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: 20160187976
    Abstract: A system includes an eye-tracking device configured to track a user's eye gaze while looking at media content comprising an image, and a processor configured to execute one or more computer program modules, including a content determination module that, when executed by the processor, analyzes the media content to identify the image, an eye gaze determination module that, when executed by the processor, determines a gaze location of the user's eye gaze while looking at the image, and an event determination module that, when executed by the processor, determines an event to trigger based on the identification of the image and the gaze location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Publication date: June 30, 2016
    Inventors: Vincent LEVESQUE, Juan Manuel CRUZ-HERNANDEZ, Abraham DAUHAJRE, Paige RAYNES, Satvir Singh BHATIA
  • Publication number: 20160187977
    Abstract: A haptically-enabled device has an interface for receiving an instruction to provide haptic information. The device includes a tangible element with a physical property including length, stiffness, or texture. A haptic output device is attached to the tangible element and a haptic response module provides haptic information to the haptic output device. The haptic output device causes the tangible element to be altered from a first state to a second state of the physical property.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Publication date: June 30, 2016
    Inventors: Juan Manuel CRUZ-HERNANDEZ, Jamal SABOUNE, Abdelwahab HAMAM, Vincent LEVESQUE
  • Publication number: 20160179198
    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; determine a haptic effect associated with the characteristic; 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: December 19, 2014
    Publication date: June 23, 2016
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, Wei Zhu, Eric Gervais, Fengtian An, Eric Lajeunesse, Johnny Maalouf
  • Publication number: 20160179199
    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: December 19, 2014
    Publication date: June 23, 2016
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, Wei Zhu, Eric Gervais, Fengtian An, Eric Lajeunesse, Johnny Maalouf
  • Publication number: 20160147333
    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: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Publication date: May 26, 2016
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, Danny Grant, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez, Ali Modarres, William Rihn
  • Publication number: 20160139670
    Abstract: A system is provided that automatically adjusts a haptic effect. The system generates a haptic effect based on one or more haptic parameters. The system measures an affective state of a user that experiences the haptic effect. The system adjusts at least one haptic parameter of the one or more haptic parameters based on the measured affective state. The system generates a new haptic effect based on the one or more haptic parameters, where the at least one haptic effect parameter causes the new haptic effect to be different from the haptic effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Publication date: May 19, 2016
    Inventor: Vincent LEVESQUE
  • Patent number: 9330544
    Abstract: A system of the present disclosure may include a sensor configured to detect user interaction with a touch surface and transmit a sensor signal associated with the user interaction; a processor in communication with the sensor, the processor configured to: determine a position of the user interaction based on the sensor signal, determine a feature associated with the position of the user interaction, control a device associated with the feature, modify a display signal based in part on the user interaction, select a haptic effect to generate based at least in part on user interaction and the position, the haptic effect selected to simulate the feature, and transmit a haptic signal to generate the 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 a haptic signal and output a haptic effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez, Amaya Weddle, David M. Birnbaum
  • Publication number: 20160103488
    Abstract: A device includes a flexible component, such as a display and a rigid component coupled to the flexible component. An input circuit coupled to the flexible component can detect deformation of the flexible component. A response module can provide haptic feedback or another response based on the deformation. In some devices, the rigid component can be made of rigid members attached by a flexible connection and coupled to a motor. The flexible connection can be altered by the motor to cause the flexible component to deform from one state to another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2014
    Publication date: April 14, 2016
    Inventors: Vincent LEVESQUE, Danny GRANT, Yiting WANG
  • Publication number: 20160085307
    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: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Publication date: March 24, 2016
    Inventors: Vincent LEVESQUE, Juan Manuel CRUZ-HERNANDEZ
  • Publication number: 20160054799
    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: August 21, 2014
    Publication date: February 25, 2016
    Applicant: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, Danny Grant, Jamal Saboune, Abdelwahab Hamam, William Rihn
  • Publication number: 20160048210
    Abstract: Systems and methods for haptics in vibrating environments and devices are disclosed. For example, one described system includes: a haptic output device; a processor coupled to the haptic output device, the processor configured to: determine that a haptic effect should be generated; receive a signal associated with a parasitic vibration; determine a haptic effect based in part on the parasitic vibration; and output a haptic signal associated with the haptic effect to the haptic output device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Publication date: February 18, 2016
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, Amaya Weddle
  • Publication number: 20160018891
    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: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Publication date: January 21, 2016
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez
  • Publication number: 20160019762
    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: July 15, 2014
    Publication date: January 21, 2016
    Inventors: Vincent LEVESQUE, Juan Manuel CRUZ-HERNANDEZ
  • Publication number: 20160004309
    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: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Publication date: January 7, 2016
    Applicant: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ali Modarres, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez, Christopher Ullrich, Danny Grant, Neil Olien, Vincent Levesque
  • Publication number: 20150362994
    Abstract: A haptically enabled device includes a haptic output device used to control motion. The haptically enabled device determines a desired motion, and then generates a haptic effect on the haptic output device to cause the desired motion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Publication date: December 17, 2015
    Inventors: William RIHN, David BIRNBAUM, Yiting WANG, Vincent LEVESQUE, Danny GRANT
  • Publication number: 20150347075
    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: May 30, 2014
    Publication date: December 3, 2015
    Applicant: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Vincent LEVESQUE, Danny GRANT, Jean-Francois BLANCHARD-DIONNE, Amaya Becvar WEDDLE, Juan Manuel CRUZ-HERNANDEZ
  • Patent number: 9202351
    Abstract: Systems and methods for haptics in vibrating environments and devices are disclosed. For example, one described system includes: a haptic output device; a processor coupled to the haptic output device, the processor configured to: determine that a haptic effect should be generated; receive a signal associated with a parasitic vibration; determine a haptic effect based in part on the parasitic vibration; and output a haptic signal associated with the haptic effect to the haptic output device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, Amaya Weddle
  • Patent number: 9202352
    Abstract: A system is provided that automatically adjusts a haptic effect. The system generates a haptic effect based on one or more haptic parameters. The system measures an affective state of a user that experiences the haptic effect. The system adjusts at least one haptic parameter of the one or more haptic parameters based on the measured affective state. The system generates a new haptic effect based on the one or more haptic parameters, where the at least one haptic effect parameter causes the new haptic effect to be different from the haptic effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventor: Vincent Levesque
  • Patent number: 9196134
    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: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez
  • Publication number: 20150323993
    Abstract: A system includes a first electronic device and a second electronic device. The first electronic device includes a sensor configured to sense or property experienced by the first electronic device, and a transmitter configured to transmit a signal based on output from the sensor. The second electronic device is in signal communication with the first electronic device. The second electronic device includes a receiver configured to receive the transmitted signal, a detector configured to determine an object that a user of the second device is focusing on, a processor configured to generate a haptic signal representative of the transmitted signal if it is determined that the object the user is focusing on corresponds with a location of the first electronic device, and a haptic output device configured to receive the haptic signal and generate a haptic effect to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Publication date: November 12, 2015
    Applicant: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Vincent LEVESQUE, Ali MODARRES, Danny A. GRANT, Jean Francois DIONNE, David M. BIRNBAUM