Combined Patents (Class 351/158)
  • Patent number: 9829725
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a head mountable apparatus including two rims, where an inner top portion of each rim comprises a rim cavity, where each rim cavity comprises a first section and a second section, where a depth of the first section extends from an edge of the respective rim cavity to a first depth, where a depth of the second section extends from the first depth to a bottom of the respective rim cavity, where the first section is operable to secure a lens, and where the second section is part of a wire channel that is operable to secure one or more wires; and a nose bridge connecting the two rims, where a back of the nose bridge comprises a bridge cavity that connects between the second section of each rim cavity, and where the bridge cavity is part of the wire channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Peter Cazalet, Livius Chebeleu, Michael Kubba
  • Patent number: 9816857
    Abstract: A method for calculating a rate of UV radiation absorbed by a user's skin including: capturing image data of an area of the user's skin; determining a skin tone of the user's skin based on the captured image data; calculating a rate of UV radiation absorption for the determined skin tone; measuring an amount of UV radiation exposed to the user's skin; and calculating a rate of UV radiation that would be absorbed by the user's skin based on the user's skin tone and the amount of UV radiation exposed to the user's skin. The method can further comprise calculating an amount of time that the user can be exposed to the amount of UV radiation exposed to the user's skin based on predetermined criteria. The predetermined criteria can at least include an SPF level of sunscreen applied to the user's skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Omnitek Partners LLC
    Inventors: Jahangir S Rastegar, Harbans Dhadwal, Thomas Spinelli
  • Patent number: 9810923
    Abstract: The present invention provides a deformable membrane assembly 1 comprising an elastic membrane 8 that is held under tension around its edge by a bendable membrane supporting member 2,10, a body of fluid in contact with one face of the membrane, the pressure of the fluid being controllable for adjusting the shape of the membrane, and one or more bending controllers 24 acting on the supporting member 2, 10 to control the bending of the supporting member in response to loading through tension in the membrane. The bending stiffness of the membrane-supporting member 2, 10 varies round its extent to control the profile of the edge of the membrane 8; etc. upon actuation. A variety of different types of bending controllers are disclosed which permit out-of-plane bending of the supporting member 2, 10 but prevent or control in-plane bending or deformation of the supporting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Adlens Ltd.
    Inventors: Robert Edward Stevens, Alex Edginton, Benjamin Thomas Tristram Holland, Daniel Paul Rhodes, Dijon Pietropinto, Derek Paul Forbes Bean, Roger Brian Minchin Clarke, Peter Lee Crossley, Richard Leefe Douglas Murray, Edwin James Stone
  • Patent number: 9804419
    Abstract: A method and system is provided for controlling the intensity and wavelength of light that is perceived by a user to achieve optimal contrasts when viewing medical images. A medical image reviewing system may include at least one medical image displaying monitor and a light-filtering optical eyewear. The light-filtering optical eyewear may include an eyewear frame, the eyewear frame including a first temple, a second temple, and a lens frame, the lens frame being centrally connected between the first temple and the second temple. The light-filtering optical eyewear may further include a first ambient light shield, the first ambient light shield being connected along the first temple. The light-filtering optical eyewear may further include a second ambient light shield, the second ambient light shield being connected along the second temple.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: RAO INNOVATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Vijendra Rao
  • Patent number: 9775513
    Abstract: Systems for determining an individual's current focal plane by measuring parameters associated with binocular vision focusing using one or two contact lenses are provided. In an aspect, a system includes a first contact lens and a second contact lens respectively configured to be worn over first and second eyes of an individual. The first contact lens and the second contact lens respectively include first and second substrates, and first and second circuits respectively disposed on or within the first and second substrates and configured to respectively generate first data related to a focal trajectory of the first eye and second data related to a focal trajectory of the second eye, wherein the first circuit employs the second contact lens to generate the first data and the second circuit employs the first contact lens to generate the second data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Verily Life Sciences LLC
    Inventors: Harvey Ho, Nathan Pletcher, Olivia Hatalsky
  • Patent number: 9772497
    Abstract: A customized viewing system for an optical device to alleviate back and neck strain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Inventors: Robert Troy Hewlett, Jonathan Michael Butler
  • Patent number: 9759933
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems and methods for electronic wearable devices such as smart glasses are described. According to one embodiment, a temple assembly forming part of the smart glasses is disclosed. The assembly can include a temple mechanical connection, a battery carrier, a battery, and a temple body. The temple mechanical connection is configured to form an articulated joint at a first longitudinal end portion thereof with a frame of the wearable electronic glasses. The battery carrier is rigidly attached to the temple mechanical connection at a second longitudinal end portion thereof. The battery is mounted on the battery carrier. The temple body comprises a plastics material, and is configured to house the battery and battery carrier and interface with the second longitudinal end portion of the temple mechanical connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: SNAP INC.
