Operator Body-mounted Heads-up Display (e.g., Helmet Mounted Display) Patents (Class 345/8)
  • Patent number: 10031338
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods for eyebox expansion by exit pupil replication in scanning laser-based wearable heads-up displays (“WHUDs”) are described. The WHUDs described herein each include a scanning laser projector (“SLP”), a holographic combiner, and an optical replicator positioned in the optical path therebetween. For each light signal generated by the SLP, the optical replicator receives the light signal and redirects each one of N>1 instances of the light signal towards the holographic combiner effectively from a respective one of N spatially-separated virtual positions for the SLP. The holographic combiner converges each one of the N instances of the light signal to a respective one of N spatially-separated exit pupils at the eye of the user. In this way, multiple instances of the exit pupil are distributed over the area of the eye and the eyebox of the WHUD is expanded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: THALMIC LABS INC.
    Inventors: Stefan Alexander, Matthew Bailey, Vance R. Morrison, Lloyd Frederick Holland
  • Patent number: 10032312
    Abstract: Proposed is a display control system for an augmented reality, AR, display system, the AR display system comprising a transparent display area adapted to augment an object or scene viewable through the transparent display area by displaying a visual element in the transparent display area. The display control system comprises: a focal point detection unit adapted to determine a point of focus of a user; and a processing unit adapted to determine an offset distance by which the determined point of focus of the user is spaced from the transparent display area, and to generate a control signal for modifying the transparency of the visual element based on the determined offset distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Chris R. Bean, Sophie D. Green, Madeleine R. Neil Smith, Joe Pavitt
  • Patent number: 10025104
    Abstract: A head-mount type image display device includes a display section adapted to display an image, a frame member adapted to support the display section, and a case member attached to the frame member, the frame member includes a support part adapted to support the display section, and a side surface part extending from an end of the support part in a direction crossing the support part, the case member is combined with the side surface part to form a housing space adapted to house a housed member making a contribution to display of the image by the display section, and the side surface part includes a first rib extending along a first direction, and a second rib extending along a second direction crossing the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazuya Kamakura
  • Patent number: 10025094
    Abstract: An optical see-through glass type display device comprises: an optical unit having a front correcting surface and a rear correcting surface; an image projector projecting a virtual image; and an image sensor for capturing an ambient scene image. The optical unit is configured to guide light of the ambient scene image coming through the front correcting surface to the image sensor and to guide light of the virtual image so that the light of the virtual image outgoes through the rear correcting surface. A first optical compensation element is located between the optical unit and the image sensor and a second optical compensation element is located between the image projector and the optical unit. The device further comprises a processing module configured to analyze the ambient scene image captured by the image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventors: Laurent Blonde, Valter Drazic, Arno Schubert
  • Patent number: 10021380
    Abstract: An electrically controlled spectacle includes a spectacle frame and optoelectronic lenses housed in the frame. The lenses include a left lens and a right lens, each of the optoelectrical lenses having a plurality of states, wherein the state of the left lens is independent of the state of the right lens. The electrically controlled spectacle also includes a control unit housed in the frame, the control unit being adapted to control the state of each of the lenses independently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: VISUAL EFFECT INNOVATIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth Martin Jacobs, Ronald Steven Karpf
  • Patent number: 10018837
    Abstract: Head-worn computers may include an optical chassis mechanically configured to provide a stable optical mounting reference plane and a plurality of image source reference planes, a first image source mounted on a first of the plurality of image source reference planes and configured to project first image light through a first hole in the stable optical mounting reference plane, a second image source mounted on a second of the plurality of image source reference planes and configured to project second image light through a second hole in the stable optical mounting reference plane, and an outer frame configured to hold the optical chassis such that, when worn by a user, the first and second image light is aligned with the eyes of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Osterhout Group, Inc.
    Inventors: John N. Border, Kei Edgardo Yamamoto Kohatsu, Karim ElKatcha, John D. Haddick, Ralph F. Osterhout
  • Patent number: 10012829
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods for transparent displays that are well-suited for use in wearable heads-up displays are described. Such transparent displays include one or more scanning projector(s) that is/are mounted on or proximate the lens portion(s) thereof, directly in the field of view of the user. Each scanning projector includes a respective light source that sequentially generates pixels or other discrete portions of an image and a respective dynamic optical beam-steerer that controllably steers the modulated light directly towards select regions of the eye of the user. Successive portions of the image are generated in rapid succession until the entire image is displayed to the user by projection directly onto the eye of the user from one or more point(s) within the user's field of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: THALMIC LABS INC.
