Patents by Inventor Eric Larsen

Eric Larsen 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: 10228562
    Abstract: Systems and methods include receiving an image for presenting on a display screen of a head mounted display (HMD). The image is provided by an application. The received image is pre-distorted to enable optics provided in a HMD to render the image. An alignment offset is identified for an eye of a user wearing the HMD by determining a position of the eye relative to an optical axis of at least one lens of the optics of the HMD. The pre-distorted image provided by the application is adjusted to define a corrected pre-distorted image that accounts for the alignment offset. The corrected pre-distorted image is forwarded to the display screen of the HMD for rendering, such that the image presented through the optics of the HMD removes aberrations caused by the alignment offset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Roger Stafford, Eric Larsen
  • Patent number: 10150028
    Abstract: A method for managing multi-player interactivity with an interactive application is provided, including the following method operations: determining a location of a first controller; determining a location of a second controller; determining a location of a biometric identifier of a first user; determining a location of a biometric identifier of a second user; pairing the first controller to the first user based on the location of the first controller and the location of the biometric identifier of the first user; pairing the second controller to the second user based on the location of the second controller and the location of the biometric identifier of the second user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Anton Mikhailov, Richard Marks, Eric Larsen
  • Publication number: 20180314323
    Abstract: A head mounted display is provided. The head mounted display includes an optics block having a display screen. The optics block has a forward-facing region, a lower-facing region, a top-facing region, an inside-facing region, and side regions that extend from the forward-facing region toward the inside-facing region. The display screen is viewable from the inside-facing region. A band adjustment unit is located opposite the optics block. A headband has a front portion and an adjustable portion. The adjustable portion of the headband is connected to the band adjustment unit to contract a size of the headband or expand the size of the headband. The front portion of the headband has a connection to the top-facing region of the optics block that is proximate to the inside-facing region. A pad is disposed inside of the front portion of the headband. The pad provides for at least partial support of the optics block when the head mounted display is worn by a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Publication date: November 1, 2018
    Inventors: Anton Mikhailov, Eric Larsen, Jeffrey Roger Stafford
  • Patent number: 10073516
    Abstract: Inertial sensors within a head mounted display are used to track movement of the head mounted display. The tracked movement of the head mounted display is correlated to an action within a virtual reality scene that is currently displayed to a user wearing the head mounted display. The action within the virtual reality scene is based on a context of the virtual reality scene that is currently displayed. The detected movement of the head mounted display can be combined with other sensor data, such as gaze detection data, to determine the action within the virtual reality scene. In this manner, movements of the user as detected using the inertial sensors within the head mounted display are used as inputs to cause actions within the current context of the virtual reality scene as displayed within the head mounted display to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Larsen, Frederick Umminger, Xiaoyong Ye, Noam Rimon, Jeffrey Roger Stafford, Xia Lou
  • Publication number: 20170333786
    Abstract: An image capture device, including: a housing; a first camera defined along a front surface of the housing; a first camera controller configured to control the first camera to capture images of an interactive environment during user interactivity at a first exposure setting, the captured images from the first camera being analyzed to detect a dynamic range of the interactive environment and to track a user; a second camera defined along the front surface of the housing; a second camera controller configured to control the second camera to capture images of the interactive environment during the user interactivity at a second exposure setting based on the detected dynamic range, the second exposure setting being lower than the first exposure setting and configured to enable capture of objects that are the brightest objects in the interactive environment, the captured images from the second camera being analyzed to track an illuminated object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Publication date: November 23, 2017
    Inventors: Anton Mikhailov, Richard Marks, Eric Larsen
  • Publication number: 20170315611
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for head mounted display (HMD) implementations. One example implementation includes a circuit for communicating with a computing system that processes multimedia content for display in the HMD. A front unit of the HMD has a screen for displaying multimedia content, and the front unit has a set of LEDs. A rear section of the HMD has a set of LEDs. A connector is provided for coupling the front unit with the rear section of the HMD, such that adjustment of the connector changes a separation distance between at least one of the set of LEDs of the front unit and at least one of the set of LEDs of the rear section. The computing system processes image data captured of the HMD when worn by a user. The image data includes at least one of the set of LEDs of the front unit and at least one of the set of LEDs of the rear section to identify the separation distance for a current adjustment of the connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Publication date: November 2, 2017
