Plural Image Superposition Patents (Class 345/9)
  • Patent number: 8416151
    Abstract: A set of equipment items for an aircraft including a video transducer and at least two head-up display devices, wherein the video transducer and/or each HUD device is/are capable of defining the image to be projected by the HUD device on the basis of the display field of the HUD device and of one or more HUD/transducer errors, each HUD/transducer error being defined as being the difference between the HUD error of the corresponding HUD support around a direction and the transducer error around this same direction, the HUD error of an HUD support around a direction being the angular difference around this direction between the line of sight of the HUD support and a measuring reference line, and the transducer error around a direction being the angular difference around this direction between the line of sight of the transducer support and a measuring reference line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Airbus Operations SAS
    Inventors: Sandra Poussin, David Bideau, Laurent Coloma, Stephane Gauthier
  • Patent number: 8390533
    Abstract: A beam-scan display apparatus (10) displays an image by scanning a beam on a retina of a user, the beam-scan display apparatus (10) includes a case (11) housing (i) a light source (101) emitting a beam for drawing each of pixels constituting the image, and (ii) a scan unit (103) two-dimensionally scanning the beam emitted from the light source (101). Further, the beam-scan apparatus includes a contact lens (12) having a deflection unit (104) deflecting, toward the retina of an eye of the user wearing the case (11), the beam scanned by the scan unit (103), wherein the contact lens (12) is separate from the case (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: Kakuya Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8384777
    Abstract: An apparatus and method in which a light control signal comprising successive computer generated images are retrieved from a storage medium and played back in an image space with a point of view with respect to a frame of reference of the image space synchronized with a changing point of view of images acquired in an object space by an image acquisition device sensed in an object space changing in its point of view with respect to a frame of reference of the object space, the frame of reference of the image space corresponding to the frame of reference of the object space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Simulated Percepts, LLC
    Inventor: Francis J. Maguire, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8384617
    Abstract: Systems and methods for selecting an action associated with a power state transition of a head-mounted display (HMD) in the form of eyeglasses are disclosed. A signal may be received from a sensor on a nose bridge of the eyeglasses indicating if the HMD is in use. Based on the received signal, a first powers state for the HMD may be determined. Responsive to the determined first power state, an action associated with a power state transition of the HMD from an existing power state to the first power state may be selected. The action may be selected from among a plurality of actions associated with a plurality of state transitions. Also, the action may be a sequence of functions performed by the HMD including modifying an operating state of a primary processing component of the HMD and a detector of the HMD configured to image an environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Max Braun, Ryan Geiss, Harvey Ho, Thad Eugene Starner, Gabriel Taubman
  • Patent number: 8366279
    Abstract: An image display apparatus includes plural image forming devices and an observation optical system that includes at least a first optical system configured to fold in a first section a luminous flux from a first image forming device by using a plurality of reflective surfaces and to guide the luminous flux from the first image forming device to the exit pupil, and a second optical system configured to fold in a second section a luminous flux from a second image forming device by using a plurality of reflective surfaces and to guide the luminous flux from the second image forming device to the exit pupil, wherein the first section intersects the second section on an axis that directs from one point in the exit pupil to one point in the observation field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazutaka Inoguchi, Masakazu Tohara, Shoichi Yamazaki, Kenichi Saito, Motomi Tsuyuki
  • Patent number: 8362972
    Abstract: A headphone (3) has LEDs indicating whether a head-mounted display is used for the left eye or for the right eye. In the case shown in the attached figure, the LED of L showing that the display is used for the left eye is lit. Whether the head-mounted display is used for the left eye or for the right eye is indicated by the LEDs, and depending on whether it is used for the left eye or for the right eye, audio outputted from the headphone (3) is switched over between the left and the right. Independent of whether the head-mounted display is used for the left eye or for the right eye, audio for the right ear is outputted for the right ear and audio for the left ear is outputted for the left ear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Nikon Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Miyakawa, Shigeru Kato
  • Patent number: 8362973
    Abstract: Provided are systems, apparatus, and methods for registering an image within a defined area within the confines of a user. The area is defined by one or more information markers that may be active or passive markers. A sensor operable to detect the information markers is rigidly attached to a motion tracker which is aligned and calibrated relative to the information markers and by detecting at least one of the information markers causes the virtual object image to appear to remain within the defined area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Andrei Cernasov, Frank P. Cupero
