Using Polarized Light Patents (Class 359/465)
  • Patent number: 10412375
    Abstract: According to an aspect, a display device includes: a display unit that includes a plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix and that is configured to display images corresponding to a plurality of viewpoints; a parallax adjustment that is placed at a position facing the display unit, and in which a plurality of transmissive regions for transmitting light and a plurality of non-transmissive regions for limiting transmittance of light are provided in a switchable manner; a parallax controller that is configured to change positions of the transmissive regions and the non-transmissive regions, based on external information; and a display controller that is configured to change a number of successive pixels displaying an image corresponding to each of the viewpoints, based on external information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Japan Display Inc.
    Inventor: Daichi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10401638
    Abstract: An imaging directional backlight apparatus including a waveguide, a light source array, for providing large area directed illumination from localized light sources. The waveguide may include a stepped structure, in which the steps may further include extraction features optically hidden to guided light, propagating in a first forward direction. Returning light propagating in a second backward direction may be refracted, diffracted, or reflected by the features to provide discrete illumination beams exiting from the top surface of the waveguide. A rear reflector is arranged to receive light transmitted by the features and to provide polarization recirculation. Viewing windows are formed through imaging individual light sources and hence defines the relative positions of system elements and ray paths. Retarder stack arrangements are provided to increase the efficiency of polarization recirculation, reduce the visibility to damage and to reduce color changes with viewing angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: RealD Spark, LLC
    Inventors: Michael G. Robinson, Graham J. Woodgate
  • Patent number: 10379419
    Abstract: A varifocal block includes, in optical series, a switchable half waveplate (SHWP) and a plurality of liquid crystal (LC) lenses. The SHWP outputs circularly polarized light, and a handedness of the circularly polarized light is controlled by the SHWP being in an active state or a non-active state. Each LC lens of the plurality of LC lenses has a plurality of optical states, the plurality of optical states including an additive state that adds optical power to the LC lens and a subtractive state that removes optical power from the LC lens. The plurality of optical states of each of the plurality of the LC lenses compounded in optical series provides a range of adjustment of optical power for the varifocal block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Lu Lu, Scott Charles McEldowney, Pasi Saarikko
  • Patent number: 10371985
    Abstract: A display panel, a polarizer and a display device are provided. The display panel includes a panel main body and a first polarizer disposed on at least one main surface of the panel main body. The first polarizer includes a first polarizing layer and a second polarizing layer which are stacked; a first polarizing region is formed on the first polarizing layer; a second polarizing region and a second light-transmitting region are alternately formed on the second polarizing layer; and an absorption axis direction of the second polarizing region is perpendicular to an absorption axis direction of the first polarizing region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: BOE Technology Group Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Lingjuan Meng, Mengjie Wang
  • Patent number: 10353213
    Abstract: Architecture and designs of wearable devices for viewing multimedia in 3D are described. According to one aspect of the present invention, a display device is made in form of a pair of glasses. A separate enclosure is provided to generate content for display on the glasses. The content is optically picked up by an optical cable and transported by one or more optical fibers in the optical cable to the glasses, where an image polarizer receives the content and produces an alternating polarized content sequence. An optical cube is provided to decouple the alternating polarized content sequence into two orthogonally polarized image sequences are respectively projected onto two lenses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventor: Darwin Hu
  • Patent number: 10338399
    Abstract: Shaped glasses have curved surface lenses and spectrally complementary filters disposed on the curved surface lenses configured to compensate for wavelength shifts occurring due to viewing angles and other sources. The spectrally complementary filters include guard bands to prevent crosstalk between spectrally complementary portions of a 3D image viewed through the shaped glasses. In one embodiment, the spectrally complementary filters are disposed on the curved lenses with increasing layer thickness towards edges of the lenses. The projected complementary images may also be pre-shifted to compensate for subsequent wavelength shifts occurring while viewing the images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Coporation
    Inventors: Martin J. Richards, Wilson Heaton Allen
  • Patent number: 10281813
    Abstract: A method for constructing a stereoscopic light recycling device is provided. At least one support member is affixed to a beam splitter positioned at an angle and constructed of orthogonally polarizing material on which image light is received. A phase shifting optic having a reflective surface coated by a phase shifting film is positioned at an angle non-perpendicular to at least a portion of the image light from the beam splitter. The phase shifting optic includes one of a uniform and non-uniform surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Lightspeed Design, Inc.
