Tactile Patents (Class 340/4.12)
  • Patent number: 10328235
    Abstract: A system and method that provides controlled bilateral stimulation to a patient in response to physiological feedback to initiate and/or accelerate the onset of sleep and to maintain the sleep state after the onset of sleep. The system induces bilateral stimulation through stimulation modules that are coupled to opposite lateral sides of the patient's body. The stimulation modules stimulate the patient's body bilaterally through a sequence of stimulations that alternate from one side of the patient's body to the other with a pause between each successive stimulation. The system controls the duration of the stimulations, the intensity of the stimulations and the period of time between successive stimulations in response to feedback from physiological sensors. The sensors are coupled to the patient and provide physiological information which initiates or terminates the bilateral stimulations, and/or modifies the characteristics of the stimulations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Insomnisolv, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter Kelley
  • Patent number: 10282848
    Abstract: Provided herein is a control method of an electronic apparatus. The control method of an electronic apparatus includes: generating signal type information using an image data of a signal region portion of a signal lamp in a driving-related image data of a vehicle; and performing a driving-related guide of the vehicle using the generated signal type information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: THINKWARE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Han Woo Lee
  • Patent number: 10244342
    Abstract: Certain embodiments involve spatially representing graphical interface elements as binaural audio content. For example, a system accesses electronic content having various content elements and identifies the various content elements. The system generates a three-dimensional audio representation for a content element by: accessing an audio representation of the content element; identifying a visual location of the content element; and generating a three-dimensional audio representation of the content element by applying, to the audio representation of the content element and using the visual location, a finite impulse response filter using a head-related transfer function, wherein the head-related transfer function comprises a set of filter parameters that model the visual location of the content element and wherein, when played, the three-dimensional audio representation appears to originate from the visual location. The system can then output the three-dimensional audio representation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventors: Fabin Rasheed, Priyanka C. Herur
  • Patent number: 10229614
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a mathematics and geometry device for visually impaired (1) comprising retractable push-buttons (2) at least one button body (4) which enable the push-button to be placed on the socket (3) and making a linear movement towards the inside-outside of the device when the push-buttons are pressed; and at least one lock system which is located on the button body and which enables the button body to be locked in upper and lower positions; when the button body is locked in the upper position, the push-button becomes an open button; when the button body is locked in the lower position, the push-button becomes a closed button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Inventor: Oguz Karadag
  • Patent number: 10179592
    Abstract: To make a notification to the driver so that the driver can distinguish or recognize the notification. A vehicle notification device (1a) inputs a first sweep signal whose frequency is changed in a predetermined frequency range, to a vibrator (4), calculates frequency characteristics of a vibration in the vehicle interior, detects a frequency range in which the signal level of vehicle-travel-time frequency characteristics is higher than the signal level of vehicle-stop-time frequency characteristics by a predetermined level amount or more, generates a second sweep signal whose frequency is changed in a range obtained by excluding the detected frequency range from the predetermined frequency range of the first sweep signal, and outputs the second sweep signal from the vibrator (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: CLARION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Fujita, Takeshi Hashimoto, Kenji Kono
  • Patent number: 10152853
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure relate devices, systems, methods, and for displaying information about the direction and magnitude of position, movement, and/or resistive force experienced for an object. The present disclosure also provides a shear display device that can generate skin shear with one or more tactors. The movement of the tactors can represent to a user various information about an object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: University of Utah Research Foundation
    Inventors: William R. Provancher, Markus N. Montandon, Andrew J. Doxon, Nathan A. Caswell, Landon T. Gwilliam
  • Patent number: 10134305
    Abstract: The technology disclosed herein includes a navigation system for a visually impaired person. The navigation system may include a plurality of fixtures, a plurality of installations, wherein each installation is electronically connected to a fixture, and an electronic device, the electronic device configured to receive auditory or tactile signals from each installation and produce a signal indicative of a fixture location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventor: Garrett Roark
  • Patent number: 10127832
    Abstract: A system for providing a tactile display is disclosed. The system utilizes magnetic forces and actuators in order to move a series of tactile elements. The system can be arranged such that the display may include an entire array of thousands of elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Tactile Engineering, LLC
    Inventors: Alexander Moon, Thomas Baker, David A. Schleppenbach
  • Patent number: 10121335