  • Patent number: 8355610
    Abstract: A primary waveguide and a coupling waveguide are arranged so a user can view light from a forward scene through the primary waveguide. An image source generates an image which is diffractively coupled into the primary waveguide and internally reflected to an exit area for diffraction towards the user. Light from the forward looking scene is diffracted into the primary waveguide to be internally reflected and coupled to a image intensifier tube assembly. The image intensifier tube assembly enhances light from the forward looking scene and drives the image source such that an image of the enhanced light is overlaid on light from a forward scene at exit area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: Bae Systems PLC
    Inventor: Michael David Simmonds
  • Patent number: 8347228
    Abstract: A system and method for user interface screen presentation prioritization is provided. The display of a plurality of panes may be determined based on either priorities of each pane received in messages or based on combined weightings of each pane based on a weighting provided by a user and a weighting provided by a content source. The display of the panes may relocate the panes and/or change the size of the panes based on changed priorities of each pane or based on changed combined weighting of each pane. The panes may comprise selectable items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Jesse Kates, Harry Lai, Kristen Miller, Christine Denise Schumaker, Balaji S. Thenthiruperai
  • Patent number: 8335682
    Abstract: A multi-language interfaces system includes a storage unit, a processing unit, and a language switch unit; the storage unit stores an executable code containing a variable code and multiple language packs; the processing unit is electrically connected for transmission to the storage unit to execute the executable codes; and the language switch unit is respectively electrically connected for transmission to the storage unit and the processing unit to provide a signal to the processing unit where the variable code is converted into one of those language packs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Sercomm Corporation
    Inventor: Yu Zou
  • Patent number: 8330674
    Abstract: A multiplex image display device prevents onscreen input buttons from appearing at the same positions. A “command area” refers to an area of the display screen where the user can enter a command for manipulating one of images being simultaneously displayed on the single display section for individual viewing from different directions. In the multiplex image display device, the positioning control section controls the positioning of the command areas so that a command area for one of the images being simultaneously displayed on the display section is displayed at a different (i.e., non-overlapping) position on the display section from a command area for another one of such images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Akira Imai, Tomoo Takatani, Yoshihide Koyama, Hiroshi Fukushima, Koji Yabuta
  • Patent number: 8314814
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an imaging system includes a processing system and a display generator. The processing system is operable to process a signal received from a camera to yield foveal data for a foveal display region and outer data for an outer display region. The outer data have a reduced pixel density with respect to the pixel density of the foveal data. The display generator is operable to generate the foveal display region from the foveal data according to a 1:n mapping ratio, and generate the outer display region from the outer data according to a 1:m mapping ratio, where m is greater than n.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventor: Robert C. Gibbons
  • Patent number: 8311384
    Abstract: An image processing method receives a sequence of image frames and generates a computer generated object. The method combines the object with the sequence of frames to generate a sequence of augmented reality images. The method divides each received image frame into a respective array of image motion cells, detects inter-image motion in successive image frames for each motion cell, and generates a motion object comprising one or more image motion cells. The image motion cells in the motion object correspond to a set of image motion cells detected as comprising inter-image motion over a threshold number of image frames. The method detects relative distance between the object and the motion object within the augmented reality images, and generates a point of interest within a current image frame so the object may appear to interact with an image region corresponding to an image motion cell at the point of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Limited
    Inventors: Sharwin Winesh Raghoebardajal, Mark Lintott
  • Patent number: 8305295
    Abstract: Optoelectronic Display System for Transport Vehicles is suggested providing simultaneous representation of visual information of different form and content relating to parameters of driving on windscreen and at dashboard plane. To form said visual information unified image creator based on two LCD matrixes is used and image intended for representation on windscreen in collimated form is created on their upper parts and on lower parts—for representation at dashboard plane. To improve operate reliability the system is provided with control device of image creator operation. In case one of LCDs is out-of-service the device is switching other (operable) LCD into mode of parameters ‘minimum number creation required for safe driving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Inventors: Matvey Lvovskiy, Alexander Efros, Mikhail Lvovsky
