Image Superposition By Optical Means (e.g., Heads-up Display) Patents (Class 345/7)
  • Patent number: 11002973
    Abstract: A display control apparatus includes a display control section that generates a virtual space image by specifying a viewpoint position and a direction of line of sight and displays the image on a head-mounted display. The display control section can specify a plurality of positions in the virtual space as viewpoint positions and can change the viewpoint position to a position determined from among the plurality of positions in accordance with an attitude of the head-mounted display, and when the viewpoint position is changed, the display control section specifies, as a direction of line of sight, the direction in which a first position in the virtual space is seen from the changed viewpoint position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Tomokazu Kake, Takayuki Ishida, Akira Suzuki, Yasuhiro Watari
  • Patent number: 11006102
    Abstract: The current invention relates to the methods to achieve virtual reality with making virtual objects not under focus of a viewer in virtual scenes appear defocused, and making objects under focus of said viewer appearing focused and clear to said viewer. The current invention also relates to the methods to achieve augmented reality with making virtual objects in virtual scenes associated with real objects not under focus of a viewer in real scenes appear defocused to said viewer in said virtual scene, and making virtual objects in virtual scenes associated with real objects being under focus of a viewer in real scenes appear focused to said viewer in said virtual scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Inventor: Yuchen Zhou
  • Patent number: 10996478
    Abstract: A method for correcting image distortion in a Head-up Display (HUD) system may include: selecting an image correction target item in a HUD system displayed on a vehicle; receiving, when there is a change in the step in which its parameter values are set to be different from each other for the correction target item, the parameter values of the changed step; and outputting a HUD image by correcting it using image source values corresponding to the changed parameter values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hee-An Yu, Chi-Hyeon Kim
  • Patent number: 10994656
    Abstract: The invention relates to a rear-view device (1) for a vehicle able to be driven by a driver, characterized in that the device (1) comprises electronic means (40, 50, 70, 75, 80, 85) configured to receive at least one rear-view image and to allow the display of a part of said image, the part of the image displayed being selected as a function of the position of the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Valeo Systemes Thermiques
    Inventor: Frédéric Autran
  • Patent number: 10994613
    Abstract: An object of the invention is to provide an information display device that displays information in a vehicle, can reduce the movement of the viewpoint of a viewer, and can obtain a large amount of image information. In order to achieve the object, there is provided an information display device that displays information in a vehicle and includes a first information display device that displays image information of a virtual image using reflection from a windshield of the vehicle, a second information display device that scans the windshield with laser light using a MEMS element to obtain a real image, and a third information display device using an instrument panel of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: MAXELL, LTD.
    Inventor: Koji Hirata
  • Patent number: 10996745
    Abstract: A method for determining a gaze point mapping function includes that: all parameters to be solved in a gaze point mapping function are combined to obtain a parameter vector of the gaze point mapping function, and the parameters to be firstly solved and parameters to be secondly solved corresponding to the parameter vector are determined; the parameters to be firstly solved for a first user are solved according to an eye image of the first user and corresponding gaze point information; solutions of the parameters to be secondly solved for the first user are determined according to the parameter vector which is solved by each of multiple second users respectively; and the gaze point mapping function of the first user is determined according to solutions of the parameters to be firstly solved for the first user and the solutions of the parameters to be secondly solved for the first user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: BEIJING 7INVENSUN TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yunfei Wang
  • Patent number: 10999532
    Abstract: A vehicle recording device includes a video acquisition unit that acquires video of a first camera for shooting front or rear of a vehicle and video of a second camera for shooting a range including a lower part of a front, a rear, left and right of the vehicle, a cutout unit that performs cutout processing on the video of the second camera acquired by the video acquisition unit with a first cutout range to be used as an overhead video image and a second cutout range at least including an area in a direction further away from the vehicle than the first cutout range is, and a recording control unit that records the video of the second camera cut out with the second cutout range to be recorded when the vehicle is stopping, and record the video of the first camera to be recorded when the vehicle is moving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: JVCKENWOOD Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroki Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10990683
