Operator Body-mounted Heads-up Display (e.g., Helmet Mounted Display) Patents (Class 345/8)
  • Patent number: 9243890
    Abstract: A system may include computing equipment and a handheld video overlay accessory. A video overlay accessory may include one or more light sources, an image sensor, and processing circuitry. The video overlay accessory may include an image projector that projects images onto external objects. The video overlay accessory may include a partially transparent beam splitter and a display that projects display content onto the partially transparent beam splitter. A user that views a scene through the partially transparent beam splitter may view the display content apparently overlaid onto the scene. Light sources in the video overlay accessory may be laser diodes or other light-emitting diodes that project tracking spots such as infrared tracking spots on to external objects. The image sensor may be used to capture images of the tracking spots. The processing circuitry may determine distance and position information based on the captured images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Semiconductor Components Industries, LLC
    Inventor: Kenneth Edward Salsman
  • Patent number: 9245389
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing apparatus including a display control unit configured to include a first display control mode in which control is performed in a manner that a first image from a user viewpoint, which is captured by a first imaging unit, is displayed on a display unit or control is performed in a manner that the display unit is transmissive, and a second display control mode in which control is performed in a manner that a second image captured by a second imaging unit including a user within an angle of view is displayed on the display unit, and a switching control unit configured to perform control in response to an instruction from the user in a manner that a display control mode of the display control unit is switched from the first display control mode to the second display control mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoichiro Sako, Takatoshi Nakamura, Hiroyuki Hanaya, Kazuhiro Watanabe, Kazuyuki Sakoda, Mitsuru Takehara, Kazunori Hayashi, Yasunori Kamada, Takayasu Kon, Akira Tange, Tomoya Onuma, Yuki Koga, Kohei Asada
  • Patent number: 9245364
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a portable device and the display processing method thereof. The portable device comprises a first long side in the first dimension, a second short side in the second dimension, and a third side in the third dimension in the space, and the portable device comprises a first display unit in the plane formed by the first long side and the second short side. A first image is displayed on the first display unit. The display processing method comprises detecting the gesture operation of at least one side of the first long side, the second short side and the third side; generating an adjustment command according to the gesture operation; and adjusting the display effect of the first image according to the adjustment command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignees: LENOVO (BEIJING) CO., LTD., BEIJING LENOVO SOFTWARE LTD.
    Inventor: Dayong Gan
  • Patent number: 9245467
    Abstract: A stereoscopic display device includes a display unit. The display unit includes a plurality of pixels. A scan driving unit sequentially applies scan signals through a plurality of scan lines to the plurality of pixels. A data driving unit applies gray voltages through a plurality of data lines to the plurality of pixels in response to the scan signals. A signal controlling unit transfers a data control signal and an image data signal to the data driving unit. The signal controlling unit classifies, in accordance with a disparity of objects respectively included in a left-eye image and a right-eye image, an object depth in which an object is recognized by a user. The signal controlling unit resets a luminance of at least one of the left-eye image or the right-eye image corresponding to the object depth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Byeong-Hwa Choi, Sueng-Bae Lee
  • Patent number: 9239467
    Abstract: Optical apparatus includes first and second diffractive optical elements (DOEs) arranged in series to diffract an input beam of radiation. The first DOE is configured to apply to the input beam a pattern with a specified divergence angle, while the second DOE is configured to split the input beam into a matrix of output beams with a specified fan-out angle. The divergence and fan-out angles are chosen so as to project the radiation onto a region in space in multiple adjacent instances of the pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Alexander Shpunt, Benny Pesach
  • Patent number: 9229585
    Abstract: A projection system includes a projection unit configured to project a projected image on a surface for projection; an image capturing unit configured to capture an image of an image-capturing area representing an area; an operation detection unit configured to detect any user operation on an operation target image representing a targeted image for the user operation by using the captured image; a calculation unit configured to calculate image-capturing area coordinates for specifying a position of the image-capturing area in the projected image based on the captured image and the projected image; a position determination unit configured to determine a position of the operation target image in the projected image based on the image-capturing area coordinates; and a projected image generating unit configured to generate a projected image in which the operation target image is laid out on the determined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Kazuya Fujikawa, Toshihiro Isozaki, Kazuhide Tanabe, Makoto Sugino, Hiroshi Kobayashi, Ryouji Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9229231
