Partially Occluding The Light-path Area Patents (Class 351/45)
  • Patent number: 10955719
    Abstract: A transparent photovoltaic (TPV) integrated directly into the structure of an electrochromic (EC) device is beneficial in that it can eliminate at least one substrate and provide more uniform coloring. Integration of a transparent photovoltaic with an electrochromic device may also reduce or eliminate the need for an electrical bus on a substrate. In some embodiments, positioning the TPV internally with the EC cell may eliminate the need for additional substrate layers or a conductive layer on one side of the TPV cell. Integrating a PV cell into the EC device can additionally reduce the need for external wiring and an external power supply. Alternatively, the TPV can assist in charging a battery where the battery can be used to power the EC device when there is no sunlight available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sue F. Franz, William L. Tonar, David J. Cammenga, George A. Neuman, Kurtis L. Geerlings, Donald L. Bareman, Kevin L. Ash
  • Patent number: 10678070
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided to create a focal zone for mindfulness meditation. The apparatus includes a first member extending between a first edge and a second edge, the first member having a translucent portion, a first elongated side member attached adjacent the first edge of the first member, and a second elongated side member attached adjacent the second edge of the first member, the first and second elongated members being generally parallel to another and lying in a single horizontal plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Inventor: Alan D. Parks
  • Patent number: 10423044
    Abstract: A transparent photovoltaic (TPV) integrated directly into the structure of an electrochromic (EC) device is beneficial in that it can eliminate at least one substrate and provide more uniform coloring. Integration of a transparent photovoltaic with an electrochromic device may also reduce or eliminate the need for an electrical bus on a substrate. In some embodiments, positioning the TPV internally with the EC cell may eliminate the need for additional substrate layers or a conductive layer on one side of the TPV cell. Integrating a PV cell into the EC device can additionally reduce the need for external wiring and an external power supply. Alternatively, the TPV can assist in charging a battery where the battery can be used to power the EC device when there is no sunlight available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sue F. Franz, William L. Tonar, David J. Cammenga, George A. Neuman, Kurtis L. Geerlings, Donald L. Bareman, Kevin L. Ash
  • Patent number: 10349044
    Abstract: The present invention discloses 3D shutter glasses and a 3D display system. The 3D shutter glasses comprise a left eye glass and a right eye glass, wherein both the left eye glass and the right eye glass comprise a light transmitting hole array, wherein the left eye glass and the right eye glass alternately control the corresponding light transmitting hole array to be sequentially opened according to a first predetermined time to receive left eye data images and right eye data images, and the first predetermined time is a spacing interval of alternately sending the left eye data images and the right eye data images. With the aforesaid procedure, the present invention is capable of effectively relieving the visual fatigue as watching 3D images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Bin Fang, Chih-ming Yang
  • Patent number: 10149798
    Abstract: Disclosed herein, inter alia, are a method, system and a kit for improving a defined condition in a subject, the method comprising selecting a set of one or more correction zones, being surface zones on the surface of the subject's skin or defined angular zones in the subject's field of view, the one or more correction zones being associated with the condition; and placing the one or more correcting elements in said one or more correction zones to thereby cause improvement in said condition. Also provided herein are methods and systems for providing such correction zones related to a defined condition in a subject or to a defined cause in a subject being associated with a defined condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: S.M. Balance Holdings
    Inventor: Ra'anan Roth
  • Patent number: 10126570
    Abstract: Indoor/outdoor sunglasses include a lens having gradient tinted portions that partially conceal a wearer's eye, with an untinted or minimally tinted central region that provides a relatively wide, unrestricted field of lateral vision at far and middle distances, allowing the wearer to see clearly both indoors and outdoors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Inventor: Edward A. Sotto, II
  • Patent number: 9999350
