Simulator Patents (Class 348/121)
  • Patent number: 9833904
    Abstract: A method for carrying out a robot-assisted measurement of measurable objects. The paths of a sensor are defined and transmitted to a robot co-ordinate system. The actual paths of the sensor guided on the robot are recorded. A plurality of measurable objects is measured, the sensor being guided with the robot along the actual paths. A compensating device makes it possible to compensate internal and/or external influences produced on the robot. The compensation stage is carried out after a determined number of measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: KUKA Roboter GmbH
    Inventor: Alexander Verl
  • Patent number: 9796482
    Abstract: An aerial sensor system is disclosed. The system includes an aerial vehicle, a camera, and a sensor mounting assembly coupled to the aerial vehicle and to the camera. The sensor mounting assembly permits the camera to be positioned radially outwardly from the aerial vehicle in all spherical positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Coriolis Games Corporation
    Inventor: Jacob Apkarian
  • Patent number: 9440113
    Abstract: In general, a computing device disposed in a cardio exercise machine receives data related to a fitness level of a user. The computing device selects a workout program based at least in part on the data. The operations of the cardio exercise machine are controlled based at least in part on the workout program. The computing device generates visual feedback based on at least one of the user's operation of the cardio exercise machine and the selected workout program measured against performance criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Inventors: Joshua J. Roman, Michael G. Lannon, David M. Alexander, Jeffrey W. Moore, Eric J. Marthinsen
  • Patent number: 9434309
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for predicting vehicle speed during an indirect vision driving task. A further method and apparatus for optimizing the display of a camera return during an indirect vision driving task based on operator perceived vehicle speed as set by the display characteristics and the field-of-view of the camera. A further method and apparatus for using the perceived speed as a driving task aid, in particular, as an electronic aider for optimizing the driving scene display characteristics of scene compression and camera field-of view. In this manner, the invention adjusts the perceived speed in order to match the operator's cognitive flow to the control dynamics needed from the operator for the task. The invention has application to autonomous driving where manual intervention is incorporated during critical events for particular tasks; and with limited display space within the vehicle, the display format is adjusted by the invention according to the operator's task needs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventor: Christopher C. Smyth
  • Patent number: 9393497
    Abstract: An entertainment device includes a screen on which a film can be shown, a movable simulation platform, a multiplicity of audience places or locations disposed on the simulation platform, each place or location having a supporting element for spectators to lean against, a drive device for moving the simulation platform, and a controlling or regulating unit for controlling or regulating the movement of the simulation platform. The movable simulation platform can be moved by the drive device under control of the controlling or regulation unit in dependence on a motion data track corresponding to the film. The simulation platform is suspended from cables which can be moved by the drive device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Inventors: Saskia Valtiner-Zuegg, Martin Valtiner
  • Patent number: 8988524
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for predicting vehicle speed during an indirect vision driving task. A further method and apparatus for optimizing the display of a camera return during an indirect vision driving task based on operator perceived vehicle speed as set by the display characteristics and the field-of-view of the camera. A further method and apparatus for using the perceived speed as a driving task aid, in particular, as an electronic aider for optimizing the driving scene display characteristics of scene compression and camera field-of view. In this manner, the invention adjusts the perceived speed in order to match the operator's cognitive flow to the control dynamics needed from the operator for the task. The invention has application to autonomous driving where manual intervention is incorporated during critical events for particular tasks; and with limited display space within the vehicle, the display format is adjusted by the invention according to the operator's task needs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventor: Christopher C. Smyth
  • Patent number: 8866898
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed living room movie creation. Movies can be directed, captured, and edited using a system that includes a depth camera. A virtual movie set can be created by using ordinary objects in the living room as virtual props. The system is able to capture motions of actors using the depth camera and to generate a movie based thereon. Therefore, there is no need for the actors to wear any special markers to detect their motion. A director may view scenes from the perspective of a “virtual camera” and record those scenes for later editing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew Fuller, Rudy Poat, Alex Aben-Athar Kipman
