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Google settles haptic patent lawsuit with Immersion

11/27, 2:49pm

Settlement covers Google-branded, Motorola handsets only

Google has settled in a patent lawsuit with touch technology company Immersion over infringement of the latter's IP in haptic touchscreen technology. The lawsuit has taken nine months to close, and predates Google's ownership of Motorola, and has ended with the search giant licensing the patents in question, compensating for previous Motorola device shipments, and intending to pay for patent usage in smartphones developed by the company in the future.

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Immersion's Motiv SDK brings haptic feedback to Android

03/08, 2:15pm

Immersion outs Motiv haptic SDK for Android devs

Immersion has already introduced its Motiv haptic feedback platform for the Android OS earlier this year, but it's now making the promised SDK available for download. SDK 1.0 will let Android developers to bring tactile feedback into their products. It contains hundreds of haptic effects, code samples and other resources.

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Immersion intros next-gen MOTIV haptics for Android

02/10, 2:55pm

MOTIV haptic platform for Android introduced

Immersion on Thursday showed off its new MOTIV development platform for Android devices. The technology promises to bring next-generation haptic feedback to device makers and app developers. Immersion believed the current process of bringing haptic feedback into a user interface and applications is too complicated and that its MOTIV platform will ease this process for an interface or an app.

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Synaptics demos handset with grip sensors, more

12/14, 2:10pm

Synaptics Fuse shows input beyond touch

Synaptics on Monday revealed a concept phone design that shows input methods beyond touchscreens. The Fuse, co-designed by TheAlloy and The Astonishing Tribe, has a multi-touch capacitive screen but also embeds grip and touch sensors on the sides that can recognize when the phone is squeezed or touched beyond its display. It would even have basic touch control from the back of the phone to provide control without blocking the screen itself.

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Immersion's haptic tech comes to Symbian Foundation

06/10, 1:40pm

Immersion joins Symbian

Immersion on Tuesday announced it has joined the Symbian Foundation, giving other members access to the company's TouchSense haptics technology. The TouchSense API is available for free to programmers who are developing applications for the Symbian platform and cellphone makers can separately license Immersion's haptic technology. Haptic feedback such as Immersion's theoretically improve touchscreen interaction by producing confirmation of a virtual button press with vibration and sound.

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Inventor sues Sony over theft of PS3 feedback idea

04/24, 3:15pm

Inventor Sues Sony

Virtual Reality Feedback head and inventor Craig Thorner this week sued Sony's PlayStation divisions in Japan and the US, as well as PDP/Electro Source and multiple attorneys, over the alleged theft of intellectual property relating to force feedback technology that would ultimately be used in the DualShock 3 controller for later PlayStation 3 consoles. New Jersey-based Thorner claims that Sony violated trust by failing to defend him and his patents against lawsuits from Immersion.

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Immersion pays $20.8m settlement to Microsoft

08/27, 1:45pm

Immersion settles with MS

It was announced today that Immersion Corp. will pay $20.8 million to Microsoft to settle a lawsuit regarding vibration technology used in the latter's gaming system controllers. As part of the settlement, Immersion will join Microsoft's Certified Partner Program. The now-discarded lawsuit stems from a previous settlement Sony and Immersion reached that saw Sony pay Immersion $121 million for use of its patented technology, with Microsoft claiming its sublicense agreement gives it a claim to a portion of the Sony/Immersion settlement that Immersion initially refused to pay.

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