Patent Number: 8,717,287

Title: Force sensations for haptic feedback computer interfaces

Abstract: A design interface tool for designing force sensations for use with a host computer and haptic feedback interface device. A haptic feedback device communicates with a host computer that displays the interface tool. The user selects and characterizes force sensations using the interface tool, and a graphical representation of the characterized force sensation is displayed. The characterized force sensation is output to a user manipulatable object of the force feedback device so that the user can feel the designed force sensation The user can include multiple force sensations in a compound force sensation, where the compound sensation is graphically displayed to indicate the relative start times and duration of each of the force sensations. The user can also associate a sound with the force sensation, such that the sound is output in conjunction with the output of the force sensation.

Inventors: Chang; Dean C. (Santa Clara, CA), Mallett; Jeffrey R. (Boulder Creek, CA), Rosenberg; Louis B. (San Jose, CA)

Assignee: Immersion Corporation

International Classification: G09G 5/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 5/06/12018