Tactual Indication Patents (Class 340/407.1)
  • Patent number: 10236564
    Abstract: Embodiments herein relate to the detection and switchable use of a detachable GNSS antenna with a wearable electronic device. In various embodiments, a wearable electronic apparatus may include a multi-band antenna to receive satellite positioning signals in a first frequency band and local radio frequency communication signals in a second frequency band, an antenna connector to optionally receive a detachable satellite positioning antenna, and a switch having a switching terminal, a first input terminal coupled with the multi-band antenna, a second input terminal coupled with the antenna connector, and an output terminal, wherein the switch is to selectively connect the first input terminal or the second input terminal to the output terminal, in response to a state of a switching signal received at the switching terminal. Other embodiments may be described and/or claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Aycan Erentok, David Niemira, Eagan Wilson, Thomas H. Liu
  • Patent number: 10234947
    Abstract: A wearable apparatus is provided, which can express information in more dimensions. The wearable apparatus includes a signal receiving module, a signal processing module, at least one signal generating module and at least one signal outputting module, which are all disposed on a case body. A virtual reality method and a terminal system are further provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., HEFEI XINSHENG OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jian Tian, Ming Zhang, Xinbin Tian, Min He
  • Patent number: 10235848
    Abstract: An apparatus for receiving public broadcasts and haptic effects comprises a receiver having at least first and second communication channels, the first channel configured to receive a wireless transmission of a non-haptic signal, and the second channel configured to receive a wireless transmission of a haptic signal. A transducer is in electrical communication with the receiver, the transducer being configured to receive and present the public message broadcast through the first channel. A haptic effect actuator in electrical communication with the receiver, the haptic actuator responsive to the haptic signal to generate a haptic effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Douglas G. Billington, Robert A. Lacroix
  • Patent number: 10231367
    Abstract: An electronic device including a structure to shield magnetic force is provided. The electronic device includes a housing having a first surface facing a first direction, a second surface facing a second direction opposite to the first direction, and a side member for enclosing a portion of a space between the first surface and the second surface, a first electronic component positioned inside the housing and including magnets positioned to emit a magnetic flux in the first direction or the second direction, a second electronic component positioned inside the housing and including a magnet for emitting a magnetic flux in the first direction or the second direction and being positioned beside one side surface of the first electronic component in a substantially vertical direction to the first direction or the second direction, and a shield structure is positioned between the first electronic component and the second electronic component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seungki Choi, Yongseok Lee, Seungjun Park, Jungsik Park, Soyoung Lee
  • Patent number: 10228764
    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: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventor: Vincent Levesque
  • Patent number: 10216272
    Abstract: A strain measurement ring measures strain information describing deformation of a strain-sensitive element included in the strain measurement ring due to movement of a user's finger. The strain measurement ring includes a semi-rigid band coupled to a deformable band, which together encompass a portion of the user's body. The semi-rigid band includes two coupling ends each coupled to a respective coupling end of the deformable band. The deformable band includes the strain-sensitive element. The strain measurement ring may include an emitter to transmit strain information to a virtual reality/augmented reality (VR/AR) console. The strain measurement ring may include an actuator to change the tension of the deformable band in response to haptic command signals from a VR/AR console. As a result, the strain measurement ring may apply pressure to the user's skin to simulate contact with a virtual object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Sean Jason Keller, David R. Perek, Tristan Thomas Trutna, Garett Andrew Ochs, Nicholas Roy Corson, Raymond King
  • Patent number: 10216280
    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: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, Wei Zhu, Eric Gervais, Fengtian An, Eric Lajeunesse, Johnny Maalouf
  • Patent number: 10217333
