Patents by Inventor Robert Lacroix

Robert Lacroix 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: 20190172328
    Abstract: A method for providing haptic feedback is provided for a device that produces haptic noise, such as a power tool with an electric motor that produces noises and vibrations while in operation. An environmental condition of the device can be sensed while the device is being operated and generating haptic noise. A haptic noise characteristic of the device can be determined. A haptic drive signal based on the environmental condition and haptic noise characteristic can be generated. The haptic drive signal can be applied to a haptic output device associated with the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Inventors: Juan Manuel CRUZ-HERNANDEZ, Vincent LEVESQUE, Jamal SABOUNE, Danny GRANT, Robert LACROIX, Abdelwahab HAMAM
  • Publication number: 20190164394
    Abstract: A system includes a wearable device, a second device remote from and in communication with the wearable device, a processor configured to generate a control signal representative of an event occurring in an environment related to the wearable device and/or the second device, and a haptic output device configured to provide haptic feedback based on the generated control signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Publication date: May 30, 2019
    Inventors: Allan VISITACION, Trevor JONES, Daniel Gregory PARKER, Kohei IMOTO, Keith REED, Jesica E. FERRO, Aaron KAPELUS, Neil OLIEN, Danny A. GRANT, Robert LACROIX
  • Publication number: 20190138176
    Abstract: A device has a user interface that generates a haptic effect in response to user inputs or gestures. In one embodiment, the device receives an indication that the user is scrolling through a list of elements and an indication that an element is selected. The device determines the scroll rate and generates a haptic effect that has a magnitude that is based on the scroll rate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Applicant: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Robert W. Heubel, Jason D. Fleming, Erin B. Ramsey, A. Timothy Vetter, Robert Lacroix, Pedro Gregorio, Danny Grant, Lauri Olli Matias Impivaara
  • Patent number: 10268270
    Abstract: Various systems, devices, and methods for shape deformation of a haptic deformation display device are provided. For example, the haptic deformation display device may receive an input signal when the shape of the haptic deformation display device is in a first shape configuration. In response to the input signal, the haptic deformation display device may activate an actuator of the haptic deformation display device. The actuator may move a deformation component of the haptic deformation display device. The deformation component may at least partially defining a shape of the haptic deformation display device, thereby causing the shape of the haptic deformation display device to deform into a second shape configuration different from the first shape configuration. The second shape configuration may be substantially maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Li Jiang, David M. Birnbaum, Remy Pieron, Christopher J. Ullrich, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez, Robert Lacroix, Danny Grant, Ali Modarres
  • Patent number: 10269222
    Abstract: A system includes a wearable device, a second device remote from and in communication with the wearable device, a processor configured to generate a control signal representative of an event occurring in an environment related to the wearable device and/or the second device, and a haptic output device configured to provide haptic feedback based on the generated control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Allan Visitacion, Trevor Jones, Daniel Gregory Parker, Kohei Imoto, Keith Reed, Jesica E. Ferro, Aaron Kapelus, Neil Olien, Danny A. Grant, Robert Lacroix
  • Patent number: 10269392
    Abstract: A method of playing media on a device includes initiating the playing of audio/video (“A/V”) media on the device, and then identifying the A/V media. The method further includes selecting a pre-defined haptic track that corresponds to the identified A/V media, and playing the selected pre-defined haptic track in synchrony with the playing of the A/V, where the playing of the selected pre-defined haptic track generates haptic effects on the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert A. Lacroix, Paul Norris
  • Patent number: 10254836
    Abstract: A haptically-enabled system retrieves a haptic effect definition in response to a request for a haptic effect and receives a power consumption management mode. The system modifies the haptic effect definition based at least in part on the power consumption management mode and converts the modified haptic effect definition into a haptic effect signal. The system then applies the haptic effect signal to a haptic output device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventor: Robert A. Lacroix
  • Patent number: 10235848
