Patents by Inventor David M. Birnbaum

David M. Birnbaum 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: 20180356963
    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: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Publication date: December 13, 2018
    Applicant: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: David M. Birnbaum, Danny A. Grant, Robert W. Heubel
  • Publication number: 20180348870
    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 displaying a first visual representation of a virtual message object having an associated virtual physical parameter at a first device, generating a haptic effect based on the virtual physical parameter at the first device, and sending a message to a second device, the message being configured to display a second visual representation of the virtual message object at the second device and generate the haptic effect based on the virtual physical parameter at the second device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Inventors: David M. BIRNBAUM, Christopher J. ULLRICH, Danny GRANT
  • Publication number: 20180350201
    Abstract: Examples of externally-activated devices and systems are disclosed. One example system includes a first device having an actuation component; and a second device having a haptic output component, wherein: the first device and the second device are configured to be physically separable from each other; the actuation component is configured to transmit an actuation signal to the haptic output component while the first device and the second device are physically separated from each other, and the haptic output component configured to output a haptic effect in response to receiving the actuation signal and while the first device and the second device are physically separated from each other, the haptic effect based on the actuation signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, David M. Birnbaum, Benoit Belley, Jamal Saboune, Vahid Khoshkava, Simon Forest, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez
  • Patent number: 10139911
    Abstract: A system is configured to provide haptic stimulation to a user. In one embodiment, the haptic stimulation is provided to the user in conjunction with the performance of one or more control gestures through which the user controls, for example, a game, a real world component or piece of equipment, and/or other entity. In one embodiment, the haptic stimulation is provided to the user in conjunction with control of virtual equipment by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Danny A. Grant, Robert W. Heubel, David M. Birnbaum, Erin B. Ramsay
  • Patent number: 10102725
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for converting a control track designed for use with a number and/or type of haptic output devices to be used with other numbers and/or types of haptic output devices. For example, a computing device may convert the control track into another control track that can be applied to other types and/or numbers of haptic output devices. The converted control track may be compatible for use with a smartphone or other system that includes a different number and/or type of haptic feedback devices than the system for which the haptic track was originally designed. In this manner, the user of the smartphone or other system may experience haptic feedback using a device that is different from another haptic feedback system for which the control track was originally designed for use. The conversion may occur locally at the smartphone or other system and/or remotely at another device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, Jamal Saboune, David M. Birnbaum
  • Publication number: 20180292905
    Abstract: One illustrative system disclosed herein includes a sensor configured to detect a user input associated with a projected user interface and transmit a sensor signal associated with the user interaction, and a processor in communication with the sensor, the processor configured to: receive the sensor signal, determine a remote haptic effect based at least in part on the user input, generate a haptic signal based at least in part on the remote haptic effect, and transmit the haptic signal. The illustrative system further includes a haptic output device in communication with the processor, the haptic output device configured to receive the haptic signal and output the remote haptic effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicant: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, Ali Modarres, Amaya B. Weddle, David M. Birnbaum
  • Publication number: 20180260029
    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: May 11, 2018
    Publication date: September 13, 2018
    Applicant: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: David M. Birnbaum, Christopher J. Ullrich
  • Patent number: 10073598
    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: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: David M. Birnbaum, Danny A. Grant, Robert W. Heubel
  • Publication number: 20180253948
    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: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Publication date: September 6, 2018
    Inventors: David M. Birnbaum, Stephen D. Rank, Leonard Soskin, Danny A. Grant, Robert W. Heubel
  • Publication number: 20180240312
    Abstract: A keyless entry device is provided. The keyless entry device includes a transceiver, a drive circuit coupled to a haptic actuator, and a processor coupled to the transceiver and the drive circuit. The transceiver is configured to communicate, over a communication channel, with an apparatus operated by a user. The processor is configured to send a command to the apparatus, receive a response, including a control signal, from the apparatus, determine proximity information between the keyless entry device and the apparatus, and output the control signal to the drive circuit, based on the proximity information, to cause the haptic actuator to periodically or continuously generate a haptic effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Publication date: August 23, 2018
    Inventors: Natasha Margaret Minenko Flaherty, David M. Birnbaum
  • Publication number: 20180203513
