Joystick Patents (Class 345/161)
  • Patent number: 11012549
    Abstract: A portable device can transmit information through one of a mobile phone network and an Internet, wherein the portable device includes a text-based communication module to allow a user may synchronously transmit or receive data through a local area network, wherein the data is text, audio, video or the combination thereof. The text-based communication module of the portable device includes a text-to-speech recognition module used to convert a text data for outputting the text data by vocal, and a read determination module for determining read target terminals and unread target terminals when a user of the portable phone device activates the read determination module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Inventors: Chi-Wen Liu, Ching-Yu Chang, Kuo-Ching Chiang
  • Patent number: 11003579
    Abstract: A method of managing a distributed system comprises: in response to receiving data that changes in a first memory region of a client, updating data in a second memory region with the received data based on a mapping between the first memory region and the second memory region; in response to receiving a calling request for a computing node in a server from the client, causing the computing node to perform a processing step based on the updated data in the second memory region; determining data that changes after the processing step in the second memory region; and transmitting, to the client, the data that changes after the processing step, such that the client updates the data in the first memory region based on the mapping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: EMC IP Holding Company LLC
    Inventors: Wei Cui, Kun Wang, Junping Zhao
  • Patent number: 10994197
    Abstract: A game controller includes an electronic input sensor and a button-retention feature. The button-retention feature is configured to removably affix a selected button accessory to the game controller through a magnetic attraction between the button-retention feature and the selected button accessory. The selected button accessory is one of a plurality of differently configured button accessories removably affixable to the game controller. The selected button accessory is configured to translate a touch applied to the selected button accessory to an actuation of the electronic input sensor when the selected button accessory is affixed to the game controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Aaron Schmitz
  • Patent number: 10987576
    Abstract: Examples are disclosed that relate to adjusting sensitivity of a control stick. In one example, a method comprises: receiving a dead zone inflection point defining a boundary of a dead zone region and a playspace region within a normalized two-dimensional movement space, receiving a sensitivity inflection point within the playspace region of the normalized two-dimensional movement space, transforming the sensitivity inflection point to a transformed sensitivity inflection point using a sensitivity scaling function that comprises the dead zone inflection point, receiving position data representing a current position of the control stick, and transforming the current position to a transformed position using a mapping function comprising the dead zone inflection point and the transformed sensitivity inflection point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Ross Anthony Nelson, Aaron J. Schmitz, Curtis F. McClive
  • Patent number: 10980401
    Abstract: An endoscope includes a bending operation apparatus including: a rod-like shaft section that is standing perpendicularly from one surface of an operation section and capable of being tilted; and a cover member including a central section that is placed to externally cover the rod-like shaft section in a water tight manner, a peripheral section that closes in a water tight manner an opening portion in which the rod-like shaft section is disposed, and an intermediate section provided between the peripheral section and the central section, wherein the cover member of the bending operation apparatus includes a deformation restricting section that is a tubular section formed along a longitudinal axis of the rod-like shaft section and placed to externally cover an intermediate portion of the rod-like shaft section, and restricts outward expansion of the intermediate section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Keisuke Hatano, Shun Nagasawa
  • Patent number: 10964069
    Abstract: An automated method and a graphic processor for managing colors for a user interface to be displayed over at least one multimedia frame provided by an electronic device. The user interface comprises at least one graphical item having at least one predetermined color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: NAGRAVISION S.A.
