Patents by Inventor Danny Grant

Danny Grant 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: 20190155390
    Abstract: A haptic output device includes a touch surface, a sensor configured to sense an input at the touch surface, and a controller configured to read the sensor, identify a location of the input, switch from a read mode to a write mode, and write a voltage based on the location of the input to generate an electrostatic output.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Inventors: Juan Manuel CRUZ HERNANDEZ, Danny A. GRANT
  • Patent number: 10293249
    Abstract: A haptic peripheral includes a housing, a deformable substrate coupled to the housing to be moveable thereto, and a smart material actuator coupled to a surface of the deformable substrate. The smart material actuator produces a force that deforms the deformable substrate relative to the housing in response to the control signal from a processor to thereby provide a haptic effect to a user of the haptic peripheral. The deformable substrate includes at least one user contact portion configured to contact the user and two opposing hinges. The deformable substrate also includes at least two stiff arms, each stiff arm extending between the user contact portion and one of the two opposing hinges. The stiff arms are relatively stiffer than the user contact portion and the hinges such that the deformable substrate is configured to increase the deformation of the deformable substrate relative to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mansoor Alghooneh, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez, Vahid Khoshkava, Danny Grant
  • Patent number: 10296091
    Abstract: A method of generating haptic effects includes detecting an input of pressure applied to a device using a gesture and determining a level associated with the gesture based on the pressure input, as well as determining a selection of an item at the level based on the gesture and a context associated with the item at the level, along with generating a contextual haptic effect comprising haptic parameter based on the context of the item at the level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Robert W. Heubel, Danny A. Grant
  • Patent number: 10297122
    Abstract: A system, method and computer-readable medium for generating haptic effects are provided. Haptic permissions settings are received for a user. The haptic permissions settings are associated with permitted haptic parameter ranges for the user. Haptic parameters are then received. For each haptic parameter that falls outside the permitted haptic parameter ranges, the haptic parameter is modified to create a modified haptic parameter that falls within the permitted haptic parameter ranges. A haptic signal is generated based on the haptic parameters that fall within the permitted haptic parameter ranges and the modified haptic parameters. The haptic signal is then output to a haptic output device to generate the haptic effects for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventors: David M. Birnbaum, Stephen D. Rank, Leonard Soskin, Danny A. Grant, Robert W. Heubel
  • Publication number: 20190138176
    Abstract: A device has a user interface that generates a haptic effect in response to user inputs or gestures. In one embodiment, the device receives an indication that the user is scrolling through a list of elements and an indication that an element is selected. The device determines the scroll rate and generates a haptic effect that has a magnitude that is based on the scroll rate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Applicant: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Robert W. Heubel, Jason D. Fleming, Erin B. Ramsey, A. Timothy Vetter, Robert Lacroix, Pedro Gregorio, Danny Grant, Lauri Olli Matias Impivaara
  • Patent number: 10279251
    Abstract: A system includes a host computer, a processor, and a haptic peripheral. The haptic peripheral includes a manipulandum movable in at least one degree of freedom, an inertial haptic output device, and a haptic output device. The inertial haptic output device is coupled to the manipulandum, and is configured to receive a control signal from the processor and output a transient haptic effect to the manipulandum in response to the control signal from the processor. The haptic output device is configured to receive a control signal from the processor and modify the stiffness of the manipulandum in response to the control signal from the processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventor: Danny A. Grant
  • Publication number: 20190129505
    Abstract: Systems and methods for a texture engine are disclosed. For example, one disclosed system includes: a processor configured to receive a display signal including a plurality of pixels, determine a haptic effect comprising a texture, and transmit a haptic signal associated with the haptic effect to an actuator in communication with the processor, the actuator configured to receive the haptic signal and output the haptic effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Publication date: May 2, 2019
    Applicant: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez, Danny Grant
  • Patent number: 10275030
    Abstract: A handheld apparatus includes a top surface that includes a touch screen defining a plurality of keys, and a bottom surface on an opposite side of the first surface. The apparatus further includes a processor and an actuator coupled to the processor and located on the bottom surface. The processor is adapted to detect an object moving across the keys and in response generate an actuation signal to the actuator to generate a haptic feedback on the back surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez, Andrew Gosline, Danny Grant, Christophe Ramstein
  • Publication number: 20190124189
    Abstract: One example device according to this disclosure includes a housing sized to be grasped by a hand; a shape-change element disposed at least partially within the housing; and a plurality of actuators disposed within the housing, the plurality of actuators arranged to rotate and translate the shape-change element. An example method for multi-degree-of-freedom shape-changing devices includes determining a shape-change haptic effect to output to a shape-change device, the shape-change device comprising a housing and at least one shape-change element disposed at least partially within the housing, the shape-change haptic effect comprising a translation and a rotation of the shape-change element; generating a haptic signal based on the shape-change haptic effect; and transmitting the haptic signal to one or more actuators of a plurality of actuators to cause the shape-change haptic effect, the plurality of actuators arranged to translate and rotate the shape-change element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Publication date: April 25, 2019
    Inventors: Danny Grant, William Rihn, Neil T. Olien, Simon Forest
  • Patent number: 10268270
    Abstract: Various systems, devices, and methods for shape deformation of a haptic deformation display device are provided. For example, the haptic deformation display device may receive an input signal when the shape of the haptic deformation display device is in a first shape configuration. In response to the input signal, the haptic deformation display device may activate an actuator of the haptic deformation display device. The actuator may move a deformation component of the haptic deformation display device. The deformation component may at least partially defining a shape of the haptic deformation display device, thereby causing the shape of the haptic deformation display device to deform into a second shape configuration different from the first shape configuration. The second shape configuration may be substantially maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Li Jiang, David M. Birnbaum, Remy Pieron, Christopher J. Ullrich, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez, Robert Lacroix, Danny Grant, Ali Modarres
