Operator Body-mounted Heads-up Display (e.g., Helmet Mounted Display) Patents (Class 345/8)
  • Patent number: 9616852
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a light source configured to emit light onto a glass; an image-capturing unit configured to capture light from an image-capturing region including reflection light of the emitted light from the glass; an object detection filter used to detect an object attached to the glass, light from a portion of the image-capturing region entering the object detection filter; an exposure control unit configured to determine a first exposure amount used in image capturing for a first region where the object detection filter does not exist and a second exposure amount used in image capturing for a second region where the object detection filter exists; and an image analysis unit configured to analyze a captured image obtained by the image-capturing unit. The image-capturing unit switches an exposure amount used in an image-capturing process for the image-capturing region between the first exposure amount and the second exposure amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Ryosuke Kasahara, Hideaki Hirai
  • Patent number: 9618749
    Abstract: Technologies for mitigating a physiological condition include a wearable computing device coupled with a head-mounted display and sensor(s). The wearable computing device may receive sensor data indicative of a physical attribute of the user while displaying information on the head-mounted display. The wearable computing device analyzes the sensor data to detect a physiological condition of the user and, if detected, applies a mitigation strategy to mitigate the physiological condition. The detected physical condition may be a nausea condition or a seizure condition. To reduce potential risk to the user, the wearable computing device may buffer information to be displayed by the head-mounted display, analyze the display information based on risk factor rules to determine whether the display information presents a potential risk to the user, and reduce the display rate of the head-mounted display in response to the potential risk to the user. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: William C. Deleeuw, Jeffrey C. Sedayao
  • Patent number: 9618751
    Abstract: A head-mounted or helmet-mounted display apparatus is provided. The apparatus includes an optical element which in use is disposed in front of the eyes of a user. The optical element has a waveguide portion. The apparatus further includes a light source of image-bearing light and two diffraction elements. Each diffraction element is configured for propagation of image-bearing light of the light source through the optical element. Each diffraction element is arranged to release the image bearing light from the optical element. The apparatus further includes a switching element for switching the image-bearing light repeatedly between the first diffraction element and the second diffraction element to provide a first visible image or a second visible image to the respective eye of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: BAE SYSTEMS PLC
    Inventors: Michael David Simmonds, Mohmed Salim Valera
  • Patent number: 9612447
    Abstract: A device for 3D wide angle viewing, comprising of goggles made of opaque material installed with a set of Vector Light Sources (VLSs) which emit narrow light beams each pointing only in one direction. The set of VLSs is divided into two subsets. All the VLSs included in each subset are pointed towards the center location of their subset. The device enables viewing of a pair of stereoscopic images when the center locations are adjusted to fit the locations of pupils of the user. Each pixel of the stereoscopic images is focused because it is emitted by VLS. The VLSs are constructed by installing each light source at the end of a narrow tunnel which has the pointing direction of its VLS. Altogether, all the VLSs are arranged as two sets of concentric vectors. The light sources could be Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs), Liquid Cristal Displays (LCDs) or laser diodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Inventor: Jezekiel Ben-Arie
  • Patent number: 9606358
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a band configured to be worn on the head of a user. The band has a brow portion, a nosepiece depending from the brow portion, and a temple portion extending from the brow portion. An operational unit has a display element and a housing with an arm portion affixed to the temple portion of the band and defining a longitudinal axis. An elbow portion of the housing defines a display end of the housing and supports the display element such that it extends along a display axis that is angled with respect to the longitudinal axis and such that the display element is positionable over an eye of the user. Image generating means are disposed within the housing and configured for generating an image presentable to the user on the display element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Mitchell Joseph Heinrich, Maj Isabelle Olsson
  • Patent number: 9606363
    Abstract: Systems, methods and computer readable media are provided for rendering virtual reality content. One example system includes a housing to be attached to a head of a user using a strap that connects to the housing. Display optics are integrated in the housing and are oriented on an internal side of the housing that is configured for orientation toward eyes of the user when the housing is attached to the head of the user. Further, electronics are integrated with the housing and a holder is integrated in the housing. The holder is configured to retain a smartphone. When the smartphone is retained by the holder a screen of the smartphone is oriented toward the display optics of the housing. A connector is integrated in the housing to enable connection of the smartphone to the electronics when the smartphone is retained by the holder. The smartphone includes a camera facing away from the display optics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment America LLC