    Inventor: Jun Lin
  • Patent number: 9753287
    Abstract: A wearable electronic display that includes an eyewear frame having a first side frame portion. A display module with a micro-display for generating images can be mounted to the first side frame portion. The display module can have an elongate portion with an image exit window positioned for directing viewable images to a user's eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Kopin Corporation
    Inventors: Kenny W. Y. Chow, Kenneth A. Kokinakis, John C. C. Fan
  • Patent number: 9753312
    Abstract: There is provided a method for improving a night vision by operating a pair of eyeglasses comprising: a sensor that detects an intensity of a light near a user; a comparator device that compares the detected light intensity near the user against a dimness threshold; and an onboard projector in the pair of eyeglasses projecting a red light simultaneously into each eye of the user if the detected light intensity near the user becomes lower than the threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Stephen James Moore
  • Patent number: 9746692
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems for electronic wearable devices such as smart glasses are described. The wearable device can comprise a frame, an elongate temple and an articulated joint. The frame can define one or more optical element holders configured to hold respective optical elements for viewing by a user in a viewing direction. The temple can be moveably connected to the frame for holding the frame in position when the device is worn by the user. The articulated joint can connect the temple and the frame to permit movement of the temple relative to the frame between a wearable position in which the temple is generally aligned with the viewing direction, and a collapsed position in which the temple extends generally transversely to the viewing direction. The articulated joint can include a base foot fixed to the frame and oriented transversely to the viewing direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: SNAP INC.
    Inventors: Nicholas Streets, Jun Lin, Stephen Steger
  • Patent number: 9746697
    Abstract: A rear-viewing mirror assembly for a pair of glasses having an arm, the mirror assembly includes a housing forming an inner area and configured to secure to the arm; a locking mechanism disposed within the inner area of the housing; an elongated rod extending partially outside the housing and engaged with the locking mechanism; and a mirror rigidly attached to the elongated rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Inventor: Jerry Van Hubbard
  • Patent number: 9742997
    Abstract: Systems and methods for device handshaking are described. Embodiments for client device and associated wearable device initiated handshaking are described. In certain embodiments, a device such as wearable camera eyeglasses having both high-speed wireless circuitry and low-power wireless circuitry communicates with a client device. The low-power wireless circuitry is used for signaling and to manage power on handshaking for the high-speed circuitry in order to reduce power consumption. An analysis of a high-speed connection status may be performed by a client device, and used to conserve power at the glasses with signaling from the client device to indicate when the high-speed circuitry of the glasses should be powered on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Inventors: Alex Bamberger, Peter Brook, Nicolas Dahlquist, Matthew Hanover, Russell Douglas Patton, Jonathan M Rodriguez, II
  • Patent number: 9730647
    Abstract: Systems and methods for measuring calorie input are described. A calorie measure may be maintained. At least one image of a food item may be captured. The at least one image of the food item may be transmitted to a server. A calories consumed value may be received from the server. The calories consumed value may be determined based at least in part on the at least one image of the food item. The calorie measure may be updated based on the received calories consumed value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew J. Eyring
  • Patent number: 9726904
    Abstract: Apparatuses and systems for wearable devices such as eyewear are described. According to one embodiment, the wearable device includes a frame, a temple, onboard electronics components, and a coupling mechanism. The frame is configured to hold one or more optical elements. The temple is connected to the frame at an articulated joint such that the temple is disposable between a collapsed condition and a wearable condition in which the device is wearable by a user to hold the one or more optical elements within user view. The onboard electronics components comprise at least a pair of electronics components carried by the frame and the temple respectively. The coupling mechanism is incorporated in the articulated joint and that is configured to electrically connect the pair of electronics components across the articulated joint both when the temple is in the wearable condition and when the temple is in the collapsed condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: SNAP Inc.
