Operator Body-mounted Heads-up Display (e.g., Helmet Mounted Display) Patents (Class 345/8)
  • Patent number: 9883173
    Abstract: A stereoscopic display method or system includes an image display panel, object tracking sensors, and a means to create first or left, and second or right stereoscopic images based upon viewpoint location. This allows the user to perceive the viewed 3D stereoscopic image as approximately fixed in space. A first embodiment employs differently filtered colored, stereoscopic images. The first and second differently filtered colored images may be perceived as a 3D stereoscopic image by applying anaglyph glasses. In a second embodiment the method of passively polarized glasses may be applied with the result being a stereoscopic image whose location is approximately fixed in space. A third embodiment employs passively polarized anaglyph glasses. This provides the advantage of allowing two different viewers to see different virtual 3D stereoscopic images whose location remains approximately fixed in space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: 3DI LLC
    Inventor: David Paul Woods
  • Patent number: 9873048
    Abstract: A method of adjusting a field of view of a user for a head mounted display (HMD) includes defining a virtual camera for specifying an image of the field of view in a virtual space. In response to updating an image of the field of view by changing a position of the virtual camera without synchronization with the movement of the HMD, the position of the virtual camera is moved in a movement direction of a player object to move the player object into a predetermined range of the field of view. The field of view is sectioned into a non-tracking region defined by the predetermined range, a near tracking region, and a far tracking region. A relief region is between the non-tracking region and the far tracking region. Movement of the player object is based on a location of the player object within the field-of view region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: COLOPL, INC.
    Inventor: Takanori Yoshioka
  • Patent number: 9876972
    Abstract: Multiple mode, multiple waveband detector systems and methods are provided. A first window selection signal is received. Based on the first window selection signal, a first read-out pixel window comprising a first subset of pixels of a plurality of pixels of a detector array is determined. A plurality of first image portions of a scene are generated over a first period of time by iteratively, for each iteration of a plurality of iterations over the first period of time, integrating photons on the detector array, reading out only the first subset of pixels in the first read-out pixel window, and storing a first image portion of the scene of the plurality of first image portions of the scene based on the read-out of the first subset of pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Calvin L. Powell, Trisha A. Fish, Mark T. Myers
  • Patent number: 9874931
    Abstract: A head-tracking system includes a georeferenced head tracker (GHT) configured to provide georeferenced head position data, and a platform-referenced head-tracker (PRHT) configured to provide platform-referenced head position data. A controller is coupled with the GHT and the PRHT, and configured to be coupled with an avionic system configured to provide georeferenced aircraft position data. The controller includes a processor configured to access the georeferenced head position data, compare a current drift error of the GHT with a predetermined error threshold. When the current drift error is below the threshold, the processor transmits a signal indicative of the georeferenced head position data being a current georeferenced head position data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven E. Koenck, Bobby D. Foote
  • Patent number: 9874744
    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: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: THALMIC LABS INC.
    Inventors: Matthew Bailey, Stefan Alexander
  • Patent number: 9874757
    Abstract: A head mount display (HMD) includes: an image unit; a lens unit; and a housing including a first surface arranged on the front side, a second surface extending rearward from an upper side of the first surface, and a third surface extending rearward from a lower side of the first surface. The HMD further includes a half mirror provided on the left side of the housing and on the left side relative to the lens unit and deflecting, rearward, image light led by the lens unit; an operating member provided on the left side relative to the center in right and left directions of the housing within the first surface and rotating about an axis extending in frontward and rearward directions; and an adjustment mechanism connected to at least one of the image unit and the lens unit and moving the unit(s) according to rotation of the operating member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Miyuki Kusuda, Nobuo Hiraki
  • Patent number: 9865090
    Abstract: A system includes a head-mountable display and a portable information processor. The portable information processor includes a determination device that determines whether communication between a head-mountable display and the portable information processor is enabled. The portable information processor includes an identification device that identifies at least a portion of image data that is displayed by the portable information processor. The portable information processor includes a transmitter that transmits the identified at least a portion of the image data to the head-mountable display when the determination device determines that communication between the head-mountable display and the portable information processor is enabled. The head-mountable display includes a receiver that receives the identified at least a portion of the image data from the portable information processor. The head-mountable display includes a display that displays the identified at least a portion of the image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takayasu Ida
  • Patent number: 9864194