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for glare reduction in surgical microscopy are provided. A method of operating a surgical microscope may include: receiving light reflected from the surgical field at an image sensor; processing the received light to generate image data; identifying portions of the image data representative of glare; and controlling an optical element to limit the transmission of light associated with the glare. A surgical microscope may include: an image sensor configured to receive light reflected from the surgical field, a computing device, and an optical element. The computing device may be configured to: identify portions of the light received at the image sensor associated with glare and generate a control signal to limit the transmission of the light associated with the glare. The optical element may be configured to selectively limit the transmission of the light associated with the glare in response to the control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Novartis AG
    Inventor: Tammo Heeren
  • Patent number: 9939644
    Abstract: Technologies for controlling vision correction of a wearable computing device includes controlling an opacity of an adjustable lens of the wearable computing device to generate a viewing port through the adjustable lens such that a region defined by the viewing port has an opacity less than a remaining region of the adjustable lens. For example, the opacity of the adjustable lens may be increased except for the region defined by the viewing port. In use, the wearable computing device may adjust the location, size, and/or shape of the viewing port based on a predefined prescription, the direction of the user's gaze, the user's viewing context, and/or other criteria. Additionally or alternatively, an image may be displayed on an external display surface of the adjustable lens. The wearable computing device may include multiple adjustable lens, each of which may be controlled in a similar manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Michael T. Moran, Casey Baron, Tobias M. Kohlenberg, Stephen C. Chadwick
  • Patent number: 9372353
    Abstract: A method for forming sunglass lenses with a predetermined optical gradient, namely a polarized gradient, transmissivity gradient or color gradient in which an ink jet printer is used to print a gradient pattern on an oriented sheet, with the ink jet printer being provided with a dye, in one embodiment a dichroic dye and in another embodiment an iodine dye. The printed oriented sheet is incorporated into a lens to provide the lens with the associated gradient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Distributed Polarization Inc.
    Inventors: Giorgio Trapani, Robert K. Tendler
  • Patent number: 9286819
    Abstract: A display device includes: a light source which emits light; a position detection unit which detects an eye position of a user; a light deflection unit which deflects the emitted light toward the eye position detected by the position detection unit; a user identification unit which identifies which one of persons is the user; a deflection control unit which controls a deflecting direction in which the light deflection unit deflects the light, depending on the person identified as the user; and a liquid crystal display panel which receives the light from the light deflection unit and display an image formed by the light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Keiji Sugiyama, Shinichi Shikii, Katsuhiko Hayashi
  • Patent number: 9216133
    Abstract: A method for treating a weak viewer-eye includes the steps of receiving eye-strength data indicative of an eye-strength of the weak viewer-eye and causing a 3D display system to vary, in accordance with the eye-strength of the weak viewer-eye, display characteristics of a perspective that the 3D display system displays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Steven Bathiche, Alistair K. Chan, William Gates, Roderick A. Hyde, Edward K. Y. Jung, Jordin T. Kare, Jaron Lanier, John L. Manferdelli, Clarence T. Tegreene, David B. Tuckerman, Charles Whitmer, Lowell L. Wood, Jr., Victoria Y. H. Wood
  • Patent number: 8998407
    Abstract: An aspect of some embodiments of the present invention relates to an eyewear article for reducing glare. The eyewear article comprises an upper opaque or semi-opaque panel and a lower opaque or semi-opaque panel. The upper panel and lower panels are separated by a slit, the slit being configured for being placed in front of a user's eye to enable light propagating from a task located ahead of the user's eye to reach the user's eye, and the upper and lower panels being configured for preventing at least a portion of light propagating from at least some locations other than the task from reaching the user's eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: Martin Welt
  • Patent number: 8716644