    Inventors: Matthew Bailey, Stefan Alexander
  • Patent number: 10013138
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for secure data entry. In the method a virtual data entry interface is generated, and is outputted so as to be readable only by the user. The user then enters data using the interface. The apparatus includes at least one display, or optionally a pair of displays that output a 3D stereo image. It also includes a data processor, and at least one sensor, or optionally a pair of sensors that capture 3D stereo data. The data processor generates a virtual data entry interface, and communicates it to the display or displays. The displays output the virtual interface such that it is only readable by the user. The sensor or sensors receives data entered by the user's actions, and send signals representing those actions to the processor. The processor then detects the data from the signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Atheer, Inc.
    Inventor: Sleiman Itani
  • Patent number: 10012839
    Abstract: A first side of the outer shell of a spectacle lens faces away from the inner shell and forms the front side of the spectacle lens, and the first side of the inner shell faces away from the outer shell and forms the rear side of the spectacle lens. The outer shell includes the coupling-in section, the light guiding channel and the coupling-out section. The inner shell includes an opening which extends from the second side of the inner shell, which faces towards the outer shell, in the direction of the rear side and in which the light guiding channel sits. The coupling-out section lies next to the opening such that the light bundles coupled out by the coupling-out section enter the inner shell via the second side of the inner shell, run through the inner shell and leave the inner shell via the rear side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: tooz technologies GmbH
    Inventors: Guenter Rudolph, Hans-Juergen Dobschal
  • Patent number: 10013806
    Abstract: An augmented reality device comprises one or more sensors to detect a property pertaining to an ambient light, a processor communicatively coupled to the one or more sensors to modify a characteristic associated with a virtual image to be projected to the user of a head-mounted augmented reality system based at least in part on the detected property, and an optical sub-system to project light associated with the virtual image having the modified characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Magic Leap, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip O'Connor, Samuel A. Miller
  • Patent number: 10013794
    Abstract: Techniques and systems are provided for providing linear entertainment content for perspective-shiftable displays. Some of the provided techniques and systems allow for pre-existing three-dimensional assets, such as models, scene definitions, virtual lights and cameras, motion paths, etc., that were used to create an original animated piece of linear entertainment content may be re-used and mapped, if necessary, into a format that is compatible with a perspective-shiftable display in order to re-create that same entertainment content in a perspective-shiftable format. In some instances where such pre-existing content is used, the technique may also include inserting additional content in locations that are only visible to the viewer when viewed from a perspective other than the perspectives used in creating the original animated piece of linear entertainment content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Benjamin Franklin Waggoner
  • Patent number: 10005394
    Abstract: A driver assistance system for a vehicle includes a camera that, when disposed at the vehicle, views through a windshield of the vehicle. The camera is disposed at a windshield electronics module attached at the windshield of the vehicle. The camera captures image data of a scene forward of the vehicle. A control includes an image processor that processes captured image data. The control, responsive to the image processor processing captured image data, detects an object of interest external to the vehicle. The control utilizes a blockage detection algorithm and, responsive to the image processor processing captured image data, is operable to detect at least a partial blocking condition at the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Michael J. Higgins-Luthman
  • Patent number: 10007331
    Abstract: A wearable intelligent system is provided. The system includes a frame; and a micro projector disposed on the frame configured to project an image interface onto a beam splitter. The system also includes the beam splitter disposed on the frame configured to receive the image interface and form a virtual image in a user's eye; and a position sensor disposed on the front of the frame configured to sense a position of at least a body part and a change mode of the position with time and convert the change mode of the position into operation commands and the position into a position data. Further, the system includes a central data hub disposed on the frame configured to at least receive the position data and the operation commands and adjust the image interface to match the part of the user's body and perform corresponding operations according to the position data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignees: SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING INTERNATIONAL (BEIJING) CORPORATION, SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING INTERNATIONAL (SHANGHAI) CORPORATION
    Inventor: Qiang Wu
  • Patent number: 10008043
