Patents by Inventor Chris Ullrich

Chris Ullrich has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 8638301
    Abstract: Systems and methods for transmitting haptic messages are disclosed. For example, one disclosed method includes the steps of: receiving at least one sensor signal from at least one sensor of a mobile device, the at least one sensor signal associated with a movement of the mobile device, determining a message to be displayed in a user interface based at least in part on the at least one sensor signal, and causing the message to be displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: David Birnbaum, Chris Ullrich, Peter Rubin, Phong David Ngo, Leo Kopelow
  • Patent number: 8624864
    Abstract: A system that produces a haptic effect and generates a drive signal that includes at least two haptic effect signals each having a priority level. The haptic effect is a combination of the haptic effect signals and priority levels. The haptic effect may optionally be a combination of the two haptic effect signals if the priority levels are the same, otherwise only the haptic effect signal with the highest priority is used. The frequency of haptic notifications may also be used to generate a drive signal using foreground and background haptic effect channels depending on whether the frequency ratio exceeds a foreground haptic effect threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: David Birnbaum, Chris Ullrich, Jason Short, Ryan Devenish
  • Publication number: 20130311881
    Abstract: Systems and methods for haptically enabled metadata are disclosed. One disclosed embodiment of a method comprises receiving, by an electronic device, an electronic list corresponding to a plurality of data items. The method further comprises analyzing, by the electronic device, metadata within the electronic list to determine a haptic effect associated with a first data item in the plurality of data items. The method further comprises generating a signal, the signal being generated when information corresponding to the first data item is initially displayed on a display associated with the electronic device, the signal configured to cause the haptic effect. The method further comprises outputting the signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicant: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: David Birnbaum, Marcus Aurelius Bothsa, Jason Short, Ryan Devenish, Chris Ullrich
  • Patent number: 8587417
    Abstract: Systems and methods for mapping message contents to virtual physical properties for vibrotactile messaging are disclosed. For example, one disclosed method includes the steps of receiving a sensor signal from a sensor, the sensor configured to detect an interaction with a messaging device, determining a virtual physical property of a virtual message object based at least in part on the sensor signal, determining a haptic effect based at least in part on the virtual physical parameter; and generating a haptic signal configured to cause an actuator to output the haptic effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: David M. Birnbaum, Chris Ullrich, Danny Grant
  • Publication number: 20130300683
    Abstract: A system that produces a dynamic haptic effect and generates a drive signal that includes a gesture signal and a real or virtual device sensor signal. The haptic effect is modified dynamically based on both the gesture signal and the real or virtual device sensor signal such as from an accelerometer or gyroscope, or by a signal created from processing data such as still images, video or sound. The haptic effect may optionally be modified dynamically by using the gesture signal and the real or virtual device sensor signal and a physical model, or may optionally be applied concurrently to multiple devices which are connected via a communication link. The haptic effect may optionally be encoded into a data file on a first device. The data file is then communicated to a second device and the haptic effect is read from the data file and applied to the second device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Applicant: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: David Birnbaum, Chris Ullrich, Jason Short, Ryan Devenish
  • Patent number: 8570296
    Abstract: A system that produces a haptic effect and generates a drive signal that includes at least two haptic effect signals each having a priority level. The haptic effect is a combination of the haptic effect signals and priority levels. The haptic effect may optionally be a combination of the two haptic effect signals if the priority levels are the same, otherwise only the haptic effect signal with the highest priority is used. The frequency of haptic notifications may also be used to generate a drive signal using foreground and background haptic effect channels depending on whether the frequency ratio exceeds a foreground haptic effect threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: David Birnbaum, Chris Ullrich, Jason Short, Ryan Devenish
  • Publication number: 20130222310
    Abstract: A system that produces a haptic effect and generates a drive signal that includes at least two haptic effect signals each having a priority level. The haptic effect is a combination of the haptic effect signals and priority levels. The haptic effect may optionally be a combination of the two haptic effect signals if the priority levels are the same, otherwise only the haptic effect signal with the highest priority is used. The frequency of haptic notifications may also be used to generate a drive signal using foreground and background haptic effect channels depending on whether the frequency ratio exceeds a foreground haptic effect threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: David Birnbaum, Chris Ullrich, Jason Short, Ryan Devenish
  • Publication number: 20130207904
