Operator Body-mounted Heads-up Display (e.g., Helmet Mounted Display) Patents (Class 345/8)
  • 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
  • Patent number: 9779478
    Abstract: A head-mounted display (HMD) divides an image into a high resolution (HR) inset portion at a first resolution, a peripheral portion, and a transitional portion. The peripheral portion is downsampled to a second resolution that is less than the first resolution. The transitional portion is blended such that there is a smooth change in resolution that corresponds to a change in resolution between a fovea region and a non-fovea region of a retina. An inset region is generated using the HR inset portion and the blended transitional portion, and a background region is generated using the downsampled peripheral portion. The inset region is provided to a HR inset display, and the background region is provided to a peripheral display. An optics block combines the displayed inset region with the displayed background region to generate composite content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Oculus VR, LLC
    Inventors: Austin Wilson, Douglas Robert Lanman, Nicholas Daniel Trail, Scott Charles McEldowney, Stephen James McNally, Yusufu Njoni Bamaxam Sulai
  • Patent number: 9767609
    Abstract: Embodiments are disclosed that relate to determining a pose of a device. One disclosed embodiment provides a method comprising receiving sensor information from one or more sensors of the device, and selecting a motion-family model from a plurality of different motion-family models based on the sensor information. The method further comprises providing the sensor information to the selected motion-family model and outputting an estimated pose of the device according to the selected motion-family model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Ethan Eade, Michael John Ebstyne, Frederick Schaffalitzky, Drew Steedly
  • Patent number: 9766453
    Abstract: A display apparatus includes: a glass-type frame mounted to a head of an observer; and two image displaying devices for the left and right eyes that are attached to the frame. Each of the image displaying devices includes an image forming device, an optical system making light from the image forming device to be parallel light, and an optical device to which the light from the optical system is incident, and in which the light is guided so as to be output, at least one of the image displaying devices further includes a movement device relatively moving optical axes of the image forming device and the optical system in a horizontal direction, and a convergence angle is adjusted by relatively moving the optical axes of the image forming device and the optical system in the horizontal direction using the movement device depending on an observation position of an observer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroshi Mukawa
  • Patent number: 9767608
    Abstract: An augmented reality image display system may be implemented together with a surgical robot system. The surgical robot system may include a slave system performing a surgical operation, a master system controlling the surgical operation of the slave system, an imaging system generating a virtual image of the inside of a patient's body, and an augmented reality image display system including a camera capturing a real image having a plurality of markers attached to the patient's body or a human body model. The augmented reality image system may include an augmented reality image generator which detects the plurality of markers in the real image, estimates the position and gaze direction of the camera using the detected markers, and generates an augmented reality image by overlaying a region of the virtual image over the real image, and a display which displays the augmented reality image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hee Kuk Lee, Won Jun Hwang, Kyung Shik Roh, Jung Yun Choi
  • Patent number: 9766482
    Abstract: A head-wearable device includes a center support extending in generally lateral directions, a first side arm extending from a first end of the center frame support and a second side arm extending from a second end of the center support. The device may further include a nosebridge that is removably coupled to the center frame support. The device may also include a lens assembly that is removably coupled to the center support or the nosebridge. The lens assembly may have a single lens, or a multi-lens arrangement configured to cooperate with display to correct for a user's ocular disease or disorder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Michael Cazalet, Joseph John Hebenstreit, Matthew Wyatt Martin, Maj Isabelle Olsson, Mitchell Joseph Heinrich, Hayes Solos Raffle, Eliot Kim
  • Patent number: 9759918
    Abstract: Embodiments related to mapping an environment of a machine-vision system are disclosed. For example, one disclosed method includes acquiring image data resolving one or more reference features of an environment and computing a parameter value based on the image data, wherein the parameter value is responsive to physical deformation of the machine-vision system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Michael John Ebstyne, Frederik Schaffalitzky, Drew Steedly, Georg Klein, Ethan Eade, Michael Grabner
  • Patent number: 9759917
    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, wherein the eyepiece includes event and sensor triggered interface to external devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Ralph F. Osterhout, John D. Haddick, Robert Michael Lohse, Charles Cella, Robert J. Nortrup, Edward H. Nortrup
  • Patent number: 9759919
    Abstract: A display includes a projector configured to provide light of a virtual image, a waveguide into which the light of the virtual image is injected at an injection angle by the projector, and a combiner disposed along the waveguide and configured to redirect the light of the virtual image. The waveguide is configured to emit the light at a point established by the injection angle. The combiner is further configured to allow ambient light from beyond the waveguide to pass through the combiner. The waveguide constrains the light of the virtual image through total internal reflection along a curved path for the light between the projector and the combiner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Adrian Travis, Joel S. Kollin, Andreas Georgiou