    Abstract: The technology provides for updating printed content with personalized virtual data using a see-through, near-eye, mixed reality display device system. A printed content item, for example a book or magazine, is identified from image data captured by cameras on the display device, and user selection of a printed content selection within the printed content item is identified based on physical action user input, for example eye gaze or a gesture. Virtual data is selected from available virtual data for the printed content selection based on user profile data, and the display device system displays the selected virtual data in a position registered to the position of the printed content selection. In some examples, a task related to the printed content item is determined based on physical action user input, and personalized virtual data is displayed registered to the printed content item in accordance with the task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Sheridan Martin Small, Alex Aben-Athar Kipman, Benjamin I. Vaught, Kathryn Stone Perez
  • Patent number: 9223152
    Abstract: A head mounted display (“HMD”) includes a display module, an eyepiece, a switchable hologram, and a controller. The display module is configured for launching CGI light along a forward propagating path. The eyepiece is optically coupled to receive the CGI light and direct the CGI light to an eye-ward region of the eyepiece. The switchable hologram is disposed along a surface of the eyepiece and the switchable hologram is configured to redirect ambient light propagating toward the eyepiece, when activated. The controller is coupled to the switchable hologram to activate and deactivate the switchable hologram.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Bernard Kress, Thad E. Starner
  • Patent number: 9223135
    Abstract: A sensor is configured to monitor an intensity output of a light source of the head-up display and provide a measured actual light intensity value to a controller. The controller is configured to store a target light source intensity value in a computer-readable memory. The controller is configured to compare the measured actual light intensity value to the target light intensity value. The controller is configured to reduce the light intensity output provided at a vehicle operator viewable display surface in a situation where the measured actual light intensity value exceeds the target light intensity value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignees: Denso International America, Inc., DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael Murzyn, Chester Peter Dara, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9217882
    Abstract: A head mounted display that is attached to an eyeglass frame for use, includes: a first unit and a second unit. The first unit includes a first electrical component including a display element and an eyepiece optical part that allows a user to observe a display image by the display element as a virtual image. The second unit which is a temple tip for display device having a temple connecting part to which a temple of the eyeglass frame is attachable includes a second electrical component and an attachment part in which the first unit is detachably engaged and supported. When the first unit is engaged and supported in the attachment part, the first electrical component and the second electrical component are electrically coupled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ryohei Sugihara
  • Patent number: 9218056
    Abstract: A display apparatus employs two tracking units to track the gaze of a user. The display apparatus includes a first tracking unit to generate position information on a user positioned relative to a displayed image; and a second tracking unit to track a gaze of the user upon the displayed image, based on the position information. A method of eye tracking using the display apparatus includes steps of displaying an image; generating position information on a user positioned relative to the displayed image; and tracking a gaze of the user upon the displayed image, based on the position information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Dong-jin Lee, Sung-wook Choi
  • Patent number: 9219666
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing computing systems are provided. One system includes a capture device for capturing environmental inputs, memory storing code comprising a management module, and a processor. The processor, when executing the code comprising the management module, is configured to perform the method below. One method includes capturing an environmental input, identifying a target device in the captured environmental input, and comparing the target device in the captured environmental input to a model of the target device. The method further includes recognizing, in real-time, a status condition of the target device based on the comparison and determining if the target device is functioning properly if the target device and the model of the target device match. Also provided are physical computer storage mediums including a computer program product for performing the above method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventor: David T. Windell
