Operator Body-mounted Heads-up Display (e.g., Helmet Mounted Display) Patents (Class 345/8)
  • Patent number: 9841812
    Abstract: According to an illustrative embodiment, an information processing device is provided. The information processing device includes at least one electrode configured to generate at least one signal related to eye blinking of a subject; and a processing circuit configured to receive the at least one signal and detect eye blinking of the subject based on the at least one signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yuji Kitazawa, Seiji Wada, Kota Aizawa, Yutaka Fukuyama
  • Patent number: 9841563
    Abstract: A light field display device comprising at least one multiplexed light field display module, the multiplexed light field display module comprising a view image generator, a waveguide, and a set of shutters spatially distributed along the waveguide, the view image generator optically coupled to the waveguide, the waveguide optically coupled to each shutter, the view image generator operable to generate a set of beams of light from one of a set of view images, the waveguide configured to transmit the set of beams along its length via internal reflection, each shutter operable to be switched between a closed state and an open state, the closed state of the shutter configured to prevent the beams from escaping the waveguide, the open state of the shutter configured to allow the beams to escape the waveguide, the module operable to generate, over time, the set of beams from a different one of the set of view images, and to open, over time, a different subset of the set of shutters, thereby to allow the set of beam
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Inventor: Paul Lapstun
  • Patent number: 9841599
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention relate to methods and systems for providing a high transmission see-through view of the environment while trapping escaping light from the display system. In embodiments, a camera system is also provided that is aligned with the display system to provide images of the environment in a viewing direction of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Osterhout Group, Inc.
    Inventor: John N. Border
  • Patent number: 9844119
    Abstract: A head mounted device includes a helmet, an ambient light sensor, a pupil dimension sensor, a lighting element, and a dynamic lighting system. The ambient light sensor is disposed in an outside surface of the helmet and measures ambient light outside the helmet. The pupil dimension sensor is disposed in a housing of the helmet and measures a size of a pupil of a wearer of the helmet. The lighting element is disposed in the outside surface of the helmet. The dynamic lighting system controls the lighting element and adjusts an intensity of the lighting element based on the ambient light and the pupil size of the wearer of the helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: DAQRI, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Mullins, Matthew Kammerait
  • Patent number: 9842562
    Abstract: A method, an apparatus, and a computer program product for modulating optics in a display are provided. An apparatus forms a plurality of zone plates in a liquid crystal using electric fields. Each zone plate has a center, and the centers are aligned along a first axis of the display. The apparatus moves the plurality of zone plates in a first direction along a second axis of the display different from the first axis of the display, while maintaining alignment of the centers of the plurality of zone plates along the first axis. Such movement is provided through repositioning of electric fields through the liquid crystal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: John H. Hong, Jian J. Ma, Chong U. Lee, Tallis Y. Chang, Jay C. Yun, Robert Sean Daley, Frederick D. Kim
  • Patent number: 9836117
    Abstract: A “Tactile Autonomous Drone” (TAD) (e.g., flying drones, mobile robots, etc.) supplies real-time tactile feedback to users immersed in virtual reality (VR) environments. TADs are not rendered into the VR environment, and are therefore not visible to users immersed in the VR environment. In various implementations, one or more TADs track users as they move through a real-world space while immersed in the VR environment. One or more TADs apply tracking information to autonomously position themselves, or one or more physical surfaces or objects carried by the TADs, in a way that enables physical contact between those surfaces or objects and one or more portions of the user's body. Further, this positioning of surfaces or objects corresponds to some real-time virtual event, virtual object, virtual character, virtual avatar of another user, etc., in the VR environment to provide real-time tactile feedback to users immersed in the VR environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Lior Shapira
  • Patent number: 9839166
    Abstract: An electronic device having a heat radiator and a method for controlling the electronic device are provided. The electronic device includes a frame including at least one optical assembly and a structure configured to receive a portable electronic device including a display, wherein an image is on the display can be seen through the at least one optical assembly when the portable electronic device is in the structure, a wearing member connected to the frame and configured to be worn together with the frame on the head of a user, and a heat radiator configured to remove heat from a space between the display and the optical assembly to outside the electronic device when the portable electronic device is received in the structure and is turned on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tae-Yang Kim, Jae-Ho Chung, Young-Jun Choi, Eun-Sun Hwang, Dong-Hyun Byun, Sang-Jin Wang, Suk-Jin Yun, Jae-Ho Lee, Jong-Chul Choi