  • Publication number: 20140307084
    Abstract: Method for creating a camouflage cover for an electronic device having one or more components, said electronic device being intended to be arranged at a location, said method comprising: capturing an image including said location; obtaining size data of at least an area shown in the image, said area including said location; providing said electronic device with a display adapted for substantially hiding said one or more components of said electronic device when arranged at said location; said display having a display size; determining a digital camouflage pattern based on the captured image, the size data and the display size; displaying said digital camouflage pattern on said display so that a camouflage cover is obtained for the electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventors: Pascal Zontrop, Hans Van Herreweghe
  • Patent number: 8797402
    Abstract: Various methods for imaging and navigating a selected path are described. A method of navigating a path includes the step of identifying a selected path. At least one image stream associated with navigating the selected path is identified. The displayed image stream includes visual information corresponding to traveling the selected path. In one embodiment, display of the image stream is varied in accordance with an actual location and a speed of a traveler along the selected path. Various single pass and multi-pass systems are described for capturing the visual information associated with a path. One method of acquiring visual information includes generating first and second image streams comprising visual information representing traversal of the path. Audio cues are recorded at the same plurality of locations on each pass. The audio cues permit synchronization of the image streams to locations along the path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Amir Said, Debargha Mukherjee, Ullas Gargi
  • Publication number: 20140192182
    Abstract: A method for viewing virtual objects within or on an appliance is provided. The method includes recording an image of the appliance and a positional reference disposed on a surface of the appliance. The method also includes generating a modification of the image. The modification illustrates the appliance and a virtual object disposed adjacent the positional reference.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventor: Keith Wesley Wait
  • Publication number: 20140168416
    Abstract: An image generation apparatus, system, and method that include an image recording unit that records at least one image containing photography position information corresponding to a photography position of the image, an input unit for selecting a selected image from the at least one image recorded in the image recording unit, a map-image unit that acquires at least one map image corresponding to the photography position information of the selected image, a direction detection unit that detects a photography direction of the selected image from the photography position information and acquires at least one surrounding map image viewable from the photography position when the selected image was recorded, and a virtual image generation unit that generates at least one virtual image of a scene viewable from the photography position when the selected image was recorded based on the photography position information and the at least one surrounding map image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP.
    Inventors: Takako Hanai, Osamu Nonaka
  • Publication number: 20140152806
    Abstract: An automated studio acquires photographs and/or videos of vehicles and makes them available on the Internet via a virtual showroom. The automated studio comprises a mobile cart and cameras for acquiring images of the vehicle, a computer for automating the image and information acquisition processes, a database for storing the images and information, and a virtual showroom for presenting the acquired images and information. The automated studio further comprises a turntable for rotating a vehicle and at least one camera for acquiring images of the vehicle while it is rotating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: Sharp Cars Detailing & More, LLC
    Inventor: Jason Hauk
  • Patent number: 8670029
    Abstract: A depth camera illuminator with a superluminescent light-emitting diode (SLED) in a motion tracking system. One or more SLEDs have a sufficient power, such as 75-200 milliwatts, to extend in a field of view in an area such as a room in a home. To correct for chromatic aberration which would otherwise exist due to the wider range of wavelengths which are emitted by an SLED compared to a laser, an achromatic diffractive optical element is used to disperse the light over the field of view. The achromatic diffractive optical element can have a stepped multi-level profile with three or more levels, or a continuous profile. Based on a tracked movement of a human target, an input is provided to an application in a motion tracking system, and the application performs a corresponding action such as updating a position of an on-screen avatar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: Scott McEldowney
  • Publication number: 20140028832
    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: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: SIMULATED PERCEPTS, LLC
    Inventor: Francis J. Maguire, JR.
