Vincent Lévesque

Pending Patent

Systems and Methods for Integrating Environmental Haptics in Virtual Reality

Simon Forest, Razmik Mousakhanian, Liwen Wu, Vincent Levesque, Channy Uon

US Patent Application 16/224,162, filed December 18, 2018, pending.

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Abstract

Systems and methods for integrating environmental haptic effects in virtual reality are disclosed. One illustrative system described herein includes a sensor for detecting an environmental condition, the environmental condition associated with an environmental haptic effect, and generating a sensor signal. The system also includes a virtual reality display configured to output a virtual reality effect. The system also includes a processor coupled to the sensor and a virtual reality display, the processor configured to: receive the sensor signal, determine a modification to the virtual reality effect based in part on the sensor signal, and transmit a display signal associated with the modification to the virtual reality display. Another illustrative system includes a sensor for detecting an environmental condition, the environmental condition associated with an environmental haptic effect, and generating a sensor signal, and a virtual reality display configured to output a virtual reality effect. The system also includes a processor coupled to the sensor and a virtual reality display, the processor configured to: receive the sensor signal, determine a generated haptic effect based at least in part of the sensor signal that when combined with the environmental haptic effect produces the desired haptic effect, and transmit a haptic signal associated with the generated haptic effect to a haptic output device.