Patents Assigned to Immersion Corporation
  • Patent number: 10504341
    Abstract: One illustrative system disclosed herein includes a processor configured to determine a haptic effect and transmit a haptic signal associated with the haptic effect. The illustrative system also includes a multifunction haptic output device configured to receive the haptic signal and output the haptic effect. The multifunction haptic output device includes a single haptic actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Vahid Khoshkava, Vincent Levesque, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez
  • Patent number: 10503263
    Abstract: One illustrative system disclosed herein includes an audio input device configured to detect an audio input and transmit an audio signal associated with the audio input. The illustrative system also includes a haptic trigger device which includes a sensor, wherein the sensor is configured to transmit a sensor signal associated with an event. Further, the illustrative system includes a processor in communication with the audio input device and the haptic trigger device, the processor configured to: receive the audio signal; receive the sensor signal substantially simultaneously to receiving the audio signal; record the audio signal to an audio track; and insert a haptic effect marker into a haptic track based in part on the sensor signal, wherein the haptic track and the audio track are associated with a video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventor: Doug Billington
  • Patent number: 10503255
    Abstract: A system with a touchscreen generates haptic effects in response to a manipulation of text displayed on the touchscreen. The system senses a touch within the text, and determines if the touch is a manipulation of the text, and determines the type of the manipulation. The system then generates a type of haptic event that is based at least in part on the type of the manipulation that was determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Christophe Ramstein, David Birnbaum
  • Patent number: 10503262
    Abstract: A system includes a flexible display configured to display an image and a sensor connected to the flexible display. The sensor is configured to sense an amount of flexure of the flexible display. A haptic output device is connected to the flexible display and is configured to change a resistance to movement of a first portion of the flexible display relative to a second portion of the flexible display upon receipt of a haptic control signal. The system includes a processor in signal communication with the flexible display, the sensor and the haptic output device. The processor is configured to receive an output signal from the sensor based on the amount of flexure and generate the haptic control signal based on the output signal from the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Ali Modarres, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez
  • Patent number: 10504339
    Abstract: A haptically enabled system receives information and determines that a user of the system should be notified of the information. The system further receives and analyzes inputs to determine a context of the user. The system then generates an instinctive alert based on the context, where the instinctive alert is configured to impart a desired emotion on the user. The system then displays the instinctive alert based on the context.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: David Birnbaum, Vincent Levesque, Danny Grant
  • Patent number: 10504342
    Abstract: Devices and methods for providing localized haptic effects are provided. The devices include a haptically enabled display device having one or more haptic actuators. The one or more haptic actuators are located in a non-viewing area of a display screen of a haptically enabled display device and cause localized haptic effects in a viewing area of the display screen. The haptically enabled display device includes a processor configured to determine haptic control signals for activating the haptic actuators. The haptic control signal activates the one or more haptic actuators to provide a localized haptic effect at a target location in the viewing area, remote from the non-viewing area location of the one or more haptic actuators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Vahid Khoshkava, Juan Manuel Cruz Hernandez, Neil T. Olien
  • Publication number: 20190369732
    Abstract: One illustrative system disclosed herein includes a computing device with a macro fiber composite (MFC) element coupled to a touch surface of the computing device. The MFC element is attached to the touch surface at a particular location and detects a pressure associated with a contact on the touch surface at the location of the MFC element and transmits a signal indicating the pressure to a processor. The processor determines a haptic effect based on the pressure and transmits a haptic signal associated with the haptic effect to the MFC, which outputs the haptic effect to the location of the touch surface based on the haptic signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2018
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Applicant: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Neil T. Olien, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez
  • Patent number: 10496174
    Abstract: One illustrative system disclosed herein includes a processor configured to determine an electrostatic force (ESF)-based haptic effect and transmit a haptic signal associated with the ESF-based haptic effect. The illustrative system also includes an ESF controller in communication with the processor, the ESF controller configured to receive the haptic signal, determine an ESF signal based at least in part on the haptic signal, and transmit the ESF signal. The illustrative system further includes a surface configured to contact a user, and an ESF device coupled to the surface and in communication with the ESF controller, the ESF device configured to receive the ESF signal and output the ESF-based haptic effect on the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez, Ali Modarres, Christopher Ullrich
  • Patent number: 10488931
    Abstract: One illustrative system disclosed herein includes a sensor configured to detect a user interaction with a touch surface and transmit a sensor signal including data associated with a pressure of the user interaction. The illustrative system also includes a processor in communication with the sensor, the processor configured to: receive the sensor signal; determine, based on the sensor signal, a pressure level; determine a user interface level based at least in part on the pressure level; perform a function associated with the user interface level and the user interaction; determine a haptic effect based at least in part on the user interface level and the user interaction; generate a haptic signal based at least in part on the haptic effect; and transmit the haptic signal. The illustrative system further includes a haptic output device in configured to receive the haptic signal and output the haptic effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher J. Ullrich, Amaya Weddle, Hua Yu, David Birnbaum
  • Patent number: 10488926
