Patents by Inventor Christian Holz

Christian Holz 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).

  • Patent number: 11379054
    Abstract: A virtual reality system is described herein. The virtual reality system includes a cane controller and a computing system. The cane controller comprises a rod, a sensor, and a brake mechanism, wherein the sensor is configured to generate a signal that is indicative of position, direction of movement, and velocity of the rod, and wherein the brake mechanism is configured to apply a force to the rod. The computing system receives the signal, computes a position, direction of movement, and velocity of a virtual rod in a virtual space, and outputs a control signal to the brake mechanism based upon such computation. The brake mechanism applies the force to the rod in a direction and with a magnitude indicated in the control signal, thereby preventing the user from causing the virtual rod to penetrate a virtual barrier in the virtual space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Edward Cutrell, Christian Holz, Hrvoje Benko, Michael J. Sinclair, Meredith June Morris, Yuhang Zhao, Cynthia Lynn Bennett
  • Publication number: 20220206398
    Abstract: A facet mirror for an illumination optical unit of a projection exposure apparatus has a large number of displaceable individual facets with a facet main body and a reflection surface arranged on it. At least some of the individual facets have a displacement range such that they come into contact with a stop surface in one or more displacement positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2022
    Publication date: June 30, 2022
    Inventors: Willi Anderl, Christian Körner, Hubert Holderer, Markus Holz, Manuel Stompe, Stefan Seitz
  • Patent number: 11357372
    Abstract: A vacuumed material collection station for receiving vacuumed material from a vacuum cleaning apparatus includes a vacuumed material collection container and an interface for connecting the vacuum cleaning apparatus to the vacuumed material collection station. The vacuumed material collection station comprises a receptacle space for receiving a filter chamber of a vacuum cleaning apparatus connected to the vacuumed material collection station and a feed device for feeding the filter chamber into the receptacle space. The receptacle space is designed for completely encompassing the filter chamber and/or at the most not encompassing a chamber side facing the interface with the vacuum cleaning apparatus. The receptacle space forms a partial volume within the housing of the vacuumed material collection station, and the feed device is designed for removing the filter chamber from the vacuum cleaning apparatus and displacing the filter chamber into the receptacle space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Vorwerk & Co. Interholding GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Buening, Benjamin Fleczok, Robert Frielinghaus, Martin Helmich, Lorenz Hillen, Christian Holz, Gerhard Isenberg, Andrej Mosebach, Roman Ortmann, Kevin Schmitz, Fabian Vitz, Niklas Van Teeffelen, Georg Hackert
  • Patent number: 11357373
    Abstract: A suction material collecting station for regenerating a filter chamber of a suction cleaner has an interface for connecting to the suction cleaner, a suction material collection container, a fan for generating a negative pressure in the suction material collection container, and an electric motor for driving the fan so that suction material contained in the filter chamber may be conveyed into the suction material collection container. The suction material collecting station has a control and evaluation unit that calculates a surroundings disturbance parameter and controls the operation of the electric motor automatically, depending on the surroundings disturbance parameter and a device parameter of the suction cleaner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Vorwerk & Co. Interholding GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Buening, Benjamin Fleczok, Robert Frielinghaus, Martin Helmich, Lorenz Hillen, Christian Holz, Gerhard Isenberg, Andrej Mosebach, Roman Ortmann, Kevin Schmitz, Fabian Vitz, Niklas Van Teeffelen, Georg Hackert
  • Patent number: 11322948
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a system with a household appliance, a charging station and a plurality of battery units. A control of the system is configured so that a battery unit connected to the charging station can be charged in dependence on a discharge of a battery unit which is connected to the household appliance for operating the household appliance to perform a use operation. The present disclosure further concerns a household appliance and a charging station. It is thereby made possible to perform particularly long use operations with only two battery units or at least a reduced number of battery units without an interruption for charging a battery, and at the same time to achieve the longest possible service life of the battery units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Inventors: Hans-Peter Arnold, Thomas Büning, Benjamin Fleczok, Robert Frielinghaus, Martin Helmich, Lorenz Hillen, Christian Holz, Gerhard Isenberg, Andrej Mosebach, Roman Ortmann, Kevin Schmitz, Fabian Vitz, Niklas van Teeffelen, Georg Hackert
  • Publication number: 20220100278
    Abstract: The present concepts relate to haptic controllers. In one example the haptic controller can include first and second capstans rotationally secured to a base and an energy storage mechanism connected between the first and second capstans. The example haptic controller can also include a user engagement assembly secured to the first capstan and a controller configured to control rotational forces imparted on the user engagement assembly by controlling rotational friction experienced by the first and second capstans.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2021
    Publication date: March 31, 2022
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Jack SINCLAIR, Mar GONZALEZ FRANCO, Christian HOLZ, Eyal OFEK
  • Patent number: 11287833