    Abstract: A mechanism for augmenting security features associated with internet of things devices located in home and/or office environments is provided. A method can comprise as a function of retrieved data associated with a device, displaying vulnerability data associated with the device; facilitating downloading of resolution data to the device based on the vulnerability data; facilitating reconfiguring of the device based on the resolution data; and allocating reward data representative of a reward to a user device based on the reconfiguring of the device being determined to have completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Wei Wang, Cristina Serban
  • Patent number: 10989921
    Abstract: Approaches presented herein enable displaying an augmented reality virtual image in a real-world environment. More specifically, a virtual image is transmitted, via a virtual image projection component, through a substantially transparent medium onto a set of pinpoint mirrors in contact with the substantially transparent medium. A view of the virtual image transposed on a real-world image is then provided, via the set of pinpoint mirrors, to a user looking through the substantially transparent medium. While light forming the virtual image is perceived by the human eye, because each pinpoint mirror of the set of pinpoint mirrors is smaller than the pupil of the human eye, none of the set of pinpoint mirrors is perceivable by the human eye due to their size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: LETINAR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jeonghun Ha, Jaehyeok Kim
  • Patent number: 10989928
    Abstract: An optical assembly includes a substrate having a first surface and a second surface that is opposite to and substantially parallel with the first surface. The substrate also includes a reflector and a beam splitter, each of which is coupled to the substrate. The optical assembly is configured to transmit image light received at the first surface in an optical path that includes reflection at each of the reflector and the beam splitter before the image light is output from the second surface. The optical assembly is also configured to transmit ambient light received at the first surface such that the second light is output from the second surface without undergoing reflection at either the reflector or the beam splitter. A method of transmitting light through the optical assembly is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ying Geng, Brian Wheelwright, Jacques Gollier, Yusufu Njoni Bamaxam Sulai, Fenglin Peng, Babak Amirsolaimani
  • Patent number: 10989920
    Abstract: The invention relates to an optical system for generating a two- or three-dimensional image, the system comprising: a projection apparatus for optically transmitting image information to at least one user; an eye detection apparatus; and an imaging apparatus for imaging the image information of the projection device, so that the user can perceive said image information. The imaging apparatus comprises at least one optical hologram set, at least one of which sets is designed to be angle-amplifying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: AGRIPPA HOLDING & CONSULTING GMBH
    Inventor: Alexander Knuettel
  • Patent number: 10983341
    Abstract: An eye-tracker for determining a position of the pupil of an eye includes a detector and an optical element. The optical element is configured to receive first light reflected off the eye and reflectively diffract a portion of the first light that has a first polarization toward the detector. The optical element is also configured to transmit second light. The second light includes a second portion of the first light that has a second polarization that is different from the first polarization. A head-mounted display device that includes a display system and the eye-tracker is also disclosed. A method for determining the location of a pupil of an eye is also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ying Geng, Babak Amirsolaimani, Scott Charles McEldowney, Wanli Chi, Yusufu Njoni Bamaxam Sulai
  • Patent number: 10976545
    Abstract: A display device used in a vehicle for displaying virtual images includes: a display including a light source to emit image light and a screen on which the image light is projected; and a controller to adjust positions at which the virtual images are displayed. Images displayed on the screen are projected as the virtual images. The virtual images include first and second virtual images displayed at different positions. The display displays, on the screen, a first adjustment image that is projected to a display area of the first virtual image and a second adjustment image that is projected to a display area of the second virtual image. The controller adjusts a position of the display area of the first virtual image and a position of the display area of the second virtual image on a basis of the first adjustment image and the second adjustment image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomo Kishigami, Nobuo Takeshita, Atsushi Michimori, Shota Nakahara
  • Patent number: 10967793
    Abstract: A system mounted on a vehicle for detecting an obstruction on a surface of a window of the vehicle, a primary camera is mounted inside the vehicle behind the window. The primary camera is configured to acquire images of the environment through the window. A secondary camera is focused on an external surface of the window, and operates to image the obstruction. A portion of the window, i.e. window region is subtended respectively by the field of view of the primary camera and the field of view of the secondary camera. A processor processes respective sequences of image data from both the primary camera and the secondary camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: MOBILEYE VISION TECHNOLOGIES LTD.