  • Patent number: 9835878
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a wearable eyeglass device including: an optical communication module receiving a first optical signal and transmitting a second optical signal; a display module displaying information corresponding to at least one of the first and second optical signals; and a control module controlling the display module to display first information corresponding to the first optical signal at the time of receiving the first optical signal and controlling the optical communication module to transmit the second optical signal corresponding to second information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Dong-Woo Lee, Hyung-Cheol Shin, Ga-Gue Kim, Sung-Yong Shin, Gi-Su Heo, Yong-Ki Son, Hyun-Tae Jeong
  • Patent number: 9828261
    Abstract: A liquid treatment unit includes: a treatment tank provided with an inlet and an outlet, the treatment tank having a shape that allows a portion of liquid to be retained; a controller that controls supply of liquid into the treatment tank and ejection of liquid from the treatment tank; and a plasma generator generates plasma in the liquid inside the treatment tank. The plasma generator generates plasma while the controller stops supply of liquid and ejection of liquid. After the liquid has been treated, the controller resumes the supply of liquid, and causes the liquid to be ejected from the treatment tank while allowing a portion of the treated liquid to be retained inside the treatment tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mari Onodera, Masaki Fujikane, Shin-ichi Imai
  • Patent number: 9826803
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an article of jewelry, preferably a necklace with a hologram. The disclosed apparatus is provided with a hologram to display various things within the necklace and make it appear more stylish and enhancing the decorative appeal. The disclosed apparatus is capable of interacting with the multimedia devices like phone and can connect with them to display images and other things present in them via hologram in the necklace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventor: Dawan Anderson
  • Patent number: 9830071
    Abstract: Example method and systems for text-entry are disclosed. A method may involve displaying a user interface comprising a character line, the character line comprising a plurality of characters in a substantially linear arrangement. The method may then involve receiving a first input via a touch-sensitive input device, wherein the first input comprises a detected movement on a first portion of the touch-sensitive input device. Further, the method may involve, in response to receiving the first input, displaying an indication of a selected character. The method may then involve receiving a second input via the touch-sensitive input device, wherein the second input comprises a detected movement from the first portion to a second portion of the touch-sensitive input device and back to the first portion. The method may then involve displaying the selected character in a text-entry area of the user interface that is separate from the character line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Nirmal Patel, Thad Eugene Starner
  • Patent number: 9829705
    Abstract: A head-up display including a display screen including an array of display pixels arranged in rows and in columns, where the display screen is pivoted, around an axis perpendicular to the screen, by an inclination angle between 10 and 80 degrees, with respect to the position of the display screen for which a group of adjacent activated display pixels of a same row appears to an observer as being directed along the horizontal or vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Commissariat À L'Énergie Atomique et aux Énergies Alternatives
    Inventors: Umberto Rossini, Henri Doyeux, Denis Sarrasin
  • Patent number: 9823779
    Abstract: This invention discloses a method and device for controlling a touch screen, including: determining that that the touch screen is working in a track mode; when a finger is sliding on the touch screen, obtaining a sliding track of the finger and displaying the sliding track on both the terminal device and the head-mounted display device synchronously, wherein the sliding track is used to locate the position of the finger on the touch screen; when a switching condition is satisfied, switching the touch screen from the track mode to a trigger mode; and when an operation instruction to the touch screen is detected, triggering the touch screen to perform the corresponding function in accordance with the operation instruction. Compared with existing technologies, the method and device provided by this invention have a higher control precision of the touch screen, do not need to add additional hardware and thus reduce the cost invested.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: QINGDAO GOERTEK TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Xiangjun Zhang
  • Patent number: 9823474
    Abstract: A system (100), apparatus (110), and method (900) for displaying an image (880). The system (100) can use an aspherical lens (450) to direct light (800) in the interim image (850) towards the viewer (96) of the final image (880) displayed by the system (100). Use of the aspherical lens (450) expands the FOV (860) accessible to the viewer (96) and reduces exit pupil drift (480).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: AVEGANT CORP.