    Inventor: Jun Lin
  • Patent number: 9726909
    Abstract: The invention relates to an optical filter comprising: at least one optically transparent liquid-crystal shutter, the shutter having a polarization voltage ULCD that marks a threshold between two polarization states, and being designed to switch between at least two opacities OP1 and OP2, OP2 being strictly higher than OP1, when it receives a voltage that is above or below, respectively, the polarization voltage ULCD; and an electronic system comprising: an electronic module for controlling the liquid-crystal shutter, designed to control the voltage applied to the liquid crystal shutter; a photosensitive sensor, designed to deliver, to the electronic control module, a continuous voltage Ucs that varies depending on the luminous intensity that it receives, the photosensitive sensor being the only power supply of the electronic control module and the liquid-crystal shutter, the optical filter being characterized in that, if the photosensitive sensor receives a luminous intensity below a dazzle threshold le, the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Inventors: Evelyne Casbi, Jean-Paul Borreau
  • Patent number: 9720260
    Abstract: A modular electronic communication system is disclosed with interchangeable components attachable on eyewear. A plurality of pre-existing eyewear models can each be retrofitted by attachment of one or more of such interchangeable components to that eyewear. Such components can be configured for custom attachment with a particular eyewear or such components can be configured for universal attachment with one or more different eyewear models. The communication system can be configured to produce an adjustable heads-up display for the wearer of the eyewear. The electronic communication system can comprise a plurality of interchangeable, electronically interconnected components, such as a first optical module, a first base module, a base link, a second base module, and/or a second optical module. In some embodiments, one or more or all of the components of the electronic communication system are integrally and permanently attached to an eyewear and are not interchangeable or modular.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Oakley, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Anthony Calilung, Ryan Saylor, Carlos D. Reyes
  • Patent number: 9720240
    Abstract: An adjustable visual optical element is provided, which may be supported, for example, by an eyeglass. The optical element is preferably adjustable in each of the X, Y, and Z axes to allow the wearer to optimize projection of the optical element. A view axis of the display is preferably also angularly adjustable with respect to a wearer's straight ahead normal line of sight. Source electronics may be carried onboard the eyeglasses, or may be connectable to the eyeglasses via either a hardwire, optical guide, or radiofrequency link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Oakley, Inc.
    Inventor: James H. Jannard
  • Patent number: 9696566
    Abstract: A wearable electronic display that includes an eyewear frame having a first side frame portion. A display module with a micro-display for generating images can be mounted to the first side frame portion. The display module can have an elongate portion with an image exit window positioned for directing viewable images to a user's eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Kopin Corporation
    Inventors: Kenney W. Y. Chow, Kenneth A. Kokinakis, John C. C. Fan, Declan Halpin, Lee A. Kuczewski, Ernesto Carlos Martinez Villalpando
  • Patent number: 9699433
    Abstract: The current invention relates to the method to achieve re-focusable vision, including re-focusable stereo vision, with detecting the re-focusing event from a human eye. The method comprises utilizing optical and electrical sensing apparatus to detect the physiological change of viewer's eye without viewer's active participation or physical action, and retrieving the intended focus depth information of the viewer from such physiological information to update the visual impression perceived by the viewer that matches the intended focus depth, to achieve a re-focusable vision. The sensing apparatus includes both “glass” type and “contact-lens” type of see-through substrates that contain optical and electrical components that are necessary for obtaining the physiological information of viewer's eye and controlling the visual impression that the viewer perceives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Inventor: Yuchen Zhou
  • Patent number: 9699540
    Abstract: The present embodiments relate to techniques (300) and apparatuses (100, 500) for implementing a flexible transducer for soft-tissue audio production. These techniques (300) and apparatuses (100, 500) enable an audio-production device (102) having a flexible transducer (116, 402) conformed to a person's pinna to create audio within the person's external ear canal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventor: Michael Daley
  • Patent number: 9690101
    Abstract: As a first prism and a second prism respectively have a third surface and a sixth surface, which are reflecting surfaces which are asymmetrical with respect to an axis, inside thereof, it is possible to correct an aberration, and to display an video having high performance. Furthermore, in the first prism, as a plurality of reflecting surfaces (a second surface and the third surface) is provided, it is possible to reduce a size and a weight of the apparatus. Furthermore, like the second surface and a fifth surface, as a surface which functions not only as a light incident surface that causes video light to be incident but also as a total reflecting surface which totally reflects the video light is provided, it is possible to further reduce a size of an optical system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akira Komatsu, Takahiro Totani, Masayuki Takagi, Takashi Takeda, Toshiaki Miyao
