Patent Number: 8,441,790

Title: Electronic device housing as acoustic input device

Abstract: There are provided systems, devices and methods for related to an electronic device housing having input functionality. Specifically, in one embodiment, the electronic device includes a housing and one or more acoustic transducers positioned within the housing each operative to generate an electrical signal in response to detecting a sound resulting from an impact with the housing. Additionally, the electronic device includes a microprocessor coupled to the one or more acoustic transducers and configured to receive the electrical signals generated by the one or more acoustic transducers. The microprocessor operative to interpret the generated electrical signals as input to the electronic device.

Inventors: Pance; Aleksandar (Saratoga, CA), King; Nicholas Vincent (San Jose, CA), Kerr; Duncan (San Francisco, CA), Bilbrey; Brett (Sunnyvale, CA)

Assignee: Apple Inc.

International Classification: G06F 1/16 (20060101); H05K 7/00 (20060101); H05K 5/00 (20060101); G06T 17/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2021-05-14 0:00:00