(19)
(11)EP 3 106 966 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
11.12.2019 Bulletin 2019/50

(21)Application number: 15749020.2

(22)Date of filing:  29.01.2015
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
G06F 3/0354(2013.01)
G06F 3/038(2013.01)
(86)International application number:
PCT/JP2015/052446
(87)International publication number:
WO 2015/122280 (20.08.2015 Gazette  2015/33)

(54)

POSITION POINTER

POSITIONSANZEIGER

INDICATEUR DE POSITION


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 12.02.2014 JP 2014023970

(43)Date of publication of application:
21.12.2016 Bulletin 2016/51

(73)Proprietor: Wacom Co., Ltd.
Kazo-shi, Saitama 349-1148 (JP)

(72)Inventors:
  • ARAI Takayuki
    Kazo-shi Saitama 349-1148 (JP)
  • KANEDA Takenori
    Kazo-shi Saitama 349-1148 (JP)
  • AOKI Shinya
    Kazo-shi Saitama 349-1148 (JP)
  • BABA Yasuhiro
    Kazo-shi Saitama 349-1148 (JP)

(74)Representative: Appelt, Christian W. 
Boehmert & Boehmert Anwaltspartnerschaft mbB Pettenkoferstrasse 22
80336 München
80336 München (DE)


(56)References cited: : 
EP-A1- 2 690 529
EP-A2- 2 221 709
JP-A- H0 635 592
US-A1- 2009 289 922
EP-A2- 0 578 910
JP-A- H0 496 212
JP-A- 2010 198 193
  
      
    Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


    Description

    Technical Field



    [0001] The present invention relates to a position pointer, and more particularly, to a position pointer for performing a pointing operation and entering text and graphics on a position detector.

    Background Art



    [0002] A touch input system is known that includes a position detector, a plate-shaped input unit, and a position pointer such as electronic pen or cursor. Depending on the position detector, a simple rod or a human finger may be used as a position pointer. Such an input system is generally called a tablet or digitizer, finding wide application for entering text and illustrations on computers such as personal computers and tablets.

    [0003] The position detector has a plurality of linear conductors arranged in a matrix form (hereinafter including a loop coil), allowing for the position detector to detect the position of the position pointer on the basis of a voltage that develops or a change thereto as a result of approach of the position pointer.

    [0004] Various capacitive and electromagnetic mechanisms are known as specific mechanisms for a position detector to detect the position of a position pointer. Capacitive mechanisms take advantage of capacitance that develops between the position pointer and linear conductors in the position detector. Capacitive mechanisms are subdivided into self-capacitance mechanisms and mutual-capacitance mechanisms. Self-capacitance mechanisms detect a voltage change in each linear conductor. Mutual-capacitance mechanisms detect a change in potential difference between intersecting linear conductors. Self-capacitance mechanisms are further classified into mechanisms that apply a voltage to the linear conductors from the position detector side and other mechanisms that cause a voltage to develop in the linear conductors by sending a signal from the position pointer. The formers are used when the position pointer is, for example, a finger or other object that cannot send a signal. The latters are used when the position pointer can send a signal. On the other hand, electromagnetic mechanisms send electromagnetic waves from a position detector to a position pointer first by using the linear conductors as a transmission antenna. In response to the electromagnetic waves, the position pointer sends a signal that is received by the position detector by using the linear conductors as a reception antenna. Electromagnetic mechanisms handle transmission and reception in a time-shared manner.

    [0005] JP 5286609 B2 discloses an example of a position pointer, an electronic pen. As described in JP 5286609 B2, the position pointer, an electronic pen, generally includes a rod-shaped core body, a writing pressure detection section, a signal transmission section, and a housing. The writing pressure detection section detects a writing pressure by taking advantage of movement of the core body. The signal transmission section sends a signal. The housing accommodates the above components. An opening portion is provided at one longitudinal end of the housing to allow a pointing section to protrude.

    [0006] EP 2 221 709 A2 discloses a position indicator comprising a case having a housing portion and an opening, a rod with a substantially bar-like body and an end and housed in the housing portion such that the end of the rod protrudes outside the case through the opening.

    [0007] EP 2 690 529 A1 discloses a force sensing stylus that includes a shaft, which protrudes from the stylus body.

    [0008] EP 0 578 910 A2 discloses a stylus pen including a pen holder having a tip, a chamber defined in the pen holder and filled with a non-compressible fluid, a pressure sensor having a pressure receiving surface that detects pressure in the chamber, and a means for converting a mechanical force applied to the tip to a change in pressure of the non-compressible fluid enclosed in the chamber.

    Summary of Invention


    Technical Problem



    [0009] Recent years have seen increasing use of the above input system outdoors, making it necessary to ensure waterproofness and dustproofness of the position pointer. The position pointer described in JP 5286609 B2 provides excellent waterproofness and dustproofness by covering the opening portion with a rubber cap from outside. A through hole is provided in the rubber cap to allow the core body to penetrate the rubber cap.

    [0010] It is an object of the present invention to provide a position pointer that ensures waterproofness and dustproofness of the position pointer's housing in a manner different from the position pointer described in JP 5286609 B2. Technical Solution

    [0011] In accordance with an aspect of the present invention, a position pointer according to claim 1 is disclosed, which includes a tubular housing, a rod-shaped core body, a writing pressure detection section, a signal transmission section, and an elastic section. The housing has a first opening portion at one longitudinal end. The core body is arranged in the housing such that one end thereof is opposed to the first opening portion. The writing pressure detection section is arranged in the housing and can detect a writing pressure from movement of the core body. The signal transmission section is arranged in the housing to send a signal externally from the housing. The elastic section covers an inner surface of the housing over an entire circumference and is arranged between the core body and the first opening portion in such a manner as to block the first opening portion.

    [0012] Whereas a plurality of examples and/or embodiments is disclosed in the following description, it is to be noted that not all of these examples and/or embodiments are within the scope of the invention. The scope of the invention is defined by the appended independent claim. Preferred embodiments within the scope of the invention are defined by the appended dependent claims.

    Advantageous Effect



    [0013] In the present invention, the first opening portion is blocked by the elastic section that covers the inner surface of the housing over its entire circumference, thus preventing water and dust from entering the housing through the first opening portion.

    Brief Description of Drawings



    [0014] 

    [FIG. 1]
    FIG. 1 is a diagram illustrating an electronic device 200 using a position pointer 1a according to a first embodiment of the present invention.

    [FIG. 2]
    FIG. 2(a) is a perspective view illustrating an appearance of the position pointer 1a, and FIG. 2(b) is a perspective view illustrating an appearance of the position pointer 1a that depicts a housing 2 in a transparent manner.