    Abstract: Techniques and apparatuses enabling a wearable haptic device for the visually impaired. The techniques enable users to interact with their mobile devices using haptics, both to receive information, such as through haptic projections providing Braille symbols from their devices, and to make selections for their devices, such as through haptic guides. The techniques may also enable users to better move from place to place by providing haptic output indicating objects and impediments to the user of the wearable haptic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Itisha C. Deokar, Jiri Slaby
  • Patent number: 10102726
    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: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventor: Vincent Levesque
  • Patent number: 10102310
    Abstract: A system having a processor is provided that visually manipulates objects displayed on a touch screen or other display device responsive to inputs through the touch screen or other input device. The processor causes a display of a plurality of selectable candidate directions of constraint with respect to a movable portion of an object on a workspace. Responsive to a selection of one of the directions of constraint and motion inputs at input positions on the workspace that are spaced apart from the movable portion, the processor causes the movable portion to move along a path only in directions corresponding to the selected directions of constraint with an amount of motion produced from the motion inputs that is based at least in part on a distance between the input positions and the movable portion along a direction normal to the selected directions of constraint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth A. Hosch
  • Patent number: 10095327
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer-readable medium that facilitate software configuration of assistive computer devices by automatically assessing a user's capabilities through questions and tasks are provided. The analysis results of the user's capabilities are then available to assistive computer software applications which may subsequently update their interfaces accordingly. A mapping mechanism from an external input device into a target software application is facilitated for software applications that do not include assistive technology features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Open Invention Network LLC
    Inventor: Matthew Kevin Usey
  • Patent number: 10046698
    Abstract: Techniques are provided for alerting drivers of hazardous driving conditions using the sensing capabilities of wearable mobile technology. In one aspect, a method for alerting drivers of hazardous driving conditions includes the steps of: collecting real-time data from a driver of a vehicle, wherein the data is collected via a mobile device worn by the driver; determining whether the real-time data indicates that a hazardous driving condition exists; providing feedback to the driver if the real-time data indicates that a hazardous driving condition exists, and continuing to collect data from the driver in real-time if the real-time data indicates that a hazardous driving condition does not exist. The real-time data may also be collected and used to learn characteristics of the driver. These characteristics can be compared with the data being collected to help determine, in real-time, whether the driving behavior is normal and whether a hazardous driving condition exists.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Benjamin D. Briggs, Lawrence A. Clevenger, Leigh Anne H. Clevenger, Jonathan H. Connell, II, Nalini K. Ratha, Michael Rizzolo
  • Patent number: 10049537
    Abstract: An information presentation apparatus which includes an actuator, a control unit and a belt. The actuator includes a movable portion and is capable of linearly driving a movable portion. The control unit controls the actuator so that the movable portion is driven corresponding to waveform information. The belt is to attach the actuator to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroto Kawaguchi, Junji Iwasaki, Nobuhide Yoneya, Yasuhiro Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10019912
    Abstract: A hearing device may provide hearing-to-touch sensory substitution as a therapeutic approach to deafness. Through use of signal processing on received signals, the hearing device may provide better accuracy with the hearing-to-touch sensory substitution by extending beyond the simple filtering of an incoming audio stream as found in previous tactile hearing aids. The signal processing may include low bitrate audio compression algorithms, such as linear predictive coding, mathematical transforms, such as Fourier transforms, and/or wavelet algorithms. The processed signals may activate tactile interface devices that provide touch sensation to a user. For example, the tactile interface devices may be vibrating devices attached to a vest, which is worn by the user. The vest may also provide other types of information to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignees: Baylor College of Medicine, William Marsh Rice University
    Inventors: David M. Eagleman, Scott Novich
  • Patent number: 9989997
    Abstract: Particular embodiments described herein provide for a wearable electronic device, such as a bracelet, watch, wristband or armband that includes a circuit board coupled to a plurality of electronic components (which may include any type of components, elements, circuitry, etc.). One particular example implementation of a wearable electronic device may include a strap portion and a display portion that is secured to the strap portion. The display portion can include a formable display unit that comprises a formable material layer configured to be manipulated in one or more directions. The formable material layer can be configured to be manipulated in a first direction from a default position to a deformed position, which can be held until the formable material layer is manipulated in a second direction back to the default position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Aleksander Magi
  • Patent number: 9959781
