Multiple Screens Patents (Class 348/840)
  • Patent number: 9709883
    Abstract: A stiffening strip at selected edges of a screen may enable the use and mounting of a high-elastic modulus substrate screen material. Such screen materials may be engineered to provide polarization-preserving characteristics, and be applied to or part of the high-elastic modulus substrate. Furthermore, the stiffening strip may enable the use of screen vibration techniques to reduce speckle in display applications that use projection screens, particularly those display applications using illumination sources prone to speckle such as laser-based projection. The screen vibration may be provided by a vibrating device attached to the stiffening strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: RealD Inc.
    Inventors: Gary D. Sharp, Kevin Curtis, David A. Coleman
  • Patent number: 9013640
    Abstract: An entertainment system for a vehicle is provided comprising a front display screen in a front seat area of the vehicle and a rear display screen in a rear seat area of the vehicle. The entertainment system further provides a DVD player for reading a DVD including video content of the DVD. The DVD player can be connected to the rear display screen for displaying the video content of the DVD thereon. The video content can include a DVD menu. A controller can be connected to the DVD player and the front display screen. The controller generates a DVD menu representation corresponding to the DVD menu for display on the front display screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jason Strohmaier
  • Patent number: 8954496
    Abstract: The image update timings of a plurality of display devices are adjusted by calculating, in their image reproduction/updating control means (7), the phase difference between a synchronization adjustment signal (SAS) created from synchronization adjustment data (SAD) received from the transmitting apparatus TA by a data reception means (6) and an image display control signal (HC) output to the image display means (8), and increasing or decreasing the period of the next and subsequent image display control signals (HC) according to the phase difference, thereby reducing the phase difference. Image updating in the plurality of display devices can be synchronized to within a fixed tolerance range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Junji Sukeno, Tomonori Fukuta, Osamu Nasu, Masahide Koike, Koji Minami
  • Publication number: 20140365344
    Abstract: An apparatus, system, and method for operating video monitor displays in a retail environment. The apparatus comprises a base, cover, side, and divider which define a pair of compartments, each compartment configured to hold a video monitor display device such as a tablet, smart phone, or similar system. Each of the pair of compartments include apertures for viewing the screen of the video monitor display, and these apertures face opposition directions. The system generally comprises a video monitor display mounted to a retail shelf, a power supply for the video monitor display supplying power via an inductively coupled connection, a wireless Internet connection device integrated with the video monitor display, and associated hardware and software for downloading, storing, and displaying digital content on the video monitor display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Applicant: Tagnetics, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew J. Meyer
  • Patent number: 8810734
    Abstract: A portable digital television (DTV) comprises a processor, a channel and volume changing button arrangement, and a navigational button arrangement. Either or both button arrangements can be used in at least a bi-modal operation. In a first mode of operation, the button arrangements provide their normal functions, and in the second mode of operation, the button arrangements provide an interactive application interface to the user. Preferably, one of the two button arrangements is selected for the bi-modal operation. The selected button arrangement is associated with at least an optical element for lighting the button arrangement. The controller operates the optical element such that the selected button arrangement has one color in one mode of operation and has a different color in the other mode of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventor: Eric Andrew Dorsey
  • Patent number: 8711291
    Abstract: A display apparatus has a structure in which a circumference of a front surface thereof is exposed to the outside. A front panel manufactured by an injection compression molding and formed of a transparent material is attached to a front surface of a display module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Yun-Joo Kim, Jong-Hyun Byeon, Moung-Youb Lee
  • Patent number: 8704768
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus provided with a display unit for displaying an operation picture, showing control indicia (e.g., icons) corresponding to multiple image processing functions, is operated to display the operation picture on an external display device. The operator selects one of the indicia shown on the external display device by operating an input device, such as touch screen of the apparatus or a remote control, to indicate the position of the desired one of the indicia. The operator can thereby quickly and reliably select an image processing function to be executed, without any need to view an operation picture on the display unit when making the selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Nikon Corporation
    Inventors: Masahiro Juen, Kenji Toyoda, Osamu Ikeda, Hisato Ide
  • Patent number: 8698901