    Abstract: A visual display system is provided for a vehicle having a windshield. The system includes a controller configured to receive information associated with an operating environment of the vehicle and to generate display commands representing the operating environment; a first operator tracking unit configured to collect data associated with a primary vision field of view of an operator; and a first display system coupled to the controller and configured to receive the display commands. The first display system includes a first display unit configured to display at least a portion of a border representing a boundary of the primary vision field of view of the operator and first symbology representing the operating environment of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Subash Samuthirapandian, John G. Suddreth
  • Patent number: 9865091
    Abstract: Examples are disclosed herein that relate to identifying and localizing devices in an environment via an augmented reality display device. One example provides, on a portable augmented reality computing device, a method including establishing a coordinate frame for an environment, and discovering, via a location-sensitive input device, a location of a physical manifestation of the device in the environment, assigning a device location for the device in the coordinate frame based upon the location of the physical manifestation, and modifying an output of the portable augmented reality computing device based upon a change in relative position between the portable augmented reality computing device and the physical manifestation in environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Riccardo Giraldi, Anatolie Gavriliuc, Michelle Chua, Andrew Frederick Muehlhausen, Robert Thomas Held, Joseph van den Heuvel, Todd Alan Omotani, Richard J. Wifall, Christian Sadak, Gregory Alt
  • Patent number: 9866823
    Abstract: A transmission type head mounted display device includes a distance measuring unit that measures a distance to a specific point in an outside scene, an image display unit that is capable of transmitting the outside scene and displays an image, and an image setting unit that controls the image display unit such that the image can be stereoscopically displayed at the position of measured distance, and in a case where the measured distance is changed, sets the image stereoscopically displayed at the position of the distance measured before the change as the image to be stereoscopically displayed at the position of the distance measured after the change over a time longer than a time required for the measured distance be changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Naoto Aruga
  • Patent number: 9860522
    Abstract: A head-mounted light field display device, the device comprising at least one multiplexed light field display module adapted to face an eye of a viewer wearing the device, the multiplexed light field display module comprising a light field view image generator and a waveguide with a set of shutters, the light field view image generator operable to generate, over time, a set of beams of light from a different one of a set of light field view images, the shuttered waveguide operable to transmit the set of beams and to open, over time, a different subset of the set of shutters, the subset corresponding to a position associated with the view image, thereby to emit the set of beams via the subset, thereby to display to the viewer a time-varying optical light field representative of the set of view images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Inventor: Paul Lapstun
  • Patent number: 9857593
    Abstract: Natural-scene light is polarized so the light exiting the polarizer and entering a glass assembly has a first polarization. Light having a second polarization substantially orthogonal to the first polarization is launched into the glass assembly and directed normal to the glass assembly and into a zone plate assembly, along with the natural-scene light. A first plurality of electric fields is established in the zone assembly to form at least one zone plate that modulates the launched light without modulating the natural-scene light. The first plurality of electric fields is disestablished and a second plurality of electric fields is established in the zone plate assembly to reposition the at least one zone plate in the liquid crystal plate. Disestablishment and establishment of electric fields is repeated at a sufficient rate so that an image defined by a number of pixel spots formed on a retina is perceived by a viewer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: John Hong, Jian Ma, Chong Lee, Tallis Chang, Jay Yun, Robert Sean Daley, Frederick Kim
  • Patent number: 9857597
    Abstract: A packaging box with a virtual reality (VR) display is disclosed. The packaging box with a VR display includes an outer case designed to have a nose holder and at least one strap slit, and a holder case adapted to fit inside the outer case for holding a video display device. The holder case is configured to have two view finder holes on upper surface of the holder case. The packaging box includes a nose holder at one side of the holder case which is in line with the nose holder of the outer case, and a rectangular bezel holder at bottom surface of the holder case, two eye piece holders, in symmetry with the view finder holes on the upper surface, adapted to fit on the upper surface of the holder case, each of the eye piece holder fitted with an eye piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Rames Palanisamy, Gandhi Gurunathan Rajendran, Subramanian Ramakrishnan, Raghu Vallikkat Thazhathethil
  • Patent number: 9858721
    Abstract: The subject matter described herein includes systems, methods, and computer readable media for generating an augmented scene display. An exemplary method includes forming, using a display device operating in a first stage, an augmented virtual image by emitting light rays through a plurality of spatial light modulation layers included in a display device. The method also includes forming, using the display device operating in a second stage, an occluded real image by opening a shutter element of the display device to receive light rays from a real object and utilizing the plurality of spatial light modulation layers to block any light ray from the real object which coincides with the augmented virtual image. The method further includes generating an augmented scene display that includes both the occluded real image and the augmented virtual image by alternating the operation of the display device between the first stage and the second stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Inventors: Andrew Maimone, Henry Fuchs