    Inventors: Anton Mikhailov, Eric Larsen, Jeffrey Roger Stafford
  • Patent number: 9724597
    Abstract: An image capture device includes: a housing; a first camera defined along a front surface of the housing; a first camera controller configured to control the first camera to capture images of an interactive environment during user interactivity at a first exposure setting; a second camera defined along the front surface of the housing; a second camera controller configured to control the second camera to capture images of the interactive environment during the user interactivity at a second exposure setting lower than the first exposure setting, the captured images from the second camera being analyzed to identify and track an illuminated object in the interactive environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Anton Mikhailov, Richard Marks, Eric Larsen
  • Patent number: 9710057
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for head mounted display (HMD) implementations. In one example implementation, a HMD includes a circuit for communicating with a computing system that processes multimedia content for display in the HMD. Further included is a front unit of the HMD that has a screen for displaying multimedia content, and the front unit has a set of LEDs. The HMD includes an accelerometer and gyroscope disposed in the front unit of the HMD. A rear section of the HMD is provided having a set of LEDs. A headband connecting the front unit to the rear section is included, such that adjustment of the headband changes a separation distance between at least one of the set of LEDs of the front unit and at least one of the set of LEDs of the rear section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Anton Mikhailov, Eric Larsen, Jeffrey Roger Stafford
  • Publication number: 20160187969
    Abstract: Inertial sensors within a head mounted display are used to track movement of the head mounted display. The tracked movement of the head mounted display is correlated to an action within a virtual reality scene that is currently displayed to a user wearing the head mounted display. The action within the virtual reality scene is based on a context of the virtual reality scene that is currently displayed. The detected movement of the head mounted display can be combined with other sensor data, such as gaze detection data, to determine the action within the virtual reality scene. In this manner, movements of the user as detected using the inertial sensors within the head mounted display are used as inputs to cause actions within the current context of the virtual reality scene as displayed to the user within the head mounted display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Publication date: June 30, 2016
    Inventors: Eric Larsen, Frederick Umminger, Xiaoyong Ye, Noam Rimon, Jeffrey Roger Stafford, Xia Lou
  • Publication number: 20160091720
    Abstract: Systems and methods include receiving an image for presenting on a display screen of a head mounted display (HMD). The image is provided by an application. The received image is pre-distorted to enable optics provided in a HMD to render the image. An alignment offset is identified for an eye of a user wearing the HMD by determining a position of the eye relative to an optical axis of at least one lens of the optics of the HMD. The pre-distorted image provided by the application is adjusted to define a corrected pre-distorted image that accounts for the alignment offset. The corrected pre-distorted image is forwarded to the display screen of the HMD for rendering, such that the image presented through the optics of the HMD removes aberrations caused by the alignment offset.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Publication date: March 31, 2016
    Inventors: Jeffrey Roger Stafford, Eric Larsen
  • Patent number: 9058063
    Abstract: To calibrate a tracking system, a computing device receives positional data of a tracked object from an optical sensor as the object is pointed approximately toward the optical sensor. The computing device computes a first angle of the object with respect to an optical axis of the optical sensor using the received positional data. The computing device receives inertial data corresponding to the object, wherein a second angle of the object with respect to a plane normal to gravity can be computed from the inertial data. The computing device determines a pitch of the optical sensor using the first angle and the second angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Richard Lee Marks, Eric Larsen
  • Patent number: 8970707
    Abstract: A number of brightness samples are taken outside a shape to compensate for blooming of the shape in an image generated by a digital camera. The brightness of each of the samples is determined and averaged, and the size of the shape is adjusted based on the difference between the brightness of the shape and the average of the brightness samples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Lee Marks, Anton Mikhailov, Eric Larsen
  • Patent number: 8888593
    Abstract: A method for providing directional input to a video game is provided. The method initiates with capturing an image of a first object and a second object, the first object and the second object being defined at a fixed distance from each other. A three-dimensional location of the first object is determined based on analysis of the captured image, and a two-dimensional location of the second object is determined based on analysis of the captured image. An input direction for a video game is determined based on the three-dimensional location of the first object and the two-dimensional location of the second object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Larsen, Richard Marks, Anton Mikhailov
