Patents by Inventor Gabriel Michael Rask Gassoway

Gabriel Michael Rask Gassoway 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: 10226697
    Abstract: A user-input device includes a user-actuatable trigger configured to pivot about a trigger axis, the user-actuatable trigger including a sector gear, a posture sensor configured to determine a posture of the user-actuatable trigger about the trigger axis, and a force-feedback motor configured to drive the sector gear based on a force-feedback signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Aaron Schmitz, Gabriel Michael Rask Gassoway, Jonathan Shea Robinson
  • Publication number: 20190064933
    Abstract: Examples are disclosed that relate to handheld input devices having pressable user input mechanisms configured to move in a manner that adapts to different hands. One disclosed example provides a handheld input device comprising a body configured to be held by a hand such that one or more fingers of the hand are curved at least partially toward a palm of the hand, a pressable user input mechanism positioned on the body at such a location as to be in contact with a palm-side surface of a finger when the handheld input device is held, and a hinge coupling between the body and the pressable user input mechanism, the hinge coupling comprising an axis of rotation that varies based upon a characteristic of force applied to the pressable user input mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Publication date: February 28, 2019
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan Shea ROBINSON, Aaron SCHMITZ, Gabriel Michael Rask GASSOWAY, Andrew McKinley SCHROEDER
  • Publication number: 20180345133
    Abstract: A user-input device includes a user-actuatable trigger configured to pivot about a trigger axis, a posture sensor configured to determine a posture of the user-actuatable trigger about the trigger axis, a force-feedback motor configured to activate based on a force-feedback signal, and a clutch operatively intermediate the user-actuatable trigger and the force-feedback motor and configured to mechanically change engagement between the user-actuatable trigger and the force-feedback motor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Gabriel Michael Rask GASSOWAY
  • Publication number: 20180345134
    Abstract: A user-input device includes a user-actuatable trigger configured to pivot about a trigger axis, a posture sensor configured to determine a posture of the user-actuatable trigger about the trigger axis, a force sensor configured to determine an actuation force applied to the user-actuatable trigger, and a force-feedback motor operatively coupled to the user-actuatable trigger. The force-feedback motor is configured to activate based on a force-feedback signal and adjust a user-perceived state of the user-actuatable trigger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Aaron SCHMITZ, Gabriel Michael Rask GASSOWAY, Jonathan Shea ROBINSON
  • Publication number: 20180345135
    Abstract: A user-input device includes a user-actuatable trigger configured to pivot about a trigger axis, a rack gear, a return spring operatively intermediate the user-actuatable trigger and the rack gear, a force-feedback motor and a posture sensor configured to determine a posture of the user-actuatable trigger about the trigger axis. The return spring is configured to forward bias the user-actuatable trigger toward an extended posture. The force-feedback motor is configured to drive the rack gear based on a force-feedback signal and thereby adjust a spring force applied by the return spring to the user-actuatable trigger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Aaron SCHMITZ, Gabriel Michael Rask GASSOWAY
  • Publication number: 20180345137
    Abstract: A user-input device includes a user-actuatable trigger configured to pivot about a trigger axis, a rack gear interfacing with the user-actuatable trigger, a force-feedback motor including a drive gear interfacing with the rack gear, and a posture sensor configured to determine a posture of the user-actuatable trigger about the trigger axis. The force-feedback motor is configured to drive the rack gear based on a force-feedback signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Aaron SCHMITZ, Gabriel Michael Rask GASSOWAY, Jonathan Shea ROBINSON
  • Publication number: 20180345136
    Abstract: A user-input device includes a user-actuatable trigger configured to pivot about a trigger axis, the user-actuatable trigger including a sector gear, a posture sensor configured to determine a posture of the user-actuatable trigger about the trigger axis, and a force-feedback motor configured to drive the sector gear based on a force-feedback signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Aaron SCHMITZ, Gabriel Michael Rask GASSOWAY, Jonathan Shea ROBINSON
  • Patent number: 10123710
    Abstract: A sensory-and-logic system comprises an illumination source configured to emit a blood-sensing light, a window through which the blood-sensing light passes en route to human tissue, an illumination receiver configured to measure the blood-sensing light reflected back through the window from the human tissue, a frame surrounding the window and elevating away from the window, and a pillow surrounding the frame and recessing from the frame and the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Gabriel Michael Rask Gassoway, Gregory Kim Justice, Mohammad Sakeri
  • Patent number: 9868058
    Abstract: Methods, systems, apparatuses, and computer program products are provided for a user input device, such as a game controller, that includes a thumbstick having adjustable tilt tension. The user input device includes a housing, a joystick assembly, a thumbstick cap, and an adjustment mechanism. The housing defines an internal cavity of the user input device and includes an aperture. The joystick assembly is disposed within the internal cavity. The joystick assembly comprises a tilt-able post and is operable to generate an analog input control signal based on a position of the tilt-able post in relation to a default position. The thumbstick cap is mounted through the aperture to an end of the tilt-able post. The adjustment mechanism is configured to enable a tilt tension of the tilt-able post to be changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Gabriel Michael Rask Gassoway, Joshua P. Weiher, Eph John Evans, Benjamin Michael Finney, Jason Victor Tsai, Jonathan Shea Robinson, Aaron Schmitz, Dustin Tiffany
  • Publication number: 20170001106
    Abstract: Methods, systems, apparatuses, and computer program products are provided for a user input device, such as a game controller, that includes a thumbstick having adjustable tilt tension. The user input device includes a housing, a joystick assembly, a thumbstick cap, and an adjustment mechanism. The housing defines an internal cavity of the user input device and includes an aperture. The joystick assembly is disposed within the internal cavity. The joystick assembly comprises a tilt-able post and is operable to generate an analog input control signal based on a position of the tilt-able post in relation to a default position. The thumbstick cap is mounted through the aperture to an end of the tilt-able post. The adjustment mechanism is configured to enable a tilt tension of the tilt-able post to be changed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Publication date: January 5, 2017
