Image Superposition By Optical Means (e.g., Heads-up Display) Patents (Class 345/7)
  • Patent number: 10042164
    Abstract: A self contained breathing apparatus electronics system that provides a method for maximizing battery life, estimating remaining battery life and condition, insuring reliable communications between modules, maintaining reliable real-time clock (RTC), minimizing piezo interference, minimizing effects of RFI and EMI on pressure measurement, retaining consistency in the motion detection circuitry due to sensitivity to temperature changes, and provides an SCBA facemask-mounted Thermal Imaging Camera (TIC) Module and a Heads-Up Display (HUD) Module mounted inside an SCBA facemask, in one of several embodiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: HUDstar Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Tommi Lennart Kuutti, Jeffrey Acton Barnitz, Clayton Joseph Emery, Eugene Victor Horanoff
  • Patent number: 10036941
    Abstract: Provided are a bezel body and a vehicular display device that effectively reduces a sense of discomfort provided to a passenger by making reflection on a windshield less visible. Since a reflection portion is formed in a predetermined area on a lower surface of a light guide member at the rear side, the guided external light is easy to reflect upward, whereby light can efficiently be emitted from the light guide member toward a descending wall. Therefore, this configuration can prevent the descending wall from being darkly reflected on a windshield, thereby making the reflection less visible and effectively reducing a sense of discomfort provided to the passenger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Takahashi, Go Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10035498
    Abstract: A vehicle camera cleaning system includes an air source and a computer processing unit configured to communicate with the air source. The air source is configured to apply an air flow to a lens of a camera. The camera includes a successive and repeated operational mode and non-operational mode. The computer processing unit includes a non-transitory computer readable medium having instructions to cause the computer processing unit to transmit a signal to the air source to actuate the air flow based on the camera being in the non-operational mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Richardson, James Robert McBride, Gaurav Pandey, Shane Elwart
  • Patent number: 10031403
    Abstract: Device (1) for projecting an image into a display area (2), with an imager (31) generating the picture, a first projection device (30) for generating a real intermediate image (R), a screen (5) onto which the first projection device (32) projects the intermediate image (R) and to a second projection device (9) projecting the intermediate image (R) into the display area (2). In order to project the image with the least possible loss of brightness, the invention provides that main beam directions (H, H?, H?) of the screen (5) point into an entrance pupil (20) of the second projection device (9).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Jabil Optics Germany GmbH
    Inventor: Eberhard Piehler
  • Patent number: 10031368
    Abstract: A head-up display includes an image light output device for outputting image light, a first optical element, a second optical element, and a third optical element. The first optical element is provided to be inclined with respect to the output surface of the image light output device. The first optical element reflects the image light having a first polarization direction and allowing the image light having second polarization direction to pass through. The second optical element reflects the image light from the first optical element to the first optical element. The third optical element is disposed between the first and the second optical element, and converts the image light having the first polarization direction to the image light having the second polarization direction by allowing the image light to pass through back and forth. The image light passing through the first optical element is projected on a combiner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sosuke Otani, Yoshimasa Fushimi
  • Patent number: 10025009
    Abstract: An optical device includes a light-conducting member, having a first panel surface disposed facing an image forming unit, that conducts image light incident on a light entry plane formed at an end of the first panel surface to a light exit plane formed in front of the viewer's eye; a first diffractive optics element, provided on the light entry plane, that diffracts the image light incident on the light entry plane in a predetermined direction and transmits that light into the light-conducting member; a second diffractive optics element, provided on the light exit plane, that diffracts the image light exiting from the light exit plane in a predetermined direction and transmits that light to the front of the viewer's eye; and one or more reflective planes disposed within a waveguide for the image light diffracted by the first diffractive optics element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Fumika Yamada, Masatoshi Yonekubo, Osamu Yokoyama
  • Patent number: 10027946
    Abstract: In accordance with embodiments herein an electronic device is provided comprising a housing, a display, and a camera assembly including a camera and an articulating support that includes a base and a main leg joined to the base. The base and main leg movably coupled to the housing wherein movement of the articulating support defines camera alignment paths followed by the camera when moving between a retracted position and active positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Ali Kathryn Ent, Christopher Miles Osborne, Cuong Huy Truong, David Wayne Hill
  • Patent number: 10027951
