Image Superposition By Optical Means (e.g., Heads-up Display) Patents (Class 345/7)
  • Patent number: 10209524
    Abstract: Technology is provided for a facial interface assembly for use with a head mounted display. The facial interface assembly includes a contoured spacer frame and an interchangeable face gasket removably attached to the contoured spacer frame. The contoured spacer frame includes a forehead interface portion, a pair of cheek interface portions, a bridge portion extending between the pair of cheek interface portions, and one or more attachment tabs configured to mate with a housing of the head mounted display. The face gasket includes a high-density foam layer, a low-density foam layer, and a fabric layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jared I. Drinkwater, Robin Michael Miller
  • Patent number: 10203498
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a long distance imaging head-up display device, which includes an imaging projection module, a reflective diffuser and a concave mirror module, wherein a reflective diffuser is used with a concave mirror module to increase a reflective distance, to thereby obtain a longer optical path distance, so as to project image to a far distance under the same magnification of concave mirror, to reduce visual vertigo and obtain the best visual effects for drivers, to thereby improve driving safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: E-LEAD ELECTRONIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Stephen Chen
  • Patent number: 10197803
    Abstract: The invention describes augmented reality glasses (1) for medical applications configured to be worn by a user, comprising a frame (15) that supports a glasses lens (2a, 2b), wherein the frame (15) comprises an RGB lighting system comprising RGB-emitting devices (16a, 16b, 16c) configured to emit light beams (B1, B2, B3); first optical systems (17a, 17b, 17c) configured to collimate at least partially said beams (B1, B2, B3) into collimated beams (B1c; B2c; B3c); wherein the frame (15) further comprises a display (3) configured to be illuminated by the RGB lighting system (16) by means of the collimated beams (B1c; B2c; B3c); to receive first images (I) from a first processing unit (10); to emit the first images (I) as second images (IE1) towards the glasses lens (2a, 2b), wherein the lens (2a, 2b) is configured to reflect the second images (IE1) coming from the display (3) as images projected (IP) towards an internal zone (51) of the glasses corresponding to an eye position zone of the user who is wearing th
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignees: ALMA MATER STUDIORUM—UNIVERSITA' DI BOLOGNA, GLASSUP S.R.L.
    Inventors: Giovanni Badiali, Giovanni Tregnaghi
  • Patent number: 10198244
    Abstract: A head-mounted device, a headphone apparatus, and a separation control method for the head-mounted device, the separation control method includes following steps: detecting whether the headphone apparatus of the head-mounted device is separated from the display apparatus of the head-mounted device; if yes, controlling the head-mounted device to enter an audio playing mode; and receiving an input signal generated by an input unit of the head-mounted device in response to an input operation, and controlling to execute a corresponding audio playing control function according to the input signal. The head-mounted device may continue to use the headphone apparatus conveniently when the headphone apparatus is separated from the display apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: SHENZHEN ROYOLE TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Cong Zhao
  • Patent number: 10197805
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods for engineering the eyebox of a display using multiple heterogeneous exit pupils are described. The eyebox of a display includes at least two heterogeneous exit pupils that are different from one another in terms of size and/or shape. Heterogeneous exit pupils may overlap, one may encompass another, or they may be completely spatially-separated from one another. Such configurations enable specific eyebox and/or visual display configurations that can be advantageous in certain applications. An example in which a scanning laser-based wearable heads-up virtual retina display implements a holographic combiner that is engineered to provide multiple heterogeneous exit pupils is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: North Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Bailey, Stefan Alexander, Vance R. Morrison, Thomas Mahon, Lloyd Frederick Holland, Jaehong Choi
  • Patent number: 10191294
    Abstract: A system may comprise a selectively transparent projection device for projecting an image toward an eye of a viewer from a projection device position in space relative to the eye of the viewer, the projection device being capable of assuming a substantially transparent state when no image is projected; an occlusion mask device coupled to the projection device and configured to selectively block light traveling toward the eye from one or more positions opposite of the projection device from the eye of the viewer in an occluding pattern correlated with the image projected by the projection device; and a zone plate diffraction patterning device interposed between the eye of the viewer and the projection device and configured to cause light from the projection device to pass through a diffraction pattern having a selectable geometry as it travels to the eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Magic Leap, Inc.
