07336260 is referenced by 130 patents and cites 148 patents.

Products and processes for providing tactile sensations to input devices or electronic devices are provided. Input devices include mechanical input devices (such as, for example, mechanical switches) and non-mechanical input devices (such as, for example, touchpads). Tactile feedback is provided by using an actuator or other means in communication with the input device or electronic device. A controller may be employed to receive signals from the input devices and control the actuator. Tactile feedback to an input device or electronic device may be provided in response to one or more events or situations. Such an event or situation may be any one designated. Examples of such events and situations include the level of pressure placed on an input device; the availability or lack of availability of a function associated with an input device; and the function, menu, or mode of operation associated with an input device's activation. A variety of feedback types and combinations may be selected.

Title
Method and apparatus for providing tactile sensations
Application Number
10/285450
Publication Number
7336260 (B2)
Application Date
November 1, 2002
Publication Date
February 26, 2008
Inventor
Kollin Tierling
Milpitas
CA, US
Alexander Jasso
Los Altos
CA, US
Alex S Goldenberg
Portola Valley
CA, US
Steven P Vassallo
Redwood City
CA, US
Kenneth M Martin
Los Gatos
CA, US
Agent
Kilpatrick Stockton
Assignee
Immersion Corporation
CA, US
IPC
G09G 5/00
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