    [FIG. 3]
    FIG. 3(a) is an enlarged view of an area of the position pointer 1a near its front end portion, and FIG. 3(b) is a sectional view of the position pointer 1a near its front end portion.

    [FIG. 4]
    FIG. 4 is a sectional view of an area of the position pointer 1a according to a first modification example of the first embodiment of the present invention near its front end portion.

    [FIG. 5]
    FIG. 5(a) is an enlarged view of FIG. 2(b) near a depressed section 9, and FIG. 5(b) is a sectional view of the position pointer 1a near the depressed section 9.

    [FIG. 6]
    FIG. 6 is an explanatory diagram describing steps for forming the depressed section 9.

    [FIG. 7]
    FIG. 7(a) is an enlarged view of FIG. 2(b) near a rear end portion of the position pointer 1a, and FIG. 7(b) is a perspective view of a component holding section 11 and other components of all internal components of the position pointer 1a.

    [FIG. 8]
    FIG. 8 is a diagram illustrating an internal circuit of the position pointer 1a depicted in FIG. 1.

    [FIG. 9]
    FIG. 9 is a sectional view of an area of a position pointer 1b according to a second embodiment of the present invention near its front end portion.

    [FIG. 10]
    FIG. 10(a) is a diagram illustrating an internal circuit of the position pointer 1b depicted in FIG. 9, and FIG. 10(b) is a schematic block diagram illustrating functional blocks of a controller 40.

    [FIG. 11]
    FIG. 11 is a sectional view of an area of the position pointer according to an example near its front end portion.


    Modes for Carrying Out the Invention



    [0015] A detailed description will be given below of preferred embodiments of the present invention with reference to the accompanying drawings.

    [0016] A position pointer 1a according to a first embodiment of the present invention will be described first with reference to FIGS. 1 to 7.

    [0017] The position pointer 1a according to the present embodiment is a pen-shaped device (electronic pen) as illustrated in FIG. 1 and makes up part of an electronic device 200 that serves as an input system described above. The electronic device 200 is, for example, a smartphone or tablet terminal that has found wide application recent years. The electronic device 200 includes a display device and a storage recess hole 201 as illustrated in FIG. 1. The display device is, for example, a liquid crystal display (LCD) with a display screen 200D. The storage recess hole 201 stores the position pointer 1a when the position pointer 1a is not used. Further, a position detector 202 is provided on the rear side of the display screen 200D.

    [0018] The position detector 202 can detect the position of the position pointer 1a in the display screen 200D. Further, the position detector 202 can receive a variety of information including a pressing force (writing pressure) applied to the display screen 200D from the position pointer 1a. A microprocessor (not depicted) in the electronic device 200 performs a display process on the display screen 200D on the basis of the position acquired by the position detector 202 and a variety of information. In the present embodiment, a case will be described as an example in which the electromagnetic mechanism is used as a specific mechanism for the position detector 202 to detect the position of the position pointer 1a. It should be noted, however, that the present invention is applicable to capacitive and other mechanisms as will be described later in a second embodiment.

    [0019] As illustrated in FIGS. 2(a) and 2(b), the position pointer 1a has a variety of components arranged inside and on the surface of a cylindrical housing 2. Among the components arranged in this manner are a core body 3, a writing pressure detection section 4, a signal exchange section 5, an elastic section 6, a pen tip chip 7, a ferrite core 8, a depressed section 9, a component holding section 11, a circuit board 13, a switch section 14, a coil 15, a twisted pair cable 16, and a housing cap section 17 as illustrated in FIGS. 2(b) and 3(b).

    [0020] Opening portions 2a to 2c are provided in the housing 2 as illustrated, for example, in FIGS. 2(b) and 5(b). A description will be given below of the components arranged inside and outside the position pointer 1a with focus on the opening portions 2a to 2c.

    [0021] The opening portion 2a (first opening portion) is an opening and is designed to permit passage of the pen tip chip 7 and provided at one longitudinal end of the housing 2 (end portion on the left side in FIG. 2(a); hereinafter referred to as a "front end") as illustrated, for example, in FIGS. 2(a) and 3(b). When a user uses the position pointer 1a, the user brings the pen tip chip 7 into contact with the display screen 200D. The housing 2 near the front end is tapered toward the front end as illustrated in FIG. 2(a). This shape, similar to that of a ballpoint pen and pencil, is designed to give users of the position pointer 1a a feel comparable to ballpoint pens and pencils.

    [0022] As illustrated in FIG. 3(b), the pen tip chip 7 includes a cylindrical main body portion 7a, a disk-shaped flange portion 7b, and a semicircular protruding end portion 7c. The flange portion 7b is connected to one end of the main body portion 7a. The protruding end portion 7c is connected to other end of the main body portion 7a. The main body portion 7a is sized to be able to pass through the opening portion 2a and arranged to pass through the opening portion 2a as illustrated in FIG. 3(b). On the other hand, the flange portion 7b is sized not to be able to pass through the opening portion 2a and arranged such that a central axis direction of the disk is aligned with a central axis of the housing 2. Thanks to the flange portion 7b, the pen tip chip 7 does not come off the housing 2. The protruding end portion 7c is made of a relatively soft material such as silicone rubber, thus providing a good writing feel to users. On the other hand, the main body portion 7a and the flange portion 7b are made of a relatively hard material such as hard resin. This is designed to transfer an acting force (writing pressure), applied by the display screen 200D to the pen tip chip 7, to the core body 3 which will be described later in a highly efficient manner.

    [0023] The flange portion 7b is arranged adjacent to the elastic section 6 as illustrated in FIG. 3(b). More specifically, the flange portion 7b is attached to the elastic section 6 on a surface on the opposite side of the main body portion 7a. Then, one end of the core body 3 is butted against the flange portion 7b via the elastic section 6. The core body 3 is a rod-shaped member arranged in the housing 2 such that one end thereof is opposed to the opening portion 2a. The core body 3 is attached to the elastic section 6 at one end and connected to the writing pressure detection section 4 at other end. The core body 3 is made of a hard material similar to that for the main body portion 7a and the flange portion 7b of the pen tip chip 7. As an example, the core body 3 is made of a metal-resin mixture.

    [0024] When an external force is applied along the longitudinal direction of the housing 2 from the opening portion 2a toward one end of the core body 3, the pen tip chip 7 moves toward a back side of the housing 2. This movement allows the external force to be transferred to the core body 3 via the elastic section 6. When the external force is applied, the core body 3 also moves toward the back side of the housing 2. The writing pressure detection section 4 can detect this movement of the core body 3, thus detecting a magnitude of the external force, i.e., a writing pressure, on the basis of a detection result. If the external force is removed, the pen tip chip 7 and the core body 3 return to their original positions thanks to an elastic force of the elastic section 6.