    Abstract: A haptic actuator is presented. The haptic actuator has an electropermanent magnet having a deactivated state and an activated state for a net magnetic field thereof. A layer of ferromagnetic material or magneto-active polymer is located opposite an end of the electropermanent magnet, and is configured to generate a haptic effect by being actuated toward the end of the electropermanent magnet in response to the net magnetic field of the electropermanent magnet being in the activated state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Vahid Khoshkava, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez
  • Patent number: 10212861
    Abstract: A variable frequency drive (VFD) cabinet ventilation system, apparatus and method is described. A VFD cabinet includes an internal air circulating closed circuit that extends through an inside of an air-to-air heat exchanger and an external air open circuit extending around an outside of the heat exchanger. The circulating internal air closed circuit extends through a chamber closed to ingress of external air, the chamber including electrical components of a VFD system. The external air open circuit makes a turn from downwards to upwards before flowing through a VFD chassis including a drive of the VFD system. A VFD cabinet ventilation method includes turning a flow of cabinet ventilation air from downwards to upwards to separate dirt from the ventilation air, passing the separated ventilation air through a VFD chassis, and circulating internal cabinet air through a closed circuit including an inside of a heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Bridwell Ashbaugh, Tyler Clay Courtwright, Casey Laine Newport, David Reagan Manen, Thomas John Gottschalk
  • Patent number: 10207175
    Abstract: A compute device can receive a signal associated with a quantity of real-world activity (e.g., exercise) performed by a user. The compute device can define a quantity of virtual activity based, at least in part, on the quantity of real-world activity. The quantity of virtual activity can be different from the quantity of real-world activity. The compute device can send an indication of progress in a virtual world to an output device, for example, such that the user's progress is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Rally Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Ian H. Klassen, Marc Vincent Raymond, Horacio Perez, Daniel Lawrence Staley
  • Patent number: 10198076
    Abstract: A method for providing information to a user, the method including: receiving an input signal from a sensing device associated with a sensory modality of the user; generating a preprocessed signal upon preprocessing the input signal with a set of preprocessing operations; extracting a set of features from the preprocessed signal; processing the set of features with a neural network system; mapping outputs of the neural network system to a device domain associated with a device including a distribution of haptic actuators in proximity to the user; and at the distribution of haptic actuators, cooperatively producing a haptic output representative of at least a portion of the input signal, thereby providing information to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: NeoSensory, Inc.
    Inventors: David M. Eagleman, Scott D. Novich, Danny Goodman, Abhipray Sahoo, Michael Perotta
  • Patent number: 10198078
    Abstract: Systems and methods for mapping message contents to virtual physical properties for vibrotactile messaging are disclosed. For example, one disclosed method includes the steps of displaying a first visual representation of a virtual message object having an associated virtual physical parameter at a first device, generating a haptic effect based on the virtual physical parameter at the first device, and sending a message to a second device, the message being configured to display a second visual representation of the virtual message object at the second device and generate the haptic effect based on the virtual physical parameter at the second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: David M. Birnbaum, Christopher J. Ullrich, Danny Grant
  • Patent number: 10194859
    Abstract: Disclosed are devices, systems, apparatus, methods, products, and other implementations, including a method that includes obtaining biometric data of a user, and generating instruction data, presentable on a user interface, based on data relating to one or more activities to be completed by the user and based on the biometric data of the user. In some embodiments, obtaining the biometric data may include measuring one or more of, for example, heart rate, blood pressure, blood oxygen level, temperature, speech-related attributes, breath, and/or eye behavior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Barcoding Inc.
    Inventor: Jay Steinmetz
  • Patent number: 10198366
    Abstract: Among other things, embodiments of the present disclosure facilitate the transfer and reconditioning of mobile computing devices. Various embodiments can receive and store mobile computing devices, perform a variety of tests and analyses on such devices, and transfer content electronic content (such as data and software applications) and/or access to such content from a user's old mobile device to the user's new mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: FUTURE DIAL, INC.
