Operator Body-mounted Heads-up Display (e.g., Helmet Mounted Display) Patents (Class 345/8)
  • Patent number: 9720241
    Abstract: A method, includes pre-setting a geo-spatial location where content will be displayed to a user of a see-through head-worn display, establishing a region proximate the geo-spatial location; and causing a marker recognition system of the head-worn see-through display to activate when data indicates that the see-through head-worn display is within the region, wherein the marker recognition system monitors a surrounding environment to identify a marker that will act as a virtual anchor for the presentation of the content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Osterhout Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Ralph F. Osterhout, John D. Haddick, Robert Michael Lohse, John N. Border, Nima L. Shams
  • Patent number: 9715112
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention relate to suppression of stray light in head worn computing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Osterhout Group, Inc.
    Inventor: John N. Border
  • Patent number: 9705547
    Abstract: One or more sensors gather data, one or more processors analyze the data, and one or more indicators notify a user if the data represent an event that requires a response. One or more of the sensors and/or the indicators is a wearable device for wireless communication. Optionally, other components may be vehicle-mounted or deployed on-site. The components form an ad-hoc network enabling users to keep track of each other in challenging environments where traditional communication may be impossible, unreliable, or inadvisable. The sensors, processors, and indicators may be linked and activated manually or they may be linked and activated automatically when they come within a threshold proximity or when a user does a triggering action, such as exiting a vehicle. The processors distinguish extremely urgent events requiring an immediate response from less-urgent events that can wait longer for response, routing and timing the responses accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Deepak S. Vembar, Lenitra M. Durham, Glen J. Anderson, Cory J. Booth, Joshua Ekandem, Kathy Yuen, Giuseppe Raffa, John C. Weast
  • Patent number: 9696552
    Abstract: A system is disclosed including a mountable component configured with an attachment to allow the mountable component to be readily attached to and removed from an independent wearable garment, a positioning slide connected to the mountable component, a display mount connected to the positioning slide, a lens adjustment arm attached to the positioning slide, and a curved lens surface connected to the lens adjustment arm. The positioning slide is configured to move the lens and display mount in a back and forth direction and a left to right direction. Another system and method are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Patrick John Goergen, Richard Paul Boggs, Gregory A. Harrison, Hasan W. Schwandes, Danielle Holstine, Eric Sorokowsky, Cynthia M. Saelzer, Stockwell Haines, Brandon Berk
  • Patent number: 9696889
    Abstract: Provided is an electronic device, including: a display unit that displays, on one screen, a plurality of objects to be selected by a user; a line-of-sight detection unit that detects visually-recognized coordinates on the display unit to which the user's line-of-sight is directed; an object visually-recognized time period calculation unit that calculates a time period during which the visually-recognized coordinates detected by the line-of-sight detection unit fall within a range of the object; and a selection exclusion unit that excludes the object from candidates to be selected by the user if the time period calculated by the object visually-recognized time period calculation unit is longer than a time period threshold value and a frequency at which the object is selected is higher than a frequency threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Ryosuke Ogishi, Tsuyoshi Nitta, Minoru Takahashi, Masato Tanba
  • Patent number: 9690005
    Abstract: A metal detector of the disclosure includes a detection head, a supporting rod, and a headset. The supporting rod is connected with the detection head. A first control printed circuit board (PCB) is located inside the supporting rod, and is electrically connected to the detection head. The headset includes a second control PCB connected to the first control PCB by wireless communication, and a display electrically connected to the second control PCB. When an operator wears the headset, a visual direction of the operator keeps within a display range of the display. The detection head detects a metal signal, the first control PCB transmits the metal signal to the second control PCB by wireless communication. The second control PCB transforms the metal signal into a video signal transmitted to the display to display for the operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: SHENZHEN CHECKPOINT SECURITY ELECTRONICS CO., LTD
    Inventor: Mao Quan Deng
  • Patent number: 9691241
    Abstract: Methods and systems involving the orienting of video data based on the orientation of a display are described herein. An example system may be configured to (1) receive first video data, the first video data corresponding to a first orientation of the image-capture device; (2) send the first video data to a second computing device; (3) receive, from the second computing device, first orientation data indicating a requested orientation of the image-capture device; (4) cause a visual depiction of the requested orientation to be displayed on a graphical display; (5) receive second video data, the second video data corresponding to a second orientation of the image-capture device, where the second orientation is closer to the requested orientation than is the first orientation; and (6) send the second video data to the second computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Max Braun, Casey Kwok Ching Ho, Indika Charles Mendis
