Patents by Inventor Mark H. Yim

Mark H. Yim 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: 9690379
    Abstract: A system includes a host computer configured to generate a graphical interface that includes a graphical object, obtain at least one spoken utterance, control an interaction of the graphical object within the graphical interface based on the spoken utterance, and generate an activating signal based on the spoken utterance. An interface device is configured to receive the spoken utterance, provide the spoken utterance to the host computer, and control the graphical object within the graphical interface based on the provided spoken utterance. The graphical object includes a graphical representation within the graphical interface. An actuator is disposed within a housing of the interface device, thereby protecting the actuator from contact by the user, and is configured to receive the activating signal from the host computer. The activating signal causes the actuator to impart a force via the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Mark R. Tremblay, Mark H. Yim
  • Publication number: 20140337724
    Abstract: A system includes a host computer configured to generate a graphical interface that includes a graphical object, obtain at least one spoken utterance, control an interaction of the graphical object within the graphical interface based on the spoken utterance, and generate an activating signal based on the spoken utterance. An interface device is configured to receive the spoken utterance, provide the spoken utterance to the host computer, and control the graphical object within the graphical interface based on the provided spoken utterance. The graphical object includes a graphical representation within the graphical interface. An actuator is disposed within a housing of the interface device, thereby protecting the actuator from contact by the user, and is configured to receive the activating signal from the host computer. The activating signal causes the actuator to impart a force via the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventors: Mark R. TREMBLAY, Mark H. YIM
  • Patent number: 8368641
    Abstract: A man-machine interface which provides tactile feedback to various sensing body parts is disclosed. The device employs one or more vibrotactile units, where each unit comprises a mass and a mass-moving actuator. As the mass is accelerated by the mass-moving actuator, the entire vibrotactile unit vibrates. Thus, the vibrotactile unit transmits a vibratory stimulus to the sensing body part to which it is affixed. The vibrotactile unit may be used in conjunction with a spatial placement sensing device which measures the spatial placement of a measured body part. A computing device uses the spatial placement of the measured body part to determine the desired vibratory stimulus to be provided by the vibrotactile unit. In this manner, the computing device may control the level of vibratory feedback perceived by the corresponding sensing body part in response to the motion of the measured body part. The sensing body part and the measured body part may be separate or the same body part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Marc R. Tremblay, Mark H. Yim
  • Patent number: 7969416
    Abstract: A man-machine interface which provides tactile feedback to various sensing body parts is disclosed. The device employs one or more vibrotactile units, where each unit comprises a mass and a mass-moving actuator. As the mass is accelerated by the mass-moving actuator, the entire vibrotactile unit vibrates. Thus, the vibrotactile unit transmits a vibratory stimulus to the sensing body part to which it is affixed. The vibrotactile unit may be used in conjunction with a spatial placement sensing device which measures the spatial placement of a measured body part. A computing device uses the spatial placement of the measured body part to determine the desired vibratory stimulus to be provided by the vibrotactile unit. In this manner, the computing device may control the level of vibratory feedback perceived by the corresponding sensing body part in response to the motion of the measured body part. The sensing body part and the measured body part may be separate or the same body part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Marc R. Tremblay, Mark H. Yim
  • Patent number: 7755602
    Abstract: A man-machine interface which provides tactile feedback to various sensing body parts is disclosed. The device employs one or more vibrotactile units, where each unit comprises a mass and a mass-moving actuator. As the mass is accelerated by the mass-moving actuator, the entire vibrotactile unit vibrates. Thus, the vibrotactile unit transmits a vibratory stimulus to the sensing body part to which it is affixed. The vibrotactile unit may be used in conjunction with a spatial placement sensing device which measures the spatial placement of a measured body part. A computing device uses the spatial placement of the measured body part to determine the desired vibratory stimulus to be provided by the vibrotactile unit. In this manner, the computing device may control the level of vibratory feedback perceived by the corresponding sensing body part in response to the motion of the measured body part. The sensing body part and the measured body part may be separate or the same body part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Mark R. Tremblay, Mark H. Yim
