Patents by Inventor Vincent Levesque

Vincent Levesque 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: 20200026331
    Abstract: Systems and methods for deformation and haptic effects are disclosed. For example, one method includes the steps of receiving a sensor signal from a sensor, the sensor signal indicating a contact with a device and a location of the contact on the device; determining a deformation effect based on the contact and the location of the contact, the deformation effect configured to cause a change in a shape of the device; and outputting the deformation effect to a deformation device configured to change the shape of the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2019
    Publication date: January 23, 2020
    Applicant: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, Abdelwahab Hamam, Danny A. Grant
  • Patent number: 10534435
    Abstract: A handheld interface device configured to provide an electrostatic friction (ESF) effect is provided. The device comprises a plurality of more than two electrodes, with each electrode being separately disposed at a respective portion of an outer surface of the interface device. Each electrode is covered by or forms a respective portion of the outer surface of the handheld interface device. The device includes a control unit that is configured to determine a contact condition at each electrode of the plurality of electrodes, to select a subset of the plurality of electrodes based on the determined contact condition at each electrode of the plurality of electrodes, and to apply a drive signal for generating electrostatic friction to only one or more electrodes in the selected subset of the plurality of electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, Mohammadreza Motamedi
  • Patent number: 10518170
    Abstract: One illustrative system disclosed herein includes a deformation sensor configured to detect a deformation of a deformable surface and transmit a first sensor signal associated with the deformation. The system also includes a sensor configured to detect a user interaction with a user input device and transmit a second sensor signal associated with the user interaction. The system further includes a processor configured to: receive the first sensor signal; receive the second sensor signal; execute a function based at least in part on the first sensor signal and the second sensor signal. The processor is also configured to: determine a haptic effect based at least in part on the first sensor signal or the second sensor signal; and transmit a haptic signal associated with the haptic effect to a haptic output device configured to receive the haptic signal and output the haptic effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, Danny Grant, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez, Ali Modarres, William Rihn
  • Patent number: 10509474
    Abstract: One illustrative computing device disclosed herein includes a first sensor configured to detect a position associated with a deformable surface and transmit a sensor signal associated with the position; and a processor in communication with the sensor, the processor configured to: receive the sensor signal; determine a haptic effect based at least in part on the sensor signal; and transmit a haptic signal associated with the haptic effect. The illustrative computing device also includes a haptic output device in communication with the processor, the haptic output device configured to receive the haptic signal and output the haptic effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, Danny Grant, Jamal Saboune, Abdelwahab Hamam, William Rihn
  • Patent number: 10504339
    Abstract: A haptically enabled system receives information and determines that a user of the system should be notified of the information. The system further receives and analyzes inputs to determine a context of the user. The system then generates an instinctive alert based on the context, where the instinctive alert is configured to impart a desired emotion on the user. The system then displays the instinctive alert based on the context.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: David Birnbaum, Vincent Levesque, Danny Grant
  • Patent number: 10504341
    Abstract: One illustrative system disclosed herein includes a processor configured to determine a haptic effect and transmit a haptic signal associated with the haptic effect. The illustrative system also includes a multifunction haptic output device configured to receive the haptic signal and output the haptic effect. The multifunction haptic output device includes a single haptic actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Vahid Khoshkava, Vincent Levesque, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez
  • Publication number: 20190369939
    Abstract: A notification manager is provided that manages notifications for a user. The notification manager detects a notification event and determines a context of the notification event. The notification manager determines a target device for the notification event based on the determined context and one or more available displays. The notification manager then generates a notification on one or more of the one or more available displays to direct the user's attention to the target device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2019
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Inventors: Vincent LEVESQUE, Danny GRANT, Jean-Francois BLANCHARD-DIONNE, Amaya Becvar WEDDLE, Juan Manuel CRUZ-HERNANDEZ
  • Publication number: 20190355225
    Abstract: One illustrative system disclosed herein includes an enclosure configured to define a boundary of a chamber, the chamber including a material, and a flexible layer coupled overtop of the chamber and configured to enclose the chamber. The illustrative system also includes a first actuation device configured to receive a first haptic signal and responsively output a first haptic effect by changing a characteristic of the material to deform the flexible layer. The illustrative system also includes a second actuation device configured to receive a second haptic signal and responsively output a second haptic effect by applying an electrical signal to the flexible layer. The illustrative system further includes a processor in communication with the first actuation device and the second actuation device. The processor is configured to transmit the first haptic signal to the first actuation device and the second haptic signal to the second actuation device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Publication date: November 21, 2019
    Applicant: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Vahid Khoshkava, Vincent Levesque, Jamal Saboune, Abdelwahab Hamam, Juan Manuel Cruz Hernandez, Liwen Wu
  • Publication number: 20190340897
    Abstract: The present disclosure is generally directed to systems and methods for providing haptic effects based on information complementary to multimedia content. For example, one disclosed method includes the steps of receiving multimedia data comprising multimedia content and complementary data, wherein the complementary data describes the multimedia content, determining a haptic effect based at least in part on the complementary data, and outputting the haptic effect while playing the multimedia content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2019
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Applicant: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, Ali Modarres, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez, Jamal Saboune
  • Patent number: 10466793
    Abstract: A system includes an electronic device that includes a display screen, a cover configured to cover the display screen, a sensor configured to sense an input gesture comprising deformation and/or movement of the cover relative to the electronic device, and a processor configured to determine an action for the electronic device to perform based on the input gesture, to determine a haptic effect to generate based on the input gesture and/or the action for the electronic device to perform, and to initiate the action. The system also includes a haptic output device configured to generate the haptic effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, Jamal Saboune, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez, Abdelwahab Hamam, Vahid Khoshkava, Liwen Wu
