Patents by Inventor Erik J. Shahoian

Erik J. Shahoian 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: 10045906
    Abstract: A system for sexual stimulation includes a first sexual stimulation device having a first sensor and a first actuator and a second sexual stimulation device having a second sensor and a second actuator. The first sexual stimulation device is configured to communicate information from the first sensor to actuate the second actuator of the second sexual stimulation device and the second sexual stimulation device is configured to communicate information from the second sensor to actuate the first actuator of the first sexual stimulation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Sparq Laboratories, LLC
    Inventors: Erik J. Shahoian, John A. McCoy
  • Publication number: 20180140502
    Abstract: Described herein are interactive devices that mimic a portion of a human male and a female genitalia. The male device includes a unique bead drive assembly for providing an extending and retracting motion. Also included on the male device is a massager sub-assembly able to inflate and deflate while being able to slide along a shaft of the male device. The female device includes a clamshell constrictor having an inflation mechanism that is able to provide a squeezing motion as well as being able to slide back and forth within the body of the female device. Also disclosed herein are method of communication and interaction between a pair of interactive devices or multiple interactive devices. Finally, methods of managing interactive sessions between multiple interactive devices are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Publication date: May 24, 2018
    Inventors: Erik J. SHAHOIAN, John McCOY, Lawrence E. MILLER, David P. BIM-MERLE, Francois W. BRAHIC, Kuan LI, David J. GUTIERREZ, Michael K. WONG, Darrell Q. PHAM
  • Patent number: 9734108
    Abstract: Circuits, methods, and apparatus that limit the number of types of connectors needed by an electronic device. One example may provide a connector receptacle capable of adapting to multiple types of connector inserts. In this way, connector inserts conveying one of a number of interfaces can be accepted by the same connector receptacle. This may reduce the number and types of connector receptacles needed on an electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Erik J. Shahoian, Gregory A. Springer
  • Patent number: 9707131
    Abstract: Systems and methods for treating a patient having a head with a first ear and a second ear, function by aligning a first device with a tympanic membrane of the first ear; inputting a command to an input device operatively coupled to the first device to generate a signal; and actuating the first device in response to the signal so as to drive a penetrator of the device through the tympanic membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Tusker Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Erik J. Shahoian
  • Patent number: 9411420
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for increasing the transmissibility of forces produced by an actuator on a manipulandum. A haptic device, coupled to a host computer, outputs tactile sensations to a user based on interactions and events occurring in a displayed graphical environment. An actuator produces forces and a compliant suspension couples the actuator to the manipulandum. A compliance of the suspension is configured such that the suspension magnifies the forces for a particular frequency range of the forces. The magnified forces are transmitted to the manipulandum to be felt by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Erik J. Shahoian, Kenneth M. Martin
  • Patent number: 9274600
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing passive haptic feedback are described. Embodiments of the present invention comprise an actuator for bringing a manipulandum and braking surface into contact and thereby providing a resistance. The manipulandum includes scroll wheels, scroll drums, linear sliders and similar user input devices. The actuator may be, for example, electromagnetic or piezo-electric. An embodiment of the present invention may include a processor in communication with the actuator for providing the haptic effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: George Anastas, Erik J. Shahoian, Alex Jasso
  • Publication number: 20150245978
    Abstract: A system for sexual stimulation includes a first sexual stimulation device having a first sensor and a first actuator and a second sexual stimulation device having a second sensor and a second actuator. The first sexual stimulation device is configured to communicate information from the first sensor to actuate the second actuator of the second sexual stimulation device and the second sexual stimulation device is configured to communicate information from the second sensor to actuate the first actuator of the first sexual stimulation device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Publication date: September 3, 2015
    Inventors: Erik J. Shahoian, John A. McCoy
  • Patent number: 9033740
    Abstract: High-speed interposer connectors that may be space-efficient, reliable, and may be readily manufactured. One example may provide an interposer connector that may be particularly space-efficient in a vertical direction by using an interposer to form an electrical connection between conductors and a main-logic board or other appropriate substrate. Another example may provide a reliable connection between conductors and a main-logic board by using fasteners to fix an interposer to the main-logic board. Another example may provide connectors that are well-suited to handling high-speed signals by providing a shield to at least partially cover a top of an interposer connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Erik J. Shahoian
  • Patent number: 8936544
    Abstract: A system for sexual stimulation includes a first sexual stimulation device having a first sensor and a first actuator and a second sexual stimulation device having a second sensor and a second actuator. The first sexual stimulation device is configured to communicate information from the first sensor to actuate the second actuator of the second sexual stimulation device and the second sexual stimulation device is configured to communicate information from the second sensor to actuate the first actuator of the first sexual stimulation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Sparq Laboratories, LLC
    Inventors: Erik J. Shahoian, John A. McCoy
  • Publication number: 20140336452
    Abstract: A system for sexual stimulation includes a first sexual stimulation device having a first sensor and a first actuator and a second sexual stimulation device having a second sensor and a second actuator. The first sexual stimulation device is configured to communicate information from the first sensor to actuate the second actuator of the second sexual stimulation device and the second sexual stimulation device is configured to communicate information from the second sensor to actuate the first actuator of the first sexual stimulation device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventors: Erik J. SHAHOIAN, John A. MCCOY, Alex S. GOLDENBERG
  • Patent number: 8830161
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention relate to methods and systems for providing customized “haptic messaging” to users of handheld communication devices in a variety of applications. In one embodiment, a method of providing virtual touch to a handheld communication device includes: receiving an input signal associated with a virtual touch; outputting a request relating to a contact with a user-interface member coupled to a handheld communication device; and providing a control signal associated with the contact to an actuator coupled to the handheld communication device, the control signal being configured to cause the actuator to output a haptic effect associated with the virtual touch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Danny A. Grant, Jeffrey Eid, Shoichi Endo, Erik J. Shahoian, Dean C. Chang
  • Patent number: 8803795
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention relate to methods and systems for providing customized “haptic messaging” to users of handheld communication devices in a variety of applications. In one embodiment, a method of using haptic effects to relate location information includes: receiving an input signal associated with a position of a handheld communication device (100); determining the position of the handheld communication device (100) relative to a predetermined location; and providing a haptic effect associated with a distance between the position of the handheld communication device (100) and the predetermined location. In another embodiment, a handheld communication device (100) can be used as a two-way haptic remote control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Danny A. Grant, Jeffrey Eld, Shoichi Endo, Erik J. Shahoian, Dean C. Chang
  • Publication number: 20140194891
    Abstract: Systems and methods for treating a patient having a head with a first ear and a second ear, function by aligning a first device with a tympanic membrane of the first ear; inputting a command to an input device operatively coupled to the first device to generate a signal; and actuating the first device in response to the signal so as to drive a penetrator of the device through the tympanic membrane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: Acclarent, Inc.