  • Patent number: 9852547
    Abstract: A computing device receives data regarding a destination, a current GPS location, map data of the current location and destination, and a direction and angle of view of an augmented reality display device. The computing device accesses social media content related to an area that includes the location and the destination, and analyzes the content to determine recent conditions and attributes associated with the location and destination area. The computing device determines a path from the location to the destination based on the map data, the current location and destination, and the social media content. The computing device sends information to display a virtual image of the path overlaid on a real-world view of the augmented reality display device, based on the direction of view and the incline level of view, of the augmented reality display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: James E. Bostick, John M. Ganci, Jr., Sarbajit K. Rakshit, Craig M. Trim
  • Patent number: 9851803
    Abstract: A pair of eyeglasses has a frame and lenses mounted on the frame. A computer processor is mounted on eyeglasses together with a plurality of cameras and a digital projection system. IR sensors and/or dual zoom cameras may also be mounted on the glasses and configured to track the movement of the user's hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: EYECAM, LLC
    Inventors: Ronald Fisher, Bryan Davis, James Fisher, Andrew Merit, Paul Gautreaux
  • Patent number: 9851091
    Abstract: Disclosed is a head mounted display (HMD) having light emitting devices. The HMD includes a body having a plurality of surfaces; and a plurality of light emitting units formed on the plurality of surfaces and configured to emit light to outside of the body, wherein each of the plurality of light emitting units includes at least four light emitting devices that are disposed in a straight line in a spaced manner such that a specific cross ratio defines spacing for each of the plurality of light emitting units, a cross ratio of one of the plurality of light emitting units being different from cross ratios of other light emitting units among the plurality of light emitting units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Soungmin Im, Sungjin Kim, Sungmin Baek
  • Patent number: 9851585
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems for electronic wearable devices such as smart glasses are described. According to one embodiment, the wearable device can include an eyewear body, onboard electronic components, and a core wire. The eyewear body can be configured for wearing by a user to hold one or more optical elements mounted on the eyewear body within a field of view of the user. The onboard electronic components can be carried by the eyewear body and can comprise a heat source that generates heat during electrically powered operation thereof. The core wire can be disposed within the body to form part of a structural framework for at least part of the eyewear body. The core wire can be thermally coupled to the heat source to provide a heat sink for the heat source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: SNAP INC.
    Inventor: Andrea Ashwood
  • Patent number: 9851569
    Abstract: A head-mounted display (HMD) device designed for quick and easy mounting and dismounting to and from, respectively, a mounting fixture comprises a display assembly and a chassis coupled to the display assembly. The display assembly includes optical elements configured to convey light to the eyes of a human user when the head-mounted display device is worn by the user. In certain embodiments introduced here, the chassis has an external surface and a fixture interface surface defined within, but not coplanar with, the external surface. The fixture interface surface is configured to mate with a device interface surface of the mounting fixture when the head-mounted display device is mounted to the mounting fixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Andriy Pletenetskyy, Bernard Schultz
  • Patent number: 9846308
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure relate to haptic feedback systems and methods for use in head-worn computing systems. A head worn computer includes a frame adapted to hold a computer display in front of a user's eye, a processor adapted to present digital content in the computer display and to produce a haptic signal in coordination with the digital content display, and a haptic system including a plurality of haptic segments, wherein each of the haptic segments is individually controlled in coordination with the haptic signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Osterhout Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Ralph F. Osterhout
  • Patent number: 9848127
    Abstract: Provided is a compact display system and method for creating, with minimal volume, a focused, high quality, full color, large FOV virtual image characterized by eye-limited spatial resolution. The provided compact display (i) enables a flexible range of eye relief, and (ii) enables a large exit pupil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: David J. Dopilka, Bernard Fritz, Brent D. Larson
  • Patent number: 9841599
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention relate to methods and systems for providing a high transmission see-through view of the environment while trapping escaping light from the display system. In embodiments, a camera system is also provided that is aligned with the display system to provide images of the environment in a viewing direction of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Osterhout Group, Inc.
