Patents by Inventor Jaron Z. Lanier

Jaron Z. Lanier 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: 9052414
    Abstract: This document describes various apparatuses embodying, and techniques for implementing, a virtual image device. The virtual image device includes a projector and a lens configured to generate a virtual image as well as two diffraction gratings, substantially orthogonally-oriented to each other, that act to increase a field-of-view of the virtual image. The virtual image device can be implemented as a pair of eyeglasses and controlled to generate the virtual image in front of lenses of the eyeglasses so that a wearer of the eyeglasses, looking through the lenses of the eyeglasses, sees the virtual image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Adrian Travis, Jaron Z. Lanier, Joel S. Kollin
  • Publication number: 20130201094
    Abstract: This document describes various apparatuses embodying, and techniques for implementing, a virtual image device. The virtual image device includes a projector and a lens configured to generate a virtual image as well as two diffraction gratings, substantially orthogonally-oriented to each other, that act to increase a field-of-view of the virtual image. The virtual image device can be implemented as a pair of eyeglasses and controlled to generate the virtual image in front of lenses of the eyeglasses so that a wearer of the eyeglasses, looking through the lenses of the eyeglasses, sees the virtual image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2012
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Adrian Travis, Jaron Z. Lanier, Joel S. Kollin
  • Patent number: 7205979
    Abstract: Apparatus is disclosed for generating control signals for the manipulation of virtual objects in a computer system according to the gestures and positions of an operator's hand or other body part. The apparatus includes a glove worn on the hand which includes sensors for detecting the gestures of the hand, as well as hand position sensing means coupled to the glove and to the computer system for detecting the position of the hand with respect to the system. The computer system includes circuitry connected to receive the gesture signals and the hand position signals for generating control signals in response thereto. Typically, the control signals are used to manipulate a graphical representation of the operator's hand which is displayed on a monitor coupled to the computer system, and the graphical representations of the operator's hand manipulates virtual objects or tools also displayed by the computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2007
    Assignee: Sun Microsystems, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas G. Zimmerman, Jaron Z. Lanier
  • Patent number: 6885361
    Abstract: An apparatus for providing a tactile stimulus to a part of the body of a physical operator when a virtual operator, created by movements of the physical operator, encounters a virtual object defined by a computer. A signalling unit communicates with the computer and emits a signal when the virtual operator encounters a virtual object. A stimulus unit responsive to the signalling unit is disposed in close proximity to a part of the body of the physical operator for providing a tactile stimulus when the virtual operator encounters a virtual object. The stimulus unit may comprise a segment of memory metal which undergoes a martensitic transformation to a different form or a solenoid having a member which moves in response to a signal emitted by the signalling unit. A vibrating member, such as a piezoceramic bender may be used instead of or in addition to the solenoid or memory metal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2005
    Assignee: Sun Microsystems, Inc.
    Inventors: Young L. Harvill, Jean-Jacques G. Grimaud, Jaron Z. Lanier
  • Patent number: 6621472
    Abstract: Apparatus is disclosed for viewing computer generated images and for tracking the positions of the user's head and hand. One alternative of the apparatus includes a frame element, versatilely mountable, with sensors for the head tracking of a user whose bodily movement is constrained to a small area. Short range and inexpensive sensors are deployed for tracking the position of the user's head; these sensors are deployed partly on a on the user's head and partly on the tracking frame. All the electronics for tracking and user input are enclosed in a mobile pack. In another alternative of the tracking invention natural forces such as gravity, the Earth's magnetic field, and inertia are used, so additional references. The display allows for interchangeable optical elements so that it may be tailored to suit the needs of a particular user or application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2003
    Assignee: Sun Microsystems, Inc.
