Plural Image Superposition Patents (Class 345/9)
  • Patent number: 9990008
    Abstract: A modular virtual reality headset that may be operated in multiple modes. Embodiments enable a mount with modular receivers having electronic and mechanical interfaces that accept swappable modules. Swappable modules may include swappable display modules, swappable audio modules, and swappable sensor modules. Embodiments enable multiple modes of operation, including for example a virtual mode to display virtual reality environments, a real mode to display images of the real environment surrounding the user, and an augmented reality mode that overlays real scenes with other information. Embodiments may also provide multiple modes of operation for audio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Ariadne's Thread (USA), Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Gregory Passmore, Adam Li
  • Patent number: 9972278
    Abstract: A light irradiation device to display an image by light irradiation prevents easy perception of distortion occurring in the displayed image due to vibration of the device or movement of viewpoint. A random number is generated, and the refresh rate of the displayed image is distributed at random in correspondence with the random number. The light emission intensity is changed in correspondence with the refresh rate. When the number of lines is changed, the input video signal is subjected to scaling and a display is produced. The refresh rate is changed in correspondence with the frequency of the vibration detected with the vibration monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: HITACHI-LG DATA STORAGE, INC.
    Inventors: Yoshiho Seo, Satoshi Ouchi, Hiromi Kusaka
  • Patent number: 9959793
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present disclosure provides a display system which is related to the field of display technology. The display system enables a display device to be switched between a normal display mode and an anti-peeping display mode. This display system comprises a display device which comprises a display panel for displaying content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yanshun Chen, Youmei Dong, Wenbo Li, Qingjiang Wang
  • Patent number: 9927610
    Abstract: This display device is provided with a display unit, a beam splitter, and a first mirror. The display unit emits a first image and a second image. The beam splitter has, incident thereon, the first image and the second image which are emitted from the display unit. The beam splitter transmits the incident first image and reflects the incident second image to project the first image and the second image on a display medium. The first mirror has, incident thereon, the first image which has been transmitted through the beam splitter. The first mirror reflects the incident first image to project the first image on the display medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kenichi Kasazumi, Toshiya Mori
  • Patent number: 9910282
    Abstract: A head-mounted display (HMD) (e.g., VR headset or AR headset) displays a 3D virtual scene and includes a mirror to increase a field of view (FOV). The HMD includes an electronic display that further includes a primary display and an extended display, where the content displayed on the primary display is presented to the user's eye at an exit pupil through a lens and content displayed on the extended display is presented at the exit pupil through reflections of the mirror. The mirror is positioned between the exit pupil and the electronic display such that the mirror reflects light originating from the extended display and provides the reflected light to the exit pupil to increase the FOV. The combination of the content viewed through the lens and that of the reflected light of the extended display results in an FOV larger than when the content is viewed only through the lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Oculus VR, LLC
    Inventor: Yury Anatolievich Petrov
  • Patent number: 9895616
    Abstract: A system that may be utilized for sending and locking text messages is provided. The system may allow a user to send an electronic message that is encrypted, locked, hidden, or otherwise made unviewable by the system to form a locked message. The locked message may be formed by associating a game with the message and requiring that a recipient play the game and satisfy an objective of the game before the message is “unlocked” or made viewable and displayed for the recipient. The locked messages may be sent to multiple recipients or to groups and may provide opportunities for competitive or cooperative play between recipients. Promotions, coupons, incentives, coupons, and marketing materials may be sent as locked messages and require or incentivize engagement by recipients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Texta, Inc.