    Inventors: Allan Thomas Evans, D. Scott Dewald
  • Patent number: 9817235
    Abstract: The present invention proposes a method and apparatus for prompting based on smart glasses. The method comprises: acquiring current scenario information; determining prompt information corresponding to the current scenario information according to a preconfigured information base, the information base storing at least one kind of scenario information and prompt information corresponding to each kind of scenario information; and displaying the prompt information by means of the smart glasses. The method can facilitate the acquisition of prompt information corresponding to a scenario by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: BAIDU ONLINE NETWORK TECHNOLOGY (BEIJING) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Errui Ding, Zhongqin Wu
  • Patent number: 9817476
    Abstract: An augmented reality device includes a frame assembly including a nose piece and a pair of temple pads configured to accommodate a plurality of fit points of a user. A set of mountings on the frame assembly is configured to mount to the frame assembly any of a plurality of different see-through display modules having different exit pupil distances. A see-through display module is coupled to the frame assembly via the set of mountings. The see-through display module is selected from among the plurality of different see-through display modules to match an exit pupil distance of the see-through display module to an inter-pupillary distance of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Joel Jacobs, Nicolas Denhez, Paul Bosveld
  • Patent number: 9817170
    Abstract: A display apparatus and an electronic device are described. The display apparatus includes a display component configured to output displaying light corresponding to a first image and a light path converting component configured to perform light path conversion on the displaying light. The light path converting component unit includes a collimating unit and a waveguide unit. The collimating unit is configured to collimate the displaying light into collimated light, and lead the collimated light into the waveguide unit. The waveguide unit is configured to exit the collimated light to form a virtual image at a predetermined position, with a size of the virtual image being greater than a display size of the display component. An image acquiring component is configured to receive photographing light from external side of the display apparatus via at least part of the waveguide unit to obtain a second image corresponding to the photographing light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: LENOVO (BEIJING) CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Bingchuan Sun
  • Patent number: 9811184
    Abstract: The present invention concerns virtual reality viewers for use with touchscreen enabled mobile devices. The virtual reality viewer comprises: a housing configured to receive a mobile electronic device within an interior of the housing; and an input mechanism that is accessible from an exterior of the housing and that is moveable within the interior between a first position and an extended position, wherein a surface of the input mechanism is configured to contact the touch-screen of the mobile electronic device when in the extended position. The disclosed systems and methods facilitate receiving user inputs on the exterior of the housing and providing the user inputs to the touchscreen within the housing using the electro-mechanical input mechanism. Accordingly, the viewer can be used with a variety of smartphones without requiring magnetic switches or a wireless/cable connection between the input device and the smartphone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: DODOcase, Inc.
    Inventor: Patrick Buckley
  • Patent number: 9805512
    Abstract: A virtual reality (VR) headset calibration system calibrates a VR headset, which includes a plurality of locators and an inertial measurement unit (IMU) generating output signals indicative of motion of the VR headset. The system comprises a calibration controller configured to receive a headset model of the VR headset that identifies expected positions of each of the locators. The controller controls cameras to capture images of the VR headset while the headset is moved along a predetermined path. The images detect actual positions of the locators during the movement along the predetermined path. Calibration parameters for the locators are generated based on differences between the actual positions and the expected positions. Calibration parameters for the IMU are generated based on the calibration parameters for the locators and differences between expected and actual signals output by the IMU. The calibration parameters are stored to the VR headset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Oculus VR, LLC
    Inventors: Dov Katz, Jennifer Leigh Dolson, Simon Hallam, Kieran Tobias Levin, Eric Loren Vaughan, Klas Petter Ivmark, Andrew Melim
  • Patent number: 9805527
    Abstract: An on-board computing system for determining an opportune time to log data into a first memory. A sensor system collects data of a vehicle's environment. A controller of the on-board computing system logs the data to a first memory when it determines an opportune time to log data to the first memory. The controller holds data in a second memory if it determines it is not an opportune time to log data into the first memory. The controller resumes logging data to the first memory when an opportune time presents itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignees: Volkswagen AG, Audi AG
    Inventor: Somudro Gupta
  • Patent number: 9798143
    Abstract: A transmission type head mounted display includes an image display unit that displays an image and through which external scenery is transmitted, a position information acquisition unit that acquires position information of the head mounted display, a determination information acquisition unit that acquires determination information used to determine whether or not an image to be displayed on the image display unit will be displayed, an information transmission and reception unit that receives display information which is correlated with the acquired position information and includes determination information correspondence information, and a display image control unit that displays an image as the determination information correspondence information which is correlated with the acquired determination information and is included in the received display information on the image display unit in a case where the determination information is acquired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yutaka Fujimaki, Masahide Takano