  • Patent number: 9746675
    Abstract: A head-mounted display device is disclosed, which includes an at least partially see-through display, a processor configured to detect a physical feature, generate an alignment hologram based on the physical feature, determine a view of the alignment hologram based on a default view matrix for a first eye of a user of the head-mounted display device, display the view of the alignment hologram to the first eye of the user on the at least partially see-through display, output an instruction to the user to enter an adjustment input to visually align the alignment hologram with the physical feature, determine a calibrated view matrix based on the default view matrix and the adjustment input, and adjust a view matrix setting of the head-mounted display device based on the calibrated view matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Quentin Simon Charles Miller, Drew Steedly, Denis Demandolx, Youding Zhu, Qi Kuan Zhou, Todd Michael Lyon
  • Patent number: 9746671
    Abstract: A head mounted display (HMD) apparatus including a head posture information sensor for sensing a value of a head posture information and a display for displaying an image in a display area. An information terminal (IT) including an IT-side sensor for sensing a value of an IT-side information. In a first control mode the IT transmits a first control mode information to the HMD apparatus, wherein the first control mode information is determined based on a received first value of the head posture information and the value of the IT-side information, and the HMD apparatus sets the image to be displayed based on the first control mode information. In a second control mode, the HMD apparatus sets the image to be displayed based on a second value of the head posture information. Methods and information storage devices storing programs for controlling the HMD apparatus and IT are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hayato Fujigaki
  • Patent number: 9741175
    Abstract: A display apparatus assembly including: a display apparatus; and a speed measuring device that measures a movement speed of the display apparatus, wherein the display apparatus includes a glass-type frame that is mounted on a head of an observer and two image displaying devices for left and right eyes that are mounted in the frame, each of the image displaying devices includes an image forming device, an optical system that forms light output from the image forming device to be parallel light, and an optical device to which light output from the optical system is incident and in which the light is guided so as to be output, and a convergence angle is changed based on the movement speed of the display apparatus that is measured by the speed measuring device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroshi Mukawa
  • Patent number: 9740023
    Abstract: A wearable device is disclosed according to one embodiment. The wearable device can include an eyewear body, onboard electronic components, a thermal coupling and a heat transfer device. 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 at a first portion of the eyewear body and can comprise a heat source that generates heat during electrically powered operation thereof. The thermal coupling can be thermally coupled to the heat transfer device at a second portion of the eyewear body. The elongate heat transfer device can be disposed within the eyewear body and can be thermally coupled to the heat source and the thermal coupling. The heat transfer device can extend lengthwise between the heat source and the thermal coupling to transfer heat from the heat source to the thermal coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Inventor: Andrea Ashwood
  • Patent number: 9733480
    Abstract: A head-mounted display device is provided. The head-mounted display device includes: a frame having one surface formed to face a user's face; a wearing part formed to be coupled to at least a part of the frame so as to allow the frame to be fixed to the face; a mounting part formed in a cavity structure so that an external electronic device is capable of being mounted on the other surface of the frame; and one or more fastening parts that fix the external electronic device to the mounting part, wherein the fastening parts has an inclined opening angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jongsun Baek, Sukjin Yun, Sangjin Wang, Jiseong Hwang, Donghyeon Kim, Youngjin Yi, Jongchul Choi
  • Patent number: 9733481
    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: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: eMagin Corporation
    Inventors: Jerome T. Carollo, Amal Ghosh, John Chi-Liang Ho, Andrew Thomas Manning Rosen
  • Patent number: 9733701
    Abstract: The present invention provides a display apparatus and a display method for realizing control for display operations by a user precisely reflecting the user's status, i.e., the user's intentions, visual state and physical conditions. Worn as an eyeglass-like or head-mount wearable unit for example, the display apparatus of the present invention enables the user to recognize visibly various images on the display unit positioned in front of the user's eyes thereby providing the picked up images, reproduced images, and received images. As control for various display operations such as switching between the display state and the see-through state, display operation mode and selecting sources, the display apparatus of the present invention acquires information about either behavior or physical status of the user, and determines either intention or status of the user in accordance with the acquired information, thereby controlling the display operation appropriately on the basis of the determination result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yoichiro Sako, Masaaki Tsuruta, Taiji Ito, Masamichi Asukai
  • Patent number: 9726889
