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  • Patent number: 10838210
    Abstract: A display system can include a head-mounted display configured to project light to an eye of a user to display augmented reality image content to the user. The display system can include one or more user sensors configured to sense the user and can include one or more environmental sensors configured to sense surroundings of the user. The display system can also include processing electronics in communication with the display, the one or more user sensors, and the one or more environmental sensors. The processing electronics can be configured to sense a situation involving user focus, determine user intent for the situation, and alter user perception of a real or virtual object within the vision field of the user based at least in part on the user intent and/or sensed situation involving user focus. The processing electronics can be configured to at least one of enhance or de-emphasize the user perception of the real or virtual object within the vision field of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Magic Leap, Inc.
    Inventors: Nastasja U. Robaina, Nicole Elizabeth Samec, Christopher M. Harrises, Rony Abovitz, Mark Baerenrodt, Brian Lloyd Schmidt
  • Patent number: 10803832
    Abstract: A method of coordinating a mixed-reality (MR) configured head-mounted display (HMD) with a separate media device to enable a synchronized user experience. The method includes establishing a communication channel between the HMD and the media device. At least one of the following is performed via the communication channel: accessing content on the media device or executing control commands on the media device based on an interface displayed by the HMD, or detecting media content presented by the media device and synchronizing display of MR content on the HMD and the detected media content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: David H. Chung, Nils Harrison, Brian Nhu Dang, Christopher F. Lee
  • Patent number: 10802278
    Abstract: Technology is described for (3D) space carving of a user environment based on movement through the user environment of one or more users wearing a near-eye display (NED) system. One or more sensors of the NED system provide sensor data from which a distance and direction of movement can be determined. Spatial dimensions for a navigable path can be represented based on user height data and user width data of the one or more users who have traversed the path. Space carving data identifying carved out space can be stored in a 3D space carving model of the user environment. The navigable paths can also be related to position data in another kind of 3D mapping like a 3D surface reconstruction mesh model of the user environment generated from depth images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing LLC
    Inventors: Anthony J. Ambrus, Jea Gon Park, Adam G. Poulos, Justin Avram Clark, Michael Jason Gourlay, Brian J. Mount, Daniel J. McCulloch, Arthur C. Tomlin
  • Patent number: 10762691
    Abstract: Examples described herein generally relate to displaying an image on a display device where a motion during a latency between a first time associated with activating a first portion of the display device and a second time associated with activating a second portion of the display device is predicted. At least a second portion of an image, to be displayed at the second time, is distorted based at least in part on a function of the motion and the latency to compensate for the latency. A first portion of the image is displayed at the first time by activating the first portion of the display device. The second portion of the image, as distorted, is displayed at the second time by activating the second portion of the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Zicheng Yeung, Brent Michael Wilson, Jack Andrew Elliott, Matthew David Sandy, Michael George Boulton, Yang You
  • Patent number: 10757325
    Abstract: A video server comprises a video encoder to encode video data representing panoramic video content in which the panoramic video content has a greater field of view than a displayable region at a client device, the video encoder being configured to encode spatial regions within the video content at different respective encoding qualities in dependence upon track data indicating, for temporal positions with respect to the panoramic video content, a preferred viewing region within the panoramic video content at those temporal positions, so that the preferred viewing region is encoded at a higher encoding quality than another region of the panoramic video content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Phillip Rogers, Quoc Dat Nguyen, Rohan Pankaj Bangdiwala, David Peter Woodhouse, Anthony Godar
  • Patent number: 10748338
    Abstract: An index extraction unit detects indices from a sensed image sensed by a sensing unit which senses an image of a physical space on which a plurality of indices is laid out. A convergence arithmetic unit calculates position and orientation information of the sensing unit based on the detected indices. A CG rendering unit generates a virtual space image based on the position and orientation information. A sensed image clipping unit extracts, as a display image, an image in a display target region from the sensed image. An image composition unit generates a composite image by compositing the extracted display image and the generated virtual space image. A display unit displays the composite image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Makoto Oikawa, Takuya Tsujimoto
  • Patent number: 10740969
    Abstract: A method for the production of immersive virtual reality experiences designed for viewing in virtual reality head-mounted displays (HMD). This unique layered panorama process is a cubic or spherical mapped content method for presentation of pre-rendered images viewed from a fixed point of view in a head mounted display for virtual reality (VR) applications, a method that by mapping/layering all visual elements onto a mono or stereoscopic spherical or cubic panorama surface creates a seamless visual integration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: EVOX Productions, LLC
    Inventors: David Falstrup, Ryan Murray, Alex McClain, Pat Hadnagy, Thom Denick, Claudia Nefately Ambriz
  • Patent number: 10728532
    Abstract: An approach for projecting light may be implemented using a acousto-optical depth switch that uses surface acoustic waves produced along a substrate to guide image light to different areas. The surface acoustic waves may be generated on a substrate using a transducer. Surface acoustic waves of different frequencies can guide image light onto different optical elements at different physical positions. The optical elements may be configured to show objects in an image at different distances from a viewer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Magic Leap, Inc.