    Abstract: 3D glasses which can individually acquire information according to 3D content that users view. The 3D glasses include a transparent display unit displaying at least one of information on 3D content and a control screen for controlling a 3D display device on a 3D glasses unit, a transmission/reception unit receiving at least one of the information on the 3D content and the control screen for controlling the 3D display device from the 3D display device and transmitting the received signal to the transparent display unit, and a control unit controlling the transparent display unit to display the information on the 3D content or the control screen for controlling the 3D display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hee-beom Kang, Jae-woo Kim, Myeong-gu Lee, Seung-hoon Kim
  • Patent number: 10026095
    Abstract: Systems and methods for getting and using reaction and feedback on contents presented on device. In an aspect, viewing time of a user is measured by eye-tracking method, and used to conduct analysis, change contents, charge fees, or award the user. In another aspect, other methods are used to detect user reaction and feedback, perform feedback analysis, respond to user request, or improve user experience. Contents include advertisements or other sponsored programs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Inventor: Chian Chiu Li
  • Patent number: 10017110
    Abstract: A vehicle-mounted display device is provided with a first attention calling indicator, and a second attention calling indicator. The first attention calling indicator includes first light emitting units which emit light, and is located in one of front left and right sides of a driver's seat, and guides light from the first light emitting units toward a direction of the driver's seat using a reflection from a windshield. The second attention calling indicator includes second light emitting units which emit light, and is located in the other of the front left and right sides of the driver's seat, and guides the light from the second light emitting units toward the direction of the driver's seat using the reflection from the windshield or a reflection from a door window so as to perform display symmetrically along with the first attention calling indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventor: Kunimitsu Aoki
  • Patent number: 10021351
    Abstract: Systems and methods for viewing stereoscopic video images are disclosed. The systems can include a first video camera configured to generate a first video feed of a subject, and a second video camera configured to generate a second video feed of the subject. The first video feed and the second video feed combined generate a near real-time stereoscopic video image. A tracking module can be associated with the first video camera and the second video camera, and can be configured to cause the first video camera and the second video camera to be directed to a desired convergent point relative to a selected tracking point to maintain stereopsis. The system may further include an array of video cameras, a gesture control module, an image adjustment module, a calibration module, or a 3-D modeling module, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Ultradent Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Neil T. Jessop, Matthew Michael Fisher
  • Patent number: 10012833
    Abstract: A display apparatus includes an optical image projection system, first optical propagation system, and second optical propagation system. The optical image projection system projects image light to infinity. The first optical propagation system propagates the image light projected from the optical image projection system in the x-direction. The first optical propagation system deflects a portion of the image light. The second optical propagation system includes a second input deflector that deflects the image light deflected by the first output deflector. The second optical propagation system propagates the image light deflected by the second input deflector in the y-direction and deflects a portion of the image light. The light beam width in the y-direction of the image light emitted from the optical image projection system and the length in the y-direction of the first light guide are greater than the length in the y-direction of the second input deflector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satoshi Watanabe, Toshiaki Suzuki, Kanto Miyazaki
  • Patent number: 10015620
    Abstract: A head tracking system that determines a rotation angle of a head of a user with respect to a reference direction, dependent on a movement of a user including changes of place, position, and/or posture. The head tracking system includes a sensing device for measuring a head movement to provide a measure representing the head movement, and a processing circuit for deriving the rotation angle of the head of the user with respect to the reference direction from the measure. The reference direction is dependent on the movement of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Paulus Henricus Antonius Dillen, Arnoldus Werner Johannes Oomen, Erik Gosuinus Petrus Schuijers
  • Patent number: 10011177
    Abstract: A projection display system and a control method of controlling a projection display device capable of preventing degradation of visibility or occurrence of a sense of discomfort at a boundary between respective projection areas due to dimming are provided. In a system including a plurality of projection display devices (100A, 100B, 100C) that project image light onto a plurality of areas in one projection surface, each of the plurality of projection display devices includes a brightness detection unit (47b), and a first control unit (52) that controls a projection condition for the image light that is projected on the basis of detected brightness information, and a second control unit (53) that performs control to cause a projection condition for the image light of the second projection display device (100B) to match a projection condition determined by the first control unit (52) of the first projection display device (100A).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Koudai Fujita