    Abstract: An automatic calibration method for a projector-camera system including a semi-transparent screen is disclosed herein. An image sequence is caused to be captured from the semi-transparent screen and through the semi-transparent screen while a calibration pattern having features is displayed and not displayed in an alternating succession on the semi-transparent screen. A temporal correlation image is created from the image sequence and a discrete binary signal. Peaks are identified in a spatial cross correlation image generated from the temporal correlation image, where a pattern of the identified peaks corresponds to a pattern of the features in the calibration pattern. The peaks are transformed to coordinates of corrected feature points. A comparison of the corrected feature points and a ground truth set of coordinates for the features is used to determine whether the projector-camera system is calibrated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Wei Hong
  • Patent number: 8646917
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for generating or creating an autostereoscopic or three-dimensional (3D) display. The apparatus has a foreground display assembly including a display element such as a transparent projection screen film and a projector projecting a first set of two-dimensional (2D) content onto a rear surface viewable by a viewer via a front surface. The apparatus includes a background display assembly including a display element displaying a second set of 2D content. The apparatus includes an intermediate display assembly including a display element, such as an optical shutter window, positioned between the foreground display element and the background display element. This assembly includes a projector projecting a third set of 2D content on the front or rear surface of the optical shutter window. The first, second, and third sets of 2D content are concurrently visible and the use of three spaced apart display planes creates a 3D illusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A. Reichow, Daniel M. Joseph
  • Patent number: 8502833
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus with multiple screens and an image displaying method thereof are provided. The image displaying method is adapted to an electronic apparatus. The electronic apparatus includes a first display unit and a second display unit. The image displaying method includes following steps. By a processing module, a digital file is read, and a content of the digital file is displayed on the first display unit. Whether the content of the digital file includes at least one dynamic image is detected by the processing module. When the content of the digital file includes the at least one dynamic image, the at least one dynamic image is displayed on the second display unit by the processing module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Acer Incorporated
    Inventors: Chuan-Ming Tsai, Tzu-Lung Chuang, Chueh-Pin Ko
  • Patent number: 8477420
    Abstract: The present disclosure reveals a reflective, front-projection screen designed to faithfully and accurately display the images from state-of-the-art (SOTA) and next-generation 2D and 3D motion-picture projectors, such as those found in large-capacity public movie theaters, home theaters, offices, and for use with portable projection systems for consumer and commercial applications. In particular it discloses cinema-size light shaping 3D projection screens with front-surface microstructures and horizontal viewing angles in the range of 90 to 120 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Luminit LLC
    Inventors: Leo Katsenelenson, Stanley Tafeng Kao, Engin Arik, Edward M. Kaiser, Thomas C. Forrester
  • Patent number: 8363170
    Abstract: A vehicle includes left-hand and right-hand video monitors. Each of the video monitors includes opposing top and bottom edges and opposing left-hand and right-hand lateral edges extending between the top and bottom edges. A translation mechanism couples the video monitors to a vehicle body. The video monitors are movable between a first position wherein the right-hand lateral edge of the left-hand video monitor is spaced apart from the left-hand lateral edge of the right-hand video monitor, and a second position wherein the right-hand lateral edge of the left-hand video monitor is adjacent to the left-hand lateral edge of the right-hand video monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, division of Panasonic Corporation of North America
    Inventor: Hakan Kostepen
  • Patent number: 8337025
    Abstract: A projection type display device includes a image displaying element having image display areas for displaying a plurality of images respectively, a projection optical system having an emitting part for emitting projection light flux to the image display areas of the image displaying element, and a plurality of screens for displaying projected images by the projection light flux transmitted through the image display areas of the image displaying element. In the projection type display device, the image display areas are formed in respective areas in the image displaying element independent of each other. The projected images on the screens correspond to the image display areas, respectively. Each of the screens is arranged in such a position that the each of the screens is not overlapped with shadows of the other screens which are produced since the projection light flux is emitted from the emitting part to the screens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: JVC Kenwood Corporation
    Inventors: Manabu Kobayashi, Ryusaku Takahashi, Toshitaka Murata, Takatsugu Aizaki, Masahiko Miyake, Hironobu Fukutomi
  • Patent number: 8294835
    Abstract: Provided is a stage apparatus and a control method for the stage apparatus capable of increasing a degree of freedom in terms of movement of a display part, and diversifying stage presentation in which the display part is utilized. A plurality of display parts (31) display video. At least one supporting member (32) supports the display part (31). A control part controls a position of the display part (31) such that the plurality of display parts (31) are moved to have a predetermined positional relation with respect to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Next One Create, Ltd.
