Image Superposition By Optical Means (e.g., Heads-up Display) Patents (Class 345/7)
  • Patent number: 10101584
    Abstract: A head up display unit can be provided in an inner portion of an instrument panel. A column bracket for mounting a steering column is at a lower portion of a vehicle body strength member and extends in a vehicle width direction in a vehicle rear side of a front wall panel of a vehicle interior. The head up display unit is mounted on the column bracket so as to be movable to a vehicle upward direction by an emergency input load from a vehicle front direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: CALSONIC KANSEI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takeshi Satou
  • Patent number: 10095833
    Abstract: A mobile information gateway comprises: a wearable human interface module having an image delivery and display mechanism for presenting information overlaid upon a wide field of view, a computing and communication module adapted to send and receive information to and from the human interface module; and a backend service server coupled for processing medical data. The present invention also includes a method comprising: capturing information with a first mobile information gateway device; processing the captured information to determine an identity of a first user and authenticate the first user; processing the captured information to determine an identity of a patient and authenticate the patient; processing the identity of the first user and the identity of the patient to retrieve information of the patient; and resenting the retrieved information of the patient overlaid on a field of view by the first mobile information gateway device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Ricoh Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Nikhil Balram, Kathrin Berkner, Ivana Tosic, Wanmin Wu
  • Patent number: 10088549
    Abstract: A method and system for tracking mobile objects in a site are disclosed. The system comprises a computer cloud communicating with one or more imaging devices and one or more tag devices. Each tag device is attached to a mobile object, and has one or more sensors for sensing the motion of the mobile object. The computer cloud visually tracks mobile objects in the site using image streams captured by the imaging devices, and uses measurements obtained from tag devices to resolve ambiguity occurred in mobile object tracking. The computer cloud uses an optimization method to reduce power consumption of tag devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Appropolis Inc.
    Inventors: Jorgen Staal Nielsen, Phillip Richard Gee
  • Patent number: 10082826
    Abstract: A device includes a processor and memory coupled to the processor. The memory is encoded with instructions that are executable by the processor to provide content signals. The device also includes a display screen extendable to present an extended portion comprising display pixels configured to display content using the content signals. The display screen comprises a scroll element which may provide a base substrate on which thin film circuits are fabricated, and may also provide motive force during retraction. The scroll element is attached to a pull bar and the pull bar is attached to an extensible support member that provides support during extension and retraction of the display screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: I-BLADES, INC.
    Inventor: Peter C. Salmon
  • Patent number: 10078219
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods that integrate eye tracking capability into scanning laser projector (“SLP”)-based wearable heads-up displays are described. An infrared laser diode is added to an RGB SLP and an infrared photodetector is aligned to detect reflections of the infrared light from features of the eye. A holographic optical element (“HOE”) may be used to combine visible light, infrared light, and environmental light into the user's “field of view.” The HOE may be heterogeneous and multiplexed to apply positive optical power to the visible light and zero or negative optical power to the infrared light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: THALMIC LABS INC.
