US Patent No: 5,223,776

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Six-degree virtual pivot controller

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An active virtual pivot hand controller using motors to control reflective forces and torques. Degree of freedom parameters, stops, and reflective force rates may be easily modified without altering hardware. The location of the virtual pivot of the hand controller may be likewise readily changed.

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Patent Owner(s)

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HONEYWELL INC.MINNEAPOLIS, MN1140
ER-WE-PA DAVIS-STANDARD GMBH40699 ERKRATH, DE0

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Blomberg, Jon M Mound, MN 1 237
Demers, Robert E Elk River, MN 16 359
Lowry, David J Minneapolis, MN 1 237
Marshall, Jr William C Columbia Heights, MN 1 237
Radke, Kathleen M Plymouth, MN 2 322

Cited Art Landscape

Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
Saab-Scania Aktiebolag (2)
* 4,531,080 Controller 32 1983
* 4,574,651 Control stick unit 48 1983
 
AEA TECHNOLOGY PLC (1)
* 5,007,300 Multi-axis hand controller 183 1990
 
ALTMAN STAGE LIGHTING CO., INC. (1)
* 4,706,006 Dual-axis tactile feedback light control device 12 1986
 
FMC CORPORATION (1)
* 4,738,417 Hand operated control 33 1987
 
GOVERNMENT OF CANADA AS REPRESENTED BY THE CANADIAN COMMERICAL CORPORATION THE (1)
* 4,555,960 Six degree of freedom hand controller 60 1983
 
Honeywell Inc. (1)
* 4,962,448 Virtual pivot handcontroller 85 1988
 
KABUSHIKI KAISHA KOBE SEIKO SHO (KOBE STEEL, LTD.) (1)
* 4,990,842 Operation control method and device for construction machine 2 1990
 
KAYABA KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA, NO. 4-1, 2-CHOME, HAMAMATSU-CHO, MINATO-KU, TKYO 105, JAPAN, A COMPANY OF JAPAN (1)
* 4,812,802 Joy stick 6 1987
 
PARKER INTANGIBLES INC. (1)
* 4,680,465 Multi-axis force controller 9 1984
 
RCA Corporation (1)
* 4,641,123 Joystick control 16 1984
 
The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Air Force (1)
* 4,477,043 Biodynamic resistant control stick 185 1982
 
UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION (1)
* 4,420,808 Multi-axis force stick, self-trimmed aircraft flight control system 79 1982
 
WARNER & SWASEY COMPANY, THE (1)
* 4,795,952 Joystick for three axis control of a powered element 25 1988
 
Woodward; William R. (1)
* 4,660,828 Reactive control apparatus 57 1983
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (1)
* 4,569,244 Control lever with automatic return to original position 12 1983
* Cited By Examiner