    [0025] The elastic section 6 is an elastic member that covers an inner surface of the housing 2 over an entire circumference and that is arranged between the core body 3 and the opening portion 2a in such a manner as to block the opening portion 2a. The elastic section 6 includes a packing section 6a, a biasing section 6b, and a holder section 6c as illustrated in FIGS. 3(a) and 3(b). When viewed as a whole, the elastic section 6 is in the shape of a bowl, with the packing section 6a corresponding to an edge portion of the bowl, and the biasing section 6b corresponding to a bottom portion of the bowl. Among specific materials for the elastic section 6 suitably uses rubber and resin for example.

    [0026] The packing section 6a is a ring-shaped member that coves the inner surface of the housing 2 over the entire circumference. More specifically, the packing section 6a is in close contact with the inner surface of the housing 2 over the entire circumference. Thanks to the configuration of the packing section 6a and the bowl shape of the above elastic section 6 as a whole, the elastic section 6 serves as waterproofing and dustproofing means that prevents deeper entry of water and dust that has already entered the housing 2 from the opening portion 2a.

    [0027] The biasing section 6b is a bowl-shaped member with a flat bottom surface and in contact with the pen tip chip 7 at the bottom surface. Further, the holder section 6c is a ring-shaped member that is connected to the entire circumference of the packing section 6a at one end and to the entire circumference of an edge of the biasing section 6b at other end. Thanks to these configurations of the components, when an external force is applied to the pen tip chip 7 as described above, the elastic section 6 biases the pen tip chip 7 in a direction that counteracts the external force. Further, the holder section 6c, in particular, holds an internal component of the position pointer 1a arranged in the housing 2, and more particularly, the ferrite core 8 (described in detail later) that is arranged in such a manner as to surround the core body 3 with a contracting force toward a ring center. As a result, the internal component (ferrite core 8) held by the holder section 6c is fastened to the housing 2.

    [0028] It should be noted that although FIG. 3 depicts an example in which an inner diameter of the holder section 6c is constant, part or all of the inner diameter of the holder section 6c may increase gradually from the back side of the housing 2 from the opening portion 2a depending on the shape of the ferrite core 8 as illustrated in FIG. 4.

    [0029] Next, the opening portion 2b (second opening portion) is an opening and is designed to permit passage of the depressed section 9 and provided on a longitudinal side surface of the housing 2 as illustrated in FIG. 5(b). A recess portion 2d, a hole whose depth does not penetrate the housing 2, is also provided in the longitudinal side surface of the housing 2. The opening portion 2b is provided on the inside of the bottom surface of the recess portion 2d. It should be noted that the term "inside" here refers to the fact that the edge portion of the opening portion 2b is located more internally over its entire circumference than the edge portion of the recess portion 2d. The recess portion 2d is rectangular with round corners in planar shape as illustrated in FIG. 5(a).

    [0030] The depressed section 9 includes a flat portion 9a and a columnar portion 9b as illustrated in FIGS. 5(a) and 5(b). The flat portion 9a is arranged on the outside of the side surface of the housing 2. The columnar portion 9b is arranged on a lower surface of the flat portion 9a (surface on the side of the housing 2). Although originally separate components, the flat portion 9a and the columnar portion 9b are attached together with double-sided tape 10 (attachment means), thus forming an integral component. The flat portion 9a has a planar shape slightly smaller than the recess portion 2d and is fitted into the recess portion 2d. The double-sided tape 10 is attached over the entire lower surface of the flat portion 9a. As a result, the entire lower surface of the flat portion 9a other than a connection area with the columnar portion 9b is attached to the bottom surface of the recess portion 2d. In contrast, the columnar portion 9b is not attached to the housing 2, thus allowing the columnar portion 9b to move vertically in the opening portion 2b.

    [0031] A projecting portion 9aa is provided on an upper surface of the flat portion 9a as illustrated in FIGS. 5(a) and 5(b). The projecting portion 9aa is arranged on the inside of the upper surface of the flat portion 9a as illustrated in FIG. 5(a). The term "inside" means the same as for the opening portion 2b. The columnar portion 9b has the same planar shape and is arranged at the same planar location as the projecting portion 9aa. As a result, the columnar portion 9b is arranged on the inside of the lower surface of the flat portion 9a.

    [0032] In the depressed section 9 configured as described above, the columnar portion 9b is arranged on the inside of the lower surface of the flat portion 9a. Moreover, the entire lower surface of the flat portion 9a other than the connection area with the columnar portion 9b is attached to the bottom surface of the recess portion 2d, thus making it impossible for water and dust to enter the housing 2 via the opening portion 2b. Therefore, it is safe in saying that the configurations of the depressed section 9 and the double-sided tape 10 serve as waterproofing and dustproofing means that prevent entry of water and dust into the housing 2 from the opening portion 2b.

    [0033] The flat portion 9a including the projecting portion 9aa is made of a material of relatively high elasticity, and the columnar portion 9b is made of a material of relatively low elasticity. In a specific example, the flat portion 9a is made of silicone rubber, and the columnar portion 9b is made of hard resin such as acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) resin. Further, the switch section 14 is arranged under the columnar portion 9b as illustrated in FIG. 5(b). The switch section 14 is placed on the circuit board 13 and allows power to be turned ON and OFF when depressed. Further, the columnar portion 9b is not attached to the housing 2 as described above, thus allowing the columnar portion 9b to move vertically in the opening portion 2b. Therefore, when the user depresses the projecting portion 9aa, the pressing force thereof is transferred to the columnar portion 9b via the flat portion 9a, thus lowering the columnar portion 9b. Then, as a result, the switch section 14 is depressed, thus switching the switch section 14 between ON and OFF states. When the projecting portion 9aa is not depressed by the user, the columnar portion 9b moves upward thanks to the elastic force of the flat portion 9a, thus keeping the switch section 14 undepressed.

    [0034] A description will be given here of a method by which to form and assemble the depressed section 9 with reference to FIG. 6. With this method, the flat portion 9a and the double-sided tape 10 having the same planar shape as the flat portion 9a are formed first. Then, the double-sided tape 10 is attached to the lower surface of the flat portion 9a. In this condition, the columnar portion 9b is pressed against the lower surface of the flat portion 9a. At this time, it is necessary to ensure that a planar positional relationship between the flat portion 9a and the columnar portion 9b is the same as a planar positional relationship between the recess portion 2d and the opening portion 2b. The columnar portion 9b pressed against the lower surface of the flat portion 9a is attached to the flat portion 9a with the double-sided tape 10, thus forming the depressed section 9. Then, the depressed section 9 is fitted into the recess portion 2d while at the same time passing the columnar portion 9b through the opening portion 2b. The entire lower surface of the depressed section 9 fitted in this manner other than the connection area with the columnar portion 9b comes into close contact with the bottom surface of the recess portion 2d. This prevents entry of water and dust into the housing 2 via the opening portion 2b from this time onward.

