US 10,888,776 B2
Handheld controllers with detachable overlays
Austin Palmer, Seattle, WA (US); Cheang Tad Yoo, Bothell, WA (US); Brian David Hensley, Seattle, WA (US); Michael J. Goerz, Snohomish, WA (US); Scott Dalton, Seattle, WA (US); Ian Campbell, Seattle, WA (US); Christopher Lee Bjordhal, Snoqualmie Pass, WA (US); and Jeffrey Peter Bellinghausen, Kirkland, WA (US)
Assigned to Valve Corporation, Bellevue, WA (US)
Filed by Valve Corporation, Bellevue, WA (US)
Filed on Nov. 27, 2018, as Appl. No. 16/201,782.
Prior Publication US 2020/0164269 A1, May 28, 2020
Int. Cl. G06F 3/00 (2006.01); G06F 1/16 (2006.01); A63F 13/24 (2014.01); A63F 13/214 (2014.01); G06F 3/0354 (2013.01)
CPC A63F 13/24 (2014.09) [A63F 13/214 (2014.09); G06F 3/03547 (2013.01); A63F 2300/1043 (2013.01); A63F 2300/1068 (2013.01)] 19 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A wireless gaming controller comprising:
one or more communication interfaces configured to facilitate a wireless connection between the wireless gaming controller and a system executing a gaming application;
a housing;
a joystick coupled to the housing and configured to provide input to the gaming application;
multiple depressible buttons coupled to the housing and configured to provide input to the gaming application;
a vibration component coupled to the housing and configured to provide haptic output on the wireless gaming controller;
a radio-frequency-identification (RFID) reader coupled to the housing;
a trackpad coupled to the housing and configured to provide input to the gaming application, the trackpad comprising a top surface and further configured to detect a position of a finger on the top surface of the trackpad; and
an overlay configured to detachably couple to at least one of the housing or the trackpad, wherein the overlay:
is configured to cover at least a first portion of the top surface of the trackpad and expose at least a second portion of the top surface of the trackpad when coupled to the at least one of the housing or the trackpad; and
includes an RFID tag to receive a signal from the RFID reader and send, to the RFID reader, identification information that identifies the overlay;
and wherein the trackpad is configured to detect the position of the finger at the second portion of the top surface but not at the first portion of the top surface when the overlay couples to the at least one of the housing or the trackpad.