    Abstract: In embodiments of the invention, an apparatus may include a display comprising a plurality of pixels and a computer system coupled with the display and operable to instruct the display to display images. The apparatus may further include an SLM array located adjacent to the display and comprising a plurality of SLMs, wherein the SLM array is operable to produce a light field by altering light emitted by the display to simulate an object that is in focus to an observer while the display and the SLM array are located within a near-eye range of the observer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: NVIDIA CORPORATION
    Inventors: David Luebke, Douglas Patrick Lanman, Thomas Francis Fox, Gerrit Slavenburg
  • Patent number: 10001650
    Abstract: An attachable image display device includes a light guiding prism that guides image light from a display element, and an eyepiece that emits the image light guided by the light guiding prism, wherein the light guiding prism includes an outer peripheral surface, and a reflection surface off which the image light is reflected to the eyepiece; and a portion of or the entirety of an intersection line of the outer peripheral surface and a plane including an optical axis of the image light before the image light is reflected off the reflection surface has a negative inclination angle to the optical axis in a direction downstream of the light path, and a tangential inclination angle of the portion of or the entirety of the intersection line becomes gradually larger from an upstream side to a downstream side of the light path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: KOPIN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoichi Iba, Hideki Tomine
  • Patent number: 10001844
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a first identification unit that identifies an input device to be used to execute a task, the input device lying in a field of view range of a user wearing a display device, a second identification unit that identifies an operation medium with which the user operates the input device, the operation medium lying in the field of view range of the user, a determination unit that determines processing to be executed based on the identified input device and the identified operation medium, and a display control unit that causes the display device to display an image corresponding to the determined processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Nobutoshi Namba, Kazuki Takemoto
  • Patent number: 9995940
    Abstract: An eyecup assembly includes an electronic display element of a head-mounted display (HMD), a transparent plastic frame, an eyecup of the HMD, and a coupling interface. The plastic frame is laminated to the electronic display element and includes a center portion and a peripheral portion. The center portion includes an optical component and the peripheral portion including at least two protruding alignment structures. The eyecup includes alignment structures coupled to the at least two protruding alignment structures on the frame. The coupling interface interfaces with an alignment system. The alignment system is configured to align the eyecup assembly to the electronic display by adjusting a position of the electronic display relative to the eyecup so that a test image displayed by the electronic display after transmission through the optical component in the frame and an aperture of the eyecup is within a threshold value of a reference image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Oculus VR, LLC
    Inventors: Shie Ping Jeffrey Tseng, Evan M. Richards, Shizhe Shen
  • Patent number: 9995933
    Abstract: A see-through, near-eye mixed reality head mounted display (HMD) device includes left and right see-through display regions within which virtual images are displayable. These left and right see-through display regions each having a transmittance that is less than one hundred percent. The see-through, near-eye mixed reality HMD device also includes a see-through transmittance compensation mask that includes a left window through which the left see-through display region is visible and a right window through which the right see-through display region is visible. In accordance with various embodiments, the see-through transmittance compensation mask is used to provide a substantially uniform transmittance across the field-of-view of a user wearing the HMD device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel James Alton, Nathan Ackerman, Philip Andrew Frank, Andrew Hodge, Barry Corlett
  • Patent number: 9993335
    Abstract: A display device (e.g., in a contact lens) is mounted on the eye. The eye mounted display contains multiple sub-displays, each of which projects light to different retinal positions within a portion of the retina corresponding to the sub-display. Additionally, a “locally uniform resolution” mapping may be used to model the variable resolution of the eye. Accordingly, various aspects of the display device may be based on the locally uniform resolution mapping. For example, the light emitted from the sub-displays may be based on the locally uniform resolution mapping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Spy Eye, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Frank Deering, Alan Huang
  • Patent number: 9996977
    Abstract: An augmented reality device comprises one or more sensors to detect a property pertaining to an ambient light, a processor communicatively coupled to the one or more sensors to modify a characteristic associated with a virtual image to be projected to the user of a head-mounted augmented reality system based at least in part on the detected property, and an optical sub-system to project light associated with the virtual image having the modified characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Magic Leap, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip O'Connor, Samuel A. Miller