    Abstract: The invention provides a glare reduction apparatus disposed in an object illuminated by a light source. The glare reduction device includes an electro-optical device covering a surface of the object. A light sensing device is disposed on a first fixed point of the object. A controller is electrically coupled to the electro-optical device and the light sensing device, wherein the controller calculates a corresponding light sensing position of the electro-optical device according to a light sensing position of the light sensing device which directly receives light from the light source, to reduce the light transmittivity of the corresponding light sensing position of the electro-optical device to generate a light shielding region. The light shielding region attenuates the light from the light source to a second fixed point of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: E-In Wu, Tai-Chang Wu
  • Patent number: 8702230
    Abstract: An attachable/detachable covering lens for covering eyeglass lenses is disclosed. A transparent optical material is suitably shaped to cover at least a portion of an eyeglass lens. The transparent optical material is coupled to the eyeglass lens by adhering means. The adhering means may comprise a viscosity of the transparent optical material. Embodiments of the disclosure provide mechanisms to easily provide attachable/detachable temporary lenses such as a sun-shield, temporary eyesight correction to the prescription lenses for applications such as reading, watching TV, or 3-D movie viewing. Embodiments of the disclosure also provide mechanisms for providing an easily attachable/detachable temporary prescription lens over special purpose glasses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Inventors: Jung Soo Yi, Young Hee Yi, Jung Ho Yi
  • Patent number: 8662666
    Abstract: A method and device for improving the perceived vision of a person having macular degeneration wherein, a plurality of means is employed externally to the eye to selectively block the reception of a distorted image caused by the impaired eye whereby overall vision is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Inventor: Donald M. Cislo
  • Patent number: 8622846
    Abstract: A pair of golf training glasses having protruding apertures extending forward from the plane of the normal lens portion of the glasses which are opaque. The protruding apertures are angled on their sides to allow some directed movement of the eyeball to observe other than directly forward when necessary, while at the same time restricting peripheral vision along a line parallel to the line formed between the golfer's head and the ball that is the object of the golf swing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Inventor: Kyong Ho Ahn
  • Patent number: 8602554
    Abstract: A filter or lens for common optical apparatus includes a clear center portion and an attenuating peripheral portion where the peripheral portion attenuates off-axis images and passes on-axis images with high signal to noise ratios yet not completely blocking the off-axis images, which lens is well suited for reducing off-axis glare in the optical apparatus that may be handheld optical apparatus such as binoculars, telescopes, cameras, and eyeglasses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: The Aerospace Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth H. Lau, Ronald L. Williams
  • Patent number: 8449401
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a pair of golf glasses. The glasses are designed to enable the golfer to measure a distance to a golf ball precisely as taking an address position, and make the golfer looking at a ball with keeping his or her head still until a clubhead hits the ball, and thereby prevent the golfer from looking-up mistake during a golf swing. The golf glasses of the present invention are characterized in that each of the lenses of the glasses includes a see-through section formed of a vertical gap corresponding to the pupil of golfer's eye, and the other part is a view shielding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Paris Miki Holdings Inc.
    Inventor: Yuji Kayama
  • Patent number: 8342680
    Abstract: A lens that covers the front side of an eye, includes: a high light-transmissive region including an eyepoint; and a low light-transmissive region surrounding the entire circumference of the high light-transmissive region, a light blocking ratio in the low light-transmissive region being higher than the light blocking ratio in the high light-transmissive region, wherein the low light-transmissive region has a region where the light blocking ratio changes toward the periphery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Osamu Wada
  • Patent number: 8277045
    Abstract: A specially tinted lens, a tri-colored lens for spectacles and sunglasses for use in flying airplanes. A far field of vision has a first tinting, such as green, to reduce the light from a sunlit sky, over sunlit cloud tops, or in clouds, which enables an aircraft pilot to easily see out of the cockpit into highly illuminated environments. An intermediate field of vision has a second tinting, such as yellow, to enable the pilot to easily see a dimly illuminated instrument panel as compared to outside the aircraft. A near field of vision has a third tinting, such as neutral in color, to enable said pilot to easily view maps and other information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Sky Sight Vision, Inc.