    Inventor: Kuniyoshi Ichikawa
  • Patent number: 8269902
    Abstract: System and methods for outputting coordinated audio and video presentations are provided. The system includes a plurality of speakers and a display device capable of providing a plurality of projection images. Sound generated by the plurality of speakers is coordinated with the plurality of projection images. The coordination process may be automatically performed according to position change of the plurality of projection images. Sound generated by the plurality of speakers may be further modulated according to position of a user or motion of a video object being displayed in one or more of the plurality of projected images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Transpacific Image, LLC
    Inventor: William J. Plut
  • Patent number: 8255958
    Abstract: An automobile entertainment system includes a plurality of video systems, each video system mounted within an automobile headrest. The headrest includes a headrest body and a first downwardly extending extension arm having a passage extending therethrough. The entertainment system also includes a central switching assembly linking the plurality of video systems. At least one of the video systems includes an output transmitting signals to the central switching assembly to transfer to the remaining video systems. Each video system also includes an input transmitting signals from the central switching assembly to the respective video systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Audiovox Corporation
    Inventor: Christopher J. Vitito
  • Publication number: 20120120327
    Abstract: There is provided an electronic display system for retail product displays including an electronic display apparatus, a controller, a database stored plan-o-gram data and associated devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2011
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Inventors: David L. Marx, Craig M. Sinclair
  • Publication number: 20120099029
    Abstract: A multi-display device comprising: a plurality of display panels wherein each display panel is arranged in a housing; and a single video processor arranged within one of the housings and configured to output a different video signal to each of the plurality of display panels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2010
    Publication date: April 26, 2012
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Mahyar Nejat, William Clay
  • Patent number: 8159591
    Abstract: A dual sided viewing panel and a method of capturing and displaying images, is disclosed. The dual sided viewing panel includes a first viewing panel and a second viewing panel. The first and second viewing panels are controllable by a control device to capture an image and display an image. The first and second viewing panels are positioned in an aligned back to back relationship to each other. In a method, a first image is captured by the first viewing panel and a second image is captured by the second viewing panel. The first captured image is displayed on the second viewing panel and the second captured image is displayed on the first viewing panel. The viewing direction of the first viewing panel is opposed to the viewing direction of the second viewing panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Joseph A. Manico, John N. Border
  • Patent number: 8130330
    Abstract: A surround visual field that has a characteristic or characteristics that relate to an audio/visual presentation is described. In one embodiment, the surround visual field is projected on an area partially surrounding or surrounding video content being displayed on a device. This surround visual field may be comprised of a plurality of elements that further enhance the visual effect of the content being displayed. For example, one embodiment of the invention provides for elements within the surround visual field to move in relation to motion within the video content being displayed. Other characteristics of the video content may also be supplemented by the surround visual field or the surround visual field may simply be authored to correspond to the content itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Kar-Han Tan, Anoop K. Bhattacharjya
  • Patent number: 8125578