    Abstract: A floor processing device automatically moves within an environment, with a driving attachment, a floor processing unit, an obstacle detection unit, a control unit and a detection unit for detecting device parameters and/or environment parameters control unit is set up to determine an error of the floor processing device based upon the detected parameters that prevents the floor processing device from moving and/or the floor processing device from processing a surface to be processed in such a way that the floor processing device is unable to automatically extricate itself from the error situation. The control unite is set up to analyze the parameters detected by the detection unit with respect to recurring patterns that have a repeatedly encountered combination of an error and at least one chronologically preceding environment and/or device parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Vorwerk & Co. Interholding GmbH
    Inventors: Hans-Peter Arnold, Thomas Buening, Benjamin Fleczok, Robert Frielinghaus, Martin Helmich, Lorenz Hillen, Christian Holz, Gerhard Isenberg, Andrej Mosebach, Roman Ortmann, Kevin Schmitz, Fabian Vitz, Niklas Van Teeffelen, Uwe Kemker
  • Publication number: 20220079513
    Abstract: A system includes a household appliance and a sensor. The sensor is configured to output a sensor signal to the household appliance. The household appliance is configured to be activated based on the sensor signal received from the sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2021
    Publication date: March 17, 2022
    Inventors: Andrej Mosebach, Christian Holz
  • Patent number: 11265516
    Abstract: A system consisting of a vehicle which is autarchically mobile in the outdoor area on a property and a surveillance module which can be attached to the vehicle, wherein the surveillance module has surveillance sensors for carrying out surveillance of the property. The surveillance module can be replaced with a work module. Plant care activities can be performed with the work module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Vorwerk & Co. Interholding GmbH
    Inventors: Georg Hackert, Martin Helmich, Lorenz Hillen, Christian Holz, Gerhard Isenberg, Hendrik Koetz, Andrej Mosebach, Roman Ortmann, Robin Dulinski
  • Patent number: 11226685
    Abstract: The present concepts relate to haptic controllers. In one example the haptic controller can include first and second capstans rotationally secured to a base and an energy storage mechanism connected between the first and second capstans. The example haptic controller can also include a user engagement assembly secured to the first capstan and a controller configured to control rotational forces imparted on the user engagement assembly by controlling rotational friction experienced by the first and second capstans.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Jack Sinclair, Mar Gonzalez Franco, Christian Holz, Eyal Ofek
  • Publication number: 20210241536
    Abstract: Various embodiments are provided herein for tracking a user's physical environment, to facilitate on-the-fly blending of a virtual environment with detected aspects of the physical environment. Embodiments can be employed to facilitate virtual roaming by compositing virtual representations of detected physical objects into virtual environments. A computing device coupled to a HMD can select portions of a depth map generated based on the user's physical environment, to generate virtual objects that correspond to the selected portions. The computing device can composite the generated virtual objects into an existing virtual environment, such that the user can traverse the virtual environment while remaining aware of their physical environment. Among other things, the computing device can employ various blending techniques for compositing, and further provide image pass-through techniques for selective viewing of the physical environment while remaining fully-immersed in virtual reality.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2021
    Publication date: August 5, 2021
    Inventors: Andrew D. WILSON, Christian HOLZ, Eyal OFEK, Jeremy HARTMANN
  • Publication number: 20210240264
    Abstract: A computer device is provided is includes a display device, and a sensor system configured to be mounted adjacent to a user's head and to measure an electrical potential near one or more electrodes of the sensor system. The computer device further includes a processor configured to present a periodic motion-based visual stimulus having a changing motion that is frequency-modulated for a target frequency or code-modulated for a target code, detect changes in the electrical potential via the one or more electrodes, identify a corresponding visual evoked potential feature in the detected changes in electrical potential that corresponds to the periodic motion-based visual stimulus, and recognize a user input to the computing device based on identifying the corresponding visual evoked potential feature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2020
    Publication date: August 5, 2021
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew D. WILSON, Hakim SI MOHAMMED, Christian HOLZ, Adrian Kuo Ching LEE, Ivan Jelev TASHEV, Hannes GAMPER, Edward Bryan CUTRELL, David Emerson JOHNSTON, Dimitra EMMANOUILIDOU, Mihai R. JALOBEANU
  • Patent number: 11055891
    Abstract: Examples of the present disclosure describe systems and methods for providing real-time motion styling in virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and/or mixed reality (MR) environments. In aspects, input data corresponding to user interaction with a VR, an AR, or an MR environment may be received. The input data may be featurized to generate a feature set. The feature set may be compared to a set of stored motion data comprising motion capture data representing one or more motion styles for executing an action or activity. Based on the comparison, the feature set may be matched to feature data for one or more motions styles in the stored motion data. The one or more motions styles may then be executed by a virtual avatar or a virtual object in the VR/AR/MR environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Eyal Ofek, Mar Gonzalez Franco, Andrew D. Wilson, Karan Ahuja, Christian Holz