    Abstract: An apparatus having a mounting system and a helmet mounted display. The mounting system including a mounting plate and a mounting rocker. The helmet mounted display including a housing; latching tabs; an optical element having a combiner surface; at least one processor; and at least one memory including software, the at least one memory and software configured to, with the at least one processor, cause the apparatus at least to display heads up information on the combiner surface. The optical element is housed within a second portion of the housing being hingedly attached to the first portion of the housing. The apparatus is configured such that the combiner surface is positionable within the field of view of a wearer of the helmet. Related assemblies and methods are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: NUVIZ, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathaniel Philip Gallery, Malte Laass, Brian Ballard, Wonjae Kim, Nicholas Pennycooke, Jeff Jenkins, William Bleha, Jr., Jari Niemela
  • Patent number: 9729774
    Abstract: An imaging device includes a first imaging optical system; a first imaging unit that converts an optical image of a subject formed via the first imaging optical system into an electrical signal and produces an image signal of a first imaged image; a second imaging optical system; a second imaging unit that converts an optical image of the subject formed via a second imaging optical system into an electrical signal and produces an image signal of a second imaged image; and a control unit that independently control the first imaging optical system and the second imaging optical system and performs individually a focus adjustment of the first imaged image and the second imaged image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hitoshi Ueda
  • Patent number: 9728163
    Abstract: An electronic device and an operation mode switching method thereof are described. The operation mode switching method is applied to an electronic device that includes a display unit, and the electronic device has a first operation mode and a second operation mode. The display unit has a first light-transmittance in the first operation mode and a second light-transmittance in the second operation mode such that the first high light-transmittance is higher than the second light-transmittance. The method includes detecting to obtain a trigger event; judging whether or not the trigger event satisfies a predefined condition to get a judgment result and, when the judgment result indicates that the trigger event satisfies the predefined condition, generating a switching instruction, and according to the switching instruction, switching the electronic device between the first operation mode and the second operation mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: LENOVO (BEIJING) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wenchao Ma, Dayong Gan, Xinru Hou, Shifeng Peng
  • Patent number: 9726885
    Abstract: A preferred system and method for projecting a business information model at a construction site includes a network, a system administrator connected to the network, a database connected to the system administrator, a set of registration markers positioned in the construction site, and a set of user devices connected to the network. The system includes a hard hat, a set of headsets mounted to the hard hat, a set of display units movably connected to the set of headsets, a set of cameras connected to the set of headsets, and a wearable computer connected to the set of headsets and to the network. The cameras capture an image of the set of registration markers. A position of the user device is determined from the image and an orientation is determined from motion sensors. A BIM is downloaded and projected to a removable visor based on the position and orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Inventor: Timothy A. Cummings
  • Patent number: 9720241
    Abstract: A method, includes pre-setting a geo-spatial location where content will be displayed to a user of a see-through head-worn display, establishing a region proximate the geo-spatial location; and causing a marker recognition system of the head-worn see-through display to activate when data indicates that the see-through head-worn display is within the region, wherein the marker recognition system monitors a surrounding environment to identify a marker that will act as a virtual anchor for the presentation of the content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Osterhout Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Ralph F. Osterhout, John D. Haddick, Robert Michael Lohse, John N. Border, Nima L. Shams
  • Patent number: 9720083
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, and computer-readable media are described herein related to using self-generated sounds for determining a worn state of a wearable computing device. A wearable computing device can transmit an audio signal. One or more sensors coupled to the wearable computing device may then receive a modified version of the audio signal. A comparison may be made between the modified version of the audio signal and at least one reference signal, where the at least one reference signal is based on the audio signal that is transmitted. Based on an output of the comparison, a determination can be made of whether the wearable computing device is being worn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Patrick Johnson, Carroll Philip Gossett
  • Patent number: 9720257
    Abstract: An optical device detachably attached to a frame fixed to a user's head is provided. The optical device includes a body extending in one direction, a display extending in a direction intersecting the one direction, connected to the body, and disposed to be adjacent to the user's eye when fixed to the frame, so as to provide visual information, and a clip module protruding from the body and caught in one region of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jongbeom Han, Wonseok Joo, Minjong Lee, Dongseuck Ko, Dongchoon Kim, Haklim Lee, Jeunguk Ha
  • Patent number: 9715112
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention relate to suppression of stray light in head worn computing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Osterhout Group, Inc.