    Inventor: John N. Border
  • Patent number: 9841812
    Abstract: According to an illustrative embodiment, an information processing device is provided. The information processing device includes at least one electrode configured to generate at least one signal related to eye blinking of a subject; and a processing circuit configured to receive the at least one signal and detect eye blinking of the subject based on the at least one signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yuji Kitazawa, Seiji Wada, Kota Aizawa, Yutaka Fukuyama
  • Patent number: 9844119
    Abstract: A head mounted device includes a helmet, an ambient light sensor, a pupil dimension sensor, a lighting element, and a dynamic lighting system. The ambient light sensor is disposed in an outside surface of the helmet and measures ambient light outside the helmet. The pupil dimension sensor is disposed in a housing of the helmet and measures a size of a pupil of a wearer of the helmet. The lighting element is disposed in the outside surface of the helmet. The dynamic lighting system controls the lighting element and adjusts an intensity of the lighting element based on the ambient light and the pupil size of the wearer of the helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: DAQRI, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Mullins, Matthew Kammerait
  • Patent number: 9842562
    Abstract: A method, an apparatus, and a computer program product for modulating optics in a display are provided. An apparatus forms a plurality of zone plates in a liquid crystal using electric fields. Each zone plate has a center, and the centers are aligned along a first axis of the display. The apparatus moves the plurality of zone plates in a first direction along a second axis of the display different from the first axis of the display, while maintaining alignment of the centers of the plurality of zone plates along the first axis. Such movement is provided through repositioning of electric fields through the liquid crystal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: John H. Hong, Jian J. Ma, Chong U. Lee, Tallis Y. Chang, Jay C. Yun, Robert Sean Daley, Frederick D. Kim
  • Patent number: 9841563
    Abstract: A light field display device comprising at least one multiplexed light field display module, the multiplexed light field display module comprising a view image generator, a waveguide, and a set of shutters spatially distributed along the waveguide, the view image generator optically coupled to the waveguide, the waveguide optically coupled to each shutter, the view image generator operable to generate a set of beams of light from one of a set of view images, the waveguide configured to transmit the set of beams along its length via internal reflection, each shutter operable to be switched between a closed state and an open state, the closed state of the shutter configured to prevent the beams from escaping the waveguide, the open state of the shutter configured to allow the beams to escape the waveguide, the module operable to generate, over time, the set of beams from a different one of the set of view images, and to open, over time, a different subset of the set of shutters, thereby to allow the set of beam
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Inventor: Paul Lapstun
  • Patent number: 9835878
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a wearable eyeglass device including: an optical communication module receiving a first optical signal and transmitting a second optical signal; a display module displaying information corresponding to at least one of the first and second optical signals; and a control module controlling the display module to display first information corresponding to the first optical signal at the time of receiving the first optical signal and controlling the optical communication module to transmit the second optical signal corresponding to second information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Dong-Woo Lee, Hyung-Cheol Shin, Ga-Gue Kim, Sung-Yong Shin, Gi-Su Heo, Yong-Ki Son, Hyun-Tae Jeong
  • Patent number: 9836117
    Abstract: A “Tactile Autonomous Drone” (TAD) (e.g., flying drones, mobile robots, etc.) supplies real-time tactile feedback to users immersed in virtual reality (VR) environments. TADs are not rendered into the VR environment, and are therefore not visible to users immersed in the VR environment. In various implementations, one or more TADs track users as they move through a real-world space while immersed in the VR environment. One or more TADs apply tracking information to autonomously position themselves, or one or more physical surfaces or objects carried by the TADs, in a way that enables physical contact between those surfaces or objects and one or more portions of the user's body. Further, this positioning of surfaces or objects corresponds to some real-time virtual event, virtual object, virtual character, virtual avatar of another user, etc., in the VR environment to provide real-time tactile feedback to users immersed in the VR environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Lior Shapira
