch sheet has a pressure sensitive adhesive layer for holding a contact spring by adhering to an apex portion of a dome-shaped contact spring at a back surface of a base material sheet. A thickness of the pressure sensitive adhesive layer at a region to be made to adhere to the apex portion of the contact spring is thicker than a thickness of the pressure sensitive adhesive layer at a peripheral region.10-01-2009
20090250328INPUT DEVICE WITH A FLEXIBLE CIRCUIT BOARD AND RELATED COMPUTER SYSTEM - An input device includes a body, and a flexible circuit board connected to the body and receivable inside the body. A plurality of keys is disposed on the flexible circuit board. The input device further includes a signal transmission module installed inside the body and electrically connected to the flexible circuit board for transmitting data corresponding to signals generated by the plurality of keys to a host.10-08-2009
20090260970KEYSWITCH AND KEYBOARD - The invention discloses a keyswitch and a keyboard which applies the keyswitch. The keyswitch includes a scissors-like supporting structure and a keycap. The scissors-like supporting structure includes a first arm member. The first arm member has a first axle. A retaining member is formed at the bottom of the keycap. The retaining member has a retaining portion and a block. The distal end of the retaining portion and the distal end of the block form an opening.10-22-2009
20100264005KEYPAD ASSEMBLY AND PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE USING SAME - A keypad assembly includes a pressing cover, a pressing body, a printed circuit board, and a support member. The pressing cover includes a plurality of pressing caps. The pressing body includes a plurality of keys respectively mounted to the pressing caps and a deformable area surrounding the keys. The printed circuit board includes a plurality of contacting sheets. The contacting sheets are respectively aligned with the keys. The support member is mounted between the pressing body and the printed circuit board. The support member includes a plurality of support beams. The support beams are mounted to the deformable area and separate adjacent contacting sheets and keys from each other.10-21-2010
20120103776METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING A MULTI-MODE KEYBOARD - A multi-mode keyboard for a portable electronic device is provided. The keyboard comprising: a layer of flexible transparent touch sensors for receiving touch input; a layer of flexible output device; and a dome sheet for receiving key click input.05-03-2012
20100155213Panel Assembly Control Units - Disclosed is a portable control unit for activating a panel assembly of a vehicle that includes a housing, a first switch disposed on the housing, at least one connector, and a battery, wherein the at least one connector is configured to engage a receptor of a panel assembly of a vehicle, the panel assembly lacking a power source, such that the battery provides power to the panel assembly and the first switch controls movement of a panel within the panel assembly.06-24-2010
20100175976KEYPAD ASSEMBLY AND MATHOD FOR MAKING THE SAME - A keypad assembly, comprising: a main body made of metal, the main body defining a plurality of slots and the slots enclosing a plurality of pressing buttons thereon, each pressing button defining at least one symbol slot, the main body having a contact surface and a operating surface; and a light-transmissive filling member, the filling member defining a plurality of protruding strips and the protruding strips enclosing a plurality of button areas thereon, each button area having at least one symbol block protruding therefrom, the filling member bonding to the contact surface with the protruding strips and the symbol blocks respectively engaging in the corresponding slots and the symbol slots. A method for making the present keypad assembly is also described.07-15-2010
20120138439ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH BUTTONS - An electronic device includes a housing, a button mechanism fixed to the housing, a switch circuit, at least two switches and at least one support. The button mechanism includes a button body, at least two buttons integrated on the button body, and a stopper formed between every each two adjacent buttons. The switches are covered by the button mechanism and connect to the switch circuit. The at lease one support is fixed to the housing and one of the at least one support is positioned between two adjacent switches. When one of the buttons is pressed, the pressed button activates the corresponding switch and the adjacent support of the switch resists the adjacent stopper of the pressed button.06-07-2012
20100187081Circuit Breaker Configuration - A circuit breaker configuration contains a number of circuit breakers each to be connected via lines to a system component of a power distribution system and a plurality of control buttons with a respective one of the control buttons connected to a respective one of the circuit breakers. The respective control button for the respective circuit breaker passes through a control panel and is actuated from a front side of the control panel. A coupling element accessible from the front side of the control panel is provided for an interchange of diagnosis data and/or parametrization data. The coupling element is associated with the circuit breakers.07-29-2010
20100187082Keyboards - A switch useful for, inter alia, a touch type keyboard or keypad which may be used for a personal computer or the like in a substantially waterproof form while being relatively inexpensive to manufacture.07-29-2010
20100213042Electric Hand Control, Especially for Electrically Adjustable Hospital and Care Beds - An electric hand control, especially for electrically adjustable hospital and care beds and comprising a housing (08-26-2010
20100193342METHOD AND DEVICE OF INPUT FOR A PORTABLE TERMINAL - An input device of a portable terminal is provided. The input device includes a keypad unit consisting of a plurality of key buttons, a board consisting of a plurality of pressure sensors and dome switches for generating signals when pressed, an actuator for simultaneously pressing the corresponding dome switch and the corresponding pressure sensor when a key button is pressed, and a controller for performing and finishing a first operation based on the signal generated by the relevant dome switch if generation of the signal generated by the dome switch stops before a valid time has expired, and for performing a second operation based on a pressure change sensed by the relevant pressure sensors simultaneously pressed until the generation of the signal generated by the relevant dome switch remains after the valid time has expired.08-05-2010
20100163388KEY SHEET AND KEY UNIT HAVING THE SAME - Regarding a key sheet having a plurality of key tops provided at a key base made of a transparent or translucent resin, and a key unit using the key sheet, in order to make the key sheet thinner and thereby make a device using the key sheet, e.g., a cellular phone, thinner, the key sheet comprises a key base made of a transparent or translucent resin; a plurality of key tops provided on said key base; and pressing elements or a pressing element sheet having pressing elements provided at a bottom surface thereof, provided at a bottom surface of said key base, wherein said key base is molded, into a sheet form, of a thermoplastic resin which is solid at a room temperature and obtains adhesive force only in a physical change of hot melting and cooling solidification.07-01-2010
20100219058CUSTOMIZABLE KEYBOARD - A keyboard includes a panel and a number of input keys. The input keys are assembled on the panel. The panel includes at least one first positive contact, at least one first negative contact and at least one first signal contact disposed on the panel. Each input key of the number of input keys includes a second positive contact, a second negative contact, a second signal contact and a signal transmitter received therein. The second positive contact, the second negative contact and the second signal contact are configured for connecting to the at least one first positive contact, the at least one first negative contact and the at least one first signal contact respectively when the input key is assembled on the panel. The signal transmitter is configured for emitting a signal reflecting the function of the input key when the input key is pressed.09-02-2010
20100213043KEY ASSEMBLY FOR A HANDHELD ELECTRONIC DEVICE HAVING A ONE-PIECE KEYCAP - A key assembly for an electronic device having a one-piece keycap and an electronic device having such a keycap are provided. In accordance with one embodiment, there is provided a key assembly for use in an electronic device, comprising: a keycap having a plurality of rigid key portions separated by mechanically deforming portions; and a flexible member having opposed first and second sides, the first side having a plurality of key stems which are attached to the plurality of key portions, the second side having a plurality of actuators for actuating dome switches of the electronic device.08-26-2010
20100252407Keyboard with back-lighted ultra-durable keys - 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.10-07-2010
20100243421METHOD AND APPARATUS TO IMPROVE TACTILE FEEL FOR KEYBOARDS AND BUTTON ASSEMBLIES - A keyboard for an electronic device that incorporates a flexible carrier for the keys. The flexible carrier has cutouts or slots that aid in decoupling the actions of one from its neighbors. Moreover, in addition to or instead of cutouts or slots, the flexible carrier optionally has cutouts around its outer perimeter. In some embodiments, the keys are molded as part of the flexible carrier. In other embodiments, the keys are attached to or inserted in the flexible carrier during manufacture. Various embodiments of the invention employ various key shapes to aid the user's tactile experience while typing.09-30-2010
20120193203CARBON NANOTUBE BASED KEYBOARD - 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.08-02-2012
20120193205CARBON NANOTUBE BASED KEYBOARD - 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 comprises a plurality of first conductive layers disposed apart from each other and including at least one lead wire. The second electrode layer is positioned on the second upper surface and includes a second conductive layer including a carbon nanotube layer structure. A plurality of keys is positioned on the first upper surface or the second lower surface.08-02-2012
20120193204CARBON NANOTUBE BASED KEYBOARD - 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.08-02-2012
20120125753SIDE BUTTON STRUCTURE FOR ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A side button structure includes a housing with switches, and a button assembly moveably fixed on the housing; the button assembly includes a flexible pin and at least one pressing blocks, the flexible pin passing through the pressing blocks. Pressing the button assembly enables the flexible pin to deform, the button assembly to move to the housing, and the pressing blocks to attach to the switches.05-24-2012
20130126324KEYBOARD WITH Z-SHAPED SUPPORT MEMBER - A keyboard includes a base and a plurality of keyswitches. The keyswitches are disposed on the base. One of the keyswitches includes a key cap, a first support member and a second support member. The first support member is Z-shaped and has a first sliding portion and a first rotating portion, wherein the first sliding portion is selectively disposed on one of the base and the key cap and the first rotating portion is selectively disposed on the other one of the base and the key cap. The second support member is Z-shaped and has a second sliding portion and a second rotating portion, wherein the second sliding portion is selectively disposed on one of the base and the key cap and the second rotating portion is selectively disposed on the other one of the base and the key cap.05-23-2013
20100258424SLIDE SWITCH STRUCTURE AND POWER SEAT SWITCH USING THE SAME - A power seat switch includes a structure main body; switches provided in the structure main body; sliders slidably provided in the structure main body and changing over contacts of the switches; and moderation units each including a moderation adjuster fitted into the structure main body and an elastic portion provided on the slider. Each slider includes a shaft and a pair of legs provided on one end of the shaft. The elastic portion is provided to elastically protrude from the one end of the shaft in an axial direction of the shaft. The moderation adjuster includes a moderation groove arranged to be sandwiched between the legs, in contact with the elastic portion, and applying a moderation according to sliding of the slider.10-14-2010
20100089735HAPTIC KEYBOARD APPARATUS AND METHOD - A haptic keyboard apparatus includes a membrane resistor keyboard device and a haptic device. The membrane resistor keyboard device includes a plurality of key switches, each of the key switches being responsive to touch by a user. The haptic device is coupled to the membrane resistor keyboard device. The haptic device includes a plurality of haptic cells, each of which is disposed under a corresponding key switch. Each of the haptic cells is configured to provide haptic feedback in response to the touch by the user. In a specific embodiment, the haptic keyboard apparatus also includes a processor and a haptic controller that provide control signals to the haptic device. In an embodiment, the control signals include programmable voltages and frequencies, causing the haptic cells to effect vibrational patterns in response to the control signals and provide haptic feedback to the user.04-15-2010
20110056818KEY SWITCH DEVICE - A key switch device and a keyboard, capable of preventing key-entry noise from rebounding and having a drip-proof effect so as to avoid a contact fault and/or insulation failure. The key switch device includes a switch panel; a key top positioned above the switch panel; a pair of link members positioned between the key top and the switch panel and adapted to interlock with the key top so that the key top may be moved in a vertical direction while maintaining a horizontal posture; and an annular elastic wall member positioned between the switch panel and a membrane sheet and configured to contact opposing surfaces of the switch panel and the membrane sheet, wherein the elastic wall member is arranged along a contour of the key top.03-10-2011
20100219057ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - The structure of an electronic apparatus (09-02-2010
20090114516METALLIC PANEL ASSEMBLY HAVING RIPPLE LUSTER - A metallic panel assembly having a ripple luster includes an elastic layer, an adhesive layer, a metallic keypad panel, an electroplated layer and an ultraviolet curable resin layer. The elastic layer has a carrier. The carrier is provided thereon with a plurality of protrusions. The adhesive layer is provided on one side surface of the carrier. The metallic keypad panel is provided on one side surface of the adhesive layer and has a thin plate thereon. The plate is provided thereon with a first hollowed portion and a second hollowed portion. The first hollowed portion is set as a pressing region of a key, and the second hollowed portion is set as an icon on the surface of the pressing region. The electroplated layer is provided on one side surface of the metallic keypad panel and penetrates into the first hollowed portion and the second hollowed portion. The ultraviolet curable resin layer is provided on one side surface of the electroplated layer to seal and fill the first hollowed portion and the second hollowed portion. The ultraviolet curable resin layer has a carrier thereon, and one side surface of the carrier is provided with a pattern surface. When external light illuminates the pattern surface of the metallic keypad panel, the pattern surface generates a reflective effect of a ripple luster.05-07-2009
20110073458MEMBRANE SWITCH SHEET - Disclosed herein is a membrane switch sheet for a switch matrix-type key input apparatus. The membrane switch sheet is used in a switch matrix-type key input apparatus, including a plurality of switch contacts, so as to prevent the occurrence of a ghost key phenomenon. The membrane switch sheet includes at least one film wired through a single patterning process using only ink having low conductivity so as to have resistors having a same resistance value, with distances between start points of lines of a switch matrix in a column scan direction and the switch contacts being set to the same value.03-31-2011
20090107823Light-emitting keyboard - A light-emitting keyboard includes an upper cover with a plurality of keystrokes, a printed circuit board (PCB) connected to a connector via a cable, a lower cover, and an electric luminescent (EL) plate connected to the PCB via a transformer. The transformer is configured for receiving power from the PCB. The EL plate is arranged between the upper cover and the lower cover. The upper cover and the keystrokes are made of transparent material.04-30-2009