  • Patent number: 9685096
    Abstract: The present application generally relates to guidance systems configured to assist individuals in learning to play a piano. Specifically, the invention relates to a system for projecting animated guidance onto the keys of a standard piano, with such system being controlled by a computing device directing the speed, tempo, location and other aspects of displaying such guidance. Further embodiments of the invention also provide for the system projecting graphical images onto the keys of the piano to assist with note association.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Inventor: Fonglui Christopher Ng
  • Patent number: 9684335
    Abstract: A rotary device may include: a binding unit detachably coupled to a part of an external object and including a side surface defining a geometric plane and having a length through which a longitudinal axis extends; a stationary unit positioned adjacent to the side surface of the binding unit and formed integrally with or coupled to the binding unit; and a rotary unit coupled to the stationary unit, the rotary unit including a first end and a second end, the first and second ends being opposite one another, the first end being rotatably coupled to the stationary unit, wherein the rotary unit is rotatable between a first position where the rotary unit forms a first angle with respect to the longitudinal axis and a second position where the rotary unit forms a second angle with the respect to the longitudinal axis, wherein at the first position, the second end of the rotary unit is a first distance from the geometric plane, and wherein at the second position, the second end of the rotary unit is a second distance
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jonghae Kim, Youngsun Park
  • Patent number: 9685689
    Abstract: A method may involve: forming a first bio-compatible layer; forming a conductive pattern on the first bio-compatible layer, wherein the conductive pattern defines an antenna, sensor electrodes, electrical contacts, and one or more electrical interconnects; forming a protective layer over the sensor electrodes, such that the sensor electrodes are covered by the protective layer; mounting an electronic component to the electrical contacts; forming a second bio-compatible layer over the first bio-compatible layer, the electronic component, the antenna, the protective layer, the electrical contacts, and the one or more electrical interconnects; removing a portion of the second bio-compatible layer to form an opening in the second bio-compatible layer; and removing the protective layer through the opening in the second bio-compatible layer to thereby expose the sensor electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Verily Life Sciences LLC
    Inventors: James Etzkorn, Huanfen Yao, Harvey Ho, Babak Parviz
  • Patent number: 9684165
    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: October 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Osterhout Group, Inc.
    Inventor: John N. Border
  • Patent number: 9685003
    Abstract: Embodiments that relate to sharing mixed reality experiences among multiple display devices are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method includes receiving current versions of a plurality of data subtypes geo-located at a keyframe location. A world map data structure is updated to include the current versions, and a neighborhood request including the keyframe location is received from a display device. Based on the keyframe location, an identifier and current version indicator for each data subtype is provided to the device. A data request from the device for two or more of the data subtypes is received, and the two or more data subtypes are prioritized based on a priority hierarchy. Based on the prioritization, current versions of the data subtypes are sequentially provided to the device for augmenting an appearance of a mixed reality environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Gavin Lazarow, Frederik Schaffalitzky, Dan Hou
  • Patent number: 9678346
    Abstract: A head-mounted display device includes: an image display unit including an image-light generating unit that generates image light representing an image and emits the image light and a light guide unit that guides the emitted image light to the eye of a user, the image display unit being for causing the user to visually recognize a virtual image; and a control unit that includes an operation surface, is connected to the image display unit, and controls image display by the image display unit. When it is assumed that the user shifts the user's attention from the virtual image, the control unit adjusts the luminance of the image-light generating unit or adjusts the image light generated by the image-light generating unit to reduce the visibility of the virtual image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuji Nakada, Hitoshi Saito
  • Patent number: 9677840