    Inventors: Hudson Welch, Jeremy A. Grata, Marwan Hussein
  • Patent number: 10685211
    Abstract: A head-mounted display, a display control method, and a program that facilitate a user to understand proximity between the user and an object around the user are provided. A display block (36) is arranged in front of the eyes of the user wearing a HMD (12). In accordance with proximity between the user and an object around the user, the HMD (12) controls the display block (36) so as to have the user visually recognize a forward direction of the display block (36).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Yuichiro Nakamura, Yasushi Okumura
  • Patent number: 10666932
    Abstract: The general field of the invention is that of monochromatic stereoscopic image projectors including two light sources that illuminate two imagers, the radiation of the two light sources having a spectral distribution centred on a central wavelength, the first imager and the second imager being connected to a generator of stereoscopic image pairs. The image projector includes a dichroic separating filter that transmits the portion of the spectrum below the central wavelength and that reflects the portion of the spectrum above this central wavelength. The first light source and the second light source are arranged symmetrically on either side of the dichroic separating filter. The image projector operates cyclically, each cycle including two alternations. Each alternation consists in changing the emission source and in switching to the two displays the left and right images emitted by the generator of image pairs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: THALES
    Inventors: Philippe Coni, Aude Gueguen, Matthieu Grossetete
  • Patent number: 10665027
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising: at least one processor; and at least one memory including computer program code, the at least one memory and the computer program code configured to, with the at least one processor, cause the apparatus to perform at least the following: based on a virtual reality space provided for viewing by a first user and a physical location of the first user, provide for display of an augmented reality graphic for viewing by a second, different user, in an augmented reality view, said augmented reality graphic comprising an image of at least part of the virtual reality space provided to the first user which is displayed at a position corresponding to the physical location of the first user to at least partially surround the first user in the augmented reality view, such that the second user can see the at least part of the virtual reality space experienced by the first user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy.
    Inventors: Jussi Leppänen, Antti Eronen, Arto Lehtiniemi
  • Patent number: 10652525
    Abstract: Embodiments allow different viewers of a shared display to see different images. Images may have different combinations of polarization and time slices that correspond to filters in glasses worn by the viewers. The images viewed by each of the glasses may be based on the tracked position and orientation of the glasses, so that the images correspond to the user's viewpoint. Different images may be presented to left and right eyes for 3D stereoscopic viewing. The lenses of the glasses may have a filter that selects light of a specific polarization combined with a shutter that passes images during a specific time slice. The polarization filter may select circularly polarized images of a desired orientation and emit linearly polarized images. The shutter may use liquid crystals to twist the linearly polarized images during the desired time slice so that a final linear polarizer passes the image to the viewer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: 3DI LLC
    Inventor: David Paul Woods
  • Patent number: 10572010
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a virtual reality display device and an adaptive parallax adjustment method for the virtual reality display device, which belong to the display technical field. The adaptive parallax adjustment method includes: obtaining pupil distance information of a user; and adjusting a position of a to-be-displayed image on a display screen according to the pupil distance information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., BEIJING OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yinwei Chen, Minglei Chu, Chenru Wang
  • Patent number: 10521013
