Patents by Inventor Nicholas Roy Corson

Nicholas Roy Corson 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: 10976826
    Abstract: A virtual reality system including a garment worn by a user, such as a glove, includes a jamming that jams movement of a portion of the user's body by increasing a rigidity of certain portions of the garment or by preventing a certain portion of the garment from expanding past a certain length. This allows the garment to simulate the physical sensation that occurs when the user touches an object. For example, to simulate the sensation of holding a coffee mug, the jamming mechanism prevents the user's fingers from curling after the user's fingers have reached a position equivalent to making physical contact with the coffee mug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Sean Jason Keller, Tristan Thomas Trutna, Garett Andrew Ochs, Selso Luanava, Nicholas Roy Corson
  • Publication number: 20210081048
    Abstract: An apparatus for creating haptic stimulations is provided. The apparatus includes an inflatable bladder and a support structure attached to a portion of the inflatable bladder. The inflatable bladder is fluidically coupled to a pressure-changing device that is configured to control a fluid pressure of the inflatable bladder. The support structure includes a predefined pattern of cuts, and is configured to expand (or otherwise deform) in one or more directions according to a design of the predefined pattern of cuts and in relation with a fluid pressure inside the inflatable bladder. When the inflatable bladder receives the fluid from the source, the inflatable bladder expands, which causes the support structure to expand in the one or more directions and also to reinforce the inflatable bladder in the one or more directions. A wearable device and a system for creating haptic simulations are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2020
    Publication date: March 18, 2021
    Inventors: Audrey Ann Sedal, Nicholas Roy Corson, Jose Antonio Barreiros Flores, Katherine Healy, Amirhossein Hajiagha Memar, Andrew Doxon, Nicholas Colonnese, Shawn Reese, Adam Ahne, Yigit Menguc, Talha Agcayazi
  • Patent number: 10907658
    Abstract: The disclosed fluidic power transmission apparatus may include a conduit having an internal volume for containing a fluid, a reciprocating input mechanism for alternating at least one of fluid flow or fluid pressure within the conduit, the reciprocating input mechanism being in fluid communication with the internal volume of the conduit, and a slave unit coupled to the conduit such that the slave unit is positioned to be driven by the alternating fluid flow or fluid pressure within the internal volume of the conduit. Various other methods and systems are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Nicholas Roy Corson, Adam Ahne, Daniele Piazza
  • Patent number: 10779583
    Abstract: A haptic glove includes a glove body including a glove digit corresponding to a phalange of a user hand. The glove digit has a pair of flexible tendons, including a first and a second tendon, which are parallel to a bend centerline that bisects a surface of the glove digit. The first and second tendons are positioned respectively on opposite sides of the bend centerline. The haptic glove further comprises an actuator coupled to the glove body and the first and second tendons, the actuator configured to actuate the tendons to control movement of the glove digit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Sean Jason Keller, David R. Perek, Tristan Thomas Trutna, Garett Andrew Ochs, Nicholas Roy Corson, Raymond King
  • Patent number: 10748393
    Abstract: A sensor records information about skin stretch perceived by a user based on an interaction with a real object. The sensor includes a mechanical housing configured to be worn on a finger of a user, and a mechanism coupled to the mechanical housing. The mechanism includes a first bearing that rotates in a first direction in response to an interaction with a surface. The mechanism also includes a second bearing coupled to the first bearing, such that rotation of the first bearing causes the second bearing to rotate in a direction opposite to the first direction. The second bearing is in contact with a portion of the finger, and includes a feedback surface that simulates a force associated with the interaction with the surface. The sensor includes a controller configured to monitor rotation of the second bearing and record skin stretch information responsive to the interaction with the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Sean Jason Keller, David R. Perek, Tristan Thomas Trutna, Garett Andrew Ochs, Nicholas Roy Corson, Raymond King
  • Patent number: 10712818