  • Patent number: 9213185
    Abstract: A wearable computing system may include a head-mounted display (HMD) with a display configured to display images viewable at a viewing location. When aligned with an HMD wearer's line of sight, the entire display area of the display may be within the HMD wearer's field of view. The area within which an HMD wearer's eye can move and still view the entire display area is termed an “eye box.” However, if the HMD slips up or down, the display area may become obscured, such that the wearer can no longer see the entire image. By scaling or subsetting an image area within the display area, the effective eye box dimensions may increase. Further, in response to movements of the HMD with respect to the wearer, the image area can be adjusted to reduce effects such as vibration and slippage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Thad Eugene Starner, Adrian Wong, Yong Zhao, Chia-Jean Wang, Anurag Gupta, Liang-Yu (Tom) Chi
  • Patent number: 9213405
    Abstract: A method and system that enhances a user's experience when using a near eye display device, such as a see-through display device or a head mounted display device is provided. The user's intent to interact with one or more objects in the scene is determined. An optimized image is generated for the user based on the user's intent. The optimized image is displayed to the user, via the see-through display device. The optimized image visually enhances the appearance of objects that the user intends to interact with in the scene and diminishes the appearance of objects that the user does not intend to interact with in the scene. The optimized image can visually enhance the appearance of the objects that increase the user's comprehension. The optimized image is displayed to the user, via the see-through display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Katie Stone Perez, Avi Bar-Zeev, Sagi Katz
  • Patent number: 9213403
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, and computer-readable media are described herein related to displaying and cropping viewable objects. A viewable object can be displayed on a display of a head-mountable device (HMD) configured with a hand-movement input device. The HMD can receive both head-movement data corresponding to head movements and hand-movement data from the hand-movement input device. The viewable object can be panned on the display based on the head-movement data. The viewable object can be zoomed on the display based on the hand-movement data. The HMD can receive an indication that navigation of the viewable object is complete. The HMD can determine whether a cropping mode is activated. After determining that the cropping mode is activated, the HMD can generate a cropped image of the viewable object on the display when navigation is complete and perform an operation on the cropped image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Hayes Solos Raffle, Nirmal Patel, Max Benjamin Braun
  • Patent number: 9207458
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a backlight driving board for driving a backlight source, comprising a microprocessor and a constant current driver chip. The microprocessor receives a display mode switching signal and a synchronization signal from a liquid crystal driving board, and generating a first pulse width modulation signal corresponding to the backlight source according to the display mode switching signal and the synchronization signal. The constant current driver chip controls an operation state of the backlight source according to the first pulse width modulation signal. The present invention can reduce the signal lines between the backlight driving board and the liquid crystal driving board in order to avoid the backlight driving board from external interference because of too many signal lines, and thus be able to enhance the stability of the LCD device when operating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Hua Zhang, Xianming Zhang, Xiang Yang
  • Patent number: 9207760
    Abstract: This disclosure involves proximity sensing of eye gestures using a machine-learned model. An illustrative method comprises receiving training data that includes proximity-sensor data. The data is generated by at least one proximity sensor of a head-mountable device (HMD). The data is indicative of light received by the proximity sensor(s). The light is received by the proximity sensor(s) after a reflection of the light from an eye area. The reflection occurs while an eye gesture is being performed at the eye area. The light is generated by at least one light source of the HMD. The method further comprises applying a machine-learning process to the training data to generate at least one classifier for the eye gesture. The method further comprises generating an eye-gesture model that includes the at least one classifier for the eye gesture. The model is applicable to subsequent proximity-sensor data for detection of the eye gesture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Bo Wu, Yong Zhao, Hartmut Neven, Hayes Solos Raffle, Thad Eugene Starner