    Inventor: Gary M. Zalewski
  • Patent number: 9606376
    Abstract: Eyeglasses may include a frame body and at least one lens carried by the frame body, and at least one display carried on at least one exterior surface of the frame body and configured to display a changeable image thereon. The at least one display may be conformal to the at least one exterior surface. The eyeglasses may further include a communications interface carried by the frame body, and a controller carried by the frame body and coupled to the at least one display and the communications interface. The controller may be configured to receive display data via the communications interface, and selectively change the image on the at least one display based upon the received display data to thereby change an external visual appearance of the frame body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Inventors: Oliver Filutowski, Pamela Filutowski
  • Patent number: 9599818
    Abstract: An obstacle detecting unit detects an obstacle for a user wearing a head mounted display from an image of the outside world. A distance calculating unit calculates the distance from a detected obstacle to the user wearing the head mounted display. An obstacle replacing unit replaces the detected obstacle with a virtual object. A virtual object synthesizing unit generates a virtual object at a position within a virtual space displayed on the head mounted display, in which the position is determined according to the distance to the obstacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Takeshi Yamagishi, Hiroshi Osawa, Yoichi Nishimaki
  • Patent number: 9602584
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system with a separate computing unit, comprising: a primary computing device comprising a computing unit, a control interface unit via which a user enters an instruction that causes the computing unit to perform the processing operation or the computing operation to generate an instruction code, and a first wireless communication unit transmitting a first wireless signal containing the instruction code; and a remote control device comprising an instruction implementation unit, and a second wireless communication unit receiving the first wireless signal and sending the instruction code in the first wireless signal to the instruction implementation unit to implement the instruction code; wherein the operation of the instruction implementation unit of the remote control device is controlled by the instruction code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Gemtek Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hung Wen Chen
  • Patent number: 9594247
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product are provided for implementing a pinlight see-through near-eye display. Light cones configured to substantially fill a field-of-view corresponding to a pupil are generated by an array of pinlights positioned between a near focus plane and the pupil. Overlap regions where two of more light cones intersect at a display layer positioned between the array of pinlights and the pupil are determined. The two or more light cones are modulated based on the overlap regions to produce a target image at or beyond the near focus plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: NVIDIA Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew Stephen Maimone, Douglas Robert Lanman, David Patrick Luebke
  • Patent number: 9594246
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention relate to providing see-through computer display optics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Osterhout Group, Inc.
    Inventors: John N. Border, John D. Haddick, Joseph Bietry
  • Patent number: 9595243
    Abstract: Units which respectively acquire information on an aberration generated by a display optical system and information on an aberration generated by a vision correction optical system used by an observer are arranged. Aberration correction is executed based on the two aberrations. An aberration generated by a combination of the display optical system and the vision correction optical system used by the observer can be appropriately corrected for each observer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Cannon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kenji Oyama, Takuya Tsujimoto
  • Patent number: 9589372
    Abstract: A method for managing a content overlay. The method included a processor identifying a first image and a second image from an augmented reality (AR) device. The method further includes identifying a first element of interest within the first image. The method further includes associating a corresponding first AR content overlay for the first element of interest. The method further includes determining one or more differences between the first image and the second image, wherein the second image includes at least the first element of interest. The method further includes modifying a position of at least the first AR content overlay based, at least in part, on the one or more differences between the first image and the second image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Chris R. Bean, Sophie D. Green, Stephen R. F. Head, Madeleine R. Neil Smith
  • Patent number: 9579025
