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: 8958137
    Abstract: A holographic display including light sources (LS1, LS2, . . . ) in a 2D light source array, lenses (L1, L2, . . . ) in a 2D lens array, a spatial light modulator (SLM) and a beamsplitter, in which there are m light sources per lens, and the light sources are in m-to-one correspondence with the lenses. The beamsplitter splits the rays leaving the SLM into two bundles, one of which illuminates the virtual observer windows for m left eyes and the other illuminates the virtual observer windows for m right eyes. In one example, m=1. An advantage is 2D-encoding with vertical and horizontal focusing and vertical and horizontal motion parallax.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Seereal Technologies S.A.
    Inventor: Ralf Haussler
  • Publication number: 20150036199
    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: July 14, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Norbert LEISTER, Ralf HAUSSLER, Armin SCHWERDTNER
  • Patent number: 8917431
    Abstract: A color filter with parallel, vertical color strips of the RGB base colors associated with the image separating element, the color strips repeating horizontally within the color filter in periodic fashion. The light modulator contains a sequence of two registered holograms for each base color interlaced into six pixel columns for a left observer eye and for a right observer eye, and the sequence is repeated horizontally in periodic fashion. The periods of the color filter and the hologram are arranged relative to one another with the same degree of expansion, with a color strip and at least two pixel columns with holograms of the base color of the color strip are associated with a separating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Seereal Technologies S.A.
    Inventor: Ralf Haussler
  • Publication number: 20140300709
    Abstract: The invention relates to a display device for representing a three-dimensional scene, comprising a light source array, a lenticular system and a data display in this order, but not necessarily immediately following one another, and a corresponding method for representing a three-dimensional scene. The object thereof is to enlarge the observer region of a 3D display in such a way that this simultaneously provides a plurality of observers with the option of perceiving the 3D scene on the 3D display. This is achieved by an aforementioned display device with a multiplexing element, which follows the data display and can be used to distribute light incident from the data display into a plurality of angle segments, and by an aforementioned method, in which, in an additional step, a multiplexing element distributes the light coming from the data display in a plurality of angle segments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventors: Gerald Futterer, Ralf Haussler, Norbert Leister
  • Patent number: 8804220
    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: December 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: SeeReal Technologies GmbH
    Inventors: Norbert Leister, Ralf Häussler, Armin Schwerdtner
  • Patent number: 8711466
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a lighting device having a planer optical fiber and at least one light source device for illuminating a controllable spatial light modulator, wherein the optical fiber comprises a light-conducting core and a cover coating, and the light modulator comprises a pixel matrix, the light source device is disposed on the side of the optical fiber, and the light emitted by at least one light source of the light source device propagates laminarly in the optical fiber. The lighting unit according to the invention is characterized in that the planar optical fiber comprises a deflecting coating having a selective polarization function for laminarly decoupling and deflecting the evanescent wave field of the light propagating in the optical fiber, wherein the thickness of the cover coating reduces in the direction of light propagation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Seereal Technologies S.A.
    Inventors: Bo Kroll, Gerald Futterer, Ralf Haussler, Norbert Leister, Steffen Buschbeck
  • Patent number: 8687252
    Abstract: In known light modulation means, complex phase and amplitude values for modulating light waves are implemented and modulated either separately by two different light modulation means or a light modulation means having two layers of double-refracting materials, leading to increased expenses for material and adjustment. A new device is disclosed that simplifies the modulation of light waves in phase and amplitude in a single light modulation means made of double-refracting material. In a device having regularly disposed, controllable light-modulated elements having a double-refracting material for complex modulation of coherent light waves, and a modulation controller controlling the force-induced alignment of the optical axes of the molecules of the double-refracting material, means are provided for independently aligning the optical axes of the molecules in the light-modulating elements in two dimensions. The alignment can take place by electrical, magnetic, or optical acting means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Seereal Technologies S.A.
    Inventors: Norbert Leister, Ralf Haussler, Steffen Buschbeck
  • Publication number: 20130321899
    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: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicant: SEEREAL TECHNOLOGIES S.A.