  • Patent number: 9839166
    Abstract: An electronic device having a heat radiator and a method for controlling the electronic device are provided. The electronic device includes a frame including at least one optical assembly and a structure configured to receive a portable electronic device including a display, wherein an image is on the display can be seen through the at least one optical assembly when the portable electronic device is in the structure, a wearing member connected to the frame and configured to be worn together with the frame on the head of a user, and a heat radiator configured to remove heat from a space between the display and the optical assembly to outside the electronic device when the portable electronic device is received in the structure and is turned on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tae-Yang Kim, Jae-Ho Chung, Young-Jun Choi, Eun-Sun Hwang, Dong-Hyun Byun, Sang-Jin Wang, Suk-Jin Yun, Jae-Ho Lee, Jong-Chul Choi
  • Patent number: 9830071
    Abstract: Example method and systems for text-entry are disclosed. A method may involve displaying a user interface comprising a character line, the character line comprising a plurality of characters in a substantially linear arrangement. The method may then involve receiving a first input via a touch-sensitive input device, wherein the first input comprises a detected movement on a first portion of the touch-sensitive input device. Further, the method may involve, in response to receiving the first input, displaying an indication of a selected character. The method may then involve receiving a second input via the touch-sensitive input device, wherein the second input comprises a detected movement from the first portion to a second portion of the touch-sensitive input device and back to the first portion. The method may then involve displaying the selected character in a text-entry area of the user interface that is separate from the character line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Nirmal Patel, Thad Eugene Starner
  • Patent number: 9828261
    Abstract: A liquid treatment unit includes: a treatment tank provided with an inlet and an outlet, the treatment tank having a shape that allows a portion of liquid to be retained; a controller that controls supply of liquid into the treatment tank and ejection of liquid from the treatment tank; and a plasma generator generates plasma in the liquid inside the treatment tank. The plasma generator generates plasma while the controller stops supply of liquid and ejection of liquid. After the liquid has been treated, the controller resumes the supply of liquid, and causes the liquid to be ejected from the treatment tank while allowing a portion of the treated liquid to be retained inside the treatment tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mari Onodera, Masaki Fujikane, Shin-ichi Imai
  • Patent number: 9829705
    Abstract: A head-up display including a display screen including an array of display pixels arranged in rows and in columns, where the display screen is pivoted, around an axis perpendicular to the screen, by an inclination angle between 10 and 80 degrees, with respect to the position of the display screen for which a group of adjacent activated display pixels of a same row appears to an observer as being directed along the horizontal or vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Commissariat À L'Énergie Atomique et aux Énergies Alternatives
    Inventors: Umberto Rossini, Henri Doyeux, Denis Sarrasin
  • Patent number: 9826803
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an article of jewelry, preferably a necklace with a hologram. The disclosed apparatus is provided with a hologram to display various things within the necklace and make it appear more stylish and enhancing the decorative appeal. The disclosed apparatus is capable of interacting with the multimedia devices like phone and can connect with them to display images and other things present in them via hologram in the necklace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventor: Dawan Anderson
  • Patent number: 9823474
    Abstract: A system (100), apparatus (110), and method (900) for displaying an image (880). The system (100) can use an aspherical lens (450) to direct light (800) in the interim image (850) towards the viewer (96) of the final image (880) displayed by the system (100). Use of the aspherical lens (450) expands the FOV (860) accessible to the viewer (96) and reduces exit pupil drift (480).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: AVEGANT CORP.