    Inventors: George Huang, Jisheng Li, Dwight Sing Huang
  • Patent number: 10191552
    Abstract: A system for authoring one or more haptic effects using a haptic effect authoring tool receives a haptification model that is based on a predetermined haptic effect style. The system receives an input that includes at least one of audio and video and a plurality of events. The system then, using the haptification model, recommends a haptic effect to be associated with a corresponding event from the input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jamal Saboune, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez
  • Patent number: 10185397
    Abstract: An electromagnetic actuator provides haptic feedback in a computing device. The electromagnetic actuator includes an actuator gap between the moveable actuator plate and the actuator. A gap sensor measures the actuation gap between the force plate and the actuator. The gap distance between the moveable actuator plate and the actuator may vary due to various environmental or user factors. The amount of haptic feedback provided to a user may be made consistent by adjusting the force exerted by the actuator on the actuator plate in response to measured variations in the gap distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Shingo Yoneoka, Chun Chit Lam, Scott J. McEuen, Peteris J. Augenbergs
  • Patent number: 10185398
    Abstract: An apparatus for driving an actuator using a shape memory alloy is provided. The apparatus includes an actuator having a shape memory alloy, a pulse signal generating device for generating a pulse signal, and a switch for applying a pseudo single pulse voltage signal to the actuator. The pseudo single pulse voltage signal is generated by performing switching control of a predetermined voltage according to a set of successive micro-pulse signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: LENOVO (SINGAPORE) PTE LTD
    Inventors: Mitsuhiro Yamazaki, Yasushi Tsukamoto
  • Patent number: 10176681
    Abstract: An actuator is connected to an operating element of a manual user interface and outputs a haptic feedback signal to the user via the operating element. The operating element includes a sensor that detects a sensor signal generated by a manual input of the user as a reaction to the emitted feedback signal. The user's reaction time is determined. If the reaction time is shorter than a predetermined limit value, future haptic feedback signals are adjusted in such a way that their haptically perceptible intensity is reduced, and if the reaction time is greater than the predetermined limit value, future haptic feedback signals are changed in such a way that their haptically perceptible intensity is increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: DAIMLER AG
    Inventors: Marco Plewe, Sarah Plewe, Jörg Reisinger
  • Patent number: 10169963
    Abstract: A wearable device that warms or cools to notify a user wearing the device is provided. The wearable device includes: a plurality of individual heating and/or cooling spots, a plurality of dots pulsating in heating/cooling sections, and/or a plurality of dots moving around in heating/cooling sections. A system is also provided comprising a wearable device, a scheduling device, and a communication between the wearable device and the scheduling device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Anthony M. Cocuzza, Michael D. Essenmacher, Nancy S. Tilley, Janice M. Young
  • Patent number: 10164677
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to devices and methods for initiating execution of actions and for communicating information to a user, and more particularly, to initiating execution of predefined actions in wearable devices and communication devices based on gestures made with the wearable devices and/or heat applied to a surface of the wearable devices. According to an aspect, the method relates to, in the wearable device, detecting a first, in the first wearable device predefined, gesture of the first wearable device, broadcasting a first signal comprising information associated with the first gesture, receiving, from a second wearable device, a second signal comprising information associated with a second gesture and initiating execution of a, in the first wearable device predefined, first action based on the first signal and the second signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshihito Ohki, Kae Okazawa, Masafumi Hamada, Kenny Lovrin, Billy Moren
  • Patent number: 10163367
    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: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Tactile Engineering, LLC
    Inventors: Alexander Moon, Thomas Baker, David A. Schleppenbach
  • Patent number: 10157626
    Abstract: A technique for modifying an affect of a voice. The technique includes determining an emotional state associated with a person, and modifying one or more acoustic characteristics of a voice sample acquired from the person based on the emotional state to alter an affect associated with the voice sample. The technique further includes generating a second voice sample based on the one or more acoustic characteristics that have been modified, and transmitting the second voice sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: HARMAN INTERNATIONAL INDUSTRIES, INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Jaime Elliot Nahman, Stefan Marti, Davide Di Censo
  • Patent number: 10155159
    Abstract: A tactile feedback system for use with a virtual reality system comprises a support structure and tactile feedback units coupled to and spaced apart around the support structure. A microcontroller is coupled to the tactile feedback units to independently control their activation. The microcontroller has a communication interface configured to communicate with the virtual reality system to receive control signals for controlling operation of the tactile feedback units. The microcontroller activates the tactile feedback units in response to control signals received from the virtual reality system to indicate aspects of the virtual reality experience. In another aspect, a haptic gun for use with a virtual reality system has tactile feedback units and a linear actuator for simulating a recoil of firing the gun. In another aspect a video game system provides a single game play instance for multiple clients utilizing different game platforms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: ACTIVISION PUBLISHING, INC.