    Abstract: A method, an electronic device and a non-transitory computer readable medium for are provided. The method includes capturing a first eye and a second eye. The method also includes identifying a first position of the first eye and a second position the second eye. Additionally, the method includes staggering the capture of the first eye and the second eye, wherein the first eye is captured prior to capturing the second eye. The method also includes identifying the first gaze direction with respect to a display. The method further includes mapping the second gaze direction of the second eye based on the identified first gaze direction, prior to capturing the second eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Injoon Hong, Sourabh Ravindran
  • Patent number: 10515482
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems and methods for configuring a multi-device digital experience. In an embodiment, the method includes presenting a first content portion of a digital experience via a wearable display device in an environment; presenting a second content portion of the digital experience via a first device in a set of one or more devices in the environment; capturing test-signal-output data presented by the first device, the test-signal-output data being captured by the wearable display device in the environment, the test-signal-output data being based on a test signal sent to the first device; estimating spatial-characteristic data of the first device based on the captured test-signal-output data; and modifying the presentation of the second content portion of the digital experience via the first device based on the estimated spatial-characteristic data of the first device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: PCMS Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Tatu V. J. Harviainen
  • Patent number: 10503247
    Abstract: One disclosed example provides a head-mounted device including a stereo camera arrangement, a logic device configured to execute instructions, and a storage device storing instructions executable by the logic device to, for each camera in the stereo camera arrangement, receive image data of a field of view of the camera, detect light sources of a handheld object in the image data, and based upon the light sources detected, determine a pose of the handheld object. The instructions are executable to, based upon the pose of the handheld object determined for each camera in the stereo camera arrangement, calibrate the stereo camera arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Edward Samples, Alexandru Octavian Balan, Salim Sirtkaya, Vuk Jovanovic, Filip Panjevic, Taras Khapko, Ruven Jaime Rivera, III
  • Patent number: 10474233
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus relating to enabling augmented reality applications using eye gaze tracking are disclosed. An exemplary method according to the disclosure includes displaying an image to a user of a scene viewable by the user, receiving information indicative of an eye gaze of the user, determining an area of interest within the image based on the eye gaze information, determining an image segment based on the area of interest, initiating an object recognition process on the image segment, and displaying results of the object recognition process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Ashwin Swaminathan, Mahesh Ramachandran
  • Patent number: 10473941
    Abstract: A virtual reality goggle includes a goggle shaped body having multiple cameras mounted thereon. A display is supported by the goggle shaped body. A support extends between sides of the goggle shaped body and includes multiple cameras. Circuitry is coupled to receive video from the multiple cameras, the video comprising a composite field of view of approximately 360 degrees about the goggle, the circuitry to couple to a wireless communication device to transmit the received video to networked processing services, and to receive stitched stereoscopic three dimensional virtual reality video from the networked processing services, the circuitry further coupled to provide the received stitched stereoscopic three dimensional virtual reality video for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Futurewei Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Tian Shen
  • Patent number: 10477198
    Abstract: A display control method with which a captioned image can be displayed in the visual field of a user irrespective of a change in the line-of-sight direction of the user. The display control method includes a step of generating visual-field image data, which represents a visual-field image, based on the line-of-sight direction of a user and 360-degree space image data. The method further includes a step of receiving captioned image data, which represents a captioned image. The method further includes a step of displaying on an HMD a composite image of the visual-field image and from the captioned image, based on the visual-field image data and the captioned image data. The composite image is displayed is displayed at a given place in the visual-field image irrespective of a change in the line-of-sight direction of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: COLOPL, INC.