    Inventor: Raymond L. Hobbs
  • Patent number: 8172393
    Abstract: A pair of sunglasses is provided with a polarized region in the upper portion of the eyeglass lens and a non-polarized region in the bottom portion of the eyeglass lens so as to permit reading of polarized instruments through the non-polarized region. The two regions may be separated horizontally at the halfway point or below the halfway point such that, by tilting one's head upwardly and looking through the non-polarized region, one can readily read the instruments which would appear black through the polarized region due to the cross-polarization. In one embodiment the polarization level is gradually decreased from the top to the bottom of the lens in a polarization gradient in which there is no polarization at the bottom portion of the lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Inventor: Robert K. Tendler
  • Patent number: 8075131
    Abstract: A peripheral vision reducing apparatus for simulating a visual effect of intoxication is disclosed. The apparatus has at least one aperture configured to be disposed in the middle of a wearer's visual field. The aperture is also configured to permit a first amount of light to pass therethrough. The apparatus further comprises at least one filter surrounding the at least one aperture. The at least one filter is configured to be disposed at the periphery of a wearer's visual field. The at least one filter is also configured to permit a second amount of light to pass therethrough, and the second amount of light is less than the first amount of light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Innocorp, Ltd
    Inventor: Debra C. Kusmec-Aguilar
  • Publication number: 20110279768
    Abstract: Eyewear is equipped with at least one lens and at least one pinhole aperture. Lenses and apertures may be used in place of or in combination with one another, and may be disposed in or on full frame, half frame, wire frame or rimless eyeglasses. The lens may be a corrective lens. Pinhole apertures may have a diameter no greater than about 3 mm, and a diameter/thickness ratio no less than about 66.7%.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2011
    Publication date: November 17, 2011
    Inventor: Gary Stephen Shuster
  • Patent number: 8056562
    Abstract: A system for supporting a breathing passage of a patient may include a cannula and an insertion apparatus. The cannula may be configured to be at least partially inserted into a breathing passage of a patient for supporting the breathing passage during sleep. The cannula may include an insertion end configured to be inserted through a nasal passageway portion of the breathing passage. The insertion apparatus may include a nasal applicator operable to guide the cannula through the nasal applicator and into the nasal passageway, and a support frame coupled to the nasal applicator and configured to be releasably coupled to the patient to position the nasal applicator proximate to the nasal passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC
    Inventor: Benjamin Sherman
  • Patent number: 7984989
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to the application of a photoluminescent material with a plurality of nanocrystals, such as quantum dots or Cornell dots, each capable of absorbing electromagnetic energy at a first wavelength and emitting the absorbed energy as a desired wavelength in the direction of a human retina. Preferably, the emitted wavelength is chosen for its ability to suppress naturally occurring melatonin, i.e., blue light. The disclosure also contemplates the placement of the photoluminescent material over the entire surface of a lens or on a portion of the lens to optimize the exposure to the desired wavelength while reducing the overall luminescence. Finally, the photoluminescent material can be applied as a coating, as part of a material applied to the lens, either superficially or in/within the lens, as part of eyewear, or even as an optical treatment system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Inventor: Jake A. Gruber
  • Publication number: 20110170047
    Abstract: Eyewear is equipped with at least one lens and at least one pinhole aperture. Lenses and apertures may be used in place of or in combination with one another, and may be disposed in or on full frame, half frame, wire frame or rimless eyeglasses. The lens may be a corrective lens. Pinhole apertures may have a diameter no greater than about 3 mm, and a diameter/thickness ratio no less than about 66.7%.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2011
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Inventor: Gary Stephen Shuster
  • Publication number: 20110090452
    Abstract: An apparatus for adjusting the amount of light passing through a pupil of a human eyeball particularly for a person having defects or imperfections in the eyeball lens. An electrically controllable mask area having a smallest, a medium and a largest mask opening may be coupled to at least one lens of the eyeglass. The mask area is varied with a rotating aperture adjustment assembly on a controller so that an image of an object that would otherwise pass through the pupil is masked so that a smaller portion of the image passes through the pupil. The wearer may select the at least one mask opening by moving a thumb wheel on the rotating aperture adjustment assembly. The wearer selects at least one of on and off condition of the apparatus with a button. The mask area can be customized by means of an external processing system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2009
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Inventor: Charles J. Kulas
  • Publication number: 20110085127
    Abstract: A lens that covers the front side of an eye, includes: a high light-transmissive region including an eyepoint; and a low light-transmissive region surrounding the entire circumference of the high light-transmissive region, a light blocking ratio in the low light-transmissive region being higher than the light blocking ratio in the high light-transmissive region, wherein the low light-transmissive region has a region where the light blocking ratio changes toward the periphery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2010
    Publication date: April 14, 2011
    Applicant: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Osamu WADA
  • Publication number: 20110075093
    Abstract: A sideshade for reducing peripheral glare that is removably attachable to a temple of spectacles such that the wearer of the spectacles is not required to remove the spectacles in order to attach the sideshade to or detach the sideshade from the temple of the spectacles. The detachable sideshade is optical or near-optical quality so as not to degrade the wearer's peripheral vision. The sideshade is lightweight and easy to attach and remove.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2010
    Publication date: March 31, 2011
    Applicant: SKY SIGHT VISION, INC.
