Patents by Inventor Robin Michael Miller

Robin Michael Miller 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).

  • Publication number: 20190317573
    Abstract: A head-mounted display (HMD) includes a hybrid fan, a printed circuit board (PCB) with one or more electronic components and a heat pipe to dissipate heat. The hybrid fan has a center axis extending from a rear side of the HMD to a front side of the HMD. The hybrid fan pulls air from a rear side of the HMD. The heat pipe has an end coupled to the PCB. The heat pipe partially surrounds a periphery of the hybrid fan and transfers heat away from at least the PCB. The HMD further includes a side cover and a front cover. The side cover encloses the hybrid fan, the PCB and the heat pipe. The front cover is attached to the side cover with a slit between an outer edge of the front cover and an outer edge of the side cover to discharge air from the hybrid fan.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Publication date: October 17, 2019
    Inventors: Boyd Drew Allin, Robin Michael Miller
  • Patent number: 10379583
    Abstract: A head-mounted display (HMD) includes a hybrid fan, a printed circuit board (PCB) with one or more electronic components and a heat pipe to dissipate heat. The hybrid fan has a center axis extending from a rear side of the HMD to a front side of the HMD. The hybrid fan pulls air from a rear side of the HMD. The heat pipe has an end coupled to the PCB. The heat pipe partially surrounds a periphery of the hybrid fan and transfers heat away from at least the PCB. The HMD further includes a side cover and a front cover. The side cover encloses the hybrid fan, the PCB and the heat pipe. The front cover is attached to the side cover with a slit between an outer edge of the front cover and an outer edge of the side cover to discharge air from the hybrid fan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Boyd Drew Allin, Robin Michael Miller
  • Patent number: 10317682
    Abstract: Friction joints for use with head mounted displays are disclosed herein. In various embodiments, a head mounted display includes a front display module and a strap assembly. The strap assembly includes first and second connectors coupling the strap assembly to the front display module. The connectors allow the strap assembly to be moved toward and away from the front display module. The connectors are coupled to the front display module with first and second friction joints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jared I. Drinkwater, Robin Michael Miller, Lesley Ribble Magrath, Boyd Drew Allin
  • Patent number: 10281728
    Abstract: Technology is provided for restraint systems for use with head mounted displays and head mounted displays incorporating the same. The head mounted display includes a display unit including a display housing and one or more display devices. A retention assembly attaches to the display unit to support the unit on a user's head. The retention assembly includes at least one tensioner mechanism including a housing having an anchor portion coupled to the display housing and a slider positioned in the housing. A strap is coupled to the slider and configured to support the head mounted display on the user's head. A tension element having a first end portion coupled to the housing and a second end portion coupled to the slider provides a constant force on the strap to comfortably pull the strap against the user's head in order to retain the head mounted display on the user's head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Robin Michael Miller, Peter Wesley Bristol, Joseph Patrick Sullivan, Jared I. Drinkwater
  • Patent number: 10222622
    Abstract: Head mounted displays having lens movement assemblies and associated systems and methods are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a head mounted display system includes a display housing surrounding one or more display devices, a first lens and a second lens. An input device on the display housing includes a control member moveable between a first position and a second position. A lens movement assembly is operatively coupled to the input device and the first and second lenses, and is configured to move the first lens relative to the second lens in response to movement of the control member between the first position and the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jared I. Drinkwater, Mark Alan Tempel, Robin Michael Miller, Joseph Patrick Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10209524
    Abstract: Technology is provided for a facial interface assembly for use with a head mounted display. The facial interface assembly includes a contoured spacer frame and an interchangeable face gasket removably attached to the contoured spacer frame. The contoured spacer frame includes a forehead interface portion, a pair of cheek interface portions, a bridge portion extending between the pair of cheek interface portions, and one or more attachment tabs configured to mate with a housing of the head mounted display. The face gasket includes a high-density foam layer, a low-density foam layer, and a fabric layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jared I. Drinkwater, Robin Michael Miller
  • Patent number: 10156727
    Abstract: A strap system for a head-mounted display system includes a rigid bar having an opening at a first end and a vertical slot situated on an outer surface of the rigid bar. The opening extends within the rigid bar in a lateral dimension. The strap system also includes a rigid segment with an end inserted into the opening of the rigid bar in the lateral dimension, one or more compression springs coupled to the rigid segment, a shuttle to press against the one or more compression springs so as to slide along the lateral dimension, and an adjustment strap fixedly coupled to the shuttle and extending beyond the end of the rigid segment and through the vertical slot on the rigid bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Robin Michael Miller, Jared I. Drinkwater, Lesley Ribble Magrath, Peter Wesley Bristol, Joseph Patrick Sullivan
  • Publication number: 20180348812
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to a metal frame in a head-mounted display (HMD) that is structured to absorb impact and protect components of the HMD. The metal frame has a wall that is spaced away from a protection shell securing a display panel in the HMD. When the HMD is dropped or subject to external force, the wall may deform but keep the protection shell intact. Moreover, the metal frame has protruding ridges and brackets that surround outward facing cameras on the HMD. If the HMD is dropped, the protruding ridges and brackets can provide protection to the cameras.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Inventors: Robin Michael Miller, James Aldrich, Julian Hammerstein, Adam Hewko, Mark Alan Tempel, Joseph Patrick Sullivan
  • Publication number: 20180338130