  • Patent number: 9690326
    Abstract: A wearable display device includes a display unit configured to transmit an image, a first housing having a first end connected to the display unit, a second housing having a first end disposed opposite to the first end of the first housing, and a sliding unit configured to slidably connect the first housing and the second housing to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: An Na Ryu, Mu Gyeom Kim, Hee Soo Yoo, Kwang Hoon Lee, Myoung Jin Lee
  • Patent number: 9684185
    Abstract: A therapeutic eyewear frame is disclosed. A therapeutic agent is integrated with one or more frame before, during or after forming a material into the frame, the therapeutic agent having between 100 and 10,000 negative ions per cubic centimeter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Effekt LLC
    Inventor: Robert Falken
  • Patent number: 9671607
    Abstract: A flexible fluidic mirror system and a hybrid fluidic optical system is disclosed herein. The flexible fluidic mirror system generally includes a flexible fluidic mirror having an outer housing and a flexible membrane supported within the outer housing, and a fluid control system operatively coupled to the flexible fluidic mirror. A portion of the flexible membrane comprises a reflective coating or film or nanoparticles disposed thereon or sprayed on. The hybrid fluidic optical system generally includes a hybrid fluidic optical device (i.e., a lens or mirror) having an outer housing and a flexible membrane supported within the outer housing, and a fluid control system operatively coupled to the hybrid fluidic optical device. The hybrid fluidic optical device further includes a magnetically actuated subsystem configured to selectively deform the flexible membrane so as to increase or decrease the convexity of the flexible membrane of the hybrid fluidic optical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Inventor: Gholam A. Peyman
  • Patent number: 9672416
    Abstract: The description relates to facial tracking. One example can include an orientation structure configured to position the wearable device relative to a user's face. The example can also include a camera secured by the orientation structure parallel to or at a low angle to the user's face to capture images across the user's face. The example can further include a processor configured to receive the images and to map the images to parameters associated with an avatar model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Cha Zhang, Zhengyou Zhang, Bernardino Romera Paredes
  • Patent number: 9665172
    Abstract: A portable eye tracker device is disclosed which includes a frame, at least one optics holding member, and a control unit. The frame may be adapted for wearing by a user and include an eyeglass frame having a nose bridge. The at least one optics holding member may include at least one illuminator configured to selectively illuminate at least a portion of at least one eye of the user and at least one image sensor configured to capture image data representing images of at least a portion of at least one eye of the user. The optics holding member may be coupled with the nose bridge. The control unit may be configured to control the at least one illuminator for the selective illumination of at least a portion of at least one eye of the user, and receive the image data from the at least one image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Tobii AB
    Inventors: Erik Engwall, Jonas Andersson, Richard Hainzl, Simon Gustafsson
  • Patent number: 9648277
    Abstract: A headband camera device which transmits streaming video, images, GPS location data and voice communications via a smart phone app or transmit and store data independent of the smart phone app. A Bluetooth module or other short range transmission module in the headband facilitates voice communication by interfacing with a user's Bluetooth enabled smartphone or within a Wifi location. Alternatively, the camera headband device transmits streaming video, sends images and 2-way communications independently of a smartphone over a wireless network by use of an internal SIM card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Remote Xccess, LLC
    Inventor: Marlena Edwards
  • Patent number: 9618747
    Abstract: A compact, lightweight, self-powered head mounted display device for viewing a media file including omnidirectional image data and corresponding audio data. The device includes a housing configured to be worn on a user's head, a processor, and at least one display for displaying the image data from a processor. The device also includes at least one speaker for playing the audio data to the user. The device also includes a system memory for storing media files for display on the device. The device detects the orientation/position of the user's head and updates the displayed image and played sound accordingly. The device may also create omnidirectional media files for playback or for use on other devices. The device may send and receive media files utilizing a wired connection, a wireless connection, or both. The device may optionally fold up for compact storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Inventor: Jason Villmer
  • Patent number: 9606375
    Abstract: Detachable wearable electronic eyeglasses and head mounted gear with a plurality of electronic functions and interchangeable electronic function, and a wearable computer with optimal weight distribution and stretchable arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: GEELUX HOLDINGS, LTD.
