DE102005016282A1 - Input device and mobile device with extended input functionality - Google Patents

Input device and mobile device with extended input functionality

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DE102005016282A1
DE102005016282A1 DE200510016282 DE102005016282A DE102005016282A1 DE 102005016282 A1 DE102005016282 A1 DE 102005016282A1 DE 200510016282 DE200510016282 DE 200510016282 DE 102005016282 A DE102005016282 A DE 102005016282A DE 102005016282 A1 DE102005016282 A1 DE 102005016282A1
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Abstract

Input device having at least one housing part with at least one first input means for generating control signals, wherein at least the first input means is activated by a planar mechanical deformation of the housing part, the surface of the deformation of the housing part depends on a deformation causing force and substantially outside of a display device located.

Description

  • The The invention relates to an input device and a device using this input device Mobile device.
  • For to be regulated electronic equipment Below explained by way of example controls are known.
  • One Classic operating means is a keyboard. Keyboards are for example for Mobile phones are known in which the input device by mechanical Keys are formed, which are attached to one or more sides of the input device. The keys take up a lot of space and limit the miniaturization of the Equipment.
  • Known is also the touch-sensitive Display (e.g., so-called "touch screens"), for example mobile devices or electronic notebooks (so-called "organizers" or "PDAs" (Personal Digital Assitants)), known over a touch-sensitive Display are controlled, for example, using a Stylus. Here, for example, when touching a pressure-sensitive film changes a resistance when measuring clearly the place of touch allows. It is a disadvantage of such input means that the user does it very carefully control to exactly touch the input range you want. Therefore the user has to focus precisely on his movement, what the a very considerable attention to the manual movement and second makes the input relatively slow.
  • Lots Input Devices, such as for mobile phones, were during miniaturized in recent years. By the increasing Reduction of the sizes of the necessary components is a very small and compact design possible. By the reduction of the housing sizes is less Space on the case surface for a display and for Control buttons available. However, the display should not be downsized, as this makes reading becomes uncomfortable. So the number of available Control buttons largely reduced. Thus, the user has the difficulty that Increased operating errors can occur. Because electronic devices, like for example mobile phones, for the Users to the permanent Counting work equipment, can such error situations frequently occur.
  • Latest Generations of mobile devices present many operating innovation. Thus, e.g. Mobile phones known, almost completely voice-controlled and no more keyboard but have only one button. Furthermore, there are mobile phones known to the user about a rotary wheel can operate, with which he also the numbers for one too dialing Telephone number or letter for select an SMS (SMS: Short Message Service).
  • It there is a significant need for simplified operation of input devices.
  • Consequently The invention is based on the object, the operability of a input device continue to improve.
  • These Task is performed by an input device with the features of the claim 1 and claim 9 and a mobile device with the features of claim 21 solved. Further developments of the invention are described in the dependent claims.
  • The inventive input device used the property of having a housing of the input device is mechanically deformable. The input device according to the invention comprises at least one first input means for generating control signals, the through a plane mechanical deformation of a housing part is activated, the area the deformation of the housing part depends on a force causing the deformation and in essence outside a display device is located. Unlike touch-sensitive input devices (e.g., a "touch Screen ") that is Input means not part of the display device, but can, for example on small area or otherwise unused surfaces of the housing be. In contrast to buttons, the applied force causes different distorted parts and can be so extra Information includes. By the targeted deformation of the housing a specific position of the housing, become control signals with the help of one or more sensors can be generated, which are used to operate the input device.
  • By the invention allows a variety of novel input options, without the Housing surface can be increased got to. It can both analog data are detected by the first input means, as well as digitally capturing a selection or state respectively. A flat mechanical deformation of the housing part in the context of the present invention means that a deformation of the housing done without an opening present in the housing interior got to. Thus, the housing be made easier water and dustproof.
  • With the help of the pressure on the deformable housing measuring pressure sensors can corre According to an advantageous further development of the invention, a spatial localization of the input or the selection of a preferred position of the input by the user is determined. By means of this preference position, it is then easier for the user to assign certain information contents, which simplifies and accelerates the entry. An at least partially elastic housing allows a repeated similar operation of the input device.
  • It is advantageous if, according to a development of Invention, the deformability of the housing is limited to partial surfaces, which coincide with the first and / or further input means, for stability of the housing sure. By appropriate sensors are either pressure, Twisting, shifting forces or a combination of them measurable. This is a multifaceted influence of the housing and thus different shapes of the housing possible.