    Inventors: Stefan Alexander, Jake Chapeskie, Lloyd Frederick Holland, Thomas Mahon
  • Patent number: 10076998
    Abstract: An electronic mirror system comprising: an imaging portion that captures an image around a vehicle, and outputs the image to an image display control apparatus; and a display portion that displays an image received from the image display control apparatus. The image display control apparatus comprising: a shift amount calculation portion that calculates a shift amount of an object image that shows an object within an image; a following speed determination portion that determines a following speed of an additional image for the object image; an elapsed time calculation portion that calculates the elapsed time; a shift amount determination portion that determines a shift amount of the additional image; an additional image synthesis portion that synthesizes the additional image to the object image; and a display controller that allows the display portion to display a synthetic image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kai Itou
  • Patent number: 10073266
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention relate to methods and systems for a head-worn computer with a content display where the head-worn computer can be changed from an augmented reality system where there is relatively high see-through transmission through the display to a virtual reality system where the is no or relatively little see-through transmission through the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Osterhout Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Ralph F. Osterhout
  • Patent number: 10073270
    Abstract: An image display apparatus includes a frame along a head of an observer, a display unit that displays an image that can be visually recognized by the observer, and a supporting part attached to the frame and supporting the display unit, wherein the frame is fixed to a position in which the image displayed by the display unit connected to the frame via the supporting part is visually recognized by the observer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takeshi Fujishiro
  • Patent number: 10067342
    Abstract: A head-up display device comprises a cradle assembly and a stand assembly. The cradle assembly is configured to support a portable electronic device having a display. The stand assembly is configured to mount on a dashboard of a vehicle. The cradle assembly includes a platform and a combiner configured to at least partially reflect an output of the display of the portable electronic device. The combiner is pivotally connected to the platform using at least one combiner holder. The stand assembly includes a base and a pivot joint connected to the base and arranged substantially over the upper surface of the base. The stand assembly also has a coupler attached to the pivot joint and configured to releasably connect the cradle assembly with the stand assembly. The lower surface of the base may include a repositionable adhesive layer for coupling to the dashboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: RIT INNOVATIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Ivan Anatolevich Klabukov, Aleksei Anatolevich Ostanin
  • Patent number: 10067343
    Abstract: A liquid crystal display device for a head-up display device includes: a light source unit including a reflection film provided on a substrate, and a light-emitting element; a liquid crystal display element including a first polarizer provided on the light source unit side, and a second polarizer disposed to be opposed to the first polarizer via a liquid crystal layer; a retardation plate provided between the reflection film and the first polarizer, and imparting a retardation of ?/4 to light; a reflective polarizer provided between the retardation plate and the first polarizer, and reflecting a light component which is parallel to a reflection axis; and a diffusion member provided between the reflective polarizer and the first polarizer, and diffusing light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: ORTUS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tetsushi Yoshida, Minoru Yamaguchi, Kazuhiko Oosawa, Tetsuya Kusuno
  • Patent number: 10065572
    Abstract: The invention relates to a display device (2) for a motor vehicle (1) having a mirror apparatus (13) which has a display element (7) with a semi-transparent mirror surface, and having a drive apparatus (15) by means of which the mirror apparatus (13) can be moved between a storage position and a position of use, wherein the mirror apparatus (13) has a sensor apparatus (22) which is configured to detect, in the position of use of the mirror apparatus (13), a force applied to the display element (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: VALEO COMFORT AND DRIVING ASSISTANCE
    Inventors: Daniel Kuntze, Lars Schoch, Karl Simonis
  • Patent number: 10068547
    Abstract: Techniques for simulating interactions using an augmented reality device are described. Embodiments receive a request to paint over portions of a visual scene. Here, the visual scene is captured using one or more camera devices of the augmented reality device and is presented on a display of the augmented reality device. A first object in the visual scene corresponding to the first location is identified. Additionally, embodiments paint at least a portion of the first object as specified by the received request, and render a series of frames depicting the first object, such that the painted at least a portion of the first object is shown as painted when viewed from different perspectives using the augmented reality device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: David Sobeski, Brian Leake, Kenny Mitchell
  • Patent number: 10067897
    Abstract: A system and method system for determining the positions of one or more collision avoidance sensors on a vehicle is provided. The system includes one or more sensors disposed on the vehicle and configured to generate electromagnetic waves within corresponding fields of view on a side of the vehicle and to receive reflections of the waves from objects passing through the field of view of each sensor. A controller receives signals generated by the sensors responsive to the reflections and determines, responsive to the signals, relative speeds and relative directions of movement of the objects relative to the vehicle. The controller further determines the position of the sensors on the vehicle responsive to the relative speeds and relative directions of movement. In particular, the controller determines the location of sensors relative to the vehicle centerline and the relative positions and distances between sensors in the direction of vehicle travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
    Inventors: Michael K. Lesher, Martin P. Franz
  • Patent number: 10061121
    Abstract: The present invention provides an optical structure for a vehicle, including: an optic unit which is configured by a plurality of optics; a lens which is provided with an interval from the optic unit; and a shield which is provided between the optic unit and the lens to reflect light which passes through the optic toward the lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hyun Soo Lee
  • Patent number: 10062279
    Abstract: A method to alert traffic light at an intersection in a vehicle is provided. The method comprises determining a driver intent related to a vehicle driving direction; determining a traffic light status corresponding to the driver intent; determining an alert position in the vehicle based on the driver intent; and illuminating the alert position with at least a first designated color based on the traffic light status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kylin Qin, Alice Sun, Mark Xue, Kelly Zhong, Cary Jia
  • Patent number: 10048499
    Abstract: There is provided an optical system, including a light-transmitting substrate having at least two major surfaces parallel to each other edges, and an optical device for coupling light into the substrate by total internal reflection. The device includes a polarization sensitive reflecting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: LUMUS LTD.
