Patents by Inventor Tony Ambrus

Tony Ambrus 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: 20190244430
    Abstract: Embodiments related to efficiently constructing an augmented reality environment with global illumination effects are disclosed. For example, one disclosed embodiment provides a method of displaying an augmented reality image via a display device. The method includes receiving image data, the image data capturing an image of a local environment of the display device, and identifying a physical feature of the local environment via the image data. The method further includes constructing an augmented reality image of a virtual structure for display over the physical feature in spatial registration with the physical feature from a viewpoint of a user, the augmented reality image comprising a plurality of modular virtual structure segments arranged in adjacent locations to form the virtual structure feature, each modular virtual structure segment comprising a pre-computed global illumination effect, and outputting the augmented reality image to the display device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan Steed, Aaron Krauss, Mike Scavezze, Wei Zhang, Arthur Tomlin, Tony Ambrus, Brian Mount, Stephen Latta, Ryan Hastings
  • Patent number: 10229544
    Abstract: Embodiments related to efficiently constructing an augmented reality environment with global illumination effects are disclosed. For example, one disclosed embodiment provides a method of displaying an augmented reality image via a display device. The method includes receiving image data, the image data capturing an image of a local environment of the display device, and identifying a physical feature of the local environment via the image data. The method further includes constructing an augmented reality image of a virtual structure for display over the physical feature in spatial registration with the physical feature from a viewpoint of a user, the augmented reality image comprising a plurality of modular virtual structure segments arranged in adjacent locations to form the virtual structure feature, each modular virtual structure segment comprising a pre-computed global illumination effect, and outputting the augmented reality image to the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan Steed, Aaron Krauss, Mike Scavezze, Wei Zhang, Arthur Tomlin, Tony Ambrus, Brian Mount, Stephen Latta, Ryan Hastings
  • Patent number: 10223799
    Abstract: Embodiments are disclosed for methods and systems of distinguishing movements of features in a physical environment. For example, on a head-mounted display device, one embodiment of a method includes obtaining a representation of real-world features in two or more coordinate frames and obtaining motion data from one or more sensors external to the head-mounted display device. The method further includes distinguishing features in one coordinate frame from features in another coordinate frame based upon the motion data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Adam G. Poulos, Arthur Tomlin, Tony Ambrus, Jeffrey Cole, Ian Douglas McIntyre, Drew Steedly, Frederik Schaffalitzky, Georg Klein, Kathleen P. Mulcahy
  • Publication number: 20180075663
    Abstract: Embodiments related to efficiently constructing an augmented reality environment with global illumination effects are disclosed. For example, one disclosed embodiment provides a method of displaying an augmented reality image via a display device. The method includes receiving image data, the image data capturing an image of a local environment of the display device, and identifying a physical feature of the local environment via the image data. The method further includes constructing an augmented reality image of a virtual structure for display over the physical feature in spatial registration with the physical feature from a viewpoint of a user, the augmented reality image comprising a plurality of modular virtual structure segments arranged in adjacent locations to form the virtual structure feature, each modular virtual structure segment comprising a pre-computed global illumination effect, and outputting the augmented reality image to the display device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Publication date: March 15, 2018
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan Steed, Aaron Krauss, Mike Scavezze, Wei Zhang, Arthur Tomlin, Tony Ambrus, Brian Mount, Stephen Latta, Ryan Hastings
  • Patent number: 9892562
    Abstract: Embodiments related to efficiently constructing an augmented reality environment with global illumination effects are disclosed. For example, one disclosed embodiment provides a method of displaying an augmented reality image via a display device. The method includes receiving image data, the image data capturing an image of a local environment of the display device, and identifying a physical feature of the local environment via the image data. The method further includes constructing an augmented reality image of a virtual structure for display over the physical feature in spatial registration with the physical feature from a viewpoint of a user, the augmented reality image comprising a plurality of modular virtual structure segments arranged in adjacent locations to form the virtual structure feature, each modular virtual structure segment comprising a pre-computed global illumination effect, and outputting the augmented reality image to the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan Steed, Aaron Krauss, Mike Scavezze, Wei Zhang, Arthur Tomlin, Tony Ambrus, Brian Mount, Stephen Latta, Ryan Hastings
