Patents by Inventor Stephen Latta

Stephen Latta 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: 20150212585
    Abstract: A virtual skeleton includes a plurality of joints and provides a machine readable representation of a human target observed with a three-dimensional depth camera. A relative position of a hand joint of the virtual skeleton is translated as a gestured control, and a three-dimensional virtual world is controlled responsive to the gestured control.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Publication date: July 30, 2015
    Inventors: Stephen Latta, Darren Bennett, Kevin Geisner, Relja Markovic
  • Patent number: 9092600
    Abstract: Embodiments are disclosed that relate to authenticating a user of a display device. For example, one disclosed embodiment includes displaying one or more virtual images on the display device, wherein the one or more virtual images include a set of augmented reality features. The method further includes identifying one or more movements of the user via data received from a sensor of the display device, and comparing the identified movements of the user to a predefined set of authentication information for the user that links user authentication to a predefined order of the augmented reality features. If the identified movements indicate that the user selected the augmented reality features in the predefined order, then the user is authenticated, and if the identified movements indicate that the user did not select the augmented reality features in the predefined order, then the user is not authenticated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Mike Scavezze, Jason Scott, Jonathan Steed, Ian McIntyre, Aaron Krauss, Daniel McCulloch, Stephen Latta, Kevin Geisner, Brian Mount
  • Patent number: 9092896
    Abstract: Embodiments are disclosed that relate to augmenting an appearance of a surface via a see-through display device. For example, one disclosed embodiment provides, on a computing device comprising a see-through display device, a method of augmenting an appearance of a surface. The method includes acquiring, via an outward-facing image sensor, image data of a first scene viewable through the display. The method further includes recognizing a surface viewable through the display based on the image data and, in response to recognizing the surface, acquiring a representation of a second scene comprising one or more of a scene located physically behind the surface viewable through the display and a scene located behind a surface contextually related to the surface viewable through the display. The method further includes displaying the representation via the see-through display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Mike Scavezze, Jason Scott, Jonathan Steed, Ian McIntyre, Aaron Krauss, Daniel McCulloch, Stephen Latta
  • Patent number: 9063566
    Abstract: Various embodiments are provided for a shared collaboration system and related methods for enabling an active user to interact with one or more additional users and with collaboration items. In one embodiment a head-mounted display device is operatively connected to a computing device that includes a collaboration engine program. The program receives observation information of a physical space from the head-mounted display device along with a collaboration item. The program visually augments an appearance of the physical space as seen through the head-mounted display device to include an active user collaboration item representation of the collaboration item. The program populates the active user collaboration item representation with additional user collaboration item input from an additional user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel McCulloch, Stephen Latta, Darren Bennett, Ryan Hastings, Jason Scott, Relja Markovic, Kevin Geisner, Jonathan Steed
  • Patent number: 9041739
    Abstract: Embodiments for matching participants in a virtual multiplayer entertainment experience are provided. For example, one embodiment provides a method including receiving from each user of a plurality of users a request to join the virtual multiplayer entertainment experience, receiving from each user of the plurality of users information regarding characteristics of a physical space in which each user is located, and matching two or more users of the plurality of users for participation in the virtual multiplayer entertainment experience based on the characteristics of the physical space of each of the two or more users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Latta, Kevin Geisner, Brian Mount, Daniel McCulloch, Cameron Brown, Jeffrey Alan Kohler, Wei Zhang, Ryan Hastings, Darren Bennett, Ian McIntyre
  • Publication number: 20150130689
    Abstract: Embodiments for interacting with an executable virtual object associated with a real object are disclosed. In one example, a method for interacting with an executable virtual object associated with a real object includes receiving sensor input from one or more sensors attached to the portable see-through display device, and obtaining information regarding a location of the user based on the sensor input. The method also includes, if the location includes a real object comprising an associated executable virtual object, then determining an intent of the user to interact with the executable virtual object, and if the intent to interact is determined, then interacting with the executable object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Ben Sugden, John Clavin, Ben Vaught, Stephen Latta, Kathryn Stone Perez, Daniel McCulloch, Jason Scott, Wei Zhang, Darren Bennett, Ryan Hastings, Arthur Tomlin, Kevin Geisner
  • Patent number: 9024844