    Inventor: Marcio Marc Abreu
  • Patent number: 9596554
    Abstract: The present invention includes methods, circuits, devices, systems and associated computer executable code for acquiring, processing and rendering acoustic signals. According to some embodiments, one or more direction specific audio signals may be generated using a microphone array comprising two or more microphones and an audio stream generator. The audio stream generator may receive a direction parameter from an optical tracking system. There may be provided an audio rendering system adapted to normalize and/or balance acoustic signals acquired from a soundscape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Inventor: Vladimir Sherman
  • Patent number: 9590205
    Abstract: An organic EL display device of active matrix type wherein insulated-gate field effect transistors formed on a single-crystal semiconductor substrate are overlaid with an organic EL layer; characterized in that the single-crystal semiconductor substrate (413 in FIG. 4) is held in a vacant space (414) which is defined by a bed plate (401) and a cover plate (405) formed of an insulating material, and a packing material (404) for bonding the bed and cover plates; and that the vacant space (414) is filled with an inert gas and a drying agent, whereby the organic EL layer is prevented from oxidizing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shunpei Yamazaki, Yasuyuki Arai
  • Patent number: 9585557
    Abstract: A tracking and display system for an eye of a person is incorporated into eyewear having at least one lens and being positionable in front of the eye or eyes with attachment hardware. A circuit with a power source is fixed with the eyewear and includes at least one multispectral LED adapted to project light towards the eye and at least one multispectral light detector adapted to receive light reflected from the eye. As such, movement, anatomy and physiology of the eye are determined according to an organized pattern of projected light reflected and received by the at least one detector. To display an image, light from the at least one multispectral LED is conveyed by at least one optical fiber to an eye-facing surface of a lens of the eyewear and then onto the retina of the person's eye to form a visible heads-up display image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Inventor: Alvin Spivey
  • Patent number: 9588356
    Abstract: An eyewear apparatus is provided that includes a lens structure having a lens panel, and a battery structure on the lens panel. The battery structure may include an anode, a separator and a cathode, and may also include a solar panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Andy Keates
  • Patent number: 9588343
    Abstract: A wearable computing device includes a head-mounted display (HMD) that generates a virtual reality environment. Through the generation and tracking of positional data, a focal point may be tracked with respect to one or menu navigation elements. Following the fixated positioning of the focal point over the menu navigation element for a predetermined amount of time, a process corresponding to the menu navigation element is executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT AMERICA LLC
    Inventor: Justin Moravetz
  • Patent number: 9581816
    Abstract: A digital glass enhanced media system (DGEMS) is provided that is capable of performing routing and processing of audio and video inputs received from a plurality of digital glass devices, as well as a plurality of agencies, in order to provide enhanced and coordinated information distribution among the digital glass devices. Such routing may include distributing information received from the devices to relevant agencies providing assistance to the wearers of those devices, as well as to other team member devices. Control is also provided, such that a user of such a digital glass device car select how or what information is received. In this manner, coordinated information distribution can be provided so as to allow users to optimize the coordination of their teamwork.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Mutualink, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael S. Wengrovitz, Joseph R. Mazzarella
  • Patent number: 9568745
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a hinge for a fluid-filled lens assembly includes a base having a first end configured to connect to a temple arm of the lens assembly and a second end configured to connect to a frame of the lens assembly, wherein the base includes a gap that is shaped to allow for tubing to pass from the first end to the second end of the base. In an embodiment, the first end of the base includes a cammed surface configured to engage a surface of the temple arm. In an embodiment, the first and second ends of the base are configured to flex around a rotation axis of the hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Adlens Beacon, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Senatore, Matthew Wallace Peterson, Jonathan Downing, Amitava Gupta, William Egan, Lisa Nibauer, Frank Stangota, Bruce Decker, Thomas M. McGuire, Urban Schnell, Karim Haroud, Pascal Loser
  • Patent number: 9569897
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an optical position adjustment method of a head mounted display, the head mounted display including (a) an eyeglass type frame worn on the head of a viewer, and (b) two image display devices for the right and left eyes attached to the frame, and each of the image display devices including (A) an image forming device, and (B) an optical device adapted to receive, guide and emit light emitted from the image forming device, wherein the optical position adjustment method includes the step of: controlling an image signal that is supplied to the image forming device making up at least one of the image display devices so as to control the position of the image displayed on the optical device making up at least one of the image display devices and adjust the mutual positions of the two images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Tetsuyuki Miyawaki, Ikuo Matsumura