    Inventor: Ralf Haussler
  • Patent number: 8526088
    Abstract: A device for holographic reconstruction of three-dimensional scenes includes optical focusing means which directs sufficiently coherent light from light means to the eyes of at least one observer via a spatial light modulator that is encoded with holographic information. The device has a plurality of illumination units for illuminating the surface of the spatial light modulator; each unit comprises a focusing element, and a light means that emits sufficiently coherent light such that each of these illumination units illuminates one separate illuminated region of the surface, whereby the focusing element and the light means are arranged such that the light emitted by the light means coincides close to or at the observer eyes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Seereal Technologies GmbH
    Inventors: Armin Schwerdtner, Ralf Haussler, Norbert Leister
  • Patent number: 8416276
    Abstract: A mobile telephony system comprising a calling party mobile telephone with an imaging system and a display. The imaging system is operable to capture an image of the calling party. The calling party mobile telephone sends an image of the calling party to a called party mobile telephone over a wireless link, and the called party mobile telephone locally generates a holographic reconstruction of the calling party using a holographic display that is encoded with a hologram. An advantage is that a mobile telephone call may be held in which one party views a holographic reconstruction of the other party.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Seereal Technologies S.A.
    Inventors: Bo Kroll, Ralf Haussler, Armin Schwerdtner
  • Patent number: 8416479
    Abstract: Holographic display device comprising a first EASLM and a second EASLM, the pair permitting independent modification of phase and amplitude, in which holographic reconstruction is visible through one or more virtual observer windows. An advantage is that an observer may view a holographic reconstruction through one or more virtual observer windows from a device housing a pair of EASLMs which permit independent modification of phase and amplitude.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Seereal Technologies S.A.
    Inventors: Bo Kroll, Ralf Haussler, Armin Schwerdtner
  • Patent number: 8400695
    Abstract: A holographic display device comprises an OLED array writing onto an OASLM, the OLED array and OASLM forming adjacent layers. The OASLM encodes a hologram and a holographic reconstruction is then generated by the device when an array of read beams illuminates the OASLM. The OASLM is suitably controlled by the OLED array. An advantage of the device is that it lends itself to compactness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Seereal Technologies S.A.
    Inventors: Bo Kroll, Ralf Haussler, Armin Schwerdtner
  • Patent number: 8339695
    Abstract: The invention relates to a controllable illumination device for an autostereoscopic or holographic display, which illumination device contains an illumination matrix of primary light sources having at least one luminous element per light source and a controllable light modulator (SLM) and a reproduction matrix. A computer-generated hologram (CGH) illuminated by the primary light sources (11, . . . , 1n) is coded on the controllable light modulator (SLM) and generates, in at least one plane downstream of the SLM, a matrix—reconstructed from the computer-generated hologram (CGH)—of secondary light sources (2) having a secondary light distribution for the purpose of illuminating the reproduction matrix (4) and for the purpose of focussing in light bundles onto each eye of the viewer via an imaging matrix. The CGH is calculated and reconstructed on the basis of the number of and the positions of the viewers and the system parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Seereal Technologies GmbH
    Inventors: Ralf Haussler, Armin Schwerdtner
  • Publication number: 20120188621
    Abstract: The invention relates to a holographic reconstruction system for the reconstruction of scenes having at least one video hologram modulated wave front, and an enlarged visibility region. The system utilizes two-dimensional coded light modulator cells of spatial light modulation means and optical focusing means, which realize a Fourier transformation of the modulated wave front in their focal plane. First optical deflection means deflect the parallel disposed partial light waves such that their Fourier transformations appear as cascading in the focal plane. A spatial frequency filter located on the focal plane, lets each of the same diffraction orders of all modulated partial light waves pass, and second optical deflection means arrange the wave front strips next to each other at the modulated wave front, which reconstructs the scene.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Applicant: SeeReal Technologies S.A.
