Image Superposition By Optical Means (e.g., Heads-up Display) Patents (Class 345/7)
  • Patent number: 9891433
    Abstract: The virtual image generation device which visualizes images formed by an image forming unit as virtual images includes: a first optical element and a second optical element arranged opposite to each other along a travelling direction of an image light corresponding to the images. The first optical element and the second optical element have a characteristic of reflecting the light having a wavelength corresponding to the image light in accordance with an incident angle of the light and transmitting the light having the wavelength other than the wavelength corresponding to the image light, and give a predetermined optical effect only to the image light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: PIONEER CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takuma Yanagisawa
  • Patent number: 9886111
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus and acquisition method includes a body device with a processing unit; a holding device connected with the body device for holding a relative position relationship with a user; a first display unit set on the body device or the holding device for outputting a first image; and an acquisition unit set on at least one of the body device and the holding device for acquiring a first signal, wherein the first display unit includes a first display component and a first optical component. The first display component is used to display the first image; the first optical component is used to receive a light corresponding to the first image sent from the first display component, and performs a optical path conversion on the light corresponding to the first image, so as to form an enlarged virtual image corresponding to the first image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: LENOVO (BEIJING) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Weidong Wei, Junfeng Liu
  • Patent number: 9880383
    Abstract: Provided is a display device that can be readily reduced in size and thickness, and is capable of reducing luminance unevenness within an image. The display device includes: a projection optical system that projects image light at infinity; and a first propagation optical system, a second propagation optical system, and a third propagation optical system, which sequentially enlarge, in one direction, the image light projected from the projection optical system, in which the image light output from the third propagation optical system allows an image to be observed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Kanto Miyazaki, Satoshi Watanabe, Koji Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 9881414
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for displaying an object by an electronic device. The method for displaying an object includes overlapping a plurality of second objects obtained by changing an attribute of a first object in a direction corresponding to the location of a light source, displaying the plurality of overlapping second objects and displaying the first object on the plurality of overlapping second objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Jae-Myoung Lee, Kyung-Dae Park, Jee-Yeun Wang, Ho-Young Lee
  • Patent number: 9880388
    Abstract: By arranging cables, which transmit video signals to a pair of video image display elements arranged on the right side and the left side, along a frame for supporting a pair of right and left light guiding devices, it is possible to concentrate the cables on one of the right and left sides. That is, it is possible to integrally form the cables. By accommodating the cables in a cable cover portion, which extends along the frame, in a cover inside, it is possible to suppress an increase in size which accompanies cable arrangement and to implement the apparatus as a whole in a small body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Noriaki Hiraide
  • Patent number: 9878240
    Abstract: A computing system is configured to execute a computer program on a server and to provide a video stream of the program output to a geographically remote client over a communication network. An add-on manager is provided to facilitate the use of add-ons to extend the functionality of the computer program. The add-on manager is responsive to commands received from the client and is configured to associate individual add-ons and add-on data with specific user accounts. The add-ons can be located on the server or some other location remote from the client.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment America LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Buchanan Gault, Rui Filipe Andrade Pereira, David Perry
  • Patent number: 9883162
    Abstract: A stereoscopic image inspection device configured to determine that a stereoscopic image or part of the stereoscopic image is horizontally reversed is provided. A depth obtaining unit obtains depth information of the stereoscopic image. An occlusion detection unit detects an occlusion area of the stereoscopic image. A determination unit evaluates image continuity between the occlusion area and adjacent areas adjacent to the occlusion area, and identifies a first area to which the occlusion area belongs among the adjacent areas based on the evaluated image continuity, and determines whether or not the stereoscopic image has a depth contradiction based on a depth position of the first area included in the depth information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kentaro Matsumoto, Yuki Kobayashi, Yuki Maruyama, Yasunobu Ogura
  • Patent number: 9880441