    Inventors: Gabriel Michael Rask Gassoway, Joshua P. Weiher, Eph John Evans, Benjamin Michael Finney, Jason Victor Tsai, Jonathan Shea Robinson, Aaron Schmitz, Dustin Tiffany
  • Publication number: 20160361639
    Abstract: A game controller includes a trigger-activation sensor, a sensor-activation feature, and a trigger-retention feature. The sensor-activation feature is moveable relative to the trigger-activation sensor. The trigger-activation sensor outputs a control signal based on a relative position of the sensor-activation feature and the trigger-activation sensor. The trigger-retention feature is configured to removably affix a selected removable trigger accessory to the game controller. The selected removable trigger accessory is one of a plurality of differently configured removable trigger accessories removably affixable to the game controller. The selected removable trigger accessory is configured to change the relative position of the sensor-activation feature and the trigger-activation sensor based on finger manipulation of the selected removable trigger accessory when the selected removable trigger accessory is removably affixed to the game controller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Publication date: December 15, 2016
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Aaron Schmitz, Jonathan Shea Robinson, Gabriel Michael Rask Gassoway
  • Publication number: 20160351362
    Abstract: Methods, systems, apparatuses, and computer program products are provided for a user input device, such as a game controller. The user input device includes a finger depressible trigger button, a trigger travel path adjustment assembly that resides in an internal cavity of a housing of the user input device, and a finger switch configured to be switched between a plurality of selectable positions in real-time (e.g., during game play). A first selectable position of the finger switch enables the trigger button to be depressed a first distance. A second selectable position of the finger switch enables the trigger button to be depressed a second distance that is greater than the first distance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Publication date: December 1, 2016
    Inventors: Jason Victor Tsai, Kenneth Dennis Jasinski, Jonathan Shea Robinson, Gabriel Michael Rask Gassoway
  • Publication number: 20160317918
    Abstract: A game controller includes a grip, one or more finger-actuatable controls on the grip, and a rim located on the grip. The rim defines an aperture. The game controller further includes a paddle-actuatable sensor accessible through the aperture and a pivot spaced apart from the aperture. The pivot is configured to removably affix a selected paddle accessory to the game controller and to translate a touch applied to the selected paddle accessory outside of the aperture to an actuation of the paddle-actuatable sensor inside the aperture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Publication date: November 3, 2016
    Inventors: Gabriel Michael Rask Gassoway, Aaron Schmitz, Jason Victor Tsai, Christopher H. Kujawski
  • Publication number: 20160317919
    Abstract: A paddle accessory includes a blade, a sensor-activation feature extending from the blade, and a mounting interface spaced apart from the sensor-activation feature. The blade is sized and shaped for manual manipulation by a finger. The mounting interface is configured to selectively mate with a pivot of a game controller to removably affix the paddle accessory to the game controller. The paddle accessory is configured to rotate relative to the pivot to translate a touch force applied to the blade into an actuation force applied by the sensor-activation feature to a paddle-actuatable sensor interior an aperture of the game controller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Publication date: November 3, 2016
    Inventors: Gabriel Michael Rask Gassoway, Aaron Schmitz, Jason Victor Tsai, Christopher H. Kujawski
  • Patent number: 9261133
    Abstract: A shaft for a media transport assembly includes a first assembly provided at a first end of the shaft to datum the shaft, and a second assembly provided at a second end of the shaft to bias the shaft in a direction opposite the second end of the shaft such that the first assembly and the second assembly each provide point contact with a respective surface oriented substantially perpendicular to an axis of the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, L.P.
    Inventors: Gabriel Michael Rask Gassoway, Luke P. Sosnowski, Kynan Lon Church, Mike Fairchild
  • Publication number: 20150342529
    Abstract: A sensory-and-logic system comprises an illumination source configured to emit a blood-sensing light, a window through which the blood-sensing light passes en route to human tissue, an illumination receiver configured to measure the blood-sensing light reflected back through the window from the human tissue, a frame surrounding the window and elevating away from the window, and a pillow surrounding the frame and recessing from the frame and the window.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Publication date: December 3, 2015
    Inventors: Gabriel Michael Rask Gassoway, Gregory Kim Justice, Mohammad Sakeri
  • Publication number: 20150342480
    Abstract: An optical pulse-rate sensor includes a fixture, a light emitter, a light sensor, and a light stop. The fixture has a rim configured to contact a skin surface and enclose an area of the surface. The light emitter and light sensor are each coupled to the fixture and positioned opposite the area. The light stop is coupled to the fixture and positioned between the light emitter and the light sensor to shield the light sensor from direct illumination by the light source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Publication date: December 3, 2015
    Inventors: Gregory Kim Justice, Ryna Karnik, Daniel C. Canfield, Joshua Mark Hudman, Gabriel Michael Rask Gassoway, Vinod L. Hingorani, Mohammad Shakeri
  • Publication number: 20140121086
    Abstract: A shaft for a media transport assembly includes a first assembly provided at a first end of the shaft to datum the shaft, and a second assembly provided at a second end of the shaft to bias the shaft in a direction opposite the second end of the shaft such that the first assembly and the second assembly each provide point contact with a respective surface oriented substantially perpendicular to an axis of the shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, L.P.
    Inventors: Gabriel Michael Rask Gassoway, Luke P. Sosnowski, Kynan Lon Church, Mike Fairchild