Joystick controller

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 5491462
SERIAL NO

08199823

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A joystick controller is characterized by a control shaft that has toward its lower end a hemispherical-shaped member having a spherical surface. The control shaft extends upwardly through an opening in a top wall of a housing, and a circumference of the opening defines a beating for the spherical surface of the control shaft hemispherical member while a bottom of the control shaft is pivotally supported on a fulcrum within the housing. An upper end of the control shaft is manually movable to pivot the control shaft, with the spherical surface then moving in the bearing. The control shaft is coupled to x-y movement indicators comprising linearly movable variable impedance devices, which generate signals in accordance with the amount and direction of pivotal movement of the control shaft.

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Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
WICO CORPORATIONNILES, IL1

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Cecchi, Marino Hawthorn Woods, IL 8 114
Suffi, Guerrino Addison, IL 1 16

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
KAYABA KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA, NO. 4-1, 2-CHOME, HAMAMATSU-CHO, MINATO-KU, TKYO 105, JAPAN, A COMPANY OF JAPAN (1)
* 4812802 Joy stick 6 1987
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (1)
* 4763100 Joystick with additional degree of control 24 1987
 
SUPERIOR HOLDINGS OF AMERICA, INC. (1)
* 4382166 Joystick with built-in fire button 40 1981
 
WICO DISTRIBUTION CORP. (1)
* 4864272 Joystick controller 11 1988
 
HONEYWELL INC. (1)
* 4962448 Virtual pivot handcontroller 103 1988
 
Atari, Inc. (1)
* 4469330 Controller unit for video game 133 1982
* Cited By Examiner

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
ALPS ELECTRIC CO., LTD. (2)
* 6731194 Rotary sensor in which sensor rotation shaft is prevented from becoming eccentric 7 2000
* 2009/0273,490 MULTI-DIRECTIONAL INPUT APPARATUS 0 2009
 
OXOON (1)
* 6375522 Motorized nautical recreational vessel 5 1999
 
STONERIDGE CONTROL DEVICES, INC. (1)
* 5831554 Angular position sensor for pivoted control devices 34 1997
 
INVACARE CORPORATION (2)
* 8777251 Wheelchair and controller 0 2011
* 2012/0325,575 WHEELCHAIR AND CONTROLLER 3 2011
 
DENSO CORPORATION (1)
* 8400333 Multi-directional input apparatus 3 2009
 
ROCKWELL COLLINS, INC. (4)
6320284 Motor assembly allowing output in multiple degrees of freedom 20 1999
6664666 Motor assembly allowing output in multiple degrees of freedom 21 2001
6909205 Motor assembly allowing output in multiple degrees of freedom 22 2003
* 2004/0124,717 Motor assembly allowing output in multiple degrees of freedom 2 2003
 
NINTENDO CO., LTD. (1)
6489946 Operating device with analog joystick 25 2000
 
MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC (1)
6580418 Three degree of freedom mechanism for input devices 37 2000
 
DANFOSS POWER SOLUTIONS INC. (2)
* 8482523 Magnetic control device 1 2005
* 2007/0040,802 MAGNETIC CONTROL DEVICE 0 2005
 
JOY MM DELAWARE, INC. (2)
* 8400342 Explosion proof electro-mechanical joystick 3 2009
* 2011/0063,139 EXPLOSION PROOF ELECTRO-MECHANICAL JOYSTICK 0 2009
 
HOSIDEN CORPORATION (1)
* 6509535 Multi directional input apparatus 5 2001
 
CATERPILLAR INC. (1)
6546957 Dual cylinder circuit having a joystick with intuitive control 2 2000
 
FUTABA CORPORATION (1)
* 7250844 Stick lever unit for radio controlled device and radio controlled device equipped with the same 8 2005
 
MATSUSHITA ELECTRIC INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD. (1)
6175091 Rotary type electronic component and manufacturing method of the same 5 1999
* Cited By Examiner