    Inventors: Gideon Stein, Ofer Hadassi
  • Patent number: 10969581
    Abstract: A liquid crystal panel includes a first transmissive member having a first face where light enters, a liquid crystal layer, and a second transmissive member having a second face where at least a part of light having passed through the first transmissive member and the liquid crystal layer exits. The second face is inclined relative to the liquid crystal layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventors: Kaoru Kusafuka, Yusuke Hayashi, Satoshi Kawaji
  • Patent number: 10969248
    Abstract: A capacitance measuring system detecting an occupant of a vehicle. A sensor/heater assembly is arranged in at least one of a seat or a steering wheel of a vehicle and includes a sensor and a heater arranged adjacent to the sensor. A measurement circuit is configured to output an excitation signal to the measurement circuit and the sensor/heater assembly, measure a resonant frequency of the measurement circuit and the sensor/heater assembly in response to the excitation signal; determine at least one capacitance value based on the resonant frequency; and determine whether a body part is in proximity to the sensor based on the at least one capacitance value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Gentherm Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Lakatos, Peter Marton, Jack Barfuss, Daniel Wei Li Cheah, Ricardo Edmundo Flores Gonzalez, Michael Maass, Tim Normand, Gerardo Edel de la Garza Fernandez
  • Patent number: 10969589
    Abstract: The invention relates to a head-up display system embedded in an aircraft pilotable by a pilot and having a head-down display screen. The display system includes: a head-up display screen configured to be arranged in the cockpit in a Plurality of positions and to be observed by the pilot from an observation point along a viewing field; at least one position, called interposition position, of the head-up screen corresponding to a position in which a part, called interposed part, is arranged across from a part of the head-down display screen in the viewing field between the observation point and this part; a display control module configured to display a conformal display area and when the head-up display screen is in the interposition position, a non-conformal display area in the interposed part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: THALES
    Inventors: Florent Mennechet, Valéry Bota
  • Patent number: 10964435
    Abstract: A method of monitoring the behavior of a cohort group of members, including: a cohort group behavior monitoring step during which the behavior of the members of the cohort group of members is monitored so as to provide behavior data; and a vision information generating step during which vision information relating to the vision of the members of the cohort group is generated based on the monitoring of the behavior data over time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Essilor International
    Inventors: Nathalie Bar, Cecile Doussinault, Clotilde Haro
  • Patent number: 10962780
    Abstract: One or more sensors of a virtual reality device track a pose of the virtual reality device. The virtual reality device requests a virtual image having a perspective corresponding to a future pose from a remote computer. After receiving the requested virtual image, the virtual reality device adjusts the virtual image to an adjusted virtual image having an updated perspective corresponding to an updated tracked pose of the virtual reality device. Then, a virtual reality display displays the adjusted virtual image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Anthony Ambrus, Dan Kroymann, Cameron Quinn Egbert, Jeffrey Wallace McGlynn, Michael Ey
  • Patent number: 10964291
    Abstract: A sticker system includes at least a head-mounted device and a sticker. In an embodiment, the sticker system receives an image of the sticker captured by an imaging sensor. The sticker system determines registration information by processing a fiducial marker of the sticker shown in the image. The sticker system determines location information of the HMD. Additionally, the sticker system determines a position of the sticker relative to the HMD using the registration information and the location information. The sticker system provides a (e.g., augmented reality) graphic to the HMD for presentation to the user based on the position of the sticker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: SENTIAR, INC.
