Patents by Inventor Craig R. Maitlen

Craig R. Maitlen 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: 10019962
    Abstract: A user interface includes a virtual object having an appearance in context with a real environment of a user using a see-through, near-eye augmented reality display device system. A virtual type of object and at least one real world object are selected based on compatibility criteria for forming a physical connection like attachment, supporting or integration of the virtual object with the at least one real object. Other appearance characteristics, e.g. color, size or shape, of the virtual object are selected for satisfying compatibility criteria with the selected at least one real object. Additionally, a virtual object type and appearance characteristics of the virtual object may be selected based on a social context of the user, a personal context of the user or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: James C. Liu, Anton O. Andrews, Benjamin I. Vaught, Craig R. Maitlen, Christopher M. Novak, Sheridan Martin Small
  • Publication number: 20170358021
    Abstract: A computing system for managing product customization is provided. The computing system includes instructions stored in memory and executable by a processor to receive, for each of a plurality of parts of a 3D product, a color selection input specifying a color selected by a user for that part, responsive to receiving the color selection inputs, generate a color histogram of the 3D product including a plurality of units, each unit being associated with one of the parts and assigned the color of that part, where the number of units allocated to each part is based on a size of the part, and display the color histogram in a graphical user interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Wheeler, Craig R. Maitlen, Devin Brown, Jurgen Brenkert
  • Patent number: 9727132
    Abstract: A system and method are provided that enhances a user's experience when using a see-through near eye display device. A user interface is provided for a user to manage single or simultaneous applications in a head mounted device. Applications for the head mounted device may be activated or deactivated by the user via the user-interface. The user's total field of view (TFOV) which accounts for a complete range of rotation and translation of the user's head may be determined by tracking the user's head position and rotation relative to the user's body and an environment associated with the user. One region of the user's TFOV (e.g., the right-hand side) may display an “application menu” including a list of applications that can be launched, and another region of the user's TFOV (e.g., the left-hand side) may display an “active menu” including a list of applications currently running.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: James Chia-Ming Liu, Anton Oguzhan Alford Andrews, Craig R. Maitlen, Sheridan Small
  • Publication number: 20170103582
    Abstract: A system for automatically displaying virtual objects within a mixed reality environment is described. In some embodiments, a see-through head-mounted display device (HMD) identifies a real object (e.g., a person or book) within a field of view of the HMD, detects one or more interactions associated with real object, and automatically displays virtual objects associated with the real object if the one or more interactions involve touching or satisfy one or more social rules stored in a social rules database. The one or more social rules may be used to infer a particular social relationship by considering the distance to another person, the type of environment (e.g., at home or work), and particular physical interactions (e.g., handshakes or hugs). The virtual objects displayed on the HMD may depend on the particular social relationship inferred (e.g., a friend or acquaintance).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Publication date: April 13, 2017
    Applicant: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Michael Novak, James Liu, Stephen Latta, Anton O.A. Andrews, Craig R. Maitlen, Sheridan Martin
  • Patent number: 9536350
    Abstract: A system for automatically displaying virtual objects within a mixed reality environment is described. In some embodiments, a see-through head-mounted display device (HMD) identifies a real object (e.g., a person or book) within a field of view of the HMD, detects one or more interactions associated with real object, and automatically displays virtual objects associated with the real object if the one or more interactions involve touching or satisfy one or more social rules stored in a social rules database. The one or more social rules may be used to infer a particular social relationship by considering the distance to another person, the type of environment (e.g., at home or work), and particular physical interactions (e.g., handshakes or hugs). The virtual objects displayed on the HMD may depend on the particular social relationship inferred (e.g., a friend or acquaintance).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Michael Novak, James Liu, Stephen Latta, Anton O. A. Andrews, Craig R. Maitlen, Sheridan Martin
  • Patent number: 9342610
    Abstract: A see-through head-mounted display (HMD) device provides an augmented reality image which is associated with a real-world object, such as a picture frame, wall or billboard. Initially, the object is identified by a user, e.g., based on the user gazing at the object for a period of time, making a gesture such as pointing at the object and/or providing a verbal command. The location and visual characteristics of the object are determined by a front-facing camera of the HMD device, and stored in a record. The user selects from among candidate data streams, such as a web page, game feed, video or stocker ticker. Subsequently, when the user is in the location of the object and looks at the object, the HMD device matches the visual characteristics to the record to identify the data stream, and displays corresponding augmented reality images registered to the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: James Chia-Ming Liu, Anton Oguzhan Alford Andrews, Craig R. Maitlen, Christopher M. Novak, Darren A. Bennett, Sheridan Martin Small
  • Patent number: 8963956
    Abstract: The technology provides embodiments for providing a location-based skin for a see-through, mixed reality display device system. In many embodiments, a location-based skin includes a virtual object viewable by a see-through, mixed reality display device system which has been detected in a specific location. Some location-based skins implement an ambient effect. The see-through, mixed reality display device system is detected to be present in a location and receives and displays a skin while in the location in accordance with user settings. User data may be uploaded and displayed in a skin in accordance with user settings. A location may be a physical space at a fixed position and may also be a space defined relative to a position of a real object, for example, another see-through, mixed reality display device system. Furthermore, a location may be a location within another location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen G. Latta, Benjamin I. Vaught, Craig R. Maitlen, Christopher M. Novak