    Abstract: An augmented reality system in which video imagery of a physical environment is combined with video images output by a game engine by the use of a traveling matte which identifies portions of the visible physical environment by techniques such as Computer vision or chroma keying and replaces them with the video images output by the video game engine. The composited imagery of the physical environment and the video game imagery is supplied to a trainee through a headmounted display screen. Additionally, peripheral vision is preserved either by providing complete binocular display to the limits of peripheral vision, or by providing a visual path to the peripheral vision which is matched in luminance to higher resolution augmented reality images provided by the binocular displays. A software/hardware element comprised of a server control station and a controller onboard the trainee performs the modeling, scenario generation, communications, tracking, and metric generation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: LINEWEIGHT LLC
    Inventors: Stefan J. Rublowsky, Caleb Clark Crye
  • Patent number: 9678345
    Abstract: A binocular display vergence correction system is described. The binocular display vergence correction system includes a binocular display, a display tracking system, and a controller. The binocular display, being pixelated, includes a left eye image display and a right eye image display. The display tracking system is configured to determine the position and angular orientation of the binocular display relative to an origin position and origin angular orientation. The controller, includes a processor, and is configured to correct the vergence of the binocular display based on an apparent viewing distance from an eye position of the binocular display to a target object to be viewed on a screen based on the determined position and angular orientation of the binocular display. A method of correcting vergence for a pixelated binocular display is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: James E. Melzer, Wyatt L. Hendrick, Augusto H. Alvarez, Juan C. Salazar, David M. Leath, Wei L. Wang
  • Patent number: 9674409
    Abstract: Image capturing systems and methods of capturing images, especially in contact prone environments are provided. The image capturing systems includes an optical sensor and output device adapted to receive the electrical signals from optical sensor and transmit a corresponding signal, and a housing retaining the optical sensor and the output device. The housing is adapted to mount to a surface, for example, inside or on top of a helmet, and includes a low profile above the surface and a footprint in contact with the surface. The size of the footprint is selected whereby and impact loads on the housing are minimized or attenuated before being transmitted to the surface to which the housing is mounted. The invention is uniquely applicable to head gear mounting, but may be used on a broad range of article and a broad range of fields.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Inventor: Michael J. Jones
  • Patent number: 9665249
    Abstract: A computing device can be controlled based on changes in the angle of a user's head with respect to the device, such as due to the user tilting the device and/or the user tilting his head with respect to the device. Such control based on the angle of the user's head can be achieved even when the user is operating the device “off-axis” or when the device is not orthogonal and/or not centered with respect to the user. This can be accomplished by using an elastic reference point that dynamically adjusts to a detected angle of the user's head with respect to the device. Such an approach can account for differences between when the user is changing his natural resting position and/or the resting position of the device and when the user is intending to perform a gesture based on the angle of the user's head relative to the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Yi Ding, Stephen Vincent Mangiat, Peter Cheng, Kenneth Mark Karakotsios, Steven Michael Sommer, Peter Andrew Schiller
  • Patent number: 9667954
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus, including computer program products, implementing and using techniques for projecting a source image in a head-mounted display apparatus having a left and a right display for projecting a left and right images viewable by the left and right eyes, respectively, of a user. Source image data is received. The source image has right, left, top, and bottom edges. The source image data is processed to generate left image data for the left display and right image data for the right display. The left image data includes the left edge, but not the right edge, of the source image and the right image data includes the right edge, but not the left edge, of the source image. The right image data is presented on the right display and the left image data is presented on the left display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: John G. Tang
  • Patent number: 9661359
    Abstract: A method for distributing sports entertainment includes the step of providing a plurality of video cameras positioned on vehicles or athletes that are participating in sporting events, transmitters for transmitting information from the plurality of cameras to a processing station, retransmission equipment for directing the camera feed from each of the plurality of cameras to separate channels for distribution and remote viewing at viewers' locations, and channel selectors that permit viewers to select from among the various channels, thereby allowing the viewers to select from the plurality of camera feeds. The cameras are simultaneously operated during the sporting event so as to generate a plurality of camera feeds during the event, each feed reflecting the perspective of an individual participant. The plurality of feeds is received by the retransmission equipment and retransmitted to selectable channels, each channel being associated with a respective camera feed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: U'R There! Entertainment, Ltd.