  • Patent number: 9989767
    Abstract: A spectacle lens for a display device can be fitted on the head of a user and generate an image. The front side and/or the rear side can be curved. A light guiding channel can guide-light bundles of pixels of the generated image, which are coupled into the spectacle lens via the coupling-in section and coupled out of the spectacle lens via the coupling-out section. The light guiding channel includes a first reflecting surface and a second reflecting surface spaced apart from the first reflecting surface, each of which extend in a direction from the coupling-in section to the coupling-out section. At least one of the two reflecting surfaces can be formed as a switchable layer which can be switched into a first and a second state. The reflectivity of the switchable layer in the first state is higher than in the second state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: tooz technologies GmbH
    Inventors: Hans-Juergen Dobschal, Karsten Lindig, Guenter Rudolph, Ersun Kartal, Lisa Riedel, Frank Widulle, Michael Patra
  • Patent number: 9990771
    Abstract: A method and system including a head mounted display for displaying information to a user when performing a medical procedure is described. A user wearing the head mounted display device can view objects, while simultaneously receiving and displaying feedback information on a procedure being performed. Text and graphical information is presented in a position on the head mounted display so that the object or a part of an object out of the line of sight appears in the same location and with the same shape, size and orientation as if the object or part of an object were visible to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Inventor: Aurelian Viorel Dragnea
  • Patent number: 9989763
    Abstract: A near eye or heads up display system includes at least one light source, an imaging device, and an optical structure. The at least one light source can be, e.g., a red light source that produces light within a red wavelength range that has at least two different narrow bands of light having respective different emission peaks. The imaging device produces an image using light produced by the light source(s). The optical structure is configured to transfer light corresponding to the image from an input-pupil to an output-pupil where the image is viewable. By producing at least two different narrow bands of light having respective different emission peaks within a color (e.g., red) wavelength range, and taking advantage of chromatic dispersion, a more uniform intensity distribution is provided in the viewable image compared to if only one narrow band of light within the color wavelength range were produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Woltman, Eliezer Glik
  • Patent number: 9989771
    Abstract: A head mounted image display apparatus including a display section that displays an image, a frame member that supports the display section, and a mounting member that is supported by one end of the frame member and allows the frame member to be mounted on a user's head, wherein the frame member has, at the one end, a first support section that supports the mounting member and a second support section that supports the mounting member in a support scheme different from a support scheme in accordance with which the first support member supports the mounting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazuya Kamakura
  • Patent number: 9989770
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a display module assembly that includes two optical module assemblies, two first adjustment mechanisms, two image generation devices, and two second adjustment mechanisms each corresponding to one of the first adjustment mechanisms. Each first adjustment mechanism is movably connected to a corresponding one of the optical module assemblies for adjusting distance between the two optical module assemblies. Each image generation device is movably connected to a corresponding one of the optical module assemblies, and project an image to a predetermined direction through its corresponding optical module assembly. Each second adjustment mechanism is movably connected to corresponding one of the image generation devices for adjusting a distance between the image generation device and the optical module assembly. The display module assembly and an electronic device in this disclosure can adjust an interpupillary distance and a diopter so as to adapt for different users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: SHENZHEN ROYOLE TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Songling Yang, Songya Chen, Zihong Liu
  • Patent number: 9989764
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods for eyebox expansion by exit pupil replication in wearable heads-up displays (“WHUDs”) are described. A WHUD includes a scanning laser projector (“SLP”), a holographic combiner, and an optical splitter positioned in the optical path therebetween. The optical splitter receives light signals generated by the SLP and separates the light signals into N sub-ranges based on the point of incidence of each light signal at the optical splitter. The optical splitter redirects the light signals corresponding to respective ones of the N sub-ranges towards the holographic combiner effectively from respective ones of N spatially-separated virtual positions for the SLP. The holographic combiner converges the light signals to respective ones of N spatially-separated exit pupils at the eye of the user. In this way, multiple instances of the exit pupil are distributed over the area of the eye and the eyebox of the WHUD is expanded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: THALMIC LABS INC.