  • The Input means with the pressure-sensitive surface can according to a further advantageous development of the invention designed in such a way be that the place of deformation is not the only input parameter is, but that too over the determination of a duration of deformation, an intensity of deformation and / or a number of repetition of deformation an information input can be done.
  • The area and position of deformation of the housing part are according to a further embodiment of the invention the housing freely selectable. An area for receiving a key on a printed circuit board is by an input device according to the present Replaceable invention. You can save them by the pressure sensors, because only a few pressure sensors and not complete buttons must be present with PCB. Because no or less mechanical keys are used, there are less at the same time Restrictions in the housing design. The property that fewer keys are used still has Another advantage: less mechanical components used can, can in certain circumstances Costs, mechanical defects and installation height can be saved.
  • In a development of the invention are the input options variable, by assigning the meaning of the control signals to the first input means changed becomes or changeable is. The assignment or change the assignment can for example via a display device the Users are signaled.
  • Farther can in a further development of the invention, the pressure sensors in the housing in such a way be designed that only the measurement information of these pressure sensors processed by the measuring contacts and transmitted the measurement information coded becomes. By coding a copy protection for device housing realized because the coding in the input device and device to be controlled are similar must be generated or evaluated and thus any exchange of the input device including housing part not possible anymore is.
  • The The invention will be explained in more detail by way of example with reference to the drawings 1 to 8. It demonstrate:
  • 1 Example of an input device with a pressure sensor with undeformed housing part;
  • 2 : Example of an input device with a pressure sensor with a deformed housing part;
  • 3 Example of an input device with a pressure sensor with undeformed housing part in rear view;
  • 4 : Example of an input device with four pressure sensors with undeformed housing part in rear view;
  • 5 : Example diagram for the output of various control signals depending on the input pattern;
  • 6 : Decision tree for generating an output signal;
  • 7 : Example of an input device with deformable housing part in rear view;
  • 8th : Example of a deformable housing part with a three-dimensional marking.
  • 1 shows a mobile phone MT. The mobile telephone MT has an input device EG with a first input means EM1, wherein the first input means EM1 comprises a pressure sensor DS. The input means EM1 further comprises a deformable housing part VGT and is in 1 shown without deformation of the deformable housing part VGT. The first input means EM1 is arranged on a narrower side surface of the input device EG. The input device EG is part of the mobile device MT and shown in front view. The mobile device MT further comprises a housing, a signal output means SAM and a keyboard. The signal output means SAM is designed as a display device and displayed as a screen. The first input means EM1 comprises a deformable housing part VGT and a pressure sensor DS. A narrow housing part SSF of the housing is marked hatched net. The narrow housing part SSF has the shape of a closed strip. On this strip is the deformable housing part VGT, which is marked hatched. For example, the deformable housing part VGT has a small oval shape of about 1 cm in length and 0.3 cm in width. In general, this surface can take any shape. Within the deformable housing part VGT a small circle is attached which identifies the position of the pressure sensor DS. The pressure sensor DS is located under the deformable housing part VGT. The first input means EM1 is spatially separated from other input means UEM comprising a keyboard.
  • 2 shows that in the 1 illustrated mobile phone MT and input device EG with a realized by a pressure sensor DS first input means EM1, but shown with deformation of the deformable housing part VGT. The deformable housing part VGT is deformed by a mechanical pressure. This deformation of the housing part VGT activates the pressure sensor DS and outputs an output signal which is converted into a coded control signal by a signal processing device. The coded control signal is then transmitted from the input device EG to a control device of a mobile device or another device to be controlled.
  • 3 shows an example of an input device EG with a first input means EM1 realized by a pressure sensor DS and a deformable housing part VGT, shown without deformation of the deformable housing part VGT. The first input means EM1 is arranged on a wide rear surface of the input device EG. The input device EG is designed as an upper shell (for example, a removable and replaceable so-called "clip-on cover") as part of a housing of a mobile device and in 3 shown in rear view. The first input means EM1 consists of the deformable housing part VGT and the pressure sensor DS. The deformable housing part VGT is marked hatched. The pressure sensor DS is located just below the deformable housing part VGT. For example, the deformable housing part VGT has a small oval shape of about 1 cm in length and 0.3 cm in width. On the deformable housing part VGT a small circle is attached, which indicates the position of the pressure sensor DS. In this embodiment, the first input means EM1 realized by a pressure sensor DS is substantially dot-shaped.