    Abstract: The technology disclosed herein includes a navigation system for a visually impaired person to navigate a public restroom. The navigation system may include a plurality of fixtures, a plurality of installations, wherein each installation is electronically connected to a fixture, and an electronic device, the electronic device configured to receive auditory or tactile signals from each installation and produce a signal indicative of a fixture location. The plurality of fixtures may include a toilet, a urinal, a sink, a soap dispenser, and a hand drying apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Inventor: Garrett Roark
  • Patent number: 9953547
    Abstract: A wearable device includes a receiver circuit embedded within a dress accessory of a human being to receive a scattered component of a signal from a transmitter circuit, and a distance sensor circuit to sense distance between the human being and an obstacle responsible for the scattered component during locomotion of the human being. The human being is associated with at least partial visual impairment. The wearable device also includes a communication circuit embedded within the dress accessory or another dress accessory of the human being to communicate a varying distance between the human being and the obstacle through varying a time interval between communicative actions to be sensed by the human being. If the obstacle is determined to be a new static obstacle through a central server, data related to the obstacle is added to one or more database(s) associated with the central server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Inventor: Aditi B. Harish
  • Patent number: 9949390
    Abstract: An electronic device may include a device housing and a display carried by the device housing. The electronic device may also include an actuator carried between the device housing and the display. The actuator may include an actuator body having an actuator bottom and a sidewall extending upwardly therefrom, a first guide member carried by the actuator bottom and spaced inwardly from adjacent portions of the sidewall to define a channel, and at least one coil carried by the sidewall. The actuator may also include a magnet being moveable within the channel and an actuator top coupled to the magnet and that includes a second guide member cooperating with the first guide member. The electronic device may also include a controller configured to drive the at least one coil to relatively move the actuator bottom and actuator top to thereby deform the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Joseph C. Doll, Teera Songatikamas, Adam J. Monkowski, Pavan O. Gupta
  • Patent number: 9889934
    Abstract: A wearable device that is wearable by a user and connectable with one or more aircraft related systems, a device system comprising a plurality of such wearable devices, and an aircraft comprising such a device system. The wearable device that is connectable to one or more aircraft related systems comprises a system interface via which the wearable device is connectable to one or more aircraft related systems, and a control unit configured to communicate with at least one of the one or more aircraft related systems via the system interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH
    Inventors: Peter Sander, Jan Reh, Peter Leopold Pirklbauer
  • Patent number: 9881467
    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: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventor: Vincent Levesque
  • Patent number: 9865178
    Abstract: A method for tracking objects including sensing, with a processor, at least one object, determining, with a processor, a position of the at least one object relative to a portion of a sporting venue, presenting the portion of the sporting venue on a feedback device, and providing, through the feedback device, at least one tactile feedback presenting the position of the at least one object relative to the portion of the sporting venue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Trudy L. Hewitt, Francesco C. Schembari
  • Patent number: 9836143
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer-readable medium that facilitate software configuration of assistive computer devices by automatically assessing a user's capabilities through questions and tasks are provided. The analysis results of the user's capabilities are then available to assistive computer software applications which may subsequently update their interfaces accordingly. A mapping mechanism from an external input device into a target software application is facilitated for software applications that do not include assistive technology features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Open Invention Network LLC
    Inventor: Matthew Kevin Usey
  • Patent number: 9830784
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus organize a plurality of haptic output variations into a cohesive semantic framework that uses various information about the alert condition and trigger, application context, and other conditions to provide a system of haptic outputs that share characteristics between related events. In some embodiments, an event class or application class provides the basis for a corresponding haptic output. In some embodiments, whether an alert-salience setting is on provides the basis for adding an increased salience haptic output to the standard haptic output for the alert. In some embodiments, consistent haptics provide for branding of the associated application class, application, and/or context.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Camille Moussette, Gary I. Butcher, Hugo D. Verweij, Jonathan Ive
  • Patent number: 9645646
    Abstract: A device to output two or more coordinated haptic effects, comprising, a first haptic effect generator to output a first haptic effect, a second haptic effect generator to output a second haptic effect and a processor to coordinate operation of the second haptic effect generator with operation of the first haptic effect generator based on an input provided to the processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Nicholas P Cowley, Richard J Goldman, Ruchir Saraswat
  • Patent number: 9625990