    Inventor: Raymond L. Hobbs
  • Publication number: 20110075092
    Abstract: Protective eyewear for Oxy-fuel welding and/or cutting, such as Oxy-acetylene welding and/or cutting is described. The protective eyewear comprises a frame and at least one lens assembly. The at least one lens assembly includes (i) a first portion having translucent properties and (ii) a second portion having translucent properties, the first portion being darker than the second portion. The first portion of the at least one lens assembly is typically of a dark shade to provide protection from potentially harmful light emitted during Oxy-fuel welding and/or cutting process and the second portion of the at least one lens assembly is typically clear allowing a wearer to perform various actions where greater visibility is required. Methods of using the protective eyewear to more efficiently and effectively perform Oxy-fuel welding and/or cutting are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Publication date: March 31, 2011
    Inventor: Kurt Nordyke
  • Patent number: 7874667
    Abstract: To attain the object of the invention to provide an eye mask of a simple structure that is easy to assemble using the integrally formed arc-shaped mask body, with the centrally located concave part abutting the nose of the wearer, the eye mask of the invention comprises an arc-shaped oblong mask body (1) integrally formed of resin, a concave (4) formed at the center of the mask body (1), a first and a second eye spot (5 and 6) comprising small perforated holes (2) formed on both sides of the concave (4) and temples (10) each mounted on both sides of the mask body (1) via a hinge (9), wherein the cross section of the mask body (1) perpendicular to its length direction has a C-curved surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: Nawari Trading Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hidehiro Kitayama
  • Patent number: 7841714
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to the application of a photoluminescent material with a plurality of nanocrystals, such as quantum dots or Cornell dots, each capable of absorbing electromagnetic energy at a first wavelength and emitting the absorbed energy as a desired wavelength in the direction of a human retina. Preferably, the emitted wavelength is chosen for its ability to suppress naturally occurring melatonin, i.e., blue light. The disclosure also contemplates the placement of the photoluminescent material over the entire surface of a lens or on a portion of the lens to optimize the exposure to the desired wavelength while reducing the overall luminescence. Finally, the photoluminescent material can be applied as a coating, as part of a material applied to the lens, either superficially or in/within the lens, as part of eyewear, or even as an optical treatment system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: Quantum Modulation Scientific Inc.
    Inventor: Jake Gruber
  • Patent number: 7784934
    Abstract: These lenses or glasses made with these lenses will allow people to watch any movie in 3-D without the need for special filming, additional electronics, conversion programs, or software. Normal 2-D movies may be viewed in 3-D with these glasses. And it will work with virtually any type of video presentation, as well as print media and art. As an added benefit, the lenses also improve overall image quality by filtering out interference patterns, without the need for electronic editing. This is especially useful for viewing old videos or low grade images. These glasses make it easy, convenient, and comfortable to view any movie in 3-D, even if the movie was not specifically created for 3-D viewing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Inventor: Becky Lynn Gauger
  • Patent number: 7758184
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to eyewear which obstructs a user's vision to simulate game conditions when training for a sport. The level of obstruction can be random or in a controlled program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Inventor: Elizabeth Ann Hoeffner
  • Patent number: 7740352
    Abstract: A sports vision training device includes a pair of glasses with a frame supporting a left lens and a right lens. The right lens carries a right reticle, and the left lens carries a left reticle. The reticles provide visual references within the field of view of the player. The reticles may include upper and lower horizontal reference lines, vertical reference lines, a frame, and a crosshair pattern. Different patterns can be used for depth control training, timing control training, and early recognition for tennis and other sports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Inventor: Ted G. Kopren
  • Publication number: 20100033671