    Inventor: Eita Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 10466107
    Abstract: A method for determining an optical performance parameter of a head mounted display device adapted for a wearer includes a head mounted display device providing step, during which a head mounted display device adapted for a wearer is provided, an optical measurement device providing step, during which an optical measurement device is provided that includes an entrance pupil and a sensor receiving light through the entrance pupil, a positioning step, during which the optical measurement device and the head mounted display device are positioned so that the position of the entrance pupil of the optical measurement device corresponds to the position of the pupil of the wearer when wearing the head mounted display device, an optical performance parameter determining step during which at least one optical performance parameter of the head mounted see-through display device is determined based on the data measured by the optical measurement device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Essilor International
    Inventors: Marius Peloux, Loic Baillon, Ludovic Jouard
  • Patent number: 10440334
    Abstract: An MRI-compatible video projector system with improved safety features, comprising a projector module, a liquid cooling system, comprising a coolant block of non-magnetic material disposed in or adjacent the housing of the projector and heat generating components, a coolant pump situated remotely from the projector, and coupled to the coolant block by coolant lines carrying liquid to and from the coolant block, and a projector power system situated remotely from the projector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Resonance Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Mokhtar Ziarati
  • Patent number: 10432906
    Abstract: A recording medium according an aspect of the present disclosure has recorded therein a main video stream where a main video has been encoded, and a sub-video stream where a sub-video, that is to be superimposed on the main video and displayed, has been encoded. The sub-video stream includes bitmap data indicating a design of the sub-video and palette data specifying the display color of the design. The palette data includes first palette data for a first luminance dynamic range (SDR), and second palette data for a second luminance dynamic range (HDR) that is broader than the first dynamic range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Hiroshi Yahata, Tadamasa Toma
  • Patent number: 10379362
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a head mounted display (HMD) capable of receiving an image through a camera. An HMD according to an embodiment of the present invention comprises: a main body configured to be worn on a user's head; a camera equipped in the main body; a sensing unit configured to measure the distance between the main body and a subject corresponding to the image received through the camera; and a control unit which determines a plurality of feature points satisfying preset conditions in the image, measured, by means of the sensing unit, the distance between the main body and the subject corresponding to at least one of the plurality of feature points, and determines the movement of the main body on the basis of at least one of the plurality of feature points and the measured distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Sungmin Baek, Soungmin Im
  • Patent number: 10366536
    Abstract: In various embodiments, computerized methods and systems for rendering near-field objects as perceivable far-field objects within a virtual environment are provided. A determination is made that a near-field object to be rendered is configured for far-field perception within the virtual environment. The virtual environment is operable to include one or more virtualized near-field objects that are stereoscopically rendered utilizing one or more stereoscopic projection transforms generated based at least in part on a position and orientation of a head-mounted display. A harmonize transform is generated for the configured near-field object based at least in part on one of the stereoscopic projection transforms. Based on the determination that the near-field object is configured for far-field perception, the generated harmonize transform is employed to stereoscopically render the configured near-field object as a perceivable far-field object within the virtual environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventor: Patrick W. J. Evans
  • Patent number: 10311636
    Abstract: A method for the production of immersive virtual reality experiences designed for viewing in virtual reality head-mounted displays (HMD). This unique layered panorama process is a cubic or spherical mapped content method for presentation of pre-rendered images viewed from a fixed point of view in a head mounted display for virtual reality (VR) applications, a method that by mapping/layering all visual elements onto a mono or stereoscopic spherical or cubic panorama surface creates a seamless visual integration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Evox Productions, LLC
    Inventors: David Falstrup, Ryan Murray, Alex McClain, Pat Hadnagy, Thom Denick, Claudia Nefately Ambriz
  • Patent number: 10284751
    Abstract: An optical scanning head-mounted display includes an optical scanning controller that emits, as image light, a laser beam in accordance with an image signal; a transmission cable that transmits the image light emitted from the optical scanning controller; and a head mount unit provided with an optical scanner including a mirror for scanning the image light transmitted by the transmission cable, wherein the head mount unit includes an amplifier that amplifies a motion signal corresponding to a tilt of the mirror, the motion signal being output from the optical scanner, and wherein the optical scanning controller includes a difference generator that generates a difference signal from the motion signal output from the amplifier through the transmission cable and a filter that removes noise from the difference signal generated by the difference generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: MITSUMI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kimiyuki Oba
  • Patent number: 10237540
    Abstract: An approach for projecting light may be implemented using a acousto-optical depth switch that uses surface acoustic waves produced along a substrate to guide image light to different areas. The surface acoustic waves may be generated on a substrate using a transducer. Surface acoustic waves of different frequencies can guide image light onto different optical elements at different physical positions. The optical elements may be configured to show objects in an image at different distances from a viewer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: MAGIC LEAP, INC.