  • Patent number: 9547184
    Abstract: Techniques for providing eyewear with electrical components are disclosed. The electrical components can provide electrical technology to eyewear (e.g., eyeglasses) without having to substantially compromise aesthetic design principles of the eyewear. Often, the electrical components can be attached to the eyewear as an after-market enhancement. The electrical components can operate independently or together with other electrical components provided elsewhere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: IngenioSpec, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas A. Howell, David Chao, C. Douglass Thomas, Peter P. Tong
  • Patent number: 9547335
    Abstract: Embodiments describe a semi-transparent or transparent module antenna assembly disposed on a transparent portion of a user wearable device (e.g., a head wearable display or a smartwatch). Embodiments describe semi-transparent or transparent antenna assemblies disposed on portions of a wearable computing device not in direct contact with the user when the device is worn to increase the antenna's efficiency for receiving radio signals and to decrease the radiation absorbed by the user's body. Furthermore, the antenna is disposed on a transparent or semi-transparent surface to further increase the antenna's efficiency. For some embodiments utilized by head wearable displays, the portion of the device including the semi-transparent or transparent antenna assembly may be the optical system, which includes a transparent portion (e.g., a prism) for displaying CGI to a user; in other embodiments, the head wearable display including the semi-transparent or transparent antenna assembly is the lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Bevelacqua, Joseph John Hebenstreit
  • Patent number: 9546779
    Abstract: A universally adaptable head light emission apparatus emits light outward from a user's face when implemented to illuminate an area in front of the user. The universally adaptable head light emission apparatus consists of a bridge light assembly, a pair of temple light assemblies, a bridge fastener and a plurality of interchangeable temple fasteners mounted onto a flexible elongated conduit. The universally adaptable head light emission apparatus mounts to safety glasses, prescription glasses, or directly onto the head of a user through the bridge fastener and the plurality of interchangeable fasteners. The bridge fastener and the plurality of interchangeable fasteners are selected depending on the mounting means necessary. The bridge light assembly and the pair of temple light assemblies are powered by a portable power supply to emit light outward from the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Inventor: Jared J. Rementer
  • Patent number: 9530299
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method for assisting a visually-impaired user is provided. The method includes determining, based upon an input from at least one sensor, a body position or posture of a user. The method also compares, using a processor, the determined body position to a plurality of body positions or postures to identify whether the determined body position or posture is acceptable. The method further includes providing a feedback signal indicating a change in body position or posture to assist the visually impaired user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Rajiv Dayal
  • Patent number: 9529201
    Abstract: An example of a waterproof hinge and button configuration for a head mounted device is provided. A magnet may be attached to the button, and a sensor may be positioned adjacent to the button to detect movement of the button. For example, the sensor may detect when the button is fully pressed, partially pressed, or not pressed at all by the level of magnetic flux density detected by the sensor. In addition, the sensor may detect an opened or closed position of the hinge based on the magnetic field polarity of the magnet. Due to the implementation of the sensor, the electrical components of the button are able to be removed so as to make the button-hinge configuration waterproof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy Evan Blum, Peter Michael Cazalet
  • Patent number: 9498380
    Abstract: Assemblies and methods for modifying an intraocular pressure of a patient's one or both eyes are disclosed. The assemblies and methods can be used to treat, inhibit, or prevent ocular conditions such as glaucoma, high intraocular pressure, optic disc edema, idiopathic intracranial hypertension, zero-gravity induced papilledema, and other optic pressure related conditions. An assembly can include a goggle including at least one cavity, a pump in fluid communication with the at least one cavity, and a control mechanism. The control mechanism can be operatively coupled to the pump and can maintain a target pressure or target pressure range in the at least one cavity, which, when the assembly is worn by a patient, is the area between a patient's eye(s) and wall surfaces of the goggle. Controlling the pressure over the outer surfaces of the patient's eye(s) can drive a desired change in the intraocular pressure of the eye(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Inventors: John Berdahl, Richard Cornelius, Vance Michael Thompson
  • Patent number: 9494807
    Abstract: An adjustable visual optical element is provided, which may be supported, for example, by an eyeglass. The optical element is preferably adjustable in each of the X, Y, and Z axes to allow the wearer to optimize projection of the optical element. A view axis of the display is preferably also angularly adjustable with respect to a wearer's straight ahead normal line of sight. Source electronics may be carried onboard the eyeglasses, or may be connectable to the eyeglasses via either a hardwire, optical guide, or radiofrequency link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Oakley, Inc.
