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1. WO2007143140 - HYBRID HAPTIC DEVICE

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CLAIMS
What is claimed is:

1. ' A rotary input control device, comprising:
a rotatable shaft;
a manipulandum coupled to the shaft;
a mechanical haptic assembly coupled to the manipulandum and configured to generate one or more mechanical haptic effects in response to rotation;
a sensor configured to measure an aspect of manipulation of the manipulandum and to output resulting manipulation information; and
an actuator operationally coupled to the manipulandum and responsive to a signal to provide a programmable haptic effect.

2. The rotary input control device of claim 1 , further comprising:
an audio transducer;
wherein the controller is configured to output an audio signal to the audio transducer in response to the aspect of manipulation.

3. The rotary input control device of claim 1 , wherein the mechanical haptic assembly includes a plurality of mechanical detents.

4. The rotary input control device of claim 1, wherein the mechanical haptic assembly includes a mechanical hard stop.

5. The rotary input control device of claim 1, further comprising a controller configured to generate the haptic output signal at a position within the detent.

6. The rotary input control device of claim 1 , wherein the aspect of manipulation includes a speed at which the manipulandum is rotated.

7. The rotary input control device of claim 1, wherein the aspect of manipulation includes detection of a radial position of at least a portion of a mechanical detent.

8. The rotary input control device of claim 5, wherein the controller is configured to generate the haptic output signal while the manipulandum is at the rest or preferred position of a detent.

9. The rotary input control device of claim 5, wherein the controller is configured to generate the haptic output signal while the manipulandum assembly is captured at a detent and wherein the haptic output signal is responsive, at least in part, to the specific detent in which the manipulandum is captured.

10. The rotary input control device of claim I5 wherein the haptic effect is a resistive force feedback.

11. The rotary input control device of claim 1, wherein the haptic effect is a assistive force feedback.

12. The rotary input control device of claim 5, wherein the haptic signal serves to create at least one hard-stop.

13. The rotary input control device of claim 5, wherein the haptic signal serves to create a hard stop to separate a number of mechanical detents according to a state of a user interface at a given time.

14. The rotary input control device of claim 5, wherein:
the controller is configured to output an audio signal to an audio transducer in response to the manipulandum entering a detent.

15. A method for interacting with a rotary input control device, the method comprising: rotating a knob and a coupled mechanical haptic assembly in synchrony with one another;
generating mechanical haptic effects from the mechanical haptic assembly in response to the rotation;
sensing by a sensor an aspect of manipulation of the rotary input control device; and sending from the rotary input control device a signal to a controller responsive to the sensed aspect of manipulation of the rotary input control device, and
generating-programmable haptic effects from an actuator operationally coupled to the rotary input control device.

16. The method of claim 15 further comprising:
generating programmable audio effects from an audio transducer coupled to the rotary input control device.

17. The method of claim 15, further comprising:
generating mechanical detents by rotation of the mechanical haptic assembly.

18. The method of claim 15, wherein the mechanical haptic assembly is configured to create a hard stop with the rotation.

19. The method of claim 15, wherein the aspect of manipulation includes a rotary position attained by the manipulandum.

20. The method of claim 15, wherein the aspect of manipulation includes a speed at which the manipulandum is rotated.