Patents by Inventor Thomas F. Fox

Thomas F. Fox 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: 9841537
    Abstract: In embodiments of the invention, an apparatus may include a display comprising a plurality of pixels and a computer system coupled with the display and operable to instruct the display to display images. The apparatus may further include a microlens array located adjacent to the display and comprising a plurality of microlenses, wherein the microlens array is operable to produce a light field by altering light emitted by the display to simulate an object that is in focus to an observer while the display and the microlens array are located within a near-eye range of the observer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: NVIDIA CORPORATION
    Inventors: David Patrick Luebke, Douglas Lanman, Thomas F. Fox, Gerrit Slavenburg
  • Patent number: 9786255
    Abstract: A method, computer program product, and system for adjusting a dynamic refresh frequency of a display device are disclosed. The method includes the steps of obtaining a current frame duration associated with a first image, computing, based on the current frame duration, a repetition value for a second image, and repeating presentation of the second image on a display device based on the repetition value. The logic for implementing the method may be included in a graphics processing unit or within the display device itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: NVIDIA Corporation
    Inventors: Tom Verbeure, Robert Jan Schutten, Gerrit A. Slavenburg, Thomas F. Fox
  • Patent number: 9773460
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product are provided for combining low motion blur and variable refresh rate in a display. In one embodiment, a hold-type display is operated in a first mode of operation where the hold-type display is dynamically refreshed such that the hold type display handles updates to image frames at unpredictable times and where for each of the image frames a backlight of the hold-type display is activated for an entire duration of display of the image frame. Additionally, it is determined that at least one predefined condition has been met. Further, in response to the determination, the hold-type display is operated in a second mode of operation where the hold-type display is statically refreshed such that the hold-type display handles updates to image frames at regular intervals and where for each of the image frames the backlight of the hold-type display is flashed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: NVIDIA Corporation
    Inventors: Tom Verbeure, Gerrit A. Slavenburg, Thomas F. Fox, Robert Jan Schutten, Luis Mariano Lucas, Marcel Dominicus Janssens
  • Publication number: 20170269358
    Abstract: In embodiments of the invention, an apparatus may include a display comprising a plurality of pixels and a computer system coupled with the display and operable to instruct the display to display images. The apparatus may further include a microlens array located adjacent to the display and comprising a plurality of microlenses, wherein the microlens array is operable to produce a light field by altering light emitted by the display to simulate an object that is in focus to an observer while the display and the microlens array are located within a near-eye range of the observer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Applicant: NVIDIA CORPORATION
    Inventors: David Patrick Luebke, Douglas Lanman, Thomas F. Fox, Gerrit Slavenburg
  • Publication number: 20170061698
    Abstract: In embodiments of the invention, an apparatus may include a display comprising a plurality of pixels and a computer system coupled with the display and operable to instruct the display to display images. The apparatus may further include an SLM array located adjacent to the display and comprising a plurality of SLMs, wherein the SLM array is operable to produce a light field by altering light emitted by the display to simulate an object that is in focus to an observer while the display and the SLM array are located within a near-eye range of the observer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Publication date: March 2, 2017
    Inventors: David Luebke, Douglas Patrick Lanman, Thomas F. Fox, Gerrit Slavenburg
  • Patent number: 9557565
    Abstract: In embodiments of the invention, an apparatus may include a display comprising a plurality of pixels. The apparatus may further include a computer system coupled with the display and operable to instruct the display to display a deconvolved image corresponding to a target image, wherein when the display displays the deconvolved image while located within a near-eye range of an observer, the target image may be perceived in focus by the observer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: NVIDIA CORPORATION
    Inventors: David Patrick Luebke, Douglas Lanman, Thomas F. Fox, Gerrit Slavenburg
  • Patent number: 9494797
    Abstract: In embodiments of the invention, an apparatus may include a display comprising a plurality of pixels and a computer system coupled with the display and operable to instruct the display to display images. The apparatus may further include an SLM array located adjacent to the display and comprising a plurality of SLMs, wherein the SLM array is operable to produce a light field by altering light emitted by the display to simulate an object that is in focus to an observer while the display and the SLM array are located within a near-eye range of the observer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: NVIDIA CORPORATION