    Abstract: A system that produces a dynamic haptic effect and generates a drive signal that includes a gesture signal and a real or virtual device sensor signal. The haptic effect is modified dynamically based on both the gesture signal and the real or virtual device sensor signal such as from an accelerometer or gyroscope, or by a signal created from processing data such as still images, video or sound. The haptic effect may optionally be modified dynamically by using the gesture signal and the real or virtual device sensor signal and a physical model, or may optionally be applied concurrently to multiple devices which are connected via a communication link. The haptic effect may optionally be encoded into a data file on a first device. The data file is then communicated to a second device and the haptic effect is read from the data file and applied to the second device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2012
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Applicant: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jason Short, Ryan Devenish, David Birnbaum, Chris Ullrich
  • Patent number: 8493354
    Abstract: A system that produces a dynamic haptic effect and generates a drive signal that includes a gesture signal and a real or virtual device sensor signal. The haptic effect is modified dynamically based on both the gesture signal and the real or virtual device sensor signal such as from an accelerometer or gyroscope, or by a signal created from processing data such as still images, video or sound. The haptic effect may optionally be modified dynamically by using the gesture signal and the real or virtual device sensor signal and a physical model, or may optionally be applied concurrently to multiple devices which are connected via a communication link. The haptic effect may optionally be encoded into a data file on a first device. The data file is then communicated to a second device and the haptic effect is read from the data file and applied to the second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: David Birnbaum, Chris Ullrich, Jason Short, Ryan Devenish
  • Patent number: 8462125
    Abstract: Systems and methods for shifting haptic feedback function between passive and active modes are disclosed. For example, one disclosed method includes receiving a first signal from a sensor, the first signal associated with a mode of interaction with a graphical user interface; receiving a second signal associated with an interaction with the graphical user interface; determining a haptic feedback effect based at least in part on the mode of interaction with the graphical user interface and the interaction with the graphical user interface; and generating a haptic signal configured to output the haptic feedback effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: David M. Birnbaum, Chris Ullrich
  • Patent number: 8380561
    Abstract: A method for scoring a haptic device using subjective and objective measurements is disclosed. A method of process, in one embodiment, is configured to obtain multiple objective measurements and the subjective measurements, wherein the objective measurements describe the performance of the haptic device. The subjective measurements indicate users' feedback and/or experience in connection with the haptic device. The process is capable of generating a score in response to the objective measurements and the subjective measurements. The score, for example, can be used to rate and/or evaluate the performance of the haptic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Victor Viegas, Danny A. Grant, Chris Ullrich, Erin Ramasy
  • Patent number: 8279193
    Abstract: A system that produces a dynamic haptic effect and generates a drive signal that includes a gesture signal and a real or virtual device sensor signal. The haptic effect is modified dynamically based on both the gesture signal and the real or virtual device sensor signal such as from an accelerometer or gyroscope, or by a signal created from processing data such as still images, video or sound. The haptic effect may optionally be modified dynamically by using the gesture signal and the real or virtual device sensor signal and a physical model, or may optionally be applied concurrently to multiple devices which are connected via a communication link. The haptic effect may optionally be encoded into a data file on a first device. The data file is then communicated to a second device and the haptic effect is read from the data file and applied to the second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: David Birnbaum, Chris Ullrich, Jason Short, Ryan Devenish
  • Publication number: 20120229401
    Abstract: A system that produces a haptic effect and generates a drive signal that includes at least two haptic effect signals each having a priority level. The haptic effect is a combination of the haptic effect signals and priority levels. The haptic effect may optionally be a combination of the two haptic effect signals if the priority levels are the same, otherwise only the haptic effect signal with the highest priority is used. The frequency of haptic notifications may also be used to generate a drive signal using foreground and background haptic effect channels depending on whether the frequency ratio exceeds a foreground haptic effect threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Applicant: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: David Birnbaum, Chris Ullrich, Jason Short, Ryan Devenish
  • Publication number: 20120229400
