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Offline ignotus

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Hi hat optical controller: stolen and patented
« on: July 24, 2017, 03:31:28 AM »

It's been quite a few years since I was active here, and activity seems to have ground to a halt... Anyway, this is for Admir: following a topic over on the vdrums forum, it seems there's a company (ATV) that's releasing a "new" hi hat controller that uses an optical sensor setup identical to the one you posted all those years ago. After some research, it seems that the patent "owner" is Alesis, who patented it in 2011. I've looked it up, and you published your idea back in 2005. For all I know, you were the first to come up with the idea and made it public, meaning that Alesis shouldn't have been able to patent it - but challenging a patent costs thousands of $$ and they know it, so they have effectively stolen your idea and claimed it as their own to profit from it... I know that doesn't stop anyone from DIY-ing their own controllers, but it sucks when someone selflessly shares an idea like you did only to have it stolen and patented by a big corporation...

Hope all is well with you!