  • Patent number: 8610769
    Abstract: A system and method for generating results indicative of physiological parameters of a patient and for capturing the results. The capture of the results may include recordation of the results through the use of a camera, while the physiological parameters may be generated through monitoring of a patient or by simulating such monitoring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Kip Buxton, David Orian, Robert Rawlins, Tom Wilmering
  • Patent number: 8587497
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for a uniform resolution display screen. In one embodiment, the uniform resolution display screen comprises a surface of the uniform resolution display screen having a curvature configured to display images with a uniform resolution across the display screen. The curvature is based on a projection distance from a projector to the uniform resolution display screen and a viewing distance from an eyepoint of an observer to the uniform resolution display screen. The geometry of the display screen is configured to display images associated with a high definition imaging format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Harold R. Streid, Carl J. Vorst, Scott Phillip Rothman
  • Patent number: 8574069
    Abstract: A hand-held game apparatus and a game program are provided which allow a user to play a game while going back and forth between two kinds of maps, namely, a narrow-range map and a broad-range map game, and arbitrarily change the displayed state of at least one of the broad-range map and the narrow-range map by manipulating a touch panel which is mounted on a liquid crystal display section for displaying the broad-range map. If the player manipulates the touch panel to point to a coordinate position on the broad-range map, thus designating coordinates for a narrow-range map to display, an image of the narrow-range map, which is changed as desired, is displayed. If the player indicates a moving direction on the broad-range map, thus designating a scroll direction, the broad-range map is moved (scrolled).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigeru Miyamoto, Katsuya Eguchi
  • Patent number: 8559705
    Abstract: A method is performed to refocus a digital photographic image comprising a plurality of pixels. In the method, a set of images is computed corresponding to the digital photographic image and focused at different depths. Refocus depths for at least a subset of the pixels are identified and stored in a look-up table. At least a portion of the digital photographic image is refocused at a desired refocus depth determined from the look-up table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Lytro, Inc.
    Inventor: Yi-Ren Ng
  • Patent number: 8508590
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for simulating a physical environment to facilitate vehicle operation and task completion is described. In one embodiment, the method includes processing data that is transmitted from a sensor array comprising a plurality of devices, wherein the plurality of devices are placed throughout a physical environment that comprises a plurality of objects, accessing model information associated with the plurality of objects, wherein the model information indicates at least one physical attribute associated with each of the plurality of objects, correlating the model information with the transmitted data from the sensor array to produce a correlation result, generating at least one visual representation of the physical environment from at least one viewpoint based on the correlation result and identifying at least one obstruction, within the physical environment, using the at least one visual representation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Crown Equipment Limited
    Inventors: Matthew Edwin Laws, Christopher W. Goode, Toby Hartnoll Joshua Collett, Andrew Evan Graham
  • Patent number: 8471888
    Abstract: Exemplary methods and systems relate to telepresence at mobile devices. Aspects comprise dynamic configuration of video provided from a server that intermediates between a mobile device and a telepresence system during a telepresence session. The server receives high definition video from the telepresence system and transcodes into a format that can indicated by the mobile device. The mobile device can dynamically update the format in response to real-time battery life and network interface status. A progressive reduction in bandwidth and power consumptive activities can be implemented. The device can implement face detection and face centering, front/back mobile device camera switching, and automatic contrast control and other video quality controls in an outgoing video stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventors: Richard John George, Brian Alexander Oliver
  • Publication number: 20130103306
    Abstract: A navigation device providing an operation screen that enables a user to select an arbitrary place that is present in a photographed image as an input unit of data search conditions and accurately performing a data search for a place selected on the operation screen in an easy manner. The device specifies map data that corresponds to the photographed image based on the display content identified from the photographed image, generates an operation screen, on which display areas of name information included in the map data are set as selectable areas, used for selecting a specific place by using the specified map data, extracts guide information that coincides with name information based on the set name information that corresponds to the selectable area that is selected out of selectable areas on the displayed operation screen on the display unit, and displays the generated guide screen on the display unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicant: NAVITIME JAPAN CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kosuke Uetake
  • Patent number: 8405725