  • Patent number: 10015473
    Abstract: First, the interval between a left virtual camera and a right virtual camera is determined based on the relative position and the relative orientation of an outer imaging section (left) with respect to a marker, which are calculated from a result of marker recognition in the left real world image, and on the relative position and the relative orientation of an outer imaging section (right) with respect to the marker, which are calculated from a result of marker recognition in the right real world image. After the interval between the left virtual camera and the right virtual camera is determined, the positions and the orientations of the left virtual camera and the right virtual camera are determined based on the determined interval such that the relationship between the position and the orientation of the left virtual camera, and the position and the orientation of the right virtual camera is ideal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yuichiro Ito
  • Patent number: 10007338
    Abstract: Disclosed is an electronic device including a receiver of a piece of information sent by a gaze tracking device, which includes a marker forming a visual identification pattern, carried by a user moving in a real environment. In certain aspects, the received piece of information provides information about the direction of the user's gaze in a plane of reference of the gaze tracking device. At least one camera for acquiring an image of the marker, a memory for storing a digital representation of the environment in a plane of reference specific to the environment, and a processor configured so as, based on the piece of information of the image and the digital representation stored in the memory, to determine, in real-time, the direction of the user's gaze relative to the environment and/or the zone of the environment gazed at by the user may be provided herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Suricog
    Inventors: Marc Massonneau, Marc Swynghedauw
  • Patent number: 10001656
    Abstract: Devices and methods are described herein that use a first solid figure element, a polarizing beam splitter, and a second solid figure element to reduce speckle in projected images. Specifically, laser light is generated and split into two portions having orthogonal polarizations. The first portion of laser light is internally reflected off at least three internal faces of the second solid figure element and is then spatially recombined with the second portion of laser light in the first solid figure element. The difference in path length followed by the two portions generates a temporal incoherence in the recombined laser light beam, and that temporal incoherence reduces speckle in the projected image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Microvision, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthieu Saracco, Roeland Collet
  • Patent number: 10001832
    Abstract: An augmented reality home console is provided. Users can wear head-mounted displays with transparent screens and can control video game indicia that are perceived as being augmented over a user's environment by displaying video game indicia onto the transparent displays. As such, for example, two users can play an airplane dog fighting game where each user controls a plane in their living room. A device that can determine surfaces of objects (e.g., walls) can be utilized such that when the airplane is flown into a wall, the airplane explodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Inventor: Jeffrey David Mullen
  • Patent number: 9995932
    Abstract: A head-up display with variable focal length includes a projector which provides a beam with image, a magnifier lens module which is disposed on the route of the beam, and an array of lens which is movably disposed between the projector and the magnifier lens module. The beam forms an inter-image after passing the array of lens, then forms a virtual image after passing the magnifier lens module. To change the position of the virtual image, adjust the relative position between the array of lens and the magnifier lens module. A dispersion angle of the array of lens is ?d, a magnification of the magnifier lens module is M, a distance between the virtual image and user's eyes is VID, a visible range of user's eyes is Et, and satisfies the relationship as following: ?d=M*2*cot?1 (2VID/Et).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Ching-I Tai, Kao-Der Chang, Min-Lang Hsieh, Jhen-Nan Gu
  • Patent number: 9990032
    Abstract: An image processing device includes an orientation information acquisition unit which acquires orientation information of a head portion of a user that observes a display image of a display device; an angle of view switching unit which switches an angle of view of the display image; a rendering process unit which generates the display image based on the orientation information and the angle of view; and a transmission unit which transmits the generated image to the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mariko Sakuta, Yoichi Hirota
  • Patent number: 9978182
    Abstract: A virtual image generation system and method of operating same is provided. An end user is allowed to visualize the object of interest in a three-dimensional scene. A text region is spatially associated with the object of interest. A textual message that identifies at least one characteristic of the object of interest is generated. A textual message is streamed within the text region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: MAGIC LEAP, INC.
