US 11,656,712 B2
Side-force detection in an input device having a capactive sensor
Tetsuo Tanemura, Tokyo (JP); and Shunsuke Araki, Yokohama (JP)
Assigned to Synaptics Incorporated, San Jose, CA (US)
Filed by SYNAPTICS INCORPORATED, San Jose, CA (US)
Filed on Jul. 5, 2018, as Appl. No. 16/27,477.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/528,797, filed on Jul. 5, 2017.
Prior Publication US 2019/0012015 A1, Jan. 10, 2019
Int. Cl. G06F 3/041 (2006.01); G06F 3/044 (2006.01)
CPC G06F 3/0416 (2013.01) [G06F 3/044 (2013.01); G06F 2203/04105 (2013.01); G06F 2203/04107 (2013.01)] 20 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A method of detecting a force applied to a side of a display panel of an input device, the method comprising:
determining a presence of a grip based on detecting first capacitive responses corresponding to a first plurality of sensor electrodes disposed near the side of the display panel in a sensor electrode layer;
detecting second capacitive responses indicating a change in distance between a second plurality of sensor electrodes disposed near a center of the display panel in the sensor electrode layer and a conductive layer of the input device, wherein the change in distance between the second plurality of sensor electrodes and the conductive layer is in a first direction and the force applied is in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction; and
determining, in response to the determination of the presence of the grip, a magnitude of the force applied to the side of the display panel based on a number of the second capacitive responses satisfying a first threshold, magnitudes of the second capacitive responses, or a combination thereof.