    Abstract: Embodiments include a head-worn computer, comprising: a removable lens, wherein the removable lens comprises an electrochromic layer adapted to transition between at least two states of transparency level dependent on an electrical condition applied to the electrochromatic layer; a variable-power magnetic-electrode mounted on the head-worn computer; and a magnetic element mounted in the removable lens, wherein the magnetic element is positioned behind the electrochromic layer and aligned to mate with the variable-power magnetic-electrode such that, when the lens is mounted, the variable-power magnetic-electrode and the magnetic element physically attract to one another making an electrical connection between the variable-power magnetic-electrode and an electrically conductive layer of the electrochromic layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Osterhout Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Ralph F. Osterhout
  • Patent number: 9877642
    Abstract: The viewing device for the interior of a mouth of a patient includes a penetrating ray emitter adapted to take a view of an inner portion located under an outer surface of an organ arranged in the mouth. There is a pair of augmented-reality glasses having an optical glass through which a user of the pair of glasses can see the interior of the mouth and a viewing camera adapted to take an image of what the user sees through the optical glass. A central unit correlates first images corresponding to those taken by the viewing camera with second images corresponding to those taken by the penetrating-ray emitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Inventor: Francois Duret
  • Patent number: 9874755
    Abstract: A head-mounted display includes a first display screen and a second display screen to display images to respective eyes of a user. The head-mounted display further includes a first member comprising a first rack and a second member comprising a second rack. The first member is coupled to the first display screen, and the second member is coupled to the second display screen. The head-mounted display includes a button and a gear train to transfer a linear sliding motion of the button to a linear motion of the first rack in a first direction and a linear motion of the second rack in a second direction opposite to the first direction. The gear train includes a first gear engaged with the first rack and a second gear concurrently engaged with the first gear and the second rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: OCULUS VR, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Alan Tempel, Jared I. Drinkwater, Robin Michael Miller, Joseph Patrick Sullivan
  • Patent number: 9873355
    Abstract: An automatic adjuster, when carrying out an AR superimposed display using a head-up display in a vehicle like a car, is able to perform eye position adjustment for the AR superimposition automatically without increasing a burden to a driver by controlling, according to the eye position information acquired from an eye position detector, in such a manner as to shift the driver's eye position in accordance with the reference position of the superimposed display, which serves as a position where the AR superimposition is performed appropriately, and by controlling a movable part of the driver's power seat the driver of the vehicle takes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Asako Shigeta, Takuji Morimoto, Takahisa Aoyagi
  • Patent number: 9864192
    Abstract: An image display device includes a first inertial sensor, an imaging section, and a calculation section. The calculation section calculates a first spatial relationship between the marker and the imaging section in the case where the imaging section captures an image of a marker presented by a device including a second inertial sensor, and calculates a second spatial relationship between the imaging section and the first inertial sensor based at least on the first spatial relationship, first data and second data, the first data including a first orientation of the first inertial sensor and the second data including a second orientation of the second inertial sensor respectively obtained from the first inertial sensor and the second inertial sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Guoyi Fu
  • Patent number: 9864429
    Abstract: A method of controlling an operation of a display device using eye movements and a device for performing the method are provided. The method includes receiving eye movement information of a user; receiving blinking information of the user; generating a control command corresponding to the eye movement information and the blinking information; and controlling an operation of the display device based on the generated control command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jun-seok Lee, Kyung-hwa Yu, Sang-won Leigh, Jin-yong Chung, Sung-goo Cho
  • Patent number: 9858030
    Abstract: The adjustable headset is an all in one device that includes an adjustable support band, a display system, a first and second ear cover, a computer system, a communications system, and a power source. The adjustable support band connects to each ear cover, with the ear covers being adjacent to a user's ears. The display system uses binary screens to create the experience of looking at large screens by taking up most of a user's field of view. The display system is attached to the ear covers by adjustable screen bars, which allow a user to change the general orientation of the display system. The computer system is capable of storing and running software programs and interfacing with connected devices by means of a set of connection ports or the communications system. The virtual goggles can adjust to meet individual comfort needs and interface with a variety of technologies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Inventor: Lee Serota