  • Patent number: 9201501
    Abstract: An apparatus for processing data includes a projector, which is configured to project content onto at least a part of a scene. A processor is configured to detect a location of an eye of a person in the scene and to control the projector so as to reduce an intensity of the projected content in an area of the eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Aviad Maizels, Alexander Shpunt, Tamir Berliner
  • Patent number: 9202443
    Abstract: A see-through head mounted-display and method for operating the display to optimize performance of the display by referencing a user profile automatically. The identity of the user is determined by performing an iris scan and recognition of a user enabling user profile information to be retrieved and used to enhance the user's experience with the see through head mounted display. The user profile may contain user preferences regarding services providing augmented reality images to the see-through head-mounted display, as well as display adjustment information optimizing the position of display elements in the see-though head-mounted display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Kathryn Stone Perez, Bob Crocco, Jr., John R. Lewis, Ben Vaught, Alex Aben-Athar Kipman
  • Patent number: 9195306
    Abstract: Methods and systems involving a virtual window in a head-mounted display (HMD) are disclosed herein. An exemplary system may be configured to: (i) receive head-movement data that is indicative of head movement; (ii) cause an HMD to operate in a first mode in which the HMD is configured to: (a) simultaneously provide a virtual window and a physical-world view in the HMD; (b) display, in the virtual window, a portion of a media item that corresponds to a field of view; (c) determine movement of the field of view; and (d) update the portion of the media item that is displayed in the virtual window; (iii) receive mode-switching input data and responsively cause the HMD to switch between the first mode and a second mode; and (iv) responsive to the mode-switching input data, cause the HMD to operate in the second mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Luis Ricardo Prada Gomez
  • Patent number: 9195077
    Abstract: A device for measuring a characteristic reading distance of an individual, includes a measurement support carrying at least one ultrasound emitter member and at least one ultrasound receiver member, at least one of these members, referred to as a main measurement member, possessing a measurement axis on which emission or reception by the main measurement member is privileged, and being suitable for emitting or receiving ultrasound propagating in a measurement cone centered on its measurement axis. The device further includes an electronic processor unit adapted, as a function of the ultrasound signal received by the receiver member, to deliver a signal representative of the distance between the measurement support and an eyeglass frame worn by the individual's head, and to deduce therefrom the characteristic reading distance, and elements to verify that the eyeglass frame is situated at least in part in the measurement cone of the main measurement member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: ESSILOR INTERNATIONAL (COMPAGNIE GENERALE D'OPTIQUE)
    Inventor: Ahmed Haddadi
  • Patent number: 9189699
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method and system for realizing interaction in augmented reality. The method includes: collecting a frame image and uploads the frame image; recognizing a template image that matches the frame image and returning the template image; detecting a marker area of the frame image according to the template image; and superposing media data corresponding to the template image on the marker area and displaying the superposed image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Tencent Technology (Shenzhen) Company Limited
    Inventors: Xiao Liu, Hailong Liu, Jie Hou, Feng Rao, Minhui Wu, Bo Chen
  • Patent number: 9189069
    Abstract: At least one tilt sensor generates a sensor value. A context information server, receives the sensor value and sets at least one context attribute. An application uses at least one context attribute to determine that a flinging gesture has been made and to change an image on a display in response to the flinging gesture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventor: Kenneth P. Hinckley
  • Patent number: 9191661
    Abstract: This document describes techniques and apparatuses for implementing a virtual image display device. A virtual image display device may include a display and a microlens array positioned between the display and a viewing surface of the virtual image display device. The virtual image display device is controlled to generate a virtual image behind the viewing surface of the virtual image display device. In some embodiments, the virtual image display device includes a pupil tracker that locates positions of pupils of a viewer. The virtual image display device is controlled to render the virtual image based on the positions of the pupils of the viewer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Timothy Andrew Large, Matthew J. Large
  • Patent number: 9188782