    Inventors: Ivan Li Chuen Yeoh, Samuel A. Miller, Randall E. Hand, Lionel Ernest Edwin, Philip O'Connor, Brian David Schwab, Spencer Lindsay
  • Patent number: 9977245
    Abstract: Eyewear for displaying a virtual image comprising a visor for placement in a field of vision of a wearer, a light source in optical communication with the visor, and a reflective surface situated within the visor and configured to direct light projected into the visor from the light source toward at least one eye of the wearer for display as a virtual image. Another eyewear comprising a visor configured to display a virtual image in a field of vision of a wearer, a frame for supporting the visor, and electronics for operating the eyewear, the electronics being integrally embedded within one or more components of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: LAFORGE OPTICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Corey Mack, William Kokonaski
  • Patent number: 9978317
    Abstract: A rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle includes an electro-optic mirror element that reflects images from the rear of the vehicle, wherein the reflected images may be dimmed in response to a detection of glare from trailing vehicle; a display positioned behind the mirror element for displaying images of a rearward scene; a user input for receiving user adjustment of an extent to which the mirror element is to be dimmed to reduce glare from trailing vehicles; and a processor coupled to the mirror element and the user input for adjusting the extent to which the mirror element is dimmed in response to user adjustment via the user input. Wherein, when user adjustment is made via the user input, the processor causes simulated images of vehicle headlights to be displayed on the display where the simulated images are dimmed to a level selected by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventor: Roger D. Koon
  • Patent number: 9971560
    Abstract: Methods and systems for displaying messages using body-worn electronic display devices. One method includes receiving proximity data indicating a distance between a first electronic display device and a second electronic display device. The method also includes receiving first orientation data indicating an orientation of the first electronic display device and receiving second orientation data indicating an orientation of the second electronic display device. The method also includes determining a distributed message for display based on the proximity data, the first orientation data, and the second orientation data. The distributed message includes a first message for display on the first electronic display device and a second message for display on the second electronic display device. The method also includes displaying, by a controller, the first message on the first electronic display device and the second message on the second electronic display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Daniel R. Marcus, Goktug Duman, Craig F Siddoway, Chi T. Tran, Bert Van Der Zaag
  • Patent number: 9972319
    Abstract: A head mounted display device includes an image display unit that allows a user to visually recognize an image and through which outside scenery is transmitted and a microphone that detects a voice. In addition, the head mounted display device further includes a data acquisition unit that acquires data and an additional data display control unit that allows the image display unit to display an image based on the voice detected by the microphone and the data acquired by the data acquisition unit when the outside scenery is visually recognized by the user through the image display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kaori Sendai, Atsunari Tsuda, Masahide Takano
  • Patent number: 9972277
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and devices for varying functionality of a wearable computing device. An example device includes a first sensor and a second sensor. An example method includes, while a device is operating in a first state, receiving an indication of a touch input at the first sensor. The second sensor is configured in an idle mode based on the device operating in the first state. The method further includes, in response to receiving the indication of the touch input, triggering the second sensor to operate in an active mode and receiving data from the second sensor. The method further includes determining, based on the data, whether the device is being worn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Hayes Solos Raffle, David Sparks, Bo Wu
  • Patent number: 9971302
    Abstract: A method for processing a sequence of holographic images, with a view to its rendition by a holographic display device to at least one observer. A holographic image is decomposed over a Gabor wavelet basis into a set of wavelet coefficients. The method includes the following acts, implemented for an image of the sequence: obtaining items of information representative of the decomposition over the Gabor wavelet basis; obtaining of items of information representative of a location of the at least one observer in a reference frame of the display device; selecting a subset of wavelet coefficients as a function of the wavelet items of information and of the location items of information obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: ORANGE
    Inventors: Patrick Gioia, Kartik Viswanathan
  • Patent number: 9965982
    Abstract: A near-eye light field display device for displaying a light field to at least one eye of a viewer, the device comprising an array of light field display elements, each display element adapted to display a time-varying light field view image, the display device configured to modulate the focus of the time-varying view image displayed by each display element according to a time-varying fixation depth of the at least one eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Inventor: Paul Lapstun
  • Patent number: 9964761
    Abstract: A head-up display for a motor vehicle includes a housing, which may be integrated into an instrument panel of the motor vehicle. A combiner is configured to combine an image of the head-up display and an environment in front of the motor vehicle observable through the combiner. The combiner is movable from a position of non-use into a position of use. An image generator is configured to generate the image. A cover may be brought into a closed position, which covers the housing when not in use. The cover has an opening to enable an emission of light of a light beam of the image generator with the cover closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY LLC
    Inventors: Peter Brandt, Heiko Charle, Andreas Kreis, Horst Deichmann
  • Patent number: 9967668
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and sets for capturing and reproducing a binaural recording are provided. In one embodiment, the binaural recording is captured using an earpiece set that includes a pair of earpieces each including a frame, a microphone, and a transducer. The frame is adapted to be worn on an ear, and defines an ear-insertion end and a posterior end opposite the ear-insertion end. The ear-insertion end is adapted to be positioned within an ear canal. The microphone is coupled to the frame for capturing ambient sound, and adapted to be positioned outside the ear canal and substantially coplanar with a tragus of the ear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: EEARS LLC
    Inventor: Anthony Mattana
  • Patent number: 9959008
    Abstract: A system for providing a visual user environment includes a processing unit, a memory, a primary display device for providing a primary visual interface, and an adjunct communication device for providing an adjunct visual interface. In an embodiment, the adjunct display device is configured to present quasi-3D or 3D images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: RAZER (ASIA-PACIFIC) PTE LTD.