    Abstract: Improved eye goggles for underwater use and having lenses which are either opaque or vision restricted. Goggles of this type are effective for use in games, particularly children's games, in which one party is required to close his eyes and find another. These goggles ensure that the party who is to close his or her eyes does so and in like manner, it protects the eyes of the party who is required to close his eyes but attempts to peak or inadvertently opens his or her eyes while under water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2008
    Publication date: February 11, 2010
    Inventor: Darius Campo
  • Publication number: 20090262299
    Abstract: The lens of the subject corrective eyeglasses obstructs the vision of a preselected area but not the whole of the wearer's stronger eye, either by impairing his vision or entirely blocking it. When the vision is so obstructed, the wearer's weaker eye is forced to compensate for the stronger eye's loss by taking over the area of sight not visible by the stronger eye. The lens may be obstructed by applying over the preselected area of the lens a coating which distorts or blurs the object seen by the eye. Alternatively an opaque coating may be applied to the preselected area to entirely block the object. In either case, the wearer is forced to use his weaker eye to see the object impaired or blocked by the coating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2006
    Publication date: October 22, 2009
    Inventor: Michael Viktor
  • Publication number: 20090257018
    Abstract: Disclosed is a pair of eyeglasses adapted to substantially block glaring light. The pair of eyeglasses includes a frame assembly and a pair of lenses supported by the frame. Each lens of the pair of lenses includes an opaque portion configured on an upper portion of each lens of the pair of lenses and a transparent portion configured on a lower portion of each lens of the pair of lenses. The opaque portion is adapted to substantially block light passing through the pair of lenses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2008
    Publication date: October 15, 2009
    Inventors: Michael Shea, Riri Shea
  • Patent number: 7585068
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method and apparatus for assuring that dynamic glare-shielding devices are properly characterized for the optical arrangement of a particular user by using a plurality of calibration points, thereby assuring the maximum effectiveness of such devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Assignee: Dynamic Eye, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher S. Mullin, Timothy D. Heuser
  • Publication number: 20090168011
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to eyewear which obstructs a user's vision to simulate game conditions when training for a sport. The level of obstruction can be random or in a controlled program.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2008
    Publication date: July 2, 2009
    Inventor: Elizabeth Ann Hoeffner
  • Patent number: 7537335
    Abstract: A hybrid lens for eyeglasses comprising a frame-mountable, optically transparent lens having an anterior surface and a posterior surface. The anterior surface has a surface area. A polarizing segment is affixed to the optically transparent lens such that the polarizing segment is coextensive with a midportion of the anterior surface area of the optically transparent lens wherein the midportion of the surface area of the optically transparent lens that is coextensive with the polarizing segment is less than the anterior surface area of the lens. In a preferred embodiment, the optically transparent lens has a top edge, a bottom edge and a geometric center. An imaginary horizontal centerline drawn through the geometric center divides the optically transparent lens into an upper portion and a lower portion. The polarizer segment comprising the hybrid lens is a relatively narrow, elongate horizontal strip disposed within the lower portion of the optically transparent lens adjacent to, or overlying the centerline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Inventor: Paula A. Renard
  • Patent number: 7506976
    Abstract: A polarized optical element is disclosed comprising an upper portion and a lower portion defined at opposite parts with respect to a median line passing through the geometric center of the optical element, wherein: a) in the upper portion and at a distance of at least 10 mm from the median line the factor of luminous transmittance is between 3% and 20%; b) in the lower portion and at a distance of at least 10 mm from the median line the factor of luminous transmittance is between 15% and 65%; c) the ratio of the luminous transmittance measured in the lower portion at a distance of at least 10 mm below the median line and the luminous transmittance measured in the upper portion at a distance of at least 10 mm above the median line is not lower than 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2009
    Assignee: Intercast Europe S.P.L.