    Inventors: Oren Schindler, Kirsten Nelson, Kris Fernando, Dana Deskiewicz
  • Patent number: 9883797
    Abstract: A system and method for automated determination of position and movement of a contact lens with respect to a subject wearer's eye based upon a complimentary pair of images, acquired in rapid succession, in which one image of the pair is acquired using light that allows viewing of the pupil and/or limbus through the lens and the other image is acquired using light that is absorbed by the lens to generate an opaque image with a defined edge relative to the surrounding sclera. The images of the pair are acquired in close enough temporal proximity to ensure that eye movement in the interval therebetween is insignificant and both images are in the same approximate reference frame. Thus, the location of the pupil and limbus in one image can be accurately compared with the location of the contact lens edge in the other image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: COGNEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gang Liu, Lei Wang, Lowell D. Jacobson
  • Patent number: 9823555
    Abstract: An optical path changing device includes: a reflective member that reflects a light beam incident thereto, in a predetermined reflection direction; and a housing holding the reflective member. The housing has a first surface and a second surface with the reflective member interposed therebetween in a direction orthogonal to the reflection direction. The first surface and the second surface have openings, respectively, and a cooling gas is circulated from the opening in the first surface to the opening in the second surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Takahiro Takizawa
  • Patent number: 9760777
    Abstract: A server for campaign optimization is described. The server generates analytics data from users interactions with a first virtual object displayed on a plurality of devices and user interactions with a first set of user interactive features of the first virtual object from a first content dataset. The server generates and provides a second content dataset to a device based on the analytics data. The second content dataset. The device recognizes an identifier from the second content dataset and displays, in the device, the second virtual object and the second set of user interactive features of the second virtual object in response to identifying the identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: DAQRI, LLC
    Inventor: Brian Mullins
  • Patent number: 9746914
    Abstract: A transmission-type head mounted display includes a detection unit that detects a first target from outside scenery, an image display unit which is capable of transmitting the outside scenery and is capable of displaying an image, and a display image setting unit that causes the image display unit to display a first moving image which is a moving image associated with the detected first target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masashi Aonuma, Masahide Takano
  • Patent number: 9709814
    Abstract: A multilayer display apparatus included in an in-vehicle system includes a stereoscopic vision display device formed by a 3D display unit and a 3D display control unit that display a three-dimensional image utilizing the principle of binocular disparity, a two-dimensional display device formed by a 2D display unit and a 2D display control unit that display a two-dimensional image on a two-dimensional display face, and a half-silvered mirror. The position of the two-dimensional display face is set within a predetermine range of the position of the screen of the stereoscopic vision display device by using the half-silvered mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: ALPINE TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventor: Osamu Nagahara
  • Patent number: 9694760
    Abstract: A system for projecting an image onto a window of a vehicle is supplied. The system includes a support, a camera, a projector, and a projective film. The support is mounted in the vehicle for holding an electronic device. The camera is mounted to relative to the location for capturing an image of the display when the electronic device is mounted on the support. The projector is in signal communication with the camera. The projector projects an image from the camera onto the window. The projective film mounted on the vehicle window configured to act as a projection screen for the projector. When the electronic device is mounted on the support displays an electronic image, the camera captures the image and sends the image to the projector, and the projector projects the image onto the projective film on the window. The discourse also provides a method using the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chia-Yen Lee
  • Patent number: 9696544
    Abstract: A heads up display system is provided for an automotive vehicle. The automotive vehicle includes an instrument panel and a windshield. The heads up display providing a first reflective mirror, a second reflective mirror, a first Fresnel lens, a second Fresnel lens, and an image display generator. The first Fresnel lens has a concave shape. The first Fresnel lens is positioned downstream of the first reflection mirror and the second reflection mirror. The second Fresnel lens has a convex shape. The second Fresnel lens is positioned downstream of the first Fresnel lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Samuel T. Haberl
  • Patent number: 9596456
    Abstract: A head mounted display system comprises a lens set, an image capturing unit and a processing circuit. The lens set comprises a first liquid crystal panel and a second liquid crystal panel. The first liquid crystal panel comprises first liquid crystal blocks, and the second liquid crystal panel comprises second liquid crystal blocks. The image capturing unit captures front image data having a first dynamic range. The processing circuit performs tone mapping according to the front image data to generate mapping image data having a second dynamic range smaller than the first dynamic range. The processing circuit calculates regulated values according to the mapping image data. A driving circuit drives the first liquid crystal blocks and the second liquid crystal blocks according to the regulated values, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: QUANTA COMPUTER INC.
    Inventors: Wen-Chu Yang, Chung-Te Li
  • Patent number: 9572614
    Abstract: In accordance with embodiments, there are provided mechanisms and methods for facilitating user-controlled management of webpage elements for dynamic customization of relevant information. In one embodiment and by way of example, a method includes receiving, in real-time, a request for performing one or more tasks relating to dynamic customization of webpage elements relating to a webpage package. The request may be received at a first computing device over a network. The method may further include performing, in real-time, the one or more tasks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: salesforce.com, inc.