    Inventors: Michael K. Southworth, Walter Blume, Jennifer N. Avari Silva, Jonathan R. Silva
  • Patent number: 10955662
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems and methods for device authentication or pairing. In an aspect, a wearable display system comprises a display, an image capture device configured to capture images of a companion device, a computer-readable storage medium configured to store the images of the companion device, and a processor in communication with the image capture device and the storage medium. The processor can be programmed with executable instructions to receive a first image of a first optical pattern displayed by the companion device captured by the image capture device, wherein the first optical pattern is generated by the companion device based on first shared data, extract first data from the first optical pattern in the received first image, authenticate the companion device based on the first data extracted from the first optical pattern, and notify a user of the wearable display system that the companion device is authenticated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Magic Leap, Inc.
    Inventors: Nitin Singh, Adrian Kaehler
  • Patent number: 10956016
    Abstract: A computer system in an aircraft cockpit includes a touch sensitive input device with symbology replicated at a predetermined location of a heads-up display. The touch input symbology is generally organized for input selection via directional movement; and the system orients the input origin point based on the first point of contact for each new input. The system is adapted for written text recognition with the written text and recognized letters replicated on the heads-up display at a predetermined location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Angela N. Dunlay, Steven L. Kamada, Joshua J. Ehlinger, Jeremy D. Wills, Tony Adams, John Kassie
  • Patent number: 10946622
    Abstract: Glass having an inner surface and an outer surface, includes a first area used by a head-up display, and a second area adjacent to the first area, and not used by the head-up display. Representing an area closest to a boundary between the first area and the second area in the first area, by an edge on the boundary side in the first area, and representing an area closest to the boundary in the second area, by an edge on the boundary side in the second area, a requirement is that a wedge angle ? formed by the inner surface and the outer surface satisfies a predetermined formula.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: AGC Inc.
    Inventors: Shunsuke Sadakane, Kazuyoshi Noda
  • Patent number: 10948721
    Abstract: Head-mounted augmented reality (AR) devices can track pose of a wearer's head to provide a three-dimensional virtual representation of objects in the wearer's environment. An electromagnetic (EM) tracking system can track head or body pose. A handheld user input device can include an EM emitter that generates an EM field, and the head-mounted AR device can include an EM sensor that senses the EM field. EM information from the sensor can be analyzed to determine location and/or orientation of the sensor and thereby the wearer's pose. The EM emitter and sensor may utilize time division multiplexing (TDM) or dynamic frequency tuning to operate at multiple frequencies. Voltage gain control may be implemented in the transmitter, rather than the sensor, allowing smaller and lighter weight sensor designs. The EM sensor can implement noise cancellation to reduce the level of EM interference generated by nearby audio speakers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Magic Leap, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Bucknor, Christopher Lopez, Michael Janusz Woods, Aly H. M. Aly, James William Palmer, Evan Francis Rynk
  • Patent number: 10942351
    Abstract: A work vehicle includes: a main body having a cab; a display device provided in the cab and configured to display work assistance information to be overlaid on an actual view of a work site; a display controller configured to cause the work assistance information to be displayed on the display device; and a bucket position detector configured to detect a position of a bucket relative to the main body. The display controller is configured to cause a display position of the work assistance information on the display device to follow a movement of the bucket. The display controller is configured to change a display manner of the work assistance information on the display device based on the position detected by the bucket position detector, when the bucket is moved relative to the cab in a forward direction and a rearward direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: KOMATSU LTD.
