DE102016215828A1 - Configurable input device - Google Patents

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DE102016215828A1
DE102016215828A1 DE102016215828.7A DE102016215828A DE102016215828A1 DE 102016215828 A1 DE102016215828 A1 DE 102016215828A1 DE 102016215828 A DE102016215828 A DE 102016215828A DE 102016215828 A1 DE102016215828 A1 DE 102016215828A1
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Cornelia Denk
Felix Klanner
Ralph Helmar Rasshofer
Weimin Huang
Sivaperuman Kalairaj Manivannan
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Abstract

A device (100) for detecting manual inputs is described. The device (100) comprises a plurality of mechanical keys (101, 201, 202, 203), wherein each of the plurality of keys (101, 201, 202, 203) has a flush basic position, in which the key (101, 201, 202 , 203) is flush with a surface (103) of a front side of the device (100), and an outstanding basic position, in which the button (101, 201, 202, 203) protrudes from the surface (103) of the front side of the device (100). protrudes. The device (100) further comprises movable adjusting means (102) arranged to transfer the device (100) into different configurations, wherein in the different configurations different subsets of the plurality of mechanical buttons (101, 201, 202, 203) located in the outstanding basic position. The apparatus (100) further comprises a control unit (250) arranged to detect that a first key (201) of the plurality of keys (101, 201, 202, 203) has been actuated. In addition, the controller (250) is arranged to initiate a function associated with the first button (201) in response to detecting and depending on whether the first button (201) is in the flush home position or in the salient home position.

Description

  • The invention relates to an input device, in particular a keypad, with one or more keys, which can be configured in a flexible manner for the operation of different applications.
  • A vehicle, in particular a road vehicle, typically comprises a plurality of physical or mechanical operating elements, in particular keys with which functions of the vehicle can be activated or deactivated. The controls may e.g. be arranged on a dashboard and in particular on a center console of the vehicle.
  • A vehicle may have different driving functions with a different degree of automation. For example, the vehicle can be guided largely manually by a driver in a first driving function. In a second driving function, e.g. the longitudinal guide can be automatically performed by the vehicle and in a third driving function, if necessary, also the transverse guidance can be performed automatically by the vehicle. The different driving functions may require the provision of different amounts of mechanical keys. For example, the first driving function may require a first set of keys (e.g., a total of keys), the second driving function may require a second set of keys (e.g., a subset of the total), and the third driving function may require a third set (e.g., a further subset of the subset).
  • The present document addresses the technical problem of providing a device (e.g., a keypad) with a total of mechanical buttons that can be adapted in an efficient and flexible manner to different situations (e.g., different driving functions of a vehicle).
  • The object is solved by the independent claim. Advantageous embodiments are described i.a. in the dependent claims.
  • In one aspect, an apparatus for detecting manual inputs is described. The device may e.g. be used in a vehicle to change settings of the vehicle and / or trigger functions of the vehicle.
  • The device comprises a plurality of mechanical buttons which may be arranged along a first axis and / or along a second axis within a surface (in particular within a plane). The first axis and the second axis may be perpendicular to each other. In this case, a plurality of keys may be arranged along the first axis and / or along the second axis (for example, in each case 2, 3 or more keys). Thus, a keypad with multiple mechanical keys (e.g., M = 3, 4, 9, or more keys) may be provided. The device may include a housing, and the plurality of buttons may be disposed within the housing (particularly at a front side of the housing).
  • Each of the plurality of keys has a flush basic position and an outstanding basic position. The home position typically refers to a non-actuated state of a button. In other words, when a key is not operated, the key can either be in a flush home position or in an outstanding home position. In the flush home position, the button is flush (i.e., at the same height) with a surface of the front of the device (and thus does not stand out of the front). On the other hand, a key protrudes out of the surface of the front of the device in the outstanding basic position. Each of the plurality of keys can be individually brought into a flush basic position or in an outstanding basic position. In the flush home position, a button may be inactive while the button is in the outstanding home position (and thus can be used to trigger a function).
