Patents Assigned to Facebook Technologies, LLC
  • Patent number: 11004881
    Abstract: Examples of image sensors are provided. In one example, a pixel cell comprises a first semiconductor die, a sampling capacitor, and a second semiconductor die which may include the sampling capacitor. The first semiconductor die includes a photodiode and a charge sensing device. The second semiconductor die forms a stack with the first semiconductor die, the second semiconductor die including an interface circuit coupled with the photodiode, the charge sensing device, and the sampling capacitor. The interface circuit is configured to: enable the photodiode to accumulate charge responsive to incident light within a integration period; transfer the charge from the photodiode to the charge sensing device; perform, using the sampling capacitor, a sample-and-hold operation to convert the charge in the charge sensing device into a voltage; and generate a digital output based on the voltage to represent an intensity of the incident light received by the photodiode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Xinqiao Liu, Song Chen
  • Patent number: 11004222
    Abstract: A depth measurement assembly (DMA) includes a structured light emitter, an augmented camera, and a controller. The structured light emitter projects structured light into a local area under instructions from the controller. The augmented camera generates image data of an object illuminated with the structured light pattern projected by the structured light emitter in accordance with camera instructions generated by the controller. The augmented camera includes a high speed computation tracking sensor that comprises a plurality of augmented photodetectors. Each augmented photodetector converts light to data and stores the data in its own memory unit. The controller receives the image data and determines depth information of the object in the local area based in part on the image data. The depth measurement unit can be incorporated into a head-mounted display (HMD).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Xinqiao Liu, Richard Andrew Newcombe, Steven John Lovegrove, Renzo De Nardi
  • Patent number: 11005014
    Abstract: Techniques related to optics formation using pick-up tools are disclosed. Optical elements are formed by pressing a pick-up tool (PUT) against elastomeric material deposited on a light-outputting side of light-emitting diode (LED) devices. Pressing the PUT against the elastomeric material causes a molded shape of the PUT to be transferred to the elastomeric material. This forms the optical elements in the elastomeric material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: FACEBOOK TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Brodoceanu, Patrick Joseph Hughes, Pooya Saketi, Oscar Torrents Abad
  • Patent number: 11006197
    Abstract: An ear-plug device is an in-ear device that presents audio content to an ear canal of a user. The in-ear device includes a body configured to at least partially fit inside the ear canal of the user, and a transducer assembly coupled to the body. The transducer assembly comprises at least one transducer located within the ear canal. The at least one transducer is configured to vibrate a portion of the ear canal to cause the ear canal to create an airborne acoustic pressure wave in the ear canal in accordance with vibration instructions. The airborne acoustic pressure wave corresponds to and is for presentation of the audio content to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Morteza Khaleghimeybodi
  • Patent number: 11000211
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for adapting a control mapping associating sensor signals with control signals for controlling an operation of a device. The method comprises obtaining first state information for an operation of the device, providing the first state information as input to an intention model associated with an operation of the device and obtaining corresponding first intention model output, providing a plurality of neuromuscular signals recorded from a user and/or signals derived from the neuromuscular signals as inputs to a first control mapping and obtaining corresponding first control mapping output, and updating the first control mapping using the inputs provided to the first control mapping and the first intention model output to obtain a second control mapping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick Kaifosh, Timothy Machado, Thomas Reardon, Erik Schomburg, Joshua Merel, Steven Demers
  • Patent number: 11002898
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are techniques for displaying images on multiple image planes in a near-eye display system. A switchable optical device includes a first polarizer configurable to polarize incident light into light of a first circular polarization state, and a second polarizer configurable to transmit light of a second circular polarization state and reflect light of the first circular polarization state into light of the first circular polarization state. The switchable optical device also includes a partial reflector positioned between the first polarizer and the second polarizer. The partial reflector is configured to transmit light from the first polarizer and reflect light from the second polarizer, where the reflected light and the light from the second polarizer have different polarization states. At least one of the first polarizer or the second polarizer includes a cholesteric liquid crystal (CLC) circular polarizer that is switchable by a voltage signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: FACEBOOK TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Fenglin Peng, Ying Geng, Yusufu Njoni Bamaxam Sulai, Mengfei Wang, Lu Lu, Jacques Gollier
  • Patent number: 11002969
