Patents by Inventor Daniel Kurz

Daniel Kurz 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: 11150469
    Abstract: In one implementation, a method includes emitting light with modulating intensity from a plurality of light sources towards an eye of a user. The method includes receiving light intensity data indicative of an intensity of the plurality of glints reflected by the eye of the user in the form of a plurality of glints and determining an eye tracking characteristic of the user based on the light intensity data. In one implementation, a method includes generating, using an event camera comprising a plurality of light sensors at a plurality of respective locations, a plurality of event messages, each of the plurality of event messages being generated in response to a particular light sensor detecting a change in intensity of light and indicating a particular location of the particular light sensor. The method includes determining an eye tracking characteristic of a user based on the plurality of event messages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Inventors: Branko Petljanski, Raffi A. Bedikian, Daniel Kurz, Thomas Gebauer, Li Jia
  • Publication number: 20210311550
    Abstract: Triggering a state change includes displaying a first version of a series of frames based on a first setup configuration, obtaining a second setup configuration for the series of frames, in response to obtaining a second setup configuration, monitoring for a change in an eye status, and in response to detecting a change in the eye status, displaying a second version of the series of frames based on the second setup configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2021
    Publication date: October 7, 2021
    Inventors: Sebastian Knorr, Daniel Kurz
  • Patent number: 11030784
    Abstract: The invention is related to a method of presenting a digital information related to a real object, comprising determining a real object, providing a plurality of presentation modes, wherein the plurality of presentation modes comprises an augmented reality mode, and at least one of a virtual reality mode and an audio mode, providing at least one representation of a digital information related to the real object, determining a spatial relationship between a camera and a reference coordinate system under consideration of an image captured by the camera, selecting a presentation mode from the plurality of presentation modes according to the spatial relationship, and presenting the at least one representation of the digital information using the selected presentation mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Kurz, Anton Fedosov
  • Patent number: 11016565
    Abstract: Triggering a state change includes displaying a first version of a series of frames based on a first setup configuration, obtaining a second setup configuration for the series of frames, in response to obtaining a second setup configuration, monitoring for a change in an eye status, and in response to detecting a change in the eye status, displaying a second version of the series of frames based on the second setup configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Sebastian Knorr, Daniel Kurz
  • Publication number: 20210117042
    Abstract: The present disclosure is related to a method and device for detecting a touch between at least part of a first object and at least part of a second object, wherein the at least part of the first object has a different temperature than the at least part of the second object. The method includes providing at least one thermal image of a portion of the second object, determining in at least part of the at least one thermal image a pattern which is indicative of a particular value or range of temperature or a particular value or range of temperature change, and using the determined pattern for detecting a touch between the at least part of the first object and the at least part of the second object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2020
    Publication date: April 22, 2021
    Inventor: Daniel Kurz
  • Publication number: 20210110560
    Abstract: Determining spatial coordinates of a 3D reconstruction includes obtaining, from a first camera system, a first image comprising a first real object, obtaining, from a second camera system, a second image comprising a second real object associated with known geometric properties, wherein the first camera system and the second camera system have a known spatial relationship, and determining a scale of the face based on the second image and the known geometric properties of the at least part of the second real object. Determining the spatial coordinates of the 3D reconstruction also includes determining a pose of the first and second camera systems, and determining the spatial coordinates based on the pose of the first camera system and the scale of the at least part of the second real object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2020
    Publication date: April 15, 2021
    Inventors: Sebastian Knorr, Daniel Kurz
  • Publication number: 20210076014
    Abstract: A method of projecting digital information on a real object in a real environment includes the steps of projecting digital information on a real object or part of a real object with a visible light projector, capturing at least one image of the real object with the projected digital information using a camera, providing a depth sensor registered with the camera, the depth sensor capturing depth data of the real object or part of the real object, and calculating a spatial transformation between the visible light projector and the real object based on the at least one image and the depth data. The invention is also concerned with a corresponding system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2020
    Publication date: March 11, 2021
    Inventors: Peter Meier, Mohamed Selim Ben Himane, Daniel Kurz
  • Publication number: 20210064910