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
IMMERSION CORPORATION (166)
* 5,389,865 Method and system for providing a tactile virtual reality and manipulator defining an interface device therefor 254 1992
5,459,382 Method and system for providing a tactile virtual reality and manipulator defining an interface device therefor 230 1994
* 5,731,804 Method and apparatus for providing high bandwidth, low noise mechanical I/O for computer systems 176 1995
* 5,721,566 Method and apparatus for providing damping force feedback 296 1995
* 5,739,811 Method and apparatus for controlling human-computer interface systems providing force feedback 330 1995
* 5,629,594 Force feedback system 345 1995
* 5,805,140 High bandwidth force feedback interface using voice coils and flexures 268 1995
* 5,734,373 Method and apparatus for controlling force feedback interface systems utilizing a host computer 448 1995
6,219,032 Method for providing force feedback to a user of an interface device based on interactions of a controlled cursor with graphical elements in a graphical user interface 171 1995
* 5,889,670 Method and apparatus for tactilely responsive user interface 270 1996
* 5,701,140 Method and apparatus for providing a cursor control interface with force feedback 163 1996
* 5,691,898 Safe and low cost computer peripherals with force feedback for consumer applications 473 1996
* 6,028,593 Method and apparatus for providing simulated physical interactions within computer generated environments 199 1996
* 5,828,197 Mechanical interface having multiple grounded actuators 207 1996
* 5,959,613 Method and apparatus for shaping force signals for a force feedback device 215 1996
* 5,825,308 Force feedback interface having isotonic and isometric functionality 317 1996
* 5,880,714 Three-dimensional cursor control interface with force feedback 151 1997
* 6,057,828 Method and apparatus for providing force sensations in virtual environments in accordance with host software 119 1997
* 6,050,718 Method and apparatus for providing high bandwidth force feedback with improved actuator feel 84 1997
7,024,625 Mouse device with tactile feedback applied to housing 16 1997
* 5,999,168 Haptic accelerator for force feedback computer peripherals 158 1997
* 5,907,487 Force feedback device with safety feature 107 1997
* 6,037,927 Method and apparatus for providing force feedback to the user of an interactive computer simulation 104 1997
* 6,020,876 Force feedback interface with selective disturbance filter 217 1997
* 6,147,674 Method and apparatus for designing force sensations in force feedback computer applications 124 1997
* 5,831,408 Force feedback system 143 1997
* 6,131,097 Haptic authoring 140 1997
* 5,929,846 Force feedback interface device including grounded sensor system 110 1997
6,246,390 Multiple degree-of-freedom mechanical interface to a computer system 56 1997
6,169,540 Method and apparatus for designing force sensations in force feedback applications 102 1997
* 6,078,308 Graphical click surfaces for force feedback applications to provide user selection using cursor interaction with a trigger position within a boundary of a graphical object 165 1997
* 6,100,874 Force feedback mouse interface 155 1997
6,252,579 Interface device and method for providing enhanced cursor control with force feedback 79 1997
* 6,154,198 Force feedback interface apparatus including backlash and for generating feel sensations 72 1997
* 6,020,875 High fidelity mechanical transmission system and interface device 85 1997
* 6,166,723 Mouse interface device providing force feedback 116 1997
6,300,936 Force feedback system including multi-tasking graphical host environment and interface device 140 1997
6,486,872 Method and apparatus for providing passive fluid force feedback 50 1998
6,271,833 Low cost force feedback peripheral with button activated feel sensations 56 1998
* 6,128,006 Force feedback mouse wheel and other control wheels 289 1998
6,219,033 Method and apparatus for controlling force feedback interface systems utilizing a host computer 42 1998
6,300,937 Method and apparatus for controlling force feedback for a computer interface device 65 1998
* 6,104,382 Force feedback transmission mechanisms 98 1998
* 6,061,004 Providing force feedback using an interface device including an indexing function 146 1998
* 6,088,019 Low cost force feedback device with actuator for non-primary axis 123 1998
6,946,812 Method and apparatus for providing force feedback using multiple grounded actuators 18 1998
RE37528 Direct-drive manipulator for pen-based force display 5 1998
6,400,352 Mechanical and force transmission for force feedback devices 19 1998
6,201,533 Method and apparatus for applying force in force feedback devices using friction 16 1998
8,508,469 Networked applications including haptic feedback 0 1998
6,215,470 User interface device including braking mechanism for interfacing with computer simulations 24 1998
* 6,154,201 Control knob with multiple degrees of freedom and force feedback 165 1998
6,281,651 Haptic pointing devices 35 1998
6,256,011 Multi-function control device with force feedback 136 1998
6,285,351 Designing force sensations for computer applications including sounds 62 1999
* 6,046,727 Three dimensional position sensing interface with force output 49 1999
6,243,078 Pointing device with forced feedback button 107 1999
6,876,891 Method and apparatus for providing tactile responsiveness in an interface device 72 1999
6,348,911 Force feedback device including safety switch and force magnitude ramping 40 1999
6,292,170 Designing compound force sensations for computer applications 58 1999
6,195,592 Method and apparatus for providing tactile sensations using an interface device 81 1999
6,424,356 Command of force sensations in a forceback system using force effect suites 59 1999
6,252,583 Memory and force output management for a force feedback system 37 1999
RE40341 Controller 0 1999
6,278,439 Method and apparatus for shaping force signals for a force feedback device 49 1999
6,781,569 Hand controller 19 1999
* 6,104,158 Force feedback system 108 1999
6,288,705 Interface device and method for providing indexed cursor control with force feedback 42 1999
6,310,605 Force feedback interface with selective disturbance filter 28 1999
6,639,581 Flexure mechanism for interface device 60 1999
RE42183 Interface control 1 1999
6,343,349 Memory caching for force feedback effects 35 1999
6,342,880 Force feedback system including multiple force processors 45 1999
6,704,001 Force feedback device including actuator with moving magnet 38 1999
6,366,272 Providing interactions between simulated objects using force feedback 91 1999
6,271,828 Force feedback interface devices providing resistance forces using a fluid 58 1999
