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1. WO2020040949 - WIRELESS CHARGING ADAPTER WITH GAME CONTROL KEYS FOR COMPUTER GAME CONTROLLER

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WHAT IS CLAIMED IS:

1. An assembly, comprising:

at least one game controller, the game controller comprising a hand-holdable controller housing comprising at least one battery and plural control keys manipulate to input commands including at least a first key manipulate to input a first command to a computer game console;

at least one adapter mechanically engageable with the game controller and electrically engageable with at least one electrical component in the controller housing, the adapter comprising at least one adapter key manipulate to input the first command to the computer game console.

2. The assembly of Claim 1, comprising at least one charging base on which the adapter mechanically engaged with/to the game controller can be placed to inductively couple the adapter with the charging base to supply charging power through the adapter to the battery over at least one wireless charging path to recharge the battery, wherein the charging base comprises a fiat mat-like surface on which the adapter is positioned to charge the battery.

3. The assembly of Claim 1, wherein the adapter is electrically engageable with the at least one electrical component in the controller housing through at least one electrical wire engaged with an input/output port on the game controller.

4. The assembly of Claim 1, wherein the controller housing comprises a front

portion holding the plural keys and a rear portion facing away from the front portion, and the adapter is mechanically engageable with the rear portion of the controller housing.

5. The assembly of Claim 1, wherein the adapter is snappingly engageable and disengageahie with the controller housing by hand without tools and without requiring connectors to hold the adapter on the controller housing.

6. The assembly of Claim 1, wherein the adapter comprises one or more lamps to indicate a state of a battery in the game controller.

7. The assembly of Claim 2, wherein the charging base is configured to hold plural game controllers at one time for charging the plural game controllers simultaneously.

8. The assembly of Claim 1, wherein the controller includes at least a second key manipulable to input a second command to a computer game console, the adapter key is a first key, and the adapter comprises:

at least a second key manipulable to input the second command to the computer game console.

9. The assembly of Claim 1, wherein the adapter comprises one or more lamps to indicate a functional mapping of game controller keys to adapter keys.

10. The assembly of Claim 2, wherein the adapter comprises conversion circuitry to convert AC power received from inductive coupling with the base to DC power to provide to the battery.

11. A system comprising:

at least one wireless charging adapter (WCA) comprising:

a body that can snap onto a computer game controller comprising controller keys; an inductive circuit configured to be inductively coupled to a charging base to wirelessly recharge a battery in the computer game controller; and

one or more keys that mirror respective controller keys on the computer game controller so that a gamer can remove the WCA with computer game controller from the charging base, keep the WCA on the computer game controller, and use both the controller keys and one or more adapter keys to control a computer game.

12. The system of Claim 11, comprising the computer game controller.

13. The system of Claim 11, comprising the charging base.

14. The system of Claim 11, comprising a computer game console configured for executing commands generated by manipulating the controller keys and one or more adapter keys.

15. The system of Claim 11, wherein the WCA is electrically engageable with at least one electrical component in the computer game controller through at least one electrical wire engaged with a universal serial bus (USB) port on the computer game controller.

16. A method, comprising:

mechanically coupling a wireless charging adapter (WCA) with a computer game controller;

operating the WCA to send commands to a computer game console; operating the computer game controller to send commands to the computer game console; and

placing the WCA on a charging base to recharge a battery in the computer game console.

17. The method of Claim 16, comprising inductively coupling the WCA to the charging base to provide a wireless recharge path from the charging base to the computer game controller.

18. The method of Claim 16, comprising electrically connecting the WCA to the computer game controller.

19. The method of Claim 18, comprising electrically connecting the WCA to the computer game controller through at least one universal serial bus (USB) port on the computer game controller.

20. The method of Claim 16, wherein the computer game controller comprises a front portion holding plural keys and a rear portion facing away from the front portion, and the method comprises:

snapping the WCA onto the rear portion.