Patents by Inventor David Tinch

David Tinch 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: 11107288
    Abstract: A virtual image generation system comprises a planar optical waveguide having opposing first and second faces, an in-coupling (IC) element configured for optically coupling a collimated light beam from an image projection assembly into the planar optical waveguide as an in-coupled light beam, a first orthogonal pupil expansion (OPE) element associated with the first face of the planar optical waveguide for splitting the in-coupled light beam into a first set of orthogonal light beamlets, a second orthogonal pupil expansion (OPE) element associated with the second face of the planar optical waveguide for splitting the in-coupled light beam into a second set of orthogonal light beamlets, and an exit pupil expansion (EPE) element associated with the planar optical waveguide for splitting the first and second sets of orthogonal light beamlets into an array of out-coupled light beamlets that exit the planar optical waveguide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Magic Leap, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian T. Schowengerdt, Mathew D. Watson, David Tinch, Ivan Li Chuen Yeoh, John Graham Macnamara, Lionel Ernest Edwin, Michael Anthony Klug, William Hudson Welch
  • Publication number: 20210157146
    Abstract: A display subsystem for a virtual image generation system comprises a planar waveguide apparatus, an optical fiber, at least one light source configured for emitting light from a distal end of the optical fiber, and a mechanical drive assembly to which the optical fiber is mounted as a fixed-free flexible cantilever. The drive assembly is configured for displacing a distal end of the optical fiber about a fulcrum in accordance with a scan pattern, such that the emitted light diverges from a longitudinal axis coincident with the fulcrum. The display subsystem further comprises an optical modulation apparatus configured for converging the light from the optical fiber towards the longitudinal axis, and an optical waveguide input apparatus configured for directing the light from the optical modulation apparatus down the planar waveguide apparatus, such that the planar waveguide apparatus displays one or more image frames to an end user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2021
    Publication date: May 27, 2021
    Applicant: MAGIC LEAP, INC.
    Inventors: Ivan Yeoh, Hui-Chuan Cheng, Lionel Ernest Edwin, David Tinch, William Hudson Welch
  • Patent number: 10935792
    Abstract: A display subsystem for a virtual image generation system comprises a planar waveguide apparatus, an optical fiber, at least one light source configured for emitting light from a distal end of the optical fiber, and a mechanical drive assembly to which the optical fiber is mounted as a fixed-free flexible cantilever. The drive assembly is configured for displacing a distal end of the optical fiber about a fulcrum in accordance with a scan pattern, such that the emitted light diverges from a longitudinal axis coincident with the fulcrum. The display subsystem further comprises an optical modulation apparatus configured for converging the light from the optical fiber towards the longitudinal axis, and an optical waveguide input apparatus configured for directing the light from the optical modulation apparatus down the planar waveguide apparatus, such that the planar waveguide apparatus displays one or more image frames to an end user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Magic Leap, Inc.
    Inventors: Ivan Yeoh, Hui-Chuan Cheng, Lionel Ernest Edwin, David Tinch, William Hudson Welch
  • Publication number: 20200408981
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a display system is provided. The display system comprises a plurality of light pipes and a plurality of light sources configured to emit light into the light pipes. The display system also comprises a spatial light modulator configured to modulate light received from the light pipes to form images. The display system may also comprise one or more waveguides configured to receive modulated light from the spatial light modulator and to relay that light to a viewer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2020
    Publication date: December 31, 2020
    Inventors: Kevin Curtis, Heidi Leising Hall, Pierre St. Hilaire, David Tinch
  • Publication number: 20200393215
    Abstract: A light emission assembly for a weapon sight, and methods of making and using such a light emission assembly, whereby the light emission assembly includes a light conductive member having a light conductive member length disposed between light conductive member first and second ends; a chamber disposed inside of the light conductive member proximate the light conductive member second end, whereby the chamber can be configured to contain a light emitting element; and a light conductive protrusion axially coupled to the light conductive member proximate the light conductive member first end, whereby the light conductive protrusion terminates in a viewing end, the viewing end cross-sectional area lesser than a light conductive member first end cross-sectional area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2020
    Publication date: December 17, 2020
    Applicant: HiViz, LLC
    Inventors: Phillip D. Howe, Bradley R. Smith, David A. Tinch, Jason D. Webb
  • Publication number: 20200371360
    Abstract: An example head-mounted display device includes a light projector, an optical assembly arranged to direct light from a light projector to a user, and an actuator module. The optical assembly includes a variable focus lens assembly including a rigid refractive component, a shaper ring defining an aperture, and a flexible lens membrane between the shaper ring and the rigid refractive component and covering the aperture. The refractive component, the shaper ring, and the lens membrane are arranged along an axis. The refractive component and the lens membrane define a chamber containing a volume of fluid. The actuator module is configured to adjust an optical power of the variable focus lens by moving the shaper ring relative to the refractive component along the axis, such that a curvature of the lens membrane in the aperture is modified.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2020
    Publication date: November 26, 2020
    Inventors: Timothy Mark Dalrymple, David Tinch, Michael Anthony Klug, Clinton Carlisle, Jason Donald Mareno, Arno Leon Konings, Christopher Peter Couste, Charles Robert Schabacker, Bach Nguyen
  • Publication number: 20200312040
