Operator Body-mounted Heads-up Display (e.g., Helmet Mounted Display) Patents (Class 345/8)
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 9360322
    Abstract: A method based on separating ambient gravitational acceleration from a moving three-axis accelerometer data for determining a driving pattern is presented. A server may receive telematics data originating from a client computing device and combine the telematics data. The server may estimate a gravitational constant to the combined telematics data and generate a function for pitch and a roll angle from the combined telematics data. The server may further determine a driving pattern using at least the pitch and the roll angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Sunish Shreenarayan Menon, David James Dosher, Scott Thomas Christensen
  • 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
  • Patent number: 9355110
    Abstract: An example method involves: (i) maintaining an attribute-association database comprising data for a set of data items, wherein the data for a given one of the data items specifies for each of one or more attributes from a set of attributes, (a) an associative value, and (b) a temporal-decay value; (ii) detecting an event, wherein the event is associated with one or more event attributes; (iii) determining a relevance of a given one of the data items to the detected event based on a selected one or more of (a) the associative values and (b) the temporal-decay values; (iv) selecting at least one data item, wherein the at least one data item is selected from a set of the data items based on the respective relevancies of the data items in the set; and (v) providing an indication of the at least one selected data item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Liang-Yu (Tom) Chi
  • Patent number: 9352216
    Abstract: Handheld location based games are provided in which a user's physical location correlates to the virtual location of a virtual character on a virtual playfield. Augmented Reality (AR) systems are provided in which video game indicia are overlaid onto a user's physical environment. A landscape detector is provided that may obtain information about the user's landscape, in addition to the user's location, in order to provide overlaying information to an AR head-mounted display and control information to non-user controlled video game characters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Inventor: Jeffrey D Mullen
  • Patent number: 9355590
    Abstract: A hybrid display system for a device includes a high resolution display and a low resolution display that are positioned relative to each other to display an image having mixed resolution. A single high resolution display having a size of 1.5 cm by 10 cm and a first cost may be replaced by a hybrid display having the same overall size but using a smaller size (e.g., 1.5 cm by 4 cm) and lower cost for the high resolution display. To achieve the remaining 6 cm in display size, the low resolution display may have a size of approximately 1.5 cm by 6 cm and a lower cost than either of the high resolution displays, such that a combined cost of the high and low resolution displays in the hybrid display makes the second cost lower than the first cost. The high and low resolution displays may use different display technologies to achieve cost and size tradeoffs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: AliphCom
    Inventor: Vincent Lee
  • Patent number: 9348410
    Abstract: There is disclosed a method of and apparatus for predictive tracking for a head mounted display. The method comprises obtaining one or more three-dimensional angular velocity measurements from a sensor monitoring the head mounted display and setting a prediction interval based upon the one or more three-dimensional angular velocity measurements such that the prediction interval is substantially zero when the head mounted display is substantially stationary and the prediction interval increases up to a predetermined latency interval when the head mounted display is moving at an angular velocity of or above a predetermined threshold. The method further includes predicting a three-dimensional orientation for the head mounted display to create a predicted orientation at a time corresponding to the prediction interval, and generating a rendered image corresponding to the predicted orientation for presentation on the head mounted display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Oculus VR, LLC
    Inventors: Steve LaValle, Peter Giokaris
  • Patent number: 9329387
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention relate to providing see-through computer display optics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Osterhout Group, Inc.
    Inventors: John N. Border, John D. Haddick
  • Patent number: 9329050
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an electronic device with object guiding function and the method thereof. In one embodiment, the electronic device includes a view window area, via which a user may watch a view. The electronic device may determine whether an object is located in the view window area when the user inputs the position of the object, and may further show an object indicating message or an object guiding message according to the determination result. Therefore, the electronic device is able to provide the user with short distance guiding function. In another embodiment, the electronic device may also show information related to the object located in the view window area, such as information about every mountain range, constellation, user's friends, or specific landmark that is located in the view window area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: ACER INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Chao-Kuang Yang
  • Patent number: 9331886
    Abstract: A magnetic field modem (26) includes an electro-magnetic radiation shielded (90) transmitter section (34) and a receiver section (36). The electro-magnetic radiation shielded (90) transmitter section (34) modulates data and transmits the data via a magnetic field through a radio frequency shield (20). The receiver section (34) receives the magnetic field through the radio frequency shield (20) and demodulates the data. The transmitter section includes an oscillator (40), a modulator (50), an amplifier (70), a magnetic transducer (80), and a non-ferrous magnetic shield (90). The oscillator (40) generates a carrier signal. The modulator (50) connects to the oscillator (40) and modulates the carrier signal with the data. The amplifier (70) connects to the modulator (50) and amplifies the modulated carrier signal. The magnetic transducer (80) connects to the amplifier (70) and converts the modulated carrier signal into a modulated magnetic signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Robert Harwell, Otis Robert Harris
  • Patent number: 9325965
    Abstract: Disclosure is directed to providing an electronic program guide to one or more viewers in manner that does not interfere with others' viewing of other program service content. In one embodiment, altered 3D output signals are used such that one frequency of the output signal contains an EPG data image and a second frequency of the 3D output signal contains visual content from the broadcast service transmission. In another embodiment, an EPG is periodically inserted into video stream during predetermined frames, which are then captured and held by a synchronized headset. In another embodiment, an EPG image is output through the projector onto a projection surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: Michiel Beemster, David Bonfrer, Marcel Westenbroek
  • Patent number: 9317108