  • Patent number: 10460576
    Abstract: A system includes a wearable device configured to be worn by a user. The wearable device includes a flexible mounting, and a haptic output device connected to the flexible mounting. The system includes a signal generator configured to generate a haptic signal and communicate the haptic signal to the haptic output device. The haptic signal includes a short duration control pulse configured to create a small deformation sensation to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Danny A. Grant, Vincent Levesque, Elena Redelsheimer, Daniel Gregory Parker
  • Patent number: 10444829
    Abstract: One illustrative system disclosed herein includes a display configured to receive a display signal and output an image, and an image capture device configured to capture an area image and transmit an image signal. The illustrative system also includes a processor in communication with the image capture device and the display, the processor configured to: receive the image signal; determine a virtual object based in part on the image signal; determine the display signal based in part on the image signal, wherein the display signal includes data associated with the virtual object; determine a haptic effect based at least in part on the virtual object; and transmit a haptic signal associated with the haptic effect. The illustrative system further includes a haptic output device configured to receive the haptic signal and output the haptic effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, Danny Grant
  • Patent number: 10444844
    Abstract: One illustrative system disclosed herein includes a case configured to mechanically couple with a mobile device and position the mobile device such that the mobile device serves as a display for the case. The system also includes a processor coupled to the case and configured to generate a haptic signal based at least in part on a characteristic of the case. The system also includes a haptic output device in communication with the processor and configured to receive the haptic signal and output a haptic effect in response to the haptic signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, Danny Grant, Razmik Mousakhanian, Andry Rabemiarisoa, Gor Isajanyan, Alex Zhu
  • Patent number: 10423232
    Abstract: A system and method of generating a set of preferred haptic settings for a user based on haptic settings chosen by other similar users is presented. The method includes maintaining a database of haptic software applications with associated haptic configuration settings. When a user loads a haptic software application such as a computer game or video, a server receives a communication identifying the particular computer game or video and the identity of the user. The server searches the database for other users of the computer game or video where the other users have similar setting preferences as the user. The server calculates a preferred set of configuration settings and sends those settings to the user where a haptic output device produces haptic effects based on the preferred set of configuration settings. A system that generates haptic setting based on similar users is also presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventor: Vincent Levesque
  • Publication number: 20190278370
    Abstract: A haptic enabled device that is configured to render one or more haptic effects is provided. The haptic enabled device includes an actuator and a plurality of user input elements. Each of the plurality of user input elements is configured to be selectively coupled to the actuator. In addition, the actuator is configured to be positioned to render the one or more haptic effects at each of the plurality of user input elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Publication date: September 12, 2019
    Inventors: William S. RIHN, Mohammadreza MOTAMEDI, Danny A. GRANT, Neil T. OLIEN, Vincent LEVESQUE, Jamal SABOUNE
  • Publication number: 20190262208
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to haptic devices for implantation in a human subject. Such haptic devices can include various actuators, including both active and passive haptic actuators, for providing feedback to a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2019
    Publication date: August 29, 2019
    Inventors: Vincent LEVESQUE, David M. BIRNBAUM, Benoit Paul BELLEY, Jamal SABOUNE, Abdelwahab HAMAM, Ravikumar PATEL, Christopher ULLRICH, Mohammadreza MOTAMEDI, Juan Manuel CRUZ HERNANDEZ
  • Publication number: 20190268873
    Abstract: A system provides haptic functionality over a networked system. The system receives information from a first device registered at the networked system and determines a notification to be provided to a user based on the information. The system then selects a second device registered at the networked system and provides the notification to the user by producing a haptic effect on the second device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Publication date: August 29, 2019
    Inventors: Vincent LEVESQUE, Abraham Alexander DAUHAJRE
  • Publication number: 20190265796
    Abstract: One illustrative system disclosed herein includes a computing device with an electrostatic force (“ESF”) haptic output device coupled to a surface of the computing device. The ESF haptic output device comprises a signal electrode that includes an insulation layer and a conductive layer positioned proximate to the insulation layer and the conductive layer is electrically coupled to a voltage supply to receive an amount of voltage for generating an ESF haptic effect, which can include a dynamic ESF haptic effect or a static ESF haptic effect. The ESF haptic output device can output the ESF haptic effect to the surface of the computing device to which the ESF haptic output device is coupled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Publication date: August 29, 2019
    Applicant: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, Jamal Saboune, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez
  • Publication number: 20190265794
    Abstract: One illustrative system disclosed herein includes a computing device in communication with a sensor configured to detect a display device near the sensor, the computing device, or within a field of view of a user of the computing device. The sensor can also be configured to transmit a signal associated with the display device to a processor in communication with the sensor. The processor is configured to determine an availability of the display device to display or output content (e.g., texts, images, sounds, videos, etc.) and a location of the display device based on the signal. The processor is also configured to determine a haptic effect based on the availability and the location of the display device and transmit a haptic signal associated with the haptic effect. The illustrative system also includes a haptic output device configured to receive the haptic signal and output the haptic effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Publication date: August 29, 2019
    Applicant: Immersion Corporation
    Inventor: Vincent Levesque
  • Patent number: 10395490
    Abstract: The present disclosure is generally directed to systems and methods for providing haptic effects based on information complementary to multimedia content. For example, one disclosed method includes the steps of receiving multimedia data comprising multimedia content and complementary data, wherein the complementary data describes the multimedia content, determining a haptic effect based at least in part on the complementary data, and outputting the haptic effect while playing the multimedia content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, Ali Modarres, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez, Jamal Saboune