Global Patent Index - EP 1236166 A1

EP 1236166 A1 2002-09-04 - 6 DOF GRAPHIC CONTROLLERS WITH SHEET CONNECTED SENSORS

Title (en)

6 DOF GRAPHIC CONTROLLERS WITH SHEET CONNECTED SENSORS

Title (de)

SECHS FREIHEITSGRADEN GRAFIK-STEUERGERÄT MIT FOLIEVERBUNDENEN SENSOREN

Title (fr)

UNITES COMMANDE GRAPHIQUES A 6 DEGRE DE LIBERTE (DDL) POURVUES DE CAPTEURS RELIES PAR FEUILLES

Publication

EP 1236166 A1 (EN)

Application

EP 99964128 A

Priority

US 9928913 W

Abstract (en)

[origin: WO0141053A1] A sensor connecting sheet material for inclusion in appropriately structured multiple-axes controllers comprised of a single input member operable in 6 DOF relative to a reference member of the controller. The input member having return-to-center resiliency relative to the reference member on at least the three perpendicular linear axes. The input member can be of a continuously rotatable trackball-type or a limited rotation joystick-type, and the reference member can be a shaft, a base or a housing. The controllers include carriage structuring for influencing sheet connected sensors by hand-applied operation of the input member. The preferred structures provide cooperative interaction with movement or force influenced sensors in primarily a single area. Some, most, or all of the sensors are preferably supported on a generally single plane, such as on a printed flexible membrane sensor sheet or circuit board sheet. In an alternative embodiment, sensors and conductive traces are applied on a generally flat, flexible membrane sensor sheet, which is then bent into a three dimensional configuration which may in some cases reach a widely-spread 3-D constellation of 6 DOF and/or other sensor mountings. The use of sensors connected by a sheet member, whether finally applied in a flat or 3-D configuration, enables efficient circuit and sensor connection and placement during manufacture, resulting in low product costs and high reliability.

IPC 1-7 (main, further and additional classification)

G06K 11/18; G06F 3/02

IPC 8 full level (invention and additional information)

G06F 3/02 (2006.01); G06F 3/0338 (2013.01); G06F 3/0354 (2013.01)

CPC (invention and additional information)

G06F 3/0213 (2013.01); G06F 3/0338 (2013.01); G06F 3/0354 (2013.01); G06F 3/03549 (2013.01)

Citation (search report)

See references of WO 0141053A1

Designated contracting state (EPC)

AT BE CH CY DE DK ES FI FR GB GR IE IT LI LU MC NL PT SE

EPO simple patent family

WO 0141053 A1 20010607; AU 2043600 A 20010612; EP 1236166 A1 20020904; JP 2003522998 A 20030729

INPADOC legal status


2003-02-12 [18W] APPLICATION WITHDRAWN

- Effective date: 20021216

2002-09-04 [17P] REQUEST FOR EXAMINATION FILED

- Effective date: 20020618

2002-09-04 [AK] DESIGNATED CONTRACTING STATES:

- Kind Code of Ref Document: A1

- Designated State(s): AT BE CH CY DE DK ES FI FR GB GR IE IT LI LU MC NL PT SE

2002-09-04 [AX] REQUEST FOR EXTENSION OF THE EUROPEAN PATENT TO:

- Free text: AL;LT;LV;MK;RO;SI