    Abstract: An apparatus for receiving public broadcasts and haptic effects comprises a receiver having at least first and second communication channels, the first channel configured to receive a wireless transmission of a non-haptic signal, and the second channel configured to receive a wireless transmission of a haptic signal. A transducer is in electrical communication with the receiver, the transducer being configured to receive and present the public message broadcast through the first channel. A haptic effect actuator in electrical communication with the receiver, the haptic actuator responsive to the haptic signal to generate a haptic effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Douglas G. Billington, Robert A. Lacroix
  • Publication number: 20190079583
    Abstract: One illustrative system disclosed herein includes a computing device with a haptic actuation element coupled to a touch surface of the computing device and an inner surface of a housing of the computing device. The touch surface is connected to the housing via a coupler. The haptic actuation element includes a first magnetic element coupled to one of the touch surface or the inner surface and a second magnetic element coupled to the other of the touch surface or the inner surface. The second magnetic element is positioned proximate to the first magnetic element to generate attractive or repulsive forces between the magnetic elements. The haptic actuation element also includes an electrical coil disposed around one or both of the first or second magnetic elements and the electrical coil can receive a current and generate an electromagnetic force between the magnetic elements based on the current to output a haptic effect to the touch surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Publication date: March 14, 2019
    Applicant: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Mansoor Alghooneh, Vahid Khoshkava, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez, Neil T. Olien, Robert A. Lacroix
  • Publication number: 20190079586
    Abstract: Systems and methods for enhanced haptic effects are described. One described method includes receiving an input signal having haptic information and multimedia data, the input signal formatted in a first format, decoding the haptic information from the input signal, and determining a parameter associated with an actuator in a haptic device. The method further includes generating an actuator signal based at least in part on the parameter and the haptic information, and generating an output signal comprising the multimedia data and the actuator signal, the output signal formatted in a second format.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Publication date: March 14, 2019
    Applicant: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Lacroix, Danny Grant
  • Patent number: 10210722
    Abstract: A system is provided that facilitates communication of haptic notification messages. The system receives a haptic notification message from a tool within a network, where the haptic notification message indicates that the tool has detected an event. The system further determines whether the haptic notification message is a haptic notification message that is required to be transmitted to at least one haptic notification device within the network. The system further transmits the haptic notification message to the at least one haptic notification device using the network in response to a determination that the haptic notification message is a haptic notification message that is required to be transmitted to at least one haptic notification device, where the at least one haptic notification device generates a haptic notification in response to receiving the haptic notification message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez, Abdelwahab Hamam, Robert Lacroix
  • Patent number: 10204493
    Abstract: A method for providing haptic feedback is provided for a device that produces haptic noise, such as a power tool with an electric motor that produces noises and vibrations while in operation. An environmental condition of the device can be sensed while the device is being operated and generating haptic noise. A haptic noise characteristic of the device can be determined. A haptic drive signal based on the environmental condition and haptic noise characteristic can be generated. The haptic drive signal can be applied to a haptic output device associated with the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez, Vincent Levesque, Jamal Saboune, Danny Grant, Robert Lacroix, Abdelwahab Hamam
  • Publication number: 20190041992
    Abstract: A system that generates a haptic effect using an Eccentric Rotating Mass (“ERM”) actuator determines a back electromotive force (“EMF”) of the ERM actuator during operation of the device and receives a haptic effect signal including one or more parameters, where one of the parameters is a voltage amplitude level as a function of time. Based on the determined back EMF, the system determines if the ERM actuator is spinning and varies the voltage amplitude level based on the back EMF to generate a varied haptic effect signal, where the varying includes, when the ERM actuator is determined to be spinning, reducing the voltage amplitude level compared to when the ERM actuator is determined to not be spinning. The system then applies the varied haptic effect signal to the ERM actuator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Publication date: February 7, 2019