    [0035] It should be noted that although, in the present embodiment, the flat portion 9a and the columnar portion 9b are molded separately and attached together with the double-sided tape 10 to form the depressed section 9 as a single component, the entire depressed section 9 may be molded integrally. In this case, it is preferred that a highly elastic member should be used for the depressed section 9 as when the flat portion 9a and the columnar portion 9b are molded separately.

    [0036] Next, the opening portion 2c (third opening portion) is an opening and is designed to permit insertion of a component (internal component) of the position pointer 1a to be arranged in the housing 2 into the housing 2. The opening portion 2c is provided at other longitudinal end of the housing 2 (end portion on the right side in FIG. 2(a); hereinafter referred to as a "rear end") as illustrated in FIG. 2(a). The component holding section 11 is fitted into the opening portion 2c as illustrated in FIG. 7(a). The component holding section 11 holds the component (internal component) arranged in the position pointer 1a and fastens the component to the housing 2. The opening portion 2c as a whole is sealed by the housing cap section 17 that is fitted to the component holding section 11.

    [0037] A groove 11a is provided in the component holding section 11 to extend along an entire circumference of the component holding section 11 as illustrated in FIG. 7(b). An O-ring 12 (sealing member) is fitted in the groove 11a. The component holding section 11 is maintained in close contact with the inner surface of the housing 2 over the entire circumference thereof by the O-ring 12. As a result, the O-ring 12 serves as waterproofing and dustproofing means that prevents deeper entry of water and dust that has already entered the housing 2 from the opening portion 2c. Further, the O-ring 12 fastens the component holding section 11 to the housing 2.

    [0038] Still further, the component holding section 11 is joined to the housing cap section 17 at its end portion on the side of the opening portion 2c and to the circuit board 13 at its other end portion on the opposite side as illustrated in FIGS. 7(a) and 7(b). The component holding section 11 is fastened to the housing 2 with the O-ring 12 as described above. Therefore, not only the housing cap section 17 and the circuit board 13 but also various components formed on the circuit board 13 are also fastened to the housing 2. It should be noted that the component holding section 11 and the housing cap section 17 may be formed as an integral component.

    [0039] A description has been given of various components arranged inside and outside the position pointer 1a with focus on the opening portions 2a to 2c. A description will be given next of remaining components that have yet to be described.

    [0040] As illustrated in FIG. 3(b), the ferrite core 8 is a tubular magnetic material, with the core body 3 running through the tube. The coil 15 is a coil which includes a wire wound around the ferrite core 8, with the core body 3 running in a center of the coil. The coil 15 is connected to the signal exchange section 5 (refer to FIG. 2(b)) with the twisted pair cable 16. The signal exchange section 5 is arranged on an upper surface of the circuit board 13.

    [0041] The signal exchange section 5 (signal transmission section) is a circuit block that exchanges signals with the position detector 202 (refer to FIG. 1). The position detector 202 is provided on the outside of the housing 2. More specifically, the signal exchange section 5 has a function to receive, via the coil 15, signals sent from the position detector 202 to the position pointer 1a and a function to generate signals to be sent from the position pointer 1a to the position detector 202 and send these signals via the coil 15. The signal exchange section 5 handles transmission and reception in a time-shared manner.

    [0042] The signal exchange section 5 is connected to the writing pressure detection section 4 and the switch section 14 with wiring formed on the circuit board 13, receiving writing pressure information representing a writing pressure detected by the writing pressure detection section 4 and side switch information representing an ON/OFF state of the switch section 14. Among signals sent from the signal exchange section 5 are signals representing writing pressure information and side switch information and continuous signals for position detection used by the position detector 202 to detect the position of the position pointer 1a.

    [0043] The signal exchange section 5 includes a controller 60, a power supply circuit 61, and a resonance circuit 62 as illustrated in FIG. 8. The resonance circuit 62 includes the coil 15 described above, a capacitor 64, and a variable capacitor 65. The capacitor 64 and the variable capacitor 65 are connected in parallel to the coil 15. Further, a capacitor 66 is connected to the resonance circuit 62 via a switch 67.

    [0044] The resonance circuit 62 resonates in response to electromagnetic waves at a specific frequency sent from the position detector 202. As a result, the resonance circuit 62 supplies, to the controller 60, a signal sent from the position detector 202. Further, the controller 60 sends a signal via the resonance circuit 62 by using induced power generated by resonance. The controller 60 has a function to modulate such a signal to be sent together with the writing pressure information and side switch information. This allows information to be sent from the signal exchange section 5 to the position detector 202.

    [0045] As described above, in the position pointer 1a according to the present embodiment, the opening portion 2a is blocked by the elastic section 6 that covers the inner surface of the housing 2 over the entire circumference, and the opening portion 2b is blocked by the double-sided tape 10 that is attached to the flat portion 9a, part of the depressed section 9, and the lower surface thereof, and the opening portion 2c is blocked by the O-ring 12 that seals the component holding section 11 and the inner surface of the housing 2. This effectively prevents entry of water and dust into the housing 2 through the opening portions 2a to 2c.

    [0046] A description will be given next of a position pointer 1b according to a second embodiment of the present invention with reference to FIGS. 9 and 10.

    [0047] The position pointer 1b according to the present embodiment differs from the position pointer 1a that supports electromagnetic position detection in that the position pointer 1b supports capacitive position detection. The position pointer 1b that supports capacitive position detection does not receive signals from a position detector. As illustrated in FIG. 9, therefore, the position pointer 1b neither has the coil 15 nor the ferrite core 8 unlike the position pointer 1a illustrated in FIG. 3(b). Therefore, the holder section 6c of the elastic section 6 is not designed to hold something particular. Further, the position pointer 1b has a signal transmission section (not depicted) that has no reception function rather than the signal exchange section 5. Transmission of signals by the signal transmission section is conducted not via the coil 15 but via the core body 3 that serves as an antenna. Therefore, the core body 3 of the position pointer 1b is made, for example, of a metallic or other material suited for use as an antenna.

    [0048]  The position pointer 1b is configured in the same manner as the position pointer 1a in all other respects. Therefore, the opening portions 2a to 2c of the position pointer 1b are blocked by respective members as are the counterparts of the position pointer 1a. This effectively prevents entry of water and dust into the housing 2 through the opening portions 2a to 2c in the position pointer 1b, as well.

    [0049] A detailed description will be given below of the configuration of the position pointer 1b that sends signals using the core body 3 as an antenna with reference to FIGS. 10(a) and 10(b).

    [0050] The position pointer 1b includes a controller 40, as illustrated in FIG. 10(a), a voltage conversion circuit 41, a diode 42, capacitors 43 to 46, a resistive element 47, an oscillator 50, and charging terminals 53. These components are arranged on the circuit board 13 (refer to FIG. 3(b)) described above.

