US 9,813,058 B2
Control unit for controlling electrical apparatus
Piero Camillo Gusi, Marostica (IT)
Assigned to VIMAR S.P.A., Marostica (IT)
Appl. No. 14/893,254
Filed by VIMAR S.P.A., Marostica (VI) (IT)
PCT Filed May 23, 2014, PCT No. PCT/IB2014/061661
§ 371(c)(1), (2) Date Nov. 23, 2015,
PCT Pub. No. WO2014/188388, PCT Pub. Date Nov. 27, 2014.
Claims priority of application No. PD2013A0147 (IT), filed on May 24, 2013.
Prior Publication US 2016/0126952 A1, May 5, 2016
Int. Cl. H03K 17/96 (2006.01); H01H 9/22 (2006.01); G06F 1/32 (2006.01); G06F 3/02 (2006.01); H03K 17/955 (2006.01); H01R 9/24 (2006.01); H01H 9/28 (2006.01)
CPC H03K 17/9622 (2013.01) [G06F 1/3231 (2013.01); G06F 3/0202 (2013.01); H01H 9/22 (2013.01); H01R 9/24 (2013.01); H03K 17/955 (2013.01); H03K 17/962 (2013.01); H01H 9/287 (2013.01); H01H 2221/03 (2013.01); H01H 2221/068 (2013.01); H03K 2217/960755 (2013.01); Y02B 60/1289 (2013.01)] 14 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A control unit for controlling an electrical apparatus, the control unit comprising:
a control device adapted to be mounted on a wall;
a rigid actuation plate removably secured to the control device and including a cover surface which is at least partially transparent, the cover surface being disposed, in use, to cover the control unit and a portion of the wall on which the control device is mounted;
a sensor member for detecting when a user's finger or another body comes into contact with a touch zone; and
a control for controlling the electrical apparatus according to a specific function following detection of a contact of the user's finger or another body with the touch zone,
wherein the control device has a switching device associated with the touch zone through the control in such a way that actuation of the switching device controls the electrical apparatus according to the same specific function associated with the touch zone, the switching device being covered by the actuation plate when the actuation plate is secured to the control device such that actuation of the switching device is prevented, the switching device being accessible by the user only when the actuation plate is removed.