    Abstract: A device and method for interacting with a display using an accelerometer sensitive to tilt about two perpendicular axes and a third signal having a magnitude responsive to user input. The device and method allow a user to change a characteristic of an object on the display by converting pitch information, roll information, and a linear dimension into Cartesian coordinates for use by the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Inventors: Pierre A. Touma, Hadi Murr, Elias Bachaalani, Imad Maalouf
  • Patent number: 9310612
    Abstract: The present specification relates to a mobile device, a head mounted display (HMD) paired with the mobile device and a method of controlling therefor, and more particularly, to a method of providing a notification for an occurrence of an event from at least one of the mobile device and the HMD based on a position of the mobile device for the HMD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Eunhyung Cho, Sinae Chun, Jongho Kim, Jihwan Kim
  • Patent number: 9311753
    Abstract: A system includes a video device for capturing, at a viewing time, a first video image corresponding to a foundation scene at a setting, the foundation scene viewed at the viewing time from a vantage position. A memory stores a library of image data including media generated at a time prior to the viewing time. A vantage position monitor tracks the vantage position and generating vantage position of a human viewer. A digital video data controller selects from the image data in the library, at the viewing time and based on the vantage position data, a plurality of second images corresponding to a modifying scene at the setting, the modifying scene further corresponding to the vantage position. A combiner combines the first video image and the plurality of second images to create a composite image for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Inventor: Stuart Wilkinson
  • Patent number: 9304319
    Abstract: An augmented reality system provides improved focus of real and virtual objects. A see-through display device includes a variable focus lens a user looks through. A focal region adjustment unit automatically focuses the variable focus lens in a current user focal region. A microdisplay assembly attached to the see-through display device generates a virtual object for display in the user's current focal region by adjusting its focal region. The variable focus lens may also be adjusted to provide one or more zoom features. Visual enhancement of an object may also be provided to improve a user's perception of an object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Avi Bar-Zeev, John Lewis
  • Patent number: 9304586
    Abstract: Various embodiments related to entering text into a computing device via eye-typing are disclosed. For example, one embodiment provides a method that includes receiving a data set including a plurality of gaze samples, each gaze sample including a gaze location and a corresponding point in time. The method further comprises processing the plurality of gaze samples to determine one or more likely terms represented by the data set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: David Nister, Vaibhav Thukral, Djordje Nijemcevic, Ruchi Bhargava
  • Patent number: 9298008
    Abstract: A method and device is disclosed for converting a picture or a video located in front of a user into an immersive picture or video in real time. The picture can be a picture located in a book or newspaper. The video can be a movie presented on a computer display, TV screen or a theatre screen. The method and the device are also utilized for virtual reality applications presented on a computer display to convert the virtual reality into. The invention can be utilized in various educational, training, entertainment, and gaming applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Inventor: Cherif Atia Algreatly
  • Patent number: 9298010
    Abstract: A head-mountable optical display apparatus includes a visor frame and a first image display device. The visor frame includes an upper band, a lower band, an outer surface, and an inner surface. The upper band is configured to be proximate to a user's head. The lower band is configured to be distal to the user's head. The outer surface and the inner surface extend from the upper band to the lower band. The outer surface is configured to face away from the user's head. The inner surface extends is configured to face toward the user's head. At least a portion of the inner surface is transparent to the user. The first image display device is disposed along the lower band. The first image display device is configured to display optical images within line of sight of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Inventor: Marissa J. Sundquist
  • Patent number: 9298255
    Abstract: A transmissive display apparatus includes an operation section that detects an operational input issued through an operation surface, an image output section for the left eye and an image output section for the right eye that output predetermined image light, an image pickup section that visually presents the predetermined image light in an image pickup area that transmits externally incident light, a sensor that outputs a signal according to a positional relationship between the operation surface and the image pickup area, and a determination section that detects overlap between an optical image of the operation surface that has passed through the image pickup area and the predetermined image in the image pickup area based on the signal according to the positional relationship and receives the operational input when the optical image of the operation surface overlaps with the predetermined image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Fusashi Kimura
  • Patent number: 9292086
    Abstract: Correlating pupil position to gaze location within a scene. Illustrative embodiments may include correlating pupil position of a user to gaze location within a scene viewed by the user. The correlating may include: illuminating an eye of the user, the eye containing the pupil, and the illuminating with light; creating a first video stream depicting the eye; creating a second video stream depicting the scene in front of the user; determining pupil position within the first video stream; calculating gaze location in the second video stream based on pupil position in the first video stream; and sending an indication of the gaze location in the second video stream to a computer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Grinbath, LLC
    Inventors: Nathan A. Jahnke, J. Brian Still
  • Patent number: 9293118
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus comprising an image recognition unit that detects whether an image preset as a marker image exists in a captured image; a spatial recognition unit that, when the marker image is detected by the image recognition unit, constructs a real-world coordinate system computed from a position and orientation of the marker image, and computes information corresponding to a position and orientation of the information processing apparatus in the constructed real-world coordinate system; and a virtual object display unit that acquires at least one of the data stored in the storage unit, data existing on a network, and data transmitted from the one or more other information processing apparatuses and received by the communication interface, places the acquired data in the constructed real-world coordinate system, and controls the display unit to display the acquired data as one or more virtual objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Mobile Communications Inc.