  • Patent number: 9794684
    Abstract: A head-mounted display device includes an image display unit which displays an image. The head-mounted display device includes: a microphone unit including an audio input unit which converts a sound into an electrical signal and capable of switching a position of the audio input unit between a plurality of positions; a position determination unit which determines which position of the plurality of positions the audio input unit is located at; and a mode switching control unit which switches an operation of the audio input unit and a display mode of the image display unit, respectively, on the basis of the determined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Kaori Sendai, Masahide Takano
  • Patent number: 9791957
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods, devices, and systems that may enable a touch-based interface to receive dynamic user inputs based on pressure. An exemplary method may involve: (a) detecting a touch interaction including an increase in pressure greater than a first threshold pressure-increase followed by a reduction in pressure greater than a threshold pressure-reduction; and (b) responsive to detecting the touch interaction, initiating an operation based on a region of the touch-based interface that corresponds to the touch interaction, wherein the operation is associated with the touch interaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: X Development LLC
    Inventors: Eric Teller, Claes-Fredrik Mannby, Martin T. King, Kevin Anthony Furr
  • Patent number: 9784975
    Abstract: A display device includes an image display section that transmits an outside scene and displays an image to be visually recognizable together with the outside scene. A control section acquires depth data concerning a direction visually recognizable through the image display section and controls the image display section on the basis of the acquired depth data. According to the control, the control section changes visibility of the outside scene visually recognized through the image display section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Naoto Aruga
  • Patent number: 9785235
    Abstract: It is determined whether a driver is gazing at a gaze target object in the eye gaze direction, and the eye gaze of the driver is guided by changing a display mode of the gaze target object determined to be gazed at by the driver. Calibration of eye gaze direction detection information is accurately and promptly executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Asako Shigeta, Takahisa Aoyagi, Tetsuji Haga
  • Patent number: 9779700
    Abstract: To provide a head-mounted display and an information display apparatus that match the intuition of the user and are excellent in operability. A head-mounted display according to an embodiment of the present technology includes a reception unit, an image display element, and a display processing unit. The reception unit receives an operation signal including information on a relative position of a detection target in contact with an input operation surface, which is output from the input device. The image display element forms an image V1 presented to a user. The display processing unit causes, based on the operation signal, the image display element to display an operation image V10 with an auxiliary image P indicating a position of the detection target being overlapped on the image V1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Tsubasa Tsukahara, Masatoshi Ueno, Kenichi Kabasawa, Shinobu Kuriya, Tetsuro Goto, Hisako Sugano, Daisuke Kawakami, Toshiyuki Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 9778749
    Abstract: This document describes techniques and devices for occluded gesture recognition. Through use of the techniques and devices described herein, users may control their devices even when a user's gesture is occluded by some material between the user's hands and the device itself. Thus, the techniques enable users to control their mobile devices in many situations in which control is desired but conventional techniques do permit effective control, such as when a user's mobile computing device is occluded by being in a purse, bag, pocket, or even in another room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Ivan Poupyrev
  • Patent number: 9778738
    Abstract: Disclosed is an operation display system, including: an operation display device including a display unit to display an operation window; an operating unit to receive an operation to the operation window; and a display control unit to change the operation window in accordance with the operation received by using the operating unit; an air operation detecting unit to detect an air operation performed by one user in air apart from the display unit; a virtual operation window creating unit to create a virtual operation window in which the operation window is changed in accordance with the air operation; and an AR display unit to show the one user an augmented reality space in which the virtual operation window is synthesized with a real space, wherein the display control unit does not change the operation window displayed on the display unit, in accordance with the air operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Yasuaki Sugimoto, Tsutomu Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 9779478