    Abstract: An intermediate image is formed inside the prism by a projection lens or the like, and since an image light that is totally reflected at three or more surfaces; at a third surface firstly, at a first surface firstly, at a third surface secondly, at the first surface secondly, and at the second surface in the order specified, transmits the first surface, and then arrives at an observer's eye, the size and weight of the prism can be reduced and it is possible to realize a display of high performance and brightness with a wide angle of view. In addition, since the external light can be observed after passing through the first surface and the third surface, and the visibility at that time becomes substantially zero, it is possible to reduce the defocus or distortion of the external light when observing the see-through external light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akira Komatsu, Takahiro Totani, Masayuki Takagi, Takashi Takeda, Toshiaki Miyao
  • Patent number: 9191658
    Abstract: An HMD includes: a display which displays a three-dimensional video image; a position obtaining unit which measures a position of an inner corner or tail of an eye of a viewer with respect to the display; a standard position storage unit which obtains and stores, as a standard position relating to the position, the measured position of the inner corner or outer corner of the eye, in calibration for determining the standard position; a position gap detecting unit which detects, as a position gap, a difference between the standard position and a newly measured position of the inner corner or outer corner of the eye of the viewer viewing content with respect to the display; and an image processing unit which performs image processing on the 3D video image to be displayed on the display, to rotated or parallely move the 3D video image according to the detected position gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yumiko Kato, Jun Ozawa
  • Patent number: 9182599
    Abstract: A head mounted display (HMD) is disclosed. The HMD comprises a screen, a processing circuit and an eyeglass frame. The screen displays a coded data associated with an exchange information. The processing circuit outputs the coded data to the screen. The eyeglass frame carries the screen and the processing circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: QUANTA COMPUTER INC.
    Inventor: Wen-Chu Yang
  • Patent number: 9183612
    Abstract: Techniques are described for controlling operation of both a host device and a wearable display device connected to the host device based on a use status of the wearable display device. The techniques include automatically determining a use status of a wearable display device based on feedback from one or more touch sensors within the wearable display device that indicates whether the wearable display device is worn by a user. Based on the determined use status, the wearable display device controls its own operation (e.g., controls operation of display screens of the wearable display device, a communication session with the host device, and display processing of data received from the host device). The wearable display device also sends an indication of the use status to the host device. The host device then controls its own data processing for the wearable display device based on the indicated use status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: Khosro Mohammad Rabii
  • Patent number: 9170415
    Abstract: A removable optical loupe that is mountable to headwear is provided. The inventive loupe is configured to clip on to the brim of a hat, or the bill of a cap or visor. Embodiments of the inventive loupe have a pivoting joint for positioning the lens of the optical loupe into and out of the line of sight when not in use. The lens of the inventive optical loupe is used for magnifying objects for inspection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Inventor: Gerald Mansuy
  • Patent number: 9158115
    Abstract: Single-touch immersion control of head-mounted display (HMD) systems is described. One method outputs video from an electronic device to a HMD system that includes a display layer and a variable-transparency layer. The electronic device controls the variable-transparency layer to operate in a first state in which the variable-transparency layer is transparent and to operate in a second state in which the variable-transparency layer is opaque. The electronic device switches between the second state and the first state in response to a single-touch event detected by the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Connor Spencer Blue Worley, John Aaron Zarraga, Oliver Huy Doan, Tomer Moscovich
  • Patent number: 9151953
    Abstract: A wearable computer device may include multiple imaging devices or other sensors working in concert to recognize conditions, objects or areas of an environment in which the wearable computer device is situated. The device may include a imaging device and a sensor, which may but need not be a imaging device, for sensing and capturing information regarding the environment. The sensor may be configured to perform one or more specific tasks, such as recognizing particular items, and the imaging device may be generally configured to perform multiple tasks. Upon the execution of a specific task by the sensor, information or instructions regarding the specific task may be provided to a wearer of the device, or may cause the imaging device to automatically operate to gather further information. Such information gathered from the imaging device or the sensor may be provided to the user, such as on a computer display mounted to the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Fareed Adib Qaddoura
