Patents by Inventor William James McKee, Jr.

William James McKee, Jr. 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: 7489445
    Abstract: A display system is convertible between a planar display and a stereoscopic display. The system includes a flat panel display having a display surface. An alignment strip is affixed to the flat panel display proximate to the display surface. A lenticular screen is removably held in close proximity to the display surface by the alignment strip. An alignment method using software to generate test patterns ensures proper alignment of the lenticular screen the the display. A rotational pattern is displayed, and the user moves the pattern to align it with the lenticular slant. A vertical test pattern is displayed, and the user moves the pattern to center it within the display field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2009
    Assignee: Real D
    Inventor: William James McKee, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7375886
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for optimizing viewing distance for a stereogram system. In a stereogram, an image is held in close juxtaposition with a lenticular screen. In the invention, a data store is used to store optimum pitch values for specified viewing distances. An interdigitation program then acts on the table values and creates a mapping of interdigitated views for each viewing distance. The user can then select or specify a desired viewing distance, and the optimum mapping of views is automatically chosen for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2008
    Assignee: Stereographics Corporation
    Inventors: Lenny Lipton, William James McKee, Jr., Mark H. Feldman
  • Patent number: 6985296
    Abstract: A neutralizing sheet for an autostereoscopic image viewing system. The image viewing system includes a lenticular sheet covering a display screen. The neutralizing sheet including a pliable portion and is movable between a first position and a second position. The pliable portion has a refractive index similar to the lenticular sheet. When pressed into the lenticular sheet to define the first position, the pliable portion deforms to assume the shape of the lenticular sheet. Thus, refraction through the lenticular sheet is neutralized and viewing of planar images is enabled. In the second position, the neutralizing sheet is separated from the lenticular sheet and viewing of stereoscopic images is enabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2006
    Assignee: StereoGraphics Corporation
    Inventors: Lenny Lipton, William James McKee, Jr., Bruce A. Dorworth