    Inventors: Chris Ward, Robert Mueller, Kirk Melby
  • Patent number: 10268076
    Abstract: Display devices and related methods involving patterned phase retarding are provided. A representative display device includes: a backlight unit, having a light source and a color conversion layer having an alignment direction, the light comprising a first light exhibiting a first upstream polarization ratio, a second light exhibiting a second upstream polarization ratio, and a third light exhibiting a third upstream polarization ratio; and a patterned phase retarder positioned to receive the light, having a plurality of half-wave regions to alter polarization of light passing therethrough, and a plurality of free regions to pass light without altering the polarization; wherein polarization ratio (PR) is defined by PR=(I??I?)/(I?+I?); and wherein the first upstream polarization ratio exhibits a first sign, and both the second upstream polarization ratio and the third upstream polarization ratio exhibit a second sign opposite the first sign.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignees: A.U. VISTA INC., THE UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA RESEARCH FOUNDATION, INC.
    Inventors: Hai-Wei Chen, Shin-Tson Wu, Wei Duan, Ming-Chun Li, Seok-Lyul Lee
  • Patent number: 10191293
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a grating controlling method and apparatus, a grating, a display panel, and a 3D display device for achieving 3D displaying. The grating controlling method is applied to a grating, in which the grating cooperates with a display panel used for outputting left-eye images and right-eye images to achieve the 3D displaying. The grating controlling method may include: obtaining a current position of an eye of an observer who is observing 3D images; and adjusting slit positions of the grating according to the current position, so as to enable the left-eye images to be observed by the left-eye of the observer through the adjusted slits, while to enable the right-eye images to be observed by the right-eye of the observer through the adjusted slits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., CHUNGDU BOE OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hua Tian
  • Patent number: 10170060
    Abstract: A liquid crystal display (LCD) device is driven in interlaced scan to accommodate for liquid crystal (LC) setting times without sacrificing brightness. The LCD device includes an LCD panel including a first group of (e.g., even) pixel lines and a second group (e.g., odd) pixel lines, a backlight disposed behind the LCD panel to emit light toward the even and odd pixel lines, a shift grating disposed between the LCD and the backlight, the shift grating configured to block the light from the backlight from reaching either the first group of pixel lines or the second group of pixel lines, and a controller. The controller drives the LCD panel using an interlaced scan, coordinates the activation of the backlight (e.g., a strobed backlight), and changes the state of the shift grating to block the light from the backlight from reaching either the first group of pixel lines or the second group of pixel lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Shie Ping Jeffrey Tseng, Evan M. Richards, Jianru Shi, Yue Shi
  • Patent number: 10133074
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for receiving image content from an emissive display toward a first filter stack, the first filter stack adapted to be oriented in a first direction from an optical axis of a first lens, and toward the first lens, transmitting the image content through a curved lens parallel to the optical axis of the first lens, wherein the curved lens transmits a portion of the image content to at least one optical element and to a second filter stack, the second filter stack being adapted to be oriented in a second direction from the optical axis of the first lens, and receiving the portion from the second filter stack and providing at least some of the portion to the first lens for viewing by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Jerome Carollo, Xinda Hu, Serge Bierhuizen
  • Patent number: 10073848
    Abstract: A database stores reference photographs of an assembly. The reference photographs are from different orientations relative to the assembly. By matching the query photograph to one or more of the reference photographs, the pose of the assembly in the query photograph is determined. Based on the pose, the pixels of the two-dimensional query photograph are related to a three-dimensional representation from engineering data. Using labeled parts from the engineering data, the parts represented in the query photograph are identified, and part information (e.g., segmentation, number, or other metadata) is provided relative to the query photograph.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Stefan Kluckner, Arun Innanje, Jan Ernst, Terrence Chen
  • Patent number: 10033948