    Inventors: Kenji Ohiwa, Masao Yamamura, Tomohiro Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 10942617
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for run-time adaptation of augmented reality gaming content that is rendered on a computing device based on a context of a surrounding physical environment. For example, an augmented reality gaming application is streamed to a computing device of a user. During run-time execution of the augmented reality gaming application, a detection process is performed to detect an unsafe region in a physical environment surrounding the computing device of the user. Responsive to detecting the unsafe region in the physical environment, the content of the augmented reality gaming application is automatically adapted by changing a position or trajectory of a user-interaction object in a virtual gaming environment of the augmented reality gaming application such that the adapted content leads the user of the computing device on a path that avoids the detected unsafe region in the physical environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Vijay Ekambaram, Padmanabha Venkatagiri Seshadri, Saravanan Sadacharam, Vijay Kumar Ananthapur Bache
  • Patent number: 10942353
    Abstract: Provided is a small-sized information display device displaying video image information as a virtual image by use of an eyepiece optical system including a concave mirror having desired reflection characteristics in a specific polarization direction, where a liquid crystal display panel is used as a video image light source. The information display device has a liquid crystal display panel as a flat display forming video image information disposed therein, and includes a virtual image optical system including a member to be projected for displaying virtual images in front of a vehicle by making a video image displayed on the liquid crystal display panel reflect on the member to be projected. The virtual image optical system includes a concave mirror, and a reflective film of the concave mirror has desired reflection characteristics in a specific polarization direction, so that virtual images having uniform brightness and chromaticity can be obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignees: MAXELL, LTD., HITACHI INDUSTRY & CONTROL SOLUTIONS, LTD.
    Inventors: Koji Hirata, Masahiko Yatsu, Toshinori Sugiyama, Hiroyuki Kajikawa, Kazuomi Kaneko
  • Patent number: 10935794
    Abstract: A beam scanner of a projector-based near-eye display includes a polarization volume hologram (PVH) grating. The PVH grating receives a polarized light beam from a light source and couples the beam to a tiltable reflector, e.g. a 2D tiltable MEMS reflector, for angular scanning the beam. The light beam impinging onto the tiltable reflector is separated from the light beam reflected from the tiltable reflector by polarization, due to the PVH grating diffracting light of only one handedness of polarization. Upon reflection from the tiltable reflector, the beam changes the handedness of polarization, which enables its separation from the impinging beam. The beam scanner may receive multiple light beams from multiple light sources. A projector and a near-eye display based on such beam scanners are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: FACEBOOK TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Babak Amirsolaimani, Brian Wheelwright, Ying Geng, Weichuan Gao
  • Patent number: 10939080
    Abstract: A controller for a tiltable MEMS reflector is configured to oscillate the reflector about X axis or about X and Y axes, and to obtain information about current and past tilt angles. The controller is configured to evaluate tilt angles of the tiltable MEMS reflector at a later moment of time based on the previously obtained information about the tilt angles of the tiltable MEMS reflector at the different earlier moments of time. The controller may be further configured to energize the light source providing a light beam to the tiltable MEMS reflector at the later moment of time with brightness and color corresponding to the brightness and color of a pixel that will be painted by the tiltable MEMS reflector at the later moment of time. A statistical model may be combined with machine learning to accurately predict future tilt angles of the tiltable MEMS reflector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: FACEBOOK TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Guenther Greif, James Laudolff, Ziv Magoz, Stephen John Holmes, Taha Masood, Scott Charles McEldowney, Jonathan Robert Peterson
  • Patent number: 10935787
    Abstract: A combiner positioning system for a head-up display, the system including a combiner for the head-up display, where the combiner is movable between a stowed position and a display position, positioning means built to move the combiner from the stowed position into the display position, and actuation means built to disengage locking means. The positioning means includes spring means built to move the combiner from the stowed position into the display position by means of a spring force in case the locking means are disengaged, and the combiner is built to be moved manually from the display position into the stowed position, where in the stowed position the combiner is built to lock into place by engaging the locking means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Jabil Inc.