  • Patent number: 9804753
    Abstract: Various embodiments relating to selection of a user interface object displayed on a graphical user interface based on eye gaze are disclosed. In one embodiment, a selection input may be received. A plurality of eye gaze samples at different times within a time window may be evaluated. The time window may be selected based on a time at which the selection input is detected. A user interface object may be selected based on the plurality of eye gaze samples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Ramsby, Tony Ambrus, Michael Scavezze, Abby Lin Lee, Brian Mount, Ian Douglas McIntyre, Aaron Mackay Burns, Russ McMackin, Katelyn Elizabeth Doran, Gerhard Schneider, Quentin Simon Charles Miller
  • Patent number: 9761057
    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: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    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: 20170206668
    Abstract: Embodiments are disclosed for methods and systems of distinguishing movements of features in a physical environment. For example, on a head-mounted display device, one embodiment of a method includes obtaining a representation of real-world features in two or more coordinate frames and obtaining motion data from one or more sensors external to the head-mounted display device. The method further includes distinguishing features in one coordinate frame from features in another coordinate frame based upon the motion data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Adam G. Poulos, Arthur Tomlin, Tony Ambrus, Jeffrey Cole, Ian Douglas McIntyre, Drew Steedly, Frederik Schaffalitzky, Georg Klein, Kathleen P. Mulcahy
  • Patent number: 9652892
    Abstract: Various embodiments relating to creating a virtual shadow of an object in an image displayed with a see-through display are provided. In one embodiment, an image of a virtual object may be displayed with the see-through display. The virtual object may appear in front of a real-world background when viewed through the see-through display. A relative brightness of the real-world background around a virtual shadow of the virtual object may be increased when viewed through the see-through display. The virtual shadow may appear to result from a spotlight that is fixed relative to a vantage point of the see-through display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Arthur Tomlin, Tony Ambrus, Ron Amador-Leon, Nicholas Gervase Fajt, Ryan Hastings, Matthew G. Kaplan, Michael Scavezze, Daniel McCulloch
  • Patent number: 9626802
    Abstract: Embodiments are disclosed for methods and systems of distinguishing movements of features in a physical environment. For example, on a head-mounted display device, one embodiment of a method includes obtaining a representation of real-world features in two or more coordinate frames and obtaining motion data from one or more sensors external to the head-mounted display device. The method further includes distinguishing features in one coordinate frame from features in another coordinate frame based upon the motion data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Adam G. Poulos, Arthur Tomlin, Tony Ambrus, Jeffrey Cole, Ian Douglas McIntyre, Drew Steedly, Frederik Schaffalitzky, Georg Klein, Kathleen P. Mulcahy
  • Publication number: 20170069143
    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: November 21, 2016
    Publication date: March 9, 2017
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    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: 20170039773
    Abstract: Embodiments related to efficiently constructing an augmented reality environment with global illumination effects are disclosed. For example, one disclosed embodiment provides a method of displaying an augmented reality image via a display device. The method includes receiving image data, the image data capturing an image of a local environment of the display device, and identifying a physical feature of the local environment via the image data. The method further includes constructing an augmented reality image of a virtual structure for display over the physical feature in spatial registration with the physical feature from a viewpoint of a user, the augmented reality image comprising a plurality of modular virtual structure segments arranged in adjacent locations to form the virtual structure feature, each modular virtual structure segment comprising a pre-computed global illumination effect, and outputting the augmented reality image to the display device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Publication date: February 9, 2017
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan Steed, Aaron Krauss, Mike Scavezze, Wei Zhang, Arthur Tomlin, Tony Ambrus, Brian Mount, Stephen Latta, Ryan Hastings