  • The device further comprises movable actuating means, which are set up to transfer the device into different configurations. In particular, the device may have N (N> 1, e.g., N = 2, 3, 4 or more) configuration. There are different subsets of the plurality of mechanical keys in the outstanding basic position in the different configurations. In other words, the N configurations of the device may have N different subsets of keys that are in the outstanding home position. Thus, by N different configurations of the device N different operating interfaces (for example for N different situations or for N different degrees of automation of a vehicle) can be provided.
  • The apparatus further comprises a control unit configured to detect that an (exemplary) first key of the plurality of keys has been actuated. For example, the first button may include a pressure sensor configured to generate an actuation signal when the first button is pressed and the controller may be set up be based on the actuation signal to detect that the first key has been pressed. Likewise, each of the plurality of keys may include a pressure sensor.
  • The control unit is further configured to, in response to detecting and depending on whether the first key is in the flush home position or in the outstanding home position (or in dependence on a currently set configuration of the device), associated with the first button Function (the different keys may have different functions assigned to them). In particular, the function associated with the first key can not be initiated when the first key is in the flush home position. On the other hand, the function associated with the first key may be initiated when the first key is in the flush home position.
  • The device makes it possible to provide different operating interfaces for different situations (for example for different degrees of automation of a vehicle) in a flexible, efficient and reliable manner based on a common total of mechanical keys.
  • The first button typically has a front face intended to be touched by a user (to operate the button). In addition, the key typically has a rear side opposite the front side. Similarly, the other keys also typically have a front and a back. It should be understood that all embodiments for an exemplary first key are similarly applicable to the other of the plurality of keys of the apparatus.
  • The back of the first button may have a profile with multiple recesses or cavities. In particular, the profile may have separate (i.e., N) recesses for each of the N different configurations. Each configuration may thus be associated with a corresponding pit (in a one-to-one relationship).
  • The movable actuating means may comprise a first protrusion (eg a pin or a button or a pin) for the first button, which is adapted to contact one of the recesses of the profile of the first button and / or in each case one of the recesses of the profile first key to penetrate. In other words, the first survey can each touch exactly one of the N wells and / or penetrate exactly one of the N wells in each case. The movable adjustment means may be arranged to move the first bump to another recess of the profile (e.g., by moving a rail of the actuator) to transfer the apparatus to another configuration. In particular, the first bump may be moved to each of the N separate wells to provide the N different configurations of the device. Thus, the keys of the device can be brought in a reliable and efficient manner mechanically in the flush home position or in the outstanding basic position. The depressions and the elevation can be designed such that a key is located either in the flush basic position or in the outstanding basic position when the elevation touches a depression.
  • The recesses of the profile of the first button typically have a complementary shape to a shape of the first protrusion. For example, a recess may have a domed shape such that the profile of recesses along the first axis and / or the second axis forms a serpentine line. A flowing transition (one or more times continuously derivable) between directly adjacent depressions is typically advantageous in order to facilitate the movement of the first elevation between the different depressions and thus to facilitate the reconfiguration of the device.
  • In particular, the profile of the first button may include a depression of a deep type formed such that the first button is in the flush home position when the first land contacts the depression of the deep type. Further, the profile of the first button may have a recess of a flat type formed such that the first button is in the protruding home position when the first protrusion contacts the recess of the flat type. About the depth of a depression can thus be determined whether a key is in the flush basic position or in the outstanding basic position.
  • The movable actuator may include a movable rail that can be moved along the back of a row of keys of the plurality of keys. In this case, the row of keys can run, for example, along the first axis or the second axis. The series of keys may include 2, 3 or more keys. The movable rail may have, for each of the keys of the row of keys, a separate elevation which cooperates with the profile of depressions of a corresponding key to provide different configurations of the apparatus. In particular, the adjusting means M may have elevations for the M keys of the device (M = 2, 3, 4, 5, 9 or more). Each of the M surveys can be moved to N different positions below a corresponding key to the N to provide different configurations of the device.
  • As already explained above, the plurality of keys may be arranged within one surface and along two different (possibly mutually orthogonal) axes within the surface or plane. The movable actuator may be configured to be moved along the two different axes to translate the device into different configurations. By providing two degrees of freedom, the number N of possible configurations can be efficiently increased.