    Inventors: Philip Norman Calvin, Sonali Agrawal, Beril Guvendik Maples, Eric Dorgelo, Shelby Hubick
  • Patent number: 9557566
    Abstract: A head-mounted display device with which a user can visually recognize a virtual image and an outside scene simultaneously includes an image pickup unit configured to pick up an image of the outside scene and acquire an outside scene image, an augmented-reality processing unit configured to analyze the acquired outside scene image and generate additional image data for augmented reality according to a result of the analysis, a display element configured to generate image light using the generated additional image data, and a light guide unit configured to form a virtual image before the eyes of the user using the generated image light. The augmented-reality processing unit acquires an overlapping region where a display region for the virtual image and an image pickup region of the image pickup unit overlap in the outside scene image and generates the additional image data using the overlapping region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Yutaka Fujimaki
  • Patent number: 9507416
    Abstract: A mobile platform displays a corrected view of an image and/or augmented reality (AR) data based on the position of the user with respect to the mobile platform. The corrected view is produced by determining a position of the user with respect to the mobile platform using an image of the user from a backward facing camera. The display information is provided in the form of an image or video frame of the environment captured with a forward facing camera or AR data. The position of the user with respect to the mobile platform is used to determine the portion of the display information to be displayed that is aligned with the line of sight between the user and the mobile platform so that the displayed information is aligned with the real world environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Inventor: Robert Howard Kimball
  • Patent number: 9507149
    Abstract: An image combiner for a viewing device, such as a night vision device, is disclosed for combining a first image, such as generated symbology, with a second image, such as a view of an outside scene in reduced lighting conditions. A waveguide is provided for capturing the first image from a first viewing direction, and for directing the first image in a second viewing direction, the second viewing direction being substantially coincident with a viewing direction of the second image, such that the first image can combine with the second image. At least a portion of the waveguide is arranged to substantially transmit the second image, such that the second image can pass substantially through the waveguide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: BAE SYSTEMS plc
    Inventors: Michael David Simmonds, Alexander Angus Cameron, Colin Richard Mills
  • Patent number: 9426453
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for signaling timing of refreshes of stereographic displays are provided. In some embodiments, light emitting elements are used to signal the start of a display refresh and to signal when the light emitting elements of the display have attained a stable optical state following the display refresh. In some embodiments, light emitting elements used to signal timing of display refreshes include light emitting elements defining a display area of the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Eric Kozak, Neil W. Messmer
  • Patent number: 9315196
    Abstract: A method for controlling a functional unit of a vehicle involves detecting a gesture of a vehicle passenger and controlling the functional unit depending on the detected gesture, if a first predetermined condition is fulfilled. The first predetermined condition is that a movement sequence of a detected gesture coincides with a predetermined movement pattern that is similar to a movement of a functional unit to be controlled or is analogous to a manipulation of the functional unit to be controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Daimler AG
    Inventor: Paul Heisterkamp
  • Patent number: 9285883
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for displaying content is disclosed. A particular method includes determining a viewing orientation of a user relative to a display and providing a portion of content to the display based on the viewing orientation. The portion includes at least a first viewable element of the content and does not include at least one second viewable element of the content. The method also includes determining an updated viewing orientation of the user and updating the portion of the content based on the updated viewing orientation. The updated portion includes at least the second viewable element. A display difference between the portion and the updated portion is non-linearly related to an orientation difference between the viewing orientation and the updated viewing orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Ning Bi, Milivoje Aleksic
  • Patent number: 9264697
    Abstract: A stereo display apparatus is provided, including a display panel and an adjustable liquid crystal lens array. The adjustable liquid crystal lens array includes a liquid crystal layer and first and second substrates disposed at opposite sides of the liquid crystal layer. The first substrate includes first and second electrodes. The first and second electrodes respectively have a plurality of first and second branch portions arranged alternately. There are first and second pitches respectively between two of the first branch portions adjacent and two of the second branch portions adjacent. The second substrate includes a third electrode. When there is an electric potential difference between the third electrode and the first or the second electrode, an equivalent refractive index of the liquid crystal layer progressively increases from the two first or second branch portions adjacent to central of the two first or second branch portions adjacent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Chunghwa Picture Tubes, LTD.