    Abstract: Vision-assist systems including user eye tracking cameras are disclosed. A vision-assist system includes a processor, a memory module communicatively coupled to the processor, a user eye tracking camera communicatively coupled to the processor, an environment camera communicatively coupled to the processor, a feedback device communicatively coupled to the processor, and machine readable instructions stored in the memory module that, when executed by the processor, cause the vision-assist system to receive environment image data from the environment camera, determine a location of an individual speaking to a user based on the environment image data, receive user eye tracking image data from the user eye tracking camera, determine a pose of the user's eyes based on the user eye tracking image data, and provide feedback to the user with the feedback device based on the location of the individual speaking to the user and the pose of the user's eyes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Douglas A. Moore
  • Patent number: 9600768
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are disclosed for determining whether a driving environment has changed relative to a detailed map stored by an autonomous vehicle. An autonomous driving computer system of the autonomous vehicle may determine whether the driving environment has probably changed based on the location of one or more objects detected in the driving environment. The autonomous driving computer system may include various object models, each object model being associated with an object type, and where each object model defines one or more probability values that a given object type is expected (or not expected) to be found at a given location. By aggregating the various probability values resulting from the detection of objects in the driving environment, and then comparing the aggregated probability values with one or more probability threshold values, the autonomous driving computer system may predict or determine whether the driving environment has probably changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: David I. Ferguson
  • Patent number: 9594480
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer-readable medium that facilitate software configuration of assistive computer devices by automatically assessing a user's capabilities through questions and tasks are provided. The analysis results of the user's capabilities are then available to assistive computer software applications which may subsequently update their interfaces accordingly. A mapping mechanism from an external input device into a target software application is facilitated for software applications that do not include assistive technology features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Open Invention Network LLC
    Inventor: Matthew Kevin Usey
  • Patent number: 9542801
    Abstract: In at least some aspects, the present concepts include a wearable haptic device including one or more input devices, one or more haptic output devices, one or more processors, and a communication device, wherein the one or more processors are configured to cause the one or more haptic output devices to output a haptic output, of a plurality of haptic outputs, responsive to an event in a game, of a plurality of possible game events, in accord with a mapping of haptic outputs to game events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventor: James W. Vann
  • Patent number: 9524655
    Abstract: An interactive Braille display apparatus which includes a frame; 3-sided rotating members installed within the frame such that only one side of the 3-sided rotating members is displayed at a time. Each 3-sided rotating member includes a flat side; a first raised portion side having a first raised portion; a second raised portion side having a second raised portion connected to an input device to receive an input from a user, the second raised portion having a height greater than the height of the first raised portion. The apparatus further includes a microprocessor electrically connected to each clickable switch of each second raised portion, the microprocessor detecting when the clickable switch of at least one second raised portion has been depressed by the user and outputting that the clickable switch of the at least one second raised portion has been depressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Gerardo M. Campos de Leon
  • Patent number: 9524625
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems, and methods for providing transmission and localized reception of audio, visual, and tactile signaling are taught for a myriad of useful purposes, including embodiments that permit differentiation between selected groups of intended recipients to permit simultaneous use of multiple instances of this technology in close proximity, if desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Inventors: Frederick G. Nesemeier, Gary F. Nesemeier, David C. Williams
  • Patent number: 9514619
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems, and methods for providing transmission and localized reception of audio, visual, and tactile signaling are taught for a myriad of useful purposes, including embodiments that permit differentiation between selected groups of intended recipients to permit simultaneous use of multiple instances of this technology in close proximity, if desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Inventors: Frederick G. Nesemeier, Gary F. Nesemeier, David C. Williams
  • Patent number: 9501149
    Abstract: A haptic representation system is provided that generates a haptic effect in response to sensor input. The sensor input is mapped to a haptic signal. The haptic signal is sent to an actuator configured to receive the haptic signal. The actuator utilizes the haptic signal to generate the haptic effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: David Birnbaum, Christopher J. Ullrich, Danny Grant, Ali Modarres, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez
  • Patent number: 9502018
    Abstract: Systems and methods for notifying game-based clocks and players associated with a sporting event using one or more digital whistles are described. More specifically, the one or more digital whistles, for example used by referees, transmit one or more digital signals upon being used. The transmitted digital signals are received by a whistle processor that processes the transmitted digital signals and transmits instructions to the game-based clocks and players in the sporting event for controlling timekeeping and facilitating a flow of the sporting event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: PROSPORTS TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: John E. Cronin, Nick Reasner
