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1. WO2014164018 - PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE USING A TACTILE VIBRATOR

Publication Number WO/2014/164018
Publication Date 09.10.2014
International Application No. PCT/US2014/019936
International Filing Date 03.03.2014
IPC
H01L 41/08 2006.01
HELECTRICITY
01BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
LSEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES; ELECTRIC SOLID STATE DEVICES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
41Piezo-electric devices in general; Electrostrictive devices in general; Magnetostrictive devices in general; Processes or apparatus specially adapted for the manufacture or treatment thereof or of parts thereof; Details thereof
08Piezo-electric or electrostrictive elements
A61B 5/024 2006.01
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
BDIAGNOSIS; SURGERY; IDENTIFICATION
5Measuring for diagnostic purposes; Identification of persons
02Measuring pulse, heart rate, blood pressure or blood flow; Combined pulse/heart-rate/blood pressure determination; Evaluating a cardiovascular condition not otherwise provided for, e.g. using combinations of techniques provided for in this group with electrocardiography; Heart catheters for measuring blood pressure
024Measuring pulse rate or heart rate
A63B 24/00 2006.01
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
63SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
BAPPARATUS FOR PHYSICAL TRAINING, GYMNASTICS, SWIMMING, CLIMBING, OR FENCING; BALL GAMES; TRAINING EQUIPMENT
24Electric or electronic controls for exercising apparatus of groups A63B1/-A63B23/119
G06F 3/01 2006.01
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
H01L 41/09 2006.01
HELECTRICITY
01BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
LSEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES; ELECTRIC SOLID STATE DEVICES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
41Piezo-electric devices in general; Electrostrictive devices in general; Magnetostrictive devices in general; Processes or apparatus specially adapted for the manufacture or treatment thereof or of parts thereof; Details thereof
08Piezo-electric or electrostrictive elements
09with electrical input and mechanical output
B06B 1/06 2006.01
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
06GENERATING OR TRANSMITTING MECHANICAL VIBRATIONS IN GENERAL
BGENERATING OR TRANSMITTING MECHANICAL VIBRATIONS IN GENERAL
1Processes or apparatus for generating mechanical vibrations of infrasonic, sonic or ultrasonic frequency
02making use of electrical energy
06operating with piezo-electric effect or with electrostriction
CPC
A61B 5/02133
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
BDIAGNOSIS; SURGERY; IDENTIFICATION
5Measuring for diagnostic purposes
02Detecting, measuring or recording pulse, heart rate, blood pressure or blood flow; Combined pulse/heart-rate/blood pressure determination; Evaluating a cardiovascular condition not otherwise provided for, e.g. using combinations of techniques provided for in this group with electrocardiography or electroauscultation; Heart catheters for measuring blood pressure
021Measuring pressure in heart or blood vessels
02133by using induced vibration of the blood vessel
A61B 5/02438
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
BDIAGNOSIS; SURGERY; IDENTIFICATION
5Measuring for diagnostic purposes
02Detecting, measuring or recording pulse, heart rate, blood pressure or blood flow; Combined pulse/heart-rate/blood pressure determination; Evaluating a cardiovascular condition not otherwise provided for, e.g. using combinations of techniques provided for in this group with electrocardiography or electroauscultation; Heart catheters for measuring blood pressure
024Detecting, measuring or recording pulse rate or heart rate
02438with portable devices, e.g. worn by the patient
A61B 5/02444
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
BDIAGNOSIS; SURGERY; IDENTIFICATION
5Measuring for diagnostic purposes
02Detecting, measuring or recording pulse, heart rate, blood pressure or blood flow; Combined pulse/heart-rate/blood pressure determination; Evaluating a cardiovascular condition not otherwise provided for, e.g. using combinations of techniques provided for in this group with electrocardiography or electroauscultation; Heart catheters for measuring blood pressure