    Inventor: Erik J. Shahoian
  • Patent number: 8648829
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing haptic cues to a touch-sensitive input device having a rotary degree of freedom are described. One described method includes the steps of receiving data from at least one packet, determining navigation within at least one list based at least in part on the data, and determining whether to output a haptic effect, the haptic effect based at least in part on the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Erik J Shahoian, Alexander Jasso
  • Patent number: 8462116
    Abstract: In an aspect, an electronic device includes a housing; a manipulandum positioned in the housing, wherein the manipulandum is moveable in at least one rotary degree of freedom in response to a user moving the manipulandum; a sensor coupled to the manipulandum, the sensor outputs sensor signals associated with the movement of the manipulandum in the at least one rotary degree of freedom by the user's direct contact; a processor coupled to the sensor and configured to output one or more activating signals based on the sensor signals; a first actuator coupled to the manipulandum, wherein the first actuator outputs a contact force to the manipulandum upon receiving a first activating signal; and a second actuator positioned within the housing and separate from the first actuator, wherein the second actuator outputs an inertial force to the housing upon receiving a second activating signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Ryan D. Bruneau, Ramon Alarcon, Louis B. Rosenberg, Erik J. Shahoian
  • Patent number: 8441444
    Abstract: An interface device providing haptic feedback to a user is in communication with a host computer. The device includes a housing, at least one sensor for detecting user input, and an actuator assembly. The actuator assembly includes a grounded flexure suspension coupled to an inertial mass which moves when the actuator assembly is energized to cause inertial sensations. The inertial mass includes a pole piece surrounding a magnet, and a grounded coil between magnet and pole piece causes the motion of the inertial mass when current is flowed therethrough. Another embodiment provides directional haptic feedback to a user and includes at least two actuator assemblies oriented such that the inertial masses oscillate substantially orthogonally, and can be controlled to output the inertial sensations approximately along a single axis having a desired orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: David F. Moore, Erik J. Shahoian, Bruce M. Schena
  • Publication number: 20120302095
    Abstract: High-speed interposer connectors that may be space-efficient, reliable, and may be readily manufactured. One example may provide an interposer connector that may be particularly space-efficient in a vertical direction by using an interposer to form an electrical connection between conductors and a main-logic board or other appropriate substrate. Another example may provide a reliable connection between conductors and a main-logic board by using fasteners to fix an interposer to the main-logic board. Another example may provide connectors that are well-suited to handling high-speed signals by providing a shield to at least partially cover a top of an interposer connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Erik J. Shahoian
  • Patent number: 8316166
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention relate to methods and systems for providing customized “haptic messaging” to users of handheld communication devices in a variety of applications. In one embodiment, a method of haptic messaging includes: receiving an input signal associated with an actuation of a user-interface member; determining a haptic code associated with the actuation; and including the haptic code in an output signal to be sent to a remote handheld communication device. In another embodiment, a method of haptic messaging includes: receiving an input signal; outputting a request relating to a contact with a user-interface member coupled to a handheld communication device; and providing a control signal associated with the contact to an actuator coupled to the handheld communication device, the control signal being configured to cause the actuator to output a haptic effect associated with the input signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Danny A. Grant, Jeffrey Eid, Shoichi Endo, Erik J. Shahoian, Dean C. Chang
  • Publication number: 20120270419
    Abstract: Circuits, methods, and apparatus that limit the number of types of connectors needed by an electronic device. One example may provide a connector receptacle capable of adapting to multiple types of connector inserts. In this way, connector inserts conveying one of a number of interfaces can be accepted by the same connector receptacle. This may reduce the number and types of connector receptacles needed on an electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Erik J. Shahoian, Gregory A. Springer
  • Publication number: 20120235942
    Abstract: A haptic feedback touch control used to provide input to a computer. A touch input device includes a planar touch surface that provides position information to a computer based on a location of user contact. The computer can position a cursor in a displayed graphical environment based at least in part on the position information, or perform a different function. At least one actuator is also coupled to the touch input device and outputs a force to provide a haptic sensation to the user. The actuator can move the touchpad laterally, or a separate surface member can be actuated. A flat E-core actuator, piezoelectric actuator, or other types of actuators can be used to provide forces. The touch input device can include multiple different regions to control different computer functions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Applicant: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Erik J. Shahoian, Bruce M. Schena, Louis B. Rosenberg