Joystick with detent mechanism for tactile feedback centering

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 5773773
SERIAL NO

08155564

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Abstract

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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, MI2595

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Dziekan, Lee M East Pointe, MI 14 95
McCauley, Gilbert L Southfield, MI 9 99
Van, Hout James E Auburn Hills, MI 26 253

Cited Art Landscape

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AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA (1)
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ICHIKOH INDUSTRIES, LTD. (1)
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La Telemecanique Electrique (1)
* 4784008 Analogue manipulator with preferential orientations 16 1987
 
N.V. INDUSTRIE- EN HANDELMAATSCHAPPIJ "KOPPEN & LETHEM (1)
* 4723458 Control mechanism 8 1986
* Cited By Examiner

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Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (1)
* 7304232 Joystick gain control for dual independent audio signals 34 2006
 
ROCKWELL COLLINS, INC. (3)
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
 
PREH GMBH (3)
* 7569782 Multistage switch 0 2008
* 7944335 Operating element with tilt haptics 1 2008
* 2008/0202,278 Operating element with tilt haptics 1 2008
 
HOSIDEN CORPORATION (1)
* 6509535 Multi directional input apparatus 5 2001
 
DAEWOO ELECTRONICS CORPORATION (1)
* 6034336 Knob assembly for use in electronic appliances 5 1998
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