Patents by Inventor Shoichi Endo

Shoichi Endo 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: 8992322
    Abstract: Interactive gaming systems and methods with haptic feedback are described. One described apparatus comprises: a portable manipulandum configured to simulate an element associated with a sports activity; a sensor in communication with the portable manipulandum and configured to detect a movement of the portable manipulandum; an actuator disposed in the portable manipulandum; and a processor in communication with the sensor and the actuator. The processor is configured to receive a sensor signal from the sensor associated with the movement of the portable manipulandum and to output a control signal to the actuator based at least in part on the sensor signal. The control signal is configured to cause the actuator to output a haptic feedback associated with the movement of the portable manipulandum, e.g., simulating an impact between the portable manipulandum and an object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Shoichi Endo, Alexander Jasso
  • Patent number: 8830161
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention relate to methods and systems for providing customized “haptic messaging” to users of handheld communication devices in a variety of applications. In one embodiment, a method of providing virtual touch to a handheld communication device includes: receiving an input signal associated with a virtual touch; outputting a request relating to a contact with a user-interface member coupled to a handheld communication device; and providing a control signal associated with the contact to an actuator coupled to the handheld communication device, the control signal being configured to cause the actuator to output a haptic effect associated with the virtual touch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Danny A. Grant, Jeffrey Eid, Shoichi Endo, Erik J. Shahoian, Dean C. Chang
  • Patent number: 8803795
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention relate to methods and systems for providing customized “haptic messaging” to users of handheld communication devices in a variety of applications. In one embodiment, a method of using haptic effects to relate location information includes: receiving an input signal associated with a position of a handheld communication device (100); determining the position of the handheld communication device (100) relative to a predetermined location; and providing a haptic effect associated with a distance between the position of the handheld communication device (100) and the predetermined location. In another embodiment, a handheld communication device (100) can be used as a two-way haptic remote control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Danny A. Grant, Jeffrey Eld, Shoichi Endo, Erik J. Shahoian, Dean C. Chang
  • Patent number: 8316166
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention relate to methods and systems for providing customized “haptic messaging” to users of handheld communication devices in a variety of applications. In one embodiment, a method of haptic messaging includes: receiving an input signal associated with an actuation of a user-interface member; determining a haptic code associated with the actuation; and including the haptic code in an output signal to be sent to a remote handheld communication device. In another embodiment, a method of haptic messaging includes: receiving an input signal; outputting a request relating to a contact with a user-interface member coupled to a handheld communication device; and providing a control signal associated with the contact to an actuator coupled to the handheld communication device, the control signal being configured to cause the actuator to output a haptic effect associated with the input signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Danny A. Grant, Jeffrey Eid, Shoichi Endo, Erik J. Shahoian, Dean C. Chang
  • Patent number: 8059088
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention relate to methods and systems for providing customized “haptic messaging” to users of handheld communication devices in a variety of applications. In one embodiment, a method of providing haptic messaging to a hand communication device includes: associating an input signal with an event; determining a source of the event and selecting the control signal based on the determination; and outputting a control signal to an actuator coupled to the hand communication device. The control signal is configured to cause the actuator to output a haptic effect associated with the event. An event in the above may be a connection event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey Eid, Shoichi Endo, Danny A. Grant
  • Patent number: 7779166
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention relate to methods and systems for providing customized “haptic messaging” to users of handheld communication devices in a variety of applications. In one embodiment, businesses and organizations may each be associated with a distinct haptic logo and include their haptic logos in various messages sent to the handheld communication devices of their customers. In another embodiment, haptically-enabled avatars can be used in a chat session between users of handheld communication devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Danny A. Grant, Jeffrey Eid, Shoichi Endo, Erik J. Shahoian, Dean C. Chang
  • Patent number: 7655287
    Abstract: An inkjet recording medium obtained by forming a coating layer containing a pigment and a binder on the surface of a base material and coating layer is subsequently pressed onto a heated mirror finished surface to dry to form an ink absorbing layer through a cast coating method, wherein pigment contains a colloidal silica that has a primary particle diameter of from 10 nm to 100 nm while the ratio of the secondary particle diameter to primary particle diameter is from 1.5 to 3.0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Assignee: Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshio Yoshida, Shoichi Endo, Masanori Kawashima, Susumu Hagisawa, Takayuki Fujimoto, Masaya Tosaka, Yuu Suzuki, Kaoru Hamada
