Patents by Inventor Simon Mark Benson

Simon Mark Benson 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: 20190049728
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus provide for acquiring information relating to at least one of a position and a rotation of a user's head wearing a head-mounted display; generating an image for the head-mounted display using information relating to at least one of a position and a rotation acquired at a certain point of time; and a correcting process includes receiving updated information relating to at least one of a position and a rotation at a different point of time and correcting the image generated using the updated information. The generating the image includes using the information relating to at least one of the position and the rotation in a first frequency; and the correcting includes receiving updated information relating to at least one of a position and a rotation in a second frequency corresponding to a frame rate of the head-mounted display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Publication date: February 14, 2019
    Applicants: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc., Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd
    Inventors: Tomohiro Oto, Simon Mark Benson, Iam Henry Bickerstaff
  • Patent number: 10198866
    Abstract: A head mountable display (HMD) includes a camera operable to capture images of a peripheral and/or control device in use by a wearer of the HMD. A detector of the HMD is configured to detect occlusions in a captured image of the peripheral and/or control device. And an image renderer of the HMD is configured to render a virtual version of the peripheral and/or control device for display to the HMD wearer and to render a representation of a user's hand at a position of a detected occlusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe Limited
    Inventors: Ian Henry Bickerstaff, Simon Mark Benson, Sharwin Winesh Raghoebardajal, Darren Myatt
  • Publication number: 20190028690
    Abstract: A detection method and a detection apparatus are provided. The method includes detecting features of a user's right and left eyes in a stereoscopic image pair of the user; detecting the image depths of the right and left eye features in the stereoscopic image pair; and comparing the detected depths. When the difference between the detected depths is less than a threshold difference, detecting the separation of the user's eyes from the separation of the three dimensional positions of the right eye and left eye features is detected. The apparatus includes a feature detector to detect the features of the user's eyes, a depth detector to detect the image depths, a comparator to compare the detected depths, and a separation detector to detect separation of the eyes from the separation of the three dimensional positions of the right and left eye features when the difference is less than the threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Inventors: Sharwin Winesh Raghoebardajal, Simon Mark Benson
  • Patent number: 10187633
    Abstract: A method of operation of a head mountable display (HMD) system, in which stereoscopic images are displayed with respect to a virtual display screen (VDS) position, is provided. The method includes setting a VDS position for a stereoscopic image for display in response to a depth parameter of a region of interest (ROI) in respect of the stereoscopic image for display. The method also includes generating the stereoscopic image for display having an image parallax appropriate to the VDS position set by the setting step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe Limited
    Inventors: Ian Henry Bickerstaff, Sharwin Winesh Raghoebardajal, Simon Mark Benson
  • Publication number: 20180342135
    Abstract: A processing system adapted for use in a gaming environment is configured to detect when a user might accidentally drop an input device, such as a handheld game controller. The processing system includes an input device, a processing unit and a warning unit. The input device has one or more pressure sensors operable to sense pressure inputs from a user. The processing unit is operable to identify an imminent dropping of the input device from measurements obtained by the pressure sensors. And the warning unit is operable to provide a warning to the user when the processing unit identifies an imminent drop of the input device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2018
    Publication date: November 29, 2018
    Inventors: Simon Mark Benson, Sharwin Winesh Raghoebardajal, Patrick John Connor
  • Patent number: 10133073
    Abstract: A position and rotation information acquisition unit 730 acquires information relating to a position and a rotation of the head of a user who wears a head-mounted display unit 100. A coordinate transformation unit 740 and a panorama image processing unit 750 generate an image to be displayed on the head-mounted display unit using the information relating to the position and the rotation acquired at a certain point of time by the position and rotation information acquisition unit 730. A correction processing unit 780 corrects the generated image using updated information relating to the position and the rotation at a different point of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignees: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC., SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT EUROPE LTD.