    Abstract: Systems and methods for collecting biosignals can include a master node and a plurality of biosensor slave nodes wirelessly connected to the master node. The biosensor can be implanted in the body, or external to the body. One of the biosensors can function as the master node, or a networked cell phone or local area network (LAN) router can function as the master node. The biosensor slave nodes can collect biosignals such as blood pressure, blood sugar (glucose), EEG brain activity and similar biomarkers as biodata. The slave nodes can transmit the biodata to the master node, along with implicit timing information. In response, the master nodes can communicate implicit timing adjustment information back to the slave node(s), but only when said slave node's implicit timing information is outside of a predefined synchronization accuracy ?, which can be determined according to the timing frequency requirements of the biodata being monitored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: The United States of America, as Represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Rohan Ramlall
  • Patent number: 9584638
    Abstract: An apparatus may include a device and an image projection system configured to form an image on a surface viewable by a user. The image projection circuit may be configured to receive signals from the device, generate a pattern representative of data, process the pattern into a mirror image of the image, and project the mirror image from the device. The image projection system may include an electro optic system for generating the pattern, and an optics system for projecting the mirror image onto the surface. A method for projecting data may include providing the device with the image, and providing the image to the surface with the image projection system. The method may also include manipulating the device and/or a body part to locate and focus the image, sensing an orientation of the device, and orienting the image based, at least in part, on the sensing step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Lagoon Point Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Cathey, Steven Howell, James Cathey
  • Patent number: 9583032
    Abstract: Technology is disclosed herein to help a user navigate through large amounts of content while wearing a see-through, near-eye, mixed reality display device such as a head mounted display (HMD). The user can use a physical object such as a book to navigate through content being presented in the HMD. In one embodiment, a book has markers on the pages that allow the system to organize the content. The book could have real content, but it could be blank other than the markers. As the user flips through the book, the system recognizes the markers and presents content associated with the respective marker in the HMD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Mathew J. Lamb, Ben J. Sugden, Robert L. Crocco, Jr., Brian E. Keane, Christopher E. Miles, Kathryn Stone Perez, Laura K. Massey, Alex Aben-Athar Kipman, Sheridan Martin Small, Stephen G. Latta
  • Patent number: 9576398
    Abstract: Augmented reality systems and associated methods, computer-readable media, techniques, and methodologies for improving contrast between projected or emitted computer-generated images and ambient light of a visible real-world environment are disclosed. Devices that incorporate such augmented reality systems are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Waverly Zehner, Robert Nasry Hasbun
  • Patent number: 9575320
    Abstract: A video display device is provided that naturally displays a video without blocking an observer's field of view, and includes the following: a display optical system that displays a video; an ocular optical system that guides video light emitted from the display optical system to the optical pupil of an observer; and a support that supports the ocular optical system upon the light path of video light emitted from the display optical system. The support includes a first support plate and a second support plate that face each other, and the ocular optical system is located between the first support plate and the second support plate. An opening through which the observer's line of sight passes is formed at least partially between the first support plate and the second support plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: TELEPATHY HOLDINGS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takahito Iguchi
  • Patent number: 9578156
    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: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    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: 9569701
    Abstract: A user is assisted in a real-world environment. An assistance engine receives at least one context from the user. The assistance engine also receives a video stream of the real-world environment. The assistance engine performs an optical character recognition process on the video stream based upon the at least one context. The assistance engine generates a response for the user. A microphone on a head-mounted device receives the context from the user. A camera on the head-mounted device captures the video stream of the real-world environment. A speaker on the head-mounted device communicates the response to the user. The user may move in the real-world environment based upon the response to improve the optical character recognition process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: John C. Hartley, Puthukode G. Ramachandran, Richard S. Schwerdtfeger, Shunguo Yan
  • Patent number: 9563057
    Abstract: An eyewear type terminal includes a camera, an infrared light emitting part, a display unit and a controller. The camera obtains a first image using at least one image sensor. The infrared light emitting part is disposed to be spaced apart from the camera at a predetermined distance, and transmits infrared light using at least one infrared light emitting device. The display unit displays the first image and a marker moving along a first input signal on the first image, when the infrared light emitting part is driven. The controller obtains a second image of an object existing in the area where the marker is displayed using the at least one infrared light emitting part and the camera, when a second input signal is sensed, and outputs visual information related to the obtained second image to be adjacent to the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Gukchan Lim, Wonseok Joo, Jongseok Park, Chohee Kwon, Mijin Park