20090107824INPUT PANEL AND PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE USING THE SAME - An input panel for a portable electronic device including a switch sheet, a touch-sensing sheet and an interposing sheet is provided. The switch sheet includes a circuit board and at least one dome switch. The circuit board has at least one contact pad, and the dome switch is disposed on the contact pad. The touch-sensing sheet is disposed on the switch sheet for sensing a touch action. The interposing sheet is disposed between the switch sheet and the touch-sensing sheet. The touch-sensing sheet contacts the dome switch when the touch-sensing sheet is pressed, so that the dome switch is deformed elastically to switch on the contact pad.04-30-2009
20100294639MULTI-DIRECTIONAL OPERATING SWITCH ASSEMBLY - A multi-directional operating switch assembly includes: a recessed base; first and second switches disposed in the recessed base; a slider disposed in the recessed base and having a main part and a protrusion protruding from the main part, the slider being slidable in a first direction so as to actuate the first switch; an operating lever having a slot defined by a slot-defining wall, the protrusion of the slider extending into the slot, the operating lever being movable in the first direction to drive the slider to move in the first direction, and being further movable relative to the slider in a second direction to actuate the second switch; and an urging member disposed in the slot and abutting against the protrusion and the slot-defining wall.11-25-2010
20100300859DOME ARRAY FOR USE WITH A SWITCH - An array of domes is constructed from a single sheet of constructed material. For example, several domes can be stamped at a preset distribution within a sheet of metal. The domes can be placed at any suitable position along the surface of the material, including for example at positions defined by the locations of contact pads on a circuit board. The conductive material can be electrically coupled to the circuit board at any suitable location, including for example along an edge of the piece of material. In some embodiments, the sheet of material can extend around the side walls of the circuit board, for example bent around the periphery of the circuit board. The sheet of material can be electrically coupled to the bottom of the circuit board, for example by soldering. This approach may provide a water resistant dome switch, whereby water can be prevented from leaking between the dome and the circuit board.12-02-2010
20100307905KEYSWITCH AND KEYBOARD - A keyswitch includes a keyswitch member and a base. The keyswitch member includes a first connecting portion and a second connecting portion. The base includes a sliding portion and a fixing portion. The sliding portion is for adjusting a height of the keyswitch member. The sliding portion includes a step portion and a protrusion portion. The first connecting portion is movably disposed in the step portion. The step portion includes a flat structure and a reversed L-shaped structure. The protrusion portion is adjacent to the step portion. The protrusion portion restrains the first connecting portion from moving. The fixing portion is disposed on the base relative to the sliding portion. A hole is formed on the fixing portion. The second connecting portion is pivotally connected to the fixing portion via the hole.12-09-2010
20120241298APPARATUS, AND ASSOCIATED METHOD, FOR APPLYING A FINISH TO A KEYPAD - A keypad assembly, and an associated method, is constructed in a manner to permit application of a finish, such as a decoration or painting, to any desired portion of the keys of the assembly, including at interstitial portions between adjacent keys. The keypad assembly includes a carrier membrane upon which keys forming a keypad array and key membrane pieces are supported. The carrier membrane is wrapped about a cylindrical fixture to position all portions of the keys in orientations to permit application of the finish thereto.09-27-2012
20130140164THIN FILM SWITCH AND PRESS KEY/KEYBOARD USING THE SAME - A thin film switch is disclosed, which comprises: a first thin film, having a first conductor unit mounted on a surface thereof; and a second thin film, having a second conductor unit mounted on a surface thereof facing toward the first thin film; wherein, the first conductor unit is composed of a plurality of first electric conductors, and the second conductor is composed of at least one second electric conductor; and the first conductor unit and the second conductor unit are arranged at positions corresponding to each other while being spaced from each other by a specific interval; the at least one second electric conductor is enabled to engage with one of the plural first electric conductors for constructing an electrical conduction when the thin film switch is subjected to a load for forcing the first and the second thin films to move toward each other.06-06-2013
20130140165INPUT DEVICE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF - An input device and a manufacturing method of the input device are provided. The input device includes a circuit board and a plurality of mechanical switches. The circuit board has a first surface, a second surface and a plurality of conductive sheets. A plurality of holes are formed on the circuit board and the conductive sheets are disposed at one side of the first surface in pairs around the hole, and the conductive sheets have a coupling section bent toward the first surface along the direction of the second surface. The mechanical switches are detachable from the circuit board and include a plunger and a plurality of pins. Each of the plungers has a positioning column embedded in the hole. One end of the pin is connected to the plunger, and the other end of the pin is attached to the coupling section of the conductive sheets.06-06-2013
20130140166Handle Switch Device - A handle switch device capable of ensuring electrical insulation between switches with a simple structure and capable of being easily mounted to a handle of a vehicle. An inner casing of the handle switch device is disposed on an outer periphery of the handle pipe, and front and rear casings are disposed on an outer periphery of the inner casing to hold the inner casing therebetween. The inner casing is formed with partition ribs each of which partitions between corresponding ones of microswitches disposed on the inner casing. Passages are defined by the partition ribs to correspond to respective ones of the microswitches, and are each configured to achieve a drain passage function and achieve a wiring guide function for corresponding ones of electric cords connected to the microswitches.06-06-2013
20110240450INTEGRAL KEYBOARD ASSEMBLY - An integral keyboard assembly is provided. The integral keyboard assembly includes a top casing, a keyboard module, and a support plate. The first surface of the top casing is defined a keyboard bonding area where a plurality of openings is arranged as a keyboard structure distribution. The keyboard module includes multiple keys with interspaces formed therebetween. Each of the keys is inserted into a corresponding one of the openings. The support plate is coupled to the top casing so that the keyboard module is sandwiched between the top casing and the support plate. By implementing the present invention, the keyboard assembly has better integrity and space impression. Furthermore, the keyboard module is provided with improved support by utilizing the support plate.10-06-2011
20110024276KEYBOARD ASSEMBLY FOR A MOBILE DEVICE - A keyboard assembly for a mobile device having a housing, including a circuit board provided within the housing and having a plurality of contact assemblies thereon, a keyboard having a plurality of keys and being provided in a front face of the housing, a dome sheet assembly arranged between the keyboard and the circuit board, the dome sheet assembly including a dome carrier configured for carrying a plurality of domes, wherein a gap is defined between the circuit board and the dome sheet assembly.02-03-2011
20110024277KEYPAD ASSEMBLY FOR ELECTRONIC DEVICES - A keypad assembly includes a pressing cover, a keypad and a shading plate. The button cover includes a plurality of buttons. The keypad includes a plurality of key bodies respectively corresponding to the buttons. A plurality of posts are arranged on the keypad. The shading plate is positioned on the keypad and is supported by the posts. The shading plate is positioned under the buttons for preventing light leakage.02-03-2011
20110024278SUPPORTING STRUCTURE, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SUPPORTING STRUCTURE AND KEYBOARD - A supporting structure is used for supporting a key cap. The supporting structure includes a first supporting member and a second supporting member. A first arm of the first supporting member includes a first connecting part and a second connecting part. The first connecting part can be movably connected to the key cap. The second connecting part has a C-shaped hole. A second arm of the second supporting member includes a third connecting part and a fourth connecting part. The third connecting part can be movably connected to the key cap. The fourth connecting part has a shaft. The shaft can be embedded into the C-shaped hole via an opening of the C-shaped hole, such that the first supporting member and the second supporting member can rotate relative to each other.02-03-2011
20100133081Keypad manufacturing method and device thereof - A keypad manufacturing method and a device thereof are disclosed. The keypad manufacturing method includes the steps of: (1) pouring materials for a keypad into a mold; (2) covering a film on the mold; (3) film printing: arranging a printed layer on the film; (4) attaching a layer of positioning plate; that's to attach the film with the printed layer on the layer of positioning plate. The device consists of a film which is a transparent layer; a keypad set formed by a plurality of keypads arranged on the film and a connecting piece is located on bottoms of two adjacent keypads; a printed layer disposed on bottom of the film to form characters or symbols corresponding to the keypads. Therefore, the manufacturing of the keypad device is easy, convenient for mass-production, with lower cost of related equipment, reduced operation time and higher yield rate. Moreover, both economic benefits and competitiveness of products are improved.06-03-2010
20110240451KEY INPUT UNIT - Provided is a key input unit for facilitating a user's input operation, including a plurality of keys and a space key provided between two predetermined key columns among the plurality of keys. The key input unit also includes a plurality of keys and a predetermined region surrounding the plurality of keys, in which the predetermined region is used as a space function.10-06-2011
20110240453KEY MODULE FOR PORTABLE DEVICES - A key module for portable devices includes a PCB having at least one pair of high resistance film and welding point, a rubber key having a protruded key head, and a set of upper case and bottom case. The rubber key has two conducting carbon arcs opposite to the at least one pair of high resistance film on a concave backside thereof. A top of the head portion has a concave on a middle portion thereof and two protrusions on right and left ends thereof for specific input functions. The upper case has at least one through hole for revealing the concave and the protrusions of the head portion while the rubber key and the PCB are covered by the upper and bottom cases.10-06-2011
20100147667KEYPAD ASSEMBLY - A keypad assembly used in a portable electronic device is described. The keypad assembly includes a shelf, a keypad mounted to the shelf, and at least one light-emitting source. The keypad is made of a light-guiding material. The light-emitting source faces the keypad and is adjacent to the keypad.06-17-2010
20110120849OPERATION INPUT DEVICE AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE USING THE SAME - An operation input device includes a base including at least four elastic engagement receiving portions raised at a periphery of a center thereof; a print substrate configured to be stacked and integrated on the base; an annular operation plate mounted on push button switches of the print substrate and configured to prevent slip-out; an operation dial mounted on the annular operation plate on an axial center; and a fixing tool configured to be inserted to a fit-in hole of the operation hole and engage with at least two elastic engagement receiving portions of the base at an edge on a lower side and with an inner peripheral edge of the operation dial.05-26-2011
20100219059KEYPAD ASSEMBLY USING OPTICAL SHUTTER AND LIGHT GUIDE PANEL AND PORTABLE TERMINAL HAVING THE SAME - A keypad assembly includes an optical shutter configured to shield or transmit light according to a voltage applied thereto; a light guide panel configured to guide an internal light generated inside of the keypad assembly and coupled to the interior of the light guide panel; and a symbol pattern layer including at least one symbol pattern illuminated by both the internal light irradiated from the light guide panel and an external light from outside of the keypad assembly that has passed through the optical shutter.09-02-2010
20110240452Keyboard - A keyboard includes keys are provided. Each key includes a base, inner and outer frames and a key cap. The base has a body, a first hook and two second hooks. The first and second hooks are connected to the body. Each second hook has an L-shaped portion with one end connected to the body, and an inverse hook portion extending from the other end of the L-shaped portion to the body to form a space. The inner frame disposed on the body has a first opening. The first hook passes through the first opening to engage with a portion of the inner frame. The outer frame disposed on the body crosses the inner frame and has two second openings. Each second hook passes through the corresponding second opening to receive a portion of the outer frame in the space. The key cap is on the inner and outer frames.10-06-2011
20100193341Multidirectional Input Device - an object is to provide a multidirectional input device capable of detecting an arbitrary direction of depression before the generation of the feeling of click to depress a directional key in the arbitrary direction with a predetermined small force based on the feeling of click.08-05-2010
20090250329Touch keypad assembly - A touch keypad assembly (10-08-2009
20110168538THIN ILLUMINATED KEYBOARD - A thin illuminated keyboard comprises at least one keycap, an upper light guide plate and a lower light guide plate. The upper and lower light guide plates have respectively a first light guide layer and a second light guide layer opposing each other. The first and second light guide layers have respectively a first circuit layer and a second circuit layer laid on the opposing surfaces thereof. The first and second light guide layers also have respectively a first mask layer and a second reflection layer on the sides opposite to the first and second circuit layers to form an optical passage therebetween. The first mask layer has at least one light penetration zone receiving light from the optical passage. The light is transmitted and confined in the optical passage between the first and second light guide layers, and condensed to project to the keycap through the light penetration zone.07-14-2011
20100038227Touch detected voice-prompted 2-stage keypad - The present invention discloses a touch detected voice-prompted 2-stage keypad. The keypad has a touching detector switch (first stage) and a contact switch (second stage). The touching signal of a finger is identified by the detector and then input to the microprocessor, a number or a function (voice) represent this keypad is output to a speaker, the user confirms that this keypad is the required one, thus press the contact switch to output a signal to the microprocessor to execute the function of this key. The touch detected voice-prompted 2-stage key may form an array of numbers and/or functions, and control by touching instead of viewing. It is convenient in the night, for a blind or weak sighted people.02-18-2010
20100059355ELECTRONIC DEVICE USED FOR MEASURING AND DETECTING THE VARIATIONS OF AT LEAST ONE INPUT SIGNAL - An electronic device used for measuring and detecting the variations of at least one input signal, comprising a first component (OSC03-11-2010
20110174602Manual Reset Pressure Switch - A switching device including a plurality of electrical switches, and an activation lever adapted to substantially simultaneously change the switches from a first state to a second state in response to a single physical input.07-21-2011
20100059353ELECTRICAL ACTUATOR SYSTEM - An electrical actuator system, especially for adjustable articles of furniture, comprising at least one electric actuator for bringing about the adjustment, a mains based power supply and possibly also rechargeable batteries, a control unit and a hand (03-11-2010
20100059354KEYBOARD AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A keyboard and an electronic device are provided. The electronic device includes a host, a display module and a keyboard. The display module is electrically connected to the host. The keyboard is electrically connected to the host. The keyboard includes a circuit membrane, a lighting film and a plurality of keycaps. The circuit membrane has a plurality of key contacts. The circuit membrane and the lighting film are stacked, and the lighting film emits light with different wavelengths according to different voltages applied thereon. The keycaps are disposed on the circuit membrane and the lighting film and located above the key contacts.03-11-2010
