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).

  • Patent number: 9763628
    Abstract: A system includes a haptic output device constructed and arranged to generate a haptic effect to a user of the system, and a chemical delivery device constructed and arranged to deliver a chemical to the user of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, Abdelwahab Hamam, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez, Vahid Khoshkava
  • Publication number: 20170255255
    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: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Publication date: September 7, 2017
    Applicant: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, Danny Grant
  • Publication number: 20170256144
    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: March 7, 2016
    Publication date: September 7, 2017
    Inventors: Vahid Khoshkava, Vincent Levesque, Jamal Saboune, Abdelwahab Hamam, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez, Liwen Wu
  • Publication number: 20170257492
    Abstract: Systems and methods for perceptual normalization of haptic effects are disclosed. One system may include a first sensor configured to detect a user interaction with a touch surface and transmit a first sensor signal associated with the user interaction; a second sensor configured to detect a feature associated with the touch surface and transmit a second sensor signal associated with the feature; a processor in communication with the first sensor and the second sensor, the processor configured to: determine a first haptic effect based on the user interaction; determine a modified haptic effect based in part first haptic effect and on the feature; output a haptic signal associated with the modified haptic effect; and a haptic output device in communication with the processor and coupled to the touch surface, the haptic output device configured to receive the haptic signal and output the modified haptic effect to the touch surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Publication date: September 7, 2017
    Applicant: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, Ali Modarres, Neil Olien, Danny Grant, Erin Ramsay, David Birnbaum, Amaya Weddle
  • Patent number: 9756604
    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: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, Abraham Alexander Dauhajre
  • Publication number: 20170249812
    Abstract: A system produces haptic effects. The system receives input data associated with an event, identifies an element of the event in the input data, generates the haptic effects based on the element of the event, and produces the haptic effects via a haptic output device. In one embodiment, the haptic effects are generated by haptifying the element of the event. In one embodiment, the haptic effects are designed haptic effects and are adjusted based on the element of the event. In one embodiment, the input data is associated with a crowd that attends the event, and the element of the event is caused by the crowd. In one embodiment, the input data includes haptic data collected by one or more personal devices associated with the crowd. In one embodiment, the input data is indicative of a location of the one or more personal devices associated with the crowd.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Publication date: August 31, 2017
    Inventors: Eric GERVAIS, Shadi ASFOUR, Jamal SABOUNE, Amer ALHALABI, Vincent LEVESQUE
  • Publication number: 20170242488
    Abstract: One illustrative computing device disclosed herein includes a sensor configured to detect a user interaction with a physical object and transmit a sensor signal associated with the user interaction. The illustrative computing device also includes a processor in communication with the sensor, the processor configured to: receive the sensor signal; determine a characteristic of the physical object based on the sensor signal; and determine a function based at least in part on the user interaction and the characteristic. The processor is also configured to determine a haptic effect associated with the function; and transmit a haptic signal associated with the haptic effect. The illustrative computing device further 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: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Publication date: August 24, 2017
    Applicant: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, Wei Zhu, Eric Gervais, Fengtian An, Eric Lajeunesse, Johnny Maalouf
  • Publication number: 20170243452
    Abstract: A method and system for avoiding haptic effects conflict is presented. A haptic enabled device configured to generate haptic effects associated with a first signature is used by a user. The system detects an additional source of haptic effects and determines a second signature associated with the haptic effects produced by the source. The system determines a preferred set of haptic configurations and modifies either the first or second signature based on the preferred set of haptic configurations to achieve a minimal conflict between the first and second signatures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Publication date: August 24, 2017
    Inventor: Vincent LEVESQUE
  • Patent number: 9733880
    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: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, Danny Grant, Jean-Francois Blanchard-Dionne, Amaya Becvar Weddle, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez
  • Publication number: 20170228122
    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: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Publication date: August 10, 2017
    Applicant: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, Danny Grant, Jamal Saboune, Abdelwahab Hamam, William Rihn
  • Patent number: 9729730
    Abstract: Systems and methods for perceptual normalization of haptic effects are disclosed. One system may include a first sensor configured to detect a user interaction with a touch surface and transmit a first sensor signal associated with the user interaction; a second sensor configured to detect a feature associated with the touch surface and transmit a second sensor signal associated with the feature; a processor in communication with the first sensor and the second sensor, the processor configured to: determine a first haptic effect based on the user interaction; determine a modified haptic effect based in part first haptic effect and on the feature; output a haptic signal associated with the modified haptic effect; and a haptic output device in communication with the processor and coupled to the touch surface, the haptic output device configured to receive the haptic signal and output the modified haptic effect to the touch surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, Ali Modarres, Neil Olien, Danny Grant, Erin Ramsay, David Birnbaum, Amaya Weddle