024Detecting, measuring or recording pulse rate or heart rate
02444Details of sensor
A61B 5/7405
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
BDIAGNOSIS; SURGERY; IDENTIFICATION
5Measuring for diagnostic purposes
74Details of notification to user or communication with user or patient
7405using sound
A61B 5/7455
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
BDIAGNOSIS; SURGERY; IDENTIFICATION
5Measuring for diagnostic purposes
74Details of notification to user or communication with user or patient
7455characterised by tactile indication, e.g. vibration or electrical stimulation
B06B 1/06
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
06GENERATING OR TRANSMITTING MECHANICAL VIBRATIONS IN GENERAL
BMETHODS OR APPARATUS FOR GENERATING OR TRANSMITTING MECHANICAL VIBRATIONS OF INFRASONIC, SONIC, OR ULTRASONIC FREQUENCY, ; e.g.; FOR PERFORMING MECHANICAL WORK IN GENERAL
1Methods or apparatus for generating mechanical vibrations of infrasonic, sonic, or ultrasonic frequency
02making use of electrical energy
06operating with piezo-electric effect or with electrostriction
Applicants
  • APPLE INC. [US]/[US] (AL, AT, AU, BE, BG, BH, BR, BW, CA, CH, CN, CO, CY, CZ, DE, DK, EC, EE, ES, FI, FR, GB, GH, GM, GR, HR, HU, ID, IE, IL, IN, IS, IT, JP, KE, KR, LR, LS, LT, LU, LV, LY, MA, MC, MK, MN, MT, MW, MX, MY, MZ, NA, NL, NO, NZ, PE, PG, PH, PL, PT, QA, RO, RS, RW, SD, SE, SG, SI, SK, SL, SM, SV, SY, SZ, TN, TR, TZ, UG, US, VC, ZA, ZM, ZW)
Inventors
  • ZADESKY, Stephen P.
  • ROTHKOPF, Fletcher R.
  • LYNCH, Stephen B.
  • AUCLAIR, Martin
Agents
  • HEMENWAY, S. Craig
Priority Data
61/776,67611.03.2013US
Publication Language English (EN)
Filing Language English (EN)
Designated States
Title
(EN) PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE USING A TACTILE VIBRATOR
(FR) DISPOSITIF ÉLECTRONIQUE PORTATIF UTILISANT UN VIBRATEUR TACTILE
Abstract
(EN)
Examples of portable electronic devices including a piezo actuated vibrator for providing tactile feedback to the user are described. Portable electronic devices according to the present disclosure may include tactile feedback devices, which may be driven by a piezoelectric actuator/vibrator (103, 116, 132) that is operatively coupled to or embedded into the housing (112) of a portable electronic device. In some examples, the housing of the electronic device itself can be made of piezoelectric ceramic material. The piezoelectric element may be coupled to the housing of the product to cause the housing to deflect and/or vibrate. In some examples, the housing of the portable electronic device, which may be a portable media player device, may be configured for placement directly or indirectly in contact with the user's skin such that vibrations (120) of the housing may be felt directly (without audible feedback) by the user.
(FR)
Selon des modes de réalisation donnés à titre d'exemple, la présente invention concerne des dispositifs électroniques portatifs comprenant un vibrateur à actionnement piézoélectrique permettant de fournir une rétroaction tactile à l'utilisateur. Des dispositifs électroniques portatifs selon la présente invention peuvent comprendre des dispositifs à rétroaction tactile, lesquels peuvent être entraînés par un actionneur/vibrateur piézoélectrique (103, 116, 132) qui est accouplé de manière fonctionnelle au boîtier (112) d'un dispositif électronique portatif ou intégré dans celui-ci. Dans certains exemples, le boîtier du dispositif électronique lui-même peut être constitué de matériau céramique piézoélectrique. L'élément piézoélectrique peut être accouplé au boîtier du produit de sorte à amener le boîtier à fléchir et/ou à vibrer. Dans certains exemples, le boîtier du dispositif électronique portatif, qui peut consister en un dispositif de lecture multimédia portatif, peut être conçu pour être mis en place directement ou indirectement en contact avec la peau de l'utilisateur de sorte que des vibrations (120) du boîtier puissent être ressenties directement (sans rétroaction audible) par l'utilisateur.
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