20110073456KEY ASSEMBLY FOR AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE HAVING ONE-PIECE KEYCAPS AND MULTI-TOUCH PREVENTING SUPPORTS - According to one aspect, a keypad for an electronic device includes a plurality of switches and a plurality of keycaps. Each keycap has a plurality of external contact portions defining a full row of the keypad. Each external contact portion corresponds to one of the switches and includes at least one of a text-entry character and a functional character. Each of the external contact portions is movable to actuate the corresponding switch. The keypad further includes a plurality of keycap supports. Each keycap support is disposed between adjacent external contact portions. After one of the external contact portions has been moved to actuate the corresponding switch, at least one of the keycap supports engages the keycap having the one of the external contact portions to inhibit the keycap from actuating at least one of the other switches.03-31-2011
20110147187POWER SEAT SWITCH ASSEMBLY - A switch assembly is provided that includes a series of bridge actuators that include oppositely spaced protrusions separated by a bridge. The protrusions extend through apertures in a support that provides a sliding surface for overlying actuator plates. The actuator plates include ramps to act on the protrusions and in turn activate underlying dome switches. The bridge actuators utilize an angled underside to provide better alignment with the top surface of the dome to reduce shearing. The switch assembly also includes a sub-assembly that uses a micro switch cell in a knob instead of a PCB to reduce the number of connections. The sub-assembly uses an elastomeric keypad to preload a button on the knob and provide tactile feel. The switch assembly also includes a four-way knob that provides distinct feel to the directions of movement using a contoured male-female connection that uses tabs and slots, a contoured female connection and a protrusion on the tip of the male connector.06-23-2011
20110094868KEY ASSEMBLY FOR AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE HAVING A CONNECTED KEYCAP - The present application provides a key assembly for use in an electronic device. The key assembly comprises a plurality of dome switches and one or more single-piece keycaps. Each keycap has a plurality of key portions separated by deforming portions. The key assembly further comprises a plurality of actuators for activating the dome switches. Each actuator has a stem portion and an enlarged rigid blocking portion. The key assembly also comprises one or more rigid blocking members disposed between the blocking portion of the actuators and the keycaps and in close proximity to the blocking portion of the actuators. The blocking members form a barrier to limit a rotational movement of the actuators away from the dome switches.04-28-2011
20110100791KEY MODULE AND METHOD OF MAKING THE SAME - A key module includes a light guide board made from polycarbonate material and a plurality of elastic keypads made from thermoplastic elastomer material and injected molding with the light guide board with a push member projecting above the light guiding board.05-05-2011
20110073457MULTIDIRECTIONAL OPERATING SWITCH - In a multidirectional operating switch, an operating body has a support having a spherically convex surface on the lower end of a central cylinder, and a holding base has a retainer having a spherically concave surface disposed opposite to the support. Through the movement of the support sliding over the retainer, the holding base retains the operating body rockably in multiple directions. The rotational center of the rocking movement of the operating body coincides with the position at which the push element is in contact with the push section disposed at the lower end of the operation button.03-31-2011
20110073455KEY STRUCTURE AND KEYBOARD HAVING SUCH KEY STRUCTURE - A key structure and a keyboard including multiple key structures are provided. The key structure includes a keycap, a base plate and a scissors-type support member between the keycap and the base plate. The scissors-type support member includes an inner frame having a convex part and an outer frame having a recess. The convex part is accommodated within the recess. By controlling relative positions between the convex part and the recess, the keycap is stably moved in the vertical direction.03-31-2011
20110073454 KEY ASSEMBLY FOR AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE HAVING A MULTI-CHARACTER KEYCAP - A key assembly for use in an electronic device is provided. The key assembly includes a plurality of dome switches and a plurality of single-piece keycaps. Each keycap identifies a row of keyboard characters. Each keycap has a plurality of character-representing portions separated by deforming portions. Each character-representing portion is associated with a separate one of the plurality of dome switches. The key assembly further comprises a plurality of actuators for activating the dome switches. Each actuator has a first side which is engaged by one of the character representing portions of the keycap. Each actuator has a second side which engages the dome switch associated with that character-representing portion. In a rest state in which the keycap is not depressed, at least some of the actuators preload at least some of the dome switches by exerting a force upon the dome switches.03-31-2011
20110067990WEBBED KEYBOARD ASSEMBLY - A keyboard assembly configured for converting keystroke activation into electrical signals. The keyboard assembly includes a plurality of key caps, each of the plurality of key caps being configured to transition between a rest position and a depressed position. The keyboard assembly also includes a web-like structure having a plurality of interconnected ribs defining a plurality of apertures. The plurality of key caps are disposed such that the plurality of key caps move within the plurality of apertures and traverse a plane formed by an upper surface of the web-like structure when the plurality of key caps transition between the rest position and the depressed position.03-24-2011
20110062008KEYBOARD - A keyboard includes a pressable structure and a plurality of keycaps. The pressable structure includes a flat member and a plurality of elastic members. The flat member defines a plurality of through holes corresponding to the plurality of the elastic members. The plurality of the elastic members is integrated with the flat member as a single element by a double injection process. The plurality of keycaps are resiliently supported by the plurality of elastic members correspondingly.03-17-2011
20110062009KEYBOARD DEVICE - A keyboard device including a frame made of two materials, a keypad film, and multiple button assemblies is provided. The frame made of two materials includes a bottom plate and multiple fixing structures, wherein the fixing structures are integrally formed at the bottom plate by in-mold injection. The keypad film is disposed on the frame made of two materials, and the button assemblies are disposed on the keypad film and assembled to the fixing structures.03-17-2011
20120118718Switching Devices for Medical Apparatuses and Related Systems and Methods - In some aspects, a switching device for a medical apparatus includes a first switching member adapted to select an assigned operating function of the medical apparatus; and a second switching member adapted to permit the selecting of the assigned operating function of the first switching member. The second switching member is adapted such that it has a detection space in which it detects a presence of an operating object; and the first switching member is arranged in the detection space of the second switching member.05-17-2012
20120118717Actuator for a Rocker Switch - A rocker switch may include a housing and an actuator pivotably mounted relative to the housing for movement between an initial position and an actuated position. The actuator may include an exterior face defining a first contact surface and a second contact surface, the first contact surface being substantially planar and disposed within a first contact plane, and the second contact surface being substantially planar and disposed within a second contact plane, wherein the second contact plane is spaced from and substantially parallel to the first contact plane. The contact surfaces are oriented to clearly indicate, by look and/or feel, whether the rocker switch is in a first position or a second position, thereby allowing a position of the switch to be readily discerned05-17-2012
20120118716ROTARY INTERLOCK MECHANISM FOR ELECTRICAL SWITCHES - Rotary switch interlock mechanisms and electrical switch assemblies with a rotary switch interlock mechanism are presented herein. An electrical distribution device with at least two electrical switches is disclosed. Each of the electrical switches has a switch actuator that is movable between engaged and disengaged positions. A rotary interlock member is rotatably mounted to the housing of the electrical distribution device adjacent the first and second electrical switches. The rotary interlock member is rotatable 180 degrees between a first orientation, whereat the rotary member allows the switch actuator of the second electrical switch into its engaged position while preventing the switch actuator of the first electrical switch from being moved into its engaged position, and a second orientation, whereat the rotary member allows the first switch actuator to be moved into its engaged position while preventing the second switch actuator from being moved into its engaged position.05-17-2012
20110048912COMPOSITE ROTARY SWITCH - A composite rotary switch includes a first rotary operation member configured to be rotatable around a rotational center, a second rotary operation member configured to be rotatable around the rotational center, an electrical position detector operable to electrically detect a rotational position of the first rotary operation member, and an optical position detector operable to optically detect a rotational position of the second rotary operation member.03-03-2011
20110147189Printed Circuit Board for a Mobile Device - A printed circuit board is provided for use in a keyboard assembly of a mobile device having a plurality of keys in a key layout. The printed circuit board has a plurality of contacts, such as dome switches, arranged in a contact layout. The contact layout is such that it can be used with a plurality of different key layouts, each actuating different combinations of contacts. Some keys in a particular key layout are overlying at least two of the plurality of contacts, and such keys actuate only one of the underlying contacts. As such, a common printed circuit board can be used for a plurality of complementary mobile device designs having different key layouts, thereby allowing a manufacturer to realize cost efficiencies.06-23-2011
20100288615KEYBOARD DEVICE - A keyboard device includes: a plurality of arranged key tops; a support mechanism which supports each of the key tops so as to be elevatable; a membrane switch which outputs a switch signal when the key top moves down with an operation of the support mechanism performed upon pressing the key top; and an illumination mechanism which includes a light source and a light guiding member, and propagates light of the light source to the inside of the light guiding member so as to illuminate the key top, wherein the light guiding member is provided with a plurality of groove portions provided in the course of a path of the light and changing a light advancing direction, and wherein the light reaches the key top by the groove portions.11-18-2010
20100258423KEYPAD ASSEMBLY FOR ELECTRONIC DEVICES - A keypad assembly includes a PCB, a light guiding board disposed on the PCB, a panel disposed on the light guiding board, a plurality of panel portions made of transparent material, set on the panel, a lighting device disposed on the PCB, and a sensing device disposed on the PCB. when an object touches or slides on/above the surface of the panel portion, the intensity of light sensed by the sensing device changes which causes the current of the four sensors to be changed, thus the sensing device generates a signal to complete a corresponding information input.10-14-2010
20110155553KEYPAD - A keypad includes a circuit board, a key, and a rotating member. The circuit board includes at least one first keypad switch and at least one second keypad switch. The key includes a first protruding post configured for actuating the at least one first keypad switch, and a second protruding post for actuating the at least one second keypad switch. The rotating member is rotatably connected to the circuit board and able to retain in a first position and a second position. In the first position, the rotating member prevents the first protruding post from actuating the at least one first keypad switch and allows the second protruding post to actuate the at least one second keypad switch. In the second position, the rotating member allows the first protruding post to actuate the at least one keypad switch.06-30-2011
20120199458KEY SWITCH DEVICE AND KEYBOARD - A key switch device including a key top; a pair of link members connected to the key top and interlocked with each other to guide a vertical motion of the key top; a switch mechanism including a membrane sheet switch capable of opening and closing a contact section of an electrical circuit in accordance with the vertical motion of the key top; a flexible thin film sheet attached to the membrane sheet switch; and a housing attached to the thin film sheet, the housing adapted to connect the link members to the thin film sheet.08-09-2012
20110147188ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - In an electronic apparatus, a first switch and a second switch are located in a correspondence relationship with each other. The first switch is configured to obtain an electric output by causing a first contact and a second contact to contact each other with an operation member. The second switch is configured to obtain an electric output by deforming a dome-shaped plate spring covering a third contact. The electronic apparatus includes a supporting member configured to keep a gap between the first contact and the second contact constant and to regulate the first switch and the second switch to be located on an approximately same line with respect to an operation direction of the operation member.06-23-2011
20110155552SUPPORTING STRUCTURE, KEYSWITCH, AND KEYBOARD - A supporting structure includes two supporting members. Each of the supporting members has a connecting portion, a first side arm, and a second side arm. The first side arm and the second side arm are connected opposite to the connecting portion respectively. The first side arm protrudes to form a shaft and the second side arm forms a hole corresponding to the shaft. The shaft of each of the two supporting members can be rotatable contained in the hole of another supporting member respectively. The shape of the supporting member is similar to a U shape.06-30-2011
20110042196PUSH SWITCH EQUIPPED WITH CAPACITANCE SENSOR AND INPUT DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME - A push switch includes an operating member, a holding member, a detecting electrode including a plate-shaped spring, a conductive coil spring, and a wiring substrate. The operating member includes a top portion. The rear surface of the top portion and the holding member define a storage space. The detecting electrode, received in the storage space, includes a detecting portion in resilient contact with the top portion, a base in resilient contact with the coil spring, and a height adjusting portion coupling the detecting portion to the base. The amount of compression of the detecting electrode is defined depending on the height of the storage space. The detecting portion detects a change in capacitance caused when the operation surface is touched by a human body and a detection signal indicating the change is output to the wiring substrate through the height adjusting portion, the base, and the coil spring.02-24-2011
20110042195KEYBOARD - A keyboard includes: a membrane circuit board comprising a plurality of switches; at least one keycap provided with a plurality of contact portions, each of which corresponding to one of the plurality of switches of the membrane circuit board; and a base plate provided with a plurality of openings each of which being positioned at a location corresponding to one of the plurality of switches of the membrane circuit board and one of the plurality of contact portions of the keycap, a buffering portion being formed at a corner adjoining the base plate and one of the plurality of openings.02-24-2011
20120199457ELECTRONIC MOBILE DEVICE SEAMLESS KEY/DISPLAY STRUCTURE - A key/display assembly includes first and second switches, a display module, and a lens is disposed adjacent the display module. The lens includes a first contact region, a second contact region, and an inner surface that supports a first foot between the first contact region and the second contact region. A first key is defined by the first switch and the first contact region and is actuated by deflecting the first contact region to actuate the first switch. A second key is defined by the second switch and the second contact region and is actuated by deflecting the second contact region to actuate the second switch. When actuating the first key, the first foot inhibits the second contact region from actuating the second switch. When actuating the second key, the first foot inhibits the first contact region from actuating the first switch.08-09-2012
