Sony Patent | Operation Apparatus

Patent: Operation Apparatus

Publication Number: 20190009172

Publication Date: 2019-01-10

Applicants: Sony

Abstract

An operation apparatus mountable to one hand of a user includes: a first operation section that is located on a front surface side and that can be operated by the thumb of the one hand; a second operation section that is located on a back surface side and that can be operated by a finger other than the thumb; and a first contact surface with which the palm of the one hand makes contact. At least one of the first contact surface and an extension plane of the first contact surface is inclined relative to a virtual plane in such a direction as to be spaced more therefrom in going in a first direction, the virtual plane being defined by the first direction from the front surface side toward the back surface side and a second direction being orthogonal to the first direction and directed from a bottom surface side toward a top surface side.

Background

Hitherto, there has been known an operation apparatus that is connected to an information processing device such as a personal computer (PC) or a game machine and that transmits an operation signal to the information processing device (see, for example, PTL 1).

A controller (operation apparatus) described in PTL 1 includes a left side grasping section and a right side grasping section which are grasped by the left and right hands of a user, and direction buttons and operation buttons which are disposed at a front surface of the controller.

Summary

Technical Problems

Meanwhile, the controller described in PTL 1 is one that is grasped by both hands, and therefore has a problem of limiting the movements of the left and right hands.

On the other hand, use of a controller mounted to one hand can be contemplated, but the controller has a problem of difficulty in operation depending on the shape of the controller.

It is an object of the present invention to solve at least some of the above-mentioned problems, and it is an object to provide an operation apparatus which is easy to operate.

Solution to Problems

An operation apparatus according to one mode of the present invention is an operation apparatus mountable to one hand of a user. The operation apparatus includes a first operation section that is located on a front surface side and that can be operated by a thumb of the one hand, a second operation section that is located on a back surface side and that can be operated by a finger other than the thumb of the one hand, and a first contact surface with which a palm of the one hand makes contact. At least one of the first contact surface and an extension plane of the first contact surface is inclined relative to a virtual plane in such a direction as to be spaced more therefrom in going in a first direction, the virtual plane being defined by the first direction from the front surface side toward the back surface side and a second direction being orthogonal to the first direction and directed from a bottom surface side toward a top surface side.

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