    Inventor: Allan Jones
  • Patent number: 10154360
    Abstract: An improved method and system for enhancing a user's experience within an immersive environment is disclosed. Solutions and implementations provided improve the user's ability to both hear and identify sounds from outside the user's immersive experience. Implementations include receiving audio and sensor input from the environment, analyzing the received input and adjusting either the display or audio outputs generated for the user based in part on pre-determined policies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventor: Andrew William Lovitt
  • Patent number: 10152124
    Abstract: Systems and methods for enhanced haptic effects are described. One described method includes receiving an input signal having haptic information and multimedia data, the input signal formatted in a first format, decoding the haptic information from the input signal, and determining a parameter associated with an actuator in a haptic device. The method further includes generating an actuator signal based at least in part on the parameter and the haptic information, and generating an output signal comprising the multimedia data and the actuator signal, the output signal formatted in a second format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert Lacroix, Danny Grant
  • Patent number: 10152125
    Abstract: A haptic effect enabled flexible device is presented that includes a flexible frame, a processor, a flexible display and an actuator system. The processor is configured to receive a data stream where the data stream contains visual content. The flexible display is connected to the flexible frame and is designed to display the visual content from the data stream. The actuator system is also connected to the flexible frame and receives drive commands from the processor as a result of the processor executing a plurality of haptic instructions. The drive commands direct the actuator system to deform the flexible device. Execution of the plurality of haptic instructions is synchronized with the display of the visual content on the flexible display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventor: Vincent Levesque
  • Patent number: 10139910
    Abstract: A mobile communication device (10) adjusts a level of friction between a surface of the device and one or more other objects (22a, 22b, 24) that may be in contact with the device (10), such as receipts, credit cards, keys, money, the user's hand or fingers, and the like. To adjust the friction, the device (10) first determines its current environmental context, such as whether it is inside the user's pocket (20) or lying on a table surface, for example. Then, based on that context, the device (10) varies a coefficient of friction to increase or decrease the friction between the surface of the device (10) and the surfaces of the other objects (22a, 22b, 24). Varying the friction allows a user to grip the device (10) easier and/or reduce the chance that the other objects (22a, 22b, 24) in contact with the device (10) are also inadvertently removed from the storage location with the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET LM ERICSSON (PUBL)
    Inventors: Matthew John Lawrenson, Julian Charles Nolan
  • Patent number: 10140823
    Abstract: The present disclosure is generally directed to systems and methods for providing haptic effects based on information complementary to multimedia content. For example, one disclosed method includes the steps of receiving multimedia data comprising multimedia content and complementary data, wherein the complementary data describes the multimedia content, determining a haptic effect based at least in part on the complementary data, and outputting the haptic effect while playing the multimedia content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, Ali Modarres, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez, Jamal Saboune
  • Patent number: 10136206
    Abstract: Provided is a device for outputting an audio signal. The device includes: a vibrator configured to output the audio signal; a vibrator cover provided on the vibrator to transmit the output audio signal to a surface of an object mounted with the device; a sensor configured to measure a pressure between the surface of the object and the vibrator cover; a distance adjusting unit configured to adjust a distance between the surface of the object and the vibrator cover based on the pressure measured by the sensor to optimally output the audio signal; and a control unit configured to control the vibrator, the sensor, and the distance adjusting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kang-eun Lee, Tae-hyun Yoon, Byeong-yong Jeon, Hyeon-seong Kim, Seong-hyeon Choe, Hyun-chul Choi
  • Patent number: 10117092
    Abstract: Among other things, embodiments of the present disclosure facilitate the transfer and reconditioning of mobile computing devices. Various embodiments can receive and store mobile computing devices, perform a variety of tests and analyses on such devices, remove or backup the user's data from the mobile device, and configure the device for resale or reuse by other users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Future Dial, Inc.
    Inventors: George Huang, Jisheng Li, Dwight Sing Huang
  • Patent number: 10109163
    Abstract: A tactile vibration control system and method for a smart terminal. The system includes a command generator, a filter, a tactile driver and a linear resonant actuator; the command generator generates an initial commanding signal according to an input signal; the filter filters the initial commanding signal so that amplitudes of a predetermined number of initial pulses of the filtered commanding signal are larger than a set threshold and phases of a predetermined number of ending pulses reverse; and the tactile driver generates a driving signal according to the filtered commanding signal for driving the actuator to vibrate. The initial commanding signal generated by the command generator is filtered so that when the actuator is driven to vibrate by the driving signal generated subsequently, the actuator has a quick starting response and a quick braking response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: GOERTEK INC.
    Inventors: Bo Li, Yongqiang Feng, Shasha Lou
  • Patent number: 10111010
    Abstract: A tactile sound device in proximate contact with a user, comprising a multistage arrangement of vibrotactile materials to impart visceral sensations to a user. The device imparts a physical sensation via a multistage arrangement of vibrotactile materials embodied in a wearable or seated configuration, in response to a wired or wireless signal input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: SUBPAC, INC.