    [0051] The controller 40 is a processor that includes a read only memory (ROM) and a random access memory (RAM). The controller 40 operates in synchronism with a clock signal generated by the oscillator 50 and in accordance with what is written in the program stored in the ROM. A clock signal period is, for example, 60 microseconds. The controller 40 has a power terminal Vcc, a grounding terminal GND, and control terminals P1 to P5 in addition to terminals connected to the oscillator 50.

    [0052] The controller 40 functionally includes a unique identification (ID) storage section 40a, an information acquisition section 40b, an oscillation control section 40c, and an oscillator 40d as illustrated in FIG. 10(b). Of these components, the information acquisition section 40b, the oscillation control section 40c, and the oscillator 40d make up the signal transmission section. Further, the information acquisition section 40b also serves as the writing pressure detection section 4 (refer to FIG. 3(b)) together with a capacitor 45 and a resistive element 47.

    [0053] The capacitor 43 is connected to the power terminal Vcc of the controller 40 via the voltage conversion circuit 41 as illustrated in FIG. 10(a). The capacitor 43 is an electric double-layer capacitor that serves as a power supply for the position pointer 1b, with an anode thereof connected to an input end of the voltage conversion circuit 41 and a cathode thereof grounded. The voltage conversion circuit 41 is a direct current (DC)/DC converter that converts a voltage across the capacitor 43 into a rated voltage of the controller 40.

    [0054] The anode of the capacitor 43 is also connected to the charging terminals 53 via the diode 42. The charging terminals 53 include two terminals, one positive and the other negative. The positive terminal is connected to the anode of the capacitor 43. The negative terminal is grounded in the position pointer 1b. A power supply device is a terminal which is connected to the charging terminals 53. The capacitor 43 is charged when a power supply device is connected to the charging terminals 53. A battery (not depicted) of a size that can be accommodated in the housing 2, for example, is suitable for use as a power supply device.

    [0055] A capacitor 44 is connected between the power terminal Vcc and the grounding terminal GND. The capacitor 44 is provided to stabilize a source voltage supplied to the controller 40 from the voltage conversion circuit 41. More specifically, an aluminum electrolytic capacitor of several tens to several hundreds of microfarad is suitable for use.

    [0056] The voltage conversion circuit 41 steps down or up a voltage in accordance with the voltage across the capacitor 44. That is, the maximum voltage across the capacitor 44 is designed to be higher than the rated voltage of the controller 40. Therefore, when the capacitor 44 is sufficiently charged, the voltage across the capacitor 44 is higher than the rated voltage of the controller 40. For this reason, the voltage conversion circuit 41 steps down the voltage such that the voltage supplied to the power terminal Vcc is equal to the rated voltage of the controller 40 in this case. On the other hand, when the capacitor 44 is not sufficiently charged, the voltage across the capacitor 44 may be lower than the rated voltage of the controller 40. In such a case, the voltage conversion circuit 41 steps up the voltage such that the voltage supplied to the power terminal Vcc is equal to the rated voltage of the controller 40.

    [0057] The voltage conversion circuit 41 is also connected to the control terminals P1 and P2 of the controller 40. When the controller 40 supplies a given control signal to the voltage conversion circuit 41 via the control terminal P1, the voltage conversion circuit 41 detects the voltage across the capacitor 44, outputting a signal representing the voltage level to the control terminal P2.

    [0058] The information acquisition section 40b of the controller 40 determines whether it is necessary to charge the capacitor 44 on the basis of the signal thus supplied to the control terminal P2, generating charging request information representing this result. Charging request information is one-bit information that is '1' when charging is necessary and '0' when changing is not necessary.

    [0059] The control terminal P3 is connected to a grounding end individually via the capacitor 45 and the resistive element 47. The capacitor 45 is a variable capacitor coupled to the core body 3. The capacitance of the capacitor 45 changes with change in an acting force (writing pressure) applied to the pen tip chip 7 (refer to FIG. 9) from the display screen 200D (refer to FIG. 1) when the position pointer 1b is pressed against the display screen 200D.

    [0060] The information acquisition section 40b of the controller 40 acquires writing pressure information representing the writing pressure from a voltage condition of the control terminal P3. This acquisition takes place while the signal transmission section of the position pointer 1b sends the continuous signal for position detection.

    [0061] More specifically, the information acquisition section 40b maintains the potential of the control terminal P3 equal to a power supply potential for a given period of time immediately following the start of transmission of a continuous signal from the signal transmission section. The power supply potential is, for example, 1.5 V. This operation is designed to detect a writing pressure at this moment. That is, this operation allows charge to be stored in the capacitor 45. The amount of stored charge varies depending on the capacitance of the capacitor 45 at this time. As described above, the capacitance of the capacitor 45 changes with change in the writing pressure. Therefore, the amount of charge stored in the capacitor 45 reflects the writing pressure.

    [0062] Next, the information acquisition section 40b places the control terminal P3 into a high-impedance state. As a result, the charge stored in the capacitor 45 is discharged via the resistive element 47. The information acquisition section 40b measures the time for the potential of the control terminal P3 to drop to half the power supply potential of 1.5 V, namely, 0.75 V. The larger the capacitance of the capacitor 45, the longer the time thus measured. This makes it possible for the information acquisition section 40b to acquire writing pressure information from the measured elapsed time. Writing pressure information acquired in this manner is 10 bits to 12 bits in length.

    [0063] The control terminal P4 is connected to a grounding end via the switch section 14. As described above, the ON/OFF state of the switch section 14 is controlled by the user as he or she depresses the depressed section 9 (refer to FIGS. 5(a) and 5(b)). The information acquisition section 40b of the controller 40 determines whether the switch section 14 is ON or OFF from the voltage condition of the control terminal P4, generating side switch information representing the ON/OFF state of the switch section 14 due to the result. In the present embodiment, there is only one switch section 14. As a result, the side switch information is one bit long. It should be noted that the position pointer 1b may have the plurality of switch sections 14. In this case, the waterproofing and dustproofing means described above is required for each of the switch sections 14.

    [0064] The control terminal P5 is connected to the core body 3 via the capacitor 46. Further, the housing 2 located around the core body 3 is grounded.

    [0065] The unique ID storage section 40a of the controller 40 stores a unique ID assigned in advance to the position pointer 1b. The unique ID is information unique to the position pointer 1b in question and different from that assigned to any of the other position pointers 1b. For example, a unique ID includes an individual number, an owner's identification code (e.g., user ID assigned to the owner of the electronic pen), a type of the position pointer 1b, a manufacturer's number, and so on. A unique ID is, for example, 51 bits in length. Unique IDs stored in the unique ID storage section 40a are acquired by the information acquisition section 40b.

