US 11,656,694 B2
Multi-mode scroll wheel for input device
Padraig McLoughlin, Ballybrowney (IE); Arnaud Perret-Gentil, Newark, CA (US); Nuno Miguel Pereira Dos Anjos Valverde, Bandon (IE); Jan Stoeckli, Jongny (CH); Lars Lauridsen, Lausanne (CH); and Jean-Claude Dunant, Fey (CH)
Assigned to Logitech Europe S.A., Lausanne (CH)
Filed by Logitech Europe S.A., Lausanne (CH)
Filed on Apr. 29, 2021, as Appl. No. 17/244,802.
Application 17/244,802 is a continuation of application No. 16/153,387, filed on Oct. 5, 2018, granted, now 10,996,770.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/690,591, filed on Jun. 27, 2018.
Prior Publication US 2021/0357041 A1, Nov. 18, 2021
Int. Cl. G06F 3/0354 (2013.01); G06F 3/038 (2013.01)
CPC G06F 3/03543 (2013.01) [G06F 3/038 (2013.01)] 20 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. An interface device comprising:
a wheel member configurable to rotate around an axis in a plurality of operation modes, each operation mode associated with a respective friction profile,
wherein the wheel member comprises a cavity and a side wall of the cavity that includes two or more zones arranged in an axial direction of the wheel member, wherein:
a first zone of the two or more zones comprises a plurality of teeth; and
a second zone of the two or more zones has a circularly curved even surface; and
an actuator assembly comprising a carriage and two arms coupled to the carriage, wherein:
the carriage is configured to linearly translate along a radial direction relative to the wheel member;
a first arm of the two arms or a component coupled thereto is configured to contact the first zone when the carriage is at a first location;
a second arm of the two arms or a component coupled thereto is configured to contact the second zone when the carriage is at a second location; and
the first arm and the second arm or the components coupled thereto are in no contact with the first zone and the second zone, respectively, when the carriage is at a third location.