    Abstract: Systems and methods that dynamically render etching inputs are provided, and include a touch surface having a sensor and configured to detect user input, and a non-transitory memory, wherein the non-transitory memory includes instructions for capturing an etching input that is applied to an image or video file, determining a haptic effect that corresponds to the etching input, the haptic effect depending on a type of etching input, and transmitting a modified image or modified video file that includes the etching input and the haptic effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Publication date: July 19, 2018
    Inventors: William S. RIHN, David M. BIRNBAUM, Anthony Chad SAMPANES
  • Patent number: 10019061
    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: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: David M. Birnbaum, Chris Ullrich
  • Publication number: 20180169521
    Abstract: A video game system records video gameplay by a player interacting with an endpoint, such as a game controller. The recording includes recording a haptic track of haptic effects generated on the endpoint during the gameplay and recording a video track of video generated during the gameplay. The recording further includes encoding the haptic track with the video track.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Inventors: William S. RIHN, David M. BIRNBAUM, Robert W. HEUBEL
  • Patent number: 9990815
    Abstract: A system for generating haptic effects receives haptic permissions settings and associates the haptic permissions settings with a range of permitted haptic parameters. The system receives haptic parameters and modifies/filters the haptic parameters based on the range of permitted haptic parameters. The system then generates a haptic signal based on the modified haptic parameters and outputs the haptic signal to a haptic output device to generate the haptic effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: David M. Birnbaum, Stephen D. Rank, Leonard Soskin, Danny A. Grant, Robert W. Heubel
  • Patent number: 9978227
    Abstract: A keyless entry device is provided. The keyless entry device includes a transceiver, a haptic actuator coupled to a drive circuit, and a processor coupled to the transceiver and the drive circuit. The transceiver communicates with a vehicle over a communication channel. The processor determines proximity information between the keyless entry device and the vehicle, selects a control signal based on the proximity information, and outputs the control signal to the drive circuit to cause the haptic actuator to periodically or continuously generate a haptic effect to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Natasha Margaret Minenko Flaherty, David M. Birnbaum
  • Patent number: 9965034
    Abstract: One illustrative system disclosed herein includes a sensor configured to detect a user input associated with a projected user interface and transmit a sensor signal associated with the user interaction, and a processor in communication with the sensor, the processor configured to: receive the sensor signal, determine a remote haptic effect based at least in part on the user input, generate a haptic signal based at least in part on the remote haptic effect, and transmit the haptic signal. The illustrative system further includes a haptic output device in communication with the processor, the haptic output device configured to receive the haptic signal and output the remote haptic effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, Ali Modarres, Amaya B. Weddle, David M. Birnbaum
  • Patent number: 9952669
    Abstract: Systems and methods that dynamically render etching inputs are provided, and include a touch surface having a sensor and configured to detect user input, and a non-transitory memory, wherein the non-transitory memory includes instructions for capturing an etching input that is applied to an image or video file, determining a haptic effect that corresponds to the etching input, the haptic effect depending on a type of etching input, and transmitting a modified image or modified video file that includes the etching input and the haptic effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: William S. Rihn, David M. Birnbaum, Anthony Chad Sampanes
  • Patent number: 9928696
    Abstract: Examples of externally-activated devices and systems are disclosed. One example system includes a first device having an actuation component; and a second device having a haptic output component, wherein: the first device and the second device are configured to be physically separable from each other; the actuation component is configured to transmit an actuation signal to the haptic output component while the first device and the second device are physically separated from each other, and the haptic output component configured to output a haptic effect in response to receiving the actuation signal and while the first device and the second device are physically separated from each other, the haptic effect based on the actuation signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, David M. Birnbaum, Benoit Belley, Jamal Saboune, Vahid Khoshkava, Simon Forest, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez
  • Patent number: 9919208
    Abstract: A video game system records video gameplay by a player interacting with an endpoint, such as a game controller. The recording includes recording a haptic track of haptic effects generated on the endpoint during the gameplay and recording a video track of video generated during the gameplay. The recording further includes encoding the haptic track with the video track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: William S. Rihn, David M. Birnbaum, Robert W. Heubel
  • Patent number: 9921655
    Abstract: A system and computer-implemented method of providing haptic effects to a first user of a multi-user application. The method includes executing a first instance of the multi-user application on a first computing platform associated with the first user. The multi-user application is configured to interface with an object based on control inputs received from the first user and based on control inputs received from a second user via a second computing platform executing a second instance of the multi-user application, and responsive to performance of a first control input by the second user on the second computing platform, the method includes generating a first haptic effect for the first user on the first computing platform, the first haptic effect conveying information to the first user about the effect of the first control input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventor: David M. Birnbaum