20100320068PUSHBUTTON SWITCH ASSEMBLY FOR ENHANCING INPUT SENSITIVITY - A pushbutton switch assembly includes a key unit, a circuit board, and a press unit. The key unit includes a keycap and a press member disposed at a bottom portion of the keycap. The press member has a protruding portion. The circuit board is disposed under the key unit, and includes an electrical contact unit opposing the key unit. The electrical contact unit has a first electrode region and a second electrode region. The press unit includes a positioning film disposed on the circuit board, and a conducting plate positioned between the positioning film and the circuit board. The conducting plate is connected to the first electrode region. The conducting plate is deformed to interconnect the first and second electrode regions when the key unit is pressed and the protruding portion presses down on the positioning film, and restored when the key unit is released.12-23-2010
20100320067Switch, circuitry, and method of assembly for electrosurgical pencil - Formation of an assemblage of electrically conductive components for a new electrosurgical pencil is disclosed, and assembly of those components in a method for automating the manufacture and combination of current carrying metal circuitry and operable switching components in “electrosurgical pencils” which supply current to an active terminal, for application of high frequency or high power electrical current to a surgical site, and control of such current through coaction of the elements of the switch. In manufacture, the design of the switch components allows start-to-finish automated assembly of the switch, in an industry which knows only partially automated assembly, and partial assembly by hand, to create an improved tool for surgical cutting, coagulation, and cauterizing.12-23-2010
20110114462KEYSWITCH AND INPUT APPARATUS - The invention provides an input apparatus including a plurality of keyswitches. The keyswitch includes a keycap and a covering layer. The keycap includes an upper surface and a plurality of lateral surfaces. The plurality of lateral surfaces shows a first color related to the material of the keycap. The covering layer covers a first region of the top surface, so that the first region of the top surface shows a second color different from the first color.05-19-2011
20120199459PUSH-BUTTON SWITCH HAVING CAPACITIVE TOUCHING DETECTION - A pushbutton switch has a pressure switching function to recognize a key actuation and a capacitive sensor function to recognize a key touch. It has an at least partly electrically conductive key (08-09-2012
20100181179SCADA Ready Field Test Switch - A monitored SCADA Ready Field Test (FT) Switch is disclosed. The monitored switch relates to the incorporation of a monitoring switch for each switch unit in a FT switch to monitor the position of the corresponding switch unit and the FT switch, generally.07-22-2010
20110089010COMPLEX SHEET STRUCTURE AND COVER LENS ASSEMBLY - A complex sheet structure includes a base plate, a microstructure layer, and a shielding layer. The microstructure layer is formed on the base plate and has a first side and an opposite second side. The microstructure layer has a plurality of prismatic structures, and the base plate touches the first side of the microstructure layer. The shielding layer covers the second side of the microstructure layer and contains a low light-transmittance material.04-21-2011
20110089008CONFIGURABLE MULTI-GATE SWITCH CIRCUITRY - Integrated circuits with configurable multi-gate switch circuitry are provided. The switch circuitry may include switch control circuitry and an array of multi-gate switches. Each multi-gate switch may have first and second terminals, first and second gates, and a metal bridge. The metal bridge is attached to the first terminal. The metal bridge may extend over the gates and may hover above the second terminal in the off state. The metal bridge may have a tip that bends down to physically contact the second terminal in the on state. Switch control circuitry may provide row and column control signals to load desired switch states into the switch array. The switch array may be partitioned into groups of switches that form multiplexers. The multiplexers may be used in programmable circuits such as programmable logic device circuits.04-21-2011
20100116637BUTTON-KEY STRUCTURE AND ELECTRIC DEVICE HAVING THE SAME - A button-key structure includes a plurality of button-keys arranged next to each other; and a button-key supporting portion disposed on a downstream side in a direction that the button-keys move. The button-key supporting portion includes a guide portion disposed between the button-keys in parallel to the direction that the button-key move.05-13-2010
20110259724METHOD AND TERMINAL FOR PROVIDING USER INTERFACE USING TILT SENSOR AND KEY INPUT - A method of providing a user interface in a terminal equipped with a tilt sensor. The method includes sensing an input of a key. The method also includes sensing a tilt input by the tilt sensor after sensing the input of the key. The method further includes performing a function corresponding to a combination of the key and the tilt input, when the tilt sensor senses the tilt input.10-27-2011
20110186413KEYBOARD DOME OVERLAY STRUCTURE - A dome overlay structure for a mobile device keyboard includes a plurality of dome switches, a circuit board disposed beneath the plurality of dome switches with each dome switch electrically coupled to the circuit board, a main overlay disposed over the plurality of dome switches, and a first adhesive dab centrally interposed between the dome switch and the main overlay with a second adhesive dab surrounding the first adhesive dab. Each dome switch has a central portion and a non-central portion. The first adhesive dab can bond the central portion of the dome switch to the main overlay. The second adhesive dab is configured to form a gap between the second adhesive dab and the non-central portion of the dome switch in an unactuated configuration and configured to contact the non-central portion of the dome switch in an actuated configuration.08-04-2011
20100025214Unitized Appliance Control Panel Assembly and Components of the Assembly - An electronics enclosure and associated components form a self-contained, unitized assembly including control buttons and illuminated indicator elements, that can be mated as a single piece with an outer user interface control panel fascia. A front panel of the electronics enclosure provides a mounting location for various buttons and lighted indicators that will show through mating apertures provided in the control panel fascia. This may include light pipe collars and integral spring levers. Specially configured cup structures may be integrally molded at the ends of the spring levers to provide electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection. A mount of planar spring button pieces on the front enclosure panel, over the associated spring levers, results in an assembly incorporating two springs serving to bias the associated button to its return position, and eliminating any rattle or looseness of the parts.02-04-2010
20100018848KEYPAD ASSEMBLY - A key assembly (01-28-2010
20100187080SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AN ELECTRONIC INTERACTIVE SWITCH - An interactive switch system for a stowage compartment system for a mobile platform (for example, commercial aircraft) is provided. The switch system is mounted to a moveable structure, such as an overhead stowage bin, and is responsive to a local input from a user, as well as to a remote input from an external control/monitoring panel. The switch system has at least one indicator surface responsive to the local input and the remote input to display indicator data. The indicator surface has a portion that forms at least one user input device for enabling the local input. The switch system further comprises a control system disposed behind the indicator surface. The control system is responsive to the local input and the remote input to transmit the indicator data to the indicator surface.07-29-2010
20090173613Electronic Key - The aim of the invention is to provide a simple and economical embodiment of an electronic key comprising dimensionally stable push buttons (07-09-2009
20100200385Anti-Ghosting Keyboard - A computer keyboard is disclosed to remediate the phantom key or ghosting problem. Diodes are added to the PCB or contact-receptive membrane to eliminate reverse current, which is responsible for phantom key strikes. These one-way diodes increase the number of possible concurrent combinations that a microcontroller with limited inputs can support.08-12-2010
20120031746TOUCH SCREEN AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF - The present invention provides a method of manufacturing a touch screen, comprising the steps of: a) forming a conductive layer on a substrate; b) forming an etching resist pattern on the conductive layer; and c) forming a conductive pattern having a line width smaller than the line width of the etching resist pattern by over-etching the conductive layer by using the etching resist pattern and a touch screen manufactured by the method. According to the present invention, a touch screen comprising a conductive pattern having an ultrafine line width can be economically and efficiently provided.02-09-2012
20120037484Key Device for Mobile Phone - The present invention discloses a key device for a mobile phone, which comprises a printed circuit board (PCB), a key disposed on the PCB and a metal dome disposed above the key. The metal dome is able to make electrical contact with the key. The key comprises a first electrode, a second electrode and a third electrode, and the third electrode is formed as two rings in which the first electrode and the second electrode are disposed respectively. In the key device for a mobile phone provided by the present invention, the key is formed with three electrodes, so when the metal dome makes contact with the first electrode or the second electrode, the three electrodes of the key are electrically connected with each other simultaneously. This imparts the key for a mobile phone with the compatibility, thereby reducing the product cost and shortening the duration of research and development.02-16-2012
20120247936ILLUMINATED KEYBOARD - An illuminated keyboard includes a main circuit board, a membrane switch circuit module and an illumination circuit board. The membrane switch circuit module includes a first connecting zone and a bus bar. Through the bus bar, the membrane switch circuit module is connected with the main circuit board. The illumination circuit board includes a second connecting zone. The second connecting zone and the first connecting zone are connected with each other. Consequently, the illumination circuit board is electrically connected with the main circuit board through the second connecting zone, the first connecting zone and the bus bar.10-04-2012
20120043191SINGLE SUPPORT LEVER KEYBOARD MECHANISM - A keyboard mechanism for a low-travel keyboard and methods of fabrication are described. The low-travel keyboard is suitable for a thin-profile computing device, such as a laptop computer, netbook computer, desktop computer, etc. The keyboard includes a key cap that can be formed of a variety of materials in the form of a flat slab. The key cap is attached to one end of a support lever that supports it from underneath. In one embodiment, the support lever is formed of a rigid material and is pivotally coupled with a substrate on the other end. In another embodiment, the support lever is formed of a flexible material and is fixedly attached to the substrate on the other end. The portion of the support lever that is attached to the key cap is positioned over a metal dome that can be deformed to activate the switch circuitry of the membrane on printed circuit board underneath the dome.02-23-2012
20120043192KEYPAD MODULE FOR PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A keypad module includes a light source, a light guide plate and a keypad. The light guide plate includes a plurality of coarse surfaces. The keypad forms a plurality of ribs corresponding to the coarse surfaces. The light source is positioned in the light guide plate, the coarse surfaces and the ribs guiding light of the light source to uniform on the light guide plate.02-23-2012
20120000759DEFLECTION WEB FOR A KEYPAD ASSEMBLY - A deflection web is provided for use in a keypad assembly. The deflection web comprises a plurality of actuators resiliently coupled together by a flexible membrane. Each actuator of the deflection web corresponds to a key of the keypad assembly, and for each actuator, the flexible membrane comprises a corresponding radially outwardly extending flange whose thickness varies in a direction from the corresponding actuator. In some instances, the thickness of the flange may increase as the flange extends a distance radially outward from its corresponding actuator. A method for creating the deflection web of the keypad assembly and a method for assembling the keypad assembly are also provided.01-05-2012
20110155551KEYBOARD STRUCTURE - There is provided a keyboard structure capable of preventing a fingernail of a user from being inserted between key tops and achieving uniform illumination without illumination leakage. A key top body portion (06-30-2011
20120006665GAS-INSULATED SWITCHGEAR ASSEMBLY - A gas-insulated switchgear assembly is provided. The gas-insulated switchgear assembly includes at least one busbar which defines an axial direction. The busbar includes encapsulation which surrounds at least one nominal conductor. The encapsulation includes at least one pair of axially adjacent modules which are connected to one another via a compensation unit. The pair of modules are attached by at least one tie rod, which extends in the axial direction and is attached to a first attachment point of the first module and to the second attachment point of the second module. A thermal change in the length in the axial direction of the at least one tie rod between the first attachment point and the second attachment point, a thermal change in the axial direction in the distance between the first attachment point of the first module and the first reference point, and a thermal change in the axial direction in the distance between the second attachment point of the second module and the second reference point are at least partially compensated for such that the module distance changes by less than a predetermined amount in the axial direction when the encapsulation is heated or cooled.01-12-2012
20120205227GROUP OF MOMENTARY-CONTACT SWITCHES AS UNIFORM CONTROL PANEL IN MOTOR VEHICLES - A pushbutton switch array is proposed which provides a uniform operating surface in which switching units are distinguished from dummy elements only by symbols provided on the switching units and the switching units are realized with few functional parts. The pushbutton switch array has a frame which is covered by a transparent film and includes recesses which selectively have an actuating element accommodated therein for displacement or a dummy element accommodated therein so as to be non-displaceable. The actuating elements are provided with symbols on the surface thereof facing the film and hold a printed circuit board at the opposite end. The printed circuit board carries a switch element that cooperates with a contact element on an opposite base plate. The transparent film, which completely covers the frame along with the actuating elements and the dummy elements, provides a continuous smooth surface. Arranged behind the film are the actuating elements, which are identifiable only by the selectively illuminated symbols.08-16-2012
20120012448KEYBOARD ILLUMINATION - Methods and apparatuses disclosed herein relate to backlit visual display elements. One embodiment may take the form a keyboard including at least one keycap, a dome switch layer underlying the keycap, and an encapsulation layer underlying the dome switch layer. The encapsulation layer may include a first printed circuit layer configured to transmit a signal corresponding to the at least one keycap. The keyboard may further include a light emissive layer underlying the encapsulation layer. The light emissive layer may include at least one emissive area corresponding to the at least one keycap and a second printed circuit layer configured to supply a voltage to the at least one emissive area.01-19-2012
20110089009AIR CONDITIONER CONTROL MODULE - An air conditioner control module has a control panel and a circuit board mounted on a rear side of the control panel. The control panel has a plurality of buttons, a plurality of light holes, a display window and a dial. The control circuit is mounted on the circuit board and is connected with a plurality of micro switches, a plurality of indicators, a display device and a continuous variable resistor. The micro switches, indicators and display device respectively correspond to the buttons, light holes and display window. The continuous variable resistor is connected with the dial. The dial and the continuous variable resistor constitute a continuous dial fine-tuning temperature and humidity of an air conditioner and facilitating the operation of the air conditioner.04-21-2011