    Abstract: A virtual reality system enables a user to interact with virtual objects. The system includes a fiducial ring, an imaging device and a console. The fiducial ring includes a ring body that includes a plurality of fiducial markers that each correspond to a different location on the ring body. An imaging device is configured to capture one or more images of the fiducial ring. The console receives the images that include an image of one or more fiducial markers. Based on the received images of the fiducial markers, the console determines a location on the fiducial ring that corresponds to the imaged fiducial marker. The console determines a position of the fiducial ring based on the determined location of the fiducial marker on the fiducial ring. The console provides content to a head mounted display (HMD) based on the determined position of the fiducial ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Sean Jason Keller, David R. Perek, Tristan Thomas Trutna, Garett Andrew Ochs, Nicholas Roy Corson, Raymond King
  • Publication number: 20200219370
    Abstract: An apparatus for creating haptic stimulations is provided. The apparatus includes one or more pods coupled to a garment, each pod including: (i) an internal structure, and (ii) an airtight bladder surrounding the internal structure, where the bladder is pneumatically coupled to a pneumatic device that is configured to control a pressurized state of the bladder. Each pod is configured to: (i) have a first degree of flexibility when the bladder of the pod is in a first pressurized state; and (ii) have a second degree of flexibility, less than the first degree of flexibility, when the bladder of the pod is in a second pressurized state different from the first pressurized state. Each pod provides a haptic stimulation to a wearer of the garment when the corresponding bladder is in the second pressurized state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2020
    Publication date: July 9, 2020
    Inventors: Zachary Daniel West, Aaron Alan Ambuske, John Dietrich Martin, Brian Fletcher, Nicholas Roy Corson, Brian Cox, Charles Stewart, Tristan Thomas Trutna
  • Patent number: 10702403
    Abstract: A prosthetic joint and a method of controlling dorsiflexion and plantarflexion of the hydraulic prosthetic ankle joint. The method includes generating ground reaction forces with a hydraulic prosthetic ankle, wherein the prosthetic hydraulic ankle comprises a first chamber and a second chamber, and the ankle is connected to a prosthetic foot; rotating the prosthetic foot in response to the ground reaction force; transferring fluid between the forward and rear chambers in response to rotation of the foot; providing a feature to occlude or partially occlude the fluid transfer between chambers; providing a non-electronic mechanism for controlling the flow responsive to both a position of the joint and a rate of change of position of the joint, and wherein the mechanism is arranged such that a dwell at a particular joint location or locations will occlude the flow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: OTTOBOCK SE & CO. KGAA
    Inventors: Lucas Samuel Lincoln, Ben Gilbert Macomber, Nicholas Roy Corson, David Alan Boone
  • Patent number: 10585479
    Abstract: A control for a virtual reality (VR) system environment includes a portion and an additional portion each configured to contact different portions of a user's body. As one of the portions of the user's body moves towards the other potion of the user's body, the corresponding portion of the material contacting the moving portion of the user's body also moves towards the other portion of the material contacting the other portion of the user's body. Different positions of the portion and the additional portion relative to each other may correspond to different instructions that cause the VR system environment to perform different actions. In some embodiments, the control includes one or more feedback mechanisms providing the user with tactile feedback that simulates interactions with one or more virtual objects presented by the VR system environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Sean Jason Keller, Tristan Thomas Trutna, Garett Andrew Ochs, Selso Luanava, Nicholas Roy Corson, Laura Cristina Trutoiu
  • Patent number: 10572014
    Abstract: An input interface configured to be worn on a portion of a user's body includes tendons coupled to various rigid cuffs in the input interface. The tendons include one or more activation mechanisms that, when activated, retract the tendons, which repositions a rigid cuff into a position relative to the user's body that restricts or prevents some form of movement of the user's body. Various activation mechanisms may be included in the tendons in various embodiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Sean Jason Keller, Tristan Thomas Trutna, Garett Andrew Ochs, Nicholas Roy Corson, Raymond King
  • Patent number: 10564722
