Patents by Inventor Frank Jones

Frank Jones 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).

  • Publication number: 20190199974
    Abstract: Visual impairment, or vision impairment, refers to the vision loss of an individual to such a degree as to require additional support for one or more aspects of their life. Such a significant limitation of visual capability may result from disease, trauma, congenital, and/or degenerative conditions that cannot be corrected by conventional means, such as refractive correction, such as eyeglasses or contact lenses, medication, or surgery. According to embodiments of the invention a method of augmenting a user's sight is provided comprising obtaining an image of a scene using a camera carried by the individual, transmitting the obtained image to a processor, selecting an algorithm of a plurality of spectral, spatial, and temporal image modification algorithms to be applied to the image by the processor, modifying the image using the algorithm substantially in real time, and displaying the modified image on a display device worn by the individual.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Inventors: ROBERT HILKES, FRANK JONES, KEVIN RANKIN
  • Publication number: 20190179409
    Abstract: The majority of applications for head mounted display (HMD) users, irrespective of whether they are for short-term, long-term, low vision, augmented reality, etc. yield a conflicting set of tradeoffs between user comfort and minimal fatigue and strain during use, ease of attachment, minimizing intrusiveness and aesthetics which must be concurrently balanced with and are often in conflict with providing an optical vision system that provides the user with a wide field of view and high image resolution whilst also offering a large exit pupil for eye placement with sufficient eye clearance. Further, individual users' needs vary as do their needs with the general task at-hand, visual focus, and various regions-of-interest within their field of view. To address these issues, it is necessary to provide a high performance optical system, eyepiece design, and system features which overcome these limitations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Inventors: FRANK JONES, JAMES BENSON BACQUE, MARK HARRIS, ROBERT HILKES
  • Publication number: 20190145106
    Abstract: A roof edging system that includes a base anchor, a fascia cover, and a compression system that is used to provide compression thereby, allowing the fascia cover to snap into place on the base anchor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2019
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Inventors: Kevin Arnold, Thomas G. Diamond, Randy Hensley, George Jones, Travis Donald Lord, Zachary Michael Wahl, Frank V. Resso
  • Patent number: 10225526
    Abstract: Visual impairment, or vision impairment, refers to the vision loss of an individual to such a degree as to require additional support for one or more aspects of their life. Such a significant limitation of visual capability may result from disease, trauma, congenital, and/or degenerative conditions that cannot be corrected by conventional means, such as refractive correction, such as eyeglasses or contact lenses, medication, or surgery. According to embodiments of the invention a method of augmenting a user's sight is provided comprising obtaining an image of a scene using a camera carried by the individual, transmitting the obtained image to a processor, selecting an algorithm of a plurality of spectral, spatial, and temporal image modification algorithms to be applied to the image by the processor, modifying the image using the algorithm substantially in real time, and displaying the modified image on a display device worn by the individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: eSight Corp.
    Inventors: Robert Hilkes, Frank Jones, Kevin Rankin
  • Publication number: 20190043236
    Abstract: Near-to-eye displays support a range of applications from helping users with low vision through augmenting a real world view to displaying virtual environments. The images displayed may contain text to be read by the user. It would be beneficial to provide users with text enhancements to improve its readability and legibility, as measured through improved reading speed and/or comprehension. Such enhancements can provide benefits to both visually impaired and non-visually impaired users where legibility may be reduced by external factors as well as by visual dysfunction(s) of the user. Methodologies and system enhancements that augment text to be viewed by an individual, whatever the source of the image, are provided in order to aid the individual in poor viewing conditions and/or to overcome physiological or psychological visual defects affecting the individual or to simply improve the quality of the reading experience for the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Publication date: February 7, 2019
    Inventors: FRANK JONES, JAMES BENSON BACQUE
  • Patent number: 10127706
    Abstract: Near-to-eye displays support a range of applications from helping users with low vision through augmenting a real world view to displaying virtual environments. The images displayed may contain text to be read by the user. It would be beneficial to provide users with text enhancements to improve its readability and legibility, as measured through improved reading speed and/or comprehension. Such enhancements can provide benefits to both visually impaired and non-visually impaired users where legibility may be reduced by external factors as well as by visual dysfunction(s) of the user. Methodologies and system enhancements that augment text to be viewed by an individual, whatever the source of the image, are provided in order to aid the individual in poor viewing conditions and/or to overcome physiological or psychological visual defects affecting the individual or to simply improve the quality of the reading experience for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: eSight Corp.
