WO2006082020A1 - Haptic operating device - Google Patents

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WO2006082020A1
WO2006082020A1 PCT/EP2006/000819 EP2006000819W WO2006082020A1 WO 2006082020 A1 WO2006082020 A1 WO 2006082020A1 EP 2006000819 W EP2006000819 W EP 2006000819W WO 2006082020 A1 WO2006082020 A1 WO 2006082020A1
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Frank Bartels
Jürgen Rawert
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Abstract

The invention relates to an operating device especially comprising an operating region which is divided into a plurality of operating fields, and means for modifying the haptic properties of the operating fields. Said operating device especially also comprises an optical display panel and means for the haptic modification of the optical display panel. The operating region of an inventive operating device can be switched such that the haptic properties of the operating fields are modified according to an operating state controlled by a user input and/or a signal of an appliance communicating with the operating device. The means for modifying the haptic properties are embodied in such a way that a level modification of the surface of the operating fields of the operating device and/or a ductility modification of the operating fields of the operating device is carried out.

Description

Haptic control device

The present invention relates to a haptic control device and particularly to a haptic control device with changeable haptic properties.

From the prior art, a plurality of operation devices are known, such as keyboards for computers, household appliances, mobile phones, etc. which are known from the prior art keyboards may include electro-mechanical buttons, where a corresponding means of pressure on a button

Input signal and / or control signal for input to and / or control of a device may also communicate with the operating device. Here, as a rule, each device has its own conceived on her keyboard, but this has the disadvantage of a variety of different keyboards, and what particular can result in wireless control devices to confusion.

In order to overcome this drawback multifunctional control elements are known from this prior art, which can communicate with a plurality of different types of devices and these can be controlled. Known from the prior art multifunctional operating devices such as multi-functional remote controls for example, household appliances and

Entertainment devices have a variety of different-like controls and accordingly are confusing and hard to use.

Fig. 1 a shows in this respect a schematic representation of a multifunctional

Control element 10 with a control panel 101 and a plurality of operating elements 102. The prior art optical display panels are also known which simultaneously serve as control devices, such as touch-sensitive screens for example, a PDA.

In order to satisfy the need of a handy size and also to facilitate, for example, a PDA to a transport, the display panels are correspondingly small and, because of their multifunctionality in very small high, divided resolution, miniature areas, which can be operated only with the aid acquisition of a contact pin, and are no longer reasonable to use as a human finger. But the use of a touch-sensitive display panel using a touch / stylus, is complicated and requires a high skill and / or a long training of a user. In addition, the touch-sensitive display panel can only be operated with the touch / stylus often, so the user has to take care for having the pen in combination with the scoreboard available.

Figure 1 b shows in this respect a schematic representation of a touch-sensitive display panel 21 with operating area 22,23 and a stylus 24th

In summary, it is found that the known in the prior art operating devices are expensive and difficult to use, and limited can be used for various devices.

The object of the present invention is therefore to provide an operating device which can be operated in a simple manner, and in particular with a simple manner to communicate and / or control of various

suitable devices.

The object is solved with the features of the independent claims. Advantageous claims are mentioned in the subclaims and / or the following description

in particular a control device of the invention according to a first aspect of the present invention comprises a control area which is divided into a plurality of panels, and also means for changing the haptic properties of the panels.

in particular a control device of the invention according to a second aspect of the present invention comprises an optical display panel, and

Means for haptic change of the optical display panel.

Here, may advantageously comprise a visual display panel according to the second aspect of the present invention, in particular the operating area of ​​the first basic idea of ​​the present invention.

It is obvious when we speak hereinafter of operating area that then allow the operating area it is meant according to the first aspect of the present invention and / or a corresponding operating area of ​​an optical display panel according to the second aspect of the present invention.

Erfindunsgemäß the operating area of ​​an operating device according to the invention is such switchable configured such that the haptic properties of the panels are varied in dependence of an operating state, which is controlled by user input and / or a signal of communicating with the operating device unit.

Here, the means for changing the haptic properties according to the invention are designed such that a change in level of the surface of the panels of the operating device and / or the Duktilitätsänderung

takes place panels of the operating device.

It will be appreciated that the panels may comprise a portion of the operating area to complete operating region and at least, and also that the display panel to complete operating region and at least a portion of the

may include operating area.

An operating device according to the invention advantageously comprises a cavity having an upper first layer and a lower second layer, wherein a working medium is arranged in the cavity, which may in particular be a liquid and / or powder and / or a gel with appropriate physical characteristics, and wherein the operating device further comprising means for changing the mechanical and / or elastic and / or rheological properties of the liquid and / or means for displacement of the liquid within the cavity and / or for removing the liquid from the cavity and / or for supplying the liquid into the cavity includes.