    Abstract: An input interface configured to be worn on a portion of a user's body includes tendons coupled to various sections of the glove. A tendon includes one or more activation mechanisms that, when activated, prevent or restrict a particular range of motion. Additionally, a tendon may be coupled to a plate that is coupled to one or more additional tendon, so when an activation mechanism included in the tendon is activated, the one or more additional tendons coupled to the plate that are also coupled to the tendon move, stiffening the additional tendons as well as the tendon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Sean Jason Keller, Tristan Thomas Trutna, Nicholas Roy Corson, Garett Andrew Ochs, Raymond King
  • Patent number: 10563776
    Abstract: The disclosure describes a fluidic oscillator. The fluidic oscillator is configured to oscillate between a closed state and an open state. The fluidic oscillator comprises an oscillator conduit forming an oscillator chamber comprising an inlet and an outlet wherein the inlet and the outlet are configured to enable fluid flow through the oscillator chamber. An inner chamber of the oscillator chamber further includes a flexible element wherein a rate of fluid flow through the oscillator chamber results in a deformation in the flexible element. In other elements, the fluid oscillator further comprises two fluidic gates comprising a deformable chamber wherein changes in a control pressure of a control fluid in the deformable chamber results in a deformation in a volume of the oscillation chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jack Lindsay, Sean Jason Keller, David R. Perek, Tristan Thomas Trutna, Nicholas Roy Corson, Raymond King
  • Patent number: 10557699
    Abstract: A wearable device comprises one or more deformable signaling pathways wherein each deformable signaling pathway is configured to enable an electrical connection between two devices electrically connected to each other via the deformable signaling pathway. Deformable signaling pathways enable the conduction of electrical signals between various circuit elements similar to one or more circuit elements such as electronic traces or wires. A deformable signaling pathway includes one or more conductive elements surrounded by a conductive gel. Both the conductive gel and the one or more conductive elements are encased in an elastomeric shell. The elastomeric shell is attached to terminals (e.g., one on either end). The one or more connectors are attached to one another such that the one or more connectors span the length of the elastomeric shell and form a low resistance contact between the terminals of the deformable signaling pathway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Sean Jason Keller, David R. Perek, Tristan Thomas Trutna, Garett Andrew Ochs, Nicholas Roy Corson, Raymond King, Vincenzo Casasanta, III
  • Patent number: 10546471
    Abstract: An apparatus for creating haptic stimulations is provided. The apparatus includes one or more pods coupled to a garment, each pod including: (i) an internal structure, and (ii) an airtight bladder surrounding the internal structure, where the bladder is pneumatically coupled to a pneumatic device that is configured to control a pressurized state of the bladder. Each pod is configured to: (i) have a first degree of flexibility when the bladder of the pod is in a first pressurized state; and (ii) have a second degree of flexibility, less than the first degree of flexibility, when the bladder of the pod is in a second pressurized state different from the first pressurized state. Each pod provides a haptic stimulation to a wearer of the garment when the corresponding bladder is in the second pressurized state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: FACEBOOK TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Zachary Daniel West, Aaron Alan Ambuske, John Dietrich Martin, Brian Fletcher, Nicholas Roy Corson, Brian Cox, Charles Stewart, Tristan Thomas Trutna
  • Patent number: 10540870
    Abstract: An apparatus for creating haptic stimulations is provided. The apparatus includes pod(s) coupled to a garment, each pod including: (i) an internal structure including an arrangement of a plurality of protrusions and (ii) an airtight bladder surrounding the internal structure, wherein the bladder is pneumatically coupled to a pneumatic device that is configured to control a pressurized state of the bladder. The internal structure in each pod is configured to: (i) when the respective bladder of the respective pod is in a first pressurized state, have a first degree of flexibility; and (ii) when the respective bladder is in a second pressurized state different from the first pressurized state: curve, at least partially, in a predetermined direction, and have a second degree of flexibility less than the first degree of flexibility, thereby providing a haptic stimulation to a wearer when the respective bladder is in the second pressurized state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: FACEBOOK TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Zachary Daniel West, Aaron Alan Ambuske, John Dietrich Martin, Brian Fletcher, Nicholas Roy Corson, Brian Cox, Charles Stewart, Tristan Thomas Trutna