    Inventors: Shih-Fong Huang, Hsu-Ping Chiu
  • Patent number: 9264702
    Abstract: An apparatus for calibrating an augmented reality (AR) device having an optical see-through head mounted display (HMD) obtains eye coordinates in an eye coordinate system corresponding to a location of an eye of a user of the AR device, and obtains object coordinates in a world coordinate system corresponding to a location of a real-world object in the field of view of the AR device, as captured by a scene camera having a scene camera coordinate system. The apparatus calculates screen coordinates in a screen coordinate system corresponding to a display point on the HMD, where the calculating is based on the obtained eye coordinates and the obtained object coordinates. The apparatus calculates calibration data based on the screen coordinates, the object coordinates and a transformation from the target coordinate system to the scene camera coordinate system. The apparatus then derives subsequent screen coordinates for the display of AR in relation to other real-world object points based on the calibration data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Kexi Liu, Md Sazzadur Rahman, Martin H. Renschler
  • Patent number: 9149255
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are described that include ultrasound imaging devices, which may operate in a transmissive ultrasound imaging modality, and which may be used to detect properties of interest of a subject such as index of refraction, density and/or speed of sound. Devices suitable for performing high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU), as well as HIFU and ultrasound imaging, are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Butterfly Network, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan M. Rothberg, Nevada J. Sanchez, Gregory L. Charvat, Tyler S. Ralston
  • Patent number: 9111384
    Abstract: Computationally implemented methods and systems include receiving augmentation data associated with one or more first augmentations, the one or more first augmentations having been included in a first augmented view of a first actual scene that was remotely displayed at a remote augmented reality (AR) device, displaying one or more second augmentations in a second augmented view of a second actual scene, the displaying of the one or more second augmentations being in response, at least in part, to the augmentation data, and transmitting to the remote AR device usage data that indicates usage information related at least to usage or non-usage of the received augmentation data. In addition to the foregoing, other aspects are described in the claims, drawings, and text.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Gene Fein, Royce A. Levien, Richard T. Lord, Robert W. Lord, Mark A. Malamud, John D. Rinaldo, Jr., Clarence T. Tegreene
  • Patent number: 9086567
    Abstract: To provide a goggle type display device system that can prevent harm to user's health. If anomaly is recognized in mind and body of a user, first video signals provided from an external device stop being displayed on LCD panels and, instead, outside scenery taken by CCD image capture elements is displayed. The user may be alarmed by this about anomaly of his or her body and, further, relaxed by looking at the outside scenery presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shunpei Yamazaki, Jun Koyama, Keisuke Hayashi
  • Patent number: 9030383
    Abstract: A display device has a holding device wearable on a user's head and holding a multifunctional glass that comprises a first and second coupling-out section and a coupling-in section, an image generation module that generates and couples an image into the multifunctional glass through the coupling-in section to the first coupling-out section redirecting the image in the direction of the user such that the user can perceive the image in superimposition with the real environment, a control unit for the image generation module, and a detector which is connected to the control unit and which measures the intensity of ambient light coupled through the first coupling-out section to the second coupling-out section and coupled out of the multifunctional glass through the second coupling-out section. The control unit controls the brightness of the image of the image generation module, the brightness controlled according to the intensity measured by the detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss AG
    Inventors: Karsten Lindig, Hans-Juergen Dobschal, Guenter Rudolph
  • Patent number: 9019172
    Abstract: The image display apparatus includes an observation optical system including first and second optical elements which respectively introducing first and second light fluxes from first and second image-forming elements to first and second exit pupils, and a relay optical system. The relay optical system causes third and fourth light fluxes from the second and first image-forming elements to form intermediate images and introducing them to the first and second optical elements. The observation optical system displays images corresponding to the first and second original images in mutually different viewing angle areas by introducing the first and third light fluxes to the first exit pupil through the first optical element, and displays images corresponding to the second and first original images in mutually different viewing angle areas by introducing the second and fourth light fluxes to the second exit pupil through the second optical element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masakazu Tohara, Shoichi Yamazaki, Kazutaka Inoguchi, Kenichi Saito, Motomi Tsuyuki
  • Patent number: 9019175
    Abstract: An optical device for virtual image display with unequal focal length and high magnification, comprising an image display, an optically transparent material and a mirror; the optically transparent material being disposed at an oblique angle between the image display and the mirror, and, on the optically transparent material, the side opposite the image display being coated with a reverse anti-reflective film, the other side being coated with a polarizing film or successively with a polarizing film and a forward anti-reflective film; and the included angle between the mirror and the optically transparent material together with the deposition angle M of the reverse anti-reflective film being 90°. The present invention is an optical device structural design with a virtual image optical design including a birefringence function, providing a new design with innovative and improved optics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Watchman Tech. Co., Limited
    Inventor: Hsin-Tseng Lu
  • Patent number: 9013396
    Abstract: A motion capture environment includes at least one sensor-tracker for tracking a location of a tracked object within the motion capture environment and one or more computers collectively operable to generate a virtual reality environment including a virtual control panel having a virtual control that, when actuated, effects a predetermined result in the virtual reality environment; determine a virtual location of the tracked object within the virtual reality environment; and determine when the virtual location of the tracked object coincides with the location of the virtual control to actuate the virtual control. The motion capture environment further includes a display device for displaying the virtual reality environment to an actor within the motion capture environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Textron Innovations Inc.