    Abstract: A video processor module suitable for use in a vehicle includes a video processor and a plurality of imaging sensor interfaces having at least a first imaging sensor interface configured for communication with a first imaging sensor of the equipped vehicle and a second imaging sensor interface configured for communication with a second imaging sensor of the equipped vehicle, with the first and second imaging sensor interfaces receiving image data captured by the first and second imaging sensors of the equipped vehicle, respectively. The video processor may include an object detection section, a camera selection section, a camera control section and/or a memory section. The video processor module may include a vehicle interface section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Donnelly Corporation
    Inventors: Martha A. McMahon, Troy O. Cooprider
  • 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: 8330812
    Abstract: Apparatus and method of (1) navigating an image acquisition device with both translatory and attitudinal movements while acquiring successive images in an object space and at the same time sensing the translatory and attitudinal movements of the device with respect to a three-dimensional reference frame of the object space, (2) providing successive computer generated (CG) images produced by a computer workstation from the successive images captured by the device in synchronization with the sensed translatory and attitudinal movements of the device with respect to the three-dimensional reference frame, and (3) storing the successive CG images on a non-transitory storage medium for later retrieval by a playback device for presentation by the playback device of said successive CG images to at least one eye of a viewer in an image space for perception of the successive CG images. A non-transitory storage medium storing the successive CG images is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Simulated Percepts, LLC
    Inventor: Francis J. Maguire, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8330811
    Abstract: Methods and an apparatus responsive to sensed orientation and translatory position of an image acquisition device with respect to a three-dimensional reference frame of an object space for providing and storing successive computer generated images with respect to a three-dimensional frame of reference of an image space synchronized with successive images acquired by the electronic image acquisition device with respect to the three-dimensional reference frame of the object space, the successive computer generated images having a changing point of view that changes direction between images, the successive computer generated images stored on a storage medium for playback and presentation to a viewer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Simulated Percepts, LLC
    Inventor: Francis J. Macguire, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8267690
    Abstract: A device for simulating fire effects in military or civilian combat training. The device includes a light source configured to produce light beams and a light source control adapted to control a light lobe formed by the light beams from the light source. The light source control includes a two-dimensional array of elements electronically controllable to assume a selected state among at least a first state of letting through light incident thereupon in a main direction of the light lobe or a second state of not letting through the light incident thereupon in the main direction, and a unit adapted to control the elements for designing the spatial propagation of the light lobe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Saab AB
    Inventors: Håkan Stennert, Ingemar Emricson, Mats Forselius
  • Publication number: 20120218404
    Abstract: A system and method for generating results indicative of physiological parameters of a patient and for capturing the results. The capture of the results may include recordation of the results through the use of a camera, while the physiological parameters may be generated through monitoring of a patient or by simulating such monitoring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Applicant: Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC
    Inventors: Kip Buxton, David Orian, Robert Rawlins, Tom Wilmering
  • Patent number: 8241038
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a simulator comprising at least one projector arranged to project an image, and a non-spherical, generally continuous, dome-like projection surface on which the image is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Edward W. Quinn, Randall W. Wallace, Michael R. Vogel, Jason L. Seeliger
  • 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: 8194193
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for a uniform resolution display screen. In one embodiment, the uniform resolution display screen comprises a surface of the uniform resolution display screen having a curvature configured to display images with a uniform resolution across the display screen. The curvature is based on a projection distance from a projector to the uniform resolution display screen and a viewing distance from an eyepoint of an observer to the uniform resolution display screen. The geometry of the display screen is configured to display images associated with a high definition imaging format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Harold R. Streid, Carl J. Vorst, Scott Phillip Rothman
  • Patent number: 8187090
    Abstract: The invention provides a conjuring assisting toy which can make a viewer feel the supernatural force and interestedness which are inherent in a conjuring trick by displaying the result of a conjuring trick through simple operations, there is provided a conjuring assisting toy including a display means for displaying an image, a coordinate inputting means for designating coordinates relative to a display area of the display means, and a central control means, wherein the central control means includes a main control unit, a conjuring data storage unit, an input analyzing unit and an operation unit, an operation result storage unit, an inputted diagram storage unit, and an image data forming and outputting unit, an inputted position signal is analyzed by the input analyzing unit, the main control unit causes position information based on the inputted position signal to be stored in the inputted diagram storage unit, causes the display means to display a line image, determines specific feature information from i