  • Patent number: 8274554
    Abstract: A display device for a vehicle includes a display LCD and a control LCD, which has transmission switching portions, each of which has three segment units. When the vehicle is running, left-side two-third segment units of each transmission switching portion are set to a non-transparent state in a portion of the control LCD corresponding to the left half screen of the display LCD. In contrast, in a portion of the control LCD corresponding to the right half screen of the display LCD, all the segment units are set to a transparent state. Thus, an image in the right half screen is visible from a driver seat, while an image in the left half screen is not visible from the driver seat. Both the images in the right half screen and the left half screen are visible from a front passenger seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kenji Nakamura
  • Patent number: 8274448
    Abstract: A stereoscopic display system, method and computer program product are provided. In use, display content intended for a first eye is displayed utilizing a first portion of a display. Further, display content intended for a second eye is displayed utilizing a second portion of the display that is different from the first portion of the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: NVIDIA Corporation
    Inventor: David Robert Cook
  • Patent number: 8269692
    Abstract: An image display apparatus includes: a left-eye light source (101) that outputs a left-eye image constituting an original image in whole or in part; a left-eye deflection unit (104) that deflects, toward a left eye of the user, the left-eye image outputted by the left-eye light source (101); a right-eye light source (110) that outputs a right-eye image constituting the original image in whole or in part; a right-eye deflection unit (107) that deflects, toward a right eye of the user, the right-eye image outputted by the right-eye light source (110); and a control unit (105, 111) that controls the left-eye light source (101) and the right-eye light source (110) such that the left-eye image and the right-eye image are outputted which are different from each other in at least one of pixel position, image shape, image size, image resolution, and display frame rate so that the user can recognize the original image from the left-eye image and the right-eye image by an image fusion effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Keiji Sugiyama, Kakuya Yamamoto, Akira Kurozuka
  • Patent number: 8264477
    Abstract: An image display device is provided with a display section (10) for displaying a two-dimensional image on a screen; a microlens array board (22), which is arranged in an optical path of display light constituting the two-dimensional image, and transmits the display light to display an actual image of the two-dimensional image on an imaging plane positioned in a space on a side opposite to the screen; and a display control section (100) for controlling the display section (10) to perform blocking process to have a part of an actual object on a side further than the imaging plane not seen by an observer who observes the imaging plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Pioneer Corporation
    Inventors: Isao Tomisawa, Masaru Ishikawa, Katsumi Unehara
  • Patent number: 8253653
    Abstract: An image observation system includes a pair of image observation devices each having i) an image pickup device, ii) an image pickup optical system for directing light rays from an outside world to the image pickup device, iii) a display device for displaying an outside world image obtained by the image pickup system, and iv) a display optical system for directing light from the display device to an observing eye. The optical axis of the image pickup system and the optical axis of the display system are disposed coaxially, wherein the optical axes of the image pickup systems of the pair of image observation devices define a point of intersection, and wherein a focal plane being at a position conjugate with a surface of the image pickup device with respect to the image pickup optical system is disposed at a side of the intersection point of the optical axes of the image pickup systems, which side faces an observer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Akinari Takagi
  • Patent number: 8250611
    Abstract: An automobile entertainment system includes a video system mounted within an automobile headrest. The headrest includes a headrest body and a first downwardly extending extension arm including a passage therethrough. The video system includes a cable extending therefrom and the one cable passes through the first extension arm, wherein the cable includes a cylindrical connector shroud at a distal end thereof. The connector shroud is shaped and dimensioned to pass through the first extension arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Audiovox Corporation
    Inventor: Christopher J. Vitito
  • Patent number: 8248324
    Abstract: A display device that includes a housing that houses a display, and a control panel. Control panel and display are connected to a controller disposed inside of the housing. A control device can also be attached to display device. The control device is configured to resemble a welding gun. The control device is also connected to the controller. A viewer, such as welding mask viewer, is be mounted to the housing of display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Lincoln Global, Inc.