    Inventors: Stefan Alexander, Matthew Bailey, Vance R. Morrison, Lloyd Frederick Holland, Joshua Moore
  • Patent number: 9979863
    Abstract: A method, as well as a system and a computer readable medium based on the method, for reducing perceived noise. The method comprises the steps of determining an area of interest in the image, the area of interest being determined in dependence of a foveal vision of a user, and applying a stronger noise filtering in a peripheral area of the image than in the area of interest, the peripheral area being outside the area of interest and corresponding to a peripheral vision of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Pál Tegzes, Bence Papp
  • Patent number: 9977510
    Abstract: An introduction method can begin with gesture event data being received by a client application of a gesture-driven introduction system running on a user device of a first human actor. The gesture event data can comprise a gesture and ancillary conditions regarding performance of the gesture by a second human actor. The first human actor and the second human actor can be registered members of the gesture-driven introduction system. The received gesture event data can be assessed with respect to introduction definitions created by the first human actor. An introduction definition can define triggering parameters for exchanging predetermined introduction data. When the gesture event data satisfies the triggering parameters expressed in an introduction definition, the predetermined introduction data can be automatically transmitted to a user device of the second human actor. The transmission can occur without direct physical or verbal interaction between the first and second human actors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Inventors: Wayne A. Moffett, William C. Moffett, Willow C. Moffett
  • Patent number: 9977244
    Abstract: An optical device, including a light waves-transmitting substrate has two major surfaces and edges, optical means for coupling light into the substrate by total internal reflection, and a plurality of partially reflecting surfaces (22a, 22b) carried by the substrate. The partially reflecting surfaces (22a, 22b) are parallel to each other and are not parallel to any of the edges of the substrate, one or more of the partially reflecting surfaces (22a, 22b) being an anisotropic surface. The optical device has dual operational modes in see-through configuration. In a first mode, light waves are projected from a display source through the substrate to an eye of a viewer. In a second mode, the display source is shut off and only an external scene is viewable through the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: LUMUS LTD.
    Inventor: Yaakov Amitai
  • Patent number: 9970663
    Abstract: A stove top includes a stove top plate having at least one area-connected cooking zone for placement of an item of cookware in variable positions. Formed on the stove top plate is a display unit for displaying information about a position of the item of cookware on the cooking zone. The display unit has a first display field in which a plurality of separate display regions are fixedly arranged adjacent to one another, with each display region displaying a reduced symbol depiction of the entire cooking zone. Lighting devices are assigned to the symbol depictions of the display regions, respectively, to illuminate the symbol depictions in at least a plurality of partial areas having different surfaces and/or different surface-areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeräte GmbH
    Inventor: Christoph Ortmann
  • Patent number: 9970774
    Abstract: A method of analyzing images over time is provided herein. The method includes: capturing a plurality of images each associated with specified objects in specified locations such that a specified area is covered; specifying regions of interest (ROI) in each of the captured images; repeating the capturing with at least one of: a different location, a different orientation, and a different timing such that the captured images are associated with the specified covered area; and comparing the captured imaged produced in the capturing with the captured imaged produced in the repeating of the capturing to yield comparison between the captured objects by comparing specified ROI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: iOnRoad Technologies Ltd.
    Inventors: Alon Atsmon, Dan Atsmon, Ram Dayan, Hilla Bass
  • Patent number: 9972071
    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: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    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: 9964767
    Abstract: A display apparatus includes a transparent substrate having first and second sides, an array of LED micro-display panels, and an array of collimating reflectors. The LED micro-display panels are disposed within the transparent substrate between the first and second sides and oriented to emit sub-image portions of a display image towards the first side. The collimating reflectors are disposed within the transparent substrate between the first side and the array of LED micro-display panels. The collimating reflectors are aligned with the LED micro-display panels to reflect the sub-image portions back out the second side of the transparent substrate. The LED micro-display panels are offset from the collimating reflectors to expand the sub-image portions prior to reflection by the collimating reflectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Hui Son, Simon R. Prakash, James C. Dunphy, Caner Onal, Oscar A. Martinez, Philipp H. Schmaelzle, Andrei S. Kazmierski, Ozan Cakmakci
  • Patent number: 9964770
    Abstract: The present application relates to a head mounted display device which includes a display device defining a first connection opening; two earphone bodies each defining a second connection opening; and a connection frame comprising two connection arms connecting the two earphone bodies to the display device, each connection arm comprising a first connection end connected to the first connection opening and a second connection end connected to a corresponding second connection opening, and defining an inner chamber extending through the first connection end and the second connection end. Each earphone body is electrically connected to the display device via a flexible printed circuit housed in the inner chamber, and a first end of the flexible printed circuit is connected to the display device via the first connection opening and a second end of the flexible printed circuit is connected to a corresponding earphone body via a corresponding second connection opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: SHENZHEN ROYOLE TECHNOLOGIES CO. LTD.