20120152716SWITCHGEAR - It is an object to provide a switchgear capable of alleviating burden to a manager. In order to solve the aforementioned problem, the switchgear according to the present invention includes a plurality of compatible switch units each provided in a housing and closing/interrupting/ground functions so that the plurality of switch units are connected to supply power to the load side.06-21-2012
20120152717KEYBOARD AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - Disclosed herein is a keyboard, including: a membrane switch having contacts disposed at positions thereof corresponding to keys; a spacer member provided on the membrane switch and having openings at least at portions thereof corresponding to the keys; a resilient member provided on the spacer member and spaced from and opposed to the membrane switch through the openings; and a key member provided at a portion of the resilient member which corresponds to each of the keys.06-21-2012
20120152715LUMINOUS KEYBOARD - The present invention discloses a luminous keyboard. The luminous keyboard includes an illumination element, a membrane circuit board, and a plurality of keys. The membrane circuit board includes an upper board and a lower board with a plurality of light guide points. The lower board and the upper board have a first circuit layout and a second circuit layout respectively to form a plurality of membrane switches. The plurality of light guide points of the lower board are used to aggregate and scatter light beams provided by the illumination element. Besides, the lower board includes a first membrane and a second membrane in order to increase the upward-scattering light quality of the plurality of light guide points.06-21-2012
20090134000SWITCH CONFIGURATION - A switch configuration for use with a keyboard comprises a plurality of support structures positioned adjacent each other in spaced relation and a plurality of dome switches, with at least one dome switch being coupled to each of the plurality of support structures. A keyboard and mobile communication device incorporate the switch configuration.05-28-2009
20110127152BLIND POINT KEYSWITCH AND INPUT APPARATUS - The invention provides an input apparatus including a bottom plate and a plurality of keyswitches disposed on the bottom plate. Each keyswitch includes a blind point keyswitch. The blind point keyswitch includes a keycap and a blind point. The keycap has a smooth surface. The blind point is made of a specific material by a specific process, and the blind point is formed on the surface of the keycap for being a protrusion.06-02-2011
20120125754SWITCH DEVICE - In the switch device including the case in which switches are accommodated, tube portions provided on an upper surface of the case, operation knobs swingably provided to the tube portions, operation rods for transmitting movement of the operation knobs to the switches, and the cover covering the upper surface of the case while exposing the operation knobs, projections protruding on the side of the cover are provided on the upper surface of the case, projections protruding on the side of the case are provided on a back surface of the cover, and the projections are arranged in a space between the cover and the case formed when the case is covered by the cover so as to be overlapped with each other when seen from the front and back direction.05-24-2012
20100288614LIGHTGUIDES HAVING LIGHT EXTRACTION STRUCTURES PROVIDING REGIONAL CONTROL OF LIGHT OUTPUT - Lightguides, devices incorporating lightguides, and processes for making lightguides are described. A lightguide includes light extractors arranged in a pattern on a surface of the lightguide. The pattern of light extractors is arranged to enhance uniformity of light output across a surface of the lightguide and to provide enhanced defect hiding. The efficiency of the light extractors is controlled by a shape factor. The areal density of the light extractors across the surface of the lightguide may be substantially constant or may decrease along the direction of propagation of light from the light source.11-18-2010
20100288613KEYPAD ASSEMBLY AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE USING SAME - A keypad assembly is used for an electronic device. The keypad assembly includes a support member, a plurality of key strips and a plurality of elastic members. The support member defines a plurality of openings and a plurality of cantilever plates, each cantilever plate extending into a corresponding opening. The key strips are received in the openings. Each key strip defines a first slot in which each cantilever plate is received. Each elastic member supports one of the key strips and provides a force extending one portion of the key strips out of its corresponding opening.11-18-2010
20120160652KEYBOARD WITH PLATE-TYPE KEYCAP ASSEMBLY - A plate-type keycap assembly is used in a keyboard. A main body, a keycap, and a connecting part of the keycap assembly are integrated monolithically and form a plate structure with substantially equal thickness. When the main body of the keycap assembly is constrained by a cover and a pedestal part, the keycap in the keyboard is formed as a cantilever structure via the connecting part. The cantilever structure enables the keycap for moving up and down steadily, which no longer needs scissors-type structure in the keyboard. Accordingly, the keyboard may be simplified and miniaturized when utilizing such keycap assembly.06-28-2012
20120160651MULTI-DIRECTIONAL SWITCH DEVICE - In a multi-directional switch device including: an operation body which moves to be inclined in multiple directions; four actuators which are operated to be pressed by an inclination operation of the operation body so as to be moved; and three switch elements which perform switching operations by the movements of the actuators, the first actuator causes the first switch element to perform the switching operation, the second actuator causes the second switch element to perform the switching operation, the third actuator causes the third switch element to perform the switching operation, and the fourth actuator causes the first switch element to perform the switching operation, such that the plurality of actuators are disposed at positions where any of the three switch elements performs the switching operation even through the operation body is operated to be inclined in any direction.06-28-2012
20120160650ELECTRONIC DEVICE HAVING MISOPERATION PREVENTION BUTTON - An electronic device proofed against unintended consequences when a button is depressed is provided. The electronic device includes a case, a movable pad rotatably received in the case, and a button body movably attached to the case and above the movable pad. The movable pad includes at least one switch arranged thereon. The button body includes at least one protruding post corresponding to the at least one switch and facing to the movable pad. The electronic device further includes a driving member slidably connected to the case and connected to the movable pad, sliding the driving member in one direction effectively isolates the movable pad from the button body, and sliding it in the reverse direction restores the connection.06-28-2012
20110180378SLIDING ELECTRICAL SWITCH - A sliding electrical switch comprising a first slider which is able to establish a first electrical switching channel, a first actuator for the first slider, a second slider which is able to establish a second electrical switching channel, a second actuator for the second slider, and a common return spring which is a compression spring which is mounted axially compressed between the first and second sliders and which simultaneously stresses each of the two sliders towards its idle axial position.07-28-2011
20120132509KEYPAD ASSEMBLY, AND IMAGE FORMING DEVICE AND DATA PROCESSOR INCORPORATING THE SAME - A keypad assembly includes a first keypad element including a first frame element, first elastic elements connecting with the first frame element, keycaps swingably connected to the first frame element via the first elastic elements, and pressing elements protruding downward from the keycaps, and a second keypad element including a second frame element, second elastic elements connecting with the second frame element, keycaps swingably connected to the second frame element via the second elastic elements, and pressing elements protruding downward from the keycaps.05-31-2012
20120211342Method of fabricating a keypad structure having an engraved pattern, keypad structure, and keypad semi-structure - A method of fabricating a keypad structure having an engraved pattern, in which a keycap layer including a hard coating as a top layer is provided. The keycap layer is punched to form at least a keycap component utilized to assembly a keypad semi-product. The keypad semi-product is kept in a storage place. A pattern is provided. After a demand of the pattern is confirmed, the keypad semi-product is fetched and the hard coating is partially removed to form the confirmed pattern to complete a keypad structure. A keypad structure and a keypad semi-structure are also provided.08-23-2012
20100051436KEY INPUT DEVICE - In a voltage dividing circuit, a first circuit where only a first switch is connected, a second circuit where a first resistor and a second switch are connected in series, a third circuit where a second resistor and a third switch are connected in series and a fourth circuit where a third resistor and a fourth switch are connected in series are connected in parallel. One end of the parallel circuit is connected to a limit resistor and the other end of the parallel circuit is connected to a ground point. One switch is provided between a connecting point in one circuit and a connecting point in another circuit, and each resistor of at least two circuits is connected in parallel by said one switch.03-04-2010
20100051434KEYPAD ASSEMBLY AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE USING THE SAME - An exemplary keypad assembly includes a printed circuit board (PCB) including a plurality of fixed contact points, an elastic member disposed on the printed circuit board; a plurality of metallic domes fixed to the elastic member between the printed circuit board and the elastic member. Each of the metallic domes corresponds to each of the fixed contact points, and each metallic dome covers each fixed contact point. The keypad assembly has a thin configuration due to a combination configuration of the typical metallic dome sheet and the elastic member.03-04-2010
20100051433Multi-point touch-sensitive device - A touch-sensitive device includes a first conductive layer and a second conductive layer. The first conductive layer has at least a first edge and a second edge. The second edge is substantially parallel to the first edge and there is a voltage drop across the first conductive layer between the first edge and the second edge when a power supply is coupled to the first edge and the second edge. The second conductive layer is separated from the first conductive layer by a spacer layer. The second conductive layer includes multiple electrically isolated conductive regions. When a plurality of the conductive regions are in contact with the first conductive layer simultaneously, each of the plurality of the conductive regions generates an output signal and the magnitude of the output signal depends at least in part upon the conductive region's position relative to the first and second edges.03-04-2010
20100051432Membrane type computer keyboard - A computer keyboard includes a base membrane and a upper membrane each having a number of electric contacts aligned with each other, a spacer layer disposed between the membranes for separating the contacts of the membranes from each other and having a number of openings aligned with the contacts of the membranes for allowing the contacts of the upper membrane to be actuated to engage with the contacts of the base membrane, and a number of symbols aligned with the contacts of the membranes for indicating the contacts of the membranes. A graphic overlay is attached onto the upper membrane, and the symbols are applied onto the graphic overlay or applied onto the base membrane.03-04-2010
20100051435ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH KEY ASSEMBLY - An electronic device includes an enclosure accommodating a plurality of electronic elements therein, a circuit board positioned in the enclosure and spaced from the panel, and a key assembly positioned between the panel and the circuit board. The enclosure includes a panel defining an opening. The circuit board includes a plurality of switches. The key assembly includes a plurality of key bodies protruding out from the opening of the panel and movable relative to the panel, and a supporting frame attached to the panel for supporting and fixing the plurality of key bodies. The switches are positioned under the plurality of key bodies. Movement of a portion each of the plurality of key bodies along a first direction allows movement of another portion of each of the key bodies along a second direction perpendicular to the first direction to open or close a corresponding switch.03-04-2010
20120247935METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR A COMBINATION LIGHT PIPE AND AIR GAP SWITCH - An electrical switch device includes a housing, faceplate, and a light pipe assembly that includes a light transmissive channel, a position stop, and a cam. The device also includes an air gap switch having a movable contact assembly and a stationary contact assembly. The movable contact assembly includes a cam follower that engages the cam of the light pipe assembly. The light pipe assembly is configured to pulled outward from the outer surface of the faceplate. Movement of the light pipe assembly cause the cam follower of the movable contact assembly to move along the cam and separate the movable contact from the stationary contact, shorting the circuit. Pushing the light pipe assembly in a direction back into the faceplate causes the cam follower to move in the opposite direction along the cam and allows the movable contact to engage the stationary contact and close the circuit.10-04-2012
20120073944SWITCH INTEGRATED CASING AND ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT HAVING THE CASING - A switch integrated type housing includes a housing body, a switch button sheet, a conductor and a cover sheet. The housing body is provided with a plurality of concave sections on an outer surface of the housing body. The switch button sheet is provided on the outer surface to cover the plurality of concave sections. The conductor has a dome shape downwardly projecting and is provided in each of the plurality of concave sections to contact the switch button sheet. The cover sheet is provided between the switch button sheet and the outer surface of the housing body in a portion of the outer surface of the housing body other than the plurality of concave sections and to cover a lower surface of the conductor in each of the plurality of concave sections.03-29-2012
20120073943KEYSWITCH AND KEYBOARD - A keyswitch includes a base, a circuit board, a film, a resilient member, a support member and a key cap. The circuit board is disposed on the base and has a switch. The film is disposed on the circuit board. The resilient member is fixed on the film and opposite to the switch on the circuit board. The support member is disposed on the film and has a driving portion, wherein the driving portion is opposite to the resilient member. The key cap is disposed on the support member. When the key cap is pressed, the driving portion drives the resilient portion to trigger the switch.03-29-2012
20120073942KEYSWITCH AND KEYBOARD - A keyswitch includes a base, a circuit board, a resilient support member and a key cap. The circuit board is disposed on the base and has a switch. The resilient support member is disposed on the circuit board. The resilient support member includes a trigger portion, a resilient portion and a support portion, wherein the resilient portion connects the trigger portion and the support portion, and the trigger portion faces the switch on the circuit board. The key cap is disposed on the resilient support member. The support portion of the resilient support member supports the key cap over the base. When the key cap is pressed, the trigger portion of the resilient support member triggers the switch and the resilient portion provides an elastic force for the key cap.03-29-2012
20120073941BACKLIGHTING APPARATUS FOR A KEYPAD ASSEMBLY - A keypad assembly including a dome configured to operatively engage a switch sensor; a dome overlay guide operatively coupled by to the dome; a key corresponding to the dome and configured to operatively engage the dome; and a light emitting source, configured to emit light. The dome overlay guide is configured to receive the light emitted by the light emitting source and direct the received light toward the keys.03-29-2012
20090065342Dome switch, method of manufacturing the same, and keypad assembly having the same - Provided is a dome switch including soldering pads formed at an upper surface of a circuit board and spaced a certain distance from one another, and a dome switch fixed to the soldering pads at two ends of the dome switch. Since the dome switch is directly fixed to the circuit board, even if a degree of fatigue of the dome switch increases due to long term use thereof, it is possible to prevent deformation of the dome switch, thereby increasing the reliability of products.03-12-2009