    Inventor: John Graham Macnamara
  • Patent number: 10191274
    Abstract: An image display apparatus includes a light source device including a light source unit; a scanning optical system including an image forming unit on which an intermediate image is formed by light from the light source unit; and a virtual image optical system configured to guide light of the intermediate image by using a reflecting mirror and a curved transmissive reflection member. The scanning optical system includes an optical scanning unit configured to scan the light from the light source unit in a main scanning direction and a sub-scanning direction of the image forming unit. The image forming unit is a transmissive member curved with a convex surface toward the reflecting mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Naoki Nakamura, Daisuke Ichii, Hiromichi Atsuumi, Naoki Miyatake, Yuki Hayashi
  • Patent number: 10191279
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention relate to methods and systems for imaging, recognizing, and tracking of a user's eye that is wearing a HWC. Aspects further relate to the processing of images reflected from the user's eye and controlling displayed content in accordance therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Osterhout Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward H. Nortrup, John N. Border, Ralph F. Osterhout, John D. Haddick, Robert Michael Lohse
  • Patent number: 10180575
    Abstract: An image display apparatus includes a projection unit configured to project an image and a plurality of concave reflectors in which contact surfaces with optical axes of the concave reflectors with respect to the optical axis of the projection unit are disposed at different angles from one another. A first concave reflector of the plurality of concave reflectors reflects at least a portion of an image projected by the projection unit to form a first image based on the image. A second concave reflector of the plurality of concave reflectors transmits a portion of an image projected by the projection unit and reflects a portion of the image to form a second image based on the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignees: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., TOHOKU UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Tohru Kawakami, Mutsumi Sasai, Yoshito Suzuki, Toshiyuki Araki, Masaru Ohira
  • Patent number: 10181209
    Abstract: A display system is a display system which is installed in a vehicle and includes a liquid crystal display unit which outputs information representing a deviation amount of the current running speed of the vehicle from a speed limit set for an area where the vehicle is currently running.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Osamu Hiraoka, Yasushi Katayama
  • Patent number: 10180717
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing device, information processing method, and program capable of realizing the authentication with high security using the movement of line of sight, the information processing device including: a line-of-sight movement identification unit configured to identify movement of line of sight of a user to a body of the user on a basis of an image of an eye of the user and an image of the body of the user positioned in a line-of-sight direction of the user, captured by an imaging unit; and a user authentication unit configured to authenticate the user on a basis of the identified movement of line of sight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takeo Tsukamoto, Shuichi Konami, Tomoyuki Ito, Takashi Abe
  • Patent number: 10173529
    Abstract: A method for controlling illumination of operational controls in a motor vehicle, using a passenger-compartment camera for photographing a driver, in which a visual perception capability of the driver is determined with the aid of the passenger-compartment camera, and in which the illumination of an operational control is adjusted as a function of the visual perception capability of the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Andreas Korthauer, Dieter Hoetzer, Richard Bozsik
  • Patent number: 10178290
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and apparatus for long-range facial and ocular acquisition. One embodiment of a system for acquiring an image of a subject's facial feature(s) includes a steerable telescope configured to acquire the image of the facial feature(s), a first computational imaging element configured to minimize the effect of defocus in the image of the facial feature(s), and a second computational imaging element configured to minimize the effects of motion blur. In one embodiment, the detecting, the acquiring, the minimizing the effect of the motion, and the minimizing the effect of the defocus are performed automatically without a human input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: SRI International
    Inventors: David Stoker, Cregg Cowan, Motilal Agrawal, Jan Edward van der Laan, John Brian Burns
  • Patent number: 10178378
    Abstract: A near-eye display device comprises a left-eye optical system and a right-eye optical system. Each of the left-eye optical system and the right-eye optical system comprises a holographic optical component positioned in a field of view of a user eye, an image source configured to emit imaging light, and an alignment optical component, wherein projection beam path between the image source and the light-deflecting optical component and an alignment beam path between the alignment optical component and the light-deflecting component share a common optical path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventor: Adrian Travis
  • Patent number: 10169919
    Abstract: Many headset devices, such as virtual reality helmets, present visuals that respond to the user's motion, such that a rotation of the user's head causes the visual to be re-rendered from a correspondingly rotated perspective. The lag between the user's motion and the updated rendering from the new perspective may be perceivable even at high framerates, and may induce unpleasant feelings such as vertigo. Instead, headset devices may respond to detected motion by identifying a displacement of the physical location of the visual that causes it to maintain a physical position relative to a stationary reference point. The display is operatively coupled with a displacer, such as actuators or a projection adjustment, that are engaged to displace the display according to the identified displacement and maintain a physical location of the visual relative to the stationary reference point (e.g., until the visual is re-rendered from the updated perspective).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Oath Inc.
