Patents Assigned to SeeReal Technologies S.A.
  • Patent number: 10782522
    Abstract: The invention relates to a display device, in particular a head-mounted display or hocular, having a spatial light modulator and a controllable light-deflecting device for generating a multiple image of the spatial light modulator, which consists of segments, the multiple image being produced at least with a predefinable number of segments which determines the size of a visible area within which a 3D-scene holographically encoded in the spatial light modulator can be reconstructed for observation by an eye of an observer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: SEEREAL TECHNOLOGIES S.A.
    Inventor: Gerald Futterer
  • Patent number: 10761481
    Abstract: Disclosed is a holographic display including a spatial light modulator (SLM) with pixels, the SLM pixels being on a substrate, the SLM including circuitry which is on the same substrate as the SLM pixels, the circuitry operable to perform calculations which provide an encoding of the SLM.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: SEEREAL TECHNOLOGIES S.A.
    Inventors: Bo Kroll, Robert Missbach, Alexander Schwerdtner
  • Patent number: 10684489
    Abstract: The invention relates to a light modulation device for a display for representing two- and/or three-dimensional image content or image sequences. The light modulation device comprises a light modulator and a controller. The phase and/or the amplitude of a light wave field, which is substantially collimated, can be varied by means of the light modulator depending on the location of the light modulator. The light modulator can be actuated by means of the control device. According to the invention, in the direction of propagation of the light wave field, at least one diffracting unit is arranged downstream of the light modulator. The diffracting unit has a variable diffracting structure. By means of the diffracting structure, the light wave field varied by the light modulator can be diffracted in a variable and predeterminable manner. Further, the present invention relates to a display and a method for producing a light modulation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: SEEREAL TECHNOLOGIES S.A.
    Inventors: Bo Kroll, Norbert Leister, Gerald Futterer, Robert Missbach, Stephan Reichelt
  • Patent number: 10678188
    Abstract: A method for generating video holograms in real time for a holographic playback device comprising at least one light modulator means, into which a scene divided into object points is encoded as an entire hologram and can be seen as a reconstruction from a visibility region, which is located within a periodicity interval of the reconstruction of the video hologram, the visibility region defining a subhologram together with each object point of the scene to be reconstructed, and the entire hologram being generated from a superposition of contributions of subholograms, is characterized in that for each object point the contributions of the subholograms in the entire reconstruction of the scene can be determined from at least one look-up table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: SEEREAL TECHNOLOGIES S.A.
    Inventors: Enrico Zschau, Armin Schwerdtner, Bo Kroll, Alexander Schwerdtner
  • Patent number: 10585394
    Abstract: A hologram is constructed from individual subholograms assigned to corresponding encoding regions in a light modulation device and respectively assigned to an object point of the object to be reconstructed with the hologram. With a virtual observer window, a defined viewing region is provided through which a reconstructed scene in a reconstruction space is observed by an observer. A complex value of a wavefront for each individual object point is calculated in the virtual observer window. Each individual amplitude of a complex value of a wavefront in the virtual observer window is subsequently multiplied by a correction value with which a correction of the angle selectivity of at least one volume grating arranged downstream in the beam path of the light modulation device is carried out. The corrected complex values determined in this way for all object points are summed and transformed into the hologram plane of the light modulation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: SEEREAL TECHNOLOGIES S.A.
    Inventor: Norbert Leister
  • Patent number: 10578946
    Abstract: A polarization grating for diffractive light deflection, having at least one liquid crystal layer on a substrate, wherein the liquid crystal molecules having a periodic change in orientation. The invention further relates to a light deflection device and a method for deflecting light. A polarization grating for an oblique incidence angle of the light is specified, in particular having high diffraction efficiency for the +1st order for a specifiable or variable incidence angle in a wide range of incidence angles. A polarization grating has at least one additional orientation change of the liquid crystal molecules such a way such that light of a specified polarization has a controllable angle of incidence and experiences a specifiable phase retardation upon passing through the liquid crystal layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: SEEREAL TECHNOLOGIES S.A.
    Inventor: Norbert Leister
  • Patent number: 10528003
    Abstract: A light modulation device for a display device, in particular a holographic display device, for the representation of two-dimensional and/or three-dimensional reconstructed scenes. The light modulation device includes at least one spatial light modulator including modulation elements for modulating incident light and an optical element of known optical characteristics. The light incident on the at least one spatial light modulator is sufficiently coherent. The at least one spatial light modulator and the optical element are combined with one another in such a way that the optical element scatters the unmodulated light emanating from the spatial light modulator into an angular range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: SEEREAL TECHNOLOGIES S.A.