    Inventor: Paul J. Frederick
  • Patent number: 9658454
    Abstract: An eyewear display system includes a camera coupled to capture an image of an object in a surrounding environment. A projector is coupled to receive the captured image to output a projected image. A polarizing beam splitter optically coupled to receive the projected image and an actual view of the surrounding environment. The polarizing beam splitter is optically coupled to output a combined view of the projected image combined with the actual view of the surrounding environment. The combined image is to be directed to an eye of a user. An intensity controller is optically coupled between the surrounding environment and the polarizing beam splitter to controlling an intensity of the actual view of the surrounding environment received by the polarizing beam splitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: OmniVision Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Hasan Gadjali
  • Patent number: 9653044
    Abstract: A display system comprises a head-mounted projector including an exit aperture and a projection engine to project image light through the exit aperture. The image light is projected onto a retro-reflective display that reflects image light in a first dimension at above 90% efficiency within a 25 degree exit angular spread and reflects image light in the first dimension below 10% efficiency outside of a 35 degree exit angular spread.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Timothy Andrew Large, Steven Bathiche, Karlton David Powell
  • Patent number: 9654769
    Abstract: Three dimensional (3-D) program content viewing system in a media environment with different media presentation devices detects a first synchronization signal transmitted from a first synchronization signal source, wherein the first synchronization signal is associated with first 3-D program content and includes a first signal identifier. The system detects a second synchronization signal transmitted from a second synchronization signal source, wherein the second synchronization signal is associated with second 3-D program content and includes a second signal identifier. The system then receives a selection of one of the first synchronization signal and the second synchronization signal and discriminates between the first synchronization signal and the second synchronization signal based upon the first signal identifier and the second signal identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: Jon Richardson, Stephen Strong, Eric Holley, Frederick Tuck, Grant Turpin
  • Patent number: 9645648
    Abstract: A computer system comprising a headset configured to sit on top of a user's head. The headset includes a microphone and a headset haptic device. The headset is configured to receive audio signals and for outputting a plurality of sound waves based on the audio signals received. The computer system also includes a sound processing module configured for receiving a plurality of sound data corresponding with a sound profile associated with a virtual reality environment and converting the sound data so that sound can be emitted from a sound emitting device of the headset. The headset haptic device is configured for converting audio signals into a haptic profile corresponding to the sound profile and transmitting vibrations corresponding with the haptic profile from the headset haptic device through the headband to the crown of the user's skull and from each ear cup to the skull around each user's ears.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Inventor: Mary A. Spio
  • Patent number: 9645398
    Abstract: A head mountable display (HMD) system comprises an eye position detector comprising one or more cameras configured to detect the position of each of the HMD user's eyes; a dominant eye detector configured to detect a dominant eye of the HMD user; and an image generator configured to generate images for display by the HMD in dependence upon the HMD user's eye positions, the image generator being configured to apply a greater weight to the detected position of the dominant eye than to the detected position of the non-dominant eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Limited
    Inventors: Ian Henry Bickerstaff, Sharwin Winesh Raghoebardajal, Simon Mark Benson
  • Patent number: 9640181
    Abstract: A speech processing engine of an HSC device transcribes user utterance input and displays resulting text on a microdisplay. The speech processing engine further provides to the user text editing functions and auto suggestions. The user interface utilizes head gesture control and natural language for text editing. Standard language dictionaries, user's dictionary and user's address book contacts data are utilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Kopin Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher Parkinson, Shai Leib
  • Patent number: 9640120
    Abstract: A virtual reality (VR) headset includes an electronic display element, a corrective element, and an optics block. The electronic display element outputs image light via a plurality of sub-pixels that are separated from each other by a dark space. The corrective element is configured to generate blur spots in the image light that mask the dark space between adjacent sub-pixels, with each blur spot corresponding to a blurred image of a sub-pixel in the image light. The optics block is configured to magnify the image light received from the corrective element and to optically correct the magnified image light. Optically corrected light is directed form the optics block to an exit pupil of the VR headset for presentation to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Oculus VR, LLC
    Inventor: Yury Anatolievich Petrov
  • Patent number: 9635450
    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 inward and outward 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 connected to the third member and coupled to the first member via a fourth joint. The fourth member is further coupled to the strap connector via a fifth joint. The third member comprises one or more rigid poles extending from the second member to the fourth member and surrounded by one or more respective elastic springs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: OCULUS VR, LLC
    Inventors: Jared I. Drinkwater, Blake Francis Andersen
  • Patent number: 9630105
    Abstract: The disclosure provides methods and systems for warning a user of a head mounted display during gameplay of a video game. A game is executed causing interactive scenes of the game to be rendered on a display portion of a head mounted display (HMD) worn by a user. A change in position of the HMD worn by the user, while the user is interacting with the game, is detected. The change in position is evaluated, the evaluation causing a signal to be generated when the change exceeds a pre-defined threshold value. When the signal is generated, content is sent to interrupt the interactive scenes being rendered on the display portion of the HMD. The data sent provides descriptive context for the signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Roger Stafford
  • Patent number: 9635254
    Abstract: A panoramic scene capturing and browsing system includes a panoramic scene capturing device and a mobile device. The headset panoramic scene capturing device in communication with the mobile device by point to point data transmission, whereby the user can instantly view each image capturing screen via the mobile device from headset panoramic scene capturing device, then control the headset panoramic scene capturing device to capture the panoramic scene. Other hand, the present invention utilizes a mobile device contained accelerometers and gyroscopes to detect the status of a mobile device, and corresponding to the panoramic scene position, to increase the panoramic scene reality feeling and to enhance the experience of user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignees: INVENTEC APPLIANCES (PUDONG) CORPORATION, INVENTEC APPLIANCES (SHANGHAI) CO. LTD., INVENTEC APPLIANCES (NANCHANG) CORPORATION, INVENTEC APPLIANCES CORP.