    Inventors: John Alexiou, Todd Chernecki, Sarosh S. Khwaja
  • Patent number: 10092249
    Abstract: A robust alarm system has an alarm controller adapted to input an alarm trigger and to generate at least one alarm drive signal in response. Alarm subsystems input the alarm drive signal and activate one or more of multiple alarms accordingly. A subsystem function signal provides feedback to the alarm controller as to alarm subsystem integrity. A malfunction indicator is output from the alarm controller in response to a failure within the alarm subsystems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Masimo Corporation
    Inventors: Massi Joe E. Kiani, Mohamed Kheir Diab, Marcelo M. Lamego
  • Patent number: 10089537
    Abstract: A vehicular vision system includes a forward facing camera module having a forward facing camera having forward field of view, and includes a rearward facing camera having a rearward field of view. The forward facing camera module includes an image processor, a decoder and an encoder. Image data captured by the rearward facing camera is fed to the decoder and an output of the decoder is fed to the image processor. The image processor is operable to process image data captured by the forward facing camera to at least detect objects in the forward field of view and is operable to process the decoder output to at least detect objects the rearward field of view. An image processor output is fed to the encoder and an encoder output is fed to a display that is viewable by a driver of the vehicle during a reversing maneuver of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Axel Nix, Joern Ihlenburg, Nazar F. Bally, Duane W. Gebauer
  • Patent number: 10088907
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing apparatus including an effect control unit configured to control an echo effect that is to be added to an output, a sound output control unit configured to control a sound output according to occurrence of an event in a virtual space, and a haptic output control unit configured to control a haptic output to which the echo effect controlled by the effect control unit is added according to the occurrence of the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akihiro Komori, Yusuke Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 10085069
    Abstract: A method includes receiving digital content data including audio data and/or video data, generating haptic data using at least some of the received digital content data, encoding the haptic data for efficient transmission over a communication network, multiplexing the encoded haptic data with the received digital content data, embedding information for decoding the encoded haptic data in metadata of the multiplexed data stream, and sending the multiplexed data stream over the communication network. The method may include analyzing the haptic data to determine at least one characteristic of the haptic data, and the encoding the haptic data may include encoding, based on the determined characteristic, the haptic data to meet a pre-defined criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Loc Phan, Satvir Singh Bhatia, Stephen D. Rank, Christopher J. Ullrich, Jean Francois Dionne, Hugues Antoine Oliver
  • Patent number: 10083578
    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: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eric Gervais, Shadi Asfour, Jamal Saboune, Amer Alhalabi, Vincent Levesque
  • Patent number: 10073527
    Abstract: A touch-enabled device can simulate one or more features in a touch area. Features may include, but are not limited to, changes in texture and/or simulation of boundaries, obstacles, or other discontinuities in the touch surface that can be perceived through use of an object in contact with the surface. Systems include a sensor configured to detect a touch in a touch area when an object contacts a touch surface, an actuator, and one or more processors. The processor can determine a position of the touch using the sensor and select a haptic effect to generate based at least in part on the position, the haptic effect selected to simulate the presence of a feature at or near the determined position. Some features are simulated by varying the coefficient of friction of the touch surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez, Danny A. Grant
  • Patent number: 10055949
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to wearable articles, including wearable suits, etc., for providing haptic feedback to a user. The wearable articles suitably include adjustable interaction elements that can be fluidly connected to a liquid or gas supply, and can also include a haptic actuator. The wearable articles are useful in combination with various devices, including gaming systems and virtual or augmented reality systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Johnny Maalouf, Vahid Khoshkava
  • Patent number: 10055950
    Abstract: A haptic conversion system is provided that intercepts frames of audio data, such as a digital audio signal, converts the frames into a haptic signal, and plays the created haptic signal through an actuator to produce haptic effects. The haptic signal is based on a maximum value of each audio data frame, which defines a magnitude of the haptic signal. The haptic signal is applied to the actuator configured to receive the haptic signal, where the actuator utilizes the haptic signal to generate the one or more haptic effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satvir Singh Bhatia, Kanav Gandhi, Christopher J. Ullrich, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez, Herve Thu Timone, Jason Hoi Fun Lau
  • Patent number: 10048818
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a touch panel capable of detecting a capacitive touch input of a finger of a human body or a touch input tool having conduction characteristics similar to those of the finger, and more particularly, to a structure of a touch panel having a high resolution so as to detect a touch input tool having a diameter smaller than a unit pi. In a touch panel having a high resolution according to an exemplary embodiment of the present invention, it is possible to maintain high touch sensitivity while minimizing a change in structures of touch patterns depending on a size or a purpose of the touch panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: G2TOUCH CO., LTD
    Inventor: Sung Ho Lee
  • Patent number: 10028120
    Abstract: An ID card and/or cell phone holder provides position identification, 2-way communication, and panic control features for emergency communication. Contemplated holders include those configured as a wallet, arm band, belt clip, or money clip, and can additionally or alternatively be adapted for use with a key ring, lanyard, or other carrying adapter. Position identification circuitry, the communication circuitry, and the panic control interface can be physically distributed between or among at least first and second cards or other components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: GLOBAL LIFE-LINE, INC.