  • Patent number: 7264289
    Abstract: A robotic device may include a plurality of concatenated assemblies, a tendon slidably connected to the plurality of concatenated assemblies, and an actuator that moves the tendon. Each assembly of the concatenated plurality may include a joining member that neighbors an adjacent assembly, a linkage that may fixedly connect to the joining member and may pivotably connect to the adjacent assembly, and an appendage that may extend from the joining member to a length. The appendage may include a connector through which the tendon may be connected to slide through. The connector may be adjustably disposable along the length of the appendage to a specified position thereon. The appendage may extend in a direction at a specified angle relative to the linkage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2007
    Assignee: Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated
    Inventor: Mark H. Yim
  • Patent number: 7108260
    Abstract: A flexible media transport system includes a director element having articulating tips that provide access to selected media paths. The director element(s) can be incorporated into a director module. Multiple director modules can then be combined into a highly flexible and reconfigurable media transport system. By implementing the joints between the articulating tips and the body of the director element such that a continuous surface is provided in the path of the flexible media, stubbing of the moving media can be avoided. The continuous-surface joint interface can be provided via flexible skins, monolithic articulating tip-director element structures, and preconfigured resilient plate structures, among others.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Assignee: Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated
    Inventors: David K. Biegelsen, Lars-Erik Swartz, David G. Duff, Mark H. Yim
  • Patent number: 7093831
    Abstract: A media transport array for forming sequential media streams feeding a media processing system in which serial flows, parallel flows, or both are desired are structured from standard, batch fabricatable media path modules. Each media path module includes a frame unit, intermodule latching means, media control electronics, and media state sensing electronics. Within each media path module, at least one media transport nip receives media and passes it to an independently actuated media director. Media guides support media as it moves into and out of the media director.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2006
    Assignee: Palo Alto Research Center Inc.
    Inventors: David K. Biegelsen, Lars-Erik Swartz, Markus P. J. Fromherz, Mark H. Yim
  • Patent number: 7086502
    Abstract: A transport apparatus for transporting materials or objects on substantially vertical structures for installation, deployment, inspection and repair purposes includes gripping mechanisms having a conformable gripping portion. The gripping mechanisms are separated by links, which are mutually attached to each other to permit angular rotation of the links relative to each other about a pivot point. A latching mechanism provides the capability for the gripping portion to be opened as well as secured for operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Assignee: Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated
    Inventors: Mark H. Yim, Kimon D. Roufas, Craig Eldershaw
  • Patent number: 6842246
    Abstract: An alignment system includes a first module having a plurality of emitters and a first receiver configuration located on the face of the first module. A second module has a second plurality of emitters and a second receiver configuration located on the face of the second module. First and second trigger signal generators fire the first and second plurality of the emitters. The generated signals are sensed by at least some of the receivers. A converter arrangement obtain and convert the received signals into digital data representative of the readings received by selected receivers. A processing system computes at least one of an absolute six degree offset or a relative six degree offset between the faces. The offset information is then used to achieve a desired alignment between the face of the first module and the face of the second module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2005
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Kimon D. Roufas, Ying Zhang, David G. Duff, Mark H. Yim, Craig Eldershaw
  • Publication number: 20040150156
    Abstract: A frameless media path module is provided for a media processing system feeding media streams through a media path structured for serial or parallel flows. The frameless media path module includes a plurality of media guides and not less than two media transport nips operated by at least one actuator. Means is included for attaching the frameless media path module to a supporting structure. Media state sensing electronics detect media edge or relative motion and intermodule electrical communication capability is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2003
    Publication date: August 5, 2004
    Applicant: Palo Alto Research Center, Incorporated.
