Video game controller with compact and efficient force feedback mechanism

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 8545323
APP PUB NO 20080004114A1
SERIAL NO

11768244

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A compact game controller incorporates an efficient and compact force feedback mechanism. Forces are generated at one of the controls of the controller in reaction to an action in a video game. The type of controller that can be held with two hands is limited in terms of size and internal space and in wireless versions is limited in terms of battery power. Efficient power consumption in the controller enables considerable usage time between battery replacement or recharging in wireless versions. The force feedback mechanism incorporates a double reduction gear system with a unique geometry which enables usage of a compact and energy efficient motor. The efficient force feedback mechanism and assembly can therefore be packaged within a compact ergonomic controller.

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Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
LOGITECH EUROPE S.A.ROMANEL-SUR-MORGES672

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
McVicar, David Neil El Dorado, US 2 37
Prather, Vance Alan Tracy, US 2 44
Wegmuller, David Ernest Palo Alto, US 6 83

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
IMMERSION CORPORATION (1)
* 9557830 Programmable haptic peripheral 0 2014
 
AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (1)
* D768786 Game controller 1 2015
 
MICROSOFT CORPORATION (29)
* D774143 Thumbstick attachment for a controller 15 2015
* D773561 Controller with removable thumbstick attachment 18 2015
* D772987 Controller 22 2015
* D772988 Controller 22 2015
* D768784 Controller with removable thumbstick attachment 16 2015
* D767684 Controller with a removable directional pad 15 2015
* D767038 Controller with removable thumbstick attachment 17 2015
* D766376 Controller with removable directional pad 15 2015
* D764597 Thumbstick attachment for a controller 16 2015
* D763967 Thumbstick attachment for a controller 16 2015
* D774596 Controller 0 2015
D794024 Directional pad for a controller 0 2015
D794026 Set of paddles for a controller 0 2015
D785624 Battery compartment for a controller 0 2015
D784986 Thumbstick for a controller 0 2015
D784988 Controller with removeable thumbstick attachment 0 2015
D784989 Controller 0 2015
D784335 Controller with removeable paddles 0 2015
* D778990 Controller 0 2015
* D777843 Controller 11 2015
D799599 Controller 0 2016
D794717 Controller 0 2016
D794129 Controller 0 2016
D795351 Controller 0 2016
D795350 Controller 0 2016
D795960 Controller 0 2016
D799600 Controller 0 2016
D798954 Controller 0 2016
D795961 Controller 0 2016
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