Patents by Inventor Johnny Maalouf

Johnny Maalouf 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: 10606359
    Abstract: One illustrative computing device disclosed herein includes a sensor configured to detect a user interaction with a physical object and transmit a sensor signal associated with the user interaction. The illustrative computing device also includes a processor in communication with the sensor, the processor configured to: receive the sensor signal; determine a characteristic of the physical object based on the sensor signal; and determine a function based at least in part on the user interaction and the characteristic. The processor is also configured to determine a haptic effect associated with the function; and transmit a haptic signal associated with the haptic effect. The illustrative computing device further includes a haptic output device in communication with the processor, the haptic output device configured to receive the haptic signal and output the haptic effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, Wei Zhu, Eric Gervais, Fengtian An, Eric Lajeunesse, Johnny Maalouf
  • Patent number: 10373452
    Abstract: A system provides haptic functionality. The system determines a location of a body area of a user relative to a location of a haptic device that includes an ultrasound emitter. The system then determines a haptic effect, and projects the haptic effect to the body area of the user by the ultrasound emitter of the haptic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Johnny Maalouf, Robert W. Heubel
  • Patent number: 10345909
    Abstract: One illustrative computing device disclosed herein includes a sensor configured to detect a user interaction with a physical object and transmit a sensor signal associated with the user interaction. The illustrative computing device also includes a processor in communication with the sensor, the processor configured to: receive the sensor signal; determine a characteristic of the physical object based on the sensor signal; determine a haptic effect associated with the characteristic; and transmit a haptic signal associated with the haptic effect. The illustrative computing device further includes a haptic output device in communication with the processor, the haptic output device configured to receive the haptic signal and output the haptic effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, Wei Zhu, Eric Gervais, Fengtian An, Eric Lajeunesse, Johnny Maalouf
  • Publication number: 20190155387
    Abstract: A haptic accessory apparatus for a virtual reality (VR) or augmented reality (AR) environment is presented. The haptic accessory apparatus comprises a conformable body adapted to be attached to a physical object, a haptic output device, a motion sensor configured to track motion of the haptic accessory apparatus, a wireless communication interface unit, a processor, and a power source. The wireless communication unit is configured to wirelessly communicate sensor information from the motion sensor to a computer system configured to execute an application that provides the VR or AR environment, and to receive a signal from the computer system that indicates the haptic accessory apparatus is to output a haptic effect, wherein the haptic output device is configured to output the haptic effect based on the signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Inventors: Jamal SABOUNE, Juan Manuel CRUZ-HERNANDEZ, Johnny MAALOUF, Liwen WU, Simon FOREST
  • Publication number: 20190146588
    Abstract: One illustrative computing device disclosed herein includes a sensor configured to detect a user interaction with a physical object and transmit a sensor signal associated with the user interaction. The illustrative computing device also includes a processor in communication with the sensor, the processor configured to: receive the sensor signal; determine a characteristic of the physical object based on the sensor signal; and determine a function based at least in part on the user interaction and the characteristic. The processor is also configured to determine a haptic effect associated with the function; and transmit a haptic signal associated with the haptic effect. The illustrative computing device further includes a haptic output device in communication with the processor, the haptic output device configured to receive the haptic signal and output the haptic effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Applicant: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, Wei Zhu, Eric Gervais, Fengtian An, Eric Lajeunesse, Johnny Maalouf
  • Patent number: 10216280
    Abstract: One illustrative computing device disclosed herein includes a sensor configured to detect a user interaction with a physical object and transmit a sensor signal associated with the user interaction. The illustrative computing device also includes a processor in communication with the sensor, the processor configured to: receive the sensor signal; determine a characteristic of the physical object based on the sensor signal; and determine a function based at least in part on the user interaction and the characteristic. The processor is also configured to determine a haptic effect associated with the function; and transmit a haptic signal associated with the haptic effect. The illustrative computing device further includes a haptic output device in communication with the processor, the haptic output device configured to receive the haptic signal and output the haptic effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, Wei Zhu, Eric Gervais, Fengtian An, Eric Lajeunesse, Johnny Maalouf