    Abstract: A system that produces a dynamic haptic effect and generates a drive signal that includes a gesture signal and a real or virtual device sensor signal. The haptic effect is modified dynamically based on both the gesture signal and the real or virtual device sensor signal such as from an accelerometer or gyroscope, or by a signal created from processing data such as still images, video or sound. The haptic effect may optionally be modified dynamically by using the gesture signal and the real or virtual device sensor signal and a physical model, or may optionally be applied concurrently to multiple devices which are connected via a communication link. The haptic effect may optionally be encoded into a data file on a first device. The data file is then communicated to a second device and the haptic effect is read from the data file and applied to the second device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Applicant: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: David Birnbaum, Chris Ullrich, Jason Short, Ryan Devenish
  • Publication number: 20120223880
    Abstract: A system that produces a dynamic haptic effect and generates a drive signal that includes two or more gesture signals. The haptic effect is modified dynamically based on the gesture signals. The haptic effect may optionally be modified dynamically by using the gesture signals and two or more real or virtual device sensor signals such as from an accelerometer or gyroscope, or by signals created from processing data such as still images, video or sound.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Publication date: September 6, 2012
    Applicant: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: David BIRNBAUM, Juan Manuel CRUZ-HERNANDEZ, Danny GRANT, Chris ULLRICH
  • Publication number: 20110061017
    Abstract: When units of serialized input are analyzed by an engine or algorithm that provides a plurality of entry suggestions for competing or replacing a unit of the serialized input, one or more haptic effects can be identified and provided in conjunction with display, selection, or use of one or more of the entry suggestions to aid in the use of the engine or algorithm. The haptic effects can represent a confidence level with respect to one or more of the entry suggestions or may otherwise indicate the relative success of the engine/algorithm. For example, the serialized input may comprise characters input to a mobile or other device. The engine or algorithm may suggest words or phrases with varying degrees of confidence, with the confidence with respect to some or all of the suggestions communicated by use of haptic effects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2009
    Publication date: March 10, 2011
    Inventors: Chris Ullrich, David Birnbaum, Craig Vachon, Jason Fleming
  • Publication number: 20100214243
    Abstract: Embodiments of systems and methods for interpreting physical interactions with a graphical user interface are disclosed. For example, one system for interpreting physical interactions with a graphical user interface is a device having a housing configured to be grasped by a user, a display disposed in the housing, the display configured to display a graphical user interface, and a sensor disposed in the housing, the sensor configured to detect a movement of the housing in a degree of freedom. The device also includes a processor disposed in the housing and in communication with the display and the sensor, the processor configured to receive a sensor signal from the sensor, the sensor signal comprising a parameter associated with the movement, to determine a command associated with the graphical user interface based on the parameter, to determine a function to be executed based on the command, and to execute the function.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Publication date: August 26, 2010
    Applicant: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: David M. Birnbaum, Chris Ullrich, Peter Rubin, Phong David Ngo, Leo Kopelow
  • Publication number: 20100045619
    Abstract: Systems and methods for transmitting haptic messages are disclosed. For example, one disclosed method includes the steps of: receiving at least one sensor signal from at least one sensor of a mobile device, the at least one sensor signal associated with a movement of the mobile device, determining a message to be displayed in a user interface based at least in part on the at least one sensor signal, and causing the message to be displayed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2009
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Applicant: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: David Birnbaum, Chris Ullrich, Peter Rubin, Phong David Ngo, Lao kopelow
  • Publication number: 20100013653
    Abstract: Systems and methods for mapping message contents to virtual physical properties for vibrotactile messaging are disclosed. For example, one disclosed method includes the steps of receiving a sensor signal from a sensor, the sensor configured to detect an interaction with a messaging device, determining a virtual physical property of a virtual message object based at least in part on the sensor signal, determining a haptic effect based at least in part on the virtual physical parameter; and generating a haptic signal configured to cause an actuator to output the haptic effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2009
    Publication date: January 21, 2010
    Applicant: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: David M. Birnbaum, Chris Ullrich, Danny Grant
  • Publication number: 20100017489
    Abstract: Systems and methods for haptic message transmission are disclosed. For example, one disclosed method includes the steps of receiving a sensor signal from a sensor configured to sense a physical interaction with a messaging device, determining a virtual force based at least in part on the sensor signal, and applying the virtual force to a virtual message object within a virtual message environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2009
    Publication date: January 21, 2010
    Applicant: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: David M. Birnbaum, Chris Ullrich