    Abstract: Disclosed is a table type bi-directional imaging apparatus, in which left and right viewers located at left and right sides simultaneously view the same picture or different pictures. The table type bi-directional imaging apparatus includes a table case having a table shape; a transparent window formed through the center of the upper surface of the table case; and left and right projectors and left and right imaging plates, having a screen structure, bilaterally symmetrically installed at left and right sides of the inside of the table case. In the table type bi-directional imaging apparatus, left and right projection distances to project pictures on large-sized screens and left and right viewing distances to view clear pictures are provided within an occupation area of a single table. Further, the imaging apparatus has a table structure, and thus does not require the occupation area of a separate table, thereby minimizing an area for installing the imaging apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Inventor: Hae-Yong Choi
  • Patent number: 8102333
    Abstract: A display device securing mechanism to which a plurality of display devices that are linearly disposed are mountable includes a plurality of housings to which the plurality of display devices are mounted, first rotating members which rotate the corresponding housings around a rotational axis extending vertically with respect to the display devices, and a second rotating member which rotates all of the housings together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Tetsujiro Kondo, Keiichi Totsuka, Haruo Oba, Junichiro Sakata, Yasushi Tatehira, Naohide Yamada, Kazutaka Uchida, Yoshinori Watanabe
  • Publication number: 20110289444
    Abstract: A portable electronic book reading machine has two display screens juxtaposed in close proximity to allow for automatic cross referencing between primary textual material displayed on the leftmost display screen and related secondary textual material displayed on the rightmost display screen. The machine has memory in which both primary text and secondary text are stored. As the user of the machine changes the page of primary text displayed on the leftmost screen display, ebook controller circuitry automatically refreshes the rightmost screen display to allow the user to cross reference between the primary textual material and the secondary textual material, or at his or her discretion to change the page of secondary textual material displayed, thereby fine tuning the juxtaposition of pages for study.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2010
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Inventor: Peter G. Winsky
  • Publication number: 20110252437
    Abstract: A video pod comprises side wails and a roof; a first display device inside the video pod; a second display outside and above en opening to the pod; a payment device; an input device; and a memory storing a plurality of video programs. The first display device is arranged to display a selected one of said video programs upon payment via the payment device and selection via the input device by a user, and the second display device is arranged to display a promotional video different to the video programs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2010
    Publication date: October 13, 2011
    Inventors: Kate Smith, Jonathan Smith
  • Publication number: 20110063531
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an electronic apparatus that can use not only an LCD monitor provided as a standard component, but also a DVI monitor. The apparatus incorporates a BIOS. The BIOS acquires display parameters from the DVI monitor if the DVI monitor is connected to the apparatus and causes the DVI monitor to function as display device of the apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2010
    Publication date: March 17, 2011
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventor: Shigeru Kizaki
  • Publication number: 20100110315
    Abstract: Provided is a stage apparatus and a control method for the stage apparatus capable of increasing a degree of freedom in terms of movement of a display part, and diversifying stage presentation in which the display part is utilized. A plurality of display parts (31) display video. At least one supporting member (32) supports the display part (31). A control part controls a position of the display part (31) such that the plurality of display parts (31) are moved to have a predetermined positional relation with respect to one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2009
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Applicant: Next One Create, Ltd.
