Patents by Inventor Ralf Haussler

Ralf Haussler 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: 10528003
    Abstract: A light modulation device for a display device, in particular a holographic display device, for the representation of two-dimensional and/or three-dimensional reconstructed scenes. The light modulation device includes at least one spatial light modulator including modulation elements for modulating incident light and an optical element of known optical characteristics. The light incident on the at least one spatial light modulator is sufficiently coherent. The at least one spatial light modulator and the optical element are combined with one another in such a way that the optical element scatters the unmodulated light emanating from the spatial light modulator into an angular range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: SEEREAL TECHNOLOGIES S.A.
    Inventor: Ralf Haussler
  • Publication number: 20190377301
    Abstract: A method of computing a hologram by determining the wavefronts at the approximate observer eye position that would be generated by a real version of an object to be reconstructed. In normal computer generated holograms, one determines the wavefronts needed to reconstruct an object; this is not done directly in the present invention. Instead, one determines the wavefronts at an observer window that would be generated by a real object located at the same position of the reconstructed object. One can then back-transforms these wavefronts to the hologram to determine how the hologram needs to be encoded to generate these wavefronts. A suitably encoded hologram can then generate a reconstruction of the three-dimensional scene that can be observed by placing one's eyes at the plane of the observer window and looking through the observer window.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Publication date: December 12, 2019
    Inventors: Norbert LEISTER, Ralf HAUSSLER, Armin SCHWERDTNER
  • Publication number: 20190278225
    Abstract: A three-dimensional light modulator, of which the pixels are combined to form modulation elements. Each modulation element can be coded with a preset discrete value such that three-dimensionally arranged object points can be holographically reconstructed. The light modulator is characterized in that assigned to the pixels of the modulator are beam splitters or beam combiners which, for each modulation element, combine the light wave parts modulated by the pixels by means of refraction or diffraction on the output side to form a common light beam which exits the modulation element in a set propagation direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Publication date: September 12, 2019
    Inventors: Gerald FUTTERER, Norbert LEISTER, Ralf HAUSSLER, Grigory LAZAREV
  • Patent number: 10401794
    Abstract: A method of computing a hologram by determining the wavefronts at the approximate observer eye position that would be generated by a real version of an object to be reconstructed. In normal computer generated holograms, one determines the wavefronts needed to reconstruct an object; this is not done directly in the present invention. Instead, one determines the wavefronts at an observer window that would be generated by a real object located at the same position of the reconstructed object. One can then back-transforms these wavefronts to the hologram to determine how the hologram needs to be encoded to generate these wavefronts. A suitably encoded hologram can then generate a reconstruction of the three-dimensional scene that can be observed by placing one's eyes at the plane of the observer window and looking through the observer window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: SEEREAL TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
    Inventors: Norbert Leister, Ralf Haussler, Armin Schwerdtner
  • Publication number: 20190196402
    Abstract: The invention relates to a holographic display device for representing a two-dimensional and/or three-dimensional scene. The holographic display device comprises at least one spatial light modulator device and an optical component. The at least one spatial light modulator device is provided in order to reconstruct the scene and in order to generate at least one virtual visibility region in an observer plane. The optical component is configured with at least two regions that have a different transparency to one another, the value of the transparency respectively lying between 0 and 1. Furthermore, the optical component is arranged in the display device in such a way that it provides filtering, to be carried out at least partially, of a diffraction order spot in at least one diffraction order inside the virtual visibility region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Inventors: Norbert LEISTER, Ralf HAUSSLER
  • Publication number: 20190121291
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for generating holograms for encoding in a spatial light modulation device for a holographic display for representing a two- and/or three-dimensional scene. The two- and/or three-dimensional scene is decomposed into object points and encoded in a hologram, which is subdivided into subholograms, in the spatial light modulation device. The object points of the scene are encoded into encoding regions on the spatial light modulation device. A size and/or shape of the encoding region is selected in relation to a size and/or shape of a subhologram, assigned to the encoding region, in such a way that crosstalk of higher diffraction orders in a virtual visibility region is reduced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Publication date: April 25, 2019
    Inventors: Norbert LEISTER, Ralf HAUSSLER, Gerald FUTTERER
  • Patent number: 10234821
    Abstract: A three-dimensional light modulator, of which the pixels are combined to form modulation elements. Each modulation element can be coded with a preset discrete value such that three-dimensionally arranged object points can be holographically reconstructed. The light modulator is characterized in that assigned to the pixels of the modulator are beam splitters or beam combiners which, for each modulation element, combine the light wave parts modulated by the pixels by means of refraction or diffraction on the output side to form a common light beam which exits the modulation element in a set propagation direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: SEEREAL TECHNOLOGIES S.A.