    Inventor: James H. Jannard
  • Patent number: 9488520
    Abstract: Eyewear having radiation monitoring capability is disclosed. Radiation, such as ultraviolet (UV) radiation, infrared (IR) radiation or light, can be measured by a detector. The measured radiation can then be used in providing radiation-related information to a user of the eyewear. Advantageously, the user of the eyewear is able to easily monitor their exposure to radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: IngenioSpec, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas A Howell, David Chao, C. Douglass Thomas, Peter P. Tong
  • Patent number: 9482880
    Abstract: Electrochromic eyewear that include a removable electrochromic lens are provided herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Ashwin-Ushas Corporation, Inc.
    Inventors: Prasanna Chandrasekhar, Brian J. Zay, Edward J. Laganis, Vasily V. Romanov, Anthony J. LaRosa
  • Patent number: 9470907
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a pair of glasses with polarized or prescription lenses that can be adjusted to provide two different looks. Rotatable side arms connected to the main frame through a leg seat and a rotating secondary frame provide a mechanism to interchange the interior and exterior sides of the glasses. A correct lens orientation indicator on the secondary frame ensures correct configuration. In addition, the proposed mechanism offers two folding styles, in the first one both side arms are folded next to each other at the same side of the main frame. In the second, the side arms are folded on opposite sides of each other. Furthermore, the present invention provides a simple mechanism to turn smart glasses on and off. If the camera placed on the side arm is facing outwards, the smart glasses turns on. When the camera faces inwards, the smart glasses turns off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Inventor: Seyed Ebrahim Seyed Saleh Esmaeili
  • Patent number: 9451068
    Abstract: A microphone, transmitter, speaker, receiver, and power source, all mounted to an eyeglasses frame, for sending and receiving signals wirelessly to and from a remote cell phone or other electronic device. The microphone and the transmitter can be mounted to extension arms that can be extended, pivoted, or otherwise moved to a position for use, and then moved to a stored position when not in use. Alternatively, the microphone, transmitter, speaker, receiver, and power source, can be mounted onto a clip-on or other attachment member that mounts onto a conventional eyeglasses frame, or to a hat or other article worn on the head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Oakley, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter Warren
  • Patent number: 9443488
    Abstract: Image transforming vision enhancement device that enhances vision by transforming images provided by one or more cameras into modified images projected on one or more displays. The system may be embedded in glasses, contact lenses, binoculars, or other vision devices, in computer screens, or in components of moving vehicles. Image transformations may include modifying colors to assist colorblind users or to highlight color ranges, mapping invisible frequencies into visible colors, adding labels or graphics, and generating time-varying images with flashing or changing features. Images from multiple cameras may be combined, providing users with panoramic vision from a single device. Low light vision may be enhanced, and excessive glare may be attenuated. The system may magnify images with a variable magnification. User interfaces may be provided to configure and customize the image transformations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: DIGITAL VISION ENHANCEMENT INC
    Inventors: Nathaniel S. Borenstein, Thomas P. Neuendorffer
  • Patent number: 9436016
    Abstract: A liquid crystal shutter eyeglass that can solve the problem in which the provision of excellent images cannot be kept if the situation of the viewer varies is provided. A liquid crystal shutter (2) has a light transmitting and shading region in which a state can change between a light transmitting state in which light is caused to transmit and a light shading state in which light is caused to be shaded. A driving section (51) changes the state between the light transmitting state and the light shading state of a driving region that is at least part of the light transmitting and shading region. A controlling means (52) adjusts at least one of a size and a position of the driving region of which the driving section (51) changes the state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Goroh Saitoh, Masao Imai