Patents by Inventor Erin Ramsay

Erin Ramsay 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: 10254824
    Abstract: An audio playback device may be capable of operating in a “shuffle” mode in which audio or other content items are randomly selected. Environmental factor(s) such as ambient conditions or forces applied to the device or a peripheral can be used to identify one or more subsets of available content items from which content items are selected to thereby provide an “ambient shuffle” mode. By including or excluding items from the subset, the randomly-selected content items may more likely match the conditions under which the playback device is operating and/or match input provided by a user via tapping on, shaking, or otherwise applying force to the device or components in communication with the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventor: Erin Ramsay
  • Publication number: 20180229116
    Abstract: A haptic-enabled device, comprising a haptic actuator, an energy storage device configured to provide energy to the haptic actuator, and a control unit communicatively coupled to the haptic actuator is presented. The control unit may be configured to determine an energy availability level for the haptic-enabled device. The determination is based on an energy level of the energy storage device or an energy usage rate thereof. The control unit may further be configured to determine an energy conservation setting for the haptic-enabled device based on at least one of (i) the energy availability level, and (ii) an input received by the haptic-enabled device for controlling the energy conservation setting. The control unit may be configured to determine, based on the energy conservation setting, whether to generate the haptic effect in a braking mode or in a non-braking mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Publication date: August 16, 2018
    Inventors: William S. RIHN, Erin RAMSAY
  • Publication number: 20180140945
    Abstract: Various systems, game controllers, and methods for simulating various objects such as weapons are provided. For example, a game controller may include a trigger, a processor within the body that receives a trigger signal when the trigger is activated by the user. The processor may communicate with a computer running a software program such as a gaming application, and an actuator coupled to the trigger, the actuator configured to output a haptic effect to the trigger in response to receiving a control signal from the processor. The game controller may simulate a gun and generate a recoil effect. In some embodiments, the recoil effect may be generated by impacting a moving mass from a discharge end of the gun to a handle end of the gun. In some embodiments, the recoil effect may be generated by using a body part of a user as a tether.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Publication date: May 24, 2018
    Inventors: Danny Grant, Erin Ramsay, Ali Modarres, David Birnbaum, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez, Robert W. Heubel, Hendrick Bartel
  • Publication number: 20180067561
    Abstract: A system that unlocks itself or another device or electronic media enters an unlocked mode by playing a predetermined haptic effect and in response receiving a gesture based interaction input from a user. The system compares the interaction input to a stored predefined interaction input and transitions to the unlocked mode if the interaction input substantially matches the stored predefined interaction input.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Publication date: March 8, 2018
    Inventors: Erin RAMSAY, Masashi KOBAYASHI, Kurt-Eerik STAHLBERG, Robert W. HEUBEL
  • Publication number: 20170257492
    Abstract: Systems and methods for perceptual normalization of haptic effects are disclosed. One system may include a first sensor configured to detect a user interaction with a touch surface and transmit a first sensor signal associated with the user interaction; a second sensor configured to detect a feature associated with the touch surface and transmit a second sensor signal associated with the feature; a processor in communication with the first sensor and the second sensor, the processor configured to: determine a first haptic effect based on the user interaction; determine a modified haptic effect based in part first haptic effect and on the feature; output a haptic signal associated with the modified haptic effect; and a haptic output device in communication with the processor and coupled to the touch surface, the haptic output device configured to receive the haptic signal and output the modified haptic effect to the touch surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Publication date: September 7, 2017
    Applicant: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, Ali Modarres, Neil Olien, Danny Grant, Erin Ramsay, David Birnbaum, Amaya Weddle
  • Patent number: 9729730
    Abstract: Systems and methods for perceptual normalization of haptic effects are disclosed. One system may include a first sensor configured to detect a user interaction with a touch surface and transmit a first sensor signal associated with the user interaction; a second sensor configured to detect a feature associated with the touch surface and transmit a second sensor signal associated with the feature; a processor in communication with the first sensor and the second sensor, the processor configured to: determine a first haptic effect based on the user interaction; determine a modified haptic effect based in part first haptic effect and on the feature; output a haptic signal associated with the modified haptic effect; and a haptic output device in communication with the processor and coupled to the touch surface, the haptic output device configured to receive the haptic signal and output the modified haptic effect to the touch surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, Ali Modarres, Neil Olien, Danny Grant, Erin Ramsay, David Birnbaum, Amaya Weddle
  • Publication number: 20170065881