    Inventor: Ralf Haussler
  • Patent number: 10520889
    Abstract: Method for computing the code for the reconstruction of three-dimensional scenes which include objects which partly absorb light or sound. The method can be implemented in a computing unit. In order to reconstruct a three-dimensional scene as realistic as possible, the diffraction patterns are computed separately at their point of origin considering the instances of absorption in the scene. The method can be used for the representation of three-dimensional scenes in a holographic display or volumetric display. Further, it can be carried out to achieve a reconstruction of sound fields in an array of sound sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: SEEREAL TECHNOLOGIES S.A.
    Inventors: Enrico Zschau, Nils Pfeifer
  • Patent number: 10509364
    Abstract: A light modulator, for a display for the presentation of two- and/or three-dimensional image contents or image sequences, includes two opposing substrates and electrodes. At least one liquid crystal layer is provided between the two substrates. An alignment means is provided on the substrate which faces the liquid crystal layer to set a predeterminable initial alignment of the liquid crystals. The orientation of the liquid crystals can be controlled in a given range through an electric field generated by the electrodes. The alignment means is controllable and can be controlled to modify the initial alignment of the liquid crystals. The alignment can be controlled such the orientation of the liquid crystals can be oriented outside the given range or so that the initial alignment of the liquid crystals can be set specifically for certain positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: SEEREAL TECHNOLOGIES S.A.
    Inventors: Bo Kroll, Norbert Leister, Stephan Reichelt, Gerald Futterer
  • Patent number: 10394189
    Abstract: The invention relates to a display device for holographic reconstruction. The display device comprises a spatial light modulator device having combined phase modulating pixels and amplitude modulating pixels, an illumination unit generating sufficiently coherent light and arranged to illuminate of the spatial light modulator device and a reflection plane. The device being arranged such that light enters the spatial light modulator device and passes both the phase modulating pixel and the amplitude modulating pixel of the spatial light modulator device. The light is reflected by the reflection plane in between.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: SEEREAL TECHNOLOGIES S.A.
    Inventor: Gerald Futterer
  • Publication number: 20190227492
    Abstract: The invention relates to a display device, in particular a head-mounted display or a head-up display, for representing a two-dimensional and/or three-dimensional scene. The display device comprises a spatial light modulator device having pixels, and a beam offset device. The spatial light modulator device is illuminatable with light. The beam offset device is configured to be controllable in such a way that the light modulated by the pixels of the spatial light modulator device is laterally displaceable by less than one pixel extent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Publication date: July 25, 2019
    Applicant: SEEREAL TECHNOLOGIES S.A.
    Inventors: Bo KROLL, Norbert LEISTER
  • Patent number: 10359626
    Abstract: The invention relates to a display, in particular an autostereoscopic or holographic display, for representing preferably three-dimensional information, wherein the stereo views or the reconstructions of the holographically encoded objects can be tracked to the movements of the associated eyes of one or more observers in a finely stepped manner within a plurality of zones of the movement region. In this case, the zones are selected by the activation of switchable polarization gratings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: SEEREAL TECHNOLOGIES S.A.
    Inventor: Norbert Leister
  • Patent number: 10353344
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for optimized calculation of 2D sub-holograms for object points of a three-dimensional scene and a pipeline for real-time calculation of holograms are provided. The invention shortens the calculation time of a hologram for representing a three-dimensional scene and/or to reduce the calculation complexity of such a hologram. This is achieved by a 2D sub-hologram of an object point, which has image elements of the spatial light modulator, comprises a half 1D sub-hologram, where the radius of each image element is determined and each image element of the 2D sub-hologram is fixedly assigned to at least one image element of the half 1D sub-hologram with identical or similar radius by way of an electronic circuit, by a method for encoding a hologram, and by a pipeline on the basis of FPGA and/or ASIC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: SEEREAL TECHNOLOGIES S.A.
    Inventor: Enrico Zschau
  • Patent number: 10295959
    Abstract: A holographic display with an illumination device, an enlarging unit and a light modulator. The illumination device includes at least one light source and a light collimation unit, the light collimation unit collimates the light of the at least one light source and generates a light wave field of the light that is emitted by the light source with a specifiable angular spectrum of plane waves, the enlarging unit is disposed downstream of the light collimation unit, seen in the direction of light propagation, where the enlarging unit includes a transmissive volume hologram realizing an anamorphic broadening of the light wave field due to a transmissive interaction of the light wave field with the volume hologram, and the light modulator is disposed upstream or downstream of the anamorphic enlarging unit, seen in the direction of light propagation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: SEEREAL TECHNOLOGIES S.A.