20120267227Apparatus and Method Pertaining to a Key Assembly Having a Plinth-Receiving Key Mat - A key assembly comprises a contact-responsive switch and a keycap having a plinth extending from an underside surface thereof. A key mat disposed between the keycap and the contact-responsive switch has a recessed area formed therein. This recessed area is sized and configured to receive the keycap's plinth. If desired, an adhesive can physically adhere the keycap to the key mat. By one approach, the key assembly also comprises a substantially-planar elastic layer disposed between the keycap and the contact-responsive switch. If desired, this elastic layer and the aforementioned key mat are integrally coupled to one another. By one approach this elastic layer has at least one opening disposed therethrough. This opening (or these openings) can be disposed at least in part in common with the aforementioned recessed area of the key mat.10-25-2012
20120186961INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND OPERATION INPUT DEVICE - An information processing apparatus includes a keyboard having a plurality of keys. The keyboard includes a sheet having a plurality of switch units for switching a non-conductive state and a conductive state according to operation with which the plurality of keys are respectively pressed down, the sheet having a first opening portion at a position corresponding to at least one of the keys, and a light emitting member provided below the sheet to emit light toward the key, the light emitting member having a second opening portion at a position corresponding to at least one of the keys.07-26-2012
20120186960ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH SWITCHES TO SELECTIVELY CONTROL SAFE ACCESS - An exemplary electronic device includes a casing, a first switch, a second switch and a switch control unit. The second switch is connected in parallel with the first switch. The casing includes a side plate and a top plate detachably connected with a top end of the side plate. The first switch is turned on when the top plate mounted to the side plate and turned off when the top plate detached from the side plate. The switch control unit includes a sliding member mounted at the second switch. The sliding member includes a pressing plate and is moveable relative to the side plate between a first position in which the pressing plate aligned with and pressing the second switch to turn on the second switch and a second position in which the pressing plate is staggered with the second switch to turn off the second switch.07-26-2012
20120255846DISPLAY SWITCH UNIT FOR A VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE DISPLAY SWITCH UNIT - A display switch unit is provided for a vehicle and a method for producing the display switch unit. The display switch unit has at least one transparent front plastic region and a rear plastic region. Plastic switch symbols are disposed in the transparent front plastic region of the plastic body. Sensor structures of proximity sensors are each disposed behind one of the plastic switch symbols in the rear plastic region. The material of the plastic switch symbols includes, but is not limited to light-sensitive invisible particles, which are disposed in such a manner that under irradiation, colored illuminated switch symbols are visible in the surrounding transparent front plastic region.10-11-2012
20120228105KEYSWITCH CONTROLLER - A keyswitch controller includes a housing, a circuit board, a keyswitch module, and a force feedback module. The housing includes a keyswitch hole. The circuit board is disposed in the housing and includes a switch. The keyswitch module disposed on the circuit board and passing out of the keyswitch hole is for turning on the switch by being pressed so as to generate a pressing signal. The force feedback module is coupled to the keyswitch module for vibrating according to the pressing signal.09-13-2012
20120228106INPUT DEVICE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING INPUT DEVICE - A method of manufacturing an input device includes a step of bonding a translucent first optical adhesive layer to one surface of a first transparent base so that a part of first lead electrodes is exposed to the outside; a step of disposing a FPC so that a predetermined gap is formed between the FPC and the first optical adhesive layer in plan view, and electrically connecting the FPC to the first lead electrodes exposed to one surface of the first transparent base; a step of bonding a surface member, which forms an input surface, to the first transparent base with the first optical adhesive layer interposed therebetween; and a step of sealing the exposed lead electrodes by injecting a resin into a space between the first transparent base and the surface member facing each other.09-13-2012
20100326808ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH TWO KEYPADS - An electronic device with two keypads is provided. The electronic device includes a recessed portion and a pressable member rotatably attached to the recessed portion. A plurality of key switches is arranged on a surface of the recessed portion. A plurality of first pressable portions are formed on a first surface of the pressable member, and a plurality of second pressable portions are formed on a second surface of the pressable member. The first pressable portions and the key switches form the first keys, and the second portions and the key switches form the second keys. The electronic device further includes a switch unit and a processor. The processor is configured for assigning the key switches to correspond to the first pressable portions or the second portions according to the switch signal generated by the switch unit.12-30-2010
20100326807LIGHT GUIDE PLATE, LIGHT GUIDE KEY PLATE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE LIGHT GUIDE KEY PLATE - A light guide key plate includes a light guide plate (12-30-2010
20110120848LUMINOUS KEYBOARD - A luminous keyboard includes plural keycaps, a membrane circuit board, at least one light-emitting element, and a lower cover. The plural keycaps, the membrane circuit board and the light-emitting element are supported on the lower cover. In addition, the lower cover of the luminous keyboard has a light-guiding function. Since an additional light guide plate is required, the luminous keyboard has simplified configuration and the overall thickness thereof is reduced.05-26-2011
20120318655KEYPAD ASSEMBLY FOR ELECTRONIC DEVICES - A key pad assembly includes a keypad and a shading sheet. The keypad includes a board and a plurality of supporting portions formed on and protruding from the board, each supporting portion has an end surface for pressing and sidewalls surrounding and connecting to the end surface and the board. The shading plate includes a base sheet attaching to and shading the board and a plurality of shading cavities formed on the base sheet, the shading cavities surrounds and shades the corresponding supporting portions while allowing light to pass through the end surface.12-20-2012
20110209975KEYPAD ASSEMBLY - A keypad assembly is described herein in which the keypad assembly includes a substrate and a plurality of domes positioned on the substrate and configured to translate operator action into a corresponding input for a machine. The keypad assembly also includes a dome overlay positioned over the domes and the substrate in which the dome overlay can create a sealed environment for the substrate and the domes. A light guide that directs light in the keypad assembly and an interlocking component coupled to the light guide can also be part of the keypad assembly. In one arrangement, the interlocking component can selectively compress the dome overlay to assist in the creation of the sealed environment. In another arrangement, the interlocking component can compress the dome overlay by bending the dome overlay at an edge of the substrate.09-01-2011
20110226600KEYSWITCH AND KEYBOARD - A keyswitch includes a key cap, a base, a first support member, a second support member and a link member. The base has a first restraining portion and a third restraining portion. The first support member is disposed between the key cap and the base. The first support member has a second restraining portion. The first restraining portion restrains the second restraining portion from moving in a direction perpendicular to the base. The second support member is disposed between the key cap and the base and opposite to the first support member. The second support member has a fourth restraining portion. The third restraining portion restrains the fourth restraining portion from moving in the direction perpendicular to the base. When the key cap is pressed to a bottom of the base, the second and fourth restraining portions are located under the first and third restraining portions respectively.09-22-2011
20120298496PRESS KEY AND KEYBOARD - A press key includes: a keycap made of metal; a base board; a circuit board disposed on the base board; an insulating film disposed on the circuit board; and an elastic member disposed between the insulating film and the keycap, the elastic member being pressed toward the circuit board when the keycap is pressed, and being resilient to return the keycap to an original position when the keycap is released. A keyboard including a plurality of the aforesaid press keys is also disclosed.11-29-2012
20120080300ILLUMINATED KEYBOARD - An illuminated keyboard includes a transparent frame plate, a key, a light source and a membrane switch circuit module. The light beam emitted by the light source is transmissible through the transparent frame plate. Consequently, the light source may be disposed on the membrane switch circuit module, between the key and the transparent frame plate, or under the transparent frame plate.04-05-2012
20120080299ILLUMINATED KEYBOARD - An illuminated keyboard includes a supporting plate, a transparent frame plate, a key, a light source and a membrane switch circuit module. The light source is arranged between the key and the transparent frame plate. The transparent frame plate is disposed on said supporting plate for enhancing the structural strength of the illuminated keyboard. The light beam emitted by the light source is incident into the transparent frame plate, reflected by the supporting plate, and transmitted through the transparent frame plate, the membrane switch circuit module and the key. In such way, the key is illuminated.04-05-2012
20100230265DRIVE UNIT - A switch section includes a common terminal connected to a terminal at one end of each of a pair of motors, a first terminal connected to a terminal at the other end of one of the motors and a second terminal connected to a terminal at the other end of the other of the motors, and three-contact switches each including one common contact and two switching contacts. In the switch section two switches corresponding to one direction selected from the up and down directions form a switch group, at least one switch corresponding to the other direction selected from the up and down directions is provided, two switches corresponding to one direction selected from the left and right directions form a switch group, and at least one switch corresponding to the other direction selected from the left and right directions is provided.09-16-2010
20100230264Keypad - An apparatus including: a substrate; a keypad including a plurality of distinct rigid elongate keys wherein each elongate key includes: a first end portion supported by the substrate and a second end portion separated by a dimension of the elongate key from the first end portion, and suspended from the substrate in free space by the elongate key; and a plurality of switches, wherein each switch detects travelling towards the substrate of the second end portion of a respective one of the plurality of elongate keys in response to user actuation of the second end portion.09-16-2010
20120325635TAMPER-RESISTANT KEYPAD FOR MOBILE DEVICE - A tamper-resistant keypad is described. The keypad includes a keycap for actuation by a user. An actuator includes a first end that is coupled to the keycap. A frame having an aperture is adapted to receive the actuator such that the second end of the actuator is captured by the frame. The actuator is prevented from being removed from the frame.12-27-2012
20110278147KEYBOARD DEVICE - A keyboard device includes at least an illuminant element, at least a pressing key element and a light guide element. The pressing key element includes a keycap reciprocating along a first axial direction when being pressed and a recovering component attached to the keycap for supporting and pushing back the keycap when not pressed. The light guide element is located at one side of the recovering component. The light guide element includes at least a light-incident part and a light-emitting part. The light-incident part is used for receiving light emitted from the illuminant element. The light-emitting part emits light along a second axial direction to the recovering component so that the recovering components guide light to the keycap, wherein the second axial direction is different to the first axial direction.11-17-2011
20120090974ILLUMINATED KEYBOARD OF NOTEBOOK COMPUTER - An illuminated keyboard of a notebook computer includes a base, a base cover, a key module and a light-guiding and supporting plate. The base is sheltered by the base cover. The light-guiding and supporting plate is disposed under a base cover opening of the base cover and fixed on the base cover. Since the key module is supported on the light-guiding and supporting plate and exposed outside the base cover opening, the thickness of the illuminated keyboard is not increased, and it is not necessary to shorten the travelling distance of the key module.04-19-2012
20120090973ILLUMINATED MEMBRANE KEYBOARD - An illuminated membrane keyboard includes a keys monoblock; a membrane structure formed of a resilient, transparent film and mounted over the keys monoblock, the membrane structure comprising a plurality of rectangular cavities protruded from a top of the membrane structure for covering on the keys monoblock; a keyboard housing mounted to an edge of the keys monoblock; and a light source assembly mounted on an inner surface of the keyboard housing and comprising a printed circuit board (PCB) and a plurality of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) mounted on the PCB for illuminating the keys monoblock.04-19-2012
20120285807ILLUMINATED KEYBOARD - An illuminated keyboard includes plural keys, a membrane switch circuit member and an illumination module. The illumination module is used for emitting plural light beams. When the membrane switch circuit member is triggered by depressing a key, the membrane switch circuit member issues a corresponding key signal. The membrane switch circuit member includes plural light-guiding zones. Each of the light-guiding zones is filled with the corresponding light-guiding layer, so that no vacant space is formed in the light-guiding zone. As a consequence, the light-guiding layer is structurally rigid, and the possibility of abrading the light-guiding layer is minimized.11-15-2012
20120285808KEYBOARD STRUCTURE - A keyboard structure includes a frame, a button, a first circuit unit and a second circuit unit. The frame includes at least a through hole. The button is disposed at the through hole and magnetically connected with the frame. The first circuit unit includes a first electrical contact point disposed corresponding to the button. The second circuit unit includes a second electrical contact point disposed corresponding to the first electrical contact point. When the button is pressed, the button and the frame are separated, and the first electrical contact point contacts with the second electrical contact point.11-15-2012
20120138441KEYPAD ASSEMBLY FOR PORTABLE TERMINAL - A keypad assembly includes an operation member deformed according to user's manipulation to operate key switches, a binding member disposed on a top surface of the operation member, binding pieces extending and bent from the binding member to enclose sides of the operation member on an edge of the binding member, and a manipulation member disposed on a top surface of the binding member, the manipulation member including at least one key tops, in which the binding members are bound onto inner side walls of a housing of the portable terminal.06-07-2012
20120138440METHOD FOR SETTING FUNCTION OPTIONS AND MULTI FUNCTION PERIPHERAL USING THE SAME - A method for setting function options and a multi function peripheral (MFP) using the same are provided. The MFP at least includes an image sensor and an option switch, wherein the option switch includes a sliding groove and a shift lever, and the shift lever is disposed in sliding way in the sliding groove. The method includes using the image sensor to obtain an option image of the option switch; judging a corresponding position relating to the shift lever in the option image; and setting a peripheral function according to a function option corresponding to the corresponding position.06-07-2012