    Inventor: Jilong Guo
  • Patent number: 9967555
    Abstract: There is provided a simulation device for virtually displaying an image to be viewed through a spectacle lens by a wearer of a spectacle lens, including: an imaging camera configured to perform imaging in a visual field of the wearer; a depth sensor configured to acquire a depth image in the same view angle as an imaging result obtained by the imaging camera; a data acquisition unit configured to acquire lens data of the spectacle lens; an image creation unit configured to create a simulation image on which a view of an image to be viewed through the spectacle lens is reflected, by applying image processing to the imaging result obtained by the imaging camera, based on the depth image and the lens data; and an image displayer configured to display and output the simulation image as an image to be viewed through the spectacle lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: HOYA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hua Qi, Hidetoshi Nishimura
  • Patent number: 9958957
    Abstract: A transparent display apparatus and method for displaying information thereon includes sensing a position of an object, sensing a position of a user, determining an area of the transparent display through which the object is viewable by the user, and displaying the information on the transparent display based on the area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Il-kook Yun, Geun-ho Lee, Chang-soo Lee
  • Patent number: 9958680
    Abstract: A near-eye display device, with coaxial eye imaging, for mounting in field of view of an eye of a user, includes a display unit for displaying a display image, a viewing unit for (i) presenting the display image to the eye based upon polarized visible light received from the display unit and (ii) transmitting ambient light from an ambient scene toward the eye, and an eye imaging unit including (a) an illumination module for generating infrared light, (b) a first polarizing beamsplitter interface, disposed between the display unit and the viewing unit, for (i) merging a polarized infrared component of the infrared light with the polarized visible light and (ii) separating from the polarized visible light a portion of the polarized infrared component reflected by the eye, and (c) a camera for forming an image of the eye based upon the polarized infrared component reflected by the eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: OmniVision Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Yi-Wei Liu, Jau-Jan Deng, Regis Fan
  • Patent number: 9959261
    Abstract: A method of displaying a three-dimensional (3D) image by using a display apparatus includes generating an annotation related to a point of the 3D image and determining an image depth of the annotation, and displaying the annotation with the 3D image based on the image depth of the annotation, in which the annotation comprises at least one point or area of the 3D image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignees: SAMSUNG MEDISON CO., LTD., SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sung-yoon Kim, Su-jin Kim
  • Patent number: 9948845
    Abstract: A device for multi-angle photographing in eyeglasses and eyeglasses including the device are disclosed. The device includes a camera mounted on the eyeglasses and configured to capture an image, at least two motors configured to drive the camera to move, and at least two mobile platforms, each of which is provided with a plurality of limiting stoppers. The camera is connected between respective limiting stoppers of the at least two mobile platforms through the at least two motors, and is driven by the motors to move between the limiting stoppers of the mobile platforms to implement multi-angle photographing. Thus the camera can be moved between the limiting stoppers at different levels, to realize multi-angle and multi-gesture photographing and viewfinding in the horizontal and vertical directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., BEIJING BOE OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jun Long, Yong Song, Hongkun Zhang
  • Patent number: 9946343
    Abstract: A head-mounted display device includes a display element with a two-dimensional array of pixels, and an enclosure at least partially enclosing the display element. The head-mounted display device also includes a plurality of light sources located on the enclosure for determining a position of the head-mounted display device. Each light source of the plurality of light sources is uniquely identifiable based at least in part on light emitted by the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: OCULUS VR, LLC
    Inventor: Youngshik Yoon
  • Patent number: 9940901
    Abstract: Systems and methods for performing optical image processing via a transparent display are disclosed. In one example approach, a method comprises determining a position of incident light on a see-through display device, determining a direction of the incident light relative to the see-through display device, and modulating, with the see-through display device, a transmission of the incident light through the see-through display device based on the determined position and determined direction of the incident light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: NVIDIA CORPORATION
    Inventors: David Patrick Luebke, Douglas Lanman
  • Patent number: 9939649
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to display adjustment methods and head-mounted display devices. The head-mounted display device includes: first and second display modules; a first adjustment unit for triggering the first display module to enter a diopter adjustment mode and/or an interpupillary distance adjustment mode and for triggering the second display module to enter a non-adjustment mode; a confirmation unit for receiving a confirmation signal indicating that the first adjustment unit has completed the adjustment; a second adjustment unit for triggering the second display module to enter the diopter adjustment mode and/or the interpupillary distance adjustment mode and for triggering the first display module to enter the non-adjustment mode after the confirmation unit has received another confirmation signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: SHENZHEN ROYOLE TECHNOLOGIES CO. LTD
    Inventors: Cong Zhao, Ji Wang, Zihong Liu
  • Patent number: 9940535