    Inventors: Markus P.J. Fromherz, David K. Biegelsen, Mark H. Yim, Kimon D. Roufas, Daniel G. Bobrow
  • Publication number: 20040150158
    Abstract: A media transport array for forming sequential media streams feeding a media processing system in which serial flows, parallel flows, or both are desired are structured from standard, batch fabricatable media path modules. Each media path module includes a frame unit, intermodule latching means, media control electronics, and media state sensing electronics. Within each media path module, at least one media transport nip receives media and passes it to an independently actuated media director. Media guides support media as it moves into and out of the media director.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2003
    Publication date: August 5, 2004
    Applicant: Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated
    Inventors: David K. Biegelsen, Lars-Erik Swartz, Markus P.J. Fromherz, Mark H. Yim
  • Publication number: 20040099478
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed for climbing objects such as trees, poles, pipes, and the like. The apparatus includes at least one actuator with at least two clamps operatively attached to the actuator. Each of the clamps has an opening, which is at least as large as the cross-sectional measurement of the object being climbed. Links are attached to the clamps. A controller directs operation of the climbing apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2002
    Publication date: May 27, 2004
    Applicant: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Mark H. Yim, Alyssa N. Glass
  • Publication number: 20040046777
    Abstract: A man-machine interface which provides tactile feedback to various sensing body parts is disclosed. The device employs one or more vibrotactile units, where each unit comprises a mass and a mass-moving actuator. As the mass is accelerated by the mass-moving actuator, the entire vibrotactile unit vibrates. Thus, the vibrotactile unit transmits a vibratory stimulus to the sensing body part to which it is affixed. The vibrotactile unit may be used in conjunction with a spatial placement sensing device which measures the spatial placement of a measured body part. A computing device uses the spatial placement of the measured body part to determine the desired vibratory stimulus to be provided by the vibrotactile unit. In this manner, the computing device may control the level of vibratory feedback perceived by the corresponding sensing body part in response to the motion of the measured body part. The sensing body part and the measured body part may be separate or the same body part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2003
    Publication date: March 11, 2004
    Applicant: Virtual Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark R. Tremblay, Mark H. Yim
  • Patent number: 6605914
    Abstract: A robotic module for a toy construction system includes a housing enclosing a gear mechanism and an actuator connected to a pivot mechanism to supply operational power for rotation. An energy storage device supplies power to the actuator, which rotates in response to instructions received from a control unit connected to the actuator. A connection plate forms a connection between at least two of the modules. At least one position sensor is provided to sense the arrangement of the modules connected together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2003
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Mark H. Yim, David G. Duff, Samuel B. Homans, Kimon D. Roufas, John W. Suh
  • Patent number: 6603281
    Abstract: A controllable ratcheting apparatus having robotic modules rigidly attached for operation near a mechanical singularity includes a plurality of modular joints and ratcheting means. Each one of the modular joints is capable of locking and unlocking to effect performance of a ratcheting motion as the ratcheting apparatus approaches a mechanical singularity. A plurality of links is connected to the modular joints in such a way as to permit movement of the links while under large external forces as the joint approaches a point of mechanical singularity. A control system directs movement of the modular joints and links.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2003
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Mark H. Yim, David G. Duff
  • Publication number: 20030107737
    Abstract: An alignment system includes a first module wherein a plurality of emitters are located at defined locations on the face of the first module. The emitters are positioned to emit signals of a known intensity distribution away from the face of the first module. A first receiver configuration is also located on the face of the first module, where the first receiver configuration has a known sensitivity distribution. A second module has a second plurality of emitters located at defined locations on the face of the module. The second plurality of emitters are positioned to emit signals of a known intensity distribution away from the face of the second module. A second receiver configuration is also located on the face of the second module, and has a known sensitivity distribution. First and second trigger signal generators are configured to fire the first and second plurality of emitters, respectively, in predetermined patterns.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2001
    Publication date: June 12, 2003
    Applicant: XEROX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kimon D. Roufas, Ying Zhang, David G. Duff, Mark H. Yim, Craig Eldershaw
  • Patent number: 6575802
    Abstract: An assemblage of robotic modules for a toy construction system includes a plurality of robotic modules, each of which contains memory capability, an actuator, communication means, and a central processor unit. The assemblage also includes a distributed control unit, which is defined at least in part by a plurality of individual central processing units, with each individual robotic module having at least one central processing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2003
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Mark H. Yim, Samuel B. Homans, David G. Duff, Kimon D. Roufas, John W. Suh
  • Publication number: 20030038607
    Abstract: A robotic module for a toy construction system includes a housing enclosing a gear mechanism and an actuator connected to a pivot mechanism to supply operational power for rotation. An energy storage device supplies power to the actuator, which rotates in response to instructions received from a control unit connected to the actuator. A connection plate forms a connection between at least two of the modules. At least one position sensor is provided to sense the arrangement of the modules connected together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2001
    Publication date: February 27, 2003
    Applicant: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Mark H. Yim, David G. Duff, Samuel B. Homans, Kimon D. Roufas, John W. Suh
  • Publication number: 20030040249
    Abstract: An assemblage of robotic modules for a toy construction system includes a plurality of robotic modules, each of which contains memory capability, an actuator, communication means, and a central processor unit. The assemblage also includes a distributed control unit, which is defined at least in part by a plurality of individual central processing units, with each individual robotic module having at least one central processing unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2001
    Publication date: February 27, 2003
    Applicant: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Mark H. Yim, Samuel B. Homans, David G. Duff, Kimon D. Roufas, John W. Suh