    Abstract: Various implementations disclosed herein include devices, systems, and methods that detect surfaces and reflections in such surfaces. Some implementations involve providing a CGR environment that includes virtual content that replaces the appearance of a user or the user's device in a mirror or other surface providing a reflection. For example, a CGR environment may be modified to include a reflection of the user that does not include the device that the user is holding or wearing. In another example, the CGR environment is modified so that virtual content, such as a newer version of the electronic device or a virtual wand, replaces the electronic device in the reflection. In another example, the CGR environment is modified so that virtual content, such as a user avatar, replaces the user in the reflection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2020
    Publication date: March 4, 2021
    Inventors: Peter Meier, Daniel Kurz, Brian Chris Clark, Mohamed Selim Ben Himane
  • Patent number: 10930049
    Abstract: In one implementation, a method is disclosed for providing visual coherency between virtual objects and a physical environment. The method includes obtaining, at an electronic device, first content depicting a physical surface in the physical environment using an image sensor of the electronic device. An extrinsic property exhibited by the physical surface is determined based on the first content using a visual coherency model. Second content representing a virtual object is generated based on the extrinsic property to present on a display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Bradley W. Peebler, Daniel Kurz
  • Patent number: 10877605
    Abstract: The present disclosure is related to a method and device for detecting a touch between at least part of a first object and at least part of a second object, wherein the at least part of the first object has a different temperature than the at least part of the second object. The method includes providing at least one thermal image of a portion of the second object, determining in at least part of the at least one thermal image a pattern which is indicative of a particular value or range of temperature or a particular value or range of temperature change, and using the determined pattern for detecting a touch between the at least part of the first object and the at least part of the second object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Kurz
  • Patent number: 10846871
    Abstract: Determining spatial coordinates of a 3D reconstruction includes obtaining, from a first camera system, a first image comprising a first real object, obtaining, from a second camera system, a second image comprising a second real object associated with known geometric properties, wherein the first camera system and the second camera system have a known spatial relationship, and determining a scale of the face based on the second image and the known geometric properties of the at least part of the second real object. Determining the spatial coordinates of the 3D reconstruction also includes determining a pose of the first and second camera systems, and determining the spatial coordinates based on the pose of the first camera system and the scale of the at least part of the second real object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Sebastian Knorr, Daniel Kurz
  • Patent number: 10825255
    Abstract: A VR system for vehicles that may implement methods that address problems with vehicles in motion that may result in motion sickness for passengers. The VR system may provide augmented or virtual views that match visual cues with the physical motions that a passenger experiences. The VR system may project virtual content so that the content appears as a distant object stabilized or fixed in the external environment. The VR system may aid in productivity, as passengers may perform work while riding in the vehicle without experiencing motion sickness. In addition, the VR system may provide enhanced virtual experiences to passengers in moving vehicles by matching accelerations and motions of the vehicle to accelerations and motions in the virtual experiences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Mark B. Rober, Sawyer I. Cohen, Daniel Kurz, Tobias Holl, Benjamin B. Lyon, Peter Georg Meier, Jeffrey M. Riepling, Holly Gerhard
  • Patent number: 10819962
    Abstract: A method of projecting digital information on a real object in a real environment includes the steps of projecting digital information on a real object or part of a real object with a visible light projector, capturing at least one image of the real object with the projected digital information using a camera, providing a depth sensor registered with the camera, the depth sensor capturing depth data of the real object or part of the real object, and calculating a spatial transformation between the visible light projector and the real object based on the at least one image and the depth data. The invention is also concerned with a corresponding system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Meier, Mohamed Selim Ben Himane, Daniel Kurz
  • Publication number: 20200293109
    Abstract: Triggering a state change includes displaying a first version of a series of frames based on a first setup configuration, obtaining a second setup configuration for the series of frames, in response to obtaining a second setup configuration, monitoring for a change in an eye status, and in response to detecting a change in the eye status, displaying a second version of the series of frames based on the second setup configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2020
    Publication date: September 17, 2020
    Inventors: Sebastian Knorr, Daniel Kurz
  • Publication number: 20200279121