    Abstract: A light projection system includes a light source configured to emit image light and an optical assembly configured to provide positive optical power to the image light and optically correct the image light. The optical assembly comprises a plurality of optical elements configured to correct differential distortion related to the image light across a field of view (FOV) within a threshold amount. The differential distortion is corrected based in part on asymmetry of the plurality of optical elements relative to an optical axis shared by the plurality of optical elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Patrick Schaub, Byron Taylor, Yijing Fu
  • Patent number: 11002968
    Abstract: A display device includes a display panel having a first emission region and one or more second emission regions disposed adjacent to the first emission region. The display device includes a plurality of light emitters, arranged in the first emission region, corresponding to a first color gamut and a plurality of light emitters, arranged in the one or more second emission regions, corresponding to a second color gamut that is distinct from the first color gamut. A method for making a display device with a plurality of light emitters corresponding to a first color gamut in a first emission region and a plurality of light emitters corresponding to a second color gamut in a second emission region is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew John Ouderkirk, James Hillis, Marina Zannoli, Jasmine Soria Sears, James Ronald Bonar, Gareth Valentine, Barry David Silverstein, Warren Andrew Hunt
  • Patent number: 11003307
    Abstract: An artificial reality system is described that renders, presents, and controls user interface elements within an artificial reality environment, and performs actions in response to one or more detected gestures of the user. The artificial reality system includes an image capture device, a head-mounted display (HMD), a user interface (UI) engine, and a rendering engine. The image capture device is configured to capture image data representative of a physical environment. The HMD is configured to output artificial reality content including a representation of a wrist. The rendering engine configured to render a user interface (UI) element. The gesture detector configured to identify a gesture that includes a gripping motion of two or more digits of a hand to form a gripping configuration at the location of the UI element, and a pulling motion away from the wrist while in the gripping configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan Ravasz, Jasper Stevens, Adam Tibor Varga, Etienne Pinchon, Simon Charles Tickner, Jennifer Lynn Spurlock, Kyle Eric Sorge-Toomey, Robert Ellis, Barrett Fox
  • Patent number: 11002955
    Abstract: In various embodiments, a reverse-order crossed pancake lens block having an index gradient structure may include an optical element configured to transmit at least a portion of radiation from a radiation source. Moreover, the pancake lens block may include an index-gradient structure that is spaced at a distance from the optical element, the distance configured to provide an optical path length in the pancake lens block. The index-gradient structure may be configured to provide an anti-reflective property to at least one surface of the optical element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Gary Dean Sharp, Jacques Gollier
  • Patent number: 11002890
    Abstract: An optical element includes a Fresnel surface including valleys between Fresnel segments. Compensation trenches disposed in the valleys are configured to accept excess of an optical layer received in the valleys during a deposition of the optical layer. The compensation trenches are filled with the optical layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Evan M. Richards, Kurt Allen Jenkins
  • Patent number: 10996049
    Abstract: A system and a method for producing an adjustable light pattern are provided herein. The system may include: a transmitter configured to illuminate a scene with a patterned light being adjusted based on predefined criteria; a receiver configured to receive reflections of the adjusted patterned light; and a computer processor configured to control the adjustment of the patterned light and further analyze the received reflections, to yield a depth map of objects within the scene, wherein the transmitter may include: a light source configured to produce a light beam; a first reflector tiltable approximately along a line on an x-y plane in a Cartesian x-y-z coordinate system; and a second reflector tiltable along a z-axis in said coordinate system, wherein the reflectors are tilted along their respective axes back and forth so as to divert the light beam for creating the adjusted patterned light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Guy Raz
  • Patent number: 10996466
    Abstract: An optical film fabrication method, an optical film and a head-mounted display are provided. The optical film fabrication method comprises: providing a substrate having a curved surface; dispensing a photo-alignment (PAM) layer on the curved surface of the substrate and exposing the PAM layer to spatially-uniformly polarized light; dispensing a birefringent material layer on the PAM layer; and curing the birefringent material layer to form a birefringent film on the curved surface. An optic axis orientation of birefringent material molecules in the birefringent film are spatially uniform across the birefringent film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: FACEBOOK TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Babak Amirsolaimani, Ying Geng
  • Patent number: 10996514