    Inventor: Yaakov Amitai
  • Patent number: 10048496
    Abstract: A head up display apparatus includes: a first mirror having power; a second mirror having power; and a light shielding member provided with an aperture. The aperture is provided between an image display surface and the second mirror. Display light which is output from the image display surface is reflected by the first mirror, the second mirror, and the first mirror in this order, and reaches a front windshield (image reflection surface) by passing through the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Masanao Kawana, Tomoyuki Baba
  • Patent number: 10048502
    Abstract: A head mount display includes a frame attached to a head of an observer, an image display unit that displays an image to be visually recognized by the observer, a fixing part that fixes the image display unit to the frame, an detection part that detects a signal according to a relative attitude of the image display unit with respect to the frame, and a control part that controls the image displayed by the image display unit based on the output signal of the detection part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Tomio Ikegami
  • Patent number: 10042164
    Abstract: A self contained breathing apparatus electronics system that provides a method for maximizing battery life, estimating remaining battery life and condition, insuring reliable communications between modules, maintaining reliable real-time clock (RTC), minimizing piezo interference, minimizing effects of RFI and EMI on pressure measurement, retaining consistency in the motion detection circuitry due to sensitivity to temperature changes, and provides an SCBA facemask-mounted Thermal Imaging Camera (TIC) Module and a Heads-Up Display (HUD) Module mounted inside an SCBA facemask, in one of several embodiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: HUDstar Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Tommi Lennart Kuutti, Jeffrey Acton Barnitz, Clayton Joseph Emery, Eugene Victor Horanoff
  • Patent number: 10036941
    Abstract: Provided are a bezel body and a vehicular display device that effectively reduces a sense of discomfort provided to a passenger by making reflection on a windshield less visible. Since a reflection portion is formed in a predetermined area on a lower surface of a light guide member at the rear side, the guided external light is easy to reflect upward, whereby light can efficiently be emitted from the light guide member toward a descending wall. Therefore, this configuration can prevent the descending wall from being darkly reflected on a windshield, thereby making the reflection less visible and effectively reducing a sense of discomfort provided to the passenger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Takahashi, Go Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10035498
    Abstract: A vehicle camera cleaning system includes an air source and a computer processing unit configured to communicate with the air source. The air source is configured to apply an air flow to a lens of a camera. The camera includes a successive and repeated operational mode and non-operational mode. The computer processing unit includes a non-transitory computer readable medium having instructions to cause the computer processing unit to transmit a signal to the air source to actuate the air flow based on the camera being in the non-operational mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Richardson, James Robert McBride, Gaurav Pandey, Shane Elwart
  • Patent number: 10031368
    Abstract: A head-up display includes an image light output device for outputting image light, a first optical element, a second optical element, and a third optical element. The first optical element is provided to be inclined with respect to the output surface of the image light output device. The first optical element reflects the image light having a first polarization direction and allowing the image light having second polarization direction to pass through. The second optical element reflects the image light from the first optical element to the first optical element. The third optical element is disposed between the first and the second optical element, and converts the image light having the first polarization direction to the image light having the second polarization direction by allowing the image light to pass through back and forth. The image light passing through the first optical element is projected on a combiner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sosuke Otani, Yoshimasa Fushimi
  • Patent number: 10031403
    Abstract: Device (1) for projecting an image into a display area (2), with an imager (31) generating the picture, a first projection device (30) for generating a real intermediate image (R), a screen (5) onto which the first projection device (32) projects the intermediate image (R) and to a second projection device (9) projecting the intermediate image (R) into the display area (2). In order to project the image with the least possible loss of brightness, the invention provides that main beam directions (H, H?, H?) of the screen (5) point into an entrance pupil (20) of the second projection device (9).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Jabil Optics Germany GmbH
    Inventor: Eberhard Piehler
  • Patent number: 10027951
