Operator Body-mounted Heads-up Display (e.g., Helmet Mounted Display) Patents (Class 345/8)
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 9459456
    Abstract: A head-mounted display device includes: a medium recognizing section that detects information that is viewable by a user; a display section that performs display to be viewable by the user; and an update processing section that causes the display section to display, to overlap with at least a part of the information detected by the medium recognizing section, new information corresponding to the information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Shinichi Kobayashi
  • 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.
  • Patent number: 9456750
    Abstract: A diagnostic system includes sensors with at least one being a diagnostic device comprising one or more solid state light sources used in a measurement. A software application capable of generating physiological information based on the sensors is operable on a control system adapted to receive, store and process the physiological information. The control system includes a touch-screen, circuitry for obtaining position information from a location sensor, and a wireless transceiver to transmit wireless data including the physiological information over a wireless link and is further capable of receiving voice and manually entered input signals. A host includes a digital file for receiving and storing the wireless data, control logic to process the wireless data to generate a status of the user, memory for recording the status, and an output for communicating the status or associated information over a communication link to display output devices located remotely from the host.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Omni Medsci, Inc.
    Inventor: Mohammed N. Islam
  • Patent number: 9456330
    Abstract: First user equipment transmits a first synchronization signal and a second synchronization signal that are assigned to the first user equipment for device-to-device (D2D) communication. The first synchronization signal indicates a timing reference for D2D communication and a combination of the first synchronization signal and the second synchronization signal indicate resources allocated to the first user equipment to transmit discovery information for D2D communication. First user equipment detects a first synchronization signal and a second synchronization signal that are assigned to second user equipment for D2D communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventors: Fang-Chen Cheng, Said Tatesh
  • Patent number: 9454071
    Abstract: A projection screen includes a substrate and an optical microstructure. The substrate has a projection area for projecting an image onto the projection area. The projection area includes a plurality of arrayed optical regions. Each of the optical regions includes a first and second optical sub-region with optical characteristics of reflective scattering/transmissive scattering/specular reflection and simple transmission, wherein an area of the second optical sub-region is larger than that of the first optical sub-region. The optical microstructure is arranged on the substrate for guiding the light of the image to a specific direction. The above-mentioned projection screen with two or more optical characteristics, for example, can be at the same time as the front projection screen and the rear projection screen, or allows the user to watch background image behind the projection screen. A projection system including the above-mentioned projection screen is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: NATIONAL TSING HUA UNIVERSITY
    Inventor: Cheng-Huan Chen
  • Patent number: 9454006
    Abstract: A head mounted display includes an external world information acquisition unit that acquires external world information, a visual effect unit that generates an effect image for visual effect in response to the acquired external world information, and an image display unit that superimposes and displays an outside view on the generated effect image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Shinichi Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 9454698
    Abstract: A terminal for minimizing a gazing phenomenon in an iris recognition terminal is disclosed. The iris recognition terminal may minimize the gazing phenomenon by including an eyeball reflection unit. Also, it is also possible to minimize the gazing phenomenon by displaying a positioner on a display unit. A person who wears glasses may experience specular light on the iris recognition terminal but the terminal of the present disclosure avoids the specular light. The terminal determines the location of the specular light and guides an avoidance location to a user based on the determination, so quick and accurate iris recognition is possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: IRIS ID, INC
    Inventors: Seung Gi Min, Kie Young Lee
  • Patent number: 9454699
    Abstract: Embodiments are disclosed for eye tracking systems and methods. An example eye tracking system comprises a plurality of light sources and a camera configured to capture an image of light from the light sources as reflected from an eye. The eye tracking system further comprises a logic device and a storage device storing instructions executable by the logic device to acquire frames of eye tracking data by iteratively projecting light from different combinations of light sources of the plurality of light sources and capturing an image of the eye during projection of each combination. The instructions may be further executable to select a selected combination of light sources for eye tracking based on a determination of occlusion detected in the image arising from a transparent or semi-transparent optical structure positioned between the eye and the camera and project light via the selected combination of light sources for eye tracking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Mudit Agrawal, Vaibhav Thukral, Ibrahim Eden, David Nister, Shivkumar Swaminathan
  • Patent number: 9448621