In particular, in the advantageous combination of an operating device according to the invention with a suitable display panel an operating device according to the invention comprises a third layer which is disposed on the upper first layer and / or the lower second layer, the third layer comprises the optical display panel.

The first and / or second and / or third layer as formed of suitable resilient, wherein an electrorheological and / or magnetorheological fluid is disposed within the cavity, and wherein comprise the first and / or second layer means for modifying the rheological properties of the liquid.

An operating device according to the invention also may be particularly advantageous is at least partially coupled to a device and / or integrated into the device, the means of the operating device can be controlled and / or communicates with the operating device.

A erfingunsgemäße operating device can be particularly advantageous a universal remote control, wherein an operating device according to the invention in particular at least one wireless interface for communication with and / or may include controlling a plurality of devices.

The present invention will be described below, without any limitation with reference to embodiments that are accompanied by schematic drawings, this is shown in: Fig 1a is a schematic representation of a conventional multifunctional remote control;.

Figure 1b is a schematic representation of the top view of a conventional PDA.

Figure 2 is a schematic representation of a partial section through the basic structure of an operating device according to the invention.

FIG. 3a shows a plan view of an operating device according to a first embodiment of the present invention;

3b shows a section through the control device of Figure 3a taken along line BB..;

Fig. 3bc a section through the control device of Figure 3a taken along the line CC of Fig. 3a.

Fig. 3d shows a section through the operating device of Figure 3a taken along the line DD of Fig. 3a.

Figure 4a is a schematic plan view of an operating device according to a second embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 4b shows a section through the control device of Figure 4a taken along the line BB of Fig. 4A.

Fig. 4c shows a section through the operating device of Figure 4a taken along the line CC of Fig. 4A.

Fig. 4d is a section through the operating device of Figure 4a taken along the line DD of Fig. 4A. FIG. 5a is a schematic plan view of an operating device according to a third embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 5b is a section through the control device of Figure 5a along the line BB of Fig. 5a.

Fig. 5c shows a section through the operating device of Figure 5a along the line CC of Fig. 5a.

FIG. 5d shows a section through the operating device of Figure 5a along the line DD of Fig. 5a.

Figure 6a is an enlarged detailed section through an inventive apparatus operating according to the first and / or second and / or third embodiment of the present invention. and

Fig. 6b is a modification of the embodiment of Fig. 6a.

Fig. 2 shows a schematic representation of the basic structure of an operating device 30 according to the invention in section. A first upper layer 301 and a second lower layer 302 include a cavity 303 in which a liquid F contained. On or within the top layer 301 and / or bottom layer 302 means for modifying the mechanical and / or rheological property of the liquid F are arranged and / or means for transporting the liquid F, and / or for the removal and / or for supplying the liquid

F arranged from the cavity 303rd

It is clear that according to the invention, a working medium is disposed in the cavity 303, in particular, a fluid F and / or powder and / or a gel, and for example, a polymer having suitable physical

may be properties. When reference is made herein below of fluid F, then so be a liquid-like behaving working medium F is meant. Suitably and advantageously is in liquid F to an electrorheological fluid (ERF) or (ERF-powder), wherein the liquid F / the powder is disposed in the cavity 303rd The layers 301 and 302 each include a first and second electron array, hardened by applying a voltage, the areas of the liquid F / P of the powder in the corresponding areas of the activated areas of the electron arrays. Thus, these areas become palpable, since the first and / or second layer 301 are formed in such a way according to the invention 302 that the tentative finger can displace the non-hardened liquid.

Instead of an electrorheological fluid (ERF) can be applied according to the invention, a magnetorheological fluid (MRF).

Coils are here arranged in place of the electrode array in the layers 301 and 302 above and below the cavity 303 with the fluid F, which generate magnetic fields and are arranged as vertically as possible to the surface. The coils can be single coils that act in the outer space, but also adjacent coil pairs between which form field lines. Even larger complexes of coil arrangements can be used for activating large areas. Along the emerging from the coil

Field lines harden corresponding MRF fluids in dependence of the field strength. The coils can be arranged as a linear coil below a lower separation layer 302 or can be applied or arranged as a spiral-shaped coils directly on or under the release layer 302nd Suitably, the MRF fluid between two superimposed is arranged

Coil pairs in the layer 301 and 302 that can be activated simultaneously. But even a single coil, which is superimposed on the MRF fluid can show a desired though less pronounced hardening effect.

In the layer 301 and / or 302 also, for example, heat-generating elements can be arranged, which cause an intended hardening effect in which is heated a relatively large area either, or a negative presentation is adopted in which the control elements are not shown by means of raised, but recessed structures , which are generated by the heated areas. Here can be used for example as a liquid F waxy materials, which, however, are liquid at room temperature fixed at some temperatures above it.

