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: 9619980
    Abstract: Systems and methods for generating haptic effects associated with audio signals are disclosed. One disclosed system for outputting haptic effects includes a processor configured to: receive an audio signal; determine a haptic effect based in part on the audio signal by: identifying one or more components in the audio signal; and determining a haptic effect associated with the one or more components; and output a haptic signal associated with the haptic effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Inventors: Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez, Jamal Saboune, Vincent Levesque, Ali Modarres
  • Publication number: 20170090569
    Abstract: A system performs haptic challenge-response functionality. The system generates one or more haptic effects, provides the one or more haptic effects as a haptic challenge question to a user via a haptic output device, and receives an answer from the user corresponding to the haptic challenge question. The system then determines, based on a model of human perception, whether the answer corresponds to a correct answer to the haptic challenge question. One embodiment predicts the correct answer to the haptic challenge question, compares the correct answer with the answer received from the user, and determines that the user is a human when the answer matches the correct answer. One embodiment repeats the generating, the providing, the receiving, the predicting, and the comparing when the answer does not match the correct answer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Publication date: March 30, 2017
    Inventor: Vincent LEVESQUE
  • Patent number: 9606625
    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: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, Danny Grant, Yiting Wang
  • Publication number: 20170083092
    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: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Inventors: Vincent LEVESQUE, Jamal SABOUNE, Juan Manuel CRUZ-HERNANDEZ, Abdelwahab HAMAM, Vahid KHOSHKAVA, Liwen WU
  • Patent number: 9600083
    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: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez
  • Patent number: 9600076
    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: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, Wei Zhu, Eric Gervais, Fengtian An, Eric Lajeunesse, Johnny Maalouf
  • Publication number: 20170076361
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices are described for location-based notifications for shopping assistance. One disclosed method includes the steps of receiving a list of items for a shopping list; obtaining a location of at least one of the items in the list; responsive to a determination that a proximity of a user device to the location is within a threshold proximity of the location: generating a notification signal based on the proximity of the user device to the location; and outputting the notification signal to cause the user device to output a notification.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, Alex Zhu, Eric Gervais, Fengtian An, Johnny N. Maalouf, Eric Lajeunesse
  • Publication number: 20170076564
    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: September 16, 2015
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Inventors: Juan Manuel CRUZ-HERNANDEZ, Vincent LEVESQUE, Jamal SABOUNE, Danny GRANT, Robert LACROIX, Abdelwahab HAMAM
  • Publication number: 20170060248
    Abstract: A flexible device includes a bendable-foldable display that has bendable flaps connected by a hinge. The display has sensors for detecting a folding characteristic between the at least two flaps and for detecting a bending characteristic in at least one flap. The display has a haptic system with haptic output devices, where the haptic system receives input from the sensors indicating deformation of the bendable-foldable display device. A flexible device also includes bendable, foldable, or rollable displays that have sensors and actuators to augment user interaction with the device. Based on one or more measurements provided by the input, the haptic system interprets the input to determine deformation characteristics of the bendable-foldable display device. The haptic system generates haptic feedback based on the deformation characteristics.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Publication date: March 2, 2017
    Inventors: Ali MODARRES, Vincent LEVESQUE, Danny GRANT, Juan Manuel CRUZ-HERNANDEZ
  • Publication number: 20170032630
    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: October 14, 2015
    Publication date: February 2, 2017
    Inventors: Eric GERVAIS, Shadi ASFOUR, Jamal SABOUNE, Amer ALHALABI, Vincent LEVESQUE
  • Patent number: 9535550
    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: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, Danny Grant, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez, Ali Modarres, William Rihn
  • Patent number: 9529435
    Abstract: A system includes a sensor configured to sense relative movement between a surface and a user's skin; a haptic output device configured to generate a haptic effect at the surface; and a processor configured to receive an input signal from the sensor indicating the sensed movement between the surface and the skin of the user, determine whether a notification is to be sent to the user, and output an output signal, based on the notification, to the haptic output device to generate the haptic effect if it is determined that the notification is to be sent to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, David M. Birnbaum, Amaya Becvar Weddle, Robert Lacroix, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez, Danny A. Grant, Neil Olien, Erin B. Ramsay, Ali Modarres
  • Patent number: 9524030