  • Patent number: 9857668
    Abstract: Provided is a display device capable of adequately displaying in accordance with a condition. In a HUD device including a projector projecting an image that is to be a virtual image, a screen to which an image from the projector is projected, a magnifying optic magnifying the image projected on the screen, the screen is moved by an actuator in a direction parallel to an optical axis of the projector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventor: Go Nakamura
  • Patent number: 9858723
    Abstract: A method is provided, such as for mobile augmented reality personalization. A front-facing camera of the mobile device acquires a first view of a user of the mobile device. A personal characteristic of the user of the mobile device is identified from the first view. A location of the mobile device may be determined. A back-facing camera of the mobile device may acquire a second view of a region at the location. Augmented reality information is selected as a function of the personal characteristic. A second view is displayed with the augmented reality information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventor: Matei Stroila
  • Patent number: 9851561
    Abstract: Various systems and methods for displaying a rearview camera feed in a head-mounted display are described herein. A system for displaying a rearview camera feed in a head-mounted display (HMD) comprises a display surface, a motion detector to detect a head movement of a user of the head-mounted display, the head movement having a spatial direction, a gaze detection unit to detect an eye gaze of the user, a camera interface to receive visual data from a rear-facing camera array, and a presentation module to display a presentation on the display surface when the direction of the head movement is consistent with the eye gaze, the presentation including the visual data from the rear-facing camera array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Mei Lu
  • Patent number: 9846967
    Abstract: Configurations are disclosed for presenting virtual reality and augmented reality experiences to users. The system may comprise an image-generating source to provide one or more frames of image data in a time-sequential manner, a light modulator configured to transmit light associated with the one or more frames of image data, a substrate to direct image information to a user's eye, wherein the substrate houses a plurality of reflectors, a first reflector of the plurality of reflectors to reflect transmitted light associated with a first frame of image data at a first angle to the user's eye, and a second reflector to reflect transmitted light associated with a second frame of the image data at a second angle to the user's eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: MAGIC LEAP, INC.
    Inventor: Brian T. Schowengerdt
  • Patent number: 9846305
    Abstract: A head mounted display includes a sight line direction detection section that detects the direction of a user's sight line, an image display section that has an image display area where an image is displayed, and a display image setting section that allows display of at least part of an image in the image display area and changes, based on the detected direction of the sight line, at least one of the at least part of the image displayed in the image display area and a display position of the image displayed in the image display area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazuo Nishizawa
  • Patent number: 9841598
    Abstract: A lens is formed from at least two sections or bodies that are shaped to mate with each other, and a multilayer optical film is sandwiched between these two sections. Smooth surfaces of each section combine to provide a first optical surface of the lens, e.g., a concave, convex, or flat optical surface. The multilayer optical film includes a stack of polymer layers configured to selectively reflect light by constructive or destructive interference, at least some of the polymer layers being birefringent. The multilayer optical film may thus be or comprise e.g. a reflective polarizer and/or a narrow band or otherwise notched reflector. The multilayer optical film has an extended terminus that separates the smooth surfaces of the two sections. Any edge defects such as cracks or delaminations that may exist along the extended terminus are characterized by an average defect distance of no more than 100 or 50 microns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Andrew J. Ouderkirk, Erin A. Binder
  • Patent number: 9842122
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and apparatuses for searching images. An image is received and a first search path is defined for the image. The first search path may be a straight line, horizontal, and/or near the bottom of the image, and/or may begin at one edge and move toward the other. A transition is defined for the image, distinguishing a feature to be found. The image is searched for the transition along the first search path. When the transition is detected, the image is searched along a second search path that follows the transition. The apparatus includes an image sensor and a processor. The sensor is adapted to obtain images. The processor is adapted to define a first search path and a transition for the image, to search for the transition along the first search path, and to search along a second search path upon detecting the transition, following the transition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Atheer, Inc.