    Inventors: Min-Liang Tan, John Wilson, Patrick Hahn
  • Patent number: 9958947
    Abstract: A position within displayed digital content that a user is ocularly focused on (e.g., where within displayed content the user is looking) may be determined. Digital content comprising a visual indication of the position may be rendered. The visual indication of the position may be displayed on the same display that the user is looking at and/or a different display. In some embodiments, the position may be determined based on data generated by a sensor physically attached to the user. Additionally or alternatively, the position may be determined based on data generated by a stationary computing device comprising a sensor configured to track changes in ocular position of the user. In some embodiments the digital content may comprise digital images and/or video (e.g., broadcast content, on-demand content, images and/or video associated with a computer application, or the like).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Edward David Monnerat, Mehul Patel
  • Patent number: 9958675
    Abstract: A combiner for a head-up display apparatus has: a front surface; a rear surface; a plurality of grooves formed in a stripe shape so as to penetrate between the front surface and the rear surface in an upper end section; and a plurality of reflective protrusions each formed between each groove in the upper end section. Each reflective protrusion: has a triangular cross section; extends between the front surface and the rear surface; forms a pair of planar reflective surfaces inclined relative to the horizontal plane as a result of interposing therebetween a vertical angle pointing upwards in the triangular cross section; and reflects light to the side by using the reflective surfaces. The angle of the vertical angle in each reflective protrusion gradually increases from either the front surface or the rear surface, towards the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Makoto Inomata
  • Patent number: 9958681
    Abstract: Disclosed is an electronic device including: a display; at least one optical lens configured to change an optical path of light generated in the display at a fixed refractive index; a prism configured to reflect the light, which has passed through the at least one optical lens, at least one time to guide the light to a destination point; a variable lens positioned in the optical path of light between the display and the destination point, a refractive index of at least a portion of the variable lens being changed by a control signal to change at least a portion of the optical path of light; and a controller configured to generate the control signal. An optical path of light generated in the display may be changed by the variable lens whose refractive index can be changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Dongseuck Ko, Jeongyun Heo, Yujune Jang, Jeeyoung Cheon
  • Patent number: 9952435
    Abstract: A display apparatus includes a frame, an image display apparatus attached to the frame, and a distortion correction apparatus. The image display apparatus includes an image forming apparatus and an optical system configured to guide an image from the image forming apparatus to a pupil of an observer. When it is assumed that a direction, which corresponds to a first direction of the image, of the image forming apparatus is an X-direction and a direction, which corresponds to a second direction of the image which direction is different from the first direction, of the image forming apparatus is a Y-direction, the image forming apparatus is curved in the X-direction and/or in the Y-direction. The distortion correction apparatus corrects an input image signal to correct a distortion of an image to be observed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Eiichi Tanaka, Hirokazu Tatsuta, Shin Hasegawa, Yuichi Hasegawa, Kenta Kawamoto
  • Patent number: 9952429
    Abstract: Collaborative scene sharing for overcoming visual obstructions is provided. Video feeds of a scene are obtained from multiple devices viewing the scene from different angle. An obstruction obstructs portion(s) of the scene from view by a device. An aggregation grid that partitions views of the scene into cells is established and used in providing an aggregated view of the scene to the device. This includes identifying cell(s) of the aggregation grid for which the view by the device is obstructed by the obstruction, and providing to the device video portion(s) obtained from video feed(s) from the multiple devices. The video portion(s) correspond to the cell(s) for which the view by the device is obstructed, and the video feeds from which the video portions are obtained are from other device(s), of the multiple devices, for which the view for the cell(s) is unobstructed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Vijay Ekambaram, Sarbajit K. Rakshit
  • Patent number: 9952439
    Abstract: A head mounted device mounted on a user's head includes a display unit that displays an image to the user, a holding member that holds the display unit to the user's head, and an auxiliary member, including a rotation unit, that assists the holding member by rotating about the rotation unit to contact a front of the user's head. The rotation unit includes a biasing member that biases the auxiliary member in a direction of pressing the front region of the user's head and a restricting member that restricts the rotation at the rotation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shigeru Toriihara, Yuya Nagata