    [0066] The oscillation control section 40c of the controller 40 is a circuit that controls the operation of the oscillator 40d, thus causing the oscillator 40d to output a signal modulated through binary amplitude shift keying (ASK). The oscillator 40d generates a sine wave signal at a given frequency and outputs it to the control terminal P5. The oscillation control section 40c controls such an output of the oscillator 40d to ON or OFF on the basis of a variety of information (unique ID, charging request information, writing pressure information, and side switch information) acquired by the information acquisition section 40b. As a result, a signal output from the control terminal P5 is modulated through binary amplitude shift keying (ASK).

    [0067] A modulated signal thus generated is supplied to the core body 3 via the capacitor 46. It should be noted that the capacitor 46 is provided to remove a DC bias component from the modulated signal. The modulated signal that reaches the core body 3 is sent into the air in the form of electromagnetic waves, being received by the position detector 202 illustrated in FIG. 1.

    [0068] Although preferred embodiments of the present invention have been described above, the present invention is in no way limited by these embodiments. It is a matter of course that the present invention may be implemented in various ways without departing from the scope thereof.

    [0069] For example, the elastic section 6 is molded in the form of a bowl in the above embodiments. However, a film-shaped elastic member may be stretched in a center portion of the ring-shaped packing section to ensure waterproofness and dustproofness. This also prevents deeper entry, beyond the elastic section 6, of water and dust that has already entered the housing 2 from the opening portion 2a.

    [0070]  As illustrated in FIG. 11, on the other hand, the pen tip chip 7 other than the flange portion 7b and the core body 3 may be formed integrally, and the core body 3 passed through a hole 6d that is formed in the center portion of the elastic section 6 (portion corresponding to the center of the plate-shaped biasing section 6b). In this case, it is preferred that a step S should be provided at a connection area between the pen tip chip 7 and the core body 3 by forming the pen tip chip 7 larger in diameter than the core body 3, that a packing section 6e (inner packing section) should be used in part of the elastic section 6 that corresponds to an edge of the hole 6d, and further that the packing section 6e should be brought into contact with the step S. This ensures suitable waterproofness and dustproofness. Further, it is suitable that the configuration of the packing section 6e (more specifically, its diameter, material, and so on) should be selected to provide the biasing section 6b with a function to serve as a biasing section and firmly hold (tighten) the core body 3 to such an extent as to prevent the pen tip chip 7 and the core body 3 from coming off.

    Description of Reference Symbols



    [0071] 
    1a and 1b
    Position pointers
    2
    Housing
    2a to 2c
    Opening portions of housing
    2d
    Recess portion of surface of housing
    3
    Core body
    4
    Writing pressure detection section
    5
    Signal exchange section
    6
    Elastic section
    6a and 6e
    Packing sections of elastic section
    6b
    Biasing section of elastic section
    6c
    Holder section of elastic section
    6d
    Hole of elastic section
    7
    Pen tip chip
    7a
    Main body portion of pen tip chip
    7b
    Flange portion of pen tip chip
    7c
    Protruding end portion of pen tip chip
    8
    Ferrite core
    9
    Depressed section
    9a
    Flat portion of depressed section
    9aa
    Projecting portion of flat portion
    9b
    Columnar portion of depressed section
    10
    Double-sided tape
    11
    Component holding section
    11a
    Groove of component holding section
    12
    O-ring
    13
    Circuit board
    14
    Switch section
    15
    Coil
    16
    Twisted pair cable
    17
    Housing cap section
    40
    Controller
    40a
    Unique ID storage section
    40b
    Information acquisition section
    40c
    Oscillation control section
    40d
    Oscillator
    41
    Voltage conversion circuit
    42
    Diode
    43 to 46 and 64 to 66
    Capacitors
    47
    Resistive element
    50
    Oscillator
    53
    Charging terminals
    60
    Controller
    61
    Power supply circuit
    62
    Resonance circuit
    67
    Switch
    200
    Electronic device
    200D
    Display screen
    201
    Storage recess hole
    202
    Position detector
    GND
    Grounding terminal
    P1 to P5
    Control terminals
    S
    Step
    Vcc
    Power terminal



    Claims

    1. A position pointer (1a, 1b) comprising:

    a tubular housing (2) having a first opening portion (2a) at one longitudinal end;

    a rod-shaped core body (3) arranged in the housing (2) such that one end thereof is opposed to the first opening portion (2a);

    a writing pressure detection section (4) arranged in the housing (2) and configured to detect a writing pressure from movement of the core body (3);

    a signal transmission section (5) arranged in the housing (2) to send a signal externally from the housing (2); and

    an elastic section (6) configured to cover an inner surface of the housing (2) over an entire circumference,

    wherein

    the position pointer (1a, 1b) further comprises

    an internal component (8) arranged in the housing (2) that is arranged in such a manner as to surround the core body (3), wherein

    the elastic section (6) further includes a holder section (6c) configured to fasten the internal component (8) to the housing (2) by holding the internal component (8),

    the position pointer being characterized in that the elastic section (6) is arranged between the one end of the core body (3) and the first opening portion (2a),

    the position pointer (1a, 1b) further comprising:

    a pen tip chip having a main body portion arranged in such a manner as to pass through the first opening portion (2a) and a flange portion arranged in the housing (2), wherein

    the flange portion is sized not to be able to pass through the first opening portion (2a),

    wherein

    when an external force is applied to the main body portion along the longitudinal direction of the housing (2) from the first opening portion (2a) toward the one end of the core body (3), the elastic section (6) biases the pen tip chip in a direction that counteracts the external force, and

    when the external force is applied to the main body portion, the pen tip chip transfers the external force to the core body (3) via the elastic section (6).


     
    2. The position pointer (1a, 1b) of claim 1, wherein the elastic section (6) includes a ring-shaped packing section configured to cover an inner surface of the housing (2) over an entire circumference.
     
    3. The position pointer (1a, 1b) of claim 1, wherein
    when the external force is applied to the main body portion, the elastic section (6) includes a biasing section configured to bias the pen tip chip in a direction that counteracts the external force.
     
    4. The position pointer (1a, 1b) of claim 1, further comprising:

    an internal component arranged in the housing (2), wherein

    the elastic section (6) includes

    a ring-shaped packing section configured to cover an inner surface of the housing (2) over an entire circumference,

    a biasing section configured to bias the pen tip chip in a direction that counteracts the external force when the external force is applied to the main body portion from the first opening portion (2a) toward the one end of the core body (3), and

    a holder section configured to hold the internal component so as to fasten the internal component to the housing (2).