    Abstract: Sensor calibration relative to common coordinates with depth, height and shift dimensions includes obtaining, via a mobile apparatus camera, an image of a calibration target. The calibration target includes first and second surfaces at first and second predefined depths, bearing first and second sets of indicia at heights encoded by the indicia and having predefined shifts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Alexandre Obotnine
  • Patent number: 9934614
    Abstract: An example wearable display system includes a controller, a left display to display a left-eye augmented reality image with a left-eye display size at left-eye display coordinates, and a right display to display a right-eye augmented reality image with a right-eye display size at right-eye display coordinates, the left-eye and right-eye augmented reality images collectively forming an augmented reality object perceivable at an apparent real world depth by a wearer of the display system. The controller sets the left-eye display coordinates relative to the right-eye display coordinates as a function of the apparent real world depth of the augmented reality object. The function maintains an aspect of the left-eye and right-eye display sizes throughout a non-scaling range of apparent real world depths of the augmented reality object, and the function scales the left-eye and right-eye display sizes with changing apparent real world depth outside the non-scaling range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Ramsby, Dan Osborn, Shawn Wright, Anatolie Gavriliuc, Forest Woodcroft Gouin, Megan Saunders, Jesse Rapczak, Stephen Latta, Adam G. Poulos, Daniel McCulloch, Wei Zhang
  • Patent number: 9933847
    Abstract: A system and/or method that uses a body posture of a user to determine and modulate a content mode of a virtual reality system. The content mode may define the manner in which virtual reality content is presented to the user and/or the manner in which the user interacts with the virtual reality content. The user's body posture and/or a change in body posture may cause the content mode and/or the virtual reality content to change accordingly. In some implementations, primary content may be presented to the user according to a first content mode in response to the user sitting. Secondary virtual reality content may be presented to the user according to the second content mode in response to the user standing. As such, a user may initiate a change in the virtual reality content and/or the content mode by standing from a sitting posture and/or sitting from a standing posture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Visionary VR, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Michael Ross, Gil Baron, Cosmo Raleigh Scharf, Luke Russell Patterson, Jake Richard Parker, John Kanikula Peters
  • Patent number: 9934569
    Abstract: A computer implemented method for tracking a site in a series of images, the method comprising identifying a site to be tracked; selecting at least three non-collinear locations distributed around the sire in the reference image; selecting, from the reference image, a region of image data around each of the at least three non collinear locations; comparing each selected region with a second image and, based on these comparisons, identifying for each selected region a corresponding location in the second image, determining a single common affine transformation to map the at least three locations from the reference image onto the corresponding locations in the second image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Imperial Innovations Limited
    Inventors: Menglong Ye, Stamatia Giannarou, Guang-Zhong Yang
  • Patent number: 9930315
    Abstract: Embodiments are disclosed for a stereoscopic device (also referred to simply as the “device”) that captures three-dimensional (3D) images and videos with a wide field of view and provides a virtual reality (VR) experience by immersing a user in a simulated environment using the captured 3D images or videos.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: LUCID VR, INC.
    Inventors: Han Xiong Jin, Adam Rowell
  • Patent number: 9930715
    Abstract: An electronic device comprising: a communication interface; a memory; and at least one processor coupled to the memory and the communication interface, wherein the at least one processor is configured to: detect a change of state of the electronic device; transmit to a secondary electronic device a first information item associated with the change of state of the electronic device; receive a second information item from the secondary electronic device in response to the first information item; and perform an operation based on the secondary information item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Woo-Kwang Lee, Yeon-Jung Kim, Sang-Hyun Lee, Jae-Bong Chun, Sang-Bum Han, Kyung-Tak Hur
  • Patent number: 9930474
    Abstract: A system for integrating a wearable personal electronic device with a vehicle. The system includes an interface, a vehicle camera, and a vehicle heads-up display. The interface is configured to connect the wearable personal electronic device to the system. The vehicle camera is configured to provide video input to the wearable personal electronic device through the interface. The vehicle heads-up display is configured to display data received from the wearable personal electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignees: DENSO International America, Inc., DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Doua Vang
  • Patent number: 9916620
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments include methods and systems for providing account status notifications. The disclosed embodiments include, for example, a device for providing account status notifications including a memory storing software instructions and one or more processors configured to execute the software instructions to perform operations. In one aspect, the operations may include receiving account status notification information for a first account associated with a user. The account status notification information may be generated based on one or more notification rules and account information associated with the first account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: The Toronto-Dominion Bank
    Inventors: Orin Del Vecchio, Nigel Lall, Paul Mon-Wah Chan, Jonathan K. Barnett, Garima Aggarwal