  • The device may comprise a control element, in particular a displaceable rod and / or a setting wheel, with which the movable actuating means can be moved manually in order to transfer the device into different configurations. Alternatively or additionally, the device may comprise a motor with which the movable actuating means can be moved automatically. The controller may be configured to drive the motor to transition the device to a particular configuration among the N different configurations. In this case, the configuration to be set may depend on a situation or application in which the device is to be used as a user interface. By providing an operating element and / or an engine, the reconfiguration of the device can be facilitated.
  • The first key may include a symbol layer (eg, disposed on or on the front of the first key), the symbol layer being configured to change a color of the first key and / or a symbol on a front of the first key to be visible when the first key is transferred from the flush basic position to the outstanding basic position. In this case, the symbol layer can in particular comprise a mechanochromic material, and the symbol layer can be arranged on the first key such that an external force acts on the symbol layer when the first key is transferred from a basic position to another basic position , Thus, an optical adaptation of the keys to the different configurations can be carried out efficiently. Furthermore, such a user can be reliably informed whether the first key is active or inactive.
  • The first button may include an actuator configured to generate a haptic signal (e.g., a vibration) on the first button. The control unit may be configured to drive the actuator in response to detecting and depending on whether the first button is in the flush home position or in the outstanding home position to generate the haptic signal. This allows a user to be reliably informed as to whether the first key is active or inactive.
  • According to a further aspect, a vehicle (in particular a road vehicle, for example a passenger car, a truck or a motorcycle) is described, which comprises the device described in this document.
  • It should be understood that the devices and systems described herein may be used alone as well as in combination with other devices and systems described in this document. Furthermore, any aspects of the devices and systems described in this document can be combined in a variety of ways. In particular, the features of the claims can be combined in a variety of ways.
  • Furthermore, the invention will be described in more detail with reference to exemplary embodiments. Show
  • 1 an exemplary keypad with a plurality of mechanical keys;
  • 2a . 2 B . 2c . 2d Cross sections of exemplary keypads;
  • 3 exemplary icons on the surface of a button;
  • 4 an exemplary keypad with a sliding control element in different configurations; and
  • 5 an exemplary keypad with a thumbwheel in different configurations.
  • As set forth above, the present document is concerned with the efficient and reliable customization of a user interface having a plurality of keys to different needs. In particular, a keypad is to be provided for a vehicle, which can be adapted in an efficient and reliable manner to the needs of different driving functions.
  • 1 shows an exemplary keypad 100 (ie, an exemplary device) in a plan view. The keypad 100 includes a plurality of (round) buttons 101 where the keys 101 at least partially over the surface 103 a front of the keypad 100 protrude. On the other hand, one or more of the buttons 101 flush with the surface 103 be. The keypad 100 Thus, in one particular configuration, one or more (across the surface 103 the front of the keypad 100 ) outstanding keys 101 and one or more (with the surface 103 the front of the keypad 100 ) flush keys 101 exhibit. An outstanding button 101 (ie a key 101 in the outstanding basic position) can be active and can thus be operated by a user to make an entry. On the other hand, a flush key 101 (ie a key 101 in the flush basic position) and thus can not be operated by a user and is thus not available for input purposes.
  • The keypad 100 can be set up, in different configurations different amounts of outstanding keys 101 provide. In particular, the keypad can 100 a total of keys 101 of which different subsets protrude (and thus are active) in different configurations, and different complementary subsets are flush (and thus inactive). The keypad 100 can be an adjusting agent 102 include, which may optionally be manually operated by a user to the keypad 100 from a first configuration to a different second configuration.
  • The 2a . 2 B and 2c show different configurations of a keypad 100 in a side view (ie in a cross section across the keypad 100 ). In particular, the show 2a . 2 B and 2c exemplarily three buttons 201 . 202 . 203 a row of a keypad 100 in a housing 200 of the keypad 100 are embedded. A key 201 . 202 . 203 can by actuating an actuating means 102 out of the case 200 be moved out, leaving the button 201 . 202 . 203 over the surface 103 the front of the case 200 protrudes. On the other hand, a key 201 . 202 . 203 by actuating the actuating means 102 in the direction of the housing 200 be moved, so the button 201 . 202 . 203 a level with the surface 103 the front of the case 200 forms (and thus is flush).