    Inventor: Kuniyoshi Ichikawa
  • Patent number: 7701517
    Abstract: Dual display screens are oriented back-to-back such that one display screen is visible from a first direction and one display screen is visible from a direction opposite the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: Dual Image Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Heather A. Geronimi
  • Patent number: 7499215
    Abstract: A first panel includes an optically transmissive body having a front side and a rear side. The body has a width, a height, and a depth. The depth is substantially less than either of the width or the height. The body includes a first edge on a first side defining a first tongue protruding outwardly from the first edge. The body includes a second edge on a second side defining a first groove recessed within the second edge. The first tongue is adapted to couple to a corresponding groove and the first groove is adapted to couple to a corresponding tongue. A first optical film is coupled to the front side of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Paul S. Levy
  • Publication number: 20090040399
    Abstract: A display apparatus for displaying digital images includes a first housing, a second housing, a hinge, a digital image source and a plurality of display units. The hinge is coupled to the first housing and the second housing, and allows the first housing and the second housing to rotate with respect to each other. The digital image source is for supplying a plurality of digital images. The plurality of display units are positioned on the first housing and the second housing, respectively, are coupled to the digital image source, and display the plurality of digital images supplied by the digital image source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2007
    Publication date: February 12, 2009
    Inventors: Chih-Hung Kao, Kuan-Chih Huang, Gary Chia-Cheng Shu
  • Patent number: 7466482
    Abstract: A display unit includes a housing having a front end portion, upper and lower walls, and two opposite side walls, and formed with a rib that protrudes from one of the upper and lower walls and that extends between the side walls in a transverse direction relative to the side walls, and a retaining groove that is indented from the other of the upper and lower walls, and that extends between the side walls in the transverse direction. When two of the display units are stacked one above the other, the rib on one of the display units is fitted into the retaining groove in the other of the display units. A screen is mounted on the front end portion of the housing. An image projecting device is mounted in the housing for projecting images onto the screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Assignee: Disk King Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chen-Sung Liao
  • Patent number: 7407294
    Abstract: A multi-direction image viewing system includes a triangular or rectangular image case, and plural projectors symmetrically installed to the inner sides of the image case in three or four directions. Projecting light paths cross each other so that the size of the image case is reduced to 1/6.7 to ? of the size of the conventional image case. By reducing the weight of the image case through size reduction, the multi-direction image viewing system can serve as a mobile multi-direction image viewing system coupled with a trailer and transported by a small sized vehicle such as a motorcycle, as a wide viewing angle multi-direction image system attached to a wall and coupled with the safety fence of the bus terminal or the subway station, and as an image viewing system mounted to a ceiling or wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2008
    Inventor: Hae-Yong Choi
  • Patent number: 7352415
    Abstract: An electronic image display system that provides a wall-mounted television/electronic display. Dual display screens are oriented back-to-back such that one display screen is visible in a first room and one display screen is visible in an adjacent room. The invention provides theft-resistance and provides built-in content monitoring and parental control options.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Inventor: Heather A. Geronimi
  • Patent number: 7334901
    Abstract: Low-profile, large screen display using a rear projection array system using an array of micro projectors, each comprised of a micro-display device, several optical components, a red/green/blue light emitting diode light source, a light sensor for each color and power driving and interface electronics circuits. The plurality of Micro Projectors are arranged as an array along the vertices of a grid to conjointly project a uniform and seamless image comprised of the collective projected output pixels (sub-image) of the array of Micro Projectors. The Array Controller processes output signals generated by the light sensors embedded in each Micro Projector in the array and generates pixel gray scale input and light source control signals for each of the Micro Projectors in the array to maintain uniform luminance and chromaticity (color-point) across the array. Various features are disclosed. including tapering and diffusion of the sub-image boundaries to form a single large display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2008
    Assignee: Ostendo Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Hussein S. El-Ghoroury
  • Patent number: 7314281
    Abstract: A projection display device having a plurality of transmission screens, each having an image display portion of different dimension, and each having light transmissivity and being provided with a back surface layer having optical directivity on a back surface side; a main body capable of projecting a projection light, and a optical unit that guides the projection light from the projection device main body to the back surface of the transmission screen; and a supporting unit that supports one transmission screen selected from the plural transmission screens and the projection device main body. An image is displayed on the transmission screen by allowing the projection light guided by the optical unit to pass through from the back surface side. One transmission screen is selected, and the selected transmission screen, the projection device main body, the optical unit, and the supporting unit are assembled for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2008