    Inventors: George Steven Lewis, John Valentino, Christopher Michael Bothwell
  • Patent number: 8996038
    Abstract: A method for displaying an idle screen, which is varied depending on a specific condition of a mobile communication terminal, for better graphic impressions. When the user of the mobile communication terminal travels between countries, and a border crossing is detected, a landmark image of a corresponding country is displayed on the idle screen. In addition, an animation effect is displayed on the idle screen so as to inform of the occurrence of the corresponding event. Accordingly, a novel graphic effect is provided to the user via a user interface having enhanced entertaining features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sung-Hwan Baek, Jin-Yong Kim, Kyoung-Sik Yoon, Hee-Woong Choi, In-Won Jong, Hee-Kyung Jeon
  • Patent number: 8988312
    Abstract: To overcome issues generated due to the light-shield part in a display device which displays different images towards a plurality of viewpoints, and to provide a device for easily synthesizing images to be displayed on a display part. A display controller includes: an image memory which stores viewpoint image data for a plurality of viewpoints; a writing control device which writes the viewpoint image data inputted from outside to the image memory; a parameter storage device which stores parameters showing a positional relation between a lenticular lens and the display part; and a readout control device which reads out the viewpoint image data from the image memory according to a readout order obtained by applying the parameters to a repeating regulation that is determined based on layout of the sub-pixels, number of colors, and layout of the colors, and outputs it to the display module as synthesized image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: NLT Technologies, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tetsushi Satou, Kazunori Masumura, Koji Shigemura, Shinichi Uehara
  • Patent number: 8982014
    Abstract: Image generation systems and image generation methods are described. According to one aspect, an image generation system includes an imaging system configured to transmit light towards an observer's eye to form a plurality of pixels of an image upon the retina of the observer's eye at a moment in time; and a control system coupled with the imaging system and wherein the control system is configured to access data content regarding the image, to generate a plurality of control signals according to the accessed data content, and to output the control signals to the imaging system to control the transmission of the light by the imaging system towards the observer's eye to form the plurality of pixels of the image upon the retina of the observer's eye at the moment in time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Battelle Memorial Institute
    Inventors: Allan T. Evans, Bruce E. Bernacki
  • Patent number: 8976085
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a band configured to be worn on the head of a user. The band has a central portion and first and second temple portions extending therefrom. The central portion is configured to contact a portion of the face of a user, and the temple portions are configured to contact portions of the head of the user near ears thereof. An operational unit having a display element is affixed to the first temple portion and includes a housing having an arm defining a longitudinal axis. The housing also includes an elbow portion defining a display end that supports the display element such that it extends along a display axis angled with respect to the longitudinal axis and such that the display element is positionable over an eye of the user. Image generating means are disposed within the housing for generating an image presentable on the display element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Maj Isabelle Olsson, Mitchell Joseph Heinrich, Sebastian Thrun, Sergey Brin
  • Publication number: 20150061976
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are described for creating multiple different heads-up display (HUD) images at different apparent distances from a viewer using a single picture generator. First and second images are generated using respective first and second subsets of modulating elements of an array of image pixel modulating elements of a spatial light modulator. Light from the first and second images is directed along respective first and second optical paths onto a transparent display surface to form respective first and second virtual images at different apparent distances within a field of view of a viewer looking through the display surface. In a described example, the modulating elements are micromirrors of a digital micromirror device (DMD) and optical elements of the respective optical paths are relatively movable to set relative path lengths.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventor: John Marshall Ferri
  • Patent number: 8970617
    Abstract: The display device includes a timing controller, a data driving unit, a gate driving unit, and a display panel. The timing controller divides m-bit image data (m is a natural number) received from the outside into n different image data for each viewpoint (n is 2 or larger natural number), and generates an output frame composed of a plurality of 3-dimensional image data including the n image data for each viewpoint. Then, the output frame is dithered so that the image data for each viewpoint expresses m-bit gradation with l bit, and image data for each viewpoint included in the output frame are outputted as output image signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: KyoungHo Lim, Jung-taek Kim, Joo-Young Kim, CheolWoo Park, Mun-San Park, KyoungWon Lee