    Inventors: Ratnam Vadhri Venkata, Gaurav Sahi, Chawandi Prabhu, Antoine Burckard
  • Patent number: 10963055
    Abstract: Provided is a control system that includes a vibration mechanism that generates a vibration and presents the vibration to a user and a control apparatus that controls the vibration mechanism. The control apparatus acquires vibration data representative of a waveform of a vibration that is to be generated by the vibration mechanism and causes the vibration mechanism to generate a vibration in accordance with corrected vibration data obtained by executing processing for reducing part of frequency components, included in the waveform represented by the acquired vibration data, other than a resonant frequency of the vibration mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Yusuke Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 10942615
    Abstract: A set of reconfigurable clip-on modules for mobile computing devices includes two or more modules and at least one of the modules has an input button or other control and at least one of the modules can communicate with the computing device without needing to be connected to it via a wire. The input button is mapped to a user input in a program, such as a game, which is running or displayed on the computing device to which the modules are clipped. In an embodiment, user inputs via the buttons or other controls on the clip-on modules are mapped to user inputs in a game running on the device, which may be a touch-screen device, and the mapping between user inputs via the buttons and user inputs in the game may change dependent upon the game being played, user preference, or other criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: John Helmes, Stuart Taylor, Stephen E. Hodges, Nicolas Villar, James W. Scott
  • Patent number: 10942584
    Abstract: Various embodiments described herein are directed toward input mechanisms, for input devices, configured to receive and removably couple to interchangeable elements. Handheld input devices applicable to some embodiments may include, without limitation, computer controllers, video game console controllers, and handheld video gaming devices. Input mechanisms applicable to various embodiments may include, for example, control sticks (e.g., joysticks or analog sticks operable by a user's finger, such as a thumbstick), buttons, switches, and directional pads. According to some embodiments, an input mechanism is provided comprising a base component. Depending on the embodiment, coupling different interchangeable elements to the base component may cause the input mechanism to vary in size, appearance, contour, material, or features provided by the input mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Performance Designed Products LLC
    Inventors: Bradley M. Strahle, Eric B. Fulghum
  • Patent number: 10938406
    Abstract: A membrane digital analog switch includes an input button surface adapted to receive an input pressure from a user, and a digital switch positioned below the input button surface to generate a digital switch activation signal when the received pressure on the input button surface is greater than or equal to a specified digital pressure threshold. The membrane digital analog switch also includes an analog switch adapted to generate an analog switch activation signal when the received pressure on the input button surface is greater than or equal to a specified analog pressure threshold. The specified analog pressure threshold is greater than the specified digital pressure threshold, the digital switch activation signal is a binary digital signal, and the analog switch activation signal is variable and corresponds to an analog sensed value of the received pressure on the input button surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Cattron North America, Inc.
    Inventors: David Stagg, Thomas Hornung, Ryan Wooten
  • Patent number: 10926417
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a holding device includes a first holder and a first sensor. The first holder includes a first member and a second member. The first holder is configured to hold an object by interposing the object between the first member and the second member. The first sensor is in the first member. The first sensor is configured to detect a vibration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Haruna Eto, Akihito Ogawa, Atsushi Sugahara, Kazuma Komoda
  • Patent number: 10890991
    Abstract: Disclosed examples include optical and capacitive position detection systems and user interface control apparatus to detect relative positions of a stationary first structure and a movable second structure. The optical system includes pairs of optical source and sensor devices spaced along a first direction on the first structure and a reflector extending along the first direction on the second structure to selectively reflect light from one of the optical sources to the corresponding optical sensor of a given pair when the reflector is proximate the given pair. The capacitive sensing system includes capacitor plate structures on the first structure and a conductive structure on the second structure to move along the first direction to selectively modify a capacitance of a given group of two or more of the plate structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventor: Peter Spevak
  • Patent number: 10860108
    Abstract: A tactile sense presentation apparatus includes a movable body, an actuator unit, and a signal generation unit. The actuator unit is connected to the movable body. The signal generation unit is configured to supply a driving signal to the actuator unit, the driving signal generating a vibration on the actuator unit, the vibration having within a period at least one of a plurality of different amplitudes and a plurality of different frequencies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Akira Ono, Hiroshi Yoshida, Mikio Takenaka
  • Patent number: 10860064
    Abstract: An electronic device having a pointing stick is disclosed. The electronic device includes a base member for supporting a pointing stick. The base member has a first pressed part provided on one side of the pointing stick with respect to a sliding direction of a slide member and a second pressed part provided on the other side of the pointing stick. The slide member has a first pressing part capable of pressing the first pressed part of the base member and a second pressing part capable of pressing the second pressed part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: LENOVO (SINGAPORE) PTE LTD