    Inventor: John N. Border
  • Patent number: 9705547
    Abstract: One or more sensors gather data, one or more processors analyze the data, and one or more indicators notify a user if the data represent an event that requires a response. One or more of the sensors and/or the indicators is a wearable device for wireless communication. Optionally, other components may be vehicle-mounted or deployed on-site. The components form an ad-hoc network enabling users to keep track of each other in challenging environments where traditional communication may be impossible, unreliable, or inadvisable. The sensors, processors, and indicators may be linked and activated manually or they may be linked and activated automatically when they come within a threshold proximity or when a user does a triggering action, such as exiting a vehicle. The processors distinguish extremely urgent events requiring an immediate response from less-urgent events that can wait longer for response, routing and timing the responses accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Deepak S. Vembar, Lenitra M. Durham, Glen J. Anderson, Cory J. Booth, Joshua Ekandem, Kathy Yuen, Giuseppe Raffa, John C. Weast
  • Patent number: 9696889
    Abstract: Provided is an electronic device, including: a display unit that displays, on one screen, a plurality of objects to be selected by a user; a line-of-sight detection unit that detects visually-recognized coordinates on the display unit to which the user's line-of-sight is directed; an object visually-recognized time period calculation unit that calculates a time period during which the visually-recognized coordinates detected by the line-of-sight detection unit fall within a range of the object; and a selection exclusion unit that excludes the object from candidates to be selected by the user if the time period calculated by the object visually-recognized time period calculation unit is longer than a time period threshold value and a frequency at which the object is selected is higher than a frequency threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Ryosuke Ogishi, Tsuyoshi Nitta, Minoru Takahashi, Masato Tanba
  • Patent number: 9696552
    Abstract: A system is disclosed including a mountable component configured with an attachment to allow the mountable component to be readily attached to and removed from an independent wearable garment, a positioning slide connected to the mountable component, a display mount connected to the positioning slide, a lens adjustment arm attached to the positioning slide, and a curved lens surface connected to the lens adjustment arm. The positioning slide is configured to move the lens and display mount in a back and forth direction and a left to right direction. Another system and method are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Patrick John Goergen, Richard Paul Boggs, Gregory A. Harrison, Hasan W. Schwandes, Danielle Holstine, Eric Sorokowsky, Cynthia M. Saelzer, Stockwell Haines, Brandon Berk
  • Patent number: 9690005
    Abstract: A metal detector of the disclosure includes a detection head, a supporting rod, and a headset. The supporting rod is connected with the detection head. A first control printed circuit board (PCB) is located inside the supporting rod, and is electrically connected to the detection head. The headset includes a second control PCB connected to the first control PCB by wireless communication, and a display electrically connected to the second control PCB. When an operator wears the headset, a visual direction of the operator keeps within a display range of the display. The detection head detects a metal signal, the first control PCB transmits the metal signal to the second control PCB by wireless communication. The second control PCB transforms the metal signal into a video signal transmitted to the display to display for the operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: SHENZHEN CHECKPOINT SECURITY ELECTRONICS CO., LTD
    Inventor: Mao Quan Deng
  • Patent number: 9691241
    Abstract: Methods and systems involving the orienting of video data based on the orientation of a display are described herein. An example system may be configured to (1) receive first video data, the first video data corresponding to a first orientation of the image-capture device; (2) send the first video data to a second computing device; (3) receive, from the second computing device, first orientation data indicating a requested orientation of the image-capture device; (4) cause a visual depiction of the requested orientation to be displayed on a graphical display; (5) receive second video data, the second video data corresponding to a second orientation of the image-capture device, where the second orientation is closer to the requested orientation than is the first orientation; and (6) send the second video data to the second computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Max Braun, Casey Kwok Ching Ho, Indika Charles Mendis
  • Patent number: 9684335
    Abstract: A rotary device may include: a binding unit detachably coupled to a part of an external object and including a side surface defining a geometric plane and having a length through which a longitudinal axis extends; a stationary unit positioned adjacent to the side surface of the binding unit and formed integrally with or coupled to the binding unit; and a rotary unit coupled to the stationary unit, the rotary unit including a first end and a second end, the first and second ends being opposite one another, the first end being rotatably coupled to the stationary unit, wherein the rotary unit is rotatable between a first position where the rotary unit forms a first angle with respect to the longitudinal axis and a second position where the rotary unit forms a second angle with the respect to the longitudinal axis, wherein at the first position, the second end of the rotary unit is a first distance from the geometric plane, and wherein at the second position, the second end of the rotary unit is a second distance
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jonghae Kim, Youngsun Park
  • Patent number: 9685689