20130015047SWITCH UNITAANM Fujimoto; TakeyoshiAACI Utsunomiya-shiAACO JPAAGP Fujimoto; Takeyoshi Utsunomiya-shi JPAANM Motohashi; YasuoAACI New DelhiAACO INAAGP Motohashi; Yasuo New Delhi INAANM Hashimoto; KojiAACI Utsunomiya-shiAACO JPAAGP Hashimoto; Koji Utsunomiya-shi JP - A switch unit includes an upper case that has an operation portion attached therein; a circuit board that has a switch attached thereto that is able to switch contact points by operation of the operation portion; and a lower case that fits into the upper case such that the lower case is surrounded by the upper case, and that accommodates the circuit board between the upper case and the lower case. A draining portion is provided at a side surface of the upper case, and the draining portion is integrally formed with a sidewall forming the side surface and protrudes downward, and has a width that gradually narrows from the top to the bottom thereof.01-17-2013
20130015046MECHANICAL TYPE CONTROL PANEL OF AN EXERCISE EQUIPMENTAANM CHANG; WEI-CHUNAACI Taichung CityAACO TWAAGP CHANG; WEI-CHUN Taichung City TW - A mechanical type control panel of an exercise equipment comprises a light source layer, a light-transmitting cover layer, and a film button layer, which employs the light-on button with a turned-on backlight to guide the user to press so as to reduce the possibility of pressing the wrong buttons, and also to enable the user to use the control panel to do the setting of the exercise equipment even in a dim environment. On top of that, the light-transmitting cover layer enables the light of the light emitting elements to be smoothly distributed to the buttons, so as to provide a better sense of the look of the buttons.01-17-2013
20100170775KEYPAD ASSEMBLY AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF - Disclosed is a keypad assembly and a method for manufacturing the keypad assembly in which a base film member and a button member of the keypad assembly are integrally formed. The keypad assembly includes a base film member, a button member integrally formed with the base film member, and a processed part formed by recessing a space between buttons keys of the button member in a predetermined depth to be spaced apart from the base film member, the processed part being formed on the base film member. The keypad assembly is manufactured such that the button member and the base film member to be recessed between a button key including a pattern of the button member and an adjacent button key in a predetermined depth of the base film member so as to form a processed part. Therefore, the button member can be formed through UV-molding and the press of the button member is simplified.07-08-2010
20130020186TOUCH SENSING APPARATUS - A touch sensing apparatus has a plurality of unit regions, and each of the unit regions includes a first substrate, a second substrate and a spacer structure. The first substrate has a first electrode layer thereon. The second substrate is disposed opposite to the first substrate and has a second electrode thereon. The spacer structure is disposed between the first substrate and the second substrate. In particular, there are plural of sensing units in each of the unit regions, and sensing trigger forces of the sensing units in the unit region are not completely the same.01-24-2013
20120241299KEY ASSEMBLY FOR AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE HAVING A CONNECTED KEYCAP - The present application provides a key assembly for use in an electronic device. The key assembly comprises a plurality of dome switches and one or more single-piece keycaps. Each keycap has a plurality of key portions separated by deforming portions. The key assembly further comprises a plurality of actuators for activating the dome switches. Each actuator has a stem portion and an enlarged rigid blocking portion. The key assembly also comprises one or more rigid blocking members disposed between the blocking portion of the actuators and the keycaps and in close proximity to the blocking portion of the actuators. The blocking members form a barrier to limit a rotational movement of the actuators away from the dome switches.09-27-2012
20120241297System and Method for Keypad Light Guide Optical Features and Coatings - Systems and methods are provided for a keypad assembly with optical features and coatings. In one exemplary embodiment, the keypad assembly for a portable electronic device includes a keypad including a plurality of keys and a light guide for transmitting light from at least one light source. The light guide includes at least one light source feature and at least one light guide feature, and the at least one light guide feature and the at least one light source feature have applied thereto a highly-reflective coating.09-27-2012
20080237018INPUT DEVICE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF - An input device for constructing an inputting operation unit for various electronic apparatus and a method of manufacturing the input device are provided. The input device allows push-down inputting operation and position inputting operation using the same operating unit. The input device has a position input sensor provided under a key, and a base sheet having a movable contact joined to its bottom face depending on the location where the key is disposed, and a columnar section is disposed in a manner sandwiched between the position input sensor and the base sheet at the center of the movable contact.10-02-2008
20080223707METHOD AND APPARATUS TO IMPROVE TACTILE FEEL FOR KEYBOARDS AND BUTTON ASSEMBLIES - A keyboard for an electronic device that incorporates a flexible carrier for the keys. The flexible carrier has cutouts or slots that aid in decoupling the actions of one from its neighbors. Moreover, in addition to or instead of cutouts or slots, the flexible carrier optionally has cutouts around its outer perimeter. In some embodiments, the keys are molded as part of the flexible carrier. In other embodiments, the keys are attached to or inserted in the flexible carrier during manufacture. Various embodiments of the invention employ various key shapes to aid the user's tactile experience while typing.09-18-2008
20080223706INPUT DEVICE - A flat-type input unit capable of outputting information regarding a position where a finger touches as coordinate data is provided in a casing of an input device. A main-switch unit and sub-switch units operated by the flat-type input unit are also provided in the casing. When ON output signals are simultaneously supplied from the main-switch unit and one of the sub-switch units, the flat-type input unit determines a position where the finger touches by performing a detection operation. It can be determined on the basis of the position whether the main-switch unit or the sub-switch unit is controlled. Moreover, since pressing any position of the flat-type input unit can cause the main-switch unit to supply an ON output signal, a confirmation input can be performed easily with the ON output signal supplied from the main-switch unit.09-18-2008
20080223705Touch-sensing device and sensing method for electrical apparatus - The invention discloses a touch-sensing device for an electrical apparatus. The touch-sensing device, according to the invention, includes a sensing panel, a detector, and a controller. The sensing panel includes an inner sensing region and an outer sensing region. The inner sensing region, disposed on the sensing panel, is substantially divided into a plurality of equivalent inner sensing sub-regions. The outer sensing region, disposed on the sensing panel, is at the outer edge of the inner sensing region. The outer sensing region is substantially divided into a plurality of equivalent outer sensing sub-regions. The detector is electrically connected to the inner sensing region and the outer sensing region. When an object contacts a region of the inner sensing sub-regions or the outer sensing sub-regions, the detector generates a corresponding detected signal. The controller is used to receive the detected signal.09-18-2008
20130168214THIN PROFILE KEYBOARD - A thin profile keyboard is provided with a monoblock having a plurality of rectangular openings arranged in rows, and a plurality of bottom grooves; a plurality of keys each including a rectangular frame movably disposed in the opening of the monoblock, and two lever arms extending from both ends of a forward edge of frame, each lever arm filled in the bottom groove; a printed circuit board (PCB) disposed below the keys and the monoblock; and a base disposed below the PCB. The base, the monoblock, and the PCB are assembled.07-04-2013
20130140163Assembling a Keypad to a Mobile Device - A mobile device has a front frame with a key opening, a first forward facing surface adjacent the key opening and a second forward facing surface adjacent the key opening. The mobile device includes a keypad with keys coupled to a flexible backing The keypad is insertable from behind the front frame of the mobile device to position the keys into openings in the front frame and laterally expandable to position the keys on opposing lateral sides of the keypad in front of forward facing surfaces of the front frame.06-06-2013
20130175150LAPTOP KEYBOARD STRUCTURE - The present invention discloses a laptop keyboard structure, comprising a base board, a FPC board functioning as keys, silica gel keys, scissor-switches and keycaps, wherein the silica gel keys are directly attached to the base board, the keycaps are connected to the base board via the scissor-switches, and beneath the base board is disposed with the FPC board, which is arranged with apertures for computer assembly. As the FPC board provided in the invention is disposed beneath the base board, structure bores are not required to be arranged on the FPC board to cooperate with the key slots, so that fewer structure bores are needed and the fabrication of the FPC board is further simplified. In accordance with the present invention.07-11-2013
20130134021LUMINOUS KEYBOARD - A luminous keyboard includes a light-emitting element, a membrane circuit member, a key base plate, and plural keys. The membrane circuit member includes an upper wiring board and a lower wiring board. A first circuit pattern is formed on the lower wiring board. A second circuit pattern is formed on the upper wiring board. The first circuit pattern and the second circuit pattern collectively define plural membrane switches. The lower wiring board further includes plural film layers for increasing the light-guiding efficacy of the lower wiring board. Moreover, the plural keys are connected to the key base plate. The key base plate is arranged between the plural keys and the membrane circuit member.05-30-2013
20130134024BUTTON MECHANISM AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE THEREOF - A button mechanism includes a casing. A lock hole and an engaging portion are formed and disposed on a bottom of the casing, and a plurality of open slots is formed on a lateral wall of the casing. The button mechanism further includes a plurality of buttons respectively disposed on the corresponding open slots, a fixing component, and a supporting component. An end of the supporting component is engaged with the engaging portion. The supporting component includes a first part whereon a piercing hole is formed. The fixing component pierces through the piercing hole and the lock hole to fix the first part on the bottom of the casing. The supporting component further includes a second part connected to the first part and contacting against the plurality of first buttons for constraining movements of the plurality of buttons relative to the casing.05-30-2013
20130134023THIN FILM SWITCH AND PRESS KEY/KEYBOARD USING THE SAME - A thin film switch, comprising: a first thin film, having a first conductor unit mounted thereon; and a second thin film, having a second conductor unit mounted on a surface thereof facing toward the first thin film; wherein, the first conductor unit is composed of at least one first electric conductor; and the second conductor is composed of a plurality of second electric conductors to be arranged in a manner that one of the plural second electric conductors is disposed at a first position defined on the second thin film while designating another one of the plural second electric conductors to be disposed at a second position of the second thin film. Operationally, the thin film switch is capable of outputting different signals in response to different forces exerted thereon for triggering different electric conductors mounted on different positions in the thin film switch.05-30-2013
20130134022BUTTON STRUCTURE AND KEYBOARD STRUCTURE USING THE SAME - A button structure includes a key cap, a first supporting member, a second supporting member, an elastomer and a base plate. The first supporting member has a first bending portion and a second bending portion. The second supporting member is cross-connected with the first supporting member. The second supporting member has a third bending portion and a fourth bending portion. The third bending portion passes through the first bending portion and abuts an inside of the first bending portion. The second bending portion passes through the fourth bending portion and abuts an inside of the fourth bending portion. The elastomer below the key cap supports the key cap. The base plate is for supporting the first supporting member, the second supporting member and the elastomer. The key cap is able to move up and down through operations of the first supporting member, the second supporting member and the elastomer.05-30-2013
20130098743KEYBOARD MODULE AND METHOD FOR FABRICATING THE SAME - A keyboard module includes a base, a plurality of retaining members and a plurality of keycaps. Each of the retaining members includes a bottom portion, a bending portion and an upper portion. The bottom portion is disposed on the base. The bending portion is connected to the bottom portion and extends along a direction away from the bottom portion. The upper portion is connected to the bending portion. The keycaps are respectively disposed on one of the upper portions corresponding thereto. After the keycaps are pressed by an external force, the upper portions are abutted by the keycaps, and the bending portion is deformed.04-25-2013
20130126325PHYSICAL FORCE CAPACITIVE TOUCH SENSORS - A physical force capacitive touch sensor comprises a capacitive sensor element on a substrate, a physically deformable electrically insulating spacer over the capacitive sensor element and a conductive deformable plane over the physically deformable electrically insulating spacer. A protective deformable fascia may be placed over the conductive deformable plane to provide an environmental seal for physical and weather protection, but is not essential to operation of the capacitive touch sensor. Back lighting is accomplished through a light transmissive layer(s) in the capacitive touch sensor. When the conductive deformable plane is displaced toward the capacitive touch sensor element, the capacitance value of the capacitive touch sensor element changes and that change may be detected and used as an actuation signal.05-23-2013
20110048913BACKLIGHT APPARATUS AND KEYBOARD - A backlight apparatus includes a light-guiding plate, two first light-emitting members and two second light-emitting members. The light-guiding plate has a first edge and a second edge parallel to the first edge. The light-guiding plate has two first recesses and two second recesses. The two first light-emitting members are disposed in the two first recesses respectively, and the two second light-emitting members are disposed in the two second recesses respectively. The two first light-emitting members are rotated at a predetermined angle respectively, such that first light-emitting axes of the two first light-emitting members tend toward the first edge and the second edge of the light-guiding plate respectively. Besides, second light-emitting axes of the two second light-emitting members are parallel to the first edge and the second edge of the light-guiding plate.03-03-2011
20110247925KEYSWITCH MODULE AND KEYBOARD - A keyswitch module includes a base plate module and a keycap disposed on the base plate module. The base plate module includes a circuit board, a mylar and a light emitting source disposed on the circuit board. The mylar covers the circuit board, a protruding structure protrudes from the mylar, and a hole is formed on the protruding structure. The light emitting source is located in a position corresponding to the protruding structure. A space is formed between the protruding structure and the light emitting source. The keycap includes a transparent structure located in a position corresponding to the hole, wherein the light emitting source emits light to pass through the space, the hole on the protruding structure and the transparent structure of the keycap in sequence.10-13-2011
20130146434KEY SWITCH DEVICE - One aspect provides a key switch device including: a base plate; a sheet laminated on the base plate; a key top disposed above the sheet; and an elastic dome that is disposed between the sheet and the key top and is configured to press the sheet in response to the key top being pressed down. Other aspects are described and claimed.06-13-2013