  • Patent number: 10269222
    Abstract: A system includes a wearable device, a second device remote from and in communication with the wearable device, a processor configured to generate a control signal representative of an event occurring in an environment related to the wearable device and/or the second device, and a haptic output device configured to provide haptic feedback based on the generated control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Allan Visitacion, Trevor Jones, Daniel Gregory Parker, Kohei Imoto, Keith Reed, Jesica E. Ferro, Aaron Kapelus, Neil Olien, Danny A. Grant, Robert Lacroix
  • Publication number: 20190107892
    Abstract: A gaming concept in which each user in a single-player or a multi-player game is enabled to create artwork or graffiti work virtually or on actual surfaces using haptic-enhanced controllers. The controllers can emulate the experience of using a marker, a paint brush, a paint spray-can or the like. The components of various controllers may be modularized for easily interchanging components to extend the art or graffiti creation experience. The real life experience of using ink or paint on a surface is simulated by haptic feedback. When a paint spray-can controller is used, the experience of paint consumption is recreated by various peripheral enhancements including audio and haptic sensations communicated to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Publication date: April 11, 2019
    Inventors: Danny A. GRANT, Erin B. RAMSAY, Juan Manuel CRUZ-HERNANDEZ, David BIRNBAUM, Robert W. HEUBEL, Hendrik BARTEL, Christopher J. ULLRICH
  • Publication number: 20190105562
    Abstract: Rendering haptics using multiple peripheral devices includes sensing a respective position of two haptically-enabled devices, and applying a haptic effect on at least one of the two haptically-enabled devices based on the sensing of the respective position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Publication date: April 11, 2019
    Inventors: Danny GRANT, William S. RIHN, Leonard SOSKIN
  • Patent number: 10248298
    Abstract: Interactive content may be presented to a user that is manipulating a peripheral. One or more state parameters that are related to the position of the peripheral may be determined. The peripheral may be identified from a plurality of possible peripherals. The interactive content may be adjusted based at least in part on the one or more position parameters and/or the identification of the peripheral. Haptic feedback to be provided to the user may be determined based at least in part on the one or more position parameters and/or the identification of the peripheral.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: David M. Birnbaum, Danny A. Grant, Robert W. Heubel
  • Patent number: 10248210
    Abstract: One illustrative system disclosed herein includes a touch-sensitive surface, which includes: a first surface on a first plane; and a second surface adjacent to the first surface, wherein the second surface is on a second plane different from the first plane. The illustrative system also includes a haptic output device configured to receive a haptic signal and output a haptic effect. Further, the illustrative system includes a processor coupled to the haptic output device and the touch-sensitive surface, the processor configured to: determine an event; determine the haptic effect based at least in part on the event; determine the haptic signal based at least in part on the haptic effect; and transmit the haptic signal associated with the haptic effect to the haptic output device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ali Modarres, Danny Grant
  • Patent number: 10248213
    Abstract: Systems and methods for interfaces featuring surface-based haptic effects are described. One described system includes a sensor configured to detect a touch in a touch area when an object contacts a touch surface. The touch surface may correspond to the display area or may correspond to a non-display surface of a computing device or peripheral interfaced to a computing device. The system can further include an actuator in communication with the processor and coupled to the touch surface, the actuator configured to output a haptic effect and a processor configured to select a haptic effect to generate. The haptic effect can be selected based on a position of the touch and recognizing an input gesture provided by the touch and/or content displayed in a graphical user interface at a location mapped to a position in the touch area at or near the touch. The haptic effect may provide a texture, simulate an obstacle, and/or adjust the coefficient of friction of the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez, Danny A. Grant, Ali Modarres, Andrew Gosline
  • Patent number: 10248203
    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: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: David M. Birnbaum, Chris Ullrich, Danny Grant
  • Patent number: 10241577
    Abstract: A haptic enabled device that is configured to render one or more haptic effects is provided. The haptic enabled device includes an actuator and a plurality of user input elements. Each of the plurality of user input elements is configured to be selectively coupled to the actuator. In addition, the actuator is configured to be positioned to render the one or more haptic effects at each of the plurality of user input elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: William S. Rihn, Mohammadreza Motamedi, Danny A. Grant, Neil T. Olien, Vincent Levesque, Jamal Saboune
  • Patent number: 10232773
    Abstract: A system for generating haptic effects in a vehicle, wherein the vehicle comprises a seat and a seat belt, is provided. The system comprises one or more haptic output devices positioned at or attached to the seat belt. The system further comprises a processor configured to receive a sensor signal from a sensor that is configured to sense information associated with the vehicle's environment or the vehicle's condition. The system is further configured to determine whether to generate a haptic effect based on the sensor signal, and to output a haptic control signal and communicate the haptic control signal to the one or more haptic output devices in response to a determination to generate the haptic effect. The one or more haptic output devices are configured to generate the haptic effect based on the haptic control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ali Modarres, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez, Danny A. Grant, Neil Olien
  • Patent number: 10234948
    Abstract: A haptic representation system is provided that generates a haptic effect in response to sensor input. The sensor input is mapped to a haptic signal. The haptic signal is sent to an actuator configured to receive the haptic signal. The actuator utilizes the haptic signal to generate the haptic effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: David Birnbaum, Christopher J. Ullrich, Danny Grant, Ali Modarres, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez