Intelligent user interface with touch sensor technology

  • US 7,265,494 B2
  • Filed: 10/12/2004
  • Issued: 09/04/2007
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/09/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. An electronic unit for use with a product connected to a power source, an energy consuming load and a power circuit that connects the power source to the load to power the load, said electronic unit, comprising:

  • (a) a microchip;

    the microchip at least controlling the flow of power from the power source to activate the load;

    (b) a switch, wherein the switch is not a serial element in the power circuit, and wherein the switch is a user interface; and

    (c) a touch sensor;

    wherein the microchip is coupled to the switch and to the touch sensor;

    wherein the microchip controls the activation and the deactivation of the load in response to a signal from the switch; and

    wherein the microchip, in response to at least a signal from the touch sensor, is configured for activating a visible find-in-the-dark indication, when the load is not activated.

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