20100307904KEYPAD ASSEMBLY AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE USING SAME - A keypad assembly is used for an electronic device. The keypad assembly includes a support member, and a plurality of key strips. The support member defines a plurality of openings and a plurality of cantilever plates, each cantilever plate extending into a corresponding opening. The key strips are received in the openings. Each key strip defines a slot, and each cantilever plate is received in a slot. The cantilever plates provide force to extend one portion of the key strips from the receiving groove.12-09-2010
20120273335Power Seat Switch to Present Simultaneous Activation - A switch actuating assembly for an automobile seat has a switch operating member moveable along a first path to operate a first switch associated with a first function and moveable along a second path to operate a second switch associated with a second function. To inhibit operation of both functions simultaneously a guide controls movement of the switch operating member. Guide members act between the switch operating member and the guide so that movement of the switch operating member along one of the paths upon movement of the switch operating member along the other of the paths from a rest position. An interlock is provided between the switch operating members of a pair of switch assemblies so that only one function of one of the switch assemblies can be operated at a time.11-01-2012
20130153386ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH KEYPAD ASSEMBLY - A keypad assembly is attached to a housing of an electronic device. The housing defines a plurality of key holes, the keypad assembly including an elastic sheet and a number of key caps. The elastic sheet includes a number of key bodies and a number of contacts formed at opposite surfaces thereof. The elastic sheet is positioned at a first side of the housing, and the key bodies extend through the key holes. The key caps are positioned at a second side of the housing, and are mounted on the key bodies.06-20-2013
20130153387BUTTON LIGHTING STRUCTURE AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE - Provided is a button lighting structure that includes: a plurality of button members (06-20-2013
20110233040KEYPAD HAVING THREE-DIMENSIONAL PATTERNS - A keypad having three-dimensional patterns includes a base layer, a light-guiding plate, a pattern layer, a shielding layer and a keycap layer. The light-guiding plate is overlapped on the base layer. The pattern layer is provided on the light-guiding plate. A plurality of three-dimensional patterns is provided on the front surface of the pattern layer. The shielding layer is coated on the back surface of the pattern layer, and is formed with a plurality of hollowed regions to correspond to the three-dimensional patterns. The keycap layer is overlapped on the pattern layer and formed with a plurality of keycaps to correspond to the three-dimensional patterns.09-29-2011
20110233039MOBILE TERMINAL DEVICE AND KEYPAD - A mobile terminal device includes a keypad including an elastic sheet member, on a first surface of which a plurality of convex pressing portions for pressing switches are formed, and a key top member including first sheet portions disposed in areas overlapping the convex pressing portions, the areas being on a second surface different from the first surface of the elastic sheet member, and second sheet portions disposed in areas other than the areas overlapping the convex pressing portions on the second surface of the elastic sheet member, the second sheet portions having a thickness larger than that of the first sheet portions.09-29-2011
20110233038ROOF SWITCH ASSEMBLY - A switch assembly comprises a housing, an actuating member mounted on the housing and a plurality of electrical switching members. The actuating member is able to translate frontward and backward and to pivot upward and downward, thus cooperating with the electrical switching members to control the roof displacements.09-29-2011
20110233037Normally Closed Dome Switch - A normally closed dome switch comprises a printed circuit board including a switch trace having first and second contact areas electrically insulated from one another, and a conductive switch dome having a central portion spaced from the printed circuit board and a plurality of contacting portions extending from the central portion such that each of the first and second contact areas is contacted by at least one of the contacting portions when the switch dome is unpressed such that the unpressed switch dome forms a closed switch between the first and second contact areas. The switch dome is resiliently pressable to urge the central portion toward the printed circuit board and pivot the contacting portions about a corresponding fulcrum to remove the plurality of contacting portions of the switch dome from contact with at least one of the first and second contact areas to open the switch.09-29-2011
20110272263METAL DOME SHEET COMPRISING CONDUCTIVITY SHEET - The keypad assembly uses a metal dome sheet that shields electromagnetic waves and noise. A metal dome is placed on a base sheet. And a conductive sheet is placed above the base sheet to shield electromagnetic waves and noise.11-10-2011
20110272262LUMINOUS KEYBOARD - A luminous keyboard includes plural keys, a membrane circuit board, at least one light-emitting element and a base. The light-emitting element serves as a light source of the luminous keyboard. The base is used for supporting the plural keys, the membrane circuit board and the light-emitting element. At least one component of the membrane circuit board is made of light-guiding material, so that the membrane circuit board possesses a light-guiding function. That is, the luminous keyboard has simplified configurations and the overall thickness thereof is reduced.11-10-2011
20130118877MULTIPLE FUNCTION INLINE CONTROLLER WITH BUTTONS EXTENDING ALONG DIFFERENT AXES - Methods, apparatus and systems which provide buttons oriented at angles relative to each other as a part of a multiple function switch are described. In one embodiment, the multiple function switch is part of an inline controller that is suitable for use to control features or functions of a portable electronic device. A multiple function switch may be incorporated in a cable associated with an earpiece arranged to be interfaced with a portable electronic device.05-16-2013
20130118875Touch Panel - The Present Disclosure provides a touch panel, which consists of a main panel and a light-emitting touch module mounted under the main panel. The light-emitting touch module consists of a first circuit board provided with a plethora of touch sensors and light-emitting devices under the main panel. These touch sensors are used to induce the approaching signals of the operator, and transmit the induction signals to a touch control circuit for controlling the light-emitting status of the corresponding light-emitting device. The light-emitting touch module also consists of a second circuit board, electrically connected with the first circuit board. The touch control circuit is provided on the second circuit board, spatially separated from the first circuit board by a certain distance, so that the electromagnetic interferences of the touch control circuit on the touch sensors may be reduced.05-16-2013
20130118876BREATHABLE SEALED DOME SWITCH ASSEMBLY - A sealed dome switch assembly is provided to allow air to flow between the interior and the exterior of the dome switch during the collapse and recovery of the resilient dome shell. The sealed dome switch assembly comprises at least one vent leading between the interior space and the exterior space of the sealed dome switch, wherein the vent is covered by a membrane that is permeable to air and resilient to liquid (e.g. water) and small particles (e.g. dirt). A vent may also be used to network the interiors of a plurality of sealed dome switches to at least one exterior entranceway that is covered by the membrane.05-16-2013
20110303517KEYBOARD WITH REPLACEABLE KEYS - A keyboard includes a plurality of keys. Each key includes a base, a key cap detachably connected to the base and includes at least two conductors, a flexible element connected between the key cap and the base, and a plurality of conduct lines mounted on the base. The conduct lines are not contacting each other. One end of each conduct line is connected to a processing unit. Each conduct line is assigned a code. If the key cap of one key is pressed, the conductors of the key contacts the conduct lines, thereby creating an electrical connection between the two conduct lines, and generating an electrical signal. The processing unit determines the function of the key according to the codes of the connected conduct lines.12-15-2011
20100078303MECHANICAL ARCHITECTURE FOR DISPLAY KEYBOARD KEYS - Mechanical architecture for providing maximum viewing area on key button tops of keys for a user input device. The viewing area is for the display of information on the key buttons, and also includes tactile feedback similar to standard laptop keyboards, all using low cost manufacturing methods such as injection molding. The architecture optimizes an aperture through the core of the key switch assembly in order to project an image through the aperture and onto the display area of the key button. The architecture relocates in at least one embodiment the tactile feedback mechanism (e.g., dome assembly) out from underneath the key button to the perimeter or side of the key switch assembly. The architecture finds particular application to input devices such as keyboards, game pods, data entry device, etc., that operate in combination with an optical surface (e.g., wedge lens).04-01-2010
20120006666KEYSWITCH AND KEYBOARD - A keyswitch includes a key cap, a base, a circuit board, a film, a resilient member and a pressure sensing member. The circuit board is disposed on the base. The film is disposed on the circuit board. The resilient member is disposed between the film and the key cap. The pressure sensing member is disposed at a position selected from a group consisting of a position between the resilient member and the film, a position between the film and the circuit board, and a position between the circuit board and the base. When the key cap is pressed by an external force, the pressure sensing member senses a magnitude of the external force.01-12-2012
20120018290KEY STRUCTURE - A key structure includes a substrate, a key cover positioned on the substrate, a first fixed contact, a second fixed contact and a conductive portion. The key cover includes a first movable contact, a second movable contact and a fixed portion. The first movable contact, the second movable contact and the fixed portion are located at inner surface of the key cover. The first fixed contact, the second fixed contact and the conductive portion are electrically positioned on the substrate and correspond to the first movable contact, the second movable contact and the fixed portion. When the key cover deforms, the first movable contact and the second movable contact move toward the substrate, the second movable contact and the first movable contact electrically contact the second fixed contact and the second fixed contact to generate a first command signal and a second command signal.01-26-2012
20120018289LOCAL LIGHTING KEYBOARD - A local lighting keyboard includes a baseboard, a plurality of keycaps movable up and down against the baseboard, and a circuit board located between the baseboard and the keycaps that is depressible by the keycaps in the up and down movement to output corresponding signals. A mask is provided beneath the keycaps that has a light permeable zone and an impermeable zone, and at least one light source located below a lower surface of the mask. The light source emits light which is transmitted below the mask and passes through the permeable zone to project upwards outside the keyboard. Thus locations of the keycaps are easier to distinguish and keystroke accuracy improves.01-26-2012
20120018288KEYPAD HAVING TAMPER-RESISTANT KEYS - A tamper resistant keypad includes one or more key assemblies having a resilient key member and a contact. The resilient key member is configured to flex when the key assembly is depressed to allow the contact to close a key press detection circuit on a circuit board to register a key press. A tamper detection switch assembly at least partially surrounds the resilient key member. The tamper detection switch assembly is configured to detect attempts to access the key assembly.01-26-2012
20130192967STEERING WHEEL ASSEMBLY WITH USER CONTROLS - A steering wheel assembly comprises a plurality of control elements disposed on a user-accessible surface of the steering wheel assembly. Each of the plurality of control elements has a plurality of user-selectable operational states and is electrically coupled to a corresponding branch of an electric circuit. The electric circuit defines an output node and is configured to produce a single output signal at the output node. Each of the plurality of control elements is configured for affecting the single output signal based on an active one of the plurality of user-selectable operational states of the respective one of the plurality of control elements. The single output signal is indicative of the active ones of the plurality of user-selectable operational states for each of the plurality of control elements.08-01-2013
20120024684SEGMENTAL ELECTRONIC CIRCUIT BREAKER AND INSTALLATION COMPRISING SAME - A circuit breaker includes several elementary circuit breakers (02-02-2012
20130199911MEMBRANE SWITCH UNIT AND KEYBOARD DEVICE INCLUDING THE MEMBRANE SWITCH UNIT - In a membrane switch unit having an illumination function that is formed of a pair of sheets and has a plurality of light sources arranged therein, a plurality of fixed contacts having wiring portions are provided on a lower membrane sheet, a plurality of movable contacts formed independently of one another are formed on an upper membrane sheet, and a plurality of white LEDs (light sources) are provided on the upper membrane sheet where there is no wiring among the movable contacts. As a result, wiring paths can be freely provided and, hence, the plurality of the white LEDs connected in parallel with a power supply can be easily housed. Since the plurality of the white LEDs are connected in parallel with the power supply, the plurality of the white LEDs can be lit without using a voltage step-up circuit or a dedicated lighting power supply.08-08-2013
20120085632KEYPAD APPARATUS FOR PORTABLE COMMUNICATION DEVICE - Provided is a keypad apparatus for a portable communication device structured to have a Printed Circuit Board (PCB) including a plurality of dome switches and a plurality of Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs). The keypad apparatus includes a waveguide sheet portion provided on the dome switches, a plurality of printed surfaces which are printed on a top surface of the waveguide sheet portion and adjust a brightness of light from the LEDs, in a stepwise manner from a position distant from the LEDs to a position adjacent to the LEDs, and a keypad provided on the printed surfaces.04-12-2012
20130206562KEYBOARD WITH WATER-DRAINING FUNCTION - A keyboard with a water-draining function is provided. The keyboard includes a base, an upper cover, and a flexible plate. The base has at least one drainage hole. The upper cover has at least one upper cover opening corresponding to the at least one drainage hole. The flexible plate has at least one flexible plate opening corresponding to the at least one drainage hole. The flexible plate is arranged between the upper cover and the base. The flexible plate is contacted with the upper cover and the base, so that the at least one drainage hole is connected with the corresponding upper cover opening. The liquid splashed on the keyboard may flow through the upper cover opening, the flexible plate opening and the drainage hole, and then the liquid is exhausted out of the keyboard.08-15-2013
20130206563PRESSING-TYPE INPUT DEVICE - A switching substrate on which switching portions are mounted is attached at an angle to a case. The length in the pressing direction of a first push button of a push button unit is larger than the length in the pressing direction of a second push button. A first contact portion about which the push button unit rotates when the first push button is pressed and a second contact portion about which the push button unit rotates when the second push button is pressed are at substantially the same height from the surface of the switching substrate. Therefore, the rotation angle when a first operating surface is pressed can be made equal to the rotation angle when a second operating surface is pressed.08-15-2013
20130206564IN-VEHICLE LEVER SWITCH DEVICE - In a lever switch device, a holder is assembled in and fixed to a cylindrical lever body formed by combining halved lever bodies and the holder supports two rotating knobs so as to allow the rotating knobs to rotate. Further, a circuit board is mounted on the holder, and both main surfaces of the circuit board face the rotating knobs, respectively. The rotating knob is exposed to the outside at the end of the cylindrical lever body in the axial direction, and the rotating knob is exposed to the outside through window portions formed at the cylindrical lever body. Sliders are mounted on the rotating knobs, respectively, one slider can come into contact with and be separated from contact patterns formed on the main surface, and the other slider can come into contact with and be separated from contact patterns formed on the main surface.08-15-2013

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