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described that relate to an optical system including an image sensor optically-coupled to at least one nanophotonic element. The image sensor may include a plurality of superpixels. Each respective superpixel of the plurality of superpixels may include at least a respective first pixel and a respective second pixel. The at least one nanophotonic element may have an optical phase transfer function and may include a two-dimensional arrangement of sub-wavelength regions of a first material interspersed within a second material, the first material having a first index of refraction and the second material having a second index of refraction. The nanophotonic element is configured to direct light toward individual superpixels in the plurality of superpixels, and to direct light toward the first or second pixel in each individual superpixel based on a wavelength dependence or a polarization dependence of the optical phase transfer function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Verily Life Sciences LLC
    Inventors: Eden Rephaeli, Victor Marcel Acosta, Andrew Homyk
  • Patent number: 9977252
    Abstract: Three-dimensional display systems may include polarized displays that polarize light emitted from a first set of areas of the display with a first polarization for a first eye of the viewer and that polarizes light emitted from a second set of areas of the display with a second polarization for a second eye of the viewer. This may result in dark areas being perceived by a viewer when viewed through polarized 3D glasses. Systems and technologies according to this disclosure may include 3D glasses that have a lenses configured to redirect a portion of incoming light in a first axis to at least partially illuminate the dark areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Arthur Sprague, Kari Juhani Rinko
  • Patent number: 9872013
    Abstract: Obtained is a configuration of a stereoscopic display device that allows a viewer to easily correct settings for stereoscopic display. A stereoscopic display device (1) includes: a display panel (10) for displaying an image; a switch liquid crystal panel (20) that is arranged so as to be stacked on the display panel (10); a position sensor for acquiring position information of a viewer; and a control unit for causing the switch liquid crystal panel (20) to display a parallax barrier in which transmitting regions and non-transmitting regions are formed in periodic fashion in a predetermined alignment direction. The control unit has, as operation modes, at least a tracking mode in which, according to the position information, the parallax barrier is moved in the alignment direction and is displayed on the switch liquid crystal panel (20), and a calibration mode for calibration of a reference position of the position information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takuto Yoshino, Takehiro Murao, Hiroshi Fukushima, Ryoh Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 9813754
    Abstract: Transmitting and receiving 3D video content via an Internet protocol (IP) stream are described. 3D video content may be transmitted in a single IP stream and adjusted by a device associated with a display for rendering the 3D video content in a desired manner. 3D content also may be transmitted in a plurality of IP streams and a device associated with a display for rendering the 3D content may determine which of the plurality of IP streams to decode based upon a mode of operation of the device. A device receiving 3D video content may be configured to adjust the appearance of the content displayed on a display associated with the device. Such adjusting of the appearance may include moving the position of the rendered 3D video content within the display, positioning in band and/or out of band content in front of, behind, or within the rendered 3D video content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventor: Mark David Francisco
  • Patent number: 9787974
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a computer-readable storage medium having computer instructions to retrieve from a first high definition (HD) channel utilized for transporting two-dimensional media programs a first HD stereoscopic data stream, retrieve from a second HD channel utilized for transporting two-dimensional media programs a second HD stereoscopic data stream, and present a 3D HD imaging stream comprising the first and second stereoscopic data streams. Other embodiments are disclosed and contemplated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Troy Meuninck, James Carlton Bedingfield, Sr., William Brown, Nadia Morris
  • Patent number: 9648310
    Abstract: Certain embodiments relate to systems and methods for presenting a stereoscopic, 3-dimensional image to a user. The system may comprise a mobile device having a camera and a pixel-selective mask overlaying a display. The system may perform facial and object recognition techniques to determine the location of the user's eyes. Subsequently, the system may adjust the mask so as to maintain an optimal stereoscopic effect for the user, regardless of the user's position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: Lawrence King
