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1. US20040233174 - Vibration sensing touch input device

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United States of America
Application Number 10440650
Application Date 19.05.2003
Publication Number 20040233174
Publication Date 25.11.2004
Publication Kind A1
IPC
G09G 5/00
GPHYSICS
09EDUCATING; CRYPTOGRAPHY; DISPLAY; ADVERTISING; SEALS
GARRANGEMENTS OR CIRCUITS FOR CONTROL OF INDICATING DEVICES USING STATIC MEANS TO PRESENT VARIABLE INFORMATION
5Control arrangements or circuits for visual indicators common to cathode-ray tube indicators and other visual indicators
G06F 3/00
GPHYSICS
06COMPUTING; CALCULATING OR COUNTING
FELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING
3Input arrangements for transferring data to be processed into a form capable of being handled by the computer; Output arrangements for transferring data from processing unit to output unit, e.g. interface arrangements
G06F 3/033
GPHYSICS
06COMPUTING; CALCULATING OR COUNTING
FELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING
3Input arrangements for transferring data to be processed into a form capable of being handled by the computer; Output arrangements for transferring data from processing unit to output unit, e.g. interface arrangements
01Input arrangements or combined input and output arrangements for interaction between user and computer
03Arrangements for converting the position or the displacement of a member into a coded form
033Pointing devices displaced or positioned by the user; Accessories therefor
G06F 3/041
GPHYSICS
06COMPUTING; CALCULATING OR COUNTING
FELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING
3Input arrangements for transferring data to be processed into a form capable of being handled by the computer; Output arrangements for transferring data from processing unit to output unit, e.g. interface arrangements
01Input arrangements or combined input and output arrangements for interaction between user and computer
03Arrangements for converting the position or the displacement of a member into a coded form
041Digitisers, e.g. for touch screens or touch pads, characterised by the transducing means
G06F 3/043
GPHYSICS
06COMPUTING; CALCULATING OR COUNTING
FELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING
3Input arrangements for transferring data to be processed into a form capable of being handled by the computer; Output arrangements for transferring data from processing unit to output unit, e.g. interface arrangements
01Input arrangements or combined input and output arrangements for interaction between user and computer
03Arrangements for converting the position or the displacement of a member into a coded form
041Digitisers, e.g. for touch screens or touch pads, characterised by the transducing means
043using propagating acoustic waves
Inventors Robrecht Michael J.
Hill Nicholas Patrick Roland
Sullivan Darius Martin
Agents 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
Priority Data 10440650 19.05.2003 US
Title
(EN) Vibration sensing touch input device
Abstract
(EN)

Disclosed is a touch input device that determines touch position by sensing vibrations propagating in a touch plate that are indicative of a touch to the touch plate. Vibration sensing devices such as piezoelectric sensors are used to sense the vibrations. Selecting the size, shape, placement position and orientation of the sensors on the touch plate can enhance sensitivity of the sensors to vibration and yield symmetric response with respect to the direction of vibration propagation. Also disclosed is a method of making a vibration sensing touch input device.