    Inventors: Tomohiro Oto, Simon Mark Benson, Ian Henry Bickerstaff
  • Patent number: 10095032
    Abstract: A head mountable display (HMD) system in which the size and/or distance from the viewer of a virtual screen for display of video material depends upon one or more of the following: whether the video material is in a 2-D or a 3-D format; the image resolution of the video material; the compression quality and/or data rate of the video material; the aspect ratio of the video material; the origin of the video material; and metadata associated with the video material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe Limited
    Inventors: Ian Henry Bickerstaff, Simon Mark Benson
  • Patent number: 10078366
    Abstract: A head mountable display (HMD) is provided that has a head motion detection function and one or more operations that depend upon detected head motion. Detected head motion is stored as motion data in memory. The way in which detected head motion is applied to a current operation depends upon the stored motion data. In one embodiment, the HMD includes a gaze detector configured to detect eye orientation of a user of the user so as to detect image regions at which the user is looking, and a detector configured to detect item data indicative of items represented by the detected image regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe Limited
    Inventors: Jeremy David Ashforth, Simon Mark Benson, Simon John Hall, Darren Myatt
  • Patent number: 10054796
    Abstract: A display method is provided using a display that is operable to display an image to a viewer. The display method includes detecting one or both of an initial position and/or orientation of the viewer's head, and generating an image for display according to the detected position and/or orientation. A current position and/or orientation of the viewer's head are detected at a time at which the image is to be displayed. The method also includes re-projecting the generated image according to any differences between the initial position and/or orientation and the current position and/or orientation of the viewer's head, and displaying the re-projected image using the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe Limited
    Inventors: Ian Henry Bickerstaff, Simon Mark Benson, Oliver Mark Wright, Sharwin Winesh Raghoebardajal
  • Patent number: 9852549
    Abstract: An image processing method includes capturing an image of the head of a user of a head mountable display device. The position of the head mountable display device is detected in the image captured by a camera. A region of the user's face that is occluded by the head mountable display device is identified. The portion of the captured image corresponding to the head mountable display device is at least partially replaced with a corresponding portion of a 3D facial model, to provide a modified version of the captured image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe Limited
    Inventors: Sharwin Winesh Raghoebardajal, Simon Mark Benson, Jeremy David Ashforth, Ian Henry Bickerstaff
  • Patent number: 9703100
    Abstract: A head mountable display (HMD) is operable to detect the HMD's overall motion relative to its current orientation, and to display extra image material so that the extra image material moves in the same general direction as real objects would be seen by the user to move if the user were not wearing the HMD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Limited
    Inventors: Simon Mark Benson, Ian Henry Bickerstaff, Sharwin Winesh Raghoebardayal
  • Patent number: 9645398
    Abstract: A head mountable display (HMD) system comprises an eye position detector comprising one or more cameras configured to detect the position of each of the HMD user's eyes; a dominant eye detector configured to detect a dominant eye of the HMD user; and an image generator configured to generate images for display by the HMD in dependence upon the HMD user's eye positions, the image generator being configured to apply a greater weight to the detected position of the dominant eye than to the detected position of the non-dominant eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Limited
    Inventors: Ian Henry Bickerstaff, Sharwin Winesh Raghoebardajal, Simon Mark Benson
  • Patent number: 9529427
    Abstract: A method of rendering an image based upon a first stereoscopic image comprising a pair of images is provided. The method includes generating a virtual three-dimensional model of the scene depicted in the first stereoscopic image responsive to distances derived from the first stereoscopic image, detecting one or more free edges in the three dimensional model, and generating one or more textures for the virtual three-dimensional model from at least one of the pair of images of the first stereoscopic image. The method also includes applying at least one texture to a respective part of the three dimensional model, and rendering the virtual three dimensional model from a different viewpoint to that of the first stereoscopic image. Rendering the virtual three dimensional model comprises modifying a transparency of rendered pixels of an applied texture as a function of the pixel's distance from that free edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Limited
    Inventors: Sharwin Winesh Raghoebardayal, Simon Mark Benson, Ian Henry Bickerstaff
  • Patent number: 9516292