    Inventors: Sleiman Itani, Allen Yang Yang
  • Patent number: 9835412
    Abstract: A holographic sporting/combat optic may be mounted to weapon. The holographic sporting/combat optic includes a laser diode, a holographic recording element and one or more optical components arranged in a housing. In response to a light beam incident thereon, the holographic recording element projects a composite, multidimensional reticle image into the optical viewing window. Of note, the holographic recording element has two or more reticle elements recorded thereon which form the composite reticle image. Each of the two or more reticle elements is captured at a different distance from the weapon during different exposures of the holographic recording element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Elite Arms
    Inventors: Dennis Finnegan, Dean Loebig, Frank H. Moss, III
  • Patent number: 9835859
    Abstract: An image display device includes a light source that emits a light beam, a screen, a scanning section that scans the screen with the light beam, an optical system, a drive section, and a screen drive circuit. The optical system generates a virtual image by using the light beam that has passed through the screen. The drive section moves the screen at least in parallel to a travel direction of the light beam. The screen drive circuit contains a drive signal table that stores an information group for use in generating a drive signal tailored to stop the screen at different stop locations over different stop periods. The screen drive circuit selects first information in the drive signal table which is associated with displaying of an image and supplies the drive section with a first drive signal generated from the first information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Furuya, Takahisa Shiramizu, Susumu Uragami, Yoshiro Kashiwabara
  • Patent number: 9836656
    Abstract: A device is provided for the expanded representation of a surrounding region of a vehicle, the device having an imaging component for the visual representation of the surrounding region. Information from a road model is additionally able to be superimposed on the visual representation of the surrounding region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventor: Markus Langenberg
  • Patent number: 9829715
    Abstract: The invention provides an eyewear device for transmitting a signal and a communication method thereof. The eyewear device comprises a receiving unit, a shutter and a transmitting unit. For example, the receiving unit is capable of receiving a synchronization signal, and the shutter performs an operation in response to the synchronization signal. Meanwhile, the transmitting unit transmits the synchronization signal to another eyewear device. By this way, each eyewear device is capable of receiving the synchronization signal, and re-transmits the synchronization signal to another eyewear device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: NVIDIA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Chih-Jung Lin, Yueh-Lin Liao
  • Patent number: 9823741
    Abstract: A method for selecting an information source from a plurality of information sources for display on a display of smart glasses is disclosed. In one embodiment, the method includes determining an orientation of the smart glasses with respect to a head of a wearer of the smart glasses, and selecting an information source from the plurality of information sources based at least in part on the determined orientation of the smart glasses with respect to the head of the wearer of the smart glasses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Felix Klanner, Wolfgang Spiessl, Martin Enders
  • Patent number: 9823471
    Abstract: A Head Up Display (HUD) device in a vehicle and including a display panel configured to output an image containing driving information; a concave mirror configured to reflect the image to a windshield of the vehicle, so as to display a virtual image via the windshield in a forward direction of a driver of the vehicle, wherein the virtual image corresponds to a view box being an area in which the entire image containing the driving information is seen by the driver; a sensing unit configured to sense a position of the driver; a drive unit configured to move the concave mirror, and a controller configured to control the drive unit to correspondingly move the concave mirror in order to move the view box when the sensing unit senses a variation in the position of the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Dongwook Kim, Xuelong Xu, Kyoungil Lee, Minhyung Kim
  • Patent number: 9819920
    Abstract: A head-up display device including a screen; a projector that projects a visual image to the screen using a projection lens; an image generator that generates a virtual image of the visual image to be visually recognized by a user from the visual image projected to the screen; and a processor that is programmed to: decide a position at which the virtual image is generated; and move the projection lens and the screen in a front-rear direction along an optical path, wherein the processor moves the projection lens and the screen along the optical path based on the position decided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: AISIN AW CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kenji Watanabe, Hiroyuki Miyake
  • Patent number: 9817232
    Abstract: To assist with hands-free computing, the Head Mounted Display or Headset Computer utilizes a series of user configurable Home Pages that contain the shortcuts and widgets the user wants and one or more head movements. This allows the user to design a user interface environment which gives desired information, in the desired order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Kopin Corporation
    Inventors: Craig Lindley, James Woodall, David Niland, Jeffrey J. Jacobsen, Christopher Parkinson, Stephen A. Pombo
  • Patent number: 9817626
    Abstract: Technologies are generally described for systems and methods effective to output a composite image. In some examples, a processor may be configured to receive first and second display data that relate to a first and second image. The processor may identify an overlap region where the first display overlaps the second display and generate imaging instructions effective to cause the first and second image to be output on the first display and second display, respectively. The processor may further modify the first imaging instructions based on the overlap region to produce a modified first imaging instruction. The processor may send the modified first imaging instruction to the first display so that the first image is output on the first display at a first resolution. The processor may send the second imaging instruction to the second display so that the second image is output on the second display at a second resolution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: EMPIRE TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT LLC
    Inventors: Shmuel Ur, Vlad Grigore Dabija, David Ash
  • Patent number: 9811157
    Abstract: A method for gaze tracking achieves high performances at the same time requiring both limited processor engagement and reduced power, so as to be particularly but not exclusively fit for mobile uses is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: COGISEN S.R.L.