  • Patent number: 8957862
    Abstract: Disclosed is an operation input system including: an operation display device; and a display device, wherein in case that the operation display device receives input of security information, the operation display device sets input keys in the key arrangement on a screen of the display unit and displays the operation window in which the input keys or at least contents of the input keys cannot be visually recognized, and the operation detecting unit receives the operation for the set input keys, and the display device controls display contents of the second display unit so as to display a state in which a virtual image of the input keys is combined with a situation in which an operator operates the display unit in accordance with an image shot by the camera so as to match a position of the virtual image with the set input keys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Yasuaki Sugimoto
  • Patent number: 8953246
    Abstract: An image augmenting window and method of operation. An image augmenting window has at least one selectably transmissive internally focused intermediate image lens with a first portion that receives light and focuses it into a focused image on an internal focal plane. An output optical structure refracts the focused image out as a projected image. A selectably transmissive shutter located in the internal focal plane selectably blocks at least a portion of light passing through the lens. At least one controllable light source has a respective light source lens that is separate from and positioned adjacent to a lateral side of a respective selectably transmissive internally focused intermediate image lens and that emits an afocal projection of respective projected light. A controller independently controls each shutter and each controllable light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventor: Jens Koenig
  • Patent number: 8953245
    Abstract: A selectably transmissive internally focused intermediate image lens and a lens based optical window include a number of such lenses. Each selectably transmissive internally focused intermediate image lens in a lens based optical window includes a first and second lens portion. The first lens portion receives light and focuses it into a focused image at a focal plane that is coplanar with a second side of the first portion. A second lens portion has an image side adjacent to the second side of the first lens portion and an opposite side opposite the image side. The second lens portion refracts the focused image as an image projected through its rear side. Each lens further includes a selectably transmissive shutter that is located at the internal focal plane and that is controllable to block at least a portion of light passing therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventor: Jens König
  • Patent number: 8941561
    Abstract: Methods and systems for capturing and storing an image are provided. In one example, eye-movement data associated with a head-mountable device (HMD) may be received. The HMD may include an image-capture device arranged to capture image data corresponding to a wearer-view associated with the HMD. In one case, the received eye-movement data may indicate sustained gaze. In this case, a location of the sustained gaze may be determined, and an image including a view of the location of the sustained gaze may be captured. At least one indication of a context of the captured image, such as time and/or geographic location of the HMD when the image was captured may be determined and stored in a data-item attribute database as part of a record of the captured image. In a further example, movements associated with the HMD may also be determined and based on to determine sustained gaze and the location of the sustained gaze.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Thad Eugene Starner
  • Patent number: 8933889
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an operation method for executing games on mobile camera enabled terminal devices and to devices capable of executing the method. The method is based on hiding augmented reality messages in pictures by taking an image of an object, providing symbols; linking the symbols to the image, such that the symbols are not visible when displaying the image, and sending the image and the linked invisible symbols via a wireless connection as a first image to a mobile camera terminal device. The invention also provides a second component to re-visualize the hidden message by receiving the first image, taking a second image with a camera of the mobile camera terminal device, displaying the second image, comparing the first and second images to determine a matching measure, and visibly displaying the linked invisible symbols on the display, if the comparison fulfills at least one predetermined condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventors: Mikko O. Heikkinen, Kai Havukainen, Jukka Holm, Antti Eronen, Timo Kosonen
  • Patent number: 8928558
    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: July 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: John R. Lewis, Yichen Wei, Robert L. Crocco, Benjamin I. Vaught, Alex Aben-Athar Kipman, Kathryn Stone Perez
  • Patent number: 8924150
    Abstract: A method to navigate a vehicle utilizing a graphic projection display, includes monitoring a navigation status graphic representing a navigation intent displayed upon the graphic projection display, monitoring a user input indicated to a portion of the graphic projection display, initiating a user-defined navigation command based on the monitored navigation status graphic and the monitored user input, and operating the vehicle in accordance with the user-defined navigation command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Omer Tsimhoni, Joseph F. Szczerba, Thomas A. Seder, Dehua Cui