    Inventors: Ann Lasko-Harvill, Michael A Teitel, Jaron Z Lanier
  • Publication number: 20030048312
    Abstract: Apparatus is disclosed for generating control signals for the manipulation of virtual objects in a computer system according to the gestures and positions of an operator's hand or other body part. The apparatus includes a glove worn on the hand which includes sensors for detecting the gestures of the hand, as well as hand position sensing means coupled to the glove and to the computer system for detecting the position of the hand with respect to the system. The computer system includes circuitry connected to receive the gesture signals and the hand position signals for generating control signals in response thereto. Typically, the control signals are used to manipulate a graphical representation of the operator's hand which is displayed on a monitor coupled to the computer system, and the graphical representations of the operator's hand manipulates virtual objects or tools also displayed by the computer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2002
    Publication date: March 13, 2003
    Inventors: Thomas G. Zimmerman, Jaron Z. Lanier
  • Publication number: 20030020842
    Abstract: Apparatus is disclosed for viewing computer generated images and for tracking the positions of the user's head and hand. One alternative of the apparatus includes a frame element, versatilely mountable, with sensors for the head tracking of a user whose bodily movement is constrained to a small area. Short range and inexpensive sensors are deployed for tracking the position of the user's head; these sensors are deployed partly on a on the user's head and partly on the tracking frame. All the electronics for tracking and user input are enclosed in a mobile pack. In another alternative of the tracking invention natural forces such as gravity, the Earth's magnetic field, and inertia are used, so additional references. The display allows for interchangeable optical elements so that it may be tailored to suit the needs of a particular user or application. One optical element disclosed is a bicolor polarizer, which allows an lcd to inexpensively provide a bicolor display without loss of resolution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2002
    Publication date: January 30, 2003
    Applicant: Sun Microsystems, Inc.
    Inventors: Ann Lasko-Harvill, Michael A. Teitel, Jaron Z. Lanier
  • Patent number: 6452574
    Abstract: Apparatus is disclosed for viewing computer generated images and for tracking the positions of the user's head and hand. One alternative of the apparatus includes a frame element, versatilely mountable, with sensors for the head tracking of a user whose bodily movement is constrained to a small area. Short range and inexpensive sensors are deployed for tracking the position of the user's head; these sensors are deployed partly on a on the user's head and partly on the tracking frame. All the electronics for tracking and user input are enclosed in a mobile pack. In another alternative of the tracking invention natural forces such as gravity, the Earth's magnetic field, and inertia are used, so additional references. The display allows for interchangeable optical elements so that it may be tailored to suit the needs of a particular user or application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2002
    Assignee: Sun Microsystems, Inc.
    Inventors: Ann Lasko-Harvill, Michael Teitel, Jaron Z Lanier
  • Patent number: 6424334
    Abstract: Apparatus is disclosed for generating control signals for the manipulation of virtual objects in a computer system according to the gestures and positions of an operator's hand or other body part. The apparatus includes a glove worn on the hand which includes sensors for detecting the gestures of the hand, as well as hand position sensing means coupled to the glove and to the computer system for detecting the position of the hand with respect to the system. The computer system includes circuitry connected to receive the gesture signals and the hand position signals for generating control signals in response thereto. Typically, the control signals are used to manipulate a graphical representation of the operator's hand which is displayed on a monitor coupled to the computer system, and the graphical representations of the operator's hand manipulates virtual objects or tools also displayed by the computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2002
    Assignee: Sun Microsystems, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas G. Zimmerman, Jaron Z. Lanier
  • Patent number: 6414731
    Abstract: Apparatus is disclosed for viewing computer generated images and for tracking the positions of the user's head and hand. One alternative of the apparatus includes a frame element, versatilely mountable, with sensors for the head tracking of a user whose bodily movement is constrained to a small area. Short range and inexpensive sensors are deployed for tracking the position of the user's head; these sensors are deployed partly on a on the user's head and partly on the tracking frame. All the electronics for tracking and user input are enclosed in a mobile pack. In another alternative of the tracking invention natural forces such as gravity, the Earth's magnetic field, and inertia are used, so additional references. The display allows for interchangeable optical elements so that it may be tailored to suit the needs of a particular user or application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2002
    Assignee: Sun Microsystems, Inc.