    Inventor: Benoit Schillings
  • Patent number: 10171779
    Abstract: Light projection systems and methods may comprise combining light from two or more projectors. Each projector may be controlled so that the combined light output of the projectors matches a target for the projected light. In some embodiments optimization is performed to generate image data and control signals for each of the projectors. Embodiments may be applied in image projecting applications, lighting applications, and 3D stereoscopic imaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: MTT Innovation Incorporated
    Inventors: Eric Kozak, Gerwin Damberg, Anders Ballestad, Raveen Kumaran, James Gregson, Johannes Minor, Gil Rosenfeld
  • Patent number: 10168536
    Abstract: Provided are a head-mounted display and an image display device. The HMD includes a first ball joint, a second ball joint and an arm member. The first ball joint is provided with a first rod portion and a first sphere portion. The second ball joint is provided with a second rod portion and a second sphere portion. The first rod portion passes through a first hole portion. The second rod portion passes through a second hole portion. A position of a half mirror in a first position of a display casing when the first rod portion is positioned at the center of the first hole portion and the second rod portion is positioned at the center of the second hole portion is farther from the mounting member than a position of the half mirror in a second position of the display casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hirotoshi Ishizaki
  • Patent number: 10159900
    Abstract: A virtual reality (VR) game platform has an input mechanism, software executing on a processor from a non-transitory medium, and a display screen displaying, under control of the software, an object at a first position in a virtual environment, the object controllable by a player interacting with the VR game platform to move in the virtual environment viewed by the player from a camera centered on the object, the display screen further displaying a symmetrical region of the environment centered on the controlled object, the symmetrical region expanding in radius at a controlled rate. The player is enabled to select, using the input mechanism, a second position within the expanding symmetrical region to move the object, after which selection the object teleports to the second position, and the camera teleports to the second position as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Roblox Corporation
    Inventors: Claus Christopher Moberg, Daniel L Healy, Kyle Emmerich
  • Patent number: 10160322
    Abstract: A head-up display device includes a display unit that projects a display image to a windshield of a vehicle; a control board that has a control circuit, which controls the display unit; and a housing case that receives the control board and has a hollow space, which is in contact with the control board. The display unit is placed at an outside of the housing case. The housing case includes a communication passage that communicates between a duct and the hollow space while the duct conducts air, which is blown from an air conditioning device of the vehicle toward a vehicle cabin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hirohisa Motomura, Yasuhiko Niimi, Ryo Yamaoka
  • Patent number: 10154783
    Abstract: A computer program is disclosed for performing the following method: recording images of a response of a left pupil to a stimulus thereby resulting in a first set of sequential images; recording images of a response of a right pupil to the same stimulus at the same time as the first images were recorded, thereby resulting in a second set of sequential images; displaying on a display simultaneously the first set of images and the second set of image, wherein the two sets of images are synchronized, and wherein a center of the left pupil of each image from the first set of sequential images is aligned with a center of the right pupil from the second set of sequential images on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Neuroptics, Inc.