    Inventors: Christoph Potakowskyj, Martin Haupt, Johannes Zeleny, Gottfried Hack, Roman Jiricka
  • Patent number: 10935839
    Abstract: A display device includes a fixed light source, a heat dissipator, a liquid-crystal panel, and a controller. The heat dissipator is attached to the light source. The liquid-crystal panel includes a display area and is movable with respect to the light source. The controller controls movement of the liquid-crystal panel to change the distance between the liquid-crystal panel and the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kenji Nakayama
  • Patent number: 10928901
    Abstract: A calibration method for a three-dimensional (3D) augmented reality and an apparatus thereof are provided. The calibration method includes determining a first conversion parameter representing a relationship between a coordinate system of an eye-tracking camera and a coordinate system of a calibration camera by capturing a physical pattern using the eye-tracking camera and the calibration camera, and determining a second conversion parameter representing a relationship between a coordinate system of a virtual screen and the coordinate system of the calibration camera and a size parameter representing a size of the virtual screen by capturing a virtual pattern displayed on the virtual screen using the calibration camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Juyong Park, Seok Lee
  • Patent number: 10922043
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an information processing device and an information processing method, which are capable of acquiring accurate information associated with a desired target which is pointed by a user. The information processing device includes an indication target detection unit that detects an indication target that is pointed by an indicating object. An information generation unit generates explanatory information that includes content information indicating visually recognizable content of the indication target and additive information indicating visually recognizable characteristics associated with the indication target. An output control unit controls output of a voice of the explanatory information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shinichi Kawano, Takuya Namae, Ryo Fukazawa, Kenji Sugihara, Daisuke Sato
  • Patent number: 10921593
    Abstract: Embodiments herein describe AR systems that provide occluded AR content to a user while maintaining the perspective of the user. In one embodiment, the AR system includes an optical cloak that contains a mask display device and an AR display device and one or more focusing elements and a prism for focusing light captured from the user's environment. As the light enters the optical cloak, the mask display device occludes a portion of the user's view to generate a black silhouette. The AR system then combines AR content displayed by the AR display device with the image of the environment such that the location of the AR content overlaps with the location of the black silhouette. Furthermore, the spacing and characteristics of the focusing elements and the prism are set to maintain the perspective of the user as the light passes through the optical cloak.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Quinn Yorklun Jen Smithwick, Isela D. Howlett
  • Patent number: 10916224
    Abstract: A head-up display (HUD) device displays a first virtual image in an area in which the first virtual image can be displayed, and displays a second virtual image in an area in which the second virtual image can be displayed. The HUD device includes: a rotation driving unit which changes an angle formed between the area in which the first virtual image can be displayed, and the area in which the second virtual image can be displayed; and a control unit which performs virtual image angle adjustment processing for adjusting the angle using the rotation driving unit, and, when performing the virtual image angle adjustment processing, virtual image position changing processing in which the position of the second virtual image in the area in which the second virtual image can be displayed is changed to inhibit deviation in the relative positional relationship between the first and second virtual images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: NIPPON SEIKI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Makoto Hada, Yuki Masuya
  • Patent number: 10916225
    Abstract: The present invention enables prevention of collision with a forward obstacle by prompting an appropriate driving operation according to the relative speed or the relative distance between a host vehicle and the forward obstacle. With respect to a standard display position at which a virtual image is normally displayed in association with an attention object in an actual scene ahead of a host vehicle, the virtual image is displayed at a corrected display position which is on the lower side in the vertical direction and/or on the near side in the depth direction when seen from a viewer, depending on the relative speed or the relative distance between the host vehicle and the attention object in the actual scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: NIPPON SEIKI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Makoto Hada, Yuki Masuya
  • Patent number: 10912997
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for cloud gaming. One system includes a plurality of computing resources in one or more data centers. The plurality of computing resources is configured to execute instances of games for client devices that are remote from the one or more data centers. Each instance for an executable game is associated with a processor, a graphics processing unit (GPU), and memory. Memory is used for storing video frames generated for the executable game. The video frames are compressed for video game streaming to one or more client devices. The executable game is associated with video, audio and input channels for said one or more client devices to control interactivity of operation of the executable game during said video game streaming. The cloud gaming system implements at least one channel driver to facilitate I/O processing for the one or more client devices when executed by the computing resources of the one or more data centers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Buchanan Gault, Rui Filipe Pereira