  • Patent number: 9304601
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer-readable medium that facilitate software configuration of assistive computer devices by automatically assessing a user's capabilities through questions and tasks are provided. The analysis results of the user's capabilities are then available to assistive computer software applications which may subsequently update their interfaces accordingly. A mapping mechanism from an external input device into a target software application is facilitated for software applications that do not include assistive technology features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Open Invention Network, LLC
    Inventor: Matthew Kevin Usey
  • Patent number: 9013335
    Abstract: The method relates to a method and a device for controlling a Braille display having a read area suitable for displaying a portion of a text in Braille form, said read area comprising a row of Braille cells. The control device comprises: emitters, each suitable for emitting a light beam in register with a respective Braille cell; receivers, each suitable for receiving a light beam reflected by at least one finger of a user when said finger is situated on a Braille cell; and a calculation unit suitable for determining the position or the succession positions of a user's finger relative to the read area as a function of the detected light beams, the calculation unit being suitable for triggering commands for navigation in the text as a function of the determined positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Eurobraille
    Inventors: Damien Mauduit, Didier Poitou
  • Patent number: 8988235
    Abstract: An improved orthotic has a strap that secures the orthotic to a wearer, and comprises a tension indicator coupled to the strap. The tension indicator includes a first element disposed to produce a tactile signal when a tension in the strap reaches a threshold that is less than a permanent deformation threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Aspen Medical Partners, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Burke, Geoffrey Garth, Jozsef Horvath
  • Publication number: 20150070129
    Abstract: Methods and systems for providing navigation assistance to a user are disclosed. A method for providing navigation assistance to a user includes defining at least one virtual wall along at least a portion of a path for navigation through an environment. The at least one virtual wall is offset from the path by an offset distance. The method further includes determining a location of the user and providing tactile feedback to the user, automatically by a processor, when the location of the user is within a threshold distance of the at least one virtual wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas A. Moore, Joseph M.A. Djugash, Emrah A. Sisbot
  • Patent number: 8952797
    Abstract: A portable communications device, such as a mobile phone, includes a novel tactile alerting mechanism capable of alerting the user of an incoming communication or other event. In some embodiments, a mechanical actuator causes a rod or lever to pulsate, rotate, or protrude out of a static housing for the communications device. In other embodiments, a pneumatic actuator inflates a bladder that protrudes out of the housing. The alerting mechanism may be configured as a movable part of a decorative fanciful housing for the communications device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventor: Gary Stephen Shuster
  • Patent number: 8922354
    Abstract: An external haptic generator for creating haptic feedback in portable electronic devices and more particularly, an external haptic generator in a vehicle providing a secure mount and creating haptic feedback in portable electronic devices that do not include haptic feedback generators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Visteon Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Wes A. Nagara, Theodore Charles Wingrove, Royce Duchante Channey, Anthony Joseph Ciatti
  • Patent number: 8922351
    Abstract: A wireless output unit of a remote controller 2 having a touch pad 23 or a touch panel wirelessly outputs a coordinate value associated with a continuous contact input for the touch pad 23 to a television 1. A reception unit of the television 1 wirelessly receives the coordinate value associated with the continuous contact input output from the wireless output unit. A display processing unit displays on a display unit 14 a pointer 3 moving on the basis of the coordinate value received by the reception unit. An output unit outputs, when the continuous contact input is finished, acceptance information indicating that an input for an object T displayed on the display unit 14 is accepted at a final coordinate value for the pointer 3 displayed on the display unit 14.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tadashi Motoyama, Akihiro Kumata, Takatoshi Oishi
  • Patent number: 8920174
    Abstract: An electro-tactile display includes an electrode substrate provided with a plurality of stimulation electrodes, a conductive gel layer positioned between the stimulation electrodes and the skin of a wearer, a switching circuit section electrically connected to the stimulation electrodes, a stimulation pattern generating section electrically connected to the switching circuit, and means for alleviating a sensation experienced by the wearer as a result of the stimulation electrodes. In one aspect, the means for alleviating a sensation is configured from the conductive gel layer. The conductive gel layer has a resistance value equivalent to that of the horny layer of the skin. In another aspect, the means for alleviating a sensation is configured from the stimulation determination means and the threshold value adjustment means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignees: The University of Tokyo, Eye Plus Plus, Inc.