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignees: Nintendo Co., Ltd., Tenyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Kondo
  • Patent number: 8139108
    Abstract: A simulation and control system for a machine is disclosed. The simulation and control system may have a user interface configured to display a simulated environment. The machine simulation and control system may also have a controller in communication with the user interface and a remotely located machine. The controller may be configured to receive from the machine real-time information related to operation of the machine at a worksite. The controller may also be configured to simulate the worksite, operation of the machine, and movement of a machine tool based on the received information. The controller may further be configured to provide to the user interface the simulated worksite, operation, and movement in the simulated environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth L. Stratton, Jamie Shults, Jean-Jacques Clar, Derrick Darby, Augusto J. Opdenbosch, Juan Carlos Santamaria
  • Publication number: 20110216185
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for simulating a physical environment to facilitate vehicle operation and task completion is described. In one embodiment, the method includes processing data that is transmitted from a sensor array comprising a plurality of devices, wherein the plurality of devices are placed throughout a physical environment that comprises a plurality of objects, accessing model information associated with the plurality of objects, wherein the model information indicates at least one physical attribute associated with each of the plurality of objects, correlating the model information with the transmitted data from the sensor array to produce a correlation result, generating at least one visual representation of the physical environment from at least one viewpoint based on the correlation result and identifying at least one obstruction, within the physical environment, using the at least one visual representation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Publication date: September 8, 2011
    Inventors: Matthew Edwin Laws, Christopher W. Goode, Toby Hartnoll Joshua Collett, Andrew Evan Graham
  • Publication number: 20110181711
    Abstract: A method of generating sequential images representing an object under user control within a virtual environment, the method comprising accessing a set of scenic images which each represent at least part of said virtual environment as viewed from known viewpoints, and during sequential image generation: receiving user commands; maintaining object position variable data representing a current object position within said virtual environment, which is updated in response to said user commands; selecting scenic images to be accessed according to a current viewpoint determinant; overlaying a generated object image onto a selected scenic image according to the current object position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2009
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Inventor: Luke Reid
  • Patent number: 7917258
    Abstract: Ship (1) of the type comprising a control bridge (2) with a direct view of the ship's environment, and an operations control room (3) receiving information in real time on the situation of the environment of the ship, prepared by analysis means (4) for analysing the environment of the ship, of which the operations control room (3) comprises means for the panoramic display of the ship's environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: DCN
    Inventors: Philippe Goubault, Yves Mervin, Claudia Bardes
  • Publication number: 20100265326
    Abstract: A sensory enhancement method and system for visual media provides a user with additional sensory information associated with visual events displayed upon a view screen. The system comprises a sensory-information-delivery chamber, at least one air source, and central processing machinery. The chamber comprises a framework, vent assemblies, a support platform, and a view screen. The framework comprises a series of interconnected air ducts. The vent assemblies are operably connected to the air ducts. The view screen displays visual events inherently associated with air movement. The vent assemblies comprise air outlets that direct moving air toward the user for providing the user with tactile sensory information. The central processing machinery is operably connected to the view screen and the air sources for selectively displaying the visual events and for selectively directing air against the user in simultaneous occurrence with the visual events display for delivering a coordinated visual-tactile sensation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2009
    Publication date: October 21, 2010
    Inventor: Kevin A. Kujala
  • Publication number: 20100231706
    Abstract: A method of (1) navigating a camera with both translatory movements and attitudinal movements while capturing successive images in an object space and at the same time sensing the translatory and attitudinal movements of the camera with respect to a three-dimensional reference frame of the object space, (2) providing successive computer generated images produced by a computer workstation from the successive images in synchronization with the sensed translatory and attitudinal movements of the camera with respect to the three-dimensional reference frame, and (3) storing the successive computer generated images on a non-transitory storage medium for later retrieval by a playback device for presentation by the playback device of said successive computer generated images to at least one eye of a viewer in an image space for perception of the successive computer generated images. A non-transitory storage medium for storing the successive images is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2010
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Inventor: Francis J. Maguire, JR.