    Inventors: Hudson Welch, Jeremy A. Grata, Marwan Hussein
  • Patent number: 10203505
    Abstract: A head-mounted display includes a camera that obtains an image of an object within a field of view. The head-mounted display further includes a processor configured to determine a plurality of feature points from the image and calculate a feature strength for each of the plurality of feature points. The processor is further configured to divide the image into a plurality of cells and select feature points having the highest feature strength from each cell and which have not yet been selected. The processor being further configured to detect and track the object within the field of view using the selected feature points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Alex Levinshtein, Mikhail Brusnitsyn, Andrei Mark Rotenstein
  • Patent number: 10178150
    Abstract: A method, computer program product and system for eye contact-based information transfer. Communication is established by a computer device between a first head mounted device worn by a first user and a second head mounted device worn by a second user. Gaze tracking establishes through gaze tracking of the first head mounted device and the second head mounted device that the first head mounted device and the second head mounted device have made eye contact. Responsive to an input to at least one of the first head mounted device and the second head mounted device made while the first head mounted device and the second head mounted device have established eye contact, a computer device transfers a file between the first head mounted device and the second head mounted device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventor: Sarbajit K. Rakshit
  • Patent number: 10152851
    Abstract: A head-mounted display device may display a notification artifact for another display device. Using image data of a physical environment, a three dimensional model of the environment may be generated. Locations of the head-mounted display device and the other display device within the model may be determined. Notification data for the other display device may be received. Based on the location of the other display device relative to the head-mounted display device, the notification artifact for the other display device may be displayed within the physical environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Srinivas Raghu Gatta, Richard Fang
  • Patent number: 10122985
    Abstract: The disclosure provides methods and systems for warning a user of a head mounted display that the user approaches an edge of field of view of a camera or one or more tangible obstacles. The warning includes presenting audio and/or displayable messages to the user, or moving the display(s) of the head mounted displays away of the user's eyes. The determination that the user approaches the edge of scene or a tangible obstacle is made by dynamically tracking motions of the users through analysis of images and/or depth data obtained from image sensor(s) and/or depth sensor(s) secured to either the head mounted display, arranged outside of the scene and not secured to the head mounted display, or a combination of both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Roger Stafford
  • Patent number: 10055887
    Abstract: A system and method of operating an audio visual device generating a virtual immersive experience is provided. The system may include an optical system and a display system received in a housing, and an audio output device operably coupled to the display system, the housing being coupled to a frame to be worn by a user. A sensing device may sense at least one of an ambient brightness level or an ambient noise level, and a control system and processor operably coupled to the optical system, the display system, the audio output device and the sensing device may, in response to an external command to transition between the virtual environment and the ambient environment, adjust at least one of a brightness level or a noise level of the virtual environment based on the sensed ambient brightness level and/or the sensed ambient noise level before executing the received external command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Leandro Gracia Gil, Christian Plagemann, Alexander James Faaborg, Joshua Weaver, Michael Simonian, Glen Murphy, Jon Wiley
  • Patent number: 10015477
    Abstract: An approach for projecting light may be implemented using a acousto-optical depth switch that uses surface acoustic waves produced along a substrate to guide image light to different areas. The surface acoustic waves may be generated on a substrate using a transducer. Surface acoustic waves of different frequencies can guide image light onto different optical elements at different physical positions. The optical elements may be configured to show objects in an image at different distances from a viewer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Magic Leap, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy A. Grata, Hudson Welch, Marwan Hussein
  • Patent number: 9996984
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein include an optical system, and associated method and computer program product. The optical system comprises one or more display devices, and one or more computer processors configured to transmit display signals comprising at least one virtual object for updating imagery displayed by the display devices, and to selectively defocus a focus of the virtual object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric C. Haseltine, Michael P. Goslin, Joseph L. Olson, James Smith
  • Patent number: 9990778
    Abstract: A notification system for virtual reality devices that includes a message indicator device, an audiovisual (A/V) signal source connected to the message indicator device and adapted provide an A/V feed containing at least one of video information and audio information, a monitoring system connected to the message indicator device and configured to detect notification events at a monitored premises, and a virtual reality (VR) headset connected to the message indicator device and adapted to receive and present the A/V feed, wherein the message indicator device is adapted to communicate the A/V feed to the VR headset during a normal operating state, and wherein the message indicator device is adapted to communicate an alert signal to the VR headset upon detection of a notification event by the monitoring system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: TYCO SAFETY PRODUCTS CANADA LTD.