    Abstract: Embodiments are disclosed that relate to the recognition via a see-through display system of an object displayed on an external display device at which a user of the see-through display system is gazing. For example, one embodiment provides a method of operating a see-through display system comprising acquiring an image of an external display screen located in the background scene via an outward facing image sensor, determining via a gaze detection subsystem a location on the external display screen at which the user is gazing, obtaining an identity of an object displayed on the external display screen at the location determined, and performing an action based upon the identity of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Ben Vaught, Ben Sugden, Stephen Latta
  • Patent number: 9025832
    Abstract: A method of finding a new social network service friend for a player belonging to a social network service and having a friend group including one or more player-accepted friends includes recognizing the player, automatically identifying an observer within a threshold proximity to the player, and adding the observer to the friend group of the player in the social network service if the observer satisfies a friending criteria of the player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Latta, Relja Markovic, Kevin Geisner, A. Dylan Vance, Brian Scott Murphy, Matt Coohill
  • Patent number: 9008355
    Abstract: Automatic depth camera aiming is provided by a method which includes receiving from the depth camera one or more observed depth images of a scene. The method further includes, if a point of interest of a target is found within the scene, determining if the point of interest is within a far range relative to the depth camera. The method further includes, if the point of interest of the target is within the far range, operating the depth camera with a far logic, or if the point of interest of the target is not within the far range, operating the depth camera with a near logic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Relja Markovic, Stephen Latta, Kyungsuk David Lee, Oscar Omar Garza Santos, Kevin Geisner
  • Patent number: 8994718
    Abstract: A virtual skeleton includes a plurality of joints and provides a machine readable representation of a human target observed with a three-dimensional depth camera. A relative position of a hand joint of the virtual skeleton is translated as a gestured control, and a three-dimensional virtual world is controlled responsive to the gestured control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Latta, Darren Bennett, Kevin Geisner, Relja Markovic
  • Patent number: 8963805
    Abstract: Embodiments for interacting with an executable virtual object associated with a real object are disclosed. In one example, a method for interacting with an executable virtual object associated with a real object includes receiving sensor input from one or more sensors attached to the portable see-through display device, and obtaining information regarding a location of the user based on the sensor input. The method also includes, if the location includes a real object comprising an associated executable virtual object, then determining an intent of the user to interact with the executable virtual object, and if the intent to interact is determined, then interacting with the executable object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Ben Sugden, John Clavin, Ben Vaught, Stephen Latta, Kathryn Stone Perez, Daniel McCulloch, Jason Scott, Wei Zhang, Darren Bennett, Ryan Hastings, Arthur Tomlin, Kevin Geisner
  • Publication number: 20140380254
    Abstract: Systems, methods and computer readable media are disclosed for a gesture tool. A capture device captures user movement and provides corresponding data to a gesture recognizer engine and an application. From that, the data is parsed to determine whether it satisfies one or more gesture filters, each filter corresponding to user-performed gesture. The data and the information about the filters is also sent to a gesture tool, which displays aspects of the data and filters. In response to user input corresponding to a change in a filter, the gesture tool sends an indication of such to the gesture recognizer engine and application, where that change occurs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Kevin Geisner, Stephen Latta, Gregory N. Snook, Relja Markovic, Arthur Charles Tomlin, Mark Mihelich, Kyungsuk David Lee, David Jason Christopher Horbach, Matthew Jon Puls
  • Publication number: 20140375683
    Abstract: Embodiments are disclosed that relate to operating a user interface on an augmented reality computing device comprising a see-through display system. For example, one disclosed embodiment includes identifying one or more objects located outside a field of view of a user, and for each object of the one or more objects, providing to the user an indication of positional information associated with the object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Thomas George Salter, Ben Sugden, Daniel Deptford, Robert Crocco, JR., Brian Keane, Laura Massey, Alex Kipman, Peter Tobias Kinnebrew, Nicholas Kamuda, Zachary Quarles, Michael Scavezze, Ryan Hastings, Cameron Brown, Tony Ambrus, Jason Scott, John Bevis, Jamie B. Kirschenbaum, Nicholas Gervase Fajt, Michael Klucher, Relja Markovic, Stephen Latta, Daniel McCulloch
  • Publication number: 20140347390
    Abstract: Embodiments are disclosed that relate to placing virtual objects in an augmented reality environment. For example, one disclosed embodiment provides a method comprising receiving sensor data comprising one or more of motion data, location data, and orientation data from one or more sensors located on a head-mounted display device, and based upon the motion data, determining a body-locking direction vector that is based upon an estimated direction in which a body of a user is facing. The method further comprises positioning a displayed virtual object based on the body-locking direction vector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: Adam G. Poulos, Tony Ambrus, Jeffrey Cole, Ian Douglas McIntyre, Stephen Latta, Peter Tobias Kinnebrew, Nicholas Kamuda, Robert Pengelly, Jeffrey C. Fong, Aaron Woo, Udiyan I. Padmanahan, Andrew Wyman MacDonald, Olivia M. Janik