    Inventors: Houjin Guo, Ju-Nan Chang, Ching Sung Chang
  • Patent number: 9628783
    Abstract: A virtual reality hardware and software platform comprised of a stereoscope which attaches to a mobile touchscreen computer/tablet. The stereoscope, in which the user looks through, covers just the top portion of the tablet screen. This top portion displays the stereoscopic view of a virtual environment. The bottom portion displays the two-dimensional view. The user touches the view with his/her thumbs and/or fingers in order to interact with and travel through the virtual environment seen in the view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
    Inventors: Perry Hoberman, Mark T. Bolas, Thai Phan
  • Patent number: 9625725
    Abstract: A wearable computer includes a computer, a display unit, first and second casings, temples, a holding member and an adjustment mechanism. The second casing houses the computer. The temples are respectively connected to one end and, through a connection member, the other end of the first casing in a longitudinal direction. The holding member extends downward from the connection member and holds a nose pad and a translucent member. The display unit extends downward from the first casing and to outside of an installation space of the translucent member to face one eye of a wearer. The adjustment mechanism adjusts a relative position of the display unit and the nose pad. The wearable computer is wearable with the first casing being held above the one eye by the temples, the connection member and the nose pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Tetsuya Ishikawa, Naoki Tajima, Kazuhiko Iwaki, Satoru Hirose
  • Patent number: 9626801
    Abstract: A system and method for visualization of physical characteristics are described. A sensor coupled to an object generates live data. Physical characteristics of the object are computed using the live data. A visualization of the physical characteristics of the object is generated and communicated to a viewing device configured to capture an image of the object. The viewing device augments the image of the object with the visualization of the physical characteristics of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: DAQRI, LLC
    Inventor: Brian Mullins
  • Patent number: 9618750
    Abstract: A head-mounted or helmet-mounted display apparatus is provided. The apparatus includes an optical element which in use is disposed in front of the eyes of a user. The optical element comprises a waveguide portion. The apparatus further includes a first light source and a second light source of image-bearing light. The apparatus further includes first diffraction element for propagation of image-bearing light of the first light source through the optical element. The apparatus further includes a second diffraction element for propagation of image-bearing light of the second light source through the optical element. The first light source and the second light source is disposed such that relative angular movement of the first light source and the second light source about an axis of symmetry of the optical element adjusts the inter-pupillary spacing of a first visible image and a second visible image presented to a respective eye of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: BAE SYSTEMS PLC
    Inventors: Michael David Simmonds, Mohmed Salim Valera
  • Patent number: 9619201
    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: May 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Oakley, Inc.
    Inventors: James H. Jannard, Carlos D. Reyes
  • Patent number: 9615742
    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. Aspects further relate to determining health conditions of the user based on eye imaging technologies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Osterhout Group, Inc.