    Abstract: A method comprising receiving visual identification information from a separate apparatus, identifying the separate apparatus based, at least in part, on camera visual information and the visual identification information, determining that the separate apparatus is perceivable through a see through display, and causing display of program interaction information on the see through display such that the program interaction information corresponds with at least part of the separate apparatus viewable through the see through display based, at least in part, on the identification of the separate apparatus is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Erika Reponen, Toni Jarvenpaa
  • Patent number: 9449391
    Abstract: The electronic device includes a main body, a display screen, a first block plate, a first image capturing unit, a second image capturing unit, an image analysis unit and a control unit. The first image capturing unit is used for capturing a book image of the book and a first eye image of an eye. The second image capturing unit is used capturing a second eye image of the eye. The image analysis unit is used for determining a relative distance between the eye and the main body according to the first eye image and the second eye image and a book size of the book according to the book image. The control unit is used for determining a suitable viewing angle and controlling the display screen to rotate, such that a viewing angle at the book viewed by the eye is substantially equal to the suitable viewing angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: WISTRON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ya-Hsin Chang, Chia-Liang Lai
  • Patent number: 9448625
    Abstract: A head-mounted display device of a transmission type includes an operation unit, a control unit configured to transmit image data, and an image display unit configured to cause a user to visually recognize a generated image generated on the basis of the transmitted image data from the control unit. The control unit has, as an operation mode of the image display unit, a first mode for causing the user to visually recognize a plurality of selectable images in positions other than the center in an image generable region, which is a region where the image display unit can generate the generated image, and a second mode for causing, when a singularity of the selectable image is selected out of the plurality of selectable images, the user to visually recognize an associated image associated with the one selectable image as an image larger than the one selectable image in the first mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Shinichi Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 9448409
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention relate to providing see-through computer display optics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Osterhout Group, Inc.
    Inventors: John N. Border, John D. Haddick
  • Patent number: 9444988
    Abstract: An image sensor for body protection gear and equipment for monitoring and detection of impacts from surrounding object. The image sensor comprises multiple image processors to record images, use images to estimate and calculate environment parameters, and a controller to process the data. The controller utilizes the received information from image processors to estimate and calculate various environmental parameters which can be used to activate certain functions and devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Inventor: Kiomars Anvari
  • Patent number: 9442522
    Abstract: An accessory for a wearable computer includes a strap having a cover that covers a plurality of batteries; a first connector that joins a first end of the strap to a first end of the wearable computer; a second connector that joins a second end of the strap to a second end of the wearable computer, the second connector having a housing, and an electrical coupling; and an electronic control unit disposed within the housing, the electronic control unit being electrically connected to the plurality of batteries and being electrically connected to the electrical coupling. The electrical coupling is configured to be electrically connected to the wearable computer, and the batteries supply power to the wearable computer via the electronic control unit and the electrical coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Inventor: Kevin Alan Tussy
  • Patent number: 9442563
    Abstract: A portable device (e.g., a wireless device such as a cell phone) is provided with a flexible keyboard and a flexible display screen. Such flexible components may be stored in the housing of the portable device when not in use. The flexible display screen and flexible keyboard may be expanded from the housing when the flexible components are utilized by a user. Non-flexible display and input components may be provided on the exterior of the portable device such that the device may be used, in some form, while the flexible components are stored. In one embodiment, a portion of the flexible display (or flexible keyboard) may be utilized when the flexible display (or flexible keyboard) is stored in said first housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Inventor: Jeffrey David Mullen
  • Patent number: 9445225
    Abstract: A spectator sport system and method that displays different views of a sporting event and, in particular, uses a position selected by the spectator to assist in displaying a view from the selected position. The spectator, using an internet device, can zoom, pan, tilt and change the view, as well as change the view to another position, such as a finish line, goal, or a participant position (e.g. Driver of car #3 or Tiger Wood's position). The starting position can be specified, as well as the target position or orientation from the starting position. Vital information on the sporting event or a participant can be appended to the view. In some forms, augmented reality or any geographic referenced datasets can be used and combined, such as 3D imagery or 3D renderings, to enhance the experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignees: Huston Family Trust, Herb's Holdings LLC.