    Inventor: David J. Nangle
  • Patent number: 8248217
    Abstract: A tactile display apparatus includes a plurality of stimulation pins in contact with a skin; an operating unit for vertically moving the stimulation pins; and a housing accommodating the stimulation pins and the operating unit, the housing having an opening in one surface thereof such that the stimulation pins protrude outward. Here, the plurality of stimulation pins are arranged such that a contact area occupied by front ends of the stimulation pins is smaller than an area occupied by rear ends of the stimulation pins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Korea Institute of Science and Technology
    Inventors: Sung Chul Kang, Dongseok Ryu, YongKwun Lee, Dong-Soo Kwon, Seung-Chan Kim, Tae-Heon Yang, Chong Hui Kim, Gi-Hun Yang
  • Patent number: 8246180
    Abstract: The present invention describes content reflection systems for displaying a select portion of content to a viewer. An exemplary embodiment of the present invention provides a reflecting apparatus comprising a base and a reflective member in communication with the base. The reflective member includes a reflective layer enabled to receive at least a first frequency band of light and a second frequency band of light. Additionally, the reflective layer is enabled to reflect the first frequency band of light and transmit the second frequency band of light. Furthermore, the first frequency band of light includes a first content regarding an audiovisual presentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Georgia Tech Research Corporation
    Inventor: Leanne Little West
  • Patent number: 8218002
    Abstract: A method and apparatus performing the method transmit an encoded light control signal having computer generated images over a network to a device decoding the received signal and controlling light in an image space for providing the computer generated images with a point of view presented changing in translatory position and orientation with respect to an image space frame of reference corresponding to a changing point of view of images acquired in an object space by an image acquisition device sensed changing in translatory position and orientation during navigation of the image acquisition device in the object space with respect to a frame of reference of the object space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Simulated Percepts, LLC
    Inventor: Francis J. Maguire, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8212744
    Abstract: In a particular embodiment, a see-through display includes a screen having transparent layer of material with a front side and a back side. At least one plurality of shaped louver members is disposed between the front side and the back side. The plurality of the louver members allow transmission of a fraction of light through the screen with minimum scattering within a range of incident angles. The plurality of the louvers also redirect image signal light from an image source into a range of angles centered about a normal to the screen. The louver members combine the image signal light with the light emitted from background objects located on the backside of the screen. The background image light is transmitted through the display screen with minimal scattering. For embodiments providing two sets of louver members, the image signal light may be redirected to observers on either side of the screen, such that the observers may see each other as well as the intended image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Huei Pei Kuo, Laurence M. Hubby, Jr., Steven L. Naberhuis, Henryk Birecki
  • Patent number: 8207909
    Abstract: If an image acquired from a video camera (113) contains a two-dimensional bar code as information unique to an operation input device (116), information unique to the video camera (113) and the information unique to the operation input device (116) are managed in a shared memory (107) in association with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Okuno
  • Patent number: 8203503
    Abstract: Sensor independent display characterization system spectrally characterizes a display system to measure radiant power emitted by the display system that displays a video image to a trainee pilot during sensor stimulation. A sensor spectral response for each wavelength produced by the stimulated sensor is determined. A stimulated luminance for each color level of the displayed image or for a range of color levels is computed. A color look up table that maps computed stimulated luminance to a set of stimulating color values is generated. When a trainee pilot looks at the displayed image using a sensor having a sensor response that was used in computing the stimulated luminance, the pilot will see an image that was created by simulated spectral rendering. The displayed image is an accurate, display and sensor independent image that the pilot can see during the real flight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Aechelon Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Javier Castellar, David Lloyd Morgan, III
  • Patent number: 8194002
