US 11,656,717 B2
Sensor module and method for detecting and characterizing side inputs at devices
Ilya Daniel Rosenberg, Sunnyvale, CA (US); John Aaron Zarraga, Sunnyvale, CA (US); James Junus, Sunnyvale, CA (US); Darren Lochun, Sunnyvale, CA (US); Tomer Moscovich, Sunnyvale, CA (US); Shuangming Li, Sunnyvale, CA (US); and Alexander Grau, Sunnyvale, CA (US)
Assigned to Sensel, Inc., Sunnyvale, CA (US)
Filed by Sensel, Inc., Sunnyvale, CA (US)
Filed on Apr. 18, 2022, as Appl. No. 17/722,994.
Application 17/722,994 is a continuation of application No. 17/339,857, filed on Jun. 4, 2021, granted, now 11,334,189.
Claims priority of provisional application 63/053,071, filed on Jul. 17, 2020.
Claims priority of provisional application 63/034,798, filed on Jun. 4, 2020.
Prior Publication US 2022/0236853 A1, Jul. 28, 2022
This patent is subject to a terminal disclaimer.
Int. Cl. G06F 3/041 (2006.01)
CPC G06F 3/04166 (2019.05) [G06F 2203/04105 (2013.01)] 21 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A system for detecting side inputs at a device comprising:
a base structure;
a frame structure:
supported on the base structure;
cooperating with the base structure to define a channel extending between the frame structure and a first side of the base structure;
defining a front edge configured to deflect toward the first side of the base structure responsive to force inputs applied to the front edge; and
defining a series of bridges:
extending across the channel from the first side of the base structure to the frame structure;
longitudinally offset along the channel; and
configured to locate a rear edge of the frame structure on the base structure;
a sensor module arranged in the channel and configured to output sense signals representing local deflections of the frame structure; and
a controller configured to detect locations and force magnitudes of side inputs on the front edge of the frame structure based on sense signals output by the sensor module.