    Inventor: Robert Eisenman
  • Patent number: 10026297
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide methods and systems for enabling remote alarm hushing with acoustic presence verification. Acoustic presence verification is used to assure that a device attempting to remotely deactivate an alarm is located within a certain distance of an alarming device before allowing the alarm to be hushed. Acoustic presence can be established through emission and monitoring of ultrasonic acoustic signals. The ultrasonic acoustic signals may be transmitted at a frequency that exceeds human hearing such as, for example, between 18 KHz and 22 kHz. Such ultrasonic signals have a relatively short range and are unable to penetrate walls and floors, thus providing an effective tool for ensuring that the device attempting to remotely hush an alarming device is within a line-of-sight of the alarming device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Gints Valdis Klimanis, Nicholas Unger Webb
  • Patent number: 10013857
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses, systems, and computer-readable media for using haptic technologies to provide enhanced media experiences are presented. According to one or more aspects of the disclosure, a computing device, such as a smart phone, tablet computer, or portable media player, may establish a connection with a local content receiver. Subsequently, the computing device may receive, from the local content receiver, a sensation data signal that specifies one or more haptic effects to be provided at a particular time relative to playback of a media content item received by the local content receiver. Thereafter, the computing device may provide the one or more haptic effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Vinay Sridhara, Saumitra Mohan Das, Leonid Sheynblat
  • Patent number: 10012508
    Abstract: In one aspect, a device includes a processor, a position receiver, and storage bearing instructions. The instructions are executable by the processor to receive from the position receiver data indicating a location of the device. The instructions are also executable to receive a map of a facility, present on the device at least a portion of the map, receive a selection of a destination indicated on the map, and at least in part based on the selection and the data indicating the location of the device, present on the device directions to the destination in the facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Suzanne Marion Beaumont, Rod David Waltermann
  • Patent number: 10007347
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to fiber actuators for providing haptic feedback, and haptic actuation resulting from mechanical and/or electrostatic (non-mechanical) interactions with the fiber actuators. Such fiber actuators are useful in structural materials, including as elements of wearables or accessories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Vahid Khoshkava, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez
  • Patent number: 9990041
    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: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, Wei Zhu, Eric Gervais, Fengtian An, Eric Lajeunesse, Johnny Maalouf
  • Patent number: 9988003
    Abstract: A vehicle steering wheel comprising a metallic hub, a rim, and at least one branch including a mechanical connection piece attaching the rim to the hub. The vehicle steering wheel additionally includes at least one second branch of polymer injected between the hub and the rim without a mechanical connection piece attaching the rim to the hub, the at least one second branch including at least one energy conductor. The steering wheel further comprising positioning means for positioning the at least one energy conductor before the injection of the polymer of the branch in such a manner as to guarantee a minimal distance between the at least one energy conductor and a surface of the polymer once it is injected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Autoliv Development AB
    Inventors: Fabrice Moinard, Yann Simonet, Olivier Baribault
  • Patent number: 9981668
    Abstract: At least one operator control element which can be moved by an operator is included in an operator control device. Furthermore, the operator control device includes an actuator with which activation of the operator control element can be communicated to the operator. The actuator includes a coil element and an armature which can move relative to the coil element. The armature is secured to the operator control element. The operator control device also includes an evaluation device with which a position of the armature relative to the coil element can be detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventor: Michael Wachinger
  • Patent number: 9983672
    Abstract: One illustrative electrostatic actuator disclosed herein includes a first electrode, a second electrode, a first insulation layer between the first electrode and the second electrode, a first resilient material between the first electrode and the second electrode, a third electrode, a second insulation layer between the second electrode and the third electrode, and a second resilient material between the second electrode and the third electrode. The first electrode and the third electrode receive power from a power supply and responsively generate a first polarity. The second electrode receives power from the power supply and responsively generates a second polarity that is opposite the first polarity. The first polarity and the second polarity generate a first attractive force between the first electrode and the second electrode and a second attractive force between the second electrode and the third electrode. The electrostatic actuator may be part of a user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Neil Olien, Michael A Greenish