    Abstract: A virtual sphere provided by an enhanced vision system includes synthetic imagery filling said virtual sphere and a common view window mapped to a dedicated position within the synthetic imagery. Imagery of the line of sight of a user is displayed in the common view window. By providing the common view window, visual communication between all users may be possible. By connecting a virtual user to the enhanced vision system and by displaying the imagery for the line of sight of the virtual user in the common view window, the workload of a human operator may be reduced and the time line of actions may be shortened. The enhanced vision system of the present invention may be used, but is not limited to, in a military aircraft to enhance the situational awareness of the flight crew.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: John N. Sanders-Reed, Michael K. Hollis
  • Patent number: 8195386
    Abstract: A movable-body navigation information display unit is provided. In the movable-body navigation information display unit, a driver can intuitively and accurately recognize a relation between navigation information and a real picture or a real landscape. In addition, it is possible to avoid a state that visibility of a caution-needed picture such as a pedestrian in the real picture and a real picture of a road construction site is inhibited by an image of the navigation information. An image data creating section (405) matches road shape data with a road shape model to estimate posture data. In addition, the image data creating section creates picture (image) data for accurately compositing and displaying the image of the navigation information in an appropriate position in a real picture (or in a real landscape) of a road ahead of a movable body, and displays the navigation information as a three-dimensional icon or the like. A picture display section (5) performs display based on the picture data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: National University Corporation Kumamoto University
    Inventors: Zhencheng Hu, Keiichi Uchimura
  • Patent number: 8190326
    Abstract: The present invention is applied to, for example, a multimedia terminal having a function of navigation equipment and a function of playing back video and switches a display from a map display to a source display also with source switching operators 13P, 13R. In addition, menus of upper and lower hierarchies are simultaneously displayed to accept operations through a touch panel and a remote commander. In addition to a press-operable main rotary operator, a press-operable sub rotary operator is provided on a side surface. Among operations accepted through the main rotary operator, only a specific operation relating to content processing is accepted through the sub rotary operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Nezu, Makoto Sasaki, Satoshi Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 8188990
    Abstract: In a method for displaying visual information (9) on a display surface (3, 13, 20, 21), a display parameter (P) is modified, at trigger intervals, in at least one region of the display surface (3, 13) for a subliminal period of time. The display parameter (P) is preferably selected from the brightness, color, illumination, contrast, focus, frequency or connection/disconnection of the display. By said measure, a viewer of the display surface (3) is prompted to perform a blinking movement which leads to the moistening of the eye with tear fluid and thereby prevents eye irritation without the viewer consciously perceiving the externally controlled blinking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Inventors: Maximilian Zamorsky, Alexander Hartenau
  • Patent number: 8184067
    Abstract: Systems and methods for selecting an action associated with a power state transition of a head-mounted display (HMD) in the form of eyeglasses are disclosed. A signal may be received from a sensor on a nose bridge of the eyeglasses indicating if the HMD is in use. Based on the received signal, a first powers state for the HMD may be determined. Responsive to the determined first power state, an action associated with a power state transition of the HMD from an existing power state to the first power state may be selected. The action may be selected from among a plurality of actions associated with a plurality of state transitions. Also, the action may be a sequence of functions performed by the HMD including modifying an operating state of a primary processing component of the HMD and a detector of the HMD configured to image an environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Max Braun, Ryan Geiss, Harvey Ho, Thad Eugene Starner, Gabriel Taubman
  • Patent number: 8185267
    Abstract: The present invention is applied to, for example, a multimedia terminal having a function of navigation equipment and a function of playing back video and switches a display from a map display to a source display also with source switching operators 13P, 13R. In addition, menus of upper and lower hierarchies are simultaneously displayed to accept operations through a touch panel and a remote commander. In addition to a press-operable main rotary operator, a press-operable sub rotary operator is provided on a side surface. Among operations accepted through the main rotary operator, only a specific operation relating to content processing is accepted through the sub rotary operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Nezu, Makoto Sasaki, Satoshi Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 8144076