    Inventor: Christiaan Erik Rijnders
  • Patent number: 9804482
    Abstract: A rear-projection display device comprises a mobile light source supplying a light beam of at least one wavelength, a holographic mirror reflecting only said at least one wavelength, an absorbent screen and a transmissive diffuser, the absorbent screen being placed on the rear face of the holographic mirror, the elements being arranged such that the beam from the light source is reflected on the holographic mirror in order to sweep the surface of the transmissive diffuser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignees: COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES, RENAULT S.A.S.
    Inventors: Umberto Rossini, Stéphane Getin, Martin Pertenais, Frédéric Sermet, Stéphane Regnier
  • Patent number: 9805511
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein provide approaches for interacting with data fields on a page using an augmented reality (AR) device. Specifically, a way for a user to interact with a page having preprinted content and a user's handwritten content within a real world scene using a display screen of the AR device is provided. An image capture unit of the AR device captures image data representing the page. A processing unit performs a page scan of the captured image data to determine a set of data fields located on the page. Context data for at least one data field within the page is received by the processing unit. Augmented reality content based on the context data is incorporated into the page when viewing the page through the display screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory R. Hintermeister, Jacob A. Kugel
  • Patent number: 9798141
    Abstract: Disclosed is a head-up display capable of achieving reduction in size while securing an optical path length from an image display element to an image reflecting surface. In a head-up display, a reflection optical system has at least three or more mirrors including an l-th mirror, an m-th mirror, and an n-th mirror sequentially in this order from the image display element side along a light beam emitted from the image display element D, the n-th mirror has a refractive power and is arranged closest to the image reflecting surface side among all mirrors, the light beam emitted from the image display element D is reflected from the l-th mirror, the m-th mirror, and the n-th mirror in this order, the light beam emitted from the n-th mirror passes between the l-th mirror and the m-th mirror and reaches the image reflecting surface, and predetermined conditional expressions are further satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Keisuke Harada
  • Patent number: 9791921
    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 receiving a user input selecting an object in a field of view of the see-through display system, determining a first group of commands currently operable based on one or more of an identification of the selected object and a state of the object, and presenting the first group of commands to a user. The method may further include receiving a command from the first group of commands, changing the state of the selected object from a first state to a second state in response to the command, determining a second group of commands based on the second state, where the second group of commands is different than the first group of commands, and presenting the second group of commands to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Adam Poulos, Cameron Brown, Daniel McCulloch, Jeff Cole
  • Patent number: 9791695
    Abstract: A head-up display module is provided. The head-up display module includes a polarized light source, an optical sheet, and a display panel. The polarized light source is capable of emitting a polarized light beam. The optical sheet is disposed on a transmission path of the polarized light beam, and the polarized light beam is reflected by the optical sheet. The display panel is disposed on the transmission path of the polarized light beam between the polarized light source and the optical sheet, and a polarization of the polarized light beam is modulated by the display panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Chunghwa Picture Tubes, LTD.
    Inventors: Tzu-Yu Ting, Chuan-Tsung Su, Jan-Tian Lian
  • Patent number: 9784969
    Abstract: A head-up display includes at least three light sources, each one arranged to emit light with a basic color different from the basic color of the other light sources, a digital micro mirror device including an array of micro mirrors, wherein the light of the light sources is directed onto the digital micro mirror device, at least one combiner for displaying an image, and at least one control unit for multiplexing the light sources so as to sequentially emit light thus creating a field sequential color system and for controlling the digital micro mirror device so as to selectively rotate the micro mirrors between an on state, where the light from the light sources is reflected into an optical path towards the combiner, and an off state, where the light is reflected away from that optical path. A method for operating the head-up display is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Automotive Electronics SAS
    Inventors: Sebastien Hervy, Jean-Christophe Joly-Vuillemin, Bernd Ludewig, Ralf Mayer, Patrick Nebout
  • Patent number: 9787948
    Abstract: To create an environment in which the passenger has the same emotion, feel and visual experience that a pilot has with regard to freedom of flight and proximity to the exterior of the aircraft and where passengers have the impression that they are looking out of an actual panoramic window, a “virtual window” includes internal and the external aspects of a real window. The internal part can comprise a folded or flexible high resolution color display that conforms to the internal profile of the aircraft fuselage as if it were an actual window. The external part comprises a paint scheme that is indistinguishable from an actual window and which is placed on the outside of the aircraft fuselage in registry with the conformal display in the aircraft's interior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Embraer S.A.
