Patent Number: 7,823,464

Title: Joystick sensor apparatus

Abstract: A joystick apparatus employs a hermetically sealed load cell having strain gauges placed on flexible beams formed on the load cell. All of the strain gauges are on the same surface of the load cell and therefore wiring is performed on a single side of the load cell. The strain gauges are enclosed in hermetically sealed cavity. The sensing diaphragm consists of a concentric thick inner and outer section joined by thinner diametrically opposed beam elements. The thin beam elements are compliant members which can deflect. Each beam includes strain gauges or sensor elements and the load cell is coupled to a joystick which when moved causes the beams to deflect to cause the sensor elements to produce an electrical output proportional to the force and direction of the joystick. The sensor can yield an output proportional to any angle over the 360.degree. movement of the joystick to provide outputs proportional to the X and Y positions of said joystick. Thus, the joystick arrangement can resolve any angle or force into X and Y components for full directional control.

Inventors: Kurtz; Anthony D. (Saddle River, NJ), Kane; Adam (Morristown, NJ), Martin; Richard J. (Ridgewood, NJ)

Assignee: Kulite Semiconductor Products, Inc.

International Classification: G01D 7/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2019-11-02 0:00:00