    Abstract: A display apparatus has an image display unit that displays a virtual image by projecting an image light to a windshield, and an obstacle detector that detects an obstacle existing around the vehicle as well as a safety determination unit that determines safety of the vehicle relative to the detected obstacle based at least on one of a distance from the obstacle and a relative speed of the vehicle relative to the obstacle. The display apparatus also has an image control unit that controls a position of the virtual image to circle around the obstacle in a view of a driver when the obstacle is determined to be unsafe by the safety determination unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masaru Kakizaki
  • Patent number: 8125406
    Abstract: Systems and methods for custom efficient optical distortion reduction where an image is pre-distorted based on the characterization of an optical system, so that when projected onto a curved optical surface the viewer sees a non distorted image. The approach involves characterizing an optical system with an optical distortion polynomial and then segmenting the field of view into smaller segments. Each segment is characterized with a lower order polynomial. The image is segmented and a computer processor applies distortion correction to each image segment based on the polynomial determined for the associated smaller segment. Alternately, two or more of the image segments may be processed simultaneously using a plurality of microprocessors. The data associated with each image segment is then stitched together to recreate a pre-distorted version of the original image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: David W. Jensen, Richard D. Tompkins, Susan Robbins
  • Patent number: 8102334
    Abstract: Augmenting reality for a user including creating a model of a region of the user's environment in a direction of the user's field of vision; determining, in dependence upon the model of the region of the user's environment, that an object located within the user's environment is invisible to the user; determining, in dependence upon the direction of the user's field of vision, the object's location, and the model of the region of the user's environment, a location to display a representation of the object on a transparent display in front of the user's field of vision; and displaying the representation of the object at the determined location on the transparent display in front of the user's field of vision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: International Businesss Machines Corporation
    Inventors: William A. Brown, Richard W. Muirhead, Francis X. Reddington, Martin A. Wolfe
  • Patent number: 8098414
    Abstract: A scanning image display system which includes a plurality of scanning image displays each including a light source adapted to emit a laser beam, and a scan unit having a first scan section adapted to scan the laser beam emitted from the light source in a first direction on a projection surface, and a second scan section adapted to scan the laser beam in a second direction substantially perpendicular to the first direction. The first scan sections are resonant scan sections which are faster than the second scan sections in scan speed. The first scan sections are heated with light during the time that an image is formed and a reset period of the second scan sections in order to control resonant frequencies of the first scan sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Shigeo Nojima
  • Patent number: 8098215
    Abstract: Provided is an information processing device which includes: a transparent display element display unit (21) that displays a transparent window in association with display position information for specifying a display position on a display (2), the transparent window being displayed as transparent at least in part such that display information covered with the transparent window is visually recognized through the transparent window; an information acquisition unit (22) that acquires the display information covered with the transparent window based on the display position information; a superimposition detection unit (27) that detects that a plurality of the transparent windows are in a positional relation in which the plurality of the transparent windows overlap one another to be displayed, based on the display position information; and a processing execution unit (28) that executes, in a case where the superimposition of the plurality of the transparent windows is detected, predetermined processing based on
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: PFU Limited
    Inventor: Hiroaki Takata
  • Patent number: 8094089
