第102回 Appleがダッシュボードの触覚タッチスクリーンの特許を取得

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U.S. Patent US 8,477,114 B2

A bezel 64 is positioned about opening 58 with bezel 64 providing a window 66 over a first portion 62 of active area 54 through which at least a part of second portion 68 can be viewed and covering a second portion 68 of active area 54.


In one embodiment, window 66 is semi-transparent, such that light provided by display 52 can pass through window 66 from display 52.


This allows light generated by second portion 68 to be provided to the person anytime that display 52 is active.


However, in this embodiment, window 66 can be made sufficiently semi-transparent such that when the active area of the display in the part of the second portion 68 does not emit light, the reflectance of the bezel 64 is uniform inside and outside the window 66.



In the embodiment of FIGS. 4A and 4B, controller 74 is programmed, connected or otherwise adapted to determine when the sensor system signal indicates that the person is in touch with or is close to touching bezel 64 (for example when a finger or other object is positioned within an inch of bezel 64).

図4A および4B の実施形態では、コントローラ74はプログラミングされ、接続され、あるいは、いつセンサシステム信号が、人がベゼル64に触れ、あるいはこれに近接しているか(例えば指その他の物体がベゼル64の1インチ内にあるとき)を示すかを判断するように構成されている。

When controller 74 makes such a determination, controller 74, changes the appearance of active area 54 of display 52 in the part of the second portion 68 that can be viewed through window 66.


Controller 74 can adjust the appearance of active area 54 by directly providing signals to operate display 52.


Alternatively, controller 74 can generate signals that are transmitted to other control processors such as an optional display controller 76 which in turn generate control signals that drive display 52 to adjust the appearance of active area 54 in the part of the second portion 68 that can be viewed through window 66.



発明の名称は” Programmable tactile touch screen displays and man-machine interfaces for improved vehicle instrumentation and telematics”

Disclosed are new methods and apparatus particularly suited for applications in a vehicle, to provide a wide range of information, and the safe input of data to a computer controlling the vehicle subsystems or “Telematic” communication using for example GM’s “ONSTAR” or cellular based data sources.


Preferred embodiments utilize new programmable forms of tactile touch screens and displays employing tactile physical selection or adjustment means which utilize direct optical data input.


A revolutionary form of dashboard or instrument panel results which is stylistically attractive, lower in cost, customizable by the user, programmable in both the tactile and visual sense, and with the potential of enhancing interior safety and vehicle operation. Non-automotive applications of the invention are also disclosed, for example means for general computer input using touch screens and home automation systems.



1. A computer implemented method for position control of a graphical element on a touch screen, the method comprising: identifying a first location on the touch screen corresponding to a first touch input; displaying a graphical element at a location separate from the first location; detecting movement of the first touch input with respect to the touch screen; and automatically moving the graphical element in response to the detected movement of the first touch input, wherein the graphical element is moved a reduced amount as compared to the movement of the first touch input.


As will become apparent on consideration of this invention, it is possible to provide in an automobile dash, a highly effective touch screen or other display of large size having the necessary tactile feel, passive safety, and air bag accommodation where needed to make it acceptable from a safety point of view.



The reason for this is the huge increase in flexibility presented by the tactile touch screen concept, and its ability to greatly increase the active information which may be made available to improve automotive safety, as well as the driving experience, at the same time in total synchronism with current trends to information availability at all times and places, including in ones vehicle. (a concept referred to as “Telematics“).


FIGS. 1a and b illustrate one example of a conventional Automobile instrument panel of today, in this case of a SAAB 9-5. This dash includes many small buttons, displays and controls, and yet has none of the features desired for advanced forms of telematics, navigation and other features disclosed herein.

図1aおよびbは、SAAB 9-5の場合の今日の従来型自動車計器パネルの一例を記述している。このダッシュは、多くの小型ボタン、ディスプレイ、制御手段を備えているが、進化した形態のテレマティックス、ナビゲーションについての好ましい特徴、本明細書に開示された他の特徴は備えていない。

FIG. 1c Illustrates one example of a conceptual vehicle basic dash board 1, and center stack 5, with tactile displays and/or touch screens 10 14, made possible by this invention, incorporated in The steering wheel center, 10 The center stack, 11,12 The console, 14 The passenger side of the dash board, 13 And possibly the instrument cluster itself Not here illustrated.

10 中央スタック
11、12 コンソール
14 ダッシュボードの乗客側



  • Appleがダッシュボードの触覚タッチスクリーンの操作について、7月9日に特許を取得した。タッチパネル、スクリーンなどディスプレイ関係の特許取得が続いている。


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