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Kubota, Fumitake Mizoguchi, Yoshiyuki Shibayama, Tabito Miyamoto
  • Patent number: 10850190
    Abstract: A user-input device includes a user-actuatable trigger configured to pivot about a trigger axis, a posture sensor configured to determine a posture of the user-actuatable trigger about the trigger axis, a force-feedback motor configured to activate based on a force-feedback signal, and a clutch operatively intermediate the user-actuatable trigger and the force-feedback motor and configured to mechanically change engagement between the user-actuatable trigger and the force-feedback motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Gabriel Michael Rask Gassoway
  • Patent number: 10845893
    Abstract: A three-dimensional (3D) maneuvering device generates 3D data by irradiating a two-dimensional (2D) reference surface with light of variable frequency. The 3D maneuvering device has high sensitivity, high resolution, and immunity from the noise caused by human vibrations. A rotational motion vector is derived by comparing the relative motion vectors derived from a pattern recognition process of surface features on the same reference plane with the positional data derived using the color index data. Thus, a single gestural movement of the operator's hand provides both the translational and rotational motion data simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Inventor: Wen-Chieh Geoffrey Lee
  • Patent number: 10838486
    Abstract: The present concepts relate to a virtual reality controller that enables fine control of virtual objects using natural motions involving the dexterity of the user's fingers and provides realistic haptic sensations to the user's fingers. The controller may have a rigid structure design without moving parts. Force sensors under finger rests can detect forces exerted by user's fingers. Actuators can render haptic feedback from the virtual reality world to the user's fingers. The controller may include one or more trackpads on which the user may slide her fingers. The controller may be used for exploring and manipulating virtual objects, for example, by grasping, releasing, rotating, and feeling the surface of virtual objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Mar Gonzalez Franco, Eyal Ofek, Michael J. Sinclair, Christian Holz, Jaeyeon Lee
  • Patent number: 10838517
    Abstract: A stylus placed in a docking station is used as a joystick by setting up a self-capacitance or mutual capacitance between the stylus and the docking port and measuring changes in that mutual capacitance as the stylus is moved by the user. The mutual capacitance is set up using electrodes and/or the housing of the stylus and the changes may be measured either from the stylus or from the docking station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Eliyahu Barel
  • Patent number: 10821830
    Abstract: A vehicle control device incorporating at least one vehicle control element and a vehicle terminal is disclosed, the at least one vehicle control element being adapted to control a functionality of a vehicle implement or tool, the vehicle terminal incorporating a terminal display, the terminal display being adapted to alter the functionality of the vehicle implement or tool associated with the vehicle control element, the terminal display also indicating the functionality associated with the vehicle control element, wherein the vehicle control element incorporates a vehicle control display element, the vehicle control display element indicating whether the functionality of the vehicle control element has been altered. This enables a driver when looking at the vehicle control element easily to see from the vehicle control display element whether the functionality of the vehicle control element has been altered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: AGCO International GmbH
    Inventor: Daniel Vonroth
  • Patent number: 10825213
    Abstract: Techniques and systems for component-based digital image synchronization are described. In one example, a digital image is stored as a composite file with a number of separately compressed individual components. Indicators are generated during an editing process of a digital image. The indicators are usable to correlate altered portions of the digital image with compressed components of the composite digital image file. The altered components are then communicated to a synchronization service for synchronization with a remote representation of the digital image file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Adobe Inc.
    Inventors: Russell Thomas Williams, Habib Khalfallah, Jan Stoeckmann, Alan Lee Erickson
  • Patent number: 10814230
    Abstract: A method for interactive event broadcasting includes receiving a video stream depicting an interactive event. Data representing one or more interactive event controls is received, the interactive event controls being manipulable by a viewer of the interactive event to provide input to the interactive event. The video stream depicting the interactive event and the one or more interactive event controls are displayed as components of a user interface, the video stream and the interactive event controls having a first spatial relationship. Based on detecting a change in state of the interactive event, the first spatial relationship between the video stream and the one or more interactive event controls is changed to a second spatial relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Gershom L. Payzer, Richard Michael Fox, Gregory M. Smith, Hutchenson Judson White, Connor Peet
  • Patent number: 10799794
    Abstract: A program, a game control method, and an information processing apparatus, which are capable of improving operability of a game. A program causing an information processing apparatus to execute a step of causing an object arranged on a field object in a virtual space in which a coordinate system having a first axis and a second axis is set to be displayed on a screen in which a coordinate system having a third axis and a fourth axis is set, a step of detecting first and second positions on the screen while the first user operation is being detected, and a moving step of moving the object according to a first user operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: GREE, Inc.