    Inventors: David Patrick Luebke, Douglas Lanman, Thomas F. Fox, Gerrit Slavenburg
  • Publication number: 20150348509
    Abstract: A method, computer program product, and system for adjusting a dynamic refresh frequency of a display device are disclosed. The method includes the steps of obtaining a current frame duration associated with a first image, computing, based on the current frame duration, a repetition value for a second image, and repeating presentation of the second image on a display device based on the repetition value. The logic for implementing the method may be included in a graphics processing unit or within the display device itself.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Publication date: December 3, 2015
    Inventors: Tom Verbeure, Robert Jan Schutten, Gerrit A. Slavenburg, Thomas F. Fox
  • Patent number: 9164288
    Abstract: The presentation of stereoscopic display content for viewing with passive glasses and full resolution is provided. In use, (a) a frame of stereoscopic display content intended for viewing by one eye of a user is scanned, using a display layer of a display device; (b) the scanned frame is polarized utilizing a polarizing layer of the display device, according to a polarization associated with a lens of stereoscopic glasses worn over the same one eye of the user; (c) a backlight is activated to illuminate the polarized frame, in response to an entirety of the polarized frame being scanned; (d) the display device is held for a predetermined period of time in response to activation of the backlight, and then the backlight is de-activated; and (a)-(d) are then repeated for the other eye of the user, with another frame of stereoscopic display content intended for viewing by the other eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: NVIDIA Corporation
    Inventors: Gerrit A. Slavenburg, Thomas F. Fox
  • Publication number: 20150109286
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product are provided for combining low motion blur and variable refresh rate in a display. In one embodiment, a hold-type display is operated in a first mode of operation where the hold-type display is dynamically refreshed such that the hold type display handles updates to image frames at unpredictable times and where for each of the image frames a backlight of the hold-type display is activated for an entire duration of display of the image frame. Additionally, it is determined that at least one predefined condition has been met. Further, in response to the determination, the hold-type display is operated in a second mode of operation where the hold-type display is statically refreshed such that the hold-type display handles updates to image frames at regular intervals and where for each of the image frames the backlight of the hold-type display is flashed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: NVIDIA Corporation
    Inventors: Tom Verbeure, Gerrit A. Slavenburg, Thomas F. Fox, Robert Jan Schutten, Luis Mariano Lucas, Marcel Dominicus Janssens
  • Patent number: 8878904
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product are provided for enhancing a viewing experience when display content is viewed utilizing stereo glasses. In use, display content is received for being outputted utilizing a display. Further, a duration of a vertical blanking interval associated with the display content is increased for enhancing a viewing experience when the display content is viewed utilizing the stereo glasses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: NVIDIA Corporation
    Inventors: Gerrit A. Slavenburg, Thomas F. Fox, David Robert Cook
  • Patent number: 8872754
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product are provided for controlling stereo glasses shutters. In use, a right eye shutter of stereo glasses is controlled to switch between a closed orientation and an open orientation. Further, a left eye shutter of the stereo glasses is controlled to switch between the closed orientation and the open orientation. To this end, the right eye shutter and the left eye shutter of the stereo glasses may be controlled such that the right eye shutter and the left eye shutter simultaneously remain in the closed orientation for a predetermined amount of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: NVIDIA Corporation
    Inventors: Gerrit Slavenburg, Thomas F. Fox, David Robert Cook, David B. Kirk
  • Patent number: 8866833
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product are provided for a dynamic display refresh. In use, a state of a display device is identified in which an entirety of an image frame is currently displayed by the display device. In response to the identification of the state, it is determined whether an entirety of a next image frame to be displayed has been rendered to memory. The next image frame is transmitted to the display device for display thereof, when it is determined that the entirety of the next image frame to be displayed has been rendered to the memory. Further, a refresh of the display device is delayed, when it is determined that the entirety of the next image frame to be displayed has not been rendered to the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: NVIDIA Corporation