  • Patent number: 9588351
    Abstract: An objective is to provide a stereoscopic display device that can reduce moire occurring when the viewer is not at the optimum viewing position while maintaining the vertical degree of freedom. A parallax barrier (42) includes transparent portions (48) and light-shielding portions (46) arranged alternatingly. Supposing that a first direction is a direction in which the light-shielding portions (46) and the transparent portions (48) are arranged alternatingly and a second direction is a longitudinal direction of the light-shielding portions (46), a boundary portion (52) is present between two adjacent pixels (50) arranged in the first direction and extends in the second direction, and the edges (381, 382) of the light-shielding portions (46) disposed in the first direction have portions crossing a reference line (L) extending in the second direction and fluctuate in a specified cycle along the second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takehiro Murao, Takuto Yoshino, Hiroshi Fukushima, Tomoo Takatani
  • Patent number: 9529326
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a light modulator device with a spatial light modulator, a structured polarizer means, a controllable polarization means and a light wave multiplexing means. The spatial light modulator comprises discretely addressable modulator cells. Two modulator cells each are combined to form a modulation element. The modulator cells modulate light waves which are capable of generating interference of a propagating light wave field with holographic information in a spatially structured way such that a specifiable spatial distribution of object light points of a three-dimensional scene is holographically reconstructed. The modulator cells of each modulation element are adjacently arranged regarding the direction of propagation of the light wave field. The light which is modulated by adjacently arranged modulator cells is given different polarization states by the structured polarizer means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: SEEREAL TECHNOLOGIES S.A.
    Inventors: Bo Kroll, Norbert Leister
  • Patent number: 9519091
    Abstract: The present invention provides a display device comprising a display panel and a conductive pattern, in which the conductive pattern comprises an irregular pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Hyeon Choi, Sujin Kim, Ki-Hwan Kim, Young Jun Hong
  • Patent number: 9509970
    Abstract: In one example, a method includes identifying a pixel in an image frame that is a candidate for causing crosstalk between the image frame and a corresponding image frame in a multiview image system. The method further includes, for a pixel identified as a candidate for causing crosstalk, applying crosstalk correction to the pixel. The method further includes applying a location-based adjustment to the pixel, wherein the location-based adjustment is based at least in part on which of two or more portions of the image frame the pixel is in.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Gokce Dane, Vasudev Bhaskaran
  • Patent number: 9494806
    Abstract: A disk made of glass or plastic, which is suitable for transparency. On the disk, reflective surface patterns are provided for advertising purposes. The disk is designed as a composite of multiple individual disks, and one or more reflective regions are provided on each of the individual disks. A method produces the disk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Inventor: Josef Schauer
  • Patent number: 9482893
    Abstract: The present invention provides a liquid crystal display panel and manufacturing method thereof. The manufacturing method comprises: coating a photoresist layer; exposing the photoresist layer through a first mask and a second mask such that the black matrices with different widths are formed, wherein, along a direction extended from a middle area to a two-side area of the liquid crystal display panel, transmittances of the second transparent regions of the second mask are successively increased such that the width of the black matrices are successively increased. By doing so, the present invention makes the brightness displayed by the liquid crystal display panel be uniform such that the two-side whitening occurred while displaying on the liquid crystal display panel can be reduced or eliminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hua Zheng
  • Patent number: 9470371
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an LED based light unit that produces an output lighting pattern that meets desired lighting characteristics using a reduced number of LED elements. The present disclosure provides a number of point sources that are directed into a desired direction such that, when combined with other point sources, a synthesized light output is provided that minimizes the LED headcount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Evolucia, Inc.