    Inventors: Ann Lasko-Harvill, Michael A Teitel, Jaron Z Lanier
  • Publication number: 20010009409
    Abstract: Apparatus is disclosed for viewing computer generated images and for tracking the positions of the user's head and hand. One alternative of the apparatus includes a frame element, versatilely mountable, with sensors for the head tracking of a user whose bodily movement is constrained to a small area. Short range and inexpensive sensors are deployed for tracking the position of the user's head; these sensors are deployed partly on a on the user's head and partly on the tracking frame. All the electronics for tracking and user input are enclosed in a mobile pack. In another alternative of the tracking invention natural forces such as gravity, the Earth's magnetic field, and inertia are used, so additional references. The display allows for interchangeable optical elements so that it may be tailored to suit the needs of a particular user or application. One optical element disclosed is a bicolor polarizer, which allows an lcd to inexpensively provide a bicolor display without loss of resolution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2001
    Publication date: July 26, 2001
    Inventors: Ann Lasko-Harvill, Michael A. Teitel, Jaron Z. Lanier
  • Patent number: 6222523
    Abstract: An apparatus for providing a tactile stimulus to a part of the body of a physical operator when a virtual operator, created by movements of the physical operator, encounters a virtual object defined by a computer. A signaling unit communicates with the computer and emits a signal when the virtual operator encounters a virtual object. A stimulus unit responsive to the signaling unit is disposed in close proximity to a part of the body of the physical operator for providing a tactile stimulus when the virtual operator encounters a virtual object. The stimulus unit may comprise a segment of memory metal which undergoes a martensitic transformation to a different form or a solenoid having a member which moves in response to a signal emitted by the signaling unit. A vibrating member, such as a piezoceramic bender may be used instead of or in addition to the solenoid or memory metal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2001
    Assignee: Sun Microsystems, Inc.
    Inventors: Young L. Harvill, Jean-Jacques G. Grimaud, Jaron Z. Lanier
  • Patent number: 6124838
    Abstract: Apparatus is disclosed for viewing computer generated images and for tracking the positions of the user's head and hand. One alternative of the apparatus includes a frame element, versatilely mountable, with sensors for the head tracking of a user whose bodily movement is constrained to a small area. Short range and inexpensive sensors are deployed for tracking the position of the user's head; these sensors are deployed partly on a on the user's head and partly on the tracking frame. All the electronics for tracking and user input are enclosed in a mobile pack. In another alternative of the tracking invention natural forces such as gravity, the Earth's magnetic field, and inertia are used, so additional references. The display allows for interchangeable optical elements so that it may be tailored to suit the needs of a particular user or application. One optical element disclosed is a bicolor polarizer, which allows an lcd to inexpensively provide a bicolor display without loss of resolution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2000
    Assignee: Sun Microsystems, Inc.
    Inventors: Ann Lasko-Harvill, Michael Teitel, Jaron Z Lanier
  • Patent number: 5986643
    Abstract: An apparatus for providing a tactile stimulus to a part of the body of a physical operator when a virtual operator, created by movements of the physical operator, encounters a virtual object defined by a computer. A signalling unit communicates with the computer and emits a signal when the virtual operator encounters a virtual object. A stimulus unit responsive to the signalling unit is disposed in close proximity to a part of the body of the physical operator for providing a tactile stimulus when the virtual operator encounters a virtual object. The stimulus unit may comprise a segment of memory metal which undergoes a martensitic transformation to a different form or a solenoid having a member which moves in response to a signal emitted by the signalling unit. A vibrating member, such as a piezoceramic bender may be used instead of or in addition to the solenoid or memory metal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1999
    Assignee: Sun Microsystems, Inc.
    Inventors: Young L. Harvill, Jean-Jacques G. Grimaud, Jaron Z. Lanier
  • Patent number: 5850201
    Abstract: Apparatus is disclosed for viewing computer generated images and for tracking the positions of the user's head and hand. One alternative of the apparatus includes a frame element, versatilely mountable, with sensors for the head tracking of a user whose bodily movement is constrained to a small area. Short range and inexpensive sensors are deployed for tracking the position of the user's head; these sensors are deployed partly on a on the user's head and partly on the tracking frame. All the electronics for tracking and user input are enclosed in a mobile pack. In another alternative of the tracking invention natural forces such as gravity, the Earth's magnetic field, and inertia are used, so additional references. The display allows for interchangeable optical elements so that it may be tailored to suit the needs of a particular user or application. One optical element disclosed is a bicolor polarizer, which allows an lcd to inexpensively provide a bicolor display without loss of resolution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1998
    Assignee: Sun Microsystems, Inc.