  • Patent number: 9952662
    Abstract: A portable device (e.g., a wireless device such as a cell phone) is provided with a flexible keyboard and a flexible display screen. Such flexible components may be stored in the housing of the portable device when not in use. The flexible display screen and flexible keyboard may be expanded from the housing when the flexible components are utilized by a user. Non-flexible display and input components may be provided on the exterior of the portable device such that the device may be used, in some form, while the flexible components are stored. In one embodiment, a portion of the flexible display (or flexible keyboard) may be utilized when the flexible display (or flexible keyboard) is stored in said first housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Inventor: Jeffrey David Mullen
  • Patent number: 9955146
    Abstract: A display device comprises a signal processor configured to generate left-eye and right-eye image data according to an input image signal, a frame rate controller configured to generate a plurality of left-eye and right-eye image data from the left-eye and right-eye image data according to an output frequency, a data formatter configured to alternately organize the plurality of left-eye and right-eye image data generated by the frame rate controller, and a display unit configured to sequentially display the plurality of left-eye and right-eye image data organized by the data formatter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Soo-Ran Park, Sang-Myeon Han, Kwang-Sub Shin, Baek-Woon Lee
  • Patent number: 9953533
    Abstract: A hazard warning system for vehicles including hazard detection sensors and a primary transmitter for a primary vehicle configured to transmit information regarding a hazard and a path history of the primary vehicle. A secondary receiver for a secondary vehicle is configured to receive the information regarding the hazard detected by the hazard detection sensors, and the path history of the primary vehicle. A secondary vehicle control module is configured to notify a driver of the secondary vehicle of the hazard when the secondary vehicle is traveling along a path similar to that of the primary vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO International America, Inc.
    Inventor: Jason Graves
  • Patent number: 9946064
    Abstract: An anti-ghosting reflection device includes: a reflection sandwich layer with a first surface and a second surface which are used as reflection surfaces; a first half-wave plate disposed on the first surface of the reflection sandwich layer; and a second half-wave plate disposed beneath the second surface. An anti-ghosting display system is capable of solving the problem of low reflection at the Brewster's angle, the invisibility of the polarized sunglasses, raindrops-caused image distortion by the use of the reflection sandwich layer disposed in the two half-wave plates in combination with an imaging device which can generate a polarization imaging light P.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: E-Lead Electronic Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Stephen Chen
  • Patent number: 9946069
    Abstract: An optical component for a display apparatus comprises an optical waveguide part (11) arranged to guide light therealong between surface parts thereof by internal reflection, an input part (13) arranged to receive light and direct the received light into the optical waveguide part, and an output part comprising a partially transmissive angularly reflective optical coating (25) arranged upon a surface part of the optical waveguide part. The output part is optically coupled to the input part by the optical waveguide part to receive guided light and to transmit some but not all of said guided light out from the optical waveguide part. The angularly reflective optical coating extends along a dimension of the optical waveguide part to expand the guided light in said dimension along the output part by repeated partial transmission thereof for output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: BAE SYSTEMS plc
    Inventors: Mohmed Salim Valera, Michael David Simmonds, Maha Fares
  • Patent number: 9942222
    Abstract: Described are techniques and systems for providing authentication credentials associated with a user. The user is authenticated using one or more techniques, such as multi-factor authentication using one or more biometric characteristics, biomedical data, passwords, and so forth, to generate authentication data. The authentication data may be used in conjunction with information about a wearable device (“wearable”), such as a wristband. Authentication may be confirmed upon an indication that the wearable has not been removed, tampered with, and so forth. In some implementations the wearable device may store and distribute the authentication credentials to requesting devices so long as the wearable has not been removed, tampered with, and so forth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jacob Howard Fenton, Arnaud Marie Froment, Leo Benedict Baldwin, Albert William Wegener