  • Patent number: 9146124
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses, and computer program products are herein provided for causing navigation notifications tailored for a helmet to be presented in the helmet. A determination may be made, such as by a processor, that a helmet is being worn by a user while a navigation event is occurring. A set of navigation notifications associated with the navigation event may be determined, where the set of navigation notifications is tailored for presentation in the helmet, and the set of navigation notifications may be presented in the helmet. Corresponding apparatuses and computer program products are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Rita Parada, Lina Ester Liner, Charlie Matthew Sutton, Brody Jay Larson, Michelle Christine Shilstone, Laura Gigi Lee, Nick John Foster, Markus Eklund
  • Patent number: 9146397
    Abstract: Customizing frames for augmented reality devices includes receiving a fit profile of a user and selecting a stock frame from a set of different frame sizes. The selected stock frame may be a size that is a closer match to the fit profile than other frame sizes in the set, and the stock frame may be adjusted to create a modified frame that provides a closer match to the fit profile than the stock frame. A see-through display may be coupled to the modified frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Joel Jacobs, Nicolas Denhez, Paul Bosveld
  • Patent number: 9147248
    Abstract: A gaze tracking device is calibrated to a display unit by presenting graphical guide objects on an active area thereof, which designate distinctive features reflecting how the device may be positioned n a first side of a frame of the display unit. User commands move the objects on the display's active area in a first direction parallel to the first side of the frame. A position value designating an actual position for the gaze tracking device on the first side of the frame is assigned based on a current position of the graphical guide objects on the active area. An offset value is calculated based on the assigned position value and a known measure of the active area. The offset value represents a distance in the first direction between a well-defined point of the gaze tracking device and a well-defined point of the first side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: TOBII TECHNOLOGY AB
    Inventors: Anders Kaplan, Gunnar Troili, John Elvesjo
  • Patent number: 9143771
    Abstract: An image display device and a method for operating the same are disclosed. The method for operating the image display device including a plurality of backlight lamps arranged on upper and lower sides of a rear surface of a display panel includes receiving a 3-Dimensional (3D) image, alternately aligning a left-eye image and a right-eye image of the 3D image, and alternately displaying the aligned left- and right-eye images. In the displaying step, the backlight lamps arranged on the upper side of the panel and the backlight lamps arranged on the lower side of the panel are turned on in a portion of a period of the left-eye image or the right-eye image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Hyungoon Kim, Gwangmi Go
  • Patent number: 9134949
    Abstract: A head mount display and method for outputting an output of the same are disclosed. The method includes outputting a first task from the head mount display, the first task including at least one of a first video output and a first audio output; recognizing a portable device, which outputs a second task including at least one of a second video output and a second audio output; determining whether the first and second video outputs are swapping targets, if the portable device is recognized; swapping the first video output with the second video output if the first and second video outputs are determined to be swapping targets; determining whether the first and second audio outputs are swapping targets, if the portable device is recognized; and swapping the first audio output with the second audio output if the first and second audio outputs are determined to be swapping targets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Jihyun Kim
  • Patent number: 9129430
    Abstract: Embodiments are disclosed that relate to operating a user interface on an augmented reality computing device comprising a see-through display system. For example, one disclosed embodiment includes identifying one or more objects located outside a field of view of a user, and for each object of the one or more objects, providing to the user an indication of positional information associated with the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas George Salter, Ben Sugden, Daniel Deptford, Robert Crocco, Jr., Brian Keane, Laura Massey, Alex Kipman, Peter Tobias Kinnebrew, Nicholas Kamuda, Zachary Quarles, Michael Scavezze, Ryan Hastings, Cameron Brown, Tony Ambrus, Jason Scott, John Bevis, Jamie B. Kirschenbaum, Nicholas Gervase Fajt, Michael Klucher, Relja Markovic, Stephen Latta, Daniel McCulloch
  • Patent number: 9131229