    Inventor: Charles D. Huston
  • Patent number: 9437047
    Abstract: The invention discloses a method, an electronic apparatus, and a computer readable medium for retrieving a map. The method includes the following steps. Firstly, a picture of a printed map is obtained. A block area surrounded by a road outline in the picture is defined. A map service is queried to find an electronic map having a map area corresponding to the block area according to contents of the printed map. A plurality of 3-D models of a plurality of buildings located in the map area is retrieved. The 3-D models are mapped on the picture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: Yung-Lung Chang, Ruey-Jer Chang
  • Patent number: 9438798
    Abstract: A combined scanning and staring (SCARING) focal plane array (FPA) imaging system having a plurality of modes of operation is provided. In one example, the SCARING FPA system includes a photodetector array with a plurality of photodetectors arranged in a plurality of photodetector rows, a readout integrated circuit (ROIC) coupled to the photodetector array, and a processor coupled to the ROIC. The processor coupled to the ROIC is configured to dynamically configure the SCARING FPA between a scanning mode of operation and a staring mode of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: RAYTHEON COMPANY
    Inventors: David Buell, John L. Vampola, Micky R. Harris, Steven Botts
  • Patent number: 9436276
    Abstract: The claimed subject matter relates to an architecture that can provide for a second-person avatar. The second-person avatar can rely upon a second-person-based perspective such that the avatar is displayed to appear to encompass all or portions of a target user. Accordingly, actions or a configuration of the avatar can serve as a model or demonstration for the user in order to aid the user in accomplishing a particular task. Updates to avatar activity or configuration can be provided by a dynamic virtual handbook. The virtual handbook can be constructed based upon a set of instruction associated with accomplishing the desired task and further based upon features or aspects of the user as well as those of the local environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Eyal Ofek, Blaise H. Aguera y Arcas, Avi Bar-Zeev, Gur Kimchi, Jason Szabo
  • Patent number: 9429759
    Abstract: Head-mounted display systems and methods of operation that allow users to couple and decouple a portable electronic device such as a handheld portable electronic device with a separate head-mounted device (e.g., temporarily integrates the separate devices into a single unit) are disclosed. The portable electronic may be physically coupled to the head-mounted device such that the portable electronic device can be worn on the user's head. The portable electronic device may be operatively coupled to the head-mounted device such that the portable electronic device and head mounted device can communicate and operate with one another. Each device may be allowed to extend its features and/or services to the other device for the purpose of enhancing, increasing and/or eliminating redundant functions between the head-mounted device and the portable electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Quin C. Hoellwarth
  • Patent number: 9429234
    Abstract: A gear stage display device of a vehicle is provided and includes a light-emitting unit that is configured to generate light with different brightnesses. In addition, a first brightness controller is connected to the light-emitting unit and is configured to adjust the light-emitting unit to a first brightness. A second brightness controller is connected in parallel to the first brightness controller and is configured to adjust the light-emitting unit to a second brightness. In response to receiving a brightness control signal and a gear stage selection signal, one of the first brightness controller and the second brightness controller is configured to adjust the light-emitting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: SL Corporation
    Inventor: Hyun Chul Ha
  • Patent number: 9429772
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a frame configured to be worn on the head of a user and having first and second rims with lenses and a bridge between the rims for resting on the nose of the user. First and second temple portions extend away from the rims to ends and are can be positioned over the temples of the user with the ends near the ears of the user. The device further includes a display element over one of the lenses and a housing having an arm portion affixed to the first temple portion. An elbow portion of the housing defines a display end that supports the display element at an angle to the arm portion. Image generating means within the housing can present an image on the display element. An input device on the housing can receive an input from the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Mitchell Joseph Heinrich, Maj Isabelle Olsson
  • Patent number: 9423619
    Abstract: A HMD (head mounted display) and its methods are discussed. In one embodiment, the HMD includes a processor which can detect a first marker of a augmented reality image within a view angle region of the HMD, and determine a location state of the first marker, the location state including a first state in which the first marker is located within the view angle region of the HMD and a second state in which the first marker is located beyond the view angle region. When the location state of the first marker is switched from the first state to the second state, the processor can start displaying the augmented reality image on a display unit, and when the location state of the first marker is switched from the second state to the first state, the processor can stop displaying the augmented reality image on the display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventor: Yongsin Kim
  • Patent number: 9411160
    Abstract: A transmission type head mounted display includes an image display unit that forms an image on the basis of image data and allows the formed image to be visually recognized by a user as a virtual image in a state in which the image display unit is mounted on the head of the user, a position specifying unit that specifies a target position which is a position of a specific target object relative to the image display unit; and a control unit that causes the image display unit to form a target position display image indicating the target position and that sets a position of the target position display image in an image formation region which is a region where the image display unit forms an image, on the basis of the target position specified by the position specifying unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshinori Hosoya
  • Patent number: 9405122
    Abstract: The disclosure includes a system and method for calibrating a binocular optical see-through augmented reality display. A calibration application renders a virtual object to overlay and align with a real-world object on the display, receives a depth between the real-world object and the eyes of the user, receives user input to move the virtual object on the display for depth-disparity calibration, and determines a mapping between the depth and the disparity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Ricoh Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Wanmin Wu, Ivana To{hacek over (s)}ić
  • Patent number: 9398847