    Inventors: Tom Petersen, David Wyatt, Paul van der Kouwe, Emmett M. Kilgariff, Laurence Harrison, Jensen Huang, Tony Tamasi, Gerrit A. Slavenburg, Thomas F. Fox, David Matthew Stears, Robert Jan Schutten, Ross Cunniff, Ajay Kamalvanshi, Robert Osborne, Rouslan Dimitrov
  • Patent number: 8769569
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product are provided for delivering video content over a wide area network (WAN). Included is at least one server for transcoding or transrating the video content for delivery over the WAN.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: NVIDIA Corporation
    Inventors: Gerrit A. Slavenburg, Thomas F. Fox
  • Publication number: 20140173249
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for connecting a system on chip (SoC) processor and an external processor. The SoC processor receives as input a content stream, and processes the content stream. Further, the application processor that is connected to the SoC processor receives the processed content stream, performs further processing on the processed content stream, and outputs the further processed content stream hack to the SoC processor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: NVIDIA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Thomas F. Fox, Gerrit A. Slavenburg
  • Publication number: 20140168783
    Abstract: In embodiments of the invention, an apparatus may include a display comprising a plurality of pixels and a computer system coupled with the display and operable to instruct the display to display images. The apparatus may further include a microlens array located adjacent to the display and comprising a plurality of microlenses, wherein the microlens array is operable to produce a light field by altering light emitted by the display to simulate an object that is in focus to an observer while the display and the microlens array are located within a near-eye range of the observer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: NVIDIA CORPORATION
    Inventors: David Patrick Luebke, Douglas Lanman, Thomas F. Fox, Gerrit Slavenburg
  • Publication number: 20140168035
    Abstract: In embodiments of the invention, an apparatus may include a display comprising a plurality of pixels. The apparatus may further include a computer system coupled with the display and operable to instruct the display to display a deconvolved image corresponding to a target image, wherein when the display displays the deconvolved image while located within a near-eye range of an observer, the target image may be perceived in focus by the observer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: NVIDIA Corporation
    Inventors: David Patrick Luebke, Douglas Lanman, Thomas F. Fox, Gerrit Slavenburg
  • Publication number: 20140168034
    Abstract: In embodiments of the invention, an apparatus may include a display comprising a plurality of pixels and a computer system coupled with the display and operable to instruct the display to display images. The apparatus may further include an SLM array located adjacent to the display and comprising a plurality of SLMs, wherein the SLM array is operable to produce a light field by altering light emitted by the display to simulate an object that is in focus to an observer while the display and the SLM array are located within a near-eye range of the observer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: NVIDIA CORPORATION
    Inventors: David Patrick Luebke, Douglas Lanman, Thomas F. Fox, Gerrit Slavenburg
  • Publication number: 20140092113
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product are provided for a dynamic display refresh. In use, a state of a display device is identified in which an entirety of an image frame is currently displayed by the display device. In response to the identification of the state, it is determined whether an entirety of a next image frame to be displayed has been rendered to memory. The next image frame is transmitted to the display device for display thereof, when it is determined that the entirety of the next image frame to be displayed has been rendered to the memory. Further, a refresh of the display device is delayed, when it is determined that the entirety of the next image frame to be displayed has not been rendered to the memory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: NVIDIA Corporation
    Inventors: Tom Petersen, David Wyatt, Paul van der Kouwe, Emmett M. Kilgariff, Laurence Harrison, Jensen Huang, Tony Tamasi, Gerrit A. Slavenburg, Thomas F. Fox, David Matthew Stears, Robert Jan Schutten, Ross Cunniff, Ajay Kamalvanshi, Robert Osborne, Rouslan L. Dimitrov
  • Patent number: RE47984
    Abstract: In embodiments of the invention, an apparatus may include a display comprising a plurality of pixels. The apparatus may further include a computer system coupled with the display and operable to instruct the display to display a deconvolved image corresponding to a target image, wherein when the display displays the deconvolved image while located within a near-eye range of an observer, the target image may be perceived in focus by the observer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: NVIDIA CORPORATION
    Inventors: David Patrick Luebke, Douglas Lanman, Thomas F. Fox, Gerrit Slavenburg