Cushioned user interface or control device

  • US 8,519,946 B2
  • Filed: 01/05/2008
  • Issued: 08/27/2013
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/05/2007
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A user interface or control device, comprising:

  • a cushion member defining an upper portion and a lower portion, wherein the upper portion defines an upwardly facing recess;

    a user input member contained within the upwardly facing recess such that a user input area of the user input member faces upwardly, wherein the upper portion of the cushion member is configured to surround the user input member;

    wherein the lower portion of the cushion member is located below the upper portion and the upwardly facing recess, and defines a downwardly facing conformable lower surface, wherein at least the lower portion of the cushion member including the downwardly facing conformable lower surface comprises a variably shaped displaceable material, wherein the variably shaped displaceable material enables the lower portion of the cushion member including the downwardly facing conformable lower surface to displace and conform to the contours of a surface on which the cushion member is placed and also enables variation in the orientation of the user input member relative to the surface on which the cushion member is placed.

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