    Abstract: In certain embodiments, a head-mounted display may include one or more displays for displaying images. A left and right movable disk may be placed respectively between the left and right eyes of a user and the one or more displays. The user may wear the HMD, and may adjust the spacing between the left and right disks while viewing the computer-displayed image or images through holes in the plastic discs. For example, the HMD may display a stereo colored bulls eye pattern, of which the user can only see a portion because their vision is restricted to on-axis viewing by the discs. The computer may instruct the user to move the HMD disks until the user can only see the color in the center of the bulls eye. In certain embodiments, by performing the foregoing adjustment, the eye may be oriented on the proper optical axis to look through an optimal location of a lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: VALVE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Dan Newell, Benjamin David Krasnow
  • Patent number: 9398844
    Abstract: Embodiments related to improving a color-resolving ability of a user of a see-thru display device are disclosed. For example, one disclosed embodiment includes, on a see-thru display device, constructing and displaying virtual imagery to superpose onto real imagery sighted by the user through the see-thru display device. The virtual imagery is configured to accentuate a locus of the real imagery of a color poorly distinguishable by the user. Such virtual imagery is then displayed by superposing it onto the real imagery, in registry with the real imagery, in a field of view of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Tony Ambrus, Adam Smith-Kipnis, Stephen Latta, Daniel McCulloch, Brian Mount, Kevin Geisner, Ian McIntyre
  • Patent number: 9395544
    Abstract: An eyepiece for a head wearable display includes a light guide component for guiding display light received at a peripheral location offset from a viewing region and emitting the display light along an eye-ward direction in the viewing region. The light guide component includes an input surface to receive the display light into the light guide component, an eye-ward facing side, a world facing side, a total internal reflection (“TIR”) portion disposed proximal to the input surface to guide the display light received through the input surface using TIR, and a partially reflective portion including a partially reflective element disposed over the eye-ward facing side and a switchable reflector disposed over the world facing side. The partially reflective portion is disposed to receive the display light from the TIR portion and to guide the display light via reflections off of the partially reflective element and the switchable reflector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Amber M. Luttmann, Ozan Cakmakci, Anurag Gupta
  • Patent number: 9395539
    Abstract: A system and method for optimizing image uniformity in a head-up display (HUD) are provided. An imaging subsystem is characterized in that if light of a first uniformity is propagated therethrough, an uncompensated image would be displayed to a user via uncompensated image light. The uncompensated image light has first and second portions with respective first and second values of a radiant property. A difference between the first and second values is a first amount. The light source is configured to emit source light of a second, predetermined uniformity through the imaging system such that a compensated image is displayed to the user via compensated image light. The first portion of the compensated image light has a third value of the radiant property, and the second portion of the compensated image light has a fourth value of the radiant property. A difference between the third and fourth values is less than the first amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: John F. L. Schmidt, Brent D. Larson, Victoria P. Haim, Elias S. Haim
  • Patent number: 9390516
    Abstract: The present invention relates to computer capture of object motion. More specifically, embodiments of the present invention relate to capturing of facial movement or performance of an actor. Embodiments of the present invention provide a head-mounted camera system that allows the movements of an actor's face to be captured separately from, but simultaneously with, the movements of the actor's body. In some embodiments of the present invention, a method of motion capture of an actor's performance is provided. A self-contained system is provided for recording the data, which is free of tethers or other hard-wiring, is remotely operated by a motion-capture team, without any intervention by the actor wearing the device. Embodiments of the present invention also provide a method of validating that usable data is being acquired and recorded by the remote system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: TWO PIC MC LLC
    Inventor: Doug Griffin
  • Patent number: 9386065
    Abstract: A technique for transmitting a video stream between a first electronic device and a second electronic device is provided. The first device receives an encoded video stream and determines whether an encoding format of the encoded video stream is a format decodable by a second electronic device. If the format is decodable, the encoded video stream is transmitted without a re-encoding operation to the second device. The video stream is displayed at the first device delayed by a determined delay time enabling the video stream to be displayed at the second device substantially synchronized with the display at the first device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Heung-Ki Lee, Gil-Yoon Kim, Soung-Kwan Kim, Jong-Kyu Kim, Jong-Kyu Lim
  • Patent number: 9383816
    Abstract: A joint head tracker and voice command in a headset computer enables hands-free user text selection. The method and system enables an end-user to select sections of text without requiring use of a mouse cursor control input device. Embodiments include a headset computer, including a processor, configured to display text in a screen view. The computer further configured to place a first point within the displayed text according to one or more of first head tracking information, first voice commands and first gestures, and place a second point within the displayed text according to second head tracking information, second voice commands and second gestures. The computer further configured to select a text section between the first point and the second point in response to one or more of third head tracking information, third voice commands and third gestures, and display the selected text section as a highlighted text section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Kopin Corporation
    Inventor: Sean Hennelly
  • Patent number: 9377626
    Abstract: A head mounted display system for use with a mobile computing device, comprises a soft main body made entirely of a soft and compressible material, the main body has a retention pocket entirely formed by the material and configured to accept and secure the mobile computing device and a lens assembly comprising two lenses configured to focus vision on respective areas of a display screen of the mobile computing device, the lens assembly held within one or more apertures formed in the main body entirely by the material, the two lenses mounted for independent movement with respect to each other, such that a split screen image may be viewed through the two lenses on the display screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Merge Labs, Inc.