     
    5. The position pointer (1a, 1b) of claim 4, wherein
    the internal component is a ferrite core.
     
    6. The position pointer (1a, 1b) of any one of claims 1 to 5, further comprising:

    a depressed section including a flat portion arranged on an outside of a side surface of the housing (2), and a columnar portion arranged on an inside of a surface of the flat portion on the side of the housing (2), wherein

    the housing (2) further includes a second opening portion (2b) on a longitudinal side surface,

    the flat portion is sized not to be able to pass through the second opening portion (2b), and

    the columnar portion is sized to be able to pass through the second opening portion (2b).


     
    7. The position pointer (1a, 1b) of claim 6, wherein
    the flat portion is made of a material of relatively high elasticity, and
    the columnar portion is made of a material of relatively low elasticity.
     
    8. The position pointer (1a, 1b) of claim 6, further comprising:

    attachment means configured to attach the flat portion and the housing (2) together,

    wherein further preferably the attachment means attaches the flat portion and the columnar portion together.


     
    9. The position pointer (1a, 1b) of any one of claims 1 to 8, wherein
    the housing (2) further includes a third opening portion at other longitudinal end, and
    the position pointer (1a, 1b) further includes:

    a component holding section fitted into the third opening portion; and

    a sealing member configured to seal the component holding section and the inner surface of the housing (2).


     
    10. The position pointer (1a, 1b) of claim 9, further comprising:

    an internal component arranged in the housing (2), wherein

    the component holding section fastens the internal component to the housing (2) by holding the internal component.


     


    Ansprüche

    1. Positionszeiger (1a, 1b), umfassend:

    ein rohrförmiges Gehäuse (2) mit einem ersten Öffnungsteil (2a) an einem Längsende;

    einen stabförmigen Kernkörper (3), der in dem Gehäuse (2) angeordnet ist, so dass ein Ende davon dem ersten Öffnungsteil (2a) gegenüberliegt;

    einen Schreibdruckerfassungsabschnitt (4), der in dem Gehäuse (2) angeordnet und konfiguriert ist, einen Schreibdruck aus einer Bewegung des Kernkörpers (3) zu erfassen;

    einen Signalübertragungsabschnitt (5), der in dem Gehäuse (2) angeordnet ist, um ein Signal nach außerhalb des Gehäuses (2) zu senden; und

    einen elastischen Abschnitt (6), der konfiguriert ist, eine Innenfläche des Gehäuses (2) über einen gesamten Umfang zu bedecken,

    wobei

    der Positionszeiger (1a, 1b) ferner eine in dem Gehäuse (2) angeordnete interne Komponente (8) umfasst, die auf eine Weise angeordnet ist, dass sie den Kernkörper (3) umgibt,

    wobei

    der elastische Abschnitt (6) ferner einen Halteabschnitt (6c) aufweist, der konfiguriert ist, die interne Komponente (8) an dem Gehäuse (2) durch Halten der internen Komponente (8) zu befestigen,

    wobei der Positionszeiger dadurch gekennzeichnet ist, dass der elastische Abschnitt (6) zwischen dem einen Ende des Kernkörpers (3) und dem ersten Öffnungsteil (2a) angeordnet ist,

    wobei der Positionszeiger (1a, 1b) ferner umfasst:

    einen Stiftspitzenchip mit einem Hauptkörperteil, der auf eine Weise angeordnet ist, durch den ersten Öffnungsteil (2a) hindurch zu verlaufen, und einem Flanschteil, der in dem Gehäuse (2) angeordnet ist, wobei

    der Flanschteil so bemessen ist, dass er nicht in der Lage ist, durch den ersten Öffnungsteil (2a) hindurch zu verlaufen,

    wobei

    wenn eine äußere Kraft entlang der Längsrichtung des Gehäuses (2) von dem ersten Öffnungsteil (2a) in Richtung zu dem einen Ende des Kernkörpers (3) hin auf den Hauptkörperteil ausgeübt wird, der elastische Abschnitt (6) den Stiftspitzenchip in eine Richtung vorspannt, die der äußeren Kraft entgegenwirkt, und

    wenn die äußere Kraft auf den Hauptkörperteil ausgeübt wird, der Stiftspitzenchip die äußere Kraft über den elastischen Abschnitt (6) auf den Kernkörper (3) überträgt.


     
    2. Positionszeiger (1a, 1b) nach Anspruch 1, wobei der elastische Abschnitt (6) einen ringförmigen Packungsabschnitt aufweist, der konfiguriert ist, eine Innenfläche des Gehäuses (2) über einen gesamten Umfang zu bedecken.
     
    3. Positionszeiger (1a, 1b) nach Anspruch 1, wobei wenn die externe Kraft auf den Hauptkörperteil ausgeübt wird, der elastische Abschnitt (6) einen Vorspannabschnitt aufweist, der konfiguriert ist, den Stiftspitzenchip in eine Richtung vorzuspannen, die der externen Kraft entgegenwirkt.
     
    4. Positionszeiger (1a, 1b) nach Anspruch 1, ferner umfassend:

    eine interne Komponente, die in dem Gehäuse (2) angeordnet ist, wobei

    der elastische Abschnitt (6) aufweist

    einen ringförmigen Packungsabschnitt, der konfiguriert ist, eine Innenfläche des Gehäuses (2) über einen gesamten Umfang zu bedecken,

    einen Vorspannabschnitt, der konfiguriert ist, den Stiftspitzenchip in eine Richtung vorzuspannen, die der externen Kraft entgegenwirkt, wenn die externe Kraft von dem ersten Öffnungsteil (2a) in Richtung zu dem einen Ende des Kernkörpers (3) hin auf den Hauptkörperteil ausgeübt wird, und

    einen Halteabschnitt, der konfiguriert ist, die interne Komponente zu halten, um die interne Komponente an dem Gehäuse (2) zu befestigen.


     
    5. Positionszeiger (1a, 1b) nach Anspruch 4, wobei die interne Komponente ein Ferritkern ist.
     
    6. Positionszeiger (1a, 1b) nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 5, ferner umfassend: einen vertieften Abschnitt, der einen flachen Teil, der an einer Außenseite einer Seitenfläche des Gehäuses (2) angeordnet ist, und einen säulenförmigen Teil, der an einer Innenseite einer Fläche des flachen Teils an der Seite des Gehäuses (2) angeordnet ist, wobei das Gehäuse (2) ferner einen zweiten Öffnungsteil (2b) an einer Längsseitenfläche aufweist,
    der flache Teil so bemessen ist, dass er nicht in der Lage ist, durch den zweiten Öffnungsteil (2b) hindurch zu verlaufen,
    und
    der säulenförmige Teil so bemessen ist, dass er in der Lage ist, durch den zweiten Öffnungsteil (2b) hindurch zu verlaufen.
     