  • Patent number: 8912982
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a display device includes a display unit, an imaging element, and a first reflecting unit. The display unit emits a light. The imaging element has a major surface and is configured to form a real image of an object at a symmetric position of the object with the major surface serving as a plane of symmetry. The imaging element includes a portion not overlapping the display unit as viewed along a normal direction of the major surface. The first reflecting unit includes a portion facing the major surface, and is configured to reflect the light emitted from the display unit and to cause the light to be incident on the portion of the imaging element not overlapping the display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Yutaka Nakai, Tsuyoshi Hioki
  • Patent number: 8890774
    Abstract: A heads-up display associated with a user manipulated object in a gaming environment, particularly a racing game. According to one aspect the heads-up display may reduce the distance a user's eye travels between a focal area and the heads-up display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Uphill, Christopher Francis, Dominic Jackson, James Whittamore, Ashleigh J. Pook
  • Patent number: 8884988
    Abstract: A portable device according to one embodiment of the present specification includes a camera unit configured to capture a surrounding image located in a front direction of the portable device, a display unit configured to display an image, and a processor configured to control the camera unit and the display unit, the processor is further configured to detect at least one of a predefined stationary object and a predefined moving object, if the moving object is detected, display a second augmented reality image corresponding to the moving object and countdown a second timer corresponding to the second augmented reality image, detect a movement of the moving object, if the movement of the moving object is detected before the second setting time of the second timer elapses, adjust the second timer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Eunhyung Cho, Jongho Kim, Doyoung Lee, Jihwan Kim, Sinae Chun
  • Patent number: 8878750
    Abstract: A head mount display (HMD) device according to one embodiment comprises a camera unit configured to capture an image at a front of the HMD device, a distance obtaining unit configured to obtain a distance between the HMD device and an object in the front of the HMD device, a communication unit configured to transmit and receive data, a display unit configured to display visual information, and a processor configured to control the camera unit, the distance obtaining unit, the communication unit and the display unit, wherein the processor is further configured: to recognize a face from the image, to receive personal data corresponding to the recognized face, to obtain, from the received personal data, personal information and period from a latest date when the face was lastly recognized to a current date when the face is currently recognized, to display the personal information when the period is longer than a first threshold period, and control a quantity of the personal information to be displayed based on a
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Hyorim Park, Doyoung Lee, Yongsin Kim
  • Patent number: 8866812
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of processing three-dimensional (3D) images on a multi-layer display may generate virtual depth information based on original depth information, and display 3D images having various depth values using the generated virtual depth information. Also, the apparatus and method may appropriately provide color information to each of a plurality of display layers, thereby preventing an original image from being damaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignees: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Puredepth Limited
    Inventors: Young Ran Han, Young Shin Kwak, Du Sik Park, Young Ju Jeong, Gareth Paul Bell, Darryl Singh
  • Patent number: 8866702
    Abstract: Methods and systems for use of an optical display system as an indicator of a wearable computing device are provided. In one example, a method includes receiving, by the wearable computing device, information for display by an optical display system coupled to the wearable computing device. The method includes in response, making a determination of whether the wearable computing device is in use. The method also includes based on the determination, causing a light source coupled to the wearable computing device to modulate an illumination of the optical display system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Adrian Wong, Russell Mirov
  • Patent number: 8866811
    Abstract: Position and orientation information of a specific part of an observer is acquired (S403). It is determined whether or not a region of a specific part virtual object that simulates the specific part and that of another virtual object overlap each other on an image of a virtual space after the specific part virtual object is laid out based on the position and orientation information on the virtual space on which one or more virtual objects are laid out (S405). When it is determined that the regions overlap each other, an image of the virtual space on which the other virtual object and the specific part virtual object are laid out is generated; when it is determined that the regions do not overlap each other, an image of the virtual space on which only the other virtual object is laid out is generated (S409).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Okuno