    Inventors: John N. Border, John Haddick, Joseph Bietry
  • Patent number: 9618602
    Abstract: A method and system are provided for controlling a laser tracker remotely from the laser tracker through gestures performed by a user. The method includes providing a rule of correspondence between each of a plurality of commands and each of a plurality of user gestures. A gesture is performed by the user with the user's body that corresponds to one of the plurality of user gestures. The gesture performed by the user is detected. The gesture recognition engine determines a first command from one of the plurality of commands that correspond with the detected gesture. Then the first command is executed with the laser tracker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Robert E. Bridges, David H. Parker, Kelley Fletcher
  • Patent number: 9616852
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a light source configured to emit light onto a glass; an image-capturing unit configured to capture light from an image-capturing region including reflection light of the emitted light from the glass; an object detection filter used to detect an object attached to the glass, light from a portion of the image-capturing region entering the object detection filter; an exposure control unit configured to determine a first exposure amount used in image capturing for a first region where the object detection filter does not exist and a second exposure amount used in image capturing for a second region where the object detection filter exists; and an image analysis unit configured to analyze a captured image obtained by the image-capturing unit. The image-capturing unit switches an exposure amount used in an image-capturing process for the image-capturing region between the first exposure amount and the second exposure amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Ryosuke Kasahara, Hideaki Hirai
  • Patent number: 9618751
    Abstract: A head-mounted or helmet-mounted display apparatus is provided. The apparatus includes an optical element which in use is disposed in front of the eyes of a user. The optical element has a waveguide portion. The apparatus further includes a light source of image-bearing light and two diffraction elements. Each diffraction element is configured for propagation of image-bearing light of the light source through the optical element. Each diffraction element is arranged to release the image bearing light from the optical element. The apparatus further includes a switching element for switching the image-bearing light repeatedly between the first diffraction element and the second diffraction element to provide a first visible image or a second visible image to the respective eye of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: BAE SYSTEMS PLC
    Inventors: Michael David Simmonds, Mohmed Salim Valera
  • Patent number: 9618749
    Abstract: Technologies for mitigating a physiological condition include a wearable computing device coupled with a head-mounted display and sensor(s). The wearable computing device may receive sensor data indicative of a physical attribute of the user while displaying information on the head-mounted display. The wearable computing device analyzes the sensor data to detect a physiological condition of the user and, if detected, applies a mitigation strategy to mitigate the physiological condition. The detected physical condition may be a nausea condition or a seizure condition. To reduce potential risk to the user, the wearable computing device may buffer information to be displayed by the head-mounted display, analyze the display information based on risk factor rules to determine whether the display information presents a potential risk to the user, and reduce the display rate of the head-mounted display in response to the potential risk to the user. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: William C. Deleeuw, Jeffrey C. Sedayao
  • Patent number: 9612447
    Abstract: A device for 3D wide angle viewing, comprising of goggles made of opaque material installed with a set of Vector Light Sources (VLSs) which emit narrow light beams each pointing only in one direction. The set of VLSs is divided into two subsets. All the VLSs included in each subset are pointed towards the center location of their subset. The device enables viewing of a pair of stereoscopic images when the center locations are adjusted to fit the locations of pupils of the user. Each pixel of the stereoscopic images is focused because it is emitted by VLS. The VLSs are constructed by installing each light source at the end of a narrow tunnel which has the pointing direction of its VLS. Altogether, all the VLSs are arranged as two sets of concentric vectors. The light sources could be Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs), Liquid Cristal Displays (LCDs) or laser diodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Inventor: Jezekiel Ben-Arie
  • Patent number: 9606376
    Abstract: Eyeglasses may include a frame body and at least one lens carried by the frame body, and at least one display carried on at least one exterior surface of the frame body and configured to display a changeable image thereon. The at least one display may be conformal to the at least one exterior surface. The eyeglasses may further include a communications interface carried by the frame body, and a controller carried by the frame body and coupled to the at least one display and the communications interface. The controller may be configured to receive display data via the communications interface, and selectively change the image on the at least one display based upon the received display data to thereby change an external visual appearance of the frame body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Inventors: Oliver Filutowski, Pamela Filutowski
  • Patent number: 9606358
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a band configured to be worn on the head of a user. The band has a brow portion, a nosepiece depending from the brow portion, and a temple portion extending from the brow portion. An operational unit has a display element and a housing with an arm portion affixed to the temple portion of the band and defining a longitudinal axis. An elbow portion of the housing defines a display end of the housing and supports the display element such that it extends along a display axis that is angled with respect to the longitudinal axis and such that the display element is positionable over an eye of the user. Image generating means are disposed within the housing and configured for generating an image presentable to the user on the display element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Mitchell Joseph Heinrich, Maj Isabelle Olsson