    Inventors: Paolo Baiocchi, Graziano Marusi, Federico Menta
  • Publication number: 20090073375
    Abstract: An electronic image shown on a display can be shifted to the left for left eye viewing and shifted to the right for right eye viewing. A left eye shutter can be positioned over the left eye and a right eye shutter positioned over the right eye. The left eye shutter can open when the image shown on the display is shifted to the left, and the right eye shutter can open when the image shown on the display is shifted to the right, such that each eye can view the image without substantial convergence. In addition to relieving convergence, embodiments of the present invention may relieve prolonged ciliary muscle spasms that can result in pseudomyopia, and may also decrease the onset and severity of myopia, for example developmental myopia.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2007
    Publication date: March 19, 2009
    Inventor: Tsutomu Nakada
  • Publication number: 20090066907
    Abstract: A sports vision training device includes a pair of glasses with a frame supporting a left lens and a right lens. The right lens carries a right reticle, and the left lens carries a left reticle. The reticles provide visual references within the field of view of the player. The reticles may include upper and lower horizontal reference lines, vertical reference lines, a frame, and a crosshair pattern. Different patterns can be used for depth control training, timing control training, and early recognition for tennis and other sports.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2007
    Publication date: March 12, 2009
    Inventor: Ted G. Kopren
  • Patent number: 7478904
    Abstract: In combination, a pair of lens and eyeglass frame to give a viewer perception of three dimensional viewing of a two dimensional image, comprising: an opaque eyeglass frame containing a left lens and a right lens, in which the left lens is comprised of alternating tinted and clear apertures, and the right lens is composed of alternating tinted apertures complementary to the alternating clear apertures in the left lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2009
    Inventor: Robert Grant Oliver, III
  • Patent number: 7452067
    Abstract: Apparatus is provided including a frame configured to be worn on a face, such that a portion of the frame is located in front of a first eye and not in front of a second eye. The apparatus also includes a first lens, including one or more first lenses, coupled to the portion of the frame, and a second lens system, including one or more second lenses, coupled to the portion. A transparency regulation element coupled to the first lens system has variable transparency, and is configured to enhance viewing through the second lens system. A power unit is configured to drive the transparency regulation element to darken the first lens system without substantially darkening at least a portion of the second lens system during a first period, and, during a second period after the first period, to not drive the transparency regulation element to darken the first lens system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Inventor: Yossi Gross
  • Publication number: 20080151175
    Abstract: Apparatus is provided including a frame configured to be worn on a face, such that a portion of the frame is located in front of a first eye and not in front of a second eye. The apparatus also includes a first lens, including one or more first lenses, coupled to the portion of the frame, and a second lens system, including one or more second lenses, coupled to the portion. A transparency regulation element coupled to the first lens system has variable transparency, and is configured to enhance viewing through the second lens system. A power unit is configured to drive the transparency regulation element to darken the first lens system without substantially darkening at least a portion of the second lens system during a first period, and, during a second period after the first period, to not drive the transparency regulation element to darken the first lens system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2007
    Publication date: June 26, 2008
    Inventor: Yossi Gross
  • Patent number: 7328998
    Abstract: The present invention is directed toward specially tinted lenses for use in flying airplanes. In the present invention, the far field of vision is highly tinted to reduce the light from a sunlit sky, over sunlit cloud tops, or in clouds. This enables an aircraft pilot to easily see out of the cockpit into highly illuminated environments. The intermediate field of vision is essentially clear to enable the pilot to easily see a dimly illuminated instrument panel as compared to outside the aircraft. The near field of vision may have a range of tinting from clear to up to a medium tinted value for reading maps and other material. In addition, the change in tinting is discontinuous, that is, sharp, from one field of vision to another. The present invention works because the aircraft structure, that is, the nose and instrument panel, blocks outside light from coming into the intermediate field of vision where the lens is clear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2008
    Inventor: Raymond L. Hobbs
  • Patent number: 7328997
    Abstract: Opaque films adhering electrostatically to lenses of eyewear, are used to train baseball fielders and golfers. For baseball, the films, placed on the lower parts of the lenses establish opaque areas which encourage the player to follow a ball visually throughout its entire path of travel toward the player's glove. The opaque areas may have a convex upper edge or a concave upper edge. In the latter case, the training aid can be used, without modification to train the player in batting. For golf an opaque film covers one lens, and an opaque film having a lenticular transparent opening in its upper part is placed on the other lens. The films encourage the golfer to keep his or her head down and behind the ball during the downswing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2008
    Assignees: St. Moritz Limited Partnership, Penllyn Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Vincent J. Russomagno, David S. Foulke
  • Patent number: 7306331
    Abstract: A vision enhancement and protection device for night time driving of automobiles where the driver is subjected to the high intensity light of the headlights of oncoming vehicles and the reflected light from the rear view mirror of the headlights of automobiles following the driver's automobile. The device is a light attenuation device applied to normal eyeglass lenses, or a separate set of lenses which may be clipped on to a set of normal eyeglasses, in a particular location and orientation relative to the location of the driver's pupils behind the eyeglasses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2007
    Inventor: Alan Tigert