LG Licenses More Immersion Haptic Tech
Immersion today announced that LG has agreed to license more of its haptic feedback patents, expanding upon an existing partnership. The license covers simple forms of feedback, called Basic Haptics, which LG will use in its smartphones and other mobile devices. LG already licenses Immersion's TouchSense technology for its phones. Haptic feedback is the micro-vibration technology used by devices to let users know when they've activated certain buttons or features.
Immersion and Apple Come to Terms Over Touch Patents
Immersion Corporation today said it has reached an accord with Apple concerning touch feedback patents. Immersion sued Apple in 2016 over the iPhone's use of touch and haptic technology.
Immersion Hits Apple with 3D Touch Lawsuit
Immersion has filed multiple lawsuits against Apple and AT&T, claiming the two violate its haptic feedback patents. Specifically, Immersion believes the Apple iPhone 6/6 Plus, iPhone 6s/6s Plus, Apple Watch, Watch Sport, and Watch Edition make use to two patents pertaining to "haptic feedback system with stored effects" and "method and apparatus for providing tactile sensations." The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are further accused of infringing a third patent for "interactivity model for shared feedback on mobile devices" — or 3D Touch, the defining feature of the two phones.
Immersion Files Patent Complaint Against Apple
The U.S. International Trade Commission today said it plans to investigate allegations made by Immersion that Apple and AT&T are violating its patents.
Sony Seeking User Interface Design Feedback from Swedes
Sony today announced the Sony Concept for Android program in Sweden, which is a way for the company to test new user interface features for its smartphones. To start, Sony is offering 500 Swedish owners of the Xperia Z3 access to a new user experience that's based on a nearly stock version of Android 5.1 Lollipop, with some core Sony elements tossed into the mix.