  • Patent number: 10914946
    Abstract: A head-up display system with an imaging unit for generating an image on a projection surface is described. The projection surface is provided for reflecting at least a part of the image. The projection surface includes a transparent screen having a transparent substrate and at least one electrically conductive coating with at least one functional layer on at least one surface of the transparent substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: SAINT-GOBAIN GLASS FRANCE
    Inventors: Klaus Fischer, Matthias Kuehne, Sandra Hornschuh, Roberto Zimmermann, Martin Henseler, Dagmar Schaefer, Michael Jansen
  • Patent number: 10914958
    Abstract: A vehicle display device includes an HUD device that projects a display image onto a front windshield arranged in front of a driver's seat of a vehicle, and overlaps the display image with scenery in front of the vehicle to display the display image as a virtual image, and a front photographing camera that is installed in the vehicle and photographs at least the scenery in front of the vehicle. The HUD device adjusts contrast of the display image with respect to the scenery in front of the vehicle based on an image of an extracted image region including a portion overlapping with at least part of the display image when viewed from an eye point in a scenery photographing image photographed by the front photographing camera, the eye point corresponding to a position of an eye of a driver on the driver's seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Fumiya Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10911729
    Abstract: An imaging system includes an image combiner, at least one reflecting mirror, an image generating device, a communication module and a distance sensor. The at least one reflecting mirror is disposed with respect to the image combiner. The image generating device is disposed with respect to the at least one reflecting mirror. When the image generating device displays an image, a light projected by the image generating device is reflected by the at least one reflecting mirror to the image combiner, so as to form a virtual image through the image combiner. The distance sensor senses a distance between an object and the imaging system and transmits the distance to the image generating device through the communication module. When the image generating device determines that the distance is larger than a predetermined threshold, the image generating device adjusts a display size of the image according to the distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Qisda Corporation
    Inventors: Tsung-Hsun Wu, Wei-Chun Chang
  • Patent number: 10911274
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture for wideband and fast chirp generation for radar systems are disclosed herein. An example apparatus includes a phase digital-to-analog converter to convert a digital input that specifies at least one of a phase modulation or a frequency modulation into an analog output, and to generate a phase modulated output centered on an intermediate frequency. The example apparatus also includes a frequency multiplier to frequency multiply the phase modulated output centered on the intermediate frequency by a multiplication factor to generate a chirp signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Kailash Chandrashekar, Ashoke Ravi
  • Patent number: 10901208
    Abstract: A display unit projects a display image on a display member outside an apparatus housing from an inside of the apparatus housing through an opening of the apparatus housing. A cover is configured to form a through hole by bending at a second side opposite to a first side. A movable mechanism moves the cover between a closed position, at which an opening of the apparatus housing is closed, and an opened position, at which the opening is opened. When the cover is in the closed position, a bending unit holds the cover in a state where the through hole is not formed. When the cover moves from the closed position to the opened position, the bending unit bends the cover to change the cover from a state in which the through hole is not formed to a state in which the through hole is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shinsuke Hisatsugu, Makoto Inomata
  • Patent number: 10895751
    Abstract: A facial-interface system for a head-mounted display may include a facial interface and a facial-interface adjustment apparatus. The facial-interface adjustment apparatus may include (1) a coupling mount for coupling the facial-interface adjustment apparatus to a head-mounted-display housing, (2) an adjustment protrusion that is movable between a plurality of holding positions relative to the coupling mount, the adjustment protrusion having a facial-interface coupling portion coupled to the facial interface, and (3) a spring that biases the adjustment protrusion in a biasing direction toward the facial interface such that the adjustment protrusion moves between separate holding positions of the plurality of holding positions following application of a compressing force to the adjustment protrusion compressing the spring in a compressing direction opposite the biasing direction. Various other systems, devices, and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Phillip Yee
  • Patent number: 10895868
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatuses relating to augmented-reality interfaces. Features of the present invention rely on robust touch detection methods, touch detection methods, calibration methods, and integrated projector and sensor apparatuses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Tulip Interfaces, Inc.