    Abstract: A method for determining at least one property related to at least part of a real environment comprises receiving a first image of a first part of a real environment captured by a first camera, wherein the first camera is a thermal camera and the first image is a thermal image and the first part of the real environment is a first environment part, providing at least one description related to at least one class of real objects, wherein the at least one description includes at least one thermal property related to the at least one class of real objects, receiving a second image of the first environment part and of a second part of the real environment captured by a second camera, wherein the second part of the real environment is a second environment part, providing an image alignment between the first image and the second image, determining, for at least one second image region contained in the second image, at least one second probability according to the image alignment, pixel information of the first image
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2020
    Publication date: September 3, 2020
    Inventors: Darko Stanimirovic, Daniel Kurz
  • Publication number: 20200278539
    Abstract: In one implementation, a method includes emitting light with modulating intensity from a plurality of light sources towards an eye of a user. The method includes receiving light intensity data indicative of an intensity of the plurality of glints reflected by the eye of the user in the form of a plurality of glints and determining an eye tracking characteristic of the user based on the light intensity data. In one implementation, a method includes generating, using an event camera comprising a plurality of light sensors at a plurality of respective locations, a plurality of event messages, each of the plurality of event messages being generated in response to a particular light sensor detecting a change in intensity of light and indicating a particular location of the particular light sensor. The method includes determining an eye tracking characteristic of a user based on the plurality of event messages.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Publication date: September 3, 2020
    Inventors: Branko Petljanski, Raffi A. Bedikian, Daniel Kurz, Thomas Gebauer, Li Jia
  • Publication number: 20200273180
    Abstract: Various implementations disclosed herein include devices, systems, and methods that use event camera data to track deformable objects such as faces, hands, and other body parts. One exemplary implementation involves receiving a stream of pixel events output by an event camera. The device tracks the deformable object using this data. Various implementations do so by generating a dynamic representation of the object and modifying the dynamic representation of the object in response to obtaining additional pixel events output by the event camera. In some implementations, generating the dynamic representation of the object involves identifying features disposed on the deformable surface of the object using the stream of pixel events. The features are determined by identifying patterns of pixel events. As new event stream data is received, the patterns of pixel events are recognized in the new data and used to modify the dynamic representation of the object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Publication date: August 27, 2020
    Inventors: Peter KAUFMANN, Daniel KURZ, Brian AMBERG, Yanghai TSIN
  • Publication number: 20200273212
    Abstract: Various implementations disclosed herein render virtual content with noise that is similar to or that otherwise better matches the noise found in the images with which the virtual content is combined. Some implementations involve identifying noise data for an image, creating a parameterized noise model based on the noise data, generating a noise pattern approximating noise of the image or another image using the parameterized noise model, and rendering content that includes the image and virtual content with noise added based on the noise pattern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2020
    Publication date: August 27, 2020
    Inventors: Daniel Kurz, Tobias Holl
  • Publication number: 20200258311
    Abstract: A VR system for vehicles that may implement methods that address problems with vehicles in motion that may result in motion sickness for passengers. The VR system may provide virtual views that match visual cues with the physical motions that a passenger experiences. The VR system may provide immersive VR experiences by replacing the view of the real world with virtual environments. Active vehicle systems and/or vehicle control systems may be integrated with the VR system to provide physical effects with the virtual experiences. The virtual environments may be altered to accommodate a passenger upon determining that the passenger is prone to or is exhibiting signs of motion sickness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2020
    Publication date: August 13, 2020
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Mark B. Rober, Sawyer I. Cohen, Daniel Kurz, Tobias Holl, Benjamin B. Lyon, Peter Georg Meier, Jeffrey M. Riepling, Holly Gerhard
  • Patent number: 10719727
    Abstract: A method for determining at least one property related to at least part of a real environment comprises receiving a first image of a first part of a real environment captured by a first camera, wherein the first camera is a thermal camera and the first image is a thermal image and the first part of the real environment is a first environment part, providing at least one description related to at least one class of real objects, wherein the at least one description includes at least one thermal property related to the at least one class of real objects, receiving a second image of the first environment part and of a second part of the real environment captured by a second camera, wherein the second part of the real environment is a second environment part, providing an image alignment between the first image and the second image, determining, for at least one second image region contained in the second image, at least one second probability according to the image alignment, pixel information of the first image
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Darko Stanimirovic, Daniel Kurz