  • 4 shows an example of an input device EG with a first input means EM1 realized by four pressure sensors DS1, DS2, DS3, DS4 and a deformable housing part VGT. The deformable housing part VGT is shown without deformation. The first input means EM1 is arranged on the wide surface of the input device EG. The input device EG is as in 3 Part of a mobile device, shown in rear view. The first input means EM1 consists of the deformable housing part VGT and the four pressure sensors DS1, DS2, DS3 and DS4. The deformable housing part VGT is marked hatched. The pressure sensors DS1, DS2, DS3, DS4 are located underneath the deformable housing part VGT. For example, the deformable housing part VGT essentially form the entire rear cover, for example the lower shell or clip cover for a mobile device. On this finely hatched housing part four small circles are attached, which identify the four pressure sensors DS1, DS2, DS3, DS4. In this embodiment, each mark on the deformable housing part VGT corresponds to one of the pressure sensors DS1, DS2, DS3, DS4. If the housing part VGT is deformed by mechanical pressure at this point, the pressure sensors DS1, DS2, DS3, DS4 each output a control signal, with the pressure sensors DS1, DS2, DS3, DS4 on which the pressure is exerted corresponding to this pressure outputs analog or digital control signal. But also an operation and thus a pressure anywhere between or in the vicinity of the pressure sensors DS1, DS2, DS3, DS4 can lead to up to four control signals (maximum one of each pressure sensor), which can be processed to an output signal. In this way, a location and a duration and possibly a course of the operation or the pressure can be determined.
  • 5 shows by means of a diagram, as in an input device (eg EC in the 1 to 4 ) Control signals SS by multiple or for a certain period persistent confirmation of a first input means (eg EM1 in the 1 to 4 ) be generated. Above the time-indicative abscissa is the time lapse t of pressure ZD on a pressure sensor (eg DS, DS1, DS2, DS3 or DS4 in the 1 to 4 ) and a number 1,2 of activations of the pressure sensor. As the ordinate of the diagram, a control signal SS is plotted. The control signal SS changes according to the number of activations and with increasing duration of the activation. Thus, after a first pressure or a time unit t1, the function F1 is generated. The function F1 is, for example, the locking of the mobile device. After an increased second pressure or a time t2 or two activations 1, 2, the function F2 is generated. The function F2 is, for example, turning off the mobile device.
  • 6 shows a decision tree illustrating how the activation of one or more input means simultaneously generates a particular output signal. In the embodiment to 5 an output signal AS2 is generated when only a first input means (eg EM1 in FIGS. 1 to 4) is activated; an output signal AS1 is generated when a key T1 and the first input means are simultaneously activated; an output signal AS3 is generated when a key T2 and the first input means are simultaneously activated. The output signal AS1 corresponds, for example, to the activation of an emergency call, the output signal AS2 to the blocking of the mobile radio device and the output signal AS3 to the triggering of a call. The control signals using one or more input means are combined to produce an output signal AS1, AS2, AS3.
  • In 7 is a further embodiment starting from the in 4 illustrated embodiment presented. 7 shows on the deformable housing part VGT also colored marks FM1, FM2, FM3 in the form of pictograms. The colored mark FM1 is the drawing of an open booklet. The pressure on the area of the marking FM1 generates the access to the address book of the mobile radio device by means of the first input means EM1. The colored mark FM2 is the drawing of a telephone. The pressure on the area of the marking FM2 generates the triggering of a call by means of a further input means. The colored mark FM3 is the drawing of the dial of a clock. The pressure on the area of the marking FM3 generates access to alarm parameters by means of a further input means.
  • 8th shows an embodiment based on the in 1 illustrated embodiment. On the deformable housing part VGT, a three-dimensional mark DM1 is provided for marking the first input means EM1. The three-dimensional mark DM1 is formed as a bulge of the housing. The pressure on the zone of the mark DM1 triggers the access to the phone's address book via the activation of the first input means EM1, for example.
  • In the following, further embodiments and application examples for the present invention are given. In the following, mentioned pressure sensors and / or mobile devices or housing and housing parts of mobile devices, for example, according to the in the 1 to 8th be formed illustrated embodiments.