  • Patent number: 10528138
    Abstract: A virtual reality system including a garment worn by a user, such as a glove, includes a jamming that jams movement of a portion of the user's body by increasing a rigidity of certain portions of the garment or by preventing a certain portion of the garment from expanding past a certain length. This allows the garment to simulate the physical sensation that occurs when the user touches an object. For example, to simulate the sensation of holding a coffee mug, the jamming mechanism prevents the user's fingers from curling after the user's fingers have reached a position equivalent to making physical contact with the coffee mug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Sean Jason Keller, Tristan Thomas Trutna, Garett Andrew Ochs, Selso Luanava, Nicholas Roy Corson
  • Patent number: 10514111
    Abstract: A fluidic device controls fluid flow in channel from a source to a drain. In some embodiments, the fluidic device comprises a channel and a gate. The channel is configured to transport a fluid from the source to the drain. The gate controls a rate of fluid flow in the channel in accordance with the fluid pressure within the gate. Specifically, the gate is configured to induce a first flow rate of the fluid in the channel in accordance with a low pressure state of the gate, and a second flow rate of the fluid in the channel in accordance with a high pressure state of the gate. In certain embodiments, the first flow rate is greater than the second flow rate. In alternative embodiments, the second flow rate is greater than the first flow rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Sean Jason Keller, David R. Perek, Tristan Thomas Trutna, Nicholas Roy Corson, Raymond King, Jack Lindsay, Riccardo DeSalvo, Joseph Minh Tien
  • Patent number: 10502327
    Abstract: A fluidic device comprises a channel, a gate, and one or more additional elements. The channel is configured to transport a fluid from a source to a drain. The gate includes a chamber with an adjustable volume that affects fluid flow within the channel by displacing a wall of the channel toward an opposite wall of the channel based in part on fluid pressure within the chamber exceeding a threshold pressure. A high pressure state of the gate corresponds to a first chamber size and a first flow rate of the fluid. A low pressure state of the gate corresponds to a second chamber size that is smaller than the first chamber size and a second flow rate that is greater than the first flow rate. The additional elements are configured to reduce the threshold pressure past which the chamber decreases the cross-sectional area of the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Sean Jason Keller, David R. Perek, Tristan Thomas Trutna, Garett Andrew Ochs, Nicholas Roy Corson, Raymond King, Jack Lindsay, Riccardo DeSalvo, Joseph Minh Tien, Matthew Robert Schwab
  • Patent number: 10488932
    Abstract: An input interface for a virtual reality (VR) system includes one or more actuators stressing or straining a portion of a user's skin, simulating interactions with presented virtual objects. For example, an actuator comprises a tendon contacting portions of a user's body and coupled to a motor that moves the tendon to move portions of the user's body contacting the tendon. Alternatively, an actuator includes a pad having a surface contacting a surface of the user's body. A driving mechanism moves the pad in one or more directions parallel to the surface of the user's body with varying levels of normal force. In another example, one or more pins contact portions of the user's body and a surface of a bladder. The pins move as the bladder is inflated or deflated, which moves the contacted portions of the user's body. Alternatively, another type of actuator may move the pins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Sean Jason Keller, Tristan Thomas Trutna, Garett Andrew Ochs, Selso Luanava, Nicholas Roy Corson
  • Patent number: 10474236
    Abstract: A haptic glove comprises a glove body including a glove digit corresponding to a phalange of a user hand with the glove digit having a bend location that is located along the glove digit. A haptic apparatus is coupled to the glove body at the bend location with the haptic apparatus comprising a plurality of sheets that are flexible and inextensible and a pressure actuator coupled to one or more of the plurality of sheets. The plurality of sheets are stacked and configured to translate relative to each other along the centerline with bending of the glove digit. The pressure actuator is configured to adjust an applied pressure to the plurality of sheets to adjust friction between the sheets. The adjustment of friction is proportional to a bending resistance of the glove digit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Charles Stewart, Raymond King, Nicholas Roy Corson, Sean Jason Keller