Touch sensor and location indicator circuits

  • US 7,329,970 B2
  • Filed: 07/06/2006
  • Issued: 02/12/2008
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/09/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. An electronic module for use with a product comprising an energy consuming load and a power source or a connection to a power source, said module comprising a microchip, and a switch;

  • said switch being a user interface and does not form a serial link in a circuit that transfers power from the power source to power the load, and said microchip controlling a luminous visible location indicator that is not the load according to at least one configuration selected from the following group;

    a) wherein the visible indicator at least indicates a condition of the product upon receiving a signal from the user interface switch, and wherein the switch is a touch sensor type switch;

    b) wherein the visible indicator is activated at least to indicate an activation signal from the switch when the load is not activated; and

    c) wherein the visible indicator is also used to indicate a power level of the power source when the load is switched off and the product is not connected to a mains supply.

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