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for an electronic interface device capable of providing a fixed relief touch screen with locating features using deformable haptic surfaces are disclosed. The device, in one embodiment, includes a haptic mechanism and a touch-sensitive surface. The haptic mechanism provides haptic feedback in response to an activating command. The touch-sensitive surface is capable of changing its surface texture from a first surface characteristic to a second surface characteristic in response to the haptic feedback. For example, the first surface characteristic may be coarse texture while the second surface characteristic may be smooth texture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Danny A. Grant, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez
  • Patent number: 10488933
    Abstract: The present application relates generally to haptic actuators. For example, the application is directed to high performance parallel plate actuators, and more particularly an actuator that can be used to provide haptic feedback in a variety applications such as buttons, panels, track pads, touch panels, wearables, gaming devices and/or touch-sensitive surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Vahid Khoshkava, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez
  • Publication number: 20190355225
    Abstract: One illustrative system disclosed herein includes an enclosure configured to define a boundary of a chamber, the chamber including a material, and a flexible layer coupled overtop of the chamber and configured to enclose the chamber. The illustrative system also includes a first actuation device configured to receive a first haptic signal and responsively output a first haptic effect by changing a characteristic of the material to deform the flexible layer. The illustrative system also includes a second actuation device configured to receive a second haptic signal and responsively output a second haptic effect by applying an electrical signal to the flexible layer. The illustrative system further includes a processor in communication with the first actuation device and the second actuation device. The processor is configured to transmit the first haptic signal to the first actuation device and the second haptic signal to the second actuation device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Publication date: November 21, 2019
    Applicant: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Vahid Khoshkava, Vincent Levesque, Jamal Saboune, Abdelwahab Hamam, Juan Manuel Cruz Hernandez, Liwen Wu
  • Patent number: 10481692
    Abstract: A method and apparatus of actuator mechanisms for a multi-touch tactile touch panel are disclosed. The tactile touch panel includes an electrical insulated layer and a tactile layer. The top surface of the electrical insulated layer is capable of receiving an input from a user. The tactile layer includes a grid or an array of haptic cells. The top surface of the haptic layer is situated adjacent to the bottom surface of the electrical insulated layer, while the bottom surface of the haptic layer is situated adjacent to a display. Each haptic cell further includes at least one piezoelectric material, Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (“MEMS”) element, thermal fluid pocket, MEMS pump, resonant device, variable porosity membrane, laminar flow modulation, or the like. Each haptic cell is configured to provide a haptic effect independent of other haptic cells in the tactile layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Christopher J. Ullrich, Ryan Steger, Daniel H. Gomez
  • Patent number: 10481695
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to fiber actuators for providing haptic feedback, and haptic actuation resulting from mechanical and/or electrostatic (non-mechanical) interactions with the fiber actuators. Such fiber actuators are useful in structural materials, including as elements of wearables or accessories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Vahid Khoshkava, Juan Manuel Cruz Hernandez
  • Patent number: 10482608
    Abstract: A system includes an image capture device configured to capture images, and a processor programmed with one or more computer program modules. When executed, the one or more computer program modules are configured to receive the images captured by the image capture device, generate a control signal for a haptic output device as the images are received, synchronize the images and the control signal, and output a video with the synchronized images and the control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jamal Saboune, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez
  • Patent number: 10475301
    Abstract: A method of rendering a haptic effect on a haptic output device is provided based on an ambient environmental stimulus signal received from a sensor. A notification event based on the stimulus signal is determined. A haptic effect is rendered on a haptic output devices based on the notification event. A system and computer-readable medium are also provided for rendering a haptic effect on a haptic output device based on an ambient environmental stimulus signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Christopher J. Ullrich, Jamal Saboune
  • Patent number: 10474238
    Abstract: Systems and methods for virtual affective touch are disclosed. One illustrative system described herein includes: a touch screen display; a haptic output device; and a processor configured to: display a visual representation of a receiving user on the touch screen display; receive from the touch screen display a sensor signal associated with a gesture by a sending user; transmit a signal associated with the gesture and the visual representation to a receiving device; determine a haptic effect based in part on the gesture and the visual representation of the receiving user; and transmit a haptic signal associated with the haptic effect to the haptic output device configured to output the haptic effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Rui Yang, Jinhong Yu
  • Patent number: 10477298
    Abstract: Rendering haptics in a haptically-enabled headphone system includes generating a haptic signal at the haptically-enabled headphone system based on non-audio data and rendering a haptic effect specified in the haptic signal using a haptic output device within the haptically-enabled headphone system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventor: Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez
  • Patent number: 10475302
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods for wirelessly delivering haptic effects are provided. The devices may include haptic actuators secured to various substrates, including the body and clothing of a user. The haptic actuators may be secured via adhesive and/or may be applied as a curable liquid. The haptic actuators may include an actuator element and a power element. The power element may include an antenna for receiving wireless power and control signals that may be transferred to the haptic actuator to cause a haptic effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Alexia Mandeville, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez, Vahid Khoshkava
  • Patent number: 10471331
    Abstract: A pacing system for pacing an activity receives a desired pace that includes a timing interval and generates a first pace signal based on the desired pace and corresponding to the timing interval. The system receives feedback on an actual pace of the activity and determines if the actual pace is different than the desired pace. When the actual pace is different, the system generates a second pace signal having a timing that is different than the timing interval. When the actual pace is not different, the system generates the second pace signal in accordance with the timing interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert Lacroix, Danny Grant