  • Patent number: 9558540
    Abstract: A head-mounted display device including an image display apparatus configured to display a captured image of a portion of an environment viewable through the head-mounted display device; and a dimmer configured to, while the captured image is displayed, allow a portion of ambient light from the environment to pass through the dimmer. Also, a method of displaying information on a head-mounted display device. The method may include displaying a captured image of a portion of an environment viewable through the display device; and dimming ambient light received through the head-mounted display device from the environment while displaying the captured image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroshi Mukawa
  • Patent number: 9551870
    Abstract: A head mounted display device that allows a user to visually recognize a content as a virtual image, includes a display part that displays the content in a predetermined display area, and a control part that determines a background color of the content and use environment brightness and adjusts brightness of the display area in response to the determination results thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Baba
  • Patent number: 9554447
    Abstract: A wearable user interface device provides a display (e.g. an augmented reality display) for a user/wearer. The device includes a camera or other optical sensor and wireless communication capability. The camera or sensor provides an input to detect and possibly communicate with a lighting device or system. The communications and display capabilities allow the device to obtain and present lighting-related information to the wearer. For example, before installation, the device may identify a light fixture and communicate with a server to obtain information about fixture installation or configuration. As another example, the user can operate the device to identify and communicate with an installed fixture, to configure the fixture into a system (e.g. as part of a lighting group) or to check or repair fixture or system firmware. Hence, the device provides a wearable, interactive user interface for a variety of lighting-related functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: ABL IP HOLDING LLC
    Inventors: Jack C. Rains, Jr., David P. Ramer, Januk Aggarwal
  • Patent number: 9551853
    Abstract: A removable optical loupe that is mountable to headwear is provided. The inventive loupe is configured to clip on to the brim of a hat, or the bill of a cap or visor. Embodiments of the inventive loupe have a pivoting joint for positioning the lens of the optical loupe into and out of the line of sight when not in use. The lens of the inventive optical loupe is used for magnifying objects for inspection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Inventor: Gerald Mansuy
  • Patent number: 9551873
    Abstract: A head mounted display (HMD) system is provided. The system includes a housing and optics disposed in the housing. The system further includes a processor disposed in the housing and shutter control logic interfaced with the processor. The shutter control logic is configured to operate to alternate between opening a left eye-side of the optics and closing a right eye-side of the optics to opening the right eye-side of the optics and closing the left eye-side of the optics. A holder portion is integrated with the housing. The holder portion is configured to receive a smart device having a display screen. The display screen is oriented toward the optics of the housing in a direction that is toward a face of a user when the HMD system is worn by the user. The shutter control in operation is configured to enable a three-dimensional view of image date rendered on the display screen of the smart device when viewed through the optics of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment America LLC
    Inventor: Gary M. Zalewski
  • Patent number: 9554124
    Abstract: A full depth display for use in three dimensional (3D) imaging has an array of optical emitters on a first plane, an aperture array having a plurality of apertures on a second plane separated from the first plane, and an optional set of corrective lenses which direct the image to a slightly divergent path about the z axis. The optical emitters are organized in left/right pairs. The aperture array contains periodic structures which direct optical energy from the array of apertures to an observer's left and right eyes to create the effect of a full depth image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: EOS VISION, INC
    Inventors: Fori Owurowa, John H. Prince
  • Patent number: 9541613
    Abstract: The MRI apparatus includes a housing that includes a bore in which a first magnetic field for capturing a MR image is generated, a beam projector that is disposed in the bore of the housing during capture of the MR image and projects an image onto an inner wall included in the bore, and a controller that controls the beam projector, and transfers a video signal to the beam projector. The beam projector includes a coil which is disposed so that a direction of a second magnetic field, which is generated with a current applied to the coil, is parallel to a direction of the first magnetic field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Myung-kyu Lee
  • Patent number: 9535252