  • Patent number: 9606363
    Abstract: Systems, methods and computer readable media are provided for rendering virtual reality content. One example system includes a housing to be attached to a head of a user using a strap that connects to the housing. Display optics are integrated in the housing and are oriented on an internal side of the housing that is configured for orientation toward eyes of the user when the housing is attached to the head of the user. Further, electronics are integrated with the housing and a holder is integrated in the housing. The holder is configured to retain a smartphone. When the smartphone is retained by the holder a screen of the smartphone is oriented toward the display optics of the housing. A connector is integrated in the housing to enable connection of the smartphone to the electronics when the smartphone is retained by the holder. The smartphone includes a camera facing away from the display optics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment America LLC
    Inventor: Gary M. Zalewski
  • Patent number: 9602584
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system with a separate computing unit, comprising: a primary computing device comprising a computing unit, a control interface unit via which a user enters an instruction that causes the computing unit to perform the processing operation or the computing operation to generate an instruction code, and a first wireless communication unit transmitting a first wireless signal containing the instruction code; and a remote control device comprising an instruction implementation unit, and a second wireless communication unit receiving the first wireless signal and sending the instruction code in the first wireless signal to the instruction implementation unit to implement the instruction code; wherein the operation of the instruction implementation unit of the remote control device is controlled by the instruction code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Gemtek Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hung Wen Chen
  • Patent number: 9599818
    Abstract: An obstacle detecting unit detects an obstacle for a user wearing a head mounted display from an image of the outside world. A distance calculating unit calculates the distance from a detected obstacle to the user wearing the head mounted display. An obstacle replacing unit replaces the detected obstacle with a virtual object. A virtual object synthesizing unit generates a virtual object at a position within a virtual space displayed on the head mounted display, in which the position is determined according to the distance to the obstacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Takeshi Yamagishi, Hiroshi Osawa, Yoichi Nishimaki
  • Patent number: 9594247
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product are provided for implementing a pinlight see-through near-eye display. Light cones configured to substantially fill a field-of-view corresponding to a pupil are generated by an array of pinlights positioned between a near focus plane and the pupil. Overlap regions where two of more light cones intersect at a display layer positioned between the array of pinlights and the pupil are determined. The two or more light cones are modulated based on the overlap regions to produce a target image at or beyond the near focus plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: NVIDIA Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew Stephen Maimone, Douglas Robert Lanman, David Patrick Luebke
  • Patent number: 9595243
    Abstract: Units which respectively acquire information on an aberration generated by a display optical system and information on an aberration generated by a vision correction optical system used by an observer are arranged. Aberration correction is executed based on the two aberrations. An aberration generated by a combination of the display optical system and the vision correction optical system used by the observer can be appropriately corrected for each observer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Cannon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kenji Oyama, Takuya Tsujimoto
  • Patent number: 9594246
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention relate to providing see-through computer display optics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Osterhout Group, Inc.
    Inventors: John N. Border, John D. Haddick, Joseph Bietry
  • Patent number: 9589372
    Abstract: A method for managing a content overlay. The method included a processor identifying a first image and a second image from an augmented reality (AR) device. The method further includes identifying a first element of interest within the first image. The method further includes associating a corresponding first AR content overlay for the first element of interest. The method further includes determining one or more differences between the first image and the second image, wherein the second image includes at least the first element of interest. The method further includes modifying a position of at least the first AR content overlay based, at least in part, on the one or more differences between the first image and the second image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Chris R. Bean, Sophie D. Green, Stephen R. F. Head, Madeleine R. Neil Smith
  • Patent number: 9583032
    Abstract: Technology is disclosed herein to help a user navigate through large amounts of content while wearing a see-through, near-eye, mixed reality display device such as a head mounted display (HMD). The user can use a physical object such as a book to navigate through content being presented in the HMD. In one embodiment, a book has markers on the pages that allow the system to organize the content. The book could have real content, but it could be blank other than the markers. As the user flips through the book, the system recognizes the markers and presents content associated with the respective marker in the HMD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Mathew J. Lamb, Ben J. Sugden, Robert L. Crocco, Jr., Brian E. Keane, Christopher E. Miles, Kathryn Stone Perez, Laura K. Massey, Alex Aben-Athar Kipman, Sheridan Martin Small, Stephen G. Latta