6,705,871 Method and apparatus for providing an interface mechanism for a computer simulation 25 1999
RE37374 Gyro-stabilized platforms for force-feedback applications 27 1999
6,380,925 Force feedback device with spring selection mechanism 8 2000
6,259,382 Isotonic-isometric force feedback interface 42 2000
6,366,273 Force feedback cursor control interface 23 2000
6,437,771 Force feedback device including flexure member between actuator and user object 39 2000
7,113,166 Force feedback devices using fluid braking 37 2000
7,039,866 Method and apparatus for providing dynamic force sensations for force feedback computer applications 26 2000
6,275,213 Tactile feedback man-machine interface device 114 2000
6,292,174 Enhanced cursor control using limited-workspace force feedback devices 75 2000
6,762,745 Actuator control providing linear and continuous force output 13 2000
6,704,002 Position sensing methods for interface devices 5 2000
6,850,222 Passive force feedback for computer interface devices 20 2000
7,038,667 Mechanisms for control knobs and other interface devices 25 2000
6,801,008 Force feedback system and actuator power management 16 2000
6,374,255 Haptic authoring 57 2000
6,956,558 Rotary force feedback wheels for remote control devices 19 2000
6,686,911 Control knob with control modes and force feedback 70 2000
6,411,276 Hybrid control of haptic feedback for host computer and interface device 46 2000
7,106,313 Force feedback interface device with force functionality button 20 2000
6,697,044 Haptic feedback device with button forces 36 2000
6,697,048 Computer interface apparatus including linkage having flex 21 2000
7,199,790 Providing force feedback to a user of an interface device based on interactions of a user-controlled cursor in a graphical user interface 49 2001
7,253,803 Force feedback interface device with sensor 19 2001
7,136,045 Tactile mouse 25 2001
6,580,417 Tactile feedback device providing tactile sensations from host commands 26 2001
6,424,333 Tactile feedback man-machine interface device 101 2001
7,023,423 Laparoscopic simulation interface 31 2001
6,469,692 Interface device with tactile feedback button 31 2001
6,894,678 Cursor control using a tactile feedback device 19 2001
7,158,112 Interactions between simulated objects with force feedback 28 2001
7,168,042 Force effects for object types in a graphical user interface 36 2001
7,061,467 Force feedback device with microprocessor receiving low level commands 21 2001
* 7,557,794 Filtering sensor data to reduce disturbances from force feedback 1 2001
7,131,073 Force feedback applications based on cursor engagement with graphical targets 30 2001
6,654,000 Physically realistic computer simulation of medical procedures 16 2001
6,987,504 Interface device for sensing position and orientation and outputting force to a user 19 2002
7,812,820 Interface device with tactile responsiveness 2 2002
7,038,657 Power management for interface devices applying forces 16 2002
7,265,750 Haptic feedback stylus and other devices 23 2002
6,904,823 Haptic shifting devices 39 2002
7,191,191 Haptic authoring 26 2002
* 7,091,950 Force feedback device including non-rigid coupling 11 2002
7,148,875 Haptic feedback for touchpads and other touch controls 89 2002
7,236,157 Method for providing high bandwidth force feedback with improved actuator feel 25 2002
6,982,700 Method and apparatus for controlling force feedback interface systems utilizing a host computer 9 2003
7,728,820 Haptic feedback for touchpads and other touch controls 28 2003
7,636,080 Networked applications including haptic feedback 2 2003
7,327,348 Haptic feedback effects for control knobs and other interface devices 9 2003
7,215,326 Physically realistic computer simulation of medical procedures 34 2003
7,102,541 Isotonic-isometric haptic feedback interface 27 2003
8,830,161 Methods and systems for providing a virtual touch haptic effect to handheld communication devices 0 2003
8,803,795 Haptic communication devices 0 2003
8,316,166 Haptic messaging in handheld communication devices 2 2003
7,209,117 Method and apparatus for streaming force values to a force feedback device 20 2003
7,821,496 Computer interface apparatus including linkage having flex 1 2004
7,561,141 Haptic feedback device with button forces 5 2004
7,432,910 Haptic interface device and actuator assembly providing linear haptic sensations 36 2004
7,027,032 Designing force sensations for force feedback computer applications 15 2004
7,944,433 Force feedback device including actuator with moving magnet 0 2004
7,249,951 Method and apparatus for providing an interface mechanism for a computer simulation 28 2004
7,710,399 Haptic trackball device 6 2004
7,423,631 Low-cost haptic mouse implementations 6 2004
RE40808 Low-cost haptic mouse implementations 6 2004
7,696,978 Enhanced cursor control using interface devices 3 2004
7,456,821 User interface device 0 2004
8,059,088 Methods and systems for providing haptic messaging to handheld communication devices 3 2005
8,077,145 Method and apparatus for controlling force feedback interface systems utilizing a host computer 1 2005
7,978,186 Mechanisms for control knobs and other interface devices 13 2005
7,605,800 Method and apparatus for controlling human-computer interface systems providing force feedback 13 2006
8,441,444 System and method for providing directional tactile sensations 0 2006
8,527,873 Force feedback system including multi-tasking graphical host environment and interface device 0 2006
7,944,435 Haptic feedback for touchpads and other touch controls 14 2006
7,889,174 Tactile feedback interface device including display screen 6 2006
7,489,309 Control knob with multiple degrees of freedom and force feedback 17 2006
8,368,641 Tactile feedback man-machine interface device 9 2007
8,188,981 Haptic interface for touch screen embodiments 1 2007
8,059,104 Haptic interface for touch screen embodiments 12 2007
8,031,181 Haptic feedback for touchpads and other touch controls 25 2007
8,063,893 Haptic feedback for touchpads and other touch controls 11 2007
8,049,734 Haptic feedback for touchpads and other touch control 10 2007
7,982,720 Haptic feedback for touchpads and other touch controls 27 2007
7,978,183 Haptic feedback for touchpads and other touch controls 13 2007
8,059,105 Haptic feedback for touchpads and other touch controls 27 2008
8,212,772 Haptic interface device and actuator assembly providing linear haptic sensations 10 2008
8,188,989 Control knob with multiple degrees of freedom and force feedback 11 2008
8,184,094 Physically realistic computer simulation of medical procedures 0 2009
8,542,105 Handheld computer interface with haptic feedback 1 2009
8,072,422 Networked applications including haptic feedback 2 2009
8,462,116 Haptic trackball device 0 2010
 