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Makoto Katase, Junji Ajioka
  • Patent number: 7250978
    Abstract: A multi-vision system and a method of controlling a display device usable in a multi-vision environment are disclosed. The multi-vision system includes a video source providing a video signal, a user input unit receiving multi-vision arrangement information from a user, a display device coupled to the video source for receiving the video signal. The display device, which is further coupled to the user input unit for receiving the arrangement information, initially determines an image portion of the video signal on the basis of the received arrangement information, adjusts a size of the determined image portion, and displays the size-adjusted image portion. The arrangement information indicates a user-preferred multi-vision arrangement and a position of the display device in the multi-vision arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2007
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Woo Chul Lee, Dong Hyeon Kim
  • Patent number: 7118228
    Abstract: A display system includes a single image-projection device, and a reflective surface optically coupled to the image-projection device, wherein the reflective surface is configured to reflect a plurality of images projected by the image-projection device onto a plurality of display surfaces, the projection being along a same path as a collection of the plurality of images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Gregory J. May
  • Patent number: 6930832
    Abstract: An improved strap design is provided for to reducing edge reflections in tiled video cubes. More particularly, a groove is notched on the outside of the strap into which bonding compound is injected for bonding the screen mounting surface to the video cube. In addition to eliminating edge reflections, the new strap design also provides a clearer bond, without voids and cutting debris trapped between the side strap and clear screen mounting surface. Crazing is also reduced with the new bond, and there is no excessive machining requirement to create the groove in the strap, thereby saving on construction time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2005
    Assignee: Christie Digital Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: John Parkin, O. Nicholas Komarnycky
  • Patent number: 6654069
    Abstract: A frame assembly for electrical devices for covering an area where a device is to be located includes a substantially rectangular frame having frame openings, a substantially rectangular mounting plate having plate openings corresponding to the frame openings, and the frame being socketed with the mounting plate by latches provided on a lower edge of the frame and cooperating with holes provided on the mounting plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2003
    Assignee: Simon, S.A.
    Inventor: Joaquin Aubert Capella
  • Patent number: 6628321
    Abstract: A remote viewing system for simulating the views from a window includes a camera assembly and a remote viewing assembly. The camera assembly obtains views of a site and transmits the views to the remote viewing assembly. The viewing assembly then displays the views to simulate the various perspectives which can be obtained from looking out of a window, such as looking up and down out of the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2003
    Assignee: Honeywell, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph J. Nutaro
  • Patent number: 6621531
    Abstract: A method for converting a wall configuration of a display device to a cave configuration, the display device including a first display module having a display screen including first and second opposite peripheral edges and means for displaying an image on the display screen, a second display module having a display screen including a peripheral edge and means for displaying an image on the display screen, and a third display model having a display screen including a peripheral edge and means for displaying an image on the display screen. Additionally the invention includes a method for converting a cave configuration of a display device to a wall configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2003
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc
    Inventors: David E. Cooper, Kevin M. Egle, Warren J. Hartmann, Francis B. Huck, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6594078
    Abstract: A stackable mechanical package for a digitally addressed projector (12N) includes a housing portion (22) having top and rear surfaces (44) that are shaped to form a contoured recess (46), and a pedestal portion (20) having bottom and front surfaces (60) that are sized to mate with the contoured recess when the package is in a shippable configuration. When a top side (50) of the pedestal portion is mated to a bottom side (32) of the housing portion, the stackable package is in a first operational configuration. Alternatively, when the stackable package is stacked below another similar stackable package (12F), the shippable configuration further forms a second operational configuration. The stackable package includes legs (24, 26) attached to and protruding from the pedestal portion to support the package apparatus in the first operational configuration or to fasten together the housing and pedestal portions when the package is in the shippable configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2003
    Assignee: Clarity Visual Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin R. Clifton, Christopher W. L. Brandt
  • Patent number: 6574040
    Abstract: There is described an improved system for retaining a video screen in a frame comprising a video screen, a frame for supporting the video screen along at least a portion of the screen's peripheral edges, and a mechanism for biasing the edges of the screen against the frame to hold the screen in position relative to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2003
    Assignee: EvansConsoles Inc.