    Abstract: A virtual image display apparatus includes a video image display element which generates video image light, a light guiding member which includes a plurality of optical surfaces and guides the video image light by reflecting on inner surface side, and an optical device portion such as a projector lens through which the video image light passes when the video image light is made to foe incident on the light guiding member. Here, the light guiding member is a block-shaped member including a pair of facing first and third surfaces which extend substantially in parallel with each other and fully reflect the video image light, and first reference optical axis of the optical device portion on a light emitting side extends in a direction in which the first reference optical axis forms an obtuse angle with respect to a traverse reference axis corresponding to an eye alignment direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Noriaki Hiraide
  • Patent number: 9535249
    Abstract: A trapezoidal correction processing portion performs trapezoidal correction (distortion correction) on video image areas each of which is divided into a plurality of video image areas separately in accordance with the divided video image areas. In this case, each of the video image areas is divided into a plurality of areas. Further, a pair of right and left virtual image formation sections perform trapezoidal correction in a mirror symmetric manner, and the center position of the wearer's eye in each of the virtual image formation sections is so adjusted that the center position coincides with a distortion-free image corrected by using a small amount of correction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takashi Takeda, Takahiro Totani, Masayuki Takagi, Akira Komatsu, Toshiaki Miyao
  • Patent number: 9529194
    Abstract: A head-mounted display apparatus including a face plate having a first surface formed to face a user's face, and a support part configured to be coupled with at least a part of the face plate so as to allow the face plate to be fixed on the user's face. A cavity structure may be formed on second surface of the face plate which is opposite to the first surface so as to mount an external electronic device to the head mounted display apparatus. One or more position adjustment units are configured to adjust a position of the external electronic device and may be formed on at least one side surface of the face plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chungkeun Yoo, Jonghae Kim
  • Patent number: 9529199
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention relate to providing see-through computer display optics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Osterhout Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Ralph F. Osterhout, John N. Border, Robert Michael Lohse, John D. Haddick, Nima L. Shams
  • Patent number: 9523856
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention relate to providing see-through computer display optics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Osterhout Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Ralph F. Osterhout, John N. Border, Robert Michael Lohse, John D. Haddick, Nima L. Shams
  • Patent number: 9523853
    Abstract: A head mounted display (“HMD”) includes a display module that displays a primary viewing image at a focus distance. The display module also displays a focusing cue image at the focus distance to aid a user of the HMD in focusing on the primary viewing image at the focus distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Eliezer Peli, Anurag Gupta
  • Patent number: 9519144
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product are provided for producing images for a near-eye light field display. Defect information for a first pixel of a microdisplay of a near-eye light field display device is received and a second pixel of the microdisplay is identified, where the first pixel and the second pixel contribute to a portion of the retinal image. Based on the defect information, a value of the second pixel within an array of elemental images is modified to produce a corrected array of elemental images for display by the microdisplay. An optical apparatus of the near-eye light field display device may, for example, be a microlens of a microlens array positioned between a viewer and an emissive microdisplay or a pinlight of a pinlight array positioned behind a transmissive microdisplay relative to the viewer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: NVIDIA Corporation
    Inventors: Douglas Robert Lanman, David Patrick Luebke
  • Patent number: 9513479
    Abstract: With respect to an emitting side optical axis, which is an optical axis on a first surface, a sight line reference axis which is assumed as a sight line axis of the eyes of an observer extends in a slightly inclined direction. In particular, the emitting side optical axis with respect to the sight line reference axis is configured to approach the eyes from the outside (that is, a corner of the eyes) of the eyes. In addition, a long image in a vertical direction which is perpendicular to an alignment of the eyes rather than in the horizontal direction which corresponds to the alignment of the eyes, is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akira Komatsu, Takahiro Totani, Masayuki Takagi, Takashi Takeda, Toshiaki Miyao
  • Patent number: 9509983
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and display apparatuses consistent with the invention may generate control signals to control n light-passing devices such that the n light-passing devices each are sequentially operated between ON and OFF states, and such that each of the n light-passing devices are in the ON state no less than 1/n of the viewing period. This may allow different images to be viewed through different light-passing devices. The embodiments may be used, for example, to present a three-dimensional image to a viewer or to present different videos to different viewers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Atsushi Ito, Kyoichiro Oda