    Abstract: Various systems, game controllers, and methods for simulating various objects such as weapons are provided. For example, a game controller may include a trigger, a processor within the body that receives a trigger signal when the trigger is activated by the user. The processor may communicate with a computer running a software program such as a gaming application, and an actuator coupled to the trigger, the actuator configured to output a haptic effect to the trigger in response to receiving a control signal from the processor. The game controller may simulate a gun and generate a recoil effect. In some embodiments, the recoil effect may be generated by impacting a moving mass from a discharge end of the gun to a handle end of the gun. In some embodiments, the recoil effect may be generated by using a body part of a user as a tether.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Publication date: March 9, 2017
    Inventors: Danny Grant, Erin Ramsay, Ali Modarres, David Birnbaum, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez, Robert W. Heubel, Hendrick Bartel
  • Patent number: 9504914
    Abstract: Various systems, game controllers, and methods for simulating various objects such as weapons are provided. For example, a game controller may include a trigger, a processor within the body that receives a trigger signal when the trigger is activated by the user. The processor may communicate with a computer running a software program such as a gaming application, and an actuator coupled to the trigger, the actuator configured to output a haptic effect to the trigger in response to receiving a control signal from the processor. The game controller may simulate a gun and generate a recoil effect. In some embodiments, the recoil effect may be generated by impacting a moving mass from a discharge end of the gun to a handle end of the gun. In some embodiments, the recoil effect may be generated by using a body part of a user as a tether.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Danny A. Grant, Erin Ramsay, Ali Modarres, David M. Birnbaum, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez, Robert W. Heubel, Hendrik Bartel
  • Patent number: 9318006
    Abstract: Systems and methods for haptic confirmation of commands are disclosed. For example a system for generating haptic effects to confirm receipt of a voice command includes a microphone; a housing configured to be contacted by a user, and an actuator in communication with the housing, the actuator configured to output a haptic effect to the housing. The system also includes a processor in communication with the microphone and the actuator, the processor configured to receive speech information from the microphone; recognize the speech information and determine a command associated with the speech information. If the speech information is recognized and the command is determined, the processor is configured to generate a first actuator signal configured to cause the actuator to output a first haptic effect, and transmit the first actuator signal to the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Robert W. Heubel, Erin Ramsay
  • Patent number: 9275653
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing voice-to-text haptic augmentation in a user interface are disclosed. For example, in one embodiment, a system for converting audible speech information to a haptic effect includes a microphone and a processor in communication with the microphone, the processor configured to receive an audio signal associated with a voice from the microphone, determine a characteristic of the audio signal, and generate an actuator signal based at least in part on the characteristic, the actuator signal configured to cause an actuator to output a haptic effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Robert W. Heubel, Erin Ramsay
  • Patent number: 9227137
    Abstract: Various systems, devices, and methods are provided for generating an impact and/or surface haptic effect for a handheld computer interface such as a video game controller. For example, the handheld computer interface may include a handle coupled to an impact actuator. The impact actuator includes a movable mass and an end stop. The impact actuator may receive a haptic effect signal and in response cause the mass to contact the end stop to generate a haptic effect. A smart material that outputs a surface haptic effect may be coupled to a surface of the handle such that the surface haptic effect is output substantially from the smart material rather than the handle. The handle may be coupled to an end piece having a shape that simulates an object such as a tennis racket, golf club, or other object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Danny A. Grant, Erin Ramsay, David M. Birnbaum, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez, Robert W. Heubel, Hendrik Bartel
  • Publication number: 20150323994
    Abstract: A system is provided that generates haptic effects using a haptic output device. The system receives a haptic effect definition that defines the haptic effect. The system determines, at run-time, whether the haptic effect definition will produce an output effect as designed/desired using the haptic output device. When it is determined that the haptic effect definition will not produce the output effect as designed/desired, the system modifies, at run-time, the haptic effect definition to ensure that the haptic effect produced corresponds to the designed/desired haptic effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Publication date: November 12, 2015
    Inventors: Kurt-Eerik STAHLBERG, Erin RAMSAY, Henry DA COSTA, Eric GERVAIS
  • Publication number: 20150009168
    Abstract: Systems and methods for perceptual normalization of haptic effects are disclosed. One system may include a first sensor configured to detect a user interaction with a touch surface and transmit a first sensor signal associated with the user interaction; a second sensor configured to detect a feature associated with the touch surface and transmit a second sensor signal associated with the feature; a processor in communication with the first sensor and the second sensor, the processor configured to: determine a first haptic effect based on the user interaction; determine a modified haptic effect based in part first haptic effect and on the feature; output a haptic signal associated with the modified haptic effect; and a haptic output device in communication with the processor and coupled to the touch surface, the haptic output device configured to receive the haptic signal and output the modified haptic effect to the touch surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, Ali Modarres, Neil Olien, Danny Grant, Erin Ramsay, David Birnbaum, Amaya Weddle