    Abstract: A method may involve: forming a first bio-compatible layer; forming a conductive pattern on the first bio-compatible layer, wherein the conductive pattern defines an antenna, sensor electrodes, electrical contacts, and one or more electrical interconnects; forming a protective layer over the sensor electrodes, such that the sensor electrodes are covered by the protective layer; mounting an electronic component to the electrical contacts; forming a second bio-compatible layer over the first bio-compatible layer, the electronic component, the antenna, the protective layer, the electrical contacts, and the one or more electrical interconnects; removing a portion of the second bio-compatible layer to form an opening in the second bio-compatible layer; and removing the protective layer through the opening in the second bio-compatible layer to thereby expose the sensor electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Verily Life Sciences LLC
    Inventors: James Etzkorn, Huanfen Yao, Harvey Ho, Babak Parviz
  • Patent number: 9685096
    Abstract: The present application generally relates to guidance systems configured to assist individuals in learning to play a piano. Specifically, the invention relates to a system for projecting animated guidance onto the keys of a standard piano, with such system being controlled by a computing device directing the speed, tempo, location and other aspects of displaying such guidance. Further embodiments of the invention also provide for the system projecting graphical images onto the keys of the piano to assist with note association.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Inventor: Fonglui Christopher Ng
  • Patent number: 9684165
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention relate to methods and systems for imaging, recognizing, and tracking of a user's eye that is wearing a HWC. Aspects further relate to the processing of images reflected from the user's eye and controlling displayed content in accordance therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Osterhout Group, Inc.
    Inventor: John N. Border
  • Patent number: 9685003
    Abstract: Embodiments that relate to sharing mixed reality experiences among multiple display devices are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method includes receiving current versions of a plurality of data subtypes geo-located at a keyframe location. A world map data structure is updated to include the current versions, and a neighborhood request including the keyframe location is received from a display device. Based on the keyframe location, an identifier and current version indicator for each data subtype is provided to the device. A data request from the device for two or more of the data subtypes is received, and the two or more data subtypes are prioritized based on a priority hierarchy. Based on the prioritization, current versions of the data subtypes are sequentially provided to the device for augmenting an appearance of a mixed reality environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Gavin Lazarow, Frederik Schaffalitzky, Dan Hou
  • Patent number: 9677840
    Abstract: An augmented reality system in which video imagery of a physical environment is combined with video images output by a game engine by the use of a traveling matte which identifies portions of the visible physical environment by techniques such as Computer vision or chroma keying and replaces them with the video images output by the video game engine. The composited imagery of the physical environment and the video game imagery is supplied to a trainee through a headmounted display screen. Additionally, peripheral vision is preserved either by providing complete binocular display to the limits of peripheral vision, or by providing a visual path to the peripheral vision which is matched in luminance to higher resolution augmented reality images provided by the binocular displays. A software/hardware element comprised of a server control station and a controller onboard the trainee performs the modeling, scenario generation, communications, tracking, and metric generation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: LINEWEIGHT LLC
    Inventors: Stefan J. Rublowsky, Caleb Clark Crye
  • Patent number: 9678345
    Abstract: A binocular display vergence correction system is described. The binocular display vergence correction system includes a binocular display, a display tracking system, and a controller. The binocular display, being pixelated, includes a left eye image display and a right eye image display. The display tracking system is configured to determine the position and angular orientation of the binocular display relative to an origin position and origin angular orientation. The controller, includes a processor, and is configured to correct the vergence of the binocular display based on an apparent viewing distance from an eye position of the binocular display to a target object to be viewed on a screen based on the determined position and angular orientation of the binocular display. A method of correcting vergence for a pixelated binocular display is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: James E. Melzer, Wyatt L. Hendrick, Augusto H. Alvarez, Juan C. Salazar, David M. Leath, Wei L. Wang
  • Patent number: 9678346
    Abstract: A head-mounted display device includes: an image display unit including an image-light generating unit that generates image light representing an image and emits the image light and a light guide unit that guides the emitted image light to the eye of a user, the image display unit being for causing the user to visually recognize a virtual image; and a control unit that includes an operation surface, is connected to the image display unit, and controls image display by the image display unit. When it is assumed that the user shifts the user's attention from the virtual image, the control unit adjusts the luminance of the image-light generating unit or adjusts the image light generated by the image-light generating unit to reduce the visibility of the virtual image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuji Nakada, Hitoshi Saito