  • Publication number: 20190051124
    Abstract: In one example, hollow tubes each having a spherical mass inside are positioned between two plates. Each plate can have a matrix of nodes that mirrors the other plate. If the mass is a ferromagnetic mass, then each node can have an electromagnetic coil such that the ferromagnetic mass. If the mass is a conductive mass, then each node can be a conductive node. The conductive nodes can have the same type of charge or opposing charges. The conductive mass can be negatively charged, positively charged, or part can be positively charged and part negatively charged. Spring(s) can be between the mass and the first plate or between the mass and the second plate, or both. Electric current(s) can be applied to a node in the first plate, a node in the second plate, or both, which causes the mass to shift to output a haptic effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Publication date: February 14, 2019
    Inventors: Johnny Maalouf, Vahid Khoshkava
  • Publication number: 20180335847
    Abstract: One illustrative computing device disclosed herein includes a sensor configured to detect a user interaction with a physical object and transmit a sensor signal associated with the user interaction. The illustrative computing device also includes a processor in communication with the sensor, the processor configured to: receive the sensor signal; determine a characteristic of the physical object based on the sensor signal; determine a haptic effect associated with the characteristic; and transmit a haptic signal associated with the haptic effect. The illustrative computing device further includes a haptic output device in communication with the processor, the haptic output device configured to receive the haptic signal and output the haptic effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Publication date: November 22, 2018
    Applicant: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, Wei Zhu, Eric Gervais, Fengtain An, Eric Lajeunesse, Johnny Maalouf
  • Patent number: 10055949
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to wearable articles, including wearable suits, etc., for providing haptic feedback to a user. The wearable articles suitably include adjustable interaction elements that can be fluidly connected to a liquid or gas supply, and can also include a haptic actuator. The wearable articles are useful in combination with various devices, including gaming systems and virtual or augmented reality systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Johnny Maalouf, Vahid Khoshkava
  • Publication number: 20180190087
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to wearable articles, including wearable suits, etc., for providing haptic feedback to a user. The wearable articles suitably include adjustable interaction elements that can be fluidly connected to a liquid or gas supply, and can also include a haptic actuator. The wearable articles are useful in combination with various devices, including gaming systems and virtual or augmented reality systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Publication date: July 5, 2018
    Inventors: Johnny MAALOUF, Vahid KHOSHKAVA
  • Patent number: 9990041
    Abstract: One illustrative computing device disclosed herein includes a sensor configured to detect a user interaction with a physical object and transmit a sensor signal associated with the user interaction. The illustrative computing device also includes a processor in communication with the sensor, the processor configured to: receive the sensor signal; determine a characteristic of the physical object based on the sensor signal; determine a haptic effect associated with the characteristic; and transmit a haptic signal associated with the haptic effect. The illustrative computing device further includes a haptic output device in communication with the processor, the haptic output device configured to receive the haptic signal and output the haptic effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, Wei Zhu, Eric Gervais, Fengtian An, Eric Lajeunesse, Johnny Maalouf
  • Publication number: 20180151035
    Abstract: A system provides haptic functionality. The system determines a location of a body area of a user relative to a location of a haptic device that includes an ultrasound emitter. The system then determines a haptic effect, and projects the haptic effect to the body area of the user by the ultrasound emitter of the haptic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Publication date: May 31, 2018
    Inventors: Johnny MAALOUF, Robert W. HEUBEL
  • Publication number: 20170269689
    Abstract: One illustrative computing device disclosed herein includes a sensor configured to detect a user interaction with a physical object and transmit a sensor signal associated with the user interaction. The illustrative computing device also includes a processor in communication with the sensor, the processor configured to: receive the sensor signal; determine a characteristic of the physical object based on the sensor signal; determine a haptic effect associated with the characteristic; and transmit a haptic signal associated with the haptic effect. The illustrative computing device further includes a haptic output device in communication with the processor, the haptic output device configured to receive the haptic signal and output the haptic effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, Wei Zhu, Eric Gervais, Fengtian An, Eric Lajeunesse, Johnny Maalouf
