Patents by Inventor Kollin Tierling

Kollin Tierling 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).

  • Publication number: 20130027324
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing tactile sensations are disclosed. For example, one disclosed method includes the steps of outputting a display signal configured to display a graphical object on a touch-sensitive input device; receiving a sensor signal from the touch-sensitive input device, the sensor signal indicating an object contacting the touch-sensitive input device; determining an interaction between the object contacting the touch-sensitive input device and the graphical object; and generating an actuator signal based at least in part on the interaction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Applicant: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth M. Martin, Steven P. Vassallo, Alex S. Goldenberg, Alexander Jasso, Kollin Tierling
  • Patent number: 8073501
    Abstract: Methods and Apparatus for providing haptic feedback to non-input locations are described. One described apparatus comprises a first surface, an input element distinct from the first surface, the input element operable to generate an input signal, and an actuator configured to provide haptic feedback to the first surface based at least in part on the input signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Kollin Tierling, Steve Vassallo, Kenneth M. Martin
  • Patent number: 7952559
    Abstract: A haptic device comprises an actuator and a mass. The actuator has a shaft. The actuator is elastically coupled to the mass and/or a base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: David Bailey, Danny Grant, Alex Jasso, Ken Martin, Erik Shahoian, Kollin Tierling, Steven Vassallo
  • Publication number: 20110102340
    Abstract: Products and processes for providing tactile sensations to input devices or electronic devices are provided. Input devices include mechanical input devices (such as, for example, mechanical switches) and non-mechanical input devices (such as, for example, touchpads). Tactile feedback is provided by using an actuator or other means in communication with the input device or electronic device. A controller may be employed to receive signals from the input devices and control the actuator. Tactile feedback to an input device or electronic device may be provided in response to one or more events or situations. Such an event or situation may be any one designated. Examples of such events and situations include the level of pressure placed on an input device; the availability or lack of availability of a function associated with an input device; and the function, menu, or mode of operation associated with an input device's activation. A variety of feedback types and combinations may be selected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Applicant: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth M. Martin, Steven P. Vassallo, Alex S. Goldenberg, Alexander Jasso, Kollin Tierling
  • Patent number: 7808488
    Abstract: Products and processes for providing tactile sensations to input devices or electronic devices are provided. Input devices include mechanical input devices (such as, for example, mechanical switches) and non-mechanical input devices (such as, for example, touchpads). Tactile feedback is provided by using an actuator or other means in communication with the input device or electronic device. A controller may be employed to receive signals from the input devices and control the actuator. Tactile feedback to an input device or electronic device may be provided in response to one or more events or situations. Such an event or situation may be any one designated. Examples of such events and situations include the level of pressure placed on an input device; the availability or lack of availability of a function associated with an input device; and the function, menu, or mode of operation associated with an input device's activation. A variety of feedback types and combinations may be selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth M. Martin, Steven P. Vassallo, Alex S. Goldenberg, Alexander Jasso, Kollin Tierling
  • Patent number: 7769417
    Abstract: The present invention comprises products and processes for providing haptic feedback at a location other than an input device. For example, when an input device disposed in a hand-held device is activated, instead of providing haptic feedback at the input device itself or to the entire device, haptic feedback is provided to a different area of the device (such as, for example, the side of the device opposite the side on which the input device resides).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Kollin Tierling, Steve Vassallo, Kenneth M. Martin
  • Publication number: 20090019736
    Abstract: A shoe including a sole to which is joined a flexible upper having two overlapping flap members. The flap members engage each other by securely resting one on top of the other to form a vamp covering the front portion of a wearer's foot. The flap members disengage to expose the entire interior length of the sole. The preferred closure means is hidden inside the layers of the flexible upper and is made of an elastomeric material capable of returning to one or more original shapes after being stretched or deformed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2007
    Publication date: January 22, 2009
    Inventors: Sandy Ng, Kollin Tierling
  • Patent number: 7336260