  • Patent number: 9524585
    Abstract: Embodiments related to efficiently constructing an augmented reality environment with global illumination effects are disclosed. For example, one disclosed embodiment provides a method of displaying an augmented reality image via a display device. The method includes receiving image data, the image data capturing an image of a local environment of the display device, and identifying a physical feature of the local environment via the image data. The method further includes constructing an augmented reality image of a virtual structure for display over the physical feature in spatial registration with the physical feature from a viewpoint of a user, the augmented reality image comprising a plurality of modular virtual structure segments arranged in adjacent locations to form the virtual structure feature, each modular virtual structure segment comprising a pre-computed global illumination effect, and outputting the augmented reality image to the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan Steed, Aaron Krauss, Mike Scavezze, Wei Zhang, Arthur Tomlin, Tony Ambrus, Brian Mount, Stephen Latta, Ryan Hastings
  • Patent number: 9501873
    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: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    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
  • Patent number: 9398844
    Abstract: Embodiments related to improving a color-resolving ability of a user of a see-thru display device are disclosed. For example, one disclosed embodiment includes, on a see-thru display device, constructing and displaying virtual imagery to superpose onto real imagery sighted by the user through the see-thru display device. The virtual imagery is configured to accentuate a locus of the real imagery of a color poorly distinguishable by the user. Such virtual imagery is then displayed by superposing it onto the real imagery, in registry with the real imagery, in a field of view of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Tony Ambrus, Adam Smith-Kipnis, Stephen Latta, Daniel McCulloch, Brian Mount, Kevin Geisner, Ian McIntyre
  • Patent number: 9367960
    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: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    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: 9313481
    Abstract: A method for displaying virtual imagery on a stereoscopic display system having a display matrix. The virtual imagery presents a surface of individually renderable loci viewable to an eye of the user. The method includes, for each locus of the viewable surface, illuminating a pixel of the display matrix. The illuminated pixel is chosen based on a pupil position of the eye as determined by the stereoscopic display system. For each locus of the viewable surface, a virtual image of the illuminated pixel is formed in a plane in front of the eye. The virtual image is positioned on a straight line passing through the locus, the plane, and the pupil position. In this manner, the virtual image tracks change in the user's pupil position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Roger Sebastian Sylvan, Arthur Tomlin, Daniel Joseph McCulloch, Brian Mount, Tony Ambrus
  • Patent number: 9304003
    Abstract: A computing device includes a location sensor system including sensor(s) configured to measure one or more parameters of a surrounding environment, a pose-tracking engine configured to determine a current pose of the computing device based on the one or more measured parameters of the surrounding environment, a graphing engine configured to access a traversability graph including a plurality of vertices each having a local coordinate system, a navigation engine configured to identify a nearby vertex of the traversability graph to the current pose, and configured to determine a path of traversable edges between the nearby vertex and a destination vertex of the traversability graph, and a display configured to visually present as an overlay to the environment a navigation visualization corresponding to the path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Sammis Ashman, Ethan Eade, Arthur Tomlin, Tony Ambrus
  • Publication number: 20150325054
    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: July 22, 2015
    Publication date: November 12, 2015
    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: 20150317834
    Abstract: Embodiments are disclosed for methods and systems of distinguishing movements of features in a physical environment. For example, on a head-mounted display device, one embodiment of a method includes obtaining a representation of real-world features in two or more coordinate frames and obtaining motion data from one or more sensors external to the head-mounted display device. The method further includes distinguishing features in one coordinate frame from features in another coordinate frame based upon the motion data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Publication date: November 5, 2015
    Inventors: Adam G. Poulos, Arthur Tomlin, Tony Ambrus, Jeffrey Cole, Ian Douglas McIntyre, Drew Steedly, Frederik Schaffalitzky, Georg Klein, Kathleen P. Mulcahy