  • Patent number: 7628886
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an inkjet recording cast-coated paper wherein a coating solution containing a pigment and a binder resin is supplied to a base paper, a treatment solution having the function of solidifying the binder resin is supplied to the coating layer while it is still wet in order to solidify the coating layer, and the wet, solidified coating layer is brought into pressure contact with the mirror surface of a heated drum and dried to obtain a cast-coated layer. According to this invention, the treatment solution is supplied by the double pond method wherein the roll is enclosed by the base paper so as to bring the wet coating layer into contact, and ponds of treatment solution are formed both before and after the coating layer comes into contact with the roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Assignee: Nippon Paper Industries CO., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shoichi Endo, Yoshio Yoshida, Kazuhiro Iwasaki, Jiro Yoshimura
  • Publication number: 20090021473
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention relate to methods and systems for providing customized “haptic messaging” to users of handheld communication devices in a variety of applications. In one embodiment, a method of using haptic effects to relate location information includes: receiving an input signal associated with a position of a handheld communication device (100); determining the position of the handheld communication device (100) relative to a predetermined location; and providing a haptic effect associated with a distance between the position of the handheld communication device (100) and the predetermined location. In another embodiment, a handheld communication device (100) can be used as a two-way haptic remote control.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2003
    Publication date: January 22, 2009
    Inventors: Danny A. Grant, Jeffrey Eld, Shoichi Endo, Erik J. Shahoian, Dean C. Chang
  • Publication number: 20080133648
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention relate to methods and systems for providing customized “haptic messaging” to users of handheld communication devices in a variety of applications. In one embodiment, a method of providing haptic messaging to a hand communication device includes: receiving an input signal associated with an event; determining a source of the event and selecting the control signal based on the determination; and outputting a control signal to an actuator coupled to the hand communication device. The control signal is configured to cause the actuator to output a haptic effect associated with the reminder event. An event in the above may be a reminder event or a status event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2003
    Publication date: June 5, 2008
    Applicant: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Danny A. Grant, Jeffrey Eid, Shoichi Endo, Erik J. Shahoian, Dean C. Chang
  • Publication number: 20070057913
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention relate to methods and systems for providing customized “haptic messaging” to users of handheld communication devices in a variety of applications. In one embodiment, a method of providing haptic messaging to a hand communication device includes: associating an input signal with an event; determining a source of the event and selecting the control signal based on the determination; and outputting a control signal to an actuator coupled to the hand communication device. The control signal is configured to cause the actuator to output a haptic effect associated with the event. An event in the above may be a connection event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2005
    Publication date: March 15, 2007
    Inventors: Jeffrey Eid, Shoichi Endo, Danny Grant
  • Publication number: 20070005835
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention relate to methods and systems for providing customized “haptic messaging” to users of handheld communication devices in a variety of applications. In one embodiment, businesses and organizations may each be associated with a distinct haptic logo and include their haptic logos in various messages sent to the handheld communication devices of their customers. In another embodiment, haptically-enabled avatars can be used in a chat session between users of handheld communication devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2003
    Publication date: January 4, 2007
    Inventors: Danny Grant, Jeffrey Eid, Shoichi Endo, Erik Shahoian, Dean Chang
  • Publication number: 20060288137
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention relate to methods and systems for providing customized “haptic messaging” to users of handheld communication devices (110) in a variety of applications. In one embodiment, a method of haptic messaging includes: receiving an input signal associated with an actuation of a user-interface member (112); determining a haptic code associated with the actuation; and including the haptic code in an output signal to be sent to a remote handheld communication device (10). In another embodiment, a method of haptic messaging includes: receiving an input signal; outputting a request relating to a contact with a user-interface member (112) coupled to a handheld communication device (110); and providing a control signal associated with the contact to an actuator (130) coupled to the handheld communication device (110), the control signal being configured to cause the actuator (130) to output a haptic effect associated with the input signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2003