  • Patent number: 11050944
    Abstract: An imaging system comprises an optical sensor array with a plurality of sensor elements, an objective lens, an active polarization filter, and associated logic. The objective lens is configured to direct light from a field of view onto the plurality of sensor elements. Switchable electronically between first and second operational states, the active polarization filter is positioned to filter the light en route to the optical sensor array. The active polarization filter provides unequal relative attenuance, in the first versus the second operational state, of nonparallel polarization components of the light. The logic is configured to switch the active polarization filter from the first operational state to the second operational state, and to compare a light-intensity response of the plurality of sensor elements in the first operational state to the light-intensity response of the plurality of sensor elements in the second operational state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Ishan Chatterjee, Christian Holz
  • Patent number: 11040585
    Abstract: A trailer coupling comprises a cross member unit, which is mountable on a tail region of a body, and a bearing unit held by the cross member unit. A ball neck with a coupling ball is held on the cross member unit by the bearing unit. The cross member unit is connected in its two outer, mutually opposed end regions to mounting elements for fixation to the tail region. The cross member unit has an upper supporting structure and a lower supporting structure. The supporting structures are each connected at their mutually opposed outer end regions to the mounting elements and in a central region carry the bearing unit. One of the supporting structures is primarily torsionally rigid and at least partially surrounds a structure interior, and that the other of the supporting structures is primarily tensile stiff in the direction of travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: ACPS Automotive GmbH
    Inventor: Christian Holz
  • Patent number: 11004269
    Abstract: Various embodiments are provided herein for tracking a user's physical environment, to facilitate on-the-fly blending of a virtual environment with detected aspects of the physical environment. Embodiments can be employed to facilitate virtual roaming by compositing virtual representations of detected physical objects into virtual environments. A computing device coupled to a HMD can select portions of a depth map generated based on the user's physical environment, to generate virtual objects that correspond to the selected portions. The computing device can composite the generated virtual objects into an existing virtual environment, such that the user can traverse the virtual environment while remaining aware of their physical environment. Among other things, the computing device can employ various blending techniques for compositing, and further provide image pass-through techniques for selective viewing of the physical environment while remaining fully-immersed in virtual reality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew D. Wilson, Christian Holz, Eyal Ofek, Jeremy Hartmann
  • Patent number: 10976816
    Abstract: Various embodiments are provided herein for modifying a virtual scene based on eye-tracking. A computing device coupled to a HMD can provide a virtual scene for display on the HMD. The computing device can receive sensor data from a set of eye-tracking sensors coupled to the HMD. Based on the received sensor data, the computing device can determine a set of focal regions of the displayed virtual scene, including a perifoveal region of the displayed virtual scene. A portion of the virtual scene can then be modified based, in part, on a determination that the portion is outside of the determined perifoveal region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew D. Wilson, Sebastian Lennard Marwecki, Eyal Ofek, Christian Holz
  • Publication number: 20210100459
    Abstract: A sensor device is described herein. The sensor device includes a multi-dimensional optical sensor and processing circuitry, wherein the multi-dimensional optical sensor generates images and the processing circuitry is configured to output data that is indicative of hemodynamics of a user based upon the images. The sensor device is non-invasive, and is able to be incorporated into wearable devices, thereby allowing for continuous output of the data that is indicative of the hemodynamics of the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2020
    Publication date: April 8, 2021
    Inventors: Christian HOLZ, Eyal OFEK, Michael J. SINCLAIR
  • Patent number: 10953985
    Abstract: A sensor module is assigned to a vehicle that can be displaced in a terrain or designed for being positioned in the terrain. The sensor module has a sensor system with sensors that acquire sensor data in a contactless fashion. The sensors are designed for detecting the spatial extent of the plant at a location in the terrain. The sensor data makes it possible to determine whether the plant should be pruned. To this end, the sensor data is evaluated by utilizing a knowledge database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Vorwerk & Co. Interholding GmbH
    Inventors: Georg Hackert, Martin Helmich, Lorenz Hillen, Christian Holz, Gerhard Isenberg, Hendrik Koetz, Andrej Mosebach, Roman Ortmann, Robin Dulinski
  • Patent number: 10955977
    Abstract: An extender object for use with a multi-modal sensing surface comprises at least two antenna coils. A first antenna coil in the object is electrically connected to a second antenna coil in the object and the two antenna coils may be spatially separated. At least one of the first and second antenna coils comprises a plurality of radial elements extending in and/or out from the coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Greg Saul, Nicolas Villar, Daniel Cletheroe, Christian Holz, Haiyan Zhang