  • With Help of a pressure sensor, for example, a simple on / off Function for a mobile device will be realized. Therefore For example, the pressure sensor may be under an at least partially deformable side surface of the mobile device to be appropriate. When an incoming call, the user through firm compression his hand exert pressure on the side surface of the mobile device, the activate a first input device. This can then be the e.g. effect the acceptance of an incoming call. Alternatively, the conversation also be terminated.
  • Corresponding Another application can be by firmly squeezing the Housing Emergency call triggered be, with this emergency call indicative of the current whereabouts Signal (e.g., the location coordinates). This is particularly useful in practice, since in an emergency, e.g. a robbery, for the Entering the emergency number no time remains. In addition, it is for the criminal also not apparent that the emergency call dropped off by squeezing has been. In a further embodiment, the emergency call is not only by pressing once but only by repeated pressing, e.g. at certain intervals, activated, whereby the risk of an unwanted triggering can be reduced.
  • With Although the help of a single pressure sensor may be the location at which a Pressure on the housing is applied, can not be determined exactly. However, there is a pressure at a location remote from the pressure sensor, a lower gauge pressure at the pressure sensor, as if the same pressure on the site the pressure sensor is applied.
  • With Help of several pressure sensors can be the place where pressure is applied the housing is exercised, be determined more accurately. With three or four sensors can on The top of several buttons are simulated. The measurement result Each measuring sensor is fed to a processing module and there after normalizing all measurement results to a specific location assigned. For example, only the place with on the housing a symbol e.g. a number and / or one or more letters, imprinted by pressing the corresponding symbol can be activated. Such are, for example on the upper shell the numbers 0 to 9 are only printed. By To press the symbol with the symbol "4" becomes this symbol shown on the display.
  • Depending on The application can reduce the number of differential pressure points on the case and the functionality the respective pressure point on the housing to be changed. For example needed a game features the top, bottom, left, right. Instead of this Functions can also specific keys of the keyboard on certain surfaces assigned to the upper shell. Due to large pressure points on the Upper shell, the operation is facilitated.
  • For example, you can play certain games special top shells are sold, which have printed special pressure points that realize particular functions for the specific game. The arrangement of these pressure points is arbitrary. For example, a part of the pressure points on one back side (eg a lower shell) and another part on an upper side (eg an upper shell) of a corresponding housing can be realized.
  • alternative can the pressure sensors in the housing integrated and contact points by their control signals the mobile device pass on. By generating coded control signals Any unauthorized replacement of the input device, e.g. in the form of a shell, be prevented, because the coding the control signals is only known to the authorized manufacturer and can in mock input devices without Knowledge of the code can not be imitated. This results in the possibility more valuable and not readily copied input devices in shape of upper or lower shells as exchangeable housing shells ("clip-it-cover" or "clip-on-cover") to market.
  • alternative or additionally can to pressure sensors Also sensors are used which have a twist, displacement forces or measure a combination of them.
  • One input device as described above can also be configured to be switched off. Thus, e.g. at certain Applications - for example one over the keyboard-to-use game - by turning off the input device, a false triggering individual Functions are prevented.
  • alternative to the mobile device For example, an input device according to the present invention also be used with a game console. This game console includes at least one housing and a first input means. Because at least the first input device for operation the game console is used, a design of the housing is easier selectable. In the case of the game console then the design of the case can be so be designed that it better matches the requirements of the games maps. For example, the case of the game console has the design a weapon. Instead of pressing a key, the player uses the Imitation of a realistic game accessory, e.g. a weapon.
  • With Help of the first input means, each point of the game console housing can be distinguished become. Each point corresponds to a specific measurement of the pressure sensors. It follows that many functions can be accessed directly and quickly are. The first input means thus allows more complex game console to develop without complicating their operation.
  • Farther are the duration, the strength and the number of deformations using the first input means measurable. If the game console is a combat console, so it is for the Players with the accuracy of the measurements possible, for example, the force his virtual punches in the game by the corresponding pressure force on the housing to influence. This property allows it also to develop a game console with multiple functions without complicating their operation.
  • A more possible shaping of the first input means uses the property that the first one Input means by a change in temperature or humidity of the housing and / or on the housing is activated. This not only measurable pressure, but also if necessary, hand warmth or Moisture on contact the first input means sufficient to activate the first input means.

Claims (27)

  1. input device (EG) with at least one first input means (EM1) for generation of control signals, wherein - the first input means comprises a deformable housing part (VGT) and - at least the first input means (EM1) by a planar mechanical deformation of the deformable housing part (VGT) is activated or activatable, - the area of deformation of the deformable housing part (VGT) depends on a force causing the deformation and essentially outside a display device (SAM) is located.
