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).

  • Patent number: 11347311
    Abstract: A system includes a first electronic device and a second electronic device. The first electronic device includes a sensor configured to sense or property experienced by the first electronic device, and a transmitter configured to transmit a signal based on output from the sensor. The second electronic device is in signal communication with the first electronic device. The second electronic device includes a receiver configured to receive the transmitted signal, a detector configured to determine an object that a user of the second device is focusing on, a processor configured to generate a haptic signal representative of the transmitted signal if it is determined that the object the user is focusing on corresponds with a location of the first electronic device, and a haptic output device configured to receive the haptic signal and generate a haptic effect to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, Ali Modarres, Danny A. Grant, Jean Francois Dionne, David M. Birnbaum
  • Patent number: 11086403
    Abstract: Systems and methods for multi-user shared virtual and augmented reality-based haptics are disclosed. One illustrative method for multi-user shared virtual and augmented reality-based haptics includes determining a position of an object; determining a viewpoint of at least one observer with respect to the object; determining a haptic effect to be output based at least in part on the position and the viewpoint; and outputting the haptic effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: William S. Rihn, David M. Birnbaum, Shadi Asfour, Satoshi Araki, Sanya Attari
  • Patent number: 10943445
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing haptic effects with airflow and thermal stimulation are disclosed. One illustrative system described herein includes a haptic output device comprising a thermal actuator and a processor communicatively coupled to the haptic output device and configured to: receive a sensor signal from at least one sensor, determine a heat flux property based in part on the display signal or a predefined parameter, determine a haptic effect based in part on the heat flux property and the sensor signal, the heat flux property being representative of a rate of change of temperature, and transmit a haptic signal associated with the haptic effect to the haptic output device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: David M. Birnbaum, Sanya Attari, Hossam Bahlool, Doug Billington, Bruno Garrido
  • Publication number: 20200364994
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing haptic effects with airflow and thermal stimulation are disclosed. One illustrative system described herein includes a haptic output device comprising a thermal actuator and a processor communicatively coupled to the haptic output device and configured to: receive a sensor signal from at least one sensor, determine a heat flux property based in part on the display signal or a predefined parameter, determine a haptic effect based in part on the heat flux property and the sensor signal, the heat flux property being representative of a rate of change of temperature, and transmit a haptic signal associated with the haptic effect to the haptic output device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Publication date: November 19, 2020
    Applicant: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: David M. Birnbaum, Sanya Attari, Hossam Bahlool, Doug Billington, Bruno Garrido
  • Patent number: 10775892
    Abstract: Systems and methods for multi-user shared virtual and augmented reality-based haptics are disclosed. One illustrative method for multi-user shared virtual and augmented reality-based haptics includes determining a position of an object; determining a viewpoint of at least one observer with respect to the object; determining a haptic effect to be output based at least in part on the position and the viewpoint; and outputting the haptic effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: William S. Rihn, David M. Birnbaum, Shadi Asfour, Satoshi Araki, Sanya Attari
  • Publication number: 20200257367
    Abstract: Systems and methods for multi-user shared virtual and augmented reality-based haptics are disclosed. One illustrative method for multi-user shared virtual and augmented reality-based haptics includes determining a position of an object; determining a viewpoint of at least one observer with respect to the object; determining a haptic effect to be output based at least in part on the position and the viewpoint; and outputting the haptic effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2020
    Publication date: August 13, 2020
    Applicant: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: William S. Rihn, David M. Birnbaum, Shadi Asfour, Satoshi Araki, Sanya Attari
  • Publication number: 20200201440
    Abstract: A system includes a first electronic device and a second electronic device. The first electronic device includes a sensor configured to sense or property experienced by the first electronic device, and a transmitter configured to transmit a signal based on output from the sensor. The second electronic device is in signal communication with the first electronic device. The second electronic device includes a receiver configured to receive the transmitted signal, a detector configured to determine an object that a user of the second device is focusing on, a processor configured to generate a haptic signal representative of the transmitted signal if it is determined that the object the user is focusing on corresponds with a location of the first electronic device, and a haptic output device configured to receive the haptic signal and generate a haptic effect to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2020
    Publication date: June 25, 2020
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, Ali Modarres, Danny A. Grant, Jean Francois Dionne, David M. Birnbaum
  • Patent number: 10664143
    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: February 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: David M. Birnbaum, Danny A. Grant, Robert W. Heubel
  • Patent number: 10656715
    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: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, Ali Modarres, Amaya B. Weddle, David M. Birnbaum
  • Publication number: 20200150857