    Inventors: Robert A. LACROIX, Michael A. GREENISH, Erin B. RAMSAY
  • Publication number: 20180374321
    Abstract: A haptic actuator comprising a base and a haptic transducer at least partially suspended by the base. The haptic transducer comprises a substrate and a smart material operably connected to the substrate. The smart material has resonance in response to an electrical signal having a determined frequency, and the resonance causes the haptic transducer to vibrate and deliver a haptic effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Publication date: December 27, 2018
    Inventors: Mansoor ALGHOONEH, Vahid KHOSHKAVA, Juan Manuel CRUZ HERNANDEZ, Neil OLIEN, Robert A. LACROIX
  • Patent number: 10152128
    Abstract: A signal associated with multiple haptic effects is received, each haptic effect from the multiple haptic effects being associated with a time slot from multiple time slots. Each haptic effect from the multiple haptic effects is associated with an effect slot from multiple effect slots at least partially based on the time slot associated with that haptic effect. An output signal is sent for each effect slot from the multiple effect slots, when the associated haptic effect is scheduled for its time slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez, Henrique D. Da Costa, Danny A. Grant, Robert A. Lacroix
  • Patent number: 10152124
    Abstract: Systems and methods for enhanced haptic effects are described. One described method includes receiving an input signal having haptic information and multimedia data, the input signal formatted in a first format, decoding the haptic information from the input signal, and determining a parameter associated with an actuator in a haptic device. The method further includes generating an actuator signal based at least in part on the parameter and the haptic information, and generating an output signal comprising the multimedia data and the actuator signal, the output signal formatted in a second format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert Lacroix, Danny Grant
  • Publication number: 20180350204
    Abstract: Systems and methods for minimal haptic implementation are disclosed. For example, one disclosed system includes: an actuator; and a control-circuit in communication with the actuator, the control circuit configured to: receive a haptic signal including a first bit indicating a power state; and transmit a power signal based on the haptic signal, the power signal configured to cause the actuator to operate at an actuation state at a fixed power.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Erin B. Ramsay, Henrique D. da Costa, Neil Olien, Robert A. Lacroix
  • Publication number: 20180335864
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods for using corrugated tessellation to create surface features are disclosed. In embodiments, a device comprises a touch-sensitive surface capable of being in a first configuration and a second configuration different than the first configuration. When the touch-sensitive surface is in the second configuration an input device may be provided that is not present when the touch-sensitive surface is in the first configuration. For example, the touch-sensitive surface can be a flat surface in the first configuration and can be a three-dimensional surface comprising a physical keyboard in the second configuration. In embodiments, a device, such as a mobile phone or a tablet computer, comprises a touch-sensitive display that comprises the touch-sensitive surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Publication date: November 22, 2018
    Applicant: Immersion Corporation
    Inventor: Robert Lacroix
  • Patent number: 10101815
    Abstract: A system that generates a haptic effect using an Eccentric Rotating Mass (“ERM”) actuator determines a back electromotive force (“EMF”) of the ERM actuator during operation of the device and receives a haptic effect signal including one or more parameters, where one of the parameters is a voltage amplitude level as a function of time. Based on the determined back EMF, the system determines if the ERM actuator is spinning and varies the voltage amplitude level based on the back EMF to generate a varied haptic effect signal, where the varying includes, when the ERM actuator is determined to be spinning, reducing the voltage amplitude level compared to when the ERM actuator is determined to not be spinning. The system then applies the varied haptic effect signal to the ERM actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert A. Lacroix, Michael A. Greenish, Erin B. Ramsay
  • Publication number: 20180275759
    Abstract: Haptic feedback is provided by rendering haptic effects on a haptically-enabled device that includes a front screen, a back cover coupled to the front screen, and a haptic output device attached to or formed within the front screen or the back cover. The haptic output device is configured to render a high-definition (HD) vibratory haptic effect, a low-frequency vibratory haptic effect, and a deformation haptic effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Publication date: September 27, 2018
    Inventors: Mansoor Alghooneh, Robert Lacroix, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez, Neil Olien, Vahid Khoshkava