  • Patent number: 9507174
    Abstract: A spatial focal field type glasses display product can present virtual images at different distances simultaneously. The product is a frame type glasses or corneal contact lens and comprises a projection component and a display control device. The projection component comprises a plurality of projection units, each projection unit projects a plurality of elementary beams. The elementary beams projected by the same projection unit diverge and do not intercept with each other. The elementary beams projected by different projection units intersect near the retina after passing through the crystalline lens. The intersection point is a cluster focus. All cluster focuses form a spatial focal field which envelop the retina. When the diopter of the crystalline lens changes, the spatial focal field displaces and deforms accordingly, so different cluster focuses fall on the retina to be seen clearly, while the other cluster focuses tend to disperse and cannot be seen clearly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: BEIJING ANTVR TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Zheng Qin
  • Patent number: 9503555
    Abstract: A clamping apparatus for a head-mounted display device is provided. The clamping apparatus comprises a pivot portion at a rear of the clamping apparatus, the pivot portion adapted to rotate in a rotation plane, a first side portion coupled to and extending in a forward direction from the pivot portion, a second side portion coupled to and extending in the forward direction from the pivot portion, wherein the pivot portion is adapted to adjust the first and second side portions through the rotation plane to a first position and maintain the first position until later adjusted, and a display device assembly coupled to the first side portion, the display device assembly extending in the forward direction from the first side portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Nicole Tricoukes, Patrick Riechel, Tom Roslak, Jorg Schlieffers
  • Patent number: 9498291
    Abstract: A command interpreter is in communication with a wireless controller. The command interpreter is configured to identify a reference location of the wireless controller, identify a second location of the wireless controller, and determine, based on the reference location and the second location, a sequence of instrument commands configured to adjust positioning of the instrument device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: HANSEN MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Kamini Balaji, Sean Paul Walker, Serena H. Wong, June Park, Richard Henderson
  • Patent number: 9497501
    Abstract: A head-mounted display includes a see-through display and a virtual reality engine. The see-through display is configured to visually augment an appearance of a physical space to a user viewing the physical space through the see-through display. The virtual reality engine is configured to cause the see-through display to visually present a virtual monitor that appears to be integrated with the physical space to a user viewing the physical space through the see-through display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Mount, Stephen Latta, Adam Poulos, Daniel McCulloch, Darren Bennett, Ryan Hastings, Jason Scott
  • Patent number: 9479274
    Abstract: Embodiments provide an apparatus, a system, and a method. A system includes a tracking apparatus operable to gather data indicative of a spatial aspect of a person with respect to the display. The system also includes an individualization module operable to individualize a parameter of the content presentation in response to the data indicative of a spatial aspect of a person with respect to the display. The system further includes a display controller operable to implement the individualized parameter in a presentation of the content by the display. The system may include the display operable to present a humanly perceivable content to at least one person proximate to the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: Edward K. Y. Jung, Royce A. Levien, Robert W. Lord, Mark A. Malamud, John D. Rinaldo, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9472013
    Abstract: According to various exemplary embodiments, a communication request from a caller is received at a mobile device associated with a callee. A relationship between the caller and the callee is determined. Animation rule information is accessed, where the animation rule information describes a plurality of animation rules corresponding to a plurality of relationships. Thereafter, a display of an animation is generated via a user interface in the mobile device of the callee, based on a specific animation rule in the animation rule information that corresponds to the relationship between the caller and the callee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: John Patrick Edgar Tobin
  • Patent number: 9470906
    Abstract: A virtual or augmented reality headset is provided having a frame, a pair of virtual or augmented reality eyepieces, and an interpupillary distance adjustment mechanism. The frame includes opposing arm members, a bridge positioned intermediate the opposing arm members, and one or more linear rails. The adjustment mechanism is coupled to the virtual or augmented reality eyepieces and operable to simultaneously move the eyepieces in adjustment directions aligned with the plurality of linear rails to adjust the interpupillary distance of the eyepieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Magic Leap, Inc.