Finally, the generation of projections may also be a means arranged in or on the first and or the second layer 301 and 302. Array (electro) mechanical polimerer, chemical, or other actuators, or a combination of the same takes place.

In combination with the above means to the hardening of selected regions of the liquid F in the cavity 303 further comprises means for transporting and / or for the supply and / or discharge of the fluid F can be provided from the cavity 303, wherein, in a corresponding hardening local region of the liquid F in the cavity 303, the fluid F is largely evacuated from the remaining portions of the cavity 303, whereby the hardened portion 303 protrudes from the surface of the operating element 30th

It is clear that for this purpose the upper layer is elastically three hundred and first The means for transporting the liquid F and for the discharge / supply of the liquid F in the

Cavity 303 in a not shown in the drawing reservoir may suitably comprise a pump and / or a pump array of miniaturized pumps be.

It is clear that, corresponding targeted hardening selected areas of the operating area 30, which has been described above with a corresponding activation of corresponding portions of the control element 30 for activating the touch-sensitive control function of the surface of the operating element 30th The activation of predetermined areas of a touch-sensitive surface, can act, for example, capacitive, and is known from the prior art are known.

Fig. 3a shows a plan view of an inventive control device 30 according to a first embodiment of the present invention and Figure 3b shows a section through the operating device of Fig 3a along the line BB..; 3c and Fig. Shows a section through the operating device of FIG. 3 taken along the line CC of Fig. 3a.

The erfindunsgemäße operating device 30 of FIG. 3 comprises a

Operating area 31, which is divided into a plurality of panels 32,33, wherein a contact of the panels 32, 33 and / or a corresponding pressure on the panels 32,33 respectively produces a signal for controlling a communication with the control device 30 device and also produces a change of the control panel 31 and corresponding panels 32,33. For example, the operating device 30 may be configured such that, when the operating device switch on the control panels Menul and Menu2 harden and / or increased, or in level compared to the other areas of the control panel 31 are lowered, and wherein upon contact, for example, the control panel Menul a signal to the corresponding apparatus is sent and / or additional panels 33

be increased SubMenu1 harden, 2 and 3 and / or and / or decreased.

Figure 4a, b, c and d show a corresponding representation of an exemplary increase above with reference to FIG. 3 described panels. The corresponding panels 32,33 in the operating area 31 can, as shown in Fig. 4 are directly adjacent and / or as shown in Fig. 3 spaced apart.

Fig. 5a shows a top view of an inventive control device 30 of a third embodiment of the present invention with a schematic representation of a control area 31 which is divided by way of example (II) into a first (I) and the region, by way of example on the operation of various devices with various functions are provided.

In the first region (I) a menu structure for controlling a first device is provided, for example, as has been described above by way of example with reference to FIGS. 3 and 4. In the second region (II) by way of example different from the first region panels 34 may be provided for communication and / control of a second device. According to the invention is an operating device 30 is suitably configured such that the first (I) region and / or second region (II) are activated, and the respective panels 32 are activated. This can be detected as above by means of a described with reference to FIG. 2 provides techniques. It is clear that the first (I) and second (II) range advantageously may overlap wholly or partly.

It is clear that can be activated in the embodiment of Figure 5, and of course, the area (I), having been omitted in the other drawings for simplicity, to a representation of the means for hardening the liquid F.

It should also be mentioned here that in the drawings, Figures 3, 4 and 5 in Gege4nsatz to the drawings, Figures 2 and 6 in the respective sectional views of only the cavity with the liquid F was prepared.

d is shown schematically and by way of example as shown in the sectional views of Fig. 5b, c and, FIG. 5 shows an operating state of an operating device 30 according to the invention in which the panels of the region (I) namely, the panels Menul and Menu2, SubMenul and SubMenu2 32 and 33 are compared with the other portions 31 of the operating region 31 is not changed haptic.

This is schematically shown in dashed lines in Fig 5a.. In addition, the panels 34 of the operating region (II) of the total control portion 31 is activated and hardens against the other regions 31 and / or increased and / or decreased, as shown in the drawing in the sectional views schematically by means of gray-shaded areas 34th

Fig. 6a and 6b show schematic sectional views through a partial section of an operating device 30 according to the invention with the described with reference to FIG. 2 layers 301 and 302 and disposed between the layers 301 and 302, cavity 303, in which a suitable liquid F is disposed, further comprising arranged below the display panel 304, the display panel 304 is suitably configured and synchronously with the activation / deactivation of selected panels 32,33,34 of the operating device is corresponding 30 and connected one above and / or so that the activated, that is hardened and / or increased and / or decreased panels are different 32,33 and 34 also optically in a known manner from the remaining portions of the operating region 31st

It is clear that above the upper layer 301 disposed display panel 304 may be formed suitably elastic, in which a display panel 304 may be, for example, an LCD display panel.