    Inventors: Allan Thomas Evans, D. Scott Dewald
  • Patent number: 9823779
    Abstract: This invention discloses a method and device for controlling a touch screen, including: determining that that the touch screen is working in a track mode; when a finger is sliding on the touch screen, obtaining a sliding track of the finger and displaying the sliding track on both the terminal device and the head-mounted display device synchronously, wherein the sliding track is used to locate the position of the finger on the touch screen; when a switching condition is satisfied, switching the touch screen from the track mode to a trigger mode; and when an operation instruction to the touch screen is detected, triggering the touch screen to perform the corresponding function in accordance with the operation instruction. Compared with existing technologies, the method and device provided by this invention have a higher control precision of the touch screen, do not need to add additional hardware and thus reduce the cost invested.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: QINGDAO GOERTEK TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Xiangjun Zhang
  • Patent number: 9817476
    Abstract: An augmented reality device includes a frame assembly including a nose piece and a pair of temple pads configured to accommodate a plurality of fit points of a user. A set of mountings on the frame assembly is configured to mount to the frame assembly any of a plurality of different see-through display modules having different exit pupil distances. A see-through display module is coupled to the frame assembly via the set of mountings. The see-through display module is selected from among the plurality of different see-through display modules to match an exit pupil distance of the see-through display module to an inter-pupillary distance of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Joel Jacobs, Nicolas Denhez, Paul Bosveld
  • Patent number: 9817170
    Abstract: A display apparatus and an electronic device are described. The display apparatus includes a display component configured to output displaying light corresponding to a first image and a light path converting component configured to perform light path conversion on the displaying light. The light path converting component unit includes a collimating unit and a waveguide unit. The collimating unit is configured to collimate the displaying light into collimated light, and lead the collimated light into the waveguide unit. The waveguide unit is configured to exit the collimated light to form a virtual image at a predetermined position, with a size of the virtual image being greater than a display size of the display component. An image acquiring component is configured to receive photographing light from external side of the display apparatus via at least part of the waveguide unit to obtain a second image corresponding to the photographing light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: LENOVO (BEIJING) CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Bingchuan Sun
  • Patent number: 9817235
    Abstract: The present invention proposes a method and apparatus for prompting based on smart glasses. The method comprises: acquiring current scenario information; determining prompt information corresponding to the current scenario information according to a preconfigured information base, the information base storing at least one kind of scenario information and prompt information corresponding to each kind of scenario information; and displaying the prompt information by means of the smart glasses. The method can facilitate the acquisition of prompt information corresponding to a scenario by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: BAIDU ONLINE NETWORK TECHNOLOGY (BEIJING) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Errui Ding, Zhongqin Wu
  • Patent number: 9811184
    Abstract: The present invention concerns virtual reality viewers for use with touchscreen enabled mobile devices. The virtual reality viewer comprises: a housing configured to receive a mobile electronic device within an interior of the housing; and an input mechanism that is accessible from an exterior of the housing and that is moveable within the interior between a first position and an extended position, wherein a surface of the input mechanism is configured to contact the touch-screen of the mobile electronic device when in the extended position. The disclosed systems and methods facilitate receiving user inputs on the exterior of the housing and providing the user inputs to the touchscreen within the housing using the electro-mechanical input mechanism. Accordingly, the viewer can be used with a variety of smartphones without requiring magnetic switches or a wireless/cable connection between the input device and the smartphone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: DODOcase, Inc.
    Inventor: Patrick Buckley
  • Patent number: 9805527
    Abstract: An on-board computing system for determining an opportune time to log data into a first memory. A sensor system collects data of a vehicle's environment. A controller of the on-board computing system logs the data to a first memory when it determines an opportune time to log data to the first memory. The controller holds data in a second memory if it determines it is not an opportune time to log data into the first memory. The controller resumes logging data to the first memory when an opportune time presents itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignees: Volkswagen AG, Audi AG
    Inventor: Somudro Gupta
  • Patent number: 9805512
    Abstract: A virtual reality (VR) headset calibration system calibrates a VR headset, which includes a plurality of locators and an inertial measurement unit (IMU) generating output signals indicative of motion of the VR headset. The system comprises a calibration controller configured to receive a headset model of the VR headset that identifies expected positions of each of the locators. The controller controls cameras to capture images of the VR headset while the headset is moved along a predetermined path. The images detect actual positions of the locators during the movement along the predetermined path. Calibration parameters for the locators are generated based on differences between the actual positions and the expected positions. Calibration parameters for the IMU are generated based on the calibration parameters for the locators and differences between expected and actual signals output by the IMU. The calibration parameters are stored to the VR headset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Oculus VR, LLC
    Inventors: Dov Katz, Jennifer Leigh Dolson, Simon Hallam, Kieran Tobias Levin, Eric Loren Vaughan, Klas Petter Ivmark, Andrew Melim
  • Patent number: 9798143