    Inventors: Frank Jones, James Benson Bacque
  • Publication number: 20180284437
    Abstract: Near-to-eye displays allow a user to be presented with images that are either augmented to address defects or aberrations within their vision or provide additional information. However, an acquired image typically contains content at different depths and absent depth information image processing applied to the acquired image may discount or apply an image modification that reduces visibility of an object. Accordingly, it would be beneficial for such near-to-eye displays to exploit depth information within the image processing and/or generate depth maps allowing images presented to the user to account for depth. It would be further beneficial for such enhancements to be compatible with the evolving low weight, low volume, low complexity, and low cost near-to-eye display systems. It would be further beneficial to provide a user with other non-visual stimuli based upon depth information within the image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Inventor: FRANK JONES
  • Publication number: 20180203240
    Abstract: For users exploiting near-to-eye (NR2I) displays for augmented reality and/or correction of low vision then the user is typically going to wear the immersive or non-immersive NR2I displays for specific tasks, for specific visual environments, etc. and hence there is an issue of repeatedly attaching and removing the NR2I display. Further, in the majority of applications irrespective of whether for short-term, long-term, low vision, augmented reality, etc. there is a conflicting tradeoff between user comfort, ease of attachment, minimizing intrusiveness and aesthetics. Accordingly, a means of pivotably attaching and supporting a NR2I display is provided wherein the pivotable mounts may be permanently attached, attached, or demountably attached to a frame which may include for some user's prescription lenses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Publication date: July 19, 2018
    Inventors: FRANK JONES, MARK HARRIS
  • Publication number: 20180053285
    Abstract: Near-to-eye displays within head mounted devices offer both users with and without visual impairments enhanced visual experiences either by improving or augmenting their visual perception. Unless the user directly views the display without intermediate optical elements then the designer must consider chromatic as well as other aberrations. Within the prior art the optical train is either complex through additional corrective elements adding to weight, cost, and size or through image processing. However, real time applications with mobile users require low latency to avoid physical side effects. Accordingly, it would be beneficial to provide near-to-eye displays mitigating these distortions and chromatic aberrations through pre-distortion based electronic processing techniques in conjunction with design optimization of the optical train with low weight, low volume, low complexity, and low cost.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Publication date: February 22, 2018
    Inventors: FRANK JONES, MEHDI AREZOOMAND ERSHADI, JAMES BENSON BACQUE
  • Publication number: 20180045964
    Abstract: Within applications for Near-to-Eye (NR2I) displays, irrespective of whether they are for short-term, long-term, low vision, augmented reality, etc., there is a conflicting tradeoff between user comfort, ease of attachment, minimizing intrusiveness and aesthetics which must be concurrently balanced with and are often in conflict with providing an optical vision system within the NR2I display that provides the user with a wide field of view and high image resolution whilst also offering a large exit pupil for eye placement with sufficient eye clearance. Embodiments of the invention address these issues and provide a high performance optical system through the design of the optical eyepiece design to overcome these limitations within a bioptic configuration with laterally disposed displays.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Publication date: February 15, 2018
    Inventors: FRANK JONES, JAMES BENSON BACQUE, ROBERT HILKES, MEHDI ERSDHADI, MARK HARRIS, JON PAWSON
  • Patent number: 9836828
    Abstract: Near-to-eye displays within head mounted devices offer both users with and without visual impairments enhanced visual experiences either by improving or augmenting their visual perception. Unless the user directly views the display without intermediate optical elements then the designer must consider chromatic as well as other aberrations. Within the prior art the optical train is either complex through additional corrective elements adding to weight, cost, and size or through image processing. However, real time applications with mobile users require low latency to avoid physical side effects. Accordingly, it would be beneficial to provide near-to-eye displays mitigating these distortions and chromatic aberrations through pre-distortion based electronic processing techniques in conjunction with design optimization of the optical train with low weight, low volume, low complexity, and low cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: eSight Corp.