3D SYSTEMS, INC. (28)
* 6,084,587 Method and apparatus for generating and interfacing with a haptic virtual reality environment 102 1996
6,191,796 Method and apparatus for generating and interfacing with rigid and deformable surfaces in a haptic virtual reality environment 85 1998
6,421,048 Systems and methods for interacting with virtual objects in a haptic virtual reality environment 53 1999
6,552,722 Systems and methods for sculpting virtual objects in a haptic virtual reality environment 47 1999
6,792,398 Systems and methods for creating virtual objects in a sketch mode in a haptic virtual reality environment 36 1999
6,985,133 Force reflecting haptic interface 36 1999
6,958,752 Systems and methods for three-dimensional modeling 20 2001
6,867,770 Systems and methods for voxel warping 13 2001
6,671,651 3-D selection and manipulation with a multiple dimension haptic interface 38 2002
7,103,499 3-D selection and manipulation with a multiple dimension haptic interface 5 2003
7,411,576 Force reflecting haptic interface 7 2003
D510739 Computer interface 5 2003
7,889,209 Apparatus and methods for wrapping texture onto the surface of a virtual object 6 2003
7,626,589 Haptic graphical user interface for adjusting mapped texture 7 2003
7,102,635 Systems and methods for sculpting virtual objects in a haptic virtual reality environment 11 2004
7,149,596 Apparatus and methods for modifying a model of an object to enforce compliance with a manufacturing constraint 6 2004
7,850,456 Surgical simulation device, system and method 9 2004
7,864,173 Systems and methods for creating virtual objects in a sketch mode in a haptic virtual reality environment 6 2004
7,212,203 Systems and methods for voxel warping 9 2005
7,710,415 Systems and methods for three-dimensional modeling 4 2005
7,714,836 Force reflecting haptic interface 1 2005
7,259,761 Systems and methods for sculpting virtual objects in a haptic virtual reality environment 11 2006
7,800,609 Method and apparatus for generating and interfacing with a haptic virtual reality environment 2 2008
8,500,451 Preoperative surgical simulation 1 2008
8,543,338 System and method for performing computerized simulations for image-guided procedures using a patient specific model 0 2009
8,576,222 Systems and methods for interfacing with a virtual object in a haptic virtual environment 1 2011
8,174,535 Apparatus and methods for wrapping texture onto the surface of a virtual object 1 2011
8,456,484 Apparatus and methods for wrapping texture onto the surface of a virtual object 1 2012
 
MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (7)
* 6,111,577 Method and apparatus for determining forces to be applied to a user through a haptic interface 274 1996
5,898,599 Force reflecting haptic interface 97 1996
6,405,158 Force reflecting haptic inteface 46 1999
6,369,834 Method and apparatus for determining forces to be applied to a user through a haptic interface 60 1999
7,225,404 Method and apparatus for determining forces to be applied to a user through a haptic interface 6 2001
6,853,965 Force reflecting haptic interface 40 2001
7,480,600 Force reflecting haptic interface 17 2004
 
HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC. (4)
8,056,432 Active control stick assembly 0 2008
8,327,715 Force sensor apparatus 2 2009
8,316,725 Force sensor 1 2010
8,806,964 Force sensor 0 2012
 
NEUROARM SURGICAL LTD. (4)
8,005,571 Microsurgical robot system 11 2006
8,396,598 Microsurgical robot system 0 2006
8,170,717 Microsurgical robot system 5 2008
8,041,459 Methods relating to microsurgical robot system 9 2008
 
DAEWOO ELECTRONICS CO., LTD. (2)
* 6,128,970 Force feed back manipulator employing wires and spools 1 1996
* 5,850,759 Force feed back manipulator with six degrees of freedom 0 1996
 
IMMERSION CORPORATION DELAWARE (2)
* 6,067,077 Position sensing for force feedback devices 84 1998
8,552,982 Position sensing methods for interface devices 0 2003
 
The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy (2)
6,184,868 Haptic feedback control devices 120 1998
7,319,466 Method and apparatus for generating and interfacing with a haptic virtual reality environment 4 2000
 
ALPS ELECTRIC CO., LTD. (1)
* 7,490,530 Haptic feedback input device 2 2005
 
CANADIAN SPACE AGENCY (1)
* 5,847,528 Mechanism for control of position and orientation in three dimensions 29 1995
 
CYBERNET HAPTIC SYSTEMS CORPORATION (1)
6,433,771 Haptic device attribute control 32 1997
 
DAIMLER AG (1)
* 6,411,934 Operating system, particularly for components in a motor vehicle using speech recognition 8 1997
 
DEERE & COMPANY (1)
* 6,681,880 Control lever 4 2001
 
DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (1)
8,052,185 Robot hand with humanoid fingers 8 2009
 
ELCKON LIMITED (1)
8,063,892 Haptic interface for touch screen embodiments 11 2007
 
Honeywell Inc. (1)
* 5,414,620 Synthetic friction algorithm for a hand control element 9 1993
 
IMMERSION MEDICAL, INC. (1)
6,323,837 Method and apparatus for interfacing an elongated object with a computer system 33 1999
 
KABUSHIKI KAISHA YASKAWA DENKI (1)
* 5,392,384 Method of calibrating an industrial robot 16 1994
 
LECTRONIX, INC. (1)
D678848 Center console single hand controller 0 2010
 
MICROSOFT CORPORATION (1)
* 5,643,087 Input device including digital force feedback apparatus 355 1994
 
MPC Products Corporation (1)
6,459,228 Dual input servo coupled control sticks 14 2001
 
OCEANEERING INTERNATIONAL, INC. (1)
7,466,099 Multi-mode manipulator arm and drive system 2 2007
 
OTTO BOCK HEALTHCARE IP GMBH & CO. KG (1)
* 7,500,407 Torque sensor 5 2005
 
SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD. (1)
7,345,672 Force feedback system and actuator power management 7 2004
 
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON (1)
6,437,770 Flat-coil actuator having coil embedded in linkage 19 1999
 
WITTENSTEIN AG (1)
* 7,199,544 Device for steering a vehicle 0 2003
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (4)
* 6,047,610 Hybrid serial/parallel manipulator 28 1997
8,328,638 Method and apparatus for generating tactile feedback via relatively low-burden and/or zero burden telemetry 0 2007
8,308,558 Universal tactile feedback system for computer video games and simulations 0 2008
* 8,366,549 Controller 0 2011
* Cited By Examiner