    Abstract: A transmission type head mounted display includes an image display unit that displays an image and through which external scenery is transmitted, a position information acquisition unit that acquires position information of the head mounted display, a determination information acquisition unit that acquires determination information used to determine whether or not an image to be displayed on the image display unit will be displayed, an information transmission and reception unit that receives display information which is correlated with the acquired position information and includes determination information correspondence information, and a display image control unit that displays an image as the determination information correspondence information which is correlated with the acquired determination information and is included in the received display information on the image display unit in a case where the determination information is acquired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yutaka Fujimaki, Masahide Takano
  • Patent number: 9791957
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods, devices, and systems that may enable a touch-based interface to receive dynamic user inputs based on pressure. An exemplary method may involve: (a) detecting a touch interaction including an increase in pressure greater than a first threshold pressure-increase followed by a reduction in pressure greater than a threshold pressure-reduction; and (b) responsive to detecting the touch interaction, initiating an operation based on a region of the touch-based interface that corresponds to the touch interaction, wherein the operation is associated with the touch interaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: X Development LLC
    Inventors: Eric Teller, Claes-Fredrik Mannby, Martin T. King, Kevin Anthony Furr
  • Patent number: 9794684
    Abstract: A head-mounted display device includes an image display unit which displays an image. The head-mounted display device includes: a microphone unit including an audio input unit which converts a sound into an electrical signal and capable of switching a position of the audio input unit between a plurality of positions; a position determination unit which determines which position of the plurality of positions the audio input unit is located at; and a mode switching control unit which switches an operation of the audio input unit and a display mode of the image display unit, respectively, on the basis of the determined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Kaori Sendai, Masahide Takano
  • Patent number: 9784975
    Abstract: A display device includes an image display section that transmits an outside scene and displays an image to be visually recognizable together with the outside scene. A control section acquires depth data concerning a direction visually recognizable through the image display section and controls the image display section on the basis of the acquired depth data. According to the control, the control section changes visibility of the outside scene visually recognized through the image display section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Naoto Aruga
  • Patent number: 9785235
    Abstract: It is determined whether a driver is gazing at a gaze target object in the eye gaze direction, and the eye gaze of the driver is guided by changing a display mode of the gaze target object determined to be gazed at by the driver. Calibration of eye gaze direction detection information is accurately and promptly executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Asako Shigeta, Takahisa Aoyagi, Tetsuji Haga
  • Patent number: 9779700
    Abstract: To provide a head-mounted display and an information display apparatus that match the intuition of the user and are excellent in operability. A head-mounted display according to an embodiment of the present technology includes a reception unit, an image display element, and a display processing unit. The reception unit receives an operation signal including information on a relative position of a detection target in contact with an input operation surface, which is output from the input device. The image display element forms an image V1 presented to a user. The display processing unit causes, based on the operation signal, the image display element to display an operation image V10 with an auxiliary image P indicating a position of the detection target being overlapped on the image V1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Tsubasa Tsukahara, Masatoshi Ueno, Kenichi Kabasawa, Shinobu Kuriya, Tetsuro Goto, Hisako Sugano, Daisuke Kawakami, Toshiyuki Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 9778749
    Abstract: This document describes techniques and devices for occluded gesture recognition. Through use of the techniques and devices described herein, users may control their devices even when a user's gesture is occluded by some material between the user's hands and the device itself. Thus, the techniques enable users to control their mobile devices in many situations in which control is desired but conventional techniques do permit effective control, such as when a user's mobile computing device is occluded by being in a purse, bag, pocket, or even in another room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Ivan Poupyrev
  • Patent number: 9778738
    Abstract: Disclosed is an operation display system, including: an operation display device including a display unit to display an operation window; an operating unit to receive an operation to the operation window; and a display control unit to change the operation window in accordance with the operation received by using the operating unit; an air operation detecting unit to detect an air operation performed by one user in air apart from the display unit; a virtual operation window creating unit to create a virtual operation window in which the operation window is changed in accordance with the air operation; and an AR display unit to show the one user an augmented reality space in which the virtual operation window is synthesized with a real space, wherein the display control unit does not change the operation window displayed on the display unit, in accordance with the air operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Yasuaki Sugimoto, Tsutomu Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 9776084
    Abstract: A virtual-reality system includes a head-mounted display, a camera mounted on and protruding from a surface of the head-mounted display, and a compressible shock mount mounting the camera on the surface. The shock mount is to retract the camera towards the head-mounted display when compressed. The shock mount protects the camera from damage when the head-mounted display is dropped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: OCULUS VR, LLC
    Inventors: Boyd Drew Allin, Robin Michael Miller, Jared I. Drinkwater