Patents by Inventor John N. Border

John N. Border 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: 10321821
    Abstract: Head-worn computers with eye-imaging systems include a camera system positioned in a head-worn computer, wherein the camera system is further positioned to capture eye-image light that originates as reflections from a user's eye, wherein the camera system is further positioned to capture eye-image light as a reflection from a partially reflective surface that is positioned in front of an image display in the head-worn computer, wherein image light, from the image display, is transmitted through the partially reflective surface. A processor is adapted to cause the camera system to capture the eye-image light. The processor is further adapted to cause a comparison of the captured eye-image light with a pre-stored eye image of a known user of the head-worn computer. In the event the comparison confirms the identity of the known user, the user is granted permission to view content to be presented in a display of the head-worn computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Mentor Acquisition One, LLC
    Inventors: John N. Border, John Haddick, Joseph Bietry
  • Publication number: 20190146198
    Abstract: A head-mounted display may include a display system and an optical system in a housing. The display system may have a pixel array that produces light associated with images. The display system may also have a linear polarizer through which light from the pixel array passes and a quarter wave plate through which the light passes after passing through the quarter wave plate. The optical system may be a catadioptric optical system having one or more lens elements. The lens elements may include a plano-convex lens and a plano-concave lens. A partially reflective mirror may be formed on a convex surface of the plano-convex lens. A reflective polarizer may be formed on the planar surface of the plano-convex lens or the concave surface of the plano-concave lens. An additional quarter wave plate may be located between the reflective polarizer and the partially reflective mirror.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Inventors: Sajjad A. Khan, Nan Zhu, Graham B. Myhre, Brent J. Bollman, Tyler Anderson, Weibo Cheng, John N. Border
  • Patent number: 10270972
    Abstract: A method and device for adapting a display image on a hand-held portable wireless display and digital capture device. The device includes a camera for capturing a digital video and/or still image of a user, means for adjusting the captured digital image in response to poor image capture angle of said image capture device so as to create a modified captured digital image; and means for transmitting said modified captured digital image over a wireless communication network to a second hand-held portable wireless display and digital capture device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Monument Peak Ventures, LLC
    Inventors: John N. Border, Ronald S. Cok, Amy D. Enge, Andrew F. Kurtz, Joseph A. Manico, Lynn Schilling-Benz, Peter O. Stubler, Frances C. Williams
  • Patent number: 10222618
    Abstract: Disclosed here in is a method of adjusting a tunable illuminating light source with a reflective display for a head mounted display to reduce chromatic artifacts in an image provided to a user's eye. The method includes identifying a color associated with a chromatic-related artifact in a displayed image and adjusting the tunable illuminating light source to reduce the brightness of the color associated with the chromatic-related artifact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Osterhout Group, Inc.
    Inventors: John N. Border, Joseph Bietry
  • Patent number: 10203489
    Abstract: A head-mounted display may include a display system and an optical system in a housing. The display system may have a pixel array that produces light associated with images. The display system may also have a linear polarizer through which light from the pixel array passes and a quarter wave plate through which the light passes after passing through the quarter wave plate. The optical system may be a catadioptric optical system having one or more lens elements. The lens elements may include a plano-convex lens and a plano-concave lens. A partially reflective mirror may be formed on a convex surface of the plano-convex lens. A reflective polarizer may be formed on the planar surface of the plano-convex lens or the concave surface of the plano-concave lens. An additional quarter wave plate may be located between the reflective polarizer and the partially reflective mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Sajjad A. Khan, Nan Zhu, Graham B. Myhre, Brent J. Bollman, Tyler Anderson, Weibo Cheng, John N. Border
  • Patent number: 10197801
    Abstract: Head-worn computers may include a rigid optical chassis mechanically configured to provide a stable optical mounting reference plane with an image source reference plane, a first image source mounted on the image source reference plane and configured to project a first image light from the stable optical mounting reference plane to a combiner positioned in front of a user's eye when the head-worn computer is worn by the user, an outer frame configured to hold the optical chassis such that, when worn by the user, the first image light is aligned with the eye of the user, and an arm rotatably mounted on the outer frame and adapted to be positioned on a user's ear, wherein the arm comprises a battery compartment and a wire connected to at least the first image source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Osterhout Group, Inc.
    Inventors: John N. Border, Kei Edgardo Yamamoto Kohatsu, Karim ElKatcha, John D. Haddick, Ralph F. Osterhout
  • Patent number: 10192033
    Abstract: A method for capturing images of an individual to determine wellness for such individual, including establishing baseline physiological data for the individual, and baseline capture condition data for the individual; detecting and identifying the presence of the individual in the image capture environment; providing semantic data associated with the individual; capturing one or more images of the individual during a capture event and determining the capture conditions present during the capture event; using the event capture conditions, the baseline physiological data for the individual and the baseline capture condition data to determine the acceptability of event captured images; and using the acceptable images and the semantic data in determining the wellness of the individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Monument Peak Ventures, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew F. Kurtz, Kevin M. Gobeyn, Donald E. Olson, John N. Border
  • Patent number: 10191279
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention relate to methods and systems for imaging, recognizing, and tracking of a user's eye that is wearing a HWC. Aspects further relate to the processing of images reflected from the user's eye and controlling displayed content in accordance therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Osterhout Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward H. Nortrup, John N. Border, Ralph F. Osterhout, John D. Haddick, Robert Michael Lohse
  • Patent number: 10191284
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention relate to methods and systems for the see-through computer display systems with a wide field of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Osterhout Group, Inc.
