Electronic controller

  • US 6,505,088 B1
  • Filed: 03/07/2000
  • Issued: 01/07/2003
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/07/2000
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A controller for a user to selectively control a computerized system, comprising:

  • a housing;

    a control knob rotatably mounted in said housing, wherein said control knob is suitable for manual rotation by the user with their hand;

    a position detector contained within said housing, wherein rotation of said control knob causes said position detector to produce a rotation signal, to permit detection of amounts of said manual rotation of said control knob by the user;

    a tilt sensor contained within said housing, wherein said tilt sensor is suitable for sensing tilting of said housing of the controller and producing a tilt signal, to permit sensing if the user manually tilts the controller;

    a communications interface suitable for communicating a data signal from the controller to the computerized system;

    a processor system contained within said housing, wherein said processor system is suitable for;

    receiving said rotation signal, determining from said rotation signal a rotation amount, integrating said rotation amount into said data signal, determining from said tilt signal whether tilting has occurred and integrating a tilt indication into said data signal, and directing said communications interface to communicate said data signal from the controller to the computerized system.

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