  • That in the 2a . 2 B and 2c illustrated keypad 100 allows three different configurations. For this purpose, includes a button 201 . 202 . 203 at the (the housing 200 facing) back three (at least partially different depth) wells 221 . 222 . 223 that with a survey 211 . 212 . 213 of the actuating agent 102 playing together. As shown in the figures, the actuating means 102 a sliding plate or rail on which for each key 201 . 202 . 203 one survey each 211 . 212 . 213 is arranged, each in different wells 221 . 222 . 223 the keys 201 . 202 . 203 intervention. In the example shown, each key has 201 . 202 . 203 three different wells 221 . 222 . 223 for three different configurations of the keypad 100 on. This can be a depression 221 . 222 . 223 of a first recessed type (with a relatively deep depth) formed such that a key 201 . 202 . 203 is flush when a survey 211 . 212 . 213 of the actuating agent 102 into this depression 221 . 222 . 223 intervenes. On the other hand, a depression 221 . 222 . 223 of a second recess type (with a relatively small depth), which is formed such that a key 201 . 202 . 203 stands out when a survey 211 . 212 . 213 of the actuating agent 102 into this depression 221 . 222 . 223 intervenes.
  • Every key 201 . 202 . 203 can thus N (ie three in the in the 2a . 2 B . 2c shown example) arranged side by side wells 221 . 222 . 223 for N different configurations of the keypad 100 exhibit. The adjusting agent 102 can for every button 201 . 202 . 203 a survey 211 . 212 . 213 have, and by actuation of the actuating means 102 can the survey 211 . 212 . 213 for a button 201 . 202 . 203 at the N side by side recesses 221 . 222 . 223 be passed to the keypad 100 into different configurations. 2a shows a first configuration in which the first button 201 and the third button 203 flush (and thus inactive) and at the second button 202 stands out (and is active). By moving the surveys 211 . 212 . 213 along the row of buttons 201 . 202 . 203 can the keypad 100 into a second configuration (as in 2 B shown), where the first key 201 , the second button 202 and the third button 203 flush (and thus inactive) are. By further shifting the surveys 211 . 212 . 213 can the keypad 100 be converted into a third configuration (as in 2c shown), where the first key 201 , the second button 202 and the third button 203 stand out (and thus are active). Thus, the keypad can 100 be translated into different physical configurations in an efficient and reliable way.
  • A key 201 . 202 . 203 can thus have a profile of pits 221 . 222 . 223 have on the back, passing through the profile of depressions 221 . 222 . 223 can be set whether the button 201 . 202 . 203 protruding in a particular configuration or is flush. By a displaceable adjusting means 102 with a survey 211 . 212 . 213 for a button 201 . 202 . 203 , where the survey 211 . 212 . 213 in different places in the profile of depressions 221 . 222 . 223 the button 201 . 202 . 203 engages, the different configurations can be set. The adjusting agent 102 can be moved manually by a user or automatically by a motor.
  • The button's 201 . 202 . 203 , the adjusting agent 102 and / or the housing 200 may be made of a plastic material such as PMMA (polymethyl methacrylate), ABS (acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene copolymer) and / or PS (polystyrene).
  • A key 201 . 202 . 203 can be a symbol layer 231 . 232 . 233 have (see 2d ) arranged to selectively display a symbol and / or a color of the key 201 . 202 . 203 to change when the button 201 . 202 . 203 protrudes, and no icon and / or the color of the button 201 . 202 . 203 at the color of the case 200 to leave when the button 201 . 202 . 203 , is flush. The symbol layer 231 . 232 . 233 may, for example, have a mechanochromic material (mechanochromic (fluorescent) material) that changes color under the influence of external mechanical forces. The symbol layer 231 . 232 . 233 can be so on a button 201 . 202 . 203 be arranged that by pushing out the button 201 . 202 . 203 a mechanical force on the symbol layer 231 . 232 . 233 acts (eg a tensile force can act on a slide on the button 201 . 202 . 203 is arranged). As a result, this can be done on the symbol layer 231 . 232 . 233 arranged mechanochromic material change the color to make a symbol visible. When the button 201 . 202 . 203 in another configuration, flushing is done, the mechanical force on the symbol layer 231 . 232 . 233 dismantled again, so that's on the symbol layer 231 . 232 . 233 arranged mechanochromic material changes back to a neutral color to make the symbol invisible again. 3 shows as with a flush key (case (a)) no symbol is visible and like a prominent key (cases (b) and (c)) a symbol 301 becomes visible. If necessary, a symbol can have a physical structure, so that the symbol can be touched. Alternatively or in addition to the representation of a symbol 301 can through the symbol layer 231 . 232 . 233 a color of a button 201 . 202 . 203 to be changed.