    Abstract: 3D glasses which can individually acquire information according to 3D content that users view. The 3D glasses include a transparent display unit displaying at least one of information on 3D content and a control screen for controlling a 3D display device on a 3D glasses unit, a transmission/reception unit receiving at least one of the information on the 3D content and the control screen for controlling the 3D display device from the 3D display device and transmitting the received signal to the transparent display unit, and a control unit controlling the transparent display unit to display the information on the 3D content or the control screen for controlling the 3D display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hee-beom Kang, Jae-woo Kim, Myeong-gu Lee, Seung-hoon Kim
  • Patent number: 10025009
    Abstract: An optical device includes a light-conducting member, having a first panel surface disposed facing an image forming unit, that conducts image light incident on a light entry plane formed at an end of the first panel surface to a light exit plane formed in front of the viewer's eye; a first diffractive optics element, provided on the light entry plane, that diffracts the image light incident on the light entry plane in a predetermined direction and transmits that light into the light-conducting member; a second diffractive optics element, provided on the light exit plane, that diffracts the image light exiting from the light exit plane in a predetermined direction and transmits that light to the front of the viewer's eye; and one or more reflective planes disposed within a waveguide for the image light diffracted by the first diffractive optics element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Fumika Yamada, Masatoshi Yonekubo, Osamu Yokoyama
  • Patent number: 10026095
    Abstract: Systems and methods for getting and using reaction and feedback on contents presented on device. In an aspect, viewing time of a user is measured by eye-tracking method, and used to conduct analysis, change contents, charge fees, or award the user. In another aspect, other methods are used to detect user reaction and feedback, perform feedback analysis, respond to user request, or improve user experience. Contents include advertisements or other sponsored programs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Inventor: Chian Chiu Li
  • Patent number: 10027946
    Abstract: In accordance with embodiments herein an electronic device is provided comprising a housing, a display, and a camera assembly including a camera and an articulating support that includes a base and a main leg joined to the base. The base and main leg movably coupled to the housing wherein movement of the articulating support defines camera alignment paths followed by the camera when moving between a retracted position and active positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Ali Kathryn Ent, Christopher Miles Osborne, Cuong Huy Truong, David Wayne Hill
  • Patent number: 10021351
    Abstract: Systems and methods for viewing stereoscopic video images are disclosed. The systems can include a first video camera configured to generate a first video feed of a subject, and a second video camera configured to generate a second video feed of the subject. The first video feed and the second video feed combined generate a near real-time stereoscopic video image. A tracking module can be associated with the first video camera and the second video camera, and can be configured to cause the first video camera and the second video camera to be directed to a desired convergent point relative to a selected tracking point to maintain stereopsis. The system may further include an array of video cameras, a gesture control module, an image adjustment module, a calibration module, or a 3-D modeling module, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Ultradent Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Neil T. Jessop, Matthew Michael Fisher
  • Patent number: 10017110
    Abstract: A vehicle-mounted display device is provided with a first attention calling indicator, and a second attention calling indicator. The first attention calling indicator includes first light emitting units which emit light, and is located in one of front left and right sides of a driver's seat, and guides light from the first light emitting units toward a direction of the driver's seat using a reflection from a windshield. The second attention calling indicator includes second light emitting units which emit light, and is located in the other of the front left and right sides of the driver's seat, and guides the light from the second light emitting units toward the direction of the driver's seat using the reflection from the windshield or a reflection from a door window so as to perform display symmetrically along with the first attention calling indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventor: Kunimitsu Aoki
  • Patent number: 10011177
    Abstract: A projection display system and a control method of controlling a projection display device capable of preventing degradation of visibility or occurrence of a sense of discomfort at a boundary between respective projection areas due to dimming are provided. In a system including a plurality of projection display devices (100A, 100B, 100C) that project image light onto a plurality of areas in one projection surface, each of the plurality of projection display devices includes a brightness detection unit (47b), and a first control unit (52) that controls a projection condition for the image light that is projected on the basis of detected brightness information, and a second control unit (53) that performs control to cause a projection condition for the image light of the second projection display device (100B) to match a projection condition determined by the first control unit (52) of the first projection display device (100A).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Koudai Fujita