    Abstract: A method of generating a sync signal for controlling three-dimensional (3D) glasses in a 3D image system, methods of transmitting and receiving a 3D glasses control sync signal, and apparatuses for transmitting and receiving the 3D glasses control sync signal are provided. The method of generating a 3D glasses control sync signal includes: generating sync signal start indicator information notifying a start of a 3D glasses control sync signal, state sequence mode information indicating an operating state of the 3D glasses with regard to whether a left glass or a right glass is opened or closed, and sequence duty information indicating a retaining time period of the operating state of the 3D glasses; and generating the 3D glasses controlling signal by combining the generated sync signal start indicator information, the generated state sequence mode information, and the generated sequence duty information according to a set order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Soo-bae Moon, Ho-seop Lee
  • Patent number: 9122053
    Abstract: Technology is described for providing realistic occlusion between a virtual object displayed by a head mounted, augmented reality display system and a real object visible to the user's eyes through the display. A spatial occlusion in a user field of view of the display is typically a three dimensional occlusion determined based on a three dimensional space mapping of real and virtual objects. An occlusion interface between a real object and a virtual object can be modeled at a level of detail determined based on criteria such as distance within the field of view, display size or position with respect to a point of gaze. Technology is also described for providing three dimensional audio occlusion based on an occlusion between a real object and a virtual object in the user environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin A. Geisner, Brian J. Mount, Stephen G. Latta, Daniel J. McCulloch, Kyungsuk David Lee, Ben J. Sugden, Jeffrey N. Margolis, Kathryn Stone Perez, Sheridan Martin Small, Mark J. Finocchio, Robert L. Crocco, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9123285
    Abstract: A transparent display device and a transparency adjustment method thereof are provided. The transparent display device includes a transparent display unit, a sensing module and a processing unit. The sensing module detects at least one of conditions of the environmental background of the transparent display device and a user's input. The processing unit determines if it is necessary to adjust the transparent degree of a transparent image displayed by the transparent display unit or not according to a sensing result detected by the sensing module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Acer Incorporated
    Inventor: Chueh-Pin Ko
  • Patent number: 9122054
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure relate to head worn computing lighting systems and stray light control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Osterhout Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Ralph F. Osterhout, John N. Border, Edward H. Nortrup
  • Patent number: 9118875
    Abstract: A system includes a head-mountable display and a portable information processor. The portable information processor includes a determination device that determines whether communication between a head-mountable display and the portable information processor is enabled. The portable information processor includes an identification device that identifies at least a portion of image data that is displayed by the portable information processor. The portable information processor includes a transmitter that transmits the identified at least a portion of the image data to the head-mountable display when the determination device determines that communication between the head-mountable display and the portable information processor is enabled. The head-mountable display includes a receiver that receives the identified at least a portion of the image data from the portable information processor. The head-mountable display includes a display that displays the identified at least a portion of the image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takayasu Ida
  • Patent number: 9116337
    Abstract: An apparatus for a head mounted display includes light bending optics to deliver display light from an image source to a near-to-eye emission surface for emitting the display light to an eye of a user within an eyebox. An eye tracking camera system acquires an image of the eye for tracking movement of the eye. A controller is coupled to the eye tracking camera system to receive image data and to determine a location of the eye based on the image data. The controller is coupled to an eyebox actuator to dynamically adjust the lateral position of the eyebox based upon the location of the eye to extend an effective size of the eyebox from which the eye can view the display light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Xiaoyu Miao
  • Patent number: 9116340
