Joystick with detent mechanism for tactile feedback centering

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 5773773
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08155564

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An arrangement for mounting a joystick wherein a ball having a spherical portion and a frustoconical portion is mounted in a cylindrical socket within a housing. A cap having a frustoconical surface complementing the frustoconical surface of the ball is mounted on the housing. An O-ring engages the spherical surface of the ball and urges the frustoconical surfaces into engagement. When the joystick is tilted relatively far, the spherical surface of the ball engages the frustoconical surface of the cap and retains the joystick in its tilted position; however, when the joystick is in a near-center position and is released, the frustoconical surfaces on the ball and on the cap are in engagement and cause the ball to snap back to the center position. This provides tactile feedback centering for the joystick.

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Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
FCA US LLCAUBURN HILLS, MI2657

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Dziekan, Lee M East Pointe, MI 14 99
McCauley, Gilbert L Southfield, MI 9 112
Van, Hout James E Auburn Hills, MI 26 261

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