  • Patent number: 10015473
    Abstract: First, the interval between a left virtual camera and a right virtual camera is determined based on the relative position and the relative orientation of an outer imaging section (left) with respect to a marker, which are calculated from a result of marker recognition in the left real world image, and on the relative position and the relative orientation of an outer imaging section (right) with respect to the marker, which are calculated from a result of marker recognition in the right real world image. After the interval between the left virtual camera and the right virtual camera is determined, the positions and the orientations of the left virtual camera and the right virtual camera are determined based on the determined interval such that the relationship between the position and the orientation of the left virtual camera, and the position and the orientation of the right virtual camera is ideal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yuichiro Ito
  • Patent number: 10015620
    Abstract: A head tracking system that determines a rotation angle of a head of a user with respect to a reference direction, dependent on a movement of a user including changes of place, position, and/or posture. The head tracking system includes a sensing device for measuring a head movement to provide a measure representing the head movement, and a processing circuit for deriving the rotation angle of the head of the user with respect to the reference direction from the measure. The reference direction is dependent on the movement of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Paulus Henricus Antonius Dillen, Arnoldus Werner Johannes Oomen, Erik Gosuinus Petrus Schuijers
  • Patent number: 10012833
    Abstract: A display apparatus includes an optical image projection system, first optical propagation system, and second optical propagation system. The optical image projection system projects image light to infinity. The first optical propagation system propagates the image light projected from the optical image projection system in the x-direction. The first optical propagation system deflects a portion of the image light. The second optical propagation system includes a second input deflector that deflects the image light deflected by the first output deflector. The second optical propagation system propagates the image light deflected by the second input deflector in the y-direction and deflects a portion of the image light. The light beam width in the y-direction of the image light emitted from the optical image projection system and the length in the y-direction of the first light guide are greater than the length in the y-direction of the second input deflector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satoshi Watanabe, Toshiaki Suzuki, Kanto Miyazaki
  • Patent number: 10007338
    Abstract: Disclosed is an electronic device including a receiver of a piece of information sent by a gaze tracking device, which includes a marker forming a visual identification pattern, carried by a user moving in a real environment. In certain aspects, the received piece of information provides information about the direction of the user's gaze in a plane of reference of the gaze tracking device. At least one camera for acquiring an image of the marker, a memory for storing a digital representation of the environment in a plane of reference specific to the environment, and a processor configured so as, based on the piece of information of the image and the digital representation stored in the memory, to determine, in real-time, the direction of the user's gaze relative to the environment and/or the zone of the environment gazed at by the user may be provided herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Suricog
    Inventors: Marc Massonneau, Marc Swynghedauw
  • Patent number: 10001832
    Abstract: An augmented reality home console is provided. Users can wear head-mounted displays with transparent screens and can control video game indicia that are perceived as being augmented over a user's environment by displaying video game indicia onto the transparent displays. As such, for example, two users can play an airplane dog fighting game where each user controls a plane in their living room. A device that can determine surfaces of objects (e.g., walls) can be utilized such that when the airplane is flown into a wall, the airplane explodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Inventor: Jeffrey David Mullen
  • Patent number: 10001656
    Abstract: Devices and methods are described herein that use a first solid figure element, a polarizing beam splitter, and a second solid figure element to reduce speckle in projected images. Specifically, laser light is generated and split into two portions having orthogonal polarizations. The first portion of laser light is internally reflected off at least three internal faces of the second solid figure element and is then spatially recombined with the second portion of laser light in the first solid figure element. The difference in path length followed by the two portions generates a temporal incoherence in the recombined laser light beam, and that temporal incoherence reduces speckle in the projected image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Microvision, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthieu Saracco, Roeland Collet
  • Patent number: 9995932
