Operator Body-mounted Heads-up Display (e.g., Helmet Mounted Display) Patents (Class 345/8)
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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
  • Patent number: 9261700
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein may provide a configuration of input interfaces used to perform multi-touch operations. An example device may involve: (a) a housing arranged on a head-mountable device, (b) a first input interface arranged on either a superior or an inferior surface of the housing, (c) a second input interface arranged on a surface of the housing that is opposite to the first input interface, and (d) a control system configured to: (1) receive first input data from the first input interface, where the first input data corresponds to a first input action, and in response, cause a camera to perform a first operation in accordance with the first input action, and (2) receive second input data from the second input interface, where the second input data corresponds to a second input action(s) on the second input interface, and in response, cause the camera to perform a second operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Chun Yat Frank Li, Hayes Solos Raffle
  • Patent number: 9247779
    Abstract: A motorcycle helmet can include electronic components operating within the motorcycle helmet. At least a portion of the electronic components is embedded within an outer shell of the helmet or an inner shell of the helmet. The electronic components include an internally mounted Global Positioning System (GPS) transceiver that is part of a GPS subsystem of the electronic components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Inventors: Peter Aloumanis, Elias W. Aloumanis
  • Patent number: 9250769
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, and computer-readable media are described herein related to a user interface (UI) for a computing device, such as head-mountable device (HMD). The UI allows a user of the HMD to navigate through a timeline of ordered screens or cards shown on the graphic display of the HMD. The cards on the timeline may be chronologically ordered based on times associated with each card. Numerous cards may be added to the timeline such that a user may scroll through the timeline to search for a specific card. The HMD may be configured to group cards on the timeline. The cards may be grouped by multiple time periods and by various content types within each respective time period. The cards may also be grouped based on durations between the present/on-going time period and each respective time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Antonio Bernardo Monteiro Costa, Richard The, Chris McKenzie
  • Patent number: 9250699
    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: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Fusashi Kimura
  • Patent number: 9253480
    Abstract: A viewpoint detection unit detects a user viewing a stereoscopic image, including a parallax image of a subject as viewed from a predetermined position defined as a reference view position, and tracks a viewpoint of the detected user. A motion parallax correction unit determines, if a speed of movement of the viewpoint becomes equal to or higher than a predetermined level, an amount of motion parallax correction for the parallax image, on the basis of an amount of movement of the viewpoint, so as to generate a stereoscopic image corrected for motion parallax, generates, if the speed of movement of the viewpoint subsequently becomes lower than a predetermined level, a stereoscopic image by changing the amount of motion parallax correction in steps until the parallax image return to parallax images as seen from the reference view position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Akio Ohba, Nobuo Sasaki, Akihiko Sugawara, Hiroyuki Segawa, Tetsugo Inada
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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