Remote controller with analog pressure sensor (S)

  • US 20010017592A1
  • Filed: 03/22/2001
  • Published: 08/30/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/04/1998
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A remote controller structure allowing a user to manipulate functions of an associated remotely positioned host device;

  • said remote controller including a housing, said housing having a battery socket allowing batteries to be inserted into said housing, said batteries to serve as an electrical power source for electronic circuitry within said housing;

    a plurality of finger depressible buttons exposed on said housing and interfacing with sensors electrically associated with said circuitry for allowing a user selection of function-control signals communicated from said remote controller to said host device;

    said circuitry including an emitter for communicating user selected function-control signals from said remote controller to the host device;

    at least one of said sensors including a depressible dome shaped member and a compression-sensitive variable-conductance structure, the compression-sensitive variable-conductance structure capable of providing at least three readable states of varied electrical conductance, said states dependant upon compression levels applied to the compression-sensitive variable-conductance structure through depression of at least one of said finger depressible buttons against the dome shaped member;

    means for reading said at least three readable states of said compression-sensitive variable-conductance structure and for forming distinct function-control signals for each of at least two states of said at least three readable states.

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