    Inventor: Jason L. Long
  • Patent number: 9984299
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide an eye opening degree detection system that can accurately and stably calculate an eye opening degree. The eye opening degree detection system includes imaging devices that generate images including regions of both eyes, a one eye opening degree calculation unit that calculates each one eye opening degree of the left and right eyes of a first image, an eye opening degree selection unit that selects a correctly-calculated one eye opening degree, an eye opening degree calculation unit that calculates an eye opening degree on the basis of the one eye opening degree and an eye opening degree determination unit that compares the eye opening degree calculated on the basis of the first image with an eye opening degree calculated on the basis of a second image prior to the first image to determine the propriety of the eye opening degree.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: RENESAS ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yuki Mori
  • Patent number: 9979956
    Abstract: An optical evaluation workstation evaluates quality metrics (e.g., sharpness, blemishes) of eyecup assemblies of a head mounted display (HMD). The workstation includes an eyecup assembly feeder, a camera, and a control module. The eyecup assembly feeder is configured to receive an eyecup assembly of a HMD, the eyecup assembly comprising an optics block rigidly fixed at a first distance to an electronic display panel. The camera is configured to capture one or more images of the one or more test patterns presented by the electronic display panel through the optics block. The control module is configured to modify at least one image of the one or more images using a transform, and determine a quality metric for the modified at least one image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Oculus VR, LLC
    Inventors: Samuel Redmond D'Amico, Simon Hallam, Kieran Tobias Levin, Matthew Robert Fulghum
  • Patent number: 9979930
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure disclose a head-wearable apparatus, a 3D video call system and a method for implementing 3D video call. The present disclosure relates to virtual reality technologies and is invented to relatively completely shoot video images of the scenario where the user locates, achieve real-time 3D video call between users of both parties, and mutually share scenes viewed by themselves. The head-wearable apparatus comprises at least two cameras which are spaced apart from each other and arranged on the head fixing means and/or the video output unit, and field of vision of the at least two cameras superimposes and covers all positions in a horizontal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: BEIJING PICO TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xiangchen Yang, Ruisheng Zhang, Ligang Li
  • Patent number: 9965030
    Abstract: Provided are wearable glasses including a display and a method of operating the same. The wearable glasses include: a display configured to display an image; a sensor configured to acquire wear state information representing a state in which a user currently wears the wearable glasses, while the image is being displayed on the display; and a processor configured to determine an inclination of the wearable glasses with respect to the user based on the acquired wear state information, and to adjust, based on the determined inclination, the image that is displayed on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kyung-ho Jeong
  • Patent number: 9851564
    Abstract: A head-mounted display device includes a head fitting by which the display device can be worn on the head of a user, and a visor assembly mounted to the head fitting. The visor assembly includes a plurality of display elements arranged to be aligned with the eyes of the user, a plurality of sensors, and a protective enclosure that encloses the display elements and the sensors. The protective enclosure may include an upper portion aligned with the sensors and a lower portion aligned with the display elements. The upper portion may be substantially opaque to visible light and transparent to infrared light. The lower portion may have a variable tinting scheme in which at least some of the lower portion of the enclosure is transparent to visible light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Roy Riccomini, Philip Frank, Errol Mark Tazbaz, Andriy Pletenetskyy
  • Patent number: 9824427
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for generating a sharp image are described. A camera device includes a plurality of camera modules, e.g., optical chains, where at least some of the camera modules have different depths of field. Multiple images of a scene are captured using the plurality of camera modules. Portions of the multiple images which correspond to the same scene area are identified. Image portion sharpness levels are determined for individual image portions. Image portions with high sharpness levels are selected and included in a composite image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Light Labs Inc.