    Abstract: A head-up display with variable focal length includes a projector which provides a beam with image, a magnifier lens module which is disposed on the route of the beam, and an array of lens which is movably disposed between the projector and the magnifier lens module. The beam forms an inter-image after passing the array of lens, then forms a virtual image after passing the magnifier lens module. To change the position of the virtual image, adjust the relative position between the array of lens and the magnifier lens module. A dispersion angle of the array of lens is ?d, a magnification of the magnifier lens module is M, a distance between the virtual image and user's eyes is VID, a visible range of user's eyes is Et, and satisfies the relationship as following: ?d=M*2*cot?1 (2VID/Et).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Ching-I Tai, Kao-Der Chang, Min-Lang Hsieh, Jhen-Nan Gu
  • Patent number: 9990032
    Abstract: An image processing device includes an orientation information acquisition unit which acquires orientation information of a head portion of a user that observes a display image of a display device; an angle of view switching unit which switches an angle of view of the display image; a rendering process unit which generates the display image based on the orientation information and the angle of view; and a transmission unit which transmits the generated image to the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mariko Sakuta, Yoichi Hirota
  • Patent number: 9978182
    Abstract: A virtual image generation system and method of operating same is provided. An end user is allowed to visualize the object of interest in a three-dimensional scene. A text region is spatially associated with the object of interest. A textual message that identifies at least one characteristic of the object of interest is generated. A textual message is streamed within the text region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: MAGIC LEAP, INC.
    Inventors: Ivan Li Chuen Yeoh, Samuel A. Miller, Randall E. Hand, Lionel Ernest Edwin, Philip O'Connor, Brian David Schwab, Spencer Lindsay
  • Patent number: 9978317
    Abstract: A rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle includes an electro-optic mirror element that reflects images from the rear of the vehicle, wherein the reflected images may be dimmed in response to a detection of glare from trailing vehicle; a display positioned behind the mirror element for displaying images of a rearward scene; a user input for receiving user adjustment of an extent to which the mirror element is to be dimmed to reduce glare from trailing vehicles; and a processor coupled to the mirror element and the user input for adjusting the extent to which the mirror element is dimmed in response to user adjustment via the user input. Wherein, when user adjustment is made via the user input, the processor causes simulated images of vehicle headlights to be displayed on the display where the simulated images are dimmed to a level selected by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventor: Roger D. Koon
  • Patent number: 9977245
    Abstract: Eyewear for displaying a virtual image comprising a visor for placement in a field of vision of a wearer, a light source in optical communication with the visor, and a reflective surface situated within the visor and configured to direct light projected into the visor from the light source toward at least one eye of the wearer for display as a virtual image. Another eyewear comprising a visor configured to display a virtual image in a field of vision of a wearer, a frame for supporting the visor, and electronics for operating the eyewear, the electronics being integrally embedded within one or more components of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: LAFORGE OPTICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Corey Mack, William Kokonaski
  • Patent number: 9972319
    Abstract: A head mounted display device includes an image display unit that allows a user to visually recognize an image and through which outside scenery is transmitted and a microphone that detects a voice. In addition, the head mounted display device further includes a data acquisition unit that acquires data and an additional data display control unit that allows the image display unit to display an image based on the voice detected by the microphone and the data acquired by the data acquisition unit when the outside scenery is visually recognized by the user through the image display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kaori Sendai, Atsunari Tsuda, Masahide Takano
  • Patent number: 9971302
    Abstract: A method for processing a sequence of holographic images, with a view to its rendition by a holographic display device to at least one observer. A holographic image is decomposed over a Gabor wavelet basis into a set of wavelet coefficients. The method includes the following acts, implemented for an image of the sequence: obtaining items of information representative of the decomposition over the Gabor wavelet basis; obtaining of items of information representative of a location of the at least one observer in a reference frame of the display device; selecting a subset of wavelet coefficients as a function of the wavelet items of information and of the location items of information obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: ORANGE
    Inventors: Patrick Gioia, Kartik Viswanathan
  • Patent number: 9971560
