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1. (WO2018102723) INTEGRATED CONTROL PANEL APPARATUS AND USE THEREOF

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/102723    International Application No.:    PCT/US2017/064278
Publication Date: Fri Jun 08 01:59:59 CEST 2018 International Filing Date: Sat Dec 02 00:59:59 CET 2017
IPC: G06F 3/041
G06F 3/01
G06F 3/044
H01H 3/00
H01H 13/85
Applicants: METHODE ELECTRONICS, INC.
Inventors: SHPAKOFF, Ron
SCHMIDT, Robert
GREEN, Tim
PACSAI, Ernie
CITTA, James
Title: INTEGRATED CONTROL PANEL APPARATUS AND USE THEREOF
Abstract:
An integrated control panel for use in a motor vehicle/automobile, which includes a stack assembly and associated electronics modules for processing signals. The assembly includes one or more capacitive sensors between a decorative touch surface layer and a movable member. Between the movable member and a stationary member is a gap in which a plurality of metallic devices outputting a magnetic flux are positioned across from respective induction sensors. Supporting the movable member above the stationary member are flexible members that compress upon application of a force (touch) on the surface layer, which permits the distance separating the metallic devices and inductions sensors to decrease in a manner that is measurable. The electronics modules provide touch location and force information, which may be conveyed to the motor vehicle/automobile electronics.