  • Publication number: 20170242488
    Abstract: One illustrative computing device disclosed herein includes a sensor configured to detect a user interaction with a physical object and transmit a sensor signal associated with the user interaction. The illustrative computing device also includes a processor in communication with the sensor, the processor configured to: receive the sensor signal; determine a characteristic of the physical object based on the sensor signal; and determine a function based at least in part on the user interaction and the characteristic. The processor is also configured to determine a haptic effect associated with the function; and transmit a haptic signal associated with the haptic effect. The illustrative computing device further includes a haptic output device in communication with the processor, the haptic output device configured to receive the haptic signal and output the haptic effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Publication date: August 24, 2017
    Applicant: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, Wei Zhu, Eric Gervais, Fengtian An, Eric Lajeunesse, Johnny Maalouf
  • Patent number: 9658693
    Abstract: One illustrative computing device disclosed herein includes a sensor configured to detect a user interaction with a physical object and transmit a sensor signal associated with the user interaction. The illustrative computing device also includes a processor in communication with the sensor, the processor configured to: receive the sensor signal; determine a characteristic of the physical object based on the sensor signal; and determine a function based at least in part on the user interaction and the characteristic. The processor is also configured to determine a haptic effect associated with the function; and transmit a haptic signal associated with the haptic effect. The illustrative computing device further includes a haptic output device in communication with the processor, the haptic output device configured to receive the haptic signal and output the haptic effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, Wei Zhu, Eric Gervais, Fengtian An, Eric Lajeunesse, Johnny Maalouf
  • Patent number: 9600076
    Abstract: One illustrative computing device disclosed herein includes a sensor configured to detect a user interaction with a physical object and transmit a sensor signal associated with the user interaction. The illustrative computing device also includes a processor in communication with the sensor, the processor configured to: receive the sensor signal; determine a characteristic of the physical object based on the sensor signal; determine a haptic effect associated with the characteristic; and transmit a haptic signal associated with the haptic effect. The illustrative computing device further includes a haptic output device in communication with the processor, the haptic output device configured to receive the haptic signal and output the haptic effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, Wei Zhu, Eric Gervais, Fengtian An, Eric Lajeunesse, Johnny Maalouf
  • Publication number: 20160179199
    Abstract: One illustrative computing device disclosed herein includes a sensor configured to detect a user interaction with a physical object and transmit a sensor signal associated with the user interaction. The illustrative computing device also includes a processor in communication with the sensor, the processor configured to: receive the sensor signal; determine a characteristic of the physical object based on the sensor signal; and determine a function based at least in part on the user interaction and the characteristic. The processor is also configured to determine a haptic effect associated with the function; and transmit a haptic signal associated with the haptic effect. The illustrative computing device further includes a haptic output device in communication with the processor, the haptic output device configured to receive the haptic signal and output the haptic effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Publication date: June 23, 2016
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, Wei Zhu, Eric Gervais, Fengtian An, Eric Lajeunesse, Johnny Maalouf
  • Publication number: 20160179198
    Abstract: One illustrative computing device disclosed herein includes a sensor configured to detect a user interaction with a physical object and transmit a sensor signal associated with the user interaction. The illustrative computing device also includes a processor in communication with the sensor, the processor configured to: receive the sensor signal; determine a characteristic of the physical object based on the sensor signal; determine a haptic effect associated with the characteristic; and transmit a haptic signal associated with the haptic effect. The illustrative computing device further includes a haptic output device in communication with the processor, the haptic output device configured to receive the haptic signal and output the haptic effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Publication date: June 23, 2016
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, Wei Zhu, Eric Gervais, Fengtian An, Eric Lajeunesse, Johnny Maalouf