    Inventors: Gerald Futterer, Norbert Leister, Ralf Haussler, Grigory Lazarev
  • Patent number: 10168540
    Abstract: For comfortable viewing of a 3-D scene at various viewing angles, a display having a large tracking range for a variable viewer distance is required. A controllable light-influencing element deflects light in coarse steps in a viewer range. Within said steps, the light is deflected by a further controllable light-influencing element continuously or with fine gradation. The light modulation device is suitable in holographic or autostereoscopic displays for guiding the visibility ranges of the image information to be displayed so as to follow the eyes of the viewers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: SEEREAL TECHNOLOGIES S.A.
    Inventors: Bo Kroll, Gerald Futterer, Norbert Leister, Stephan Reichelt, Ralf Haussler
  • Publication number: 20180299829
    Abstract: The invention relates to a light modulation device for a display device, in particular a holographic display device, for the representation of two-dimensional and/or three-dimensional reconstructed scenes. The light modulation device comprises at least one spatial light modulator comprising modulation elements for modulating incident light and an optical element of known optical characteristics. The light incident on the at least one spatial light modulator is sufficiently coherent. The at least one spatial light modulator and the optical element are combined with one another in such a way that the optical element scatters the unmodulated light emanating from the spatial light modulator into an angular range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Inventor: Ralf HAUSSLER
  • Patent number: 10102814
    Abstract: A controllable device for phase modulation of coherent light comprises a modulator matrix having a plurality of liquid crystal modulator cells each being adapted to modulate a phase value of light passing through a liquid crystal modulator cell depending on a voltage, which is applied to the liquid crystal modulator cell; at least one polarity area of said modulator matrix including at least one liquid crystal modulator cell; at least one storage unit for storing at least one pair of voltage values of which one has a positive and the other has a negative polarity for the liquid crystal modulator cells, whereby the pair of voltage values corresponds to a predetermined phase value; and a control unit for selectively applying one pair of voltage values to one liquid crystal modulator cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignees: SEEREAL TECHNOLOGIES S.A., SHARP CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert Missbach, Stephan Reichelt, Norbert Leister, Ralf Haussler, Naru Usukura, Hiromi Katoh, Yuichi Kanbayashi
  • Publication number: 20180088528
    Abstract: A method of computing a hologram by determining the wavefronts at the approximate observer eye position that would be generated by a real version of an object to be reconstructed. In normal computer generated holograms, one determines the wavefronts needed to reconstruct an object; this is not done directly in the present invention. Instead, one determines the wavefronts at an observer window that would be generated by a real object located at the same position of the reconstructed object. One can then back-transforms these wavefronts to the hologram to determine how the hologram needs to be encoded to generate these wavefronts. A suitably encoded hologram can then generate a reconstruction of the three-dimensional scene that can be observed by placing one's eyes at the plane of the observer window and looking through the observer window.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Inventors: Norbert LEISTER, Ralf HAUSSLER, Armin SCHWERDTNER
  • Publication number: 20170357098
    Abstract: For comfortable viewing of a 3-D scene at various viewing angles, a display having a large tracking range for a variable viewer distance is required. A controllable light-influencing element deflects light in coarse steps in a viewer range. Within said steps, the light is deflected by a further controllable light-influencing element continuously or with fine gradation. The light modulation device is suitable in holographic or autostereoscopic displays for guiding the visibility ranges of the image information to be displayed so as to follow the eyes of the viewers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Inventors: Bo KROLL, Gerald FUTTERER, Norbert LEISTER, Stephan REICHELT, Ralf HAUSSLER
  • Patent number: 9810948
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a controllable diffraction device for a light modulator device. The controllable diffraction device comprises at least two substrates, at least one electrode on each of said substrates facing each other, and liquid crystals forming at least one liquid crystal layer arranged between said electrodes on said substrates. The orientation of the liquid crystals is controllable by a voltage supplied to the electrodes. The liquid crystal layer is provided on at least one alignment layer arranged on at least one electrode on said substrates. The liquid crystals close to the alignment layer are pre-oriented by at least one pre-tilt angle relative to the alignment layer such that the resulting light diffraction in opposite spatial directions is approximately equal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignees: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, SEEREAL TECHNOLOGIES S.A.
    Inventors: Naru Usukura, Hiromi Katoh, Yuichi Kanbayashi, Norbert Leister, Ralf Haussler
  • Patent number: 9746684
    Abstract: For comfortable viewing of a 3-D scene at various viewing angles, a display having a large tracking range for a variable viewer distance is required. A controllable light-influencing element deflects light in coarse steps in a viewer range. Within said steps, the light is deflected by a further controllable light-influencing element continuously or with fine gradation. The light modulation device is suitable in holographic or autostereoscopic displays for guiding the visibility ranges of the image information to be displayed so as to follow the eyes of the viewers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: SEEREAL TECHNOLOGIES S.A.