    Abstract: An image transfer apparatus comprises an input operable to receive a signal comprising two images for different respective non-stereoscopic viewpoints of a virtual environment, a first output operable to transmit a signal comprising the two images formatted as a stereoscopic image to at least a first display, and a transmitter operable to transmit control signals to at least two active shutter glasses, the control signals arranged to allow respective wearers of the glasses to only view a respective one of the two images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Limited
    Inventors: Ian Henry Bickerstaff, Simon Mark Benson, Oliver Wright
  • Patent number: 9470893
    Abstract: A head-mountable display device includes a head-mountable frame defining an eye display position which, in use, is positioned in front of an eye of the user. The device also includes a reflective element mounted with respect to the eye display position and comprising a reflective surface which, in use, is visible to the user's eye. The device further includes a mobile device holder configured to hold a mobile device at a location and orientation on the frame. The reflective surface is configured to reflect light incident thereupon to form a reflected image. The location and orientation in which the mobile device is held relative to a location and orientation of the reflective surface are such that light arriving from the mobile device screen held in the holder is reflected by the surface so that a reflected image of at least a portion of the screen is visible to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Limited
    Inventors: Ian Henry Bickerstaff, Simon Mark Benson
  • Patent number: 9465436
    Abstract: A method of image reconstruction is provided. The method includes capturing a stereoscopic pair of images of a scene, generating a disparity map for the pair of images, and defining a series of value ranges corresponding to disparity with each value range in the series having an end point corresponding to a greater disparity than an end point of preceding value ranges in the series. For each value range in the series, and progressing in order through the series from the first value range in the series, the method includes selecting points in the disparity map falling within the respective value range and generating a mesh responsive to those selected points. The method also includes subsequently merging the series of generated meshes to form a 3D model of the scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Limited
    Inventors: Sharwin Winesh Raghoebardayal, Simon Mark Benson, Ian Henry Bickerstaff
  • Publication number: 20160282619
    Abstract: A position and rotation information acquisition unit 730 acquires information relating to a position and a rotation of the head of a user who wears a head-mounted display unit 100. A coordinate transformation unit 740 and a panorama image processing unit 750 generate an image to be displayed on the head-mounted display unit using the information relating to the position and the rotation acquired at a certain point of time by the position and rotation information acquisition unit 730. A correction processing unit 780 corrects the generated image using updated information relating to the position and the rotation at a different point of time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Publication date: September 29, 2016
    Applicants: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC., Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd
    Inventors: Tomohiro OTO, Simon Mark BENSON, Ian Henry BICKERSTAFF
  • Patent number: 9445070
    Abstract: An image transfer apparatus comprises an input operable to receive a signal comprising two non-stereoscopic images for different respective viewpoints of a virtual environment, a first output and a second output, and a signal splitter logic, and in which the signal splitter logic is operable to extract and separate the two non-stereoscopic images from the received signal, to format each of the two separated images for reception by a respective conventional 2D display, and to output to the first output and the second output a respective signal comprising one of the two separate images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Limited
    Inventors: Oliver Wright, Ian Henry Bickerstaff, Simon Mark Benson
  • Publication number: 20160246061
    Abstract: A display method is provided using a display that is operable to display an image to a viewer. The display method includes detecting one or both of an initial position and/or orientation of the viewer's head, and generating an image for display according to the detected position and/or orientation. A current position and/or orientation of the viewer's head are detected at a time at which the image is to be displayed. The method also includes re-projecting the generated image according to any differences between the initial position and/or orientation and the current position and/or orientation of the viewer's head, and displaying the re-projected image using the display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Publication date: August 25, 2016
    Applicant: SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT EUROPE LIMITED
    Inventors: Ian Henry Bickerstaff, Simon Mark Benson, Oliver Mark Wright, Sharwin Winesh Raghoebardajal
  • Patent number: 9423880
    Abstract: A head mountable display (HMD) comprises an infrared light source operable to illuminate foreground objects but not background objects greater than a threshold distance from the HMD; one or more cameras operable to capture infrared illuminated images and visible light illuminated images; and an image processor operable to detect, from the infrared illuminated images, foreground objects in the visible light illuminated images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Limited
    Inventors: Sharwin Winesh Raghoebardajal, Ian Henry Bickerstaff, Simon Mark Benson