    Inventors: Carlos Eduardo de Carvalho, Alessandro Vassallo, Amanda Oliveira do Carmo, Andre Gasparotti, Bruno Kimura Castanha, Carlos Augusto Fernandes Filho, Carlos Marcelo Campos Teixeira, Carlos Rosley Bernardes, Demetrio Andrade de Campos, Douglas Goncalves de Albuquerque, Emmanuel Basile Garakis, Fernanda Loth Pugliesi, Flavia Renata Dantas Alves Silva Ciaccia, Luz Maria Romero Tarazona, Mateus Rodrigues Miranda, Mauri Mendes de Oliveira, Ricardo Athayde Abelheira, Silvio Hideo Lemos Mochiduky, Sergio Raphael Fonseca Affonso, Walter Affonso Junior
  • Patent number: 9783112
    Abstract: An agricultural vehicle for towing an agricultural implement or a self-propelled agricultural implement has at least two individual row elements attached to the agricultural implement. A heads-up display is operable to display an individual row element status graphic for each of the at least two individual row elements on a windshield or window of the agricultural vehicle, which may be the rear windshield and side windows. The individual row element status graphics are displayed in alignment with the at least two individual row elements as viewed by an operator of the agricultural vehicle. The individual row element status graphics contain information pertaining to the at least two individual row elements, which may be at least one measured parameter value associated with that individual row element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventor: Matthew K. Payne
  • Patent number: 9778466
    Abstract: The present invention provides a head mounted display and flexible arm that is easily bendable yet capable of maintaining a bent state thereof. The flexible arm 8 is constituted with a coil 80 and a tube 90 provided on an outer periphery thereof. The coil 80 is formed as a double-strand coil containing a wire rod, stainless used steel for coil springs with high tensile strength, (SUS304WPB) 82 having a round cross-section and a Stainless Used Steel wire rod (SUS) (SUS304) 84 having a triangular cross-section. On the outer periphery of the coil 80, the tube 90 made of silicone is provided so as to be in close contact therewith. By making an outside diameter of the coil 80 slightly larger than the inside diameter of the tube 90 (approximately 10% of the tube diameter), the tube 90 fits tightly to the outer periphery of the coil 80. The tube 90 is fitted over the coil 80 in a state stretched from a natural state thereof in a direction A in the figure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: WESTUNITIS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takahito Fukuda, Tadatoshi Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 9766460
    Abstract: An HMD device is configured to vertically adjust the ground plane of a rendered virtual reality environment that has varying elevations to match the flat real world floor so that the device user can move around to navigate and explore the environment and always be properly located on the virtual ground and not be above it or underneath it. Rather than continuously adjust the virtual reality ground plane, which can introduce cognitive dissonance discomfort to the user, when the user is not engaged in some form of locomotion (e.g., walking), the HMD device establishes a threshold radius around the user within which virtual ground plane adjustment is not performed. The user can make movements within the threshold radius without the HMD device shifting the virtual terrain. When the user moves past the threshold radius, the device will perform an adjustment as needed to match the ground plane of the virtual reality environment to the real world floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Aaron Burns, Ben Sugden, Laura Massey, Alexandre Da Veiga, Tom Salter, Greg Alt
  • Patent number: 9766381
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for providing a first light-guiding structure and a second light-guiding structure to receive an input optical beam and output an output optical beam to be viewed by a user. At least one of the first or the second light-guiding structure has a non-flat shape. The first and the second light-guiding structures are configured to produce virtual images at different viewing distances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Toni J. Jarvenpaa, Pasi Riso Olavi Saarikko
  • Patent number: 9766457
    Abstract: A head-up display device includes a housing, a base, a projecting board assembly, a protecting cover and a driving mechanism. The projecting board assembly has a holder and a projecting board. The protecting cover is movably arranged on the projecting board assembly, and can be used to cover the projecting board or uncover to expose the projecting board. The projecting board assembly is rotatably arranged above the base by the driving mechanism, and the driving mechanism can drive the projecting board assembly at a storing position or a displaying position. The driving mechanism can drive the protecting cover to be guided by the first guiding mechanism, so as to move the protecting cover. Otherwise, the driving mechanism can pull down the protecting cover by the second guiding mechanism to expose the projecting board, and make the projecting board assembly in the displaying position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignees: LITE-ON ELECTRONICS (GUANGZHOU) LIMITED, LITE-ON TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hung-Chang Chien
  • Patent number: 9761196