  • Patent number: 7766483
    Abstract: An optical projection system for use with a display surface includes at least one image source including an array of source image pixels, a projector to project a first projection of the array of source image pixels, and at least one mirror including at least one curved reflecting surface having a curved profile. The at least one curved reflecting surface is adapted to convert the first projection to a curved second projection directed onto the display surface to provide an array of displayed image pixels on the display surface corresponding to the array of source image pixels, wherein the array of displayed image pixels have constant pixel pitch among adjacent displayed image pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Inventors: Suresh Balu, Jason Coposky, Ray Idaszak, Warren Ginn, Tim Fletcher
  • Patent number: 7744463
    Abstract: A parameter of a consumption item (fuel, life) consumed as a game progresses is calculated. When a setting of a game termination condition changes, a rate of change of the parameter of the consumption item is changed according to the change of the setting. The game termination condition is a condition relating to the number of laps on a course, a time limit of a game or a game quota. The rate of change of the parameter of the consumption item is increased as the number of laps on a course is reduced, as the time limit of a game is shortened, or as the game quota is reduced. When a value of the parameter of the consumption item becomes equal to zero as a game progresses, the movement or motion of an object is disabled. The parameter of the consumption item is changed from an initial value set by a player with the rate of change which has been specified based on the game termination condition set by the player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Namco Bandai Games, Inc.
    Inventor: Satoru Ouchi
  • Publication number: 20100157045
    Abstract: A method in which a light control signal comprising successive images having a field of view is stored for later retrieval by a playback device for controlling light for presentation to a viewer, wherein among the successive images are a sequence of distinct visual fixation images for visual attention of said viewer, each including distinct areas of different visual emphasis within the field of view, wherein the distinct areas move about within the field of view in order to draw the visual attention of the viewer thereto.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2010
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Applicant: SIMULATED PERCEPTS, LLC
    Inventor: Francis J. Maguire, JR.
  • Publication number: 20100149329
    Abstract: A method for producing successive nonuniform images for storage is shown with the successive images having a changing point of view that changes direction between images, and a storage medium storing the successive images, wherein a playback device retrieves the successive images for presentation to a viewer, wherein among the successive images are at least four distinct visual fixations presented in a second or two for attention of the viewer, each distinct visual fixation comprising a distinct point of view with distinct resolution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Publication date: June 17, 2010
    Applicant: SIMULATED PERCEPTS, LLC
    Inventor: Francis J. Maguire, JR.