    Inventors: Kamran Siminou, Claudio Privitera
  • Patent number: 10154254
    Abstract: A head-mounted display (HMD) includes an eye tracking system that determines user's eye tracking information based on depth information derived from time-of-flight methods. The eye tracking system includes an illumination source, an imaging device and a controller. The illumination source illuminates the user's eye with a temporally varying irradiance pattern. The imaging device includes a detector that captures temporal phase shifts (temporal distortions) caused by a local geometry and the illumination pattern being reflected from a portion of the eye. The detector comprises multiple pixels, each pixel having multiple units for capturing, over multiple time instants, light signals related to the temporally distorted illumination pattern. The controller determines phase differences between the temporally distorted illumination pattern and the temporally varying irradiance pattern, based on the captured light signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Nicholas Daniel Trail
  • Patent number: 10151923
    Abstract: Provided is a heads up display system having a platform having a receiver configured to removably receive and physically support a mobile phone and/or tablet having a display screen, a medium oriented at an angle with respect to the platform, and an opening defined in the platform between the receiver and the medium. The system may include a couple configured to couple the platform to a structure or surface. The coupler can be configured to enable the platform to be coupled to the surface or structure at a selected angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: SENSEDRIVER TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Amaru, Gustavo Herrera
  • Patent number: 10152495
    Abstract: A method, an apparatus, and a computer program product conduct online visual searches through an augmented reality (AR) device having an optical see-through head mounted display (HMD). An apparatus identifies a portion of an object in a field of view of the HMD based on user interaction with the HMD. The portion includes searchable content, such as a barcode. The user interaction may be an eye gaze or a gesture. A user interaction point in relation to the HMD screen is tracked to locate a region of the object that includes the portion and the portion is detected within the region. The apparatus captures an image of the portion. The identified portion of the object does not encompass the entirety of the object. Accordingly, the size of the image is less than the size of the object in the field of view. The apparatus transmits the image to a visual search engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Md Sazzadur Rahman, Kexi Liu, Martin H. Renschler
  • Patent number: 10149039
    Abstract: An audio headphone to couple to a strap for a head-mounted display is disclosed. The audio headphone includes a headphone speaker, a strap connector, and a four-bar linkage coupled to the strap connector to provide movement of the headphone speaker with respect to a user's ear. The four-bar linkage comprises a first member coupled to the strap connector via a first joint, a second member coupled to the first member via a second joint, a third member coupled to the second member via a third joint, and a fourth member coupled to the third member. The fourth member has first and second sides that are coupled to the first member via a fourth joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jared I. Drinkwater, Blake Francis Andersen
  • Patent number: 10147388
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described for a media guidance application that enhances the viewing experiences of users by modifying, as perceived by a user, an area outside of the television or computer screen. In particular, the media guidance application may enhance the viewing experiences of users by darkening an area outside of a display screen visible to a user in order to prevent the area outside of the display screen from distracting a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian Peterson
  • Patent number: 10146056
    Abstract: An image display apparatus includes a light source configured to emit image light, a scanning mirror configured to reflect the image light from the light source, and a reflective diffraction optical element configured to change a direction of the image light from the scanning mirror to a different direction in addition to regular reflection. The scanning mirror is arranged at a position and a height as different from an observing point as possible. A direction of extension of an interference fringe of the reflective diffraction optical element intersects incident light from the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Fumika Yamada
  • Patent number: 10144353
    Abstract: A multi-camera vision system for a vehicle includes a plurality of cameras viewing exterior the equipped vehicle and at least one non-visual sensor sensing exterior of the equipped vehicle. Captured image data and sensor data are provided to a central data processor. At the central data processor, image data is fused with sensor data and processed in order to detect vehicles that are present external the equipped vehicle. The central data processor includes a digital signal processor operable to process data at a data processioning speed of at least 30 MIPS. Via processing at the central data processor of image data and sensor data, a potential hazard present exterior the equipped vehicle is determined to exist. The potential hazard arises from presence of rear-approaching traffic in at least one of (i) a side lane to the equipped vehicle and (ii) a rear lane to the equipped vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Lee Karner, Kenneth Schofield, Niall R. Lynam
  • Patent number: 10146058
    Abstract: A visual line direction sensing device communicably connected with a head-up display device, which projects an image on a screen disposed ahead of a target, includes an image capture unit capturing a target image from a front side of the target, an acquisition unit acquiring adjusted position information indicative of an image projection position by an adjustment unit of the head-up display device, an estimation unit estimating positions of pupils of the target based on the adjusted position information acquired by the acquisition unit, a setup unit setting an inspection range of the target image captured by the image capture unit with reference to the positions of the pupils estimated by the estimation unit, and a calculator calculating a visual line direction of the target based on a status of the pupils included in the inspection range of the target image set by the setup unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazumasa Kurokawa
  • Patent number: 10146067
    Abstract: An eye-protective shade for the AR (Augmented Reality) smart glasses is provided, including: an eye protection unit disposed in front of the AR smart glasses, wherein the eye protection unit is disposed with a pair of shading portions capable of filtering light, and the pair of the shading portions respectively correspond to a pair of semitransparent display portions disposed on the AR smart glasses, and the pair of shading portions are made of translucent material and/or opaque material; when reading digital information by use of the eye-protective shade along with the AR smart glasses, the eye-protective shade protects the user's eyeballs and the macula from direct light radiation while the peripheral retina is continuously in contact with external light sources. The present disclosure can change the user's reading habits and moderate visual fatigue when reading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventor: Ching-Lai Tsai
  • Patent number: 10147232
    Abstract: A machine-implemented method includes obtaining input data and generating output data. The status of at least one contextual factor is determined and compared with a standard. If the status meets the standard, a transformation is applied to the output data. The output data is then outputted to the viewer. Through design and/or selection of contextual factors, standards, and transformations, output data may be selectively outputted to viewers in a context-suitable fashion, e.g. on a head mounted display the viewer's central vision may be left unobstructed while the viewer walks, drives, etc. An apparatus includes at least one sensor that senses a contextual factor. A processor determines the status of the contextual factor, determines if the status meets a standard, generates output data, and applies a transformation to the output data if the status meets the standard. A display outputs the output data to the viewer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Atheer, Inc.