  • Publication number: 20140365883
    Abstract: A system that unlocks itself or another device or electronic media enters an unlocked mode by playing a predetermined haptic effect and in response receiving a gesture based interaction input from a user. The system compares the interaction input to a stored predefined interaction input and transitions to the unlocked mode if the interaction input substantially matches the stored predefined interaction input.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Erin RAMSAY, Masashi KOBAYASHI, Kurt-Eerik STAHLBERG, Robert W. HEUBEL
  • Patent number: 8902050
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing voice-to-text haptic augmentation in a user interface are disclosed. For example, one disclosed system for converting audible speech information to a haptic effect includes a microphone and a processor in communication with the microphone, the processor configured to receive an audio signal associated with a voice from the microphone, determine a characteristic of the audio signal, and generate an actuator signal based at least in part on the characteristic, the actuator signal configured to cause an actuator to output a haptic effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Robert W. Heubel, Erin Ramsay
  • Publication number: 20140039900
    Abstract: Systems and methods for haptic confirmation of commands are disclosed. For example a system for generating haptic effects to confirm receipt of a voice command includes a microphone; a housing configured to be contacted by a user, and an actuator in communication with the housing, the actuator configured to output a haptic effect to the housing. The system also includes a processor in communication with the microphone and the actuator, the processor configured to receive speech information from the microphone; recognize the speech information and determine a command associated with the speech information. If the speech information is recognized and the command is determined, the processor is configured to generate a first actuator signal configured to cause the actuator to output a first haptic effect, and transmit the first actuator signal to the actuator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Robert W. Heubel, Erin Ramsay
  • Publication number: 20140022065
    Abstract: Various systems, devices, and methods are provided for generating an impact and/or surface haptic effect for a handheld computer interface such as a video game controller. For example, the handheld computer interface may include a handle coupled to an impact actuator. The impact actuator includes a movable mass and an end stop. The impact actuator may receive a haptic effect signal and in response cause the mass to contact the end stop to generate a haptic effect. A smart material that outputs a surface haptic effect may be coupled to a surface of the handle such that the surface haptic effect is output substantially from the smart material rather than the handle. The handle may be coupled to an end piece having a shape that simulates an object such as a tennis racket, golf club, or other object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Applicant: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Danny A. Grant, Erin Ramsay, David M. Birnbaum, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez, Robert W. Heubel, Hendrik Bartel
  • Publication number: 20130331157
    Abstract: Various systems, game controllers, and methods for simulating various objects such as weapons are provided. For example, a game controller may include a trigger, a processor within the body that receives a trigger signal when the trigger is activated by the user. The processor may communicate with a computer running a software program such as a gaming application, and an actuator coupled to the trigger, the actuator configured to output a haptic effect to the trigger in response to receiving a control signal from the processor. The game controller may simulate a gun and generate a recoil effect. In some embodiments, the recoil effect may be generated by impacting a moving mass from a discharge end of the gun to a handle end of the gun. In some embodiments, the recoil effect may be generated by using a body part of a user as a tether.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Applicant: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Danny A. Grant, Erin Ramsay, Ali Modarres, David M. Birnbaum, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez, Robert W. Heubel, Hendrik Bartel
  • Patent number: 8581710
    Abstract: Systems and methods for haptic confirmation of commands are disclosed. For example, one system includes a microphone; a housing configured to be contacted by a user, and an actuator in communication with the housing, the actuator configured to output a haptic effect to the housing. The system also includes a processor in communication with the microphone and the actuator, the processor configured to receive speech information from the microphone; recognize the speech information and determine a command associated with the speech information. If the speech information is recognized and the command is determined, the processor is configured to generate an actuator signal configured to cause the actuator to output a haptic effect, and transmit the actuator signal to the actuator. Otherwise, the processor is configured generate a second actuator signal configured to cause the actuator to output a second haptic effect; and transmit the second actuator signal to the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Robert W. Heubel, Erin Ramsay
  • Patent number: 8570161
    Abstract: Systems and methods for haptic information preview are disclosed. For example, in one embodiment a method for haptic information preview includes: receiving a message including data; receiving a data quality metric associated with the data; determining a quality of the data based at least in part on the data quality metric; determining a haptic effect based at least in part on the data quality; and transmitting a signal corresponding to the haptic effect to a haptic effect generator configured to output the haptic effect. Another embodiment includes a computer-readable medium comprising processor-executable code for executing such a method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Erin Ramsay, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez, Ali Modarres