  2. input device (EG) according to claim 1, characterized in that the deformable Housing part (VGT) at least partially elastically deformable.
  3. input device (EC) according to claim 1 or 2, characterized in that the mechanical Deformation of the deformable housing part (VGT) by pressure, rotation, or shift is generated or is produced.
  4. input device (EC) according to one of claims 1 to 3, characterized in that the mechanical deformability essentially to the area of the first input means (EM1) limited.
  5. Input device (EG) according to one of the preceding claims, characterized in that the control signals are generated by a deformation of the housing by means of one or more pressure sensors (DS) and / or torsion sensors (DS) or can be generated.
  6. input device (EC) according to one of the preceding claims, characterized that a location of deformation of the deformable housing part (VGT) by several Pressure sensors (DS) and / or torsional (DS) is determined or determinable.
  7. input device (EC) according to one of the preceding claims, characterized that measuring a change the deformation of the deformable housing part (VGT) by several pressure sensors (DS) and / or torsional (DS) sensors.
  8. input device (EC) according to one of the preceding claims, characterized the measurement of a pressure profile takes place over time.
  9. input device (EC) with a housing: - with a first or more input means (EM1) for generating control signals, - in which at least the first input means (EM1) by a temperature change or moisture change of the housing is activated.
  10. input device (EC) according to one of the preceding claims, characterized that at least partially a signal processing already takes place in the input device and a control signal generated by the signal processing a device controlled thereby or controllable coded is transmitted.
  11. input device (EC) according to one of the preceding claims, characterized that the first input means (EM1) spatially from further input means (UEM) is disconnected.
  12. input device (EC) according to one of the preceding claims, characterized that an assignment of the meaning of the control signals to the first input means (EM1) changeable is.
  13. input device (EC) according to one of the preceding claims, characterized in that the first input means (EM1) has at least one signal output means (SAM) is associated, by means of which one by the first input means (EM1) triggered information can be issued or is issued.
  14. input device (EC) according to one of the preceding claims, characterized that by the use of the first input means (EM1) an emergency call triggered becomes.
  15. input device (EC) according to one of the preceding claims, characterized that a predetermined number of operations and / or one certain duration of sustained actuation of the first input means (EM1) is assigned a specific control signal.
  16. input device (EC) according to one of the preceding claims, characterized that the input device (EG) comprises a plurality of input means (EG1) and the control signals of the Input means can be combined or combined to produce an output signal to create.
  17. input device (EC) according to one of the preceding claims, characterized that a plurality of the first input means (EM1) generated sequentially Control signals yield at least one output signal.
  18. input device (EC) according to one of the preceding claims, characterized that the input device (EC) on its surface at least one indicating the position of the first input means (EM1) Marking (FM1, FM2, FM3, DM1) has.
  19. input device (EC) according to claim 18, characterized in that the marking (FM1, FM2, FM3) is colored.
  20. input device (EC) according to claim 18 or 19, characterized in that the Mark (DM1) is formed three-dimensionally.
  21. mobile device (MT) with at least one input device (EG), wherein - The input device (EG) at least a first input means (EG1) for generating control signals and where - the first input means (EG1) by a planar mechanical deformation a deformable housing part (VGT) is activated and - the area the deformation of the deformable housing part (VGT) of a Deformation causing force depends and essentially outside a display device (SAM) is located.
  22. mobile device (MT) according to claim 21, characterized in that the input device (EC) according to one of the claims 1 to 20 is formed.
  23. mobile device (MT) according to claim 21 or 22, characterized in that the first input means (EG1) can be switched off.
  24. mobile device (MT) according to one of the claims 21 to 23, characterized in that the deformation by means of of at least one sensor (DS, DS1, DS2, DS3, DS4), in particular with analogue pressure evaluation, is evaluated.
  25. Mobile radio (MT) according to Ansprü che 21 to 24, characterized in that a menu can be controlled or controlled by the control signals.
  26. mobile device (MT) according to one of the claims 21 to 25, characterized in that the mobile device (MT) a Casing comprises and the first input means (EM1) on a narrow side surface (SSF) of the housing is arranged.
  27. mobile device (MT) according to one of the claims 21 to 26, characterized in that the input device (EG) as an upper housing shell or housing lower shell of the mobile device (MT) is formed.
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