    Inventor: Franklin A. Lyons
  • Patent number: 9380273
    Abstract: Disclosed is a helmet mounted enhanced vision system which includes at least one camera, having a circuit board therein with an array thereon of closely spaced apertures, where each aperture includes an electronic light sensor and a computer die coupled to and associated therewith, such that each aperture behaves much like a digital camera coupled via to the other apertures by a network. The array of apertures each including varied sensor types such sensors having: different resolutions, distance to optimal focus point, and light sensitivity, so as to enable foveal displays, multi-focal point images and dynamic range enhancement, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: David W. Jensen, Steven E. Koenck
  • Patent number: 9377627
    Abstract: A head mount display includes a first frame, a display, a second frame, and a junction. The display is mountable on the first frame. The second frame is configured to be pivotably connected to the first frame and includes a circuit module. The circuit module includes a power circuit configured to supply power to the display. The junction is configured to electrically connect the display and the circuit module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Mitsuyoshi Watanabe, Norimi Yasue, Masanori Oda
  • Patent number: 9372348
    Abstract: A method and apparatus of displaying an electronic video image using a head-worn near-to-eye display in a non-immersive fashion, such that the wearer can choose, through simple adjustments of their neck and eye angles, to either look at the displayed video image or their natural environment. The invention also relates to the incorporation of prescription lenses into the optical chain of the near-to-eye display. The invention also relates to the use of motion and position sensors incorporated into the head-worn device to enable automatic stabilization of the video image. The invention also relates to the use of motion and position sensors incorporated into the head-worn device to automatically adjust the vertical angle of either the camera or the electronic display or both, by sensing the vertical angular position of the user's head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: eSight Corp.
    Inventor: Robert G. Hilkes
  • Patent number: 9366862
    Abstract: This disclosure concerns an interactive head-mounted eyepiece with an integrated processor for handling content for display and an integrated image source for introducing the content to an optical assembly through which the user views a surrounding environment and the displayed content. The optical assembly includes absorptive polarizers or anti-reflective coatings to reduce stray light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: John D. Haddick, Ralph F. Osterhout
  • Patent number: 9366871
    Abstract: An immersive headset device is provided that includes a display portion and a body portion. The display portion may include microdisplays having a compact size. The microdisplays may be movable (e.g., rotational) relative to the body portion and can be moved (e.g., rotated) between a flipped-up position and a flipped-down position. In some instances, when the microdisplays are flipped up, the headset provides an augmented reality (AR) mode to a user, and when the microdisplays are flipped down, the headset provide a virtual reality (VR) mode to the user. In certain implementations, the headset includes an electronics source module to provide power and/or signal to the microdisplays. The electronics source module can be attached to a rear of the body portion in order to provide advantageous weight distribution about the head of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: EMAGIN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Amal Ghosh, John Chi-Liang Ho, Andrew Thomas Manning Rosen
  • Patent number: 9360934
    Abstract: A robotized surgery system (10) comprises at least one robot arm (11) which acts under the control of a control console (12) intended for the surgeon. The console (12) comprises an eye tracking system (21) for detecting the direction of the surgeon's gaze and for entering commands depending on the directions of the gaze detected. The console (22) comprises advantageously a screen (23) with at least one zone (23) for viewing the operating field and, among the commands which can be performed depending on the gaze directions, there is advantageously an automatic command for enabling or disabling the movement of the robot arm (11) when a gaze direction which falls within or outside of said zone (23) of the screen is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Transenterix Italia S.R.L.
    Inventors: Emilio Ruiz Morales, Damien Brasset, Paolo Invernizzi