  • In the 2a . 2 B and 2c is an example of an actuating agent 102 illustrates that can be moved in one direction. Furthermore, an adjusting agent 102 can be moved (possibly independently) in two directions within a surface / plane to increase the number of possible configurations. For example, by the combination of three positions of the actuating means 102 In the X-direction and Y-direction of a surface / plane nine different configurations are made possible.
  • 2d shows a control unit 250 for a keypad 100 , Further shows 2d by way of example a pressure sensor 251 for a button 201 , The pressure sensor 251 can eg at the survey 211 for the button 201 be arranged. Alternatively or additionally, a pressure sensor 251 on the surface of a button 201 to be provided. When the button is pressed 201 can through the pressure sensor 251 generates an actuation signal and to the control unit 250 to get redirected. The control unit 250 can then depend on the current configuration of the keypad 100 one of the keys 201 trigger associated function. In particular, the control unit 250 be set up to trigger a function only when the button 201 in the current configuration is active. Otherwise, the triggering of a function can be prevented (even if a user presses the (flush) key 201 pressed).
  • 2d further shows an example of an actuator 261 for the button 201 , The actuator 261 can be set up to generate haptic feedback. For example, by the actuator 261 a vibration on the button 201 be effected. The control unit 250 may be set up in response to an actuation of the button 201 (ie in response to an actuation signal) and the actuator depending on the current configuration 261 to generate haptic feedback. In particular, the control unit 250 be set up, only then the actuator 261 to trigger a haptic feedback when the button 201 in the current configuration is active. Otherwise, the driving of the actuator 261 be stopped (even if a user to the (flush) button 201 pressed). So a user can be informed in a coherent way that a particular key 201 is active or inactive.
  • 4 shows a keypad 100 in different configurations. In particular, illustrated 4 that in different configurations different subsets 401 . 402 . 403 of keys 101 can be active. The keypad 100 in 4 includes an actuating means 102 with a control located on a left side and / or on a right side of the keypad 100 can be pressed to the configuration of the keypad 100 to change.
  • 5 shows different configurations of a keypad 100 , with buttons 101 , which change the color when active and display a symbol (possibly including characters). The keypad 100 out 5 includes an actuating means 102 with a thumbwheel 502 which can be rotated to set the different configurations. By turning the thumbwheel 502 can be a rail inside the keypad 100 with elevations 211 . 212 . 213 for the individual keys 101 be moved to the buttons 101 to activate or deactivate.
  • This document is a keypad 100 described by using an actuating agent 102 with one or two degrees of freedom can be efficiently and reliably translated into different mechanical configurations to different subsets 401 . 402 . 403 of active buttons 101 provide. By providing a symbol layer 231 . 232 . 233 Made of mechanochromic material can effectively make a visual distinction between active and inactive buttons 101 to be provided.
  • The present invention is not limited to the embodiments shown. In particular, it should be noted that the description and figures are intended to illustrate only the principle of the proposed methods, apparatus and systems.

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  1. Contraption ( 100 ) for detecting manual inputs, wherein the device ( 100 ), - a plurality of mechanical buttons ( 101 . 201 . 202 . 203 ), each of the plurality of keys ( 101 . 201 . 202 . 203 ) a flush basic position, where the button ( 101 . 201 . 202 . 203 ) flush with a surface ( 103 ) of a front side of the device ( 100 ), and an outstanding basic position in which the button ( 101 . 201 . 202 . 203 ) from the surface ( 103 ) of the front of the device ( 100 protruding); - movable actuating means ( 102 ) that are set up, the device ( 100 ) into different configurations; wherein, in the different configurations, different subsets of the plurality of mechanical keys ( 101 . 201 . 202 . 203 ) are in the outstanding basic position; and a control unit ( 250 ), which is set up, - to detect that a first button ( 201 ) of the plurality of keys ( 101 . 201 . 202 . 203 ) was pressed; and - in response to detecting and depending on whether the first button ( 201 ) is in the flush basic position or in the outstanding basic position, one of the first button ( 201 ) to cause associated function.