    Inventors: Daisuke Taka, Motoshi Abe, Masaru Ida, Kiyoto Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10789035
    Abstract: A communication terminal for communicative connection to at least one other communication terminal via a network includes a receiving part configured to receive stroke data transmitted from the other communication terminal, an obtaining part configured to obtain name information that is associated with a transmission source of the stroke data under management by a management system on the network, and a display control part configured to perform control that displays an image based on the stroke data and an image based on the obtained name information in association with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Shuhei Tsubone
  • Patent number: 10775891
    Abstract: A haptic device includes a drum configured to rotate about an axis, a cord wound around the drum, a user-actuatable lever operatively coupled to the drum and configured to receive a user-actuation force, a position sensor configured to determine a rotational position of the drum, and an actuator operatively coupled to the cord. The actuator may be configured to apply a tension to the cord that further applies friction to brake the drum to cause the user-actuatable lever to provide a user-perceived resistance that opposes the user-actuation force. The user-perceived resistance may vary as a function of the rotational position of the drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Jack Sinclair, Eyal Ofek, Christian Holz
  • Patent number: 10773159
    Abstract: A user-input device includes a user-actuatable trigger configured to pivot about a trigger axis, a rack gear interfacing with the user-actuatable trigger, a force-feedback motor including a drive gear interfacing with the rack gear, and a posture sensor configured to determine a posture of the user-actuatable trigger about the trigger axis. The force-feedback motor is configured to drive the rack gear based on a force-feedback signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Aaron Schmitz, Gabriel Michael Rask Gassoway, Jonathan Shea Robinson
  • Patent number: 10758820
    Abstract: Based on a user operation on an operation unit, an operation target is controlled in a virtual space, and it is determined whether or not the operation target is in a predetermined situation in the virtual space. Then, a vibration signal for vibrating a vibration unit is generated in accordance with the state of the operation target in the virtual space, and the vibration signal is generated by associating a plurality of types of vibrations with a plurality of states of the operation target. When it is determined that the operation target is in the predetermined situation, the vibration signal is generated so that regarding a first type of vibration among the plurality of types of vibrations, the vibration is weaker than in a case where it is not determined that the operation target is in the predetermined situation, or the vibration disappears.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Ueda, Ichiro Suzuki, Shintaro Sato
  • Patent number: 10760162
    Abstract: Aqueous dispersions of artificially synthesized, mussel-inspired polydopamine nanoparticles were inkjet printed on flexible polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrates. Narrow line patterns (4 ?m in width) of polydopamine resulted due to evaporatively driven transport (coffee ring effect). The printed patterns were metallized via a site-selective Cu electroless plating process at a controlled temperature (30┬░ C.) for varied bath times. The lowest electrical resistivity value of the plated Cu lines was about 6 times greater than the bulk resistivity of Cu. This process presents an industrially viable way to fabricate Cu conductive fine patterns for flexible electronics at low temperature, and low cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: The Research Foundation for The State University of New York
    Inventors: Siyuan Ma, Liang Liu, Vadim Bromberg, Timothy Singler
  • Patent number: 10725722
    Abstract: Electronic computer systems are described. In particular embodiments, the electronic systems include a first electronic device having a first display and first computing resources and a second electronic device having a second display and second computing resources. The electronic systems also include a coupling element that is configured to mechanically couple and provide a communication path between the first electronic device and the second electronic device. In a coupled configuration, the first computing resources are available for use by the second electronic device via the communication path such that the first display is operable as a primary display capable of presenting visual content in accordance with the first and second computing resources, and the second display is operable as a secondary display that is capable of providing data for operation of the coupled configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Blake R. Koelmel, Craig C. Leong
  • Patent number: 10719128
    Abstract: A device and method for an operator controlled element with haptic feedback dependent on the detection direction are provided. The device includes a base; an actuating part movably supported on the base; an electrical actuator which is attached to the base and acts on the actuating part in order to drive in a moving manner the actuating part in an excitation direction by means of an electrical excitation signal for generating a haptic feedback; a means for detecting an actuation of the actuating part in two detection directions which in each case include a different angular amount with the excitation direction; an evaluation unit, which is configured, if an actuation in one of the two detection directions is detected, to drive the actuator with a specific electrical excitation signal, depending on the result relating to in which of the two detection directions the actuation was carried out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: PREH GMBH