    Abstract: A device is configured to adjust interpupillary distance in a HMD. The device include a fixed plate, a button assembly, a spring, and a gear. The spring biases the button assembly towards the fixed plate to prevent movement of the button assembly. A button of the button assembly can be pressed beyond a threshold distance to disengage the button assembly and the fixed plate. Consequently, the button assembly can be moved relative to the fixed plate. The gear meshes with a gear rack of the button assembly and is associated with two display assemblies of the HMD. The movement of the button assembly drives the gear to rotate. The rotation of the gear causes the two display assemblies of the HMD to move in opposite directions. The movement of one of the display assemblies relative to the other display assembly adjusts interpupillary distance in the HMD.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Publication date: November 22, 2018
    Inventors: Robin Michael Miller, Mark Alan Tempel
  • Patent number: 10124251
    Abstract: A virtual-reality system includes a head-mounted display, a camera protruding from a surface of the head-mounted display, and a compressible shock mount mounting the camera to the head-mounted display. The shock mount is to retract the camera towards the head-mounted display when compressed. The shock mount protects the camera from damage when the head-mounted display is dropped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: OCULUS VR, LLC
    Inventors: Boyd Drew Allin, Robin Michael Miller, Jared I. Drinkwater
  • Publication number: 20180307282
    Abstract: A head-mounted display (HMD) includes a hybrid fan, a printed circuit board (PCB) with one or more electronic components and a heat pipe to dissipate heat. The hybrid fan has a center axis extending from a rear side of the HMD to a front side of the HMD. The hybrid fan pulls air from a rear side of the HMD. The heat pipe has an end coupled to the PCB. The heat pipe partially surrounds a periphery of the hybrid fan and transfers heat away from at least the PCB. The HMD further includes a side cover and a front cover. The side cover encloses the hybrid fan, the PCB and the heat pipe. The front cover is attached to the side cover with a slit between an outer edge of the front cover and an outer edge of the side cover to discharge air from the hybrid fan.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Publication date: October 25, 2018
    Inventors: Boyd Drew Allin, Robin Michael Miller
  • Patent number: 10085004
    Abstract: A head-mounted display system includes a left lens for a user's left eye and a right lens for the user's right eye. The head-mounted display system also includes left and right display screens. The left display screen is coupled to the left lens to provide images to the user's left eye through the left lens. The right display screen is coupled to the right lens to provide images to the user's right eye through the right lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: OCULUS VR, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Alan Tempel, Jared I. Drinkwater, Robin Michael Miller, Joseph Patrick Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10007116
    Abstract: A head-mounted display for a virtual-reality system includes one or more outer surfaces having a plurality of recesses. Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are installed in respective recesses of the plurality of recesses. The recesses are covered with covers that are substantially flush with respective surfaces of the one or more outer surfaces of the head-mounted display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: OCULUS VR, LLC
    Inventors: Jared I. Drinkwater, Mark Alan Tempel, Robin Michael Miller, Peter Wesley Bristol, Boyd Drew Allin, Joseph Patrick Sullivan, Yi-yaun Chen
  • Patent number: 10001834
    Abstract: A virtual reality (VR) console receives slow calibration data from an imaging device and fast calibration data from an inertial measurement unit on a VR headset including a front and a rear rigid body. The slow calibration data includes an image where only the locators on the rear rigid body are visible. An observed position is determined from the slow calibration data and a predicted position is determined from the fast calibration data. If a difference between the observed position and the predicted position is greater than a threshold value, the predicted position is adjusted by a temporary offset until the difference is less than the threshold value. The temporary offset is removed by re-calibrating the rear rigid body to the front rigid body once locators on both the front and rear rigid body are visible in an image in the slow calibration data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Oculus VR, LLC
    Inventors: Dov Katz, Jonathan Shine, Robin Michael Miller
  • Patent number: 9977494
    Abstract: Technology is provided for a tracking constellation assembly for use in a virtual reality system. The tracking constellation assembly includes a translucent panel having an outward facing surface, and an inward facing surface and a mounting surface each opposite the outward facing surface. The translucent panel is substantially opaque to visible light and translucent to infrared light. The assembly includes a flexible circuit board including first and second opposed surfaces. A spacer interconnects the first surface of the flexible circuit board and the mounting surface of the translucent panel. Infrared light emitting diodes are connected to the flexible circuit board and positioned to direct light through the translucent panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Oculus VR, LLC
    Inventors: Jared I. Drinkwater, Robin Michael Miller, Boyd Drew Allin
  • Publication number: 20180055202
    Abstract: Technology is provided for restraint systems for use with head mounted displays and head mounted displays incorporating the same. The head mounted display includes a display unit including a display housing and one or more display devices. A retention assembly attaches to the display unit to support the unit on a user's head. The retention assembly includes at least one tensioner mechanism including a housing having an anchor portion coupled to the display housing and a slider positioned in the housing. A strap is coupled to the slider and configured to support the head mounted display on the user's head. A tension element having a first end portion coupled to the housing and a second end portion coupled to the slider provides a constant force on the strap to comfortably pull the strap against the user's head in order to retain the head mounted display on the user's head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Publication date: March 1, 2018
    Inventors: Robin Michael Miller, Peter Wesley Bristol, Joseph Patrick Sullivan, Jared I. Drinkwater
  • Patent number: D819635
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Oculus VR, LLC
    Inventors: Robin Michael Miller, Joseph Patrick Sullivan, Adam Hewko
  • Patent number: D831028
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Oculus VR, LLC
    Inventors: Robin Michael Miller, Julian Hammerstein, James Aldrich, Adam Hewko, Joseph P. Sullivan, Oskar Linde
  • Patent number: D835622
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Robin Michael Miller, Michael Xingyi Yu, Mark Alan Tempel, Adam Hewko, Joseph P. Sullivan
  • Patent number: D840399
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Robin Michael Miller, Joseph Patrick Sullivan, Adam Hewko