    Inventors: Rick Kauffman, Donald Sipes, Donald Vandersluis, Robert Fugerer
  • Patent number: 9467684
    Abstract: A 3D image display device includes: a display panel including pixels; a signal controller controlling driving of the display panel; and an image signal processor generating a 3D input image signal based on image information and outputting the generated 3D input image signal to the signal controller. The image signal processor includes a view point generating unit generating view points corresponding to the respective pixels, and a 3D input image signal generating unit generating the 3D input image signal for the respective pixels based on information on a position of the pixel, information on the generated view point for the respective pixel, and the image information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Il Yong Yoon, Hae Young Yun, Jin Hwan Kim
  • Patent number: 9459474
    Abstract: A method and system for enhanced viewing of a display device is disclosed in this application. In some implementations, a method and system for improving a perceived contrast of a screen of a display device is disclosed. Some implementations may also relate to a method and system for privately viewing content displayed on a screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Noam Sorek, Larry Alan Pearlstein
  • Patent number: 9442236
    Abstract: A liquid crystal display includes a first substrate. A plurality of fine metal lines is disposed on the first substrate. The plurality of fine metal lines including a plurality of small regions. A second substrate is aligned with the first substrate. A light blocking portion is disposed on the second substrate. The light blocking portion is disposed in a region between the small regions of the plurality of small regions of the plurality of fine metal lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Atsushi Takakuwa, Dae Hwan Jang, Hyang-Shik Kong, Gug Rae Jo, Kyu Young Kim
  • Patent number: 9420268
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for displaying a three-dimensional (3D) image is disclosed. On a display panel, red, green and blue subpixels are alternately arranged in a row direction and subpixels having the same color are arranged in a column direction. A 3D image filter is disposed ahead of the display panel and includes a transparent area and a non-transparent area arranged alternately. A controller determines a view image to be displayed at each subpixel of the display panel to one of two view images based on numbers allocated to the subpixels of the display panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Kyoungil Lee, Youngwoon Cha, Dongha Lee
  • Patent number: 9329400
    Abstract: A stereoscopic image display and method is provided. The stereoscopic image display device includes: a thin film transistor array substrate, a color filter substrate facing the thin film transistor array substrate, the color filter substrate including a plurality of black matrices, a plurality of black stripes on the color filter substrate, each of the plurality of black stripes corresponding to the black matrices, and a patterned retarder film on the color filter array substrate over the black stripes, wherein at least one of the plurality of black stripes includes a first black pattern and a second black pattern that are spaced apart from each other, such that gaps are disposed therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: LG Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jinyeong Kim, Sungpil Ryu
  • Patent number: 9318032
    Abstract: Systems and methods facilitating training in clinical procedures via mixed reality simulations are disclosed. Such a system can comprise a physical model and a virtual model of an anatomic region associated with the procedure, wherein the virtual model associates tissue types with locations in the physical model. The system can include a tracking component that tracks locations of at least one clinical instrument relative to the models, and an anatomic feedback component that can produce perceptible changes in the physical model based on the interaction between the instrument and virtual model. A clinical device interface can detect outputs of clinical devices like electrical signals, pressure or flow, wherein feedback to the physical model depends on the tracked position of a clinical device and output from the same or different clinical device. Another component can generate feedback effects to the clinical device. Aspects can simulate anesthesiology procedures like local nerve blockade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: University of Pittsburgh—Of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education
    Inventors: Joseph T. Samosky, Robert Weaver
  • Patent number: 9251739
    Abstract: A first display zone and a second display zone are displayed based on a first light source group, which corresponds to a first voltage data signal; and then the second display zone and a third display zone are displayed based on light for a second light source group, which corresponding to a second voltage data signal. The first light source group and the second light source group illuminate the display zones alternatively. Each display zone is fed with either a first data voltage signal or a second data voltage signal. While the first data voltage signal is updating each display zone in sequence, the second data voltage signal starts updating the first display zone when the first voltage signal is updating the third display zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: AU OPTRONICS CORP.