  • Publication number: 20100145669
    Abstract: A firearm shooting simulator includes an image capturing device fitted to a firearm and configured to capture at least one image of a target, once activated. The system further includes a processor which is configured to determine any variance between a centre point of the image captured and a point on the target sighted by the firearm when the image is captured. This is achieved by sighting the firearm at a particular point on the target and programming the processor with the location of this sighted point. Once the processor is aware of which point is sighted by the firearm, the image is captured and the processor determines a centre point of the image captured.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2008
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Applicant: Christian Emmanuel NORDEN
    Inventors: Christian Emmanuel Norden, Alan Trevor Brown
  • Patent number: 7724278
    Abstract: A head guide with a display is attitudinally controlled for guiding the head of a passive viewer wherein the display is for viewing images that are emulative of images viewed by a cameraman with head mounted cameras whose head attitude is monitored for controlling the head guide in synchronism with the images gathered by the cameras. Additionally, the viewer's eyes may be induced to follow a sequence of visual fixations at the same time as the passive viewer's head is induced to execute attitudinal movements consistent therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Inventor: Francis J. Maguire, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7719484
    Abstract: A vehicle simulator having a projection system for projecting a generated scene and symbology onto a common viewing screen. Tracking apparatus is provided for providing position and/or angular orientation signals representative of the eye of a person viewing the projected scene and symbology. An image generation system is included for generating the scene and symbology for the projection system, such scene and symbology being generated as a function of the position and/or angular orientation signals provided by the tracking apparatus. Such symbology is representative of symbology produced by a head-up display. The image generation system generates the scene and symbology with characteristics which simulate vignetting and/or occulting effect characteristics of the head-up display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Assignee: L-3 Communications Corporation
    Inventors: James A. Turner, Ronald G. Hegg
  • Patent number: 7702015
    Abstract: Systems and methods for the processing of images over bandwidth-limited transmission interfaces, such as processing of high resolution video images over standard analog video interfaces, using multi-stream and/or multi-resolution analog methodology. The disclosed systems and methods may also be implemented to provide video resolutions across standard analog video interfaces in a manner that supports digital capture and imaging techniques to obtain useful information from digitally zoomed and enhanced video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: GE Security, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger K. Richter, Richard G. Washington
  • Patent number: 7697027
    Abstract: A vehicle-based video system includes a video processor, a plurality of electronic sensor interfaces that are operable to receive image output data from a plurality of sensor devices and at least one electronic vehicle interface that is operable to communicate with a vehicle communication bus. The video processor generates display signals for displaying video information for viewing and use by a driver in the vehicle for normal operation of the vehicle by the driver. The video processor is operable to fuse data from at least one imaging device and at least one non-imaging device into a single database in a standard format. The video processor, in response to processing the fused data, provides at least one output signal for conveying information to a driver in the vehicle that is used by the driver in the vehicle when the vehicle is being driven by the driver in the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: Donnelly Corporation
    Inventors: Martha A. McMahon, Troy O. Cooprider
  • Patent number: 7587747
    Abstract: A telepresence server is for connection to a telecommunications network for providing access to a reality engine for a plurality of passive users. The reality engine can be controlled by an active user or a professional director through the network or by a local professional director. Active/passive mode displays can be used by the passive users in a passive mode and an active/passive mode display can be used by the active user in an active mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Inventor: Francis J. Maguire, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7554604
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for simulating the scenes of image signals, which comparing different image signals in alternation time to decide the emitting type and the emitting conversion of a light-emitting device so as to accomplish simulating the scenes of the image signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Assignee: Compal Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Jyh-Chyang Tzou, Chih-Peng Ma
  • Patent number: RE45062
    Abstract: A head guide with a display is attitudinally controlled for guiding the head of a passive viewer wherein the display is for viewing images that are emulative of images viewed by a cameraman with head mounted cameras whose head attitude is monitored for controlling the head guide in synchronism with the images gathered by the cameras. Additionally, the viewer's eyes may be induced to follow a sequence of visual fixations at the same time as the passive viewer's head is induced to execute attitudinal movements consistent therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Inventor: Susan C. Maguire
  • Patent number: RE45114
    Abstract: A head guide with a display is attitudinally controlled for guiding the head of a passive viewer wherein the display is for viewing images that are emulative of images viewed by a cameraman with head mounted cameras whose head attitude is monitored for controlling the head guide in synchronism with the images gathered by the cameras. Additionally, the viewer's eyes may be induced to follow a sequence of visual fixations at the same time as the passive viewer's head is induced to execute attitudinal movements consistent therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Inventor: Susan C. Maguire