    Publication date: December 21, 2006
    Inventors: Danny Grant, Jeffrey Eid, Shoichi Endo, Erik Shakoian, Dean Chang
  • Publication number: 20060284849
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention relate to methods and systems (100) for providing customized “haptic messaging” to use of handheld communication devices in a variety of applications. In one embodiment, a method of providing virtual touch to a handheld communication device includes: receiving an input signal associated with a virtual touch; outputing a request relating to a contact with a user-interface member coupled to a handheld communication device; and providing a control signal associated with the contact to an actuator coupled to the handheld communication device, the control signal being configured to cause the actuator to output a haptic effect associated with the virtual touch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2003
    Publication date: December 21, 2006
    Inventors: Danny Grant, Jeffrey Eid, Shoichi Endo, Erik Shahoian, Dean Chang
  • Publication number: 20060136631
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method for mapping between an event of interest and a corresponding haptic effect includes: providing a plurality of haptic effects to a user; allowing a user to associate haptic effects with one or more events of interest; and compiling the mappings made between various events of interest and corresponding haptic effects into a haptic lookup table, storable in memory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2005
    Publication date: June 22, 2006
    Inventors: Jeffrey Eid, Shoichi Endo, Danny Grant
  • Publication number: 20060136630
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention relate to methods and systems for providing customized “haptic messaging” to users of handheld communication devices in a variety of applications. In one embodiment, a method of providing haptic messaging to a hand communication device includes: associating an input signal with an event; determining a source of the event and selecting the control signal based on the determination; and outputting a control signal to an actuator coupled to the hand communication device. The control signal is configured to cause the actuator to output a haptic effect associated with the event. An event in the above may be a service carrier event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2005
    Publication date: June 22, 2006
    Inventors: Jeffrey Eid, Shoichi Endo, Danny Grant
  • Patent number: 7033016
    Abstract: An inkjet recording medium having a recording layer including a pigment and a polyvinyl alcohol on an air-permeable support, wherein inkjet recording medium is made by coating a treatment solution on the recording layer, wherein the treatment solution has the action of solidifying the polyvinyl alcohol in the recording layer when it is in the wet state, and then bringing the recording layer into pressure contact with a heated mirror surface while it is still wet. This treatment solution is a mixed solution of borate/boric acid, wherein the blending ratio of the borate and boric acid in the treatment solution is 0.25/1 to 2/1 by weight ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2006
    Assignee: Nippon Paper Industries Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshio Yoshida, Shoichi Endo, Kinya Tamura, Takashi Yamaguchi, Tsuyoshi Yasuda
  • Publication number: 20060066569
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention relate to methods and systems for providing customized “haptic messaging” to users of handheld communication devices in a variety of applications. In one embodiment, a method of providing haptic messaging to a hand communication device includes: associating an input signal with an event; determining a source of the event and selecting the control signal based on the determination; and outputting a control signal to an actuator coupled to the hand communication device. The control signal is configured to cause the actuator to output a haptic effect associated with the event. An event in the above may be a user interface navigation event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2005
    Publication date: March 30, 2006
    Inventors: Jeffrey Eid, Shoichi Endo, Danny Grant, Stephen Rank
  • Publication number: 20060050130
    Abstract: An inkjet recording medium obtained by forming a coating layer containing a pigment and a binder on the surface of a base material and coating layer is subsequently pressed onto a heated mirror finished surface to dry to form an ink absorbing layer through a cast coating method, wherein pigment contains a colloidal silica that has a primary particle diameter of from 10 nm to 100 nm while the ratio of the secondary particle diameter to primary particle diameter is from 1.5 to 3.0.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2004
    Publication date: March 9, 2006
    Inventors: Yoshio Yoshida, Shoichi Endo, Masanori Kawashima, Susumu Hagisawa, Takayuki Fujimoto, Masaya Tosaka, Yuu Suzuki, Kaoru Hamada
  • Publication number: 20050237372
    Abstract: An inkjet recording medium having at least one layer of an ink absorbing layer comprising a pigment and a binder on a base material, wherein the pigment in at least outermost layer of the ink absorbing layer being a cationic pigment, the ink absorbing layer comprises a cationic bis(triazinylamino)stilbene disulfonic acid derivative type fluorescent brightening agent, and surface brightness is at least 90% in terms of ISO brightness as specified in JIS P8148.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2003
    Publication date: October 27, 2005
    Inventors: Noboru Kondo, Yoshio Yoshida, Shoichi Endo, Takayuki Fujimoto