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Haptic feedback for touchpads and other touch controls

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A haptic feedback planar touch control used to provide input to a computer. A touch input device includes a planar touch surface that inputs a position signal to a processor of the computer based on a location of user contact on the touch surface. The computer can position a cursor in a displayed graphical environment based at least in part on the position signal, or perform a different function. At least one actuator is also coupled to the touch input device and outputs a force to provide a haptic sensation to the user contacting the touch surface. The touch input device can be a touchpad separate from the computer's display screen, or can be a touch screen. Output haptic sensations on the touch input device can include pulses, vibrations, and spatial textures. The touch input device can include multiple different regions to control different computer functions.

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IMMERSION CORPORATIONSAN JOSE, CA512

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Riegel, James R Santa Clara, CA 36 728
Rosenberg, Louis B San Jose, CA 422 14848

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8,780,060 Methods and systems for providing haptic control 0 2010
 
BALLY GAMING, INC. (1)
8,715,085 Perceived skill gaming machine and method 0 2010
 
ELCKON LIMITED (1)
8,063,892 Haptic interface for touch screen embodiments 11 2007
 
HARMAN BECKER AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS GMBH (1)
8,306,691 On-board interactive electronic system for a vehicle 0 2005

Maintenance Fees

Fee Large entity fee small entity fee micro entity fee due date
7.5 Year Payment $3600.00 $1800.00 $900.00 Dec 1, 2017
11.5 Year Payment $7400.00 $3700.00 $1850.00 Dec 1, 2021
Fee Large entity fee small entity fee micro entity fee
Surcharge - 7.5 year - Late payment within 6 months $160.00 $80.00 $40.00
Surcharge - 11.5 year - Late payment within 6 months $160.00 $80.00 $40.00
Surcharge after expiration - Late payment is unavoidable $700.00 $350.00 $175.00
Surcharge after expiration - Late payment is unintentional $1,640.00 $820.00 $410.00

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