Global Patent Index - EP 1236213 A1

EP 1236213 A1 2002-09-04 - REMOTE CONTROLLER WITH PRESSURE SENSITIVE BUTTONS

Title (en)

REMOTE CONTROLLER WITH PRESSURE SENSITIVE BUTTONS

Title (de)

FERNBEDIENUNG MIT DRUCKSENSITIVEN TASTEN

Title (fr)

T L COMMANDE DOT E DE TOUCHES SENSIBLES LA PRESSION

Publication

EP 1236213 A1 (EN)

Application

EP 99965106 A

Priority

  • US 9928656 W
  • US 14880298 A

Abstract (en)

[origin: WO0145123A1] A remote controller for controlling a host device, the controller including a housing, an electrical power source within the housing, electronic circuitry within the housing connected to the power source and including a radiation emitter to emit signals from the housing, a plurality of finger depressible buttons exposed on the housing and interfacing with sensors electrically associated with the circuitry. The buttons are for user selection of signals emitted for controlling a host device. At least some of the sensors are utilized only as momentary-On only On/Off sensors. At least one sensors(s) is a pressure-sensitive analog sensor structured for varying electrical conductance through at least three readable states or values. The readable states are dependent upon depressive pressure applied to the sensor(s) through finger depressible button(s). The circuitry is structured to read the readable states of the pressure-sensitive analog sensor(s) and to emit signals representing the state or value of the sensor(s). In one embododiment, the analog sensor(s) is/are elastomeric dome-cap sensor(s) including pressure-sensitive variable-conductance material positioned over proximal circuit elements of the circuitry. The analog sensors are preferably associated with selectable functions such as tuner channel changing as for televisions and supportive tuner devices, and video speed controls as for VCRs, DVDs and like recorded video players, and computers and audio and other like devices. Additionally disclosed are methods of use and manufacture.

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

H01H 13/48

IPC 8 full level (invention and additional information)

H01H 13/48 (2006.01); H01H 13/785 (2006.01)

CPC (invention and additional information)

H01H 13/785 (2013.01); H01H 13/48 (2013.01); H01H 2201/036 (2013.01)

Citation (search report)

See references of WO 0145123A1

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 0145123 A1 20010621; EP 1236213 A1 20020904

INPADOC legal status


2003-02-05 [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