    Inventors: Meng-Chieh Tsai, Chih-Wen Chen, Chih-Hung Shih, Chih-Jen Hu, Ren-Wei Liao
  • Patent number: 9239466
    Abstract: A polarization glasses type stereoscopic image display displaying a stereoscopic image on a display surface includes a thin film transistor array substrate, a color filter array substrate having a plurality of black matrix patterns formed on a first plane facing the thin film transistor array substrate, a plurality of black stripe patterns that are aligned correspondingly to the black matrix patterns on a second plane of the color filter array substrate opposite to the first plane, and a patterned retarder disposed over the second plane of the color filter array substrate. The overall vertical pitch of the patterned retarder is less than the overall vertical pitch of a pixel array formed on the display surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: LG Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jinyeong Kim, Heeyoung Chae, Juun Park, Sungpil Ryu, Meeran Park
  • Patent number: 9237337
    Abstract: A new beam deflection approach is provided for displaying images in autostereoscopic format. Conceptually, polarized light from a display is directed into specific viewing regions using a polarization-sensitive beam deflection sub-system that comprises, in exemplary embodiments, an active liquid crystal quarter-wave plate modulator and a passive cycloidal grating element, such as a diffractive waveplate. Specific embodiments may comprise an illumination system that both floods an LCD panel and creates a defined eye pupil region, from within which the display is viewable. Deflecting the pupil region between left and right eye positions in synchronization with displayed frame sequential stereo image data creates desirable autostereoscopic 3D viewing. Other embodiments employ a similar beam deflection sub-system in conjunction with a means of viewing subsets of pixels from different viewing positions, such as a parallax barrier or lenslet array, allowing freedom of head movement while maintaining stereo viewing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: RealD Inc.
    Inventors: Robert A. Ramsey, Michael G. Robinson
  • Patent number: 9235069
    Abstract: There is provided a display device including a transmissive display panel composed of pixels arranged in a form of a two-dimensional matrix in a first direction and a second direction different from the first direction, a planar illumination device for illuminating the transmissive display panel from a rear surface thereof, and a parallax barrier disposed between the transmissive display panel and the planar illumination device, for dividing an image displayed on the transmissive display panel into images for multiple viewpoints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Norifumi Hoshino, Yoshihisa Sato, Yutaka Imai
  • Patent number: 9235081
    Abstract: A display device includes a lens with an adjustable refractive index. The display device includes a display panel including a plurality of pixels, a backlight unit positioned at a back side of the display panel to emit light of a first color and light of a second color to the display panel at different times, the first color and the second color being different from each other; and a lens unit positioned at a front side of the display panel to form at least one lens in a 3D mode. The lens unit includes a plurality of electrodes for adjusting a refractive index of the lens, and a signal applied to the electrodes when the backlight unit emits the light of the first color is different from a signal applied to the electrodes when the backlight unit emits the light of the second color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Beong-Hun Beon, Ji-Hoon Kim, Seung Beom Park, Sang-Gu Lee, Seung Hee Lee, Yun Jang
  • Patent number: 9218115
    Abstract: An input device and an image display apparatus are provided. The image display apparatus may include a display, and an input device adjacent to the display. The input device may include a first light emitting device (LED), a second light emitting device (LED), a touch sensor to detect a touch input, and a light source controller to control an intensity of light from the light guide based on the touch input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Sungyul An, Kyungwon Lee
  • Patent number: 9218673
    Abstract: A system and method for obtaining image information of features of a sample article using non-visible light is described. In one embodiment, a visible light filter is used on a camera to block out the visible light spectrum. The non-visible light is used to generate a colorless image of the sample article that includes the features of the sample article without the color information. Subsequent false color rendering of all or portions of the colorless image can be used to generate a visual representation of the sample article having a desired false color. The false color rendering of the sample article can be used in a catalog, brochure, website, advertisement, or any other publication or visual presentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: NIKE, INC.