    Inventors: Ralf Haussler, Joachim Gantz
  • Patent number: 8218222
    Abstract: An individual, controllable light modulator is configured with a regular pixel structure, for realizing different types of modulation. The spatial light modulator can be realized transmissively and reflectively. The light modulator contains at least one addressable, transmissive layer with a pixel structure and at least one substrate layer with retro-reflecting elements, as well as modulation control means for controlling the modulation of the pixels. The modulation control means produce a number of macropixels from at least two adjacent pixels, to which a selected modulation characteristic is assigned. The retro-reflecting elements are disposed consecutively in such a manner in the substrate layer that, in each case, a retro-reflecting element covers two adjacent pixels of a macropixel of the addressable layer, in order to direct a light bundle, incident in each case on one pixel of a macropixel, sequentially, through further pixels of the macropixel to modulate the incident light bundle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: SeeReal Technologies S.A.
    Inventors: Norbert Leister, Ralf Haussler
  • Patent number: 8208012
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for the multimodal representation of image contents on a display unit for video holograms. Said unit comprises at least one or several light sources (LS), an optical system (L), and a spatial light modulator SLM (S) with hologram contents. According to the inventive method, the unit directs the wavefront that an object would emit to the associated eye positions (EP) such that the viewer sees the reconstruction of the scene and different views are presented to the eyes by means of temporal or spatial multiplexing in order to generate the stereo effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: SeeReal Technologies S.A.
    Inventors: Norbert Leister, Ralf Haussler, Philippe Renaud-Goud
  • Publication number: 20120092735
    Abstract: The present invention relates to 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 according to the invention 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: June 18, 2010
    Publication date: April 19, 2012
    Applicant: SeeReal Technologies S.A.
    Inventors: Gerald Futterer, Norbert Leister, Ralf Haussler, Grigory Lazarev
  • Publication number: 20120092750
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a lighting device having a planer optical fiber and at least one light source device for illuminating a controllable spatial light modulator, wherein the optical fiber comprises a light-conducting core and a cover coating, and the light modulator comprises a pixel matrix, the light source device is disposed on the side of the optical fiber, and the light emitted by at least one light source of the light source device propagates laminarly in the optical fiber. The lighting unit according to the invention is characterized in that the planar optical fiber comprises a deflecting coating having a selective polarization function for laminarly decoupling and deflecting the evanescent wave field of the light propagating in the optical fiber, wherein the thickness of the cover coating reduces in the direction of light propagation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2010
    Publication date: April 19, 2012
    Applicant: SeeReal Technologies S.A.
    Inventors: Bo Kroll, Gerald Futterer, Ralf Haussler, Norbert Leister, Steffen Buschbeck
  • Patent number: 8154781
    Abstract: A holographic display device comprises a first OLED array writing onto a first OASLM, the first OLED array and the first OASLM forming adjacent layers, and a second OLED array writing onto a second OASLM, the second OLED array and the second OASLM forming adjacent layers. The first and the second OASLMs encode a hologram and a holographic reconstruction is generated by the device when an array of read beams illuminates the first and second OASLMs and the first and second OASLMs are suitably controlled by the first and second OLED arrays. Advantages include that this device permits independent control of phase and amplitude, and the device lends itself to compactness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: SeeReal Technologies S.A.
    Inventors: Bo Kroll, Ralf Haussler, Armin Schwerdtner
  • Patent number: 8149266
    Abstract: The invention relates to a holographic reconstruction system for the reconstruction of scenes having at least one video hologram modulated wave front, and an enlarged visibility region. The system utilizes two-dimensional coded light modulator cells of spatial light modulation means and optical focusing means, which realize a Fourier transformation of the modulated wave front in their focal plane. First optical deflection means deflect the parallel disposed partial light waves such that their Fourier transformations appear as cascading in the focal plane. A spatial frequency filter located on the focal plane, lets each of the same diffraction orders of all modulated partial light waves pass, and second optical deflection means arrange the wave front strips next to each other at the modulated wave front, which reconstructs the scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Seereal Technologies S.A.
    Inventors: Ralf Haussler, Joachim Gantz