James Elwell - Salt Lake City UT,
James Mullins - Centerville UT,
David Soss - Salt Lake City UT,
Karen Stanley - Eagle Mountain UT,
A projected force-based input device comprising a projected or elevated contacting element configured to receive an applied force, a sensing element located in a different plane with respect to the contacting element, and a sensing portion operably supported to displace in response to the applied force. The sensing element further comprises a plurality of sensors operable to output sensor data corresponding to the applied force, wherein the sensor data facilitates the determination of a location of the applied force occurring about the contacting element, as well as the profile of the applied force over time (e.g., waveform), otherwise known as the force profile. One or more transfer elements may also be present, which function to relate the contacting element to the sensing portion of the sensing element so as to transfer substantially all of the applied force from the contacting element to the sensing element. Adequate rigidity between the elevated contacting element, and transfer elements, and the sensing element is intended to be maintained in order to prevent interference with any mounting or other structures or objects, and to permit the input device to operate properly.