    Inventors: John N. Border, John D. Haddick
  • Patent number: 10139632
    Abstract: Embodiments include a head-worn display including a display panel sized and positioned to produce a field of view to present digital content to an eye of a user, and a processor adapted to present the digital content to the display panel such that the digital content is only presented in a portion of the field of view, the portion being in the middle of the field of view such that horizontally opposing edges of the field of view are blank areas. The processor is adapted to shift the digital content into one of the blank areas to adjust the convergence distance of the digital content and thereby change the perceived distance from the user to the digital content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Osterhout Group, Inc.
    Inventors: John N. Border, Joseph Bietry, John D. Haddick
  • Patent number: 10139635
    Abstract: A method, includes receiving content to be delivered to a plurality of recipients, wherein each recipient of the plurality of recipients has a preference for the physical location at which the content is to be presented in the recipient's see-through head-worn display and a sender of the content has a preference for the physical location at which the content is to be presented to each recipient of the plurality of recipients, identifying a final physical location for the presentation of the content for each recipient of the plurality of recipients, wherein the final physical location is based on both the recipient's preference and the sender's preference and causing the content to be presented to each recipient of the plurality of recipients when each recipient is proximate the final physical location identified for the recipient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Osterhout Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Ralph F. Osterhout, John D. Haddick, Robert Michael Lohse, John N. Border, Nima L. Shams
  • Publication number: 20180329213
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention relate to methods and systems for measuring and managing the brightness of digital content in a field of view of a head-worn computer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Inventor: John N. Border
  • Publication number: 20180267605
    Abstract: Disclosure herein concerns a method that includes illuminating a user's eye with an illumination source in a head-worn display, capturing an image of the user's eye with an eye camera in the head-worn display, wherein the image includes an eye glint produced by light from the illumination source that is reflected from a surface of the user's eye, determining a size of an eye glint in the captured image, and identifying a change in focus distance for the user's eye in correspondence with a change in the size of the eye glint.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Inventor: John N. Border
  • Publication number: 20180267302
    Abstract: Head-worn computers may include a rigid optical chassis mechanically configured to provide a stable optical mounting reference plane with an image source reference plane, a first image source mounted on the image source reference plane and configured to project a first image light from the stable optical mounting reference plane to a combiner positioned in front of a user's eye when the head-worn computer is worn by the user, an outer frame configured to hold the optical chassis such that, when worn by the user, the first image light is aligned with the eye of the user, and an arm rotatably mounted on the outer frame and adapted to be positioned on a user's ear, wherein the arm comprises a battery compartment and a wire connected to at least the first image source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Inventors: John N. Border, Kei Edgardo Yamamoto Kohatsu, Karim ElKatcha, John D. Haddick, Ralph F. Osterhout
  • Publication number: 20180267303
    Abstract: A see-through head mounted display with controllable light blocking includes an optics module comprising a light source and image source positioned on a same side of an angled partially-reflective surface, wherein the light source projects light off the surface to the image source which reflects the light as image light to the surface which transmits the image light along a first axis. The display also includes a flat combiner positioned to reflect the image light off of a first side and simultaneously transmit incident light through the first and a second side, along an optical axis perpendicular to the first axis to provide a view of a displayed image overlaid onto a see-through view of the environment, and a controllable light blocking element arranged generally parallel to the flat combiner and in front of the second side to block light incident on the same optical axis as the image light.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Inventor: John N. Border
  • Patent number: 10078224
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention relate to providing see-through computer display optics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Osterhout Group, Inc.
    Inventors: John N. Border, Joseph Bietry, Gregory Hires
  • Patent number: 10062182
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention relate to providing see-through computer display optics with improved content presentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Osterhout Group, Inc.
    Inventors: John D. Haddick, John N. Border, Nima L. Shams
  • Patent number: 10036889
    Abstract: An imaging and display module for a head-worn computer provides displayed images to a user including a plurality of optical components and a plurality of electrical components that provide displayed images to a left eye and a right eye of the user, one or more cameras, and a rigid chassis comprising a box structure with high thermal conductivity sections, wherein the plurality of optical components are rigidly mounted to the chassis so that the displayed images are rigidly aligned relative to the cameras and to the left and right eyes of the user and the plurality of electrical components are mounted to the sections with high thermal conductivity to dissipate heat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Osterhout Group, Inc.
    Inventors: John N. Border, Kei Edgardo Yamamoto Kohatsu, Karim ElKatcha, John D. Haddick, Ralph F. Osterhout
  • Publication number: 20180210209
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure relate to a computer display stray-light suppression system for a head-worn computer comprising an eye cover including a flexible material with a perimeter, wherein the perimeter is formed to substantially encapsulate an eye of a person, and the eye cover including an attachment system adapted to removably and replaceably attach to a perimeter of the head-worn computer to suppress light emitted from a computer display in the head-worn computer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Publication date: July 26, 2018
    Inventors: Ralph F. Osterhout, John N. Border, Edward H. Nortrup
  • Patent number: 10018837
    Abstract: Head-worn computers may include an optical chassis mechanically configured to provide a stable optical mounting reference plane and a plurality of image source reference planes, a first image source mounted on a first of the plurality of image source reference planes and configured to project first image light through a first hole in the stable optical mounting reference plane, a second image source mounted on a second of the plurality of image source reference planes and configured to project second image light through a second hole in the stable optical mounting reference plane, and an outer frame configured to hold the optical chassis such that, when worn by a user, the first and second image light is aligned with the eyes of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Osterhout Group, Inc.
    Inventors: John N. Border, Kei Edgardo Yamamoto Kohatsu, Karim ElKatcha, John D. Haddick, Ralph F. Osterhout