    Inventors: Martin Jeitner, Markus Klein, Andreas Kramlich, Matthias Lust, Benedikt Schmidt
  • Patent number: 10712782
    Abstract: A front cover assembly includes a frame, a cover glass, and a waterproof glue. The frame has a receiving cavity. The cover glass is partially received in the frame. The cover glass has a lateral face facing the frame. The cover glass has a step portion located at the lateral face. A first gap is defined between a first face of the step portion of the cover glass and a first wall of the frame, and a second gap is defined between a second face of the step portion of the cover glass and a second wall of the frame. A waterproof glue fills the first and second gaps. The first and second faces of the step portion from an obtuse angle therebetween, which faces the first and second walls of the frame. The present disclosure also relates to a terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventors: Yimei Tang, Yong Li, Hong Zou, Yi Sun, Wei Zhang, Xinfeng Liao, Zhiqin Hu, Xiaohui Wang, Bing Liu, Yuchu Xu, Wei Chen
  • Patent number: 10691210
    Abstract: A touch panel, an electronic device, and a driving method thereof are provided. The touch panel includes: a substrate and a tactile feedback layer, a touch detection circuit and a plurality of driving electrodes located on the substrate. The tactile feedback layer is configured to adjust hardness thereof under control of the driving electrode, the touch detection circuit is configured to provide a plurality of touch detection points, each of the touch detection points corresponding to at least one of the driving electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yanling Han, Haisheng Wang, Xiaoliang Ding, Xue Dong, Jing Lv, Chih Jen Cheng, Wei Liu, Pengpeng Wang, Xueyou Cao, Ping Zhang, Yanan Jia, Chun Wei Wu
  • Patent number: 10675105
    Abstract: A robotic surgical system employs a surgical instrument (20), a robot (40) for navigating the surgical instrument (20) relative to an anatomical region (10) within a coordinate system (42) of the robot (40), and a robot controller (43) for defining a remote center of motion for a spherical rotation of the surgical instrument (20) within the coordinate system (42) of the robot (40) based on a physical location within the coordinate system (42) of the robot (40) of a port (12) into the anatomical region (10). The definition of the remote center of rotation is used by the robot controller (43) to command the robot (40) to align the remote center of motion of the surgical instrument (20) with the port (12) into the anatomical region (10) for spherically rotating the surgical instrument (20) relative to the port (12) into the anatomical region (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Haytham Elhawary, Aleksandra Popovic
  • Patent number: 10632368
    Abstract: An example of a game controller is removably attachable to a main unit having a main unit-side slide member and configured to execute game processes. The game controller includes: an operation section; and a controller-side slide member configured to slidably engage with the main unit-side slide member in a slide direction. The controller-side slide member has a first end and a second end in the slide direction, and the game controller is configured to be attached to the main unit by inserting the controller-side slide member into the main unit-side slide member from the first end. The controller-side slide member includes: a fixed portion that protrudes from a surface of the game controller and is fixed to the surface; and a pivoting portion that is connected to the fixed portion and is configured to pivot relative to the fixed portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kumpei Fujita
  • Patent number: 10620706
    Abstract: A system is provided that modifies a haptic effect experienced at a user input element. The system sends a haptic instruction and a haptic effect definition to a peripheral device. The system further receives user input data including a position of the user input element, or a force applied to the user input element. The system further modifies the haptic effect definition based on the received user input data. The system further sends a new haptic instruction and the modified haptic effect definition to the peripheral device. The system further causes a haptic output device to modify a haptic effect based on the modified haptic effect definition at the user input element of the peripheral device in response to the new haptic instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventor: William Rihn
  • Patent number: 10613675
    Abstract: An information handling system interacts with a totem through a touchscreen display, such as with movement of the totem or pressured applied on the totem. A totem holder manages totem position on the touchscreen display to maintain the totem in a desired location, such as to prevent sliding of the totem in the event of motion of the touchscreen display from a horizontal to a more vertical orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Lawrence A. Stone, Sathish K. Bikumala
  • Patent number: 10606357
    Abstract: A haptic interface unit may include an application in the operating system of a device in communication with a driver layer. A plurality of sensors and actuators may be in communication with the driver layer. The driver layer analyzes information from the sensors to generate an output signal based on an interaction model stored in the driver layer. The application updates the interaction model in the driver layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: TANVAS, INC.
