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).

  • 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: 20100017759
    Abstract: Systems and methods for physics-based tactile messaging 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 an interaction between one or more virtual message objects and a virtual message environment, the interaction based at least in part on the sensor signal and a virtual physical parameter of at least one of the one or more virtual message objects; and determining a haptic effect based at least in part on the interaction. The method additionally includes the step of 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
  • Publication number: 20100013761
    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: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2009
    Publication date: January 21, 2010
    Applicant: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: David M. Birnbaum, Chris Ullrich