    Abstract: A head-mounted display (HMD) divides an image into a high resolution (HR) inset portion at a first resolution, a peripheral portion, and a transitional portion. The peripheral portion is downsampled to a second resolution that is less than the first resolution. The transitional portion is blended such that there is a smooth change in resolution that corresponds to a change in resolution between a fovea region and a non-fovea region of a retina. An inset region is generated using the HR inset portion and the blended transitional portion, and a background region is generated using the downsampled peripheral portion. The inset region is provided to a HR inset display, and the background region is provided to a peripheral display. An optics block combines the displayed inset region with the displayed background region to generate composite content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Oculus VR, LLC
    Inventors: Austin Wilson, Douglas Robert Lanman, Nicholas Daniel Trail, Scott Charles McEldowney, Stephen James McNally, Yusufu Njoni Bamaxam Sulai
  • Patent number: 9776084
    Abstract: A virtual-reality system includes a head-mounted display, a camera mounted on and protruding from a surface of the head-mounted display, and a compressible shock mount mounting the camera on the surface. The shock mount is to retract the camera towards the head-mounted display when compressed. The shock mount protects the camera from damage when the head-mounted display is dropped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: OCULUS VR, LLC
    Inventors: Boyd Drew Allin, Robin Michael Miller, Jared I. Drinkwater
  • Patent number: 9766453
    Abstract: A display apparatus includes: a glass-type frame mounted to a head of an observer; and two image displaying devices for the left and right eyes that are attached to the frame. Each of the image displaying devices includes an image forming device, an optical system making light from the image forming device to be parallel light, and an optical device to which the light from the optical system is incident, and in which the light is guided so as to be output, at least one of the image displaying devices further includes a movement device relatively moving optical axes of the image forming device and the optical system in a horizontal direction, and a convergence angle is adjusted by relatively moving the optical axes of the image forming device and the optical system in the horizontal direction using the movement device depending on an observation position of an observer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroshi Mukawa
  • Patent number: 9766482
    Abstract: A head-wearable device includes a center support extending in generally lateral directions, a first side arm extending from a first end of the center frame support and a second side arm extending from a second end of the center support. The device may further include a nosebridge that is removably coupled to the center frame support. The device may also include a lens assembly that is removably coupled to the center support or the nosebridge. The lens assembly may have a single lens, or a multi-lens arrangement configured to cooperate with display to correct for a user's ocular disease or disorder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Michael Cazalet, Joseph John Hebenstreit, Matthew Wyatt Martin, Maj Isabelle Olsson, Mitchell Joseph Heinrich, Hayes Solos Raffle, Eliot Kim
  • Patent number: 9767608
    Abstract: An augmented reality image display system may be implemented together with a surgical robot system. The surgical robot system may include a slave system performing a surgical operation, a master system controlling the surgical operation of the slave system, an imaging system generating a virtual image of the inside of a patient's body, and an augmented reality image display system including a camera capturing a real image having a plurality of markers attached to the patient's body or a human body model. The augmented reality image system may include an augmented reality image generator which detects the plurality of markers in the real image, estimates the position and gaze direction of the camera using the detected markers, and generates an augmented reality image by overlaying a region of the virtual image over the real image, and a display which displays the augmented reality image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hee Kuk Lee, Won Jun Hwang, Kyung Shik Roh, Jung Yun Choi
  • Patent number: 9767609
    Abstract: Embodiments are disclosed that relate to determining a pose of a device. One disclosed embodiment provides a method comprising receiving sensor information from one or more sensors of the device, and selecting a motion-family model from a plurality of different motion-family models based on the sensor information. The method further comprises providing the sensor information to the selected motion-family model and outputting an estimated pose of the device according to the selected motion-family model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Ethan Eade, Michael John Ebstyne, Frederick Schaffalitzky, Drew Steedly
  • Patent number: 9759918
    Abstract: Embodiments related to mapping an environment of a machine-vision system are disclosed. For example, one disclosed method includes acquiring image data resolving one or more reference features of an environment and computing a parameter value based on the image data, wherein the parameter value is responsive to physical deformation of the machine-vision system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Michael John Ebstyne, Frederik Schaffalitzky, Drew Steedly, Georg Klein, Ethan Eade, Michael Grabner
  • Patent number: 9759917
    Abstract: This disclosure concerns an interactive head-mounted eyepiece with an integrated processor for handling content for display and an integrated image source for introducing the content to an optical assembly through which the user views a surrounding environment and the displayed content, wherein the eyepiece includes event and sensor triggered interface to external devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Ralph F. Osterhout, John D. Haddick, Robert Michael Lohse, Charles Cella, Robert J. Nortrup, Edward H. Nortrup
  • Patent number: 9759919
    Abstract: A display includes a projector configured to provide light of a virtual image, a waveguide into which the light of the virtual image is injected at an injection angle by the projector, and a combiner disposed along the waveguide and configured to redirect the light of the virtual image. The waveguide is configured to emit the light at a point established by the injection angle. The combiner is further configured to allow ambient light from beyond the waveguide to pass through the combiner. The waveguide constrains the light of the virtual image through total internal reflection along a curved path for the light between the projector and the combiner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Adrian Travis, Joel S. Kollin, Andreas Georgiou
