Patents by Inventor Joel S. Kollin

Joel S. Kollin 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: 10310335
    Abstract: Examples are disclosed relating to reducing orders of diffraction patterns in phase modulating devices. An example phase modulating device includes a phase modulating layer having first and second opposing sides, a common electrode adjacent the first side of the phase modulating layer, a plurality of pixel electrodes adjacent the second side of the phase modulating layer, and blurring material disposed between the phase modulating layer and the pixel electrodes. In the example phase modulating device, the blurring material is configured to smooth phase transitions in the phase modulating layer between localized areas associated with the pixel electrodes, the pixel electrodes have a pixel pitch by which the pixel electrodes are distributed along the phase modulating layer, and the pixel electrodes are separated from one another by an inter-pixel gap, where the ratio of the inter-pixel gap to the pixel pitch is between 0.50 and 1.0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Andreas Georgiou, Joel S. Kollin
  • Patent number: 10210844
    Abstract: Embodiments are disclosed for display devices including holographic optical elements for directing light toward image producing panels. An example display device includes a phase modulating image producing panel, and a holographic optical element configured to receive collimated light and to output converging light toward the phase modulating image producing panel, the phase modulating image producing panel being configured to use at least a portion of the converging light to produce an image with collimated or diverging light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Joel S. Kollin, Andreas Georgiou, Adrian Travis, Douglas Christopher Burger
  • Patent number: 10204451
    Abstract: A multi-optical surface optical design for generating multiple focal planes with identical image data displayed at substantially the same time to generate the perception of varying focal depths is described. The multi-optical surface optical design can include a device comprising reflective optical surfaces that can be arranged on top of one another and configured to generate multiple focal planes and an image source for projecting image data onto the reflective optical surfaces. The technologies described can cause image data to be rendered in a focal plane corresponding to a desired focal distance and multiple copies of the image can be perceived in other focal planes of the multiple focal planes at substantially the same time as the image data is rendered in the focal plane. Each copy of the multiple copies can be presented with a perceived degree of sharpness such that each copy is out-of-focus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Jaron Lanier, Scott Lerner, Joel S. Kollin, Andrew Maimone, Josh Hudman
  • Patent number: 10120337
    Abstract: Examples are disclosed herein relating to an adjustable scanning system configured to adjust light from an illumination source on a per-pixel basis. One example provides an optical system including an array of light sources, a holographic light processing stage comprising, for each light source in the array, one or more holograms configured to receive light from the light source and diffract the light, the one or more holograms being selective for a property of the light that varies based upon the light source from which the light is received, and a scanning optical element configured to receive and scan the light from the holographic light processing stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Maimone, Joel S. Kollin, Joshua Owen Miller
  • Patent number: 9977493
    Abstract: Embodiments are disclosed for a display system having multiple fields of view. An example display system comprises a first display configured to produce images across a first field of view, a second display configured to produce images across a second field of view, the second field of view being larger than the first field of view, and a controller configured to selectively present a virtual object via one or more of the first display and the second display based on a feature of the virtual object as displayed within a user's viewspace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Jaron Lanier, Joel S. Kollin
  • Publication number: 20180129167
    Abstract: Examples are disclosed herein relating to an adjustable scanning system configured to adjust light from an illumination source on a per-pixel basis. One example provides an optical system including an array of light sources, a holographic light processing stage comprising, for each light source in the array, one or more holograms configured to receive light from the light source and diffract the light, the one or more holograms being selective for a property of the light that varies based upon the light source from which the light is received, and a scanning optical element configured to receive and scan the light from the holographic light processing stage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Publication date: May 10, 2018
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Maimone, Joel S. Kollin, Joshua Owen Miller
  • Publication number: 20170315362
    Abstract: A display includes a projector configured to provide light of a virtual image, a waveguide into which the light of the virtual image is injected at an injection angle by the projector, and a combiner disposed along the waveguide and configured to redirect the light of the virtual image. The waveguide is configured to emit the light at a point established by the injection angle. The combiner is further configured to allow ambient light from beyond the waveguide to pass through the combiner. The waveguide constrains the light of the virtual image through total internal reflection along a curved path for the light between the projector and the combiner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Publication date: November 2, 2017
    Inventors: Adrian Travis, Joel S. Kollin, Andreas Georgiou
  • Patent number: 9760093