  • Publication number: 20130169682
    Abstract: A system for automatically displaying virtual objects within a mixed reality environment is described. In some embodiments, a see-through head-mounted display device (HMD) identifies a real object (e.g., a person or book) within a field of view of the HMD, detects one or more interactions associated with real object, and automatically displays virtual objects associated with the real object if the one or more interactions involve touching or satisfy one or more social rules stored in a social rules database. The one or more social rules may be used to infer a particular social relationship by considering the distance to another person, the type of environment (e.g., at home or work), and particular physical interactions (e.g., handshakes or hugs). The virtual objects displayed on the HMD may depend on the particular social relationship inferred (e.g., a friend or acquaintance).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Inventors: Christopher Michael Novak, James Liu, Stephen Latta, Anton O.A. Andrews, Craig R. Maitlen, Sheridan Martin
  • Publication number: 20130050258
    Abstract: A see-through head-mounted display (HMD) device provides an augmented reality image which is associated with a real-world object, such as a picture frame, wall or billboard. Initially, the object is identified by a user, e.g., based on the user gazing at the object for a period of time, making a gesture such as pointing at the object and/or providing a verbal command. The location and visual characteristics of the object are determined by a front-facing camera of the HMD device, and stored in a record. The user selects from among candidate data streams, such as a web page, game feed, video or stocker ticker. Subsequently, when the user is in the location of the object and looks at the object, the HMD device matches the visual characteristics to the record to identify the data stream, and displays corresponding augmented reality images registered to the object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2011
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Inventors: James Chia-Ming Liu, Anton Oguzhan Alford Andrews, Craig R. Maitlen, Christopher M. Novak, Darren A. Bennett, Sheridan Martin Small
  • Publication number: 20130044129
    Abstract: The technology provides embodiments for providing a location-based skin for a see-through, mixed reality display device system. In many embodiments, a location-based skin includes a virtual object viewable by a see-through, mixed reality display device system which has been detected in a specific location. Some location-based skins implement an ambient effect. The see-through, mixed reality display device system is detected to be present in a location and receives and displays a skin while in the location in accordance with user settings. User data may be uploaded and displayed in a skin in accordance with user settings. A location may be a physical space at a fixed position and may also be a space defined relative to a position of a real object, for example, another see-through, mixed reality display device system. Furthermore, a location may be a location within another location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Inventors: Stephen G. Latta, Benjamin I. Vaught, Craig R. Maitlen, Christopher M. Novak
  • Publication number: 20130044128
    Abstract: A user interface includes a virtual object having an appearance in context with a real environment of a user using a see-through, near-eye augmented reality display device system. A virtual type of object and at least one real world object are selected based on compatibility criteria for forming a physical connection like attachment, supporting or integration of the virtual object with the at least one real object. Other appearance characteristics, e.g. color, size or shape, of the virtual object are selected for satisfying compatibility criteria with the selected at least one real object. Additionally, a virtual object type and appearance characteristics of the virtual object may be selected based on a social context of the user, a personal context of the user or both.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2011
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Inventors: James C. Liu, Anton O. Andrews, Benjamin I. Vaught, Craig R. Maitlen, Christopher M. Novak, Sheridan Martin Small
  • Publication number: 20130007668
    Abstract: A system and method are provided that enhances a user's experience when using a see-through near eye display device. A user interface is provided for a user to manage single or simultaneous applications in a head mounted device. Applications for the head mounted device may be activated or deactivated by the user via the user-interface. The user's total field of view (TFOV) which accounts for a complete range of rotation and translation of the user's head may be determined by tracking the user's head position and rotation relative to the user's body and an environment associated with the user. One region of the user's TFOV (e.g., the right-hand side) may display an “application menu” including a list of applications that can be launched, and another region of the user's TFOV (e.g., the left-hand side) may display an “active menu” including a list of applications currently running.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Inventors: James Chia-Ming Liu, Anton Oguzhan Alford Andrews, Craig R. Maitlen, Sheridan Small
  • Patent number: D557272
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2007
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Russell E. Glaser, Craig R. Maitlen, Rowland Brown
  • Patent number: D558219
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2007
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Russell E. Glaser, Craig R. Maitlen, Rowland Brown
  • Patent number: D558220
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2007
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Craig R. Maitlen, Rowland Brown, Thamer A. Abanami
  • Patent number: D562833
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2008
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Duan Martin Evans, Tiina Björk, Russell E. Glaser, Kevin Lee Furr, Craig R. Maitlen, Stephen William Clements
  • Patent number: D566125
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2008
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Duan Martin Evans, Tiina Björk, Russell E. Glaser, Kevin Lee Furr, Craig R. Maitlen, Stephen William Clements
  • Patent number: D566717
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Duan Martin Evans, Tiina Björk, Russell E. Glaser, Kevin Lee Furr, Paolo Malabuyo, Alan Thomas Shen, Craig R. Maitlen, Stephen William Clements
  • Patent number: D789952
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Craig R. Maitlen, Joseph Wheeler, David Gardner, Devin Brown, Jurgen Brenkert
  • Patent number: D797767
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Tyler Paul Esselstrom, Joseph Wheeler, Giancarlo Lari, Nando Costa, Anthony J. Giardini, Craig R. Maitlen