Patents by Inventor George Anastas

George Anastas 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: 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
  • Patent number: 9239621
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing a haptic manipulandum are described. In one described system, a lever arm is pivotably coupled to a housing, and configured to apply a processor-controlled force to a substantially-spherical manipulandum to provide a haptic effect. The described system may include a processor in communication with an actuator for providing the haptic effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: George Anastas, David W. Bailey, Gregory Tashjian, Raymond Yu
  • Patent number: 9207763
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing a haptic manipulandum are described. In one described system, a lever arm is pivotably coupled to a housing, and configured to apply a processor-controlled force to a substantially-spherical manipulandum to provide a haptic effect. The described system may include a processor in communication with an actuator for providing the haptic effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: George Anastas, David W. Bailey, Gregory Tashjian, Raymond Yu
  • Patent number: 8248363
    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: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: George Anastas, Erik J. Shahoian, Alex Jasso
  • Publication number: 20100331863
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a continuous suture passer device may include a first jaw, a second jaw, a tissue penetrator which may penetrate through tissue positioned between the first and second jaws, and a suture shuttle which may be releasably secured to the tissue penetrator and adapted to carry a suture. Further, the device may include an actuator which may manipulate at least one of the first or second jaws and the tissue penetrator, and the second jaw may have a suture shuttle retainer seat on which the suture shuttle may be releasably secured. The tissue penetrator may be movable towards the second jaw such that the suture shuttle carried by the tissue penetrator may be transferred to the shuttle retainer seat on the second jaw. Additionally, the first and second jaws may be substantially parallel to one another at any position to which the at least one jaw is manipulated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2008
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Applicant: Revolutionary Surgical Device, LLC
    Inventors: Justin Saliman, Erik Shahoian, Alexander Jasso, George Anastas
  • Publication number: 20090073125
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing a haptic manipulandum are described. In one described system, a lever arm is pivotably coupled to a housing, and configured to apply a processor-controlled force to a substantially-spherical manipulandum to provide a haptic effect. The described system may include a processor in communication with an actuator for providing the haptic effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2008
    Publication date: March 19, 2009
    Applicant: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: George Anastas, David W. Bailey, George Tashijian, Raymond Yu
  • Publication number: 20090073124
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing a haptic manipulandum are described. In one described system, a lever arm is pivotably coupled to a housing, and configured to apply a processor-controlled force to a substantially-spherical manipulandum to provide a haptic effect. The described system may include a processor in communication with an actuator for providing the haptic effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2008
    Publication date: March 19, 2009
    Applicant: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: George Anastas, David W. Bailey, Gregory Tashjian, Raymond Yu
  • Patent number: 7477237
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing a haptic manipulandum are described. In one described system, a lever arm is pivotably coupled to a housing, and configured to apply a processor-controlled force to a substantially-spherical manipulandum to provide a haptic effect. The described system may include a processor in communication with an actuator for providing the haptic effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2009
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: George Anastas, David W. Bailey, Gregory Tashjian, Raymond Yu
  • Publication number: 20080041671
    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: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2007
    Publication date: February 21, 2008
    Applicant: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: George Anastas, Enk Shahoian, Alex Jasso
  • Publication number: 20080036736
    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: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2007
    Publication date: February 14, 2008
    Applicant: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: George Anastas, Erik Shahoian, Alex Jasso
  • Publication number: 20080036735
    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: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2007
    Publication date: February 14, 2008
    Applicant: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: George Anastas, Erik Shahoian, Alex Jasso
  • Publication number: 20080035435
    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: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2007
    Publication date: February 14, 2008
    Applicant: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: George Anastas, Erik Shahoian, Alex Jasso
  • Publication number: 20080024440
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing resistive and vibrotactile feedback from a single actuator are described. One described system comprises a manipulandum, and a resistive haptic actuator configured to generate a resistive haptic force in order to generate a vibrotactile haptic effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2007
    Publication date: January 31, 2008
    Applicant: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Neil Olien, Alexander Jasso, George Anastas, Erik Shahoian, Raymond Yu
  • Publication number: 20060256075
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for generating haptic effects for a touch panel or other interface device employs a touch-sensitive panel, a display and an actuator. The actuator includes a first structural element and a second structural element, a biasing element and two magnetic devices. The first magnetic device is configured to be carried by the first structural element and the second magnetic device is configured to be carried by the second structural element. The first structural element is coupled to a touch-sensitive panel and the second structural element may be coupled to the display or to a relatively fixed item. The biasing element couples the first and second structural elements together and deforms to facilitate a movement between the first and second structural elements. The actuator provides haptic effects by facilitating relative movement between the first and second structural elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2005
    Publication date: November 16, 2006
    Inventors: George Anastas, Neil Olien
  • Publication number: 20060049010
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing resistive and vibrotactile feedback from a single actuator are described. One described system comprises a manipulandum, and a resistive haptic actuator configured to generate a resistive haptic force in order to generate a vibrotactile haptic effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2004
    Publication date: March 9, 2006
    Inventors: Neil Olien, Alexander Jasso, George Anastas, Erik Shahoian, Raymond Yu
  • Publication number: 20060044271
    Abstract: Apparatus for providing haptic feedback are described. One described apparatus comprises a braking surface, an electromagnet core disposed in the braking surface, a disk operable to contact the braking surface such that a gap is defined between the disk and the braking surface, and a damping material disposed within the gap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2004
    Publication date: March 2, 2006
    Inventor: George Anastas
  • Publication number: 20060033703
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing controlled friction in a haptic feedback device are described. One described device comprises a magnetic target, a magnetic core configured to be in communication with the magnetic target to provide a haptic effect, and a partition. The partition may be configured to maintain a magnetic circuit air gap between the magnetic target and the magnetic core, and to provide friction between the magnetic target and the magnetic core. Such a device may include a processor in communication with the magnetic core for providing a haptic effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2004
    Publication date: February 16, 2006
    Inventors: Neil Olien, George Anastas, Alexander Jasso
  • Publication number: 20050184696
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a characterization module configured to receive data associated with operational characteristics of a mechanical device, the operational characteristics being associated with a perceptual experience of the mechanical device. A conversion module is coupled to the characterization module. The conversion module is configured to automatically produce, substantially without user intervention, a parametric data set associated with the mechanical device based on the data. In another embodiment, a method includes receiving data associated with operational characteristics of a mechanical device. The operational characteristics are associated with a perceptual experience of the mechanical device. A parametric data set associated with the mechanical device is produced automatically, without user intervention. The parametric data set is associated with the mechanical device based on the data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2004
    Publication date: August 25, 2005
    Inventors: George Anastas, Michael Levin, Danny Grant, Juan Cruz-Hernandez, Pedro Gregorio, Christophe Ramstein
  • Publication number: 20050007347
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing a haptic manipulandum are described. In one described system, a lever arm is pivotably coupled to a housing, and configured to apply a processor-controlled force to a substantially-spherical manipulandum to provide a haptic effect. The described system may include a processor in communication with an actuator for providing the haptic effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2004
    Publication date: January 13, 2005
    Inventors: George Anastas, David Bailey, Gregory Tashjian, Raymond Yu
  • Publication number: 20040040800
    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: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2002
    Publication date: March 4, 2004
    Inventors: George Anastas, Erik J. Shahoian, Alex Jasso