    Inventor: Sina Fateh
  • Patent number: 10148934
    Abstract: An image process apparatus includes an image capture device, a filter, a depth estimation unit, and a mixture unit. The image capture device captures an original image including at least one target object and generates a first depth map corresponding to the original image. The filter selects the at least one target object from the original image according to the first depth map and generates a temporary image including the at least one target object. The temporary image has a depth information of the at least one target object. The depth estimation unit generates a second depth map corresponding to an input image according to the input image. The mixture unit blends the temporary image into a predetermined field depth of the input image to generate a blending image including the input image and the at least one target object according to the depth information and the second depth map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: eYs3D Microelectronics, Co.
    Inventor: Wen-Kuo Lin
  • Patent number: 10139904
    Abstract: An embodiment of a computer implemented method of displaying textual data includes receiving a request to display textual data and displaying textual data in a region within a display area. Displaying textual data includes sequentially presenting successive components of the textual data at a fixed position relative to the display area. The method also includes monitoring a point of gaze of a user based on biometric information, and based on detecting that the point of gaze is away from the region, automatically stopping the displaying by the processor at a time point corresponding to a current component, and determining a previous component of the textual data displayed at a previous time point. The method further includes, based on detecting that the point of gaze has returned to the region, commencing by the processor the displaying at the previous component and continuing to display successive components of the textual data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eli M. Dow, Thomas D. Fitzsimmons, Emily M. Metruck, Charles J. Stocker, IV
  • Patent number: 10139622
    Abstract: A HUD device mounted on a moving body that projects an image on a projection member to virtually display the image includes a projector, a reflector mirror, a stepper motor, a reduction gear mechanism that reduces rotation which is output from the stepper motor and transmitted to the reflector mirror, and a controller that calculates a control step angle for the stepper motor. The controller, when an output direction of the motor according to the control instruction at this determination is the opposite direction as a direction of the rotation of the last time, adds a reverse step angle of the opposite direction, which is equal to or greater than a sum of a reference step angle and a backlash angle of the reduction gear mechanism, to the control step angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tatsuya Sasaki
  • Patent number: 10140695
    Abstract: A head-mounted display (HMD) that includes a high resolution (HR) inset display and a peripheral display. The HR inset display is configured to display an inset region that includes a portion of an image at a first resolution that corresponds to a resolution of a fovea region of a human eye. The peripheral display displays a background region, the background region having a second resolution that is less than the first resolution, the second resolution corresponding to a resolution of a non-fovea region of the human eye. The HMD includes an optics block that combines the inset region and the background region to create composite content at retinal resolution, and direct the composite content to an exit pupil of the HMD corresponding to a location of an eye of a user of the HMD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Austin Wilson, Douglas Robert Lanman, Nicholas Daniel Trail, Scott Charles McEldowney, Stephen James McNally, Yusufu Njoni Bamaxam Sulai
  • Patent number: 10133358
    Abstract: An example system is described that includes a head-mountable device (HMD) with a bone conduction transducer that transmits an audio signal and an inertial measurement unit (IMU) sensor connected to the bone conduction transducer. The IMU sensor detects movement of the HMD due to vibrations of the bone conduction transducer transmitting the audio signal and the IMU sensor provides outputs. The system also includes one or more processors that receive the outputs of the IMU sensor and compare the outputs of the IMU sensor with at least one reference signal. The at least one reference signal is based on the audio signal that is transmitted. The one or more processors output an HMD fitting parameter based on the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Zhe Chen, David Sparks
  • Patent number: 10133342
    Abstract: Methods, systems, computer-readable media, and apparatuses for selecting an Augmented Reality (AR) object on a head mounted device (HMD) are presented. In some embodiments, an HMD may define a Region-of-Interest (ROI) based on a gesture formed by at least one hand of a user. Subsequently the HMD may display to the user a shape on the HMD. In at least one arrangement, the shape outlines the ROI. Additionally, the HMD may display to the user a plurality of AR objects, each of the plurality of AR objects being associated with a target inside the ROI. Furthermore, the HMD may reduce the size of the ROI based on a first movement of the at least one hand of the user to form a reduced-sized ROI. In at least one arrangement, the reduced-sized ROI is used to select a specific AR object from the plurality of AR objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Arpit Mittal, Giuliano Maciocci, Michael L. Tunmer, Paul Mabbutt
