Patents by Inventor Birch Zimmer

Birch Zimmer has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20130063477
    Abstract: A method from controlling a computer is disclosed. The method includes receiving position data defining an actual position of a sensed object, applying a first scaling profile to the position data. The first scaling profile includes at least one scaling curve defining a relationship between the actual position relative to a virtual position in a rendered scene within an application program executed on the computer. The scaling curve defines a range of actual positions of the sensed object relative to a range of changes in virtual position. The method further includes controlling display of the rendered scene according to the first scaling profile, where changes in actual movement of the sensed object generate corresponding scaled movement of the virtual position in the rendered scene.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Inventors: James Richardson, Birch Zimmer, Eric Wesley Davison
  • Patent number: 8179366
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling operation of a computer based on movements and/or position of a movable object. The system includes a sensing apparatus configured to obtain positional data based on movements of a sensed object. Engine software may process the positional data and generate control commands to produce a virtual position in an application running on the computer. A visual comparator is operatively coupled with the engine software and configured to display an actual indicator and a virtual indicator to provide a visual comparison between the virtual position and the actual position of the sensed object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: NaturalPoint, Inc.
    Inventors: Jim Richardson, Birch Zimmer, Eric Wesley Davison
  • Publication number: 20060119574
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling a computer based on movements and/or position of a movable object. The system includes a sensing apparatus configured to obtain positional data based on movements of a sensed object. Engine software may process the positional data to select a determined position for the movable object, where the engine software is configured to select the determined position by selecting from among a plurality of potential positions of the sensed object that are obtainable from the positional data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2005
    Publication date: June 8, 2006
    Inventors: Jim Richardson, Birch Zimmer, Harold Parks
  • Publication number: 20060119576
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling operation of a computer based on movements and/or position of a movable object. The system includes a sensing apparatus configured to obtain positional data based on movements of a sensed object. Engine software may process the positional data and generate control commands to produce a virtual position in an application running on the computer. A visual comparator is operatively coupled with the engine software and configured to display an actual indicator and a virtual indicator to provide a visual comparison between the virtual position and the actual position of the sensed object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2005
    Publication date: June 8, 2006
    Inventors: Jim Richardson, Birch Zimmer, Eric Davison
  • Publication number: 20060119575
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling a computer based on movements and/or position of a movable object. The system includes a sensing apparatus configured to obtain positional data based on movements of a sensed object. Engine software may process the positional data to produce scaled rotations of a virtual scene that correspond to actual rotations of the movable object. The engine software may also process the positional data using no more than three sensed locations on the movable object, to perform control responsive to translational movement and rotation about three perpendicular axes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2005
    Publication date: June 8, 2006
    Inventors: Jim Richardson, Birch Zimmer, Eric Davison, Harold Parks
  • Patent number: 6433759
    Abstract: A gaze point tracking apparatus is provided having a comparator that receives a video signal corresponding to an eye image or a beacon image. The comparator produces a processed video signal that consists of two signal levels. A video processor detects and measures transitions between the two signal levels. The detected transitions are used to determine the location of a gaze point on a display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2002
    Assignee: Eye Control Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jim Richardson, Birch Zimmer, Michael A. Hardwick
  • Patent number: 6091378
    Abstract: A gaze point tracking apparatus is provided having a comparator that receives a video signal corresponding to an eye image or a beacon image. The comparator produces a processed video signal that consists of two signal levels. A video processor detects and measures transitions between the two signal levels. The detected transitions are used to determine the location of a gaze point on a display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2000
    Assignee: Eye Control Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jim Richardson, Birch Zimmer, Michael A. Hardwick