US 9,808,713 B1
Game controller with structural bridge
Fraser Townley, Pembroke, MA (US); and Kelly D. Gamble, Simi Valley, CA (US)
Assigned to Wikipad, Inc., Simi Valley, CA (US)
Filed by Wikipad, Inc., Simi Valley, CA (US)
Filed on Jul. 28, 2017, as Appl. No. 15/663,094.
Application 15/663,094 is a continuation of application No. 15/457,571, filed on Mar. 13, 2017.
Application 15/457,571 is a continuation in part of application No. 14/840,184, filed on Aug. 31, 2015, granted, now 9,592,453, issued on Mar. 14, 2017.
Application 14/840,184 is a continuation in part of application No. 14/611,804, filed on Feb. 2, 2015, granted, now 9,126,119, issued on Sep. 8, 2015.
Application 14/611,804 is a continuation in part of application No. 13/681,153, filed on Nov. 19, 2012, granted, now 8,944,912, issued on Feb. 3, 2015.
Application 13/681,153 is a continuation in part of application No. 13/494,801, filed on Jun. 12, 2012, granted, now 9,005,026, issued on Apr. 14, 2015.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/577,709, filed on Dec. 20, 2011.
This patent is subject to a terminal disclaimer.
Int. Cl. A63F 9/24 (2006.01); A63F 13/24 (2014.01); G06F 13/10 (2006.01); G06F 3/02 (2006.01); A63F 13/92 (2014.01); A63F 13/31 (2014.01); A63F 13/2145 (2014.01); A63F 13/98 (2014.01); A63F 13/235 (2014.01); A63F 13/23 (2014.01); G06F 1/16 (2006.01); G06F 13/40 (2006.01); A63F 13/20 (2014.01); A63F 13/50 (2014.01)
CPC A63F 13/24 (2014.09) [A63F 9/24 (2013.01); A63F 13/20 (2014.09); A63F 13/2145 (2014.09); A63F 13/23 (2014.09); A63F 13/235 (2014.09); A63F 13/31 (2014.09); A63F 13/50 (2014.09); A63F 13/92 (2014.09); A63F 13/98 (2014.09); G06F 1/1632 (2013.01); G06F 1/1692 (2013.01); G06F 3/0219 (2013.01); G06F 13/102 (2013.01); G06F 13/409 (2013.01); G06F 13/4022 (2013.01); G06F 13/4068 (2013.01); A63F 2009/2457 (2013.01); A63F 2300/1043 (2013.01); A63F 2300/204 (2013.01)] 20 Claims
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1. A combination comprising:
a computing device, the computing device providing an upper, lower, left and right side, collectively the sides of the computing device, and an electronic display screen, the electronic display screen having a corresponding side adjacent each of the sides of the computing device;
a pair of confinement structures, the pair of confinement structures adjacent to and confining the computing device on at least two opposing sides, but not more than three sides of the sides of the computing device, and in which a first confinement structure of the pair of confinement structures provides a first communication link, while a second confinement structure of the pair of confinement structures provides a second communication link;
a structural bridge disposed between the pair of confinement structures, the structural bridge comprising, a passageway between the pair of confinement structures, the passageway promotes communication between the first communication link and the computing device, the passageway further promotes communication between the second communication link and the computing device;
fastening mechanisms, the fastening mechanisms secure the first confinement structure to a first side of the structural bridge, and further in which the fastening mechanisms secure the second confinement structure to a second side of the structural bridge; and
an input device, the input device comprising a pair of control modules, each control module of the pair of control modules secured to a corresponding confinement structure of the pair of confinement structures, each control module in electronic communication with the communication link of its corresponding confinement structure, each of the pair of control modules providing input module apertures, each input module aperture secures an instructional input device, wherein said input module apertures are adjacent each of the at least two opposing sides of the sides of the computing device, and wherein the input device is a separate and distinct structure from either of the pair of confinement structures, forming no structural portion of either of the pair of confinement structures, and in which the confinement structures are separate and distinct structures from the structural bridge, forming no structural portion of the structural bridge.