    Inventor: Vince Radostitz
  • Patent number: 9217887
    Abstract: Provided is a stereoscopic image forming apparatus which is excellent from the viewpoint of brightness, flicker, and crosstalk when viewed from the front side while tilting a face, and suppresses crosstalk at the time of oblique observation. The stereoscopic image recognition apparatus including: a liquid crystal display device including a liquid crystal cell and a pair of polarizing plates on the both sides of the liquid crystal cell; and a time division image display interception device including a polarizer, a liquid crystal encapsulation body, and a ?/4 plate B.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: FUJIFILM CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yujiro Yanai
  • Patent number: 9210322
    Abstract: High dynamic range 3D images are generated with relatively narrow dynamic range image sensors. Input frames of different views may be set to different exposure settings. Pixels in the input frames may be normalized to a common range of luminance levels. Disparity between normalized pixels in the input frames may be computed and interpolated. The pixels in the different input frames may be shifted to, or stay in, a common reference frame. The pre-normalized luminance levels of the pixels may be used to create high dynamic range pixels that make up one, two or more output frames of different views. Further, a modulated synopter with electronic mirrors is combined with a stereoscopic camera to capture monoscopic HDR, alternating monoscopic HDR and stereoscopic LDR images, or stereoscopic HDR images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Ajit Ninan, Scott Daly, Gregory John Ward, Robin Atkins
  • Patent number: 9196220
    Abstract: A display apparatus includes a display panel including left-eye pixels and right-eye pixels, a three-dimensional controller which separates a first image signal into left-eye and right-eye image signals, outputs a second image signal such that the left-eye image signal is applied to the left-eye pixels during a left-eye frame, a black image signal corresponding to a black data is applied to the right-eye pixels during the left-eye frame, the black image signal is applied to the left-eye pixels during a right-eye frame, and the right-eye image signal is applied to the right-eye pixels during the right-eye frame, and an image display controller which controls the second image signal in response to a control signal, where the left-eye pixels are alternately arranged with the right-eye pixels in the unit of two pixels in a first direction and in the unit of a predetermined number of pixels in the second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Je-Yun Lee, Yunjae Park, Choongseob Oh, JeongA Lee, Hyun-Seok Jeong
  • Patent number: 9188823
    Abstract: An image display device includes a display element having a unit of display comprising sub pixels displaying images for first and second view points, respectively, and an optical unit that distributes lights emitted from respective sub pixels into different directions. When a region surrounded by a data line, a gate line and a storage capacitor electrode in the sub pixel is defined as an aperture, the sub pixels form a base unit that is an adjoining pixel pair including two sub pixels arranged via a data line therebetween. The two sub pixels have switching elements connected to the data line between the two sub pixels and controlled by different gate lines. When virtual lines each evenly dividing a width of the sub pixel in the first direction into K+1 pieces are presumed, K number of storage capacitor lines are each arranged across at least one virtual line in the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: NLT TECHNOLOGIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Shinya Niioka, Koji Shigemura
  • Patent number: 9191654
    Abstract: An adjusting screen with a predetermined format including a specific indication mark which is used to correct the display irregularity of the screen in a relationship between a plurality of mirrors and regions of the screen with a predetermined format is generated to be displayed on a display screen. In accordance with a shift input instruction that moves the screen which is displayed on the display screen in a forward or backward direction as seen from a user, the screen shift control is performed to control the adjusting screen including a specific indication mark to be moved forward or backward by a predetermined amount to be displayed on the display screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Rights Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jitsuro Mase
  • Patent number: 9186470
    Abstract: The three dimensional surface shape of one or more layers of a reflective object is determined by examining one or more captured images reflected from the reflective object. Curved surfaces reflect a distorted image altered by the surface shape. By analyzing one or more captured images of the distorted reflected images, the shape of the surface that caused the distortion is estimated. A captured distorted image is compared to a reference undistorted image having known geometric properties. A system to capture and process such images is assembled from components including an image capture assembly such as a digital camera to capture reflected images and a positioning assembly on which to orient the components with respect to each other. Multiple surface layers of the reflective object are separately estimated using polarizations, luminance levels, chroma values or combinations thereof contained in one or more captured images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Kessler, Nicholas Alan Rundle