    Abstract: A display control device includes: a priority order searching unit that searches a priority order management table to retrieve the priority level corresponding to the standby content screen that has stopped being displayed on a display device related to a usage starting operation when the usage starting operation is detected from any of display devices in the standby state; a switch display target designating unit that retrieves display devices displaying standby content screens of lower priority levels than the retrieved standby content screen, and designates a display device as the switch display target that is the display device displaying the standby content screen of the lowest priority level; and a display control unit that causes the designated display device of the switch display target to switchingly display the standby content screen that has stopped being displayed on the display device related to the usage starting operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Akira Miyazaki, Toru Ozaki, Masanobu Hatanaka, Hirohisa Naito, Takahiro Kii, Kazumi Kubota, Yuji Takahashi
  • Patent number: 8086704
    Abstract: A projector selection system selects one of projectors from a computer which is connected to the projectors through a network. An identifier is displayed on each of the projectors by identifier assigning means and identifier display means. A preview image, which is a scale-down version of an image displayed on the screen by the projector, is acquired by preview image generating means and preview image transmitting means. The preview image is displayed on a dialog display area on the screen of the computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: NEC Viewtechnology, Ltd
    Inventor: Kazuya Honma
  • Publication number: 20110301813
    Abstract: A method of displaying virtual lane markings relative to a vehicle position within a roadway lane may entail reading vehicle data such as speed into a vehicle control module, determining if the vehicle data is above a particular threshold, switching a virtual lane display switch, determining weather conditions, and displaying virtual lane markings upon a vehicle windshield based upon a result of determining weather conditions. Detecting actual lane markings on one or both of a left side of the roadway lane and a right side of the roadway lane may be accomplished with a vehicle-mounted camera. Moreover, determining whether a steering wheel has rotated a predetermined number of degrees may further play a role in displaying the virtual lane markings on a windshield of the vehicle. From a driver viewing perspective through a windshield, virtual lane markings may be displayed on the windshield to overlay actual lane markings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2010
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Applicant: DENSO INTERNATIONAL AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Bo Sun, Daniel P. Tran, Christopher A. Arms, Carolina M. Giannotti, Justin McBride, Nhi Van Pham, Martin E. Nespolo, Silviu Pala, Michael Chachich
  • Patent number: 8063798
    Abstract: Embodiments include systems and methods for assisting a pilot of an aircraft. The system includes a near-eye display and a processing subsystem. The near-eye display includes a transparent display panel that is adapted to be oriented in proximity to at least one eye of the pilot. The processing subsystem is adapted to receive aircraft data that indicates an attitude of the aircraft, and to determine whether the aircraft data indicates a potential spatial disorientation situation. When the aircraft data indicates the potential spatial disorientation situation, the processing system is adapted to cause the near-eye display to display an exterior display indicator overlying at least a portion of the windshield of the aircraft. The exterior display indicator includes a visual representation of an earth-based reference, and the exterior display indicator is oriented to indicate the attitude of the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Andrei Cernasov, Robert Mead, Fernando de la Vega
  • Patent number: 8054242
    Abstract: A liquid crystal display device including a main cell comprising a first substrate having a gate line, a data line, a thin film transistor and a pixel electrode; a second substrate facing the first substrate and having a black matrix and a color filter layer; and a first liquid crystal layer between the first and second substrates; and a switching cell over the main cell, the switching cell comprising a third substrate having a plurality of first electrodes; a fourth substrate facing the third substrate and having a second electrode; and a second liquid crystal layer between the third and fourth substrates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: LG Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyun-Suk Jin, Joon-Kyu Park, Hyung-Seok Jang
  • Patent number: 8049710
    Abstract: A multi-view autostereoscopic display apparatus with improved resolution, includes: a display panel alternately displaying a plurality of images of different view points; an image separating device for separating the plurality of images such that the separated images can be alternately observed in different viewing zones; and a directional backlight unit switched between a plurality of different angular distributions of illumination to selectively provide light to the display panel, wherein the directional backlight unit is switched between the plurality of different angular distributions of illumination in synchronization with an image display period of the display panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sergey Shestak, Dae-sik Kim