  • Patent number: 10131276
    Abstract: A vehicle sightline guidance apparatus includes a display member displaying an image on either one one a see-through windshield and screen that allow a vehicle occupant to visually recognize outside of a vehicle; a scenery-information acquiring unit acquiring scenery information visually recognized by the occupant from inside the vehicle; and a perspective-position specifying unit specifying a perspective position, which is a position on the windshield or screen that a sightline passes when the occupant visually recognizes a predicted path of the vehicle or a position where left and right edges of the predicted path are projected, based on the scenery information. Based on the perspective position, the display member displays two reference marks on the windshield or screen such that the marks are separated from each other by a distance equivalent to a vehicle width or larger and appear to be aligned with the left and right edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Isamu Nagasawa, Keiji Asai
  • Patent number: 10133305
    Abstract: A detachable head-mounted-display cushion may include a cushion layer having a user-side surface dimensioned to abut a facial portion of a user and a display-side surface dimensioned to abut a mounting surface of a facial-interface system for a head-mounted display. The detachable head-mounted-display cushion may also include a magnetic-coupling mechanism configured to removably attach the cushion layer to the mounting surface of the facial-interface system. A corresponding head-mounted-display system may include a head-mounted display, a facial-interface mounting member for the head-mounted display, a cushion layer abutting the facial-interface mounting member, and a magnetic-coupling mechanism removably attaching the cushion layer to the facial-interface mounting member. A method may include positioning a cushion layer abutting a facial-interface mounting member for a head-mounted display and removably attaching the cushion layer to the facial-interface mounting member with a magnetic-coupling mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Oculus VR, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Patrick Sullivan, Shane Michael Ellis
  • Patent number: 10134112
    Abstract: A system for displaying information from a mobile computer in a vehicle is provided. The system is comprised of a screen, means for projecting images from the mobile computer onto the screen, means to determine a driver of the vehicle's position with respect to the vehicle, and means to adjust the orientation of the images on the screen based upon the position of the driver. The screen is transparent and is mounted on the vehicle. The screen is viewable from inside the vehicle and from outside the vehicle. The system is configured to reverse the orientation of the images on the screen based upon the driver being in front of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventor: B. Frank Ventress, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10136121
    Abstract: A system, method and software for producing a virtual scene to be viewed on an electronic display. A virtual reference plane is defined. The reference plane has peripheral boundaries. A virtual object is positioned above the reference plane in the virtual scene. Stereoscopic camera viewpoints are calculated that enable the virtual object to be imaged with the reference plane within the peripheral boundaries of the reference plane. The virtual object is digitally altered before and/or after being stereoscopically imaged. The altering includes bending, tapering or tilting a portion of the virtual object, and/or tilting a portion of the reference plane. A common set of boundaries are set for a superimposed image to create a final image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Maxx Media Group, LLC
    Inventors: Richard S. Freeman, Scott A. Hollinger
  • Patent number: 10133066
    Abstract: A head-up display apparatus includes an image display surface that displays a color image by multiple pixels, each of the pixels being divided into sub-pixels. The color image displayed on the image display surface is projected to a transparent plate member provided in front of a driver seat, and the color image is displayed superimposed to a forward scenery of the transparent plate member. The image display surface includes a first region including a center position, and a second region other than the first region. Each of the pixels in the first region includes a sub-pixel displaying red, a sub-pixel displaying green, and a sub-pixel displaying blue. Each of the pixels in the second region includes multiple sub-pixels including a sub-pixel displaying color having a color phase biased to at least one direction of a red direction, a green direction, and a blue direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ryo Yamaoka
  • Patent number: 10118489
