US 11,656,699 B2
Product with incorporated operation display panel
Kazunori Oki, Kyoto (JP); Nobuyasu Hirobe, Kyoto (JP); Fumiaki Shibayama, Kyoto (JP); Shinji Horii, Kyoto (JP); Takanori Yamamoto, Kyoto (JP); and Makoto Nomura, Kyoto (JP)
Assigned to MUI LAB, INC., Kyoto (JP)
Appl. No. 16/471,005
Filed by mui Lab, Inc., Kyoto (JP)
PCT Filed Oct. 29, 2018, PCT No. PCT/JP2018/040206
§ 371(c)(1), (2) Date Jun. 19, 2019,
PCT Pub. No. WO2019/083051, PCT Pub. Date May 2, 2019.
Claims priority of application No. PCT/JP2017/039017 (WO), filed on Oct. 28, 2017.
Prior Publication US 2020/0241675 A1, Jul. 30, 2020
Int. Cl. G06F 3/041 (2006.01); F21V 8/00 (2006.01)
CPC G06F 3/0412 (2013.01) [G02B 6/0068 (2013.01); G02B 6/0088 (2013.01); G02B 6/0091 (2013.01); G06F 3/04162 (2019.05); G06F 2203/04107 (2013.01)] 20 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A device comprising:
a touch sensor-equipped display panel having a housing; and
a thin layer of wood of natural origin, natural fiber, natural leather, natural stone, or a material which mimics at least one of the foregoing as to appearance and touch, the thin layer disposed on an outer surface of the housing;
a light emitting element array comprising light emitting elements; and
a light guide comprising a base, the base having holes which are disposed along respective optical axes of a plurality of the light emitting elements and configured to guide respective lights emitted by point light sources of the light emitting elements along the respective optical axes;
wherein the device is configured to make a character or pattern visible on the thin layer, the character or pattern formed of multiple dots, each dot realized by a point light source of a corresponding one of the light emitting elements, individual point light sources being turned on or turned off to express the character or pattern.