  • Patent number: 9727142
    Abstract: A haptic effect enabled device for simulating a tactile sensation on a surface. In some cases, the haptic effect enabled device may be a user interface device, and the tactile sensation may be simulated on a surface of the user interface device. The interface device may include a haptic output device configured to generate a haptic effect, such as a periodic haptic effect, at the surface. The interface device may include a drive module configured to generate a periodic drive signal based on a touch input at the surface of the interface device and based on the tactile sensation to be simulated at the surface. The interface device may include a drive circuit operatively coupled to the drive module and the haptic output device and configured to apply the periodic drive signal to the haptic output device. In some cases, the surface may be separate from the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez
  • Publication number: 20170221325
    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: April 13, 2017
    Publication date: August 3, 2017
    Inventors: Juan Manuel CRUZ-HERNANDEZ, Vincent LEVESQUE, Jamal SABOUNE, Danny GRANT, Robert LACROIX, Abdelwahab HAMAM
  • Patent number: 9715278
    Abstract: A user interface device includes a housing, a touch sensitive surface supported by the housing, a haptic output device supported by the housing, and a processor disposed within the housing. The processor is configured to receive a gestural input from the touch sensitive surface, generate a signal for a haptic effect to be generated by the haptic output device, and output the signal to the haptic output device to generate the haptic effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Danny A. Grant, Vincent Levesque
  • Patent number: 9715798
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for converting a control track designed for use with a number and/or type of haptic output devices to be used with other numbers and/or types of haptic output devices. For example, a computing device may convert the control track into another control track that can be applied to other types and/or numbers of haptic output devices. The converted control track may be compatible for use with a smartphone or other system that includes a different number and/or type of haptic feedback devices than the system for which the haptic track was originally designed. In this manner, the user of the smartphone or other system may experience haptic feedback using a device that is different from another haptic feedback system for which the control track was originally designed for use. The conversion may occur locally at the smartphone or other system and/or remotely at another device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, Jamal Saboune, David M. Birnbaum
  • Publication number: 20170206755
    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: April 5, 2017
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Applicant: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, Ali Modarres, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez, Jamal Saboune
  • Patent number: 9710063
    Abstract: A system of the present disclosure may include a haptic output device configured to output a haptic effect to a touch surface; a touch sensitive input device configured to detect a first user interaction and transmit a first sensor signal, the touch sensitive input device further configured to detect a second user interaction and transmit a second sensor signal, wherein at least part of the first user interaction occurs at the same time as the second user interaction; a processor in communication with the sensor, the processor configured to: receive the first sensor signal and the second sensor signal; determine a haptic effect based in part on the first user interaction and the second user interaction; transmit a haptic signal associated with the haptic effect to the haptic output device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez
  • Publication number: 20170193760
    Abstract: Examples of externally-activated devices and systems are disclosed. One example system includes a first device having an actuation component; and a second device having a haptic output component, wherein: the first device and the second device are configured to be physically separable from each other; the actuation component is configured to transmit an actuation signal to the haptic output component while the first device and the second device are physically separated from each other, and the haptic output component configured to output a haptic effect in response to receiving the actuation signal and while the first device and the second device are physically separated from each other, the haptic effect based on the actuation signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Publication date: July 6, 2017
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, David M. Birnbaum, Benoit Belley, Jamal Saboune, Vahid Khoshkava, Simon Forest, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez
  • Patent number: 9696806
    Abstract: One illustrative system disclosed herein includes a processor configured to determine a haptic effect, wherein the haptic effect includes a static ESF effect or a confirmation ESF effect; and transmit a haptic signal associated with the haptic effect. The illustrative system also includes an ESF controller in communication with the processor, the ESF controller configured to receive the haptic signal, determine an ESF signal based at least in part on the haptic signal, and transmit the ESF signal. The illustrative system further includes an ESF device in communication with the ESF controller, the ESF device including an ESF cell and configured to receive the ESF signal and output the haptic effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Ali Modarres, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez, Christopher Ullrich, Danny Grant, Neil Olien, Vincent Levesque
  • Publication number: 20170186286
    Abstract: A system includes a sensor configured to sense an input at a skin surface, a processor configured to receive an output signal from the sensor and generate a haptic control signal based on the output signal, and a haptic output device configured to generate a haptic effect based on the haptic control signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Publication date: June 29, 2017
    Applicant: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez