Method and apparatus for providing damping force feedback

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A method and apparatus for interfacing the motion of an object with a digital processing system includes a sensor for detecting movement of the object along a degree of freedom. A passive pneumatic or hydraulic damper is coupled to the object to provide a damping resistance to the object along the degree of freedom and resist a movement of the object. The damping resistance is provided by regulating the control of a fluid with a digital computing apparatus, thus providing a low-cost, low-power force-feedback interface that is safe for the user. The damper and sensor provide an electromechanical interface between the object and the electrical system. A gimbal or other interface mechanism can be coupled between the damper and the object. The interface is well suited for simulations or video games in which an object such as a joystick is moved and manipulated by the user.

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IMMERSION CORPORATIONSAN JOSE, CA778

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Gillespie, Richard B Redwood City, CA 3 559
Rosenberg, Louis B Pleasanton, CA 325 27089
Schena, Bruce M Menlo Park, CA 139 11807

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