    Inventors: Masamune Kaji, Michael John Slipy, Shigeru Natsume
  • Patent number: 9471824
    Abstract: Described herein are systems and methods employing embedded barcodes to convey supplemental information about an image, for example a motion picture. In some systems the barcodes may be subliminal because they are spliced, physically or digitally, into a movie frame shown too briefly to be consciously detectable to the human eye, but still detectable by camera sensors. Other described systems may display the barcodes in infrared or ultraviolet light, which is outside of the visible spectrum of light perceived by the human eye, but still detectable by camera sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Keir Finlow-Bates, Koushik Annapureddy
  • Patent number: 9465991
    Abstract: Embodiments relating to determining characteristics of eyeglass lenses are disclosed. A head-mounted display device comprises a camera communicatively coupled to a computing device and including an optical axis having a center point. Light sources are configured to emit light rays toward the lens to produce lens glints. The light sources are in a light source plane that is spaced from a lens plane by an offset distance of between 8 mm and 12 mm. The light sources are either spaced vertically from a line perpendicular to the light source plane and extending through the center point by a distance between 13 mm and 53 mm, or spaced horizontally from the line by a distance of between 13 mm and 80 mm. Lens characterization program logic identifies an image location of each lens glint, and outputs an estimated lens shape model comprising the one or more lens characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Maurice Mei, David Zachris Nister
  • Patent number: 9465217
    Abstract: An optical unit housing section and a light guide device are supported by a frame. Durability of sections having an optical function in an entire apparatus is maintained. The frame is arranged on a side closer to the nose of an observer than the optical unit housing section and reduced in size. Consequently, a virtual image display apparatus can give an impression that the virtual image display apparatus is small in size in appearance as a whole. Further, it is possible to attain a reduction in the weight of the entire virtual image forming apparatus. Compared with a structure in which the entire apparatus is covered with a case-like member, the virtual image display apparatus can be formed in a shape closer to a form of eyeglasses. It is possible to attain design with apparent voluminousness suppressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Noriaki Hiraide
  • Patent number: 9465237
    Abstract: Embodiments are generally directed to automatic focus prescription lens eyeglasses. An embodiment of an apparatus includes one or more variable focus lenses coupled; one or more actuators to change the focus of the variable focus lenses; and one or more focus distance components coupled to detect a focus distance of one or more eyes of a user of the apparatus. The one or more actuators set a focal distance of each of the one or more variable focus lenses, a focal distance setting for each of the one or more variable focus lenses being determined in response to the focus distance of the one or both eyes of the user; and the focal distance setting for each of the one or more variable focus lenses includes adjustment for a vision prescription of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Larry R. Tate, Simon N. Peffers
  • Patent number: 9465216
    Abstract: A wearable display device is disclosed, which includes: a frame; a display unit configured to show an image in at least a partial area thereof and positioned in front of a user's eye in a first mode; a main unit coupled to the frame; and a hinge disposed at a coupling point of the display unit and the main unit to enable a rotation of the display unit, where the display unit is rotatable about the hinge by at least 180 degrees. With the device disclosed herein, it possible to prevent malfunctioning and damage even when the device is worn for extended periods, and it is also possible to resolve the problem of the wearable display device obstructing the field of vision when not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: INDUSTRY-UNIVERSITY COOPERATION FOUNDATION HANYANG UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Jong-Il Park, Byung-Kuk Seo
  • Patent number: 9459693
    Abstract: Embodiments include an article of manufacture, apparatus, device, system, computer-program product, and method. In an embodiment, system is provided that includes at least two machine-differentiatable identifiers, each identifier of the at least two machine-differentiatable identifiers being respectively keyed to a data recipient and associatable with a hand-formed mark on a surface. The system also includes a commonly accepted meaning respectively associated by a group of users with each machine-differentiatable identifier of the at least two machine-differentiatable identifiers. The system may include a surface displaying the at least two machine-differentiatable identifiers. The system may include a surface displaying the at least two machine-differentiatable identifiers and the commonly accepted meaning respectively associated by a group of users with each machine-differentiatable identifier of the at least two machine-differentiatable identifiers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: Alexander J. Cohen, Edward K. Y. Jung, Royce A. Levien, Robert W. Lord, Mark A. Malamud, John D. Rinaldo, Jr.