  • Patent number: 9746675
    Abstract: A head-mounted display device is disclosed, which includes an at least partially see-through display, a processor configured to detect a physical feature, generate an alignment hologram based on the physical feature, determine a view of the alignment hologram based on a default view matrix for a first eye of a user of the head-mounted display device, display the view of the alignment hologram to the first eye of the user on the at least partially see-through display, output an instruction to the user to enter an adjustment input to visually align the alignment hologram with the physical feature, determine a calibrated view matrix based on the default view matrix and the adjustment input, and adjust a view matrix setting of the head-mounted display device based on the calibrated view matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Quentin Simon Charles Miller, Drew Steedly, Denis Demandolx, Youding Zhu, Qi Kuan Zhou, Todd Michael Lyon
  • Patent number: 9746671
    Abstract: A head mounted display (HMD) apparatus including a head posture information sensor for sensing a value of a head posture information and a display for displaying an image in a display area. An information terminal (IT) including an IT-side sensor for sensing a value of an IT-side information. In a first control mode the IT transmits a first control mode information to the HMD apparatus, wherein the first control mode information is determined based on a received first value of the head posture information and the value of the IT-side information, and the HMD apparatus sets the image to be displayed based on the first control mode information. In a second control mode, the HMD apparatus sets the image to be displayed based on a second value of the head posture information. Methods and information storage devices storing programs for controlling the HMD apparatus and IT are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hayato Fujigaki
  • Patent number: 9741175
    Abstract: A display apparatus assembly including: a display apparatus; and a speed measuring device that measures a movement speed of the display apparatus, wherein the display apparatus includes a glass-type frame that is mounted on a head of an observer and two image displaying devices for left and right eyes that are mounted in the frame, each of the image displaying devices includes an image forming device, an optical system that forms light output from the image forming device to be parallel light, and an optical device to which light output from the optical system is incident and in which the light is guided so as to be output, and a convergence angle is changed based on the movement speed of the display apparatus that is measured by the speed measuring device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroshi Mukawa
  • Patent number: 9740023
    Abstract: A wearable device is disclosed according to one embodiment. The wearable device can include an eyewear body, onboard electronic components, a thermal coupling and a heat transfer device. The eyewear body can be configured for wearing by a user to hold one or more optical elements mounted on the eyewear body within a field of view of the user. The onboard electronic components can be carried by the eyewear body at a first portion of the eyewear body and can comprise a heat source that generates heat during electrically powered operation thereof. The thermal coupling can be thermally coupled to the heat transfer device at a second portion of the eyewear body. The elongate heat transfer device can be disposed within the eyewear body and can be thermally coupled to the heat source and the thermal coupling. The heat transfer device can extend lengthwise between the heat source and the thermal coupling to transfer heat from the heat source to the thermal coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Inventor: Andrea Ashwood
  • Patent number: 9733480
    Abstract: A head-mounted display device is provided. The head-mounted display device includes: a frame having one surface formed to face a user's face; a wearing part formed to be coupled to at least a part of the frame so as to allow the frame to be fixed to the face; a mounting part formed in a cavity structure so that an external electronic device is capable of being mounted on the other surface of the frame; and one or more fastening parts that fix the external electronic device to the mounting part, wherein the fastening parts has an inclined opening angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jongsun Baek, Sukjin Yun, Sangjin Wang, Jiseong Hwang, Donghyeon Kim, Youngjin Yi, Jongchul Choi
  • Patent number: 9733701
    Abstract: The present invention provides a display apparatus and a display method for realizing control for display operations by a user precisely reflecting the user's status, i.e., the user's intentions, visual state and physical conditions. Worn as an eyeglass-like or head-mount wearable unit for example, the display apparatus of the present invention enables the user to recognize visibly various images on the display unit positioned in front of the user's eyes thereby providing the picked up images, reproduced images, and received images. As control for various display operations such as switching between the display state and the see-through state, display operation mode and selecting sources, the display apparatus of the present invention acquires information about either behavior or physical status of the user, and determines either intention or status of the user in accordance with the acquired information, thereby controlling the display operation appropriately on the basis of the determination result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yoichiro Sako, Masaaki Tsuruta, Taiji Ito, Masamichi Asukai
  • Patent number: 9733481