    7. Positionszeiger (1a, 1b) nach Anspruch 6, wobei der flache Teil aus einem Material mit relativ hoher Elastizität hergestellt ist, und
    der säulenförmige Teil aus einem Material mit relativ geringer Elastizität hergestellt ist.
     
    8. Positionszeiger (1a, 1b) nach Anspruch 6, ferner umfassend:

    Befestigungsmittel, die konfiguriert sind, den flachen Teil und das Gehäuse (2) aneinander zu befestigen,

    wobei ferner vorzugsweise die Befestigungsmittel den flachen Teil und den säulenförmigen Teil aneinander befestigen.


     
    9. Positionszeiger (1a, 1b) nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 8, wobei das Gehäuse (2) ferner einen dritten Öffnungsteil an dem anderen Längsende aufweist, und
    der Positionszeiger (1a, 1b) ferner aufweist:

    einen Komponentenhalteabschnitt, der in den dritten Öffnungsteil eingepasst ist; und

    ein Dichtungselement, das konfiguriert ist, den Komponentenhalteabschnitt und die Innenfläche des Gehäuses (2) abzudichten.


     
    10. Positionszeiger (1a, 1b) nach Anspruch 9, ferner umfassend:

    eine interne Komponente, die in dem Gehäuse (2) angeordnet ist, wobei

    der Komponentenhalteabschnitt die interne Komponente durch Halten der internen Komponente an dem Gehäuse (2) befestigt.


     


    Revendications

    1. Pointeur de position (1a, 1b) comprenant :

    un logement tubulaire (2) comportant une première partie d'ouverture (2a) à une extrémité longitudinale ;

    un corps de noyau en forme de tige (3) agencé dans le logement (2) de sorte qu'une extrémité de celui-ci soit opposée à la première partie d'ouverture (2a) ;

    une section de détection de pression d'écriture (4) agencée dans le logement (2) et configurée pour détecter une pression d'écriture à partir du déplacement du corps de noyau (3) ;

    une section de transmission de signal (5) agencée dans le logement (2) pour envoyer un signal à l'extérieur du logement (2) ; et

    une section élastique (6) configurée pour recouvrir une surface intérieure du logement (2) sur une circonférence entière,

    dans lequel

    le pointeur de position (1a, 1b) comprend en outre :

    un composant interne (8) agencé dans le logement (2) qui est agencé de manière à entourer le corps de noyau (3), dans lequel

    la section élastique (6) comprend en outre une section de maintien (6c) configurée pour attacher le composant interne (8) au logement (2) en maintenant le composant interne (8),

    le pointeur de position étant caractérisé en ce que

    la section élastique (6) est agencée entre ladite une extrémité du corps de noyau (3) et la première partie d'ouverture (2a),

    le pointeur de position (1a, 1b) comprenant en outre :

    un élément de pointe de stylo comportant une partie de corps principale agencée de manière à passer à travers la première partie d'ouverture (2a) et une partie de rebord agencée dans le logement (2), dans lequel

    la partie de rebord est dimensionnée de manière à ne pas être capable de passer à travers la première partie d'ouverture (2a),

    dans lequel

    lorsqu'une force externe est appliquée à la partie de corps principale le long de la direction longitudinale du logement (2) de la première partie d'ouverture (2a) vers ladite une extrémité du corps de noyau (3), la section élastique (6) sollicite l'élément de pointe de stylo dans une direction qui contrebalance la force externe, et

    lorsque la force externe est appliquée à la partie de corps principale, l'élément de pointe de stylo transfère la force externe au corps de noyau (3) par l'intermédiaire de la section élastique (6).


     
    2. Pointeur de position (1a, 1b) selon la revendication 1, dans lequel
    la section élastique (6) comprend une section de chemisage de forme annulaire configurée pour recouvrir une surface intérieure du logement (2) sur une circonférence entière.
     
    3. Pointeur de position (1a, 1b) selon la revendication 1, dans lequel
    lorsque la force externe est appliquée à la partie de corps principale, la section élastique (6) comprend une section de sollicitation configurée pour solliciter l'élément de pointe de stylo dans une direction qui contrebalance la force externe.
     
    4. Pointeur de position (1a, 1b) selon la revendication 1, comprenant en outre :

    un composant interne agencé dans le logement (2), dans lequel

    la section élastique (6) comprend :

    une section de chemisage de forme annulaire configurée pour recouvrir une surface intérieure du logement (2) sur une circonférence entière,

    une section de sollicitation configurée pour solliciter l'élément de pointe de stylo dans une direction qui contrebalance la force externe lorsque la force externe est appliquée à la partie de corps principale de la première partie d'ouverture (2a) vers ladite une extrémité du corps de noyau (3), et

    une section de maintien configurée pour maintenir le composant interne de manière à attacher le composant interne au logement (2).


     
    5. Pointeur de position (1a, 1b) selon la revendication 4, dans lequel
    le composant interne est un noyau de ferrite.
     
    6. Pointeur de position (1a, 1b) selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 5, comprenant en outre :

    une section en retrait comprenant une partie plate agencée sur l'extérieur d'une surface latérale du logement (2), et une partie colonnaire agencée sur l'intérieur d'une surface de la partie plate du côté du logement (2), dans lequel

    le logement (2) comprend en outre une deuxième partie d'ouverture (2b) sur une surface latérale longitudinale,

    la partie plate est dimensionnée de manière à ne pas être capable de passer à travers la deuxième partie d'ouverture (2b), et

    la partie colonnaire est dimensionnée de manière à être capable de passer à travers la deuxième partie d'ouverture (2b).


     
    7. Pointeur de position (1a, 1b) selon la revendication 6, dans lequel
    la partie plate est constituée d'un matériau avec une élasticité relativement élevée, et
    la partie colonnaire est constituée d'un matériau avec une élasticité relativement faible.
     
    8. Pointeur de position (1a, 1b) selon la revendication 6, comprenant en outre :

    des moyens de fixation configurés pour attacher la partie plate et le logement (2) l'un à l'autre,

    dans lequel en outre, de préférence, les moyens de fixation attachent la partie plate et la partie colonnaire l'une à l'autre.


     
    9. Pointeur de position (1a, 1b) selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 8, dans lequel
    le logement (2) comprend en outre une troisième partie d'ouverture à l'autre extrémité longitudinale, et
    le pointeur de position (1a, 1b) comprend en outre :

    une section de maintien de composant insérée dans la troisième partie d'ouverture ; et

    un élément d'étanchéité configuré pour assurer l'étanchéité de la section de maintien de composant et de la surface intérieure du logement (2).


     
    10. Pointeur de position (1a, 1b) selon la revendication 9, comprenant en outre :

    un composant interne agencé dans le logement (2), dans lequel

    la section de maintien de composant fixe le composant interne au logement (2) en maintenant le composant interne.


     




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