  • Patent number: 9939646
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure relate to head worn computing lighting systems and stray light control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Osterhout Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Ralph F. Osterhout, John N. Border, Edward H. Nortrup
  • Patent number: 9934754
    Abstract: A system and method for generating a dynamic sensor array for an augmented reality system is described. A head mounted device includes one or more sensors, an augmented reality (AR) application, and a sensor array module. The sensor array module identifies available sensors from other head mounted devices that are geographically located within a predefined area. A dynamic sensor array is formed based on the available sensors and the one or more sensors. The dynamic sensor array is updated based on an operational status of the available sensors and the one or more sensors. The AR application generates AR content based on data from the dynamic sensor array. A display of the head mounted device displays the AR content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: DAQRI, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Mullins, Matthew Kammerait
  • Patent number: 9934583
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments may involve analyzing reflections from an eye to help determine where the respective sources of the reflections are located. An exemplary method involves: (a) analyzing eye-image data to determine observed movement of a reflected feature on an eye surface; (b) determining an expected movement of the reflected feature on the eye surface given a value of a z-distance parameter; (c) determining a difference between the observed movement of the reflected feature on the eye surface and the expected movement of the reflected feature on the eye surface; (d) if the difference is less than a threshold, then associating the value of the z-distance parameter with a source of the reflected feature; and (e) if the difference is greater than the threshold, then: (i) making a predetermined adjustment to the value of the z-distance parameter; and (ii) repeating (a) to (d) with the adjusted value of the z-distance parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Thad Eugene Starner
  • Patent number: 9927612
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention relate to providing see-through computer display with improved optics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Osterhout Group, Inc.
    Inventors: John N. Border, Joseph Bietry, John D. Haddick
  • Patent number: 9918681
    Abstract: The invention comprises a virtual window system that creates a visual coherency between the image of the patient and his or her anatomy and the patient by aligning the image of the patient anatomy on the display to the patient and presenting the image to the user that feels as if the user is looking directly into the patient through the display. The invention is designed to also display medical devices, such as a minimally invasive tool. The system substantially unifies the coordinate systems of the patient, the medical device, the display, and the physician's hands. The invention creates a visual coherency between the motion of the medical device in the image and the motion of the physician's hands manipulating the device. This invention also creates a visual coherency between the motion of the image in the display and of that display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Auris Surgical Robotics, Inc.
    Inventors: Dan Wallace, Greg Stahler, Jaime Waydo, Aaron Grogan
  • Patent number: 9921073
    Abstract: An eyewear-type mobile terminal includes a camera; an output unit configured to output road guide information; and a controller configured to: acquire information about a current position; cause the output unit to output the road guide information for a route from the current position to a destination; cause the camera to acquire visual information in real-time while the road guide information is output; and update the road guide information in real-time based on the acquired visual information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jeongyoon Rhee, Taeseong Kim, Taekyoung Lee, Yujune Jang
  • Patent number: 9919600
    Abstract: A vehicle information display system and an instrument panel assembly configured to project vehicle information onto the windshield or on a meter panel is provided. The information display system and the instrument panel assembly utilizes a single electronic display to either display vehicle information on the meter panel or to project vehicle information onto the windshield so as to reduce the number of components needed to perform both functions, and thus reduce packaging space. The electronic display and a first panel are rotatably mounted to the first display opening so as to alternatively cover the first display opening, wherein in a first mode of operation the electronic display is disposed within the first display opening and in a second mode of operation the first panel is disposed within the opening and the vehicle information is projected onto the windshield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathan C. Hall