  • Patent number: 9185394
    Abstract: The present invention provides a 3D data analysis apparatus and a 3D data analysis method. A 3D data analysis apparatus including a data storage unit that stores measurement data of microparticles, an input unit that selects three kinds of variables independent of the measurement data, a data processing unit that calculates positions and graphics in a coordinate space with the three kinds of variables being coordinate axes and creates a 3D stereoscopic image that represents a characteristic distribution of the microparticles, and a display unit that displays the 3D stereoscopic image, and the 3D data analysis apparatus variably sets a separate area in the coordinate space on the basis of an input signal from the input unit and displays the area in the 3D stereoscopic image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Shunsuke Suzuki, Atsuo Fujimaki
  • Patent number: 9170188
    Abstract: A 3D data analysis apparatus includes a data storage unit configured to store measurement data of microparticles, an input unit configured to select four independent variables from the measurement data, a data processing unit configured to calculate a position in a coordinate space using three variables of the selected variables as coordinate axes, calculate a figure from one residual variable of the selected variables, and create a 3D stereoscopic image showing a characteristic distribution of the microparticles, and a display unit configured to display the 3D stereoscopic image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Shunsuke Suzuki, Atsuo Fujimaki, Yoshitsugu Sakai
  • Patent number: 9164322
    Abstract: There is provided a display unit capable of reducing deterioration in the 3D characteristics. A phase difference device is bonded to a surface on a light outgoing side of a liquid crystal display panel. In the phase difference device, two kinds of phase difference regions with slow-axis directions different from each other are arranged in correspondence with each pixel. Each of the phase difference regions is arranged in contact with the phase difference region of a different kind, and a side section, of each of the phase difference region, that is in contact with the phase difference region of the different kind has waviness with an amplitude a that satisfies following expressions: 0<a<amax(?) amax(?)=?0.7/(??1.2)+0.35 ?=arctan(P/(4d)) P: a pixel pitch d: a distance between the pixel and the phase difference device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Akihiro Shibata, Mitsunari Hoshi
  • Patent number: 9167233
    Abstract: A plurality of pixels is arrayed on a display device. On the display device, a lenticular lens is arranged in a state where a periodic direction thereof is inclined with respect to a horizontal direction. The lenticular lens divides video data of N different viewpoints into separate viewpoint directions, presents the divided video data, and creates stereoscopic vision. In the event of assigning respective pieces of pixel data of video data composed of less than N viewpoint images to the plurality of pixels and displaying the pixel data, the drive unit lowers brightness of pixel data of viewpoint images seen to overlap each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: JVC KENWOOD CORPORATION
    Inventor: Atsushi Saito
  • Patent number: 9128357
    Abstract: A vehicular projection system including a projection apparatus, a beam splitting module, and two projection screens is provided. The projection apparatus provides at least one image light beam. The beam splitting module divides the image light beam into a first image light beam and a second image light beam. The two projection screens receive the first image light beam and the second image light beam respectively. Each of the first image light beam and the second image light beam respectively forms an image on one of the two projection screens corresponding thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Young Optics Inc.
    Inventors: Po-Jen Chung, Wei-Szu Lin, Chih-Hsien Tsai, Kang-Hsi Li, Hung-Chih Chou, Chien-Jung Huang
  • Patent number: 9122101
    Abstract: This disclosure describes stereoscopic flat panel display systems based on the polarization encoding of sequentially displayed left and right eye images. The systems comprise line-by-line addressed liquid crystal display (LCD) panels, illuminating back light units and polarization control panels (PCPs). Right and left eye images are written sequentially onto the LCD whose polarization is controlled by a substantially synchronously driven PCP. The backlight may be continuously illuminated, or modulated temporally, spatially or both, as can the PCP.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: RealD Inc.
    Inventors: Michael G. Robinson, Jianmin Chen