  • Patent number: 8049680
    Abstract: A method for improving vision of a low-vision person and a viewing aid therefore are disclosed. An image is recorded by means of an image recording device, the image being intermediately stored within an image memory and modified and presented to the eyes of the person by means of an image display device being mounted on the head of the person. An image is recorded within a recording mode and the modified image is transferred to the image display device within a display mode. The display mode is initiated in an interval in time with regard to the image recording mode, the interval in time being manually adjustable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss AG
    Inventors: Bernd Spruck, Birgit Rottenkolber, Simon Brattke, Martin Edelmann, Norbert Wurscher, Ruediger Landsinger
  • Publication number: 20110254756
    Abstract: An apparatus and a system for viewing a 3D image including a synchronization signal receiver for receiving 3D image synchronization signal; a 3D control signal generator for generating left-eye glass control signal and a right-eye glass control signal in accordance with the synchronization signal received; a left-eye glass that opens or intercepts light transmitted to the left-eye glass; a right-eye glass that opens or intercepts light transmitted to the right-eye glass; a central processor that controls operation of the 3D control signal generator and transmits the synchronization signal to the 3D control signal generator; and a power controller that connects or intercepts power supplied to the synchronization signal receiver and the central processor. The power consumption of the apparatus is minimized by supplying power to the synchronization signal receiver and the central processor at a time when the synchronization signal is received and power is intercepted during the rest period.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Publication date: October 20, 2011
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRO-MECHANICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jae Hyung LEE, Koon Shik CHO
  • Patent number: 8026834
    Abstract: Methods and systems for operating a display device are provided. A first image is caused to be displayed on the display device. The first image is at least representative of a field of view from on-board an aircraft. A second image is rendered over the first image on the display device. A luminance of at least a portion of the second image is temporally modulated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Brent D. Larson, John G. Suddreth
  • Patent number: 7999760
    Abstract: A method is provided for a distortion-free display of image elements, which are composed of computer-generated pixels and are reflected on a non-planar reflective surface, in particular a windshield of a motor vehicle. According to this method, pre-distorted image data are calculated by a computer unit in an operating phase as a function of the distortion properties of the reflective surface from the original image data of the image elements in accordance with the display-related pre-distortion parameters and are transferred to a display unit, which projects the image elements onto the reflective surface. In order to obtain the display-related pre-distortion parameters, at least one image element is provided, pre-distorted and projected in the form of original image data in a calibration phase in a procedure that is analogous to the operating phase; and the image data resulting from the projection are recorded using a camera and image processing, and compared with the original image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Juergen Giegold, Sebastian Loh, Thomas Mangold, Martin Pinsker
  • Patent number: 7978415
    Abstract: An observation device includes at least one day vision channel, an information channel with a graphic electronic display for producing a display image and a combination optical system for combining the day vision channel and the information channel, so that a combined overall image forms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Vectronix AG
    Inventors: Bernhard Schoenenberger, Richard A. Leblanc, Felix Waelti, Patrick Drach, Marcel Zeller
  • Patent number: 7969294
    Abstract: An onboard display device includes a display section attached to an instrument panel of a vehicle. The section has a second display area and a first display area. The second display area shows at least the speed as vehicle condition images indicating the conditions of the vehicle. The first display area shows a navigation image and other secondary images. The display section measures greater in width than in height with an aspect ratio of 7:3 or greater. The aspect ratio is the width/height ratio of a display area. The onboard display device allows for a visibility-improved simultaneous display of the secondary image, such as a navigation image, and the vehicle condition image, such as a speed display, which presents information on the conditions of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takeshi Yamamoto, Aki Miake, Toshiya Takahashi, Megumi Itoh, Mitsukazu Okuda, Takeshi Doi, Takeo Abe