    Inventor: David J. Meyer
  • Patent number: 10592009
    Abstract: According to various embodiments, an input device may be provided. The input device may include: a housing with a lower portion and an upper portion; a depressible button provided in the upper portion; a first magnetic component coupled to the depressible button and configured to move at least substantially along an axis when the depressible button is depressed; a second magnetic component coupled to the lower portion at least substantially at the axis, wherein at least one of the first magnetic component and the second magnetic component includes an electromagnet; an interface configured to receive control information from a computing device external to the input device; and a control circuit configured to control the electromagnet based on the control information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: RAZER (ASIA-PACIFIC) PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Farrukh Raza Rizvi, Sreenath Unnikrishnan, Rafael Raymund Viernes, Pierre Zeloon Lye
  • Patent number: 10582878
    Abstract: Systems and methods of are disclosed for providing visual feedback to a subject during magnetic resonance imaging, where the visual feedback is associated with input provided by the subject to a magnetic resonance compatible touch panel. A video camera is employed to record video images of the interaction between the subject and the touch panel, and the video images are processed to generate a real-time video signal including a rendering of the input provided to the touch panel and the interaction between the subject's hands and the touch panel. The real-time video signal is provided to the subject as visual feedback, and is displayed within a time duration that is sufficiently fast to avoid the detection of the visual feedback as an error signal with the subject's brain in relation to the sense of proprioception. A measurement of the force applied to the touch panel by the subject may be recorded and employed when rendering the real-time video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignees: SUNNYBROOK RESEARCH INSTITUTE, BAYCREST CENTRE FOR GERIATRIC CARE
    Inventors: Simon James Graham, Tom A. Schweizer, Stephen Strother, Fred Tam, Mahta Karimpoor
  • Patent number: 10579090
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an input device that replicates mechanical actuation of a rotatable input mechanism in such a way that the haptic output provided by the input device is controllable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Benjamin G. Jackson, Brenton A. Baugh, Megan A. McClain, Steven J. Taylor
  • Patent number: 10573473
    Abstract: A game joystick switch assembly, includes a base, defining positioning holes; a joystick base movably mounted on the base; a joystick located on the joystick base; a first coupled member defining a slit aperture; a second coupled member arranged in an orthogonal direction relative to the first coupled member, and defining an elongated groove; a housing, defining a first through opening, positioning columns formed on the housing; a first electronic component; a second electronic component; and a metal fixing bracket including a main body, a second through opening in accordance with the first through opening for the joystick to stick out, four pins and side pins, and a containing space; wherein the housing and the base are received in the containing space, the housing and the base are positioned and combined by the positioning columns and the positioning holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Inventor: Fuxi Wu
  • Patent number: 10565308
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses, and computer program products are described herein that are configured to be embodied as a configurable microplanner. In some example embodiments, a method is provided that comprises accessing a document plan containing one or more messages. The method of this embodiment may also include generating a text specification containing one or more phrase specifications that correspond to the one or more messages in the document plan. The method of this embodiment may also include applying a set of lexicalization rules to each of the one or more messages to populate the one or more phrase specifications. In some example embodiments, the set of lexicalization rules are specified using a microplanning rule specification language that is configured to hide linguistic complexities from a user. In some example embodiments, genre parameters may also be used to specify constraints that provide default behaviors for the realization process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: ARRIA DATA2TEXT LIMITED
    Inventor: Ehud Baruch Reiter
  • Patent number: 10558267
    Abstract: Systems and methods long-range interactions for virtual reality are disclosed. One disclosed system includes: a handheld interface device; a sensor configured to detect movement of the handheld interface device and transmit a sensor signal associated with the movement; a processor coupled to the sensor and configured to: determine a haptic signal based in part on the sensor signal; and control, based on the haptic signal, an electromagnetic source remote from the handheld interface device to output a magnetic field to apply a force to magnetic material in the handheld interface device to output a haptic effect to a user of the handheld interface device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventor: Vahid Khoshkava
  • Patent number: 10509502
