US 9,811,162 B2
Operating device
Hiroshi Ueno, Aichi (JP)
Assigned to KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RIKA DENKI SEISAKUSHO, Aichi (JP)
Filed by KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RIKA DENKI SEISAKUSHO, Aichi (JP)
Filed on Oct. 11, 2013, as Appl. No. 14/51,718.
Claims priority of application No. 2012-229700 (JP), filed on Oct. 17, 2012.
Prior Publication US 2014/0104209 A1, Apr. 17, 2014
Int. Cl. G06F 3/041 (2006.01); G06F 3/01 (2006.01); H01H 3/12 (2006.01); H01H 3/42 (2006.01); H01H 3/00 (2006.01)
CPC G06F 3/016 (2013.01) [H01H 3/12 (2013.01); H01H 3/42 (2013.01); H01H 2003/008 (2013.01)] 9 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. An operating device, comprising:
a push operation mechanism including a touch panel to be push-operated by an operator applying a pushing force along a push operation direction; and
a drive transmission mechanism including an electrically powered rotary drive means that generates and transmits a drive force for presenting the operator with a tactile stimuli-operational feeling via the push operation mechanism,
wherein the push operation mechanism is configured to be engageable with the drive transmission mechanism,
wherein the drive transmission mechanism is configured to switch between a non-engagement position to allow the push operation of the user without being engaged with the push operation mechanism and an engagement position to allow the transmission of the drive force by being engaged with the push operation mechanism,
wherein the switching operation of the drive transmission mechanism is powered by the operation of the electrically powered rotary drive means and not by the pushing force applied to the push operation mechanism,
wherein the drive transmission mechanism comprises a cam mechanism that rotates about an axis that is orthogonal to the push operation direction to switch between engagement with and non-engagement with the push operation mechanism, and
wherein the push operation mechanism further includes a stabilizer to suppress tilting of the touch panel during the push operation.