    Inventors: Susumu Tachi, Hiroyuki Kajimoto, Yonezo Kanno
  • Patent number: 8884747
    Abstract: There is provided a lightweight, slim and compact haptic feedback device due to an actuator module constituted of a piezoelectric element and a vibration plate, and an electronic device having the same. The haptic feedback device includes a haptic device receiving contact pressure applied thereto, and an actuator module being in contact with a lower surface of the haptic device and excited according to variations in contact pressure with the haptic device to thereby generate vibrations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ki Suk Woo, Dae Woong Yun, Su Young Jung, Yeon Ho Son, Dong Sun Park, Kum Kyung Lee, Ji Yeoun Jang, Chang Soo Kim, Jae Kyung Kim
  • Patent number: 8866601
    Abstract: A system in which haptic effects are generated using an actuator receives a frequency response for the actuator at a standard voltage and generates a lookup table for an overdrive voltage based on the frequency response. The system then receives a haptic signal for the haptic effect and extracts one or more frequencies for the haptic signal. The system then determines the corresponding overdrive voltage from the lookup table for each of the frequencies and, for each of the frequencies, applies the corresponding overdrive voltage to the actuator. The overdrive voltage is greater than or equal to the standard voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez, Robert Lacroix
  • Publication number: 20140266571
    Abstract: A haptic feedback based shoe including at least one microprocessor unit configured to control at least one operation of the shoe, at least one battery configured to provide a power supply voltage, and at least one Radio Frequency (RF) unit configured to communicate with at least one external electronic device using at least one wireless communication protocol. The shoe further includes at least one vibration motor configured to generate at least one pattern of vibration, at least one inertial motion unit (IMU), the at least one IMU further including at least one magnetometer configured to provide at least one reading indicative of orientation. The shoe further includes at least one camera configured to provide at least one image data to the at least one microprocessor unit, the at least one microprocessor unit further configured to detect at least one obstacle from the at least one image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: ANIRUDH SHARMA, Krispian Caspar Lawrence, Vinod Subramanian
  • Publication number: 20140266570
    Abstract: A haptic feedback based shoe including at least one microprocessor unit configured to control at least one operation of the shoe, at least one battery configured to provide a power supply voltage, and at least one Radio Frequency (RF) unit configured to communicate with at least one external electronic device using at least one wireless communication protocol. The shoe further includes at least one vibration motor configured to generate at least one pattern of vibration, at least one inertial motion unit (IMU), the at least one IMU further including at least one magnetometer configured to provide at least one reading indicative of orientation. The shoe further includes at least one camera configured to provide at least one image data to the at least one microprocessor unit, the at least one microprocessor unit further configured to detect at least one obstacle from the at least one image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Anirudh Sharma, Krispian Caspar Lawrence, Vinod Subramanian, Kunal Gupta
  • Patent number: 8791798
    Abstract: There is provided a haptic feedback device, including: a vibrating member coupled to a fixed body; and a vibrating element formed on the vibrating member to vibrate the vibrating member, wherein the vibrating member has a plurality of fixed points coupled to the fixed body while allowing a length thereof, vibrated by the vibrating element, to be changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yeon Ho Son, Dong Sun Park, Jae Kyung Kim, Dae Woong Yun
  • Patent number: 8780057
    Abstract: Provided is an information processing apparatus including an operation display unit for displaying a display screen and detecting an operation location on the display screen based upon a user operation on the display screen, a pressure detecting unit including a plurality of pressure sensors for detecting a pressure value according to the user operation on the operation display unit for each of the plurality of pressure sensors, an operation type determining unit for determining a type of the user operation, a deriving unit for selectively deriving a barycentric location on the display screen based upon detection results from the plurality of pressure sensors, based upon a determination result from the operation type determining unit, and an estimating unit for estimating a pressure value on the operation location, based upon a derivation result from the deriving unit and upon information of barycentric location candidates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Fuminori Homma, Tatsushi Nashida
  • Publication number: 20140184384
    Abstract: An assistive device includes a sensor that detects information using a first modality; an actuator that conveys information using a second, different modality; and a controller that automatically receives information from the sensor and operates the actuator to provide a corresponding actuation. A sensory assisting system for a user includes assistive devices and a support the user wears to hold the devices in proximity to body parts. The fields of view of the devices' sensors extend at least partly outward from the body parts. The controller reads the sensors and operates the corresponding actuators. A method of configuring a sensory assisting system includes successively activating actuators and receiving corresponding user feedback; determining perceptibility relationships for devices per the feedback; and repeatedly: activating the actuators per a virtual environment, a user avatar position, and the relationships; receiving a user navigation command; and moving the user avatar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: Research Foundation of the City University of New York
    Inventors: Zhigang Zhu, Tony Ro, Lei Ai, Wai Khoo, Edgardo Molina, Frank Palmer
  • Patent number: 8766765
    Abstract: A device, method and computer program product that provides tactile feedback to a visually impaired person to assist the visually impaired person in maintaining eye contact with another person when speaking to the other person. The eyeglass-based tactile response device includes a frame that has sensors mounted thereto, and a track that interconnects eyepieces on the device. In one example, a motor and a wheel are coupled to the track and are driven across the track depending on the amount of feedback to be provided to the user regarding how much the user should turn his or her head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventor: Hassan Wael Hamadallah