US 11,654,353 B2
Control apparatus and control program
Yuichi Machida, Kanagawa (JP); Kunihito Sawai, Kanagawa (JP); Shinichi Hirata, Kanagawa (JP); Yoshihisa Takahashi, Saitama (JP); Yoichi Nishimaki, Kanagawa (JP); Yasushi Okumura, Tokyo (JP); and Norihiro Nagai, Kanagawa (JP)
Assigned to Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc., Tokyo (JP)
Filed by Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc., Tokyo (JP)
Filed on Nov. 9, 2021, as Appl. No. 17/521,962.
Application 17/521,962 is a continuation of application No. 16/942,092, filed on Jul. 29, 2020, granted, now 11,198,060.
Application 16/942,092 is a continuation of application No. 16/075,265, granted, now 10,850,192, issued on Dec. 1, 2020, previously published as PCT/JP2017/004763, filed on Feb. 9, 2017.
Claims priority of application No. 2016-042403 (JP), filed on Mar. 4, 2016.
Prior Publication US 2022/0062757 A1, Mar. 3, 2022
Int. Cl. A63F 13/24 (2014.01); A63F 13/285 (2014.01); A63F 13/42 (2014.01); A63F 13/23 (2014.01); A63F 13/28 (2014.01); G06F 3/01 (2006.01); A63F 13/235 (2014.01); G06F 3/0338 (2013.01)
CPC A63F 13/24 (2014.09) [A63F 13/23 (2014.09); A63F 13/235 (2014.09); A63F 13/28 (2014.09); A63F 13/285 (2014.09); A63F 13/42 (2014.09); G06F 3/01 (2013.01); G06F 3/016 (2013.01); G06F 3/0338 (2013.01); G06F 2203/013 (2013.01); G06F 2203/015 (2013.01)] 16 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. An apparatus, comprising:
a housing having at least one holding portion sized and shaped for gripping by a hand of a user, and including a surface that is engaged against a palm of the hand of the user when the holding portion is gripped by the user;
a manipulation block located at one end of the housing and including a first side oriented to face a thumb of the hand of the user when the holding portion is gripped by the user, and a second side oriented toward an index finger of the hand of the user when the holding portion is gripped by the user, where the first side of the manipulation block includes at least one of: (i) one or more pressable buttons, and (ii) a stick button, and where the second side of the manipulation block includes a trigger button that is depressible by at least one finger of the user within a predetermined movable range of the button;
at least one of: (i) a thumb sensor block, located proximate to the first side of the manipulation block, and operable to detect the presence of the thumb of the hand of the user when the holding portion is gripped by the user, (ii) a first finger sensor, located on the trigger button, and operable to detect the presence of the at least one finger of the hand of the user when the holding portion is gripped by the user, and (iii) a second finger sensor, located proximate to both the second side of the manipulation block and the holding portion of the housing, and operable to detect the presence of at least one of a middle finger, a ring finger, and a pinky finger of the hand of the user when the holding portion is gripped by the user; and
a fixture element located on a side of the holding portion that engages the palm of the hand of the user, where the fixture element is sized and shaped to extend over a backside of the hand of the user and facilitate engagement of the apparatus to the hand of the user.