    Inventor: Gerald Futterer
  • Patent number: 10268080
    Abstract: A phase modulator for polarized light, comprising a first substrate with a first surface and a second substrate with a second surface, a liquid crystal layer between the two substrates and an electrode arrangement. The phase modulator is usable as a variable deflection grating, and liquid crystal materials which are currently conventional are usable for its production. A phase modulator has an out-of-plane angle of the liquid crystal molecules next to the two surfaces whose magnitude is greater than 0 but less than or equal to 45 degrees, and an electrode arrangement controllable such that an in-plane component of the liquid crystal molecule orientation is adjustable in an angle range of up to 180 degrees, and the rotation sense of the liquid crystal molecules next to the first surface is opposite to the rotation sense of the liquid crystal molecules next to the second surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: SEEREAL TECHNOLOGIES S.A.
    Inventor: Norbert Leister
  • Patent number: 10234821
    Abstract: A three-dimensional light modulator, of which the pixels are combined to form modulation elements. Each modulation element can be coded with a preset discrete value such that three-dimensionally arranged object points can be holographically reconstructed. The light modulator is characterized in that assigned to the pixels of the modulator are beam splitters or beam combiners which, for each modulation element, combine the light wave parts modulated by the pixels by means of refraction or diffraction on the output side to form a common light beam which exits the modulation element in a set propagation direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: SEEREAL TECHNOLOGIES S.A.
    Inventors: Gerald Futterer, Norbert Leister, Ralf Haussler, Grigory Lazarev
  • Patent number: 10168540
    Abstract: For comfortable viewing of a 3-D scene at various viewing angles, a display having a large tracking range for a variable viewer distance is required. A controllable light-influencing element deflects light in coarse steps in a viewer range. Within said steps, the light is deflected by a further controllable light-influencing element continuously or with fine gradation. The light modulation device is suitable in holographic or autostereoscopic displays for guiding the visibility ranges of the image information to be displayed so as to follow the eyes of the viewers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: SEEREAL TECHNOLOGIES S.A.
    Inventors: Bo Kroll, Gerald Futterer, Norbert Leister, Stephan Reichelt, Ralf Haussler
  • Patent number: 10146180
    Abstract: A projection device is provided for displaying at least one of a two-dimensional and three-dimensional scene or of content. The projection device comprises an illumination device, at least two spatial light modulator devices and an optical system. The illumination device comprises at least one light source for generating a holographic illumination. One of said spatial light modulator devices is designed as spatial light modulator device modulating at least the phase of the light for the holographical generation of illumination patterns. This spatial light modulator device as first spatial light modulator device is followed by a second spatial light modulator device. The optical system is disposed to illuminate the second spatial light modulator device with a predefinable light distribution generated by the first spatial light modulator device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: SEEREAL TECHNOLOGIES S.A.
    Inventors: Norbert Leister, Gerald Fuetterer, Bo Kroll, Hagen Stolle
  • Patent number: 10102814
    Abstract: A controllable device for phase modulation of coherent light comprises a modulator matrix having a plurality of liquid crystal modulator cells each being adapted to modulate a phase value of light passing through a liquid crystal modulator cell depending on a voltage, which is applied to the liquid crystal modulator cell; at least one polarity area of said modulator matrix including at least one liquid crystal modulator cell; at least one storage unit for storing at least one pair of voltage values of which one has a positive and the other has a negative polarity for the liquid crystal modulator cells, whereby the pair of voltage values corresponds to a predetermined phase value; and a control unit for selectively applying one pair of voltage values to one liquid crystal modulator cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignees: SEEREAL TECHNOLOGIES S.A., SHARP CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert Missbach, Stephan Reichelt, Norbert Leister, Ralf Haussler, Naru Usukura, Hiromi Katoh, Yuichi Kanbayashi
  • Patent number: 9946224
    Abstract: Disclosed is a holographic display including a spatial light modulator (SLM) with pixels, the SLM pixels being on a substrate, the SLM including circuitry which is on the same substrate as the SLM pixels, the circuitry operable to perform calculations which provide an encoding of the SLM.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: SEEREAL TECHNOLOGIES S.A.
    Inventors: Bo Kroll, Robert Missbach, Alexander Schwerdtner