  2. Contraption ( 100 ) according to claim 1, wherein - the first key ( 201 ) a front side intended to be touched by a user and having a rear side opposite to the front side; - the back of a multi-well profile ( 221 ) having; - the profile for different configurations separate wells ( 221 ) having; - the movable actuating means ( 102 ) a first survey ( 211 ) for the first button ( 201 ), which is formed in each case one of the recesses ( 221 ) of the profile of the first button ( 201 ) to touch; and - the movable actuating means ( 102 ), the first survey ( 211 ) to another well ( 221 ) of the profile to move the device ( 100 ) into another configuration.
  3. Contraption ( 100 ) according to claim 2, wherein - the profile of the first button ( 201 ) a recess ( 221 ) of a deep type, which is designed such that the first key ( 201 ) is in the flush basic position when the first survey is the deepening ( 221 ) touched by the deep type; and - the profile of the first button ( 201 ) a recess ( 221 ) of a flat type, which is designed such that the first button ( 201 ) is in the outstanding basic position when the first survey is the deepening ( 221 ) of the flat type touches.
  4. Contraption ( 100 ) according to one of claims 2 to 3, wherein - the movable actuating means ( 102 ) comprises a movable rail which runs along the back of a series of buttons ( 201 . 202 . 203 ) of the plurality of keys ( 101 . 201 . 202 . 203 ) can be moved; and - the movable rail for each of the buttons ( 201 . 202 . 203 ) the series of buttons ( 201 . 202 . 203 ) a separate survey ( 211 . 212 . 213 ) with the profile of depressions ( 221 . 222 . 223 ) of a corresponding button ( 201 . 202 . 203 ) interacts to different configurations of the device ( 100 ).
  5. Contraption ( 100 ) according to one of claims 2 to 4, wherein - the depressions ( 221 ) of the profile of the first button ( 201 ) a complementary form to a form of the first survey ( 221 ) exhibit; and / or - a recess ( 221 ) has a vaulted shape towards the front; and / or - the profile of wells ( 221 ) forms a serpentine line; and / or the device ( 100 ) N different configurations, with N> 1, and the profile of the first button ( 201 ) N separate wells ( 221 ) for the N different configurations.
  6. Contraption ( 100 ) according to one of claims 2 to 5, wherein - the plurality of keys ( 101 . 201 . 202 . 203 ) are arranged within a plane and along two different axes within the plane; and - the movable actuating means ( 102 ) along the two different axes can be moved to the device ( 100 ) into different configurations.
  7. Contraption ( 100 ) according to one of the preceding claims, wherein the device ( 100 ) - a control element ( 502 ), in particular a displaceable rod and / or a setting wheel, with which the movable actuating means ( 102 ) can be moved manually to the device ( 100 ) into different configurations; and / or - a motor with which the movable actuating means ( 102 ) can be moved automatically.
  8. Contraption ( 100 ) according to one of the preceding claims, wherein - the first button ( 201 ) a symbol layer ( 231 ), which is set up, a color of the first button ( 201 ) and / or a symbol ( 301 ) on a front side of the first button ( 201 ) when the first button ( 201 ) is transferred from the flush basic position to the outstanding basic position; and - the symbol layer ( 231 ) in particular comprises a mechanochromic material.
  9. Contraption ( 100 ) according to one of the preceding claims, wherein - the first button ( 201 ) an actuator ( 261 ), which is set up, a haptic signal on the first button ( 201 ) to generate; and - the control unit ( 250 ), the actuator ( 261 ) in response to detecting and depending on whether the first key ( 201 ) is in the flush basic position or in the outstanding basic position, to drive to generate the haptic signal.
  10. Contraption ( 100 ) according to one of the preceding claims, wherein - the first button ( 203 ) a pressure sensor ( 251 ) configured to generate an actuation signal when the first button ( 201 ) is actuated; and - the control unit ( 250 ) is arranged to detect on the basis of the actuation signal that the first key ( 201 ) was pressed.
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