An operating device 30 according to the invention may in particular, as for example universal haptic remote control with at least one wireless communication interface may be formed, wherein the user when switching from a default configuration selects a desired About function (eg, TV set), and wherein it to this user pulse out the haptic property of panels of the operating device is formed corresponding to 30 and 32,33 34th

For example, the user can now select a specific device function group (for example, TV image), after which the surface of the operating device 30 according to the invention, in turn, their shape and / or haptic property of predetermined control panels 32, 33, takes with predetermined functional properties 34th

An operating device 30 according to the invention can advantageously be used, and especially in the following areas:

Multimedia, telecommunications, personal computer management, presentation skills, time display, weather station, control of home appliances

(Oven, hot plate, entertainment equipment), control data from the building services

(Eg status of the heating system, air conditioning, alarm, Rolladensteurung,

Door openers, garage door opener, land monitoring).

It is clear, however, that the above invention is not limited to the above-mentioned advantageous areas of application.

In particular, carries a haptic control device of the invention for the fact that provide conventional universal operating units only optically different panels / panel designs, but the haptic design ', ie the tactile distinction between individual panels from one another, as given on standard button operating devices has not yet been realized.

It is also clear that the present invention is not limited to the embodiments described above, and in particular is not limited to the advantageous embodiments of the combination of visual and tactile variable operating device, but may include purely tactile variable operating devices.

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1. Control device (30) comprising: an operating area (31) into a plurality of control panels (32,33) is located, and means for changing the haptic properties and / or the level and / or the pressure point of the panels ( 32.33).
2. Control device (30) comprising: an optical display panel (31), and having means for
Change the haptic properties and / or the level of at least selected portions of the optical display panel (31).
3. Control device (30) according to claim 1 and 2, wherein: the operating area (31) comprises the optical panel (31).
4. An operating device (30) according to claim 3, wherein: the operating area (31) is such switchable configured such that the haptic properties and / or the level and / or the pressure point of the panels be changed depending on an operating state defined by a user input and / or a signal of a device which is controlled communicates with the operating device (30).
5. Control device (30) according to any one of claims 1 to 4, wherein: the means for changing the haptic properties and / or the level and / or of the pressure point are formed so that a level change of the control panels (32,33) of the surface the operating device (30) and / or a Duktilitätsänderung the panels (32,33) is carried out of the operating device (30).
6. An operating device (30) according to any one of claims 1 to 5, wherein: the control panels (32,33) comprise at least a portion of the
Operating area (31).
7. An operating device (30) according to any one of claims 1 to 6, wherein: the display panel (31) comprises at least a partial region of the operating region (31).
8. An operating device (30) according to one of claims 1 to 7 wherein: the operating device (30) comprises a cavity (303) having an upper first layer (301); and in the cavity (303), a working medium (F) and in particular a
Liquid (F) is arranged; and the operating device (30) comprises means for modifying the mechanical and / or elastic and / or rheological properties of the working fluid (F), and particularly of the liquid (F) and / or means for displacing the working fluid (F), and particularly of the liquid (F ) within the cavity (303) and / or for the disposal of the working medium (F), and particularly of the liquid (F) from the cavity (303) and / or for supplying the working medium (F), and particularly of the liquid (F) in the cavity ,
9. An operating device (30) according to at least one of claims 1 to 8, wherein: the operating device includes a third layer (304) on the upper first layer (301) and / or the lower second layer (302) is arranged, wherein : the further layer comprising the optical display panel (31).
10. An operating device (30) according to any one of claims 8 or 9, wherein: the first layer (301) and / or second layer (302) and / or third layer (304) are resilient.
11. An operating device (30) according to any one of claims 8 to 10, wherein: in the cavity (303) is an electrorheological and / or magnetorheological fluid (F; ERF / MRF) is disposed; and the first layer (301) and or the second layer (302) comprise means for modifying the rheological properties of the working fluid (F), and particularly of the liquid (F).
12. An operating device (30) according to any one of the preceding claims 1 to 11, wherein: the operating device (30) is at least partially coupled to a device and / or integrated into the device, which is controllable by means of the operating device.
13. An operating device (30) according to any one of the preceding claims 1 to 11, wherein: the operating device (30) is a universal remote control.
14. An operating device (30) according to any one of the preceding claims 1 to 13, wherein: the operating device (30) comprises at least one wireless interface for communication with and / or control a plurality of devices.
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