Patents by Inventor Christopher Tarr

Christopher Tarr 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: 20110102434
    Abstract: A method for generating a haptic interactive representation including the steps of defining a haptic interaction space and building a hierarchical construct, for use within the haptic interaction space, using a plurality of underlying constructs. In one embodiment the method includes determining the forces to be applied to a user by generating a haptic interactive, sensing a position of a user in real space, determining a haptic interface location in the haptic interaction space in response to the position of the user in real space and determining whether the virtual object collides with the haptic interface location. The invention also relates to a method for interacting with a haptic interactive representation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2010
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Applicant: SENSABLE TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Christopher Tarr, J. Kenneth Salisbury, JR., Thomas Harold Massie, Walter A. Aviles
  • Patent number: 7800609
    Abstract: A method for generating a haptic interactive representation including the steps of defining a haptic interaction space and building a hierarchical construct, for use within the haptic interaction space, using a plurality of underlying constructs. In one embodiment the method includes determining the forces to be applied to a user by generating a haptic interactive, sensing a position of a user in real space, determining a haptic interface location in the haptic interaction space in response to the position of the user in real space and determining whether the virtual object collides with the haptic interface location. The invention also relates to a method for interacting with a haptic interactive representation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: SensAble Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Tarr, J. Kenneth Salisbury, Jr., Thomas Harold Massie, Walter A. Aviles
  • Publication number: 20080218514
    Abstract: A method for generating a haptic interactive representation including the steps of defining a haptic interaction space and building a hierarchical construct, for use within the haptic interaction space, using a plurality of underlying constructs. In one embodiment the method includes determining the forces to be applied to a user by generating a haptic interactive, sensing a position of a user in real space, determining a haptic interface location in the haptic interaction space in response to the position of the user in real space and determining whether the virtual object collides with the haptic interface location. The invention also relates to a method for interacting with a haptic interactive representation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2008
    Publication date: September 11, 2008
    Applicant: Sensable Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Tarr, J. Kenneth Salisbury, Thomas Harold Massie, Walter A. Aviles
  • Patent number: 7319466
    Abstract: A method for generating a haptic interactive representation including the steps of defining a haptic interaction space and building a hierarchical construct, for use within the haptic interaction space, using a plurality of underlying constructs. In one embodiment the method includes determining the forces to be applied to a user by generating a haptic interactive, sensing a position of a user in real space, determining a haptic interface location in the haptic interaction space in response to the position of the user in real space and determining whether the virtual object collides with the haptic interface location. The invention also relates to a method for interacting with a haptic interactive representation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2008
    Assignee: SensAble Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Tarr, Kenneth Salisbury, Jr., Thomas Harold Massie, Walter A. Aviles
  • Publication number: 20060036467
    Abstract: A method for providing images includes assigning a rating to each of a plurality of photographers in a photographer network. Software on a computer server is used to select a plurality of photographers from the photographer network in fulfillment of a customer request. The selection is based at least in part on the rating assigned to the one or more photographers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2005
    Publication date: February 16, 2006
    Inventors: Christopher Tarr, David Norris, Daniel Norris
  • Publication number: 20060036466
    Abstract: A method for providing images to a customer includes receiving a request for an image from a customer. The request identifies at least one image criteria. A set of automation parameters is used to select a plurality of shooters to submit one or more images in fulfillment of the request. The occurrence of an escalation event is detected, and in response to the escalation event, the set of automation parameters are adjusted to modify the plurality of shooters selected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2005
    Publication date: February 16, 2006
    Inventors: Christopher Tarr, David Norris, Daniel Norris
  • Publication number: 20060031090
    Abstract: A method for providing images to a customer includes receiving a request for an image from a customer. Software on a computer server is used to identify a plurality of photographers in a photographer network to receive an invitation to submit one or more uploaded images in fulfillment of the request. The invitation is communicated to the plurality of photographers. One or more acceptances is received from the identified photographers receiving the invitation, and at least one shooter is assigned to fulfill the request in response to receiving the one or more acceptances.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2005
    Publication date: February 9, 2006
    Inventors: Christopher Tarr, David Norris, Daniel Norris
  • Publication number: 20060031089
    Abstract: A method for providing images includes receiving a first image and a second image from a photographer. The second image includes a release image. The first and second images are stored, and the first image is associated with the second image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2005
    Publication date: February 9, 2006
    Inventors: Christopher Tarr, David Norris, Daniel Norris
  • Publication number: 20060031091
    Abstract: A method for providing images to a customer is provided. The method includes receiving a request for at least one image from a customer. Software on a computer server is used to select a plurality of photographers from a photographer network in response to the request. An uploaded image is received from each of at least two photographers. The uploaded images are displayed to the customer for selection of at least one image in fulfillment of the request, and a selected uploaded image is provided to the customer after the customer agrees to execute a license to use the uploaded image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2005
    Publication date: February 9, 2006
    Inventors: Christopher Tarr, David Norris, Daniel Norris
  • Patent number: 6191796
    Abstract: A method for haptically deforming a virtual surface within a haptic virtual environment is used to plastically deform the virtual surface of a virtual object by sensing a user's position in real space, determining a haptic interface location in the haptic environment based thereon, and determining whether the virtual surface collides with the haptic interface location. Upon detection of a collision above a threshold force, a visual representation of the virtual surface is plastically deformed and a corresponding force is calculated and fed back to the user. The virtual surface can be visco-elastically deformed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2001
    Assignee: SensAble Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher Tarr
  • Patent number: 6084587
    Abstract: A method for generating a haptic interactive representation including the steps of defining a haptic interaction space and building a hierarchical construct, for use within the haptic interaction space, using a plurality of underlying constructs. In one embodiment the method includes determining the forces to be applied to a user by generating a haptic interactive, sensing a position of a user in real space, determining a haptic interface location in the haptic interaction space in response to the position of the user in real space and determining whether the virtual object collides with the haptic interface location. The invention also relates to a method for interacting with a haptic interactive representation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2000
    Assignee: SensAble Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Tarr, J. Kenneth Salisbury, Jr., Thomas Harold Massie, Walter A. Aviles