    Abstract: Methods and systems for displaying messages using body-worn electronic display devices. One method includes receiving proximity data indicating a distance between a first electronic display device and a second electronic display device. The method also includes receiving first orientation data indicating an orientation of the first electronic display device and receiving second orientation data indicating an orientation of the second electronic display device. The method also includes determining a distributed message for display based on the proximity data, the first orientation data, and the second orientation data. The distributed message includes a first message for display on the first electronic display device and a second message for display on the second electronic display device. The method also includes displaying, by a controller, the first message on the first electronic display device and the second message on the second electronic display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Daniel R. Marcus, Goktug Duman, Craig F Siddoway, Chi T. Tran, Bert Van Der Zaag
  • Patent number: 9972277
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and devices for varying functionality of a wearable computing device. An example device includes a first sensor and a second sensor. An example method includes, while a device is operating in a first state, receiving an indication of a touch input at the first sensor. The second sensor is configured in an idle mode based on the device operating in the first state. The method further includes, in response to receiving the indication of the touch input, triggering the second sensor to operate in an active mode and receiving data from the second sensor. The method further includes determining, based on the data, whether the device is being worn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Hayes Solos Raffle, David Sparks, Bo Wu
  • Patent number: 9964761
    Abstract: A head-up display for a motor vehicle includes a housing, which may be integrated into an instrument panel of the motor vehicle. A combiner is configured to combine an image of the head-up display and an environment in front of the motor vehicle observable through the combiner. The combiner is movable from a position of non-use into a position of use. An image generator is configured to generate the image. A cover may be brought into a closed position, which covers the housing when not in use. The cover has an opening to enable an emission of light of a light beam of the image generator with the cover closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY LLC
    Inventors: Peter Brandt, Heiko Charle, Andreas Kreis, Horst Deichmann
  • Patent number: 9965982
    Abstract: A near-eye light field display device for displaying a light field to at least one eye of a viewer, the device comprising an array of light field display elements, each display element adapted to display a time-varying light field view image, the display device configured to modulate the focus of the time-varying view image displayed by each display element according to a time-varying fixation depth of the at least one eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Inventor: Paul Lapstun
  • Patent number: 9967668
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and sets for capturing and reproducing a binaural recording are provided. In one embodiment, the binaural recording is captured using an earpiece set that includes a pair of earpieces each including a frame, a microphone, and a transducer. The frame is adapted to be worn on an ear, and defines an ear-insertion end and a posterior end opposite the ear-insertion end. The ear-insertion end is adapted to be positioned within an ear canal. The microphone is coupled to the frame for capturing ambient sound, and adapted to be positioned outside the ear canal and substantially coplanar with a tragus of the ear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: EEARS LLC
    Inventor: Anthony Mattana
  • Patent number: 9958675
    Abstract: A combiner for a head-up display apparatus has: a front surface; a rear surface; a plurality of grooves formed in a stripe shape so as to penetrate between the front surface and the rear surface in an upper end section; and a plurality of reflective protrusions each formed between each groove in the upper end section. Each reflective protrusion: has a triangular cross section; extends between the front surface and the rear surface; forms a pair of planar reflective surfaces inclined relative to the horizontal plane as a result of interposing therebetween a vertical angle pointing upwards in the triangular cross section; and reflects light to the side by using the reflective surfaces. The angle of the vertical angle in each reflective protrusion gradually increases from either the front surface or the rear surface, towards the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Makoto Inomata
  • Patent number: 9958681
    Abstract: Disclosed is an electronic device including: a display; at least one optical lens configured to change an optical path of light generated in the display at a fixed refractive index; a prism configured to reflect the light, which has passed through the at least one optical lens, at least one time to guide the light to a destination point; a variable lens positioned in the optical path of light between the display and the destination point, a refractive index of at least a portion of the variable lens being changed by a control signal to change at least a portion of the optical path of light; and a controller configured to generate the control signal. An optical path of light generated in the display may be changed by the variable lens whose refractive index can be changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Dongseuck Ko, Jeongyun Heo, Yujune Jang, Jeeyoung Cheon