  • Patent number: 8894484
    Abstract: A system and related methods for inviting a potential player to participate in a multiplayer game via a user head-mounted display device are provided. In one example, a potential player invitation program receives user voice data and determines that the user voice data is an invitation to participate in a multiplayer game. The program receives eye-tracking information, depth information, facial recognition information, potential player head-mounted display device information, and/or potential player voice data. The program associates the invitation with the potential player using the eye-tracking information, the depth information, the facial recognition information, the potential player head-mounted display device information, and/or the potential player voice data. The program matches a potential player account with the potential player. The program receives an acceptance response from the potential player, and joins the potential player account with a user account in participating in the multiplayer game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen Latta, Kevin Geisner, Brian Mount, Jonathan Steed, Tony Ambrus, Arnulfo Zepeda, Aaron Krauss
  • Publication number: 20140333665
    Abstract: Embodiments are disclosed that relate to calibrating a predetermined eye location in a head-mounted display. For example, in one disclosed embodiment a method includes displaying a virtual marker visually alignable with a real world target at an alignment condition. At the alignment condition, image data is acquired to determine a location of the real world target. From the image data, an estimated eye location relative to a location of the head-mounted display is determined. Based upon the estimated eye location, the predetermined eye location is then calibrated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventors: Roger Sebastian Sylvan, Adam Poulos, Michael Scavezze, Stephen Latta, Arthur Tomlin, Brian Mount, Aaron Krauss
  • Patent number: 8884968
    Abstract: A method for modeling an object from image data comprises identifying in an image from the video a set of reference points on the object, and, for each reference point identified, observing a displacement of that reference point in response to a motion of the object. The method further comprises grouping together those reference points for which a common translational or rotational motion of the object results in the observed displacement, and fitting the grouped-together reference points to a shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Relja Markovic, Stephen Latta, Kevin Geisner
  • Publication number: 20140320389
    Abstract: Embodiments that relate to interacting with a physical object in a mixed reality environment via a head-mounted display are disclosed. In one embodiment a mixed reality interaction program identifies an object based on an image from captured by the display. An interaction context for the object is determined based on an aspect of the mixed reality environment. A profile for the physical object is queried to determine interaction modes for the object. A selected interaction mode is programmatically selected based on the interaction context. A user input directed at the object is received via the display and interpreted to correspond to a virtual action based on the selected interaction mode. The virtual action is executed with respect to a virtual object associated with the physical object to modify an appearance of the virtual object. The modified virtual object is then displayed via the display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2013
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventors: Michael Scavezze, Jonathan Steed, Stephen Latta, Kevin Geisner, Daniel McCulloch, Brian Mount, Ryan Hastings, Phillip Charles Heckinger
  • Patent number: 8856691
    Abstract: Systems, methods and computer readable media are disclosed for a gesture tool. A capture device captures user movement and provides corresponding data to a gesture recognizer engine and an application. From that, the data is parsed to determine whether it satisfies one or more gesture filters, each filter corresponding to user-performed gesture. The data and the information about the filters is also sent to a gesture tool, which displays aspects of the data and filters. In response to user input corresponding to a change in a filter, the gesture tool sends an indication of such to the gesture recognizer engine and application, where that change occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin Geisner, Stephen Latta, Gregory N. Snook, Relja Markovic, Arthur Charles Tomlin, Mark Mihelich, Kyungsuk David Lee, David Jason Christopher Horbach, Matthew Jon Puls
  • Publication number: 20140267311
    Abstract: Embodiments are disclosed that relate to interacting with a user interface via feedback provided by an avatar. One embodiment provides a method comprising receiving depth data, locating a person in the depth data, and mapping a physical space in front of the person to a screen space of a display device. The method further comprises forming an image of an avatar representing the person, outputting to a display an image of a user interface comprising an interactive user interface control, and outputting to the display device the image of the avatar such that the avatar faces the user interface control. The method further comprises detecting a motion of the person via the depth data, forming an animated representation of the avatar interacting with the user interface control based upon the motion of the person, and outputting the animated representation of the avatar interacting with the control.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey Evertt, Joel Deaguero, Darren Bennett, Dylan Vance, David Galloway, Relja Markovic, Stephen Latta, Oscar Omar Garza Santos, Kevin Geisner