    Abstract: Products and processes for providing tactile sensations to input devices or electronic devices are provided. Input devices include mechanical input devices (such as, for example, mechanical switches) and non-mechanical input devices (such as, for example, touchpads). Tactile feedback is provided by using an actuator or other means in communication with the input device or electronic device. A controller may be employed to receive signals from the input devices and control the actuator. Tactile feedback to an input device or electronic device may be provided in response to one or more events or situations. Such an event or situation may be any one designated. Examples of such events and situations include the level of pressure placed on an input device; the availability or lack of availability of a function associated with an input device; and the function, menu, or mode of operation associated with an input device's activation. A variety of feedback types and combinations may be selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2008
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth M. Martin, Steven P. Vassallo, Alex S. Goldenberg, Alexander Jasso, Kollin Tierling
  • Publication number: 20070285216
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for providing tactile sensations. For one embodiment a first frequency at which to output a tactile sensation is received. A second frequency higher than the first frequency is determined. The second frequency is based on a frequency at which an inertial actuator outputs a second tactile sensation. A waveform having the first frequency and a waveform having the second frequency is combined to produce a signal configured to cause a composite tactile sensation at the second frequency, the composite tactile sensation conveying the first frequency.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2007
    Publication date: December 13, 2007
    Inventors: Kollin Tierling, Adam Braun, Alex Goldenberg
  • Publication number: 20070232348
    Abstract: Methods and Apparatus for providing haptic feedback to non-input locations are described. One described apparatus comprises a first surface, an input element distinct from the first surface, the input element operable to generate an input signal, and an actuator configured to provide haptic feedback to the first surface based at least in part on the input signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2007
    Publication date: October 4, 2007
    Applicant: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kollin Tierling, Steve Vassallo, Kenneth Martin
  • Publication number: 20070229455
    Abstract: Products and processes for providing tactile sensations to input devices or electronic devices are provided. Input devices include mechanical input devices (such as, for example, mechanical switches) and non-mechanical input devices (such as, for example, touchpads). Tactile feedback is provided by using an actuator or other means in communication with the input device or electronic device. A controller may be employed to receive signals from the input devices and control the actuator. Tactile feedback to an input device or electronic device may be provided in response to one or more events or situations. Such an event or situation may be any one designated. Examples of such events and situations include the level of pressure placed on an input device; the availability or lack of availability of a function associated with an input device; and the function, menu, or mode of operation associated with an input device's activation. A variety of feedback types and combinations may be selected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2007
    Publication date: October 4, 2007
    Applicant: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenneth Martin, Steven Vassallo, Alex Goldenberg, Alexander Jasso, Kollin Tierling
  • Publication number: 20070057916
    Abstract: An amplitude modulator circuit includes a reference oscillator and an envelope modulator coupled to the reference oscillator for receiving a reference signal. A microcontroller is coupled to the envelope modulator for providing an envelope signal to the envelope modulator and a low pass filter is coupled to the envelope modulator for receiving a modulated command from the envelope modulator. An inverter is coupled to the low pass filter for receiving a low passed envelope modulated signal from the low pass filter and a transducer or amplifier is coupled to the inverter and the low pass filter for receiving an inverted low passed signal and the low passed envelope modulated signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2006
    Publication date: March 15, 2007
    Inventor: Kollin Tierling
  • Patent number: 7161580
    Abstract: A haptic device comprises an actuator and a mass. The actuator has a shaft. The actuator is elastically coupled to the mass and/or a base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: David Bailey, Danny Grant, Alex Jasso, Ken Martin, Erik Shahoian, Kollin Tierling, Steven Vassallo
  • Patent number: 7151432
    Abstract: Aspects of a switch matrix circuit are provided. In accordance with a circuit aspect, a plurality of switches are organized in a row and column configuration. Coupled to the plurality of switches is a current sensing circuit. The current sensing circuit includes a transistor and at least one resistor per column of the plurality of switches. Current amplified by the transistor and converted by the at least one resistor in a column is sensed as a logic level indicative of a switch status within the column for a selected row. The current sensing arrangement may also be used in an embodiment utilizing bi-directional signal control to minimize the number of I/O lines required to scan the switch matrix. The bi-directional signal scanning may also be implemented in another embodiment that senses voltage levels to determine switch closures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2006