    Inventors: Natan Linder, Rony Kubat, Roy Shilkrot, Matt Aldrich
  • Patent number: 10896548
    Abstract: In one implementation, a method of including a person in a CGR experience or excluding the person from the CGR experience is performed by a device including one or more processors, non-transitory memory, and a scene camera. The method includes, while presenting a CGR experience, capturing an image of scene; detecting, in the image of the scene, a person; and determining an identity of the person. The method includes determining, based on the identity of the person, whether to include the person in the CGR experience or exclude the person from the CGR experience. The method includes presenting the CGR experience based on the determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Daniel Ulbricht, Amit Kumar K C, Angela Blechschmidt, Chen-Yu Lee, Eshan Verma, Mohammad Haris Baig, Tanmay Batra
  • Patent number: 10896409
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed to provide an animated 2D barcode check that is used to securely and efficiently transmit financial information between mobile devices. The financial information includes a check written by a payer and transmitted to a merchant. The check includes account information of the payer and of the merchant with a payment service provider, a payment amount, and a cryptographic signature that has been certified by the payment service provider. The payer's mobile device encodes the check into a sequence of 2D barcodes and displays the sequence of 2D barcodes in a loop that is scanned by a camera on the merchant's mobile device. The merchant uses the cryptographic signature to verify the validity of the signature on the check without having Internet connectivity to the payment service provider. The merchant may later present the check to the payment service provider to receive payment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventor: Kenneth Kang
  • Patent number: 10891749
    Abstract: A device for depth mapping of an object comprises an emitter comprising a laser and an optical component, an actuator and a control processor unit. The actuator is arranged to change the relative position and/or relative orientation of the optical component to the laser. The control processor unit is configured to receive information relating to change in the location and/or orientation of the device during use of the device, and to instruct the actuator to change the relative position and/or relative orientation of the optical component to the laser so as to compensate for change in the location and/or orientation of the device during use of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Cambridge Mechatronics Limited
    Inventor: David Charles William Richards
  • Patent number: 10878446
    Abstract: Systems and methods for getting and using reaction and feedback on contents presented at a device. In an aspect, viewing time of a user is measured by eye-tracking method, and used to conduct analysis, change contents, charge sponsors, award the user, or charge the user. Moreover, other methods are also used to detect user reaction and feedback and respond to user request. In other aspects, contents are provided partially free and free time periods are offered for multiple presentation segments of a program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Inventor: Chian Chiu Li
  • Patent number: 10866489
    Abstract: The electronic device can be used with a power source module attached to a device main body. The device main body and the power source module are electrically connected to each other by the respective connector portions. The device main body includes a connection terminal portion with a concave shape, and the power source module has a connection terminal portion with a convex shape that is fit to the connection terminal portion of the device main body. A power source terminal group is provided in a first surface, and a ground terminal group and a communication terminal group for communication with the device main body are provided in a second surface on a side opposite to the first surface, from among connection surfaces of the connection terminal portion. The ground terminal group is arranged at a position closer to the power source terminal group than to the communication terminal group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroki Ota, Shuichi Matsuzawa, Koji Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 10864820
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a virtual image display optical system that is capable of substantially simultaneously displaying virtual images at a plurality of distances even with a simple configuration, and an image display device using the virtual image display optical system. A virtual image display optical system (30) according to the present invention is provided with: a display element (11); a projection optical system (15) that enlarges an image formed on the display element (11); a diffusing screen (16) that has a diffusing function, and is positioned on the light emission side of the projection optical system (15); and a virtual image forming optical system (17) that converts an image on the diffusing screen (16) into a virtual image, wherein the virtual image display optical system (30) is further provided with a positioning changing device (62) that changes a position of the diffusing screen (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventors: Kentarou Nakamura, Norihide Yamada, Eiji Nomura, Junji Hashimura, Shinichiro Saito