    Abstract: A system for manipulation of objects. The system includes N objects, where N is greater than or equal to 2 and is an integer; and a mechanism for controlling and 2D locating of the N objects. A method for manipulating objects. The method includes the steps of receiving information from N objects, where N is greater than or equal to 2 and is an integer, at a centrally controlling and 2D locating controller; determining 2D locations by the controller of the N objects; and transmitting from the controller directions to the N objects for the N objects to move. An apparatus for tracking. The apparatus includes N objects, where N is greater than or equal to 2 and is an integer, each object having an emitter which emits light; and a mechanism for 2D sensing of the N objects over time from the light emitted by each emitter. The present invention pertains to a method for tracking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: New York University
    Inventors: Kenneth Perlin, Daniel A. Rosenfeld, Joel S. Kollin
  • Patent number: 9759919
    Abstract: A display includes a projector configured to provide light of a virtual image, a waveguide into which the light of the virtual image is injected at an injection angle by the projector, and a combiner disposed along the waveguide and configured to redirect the light of the virtual image. The waveguide is configured to emit the light at a point established by the injection angle. The combiner is further configured to allow ambient light from beyond the waveguide to pass through the combiner. The waveguide constrains the light of the virtual image through total internal reflection along a curved path for the light between the projector and the combiner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Adrian Travis, Joel S. Kollin, Andreas Georgiou
  • Publication number: 20170248825
    Abstract: Examples are disclosed relating to reducing orders of diffraction patterns in phase modulating devices. An example phase modulating device includes a phase modulating layer having first and second opposing sides, a common electrode adjacent the first side of the phase modulating layer, a plurality of pixel electrodes adjacent the second side of the phase modulating layer, and blurring material disposed between the phase modulating layer and the pixel electrodes. In the example phase modulating device, the blurring material is configured to smooth phase transitions in the phase modulating layer between localized areas associated with the pixel electrodes, the pixel electrodes have a pixel pitch by which the pixel electrodes are distributed along the phase modulating layer, and the pixel electrodes are separated from one another by an inter-pixel gap, where the ratio of the inter-pixel gap to the pixel pitch is between 0.50 and 1.0.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Publication date: August 31, 2017
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Andreas Georgiou, Joel S. Kollin
  • Publication number: 20170154464
    Abstract: A multi-optical surface optical design for generating multiple focal planes with identical image data displayed at substantially the same time to generate the perception of varying focal depths is described. The multi-optical surface optical design can include a device comprising reflective optical surfaces that can be arranged on top of one another and configured to generate multiple focal planes and an image source for projecting image data onto the reflective optical surfaces. The technologies described can cause image data to be rendered in a focal plane corresponding to a desired focal distance and multiple copies of the image can be perceived in other focal planes of the multiple focal planes at substantially the same time as the image data is rendered in the focal plane. Each copy of the multiple copies can be presented with a perceived degree of sharpness such that each copy is out-of-focus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Publication date: June 1, 2017
    Inventors: Jaron Lanier, Scott Lerner, Joel S. Kollin, Andrew Maimone, Josh Hudman
  • Publication number: 20160379606
    Abstract: Embodiments are disclosed for display devices including holographic optical elements for directing light toward image producing panels. An example display device includes a phase modulating image producing panel, and a holographic optical element configured to receive collimated light and to output converging light toward the phase modulating image producing panel, the phase modulating image producing panel being configured to use at least a portion of the converging light to produce an image with collimated or diverging light.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Publication date: December 29, 2016
    Inventors: Joel S. Kollin, Andreas Georgiou, Adrian Travis, Douglas Christopher Burger
  • Publication number: 20160370855
    Abstract: Embodiments are disclosed for a display system having multiple fields of view. An example display system comprises a first display configured to produce images across a first field of view, a second display configured to produce images across a second field of view, the second field of view being larger than the first field of view, and a controller configured to selectively present a virtual object via one or more of the first display and the second display based on a feature of the virtual object as displayed within a user's viewspace.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Publication date: December 22, 2016
    Inventors: Jaron Lanier, Joel S. Kollin
  • Patent number: 9507066
    Abstract: An optical display system configured to transmit light along a light path to a user's eye, the display system comprising a circular polarizing reflector configured to reflect light with a first polarization from an image source, a quarter wave plate downstream of the circular polarizing reflector in the light path and configured to rotate the polarization of the light to a second polarization, and a curved linear polarizing reflector downstream of the quarter wave plate and configured to reflect the light back through the quarter wave plate along the light path in the direction of the circular polarizing reflector. The quarter wave plate further configured to rotate the polarization of the light received from the curved linear polarizing reflector to a third polarization and the circular polarizing reflector further configured to receive said light from the quarter wave plate and transmit the light toward the user's eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Joel S. Kollin, Jaron Lanier, Douglas C. Burger