    Inventors: Bo Kroll, Gerald Futterer, Norbert Leister, Stephan Reichelt, Ralf Haussler
  • Patent number: 9740167
    Abstract: A method of computing a hologram by determining the wavefronts at the approximate observer eye position that would be generated by a real version of an object to be reconstructed. In normal computer generated holograms, one determines the wavefronts needed to reconstruct an object; this is not done directly in the present invention. Instead, one determines the wavefronts at an observer window that would be generated by a real object located at the same position of the reconstructed object. One can then back-transforms these wavefronts to the hologram to determine how the hologram needs to be encoded to generate these wavefronts. A suitably encoded hologram can then generate a reconstruction of the three-dimensional scene that can be observed by placing one's eyes at the plane of the observer window and looking through the observer window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: SEEREAL TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
    Inventors: Norbert Leister, Ralf Haussler, Armin Schwerdtner
  • Publication number: 20160202593
    Abstract: For comfortable viewing of a 3-D scene at various viewing angles, a display having a large tracking range for a variable viewer distance is required. A controllable light-influencing element deflects light in coarse steps in a viewer range. Within said steps, the light is deflected by a further controllable light-influencing element continuously or with fine gradation. The light modulation device is suitable in holographic or autostereoscopic displays for guiding the visibility ranges of the image information to be displayed so as to follow the eyes of the viewers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Publication date: July 14, 2016
    Inventors: Bo KROLL, Gerald FUTTERER, Norbert LEISTER, Stephan REICHELT, Ralf HAUSSLER
  • Patent number: 9291828
    Abstract: For comfortable viewing of a 3-D scene at various viewing angles, a display having a large tracking range for a variable viewer distance is required. A controllable light-influencing element deflects light in coarse steps in a viewer range. Within said steps, the light is deflected by a further controllable light-influencing element continuously or with fine gradation. The light modulation device is suitable in holographic or autostereoscopic displays for guiding the visibility ranges of the image information to be displayed so as to follow the eyes of the viewers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: SEEREAL TECHNOLOGIES S.A.
    Inventors: Bo Kroll, Gerald Futterer, Norbert Leister, Stephan Reichelt, Ralf Haussler
  • Publication number: 20150293409
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a controllable diffraction device for a light modulator device. The controllable diffraction device comprises at least two substrates, at least one electrode on each of said substrates facing each other, and liquid crystals forming at least one liquid crystal layer arranged between said electrodes on said substrates. The orientation of the liquid crystals is controllable by a voltage supplied to the electrodes. The liquid crystal layer is provided on at least one alignment layer arranged on at least one electrode on said substrates. The liquid crystals close to the alignment layer are pre-oriented by at least one pre-tilt angle relative to the alignment layer such that the resulting light diffraction in opposite spatial directions is approximately equal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Publication date: October 15, 2015
    Inventors: Naru Usukura, Hiromi Katoh, Yuichi Kanbayashi, Norbert Leister, Ralf Haussler
  • Publication number: 20150279293
    Abstract: A controllable device for phase modulation of coherent light comprises a modulator matrix having a plurality of liquid crystal modulator cells each being adapted to modulate a phase value of light passing through a liquid crystal modulator cell depending on a voltage, which is applied to the liquid crystal modulator cell; at least one polarity area of said modulator matrix including at least one liquid crystal modulator cell; at least one storage unit for storing at least one pair of voltage values of which one has a positive and the other has a negative polarity for the liquid crystal modulator cells, whereby the pair of voltage values corresponds to a predetermined phase value; and a control unit for selectively applying one pair of voltage values to one liquid crystal modulator cell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2012
    Publication date: October 1, 2015
    Applicants: SEEREAL TECHNOLOGIES S.A., SHARP CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert Missbach, Stephan Reichelt, Norbert Leister, Ralf Haussler, Naru Usukura, Hiromi Katoh, Yuichi Kanbayashi
  • Patent number: 9046734
    Abstract: A display comprising an observer window, which in 3D and/or 2D representation mode of a 3D scene can be adapted to changing eye positions. Several observers can use the display simultaneously. The display includes a light modulation device having an actuatable diffraction unit and a controllable spatial light modulator, in which a 3D scene is coded in an actuatable manner, and a control unit. An observer window can be generated using coherent light beams on alternating eye positions. The diffraction unit includes at least electrodes and a controllable material into which a prism and/or lens function and/or scatter function can be written as a diffraction grating with a phase progression in an at least one-dimensionally controllable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: SEEREAL TECHNOLOGIES S.A.
    Inventor: Ralf Haussler