    Abstract: A headset includes a backlight assembly, a display panel, and an optics block. The backlight assembly includes an array of light emitting diodes (LEDs), a diffusing element, and a brightness enhancement film. The array of LEDs and the brightness enhancement film are configured in a way such that the light generated by the backlight assembly has a non-uniform brightness distribution. The display panel receives the light and convert the light to image light. The image light has at least the non-uniform brightness distribution. The optics block includes one or more optical elements that direct the image light to an eyebox of the headset. The optics block adds another non-uniform brightness distribution to the image light to offset the non-uniform brightness distribution from the backlight assembly, such that the image light directed to the eyebox has a target brightness distribution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Evan M. Richards
  • Patent number: 10996752
    Abstract: A backlight device includes a first surface and a second surface that is opposite to the first surface. The backlight device is configured to emit light in a first optical band through the second surface toward a display panel of a head-mounted display (HMD). The display panel is configured to convert the light from the backlight device to image light. The backlight device is transparent to light in a second optical band that is different than the first optical band. An eye tracking system illuminates an eyebox with light in the second optical band. A camera assembly positioned adjacent to the first surface of the backlight device. The camera assembly is configured to capture images of the eye in the second optical band through the backlight device, the display panel. The eye tracking system determines eye tracking information based at least in part on the captured images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew John Ouderkirk, Jacques Gollier, Robin Sharma, Yusufu Njoni Bamaxam Sulai, Brian Wheelwright, Ying Geng, Alexander Sohn, Abbas Mehdi Kazmi
  • Patent number: 10998215
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to placing light emitting diodes from a carrier substrate to a target substrate. At least one LED is embedded in a polymer layer on a substrate. The polymer layer is etched between the at least one LED and the substrate. A thickness of the polymer layer is monitored during etching of the polymer layer. The etching of the polymer layer is terminated responsive to determining that the thickness of the polymer layer is in a target range or a target value. A pick-up-tool (PUT) is brought into contact with at least one surface of the at least one LED facing away from the substrate responsive to dry-etching the polymer layer, and the PUT is lifted with the at least one LED attached to the PUT.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Daniel Brodoceanu
  • Patent number: 10996476
    Abstract: An optical device with reduced see-through diffraction artifacts for Augmented Reality (AR) applications is provided. The device includes a projector configured to generate an image light and a waveguide optically coupled with the projector and configured to guide the image light to an eye-box. The waveguide includes an in-coupling element configured to couple the image light into the waveguide, and an out-coupling element configured to decouple the image light out of the waveguide. The waveguide includes at least one switchable grating configured to: during a virtual-world subframe of a display frame, decouple the image light out of the waveguide via diffraction, and during a real-world subframe of the display frame, transmit a light from a real-world environment to the eye-box with a diffraction efficiency less than a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: FACEBOOK TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Maimone, Oleg Yaroshchuk
  • Patent number: 10998480
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for forming a frame on the backplane comprising structures at least partially circumscribing or enclosing metal contacts on the backplane. In some embodiments, the frame may comprise a photoresist. The dimensions and structural integrity of the frame can help prevent misalignment and/or damage of physical obtrusions of light-emitting structures during a bonding process of the light-emitting structures to the backplane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: FACEBOOK TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Oscar Torrents Abad
  • Patent number: 10994196
    Abstract: A head mounted display (HMD) includes an electronic display configured to display a virtual scene to a user, an optics block, an eye tracking system, and a varifocal actuation that mechanically changes a distance between the optics block and the electronic display. The varifocal actuation block is configured to change a location of an image plane of the HMD and includes a motor, a power screw coupled to the actuating motor configured to turn responsive to actuation of the motor, and a nut sled on the power screw that is coupled to the electronic display. The nut sled is configured to move back and forth along a length of the power screw responsive to the power screw being turned by the motor that results in movement of the electronic display relative to the optics block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Ryan Michael Ebert
  • Patent number: 10996382
    Abstract: An optical device with a variable index of refraction is formed by exposing a film to an energy gradient. The optical device has angular selectivity. The optical device can be used as an output coupler for a waveguide used in a virtual-reality and/or augmented-reality apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: FACEBOOK TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Giuseppe Calafiore, Austin Lane, Matthew E. Colburn