  • Patent number: 8825482
    Abstract: Consumer electronic devices have been developed with enormous information processing capabilities, high quality audio and video outputs, large amounts of memory, and may also include wired and/or wireless networking capabilities. Additionally, relatively unsophisticated and inexpensive sensors, such as microphones, video camera, GPS or other position sensors, when coupled with devices having these enhanced capabilities, can be used to detect subtle features about users and their environments. A variety of audio, video, simulation and user interface paradigms have been developed to utilize the enhanced capabilities of these devices. These paradigms can be used separately or together in any combination. One paradigm automatically creating user identities using speaker identification. Another paradigm includes a control button with 3-axis pressure sensitivity for use with game controllers and other input devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Gustavo Hernandez-Abrego, Xavier Menendez-Pidal, Steven Osman, Ruxin Chen, Rishi Deshpande, Care Michaud-Wideman, Richard Marks, Eric Larsen, Xiaodong Mao
  • Patent number: 8761434
    Abstract: To calibrate an positional sensor, a plurality of image locations and image sizes of a tracked object are received as the tracked object is moved through a rich motion path. Inertial data is received from the tracked object as the tracked object is moved through the rich motion path. Each of the plurality of image locations is converted to a three-dimensional coordinate system of the positional sensor based on the corresponding image sizes and a field of view of the positional sensor. An acceleration of the tracked object is computed in the three-dimensional coordinate system of the positional sensor. The inertial data is reconciled with the computed acceleration, calibrating the positional sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Lee Marks, Eric Larsen
  • Patent number: 8761412
    Abstract: Methods and systems for beam forming an audio signal based on a location of an object relative to the listening device, the location being determined from positional data deduced from an optical image including the object. In an embodiment, an object's position is tracked based on video images of the object and the audio signal received from a microphone array located at a fixed position is filtered based on the tracked object position. Beam forming techniques may be applied to emphasize portions of an audio signal associated with sources near the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Gustavo Hernandez-Abrego, Eric Larsen
  • Publication number: 20140122544
    Abstract: An electronic file wrapper contains one or more files that are associated with virtual paths and conditional logic that collectively define a presentation sequence for the one or more files, access control, version control, and enables the reporting of usage metrics that are responsive to a variety of access request parameters. The file wrapper may include one or more of a file wrapper identifier, a version identifier, and an encrypted portion that contains the one or more files in encrypted form. The file wrapper identifier refers to the applicable and appropriate virtual path and conditional logic definitions contained within a database or other suitable information source that is independent of the file wrapper for a given set of access request parameters. The file wrapper may be constructed by an authoring application program or program component, and may be interpreted and presented by a viewer application program or program component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: TRANSOFT TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: MAI ANH TRAN, ERIC LARSEN, TOBY PAUL
  • Publication number: 20130324243
    Abstract: An image capture device includes: a housing; a first camera defined along a front surface of the housing; a first camera controller configured to control the first camera to capture images of an interactive environment during user interactivity at a first exposure setting; a second camera defined along the front surface of the housing; a second camera controller configured to control the second camera to capture images of the interactive environment during the user interactivity at a second exposure setting lower than the first exposure setting, the captured images from the second camera being analyzed to identify and track an illuminated object in the interactive environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicant: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Anton Mikhailov, Richard Marks, Eric Larsen
  • Publication number: 20130324244
    Abstract: A method for managing multi-player interactivity with an interactive application is provided, including the following method operations: determining a location of a first controller; determining a location of a second controller; determining a location of a biometric identifier of a first user; determining a location of a biometric identifier of a second user; pairing the first controller to the first user based on the location of the first controller and the location of the biometric identifier of the first user; pairing the second controller to the second user based on the location of the second controller and the location of the biometric identifier of the second user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicant: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Anton Mikhailov, Richard Marks, Eric Larsen
  • Patent number: D819195
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: INTEGRA LIFESCIENCES NR IRELAND LIMITED
    Inventors: Eric Larsen, Matt Shinopulos, Christopher Labak, Robert Ketelhohn