Methods and apparatuses for generating tactile feedback for games and simulations

DC
  • US 8,834,266 B2
  • Filed: 12/11/2012
  • Issued: 09/16/2014
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/21/1994
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. An apparatus for providing vibratory tactile sensations to a user, the apparatus comprising:

  • a hand-held game pad controller configured to be held by both of a user'"'"'s hands simultaneously, wherein the controller includes,a first motor and a second motor, wherein,each of the first and the second motor includes a mass secured to only a shaft,the mass and shaft move relative to the controller only via rotation, such that when the shaft rotates vibrations are generated via the rotation of the attached mass, andthe vibrations are transmitted to both hands of the user holding the controller,control circuitry coupled to and controlling the first and the second motors independently, wherein,the control circuitry controls the motors in response to control signals received from a computer,the control signals include instructions for vibrating the controller and are not audio signals, andthe control circuitry is configured to control the first and the second motors to each have a speed of rotation changeable in real time such that the first and the second motors generate vibrations simultaneously with independent intensities, anda battery for powering the first and the second motor, wherein the first and the second motor are remote from the computer and operable without electrical connection to the computer.

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