    Abstract: An immersive headset device is provided that includes a display portion and a body portion. The display portion may include microdisplays having a compact size. The microdisplays may be movable (e.g., rotational) relative to the body portion and can be moved (e.g., rotated) between a flipped-up position and a flipped-down position. In some instances, when the microdisplays are flipped up, the headset provides an augmented reality (AR) mode to a user, and when the microdisplays are flipped down, the headset provide a virtual reality (VR) mode to the user. In certain implementations, the headset includes an electronics source module to provide power and/or signal to the microdisplays. The electronics source module can be attached to a rear of the body portion in order to provide advantageous weight distribution about the head of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: eMagin Corporation
    Inventors: Jerome T. Carollo, Amal Ghosh, John Chi-Liang Ho, Andrew Thomas Manning Rosen
  • Patent number: 9726889
    Abstract: An apparatus having a mounting system and a helmet mounted display. The mounting system including a mounting plate and a mounting rocker. The helmet mounted display including a housing; latching tabs; an optical element having a combiner surface; at least one processor; and at least one memory including software, the at least one memory and software configured to, with the at least one processor, cause the apparatus at least to display heads up information on the combiner surface. The optical element is housed within a second portion of the housing being hingedly attached to the first portion of the housing. The apparatus is configured such that the combiner surface is positionable within the field of view of a wearer of the helmet. Related assemblies and methods are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: NUVIZ, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathaniel Philip Gallery, Malte Laass, Brian Ballard, Wonjae Kim, Nicholas Pennycooke, Jeff Jenkins, William Bleha, Jr., Jari Niemela
  • Patent number: 9729774
    Abstract: An imaging device includes a first imaging optical system; a first imaging unit that converts an optical image of a subject formed via the first imaging optical system into an electrical signal and produces an image signal of a first imaged image; a second imaging optical system; a second imaging unit that converts an optical image of the subject formed via a second imaging optical system into an electrical signal and produces an image signal of a second imaged image; and a control unit that independently control the first imaging optical system and the second imaging optical system and performs individually a focus adjustment of the first imaged image and the second imaged image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hitoshi Ueda
  • Patent number: 9728163
    Abstract: An electronic device and an operation mode switching method thereof are described. The operation mode switching method is applied to an electronic device that includes a display unit, and the electronic device has a first operation mode and a second operation mode. The display unit has a first light-transmittance in the first operation mode and a second light-transmittance in the second operation mode such that the first high light-transmittance is higher than the second light-transmittance. The method includes detecting to obtain a trigger event; judging whether or not the trigger event satisfies a predefined condition to get a judgment result and, when the judgment result indicates that the trigger event satisfies the predefined condition, generating a switching instruction, and according to the switching instruction, switching the electronic device between the first operation mode and the second operation mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: LENOVO (BEIJING) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wenchao Ma, Dayong Gan, Xinru Hou, Shifeng Peng
  • Patent number: 9726885
    Abstract: A preferred system and method for projecting a business information model at a construction site includes a network, a system administrator connected to the network, a database connected to the system administrator, a set of registration markers positioned in the construction site, and a set of user devices connected to the network. The system includes a hard hat, a set of headsets mounted to the hard hat, a set of display units movably connected to the set of headsets, a set of cameras connected to the set of headsets, and a wearable computer connected to the set of headsets and to the network. The cameras capture an image of the set of registration markers. A position of the user device is determined from the image and an orientation is determined from motion sensors. A BIM is downloaded and projected to a removable visor based on the position and orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Inventor: Timothy A. Cummings
  • Patent number: 9720257
    Abstract: An optical device detachably attached to a frame fixed to a user's head is provided. The optical device includes a body extending in one direction, a display extending in a direction intersecting the one direction, connected to the body, and disposed to be adjacent to the user's eye when fixed to the frame, so as to provide visual information, and a clip module protruding from the body and caught in one region of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jongbeom Han, Wonseok Joo, Minjong Lee, Dongseuck Ko, Dongchoon Kim, Haklim Lee, Jeunguk Ha
  • Patent number: 9720083
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, and computer-readable media are described herein related to using self-generated sounds for determining a worn state of a wearable computing device. A wearable computing device can transmit an audio signal. One or more sensors coupled to the wearable computing device may then receive a modified version of the audio signal. A comparison may be made between the modified version of the audio signal and at least one reference signal, where the at least one reference signal is based on the audio signal that is transmitted. Based on an output of the comparison, a determination can be made of whether the wearable computing device is being worn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Patrick Johnson, Carroll Philip Gossett