    Inventors: Kari Pulli, Nitesh Shroff, Sapna A. Shroff, Rajiv Laroia
  • Patent number: 9804402
    Abstract: A portable folding virtual reality device having a cover formed horizontally; a mounting case which is provided on a front of the cover and on which an image device such as a smart phone is mounted; a lens plate provided with a magnifying lens at a rear of the cover; and a band which is connected to both ends of the lens plate and through which the device is mounted to a head of a user. The mounting case and the lens plate are arranged to form up and downward at a right angle and to rotate by the cover and a front and rear hinges. A supporting plate that rotates left and rightward with respect to a central line of the cover is provided, and the interval between the front hinge and the rear hinge is identical to the focal distance of the left and right magnifying lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Inventor: Hae-Yong Choi
  • Patent number: 9766462
    Abstract: Control of head-mounted display (HMD) systems is described. One method displays at least one image on a first display layer of a HMD system. While displaying the at least one image, the method adjust a transparency setting of a second display layer from a first value to a second value to cause the second display layer to be opaque to limit an amount of light that passes through the lens for viewing the at least one image on the first display layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Connor Spencer Blue Worley, John Aaron Zarraga, Oliver Huy Doan, Tomer Moscovich
  • Patent number: 9728012
    Abstract: An object-image alignment data generating method for use in an object recognition system is presented. The method obtains a 3D model and a set of 2D images of the object. Each 2D image from the set is captured based on a particular camera point of view. The method then uses the 3D model of the object to generate multiple silhouettes of the object according to different camera point of views. Each silhouette is then matched and aligned with a 2D image based on the corresponding camera point of view. The method also derives at least one descriptor from the 2D images and compiles feature points that correspond to the descriptors. Each feature point includes a 2D location and a 3D location. The method then generates an object-image alignment packet by packaging the 2D images, the descriptors, and the feature points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Nant Holdings IP, LLC
    Inventor: Matheen Siddiqui
  • Patent number: 9690534
    Abstract: A method for displaying a view of a target comprises establishing a network including a plurality of display devices, requesting by a first display device in the network having an obstructed view of the target, at least one of position and orientation data from one or more remaining display devices in the network each having a different view of the target than the obstructed view, selecting a remaining display device as a view provider to provide the different view of the target to the first display device, requesting the different view of the target from the selected view provider; providing the different view of the target to the first display device, and displaying the different view of the target via the first display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Shang Q. Guo, Jonathan Lenchner, Maharaj Mukherjee
  • Patent number: 9685004
    Abstract: An apparatus for and method of image processing in an augmented reality application is provided. The method includes the steps of: providing at least one image of a real environment; performing image processing in an augmented reality application with the at least one image employing visualization of overlaying digital information with visual impressions or the image of the real environment and employing vision-based processing or tracking; and adjusting at least one of a parameter and operating flow of the vision-based processing or tracking depending on at least one of the following: a usage of the image processing, a usage of the visualization, a visually perceivable property of the digital information or the real environment, a property of a display device employed in the visualization, or a manner in which a user is viewing the visualization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Lejing Wang, Selim BenHimane
  • Patent number: 9626924
    Abstract: A display auxiliary device includes a light receiving sensor that receives display light from a display target, and a CPU that determines whether or not a switching display synchronous signal is included in the received display light, shields both a left-eye liquid crystal shutter and a right-eye liquid crystal shutter during a light reception period of time of the switching display synchronous signal based on the switching display synchronous signal, and performs a shutter switching operation of the left-eye liquid crystal shutter for the left-eye image and the right-eye liquid crystal shutter for the right-eye image to be switched and displayed, when the switching display synchronous signal is determined to be included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kiyoshi Oda, Ken Yoshino
  • Patent number: 9584798
    Abstract: In a method of managing 3D video stream, 3D video stream is output to a connected display. The connected display displays the 3D video stream after a delay associated with the connected display. A timing offset is determined based on the delay. The timing offset is operable to be used to synchronize shutter operations of at least one shutter glasses with the presentation of the 3D video stream. A shutter control signal based on a frame start indication from the 3D video stream is transmitted. The frame start indication is operable to be used to determine a frame rate of the 3D video stream, and the shutter control signal is operable to be used to maintain synchronization of the shutter operations of the at least one shutter glasses with the presentation of the 3D video stream at the connected display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Jing Wu, Ajay K. Luthra, Paul A. Clancy, James R. Flesch
  • Patent number: 9529195
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention relate to providing see-through computer display optics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Osterhout Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Ralph F. Osterhout, John N. Border, Robert Michael Lohse, John D. Haddick, Nima L. Shams
  • Patent number: 9485498
    Abstract: A display apparatus includes a master/slave setting unit configured to execute at least one of setting of a master apparatus which displays a switching-display synchronization signal superposed on an image as a target to be displayed and setting of a slave apparatus which does not display the switching-display synchronization signal, a synchronization-signal superposition unit configured to superpose the switching-display synchronization signal on the image as the target to be displayed, when setting of the master apparatus is executed by the master/slave setting unit, and a display unit configured to display the image on which the switching-display synchronization signal is superposed by the synchronization signal superposition unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kiyoshi Oda