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a monocular display with a wireless communications interface, a user input device, a transmitter, and a controller. The monocular display is positioned relative to the user's eye to display images to the user while occluding less than half of the user's maximum viewing space. The apparatus can incorporate a wireless communication controller that not only provides a video link to a host device, but also provides for control and management of a host device and other more devices. In this context, a host device may be any appropriate device that sources audio, video, text, office functionality and other information, such as a cell phone, personal computer, laptop, media player, and/or the like. The apparatus and the host may support Microsoft Windows SideShow, Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP), and Virtual Network Computing (VNC).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Kopin Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey J. Jacobsen, Stephen A. Pombo, Christopher Parkinson
  • Patent number: 9117396
    Abstract: When the video images to be played back are three-dimensional (3D) images each including a first parallax image and a second parallax image obtained when an object in a 3D space is viewed from different viewpoints, a video attribute determining unit determines whether or not the frame rate of the images is within a predetermined frame rate range at which a flicker is likely to occur. When the frame rate of the 3D images is within the predetermined frame rate range, a frame rate converter raises the frame rate of the 3D images until the frame rate exceeds the predetermined frame rate range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventor: Koichi Takenaka
  • Patent number: 9118910
    Abstract: There are provided 3D image glasses which are ready for a plurality of methods (output patterns of a timing signal) different from one another and moreover which are adaptable for various types of 3D image display devices. A ROM 6 stores a plurality of output patterns, and a plurality of command signals corresponding to the output patterns. A microcomputer 5 selects from the ROM 6 an output pattern coincident with an output pattern of a timing signal received from the 3D image display device, and moreover, by a command signal of the selected output pattern, controls opening and closing of right-eye and left-eye liquid-crystal shutters in synchronization with the received timing signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takatoshi Mizoguchi, Osamu Iuchi
  • Patent number: 9110504
    Abstract: The technology provides various embodiments for gaze determination within a see-through, near-eye, mixed reality display device. In some embodiments, the boundaries of a gaze detection coordinate system can be determined from a spatial relationship between a user eye and gaze detection elements such as illuminators and at least one light sensor positioned on a support structure such as an eyeglasses frame. The gaze detection coordinate system allows for determination of a gaze vector from each eye based on data representing glints on the user eye, or a combination of image and glint data. A point of gaze may be determined in a three-dimensional user field of view including real and virtual objects. The spatial relationship between the gaze detection elements and the eye may be checked and may trigger a re-calibration of training data sets if the boundaries of the gaze detection coordinate system have changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: John R. Lewis, Yichen Wei, Robert L. Crocco, Benjamin I. Vaught, Alex Aben-Athar Kipman, Kathryn Stone Perez
  • Patent number: 9111498
    Abstract: Controlling a head-mounted display includes providing a head-mounted display, the head-mounted display includes a switchable viewing area that is switched between a transparent viewing state and an information viewing state. The transparent viewing state is transparent with respect to the viewing area and enables a user of the head-mounted display to view the scene outside the head-mounted display in the user's line of sight. The information viewing state is opaque with respect to the viewing area and displays information in the switchable viewing area visible to a user of the head-mounted display. An external environmental state detector provides an external stimulus notification in response to a detected change in the external environment and causes the viewing state to automatically switch in response to the external stimulus notification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY
    Inventors: John N. Border, Ronald S. Cok, Elena A. Fedorovskaya, Sen Wang, Lawrence B. Landry, Paul J. Kane
  • Patent number: 9113129
    Abstract: A helmet- or head-mounted video recording system is provided for mounting on a piece of head gear such as a head-protective helmet. The system includes a camera module attachable to the head gear, including a first video camera integrated into the camera module for generating a video signal. A recording module is removably attachable to the head gear and is adapted to receive the video signal and store data representative of the video signal. A power supply module is removably attachable to the head gear and is electrically connectable to the camera module and the recording module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Wilcox Industries Corp.
    Inventors: James W. Teetzel, Gary M. Lemire
  • Patent number: 9104024
    Abstract: A heads-up display comprises a housing. A display panel is disposed within the housing. An objective lens is disposed within the housing. An achromatic lens is disposed within the housing between the display panel and the objective lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Inventors: Bruce Gregory Partridge, Tyler Coen, Kevin John Zulonas, Mitchell Gordon Burton