    Inventors: Frank Jones, Mehdi Arezoomand Ershadi, James Benson Bacque
  • Publication number: 20170235161
    Abstract: A head worn display can be designed with an integrated camera for obtaining an image of a scene, transmitting the obtained image to a processor, modification of the image in substantially real time by the processor, and displaying the modified image on a display device worn by the individual. According to embodiments of the invention various methods are provided for adjusting the position of the displayed video in the horizontal left/right, vertical up/down, and horizontal in/out, and angular up/down dimensions relative to the individual's eyes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Publication date: August 17, 2017
    Inventors: ROBERT HILKES, FRANK JONES, KEVIN RANKIN
  • Publication number: 20170200296
    Abstract: Near-to-eye displays support a range of applications from helping users with low vision through augmenting a real world view to displaying virtual environments. The images displayed may contain text to be read by the user. It would be beneficial to provide users with text enhancements to improve its readability and legibility, as measured through improved reading speed and/or comprehension. Such enhancements can provide benefits to both visually impaired and non-visually impaired users where legibility may be reduced by external factors as well as by visual dysfunction(s) of the user. Methodologies and system enhancements that augment text to be viewed by an individual, whatever the source of the image, are provided in order to aid the individual in poor viewing conditions and/or to overcome physiological or psychological visual defects affecting the individual or to simply improve the quality of the reading experience for the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Publication date: July 13, 2017
    Inventors: FRANK JONES, JAMES BENSON BACQUE
  • Publication number: 20170078623
    Abstract: Visual impairment, or vision impairment, refers to the vision loss of an individual to such a degree as to require additional support for one or more aspects of their life. Such a significant limitation of visual capability may result from disease, trauma, congenital, and/or degenerative conditions that cannot be corrected by conventional means, such as refractive correction, such as eyeglasses or contact lenses, medication, or surgery. According to embodiments of the invention a method of augmenting a user's sight is provided comprising obtaining an image of a scene using a camera carried by the individual, transmitting the obtained image to a processor, selecting an algorithm of a plurality of spectral, spatial, and temporal image modification algorithms to be applied to the image by the processor, modifying the image using the algorithm substantially in real time, and displaying the modified image on a display device worn by the individual.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2016
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Inventors: ROBERT HILKES, FRANK JONES, KEVIN RANKIN
  • Patent number: 9516283
    Abstract: Visual impairment, or vision impairment, refers to the vision loss of an individual to such a degree as to require additional support for one or more aspects of their life. Such a significant limitation of visual capability may result from disease, trauma, congenital, and/or degenerative conditions that cannot be corrected by conventional means, such as refractive correction, such as eyeglasses or contact lenses, medication, or surgery. According to embodiments of the invention a method of augmenting a user's sight is provided comprising obtaining an image of a scene using a camera carried by the individual, transmitting the obtained image to a processor, selecting an algorithm of a plurality of spectral, spatial, and temporal image modification algorithms to be applied to the image by the processor, modifying the image using the algorithm substantially in real time, and displaying the modified image on a display device worn by the individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: eSight Corp.
    Inventors: Robert Hilkes, Frank Jones, Kevin Rankin
  • Publication number: 20160314564
    Abstract: Near-to-eye displays within head mounted devices offer both users with and without visual impairments enhanced visual experiences either by improving or augmenting their visual perception. Unless the user directly views the display without intermediate optical elements then the designer must consider chromatic as well as other aberrations. Within the prior art the optical train is either complex through additional corrective elements adding to weight, cost, and size or through image processing. However, real time applications with mobile users require low latency to avoid physical side effects. Accordingly, it would be beneficial to provide near-to-eye displays mitigating these distortions and chromatic aberrations through pre-distortion based electronic processing techniques in conjunction with design optimization of the optical train with low weight, low volume, low complexity, and low cost.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Publication date: October 27, 2016
    Inventors: Frank Jones, Mehdi Arezoomand Ershadi, James Benson Bacque
  • Publication number: 20150355481
    Abstract: A head worn display can be designed with an integrated camera for obtaining an image of a scene, transmitting the obtained image to a processor, modification of the image in substantially real time by the processor, and displaying the modified image on a display device worn by the individual. According to embodiments of the invention various methods are provided for adjusting the position of the displayed video in the horizontal left/right, vertical up/down, and horizontal in/out, and angular up/down dimensions relative to the individual's eyes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Publication date: December 10, 2015
    Inventors: Robert G. HILKES, Frank JONES, Kevin RANKIN
  • Publication number: 20130335543
    Abstract: Visual impairment, or vision impairment, refers to the vision loss of an individual to such a degree as to require additional support for one or more aspects of their life. Such a significant limitation of visual capability may result from disease, trauma, congenital, and/or degenerative conditions that cannot be corrected by conventional means, such as refractive correction, such as eyeglasses or contact lenses, medication, or surgery. According to embodiments of the invention a method of augmenting a user's sight is provided comprising obtaining an image of a scene using a camera carried by the individual, transmitting the obtained image to a processor, selecting an algorithm of a plurality of spectral, spatial, and temporal image modification algorithms to be applied to the image by the processor, modifying the image using the algorithm substantially in real time, and displaying the modified image on a display device worn by the individual.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Inventors: Robert Hilkes, Frank Jones, Kevin Rankin
  • Patent number: 8512805
    Abstract: A method for dispensing a foamed material onto a substrate surface, including: generating a relative movement between a substrate surface and a material dispensing apparatus exit opening, mixing at least two material components in a mixing device, generating a pressure differential between the mixing device and a dispensing region, conveying the dispensing material from the mixing device to the exit opening, and discharging the dispensing material from the exit opening onto the substrate surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Nordson Corporation
    Inventors: Ronald Burger, Frank Jones, Dirk Pannhausen
  • Patent number: 8327090
    Abstract: Memory is divided up during the gathering of histogram data so that a portion of the memory is configured for storing the high counts expected at the minimum and maximum codes/addresses, and at least one other portion is configured for storing the lower counts expected at other codes/addresses. By configuring memory portions in this manner, memory can be more efficiently allocated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Advantest Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Frank Jones, Eric Barr Kushnick