    Inventors: Geoff Gosling, Colin Blohm
  • Patent number: 6501441
    Abstract: An apparatus for partitioning, scaling and displaying video and/or graphics across several display devices includes a video source, a master device and multiple display devices arranged into a multiple display configuration. Preferably, the master device partitions the video stream into image sections and assigns each display device a corresponding image section based on its position within the multiple display configuration. Each display device then preferably receives the video stream and separates the data representing the corresponding image section. Preferably, once the data for the corresponding image section is separated, the display devices then scale their respective image sections to a full screen size image and display the scaled image simultaneously with the display of the entire frame on all display devices within the multiple display configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2002
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Harold Aaron Ludtke, Scott D. Smyers, Mark Kenneth Eyer
  • Patent number: 6490011
    Abstract: A display device convertible between a cave configuration and a wall configuration. The present display device includes a first display module having a display screen including first and second opposite peripheral edges and a first video projector for displaying an image on the display screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2002
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc
    Inventors: David E. Cooper, Kevin M. Egle, Warren J. Hartmann, Francis B. Huck, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6327082
    Abstract: A molding for a frame for an image projection screen. The molding is wedge-shaped in cross section and a narrowest end of the wedge shape is for engaging with the back surface of the image projection screen. A surface of the molding adjacent the narrowest end includes an attachment surface for a adhesively bonding the image projection screen thereto; while the widest end of the wedge shape includes structure for coupling at least two moldings together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2001
    Assignee: Stewart Filmscreen Corporation
    Inventor: Gary Allan Browning
  • Patent number: 6190172
    Abstract: A visual display system, such as a flight simulation system, includes a number of display screens and a number of associated video projectors which project predetermined video images on the display screens in response to control signals provided by an operator. In one embodiment, the display screens are circumscribed by an imaginary sphere having a predetermined radius and centered about the design eye of the visual display system. The design eye is generally positioned in a predetermined fixed relation to the operator such that the distortion of the displayed video image is reduced. In another embodiment, the video projectors are mounted in a linear side-by-side relationship on a rear side of the display screens, thereby reducing the overall size of the visual display system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2001
    Assignee: McDonnell Douglas Corporation
    Inventor: Robert J. Lechner
  • Patent number: 6170953
    Abstract: A laser video projector for projecting an image to a plurality of screens is provided. It is possible to display an identical image to a plurality of screens by modulating light from the light source by an acousto-optic modulator (AOM) according to a video signal and projecting video information to a plurality of screens using a scanner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2001
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jin-ho Lee, Young-mo Hwang
  • Patent number: 5828410
    Abstract: A system for increasing the useful viewing angle in an array of video display units, also called a video wall, comprising the duplication of an outer marginal strip of the displayed image on adjacent video display units, a cylindrical lens structure mounted over the frame of each video display units and outer strip, with a spatial compression of a portion of outer strip, or the duplication of the image in an outer marginal strip of the displayed image in adjacent video display units, and a spherical lens placed over the entire viewing surface and frame of each video display unit. With proper selection of lens parameters and aforementioned image modifications, the invention produces a magnified image that obscures the image of the frame between adjacent video display units and gives the effect of a single large display over an increased viewing angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1998
    Inventor: Raoul E. Drapeau
  • Patent number: 5812222
    Abstract: A rear-type liquid crystal projection television set according to the present invention comprises a dichroic mirror which receives color light to which electrical video signal is applied, reflects and transmits the received color light through cells having a light reflection characteristic and cells having a light transmission characteristic, a first screen for receiving the color light reflected by the dichroic mirror means and displaying the received color light as an image, and a second screen for receiving the color light transmitted by the dichroic mirror means and displaying the received color light as an image. A dichroic mirror consisted of cells includes the reflection and transmission of the same color light, and thereby to allow viewers to view the same image of the television set in different directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1998
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jong-sul Min
  • Patent number: 5699131
    Abstract: The present invention provides a screen assembly wherein measures are taken to prevent slack produced in a lenticular lens sheet due to temperature changes and gaps created between a Fresnel lens sheet and the lenticular lens sheet due to temperature changes, thereby enabling the display of images free of inconsistencies in color. The structure of the screen assembly has the lower parts of a lenticular lens sheet and a Fresnel lens sheet comprising a screen fixed together, the upper part of the light radiant side of the lenticular lens sheet fixed to the upper part of a framework, the lower part of the screen, where the Fresnel lens sheet and the lenticular lens sheet are put together not being fixed to the lower part of the framework and a specified clearance created between the lower part of the screen and the lower part of the framework.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 16, 1997
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Satoshi Aoki, Katsuaki Mitani