    Abstract: A virtual image generation system comprises a planar optical waveguide having opposing first and second faces, an in-coupling (IC) element configured for optically coupling a collimated light beam from an image projection assembly into the planar optical waveguide as an in-coupled light beam, a first orthogonal pupil expansion (OPE) element associated with the first face of the planar optical waveguide for splitting the in-coupled light beam into a first set of orthogonal light beamlets, a second orthogonal pupil expansion (OPE) element associated with the second face of the planar optical waveguide for splitting the in-coupled light beam into a second set of orthogonal light beamlets, and an exit pupil expansion (EPE) element associated with the planar optical waveguide for splitting the first and second sets of orthogonal light beamlets into an array of out-coupled light beamlets that exit the planar optical waveguide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2020
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Applicant: Magic Leap, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian T. SCHOWENGERDT, Mathew D. WATSON, David TINCH, Ivan Li Chuen YEOH, John Graham Macnamara, Lionel Ernest EDWIN, Michael Anthony KLUG, William Hudson WELCH
  • Patent number: 10775545
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a display system is provided. The display system comprises a plurality of light pipes and a plurality of light sources configured to emit light into the light pipes. The display system also comprises a spatial light modulator configured to modulate light received from the light pipes to form images. The display system may also comprise one or more waveguides configured to receive modulated light from the spatial light modulator and to relay that light to a viewer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Magic Leap, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Curtis, Heidi Leising Hall, Pierre St. Hilaire, David Tinch
  • Patent number: 10760877
    Abstract: A light emission assembly for a weapon sight, and methods of making and using such a light emission assembly, whereby the light emission assembly includes a light conductive member having a light conductive member length disposed between light conductive member first and second ends; a chamber disposed inside of the light conductive member proximate the light conductive member second end, whereby the chamber can be configured to contain a light emitting element; and a light conductive protrusion axially coupled to the light conductive member proximate the light conductive member first end, whereby the light conductive protrusion terminates in a viewing end, the viewing end cross-sectional area lesser than a light conductive member first end cross-sectional area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: HiViz, LLC
    Inventors: Phillip D. Howe, Bradley R. Smith, David A. Tinch, Jason D. Webb
  • Patent number: 10755481
    Abstract: A virtual image generation system comprises a planar optical waveguide having opposing first and second faces, an in-coupling (IC) element configured for optically coupling a collimated light beam from an image projection assembly into the planar optical waveguide as an in-coupled light beam, a first orthogonal pupil expansion (OPE) element associated with the first face of the planar optical waveguide for splitting the in-coupled light beam into a first set of orthogonal light beamlets, a second orthogonal pupil expansion (OPE) element associated with the second face of the planar optical waveguide for splitting the in-coupled light beam into a second set of orthogonal light beamlets, and an exit pupil expansion (EPE) element associated with the planar optical waveguide for splitting the first and second sets of orthogonal light beamlets into an array of out-coupled light beamlets that exit the planar optical waveguide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Magic Leap, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian T. Schowengerdt, Mathew D. Watson, David Tinch, Ivan Li Chuen Yeoh, John Graham Macnamara, Lionel Ernest Edwin, Michael Anthony Klug, William Hudson Welch
  • Publication number: 20200249482
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for selectively incoupling light having different wavelengths into one of a plurality of waveguides. The systems and methods provided for selectively incoupling light having different wavelengths into one of a plurality of waveguides comprise a switching device comprising switchable reflective elements that can be configured to redirect incoming light towards an incoupling element associated with one of a plurality of waveguides.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2020
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    Inventors: David Tinch, William K. Jones
  • Publication number: 20200145625
    Abstract: A display subsystem for a virtual image generation system for use by an end user comprises a display, an optical fiber having a polarization-maintaining (PM) transmission fiber section and a non-PM scanning fiber section, a light source configured for injecting a linearly polarized light beam into the transmission fiber section, such that the linearly polarized light beam is emitted from the scanning fiber section, a mechanical scanning drive assembly in which the scanning fiber section is affixed, wherein the mechanical scanning drive assembly is configured for displacing the scanning optical fiber section is order to scan the emitted light beam, and a display configured for receiving the scanned light beam and generating an image to the end user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2020
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Applicant: Magic Leap, Inc.
    Inventors: Ivan YEOH, Lionel Ernest EDWIN, David TINCH
  • Patent number: 10591658
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a display system is provided. The display system comprises a plurality of light pipes and a plurality of light sources configured to emit light into the light pipes. The display system also comprises a spatial light modulator configured to modulate light received from the light pipes to form images. The display system may also comprise one or more waveguides configured to receive modulated light from the spatial light modulator and to relay that light to a viewer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Magic Leap, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Curtis, Heidi Leising Hall, Pierre St. Hilaire, David Tinch
  • Patent number: 10587848
    Abstract: A display subsystem for a virtual image generation system for use by an end user comprises a display, an optical fiber having a polarization-maintaining (PM) transmission fiber section and a non-PM scanning fiber section, a light source configured for injecting a linearly polarized light beam into the transmission fiber section, such that the linearly polarized light beam is emitted from the scanning fiber section, a mechanical scanning drive assembly in which the scanning fiber section is affixed, wherein the mechanical scanning drive assembly is configured for displacing the scanning optical fiber section is order to scan the emitted light beam, and a display configured for receiving the scanned light beam and generating an image to the end user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Magic Leap, Inc.