  • Publication number: 20160195720
    Abstract: A display includes a projector configured to provide light of a virtual image, a waveguide into which the light of the virtual image is injected at an injection angle by the projector, and a combiner disposed along the waveguide and configured to redirect the light of the virtual image. The waveguide is configured to emit the light at a point established by the injection angle. The combiner is further configured to allow ambient light from beyond the waveguide to pass through the combiner. The waveguide constrains the light of the virtual image through total internal reflection along a curved path for the light between the projector and the combiner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Publication date: July 7, 2016
    Inventors: Adrian Travis, Joel S. Kollin, Andreas Georgiou
  • Publication number: 20160131903
    Abstract: Examples are disclosed herein that relate to reducing image leakage in a see-through display system. One disclosed example provides a see-through display system including a narrowband light source configured to emit light within a first spectral band, a polarized image producing stage configured to polarize the light emitted by the narrowband light source and to produce a polarized image, and a see-through optical system configured to receive the polarized image from the polarized image producing stage and to transfer the polarized image to a display output. The see-through optical system further includes a narrowband polarizer positioned to receive light from the narrowband light source and the polarized image producing stage, the narrowband polarizer being configured to polarize light within a second spectral band that is at least partially overlapping with the first spectral band.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2014
    Publication date: May 12, 2016
    Inventor: Joel S. Kollin
  • Patent number: 9323396
    Abstract: A touch-screen device includes an imaging waveguide, in which the imaging waveguide has a radiation receiving surface and an imaging surface different than the radiation receiving surface. The imaging waveguide is configured to receive, at the radiation receiving surface, radiation emitted by a contact receiving structure, and transmit the received radiation from a position on the radiation receiving surface to a position and/or angle of incidence on the imaging surface as a function of the position on the radiation receiving surface at which the transmitted radiation was received. An imaging sensor coupled to the imaging surface of the imaging optical waveguide is configured to detect radiation incident upon the imaging surface of the imaging optical waveguide. A processing device coupled to the imaging sensor is configured to determine contact points on the exposed contact surface of a contact receiving structure based on radiation detected by the imaging sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: PERCEPTIVE PIXEL, INC.
    Inventors: Jefferson Y. Han, Joel S. Kollin
  • Publication number: 20150378080
    Abstract: An optical system includes an illumination source, a volume hologram, and an image-forming optic. The illumination source is configured to emit coherent light, and the volume hologram is configured to receive and diffract the coherent light. The image-forming optic is arranged opposite the volume hologram and configured to receive the coherent light diffracted by the volume hologram and to spatially modulate the coherent light to form an image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Publication date: December 31, 2015
    Inventors: Andreas Georgiou, Joel S. Kollin, Neil Emerton
  • Publication number: 20150378074
    Abstract: An optical display system configured to transmit light along a light path to a user's eye, the display system comprising a circular polarizing reflector configured to reflect light with a first polarization from an image source, a quarter wave plate downstream of the circular polarizing reflector in the light path and configured to rotate the polarization of the light to a second polarization, and a curved linear polarizing reflector downstream of the quarter wave plate and configured to reflect the light back through the quarter wave plate along the light path in the direction of the circular polarizing reflector. The quarter wave plate further configured to rotate the polarization of the light received from the curved linear polarizing reflector to a third polarization and the circular polarizing reflector further configured to receive said light from the quarter wave plate and transmit the light toward the user's eye.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Publication date: December 31, 2015
    Inventors: Joel S. Kollin, Jaron Lanier, Douglas C. Burger
  • Publication number: 20150277841
    Abstract: Embodiments relating to a multi-mode display device are disclosed. For example in one disclosed embodiment a multimode display device includes a principal and a secondary image display mounted in a common housing configure to alternately emit light through a common transparent region in the viewing surface. The multimode display device is configured to display a first image on the principal image display at a first resolution or display a second image on the secondary image display of higher resolution than the first image and on a virtual plane behind the viewing surface of the display device. The multi-mode display device is configured to compare the a detected eye relief distance to a predetermined threshold and display the image on the appropriate image display and set the other image display to a non-display state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Publication date: October 1, 2015
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Jaron Lanier, Joel S. Kollin, William T. Blank, Douglas C. Burger, Patrick Therien