    Inventor: Daisuke Matsui
  • Patent number: 9288468
    Abstract: Techniques are provided for viewing windows for video streams. A video stream from a video capture device is accessed. Data that describes movement or position of a person is accessed. A viewing window is placed in the video stream based on the data that describes movement or position of the person. The viewing window is provided to a display device in accordance with the placement of the viewing window in the video stream. Motion sensors can detect motion of the person carrying the video capture device in order to dampen the motion such that the video on the remote display does not suffer from motion artifacts. Sensors can also track the eye gaze of either the person carrying the mobile video capture device or the remote display device to enable control of the spatial region of the video stream shown at the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin I. Vaught, Alex Aben-Athar Kipman, Michael J. Scavezze, Arthur C. Tomlin, Relja Markovic, Darren Bennett, Stephen G. Latta
  • Patent number: 9285589
    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 an event and sensor triggered control of eyepiece applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    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: 9286711
    Abstract: Technology is described for representing a physical location at a previous time period with three dimensional (3D) virtual data displayed by a near-eye, augmented reality display of a personal audiovisual (A/V) apparatus. The personal A/V apparatus is identified as being within the physical location, and one or more objects in a display field of view of the near-eye, augmented reality display are automatically identified based on a three dimensional mapping of objects in the physical location. User input, which may be natural user interface (NUI) input, indicates a previous time period, and one or more 3D virtual objects associated with the previous time period are displayed from a user perspective associated with the display field of view. An object may be erased from the display field of view, and a camera effect may be applied when changing between display fields of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin A. Geisner, Kathryn Stone Perez, Stephen G. Latta, Ben J. Sugden, Benjamin I. Vaught, Alex Aben-Athar Kipman, John Clavin, Jonathan T. Steed, Jason Scott
  • Patent number: 9285592
    Abstract: An electronic device including a frame configured to be worn on the head of a user is disclosed. The frame can include a bridge configured to be supported on the nose of the user and a brow portion coupled to and extending away from the bridge and configured to be positioned over a side of a brow of the user. The frame can further include an arm coupled to the brow portion and extending to a free end. The first arm can be positionable over a temple of the user with the free end disposed near an ear of the user. The device can also include a transparent display affixed to the frame adjacent the brow portion and an input affixed to the frame and configured for receiving from the user an input associated with a function. Information related to the function can be presentable on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Maj Isabelle Olsson, Mitchell Joseph Heinrich, Daniel Kelly, John Lapetina
  • Patent number: 9285591
    Abstract: An eyepiece body of an eyepiece includes an input lens positioned to couple display light into the eyepiece body along a forward propagation path, a concave end reflector disposed at an opposite end of the eyepiece body from the input lens to reflect the display light back along a reverse propagation path, and a viewing region including a partially reflective surface that redirects at least a portion of the display light traveling along the reverse propagation path out of an eye-ward side of the eyepiece body along an emission path. The partially reflective surface is obliquely angled relative to the eye-ward side and the concave end reflector is titled relative to a top or bottom surface of the eyepiece body to collectively cause the emission path of the display light to be oblique to a normal vector of the eye-ward side in two orthogonal dimensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Anurag Gupta, Amber M. Luttmann
  • Patent number: 9275626
    Abstract: An audio system comprises a headset comprising a pair of earpieces positionable with respect to the user's ears so that, in use, the user is inhibited from hearing sounds from the user's environment, at least one of the earpieces having a transducer for reproducing sounds from an input audio signal; a microphone for generating a captured audio signal representing captured sounds from the user's environment; a detector for detecting the presence of any of a set of one or more characteristic sounds in the captured audio signal; and a controller operable to transmit sounds from the user's environment to the user in response to a detection that one or more of the set of characteristic sounds is present in the captured audio signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Limited
    Inventors: Simon Mark Benson, Ian Henry Bickerstaff
  • Patent number: 9269066
    Abstract: 3D glasses having an RFID tag (embedded in one or more temples) are rented to theater or other venue operators. The glasses are shipped to a venue for distribution to patrons and collected from patrons in the trays. Inventory and other measures are implemented by RFID scanning while the glasses are in the trays (e.g., upon delivery to a theater, on collection from the theater, upon inspection at the 3D rental company, etc). Data gathered from RFID scanning and inspections allows the rental company to properly allocate rental costs to various venues based on shrinkage which includes, for example, extraordinary wear of the glasses, breakage or theft, which is attributable and traceable to the specific venues. The theater or venue may also independently scan the trays upon delivery and pick-up to maintain their own records. The invention includes 3D glasses with RFID, a washing rack, and rental systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew Healy, Thao D. Hovanky, Gregory J. Long