    Inventors: Ivan Yeoh, Lionel Ernest Edwin, David Tinch
  • Patent number: 10571693
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for selectively incoupling light having different wavelengths into one of a plurality of waveguides. The systems and methods provided for selectively incoupling light having different wavelengths into one of a plurality of waveguides comprise a switching device comprising switchable reflective elements that can be configured to redirect incoming light towards an incoupling element associated with one of a plurality of waveguides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Magic Leap, Inc.
    Inventors: David Tinch, William K. Jones
  • Publication number: 20190353907
    Abstract: A display subsystem for a virtual image generation system comprises a planar waveguide apparatus, an optical fiber, at least one light source configured for emitting light from a distal end of the optical fiber, and a mechanical drive assembly to which the optical fiber is mounted as a fixed-free flexible cantilever. The drive assembly is configured for displacing a distal end of the optical fiber about a fulcrum in accordance with a scan pattern, such that the emitted light diverges from a longitudinal axis coincident with the fulcrum. The display subsystem further comprises an optical modulation apparatus configured for converging the light from the optical fiber towards the longitudinal axis, and an optical waveguide input apparatus configured for directing the light from the optical modulation apparatus down the planar waveguide apparatus, such that the planar waveguide apparatus displays one or more image frames to an end user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Publication date: November 21, 2019
    Applicant: Magic Leap, Inc.
    Inventors: Ivan YEOH, Hui-Chuan CHENG, Lionel Ernest EDWIN, David TINCH, William Hudson WELCH
  • Patent number: 10338391
    Abstract: A display subsystem for a virtual image generation system comprises a planar waveguide apparatus, an optical fiber, at least one light source configured for emitting light from a distal end of the optical fiber, and a mechanical drive assembly to which the optical fiber is mounted as a fixed-free flexible cantilever. The drive assembly is configured for displacing a distal end of the optical fiber about a fulcrum in accordance with a scan pattern, such that the emitted light diverges from a longitudinal axis coincident with the fulcrum. The display subsystem further comprises an optical modulation apparatus configured for converging the light from the optical fiber towards the longitudinal axis, and an optical waveguide input apparatus configured for directing the light from the optical modulation apparatus down the planar waveguide apparatus, such that the planar waveguide apparatus displays one or more image frames to an end user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Magic Leap, Inc.
    Inventors: Ivan Yeoh, Hui-Chuan Cheng, Lionel Ernest Edwin, David Tinch, William Hudson Welch
  • Publication number: 20180374266
    Abstract: A virtual image generation system comprises a planar optical waveguide having opposing first and second faces, an in-coupling (IC) element configured for optically coupling a collimated light beam from an image projection assembly into the planar optical waveguide as an in-coupled light beam, a first orthogonal pupil expansion (OPE) element associated with the first face of the planar optical waveguide for splitting the in-coupled light beam into a first set of orthogonal light beamlets, a second orthogonal pupil expansion (OPE) element associated with the second face of the planar optical waveguide for splitting the in-coupled light beam into a second set of orthogonal light beamlets, and an exit pupil expansion (EPE) element associated with the planar optical waveguide for splitting the first and second sets of orthogonal light beamlets into an array of out-coupled light beamlets that exit the planar optical waveguide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Publication date: December 27, 2018
    Applicant: Magic Leap, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian T. Schowengerdt, Mathew D. Watson, David Tinch, Ivan Li Chuen Yeoh, John Graham Macnamara, Lionel Ernest Edwin, Michael Anthony Klug, William Hudson Welch
  • Publication number: 20180231350
    Abstract: A light emission assembly for a weapon sight, and methods of making and using such a light emission assembly, whereby the light emission assembly includes a light conductive member having a light conductive member length disposed between light conductive member first and second ends; a chamber disposed inside of the light conductive member proximate the light conductive member second end, whereby the chamber can be configured to contain a light emitting element; and a light conductive protrusion axially coupled to the light conductive member proximate the light conductive member first end, whereby the light conductive protrusion terminates in a viewing end, the viewing end cross-sectional area lesser than a light conductive member first end cross-sectional area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Publication date: August 16, 2018
    Applicant: HiViz LLC
    Inventors: Phillip D. Howe, Bradley R. Smith, David A. Tinch, Jason D. Webb
  • Publication number: 20170255016
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for selectively incoupling light having different wavelengths into one of a plurality of waveguides. The systems and methods provided for selectively incoupling light having different wavelengths into one of a plurality of waveguides comprise a switching device comprising switchable reflective elements that can be configured to redirect incoming light towards an incoupling element associated with one of a plurality of waveguides.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Publication date: September 7, 2017
    Inventors: David Tinch, William K. Jones