    Abstract: An operating device includes a planar operating element that includes at least one large surface and that is operable by an operator with the aid of an input element, and the operating device includes a mounting that enables a stroke movement of the operating element perpendicular to the large surface and that sets the operating element into a rotation in parallel to its large surface during the stroke movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch Gmbh
    Inventors: Daniel Meemann, Ingo Hermanns, Thomas Freitag
  • Patent number: 10471346
    Abstract: Provided is an example system in which a player character provided in a virtual space is caused to perform a motion including a first state and a second state, by a user operating a left controller and a right controller. When the player character is in the first state, the left controller vibrates more strongly than the right controller. When the player character is in the second state, the right controller vibrates more strongly than the left controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuta Yamashita, Tatsuya Kurihara, Shigetoshi Gohara
  • Patent number: 10463954
    Abstract: User input devices, such as gaming controllers, are provided herein. In one example, a user input device includes a control stick mechanism configured to receive user manipulation in one or more axes. The user input device includes control circuitry configured to process movement data representative of the user manipulation to derive a mechanical center of the control stick mechanism from at least a sequence of qualified resting points associated with the control stick mechanism. The control circuitry is configured to at least re-center the movement data according to the mechanical center to establish calibrated movement data, and present the calibrated movement data for use in controlling one or more user interface elements with the control stick mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Curtis F. McClive, Aaron J. Schmitz, Ross A. Nelson, Anthony John Grant
  • Patent number: 10466788
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a control interface (1) with haptic feedback, in particular for a motor vehicle, intended to take account of an action of a user by providing him with haptic feedback, comprising a magneto-rheological fluid module (5), the said module (5) comprising: a rotary element (7) rotating about an axis (Z) of the module (5), said rotary element (7) being in contact with the magneto-rheological fluid and intended to be coupled with a gripping element (3), and a unit (9) for applying a magnetic field to the magneto-rheological fluid and configured so as to modify the intensity of said magnetic field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: DAV
    Inventors: St├ęphane Vanhelle, Jean-Marc Tissot
  • Patent number: 10446344
    Abstract: Methods, systems, apparatuses, and computer program products are provided for a user input device, such as a game controller. The user input device includes a finger depressible trigger button, a trigger travel path adjustment assembly that resides in an internal cavity of a housing of the user input device, and a finger switch configured to be switched between a plurality of selectable positions in real-time (e.g., during game play). A first selectable position of the finger switch enables the trigger button to be depressed a first distance. A second selectable position of the finger switch enables the trigger button to be depressed a second distance that is greater than the first distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Jason Victor Tsai, Kenneth Dennis Jasinski, Jonathan Shea Robinson, Gabriel Michael Rask Gassoway
  • Patent number: 10434405
    Abstract: Examples are disclosed that relate to adjusting sensitivity of a control stick. In one example, a method comprises: receiving a dead zone inflection point defining a boundary of a dead zone region and a playspace region within a normalized two-dimensional movement space, receiving a sensitivity inflection point within the playspace region of the normalized two-dimensional movement space, transforming the sensitivity inflection point to a transformed sensitivity inflection point using a sensitivity scaling function that comprises the dead zone inflection point, receiving position data representing a current position of the control stick, and transforming the current position to a transformed position using a mapping function comprising the dead zone inflection point and the transformed sensitivity inflection point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Ross Anthony Nelson, Aaron J. Schmitz, Curtis F. McClive
  • Patent number: 10438040
    Abstract: Some disclosed methods involve controlling an ultrasonic sensor system to transmit ultrasonic waves and receiving signals from the ultrasonic sensor system corresponding to ultrasonic waves reflected from a finger positioned on a platen. The methods may involve obtaining fingerprint image data corresponding to the signals and determining a change in a force of at least a portion of the finger on the platen corresponding to the signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Jessica Liu Strohmann, Yair Karmi, Yipeng Lu, Hrishikesh Vijaykumar Panchawagh, David William Burns
  • Patent number: 10436843
    Abstract: A system and method according to various embodiments can include a programmable current sink circuit that comprises a digital-to-analog converter (DAC). The DAC is programmable to set an adjustable magnitude of current sink so that a proper amount of current is jointly sunk from a plurality of inputs to generate a total sink current. With the adjustable current sink, redundant inputs, such as dual modular redundancy or triple modular redundancy, or simplex inputs can jointly sink the proper amount of current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Alan Carroll Lovell, Bruce Henderson