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventor: Kollin Tierling
  • Publication number: 20060274035
    Abstract: A haptic device comprises an actuator and a mass. The actuator has a shaft. The actuator is elastically coupled to the mass and/or a base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2006
    Publication date: December 7, 2006
    Applicant: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: David Bailey, Danny Grant, Alex Jasso, Ken Martin, Erik Shahoian, Kollin Tierling, Steven Vassallo
  • Publication number: 20060025959
    Abstract: Systems and methods for increasing sensor resolution using interpolation are described. One described method includes receiving an analog sensor signal associated with a coding surface; deriving a quadrature signal based at least in part on an analog threshold voltage associated with the analog sensor signal; determining a velocity and a derived quadrature position of the coding surface based at least in part on the quadrature signal; outputting the derived quadrature position of the coding surface if the velocity exceeds a velocity threshold; and determining and outputting an interpolated position of the coding surface using analog interpolation if the velocity is less than or equal to the velocity threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2005
    Publication date: February 2, 2006
    Inventors: Daniel Gomez, Danny Grant, Kollin Tierling
  • Publication number: 20050134562
    Abstract: A haptic device having a plurality of operational modes, including a first operational mode and a second operational mode is provided. The first operational mode is associated with a frequency range. The second operational mode is associated with a frequency range that is different from the frequency range of the first operational mode. A controller is coupled to the haptic device, and is configured to send the haptic device a plurality of control schemes. Each control scheme is uniquely associated with an operational mode from the plurality of operational modes. Another embodiment provides a method that includes providing power to a haptic device configured to cause the haptic device to provide a haptic sensation above a pre-determined sensation threshold. A voltage pulse that is configured to change the haptic sensation output by the haptic device by a pre-determined amount within a pre-determined time period is also applied to the haptic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2004
    Publication date: June 23, 2005
    Inventors: Danny Grant, Kollin Tierling, Juan Cruz-Hernandez, Alex Goldenberg
  • Publication number: 20050134561
    Abstract: An embodiment of the invention provides a system and method for mapping instructions associated with haptic feedback. An apparatus having a controller including an effect mapper is disclosed. The controller is configured to receive effect instructions from at least one application. The effect mapper is in communication with the controller, and is configured to produce multiple haptic instructions in response to at least a portion of the received effect instructions. The haptic instructions are at least partially based on a physical characteristic of a haptic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2004
    Publication date: June 23, 2005
    Inventors: Kollin Tierling, Juan Cruz-Hernandez, Alex Goldenberg, Danny Grant
  • Publication number: 20050088408
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for compensating for position slip in interface devices that may occur between a manipulandum and a sensor of the device due to a mechanical transmission. A device position delta is determined from a sensed position of a manipulandum of an interface device. It is determined if position slip has occurred caused by a change in position of the manipulandum that was not sensed by a sensor of the interface device, typically caused by a mechanical transmission between sensor and manipulandum. If position slip has occurred, an error in the sensed position caused by the position slip is corrected by adjusting the sensed position to take into account the position slip. The adjusted position delta is used as the position of the manipulandum and the display of objects controlled by the interface device are accordingly compensated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2004
    Publication date: April 28, 2005
    Inventors: Adam Braun, Kollin Tierling, Kenneth Martin, Bruce Schena
  • Publication number: 20040110527
    Abstract: The present invention comprises products and processes for providing haptic feedback at a location other than an input device. For example, when an input device disposed in a hand-held device is activated, instead of providing haptic feedback at the input device itself or to the entire device, haptic feedback is provided to a different area of the device (such as, for example, the side of the device opposite the side on which the input device resides).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2002
    Publication date: June 10, 2004
    Inventors: Kollin Tierling, Steve Vassallo, Kenneth M. Martin