    Inventors: Ann Lasko-Harvill, Michael A. Teitel, Jaron Z. Lanier
  • Patent number: 5587936
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for creating sounds in a virtual world. The system provides signal processing capabilities to convert monaural sounds to fully spacialized sound sources. A user of the system wearing a pair of stereo headphones perceives live, computer generated, or recorded sounds as coming from specific locations in space, just a listener does in the real world.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 24, 1996
    Assignee: VPL Research, Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Levitt, Marc Degroot, Jaron Z. Lanier
  • Patent number: 5588139
    Abstract: A computer model of a virtual environment is continuously modified by input from various participants. The virtual environment is displayed to the participants using sensory displays such as head-mounted visual and auditory displays which travel with the wearer and track the position and orientation of the wearer's head in space. Participants can look at each other within the virtual environment and see virtual body images of the other participants in a manner similar to the way that people in a physical environment see each other. Each participant can also look at his or her own virtual body in exactly the same manner that a person in a physical environment can look at his or her own real body. The participants may work on a common task together and view the results of each other's actions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 24, 1996
    Assignee: VPL Research, Inc.
    Inventors: Jaron Z. Lanier, Jean-Jacques G. Grimaud, Young L. Harvill, Ann Lasko-Harvill, Chuck L. Blanchard, Mark L. Oberman, Michael A. Teitel
  • Patent number: 5588104
    Abstract: A computer display displays a data flow network as a plurality of interconnected units. An interactive program allows the appearance of the plurality of interconnected units to be changed. The data flow network then is automatically altered to correspond with the visual changes. The interconnected units of the data flow network represent inputs, functions and outputs of the data flow network. Inputs represent control signals to manipulate the data flow network, functions modify the value of inputs according to the type of the function unit and outputs represent the x, y or z value of a point in a three-dimensional coordinate system of the virtual world.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 24, 1996
    Assignee: VPL Research, Inc.
    Inventors: Jaron Z. Lanier, Ann Lasko-Harvill, Chuck L. Blanchard, Joe L. Sparks
  • Patent number: 5559995
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for creating virtual worlds wherein a user may begin with a database containing a limited pictorial representation of a desired virtual world and then edit the database to specify the remaining data needed to create the actual virtual world. In one embodiment of the present invention, a database containing a limited pictorial representation of a virtual world is communicated to a receiving unit, and a grouping unit collects various descriptions of the pictorial representation into selected groups. An attribute assigning unit then assigns attributes to the groups. The attributes may include group hierarchy, constraints of motion, color, texture or other features. The modified database is then communicated to a data coupling unit which couples real world data to the groups. Finally, a rendering unit renders the virtual world which looks and functions according to the specified attributes and the real world data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 24, 1996
    Assignee: VPL Research, Inc.
    Inventors: Dan D. Browning, Ethan D. Joffe, Jaron Z. Lanier
  • Patent number: RE40693
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for creating virtual worlds wherein a user may begin with a database containing a limited pictorial representation of a desired virtual world and then edit the database to specify the remaining data needed to create the actual virtual world. In one embodiment of the present invention, a database containing a limited pictorial representation of a virtual world is communicated to a receiving unit, and a grouping unit collects various descriptions of the pictorial representation into selected groups. An attribute assigning unit then assigns attributes to the groups. The attributes may include group hierarchy, constraints of motion, color, texture or other features. The modified database is then communicated to a data coupling unit which couples real world data to the groups. Finally, a rendering unit renders the virtual world which looks and functions according to the specified attributes and the real world data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Assignee: Sun Microsystems, Inc.
    Inventors: Dan D. Browning, Ethan D. Joffe, Jaron Z. Lanier