    Abstract: A head-mount display apparatus includes a display element, a sight line direction detecting unit, an imaging unit, a sight line direction determining section that determines whether or not the line of sight is oriented downward based on a detection result from the sight line direction detecting unit, an operation determining section that determines whether or not the shape of a hand of the viewer shows a predetermined operation pattern based on a signal inputted from the imaging unit, and a display control section that controls display operation of the display element based on determination results from the sight line direction determining section and the operation determining section, and the display control section instructs the display element to display an operation object when it is determined that the line of sight is oriented downward and that the shape of the hand shows the predetermined operation pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hitoshi Saito
  • Patent number: 9761163
    Abstract: An image display apparatus includes a laser light source unit configured to output a luminous flux, a scanning mirror unit configured to reflect the luminous flux by reciprocating driving in a main-scanning direction and a sub-scanning direction, a light source driving unit configured to drive the light source unit based on image data, a bit shift processing unit configured to adjust a brightness value of a pixel included in the image date, and a dimming processing unit configured to perform control in such a manner that a brightness value of a pixel included in the image data is not displayed as zero with respect to the image data subjected to dimming processing by the bit shift processing unit according to a predetermined rule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: JVC KENWOOD Corporation
    Inventors: Minoru Ohyama, Kazumi Iwata, Ryuichi Okazaki, Tatsuya Nakano
  • Patent number: 9760167
    Abstract: Introduced herein are various techniques for displaying virtual and augmented reality content via a head-mounted display (HMD). The techniques can be used to improve the effectiveness of the HMD, as well as the general experience and comfort of users of the HMD. A binocular HMD system may present visual stabilizers to each eye that allow users to more easily fuse the digital content seen by each eye. In some embodiments the visual stabilizers are positioned within the digital content so that they converge to a shared location when viewed by a user, while in other embodiments the visual stabilizers are mapped to different locations within the user's field of view (e.g., peripheral areas) and are visually distinct from one another. These techniques allow the user to more easily fuse the digital content, thereby decreasing the eye fatigue and strain typically experienced when viewing virtual or augmented reality content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: EYE LABS, LLC
    Inventor: Sina Fateh
  • Patent number: 9760772
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for using a camera image of a user's eye as a visual stimulus for the calibration point in an eyetracking calibration system. A camera image of a user's eye is generated on a user display using an eyetracker. The camera image of the user's eye is used as a visual stimulus of a calibration point. In an embodiment, the center of the pupil of the camera image of the user's eye represents the coordinates of the calibration point on the user display. In another embodiment, the center of the corneal reflection of the camera image of the user's eye represents the coordinates of the calibration point on the user display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: LC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: William Maher, Dixon Cleveland
  • Patent number: 9754167
    Abstract: The technology disclosed can provide improved safety by detecting potential unsafe conditions (e.g., collisions, loss of situational awareness, etc.) confronting the user of a wearable (or portable) sensor configured to capture motion and/or determining the path of an object based on imaging, acoustic or vibrational waves. Implementations can enable improved safety to users of virtual reality for machine control and/or machine communications applications using wearable (or portable) devices, e.g., head mounted displays (HMDs), wearable goggles, watch computers, smartphones, and so forth, or mobile devices, e.g., autonomous and semi-autonomous robots, factory floor material handling systems, autonomous mass-transit vehicles, automobiles (human or machine driven), and so forth, equipped with suitable sensors and processors employing optical, audio or vibrational detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: LEAP MOTION, INC.
    Inventors: David S. Holz, Robert Samuel Gordon, Matias Perez
  • Patent number: 9749582
    Abstract: A display apparatus and method are provided. The display apparatus includes a videotelephony performer that is configured to perform a videotelephony with another display apparatus; and a controller configured to control a corresponding feedback that is output when gestures and speech of a user and the other party of the videotelephony have a preset correlation during a process in which the videotelephony is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seong-wook Jeong, Jae-ki Kyoun, Chang-seog Ko, Sung-hyun Jang, Kwan-min Lee, Sang-hee Lee
  • Patent number: 9746676
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention relate to providing see-through computer display optics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Osterhout Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Ralph F. Osterhout, John N. Border, Robert Michael Lohse, John D. Haddick, Nima L. Shams