    Abstract: This head-up display device according to an embodiment of the present invention is mounted on an instrument panel of a vehicle. A display means that emits display light is contained in a chassis having a light transmissive cover having a curved surface, and the display light emitted by the display means is output from the light transmissive cover. The curved surface of the light transmissive cover is curved so that the side on the front side of the vehicle is lower than the side on the back side of the vehicle, and that the curved surface is inclined toward the left-right direction of the vehicle so that a corner of the curved surface is lowest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Nippon Seiki Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Genichiro Sato, Takanori Shigeno, Hiroyuki Furusawa
  • Patent number: 10123434
    Abstract: A head mounted display device is provided. The head mounted display device includes a main frame including a lens, a front case including a seating area in which an electronic device is seated, a peripheral area that surrounds at least a portion of a periphery of the electronic device, a connector holder that is horizontally movable from one side of the peripheral area and that is electrically connected to a connection port of the electronic device while surrounding at least a portion of one side of the electronic device when the electronic device is mounted, and a fixing holder that is horizontally movable from one side of the peripheral area and that surrounds a portion of an opposite side surface of the electronic device when the electronic device is mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Suk Jin Yun, Tae Seuk Kang, Dong Hyun Byun, Sang Jin Wang, Min Hwa Jeong, Jin Hyeok Heo, Ji Seong Hwang, Min Woo Yoo
  • Patent number: 10120646
    Abstract: A detachable adjustable electronics module may be removably or permanently connected to eyewear. The module may include electronics for processing audio and/or video input and/or output signals. The module may be provided with an adjustable arm, for adjustably carrying a speaker. The module and/or the speaker may be adjusted relative to the wearer in any of the anterior-posterior direction, the inferior-superior direction and laterally. Rotation adjustments may also be accomplished. Eyewear may be provided with only a single module, on a single side, or with two modules, one on each side, such as to provide stereo audio or dual mono sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Oakley, Inc.
    Inventors: James H. Jannard, Carlos D. Reyes
  • Patent number: 10120169
    Abstract: A variable-power optical system includes, in order from an object, an objective optical system (O), a relay optical system (R), and an eyepiece optical system (E), wherein the relay optical system is provided with, in order from the object, a first lens group (G1) having positive refractive power, a second lens group (G2) having positive refractive power, and a third lens group (G3) having positive refractive power, and is an optical system in which an image formed by the objective optical system with variable optical power, and the variable-power optical system is configured so as to satisfy expressions: 0.7<|?|min<1.4, and 12 (mm)<fmin<15 (mm), where |?|min denotes a minimum of absolute value of imaging magnification of the relay optical system, and fmin denotes a shortest focal length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: NIKON VISION CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yosuke Miyazaki
  • Patent number: 10120337
    Abstract: Examples are disclosed herein relating to an adjustable scanning system configured to adjust light from an illumination source on a per-pixel basis. One example provides an optical system including an array of light sources, a holographic light processing stage comprising, for each light source in the array, one or more holograms configured to receive light from the light source and diffract the light, the one or more holograms being selective for a property of the light that varies based upon the light source from which the light is received, and a scanning optical element configured to receive and scan the light from the holographic light processing stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Maimone, Joel S. Kollin, Joshua Owen Miller
  • Patent number: 10114222
    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: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: THALMIC LABS INC.
    Inventors: Stefan Alexander, Jake Chapeskie, Lloyd Frederick Holland, Thomas Mahon
  • Patent number: 10108258
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention describe apparatuses, systems and methods for capturing, selecting and analyzing image data of a user of a computing device display from multiple viewpoints. Embodiments of the invention capture or receive data comprising a plurality of images from an image capture system, wherein the plurality of images comprises images of a user of a computing system from multiple viewpoints. A gaze direction of the user with respect to the display is determined based, at least in part, on the plurality of images. Embodiments further determine a target area on the computing device display based, at least in part, on the determined gaze direction of the user, and execute an application operation in response to determining the target area of the user's gaze.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Arvind Sundaram, Gangatharan Jothiswaran
  • 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