    Abstract: A haptic-enabled dispenser for dispensing a consumable substance is provided. The haptic-enabled dispenser comprises a housing having a passage and a haptic portion, the housing configured to dispense the consumable substance via the passage to an outlet of the housing. The haptic-enabled dispenser further comprises a haptic output device disposed at the haptic portion of the housing. The haptic-enabled dispenser further comprises a control circuit configured to control the haptic output device to generate a haptic effect at the haptic portion of the housing of the haptic-enabled dispenser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Inventors: David M. BIRNBAUM, Danny A. GRANT
  • Patent number: 10650645
    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: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, Jamal Saboune, David M. Birnbaum
  • Patent number: 10613627
    Abstract: A system includes a first electronic device and a second electronic device. The first electronic device includes a sensor configured to sense or property experienced by the first electronic device, and a transmitter configured to transmit a signal based on output from the sensor. The second electronic device is in signal communication with the first electronic device. The second electronic device includes a receiver configured to receive the transmitted signal, a detector configured to determine an object that a user of the second device is focusing on, a processor configured to generate a haptic signal representative of the transmitted signal if it is determined that the object the user is focusing on corresponds with a location of the first electronic device, and a haptic output device configured to receive the haptic signal and generate a haptic effect to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, Ali Modarres, Danny A. Grant, Jean Francois Dionne, David M. Birnbaum
  • Publication number: 20200082678
    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: July 8, 2019
    Publication date: March 12, 2020
    Applicant: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, David M. Birnbaum, Benoit Belley, Jamal Saboune, Vahid Khoshkava, Simon Forest, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez
  • Publication number: 20200057506
    Abstract: Systems and methods for user generated content authoring are disclosed. One illustrative method disclosure herein includes: receiving a video signal; displaying a user interface associated with haptic authoring; detecting a gesture associated with a haptic effect; determining a haptic effect based in part on the gesture; associating the haptic effect with a location in the video signal; and storing the video signal and the associated haptic effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2019
    Publication date: February 20, 2020
    Applicant: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: David M. Birnbaum, Christopher J. Ullrich, Robert Lacroix, Satvir Singh Bhatia, Michael Powell, Stephen D. Rank, Iva Segalman, Amaya Weddle, Paige Raynes
  • Patent number: 10551924
    Abstract: An electronic device having a user interface device that has a flexible surface, a haptic output device operatively coupled to the flexible surface and configured to cause a deformation of the flexible surface, and a controller in signal communication with the haptic output device. The controller is configured to trigger the haptic output device to cause the deformation of the flexible surface based on a simulated physical behavior of a virtual element represented on the user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: David M. Birnbaum, Li Jiang, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez, Ali Modarres, Christophe Ramstein, Danny A. Grant
  • Patent number: 10532279
    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: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: William S. Rihn, David M. Birnbaum, Robert W. Heubel
  • Publication number: 20190391647
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and non-transitory computer readable mediums for presenting haptic interactions using a virtual reality system are provided. A virtual user is tracked in a virtual reality environment, the virtual user including a virtual representation of a real-world user in a real-world environment. A relative virtual location for the virtual object relative to the virtual user is determined. A haptic profile for the virtual object is identified.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Publication date: December 26, 2019
    Inventors: William S. RIHN, David M. BIRNBAUM, Liwen WU
  • Patent number: 10514761
    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: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Immersion corporation
    Inventors: William S. Rihn, David M. Birnbaum, Anthony Chad Sampanes
  • Publication number: 20190324549
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods for providing immersive reality interface modes are disclosed. The devices include haptic actuators, a computing unit, a gesture detection system, and an immersive reality display device. The gesture detection system detects gestures made by a user during interaction with an immersive realty environment, which is displayed by the immersive reality display device. The computing unit generates and operates an interface mode by which the user can interact, through gestures, with the immersive reality environment and coordinates the provision of haptic, visual, and audio outputs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Publication date: October 24, 2019
    Inventors: Satoshi ARAKI, William S. RIHN, Sanya ATTARI, David M. BIRNBAUM
  • Publication number: 20190324541
    Abstract: Systems and methods for multi-user shared virtual and augmented reality-based haptics are disclosed. One illustrative method for multi-user shared virtual and augmented reality-based haptics includes determining a position of an object; determining a viewpoint of at least one observer with respect to the object; determining a haptic effect to be output based at least in part on the position and the viewpoint; and outputting the haptic effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Publication date: October 24, 2019
    Applicant: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: William S. Rihn, David M. Birnbaum, Shadi Asfour, Satoshi Araki, Sanya Attari