    Abstract: A flexible device includes a bendable-foldable display that has bendable flaps connected by a hinge. The display has sensors for detecting a folding characteristic between the at least two flaps and for detecting a bending characteristic in at least one flap. The display has a haptic system with haptic output devices, where the haptic system receives input from the sensors indicating deformation of the bendable-foldable display device. A flexible device also includes bendable, foldable, or rollable displays that have sensors and actuators to augment user interaction with the device. Based on one or more measurements provided by the input, the haptic system interprets the input to determine deformation characteristics of the bendable-foldable display device. The haptic system generates haptic feedback based on the deformation characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Ali Modarres, Vincent Levesque, Danny Grant, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez
  • Publication number: 20160342208
    Abstract: A haptically enabled device has a user interface and generates haptic effects. The device receives an indication of a future contact by a user with the user interface based on an existing contact by the user on the device and, based on the indication, predicts a time and a location of the contact. Based on the prediction, the system determines a responsive haptic effect, and generates the responsive haptic effect using a haptic output device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Publication date: November 24, 2016
    Inventors: Vincent LEVESQUE, Juan Manuel CRUZ-HERNANDEZ, Abdelwahab HAMAM, Vahid KHOSHKAVA
  • Publication number: 20160334871
    Abstract: One illustrative haptic output device disclosed herein includes a connector configured to couple the haptic output device to a modular computing device. The modular computing device includes an outer housing configured to mechanically and electrically couple with one or more external electronic modules. The haptic output device also includes a receiver configured to receive a haptic signal from a processor. The processor is configured to receive a signal; determine a haptic effect based in part on the signal; generate the haptic signal based on the haptic effect; and transmit the haptic signal. The haptic output device is configured to output the haptic effect responsive to receiving the haptic signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Publication date: November 17, 2016
    Inventor: Vincent Levesque
  • Publication number: 20160321880
    Abstract: Systems and methods for tactile guidance are disclosed. One illustrative method disclosure herein includes: receiving a sensor signal from a sensor configured to determine one or more objects associated with an area; determining area information based in part on the sensor signal; determining a haptic effect based in part on the area information; and transmitting a haptic signal associated with the haptic effect to a haptic output device configured to output the haptic effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Publication date: November 3, 2016
    Inventors: Abdelwahab Hamam, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez, Liwen Wu, Jamal Saboune, Vincent Levesque, Robert Lacroix, Danny Grant
  • Publication number: 20160306426
    Abstract: A user interface device includes a flexible layer comprising a touch surface configured to receive a touch by a user, a plurality of haptic cells covered by the flexible layer, each haptic cell comprising a haptic output device, a sensor configured to sense an amount and/or rate of deformation of the flexible layer when a user touches the touch surface, and a processor configured to receive an output signal from the sensor, generate a haptic control signal based on the output signal from the sensor, and output the haptic control signal to at least one haptic output device of the plurality of haptic cells to cause the haptic output device to deform an associated haptic cell in response to the sensed deformation of the flexible layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Publication date: October 20, 2016
    Applicant: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: ALI MODARRES, JUAN MANUEL CRUZ-HERNANDEZ, DANNY A. GRANT, VINCENT LEVESQUE
  • Publication number: 20160307414
    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: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Publication date: October 20, 2016
    Inventors: Vincent LEVESQUE, Jamal SABOUNE, David M. BIRNBAUM
  • Patent number: 9436282
    Abstract: A system that generates haptic effects senses contact on an interface by a contactor/object. The system then determines one or more properties of the contactor and generates a type of haptic effect in response to the contact. The type of haptic effect is based at least on the one or more properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventor: Vincent Levesque
  • Patent number: 9405369
    Abstract: A user interface device includes a flexible layer comprising a touch surface configured to receive a touch by a user, a plurality of haptic cells covered by the flexible layer, each haptic cell comprising a haptic output device, a sensor configured to sense an amount and/or rate of deformation of the flexible layer when a user touches the touch surface, and a processor configured to receive an output signal from the sensor, generate a haptic control signal based on the output signal from the sensor, and output the haptic control signal to at least one haptic output device of the plurality of haptic cells to cause the haptic output device to deform an associated haptic cell in response to the sensed deformation of the flexible layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation, Inc.
    Inventors: Ali Modarres, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez, Danny A. Grant, Vincent Levesque